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 600
IRA DEAN, manufacturer of boots and shoes, Second street; Mr. Dean was born in Orange, Essex Co., N. J., June 17, 1826. Jan. 8, 1849, he married Miss Phoebe Ann Swann, a native of Chatham, N. J. During the war of the rebellion, Mr. Dean served as Wagonmaster at Camp Nelson, Ky. He removed to Muscatine from Ohio in 1873, and has since been a resident. Himself and wife are members of the M. E. Church. They have had four children, two of whom are living---Sarah (now Mrs. E. Dawson, of Muscatine), and Byron B.; Byron B. is married, and is Train-Dispatcher at Newark, Ohio. Mr. Dean, politically, was originally a Whig.; on the organization of the Republican party, he adopted the principles of that party, and still gives them his support..
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