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John Berry
(Abt 1824-1874)
Mary Louisa Breeden
Dr. James Gordon Berry I
Josephine J. Deegan
(Abt 1849-1886)
James G. Berry II


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Mabel Floy Bemis

James G. Berry II 34,727

  • Born: 26 Aug 1882, Illinois 34
  • Marriage: Mabel Floy Bemis on 4 Jun 1894 in Portage County, WI 13,726
  • Died: 28 Feb 1959, Birchwood Township, Washburn, WI at age 76 728,729

bullet  General Notes:

"He had a summer cottage on the farm of his son by the same name. The cottage was in Birchwood, WI. He travelled to Birchwood to birth each of his grandsons. His sister Elizabeth and her husband W.W. Vincent also built a summer home on part of that farm in 1929. His brother Dr. Herbert Berry also spent time there." -- from an email 12-12-2008 from James G. Berry IV.


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Residence, 5 Jun 1900, 249 E. Hyde Park, Chicago, Cook, IL. 34 Living in this home were James G. Berry as head, wife Elizabeth, Mary, daughter, James Jr., son, and Elizabeth R., daughter. Also Katherine Reid, an Irish girl aged 10 as a servant and Henry Smith, coachman aged 48 from Kentucky..

Residence, 21 Apr 1910, Loomis, Washburn, WI. 13 Living here are James G. Berry, Jr. as head, wife Mabel, and Gordon B., son.

Occupation: farm manager, 21 Apr 1910, Loomis, Washburn, WI. 13

Residence, 17 Mar 1920, Birchwood Township, Washburn, WI. 14 Lived on Berry Road. Living here were James as head, Mable as wife, and sons Gordon B., James G., Hubert , and Lyle J.

Occupation: Farmer on a General Farm, 17 Mar 1920, Birchwood Township, Washburn, WI. 14

Residence, 28 Apr 1930, Birchwood Township, Washburn, WI. 3 Living here were James as head, wife Mabel, sons Gordon, James, Herbert, Lyle, and Erwin. They owned their home.

Occupation: Farmer, 28 Apr 1930, Birchwood Township, Washburn, WI. 3

Personality. 481 From an email of James Berry IV in speaking of James G. Berry II -- "My grandfather James was more or less exiled to Birchwood in 1906 because he was uncontrollable in Chicago. Too much carousing, drinking and gambling. He was the reprobate. James Sr. took him to Birchwood bought a section of land on which was the remnants of a lumber camp and told him to stay there and learn to farm. He never did learn to farm and depended on his four sons to do all the work. James Sr. must have paid to build the farmhouse, garage, ice house and barn and sheds. He had to have put money into the farm for a number of years. That may have been why he seemed was so stern. He was probably always upset with his son James II. I was there many summers and the house never had indoor plumbing or central heat. There was electricity in the later years. Had to have been quite a change from Chicago. The land was poor and bought cheap. No good for planting. Best use was probably for sheep but he ran dairy cows until 1950 when the farm was sold and James II and Mable moved to Birchwood. WW Vincent and Elizabeth built a very nice lodge with barn, caretaker cottage and boat house and tennis court on a piece they bought from James II in 1929. (Actually what they paid for the land probably went to pay off debt on the farm) The land parcel has a very nice lake. My father was the caretaker there the first couple of years. The Vincent's had two children Billy and Betty Jane, who was a horsewoman so there were horses there. The farm house is still there and the Vincent lodge is now owned by Illinois people. My Dad told me the cost of the buildings was $90,000 in 1929. I was in Birchwood in September to bury my Mother and visited the lodge which is still a very nice place. I met Billy Vincent (son of WW) several times in the later 1940's and spent a weekend at his home in Chicago. I believe also in Hyde Park and also with numerous servants. Billy also had a son named William who would have been born around 1942-43. Billy ran a roofing company in Chicago and Florida. "

Physical Description, 27 Apr 1942. 139 Blue eyes, brown hair, ruddy complexion. 5'9" tall, 148 lbs.


James married Mabel Floy Bemis on 4 Jun 1894 in Portage County, WI 13.,726 (Mabel Floy Bemis was born about 1883 in Lyndon Station, Juneau County, Wisconsin 13.)

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