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JAEGER, Adam Francis Jr.

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JAEGER, Adam Francis Jr. (Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, Feb. 27, 1838--Dubuque, IA, Aug. 1, 1894). MAYOR. Jaeger was one year old when he emigrated with his family to the United States and settled in Dubuque. (1)

Years later Jaeger was a business partner of Liberat Alphonse "L.A." RHOMBERG of the firm JAEGER & RHOMBERG. (2) He was also associated with Rhomberg and Paul TRAUT in the firm of PAUL TRAUT AND COMPANY. In later years he was associated with L. A. Lang under the firm name of JAEGER, LANG AND COMPANY, in the wholesale liquor business.

Jaeger was elected alderman in 1866 and served until 1874. On September 5, 1872, he was appointed to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of then Mayor Solomon TURCK. Among the issues facing the city council were transportation, parks, and garbage disposal. Dubuque and Keokuk were the only two cities between St. Louis and St. Paul that collected wharfage. Shipping companies protested that Dubuque should end the practice. In 1872 the Dubuque Herald urged the city council to move forward with their pledge to purchase two outlots adjoining the former cemetery (later JACKSON PARK. The paper stated that "public property in Dubuque has never received the attention and improvement it deserves; there has always been a dilatory on the part of those in authority in obtaining property useful and necessary for public convenience, pleasure and ornamentation..." As the iced-over river was used by meat packers for the disposal of offal, it was used by some in 1872 for the disposal of decomposed prairie chickens. This attracted wolves.

In 1891 Jaeger became the president of the PERSONAL LIBERTY ASSOCIATION. (3)



1. "Death of Adam F. Jaeger," Dubuque Daily Herald, August 2, 1894, p. 4

2. "Dubuque Sought Business Methods From Beginning," Telegraph Herald, March 27, 1921, p. 14. Online: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=bi5eAAAAIBAJ&sjid=SmANAAAAIBAJ&pg=6644,4092622&dq=james+fanning+dubuque&hl=en

3. "Personal Liberty League," Dubuque Daily Herald, May 14, 1891, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=_OG5zn83XeQC&dat=18910514&printsec=frontpage&hl=en

Oldt, Franklin. History of Dubuque County, Iowa. Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1880. p. 815