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BYRNE, John M.

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BYRNE, John M. (Dubuque, IA, May 29, 1853--Unknown). The second in a family of four children born to Patrick and Theresa (Hart) Byrne, John received his education in the local public schools. He was then hired by the L.H. Jordan Sash Factory. After a short employment with PATCH & WAITE, he entered the grocery business at the southwest corner of Fifth and Main STREETS. He continuing there two and a half years and then sold out to DUNN AND MCCOLLINS.

John and his brothers then purchased the livery business from the George WILDE estate taking charge on September 26, 1876. The business was continued fourteen months under the firm name of O'Brien & Byrne Brothers. In November, 1877, the Byrne brothers sold their interests to Mr. O'Brien and on May 12th of the following year established themselves at Seventh and Locust streets.

On May 12, 1888, BYRNE BROTHERS acquired a large barn and transfer house at Ninth and Iowa streets. In 1901 they also purchased the DUBUQUE OMNIBUS COMPANY, which they successfully operated. John M. Byrne was a member of the DUBUQUE CLUB, DUBUQUE COMMERCIAL CLUB, ST. RAPHAEL'S CATHEDRAL and the Modern Woodmen of America.



Goodspeed, Weston Arthur. History of Dubuque County, Iowa. Chicago : Goodspeed Historical Association, 1911, p. 861

"Irish in Iowa". Online: http://www.celticcousins.net/irishiniowa/kilkennybios.htm#byrne