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Below is a family biography included in The History of McLean County, Illinois published by Wm. LeBaron, Jr. Co. in 1879.  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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H. A MINER, planing-mill, Bloomington. Principal among those in Bloomington who do a general contracting and building, planing and manufacturing business, is Mr. H. A. Miner, who is a native of New York; he was born Dec. 28, 1835, and came West Jan. 26, 1856; two years before leaving his native place, he began serving a three years’ apprenticeship in learning the trade of a carpenter and joiner; after working two years, M. W. H. Styker, with whom he was working, concluded to come West, Mr. Miner coming with him; before serving his three years, he purchased his time of Mr. Styker, and took the contract of building the old Western Hotel near the C. & A. depot; for several years he followed contracting and building; Mr. Greenley being his partner, the firm was known as Greenley & Miner. In 1873, he bought of the Bloomington Furniture Manufacturing Co., all the wood machinery in the planing department, renting power from the furniture company, since which time he has been engaged in doing work in this line, and furnishing architectural designs in connection with his contracting, though he is now making a specialty of the fitting up of the interior of store-rooms. There are many specimens of his work which speak for themselves, both in building and designing. The County Poor Farm Building and City Hall, which have been lately constructed, are both of his designing. These and many other buildings of McLean Co., are standing monuments of his workmanship.

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This family biography is one of 1257 biographies included in The History of McLean County, Illinois published by Wm. LeBaron, Jr. Co. in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of McLean County, Illinois

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