Memorable Manitobans: James Cattermole Berg (1893-1948)
Lawyer, councilor, veteran.
Born at Portage la Prairie on 17 August 1893, son of James Berg and Martha Alice Shilling, he was educated in Winnipeg at Aberdeen School (1899-1908), Central Collegiate, and the University of Manitoba. He was called to the Manitoba Bar in January 1919 after service in the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War. He was active in veterans’ affairs thereafter. In addition to serving for six years as councilor of the Rural Municipality of St. Andrews, in 1930, Berg was a Canadian representative at national celebrations in Norway, where he was made a Knight of the Order of St. Olaf. A past president of the League of Norsemen in Canada, he was also a president of Toc H and a master of the Meridian Lodge of Masons. He held memberships in the Assiniboine Lodge, Manitoba Club, Motor Country Club, and the Young Men’s Association of St. Luke’s Church. He and wife Marjorie Isobel Forke (1899-1991, daughter of Robert Forke) shared a son, Ian Berg. He died at Winnipeg on 8 November 1948 and was buried in the Mapleton St. Clements Anglican Cemetery.
Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Souvenir Programme, Golden Jubilee, Aberdeen School, 20 November 1942.
“James C. Berg, lawyer, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 November 1948. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 61]
Obituary [Marjorie Isobel Berg], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 May 1991, page 22.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden and Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 18 June 2017