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 633
CHARLES B. VAIL, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Muscatine; was born in Orange Co., N. Y., March 17, 1849; in 1855, he came to Muscatine Co. with his father J. M. Vail, and has resided in the county since; has a fine farm of 73 acres, which he improved, located in Sec. 15, Muscatine Island. Mr. V. is a member of the Presbyterian Church, of Muscatine. His occupation is that of farm gardening. Democrat.
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