You posted a query last July regarding the daughters of Arthur Berry - - -Bertha, Dolly and Freida.And evidently you also posted regarding James Levi Berry.Well, you've found a couple people who know a fair amount about them.
My name is Mike Schmeer.I live in Portland, OR and am a great-grandson of Ida M. (Berry) Erwin who was a younger sister of James Levi ("Lee") Berry.My grandmother used to speak frequently about "Dolly and Bertha", and I remember hearing little bits and pieces about them for years.In fact, in the 1920 census you will find Bertha living with my grandmother ( Gladys Thompson ) and mother ( Willa Thompson ) in Portland, Oregon.Evidently Arthur sent them to Oregon to be with some of his family after ( supposition here ) their mother left the scene - - - I rather imagine she must have died.I don't know how long they were here.The only real insight I have as to their lives are census records, WW I Draft Reg.s, and a couple photos.
Very recently I have been exchanging e-mails with Toni Francisco, of Anchorage ( email@example.com ), who is also a Berry descendant.We've been "surfing the net" and have pieced together a somewhat rough framework for the lives of Arthur W. Berry, his father James L. Berry, and Arthur's three daughters and were continuing to do so when I stumbled upon your query.
There has always been a sort of romance associated with James L. and Arthur Berry's Alaska adventures.As I mentioned, my grandmother loved to reflect back on all of that.I gather that the Berry family was totally enfatuated with Lee and Arthur's experiences - - - to the point that I know of other Berry folks that went up there - - - specifically to Nome.My mother's uncle, Ida Berry Erwin's son ( his name was Ivor C. Erwin ), went up there for a while to "hang out with Lee and Arthur ( I think near McGrath ) and I can remember him telling stories about his adventures.It was obviously a very exciting time in his younger life.I'm sure that Dolly and Bertha living among the family for a while added to the excitement for the family and established a very real connection to Arthur and Lee - - - in spite of the distance.
This is very exciting, and we would love to hear from you.Perhaps you know enough to fill in a lot of the blanks we have for Arthur's family.And even if you don't, it's wonderful making contact with an Alaskan relative.