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.
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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