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 691
ROBERT MILLER, far., Sec. 9; P. O. West Liberty; was born in the County of Tyrone, North of Ireland, in 1832; emigrated to the United States in 1847, settling first in West Virginia; in 1854, visited California, where he successfully engaged in mining for several years; in 1857, returned to the States, locating near West Liberty; has made the principal improvements on the farm on which he resides, consisting of 240 acres. Mr. M. married Miss Maria Keith ( a native of Carroll Co., Ohio ) in 1859; they have four children---Julia, Celeste, Howard and Harry. Members of the Christian Church; Mr. M. is a member of the A.F.& A. M.; also of the R.A.M.Chapter. Mr. M. is a stanch Republican in his political views. Mr. M. was one on the pioneers in the fine blooded-stock business, and six or seven years ago founded his now justly famous herd of short-horns, Plum-Grove Herd, which is one of the most extensive, and none superior, in the West; his trade extends from the Mississippi to the Pacific Coast; he has sold several large herds to Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Dakota.
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