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 631
THORNTON NICHOLS, farmer, Sec. 9; P. O. Muscatine; was born in Ross Co., Ohio in 1836; came to Iowa with his parents, settling in Des Moines Co., while he was quite young; remained there a number of years. Married, in 1859, Miss Emily A. Bier, daughter of Henry Bier, of Louisa Co.; they have four children--Henry H., Martha (now Mrs. C. Platt), Nannie and Lilly. Mr. N. improved the farm on which he now resides, consisting of 205 acres, valued at $100 per acre; in 1877, Mr. N. engaged in the dairy business quite extensively, and still continues, in connection with farming. Members of the M. E. Church. Mr. N. is a stanch Republican.
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