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MOFFATT, Wallace W.

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MOFFATT, Wallace W. (Orillia, Ontario, Canada, Nov. 25, 1879--Dubuque, IA, May 3, 1952). Moffat came to Dubuque in 1900 and began work with the MATHIS-METZ CO. This later became the MATHIS-MOFFATT PRINTING COMPANY. (1) When he first ran for the council in 1942 he had the endorsement of the DUBUQUE TRADES AND LABOR CONGRESS and the Good Government League. (2) He was the MAYOR of the city in 1944.

One of the immediate concerns as mayor was the AIRPORT project. Many federal projects had been halted by presidential order due to WORLD WAR II. The council sent John A. KERPER and Albin Anton RHOMBERG to Washington, D.C. where they convinced enough political leaders to modify the order and resume airport construction. (3) In 1945 he used his office to focus attention on the POLIO campaign underway. (4) He also had the opportunity to confer honors on five Dubuque residents who had served on the Dubuque rations board since 1942. (5) On March 1, 1948 he had the honor of attending the ceremony switching on the landing and beacon lights signifying the opening of the new airport south of town.

Moffatt was an honorary member of the Dubuque Police Protective Association and a member of the DUBUQUE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Dubuque County Conservation Society, Dubuque Humane Society, DUBUQUE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, Oxus Grotto, and the Royal Arch Masons.

Thomas W. MOFFATT, a veteran of the CIVIL WAR wrote his memoirs with his son, Wallace. Image courtesy: C. Hughes (Arizona)



Christa Hughes, descendant

1. "Former Mayor Moffatt Dies," Telegraph Herald, May 4, 1952, p. 1

2. "In Council Race," Telegraph Herald, March 17, 1942, p. 1

3. "Senator Credits Dubuquers for Congress Move," Telegraph Herald, May 21, 1944, p. 10

4. "Mayor Backs Up Drive to Fight Polio," Telegraph Herald, January 14, 1945, p. 11

5. "Ration Board Vets Honored," Telegraph Herald, January 8, 1945, p. 11