J. B. OVIATT, JR., farmer, P. O. Norwich, was born in Smethport, McKean Co., Penn., December 22, 1850, the third
son of eleven children born to J. B. and Catherine M. (Stickles) Oviatt, natives of New York State, who came to
McKean county in 1837, and settled in Keating township. Mr. Oviatt remained upon the home farm with his parents
nntil he was twenty one years of age, when he went to Roulette, Penn., where he was employed by the late Leroy
Lyman in hunting, and working npon the farm. From Roulette he went to Alfred Centre, N. Y., where he finished his
education, after which he came to Norwich township and engaged as a laborer. He married, in October, 1875, Miss
Hattie B., daughter of J. B. and Mary B. (Gallup) Kimball, who came to Norwich township in 1855. Mr. and Mrs. Oviatt
are the parents of three children, named as follows: Jessie F., Mio and Frank, all of whom reside at home. Mr.
Oviatt, after his marriage purchased the farm which he now owns, and upon which he has erected a handsome residence.
Mr. Oviatt has been a very successful hunter, and has caught or killed, since 1875, the following wild animals:
170 deer and 10 bears, which netted $1,146.91; and 111 foxes, 112 raccoons, 8 otters, 35 minks, 8 wildcats, 30
martins, 56 skunks, and 120 muskrats, netting $403.86. He has held various township offices, and is highly respected
by all who know him. The family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, of Colegrove.
History of the Counties of
McKean, Elk and Forest,
With Biographical Selections.
J. H. Beers & Co., Publishers
McKean County, PA Biographies
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