Andrew K. Ober was born in Beverly, 25 July, 1825. His parents were Andrew and Sarah Ober. His Puritan ancestry began with Richard who came from England, and was one of the earliest settlers of Beverly, a part of whose estate is still in the Ober name.
Mr. Ober, when a boy, was fond of books and nature, and studied both. He developed a thorough business man. He began with the fishing business, then became a grocer and finally was engaged in a wholesale boot and shoe business, from which he retired with a competency in 1877. His leisure he gave to archaeological research, and with Prof. Horsford, of Cambridge, located the Norse Vinland along our shores. The Peabody Museum of Harvard College and the Essex Institute, of Salem, are his debtor for fine collections of Indian and Norse relics. He left several manuscript volumes which will soon be published. He was a frequent contributor to current literature. His home was "Oberwold" and displayed his taste in its artistic beauty. It was a part of the ancestral acres, and the most beautiful along the North Shore.
He was modest, but ambitious, persevering and public spirited. He had a high sense of honor, was a kind and loving father, and a man highly respected. He died 25 Aug., 1893, leaving a widow and eight children.
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