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Samuel P. Gale
Mendon Twp.

Samuel P. Gale, proprietor of the McGregor House, is a native of Monroe, Mich., born Jan. 4, 1833. His father, William W. Gale, was born in New York, and was a carpenter and joiner by trade. He was married in Rochester, N.Y., to Lydia A. Thompson, and soon after settled on a farm in Monroe County, Mich., being one of the first white men in that region. His farm is now a part of the town of Monroe. Samuel P. attended school and assisted on the farm until fourteen years of age, when he went to live with his brother-in-law, G. R. Mandaville, and under his instruction learned the carpenter, joiner and millwright trades. When twenty years old he went to Milwaukee, Wis., and there obtained a position as fireman of the C., M. & St. P. R. R., and three years later was given charge of the old "Milwaukee" engine, which he ran one year. On June 21, 1861, he enlisted in Company D, 24th Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers, and served three years, being promoted from private to Sergeant of his company. At the close of the war he returned to Milwaukee and remained there about two years, when he came to North McGregor, Ia., where he worked as a machinist in the C., M. & St. P. car shops eight or nine years, then opened the McGregor House, which he has successfully conducted since. He was married on Feb. 12, 1867, to Mary Sovay, who was born in Ogdensburg, N.Y., and was a daughter of Duncan and Rosetta Sovay. In politics Mr. Gale is rather independent on voting for local officers, but for President is decidedly Republican. He is one of McGregor's most prominent and respected citizens.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 982-983
transcribed by Sally Scarff and Marlene Chaney


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