Olinger migrated to the United States in 1871 and came directly to Dubuque. After eighteen months as a farm hand, he moved to the city and began a livery business that he maintained for fifteen years. In 1877 he also opened a saloon and grocery store on the corner of Clay and 17th Street. (2)
In 1891 Olinger sold his livery business but retained his interest in buying and selling horses. (3) He owned the celebrated horse "Keno F."
1. "An Era of Economy," Dubuque Daily Herald, May 17, 1892, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=_OG5zn83XeQC&dat=18920517&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
2. "Caught on the Fly," Dubuque Herald, April 6, 1877, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18770406&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
3. "Peter Olinger Sells Out," Dubuque Daily Herald, March 13, 1891, p. 4
Oldt, Franklin. History of Dubuque County, Iowa. Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1880, p. 855
Portrait and Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones and Clayton Counties, Iowa. Chicago: Chapman Publishing Company, 1894, p. 128