Memorable Manitobans: Louis A. Pachal (1871-1925)
Building contractor, carpenter.
Born on 15 September 1871, in what would later become Poland, he immigrated to Canada in 1884 and came to Winnipeg by 1891 to work as a teamster. He then became as a carpenter and building contractor, including building his own residence at 465 Elgin Avenue where he lived (1901-c1902). In April 1901, he partnered with architect Johann Schwab on several projects under the name of Schwab & Pachal. Though the partnership was formally dissolved in January 1902, he continued to work with Schwab in the following years.
On 1 January 1895, he married Barbara Maria Riehl (1875-1941) at Winnipeg and they had five children: Wanda Patricia “Violet” [Paschal] Pachal (1895-1992, wife of Edwin Harold Addy Anderson), Ida Pachal (1897-1897), Lily Barbara “Lillian” Pachal (1898-1985, wife of William Lovell Hull), Elsie Pachal (1899-1903), and George William Pachal (1904-?). Early on, the family lived at 41 Austin Street (1897) and 253 Pritchard (c1899).
He took up residence at 520 Ross Avenue (1906-c1907) and 651 Sherbrook (c1909-1911), the latter which burned to the ground on 4 May 1911. Next, he moved into his newly completed apartment block named L. P. Court at 21 Sherbrook Street, splitting the following few years there (1911-1912 and c1915-1917) and at 108 Walnut Street (c1913-1914). In late May 1917 he, along with his daughter Lillian and son-in-law William, opened their Lake of the Woods cabin for the season. In 1921, he resided alone at the Bank Hotel (186 McDermot Avenue).
Some of his building works in Manitoba included:
Birth [Wanda Pachal, Elsa Pachal, Ida Pachal, Lily Pachal, George William Pachel], marriage [Violet Pachal and Edwin Harold Addy Anderson, Lillian Pachal and William Lovell Hull], and death [Ida Pachal, Elsie Pachal, Louis Pachal, Barbara Maria Paschal] registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Death registrations [Violet Patricia Anderson], British Columbia Vital Statistics.
1901, 1906, & 1911 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.
1891, 1916, & 1921 Canada censuses, Library and Archives Canada.
“City and general [An infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. Pachal],” Daily Nor'Wester, 4 May 1897, page 6.
“Big price for realty,” Winnipeg Morning Telegram, 24 October 1903, page 8.
“Action by a township [Pachal vs Bryant],” Winnipeg Morning Telegram, 11 February 1904, page 5.
“Legal - Ritchie vs Crump,” Winnipeg Tribune, 12 June 1908, page 7.
“Permits total $156,800,” Manitoba Free Press, 20 May 1911, page 14.
“Fire on Sherbrook,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 May 1911, page 5.
“Anderson-Pachal,” Winnipeg Tribune, 15 February 1916, page 6.
“The social side of life [The marriage of Miss Lilian Pachal ...],” Winnipeg Tribune, 7 November 1916, page 11.
“Mr. and Mrs. L. Pachal [...],” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 May 1917, page 11.
“Vital statistics,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 8 May 1925, page 18.
Death notice [Paschal], Winnipeg Tribune, 25 July 1941, page 25.
Obituary [Mrs. L. R. Paschal], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 July 1941, page 2.
Obituary [Mrs. Barbara M. Paschal], Winnipeg Tribune, 24 July 1941, page 22.
Winnipeg estate files (ATG 0025A), #29223 - Barbara Pascshal, GR4864, Archives of Manitoba.
Obituary [Lillian Barbara Hull], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 September 1985, page 37.
Obituary [Violet Paschal Anderson], Winnipeg Free Press, 1 November 1992, page C8.
Business Names Registration files (CCA 0062), 2527 - Schwab & Pachal, GR13054, Archives of Manitoba.
City of Winnipeg Building Permit 54/1900, City of Winnipeg Archives.
City of Winnipeg Building Permit 968/1906, City of Winnipeg Archives.
City of Winnipeg Building Permit 1520/1907, City of Winnipeg Archives.
City of Winnipeg Building Permit 1272/1911, City of Winnipeg Archives.
Brookside Cemetery burial transcriptions [Pasachal], City of Winnipeg.
Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.Error processing SSI file
We thank Jordan Makichuk for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 2 October 2023