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RATH, George C.

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Cemetery marker and graves in Linwood Cemetery

RATH, George C. (Dubuque, IA, Apr. 5, 1851--Dubuque, IA, Sept. 5, 1922). Rath, a son of George John RATH, received his education in the German and public schools of Dubuque and finished his schooling with a course in BAYLESS BUSINESS COLLEGE. From 1885 to 1889 he worked as a cashier of the E. M. Dickey Company, a branch of the DIAMOND JO LINE.

In 1890 the slaughtering plant was destroyed by fire. The elder Rath wished to retire, and Edward and his cousin John W. Rath accepted a proposal from Waterloo, Iowa, to relocate from Dubuque. George C. Rath purchased the remaining Dubuque buildings from his father and brother in 1891.

George J. Rath remained in Dubuque as a director of the new company and served two terms on the city council. He brought his sons S. J. Rath and David into the company in 1900 and 1906 respectively to form the firm of GEORGE C. RATH AND SONS. This partnership lasted until George C. Rath's death when the plant was sold.

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Goodspeed, Weston Arthur, History of Dubuque County, Iowa. Chicago: Goodspeed Historical Association, 1911, p. 511