You wouldn’t know it by finding her in a census. Each time, she appears with “Tennessee” written in the birthplace column. So, how did I find her in Ohio?
You can imagine my surprise when an indexed birth record from the Buckeye state turned up with Viola’s name and birth date. With everyone else in her immediate family born in Tennessee there had to be an explanation. The genealogist in me wanted…no, NEEDED to find it.
What were her parents Gus and Maude doing around the time of her birth (1919) that would have taken them briefly to Ohio?
I took a closer look at records I had already found on both parents. I found what I was looking for on Gus’s World War I Draft Registration card.
I frantically Googled the company and was thrilled to find several sites with historical background on Lima Locomotive. My favorites are these images of track my ancestor might have even built.
Lima Locomotive no longer stands, but I look forward to visiting the site and the property where my great grandparents lived one day. If you found this blog in a search for your own former Lima Locomotive-employed ancestor, I’d love to hear about it.