|Birth: ||Jun. 9, 1827|
|Death: ||May 4, 1895|
Jo Daviess County
Biographical Sketch of Anton Berger, from Jo Daviess County, Illinois Biographical Dictionary, 1889
Anton Berger. For the past twenty-one years the subject of this sketch has lived upon his present farm in West Galena Township. He has 187 acres of fertile land, the most of which is under a good state of cultivation, and provided with the necessary buildings. He carries on general farming and stock-raising, and makes a specialty of small fruits and vegetables. He is also a natural mechanic of no mean skill. He has operated as a market gardener since coming to this place, and prior to this followed carpentering and miscellaneous work of this kind for four years. He has been a resident of Jo Daviess County since the year 1853, and has borne no unimportant part in its growth and development.
The native place of our subject, was the Grand Duchy of Baden, Germany, where he was born June 9, 1827, his early home being near the city of Strassburg. He is of French parentage, although his ancestry traced their descent to Germany, and usually spoke that language. Ignace Berger, the father of our subject, was also a native of Baden, and a farmer by occupation—the son of Andrew Berger, who spent his entire life on a farm near Strassburg. The latter lived to the advanced age of eighty-six years, and his wife, a German lady, lived to be seventy years old. They belonged to the German Catholic Church.
The father of our subject was reared to agricultural pursuits, and in early manhood married Miss Uplona Kenniger, who was of ancestry similar to that of her husband, and was also reared near Strassburg. They spent their entire lives not far from the place of their birth, the mother dying at the age of fifty-six years, and the father when eighty-eight years old. They likewise belonged to the German Catholic Church. To them there were born three children only, who all came to America: Catherina is now the wife of Berhart Rosenacher, and it is supposed is residing in either Virginia or West Virginia; Ignace Jr., married Miss Mary reicker, and settled some where in the South; Anton was the youngest child, and remained with his father until a man of twenty-six years. He then decided to seek his fortunes in America, and embarked at Havre, France, Feb. 22, 1853, on the sailing vessel "Isabella," landing forty-seven days later at New Orleans. He sojourned in the Crescent City a short time, and on the 6th of June came to this county, via the Mississippi River. Soon afterward he began learning the trade of carpenter. On the 3rd of July, 1857, he was married to Miss Caroline L. Clepp. This lady was born in Wurtemburg, Germany, Feb. 27, 1838, and is the daughter of Charles and Christina (Nefzer) Clepp, who are still living on a farm near Ludwigberg, in their native Germany, near the place where they were born, reared, educated, and married. They are now quite ages, although healthy and active, and members in good standing of the Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Berger came alone to America in 1856, when a young woman. The voyage consumed forty-six days, and she landed in New York City, coming thence directly westward to Galena, Ill. She had received a good education in her native tongue, and maintained herself until her marriage. This union resulted in the birth of twelve children, three of whom are deceased: Caroline died when a babe of three months; Rosa became the wife of John Deininger, and died at her home in East Galena Township, in 1884. A sketch of Mr. Deininger will be found on another page in this volume. Hannah died when three months old; Minnie is the wife of Henry Platt, and they live on a farm in Cass County, Dak.; Anna married Charles Peters, a carpenter by trade, and they are living in Galena; Frederick is at home; Charles is farming in Cass County, Dak.; Lizzie, Carrie, Anton, William, and Eddie remain at home with their parents. Mr. Berger, politically, votes the straight Republican ticket, and has held the various local offices; both he and his estimable wife are highly respected in their community, and the family is numbered among its representative people. He and his family are members of the Lutheran Church.
A view of the home place of Mr. Berger is given on another page in this volume.
Jo Daviess County
Created by: Jay Stienstra
Record added: Mar 17, 2012
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