John Oliver

Lewiston Morning Tribune
July 11, 1895

Death of John Oliver.

John Oliver died suddenly Tuesday morning at the Hotel de France, the result of a combination of diseases which has invalidated him for many years. He has resided at the hotel for several weeks past, receiving medical treatment, and while it was noticed that he was gradually failing, his sudden death was a surprise to all. He had walked about the house during the day, and seemed a trifle stronger than for several days previous. He retired to his room alone about 9 o'clock, carrying with him a pitcher of water. About 6 o'clock Tuesday morning his room was entered by the night watchman, Geo. Young and Mr. Oliver's lifeless body was found lying on the floor. Apparently, he got out of bed during the night, when he was seized with the attack which claimed his life.

Mr. Oliver was a native of Ireland, 63 years of age, his early life being spent on the seas. He located in California in 1852, later in Oregon, and since 18623 has been a resident of this section. He served during the Nez Perce war under Gen. Howard, and was a scout during the war with Bannacks. Mr. Oliver was a man of large heart and liberal views, with that keen sense of honor which brought to him the confidence and respect of the entire community. Many friends mourn his loss. He was buried yesterday morning from the chapel of the Masonic Hall, the funeral being conducted by the members of that body, and attended by a large number of his many friends. He leaves an estate valued at $12,000. Relatives from Illinois will arrive here next week.

Contributed by Natalie Huntley

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