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
JAMES M. WIER, dealer in imported and domestic wines and liquors, also ale, beer, and best brands of cigars; Mr. W. was born in Williamson Co., Tenn, in 1842; was educated at Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio; in 1865, he went to La Fayette, Ind; in 1866, he came to Muscatine. Married Miss Annie Pickett, of this city; they have seven children---Narcissa, Katy, Lizzie, Annie, Joseph, James and Lorle. Mr. W. is a Democrat. For his genial manners and liberality, he is highly regarded by his fellow-citizens, is deservedly popular, and, as a citizen is full of energy and enterprise; he is giving much attention to the improvement of horse stock, and is owner of the celebrated Hambletonian stallion, Shakespheare.
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