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

WILLIAM J. BOWERS, foreman of the iron-molding department of the Muscatine Iron Works; Mr. Bowers was born in St. Louis, Mo., in the year 1846; remained in St. Louis until 1857, in which year he came to Muscatine and engaged to learn the iron-molding trade. During the war of the rebellion, he served in Co. E. 33rd I.V.I.; was enrolled at Davenport Feb 22, 1863, and honorably discharged at the close of the war; his regiment was engaged in the battles of Little Rock, Helena, Saline River, Spanish Fort and Yazoo Pass. After his discharge from the service, Mr. B. returned to Muscatine, remaining until 1872, when he went to Detroit, Mich., thence to Urbana, Ill., in 1873; in the fall of the latter year, he went to La Fayette, Ind., and took charge of the Wabash Foundry at that place; he returned to Muscatine in June, 1878, and took charge of the molding department of the Muscatine Iron Works. He is a member of the Catholic Church; Democrat.

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