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 622
WESLEY W. WEBSTER, of the firm of Webster & Williams, importers and dealers in Scotch, English and Irish granite, and manufactures of marble, Second street, corner of Cedar; was born near Chester, Meigs Co., Ohio, Sept. 9, 1835; son of Isaac A. and Lydia Webster; his father removed to Ohio in 1810, and was among the pioneers of the West; Wesley received what was then a good common school education and afterward attended an academy, where he completed his education; in the autumn of 1859, he removed to Muscatine, where he spent two years in learning the marble and granite monument business. In August, 1862, he enlisted in the 126th Regt. Ill. V. I.; he was at the siege of Vicksburg and at the capture of Little Rock; after being in the service two years, on account of ill health, he was obliged to return home. In the summer of 1865, he returned to Muscatine and bought out the establishment with which he had been connected, and since then he has given his entire energies and personal attention to the marble and granite trade, giving special attention to monumental work, and has built up an extensive business throughout the West; he is prominently identified with the interests of the city and county; has served as President of the Citizens' Association, as member of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee of the Muscatine Water Works, and Director of the County Agricultural Society; during the past year, he has erected, on the corner of Second and Cedar, the finest business block in the city; his show-room and office is a model of taste, and his display of monumental work very large and tasteful. On the 25th of May, 1865, he married Miss Eliza Jane Galbraith, a native of Pennsylvania, of Scotch ancestry, who in childhood removed to Ohio; they have three daughters--Nola, Alice, Jesse Bell and Inez.
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