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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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S. BARTRON. Pen Argyl is noted for its large manufactories, mills, quarries and energetic business men. Among the latter may be mentioned the name of our subject, S. Bartron. He is a native of Northampton County, born near Stroudsburg, April 13, 1855, and is of French descent, his remote ancestors having come from France to this country in an early day, but for a number of generations past they have resided in Pennsylvania. Josiah Bartron, the father of our subject, was born near Water Gap, Monroe County, but for some time has made his home in Northampton County. He is a general agriculturist, residing on a farm near Portland, and is well known and highly respected in the community. Josiah Bartron married Maria Detrich, and to them were born four children: Daniel, a farmer living near Portland; Eva Ann, the wife of Peter H. Pipher, of Water Gap; Ananias, residing on a farm near Portland; and S., our subject. The father is a Democrat in his political views, and a stanch adherent of the principles of that party. In his religious views he is a consistent member of the Baptist Church.

S. Bartron was reared on a farm near Stroudsburg until he was twelve years of age, when his parents removed to Northampton County, and located near Portland. He received a common-school education, and in early life learned the trade of machinist. He was first employed in the machine-shops of Bethlehem, where he had learned his trade, and afterward in Scranton and Stroudsburg. In 1879 he returned to Portland, and in connection with Greshon Blake started a foundry, which for three years they carried on very successfully. At the expiration of this time he dissolved partnership with Mr. Blake, and formed a new one with Leroy Pearson, continuing in the same business for another three years. He then sold out his interest in the business at Portland and removed to Pen Argyl, where he has carried on a similar vocation up to the present time. His foundry is one of the largest in the state, having a very extensive and excellent trade, and he is counted among the popular and most prosperous business men of Pen Argyl. The work consists of building steam engines, hoisting machinery and all kinds of steam boilers.

In connection with other interests; our subject is the President, Superintendent and a Director of the Pen Argyl Electric Light and Power Company, and at one time was a stockholder in the Slatington Rolling Mills. Socially he is identified with Pen Argyl Lodge No. 594, and also with Portland Lodge No. 311, and holds the office of Past Master in both lodges.

In 1878 our subject and Miss Malinda Strunk were joined in the holy bonds of matrimony. She is a daughter of Benjamin Strunk, a well known citizen of Portland. Mr. and Mrs. Bartron occupy a high position in the social circles of Pen Argyl, and are members of the Baptist Church, in which they are active workers and liberal givers, always ready to lend a helping hand to the needy and to the support of Christianity. He is a Democrat in politics, and although an ardent supporter of the candidates of that party, he has never aspired to public office. He is liberal-spirited, and interested in all matters of mutual welfare, and ever ready to assist in the work of improving his home locality.

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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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