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
PETER MAHER, architect and builder, corner Pine and Third streets; is a native of Queens Co., Ireland, and was born March 16, 1836; when 14 years of age, he came to this country; he lived in Trenton, N. J., where he learned the trade of carpenter and builder; in April, 1857, he came to Iowa; was in Cedar Rapids a short time; in November, 1857, he came to Muscatine, and since then has lived here. He has been engaged in contracting and building for many years, and has erected some of the best buildings in the city. He married Miss Louisa S. Heaton, a native of Indiana, May 1, 1861; they have eight children, five sons and three daughters.
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