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KLEINSCHMIDT, John. (Dubuque, IA, September 9, 1860--Dubuque, IA, Dec. 31, 1907). Kleinschmidt attended the public schools until twelve years of age, at which time he entered his business career as a clerk in his father's store. He later became a partner in the business which was then conducted under the firm of F. Kleinschmidt & Son. (1) He eventually purchased his father's interest in the store and carried on business--J. KLEINSCHMIDT-- alone for a number of years. In November 1892 he sold out.

Kleinschmidt was an organizer of the Iowa Mutual Building & Loan Association and served as its secretary. (2) He held the office of president of the DUBUQUE ANGLERS' LEAGUE. Kleinschmidt served one term as alderman from the Third Ward in 1887 and was active in beginning the sewer and water systems of Dubuque.



1. Portrait and Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones and Clayton Counties, Iowa. Chicago: Chapman Publishing Company, 1894, p. 143

2. "Municipal Molecules," Dubuque Daily Herald, November 6, 1892, p. 4