Idaho County Free Press
Thursday, February 23, 1939
PIONEER ANSWERS LAST CALL
BERGE DIES AT FENN
ON PRAIRIE SINCE 1880
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
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