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Photo courtesy: Bob Reding and the Center for Dubuque History, Loras College

JAMES LEVI AND COMPANY. An immigrant from Alsace like Alexander LEVI, his uncle, James LEVI was a brilliant retailer. He was the major stockholder in both the DUBUQUE WAGON BRIDGE and UNION ELECTRIC COMPANY.

When he died, so many people wanted to attend the funeral (more than 600) that they could not be accommodated in the local temple. The visiting Rabbi from Chicago was invited to deliver his service from the pulpit of ST. JOHN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH.

Liquidation of the James Levi Company. Photo courtesy: Cathy's Treasures, 156 Main, Dubuque

The 1865 and 1867 Dubuque City Directory stated that this business was located at 144 Main.

The 1868-69 Dubuque City Directory listed the southeast corner of 7th and Main.

The 1874-1875 through 1899-1900 Dubuque City Directory listed 698 Main.

The 1909 Dubuque City Directory and following directories gave this business address as 672-698 Main.



Pritikin, Karin. "Family & Community History- a Serendipitous Quest." Adapted from “Jewish History, Writ Large and Small” presented August 23, 2008, 2:30 PM at Temple Beth El, Dubuque