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 673
B. S. GOULD, restaurant and bakery, Railroad st., opposite Depot; residence same; born in Franklin Co., Mass., July 26, 1836, and there raised until 18 years of age, when his parents removed to Davenport, Iowa, where his father died. In October, 1856, he married Mrs. Sarah E., widow of Enos Glaskell and daughter of Gideon Averill; she was born in Chautauqua Co., N. Y., June 2, 1830; at the age of 6 years, came with her parents to Illinois, near Pleasant Valley, and soon after, to Davenport, Iowa; her brothers are extensive farmers near that city; her father died soon after their arrival there. In 1858, Mr. Gould, having secured a mail contract from Rochester, Cedar Co., to Dubuque, they removed to Rochester; remained for two years, then returned to his native State (Massachusetts); remained until the breaking-out of the war, and enlisted in the 3d Cavalry (three-months men), Company B; he participated at the first battle at Bull Run; his time having expired, he returned to Davenport, and engaged with the Davenport Sorghum Refining Company. In December, 1864, he re-enlisted in the 24th Iowa Infantry; was detailed to Governor's Island, N. Y., as assistant in charge of the prison there, and continued there until the close of the war. He engaged in farming near Davenport until 1868; then removed to Marshalltown and engaged in dairying for two years, after which, he was in the employ of the Chicago & Rock Island Railroad Company, for several years, and in the fall of 1878, he removed to Wilton, where he has since been engaged at his present business. They have two children---the eldest, Charles M., was born in 1857, is now operator and head clerk of freight depot for Chicago & Rock Island Railroad at Muscatine; Frank, born July 29, 1864.
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