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
ALEXANDER JACKSON, retired; is a native of Scotland, and was born May 9, 1818; when 17 years of age, he came to America, in 1835, and went to Albany and learned the trade of harness-maker; he came to Iowa in 1839, but did not remain; he came to Muscatine and settled permanently in the spring of 1843, and began working at his trade; he continued in the harness business for fifteen years; since then he has held the position of Secretary and Treasurer of the Gas Company, and had the active management of the business until within the past eighteen months; he has held town and school offices, and is the only survivor of the original Directors of the Muscatine National Bank; Mr. Jackson built the house where he now lives, on the corner of Spruce and Second streets, over thirty years ago; people then wondered why he went so far in the country to build his house. He married Lucy Ann Daily, from Chillicothe, Ohio, Jan. 8, 1845; they have had five children; three survive--Mary, Lucy and Frank.
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