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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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HERMAN L. BRANDT. Phelps county boasts of many well-to-do farmers, but she probably has none who, measured by their age and opportunities, have met with better success or who are more worthy of the success they have met with, than the subject of this sketch. Born in Hanover, Germany, March 27, 1857, the eldest child of Lutjin I. and Gratje (Debuhr) Brandt, he came to America with his parents in 1865 and settled in Freeport, Ill., where, and in Will and Iroquois counties, that state, he was reared. He came to Nebraska in 1877 as a member of his father’s family, settling in Clay county, and the following year moved into Phelps county, where he took a homestead and timber claim in section 26, township 5, range 19 west, located and has since resided. He has purchased another quarter of the same section, owning now nine hundred and sixty acres, a large part of which he has under cultivation, furnished with orchards, groves and other needed improvements. He has been steadily engaged in farming since coming to Phelps county and is justly regarded as one of that county’s most successful farmers, as he is one of its shrewdest and most intelligent business men. He deals largely in grain and stock and has been as successful in the handling of these as in his agricultural pursuits. Mr. Brandt was a poor boy when he came to the county and what he has he has made since that time. He has been thoroughly identified with the best interests of his community and has taken an active part in the development of its resources and in the administration of its local affairs. He has served as supervisor of Industry township and discharged his duties with zeal and fidelity. In politics he affiliates with the republican party, but he is a man of strong temperance views and on an issue between his party and the advocates of prohibition he would throw his influence with the latter. He is an active and consistent member of the Baptist church and a generous contributor 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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