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HOWIE, James

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HOWIE, James. (Aberdeen, Scotland, Aug. 3, 1842--Seattle, WA, Aug. 22, 1907). Howie came to the United States on September 2, 1869 and arrived in Dubuque seven days later. He worked for James McLaren, a prominent contractor, for two years and then was employed by the DUBUQUE LUMBER COMPANY until 1877 when he established his own business. (1)

Howie was associated with the construction of the three-story brick block owned by Richard WALLER, a three-story brick building for Andrew & Tredway, a three-story brick building for William Andrew, SUMMIT CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, NORWEGIAN PLOW COMPANY, and the Ryder-Wallace Company building. (2)

In 1892 Howie was one of the organizers of the DUBUQUE PRESSED BRICK COMPANY. This company employed thirty men and was capable of producing thirty thousand brick daily. He was also one of the organizers of the DUBUQUE SPECIALTY MACHINE WORKS. He served as chairman of the Manufacturing Committee of the BOARD OF TRADE from 1892-1894. (3) He was a founder of the original Christian Science Church. (4)




1. Oldt, Franklin T. The History of Dubuque County, Iowa. Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1880 p. 813-814

2. Portrait and Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones and Clayton Counties, Iowa. Chapman Publishing Company, 1894, p. 202

3. Ibid.

4. "Dies From Effects of His Injuries," Telegraph-Herald, August 23, 1907, p. 5