Harvey was born in the same town his parents approximately a year after they were married. Also born in Crowder was his brother Jesse. Sometime before April 1910 the family moved to Matthew in South East Missouri. On April 12, 1913 three years after his brother Alfred was born and a year and 1/2 after his sister Lillian was born the family moved from Matthew to Cape Girardeau Missouri. At age 15 Harvey got a job with Roth Tobacco Co. in Cape Girardeau. In July 17, 1917 he left Roth and started working at Lemmings Saw Mill for $2.00 per day. He was only there for four months when the family moved to Akron Ohio. Shortly after arriving in Akron Harvey got a job on 12 Nov 1917 working for L. G. Fedrman Co. Department store. In January of 1918 the family moved yet again. This time to St. Louis Missouri. Three days after arriving in St. Louis Harvey was working in the Plug Department of Ligget & Myers Tobacco Co. He worked there less than a month before he started working for F. J. Schleicher Paper Box Co. On March 31, 1920 following the death of his grandmother Haddie and his father five months earlier, Harvey, his mother, brothers and sisters, left St. Louis Missouri by train and came out to California. His Uncle, Newton William Benson, got him a job at the Associated Oil Refinery in Avon California on 9 April 1920. His first paycheck at Associated Oil from April 9th to April 26th was for $18.00. Associated eventually loaned him to Shell Oil. Five years later Associated called Shell requesting his return. Harvey declined. Starting as a pipefitter at the Shell Oil Refinery in Martinez California in 1925. He served in that capacity at the refinery and the Shell Point Chemical Plant in Pittsburg until he was promoted to Mechanic forman in 1934. He became a zone supervisor at the refinery in 1944, assistant Master Mechanic in 1949, and Planning Coordinator for the refinery's engineering field department from 1958 until his retirement, in 1966, after 40 years with Shell Oil. Harvey first met his future wife, Rose, May 8, 1920 at the Farm Bureau Dance. Their first date was on July 20, 1921, they went to the Majestic. The courtship that followed lasted nearly 10 years until Rose and Harvey were married in 1930. When they were married they moved to 1405 Concord Ave. which was on the corner of Concord and Bisso Lane but unfortunately is no longer standing. Harvey became a member of Pacheco Lodge No. 117 I.O.O.F on 2 March 1925. He was also a Past Sachem of Wahoo Tribe No.194, Improved Order of Redmen, Concord.