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 654
CHARLES M. HENDRIX, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Letts; born in Wayne County, Ind., in 1832; came to Muscatine Co. with his parents in 1843; in 1850, when 18 years of age, he crossed the plains to California; drove an ox-team all the way from his father's farm, in Seventy-Six Tp., to California, and thence to Oregon City; was about six months on the trip; he returned in 1853; in 1864, he again went to the Pacific Coast, this time driving a mule-team, and made the trip in about sixty-five days; in 1875, he again visited California, this time by railroad; Mr. Hendrix now prefers to make the trip in a Pullman palace-car, in five days, to driving an ox-team and being six months on the way. He married in 1857, Hannah Collins, a daughter of John Collins, of Seventy-Six Tp., born in 1863; they have four children--- Frank E., born in 1858; Dosier M., Dora D., in 1866; and Albert B., in 1874; Mr. H. purchased the farm which he now owns in 1854. Members of the M. E. Church.
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