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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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ELMER B. AMOLE, General Manager of the Lehigh Valley Cold Storage Company, is a practical business man, and is recognized as one of the successful men in that industry in the county. Our subject was born in Chester County, this state, May 28, 1866, and is the son of Jonas Amole, also a native of that place, while his father, who bore the name of Peter, hailed from Germany. The great-grandfather of our subject after coming to the United States fought as a soldier in the Revolution.

Jonas Amole was a well-to-do tiller of the soil in his native county, and departed this life April 9, 1885, when in the sixty-third year of his age. He was a member of the Reformed Church, and commanded the esteem of his neighbors. His wife, Mrs. Ellen (Bisbring) Amole, lived and died in Chester County, passing from earth in 1876. She became the mother of three children, of whom our subject was the youngest but one. He remained on the home farm until about nineteen years of age, in the mean time carrying on his studies in the public schools. He then taught school for some time, and in this manner earned the money to pay his way through college, attending first the West Chester State Normal, and afterward the Ursinus College. The knowledge gained therein was supplemented by a business course at Reading, Pa., after which he was in the employ of different cold-storage companies until April, 1894, when he came to South Bethlehem, and, taking charge of the business as General Manager, opened up the plant, which is one of the finest in the United States. It is supplied with the latest improvements and manufactures its own ice from distilled water. It is 160x80 feet in dimensions, five stories in height, containing large elevators, electric-light plant and fine offices. It is used for the storage of butter and eggs only, having a capacity of two hundred carloads.

Mr. Amole was married in Chester County, in 1891, to Miss Ida Frederick, a native of that place, and the daughter of Benjamin H. and Emily Frederick. In politics our subject is a Democrat, and although living here but a short time has made many friends, and is numbered among the shrewd and capable business men of the city.

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This family biography is one of the 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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