|Birth: ||Mar. 9, 1868|
|Death: ||Nov. 16, 1951|
Saint Pete Beach
Herbertís father, Aaron Swarts Hover, was born in New York. His mother, Amanda Margaret Hollenbeck, was born in Virginia. Herbertís family moved to Kansas. He married 1st Mae Dustin, in Leavenworth, Kansas, September 11, 1889. He married 2nd Mata Cora Purviance, on December 24, 1895. They lived in Spokane, Washington.
About 1900, Herbert purchased 12,000 acres of land near Kennewick, Washington and platted the town of Hover in 1905. By 1907, Hover had a population of 300 and a school, stable, a 32-room hotel, opera house, saloon, railroad depot, grocery store, blacksmith shop, church, and post office. Herbert then moved to La Crescenta, California because his health was suffering from overwork. On March 25, 1908 he and Mata embarked on a well-publicized cross-country trip. Seven months later, they had crossed the United States, from Mexico to Canada and the Pacific to the Atlantic. They toured Europe and Africa, returning home before WW I broke out.
In 1917 Herbert made a fortune in Helena, Montana as the first independent to sink a productive oil well and built the state's first refinery. Herbert then began a booming real estate business in the town of Lombard, Illinois. In 1941, he was given only six months to live, so they moved to Florida. Four years later he built and sold 26 apartment buildings. Then he and Mata had a dream house built in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. June 8th 1949, they began their last cross-country trip. Herbert Austin Hover died in Florida November 1951 at the age of 83.
Mata Cora Purviance Hover (1877 - 1961)*
Memorial Park Cemetery
Plot: Div. E, Block 1, Sec. 6, Lot 16
Created by: Daryl Harvey Johnson
Record added: May 30, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5493818