Classification scheme: 
Hist. Mss. 1.224 (s.c.)

Title: Simon Alvah Bergey fonds

Dates of creation: 1910-1912

Physical description: 2 folded diplomas

Biographical sketch: Simon "Sim" Alvah Bergey was born 27 June 1883 to Nathaniel Bergey (1847-1929) and Leah Shantz Bergey (1852-1926). In 1918 he married Ethel Maude Carter (1882-1955). They had one child, Barbara Gertrude Bergey (1920-2007).

Sim Bergey grew up on a farm in Mannheim, Ontario, and would have attended the Mannheim (then Lathsar) Mennonite Church. In 1910 he obtained the status of an Associate of the Ontario Agricultral College and Experimental Farm (Guelph), and in 1912 he received the Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree from the University of Toronto (Guelph Campus). A Bachelor's degree was still unusual in the Ontario Mennonite community at that time.

Bergey served in the Canadian Tank Battalion in World War I. Later he lectured at the University of Alberta, the took over in his father-in-law's ice business in Guelph, Ontario. Still later he worked for the Canadian Department of Agriculture as an Inspector. Simon Bergey died in 1948.

Custodial history: Donated to the Mennonite Archives of Ontario by the Gertrude Bergey estate, 2007

Scope and content: The fonds consists of two documents: The Associate of the Ontario Agricultural College (4 June 1910) and the Baccalaurei in Scientia Agriculturae at the University of Toronto, 7 June 1912.

Note: Original archival description created May 2007 by Sam Steiner


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