men who have so materially advanced the development of South Dakota.
To Mr. and Mrs. Berry four sons and one daughter have been born, in the order following: Thomas A.; Effie M.
(now deputy treasurer and assistant to her father); Clarence A.; Lee; Frederick. All the children are still at
home, and constitute a family circle of which Mr. Berry is deservedly proud.
In political views our subject is a Republican. He is a member of Hurley lodge No. 75, I. O. O. F. He is one of
the best known and most thoroughly respected citizens of Turner county, enjoying the confidence of all; is a good
neighbor, and an honor to the community in which he lives.
RCHIBALD DUNCAN, SR., was the first settler of
Prairie township, Union county, and is now the fortunate possessor of a fine farm in section 32, of the same
township. He has been numbered
among the agriculturists of the county since 1869, and in prosecuting his farm work has been very industrious,
progressive in his ideas, and ready to take advantage of every turn of the tide to improve his circumstances. He
is widely known throughout the community for his many excellent traits of character, and his host of friends will
be glad to read this sketch of his life work in the history of his adopted country.
Mr. Duncan is a native of Scotland, and is the second child of a family of eleven children born to Samuel and
Janet (Flockhart) Duncan. Samuel, the eldest, is deceased; then came Archibald, our subject; and then, in order of
birth, the following children: Mrs. Helen Patterson; Mrs. Janet Hayes; Margaret; John, deceased; Robert, whose
biography will be found on another page of this record; Thomas, deceased; William; and Elizabeth and Ann, both
deceased. The father died at the age of eighty-nine years, having been born October 10, 1800, and his good wife
passed from time to eternity in 1854 at the age of forty-eight years.
Archibald Duncan, Sr., was born September 27, 1827, at Linlithgowshire, Scotland, and was raised in the land of
his birth, imbibing during his boyhood the thrift and industry characteristic of the Scottish race, which is
indelibly stamped in the natures of the lads and lassies of the land of heather. He learned the trade of blacksmith,
but followed farming all his life, and began working out at the early age of eight years, in this wise assisting
to rear and educate his younger brothers and sisters. Mr. Duncan left the home of his ancestors in 1854 and
emigrated to Canada. He first settled in Gray county, Ontario, near the Georgian bay, on a farm which was of little
use for the purpose of agriculture because of the stones with which it was covered. He succeeded in cleaning up
sixty acres of this and then sold out in 1869 and came to Union county, Dak. Ter. The county had just been
organized then and settlers in his neighborhood were few and far between, no claims to the north of his homestead
having been taken. With nothing to speak of when he took up his residence in township where he yet lives, he has
diligently and earnestly applied himself to his work, and is now the owner of three hundred