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CANFIELD, William J. Jr.

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c.1912. Photographer unknown, “[Billy Canfield in his basement office in the Bank & Insurance Building],” Loras College Digital Collections, accessed April 12, 2014, https://digitalcollections.loras.edu/items/show/133.

CANFIELD, William J. Jr. (Dubuque, IA, Aug. 28, 1894--Dubuque, IA, Dec. 4, 1992) In 1920 William J. Canfield, Sr. and his son, William J. Canfield, leased "The Paris" hotel in Dubuque. They purchased furnishings and fixtures for the hotel and completely remodeled it. This became the CANFIELD HOTEL. (1)

For nine years while operating his hotel, William J. Canfield, Jr. also maintained his position as custodian of the BANK AND INSURANCE BUILDING. Following the fire that destroyed the hotel, William J. Canfield, Jr. announced in February, 1947 plans for reconstructing the hotel within eight months. (2)



1. "Canfields Buy the Paris Hotel," Telegraph Herald, January 26, 1925

2. "Burned Hotel to Rise Again," Telegraph-Herald, February 3, 1947, p. 3