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M. KASSLER & SON. M. Kassler began in the salvage business in 1871 and became the sole proprietor of the business in which he worked in 1900. The company bought material from Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri and the Dakotas which was shipped to Dubuque for sorting.

In 1910 with between eighteen and twenty employees, the firm sorted an average of a railroad car of junk daily. During the spring and summer about 150 tons of material was shipped to the company while one to two cars of hides, furs, wool, and tallow was shipped during the fall and winter.

The 1913 Dubuque and Dubuque County Directory through the 1918 Dubuque City Directory stated that this company was located at 495-497 White.



"Do You Know What Becomes of Old-Rags and Junk? Tale of the Traffic," Telegraph Herald, February 20, 1910, p. 8