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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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GUY CRANDALL, the well-known horseman of Holdrege, Phelps county, is a native of Fulton county, Ill., and was born October 20, 1857. He was reared in his native county, and in Schuyler county, whither his parents moved when he was but twelve years of age. Most of the education he obtained was got in contact with the practical affairs of life. His father was a breeder and dealer in fine horses, and young Guy, inheriting much of his father’s love for horse flesh, began handling stock when a lad, going on the road as a buyer and shipper at the age of fifteen. He accumulated but little book lore; but he was a deep student of the markets and a close observer of stock. While other lads were pouring over history, locating the geographical positions of the remote places of earth, digging out cube roots and constructing philosophical essays on the duties and responsibilities of youth, Guy was hunting up the pedigrees of famous horses, running down the different strains, studying the strong and weak points of an animal and speeding his favorites around the track to test their mettle and see what there was in them. Increasing years and observation brought increased knowledge, and young Crandall came to be a splendid judge of horse flesh, an expert buyer and seller, long before he reached his majority. It is hard to say when he began business as a man of his own affairs. He grew into business as naturally as he grew into manhood, and there has never been a time since he was old enough to sit on a horse, that he has not had an interest of some sort in horses. He is now one of the largest dealers in horses in southwest Nebraska, and his reputation as a fancier of horse flesh is not confined to his own section either. He is known abroad. His splendid stables at Holdrege now contain some of the finest strains of blood to be found in the West. Mr. Crandall’s judgment of a horse is unerring, and many people buy stock of him solely on his knowledge and recommendation. As the success he has attained would indicate, he is also a shrewd business man, capable of succeeding at anything else to which he might turn his attention as assiduously as he has to horses. He stands high in the community where he lives and is universally popular. He is a practical, matter-of-fact, jolly, good-natured fellow, with a hearty taking manner, a broad smile and a helping hand for all. Mr. Crandall has resided in Holdrege since 1884, and there is no man who has become better known, or who has made more friends in that time among the citizens of Phelps county, than he has. He has a pleasant home and an interesting family, having married in 1883, the lady whom he took to share his fortunes being Miss Lulie McCreary, of Schuyler county, Ill.

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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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