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A. C. BALE AND COMPANY. According to the 1857-1858 Dubuque City Directory, this business was located at the corner of 8th and Main.

The 1867 Dubuque City Directory stated that this business, known as Bale & Co., was located at the same address.

The 1868-69 through 1883 Dubuque City Directory stated that this business, renamed John Bale, could be found on the north side of 8th between Main and Iowa. He was also listed as a gas and steam pipe fitter at the same address.