|Birth: ||Dec. 29, 1827|
|Death: ||Jan. 15, 1908|
The La Grande Evening Observer
Thursday 16 January 1908
La Grande, Oregon
PIONEER OF OREGON GONE
H.W. OLIVER PASSED AWAY LAST EVENING.
Deceased Crossed the Plains in Early Sixties – Owned the First Sawmill in Grande Ronde Valley. Before Rail-Roads Tapped the State – Initiative in Planting Horticulture in Union County – Respected by All Who Knew Him – Father of Turner Oliver.
Died, at his home two miles north of Summerville, on Wednesday, January 15th, 1908, H. W. Oliver, aged 80 years and 17 days. The funeral will take place from the church at Summerville tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock. Hiram Wesley Oliver was born in western Indiana on December 29, 1827, and grew to manhood in that state. When a young man he moved with his parents to Illinois, where he resided a number of years, and there married Julia Ann McCaleb on January 17, 1856, and immediately settled with his bride in Iowa. Seven children were born to them, all of whom are living: E. W. Oliver of Alicel: Turner Oliver and J. R. Oliver of La Grande; Marshall Oliver of North Yakima: Arthur Oliver of Low- N Powder; Charles W. Oliver of Summerville, and Mrs. Edgar Marvin of Wallowa. On May 7, 1874, his wife died, and on December 18, 1878, he married Maria L. Burt, who survives him. They had three sons, all of whom are living; H. P. Oliver of La Grande, and Frank and Burt Oliver of Summerville. H. W. Oliver crossed the plains with his family in 1861 and settled in the Grande Ronde valley, since which time his history has been an important part of the history of Union County. He always took an active interest in public affairs, though he never would accept a public Office. He owned the first saw mill in Grande Ronde valley and delivered lumber to all parts of the valley and even had an important trade in Walla Walla before the time of the railroad. Many of the buildings in the original town of La Grande were made from lumber he manufactured, and he made the lumber that built the first building in the new town – the ware house that burned down a few years ago. He was also a pioneer orchardist of this valley. When many wise ones thought that this valley was not adapted to fruit culture and would always have to import fruit for home use, he planted a 15-acre orchard and proved that the valley would grow the finest fruit on earth. He retired from active business about 10 years ago and lived quietly with his family on his fruit farm. He always took an active interest in religious affairs and helped organize the first church in the north end of the valley, practically building the church edifice himself. He was ever a public spirited citizen a broad-minded man a loyal friend, a faithful husband and father and in the community where he lived for more than 43 years everybody claimed kinship by calling him "Uncle Wesley".
80 years, 0 months, 17 days
Elijah Turner Oliver (1803 - 1881)
Catherine Yoder Oliver (1806 - 1888)
Julia Ann McCaleb Oliver (1829 - 1874)
Maria L. Burt Oliver (1841 - 1919)*
Elijah Warren Oliver (1857 - 1919)*
Turner Oliver (1860 - 1924)*
John R. Oliver (1862 - 1950)*
Arthur Oliver (1866 - 1949)*
Charles W. Oliver (1869 - 1942)*
Catherine Oliver Marvin (1871 - 1917)*
H. Perry Oliver (1879 - 1963)*
Frank H. Oliver (1883 - 1955)*
Burt M. Oliver (1884 - 1962)*
Joseph Elkanah Oliver (1825 - 1904)*
Hiram Wesley Oliver (1827 - 1908)
Plot: Bl-02, Lo-77, Sp-02.
Created by: Edwyn J. Wilson
Record added: Dec 04, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23244520