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Lewis J. Cale
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Birth: Aug. 19, 1845
Indiana, USA
Death: Mar. 17, 1917
Crow Wing County
Minnesota, USA

Arrived in Brainerd in 1880.

•See Leonora Hamlin Johnson.
•See Emma E. Forsythe.
•See Louisa Wright Congdon.
•See Newton McFadden.
•See Charles Douglas Johnson.

      Mr. L. J. Cale, of Minnesota Lake, has purchased lots on the corner of Seventh and Front streets, on which he will erect a two-story brick structure twenty-five feet in width by eighty feet in length, to be used as a general store. The work of building, it is expected, will begin in a few days. The estimated cost is $6,000. It will be finished in a first-class manner, and will be an ornament as well as a commendable addition to the town. (Brainerd Tribune, 21 May 1881, p. 1, c. 7)

      Among the more important buildings going up in Brainerd at the present time is the new flouring mill, the opera house, Witt & Leland's brick hotel [Villard], L. J. Cale's three-story store on Front street, the new Catholic church and the N. P. Hospital. The actual valuation of the above six structures amounts to $200,000. Not bad. (Brainerd Dispatch, Thursday, 20 September 1883, p. 3, c. 3)

      L. J. Cale will begin the erection of a new brick building on 7th street just south and adjoining the structure built last year, just as soon as the weather will permit. The new portion will be of the same dimensions as the block built last year, and will be finished in the same manner. (Brainerd Dispatch, 08 March 1901, p. 8, c. 1)

      L. J. Cale has removed the barn and wooden structures beside his grocery department on 7th street to make room for the new store building, which he will begin to construct at once. (Brainerd Dispatch, 12 April 1901, p. 8, c. 1)

      The basement for the new Cale block on 7th street is about completed. The building must be ready for occupancy July 1st. (Brainerd Dispatch, 03 May 1901, p. 10, c. 3)

            L. J. CALE IS
                       CALLED TO REWARD

      Pioneer Business Man of Brainerd
         Came to This City in 1880 and
                 Built the Cale Block


      Is Survived by Wife, Daughter, Four
            Brothers and Three Sisters—
                  Funeral on Tuesday

      Lewis J. Cale, age 71, pioneer business man of Brainerd, passed away Saturday evening, death being due to a complication of diseases. He was very patient and uncomplaining through his long illness, and the end came peacefully and quietly with the members of his family about his bedside.
      He is survived by his wife, Louise Cale, daughter Mrs. E. C. Bane and four brothers and three sisters.
      Mr. Cale was born August 19, 1845 in Indiana and came to Carver county, Minnesota, when about ten years old. His first business venture was at Minnesota Lake where he conducted a general store. He removed to Brainerd in 1880 and built the large Cale block, comprising at that time five stores, at the corner of Seventh and Front streets.
      Heavy jackpine trees stood on the lots and that section seemed a wilderness when compared with the business section then located at Fifth and Laurel streets. Mr. Cale's foresight in building at Seventh and Front was justified, for later the fire swept the Laurel business section and business moved up town when new stores were built.
      In rooms rented by Mr. Cale his first tenants included Dr. J. C. Rosser and Dr. Walter Courtney. In public life Mr. Cale was prominent as a county commissioner for several terms, the city wagon bridge over the Mississippi at the hospital being built in his time of service. He was also assessor of Brainerd for one term.
      Mr. Cale was one of the oldest members in point of years of membership in the local Masonic lodge, having belonged over 45 years. The funeral will be under Masonic auspices and the body will be removed to Masonic hall Tuesday, where the remains may be viewed from 10 in the morning to the hour of the funeral at 2:30 o'clock in the afternoon.
      The community extends to the sorrowing relatives its deepest sympathy. (Brainerd Daily Dispatch, 19 March 1917, p. 5, c. 1) 
Family links: 
  Catherine Louise Barrick Cale (1848 - 1923)*
  Moena Lurline Cale Bane (1873 - 1963)*
*Calculated relationship
Evergreen Cemetery
Crow Wing County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: Block 17, Lot 4, SWC
Created by: A. Nelson
Record added: Jan 02, 2012
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Lewis J. Cale
Added by: John Van Essen
Lewis J. Cale
Added by: John Van Essen
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