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 623
R. E. WILLIAMS, Pastor of the U. P. Church; is a native of Virginia, and was born Feb. 6, 1849; his parents came to Iowa when he was 7 years of age; he was brought up in the State, attending the common schools, then entered Western College, where he graduated in the class of 1872; after graduating, he entered Western College, where he graduated in the Class of 1872; after graduating, he engaged in teaching, and was Principal of the West Side School in Cedar Rapids for two years, and then resigned to accept the position of President of Philomath College, Oregon; he remained at the head of this institution three years, but was obliged to resign on account of the ill-health of his wife; he returned to Iowa, and was Professor of Mathematics in Western College, and for a time, he took the place of President Kephart in the Chair of Mental and Moral Science; and since then he has been engaged in the ministry; ha came to Muscatine and became Pastor of the Church here in November, 1878. He married Miss Lucy D. Strother, a native of Findlay, Ohio; she had such a desire and purpose to obtain an education that she did so entirely by her own efforts, attending school and teaching alternately; she entered Western College and graduated in the same class with her husband; they have two children---Olive May and Blanche Edna.
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