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From: "dbeaty71" <>
Subject: [OHBUTLER-L] Re: L. C. Overpeck, Hamilton Photographer
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2001 00:08:43 -0500

Found this from the transcription of

A History and Biographical Cyclopaedia of Butler County, Ohio
Hamilton: Pages 397 - 400


Lucien C. OVERPECK, photographer, was born in St. Clair Township, May 15,
1853. He is the son of Daniel and Rachel (WARWICK) OVERPECK, both natives of
Butler County. His father was a farmer. The son attended common school, and
at the age of fifteen began to learn photography at home, in a shed at the
rear of the house, making his own skylight out of a window frame. He always
had a mechanical turn of mind, and a desire to learn photography. In 1870 he
entered a drug store at Trenton, where he remained three years. During his
spare moments he practiced photography, and read much relating to the
subject. He made a special study of chemistry with the one idea in view of
practicing his chosen art. In the Summer of 1873 he rented the old Grant
gallery, which had been vacant for some time, where he has continued ever
since, his stock and capital being forty dollars. He has made a great
success. His pictures are distinguished for clearness and distinctness of
outline, harmony, and softness of detail, uniting them with an excellent
knowledge of light and shade. He is a member of the Photographers┬╣
Association of America. After getting his business in good shape, he visited
New York, Philadelphia, and other large cities of the East, with a view of
ascertaining the true state of photography there, and learning any new
things that might have lately originated. In January, 1882, he united with
the Odd Fellows. He was one of the charter members of the Hamilton Harmonic
Society, and was one of the thirty-five who went from Hamilton to open the
great Music Hall in Cincinnati. He is very fond of music, and has attained a
great proficiency in it. The family, consisting of four brothers and one
sister, each play an instrument. He is now leader of the Hamilton Glee Club.

Diane Kuhlmann Beaty, Poet, Bayberry Press

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