Dakota Heartstrings
My North Dakota Diary
Oliver County
'Oliver County was named to perpetuate the memory of Hon. Harry S. Oliver of Lisbon, a prominent member of the territorial legislature of 1885. It was organized in 1885 from part of Mercer county and lies on the western bank of the Missouri river a few miles north of Bismarck, the state capital. For many years its people were engaged in stock raising, but in later years the transition from ranching to dairying and grain growing became very rapid. Center is the county seat, located near the geographical center of the county.' Source: North Dakota Blue Book -- 1942