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Date Range From
1895
Date Range To
1905
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, LACE
Catalogue Number
P19740088000
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1895
Date Range To
1905
Materials
COTTON, LACE
No. Pieces
1
Length
97.8
Description
SIZE 14. WHITE COTTON, FLOOR-LENGTH HALF-SLIP, WITH WHITE LACE FLOUNCE ATTACHED NEAR BOTTOM OF GARMENT. MACHINE SEWN, BUTTON CLOSURE AT WAISTBAND. BUTTONHOLE APPEARS HANDSEWN, AND ADDED LATER TO REPLACE TIE TAPES. BOTTOM EDGE OF FLOUNCE AND SLIP FRAYED IN SEVERAL PLACES.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
DONOR STATES PETTICOAT BELONGED TO HER GRANDMOTHER (CA 1874), WHO LIVED IN ONTARIO. GRANDMOTHER MCKAY GAVE THE PETTICOAT TO A MRS. MCDOUGALL WHO CAME TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1917. AFTER HER DEATH, THE PETTICOAT CAME TO DONOR. *UPDATE* IN 2018 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILES AND ACCESSORIES, INCLUDING THIS PETTICOAT. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN COMPILED USING THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARCHIVES AND INFORMATION FOUND ON THE GENEALOGY WEBSITE, WWW.FINDAGRAVE.COM. THE DONOR, FLORRIE ISABEL MARJERISON (NEE MACDOUGALL), WAS BORN ON JANUARY 14, 1899 IN HAWKSTON, ONTARIO TO PARENTS, WILLIAM MACDOUGALL AND FLORA MACDOUGALL (NEE MCKAY). HER SIBLINGS WERE JOHN "JACK" MACDOUGALL (1904-1967) AND ALICE MACDOUGALL (1902-1974). ACCORDING TO MARJERISON’S OBITUARY PUBLISHED IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, THE FAMILY CAME TO SOUTHERN ALBERTA IN 1917. SHE MARRIED EVERETT MARJERISON IN GRASSY LAKE IN 1923. THEIR CHILDREN WERE ROBERT AND AUSTIN (D. 1926). THE DONOR PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE ON DECEMBER 22, 1991 AT THE AGE OF 92 YEARS. ACCORDING TO THE INFORMATION PROVIDED AT THE TIME OF DONATION, THESE ARTIFACTS FIRST BELONGED TO MARJERISON'S GRANDMOTHER. SOURCES ON THE FIND A GRAVE WEBSITE STATE THAT THIS COULD HAVE BEEN HER MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER, FLORA MCKAY (NEE GALBRAITH) OR HER PATERNAL GRANDMOTHER, EUPHEMIA "EFFIE" MCKAY (NEE ROBERTSON). THE DONOR'S MOTHER, FLORA MACDOUGALL, WAS BORN ON MARCH 21, 1867 TO DONALD MCKAY (1827-1914) AND FLORA MCKAY (1839-1910) IN ONTARIO. THE DONOR'S FATHER, WILLIAM MACDOUGALL, WAS BORN IN ONTARIO ON FEBRUARY 2, 1970 TO ALEXANDER MCDOUGALL (1826-N.D.) AND EFFIE MACDOUGALL (1838-1916). WILLIAM'S MOTHER TOOK THE LAST NAME "MCKAY" AFTER HER SECOND MARRIAGE TO ANGUS MCKAY (1834-1916) IN 1887. WILLIAM'S OBITUARY STATES HE WAS A FARMER OF THE KIPP DISTRICT. WHEN HE FIRST ARRIVED IN ALBERTA FROM ONTARIO IN 1917, HE FARMED IN THE GRASSY LAKE DISTRICT UNTIL 1924. HE THEN MOVED TO CARDSTON, WHERE HE REMAINED UNTIL 1934 WHEN HE FINALLY TOOK UP LAND NEAR KIPP. THE ARTIFACTS CAME TO ALBERTA WITH THE DONOR'S MOTHER, FLORA MACDOUGALL WHEN THE FAMILY MOVED FROM ONTARIO. MRS. MACDOUGALL PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE DURING NOVEMBER 1955. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING LETHBRIDGE HERALD CLIPPINGS AND HARD COPIES OF ONLINE RESEARCH.
Catalogue Number
P19740088000
Acquisition Date
1974-10
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
MAN'S BEADED VEST
Date Range From
1850
Date Range To
1900
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BEADWORK, VELVET, COTTON, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19672432000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MAN'S BEADED VEST
Date Range From
1850
Date Range To
1900
Materials
BEADWORK, VELVET, COTTON, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
59.7
Width
49.0
Description
SIZE: 384 PLASTIC BUTTONS. LINED WITH COTTON, POSSIBLY FROM FLOUR SACK. RED COTTON BACK WITH 2 RED TIE STRINGS. CUT IN CONVENTIONAL WHITE MAN'S VEST STYLE - 3 BLACK & 1 BROWN BUTTON FRONT. FRONT PANELS ARE BLACK VELVET WITH FLORAL BEADWORK DESIGN IN RED, BLUE, GOLD, BROWN, CLEAR (OPAQUE & CLEAR BEADS). SOME PORTIONS OF BEADWORK MISSING; ESPECIALLY ON RIGHT FRONT SIDE. HANDMADE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
ETHNOGRAPHIC
History
CHIPPEWA OR METIS.
Catalogue Number
P19672432000
Acquisition Date
1967-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
CROSS-STITCH PANEL
Date Range From
1880
Date Range To
1910
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, LINEN
Catalogue Number
P19940005006
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CROSS-STITCH PANEL
Date Range From
1880
Date Range To
1910
Materials
COTTON, LINEN
No. Pieces
1
Length
46.2
Width
46.2
Description
SQUARE CREAM LINEN PATTERN HAS VARIOUS GUIDES ON PATTERN. TOP ROW HAS ALPHABET FROM A-I IN VARIOUS COLOURS, THE SECOND ROW HAS K-R IN MANY COLOURS, AND THE THIRD ROW HAS S-Y AND POSSIBLY Z(?). FROM THE MIDDLE DOWN THE PATTERN IS MOSTLY OF NATURAL DESIGNS (BIRDS, FLOWERS, LEAVES), AND HAS EXAMPLES OF DIFFERENT STITCHES, THERE ARE ALSO OTHER UNIDENTIFIABLE PATTERN MODELS. ON THE BOTTOM LEFT HAND SIDE THERE IS A LARGE PIECE MISSING FROM THE PATTERN, THESE ENDS ARE FRAYING. THERE ARE ALSO MINOR TEARS AND WEARING IN THE FABRIC. A SMALL STAIN APPEARS IN THE BOTTOM MIDDLE.
Subjects
TEXTILEWORKING T&E
Historical Association
DECORATIVE ARTS
History
CROSS STITCH PATTERN SHEET WAS USED BEFORE BOOKS WERE AVAILABLE SO THAT WOMEN COULD KEEP SAMPLES FOR EMBROIDERY. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A PAIR OF GLOVES DONATED BY ANNE DUECK. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. ANNE DUECK PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 81 ON DECEMBER 13, 2004. ACCORDING TO HER OBITUARY “ANNE WAS KNOWN FOR HER TEACHING IN THE COMMUNITY OF COALDALE AT JOHN DAVIDSON AND R.I. BAKER SCHOOLS UNTIL HER RETIREMENT.” SHE WAS THE DAUGHTER OF PETER P. DUECK AND ANNA DUECK (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). PETER P. DUECK PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 88 ON AUGUST 9, 1983. ANNA DUECK (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) WAS BORN IN THE CRIMEA AND MOVED TO CANADA IN 1926. ACCORDING TO HER OBITUARY, SHE LIVED IN COALDALE FROM THAT POINT FORWARD, EXCEPT FOR ONE YEAR. SHE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 86 ON DECEMBER 13, 1981. PETER DUECK’S BROTHER WAS NAMED FRANK DUECK. FRANK PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 78 ON JANUARY 9, 1983. ACCORDING TO HIS OBITUARY, HE WAS BORN, RAISED, AND EDUCATED IN RUSSIA AND MOVED TO CANADA IN 1926, WHERE HE FARMED IN THE COALDALE DISTRICT BEFORE RETIRING TO LETHBRIDGE AND THEN CALGARY. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
*UPDATE* IN 2021 TWO COLLECTIONS ASSISTANTS, RYLEY GELINAS AND O. E., CONDUCTED AN AUDIT OF THE ROLLED TEXTILE COLLECTION, INCLUDING THIS ARTIFACT. RESEARCH CONDUCTED INTO THE DONOR WAS UNSUCCESSFUL AND NO FURTHER INFORMATION WAS MADE AVAILABLE AS A RESULT OF THE AUDIT WORK.
Catalogue Number
P19940005006
Acquisition Date
1994-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1880
Date Range To
1910
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SILK, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19940005007
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1880
Date Range To
1910
Materials
SILK, COTTON
No. Pieces
3
Description
1. 97CM (L) X 94CM (W). SILK SCARF HAS GREEN-BROWN TASSELS AS TRIM. THEY ARE LINKED LOOPS SEWN AT THE TOP OF THE CIRCLE TO THE BODY AND HAVE TASSEL HANGING FROM BOTTOM. ON ONE SIDE BODY IS PEACH WITH A DARKER PEACH COLOUR EMBROIDERED DESIGN. DESIGN IS SQUARE ZIG-ZAG BORDER ON TWO OPPOSITE SIDES, OTHER TWO HAVE DOTS AND TRIANGLES. INSIDE OF SQUARE ARE NUMEROUS CIRCULAR SYMBOLS. THEY ARE IDENTICAL WITH FOUR POINTS TOWARDS THE MIDDLE OF CIRCLE. TWO OPPOSITE SIDES ARE POINTS, ONE IS CIRCLE AND OTHER IS A FLARED DESIGN. SWIRL DESIGNS ARE IN BETWEEN THE CIRCLES. OPPOSITE SIDE IS IDENTICAL WITH REVERSE COLOURS. CREASED INTO FOUR SECTIONS. HAS MINOR FLAW IN MATERIAL, AND SOILING. TASSELS ARE TANGLED AND LOOSE IN PLACES. 2. SCARF: 103CM (W) X 82.5CM (L). SILK SCARF IS OFF-WHITE WITH GOLD AND SILVER TRIM. IS TWO PIECES OF THE SAME MATERIAL SEWN TOGETHER DOWN THE MIDDLE. THREE SIDES ARE SEWN UNDER WITH ONE SIDE BEING EMBROIDERED. STARTING FROM THE INSIDE IS A ROW OF HALF GOLD OVALS, THEN CLOSE TOGETHER SILVER LINES, THEN GOLD FLORAL BAND WITH SILVER LINES AND GOLD FLECKS ON EITHER SIDE. FURTHER OUT FROM THIS BAND ARE THE CLOSE TOGETHER SILVER LINES, THEN GOLD HALF-OVALS FACING OPPOSITE WAY AS THE INNER ONES, AND FINALLY ON OUTSIDE IS FAR APART SILVER LINES. HAS SIX ROWS OF GOLD AND SILVER SOLID PATTERN EMBROIDERED ELEVEN ACROSS. HAS RUNS AND FLAWS IN MATERIAL. 3. SCARF: 93CM (L) X 93CM (W). WINE COLOURED COTTON SCARF HAS BURGUNDY TASSELS WHICH ARE SEWN THROUGH IN PIECES AND KNOTTED ON. HAS WINE BORDER WITH CREAM AND GREY BACKGROUND IN THE SQUARE. HAS BRIGHT PINK, RED, YELLOW, ORANGE AND PURPLE FLOWERS WITH GREEN LEAVES. INSIDE OF SQUARE IS WINE WITH CURVED CORNERS OF THE FLOWERS. IS CREASED INTO FOUR SECTIONS. SOME DISCOLORATION, MINOR SURFACE DIRT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
CLOTHING-HEADWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
SEE FILE P19940005001-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A PAIR OF GLOVES DONATED BY ANNE DUECK. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. ANNE DUECK PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 81 ON DECEMBER 13, 2004. ACCORDING TO HER OBITUARY “ANNE WAS KNOWN FOR HER TEACHING IN THE COMMUNITY OF COALDALE AT JOHN DAVIDSON AND R.I. BAKER SCHOOLS UNTIL HER RETIREMENT.” SHE WAS THE DAUGHTER OF PETER P. DUECK AND ANNA DUECK (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). PETER P. DUECK PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 88 ON AUGUST 9, 1983. ANNA DUECK (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) WAS BORN IN THE CRIMEA AND MOVED TO CANADA IN 1926. ACCORDING TO HER OBITUARY, SHE LIVED IN COALDALE FROM THAT POINT FORWARD, EXCEPT FOR ONE YEAR. SHE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 86 ON DECEMBER 13, 1981. PETER DUECK’S BROTHER WAS NAMED FRANK DUECK. FRANK PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 78 ON JANUARY 9, 1983. ACCORDING TO HIS OBITUARY, HE WAS BORN, RAISED, AND EDUCATED IN RUSSIA AND MOVED TO CANADA IN 1926, WHERE HE FARMED IN THE COALDALE DISTRICT BEFORE RETIRING TO LETHBRIDGE AND THEN CALGARY. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
*UPDATE* IN 2021 TWO COLLECTIONS ASSISTANTS, RYLEY GELINAS AND O. E., CONDUCTED AN AUDIT OF THE ROLLED TEXTILE COLLECTION, INCLUDING THESE ARTIFACTS. RESEARCH CONDUCTED INTO THE DONOR WAS UNSUCCESSFUL AND NO FURTHER INFORMATION WAS MADE AVAILABLE AS A RESULT OF THE AUDIT WORK.
Catalogue Number
P19940005007
Acquisition Date
1994-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
COLLAR & CUFF BOX
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD (ENAMELLED)
Catalogue Number
P19651580000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
COLLAR & CUFF BOX
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Materials
WOOD (ENAMELLED)
No. Pieces
4
Height
16.9
Diameter
17.8
Description
ORANGE ENAMEL CIRCULAR BOX WITH BASE, LID AND 2 REMOVABLE SHELVES DECORATED WITH FINE BLACK GEOMETRIC (SYMBOLS) DESIGN. BOX HAS LACQUER FINISH.
Subjects
PERSONAL GEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
REF. MONTGOMERY WARD CATALOGUE 1894. *UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILES AND ACCESSORIES, INCLUDING A PIN DONATED TO THE GALT MUSEUM BY THOMASINA COWIE (NEE WHITE). ON 13 MARCH 2018, PUNDYK CONDUCTED A PHONE INTERVIEW WITH COWIE’S GRANDSON, STEWART JOHN CAMPBELL. HE IS THE SECOND SON OF ANNE ADAMSON CAMPBELL (NEE COWIE), THE ELDEST DAUGHTER OF THOMASINA AND JOHN COWIE. THROUGH REVIEW OF THE ARTIFACT DONATION MADE BY HIS GRANDMOTHER IN 1965, IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THESE ITEMS WERE UNKNOWN TO STEWART CAMPBELL. HE WAS ABLE TO PROVIDE GREATER DETAIL ABOUT THE DONORS AND SUPPLIED THE MUSEUM WITH FAMILY RECORDS. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THE INTERVIEW: “[THESE ITEMS] APPEAR TO BE ARTIFACTS LARGELY COLLECTED BY MY GRANDFATHER, JOHN COWIE. WE KNEW IN OUR FAMILY HISTORY THAT MY GRANDFATHER SPENT SOME TIME AS AN ENGINEER IN THE WHAT I WOULD CALL THE BRITISH MERCHANT MARINE, [WHICH HAD] COMMERCIAL VESSELS THAT TRANSPORTED GOODS. [THE COMPANY] WAS VERY LIKELY CENTERED OUT OF GLASGOW IN SCOTLAND.” WHEN EXPLAINING THE POSSIBLE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE DONATION, CAMPBELL SHARED, “SO WHAT I BELIEVE HAS HAPPENED IS THAT AFTER MY GRANDFATHER [JOHN COWIE’S] PASSING [IN 1964], THOM (AS HE USED TO CALL HIS WIFE) SENT SEVERAL OF THESE ARTIFACTS OVER TO THE GALT MUSEUM.” IN A DESCRIPTION OF HIS GRANDPARENTS’ IMMIGRATION STORY, CAMPBELL RECOUNTED, “THEY ARRIVED AT THE USUAL PORTS, I GUESS MONTREAL, GOT ON THE CPR RAILWAY. THEY GOT AS FAR AS WINNIPEG. [MY GRANDFATHER] HAD IN HIS HAND A LETTER OF INTRODUCTION AND A RECOMMENDATION FROM THE HEAD OF THE CALEDONIA RAILWAY IN SCOTLAND. THERE IS SOME SIGNIFICANCE TO THE CALEDONIA RAILWAY IN THAT IT REALLY WAS DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN THE INDUSTRIALIZATION OF SCOTLAND, PARTICULARLY IN AND AROUND GLASGOW. SO HIS TRADE WAS AS AN ENGINEER AND THAT’S REALLY WHAT HE BECAME WHEN HE CAME TO CANADA AND JOINED THE CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY. HE HAD AN INTERESTING LIFE, BUT IT WAS ALWAYS WITH THE CPR.” “I FIRST BEGAN TO KNOW OF MY GRANDMOTHER AND GRANDFATHER WHEN THEY WERE LIVING FOR A PERIOD OF TIME IN VANCOUVER AND THEN THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE,” CAMPBELL EXPLAINED, “SO THEY MOVED TO VANCOUVER WHEN HE RETIRED FROM THE CPR IN THE OGDEN YARD IN CALGARY AND THEY STAYED ONLY TWO OR THREE YEARS. I GATHER THE HUMIDITY THERE WAS NOT CONDUCIVE HIS OWN HEALTH AND HE NEEDED TO MOVE TO A DRIER CLIMATE, BUT ALSO TO MOVE CLOSER TO FAMILY AS WELL. MY PARENTS AT THAT POINT IN TIME WERE RESIDENT IN PICTURE BUTTE, AND THEN SUBSEQUENTLY HAD MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE. [AS A RESULT OF THEIR PROXIMITY TO WHERE MY FAMILY LIVED,] I KNEW MY GRANDPARENTS VERY, VERY WELL AS A BOY GROWING UP.” DESCRIBING HOW HIS FAMILY CAME TO SETTLE IN LETHBRIDGE, CAMPBELL SAID, “[MY FATHER], DON CAMPBELL, WAS BORN [IN DALKEITH, ONTARIO]. HIS FATHER, HIS MOTHER, AND HE AND HIS TWO SISTERS CAME TO PLENTY, SASKATCHEWAN, WHERE THEY WERE FARM WORKERS. AND THEN THEY MOVED FROM THERE TO JUST EAST OF SUTHERLAND. MY FATHER AT THE AGE OF 18 BECAME RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FAMILY AND FARM. HE WASN’T A FARMER, BUT HE WAS A MERCHANT. SO MY FATHER EVENTUALLY LEFT THE FARM AND BECAME A TRAVELLING SALESMEN FOR MARSHALL WELLS HARDWARE. AND THAT’S WHAT BROUGHT THEM TO CALGARY IN 1939 AFTER MY MOTHER AND FATHER GOT MARRIED IN SASKATOON. MY DAD, WITH HIS TRAVELLING FOR MARSHALL-WELLS, WAS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR A SPOT HE COULD BUY [TO ESTABLISH] A HARDWARE STORE. HE WAS ABLE TO TAKE PART OWNERSHIP OF A HARDWARE STORE IN PICTURE BUTTE AND EVENTUALLY BECAME THE SOLE OWNER. AND HE WAS IN THAT HARDWARE STORE FOR 32 YEARS AS I RECALL.” “I WAS BORN IN 1947,” CAMPBELL CONTINUED, “AT THE AGE OF ONE, [WE MOVED] TO PICTURE BUTTE [AND] WE, AS A FAMILY, MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE WHEN I WAS 6 IN ABOUT ’53 OR SO. THE REASON FOR THE MOVE [TO LETHBRIDGE] WAS THAT MY MOTHER WAS MUSICAL. SHE HAD BEEN TEACHING AND CONDUCTING CHOIRS SINCE SHE WAS 14 YEARS OLD. AND SO THE MINISTER OF SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH LEARNED OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING AT THE PICTURE BUTTE UNITED CHURCH, [SUCH AS] SOME OF THE OPERETTAS THAT MOM WAS PUTTING ON [THERE], AND INVITED MOM TO SING IN THE SOUTHMINSTER CHOIR. ULTIMATELY, THEY INVITED MY MOTHER TO BECOME THE CHOIR DIRECTOR AND TO ESTABLISH A JUNIOR GIRLS’ CHOIR. AND SO THIS PROMPTED MY MOTHER AND FATHER TO MOVE FROM PICTURE BUTTE TO LETHBRIDGE EVEN THOUGH MY DAD CONTINUED TO WITH THE HARDWARE STORE OUT OF PICTURE BUTTE.” EXPLAINING THE EXTENT OF HIS FAMILY’S AND HIS OWN CONNECTION TO LETHBRIDGE, CAMPBELL SAID, “I WAS RAISED IN LETHBRIDGE ESSENTIALLY. SO I HAVE VERY, VERY FOND MEMORIES OF MY TIME THERE AS A BOY. THE COMMUNITY MIGHT HAVE BEEN 25,000 TO 30,000 PEOPLE. YOU KNEW A LOT OF PEOPLE, YOU DIDN’T KNOW EVERYBODY, BUT YOU KNEW AN AWFUL LOT OF PEOPLE. AND CERTAINLY PEOPLE LIVING IN LETHBRIDGE KNEW MY MOTHER REALLY WELL. AND PEOPLE LIVING IN PICTURE BUTTE AND COALDALE KNEW MY FATHER VERY WELL. “MY MOTHER WAS A MUSIC TEACHER AND A VOLUNTEER CHOIR CONDUCTOR. WE HAD STUDENTS COME THROUGH OUR HOUSE FROM ALL OVER SOUTHERN ALBERTA. THERE WOULD BE FAMILIES THAT WOULD DRIVE THEIR DAUGHTERS FROM [PLACES SUCH AS] VAUXHALL, CARDSTON, RAYMOND, AND FORT MACLEOD INTO LETHBRIDGE [FOR] THE PRACTICES OF HER CHOIRS. AND THE BASEMENT WAS A STUDIO, SO IN ANY ONE WEEK THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN ANYWHERE FROM 60 TO 80 STUDENTS COMING THROUGH THE HOUSE,” CAMPBELL WENT ON. “THE MEMORIES ARE PRETTY DEEP INTO THE LIFE OF LETHBRIDGE. [AFTER I HAD MY OWN FAMILY, WE SPENT] SIX REALLY LOVELY YEARS LIVING IN LETHBRIDGE AS A FAMILY. SO MY DAUGHTERS – HEATHER ANNE, SHELIA JEAN, MARY LOUISE, AND MEGAN LEE – HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF THEIR TIMES IN LETHBRIDGE AS WELL. PROVIDED ALONG WITH THE INTERVIEW WERE RECORDS COMPILED BY STEWART CAMPBELL USING THE GENEALOGY WEBSITE, ANCESTRY.COM. ACCORDING TO THE RECORDS, JOHN COWIE WAS BORN ON 7 NOVEMBER 1883 IN MOTHERWELL, LANARKSHIRE, SCOTLAND TO HIS PARENTS, ISABELLA (NEE LAIRD) AND ROBERT COWIE. HE WAS THE ELDEST OF APPROXIMATELY TEN CHILDREN IN THE FAMILY. COWIE WAS MARRIED TO THOMASINA COWIE (NEE WHITE) IN MOTHERWELL, LANARKSHIRE, SCOTLAND OF 26 JULY 1910. THOMASINA WAS BORN ON 13 SEPTEMBER 1884 IN LOCHMABEN, DUMFRIESSHIRE, SCOTLAND TO JOHN AND ANNE (NEE ADAMSON) WHITE. THE COUPLE EMIGRATED FROM SCOTLAND TO CANADA IN 1910, WHERE JOHN BEGAN WORKING FOR THE CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY. THIS WORK TOOK THE FAMILY TO SASKATOON, SK, AND SUTHERLAND, SK, TO GLACIER STATION, BC, AND FINALLY CALGARY, AB WHERE HE RETIRED. UPON RETIREMENT, JOHN AND THOMASINA MOVE TO VANCOUVER, BC AND BY 1955 THEY HAD SETTLED IN LETHBRIDGE, AB TO BE CLOSER TO THEIR ELDEST DAUGHTER, ANNE ANDERSON CAMPBELL (NEE COWIE), AND HER FAMILY. THEIR SECOND DAUGHTER WAS NAMED ISABELL WRIGHT (NEE COWIE) WHO LIVED IN SASKATCHEWAN. JOHN COWIE PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE ON 31 DECEMBER 1964 AT THE AGE OF 81 YEARS. THOMASINA COWIE PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE ON 3 SEPTEMBER 1976 AT THE AGE OF 91 YEARS. FOR COMPLETE IMMIGRATION STORY AND EXTENDED FAMILY HISTORY, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE, WHICH INCLUDES THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, GENEALOGY RECORDS, AND LETHBRIDGE HERALD CLIPPINGS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ANNE CAMPBELL, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT RECORDS OF HER PREVIOUS DONATION P20000018000.
Catalogue Number
P19651580000
Acquisition Date
1965-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
OAK, FELT
Catalogue Number
P19693805000
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Materials
OAK, FELT
No. Pieces
1
Height
3.2
Diameter
27.3
Description
FELT LINING ON INSIDE OF OAK PLATE. BROWN FELT SLIGHTLY STAINED.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
RELIGION
Catalogue Number
P19693805000
Acquisition Date
1969-04
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
HOOK BOW SPECTACLES
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GLASS, WIRE, GOLD
Catalogue Number
P19641336000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HOOK BOW SPECTACLES
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Materials
GLASS, WIRE, GOLD
No. Pieces
2
Length
11.4
Width
11.4
Description
.1 GLASSES. ABOVE DIMENSIONS. GLASS, WIRE, GOLD. DIAMOND SHAPE WITH "KO" IN THE MIDDLE, STAMPED ON NOSE PIECE. WIRE RIMS ANDARMS. ALSO CALLED HOOK BOW SPECTACLES. FRAME IS SLIGHTLY CORRODED BY LENSES. .2 SPECTACLES CASE (SET). VELVET, LEATHERETTE, TIN. DIAMOND WITH "E" IN THE MIDDLE PRINTED ON FRONT CLOSING. BLUE LEATHERETTE COVERING TORN IN BACK OVER HINGE.
Subjects
PERSONAL GEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
REF: MONTGOMERY WARD CATALOG, 1894 *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A PAIR OF GLASSES DONATED BY LOU WYLIE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. THE DONOR, LOUIS ARCHIBALD WYLIE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN MARKHAM, ON. IN 1904, LOUIS MOVED TO THEODORE, SK AND IN 1911 STARTED WORKING FOR INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER AS CREDIT MANAGER IN SEVERAL SASKATCHEWAN TOWNS. HE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1942 AND RETIRED AFTER 37 AND A HALF YEARS WORKING FOR INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER. HE WAS A 30 YEAR MEMBER OF THE DOWNTOWN KIWANIS CLUB, 63 YEAR MEMBER OF THE MASONIC GRAND LODGE SASK, AND SERVED ON THE BOARD OF HIS CHURCH FOR 25 YEARS. LOUIS AND HIS FIRST WIFE, ETHEL WYLIE (NEE IRWIN), HAD SIX CHILDREN: RONALD, MARION, LILLIAN, RUTH, JEAN, AND ERNIE. LOUIS PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 85 ON DECEMBER 20, 1973. FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF HIS WIFE, LOUIS REMARRIED. HIS SECOND WIFE’S NAME WAS ANNA “MARIE” WYLIE (NEE LANGE). MARIE WAS BORN ON JUNE 2, 1905 IN CALAWAY, NE. SHE WAS A LONG TIME TEACHER IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA AND AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE JOHN HOWARD SOCIETY SINCE 1949. MARIE RECEIVED THE QUEEN JUBILEE MEDAL IN 1977 AND THE ORDER OF CANADA IN 1993 (AS WELL AS ON TWO OTHER OCCASIONS). MARIE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 89 ON MARCH 1, 1995. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19641336000
Acquisition Date
1964-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
STRAIGHT TEMPLE TYPE
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GLASS, WIRE
Catalogue Number
P19651825000
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
STRAIGHT TEMPLE TYPE
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Materials
GLASS, WIRE
No. Pieces
1
Length
13.3
Width
11.4
Description
GOLD FILLED WIRE. OVAL LENSES. STRAIGHT TEMPLE SPECTACLES OR GLASSES.
Subjects
PERSONAL GEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
REF: MONTGOMERY WARD CATALOG 1894. FROM ESTATE OF A.L. MCKELVIE *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A PAIR OF EYEGLASSES DONATED BY A.L. MCKELVIE’S ESTATE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. ALEXANDER LORNE MCKELVIE WAS BORN IN 1875 IN STE. JULIE, QC AND MOVED WEST GRADUALLY WITH HIS FAMILY. THE MCKELVIE FAMILY INITIALLY MOVED TO ONTARIO, THEN BRANDON, MB IN 1882. BY 1900, ALEXANDER WAS IN EDMONTON, WHERE HE REMAINED FOR ABOUT 18 MONTHS, WORKING AT A WOMEN’S CLOTHING STORE. HE THEN SPENT ABOUT A YEAR IN CALGARY, FINALLY ARRIVING IN LETHBRIDGE IN APRIL 1902 TO WORK FOR THE BENTLEY COMPANY, A DEPARTMENT STORE IN THE CITY. IN 1905, ALEXANDER WENT INTO PARTNERSHIP WITH A.R. MCGUIRE AND THE TWO OPERATED A MENSWEAR STORE UNTIL 1918 WHEN THE PARTNERSHIP DISSOLVED. BOTH MEN CONTINUED IN THE MENSWEAR BUSINESS, WITH ALEXANDER ESTABLISHING HIS SUCCESSFUL “MCKELVIE’S” BUSINESS IN THE ALBERTA BLOCK ON 5TH STREET SOUTH, FOUR DOORS NORTH OF THE ALEXANDRA HOTEL. HE REMAINED IN BUSINESS AT THIS LOCATION FOR 28 YEARS, RETIRING IN 1947, HAVING SOLD THE BUSINESS TO TWO WELL-KNOWN CLERKS OF THE SHOP, JOHN BLACK AND FRANK WALKER. IN TOTAL, ALEXANDER SPENT 42 YEARS AS A CITY MERCHANT. ALEXANDER WAS THE SON OF JOHN D. MCKELVIE, WHO PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 88 IN AUGUST 1910. HE HAD BEEN A RESIDENT OF BRANDON, MB FROM 1882 UNTIL ONLY A FEW MONTHS PRIOR TO HIS DEATH. HE WAS INTERRED IN BRANDON. ALEXANDER DIED AT THE AGE OF 90 IN AUGUST 1965 AND LEFT A $3,000 BEQUEST TO THE LETHBRIDGE MUNICIPAL HOSPITAL, TO BE USED TO PURCHASE FURNISHINGS FOR THE PATIENT ROOMS. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN A 2018 AUDIT OF THE COLLECTION, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK RESEARCHED INFORMATION ABOUT THE DONOR'S NEXT-OF-KIN. NO FURTHER INFORMATION WAS AVAILABLE AT THAT TIME.
Catalogue Number
P19651825000
Acquisition Date
1965-06
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
PINCE NEZ TYPE
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GOLD, PLASTIC, GLASS
Catalogue Number
P19739387000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PINCE NEZ TYPE
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Materials
GOLD, PLASTIC, GLASS
No. Pieces
2
Length
10.8
Diameter
4.1
Description
DARK BROWN FRAMES. CONSOL ON NOSE GUARD. "PINCE NEZ" STYLE. EYEGLASS CHAIN FOUND ON SHELF BESIDE IT.
Subjects
PERSONAL GEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
REF: MONTGOMERY WARD CATALOG 1894
Catalogue Number
P19739387000
Acquisition Date
1973-09
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
32 CAL PISTOL C/W HOLSTER
Date Range From
1896
Date Range To
1906
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, NICKEL, BAKELITE, LEATHER
Catalogue Number
P19710210000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
32 CAL PISTOL C/W HOLSTER
Date Range From
1896
Date Range To
1906
Materials
STEEL, NICKEL, BAKELITE, LEATHER
No. Pieces
2
Length
16.5
Description
.1 REVOLVER. STEEL, NICKEL, BAKELITE. S/N 88386CAL - .32 3 & W.5 SHOT HAMMERLESS DOUBLE ACTION. BREAK TOP REVOLVER. SPRING ON TOP LATCH MISSING. MAN: HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON. "HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON ARMS COMPANY WORCHESTER, MASS. U.S.A. PAT. MAY 14, 89, APR. 2, 95, APRIL 7,96" ON SIGHTING RIB. "386" ON CYLINDER. .2 HOLSTER. 9.5 (W) X 17.0 (L) CM LEATHER. BROWN LEATHER OPEN HOLSTER.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-FIREARM
Historical Association
LEISURE
SPORTS
History
A COMMON HANDGUN FOR NON MILITARY USE
Catalogue Number
P19710210000
Acquisition Date
1971-06
Collection
Museum
Images
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