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Muscatine History

The Pearl Button Industry

  About the time that Muscatine's thriving lumber industry was slowing down, another business was taking its place. Pearl buttons produced from harvested Mississippi River mussel shells would soon become one of the biggest booms since the city began. The one man responsible for the onset of this industry was John Boepple, a German immigrant who moved into this community to establish a better life.

Published by Washington Elementary School 4th Grade
Jan Fear, Instructor
Muscatine, Iowa


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