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OLIVER » No.9 «

SN = 874068
Chicago, Illinois / USA
US QWERTY keyboard (extended)
pica 10 cpi; 76 cpl
3(!) char/key
black ribbon
4 pre-setable tabs
( no case )
W * D * H =
16" * 14_1/2" * 11_1/2"
41 cm * 37 cm * 29 cm
29 lbs ;   13 kg

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H I S T O R I C A L   R E M A R K S    about   T W O   C L E R G Y   M E N  ...
Visiting my friend in the USA,  I came to the  "SOUTHERN OREGON STATIONARY"  in
Medford.  After 50 years of service going out of business - Sorry!  I asked the
owner:  What will happen with all the antiques machines on your display ???  He
offered me the  » OLIVER No.9 «  and told me its history:  The former owner had
written the BOOK  » ARCTIC WINGS «  on this typewriter ...


(1st)  The interesting story about the FORMER OWNER of this  »OLIVER No.9«  ...
       TEXT FOUND IN               

Father Leising, 94, a native of Swormville and missionary in the Northwest
Territories of Canada, died Thursday, May 10, 2007 in Medford, Ore.  Born in
East Amherst, he was the oldest of nine children and grew up on a family farm.
He was a graduate of St. Jerome's High School in Kitchener, Ont. and attended
St. Bonaventure University for a year before entering the priesthood. He was
ordained on May 27, 1940  in Washington, D.C.  Father Leising  served  as a
missionary near Fort Smith in the Northwest Territories from 1940 to 1965.
During that time, he worked as a dog-sled missionary at Fort Smith, helped
build a church in Stony Rapids, Sask., and was chaplain for the gold and
uranium mine companies at Yellowknife, capital of the Northwest Territories
and at Port Radium on the eastern shore of Great Bear Lake.

He also flew airplanes into the Arctic Circle to retrieve people who needed
medical attention. A book about Father Leising's flying adventures,
"Arctic Wings" was published by Doubleday in 1959 and sold a million copies
from 1960 to 1970. Father Leising also dabbled in motion picture photography.
Around the same time "Arctic Wings" was published, an hourlong motion picture
of Indian and Eskimo missions called "Arctic Missions of the Mackenzie" was
released. The movie was backed by Cardinal Francis Joseph Spellman of the
Archdiocese of New York who arranged for the National Director for the
Propagation of the Faith and Sound Masters Studios to help Father Leising
with the film. Father Leising also set up a small radio broadcasting station
while at Immaculate Conception Mission at Aklavik, another Northwest Territory,
in 1949. After broadcasting the Mass and sermon in Eskimo and English, he chose
several children to speak over the radio to their parents. After recovering
from several bouts of hepatitis, Father Leising directed the building of a
50,000 watt FM radio station and put it on air in Belleville, Ill. at the
Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in 1965. In 1969, he was invited by Archbishop
Robert Dwyer of Portland, Ore. to establish a parish for lumberjacks in the
mountains of the Rogue River Valley of southern Oregon. In four years, 340
families had joined Our Lady of Fatima parish. Father Leising retired as pastor
of Our Lady of Fatima parish in Shady Cove, Ore. on July 1, 1990 but continued
to serve as a chaplain at nursing homes in Oregon until his death.

(2nd)  The interesting story about the FOUNDER of the  »OLIVER No.9«  ...

Thomas Oliver was born in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada, on August 1, 1852. Having
become interested in religion, Oliver moved to Monticello, Iowa, after the
death of his mother, to serve as a Methodist minister. In 1888, Oliver began
to develop his first typewriter, made from strips of tin cans, as a means of
producing more legible sermons. He was awarded his first typewriter patent, US
Patent No. 450,107, on April 7, 1891. After four years of development, a "crude
working model" composed of 500 parts had been produced. Oliver resigned his
ministry and moved to Epworth, Iowa, where he found investors willing to
provide  $15,000 ($425,000 in 2014) of capital, and leased a building in which
to manufacture his machines. While visiting Chicago to promote the machine,
Oliver encountered businessman Delavan Smith, who became interested in the
typewriter and bought the stock held  by the Iowa investors. Oliver was given
a 65% interest in the company and retained to continue development of the
typewriter, at an annual salary of $3,000 ($85,000 per year in 2014). Oliver
died suddenly of heart disease on February 9, 1909, aged 56.

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