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Information from Veronica Francis Berke Zimmer of Sioux Falls, SD dated 1952 Herman John came to America at the age 17 and joined his brother Albert in Northfield, MN. Entered milling business at age 22. He followed that occupation until his death. Came to Britton, SD in 1889 to manage the mill there until 1895. Moved to Montrose in 1895 to take over the flower mill. The mill burned down in the winter of 1899. He then built a new flower mill and 2 elevators in 1900 and a 10 room home nearby the mill by the next year. He was nominated on Democratic ticket for Senator of N.E. Cook County but the Republican won. Rose Bridget Hay Berke was born in Johnsburg Ill March 17, 1861. Her mother was born in Onlieans?? France. They came to Chicago, Ill. in 1833. Nicholas cousin was John Hay a lawyer and statesman in Springfield, Ill. He lived near Abraham Lincoln. He became a Secretary to Lincoln in 1860. Grandfather Hay served in the Mexican and Civil War. Rose Berke died from a stroke November 7, 1933 in her home in Montrose SD.
Information from Ben Berke Herman learned the milling business as a young man in the Archibald mill in Dundas MN. Later he moved to South Dakota where he owned and operated a successful string of mills and elevators in the Britton - Montrose area. He was active in politics and built an opera house for the city of Mitchell. The milling technique developed at the Archibald Mill was adopted by the Saint Anthony Mill which became the worlds leading milling center