Amazing Civil War Photo Album 50 Pictures Tintype Cdv 15 Soldiers 8th California For SaleHere is an incredible intact 1860s photo album. There are 50 photos inside and 15 of them are of soldiers from the 8th California Infantry. One of the men is wearing a musicians uniform. The names I see written inside are Lt. C. W. Childs, Mrs. Child Father Corp. A. C. Marces, Nellie Childs, Chas Carleton, Capt. Tafft, Geo. Van Vleck, and Quincey Overmyer. This album is full and intact as it was in the 1860s. Below is an intersting story I found on Quincy Overmyer who was murdered after the Civil War. All of the men in this album fought for the Union, but I can only find one George Vanvleck who was a Confederate from Texas so I'm not sure what he has to do with the rest of these guys. Complete albums like this don't come up too often. Museum quality! Found in an old storage unit a couple months ago in Maryland. Don't miss out!Overmeyer, Quincy A. 7 Aug 1845 IL-24 March 1903
Co. K, 8 CA Inf.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (Q-7, Lot 9 SE)
Pension No. 589,446
ATTEMPTED ROBBERY – A RACE FOR LIFE – QUINCY A. OVERMEYER OF THIS PLACE MURDERED BY HIGHWAYMAN – blood Hounds and Heavily Armed Officers Pursue Bandit. Stage Horses Shot – Mendocino County and the State are moved as they have not been for a long time over a murderously desperate attempt of a hell-deserving outlaw to hold up and rob the Ukiah Mendocino stage. No such determination to accomplish his deadly purpose, has been manifested by a stage robber in California since the days of Joaquin Murietta and Three-fingered Jack. The circumstances briefly told, are as follows:
Last Monday’s stage for Mendocino City left Ukiah at 1:30 p. m. with Quincy A. Overmeyer of this city as messenger, or guard, there being a large amount of treasure on board, and proceeded to Handley’s where it stopped for the night. Early Tuesday morning the stage started on its way, with Harry Ousley as driver, and Mr. Overmeyer on the box with him armed with a loaded shot gun. Suddenly, when about a mile this side of the Halfway House, the startling cry of “Halt!” was heard from the roadside on the right. Mr. Overmeyer told the driver to keep going, and he did so. The concealed bandit then opened fire on the horses, the first shot wounding one. Messenger Overmeyer raised his gun to fire, and did fire, but while in the act, was himself shot by the robber, the ball passing thru the cuff of his coat, grazing his uplifted arm near the wrist and entering his left breast just above the heart and coming out about the middle of the back. All this time Harry Ousley was plying the whip to the horses and soon had them on a run. Mr. Overmeyer lurched forward and fell out, taking one wheeler line with him, leaving the driver only three lines, on a crooked mountain road. Then ensued one of the most remarkable races in the history of staging. Another horse was shot but managed to recover his feet. The driver, dropping into the boot, lashed the team to a swifter run and the murderous robber came out into the open and poured shot after shot after the fleeing vehicle from his 30-30 repeating rifle and giving chase on foot for nearly half a mile, as was proved by the empty cartridge shells found along the road. Ousley drove up to the Halfway House on a run, two horses grievously wounded and the other two well fagged. Meantime the bandit returned to his station, and is supposed to have thrown Overmeyer’s gun to the bottom of the canyon, as it was afterward found there. From the Halfway House Mr. Eiler Oppenlander, who is a deputy Sheriff, went to the scene of the tragedy to hunt for Mr. Overmeyer, not knowing that he was yet dead. The body was found beside the road and it is certain that he died almost instantly. Opportunely a teamster named Mathews came along and the body was taken to the Halfway House. Oppenlander then came on to Orr’s Hot Springs to telephone the news to Ukiah, but by the time the word reached here it was noon. Undersheriff Gibson at once sent men out, the first four being Will Ornbaun, Ben Melton, Raymond Hill and Nelse McClure. Sheriff Smith being absent in the southern part of the State, Sheriff Grace was notified and came up by special train, bringing Deputy Gist and his two famous blood hounds. He was met at the train by a carriage and without the loss of a moment started for the front, arriving too late to use the hounds that night. Before daylight Wednesday morning the officers, with the hounds, were at the place of the attempted holdup. As the day dawned so that the tracks could be seen, the dogs were taken to the tree behind which the robber had been concealed, and readily got the scent of the tracks. The deputies had made a search of the immediate vicinity and found where the robber had been camped about a quarter of a mile outh of the road. Apparently he had been there several days. The hounds took up the track from the tree, and restrained by a chain, followed it across the road and down a canyon in a southerly direction, seeming eager for the chase. Will Ornbaun and Ben Melton then returned to the road and started on horse back by another route for Wendling and Boonville to get in advance of the pursuing party.
Tuesday afternoon J. A. Jamison, Jr., of Ukiah and James Jamison of Redwood Valley, and later G. A. Keller and F. L. Brunson, went out to the Halfway House to bring in the body of the murdered guard, returning with it at noon Wednesday.
The pursuing party, having cut loose from all communication by wire, no news of their movements during the greater part of Wednesday could be obtained. Rumors of all kinds floated about town all day but nothing could be verified. About 8 o’clock Wednesday night a phone message was received from Deputy Ornbaun stating that the pursuers would soon be at Boonville. Yesterday Sheriff Grace came in from Boonville to Ukiah. He stated that the trail had become too cold to be followed by the hounds, and he brot them in and returned to Santa Rosa. His opinion was that the highwayman had gotten thru the Anderson Valley country and was headed for the south end of Lake county.
Driver Ousley did not reach Mendocino Tuesday night until 11 o’clock and he reached Ukiah about 12 o’clock next night. He declares he has no desire for a similar experience again, but says he was not frightened until it was well over and he had unhooked is team. Ousley is a native of Napa county, 22 years old, but has resided here for several years. Tho young, he handles the lines like a veteran, and the fact that he saved Wells Fargo’s treasure box at the imminent risk of his own life, proves that he is not a man to surrender easily.
But worst and saddest of all is the death of Mr. Overmeyer. He was not employed as the regular messenger, but went as a substitute for J. L. Johnson, the owner of the stage line, who generally goes as his own guard. Mr. Johnson had business in San Francisco, and Mr. Overmeyer went this trip as a matter of accommodation, as he did several times before. The deceased was known to be a man absolutely fearless. He was Constable of this Township for several years and was always prompt and efficient in his duties. He was 58 years, 7 months and 17 days old and was a native of Illinois. He was a veteran of the Civil War, and a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, in which order he carried an insurance of $2000. He was also an exempt member of the Eagle Fire Company.
He leaves a heart broken wife and four daughters, three of whom are married. They are Mrs. E. J. Bush, of Woodland; Mrs. Frank Howell and Mrs. Frank Collier of Ukiah and Miss Nellie Overmeyer of Ukiah. The funeral service took place yesterday at 2 o’clock p. m. at the M. E. Church, South, Rev. W. O. Waggener conducting the service. The Workmen attended in a body as did also the Eagle Fire Company. The whole town and community is inexpressibly saddened by the untimely and violent death of the brave, good man, loving husband and father and upright, faithful citizen. Dispatch Democrat 27 March 1903.
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