Gustave Edward Berg➲Proud, even boastful, of his Norwegian heritage➲Parents taught him well the Gospel of Jesus Christ➲Only allowed to go through the 4th grade and thenwas expected to get a job and bring in some income➲He was interested in math and mechanical drawingin school
Family Life➲Lived on the Island (open Google Earth)½ block from Logan River2 block SE of Logan TempleDeseret Flour Mill to north westSW was a big forest he played in with friendsStood on bridge and caught fish with a pitch forkSkated on ponds in nearby cow pasture in winterDrinking water taken from Logan RiverHelped his mother rock the babies, scrub the floorsand wash the dishes
Anna Drowned in Logan River 1888• Gustave never forgot about his sister’s drowning.• His Mother blamed him for it, saying he should have jumped in and saved her even though he was only 3 years old at the time.• He said his Mother was always reading novels and didn’t spend enough time watching her children.
Father Left for Mission 1890➲John Edward, his father, was called on a 2 yearmission to Norway➲His third daughter, Bertha Eleanor, was born shortlyafter he left➲Gustave went to town to get sugar and cocoa➲On the way home, he fell into a creek and lost thegroceries➲He cried and prayed he could get more sugar➲A man came by and asked why he was crying➲He took him to town and bought him moregroceries. People knew his father was on a mission
JE Berg’s Mission 1890-1892From “Legacy of Sacrifices: Missionaries to Scandinavia, 1872-1894”
Father Returned from Mission 1892 ➲When he came home, the family was about $500 in debt for living expenses. John Edward was re-employed at the Oregon Short Line as a carpenter and they got along quite nicely after that.
Father Returned from Mission 1892➲When John Edward, Gustave’s father cameback from his mission he brought back a➲family of converts with him, and let them livein two of the rooms of his house.➲One day Gustave saw the father of the familydragging one of the children on the ﬂoor on topof a big family Bible with a rope tied into it. Hehad borrowed it from Gustave’s father.➲That family later left the church.➲When Gustave was 8 years old, in 1892, thefamily moved to Salt Lake City
His Father’s Work➲ In1893 there was a panic and he made only $8.00 a week. He was paid $2.00 a day and worked four days a week.
Gustave’s Brothers• Because of personality differences, he had trouble relating to his brothers later in his life
Gustave’s Sisters• He always got along well with his sisters: Mary, Nora and Bessie
Moved to SLC-1892➲Family moved to Idaho Falls for a few yearsthen back to Logan, then to SLC in 1892.
Baptized and Confirmed July 2 1894➲ Gustavewas baptized in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Sept. 2, 1892 by Joe Keddington
Aaronic Priesthood Service➲When Gustave was twelve years old, he was ordained aDeacon➲It was the Deacon’s duty to go around and collect for wardexpenses➲When they went to collect from the grocery man, he said,“You can take money from the tithing I pay, to help with theward expenses.”➲It was also the Deacon’s job to keep the ward clean and keepthe ﬁres going in the winter, because there was no janitor.➲They chopped wood for the widows. One time they choppedwood for one of Lorenzo Snow’s wives➲When Gustave was Ordained a teacher he had a newresponsibility, he went “block teaching.”➲When he was a Priest, he blessed the Sacrament.
School Years➲During his school years, drawing and mathwere his favorite subjects.➲He was allowed to only attend school to the4th grade, then he was expected to work tobring in income for the family➲As an adult, he took a correspondencecourse in mechanical drawing
Books➲Some of the books Gustave had liked to read are,Washington Irving’s Works and he enjoyed reading churchbooks, including the Book of Mormon and the Life of Heber C.Kimball.➲As a child his favorite books were wild west and Indianadventures.
A Young Man 1904-1907➲Hanging in Ken and Cathy Berg’s living room under uniqueoval convex glass.
A Young Man 1904-1907➲ Charles Daddley and Chester Knight wereGustave’s favorite pals.➲They would often play billiards and bowling andwould dance at the Salt Air Pavilion and alsoWaldamer Park.➲They learned new dance steps at Russell’s Hall.
Agnes Josephine Anderson➲At a dance in the 22nd Ward, Gustave met a verysweet girl, Agnes Andersen.➲He wanted to take her home but she refused to gohome with strange fellows.➲ He met her the second time at the 16th Ward’sdances. After this they became very close friends➲When Agnes, (his girl friend) went to Wolf Point,Montana; he went with her as far as Butte.
Agnes Josephine Anderson➲Ca1906, about the time sheemmigrated to America
Agnes Josephine Anderson➲They went together to Lagoon, Salt Air,Waldamer and different wards.➲Sometimes they would rent a horse and buggyfrom the livery stable and take rides into the➲Canyons.
Married Agnes on Oct. 30, 1907 in SL TempleThe 30th day of October in 1907, he went to the SaltLake Temple and was married to the true andfaithful convert from Norway, Agnes Andersen. Shehad been in America only a year.They paid a lady to make their temple suites.
Ordained an Elder-1907He was ordained an Elder when he was twenty-three yearsold, just a few weeks before he was married.
738 Logan Ave.➲Moved here in 1924➲Gustave did all design and construction work except brick➲First ranch home raised 4 feet above grade (high basementfor protection against water in basement)➲Hand made all wood trim➲Front entrance room had double doors with glass on eachside-one to living room and one to dining room➲Main entrance on west side of home➲Eaves were unusual 2 foot extension from outside walls➲Had several features that were ahead of its time
Corby St., Omaha- 1942Shortly after Shirley’s birth, Florence, Louise’s daughter from a previous marriage, visited them. They told her they were naming their daughter “Anna” after Gustave’s mother’s name. She suggested they name her “Shirley” instead, and they did.
Moved to 2411 Washington St., Bellevue, NE in 1943
Moved to 2411 Washington St., Bellevue, NE in 1943
Bellevue, NE 1947They had many friends in Bellevue. Best friends were the Slaters who a furniture store in town and the Hansens who owned a auto repair shop. Another family, the Otto’s were friends, and lived about a block away. The Otto family had several tragedies. Mr. Otto was incarcerated for drinking. The family home burned to the ground, on a cold, snowy, winter night, killing 3 of their 6 children. The mother, Anna, survived but was severely burned. After spending months in the hospital she recovered but had severe facial scarring. The was a tragic loss for Gustave and Louise. They later donated many things to the surviving family
Bellevue, NE 1947members. It was later determined that the fire had been caused by the landlady plugging the oil heater chimney with snow.
Moved to SLC at 1020 Ramona Ave.-Aug. 1947Gustave loved this location. It was only a block from Sugarhouse business district. He would walk there to by a paper when not working out of town. He had a free pass on the UP. He would leave Omaha after work on Friday afternoon and get to SLC on Sat. night. On Sunday morning he would board the train and be back to work in Omaha on Monday morning.
Sugar HouseHe continued working in Omaha for a few years until he retired.Gustave took his family with him to Omaha occasionally to spend the summers. The also travelled to Sedro-Woolley, WA, where Gustave worked making patterns. They also enjoyed many trips to Los Angeles, CA and Spokane, WA.
TravellingGustave always enjoyed hiking, dancing, and traveling. He has been to Los Angelesseveral times, to Stockton, California; San Francisco; Yellow Stone National Park; Kansas City’Independence, Missouri; Omaha. When Agnes, (his girl friend) went to Wolf Point, Montana; hewent with her as far as Butte. He as also been to Pocatello, Idaho several times on business trips.