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REBMAN, William

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William Rebman. Photo courtesy: Bob Reding

REBMAN, William. (Lancaster Co., PA, Oct. 20, 1821--Dubuque, IA, Oct. 13, 1889). Rebman supervised the construction of Rebman's Block (later known as Sanford Block), the first block of businesses in Dubuque north of Eighth Street. He was also responsible for much of the beautification of WASHINGTON PARK in the late 1800s.

Rebman was twice chosen Health Officer. As a member of the Second Presbyterian Church, he was actively identified with Sabbath school interests and served as the Superintendent of two Sabbath-schools for thirty- two years, without a vote ever being cast against him, and paying the expenses himself. Rebman was chosen President of the Sunday School Convention of the Third Congressional District and was also President of the Dubuque County Sunday School Convention four different terms.

He was instrumental in organizing the YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION (Y.M.C.A.) and elected its president, served as Director and chairman of the Finance and Mission Committee, and for a long term was one of its principal supporters.

In February, 1847, Mr. Rebman was united in marriage to Miss Mary Ann Kephart, a native of Pennsylvania; they have had nine children, only five of whom survive- Willam H., Charles A., Frank, Minnie B., and Gertie.




Oldt, Franklin. History of Dubuque County, Iowa. Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1880, p. 864