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 604
G. A. GARRETTSON, of the firm of G. A. Garrettson & Son, wholesale grocers, Front street; and also of the firm of G. A. Garrettson & Co., bankers, cor. Iowa av.and Second street. The subject of this brief sketch is one of the most successful business men not only in Muscatine County, but in this section of the State. He is a native of Washington Co., Penn., and came to Iowa and located in Muscatine April 16, 1854; he engaged in the grocery trade; after continuing in the retail business a few years, he engaged in the wholesale trade and has continued in the jobbing business for about twenty years, doing an extensive trade; he has been engaged in the mercantile business here over a quarter of a century. Mr. Garrettson has been engaged in the banking business for the past ten years. He is the senior partner of the firm of G. A. Garrettson & Co., of this city; also of the firm of Wells & Garrettson, bankers, at Fairfield, Jefferson Co., Iowa. When he commenced in life, he had nothing, and has achieved success by his own efforts. He married Miss Elizabeth A. Gray, a native of Greene Co., Penn., in 1849; they have six children.
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