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Cartoon depicting the success of Roedell's Orchestra in different musical venues of Dubuque. Photo courtesy: Paul Hemmer
ROEDELL'S ORCHESTRA. In 1907, Roedell's Orchestra was described as "the very first water as far as quality is concerned." They were featured at many of the city's leading social events including the Traveling Men's banquet. More unexpected was their performance at the roller skating rink; their music enhanced the pleasure of the skaters "three fold."

Newspaper reports indicated that as soon as pieces of operatic music were successful elsewhere, they were obtained by the orchestra so that Dubuque residents could enjoy them well ahead of the general public. In 1907 the work of F. G. Roedell had been enjoyed locally for fifteen years.



Telegraph Herald, January 2, 1907, p. 1

The 1909 Dubuque City Directory located a contact for this group at 93 Eagle Point Avenue.

The 1911-12 Dubuque City Directory listed 1974 Jackson.

The 1916-1917 White's Dubuque County Directory listed 1671 Iowa as the address.