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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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GEORGE S. MAUSER, a prominent and well known citizen of Bath, is a native of Northampton County, born August 26, 1839, and a son of George A. and Anna M. (Werner) Mauser, the former of whom was a native of Germany, while the latter was born in Northampton County. In his youth George A. Mauser bade adieu to his native land, and set forth to make his fortune in the New World. On his arrival in the United States he at once proceeded to this county, which he continued to make his home until his death, which occurred several years ago. By occupation he was a farmer, and made a comfortable living for his family, giving them the benefits of a fair general education.

In the usual manner of farmer lads, the early years of the subject of this record were passed, his time being devoted to assisting his father in the farm work and in attendance upon the district schools. He acquired a good common-school education, and followed agricultural pursuits until twenty-eight years of age. At that time he went to Lehigh County, and engaged as a shipping clerk for John R. Schall & Co., at Laury’s Station. For four years he was employed in that capacity in the gristmilling business, after which he went to Ironton, Pa., in that place, being one of the partners and principal manager of the Lehigh Grain, Coal and Lumber Company, and continuing in that enterprise for three years.

In 1875 Mr. Mauser removed to Bath, where for fourteen years he was engaged in the grain, coal and lumber business, having John R. Schall for a few years as a partner. Subsequently he bought out that gentleman’s interest, thus becoming sole proprietor. Having acquired a good property, he several years ago retired from active business, and is now living in the enjoyment of a well earned competence. For some time he was a member of the firm of Odenwelder, Mauser & Co., of the Bath Knitting Works, with which he was connected until May, 1894, when he sold out his interest. Formerly he was identified with the gristmilling business in partnership with his brother, J. B. Mauser, at Treichler’s, but disposed of his share to the concern now known as the Mauser Milling Co.

For his companion and helpmate on life’s journey Mr. Mauser married Sarah Ackerman, who was born in Northampton County, and is a daughter of the late Isaac Ackerman. Mr. and Mrs. Mauser have become the parents of four children, three of whom are living. Clara M., the eldest, is the wife of A. H. Cressman; Frank B. and Margaret E. live with their parents; and Anna A. is deceased.

A public-spirited man, Mr. Mauser is identified with the Republican party, and is greatly interested in the success of its principles, Religiously, he is a member of the Lutheran Church, and is a man of upright and trustworthy character, who justly merits the esteem which is accorded him. He is truly a self-made man, having acquired his comfortable fortune entirely through the exercise of his good business qualities and steady application to business. Possessed of unusual foresight and sagacity, he has made investments which have brought him fair returns, and he has thus been enabled to lay aside an amply sufficient amount of means to enable him to pass his declining years surrounded by many of the luxuries as well as the necessities of life.

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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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