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Dr Niles Theodore Quales
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Birth: Jan. 17, 1831, Norway
Death: May 23, 1914
Cook County
Illinois, USA

From: The Chicago Tribune - 5/24/1914


Aged Charitable Worker Was Decorated by King Haakon of Norway -- Emigrated to Chicago in 1859.

Dr. Niles Theodore Quales, 83 years old, a pioneer of Chicago and the Nestor of Scandiravian-American medical men, died yesterday at his residence at 1951 Fowler street. Death was due to pneumonia and old age.

He was the founder of the Norwegian Old People's home at Norwood Park. Four years ago King Haakon of Norway decorated him with the Order of St. Olaf in recognition of his services in behalf of the poor.

Born in Hardanger, Norway, Jan. 17, 1831, he attended school in his native land and in Denmark. In 1839 he came to Chicago in company with [MISSING-TEXT] Lawson, father of Victor F. Lawson. He served in company B. First Illinois artillery, in the civil war. He granduated from Rush Medical college in 1867.

He was city physician during the smallpox epidemic in Chicago from 1868 to 1870 and was surgeon of the United States Marine hospital until the year of 1871.

Funeral services will be held at Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 at the Wicker Park English Lutheran church. North Hoyne avenue and Le Moyne street. Interment will be at Mount Olive cemetery. Members of the Scandinavian-American Medical society, of which Dr. Quales was an honorary member, will be pallbearers.


From: The Chicago Tribune - 5/24/1914


Dr. Niles T. Quales, aged 83 years 4 months, entered into rest May 23, 1914, beloved husband of Carrie L. Quales, fond father of Iver L., Mrs. Ernest A. Erickson, Nellie R., father-in-law of Ernest A. Erickson; grandfather of Winnifred and Carolyn Erickson. Funeral Tuesday, May 26, 1914, at 1:30 p.m., from Wicker Park English Lutheran church, Hoyne-av. and Le Moyne-st., to Mount Olive cemetery. Please omit flowers.



IL 1st Lt Arty Battery B. Residence: Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. Born "Niles Theodore Quales" in Kinservik, Hardanger, Norway, in 1831. His parents were Torgils Johnsen Øvrequale and Guri Torgilsdatter Tjoflat. Came to America to Chicago in 1859. Civil War: Farrier. Age 28. Blue eyes, light hair, fair complexion, 5'7". Enlisted for three years on 16 Aug 1861. Artificer. Was first an artilleryman; then he became a hospital assistant. Discharged from the service 1 (?) Feb 1863. Supernumerary. Post war: He lived in Chicago, Illinois. Became a physician and a promoter of charitable institutions in Chicago. He was connected with what is believed to be the first retirement home for aged and indigent men and women. Dr. Quales died in 1914. Sources: (ILSA reel 16 p19) (Ulvestad p323) (Norlie, Olaf Morgan "History of the Norwegian People in America", publ 1925, p133) (VGC Scandinaven 27 May 1914) "Kvale, Nils" "Quales, Niles" 
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  Carrie Lawson Quales (1843 - 1925)*
  Iver L. Quales (1872 - 1933)*
  Martha Alice Quales Erickson (1874 - 1947)*
  Nellie Ruth Quales (1876 - 1955)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Olive Cemetery
Cook County
Illinois, USA
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Record added: Aug 23, 2011
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