Biography of Albert N. Quale

Albert N. Quale, a prominent figure in the real estate industry, owns the Quale Land Company based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. With well-equipped offices in the Minnehaha building, he buys and sells farmlands, handles wild land and improved farms, and manages estates. Born in 1878, Quale comes from a family of pioneers who settled in Dakota Territory. He grew up on a homestead farm, received education in public schools, and embarked on a successful career in real estate after various entrepreneurial ventures. With his strong Republican Party affiliation and active involvement in social organizations like the Elks, Quale is considered a rising young leader in his native state.

ALBERT N. QUALE has well-equipped offices in the Minnehaha building, at the corner of Ninth Street and Phillips Avenue, in the city of Sioux Falls, and conducts an extensive enterprise under the title of the Quale Land Company, buying and selling farm lands in both North and South Dakota, handling wild land, improved farms, and stock ranches, negotiating exchanges and managing estates, while he also deals in improved and unimproved real estate in the various cities and towns of the state.

Albert N. Quale was born in Minnehaha County, South Dakota, on the 30th of September, 1878. This was many years prior to the segregation of the two Dakotas, which then comprised one vast territorial division of the national domain. He is the son of Torgeli T. and Agatha (Estenes) Quale, who came as pioneers to Dakota Territory in the spring of 1878. The father took up a homestead claim in Tarpi Township, Minnehaha County, and became one of the prominent and honored farmers and stock growers of this section. He and his wife still reside on the homestead, on which he has made the best of improvements, and he now owns a valuable landed estate of one hundred and sixty acres. Both he and his wife are natives of the far Norseland, having been born in Norway, where they were reared to maturity. In 1876, they set sail from Bergen, Norway, and started forth to seek their fortunes in America, landing in the port of New York in due course of time and then making their way westward to Iowa, locating in Winneshiek County, where they remained until coming to South Dakota. Of their six children, five are living, and the family is held in high estimation in the county, with whose history the name has been identified for a quarter of a century.

The subject of this review spent his youthful days on the homestead farm, early beginning to assist in its work, while his educational training was secured in the public schools. He remained on the farm until 1897 when he secured a clerkship in a mercantile establishment at Baltic. Later, he was successfully engaged in selling farming machinery and implements at Colton and Dell Rapids. Finally, he became identified with the real estate business as an employee of a firm in Brown County, and his success in this field led him to engage in the same line of enterprise on his own responsibility. Accordingly, in the winter of 1902, he came to Sioux Falls and established the Quale Land Company, being in sole control of the business. In politics, Mr. Quale is a staunch advocate of the principles of the Republican Party, and fraternally, he is identified with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He enjoys marked popularity in business and social circles and is one of the prominent and rising young men of his native state.


Robinson, Doane, History of South Dakota: together with mention of Citizens of South Dakota, [Logansport? IN] : B. F. Bowen, 1904.

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