Theodore R. Lacey, Birdsboro, whose enterprise, industry and good business ability have won him a substantial position and comfortable competence, was born in Robeson township, Berks county, in March, 1866. His education was limited to that he acquired in the district schools in the vicinity of his home, but his mind was quick to grasp details, and he gained a good foundation for what later knowledge was won in the hard school of experience. At the early age of eleven years, he hired out as a farm hand, and he continued at that work until he was seventeen. Coming then to Birdsboro, he clerked in a hotel for two and one-half years. At the end of that time he learned the barber's trade, and at it spent nine months, when he saw a good opening in the butcher business, and with his usual sagacity determined to engage in that line. This he did for several years with E. Dengler as a partner. After selling out his interest in the butchering business, he engaged in the livery business until 1899, when he sold out, and entered the wholesale liquor and bottling business. A natural born love for horses, however, induced him to add a livery stable, and he now has one of the best in this section of the State, with ten horses and vehicles, thoroughly up-to-date in every respect. He manufactures all kinds of carbonated beverages, employs three men, and keeps a wagon constantly on the road. His business is increasing, and success has attended his efforts. Mr. Lacey has ever had the confidence of the people of Birdsboro. When but twenty-three years of age he was made burgess, and fulfilled the duties of that office to the satisfaction of all. In politics he is a Republican. His social connections are with the K. G. E.; P. O. S. of A.; F. O. E., of Reading; and Independent Americans. He is chief of the Birdsboro Fire Department. In 1888 Mr. Lacey married Clara Manmiller, daughter of Samuel Manmiller, and they have had two children, Claude, and one that died in infancy. Mr. and Mrs. Lacey attend the Reformed Church, and are active in its work.