Idaho County Free Press

Friday, May 1, 1891

 

DEATH OF A PATRIARCH

 

  JOHN FREDERICK VON BERGE, died at the residence of his youngest son, William Von Berge, in Grangeville, Friday, April 24, 1891, at the advanced age of 90 years. Deceased was born in the kingdom of Hanover, July 23, 1801. And was theretofore within three months, lacking a day, of his 90th year. He came to the United States in 1847, and settled in Cook Co., Illinois, where he resided until 1880, when he and his sons came to Camas Prairie, where they have lived ever since. His two sons are J.H. and William Von Berge, and the old gentleman lived to see his great-grandchildren in the family of Henry Meyer. An attack of the grippe weakened a system already enfeebled by the burden of a long, active, and useful life, and he passed to the unknown land as peacefully as a tired child falls asleep.

Excerpt from the book "Idaho County Voices";

 

  "FREDERICK HENRY VON BERGE married ILSA MAGDELENA RODEHURST in 1837 in Germany.                                                                 

  Frederick and Ilsa's son, John Henry von Berge, was born in Hanover, Germany, Province of Fowlingbustle, on January 6, 1839.

  In 1879 Frederick Henry, Ilsa Magdelena, John Henry and Henry Frederick (John and Sophie's son) started to Camas Prairie, Idaho, from Chicago, Ill. Their first home was a small house a quarter of a mile south what is now the homestead location, known today as the Rudolph von Berge homesite.

  They lived on the Camas Prairie less than a year when their home burned and they moved onto the Husaken place a few miles west of Grangeville, near the present Grangeville Golf Course. In that year, Ilsa Magdelena passed away."

  Compiled by Margery Baffico from notes by Addie von Berge and recollections of Richard Hauger.

Submitted by Chris Cornett

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