Oliver Smith Kelly
1824 - 1904
O. S. Kelly grows up on a farm in Greene Township of Clark County later turning his efforts into carpentry trade. In 1852, Kelly temporarily leaves his family to seek his fortune in the California gold rush building dwellings for the miners, returning in 1856 with considerable wealth. He enters into partnership with William Whitely and Jerome Fassler to form a soon to be well-known company in the production of reapers and other farm equipment. He leaves the company in 1881, buying the old factory and reconstructing it as Kelly’s Arcade and Hotel. He is also instrumental in the founding of the O. S. Kelly Piano Plate Company and the Springfield Road Roller Company. Ferncliff’s beautiful Kelly Lake is named after him.
Location. 39° 56.157′ N, 83° 49.263′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Ohio, in Clark County. Click for map. Marker and monument are in Section A of Ferncliff Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 West McCreight Avenue, Springfield OH 45504, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Ludlow (within shouting distance of this marker); John Dick (within shouting distance of this marker); Jeremiah Warder and Ann Aston Warder (within
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Also see . . .
1. A Portrait of Oliver S. Kelly. (Submitted on March 29, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. History of Springfield, Ohio. (Submitted on March 29, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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