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GLAB, John

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John Glab held many elective offices.Photo courtesy: Bob Reding
GLAB, John. (Guegesheim, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, Nov. 11, 1834--Dubuque, IA, Oct. 7, 1922). MAYOR. Glab migrated to the United States as a child with his family and settled on a farm in Dubuque County. As an adult, he freighted wood on the MISSISSIPPI RIVER until 1865 when he bought and operated a distillery and a flourmill. (1) The 1868-69 Dubuque City Directory listed the mill at the northeast corner of 9th and Pine.

By 1875 Glab was involved in the manufacture of pickles and vinegar. His business, the MISSISSIPPI VALLEY VINEGAR, MUSTARD AND PICKLING WORKS, was continued for thirty-six years at the same site as the former flour mill. He also built and operated the GLAB HOUSE, a noted hotel of its day. (2)

Glab held the position of alderman during 1883 and 1884 and served as the mayor of Dubuque in 1885 and 1886. It was during his second term that Mayor Glab and twenty invited guests were given the use of a special car by the MINNESOTA AND NORTHWESTERN RAILROAD for a trip to St. Paul, Minnesota. They were driven about the city in carriages and examined the local FIRE DEPARTMENT which they found to compare "favorably" with the one in Dubuque. As they were making plans for their return trip, officials of the CHICAGO, BURLINGTON AND NORTHERN RAILWAY COMPANY offered the group the use of an elegant sleeping coach which they accepted along with free dinner and refreshments. (3) Railroad officials reminded the party that the railroad would soon be coming to Dubuque "determined to get its share of the Dubuque business."

He also served sixteen years as justice of the peace and police magistrate. (2) His brother was Adam GLAB.

John Glab was involved in the manufacture of vinegar for thirty-six years. Photo Courtesy: Bob Reding



1. "Judge John Glab Called by Death," Telegraph Herald, Oct. 8, 1922

2. Oldt, Franklin T., The History of Dubuque County, Iowa, Chicago: Western Historical Company 1880, p. 794

3. "Home Again," Dubuque Sunday Herald, January 23, 1887, p. 6

Goodspeed, Weston Arthur, History of Dubuque County, Iowa. Chicago : Goodspeed Historical Association, 1911, p. 579