Biography of Albert H. Weber
Oneida County, NY Biographies





Albert H. Weber, occupying an enviable position as one of the most progressive and prosperous merchants of Waterville, where he has engaged in business continuously since 1889, was born in Utica, New York, April 8, 1860, a son of Christian and Maria Louise (Hartmann) Weber. The father was born near Frankfort-on-the-Main and when eighteen years of age came to America that he might escape enforced military service. He continued in New York city for two years and then removed to Utica where he retained his residence for a number of years. He then removed westward to Washington county, Iowa, his death occurring September 26, 1898. His wife passed away in September, 1869.

The public schools of his native city afforded Albert H. Weber his educational privileges but just before the time of his graduation from the South street school his father removed to Iowa. In that state the son remained until 1881, when he returned to Utica and entered the employ of John Kohler, a drygoods merchant, with whom he continued exactly eight years. He then bought out a clothing business in Waterville known as the Green Clothing Store. In accordance with his usual promptness and activity he kept his position with Mr. Kohler through the forenoon and then came down on the train, taking possession of the clothing store and opening its doors for business the same afternoon. He is by nature industrious and energetic and upon these valuable qualities has builded his success. For twenty two years he has maintained a foremost position in the commercial circles of Waterville, having one of the well appointed stores, while his reasonable prices and straightforward dealings have secured him a gratifying patronage.

Mr. Weber was married in Utica, May 7, 1884, to Miss Anna Simmerer, a daughter of Eugene and Maria Simmerer. The only child of this marriage is a son, Ralph E. Weber, who was born April 30, 1885. He was graduated from the Waterville high school in 1903 and from Yale University with the class of 1907. He engaged with the Carnegie Steel Company first at Pittsburg and later at Newark, New Jersey, and has since continued with that corporation. He took an academic course in college and is a member of the Beta Theta Phi fraternity.

Mr. Weber gives his political allegiance to the republican party and has filled some positions of public trust although he has not sought office. For several terms he acted as a member of the board of education of the Waterville public schools and for five years was a member of the water board of the village. He belongs to Sanger Lodge, No. 129, F. & A. M., and his wife was the first worthy matron of the Crystal Chapter of the Eastern Star of Waterville. Both hold membership in the Presbyterian church in which Mr. Weber has been an elder for sixteen years and also clerk of the session. While business activities have claimed much of his time and energies and his labors therein have been fraught with success, he has never allowed his mercantile interests to preclude his activity in other directions wherein the welfare and progress of the city and county are involved. He has labored earnestly and effectively for the welfare of Waterville and his work has been an important factor in public improvement.

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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