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CHARLES VAN HORN. Charles Van Horn established the company bearing his name in 1885. He came to Dubuque from New Jersey where he had worked at carriage making as journeyman. He employed three expert workmen for his trade which was mostly local.

In the 1884-1885 Dubuque City Directory, the address was given as 67 S. Main.

The 1886-87 Dubuque City Directory listed the northwest corner of 5th and Clay.



The Industries of Dubuque: Her Relations as a Trade Center, Dubuque: J. M. Elster and Company, Publishers, 1887, p. 80