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WHITE HOUSE BISCUIT COMPANY
WHITE HOUSE BISCUIT COMPANY. Organized in 1916 to take over the DUBUQUE BISCUIT COMPANY, the White House Company by 1929 had increased business more than 500%. The plant had been enlarged four times and the number of employees had grown to eighty-five. Most of the company's business was carried out in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
One of the major products of the firm was crackers. After the dough was mixed, it was allowed to ferment overnight. After a second mixing during which salt, soda and malt extract were added, the dough set again for four hours in a room kept at 80 degrees. The dough was then molded into fifty pound lots and routed through a rolling machine. At a uniform thickness of just a fraction of an inch, the dough proceeded through a cutting machine operating at 2,160 crackers per minute. An estimated 12,000 pounds of crackers were made daily with 110 crackers to the pound. Cooked in an open coke oven at a temperature of 560 degrees for "4 and 4/5th minutes the product was finished and ready for packaging. Cookies were also produced.
The 1929 Dubuque City Directory listed 901 Jackson.
The 1934 Dubuque City Directory through 1939 Dubuque Classified Business Directory listed 101-99 E. 9th
"White House Company-A Model Bakery," Telegraph-Herald and Times-Journal, March 31, 1929, p. 75
Theresa Behrens, information on the Howland Candy Company