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1943: Berg's life story includes 1888 blizzard

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Betty Mann
Betty Mann, Rock County Historian

The following article is part of the Diamond Club Member group that began in the January 7, 1943, issue of the Rock County Star Herald. Members of this group consist of persons of age 75 and older.
The following appeared in The Rock County Herald on Nov. 4, 1943.
Thor Berg continues his life story from last week.
Mr. Berg was always fond of the out-of-doors and since his boyhood days, has been fond of hunting and fishing. In Norway, he often donned a pair of snow shoes and went hunting in winter for hours at a time. After coming to this country, he hunted ducks, geese and prairie chickens, all of which abounded in great numbers. Fish, too, were extremely plentiful in all the rivers and creeks, and he states he has caught many good sized pickerel in the Rock river. He still enjoys reading magazines dealing with outdoor sport.
He managed to escape harm in the blizzard of 1888, but he recalls how the day was as beautiful as it could be in the forenoon, with a genuine January thaw in progress. By five o’clock in the afternoon, however, the storm raged in blinding fury. He recalls how two men were frozen to death when they were unable to reach shelter.
Mr. Berg worked on farms north of Luverne in Mound and Vienna townships practically his entire life after coming to this country. He never married, and has only the one brother, Nels, with whom he resides here in Luverne.
Despite the fact that he is nearly 90, he is still active, can hear well, and can read without glasses. He often makes a trip down town, and he enjoys visiting with his older friends.
Mr. Berg is a member of Blue Mound Lutheran church, and for years served as janitor there.
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