502 Fuller Avenue
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parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and great-great grandparents
all lived in Helena. I am sending you a couple of pictures of
my Great uncle's (Joe Gabel) machine shop which was located
at 502 Fuller Ave. When he bought the business, in the early
part of the 1900s, it was called "Western Foundry &
Machine Works" until my uncle changed the name to "Gabel's
Machine Works". He probably purchased the business around
1910 and the business was there for many decades. The pictures
I have enclosed show the doorway to the Western Foundry with
Joseph Gabel on the left and Elmer Wallace -- my grandfather,
who worked there as a machinist all his life.
at 502 Fuller was originally the home of the John Stedman Foundry,
which moved there from Clore Street (now Park Avenue) about
1884. The Stedman Foundry cast the façade for the 1888
"Iron Front" building (Windsor Hotel) at 415 North
Last Chance Gulch. The foundry moved west of Helena, to just
east of the Kessler Brewery, around 1892. For more about the
Stedman Foundry, go here.
I am uncertain
when Western Foundry first occupied the Stedman buildings on
Views of Gabel's Machine Works
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on the right; Elmer Wallace (father of June Virag) in the middle.
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picture is inside Gabel's Machine Works. In that picture, Joseph
Gabel, the owner, is wearing the nice derby hat with his hand
on his hip. My grandfather, Elmer Wallace, is next to Joe on
his left (or third from the right).
I am also
sending the front and back from a small note pad they used advertising
Gabel's Machine Works.
Gabel retired in 1945, the building served various functions.
In 1951, it was Barney's Auto Repair; in 1956 A. W. Berge Co.
Auto Repair. The building was vacant for quite some time before
it was pulled down in 1966.
of Gabel Machine Works Buildings, 1951
OF KATHRYN FEHLIG
thanks to Jan Fusco, June Virag and Loretta Wallace Smith
for sharing their photos and history!