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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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HENRY A. SAGE is one of the prosperous manufacturers of Easton, having been for about eighteen years in the harness and saddlery business. He is a member of the City Board of Trade, and interested in the Easton Boot and Shoe Company, and other local enterprises. One of the founders of the Easton & South Easton Passenger Railroad, comprising three miles of road, he was at one time sole owner of the same, and operated it for twenty years. In the year 1893 he sold out to the Traction Company. In politics he is a Republican and a leader in his party. For six years he was a member of the council, and for fifteen years served with credit to himself on the Board of Control.

The parents of our subject were Peter Augustus and Matilda (Lehn) Sage, and were of German and Swiss descent respectively. His grandfather, Henry B. Sage, whose birth occurred in Lower Germany, came to the United States with his three children and located in Philadelphia at an early day. Later he removed to Reading, Pa., and then to Easton. He was a man of more than ordinary educational attainments, and for several years edited a paper in this city. In politics he was a Whig, and quite active in the interests of his party. Fraternally he was associated with the Masonic organization. He was married three times, and by his first wife had two sons and a daughter, A. Gustavus, Wilhelmina and Peter. He died at the age of eighty years. Peter A. Sage was born in Germany, and was only seven years of age when he landed in America. With his father he learned the printer’s trade, and for many years edited the Lehigh Patriot, at Allentown. He was a college graduate, and could speak fluently seven languages, besides being a musician of considerable ability. He was a Mason and an aggressive worker in the cause of the Whig party. In Allentown he was Lieutenant of a company of militia, and at all times was alive to the best interests of his fellow-citizens.

H. A. Sage was the only child of his parents, and received his education at Professor Vanderveer’s school at Easton. After completing his studies he became master of the printing trade, and subsequently for a couple of years he taught school. For five years after this he was bookkeeper for Seitz Bros., of this place, after which he engaged in business for himself as a wine and liquor merchant, at the corner of South Third and Lehigh Streets. Afterward he secured a location on the square, and in 1886 settled at his present place, where he does a large business in various kinds of imported and domestic wines and liquors. In 1876 he first became interested in the manufacture of harness and horse supplies. He opened a factory on South Third Street, and now gives employment to about twenty-five hands. His manufactures find ready sale in this state, New York and New Jersey. He is also interested financially in the Mattewan Felting Company.

In December, 1855, Mr. Sage married Sophia Spangenburg, and of their union seven children were born. John S. L. and Frederick G. are deceased; H. A., Jr., is the next younger; then follow Matilda and Frank R. Mary and George, the two youngest, are also deceased.

Mr. Sage has always taken considerable interest in civic societies, and is a member of Dallas Lodge No. 396, F. & A. M., and also of the chapter, council and commandery. He and his wife are identified with the Lutheran Church, and have the entire confidence and respect of a large circle 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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