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 606
WILLIAM HOFFMAN, attorney at law, of the firm of Hoffman, Piekler & Brown; was born in Prussia in 1845; in infancy, his parents emigrated to America, and, in 1852, they came to Iowa and located in Louisa Co., where he grew up and received his education at the common and select schools. In August, 1862, he enlisted in Co. G. 19 the Regiment I. V. I.; he was in all the battles of the regiment; was slightly wounded at Prairie Grove; he was taken prisoner at Morganza and held ten months, most of the time at Tyler, Texas; after he was exchanged, he went to New Orleans and was at the capture of Mobile. On his return from the war, he entered the State University, and graduated in the Collegiate Department, taking the degree of B. P. H. in 1870; in 1871, he returned to the University and graduated in the Law Department; in October, 1872, he engaged in the practice of law here. He married Miss Irene Hutchinson, of Virginia, in September, 1874; they have three children--Arthur, Paul, and a little boy not named.
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