Christian Berry

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Christian Berry

  • Birth unknown
  • Death 4 May 1898 Salome, La Paz County, Arizona, USA
  • Burial Salome, La Paz County, Arizona, USA
  • Memorial ID 33616831

Christian Berry enlisted as a private at Bear Valley, CA, Oct. 21 and was mustered into Co. H, 7 CA Inf., Dec. 9, 1864. He was posted to Ft. Mason, AZ, and discharged at Drum Barracks, CA, Mar. 1, 1866.

...On this particular day, a friend of Charles alit from the stagecoach much to Charles' surprise and joy. His name was Christian Berry.

Christian Berry, a native of Charleston, South Carolina, had enlisted as a Private in Company H, 7th Regiment California Volunteer Infantry on November 6, 1864
and mustered on December 9. He saw service in California and Forts Yuma and Mason, Arizona Territory before being discharged at Drum Barracks on March 1, 1866.

"Berry," as he was called by everyone, worked at the Vulture Mine, Wickenburg, after his discharge. The 1870 Census taken on August 20, 1870 shows him at Vulture at the time. Although it is not certain if Charles knew him from there or not.

By occupation, this five-foot, seven-inch, fair-complected and blue-eyed and blonde Southerner was a miner.

Upon arrival at Culling's Well, Christian Berry's intention was to visit with Charles for a while before continuing on his way to look for a job.

Somehow Charles persuaded him to remain at the station as an employee.

During the evening meal he had noticed the short temper of the Chinese cook, which was rather obvious. He told Charles that he had been a cook in the Army and offered to take over the kitchen duties as part of his job there. Charles and Maria were delighted and told him that the job was his. The excellent, but sullen Chinese cook quit in a fit of temper, which saved Maria the trouble of firing him.

Berry turned out to be clean and efficient and an excellent cook. He taught Maria the finer points of meal preparation. His favorite meal was barbecue. He would dig a pit in the ground, surround the interior of the pit with pre-heated rocks, then he would place a couple of large choice cuts of beef in the pit. The pit was then covered and the beef allowed to cook the entire night. In the morning the beef was extracted and it was so tender that it could be sliced with a fork. He also prepared corned beef and taught Maria how to make butter and cheese since milk was plentiful. There were always large rounds of cheese and butter on the table and large pitchers of molasses to pour over Berry's golden, flaky biscuits.


erry also helped with the heavy chores around the station and with the stock. In fact, Berry had found his place in life at Culling's Well and became the major domo, or jack-of-all-trades, of the establishment...


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  • Created by: Harold Carlton
  • Added: 7 Feb 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 33616831
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Christian Berry (unknown–4 May 1898), Find A Grave Memorial no. 33616831, citing Cullings Well Cemetery, Salome, La Paz County, Arizona, USA ; Maintained by Harold Carlton (contributor 46831637) .