Elizabeth Leota Berger

21 February 1902–7 October 1985 (Age 83)
Mount Carmel, Carroll, Iowa, United States

The Life of Elizabeth Leota

When Elizabeth Leota Berger was born on 21 February 1902, in Mount Carmel, Carroll, Iowa, United States, her father, Martin John Berger, was 34 and her mother, Mary Huberta Julich, was 32. She married Joseph Peter Ortner on 24 November 1926, in Carroll, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She lived in Carroll, Carroll, Iowa, United States in 1925 and Kniest Township, Carroll, Iowa, United States in 1930. She died on 7 October 1985, in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Mount Carmel, Carroll, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Joseph Peter Ortner
Elizabeth Leota Berger
Marriage: 24 November 1926
Justin Laverdos Ortner
Marilyn Eugenia Ortner
Clarise Helen Ortner

Spouse and Children

24 November 1926
Carroll, Iowa, United States



    Marilyn Eugenia Ortner


    Clarise Helen Ortner


Parents and Siblings



+5 More Children

World Events (8)

1903 · Department of Commerce and Labor

Age 1

A short-lived Cabinet department which was concerned with controlling the excesses of big business. Later being split and the Secretary of Commerce and Labor splitting into two separate positions.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

Age 11

The Keokuk Dam was completed in 1913 and began to power the surrounding area. It was the largest single capacity powerhouse in the world at the time. After World War II, the powerhouse was modernized and all the units were converted in 2002. It remains the largest privately owned and operated dam on the Mississippi River.
1926 · Iowa becomes a provider of food to the world

Age 24

Pioneer Hi-Bred International was the leader company experimenting with hybridization of corn and other seeds for agriculture in the world. It helped make different kinds of crop able to grow in harsh conditions so that other parts of the world would be able to farm and become self-sufficient. It was bought out by DuPont in 1999 and has continued to help struggling countries around the world.

Name Meaning

1 German, Dutch, Swedish, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): topographic name for someone who lived in the mountains or hills ( see Berg ). As a Jewish name it is mainly ornamental. It is found as a surname throughout central and eastern Europe, either as a surname of German origin or as a German translation of a topographic name with similar meaning, for example Slovenian Grićar, Hribar , Gorjan or Gorjanc.2 Norwegian: habitational name from any of various farms so named with the plural of Berg ‘mountain’.3 French: occupational name for a shepherd, from Old French bergier (Late Latin berbicarius, from berbex ‘ram’).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Story Highlight

Elizabeth (Berger) Ortner

From "It's All Relative" by Justin Ortner. Both Dad and Mom worked hard as most things were done by hand. The old hand cranked washing machine while being an improvement over the wash board, was still …

Sources (3)

  • Elisabeth L Berger, "Iowa State Census, 1915"
  • Elizabeth Berger in household of M J Berger, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Elisibeth S Berger in household of Martin Berger, "United States Census, 1910"

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