| March/April 1968

VIVIAN CHITWOOD, 52, prominent Blue River area farmer was killed in an automobile accident. Mr. Chitwood was a life long resident of the Blue River, Wisconsin area. He was one of the organizers, and at the time of his death was secretary of the Southwest Wisconsin Antique Power club. This was sent to us by the Godager-Volkmann Funeral Home in Boscobel, Wisconsin.


The death by accidental drowning of Albert Parker Berney of Angusviile, Manitoba, Canada, occurred at a small lake 6 miles from his farm home on Nov. 8, 1967.

Albert Berney was born Sept. 20, 1902 in the Silver Creek Municipality and lived all but three years of his life in that area. He was married in 1934 to Marion Copping, who survives him. Other survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Ruby Breekenridge, Foxwarren, Manitoba, and Mrs. Andrew Moan (Anne) of Rossburn, Manitoba; two brothers, Edward of Rossburn, Manitoba, and Leo of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Funeral services were held at Westminster United Church at Foxwarren, Manitoba, with Rev. Gordon Fulford officiating, with interrment at Foxwarren cemetery.

Mr. Berney took an active part in community affairs and was an ardent sports enthusiast, following local baseball and hockey clubs for many years. From boyhood he was a devotee of the steam engine and custom threshed throughout the neighborhod for twenty-three years. This led, in time, to his interest in the Agricultural Museum of Manitoba located at Austin, Manitoba, Canada. A member of the Board of Directors for almost twelve years, he devoted much time and effort to the museum. Mr. Berney kept alive the old custom of stook threshing in his neighborhood, using a 25 H.P. Cock of the North Steamer, and a 42-64 inch Minneapolis separator and each year held a threshing day which drew friends to share the revival of pioneer days. Sent to us by Thomas Lobb, Helston, Manitoba, Canada.