|Birth: ||Apr. 18, 1849|
|Death: ||Dec. 11, 1930|
Orlando DeKalb Berryhill was born in Arkansas and received his early education in the public schools of Arkansas and Missouri. In 1875, when about sixteen years of age, he arrived in the Golden State without money or experience, his chief assets being a clear mind, a strong and healthy body, and a firm determination to win success.
His first employment was secured at Santa Rosa, where he worked one year in a rock quarry. Subsequently he moved to the San Joaquin Valley, settled in Tulare County and engaged in grain-raising, beginning with 160 acres, and continuing in the business for fifteen years.
In 1897, he entered the raisin business and has continued in this industry ever since. His first purchase of vine land consisted of eighty acres, later he bought forty acres more, which he set out to vines, and upon which ranch he is now residing. Subsequently he purchased sixty acres from the Sacramento Bank, which place he afterwards sold. At present, O. D. Berryhill owns fifty acres devoted to grapes, and his wife has a vineyard of fifty-five acres which yields a fine crop of grapes.
On June 12, 1879, O. D. Berryhill was united in marriage with Miss Angelina Myers, a native of Missouri, who migrated to California in 1875, and the daughter of Conrad Myers. This union was blessed with seven children: Herbert F. ; Eugene A.: Edith; Mrs. Henry Estes ; Homer L.:Claude Chalmers; Leonard R. ; and Gussie. Leonard R. and Claude C. both demonstrated their patriotism by answering their country's call to the colors and saw over a year's service in France, in the Aviation Corps of the United States Army.
Leonard R. entered the service in December, 1917, and for abilitv was promoted to the rank of corporal. Claude C was mustered into service in July, 1917, and trained on Long Island, N. Y. and was made a sergeant for capable service. Both brothers were ordered for overseas duty, going at different times, and were united in France.
corrections and additions to the 1919 biography:
Leonard R. entered the service in November, 1917.
And for ability was promoted to the rank of
Zoa Alice 10 Mar 1880-31 Oct 1886
Herbert Floyd 22 Oct 1881-08 Nov 1941
Eugene Austin 15 Oct 1883-o6 Jul 1963
Edith Josephine 20 Sep 1885-10 Sep 1964
Homer Lee 01 Apr 1888-25 Sep 1950
Claude Clemuel 18 Jan 1892- 22 May 1963
Leonard Raymond 05 May 1895-25 Mar 1968
Augusta Pauline 02 Aug 1898-1985
additional info supplied by Lon Berryhill
Melissa Angelina Myers Berryhill (1859 - 1923)
Zoa Alice Berryhill (1880 - 1886)*
Eugene Austin Berryhill (1884 - 1963)*
Homer Lee Berryhill (1888 - 1950)*
Leonard R. Berryhill (1895 - 1968)*
Created by: Lester Letson
Record added: Apr 23, 2008
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