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William H Berger


Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 4/21/2010 at 15:27:29

William H Berger, who carries on general agricultural pursuits, now owns and operates a farm of 160 acres on section 29, Amaqua township. The apprearance of the place indicates his practical and progressive spirit. The fields give promise of good harvests, buildings are kept in repair and all work is done on time, there being no needless delay or waste of energy.Mr Berger is a native of Kankakee county, Illinois. He was born December 16, 1880 of the marriage of Gustav and Louise (Appel) Berger, who were natives of Germany. In early life the father and mother came to the United States with their respective parents, and Gustav Berger worked upon the home farm for his father until he had attained his majority, when he started out in life on his own account. He took up the ooccupation to which he had been reared and for a time cutivated rented land, but eventually saved enough money to enable him to purchase property. He then bought a farm in Kanakakee county, Illionois, and has since owned and operated it. He also owns 160 acres of section 20, Amaqua township, Boone county.
His son, William H Berger, whose name introduces this review was reared and educated in Kankakee and La Salle counties, Illinois, and remained with his parents until twenty-three years of age, when he started an independent business career by renteing land in Kankakee county. He operated that farm for two years and then came to Boone county, where he cultivated his father's farm in Amaqua township for seven years. He next purchased 160 acres, constituting his preset farm on section 29 Amaqua townshihp, lying just across the road from his father's place. This spendidly improved and was formerly the proerty of C H Last of Beaver. Since making the purchase Mr Berger has concentrated his energies upon its further development with good results. Timely spring planting and careful resutt in the production of good harvest, and for his crops he finds a ready sale on the market. He is also a stockholder in the Beaver Cooperative Company of Beaver.
Mr Berger was married in February 1906, to Miss Rose Guhl, a daugther of Mr and Mrs Michael Guhl, who were naties of Germany and became pioner settlers of Kankakee county, Illinois. Mr Guhl is a mason and still follows that trade at Bonfield, Illinois. Mr and Mrs Berger became the parents of two children: Luella F now six years of age, and Bonita, who died September 5, 1913 at the age of three years. The religiuos faith of the parents is that of the German Lutheran church, while the political belief of Mr Berger is that of the republican party. He is now serving his third year as trustee of this township and cooperates in many movements relative to the welfare and upbuilding of the community. He is yet a young mand and in the careful conduct of his busines affairs has already achieved a success which many an older man might well envy.

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