Date of Death: 27 MAY 1933
County of Death: POLK
(McIntosh Times, 1 Jun 1933, pg. 1) Aged Pioneer Laid to Rest in St. John’s Cemetery Memorial day. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at Our Savior’s church for Martin T. Berg whose death occured Saturday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. G. B. Moen, with whom he had made his home for some time. He was 95 years old and had been ailing and confined to bed most of the time for the past two years. Rev. C.M. Westermoe, pastor of the church and Rev. A.M. Swanson of the Augustana Lutheran church officiated at the service.
Honorary pallbearers were pioneer friends of the deceased. They were P.A. Bagstad, age 89 years; G. Ous, age 75; K.N. Newton , age 86; Fred Hanson, age 76; Markus Jorgenson, age 87 and O.H. Bakken, age 75. Active pallbearers were Carl Ostby, kalmer Ostby, Chester Berg, Peder Ostenaas, Oliver Ostenas and Thor Berg.
Martin T. Berg, affectionately known as Grandpa Berg, was born January 28, 1838 in Grue parish, Solor Norway. His parents were Tosten Olson and Anne Svenungson. He was baptized and confirmed in Grue church and grew to manhood in Norway where he engaged in farming.
While still in Norway he was married to Karen Skara and to this union eight children were born. In the spring of 1888 he came to the United States and the Thirteen Towns, to the home of his son, Thor in King township, where he arrived June 6th. He was accompanied by his wife, two daughters, Christine and Karen, and one son, Carl. For twelve years he farmed in the vicinity of McIntosh and in the spring of 1900, with his wife, moved to the village and made their home with their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Berg until 1907 when they acquired their own home in south McIntosh. Mrs. Berg died in 1915 at the age of 86 years and after that Mr. Berg lived intermittently with his sons, Carl and Thor, until 1921 when he went to live with his daughter Mrs. G.S. Moen with whom he resided until the time of his death. He was a loyal member of St. John’s Church and later of Our Savior’s church, a faithful worker in the local Temperance Association, active in the Sunday school and served as custodian of St. John’s Church for 18 years.
He is survived by one son, C.M. Berg and one daughter, Mrs. G.S. Moen, both of McIntosh. Four children died in Norway and two - Mrs. Gunder Aakhus and Thor Berg - in McIntosh. Other survivors include 11 grandchildren and 23 g-grandchildren.