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 649

J. J. BOSTEN, dealer in dry goods and general merchandise, Nichols; born Aug. 30, 1843, in Prussia; in the spring of 1852, emigrated to the United States, stopping a short time at Erie, Penn, then came to Clinton Co., Ill.; in the spring 1855, came to Muscatine, where he first engaged in a saw-mill about a year, then painting for a short time; afterward, in mercantile business with Rothschild & Bro. till the summer of 1862. He enlisted in Co. C of the 35th I. V. I.; was a participant at the capture of Vicksburg, and most of the battles in that vicinity; was also with Gen. banks' expedition up Red River, and at the battles of Clear Lake, Ark., Nashville, Tenn., and the second battle of Tupelo, Miss.; was mustered out at Davenport, Iowa, in August, 1865. Returned to Muscatine and engaged with Rothschild & Bro. again; in the fall of 1872, came to Nichols and established his present business. Married Mary E. Stingle in September, 1865; she was born in 1843, in Pennsylvania; have four children--Emma J., Harry, James and May; lost two--Clara and Della. Member of the Catholic Church; Independent.

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