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James H. STRAUB of Shamokin, PA
Source:  Anon.  1911.  Genealogical & Biographical Annals of Northumberland County.  J.L. Floyd & Co., Chicago.

Individuals named in this biography:

MACE Amelia, Michael
STRAUB Charles, Charles, Daniel, Elias, Emanuel, George, George, Harriet, Henry, Howard, James H., John, John, Joseph, Lena, Mamie, Moses, Tobias
ZERBE Bevvie, John
JAMES H. STRAUB, president and general manager of the Croninger Packing Company, is an active and successful business man of Shamokin, where he has made his home since 1894.

The Straub family originally came from Germany.  George Straub, grandfather of James H., lived in Schuylkill county, Pa., where he was engaged in farming in the Mahantango Valley, owning a farm of 260 acres of good land.  He died in Deep Creek Valley, in that county, in 1858, aged fifty-three years, and was buried there.  His wife, Bevvie Zerbe, daughter of John Zerbe, died aged ninety-six years, and was buried at Williamstown, Dauphin county.  They were the parents of ten children, as follows: John, who died in Schuylkill county; George, who died in Schuylkill county; Elias, who died at Shamokin; Joseph, who died at Girardville, Pa.; Daniel, living at Williamstown; Moses, who died young; Henry, who served in the Civil war and died one week after his release from Andersonville prison; Emanuel, born in the Mahantango Valley Nov. 5, 1843, who served as a private in Company D, 48th, Pa. V.I., in the Civil war, and now lives in Shamokin; Harriet, who married David Crone and died in Schuylkill county; and Tobias, living at Wiconisco, Pennsylvania.

Daniel Straub, son of George, was born in the Mahantango Valley and followed farming in his youth.  He now resides in Dauphin county, at Williamstown, where in connection with farming he has a fine teaming business.  He married Lucy Derr, of Schuylkill county, and their children are:  John, who is in the real estate business in Los Angeles, Cal.; James H.; Lena, who married J.N. Weidel, of Altoona, Pa.; Charles, a miner at Williamstown; and Mamie, who married Albert Skelton, an engineer at Williamstown.

James H. Straub was born near Hegins, Schuylkill county, March 25, 1866.  He attended the schools of Dauphin county and, on starting out to earn his own way, began as a miner, a line of work he followed until he was twenty-six years of age.  In 1887 he went to Kansas, and two years later to Colorado, following mining in the latter State. On his return East he located at Williamstown, Dauphin county, and was there engaged in mining until 1894 when he came to Shamokin.  Here he learned the butcher's trade with his uncle, Elias Straub, and after a short time, he and his uncle formed a partnership under the name of Straub & Co., which continued for three years.  The uncle retiring, Mr. Straub carried the business on alone


and made a great success of it.  He was located at No. 104 South Market street and, in April, 1907, sold his business to Paul & Pensyl.  In October, 1906, he had become president of the Croninger Packing Company and, in order to give his whole attention to the development of this business, he was obliged to give up his private establishment.  He is also general manager for the company, which is doing one of the largest businesses of the kind in this part of the State. The business is established in a large brick building at No. 429 West Walnut street, Shamokin, affording about forty thousand square feet of floor space.  Mr. Straub is a man of fine executive ability and, through this and his sound business judgment, has been able to bring about the best results for the company of which he is the head.  His business integrity has given the company a high standing in the commercial world.  He was one of the organizers and original directors of the new Dime Trust & Safe Deposit Company, of Shamokin.

Mr. Straub married Amelia Mace, daughter of Michael Mace, and they have two children, Howard and Charles. Mr. Straub is a member of Shamokin Lodge, No. 255, F. & A.M.; Shamokin Chapter No. 264 R.A.M.; Shamokin Commandery, No 77, K.T.; Bloomsburg Consistory; thirty-second degree; and the Temple Club at Shamokin.  The family attends the Evangelical Church.

Family Group Sheet of James H. STRAUB & Amelia C. MACE

Family Group Sheet of David CRONE & Harriet STRAUB

Family Group Sheet of Albert Franklin SKELTON & Mary Barbara Elizabeth STRAUB

Family Group Sheet of Daniel STRAUB & Louisianna DERR

Family Group Sheet of Emanuel STRAUB & Adaline SNYDER

Family Group Sheet of John Albert STRAUB & Catharine ? & Tersey E. PAUL & Julia A. ?

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