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   FRANK H. MAYER, of Oneida, dealer in coal, feed, hay, and straw, is one of the successful men of the village, having built up a prosperous business, and is now enjoying a good trade and possessing the confidence of the people to an unusual extent, notwithstanding there are other firms which are older in the business than he. He is a kind-hearted and accommodating man, has an excellent coal-yard, and fills orders promptly and in a satisfactory manner.
   Augustus H. Mayer, the father of the subject of this sketch, was born in Germany, and came to the United States in 1853. He at first worked in the Allen House in the village of Oneida, and afterward was employed at Durhamville. He married Caroline Beck, Frank H., the subject of this sketch, being their only child. He was a bright and intelligent boy, and had good opportunities for securing an education in school. His sound, practical knowledge of his own business, and his acquaintance with the history of his country, have been obtained by his own endeavors and by his own accurate observation.
   When only nine years old, Frank H. Mayer began to drive a team on the tow-path of the canal, and was thus employed until he was fourteen, when he was promoted to steering the boat. He worked continuously on the canal for twenty-two years. He then bought a half-interest with Clark & Harvey, coal-dealers in Durhamville, soon mastering the details of the business, and two years later bought out his partners. In this business he continued four years alone, and then sold a half-interest. Leaving his partner in Durhamville to manage the business there, he himself removed to Oneida, and established the yard and business in which he is now engaged, being in Oneida the sole proprietor of his business, and still retaining the one-half interest in the business at Durhamville. At the time of his removal to Oneida, in 1892, he was thirty-four years old; and in this comparatively short period of time he has made a remarkable record as a business man. He married Helen Sipp, by whom he has three children; namely, Lucile, Frank, and August Harold. Politically, Mr. Mayer is a Republican and a careful observer of the tendency of political thought and movement. His business now being established on a firm basis, he intends to make the pleasant village of Oneida a permanent home. Besides establishing his business on a solid foundation, he has also established his own character and reputation as an honest, straightforward business man, and has the pleasure and satisfaction of living in a community in which he has the confidence of all.

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