BERKEY, Charles A., wholesale jeweler; born, Ebensburg, Pa., Mar. 28, 1870; son of Joshua and Barbara (Mahan)
Berkey; educated in High School, Cassopolis, Mich.; married, Dec. 28, 1898, Eva Lois Reid, of Oxford, Mich.; children:
C. Reid and Jean. Learned telegraphy, 1887, and began learning jewelry business same year; went to Chicago to complete
jewelry trade, 1889, and secured position with J. I. Snyder; began as traveling salesman for J. M. Porter, Chicago,
Oct., 1890; entered employ of Eugene Drimel, wholesale jeweler, Detroit, Aug., 1891; with Benjamin Allen &
Co., Chicago, 1893-96; with F. L. Shephardson & Co., North Attleboro, Mass., 1896-98, Noaek & Gorenflo,
Detroit, 1898-1900. Entered business on own account as the Berkey Cash Jewelry Co., 83 Woodward Ave., Detroit,
May, 1900; title changed, 1906, to The Charles A. Berkey Co., then at 110 Woodward Ave.; moved to 193 Woodward
Ave., May, 1909, and to 220 Woodward Ave., Apr., 1913; president The Charles A. Berkey Co. Was for three years
owner and publisher of The Jewelers' Advocate, now known as the Association Jeweler; organizer of the Detroit Jewelers'
Board of Trade, the National Retail Jewelers' Association, the National Wholesale Jewelers' Association. Member
Detroit Board of Commerce, Detroit Credit Men's Association. Republican. Mason (Blue Lodge, Chapter, Consistory,
Shrine); member Knights of Pythias. Clubs: Exchange (president), Wolverine Automobile. Recreation: automobiling.
Office: 220 Woodward Ave. Residence: 101 Euclid Ave. E.
The Book of Detroiters
A Biographical Dictionary
Of Leading Living Men
Of The City of Detroit
Second Edition 1914
Edited By: Albert Nelson Marquis
A. N. Marquis & Company
Wayne County, Michigan Biographies
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