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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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C. A. BOEHL. The parents of this gentleman, Carl and Mary Boehl are natives of Germany and came to America in 1856, locating in Iowa. They moved to Nebraska in 1858, settling in Hall county, where they acquired large property interests. They subsequently located at Holdrege, where the senior Mr. Boehl ranks high socially and financially, being one of the earliest pioneers of central Nebraska.

The subject of this notice was born in Grand Island, this state, March 6, 1859, and was the first child born in that prosperous little city. The Land Association, in honor of the event, deeded a lot in that city to the pioneer baby, which has been improved by the erection thereon of a substantial brick block, the rentals from which bring in a handsome income.

He was married in 1887 to Miss Carrie Hugland, daughter of M. Hugland of Phelps county. He is one of Holdrege’s substantial business men, being a member of the firm of Boehl &, Son, who are the proprietors of the Empire Roller Mills, the products of which have gained an extensive sale until they have nearly monopolized the trade of that section. They also own the Sappa Valley Mills, located at Orleans, this state. Besides their large milling interests, the firm has large investments in Holdrege real estate. Holdrege is destined to become a city of no mean proportions and then this property will be the means of adding to the already increasing fortune of this firm. For financial ability the firm of Boehl & Son rank high. The junior member is a hard worker, possessing fine executive ability. No citizen of this bustling little city has done more for the development and improvement of Holdrege and Phelps county than he. He is liberally inclined to all public enterprises, giving freely of his means and freely exercising his superior judgment. He possesses to a remarkable degree the energy and snap that have been such wonderful elements in the subjugation and development of the West. Guided by the more mature experience of his father, he is quick to heed his advice. Father and son are potent factors in the unparalleled growth of their adopted city. In financial business and social circles no one stands higher than C. A. Boehl.

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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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