ASHER SCHROEDER, WHO WILL BE 89 IN MAY, 2014, WAS BORN AND RAISED IN MAQUOKETA. AFTER GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL IN MAQUOKETA HE WENT TO SERVE IN WORLD WAR II. AFTER THE SERVICE HE GOT HIS LAW DEGREE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, WAS JACKSON COUNTY ATTORNEY FOR 3 TERMS AND WAS APPOINTED BY PRESIDENT JOHNSON TO BE A U.S. ATTORNEY FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF IOWA. UPON RETIREMENT, HE AND HIS WIFE CATHERINE RETIRED TO MAQUOKETA. THEY HAD 3 SONS. HIS WIFE DIED QUITE A FEW YEARS AGO AND HE REMAINS ACTIVE AS A MEMBER (PAST PRESIDENT) OF THE JACKSON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND TREASURER OF THE MAQUOKETA ROTARY CLUB. HE SERVED WITH THE US ARMY 4TH INFANTRY DIVISION AND IN 1944 WAS WOUNDED IN ACTION AND TAKEN TO A POW CAMP. HIS DESCRIPTION OF HIS MILITARY LIFE IN 1944 AND INTO 1945 WAS PRESENTED AT A JANUARY ROTARY MEETING AND AGAIN AT A MAQUOKETA STATE BANK STAFF MEETING ON JANUARY 31, 2014.
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The Maquoketa Chamber of Commerce has sold its building and plans to
move into the Maquoketa Arts Experience Building across Main Street.
Arts Therapeutic Massage bought the building at 117 S. Main St. for
$30,000, according to Chamber Executive Director Tom Devine. He said
plans call for the chamber to move into the arts facility at 124 S. Main
St. in 60 days. Healing Arts was located at 124 W. Platt St. The
business is owned by Dena Donatsch.
Devine said renovations have begun at the arts building to accommodate the chamber offices.
Devine said the chamber and arts group will remain separate entities but will be housed in one building.