|Birth: ||Oct. 14, 1876|
|Death: ||Jul. 3, 1965|
Frank died at age 88.
Born to German American parents, Frank was a life long farmer in the Mercer county region. Frank's father, Stephen, purchased a farm for each of his son's around the time they were starting out on their own. He purchased the 80 acre farm for Frank from Henry Leugers estate in 1902 for $5,032. The main farm and log house was on the south side of Huwer Rd. and the corner of Homan Rd. Stephen transferred it to Frank on December 18, 1907. Frank grew the farm to about 260 acres over time before transferring 130 acres to his son Stephen and his brothers Leo, Herman, Robert, and Andrew. The main farm stayed in the Bergman family until the the last remaining unmarried son, Leo, moved to a nursing home. The farm was sold on May 7, 1988.
Most of the Bergman boys, although they lived at the main farmhouse their whole life, had other farms throughout Maria Stein and Mercer county. Frank bought a farm not only for each of his sons, but one for each of his daughters as well. This is astonishing not only because it was probably more support than most fathers would give a daughter at the time, but also because it was in the middle of the great depression!
Farming was important to the Bergman family. Frank often put it before education. During harvest and other times, the children might not have had a chance to go to school.
"Low German," a German dialect, was spoken in the home although the Bergman children were also fluent in English. It is unclear how much English Elizabeth and Frank spoke. At the time, pretty much every one in Mercer county was German anyway, so speaking English might have been needless in the region.
He married Elizabeth Puthoff, who precedes him in death.
Frank had a stroke a few years before his death. He also suffered from Type II diabetes like several of his sons and likely his daughter Cecelia if she had lived into old age.
Surviving is a daughter, Regina Albers.
FROM THE MINSTER COMMUNITY POST Thursday, July 8, 1965:
Wednesday Rites for Frank Bergman
Frank Bergman, 89, of R.R.1 Maria Stein, died Saturday, July 3, at 6:32 p.m. at Otis Hospital in Celina. He had been ailing for long time, and died from infirmities of old age.
Mr. Bergman was born October 14, 1876, in Maria Stein, the son of Stephen and Anna (Evers) Bergman. In 1903 he married Elizabeth Puthoff who preceded him in death on February 16, 1941. Surviving are six sons, Stephen, Leo, Robert, Herman, Andrew, and Michael, all of Maria Stein; and two daughters, Mrs. Ferd (Catherine) Grieshop of Minster and Mrs. John (Regina) Albers of Chickasaw. Likewise surviving are four brothers, George, Joseph, and Lawrence of Maria Stein and August of Osgood, and one sister, Mrs. Rose Meiring of St. Marys. He also had 23 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Mr. Bergman was a member of the Holy Name Society and belonged to the St. Rose Church where services were conducted for him at a Requiem High Mass Wednesday, at 10 a.m. The Reverend Clements Goubeaux officiated at the Mass and at the burial which followed at the St. Rose cemetery.
The N.J. Hogenkamp Sons funeral home in Minster had charge of the arrangements.
Stephen Bergman (1852 - 1932)
Anna Mary Evers Bergman (1856 - 1922)
Elizabeth Puthoff Bergman (1878 - 1941)*
Stephen C Bergman (1904 - 1986)*
Leo D Bergman (1906 - 1990)*
Catherine R Bergman Grieshop (1907 - 1994)*
Robert F Bergman (1910 - 1970)*
Herman J Bergman (1910 - 1988)*
Regina Rose Bergman Albers (1912 - 2007)*
Cecelia B Bergman Steinlage (1916 - 1960)*
Andrew G. Bergman (1917 - 1976)*
Michael J Bergman (1920 - 1982)*
Henry A Bergman (1875 - 1962)*
Frank Bergman (1876 - 1965)
Mary Anna Bergman (1878 - 1946)*
John Theodore Bergman (1881 - 1961)*
George C Bergman (1883 - 1980)*
Joseph C Bergman (1886 - 1969)*
Rosa P. Bergman Meiring (1889 - 1971)*
Lawrence B Bergman (1892 - 1970)*
August H Bergman (1896 - 1981)*
Saint Rosa Catholic Cemetery
Maintained by: A. Chronicler
Originally Created by: Mike Dearbaugh
Record added: Mar 31, 2007
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