Family history of Gottlieb Berger and Maria Beutler
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MARIA BEUTLER AND GOTTLIEB BERGER
Maria Beutler was born 1 May 1870, a daughter and fifth child of Peter Beutler and Maria Aeschlimann in Lutzelfluh, Trubschachen, Bern, Switzerland. As we have learned, she was born of goodly parents who accepted the gospel while Maria (Marie In American) was a young girl. Her parents were baptized by a missionary, John Scheiss of Providence, Cache County, Utah, on 25 January 1875. It is said, "They did not have the children baptized right away because they wanted to spare the children needless suffering and persecution, especially during their school years, that was put upon the people who joined the church at this time". Marie was baptized 5 September 1886 by Conrad Vaterlaus. She was confirmed the same day by the same man.
After the missionaries returned home, the Peter Beutler family was visited by a man, Gottlieb Berger. He was baptized earlier on 20 July 1884 by John Stucki and confirmed by Fred Schoenfeld. He had become a devout member of the church. Gottlieb visited the Peter Beutler family and held cottage meetings with them to help them have a better understanding of the Gospel. One day he met Marie on the street and gave her a quarter in Swiss money. He told her that was for singing so beautifully in cottage meetings.
As it was with all the saints who joined the church, they became outcasts and were rejected in their homeland. The popular thing became to emigrate to America. So it was with Gottlieb, his mother Katherine Eggen Berger, and his brother Samuel. They came to Paris, Bear Lake, Idaho.
Marie, in the meantime, went to work for a well to do family in Switzerland. Peter Beutler had a burning desire to emigrate to Zion It seemed impossible that they would ever be able to save enough money to do so.
In the meantime, the Peter Beutlers received an important letter from America from Gottlieb Berger asking if he would consider sending one of the girls, preferably Marie or Salome, to America. He would send them the money, and whichever of the girls came, they could come and keep house for him and his brother.
Because the Beutler family was so anxious to get to Zion, they were glad for any opportunity to get their family moved. They sent their son, Gottfried, to the place where Marie was working to tell her to come home. The family had decided she was to get ready to go to America. She was to get a job and send money so all of the family could emigrate.
Eighteen-year-old Marie was shocked. She cried and could not understand why she must leave her family. She had many misgivings. She loved her family and her homeland dearly. She even thought she might refuse. However, after much per¬suasion she finally consented so it might be possible for the rest of her family to follow.
With a heavy heart Marie boarded a boat. She left her family, friends, and a beautiful country that was so dear to her. She sailed for America, a new land that was completely unknown to her. Two other girls came with her. They were Anna Maria Michel, who later became John Kreb's mother and Eluise Beutler, who became L.A. Ripplinger's mother.
Marie went directly to Paris, Idaho where she was met by Gottlieb and his brother, Samuel. Their mother had recently passed away. These brothers were greatly in need of a house-keeper. Marie dug them out of the mess they were in, then she kept house and cooked for them.
Hilda remembers that her mother told her that when Gottlieb met her at the train, she was shocked because he was not dressed in the nice clothes that she had seen him wear in Switzerland. He had on just a pair of overalls, which to her looked rather shabby. Samuel had long shaggy hair. After Marie had been there awhile she gave him a haircut.
In cleaning, Marie found some of Gottlieb's nice white shirts with his initials embroidered on the pockets in the granary with rust and mildew spots that never could be cleaned well enough to use. At times Marie became so homesick that she cried night and day.
As time went on Gottlieb had eyes for this pretty young girl. He fell desperately in love with her. He finally got up enough courage to ask her to marry him. Marie confided in an old neighbor friend, Knotty, about Gottlieb's proposal. Marie said she had never thought of Gottlieb romantically. He was forty years old and she was eighteen. Marie said, "I can't marry him; he's too old for me." The wise old woman, Knotty, replied, "But Marie, you could go to the ends of the earth, and you couldn't find a nicer, finer man."
Gottlieb pressed his suit farther when be told her he had saved some money. If she would marry him, he would send it to her family to help them come to America, Marie finally consented. Of course, Gottlieb, having a testimony of the Gospel, wanted to be married in the Temple. They made plans to come with some other people. It took them three days to make the trip by wagon. In some places the road was so steep the women had to hang on the side of the wagon to keep it from tipping over. They were married in the Logan Temple 19 September 1888.
One of the couples who came with them to be married was a man who was marrying a girl in polygamy. He brought his first wife along to witness the marriage, That night on the way back home, the first wife ran away and they had to go looking for her in the mountains, This was Marie's wedding night.
Soon after they were married, it became hard for the people in plural marriage. One man asked Gottlieb if he could fix up his granary to let his young wife, who was expecting a baby, live in. As the time arrived for the baby to be born, there was no one but Marie, who was just a young girl herself, to help. She would go back and forth to the house to get instructions that Gottlieb gave to her as he read them from the doctor book. The baby finally arrived safely.
While they lived in the Bear Lake area, four of their ten children were born; they were Ernest, Emil, Martha and Rosalie. Rosalie was privileged to live in mortality seven months, then she died of pneumonia. When Rosalie passed away, one of Marie's brothers, Gotfried, made a wooden box for a coffin. Marie lined it and made the clothes to bury this dear little one.
In 1889, one of Marie's brothers, Felix, was able to come to America. In 1890 her sister, Lisette, came to Paris and stayed with Marie. It must have been a great reunion. Peter and Maria Aeschlimann Beutler, Marie's parents, came to America in 1891. The last of the children, Salome (Sally), who was nineteen and Adolf Victor, who was nine came with them. They settled in the Bear Lake area. It must have been a great day for Marie to be associated with her family again.
Life was hard in Bear Lake at this time. Crops froze in the middle of the summer; cattle starved and even froze to death in the winter. Gottlieb and Marie decided to move to Logan on 5 October 1895. They first lived in a house on the northwest corner of fifth north and fourth east.
Gottlieb was an educated man. He had been quite prominent in Switzerland. He worked for the Swiss government for five years doing some kind of bookkeeping. His handwriting, was beautiful. He was also a watchmaker by trade. When they moved to Logan, Gottlieb rented the rear part of Everton's store where he set up a watch repair shop. Since he wasn't able to speak the English language very well, this venture was not too successful.
On 16 June, 1901 he purchased a half section of land in North Logan (Greenville as it was called then) with Sam Feller and his wife Berths. Sam Feller Sr. was his brother in law. Gottlieb began building a house in 1905.
By this time they had eight children including the four who were born in Bear Lake, of course Rosalie had died. Four were born in Logan. They were George Albert, Benjamin Edward, John Frederick and Joseph Arthur. Oscar Wilhelm and Hulda (Hilda) Salina were born in Greenville. The name Greenville was changed to North Logan in 1914.
The house in North Logan was finished and consisted of a summer kitchen, three rooms and a pantry downstairs with two unfinished rooms upstairs. The boys also speak of a cellar underneath that was probably used to store fruit and vegetables, etc. Martha tells how she helped to work on the house and also how she helped to clear the sagebrush from the land.
Life on the farm was hard in those days. Money was hard to get, Wages were low. People depended mostly on what they could raise in their gardens, plus animals, chickens, pigs and grain, Wheat was taken to the mill in exchange for flour. It was really a struggle for them. In spite of the trials and hardships they had, Gottlieb was always kind and sweet to Marie all of her life. There wasn’t a thing too good for her if it was within his means to get it. The children mention they always seemed to be poor. Money was hard to come by.
The children tell they were all delivered by a midwife, except Bill and Hilda. Some were delivered by Aunt Susan Smith, who lived in North Logan. Oscar or Bill tells about when he was born. He said that the doctor said he wouldn’t live. He was what they called a blue baby. Dr. Merrill said the cord was wrapped around his neck so many times he could hardly get it undone. Dr. Merrill said, "Sister Berger, this baby isn't going to live. I just can't get him to breathe". The doctor would fold him up and lay him out, fold him up and lay him out again and again. His little stomach was so blue that you could almost see right through it. The doctor put him in the oven and took him out. He said, "Sister Berger, I think we'd better bless this baby. What would you like to name him?" Marie was so sick she could hardly think. There was a young man in the ward she thought was choice. His name was Oscar Crookston. Dr. Merrill blessed this baby and gave him the name of Wilhelm Oscar Berger. The doctor said at the end of the blessing, the baby took a good deep breath.
Bill had another close call when he was just a toddler. He remembers trying to stick gobs of grass in the holes so the bees couldn't get out. When they found him, there were bees everywhere. Oscar (Bill as we all call him now) said, "Ben picked me up and carried me halfway to the house. The bees were so thick he dropped me and Albert carried me the rest of the way. They said they took 147 stingers out of me." They called Dr. Merrill again. The doctor said, "His nose is swelled closed. His eyes are closed. There is so much poison in him; there isn't much chance he will live."
When Hilda was born, Marie again had Dr. Merrill come to care for her. Gottlieb was extremely happy that this baby was a little girl. He went upstairs and woke up all the children and told them she looked just like a little papoose. When he awakened Martha she said, "Oh, I don't care. It’s too late now," She had hoped for a baby sister for so many years and now she was a young lady.
Hilda really loved her father and her father loved her. Hilda remembers he was always kind and never said a cross word. When Hilda was barely old enough he would take her with him. They would walk two and a half miles to Sunday School. He would put his arm around her shoulder and visit with her all the way. He would often tell her that she was the sweetest little girl in all the world. He'd often take her on his knee and share a special treat,
On April 3, 1913 when Martha was sixteen years old, the family had returned from a visit to Aunt Sally and Uncle Phil Beck's home. Ben said he was just getting ready to go to deacon's meeting, as they called it then. They had started a fire in the coal stove. Some sparks must have fallen on the roof of the lean to or shanty. It started the house on fire. "I don't know if anyone knows exactly how it started, but it got out of control and burned to the ground," said Ben. The family was all at home, but the canal was dry. This was the only source of water. They all tried to do what they could. They ran to hook up a team to try to drag the shanty away. By the time they got there, the fire was too hot and that effort was hopeless. Gottlieb was so excited he ran upstairs and threw a trunk out the window and carried a quilt down the stairs, Emil had been working for Uncle Phil Beck and had been paid in cash money, This was in the kitchen cupboard and was burned. A nice violin was burned. Joe remembered they had some little chicks in an incubator in the cellar downstairs. He had so hoped they could save them. Ben said they had some hams hanging in the cellar. With the water that was used to try to put out the fire, they tasted just like the canned hams you buy nowadays. They were cooked perfectly.
Can you imagine what it would be like to have nine children, no home nothing? About all they had left were the clothes they had on their backs.
Ben says, "The people around were really good to us. They supplied the very essential necessities to keep house, Uncle Felix and Uncle Phil and others took some of the children. They helped to outfit them with shirts, pants, coats and other things they needed, They kept them in their homes and sent them to school until temporary living quarters could be estab¬lished. People gave money and helped to build the house back up again. The good old Swiss people especially helped."
The family had a granary. They also had a tent. Uncle Phil helped put a willow porch on the granary. They slept in the granary, ate under the willow porch, and cooked in the tent. On Easter Sunday the family had their first meal together.
During the summer a new house was built,
Martha went to work wherever she could to help supply the most essential things her folks needed, The boys had been taught to work so they did all they could to help their parents. They were truly a loving and close-knit family.
Ben and Albert were baptized the same day 4 April 1908, in the Logan River just below the millrace by Bishop Nicklaus Crookston. Ben remembered it was really cold, but they didn't catch cold or anything from it.
Fred and Joe were baptized in the canal on 2 December 1911 just below their home. They had to break the ice on the canal. Fred remembered how cold it was and he said, "Yeah, and they dunked me twice to boot." Marie ran out with a quilt to put around them until they could get to the house to dress. Hilda and Bill were both baptized in the Logan Temple.
The winters were hard in those days. The boys said many a time when it was extremely cold or a blizzard was on, their dad would come to meet them from school with a quilt wrapped around him. Then he’d wrap it around them so they wouldn't freeze.
The boys recalled the snow used to get so deep it would be right over the tops of the fences. They'd get on a hand sleigh and coast from their summer place right down to where Uncle Felix lived.
Hilda remembered how her daddy called the boys together and talked to them. He had seven little willows. He took one and broke it in two very easily. He took seven and tied them together with a string. He said, "Now take these and try to break them." of course it wasn't easy. He said, "Now that's just like you boys. If you hang together, a group of seven will not be broken. Seven together is stronger than one alone."
Hilda remembered bow Ben used to read stories to Bill and her and how they loved this. She also recalled that special times to her were the 24th of July, Christmas and New Years. On the 24th of July her parents and some of the other brothers and sisters would go into the tabernacle square. Her mother would make custard for the ice cream. Others would bring something else and they'd have a freezer of ice cream. This was a special treat. She said Uncle Emil Moser would say, "How many little kids do we have?" He'd count them one, two, three four, etc. Then he'd go over to the Bluebird and buy each one a jawbreaker. They sucked it all afternoon and even took it home and saved it until the next day. Hilda said these times were the highlights of her life.
On New Years Eve Gottlieb and Marie would always go to "Dutchtown", as they called it. This was the German meetinghouse, which was located on Fifth North in Logan. The Swiss and German people met here for all kinds of meetings and church socials. New Years Eve was always a big time. The people came from everywhere. They took lunch and they sang and danced and visited until the wee hours of the morning.
The Berger kids always got to go into Uncle Emil and Aunt Lizzie Moser's. Uncle Emil usually made a big freezer of ice cream so the kids had a bowl too. They played games. Hilda said they had a steep stairway and they'd got a pillow and slide down that stairway until their backsides were sore. Ice cream then was a special treat. It was something they'll never forget.
The cousins lived close to each other and they were really close and enjoyed each other's company. They played together lots and sometimes got into a little mischief.
Bill tells how when they got into trouble, his father used to punish them with a bunch of little willows that were tied in a bundle. The worst part was saying in Swiss "hossie ober". In other words, take your pants down and assume the angle for the punishment.
Albert tells about how he and Ben hooked two six month old calves to a baby buggy. "Boy, if they didn't give us a ride." When they got through, there was nothing left of the baby buggy.
Fred remembers that his dad was fixing clocks. He had the outside ring from a spring on the table. Fred picked it up and ran out the door with it. He stumbled and fell. It cut the end of his nose right off. It was hanging on by just a piece of skin. Joe said, "We thought Fred had lost the end of his nose. Gosh, he looked funny." Marie took some sticking plaster, looked at it carefully then stuck it in place. She took more sticking plaster and taped it on. When it healed the doctor said it was a beautiful piece of plastic surgery.
One day Hilda went out to the pigpen. She wanted to see the little baby pigs. She climbed up on the spout where they poured the feed into the trough. She got overbalanced and fell into the pigpen and broke her arm. Marie took her in on the porch in the shade. She looked at it and determined for sure that it was broken. Now Oscar (Bill) had broken his arm not too long before. They had taken him to the doctor. The doctor set it. However, it didn't heal perfectly straight and it cost $35.00. The money was not spent in vain because Marie observed closely what was done. She said, "This time we're not giving the doctor $35.00. I can do as well as he did." She sent one of the boys up on the roof of the granary to get three or four shingles. She wrapped them with cotton batting. She pulled the arm back into place, put the splints on and wrapped them with twine string to hold it in place. The results in due time was a perfectly healed arm.
One more experience was when Emil was doing something with the horses. One kicked him right in the face. The whole roof of his mouth fell down on top of his tongue. He didn't want to go to the doctor so his mother said, "You do what I tell you and maybe you won't have to go." She wadded up some cotton and boiled it in chamomile tea. Then she had him open his mouth as wide as he could. She worked the ball of cotton in his mouth. She had him close it and lie down for a while and rest. After awhile she took the cotton out and the roof of his mouth stuck back in place. He had lost his front teeth though, and he had to have a bridge put in that was all backed with gold,
The boys said that they never did go to a dentist, They couldn't afford that, Fred Weyerman had a pair of forceps and if anyone got a toothache, they had him pull the tooth, There was no anesthetic or Novocain, Joe said, "No wonder we hated to go to the dentist so bad."
These are just a few experiences that came to a mother and father of ten children in those days.
Ben said, "We lived the United Order. Some of the boys worked away from home. Some worked at home. Those who earned money brought it home and gave it to their mother. If anyone needed money they asked for it, It was given to them if there was any left after the necessities were provided." This was the way it was with the clothes. The boys said that the first ones up in the morning were the best dressed ones, especially when they went sporting,
Albert usually stayed home and helped with the farm work. Ben said he always worked at the sugar factory in the fall. Consequently, he had to miss about a month and a half of school each year. The boys all worked around for farmers thinning, hoeing, topping beets, or working in the hay, or whatever had to be done. This work was all done by hand and with horse drawn machinery.
One thing Hilda recalled about her mother was that she and Aunt Sally Beck, her sister, went to Brigham one fall to get peaches. Their transportation was a long tail buggy and horses. They left early in the morning. It was a long way and the day slipped by. When they got their fruit it was four o'clock in the afternoon. They started home, but they were soon overtaken by the night. They stopped by someone's haystack and stayed the night. Marie was very nervous and didn't sleep much. She was afraid the owner would come along and be cross with them. They finally made it home the next day.
In 1914 Emil bought a dry farm between Arimo, Idaho and Marsh Center. He, Ernest and Ben, who at this time was fourteen years old, would go out and work in the spring and fall. Ben said he plowed ninety acres with a team while Emil worked at the gravel pit. At night Emil would come home, clear off the sagebrush and burn it.
It was here that Emil met his future wife, Florence Mair. The first time he met her was before he bought the farm. It was Christmas. Florence's brother, Bill Mair, was dating Gottfried Beutler's daughter, Salome. He went with a team and bob sleigh from Arimo over to Virginia to pick up Salome. Then they would go to the dance. This night Bill had brought his sister, Florence, with him. Salome's brothers were going to the dance too. They all had dates. Emil was visiting for the holidays. He wasn't going to go because he didn't have a date. When Florence was there he went along. So began a courtship that ended up in a marriage.
After Emil moved to Arimo, Florence's mother baked bread for him and all the other bachelors around. Ben said he usually went over to pick it up.
Hilda remembers going to Arimo to Emil's farm with her mother when they were heading the grain. She said she and Bill used to argue which one would get to go because one always stayed with their daddy. When they had the headers, there were several men involved, just as it was at threshing time. It was part of the deal to cook them a good meal. That's why Marie went. Hilda said how she loved to go up there. She liked to go out to the well and drop a rock into it. She would count until it hit the water in the bottom. It was deep.
One experience Albert had while he was on the farm with Emil was in the fall. It was heading time. They had a machine all pulled with horses that cut the grain off, put it in a header box. It was stacked and threshed later. They were heading grain but this day it had rained and they had to stop. Emil told Albert this was a good day to clean out the well, He had drawn up a mouse in a bucket of water and he knew it had to be done, They let a flashlight down into the well and they could see there was an old buggy axle above the water, Emil says, "Alb, you're the lightest. 1'11 let you down in the bucket. When you're done I'll pull you back up." They let him down a little ways and sure enough Emil could pull him back up alright. Emil went ahead and lowered Albert about 85 feet down into the well. They got it all cleaned out and Albert shouted, "I'm ready. Pull me up." Emil took the rope, but he couldn't budge that weight so far beneath the ground. He had to call down to Albert and tell him he couldn't get him up. He'd have to run and catch the horse. He asked, "How fast is the water coming in?" Alb said, "Oh, not too fast, but hurry." In the meantime a thunderstorm came up. It thundered and lightened and the wind blew. The door on the well house blew shut and left Alb buried in total darkness. Alb said, "Boy, I've never prayed harder in my life. All the bad things I've ever done flashed before my mind." Finally Emil came back huffing and puffing all out of breath. He yelled at Alb and asked if he was alright. Alb yelled back, "Yes, but hurry up and get me out of here." Emil said, "I'll just throw the harness on the horse and be right back." Emil finally came bock, but Alb saw to it that he was never buried alive again.
The children all remember going to this farm at sometime or another. Joe tells how he was working in Benson on a farm owned by Jim Chantrel. He and one of his other brothers were working in the beets. They worked in the beets all day and milked cows night and morning for their board. He remembers looking at the stars in the sky in the morning and wishing that he didn't have to get up. The Chantrel's mentioned they would like to trade their irrigated farm for a dry farm. Joe went home and told his mother and things began to develop. Marie wondered if he would trade his farm in Benson for Emil's dry farm in Arimo. She talked to her brother, Gottfried, who at the time lived in Benson. She had some friends in Providence, a Brother Stauffer, who had money to lend. She made some con¬tacts and soon the deal was made. In November 1916 Emil traded his dry farm in Arimo, Idaho for the Chantrell farm in Benson.
On 29 November 1916 he married Florence Mair in the Logan Temple. After their marriage Aunt Lizzie Moser prepared lunch for them at their home.
After the deal on the farm was made, Joe and Fred stayed in Benson and milked the cows and took care of things until Emil was married.
Ben helped Emil gather up his belongings in Arimo. They also got Florence's wedding gifts, fruit, and things she had gathered together to keep house. They loaded them into a wagon and brought them to Benson. It took him two days to make the trip. Ben said when he arrived, lo and behold, some of the fruit that was in the bottom of the wagon box was frozen, but they ate it anyway."
In the spring of 1917 Marie and Gottlieb traded their dry farm for the McCoomb's place, which had 30 acres of irrigated land. It also had a house and an orchard with some fruit trees.
Martha, who had married John Krebs 20 January 1915, now had two children. They were Phillip and Ruth. After her parents moved, they lived in the home where they had been. In the early part of September 1918 Gottlieb became ill with pneumonia. The doctor was called to come to see him. He seemed to improve. A few days later the doctor came by again and said he was so much better he should live another 20 years.
On 9 September 1918 Florence went to help Marie bottle peaches. There were a lot of them to do. Gottlieb stayed in bed that whole day because he said he felt so tired. Florence went home in the late afternoon, of course, with a horse and buggy.
The Groll's, who were good friends, came out in the early evening to visit. While they were there, Gottlieb called, "Mamma, Mamma”, Marie went to see what he wanted. He said he was calling his mother. The Grolls left and Marie went to check Gottlieb again. This time she took the light. His feet were already cold. He passed away that night.
They had a horse drawn hearse for the funeral. It cost more to have this one because it had to be taken out of storage and cleaned. It was what Gottlieb had requested. They had automobiles, but he said he didn't want to be hurried to the cemetery.
Gottlieb was a gentle, kind, loving man who was devoted to his religion. Many have said how he walked to church when he was crippled with arthritis, even when he had to rely on a cane. He loved the Gospel, enough to leave his homeland where he had a good job for good pay. He also left two sisters whom he loved dearly and was not able to see in this life again. He was a devoted husband and father. He was patient. He suffered with arthritis; his hands were all twisted out of shape, yet he never complained.
Gottlieb was ordained a teacher 18 January 1885, a priest on 19 April 1885, and an elder 25 October 1885 all by John Kunz. He was ordained a High Priest 1 November 1908 by Rudgar Clawson.
Hilda was eight years old when her daddy died. She recalled a conversation between her mother and father as they were sitting at the kitchen table reading the Bible and the Book of Mormon together. Gottlieb said, "I have studied all scrip¬tures. I know all scriptures. I've studied all churches. If this is not the true church, there is not a true church upon the earth."
Hilda said she knew her mother had a lot of misunderstand¬ings about the church. In some ways she had become bitter. Hilda feels that with her fathers knowledge he will be able to help her to overcome this weakness now they are together. She had many good qualities.
Marie was left with a big responsibility. Seven of the nine children were not yet married. Marie was a spiritual person in many ways. She believed in prayer. Many times our Heavenly Father communicated with her through dreams. Hilda said these times were too numerous to mention. One such experience happened just before her dear husband passed away. One night she dreamed that she and Gottlieb had gone to the Temple together. While they were there he passed through a certain place in the Temple. She waited and waited and became very concerned and anxious. However, he never came back to her. She awakened feeling very concerned. She couldn't quite figure out what this must mean. She knew it had some significance. She went to visit her friends, the Grolls, and asked Brother Groll what this could mean. He said, "Sister Berger, do you have your property fixed so if your husband should pass away that it wouldn't have to be probated?" Marie said, "No we haven't." Brother Groll said, "I suggest you have that done right away."
Marie went home and told Gottlieb and he promptly had this taken care of. This happened only a few weeks before he passed away.
One other experience the children all remember is one morning Marie awakened and told one of the boys to get on the horse and go out to Hyde Park to meet the OSL train. She said, "I had a dream last night. Emil is sick and he's coming home on that train." Ben was asked to go and he said to his dad, "Mother's had one of her silly old dreams again. She wants me to go to Hyde Park and I'm not going!" Gottlieb said, "If mother said you should go, you go!" The children all remember looking out of the upstairs window as they were still living on the upper place. They watched for the horse to come back. They wondered if there would be one rider or two. Sure enough there were two. The children remember many of these kinds of experiences where Marie was given help and received guidance for her family. Albert, with the other boys, took over the responsibility of the farm. Marie, who was a talented seamstress, took in sewing. This helped her to support the family. She sewed cos¬tumes for the Corianthun Show. They were traveling vaudeville players. They wanted her to travel with them and do costumes. She sewed for many people. Hilda said many times she made a housedress for a dollar.
Hilda said while her mother sewed, she cared for the house. She baked bread every other day. She said, "We learned to give and take and love and have understanding for each other."
After Gottlieb died Marie made a trade with Albert Stuaffer for his place. It is the place where Joe and Inez now live. A year after his father died, Albert married Anna Swenson on 10 September 1919.
Joe recalls that Ben and Fred Cook off and went to Califor¬nia. He said they called up and said, "You're the farmer now. The team of horses is yours. It's all up to you." He said he felt so bad he cried all night.
One by one the children left home to work and to be married. The responsibility of farming became heavier on Marie. Hilda remembers that one day Marie was up in the barn getting hay out to feed the cows. She fell out of the loft. Felix her brother, who lived across the road, happened to see her. He said, "Marie, it's about time you got off the farm."
When Hilda was about 12 years old, they moved to Salt Lake. Joe recalls they first moved to a rented place down west of town. One night Marie hung her wash outside and left if over night. The next morning it was gone. Someone had stolen it. From here she moved near where the farmers market was. The farmers would all bring in their fresh produce and sell it directly to the public. Joe said it was while they lived here that he and Inez were married 15 April 1924. He said his mother had a nice party for them.
Hilda said when her mother moved to Salt Lake she was really lost and lonesome. She said Ben was really good to his mother. He would take her to the show or a dance once in awhile. Marie then sometime later lived in Mortensen Court across the street from Ben. Later she bought a home on Second East between Fifth and Sixth South. She lived there until she passed away 5 April 1953.
Each one of the children has made their mark in life.
Ernest went to work for the railroad in Pocatello, Idaho. While working there his right arm was injured. A bad infection set in and doctors told him there was nothing to do but amputate his right arm. Of course, this was sad for his mother. Ernest did not let this get him down. He was not afraid to try doing anything, including shoveling trench for the W.P.A. during the, depression. He married Elizabeth Ann Williams on 14 September 1926. He set up a second hand store in Salt Lake and made a good living. He had many characteristics to be admired.
Emil was a quiet, reserved man who was loved and looked up to by all his brothers. They often came to him for help, counsel and advise. He died when just 41 years old on 25 October 1932. He left his wife and five daughters.
Martha was an only girl among seven brothers. (Her younger sister, Rose Marie, had died when just a baby.) She helped her folks in every way she could until she was married to John Krebs on 20 January 1915. She had eight wonderful sons and daughters. More about her life is recorded in her own history.
Albert farmed all of his life. His life history is also recorded. He suffered two burn outs. The first time his house burned to the ground and everything went. His wife was severely burned and passed away the same day. He also had a nice barn burn. He was always cheerful and made the best of each day.
Fred had a crippled foot. When he would run as a child, he would fall and stumble. Marie wanted to have him operated on as a young man so he could dance and do the things other young men could do. Gottlieb was always fearful about the operation. After Gottlieb passed away, Marie saw to it that this was taken care of. The doctor said he had seen lots of these cases in the war. He had Infantile Paralysis.
Fred was mechanically inclined. Among other places that he had worked was Fred A. Carlson Garage in Salt Lake, He was service manager there for many years. He moved to California and put up his own shop there, which he operated for many years. He married Roxy Marion Hilpert on 11 August 1928. They had three sons and one daughter.
Ben and Fred took off and went to California for a year to work. Ben then moved back to Salt Lake and went into the plas¬tering business. In his own words he says, "I've always had a great love for each one of my family. We are really close. I am proud to be a Berger. The Lord has been good to me." His sons, who have taken over his plastering business, have plastered some landmarks that may stand into the eternities. Some of them are the Logan Temple, the Church Office Building, and the Kennecott Building and yet to be done is the West Jordan Temple. Ben married Constance Stauffer on 10 June 1925. They have three sons and two daughters.
Oscar (Bill) also went to work in Salt Lake and lived with his mother there. He learned the butcher trade and worked in Salt Lake for many years. He then moved to California where he continued in this same business, His friendly ways and out¬going personality captured the friendship of many people, which helped him to be a success in his business, He has made a good living for his family. He married Amanda Slater on 24 Decem¬ber 1932. They have two boys and one girl.
Joe farmed for many years, first helping his parents, and then after he was married for many years he farmed on shares for Ether Tarbet in Benson, Utah. He made many life long friends while there. He bought back his old home place, the Stauffer place, from his mother. He moved to Salt Lake for a time, and he and Inez helped care for his mother in her declining years.
Joe then accepted a job with the Utah State Fish and Game Department. He became the manager of the Hardware Ranch until he retired. He and his good wife give their all to make that place beautiful and pleasant for those who came to visit. The Fish and Game Dept. erected a monument with their pictures in honor of them at Hardware Ranch. After their retirement, they remodeled the old home his mother had lived in, and have made it a lovely place. Joe married Inez Palmer on 15 April 1924. They have two sons and one daughter. Edward LaRay passed away as a young man,
Hilda was married on 15 April 1930 to a fine young man, William Morris. They were married for only two and a half months when he took double-quick pneumonia and died 20 June 1930 before the family could hardly get the word. She came back then and lived with her mother through this sad time. Needless to say, she was broken hearted.
During this time they came back to North Logan and helped Albert with his family after his house burned and he had lost his first wife.
After six years Hilda met another wonderful man, Edward Thornton Wilson, They were married on 7 May 1935. They were going to stay with Marie for just a short time, but it didn't work out that way. They lived there ten years. After this time they bought their own home. Marie lived alone two years. Hilda went back and helped her mother with cleaning and other things that needed to be done. At this time Hilda said her mother started to become senile and couldn't remember. This hurt because she had always been a very intelligent, sharp lady. Hilda and Ed, who was as good to her as if she had been his own mother, took her back into their home and cared for her even when she became completely helpless until she passed away. Joe and Inez also helped relieve them at this time. Marie passed away on 5 April 1953. Hilda and Ed had three sons, one who died as a child.
All of the children were loved by all who knew them. All learned to work, and each one had love and respect for the other. They all, like their parents, were very talented musically. They never were together but what they sang and danced, yodeled and sang the old Swiss songs. The boys played various musical instruments from the mouth organ, accordion, and guitar Fred even played a saw. Ben and Fred and Bill sang on KSL Radio and were invited to join the Pantageous circuit, a traveling vaudeville show. Marie joined in with them as long as she was able, and loved to dance, even in her old age.
This history was taken in part from an interview on tape with the original children recorded by a grandson, Dewain Berger. Also records and histories kept by a daughter in law, Florence Berger Hayball, a history of her parents written to her daughter, Ruth by Martha Krebs, and memoirs given by Oscar (Bill) and Joseph (Joe) and other family members were used. This was compiled by a granddaughter, Ella Mae Berger Wursten.