Warren County Iowa Genealogical Society




    Rev. Thomas S. Berry

    Spouse: Lou A. Van Eaton
    Children: Hattie and Mary

    Thomas Berry

    Thomas S. BERRY , minister of the Indianola Methodist Church, became the college's third president in July 1878. Berry had joined the Union Army during the Civil War, was wounded and taken as a prisoner for nearly a year. Berry died in office in 1880. (Source: https://simpson.edu/dunn-library/archives-special-collections/joseph-w-walt-research-library-college-archives/past

    "BERRY, Rev. T.S., President of Simpson Centenary College; was born in Cass county, Ill., in 1841; his early life was spent on a farm; he enlisted in the 114th Illinois Infantry during the late war, and was commissioned 1st Lieutenant of Company D; he was wounded at Guntown, Miss., and taken prisoner and held in the hands of the enemy eleven months; after his discharge from the army he attended Garrett Biblical Institute,at Evanston, Ill., and graduated in 1870; he also graduated at the Northwestern University in the same place, in 1872; his first charge was at Carlisle in this county; he was for a time pastor of a church in Des Moines, and later in Indianola; in July, 1878, he was elected President of Simpson Centenary College, and under his leadership it as been eminently successful; President Berry has pursued his ministerial calling with untiring zeal, energy, and with a success which has earned for him no inferior rank among the clergy of the State; he is a man of strong sharp intellect, untiring ambition and an attractive speaker; the success that has crowned his efforts and the prominence he has attained, while yet so young, is a monument which might satisfy an ordinary ambition; he married Miss Lou A. Van Eaton, a native of Cass county, Ill., in 1865 their family consists of two children: Hattie and Mary." (Source - History of Warren County, Iowa 1879)