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 601
A. F. DEMOREST, of the firm of Demorest & Coe, booksellers and stationers and dealers in pianos and organs; was born in Orange Co., N. Y., Oct. 20, 1826; he lived there until 25 years of age; then removed to Tompkins Co., near Ithaca, and lived three years; he started West overland and came to Iowa, and was five weeks and one day on the road, and reached Muscatine Nov. 2, 1855, without a cent; he engaged as clerk in the employ of R. M. Burnett and remained with him three years; he then associated with A. Palmer, now of Dubuque; they engaged in the book and stationery business and continued until the breaking-out of the war, when Mr. Palmer enlisted and was commissioned Captain of the 16th I. V. I.; Mr. Demorest carried on the business until near the close of the war, when he bought out his partner's interest, and, in August, 1864, he associated with him his brother-in-law, J. E. Coe; since then, they have carried on the business and are doing quite an extensive trade. He has held office of City Treasurer for two years, also the office of Chairman of the Board of County Supervisors for four years. He is a member of the Me. Church and is one of the Trustees. He married Miss Harriet S. C. Coe, of Illinois. in 1861; they have seven children and have lost one.
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