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 614
B. PRIESTER, proprietor of general repair and horse--shoeing shop, South Muscatine; Mr. Priester is a native of Holland; was born in 1836; emigrated to Buffalo, N. Y., in 1869; came to Muscatine in 1870. In 1875, married Miss Minnie Mager; she was also a native of Holland; have five children--Josephine, George, John, Nicholas and Katie. Mr. Priester and wife are members of the Protestant Church; he is a Republican in politics. He is fair-dealing and straightforward in all his transactions and all who favor him with their patronage will be satisfield.
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