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Other Name
RUBBER TRENCH COAT
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, RUBBER, GABARDINE
Catalogue Number
P19970073010
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
RUBBER TRENCH COAT
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
COTTON, RUBBER, GABARDINE
No. Pieces
1
Length
131.3
Width
44.7
Description
BLACK RUBBER-COATED FULL-LENGTH RAINCOAT WITH NAVY BLUE GABARDINE COLLAR. LINED WITH RUST AND LIGHT BEIGE COLORED LINEN/COTTON. FOUR PLASTIC BUTTONS AT FRONT CLOSURE; TWO BUTTONS AT BOTTOM BACK SLIT. POCKET AT EACH SIDE, WITH SNAP CLOSURE. CHAIN INSIDE COLLAR FOR HANGING. RIGHT SHOULDER TAB IS MISSING AND SECURING STRAP IS TORN OFF ONE END. INTERIOR RIGHT SIDE STAMPED "50 42 35" ABOVE RED ILLEGIBLE SIGNATURE. RUBBER COATING IS BECOMING SLIGHTLY BRITTLE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
MILITARY?
History
DONATED TO THE LEGION BY UNKNOWN DONOR, THEN TO THE MUSEUM BY LEGION. PRIOR HISTORY UNKNOWN. POSSIBLY MILITARY ISSUE.
Catalogue Number
P19970073010
Acquisition Date
1997-08
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
TROUSERS
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, DENIM, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19990055003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TROUSERS
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Materials
WOOL, DENIM, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
110.0
Width
56.0
Description
NAVY BLUE WOOL TROUSERS. THERE IS AN ANGLED WELT POCKET ON EACH SIDE. JUST BELOW EACH OF THESE POCKETS IS A VERTICAL LINE OF RED PIPING. THERE ARE ALSO TWO WELT POCKETS ON BACK OF PANTS. FRONT OPENING CLOSES WITH FOUR NAVY BLUE BUTTONS. THERE IS A SMALL FOB OR WATCH POCKET ON FRONT RIGHT SIDE OF PANTS. A WHITE TAG IS STAPLED TO LEFT FRONT; TAG READS "NEEDLECRAFT MILLS LTD. NAME G. MASSON NO. 5 ADDRESS LETHBRIDGE ALTA. BREAST 39 WAIST SLEEVE 19 LENGTH 29 WAIST 36 SEAT INS. LEG 30". WAISTBAND AND POCKETS ARE LINED WITH AN OFF-WHITE COTTON AND DENIM. THERE ARE 6 OFF-WHITE BUTTONS AROUND INSIDE OF WAISTBAND.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PROFESSIONS
History
SEE P19990055001-GA FOR HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19990055003
Acquisition Date
2000-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
TOOL APRON
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CANVAS
Catalogue Number
P20010014004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TOOL APRON
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
CANVAS
No. Pieces
1
Length
53.7
Width
42.5
Description
FULL APRON. MADE FROM WHITE CANVAS. BOTTOM IS FOLDED UPWARD AND SEWN TO FORM A POUCH, DIVIDED INTO TWO. THERE ARE TWO GROMMETS AT TOP OF APRON (NECK STRING IS MISSING), AND TWO GROMMETS AT SIDES OF APRON. ONE SIDE HAS A WHITE SHOELACE TIED TO IT, THE OTHER HAS A BLACK SHOELACE TIED TO IT. ON FRONT OF APRON READS "MURRAY BRANTFORD" IN BLACK. IN THE CENTER OF THE TWO WORDS IS A RED "M" AND BELOW THIS IS A GREY RECTANGLE, WITH TWO WHITE STRIPS IN THE CENTER. BOTTOM SEAM HAS BEEN REPAIRED A NUMBER OF TIMES.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PROFESSIONS
History
USED IN RIVERVIEW GARAGE. GARAGE WAS OWNED BY DONOR'S FATHER-IN-LAW, JACK CARPENTER, FROM 1947/48 TO 1965. IT WAS LOCATED AT 616 4TH STREET, SOUTH, LETHBRIDGE. JOCK CARPENTER IS A LETHBRIDGE AUTHOR, WHO WROTE "$50 BRIDE" AND "BOOTLEGGER'S BRIDE", WHICH CONCENTRATE ON THE HISTORY OF THE FUR TRADE AND THE PROHIBITION LIQUOR TRADE IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING TWO APRONS DONATED BY JOCK CARPENTER. RUTHANN ATTEMPT TO CONTACT THE DONOR FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, BUT WAS UNSUCCESSFUL AND NO FURTHER INFORMATION WAS AVAILABLE.
Catalogue Number
P20010014004
Acquisition Date
2001-09
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
RUBBER, BAKELITE
Catalogue Number
P19990055002
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Materials
RUBBER, BAKELITE
No. Pieces
1
Length
125.5
Width
49.5
Description
LONG, BLACK RUBBER RAINCOAT. THERE ARE FOUR LARGE, BLACK BUTTONS DOWN FRONT OPENING (ONE IS MISSING). THERE IS ALSO A SMALL BLACK BUTTON ON LAPEL. THERE IS A THIN LINE OF RED PIPING AROUND COLLAR. THERE ARE ALSO 2 SMALL BLACK BUTTONS ON EACH CUFF; ONE ON LEFT CUFF IS BROKEN IN HALF. INSIDE OF COAT IS A DARK YELLOW COLOUR. STAMPED ON INSIDE BACK OF COAT IS "40". ABOVE THIS IS "G. MASSON" (FADING). STAMPED INSIDE RIGHT SIDE CUFF IS "260434". THERE ARE TWO FLAPPED HIP POCKETS. RUBBER IS CRACKED AND WORN, PARTICULARLY ON RIGHT ARM.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PROFESSIONS
History
BELONGED TO DONOR'S FATHER, GEORGE MASSON, WHO WAS ONE OF THE FIRST SIX POSTAL WORKERS IN LETHBRIDGE. GEORGE'S NUMBER, ISSUED TO ALL POSTMEN, IS STAMPED INSIDE COAT. HE CAME TO CANADA FROM SCOTLAND IN 1910 (HIS PARENTS HAD SETTLED IN LETHBRIDGE SHORTLY BEFORE). HE WORKED FOR THE C.P.R. AND IN CONSTRUCTION; WHEN MAIL JOB CAME UP HE GOT IT. HE WORKED FOR HIGINBOTHAM BEGINNING 1913, AND DELIVERED MAIL UNTIL THE OUTBREAK OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR. GEORGE WAS AMONG FOUR POSTMEN WHO WENT OVERSEAS (OTHER THREE WERE HIS BROTHER ALEC, BILLY BRENNAN, AND ANOTHER UNKNOWN MAN). GEORGE SERVED WITH THE 39TH FIELD BATTERY, RCA (AS DID BROTHER ALEC). HE SERVED WITH THE MILITIA BETWEEN THE WARS, AND WENT BACK TO THE POST OFFICE. IN WWII HE JOINED UP WITH THE 20TH ANTI-TANK BATTERY, BUT HAD TO GIVE IT UP DUE TO AGE; HE COULDN'T GO OVERSEAS, SO WENT INTO ADMINISTRATION AND INSTRUCTION. AFTER THE WAR, HE WENT BACK TO THE POST OFFICE UNTIL 1952, WHEN HE WAS TOLD BY DOCTORS HE SHOULD TAKE EARLY RETIREMENT (AT AGE 62). THE MILITARY AND THE POSTAL SERVICE, ACCORDING TO DONOR, WERE GEORGE'S TWO GREAT LOVES IN LIFE. DONOR WAS BORN AND RAISED IN LETHBRIDGE; WENT TO FLEETWOOD-BAWDEN SCHOOL, BEGINNING IN 1934. HAS LIVED & WORKED IN CITY UNTIL RECENT MOVE TO COALDALE. DONOR ALSO HAS A LOT OF FAMILY IN CITY. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A RAINCOAT DONATED BY DON MASSON. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. GEORGE “GEORDIE” MASSON WAS BORN ON FEBRUARY 13, 1889 IN EASTERTON, PETERHEAD, SCOTLAND AND MOVED TO CANADA IN 1910. ACCORDING TO AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ON JANUARY 8, 1952, GEORGE’S BROTHER WAS ALREADY LIVING IN LETHBRIDGE: “A BROTHER, WILLIAM, NOW BAGGAGE-MASTER FOR THE C.P.R. HERE, WAS IN THE CITY AT THE TIME AND INVITED HIS BROTHER TO COME OUT. ‘GEORDIE’ FIRST WORKED IN THE FREIGHT SHEDS FOR A WHILE AND THE FOLLOWING YEAR JOINED THE POST OFFICE.” DETAILS OF GEORGE’S CAREER APPEARED IN AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON JULY 28, 1965: “HE BEGAN HIS 41-YEAR CAREER AS A MAILMAN APRIL 1, 1911. AT THAT TIME HE WAS PAID 75 CENTS A DAY PLUS $15 A MONTH ‘WESTERN ALLOWANCE’ GRANTED TO POSTMEN WEST OF THE GREAT LEAKS.” IN THE JANUARY 8, 1952 ARTICLE, THE ORIGINAL SIX POSTAL CARRIERS ARE NAMED: GEORGE MASSON, HIS BROTHER ALEX MASSON, ALEX LOTHIAN, WILLIAM GILSON, WILLIAM “BILLY” BRENNAN, AND E.C. COOPER. THIS ARTICLE ALSO INDICATES THAT THE FOUR POSTMEN WHO SERVED OVERSEAS IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR WERE GEORGE, HIS BROTHER ALEX, BILLY BRENNAN, AND WILLIAM GILSON. ACCORDING TO THIS ARTICLE, BOTH BRENNAN AND GILSON WERE KILLED OVERSEAS. DETAILS OF GEORGE’S WORK AS A POSTMAN ARE FOUND IN THE JANUARY 1952 ARTICLE: “FROM SIX LETTER CARRIERS AND 12 ‘INSIDE’ MEN IN 1911, THE POST OFFICE STAFF HERE HAS GROWN TO 20 CARRIERS AND 35 OTHER EMPLOYEES. THE CITY’S POPULATION HAS NEARLY TREBLED FROM THE 8,000-ODD WHO LIVED HERE WHEN ‘GEORDIE’ MASSON, AS HE IS KNOWN TO HIS NUMEROUS FRIENDS, BEGAN DELIVERING MAIL. … OFTEN HE HAD TO CARRY UP TO 100 POUNDS OF MAIL TO BE DELIVERED IN A SINGLE DAY. HE USED TO START FOR NORTH LETHBRIDGE, OR THE NORTH WARD AS IT WAS THEN KNOWN, WITH PACKAGES STRAPPED TO HIS BACK AND MORE PARCELS ON HIS CHEST.” AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE HERALD ON JULY 3, 1962 PROVIDES MORE DETAILS ABOUT HIS WORK: “WHEN THE SERVICE BEGAN, STREETS WERE NAMED AND HOUSES HAD NO NUMBERS. A LETTER CARRIER HAD TO ASK HIS WAY THROUGH UNTIL HE KNEW BY HEART WHERE HIS ‘CLIENTS’ WERE RESIDING. IT TOOK MR. MASSON 11 HOURS, FROM 8 A.M. TO 7 P.M. TO DELIVER HIS FIRST BAG OF MAIL. … MR. MASSON’S ROUTE WAS NOT SMALL BY ANY MEANS. HE COVERED THE NORTH SIDE FROM 1ST AVE TO 7TH AVE N BETWEEN 12TH AND 20TH ST. AND THE SOUTH SIDE BETWEEN 1ST AVE. AND 4TH AVE. IN THE 1300 BLOCK. IN THE AFTERNOON MR. MASSON DELIVERED MAIL TO STORES ON 13TH ST. N.” IN NOVEMBER 1914 GEORGE WAS MARRIED TO LILLIAN “LILY” KEITH MACKIE. LILY PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 91 ON NOVEMBER 15, 1985. GEORGE MASSON PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 76 IN JULY 1965. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19990055002
Acquisition Date
2000-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
2001
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, POLYESTER
Catalogue Number
P20190010009
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
2001
Materials
COTTON, POLYESTER
No. Pieces
1
Length
68.1
Width
51
Description
HAIRDRESSER APRON IN YELLOW, PINK, BLUE, AND WHITE PAISLEY PATTERN; APRON IS MACHINE-STITCHED WITH OPEN BACK, PALE YELLOW TIE STRAPS AT THE TOP OF THE NECK, AND TWO LONG TIE STRAPS AT THE WAIST. FRONT OF THE APRON HAS TWO WIDE, DEEP POCKETS THAT MEET IN THE MIDDLE AND ARE STITCHED TOGETHER. APRON HAS PALE YELLOW TRIM AT NECKLINE, AROUND THE ARM-HOLES, AND AT TOPS OF THE POCKETS. APRON HAS MINOR THREAD FRAYING INSIDE AND AT BOTTOM HEM; TIE STRAPS HAVE MINOR THREAD FRAYING AT ENDS; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PROFESSIONS
History
ON JUNE 5, 2019, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED CAROL DARMODY REGARDING HER DONATION OF OBJECTS RELATED TO HER PARENTS, IRENE (NEE NAGY) AND JOHN FROUWS. ON HER MOTHER’S HAIRDRESSING, DARMODY RECALLED, “SHE TOOK THE HAIRDRESSING COURSE, I THINK IT WAS 1937, IN CALGARY, AND SHE REALLY LOVED HAIRDRESSING. SHE DID VOLUNTEER HAIRDRESSING FOR YEARS AT EDITH CAVELL, EVEN LATER IN LIFE. SHE TOOK IT VERY SERIOUSLY, AND LOVED DOING IT. SHE DID [HAIR FOR] NEIGHBOURS, FRIENDS, RELATIVES, BOYFRIENDS, GIRLFRIENDS, DAD…IT WAS ALWAYS A BIG PART OF HER LIFE…NOT REALLY FOR MONEY, JUST THE BARTERING THING, LIKE MAYBE SOMEONE WOULD MAKE HER COOKIES...” “[MOM] DIDN’T DO IT EVERY DAY, BECAUSE [HER AND MY DAD] WERE BUSY—AND THEY WOULD BABYSIT. [MY PARENTS] NEVER HAD GRANDKIDS, SO THEY BABYSAT ALL THE NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS ON NORMANDY…IT WASN’T LIKE A COMMERCIAL OPERATION…AN AUNT WOULD PHONE, ‘I NEED MY HAIR CUT.’ ‘COME ON OVER.’ OR, SHE WOULD GO OVER THERE. AND, MY MOM ALWAYS DROVE, SO SHE WOULD GET AROUND.” “[DURING THE WAR, MOM WAS] HAIRDRESSING, AND WORKING FOR TCA, PREPARING FOOD FOR THE PILOTS.” “IT WOULDN’T BE A LOT [OF MONEY THAT SHE MADE]…BECAUSE PEOPLE WOULDN’T BE SPLURGING TO HAVE THEIR HAIR DONE [DURING THE 1930S AND 1940S]…MOM DOES REMEMBER DOING THE MADAME’S [HAIR]…I DON’T KNOW THE ONE…[THAT WAS WHEN] PROSTITUTES AND MADAMES WERE ALLOWED TO SHOP IN LETHBRIDGE [IN AMMENDMENTS TO THE INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT, DARMODY NOTED, "THERE WAS CONSIDERABLE DISCRIMINATION TOWARD PROSTITUTES AT THE TIME. FOR A TIME, PROSTITUTES WERE ALLOWED TO SHOP IN LETHBRIDGE ONLY ONE DAY PER WEEK"], BUT SHE DID HAVE A MADAME FOR SURE…MOM CONSIDERED HERSELF A GOOD HAIRDRESSER. MY FRIENDS MIGHT DISAGREE, BUT…SHE DID HAVE A FEW INTERESTING CLIENTS, FOR SURE, WHEN SHE STARTED…[IN THE] LATE ‘30S, DURING THE WAR…IT SHOULD BE NOTED WITH THE PASSAGE OF TIME, MOM DIDN’T KEEP UP WITH THE LATEST HAIR STYLES. WHEN I BECAME A YOUNG ADULT, I OFTEN REFUSED TO LET HER CUT OR STYLE MY HAIR.” ON WHERE HER MOTHER DID HAIR, DARMODY SHARED, “I CAN’T REMEMBER HOW THAT WORKED…THERE IS NO PICTURE OF MOM IN A SHOP, SO I’M NOT SURE. THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN HAIRDRESSING PLACES…THE MADAME MIGHT HAVE COME TO THE HOUSE. MOM WOULD HAVE HAD AN APARTMENT.” DARMODY ELABORATED ON HER MOTHER’S PASSION FOR HAIRDRESSING, NOTING, “SHE NEVER STOPPED [DOING HAIR]. WELL, WHEN SHE GOT ALZHEIMER’S, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN DANGEROUS FOR HER TO HAVE SCISSORS, SO SHE PROBABLY STOPPED LATE…CLOSE TO 2000…SHE LOVED IT…EVEN JUST TO CUT DAD’S HAIR, AND THE ODD NEIGHBOR’S HAIR. SHE USED A RULER [TO MEASURE THE LENGTH TO BE CUT] WITH MINE. I DON’T THINK I LET HER [CUT MY HAIR WHEN I BECAME AN ADULT]…IN THE EARLY ‘90S, SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN VOLUNTEERING A LOT AT EDITH CAVELL, AND IT’S KIND OF IRONIC, BECAUSE IT BOTHERED HER, GOING TO THE NURSING HOME, BECAUSE SHE KNEW ALL THESE PEOPLE [SHE OFTEN WOULD BE UPSET TO SEE PEOPLE SHE KNEW FROM THE PAST SUFFERING FROM ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AND NEGLECT]…SHE WOULD MAKE THEM FEEL HAPPY [BY DOING THEIR HAIR]…IT WAS FREE…SHE DIDN’T DO IT FOR MONEY. THEN, SHE ENDS UP IN A SIMILAR SITUATION [BEING PLACE IN CARE FACILITY IN 2001, BECAUSE SHE HAD ALZHEIMER’S], BUT DAD DEALT WITH HER HAIR. HE WOULD JUST CUT IT STRAIGHT, BUT IT SUITED HER.” “SHE WAS A BIT MORE EXTROVERTED THAN DAD, AND JUST THAT CLOSE CONTACT WITH PEOPLE, AND MAKING SOMEONE FEEL HAPPY, WHOEVER THAT PERSON WAS. AND, IF THAT PERSON DIDN’T HAVE MONEY, IT DIDN’T MATTER – JUST MAKING THEM FEEL BETTER.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND COPIES OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20190010001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20190010009
Acquisition Date
2019-06
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
Other Name
DRESS PANTS
Date Range From
1956
Date Range To
1966
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20160041003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
DRESS PANTS
Date Range From
1956
Date Range To
1966
Materials
COTTON, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Length
72
Width
46
Description
MENS BLACK DRESS PANTS, FRONT WAISTBAND HAS COVERED SILVER HOOK CLASP AND SILVER ZIPPER. OUTSIDE HAS TWO BLACK VELVET STRIPS RUNING ON THE LEFT AND RIGHT OVER THE SIDE POCKETS, AND RUNNING DOWN THE LENGTH OF EACH LEG. INSIDE OF PANTS IS A BLACK PLASTIC BUTTON AND BLACK COTTON FABRIC WITH BUTTON-HOLE FOR SECURING THE PANTS. POCKETS ON RIGHT AND LEFT SIDES OF THE HIPS AND ON THE REAR ARE LINED WITH TAN FABRIC. PANTS ARE LINED WITH CREAM COTTON FABRIC. INSIDE THE PANTS ARE SIX WHITE PLASTIC BUTTONS POSITIONED AROUND THE WAIST. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
PROFESSIONS
History
THE TUXEDO SET – COMPLETE WITH JACKET, PANTS, VEST, TWO BOWTIES, AND A CIGAR THAT WAS FOUND IN THE JACKET POCKET – CAME TO THE MUSEUM FROM DONORS BRUCE AND JOAN HAIG. THE TUXEDO AND THE PIECES THAT WENT ALONG WITH IT BELONGED TO BRUCE’S FATHER, DR. ARTHUR HAIG (1901-1986). BRUCE AND JOAN HAIG DONATED THE COLLECTION OF ITEMS TO THE GALT MUSEUM, WHERE COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN CONDUCTED AN INTERVIEW WITH THE COUPLE ON NOVEMBER 25, 2016. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: “IN 1977, WE MOVED INTO BRUCE’S PARENTS’ HOUSE,” JOAN STATED AS SHE BEGAN TO SPEAK ABOUT THE TUXEDO ENSEMBLE, “AND MOTHER, [PHYLLIS HAIG (NEE HARRISON)] HAD [THE TUXEDO] IN A BOX IN THE STOREROOM. SHE HAD IT MARKED TO GO TO THE APARTMENT [THEY LATER MOVED TO], BUT THEY NEVER TOOK IT. BRUCE’S DAD HAD HAD A SEVERE STROKE AND WAS UNABLE TO WEAR IT ANYMORE, SO SHE JUST LEFT IT. IT SAT ON THE TOP SHELF THERE UNTIL WE MOVED JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO. OUR DAUGHTER IS NOW IN THE HOUSE, AND THIS BOX WAS STILL ON THE SHELF IN THE STOREROOM, SO SHE DEPOSITED IT AT OUR HOUSE.” “[WE WERE ALWAYS AWARE OF THE ITEMS’ EXISTENCE, BECAUSE] AND IT WAS PA’S TUX.” PA BEING BRUCE’S FATHER, DR. ARTHUR HAIG, AS JOAN EXPLAINED. SHE CONTINUED, “IT’S NOT SOMETHING YOU’RE GOING TO JUST DUMP. WE DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH IT, SO WE JUST KEPT LOOKING AT THE BOX THAT SAID, ‘PA’S TUX,’ ON THE SIDE.” IN THE INTERVIEW, BRUCE ASKED JOAN IF HE EVER WORE HIS FATHER’S SUIT, SHE REPLIED, “NO, IT’S MILES TOO BIG FOR YOU.” THE HAIG’S BROUGHT IN A PHOTOGRAPH OF DR. HAIG WEARING THE SUIT TAKEN IN NOVEMBER 1963. BRUCE SAID, “AT ABOUT THAT TIME HE WAS HEAVILY INTO MEDICAL POLITICS. HE HAD JUST BEEN APPOINTED THE HEAD OF THE PROVINCE FOR THE CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, THE ALBERTA DIVISION PRESIDENT. THAT’S THE PICTURE THAT WE HAVE IN HERE. IT WAS JUST LIKE A PICTURE THAT WAS TAKEN WITH A CAMERA AT THE HOTEL BEFORE OR AFTER A DINNER-TYPE THING. WE FIGURED THAT’S [THE TIME PERIOD] WHEN HE WAS WEARING IT. HE USED TO WEAR A TUX [OFTEN]. I HAVE A PICTURE FROM BACK IN THE TWENTIES – HE GRADUATED ABOUT ’26 FROM MCGILL – AND THERE’S A PICTURE OF HIM IN A TUXEDO. IT WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN [THE ONE WE ARE DONATING], BECAUSE HE DIDN’T MOVE TO LETHBRIDGE UNTIL 1929.” EXPLAINING HER FATHER-IN-LAW’S NEED FOR SUCH ATTIRE, JOAN ADDED, “THEY DID HAVE A LOT OF FORMAL EVENTS AND FORMAL PARTIES. HOUSE PARTIES IN THOSE DAYS WERE FORMAL. WOMEN WORE LONG GOWNS, AND MEN WORE TUXES.” SOCIAL LISTINGS PUBLISHED IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ACCOUNT VARIOUS ENGAGEMENTS DR. AND MRS. HAIG ATTENDED OR HOSTED TOGETHER, INCLUDING ONE PUBLISHED IN THE JUNE 18, 1957 PAPER. IT IS STATED, “DR. ARTHUR HAIG OF LETHBRIDGE, PRESIDENT ELECT OF THE ALBERTA DIVISION OF THE CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, AND MRS. HAIG, WILL BE AMONG THE GUESTS AT THE RECEPTION TO BE GIVEN BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE CANADIAN MEDIAL ASSOCIATION...” DURING THE 2016 INTERVIEW, BRUCE CONTINUED, “HE WAS HEAVILY INTO THE KINSMAN AND THEN ROTARY CLUB. HE JUST LOVED THOSE SERVICE CLUBS. I’M SURE HE WORE [THE TUX] MANY TIMES FOR [RELATED EVENTS].” ON MAY 4, 1936, THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD REPORTED, “DINING ROOM OF THE ASSINIBOIA HOTEL HERE WAS COMFORTABLY FILLED BY SCORES OF YOUNG BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL MEN RESIDENT IN THREE ALBERTA CITIES, SATURDAY NIGHT, AS THE RECENTLY ORGANIZED KINSMEN CLUB OF MEDICINE HAT WAS FORMALLY PRESENT WITH ITS CHARTER LINKING IT WITH 50 OTHER KIN CLUBS THROUGHOUT THE DOMINION. CONFERRING OF THE CHARTER WAS PERFORMED BY DR. ARTHUR HAIG OF LETHBRIDGE, KIN GOVERNOR FOR DISTRICT NO. 4.” “MEN WORE FORMAL ATTIRE,” JOAN EXPLAINED, “SO DID WOMEN TO ALL OF THEIR FUNCTIONS. [BRUCE’S FATHER] WAS QUITE A PROMINENT DOCTOR. HE WAS THE CHIEF OF SURGERY AT ST. MIKE’S, AND THEN AT THE MUNICIPAL HOSPITAL. HE WAS A BIG MAN ON CAMPUS, AND KNEW IT.” UPON EXAMINATION OF THE TUXEDO JACKET’S LABEL, IT IS NOTED THAT THE JACKET IS FROM 1956. BRUCE EXPLAINED, “[IN] 1956, I’M AT UNIVERSITY. AT U OF S, SASKATOON [DURING THE TIME]… WE DO HAVE A [HOME] MOVIE OF A PARTY IN 1940 OR ’41, IN THE BASEMENT, AND I THINK THEY’RE ALL WEARING TUXES THERE.” “[MY PARENTS] WERE VERY SOCIAL. [MY FATHER] WAS FROM CLARESHOLM. [MY FATHER’S] FATHER HAD DIED OF TUBERCULOSIS OF THE SPINE. HE HAD BEEN MISTREATED BY A CHIROPRACTOR FOR HIS BAD BACK, AND THEY FOUND THAT HE HAD TUBERCULOSIS. [AFTER MY GRANDFATHER’S PASSING], HIS MOTHER GROOMED TWO OR THREE OF THE KIDS TO BECOME DOCTORS, PROBABLY AS A RESULT OF THIS TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE. THEY REALLY BECAME THE NOUVEAU RICHE, BECAUSE IN THE ‘20S AND ‘30S, MEDICAL PEOPLE WERE ON A PARTICULAR PEDESTAL THAT THEY DON’T HAVE NOW BECAUSE OF SOCIALIZED MEDICINE. THEY HAD A CERTAIN OPINION OF THEMSELVES. THEY DRESSED UP AND THEY WERE IMPORTANT PEOPLE AND THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS.” ABOUT DR. ARTHUR HAIG’S PRACTICE, JOAN ADDED, “HE HAD A CONTRACT WITH THE GALT MINE, SO WHEN OTHER PEOPLE WERE STRUGGLING VERY HARD, HE WAS DOING PRETTY WELL. IN 1937 THEY BUILT THAT HOUSE. [THEY] HAD IT CUSTOM BUILT FOR THEM, SO THAT INDICATES THAT THERE WASN’T A LACK OF FUNDS AT ALL. THEY SOCIALIZED IN THESE CIRCLES. LETHBRIDGE WAS A VERY, VERY CLIQUEY TOWN; AND THEY WERE IN THE TOP CLIQUE.” “THE NORTH SIDE, OF COURSE, WERE THE LABORING GROUPS AND THE SOUTH SIDE WERE THE BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONALS AND NEVER THE TWAIN SHOULD MEET,” BRUCE ELABORATED ABOUT EARLY LETHBRIDGE SOCIETY, LAUGHING. “HE KNEW A LOT OF PEOPLE, AND I KNOW THAT EVEN NOW I RUN INTO PEOPLE THAT I THINK ARE OLDER THAN GOD, AND THEY SAY, ‘OH, DR. HAIG DELIVERED ME,’” JOAN ILLUMINATED, “AND OF COURSE IN THOSE DAYS, DOCTORS WORKED 24 HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK. WHEN THEY GOT CALLED THEY WENT, SO HE EARNED HIS TIME OFF AND HIS FRIVOLITIES. HE WAS A VERY INTERESTING MAN. HE AND I GOT ON QUITE WELL.” “WITH THE ROTARY [CLUB] THEY USED TO HAVE THESE BIG MASQUERADE PARTIES. BRUCE’S MOTHER AND I ONCE DRESSED UP. SHE PROBABLY WORE THIS [JACKET TO ONE OF THESE PARTIES] – DRESSED UP IN TUXEDOES AND TOP HATS AND THE WHOLE THING. I BORROWED ONE FROM A DRAMA CLUB. [DR. ARTHUR HAIG] LIT US EACH A CIGAR, SO THAT IT WOULD HAVE ASHES ON THE END. WE WEREN’T SMOKING THEM, BUT WE HAD CIGARS WITH US. [WE] HAD LOTS OF FUN. THAT WAS AFTER [BRUCE’S FATHER’S] STROKE… [AND AT THESE EVENTS] DIFFERENT GROUPS WOULD HAVE A TABLE. THEY DIDN’T BUY A TABLE, BUT THEY WOULD CLAIM A TABLE AND YOU DIDN’T DARE SIT AT THE HAIG CLINIC TABLE. AND [THERE] WAS THE CAMPBELL CLINIC TABLE, AND SO WE WENT AND SAT AT IT, AND BRUCE’S BROTHER WAS THERE AND DIDN’T RECOGNIZE HIS OWN MOTHER AND TOLD US TO GET LOST… [BRUCE’S MOTHER] LAUGHED ABOUT THAT FOR YEARS AFTERWARDS, ABOUT HOW HER OWN SON HAD TRIED TO THROW HER OUT OF THE PARTY,” JOAN RECALLED AS SHE LAUGHED. THE CIGAR DONATED AS PART OF THE COLLECTION IS A PART OF THE TUXEDO’S STORY. “IT FELL OUT OF THE POCKET WHEN I TOOK THE THING OUT OF THE BOX,” JOAN EXPLAINED, “HE SMOKED CIGARS FOR MOST OF HIS LIFE. IN FACT, EVEN WHEN WE MOVED INTO THE HOUSE, YOU COULD STILL SENSE THAT THERE HAD BEEN CIGARS SMOKED IN THAT HOUSE AND THAT TOOK YEARS TO AIR OUT.” “HE [ALSO] SMOKED CIGARETTES,” BRUCE ADDED, “IN LATER YEARS WHEN THEY STARTED TO HAVE THE CANCER SCARE, THEY WOULD HAVE THE LITTLE EXTENSION ON THE CIGARETTE.” IN THE LETHBRIDGE HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S 1991 PUBLICATION TITLED, “LETHBRIDGE: ITS MEDICAL DOCTORS, DENTISTS, DRUG STORES,” IT STATES, “[DR. ARTHUR A. HAIG] GRADUATED [IN] 1926 [FROM] MCGILL. [HE] PRACTICED IN LETHBRIDGE FROM 1928 AND WAS JOINED BY HIS BROTHER, DR. WILLARD HAIG IN 1934. WITH DRS. J. E. AYRE, H. A. ARNOLD, W.R. HAIG AND E. A. M. CAIRNS FORMED THE HAIG CLINIC IN 1939. [DR. A. HAIG] WAS BORN [IN] DEVIL’S LAKE, NORTH DAKOTA, MOVED TO CLARESHOLM, ALTA, IN 1902. [HE WAS A] SPECIALIST IN GENERAL SURGERY.” AN ARTICLE IN THE JANUARY 7, 1989 EDITION OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD WAS PUBLISHED IN COMMEMORATION OF THE HAIG’S CLINIC 50TH ANNIVERSARY. IT STATED, “THE HAIG CLINIC WAS FORMED JAN. 1, 1939… IT OPENED IN THE MCFARLAND BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN LETHBRIDGE… IN 1950, A NEED FOR MORE SPACIOUS PREMISES RESULTED IN THE PRESENT HAIG CLINIC BUILDING, 601 6TH AVE, S… IN 1963, ARTHUR RETIRED FOR HEALTH REASONS. HE DIED NOV. 14, 1986 AT THE AGE OF 83.” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, DETAILED ARTICLES LETHBRIDGE HERALD OUTLINING THE HAIG CLINIC HISTORY AND THE HAIG’S SOCIAL OUTINGS.
Catalogue Number
P20160041003
Acquisition Date
2016-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
TUXEDO VEST
Date Range From
1956
Date Range To
1966
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20160041004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TUXEDO VEST
Date Range From
1956
Date Range To
1966
Materials
COTTON, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Length
56
Width
49.5
Description
MEN’S WHITE TUXEDO VEST MADE FROM COTTON. LEFT WEARING SIDE OF THE VEST HAS AN INTERIOR TAG MARKED WITH A RED “L” TO DISTINGUISH THE LEFT AND RIGHT SIDES. VEST HALVES ARE ATTACHED WITH A THIN, WHITE FABRIC TIE AT THE NECK. VEST SECURES ACROSS THE CHEST WITH SILVER BUCKLE CLASP ON THE LEFT SIDE, AND THREE WHITE PLASTIC (FAUX-PEARL) BUTTONS ON THE RIGHT SIDE. LEFT SIDE OF THE VEST HAS THREE BUTTON-HOLES SEWN. TWO SMALL POCKETS ARE POSITIONED ON THE LEFT AND RIGHT OUTER SIDES OF THE VEST. UPPER LEFT SIDE IS STAINED BROWN ON THE INSIDE; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
PROFESSIONS
History
THE TUXEDO SET – COMPLETE WITH JACKET, PANTS, VEST, TWO BOWTIES, AND A CIGAR THAT WAS FOUND IN THE JACKET POCKET – CAME TO THE MUSEUM FROM DONORS BRUCE AND JOAN HAIG. THE TUXEDO AND THE PIECES THAT WENT ALONG WITH IT BELONGED TO BRUCE’S FATHER, DR. ARTHUR HAIG (1901-1986). BRUCE AND JOAN HAIG DONATED THE COLLECTION OF ITEMS TO THE GALT MUSEUM, WHERE COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN CONDUCTED AN INTERVIEW WITH THE COUPLE ON NOVEMBER 25, 2016. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: “IN 1977, WE MOVED INTO BRUCE’S PARENTS’ HOUSE,” JOAN STATED AS SHE BEGAN TO SPEAK ABOUT THE TUXEDO ENSEMBLE, “AND MOTHER, [PHYLLIS HAIG (NEE HARRISON)] HAD [THE TUXEDO] IN A BOX IN THE STOREROOM. SHE HAD IT MARKED TO GO TO THE APARTMENT [THEY LATER MOVED TO], BUT THEY NEVER TOOK IT. BRUCE’S DAD HAD HAD A SEVERE STROKE AND WAS UNABLE TO WEAR IT ANYMORE, SO SHE JUST LEFT IT. IT SAT ON THE TOP SHELF THERE UNTIL WE MOVED JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO. OUR DAUGHTER IS NOW IN THE HOUSE, AND THIS BOX WAS STILL ON THE SHELF IN THE STOREROOM, SO SHE DEPOSITED IT AT OUR HOUSE.” “[WE WERE ALWAYS AWARE OF THE ITEMS’ EXISTENCE, BECAUSE] AND IT WAS PA’S TUX.” PA BEING BRUCE’S FATHER, DR. ARTHUR HAIG, AS JOAN EXPLAINED. SHE CONTINUED, “IT’S NOT SOMETHING YOU’RE GOING TO JUST DUMP. WE DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH IT, SO WE JUST KEPT LOOKING AT THE BOX THAT SAID, ‘PA’S TUX,’ ON THE SIDE.” IN THE INTERVIEW, BRUCE ASKED JOAN IF HE EVER WORE HIS FATHER’S SUIT, SHE REPLIED, “NO, IT’S MILES TOO BIG FOR YOU.” THE HAIG’S BROUGHT IN A PHOTOGRAPH OF DR. HAIG WEARING THE SUIT TAKEN IN NOVEMBER 1963. BRUCE SAID, “AT ABOUT THAT TIME HE WAS HEAVILY INTO MEDICAL POLITICS. HE HAD JUST BEEN APPOINTED THE HEAD OF THE PROVINCE FOR THE CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, THE ALBERTA DIVISION PRESIDENT. THAT’S THE PICTURE THAT WE HAVE IN HERE. IT WAS JUST LIKE A PICTURE THAT WAS TAKEN WITH A CAMERA AT THE HOTEL BEFORE OR AFTER A DINNER-TYPE THING. WE FIGURED THAT’S [THE TIME PERIOD] WHEN HE WAS WEARING IT. HE USED TO WEAR A TUX [OFTEN]. I HAVE A PICTURE FROM BACK IN THE TWENTIES – HE GRADUATED ABOUT ’26 FROM MCGILL – AND THERE’S A PICTURE OF HIM IN A TUXEDO. IT WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN [THE ONE WE ARE DONATING], BECAUSE HE DIDN’T MOVE TO LETHBRIDGE UNTIL 1929.” EXPLAINING HER FATHER-IN-LAW’S NEED FOR SUCH ATTIRE, JOAN ADDED, “THEY DID HAVE A LOT OF FORMAL EVENTS AND FORMAL PARTIES. HOUSE PARTIES IN THOSE DAYS WERE FORMAL. WOMEN WORE LONG GOWNS, AND MEN WORE TUXES.” SOCIAL LISTINGS PUBLISHED IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ACCOUNT VARIOUS ENGAGEMENTS DR. AND MRS. HAIG ATTENDED OR HOSTED TOGETHER, INCLUDING ONE PUBLISHED IN THE JUNE 18, 1957 PAPER. IT IS STATED, “DR. ARTHUR HAIG OF LETHBRIDGE, PRESIDENT ELECT OF THE ALBERTA DIVISION OF THE CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, AND MRS. HAIG, WILL BE AMONG THE GUESTS AT THE RECEPTION TO BE GIVEN BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE CANADIAN MEDIAL ASSOCIATION...” DURING THE 2016 INTERVIEW, BRUCE CONTINUED, “HE WAS HEAVILY INTO THE KINSMAN AND THEN ROTARY CLUB. HE JUST LOVED THOSE SERVICE CLUBS. I’M SURE HE WORE [THE TUX] MANY TIMES FOR [RELATED EVENTS].” ON MAY 4, 1936, THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD REPORTED, “DINING ROOM OF THE ASSINIBOIA HOTEL HERE WAS COMFORTABLY FILLED BY SCORES OF YOUNG BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL MEN RESIDENT IN THREE ALBERTA CITIES, SATURDAY NIGHT, AS THE RECENTLY ORGANIZED KINSMEN CLUB OF MEDICINE HAT WAS FORMALLY PRESENT WITH ITS CHARTER LINKING IT WITH 50 OTHER KIN CLUBS THROUGHOUT THE DOMINION. CONFERRING OF THE CHARTER WAS PERFORMED BY DR. ARTHUR HAIG OF LETHBRIDGE, KIN GOVERNOR FOR DISTRICT NO. 4.” “MEN WORE FORMAL ATTIRE,” JOAN EXPLAINED, “SO DID WOMEN TO ALL OF THEIR FUNCTIONS. [BRUCE’S FATHER] WAS QUITE A PROMINENT DOCTOR. HE WAS THE CHIEF OF SURGERY AT ST. MIKE’S, AND THEN AT THE MUNICIPAL HOSPITAL. HE WAS A BIG MAN ON CAMPUS, AND KNEW IT.” UPON EXAMINATION OF THE TUXEDO JACKET’S LABEL, IT IS NOTED THAT THE JACKET IS FROM 1956. BRUCE EXPLAINED, “[IN] 1956, I’M AT UNIVERSITY. AT U OF S, SASKATOON [DURING THE TIME]… WE DO HAVE A [HOME] MOVIE OF A PARTY IN 1940 OR ’41, IN THE BASEMENT, AND I THINK THEY’RE ALL WEARING TUXES THERE.” “[MY PARENTS] WERE VERY SOCIAL. [MY FATHER] WAS FROM CLARESHOLM. [MY FATHER’S] FATHER HAD DIED OF TUBERCULOSIS OF THE SPINE. HE HAD BEEN MISTREATED BY A CHIROPRACTOR FOR HIS BAD BACK, AND THEY FOUND THAT HE HAD TUBERCULOSIS. [AFTER MY GRANDFATHER’S PASSING], HIS MOTHER GROOMED TWO OR THREE OF THE KIDS TO BECOME DOCTORS, PROBABLY AS A RESULT OF THIS TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE. THEY REALLY BECAME THE NOUVEAU RICHE, BECAUSE IN THE ‘20S AND ‘30S, MEDICAL PEOPLE WERE ON A PARTICULAR PEDESTAL THAT THEY DON’T HAVE NOW BECAUSE OF SOCIALIZED MEDICINE. THEY HAD A CERTAIN OPINION OF THEMSELVES. THEY DRESSED UP AND THEY WERE IMPORTANT PEOPLE AND THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS.” ABOUT DR. ARTHUR HAIG’S PRACTICE, JOAN ADDED, “HE HAD A CONTRACT WITH THE GALT MINE, SO WHEN OTHER PEOPLE WERE STRUGGLING VERY HARD, HE WAS DOING PRETTY WELL. IN 1937 THEY BUILT THAT HOUSE. [THEY] HAD IT CUSTOM BUILT FOR THEM, SO THAT INDICATES THAT THERE WASN’T A LACK OF FUNDS AT ALL. THEY SOCIALIZED IN THESE CIRCLES. LETHBRIDGE WAS A VERY, VERY CLIQUEY TOWN; AND THEY WERE IN THE TOP CLIQUE.” “THE NORTH SIDE, OF COURSE, WERE THE LABORING GROUPS AND THE SOUTH SIDE WERE THE BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONALS AND NEVER THE TWAIN SHOULD MEET,” BRUCE ELABORATED ABOUT EARLY LETHBRIDGE SOCIETY, LAUGHING. “HE KNEW A LOT OF PEOPLE, AND I KNOW THAT EVEN NOW I RUN INTO PEOPLE THAT I THINK ARE OLDER THAN GOD, AND THEY SAY, ‘OH, DR. HAIG DELIVERED ME,’” JOAN ILLUMINATED, “AND OF COURSE IN THOSE DAYS, DOCTORS WORKED 24 HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK. WHEN THEY GOT CALLED THEY WENT, SO HE EARNED HIS TIME OFF AND HIS FRIVOLITIES. HE WAS A VERY INTERESTING MAN. HE AND I GOT ON QUITE WELL.” “WITH THE ROTARY [CLUB] THEY USED TO HAVE THESE BIG MASQUERADE PARTIES. BRUCE’S MOTHER AND I ONCE DRESSED UP. SHE PROBABLY WORE THIS [JACKET TO ONE OF THESE PARTIES] – DRESSED UP IN TUXEDOES AND TOP HATS AND THE WHOLE THING. I BORROWED ONE FROM A DRAMA CLUB. [DR. ARTHUR HAIG] LIT US EACH A CIGAR, SO THAT IT WOULD HAVE ASHES ON THE END. WE WEREN’T SMOKING THEM, BUT WE HAD CIGARS WITH US. [WE] HAD LOTS OF FUN. THAT WAS AFTER [BRUCE’S FATHER’S] STROKE… [AND AT THESE EVENTS] DIFFERENT GROUPS WOULD HAVE A TABLE. THEY DIDN’T BUY A TABLE, BUT THEY WOULD CLAIM A TABLE AND YOU DIDN’T DARE SIT AT THE HAIG CLINIC TABLE. AND [THERE] WAS THE CAMPBELL CLINIC TABLE, AND SO WE WENT AND SAT AT IT, AND BRUCE’S BROTHER WAS THERE AND DIDN’T RECOGNIZE HIS OWN MOTHER AND TOLD US TO GET LOST… [BRUCE’S MOTHER] LAUGHED ABOUT THAT FOR YEARS AFTERWARDS, ABOUT HOW HER OWN SON HAD TRIED TO THROW HER OUT OF THE PARTY,” JOAN RECALLED AS SHE LAUGHED. THE CIGAR DONATED AS PART OF THE COLLECTION IS A PART OF THE TUXEDO’S STORY. “IT FELL OUT OF THE POCKET WHEN I TOOK THE THING OUT OF THE BOX,” JOAN EXPLAINED, “HE SMOKED CIGARS FOR MOST OF HIS LIFE. IN FACT, EVEN WHEN WE MOVED INTO THE HOUSE, YOU COULD STILL SENSE THAT THERE HAD BEEN CIGARS SMOKED IN THAT HOUSE AND THAT TOOK YEARS TO AIR OUT.” “HE [ALSO] SMOKED CIGARETTES,” BRUCE ADDED, “IN LATER YEARS WHEN THEY STARTED TO HAVE THE CANCER SCARE, THEY WOULD HAVE THE LITTLE EXTENSION ON THE CIGARETTE.” IN THE LETHBRIDGE HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S 1991 PUBLICATION TITLED, “LETHBRIDGE: ITS MEDICAL DOCTORS, DENTISTS, DRUG STORES,” IT STATES, “[DR. ARTHUR A. HAIG] GRADUATED [IN] 1926 [FROM] MCGILL. [HE] PRACTICED IN LETHBRIDGE FROM 1928 AND WAS JOINED BY HIS BROTHER, DR. WILLARD HAIG IN 1934. WITH DRS. J. E. AYRE, H. A. ARNOLD, W.R. HAIG AND E. A. M. CAIRNS FORMED THE HAIG CLINIC IN 1939. [DR. A. HAIG] WAS BORN [IN] DEVIL’S LAKE, NORTH DAKOTA, MOVED TO CLARESHOLM, ALTA, IN 1902. [HE WAS A] SPECIALIST IN GENERAL SURGERY.” AN ARTICLE IN THE JANUARY 7, 1989 EDITION OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD WAS PUBLISHED IN COMMEMORATION OF THE HAIG’S CLINIC 50TH ANNIVERSARY. IT STATED, “THE HAIG CLINIC WAS FORMED JAN. 1, 1939… IT OPENED IN THE MCFARLAND BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN LETHBRIDGE… IN 1950, A NEED FOR MORE SPACIOUS PREMISES RESULTED IN THE PRESENT HAIG CLINIC BUILDING, 601 6TH AVE, S… IN 1963, ARTHUR RETIRED FOR HEALTH REASONS. HE DIED NOV. 14, 1986 AT THE AGE OF 83.” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, DETAILED ARTICLES LETHBRIDGE HERALD OUTLINING THE HAIG CLINIC HISTORY AND THE HAIG’S SOCIAL OUTINGS.
Catalogue Number
P20160041004
Acquisition Date
2016-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
JUDICIAL ROBE OR CHORAL GOWN
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Catalogue Number
P19990053034
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
JUDICIAL ROBE OR CHORAL GOWN
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1970
No. Pieces
1
Height
5.0
Length
116.0
Width
49.0
Description
BACHELOR'S GOWN. BLACK, COLLARLESS. HAS AN OPENING IN THE FRONT WITH TWO WIDE BOX PLEATS EXTENDING TO THE HEM. HAS LARGE FLOWING, ANGEL SLEEVES ENDING IN POINTS. BACK AND SLEEVES ARE SET INTO A SQUARE YOKE WITH CARTRIDGE PLEATS. FRONT OF SQUARE YOKE CLOSES WITH A HOOK AND EYE. ON BACK INSIDE OF NECK IS STITCHING IN A RECTANGLE SHAPE WHERE TAG USED TO BE (TAG IS MISSING).
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
EDUCATION
RELIGION
History
MAY HAVE BEEN EITHER AN ACADEMIC OR CHORAL GOWN. DONOR USED AS A JUDICIAL ROBE FOR DRAMATIC PURPOSES. 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. “ACADEMIC GOWN/ JUDICIAL ROBE WORN BY THE CHARACTER PLAYING THE JUDGE IN LETHBRIDGE MUSICAL THEATRE’S PRODUCTION OF “HELLO DOLLY” 1986.”
Catalogue Number
P19990053034
Acquisition Date
2000-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
ALBERTA RANCH BOYS UNIFORM SHIRT
Date Range From
1937
Date Range To
1962
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SYNTHETIC FABRIC
Catalogue Number
P20150016006
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ALBERTA RANCH BOYS UNIFORM SHIRT
Date Range From
1937
Date Range To
1962
Materials
SYNTHETIC FABRIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
78
Width
38
Description
COLLARED MEN’S SHIRT. TAILOR-MADE WITH LONG-SLEEVED, OFF-WHITE SYNTHETIC SILK BODY AND NAVY BLUE FABRIC ACCENTS EDGING FRONT CLOSURE, ON SHOULDERS, AND BORDERING CUFFS. OPEN CRESCENT POCKETS AT BREASTS. BLUE IRIDESCENT SNAP CLOSURES. 5 SNAPS ON THE CUFFS AND 7 SNAPS DOWN THE FRONT OF THE SHIRT. THE LENGTH IS 78 CM, THE WIDTH ACROSS THE BACK IS 38 CM, AND THE SLEEVES ARE 60 CM LONG. FAIR CONDITION. AT LEAST 11 STAINS ON THE FRONT. DARK BROWN STAIN ON THE BOTTOM OF THE LEFT SLEEVE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
LEISURE
PROFESSIONS
History
EVERAL HORHOZER (NÉE SUPINA) WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE IN THE YEAR OF 1927 TO HER PARENTS DONAH (NÉE HILL) AND NICHOLAS SUPINA. SUPINA WAS THE OWNER OF SUPINA’S MERCANTILE ON 13TH STREET NORTH, LETHBRIDGE. THIS DRESS SHIRT WAS PART OF THE STAGE OUTFIT WORN BY JOE HORHOZER WHEN HE WAS THE ACCORDION PLAYER AND MUSIC ARRANGER FOR A WELL-KNOWN LETHBRIDGE MUSICAL GROUP CALLED THE ALBERTA RANCH BOYS. THE GROUP FORMED IN THE SUMMER OF 1937 WITH MEMBERS LOUIS (LOU) GONZY, MATT (BUCK) WASOWICH, PETER (CURLY) GURLOCK, REMO BACEDA, AND ‘LITTLE JOE’ HORHOZER. COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN CONDUCTED A SERIES OF INTERVIEWS (ON APRIL 2, APRIL 16, AND MAY 7, 2015) WITH HORHOZER REGARDING A GROUP OF ARTIFACTS SHE DONATED TO THE MUSEUM. THE INFORMATION BELOW HAS COME FROM THESE INTERVIEWS AND LETHBRIDGE HERALD RESEARCH REGARDING THE HORHOZER FAMILY HISTORY. IN THE INTERVIEW, HORHOZER DESCRIBED HOW SHE MET HER HUSBAND, JOE HORHOZER, WHEN HE CAME TO WORK FOR SUPINA’S MERCANTILE. FOR THE STORY OF HOW THEY MET, PLEASE SEE RECORDS P20150016003 AND P20150016004. JOE HORHOZER WAS THE ACCORDION PLAYER AND MUSIC ARRANGER FOR A WELL-KNOWN LETHBRIDGE MUSICAL GROUP CALLED THE ALBERTA RANCH BOYS. THE GROUP FORMED IN THE SUMMER OF 1937 WITH MEMBERS LOUIS (LOU) GONZY, MATT (BUCK) WASOWICH, PETER (CURLY) GURLOCK, REMO BACEDA, AND ‘LITTLE JOE’ HORHOZER. HORHOZER SAYS OF HER HUSBAND: “I WOULD CALL HIM THE LEAD INSTRUMENT BECAUSE AN ACCORDION IS, EH? AND HE WAS EXCEPTIONALLY GIFTED WITH THE ACCORDION; THAT’S WHAT EVERYBODY SAID, THAT THERE ISN’T ANYONE, AT LEAST AROUND THIS COUNTRY, THAT COULD COMPARE WITH HIM.” DESCRIBED IN THEIR SOUVENIR BOOK PUBLISHED IN 1941 AS “PROFESSIONAL RADIO ENTERTAINERS”, THE ‘ALBERTA RANCH BOYS’ WERE FORMED WHEN THE LOCAL EXHIBITION AND STAMPEDE PARADE WAS FOUND WANTING FOR A “COWBOY BAND” AS PART OF ITS LINEUP. ACCOLADES FOR THE PARADE ACT FOLLOWED, INSPIRING THE GROUP “TO EMBARK ON THE LONG ROAD TO FAME AND FORTUNE”. IN A YEAR’S TIME – AND AFTER TOURING THROUGH ALBERTA AND BC – THE BAND ENDED UP IN VANCOUVER. THERE, IT ESTABLISHED ITSELF, ACCORDING TO THE BOOKLET, AS “WESTERN CANADA’S MOST VERSATILE STAGE AND DANCE FAVOURITE,” BROADCASTING ITS COWBOY MELODIES FOR OVER TWO CONTINUOUS YEARS VIA CKWX (VANCOUVER’S LARGEST RADIO STUDIO AT THE TIME). DURING THE WAR, IT DONATED ITS TALENTS TO THE PROMOTION OF WAR SAVINGS CERTIFICATES. ONE VICTORY RALLY SONG FOR STAMPS WAS “WE’VE BOUGHT THEM BEFORE AND WE’LL BUY THEM AGAIN.” BY EARLY JAN-FEB 1943, THE BAND HAD PEAKED. ONE MEMBER IS REPORTED TO HAVE ENLISTED IN THE CANADIAN ARMY WHILE OTHERS, ACCORDING TO THE DONOR, “GOT SICK”. “THEY DID A LOT IN TORONTO.” RECALLED EVERAL IN AN INTERVIEW. “[IT WAS FROM] TORONTO THEN THEY COULD HAVE GONE [TO NEW YORK] - THAT’S WHERE THEY WERE OFFERED THE BIG JOB OF RECORDING AND BEING ON TV…BUT THEN [JOE] SAYS THAT HE DOESN’T CARE, BECAUSE HE SAYS IF HE WOULD HAVE WENT, HE WOULDN’T HAVE MET ME, SO, I MEAN, THAT WAS A NICE THING TO SAY. HE SAYS LIFE TURNED OUT GOOD FOR HIM.” EVERAL WAS NOT AWARE OF THIS AT THE TIME OF THEIR MEETING. AFTER FINDING OUT, SHE SAID, “WELL, I THOUGHT, GEE WHIZ, HE JUST ISN’T AN EVERYDAY JOE AND EVERYBODY IN TOWN KNEW HIM AND ADMIRED HIM. YEAH, IT MADE ME A LITTLE MORE HAPPY.” OF THE PERFORMANCE COSTUME EVERAL HORHOZER SAID: “THEY WORE [THE SAME UNIFORM] WHEN THEY PLAYED AT THE TRIANON FOR A WHILE AND THEY JUST STARTED TO USE SUITS … WELL HE DIDN’T WANT - SEE, WHEN THEY STARTED PLAYING AT THE TRIANON. THEN I TELL YOU, THEY START WEARING MORE BAND [CLOTHING] - LIKE, THEY HAD DIFFERENT BLAZERS, COLOURED BLAZERS – BLUE ONES AND RED ONES AND ALL WORE BLAZERS THEN. ‘CAUSE THEY WANTED TO BECOME LIKE A DANCE BAND, I GUESS YOU’D SAY.” “HE WOULD NEVER FORGET THAT TIME [WITH THE RANCH BOYS],” HORHOZER SAID OF HER HUSBAND, “HE TALKED ABOUT IT ALL THE TIME. HOW THEY MET SO MANY [PEOPLE], LIKE THEY’D PLAY AT PRIVATE PARTIES FOR WEALTHY PEOPLE. HE ABSOLUTELY LOVED HIS MUSIC. HE LIVED FOR HIS MUSIC.” BACK HERE IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1958, EVERAL’S HUSBAND JOE WENT ON TO PERFORM WITH THE COUNTRY CAPERS, PLAYING ACCORDION FOR A WEEKLY BROADCAST VIA THE LOCAL TV STATION CJLH. IN 1961, THE STATION AND THE BROADCAST WERE PRESENTED WITH A NATIONAL LIBERTY AWARD FOR “TV STATION SHOWMANSHIP” AND “BEST LOCAL PROGRAMMING.” IN HIS TIME, ‘LITTLE JOE’ PLAYED WITH ROY ROGERS, GENE AUTRY, AND TOMMY HUNTER. HE DIED IN 2010 AT AGE 89. EVERAL HORHOZER PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE 6 YEARS LATER ON JUNE 6, 2016 AT THE AGE OF 88 YEARS. PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS, LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES, AND FURTHER PUBLICATIONS.
Catalogue Number
P20150016006
Acquisition Date
2015-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
ALBERTA RANCH BOYS UNIFORM PANTS
Date Range From
1937
Date Range To
1962
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SYNTHETIC FABRIC
Catalogue Number
P20150016007
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ALBERTA RANCH BOYS UNIFORM PANTS
Date Range From
1937
Date Range To
1962
Materials
SYNTHETIC FABRIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
104.5
Width
35.5
Description
MEN’S PANTS, COMMERCIALLY MADE. KHAKI-COLOURED, SYNTHETIC FABRIC BODY WITH BLUE FABRIC ACCENTS AT SEAT, THE BELT LOOPS, SCALLOPED POCKET FLAPS AND CENTER LEG STRIPE. INSIDE WAISTBAND AND POCKET LINING DISPLAY MULTIPLE HAND INK MARKINGS, INCLUDING NUMBERS AND “HORHOZER”. ATTACHED TO THE HEM OF THE PANTS ARE ELASTIC STIRRUPS (ONE BLACK AND ONE KHAKI-COLOURED). THERE IS A STRONG CREASE DOWN THE CENTER OF THE PANTS. FAIR TO GOOD CONDITION. ON THE RIGHT SIDE THERE IS A STAIN AND SLIGHT TEARING AT THE BOTTOM HEM. THERE IS A STAIN AT THE KNEE, AND TEARING AT THE POCKET. THE BOTTOM BUTTON OF THE FLY HAS BEEN LOST. THERE IS TEARING AT THE CROTCH SEAM. ON THE LEFT SIDE, THERE IS TEARING NEAR THE POCKET. THERE IS SLIGHT STAINING ON THE OVERALL SURFACE OF THE PANTS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
LEISURE
PROFESSIONS
History
EVERAL HORHOZER (NÉE SUPINA) WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE IN THE YEAR OF 1927 TO HER PARENTS DONAH (NÉE HILL) AND NICHOLAS SUPINA. SUPINA WAS THE OWNER OF SUPINA’S MERCANTILE ON 13TH STREET NORTH, LETHBRIDGE. THESE PANTS WERE PART OF THE STAGE OUTFIT WORN BY JOE HORHOZER WHEN HE WAS THE ACCORDION PLAYER AND MUSIC ARRANGER FOR A WELL-KNOWN LETHBRIDGE MUSICAL GROUP CALLED THE ALBERTA RANCH BOYS. THE GROUP FORMED IN THE SUMMER OF 1937 WITH MEMBERS LOUIS (LOU) GONZY, MATT (BUCK) WASOWICH, PETER (CURLY) GURLOCK, REMO BACEDA, AND ‘LITTLE JOE’ HORHOZER. COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN CONDUCTED A SERIES OF INTERVIEWS (ON APRIL 2, APRIL 16, AND MAY 7, 2015) WITH HORHOZER REGARDING A GROUP OF ARTIFACTS SHE DONATED TO THE MUSEUM. THE INFORMATION BELOW HAS COME FROM THESE INTERVIEWS AND LETHBRIDGE HERALD RESEARCH REGARDING THE HORHOZER FAMILY HISTORY. IN THE INTERVIEW, HORHOZER DESCRIBED HOW SHE MET HER HUSBAND, JOE HORHOZER, WHEN HE CAME TO WORK FOR SUPINA’S MERCANTILE. FOR THE STORY OF HOW THEY MET, PLEASE SEE RECORDS P20150016003 AND P20150016004. JOE HORHOZER WAS THE ACCORDION PLAYER AND MUSIC ARRANGER FOR A WELL-KNOWN LETHBRIDGE MUSICAL GROUP CALLED THE ALBERTA RANCH BOYS. THE GROUP FORMED IN THE SUMMER OF 1937 WITH MEMBERS LOUIS (LOU) GONZY, MATT (BUCK) WASOWICH, PETER (CURLY) GURLOCK, REMO BACEDA, AND ‘LITTLE JOE’ HORHOZER. HORHOZER SAYS OF HER HUSBAND: “I WOULD CALL HIM THE LEAD INSTRUMENT BECAUSE AN ACCORDION IS, EH? AND HE WAS EXCEPTIONALLY GIFTED WITH THE ACCORDION; THAT’S WHAT EVERYBODY SAID, THAT THERE ISN’T ANYONE, AT LEAST AROUND THIS COUNTRY, THAT COULD COMPARE WITH HIM.” DESCRIBED IN THEIR SOUVENIR BOOK PUBLISHED IN 1941 AS “PROFESSIONAL RADIO ENTERTAINERS”, THE ‘ALBERTA RANCH BOYS’ WERE FORMED WHEN THE LOCAL EXHIBITION AND STAMPEDE PARADE WAS FOUND WANTING FOR A “COWBOY BAND” AS PART OF ITS LINEUP. ACCOLADES FOR THE PARADE ACT FOLLOWED, INSPIRING THE GROUP “TO EMBARK ON THE LONG ROAD TO FAME AND FORTUNE”. IN A YEAR’S TIME – AND AFTER TOURING THROUGH ALBERTA AND BC – THE BAND ENDED UP IN VANCOUVER. THERE, IT ESTABLISHED ITSELF, ACCORDING TO THE BOOKLET, AS “WESTERN CANADA’S MOST VERSATILE STAGE AND DANCE FAVOURITE,” BROADCASTING ITS COWBOY MELODIES FOR OVER TWO CONTINUOUS YEARS VIA CKWX (VANCOUVER’S LARGEST RADIO STUDIO AT THE TIME). DURING THE WAR, IT DONATED ITS TALENTS TO THE PROMOTION OF WAR SAVINGS CERTIFICATES. ONE VICTORY RALLY SONG FOR STAMPS WAS “WE’VE BOUGHT THEM BEFORE AND WE’LL BUY THEM AGAIN.” BY EARLY JAN-FEB 1943, THE BAND HAD PEAKED. ONE MEMBER IS REPORTED TO HAVE ENLISTED IN THE CANADIAN ARMY WHILE OTHERS, ACCORDING TO THE DONOR, “GOT SICK”. “THEY DID A LOT IN TORONTO.” RECALLED EVERAL IN AN INTERVIEW. “[IT WAS FROM] TORONTO THEN THEY COULD HAVE GONE [TO NEW YORK] - THAT’S WHERE THEY WERE OFFERED THE BIG JOB OF RECORDING AND BEING ON TV…BUT THEN [JOE] SAYS THAT HE DOESN’T CARE, BECAUSE HE SAYS IF HE WOULD HAVE WENT, HE WOULDN’T HAVE MET ME, SO, I MEAN, THAT WAS A NICE THING TO SAY. HE SAYS LIFE TURNED OUT GOOD FOR HIM.” EVERAL WAS NOT AWARE OF THIS AT THE TIME OF THEIR MEETING. AFTER FINDING OUT, SHE SAID, “WELL, I THOUGHT, GEE WHIZ, HE JUST ISN’T AN EVERYDAY JOE AND EVERYBODY IN TOWN KNEW HIM AND ADMIRED HIM. YEAH, IT MADE ME A LITTLE MORE HAPPY.” OF THE PERFORMANCE COSTUME EVERAL HORHOZER SAID: “THEY WORE [THE SAME UNIFORM] WHEN THEY PLAYED AT THE TRIANON FOR A WHILE AND THEY JUST STARTED TO USE SUITS … WELL HE DIDN’T WANT - SEE, WHEN THEY STARTED PLAYING AT THE TRIANON. THEN I TELL YOU, THEY START WEARING MORE BAND [CLOTHING] - LIKE, THEY HAD DIFFERENT BLAZERS, COLOURED BLAZERS – BLUE ONES AND RED ONES AND ALL WORE BLAZERS THEN. ‘CAUSE THEY WANTED TO BECOME LIKE A DANCE BAND, I GUESS YOU’D SAY.” “HE WOULD NEVER FORGET THAT TIME [WITH THE RANCH BOYS],” HORHOZER SAID OF HER HUSBAND, “HE TALKED ABOUT IT ALL THE TIME. HOW THEY MET SO MANY [PEOPLE], LIKE THEY’D PLAY AT PRIVATE PARTIES FOR WEALTHY PEOPLE. HE ABSOLUTELY LOVED HIS MUSIC. HE LIVED FOR HIS MUSIC.” BACK HERE IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1958, EVERAL’S HUSBAND JOE WENT ON TO PERFORM WITH THE COUNTRY CAPERS, PLAYING ACCORDION FOR A WEEKLY BROADCAST VIA THE LOCAL TV STATION CJLH. IN 1961, THE STATION AND THE BROADCAST WERE PRESENTED WITH A NATIONAL LIBERTY AWARD FOR “TV STATION SHOWMANSHIP” AND “BEST LOCAL PROGRAMMING.” IN HIS TIME, ‘LITTLE JOE’ PLAYED WITH ROY ROGERS, GENE AUTRY, AND TOMMY HUNTER. HE DIED IN 2010 AT AGE 89. EVERAL HORHOZER PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE 6 YEARS LATER ON JUNE 6, 2016 AT THE AGE OF 88 YEARS. PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS, LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES, AND FURTHER PUBLICATIONS.
Catalogue Number
P20150016007
Acquisition Date
2015-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail

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