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Percival S. Fenstermacher    

PERCIVAL S. FENSTERMACHER, agriculturist and leading man of affairs, is the son of Phaon and Anna Maria (Seider) Fenstermacher, and was born at Dubuque, Iowa, July 9, 1857. When two years old his parents removed to Allentown. He was educated in the public schools and the Allentown Business College, after which he kept books for three years for Fenstermacher Brothers, wholesale produce dealers, in Philadelphia. He then clerked for four years for Milton J. Kramer, in the “old corner store,” Seventh and Hamilton Streets, and also served as bookkeeper for Ruhe Brothers, also of Allentown. Owing to delicate health and the need of outdoor employment, Mr. Fenstermacher removed to what has been known for many years as the Solder farm, in Upper Saucon Township, and which was owned by his mother. Here he studied and practically applied scientific methods in farming, winning state-wide recognition. He also served as school director and later as justice of the peace of the district until 1903, when he removed to Allentown. For years he has been general manager of the famous Troxler farms and orchards of more than 20,000 fruit trees. His success in this capacity has given him a national reputation as a promologist and scientific agriculturist. He is a member of the State Board of Agriculture, and chairman of the Lehigh County Farmers’ institutes. He is also bead of the Pomona Orange, of Lehigh County. He was one of the organizers and a director of the Merchants National Bank, until he joined in the organization and became a director of the Allentown Trust Company. He is a Republican in polities, and a Lutheran by religious faith. In 1882 he married Agnes, daughter of Edwin and Eliza Kern, of Kernsville, Pa.

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