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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company; Elwood Roberts, Editor.  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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REV. FRANK PHAON LAROS, pastor of St. Paul’s German Reformed church of Pottstown, was born March 22, 1878, in Lehigh county, Pennsylvania, being the son of Jesse and Maria (Mohr) Laros.

Jesse Laros (father) removed from Lehigh county, and now resides in Collegeville, Montgomery county; he is an ore contractor in Lehigh county. He has engaged in his present business for many years, since about 1878. Previous to that time he was a farmer in Lehigh county. Mr. Laros was born in 1844, as was also his wife. They are members of the German Reformed church. He is a trustee of several estates, and has held the office of school director in Lehigh and Montgomery counties. He is also a director in the Agricultural Society of Lehigh county. In politics Mr. Laros is a Democrat. Jesse and Maria (Mohr) Laros had seven children, one deceased; Pruella, married Rev. William Yenser; Rev. Edwin J., Rev. Frank Phaon, Dr. Albert Henry, Catharine E., a graduate of Ursinus College, at Collegeville, who is now assistant principal of the Allentown College for Women; and Malcolm P., who is studying for the ministry.

Jesse Laros (grandfather) always lived in Lehigh county, where he was a farmer and ore contractor. He married Elizabeth Siegfried. He died about 1880, his wife surviving him for a few years, but being also long deceased. They are buried at Ziegel’s church cemetery in Lehigh county. They had nine children, three of whom are still living. Solomon Mohr (maternal grandfather) was also a farmer in Lehigh county. He married Elizabeth Peters. She died about 1880 and her husband about 1895. They were members of the German Reformed church, and he was a Republican in politics. They are buried at Fogelsville cemetery. They had eight children.

Rev. Frank P. Laros attended the public schools until he was eleven years of age. He then entered the preparatory school of Ursinus College, and after remaining there four years entered the college, where he took a four years’ course. He then attended the Ursinus School of Theology, in Philadelphia, for three years. He was ordained a minister, and accepted the charge of St. Paul’s German Reformed church, of Pottstown, October 19, 1900, where he still preaches.

On October 22, 1901, Rev. Frank Phaon Laros married Carrie, daughter of Balthasar and Bertha (LaRoche) Stahl. Mr. and Mrs. Stahl reside in Philadelphia, where he has been a florist for many years. Mr. Stahl is a Republican in politics. He and his wife have four children. Rev. Frank Phaon and Carrie Laros have one son, Charles Franklin Laros, born September 4, 1902.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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