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  • 00:27, 10 August 2022ENGEL, Henry A. "Heinie" (hist | edit) ‎[3,036 bytes]Randylyon (talk | contribs) (Created page with "Ancestry: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/86837113/henry-a.-engel?_gl=1*d7gdr5*_ga*MTU4MDUyNDU2MC4xNjUxMjA3NTgw*_ga_4QT8FMEX30*MTY2MDA5MTA2OS4xMDEuMS4xNjYwMDkxMTI4LjA. 200px|thumb|left|Photo source: Wrestlingdata.comENGEL, Henry A. "Heinie" (Reynolds, IL, Sept. 17, 1891--Dubuque, IA, Mar. 26, 1949). Engel is usually credited with being the man who popularized wrestling in Dubuque. (1) Educated at DUBUQUE HIGH SCHOOL and the BAYLESS BUSINESS...")
  • 00:11, 10 August 2022JONES, Grover "Deacon" (hist | edit) ‎[1,516 bytes]Randylyon (talk | contribs) (Created page with "200px|thumb|left|JONES, Grover William "Deacon." (White Plains, NY, Apr. 18, 1934--). Jones is a a retired professional baseball player who played first base in the Major Leagues from 1962-1966 with the Chicago White Sox. (1) When, as a 22-year-old, Jones played for Dubuque in the Midwest League he won the Silver Bat Award in 1956 with a .409 batting average that topped all professional baseball players that season. In 2013 he still held the Midw...")
  • 18:17, 3 August 2022J. W. MILLER BOTTLING WORKS (hist | edit) ‎[192 bytes]Randylyon (talk | contribs) (Created page with "J. W. MILLER BOTTLING WORKS. The 1922 and 1923 '''Dubuque City Directory''' listed 141 Locust. [ Category: Bottlers")
  • 16:50, 31 July 2022GOATS-ON-THE-GO (hist | edit) ‎[458 bytes]Randylyon (talk | contribs) (Created page with "GOATS-ON-THE-GO. Drivers in July, 2022 along North Grandview across from BUNKER HILL GOLF COURSE were surprised by numbers of goats eating quietly along the roadside. They were kept off the roadway and in a specific area by electrified fencing. The animals belonging to Cox Springs Farm of Peosta, Iowa had been rented by officials of CLARKE UNIVERSITY to clear a difficult section of property of thirteen acres of noxious weeds and invasive plants.")
  • 04:14, 21 July 2022MCDONALD, Raymond G. "Sonny", Jr. (hist | edit) ‎[1,222 bytes]Randylyon (talk | contribs) (Created page with "MCDONALD, Raymond G., Jr. (Dubuque, IA, Sept 17, 1971--Dubuque, IA, July 8, 2022) The son of Raymond and Phyllis (Sitzmann) McDonald, "Sonny" learned carpentry skills from his father from an early age with Ray McDonald Sr., Construction, and used that knowledge to make his living. Sonny was united in marriage to the love of his life, Gloria Smith, on June 17, 1961, at St. Philomena Catholic Church in Asbury. He went on to establish his own business, Ray McDonald Jr.,...")
  • 03:48, 21 July 2022EICHMAN, Robert L. (hist | edit) ‎[1,974 bytes]Randylyon (talk | contribs) (Created page with "EICHMAN, Robert L. (Dubuque, IA, Mar. 22, 1927--Dubuque, IA, July 15, 2022) The son of Martin and Louetta (nee Kaufman) Eichman, Robert attended St. Paul Lutheran School, JEFFERSON JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL, and DUBUQUE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL. He met his wife of 71 years, Damaris Brauer, at a church social event in 1949, and they were married at St. Paul’s on March 19, 1951. After working at A.Y.MCDONALD MANUFACTURING COMPANY following graduation, Bob began working w...")
  • 02:19, 20 July 2022PETERSON, Walter F. Jr. (hist | edit) ‎[5,097 bytes]Randylyon (talk | contribs) (Created page with "Ancestry: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/153888842/walter-f.-peterson?_gl=1*1j572on*_ga*MTU4MDUyNDU2MC4xNjUxMjA3NTgw*_ga_4QT8FMEX30*MTY1ODI4MTI2OS44Ny4xLjE2NTgyODMzMDcuMA.. left|thumb|150px|Photo courtesy: Telegraph HeraldPETERSON, Walter. (Idaho Falls, ID, July 15, 1920--Dubuque, IA, Oct. 22, 2007). President, UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE. Peterson graduated from the University of Iowa in 1942 with a B. A. degree. He joined the Army Air C...")
  • 22:27, 18 July 2022RACIAL PROFILING (hist | edit) ‎[8,333 bytes]Randylyon (talk | contribs) (Created page with "RACIAL PROFILING. The term racial profiling is generally be linked to police likelihood to stop a driver or pedestrian to check for potential activity. Any definition of racial profiling must include, in addition to racially or ethnically discriminatory acts, discriminatory omissions on the part of law enforcement. For example, during the eras of lynching in the South in the 19th and early 20th centuries and the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s, southern sher...")
  • 16:59, 14 July 2022REIDY, Patrick E. (hist | edit) ‎[1,741 bytes]Randylyon (talk | contribs) (Created page with "REIDY, Patrick E. (Waterloo, IA, Oct. 11, 1957--Dubuque, IA, July 10, 2022) The son of James and Margaret Reidy, Patrick graduated from Columbus High School in 1975 and then attended LORAS COLLEGE (‘79). During his senior year at Loras he met Karen Rodham. The couple married June 26, 1982, at ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER CATHOLIC CHURCH and then made their home in St. Paul, MN. In May of 1985 FROMMELT INDUSTRIES INC. offered Patrick a sales management position w...")
  • 16:42, 14 July 2022NOONAN, James Edward (hist | edit) ‎[1,358 bytes]Randylyon (talk | contribs) (Created page with "NOONAN, James Edward. (Dubuque, IA, Nov. 24, 1946--Dubuque, IA, July 10, 2022) The first of 4 sons to Frank and Elaine (Fessler) Noonan, James graduated from WAHLERT CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL in 1965 and LORAS COLLEGE in 1969. In 1969 he married Kristine Koob. They welcomed 3 children and 7 grandchildren into the world over 51 years of marriage before her passing in 2021. Following in his father’s career as a teacher, Jim taught for 40 years at St Anthony’s, Wes...")
  • 14:51, 7 July 2022CHEWNING, Hazel Mary (hist | edit) ‎[1,304 bytes]Randylyon (talk | contribs) (Created page with "left|thumb|250px|The KL & M Trio. Photo courtesy: Dorothy Ufer HlavacekCHEWNING, Hazel Mary. (Dubuque, IA, Oct. 16, 1897--Dubuque, IA, Sept. 30, 1972). A daughter of Charles CHEWNING, Hazel at the age of fourteen, was a pianist at a local theater showing silent films. She was also the accompanist for the Rose Burke Dance Studio. She was a member of the Dubuque Trio - KL & M Trio (Kaiser, Lynn and Moser) and a life member of...")
  • 16:04, 1 July 2022COLORED ANTI-PROHIBITION LEAGUE (hist | edit) ‎[1,820 bytes]Randylyon (talk | contribs) (Created page with " ANTI-PROHIBITION COLORED ANTI-PROHIBITION LEAGUE OF IOWA ISSUE A CALL FOR A CONVENTION AT DUBUQUE")
  • 18:17, 25 June 2022STONE CLIFF WINERY (hist | edit) ‎[1,534 bytes]Randylyon (talk | contribs) (Created page with "STONE CLIFF WINERY. In 1996, Nan and Bob Smith, future vineyard owners, decided to return to Nan’s hometown of Dubuque, to raise their two daughters in a small town environment. They purchased the Stone Cliff Farm near Durango and planned to conventionally farm the land. Changes of plan, however, led to the decision to raise grapes and eventually operate a winery. They began their business planting 2000 vines. (1) By 2022 the winery was operated out of a portion of th...")
  • 15:57, 25 June 2022COLLINS COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION (hist | edit) ‎[624 bytes]Randylyon (talk | contribs) (Created page with "COLLINS COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION. Groundbreaking festivities were held on June 18, 2022 for the construction of a three-story, 30,000-square foot building at 255 John F. Kennedy Road for Collins Community Credit Union. This was the former site of Shopko. The business already had a branch at 4855 Asbury Road. Founded in 1940, Collins Community Credit Union had branch locations in six Iowa cities with plans to open others in Ames and Iowa City. Officials of the company anno...")
  • 15:34, 25 June 2022MARCHESCHI, Nadine (hist | edit) ‎[872 bytes]Randylyon (talk | contribs) (Created page with "MARCHESCHI, Nadine. A graduate of the University of Illinois with a double major in radio/television and journalism, traveled widely looking for employment before settling in Dubuque as the only female disc jockey in the city. She joined the staff of WDBQ/KIWI in May 1976 where she operated the overnight show before taking over the 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. time at KIWI. Her career progressed and by late 1978 she hosted the morning shows at KMEL-FM in SAan Francisco. Whil...")
  • 18:11, 23 June 2022PARKS, Bryce (hist | edit) ‎[5,835 bytes]Randylyon (talk | contribs) (Created page with "PARKS, Bryce. ( ) A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa (1992-1995) with a degree on broadcast journalism, Parks was the publisher of Community Incorporated/365Ink from October, 2000. His vocation in broadcasting actually began in high school. In 1987 Parks, then a student at STEPHEN HEMPSTEAD HIGH SCHOOL was asked by Charlie Ellis, the multimedia director for the DUBUQUE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT to join the Video Rangers, a group of high school stud...")
  • 17:03, 23 June 2022SPAHN, David W. (hist | edit) ‎[1,099 bytes]Randylyon (talk | contribs) (Created page with "SPAHN, David W. (Dubuque, IA-- ). Spahn graduated from LORAS COLLEGE in 1971. He worked for seven years as a financial institutions examiner with the National Credit Union Administration in Chicago and then joined FIRST NATIONAL BANK in 1982 as an assistant vice president and controller. (1) He was promoted to vice president and controller in 1983. (2) In 1995 he and his wife along with Larry and Cindy Richey began the buyout of DUBUQUE STAMPING AND MANUFACTU...")
  • 19:54, 19 June 2022KAHLE, Sandra "Sandy" (hist | edit) ‎[1,040 bytes]Randylyon (talk | contribs) (Created page with "KAHLE, Sandra "Sandy." Sandra Jean “Sandy” Kahle. (Dubuque, IA, Sept. 7, 1945--Dubuque, IA, June 6, 2022). The daughter of Irwin Michael and Alma Mertis Hillard and graduated from WAHLERT CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL in 1963. On September 14, 1963, she married James Kahle at HOLY GHOST CATHOLIC CHURCH. They spent 50 wonderful years together before his death on August 25, 2013. Sandy was employed by the DUBUQUE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT as a teacher-aide and work...")
  • 01:58, 13 June 2022"LET DUBUQUE CALL YOUR BLUFF" (hist | edit) ‎[483 bytes]Randylyon (talk | contribs) (Created page with ""LET DUBUQUE CALL YOUR BLUFF." Seeking to boost tourism in Dubuque, Darlene Coomes coined the slogan in 1982 as part of a crusade to attract visitors. She even tongue-in-cheek challenge to "Chicago Sun-Times" travel editor, John J Smith after reading an article suggesting that Dubuque was one of the worst weekend vacation spots in the Midwest. --- Source: Freund, Bob, "Dubuque Gets It's Day in the Sun-Times," ''Telegraph Herald,'' May 16, 1982, p. 17 Category: Boos...")
  • 02:55, 8 June 2022"BOXEM BROWN" (hist | edit) ‎[130 bytes]Randylyon (talk | contribs) (Created page with ""BOXEM BROWN" (THE HERALD, MAY 14, 1889)")
  • 19:48, 6 June 2022FELTES, Janice "Jan" (hist | edit) ‎[886 bytes]Randylyon (talk | contribs) (Created page with "FELTES, Janice "Jan" (Dubuque, IA--Dubuque, IA, May 26, 2022) Jan will be remembered as the "director" of activities for much of the social activity along Bluff Street near the FOURTH STREET ELEVATOR. Jan’s Grate Shop on Bluff Street was "the" place to go to learn of new programs being planned or soon to occur. Her natural abilities to plan and organize rose to the surface and she was instrumental in the development and implementation of The Taste of Dubuque and...")
  • 19:34, 6 June 2022FEIPEL, David L. (hist | edit) ‎[908 bytes]Randylyon (talk | contribs) (Created page with "FEIPEL, David L. (Dubuque, IA, Apr. 19, 1954--Dubuque, IA, May 29, 2022) A son to Donald and Lela (Close-Tigges) Feipel, David was the manager of JAEGER, HARDWARE for many years and later moved into the hardware department at Theisen’s. His free time consisted of spending immeasurable hours with the COLTS DRUM AND BUGLE CORPS where he sat on the board and was the Cadets Director, with AYSO Soccer as a formidable coach, and the head woodsman for Simple Treasu...")
  • 19:18, 6 June 2022MUSIC IN THE GARDENS (hist | edit) ‎[700 bytes]Randylyon (talk | contribs) (Created page with "MUSIC IN THE GARDENS. The DUBUQUE ARTS COUNCIL in 1992 desired to begin a summer concert series for tri-state residents that would offer an evening of live music in an outdoor venue. In 2022 after thirty years, Music in the Gardens presented in the DUBUQUE ARBORETUM AND BOTANICAL GARDENS offered between June and August on Sunday evenints 181 concerts and more than two hundred musical acts. The expenses were covered by the Dubuque Arts Council and the Dubuque Arbore...")
  • 18:42, 6 June 2022ALMOST HOME (hist | edit) ‎[888 bytes]Randylyon (talk | contribs) (Created page with "ALMOST HOME. Begun in 2010, Almost Home was a nonprofit dedicated to providing emergency shelter and resources for single men with custody of their children. Need for the services boomed during the PANDEMIC. While there were services for women with children, none existed for men. Guest house units were located in ST. JOHN'S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH. In June, 2022 there were two units in what was once the parsonage. There were plans to create three more unit...")
  • 18:40, 23 May 2022DANIEL, Lillian Rev. Dr. (hist | edit) ‎[2,593 bytes]Randylyon (talk | contribs) (Created page with "left|thumb|200px|DANIEL, Lillian Rev. Dr.( ). Following the twenty-five year pastorate of Dr. Ken and Nancy Bickel, members of FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST began a nation-wide search in 2015 for new church leadership. Dr. Lillian Daniel, former pastor in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and an urban congregation in New Haven, Connecticut was chosen. She was the second female pastor of the church following Rev. Elizabeth Pigg in 1986. (1) Dr...")