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
W, C. BETTS, of the firm of Betts Brothers, publishers of the Daily and Weekly Tribune; was born in Beloit, Wis., Aug. 30 1853; when only 3 years of age, his parents removed to Chicago, and when 11 years of age, came with his parents to Muscatine, in 1865; he was brought up here and learned the printing business; he afterward, with his brother, took a sea voyage and went to China; in 1873, with his brother and Mr. Van Horn, began publishing the Muscatine Tribune. In 1877, he and his brother bought the interest of Mr. Van Horn, and since then have owned it. He married Miss Minnie Reynold, from this city, in August, 1775; they have two children--Charles and Nellie.
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