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EIBOECK, Joseph. (Szeleskut, German West Hungary, February 23, 1838--Jan. 8, 1913) After Eiboeck's father was killed in a duel, his wife Marie married Paul Kiene. When the Austrian uprising failed, the family hurriedly left Europe and settled in Dubuque.

Joseph Eiboeck apprenticed at both the Der nordwestliche Demockrat--the first German-language newspaper in the state and MINERS' EXPRESS (THE). He left Dubuque and purchased the Clayton County Journal in 1859 and in 1868 founded the Nord Iowa Herold in Elkader. He operated both papers for six months and then sold the Herold. He published the Journal until 1872.

Following three months in Vienna as the honorary commissioner for Iowa of the 1873 World's Fair, he returned to Iowa. In taking over the Staats-Anzeiger, he established one of the foremost anti-prohibition publications in Iowa. In the early 1880s, he also helped establish the "State Protective Association" in Des Moines. The group organized saloon keepers, brewers and liquor dealers and spoke out against PROHIBITION. His reputation as a spirited spokesperson extended well beyond the borders of Iowa.



Ehrstine, Goenn and Gibbs, Lucas, "Iowa's Prohibition Plague: Joseph Eiboeck's Account of the Battle Over Prohibition," 1846-1900, The Annals of Iowa, Winter 2019, p. 1