Edward Overholser Edit Profile
Preparatory education, St. Francis Institution for Boys at Osage Mission, Kansas. Student Lawrence College, Appleton, Wisconsin.
He arrived in Oklahoma City on April 2, 1890, and took over the management of the Overholser Opera House. In the late 1890s, Overholser helped organized the townsites of Stroud, Wellston, Luther and Jones. He entered public service and worked as the manager of the Oklahoma City waterworks department and was the first Secretary of the State Fair Association.
He also served as a school board member and as Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners. He was responsible for the large lake that was named in his honor, Lake Overholser. Overholser married Allie Garrison on May 26, 1903, and had two children, one of whom survived.
He served from April 13, 1915 to December 24, 1918. Overholser became the President of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce from 1922 to 1927. He was responsible for erasing the chamber's debt and increasing the membership to 5,000, an impressive feat at a time when only five cities in the U.S. claimed large memberships.
Illness took his life on April 21, 1931, in Oklahoma City.
Member School Board, Oklahoma city, also chairman Board County Commissioners. Member Oklahoma National Guard, 1893-1903.
Married Allie Garrison, May 26, 1903.