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 612
WILLIAM P. MOLIS, Superintendent and Engineer of the Muscatine Water-works; was born in Muscatine April 7, 1854; he was brought up here and attended school, and afterward learned the business of mechanical engineer at Clinton and in St. Louis; he assisted in building the water-works at Clinton and Davenport; he was appointed to his present position in September, 1876, and since then has filled the office with ability and satisfaction.
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