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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 ELLSWORTH BUSH, M. D., one of the enterprising and intelligent young physicians of Bethlehem, has his office at No. 409 North Main Street. Though he has not long been engaged in practice in this city, he is succeeding in rapidly increasing his business, and is making for himself a good reputation as a physician and surgeon. He was born at Chapman Quarries, February 2, 1865. His grandfather, Samuel Bush, was born in Moore Township, near Petersville, and came from one of the old and respected families of Northampton County. The father of Dr. Bush, Harrison Bush, who was born in the same locality, was engaged in farming near Chapman Quarries for some years, later returning to Bethlehem, where he makes his home. His wife, Sarah, a daughter of Benjamin Fehnel, was a native of Chapman Quarries. The Fehnel family, originally from Germany, were Lutherans in religious faith, and honest, industrious farmers, who settled in a very early day in the vicinity of Chapman Quarries.

Dr. E. E. Bush is the eldest of three sons. His brother William is a wheelwright in Millport, and his younger brother, Harvey, follows the calling of pharmacy. Until seventeen years of age the Doctor’s boyhood was passed on his father’s farm, and his education up to that time was obtained in the common schools. In 1882 he entered Ulricb’s Preparatory School, and two years later was enrolled as a student in the Lehigh University, where he completed the Freshman year, his course of study being mainly along the line of mine engineering. For three years following he was a successful teacher in the public schools of South Bethlehem, during which time he took up the study of medicine, having as his preceptor Dr. L. H. Lawall. In 1888, having made good progress in his studies, our subject entered the Baltimore College of Physicians and Surgeons, and after pursuing the prescribed course, graduated therefrom with the degree of Doctor of Medicine, in 1890. On commencing his active practice, the Doctor located in South Bethlehem, opening an office at No. 353 Broad Street, where he continued until the fall of 1893. Believing that his field of work would be larger and better, he then removed to his present location, at No. 409 North Main Street, Bethlehem. An active worker in the Republican party, he has served as a member of the Republican City and County Committees from his ward. Fraternally he belongs to the Junior Order United American Mechanics.

July 14, 1888, Dr. Bush was married, in this city, to Miss Sallie Kress, whose birth occurred in Allentown, and to this worthy couple one child was born, to whom they have given the name of Palmer. Dr. Bush and his wife are well received in the social circles of Bethlehem, where they have a large number of friends and acquaintances.

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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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