Biography of Ferdinand Pacal
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Ferdinand Pacal, cashier of the Farmers & Merchants Bank and a prominent figure in business circles of Weston, his connections extending to various important business enterprises, was born in Moravia, Austria, July 20, 1878, a son of John and Josephine (Horkey) Pacal, who were also natives of the same country. They left Europe and came to the United States, however, when their son Ferdinand was about five years of age and for a few months the family home was maintained on a farm near Wahoo. Subsequently they removed to Weston, where the father and mother still reside. The former was a tradesman in Austria, spending his time largely as a weaver, and after coming to America he was employed at railroad work for a time, while later he engaged in painting and paperhanging. His well directed industry, thrift and determination won him a substantial measure of success, so that he is now living retired. In his family were three children: Lewis, who was engaged in business in Omaha, where he died two years ago; Ferdinand; and John S., who is a partner of his brother Ferdinand in a drug store in Weston.

Following the removal of the family to Weston, Ferdinand Pacal pursued his education in the public schools of the town, supplemented by study in the Omaha Commercial College and the Fremont Normal College. He then took up the profession of teaching in District No. 76, Chapman township, where he remained for three years, and later he spent nine consecutive years in the schools of Weston, being regarded as one of the able educators of the county. He imparts readily and clearly to others the knowledge that he has acquired, his exposition of any subject being concise and to the point. Eventually, however, he turned his attention to the banking business and has figured in financial circles of Saunders county since the lath of April, 1910, when he accepted the position of cashier in the Farmers & Merchants Bank, succeeding M. J. Petermichel, of Valparaiso. This bank was organized August 13, 1906, with W. C. Kirchinan, of Wahoo, as the president and F. J. Kirchman, of Wahoo, as vice president. Mr. Pacal is the active manager of the business and is proving a popular official. He is always obliging and courteous and favors the patrons of the banks to the fullest extent commensurate with the safety of the institution. He is also the half owner of a drug store in Weston, in which he is a partner of his brother, and of the bank he is now one, of the stockholders. On the 27th of October, 1912, Mr. Pascal was united in marriage to Miss Nellie Madigan, a daughter of Michael Madigan, of Weston, and they are now occupying a beautiful and attractive new home which Mr. Pacal recently erected. Mrs. Pacal is a consistent and active member of the Methodist Episcopal church.

Mr. Pacal belongs to the Masonic fraternity, being affiliated with Wahoo Lodge, No. 99. He is also identified with the Knights of Pythias at Weston and with the Ancient Order of United Workmen and the Royal Neighbors of Weston. In politics he has ever been an earnest republican and on the occasion when be was a candidate for the office of county clerk he was defeated by only thirty eight votes. For thirteen consecutive years he has served as town clerk of Weston and while he was serving as city clerk the town voted the city water bonds. He is also secretary of the board of education, which is now building a new schoolhouse in Weston at a cost of twenty thousand dollars. A musician of marked ability and talent, he organized the band at Weston and has also been the organizer of bands elsewhere. There are few phases of the public life of his community with which Mr. Pacal has not been identified and his interests and activities are always upon the side of progress and improvement. His position is never an equivocal one. He takes an active stand for what he believes to be for the best interests of the community and his labors have been far reaching and beneficial.

From:
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
Vol. II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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