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
JOHN BAKER, proprietor of the Muscatine Steam Boiler Works; Mr. Baker is a native of Bohemia; was born May 11,1840; came to Muscatine in 1852; engaged in his present business in 1860. He married, in Leavenworth, Kan., Miss Mary Anchutz; they have six children---Ida, Lilly, Emma, Maude, Myrtha and Paul. Mr. Baker manufactures the Estes engine, the most perfect engine made; he makes the latest style of slide-valve engines, steam boilers, boiler fronts, and all of the latest styles of boiler fixtures, steam and water pumps, steam and water gauges ; also mill-gearing, pulleys, shafting, and mill machinery in general for flour and sawmills; he furnishes plans for millwright work, also mining machinery; he is the agent for Cape & Maxwell's boiler feeder. Mr. Baker's long practical experience, coupled with business energy, has increased his business until it now ranks with any in the State.
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