Building relationships one customer at a time
In the early 1900's a Swede followed his brother to America in hopes for a prosperous future. Meeting his brother first in the Minneapolis, MN, Sam Berg worked for Otis Elevator installing elevators. The job moved him to Moorhead, MN to install elevators for the area buildings. While in Moorhead, Sam met his future wife Hannah Edenborg.
Sam decided to apply for homesteading land in Montana. Not satisfied with the mountain ranges and missing his girlfriend in the Red River Valley, Sam ventured back to Fargo, ND landing a job at Berry Carriage Shop by using his father's blacksmithing trade.
In 1916, Sam Berg joined up with Gus Steen, a painter, in creating their own carriage shop, Steen & Berg Company. A carriage shop consisted of a carpenter, blacksmith, painter, and upholster all helping to create or repair a variety of horse drawn wagons. Other unique items produced were iron curtain rods, iron knick knacks, and a metal duck boat which is currently on display at Bonazaville, ND.
Then along came the horseless carriage. Who better to mend the metal mechanical mobile than the carriage shop of Fargo. With the same basic technique and sequence of repair, the transition from horse carriages to Model T's was smooth and prosperous.
As the car industry grew, so did Steen & Berg Company. Gus Steen died in 1949 leaving Sam Berg running the business. in 1959, Steen & Berg Company became incorporated with Sam's son Jim, continuing the legacy. Sam Berg passed on in late September, 1968. Currently, Steen & Berg stands at its fourth location since starting in 1916.