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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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M. C. BRADLEY, editor of the Holdrege Citizen, Holdrege, Phelps county, Nebr., is a native of Waterbury, Vt. He was reared in his native place and in Reading, Mich., whither his parents moved when he was small. He learned the printer’s trade in Reading and began his career as a journeyman in the office where he learned his trade. He came to Nebraska in 1875 and located in Seward county, taking a place as a compositor on the Reporter, published at Seward, soon afterwards becoming foreman. In the fall of 1878 he came to Phelps county, which was then beginning to settle up, and took a claim in Industry township in the southwestern part of the county. In 1884 he returned to Seward county and worked on the Reporter till the spring of 1887, when he came back to Phelps county, located at Holdrege and was one of a number of the leading business men of that place interested in buying out the Holdrege Republican and the Citizen, consolidated the plants, formed a joint stock company and began the publication of the new Citizen. Mr. Bradley later became editor and business manager, and as such has had practical control of the paper and all its affairs. The Citizen is a seven-column quarto weekly, devoted to the best interests of the town of Holdrege, Phelps county and southwestern Nebraska. It is republican in politics, but stands fearless for the right in all things It was formerly published semi-weekly and also ran an edition in the Swedish language, but these features have been abandoned, the patronage not being sufficient to warrant the additional expenditure in keeping them up. In addition to its newspaper patronage the Citizen office has one of the largest job-work departments in the southwestern part of the state and turns out a very superior quality of work in that line. Its plant will invoice between $6,000 and $8,000, and it does a thriving business all round. In the building up of the Citizen establishment, while ably assisted by his associates in business, the bulk of the work has necessarily fallen to Mr. Bradley, who has had the general management of the paper and its business and who is the practical man of the concern. For this labor Mr. Bradley is well qualified by nature and training, being a steady, sober, industrious young man, of good business habits, possessing a special taste for his work and having come, as all successful newspaper men have, from the position of “devil” up to editor.

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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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