OLIVER, H. A. The subject of this sketch was born in Pekin, Tazewell County, Illinois, April 12, 1843. When
he was but a child, his parents moved to Chicago, where his mother died when H. A. was only six years old. In 1850
the father came to California, leaving the boy with his grandparents for a short time, when they died. He then
attended school, and worked out at times, until April, 1861, when he was found among the first who "went at
their country's call," and enlisted as private in Company "E," 16th Regiment Illinois Volunteers.
Although entering the service as a private, he was in a short time promoted to the office of Sergeant, then Orderly
Sergeant, and finally was chosen as Captain of Company "G," 154th Illinois Volunteers. In all he served
about four and a half years, and at the close of the war was mustered out of the service at Springfield, Illinois.
He then returned to Carthage, Illinois, and engaged in clerking in a store in Hancock County. At the end of sixteen
months he went to Kansas, and was engaged in farming and merchandising until 1871, when he came to California.
He came to Lake County in October of that year, and engaged in farming in Coyote Valley until 1875, when he was
elected to the position of County Clerk, which office he still holds, giving entire satisfaction to the people
of the county. In his official and social relations Mr. Oliver is a pleasant and genial gentleman, and in his office
no more accommodating man can be found He was married February 22, 1867, to Miss Sarah J. Howard, a native of Ohio,
and their children are Lizzie, Mettie, Bertha and Charles K
History of Napa and Lake Counties, California
Slocum, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1881
Lake County, CA
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