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 658
GEORGE METZ, farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Fairport; was born in Bedford Co., Penn. Feb. 18, 1822, where he received a liberal education, including surveying and circumnavigation; he became quite an adept in those branches. In 1849, seeking new fields of enterprise, he came to Iowa, stopped at Bloomington (now Muscatine), where he clerked for J. G. Gordon for three years; in 1852, became dissatisfied, and, thinking California offered more adventure, removed there; remained five years mining and prospecting, and, finding that a failure, financially, he again returned to Muscatine, Iowa; thence to Ohio, and while there married Miss Susan Rinard, in 1858; returned to Iowa and located on his present farm in Montpelier Tp., which he has improved and has a fine farm of 240 acres. Mrs. M. was a native of Marietta, Ohio, a daughter of John Rinard , of the same county; they have three children---Amanda (now Mrs. Joseph Shafer), Rosa and John H. Mrs. Metz died Sept. 4, 1868; and Mr. M. again married Miss Mary E. Bohl, of this county, a native of Ohio, in April, 1869; they have two children--George and Margaret. Mr. M. and wife are members of the M. E. Church. Mr. M. has held several offices of trust since he has been in the county---Trustee, Assessor and Town Clerk---which offices he has held for over eighteen years. He has also done some very important surveying in the county. During the war, he was enrolling officer. In politics, formerly a Whig, until the organization of the Republican party, which he helped organize in California; has ever been an uncompromising foe to human slavery in all forms.
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