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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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. 125
LOUIS WITTER, is a leading business
man of Dubuque. There are many firms engaged in contracting and building
in this city and among them that of L. Witter & Sons takes front rank
on account of the excellent work which it turns out. Mr. Witter is a man
of excellent business and executive ability and in his undertakings has
met with success. The record of his life is as follows: He was born in
Heidelberg, Germany, in the year 1837, and is a son of Benjamin and Elizabeth
(Brown) Witter, both of whom were natives of Germany and there spent their
entire lives. The father was a blacksmith by trade.
Mr. Witter whose name heads this record spent his boyhood days in the
Fatherland and acquired such educational advantages as were afforded by
the district schools, which he attended in the fifteen years of age. He
then began learning the carpenter's trade, serving a three years' apprenticeship,
during which time he thoroughly mastered the business, becoming an efficient
workman. He followed chosen occupation in Germany in 1868, and with the
hope of bettering his financial condition ye sailed for New York, and
when he had landed on American soil started at once for Dubuque.
Ere his emigration Mr. Witter was married. In 1866 he was joined in wedlock
with Miss Louise Rowdebush, who died in 1868, leaving two children, a
son and daughter, Louisa and Cornelius. On the 6th of May, 1869, Mr. Witter
was again married, his second union being with Miss Mary Groebe. To them
they have been born six children, three sons and three daughters, Louis,
William, Frank, Elizabeth, Annie and Clara. The parents are consistent
and faithful members of St. John's Lutheran Church, and are highly respected
citizens of the community. Their home is located on White Street.
When Mr. Witter came to Dubuque, he worked at his trade in the employ
of others for some time, being thus engaged until 1882, when he began
business in his own interest. He is now a prominent contractor and builder,
and the liberal patronage which he receives yields him a good income.
Among the many fine buildings which stand as monuments to his thrift and
enterprise are the home of Charles Hollnagle, the Herman business block
and many others.
Cornelius Witter, who is the junior member of the firm, is a thoroughgoing
young business man and an expert mechanic. He was born in Germany in 1868,
and during his infancy was brought by his father to America. He acquired
his education in the schools of Dubuque and then learned the carpenter's
trade, becoming very proficient in that line. To the practical experience
and tried judgment of his father he adds the enterprise and ambition of
a young man, and the combination therefore makes an excellent firm.