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Dr. Charles W. Miner

Charles and Mabel Miner
Dr. Charles W. Miner
was born on Jan. 29, 1883 in Crooksville or in McLuney Station, Harrison Township, Perry County, OH, the son of Thomas M. and Maletha (Ogburn) Miner. He was an early optometrist in our family.

In about 1899, at the age of 16, Charles moved eastward with his parents to Gallitzin Township, Cambria County, PA, near where his sister Lizzie and her family were living. It is thought that Charles' brothers Will and Fred moved there about that time as well.

As a young man, Charles moved again, to New York State, and was living there in 1910. By 1918, his residence was in Little Falls, Herkimer County, NY. In 1920 he was living in nearby Herkimer Village.

Unlike his brothers Harvey and Fred, who were coal miners, Charles was a watchmaker for a jewelry store in Herkimer County. 

At some point, he also became an optometrist, and for 45 years practiced in Rome, NY. 

Charles, far right, with brother Will and sister Lizzie, 1956

Little Falls, NY
The Altoona (PA) Mirror noted that Charles "was of the Baptist faith."

Seen here, a picturesque view of Little Falls, along the New York Central railroad lines.

Charles married a native New Yorker named Mabel ( ? - ? ).

Apparently the pair did not reproduce.

In March 1945, when his brother Fred died, the Johnstown (PA) Tribune said that Charles was residing in Jerome, NY. 

Mabel died before her husband, but the details of her demise are not yet known. 

Obituary, 1957
In later years, the widowed Charles moved into the home of his married niece, Esther Erb, in Altoona, Blair County, PA, at the address of 125 Lexington Avenue. 

Charles was stricken by a massive heart attack and passed away within minutes in the Erb residence on Oct. 28, 1957. He was 74 years of age.

The remains were laid to rest in Rose Hill Cemetery in Altoona.

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