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Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1955
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
RAYON, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970041598
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1955
Materials
RAYON, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.2
Length
43
Width
49
Description
RECTANGULAR RAYON APRON WITH GREY AND WHITE CHECKERED PATTERN THAT HAS RED & PINK FLOWERS. TOP EDGE HAS WHITE SEMI-TRANSPARENT RAYON BELT AND BOTTOM HAS GATHERED RUFFLE OF THE SAME MATERIAL. LEFT SIDE HAS RECTANGULAR PATCH POCKET ALSO MADE FROM SEMI-TRANSPARENT WHITE RAYON MATERIAL.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
APRON WAS A HOUSEHOLD ITEM OF THE DONOR'S FAMILY. THE NAKAYAMA FAMILY WAS ORIGINALLY FROM VANCOUVER BUT MOVED TO COALDALE FOLLOWING THE SECOND WORLD WAR WHEN THEY WERE INTERNED AT SLOCAN CITY IN THE INTERIOR OF BRITISH COLUMBIA BY THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT. THE DONOR'S FATHER, REV. CANON G.G. NAKAYAMA, WAS AN ANGLICAN MINISTER IN VANCOUVER, AND THEN ESTABLISHED THE CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION IN COALDALE IN 1945 WHERE HE SERVED UNTIL 1970. FROM AUGUST 29 TO 31, 2011 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED THE DONOR, JOY KOGAWA, ABOUT HER MEMORIES ASSOCIATED WITH SPECIFIC OBJECTS THAT SHE DONATED IN 1997. OF THIS ARTIFACT, KOGAWA SAID: “THIS IS JUST AN APRON THAT MY MOM WORE… IN COALDALE… THIS IS TOO FANCY [TO BE HOMEMADE]. IT WAS BOUGHT, OR GIVEN TO HER.” SEE RECORD P19970041001 FOR EXPANDED BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION AND PERMANENT FILE FOR FURTHER HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19970041598
Acquisition Date
1997-01
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
HALF-APRON
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LINEN, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19990053010
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HALF-APRON
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Materials
LINEN, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
64.5
Width
47.5
Description
WHITE LINEN, HALF APRON. APRON IS TEAR DROP SHAPED (WITH POINT CUT OFF). AROUND EDGE OF APRON IS A 3.9CM WIDE, WHITE CROCHETED TRIM. TRIM IS TORN IN TWO PLACES. FRONT OF APRON HAS TWO PENTAGONAL SHAPED PATCH POCKETS. THE OPENING OF EACH POCKET HAS A WHITE CROCHETED TRIM. THERE ARE WHITE APPLIQUES ON POCKETS, AND LARGER WHITE APPLIQUES ON REST OF APRON. TWO HOLES IN APRON HAVE BEEN PATCHED. WAIST BAND HAS A WHITE BUTTON (WITH A PIECE BROKEN OFF) ON ONE END AND A BUTTONHOLE IN THE OTHER.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
DONOR IS A HIGH SCHOOL PHYS. ED. TEACHER. SHE DID DRAMA IN SCHOOLS AND LOCAL THEATRE, AND ENTIRE COLLECTION WAS GIVEN TO HER BY LOCAL PEOPLE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DONOR GAIL HOLLAND’S ACQUISITION, STEWARDSHIP AND GENERAL USE OF HER 1999-DONATED COLLECTION PLEASE REFER TO RECORD P19990053001. ***UPDATE: ARTIFACT INSIGHT BELOW SUBMITTED BY DONOR AND COLLECTIONS VOLUNTEER GAIL HOLLAND ON 19 APRIL 2011. “HALF APRON SERVED AS A POSSIBLE REFERENCE FOR MAID’S CLOTHING PERIOD WEAR.”
Catalogue Number
P19990053010
Acquisition Date
2000-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
HALF-APRON
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, BIAS TAPE
Catalogue Number
P20000042010
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HALF-APRON
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1960
Materials
COTTON, BIAS TAPE
No. Pieces
1
Length
176.5 (TIES)
Width
43.6
Description
HALF APRON. MATERIAL HAS A GREEN, YELLOW, AND WHITE FLORAL PATTERN ON A LIGHT TURQUOISE BACKGROUND. EDGES ARE TRIMMED WITH RED BIAS TAPE. FRONT OF APRON IS MADE OF THREE U-SHAPED PANELS, WITH THE CENTER ONE OVERLAPPING THE OUTER TWO. THE PANELS EACH HAVE A FEW PLEATS IN THEM. THE PANELS ARE SEWN TO A WAISTBAND, WHICH IS EXTENDED TO FORM TIES, WHICH ARE TRIMMED WITH RED BIAS TAPE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
DONOR BOUGHT AT A TEA AND BAKE SALE AT ST. MARY'S CHURCH IN 40'S OR 50'S. WHEN WORKING AT SUCH FUNCTION, LADIES WORE DRESSES AND SO NEED AN APPROPRIATE APRON TO WEAR WITH THEIR DRESSIER CLOTHES. *** *UPDATE 11 DECEMBER 2013* INFORMATION BELOW PROVIDED BY DONOR AT THE REQUEST OF THE GALT IN 2010. “AT THIS TIME APRONS WERE IN COMMON USE. IT WAS MUCH EASIER TO WASH AN APRON THEN DRY CLEAN AN EXPENSIVE OUTFIT. " ***
Catalogue Number
P20000042010
Acquisition Date
2000-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19940034002
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1940
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
89
Width
57
Description
COTTON APRON HAS ROUNDED NECK AND IS SLEEVELESS AND SIDELESS. FRONT OF APRON CONNECTS TO BACK WITH SHOULDER SEAMS AND A COTTON TIE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE FRONT AND BACK AT THE WAIST. TOP HAS TWO BLACK STRIPS OF MATERIAL ON EITHER SIDE WITH A FLORAL PATTERNED ORANGE, CREAM, AND BLACK STRIP OF MATERIAL IN THE MIDDLE. THE WAIST IS SLIGHTLY GATHERED BELOW AND THE STRIPS OF MATERIAL ARE REVERSED ON THE SKIRT. THE BOTTOM CORNERS OF THE SKIRT ARE ROUNDED AND THE ENTIRE FRONT IS EDGED WITH AN ORANGE PIECE OF COTTON. THIS EDGING ALSO APPEARS JUST ABOVE THE WAIST ON THE END OF TWO PIECES OF BLACK MATERIAL THAT LOOKS LIKE THE TOP OF POCKETS. THE BACK ALSO HAS A STRAIGHT TOP WITH A SKIRT PART THAT IS GATHERED BELOW. THE BACK IS SOLID BLACK WITH NO ORANGE TRIM. THERE IS A HOLE IN THE MATERIAL IN THE BACK, ARE SOME RUNS AND MINOR SURFACE DIRT. THE TIES ARE FRAYED AT THE ENDS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
SEE FILE P19940034001-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A VEST DONATED BY GLADYS CLAY. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND A FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MARTIN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME. GLADYS CLAY WAS RAISED ON A FARM OUTSIDE OF LETHBRIDGE AND ATTENDED SCHOOL IN A ONE ROOM SCHOOL HOUSE IN CRYSTAL LAKE. AT THE AGE OF 14 SHE WAS SENT TO LETHBRIDGE TO LIVE WITH HER GRANDMOTHER SO THAT SHE COULD ATTEND LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE. ON NOVEMBER 17, 1945 GLADYS WAS MARRIED TO DONALD “DON” CLAY. GLADYS WAS THE DAUGHTER OF OSCAR WILLETS AND ALICE LUCY EMILY WILLETS (NEE ARNOLD). GLADYS PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 93 ON FEBRUARY 14, 2014. HER HUSBAND DON CLAY PASSED AWAY ON NOVEMBER 8, 2008 AT THE AGE OF 93. OSCAR WILLETS WAS BORN AND RAISED IN ENGLAND, MOVING TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1910. IN 1915 HE JOINED THE 39TH BATTALION AND SERVED OVERSEAS DURING WWI. HE WORKED AS A MINER AT NO. 6 MINE FOLLOWING THE WAR, THEN AS A FARMER IN THE SUNNYSIDE DISTRICT STARTING IN 1926. HE RETIRED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1954. OSCAR PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 83 ON MARCH 22, 1975. ALICE LUCY EMILY WILLETS (NEE ARNOLD) WAS BORN AND RAISED IN LONDON, ENGLAND, AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1910. ALICE WAS MARRIED TO OSCAR WILLETS ON SEPTEMBER 30, 1919. SHE WAS THE DAUGHTER OF ALBERT ARNOLD AND ALICE MATILDA ARNOLD (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). ALICE WILLETS PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 85 ON AUGUST 26, 1982. ALICE MATILDA ARNOLD (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) WAS BORN IN HAVERSHAM, KENT, ENGLAND AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1910. SHE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 82 IN AUGUST 1957. ALBERT ARNOLD PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 50. AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE HERALD ON JULY 31, 1924 RECOUNTS THE ACCIDENT THAT CAUSED HIS DEATH: “THE DEATH OF ALBERT ARNOLD … AN EMPLOYEE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, OCCURRED LAST NIGHT AT 9:45 AT THE GALT HOSPITAL. MR. ARNOLD WAS ENGAGED IN TRIMMING TREES IN FRONT OF 649 12TH ST., WHEN HE FELL FROM THE LADDER ON WHICH HE WAS WORKING AND STRUCK THE SIDEWALK WITH HIS HEAD, BEING RENDERED UNCONSCIOUS, FROM WHICH STATE HE NEVER EMERGED. HE WAS TAKEN TO THE GALT HOSPITAL WHERE AN EXAMINATION REVEALED A SLIGHT FRACTURE OF THE SKULL. HE WAS OPERATED ON IN THE AFTERNOON IN AN ATTEMPT TO TAKE THE PRESSURE OFF HIS BRAIN CAUSED BY THE FRACTURE, BUT WITHOUT SUCCESS, AND HE DIED AT 9:45PM. MR. ARNOLD, WHO WAS FIFTY YEARS OF AGE, HAD BEEN IN THE CITY THIRTEEN YEARS AND HAD BEEN EMPLOYED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT ON AND OFF FOR SEVERAL YEARS. ONLY THE DAY BEFORE HE HAD CELEBRATED THE THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS MARRIAGE.” ANOTHER ARTICLE FROM AUGUST 1, 1924 DISCUSSES THE ACCIDENT FURTHER: “AT AN ENQUIRY HELD ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON BEFORE MAGISTRATE BARKER AS TO WHETHER AN INQUEST ON THE DEATH OF ALBERT ARNOLD WOULD BE NECESSARY, THE MAGISTRATE DECIDED THAT IT WAS A CASE OF ACCIDENTAL DEATH. ACCORDING TO THE EVIDENCE GIVEN, DECEASED ON HAD A 13 FOOT FALL FROM THE POINT OF THE LADDER ON WHICH HE WAS STANDING AT THE TIME HE WAS CUTTING TREES ON TWELFTH ST. SOUTH. GEORGE EDWARDS, WHO WAS HOLDING THE LADDER FOR THE DECEASED, DEPOSED TO HIS HAVING A STRONG GRIP ON IT AND TO ITS NOT SLIPPING. THE DECEASED WAS PRUNING OFF THE LIGHT BRANCHES WITH A PRUNING HOOK AND WAS NOT USING A SAW. ANYTHING OF THE THEORY OF HIS BEING ELECTROCUTED BY THE ELECTRIC WIRES WAS DISSIPATED BY THE EVIDENCE OF ED THEOBALD OF THE CITY ELECTRIC DEPARTMENT, WHO SAID THAT THE WIRE WAS AWAY ABOVE THE TOP OF THE TREE. IT IS PRESUMED THAT DECEASED, WHO HAD NOT BEEN VERY WELL LATELY, HAD A SUDDEN FIT OF VERTIGO. DEATH, ACCORDING TO THE MEDICAL EVIDENCE, RESULTED FROM HEMORRHAGE OF THE BRAIN CAUSED BY THE HEAD OF THE DECEASED STRIKING THE CURB.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND A FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MARTIN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME.
Catalogue Number
P19940034002
Acquisition Date
1994-11
Collection
Museum
Images
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Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1955
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, LINEN
Catalogue Number
P19930007011
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1955
Materials
COTTON, LINEN
No. Pieces
1
Width
37.2
Description
COTTON SEWN WITH SKIRT & BIB & NECK LOOP. FLORAL PRINT, LINEN LACE ALONG SEAM & PIPING AROUND PERIMETER. POCKET. STAINS. HAS BEEN REPAIRED, SEE CONSERVATION REPORT. SMALL HOLE IN FRONT, JUST BELOW APRON.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
APRON APPEARS HANDMADE & IS A STYLE APPROPRIATE TO POST-WAR, TO EARLY '60'S. *UPDATE* IN 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING P19930007003. NO NEW INFORMATION WAS FOUND ABOUT THAT PIECE, BUT THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT THE DONORS, EARL AND MARY WAGNESS, WAS FOUND IN THEIR LETHBRIDGE HERALD OBITUARIES. MARY WAS BORN IN CLAYTON, ONTARIO IN 1905 AND MOVED TO ENCHANT, ALBERTA WITH HER FAMILY IN 1917. AFTER COMPLETING A BUSINESS COURSE IN CALGARY SHE WORKED FOR THE CANADIAN BANK OF COMMERCE IN STAVELY. MARY MARRIED EARL WAGNESS IN STAVELY IN 1929, AND OVER THE 61 YEARS OF THEIR MARRIAGE THEY LIVED THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN ALBERTA, MOVING FOR EARL'S WORK WITH THE ALBERTA PACIFIC GRAIN COMPANY. THEY RETIRED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1956. MARY WAS ACTIVE IN CURLING, THE ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR, CHURCH CHOIR, AND COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER WORK. EARL WAS A HOBBYIST WATCHMAKER - SEE RECORD P19930009001 FOR INFORMATION ABOUT HIS WATCHMAKING PRACTICE AND TOOLS. EARL DIED IN 1990, AND MARY DIED IN 2000. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPIES OF OBITUARIES. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A RIBBON AND A DICKEY DONATED BY SHIRLEY TUCKER. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. MARY CHRISTINA WAGNESS (NEE ROBERTSON) WAS BORN IN CLAYTON, ON ON FEBRUARY 28, 1905, THE DAUGHTER OF MR. AND MRS. J.B. ROBERTSON. IN 1917 HER FAMILY MOVED FROM ANTHER, SK TO ENCHANT, AB. AFTER COMPLETING A BUSINESS COURSE IN CALGARY, MARY WORKED FOR THE CANADIAN BANK OF COMMERCE IN STAVELY, AB. ACCORDING TO HER WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT, MARY WORKED FOR THE BANK FOR THREE AND A HALF YEARS BEFORE HER MARRIAGE. SHE WAS MARRIED TO EARL WAGNESS ON AUGUST 7, 1929 AND THE COUPLE LIVED IN WOODHOUSE, BARONS, AND MILK RIVER, BEFORE RETIRING TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1956. MARY PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 95 IN APRIL 2000. EARL RANDOLPH WAGNESS PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 84 ON NOVEMBER 23, 1990. HE WAS THE SON OF MARTIN WAGNESS AND CAROLINA WAGNESS (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19930007011
Acquisition Date
1993-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19950067005
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
91
Width
88.4
Description
SHORT COTTON APRON WITH BODICE AND NECKSTRAP. ORANGE TULIPS WITH PURPLE LEAVES PRINTED ON WHITE FABRIC, WITH PLAIN WHITE COTTON STRIPS, 5CM IN WIDTH, INSERTED NEAR TOP AND BOTTOM BORDERS. BOTTOM OF APRON IS GATHERED SLIGHTLY TO FORM RUFFLE. LARGE PATCHES ON LEFT SIDE OF APRON, WHERE TEAR WAS REPAIRED, AND NEAR RIGHT BOTTOM, ALSO WHERE APRON WAS TORN. TIES ARE SEWN TO EITHER SIDE OF APRON; END OF LEFT HAND TIE IS UNHEMMED. U-SHAPED FABRIC INSERT ABOVE WHERE RIGHT-HAND TIE IS CONNECTED.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
MADE BY ELSIE (KONKIN) MORRIS, DAUGHTER OF DONOR AT AGE 15 AS A HOME ECONOMIC PROJECT IN VAUXHALL. SEE P19950067001-GA FOR MORE DONOR HISTORY. *UPDATE* IN 2010 NICOLE HEMBROFF, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT, CONTACTED ELSIE MORRIS NEE KONKIN (WHO DONATED THE ARTIFACTS ON BEHALF OF HER MOTHER) IN ORDER TO OBTAIN MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE HISTROY OF THE OBJECTS AND THEIR CONNECTION TO THE DOUKHOBORS OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA. SEE BELOW. MORRIS HAD NOTHING TO ADD. FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING AN APRON DONATED BY ELIZABETH KONKIN. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. ELIZABETH KONKIN AKA ELSIE MORRIS IS THE DAUGHTER OF WILLIAM KONKIN AND ELIZABETH P. KONKIN (NEE WISHLOW). ELSIE WAS MARRIED TO TERRANCE GORDON “TERRY” MORRIS. TERRY PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 88 ON OCTOBER 25, 2012. 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 (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). 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.
Catalogue Number
P19950067005
Acquisition Date
1995-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
GIRL'S HALF APRON
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LINEN
Catalogue Number
P19990002005
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
GIRL'S HALF APRON
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
LINEN
No. Pieces
1
Length
40.3
Width
96.6
Description
WHITE LINEN HALF APRON. GATHERED AT WAIST, WITH 36CM TIE AT EACH SIDE. FABRIC IS TEXTURED WITH WHITE EMBROIDERED POLKA-DOTS THROUGHOUT. FOUR ROWS TUCKS NEAR BOTTOM HEM; SIDES AND BOTTOM OF APRON TRIMMED WITH TATTED LACE 3.5CM BORDER.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
COSTUME BELONGED TO DONOR WHEN SHE WAS ABOUT SIX YEARS OLD (1949). LIVED IN CZECH REPUBLIC OF MORAVIA, IN TOWN CALLED PREROV. DONOR CAME TO CANADA WITH HUSBAND IN 1970. WENT TO EDMONTON FOR 3 WEEKS, THEN BROOKS FOR 1 1/2 YEARS, THEN SETTLED IN LETHBRIDGE FOR 25 YEARS. DONOR'S HUSBAND WORKED AS AN IRRIGATION SPECIALIST. COSTUME WAS HANDMADE BY DONOR'S MOTHER, AND WAS WORN ON SPECIAL OCCASIONS.
Catalogue Number
P19990002005
Acquisition Date
1999-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
COAT AND BOOTIES
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1945
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P20010070022
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
COAT AND BOOTIES
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1945
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
3
Length
22.7
Width
43.0
Description
1. CLOAK. ABOVE DIMENSIONS. CROCHETED BABY'S SWEATER. OFF WHITE WITH LIGHT BLUE TRIM. BOTTOM EDGE OF COAT HAS A JAGGED EDGE. SLEEVES ARE SORT OF PUFFY AT CUFFS. 2. BOOTIES. 8.5 X 5.3. CROCHETED BABY BOOTIES. OFF WHITE WITH LIGHT BLUE TRIM. TOP OF BOOTIES ARE FOLDED OVER. ONE BOOTEE HAS A BLUE PIECE OF YARN AROUND LEG WITH POM POMS ATTACHED TO THE ENDS. OTHER BOOTEE ALSO A PIECE OF YARN AROUND LEG, BUT POM POMS ARE MISSING. THIS BOOTEE HAS A SMALL ORANGEY STAIN ON ONE SIDE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
CLOTHING-FOOTWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
MADE BY DONOR'S MOTHER DAGMAR DOYLE SIMPSON. THE GARMENTS WERE NEVER USED. DONOR SUSPECTS HER MOTHER MADE THE ITEMS IN HOPES OF ONE DAY HAVING A BABY BOY, BUT WAS UNABLE TO DO SO. DAGMAR OLSEN WAS BORN DECEMBER 28, 1914, RAISED ON A FAMILY FARM, AND SCHOOLED IN STAVLEY, ALBERTA. HER PARENTS, HILDA AND JOHN OLSEN, WERE IMMIGRANT PIONEERS FROM NORWAY. HER MOTHER HILDA, GOT DAGMAR HER FIRST JOB AS A TELEPHONE OPERATOR WITH THE STAVELY AGENCY AT THE AGE OF 15 YEARS. AFTER LIVING AT HOME WORKING SEVEN YEARS IN STAVELY, DAGMAR MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AND WORKED FOR AGT UNTIL SHE MARRIED LAWRENCE DOYLE, ALSO FROM STAVELY AND PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND. DAGMAR AND LAWRENCE HAD ONE DAUGHTER, BARBARA. DAGMAR LATER RETURNED TO AGT AS AN OPERATOR UNTIL HER RETIREMENT AT AGE 60, WHEN SHE MARRIED CLARE SIMPSON. CLARE AND DAGMAR LIVED IN LETHBRIDGE, SOCIALIZED, AND TRAVELED EXTENSIVELY UNTIL HIS DEATH IN 1985. DAGMAR OLSEN DOYLE SIMPSON DIED MARCH 14, 2001. SHE WAS RUMORED TO BE ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMEN IN LETHBRIDGE. DONOR, BARBARA DOYLE, WAS BORN AND SCHOOLED IN LETHBRIDGE. SHE TRAINED AT ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL AS A LABORATORY TECHNOLOGIST; GRADUATED 1962. SHE WORKED IN THE LAB AT ST. MICHAEL'S FOR 5 YEARS; MARRIED AND HAD 2 SONS. GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY WITH A BACHELOR OF ARTS, THEN A MASTERS OF ARTS IN ENGLISH, IN 1987. SHE TAUGHT AT UNIVERSITYS OF CALGARY AND LETHBRIDGE, THEN MOVED TO MONTREAL FROM 1990-1996. SHE RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE TO RETIRE. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING CLOTHING ITEMS DONATED BY BARBARA DOYLE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. DAGMAR CHRISTINA SIMPSON (NEE OLSEN) PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 14, 2001 AT THE AGE OF 88. SHE MARRIED LAWRENCE PATRICK (LARRY) DOYLE ON DECEMBER 4, 1940. LAWRENCE WAS BORN IN PEI IN 1910. HE MOVED TO VULCAN IN 1920, STAVELY IN 1924, AND TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1937. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 58 ON MARCH 28, 1969. LAWRENCE WAS THE SON OF GEORGE FRANKLIN AND MINNIE MAGDALEN DOYLE. DAGMAR WAS REMARRIED ON MARCH 29, 1975 TO CLARE C. SIMPSON. CLARE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN BELLEVILE, ON AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1930 TO WORK FOR AGT. HE ENLISTED IN 1939 AND WAS A POW FOR 3.5 YEARS FOLLOWING DIEPPE. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 75 ON FEBRUARY 18, 1983. THE DONOR, BARBARA DOYLE, IS THE DAUGHTER OF DAGMAR AND LAWRENCE. IN 1969, BARBARA WAS MARRIED TO PAUL TURNER AND IN 1983, SHE WAS THE WIFE OF MR. B.F. MCFADDEN. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN 2018 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF THE COLLECTION, INCLUDING A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS DONATED BY BARBARA DOYLE. ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2018, PUNDYK SAT DOWN WITH DOYLE FOR AN INTERVIEW REGARDING THAT DONATION. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: DOYLE EXPLAINED THAT HER MOTHER DAGMAR OLSEN – THE ORIGINAL OWNER OF THE ARTIFACTS – WAS BORN IN STAVLEY AND WAS THE THIRD OF FOUR SISTERS. GROWING UP IN A HOUSE OF DAUGHTERS PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN OLSEN’S LIFE. DOYLE DESCRIBED THE SISTERS BY SAYING, “BESSIE WAS THE OLDEST, AND NORAH WAS THE SECOND OLDEST, AND THEN MY MOTHER, AND THEN VICKI. AUNT VICKI WENT BIG [BY MOVING] TO TORONTO. SHE WANTED TO GET OUT OF TOWN. SHE WAS BORED. SHE WAS BORN IN STAVELY AND THERE WAS NO WAY SHE WAS GOING TO STAY THERE. SHE WAS THE YOUNGEST, SO SHE GOT THINGS THAT THE OTHERS DIDN’T GET IN THEIR LIFE. NORAH TOOK TO CALGARY. SHE WENT UP THERE AND SHE WORKED FOR A WHILE AT PACKING COOKIES OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. BESSIE WAS [WORKING] WITH MRS. JOURNEK AND THEN IN CALGARY THAT WAY TOO.” MOVING ON TO DESCRIBE HER MOTHER, DOYLE ILLUMINATED, “SHE WORKED [AS A TELEPHONE OPERATOR] FROM WHEN SHE WAS 15 IN STAVELY FOR ABOUT 7 YEARS. SHE WAS THERE FOR THE FIRST TELEPHONES COMING IN. THEN SHE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE. SHE KNEW MY DAD FROM STAVELY, AND THEN HE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AS WELL AND THEY LIVED SEPARATELY IN A BOARDING HOUSE UNTIL THEY GOT MARRIED…SHE HAD BREAKS [IN BETWEEN WHEN SHE FIRST STARTED WORKING AND HER RETIREMENT] WHEN SHE COULDN’T WORK BECAUSE OF THE WAR. [ADDITIONALLY,] I WAS BORN IN ’42, AND ONCE YOU HAD A CHILD, YOU COULDN’T GO TO WORK. EVEN WHEN THE WAR WAS OVER, THE WOMEN COULD NOT GO TO WORK BECAUSE THEY WERE MAKING WAY FOR THE PEOPLE COMING BACK FROM THE WAR FOR THE JOBS. THAT WAS REALLY HARD ON MY MOTHER. SHE WAS SO INDEPENDENT AND TO NOT BE ABLE TO HAVE HER OWN MONEY AND EVERYTHING [WAS DIFFICULT].” “[MY MOTHER] KNITTED [THIS BABY SWEATER] BEFORE [LEAVING WORK TO HAVE CHILDREN]. I DON’T KNOW AT THAT TIME IF IT WAS BLUE FOR BOYS STRICTLY, AND GIRLS FOR PINK. AND I DON’T KNOW WHETHER I EVER WORE IT. [THIS IS FROM] MY MOTHER’S HANDIWORK AND SHE WASN’T ONE THAT CROCHETED VERY MUCH. WHEN SHE WAS WORKING [SHE WOULDN’T HAD A LOT OF EXTRA TIME]. AND I GUESS AT THAT TIME AFTER SHE HAD ME, SHE WASN’T WORKING, BUT OUR OLD WASHERS THAT HAD THE RINGERS AND STUFF LIKE THAT [WERE TIME-CONSUMING]. SHE HAD TO WORK HARDER AROUND THE HOUSE AND EVERYTHING TOO,” DOYLE EXPLAINED. “I WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE,” DOYLE CONTINUED, “[I LEFT MY PARENTS’ HOUSE] WHEN I WAS 18 BECAUSE I WAS IN RESIDENCE WHEN I WAS DOING MY LABORATORY STUFF. I WAS A LAB TECHNICIAN FIRST. AFTER I GOT MARRIED IN ’64, WE LIVED FIVE YEARS HERE BEFORE WE STARTED MOVING AROUND. IT WAS ’71 [WHEN] WE LEFT AND WENT TO SASKATCHEWAN, REGINA.” “[I RECEIVED THESE ITEMS FROM MY MOTHER] AFTER SHE PASSED AWAY. [THEY WERE] IN THE HOUSE,” DOYLE STATED, "ALL OF THIS STUFF WAS IN THE HOUSE ON THE SOUTH SIDE. I FEEL LIKE MY MOTHER IS STILL IN THE HOUSE. I HAD REALLY GOOD PARENTS. WE WEREN’T POOR, BUT WE WEREN’T RICH EITHER, YOU KNOW. WE WERE JUST COMFORTABLE, BUT THEY WORKED VERY HARD FOR IT. THEY BOTH WORKED VERY HARD.” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P20010070001 FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT.
Catalogue Number
P20010070022
Acquisition Date
2001-12
Collection
Museum
Images
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Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
RAYON
Catalogue Number
P19980063014
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
RAYON
No. Pieces
1
Length
127.6
Width
76.4
Description
HEAVY RAYON DRESSING GOWN; CORAL PINK WITH ROYAL BLUE PLUME PRINT. LONG SLEEVES; FLOOR-LENGTH. ROUNDED COLLAR, WITH LAPELS EXTENDING TO WAISTLINE. SHORT TIE SEWN TO EDGE OF LEFT WAIST SEAM; LONGER TIE SEWN IN RIGHT SIDE. RIGHT HIP POCKET. SLIGHTLY STAINED AT COLLAR.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
DOMESTIC
History
SEE P19950049001-GA. BELONGED TO DONOR'S GRANDMOTHER. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING PARTS OF SEVERAL ITEMS DONATED BY CLAIRE DAHLQUIST. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. LEVI MACDONALD PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 88 ON OCTOBER 6, 1977. HE WAS BORN IN WEST TILBURY TOWNSHIP, ESSEX COUNTY, ON ON JULY 30, 1889, THE SON OF HIRAM AND ALICE (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) MACDONALD. IN 1914, LEVI MARRIED ESTELLA AGNES CHALMERS. IN 1918, THEY LIVED IN BURDETT AND THEN IN TABER IN 1921. ACCORDING TO HIS OBITUARY, “HE WAS ACTIVE IN THE ALBERTA FISH AND GAME ASSOCIATION FOR MANY YEARS AND WAS A MEMBER OF THE MASONIC LODGE, THE MOOSE LODGE, THE CANADIAN LEGION, AND THE ELKS. HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE REORGANIZED CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS. ESTELLA AGNES MACDONALD (NEE CHALMERS) WAS BORN AND RAISED IN ONTARIO. ESTELLA PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 84 ON MAY 11, 1981. LEA HIRAM MACDONALD WAS BORN IN LOWBANKS, ON ON MARCH 11, 1928 AND GREW UP ON THE FAMILY FARM IN TABER. HE MARRIED BEVERLY AYERS IN GREAT FALLS, MT ON MARCH 10, 1958. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 79 ON SEPTEMBER 8, 2007. THE DONOR IS THE DAUGHTER OF MAURICE/MAURY DAHLQUIST AND MARY (NEE MACDONALD) DAHLQUIST, OF BELLEVUE, WA. SEE PERMANENT FILE P19950049 FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILE ARTIFACTS AND ACCESSORIES, INCLUDING FIFTEEN ARTIFACTS DONATED BY CLAIRE DAHLQUIST. ATTEMPTS MADE TO CONTACT THE DONOR TO SPEAK ABOUT THE SPECIFIC ARTIFACTS AND THEIR USE WERE UNSUCCESSFUL.
Catalogue Number
P19980063014
Acquisition Date
1990-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail

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