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Date Range
1889-1964
Description Level
Fonds
Accession No.
20181046
Physical Description
1.1 m of textual records, 5 photographs
Scope and Content
001: Financial log book (1889-1908) 002: Work day planner for Drumheller Rosedeer Mine (1916-1917) 003: Work day planner for Drumheller Stirling Mine (1917-1918) 004: Work day planner for Drumheller unidentified mine (1918-1919) 005: Work day planner for Drumheller unidentified mine & office (1921)…
Date Range
1889-1964
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Hans Enoch Wight
Physical Description
1.1 m of textual records, 5 photographs
History / Biographical
Hans Enoch Nielson Wight was born July 29, 1889, in Hyrum, Utah, USA. His father was Joseph Moroni Wight, and his mother’s maiden name was Cynthia Elnora Nielson. Joseph was born in 1844 in Hume, New York, and as a seven-year-old travelled west in the year 1851 with his LDS (Mormon) pioneer family. In line with LDS teachings of the time, Joseph became a polygamist and had two wives. Cynthia was his second wife. She was born in Weber County, Utah, in 1860. Hans was the sixth child born to Joseph and Cynthia, but only the second to live past infancy. After his birth, his parents were more successful and brought eight more children into the world, all but one of whom lived to adulthood. In the late 1880s, the LDS Church was sending members north to colonize Southern Alberta, and on June 8, 1891, when Hans was not yet two years old, his parents took their two living children and moved to the brand new community of Cardston, Alberta, snuggled on the edge of the vast, untamed, Canadian prairie. Hans learned to fish and hunt, and even before his teenage years he was an expert marksman. During the day in his father’s blacksmith shop, he learned to be a blacksmith, a wheelwright, and a carpenter, and in the evening he studied books. While finishing high school, he learned to play several instruments. He was a member of the Cardston Military Band. He became a certified machinist, a master electrician, and a licensed plumber. Because he drove a tractor, aborigine friends on the Blood reservation next to Cardston called him Iron Horse. Some remained life-long friends. On August 1, 1908, when nineteen years old, Hans went to Utah to attend Brigham Young College in Logan. He also studied through correspondence courses at the Armour Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois, the University of Missouri, and the Alberta Institute of Technology and Art, obtaining degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering. For the first six years of his professional career, he worked for the US Reclamation Service on the St. Mary’s River project in Montana, but he still spent his weekends in Cardston, which was only twenty miles away. On one of these weekends, he met a young lady named Alice McClung from northern Ireland who was a recent convert to the LDS Church. On January 11, 1911, Alice became Mrs. Hans E. Wight. He was not quite 22 years old and she was 20. An aside: Five years later, Hans’s younger brother Eugene married Alice’s younger sister Jenny, and their two families generated double cousins who grew up very close. At that time the LDS Church was constructing a temple in Cardston; it was to be used to perform certain sacred ceremonies, and Hans was offered a job as construction engineer, thus beginning his professional life in Canada. When the main part of the construction was finished, he accepted a position in Drumheller, Alberta, where, as a mine surveyor and master mechanic, he was instrumental in the development of its huge coal resources. He remained in Drumheller ten years. In addition to his mining duties he also taught night classes in mechanical, electrical, and steam engineering. When his family finally left Drumheller, he had three children: Elizabeth (Bessie) who was 14, Marjorie (Marge) who was 7, and Eileen who was 5. To be nearer to the LDS community, he moved his family to Taber, Alberta, in 1926. He had obtained the position of Chief Engineer and Master Mechanic for the Leland Coal Company based in Chicago. He was responsible for all mine maintenance both above and below ground. In addition to its large land holdings and mining operations, Leland Coal supplied the district with electricity. Their electric system was later purchased by the Calgary Power Company, and Hans became involved in extending power lines throughout Southern Alberta as well as in building power and light systems for its towns. Soon he relocated to Lethbridge, Alberta. However, his Calgary Power Company job required that he be away from home too much, so he resigned and accepted a position at the newly constructed Lethbridge Government Grain and Storage Elevator. In 1935, Hans campaigned for the new Social Credit Party and was elected Member of the Alberta legislative assembly (MLA) for Lethbridge by a landslide. In 1937, he resigned under pressure. Someone was leaking sensitive political information to the Lethbridge Herald, and Social Credit leadership suspected him (probably correctly). He moved to Calgary and became Chief Engineer of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s Calgary department store where he remained until World War II. In 1941 Hans left the Hudson’s Bay Company and enlisted at the rank of Pilot Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). He had hoped to work on the Alaskan Highway as an engineer, but was instead deployed to air bases across the Prairie Provinces and Newfoundland where he was charged with maintaining and constructing airbase facilities. At the same time, he was often assigned to organize recreation and entertainment for the airmen. He was released from active duty with the rank of Flight Lieutenant in February, 1945, and moved to Bremerton, Washington, where he was hired as an electrical engineer repairing American ships, mostly destroyers, damaged in Pacific Ocean warfare. He performed this work until the Japanese surrender. Then he moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. Hans was 55 years old when he returned to the USA, and he remained there the remainder of his life working as surveyor, city engineer, construction engineer, and city manager in cities throughout northern Utah. He also lived in Los Angeles where he was employed in the development of the San Clemente Island Missile Base for the US military. He died in Salt lake City, Utah on October 12, 1965, at 76 years of age, leaving behind his wife Alice and their three daughters. Although only the oldest daughter married, she had seven children, and those children now have over one hundred descendants. The biography is compiled by Howard Shafer, Grandson based on the following sources EXPERIENCES OF CYNTHIA ELNORA NIELSEN WIGHT from her diaries and journals: 1890 to 1943, edited by Alice W. Terry; A LIFE OF SERVICE: HANS ENOCH NIELSON WIGHT as revealed through his diaries and by his family, edited by Marjorie Wight and Eileen Wight; BACKWARD GLANCES: Stories of and by our Wight ancestors, compiled by Eileen Wight and Marjorie Wight A more detailed biography is found in file 20181046052
Scope and Content
001: Financial log book (1889-1908) 002: Work day planner for Drumheller Rosedeer Mine (1916-1917) 003: Work day planner for Drumheller Stirling Mine (1917-1918) 004: Work day planner for Drumheller unidentified mine (1918-1919) 005: Work day planner for Drumheller unidentified mine & office (1921) 006: Day planner in Drumheller (1921-1922) 007: Day planner in Drumheller (1922-1923) 008: Day planner in Drumheller (1923) 009: Day planner in Drumheller but planner days are not all filled in (1924) 010: Bundle of daily calendar pages (1924-1925) 011: Bundle of daily calendar pages (1925-1926) 012: Bundle of daily calendar pages (1926-1927) 013: Journal with daily entries (1927-1930) 014: Scrapbook of newspaper cutouts talking about the Social Credit party during Wright’s time as MLA till the fall of the Social Credit party (1935-1938) 015: Diary (1931) 016: Handmade diary and a handmade planner (1932) 017: Handmade diary (1933) 018: Diary (1934) 019: Diary (1935) 020: Diary (1936) 021: Diary (1937) 022: Diary with a couple pages torn from the front (1937-1938) 023: Diary (1939) 024: Travel Journal: Journal written till page 45 then it goes blank and then writing on page 194-195 (1939-1942) 025: Diary (1940) 026: Diary (1941) 027: Diary (1942) 028: Diary (1943) 029: Diary (1944) 030: Diary (1945) 031: Diary (1946) 032: Diary with Utah stamp (1947) 033: Diary with Utah stamp (1948) 034: Diary with Utah stamp (1949) 035: Diary with Utah stamp (1950-1952) 036: Diary with Utah stamp (1952) 037: Day Planner not that much is written in the entries (1953) 038: Diary (1953) 039: Account book (1954-1957) 040: Diary four stamps on the first page from Utah, Alberta, Washington, and Oregon (1954) 041: Diary (1955) 042: Diary (1956) 043: Diary (1957) 044: Diary (1958) 045: Diary (1959) 046: Diary (1960) 047: Diary (1961) 048: Diary (1962) 049: Diary (1963) 050: Diary stops writing on May 6 (1964) 051: 5 photographs of H.E. Wight and family 052: Biography of H.E. Wight
Accession No.
20181046
Collection
Archive
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Konkin and Morris Family fonds

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Date Range
1902-1994
Description Level
Fonds
Accession No.
20201054
Physical Description
25.4 cm of textual records; 5 photographic prints
Scope and Content
2020.1054/001: “Important Letters” – Account Statements, Farm Administration Papers, Employment Records, etc. 1935-1965. 2020.1054/002: Various Passports and Identification Certificates. 1930-1980. 2020.1054/003: City of Lethbridge Photos. 2 photographs. 1988-1994. 2020.1054/004: Elsie Konkin’s …
Date Range
1902-1994
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Konkin and Morris Family
Physical Description
25.4 cm of textual records; 5 photographic prints
History / Biographical
Elsie (Elizabeth) Morris was born October 5, 1928 to parents, William (Wasily) Konkin and Elizabeth Konkin (nee Wishlow). ELSIE WAS MARRIED TO TERRANCE GORDON “TERRY” MORRIS. According to his obituary, “Terry met his future wife Elizabeth (Elsie) Morris (nee Konkin) while teaching in Edmonton. They were married in 1961 and had two children David and Sara. The family moved to Nelson, BC before settling in Lethbridge in 1969. Terry taught in Lethbridge where his love of children and books kept him in the classroom until retirement in 1986. His passion for making a difference in his community led him to get involved in the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital Board, the Lethbridge Public Library Board, the Provincial Mental Health Advisory Committee, and the Lethbridge Public School Board” (2012). TERRY PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 88 ON OCTOBER 25, 2012. William Konkin was born in Verigin, SK September 20, 1904. William Konkin was the oldest of three boys, followed by John and Fred. He worked as a taxi driver and a construction worker in Trail, B.C. WILLIAM KONKIN PASSED AWAY MARCH 3, 1977 AT THE AGE OF 72. ELIZABETH KONKIN (NEE WISHLOW) WAS BORN IN CANORA, SK ON JANUARY 22, 1907, THE DAUGHTER OF PETER AND ELIZABETH WISHLOW (nee Nohornoff). AT THE AGE OF 6 SHE MOVED WITH HER FAMILY TO A DOUKHOBOR SETTLEMENT AT BRILLIANT, BC, THEN LATER HER FAMILY MOVED TO A DOUKHOBOR SETTLEMENT AT SHOULDICE, AB. IT WAS HERE THAT SHE MET AND MARRIED WILLIAM KONKIN. IN 1939, THE COUPLE MOVED TO THE VAUXHALL AREA TO FARM UNTIL THEIR RETIREMENT, AFTER WHICH THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE. ELIZABETH PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 93 ON APRIL 8, 2000. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. THE KONKINS WERE A RUSSIAN-SPEAKING FAMILY FROM THE TOWN OF SHOULDICE, ALBERTA, NEAR CALGARY. THEY AND MANY OTHER RUSSIAN FAMILIES COMPOSED THAT TOWN'S DOUKHOBOR COLONY. IN 2016, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN CONDUCTED FROM A TWO-PART INTERVIEW WITH KONKIN'S DAUGHTER, ELSIE MORRIS. A FULL HISTORY OF THE KONKIN FAMILY WAS CREATED USING THAT INTERVIEW AND CAN BE FOUND WITH THE RECORD P20160003002. Elsie Morris donated several items to the Galt Collections including P19950067005, P19950067015, P19950067018, and others.
Scope and Content
2020.1054/001: “Important Letters” – Account Statements, Farm Administration Papers, Employment Records, etc. 1935-1965. 2020.1054/002: Various Passports and Identification Certificates. 1930-1980. 2020.1054/003: City of Lethbridge Photos. 2 photographs. 1988-1994. 2020.1054/004: Elsie Konkin’s Cookbooks. Includes notes Elsie Konkin made. 1946-1989. 2020.1054/005: Farm & Ranch Directory for Lethbridge Trade Area. 1968. 2020.1054/006: Valentines and Cards. 1938. 2020.1054/007: Student Notebooks and the Canadian Bee Journal. 1940-1963. 2020.1054/008: “Bills 1957” – Financial Statements: sampled. 1950-1967. 2020.1054/009: Sampled Financial Receipts, Notices, and other papers. 2 photo prints. 1949?-1964. 2020.1054/010: School Workbook, Handy Farmer Account Book, etc. 1 photo print. 1902-1953. 2020.1054/011: Family History, “The Life and Times of Elsie Morris”. 1989. 2020.1054/012: “Effect of Set Size and Set Spacing? on Potato Yield” – Elizabeth Konkin. 1953. 2020.1054/013: Various Newspapers and Magazines. Part 1/2. 1965-1982. 2020.1054/014: Various Newspapers and Magazines. Part 2/2. 1978-1985. 2020.1054/015: Heritage Magazine/Journal. 1973-1977. 2020.1054/016: Lethbridge Municipal Hospital 25th Anniversary Programme, Alberta Teachers Association Souvenir Menu, etc. 1961-1980. 2020.1054/017: Canadian Hospital Association Official Luncheon Booklets. 1978. 2020.1054/018: 25th Anniversary for the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital – Meeting Minutes of 25th Anniversary Committee, Preliminary Finance Report, etc. 1980. 2020.1054/019: Lethbridge Public Library Annual Reports. 1978-1983. 2020.1054/020: Magazines and Heritage Journals. 1957-1977. 2020.1054/021: “89 in 25” – 25th Anniversary of the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital booklet. 1978-1980. 2020.1054/022: City of Lethbridge Annual Report. 1994. 2020.1054/023: Lethbridge Herald and other Articles. 1972-1986.
Accession No.
20201054
Collection
Archive
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Date Range
1911-1978
Description Level
Fonds
Accession No.
20211085
Physical Description
2.54 cm textual records; 59 black and white photographic prints
Scope and Content
2021.1085/001-045: Bannen Family Photographs. 58 photographic prints. 1912-1978. 2021.1085/046-047: Bannen Family Papers. 1 photographic print. 1911-1953.
Date Range
1911-1978
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Bannen family
Physical Description
2.54 cm textual records; 59 black and white photographic prints
History / Biographical
John H. Bannen was born in 1866, in Hamilton, Ontario. He moved with his family to Langdon, Michigan around 1887. Mr. Bannen was a road commissioner in Michigan, and in 1918 was hired by the federal government for road construction to replace prairie trails. In 1922, he worked near Skiff, Alberta. In 1930, John H. Bannen bought a piece of farm land in southern Alberta and eventually, his son, Darwin Bannen, took over the farm. Darwin Bannen exchanged the farm land near Warner for the Skiff property. John H. Bannen continued to manage the Warner property until his retirement. John H. Bannen married Rosa Packard, a school teacher, in 1899. The couple had six children: Belle, John Gordon, Darwin, Eunice Rose, William and Lewis. The family lived in Michigan and in March 1917, they moved to a farm just northeast of Warner. John H. Bannen was active in the community, and served as township supervisor and county clerk for over twenty years. The family were members of the Evangelical Church in Warner. In the 1930s, Darwin Bannen was farming at the Skiff property during the Depression. The family experienced many hardships. In 1941, Darwin purchased another piece of land from Mrs. Marion C. Lyons of Dubuque, Iowa. Darwin Bannen farmed until he was enlisted in the military. He was killed in action in January 1943. The farm was sold to Fergus Russell in 1961. John Gordon Bannen married Ellen Elizabeth Miller in July 1925 in Pondera, Montana, and they had four children: Vivian Eunice, Lila Mae, Gordon Lloyd, and Eileen Rose. In 1934, the family moved to Sweet Grass, Montana. In 1940, the family lived near Shelby, Montana. Belle Bannen Ostby was born in 1900, and married Alvin Clarence Ostby and had four children, including Eldon Clarence Ostby and Florence Otsby Oswald. The family lived in Warner, Alberta. Belle Bannen Ostby was a school teacher in the area. Eunice Rose Bannen Vassberg, born in 1905, was a Registered Nurse. She married Richard Vassberg in 1932 and raised their family in Bawlf, Alberta. William Bannen (1909-1925) and Lewis Bannen (1911-1924) both lived with their family in Warner, Alberta.
Scope and Content
2021.1085/001-045: Bannen Family Photographs. 58 photographic prints. 1912-1978. 2021.1085/046-047: Bannen Family Papers. 1 photographic print. 1911-1953.
Accession No.
20211085
Collection
Archive
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