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carpenter's trade. He was married to Eliza-
beth Lass Spinner, in England, in 1884. They
have four children, Harry W., Herbert L., Cle-
ment G., and Ethel L. Mr. Miller came to
Galesburg in 1887, with his family, and found
employment for a time in the coach department
of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Rail-
road. He afterwards engaged in contracting
and building.

MORRISSEY, PATRICK HENRY; Grand



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Master of the Brotherhood of Railway Train-
men of the Lnited States antl Canada; Cleve-
land, Ohio; born in Bloomington, Illinois, Sep-
tember 11, lt'ti2; a graduate of the High School
in that city, class of 1878. His father, John
Morrissey, was a farmer in County Clare, Ire-
land; his mother, Mary Thornton, was born in
County Limerick. His parents came to this
country in 1856, and settled in Bloomington,
Illinois. When sixteen years of age, Mr. Mor-
rissey entered the employ of a grocer in Chi-
cago, but soon returned to Bloomington to ac-
cept a position as clerk for the fore-
man of the roundhouse of the Chicago and
Alton Railroad, and after one year, he entered
the Alton train service as a brakeman. In
1SS6, he obtained a clerkship in the office of
the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen in
Galesburg, where he remained three years. He
then resumed service as brakeman for one year.
In 1890. Mr. Morrissey was elected First Vice
Grand Master of the Brotherhood of Railway
Trainmen, an important office which he faith-
fully filled for six years. The duties of this
position brought Mr. Morrissey in contact with
railway employes all ever the United States
and Canada. His popularity and efficiency soon
opened the way to higher honors, and in May,
1895, he was elected to his present office, hav-
ing been twice re-elected, in 1897 and 1899.
Under Mr. Morrissey's careful and business-
like administration, the organization has been
perfected in all its branches, and is now the
largest organization of railway employes in
the United States. Mr. Morrissey was mar-
ried in Galesburg, October 5. 1887, to Anna
Brechwald. He is a charter member of Col-
lege City Lodge, Knights of Pythias. In poli-
tics, he is a democrat.

MUNSON, CHARLES J.; Assistant Postmas-
ter; Galesburg; born in Sweden. May 15, 1855;
educated in Illinois. His parents, .lohn M. and
Olivia C, were born in Sweden. Mr. Munson
was married to Lottie C. Anderson in Gales-
burg. Illinois, June 21, 1893. He is a member
of the First Lutheran Church. In politics, he
is a republican. Mr. Munson. in 1S75, entered
the service of the Chicago, Burlington and
Quincy Railroad Company, and continued in
their employ until 1897. In 1885. he was ap-
pointed Assistant Train Master, which position
he filled for twelve years, to the entire satis-
faction of the company. October 1, 1897, he
was appointed Assistant Postmaster at Gales-
burg, in which capacity he has rendered faith-
ful and satisfactory service.

MURPHY, DANIEL C; Plumber; Galesburg;
bo'-n April 8, 1SC7, at Bellefontaine, Ohio,
where he was educated. His parents were
Patrick and Bridget (Brennan) Murphy, of Ire-
land. Mr. Murphy was married to Emma Tor-
ticell June 15, 1897, in Galesburg. Illinois. He
is a democrat.

MYERS, HIRAM; Farmer and Nurseryman;
Galesburg; born September 1(5. 18.3.3, in Mar-
shall County, Illinois; educated at the Liberal
Institute, Galesburg, and the college at Mount
Palatine. Putnam County, Illinois. His parents.



David Myers, born in 1792, and Drusilla (Simp-
son) Myers, born in 1795, came from Pennsyl-
vania, as did his paternal grandparents, John
and Elizabeth Myers, and his maternal grand-
parents, J. D. and Mary (Rose) Simpson. Mr.
Myers was married June 8, 1858, in Marshall
County, Illinois, to Celia H. Hamilton. Their
children are: Olney H., deceased; Lenora
(Bower); David Samuel; Alvia, and Iva Dell.
Mr. Myers is a prohibitionist, and was School
Treasurer in Roberts Township, Marshall
County, for twenty years, and Justice of the
Peace for several terms. In religion, he is a
Universalist.

MYERS, JACOB W.; Engineer; Galesburg;
born September 30, 1851, in Des Moines, Iowa;
his father, George Myers, was born in Cleve-
land, Ohio. Mr. J. W. Myers was educated in
the common schools of Iowa. In politics, he is
a republican. He married Emma Petre, in
Iowa, October 11, 1874; they have four chil-
dren. Mentor; Charles; Wilbur; and Ada. now
the wife of Orson Judson. Mrs. Myers was a
daughter of Joseph and Eliza (Wilson) Petre
and granddaughter of John Petre, of Tennes-
see, who. with his family, settled at an early
date m Warren County, Iowa. Mr. Myers was
reared on a farm in Iowa. In 1877, he was a
station agent on the Rhode Island Railroad,
and afterward an engineer. He came to Gales-
burg in 1882 and entered the service of the
Chicago. Burlington and Quincy Railroad

NASH, TIMOTHY; Galesburg; born in Ell-
ington, Connecticut, February 12 1825 He •
went to California in 1848, and in 1853, came
to Galesburg. He was connected with the con-
struction of the Abirgdon Branch of the Chi-
cago. Burlington and Quincy Railroad. He has
held important municipal offices; was for sev-
eral years Alderman, and was appointed Mayor
to fill a vacancy. In 1871, he was elected Ma'vor
of Galesburg. He was for a number of years
Superintendent of Streets. Mr. Nash was mar-
ried October 20, 1868, to Lucy Gilbert. They
have one son. William S. Nash

NEIFERT, EDWARD; Engineer; Galesburg-
born August 15, 1862, in Rush Township,
Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, where he was
educated. His parents were Henry and Sarah
(Ripple) Neifert, of Pennsylvania; his grand-
father was Jacob Neifert. He was married in
Chicago. Illinois, February 28, 1889, to Carolina
C, daughter of Jacob and Sophia Louisa (Eber-
hart) Hechler, of Germany. They have two
children. Anna Elizabeth, deceased; and Ira E
Mr. Neifert's father was a sawver by trude He
enlisted in the Civil War and came out without
a wound, but with impaired hearing. For six
years after the war, he was proprietor of a
hotel at Quakake .lunction, Pennsvlvania and
after his death his wife continued the busi-
ness; she now lives at Tamaqua. Pennsvlvania.
Mr. Edward Neiferfs parents were married in
Pennsylvania. At thirteen years of age Mr
Edwnrd Neifert began making powder kegs for
the Dupont Powder Company, and after four
years he began work in the powder mill, filling
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the art. In 1884. he went to Nevada and
worked in a lumber camp, afterward going to
California, where he drove a stage between
Grass Valley and Nevada City. For a time he
worked in a dynamite mill at Pinole, Califor-
nia. He returned to Pennsylvania, and entered
the employ of the Philadelphia and Reading
Railroad Company as brakeman; he afterwards
became conductor and fireman. In 1888 he
took a position as fireman for the Chicago, Bur-
lington and Quincy Railroad, and for nearly
eight years has been an engineer. He is a
member of A. 0. U. W. Mr. and Mrs. Neifert
have a pleasant home on East Knox street. In
religion, Mr. Neifert is a Congregationalist. In
politics, he is independent.

NORTON, ISAAC PRICE; Funeral Director;
Galesburg; born in Gloucester County, New
Jersey, April 9, 1859; educated in the country
school at Nortonville, New Jersey. His father,
Henry W., and his mother, Lavina (Price) Nor-
ton, were natives of New Jersey. His grand-
father and grandmother on the paternal side,
John D. and Sarah (Davison) Norton, and his
grandparents on the maternal side, Thomas
Price and Lavina (Sumeral) Price, were all
born in New Jersey. His great-grandfather,
John D. Norton, was born in Wales, and his
wife, Sarah W. Norton, was born in Boston,
Massachusetts. On the maternal side, his
great-grandfather, Thomas T, Price, was born
in Scotland, and his wife, Lavina, was born in
New Jersey. One of Mr. Norton's great-grand-
fathers came to Boston in about 1675. Decem-
ber 2, 1879, Mr. Norton was married in Woods-
town, New Jersey, to Hannah B. Jones. There
are two children, Albert H. and Marie A. In
religion, he is a Congregationalist. In politics,
he is a republican.

OBBRG, JOHN C; Conductor; Galesburg;
born October 19. 1849, in Sweden; came to Knox
County in 1855. He was educated in the com-
mon schools. In 1871, he was employed as
brakeman by the Chicago, Burlington and
Quincy Railroad Company, and was after-
wards made conductor of a construction train.
Mr. Oberg was married to Miss Matilda Jacob-
son, September 24, 1879. They have two chil-
dren, Lillie and Sophia. In 1893, Mr. Oberg
was made passenger conductor.

OLSON, ALFRED; Merchant; Galesburg;
born at Galesburg January 31, 1858; educated
in the Galesburg schools. His parents, Lewis
J. and Elsie, were born in Sweden. October 14,
1886, he was married to Ella Fleming at Mon-
mouth, Illinois. They have two children, Ar-
thur Gregg and Mary Gertrude. He is a mem-
ber of the firm of Kellogg, Drake and Olson,
the partnership having been formed in October,
1889. He is a Trustee of the Galesburg Cottage
Hospital Association. In politics, Mr. Olson is
a democrat.

OLSON, M. W.; Dentist; Galesburg; born
June 23, 1873, at Dover, New Jersey; educated
at Moline, Illinois. His father. Magnus Olson,
was born in Stockholm, Sweden; his mother,
Hannah (Soderstrom). was born in Upsala,
Sweden. Doctor Olson came with his parents



from New Jersey to Illinois when he was one
year old. He received his professional educa-
tion in Illinois, and took a special course in
anatomy, and in dentistry, in Chicago and in
Philadelphia, having passed with honors in
each institution. Doctor Olson's office is at 326
East Main street, Galesburg, Illinois. In re-
ligion, he is a Methodist. In politics, he is a
republican.

OLSON, SWAN H.; Grocer; Galesburg; born
August 4, 1844, at Blaking Sweden; educated
in the common schools of Illinois. His parents,
Peter and Celia (Martin) Olson, as well as his
grandparents, were born in Sweden. October
20, 1872, he was married to Clara M. Burke.
They have three children, Clarence; Grace, de-
ceased; and Irene. Mr. Olson came to Illinois
in 1854, and farmed eight years. He enlisted
in Company A, One Hundred and Second Illi-
nois Infantry, and served three years in the
Civil War. Coming back, he engaged in the
grocery business, and has been on the corner
of Chambers and Berrien streets for thirty-five
years. He holds the office of Supervisor. In
religion, he is a Methodist. In politics, a re-
publican.

OSTRANDER, ALBERT J.; Merchant;
Galesburg; born in Indiana. March 6, 1846;
educated in the common schools. His father,
Harry B., ana his mother, Mary A. (Wood-
worth), were born in New York State. His fath-
er's family were of German descent, and his
mother's ancestors came from England. In
1855, the family moved to Missouri, and in 1862.
to Iowa; they came to Galesburg in 1871. Mr.
Ostrander began his business career as a clerk,
alternating between the hotel office and the
store. He entered his present business as a
dealer in hides and wool in 1877. April 12,
1877, he was united in marriage to Susie V.
Ulmer, of Monmouth, Illinois. There are three
children, Eugene Claud, Frederick Earl, and
Ethel Pearl. Mr. Ostrander has been a suc-
cessful business man, and has been prominent
in politics. For ten years he was Chairman of
the Knox County Democratic Central Commit-
tee. He filled the place of Postmaster at Gales-
burg for four and one-half years, having been
appointed by President Cleveland, May 9, 1893.
He has been a leading member of the Odd Fel-
lows for twenty-five years, and for many years
a membei of the Masonic Order. In religion, he
is a Universalist. He is a democrat.

PALMER. GEORGE W.; Conductor; Gales-
burg; born ut Center Point. Knox County.
Illinois, July 20. 1847; educated in the com-
mon schools. His father was John B. Palmer,
of England; his mother was Arta M., daughter
of Crolus Churchill, of New York. He was mar-
ried in Victoria, December 18, 1873, to Harriet
M., daughter of Christopher LeValley, an old
settler of Victoria Township. Their children
are; Frank. Arthur C. Chauncey W. and
Mabel G. Mr. Palmer was reared on a farm.
In May, 1872, he was employed as brakeman
by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Rail-
road Company, and became a conductor in
1875, a position which he now holds. He is a




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republican, ana in isy4, was elected Alderman
of the First Ward, holding the office for three
years. In religion, he is a Protestant.

PALMGREN, C. A.; Conductor; Galesburg;
born March 5, 1SG3, in Sweden, where he was
educated. His parents were John and Bengta
(Johndater) Palm, of Sweden. He was married
to Anna Matson, in Galesburg, May 1, 18S9.
They have two children, Ethel Elvira and El-
mer Sidney. Mr. Palmgren is a conductor on
the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad.
He is a member of the Lutheran Church. In
politics, he is a republican, and is Alderman of
the Seventh Ward.

PARRY, S. J.; Carpenter and Builder;
Galesburg; born in Pennsylvania in 1825. He
came to Illinois in 1850, and to Galesburg in
1865, where he formed a partnership with J. R.
Stevens. Mr. Parry began business as a con-
tractor in 18(iS. Among the important build-
ings constructed by him are two school build-
ings; the County Jail; the Smith Block; the
Triole Block, and many fine residences. Mr.
Parry was Superintendent of Construction for
the Court Hous^, and for the Central Congre-
gational Church. Mr. Parry is a Congrega-
tionalist. In politics, he is a republican.

PERRY, ALBERT JAMES; President Second
National Bank; Galesburg; born December 10,
1841, at Alden. New York. His parents were
James Perry, of Massachusetts, and Sophronia
(Pengra) Perry, of western New York. His
paternal grandparents were Isaac and Mary
(Tiffany) Perry, of Massachusetts. James
Perry was a soldier in the Revolutionary War,
and when he entered the army, was presented
with a sword by the people of his town. His
maternal great-grandfather, Stephen Hopkins,
was Colonial Governor of Rhode Island from
1757 unti. 1767, and was one of the Congressmen
who signed the Declaration of Independence.
Mr. A. J. Perry entered the Sophomore Class of
Rochester University in 1857, and remained
until 1861. He took the classical course and
paid his tuition with his earnings as a telegraph
operator. The death of his father in 1860, and
the subsequent necessity for supporting his
mother and invalid sister, compelled him tu
relinquish his intention of finishing the Univer-
sity course. As a means of support, he taught
school for a time, and also acted in the capacity
of railroad agent. In 1865, he came to Gales-
burg, and until 187.3, was employed by the
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad as
bookkeeper. During the Winter of 1873, he
again taught school. In 1874, he was appointed
Deputy Circuit Clerk, serving until 1882, when
he became County Clerk, which position he filled
for eight years. He was then elected President
of the Second National Bank. Mr. Perry is a
republican, and has served two terms in the
City Council. He is Vice-President of the Hos-
pital Board. President of the Library Board of
the Galesburg Public Library, and Treasurer of
Knox College. Mr. Perry's principal business is
Investments, and for the past eleven years he
has been extensively engaged in selling real
estate securities.



PETERKA, WILLIAM L.; Engineer; Gales-
burg; born November 14, 1856, at CoUinsville,
Illinois. His parents were John and Catharine
Peterka, of Germany. They came to America
in 1849, and settled at CoUinsville, Illinois,
where for many years his father carried freight
on the National plank road from Greenville to
St. Louis. He died in 1887. His mother died
in 1862. He was married in Peoria, Illinois, in

1887, to Frances T. Bachtold, daughter of Mat-
thias and Stephania (Haunghs) Bachtold, who
were old settlers in that part of the State. Six
children have been born to Mr. and Mrs.
Peterka: Ada R.; Clara V.; Blanche, de-
ceased: William; John, deceased; and Willis
Howard. Upon the death of his mother, Will-
iam L. lived with a farmer who sent him to
school. At the age of twelve, he began to work
at the top of a coal mine, and later became
foreman for the engineer of the mine; he was
afterward given charge of the pumping works
at night. At the age of seventeen, he became-
engineer of the Abby, No. 4 mine, where he re-
mained a year and a half. He first began train
service on the Illinois and Midland Railroad;
afterwards entered the employ of the Indian-
apolis and St. Louis Railroad, and later the
Wabash Railroad. In 1888, he began with the
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy as engineer,
which position he still holds. Mr. Peterka
is a republican. He is a member of Alpha
Lodge, No. 155. Masonic. He is a Protestant.

PETERSON, JOHN L.; Engineer; Galesburg;
born in 1859, in Champaign County, Ohio. His
father was John W. Peterson, who came to
Ohio from New York; his grandfather was T.
W. Peterson; his great-grandfather came from
Holland. Mr. Peterson was formerly foreman
of the carpenter shops and had charge of the
wrecking train for the Chicago and Al-
ton Railroad. He came to Galesburg in

1888, and was employed by the Chicago, Bur-
lington and Quincy Railroad Company, as an
engineer. He was married to Alfaretta Wilson
in 1879. There were two children, Blanche and
Clarence. Mr. Peterson's second marriage was
with Sarah E. Tuthill, at Huntington, Indiana,
ilarch 30, 1887. Their children are: Jessie.
Bessie, Grace, Clausie, and Gray. Mr. Peterson
is a republican. He is a member of the Method-
ist Episcopal Church.

PETERSON, PETER; Clergyman: Gales-
burg; born in Sweden, November 21, 1866;
educated in Gustavus .\dolphus College at St.
Peter, Minnesota, and in Augustana Theo-
logical Seminary at Rock Island, Illinois. His
parents were Peter and Mary (Bengsten) Peter-
son, of Sweden. He was married to Matilda
Johnson in 1894, at Vermilion, South Dakota.
They have two children, Elmer Petri Theodor,
and Mildred Matilda Ingeborg. Mr. Peterson's
parents went to Meeker County, Minnesota,
when he was two years of age. Six weeks
later his father was drowned by the capsizing
of a boat while fishing in Collinwood Lake,
leaving the mother and seven children without
means of support. When very young, Peter
worked on the farm for his board while attend-



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ing the public school. By constant labor and
economy he had, at the age of nineteen, ac-
quired $140.00, with which he started for col-
lege. He taught during vacations, and while a
freshman, began preaching to aid in completing
his college and theological course. He was
ordained in 1894, and entered upon missionary
work in Ogden, Utah. After a year he went to St.
John's Lutheran Chruch in Essex, Iowa, and aft-
er three years, removed to Galesburg, where he
is now pastor of the First Lutheran Church.

PHELPS, WILLIAM IRVIN; Wood Machin-
ist; Galesburg; born in Henderson, Knox
County, March 29, 1851. Attended the Gales-
burg High School and Knox Academy until the
age of fourteen, when his parents removed to
Wheaton, Illinois, where he took a business
course at Wheaton College. He learned the
carpenter trade with Charles Miller, of
Wheaton, and in 1871, was employed by the
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Com-
pany, as bridge carpenter. In 1883, he returned
to Galesburg and entered the service of the
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Com-
pany, where he is now foreman of the wood
machine shop, a position he has held for four-
teen years. June 27, 1876, he was married to
Martha Jane Roe, of Abingdon, Illinois. Her
father, Silas Roe, settled at Abingdon, in 1841,
being one of the early settlers of Knox County.
Mr. Phelps is a republican, and in 1898, was
elected Supervisor on the republican ticket
In 1896, he ran for Alderman in the Sixth
Ward, being defeated by but two votes. He is
a member of Ezel Lodge, Knights of Pythias,
of which order he was Deputy Grand Chancel-
lor for six years, during which time he insti-
tuted four lodges in Knox County. He was one
of the organizers of the Railroad McKinley
Marching Club, which was eight hundred
strong. In 1897, he, with Professor J. A. New-
man, organized the now well known and pop-
ular Burlington Route Band of thirty musi-
cians. Mr. Phelps takes a great interest in, the
advancement of musical organizations, and is
at present manager of the College City and
of the Central Church orchestras.

POTTER, C. B.; Engineer; Galesburg; born
June 29, 1839, in Luzerne County, Pennsyl-
vania. His father, Brookins Potter, was born
in Vermont; his grandfather, William Potter,
was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Mr.
C. B. Potter was educated in the common
schools. In politics, he is a republican; in re-
ligious belief, a Baptist. He married Eunice
House, in Kewanee, Illinois, January 1, 1868.
Three children have been born to them, Ella;
Albert; and Etta, who died in infancy; Albert
died in 1886. Mr. Potter came to Galesburg in
1865 and entered the service of the Chicago,
Burlington and Quincy Railroad, working in
the roundhouse two weeks, when he began fir-
ing an engine on the road. He moved to Galva
in 1878. In 1895 he returned to Galesburg and
bought a residence on West Tompkins street.

POST, PHILIP S.; Lawyer; born in Vienna,
Austria, November 10, 1869; educated at Knox
College and National Law Schnol. Washington,



District of Columbia. His father, General
Philip Sidney Post, was born in Florida, New
York; his mother, Cornelia A. Post, was born
in Elmira, New York. On the paternal side,
his grandfather, General Peter Schuyler Post,
was born in Warwick, Orange County, New
York; his grandmother, Mary D. (Coe) Post,
was born in Rochland County, New York. His
great-grandfather, Colonel Garrett Post, and
his great-grandmother, Martinche (Bertolf)
Post, were born in Orange County, New York.
On the maternal side, his grandfather was
William Townsend Post, born in Warwick,
Orange County, New York; his grandmother,
Harriet G. (Luce) Post, was born in Coopers-
town, in the same state. His great-grandpar-
ents, James B. Post and Catherine C. (Hat-
horn) Post, were born in Orange County. P.
S. Post was admitted to the Bar in 1892. He
was elected County Judge of Knox County in
1898. In politics. Judge Post is a republican.

PLANK, ROBERT M.; Farmer; Galesburg;
born in Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsyl-
vania, August 5, 1864. His parents, William
and Mary (Shultz) Plank, were natives of
Pennsylvania. In religion, Mr. Plank is a Pres-
byterian. In politics, he is a republican.

■pURINGTON, WILLIAM SYDNEY; Vice
President and General Manager of the Puring-
ton Paving Brick Company, Galesburg; born
February 22, 1860, in Amesbury, Massachusetts;
educated in Friends Boarding School, Prov-
idence. Rhode Island. His parents were Daniel
S. Purington, of Vassalbon, Maine, and Sarah
(Varney) Purington. of New Hampshire. He
was married at Porter, Indiana, in 1884, to Nel-
lie M., daughter of John K. and Sarah J. (Gill)
Caldwell, of Pennsylvania. They have three
children, William C, Helen, and D. Stewart.
Mr. Purington's ancestors were of early New
England stock. His father was a farmer, and
spent most of his life at Newburyport, Massa-
chusetts, where Mr. W. S. Purington lived until
1880, when he came West to superintend the
Purington-Kimball BricK Company's works at
Chicago, Illinois, and at Porter, Indiana. For
three years he was Vice President and Secre-
tary of the St. Paul and Minneapolis Pressed
Brick Company. In 1890, he removed to Gales-
burg, where he established the plant now
owned and operated by the Purington Paving
Brick Company. Mr. Purington is a member of
the Royal Aronnum; was Vice President and
is a Director of the Galesburg Business Men's
Club, which position he has held for seven
years. In religion, Mr. Purington is a Presby-
terian. In politics, he is a republican.

READ, HENRY WARE; Teacher; born De-
cember 31, 1849, at Newtown, Illinois. His
father, Josiah, was born at Keene, New
Hampshire, and his mother, Caroline A.
(Strong), at Elmira, New York. His grand-
father on the paternal side was David Read,
and on the maternal side Samuel Strong. Pro-
fessor Read was educated at Knox College, in
which institution he is instructor in Latin and
Greek. June 24, 1876, he was united in mar-
riage to Martha E. A. Hastings, of Galesburg.




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They are the parents of three children, Mary
Amelia, Henry Hastings, and Robert Strong.



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