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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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CHARLES E. FENICLE is among the enterprising and successful business men of Bath, Northampton County, where he has been a resident and tradesman for over a quarter of a century, during this time occupying a position in the esteem and confidence of the people well worthy of attainment. He has taken great interest in local politics and in every movement having for its object the betterment of the town and county. He was born in this county September 20, 1842, to Samuel and Fannie (Smith) Fenicle. The father is a native of Northampton County, and the mother of Monroe County, Pa. Samuel Fenicle, who is still a resident of Bath, should he live until August, 1894, will be seventy-seven years of age.

The boyhood and youth of Charles E. Fenicle were passed on a farm, and during this time he managed to acquire a good general education. When about eighteen years old he began working at the shoemaker’s trade, which he followed until twenty-four years old. At that time he engaged in partnership with his father-in-law, Samuel Laubach, in the harness-making business, which they conducted for many years, until the death of Mr. Laubach, since which time Mr. Fenicle has carried on the business alone. He brings to bear upon his work the experience of long years, and is thorough and trustworthy in whatever work he undertakes.

In 1866 Mr. Fenicle married Lavinia Laubach, and to this worthy couple two children have been born. Cora, the elder, became the wife of Frank Fried, and Ella is the wife of Harvey Grayvill.

In February, 1894, Mr. Fenicle was elected Burgess of Bath to serve for a term of three years. He supports the men and measures of the, Republican party, and is greatly interested in their welfare. Religiously he holds membership with the Lutheran Church, and gives largely of his means to the church and benevolent organizations. He is a member of the Senior Order of American Mechanics of Bath, and also belongs to the Masonic order of this place. He is a self-made man, having started out on the journey of life with little save his own energetic and industrious disposition; but by means of his sterling qualities he has succeeded in making a good position for himself both in a financial and social way.

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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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