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

RICHARD MUSSER, senior partner of the firm of Musser & Co., manufacturers of lumber, Musserville, Muscatine; is a native of Lancaster Co., Penn., and was born Nov. 15, 1819, and was brought up there; after reaching manhood, he removed to Schuylkill Co. and lived there until 1854, when he came to Iowa and in Muscatine the following spring; in 1855, he engaged in the lumber business, and has been engaged in it nearly a quarter of a century, building up a large and extensive trade; their mills are among the largest and most complete on the river, having a capacity during a full season of making from eighteen to twenty million feet of lumber, employing over one hundred men and boys. Mr. Musser was twice elected Mayor of the city of Muscatine, and has also held the offices of Alderman and County Supervisor, and is actively identified with the interest of the city and county. He married Miss Sarah Berger, a native of Schuylkill Co., Penn., in 1855; they have had nine children, only five of whom survive.

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