William Letts Oliver (August 6, 1844 – November 4, 1918) was a mining engineer who, along with Freeborn Fletter, founded the California Cap Company, the first U.S. manufacturer of blasting caps used for explosives in mining. He was also one of the principal owners of the Oliver Manufacturing Company.
The family lived at 1066 - 12th St. in the 1890s. They later lived at 101 Vernon St.
W. L. Oliver and his son Roland were amateur photographers, with over 2,700 of their photos collated on the Online Archive of California.
Upon W. L. Oliver’s death in 1918, Roland Oliver became president of the California Cap Company, which ceased operating in the 1940’s.
W. L. Oliver’s funeral was held at the family home on Thursday, Nov. 7, 1918. He is buried in Mountain View Cemetery in a mausoleum just below "Millionaire's Row."
Links and References
- Found in Mountain View
William Letts Oliver n FindAGrave.com
"Death Calls WM. L. Oliver, Mine Expert," Oakland Tribune, November 5, 1918 11-5-18 Trib.pdf
Blasting Items/California Cap Co Hal's Lamppost
Oliver Family Photograph Collections Online Archive of California
William Letts Oliver house, 101 Vernon Street, Oakland Oliver Family Photograph Collections, Online Archive of California