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Frank Zuber
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Birth: May 3, 1876
Munich (München), Germany
Death: Sep. 25, 1956
Chenango County
New York, USA

Former Norwich Mayor Frank Zuber Dies at 80

Norwich--Frank Zuber, 80, former Norwich City mayor, civic leader and millionaire philanthropist, died last night in the Chenango Memorial Hospital. He had been admitted to the hospital last Thursday suffering with a cold which turned into bronchial pneumonia. His condition became critical Sunday and his death, at 8:15 o'clock, was due to coronary insufficiency, it was reported by Dr. William Mayhew of Oxford.

Mr. Zuber, who came to the United States from Germany as a child made most of his fortune in the gasoline and oil business.

He retired from the oil business about 12 years ago, but remained active in several other business interests.

Board Chairman

He was chairman of the board of directors of the Chenango County National Bank & Trust Co. of Norwich and was chairman of the board and president of the National Bank of Oxford at the time of his death.

Mr. Zuber's first wife, Mrs. Clara L. Squires Zuber, died in 1952.

Last January 25, he married Mrs. Mary B. O'hara of Norwich. She survives.

Surviving also are a daughter, Mrs. Mabel Higley of Norwich: two grandsons, Frank Zuber Higley and Sterling F. Higley, both of Norwich: three great grandchildren; a brother, Joseph W. Zuber of Fort Scott, Kans., and a stepson, Peter O'hara of Norwich.

Funeral arrangements are being made at the Devine Funeral Home.


Mr. Zuber was a native of Unzhurst, Bavaria, Germany, born May 3, 1876. He came to this country with his family at the age of four.

The family settled on a farm at Jasper near Hornell.

At the age of 12 he left school and went to work on a farm as a "hired man" at $5 a month and his keep.

In 1895, he secured employment on the farm of Loyal R. Dodge near Oxford, 17 hours a day, at $18.75 a month plus room and board. A year later he went to work for the borden Condensed Milk Co. at $1.25 a day.

Later he worked for the borden Co. in Norwich and while employed in Norwich started a retail coal business in his spare time.


From 1912 to 1922 he operated a fuel business in Norwich in partnership with J. L. Millspaugh.

When the partnership was disolved, Mr. Zuber took the oil business and Mr. Millspaugh continued in the coal business.

Mr. Zuber expanded his business rapidly building a fortune in the retail and wholesale distribution of gasoline and oil, the trucking business and profitable stock purchases.

At one time his Z & M Oil Co, Inc., operated some 50 gasoline stations throughout Central New York State, and he had some 75 trucks on the road in both the oil and milk transport business.


Mr. Zuber served the city as alderman from Ward 4 from 1919 to 1929, when he was elected mayor. He served as mayor for 16 years, until he was succeeded by James M. Flanagan in 1945.

Mr. Zuber served also ont he Norwich City School Board, was a director and president of the Chenango Memorial Hospital and served as a director and president of the Chenango County Agricultural Society.

For several years he operated a 700-acre farm in Route 12 south of Norwich.

In 1952, Hartwick College in Oneonta conferred a "Distinguished Citizenship Award" on Mr. Zuber, and in 1953 he was elected to the Board of Trustees of that institution.

His fraternal affiliations included: Free Masonry in practically all of its branches, such as the Blue Lodge, Royal Arch Masons, Knights Templar and the Ancient Order of the Mystic Shrine; the BPOE, Loyal Order of Moose; the Norwich Club; the Jester Club of Binghamton; Rome Country Club; Norwich Rotary Club and the Utica City Club.

(Source: The Binghamton Press; Wed. 26 Sep 1956; pg 3 col 7-8) 
Family links: 
  Clara L Squires Zuber (1878 - 1952)
  Mabel Zuber Higley (1902 - 1962)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Hope Cemetery
Chenango County
New York, USA
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Record added: Jul 25, 2010
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Frank Zuber
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Frank Zuber
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Frank Zuber
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