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
SIMON G. STEIN, President of the Merchants' Exchange Bank; among the oldest and most substantial business men of Muscatine, or, indeed, of this section of Iowa, is the subject of this sketch, who was born in Lenanon Co., Penn., March 17, 1817; he lived there until 19 years of age, when he removed to Ohio, and lived three years, then came to Illinois, where he lived in Rock Island Co., until the fall of 1849, when he came to Iowa, located in Muscatine and engaged in the lumber trade; by strict attention to business, coupled with natural business ability and good management, he has become one of the most successful merchants, and is one of the oldest lumber dealers on the river; aside from his own large lumber-trade, he is Vice President of the Hershey Lumber Company, which does a very extensive business; he is also senior member of the firm of -------------- -------------, large manufacturers and dealers in furniture; he is a stockholder in the Great Western Type Foundry of Chicago, and is a member of the Des Moines Marble Company, at Des Moines; he is President and has the active management of the Merchants' Exchange Bank, and is a half owner and President of the Ferry Company; he was President of the Muscatine Western R. R. Co., and he is now President of the Muscatine, Tipton & Anamosa R. R.; he was elected Mayor of Muscatine, in 1870, receiving the nomination from both parties, first by the Republicans and then by the Democrats; he was re-elected in 1871, receiving the nomination first by the Democrats and then by the Republicans; the other city offices being contested by a strict part vote; when Mr. Stein began life, he had nothing; he owes his success in life to his own efforts. Politically, he acts with the Republican party. Attends the Presbyterian Church. He married Miss Anna C. Berntheisel of Lebanon Co., Ohio, in My, 1841; they have two children---Angie (now Mrs. of A. M. Barnhart, of Chicago), and Simon G., Jr., attending the University in Chicago.
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