"Greatgrandparents George and Margaretha Berg"

Robert "Bob" George Berg

September 10, 2016

As with any large family, members move in different directions often leaving their birth place in search of adventure and/or economic opportunity. As generations pass, much information is lost or forgotten. We do know Greatgrandfater George left his farm in Bavaria and came to Michigan in search of a better life for his family. I am the grandson of his son Joseph Berg. My father is Joseph Berg's son George Robert. I live and farm in the same part of Bay County that greatgrandfather George farmed during the early 1900s.

I have several loan documents that greatgrandfather George had with a local woman Margaret Helmreich. According to local historians, Helmreich loaned many aspiring German farmers money to purchase farms in the late 1800s and early 1900s. On October 15, 1903 she loaned greatgrandfather George $500 to purchase a piece of farm ground on Wilder Road, Section 16 of Williams Township, Auburn, Michigan. The note was cosigned by a friend of his, Bartholomew Beiser Note: We live on land we purchased from Beiser's family.

Greatgrandfather was 44 years old. The intrest rate was 5 1/2 percent. A hefty sum for the time. Three years later, Greatgranfather bought the property next to his farm, once again borrowing from Helmreich in 1906, a total of $220.

The house in front of which Greatgrandfather and Greatgrandmother and their family was photographed still stands, but it is now yellow and has been modified slightly. The original homestead house was a converted pig shed.

My brother George J. Berg and I farm approximately 1800 acres in Bay County. We grow corn, soybeans, wheat and edible beans. We are a part of the family tree that is still located within site of the original homestead. We still belong to the same church and frequent many of the same spots our greatgrandparents did in the early 1900s. We farm under the legally registered name of "Berg Farms." We do not, however, farm Greatgrandfathers original farm which now belongs to the Gushow Family as it was sold after greatgrandfather died.

I was the estate administrator for my single uncle Joseph Berg who was the son of greatgrandfather George's son George, and stepson to his other son Joseph, both married Josephine Hermann.

George and Margaretha Berg
with family

George and Margaretha Berg with family

George Berg borrowed $500 from Margaret Helmreich to purchase farm land on Wilder Road.  George's friend Bartholomew Beiser  co-signed the note.

George Berg borrowed $500 from Margaret Helmreich to purchase farm land on Wilder Road. George's friend Bartholomew Beiser co-signed the note.

George Berg borrowed $70 from Margaret Helmreich.

George Berg borrowed $70 from Margaret Helmreich.

George Berg and Margaretha Henningsmith borrowed $150 from Margaret Helmreich to purchase farm land.

George Berg and Margaretha Henningsmith borrowed $150 from Margaret Helmreich to purchase farm land.