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 594
B. BEIL, of the firm of Molis & Co., dealers in guns, pistols, cutlery, etc., Second street, Muscatine, Iowa; native of Germany; born in 1827; emigrated to Virginia, with his parents, in 1832; they removed thence to Crawford Co., Ohio, in 1833; in 1845, Mr. B. came to Muscatine and engaged in his present business. He married Anna C. Wigand, of this city; they have two children--Lena and William B. Mr. B. acts with the Democratic party; member of the Evangelical Church; he is a member of the I.O.O.F., and has been Treasurer of his Lodge a number of years. Messrs. Molis & Beil keep a large stock of the different lines of goods embraced in their trade, and have a first class establishment; they do the largest business in their line in the city.
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