About Oliver P. Killam, Jr.
Oliver Porter Killam, Jr. resided in Boxford,
Massachusetts during his early years. In the 1920s Oliver, at
the age of seventeen, drove across the United
States to see our country with his own eyes. This was no minor
feat when one considers the infancy of our highway system and
the performance of the cars of that time. Oliver had a zest for
life and an insatiable intellectual curiosity which would lead
him to explore many avenues in his life time.
settled in Marblehead, Massachusetts. He
was a restauranteur at one point, built furniture for schools
and businesses, and bought a beautiful piece of property with
3 houses known as "the hill". Then he discovered the
stock market. Oliver had an amazing knack for investment! When
he died at the age of 93, Oliver had a fortune and left it, through
his private foundation, to be used for scholarships for Marblehead
High School students and to the children's room in the Abbot
Public Library. Oliver had great respect for education and wanted
to help Marblehead students who had both need and ability to
realize their four year college dreams.