Mildura Weekly : Friday April 25 2014 Vol 8 No 25
www.milduraweekly.com.au 24 Mildura Weekly – 25/04/14 Their’s is a love that endures • From Page 22 While Keith’s dad used a Clydesdale for work on the fruit block when Keith was young, he had never ridden himself until after he and Heather married. “I have always loved hors- es,” Heather said. “I had a horse when I was younger myself. “I had Shetlands 40 years ago, and I had bigger horses because I used to ride.” In the early days of their marriage she bought a pony for Ruth, later going into breeding Pintos, then Shet- land Ponies, before settling on breeding miniature horses and donkeys in recent times. “I bought a pony for Ruth when she was two,” Heather said. “Then I bought a couple of horses for ourselves. “We all rode in the River- land Hunt Club. “Keith was hunt master for 11 years, and clerk of the course at Berri Racecourse, which is now defunct, for many years too. “I have had Shetland Po- nies for probably the past 15 years, and miniature ponies for probably the last eight or nine. “I have got 18 (minia- tures ponies) at the mo- ment,” she said. Heather no longer rides since the death of her then 27-year-old horse two years ago. Keith grew up at Winkie, where his grandfather had been a soldier settler. “My dad was a fruit grow- er – he worked for his father at Winkie,” Keith said. “They moved from Port Pirie and built the block. “My Uncle John got called to war and my dad didn’t so he had the two blocks to look after.” Keith tells how his dad and mum, Cliff and Esther Ingerson, also met at a dance. Esther was a sister to Wal- ly Schwarz, who ended up marrying Cliff’s sister Edna. Cliff would ride his push bike to where Wally had rowed a boat from his home, then the pair would swap over, with Cliff rowing the boat to visit Esther while Wally took his bike to visit Edna. They would then do the same in reverse to return to their respective homes. “That is how it went on until they got engaged and then married,” Keith said. “I knew I wasn’t going to go on the fruit block because Dad only had a small block. “The only thing I ever wanted to be was a carpen- ter.” Keith did his apprentice- ship in carpentry with Wilf Huckstepp and his son Gra- ham, then with Heather hav- ing been moved to Whyalla to teach, he went and worked as a carpenter building the then new BHP steel works at Whyalla. After the couple travelled overseas Keith quickly found work as a carpenter in the Riverland on their return. “The day after the first weekend that we got back I went to look up a couple of people,” he said. The first place he visited told him they would check and get back to him the next day, however the second, Eddie Tornow, said: “Grab him.” “So I worked for him un- til 1976,” Keith says. “Then I went into a part- nership with Kevin Schmidt.” That partnership contin- ued until Keith was afflicted with the physical symptoms that would eventually be di- agnosed as Peripheral Neu- ropathy. “It was 1980 when I first noticed something was wrong,” Keith said. “It took until 1986 to di- agnose.” While some forms of Pe- ripheral Neuropathy are rela- tively common, especially in the elderly, Keith said the type he has suffered from since the age of 41 was rare. “Something in the bone marrow kills off other nerves – your nerves just waste away,” he said. “It takes a lot of different forms.” Unable to continue as a carpenter full-time, Keith went out on his own for two years “doing odd jobs”, be- fore he was forced to retire at 50. He was able to continue to live at home until about a year ago, when he first went into St Catherine’s for respite care. While he can return home for a couple of weeks at a time, the degenerative disease confines him to bed, an electric wheelchair or go- pher, and Heather is unable to lift him from either the car or bed into either form of transport. Keith, 75, is now a full- time resident of the nursing home, where the staff are able to get him from the bed to the wheelchair, then from that to the gopher so that he can go out and about in Berri once a week. The couple’s two chil- dren, Ruth Hall and Sam Ingerson, and their children – the Ingerson’s six grand children – all live in the Riv- erland. IN THE RIVERLAND THIS WEEK • ANIMAL-LOVER: Heather Ingerson with three of her miniature donkies. Glass & Glazing Mirrors Aluminium Windows Showers Security Doors Wa rdrobe Doors Blinds & Awnings Invisi Gard Security Doors Roller Shutters Splashbacks 08 8588 1488 | 0417 846 503 8 Anderson St, BARMERA Monday to Friday 8:00pm to 10:00pm Saturday 6:00pm to 10:00pm Sunday & Public Holidays 10am to 12:00pm and 6:00pm to 10pm Maddern Street, Berri, SA, 5343 P: (08) 8580 2642 F: (08) 8580 2540 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.riverdocs.org.au GP CLINIC TIMES idays OPEN FOR AFTER HOURS GP CLINIC, WHEN YOUR USUAL GP IS CLOSED.
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