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Fred H. Oliver


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"Spokane and The Spokane Country - Pictorial and Biographical - Deluxe Supplement." Vol. II. The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912. (No author listed.) pgs. 228-231.

       Many corporate interests have been promoted and stimulated by the enterprise, business activity and executive ability of Fred H. Oliver, who is now largely engaged in the development and sale of mining prop-erties and is an officer in a number of mining companies. His life record had its beginning in New York state on the 27th of April, 1862. He is one of a family of seven children, having one brother and five sisters. His parents were William H. and Elizabeth (Shaw) Oliver, both of whom were born in Maine. Both were of English descent and belonged to families that were represented in the Continental army during the Revolutionary war. The mother died in 1881 but the father still survives and now makes his home in Spokane. Of their children Frank G. is now a resident of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the five sisters are: Mrs. F. E. Snodgrass, of Los Angeles, California; Mrs. Paul Brown, of Portland; Mrs. George Beystone, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Mrs. Fannie Devitt, of Denver, Colorado; and Mrs. F. R. Fiske, the wife of Dr. Fiske, of Spokane.
       The youthful days of Fred H. Oliver were passed in Eau Claire, where he passed through consecutive grades in the common schools and became a high-school pupil. He entered business life in connection with lumber interests in California, whither he went in 1879, and there was connected with the lumber trade until 1882, when he removed to Spokane. He was here engaged in mining until 1888 at which time he was appointed Chinese inspector and served for two years. The next office to which he was called was that of deputy United States marshal, in which he also served for two years, and later he was appointed state road commissioner by Governor McGraw and served for two years. Since his retirement therefrom he has been connected with mining interests, devoting his time to both the development and sale of mining properties. He is largely interested in British Columbia, Ontario, Canada, and in southern Oregon properties, and as an official has voice in the management of a number of these. He is president of the Salmon River Gold Mining & Milling Company of British Columbia, is president of the Fairview Copper Mining Company of Ontario; president of the Big Four Development Company of Nevada; president of the Southern Oregon Water Power Company, of southern Oregon; and also has many other mining interests. The Fairview Copper Mining Company has its property twenty-five miles from the silver camp of Cobalt in northern Ontario. They have a body of copper ore carrying three per cent copper and heavy excess of iron, together with eight-tenths of one per cent nickel. It is being developed by diamond drilling and they have already gone down four thousand feet with diamond drills and have reached a depth of fourteen hundred feet. The plant of the Southern Oregon Water Power Company lies in Lake county, Oregon, five miles from the California line. The minimum horse power it is proposed to develop is twenty-one hundred and the maximum is twenty-six thousand. They hope to have the first three units of seven hundred horse power each in operation in the latter part of 1912. They can thus dispose of this at Lakeview and other small towns of that district. It is presumed that a great deal of the power will be used in pumping. The company is incorporated for three hundred thousand dollars under the laws of the state of Washington with head offices in Spo-kane. The officers are: F. H. Oliver, president; Dr. F. R. Fiske, secretary-treasurer; with Dayton H. Stewart, George McDonald, of Coulee City, and M. R. Jennings, of Edmonton, Alberta, as directors.
       In his political views Mr. Oliver is a republican and has been an active party worker in Spokane and Stevens county, but the importance of his business interests precludes personal activity along that line. He has represented his party in both county and state conventions, was a member of the first state convention at Walla Walla and served on the Stevens county central committee. His fraternal relations are with the Elks Lodge, No. 228.
       On the 13th of May, 1891, Mr. Oliver was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth McCallum, a daughter of D. W. McCallum, of Mendocino county, California, who was one of the pioneers of that state and is now representing his district in the general assembly. His parents were Canadians of English descent. Mr. and Mrs. Oliver have two daughters, Mildred and Margaret, who are both students in the high school. The family is well known socially and their circle of friends is an extensive one. Mr. Oliver is a splendid representative of that class of citizens who find in the conditions of the west the broader opportunities that call forth enterprise and determination. He recog-nizes the chances for the progressive business man to develop the country and utilize its splendid natural resources and he is taking his part in this work which promises good results both to the individual and to the communities in which his activities are called forth.

Submitted by: Nancy Pratt Melton

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