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 685
SPENCER HOWELL, farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. West Liberty; son of John and Phoebe Howell; owns 130 acres of land, valued at $50 per acre; born Sept. 22, 1836, in Geauga Co., Ohio; in the fall of 1869, came to Muscatine Co., and located on the farm which he is still living; his father died March 25, 1877, in his 86th year of age; his mother is still living with him. Married E. J. Boyington July 6, 1858; she was born Nov. 14, 1838, in Geauga Co., Ohio; have five children living--Lillie, Willie, Mattie, Jennie and Aurilla; lost infant son. His brother John H., who lives with him, served in the army during the late rebellion, first in Co. A. of 8th I. V. I., and next in Co. F of the 17th Ill. Cav. Mr. H. is a member of Mt. Calvary Lodge, A., F. & A. M., No 95 at West Liberty; Republican.
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