1875 A. T. Andreas Atlas
1880 Dubuque County History
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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
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Charles H. Gregoire
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Asa Horr, M. D.
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Henry J. Jecklin
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Benjamin McCluer, M. D.
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A. S. McDermott
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William J. Morgans
Dorrance Dixon Myers
Nicholas P. Nicks
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John P. Page
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John F. Sloan
Charles F. Smyth
Johanna (Baker) Specht
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Oren Stuart, M. D.
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Chester H. Walker
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Logo by Ginger Cisewski
Extracted from Portrait and Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones
and Clayton Counties, Iowa, 1894 Reprinted by Higginson Book Co.,
Salem, Massachusetts, p. 191
|JAMES HOWIE, President of the
Dubuque Pressed Brick Company, was born near Aberdeen, Scotland,
August 3, 1842, and is a son of Robert and Barbara (Sandison) Howie,
both of whom were also natives of Aberdeenshire. The father died
there in 1876, at the age of seventy-six years, and the mother spent
her last days in Auchterless. The subject of this sketch was reared
in his native land and received but limited school privileges, but
acquired a good education by studying at night, and in this way
mastered the English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek languages.
At the age of fifteen Mr. Howie's school days ended, and the following
year he was apprenticed to a carpenter. James Mackey, for a term
of four and a-half years, had to pay an apprentice fee of $11500.
When he had mastered the business, he went to Edinburgh and entered
the employ of Beattie & Sons, at Fountain Bridge, the leading
contractors of that city.
In 1861 he went to London, where he worked until 1869.
On the 15th of August, that year, he sailed for America, landing in
New York on the 2nd of September. Seven days later he reached Dubuque,
and soon afterward entered the employ of James McLaren, a prominent
contractor of this city, with whom he remained two years. From that
time until the spring of 1877 he was with the Dubuque Lumber Company,
and then began business for himself in a small frame building.
Commencing with limited means, Mr. Howie has steadily increased his
facilities, and has been very successful. He has erected many of the
leading structures of the city, including the three-story brick block
owned by the late Richard Waller, a three-story brick building for Andrew
& Tredway. He erected a three-story brick for William Andrew, also
a three-story stone block, a three-story block containing three residences
between Eighth and Ninth Streets for A. Tredway, the Third Presbyterian
Church, the Summit Congregational Church. The Methodist Episcopal Church
of Center Grove Hill, the Congregational Church in Webster City, the
H. L. Stout residence, the Odd Fellows Temple, the plow works and the
Ryder- Wallace Company's building.
In connection with his work as a contractor and builder, Mr. Howie has
been identified with many of the leading enterprises of the city, and
has materially aided in the growth and prosperity of this place. He
was one of the organizers of the Dubuque Pressed Brick Company, and
was made its President. This company was formed in 1892, and is now
successfully engaged in brick manufacture, turning out thirty thousand
brick per day and furnishing employment to some thirty men. Mr. Howie
was also one of the organizers of the Dubuque Specialty Machine Company.
For the past two years he has been Chairman of the Manufacturing Committee
of the Board of Trade.
In the old St. Thomas Church of London, in September, 1861, was celebrated
the marriage of Mr. Howie and Miss Roseina Hull, a native of that city,
and a daughter of David Hull. She died in Dubuque in 1875, leaving three
children, viz.: James Robert, who is connected with his father in business,
and is now superintending the erection of a state building in Iowa City,
the contract for the same having been given our subject; David T., a
contractor and builder of Dubuque; and Roseina, wife of Oscar Mahon,
Treasurer of the freight office of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St.
February 23, 1876, Mr. Howie married Matilda J., daughter of Philip
Alexander, a native of Maine, and one of the honored pioneers of Dubuque,
who here located in 1837. Mrs. Howie was the second white child born
in Washington Township. By their marriage were born two children: Addie
S., who is now a student in the high school; and Ollie P., who is also
conducting her studies in the home school. Mrs. Howie by a previous
marriage had one daughter, Emma, who is now the wife of Edward Ogle,
of New Westminster, B. C.
In 1871 Mr. Howie became a member of the Christian Church of Dubuque,
and from 1873 to 1878 was a minister in that denomination. He is a pronounced
temperance advocate, and lives an honorable, straightforward and consistent
life, which has gained him the confidence and high regard of all with
which he has been brought into contact. In Masonic circles he is prominent,
being a thirty-second degree Mason. He belongs to El Kahir Temple of
the Mystic Shrine. He is the present Worshipful Master of Metropolitan
Lodge No. 49. He also is Past Chancellor of Apollo Lodge No. 41, K.
P. for the past five years he has been Chaplain of the Fifth Regiment
of the Uniformed Ranks of the Knights of Pythias. He also belongs to
Harmony Lodge No.2, O. O. F., Ironwood Camp, M. W. A., and the Ancient
Order of United Workmen. In politics he is a stalwart Republican, and
is a valued and representative citizen, whose name is inseparably connected
with the history and progress of this community.