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ALBEE, Edwin W.

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c.1912. Edwin Albee sits at a roll-top desk in his office, room 310 of the B & I Building. William J. Klauer Collection, Center for Dubuque History, Loras College
Wooden box used by the company. Photo courtesy: Bob Reding
Albee family marker in Linwood Cemetery

ALBEE, Edwin W. (Thompsontown, CT, Jan. 30, 1836--Dubuque, IA, Mar. 15, 1922). Dubuque's "King of Crackers," Albee came to Iowa in 1857 and settled in Dubuque. During the CIVIL WAR, he enlisted in the 44th Reg. 1 of the Iowa Volunteer Cavalry, Co. A. (1) In the 1868-69 Dubuque City Directory, he was listed as a commission merchant.

In 1870 Albee purchased an interest in the Fairbanks Bakery established by Josiah FAIRBANKS. The new firm named J. E. Fairbanks & Company at 139-145 Second Street became one of the Midwest's largest cracker manufacturing companies.

In eight years, Albee bought out his partner's interest in the company. Renamed the ALBEE BAKERY, the company produced" Albee's Crackers." The company's products were shipped as far west as Yankton, South Dakota and over the MISSISSIPPI RIVER from Clinton, Iowa to Stillwater, Minnesota. (2)

In 1891 Albee sold his company to the NATIONAL BISCUIT COMPANY. He moved to Florida where he had established an orange orchard. The Dubuque Daily Herald announced in September, 1890 that he had been offered a price of 35 cents in advance of last year's prices for his crop and rejected the offer. (3) In 1891 he had begun shipping oranges to the M. M. WALKER COMPANY in Dubuque. (4)



1. Find-A-Grave. Online: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/116053449/edwin-w_-albee

2. Oldt, Franklin. History of Dubuque County, Iowa. Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1880, p. 760

3. "News in Brief," Dubuque Daily Herald, September 20, 1890, p. 4

4. "Municipal Molecules," The Herald, March 24, 1891, p. 4