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J. G. STATTUCK. In 1874 the Dubuque Herald announced that Mr. Shattuck was considering moving his home from Cedar Rapids to Dubuque. (1) He did move to Dubuque and was mentioned in the Dubuque Herald in on July 1, 1874 for investigating two cigar manufacturers for violations of rules regarding the rolling up of tobacco leaf. (2)

With the arrival of the TELEGRAPH to Dubuque, Shattuck established rapid communications with police departments in Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois. The Dubuque Herald in June, 1877 stated that "a formidable detective has been organized...with its headquarters in Dubuque...under the supervision of Colonel Stattuck...whose office will be kept open day and night. (3) In the same month, Stattuck established the Dubuque and Northwestern Detective Agency. (4)

Business grew and in August 1877 the Dubuque Herald announced that the firm had hired twelve new detectives. (5)

The 1878-79 Dubuque City Directory listed the west side of Main between 8th and 9th.

According to the 1883 Dubuque City Directory, this business was located at 852 Locust.



1. "Caught on the Fly," Dubuque Herald, April 7, 1874, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18740407&printsec=frontpage&hl=en

2. "More Cigar Makers," Dubuque Herald, July 1, 1874, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18740701&printsec=frontpage&hl=en

3. "Detective Bureau," Dubuque Herald, June 2, 1877, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18770602&printsec=frontpage&hl=en

4. "Caught on the Fly," Dubuque Herald, June 12, 1877, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18770612&printsec=frontpage&hl=en

5. "Caught on the Fly," Dubuque Herald, August 1, 1877, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18770801&printsec=frontpage&hl=en