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Biography of Frederick Merner

Frederick Merner, a prominent manufacturer, is a brother of Samuel Merner, M.P., mentioned on preceding pages, and was born in the same place, Canton, March 22, 1829. In 1837, when the family settled near New Hamburg, the country in this part was almost a dense forest; schoolmasters were scarce, and not of the highest grade, and Frederick acquired the best education he could, under the circumstances, at literary browsing. By additional application to books out of school, he obtained a fair knowledge of the several branches necessary for the transaction of ordinary business. His father raised no children to fill spheres of idleness, and Frederick, after farming until seventeen years of age, was sent to Preston to learn the trade of a wagon maker, spending three years there as an apprentice. Going thence to Grimsby, he there worked as a journeyman until of age (18.50), when he settled in New Hamburg, and engaged in business in company with his brother, he doing the wood work and Samuel the iron. About 1855 our subject bought out his brother, and has since been carrying on business by himself, making carriages and sleighs, as well as farm wagons and buggies, having shops both here and at Waterloo, and usually giving employment from twenty to twenty-five skilled workmen. He manufactures a good substantial article, and finds his principal market in this Province, but has sent wagons to Australia and Van Dieman’s Land. Mr. Merner is an enterprising man, and sometimes has more than one iron in the fire. In 1875 he commenced flax growing; sowed from 300 to 350 acres, and raised some...

Biography of Samuel Merner, M. P.

Samuel Merner, member of the House of Commons for South Waterloo, and the leading business man at New Hamburg, was born in the Canton of Berne, Switzerland, January 29, 1823, his parents being Jacob and Susan (Schluchter) Alerner. In 1837 the family emigrated to Canada and settled on a bush farm two miles west of New Hamburg, where the parents lived until their death, the father dying in 1873, aged 81 years, and the mother in 1876, aged 86 years. Samuel received a common school drill, and when fifteen years of age he went to Preston, County of Waterloo, learned the blacksmith trade, and after working at it in different places as a journeyman, came to New Hamburg in 1844, started blacksmith and wagon shops, managed them for ten or eleven years, then sold out to his younger brother, Frederick Merner, and a little later started a foundry, which he ran until 1873, when he gave it to his eldest son, Simpson, who is still managing it. Mr. Merner had also, at the same time, a foundry at Waterloo, which he gave to his son Absalom. In 1874 Mr. Merner bought a flouring mill in New Hamburg, and besides custom work, he is manufacturing from 10,000 to 12,000 barrels of flour, the mill having five run of stone, and doing first class work. He is also a silent partner in an extensive furniture factory at Berlin. Mr. Merner has had striking success in his business ventures, and is the principal proprietor of the Village of New Hamburg, owning several business blocks and other property besides his mill and elegant...

Biographical Sketch of William E. Merner

Merner, William E.; wall paper business; born, Ontario, Can., April 29, 1865; son of Christian Merner, mother’s maiden name Young; educated, Canadian High School, Commercial course at The Northwestern College, Naperville, Ill.; married, June 18, 1902, Effie S. Pratt; issue, two daughters; director The Western Reserve Land Co.; owner The Economy Wall Paper Co.; Mason, Ellsworth Lodge, Hillman Chapter; member Chamber of...

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