Idaho County Free Press

Thursday, February 23, 1939

 

A PRAIRIE PIONEER ANSWERS LAST CALL

HENRY VON BERGE DIES AT FENN

SATURDAY; ON PRAIRIE SINCE 1880

  HENRY FREDERICK VON BERGE, well known pioneer of Idaho County, passed away early Saturday morning, February 18, at his home near Fenn, having reached the age of 73 years, seven months, eight days. His passing came unexpectedly after an illness but one day. He was stricken with a heart attack the day before while at work doing the morning chores, but recovered remarkably during the day. Early on Saturday, the attack renewed and he succumbed about 5:20 in the morning.

  Mr. Von Berge was born on July 10, 1865, in Cook County, now Chicago, Illinois. Here he was baptized in the Lutheran Church while in his infancy and was confirmed in this church in the year 1877.

  He came west with his father in early 1880 and settled on a homestead near Fenn which remained his home till his death. Being one of the earliest settlers of this region, he saw the prairie develop from an uninhabited region to its present state.

  The funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Hancock Funeral Home. The Rev. G.L. Kroenk, pastor of the Grangeville Lutheran Church, officiated at the services at the funeral parlor and at the Denver Cemetery where the interment took place.

  He is survived by four sisters; Mrs. Frank McGrane Sr. of Grangeville; Mrs. Helena Hauger of Albany, Oregon; Miss Anna Von Berge and Miss Addie Von Berge, both of Fenn, residing at the home place.

  Pallbearers were the Messrs. Arthur Bussard, James Crea, Robert Lee, Henry A. VonBargen, Marion Weber, and Grover Zehner.

Submitted by Chris Cornett

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