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 619
W. B. SPRAGUE, dealer in marble and granite monuments, headstones, marble, slate, and iron mantels, corner of Walnut and Second streets,; was born in Lynn, Mass., in 1844; in 1858, removed, with his parents, to Dixon, Ill. Married in 1867, in Aurora Ill., to Miss Frances E. Buck, a native of St. Louis, Mo.; they have one child---Mabel. Mr. Sprague has been engaged in his present business over eighteen years, and has a well established reputation and an extensive business; his close application, his constant study to give satisfaction to his patrons, his wide experience and judgment in his business, place him in the front rank of the monument dealers of Iowa; as a citizen, he is public-spirited, ever identified with the best interests of the community. He acts with the Republican party; is a member of Masonic and A.O.E.W.societies.
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