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
SETH.D.McCURDY, dealer in grain and agricultural implements, Conesville, also Notary Public; son of Alexander and Sarah McCurdy; born September 17, 1851, in Coshocton Co., Ohio; came with his parents to this county in 1866; educated at West Bedford, Ohio; commenced teaching school when 16 years of age; taught three terms, after which he turned his attention to other business; was a partner with his father while in business; during the summer of 1874, made a tour of California and Colorado, and returned the following winter; was in the grain business at Nichols' Station, after which he engaged in his present business; having shipped from Conesville from fifty to one hundred thousand bushels of grain since January, 1871. Married Miss Ella Tipton, daughter of Thomas and Margaret J. Tipton, Sept. 25, 1876; she was born Dec. 27, 1856, in this county; have one daughter, Lita. Democrat.
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