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 624
PROF. F. M. WITTER, Principal of the High School; is a native of St. Joseph Co., Ind., and was born near South Bend Aug. 15, 1838; when only 11 years of age, his father removed to Iowa in 1849, and settled in Delaware Co.; after living there four years, his parents came to Decatur Co.; he attended the common schools, and afterward entered the State University, where he graduated in 1861; he engaged in teaching in Johnson Co. for five months; then went to Davenport, and was Principal of one of the schools for two years; he came to Muscatine in 1864, and took the principalship of School No. 2; the following year, he became Superintendent of the city schools, and he afterward organized the High School; he was the first Principal of the High School, and has held that position ever since, over thirteen years, probably a greater length of time than any Superintendent in the State; he was President of the Superintendents' and Principals' Association in Southwestern Iowa, and organized the Academy of Science in this city; he is the author of the chapter on Geology in this work. Prof. Witter married Miss Hattie H. Cook, a native of Norwich, Conn., in July, 1868; they have two children--Anna and Nellie.
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