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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...

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...