Date of Death: 02 SEP 1929
County of Death: POLK
(McIntosh Times, 5 Sep 1929, pg. 1)
Thor M. Berg, Pioneer, Taken by Death Monday
Thor M. Berg, one of this community’s pioneers and respected citizen died at the age of 72 years at his home here Monday afternoon, Sep 2 from kidney trouble and complications. In ill health only two months, his condition was not thought serious until Saturday when he suddenly became worse. Sunday evening found him much better, but that evening he lapsed into a coma, remaining unconscious most of the time until his demise Monday afternoon.
Thor M. Berg came to McIntosh in 1883 and from then until 1914 was actively engaged in farming, having homesteaded a quarter section of land south of the village. He was one of the early settlers and underwent much of the suffering and hardships common to pioneer folk of that day.
Thor M. Berg was born February 7, 1857 in Solor Norway. His parents were Martin and Karen Berg. When he was 25 years old he immigrated to the United States and the first year he made his home with relatives at Manvel, North Dakota. He came to McIntosh in 1883. In 1884, he married Anne Aakhus, of McIntosh, who died in 1900. This union was blessed with seven children, four of whom are living.
Always interested in the welfare of the community and his fellowmen, he assisted in organizing St. John’s Lutheran churchm, which later merged with St. Luke’s congregation in organizing the present Our Saviors church, of which he was a deacon. He also was an active worker in all temperance movements.
It had always been his desire to again visit the land of his birth and upon retiring from the farm in 1914 went to Norway, returning the same year to McIntosh to make his home in the village. October 5, 1916 he married Marianne Gulbranson who that year came over from Norway.
Besides his wife, three sons and one daughter survive. They are Martin of Maxbass, ND., Halvor of Fertile, August of McIntosh, and Mrs. C.G. Norness (Thea) of Northwood, ND, all of whom were here for the funeral. He is also survived by his father, Martin Berg, who was 91 years old last January, a sister, Mrs. G.S. Moen and a brother, C.M. Berg of McIntosh.
Mr. Berg was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church, from which funeral services were held yesterday. Burial was made in St. John’s Cemetery. Business houses were closed from 1:30 until three as a mark of respect to his memory.
Pall bearers were Fred Hanson, Ole Bjorgo, Peter Ostenaa, Syver Skjefferaas, Ole Moe and Gunnerius Ous, all pioneers of this community and friends of the deceased.