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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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WILLIAM A. CROUTHAMEL, the well known clothing manufacturer of Souderton, was born in Line Lexington, near the Montgomery county line, in Bucks county, July 4, 1863. He was educated in the public schools of Line Lexington Independent School District, and afterwards took a course in the State Normal School at Millersville, in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. He then started in to assist his father in the business of manufacturing clothing, which he had previously established at Line Lexington. The business increasing rapidly, an extensive plant was established at Souderton, which William A. Crouthamel owns, and of which he is in charge, although his father is also interested in it. They employ many skilled hands, and turn out an enormous quantity of clothing in the course of a year. The garments made find a ready sale in the great cities.

Mr. Crouthamel married, in 1884, Miss Anna L. Magargal, daughter of George W. Magargal, a farmer of Ashbourne, in Cheltenham township, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, they residing at Souderton. The couple have the following children: George M., Alvin H., and William R. Mr. Crouthamel is a Republican in politics, and is a member of the Souderton school board, in which he has held the position of secretary for ten years. He is an active man in all the interests of the community, educational and otherwise. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He and his family attend the Mennonite church.

Hilary Crouthamel (father) is a native of Germany. He emigrated to the United States and settled in Bucks county at Line Lexington. He is a well educated man, public spirited and progressive, and enjoys the respect and confidence of the whole community. He began the manufacturing of clothing at his home in a small way, in addition to running a farm which he owns, and has met with great success, being compelled to enlarge his facilities in order to keep pace with the needs of his customers. Mr. Crouthamel married Mary Eckery, of the vicinity in which he lives. They have several children, among them William A. Crouthamel, the subject of this sketch.

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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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