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Johan Axel "John" Berg
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Birth: Mar. 6, 1879
Steninge
Hallands lšn, Sweden
Death: Feb. 13, 1953
Marshall
Lyon County
Minnesota, USA

From History of Minnesota Vol V 1935

John A Berg Sheriff of Lincoln County, Has lived in this part of Minnesota nearly all his life. All classes of citizens have come to admire him as a??gorous official, and he is particularly popular among farmers, since he is one of the leading men in this agricultural county. He is a man among men, strong and resourceful, a hard worker at whatever he undertakes.

Mr Berg was born in Malmo, Sweden, March 6, 1879. He was one of the three children born in Sweden to his parents, Benedict Edward and Bertha S. Johnson. In the fall of 1882, leaving his wife and children behind, the father set out for America with the intention of supplying a home for them in the New World. During the next two and a half years he labored in the lumber woods of Michigan and in 1885 bought a tract of railroad land in Ash Lake Township of Lincoln County, Minnesota. He also sent for his family, and when they joined him he had made the preliminary improvements. Later he sold this place, after securing a preemption claim in the fall of 1888 in Shaokatan Township eight miles southwest of the county seat, Ivanhoe. This has since been known as the Berg Homestead Farm. Benedict Edward Berg was a hard worker, used intelligence in directing his work to the best advantage, and in time became one of the substantial farm owners and citizens of the county. Besides his homestead he bought another farm two miles south and two miles west of Ivanhoe, and after 1909 this was his place of residence, and it is still part of his estate. He also extended his investments to some Texas farm lands but these did not prove so profitable. at the time of his death on September 20, 1932, he was in comfortable circumstances. He died at the home of his son, Sheriff Berg, in Ivanhoe. His wife had passed away in 1917. Benedict Edward Berg found his counsel an efforts sought in community affairs. He served on the township board and for a number of years was treasurer of the school board. He voted as a Republican and for a number of years was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Swedish Lutheran Church, and helped build the church in his home community.

John A. Berg was next to the oldest of the five children of his parents. Being a boy of six years, he retains many memories of the exciting voyage when he accompanied his mother to America in 1885. They traveled direct to Lake Benton, and from there a wagon took them up to the home prepared by their father. John A. Berg attended rural schools and from boyhood has been inured to the tasks of a practical farmer. In 1903 he took up a homestead in Aitkin County in northern Minnesota. While there he married, February 27, 1906, Hilma J. Olson. She was born in Minneapolis, of Swedish parentage. Mr. Berg lived on his Aitkin homestead until he traded it for some town property in the Village of Hendricks, Lincoln County. He made this trade in 1909, he had bought the old Berg Homestead from his father, and for a quarter of a century that has been the scene of his chief efforts and enterprise as a farmer. The homestead is now conducted by his two sons, Melvin and Harry.

Mr. Berg was chosen sheriff of Lincoln County in the fall of 1930 and reelected in 1934. Economic conditions together with the drought have made his office one of difficult responsibilities. He has done his work with the purpose of upholding his oath of office and at the same time doing injustice to no one, and has exercised a rare degree of judgment in eviction and mortgage foreclosure cases.

Mr Berg has lived in southwestern Minnesota since pioneer times, and has made his contribution to the development of this section of the state. He has reared a large family, and his experience has led him to believe that hard work will cure a world of evil. He is a member of the Minnesota Sheriff's Association and the Swedish Lutheran Church. He is an independent in politics. His favorite recreations are hunting and fishing.

Mr. and Mrs. Berg became the parents of ten children, and they also have eight grandchildren: Minnie, wife of Melvin Belshiem of Ivanhoe has three children named Dean, Donald and Derald; Mamie is the wife of Marvin Thomsen, a Lincoln County farmer, and their three children are Arnold, Mavis and Beverley; Rubey is the wife of Iver Kragh, a farmer in Lincoln County, and has a daughter, Florence; Jeannetie is the wife of Frank Koopman a Lincoln County farmer, and has a son Harvey; Melvin and Harry are the sons on the old homestead; Carrol, Verna and Ellen live with their parents in Ivanhoe, and are attending school; Vernon died in infancy. 
 
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 Parents:
  Bengt Edward Berg (1850 - 1932)
  Beata Severina Johansdotter Berg (1846 - 1917)
 
 Spouse:
  Hilma Jeanette Olson Berg (1885 - 1953)*
 
 Children:
  Minnie V Berg Belshiem (1906 - 1974)*
  Mamie Bertha Caroline Berg Thomsen (1908 - 1990)*
  Ruby Florence Eleanor Berg Kragh (1909 - 1938)*
  Jeanettie A. Berg Koopman (1910 - 1986)*
  Jeanettie A Berg Koopman (1910 - 1986)*
  Melvin John-Herbert Berg (1912 - 1999)*
  Harry Edward Berg (1913 - 1974)*
  Carrol LeRoy Berg (1921 - 1972)*
  Verna Wilda Berg Kragh (1923 - 2008)*
  Vernon W Berg (1923 - 1923)*
  Ellen Valeda Berg Ericson (1927 - 1994)*
 
 Siblings:
  Hanna Bertha Berg Curtis (1876 - 1952)*
  Johan Axel Berg (1879 - 1953)
  Ernest Algot Berg (1881 - 1964)*
  Esther Josephina Berg Phipps (1886 - 1973)*
  Carl Enoch Berg (1888 - 1971)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
West Elim Cemetery
Lincoln County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: 28
 
Created by: Charles Berg
Record added: Sep 08, 2011
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Johan Axel John Berg
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Johan Axel John Berg
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Johan Axel John Berg
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