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Berger S. Berger
The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
Berger S. Berger was born in Norway and there married Martha Ingebretson. In the early fifties they started for America, and after a long and tiresome voyage of fourteen weeks reached Quebec. They were then childless, two of their children having died in Norway and one on the ocean. From Quebec, Mr. and Mrs. Berger started by way of the lakes and canals and came to Muskegon, Michigan. Here they became sick with the cholera. When they were well they left for Iowa and then went to Nebraska. There they found the Indians very hostile and they were soon back in Iowa, having driven 300 miles in six weeks, in many places over corduroy roads, in an uncovered wagon, whose wheels were round disks of wood cut from trees. They left town in 1872 and came to Sacred Heart township, Renville county, where they homesteaded in section 14 and also obtained a tree claim. A log house was built, 14 by 14 feet, with board floor and sod roof. Once it caught fire and water had to be carried to put it out and even all the milk on hand was used. The nearest market was at Willmar, which was reached by ox team. Oftentimes the corn was gound in the coffee mill. Mr. Berger was the first thresher in the county and began with a horse power machine. He developed and improved his farm, erecting modern buildings and increasing the farm to 320 acres. There were six children in the family: Edward, Benjamin, Ingeborg, Sever, Matilda and Hans. The family were members of the Lutheran church and the early services of the church were held in his log cabin. He helped organize this church. He died in 1902 at the age of seventy-eight years and his wife died in 1901 at the age of seventy-four years.
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