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Below is a family biography included in the book,  Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company.  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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AARON W. RADLEY, D. V. S., one of the native residents of Bethlehem, is a graduate and successful veterinary practitioner. His office is located at No. 18 High Street, which place he owns, as well as his residence and other property in the city. He stands high in his profession and practices considerably in this and adjoining counties.

Dr. Radley was born December 14, 1859, being a son of A. W. Radley, a native of Plainfield, N. J. The latter was a real-estate agent, and was located for some years at Butztown, where he also engaged in merchandising. Later he came to Bethlehem, where he was engaged in the real-estate business, and here his death occurred in 1871. He was of English descent, while his wife’s ancestors were born in Germany. Mrs. Radley was in her girlhood Rebecca Gradwohl, her birth having occurred in Butztown. Her father, John Gradwohl, was a native of this county, and followed agricultural pursuits. Mrs. A. W. Radley died in Bethlehem in 1889, and four of her eleven children are also deceased.

Dr. A. W. Radley passed his boyhood in Butztown with his uncle, Thomas Gradwohl, a retired farmer, and managed to acquire a good common-school education, for a time attending the schools of Freemansburg. In 1874 he went to Easton to learn the drug business, and remained in the employ of A. Odenwelder for a period of two and a- half years. Thence going to Philadelphia, he entered the College of Pharmacy, where he completed the prescribed course of study, and graduated with the degree of Graduate of Pharmacy. His uncle having died in 1879, he returned to Butztown, where for a time he was in charge of his uncle’s affairs.

About 1884 Dr. Radley began his studies as a veterinary surgeon, and entered the American Veterinary College in New York State, from which noted institution he graduated two years later with the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Surgery. Returning to Butztown, he there began his practice, continuing to make that his field of work until the fall of 1888, at which time he removed to Bethlehem, locating at the corner of Broad and High Streets. He has a regular hospital in Bethlehem, and is becoming very well-to-do through his large and lucrative practice. He owns the old homestead at Butztown, and also a farm of one hundred acres adjoining that town, which he rents. Dr. Radley has a number of good horses, and is a great lover of this noble animal. In accordance with modem ideas, he endeavors to extend his field of observation and learning continually, and to that end belongs to the Pennsylvania Veterinary Association. The home of the Doctor is at No. 349 Broad Street, where he has a good residence. He is a member of the Salem Lutheran Church, and in politics votes for the nominees of the Democratic party.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the book, Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company. 

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