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San Bernardino County and Riverside County


J. OLIVER PERCIVAL is a young business man who has made extraordinary use of his time and talents since leaving school. At Hemet he has carried on and developed an extensive ice manufacturing and associated industry, and is justly accorded a place of prominence among the business leaders of that community.

Mr. Percival was born at Santa Monica, California, September 1, 1892, son of J. Phil and Delia C. Percival, now residents of Los Angeles. His father is president of the Percival Iron Company of Los Angeles. Phil Percival in his early years was celebrated as a champion bicycle rider.

J. Oliver Percival attended public school at Los Angeles, graduating from high school in 1910, and in the same year started his independent career, locating at Hemet. The business to which he has given his energies and which in time has profited by his connection is the Valley Ice & Laundry Company. He became president, secretary and treasurer of the company some years ago and is now its principal owner. This industry was started as a very modest plant, but is now one of the largest of the kind in Riverside County, serving a patronage for many miles adjacent to Hemet.

Mr. Percival is also president of the Hemet Chamber of Commerce and one of its directors, and he is also director of the First National Bank of Hemet. He is a republican in politics and a Mason and Shriner, also a member of the Knights of Pythias.

On April 4, 1915, he married Miss Eva Oldaker at Riverside. Her parents have been residents of San Bernardino County for over thirty years. Her father, George Oldaker, in San Bernardino is connected with the Santa Fe Railway. Mr. and Mrs. Percival have two children. Oliver Cary, born November 21, 1916, and Patricia, born November 23, 1919.


History of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties 
By: John Brown, Jr., Editor for San Bernardino County 
And James Boyd, Editor for Riverside County 
With selected biography of actors and witnesses of the period 
of growth and achievement.
Volume III, the Western Historical Association, 1922, 
The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, ILL

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011