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
GEORGE B. DENISON, banker, corner Second street and Iowa avenue, of the firm of Garrettson & Co., bankers; is a native of the town of Floyd, Oneida Co., N. Y., and was born Feb. 13, 1819; he was brought up on a farm and received his education there; after reaching manhood, he engaged in teaching winters and going to school during the summer--preparing himself for teaching; he came to Iowa in May, 1851, and engaged in teaching and had charge of the schools here for four years; for ten years, he was engaged in the educational interests of the public school system; he held the County Superintendent of Schools for three and a half years; Mr. Denison has given a great deal of study to educational interests and has done much to advance the standard of education; his first vote was cast and the first dollar of tax he ever paid was for building a school-house where he used to go to school; for the past three years, he has been engaged in banking and is one of the firm of Garrettson & Co. He Married Miss Margaret M. Lyon, a native of New York State; she was a graduate of the State Normal School at Albany, New York; she taught school after coming here for fouryears, they have one daughter--Edna.
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