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CLEMENS, William Sr.

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William Clemens is on the left.

CLEMENS, William Sr. (North Washington, IA, Feb. 28, 1892--Dubuque, IA, Feb. 25, 1966). Clemens, president of the TRAUSCH BAKING COMPANY until his retirement in 1964, came to Dubuque in 1920 in charge of the Dubuque office of the Internal Revenue Service.

In 1926 he became associated with the Trausch Company as a manager. He became a partner of John P. and Arthur Trausch in 1930. This partnership continued until 1957 when the company was incorporated and Clemens became president. Upon his retirement, Clemens sold his interest in the company to the Trausch family.

Clemens, a life member of the American Bakers Association, served as the organization's president, chairman of the board, member of the board of governors and treasurer. He also served as a member of the board of directors of the Quality Bakers of America and the Iowa Bakers Association. Clemens served on the board of directors of CLARKE COLLEGE, MERCY HOSPITAL, and the ACADEMY OF THE VISITATION (THE). He was chosen as "Man of the Year" by LORAS COLLEGE in 1955 and three years later was awarded an honorary doctorate of law degree from Clarke College.

Among his other civic contributions, Clemens was president of the Dubuque Chapter of Infantile Paralysis Foundation when it was organized in 1930 and chaired the Dubuque County War Fund in 1944 and the Dubuque United Fund. He was a member of the Dubuque Recreation Commission, Dubuque Bridge Commission, Dubuque Park Board, and a trustee for the Dubuque United Fund. In 1958 he served as co-chair of the Dubuque Educational Planning Committee which was formed to support a $1,395,000 bond issue to finance school improvements. (1) He was named to the executive committee of the Dubuque Chamber of Commerce in 1962. (2) He was invited in 1965 along with many other civic officials to visit the county-city building in Madison, Wisconsin when interest was high locally n such a facility. (3)



1. "Dubuque Group Asks Expansion of Schools," Telegraph-Herald, December 14, 1958, p. 1

2. "Hume to Head New Industrial Expansion Unit," Telegraph-Herald, February 12, 1962, p. 1

3. "County Officials Visit City-County Complex," Telegraph-Herald, June 6, 1965, p. 27