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Drees Brothers. During the 1860s and 1870s, the Drees Brothers operated a coopersmith and brass foundry. The 1870-1871 through 1874-1875 Dubuque City Directory stated that this business was located on the southeast corner of 10th and Washington. The company manufactured copper and sheet iron products as well as all kinds of products made in a brass foundry. They specialized in manufacturing soda water apparatus. They were also listed as gas and steam pipe fitters.
By 1880 Andrew M. Drees was the manager of the company located on the southwest corner of 10th and Washington. He opened a soda and mineral water plant at the brass foundry in 1887. By 1890 the soda and mineral water production had been discontinued, and the foundry business was resumed.
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