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Updated: 18 August 2010

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Connection to the Adams family: Carroll Irving Gale married Hyldred Eunice Adams.

If you have information, photographs, diaries, family history, etc. on the Gale and related families please contact Jim Adams at adamsmckain @ gmail.com

The Gale/Spencer family tree at ancestry.com goes back to Henry Gale who was born between 1670 - 1690 in Yorkshire, England.

Charles Irving Gale (16 Feb 1865 in Brooklyn Heights, NY - 05 Aug 1934 in Benton Harbor, MI) married Floy Van Dusen (07 May 1870 - 01 Nov 1937 in Benton Harbor, MI). They had 8 children:
1. Lillis Adelaide Gale (1893 - 1967)
2. Frank Van Dusen Gale (1897 - 1921)
3. Willis Sperry Gale (1902 - 1983)
4. Charles Kenneth Gale (1906 - 1907)
5. Carroll Irving Gale (16 Nov 1895 - 1988). Carroll Irving Gale married Hyldred Eunice Adams (22 Dec 1900 - 09 Feb 1985) on 31 Dec 1923 at the Adams home in Marcellus, Cass, MI. They had two children:

1. Howard Adams Gale (19 Jan 1929 - 19 Jul 1951) married Jeanette Chalus.

2. Barbara Lucille Gale

Irving Gales Retire

(01 July 1966)
  After 43 years of counting dimes and dollars, Mr. Irving Gale retires July 1 from his position as Assistant Secretary and Manager of the Watervliet Branch of Peoples Savings and Loan Association.

  Last week both Mr. and Mrs. Gale were feted at a retirement dinner. Mrs. Gale is also retiring, after 10 years with the Watervliet branch of Peoples Savings. Honoring the Gales were employees of the main office and branches of the company. The dinner was served in the lobby of the new Watervliet building.

   On behalf of the Association, Mr. Merle Durren, president, presented the Gales with a color TV set. Fellow workers presented them with personal gifts, including luggage.

  Millions of dollars in other people's money have been handled by Mr. Gale since he took his first job in the Benton Harbor State Bank back in 1923. After 15 years there he moved to Greenville, Michigan, and then to Coloma State Bank, where he spent the years from 1940 to 1952. In 1952 he joined the Peoples Savings Association in Benton Harbor, going to the Fairplain office as branch manager when it opened. When he transferred to the Watervliet branch as manager in 1956 one of his new employees was his wife, who says she found her husband a good boss both at home and at work.
  Mrs. Gale had been a home economics teacher in Benton Harbor when she was married, and although she never took a full time job while raising her family, she substituted in Benton Harbor, Watervliet and Coloma.

  The Gales have a daughter, Barbara, who lives with her parents. She is a graduate nurse from Bronson Hospital, Kalamazoo, and received her Bachelors degree in nursing from Wayne State University. She is teaching practical nursing at Lake Michigan College.

  They lost their son, Howard, by a tragic death in 1951, only six weeks after his marriage and graduation from Michigan State University.

  Mr. Gale loved children as well as his other customers and counted many of them as his friends. The Gales recalled with special interest the children's window at the Watervliet branch office and some of the amusing incidents that occurred at it. In looking back at unusual experiences in their years of caring for other people's money, they admitted that the five months of operating in a garage while the new Watervliet office was being built was about the most trying, but amusing in retrospect.

  Mrs. Gale laughed at the picture her husband made wheeling the money and necessary papers for the day's business in a little cart from the vault, which was the one part of the old building incorporated in the new. A pink plastic tablecloth was carefully placed over the top of the precious merchandise in case of rain or wind. Actually, they have been in the new building less than a year; just long enough, Mrs. Gale remarked, to get things organized.

  The Gales look forward to their retirement both with sadness and relief. They have made many friends during their eyars of service and have enjoyed meeting the public, but they are looking forward to busy days ahead, and it will seem good not to begin every morning with an alarm clock.

  The two middle weeks of July they plan to spend on a trip with their daughter. In August, Mrs. Gale's sister and two grandchildren from Reno, Nevada, whom they have not seen for 13 years, will visit here. They hope to find more time for garden work, both flowers and vegetables, and perhaps a winter in the south. The customers who have enjoyed the plants around the new branch wonder who will keep them beautiful now, for the Gales had cared for the plants in addition to regular duties.

  During the 26 year residency at Coloma both Mr. and Mrs. Gale have entered into the life fo the community. Mr. Gale is a member of the American Legion, always marching in the Memorial Day parade, until this year when  World War I veterans rode in private cars. Though preferring to walk he joined the group. He has sung in the choir of the Congregational Church, of which they are members, and observed that he had sung in choirs for more years than he had been in the money business, and was not retiring from this hobby. He is also a member of the Lions Club and hasn't missed a meeting for the last 9 years.

  Mrs. Gale is an active member of the Cloverleaf Club and looks forward to resuming a more active part in the Women's Fellowship of the church.

Irving Gale, 86, chosen Coloma Lion of Year
Watervliet Record -- 24 June 1982
At the age of 86, Irving Gale has never missed a single meeting of the Coloma Lions since he became a charter member 25 years ago. During an installation dinner held at the Sweet Cherry Resort, Gale was named Coloma Lion of the Year, on Thursday, June 11. Throughout his many years of dedicated service to the organization, Gale served as Chaplain.

Gale is still very active, he drives a car, helps his wife do many things around their home, attends church regularly, and tends to a very healthy sized batch of red raspberries that adorn a large garden that he attends to at their home.

In 1966 at the age of 71, Gale retired from the Watervliet branch of the People's Savings Association. Gale worked for the Savings Association and served as the branch's first manager for 10 years before his retirement.

Before his organization of the Watervliet branch, Gale served the Coloma State Bank and its customers for another 10 years. He was previously employed at the Benton Harbor State Bank.

Throughout Gale's service in banking and with the Lions, and the American Legion, he has shown a true interest in the welfare of his fellow man.

Gale has lived in the Coloma area for the past 30 years and will celebrate his 60th wedding anniversary with his wife next year.

Gale has also served as legion commander with both the Coloma and Benton Harbor Posts where he is a life long member and his wife is a life long member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Gale's wife is also a dedicated member of the Coloma Lioness Club.

Gale has truly been a man of caring for the entire 86 years of his colorful life here in the local area.


Gale Obituaries

C. Irving Gale
Coloma -- The funeral for C. Irving Gale, 92, retired bank manager, who died Sunday at Shoreham Terrace Nursing Home, St. Joseph, will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Coloma, of which he was a member.

Burial will be in Coloma Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Davidson Chapel of Florin Funeral Service, Coloma. Memorials may be made to the church: Midway Baptist Church, Watervliet; Coloma Lions Club; or the Coloma Ambulance Fund.

A former Coloma resident, Mr. Gale was born Sept. 16, 1895, in Prentice, Wis. In 1966, he retired as manager of Peoples Savings Association in Watervliet. He was formerly employed by Benton Harbor State Bank and Coloma State Bank. He was also a retired insurance agent and at one time was principal and botany instructor at Stanton High School in Stanton, Mich.

He was a graduate of Western Michigan University and Northland College of Ashland, Wis., where he was a member of the glee club. He was a former member of the Drum and Bugle Corps of Benton Harbor.

He was a charter member of the Coloma Lions Club, where he served as chaplain for 34 years. He was named Lion of the Year in 1982. He was an Army veteran of World War I, and was a life member and past post commander in 1942 and 1943 of trhe American Legion Post 362, Coloma. In 1986, he received the Diamond Jubilee Certificate by the National Department of the American Legion in recognition of 60 continuous years of membership in the legion.

Survivors include a brother, Grant of Grinnell, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hyldred in 1985; and a son, Howard in 1951.

Correction: In Tuesday's obituary notice for C. Irving Gale, 92, a former Coloma resident who died Sunday, his daughter, Barbara Gale of Coloma was inadvertently omitted by the funeral home.