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 605
FRANCIS M. HEATON, of the firm of Brown & Heaton, proprietors of the Nevada Mills, corner Third street and Iowa avenue; was born in Clermont Co., Ohio, Jan. 13, 1835; his parents came to Iowa and settled in Muscatine Co. when he was only 5 years of age; he was brought up on a farm until 15 years of age, then learned the trade of mechanical engineer and run an engine until the war broke out, when he enlisted in the first call for troops; his name was first on the muster roll in Co. A, 1st Regt. I. V. I., under Capt. Cummings; he was in the battle of Wilson's Creek, where Gen. Lyon was killed. After his return, he was an engineer until 1864, when he engaged in the milling business; the Nevada Mills have an established reputation; they manufacture mostly for the trade, and buy their main supply of best wheat from Kansas and Missouri; are doing a large business. Mr. Heaton married Miss Mary J. Wood, of Clermont Co., Ohio, in 1861. When Mr. Heaton's father first came here, he had to go to Peoria to mill, and used to go to Chicago with an ox-team; he brought the first reaping machine here that was ever used in this county.
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