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H.J. Merrill, proprietor of the Blue Front livery barn, (keeps first class turnouts), was born in Otsego County, N.Y., in 1838; removed to DeKalb County, Ill., in 1861, and thence to Sioux City. He served in the U.S.A. as sergeant of his brigade in Co. C., 105th Ill., under Captain Warner.