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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Review Volume of Biographical Sketches of The Leading Citizens of Hampshire County, Massachusetts published by Biographical Review Publishing Company in 1896.  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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ADOLPH FRANZ, M.D., a well-known physician of South Hadley Falls, son of Adolph and Eliza (Birnie) Franz, was born in Washington, D.C., July 26, 1862. Dr. Franz’s father was a native of Mecklenburg, Germany, and emigrated to the United States in 1849. He was for a short time after his arrival engaged as a grocer’s clerk in New York City. In 1850 he enlisted in the regular army, joining Company B, Third United States Infantry, which was stationed in New Mexico, and was engaged in Indian warfare until the commencement of the Civil War. The regiment was then ordered to Washington, and from there to the front, arriving in time to participate in the second battle of Bull Run. In 1862 Adolph Franz, Sr., was assigned to duty in the War Department in Washington, where he remained until 1869, when he received the appointment of Orderly Sergeant, and was once more sent to New Mexico. After remaining there for a time, he was transferred to Fort Jackson, La., then to Fort Jackson, Ga., and finally to Fort Constitution, N.H. Here he continued to serve until December 12, 1890, at which time he was retired, with an honorable record of forty years of continuous service in the United States Army. He now resides in Brooklyn, N.Y. His wife, whom he wedded on June 21, 1861, is of Irish ancestry. She is the mother of two sons, namely: Adolph, Jr., the subject of this sketch; and Frederick H., who is now engaged in the jewelry business in Attleboro, Mass.

Adolph Franz pursued a collegiate course at Dartmouth College. At its completion he entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, where he graduated in 1887. Then he supplemented his medical studies with a period of practical observation in the hospitals of the metropolis. In December, 1887, Dr. Franz located in South Hadley Falls, where he has since established a lucrative practice. By his skilful handling of cases he has acquired a high reputation both in Hadley and South Hadley Falls. He is also esteemed socially for his many and admirable character traits. On June 11, 1890, he was united in marriage to Louise M. Norton, of Portsmouth, N.H. They have three children: Dorothy, Louise, and Frederick. Both attend the Roman Catholic church. He is independent in politics.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the Biographical Review Volume of Biographical Sketches of The Leading Citizens of Hampshire County, Massachusetts published in 1896. 

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