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 669
W. H. BAXTER, physician and surgeon, office, Cedar street; residence, corner Bates and Cherry; son of Jos. H. and Isabella Baxter (nee Porter), who were of Scotch and Irish descent, but natives of Pennsylvania; he was born at Cannonsburg, Washington Co., Penn., Dec. 28, 1828, and educated at the common schools and at Hagerstown (Ohio) Academy; he read medicine with Dr. John H. Stephenson, at Lewisville, Ohio, from the spring of 1847 to the fall of 1850, and graduated at Keokuk College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1865, and in the ensuing year, at the Chicago Medical College; in 1852, he came to Moscow, this county, where he practiced his profession until 1867, when he removed to Wilton. In 1852, he married Matilda J. Wright, who was born in Harrison Co., Ohio, in 1834, and died in 1862, leaving two children------Clara, wife of Birt Ball, a railroad man of Trenton, Mo., and Ida May, wife of Bartley G. Gard, a farmer at Cedar Rapids, this State. In 1864, he married Mary E., daughter of Alexander Small, of Washington, Ill.; she was born in Tazewell Co., Ill., in 1848; they have three children, two daughters and a son----Nellie Maude, Lizzie and Willie H. The Doctor is a member of the Muscatine County Medical Society, of the Iowa and Illinois District Medical Society, of the State Medical Society, and of the American Medical Association; of the Wilton Lodge, No. 167, A. F. & A. M., in which he has been Master for the third time; also, a member of the Chapter of R. A. Masons at Muscatine. Mrs. Baxter is a member of the Presbyterian Church.
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