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Hans Hansen Berg

  • Birth 7 Dec 1839 Raufoss, Vestre Toten kommune, Oppland fylke, Norway
  • Death 17 Jan 1909 Climax, Polk County, Minnesota, USA
  • Burial Climax, Polk County, Minnesota, USA
  • Memorial ID 57390337

One of the Old Ones in Sand Hill Congregation Has Died

Hans H. Berg died on the 17th of January 1909. He was born in West Toten, Norway, on the 7th of December 1839, so he was 69 years old, one month, and ten days. He was married to Trine Thompson in the summer of 1864 by Post Magelsen in West Toten. In 1867, they immigrated to America. After a long and difficult voyage, they came to Freeborn County, Minnesota. During the first summer, Mr. Berg worked for three months for the pay of $50, and his wife worked under the same man for food. In Freeborn they stayed for six years. On the 12th of June 1873, they moved from Freeborn County together with Peter A. Thompson—Mrs. Berg's brother—and the undersigned—married to Mrs. Berg's sister.

They moved to the Red River Valley. Ole O. Estenson, who came to Red River in 1871, went on a trip to Freeborn County and he became the above-mentioned fellow traveler. The travelers came to the town of Vineland in Polk County, Mr. O. Estenson's home, on the 8th of July the same year. Here Berg lived till he died. In the fall of 1884, his wife died from cancer. They had no children. At Christmas 1885, Berg was married to Severine Hanstad who survives him. In this marriage were born the following children: Karl Henrik, who died at 3 months old; Karine, Hilda Theresa, Emma, Sara, Hans Theodor, Laura Margrethe and Hanna Sofie; the youngest is 7 ½ years old.

Mr. Berg had many offices both in the town and in the congregation. For several years, he was on the town board; school treasurer from the time District No. 6 was organized in Vineland until he died, a time span of 30 years. The first congregation meeting that was held in Sand Hill Congregation after Berg had arrived in Red River was on the 25th of October, 1873. Berg, as well as his fellow travelers from Freeborn, entered the above-mentioned congregation which at that time was served by Pastor B. Hagebo. Sand Hill Congregation was organized on the 12th of June, 1872, by Hagebo, so it was a little more than a year since it was started. Berg was during this meeting elected trustee. He has for all that time had one office of the other in the congregation. While the church work was going on, he was chairman of the building committee and deacon. Every task that was given him he did with great faithfulness.

The congregation has lost a faithful worker, a nice neighbor, and a faithful friend. But the worst loss is felt by the family he left. They are now mourning the loss of a faithful husband and a dear father. However, our loss is his gain; the rest is well deserved. He died from kidney illness. Last summer and fall he went down gradually. He said to the friends who saw him that he was now going to put down his "wandering stick." He was happy to think of death as he believed himself saved by the blood. Not quite two weeks he was linked to the bed.

His spiritual leader, Pastor O. N. Bergh, visited him when he was ill, the last time some days before his death. He then asked Pastor Bergh to greet his friends and say that he was dying as a believer in God's son. There is a holy rest ahead for God's people.

The 26th of January his dust was laid to rest in the Sand Hill Congregation's cemetery. A beautiful day it was. And there were many who joined the funeral processions. The undersigned spoke in the home and the pastor of the congregation gave the funeral sermon in the church and had the service at the grave. The text of the sermon in the church was taken from Luke 2:25-32. He admonished the people to go to God's house like old Simon and there find peace for their souls while it is still today.

His earlier spiritual advisor, Pastor H. J. Willesvik happened to be there, and he also said some words at the service. It was not only a day of mourning but, in the deepest sense of the word, a "holiday" for Sand Hill Congregation, as we have the hope that our friend Jesus has taken him to the place where he, in undisturbed pleasure, can sing "The New Song of the Lamb."

On behalf of the family of the deceased, everybody who was there is thanked heartily for the sympathy both during the illness and at the funeral. Especially, we thank Pastor Bergh for his visits to the sickbed as well as coming to the funeral. Peace be with his dust and blessed by Hans Berg's memory! (written by H. H. Bangen)

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  • Maintained by: Nancy Stout
  • Originally Created by: Maureen
  • Added: 20 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 57390337
  • Nancy Stout
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Hans Hansen Berg (7 Dec 1839–17 Jan 1909), Find A Grave Memorial no. 57390337, citing Sand Hill Lutheran Church Cemetery, Climax, Polk County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Nancy Stout (contributor 47697610) .