Biographical Sketch of John Hemwood Oliver

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Oliver, John Hemwood; general contractor; born, London, Eng., April 14, 1868; son of John and Sarah Burnham Oliver; educated, Cleveland public schools and business college; married, Cleveland, June 13, 1900, Lydia Schneider; issue, two sons, Chester Henry, and Karl Hemwood Oliver; five years in military, Co. I, 5th regiment, Cleveland, and one year 1st sergt. in the Euclid Light Infantry, Cleveland; learned the contracting business with his father, who was proficient in all lines of building; has been a building contractor for twenty years, for the past five years mostly in building, jobbing and remodeling, taking all branches of the building trades; is a tenor singer, and has sung in many of the Cleveland churches; was a member of the Cleveland Oratoria and Opera Society, when it was in existence; now a member of The Cleveland Opera Club; in May, 1912, took one of the leading parts in the opera “The Highwayman,” at the Colonial Theater; has traveled three winters with opera companies, the Madeline or Magic Kiss, The Scenic Opera Co., and The Girl From Paris, a musical comedy; taking prominent parts in all; two winters with Bullock, the lecturer, singing illustrated songs; member East End Athletic Club. Recreations: Hunting and Fishing.

MLA Source Citation:

The Book of Clevelanders: A Biographical Dictionary of Living Men of the City of Cleveland. Burrows Book Company. 1914. Web. 27 January 2015. - Last updated on Feb 13th, 2012

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