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Object Name Recording, Audio
Date 1978
Scope & Content Interview by Deb Emery of Norman L. Bergey (b. 06/03/1904), son of Jacob & Maggie Landis Bergey.

Digital copy available
Start time Subject
00:02:23 collected wood and helped with cooking and baking
00:03:33 made up their own games, also played hide&go seek, tag, and baseball
00:05:38 sledding during recess in the winter
00:06:52 first airplane - thought it was a bird
00:09:03 car stolen
00:12:20 limitations of rural isolation

Length of Interview 00:15:50
Notes Obituary:
Norman L. Bergey‚ age 99, affectionately known to many as "Uncle Norm," died Saturday, March 13, 2004 in the health care center of Peter Becker Community. He was preceded in death by his wife, Verna (Alderfer) Bergey, in 1988. He was a lifelong resident of Harleysville. Born in Harleysville, he was a son of the late Jacob S. and Maggie (Landis) Bergey.

As a young man, Mr. Bergey worked for the former Nyce Post Card Co. in Vernfield and Schoeneman’s Clothing Factory in Souderton. In 1926, he began working for the former Harleysville Poultry and Egg Auction, where he became the auctionmaster. In 1940, he began his own poultry auction company, Fogelsville Live Poultry Auctions in Fogelsville, until he sold the firm in 1957. During that time, he was also active with Tri-County Produce rs Cooperative Association in Center Point, where he became general manager.

He was a founding member of Indian Valley Mennonite Church in Harleysville. Throughout his nearly 100 years of life, Mr. Bergey was active in many civic and community programs. He served as treasurer and president of the Harleysville Alumni Association. He was active in the formation of the Harleysville Athletic Association, which built the baseball stadi um in Harleysville, which became the Harleysville Community Center. He was president of the Lower Salford School Board and Souderton Area Joint School Board when it built the Indian Crest and Indian Valley schools and the additions to the senior high school.

He served as board chairman of Frederick Mennonite Home and was on the building committee of Peter Becker Community during various construction projects. He was a member of the Lower Salford Sewer Authority. He served as secretary and president of the Harleysville Community Center. He was on the building committee of Harleysville Scouting Center, erecting the first cabin in 1948. Mr. Bergey was the first driver for the Harleysville Fire Company, driving a 1922 Hahn. He served the fire company as secretary and was a charter member of the Harleysville Lions Club, where he was the first president and had 54 years of perfect attendance. He was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, which is the highest honor a Lion’s Club member can be given. He also received the Distinguished Citizen of t he Year award from the Harleysville Jaycees. He was the grand marshal in the Country Fair Days Parade.

He is survived by two children, John M. Bergey and his wife, Joan E., of Lancaster and Evanne Luvender of Lansdale; four grandchildren, Kurt Bergey, Krista Holbein, Colleen Hacker and Chad Alan Hacker; and four great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Jacob and Laaden; and a sister, Carrie.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Wednesday, March 17, at 2 PM at Indian Valley Mennonite Church, 190 Maple Ave. in Harleysville, where the family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 PM. Interment will be in Whitemarsh Memorial Park. A Celebration of Remembrance will be at 7 PM at the church. For those desiring, memorial contributions m ay be made to Peter Becker Community Benevolent Fund, 800 Maple Ave., Harleysville‚ PA 19438.

(North Penn Reporter, 16 Mar 2004)
Object ID # 2013.25.98
Source Gift of S. Duane Kauffman
People Bergey, Norman L., 1904-2004 (Harleysville)
Collection Christopher Dock HS Oral History Tapes