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 618
G, W. SCHREURS, of the firm of Schreurs & Son, proprietors of the Young America Mills; was born in Holland Sept. 19, 1839; he came with his parents to this country in 1846; they came to Iowa in the spring of 1847, and settled here, where he learned the milling business; when the war broke out, he enlisted in the 7th Regiment I.V.I., Co.A, the first company that went in the three year's service from this place; he served as Orderly to Gen. Rice; he was wounded twice in the battle of Belmont; was in many battles and was in the service over three years. After his return, he married Miss Mary J. Groters, a native of New Jersey, Feb. 14, 1865; they have four children--- John A., Esther, Freddie and Paul. Mr. and Mrs. Schreurs are members of the Congregational Church. Mr. Schreurs has been engaged in the milling business since the war; on the 19th of August, 1875, the mill burned down, but was rebuilt the same year, regardless of cost, with special reference to improved machinery; the burhs being all made to order; their engine is the only one of the kind in the State. Este's Patent, unequaled for its regularity of movement, the reputation of their mills stands ahead of anything in the county, and they do both custom and merchant work; Mr. Schreurs has invented and patented a millstone attachment for starting and stopping the burhs at pleasure, and is also interested in a patent millstone driver; they are both inventions of great utility and benefit to the milling interest.
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