Irving H. Oliver, who is business manager of the Glendale Union High School, was born at Amherst, Massachusetts, March 8, 1880, a son of Edd O. and Lydia (Utter) Oliver. The Oliver family in New England date back to 1690. The Utters have long been residents of New York State. Edd O. Oliver is a native of Massachusetts, but is now a resident of San Diego, California, where he has resided since 1909. He is still active as a contractor and builder.
Mr. Oliver graduated from high school in Newark, New Jersey, and took a position with the Prudential Life Insurance Company. When the Spanish American War broke out, he enlisted in the Infantry of the First New Jersey Regiment of Volunteers, and was sent to Camp Algers, in Southern Virginia, for training. He was discharged from the same camp, and returned to his position with the Prudential Life Insurance Company, where he remained until he came west in 1906. Locating in Los Angeles, he became a bookkeeper for the Los Angeles Creamery Company. While working there he decided to live in Glendale and bought a three-acre tract on East Acacia Avenue and resigned his position to devote all his time to the raising of fancy dogs and chickens. He took a trip East in 1911, to visit his old home, and the large business centers, being absent from Glendale for about a year. Upon his return he became manager for the Ezra Parker furniture business, in which position he continued until made business manager of the Glendale Union High School. Fraternally, he is a Master Mason and an Elk. He is a Trustee of Glendale Lodge, No. 1289, F & A. M., he is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and a charter member, and historian of the Spanish-American War Veterans. He was active in the affairs of Tropico before it became a part of Glendale, and served a two-year term as a member of its Board of Trustees. He was a member of the Board of Education of the Glendale Union High School, at the time he was appointed to his present position, in 1917.
At Los Angeles, on October 17, 1906, Mr. Oliver married B. May Lyttle of Newark, New Jersey. They became acquainted in the offices of the Prudential Life Insurance Company, where they were employed in the same department. Their three children are Lois, Roland and Hubert. Lois and Roland are, respectively, sophomore and freshman in the Glendale Union High School, and Hubert is a student in the grade school. Mrs. Oliver is a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Spanish-American War Veterans. The family resides in their new home at 615 North Jackson Street.
From History of Glendale and Vicinity by John Calvin Sherer. The Glendale Publishing Company, c. 1922 F. M. Broadbooks and J. C. Sherer. Pgs. 431-432.