Muscatine County Iowa
Here is what the abbreviations in the bios stand for: far: farm; Co.: company or county; dir: dealer; IVA: Iowa Volunteer Artillery; IVC: Iowa Volunteer Cavalry; IVI: Iowa Volunteer Infantry; P.O.: Post Office; S. or Sec.: section; and st.: street.
Source: History of Muscatine County Iowa, Biographical Section, 1879, page 593
W. D. Ament, manufacturer of carriages, buggies and farm and spring wagons, Third street; is a native of Kentucky, but when only 2 years of age, his parents moved to Nashville, Tenn., where he was brought up and learned the tinning business; in November, 1845, he came to Iowa, located in Muscatine and engaged in the tin and stove business, and continued it for twelve years; in 1855, he established his carriage and wagon manufacturing business, which has become well known through-out the State, and extends to Illinois and Missouri; he turns out over one hundred farm wagons and one hundred carriages yearly, employing twenty five men, and it is one of the leading industries here. Mr. Ament is prominently identified with the interests of the city and county; he was President of the Board of Trustees before the city charter was adopted, and held the office of City Treasurer four years He married Amelia Robbins, of Pennsylvania in 1847; she died in September, 1873, leaving six children; he married Mrs. Lucinda Watkins, of Ohio, April 2, 1879.
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