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 621
JOHN STOCKDALE, of the firm of Stockdale & Grady, proprietors of wagon, general repair and horse-shoeing shop; Mr. Stockdale is a native of Yorkshire, England, born in June, 1828; when he was 6 years of age, his parents emigrated to Syracuse, N. Y.; when in his 16th year, Mr. Stockdale learned the blacksmith trade in Oswego, N. Y., and has since been engaged in it; he came to Muscatine in March, 1859. Mr. S. has been married twice-married first wife, Precilla Goodman, in Oswego, N. Y.; married present wife, Maria Curran, in this county; have four children--Mary C., James F., Hattie C., Nannie. Mr. Stockdale is Republican in politics. Mr. Stockdale is the owner of the brick shop where he does business, which is one of as large and commodious of any in the city; he is one of those active go-ahead men who are sure to succeed in whatever enterprise they undertake.
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