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 607
C. F. Kessler, dealer in groceries and produce, corner of Fifth and Mulberry streets; Mr. Kessler was born in the Province of Westphalia, Prussia, in 1833; emigrated to Philadelphia, Penn., in 1850; thence to Washington, D. C., in 1851. In 1853, he came to Muscatine; in 1858, engaged in his present business. He married Miss A. N. Gehring in this city in 1854; they have two children--Daniel and Frank P. In 1865, Mr. Kessler was elected a member of the City Council and held the office two years; was Township Clerk two years. He belongs to the Masonic Order; is a Democrat. As a business man and financier, Mr. Kessler is eminently successful; he has acquired a good name in the community and is a public spirited citizen, active in all progress, and esteemed as a business man, citizen and neighbor.
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