John Thomas Overheim


JOHN THOMAS OVERHEIM, proprietor of the Parker Feed Mills, of Parker's Landing, was born Sept. 15, 1888, at that place, now known as Parker City, son of John C. and Jennie (Ralston) Overheim, natives of Venango county, Pa., and Ireland, respectively.

Daniel Overheim, his grandfather, was a native of Germany, a blacksmith by trade, and one of the early settlers in Venango county, Pa. In his later years he moved to Parker City, Pa., where his death occurred.

John C. Overheim was a blacksmith in young manhood, and still follows his trade at Parker City, whither he came, early in the seventies. His five children were: Elizabeth, John T., Ethel, Eugene (deceased) and Ralph.

John Ralston, the maternal grandfather of Mr. Overheim, was a native of Scotland, and settled at Monterey, Clarion Co., Pa., where he engaged in farming and mining.

John Thomas Overheim secured his education in the public schools of his native place. When only eight years old he began his business career as a newsboy, and later he worked on a farm for twenty-five cents per day. Then he obtained employment at the Wightman Glass Works, and for two years was a fireman on the Pennsylvania railroad. In December, 1908, he embarked in the feed business at Parker City and has carried it on very successfully, earning at the same time the unlimited confidence of those with whom he is associated.

On Aug. 29, 1911, Mr. Overheim was married to Ora A., daughter of John Buzzard of Monterey, Pa. Mr. Overheim is a member of the M. E. Church. Fraternally he is a member of Lawrenceburg Lodge, No. 782, I. O. O. F., and Central Encampment, No. 206, of Foxburg. In politics he is a Republican. All in all, Mr. Overheim is one of the leading young business men and public-spirited citizens of Parker City, one who would be a valued asset to any community.

Source: Pages 823-824, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed October 1998 by James R Hindman for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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