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   SEYMOUR HARVEY, an enterprising business man of Oneida, a useful citizen, held in much esteem for many sterling traits of character, was born in Washington County, New York, August 14, 1838. Arnold Harvey, grandfather of the above-named, a native of Rutland County, Vermont, removed from that State to Washington County, New York, and thence, two years later, to Durhamville, Oneida County, where he purchased land, and farmed the place until his death. His wife, Miss Melatta Hall, was born in the same county as her husband, and died at Durhamville, 1885, aged about eighty-three years, the mother of eleven children. Her father, Ammon Hall, an early settler in Oneida County, located himself at Sconondea, and worked a farm there until his death, at about eighty years of age. He married Miss Grace Peck.
   Ira Harvey, son of Arnold and father of Seymour, was born in Washington County, New York, and on reaching manhood became a farmer, and also followed his trade of sawyer, remaining in that county until 1844, when he removed to Durhamville, where he resided a short time. Leaving that place, he went to Sconondea, and kept a hotel for two years. Going back at the end of this time to Durhamville, he ran a saw-mill for the next few years, and was finally employed on the Erie Canal until 1880, when ill-health compelled him to cease from active labor. He married Miss Emily Searles, daughter of Gideon Searles, of Washington County, New York, by whom he had three children--Seymour, Lucy M., Delos S. Mr. Ira Harvey died in 1884. His widow, vigorous and active at seventy-three years of age, resides in Durhamville.
   Our subject was fortunate in receiving a good education in the excellent public schools of Durhamville; and, when he reached the age of twenty-one, having already assisted his father on the canal for a few years, he began boating on his own account. In 1862 he sold his boats, and formed a partnership with R. A. Hartwell for dealing in and forwarding coal. The next year Mr. Azel Clark bought out the interest of Mr. Hartwell, and the business has since continued under the firm name of Clark & Harvey. Their office was in Durhamville until 1870, when the New York, Ontario & Western Railroad was completed, and they established their present fine offices on East Walnut Street, Oneida.
   In his early manhood, at twenty-four years of age, Mr. Seymour Harvey was united in marriage to Miss Luthera B. Ure, who was born in Vernon, Oneida County, N.Y., daughter of William and Laura Ure. It is but a small tribute to the many excellences of this estimable lady to say that she illustrates in her life the Scripture sayings that a virtuous woman is a crown to her husband, that his heart doth safely trust in her, to which may be added that her own works do praise her. Three children were born in their happy home, two of whom, William H. and Marion G., here grew to maturity. The youngest, Laura W., was taken from them in 1883, at the tender age of five months. The son, William H., a young man of much promise, is superintendent of the Howe & Harrison Iron Company's works at Bessemer, Ala., one of the largest in the State. The daughter, Marion, is the wife of C. E. Eager, a prosperous jeweller, of Syracuse, N.Y.
   In the Masonic Order Seymour Harvey is a bright and shining light, pursuing his life on the "square" with his neighbors, and keeping a "level" head, with his "compass" set true, guiding him to his eternal home. In his politics he follows the fortunes of the Democratic party, and is a stanch supporter of its principles. Ever actively interested in the progress of the village of Oneida, for more than thirty years he has been one of the foremost in looking toward any enterprise which would benefit the community. He was one of the original stockholders of the Oneida Street Railroad, and is also connected with a large manufacturing company here. He is an energetic worker in the Young Men's Christian Association, and through his strong personality and sagacious counsel makes his influence widely felt. Mr. and Mrs. Harvey attend the Episcopal church, of which Mrs. Harvey is a communicant. In a beautiful part of the city, surrounded with shade-trees and smooth-shaven lawns, is the pleasant dwelling to which at the close of the day's business Mr. Harvey returns, feeling that for rest and quiet enjoyment "there is no place like home."

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