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 David J “Jay” Collver

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David J “Jay” Collver

  • Birth 20 Aug 1846 Stanhope, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA
  • Death 25 Dec 1933 Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
  • Burial Clyde, Sandusky County, Ohio, USA
  • Memorial ID 126733676

Although under age, Jay enlisted Co. A, 72d Ohio Volunteer Infantry, November, 1861; discharged disabled, March, 1863; re-enlisted, 1864, Co. C 196th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (Hospital Steward); then was chief clerk at Duryea brigade headquarters to the close of the war.

After Civil War service, D. Jay Collver became a well known globe-trotter and was originator of the travel bureau business and long-distance excursions in America. Since he had little money, he conceived the idea of escorting other persons on travels throughout the country. By 1882 his office was well established in Cleveland and conducted tours throughout the West where tourists could view buffalo and antelope herds as well as many Indian camps. By 1894 he began organizing tourist trains to St. Augustine and Daytona Florida operating over the newly constructed Florida East Coast Railway. He was an important catalyst in the development of the Florida tourist industry and by 1896 his signature destinations included the new town of Miami.

Known as "Collver Specials"; these trains operated from the Big Four railheads and conducted tourists from several locations in the East and Ontario to Florida destinations.

By 1900 he was V.P. of the Collver-Miller travel company in Cleveland. In later years he conducted tours for his son's world-wide travel excursion company on tours of the Far East, Panama, West Indies, and South America as well as the most important places in Europe, Asia and Africa.


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  • Created by: E. Everett
  • Added: 22 Mar 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 126733676
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David J “Jay” Collver (20 Aug 1846–25 Dec 1933), Find A Grave Memorial no. 126733676, citing McPherson Cemetery, Clyde, Sandusky County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by E. Everett (contributor 47244602) .