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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Extracted from Portrait and Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones and
Clayton Counties, Iowa, 1894 Reprinted by Higginson Book Co., Salem,
Massachusetts, p. 223
JOHN BOMACKE, a prosperous general
agriculturist and horticulturist of Jefferson Township, Dubuque County,
Iowa, was born in Hanover, Germany, December 4, 1830. He is the son of
Jacob Bomacke, who was a tailor for the French army during the Revolutionary
War of 1816. Our subject immigrated to the United States in the year 1845,
and landed at Baltimore, Md., a stranger in a strange land. He remained
but a short time in that city when he mustered up sufficient courage to
venture out in the then wild west; he left on a canal boat headed for
St. Louis, deciding to make the better or worse of his venture. St. Louis
proving no more satisfactory than Baltimore, he left for Dubuque, Iowa,
but remained here only a short time when he went on to Jefferson Township,
in the same county, there hiring out to a brother-in-law and receiving
a very small compensation for his services.
It was about this time that the California gold fever was the predominating
topic of the day, and by carefully saving his hard earned wages, our subject
was enabled to venture with many others into the “Land of Gold."
April 4, 1849, he commenced his search for that precious metal, remaining
at this occupation until 1852, when he gave up mining and visited New
York City, stopping there but six days; then returning to Dubuque he there
bought four hundred and eighty acres or land. This he improved, but as
there was more land than he could conveniently handle, he disposed of
all except the one hundred and sixty-three acres on which he now resides.
The marriage of Mr. Bomacke was celebrated May 12,1853, when he took Miss
Josephine Wook for his companion for life. She is the daughter of one
of the oldest settlers in this county. Our subject and his wife have had
the following children: John, Martha, Mary, Anna, Sarah, Charles H., Max
M., Edward, Clara, Frank and Louis A.
Our subject was Trustee of Jefferson Township for ten years, Supervisor
for one year and School Director for one year. He is an ardent member
of the Catholic Church and is noted for his generosity, as he has donated
quite liberally toward the erection of several churches. In his political
belief, he is a Democrat in National issues, but is independent in local
politics. He has been an incumbent of one or more township offices for
over ten years. In business and public work earnest, upright, faithful
and energetic, our subject has not only won financial success and gained
a competence, but has secured the universal esteem and confidence of his