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 639
JACOB VAN DOREN, far., Sec. 33; P. O. Sweetland; born in Somerset Co., N. J., July 12, 1833; when five years of age, his parents removed to Hamilton Co., Ohio; remained eight years; thence to Dearborn Co., Ind.; removed to Muscatine Co. in 1855, and settled near where he now lives; Mr. Van Doren owns eighty acres of land, on which he has made most of the improvements; is engaged in farming and manufacturing sorghum molasses; in 1878, manufactured 3,600 gallons. Republican.
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