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Berry, Howard C. 1888-1919


Posted By: S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 2/12/2009 at 06:30:38

Father Searches Night and Day for Body of Son

Albert Barry of Gibbs, Mo., is in Cedar Rapids and is one of the constant watchers at the ruins of the starch works in the hope that his son, H.C. Barry, will soon be found in the ruins. He was working the night of the fire and is among the list of missing. H.C. Barry had been employed in the dry starch room on the day shift but on Thursday was asked to work overtime on accunt of a shortage of help. He was 31 years old, was married and had one daughter ten years old. He came here with his father from Missouri six months ago and for a time was employed as a night watchman.

He was enumerated on the 1900 Federal census living with his parents & siblings in Cass twp. Clayton county:
Albert A. Berry, 34, b. NH
Elizabeth J. Berry, 34, b. Germany
Howard C. Berry, 12, b. Iowa
Leo W. Berry, 10, b. Iowa
Clarence A. Berry, 7, b. Iowa

Added by Terry Sargent, April 20, 2011:

Howard Berry, who formerly lived in Strawberry Point, and is a son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Dunsmoor, was one of the victims of the Douglas Starch Works Disaster in Cedar Rapids Thursday, in which 43 people lost their lives.

Up to Wednesday morning there were 17 identified dead and 26 bodies still in the smouldering ruins. Mr. Berry is still among the missing.
The sorrow stricken wife and relatives of Mr. Berry have the sympathy of the entire community.

~“Strawberry Point Press”, Strawberry Point, IA on Thursday, May 29, 1919 [Vol. No. 45 No. 22]


Howard Berry among the Missing
A joint funeral for the missing dead who lost their lives in the Douglas Starch works disaster at Cedar Rapids several weeks ago will be held at that city at 4:00 o’clock. The Douglas Company have secured a lot in the cemetery where the little pile of charred bones, all that remains of the missing will be interned. The remains of Howard Berry, who was for many years a resident of this city, is among the missing.

~“Strawberry Point Press”, Strawberry Point, IA on Thursday, June 12, 1919 [Vol. No. 45 No. 24]


Mr. and Mrs. Fred Dunsmoor will go to Cedar Rapids Saturday to attend the joint funeral of the missing dead in the Douglas Starch works disaster, which will be held at four o’clock Sunday afternoon. Their son-in-law, Howard Berry is among the missing.

~Published in the “Strawberry Point Press”, Strawberry Point, IA on Thursday, June 26, 1919 [Vol. No. 45 No. 26]


Howard Charles Berry was born at Kenwood Park near Cedar Rapids on February 19, 1888 and lost his life in the Douglas Starch factory disaster May 22, 1919 at the age of 31 years, three months and three days.

When he was about 8 years old the family moved near Strawberry Point where he grew to manhood.
In the year of 1909, Nov. 25, he was united in marriage to Louisa Dunsmoor, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Dunsmoor of this place. To this union were born three children, two of them dying in infancy.

He leaves to mourn his departure a wife and little daughter June of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, father, mother and one brother of Gibbs, Mo. and one brother of Arlington, Iowa besides a host of relatives and friends share in the sorrow of this sad occasion. As a husband and companion he was always faithful, devoted and affectionate.

Funeral services for the missing and unidentified of the starch factory disaster, of which Howard was one, was held at Linwood cemetery, Cedar Rapids, Sunday p.m. June 22, 1919.

~Obituary was published in the “Strawberry Point Press”, Strawberry Point, IA on Thursday, July 3, 1919 [Vol. No. 45 No. 27]


Howard C. Berry 1888-1919 has a gravestone in the County Corners cemetery, Clayton co. Iowa. His gravestone is inscribed "Douglass Starch Works Explosion". His wife, Nancy Louisa Dunsmoor Berry Wells shares the gravestone http://iowagravestones.org/gs_view.php?id=423775 and http://iowagravestones.org/gs_view.php?id=423774

More about the Douglas Starch Works explosion

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