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Telegraph Herald, May 3, 1936. Image courtesy: Diane Harris
DUBUQUE ZITHER CLUB. Organized January 2, 1894, the original members were nearly all foreign born. Max Miller was the leader and C. A. Lorenz was the president. The group was composed for four zithers, three mandolins, and two guitars, and one flute. (1)

By 1909 the organization under the leadership of G. E. Davis was composed of performers using zithers, guitars, violins, flutes, orchestra bells, cello and a harp. In 1909 other midwestern cities featuring such a group included Chicago and Milwaukee. In addition to performing in Dubuque, the group gave concerts on steamboat excursions to Clinton and Savanna. (2)



1. "Zither Club Organized," Dubuque Daily Herald, February 6, 1894, p. 4

2. "Zither Club is Flourishing," Telegraph Herald, September 6, 1906