HIRAM W. OLIVER. – Mr. Oliver is a native of Indiana, and was born in 1827. He is the son of a farmer. In 1849 he moved to Illinois, farming until the fall of 1853, when he changed his residence to Iowa. In 1864 he crossed the plains to the Pacific coast, and located a claim in the Grande Ronde valley, Oregon, at the north end of the broad, timbered flat northwest of Summerville, and purchased a sawmill there which he is still operating. He manufactures a large quantity of excellent lumber, and also conducts large farming operations.
He married Miss Julia McCaleb in Illinois in 1856; and their seven children are all prominent in Union county. This companion died in 1874. His present wife, Maria L. Burt, makes for him and their three children a delightful home. Mr. Oliver owns ten hundred and forty acres of timbered land in the vicinity of his mill, and also has considerable well-bred stock.