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Sanford A. Atherton
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F. E. Behrens
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William Bray, M. D.
John D. Bush
Dr. Rodolphus Clark
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Frank W. Coates
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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.
Edward R. Jackson, M. D.
Henry J. Jecklin
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Evan E. Jones
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W. A. Manhart
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A. S. McDermott
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John F. Sloan
Charles F. Smyth
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Chester H. Walker
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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. 148
JACOB MICHEL, a retired merchant
of Dubuque, for some years was connected with the business interests of
this city, but as the result of a steadfast purpose, careful attention
to details and systematic business methods be acquired the capital which
now enables him to retire from further labor. We take great pleasure in
presenting to our readers this record of his life.
Mr. Michel is a native of Germany, his birth having occurred in Hesse-Darmstadt
on the 12th of October 1824. His parents were Johannus and Catherine (Nonkassar)
Michel, and they too were natives of Germany. Their family numbered six
children, four sons and two daughters. The father was a farmer by occupation
and followed that pursuit throughout his entire life, Our subject attended
the public schools of his native land until his fourteenth year, when
his father died, and a week later his mother passed away. He was thus
left an orphan. After the death of his parents he began learning the shoemaker's
trade, serving a three years' apprenticeship to the same in Offenbach.
After completing the term of service he traveled through southern Germany,
and in France and Switzerland, working as a journeyman, but did not find
a place which seemed to him to offer the attractions and advantages which
were attributed to the New World. This led him to seek a home in the United
States, and in 1847 he took passage on a westward bound sailing-vessel,
which a few weeks later dropped anchor in the harbor of New York. He went
at once to St. Louis, Mo., where he spent two year's working at the shoemaker's
trade, and in 1850 he carne to Dubuque, where he has since made his home.
Here he embarked in the manufacture of shoes on his own account. He began
operations on a small scale, hut as time passed his business increased
and he employed a force of twenty-five workmen. The work was all done
by hand until 1859. In that year Mr. Michel added a stock of ready made
boots and shoes, and as his business increased he enlarged his facilities
until he was at the head of a lucrative trade. In this line he continued
until 1893, when he retired, having in the meantime acquired a comfortable
competence. He owns two good store buildings, which he rents out to other
parties, and in addition has other valuable city property.
Turning from the public to the private life of Mr. Michel, we note that
in the year 1852 he was united in marriage with Miss Louisa Krakow, of
Dubuque. To their union were born the following children; Katie; Sophia,
deceased; F. William, who now resides in California; Henry, a well known
attorney of Dubuque; Benjamin, who is engaged in the practice of medicine,
and Philip, who is a salesman. In his political views Mr. Michel is a
Republican, and is a member of the Universalist Church. His life has been
well and worthily passed, and all who know him esteem him highly for his
sterling worth. It was a fortunate day for him when he sailed for America,
and his brightest hopes have been realized. He has found not only a comfortable
home, but has also made many friends and gained a handsome competence,
which supplies him with all the necessities and many of the luxuries of