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
P. M. MUSSER, of the firm of Musser & Co., manufacturers of lumber, Musserville, Muscatine, and also of the firm of Cook, Musser & Co., bankers; is a native of Lancaster Co., Penn., and was born April 3, 1841; he was brought up and received his education in that State; after reaching manhood, he came to Iowa in 1862 and located in Muscatine and engaged in the lumber business; the following year in 1863, he removed to Iowa City and engaged in the lumber business, the firm being R. Musser & Co., which was afterward changed to P. M. Musser & Co.; he retained his interest in the business of the firm of R. Musser & Co. here while living in Iowa City; in the spring of 1873, Mr. Musser returned to Muscatine, and since then, has been actively identified with the management of the extensive milling and lumber business of Musser & Co.; in March, 1877, he associated with S. B. Cook and H. Funck and engaged in banking, the firm being Cook, Musser & Co. In December, 1855, Mr. Musser was united in marriage to Miss Julia E. Hutchinson, daughter of Robert Hutchinson, Esg., of Iowa City; they have two children--one son and one daughter--Robert Clifton and Helen Jeff; they have lost one daughter--Laura.
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