JOHN L. BERRY
John L. Berry, who closed his eyes to earthly scenes on the 21st of April, 1928, was one of the best county officials Siskiyou county ever had and his death was regarded by all as a distinct loss to the community which he had served so long and well. He was a man of sterling qualities, unassuming manner, high ideals and unquestioned integrity and administered the affairs of the county treasury in a manner that won for him successive reelections without opposition. Mr. Berry was born on the 22d of January, 1856, in Placer county, Miners Ravine, the place of his birth, having formerly been an active mining town. His parents, John H. and Rachael E. (Parker) Berry, came around Cape Horn to California in an early day. The father, a carpenter and wheelwright, went to Roseville, near Sacramento, where he erected the first house in that place, which is now a thriving railroad town. There his death occurred.
John L. Berry received his education in the grade schools and then worked for his brother-in-law for a while. Later he became a telegraph operator on the Southern Pacific Railroad, filling that position until moving to Gazelle, Siskiyou county, where he worked until 1915, when he was elected treasurer of Siskiyou county. So satisfactory was his discharge of the duties of that office that he was successively reelected and was still the incumbent of the office at the time of his death. Mrs. Berry, who had served as deputy treasurer, was appointed to fill the vacancy receiving the unanimous endorsement of the board of supervisors, and in 1930 was regularly elected without opposition. She is thoroughly familiar with every detail of the office and the county was fortunate in having so competent a successor to their former treasurer.
In 1876 Mr. Berry was united in marriage to Miss Roddick, a native of Amador county and the daughter of Robert and Christina (McKenzie) Roddick. Her father was numbered among the real pioneers of California, having been a miner in Amador county in the early '50s. After a number of years, he took up teaming, which he followed until 1907, when he went to Gazelle, and was there engaged in farming until his death. His wife passed away there also. Mr. and Mrs. Berry became the parents of five children, namely: Rae C., who is now a deputy for her mother in the office of county treasurer; Armine, who was accidentally killed while hunting; Stanley R., who is now station agent for the Southern Pacific Railroad at Klamath Falls, Oregon; Ruth, who is the wife of Clinton N. Bryon, a fireman on the Southern Pacific Railroad, residing at Dunsmuir; and Muriel E., the wife of Howard N. McLaughlin, a draftsman for the state highway commission at Redding. Mrs. Berry’s home is at Shasta View, a subdivision of Yreka, and she is very comfortably situated. She is exceedingly well liked by all who have dealings with the county traesurer’s [sic] office, while socially she is genuinely esteemed by the voters of the county and has a host of warm and devoted friends.
Transcribed by Marie Hassard 29 April 2010.
© 2010 Marie Hassard.