Grandpa's Cabin Grandpa's Cabin

G. E. QvaleFormerly Judge G.E. Qvale’s guest cottage and playhouse located on Eagle Lake, north of Willmar, MN.  The cabin was moved to the Kandiyohi County Historical Society in 1971. The cabin exhibits outdoor life in Kandiyohi County.   The cabin is open for tours and viewing from Memorial Day through Labor Day or by appointment. Stop in and take a look!

Mr. Qvale bears the most famous name in the judicial circles of the county. For 50 years he was judge of the District Court and he was noted as the senior judge of Minnesota-no other judge has had such a long record. Also he had the record of least reversals of his decisions by the Supreme Court of the state.
Qvale was born in Norway in 1860 and came to Willmar in 1880. He was largely a self-educated man and a great student in a variety of fields. He was admitted to the bar in 1882 and was associated with Atty. Ludwig Arctander after whom Arctander Township is named. In 1883 Qvale became Judge of Probate and in 1890 held the position of County Attorney. He became District Judge in 1897 and served until his retirement in 1946.
Judge Qvale passed in 1951.

Passage taken from The Centennial History of Kandiyohi County Minnesota
Copyright 1970