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 603
WILLIAM H. FRANKLIN, proprietor of general repair and blacksmith-shop; was born near Wilton, this county, in 1854; he engaged in blacksmithing 1871; became proprietor of shop in 1876; his father, William W. Franklin, is a native of North Carolina; he came to Muscatine Co., with his parents in 1836. He married Miss Mary S. Haffenister in this county; they are still residents of this county. Mr. Franklin is an experienced mechanic, and to all who require anything in his line we can especially recommend them to give him a call.
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