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Freeman E. Oviatt

Freeman E. Oviatt was born in Cleveland, Ohio, November 2, 1858.  He spent his entire boyhood there.  He entered the public schools of the city, and after acquiring the rudiments of an education left to enter the Spencerian Business College, from which institution he graduated.

     He went into the retail shoe business soon after his graduation from the business college, and has remained in that business ever since, except for a few years spent in the general railroad contracting business with an elder brother in New York State.

     Mr. Oviatt came to this city in 1895, and engaged in retailing shoes soon after he arrived at the place he still occupies at 1105 Main Street.  His long experience in the business, united with an aptitude for mercantile affairs, have placed him in the front rank among the local dealers, many of whom have passed half their lives in the business of this city.

     Mr. Oviatt is a member of a number of secret and benevolent societies, among the the Royal Aranum and the Modern Woodmen, and also holds membership in the local Retail Merchants' Association.

     He was married in 1880 to Miss Ada R. Fish, in Cleveland, O.  They have five children.
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