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Alonzo McMichael


This bio is from the book "History Reminiscence & Biography of Western Nebraska...
Alden Publishing Company, Chicago...1909

Among the enterprising business men and prosperous citizens of North Platte, Lincoln county, Nebraska, the subject of this sketch occupies a prominent place, He gained an enviable reputation through his honesty and integrity and is highly respected and esteemed by all. Mr. McMichael is a native of Crawford county, Pennsylvania, born in 1838, and is a son of Elihu and Sarah Fitzgerald McMichael. He was raised in the locality of his birthplace, and at the breaking out of the Civil was enlisted in the One Hundred and Fifty-fifth Pennsylvania Infantry, serving in the Army of the Potomac at Chancellorsville and the Wilderness, Gettysburg, Fredericksburg, Antietam, Beverly Ford and a number of smaller battles. He was one of the bravest soldiers in his company, and was commissioned sergeant, always being at the head of the line, and in the thickest of the fight and coming out of every skirmish without receiving a scratch. After the war had closed he returned to Pennsylvania and settled in Clarion county, remaining there for several years, and in 1878 he came to Nebraska and located in North Platte. He followed the trade of a builder and contractor, and has carried on this business from the time of settling here up to the present. He has built a number of the large buildings here, and many of the finest residences in North Platte and on ranches in this portion of Nebraska. He is conscientious and faithful in his work and has gained the confidence of all by his honest dealings and strict integrity. For many years he owned and operated a ranch in this section, but recently sold this, and devotes his entire time and attention to his profession.

     In 1860 Mr. McMichael was married to Miss Mary Leckey, of Butler County, Pennsylvania, whose family were pioneer settlers in that locality. Children resulted from this union, as follows: James A., builder and contractor, also of North Platte, and a rising young business man; Benton, Clyde, both builders and contractors in this town; Howard, in the same business, located in Loveland, Colorado: John, of Hyannis, Nebraska; George of Atlantic, Iowa, secretary of the Young Men's Christian Association at that place, who devotes his whole attention to this noble work: Effie, wife of John Krountz, residing in North Platte; and Jennie, who lives at home with her father, the mother having died in July 1905.

     Mr. McMichael is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church at North Platte, and held the office of trustee, which he filled for many years, and he is an earnest worker in that institution. He is a Republican.


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