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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company; Elwood Roberts, Editor.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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BENJAMIN E. BLOCK, one of the best known business men on Main street, Norristown, though he is a comparatively a young man, has achieved remarkable success in his line of furniture and housekeeping goods generally. He conducted the same business very successfully for many years on Swede street above Lafayette. Finding that he needed more ample accommodations for his rapidly increasing business, he purchased a building formerly owned by the Meeh estate on Main street below Swede. Before he was able to get possession of the building, however, in order to make the necessary alterations to adapt it to his purposes, the congregation of the Central Presbyterian church secured a new location on Airy street, in the western portion of Norristown, and their property on Main street near Swede was placed on the market. Mr. Block, with his accustomed foresight and good judgment, saw the advantages of the site for the establishment of his business, and purchased it for a very reasonable price, and at once made the alterations necessary to convert it into one of the finest stores on the principal business street of Norristown, in which he conducts a very extensive business. He is a large stockholder in the Peoples’ Building and Loan Association, and is also interested in a number of other local enterprises.

He resides on Swede street near Chestnut. He is a man who is very highly esteemed in the community in which he lives, his great business enterprise and his interest in everything calculated to promote the prosperity and growth of Norristown, commending him to his fellow citizens generally.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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