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DUBUQUE SHOWCASE FACTORY. Located at 640 Main, the company was established by John HESS (manufacturer) in 1874. The business trade extended into Iowa, Nebraska, Dakota and Colorado.

The 1911-12 Dubuque City Directory listed the Dubuque Show Case & Cabinet Works at 263 Main.

See: Christopher SCHROMEN



Oldt, Franklin. The History of Dubuque County, Iowa. Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1880, p. 804