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J. P. SMITH SHOE COMPANY. In December, 1940 all that remained to close the deal for a new industry for Dubuque was raising $30,000 to move the equipment belonging to the J. P. Smith Shoe Company from Chicago to Dubuque. Negotiations with the company had been carried out by the Committee of New Industries of the Chamber of Commerce. Construction of factory buildings on 3.25 acres at 32nd and Jackson STREETS was planned. Assurances were made that the annual payroll of the company for workers alone would be $300,000. The company planned to manufacture all of its men's shoes in Dubuque.

The 1942 Dubuque Classified Business Directory through 1945 Dubuque City Directory listed E. 32nd and Jackson.



"C.C. Seeking $30,000 Here to Close Deal," Telegraph-Herald, December 11, 1940, p. 1