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KINTZINGER, Charles. (Dubuque, IA, July 22, 1925—Dubuque, IA, Jan. 28, 1999). MAYOR of Dubuque, 1955 and 1959. Kintzinger, an attorney, was twenty-nine when he began his first term as mayor of Dubuque. He served on the city council from 1952 to 1959. The senior partner of the Kintzinger Law Firm, he graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1950 and returned to Dubuque to join the law firm that had been established in 1897 by his grandfather, John W. KINTZINGER. (1) He was a fellow in the American College of Probate Council. (2)

Kintzinger was very active in the community. In addition to his political activities, he was a president of the YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION (Y.M.C.A.) and member of the Capital Campaign committee of the YM/YWCA. He was chairman of the United Way campaign and served more than twenty-five years on the board of directors of the UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE. Kintzinger was also a longtime member and past president of the Kiwanis Club and the DUBUQUE SHOOTING SOCIETY. He was a founding member of the board of the DUBUQUE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. From 1973 to 1974 he held the presidency of the Dubuque County Bar Association. (3)

During his term as mayor in 1955 the city airport received its first commercial flight. With the approval of a $2 million referendum in 1955, dredging began to fill in sloughs and raise the land level of the CITY ISLAND and fill LAKE PEOSTA. In March 1955 DUBUQUE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL and BRYANT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL were named as centers for the inoculation of first and second grade pupils with the Salk Polio Vaccine. The future FLORA PARK was made possible by a generous donation of land. Members of Dubuque's GROUND OBSERVER CORPS were placed on a 12-hour alert in March 1955 when planes of the Eastern Air Defense System (United States) were scheduled to "invade" much of the country for a civil defense practice. Dubuque observers were to report all jets, multi-motor craft, and any plane formations near the city. On August 16, 1955 the Commission which managed the JULIEN DUBUQUE BRIDGE during its toll collecting days disbanded and Dubuque's first of many INDUSTRIAL PARKS was opened.

In 1959 when Kintzinger was again the mayor concerned citizens rallied behind an S.O.S. (Save Our Shot Tower) campaign. An old graveyard marker was uncovered leading to further investigation of the THIRD STREET CEMETERY. Dubuque had one ambulance. If a second call came in, the vehicle used was the police station wagon.

Other events during either 1955 or 1959 can be located by writing either year in the search feature of this encyclopedia.



1. Obituary

2. Riddell, Amy, "Dubuque Ex-Mayors Recall Joys, Disappointments," Telegraph Herald, January 19, 1986, p. 3

3. Obituary