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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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ALFRED D. BORGER is a prominent business man, who began life with only the natural ability with which he was endowed, and the results of energy and perseverance are nowhere better illustrated than in his career. He is the senior member of the firm of A. D. Borger & Co., dealers in dry goods, groceries, notions, hardware, boots and shoes, and indeed everything which is usually found in a first-class country store. Their establishment, which is located in Stemton, does an annual business of about $15,000, and carries a stock of $5,000.

Our subject, who is a native of Allen Township, Northampton County, was born November 7, 1855, to William and Theresa Borger, also natives of that section. The family is classed among the oldest residents of the township, William Borger, the father of Alfred D., being an old landmark here. Grandfather Borger was born in Monroe County in 1819, whence he later emigrated to this county.

Alfred D. Borger was reared to man’s estate in his native county, and attended school for a time in Weaversville Academy. When ready to embark in business for, himself, he became a lumber merchant, following this occupation for a number of years, and for two years served as Deputy County Treasurer under William Stem. In 1888, in company with L. A. Stem, he engaged in the mercantile business under the style of A. D. Borger & Co., and they have built up an excellent trade by their energy and enterprise.

In 1873 Mr. Borger was married to Miss Celesta A., daughter of William Stem, who in former years was Treasurer of Northampton County, and is a prominent resident of this city. Two children were born to them, Stewart W. and Carrie A., the latter of whom is deceased.

In politics Mr. Borger never fails to cast his vote and influence in favor of the Republican party. Socially he is a Mason of high standing, belonging to Dallas Lodge No. 396, at Easton. His career up to the present time has been a most successful one, and his prospects for the future are indeed bright and promising.

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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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