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RHOMBERG, L. A. "OLLIE" Jr. (Dubuque, IA, July 4, 1871--Dubuque, IA, Mar. 17, 1935). L. A. Rhomberg was the son of Liberat Alphonse "L.A." RHOMBERG and Margaretha Jaeger. His father had established the wholesale wine and liquor firm of L. A. RHOMBERG & BRO. in 1864 in Dubuque. From 1880 JAEGER & RHOMBERG wholesale liquor house was located at 453 & 465 Main. In 1889 Liberat left this partnership and opened his own wholesale liquor business at 531 Main.

In 1891 L. A. Rhomberg, Jr., joined the company which was renamed L.A. Rhomberg & Son. They advertised wines, liquors, pure Kentucky bourbon, and fine bonded goods a specialty of their stock. They also owned the following brands: Rhomberg's Private Stock, Beaver Run, L.A. Rhomberg's Sour Mash, Silver Spring, Rhomberg Club, The Celebrated Pride, and Key-City Club Whiskey. For a brief time, they also sold Dr. Rhomberg's Pepsin Bitters. The elder Rhomberg retired around 1900 and his son kept the business operating through 1906.

"Ollie" was an active member of the Dubuque council of the United Commercial Travelers of America and for twenty years served as treasurer and secretary. He was also active in the state and national branches of the group.

The 1904-1905 Dubuque City Directory located this business, a restaurant and bar, at 531 Main.

The 1934 Dubuque City Directory listed 112 W. 4th as the address.



1. "Death Claims L. A. Rhomberg Early Sunday," Telegraph Herald, March 18, 1895 p. 3

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