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 596
JOHN BYRNE, of the firm of Byrne and Murphy, grocers, Second street; Mr. Byrne was born in the County Wicklow, Ireland, in 1836; came to Muscatine Co. in 1849. He married Miss B. Faley, of this county; they have five children. Mr. Byrne and wife are members of the Catholic Church; politically he acts with the Democratic party. He is President of the Muscatine Mutual Aid Society; was Alderman of the Second Ward, and as such exhibited marked executive ability, and performed the duties of that office in an able and efficient manner. Mr. Byrne is highly regarded by his fellow-citizens, and is deservedly very popular. The firm of Byrne and Murphy have been established in business a number of years, and have secured the confidence and patronage of the public generally.
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