Ludwig “Louis” PACHAL (1871-1925)

Louis was born in Russia in 15 September 1871. He was the son of William Frederick Pachal (1831-1918) and Amelie (Sonntag (1832-1922). He arrived in 1887 with his mother and siblings destined for Winnipeg. He and his brother, Daniel, stayed in Winnipeg and their mother and siblings joined their father in Saskatchewan. He appears to have obtained Canadian naturalization in 1894.

In Winnipeg on 01 January 1895, Louis married Barbara Riehl (1875-1941) and they had five children: Wanda Violet (1895-1992, wife of Edwin Harold Anderson), Ida (1897-1897), Lillian Barbara (1898-1985, wife of William Lovell Hull), Elsie (1899-1903), George William (1904-2001).

In 1891, Louis was working as a Teamster and by 1895 he was a carpenter and they were living on Atlantic Avenue. In 1898, he was a carpenter living at 253 Pritchard Avenue and in 1899 he was a carpenter living at 513 Young Street. He built his family home at 465 Sherbrook Street in 1901. It was a 1-½ storey home which still exists today. By 1906, they were living at 520 Sherbrook Street and then moved down the street to 651 Sherbrook to a store/house. This building caught fire on 04 May 1911 and required brigades from four fire halls, however, it burned to the ground at an estimated loss of $1,000.

In 1911, a permit was taken out to build an apartment block at 21 Sherbrook Street which was called the L.P. Court which was estimated to cost $18,000. In 1913, Louis was issued a permit to build a balcony at 108 Walnut Street. Between 1911 and 1921, the family lived at either the L.P. Court Apartment Block or the home at 108 Walnut Street. The family is noted to have owned a cottage at Lake of the Woods as it is reported in The Winnipeg Tribune in May of 1917 that the family opened their cottage. In 1921, he is found to be lodging at the Bank Hotel located at 186 McDermott Street.

Carpenter, Contractor

Louis Pachal was a resident of the north end, a carpenter turned contractor whose economic gain can be traced by his address. From the north end, he moved to a house on north Sherbrook Street and finally to a house on Walnut Street in the solidly middle-class neighbourhood of the west end.

Louis partnered with Johann Schwab who was an architect and had arrived in the city in 1901. Their business was known as Schwab and Pachal. Schwab’s architectural career in Winnipeg lasted from 1901 to 1911. Some of the buildings Schwab and Pachal built are:

  • 1903 – a large store and residential block for Dr. Trick, located on Main Street north,
  • 1904 – the German Society Building, a large brick clubhouse located at 61 Heaton Avenue in Pointe Douglas, and
  • 1905 – the Lauzon Block, a meat market and office block located at 339 William Avenue.

Louis died at Winnipeg on 07 May 1925 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.


  • Birth, Marriage and Death Registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
  • Canada Censuses (1891, 1901, 1906, 1911, 1916, 1921) Library and Archives Canada.
  • Canada, Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current.
  • Larry Gruber Family Tree,
  • Obituary, Free Press Evening Bulletin, Winnipeg, 08 May 1925, page 23.
  • Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935, Ancestry.
  • “Disfranchised by Partizans”, Manitoba Free Press, Winnipeg, 16 June 1903, page 1.
  • “Fire on Sherbrooke” The Winnipeg Tribune, 05 May 1911, page 5.
  • “Permits Total $156,800”, Manitoba Free Press, 20 May 1911, page 14.
  • “One Quarter of City’s Building Between Portage and Assiniboine”, Manitoba Free Press, 04 October 1913, page 14.
  • Historical Buildings Committee. 368-370 Edmonton Street Hoover & Town Duplex. (1984)
  • Obituary [Mrs Barbara M Paschal], The Winnipeg Tribune, 24 July 1941, page 22.
  • Obituary [ Lillian Barbara Hull], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 September 1985, page 37.
  • Obituary [Violet Paschal Anderson], Winnipeg Free Press, 31 October 1992, page D7.
  • US, Social Security Applications & Claims Index, 1936-2007, Ancestry.


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