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 643
ALEXANDER McCURDY, Conesville, proprietor of hotel; son of Daniel and Jane McCurdy; born June 21, 1823 in Coshocton Co., Ohio. Married Sarah. J. Jones May 7, 1846; she was born in the fall of 1825 in Harrison Co., Ohio; in the summer of 1866, came to Muscatine Co., Iowa, locating in Orono Tp.; his wife died the 8th of June, 1867. Again married Miss Sarah E. Norris Aug.24, 1872; she was born Jan.9, 1840, in Coshocton Co., Ohio; in the fall of 1870, moved into Conesville, and the following spring, engaged in the mercantile and grain business in company with his son, S. D.; was also appointed Postmaster, to suceed Mr. B. S. Cone, the first incumbent of the office; continued the business till 1873; was unsuccessful, and, in addition to the losses of business, his residence, which had cost him $2,000 was consumed. His children by his first marriage are Seth D., Melissa, Lavina, and Arizona; lost three--- Winfield, Wilbert and an infant; by second marriage two---Chester W. and Scott A. Mr. C. is at present one of the Trustees of the township. Democrat.
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