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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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THOMAS E. KUNTZ, the efficient and popular station agent at Treichler’s for the Central Railroad Company of New Jersey, is also the agent there for the United States Express Company. He was born in Northampton County May 24, 1863, and is the son of Thomas and Ellemina (Schadt) Kuntz, natives respectively of this and Lehigh Counties. The father is now deceased, and Mrs. Kuntz makes her home at the old homestead. The former was for many years a resident of Treichler’s, where he was a prominent coal merchant, and also engaged in the lumber trade. He departed this life in July, 1890. He was a man of great usefulness in the community in which he resided, and was often called upon to settle estates. In politics he was a Republican, and was at all times interested in public matters, and a liberal contributor to worthy causes. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lehigh Township, in which he served for many years as Deacon and Elder. His surviving children are: Thomas E., of whom we write; Hiram P.; Ellemina, the wife of A. L. Lentz; Emma L., now the wife of Dr. Benjamin A. Andrews, of South Bethlehem; John and Benjamin.

The subject of this sketch was reared in his native place, and secured his education in the public schools of Treichler’s, after which he went to Oberlin, Ohio, where he took a six-months course in a school of telegraphy. In 1881 he was appointed telegraph operator at this place, and six years later was promoted to be station agent, which position he is filling satisfactorily at the present time.

November 25, 1886, Thomas E. Kuntz and Miss Amanda V., daughter of Samuel Kleppinger, of Cherryville, were united in marriage. To them have been born four daughters, Esther, Irene, Helen and Rachel.

Mr. Kuntz is a very liberal and public-spirited citizen, and comes of an old and prominent family in this locality. In politics he follows in the foot steps of his honored father, and votes with the Republican party. He is a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, and is held in the highest esteem by all who know him. He is connected with the Junior Order United American Mechanics at Cherryville, and is especially interested in educational matters in this vicinity. His career up to the present time has been a most successful and deserving one, and his prospects for the future are indeed bright and promising.

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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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