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BLOCKLINGER, Benjamin Franklin

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Major Blocklinger
Family marker in Linwood Cemetery.

BLOCKLINGER, Benjamin Franklin. (Dubuque, IA, Jan. I, 1864--October 31, 1917). Blocklinger was educated in the public schools of Dubuque and on January 30, 1882, began working as a messenger boy in the FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF DUBUQUE.

He entered military service at the age of 24 and served ten years with the Iowa National Guard, in which he attained the rank of major. When the SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR broke out, his command was ordered to the front, and he saw active service at Havana, Cuba. Beginning in 1895 when he was elected to the position, Blocklinger served as the captain of Company A of the GOVERNOR'S GREYS. (1) He had joined the Greys in 1885 and been promoted from private until he became a first lieutenant. He resigned this in 1893 to accept the appointment of inspector of small arms of the regiment with the rank of captain. He had resigned this in 1894. (2)

In Dubuque, Blocklinger became a cashier of the First National Bank of Dubuque, served as treasurer of the FINLEY HOSPITAL (THE), and was a member of the LINWOOD CEMETERY Association and the Dubuque Telephone Company. He was a director and treasurer of the DUBUQUE BUILDING AND LOAN ASSOCIATION, a trustee of the DUBUQUE COMMERCIAL CLUB, and a director of the TELEGRAPH HERALD corporation.



1. " 'Tis Blocklinger," The Dubuque Herald, June 4, 1895, p. 8

2. Ibid.

Goodspeed, Weston Arthur, History of Dubuque County, Iowa. Chicago: Goodspeed Historical Association, 1911, p. 684

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