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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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DR. NORMAN H. RAHN. Isaac Rahn, grandfather of Dr. Norman H. Rahn, was a native of Perkiomen township, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania. He was reared on a farm, and obtained such education as was to be had at the schools of that day in the neighborhood in which he lived. He followed the occupation of farming and general storekeeping, and was very successful. He married Miss Smith, of that vicinity, and reared a large family. One of the children was Isaac S. Rahn, father of Dr. Norman Rahn, who was born on the family homestead, in 1842. He was educated in the public schools of Frederick township. He then became proprietor of the hotel at Perkiomenville, Montgomery county, in which business he has been very successful. In politics he is an earnest Democrat, although he never aspired to public office. He is a member of the order of Knights of Pythias, and of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is a prominent member of his community, always anxious to promote its interests, and is respected by all.

Mr. Rahn married Miss Elizabeth Hendricks, daughter of John Hendricks, an auctioneer and farmer of Worcester township, Montgomery county. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Rahn: Horace, John, Bertha Perry, and Norman, the subject of this sketch.

Norman Rahn was born at the old homestead at Perkiomenville, June 8, 1873. He was educated there in the township schools, and on leaving the home schools entered the Sumneytown Academy and then the West Chester State Normal School, where he graduated with high honors in the class of 1896. He then entered upon the profession of teaching, which he followed for three years, in the meantime becoming a student of the Jefferson Medical College, in Philadelphia, and graduated from that institution with honors in 1901. He then went to Norristown, where he held the position of resident physician at the Charity Hospital, doing also special work in some of the Philadelphia hospitals. Later he removed to Souderton, where he has since been engaged in the successful practice of his profession. Ha has a pleasant home, and enjoys a lucrative practice. Dr. Rahn married, in June, 1904, Miss Clara Prizer, daughter of John G. Prizer, cashier of the Schwenksville National Bank.

Dr. Rahn is a member of the State Medical Society, and of the Montgomery County Medical Society. He is a member of the Masonic Order, and also of the Independent Order of Odd Fellow. He and his wife attend the Lutheran church. Dr. Rahn is a rising young physician and undoubtedly has a brilliant future before him.

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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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