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 613
M. MURPHY, of the firm of Byrne & Murphy, dealers in groceries, provisions, produce, flour, feed, confectionery, fruits, etc., Muscatine, Iowa; Mr. Murphy was born in Tipperary County, Ireland, in 1830; emigrated to this country in 1847. He married Miss Elizabeth Coffey, of Muscatine; they have eleven children. Mr. Murphy and his wife are members of the Catholic Church. Politically, Mr. M. is a Democrat. Was elected Alderman of the Fourth Ward four years; has also filled the office of Street Commissioner; in both offices he performed his duties in an able and efficient manner.
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