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Date Range
1937-1989
Description Level
Fonds
Accession No.
20171124
Physical Description
0.30 m of textual records; over 400 photographs
Scope and Content
001: Photographs on two poster papers (5 lake photos and 10 military photos) oversized 002: 32 photographs from Reed Ainscough- military, South Alberta Light Horse, Cadets 003: Reed and Chris Ainscough- Newspaper cutouts, wartime money, correspondence, railway tickets, 10 photographs, notebooks, ph…
Date Range
1937-1989
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Ainscough family
Physical Description
0.30 m of textual records; over 400 photographs
History / Biographical
History/Biographical: William T. Ainscough (Born 1854,) and his wife Margaret moved to Alberta in 1899 with their six children from Utah. They had a total of 15 children, 9 lived to adulthood; Mary Elizabeth (md. Ernest Quinton), Ada Ann (md. Alfred Mandel), William George (md. Zina Peterson), Elmer Earl (md. Evelyn May Bradbury), Lewis Franklin (md. Leah Hanson), Charles Owen (md. Marguerite Dalley), Lillian Hortense (md. 1. William Canning 2. Dave Munson), Scott Thomas (Died 10 years old from raptures appendix), and Stanley Russell (md. Leona Stoddard.) William George Ainscough (Born May 15, 1885,) served in WW1 as Captain with 13th Canadian Mountain Rifles. After the war, he worked as a general road foreman in Southern Alberta. He married Zina Peterson and had five children; Rex William (Born August 3, 1912 and Died November 12, 1925), Hugh Scott (md. Violet Lutz), Reed Wilson (md. Buck Craig), George Alan (md. Jean Suffern), Grant Lee (md. Jacqueline Cross). Reed W. Ainscough (Born June 2, 1918,) son of William George Ainscough and Zina Peterson, joined the 93rd Field Battery in 1940. His battery served in Normandy and in North West Europe. (In July 1942 he took a leave to marry Buck Craig.) After the war he returned to Fort Macleod and took command of the 93rd Field Battery. He also commanded the Fort Macleod Cadet Corps and formed three other Cadet Corps – Pincher Creek, St. Pauls, and St. Marys Corps on the Blood Reserve. Reed was very active within the community. He was awarded the Fort Macleod “Citizen of the Year” award in 1958. In June 1959 he moved to Medicine Hat as District Manager of Canada Life. He became Commanding Officer of the South Alberta Light Horse from 1964 to 1968. In 1969, he moved back to Lethbridge as Manager of the Canada Life Office. Reed was also very active in the Alberta Heart Foundation in 1964, joined the Provincial Board in 1970, and served as Provincial President in 1981 and 1982. When Lethbridge hosted the 1975 Canada Winter Games he served as Chairman of the Ceremonies Committee. Reed was appointed to the Senate of the University of Lethbridge from 1981-1987 and served in the Board of Governors for two years. Reed and Buck had two sons Craig and Chris. (For more information on the Ainscough Family see file 2016.1070/019)
Language
English
Scope and Content
001: Photographs on two poster papers (5 lake photos and 10 military photos) oversized 002: 32 photographs from Reed Ainscough- military, South Alberta Light Horse, Cadets 003: Reed and Chris Ainscough- Newspaper cutouts, wartime money, correspondence, railway tickets, 10 photographs, notebooks, photocopy of notebooks 004: 1940 Notebook military Reed Ainscough 005: Photo album 163 photos 006: Photo album 152 photos 007: Photo album 89 photos 008: 93rd Field Battery Reunion 1989- member list, minutes, correspondence, program, newspaper cutouts and photocopies, 85 photographs
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20171124
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Date Range
1958-1962
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Accession No.
20171064016040
Physical Description
Colored photograph
Scope and Content
Ladies of the Order of the Royal Purple performing a ritual while holding a ribbon with the words sisterly love written on it. In the center there are two podium. One has a purple banner and a purple candle with a book on top and the other has a purple pillow with a book on top. The ladies are wear…
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Date Range
1958-1962
Description Level
Item
Creator
Order of the Royal Purple Lethbridge Lodge #32
Physical Description
Colored photograph
Physical Condition
Good
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. - Information from the Royal Purple of Canada book and interview transcript 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
Ladies of the Order of the Royal Purple performing a ritual while holding a ribbon with the words sisterly love written on it. In the center there are two podium. One has a purple banner and a purple candle with a book on top and the other has a purple pillow with a book on top. The ladies are wearing white dresses with purple ribbons around their neck. A corsage for DDSHRL Van Horne.
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20171064016040
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Date Range
1961-1962
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20171064016052
Physical Description
Colored photograph
Scope and Content
DDHRL O'baine recieving a corsage. Ladies dressed in white dresses and purple ribbons. Gavel on the podium and a microphone on the right.
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Date Range
1961-1962
Description Level
Item
Creator
Order of the Royal Purple Lethbridge Lodge #32
Physical Description
Colored photograph
Physical Condition
Good
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. - Information from the Royal Purple of Canada book and interview transcript 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
DDHRL O'baine recieving a corsage. Ladies dressed in white dresses and purple ribbons. Gavel on the podium and a microphone on the right.
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20171064016052
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Date Range
1961-1962
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Accession No.
20171064016066
Physical Description
Colored photograph
Scope and Content
Ladies dressed in white dresses with purple ribbons being addressed at a meeting.
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Date Range
1961-1962
Description Level
Item
Creator
Order of the Royal Purple Lethbridge Lodge #32
Physical Description
Colored photograph
Physical Condition
Good
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. - Information from the Royal Purple of Canada book and interview transcript 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
Ladies dressed in white dresses with purple ribbons being addressed at a meeting.
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20171064016066
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1960-1961 Order of the Royal Purple Officers

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Date Range
1960-1961
Description Level
Item
Accession No.
20171064016068
Physical Description
Colored photograph
Scope and Content
Ladies posing for group picture. Opal Jaylar, Patricia Van Horne, Alma Naylar, Kay Michalouski, Connie McLaren, Chris Moodie, Emma Hackett, Mary Nicalson, Arleen Price, Norma Spoulas, Alice Kennedy, Dorothy Sarenson, Betty Deak, Ethel Stark, Veroua Smee, and Mary Neve.
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Date Range
1960-1961
Description Level
Item
Creator
Order of the Royal Purple Lethbridge Lodge #32
Physical Description
Colored photograph
Physical Condition
Good
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. - Information from the Royal Purple of Canada book and interview transcript 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
Ladies posing for group picture. Opal Jaylar, Patricia Van Horne, Alma Naylar, Kay Michalouski, Connie McLaren, Chris Moodie, Emma Hackett, Mary Nicalson, Arleen Price, Norma Spoulas, Alice Kennedy, Dorothy Sarenson, Betty Deak, Ethel Stark, Veroua Smee, and Mary Neve.
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Date Range
1960
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Accession No.
20171064016107
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Colored photograph
Scope and Content
H.R.L Pat Van Horne taking a picture with the travilling gavel coming from XXXMedicine Hat.
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Date Range
1960
Description Level
Item
Creator
Order of the Royal Purple Lethbridge Lodge #32
Physical Description
Colored photograph
Physical Condition
Good
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. - Information from the Royal Purple of Canada book and interview transcript 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
H.R.L Pat Van Horne taking a picture with the travilling gavel coming from XXXMedicine Hat.
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20171064016107
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1959-1960 Order of the Royal Purple Officers

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Date Range
1959-1960
Description Level
Item
Accession No.
20171064016126
Physical Description
Black and White photograph 5X7in
Scope and Content
Order of the Royal Purple Ladies grouped together for picture. 1959-1960 officers. Opal Jaylar, Patricia Van Horne, Dorothy Sarenson, Betty Deak, Alma Naylar, Kay Michalouski, Connie McLaren, Mary Nicalson, Arleen Price, Norma Spoulas, Rene Schnider, Emma Hackett, Ethel Stark, Veroua Smee, Marge Na…
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Date Range
1959-1960
Description Level
Item
Creator
Order of the Royal Purple Lethbridge Lodge #32
Physical Description
Black and White photograph 5X7in
Physical Condition
Good
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. - Information from the Royal Purple of Canada book and interview transcript 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
Order of the Royal Purple Ladies grouped together for picture. 1959-1960 officers. Opal Jaylar, Patricia Van Horne, Dorothy Sarenson, Betty Deak, Alma Naylar, Kay Michalouski, Connie McLaren, Mary Nicalson, Arleen Price, Norma Spoulas, Rene Schnider, Emma Hackett, Ethel Stark, Veroua Smee, Marge Narster, and Mary Neve.
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Receiving the Historian Award

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Date Range
1958-1962
Description Level
Item
Accession No.
20171064049115
Physical Description
Colored photograph
Scope and Content
Ladies from Lethbridge Lodge 32 receiving the Historian Award.
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Date Range
1958-1962
Description Level
Item
Creator
Order of the Royal Purple Lethbridge Lodge #32
Physical Description
Colored photograph
Physical Condition
Good
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. - Information from the Royal Purple of Canada book and interview transcript 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
Ladies from Lethbridge Lodge 32 receiving the Historian Award.
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