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CONLIN, Thomas J.

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Conlin, Thomas J. (Washington Township, June 5, 1859--Dubuque, IA, July 30, 1940). Thomas J. Conlin was educated in the district schools and also assisted his father with the work of the home farm. He completed his schooling with a course in the BAYLESS BUSINESS COLLEGE which he left at the age of twenty. For eight years he was employed by the American Express Company. He then bought a livery stable run by Peter OLINGER and operated for it for nine years.

In 1899, Conlin was elected county sheriff when he defeated incumbent Jacob HAUDENSHIELD. Conlin served from January 1, 1900, until December 31, 1901, when he was defeated by John Steiner in the election.

After he lost his bid for re-election, Conlin entered a partnership with John T. Kearns in the ICE HARVESTING and fuel business. Their business, CONLIN AND KEARNS, was one of the last major ice houses in Dubuque. Mr. Conlin was also a director of the DUBUQUE ALTAR MANUFACTURING COMPANY.

Conlin had a lifelong interest in BASEBALL and was a personal friend of Charles Albert COMISKEY, Thomas Loftus and other great baseball figures. Conlin has been given credit for alerting the White Sox about a young spitball pitcher and future Hall of Fame member named Urban "Red" Faber from Cascade.

Conlin was a founder of the CYCLONE CLUB in Dubuque and was an active supporter of the MOUNT PLEASANT HOME and the ST. MARY'S HOME. Conlin was the founder of the Good Fellowship Club with the local KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS and served as its chairman.



Goodspeed, Weston Arthur, History of Dubuque County, Iowa. Chicago: Goodspeed Historical Association, 1911, p. 556

"Heart Attack Claims Thomas J. Conlin, 81," Telegraph Herald, July 30, 1940, p. 1. Online: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=3BJRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=jMkMAAAAIBAJ&pg=2829,2549865&dq=conlin+and+kearns+dubuque&hl=en

"Irish in Iowa," Online: http://www.celticcousins.net/irishiniowa/irelandbios7.htm#conlin