CALE, Mahala Ann (Freel) (1876-1945)


Wibaux Pioneer Gazette Obituary

On Saturday afternoon last, funeral services were held in the local Christian Fundamental Church, at 2 o’clock p.m. with Rev. Goossen in charge, for Mrs. Wm. Cale, who passed away Thursday at the Beach Hospital where she had been receiving medical attention for the past several months, a sufferer of heart trouble and complications.

At the funeral services Mrs. E. Goosen, accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Glen Scammon sang “What a Friend We Have In Jesus” “Abide With Me” and “Beautiful Ise of Somewhere” favorite hymns of the deceased. Pall Bearers were Frankie Beeler, Piesik, Arley Helvik, Meril Wheeler, Glenn McCabe and Ray Eisenbart.

Interment occurred in the local cemetery following the services.

Mahala Freel daughter of Amos Freel was born July 15th, 1876 and passed away May 31st, 1945, in the Beach Hospital.

She was united in marriage to William Cale in 1892 and three years ago Mr. and Mrs. Cale celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary on their farm south of Wibaux.

Mr. and Mrs. Cale and family came to Montana in 1908 and settled on a homestead south of Wibaux, which has been their home ever since. Through hard work and perseverance they raised a family of three sons and two daughters, and were sturdy pioneers of Wibaux County. Mr. and Mrs. Cale were always willing to be of help to anyone in sickness and trouble and were leaders in community affairs of their neighborhood.

When still a young girl Mahala Cale was received into the Fellowship of the Methodist Church, and kept that Faith to the end.

Two children, born to Mr. and Mrs. Cale died in infancy, one son Willard Cale passed away in 1933.

Two sons, Fred A., who is in Wisconsin and William “Bus” of Wibaux, two daughters Mrs. Rube Beeler, and Mrs. Ethel Datta, the widower, William Cale and 13 grandchildren all of Wibaux survive.

One grandson, Gene, was raised in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cale.

The community was deeply grieved to learn Thursday that she had passed away. She had been ill for sometime but through her plucky way on several occasions she would improve enough to return to her home again. But after entering the hospital this past winter her condition remained precarious unto the end.

The Wibaux Pioneer-Gazette extend to Mr. Cale and family and other relatives deep sympathy in their sorrow.

(Date of death, May 31, 1945, submitted by

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