Robert & Shirley Berg
February 6, 2017
Brothers Anton Berg and John P. Berg established their drug store at two locations in Cedar Falls about 1923. Downtown, 323 Main Street had been the location of previous drugstores for many years – both George S. Mornin Drugs and E.H. Carney’s Drug Store preceded Bergs in that location. The second store, at 2227 College Street, would serve Normal School students for decades to come and become an iconic part of the College Hill business district. Anton’s son Robert Berg later owned and operated the stores. Robert Berg was active in community affairs, including serving on the Board of the Cedar Falls Chamber, Cedar Falls Historical Society, Cedar Falls AMVETS Post #49, Sartori Hospital, and the Main Street and College Hill Merchant Associations. Shirley Berg was active in the Reciprocity Bureau, as an officer of the Cedar Falls Womans Club, and served as president of Chapter KV of PEO Sisterhood and of the Black Hawk County Pharmaceutical Auxiliary. Robert Berg died in 2006 and Shirley in 2007. Through the estate planning process, Robert and Shirley Berg established two funds for the benefit of Cedar Falls organizations, one for the benefit of the Cedar Falls Public Library and one for the benefit of the James & Meryl Hearst Center for the Arts.