Justin A. Auert, postmaster of Deerfield and one of its successful business men, has exemplified in his
life the advantages of a good education when it is backed by sound judgment and a. liberal supply of energy. He
is a native of Paris, France, born April 2, 1869, the only son of Christopher and Catherine (Hess) Auert. The father
was a custom tailor and, believing that more favorable opportunities were available in America, he came to this
country with his family in 1872 and located at Deerfield. Here he engaged in his business and also for about five
years was connected with the Union Hotel. He died in 1885, the mother passing away in 1903. They were both devout
members of St. Peter's Roman Catholic church of Deerfield and are buried in St. Peter's cemetery.
Mr. Auert of this review arrived in Deerfield when he was three years of age and received his preliminary education
in the public schools and Assumption Academy of Utica. He became a student of Manhattan College of New York city
and was graduated from that institution with the degree of bachelor of science in 1888. After leaving the college
he spent four years at Utica in the employ of John H. Sheehan & Company, wholesale druggists, where he gained
a good practical knowledge of business. Being a young man of independent character and desiring to become established
in life on his own account, he opened a store at Deerfield in 1892, with which he has ever since been successfully
identified. He carries a large line of fancy and staple groceries and is also a wholesale dealer in flour and feed,
being a member of the American Feed Dealers Association. On December 15, 1903, he was appointed postmaster of Deerfield
and has ever since held that office, the duties of which he has discharged to the entire satisfaction of the people
and the authorities at Washington.
In 1891 Mr. Auert was married to Miss Carrie Whitman and they have one son, Christopher J., who is now a student
of chemistry at Pratt's Institute, Brooklyn, New York. Mrs. Anert died in 1896 and is buried in St. Peter's cemetery.
In 1901 Mr. Auert was again married, the lady of his choice being Miss Margaret Ruth Weaver, who was born in Deerfield,
February 12, 1872, a daughter of Frederick G. and Margret Weaver. Four children have come to brighten this union:
Ruth, who was born September 2, 1903; Francis J., born May 30, 1908; Frederick Weaver, born November 26, 1909;
and Margaret, born March 9, 1911. Mrs. Anert is a member of the First Presbyterian church of Utica while her husband
is connected with St. Peter's Catholic church of Deerfield. Politically he gives his support to the republican
party but he has never been a partisan, preferring to be governed in casting his ballot by the character and qualifications
of the individual rather than by his party affiliation. He is not a member of any fraternal or secret society although
he can claim many friends in various organizations. He owes his success to his business capacity, systematic application
and sterling character, all of which are important elements in shaping the destiny of any individual.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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