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 647
G. W. MESSICK, farmer, Sec. 21; O. O. Muscatine; born in Pickaway Co., Ohio, Oct. 6, 1817. Married Miss Martha A. Dougherty Nov. 28, 1839; born in Ross Co., Ohio, Jan. 1, 1822; removed to Louisa Co., Iowa, in 1841; removed to Muscatine in 1846, where he engaged in the grocery business for nine years, and in 1856 returned to Louisa Co., where he engaged in farming; in 1863, removed to where he now lives, where he owns 110 acres of land. When Mr. Messick came to Louisa Co., there was only one building in his vicinity; his nearest mill was seventeen miles away, and when he took a grist to mill, he had to stand on a bench eight feet high and bolt the flour, by turning a crank on the outside of the mill; on some occasions had to go thirty-six miles to mill. Mr. Messick has seven children--Mary E. (now Mrs. Gilbert), Frank P., William, Orpha D. (now Mrs. Echelbarger), Orilla M. C. (now Mrs. Townsley), Edward L., Charley E., and eight deceased--William H., Ann C., Letitia, George W., Minerva J.--others died in infancy. Mr. and Mrs. Messick are members of the M. E. Church. Mr. M. has been a member since 13 years of age; Democrat.
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