Henry "Harry" Berberich
Above Photo: Harry, Jr far left Harry, Sr far right
The magic of the internet has allowed us to make a positive ID on these lures! I was contacted by the granddaughter of Henry "Harry" Berberich (pronounced Berberick) and she was able to clear the air on these interesting lures. Berberich also invented and patented a spoon type lure in 1931. He put the patent in the name of his son, also named Henry. Harry lived in Chicago, IL and traveled to Hayward on family vacations until about 1950. He was an electrician and made the lures for clients and friends whom he fished with in the Hayward area. The "Minnie" lures shown above are very well made lures with a variety of hook configurations..... some have glass eyes, some with no eyes. The box design is similar to other boxes found in the 1930's and 1940's. The hardware is identical to the hooks and metal tails found on the very popular Suick baits from Antigo and Mudpuppy Baits made by CC Roberts Company in Wausau. It is likely the hardware was scavenged from these lures to make these "Minnie" baits. Check back for pictures and additional information on this maker and his baits! So, is it a Wisconsin lure or an Illinois creation? Well, we will call it both since it has only been found where the man fished it, in Wisconsin, of course! Maybe I need a new category of "IIli-sconsin" baits?