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Date Range
1908-1912
Description Level
Item
Accession No.
20191047
Physical Description
Black and white photographic print. 1 item textual material.
Scope and Content
Matted photograph of Tom Chapman with the hoist engine at Galt Mine #6. Third Class Steam Engineer's Certificate of Thomas Chapman, dated March 7, 1911.
Date Range
1908-1912
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
Black and white photographic print. 1 item textual material.
Scope and Content
Matted photograph of Tom Chapman with the hoist engine at Galt Mine #6. Third Class Steam Engineer's Certificate of Thomas Chapman, dated March 7, 1911.
Accession No.
20191047
Collection
Archive
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Tom Chapman and hoist engine at Galt #6 mine.

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Date Range
1908-1912
Description Level
Item
Accession No.
20191047
Physical Description
Digital copy of black and white photographic print.
Scope and Content
Photograph of Thomas Chapman operating hoise engine at Galt #6 mine. The occasion of the photograph is a record for one hour of hoisting: 156 trips, 312 cars (from back of photograph)
Date Range
1908-1912
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
Digital copy of black and white photographic print.
Scope and Content
Photograph of Thomas Chapman operating hoise engine at Galt #6 mine. The occasion of the photograph is a record for one hour of hoisting: 156 trips, 312 cars (from back of photograph)
Notes
Photo has been scanned and is found on L:\P20191047
Accession No.
20191047
Collection
Archive
Less detail
Date Range
1912 -2007
Description Level
Fonds
Material Type
Mixed Media
Accession No.
20071034
Physical Description
0.65 m of textual records. -- 33 photographs
Scope and Content
2007.1034/1 Minutes of the Club 1912 3 Lethbridge Historical Newslettersd March 1981 ( march 2002, History of the Club, Modern Mathesis Members, Songs - Mathesis Club Songs 1972 & 2002 & Songsheet, Award announcement Rita Cemulini,Meeting Agenda June 2002, Luncheon Invitation 2005, Club survey,Chan…
Material Type
Mixed Media
Date Range
1912 -2007
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
0.65 m of textual records. -- 33 photographs
Physical Condition
Excellent
History / Biographical
The Mathesis Club of Lethbridge was organized on 11 September 1912 by a group of nine women who were interested in self education and self improvement during a period in the city’s history when formal educational opportunities for women were very rare. The club name was taken from a Greek word meaning "searcher of knowledge". A committee consisting of Mrs. Alice J. Heeb, Mrs. Cumming and Mrs. Maurine Daniel was appointed to draft a constitution for the new club. The club’s objectives as stated in that constitution included "self-improvement and united effort toward the highest development of home and community". The first officers of the Mathesis Club were Mrs. F. Stoltze (president), Mrs. A. M. Lafferty (vice president), Mrs. Alice J. Heeb (secretary), Mrs. F. Cumming (treasurer). The club was organized into ‘departments’ that reflected the study interests of the members: Music and Art, History and Literature. Members chose topics of interest from these broad categories and then researched, wrote and presented a paper on their topic at the regular meetings. When the club began meetings were held every two weeks, but later the meeting schedule became monthly. In addition to the departmental programs, meetings frequently featured guest speakers who presented on a variety of topics ranging from religion to scientific advances.At the time there was no public library in Lethbridge and the group arranged to borrow thirty books from the collection of McGill University in Montreal which would remain in the home of one of the members for the use of any of those in the group. During the First World War members joined the local Council of Women and Traveler’s Aid to work through those organizations. Fundraising teas and other events were also held. In World War II the club entertained the armed forces for a week. Membership in the club reached a high in 1917 with 87 members, by 2002 the membership had fallen to 20. Over the years, educational and self-improvement programs became widely available for women and the role of the Mathesis Club as a provider of those opportunities was diminished. A declining and aging membership put more and more pressure on the club, until in 2007 the members decided to dissolve the Mathesis Club. The final meeting was held at Luigi’s Restaurant, 1119 Mayor Magrath Drive South, on 19 June 2007.
Language
English
Custodial History
The records were donated to the Galt Museum by Joan Croskery on behalf of the Mathesis Club. Before their arrival at the Galt the records were unaccounted for for some years before their discovery by Ethel Dunn at the home of a Mr. Kennedy.
Scope and Content
2007.1034/1 Minutes of the Club 1912 3 Lethbridge Historical Newslettersd March 1981 ( march 2002, History of the Club, Modern Mathesis Members, Songs - Mathesis Club Songs 1972 & 2002 & Songsheet, Award announcement Rita Cemulini,Meeting Agenda June 2002, Luncheon Invitation 2005, Club survey,Changes to aggenda and organization of club, Newsclippings, Mathesis Club Constitution Report reference, Name tags Joan Croskery, Name labels, obituaris of club members, 33 color photographs individually numbered. 2007.1034/1/001 Mathesis Club Luncheon 1987 Left to right: Rita Cemulini, Hazel Ross and Jean Fennell 2007.1034/1/002 Mathesis Club Luncheon Hazel Ross left with Senator Joyce Fairbairn guest speaker. 2007.1034/1/003 Mathesis Club Luncheon Cake 1912-1987 2007.1034/1/004 Mathesis Club Luncheon Left-right: Rita Wiebe, Elaine Cairns, Fran Bertand and Hazel McKenzie 2007.1034/1/005 Mathesis Club Luncheon Left to right: Rita Cemulini, Fran Bertand. 2007.1034/1/006 Mathesis Club Luncheon Sheila Petherbridge 2007.1034/1/007 Mathesis Club Luncheon Left to right: Elaine Cairns, Marie Fraser, Lois Barr, Senator Joyce Fairbairn 2007.1034/1/008 Mathesis Club Luncheon Guest Speacker Senator Joyce Fairbairn, Lois Barr in back 2007.1034/1/009 Mathesis Club Luncheon Harda Niilo and Betty Kennedy 2007.1034/1/010 Mathesis Club Luncheon Dr Ruby Larson 2007.1034/1/011 Mathesis Club Luncheon Retha Weibe and Harda Niilos 2007.1034/1/012 Mathesis Club Luncheon Ruth Jensen 2007.1034/1/013 Mathesis Club Luncheon Skit Jean Fennell, Betty Chollack and Elaine Cairns 2007.1034/1/014 Mathesis Club Luncheon May 25 at Erickson's Elaine Cairns, Mildred Byrne and Lillian Noble 2007.1034/1/015 Mathesis Club Luncheon May 25 at Erickson's Marie Fraser left and Elaine Cairns. 2007.1034/1/015 Mathesis Club Luncheon May 25 at Erickson's Ethel Dunn left and Christine Dubetz 2007.1034/1/015 Mathesis Club Luncheon May 25 at Erickson's Left to right: Betty Chollack, President, Retha Weibe and Hazel Ross 2007.1034/1/015 Mathesis Club Luncheon May 25 at Erickson's Left to right Ruth Jensen, harla Niilo, Dorothea Pragnesll and Marie Wylie 2007.1034/1/016 Mathesis Club Luncheon May 25, 2004. The whole group. Left side table at end is Hazel McKenzie. Joan Croskery is opposite her. Right table Gladys MacDonald is at centre next to her is Elain Cairns, others are unidentified. 2007.1034/1/017 Mathesis Club Luncheon May 25. Betty Kennedy, Ethel Dunn and Hazel Ross. 2007.1034/1/018 Mathesis Club Luncheon May 25.Head Table Sheila Petherbridge, Ruby Larson, Fran Bertrand, Rita Cemuline, Hazel Ross and Elaine Cairns. 2007.1034/1/018A. Mathesis Club Luncheon May 25. Left -right: Rheta Weibe, Hazel Ross and Sheila Petherbridge 2007.1034/1/018B. Mathesis Club Luncheon May 25. Joan Croskery 2007.1034/1/018C. Mathesis Club Luncheon May 25. Jean Dalziel 2007.1034/1/019 Mathesis Club Luncheon May 25. Table 1 Right side: Bev Pastuk, Joan Croskery, Lois Barr. Across back: Sheila Petherbridge Lillian Wakelon. Left side from back: Harda Niilo, Jenny Au,? guest, Hazel McKenzie. 2007.1034/1/020 Mathesis Club Luncheon May 25, 2001 90th Birthday celebrations, Ladies wore 1912 fashions. Guest speacker Senator Joyce Fairbairn. Cutting the cake Hazel Ross and Jean Fennell. 2007.1034/1/021 Mathesis Club Luncheon May 25. Left side of table Mildred Byrne, Lorna Brown guest, Lillian Wakelin, Letty Croskery guest and Joan Croskery 2007.1034/1/022 Mathesis Club Luncheon May 25. Jean Fennell left Lois Barr. 2007.1034/1/023 Mathesis Club Luncheon May 25. Fran Bertrand dressed in 1912 fashion.Photo is blurred. 2007.1034/1/024 Mathesis Club Luncheon May 25. Standing at left is Harda Niilo, ? in white hat,Ethel Dunn in red, Hazel McKenzie, Mildred Byrne and Lorna Brown. 2007.1034/1/025 Mathesis Club Luncheon May 25. left to right: Rita Cemulini, Jean Fennell, Ruby Larsen, Fran Bertrand, Eliane Cairns, Lois Barr and Lillian Wakelin 2007.1034/1/026 Mathesis Club Luncheon May 25 Various years. Joan Croskery standing and Betty Chollack sitting 2007.1034/1/027 Mathesis Club Luncheon May 25 Right side of table going back: Hazel McKenzie, Joan Croskery, Ruth Jensen, Rheta Weibe, Harda Niilo, Ethel Dunn, Betty Kennedy, Bev Pahuk and Glenys MacDonald. 2007.1034/1/028 Mathesis Club Luncheon May 25Left to right: Rita Cemulini, Jean Fennell, Ruby Larsen, Fran Bertrand, Elaine Cairnes, Lois Barr, Lillian Wakelin and Hazel Ross. 2007.1034/1/029 Mathesis Club Luncheon May 25 left to right around the table: Ruth Jensen, Joan Croskery, Hazel McKenzie, Sheila Petherbridge, Glenys MacDonald, Rita Cemulinie, Jean Fennell, Ruby Larsen and Fran Bertrand 2007.1034/1/030 Mathesis Club Luncheon May 25 possibly 1993. Hazel Ross with guest specker Celesta Pryda 2007.1034/2 Literature Department; meeting minutes and reports (2003-2007) 2007.1034/3 Mathesis Club history, constitution 2003, meeting minutes and reports (1980-2007) 2007.1034/4 Mathesis Club calendars 2002/03 - 2006/07
Access Restrictions
Public Access
Accession No.
20071034
Collection
Archive
Less detail
Date Range From
1915
Date Range To
1925
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GLASS, COTTON, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20180003001
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1915
Date Range To
1925
Materials
GLASS, COTTON, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
2
Length
39
Width
17.7
Description
A. BEADED HANDBAG WITH BROWN TORTOISESHELL TRIM AND CLASP ALONG TOP OPENING. BAG HAS BLACK BEADS COVERING EXTERIOR WITH RED, PINK, GREEN AND YELLOW BEADED STARBURST PATTERN; BAG HAS BEADED FRINGE WITH BLACK, YELLOW AND GREEN BEADS. BAG HANDLE IS NAVY BLUE COTTON WITH BLACK BEADS COVERING EXTERIOR; HANDLE ATTACHES TO TRIM ALONG OPENING WITH BROWN TORTOISESHELL RINGS. BAG CLASP HAS BROWN TORTOISESHELL BUTTON AT TOP OF BROWN TORTOISESHELL TRIM ALONG OPENING; INSIDE OF BAG IS LINED WITH WHITE, BLUE AND GREEN FLORAL-PATTERNED COTTON FABRIC WITH POCKET SEWN INTO LINING FOR HOLDING MIRROR. OUTER BEADING IS EXTREMELY DELICATE AND FRAGILE; INSIDE OF BAG IS SOILED ON TORTOISESHELL TRIM; OVERALL GOOD CONDITION. B. MIRROR, 6 CM LONG X 6.2 CM WIDE. SQUARE POCKET MIRROR SET IN CREAM SYNTHETIC LEATHER CASE; MIRROR BACKING COVERED IN WHITE, BLUE AND GREEN FLORAL-PATTERNED COTTON FABRIC THAT MATCHES INSIDE OF HANDBAG. CORNER OF MIRROR HAS SEWN LOOP OF BACKING FABRIC. FABRIC ON MIRROR IS DISCOLORED [DARKENED]; MIRROR SURFACE IS SOILED AND STAINED; MIRROR SURFACE HAS SCRATCH ALONG EDGE; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON MARCH 12, 2018, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED KERR WRIGHT REGARDING HER DONATION OF A HANDBAG AND DRESS FROM THE 1920S. WRIGHT ACQUIRED THE OBJECTS FROM HER MOTHER UPON HER PASSING. THE OBJECTS BELONGED TO WRIGHT’S MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER, CLARA SAXON, PRIOR TO HER DEATH IN 1924. ON THE HANDBAG, WRIGHT ELABORATED, “I THINK THAT THAT HANDBAG WOULD BE SOMETHING THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A TREASURE BECAUSE IT WAS SO INTRICATE, AND IT WOULD HAVE COST A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN WHAT [MY GRANDPARENTS’ SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS WAS. I THINK THAT PROBABLY WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS VERY SPECIAL TO [CLARA].” WRIGHT RECALLED HER FAMILY’S HISTORY AND THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT LED TO WRIGHT’S MOTHER ACQUIRING THE OBJECTS, STATING, ““1924. [MY] MOM [LILY WRIGHT] WAS BORN ON SEPTEMBER 29 [1924] AND CLARA PASSED AWAY…ON NOVEMBER 22 [1924].” “[MY MOTHER WAS] SIX WEEKS OLD AND HER MOTHER DIED. THERE WAS NEVER ANY QUESTION THAT HER GRANDPARENTS AUTOMATICALLY [LOOKED] AFTER HER. I REALLY DON’T KNOW TOO MUCH ABOUT CLARA’S HUSBAND [HENRY SAXON]. I KNEW HIS NAME BUT HE PASSED AWAY WHEN MY MOTHER WAS ABOUT 8. OCCASIONALLY HE WOULD COME TO VISIT BUT NOT [OFTEN].” “[MY] MOTHER HAD ALWAYS SAID THAT THE DOCTORS DIDN’T KNOW WHAT SHE DIED FROM. BOTH OF HER PARENTS WERE DIABETICS AND MY GUESS WOULD HAVE TO BE GESTATION DIABETES. I DON’T BELIEVE THERE WAS ANY KIND OF INFECTION FROM WHAT ANYBODY HAD BEEN ABLE TO TELL…[SHE WAS TAKEN] TO THE DOCTOR RIGHT AWAY AND THEY SAID, “ OH, WHO KNOWS?” SHE LEFT AND DIED. HER SISTER NEVER DID KNOW WHAT SHE DIED OF EITHER AND THEY’RE ALSO DIABETIC NOW.” “[CLARA] LIVED IN LETHBRIDGE WHEN SHE PASSED…IT WAS MY GUESS THAT HER AND JOHN WERE MARRIED IN ST. MARY’S ANGLICAN CHURCH UP ON THE NORTH SIDE.” “[I GOT THESE PIECES] THROUGH MY MOTHER [LILY WRIGHT]. SHE HAD THEM PUT AWAY. HER GRANDPARENTS WHO RAISED HER KEPT A FEW THINGS LIKE THIS AND THEY WERE ALWAYS IN THE TRUNK DOWNSTAIRS. WHEN WE HAD TO CLEAN OUT MOM’S PLACE WHEN SHE WENT IN TO A NURSING HOME, MY SISTER AND I WENT “DO YOU WANT THIS, DO YOU WANT THIS? I SAID, THAT WAS CLARA’S, I WANT THAT. THAT’S HOW IT CAME INTO MY OWNERSHIP AND I’VE BEEN CARRYING IT AROUND FOR ABOUT FIFTEEN YEARS.” “[THESE ARE OBJECTS] THAT I FELT SHE WOULD HAVE APPRECIATED THAT THEY MEANT SOMETHING TO ME, TO HANG ON TO AND STILL HAVE SOMETHING OF HERS…[THEY WERE IN] AN OLD STEAMER TRUNK, AN OLD METAL TRUNK AND I THINK PROBABLY AROUND THE TIME [MY MOTHER] AND DAD GOT MARRIED [’46…I’M PRETTY SURE THAT [MOM] HAD GOT [THE TRUNK] AS A SECONDARY HOPE CHEST. IT HAD CLARA’S WEDDING GOWN, HER SHOES…IT MEANT SOMETHING TO [MY MOTHER] SO SHE [HAD] THEM. [THERE WERE] A FEW ORNAMENTS AND GADGETS THAT MOM HAD PICKED UP OVER THE YEARS AND THERE REALLY WASN’T TOO MUCH OF CLARA’S BECAUSE SHE WAS ONLY 22 WHEN SHE PASSED.” “[THE TRUNK] WAS DOWNSTAIRS UNDER THE STAIRS AND IT WAS ONE TRUNK THAT SHE HAD ALWAYS ASKED US NOT TO GO IN. I WAS A PRECOCIOUS CHILD AND BEING TOLD THAT I COULDN’T GO NEAR THE STUFF, I DID ANYWAY. WHEN THEY WERE ON THE FARM, CLARA’S FATHER LIVED WITH MY MOM AND DAD, MYSELF AND MY SISTER UNTIL I WAS FOUR. [MY GREAT-GRANDFATHER] PASSED AWAY WHEN I WAS FOUR. HE LIVED IN THE FARMHOUSE BASEMENT, AND I DIDN’T LIKE THAT HE WAS DOWN THERE BY HIMSELF ALL THE TIME, SO I’D SNEAK DOWN THERE. I HAD GRAMPA JOHN’S PERMISSION TO LOOK THROUGH THAT STUFF BUT MY MOTHER DIDN’T KNOW.” “I IMAGINE IT WAS [MY GREAT GRANDFATHER] THAT TOLD ME [ABOUT CLARA]. EVENTUALLY MOTHER DID TELL ME THAT CLARA’S STUFF WAS IN THAT TRUNK.” “PROBABLY ABOUT ONCE A YEAR, I’D JUST TAKE [THE OBJECTS OUT] AND LOOK AT [THEM]. IT’S BEEN A BIG DEBATE WHETHER I WOULD GO AHEAD AND FIND SOMEBODY THAT COULD RESTORE THE PURSE OR WHETHER I SHOULD JUST PASS IT ALONG. I’M NOT A WEALTHY PERSON, SO I THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE A BETTER HOME FOR IT RATHER THAN INVESTING A BUNCH OF MONEY IN SOMETHING THAT WOULD COME HERE EVENTUALLY ANYWAY.” “[THESE OBJECTS] ARE SOMETHING THAT I KNEW DIDN’T BELONG IN THE GARBAGE. I GUESS IT WAS TO GET SOME KIND OF CONNECTION WITH MY PAST. I NEVER KNEW [CLARA]. MY MOTHER, SHE NEVER KNEW HER MOTHER. IT WAS JUST REASON THAT I HUNG ON TO THEM. NOW THAT I’M DOWNSIZING, HAVING TO LIVE IN A SMALLER PLACE, I HAVE TO LET GO OF A LOT OF STUFF. THIS IS A GOOD HOME FOR [THEM]. THAT HANDBAG WAS JUST SO SPECIAL.” IN AN EMAIL FROM WRIGHT TO MACLEAN, WRIGHT ELABORATES ON THE HISTORY OF CLARA SAXON. CLARA WAS BORN CLARA MELLING IN WIGAN, LACASHIRE, ENGLAND IN DECEMBER 1902 TO ISABELLA (SMITH) MELLING AND JOHN MELLING. IN 1912, THE MELLING FAMILY EMIGRATED TO CANADA. CLARA’S SISTER, LILY MELLING, MARRIED ANDY ALLISON. CLARA MARRIED HENRY SAXON ON NOVEMBER 21, 1923, AND HAD ONE DAUGHTER, LILY (WRIGHT) SAXON BORN SEPTEMBER 29, 1924. CLARA WENT TO A MOVIE WITH HER SISTER ON NOVEMBER 18, 1924 AND FELL ILL. SHE PASSED AWAY OF AN UNDETERMINED CAUSE. LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES FROM NOVEMBER 20, 1924 AND DECEMBER 3, 1924, CONFIRM THAT THE CAUSE OF DEATH WAS NEVER DETERMINED. A POST-MORTEM WAS CONDUCTED AND STOMACH CONTENTS SENT TO EDMONTON, ALBERTA FOR ANALYSIS. IN A LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLE FROM DECEMBER 3, 1924, THE JURY FORMED TO ENQUIRE INTO THE DEATH OF CLARA SAXON RULED CAUSE OF DEATH UNKNOWN AFTER THE POST-MORTEM AND ANALYSIS OF STOMACH CONTENTS FOUND NO ABNORMALITIES, AND THE JURY WAS ADJOURNED. FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND COPIES OF LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20180003001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20180003001
Acquisition Date
2018-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1915
Date Range To
1925
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20180003002
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1915
Date Range To
1925
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
111
Width
34
Description
PURPLE FLORAL-PATTERNED SHEATH DRESS WITH CREAM MESH NECKLINE AND RUFFLED CAP SLEEVES. DRESS HAS CREAM MESH OVER TOPS OF SHOULDERS AND ALONG NECKLINE; FRONT HAS V-NECKLINE WITH HIGHER NECKLINE IN THE BACK; DRESS IS KNEE-CALF LENGTH AND FLARES AT KNEES, WITH RUFFLES ABOVE FLARE. FABRIC IS THIN; DRESS MACHINE-STITCHED, WITH SEAM RUNNING ACROSS BODY UNDER AT TOP OF CHEST. DRESS HAS PERSPIRATION STAINING UNDER SLEEVES; DRESS FRONT HAS MINOR STAINING ON MESH AND ON CHEST; SEAMS INSIDE DRESS HAVE FRAYED THREADS; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON MARCH 12, 2018, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED KERR WRIGHT REGARDING HER DONATION OF A HANDBAG AND DRESS FROM THE 1920S. WRIGHT ACQUIRED THE OBJECTS FROM HER MOTHER UPON HER PASSING. THE OBJECTS BELONGED TO WRIGHT’S MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER, CLARA SAXON, PRIOR TO HER DEATH IN 1924. WRIGHT RECALLED HER FAMILY’S HISTORY AND THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT LED TO WRIGHT’S MOTHER ACQUIRING THE OBJECTS, STATING, ““1924. [MY] MOM [LILY WRIGHT] WAS BORN ON SEPTEMBER 29 [1924] AND CLARA PASSED AWAY…ON NOVEMBER 22 [1924].” “[MY MOTHER WAS] SIX WEEKS OLD AND HER MOTHER DIED. THERE WAS NEVER ANY QUESTION THAT HER GRANDPARENTS AUTOMATICALLY [LOOKED] AFTER HER. I REALLY DON’T KNOW TOO MUCH ABOUT CLARA’S HUSBAND [HENRY SAXON]. I KNEW HIS NAME BUT HE PASSED AWAY WHEN MY MOTHER WAS ABOUT 8. OCCASIONALLY HE WOULD COME TO VISIT BUT NOT [OFTEN].” “[MY] MOTHER HAD ALWAYS SAID THAT THE DOCTORS DIDN’T KNOW WHAT SHE DIED FROM. BOTH OF HER PARENTS WERE DIABETICS AND MY GUESS WOULD HAVE TO BE GESTATION DIABETES. I DON’T BELIEVE THERE WAS ANY KIND OF INFECTION FROM WHAT ANYBODY HAD BEEN ABLE TO TELL…[SHE WAS TAKEN] TO THE DOCTOR RIGHT AWAY AND THEY SAID, “ OH, WHO KNOWS?” SHE LEFT AND DIED. HER SISTER NEVER DID KNOW WHAT SHE DIED OF EITHER AND THEY’RE ALSO DIABETIC NOW.” “[CLARA] LIVED IN LETHBRIDGE WHEN SHE PASSED…IT WAS MY GUESS THAT HER AND JOHN WERE MARRIED IN ST. MARY’S ANGLICAN CHURCH UP ON THE NORTH SIDE.” “[I GOT THESE PIECES] THROUGH MY MOTHER [LILY WRIGHT]. SHE HAD THEM PUT AWAY. HER GRANDPARENTS WHO RAISED HER KEPT A FEW THINGS LIKE THIS AND THEY WERE ALWAYS IN THE TRUNK DOWNSTAIRS. WHEN WE HAD TO CLEAN OUT MOM’S PLACE WHEN SHE WENT IN TO A NURSING HOME, MY SISTER AND I WENT “DO YOU WANT THIS, DO YOU WANT THIS? I SAID, THAT WAS CLARA’S, I WANT THAT. THAT’S HOW IT CAME INTO MY OWNERSHIP AND I’VE BEEN CARRYING IT AROUND FOR ABOUT FIFTEEN YEARS.” “[THESE ARE OBJECTS] THAT I FELT SHE WOULD HAVE APPRECIATED THAT THEY MEANT SOMETHING TO ME, TO HANG ON TO AND STILL HAVE SOMETHING OF HERS…[THEY WERE IN] AN OLD STEAMER TRUNK, AN OLD METAL TRUNK AND I THINK PROBABLY AROUND THE TIME [MY MOTHER] AND DAD GOT MARRIED [’46…I’M PRETTY SURE THAT [MOM] HAD GOT [THE TRUNK] AS A SECONDARY HOPE CHEST. IT HAD CLARA’S WEDDING GOWN, HER SHOES…IT MEANT SOMETHING TO [MY MOTHER] SO SHE [HAD] THEM. [THERE WERE] A FEW ORNAMENTS AND GADGETS THAT MOM HAD PICKED UP OVER THE YEARS AND THERE REALLY WASN’T TOO MUCH OF CLARA’S BECAUSE SHE WAS ONLY 22 WHEN SHE PASSED.” “[THE TRUNK] WAS DOWNSTAIRS UNDER THE STAIRS AND IT WAS ONE TRUNK THAT SHE HAD ALWAYS ASKED US NOT TO GO IN. I WAS A PRECOCIOUS CHILD AND BEING TOLD THAT I COULDN’T GO NEAR THE STUFF, I DID ANYWAY. WHEN THEY WERE ON THE FARM, CLARA’S FATHER LIVED WITH MY MOM AND DAD, MYSELF AND MY SISTER UNTIL I WAS FOUR. [MY GREAT-GRANDFATHER] PASSED AWAY WHEN I WAS FOUR. HE LIVED IN THE FARMHOUSE BASEMENT, AND I DIDN’T LIKE THAT HE WAS DOWN THERE BY HIMSELF ALL THE TIME, SO I’D SNEAK DOWN THERE. I HAD GRAMPA JOHN’S PERMISSION TO LOOK THROUGH THAT STUFF BUT MY MOTHER DIDN’T KNOW.” “I IMAGINE IT WAS [MY GREAT GRANDFATHER] THAT TOLD ME [ABOUT CLARA]. EVENTUALLY MOTHER DID TELL ME THAT CLARA’S STUFF WAS IN THAT TRUNK.” “PROBABLY ABOUT ONCE A YEAR, I’D JUST TAKE [THE OBJECTS OUT] AND LOOK AT [THEM]. IT’S BEEN A BIG DEBATE WHETHER I WOULD GO AHEAD AND FIND SOMEBODY THAT COULD RESTORE THE PURSE OR WHETHER I SHOULD JUST PASS IT ALONG. I’M NOT A WEALTHY PERSON, SO I THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE A BETTER HOME FOR IT RATHER THAN INVESTING A BUNCH OF MONEY IN SOMETHING THAT WOULD COME HERE EVENTUALLY ANYWAY.” “[THESE OBJECTS] ARE SOMETHING THAT I KNEW DIDN’T BELONG IN THE GARBAGE. I GUESS IT WAS TO GET SOME KIND OF CONNECTION WITH MY PAST. I NEVER KNEW [CLARA]. MY MOTHER, SHE NEVER KNEW HER MOTHER. IT WAS JUST REASON THAT I HUNG ON TO THEM. NOW THAT I’M DOWNSIZING, HAVING TO LIVE IN A SMALLER PLACE, I HAVE TO LET GO OF A LOT OF STUFF. THIS IS A GOOD HOME FOR [THEM]. THAT HANDBAG WAS JUST SO SPECIAL.” IN AN EMAIL FROM WRIGHT TO MACLEAN, WRIGHT ELABORATES ON THE HISTORY OF CLARA SAXON. CLARA WAS BORN CLARA MELLING IN WIGAN, LACASHIRE, ENGLAND IN DECEMBER 1902 TO ISABELLA (SMITH) MELLING AND JOHN MELLING. IN 1912, THE MELLING FAMILY EMIGRATED TO CANADA. CLARA’S SISTER, LILY MELLING, MARRIED ANDY ALLISON. CLARA MARRIED HENRY SAXON ON NOVEMBER 21, 1923, AND HAD ONE DAUGHTER, LILY (WRIGHT) SAXON BORN SEPTEMBER 29, 1924. CLARA WENT TO A MOVIE WITH HER SISTER ON NOVEMBER 18, 1924 AND FELL ILL. SHE PASSED AWAY OF AN UNDETERMINED CAUSE. LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES FROM NOVEMBER 20, 1924 AND DECEMBER 3, 1924, CONFIRM THAT THE CAUSE OF DEATH WAS NEVER DETERMINED. A POST-MORTEM WAS CONDUCTED AND STOMACH CONTENTS SENT TO EDMONTON, ALBERTA FOR ANALYSIS. IN A LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLE FROM DECEMBER 3, 1924, THE JURY FORMED TO ENQUIRE INTO THE DEATH OF CLARA SAXON RULED CAUSE OF DEATH UNKNOWN AFTER THE POST-MORTEM AND ANALYSIS OF STOMACH CONTENTS FOUND NO ABNORMALITIES, AND THE JURY WAS ADJOURNED. FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND COPIES OF LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20180003001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20180003002
Acquisition Date
2018-03
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range
1913
Accession No.
20181047061
Physical Description
17" X 22" Black and White photograph
Scope and Content
Galbraith School was named after Dr. W. S. Galbraith. He served as a trustee of the Board from 1904 to 1912 and he was Mayor in 1907. The school was completed in 1913 because of the need for another school on the North side. It is located between Luckhurst and Galbraith Streets (8th and 9th Avenue…
Date Range
1913
Creator
Lethbridge School District No. 51
Physical Description
17" X 22" Black and White photograph
History / Biographical
Lethbridge School District No. 51 is the public school board in Lethbridge. Since 1886, Lethbridge School District No. 51 has offered high quality learning experiences over a broad range of programs to meet the needs of a wide variety of learners. The District educates over 11,000 students within the City of Lethbridge and employs nearly 1,200 staff members. Lethbridge School District No. 51 takes pride in the breadth of its programs, the expertise of its staff, and the quality of its facilities in 22 schools, and a number of outreach facilities throughout the city. Our schools have a grade structure comprised of Kindergarten to Grade 5 students in elementary schools, Grade 6 to Grade 8 students in middle schools and Grade 9 to Grade 12 students in high schools [Source: Lethbridge School District No. 51 website]
Scope and Content
Galbraith School was named after Dr. W. S. Galbraith. He served as a trustee of the Board from 1904 to 1912 and he was Mayor in 1907. The school was completed in 1913 because of the need for another school on the North side. It is located between Luckhurst and Galbraith Streets (8th and 9th Avenues north) and Barnes Street with Bailey Street (16th Street). in 1918 and again in 1922 other rooms were opened to accomodate new students. In 1941 the additional lots were bought to expand the school. In 1962 there was an addition to the school with ten classrooms, a gymnasium, a stage, music room, and a library. On top of the addition there were a few renovations to the school. In 1968 a new entrance was made to the school. The school celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1963. Many were in attendance including Dr. Galbraith's daughter and widow along with many of the former students. Once again in 1977 the school got a few more renovations including a new library and washrooms. The school still stands today. Photograph is laminated. Taken from the front.
Notes
File in grey box flat storage
Access Restrictions
Public
Accession No.
20181047061
Collection
Archive
Less detail
Date Range
1911-1971
Accession No.
20181047062
Physical Description
17" X 22" Black and White photograph
Scope and Content
On the site located between Barlett Street and Westminister Road (12th and 13th Streets) on McDuff Street (9th Avenue South)southward towards Alexander Street (10 Avenue South) was the location for the Fleetwood School. The school was opened in November 1911. In 1947, the Board was able to attain t…
Date Range
1911-1971
Creator
Lethbridge School District No. 51
Physical Description
17" X 22" Black and White photograph
History / Biographical
Lethbridge School District No. 51 is the public school board in Lethbridge. Since 1886, Lethbridge School District No. 51 has offered high quality learning experiences over a broad range of programs to meet the needs of a wide variety of learners. The District educates over 11,000 students within the City of Lethbridge and employs nearly 1,200 staff members. Lethbridge School District No. 51 takes pride in the breadth of its programs, the expertise of its staff, and the quality of its facilities in 22 schools, and a number of outreach facilities throughout the city. Our schools have a grade structure comprised of Kindergarten to Grade 5 students in elementary schools, Grade 6 to Grade 8 students in middle schools and Grade 9 to Grade 12 students in high schools [Source: Lethbridge School District No. 51 website]
Scope and Content
On the site located between Barlett Street and Westminister Road (12th and 13th Streets) on McDuff Street (9th Avenue South)southward towards Alexander Street (10 Avenue South) was the location for the Fleetwood School. The school was opened in November 1911. In 1947, the Board was able to attain the building known as "No. 25 Supply Depot from the War Assets Corporation. The building was moved from the airport to the site behind Fleetwood. The Addition became known as the Fleetwood Annex. There was still a need for another building and in 1948 the Board bought the Building #4 situated at Kenyon Field which was relocated to a spot beside the annex. The school served for 60 years and was closed and later demolished in 1971. Photograph is laminated. Taken from the front.
Notes
File in grey box flat storage
Access Restrictions
Public
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20181047062
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Mike Deimuth Jr.’s fonds (Grainville School District No. 2699)

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Date Range
1913-1971
Description Level
Fonds
Accession No.
20191073
Physical Description
53 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
2019.1073/001: Mike Deimuth Jr.’s Farming and Ranching Administrative Records and Forms, 1928-1947. 2019.1073/002: Mr. and Mrs. Deimuth Jr.’s Truck Records, 1935-1941. 2019.1073/003: Letters and Notes pertaining to the Development of the Grainville School, 1928-1930. 2019.1073/004: Correspondence: …
Date Range
1913-1971
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Mike Deimuth Jr
Physical Description
53 cm of textual records
History / Biographical
The Grainville School was created in 1913 in the village of Turin, Alberta. The The Grainville School Board of Trustees had their first official meeting on July 16, 1913, where they selected the site for the new school building. The school opened on May 4, 1914, Gretta E. Adams first teacher. Grainville School employed only one teacher who taught grades 1-9. The School struggled financially throughout its operation but continued to educate students in the Turin area until 1940. Mike Deimuth Jr. was a farmer in Turin and a co-owner in the Deimuth Lease Association, which was a ranching and cattle grazing cooperative-style business. He served on the Board of Trustees of the Grainville School District No. 2699 from 1931-1940. The papers deal with Deimuth's ranching business and Grainville School Board operations.
Scope and Content
2019.1073/001: Mike Deimuth Jr.’s Farming and Ranching Administrative Records and Forms, 1928-1947. 2019.1073/002: Mr. and Mrs. Deimuth Jr.’s Truck Records, 1935-1941. 2019.1073/003: Letters and Notes pertaining to the Development of the Grainville School, 1928-1930. 2019.1073/004: Correspondence: letters with various banks and the School District about fees, Student fees, school supply lists, insurance policies, etc., Part 1/10, 1926-1931. 2019.1073/005: Correspondence: letters from the Government of Alberta, Statement of Grants, agreements between the Board and Teacher, etc., Part 2/10, 1931-1933. 2019.1073/006: Correspondence: letters from the Board, letters from various banks, school supply lists, Trustee’s and Teachers Standard Form of Contracts, etc., Part 3/10, 1932-1935. 2019.1073/007: Correspondence: letters to the Board, letters to School District tax payers, Tax Recovery information, school supplies forms, etc., Part 4/10, 1927-1932. 2019.1073/008: Correspondence: report of Inspector of Schools, teacher resignation letters, insurance policies letters, etc., Part 5/10, 1920-1930. 2019.1073/009: Correspondence: letters about school fees, tax fees, letters from the School Board, letters about the 1929 Tax Recovery Act, etc., Part 6/10, 1928-1929. 2019.1073/010: Correspondence: Trustees and Teacher Agreements, letters from the Board, letters from the Sundial School about student fees, etc., Part 7/10, 1927-1929. 2019.1073/011: Correspondence: teaching position advertisement letters, loan application letters, School tax collection letters, Report of School Inspector of the Finances of School, etc., Part 8/10, 1916-1921. 2019.1073/012: Correspondence: Trustees and Teacher Agreements, letters about the School’s library books, solicitor’s letters, instructions regarding taxations for Rural Municipalities, etc., Part 9/10, 1913-1924. 2019.1073/013: Correspondence: letters re: School District meeting, Canadian Bank of Commerce statements, Statement of Grants, Trustees and Teacher Contracts, etc., Part 10/10, 1935-1936. 2019.1073/014: Annual Financial Statements and Auditor’s Reports, 1915-1933. 2019.1073/015: Voucher Cheques and Payment Agreements on Bank Loans, 1915-1917. 2019.1073/016: Arrears of School Taxes- Government of Alberta Confirmation slips, 1925-1928. 2019.1073/017: Samples of Bank Statements, 1928-1930. 2019.1073/018: Agreements under Section 208 of the School Act, 192-? 2019.1073/019: Sample of Property Tax Receipts for Deimuth Lease Association, 1970. 2019.1073/020: Deimuth Lease Association Grazing Lease Correspondences, 1941-1970. 2019.1073/021: Application Letters to Mr. Nelson at Grainville School, Part 1/2, 1933-1934. 2019.1073/022: Application Letters to Mr. Nelson at Grainville School, Part 2/2, 1934. 2019.1073/023: Resolution Re: Signing Authorities, Canadian Bank of Commerce Agreement, and Mike Deimuth Jr. Financial Agreement Slip, 1933-1935. 2019.1073/024: Student Attendance Sheets at Grainville School, 1914-1934. 2019.1073/025: Meeting Minutes Book for Grainville School Board, 1928-1940. 2019.1073/026: Grainville Assessment and Tax Roll, Part 1/2, 1913-1924. 2019.1073/027: Grainville Assessment and Tax Roll, Part 2/2, 1925-1933. 2019.1073/028: Daily Register of Student Attendance at Grainville, Part 1/14, 1918. 2019.1073/029: Daily Register of Student Attendance at Grainville, Part 2/14, 1919. 2019.1073/030: Daily Register of Student Attendance at Grainville, Part 3/14, 1920. 2019.1073/031: Daily Register of Student Attendance at Grainville, Part 4/14, 1921. 2019.1073/032: Daily Register of Student Attendance at Grainville, Part 5/14, 1922. 2019.1073/033: Daily Register of Student Attendance at Grainville, Part 6/14, 1923. 2019.1073/034: Daily Register of Student Attendance at Grainville, Part 7/14, 1923-1924. 2019.1073/035: Daily Register of Student Attendance at Grainville, Part 8/14, 1924-1925. 2019.1073/036: Daily Register of Student Attendance at Grainville, Part 9/14, 1927-1928. 2019.1073/037: Daily Register of Student Attendance at Grainville, Part 10/14, 1928-1929. 2019.1073/038: Daily Register of Student Attendance at Grainville, Part 11/14, 1929-1930. 2019.1073/039: Daily Register of Student Attendance at Grainville, Part 12/14, 1930-1931. 2019.1073/040: Daily Register of Student Attendance at Grainville, Part 13/14, 1931-1932. 2019.1073/041: Daily Register of Student Attendance at Grainville, Part 14/14, 1932-1933. 2019.1073/042: Minute Book of the Grainville School District No. 2699 and Agreement between Trustees and Teacher, 1913-1927. 2019.1073/043: The Deimuth Lease Association, 1954-1971. 2019.1073/044: Miscellaneous Papers- Pioneer Grain Company Pamphlet, handwritten notes, Postage Stamps, Authorization for Removal of Buildings and Improvement papers, 1924-1952?
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20191073
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Regimental Depot Squadron 1917

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Description Level
Item
Accession No.
20181042001
Physical Description
27"x8"
Scope and Content
Regimental Depot Squadron, Lord Strathcona Horse Regiment in Winnipeg, November 1, 1917. Elias John Holberton is in the front row, fifth from left.
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
27"x8"
History / Biographical
Elias John Holberton was born December 8, 1892 at Plymouth, England. He emigrated to Canada in the early 1900’s and was employed in the construction industry in Lethbridge. On August 17, 1914 he enlisted with the Royal North West Mounted Police and served in Regina, Whitehorse, and Dawson City. His regiment number was 5874. He enlisted with the Lord Strathcona Horse Regiment on May 23, 1917 serving overseas in Britain and France. His regimental number was 2293511. He discharged June 2, 1919 and returned to Lethbridge to take up farming. He later joined the Lethbridge City Police and in later years was employed by the city Parks Department. He married Annie Elizabeth Dunk at St Cyprians Church, Lethbridge on June 26, 1919. He died in Lethbridge December 21, 1965 and is interred in the Field of Honor, Mountain View Cemetery.
Scope and Content
Regimental Depot Squadron, Lord Strathcona Horse Regiment in Winnipeg, November 1, 1917. Elias John Holberton is in the front row, fifth from left.
Accession No.
20181042001
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13th Platoon, 39th Field Battery R.C.A.

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Description Level
Item
Accession No.
20181042002
Physical Description
27"x8"
Scope and Content
Platoon 13 (39th Field Battery) “C” Company 1941, Frederick George Holberton - front row, fifth from left. Names of all the servicemen are listed in the file
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
27"x8"
History / Biographical
Frederick George Holberton was born in Lethbridge May 21, 1920. He attended Tuxis Boys’ Parliament in 1939 as a delegate from the Meteor Tuxis Square of First United Church, Lethbridge. His association with the Tuxis Parliament continued when in 1962 he became the first chairman of the alumni Society, a position he held for 7 years. In later years he served as lieutenant-governor. A graduate of Lethbridge schools, Fred became an Assessor with the National Revenue (Taxation) after service in World War II as a Lieutenant with the Canadian Army.
Scope and Content
Platoon 13 (39th Field Battery) “C” Company 1941, Frederick George Holberton - front row, fifth from left. Names of all the servicemen are listed in the file
Accession No.
20181042002
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13th Platoon, 39th Field Battery R.C.A.

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Description Level
Item
Accession No.
20181042002
Physical Description
27"x8"
Scope and Content
Platoon 13 (39th Field Battery) “C” Company 1941, Frederick George Holberton - front row, fifth from left. Names of all the servicemen are listed in the file
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
27"x8"
History / Biographical
Frederick George Holberton was born in Lethbridge May 21, 1920. He attended Tuxis Boys’ Parliament in 1939 as a delegate from the Meteor Tuxis Square of First United Church, Lethbridge. His association with the Tuxis Parliament continued when in 1962 he became the first chairman of the alumni Society, a position he held for 7 years. In later years he served as lieutenant-governor. A graduate of Lethbridge schools, Fred became an Assessor with the National Revenue (Taxation) after service in World War II as a Lieutenant with the Canadian Army.
Scope and Content
Platoon 13 (39th Field Battery) “C” Company 1941, Frederick George Holberton - front row, fifth from left. Names of all the servicemen are listed in the file
Accession No.
20181042002
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Date Range
1897-1957
Description Level
Item
Accession No.
20171113
Physical Description
4 photocopied newspaper clippings 9 cm x 14 cm black and white photographic print
Scope and Content
Two clippings relating to the death of Mrs. Margaret Van Horne in 1955. Two clippings relating to the death of Charles Van Horne in 1957. Black and white photograph of Walter Van Horne, son of Charles and Margaret, taken in 1909. Walter died in 1912.
Date Range
1897-1957
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
4 photocopied newspaper clippings 9 cm x 14 cm black and white photographic print
Scope and Content
Two clippings relating to the death of Mrs. Margaret Van Horne in 1955. Two clippings relating to the death of Charles Van Horne in 1957. Black and white photograph of Walter Van Horne, son of Charles and Margaret, taken in 1909. Walter died in 1912.
Accession No.
20171113
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Date Range
1878-1986
Description Level
Item
Accession No.
20171111
Physical Description
1 softcover book. 3 photographs. One 23-page manuscript.
Scope and Content
Publication "Reflections of a community: Twin Butte Community Hall Golden Anniversary 1936-1986". 3 photographs of the Allred Family. Manuscript: "Pioneer Ancestors: Frank Allred & Josie Bailey".
Date Range
1878-1986
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 softcover book. 3 photographs. One 23-page manuscript.
Scope and Content
Publication "Reflections of a community: Twin Butte Community Hall Golden Anniversary 1936-1986". 3 photographs of the Allred Family. Manuscript: "Pioneer Ancestors: Frank Allred & Josie Bailey".
Accession No.
20171111
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Hans Enoch Nielsen Wight.

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Date Range
1889-1965
Description Level
Item
Accession No.
20181078
Physical Description
2 cm. textual material.
Scope and Content
This file contains a printout of Volume 1 of a four volume manuscript "A Life of Service: Hans Enoch Nielsen Wight, as revealed by his diaries, and by his family". The entire manuscript is contained in 4 pdf files, located at L:\Electronic Records.
Date Range
1889-1965
Description Level
Item
Fonds No.
20181046
Physical Description
2 cm. textual material.
History / Biographical
Detailed biography of Hans Enoch Nielsen Wight located in 20181046.
Custodial History
Manuscript produced by Howard Shafer, grandson, and is based on transcriptions and information contained in Wight's journals (20181046). The donor reserves the copyright.
Scope and Content
This file contains a printout of Volume 1 of a four volume manuscript "A Life of Service: Hans Enoch Nielsen Wight, as revealed by his diaries, and by his family". The entire manuscript is contained in 4 pdf files, located at L:\Electronic Records.
Accession No.
20181078
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Alberta Railway and Irrigation Company Ledger

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Date Range
1913-1931
Description Level
Item
Accession No.
20181066
Physical Description
1 hardcover book 4 pages textual documents
Scope and Content
Compact Alberta Railway & Irrigation Co. ledger kept by William Brown. Handwritten notes about the ledger from the donor. Photocopies of promissory notes and photographs relating to the Brown family are included.
Date Range
1913-1931
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 hardcover book 4 pages textual documents
Custodial History
Kept by the Brown family.
Scope and Content
Compact Alberta Railway & Irrigation Co. ledger kept by William Brown. Handwritten notes about the ledger from the donor. Photocopies of promissory notes and photographs relating to the Brown family are included.
Accession No.
20181066
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Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Separate Regional Division No. 4 fonds

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Date Range
1889-2017
Description Level
Fonds
Accession No.
20181064
Physical Description
Over 1,000 photographs; 0.8 m of textual records
Scope and Content
001: 25 Portraits of Chairmen part 1 (1889-1989) 002: 9 Portraits of Chairmen part 2 (1989-2007) 003: Newsletters, banquet program, Christmas cards, Coaldale mission statement, and 3 photographs (1934-1994) 004: Junior Red Cross incident book, newsletters, correspondence, certificates and 2 certifi…
Date Range
1889-2017
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Separate Regional Division No. 4
Physical Description
Over 1,000 photographs; 0.8 m of textual records
History / Biographical
The declaration of the Lethbridge Catholic Separate School District No. 9 was established on January 18, 1889. The first Catholic school opened on April 1, 1889 with 33 students in attendance. A second school opened in 1891 which was run by five Sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus. The Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Separate Regional Division No. 4 runs 13 schools in Lethbridge, Taber, Coaldale, Picture Butte and Pincher Creek. Students in the Holy Spirit Catholic Schools follow the curriculum of Alberta Learning within a Christ-centered environment. Souce: Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Separate Regional Division No. 4 website; "Lethbridge Catholic Separate School District No.9: The First One Hundred Years 1889-1989" by Bosco Baptista.
Scope and Content
001: 25 Portraits of Chairmen part 1 (1889-1989) 002: 9 Portraits of Chairmen part 2 (1989-2007) 003: Newsletters, banquet program, Christmas cards, Coaldale mission statement, and 3 photographs (1934-1994) 004: Junior Red Cross incident book, newsletters, correspondence, certificates and 2 certificates oversize (1947-1975) 005-008: St. Basil School Scrapbooks (1905-1988) 009: 1990-1994 Photo Album 74 photographs of various Board events 010: 1970-1975 Photo Album 54 photographs of various school events at St. Basil School 011: 1958-1990 Photo Album 48 photographs of various Board events 012: 1999-2002 Photo Album 162 photographs of Teresa Grice retirement tea, and hanging of her portrait at St. Basil School 013: St. Joseph’s Coaldale School newspaper clippings (1992-1994) 014: Newspaper clippings (1981-1992) 015-016: 1990-1992 St. Paul School photo album 325 photographs of various school programs 017-019: 1992-1996 St. Paul School photo album 64 negatives and 328 photographs of various school programs 020: 51 Negatives and 52 photographs of Christmas Concerts and a letter by a Japanese student 1989-1994 021: 34 Photographs of a Halloween event and class photographs (1982-1983) 022: 66 Photographs of Christmas concert, education week, and field trips (1986-1987) 023: 80 Photographs of events from Halloween, Christmas and Our School Day (1988) 024: 178 Photographs of various school programs (1989) 025-026: 169 Photographs of various school programs (1990) 027: 75 Photographs of St. Paul School Classes and staff (1992-1994) 028: 76 Negatives and 87 photographs of St. Paul School staff party and various school events (1992-1996) 029: 62 photographs of St. Paul School classes and staff (1989-2000) 030: 381 Student identification cards (1976-1998) 031: Photographs of students (198-) add photos to 35mm sleeves 032: Photographs of students and staff of St. Paul School (1999) add photos to 35mm sleeves 033: 66 Photographs of St Basil School’s classes and staff, and booklet for Ukraine 100 years of Christianity (1972-2001) 034: List of teachers and 43 photographs of various school events (1914-2003) 035: 34 Negatives and 83 photographs of various school programs at various schools (1940-1955) 036: 79 Photographs of various school programs (1954-1960) 037: 105 Photographs of various school programs at St. Basil School (1960-1965) 038: Photographs and negatives of various programs at St. Basil School ()add photos to 35mm sleeves 039: Negatives of ()add photos to 35mm sleeves 040-041: 2 cassettes 042-043: 354 Slides of Outdoor Education programs (1973-1991) 044: 71 Slides of various school programs at St. Basil School (1973-198-) 045: 100 Slides of various school programs, classes and staff of St. Basil School, and 20 plaques of honor roll students (1940-1968) 046: 110 Photographs and negatives of St. Basil School, mass, CCH Drama Center/ old Board office, and (1978-1994) add photos to 35mm sleeves 047: 11 Photographs of three deconstructed posters showing the classes of 1986-1987 (13.5 X 19) and newspaper articles from a deconstructed poster (30 X 25) (1986-1994) 048: Correspondence, newspaper clippings, certificates and 9 photographs of student class pictures, events, and playing (1971-1996) 049: Newspaper clippings, photocopy of photographs of social events, and 91 photographs of students, staff, and Board members (1952-2000) 050: History of St. Paul’s School and information about Robert A. Kimmitt (1980-1987) 051: Portrait of Robert A. Kimmitt oversize (1972) (20 X 16) 052: Poster of staff and class photos at St.Paul’s School oversize (2001-2002) (24.5 X 16.5) 053: Poster with photographs of all honor roll students from the different Catholic schools with their names oversize (1961) (21.5 X 16) 054: Portrait of Emil Stephen (Steve) Vaselenak oversize (1932-1971) (20 X 16) 055: Portrait of Walter Jacob Ruff oversize (1971-1982) (20 X 16) 056: Portrait of Father Leonard Van Tighem (OMI) oversize (21.5 X 16.5) (1889-1890) 057: Portrait of John Aberle oversize (20 X 16) (1959-1988) 058: Portrait of Sister Gertrude Isabelle buss oversize (20 X 16) (1954-1971) 059: Poster of St. Basil’s Separate School Junior Hockey Champions 1946 with a 9 x 7 photograph oversize (21 X 15)(1946) 060: Poster of St. Basil’s Separate School Junior Football Champions 1946 with a 9 x 7 photograph oversize (21 X 15)(1946) 061: Enlarged photograph of a class from 1920 oversize (18 X 12) (1920) 062: Portrait of Teresa Diane Grice oversize (nee Berte) oversize (20 x 16) (1982-1971) 063: Students and staff photograph outside on a field oversize (13 X 10) (2000-2001) 064: St. Paul’s School oversize (14 X 7) (1954) 065: Photograph of students racing oversize (11 X 14) (195-) 066: Assumption School oversize (20 X 10) (1955) 067: Poster with picture of the Lethbridge Catholic Separate School Board oversize (1947-1949) (18 X 17) 068: Portrait of Most Rev. Frederick Henry oversize (1998-2017) (20 X 16.5) 069: Photograph of Board members oversize (1993) (17 X 24) 070: St. Basil School staff photographs with names oversize (200-) (17 X 12) 071: Portrait of Hubert Pyne from Taber oversize (199-) (14 X 11) 072: Photograph of children at St. Patrick’s Church likely during first communion oversize (189-) (13 X 11) 073: Photographs of Taber Board members oversize (1955-1965) (13.5 X 18) 074: Photographs of Taber Board members oversize (1966) (13.5 X 18) 075: Photographs of Board members standing in front of St. Mary’s School oversize (1950-1952) (11 X 14) 076: Portrait of Robert Hagel oversize (197-) (8 X 10) 077: Portrait of Mr. O. Malo Chairman oversize (1957-1964) (10 X 13.5) 078: Portrait of Mr. J. Chomany, Chairman oversize (1955-1964) (10 X 13.5) 079: Photographs of Board members oversize (197-) (20 X 16) 080: Photographs of Board members oversize (198-) (20 X 16) 081: Laminated newspaper article oversize (1977) (15 X 23) 082: Sketch from Jill Quinn “The Other Author, Arthur” oversize (199-?) (9 X12) 083: St. Paul’s School class and staff photos oversize (1993-1994) (19 x 36) 084: St. Paul’s School class and staff photos oversize (1996-1997) (19 x 36) 085: St. Paul’s School class and staff photos oversize (1995-1996) (23.5 x 36) 086: St. Paul’s School class and staff photos oversize (1994-1995) (25 x 10) 087: St. Paul’s School students and staff photograph (2000-2001) (20 X 30) 088: St. Paul’s School class and staff photos oversize (1990-1991) (23.5 x 36) 089: Public education works in Alberta Catholic Schools poster with photographs of students and staff oversize (1995) (31 X 28) 090: St. Paul’s School class and staff photos oversize (1992-1993) (24 X 28) 091: St. Paul’s School class and staff photos oversize (1988-1989) (26 X 27) 092: St. Paul’s School class and staff photos oversize (1987-1988) (26 X 27) 093: St. Basil’s School class and staff photos oversize (1977-1978) (30 X 20)
Accession No.
20181064
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Date Range
1915-1942
Description Level
Item
Accession No.
20171017
Physical Description
One 32 x 18 cm black and white photograph. One 24.5 x 20 cm black and white photographic print.
Scope and Content
Photograph of a Canadian private saluting Subaltern Leona McIlvena. The photograph is stamped June 14, 1942 on the back. Group photograph of No. 4 Troop, "C" Squadron 13th Reg't Mounted Rifles, C.O.E.F. (Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force). Calgary, 1915.
Date Range
1915-1942
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
One 32 x 18 cm black and white photograph. One 24.5 x 20 cm black and white photographic print.
Scope and Content
Photograph of a Canadian private saluting Subaltern Leona McIlvena. The photograph is stamped June 14, 1942 on the back. Group photograph of No. 4 Troop, "C" Squadron 13th Reg't Mounted Rifles, C.O.E.F. (Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force). Calgary, 1915.
Accession No.
20171017
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Other Name
STREET SIGN; "3RD AVENUE S."
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1952
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PORCELIN, ENAMEL, PAINT
Catalogue Number
P20160039002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
STREET SIGN; "3RD AVENUE S."
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1952
Materials
PORCELIN, ENAMEL, PAINT
No. Pieces
1
Height
11.5
Length
53.5
Description
BLUE SIGN WITH ENAMEL BASE COVERED IN PORCELAIN THAT HAS BEEN BAKED TO THE SURFACE. "3RD AVENUE S. PAINTED IN WHITE BLOCK LETTERS OVER BLUE. 3 HOLES PUNCHED AT EACH THE TOP AND BOTTOM EDGES. EACH HOLE HAS A METAL RIVET. THE SIGN IS CURVED OUTWARDS TO THE FACE. THE BACK SIDE OF SIGN IS UNFINISHED AND LIGHT GREY IN COLOUR WITH THE BLUE GLAZE AROUND THE EDGES WHERE IT HAS RUN OVER FROM THE FRONT SIDE. CONDITION: THERE ARE IMPERFECTIONS IN OVERALL GLAZE ON THE SIGN AND A SIGNIFICANT LOSS OF THAT GLAZE AROUND THE EDGES.SLIGHT CHIPPING ALONG TOP. SURFACE SLIGHTLY SCUFFED OVERALL. GENERAL WEAR AROUND RIVETS.
Subjects
VISUAL COMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
TRANSPORTATION
History
IN 2016, THE GALT MUSEUM APPROVED A PURCHASE OF TWO FORMER LETHBRIDGE STREET SIGNS – ONE FROM 5TH STREET SOUTH AND THE OTHER FROM 3RD AVENUE SOUTH. THEY WERE COLLECTED FROM AN ESTATE DISPERSAL AGENT, BRENT CUMMINS, WHO BOUGHT AND DISPERSED THE ESTATE OF THE LATE MR. MICHEAL VARZARI. AS STATED IN HIS OBITUARY, “[VAZARI] WAS A GREAT COLLECTOR OF RELICS FROM DAYS GONE BY…” THE ESTIMATED DATE OF ORIGIN FOR THE SIGNS IS 1910-11. AT THE TIME OF DONATION, THERE ARE IDENTICAL VERSIONS OF THESE SIGNS STILL INSTALLED ON THE CORNERS OF THE RESIDENCES AT 1505 - 4TH AVENUE SOUTH AND 920 – 9TH AVENUE SOUTH. THROUGH LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARCHIVAL RESEARCH IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THE ISSUE OF LETHBRIDGE’S USE OF STREET NAMES OVER STREET NUMBERS WAS RAISED AS EARLY AS 1907. STREETS ASSIGNED WITH NUMBERS OPPOSED TO NAMES WERE SEEN TO BE AN INDICATOR OF A MORE MODERN CITY. AN EDITORIAL IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD PUBLISHED ON 11 APRIL 1908 SHEDS LIGHT INTO THE STREET SIGN SENTIMENTS OF THE EARLY DAYS OF THE CITY: “TWO OR THREE YEARS AGO THEY ORDERED STREET SIGNS. THEY CAME AND REPOSED PEACEFULLY IN THE DUSTY CORNERS OF THE FIRE HALL UNTIL IT DAWNED UPON THE MIND OF [AN] ALDERMAN… THAT IT WAS TIME THAT THE CITY STARTED USING THEM. ‘TWAS ORDERED THIS, AND NOW THEY ARE UP. NOW THE ALDERMEN ARE FEELING THE HUNCH THAT SOME PEOPLE HAVE HAD FOR A LONG TIME THAT THE STREETS SHOULD BE NUMBERED AND DIVIDED SYSTEMATICALLY INTO STREETS AND AVENUES… BUT IT WOULD BE A SHAME TO WASTE THE PRICE OF THOSE STREET SIGNS. SO I SUPPOSE THAT THE PRESENT AWKWARD SYSTEM WILL HOLD GOOD UNTIL THE SIGNS WEAR OUT... THE CHANGE SHOULD BE MADE BEFORE THE CITY PUTS IN ITS PERMANENT SIDEWALKS AND THEN THE NAMES COULD BE PUT IN THE CEMENT IN NICE COLORED CEMENT ALMOST AS PRETTY AS THE BEAUTIFUL BLUE AND WHITE SIGNS THAT ARE STUCK UP ALL OVER THE CITY WHERE THERE IS A CORNER BUILDING TO STICK THEM ON.” ON 18 JULY 1908, THE HERALD PUBLISHED AN ARTICLE THAT STATED, “THE WALKS ARE GOING AND ON THEM ARE BEING PLACED IN LARGE LETTERS THE NAMES OF THE STREETS NOT THE NUMBERS… NINETEEN OUT OF EVERY TWENTY PEOPLE IN THE CITY ARE IN FAVOR OF THE CHANGE [TO A NUMBER SYSTEM]… IF ANYONE IS NOT IN FAVOR OF IT LET HIM GO TO CALGARY AND SEE HOW EASY IT IS FOR HIM TO GO ANYWHERE HE WANTS WITHOUT POKING QUESTIONS AT EVERY ONE HE MEETS… IT’S A REGULAR SNAP.” THE DEBATE CONTINUED UNRESOLVED AND WAS REFERENCED AGAIN IN 1909 AS AN OBSTACLE TO THE CITY SECURING STREET MAIL DELIVERY. ON 8 FEBRUARY 1910, THE HERALD SAID: “… IS IT NOT ABOUT TIME THE CITY COUNCIL WERE ADOPTING THE METHOD IN HAVING THE STREETS AND AVENUES NUMBERED SYSTEMATICALLY? THE HERALD HAS ADVOCATED THIS CHANGE IN SEASON AND OUT OF SEASON ALMOST TO WEARINESS. SUPT. ROSS OF THE POSTAL SERVICE NOW ADVOCATES A MORE MODERN SYSTEM AND SAYS IT WOULD AID VERY MATERIALLY IN THE SUCCESSFUL WORKING OF THE SERVICE.” AND ON 4 OCTOBER 1910, IT IS PUBLISHED THAT “THE HERALD HAS SEEN ONE MORE OF THE THINGS IT HAS ADVOCATED BROUGHT TO PASS. THE STREETS AND AVENUES ARE NUMBERED.” BY THE LATE 40S, STREET SIGNS WERE IN THE NEWS ONCE MORE, SPECIFICALLY THE NEED FOR MORE OF THEM, AS THE CITY GRAPPLED WITH ITS EXPANDING URBAN FOOTPRINT. BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLLECTOR COMES FROM HIS OBITUARY, WHICH STATES MICHAEL ARTHUR “COUTTSO” VARZARI WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE ON 17 NOVEMBER 1929 AND “WAS RAISED ‘DOWN NUMBER THREE.’” THE OBITUARY GOES ON SAYING, “HE ALWAYS ATTRIBUTED HIS STRONG AND SOLID WORK ETHIC AND HIS APPRECIATION FOR THE SIMPLE THINGS IN LIFE TO HIS UPBRINGING ‘DOWN NUMBER THREE’.” HE WORKED FROM THE GROUND UP IN THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE’S ELECTRIC DEPARTMENT, FIRST AS AN APPRENTICE, THEN AS A “FULL-FLEDGED ELECTRICIAN,” AND HE RETIRED AS SUPERINTENDENT OF CONSTRUCTION. VARZARI’S BROTHER WAS GEORGE VARZARI WHO WAS THE OWNER AND PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL SALVAGE, A BUSINESS HE STARTED AROUND 1951. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING IN-DEPTH LETHBRIDGE HERALD RESEARCH REGARDING THE CITY’S STREET SIGNS.
Catalogue Number
P20160039002
Acquisition Date
2016-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
ALLIED VICTORY MEDAL, WWI
Date Range From
1914
Date Range To
1919
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRONZE, COPPER PLATE, RIBBON
Catalogue Number
P20170001001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ALLIED VICTORY MEDAL, WWI
Date Range From
1914
Date Range To
1919
Materials
BRONZE, COPPER PLATE, RIBBON
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.3
Length
14.5
Width
3.9
Diameter
3.6
Description
GREAT WAR VICTORY MEDAL. ROUND COPPER-PLATED BRONZE MEDAL ATTACHED TO WATERED RIBBON IN RAINBOW COLOURS, BEGINNING WITH VIOLET ON THE OUTSIDE EDGES AND MEETING WITH RED AT THE CENTER. THE OBVERSE OF THE MEDAL HAS AN EMBOSSED IMAGE OF WINGED FEMALE FIGURE OF VICTORY WITH LEFT ARM RAISED AND SHE IS HOLDING A PALM BRANCH IN HER RIGHT HAND. WREATH EMBOSSED ON CIRCUMFERENCE OF REVERSE, WITH TEXT READING "THE GREAT WAR FOR CIVILISATION 1914-1919" ENGRAVED AT CENTRE. EDGE ENGRAVED WITH TEXT READING “228409 PTE. T. OKUTAKE. P. P. C. L. I.” BOTH ENDS OF THE RIBBON ARE FRAYING WITH WHITE THREADS VISIBLY COMING LOOSE. SLIGHT LOSS OF SHAPE TO SHORTER SIDE OF THE RIBBON AND WRINKLING OVERALL. SLIGHT SCUFFING AND LOSS OF FINISH OF THE MEDAL.
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
THE MEDALS' DONOR PATRICIA "PAT" SASSA’S FATHER, OKINAWAN TOMOMI OKUTAKE, WAS ONE OF 222 JAPANESE CANADIANS TO VOLUNTEER FOR THE CANADIAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE IN 1916, SERVING IN THE INFANTRY. LANDING IN CANADA VIA VANCOUVER IN 1907, OKUTAKE WORKED FOR THE CPR BEFORE MIGRATING WEST TO LETHBRIDGE TO WORK AT THE NO. 6 MINE, WHERE HE SETTLED IN HARDIEVILLE IN 1911 – CONNECTING WITH OTHER OKINAWANS ALREADY ESTABLISHED IN THE COMMUNITY. FROM THERE, HE MADE THE DECISION TO SUPPORT HIS NEW COUNTRY, CANADA, IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR. IN 1919, OKUTAKE RETURNED FROM TO HARDIEVILLE TO CONTINUE HIS WORK IN THE MINES AFTER THE WAR – RIGHT UP UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT. OF THE JAPANESE CANADIANS WHO VOLUNTEERED FOR THE CEF, 55 WERE KILLED DURING WW1. THE INFORMATION BELOW IS COMPILED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES, WHICH ALL PROVIDE GREATER DETAIL ABOUT THE LIFE OF TOMOMI OKUTAKE. ON 13 OCTOBER 1976, TOMOMI OKUTAKE’S WIFE – TSURU OKUTAKE (NEE GENKA) – WAS INTERVIEWED BY TOMIO WAKAYAMA. THE INTERVIEW IS HELD BY SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW, WHICH WAS TRANSLATED FOR THE GALT MUSEUM & ARCHIVES BY TOMOKO GREENSHIELDS: OF THE FAMILY’S IMMIGRATION TO CANADA, MRS. OKUTAKE EXPLAINED THAT HER HUSBAND CAME FROM SHURI, OKINAWA. “[TOMOMI] CAME [TO CANADA] IN 1907. I CAME HERE IN 1930… HE CAME TO WORK FOR A TRAIN COMPANY (THE CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY). WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE REASON FOR HER HUSBAND’S IMMIGRATION TO CANADA, MRS. OKUTAKE STATED, “WELL, JAPAN HAD A WAR WITH CHINA… THE SHINO-JAPANESE WAR. HE WAS TAUGHT THAT OKINAWA OWED CHINA… SO HE DID NOT WANT TO FIGHT WITH CHINA… HIS UNCLE WENT TO HAWAII LONG BEFORE, [SO] HE WANTED TO GO TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY [AS WELL]…" CONTINUING WITH THE DISCUSSION OF MR. OKUTAKE’S IMMIGRATION, MRS. OKUTAKE MENTIONED, "HE STAYED IN VANCOUVER [UPON HIS ARRIVAL IN CANADA]. [THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED THERE BEFORE JAPANESE PEOPLE CAME] WERE AGAINST THE JAPANESE IMMIGRANTS…” MRS. OKUTAKE SPECULATES THAT MR. OKUTAKE MOVED TO ALBERTA AROUND 1911. SHE SAYS, “[HE WORKED AT] THE COAL MINE NUMBER 6… UNTIL HE RETIRED. THE NUMBER 6... SHUT DOWN, SO HE WORKED AT THE NUMBER 8 UNTIL HE WAS 65, 64.” THIS SPECULATION IS CONFIRMED IN A FAMILY HISTORY WRITTEN BY PAT SASSA FOR A HISTORY BOOK ABOUT THE SOUTHERN ALBERTA JAPANESE-CANADIAN COMMUNITY TITLED NISHIKI: NIKKEI TAPESTRY (PUBLISHED IN 2001). THIS HISTORY STATES THAT OKUTAKE ARRIVED IN HARDIEVILLE IN 1911. IN THE 1976 INTERVIEW, MRS. OKUTAKE CONTINUES ABOUT HER HUSBAND’S EXPERIENCE WORKING ABOVE GROUND FOR THE MINES, “I THINK [HIS JOB WAS HARD]. MY HUSBAND’S JOB WAS TO LOAD COAL UP ON A CART… OTHER PEOPLE TRIED BUT THEY COULD NOT [DO IT LIKE HE COULD]… HE WAS A MAN WHO COULD ENDURE SO MUCH… HE WORKED AT A COAL MINE DURING THE WINTER AND WORKED AT A FARM DURING THE SUMMER.” MRS. OKUTAKE SAID HER HUSBAND HAD RECEIVED HIS CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP IN EITHER 1914 OR 1915. A CERTIFICATE OF NATURALIZATION HOUSED AT THE NIKKEI NATIONAL MUSEUM IN BRITISH COLUMBIA STATES THAT TOMOMI OKUTAKE WAS NATURALIZED ON JANUARY 25, 1915. ACCORDING TO HIS ATTESTATION PAPERS, MR. OKUTAKE ENLISTED IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR ON 26 MAY 1916 IN CALGARY. THESE PAPERS LIST HIM AS BEING BORN ON 21 NOVEMBER 1889. THERE IS A DISCREPANCY BETWEEN THE BIRTH YEAR LISTED IN THE SERVICE RECORDS AND THAT IN FAMILIAL DOCUMENTS, WHICH RECORD 1888. IN AN INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY GALT COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN THAT TOOK PLACE ON 16 JANUARY 2017 WITH OKUTAKE’S DAUGHTER, PATRICIA SASSA, SHE EXPLAINED THE DIFFERING RECORDS: “… [IT’S] NOT TYPO, BUT A LOT OF THE JAPANESE PEOPLE WOULD PUT THEIR JAPANESE AGE DOWN, BECAUSE WHEN THEY’RE BORN THEY’RE ALREADY A YEAR OLD. SO THAT MIGHT BE THE REASON.” IN THE 1976 INTERVIEW, OKUTAKE’S WIFE DESCRIBED HIS ENLISTMENT: “HE STUDIED THE HAN CHINESE IN JAPAN WHEN HE WAS LITTLE. IN CONFUCIANISM, THEY SAY THAT WHEN PEOPLE MOVE TO A NEW PLACE THEY SHOULD ACT AS PEOPLE DO IN THAT PLACE. HE LIVED IN CANADA, SO HE TRIED TO FULFILL HIS OBLIGATION AS A CANADIAN… HE AND MR. KANDA WENT TO [AN] ALBERTA CITY HALL TO TELL THEM THAT THEY WANTED TO GO TO THE WAR. IT WAS IN THE NEWSPAPER… IT SAID THAT TWO SCARY-LOOKING JAPANESE MEN APPLY TO GO TO THE WAR (LAUGHED). SCARY FACE OR SOMETHING. I FORGOT. THEY COULD NOT MIX ONLY ONE OR TWO JAPANESE SOLDIERS WITH WHITE SOLDIERS, SO THE JAPANESE SOLDIERS WERE PUT TOGETHER WITH JAPANESE SOLDIERS. I CANNOT REMEMBER WHERE THEY WERE ASKED TO GO SOMEWHERE. I WOULD ASSUME THEY WENT TO VANCOUVER.” ACCORDING TO HIS SERVICE RECORDS, TOMOMI OKUTAKE BEGAN HIS MILITARY CAREER WITH THE 13TH REGIMENT CANADIAN MOUNTED RIFLES (C.M.R.), WHERE HE WAS TAKEN ON SERVICE FROM CALGARY ON 26 MAY 1916. HE WAS ASSIGNED THE SERVICE NUMBER 228409. HE ARRIVED IN ENGLAND ON 6 JULY 1916 BY THE S. S. OLYMPIC. HIS NAME APPEARS ON THE NOMINAL ROLL FOR THE PRINCESS PATRICIA’S CANADIAN LIGHT INFANTRY (P.P.C.L.I.), WHICH STATES HE JOINED THE P.P.C.L.I. IN FIELD ON 21 SEPTEMBER 1916. ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION STATES THAT HIS DATE OF SERVICE WITH THE INFANTRY BEGAN ON 27 AUGUST 1916 AND THE THEATRE OF WAR WAS FRANCE. HE WAS STRUCK OFF STRENGTH FROM THE P.P.C.L.I. TO THE 52ND BATTALION ON 4 OCTOBER 1916. RECORDS FROM THE CANADIAN GREAT WAR PROJECT STATE HE RANKED A TROOPER WITH THE 13TH REGIMENT AND A PRIVATE IN BOTH THE P.P.C.L.I. AND THE 52ND BATTALION. WHEN ASKED ABOUT WHO FROM THE JAPANESE COMMUNITY IN LETHBRIDGE JOINED THE WAR, MRS. OKUTAKE ANSWERED, “… ONLY MY HUSBAND. OH, [AND] MR. SHINBASHI… MY HUSBAND FOUGHT IN THE FRONT LINE. THERE WERE GERMAN SOLDIERS IN FRONT OF THEM. THEY THREW A GRENADE AT EACH OTHER. [THE JAPANESE SOLDIERS] WERE IN A TRENCH WHICH THE GERMANS MADE [AND THE GERMANS] THREW GRENADES STRAIGHT AT THEM. HE WAS SCARED… THERE WAS NOT ENOUGH FOOD, SO THE SOLDIERS FOUGHT OVER A PIECE OF BREAD LIKE HUNGRY GHOST[S]. HE SAID THAT THAT WAS WAR.” OKUTAKE’S STATEMENT OF SERVICE RECEIVED FROM THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF CANADA STATES THAT HIS THEATRES OF SERVICE WERE CANADA, BRITAIN, AND FRANCE. FOR HIS SERVICE, HE RECEIVED THE BRITISH WAR MEDAL AND VICTORY MEDAL, BOTH OF WHICH HAVE BEEN DONATED TO THE GALT MUSEUM BY SASSA. RESEARCH SHOWS THE 52ND BATTALION, WHICH OKUTAKE WAS A PART OF, FOUGHT AS PART OF THE 9TH INFANTRY BRIGADE RESERVE AT THE BATTLE OF VIMY RIDGE. ACCORDING TO INFORMATION FROM THE VIRTUAL MUSEUM OF CANADA, “FEBRUARY 1917 SAW THE 52ND TRAINING AND PREPARING FOR THE VIMY RIDGE OFFENSIVE. THE BATTALION PLAYED AN ACTIVE ROLE CONDUCTING LARGE SCALE TRENCH RAIDS IN THE LEAD UP TO THE ATTACK ON APRIL 9. THESE EFFORTS LEFT THE UNIT DRAINED AND WHEN THE ATTACK WENT FORWARD, THE 52ND PLAYED A SUPPORTING ROLE AS THE 9TH BRIGADE RESERVE.” THE 52ND BATTALION WAS ATTACHED TO THE LAKE SUPERIOR SCOTTISH REGIMENT. WHILE WITH THE 52ND BATTALION, HE REPORTED SICK ON 30 OCTOBER 1916 AND UNDERWENT MULTIPLE AMBULANCE AND HOSPITAL TRANSFERS THROUGH FRANCE, AND EVENTUALLY TO ENGLAND, AS A RESULT OF A HERNIA. HE UNDERWENT AN OPERATION IN NOVEMBER 1917. AFTER RECOVERY, HE WAS DISCHARGED FROM THE WHARNCLIFFE WAR HOSPITAL, SOUTH YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND ON 30 JANUARY 1917 AND WAS TAKEN ON STRENGTH FROM THE CANADIAN CASUALTY ATTACHMENT CENTRE TO THE COMMANDING CANADIAN GARRISON DUTY DEPOT. HE WAS THEN STRUCK OFF STRENGTH TO THE MANITOBA REGIMENT DEPOT ON 13 MARCH 1917 AND ATTACHED TO THE 1ST C.C.D. (SPECULATED ABBREVIATION FOR CAVALRY COMMAND DEPOT) AND THEN RECEIVED BY THE 18TH RESERVE BATTALION SHORTLY ON 13 SEPTEMBER 1917. THE PLACES OF SERVICE FOLLOWING HIS DISCHARGE FROM THE HOSPITAL WERE IN ENGLAND. ON 9 DECEMBER 1918, HE WAS PUT ON TRANSFER DUTY TO CANADA. OKUTAKE’S DISCHARGE CERTIFICATE STATES HE WAS “DISCHARGED FROM THE SERVICE [ON 10 MAY 1919] BY REASON OF DEMOBILIZATION. WHEN ASKED IF HE WAS MORE HIGHLY RESPECTED BY HIS COMMUNITY UPON HIS RETURN TO CANADA AFTER THE WAR. MRS. OKUTAKE EXPLAINED IN 1976 THAT THIS WAS NOT SO: “[NO], GOING TO THE WAR DID NOT REALLY DO ANYTHING. HE WAS PROUD [OF HIS SERVICE TO HIS COUNTRY].” LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES FROM MAY 1916 STATE UNREST IN THE LETHBRIDGE COLLIERIES – WHERE OKUTAKE WAS EMPLOYED PRIOR TO HIS ENLISTMENT – BECAUSE OF THE INCREASE OF JAPANESE LABOUR IN THE MINES DUE TO WAR-TIME LABOUR SHORTAGES. THE REACTION AGAINST JAPANESE LABOR WITHIN MINING UNIONS ESCALATED BY 1918. ON 6 DECEMBER 1918, THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD REPORTS, “THE MINERS OF THIS DISTRICT, ACCORDING TO LOCAL OFFICIALS, ARE DETERMINED TO ENFORCE THEIR DEMANDS THAT NO MORE JAPANESE LABOR BE EMPLOYED IN THE MINES HERE. THERE ARE AT PRESENT ONLY TWO JAPANESE MINERS EMPLOYED HERE, AND THEY ARE AT NO. 6 MINE OF THE GALT COLLIERIES. THIS MATTER OF ORIENTAL LABOR HAS BEEN HANGING FIRE FOR A LONG TIME, BUT THE NOTICE OF A STRIKE CAME YESTERDAY WITH SUDDENNESS AND CONSIDERABLE SURPRISE AMONG LOCAL MINING CIRCLES. [THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE MINE] IS CREDITED WITH HAVING PRECIPITATED THE ULTIMATUM IN THE ABSENCE OF PRESIDENT BIGGS… IF THE JAPANESE [MINERS] WHO ARE AT NO. 6 ARE STILL AT WORK ON MONDAY MORNING, THERE WILL BE NO OTHER MINERS TO WORK WITH THEM. IF THE COMPANY STILL PERSISTS IN RETAINING THEIR SERVICE, THEN THE ENTIRE DISTRICT WILL BE CALLED OUT, ACCORDING TO THE OFFICIALS… AT THE PRESENT TIME THERE ARE ABOUT 15 JAPANESE [MINERS] WORKING AT THE GALT COLLIERIES, ALL OF WHOM ARE ABOVE GROUND ON PICKING JOBS OR OTHER WORK OF THIS NATURE. NONE ARE IN THE PIT. MANY OF THESE [WORKERS] HAVE BEEN EMPLOYED BY THE COMPANY SINCE THE TIME NO. 6 MINE WAS UNDER CONSTRUCTION MORE THAN 10 YEARS AGO. OF THE JAPANESE COLONY IN THE MINING CAMP THREE OR FOUR WENT TO VANCOUVER WHEN THE WAR BROKE OUT AND THERE ENLISTED WITH THE JAPANESE BATTALION OF THE CANADIAN ARMY… LEWIS STOCKETT, HEAD OF THE MINES BRANCH OF THE CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY, WHEN SEEN BY A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE HERALD THIS MORNING, STOUTLY DENIED THAT ANY JAPANESE [WORKERS] WERE EMPLOYED AT THE GALT COAL MINES AT LETHBRIDGE, OR, AS A MATTER OF FACT, AT ANY OF THEIR MINES…” WHILE HIS RETURN FROM SERVICE FOR HIS COUNTRY DID NOT GARNER OKUTAKE INCREASED RESPECT AMONG THE CAUCASIAN POPULATION IN LETHBRIDGE, HE WAS A RESPECTED LEADER WITHIN THE JAPANESE-CANADIAN COMMUNITY. MRS. OKUTAKE EXPLAINS, “[AT NUMBER 6], HE CAME AS A LEADER [AMONG THE OTHER JAPANESE PEOPLE]. MANY PEOPLE DID NOT UNDERSTAND JAPANESE BECAUSE THEY WERE IN THE COUNTRY SIDE FROM OKINAWA, SO THEY NEEDED A LEADER… PEOPLE WHO WERE MY HUSBAND’S AGE HAD AN EDUCATION.” THE OKINAWAN IMMIGRANTS THE AGE OF MR. TOMOMI OKUTAKE COULD SPEAK JAPANESE, BUT THE OLDER OKINAWAN IMMIGRANTS COULD ONLY SPEAK THE OKINAWAN DIALECT. ACCORDING TO DONOR PAT SASSA’S FAMILY HISTORY IN NIKKEI TAPESTRY, BECAUSE OF HER FATHER’S ABILITY TO SPEAK JAPANESE, THE OKINAWAN DIALECT, AND ENGLISH “HE WAS APPOINTED AS SPOKESPERSON FOR MANY OF THE SETTLER AND CHURCH GROUPS, THE MOST FREQUENT BEING THE LOCAL BUDDHIST TEMPLES AND THE OKINAWA CULTURE SOCIETY…” THE FAMILY HISTORY STATES, “MRS. TSURU OKUTAKE WAS BORN TO CHYOTATSU AND MAKATO GENKA ON DECEMBER 18, 1904 IN OKINAWA, JAPAN… SHE MARRIED TOMOMI CHOJITSU OKUTAKE IN APRIL 1930. HE WAS BORN ON NOVEMBER 21, 1888 AT SHURI CITY, OKINAWA, JAPAN… TOMOMI RETURNED TO OKINAWA [TWELVE YEARS AFTER THE WAR] AND LATER MARRIED TSURU GENKA IN APRIL 1930. THEY MADE THEIR FIRST HOME IN THE READYMADE DISTRICT AND TRIED FARMING, BUT SOON RETURNED TO HARDIEVILLE TO BE EMPLOYED WITH THE COLLIERS (NO. 6 MINES). THE SITE (NO. 8) WAS MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE SHORTLY AFTER, AND HE CONTINUED AS A MINER UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 1953. HE WAS UNABLE TO BENEFIT FROM BOTH PENSIONS, SO HE CHOSE TO RETIRE AS A WAR VETERAN.” A CANADIAN IMMIGRATION SERVICE RECORD DATED 10 MAY 1930 LISTS THAT MR. OKUTAKE MADE A RETURN TO CANADA FROM A PORT IN MANILA, PHILIPPINES ON THE S. S. EMPRESS OF CANADA - BRINGING HIS NEW WIFE WITH HIM. THESE RECORDS STATE THAT MR. OKUTAKE’S NATIONALITY WAS CANADIAN FROM THE YEARS 1907-1929, LISTING HARDIEVILLE, ALBERTA AS HIS ADDRESS. DURING HER INTERVIEW WITH MACLEAN IN 2017, SASSA COMMENTED: “…HE WAS A LEARNED, SELF-EDUCATED MAN, BUT I DO BELIEVE THAT HE WAS STUDYING HIS ENGLISH PRIOR TO ENLISTING BECAUSE HE, YOU KNOW, WORKED ACROSS CANADA YOU KNOW, WITH THE RAILWAY WITH THE CPR, SO I THINK THAT HE PICKED UP THE LANGUAGE VERY QUICKLY… HE SPENT A LOT OF QUIET TIME IN HIS ROCKING CHAIR. HIS HEAD WAS ALWAYS DOWN, ALWAYS QUIETLY THINKING AND WHEN I LOOK BACK NOW I REALLY DO THINK HE MAY HAVE SUFFERED SOME YOU KNOW, POST TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES… BUT ANYWAYS, HE WAS ALWAYS IN DEEP THOUGHT AND I DO BELIEVE HE WAS RE-LIVING THE WARS NOW THAT I THINK BACK. HE WAS CONSERVATIVE. I THINK HE SPOKE ONLY WHEN HE WAS ASKED SOMETHING…” SASSA STATED IN HER FAMILY HISTORY, “TOMOMI DID NOT TALK ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCES IN THE WAR, AND I AM DISAPPOINTED THAT I WAS NOT THE PERSISTENT, CURIOUS CHILD WHO ASKED MANY QUESTIONS; THEREFORE, MUCH OF HIS PERSONAL MEMORIES GO UNSHARED…” IN THE INTERVIEW WITH MACLEAN, SASSA ELABORATED, “I DO REMEMBER HIM IN DISCUSSION WITH SOME ADULTS TALKING ABOUT HIS HOW HE WAS LICE INFESTED, AND THAT’S ALL I CAN REMEMBER THAT HE TALKED ABOUT…” SHE CONTINUED, “I REMEMBER HE NEVER MISSED A REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE AT THE CENOTAPH, WHICH WAS THEN AT THE GALT GARDENS. NEVER EVER MISSED. IF IT WAS SUB-ZERO, I DON’T REMEMBER EVEN GETTING IN HIS CAR IN THOSE DAYS. HE WALKED FROM HARDIEVILLE. IF IT WAS WINTER HE STILL WALKED. ALWAYS WORE A SUIT AND TIE WHEN HE WENT UP TOWN, AND ALWAYS DRESSED LIKE A GENTLEMAN WITH A CAP ON, YOU KNOW, WHEN HE WENT TO THE CEREMONIES.” IN HER INTERVIEW, SASSA EXPLAINED HOW SHE ACQUIRED THE ARTIFACTS: “... IT WAS AT THE TIME OF THE MOVE WHEN MY FATHER PASSED AWAY. THAT WOULD BE IN 1971, AND I WAS AWARE THAT HE HAD THESE TREASURES INSIDE OF AN ATTACHÉ… [AND] IN THAT WERE THESE MEDALS… I ACQUIRED THESE I THINK AFTER MARRIAGE, BECAUSE I DIDN’T HAVE THEM IN MY POSSESSION UNTIL ROY AND I WERE MARRIED, SO I MUST HAVE... TAKEN THEM AT THAT TIME AND SO, BUT AT THAT TIME THEY WERE ALREADY IN LETHBRIDGE, SO MY MOTHER HAD THEM… SHE NEEDED SOMEBODY TO LOOK AFTER THEM... MY SISTER [ESTHER AYUKAWA] TOOK [THE VICTORY MEDAL] AND HOW IT WAS RETURNED TO ME WAS... SHE FELT THAT BECAUSE HIS HOME WAS HERE IN LETHBRIDGE AND HE IS BURIED IN THE VETERAN’S PLOTS HERE IN LETHBRIDGE, SHE FELT IT BELONGED HERE. SO SHE BROUGHT THEM BACK AND THEN WE DISCUSSED THE IDEA THAT PERHAPS IT WOULD HAVE A MORE HISTORICAL VALUE IF WE DONATED THEM TO THE MUSEUM.” SPEAKING OF HER FATHER’S PASSING, SASSA REMEMBERS, “HE HAD [A STROKE] AT HOME…AND SO MY MOTHER’S FRIEND CALLED THE AMBULANCE AND HE WAS ADMITTED AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT, IT WAS ARMISTICE DAY. AND ROY AND I WERE IN TABER ATTENDING THE CENOTAPH… HE HAD A SECOND STROKE AND PASSED AWAY ON [NOVEMBER] 23RD, [1971].” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS, SERVICE RECORDS, COPIES OF PHOTOGRAPHS, AND LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P20170001001
Acquisition Date
2017-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BRITISH WAR MEDAL
Date Range From
1914
Date Range To
1918
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SILVER, RIBBON
Catalogue Number
P20170001002
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BRITISH WAR MEDAL
Date Range From
1914
Date Range To
1918
Materials
SILVER, RIBBON
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.3
Length
13
Width
3.5
Diameter
3.6
Description
ROUND SILVER MEDAL WITH A STRAIGHT CLASP SUSPENDER. ATTACHED TO THE SUSPENDER IS A WATERED RIBBON IN BLUE, BLACK, WHITE AND ORANGE. MEDAL DESIGN DEPICTS UNCLOTHED HORSEMAN EMBOSSED ON REVERSE. HORSE TRAMPLES ON THE PRUSSIAN SHIELD AND SKULL AND CROSS-BONES. IN THE UPPER PORTION BETWEEN HORSE'S NECK AND RIDER'S KNEE IS SUN OF VICTORY. EMBOSSED TEXT ALONG BORDER READS “1914 1918”. OBVERSE HAS EFFIGY OF KING GEORGE V FACING LEFT WITH TEXT READING "GEORGEIVS V BRITT:OMN:REX ET IND:IMP:". MEDAL EDGE ENGRAVED WITH TEXT READING “228409 PTE. T. OKUTAKE. P. P. C. L. I.” CONDITION: VERY SLIGHT DISCOLOURATION OF THE RIBBON. FRAYING ON BOTH RIBBON ENDS. SLIGHT SCUFFING TO MEDAL’S FINISH.
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
DONOR PATRICIA SASSA’S FATHER, OKINAWAN TOMOMI OKUTAKE, WAS ONE OF 222 JAPANESE CANADIANS TO VOLUNTEER FOR THE CANADIAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE IN 1916, SERVING IN THE INFANTRY. LANDING IN CANADA VIA VANCOUVER IN 1907, OKUTAKE WORKED FOR THE CPR BEFORE MIGRATING WEST TO LETHBRIDGE TO WORK AT THE NO. 6 MINE, WHERE HE SETTLED IN HARDIEVILLE IN 1911 – CONNECTING WITH OTHER OKINAWANS ALREADY ESTABLISHED IN THE COMMUNITY. FROM THERE, HE MADE THE DECISION TO SUPPORT HIS NEW COUNTRY, CANADA, IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR. IN 1919, OKUTAKE RETURNED TO HARDIEVILLE TO CONTINUE HIS WORK IN THE MINES AFTER THE WAR – RIGHT UP UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT. OF THE JAPANESE CANADIANS WHO VOLUNTEERED FOR THE CEF, 55 WERE KILLED DURING WW1. FOR A MORE DETAILED HISTORY, PLEASE SEE P20170001001. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS, SERVICE RECORDS, COPIES OF PHOTOGRAPHS, AND LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P20170001002
Acquisition Date
2017-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail

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