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RHOMBERG FUR AND LEATHER GALLERY. In 1907, Frank Rhomberg opened the DUBUQUE TANNING AND ROBE COMPANY. The business focused on tanning skins, but also manufactured fur robes and garments for wholesale. When Frank's son, Karl J. RHOMBERG, joined the business and became president, he changed the focus to retail and the company was renamed RHOMBERG FUR COMPANY. In the 1929 Dubuque City Directory the address was 1002 White.

Roger J. RHOMBERG joined the business in 1949. He hired territory salesmen who sold the company's products throughout the Midwest. This sales program eventually turned to spring and fall hotel sales and cold storage events in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Waterloo, Iowa and Rockford, Illinois.

James Rhomberg, Roger's son, the company president by 1981 directed the company into new sales. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the store began selling leather, cashmere, lamb and other outerwear. It also began offering leather cleaning and repair services.

Branch stores were opened in Davenport and Rockford. The Rockford store, however, was closed in 2004. The Davenport store was closed in 2015. (1)



1. Telephone call to store in Dubuque