Married Cora B Mertel March 24, 1897 in Davidson, Wyandotte County, Kansas. Brother to John R.
Bert was known as "Bargain Bert-The Poor Man's Friend."
He sported a large bushy mustache, had a hearty laugh and remarkable sense of humor. He owned a salvage company in Kansas City, Kansas and sold salvaged goods at a reduced price while still making a profit.
An article written about him in an issue of "American" magazine in the 1920's related that his two story building at any time of the year held a varied selection of merchandise arranged to look as if it was just thrown together, his psychology being that the average person enjoys the thrill of discovery."
His motto: "Goods that are good goods, but which may have had a little hard luck."
It was his practice to close his business for one month, with pay to his employees, to go fishing. The article quotes his poem: "I hear the music of the fish worm as he moves beneath a rock; I hear the voices of the bullhead and the pike; I hear the rumble of the pickerel as he argues with the bass; So I'll close shop, take my fishing pole, and hike."
Top photo: wedding 1900. Below: about 1920-with cigar in hand.