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Berge T. Birk
The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
Berge T. Birk, jeweler, of Sacred Heart village, was born in Norway, June 1, 1856, son of Targus and Elizabeth M. (Sudno) Birk, both of whom died in the old country. He came to America in 1884, lived in Illinois; from there went to Day county, South Dakota, there farmed for awhile and later learned the jewelry trade, then engaged in the jewelry business in Hanley Falls, this state, until 1901, when he came to Sacred Heart and opened his present store. He has been successful, is a skilled workman, and has built up a large trade. He has been justice of the peace for the past twenty years, serving both in Hanley Falls and Sacred Heart. He is secretary of the Sacred Heart school board, and for three years has been president of the Sacred Heart Telephone Exchange.
Mr. Birk was married April 20, 1893, to Selma Dale, born in Murdock, Swift county, Minn., Oct. 2, 1875, daughter of Iver and Inga Dale, natives of Norway. The father died in 1913 at the age of sixty-seven. The mother still resides in Murdock. Mr. and Mrs. Birk are the parents of seven children: Blanche, born Sept. 4, 1894; Irene, born Nov. 2, 1896; Francis, born Jan. 23, 1901; Zeberg, born March 1, 1905; Theodore, born Nov. 11, 1907; Carl, born March 15, 1910; Ingvald, born Oct. 11, 1912.
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