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 610
RICHARD LORD, apiarian: was born in East Haddam, Middlesex Co., Conn., Jan. 10, 1808; he was brought up and lived there until 20 years of age; then went to Pennsylvania, and lived there and in Ohio until coming to Iowa; he and Supervisor came together, and arrived in this county in July, 1837, and were among the earliest settlers; he settled in Cedar Tp., and made a claim and engaged in farming. Mr. Lord wrote the Claim Laws for Cedar Tp., and also was the bidder for the land in that township at the land sales. Mr. Lord engaged in farming and continued for many years; then removed to Muscatine, where he has lived since; he has given much attention to bee-raising, and is one of the largest bee-keepers in the State. When Mr. Lord began life, he had nothing, and to his own industry and good management he owes his success in life. He married Miss Jane Smalley, from Ohio, in 1839; she died in 1858, leaving six children---three sons, Byron, Richard and Herman, and three daughters, Catharine (now Mrs. W. D. Cone), Emma (now teaching in the high school), and Manza M. (book-keeper in business house).
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