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Other Name
LETHBRIDGE BREWERY
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
ACRYLIC
Catalogue Number
P20120028003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE BREWERY
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1990
Materials
ACRYLIC
No. Pieces
1
Height
77
Length
52
Width
7.5
Description
HUNTER GREEN SWEATER WITH LONG SLEEVES AND V-NECK. GOLDEN EMBROIDERY ON RIGHT BREAST SAYS, “LETHBRIDGE BREWERY.” TAG AT BACK OF COLLAR SAYS, “CORPORATE WEAR, LARGE GRAND, MADE IN/FAIT AU CANADA, CA 04948, ASTRO SPORTSWEAR TORONTO, 100% ACRYLIC.” CUFFS ARE FOLDED OVER.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
BUSINESS
History
AT THE TIME OF DONATION, GALT STAFF CONDUCTED AN INTERVIEW WITH DONOR LINDA LIPTAK. WHEN ASKED ABOUT HOW SHE CAME INTO POSSESSION OF THE SWEATER, LIPTAK RESPONDED BY SAYING, “I WORKED IN THE BREWERY HOSPITALITY ROOM FOR 9 YEARS, AND, WHAT I BELIEVE THIS IS A SWEATER THAT CAME IN AS A PROMOTIONAL [IN THE MID 90S] (LIPTAK MISSPOKE WHEN SHE STATED MID-1990S ON ACCOUNT THAT LETHBRIDGE BREWERY WAS CLOSED AND DEMOLISHED BY 1991). YOU KNOW, WE GOT THINGS FOR BONSPIELS FOR PROMOTIONAL THINGS, AND I BELIEVE THIS WAS ONE OF THEM. NOW I’M NOT POSITIVE ABOUT THAT. THE OTHER ALTERNATIVE WOULD BE THAT THE BREWERY HAD THESE AND GAVE THEM TO EMPLOYEES…. THE BREWERY ITSELF. THE HOSPITALITY ROOM, MY BOSS, MY BOSS’ BOSS, WAS OUT OF CALGARY. WE BASICALLY WORKED OUT OF THE CALGARY OFFICE. THE LETHBRIDGE BREWERY…..WE WERE LOCATED IN THE LETHBRIDGE BREWERY BUT NOT REALLY PART OF IT. I WAS ALWAYS INCLUDED AND THE BREWERY DID THINGS LIKE THIS AND, SO THIS COULD HAVE BEEN A SWEATER THAT THE BREWERY ITSELF IN LETHBRIDGE HAD MADE UP. I KIND OF THINK THAT IS WHAT IT WAS BECAUSE IT’S LETHBRIDGE BREWERY. IF IT HAD COME OUT OF CALGARY, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN MOLSON BUT THEY HAD THESE MADE UP FOR EMPLOYEES AND AGAIN FOR PROMOTIONAL THINGS. MY HUSBAND WORE THIS; I GOT IT FOR MY HUSBAND, AND SO I REMEMBER THE HOUSE OF LETHBRIDGE…..THE LOGO ON IT. AND…..HE WORE IT A FEW TIMES; DIDN’T WEAR IT A WHOLE LOT.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HOW SHE CAME TO HAVE HER POSITION AT THE BREWERY, LIPTAK SAID, “WHAT HAPPENED WAS THAT I HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR A PART-TIME JOB BECAUSE MY KIDS WERE IN SCHOOL. I HAD QUIT WORK AND STAYED HOME, MY KIDS WERE IN SCHOOL, AND I WAS LOOKING FOR A PART-TIME JOB. AND MY HUSBAND WAS IN HUMAN RESOURCES, AND ONE OF HIS FRIENDS SAID, THE BREWERY WAS LOOKING FOR SOMEONE, SO I APPLIED FOR IT, HAD AN INTERVIEW AND GOT IT. I WAS IN THE HOSPITALITY ROOM THE WHOLE TIME; IT WAS A PART-TIME JOB, BUT IT WAS MOSTLY EVENINGS; IT WAS HOSTING THINGS IN THE HOSPITALITY ROOM. WE HOSTED THE SHIRTSLEEVE BONSPIEL; WE HOSTED THE LADIES ANNUAL BONSPIEL; WE HOSTED THE BRONCOS, THE PREDECESSOR OF THE HURRICANES; WE HOSTED, THERE WERE UNION MEETINGS THAT WE WOULD HOST. ONE THING I REALLY REMEMBER THAT WAS QUITE NICE WAS, AT CHRISTMAS WE WOULD HAVE A CHRISTMAS SOCIAL, AND INVITE FRIENDS OF THE BREWERY. ERICKSON’S WOULD ALWAYS CATER FOR US AND THEY ALWAYS HAD GREAT BIG JUMBO SHRIMP IN A BIG BOWL. IT WAS AN AFTERNOON WHERE CUSTOMERS AND FRIENDS OF THE BREWERY, WOULD COME DOWN AND SPEND THE AFTERNOON. I REMEMBER, AT ONE POINT, MY BOSS, OUT OF CALGARY, GEORGE REED, SAID “YOU’RE USING ERICKSON’S TOO MUCH. WE SELL BEER THROUGHOUT LETHBRIDGE. YOU NEED TO USE OTHER PEOPLE.” AND I SAID, ‘OH, BUT ERICKSON’S IS SO GOOD AND THEY KNOW US SO WELL.” BUT, ANYWAY, I TRIED ANOTHER OUTFIT, AND WAS NOT HAPPY WITH THEM. THEIR FOOD WAS O.K. BUT IT WASN’T ERICKSON’S. AND ERICKSON’S, THEY HAD EXCELLENT FOOD. THEY ALWAYS HAD EXTRA FOOD BACK AT THE RESTAURANT IF WE RAN OUT. THEY KNEW US. WHEN WE ORDERED SANDWICHES FOR LUNCH, MOST PLACES WOULD GIVE YOU 1 SANDWICH PER PERSON; THEY WOULD ALWAYS GIVE US 1 ½ SANDWICHES PER PERSON BECAUSE IT WAS ALL MEN LOTS OF TIMES. ANYWAY, I JUST REALLY LIKED THEM, BUT ANYWAY, I USED THIS OTHER ONE, AND WE RAN OUT OF FOOD; SO I WENT BACK TO HIM AND SAID, “I’M SORRY, GEORGE, BUT I’M GOING BACK TO ERICKSON’S. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED WHEN I USED ANOTHER ONE.” AND, SO HE WAS O.K. WITH THAT. BUT, I STILL SEE PEOPLE WHO CATERED TO OUR HOSPITALITY ROOM [SNAKE ROOM] FROM ERICKSON’S, AND IT WAS WONDERFUL. …WHEN I WAS, AS I WORKED THERE LONGER, I WOULD TAKE CARE OF SOME OF THE COMPLAINTS, OR I WOULD RESPOND TO WRITTEN COMPLAINTS ABOUT BEER, SO I WAS IN THE OFFICE A LITTLE BIT MORE AND DOING MORE THINGS LIKE THAT. IT WAS INTERESTING, MY BOSS, THE TWO FELLOWS THAT I WORK WITH IN THE MARKETING PART, THEY ALWAYS SAID WHEN PEOPLE BRING BEER IN, THERE WOULD BE A FOREIGN OBJECT OF SOME KIND IN IT. AND THEY WOULD SAY, IF IT’S OPENED, PROVE THAT YOU DIDN’T PUT IT IN THERE. YOU CAN’T PROVE THAT IT WAS IN THERE IF IT’S CLOSED ITS NOT HURTING YOU ANYWAY. BUT THEY ALWAYS GOT A CASE OF BEER IF THEY BROUGHT IT IN AND BROUGHT A COMPLAINT.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HER MEMORIES PERTAINING TO THE BREWERY, LIPTAK SAID, “I’M LDS, I DO NOT DRINK BEER, AND I DO NOT LIKE BEER. I HAD A FELLOW FROM MAGRATH WHERE I GREW UP COME IN ONE DAY AND HE SAYS ‘LINDA! WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN HERE?’ I SAID ‘THEY’VE GOT TO HAVE SOMEBODY SOBER TO SERVE IT!’ THERE WERE SOME PEOPLE WHO WERE SURPRISED THAT I WAS THERE, THERE WERE SOME PEOPLE WHO WERE SURPRISED THAT I WORKED THERE BUT I HAD A REALLY GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH EVERYBODY AND MY HUSBAND LOVED IT. I GOT TWO CASES OF FREE BEER EVERY WEEK I THINK IT WAS OR EVERY MONTH. WE COULD GO AND BUY IT AND HAND OUR RECEIPTS IN. SO MY HUSBAND LOVED IT BECAUSE HE LOVED BEER! LIPTAK RELAYED HER FEELINGS ON FINDING OUT THAT MOLSON’S WAS CLOSING THE BREWERY BY SAYING, “I WAS REALLY DISAPPOINTED. I SAID “THIS IS MY PERFECT JOB! I WAS GOING TO STAY HERE AND RETIRE HERE.” BECAUSE IT WAS A PART TIME JOB, THAT’S ALL I WANTED AND I WAS REALLY SADDENED BUT THERE WASN’T A WHOLE LOT YOU COULD DO. IN THE MEANTIME, THEY GAVE US LOTS OF NOTICE. LIKE THERE WAS NO PAYOUT AT THE END BECAUSE THEY GAVE US WHATEVER NOTICE WE HAD TO HAVE. THEY TREATED THE FULL TIME EMPLOYEES REALLY WELL. BUT THEY DIDN’T EVEN CONSIDER ME PERMANENT PART-TIME. I WAS JUST CASUAL AND SO I DIDN’T GET THE BENEFITS THAT THEY DID. A LOT OF THEM ACTUALLY WENT TO SCHOOL AND THE BREWERY PAID FOR THEM TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL. SOME OF THEM RELOCATED TO CALGARY. A COUPLE OF THEM MAY HAVE RELOCATED TO EDMONTON, I’M NOT SURE BUT THEY WERE VERY FAIR WITH THE EMPLOYEES. I DIDN’T THINK THEY WERE FAIR TO ME BECAUSE I HAD BEEN THERE FOR NINE YEARS AND I WAS STILL CONSIDERED CASUAL BUT THEY GAVE US…I HAD ALL KINDS OF BENEFITS WITH MERCHANDISE YOU KNOW. IT WAS…I THOUGHT IT WAS A PERFECT JOB BECAUSE MY HUSBAND COULD BABYSIT.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE PHYSICAL LOCATION OF THE HOSPITALITY ROOM, WHEN IT WAS BUILT AND HOW TO GET THERE, LIPTAK RESPONDED BY SAYING, “I WOULD GUESS IT WAS [BUILT] WHEN THE OFFICE BUILDING OR SHORTLY AFTER THE OFFICE BUILDING WAS BUILT. IT WAS ON THE EAST, YES AND IT WAS SOUTH OF THE RECEIVING. [I]F YOU WANTED TO GO TO THE SNAKE ROOM AND THE OFFICE YOU WOULD GO RIGHT BEFORE YOU GOT TO THE BEER STORE. THE HOSPITALITY ROOM WAS NOT PART OF THE BREWERY. IT WAS A SEPARATE OFFICE BUILDING, AND THE HOSPITALITY ROOM WAS DOWNSTAIRS IN THIS OFFICE BUILDING. IT HAD A BACK ENTRY DOOR AND YOU JUST WENT DOWN THE STAIRS AND THAT’S WHERE THE SNAKE ROOM WAS, THE HOSPITALITY ROOM, AND HE REMEMBERS GOING OVER THERE AFTER WORK. IF YOU REMEMBER, WHEN THERE WAS DRUNK DRIVING; THERE WAS A HORRIFIC ACCIDENT, AND I THINK SOMEONE CAME OUT OF ONE OF THESE SNAKE ROOMS…..IT WASN’T IN LETHBRIDGE; BUT I REMEMBER THE GOVERNMENT REALLY STEPPING DOWN ON THESE AND SAYING “THIS IS NOT A PUBLIC ROOM. IT IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE.” AND SO THAT IS WHEN LINDA GODLINGTON WAS THERE…..LINDA LARSON WAS HER NAME….SHE WORKED THERE, AND SHE QUIT, AND I WENT IN. AND, SO SHE WAS THERE FOR 4-5 YEARS, AND THEN I WAS THERE FOR 9 YEARS. AND THEN IT CLOSED. THEN IT BECAME PART-TIME, AND IT BECAME ON INVITATION. I WAS TELLING YOU ABOUT THE GLASSES WE ALWAYS HAD THERE. WE HAD KEGS FOR SPECIAL EVENTS, BUT WE ALWAYS HAD BOTTLED BEER DOWN THERE, BUT, WHEN IT WAS THE BONSPIELS, WE WOULD USUALLY, THEY WOULD USUALLY BRING A KEG OVER FROM THE BREWERY, AND THAT WAS WHAT I WOULD SERVE THEM; AND EVEN IN BOTTLES, WE WOULD PUT IT IN GLASSES. I REMEMBER WHEN WE HAD THE WOMEN THERE…WHEN THE MEN WERE THERE THEY WOULD SAY “THESE ARE NICE GLASSES, CAN I TAKE ONE HOME?” AND WE ALWAYS SAID, “SURE”, BECAUSE IT’S NOT A BIG DEAL. IT WAS PROMOTION. THE WOMEN WOULD COME IN….. AND THEY WOULD, SOME OF THEM WOULD COME WITH BIG PURSES, BECAUSE THE YEAR BEFORE, THEY HAD TAKEN 4 GLASSES, AND THIS YEAR THEY HAD TO HAVE AT LEAST 2 MORE TO MAKE THEIR SET UP. AND, THEY DIDN’T ASK ….THEY WOULD JUST COLLECT THE GLASSES OFF THE TABLES AND TAKE THEM HOME. AND, OF COURSE, WE DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING BECAUSE WE’RE HOSTING THEM, AND IT WASN’T REALLY A BIG DEAL. AND BEING A WOMAN THERE, MOST OF THE EVENTS WERE MALES; THE NOON LUNCHEONS WOULD SOMETIMES HAVE A FEW FEMALES, BUT THE MEN’S BONSPIEL, THE HOCKEY, MOST OF IT WAS MEN. I WAS QUITE COMFORTABLE WITH THAT; I DIDN’T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT, BUT, I DO REMEMBER THAT THE COARSEST LANGUAGE WAS WHEN THE WOMEN’S BONSPIEL WAS THERE. WHEN ASKED IF SHE COULD DESCRIBE THE HOSPITALITY ROOM ALSO KNOWN AS THE SNAKE ROOM, LIPTAK REPLIED, “FROM THE DOWNSTAIRS YOU TURN TO YOUR LEFT AND YOU WENT IN THE MAIN ROOM. DIRECTLY ON YOUR RIGHT WOULD BE THE BAR, A SMALL BAR THERE WAS A FRIDGE THERE AND A SMALL SINK AND A DRAINER THERE. IF YOU WENT TO THE LEFT YOU WOULD GO INTO THE STORAGE ROOM SO THAT WAS ALONG THERE. THERE WAS, WHAT WAS ON THAT WALL..I DON’T KNOW BUT WE HAD TABLES AND THEY WERE LOW TABLES, BIG ROUND LOW TABLES WITH CHAIRS ALONG THERE AND THEN …IF YOU WENT A LITTLE FURTHER THERE WAS A JUT TO THE LEFT AND THERE WAS A ROOM THERE WITH ANOTHER BIG TABLE THERE. THE KITCHEN WAS OPPOSITE, IF YOU KEPT GOING FROM THE BAR THE KITCHEN AREA WAS DOWN THERE AND IT HAD A BIG LONG SERVING. IT WAS A U-TYPE THING. FROM THE KITCHEN THERE WERE STAIRS THAT WENT UP AND YOU WOULD COME INTO THE FRONT ENTRY WAY OFF THE BREWERY OFFICE UPSTAIRS. BETWEEN THAT ENTRY AND THE BAR THERE WAS TWO STAIRS THAT WENT DOWNSTAIRS, WENT DOWN, AND THAT WAS A BIG ROOM LIKE THIS AND IT HAD A BIG LONG TABLE AND IT HAD CHAIRS AROUND IT. IT HAD A TV UP IN THE CORNER MOST OF THE TIME I BELIEVE, AND THERE WERE PICTURES OF YOU KNOW HISTORICAL PICTURES IN THAT ROOM. THERE WERE IT SEEMS LIKE THERE COULD HAVE BEEN PICTURES OF CELEBRITIES WHO HAD BEEN THERE BECAUSE VERY OFTEN PEOPLE THAT CAME TO TOWN BECAUSE THEY, BEFORE I WAS INVOLVED WITH THEM THEY HAD A SPORTSMAN’S BANQUETS AND THEY ALWAYS HAD A FUNCTION DOWN THERE WITH THE CELEBRITIES. THAT WAS PRIOR TO MY TIME. SO THEY HAD PICTURES OF THESE CELEBRITY SIGNED PICTURES. WHEN WE DID CELEBRATE THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY, AND THAT WAS A REALLY BIG SPLASH IN LETHBRIDGE, FOR THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF MOLSON. WE ORDERED, WE HAD ALL KINDS OF TRAYS AND GLASSES AND CLOTHES AND JUST MANY MANY THINGS.” IN REGARDS TO TOURS ENDING IN THE HOSPITALITY ROOM, LIPTAK SAID, “THEY DID NOT HAVE SCHEDULED TOURS OF THE BREWERY. IT WASN’T SET UP, I HAD BEEN, MY HUSBAND WAS A BEER DRINKER, WHENEVER WE WENT ON HOLIDAYS WE WOULD STOP AT BREWERIES, AND I HAVE SEEN BREWERIES WHERE THEY ARE SETUP TO SHOW PEOPLE. THE LETHBRIDGE BREWERY WAS NOT SET UP TO HAVE TOURS. I GOT TO GO THROUGH IT TWO OR THREE TIMES, JUST BECAUSE I NEEDED TO KNOW, PEOPLE WOULD ASK QUESTIONS, SO THEY WANTED ME TO BE ABLE TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS. THEY WOULD TAKE INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE THROUGH OR A VERY SMALL GROUP ONCE IN A WHILE, BUT YES, AFTER THE BREWERY, AFTER THE TOUR THEY WOULD COME DOWN. PEOPLE WHO WOULD KIND OF ASK ME FOR A TOUR, WE WOULD USUALLY TAKE THEM DOWN INTO THE SNAKE ROOM AND EXPLAIN HOW WE BREWED OUR BEER, AND THEN THEY WOULD HAVE A SAMPLE. A BOTTLE, OR TWO OF THE YOU KNOW, WHATEVER BRAND THEY WOULD LIKE. IN THE PLANT ITSELF, IN THE LUNCH ROOM THERE WAS ALWAYS BEER IN THE LUNCH ROOM THAT THE GUYS COULD HAVE. THEY HAD TO; I MEAN THEY MONITORED WHAT THEY DRANK. THE BEER WAS AVAILABLE THERE. WHEN ASKED ABOUT HER HUSBAND’S USE OF THE SWEATER, LIPTAK RESPONDED BY SAYING, “HE [AL LIPTAK] DIDN’T GET DRESSED UP A WHOLE LOT. HE RODE A MOTORCYCLE HIS WHOLE LIFE THAT’S WHY I RIDE NOW. SO BLUE JEANS AND A T-SHIRT WERE HIS APPAREL, YES. SO HE DID, I REMEMBER, LIKE IF WE WOULD GO OUT TO A SOCIAL, HE WOULD WEAR THIS, LIKE I SAID TO A BREWERY SOCIAL HE WOULD WEAR IT. BUT ONCE HE GOT INTO HARLEY’S, HE WOULD RATHER WEAR HIS HARLEY APPAREL THAN THE BREWERY. …HE DIED FIVE YEARS AGO AND WHEN I WENT THROUGH EVERYTHING, I LOOKED AT THIS AND I THOUGHT WELL MAYBE THAT I WOULD WEAR THIS SOMETIME BECAUSE HE WASN’T THAT MUCH BIGGER THAN ME. AND SO I KEPT IT. WELL, I’M MOVING TO RED DEER IN NOVEMBER AND DOWNSIZING AGAIN. FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING TRANSCRIBED INTERVIEW WITH LINDA LIPTAK, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME THAT ORIGINALLY HUNG IN THE "SNAKE ROOM" AT THE LETHBRIDGE BREWERY. SHE ALSO CORRELATED THIS ARTIFACT'S HISTORY WITH ANOTHER INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY COLLECTIONS TECH KEVIN MACLEAN WITH GUNTER HORN, FORMER BREWMASTER, ABOUT HIS MEMORIES OF THE SNAKE ROOM; SEE RECORD P20100013007 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.
Catalogue Number
P20120028003
Acquisition Date
2012-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
THREE-PIECE SUIT
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19950073176
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
THREE-PIECE SUIT
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
No. Pieces
3
Length
77.7
Width
45
Description
1. NAVY BLUE WOOL SUIT JACKET WITH THIN RED AND BLUE PINSTRIPES. SILVER-BLUE RAYON LINING. TWO FRONT POCKETS WITH FLAPS AND TWO INSIDE BREAST POCKETS. RIGHT BREAST POCKET HAS LABEL WITH "WOODWARD'S MENS SHOPPE" AND TAG BELOW WITH "PURE VIRGIN WOOL". TWO BUTTONS AT FRONT CLOSURE; THREE BUTTONS AT EACH CUFF. WIDE LAPELS; SINGLE-BREASTED. 2. VEST: 61.2CM (L) X 39.5CM (W). MATCHING VEST. 6 BUTTONS AT FRONT CLOSURE. TAPERED TO A "V" AT BOTTOM OF FRONT WITH TWO POCKETS. HALF BELTED WITH ADJUSTABLE BUCKLE. RAYON TAFETTA BACKING (MATCHING JACKET LINING). 3. TROUSERS: 96CM (L) X 36CM (W). MATCHING TROUSERS. TWO FRONT POCKETS AND TWO BACK POCKETS. ZIPPER, BUTTON, AND HOOK CLOSURE AT WAIST. HEMMED AT BOTTOM AND ALTERED AT WAISTBAND TO DECREASE SIZE. WAISTBAND AND POCKETS LINED WITH GREY COTTON. WIDE STRAIGHT CUT LEGS WITH HOLE IN RIGHT KNEE AND SMALL HOLE IN RIGHT LEG HEM.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
BUSINESS
PERSONAL CARE
History
BELONGED TO DONOR'S FATHER. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING ONE DONATED AS PART OF THE ING ESTATE (P19950073023). SHE EXTRACTED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON THE ING FAMILY FROM PERMANENT FILE P19950073001, WHICH CONTAINS A TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW COLLECTIONS TECH KEVIN MACLEAN CONDUCTED WITH HAROLD ING JR., SON OF HAROLD AND MYRA, IN HIS ROOM AT THE LETHBRIDGE HOTEL IN SEPTEMBER 2005. MYRA WAS BORN IN GOLDEN B.C. TO SHIN-BOW AND CHOW TING RAH; HER FATHER ORGINALLY EMIGRATED TO CANADA TO WORK ON CANADIAN RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION AND LATER BECAME A RESTAURANTEUR, WHERE MYRA DEVELOPED HER ENGLISH SKILLS AS A WAITRESS. "IN 1906 MY DAD [HAROLD ING SR.] LEFT HONG KONG FOR VANCOUVER, HE COULDN'T SPEAK ENGLISH... HE'S GOT TO BE A WAITER, A BUSBOY... AND HE LEARNED ALL THE WAY UP, IN THE MEANTIME PICKING UP ENGLISH... WENT TO WINNIPEG. THIS IS BEFORE ME. BY THEN HE KNEW THE WHOLE SYSTEM OF RESTAURANTING." MYRA AND HAROLD SR. MARRIED AND ADOPTED HAROLD JR. WHEN HE WAS BORN INTO A POOR FAMILY OF ELEVEN IN 1944, IN VANCOUVER. "ME AND MY TWIN SISTER WERE SOLD BECAUSE THERE WERE JUST TOO MANY. SO DAD, MY MOM PICKED ME AND DAD SAID YES THAT'S GOOD... I DON'T KNOW WHERE MY SISTER IS... THERE'S NO WAY OF FINDING OUT." THE ING FAMILY SETTLED IN LETHBRIDGE IN THE LATE 1940S, AND HAROLD SR. OWNS AND OPERATES THE NEW MOON CAFE AND TWO GROCERIES, WHICH ARE RUN BY THE FAMILY AND NEW CHINESE IMMIGRANTS THAT HAROLD SR. SPONSORED. "AT APPROXIMATELY FIVE YEARS OLD [MY FATHER] INTRODUCED ME TO THE NEW MOON CAFE, AND I WAS A BUSBOY AT THE AGE OF FIVE... IN 1951 HE SHOWED ME MY FIRST HUNDRED DOLLAR BILL... BECAUSE HE WAS THE OWNER... HE'D WAKE UP AT FIVE IN THE MORNING TO GO TO THE CAFE, OFF AND ON TO THE GROCERY STORE AND MIGHT BE DONE AT EIGHT AT NIGHT, SUPPER AND IMMEDIATELY TO CHINATOWN [FOR] GAMBLING, PUTTING DOWN MAH JONG." HAROLD JR. ATTENDED WESTMINISTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DURING THE DAY, AND CHINESE SCHOOL AT THE CHINESE NATIONAL LEAGUE IN THE EVENINGS - HIS FATHER WAS THE PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE, AND THE ORGANIZATION RAN THE SCHOOL, CULTURAL CELEBRATIONS, FILM SCREENINGS, AND BANQUETS, FUNDED BY MEMBERSHIP FEES. HAROLD'S YOUNGER BROTHER, CALVIN, "GOT SENT TO A BOARDING SCHOOL SOMEWHERE. HE WAS GIFTED, BUT HE HAD A BYPASS SURGERY, HE HAD SOMETHING WRONG WITH HIS HEART. HE COULDN'T HANDLE PUBLIC SCHOOL, SO THEY SENT HIM TO B.C." AFTER HIGH SCHOOL AND A BRIEF STINT IN CALGARY, HAROLD JR. RAN ING'S GROCERY FOR HIS FATHER, AND IN THE LATE 1960S AND EARLY 70S ALSO WORKED AS A PHOTOGRAPHER FOR THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND A SALESMAN AT SEARS. BOTH HAROLD SR. AND MYRA ING PASSED AWAY IN THE 1990S, AND THE OBJECTS ENCOMPASSING DONATION P19950073001-231 WERE COLLECTED FROM THE FAMILY HOME. FOR A COMPLETE TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW, COPIES OF PHOTOGRAPHS AND WRITTEN DETAILS ON THE CHINESE NATIONAL LEAGUE, SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P19950073176
Acquisition Date
1995-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, POLYESTER, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20200001000
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Material Type
Artifact
Date
1973
Materials
NYLON, POLYESTER, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Length
83.5
Width
67
Description
RED NYLON JACKET WITH YELLOW DETACHABLE QUILTED INNER LINER WITH POLYESTER FILLING. THERE ARE SIX METAL SNAPS ON THE FRONT AND THREE DECORATIVE GOLD AND WHITE EMBROIDERED VERTICAL LINES ACROSS THE RIGHT SIDE. ON THE LEFT SIDE AT THE CHEST THERE IS AN EMBROIDERED “SAFETY AWARD HOUSE OF LETHBRIDGE 1973” IN GOLD AND WHITE WITH A STRUCTURE DESIGN BORDERING THE CENTRE. THE TAG INSIDE READS “MARV HOLLAND EDMONTON SIZE ST… ‘FIBEREFILL’”. THE TAG HAS BEEN SLIGHTLY RIPPED. THERE IS FRAYING AT THE POCKETS, INNER LINER, COLLAR, AND SLEEVES. THE WHITE FABRIC STRIP COVERING THE INNER SEAM HAS HOLES. THERE IS SOME STAINING ACROSS THE JACKET.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
BUSINESS
COMMEMORATIVE
PROFESSIONS
INDUSTRY
History
ON AUGUST 4TH, 2020 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN MET WITH IRENE SNOPEK TO DISCUSS HER LATE HUSBAND JOSEPH’S JACKET SHE DONATED TO THE MUSEUM. JOSEPH RECEIVED THE “SAFETY AWARD” JACKET WHILE WORKING FOR MOLSON’S LETHBRIDGE BREWERY FROM 1973 UNTIL 1984. MOLSON OPERATED THE BREWERY FROM 1958 UNTIL 1990, ENDING WITH THE BUILDING BEING DEMOLISHED IN 1991. ONCE KNOWN AS SICK’S BREWERY PRIOR TO MOLSON’S ACQUISITION, FRITZ SICK STARTED THE BUSINESS IN 1901 AND BREWED A LEGACY IN LETHBRIDGE. SICK’S HOUSE OF LETHBRIDGE BEER FORMULA, ALSO KNOWN AS OLD STYLE PILSNER, IS STILL BEING BREWED AND SOLD BY MOLSON-COORS TODAY. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS DERIVED FROM IRENE’S INTERVIEW. IRENE PROVIDED THE REASONING BEHIND DONATING THE JACKET TO THE MUSEUM: “…[I INITIALLY KEPT THE JACKET] FOR SENTIMENTAL REASONS AND I THOUGHT MAYBE ONE OF MY SONS WOULD WANT IT OR MY DAUGHTER BUT THEY SAID ‘…NO MAYBE YOU SHOULD DONATE IT TO THE MUSEUM… LET THE PUBLIC SEE IT AND ANYBODY THAT WANTS TO GO TO THE MUSEUM CAN SEE IT AND READ UP ON IT. IT WOULD BE OF INTEREST TO A LOT OF PEOPLE.” WHEN ASKED WHAT MADE THE JACKET SPECIAL, IRENE ANSWERED: “I THINK IT’S BECAUSE HE LOVED HIS JOB AND HE WAS PROUD OF THE JACKET FOR BEING ON THE JOB…WITH SAFETY YEARS. I DON’T KNOW HOW MANY SAFETY YEARS THERE WERE BUT…HE STARTED THERE IN FEBRUARY OF 1973 [UNTIL] AUGUST 1984…” IRENE SPOKE ABOUT HOW JOSEPH WORE THE JACKET FREQUENTLY: “THAT’S WHAT HE WAS WEARING…MOST OF THE TIME… IT HAD A LINER SO…WE COULD TAKE THE LINER OUT…AND THEN HE COULD WEAR IT IN THE SUMMER AS WELL OR DAYS WHEN IT WAS COOLER…” IRENE CONTINUED: “…HE DID WEAR IT A LOT AND HE WAS PROUD OF IT, HE WOULD TELL PEOPLE ABOUT IT… I DID GIVE AWAY ALL HIS OTHER CLOTHES. I DON’T HAVE ANYTHING LEFT OF HIS ANYMORE… [THE JACKET] WAS THE LAST THING THAT WENT.” THE JACKET EMBROIDERY READS “SAFETY AWARD”, AND WHEN ASKED HOW JOSEPH CONTRIBUTED TO SUCH AN AWARD, IRENE RESPONDED: “…HE DIDN’T HAVE ANY ACCIDENTS ON THE JOB OF ANY KIND. HE JUST PERFORMED WELL AND SAFE, IT WAS JUST A SAFE JOB THAT HE DID. HE WAS VERY SAFE.” IRENE CONTINUED: “HE WAS JUST A VERY TRUSTFUL PERSON, HE MADE SURE EVERYTHING WAS JUST RIGHT… HE WAS JUST CAREFUL AND CAUTIOUS… IF ANYTHING WENT WRONG HE’D FIX IT RIGHT AWAY.” “…HE ENJOYED THE WORK, ENJOYED THE BEER… HE USED TO WORK…DRIVING [A] TRUCK AND BEFORE THAT HE WAS ON THE FARM.” IRENE TALKED ABOUT THE BREWERY WORKPLACE AT THE TIME: “…IT WAS A GOOD PLACE TO WORK AND…IT EMPLOYED A LOT OF MEN. IT WAS A PRESTIGIOUS JOB…” FINALLY, IRENE EVOKED THE MEMORY OF HER HUSBAND: “…HE WAS KIND, HE WAS GOOD, HE WAS AMBITIOUS…HE LOOKED OUT FOR THE OTHER PERSON AS WELL AND HE LOVED HIS JOB…” ON JANUARY 7TH, 2020 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN MET WITH ZOLTAN SERA TO DISCUSS HIS FORMER COWORKER JOSEPH SNOPEK’S “SAFETY AWARD” JACKET. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THEIR MEETING. ZOLTAN SPOKE ABOUT HIS MEMORY OF THE JACKET: “I CAN’T REMEMBER HOW WE GOT IT IN 1973. I GOT ONE TOO AND IT’S GOT THE SAME THING ON IT…” “I HAVE ONE JUST LIKE IT MAYBE IN A LITTLE BETTER SHAPE.” ZOLTAN COMMENTED ON JOSEPH WEARING THE JACKET: “…HE WAS WEARING IT QUITE A BIT TO WORK TOWARDS THE END.” ZOLTAN SPOKE ABOUT STARTING WORK AT THE BREWERY WITH JOSEPH: “…WE STARTED THE SAME DAY AS A MATTER OF FACT.” “…WE WORKED TOGETHER AT DIFFERENT JOBS BEFORE THEN.” “…WE PUT OUR NAMES IN AHEAD OF TIME AND WHEN…WE HAD A CHANCE TO GET ON AS PEOPLE WERE RETIRING, THE OLDER GUYS, THEY WOULD HIRE NEW PEOPLE TO REPLACE THEM. THAT’S HOW WE GOT ON.” ZOLTAN CONTINUED: “…WE STARTED OUT RELIEVING PEOPLE FOR GOING ON COFFEE BREAKS AND LUNCH BREAKS AND IN BETWEEN THAT WE WOULD DO WHATEVER JOBS THEY ASSIGNED US TO UNTIL WE HAD…SO MUCH TIME IN… THEN YOU GOT A MACHINE TO RUN AS PEOPLE RETIRED OFF THEM AND THEN [THROUGH] SENIORITY YOU GOT ONTO THE DIFFERENT MACHINES.” ZOLTAN DESCRIBED HIS AND JOSEPH’S POSITIONS AT THE BREWERY: “…I RAN A MACHINE THAT THEY CALL THE END FEED WHERE THE DIRTY BOTTLES CAME IN AND WENT INTO THE WASH AND JOE WORKED ON THE MACHINE THAT PUT THE FULL BOTTLES INTO THE CASES…” ZOLTAN DETAILED THE PROCESS OF BOTTLING THE BEER AT THE BREWERY: “…[THE BOTTLES WOULD] COME IN ON PALLETS AND THEY HAD TWO PEOPLE…UNLOADING THE CASES ONTO A CONVEYOR… THE BOTTLES WOULD COME DOWN THE CONVEYOR AND THEY’D GO INTO A SAW THAT WOULD CUT THE BOTTOM OFF THE CARTON AND THE BOTTLES WOULD…COME TO THE END FEED… IT WOULD COME INTO A BIG MACHINE THAT LIFTED THE BOTTLES INTO THE POCKETS AND KEPT GOING… THIS WOULD CARRY THE BOTTLE UPSTAIRS… THEY WENT THROUGH NINE CYCLES OF WASHING, THREE CYCLES OF ACID AND THE REST WOULD BE RINSING THE BOTTLES SO THEY CAME OUT WITHOUT ANY ACID OR DIRT IN THEM… FROM THERE THEY WOULD GO ON A LINE. THEY WOULD GO TO THE FILLER AND THE MACHINE WOULD FILL THE BOTTLES… FROM THERE THEY WOULD GO DOWN THE LINE INTO ANOTHER BIG MACHINE THEY CALLED THE ‘PASTEURIZER’… IT WOULD TAKE ABOUT OH TWENTY MINUTES TO HALF AN HOUR TO GO THROUGH THE ‘PASTEURIZER’, THEN THEY WOULD…GO THROUGH A MACHINE THAT WOULD PUT THE LABELS ON IT… [THEN] IT WOULD CARRY ON CONVEYOR TO ANOTHER PLACE WHERE THE CARTONS CAME AND THESE BOTTLES WERE ON LINE…AND WOULD…PUSH THEM INTO THE CASE… THEN IT WOULD GO TO A GLUING MACHINE… IT WOULD GLUE THE ENDS OF THE CARTONS SHUT, AND THEN IT WOULD GO UPSTAIRS TO WHAT THEY CALLED A PALLETIZER… THIS WOULD PACKAGE THEM OR PUSH THEM INTO…MAYBE…THIRTY OR THIRTY-SIX CASES INTO A SQUARE… IT WOULD PUSH ONTO PALLETS AND THAT’S HOW IT WOULD GET STACKED. EVERY TIME YOU PUSH A ROW ON, THEN THE PALLET WOULD DROP DOWN AND THEY WENT ABOUT…TEN HIGH… THEN A GUY WOULD TAKE IT WITH A FORKLIFT AWAY FROM THERE AND PUT IT IN THE WAREHOUSE… THEY WOULD LOAD THEM ALL OFF OF THERE INTO THE TRUCKS TO BE HAULED AWAY.” ZOLTAN TALKED ABOUT THE BREWERY CLOSING DOWN: “…THE LAST DAY OF [1989] WAS THE LAST DAY WE WORKED.” “…I WAS A LITTLE SAD BECAUSE I WAS ONLY SIXTY-ONE, I WOULD HAVE LOVED TO WORK ANOTHER FOUR YEARS… I KIND OF FELT BAD BUT AT THE SAME TIME I WAS GLAD I WORKED THERE BECAUSE I FELT I WAS TREATED VERY WELL.” ZOLTAN SPOKE ABOUT THE AWARDS AT THE BREWERY: “…THEY USED TO PUT ON A CONTEST BETWEEN THE EAST AND WE WERE CALLED THE WESTERN DIVISION, FROM WINNIPEG WEST. THERE WAS A BREWERY IN WINNIPEG, THERE WAS TWO IN SASKATCHEWAN, TWO IN ALBERTA, ONE IN BRITISH COLUMBIA AND IT WAS LIKE A COMPETITION FOR PRODUCTION WHO GOT THE BEST PRODUCTION… LETHBRIDGE ALWAYS GOT THE BEST PRODUCTION IN ANY OF THE BREWERIES ALL THE TIME THEY WERE OPERATING... SO WE GOT THE PRIZE FOR IT EVERY TIME THEY PUT ON, THEY PUT IT ON ABOUT EVERY FIVE YEARS AND THAT’S HOW THEY GAVE US THESE JACKETS FOR PRODUCTION.” ZOLTAN SPOKE ABOUT HOW WORKERS STILL KEPT IN TOUCH AFTER THE BREWERY CLOSED: “WE USED TO MEET ONCE A MONTH AFTER [THE BREWERY] CLOSED DOWN UNTIL A YEAR OR SO AGO AT POP’S PUB JUST TO GET TOGETHER. [IT WAS] MAYBE FIFTEEN GUYS…IN THERE AND [WE WOULD] HAVE A COUPLE OF BEERS… THEN ONCE A YEAR, JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS, WE’D HAVE…A BIG DUE... COLD CUTS, BUNS…AND STUFF AND WE WOULD GET ABOUT…TWENTY-FIVE GUYS OUT FOR THAT. THAT WAS SOMETHING WE CARRIED ON JUST ON OUR OWN FOR…A GET TOGETHER FROM WORKING TOGETHER.” “…THIS LAST SUMMER WE HAD NO MEETINGS DURING THE MONTH EXCEPT WE DID MEET THIS CHRISTMAS. WE HAD ABOUT TWENTY GUYS OUT.” WHEN ASKED WHETHER HE STILL RECEIVES BEER FROM MOLSON AFTER WORKING THERE, ZOLTAN REPLIED: “NO. I DID WHEN I RETIRED FOR ABOUT TWENTY-FIVE YEARS, I GOT TWO DOZEN A MONTH AND THEN THEY CUT IT DOWN TO ONE FOR ABOUT THREE YEARS AND THEN THEY CUT IT RIGHT OFF.” “THEY CUT IT OFF ABOUT THREE YEARS AGO I THINK.” ZOLTAN RECALLED THE POSITIVES OF WORKING AT THE BREWERY: “…THE CONDITIONS WERE GOOD, THE PEOPLE TO WORK WITH WERE VERY GOOD… EVERYBODY WAS SO GOOD TO GET ALONG WITH, THEY TREATED YOU GOOD… EVERY CHRISTMAS YOU HAD A CHOICE OF A CHRISTMAS TURKEY OR A HAM. THEN THE LAST DAY THEY SHUT DOWN IN THE MORNING BEFORE CHRISTMAS FOR US AND WE CLEANED UP THE PLACE AND WE HAD A BIG DINNER AT THE BREWERY… THEY HAD THEIR CHRISTMAS DINNER IN FEBRUARY BECAUSE THERE WAS TOO MANY AROUND DECEMBER SO THAT WAS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY. WE HAD A BIG DINNER…A DANCE AND FREE LIQUOR… I KNOW ONE DAY WE HAD THE BIGGEST PRODUCTION, WE PUT OUT NINETY-THREE THOUSAND DOZEN OF BEER AND TWELVE HUNDRED KEGS IN A TWO SHIFT PERIOD, SO EVERYBODY GOT A CASE OF BEER TO GO HOME… WE HAD GOOD HOLIDAYS, LONG HOLIDAYS. WE STARTED UP…A SOCIAL CLUB AND WHEN THE BREWERY SHUT DOWN WE JUST FINISHED IT THIS LAST YEAR. WE KEPT IT GOING ALL THIS TIME, KEPT THE GUYS GOING. EVERY FEBRUARY WE’D HAVE A GOLF TOURNAMENT AT PICTURE BUTTE AND THEN WE’D HAVE A BBQ AT NIGHT WHEREVER WE’D RENT... WE HAD A LOT OF…[EVENTS] AT COALHURST…" WHEN ASKED WHETHER HE STILL DRINKS MOLSON, ZOLTAN REPLIED: “THAT’S THE ONLY THING I’LL TAKE.” “CANADIAN, THAT’S MY FAVOURITE DRINK.” FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO SEE THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS, PLEASE SEE THE DONATION’S PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20200001000
Acquisition Date
2020-01
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY "BACEDA"
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P20110026000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY "BACEDA"
Date
1955
Materials
COTTON, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
90
Length
56
Width
18.2
Description
SUIT JACKET, NAVY BLUE, DOUBLE BREASTED WITH EIGHT BRASS BUTTONS. EACH BOTTOM HAS EMBOSSED, “CANADIAN PACIFIC” WITH BEAVER MOTIF IN CENTER. EACH CUFF HAS TWO SMALL BRASS BUTTONS WITH SAME DECORATION. WIDE PEAKED LAPELS WITH ONE BUTTON HOLE ON EACH SIDE. POCKETS AT FRONT ON LEFT AND RIGHT WITH SQUARE CUT FLAPS. FRONT LEFT BREAST POCKET WITHOUT FLAP. PADDED SHOULDERS. INSIDE HAS BLACK POLYESTER LINING WITH SEAM AT BOTTOM DETACHED IN PLACES. RIGHT AND LEFT BREAST POCKETS. INSIDE RIGHT BREAST POCKET IS TAG THAT READS, “GORDON CAMPBELL LTD., VANCOUVER, CANADA, MR. B. BACEDA., DATE NOV/55, NO.3059-G 9955.” SPARE BLACK BUTTON UNDER LEFT BREAST POCKET. SLEEVES LINED WITH WHITE, BLUE AND GREY STRIPED COTTON. FABRIC LOOP AT INSIDE BACK COLLAR.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
PERSONAL SYMBOL
Historical Association
TRANSPORTATION
INDUSTRY
BUSINESS
History
ACCORDING TO INFORMATION PROVIDED BY DONOR DOUG HEGLAND AT THE TIME OF DONATION, THE JACKET WAS ACQUIRED IN 1983 FROM A LOCKER AT THE "OLD STATION" IN LETHBRIDGE WHEN STAFF MOVED TO A NEW TRAIN STATION AT KIPP YARD. THE DONOR FOUND THE JACKET AS A RESULT OF WANTING SOME OF THE STATION’S OLD LOCKERS. DONOR STARTED A CAREER WITH THE CPR IN 1978. ACCORDING TO INFORMATION SOLICITED FROM BRUNO BACEDA’S SON LONNIE IN FEBRUARY 2012, “BRUNO BACEDA LIVED IN THE LETHBRIDGE AREA HIS WHOLE LIFE. HE WAS A BAGGAGE MASTER WITH THE CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY IN 1959 AND WORKED FOR A WHILE AS CONDUCTOR.” ACCORDING TO HIS OBITUARY IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, “BRUNO JOHN BACEDA PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE ON DECEMBER 13, 2004 AT THE AGE OF 76. BACEDA WAS BORN IN COALHURST ON NOVEMBER 7, 1928 WHERE HE ATTENDED SCHOOL AND BEGAN HIS 38 YEAR CAREER WITH THE CPR.” FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20110026000
Acquisition Date
2011-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail