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Date Range
1889-1964
Description Level
Fonds
Accession No.
20181046
Physical Description
1.1 m of textual records, 5 photographs
Scope and Content
001: Financial log book (1889-1908) 002: Work day planner for Drumheller Rosedeer Mine (1916-1917) 003: Work day planner for Drumheller Stirling Mine (1917-1918) 004: Work day planner for Drumheller unidentified mine (1918-1919) 005: Work day planner for Drumheller unidentified mine & office (1921)…
Date Range
1889-1964
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Hans Enoch Wight
Physical Description
1.1 m of textual records, 5 photographs
History / Biographical
Hans Enoch Nielson Wight was born July 29, 1889, in Hyrum, Utah, USA. His father was Joseph Moroni Wight, and his mother’s maiden name was Cynthia Elnora Nielson. Joseph was born in 1844 in Hume, New York, and as a seven-year-old travelled west in the year 1851 with his LDS (Mormon) pioneer family. In line with LDS teachings of the time, Joseph became a polygamist and had two wives. Cynthia was his second wife. She was born in Weber County, Utah, in 1860. Hans was the sixth child born to Joseph and Cynthia, but only the second to live past infancy. After his birth, his parents were more successful and brought eight more children into the world, all but one of whom lived to adulthood. In the late 1880s, the LDS Church was sending members north to colonize Southern Alberta, and on June 8, 1891, when Hans was not yet two years old, his parents took their two living children and moved to the brand new community of Cardston, Alberta, snuggled on the edge of the vast, untamed, Canadian prairie. Hans learned to fish and hunt, and even before his teenage years he was an expert marksman. During the day in his father’s blacksmith shop, he learned to be a blacksmith, a wheelwright, and a carpenter, and in the evening he studied books. While finishing high school, he learned to play several instruments. He was a member of the Cardston Military Band. He became a certified machinist, a master electrician, and a licensed plumber. Because he drove a tractor, aborigine friends on the Blood reservation next to Cardston called him Iron Horse. Some remained life-long friends. On August 1, 1908, when nineteen years old, Hans went to Utah to attend Brigham Young College in Logan. He also studied through correspondence courses at the Armour Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois, the University of Missouri, and the Alberta Institute of Technology and Art, obtaining degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering. For the first six years of his professional career, he worked for the US Reclamation Service on the St. Mary’s River project in Montana, but he still spent his weekends in Cardston, which was only twenty miles away. On one of these weekends, he met a young lady named Alice McClung from northern Ireland who was a recent convert to the LDS Church. On January 11, 1911, Alice became Mrs. Hans E. Wight. He was not quite 22 years old and she was 20. An aside: Five years later, Hans’s younger brother Eugene married Alice’s younger sister Jenny, and their two families generated double cousins who grew up very close. At that time the LDS Church was constructing a temple in Cardston; it was to be used to perform certain sacred ceremonies, and Hans was offered a job as construction engineer, thus beginning his professional life in Canada. When the main part of the construction was finished, he accepted a position in Drumheller, Alberta, where, as a mine surveyor and master mechanic, he was instrumental in the development of its huge coal resources. He remained in Drumheller ten years. In addition to his mining duties he also taught night classes in mechanical, electrical, and steam engineering. When his family finally left Drumheller, he had three children: Elizabeth (Bessie) who was 14, Marjorie (Marge) who was 7, and Eileen who was 5. To be nearer to the LDS community, he moved his family to Taber, Alberta, in 1926. He had obtained the position of Chief Engineer and Master Mechanic for the Leland Coal Company based in Chicago. He was responsible for all mine maintenance both above and below ground. In addition to its large land holdings and mining operations, Leland Coal supplied the district with electricity. Their electric system was later purchased by the Calgary Power Company, and Hans became involved in extending power lines throughout Southern Alberta as well as in building power and light systems for its towns. Soon he relocated to Lethbridge, Alberta. However, his Calgary Power Company job required that he be away from home too much, so he resigned and accepted a position at the newly constructed Lethbridge Government Grain and Storage Elevator. In 1935, Hans campaigned for the new Social Credit Party and was elected Member of the Alberta legislative assembly (MLA) for Lethbridge by a landslide. In 1937, he resigned under pressure. Someone was leaking sensitive political information to the Lethbridge Herald, and Social Credit leadership suspected him (probably correctly). He moved to Calgary and became Chief Engineer of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s Calgary department store where he remained until World War II. In 1941 Hans left the Hudson’s Bay Company and enlisted at the rank of Pilot Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). He had hoped to work on the Alaskan Highway as an engineer, but was instead deployed to air bases across the Prairie Provinces and Newfoundland where he was charged with maintaining and constructing airbase facilities. At the same time, he was often assigned to organize recreation and entertainment for the airmen. He was released from active duty with the rank of Flight Lieutenant in February, 1945, and moved to Bremerton, Washington, where he was hired as an electrical engineer repairing American ships, mostly destroyers, damaged in Pacific Ocean warfare. He performed this work until the Japanese surrender. Then he moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. Hans was 55 years old when he returned to the USA, and he remained there the remainder of his life working as surveyor, city engineer, construction engineer, and city manager in cities throughout northern Utah. He also lived in Los Angeles where he was employed in the development of the San Clemente Island Missile Base for the US military. He died in Salt lake City, Utah on October 12, 1965, at 76 years of age, leaving behind his wife Alice and their three daughters. Although only the oldest daughter married, she had seven children, and those children now have over one hundred descendants. The biography is compiled by Howard Shafer, Grandson based on the following sources EXPERIENCES OF CYNTHIA ELNORA NIELSEN WIGHT from her diaries and journals: 1890 to 1943, edited by Alice W. Terry; A LIFE OF SERVICE: HANS ENOCH NIELSON WIGHT as revealed through his diaries and by his family, edited by Marjorie Wight and Eileen Wight; BACKWARD GLANCES: Stories of and by our Wight ancestors, compiled by Eileen Wight and Marjorie Wight A more detailed biography is found in file 20181046052
Scope and Content
001: Financial log book (1889-1908) 002: Work day planner for Drumheller Rosedeer Mine (1916-1917) 003: Work day planner for Drumheller Stirling Mine (1917-1918) 004: Work day planner for Drumheller unidentified mine (1918-1919) 005: Work day planner for Drumheller unidentified mine & office (1921) 006: Day planner in Drumheller (1921-1922) 007: Day planner in Drumheller (1922-1923) 008: Day planner in Drumheller (1923) 009: Day planner in Drumheller but planner days are not all filled in (1924) 010: Bundle of daily calendar pages (1924-1925) 011: Bundle of daily calendar pages (1925-1926) 012: Bundle of daily calendar pages (1926-1927) 013: Journal with daily entries (1927-1930) 014: Scrapbook of newspaper cutouts talking about the Social Credit party during Wright’s time as MLA till the fall of the Social Credit party (1935-1938) 015: Diary (1931) 016: Handmade diary and a handmade planner (1932) 017: Handmade diary (1933) 018: Diary (1934) 019: Diary (1935) 020: Diary (1936) 021: Diary (1937) 022: Diary with a couple pages torn from the front (1937-1938) 023: Diary (1939) 024: Travel Journal: Journal written till page 45 then it goes blank and then writing on page 194-195 (1939-1942) 025: Diary (1940) 026: Diary (1941) 027: Diary (1942) 028: Diary (1943) 029: Diary (1944) 030: Diary (1945) 031: Diary (1946) 032: Diary with Utah stamp (1947) 033: Diary with Utah stamp (1948) 034: Diary with Utah stamp (1949) 035: Diary with Utah stamp (1950-1952) 036: Diary with Utah stamp (1952) 037: Day Planner not that much is written in the entries (1953) 038: Diary (1953) 039: Account book (1954-1957) 040: Diary four stamps on the first page from Utah, Alberta, Washington, and Oregon (1954) 041: Diary (1955) 042: Diary (1956) 043: Diary (1957) 044: Diary (1958) 045: Diary (1959) 046: Diary (1960) 047: Diary (1961) 048: Diary (1962) 049: Diary (1963) 050: Diary stops writing on May 6 (1964) 051: 5 photographs of H.E. Wight and family 052: Biography of H.E. Wight
Accession No.
20181046
Collection
Archive
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Order of the Royal Purple, Lethbridge Lodge #32 fonds

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Date Range
1928-2008
Description Level
Fonds
Accession No.
20171064
Physical Description
1.5 textual records, over 1,000 photographic prints, 7 posters
Scope and Content
001: 18 Portraits of Purple Honorary Royal Ladies (1928-1954) 002: 16 Portraits of Purple Honorary Royal Ladies (1955-1970) 003: 1 Notebook: Suspensions, absolute demits, expulsions and rejections (1930-1989) 004: 1 Notebook: Sunshine reports (1933-1963) 005: 1 Notebook: Inventory of regalia and ot…
Date Range
1928-2008
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Order of the Royal Purple, Lethbridge Lodge #32
Physical Description
1.5 textual records, over 1,000 photographic prints, 7 posters
History / Biographical
The Order of Royal Purple was founded in Vancouver, British Columbia in September 1914. Several wives of the Elks created an informal group in 1913 to assist their husbands with benevolent, charitable and social work. In 1914, they became the recognized female auxiliary of the Elks of Canada. The objectives of the Order were to promote the principles of Justice, Charity, Sisterly Love and Fidelity, to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its members or for other purposes. In addition, the Order was to quicken the spirit of women toward a pure and noble citizenship, to promote harmony and good fellowship, to relieve suffering whenever possible and to strive at all times to make “Life sweeter, women better, and the world happier.” The logo was a diamond with an elk head in the center, a clock pointing to 11 o’clock opposite a pansy and the word Canada on the banner. The pansy was the official flower of the Order. The Royal Purple was a very secretive society. They required passwords for every meeting and National Conventions. The Password could only be changed by the Supreme Honored Royal Lady and the Lodges would be notified every 6 months of the password change. The colors of the Order were purple, white and gold. The tassels on their purple pill box hats represents the individual’s status. White tassel means lodge member, white and purple means Honored Royal Lady (or local president), gold for District Deputy, and purple for Supreme Honored Royal Lady (National Leader.) A non-member can be granted honorary memberships for their contributions to the Lodge. Meetings would begin and end with floor work. Each Lodge and District develop their own bylaws and Rules of Order. In 2014 the Supreme Executive of the Order of Royal Purple decided to secede from the Elks and start a new organization, the Canadian Royal Purple Society. Some locals, however, wished to remain with the Elks and these were integrated into the organization of the Elks of Canada as Royal Purple Elks Lodges. Lethbridge Lodge No. 32 was instituted on April 27, 1928 by PSHRL Mattie Lane and 23 ladies were initiated into the Order. Teas, bake sales, craft sales, rummage sales, and bingos have been annual fundraising activities for the lodge. One of their larger projects was to supply an Audiology Unit (a brain stem evoked response audiometer) costing $40,000.00 for the Regional hospital. They also undertook to supply Lifeline Units to the Auxiliary Hospital. The ladies also supported the local Soup Kitchen, local Food Bank, Parents Place, Harbor House for abused women and children, Meals on Wheels, Keep in Touch as well as other charities. The Lodge was also a supporters of the Elks and Royal Purple Fund for children. They disbanded at the end of 2017. Source: The Royal Purple of Canada: 1914-2007 and interview transcript with Ann Marie MacDonald conducted by the Galt Collections For more information check out the interview with Ann Marie MacDonald and the donation of Wilma Wood Royal Purple Regalia Accession Number P20170007001
Scope and Content
001: 18 Portraits of Purple Honorary Royal Ladies (1928-1954) 002: 16 Portraits of Purple Honorary Royal Ladies (1955-1970) 003: 1 Notebook: Suspensions, absolute demits, expulsions and rejections (1930-1989) 004: 1 Notebook: Sunshine reports (1933-1963) 005: 1 Notebook: Inventory of regalia and other items owned by society, expenses, and insurance particulars (1933-1974) 006: 1 Visitor register notebook (1933-2015) 007: 1 Roll call notebook (1940-1950) 008: 1 Scrapbook with various correspondence oversize 009: Annual district agenda and notes 010: Annual district agenda and notes 011: Annual reports 012: 1 Vancouver O.O.R.P 23rd Annual Convention photograph oversized (1947) 013: 1 Roll call notebook (1950-1958) 014: Per-capita tax & membership reports 015: 1 Scrapbook with leadership members, yearly activities, and donations oversized (1953-1959) 016: 1 Scrapbook with leadership members, yearly activities, and 154 photographs of various social events (1958-1962) 017: Directors minutes notebook (1959-1964) 018: Meeting minutes, agendas, reports, correspondence, and publicity manual 019: Roll call, donation requests, membership list, greeting card, Lethbridge Elk newsletters 020: Miscellaneous photographs; 33 negative strips, 41 individual negatives, 4 photographs of various social events 021: Directors minutes 022: 1 Notebook: Ladies receiving flowers (1963-1979) 023: Past Hon. Royal Ladies Association meeting minutes, member list, traveling gavel, newspaper cutouts 024: 13 Portraits of Purple Honorary Royal Ladies (1971-1985) 025: 12 Portraits of Purple Honorary Royal Ladies (1986-2012) 026: Travelling gavel log (1970-1983) 027: Publicity books, newspaper& newsletter cutouts, correspondence and 25 photographs of various social events 028: 1 Vancouver O.O.R.P 33rd Annual Convention photograph oversized (1957) 029: Publicity chairman’s kit, newsletter & newspaper cutouts, biographies, and 2 photographs of members of the O.O.R.P. 030: 60th anniversary program, district deputy reports & authorizations, and roll call 031: Regular and executive meeting minutes 032: Regular meeting minutes 033: Regular meeting minutes 034: 1 Scrapbook of leadership members, yearly events oversized with 155 photographs of the various social events (1962-19670 035: 1 Scrapbook of the supreme convention oversized with 22 photographs of various social events (1965) 036: 1 Scrapbook of leadership members, yearly events oversized with 152 photographs of various social events (1967-1970) 037: 1 Scrapbook of leadership members, yearly events oversized with 139 photographs of various social events (1970-1971) 038: 1 Photo album 39 photographs of various social events (1974-1975) 039: 1 Photo album 170 photographs of various social events (1976-1980) 040: O.O.R.P bylaws, drills general information, procedures & floor work, special ceremonies, and statues (1988) 041: 1 Members register notebook (1981-1997) 042: 1 Tea book, expenses, agendas, and newspaper cutouts (1981-2000) 043: 1 Members register notebook (1973-1981) 044: Director’s minutes and roll call 045: 1 Scrapbook of leadership members, yearly events, newspaper & newsletter cutouts, correspondence, 12 strips of negatives and 94 photographs of various social events (1979-1981) 046: 1 Scrapbook of leadership members, yearly events, newspaper & newsletter cutouts, meeting agenda, 4 strips of negatives and 54 photographs of various social events (1982-1983) 047: 1 Scrapbook of leadership members, yearly events, 28 strips of negatives and 100 photographs of various social events, and year end notes (1984-1985) 048: 1 Scrapbook of leadership members, yearly events, newspaper & newsletter cutouts, 22 strips of negatives and 107 photographs of various social events (1979-1981) 049: 1 Scrapbook of leadership members, yearly events, newspaper & newsletter cutouts, fund raising information, meeting agenda, and 175 photographs of various social events (1979-1981) 050: 1 Scrapbook of leadership members, yearly events, newspaper cutouts, instructions for the historian, meeting dates, and 98 photographs of various social events (1988-1989) 051: O.O.R.P bylaws, annual reports, bingo constitution bylaws, correspondence, and contribution credits 052: Convention proceedings (1997-2000) 053: Charity resource booklet, annual report, newsletter, regular meeting minutes, and convention proceedings 054: Certificate of appreciation, newspaper cutouts, correspondence, constitution, newsletters, regular meeting minutes 055: Meeting minutes 056: 1 Scrapbook of leadership members, yearly events, meeting agenda, and 99 photographs & 1 collage of photographs of various social events (1992-1993) 057: 1 Scrapbook of leadership members, yearly events, newspaper cutouts, post card, event program, and 148 photographs of various social events (1993-1994) 058: 1 Scrapbook of leadership members, yearly events, newspaper cutouts, ribbon, brochures, meeting agendas, charity donation lists, bingo license, fiscal budget, and 117 photographs of various social events (1995-1996) 059: 1 Scrapbook of leadership members, yearly events, newspaper cutouts, ribbon, invitation, biography, and 134 photographs of various social events (1996-1997) 060: 1 Scrapbook of leadership members, yearly events, newspaper cutouts, biography, year meetings, meeting agendas, event tickets, and 102 photographs of various social events (1997-1998) 061: Membership list, information material list, officer’s guide, constitution & bylaws, and procedures & drills 062: 1 Scrapbook of leadership members, yearly events, newspaper cutouts, biography, meeting agendas, church service pamphlet, historian module, and 135 photographs of various social events (2000-2008) 063: Constitution, procedures, and drills 064: Constitution, floor work books, and procedures 065: Meeting agendas, constitution, posters, application for membership, brochures, newsletter cutouts, business cards, bookmarks, notice of meeting cards, member records 066: 33 Photographs of various social events 067: Book- Royal Purple of Canada 1914- 2007, separated to library 068: 7 posters of anti-bullying campaigns oversized 069: Certificates and 27 photographs: group photographs at various social events, sponsored individuals, plaques that were not kept. 070: 1 Poster of Edition 1 Past Honored Royal Ladies 071: 1 Poster of Edition 2 Past Honored Royal Ladies
Accession No.
20171064
Collection
Archive
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