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 681
J. D. WALKER, attorney at law and Notary Public; office, Fourth street, corner Cedar; residence, Fifth street, Wilton; was born in Wayne Co., Ind., Oct. 18, 1818; had common-school education; at the age of 24, commenced the study of law, which, owing to the death of his father, he soon after discontiued; his parents, Samuel and Rebecca Walker, nee Dougan, natives of the South; in 1842, left Indiana and settled in Cedar Co., Iowa, where his father had engaged in farming, and, at his death, J. D., being the eldest of the family, found it necessary to abandon his profession and take charge of his father's affairs; therefore came to Iowa; in 1856, he came to Wilton and engaged in the grocery trade here until 1860, when he resumed his studies, and, in 1867, was admitted to the bar. In the fall of 1868, he was elected County Clerk, which office he held for two terms. In May, 1865, he married Eliza A., daughter of George Hartman, and born in Pennsylvania in October, 1836; they have three children---George S., Frank W. and Fanny. Republican; members of the Reformed Church. Mr. W. is a member of Pulaski Lodge, No. 107, I. O. O. F., in which he has held various offices.
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