Biography of Blase Mercurio
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Blase Mercurio, of the firm of Mercurio Brothers, importers and wholesale commission dealers in fruits located at No. 69 Broad street, Utica, was born in Termini Imerese, Italy, on the 12th of February, 1868, a son of Frank Mercurio. The father was a macaroni manufacturer in Termini Imerese, but after his death the sons disposed of the business and emigrated to the United States.

Blase Mercurio attended the schools of his native city in the acquirement of an education, completing his course in the Regia Scuola Technica di Termini, from which institution he was graduated with the class of 1884. He subsequently entered the Italian royal army, where he served for three years, during which time he rose from the rank of private to that of caporal maggiore contabile of the first regiment of volunteers, receiving his honorary discharge on the 20th of July, 1891. On the expiration of his period of service he returned home and engaged in business with his father. After the latter's death the Sons continued to operate the factory until 1901, when they decided to emigrate to the United States and took passage for Boston. After a brief residence in that city they removed to Springfield, Massachusetts, whence they later came to Utica and here they have ever since been engaged in the fruit business. They have been very successful, possessing the sagacity, executive ability and perseverance essential to the development of any enterprise, which characteristics they have here applied with most gratifying success. They have so intelligently concentrated their energies upon the expansion of the business thaf it has reached such proportipns that to supply their banana trade it is necessary to place two carloads of this fruit in the curing cellars each week.

Mr. Mercurio is married to Miss Balsamo Mercurio. He is a member of the Sons of Columbus of Utica and the Masonic fraternity, being a member of the Italian Lodge. Politically he votes with the republicans. He is one of the highly esteemed Italian citizens of Utica, not only in the business but also the social circles of the city.

From:
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
Chicago 1912


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