John Berg, A Veteran Fireman, Dies
For the Last Half Century a Familiar Figure in and Around Chicago.
John Berg, one of the first fireman in the City of Chicago, died yesterday at his home, No. 181 Henry street. He was 69 years old and had lived in Chicago since 1846. He had lived forty-two years in the house in which he died and was a familiar figure to the residents of that portion of the city.
Mr. Berg became a member of the fire department in 1848 as a member of Volunteer Hose Company No. 1, with headquarters in Dearborn avenue, between Kinzie and Michigan streets. Fire Chief Swenie knew him well and expressed regret when informed of his death.
Chicago Daily Tribune
June 3, 1896
69 years 1 month 6 days
Mary Johns Berg