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Trappist Caskets: The History of Dubuque’s Hospitals

At one time, the City of Dubuque supported three hospitals – Mercy, Finley, and Xavier. Each fulfilled a medical necessity for the community, and...

Trappist Caskets: James Beach and His Soap Factory

Perhaps no one helped clean up old Dubuque more than soap manufacturer James Beach of the firm James A. Beach & Sons. James, a...

Trappist Caskets: The Wellington Boulder

Dubuque’s Linwood Cemetery is home to some very unusual monuments. A particularly unique one is a huge boulder that juts out of the ground...

Trappist Caskets: Dubuque’s Washington Square

Dubuque’s Washington Park dates back to the city’s very beginnings. In 1833, G.W. Harrison surveyed and laid out the two-acre square originally slated to...

Trappist Caskets: Sam’s “Dubuque” Bottles

Our grandson collects old bottles. While Sam prefers to find his treasures, he’s not opposed to buying them. He’s especially excited by bottles imprinted...

Trappist Caskets: The Tragic Tale of Three Men named Thomas

The tale of three men named Thomas began on a Thursday morning in July 1877, the day after the festivities of the 4th. Work...

Trappist Caskets: First Congregational United Church of Christ – 1839-2019

Dubuque’s First Congregational United Church of Christ will celebrate its 180th Anniversary in May 2019. The church traces its founding back to May 12,...

Trappist Caskets: Dubuque’s Town Clock

Dubuque has relied on a town clock since 1864. Surgeon, and noted meteorologist Asa Horr spearheaded a campaign to raise money for the purchase...

Trappist Caskets: Dubuque’s Frederick W. Kaltenbach

Dubuque can lay claim to many fine, upstanding citizens, but as far as I know, the city has produced only one person who was...

Trappist Caskets: Dubuque’s Joseph Ogilby

I grew up in a red brick John Deere house on Ogilby Road in Dubuque. No one seemed to know how to spell Ogilby,...