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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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JOHN T. BOWER, the popular and efficient manager for Hankins & Co., dealers in general merchandise at Wind Gap, Northampton County, has filled this position since the 1st of April, 1893, and has had supervision both of the sales and the purchase of stock. In the establishment are carried dry goods, staple and fancy groceries, ready-made clothing, hardware, glass-ware, crockery, notions, boots and shoes, and such merchandise as may be found in every first-class general store. In addition to this, they also purchase for shipment to city markets farmers’ produce, such as butter and eggs, which they exchange for goods.

The manager of this establishment is a native of Northampton County, born October 20, 1864, to the union of William H. and Mary (Raph) Bower, who are at present residing at Edelman’s Station, this county. In the public schools of Plainfield Township he laid the foundation of his education, which was afterward supplemented by an attendance of one year at Trach’s Academy, Easton. His studies completed, he was afterward engaged for a number of years as a teacher in the public schools of the township. For some time he taught six months during the fall and winter seasons, while during the summer he usually clerked in the mercantile business.

To the questions pertaining to the welfare of the nation and progress of the county Mr. Bower gives thoughtful attention, and his political preferences are embodied in the platform of the Republican party. However, he has taken only a quiet part in politics, being satisfied with casting his ballot on election day for the men and measures which he esteems the best adapted to the welfare of his fellow-citizens. In his social connections he belongs to the Patriotic Order Sons of America, and has passed all the chairs in the lodge at Wind Gap.

On the 30th of August, 1889, occurred the marriage of John T. Bower and Miss Emeline, daughter of Peter Miller, of Plainfield Township. One child has been born to bless their union, a son named Floyd. In religious belief they are members of the Reformed Church in Plainfield, in which they find a broad field for Christian activity. Wordly prosperity and an honorable reputation are his, and his wife shares in the esteem of their neighbors.

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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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