Violet Evelyn Tonks was born August 25, 1889 in Morgan, Utah the daughter of George Moroni Tonks and Emily Ann Littlefield, both of whom had crossed the plains to Utah as children. Violet started school at the age of six in Round-Valley, Utah. Then in September of 1898 her family moved to Victor, Idaho. In 1900 the family built a lovely new home on their ranch in Victor. In 1906 Violet's father bought a house in Rexburg, Idaho so that his children could attend school there. Violet studied home economics at Ricks Academy were she met Lucius Robert Berger. They courted for three years and were married on October 5, 1909. Lucius had graduated from Ricks Academy in 1908 in the business class. The spring after they were married Lew and Violet moved to Pocatello, Idaho where he worked for the railroad. Their first three children where born during the nine years they lived there. In the spring of 1918 they moved their family to Farmington, Utah where they grew fruits and vegetables for the canning factory. When her mother became ill Violet and Lew sold their land and moved back to Victor to look after her father's farm. When the Great Depression hit they had a hard time supporting their family and debts piled up. Finally in 1935 they sold the farm, settled all the debts and moved into town. On December 2, 1938 Lew died. Violet would then marry his friend Milton East in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 23, 1942. He died of a heart attack on September 16, 1948. Violet passed away May 16, 1977 in Jackson, Wyoming.
The fifth folder in the collection contains biographical information relating to Violet Evelyn Tonks Berger. The folder holds short biographies for many members of the Tonks family. The section concerning Violet consists of an autobiography of four typewritten pages. The first year that her family was in Idaho her elder brother George suffered appendicitis and died. Since he had been the one to take care of the family's ranch, his death had a great effect upon the family. Her father was very concerned about his children's education and took a great interest in the Ricks Academy church school that was being built in Rexburg, Idaho. He bought a house there, donated money for the building of the school, and would move the family there each winter so that Violet and her brothers and sisters could attend school. Violet expresses her gratitude for her family, especially her children and their companions. She also details her callings and church service as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.