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 651
GAMALIEL OLDS, retired farmer, Nichol Station; owns 315 acres of land, valued at $20 per acre; born Nov. 28, 1803, in Windham Co., Vt.; in the spring of 1821, he came to Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, and, in the spring of 1832, removed to Pickaway Co., where he remained till the spring of 1839; then emigrated to Muscatine Co., Iowa, and laid claim to part of the farm he still owns in this township, on Section 23 and 24, there then being but five other families in the township. He married Minerva Howe of Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, April 12, 1826; she was born Oct. 6, 1904, in Onondaga Co., N. Y.; she died Jan. 26, 1876, leaving her companion and three children to mourn her loss; the children are Almira S. Mills, Minnie H. Cone and Gamaliel W., who is now engaged in mercantile business at Lone Tree, Johnson Co., Iowa. Mr. O. has served his township as Justice of the Peace eleven years, and as Drainage Commissioner for his country for four years. He now makes his home at Nichol Station, his farm being rented. Member of the M. E. Church; Republican.
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