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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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ARTANUS H. SNYDER is the Postmaster and a business man of high standing in Weaversville, where he is the proprietor of a large mercantile establishment. He considers the interests of his patrons at all times, thereby laying a foundation for still further business, and still greater success in the line which he pursues cannot but be his just reward. His store occupies the old Weaversville Academy, and in the main part is 60x25 feet in dimensions. The stock includes everything needed in the country or city household, such as dry goods, groceries, boots, shoes, crockery, etc. It is valued at about $9,000, and he does an annual business amounting to $25,000.

Mr. Snyder was born in this county June 5, 1864, and is the son of Ambrose and Emma (Steinmetz) Snyder, also born in this county, and at present residing in East Allen Township at the respective ages of seventy and sixty years. The Snyder family have taken a prominent part in the upbuilding of this portion of the county for many years, the first representatives having come here in an early day.

In his youth Mr. Snyder prosecuted his studies in the public schools of his native place, and October 21, 1881, was graduated from the Knauss Business Institute atEaston. In the fall of that year he began clerking in the mercantile establishment of George Hoeh & Son, in South Bethlehem, where he remained until the succeeding spring, and then, going to Coopersburg, clerked there until ready to establish a business for himself, which he did in Weaversville. He has in his employ two clerks, and is carrying on a fine trade, having among his patrons the best people in the city and surrounding country.

Miss Sarah C. Laubach became the wife of Artanus H. Snyder in 1886. She was born January 1, 1865, and is the daughter of David Laubaeh, formerly a resident of this county, but now deceased. Their union has been blessed by the birth of a son and daughter, Edgar A. and Edith E.

In his political connections Mr. Snyder is an ardent Democrat, and takes great interest in the success of his party. Religiously he has been connected for many years with the Lutheran Church. In the summer of 1885 he received the appointment of Postmaster of Weaversville, the duties of which responsible position he has discharged in a most satisfactory manner since that time. He has also been Auditor of East Allen Township, and in every way that he can, seeks to promote the welfare of his community.

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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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