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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 J. ANDREWS, ex-Postmaster of Walnutport, is at present conducting a paying business as a general merchant, keeping a large stock of dry goods, groceries, boots and shoes, crockery, etc. He is courteous in his treatment of customers, and as a consequence does the largest business in his line in the city. His stock is valued at $6,000, and from his sales each year the gross receipts are about $15,000. He became established in business in this place in 1882, in partnership with W. F. Andrews, the firm style being then W. & A. Andrews. After a business career of about eight years together, the partnership was dissolved, after which our subject took in as partner R. J. Kichline, operating under the firm name of Andrews & Kichline. One year later Mr. Andrews purchased the interest of that gentleman, and has since carried on affairs in a satisfactory manner alone. He is also interested in the hardware business of Andrews & Co.

The subject of this sketch was born in Lehigh County, September 4, 1854, and is the son of Elias and Mary (Kuntz) Andrews, also natives of this state. Grandfather Daniel Andrews came from western Pennsylvania in a very early day, and made location in this county near Walnutport. Alfred J. was reared on his father’s farm, the latter following the combined occupations of farmer, carpenter, blacksmith and distiller. He also at one time was the proprietor of a sawmill. Our subject acquired a fair knowledge of these different lines of business, in the meantime attending the public school, where he acquired a good education. In 1878 he took a trip to Nebraska in order to become better acquainted with the country, but returned the following year, and began clerking, and has practically been in business for himself since that time.

Alfred J. Andrews was united in marriage, in 1882, with Miss Mary Ritter, a native of Lehigh County, and the daughter of Adam Ritter, an agriculturist of Washington Township, that county. To Mr. and Mrs. Andrews there were born two children, Maben and Mildred, the latter of whom is deceased.

Mr. Andrews is well-to-do in this world’s goods, and has the satisfaction of knowing that his fortune has been the result of his own energies and ambition. He is a member of both the Junior and Senior Orders United American Mechanics, in the workings of which he takes an active part. He has served as Poll Assessor of his township, and is in favor of every measure tending to elevate society and promote the growth of the community. In him the. Frieden Reformed Church finds a valued and active member. During the administration of Harrison, Mr. Andrews was appointed Postmaster of Walnutport, discharging the duties of the responsible office in a manner creditable to himself and satisfactory to all concerned.

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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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