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Berg, Henry C. 1858-1908

BERG, GARMS, ALITZ, STEEN

Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 1/1/2014 at 21:49:28

Elgin Echo, Thursday, 16 July 1908.

H. C. Berg, a Clayton Center merchant, while mentally deranged, cut his throat with a pocket knife. The deed was committed July 4. He was about 45 years of age and had successfully conducted a general mercantile business in the Clayton County town for some time.

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Added by Joy Moore on 5/24/2019:

Source: Twice-A-Week Plain Dealer July 10, 1908, 3, C7

Merchant Commits Suicide.
Henry C. Berg, a merchant at Clayton Center, cut his throat from ear to ear. Despondency over ill health was the cause. He was fifty-two years old and had a wife and a grown son and was in good circumstances. News of the suicide caused a sudden termi­nation of the local Fourth of July cele­bration.

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Added by Reid R. Johnson 11/9/2019:

Elkader Register & Argus, Thu., 09 July 1908.

A very sad affair occurred at Clayton Center, Saturday, July 4th, when in an insane moment Henry C. Berg, the merchant at that place, killed himself. Some time ago Mr. Berg was injured in the head by being kicked by a horse, and since, at times, has not been himself. A celebration was in progress in his dance hall that afternoon and parties were in and out of his store.

While persons were trading the unfortunate man was heard to say "they are coming after me." and then he knelt down behind the counter and without a word committed the deed. He was soon discovered and the crowd that were attending the celebration dispersed with sad hearts.

Henry C. Berg was born in Cox Creek twp. Nov. 6, 1858. His parents moved to Read twp., and later returned to Cox Creek. March 3rd, 1882, Mr. Berg was united in marriage with Minnie Garms, at Monona. Soon after they moved to Clayton Center, where he engaged in business, keeping the store at that place. He was a quiet citizen, honest and upright in all his dealings and leaves a large circle of friends who mourn his sad demise.

He leaves a wife, one son, and two sisters, Mrs. Fred Alitz, of Elkader, and Mrs. Martin Steen, of Hopkinton, Iowa.

The funeral was held Tuesday from his late home at Clayton Center, Rev. Berkhardt officiating.

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