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A. R. Gale is numbered among the prominent business men of Winters, Yolo County, where he is successfully engaged in the building contracting business, due to his technical knowledge and his sound and dependable business methods. Born in Redfield, South Dakota, on the 15th of August, 1885, he was reared in the vicinity of Omaha, Nebraska, receiving his educational training in the schools of the latter place and at Waterloo, Iowa, and then started to learn the carpenter trade. In April, 1904, he came to California, locating in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, where he completed his apprenticeship. Later he entered the employ of the State of California, starting in as a journeyman carpenter, from which position he was successfully promoted until he became superintendent of construction, with headquarters at Eldridge, California. He was engaged on warehouses and public buildings, and also did construction work on the hospital at Eldridge, and much sewer work, many of his jobs being large and important. In 1920 Mr. Gale came to Winters and started in business for himself as a building contractor. He draws the plans for his buildings and is recognized as an expert architect and designer. In recent years he has erected practically all of the buildings constructed Winters and vicinity, including the Skaggs store building, the addition to the grammar school building, the Japanese schoolhouse and many cottages and bungalows. He has done much work on ranches in this section of the valley and one of his notable jobs was the erection of a large pear shed at Monticello, containing one hundred thousand feet of lumber. He keeps from ten to fifteen men busy all the time and has earned an enviable reputation in industrial circles of this locality.

Mr. Gale has been married twice and to the first union was born three children, all of whom are grown to maturity. His second wife, who maiden name was Mary Dowdall, was born in Sonoma, this state, and is a member of an old and respected pioneer family. To this union have been born six children. Mr. Gale is a man of excellent personal qualities, is public-spirited and is progressive in his ideas and methods, while in his social relations he is cordial and sincere, for which reasons he stands deservedly high in public regard.




Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: Wooldridge, J. W. Major,  History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 2  Pages 323-324. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

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