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Trappist Caskets: Chaplain Aloysius Schmitt’s Silver Star Award

On December 7, 2017, exactly 76 years after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Pentagon representative Navy Chief of Chaplains Rear Admiral Margaret Kibben posthumously...

Trappist Caskets: Dubuque’s Civil War Medal of Honor Winner

George Washington Healey, Dubuque’s Civil War Medal of Honor winner, was a nineteen-year-old hardware store clerk when the war broke out in 1861. He...

Trappist Caskets: The Smokestack’s Historic Journey

The Smokestack, one of Dubuque’s trendy new nightspots, offering a restaurant, lounge, and venue for the arts, culture, and entertainment, is the most recent...

Trappist Caskets: How Lustron Homes Lost Their Luster

After World War II ended in August 1945, some 7.6 million U.S. soldiers began coming home from overseas assignments, eager to return to the...

Trappist Caskets: Galena’s Blakely Cannon

Visitors to Galena’s Grant Park have a rare opportunity to view an amazing Blakely cannon – a weapon which ranks as one of the...

Trappist Caskets: Henry Bosse, Mississippi River Cartographer and Photographer

Dubuque’s National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium is noted for its living displays, but did you know that the Dubuque County Historical Society archives...

Trappist Caskets: Mt. Pleasant – Dubuque’s Permanent Home

Dubuque’s Early Public Institutions Following the end of the Black Hawk War, legal settlements in what would become Iowa began in 1833. Just five years...

Trappist Caskets: In the Matter of Ralph

Last October, Dubuque citizens along with local and state dignitaries gathered in Linwood Cemetery to dedicate a monument to Ralph Montgomery, a former slave...

Trappist Caskets: The Dubuque Grabber

Author’s note: In September 1967, I headed with two suitcases to Stanford University in the San Francisco Bay area. There I met students from...

Trappist Caskets: Memories of a Non-Jewish Writer

On December 6, 2016, Dubuque lost one of its greatest treasures – author Robert "Bob" Byrne passed away. Most people did not know him...