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Below is a family biography included in the book,  Biographical Souvenir of the Counties of Buffalo, Kearney, Phelps, Harlan and Franklin, Nebraska published in 1890 by F. A. Battey & Company.  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. ERICKSON, one of the representative business men of the town of Holdrege, Phelps county, was born near Linkoping, Sweden, November 20, 1846. He came to America in 1866, and stopped among some of his countrymen at Galesburg, Ill., where he lived for a year and a half, going thence to Iowa and locating in Burlington. He lived in Burlington for thirteen years and was engaged there in the mercantile business, first as clerk, and afterwards as proprietor. He then moved to Nebraska and lived for awhile in Kearney, Buffalo county, settling, in 1883, in Holdrege, Phelps county, where he now resides. During the first two years of his residence in Holdrege, he was engaged in the mercantile business, but quitting this he was appointed deputy county treasurer in 1885, which position he held one year, going then into the Commercial State Bank as assistant cashier and remaining there for more than two years. January 1, 1890, he opened an office in Holdrege and began lending money on personal and chattel security at which he is now engaged.

Mr. Erickson is one of the successful men of Holdrege. He is a clear, level-headed financier, a man of intelligence and discriminating judgment, well posted in commercial and banking matters, a competent accountant, attentive to business and a polite and accommodating gentleman. He is popular among his fellow-citizens, as is evidenced by the positions of trust he has held, and is a liberal-minded, progressive, public-spirited man.

Mr. Erickson married in 1874, his wife before marriage being Miss Bettie Anderson, of Burlington, Iowa. Two daughters gladden his household, Melia and Olivia.

In politics Mr. Erickson has always affiliated with the republicans, being a stanch believer in republican principles and methods in dealing both with state and national questions. He is a zealous Mason, having taken all the degrees up to and including the Knight Templar and Shrine, and he and his estimable wife are both members of the Evangelical church and liberal contributors to all charitable purposes.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the book, Biographical Souvenir of the Counties of Buffalo, Kearney, Phelps, Harlan and Franklin, Nebraska published in 1890 by F. A. Battey & Company. 

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