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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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MILTON W. KNAUSS, an enterprising and successful young business man of Bethlehem, operates two meat markets, one in Bethlehem, and the other in West Bethlehem. He is a native of Bethlehem Township, having been born February 22, 1866. His paternal grandfather, John Knauss, was a native of Emaus, Lehigh County,, later becoming a farmer in Bethlehem Township. The Knauss family is of German descent, one of that name, with his nine sons, having settled in Lehigh County at a very early day. R. F. Knauss, the father of Milton W. Knauss, was born in the same township as his son, and there engaged in farming, later, on coming to this city, entering the butcher’s business. For a number of years he carried on a market at the corner of High and Broad Streets. In December, 1892, when in his sixty-second year, he was called from this life. His wife, Anna M., was a daughter of Daniel Fogle, who followed agricultural pursuits in Hanover Township, where he still resides, at the age of eighty-seven years. Mrs. Knauss, who was born in Hanover Township, Northampton County, is a member of the Reformed Church, and is still a resident of Bethlehem.

In the family of five children, who are living, M. W. Knauss is next to the eldest. He was reared to man’s estate in Bethlehem, his education being that of the common schools, From a boy he worked at the butcher’s business, and when sixteen years of age went to Brooklyn, being employed there in a restaurant for four years. Afterward for six months he worked in a hotel at Jacksonville, Fla., thence returning to New York City, where for a year and a-half he was manager of the bar and restaurant of the Morton House. Returning to Bethlehem in 1889, he started in business with his father at the corner of High and Broad Streets, but sold out at the end of a year and went to Brooklyn, where he became manager of the Santa Anna Wine Company. A year later he became a resident of Bethlehem, and for six months was in business once more with his father, after which he opened a market of his own, the first started in West Bethlehem, which he still runs in connection with his other market. In February, 1893, he purchased the fine location at No. 5 North Main Street from E. F. Fry. He manufactures his own sausages, and keeps a large stock of all kinds of fresh and salted meats on hand. Though he superintends both stores, his younger brother is in charge of the market at West Bethlehem.

In the year 1891 Mr. Knauss married Miss Carrie Kerschner, who was born near Allentown, Lehigh County, and they have a little daughter, Stella. The parents are members of Christ Reformed Church, in the work of which they take an active part. Mr. Knauss deposits his ballot in favor of the nominees of the Democratic party.

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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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