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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,...

Trappist Caskets: Bones on the Bluff

After Julien Dubuque’s death on March 24, 1810, members of the Native American Mesquaki tribe, who had mined lead with Dubuque, buried their friend...

Trappist Caskets: The Remarkable Mae Hackett Peabody

Dubuque’s Mae Hackett Peabody was the first female passenger to fly on a regularly scheduled commercial airline way back on January 2, 1914, just...

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...