|Birth: ||Nov. 12, 1896|
|Death: ||Feb. 25, 1965|
CEMETERY RECORDS say age 68.
HEADSTONE says MI LMMA USNRF WW1. American Legion marker.
NEWS ARTICLE Iron River Reporter Aug 7 1952 "Harold Lindahls Return Yesterday From Sweden Visit"
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Lindahl returned early today to their home in Iron River from a three-month trip to Sweden.
Their plane left Europe Tuesday evening and reached Chicago yesterday afternoon to be met by their son Curtis, who motored down to accompany the Lindahls home. They had left on their overseas journey May 18.
NEWS ARTICLE Iron River Reporter June 28 1951 "Linked With Early History and Progress!: Lindahl Chevrolet Garage" for Iron Ore Centennial celebration
Gust Lindahl, born in 1852 in Sweden, reached the Beechwood district as a homesteader in 1885 when the tall pine rose to majestic heights over the land. The echoes of the woodsmen's axe and the whirr of the sawmill broke the otherwise still atmosphere save for the plaintive notes of the whipoorwill and the sweet song of the meadowlark.
Gust Lindahl had his part in the harvesting of the pine and other species of timber, a task handed down to his sons Oscar, Walter, Arthur and Harold. These ambitious young men were not content with logging alone. In October, 1925, they opened the Lindahl Brothers Garage in Iron River, handling the Star, Durant and Marmon. In 1931 they switched to Chevrolet and Oldsmobile, operating a dual dealership for many years, and then later concentrated on Chevrolet cars and trucks exclusively, except for Logging Trailers, Loaders and Special Truck Bodies.
Meanwhile they had outgrown the former Innes House building where they started and in 1929 built on this site [132 W. Adams Street] what is today the largest and most modern garage North of Milwaukee.
The partnership of Lindahl Brothers continued until 1945 when it was dissolved and the present Lindahl Chevrolet Garage was incorporated by the Harold Lindahl family.
What is today the large adjoining Used Car Lot was the site in early years of the Sturgeon building, occupied on the second floor by the Mercy Hospital, on the first floor by shops and the first quarters of the newly organized First National Bank of Iron River.
The Lindahl Chevrolet Garage has grown steadily, today employing a large staff of trained mechanics and offering the finest in mechanical equipment. The latest addition is a modern Paint Booth facilitating finest car painting.
The Lindahl Chevrolet in Crystal Falls was opened in 1950.
NEWS ARTICLE Iron River Reporter April 10 1945 "27 Year Partnership Dissolved By Lindahls" with photo
After more than a quarter century of partnership in several business enterprises, the four Lindahl brothers-Oscar, Walter, Arthur and Harold-have dissolved their major business relationships and made a distribution of property.
Oscar, who supervised mill operations, has retired to the homestead farm in Beechwood. Arthur, in charge of woods operations, is continuing as an independent logging operation. Walter is owner of a store and gasoline bulk plant business in Beechwood. Harold, in charge of sales, has acquired the garage business in Iron River, hereafter to be known as Lindahl's Chevrolet garage.
The brothers still retain their equities in the Crystal Springs Trout hatchery in Beechwood and in lake property at Golden, Hagerman and Brule lakes.
The brothers formed an informal partnership in 1918, starting in the logging business when World War I created a demand for forest products. It has continued since then until Jan. 1, 1945, when they decided to go their individual ways.
During this 27 years the business enterprises expanded, including the start of a garage in Iron River and the building of a modern building in 1929, extensive logging and operation of a sawmill, the development of a commercial trout hatchery, and operation of a store and bulk gasoline plant.
Each member of the partnership was given a specific thing to do and meetings were held twice a month, or oftener if need arose, usually in their hunting camp where the affairs were talked over privately and, as history shows, successfully.
ALL COOPERATE To these regular meetings is ascribed the happy relationships which always existed and the inordinate harmony in which the brothers worked.
"These 27 years of association in business will be one of the finest memories in our lives," Harold Lindahl said. "Our business relations have always been pleasant. It was our policy to hold semi-monthly meetings where we could discuss our business activities and it was also a time of genuine fellowship."
"There is no reason in particular for the dissolution except that our families are now grown up and our children will be associated with the individual brothers. Oscar, the eldest, also wanted to retire from active work."
"In one of our last meetings, when the subject of dissolving partnership arose, one inquired how we had been able to work together for so long a time with so little friction. Another answered "Because we grew up together." Another said "Because we have tried to practice Christian ideals" and a third answered, "Because we were always willing to overlook the little things."
"Personally I believe that the three answers are the reasons for our cooperative success."
HARD TIMES "Hard times were a part of the 27 years' partnership. Recalling some in 1921 while operating a large camp, the price of timber dropped from $50 a thousand to no market at all. The following morning, Dec. 17, the entire crew was called in and every man was laid off, including the chore boy. The four brothers hauled out the logs that were cut, making three trips a day with three teams over a four-mile road. In that way they managed to get out all the logs cut. We operated that year at a considerable loss. That did not discourage us from going on with our logging activities."
Another reason for dissolution was the virtual disappearance of large logging tracts in the county. The brothers acquired 3,000 acres of virgin timber in 1940 from Wells Brothers, Menominee, and completed the harvesting in 1944 in the Hagerman lake and Smoky lake area. This was probably the last of the large available timber tracts and, with war demand for timber, it was disposed of in a ready market.
The brothers' start was small but there were enterprise and foresight in their planning. In 1918 they bought 40 acres of timber and that winter logged 200,000 feet. Oscar knew logging and bossed the undertaking but the others learned rapidly and worked industriously. Walter took care of the blacksmithing and the sawing, and Arthur and Harold "just worked," with Harold keeping the books in off hours.
PLOW BACK PROFITS The first year's profits went back into equipment and larger timber holdings.
Walter's bent for mechanics brought him to town as a garage foreman, but the others stuck to their work. That year they put in 1,500,000 feet at Uno near Beechwood and ended the year well in the clear.
In 1920, with a slack market, they bought a portable mill and cut softwood and ties. In the same year they purchased the 120 acre farm of their father and the timber on it, now fondly known as the "homestead." In the next four years they kept cutting from 1,500,000 to 2,500,000 feet of timber, hiring crews of 50 or more men and working 12 months in the year.
Operations reached a peak in 1941-42 when 150 were employed in logging operations and at the sawmill, using 20 trucks for handling logs and other forest products.
Seeing the end of timber in sight, they entered a business which was just gaining its stride-the garage business. Some of the profits from the lumber operations went into the new venture and Walter and Harold took over while Oscar and Harold devoted their time to the timber branch. Walter was mechanical foreman and Harold took charge of sales.
The garage took on the upper peninsula agency of cars, tractors, and trailers, and within five years had expanded its operations so far a new home was necessary. One of the finest structure, thoroughly equipped, was erected and is now the sole property, under the dissolution, of Harold.
PHOTO CAPTION: The four Lindahl brothers whose business operations started small, grew large, and have now dissolved their successful partnership. Left to right: Oscar, Harold, Arthur, Walter.
NEWS ARTICLE Iron River Reporter Sep 26 1944 "Lindahls End 27 Years of Logging"-Oscar, Arthur, Walter, Harold
NEWS ARTICLE Iron River Reporter Nov 15 1940 "First Buck"
Harold Lindahl, Iron River garageman, bagged an eight-point buck near Pendleton creek this morning at 7 a.m. shortly after the 1940 deer season opened. Lindahl bagged a buck at the same spot and hour on the opening day of the 1939 season.
OBITUARY of Andy Lindahl 1923 (buried in Beechwood Rosehill Cemetery) says he is son of Harold of Beechwood.
August J. Lindahl (1852 - 1943)
Emma Maria Anderson Lindahl (1857 - 1953)
Martha A. Durow Bergquist Lindahl (1896 - 1968)
Carol Ruth Lindahl Jackson (1930 - 2008)*
Plot: Block 11 Lot 12
Created by: Dale Safford
Record added: Jan 19, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24050678