1875 A. T. Andreas Atlas
1880 Dubuque County History
Honorable William B. Allison
Sanford A. Atherton
Honorable Isaac W. Baldwin
F. E. Behrens
General Caleb Hoskins Booth
Nicholas Bray, M. D.
William Bray, M. D.
John D. Bush
Dr. Rodolphus Clark
Bernhard Claus, Jr.
Frank W. Coates
Honorable Dennis Nelson Cooley
Reverend Mark Cooney
Patrick F. Cunningham
Mell H. Cushing
Charles Henry Eighmey
Jesse P. Farley
Mrs. Catherine Fries
A. P. Gibbs
John R. Goldthorp
Honorable Julius Graves
Charles H. Gregoire
Honorable Thomas Hardie
Rev. James Hill
Nancy R. Hill, M. D.
Asa Horr, M. D.
Edward R. Jackson, M. D.
Henry J. Jecklin
Reverend Clement Johannes
Evan E. Jones
General George Wallace Jones
Joseph K. Kaufmann
F. H. Klostermann
A. R. Knight
Honorable Frederick M. Knoll
Honorable Wendelin Lattner
Norton J. Loomis
Delos E. Lyon
J. E. Maguire, M. D.
W. A. Manhart
M. H. Martin
Honorable James McCann
Benjamin McCluer, M. D.
Susan Ann McCraney
A. S. McDermott
James and Martha McGee
M. F. McNamara
William J. Morgans
Dorrance Dixon Myers
Nicholas P. Nicks
Frederick R. Nitzsche, M. D.
J. J. E. Norman
Honorable Peter Olinger
Bernard J. O'Neill
John P. Page
Rev. Frederick William Pape
Honorable James Rowan
Reverend Roger Ryan
Colonel C. J. W. Saunders
John Sauser, Jr.
John F. Sloan
Charles F. Smyth
Johanna (Baker) Specht
J. Peter Stendebach
Honorable William W. Stewart
Oren Stuart, M. D.
Hon. Christian Anton Voelker
Chester H. Walker
William Watson, M. D.
F. W. Wieland
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Caleb Hoskins Booth
Extracted from Portrait and Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones and
Clayton Counties, Iowa, 1894 Reprinted by Higginson Book Co., Salem,
Massachusetts, p. 217
GEN. CALEB HOSKINS BOOTH, who was
the first Mayor of Dubuque, having been elected to that position in 1841,
is one of the most noted and also successful men in this portion of the
state. He is Assistant Secretary and Treasurer of the Dubuque and Sioux
City Railroad Company. Having been connected with it most of the time
since 1856, Secretary and Treasurer of the Cedar Falls and Minnesota Railway
Company, and he helped to organize the Dunleith & Dubuque Bridge Company
in 1868, being now Secretary of that company. He is also Secretary and
Treasurer of the Iowa Land & Loan Company, and was general manager
of the Dubuque & Dakota Railroad until it was sold. His influence
and means have been used in the promotion of many other industries In
this region, and his advice is frequently sought on important financial
matters. Booth's addition to this city, originally comprising about fifty-two
acres, was purchased by a company from the city at a cost of $200,000.
The General subsequently bought the encumbrances on the property and became
sole owner, and managed to payoff all of this large amount and meet all
his obligations. Of this property he has still about thirty-two acres
left, and this he is improving by raising the grade above high water.
The owner of this land gave the Ice Harbor to the city, and has sold a
portion of this tract to the Chicago, Burlington & Northern Railroad.
General Booth is perhaps most widely known as far as his enterprises are
concerned, as the inventor of Booth's Improved Dredge Pump, which is used
in filling low lands and swamps, and thus redeeming large tracts of land
hitherto useless. In the Engineering News and American Railway Journal
of March 26, 1892, a very minute and complete description of this pump
and system was given. By means of powerful air and suction pumps built
in co-operation with the engines on the boat, light material from the
depth of fifty feet can be conveyed to the banks. This method has proven
very practical and valuable on rivers like the Upper Mississippi, where
the soft sandy banks are constantly filling the riverbed. When in operation
the suction pipes lie on the bottom, and the material is drawn in and
conveyed to tile surface to be dumped at any reasonable distance. The
movement and direction of the suction pipe are under control of the engineer
by machinery driven by the pump shaft. The dredge can be utilized for
removing islands or sand-bars that hinder navigation, and it is believed
it would be useful in gold hunting, where deposits; of the metal are washed
by the mountain streams into the bed of rivers on a level. It would seem
that the dredge, which has been very successful, would be of great saving
in Government operations, and the right to use it should be owned by the
The paternal grandfather of the General was John Booth, who was a member
of a Quaker family. The father, Joseph, who was born in the Keystone State,
was a successful agriculturist, and was originally of English descent.
His death occurred at the age of forty-two years, and of his seven children,
three sons and four daughters, our subject is the only survivor. The mother
was before her marriage Martha Hoskins, and she too was of English ancestry.
The birth of our subject occurred in Chester, Pa., December 26, 1814.
The town was then a place of only twenty-five hundred inhabitants, but
is now a large manufacturing and shipbuilding center. He obtained a good
education in the excellent schools, and in 1836, believing that he could
better his fortune by going west, he came to Dubuque, and was soon actively
interested in its various industries and the upbuilding of the place.
He was married in May 1838, to Miss Henriette Eyre, and they became the
parents of two children: Anna. Who was graduated from the seminary in
Media, Pa., and is now the wife of O. M. Parsons, Vice-President of the
Goes Lithographing Company of Chicago; and S. Edward, who was educated
at a military school in Tennessee, and was a prominent young business
man in the milling trade. He died in 1877, leaving a wife and two children.
General Booth was for years senior partner in the firm of Booth, Carter
& Co., who were engaged in operating lead mines, and which connection
was dissolved about 1880. Mr. Booth succeeded to the business and is one
of the very few who have been prosperous in this line. In his many and
varied ventures he has shown good business ability, excellent judgment
and enterprise, and his efforts have almost without exception been blessed
with success. In politics he is a strong, supporter of the Republican
Party, and in 1872 was elected to the Legislature and helped to place
Allison again in the Senate. Fraternally our subject is a Mason of the