Biography of Conrad Berg
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Conrad Berg is a prominent citizen and successful business man of Leetonia, where he is proprietor of the Leetonia Bretzel Bakery. He was born in Alliance, Ohio, May 1, 1873, and is the son of Henry and Elizabeth (Miller) Berg. Both parents were born in Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, and came to America in 1869.

Having learned the trade of a baker, Conrad Berg engaged in that business in his native town for two years and then purchased an interest in the pretzel bakery in Leetonia in 1899. This plant was established in Columbiana in 1887 by F. H. Reighart, who conducted the business there until 1890 when it was removed to Leetonia. Nine years later he sold out to Mr. Berg and Mr. Freel. After operating the plant for 18 months with his partner, Mr. Berg bought the latter's interest and has since been sole proprietor. In July, 1903, Mr. Berg had the misfortune to lose his buildings by fire, but were immediately rebuilt. At present the Leetonia Bretzel Bakery finds market and distribution of its products in nine different states of the union, shipping to principal cities such as Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Omaha, and Buffalo. The factory has a daily output of 4500 pounds, or 135,000 pretzels.

In 1892 Mr. Berg was united in marriage with Miss Cora Steelman, deceased. To them were born four sons: Edward Walter, owner of the Auto Machine Company and Berg Chevrolet Company, of Salem, O., Washingionville, Ohio; Earl Conrad, is now at home; Lawrence Floyd, associated in business with his father; and George Henry. In 1909 Mr. Berg was married to Miss Laura M. Royer, and they have a daughter, Helen M.

In politics Mr. Berg is a Democrat and has served as a member of the city council, as mayor of Leetonia, and as a member of the Columbiana County Liquor License Commission. In 1922 he was elected county commissioner. He is a member of the Lutheran Church and is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge, Elks and Eagle lodges, Moose, V. C. T. and K. O. T. M., and belongs to the Kiwanis Club.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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