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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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PETER J. LAUBACH. Northampton County has among its citizens many men of more than average intelligence and ability, who are doing a great work for its advancement. Prominent among these is Mr. Laubach, who is one of the foremost business men of Northampton, where he is the proprietor of a general store and also engaged in operating a gristmill. He was born in this county January 20, 1859, to Samuel and Lucy A. Laubach, the former of whom is deceased, and the mother is still residing in Northampton. Peter J. Laubach was given a fine education, pursuing his early studies in the common schools of his native place, and when fourteen years of age attended Weaversville Academy, where he took a thorough course, and later became a student in the Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster.

After completing his education, Mr. Laubach launched out in business on his own account, establishing a store in Northampton, where he carries a stock valued at $8,000, and does an annual business of $55,000. He also has a branch store at Coplay, where his stock amounts to $5,000, and the gross receipts from this establishment bring him in $19,000. He is engaged in various enterprises, all of which he manages with great success and satisfaction. In connection with his general store he has a coal yard, a gristmill and an eighty-acre farm. The latter bears all the improvements usually found upon the estate of an enterprising and wide-awake farmer, and is pleasantly located in Allen Township. He has the management of the property left by his father, in which he also has an interest. In the store at Northampton he gives employment to four clerks, besides the driver on the delivery wagon. The Postoffice is located in his establishment, the present postmaster being W. G. Nagle. Mr. Laubach has also been the incumbent of that responsible position, having been appointed under the first administration of Cleveland.

The marriage of Mr. Laubach with Miss Mary C. Deily occurred in 1889. Mrs. Laubach was born in 1859, in Catasauqua, Lehigh County, and is the daughter of George and Eliza Deily, who were also born in Lehigh County. In his political relations Mr. Laubach is a Democrat, believing that party to be in the right. Religiously he is a devoted member of the Reformed Church, in the work of which he takes an active part. As will be seen, he is one of the well-to-do residents of the county, and as one of the useful citizens he is highly esteemed in the community, and his services are appreciated.

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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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