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
R. M. BAKER, of the firm of Baker & Hoover, real estate and loan agents; was born in Rockingham Co., Va., July 26,1834; he lived there until 1865, when he came to Iowa and located in this county; in 1867, he came to Muscatine, and since then he has been engaged in business here; in addition to his land and loan business, he carries on the livery business on Front street; he owns the Commercial Hotel property and other city property. He married Miss Mary Ann Sheets, a native of Shenandoah Co., Va., in 1855.
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