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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Hempstead County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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A. P. Dyke, real estate and wholesale beer and ice dealer, Hope, Ark. This gentleman does a very extensive business, and represents W. J. Lemp’s Western Brewery for Southwest Arkansas. He was born in Claiborne Parish, La., in 1858, and his parents, A. J. and Drucilla (Harper) Dyke, were natives of Alabama. He was reared in his native State, received his education in the common schools, and in 1870 came to Arkansas, locating at Hope, where he still resides. He was but eighteen years of age at this time, and first engaged as clerk, buying hides for some time, He next engaged in keeping a fruit stand on a small scale, and worked at this until he got a good trade. After this he took up the beer and ice business, and has since carried it on. He commenced a very poor boy, without any means at all, and he is now in very comfortable circumstances. He is the owner of several prominent business buildings and a vast amount of real estate, all the result of his energy and perseverance. He deserves great credit for his enterprise and for the assistance he has rendered Hope in its building up. He is a live businessman and is full of push and energy. He was married in 1875 to Miss Almeria Rye, and to them have been born three children, Lee, who is attending the Baptist University of Jackson, Tenn., being the only one living.


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This family biography is one of 131 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Hempstead County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Hempstead County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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