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GEORGE RATH AND SON. Founded around 1871, the 1873-74 Dubuque City Directory listed George Rath as Clay and 12th.

The 1875-1876 Dubuque City Directory gave the address of as 1203 Clay.

The 1878-79 Dubuque City Directory listed the corner of Clay and 12th.

The 1884-1885 Dubuque City Directory listed George Rath & Company as 1203 Clay.

The 1886-87 Dubuque City Directory listed 1203 to 1205 Clay.

The 1890-91 Dubuque City Directory listed 12th and Clay. The company burned to the ground on February 7, 1891. The first building of the company had been constructed by Rath and Henry S. HETHERINGTON with others added over the years. (1) Making the fire worse was the large stock of cured hams, bacon and lard which, if saved, would have brought the loss closer to the insured value. (2)

On April 1, 1891 a Waterloo newspaper announced that a syndicate of local businessmen had been formed in the city to bring the Rath Packing Plant from Dubuque. A tract of land had been purchased and production would start with 200 hogs. (3)



1. "A Packing House in Ashes," Dubuque Daily Herald, February 8, 1891, p. 8. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=_OG5zn83XeQC&dat=18910208&printsec=frontpage&hl=en

2. "The Packing House Fire," Dubuque Daily Herald, February 11, 1891, p. 4.

3. "Rath in Waterloo," Dubuque Daily Herald, April 4, 1891, p. 4

See: George John RATH