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 W. Dillaway, importer and wholesale dealer in crockery and glassware, No. 175 Second street; one of the most enterprising merchants and the present Mayor of Muscatine is George W. Dillaway; he is a native of Boston, Mass., where both his father and grandfather were born; the latter was a soldier in the Revolutionary war and was in the battle of Bunker Hill; George W. was born Oct. 16, 1828, and when a youth served a full apprenticeship as ship-carver; his father was a ship-owner, and George made a voyage to Russia in one of his father's vessels; he engaged in mercantile business early in life in his native city and was successful, but being in poor health, was advised to come West, and in 1857, he came to Iowa, located in Muscatine and engaged in the crockery and queensware business; he has built up a large and extensive wholesale and retail trade, extending through Iowa, Missouri and part of Illinois; his store on Second street is one of the largest and finest in the State; his business requires four floors, all packed full of goods; the first floor is devoted to the retail trade and is a model of good taste in its arrangement; the other three floors are devoted to his wholesale trade; through his energy and enterprise to a great extent the city secured its splendid system of water works three years ago; he was chosen President of the Water-Works Company for some time, but resigned his position. He has held office of the City Alderman; received the nomination and was elected Mayor of the city in March, 1879. He married Miss Lucretia C. Hunting, a native of Boston, in 1852; they have two children---one daughter, Lucretia, and one son, William.

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