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
E. KLEPPER, dealer in books and stationery, with wall-paper, window-shades, brackets and furniture on the upper floor, Cedar street; residence, Sixth street, Wilton; son of Christian Klepper, a native of Pennsylvania; came to Muscatine Co. in 1857; his son, E. Klepper, was born in Cumberland Co., Penn., in 1844; had a good common-school education; at the age of 18, engaged as clerk with S. A. Foulke, at Muscatine, and remained for two years there; enlisted in the 35th I. V. I., Co. B, Capt. Steward; participated at Tupelo, Miss., Tallahatchie River, Nashville, Tenn., Mobile, Ala., and others; July, 1865, was transferred to the 12th I. V. I.; mustered out, January, 1866; clerked for his former employer for two years. In September, 1868 he married Erie, daughter of Lewis Burdett, who was one of the first settlers of this county, she was born in Muscatine Co., in 1848. After his marriage, he purchased a farm in Sweetland Tp., where he remained until 1874, and August of that year, engaged as clerk at the grange co-operative store at Wilton; after eighteen months was made manager of the same for two years, and January, 1878, purchased his present business. They have two children--Alfred B., born April 2, 1871, and Bennie C., born May 24, 1874. Members of M. E. Church. Republican. Member of the A. O. U. W., Security Lodge, No. 100, in which he is Overseer; is also Alderman.
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