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Letterhead: Photo courtesy: Bob Reding
Photo courtesy: Cathy's Treasures, 156 Main, Dubuque
CORN BELT PACKING COMPANY. A local meatpacking firm. Corn Belt Packing, occupying the buildings constructed for the DUBUQUE BREWING AND MALTING COMPANY, opened for business on October 15, 1919.

Fred Kretschmer succeeded A. B. McCue as president and is generally given credit for making the company a profitable enterprise. The beginning of the Great Depression in 1921 closed the plant which was later reopened as a distribution point for a Chicago meat packer.

The 1923 Dubuque City Directory listed the corner of 30th and Washington.

Photo courtesy: Bob Reding
Notepad cover. Photo courtesy: Mike Vandenberg
On the Formal Opening Days, Saturday and Sunday, November 1-2, 1919 streams of visitors poured into the plant.Photo courtesy: Bob Reding
The packing departments were put into operation on October 15, 1919. Photo courtesy: Bob Reding
Various kinds of sausage were manufactured in the plant.Photo courtesy: Bob Reding
While only six chutes are shown, the company was able to unload eight cars of live stock at one time.Photo courtesy: Bob Reding
Photo courtesy: Joseph Jacobsmeier



Photographic Portfolio Showing Views of Corn Belt Packing Company Plant and Equipment. Photographs taken at Dubuque, Iowa August 1919