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 Oliver Morse Merrill  (1907 - 1979)

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Lived/Active: California/Hawaii/Massachusetts      Known for: painting, advertising

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Oliver Morse Merrill was born on 13 April 1907 in Newburyport, MA, a son of George P. and Mary E. Morse Merrill. George was born in Adrian, MI and Mary in Cleveland, OH, according to the record of Oliver's birth and the record of their marriage on 18 May 1899 in Cleveland. Mary died before 1910, according to the 1910 census. George and sons Dwight and Oliver were living in Minneapolis, MN in 1910, where George was employed as a Minister. George's father, George R. Merrill, was also a minister.

The Merrills relocated to Atlanta, GA by 1920, where George was employed as a Pastor. He had remarried by this time to a woman named Blanche Y. Oliver was living in Long Beach, CA in 1930 where he was employed as a truck driver for a paint company.

There are several records in passenger lists of Oliver's travels from California to Hawaii in the 1930s and his Social Security number was issued there. He traveled alone in 1935-1936 and was accompanied by his wife, Mary Olga, in 1937. Mary Olga was the daughter of H. Ray and Olga Holm McClintock. The Merrills were listed in 1938 in the Bay Cities City Directory (CA), where Oliver was employed as an advertising man. The Merrills are listed in the 1941, 1943 and 1945 La Jolla, CA city directories. His occupation was given as clerk in 1943. There are few mentions of the Merrills in records after 1945, but Oliver later had an art studio in Spanish Village in Balboa Park in San Diego which is proved by the stamp that he applied to the back of his paintings.

Little is recorded about Merrill's work as an artist. The period he was active as an artist and the source of his training as an artist are not known.

Oliver Morse Merrill died on 11 June 1979 in San Diego, CA. Mary Olga Merrill died on 16 January 1992 in Collin County, TX. The Merrills are buried in Oak Hill Memorial Park Cemetery, Escondido, San Diego County, CA.

Researched, written and submitted by Kevin Daniel, University of Illinois graduate student of Library and Information Science with a focus on art Cataloging.

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Oliver Morse Merrill was born in Massachusetts on April 13, 1907.  Merrill was working for a paint company in Long Beach in 1930.  He later had a studio in the Spanish Village in Balboa Park in San Diego.  He died there on June 11, 1979.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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