J.L. Berkley, of the firm of Grigsby & Berkley, dealers in general merchandise, is a native of Va.; moved to Magnolia, Harrison County, Ia., in 1872; thence to Missouri Valley in 1876, and engaged in milling until Oct., 1881, when he engaged in his present business, with W.E. Grigsby, a wealthy farmer of Harrison County.
T. F. Berkley, who for a number of years has been the leading flour merchant in the village of Ogden, is a miller by training and experience, as was his father before him. Mr. Berkley was born at Maxburg in Muskingum County, Ohio, a son of C. F. and C. M. (Richardson) Berkley. This branch of the Richardson family were prominent both in Ohio and Kentucky. C. F. Berkley in the early days conducted a mill on the Muskingum River, but in 1851 removed to Charleston, Illinois, when his son T. F. was only three years of age. C. F.