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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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W. P. HALL, attorney at law, Holdrege, Phelps county, Neb., is a native of Illinois, and was born February 6, 1850. He received his education at the poor boy’s university, the common-schools of his native state. At the early age of thirteen he began life for himself as a farm laborer. Having a natural taste for books, he spent his leisure hours reading such works as came in his way, and in this manner accumulated a considerable store of knowledge of a general kind. He began reading law with Judge M. T. Layman, Jacksonville, Ill., in 1871. He was admitted to the bar at Springfield, and started at once to the West in search of a location. He settled at Holdrege, in 1884, just as that place was starting on its career of prosperity. At that time, however, there was not a brick house, school house or side-walk in the town. He is a public-spirited citizen and labors assiduously in building up his city and developing the surrounding county. In April, 1889, he was elected mayor of his adopted city. His sterling integrity, mental and moral worth brought him this honor without solicitation on his part. He is a member of the firm of Hall & Patrick, leading attorneys of Holdrege. In 1872, he was married to Miss Sarah, daughter of William McIntyre, a native of Kentucky. Four children — Walter E., Ruel Glen, Mabel and Della, shed the sunlight of happiness in their elegant home. Mr. Hall, by dint of industry, enjoys a large and growing practice. Republican in politics, yet he is very popular with all parties.

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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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