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The intervention of his father, Peter KIENE, Sr. on behalf of a Confederate soldier held at Rock Island led to his son receiving special attention at a prison known for harsh conditions that caused the death of many Union prisoners. According to the story reported by Franc WILKIE, a Southern woman visiting the Andersonville camp found that Kiene came from Dubuque which not far from Rock Island where her brother was being held a prisoner of the Union. Peter Kiene, Sr. quickly arranged special treatment for the brother while the sister looked after Kiene. Both men lived. (1)
After Keine returned to Dubuque, he began secretary of the CHICAGO, DUBUQUE AND MINNESOTA RAILROAD and the CHICAGO, CLINTON AND DUBUQUE RAILROAD. Before joining his father in the business of insurance, real estate and loans, Kiene was also the secretary-treasurer of the DUBUQUE MANUFACTURING COMPANY. (2) He was a director of FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF DUBUQUE, a charter member of the Library Board, member of the board of directors of the DUBUQUE INDUSTRIAL CORPORATION, and president of the school board.
Kiene and his father were involved in the operation of the IOWA IRON WORKS. Prior to 1904 a large amount of money was borrowed to carry on the business. When the business known as Peter Kiene & Son went bankrupt in 1914, records of what became of obligations the Kienes had been given were difficult to locate leading to bankruptcy being filed by Robert BONSON and William Watts BONSON. (3)
1. "How a 15-Year-Old Dubuquer Survived Andersonville," Telegraph Herald, March 29, 1964, p. 21
3. "Bonsons File Petitions in Bankruptcy," Telegraph-Herald, February 17, 1914, P. 1
Oldt, Franklin. History of Dubuque County, Iowa. Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1880, p. 820