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 675

H. A. HOLLISTER, farmer, stock-dealer and breeder of short-horn, cattle, roadsters and draught-horses, Sec. 5; P. O. Wilton; born in Sullivan Co., N. Y., April, 1826, and after receiving a common-school education at the age of 22, he learned the carpenter's trade, which he followed continuously until October, 1852, when he came to this country, where he continued his trade. Jan. 2, 1856, he married Hannah A., daughter of Silas and Huldah (nee Randall), natives of Maine, but among the first settlers of this county, emigrating in 1839; were three months on the road. Her mother was a sister of Thomas E. Randall, who was the first settler of what was Randall's (now Center) Grove; her parents settled at Randall's Grove, where her father and two brothers died a few months after their arrival. Her mother lived to rear a family of six children, three sons and three daughters, and died in September, 1861. Mrs. H. was the youngest of the family; born at Waldo, Me., Feb. 27, 1833. Soon after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. R. removed to their present place of residence, where he had sufficient means to purchase eighty acres of land and erect a cabin, 14x16, in which they lived for several years, and which he still retains as a remembrance of early times. He now owns 417 acres of well-improved land, valued at $75 per acre. Mr. H. was one of the first in the State to turn his attention to the breeding of short-horn cattle, and now has 100 head of well-bred stock; has also devoted much time and attention to the breeding of fine horses. They have four children--Ida T., born Sept. 11, 1856 (now wife of L. W. Newell, of this county); Mary C., born April 8, 1860; Sarah H., born April 19, 1863, and Edwin H., born Jan. 18, 1866. Republican; members of the First Congregational Church at Wilton. Has held various township and school offices, having been Assessor for three years; was appointed Enrolling Officer during the late war.

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