Haxtun Harvest, Haxtun, Colorado, May 1, 1935




Was Noted Cattleman in Early Days; Died at 84 After Vigorous Life; Born in Sweden and Came to American When a Young Man


John A. Berg, prominent cattleman and stock raiser in Colorado in the early days, and homesteader in Phillips County, passed away at his home in Haxtun Tuesday evening at the age of 84 years. Mr. Berg’s life was perhaps one of the most colorful of the early western pioneers. Coming to the state as a young man, he was engaged in ranching and experienced many of the historic events on the frontier. As a cattleman, his reputation was widespread throughout the state.


Mr. Berg was a rugged and hearty person, and possessed great energy, due to active work throughout his lifetime. Until a few weeks ago, he made his daily trip downtown to get his mail and to call on his friends. He was somewhat crippled in late years, and had difficulty in walking, but in spite of the handicap he was very active for a man of his age and his nature would not allow him to become confined to his home. He became ill about a month ago, and gradually became weaker. The end came shortly after ten o’clock Tuesday night.


John August Berg was born at Eks Vestergotland, Sweden, on February 6, 1851. He came to America in 1881, and lived for a short time in Nebraska before going to Denver. He was employed on a horse and cattle ranch near there for a number of years, and became an expert in the handling and raised of stock.


In Denver, Mr. Berg met Miss Ida Charlotte Kamberg, who also came to the United States in 1881. On September 29, 1883, the couple was married, and in 1884, Mr. Berg and his bride moved to Brush, Colorado. They moved to Crook in 1887, where Mr. Berg was foreman of the Tamerack Ranch, owned at that time by Governor Cooper. He was employed at the Tamerack for a period of 13 years, and

when the ranch was sold, moved to a homestead north of Haxtun. He was engaged in farming and stock raising, and became associated with political and business affairs of the county. He served one term as county commissioner.


Mr. and Mrs. Berg moved to Holdrege, Nebraska in 1909 and made their home there for three years. From that city they moved to a farm near Holyoke. They moved to Haxtun in 1907 (1917?) and had made their home here since that time.


Besides his wife, Mr. Berg is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Dave S. Johnson, and one son, Alva Berg. A daughter preceded him in death.


Funeral services will be conducted from the Radford Funeral Home Sunday afternoon at one o’clock, and from the Fairfield church at two-thirty o’clock. The Rev. E.W. Fondell will preach the funeral sermon.




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