For the next two weeks, Jean Hejl has graciously shared the stor y of her grandmother, the amazing Grace Davis Berry, a lady who touched the lives of many people during her life that covered three centuries.
Grace Miriam Fulcher Davis Berry, known to her granddaughter as “GG” was born to James T. and Minnie Vogel Fulcher in January, 1898.
She was born in the home of her Fulcher grandparents who lived in San Gabriel.
Grace’s family lived in Thorndale, where she graduated from high school in 1915.
She was valedictorian of her graduating class and had to write and memorize her speech for the ceremony.
Four years later, on her 19th birthday, she married Charles Augusta Dav is, 26 years her senior.
Charles and Grace lived in a house he had built in 1904, constructed completely of longleaf pine.
They had t wo sons, Keit h and Neil, who followed in their mother’s footsteps as they also were valedictorians at Thorndale High School.
Grace was widowed in 1932 during the Great Depression years.
To prov ide for her family, she worked at Summerlin’s Dry Goods Store.
She took in boarders, who were teachers at the high school. She also supervised a community canning operation.
On May 18, 1941, she married James Leslie Berry. They were married over 40 years.
The couple moved to For t Worth, soon after marrying.
Grace worked in Monnigs Department Store for 17 years at the main cashier’s cage. In 1958, James and Grace moved back to her home in Thorndale and she began her career with the Thorndale Champion newspaper.
In those days the newspaper was locally owned and the office was open during the week.
It became known to those who dropped by the office to purchase an ad, or to leave some news, that Grace had a candy jar on her desk.
That candy jar attracted her younger friends as they dropped in for an afternoon treat on their way home from school.