|Birth: ||Apr. 25, 1907|
North Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 31, 1995|
Fern Enid Emch, daughter of James Herbert "Bert" Emch (1877-1973) and Della E. (nee Cook) Emch (1877-1974). She was born on 25 April 1907, on her parents' homestead near Leith, North Dakota and died in January 1995 at Ft. Wayne, Indiana. She was buried in the Glenwood Cemetery in Roanoke, Indiana next to her husband. Fern taught school right after graduating herself. In those days all you need to be a teacher was a 6th grade or higher education. One of the stories told was how she got tired of some of the boys coming to school with long hair, which clearly was not fashionable at the time and so she took her scissors to school and after class started giving the boys hair cuts. She proved so good at it that she that some of the neighbors started showing up for hair cuts after school. Later she attended a Teacher's College before returning to the teaching profession.
In 1934, Fern moved to Grass Creek, Indiana to live with her elderly uncle William Rea Torrence. While visiting relatives in Columbia City, Indiana she met her future husband. She married on 26 December 1936, Louis "Siz" Hilford Berry (1897-1978), and is buried in the Glenwood Cemetery in Roanoke, Indiana. He was a local barber. After married, Fern got a job at the Blue Bell Overall Factory in Columbia City where she became as supervisor and worked until 1946.
By then she and Louis had moved to Roanoke, Indiana and she went to work for the Denbo Canning Factory in Roanoke. For about a year or so starting in about 1949, she tried her luck at managing a grocery store in Tri-Lakes. Afterwards she went to work for the Roanoke Review newspaper's printing office as a proof reader. Fern went to California in 1957, to visit relatives and on the return trip the train she was on got stuck in a snow drift and became snow bound outside of Missler, Kansas on Saturday, 23 March. Fern became somewhat of a heroin having grown up in North Dakota and knowing a thing or two about surviving in cold weather and helped care of the passengers until rescued by the National Guard on Monday, 25 March. From 1968 until 1974, she was the Roanoke town clerk and treasurer.
James Herbert Emch (1877 - 1973)
Della E. Cook Emch (1877 - 1974)
Louis H Berry (1897 - 1978)
Created by: Gerald von Kamrath
Record added: Mar 08, 2012
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