OLIVER J. MALTBY LEFT HIS MARK
As The Best Pole and Line Fisherman
Oliver Maltby was born in 1856 the son of a Petersburg wagon maker. At 17,
Oliver came to Oakford to work for his brother-in-law, John Walker the local blacksmith. At 18 Oliver borrowed $17 from Abram Garber to purchase his first leather and was in business making and repairing harness and shoes. The raw community needed his services.
In 1875 he married Elmira Goodpasture. The trappers sold their furs to O.J. who
shipped them. Eventually, he built and operated a general store adding an annex
later which housed many services for the community.
Mr. Maltby was a Modern Woodmen. village board member and helped form a stock company which built and operated the Oakford Hall. He was Oakford's
postmaster for 28 years, he was a prominent member of the Oakford community. He died in California in 1927.
Oliver J. Maltby --- by birth and enheritance, a man for his times.
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