Stanley J. Berriman was born on April 3, 1922 in Buchanan (N.Y.), the son of the John Major and Helen (Michaels) Berriman. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, flying 38 combat missions over Germany with the Eighth Air Force.
After the war, Stan earned a B. A. from Michigan State University and earned a master’s degree in education from Central Michigan University. Stan taught history for 30 years and coached sports at Meridian Junior High School in Meridian, Michigan. His passion for Michigan history was illustrated in the book he wrote, Upper Tittabawassee River Boom Towns, a copy of which is in the Clarke. Stan loved Michigan history, and spent a great deal of time researching, recording, collecting, and typing up his notes on the topic. His achievements were honored by the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, which inducted him as an honorary member of the tribe.
Stan died on October 11, 2003 at the age of 81 at the Mid-Michigan Medical Center in Midland. He was survived by his four children: Joseph (Judy) Berriman; Connie (Ronnie) Grove; Lori (Steve) Rathburn; and Beth (Ron) DeWitt. His children remembered many vacations spent in the station wagon driving from one historic marker to another. Stanley was buried with full military honors at Midland Memorial Gardens Cemetery. (This information is taken directly from his obituary, 2003, a copy of which is in the Biographical Materials folder.)