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 595

E. H. BETTS, of the firm of Betts Bros., publishers of the Daily and Weekly Tribune, Muscatine; born in Beloit, Wis., May 24, 1849; when only 8 years of age, he removed to Chicago, where he lived until he came to Muscatine, in 1865; in 1868, he entered the Journal offices and commenced learning the printing business; he remained there three years; on account of his health, he took a sea-voyage and went to China, around the Cape of Good Hope; after remaining abroad for one year, he returned; in 1873, he and his brother and Mr. Van Horn published the Weekly Tribune; the following year, in the spring of 1874, they started the daily edition; in 1877, he and his brother purchased the entire interest, and now own and conduct the paper. Mr. Betts was united in marriage to Miss Rita Stewart, daughter of Wm. H. Stewart, Esq., of Muscatine, April 29, 1875; they have two children---Anna and Willie.

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