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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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ALVIN F. NEWHART. The following is a brief sketch of the career of Mr. Newhart, station agent in Walnutport for the Central Railroad Company of New Jersey. In connection with the duties of this position he finds time to transact the business of the United States Express Company. He was born in this place April 7, 1856, and is the son of George and Amanda (Shafer) Newhart, who are still living and residing near Walnutport. George Newhart, the father, was born in Lehigh County, while the mother had her birth in this county. Alvin F. grew to mature years in his native place, in the mean time acquiring a good education in the schools of the neighborhood. His father in early life had been engaged in the mercantile business, but of late years gave his attention to the cultivation of the soil, having in his possession a valuable estate in Lehigh Township.

In January, 1873, Mr. Newhart began learning the art of telegraphy at the depot in this place, under the instruction of O. M. Geary, and after a service of six months, was appointed night operator for the company by whom he is at present engaged. He remained in that capacity for ten and one-half months, when he was promoted to be station agent, which position he has had for over twenty years, which speaks well for his faithfulness to his employers.

The marriage of Alvin F. Newhart was celebrated on September 26, 1878, at which time Miss Mary C. Berlin became his wife. The lady was the daughter of Adam and Hettie Berlin, residents of Berlinsville, which place had been named in honor of the family. To Mr. and Mrs. Newhart have been born two daughters, Nora N. and Minerva M.

The political sympathies of Mr. Newhart are with the Democratic party. He has done much to advance the cause of religion throughout the community, and is a valued member of St. Paul’s Reformed Church. He is the possessor of a sunny, happy disposition, and is naturally very popular. His success through life has been the result entirely of his own exertions, and he deserves and receives a due measure of praise.

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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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