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Other Name
FLOUR SCOOP
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
TIN, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19651657000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
FLOUR SCOOP
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Materials
TIN, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Height
4.1
Length
16.8
Width
8.1
Description
"PETER MCASKILE GENERAL MERCHANT ORION & PAKOWKI ALTA." ON BADGE ON HANDLE. "ROYAL HOUSEHOLD CANADA'S BEST FLOUR" ON INSIDE OF SCOOP. SIZE 1/2 CUP.
Subjects
FOOD PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
BUSINESS
History
*UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING FOUR PAINTINGS CREATED BY THE DONOR, CHRISTIAN GIBSON. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ON GIBSON WAS EXCERPTED FROM HIS LETHBRIDGE HERALD OBITUARY: CHRISTIAN GIBSON WAS BORN IN BELFAST, IRELAND IN 1887 AND EDUCATED IN LONDON, ENGLAND BEFORE ARRIVING IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1908. HE WORKED FOR THE CITY AS ZOO KEEPER AT THE EXHIBITION GROUNDS AND FOR THE ALBERTA RAILROAD AND IRRIGATION COMPANY BEFORE BEGINNING HIS 35 YEAR CAREER WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND COMMERCE IN 1913. GIBSON SERVED WITH THE 25TH BATTERY CANADIAN FIELD ARTILLERY FROM 1908 TO 1914 AND FROM 1914 TO 1919 HE SERVED IN ENGLAND IN FRANCE WITH THE 20TH BATTERY CFA. HE WAS ALSO VERY ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY AS A MEMBER OF THE KIWANIS CLUB, ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL, LETHBRIDGE AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY, PLAYGOERS OF LETHBRIDGE, ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, PEMMICAN CLUB, MASONIC LODGE, AND THE GALT HOSPITAL BOARD. HE AND HIS WIFE LINDA WERE HEAVILY INFLUENTIAL IN THE RED CROSS SOCIETY’S LETHRBIDGE CHAPTER, AND HAD TWO CHILDREN, FRED AND DORIS. CHRISTIAN GIBSON PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 26, 1971. IN 2010 HIS DAUGHTER, DORIS BALCOVSKE, PARTICIPATED IN THE GALT MUSEUM’S FIRST ‘TREASURES & CURIOSITIES’ EXHIBIT BY SELECTING ONE OF HER FATHER’S PAINTINGS TO BE DISPLAYED. SHE SUBMITTED THE FOLLOWING NARRATIVE ABOUT GIBSON’S ASSOCIATION WITH THE GALT AND HIS PAINTING PRACTICE: “MY FATHER… WAS ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF THE GALT MUSEUM AND HELPED COLLECT MANY OF THE ARTIFACTS. MY FATHER WAS A SELF-TAUGHT ARTIST WITH OILS, WATER COLORS, AND ALSO PEN AND INK… THE FAMILY OWNS MOST OF HIS PAINTINGS.” SEE PERMANENT FILE P19694807000 FOR HARDCOPY OF GIBSON’S OBITUARY. SEE RECORD P19930031001 FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE GIBSON FAMILY.
Catalogue Number
P19651657000
Acquisition Date
1965-02
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19820032000
Material Type
Artifact
Date
1896
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Length
68.2
Width
35.8
Description
TWO STRAPS WITH BUCKLES FOR CLOSING AND A LOCK. VARIOUS SIZES OF POCKETS INSIDE. HAND WRITTEN ON INNER FLAP "C.B. BOWMAN FROM "THE BOYS" XMAS 1896 -LETHBRIDGE". LIGHT BROWN IN COLOR. CONSERVATION REPORT ON FILE.
Subjects
PERSONAL GEAR
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
FOR DONOR HISTORY, REFER TO "RAILWAYS IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA" BIOGRAPHY PUBLISHED IN 1973 BY R.F.P (PADDY) BOWMAN.
Catalogue Number
P19820032000
Acquisition Date
1981-02
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
PORTABLE TYPEWRITER
Date Range From
1923
Date Range To
1933
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
IRON, STEEL, RUBBER, WOOD, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19940010000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PORTABLE TYPEWRITER
Date Range From
1923
Date Range To
1933
Materials
IRON, STEEL, RUBBER, WOOD, PAPER
No. Pieces
2
Description
1. CASE: 31.5 (L) X 25CM (W) X 12.5CM (H) WOOD COVER WITH BLACK PAPER COVERING WHICH IMITATES LEATHER LOOK. BACK OF CASE HAS FOUR ROUNDED STEEL FEET. FRONT HAS STEEL PLATE WITH CLASP RIVETED TO IT. AT CENTER OF PLATE IS CIRCULAR TAB WHICH OPENS CASE. TAB HAS CONCENTRIC CIRCLES ETCHED INTO IT. ETCHED INTO PLATE IS "U.T. CO. INC" AND "MADE IN U.S.A.". ABOVE PLATE ARE TWO RECTANGULAR STEEL BRACKETS WHICH HOLD LEATHER STRAP 19CM LONG. STRAP IS BLACK WITH STITCHED EDGING AND MUSHROOM SHAPED ENDS. LEATHER IS WORN AND CRACKING. ABOVE STRAP IS RECTANGULAR AREA WHICH WAS COVERED WITH BLUE FABRIC TAPE WHICH HAS BEEN PAINTED BLACK. PORTION OF TAPE HAS WORN OFF. AT INSIDE OF BACK ARE TWO STEEL ARMS WHICH HOOK INTO TYPEWRITER WHEN COVERED. 2. TYPEWRITER: 25.5 XM (L) X 21CM (W) X 10CM (H) BLACK CAST IRON TYPEWRITER WITH MANUAL KEY-STROKE MECHANISM. TYPEWRITER IS ATTACHED TO WOODEN BASE WHICH HAS TWO STEEL HINGE PLATES RIVETED TO BACK AND STEEL KNOB AT CENTER OF FRONT. WOODEN CASE SITS OVER TOP TYPEWRITER AND ATTACHES TO WOOD BOTTOM TO BECOME PORTABLE. TYPEWRITER HAS "UNDERWOOD STANDARD PORTABLE TYPEWRITER" EMBOSSED IN GOLD ACROSS BOTTOM OF FRONT FRAME. ALL KEYS ARE WHITE WITH BLACK PRINTING AND STEEL COLLARS. HAS BLACK RIBBON ON TWO BLACK ALUMINUM REELS. BEHIND KEYSTROKE MECHANISM IS LINED AND NUMBERED; PITCH SCALE ALSO EMBOSSED IN GOLD. PLATEN IS RUBBER WITH NUMEROUS PITS. PAPER SUPPORT AT BACK HAS LOGO WHICH IS LARGE GOLD "T" INSIDE A "U" WITH A TYPEWRITER AND "TRADE MARK" UNDERNEATH. WRITTEN ACROSS SUPPORT IN LARGE LETTERS IS "UNDERWOOD" WITH "MADE IN U.S.A" BENEATH. AT BASE OF BACK FRAME READS "PATENTED MADE IN U.S.A. OTHER PATENTS PENDING". IT LISTS 28 PATENT DATES FROM MARCH 19, 1912 TO MAY 22, 1923. ON BACK OF PAPER SUPPORT IS "LICENSED UNDER GUBELMANN PATENT NOVEMBER 9, 1915". BOTTOM OF TYPEWRITER HAS FOUR PLASTIC FEET SCREWED INTO WOOD BASE.
Subjects
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
NOTE ACCOMPANYING TYPEWRITER CLAIMED THAT ARTIFACT WAS FIRST OF ITS KIND IN LETHBRIDGE AND ORIGINALLY OWNED BY A.W. SHACKLEFORD. TYPEWRITER WAS MOST RECENTLY OWNED BY DENISE BLACK. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING A PORTRAIT OF ALFRED WILLIAM SHACKLEFORD (P20060025001-GA), SUPPOSED ORIGINAL OWNER OF THIS TYPEWRITER. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHY OF MAYOR SHACKLEFORD WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM ARCHIVES CANADA ONLINE AND A LETHBRIDGE HERALD TRIBUTE ARTICLE FROM MAY 31, 1992. A.W. SHACKLEFORD WAS BORN IN ESSEX, ENGLAND IN 1899 AND CAME TO CALGARY WITH HIS PARENTS IN 1909. AFTER HIGH SCHOOL HE TRAINED AS A DRAFTSMAN BUT WAS EMPLOYED BY THE FILM EXCHANGE AND FOX FILMS. IN 1921 HE WAS HIRED TO MANAGED THE KING'S THEATRE IN LETHBRIDGE AND BECAME ASSOCIATED WITH MARK ROGERS, A LETHBRIDGE BUSINESSMAN WHO OWNED THREE LOCAL MOVIE THEATRES. SHACKLEFORD ALSO BECAME PARTNER IN THE AMUSEMENT COMPANY THAT OPENED THE HENDERSON LAKE PAVILLION IN 1924. BY 1925 HE WAS PART-OWNER OF THE FORMER EMPRESS THEATRE ON 5TH AVENUE SOUTH, RENAMING IT THE ROXY. HE THEN TEAMED UP WITH THE FAMOUS PLAYERS COMPANY TO REMODEL THE FORMER PALACE THEATRE AND RENAME IT THE CAPITOL. SHACKLEFORD ALSO OPENED THE THEATRE IN THE FORMER COLLEGE MALL, BUILT THE 960-SEAT PARAMOUNT THEATRE ON 4TH AVENUE SOUTH, AND TOOK OVER OPERATION OF THE DIRVE-IN THEATRE AT THE SOUTH CITY LIMITS. SHACKLEFORD WAS HEAVILY INVOLVED IN CIVIC LIFE, ACTIVE IN GROUPS INCLUDING THE CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY, THE GYRO CLUB, UNITED WAY, LETHBRIDGE & DISTRICT EXHIBITION BOARD, BOARD OF TRADE, ST. AUGUSTINE'S CHURCH, AND THE ALBERTA THEATRE OPERATORS ASSOCIATION. HE AND HIS WIFE ADA HAD TWO SONS, ROBERT AND DOUGLAS. AFTER SEVERAL TERMS AS ALDERMAN STARTING IN 1939, SHACKLEFORD FIRST SERVED AS MAYOR FROM 1944 - 1947, AND FOR TWO MORE TERMS FROM 1952 - 1955 AND 1957 - 1961. HE WORKED FOR 68 YEARS IN THE MOVIE BUSINESS, RETIRING AT AGE 90. W.A. SHACKLEFORD DIED IN LETHBRIDGE ON MAY 30, 1992. SEE PERMANENT FILE P20060025001 FOR HARDCOPIES OF SOURCE MATERIAL.
Catalogue Number
P19940010000
Acquisition Date
1994-03
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
STANDARD BANK OF CANADA
Date Range From
1908
Date Range To
1919
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
VITREOUS STONEWARE
Catalogue Number
P19770300000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
STANDARD BANK OF CANADA
Date Range From
1908
Date Range To
1919
Materials
VITREOUS STONEWARE
No. Pieces
2
Height
12.7
Length
97.8
Width
54.6
Description
MAIN OVAL PORTION OF CREST DEPICTS RAMPANT LION SYMBOL HOLDING AN UPRIGHT BANNER. THE BANNER SHOWS FOUR QUARTERED SECTIONS: UPPER LEFT - 3 RUNNING LIONS. LOWER LEFT - HARP. UPPER RIGHT - RAMPANT LION. LOWER RIGHT - 2 RUNNING LIONS. A SMALLER TRIANGULAR PIECE ATTACHES TO THE BOTTOM OF THE OVAL CREST. THIS SECOND PIECE (17.8 CM X 16.5 CM X 12.7 CM) SHOWS A BEAVER CENTERED IN A FLORAL DESIGN. BORDER OF OVAL CREST PIECE IS EMBOSSED: "STANDARD BANK OF CANADA" EST 1873" EMBOSSED LETTERING HAS BEEN CHISELLED OFF THE CREST FACE. CREST FACE IS GENERALLY CHIPPED AND MARKED. STAMP MARKS ON SIDE OR MARGINS OF OVAL CREST: "5637AX" "ATLA-" "++". STAMP MARKS ON SIDE OF TRIANGULAR PORTION: "5637AX". WHITE ON GREEN.
Subjects
BUILDING COMPONENT
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
BANK LOCATED IN COALHURST AB. & OPERATED FROM 1908 TO 1919. SEE FILE ATTACHED FOR ADDITIONAL HISTORY & LETHBRIDGE HERALD 21 APRIL 1976.
Catalogue Number
P19770300000
Acquisition Date
1976-04
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GLASS, RUBBER, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19693652000
Material Type
Artifact
Date
1907
Materials
GLASS, RUBBER, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
3
Diameter
7.3
Description
"SINGBUSCH SELF-CLOSING INKSTAND CO. MADE IN U.S.A. MILWAUKEE, WIS. PAT., APR. 21.03, AUG. 23.04, JAN. 15.07" ON TOP. "NO. 51" EMBOSSED ON BASE. SUNBURST LINES EMBOSSED ON BASE.
Subjects
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
NOTE: IN 2009, A LETTER WAS ATTACHED TO THE FILE, DATED 1964, FROM THE CITY’S MAYOR TO MR. PISKO, REQUESTING TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP TO THE BOWMAN-LOCATED CIVIC MUSEUM.
Catalogue Number
P19693652000
Acquisition Date
1969-01
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
PENCIL BOX
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19705681000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PENCIL BOX
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Materials
WOOD
No. Pieces
2
Height
3.3
Length
22.8
Width
3.8
Description
REMOVABLE COVER, ROTATING SHELF, 3 COMPARTMENTS IN BASE.
Subjects
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
USED BY DONOR.
Catalogue Number
P19705681000
Acquisition Date
1970-05
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SLATE
Catalogue Number
P19710241000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Materials
SLATE
No. Pieces
3
Diameter
0.3
Description
ONLY 3 BROKEN PIECES REMAIN.
Subjects
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
EDUCATION
BUSINESS
Catalogue Number
P19710241000
Acquisition Date
1971-02
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19738637000
Material Type
Artifact
Date
1908
Materials
WOOD, STEEL
No. Pieces
2
Height
14.0
Length
11.1
Width
8.9
Description
MARKED "AUTOMATIC PENCIL SHARPENER CO. INC. CHICAGO ILLINOIS". PAT. NOS. 832,054 & 899,056. PAT. DATES 1906, 1908. "THIS AUTOMATIC PENCIL SHARPENER, WHICH IS NUMBERED AND REGISTERED ON OUR BOOKS, IS LICENSED BY US FOR SALE AND USE ONLY WHEN SOLD TO THE PUBLIC AT A PRICE NOT LESS THAN $2.50." PENCIL IS INSERTED IN HOLDER, HANDLE TURNED TO SHARPEN. BOTTOM DRAWER CATCHES SHAVINGS. SURFACE CORROSION PRESENT.
Subjects
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
BUSINESS
Catalogue Number
P19738637000
Acquisition Date
1973-04
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
STICK PEN
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1925
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
RUBBER, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19641094000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
STICK PEN
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1925
Materials
RUBBER, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
12.1
Description
"NO. 15" ON PEN BARREL. COMPLETE WITH NIB. HANDLE IS YELLOWISH. THERE ARE 2 SETS OF RINGS AROUND HANDLE NEAR NIB END. BROWN RUBBER PIECE THAT HOLDS NIB IS CRACKED. NIB HAS "SLITS" ENGRAVED ON IT. DAMAGED FROM DISPLAY 03/18/86. SEE CONSERVATION REPORT.
Subjects
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
GIVEN TO DORA NIMMONS (TREW) BY DR. DE VEBER.
Catalogue Number
P19641094000
Acquisition Date
1964-06
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
LAP TOP WRITING DESK
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD (COCONUT), BRASS, FELT
Catalogue Number
P19651578000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LAP TOP WRITING DESK
Date
1911
Materials
WOOD (COCONUT), BRASS, FELT
No. Pieces
9
Height
10.8
Length
37.1
Width
19.4
Description
THREE DRAWERS, 5 COMPARTMENTS PARALLEL, WITH INK STAINS. RING HANDLE ON EACH DRAWER EMPTY SHELF BENEATH DRAWERS. WOOD BODY WITH HINGED LID AND HINGED WRITING TRAY WHICH OPENS OUTWARD. LOCK DEVICE AT FRONT. BLUE WOOL WRITING SURFACE MOUNTED W/ DARK WOOD MOULDING. 2 WRITING TRAYS OPEN TO REVEAL COMPARTMENT BELOW. SWIVEL DEVICE SECURES BOTTOM TRAY IN PLACE. GABLE STYLE LID WITH TWO COMPARTMENTS. COMPLETE WITH KEY. BRASS FITTINGS. WOOD FINISH (CORRUGATED) ON EXTERIOR.
Subjects
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
BUSINESS
EDUCATION
History
BOUGHT IN RANGOON, BURMA IN 1911. *UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILES AND ACCESSORIES, INCLUDING A PIN DONATED TO THE GALT MUSEUM BY THOMASINA COWIE (NEE WHITE). ON 13 MARCH 2018, PUNDYK CONDUCTED A PHONE INTERVIEW WITH COWIE’S GRANDSON, STEWART JOHN CAMPBELL. HE IS THE SECOND SON OF ANNE ADAMSON CAMPBELL (NEE COWIE), THE ELDEST DAUGHTER OF THOMASINA AND JOHN COWIE. THROUGH REVIEW OF THE ARTIFACT DONATION MADE BY HIS GRANDMOTHER IN 1965, IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THESE ITEMS WERE UNKNOWN TO STEWART CAMPBELL. HE WAS ABLE TO PROVIDE GREATER DETAIL ABOUT THE DONORS AND SUPPLIED THE MUSEUM WITH FAMILY RECORDS. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THE INTERVIEW: “[THESE ITEMS] APPEAR TO BE ARTIFACTS LARGELY COLLECTED BY MY GRANDFATHER, JOHN COWIE. WE KNEW IN OUR FAMILY HISTORY THAT MY GRANDFATHER SPENT SOME TIME AS AN ENGINEER IN THE WHAT I WOULD CALL THE BRITISH MERCHANT MARINE, [WHICH HAD] COMMERCIAL VESSELS THAT TRANSPORTED GOODS. [THE COMPANY] WAS VERY LIKELY CENTERED OUT OF GLASGOW IN SCOTLAND. SO SOME OF THESE ARTIFACTS WOULD RELATE TO TIME THAT MY GRANDFATHER SPENT WHEN HE WAS QUITE A YOUNG MAN IN BURMA. [FOR EXAMPLE,] THE PORTABLE DESK THAT WAS BOUGHT IN RANGOON, BURMA. I MAY HAVE SEEN THAT WHEN I WAS A YOUNGSTER WHEN THEY WERE BOTH ALIVE AND LIVING IN LETHBRIDGE, BUT I DON’T RECALL IT.” WHEN EXPLAINING THE POSSIBLE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE DONATION, CAMPBELL SHARED, “SO WHAT I BELIEVE HAS HAPPENED IS THAT AFTER MY GRANDFATHER [JOHN COWIE’S] PASSING [IN 1964], THOM (AS HE USED TO CALL HIS WIFE) SENT SEVERAL OF THESE ARTIFACTS OVER TO THE GALT MUSEUM. ITEMS BOUGHT IN RANGOON, BURMA WOULD INCLUDE THE PORTABLE DESK [AND] IT PROBABLY INCLUDED THIS TIGER CLOTH BROOCH.” IN A DESCRIPTION OF HIS GRANDPARENTS’ IMMIGRATION STORY, CAMPBELL RECOUNTED, “THEY ARRIVED AT THE USUAL PORTS, I GUESS MONTREAL, GOT ON THE CPR RAILWAY. THEY GOT AS FAR AS WINNIPEG. [MY GRANDFATHER] HAD IN HIS HAND A LETTER OF INTRODUCTION AND A RECOMMENDATION FROM THE HEAD OF THE CALEDONIA RAILWAY IN SCOTLAND. THERE IS SOME SIGNIFICANCE TO THE CALEDONIA RAILWAY IN THAT IT REALLY WAS DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN THE INDUSTRIALIZATION OF SCOTLAND, PARTICULARLY IN AND AROUND GLASGOW. SO HIS TRADE WAS AS AN ENGINEER AND THAT’S REALLY WHAT HE BECAME WHEN HE CAME TO CANADA AND JOINED THE CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY. HE HAD AN INTERESTING LIFE, BUT IT WAS ALWAYS WITH THE CPR.” “I FIRST BEGAN TO KNOW OF MY GRANDMOTHER AND GRANDFATHER WHEN THEY WERE LIVING FOR A PERIOD OF TIME IN VANCOUVER AND THEN THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE,” CAMPBELL EXPLAINED, “SO THEY MOVED TO VANCOUVER WHEN HE RETIRED FROM THE CPR IN THE OGDEN YARD IN CALGARY AND THEY STAYED ONLY TWO OR THREE YEARS. I GATHER THE HUMIDITY THERE WAS NOT CONDUCIVE HIS OWN HEALTH AND HE NEEDED TO MOVE TO A DRIER CLIMATE, BUT ALSO TO MOVE CLOSER TO FAMILY AS WELL. MY PARENTS AT THAT POINT IN TIME WERE RESIDENT IN PICTURE BUTTE, AND THEN SUBSEQUENTLY HAD MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE. [AS A RESULT OF THEIR PROXIMITY TO WHERE MY FAMILY LIVED,] I KNEW MY GRANDPARENTS VERY, VERY WELL AS A BOY GROWING UP.” “I CAN’T SAY THAT HE SPOKE A LOT ABOUT [HIS TIME IN BURMA],” CAMPBELL EXPLAINED, “I DON’T REMEMBER STORIES THAT I COULD RE-TELL. I DO KNOW THE ARTIFACTS WOULD HAVE COME FROM HIS TIME IN AS AN ENGINEER ON THESE COAL-FIRED, STEAM VESSELS. HE WAS QUITE POSSIBLY WORKING RIGHT ON THE BOTTOM OF THE SHIP ALONG WITH HIS MATES, DOING A LOT OF THE HEAVY WORK. HE WAS SEEING THE WORLD IN BETWEEN ALL THOSE TRIPS.” DESCRIBING HOW HIS FAMILY CAME TO SETTLE IN LETHBRIDGE, CAMPBELL SAID, “[MY FATHER], DON CAMPBELL, WAS BORN [IN DALKEITH, ONTARIO]. HIS FATHER, HIS MOTHER, AND HE AND HIS TWO SISTERS CAME TO PLENTY, SASKATCHEWAN, WHERE THEY WERE FARM WORKERS. AND THEN THEY MOVED FROM THERE TO JUST EAST OF SUTHERLAND. MY FATHER AT THE AGE OF 18 BECAME RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FAMILY AND FARM. HE WASN’T A FARMER, BUT HE WAS A MERCHANT. SO MY FATHER EVENTUALLY LEFT THE FARM AND BECAME A TRAVELLING SALESMEN FOR MARSHALL WELLS HARDWARE. AND THAT’S WHAT BROUGHT THEM TO CALGARY IN 1939 AFTER MY MOTHER AND FATHER GOT MARRIED IN SASKATOON. MY DAD, WITH HIS TRAVELLING FOR MARSHALL-WELLS, WAS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR A SPOT HE COULD BUY [TO ESTABLISH] A HARDWARE STORE. HE WAS ABLE TO TAKE PART OWNERSHIP OF A HARDWARE STORE IN PICTURE BUTTE AND EVENTUALLY BECAME THE SOLE OWNER. AND HE WAS IN THAT HARDWARE STORE FOR 32 YEARS AS I RECALL.” “I WAS BORN IN 1947,” CAMPBELL CONTINUED, “AT THE AGE OF ONE, [WE MOVED] TO PICTURE BUTTE [AND] WE, AS A FAMILY, MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE WHEN I WAS 6 IN ABOUT ’53 OR SO. THE REASON FOR THE MOVE [TO LETHBRIDGE] WAS THAT MY MOTHER WAS MUSICAL. SHE HAD BEEN TEACHING AND CONDUCTING CHOIRS SINCE SHE WAS 14 YEARS OLD. AND SO THE MINISTER OF SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH LEARNED OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING AT THE PICTURE BUTTE UNITED CHURCH, [SUCH AS] SOME OF THE OPERETTAS THAT MOM WAS PUTTING ON [THERE], AND INVITED MOM TO SING IN THE SOUTHMINSTER CHOIR. ULTIMATELY, THEY INVITED MY MOTHER TO BECOME THE CHOIR DIRECTOR AND TO ESTABLISH A JUNIOR GIRLS’ CHOIR. AND SO THIS PROMPTED MY MOTHER AND FATHER TO MOVE FROM PICTURE BUTTE TO LETHBRIDGE EVEN THOUGH MY DAD CONTINUED TO WITH THE HARDWARE STORE OUT OF PICTURE BUTTE.” EXPLAINING THE EXTENT OF HIS FAMILY’S AND HIS OWN CONNECTION TO LETHBRIDGE, CAMPBELL SAID, “I WAS RAISED IN LETHBRIDGE ESSENTIALLY. SO I HAVE VERY, VERY FOND MEMORIES OF MY TIME THERE AS A BOY. THE COMMUNITY MIGHT HAVE BEEN 25,000 TO 30,000 PEOPLE. YOU KNEW A LOT OF PEOPLE, YOU DIDN’T KNOW EVERYBODY, BUT YOU KNEW AN AWFUL LOT OF PEOPLE. AND CERTAINLY PEOPLE LIVING IN LETHBRIDGE KNEW MY MOTHER REALLY WELL. AND PEOPLE LIVING IN PICTURE BUTTE AND COALDALE KNEW MY FATHER VERY WELL. “MY MOTHER WAS A MUSIC TEACHER AND A VOLUNTEER CHOIR CONDUCTOR. WE HAD STUDENTS COME THROUGH OUR HOUSE FROM ALL OVER SOUTHERN ALBERTA. THERE WOULD BE FAMILIES THAT WOULD DRIVE THEIR DAUGHTERS FROM [PLACES SUCH AS] VAUXHALL, CARDSTON, RAYMOND, AND FORT MACLEOD INTO LETHBRIDGE [FOR] THE PRACTICES OF HER CHOIRS. AND THE BASEMENT WAS A STUDIO, SO IN ANY ONE WEEK THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN ANYWHERE FROM 60 TO 80 STUDENTS COMING THROUGH THE HOUSE,” CAMPBELL WENT ON. “THE MEMORIES ARE PRETTY DEEP INTO THE LIFE OF LETHBRIDGE. [AFTER I HAD MY OWN FAMILY, WE SPENT] SIX REALLY LOVELY YEARS LIVING IN LETHBRIDGE AS A FAMILY. SO MY DAUGHTERS – HEATHER ANNE, SHELIA JEAN, MARY LOUISE, AND MEGAN LEE – HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF THEIR TIMES IN LETHBRIDGE AS WELL. PROVIDED ALONG WITH THE INTERVIEW WERE RECORDS COMPILED BY STEWART CAMPBELL USING THE GENEALOGY WEBSITE, ANCESTRY.COM. ACCORDING TO THE RECORDS, JOHN COWIE WAS BORN ON 7 NOVEMBER 1883 IN MOTHERWELL, LANARKSHIRE, SCOTLAND TO HIS PARENTS, ISABELLA (NEE LAIRD) AND ROBERT COWIE. HE WAS THE ELDEST OF APPROXIMATELY TEN CHILDREN IN THE FAMILY. COWIE WAS MARRIED TO THOMASINA COWIE (NEE WHITE) IN MOTHERWELL, LANARKSHIRE, SCOTLAND OF 26 JULY 1910. THOMASINA WAS BORN ON 13 SEPTEMBER 1884 IN LOCHMABEN, DUMFRIESSHIRE, SCOTLAND TO JOHN AND ANNE (NEE ADAMSON) WHITE. THE COUPLE EMIGRATED FROM SCOTLAND TO CANADA IN 1910, WHERE JOHN BEGAN WORKING FOR THE CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY. THIS WORK TOOK THE FAMILY TO SASKATOON, SK, AND SUTHERLAND, SK, TO GLACIER STATION, BC, AND FINALLY CALGARY, AB WHERE HE RETIRED. UPON RETIREMENT, JOHN AND THOMASINA MOVE TO VANCOUVER, BC AND BY 1955 THEY HAD SETTLED IN LETHBRIDGE, AB TO BE CLOSER TO THEIR ELDEST DAUGHTER, ANNE ANDERSON CAMPBELL (NEE COWIE), AND HER FAMILY. THEIR SECOND DAUGHTER WAS NAMED ISABELL WRIGHT (NEE COWIE) WHO LIVED IN SASKATCHEWAN. JOHN COWIE PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE ON 31 DECEMBER 1964 AT THE AGE OF 81 YEARS. THOMASINA COWIE PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE ON 3 SEPTEMBER 1976 AT THE AGE OF 91 YEARS. FOR COMPLETE IMMIGRATION STORY AND EXTENDED FAMILY HISTORY, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE, WHICH INCLUDES THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, GENEALOGY RECORDS, AND LETHBRIDGE HERALD CLIPPINGS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ANNE CAMPBELL, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT RECORDS OF HER PREVIOUS DONATION P20000018000.
Catalogue Number
P19651578000
Acquisition Date
1965-01
Collection
Museum
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