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J. H. Oberly    

J. H. OBERLY, oil producer and tobacco dealer, was born July 8, 1833, in Lebanon county, Pennsylvania, and is one of five children born to Henry and Catharine Oberly. He was educated in the common schools and began for himself in the coal and grain business in Berks county, which he continued until 1868; he then sold out, coming to Oil City, established his present tobacco store and commenced to produce oil, both of which he has continued without cessation. He married Helen M. See, a native of Berks county, Pennsylvania, and has four children: George S., married to Jennie Steffee; Alice, Mamie, and Edward. Mr. Oberly served as mayor of Oil City from 1880 to 1882 and was a member of the city council for eight years. He has been one of the county Republican committee and was a delegate to the state convention in 1878. He is a director of the Union Loan Association, a member of the Masonic order, chapter, and commandery, and belongs to the Lutheran church.

History of Venango County, Pennsylvania : its past and present, including its aboriginal history, the French and British occupation of the country, its early settlement and subsequent growth, a description of its historic and interesting localities, its rich oil deposits and their development, sketches of its cities, boroughs, townships, and villages, neighborhood and family history, portraits and biographies of pioneers and representative citizens, statistics, etc., etc.
Chicago, Ill.: Brown, Runk & Co., 1890, page 855. 
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