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 627
P. W. HOWELL, farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Muscatine; was born in Orange Co., N. Y., in 1811; emigrated, in 1858, to Muscatine Co., where he has since resided. Mr. H. married, in Orange Co., N. Y., in 1839, Miss Jane Dunning; they have two children living--Eleanor and Fannie; all members of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Howell has held several offices of honor and trust in New York prior to coming West; Mr. Howell's father served through the Revolutionary war, and was also in the war of 1812. Mr. Howell has a small farm of eight acres, well improved; and his occupation is that of farm--gardener. He was a Jackson Democrat till the war; since, has acted with the Republican party.
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