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Frederick Oscar Raymond    

FREDERICK OSCAR RAYMOND, of the firm of Tice & Raymond, wholesalers and retailers of furniture, is a typical man of affairs in Allentown and vicinity. He was born at Hampton, N. J., in 1880. Mr. Raymond ‘s career has been one of hard work and perseverance. His father dying when he was aim infant, his early life was a continual heroic struggle with years of sacrifice. He was one of a family of four children who with their mother moved to Allentown in 1890. At the age of twelve, Mr. Raymond was obliged to leave school and entered the employ of the Johnston & Swartz Furniture Co. to learn the trade of wood-carving. He remained there until May 4, 1894, when he was appointed special delivery messenger at the Allentown postoffice under the administration of Postmaster Allen P. Frederick. During the administration of Fred E. Lewis, he was appointed elevator attendant in the new Central Fire and Police Station. During the spring of 1899, Mr. Raymond entered the employ of the Lehigh Telephone Company. His ambition to succeed, and his integrity and faithfulness to his employers, was soon recognized, and after two years was promoted to the position of division manager for the United Telephone and Telegraph Company at Hanover, Pa., and later with the Consolidated Telephone Company at Pittston, Pa.
In 1906 Mr. Raymond severed his connections with the Telephone Company and entered the employ of the Allentown House Furnishing Company as a salesman. In 1912 he purchased an interest in the firm which, at that time, consisted of Charles G. Tice and the late Lesher H. Yeager. On March 8, 1916, Messrs. Raymond and Tice purchased from the L. H. Yeager estate, Mr. Yeager’s interest and the name of the firm was changed to Tice & Raymond.

Within recent years, Mr. Raymond has been most active in the business and civic life of the community. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and is socially and fraternally connected with the following organizations: M. E. Church; Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, Chapter Royal Arch Mason, Council-Royal and Select Master Mason, Commandery Knights Templar, Consistory S. P. R. S., thirty-second degree Mason, Lulu Temple, Order Noble Mystic Shrine, Order of the Eastern Star; Knights of the Golden Eagles; Modern Woodmen of America; Lehigh County Historical Society; Travelers’ Protective Association; John Hay Republican Club; Clover Club.

Politically, Mr. Raymond is an ardent Republican, and in 1912 was elected on his party ticket as a Roosevelt delegate to the State Convention held at Harrisburg, Pa.

On May 10, 1904, he married Jeanette P. Yeager, daughter of the late Lesher H. and Matilda Yeager.

Men of Allentown, Allentown, Pa. by Fred L. Shankweiler, 1917, page 40. View the image of this page on line, Free Trial  More Lehigh County History Books   Search Hundreds of 1880s-1890s Pennsylvania County History Books for biographies and historical information on your ancestors.  View the book page images on line and print them out for your genealogy file!  Free Access to the old history books - plus birth & death records, census images and ALL other records at ancestry.com.

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