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 677
R. A. McINTIRE, proprietor McIntire House, Railroad st., Wilton; born in Meadville, Penn., Feb. 24, 1820; remained with his father on his farm until 21 years of age; then learned the carpenter's trade. April 9, 1851, he married Josephine F., daughter of James; she was born in Cooperstown, Penn., May, 1831. He engaged in farming in Pennsylvania, until 1856, when they came to Muscatine and settled in Wilton, where he purchased several lots and being an expert at his trade erected thereon several house; the spring following his arrival here, Mr. McMintire was elected Justice of the Peace and there being considerable trouble in financial matters at that time his official duties occupied the greater part of his time until spring of 1860, when he was appointed Postmaster, which office he retained, notwithstanding the change in political affairs, until 1863, when he opened his hotel at his present site; they have five children--three sons and two daughters. Members of the Presbyterian Church in which he has been chosen Ruling Elder; has been member of Town Council several times and Mayor three consecutive terms; is a member of the Wilton Lodge, No. 167, A., F. & A. M. Democrat.
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