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JOSEPH MICHEL. Jos. Michel, a cigar manufacturing company, was opened in Dubuque in 1903 with three employees. In 1910 the company manufactured 1,031,000 cigars with 80% sold locally and the rest in the immediate area of the city.

By 1911 business had increased to the degree that twenty-five employees were needed at the factory located at 721-727 Clay Street. The two most popular varieties of cigar were the "Old Fireside," a five-cent cigar, and "Michel's Best," a ten-cent cigar.

Photo courtesy: Bob Reding

The 1911-12 Dubuque City Directory through the 1918 Dubuque and East Dubuque City Directory stated that this business was located at 721-727 Clay (Central}.

The 1922 directory listed 719-727 Central.

The 1929 Dubuque City Directory listed 717-721 Central.

The 1934 Dubuque City Directory listed 719-727 Central.



1. "Fireside Cigar Popular Product Made in Dubuque," Telegraph-Herald and Times-Journal, March 31, 1929, p. 59