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 &
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,
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