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Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19739489000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Materials
BRASS, STEEL
No. Pieces
3
Height
16.5
Length
180.3
Width
133.3
Description
PAINTED WHITE EXCEPT TOP PANEL FOOTBOARD & HEADBOARD. SPRINGS GILT SPRAY PAINT.
Subjects
FURNITURE
Historical Association
FURNISHINGS
Catalogue Number
P19739489000
Acquisition Date
1973-11
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WALNUT, IRON, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19770319000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Materials
WALNUT, IRON, STEEL
No. Pieces
11
Height
167.6
Length
193.0
Width
141.0
Description
HEADBOARD - CARVED DESIGN WITH CUT-OUT IN CENTRE AT TOP OF BOARD. 167.6 CM 141 CM X 5.1 CM. FOOTBOARD -CURVED CARVED DESIGN WITH CUT-OUT IN CENTRE. 73.6 CM HT. X 140.CM WTH. X 7.6 CM THICK. SLATS (6) - MADE OF UNFINISHED WOOD. 135.9 CM LTH. X 7.6 CM WTH. X 1.9 THICK. SIDE RAILS (2) - 2.7 CM THICK X 17.8 CM WTH. X 182.8 CM LTH. "TOPS" ON EACH SIDE RAIL HAVE SPLIT OFF AND HAVE BEEN REFINISHED. SPRINGS - MADE OF IRON & STEEL. 180.3 CM LTH. X 116.8 CM WTH. X 1.3 CM THICK. "PARKHILL" (DECAL) IS ALONG ONE SIDE OF SPRINGS. "NO. 315" AND "1-0" IS STAMPED ALONG SAME SIDE IN YELLOW.
Subjects
FURNITURE
Historical Association
FURNISHINGS
History
HIGH BACK BED ORIGINALLY OWNED BY JOHN MCDOWELL DAVIDSON, FATHER OF JOHN MCDOWELL WHO LIVES IN LETHBRIDGE. *UPDATE* IN 2010, NICOLE HEMBROFF, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT, CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF PALLET RACKING. DONOR IS DECEASED. SHE WAS UNABLE TO CONTACT NEXT OF KIN.
Catalogue Number
P19770319000
Acquisition Date
1977-06
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, UPHOLSTERY, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19990035206
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1970
Materials
WOOD, UPHOLSTERY, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
42.5
Length
178.3
Width
67.0
Description
SQUARE OAK BASE. RAISED ON FOUR LEGS WITH CASTORS ON THEM. A BROWN PADDED CUSHION, ON SPRINGS, IS ATTACHED TO THE BASE. ON TOP, A SEAM RUNS AROUND CUSHION ABOUT 5 OR 6 INCHES FROM EDGE. SMALL NAILS ARE VISIBLE ALONG THE SIDE, WHERE THE CUSHION IS ATTACHED TO BASE. UNDERSIDE IS OPEN SO SPRINGS ARE VISIBLE. LEGS ARE SLIGHTLY ROUNDED.
Subjects
FURNITURE
Historical Association
FURNISHINGS
History
SEE P19990035001-GA FOR DONOR HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19990035206
Acquisition Date
2000-07
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
CITY HALL BENCH
Date Range From
1925
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19980048002
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CITY HALL BENCH
Date Range From
1925
Date Range To
1990
Materials
WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
90.1
Length
50.5
Width
152.0
Description
A LARGE OFF-WHITE PAINTED OAK BENCH WITH A SEMI-OPEN BACK AND PAINT CHIPS FALLING OFF AROUND ALL FOUR LEGS. NO VISIBLE DISTINCTIVE MARKINGS.
Subjects
FURNITURE
Historical Association
FURNISHINGS
POLITICS
History
BENCH WAS FOUND IN BASEMENT BATHROOM OF OLD CITY HALL BUILDING. BENCH WAS RECOVERED BY MUSEUM ALONG WITH COLLECTION ON REQUEST OF CITY BUILDING OFFICIALS WHO FEARED THAT HALL EMPLOYEES WOULD STEAL CITY PROPERTY DURING THE RELOCATION OF HALL OPERATIONS. OFFICIALS FELT THAT EMPLOYEES MIGHT BELIEVE CITY PROPERTY WAS THEIRS IF IT HAD BEEN IN THEIR OFFICE FOR TWENTY YEARS (EG. ARTWORK). OFFICIALS CALLED THE MUSEUM OVER IN THE MONTHS PRIOR TO THE DEMOLITION OF THE HALL IN ORDER TO INVENTORY SIGNIFICANT PROPERTY AND EVACUATE IT. THE BENCH'S ORIGINAL USE IS NOT KNOWN.
Catalogue Number
P19980048002
Acquisition Date
2002-02
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
OAK, BRASS, GLASS
Catalogue Number
P19780049000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Materials
OAK, BRASS, GLASS
No. Pieces
6
Height
171.2
Length
31.0
Width
86.6
Description
4 SHELVES WITH GLASS FRONTS, PULL UP TO OPEN. LABEL ON INSIDE OF SHELVES (RED= "MANUFACTURED BY THE GLOBE-WERNICKS CO. LTD. STRATFORD, ONT. GRADE 299 SIZE D 12 1/4". ONE GLASS SHELF CRACKED AT TOP LEFT CORNER; SECOND IS WARPED, THIRD IS CRACKED AT LOWER LEFT CORNER.
Subjects
FURNITURE
Historical Association
FURNISHINGS
Catalogue Number
P19780049000
Acquisition Date
1977-06
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
CHRISTMAS LIGHT STRING
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, GLASS
Catalogue Number
P19920004001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CHRISTMAS LIGHT STRING
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
PLASTIC, GLASS
No. Pieces
1
Length
208.0
Description
STRING OF CHRISTMAS LIGHT BULBS WIRED IN SERIES. BAKELITE SOCKETS, C/W 8 COLORED BULBS (REDS, BLUES, YELLOWS). CLOTH COVERED WIRE & 2 PRONG CONNECTORS FOR WALL SOCKET. BAKELITE CONNECTOR "660 W- 250 V", "NOMA" REVERSE CONNECTOR ADAPTS TO ALLOW ADDITIONAL CONNECTOR PLUG IN. SOME BULBS MARKED.
Subjects
LIGHTING DEVICE
ART
Historical Association
FURNISHINGS
History
NOMA. USED BY DONOR FOR MANY YEARS ON FAMILY CHRISTMAS TREE. REPLACED WITH MORE MODERN STRING. "WHEN 1 BULB BURNT OUT, ALL WENT OUT UNTIL THE BURNT OUT ONE WAS REPLACED." *** INFORMATION BELOW PROVIDED BY DONOR AT THE REQUEST OF THE GALT IN 2010. “THIS ORIGINALLY CAME FROM 'THE BOWLADROME'. WORKED THERE AS A PIN SETTER IN THE EARLY FORTIES, AND WAS GIVEN IT BY HARRY WILLIAMS WHO WAS THE MANAGER OF THE BUSINESS AT THAT TIME. (HARRY WROTE TEAM NAMES AND ALLEY INFORMATION ON A BLACKBOARD. HE HAD BEAUTIFUL HANDWRITING.)” *** *UPDATE* IN 2018 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED AN ARTIFACT SURVEY, INCLUDING A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS DONATED BY IRMA DOGTEROM. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS ESTABLISHED THROUGH ARCHIVAL RESEARCH: “IRMA [DOGTEROM] WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE ON OCTOBER 3, 1930,” HER OBITUARY ON THE MARTIN BROTHERS FUNERAL CHAPELS WEBSITE STATES, “AFTER GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SHE MET AND MARRIED JAKE DOGTEROM (1926-2015). THEY SET UP HOUSE ON THE FARM EAST OF LETHBRIDGE [IN 1950] AND CORAL, JAN, DAVE, AND NANCY SOON FOLLOWED.” ACCORDING TO JAKE’S OBITUARY, THE COUPLE MOVED INTO LETHBRIDGE IN 1988, THOUGH JAKE CONTINUED TO COMMUTE TO THE FARM TO WORK. THE OBITUARY STATES THAT SHE WAS A TWO-TIME RECIPIENT OF THE QUEEN’S JUBILEE MEDAL. FURTHER LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARCHIVAL SOURCES SPEAK ABOUT HER PASSION FOR LOCAL HISTORY, WHICH HAS BEEN ILLUMINATED THROUGH HER INVOLVEMENT OF NAMING THE STREETS AFTER SIGNIFICANT WOMEN FROM LOCAL HISTORY IN THE LEGACY RIDGE DEVELOPMENT IN NORTH LETHBRIDGE. IRMA DOGTEROM PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE ON AUGUST 5, 2014 AT THE AGE OF 83 YEARS. INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOWLADROME WAS LEARNED THROUGH ARCHIVAL RESEARCH. A LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED ON OCTOBER 8, 1940 PRIOR TO THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE NEWLY RENOVATED “HARRY’S BOWLADROME.” THE ARTICLE STATES THAT THE FACILITY WAS OWNED BY LEE AND GORDON BREWERTON OF RAYMOND AND CARDSTON AND WAS MANAGED BY HARRY WILLIAMS. THE RENOVATION RETAINED THE BOWLING ALLEY’S ORIGINAL LOCATION IN THE BAALIM BLOCK ON 6TH STREET SOUTH, BUT ADDED THE UPPER FLOOR TO THE BUSINESS. THE ARTICLE PROVIDES A DESCRIPTION OF THE FACILITY, INCLUDING A DESCRIPTION OF THE “MODERN MOTIF” EVIDENT IN THE DESIGN ELEMENTS. READERS ARE TOLD, “PRESENT INDICATIONS POINT TO THE BIGGEST YEAR BOWLING HAS EVER ENJOYED IN LETHBRIDGE.” A HERALD ARTICLE FROM 1951 STATES THAT THE BOWLADROME WAS “THE LARGEST ESTABLISHMENT OF ITS KIND IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA.” THIS ARTICLE PROVIDES A HISTORY OF THE BUSINESS, STATING THAT IT WAS FIRST OPENED BY HORACE BARRETT AND JAMES K. MOSSEY IN 1928. IN 1934, BARRETT SOLD HIS INTEREST IN THE BUSINESS TO HARRY CHAPMAN, AND IN THE LATE 1930S THE BREWERTON’S PURCHASED THE BUSINESS FROM THE PARTNERS. IN 1947, JOHN ACHTEM PURCHASED THE BUSINESS FROM THE BREWERTON’S. FOLLOWING A RENOVATION, ACHTEM SOLD THE BOWLADROME TO KURT GALLSTROM AND CLARENCE “KEG” BROWN. LETHBRIDGE HERALD RESEARCH INDICATES THAT THE BOWLADROME CLOSED AROUND THE MID TO LATE SEVENTIES. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P19920004001 FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOWLADROME, INCLUDING LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P19930068001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE FAMILY, INCLUDING FULL OBITUARIES AND LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P19920004001
Acquisition Date
1992-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
CHRISTMAS LIGHT STRING
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, GLASS, BAKELITE
Catalogue Number
P19930003001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CHRISTMAS LIGHT STRING
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
PLASTIC, GLASS, BAKELITE
No. Pieces
1
Length
280.0
Description
STRING OF CHRISTMAS LIGHT BULBS WIRED IN SERIES. BAKELITE SOCKETS, C/W 7 COLORED BULBS (ORANGE, GREEN, BLUE, WHITE) CLOTH INSULATED WIRE & 2 PRONG MALE END FOR WALL SOCKET, AND FEMALE END FOR ADDITIONAL STRING IF NECESSARY. FEMALE END MARKED "10 A 250 V", "15A 125V" "R". WHITE BULBS MARKED "GE 114-125 V", "ML". 1 SOCKET BROKEN, SEVERAL CRACKED. SEE CONSERVATION REPORT.
Subjects
LIGHTING DEVICE
ART
Historical Association
FURNISHINGS
History
USED BY DONOR FOR MANY YEARS ON FAMILY CHRISTMAS TREE. REPLACED WITH MODERN STRING BECAUSE: "WHEN 1 BULB BURNT OUT, ALL WENT OUT UNTIL THE BURNT OUT ONE WAS REPLACED." *** INFORMATION BELOW PROVIDED BY DONOR AT THE REQUEST OF THE GALT IN 2010. “CHRISTMAS LIGHT STRING. NOTHING MORE. WHEN ONE BULB BURNT OUT, THE WHOLE STRING WENT OUT. IT TOOK A LOT OF TIME TO FIND THE DEFECTIVE BULB.” ***
Catalogue Number
P19930003001
Acquisition Date
1993-01
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
CHILD'S MINIATURE CUPBOARD
Date Range From
1905
Date Range To
1939
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P20000052001
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CHILD'S MINIATURE CUPBOARD
Date Range From
1905
Date Range To
1939
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
92.2
Length
65.8
Width
34.5
Description
1. MADE OF WOOD; PAINTED WHITE. CUPBOARD HAS 2 LEVELS, THE BOTTOM LEVEL IS WIDER THAN THE TOP. TOP LEVEL HAS TWO DOORS THAT OPEN OUTWARD ON BRASS HINGES. EACH DOOR HAS A GLASS WINDOW (1 OF THE WINDOWS HAS TWO CHRISTMAS STICKERS ON IT), AND A SLIDING LATCH CLOSURE. INSIDE THE CUPBOARD HAS NO FINISH. THE TOP LEVEL HAS ONE SHELF. BELOW TOP LEVEL IS A LEDGE, WITH LAMINATE ON IT (HAS A MARBLIZED EFFECT ON IT). A LARGE CHUNK OF THE LAMINATE IS GONE OFF OF ONE SIDE OF LEDGE. BELOW LEDGE IS AN UNFINISHED WOODEN DRAWER (DRAWER IS NOT ORIGINAL TO PIECE). BELOW DRAWER ARE TWO DOORS, BOTH ON BRASS HINGES AND WITH A SLIDING LATCH CLOSURE. THE INSIDE OF DOORS ARE FINISHED WITH DARK BROWN VARNISH. PAINT IS CHIPPING AND CUPBOARD IS DIRTY. 2. FOUND INSIDE DRAWER WERE TWO EMPTY, WOODEN SPOOLS. ONE HAS A LABEL ON ONE END THAT READS "SUPER SHEEN MERCERISED COTTON COLOR 839 BOILFAST". THE OTHER SPOOL IS SLIGHTLY LARGER, WITH NO LABELS, AND A CHIP OUT OF ONE END.
Subjects
FURNITURE
TOY
Historical Association
FURNISHINGS
LEISURE
History
ON 19 AUGUST 2009, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN RE-INTERVIEWED DONOR AND ARIZONA RESIDENT JUNE MANCHAK AFTER SHE CONTACTED THE GALT TO SEE HER DONATIONS. ACCORDING TO MANCHAK, THE CHILDREN’S-SIZED TABLE (P20000052001) AND CUPBOARD (P20000052002) WERE MADE BY HER FATHER GEORGE KEARL FOR HIS ELDEST DAUGHTER (DONOR’S SISTER) ARMINTO LUCILLE KEARL. ARMINTO WAS BORN IN 1909 IN AETNA, ALBERTA. THE WOODEN FURNITURE TOYS WERE PLAYED WITH BY ARMINTO AND HER FOUR YOUNGER SISTERS, INCLUDING THE DONOR WHO WAS BORN IN CARDSTON IN 1932. IN 2009, THE DONOR RECALLED PLAYING WITH THE ITEMS IN THE LATE 30S IN AN ABANDONED MODEL ‘A’ CAR ON HER FAMILY’S PROPERTY. THE CAR, SHE SAID, HAD ITS FRONT SEATS TAKEN OUT, PROVIDING HER “PLAYHOUSE” WITH A WIDE FLAT FLOOR. ADDITIONALLY, HER BROTHER RIGGED THE CAR’S DISPLACED FUEL TANK ON THE CAR’S HOOD IN ORDER THAT HIS SISTER HAD A SOURCE OF WATER. COPPER TUBING CARRIED WATER VIA GRAVITY INTO THE CAR AND A SPIGOT CONTROLLED THE FLOW. THE CAR, LIKE A HOUSE, HAD WINDOWS AND DOORS WHICH COULD BE OPENED AND CLOSED AND THE BACK SEAT FOLDED UP IN ORDER THAT STUFF COULD BE STORED AWAY. AND, “OF COURSE I HAD MY DOLLS IN THERE WITH ME TOO”, MANCHAK SAID. SHE MADE MUD PIES AND DECORATED THE TOPS WITH MUSTARD OR STINKWEED SEEDS. SHE COLOURED WATER WITH CREPE PAPER AND POURED THE WATER INTO CLEAR GLASS BOTTLES. AT SOME POINT, THE DONOR’S FATHER APPROACHED HER WITH A REQUEST TO SELL THE CAR – HER PLAYHOUSE – WHICH, SHE SAID, PAINED HIM TO DO ON ACCOUNT THAT HE KNEW WHAT IT MEANT TO HER. THE SALE WAS NECESSARY ON ACCOUNT THAT THE FAMILY NEEDED THE MONEY. SHE ALSO REMEMBERED THE FURNITURE SET BEING PLAYED WITH OUTSIDE WITHIN ABANDONED HOUSE FOUNDATIONS OF A NEIGHBORING YARD. SHE STATED THAT THE SET WAS RELOCATED INTO THE FAMILY HOME DURING THE WINTER MONTHS. MANCHAK'S RECALL (C. 2013) OF THE MINIATURE FURNITURE’S FINAL PLACE OF USE WAS “IN THE BASEMENT, THE LAST LOCATION WHERE [SHE] HAD A PLAYHOUSE”. MUCH OF THE DONOR’S CHILDHOOD PLAY WAS DONE ALONE ON ACCOUNT THAT HER CLOSEST AGED SIBLING WAS HER OLDER BROTHER (4YRS HER SENIOR) AND HER CLOSEST AGED SISTER WAS SEVEN YEARS HER SENIOR AND CHRONICALLY ILL. THE FURNITURE SET REMAINED AT THE FAMILY HOME FOR DECADES, INCLUDING THE PERIOD WHEN ARMINTO, THE ELDEST SISTER, ACQUIRED THE PROPERTY DUE TO HER PARENTS’ PASSING (DATE UNKNOWN). THEREAFTER, THE SET WAS MOVED BY THE SISTER TO AN ADJACENT HOME WHICH SHE HAD BUILT. IN 1998, ARMINTO PASSED AWAY AND THE DONOR INHERITED THE SET, DECIDING IT WAS BEST OFF IF DONATED TO A MUSEUM. OBJECTS RELATED TO THE FAMILY ARE ALSO SAID TO BE IN THE POSSESSION OF THE GLENBOW, HERITAGE PARK AND THE CARDSTON MUSEUM. FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT THE FAMILY AND ITS MONTANA, UTAH AND S. ALBERTA ORIGINS, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE. ********** UPDATE: ON 17 JUNE 2013, DONOR JUNE MANCHAK RE-VISITED THE GALT MUSEUM IN ORDER TO ADVANCE A NEW DONATION OFFER. AT THAT TIME, SHE REQUESTED ACCESS TO THIS OBJECT’S HISTORICAL RECORD. MRS. MANCHAK THEREAFTER REQUESTED FOUR MINOR CHANGES BE MADE AS PER HER LETTER ON RECORD.
Catalogue Number
P20000052001
Acquisition Date
2000-12
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
INFANT'S JUMPING CHAIR
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19980040002
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
INFANT'S JUMPING CHAIR
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
STEEL, COTTON
No. Pieces
3
Height
58.6
Length
53.5
Width
37.3
Description
1. INFANT CHAIR WITH BENT METAL FRAME, PAINTED GREY. 2-PCE APRICOT-COLORED HEAVY COTTON COVER STRETCHED OVER BACK OF FRAME AND FRONT PIECE, FORMING SEAT AND TRAY. TRIMMED WITH BROWN SEAM BINDING. METAL WIRE ROD EXTENDS ACROSS TRAY HOLDS TWO RED, TWO BLUE, AND TWO YELLOW-PAINTED WOODEN BEADS. SINGLE BELL AT CENTRE. WINGNUTS AT BACK OF FRAME FOR RECLINING SEAT. BASE OF FRAME HAS ROUNDED ENDS; SUSPENSION-STYLE FRAME ALLOWS SEAT TO ROCK OR BOUNCE. PAINT CHIPPED ON VARIOUS PORTIONS OF FRAME. 2. ORIGINAL COVER; 2 PIECES. ONE PIECE IS WHITE COTTON BACKING AND SEAT OF CHAIR, TRIMMED WITH LIGHT BLUE SEAM BINDING. ONE END HAS DOUBLE-THICKNESS; ROUNDED AT TOP TO STRETCH OVER BACK OF FRAME. DIAPER-STYLE AT OPPOSITE END, FORMING LEG-HOLES OF SEAT. LARGE TEAR AT ONE SIDE OF SEAT BACKING; COVER IS BADLY SOILED THROUGHOUT. SECOND PIECE, MADE OF SAME FABRIC, IS RECTANGULAR IN SHAPE TO FORM TRAY. HEM ALONG THREE SIDES TO SECURE TO FRAME. TWO LARGE TEARS; SOILED AND WORN THROUGHOUT.
Subjects
FURNITURE
Historical Association
FURNISHINGS
History
PURCHASED BY DONOR THROUGH SIMPSON SEARS' CATALOGUE IN 1958, FOR FIRST CHILD. ACCORDING TO DONOR, CHAIR WAS SUPPOSED TO BE DUAL PURPOSE. CHILD COULD SIT IN IT ON LIVING ROOM CHAIR OR COUCH; ROUNDED ENDS OF BASE LOCKED INTO BACK OFCOUCH. DONOR REPLACED ORIGINAL SEAT WITH SECOND (APRICOT-COLORED) ONE, WHICH WAS EITHER HANDMADE BY HERSELF OR ORDERED THROUGH CATALOGUE. USED FOR GRANDCHILDREN AS WELL. NARRATIVE BELOW SOLICITED FROM IRMA DOGTEROM IN EARLY 2010 WHEN THIS ARTIFACT WAS EXHIBITED AS PART OF THE GALT’S TREASURES & CURIOSITIES DISPLAY. THE NARRATIVE BECAME THE BASIS FOR THE ARTIFACT’S LABEL COPY IN THE EXHIBIT. *** THE “JUMPING CHAIR” AS IT WAS CALLED, WAS AN ALTERNATIVE TO A “JOLLY JUMPER”. THE CHAIR DID NOT REQUIRE AN OVERHEAD HOOKUP TO SUSPEND IT FOR ACTION. OF COURSE IT DID NOT GIVE QUITE SUCH AN ACTIVE BOUNCE. IT WAS MORE PORTABLE, AND COULD BE USED INDOOR OR OUTDOOR, BEING OF VERY LIGHT WEIGHT. IF NECESSARY IT WOULD TURN A SOLID KITCHEN CHAIR INTO A “HIGH” CHAIR. IT COULD BE PUT ON THE SOFA IN THE LIVING ROOM IF NECESSARY, IN THE CAR PRE CAR SEATS, OR OUTSIDE WHEN TASKS TOOK MOM OUTSIDE. THE TRAY ON THE FRONT MEANT SNACKS OR TOYS COULD BE PLACED IN REACH OF THE CHILD. THE SIDE BRACES GAVE A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF “SPRING”, BUT NOT AS MUCH AS A JOLLY JUMPER. IT WAS PROBABLY A PRECURSOR TO A “JOLLY JUMPER” BUT IT HAD ITS ADVANTAGES AS WELL. MY DAUGHTER, BEING SOMEWHAT HANDICAPPED PHYSICALLY, FOUND IT VERY APPROPRIATE FOR HER EARLY YEARS. *** INFORMATION BELOW PROVIDED BY DONOR AT THE REQUEST OF THE GALT IN 2010. “NO FURTHER INFORMATION.” *** PHOTOCOPIES OF ADVERTISING MATERIAL ACCOMPANY PERMANENT FILE
Catalogue Number
P19980040002
Acquisition Date
1999-02
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1921
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, REED
Catalogue Number
P19641347000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1921
Materials
WOOD, REED
No. Pieces
1
Height
98.0
Length
61.0
Width
61.0
Description
MADE OF UNFINISHED WOOD DOWELS. WOVEN REED SEAT AND BACK. STAMPED ON BACK RUNG "OLD HICKORY CHAIR CO. MARTINVILLE IND."
Subjects
FURNITURE
Historical Association
FURNISHINGS
History
DONOR CLAIMS HANDMADE? IN 1897. *UPDATE* IN 2010 NICOLE HEMBROFF, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT, CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF PALLET RACKING. DONOR IS DECEASED, SHE WAS UNABLE TO FIND CONTACT INFORMATION FOR NEXT OF KIN.
Catalogue Number
P19641347000
Acquisition Date
1964-03
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
ICE CREAM PARLOUR
Date Range From
1915
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL, LEATHER
Catalogue Number
P19662039000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ICE CREAM PARLOUR
Date Range From
1915
Date Range To
1930
Materials
METAL, LEATHER
No. Pieces
1
Height
43.2
Diameter
36.5
Description
EMBOSSED LEATHER ON RAWHIDE SEAT. METAL FRAME IS 1/2 INCH STEEL RODDING THAT HAS BEEN TWISTED AND MOLDED. LEATHER SEAT HAS FLOWER IN CENTER WITH CIRCULAR FLORAL PATTERN RADIATING FROM CENTER. ASSORTED PAINT SPLATTERS ON FRAME. ABUNDANT OXIDATION.
Subjects
FURNITURE
Historical Association
RETAIL TRADE
FURNISHINGS
History
*UPDATE* THIS ARTIFACT WAS PART OF A SURVEY OF PALLET RACKING CONDUCTED BY NICOLE HEMBROFF, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT, IN 2010. HARRY JENNINGS GRIGSBY, HIS WIFE EDITH AND HIS DAUGHTER MARGARET MCCONECHY ARE DECEASED. HEMBROFF CONTACTED GRIGSBY'S OTHER DAUGHTER FRANCES WRAY. WRAY WAS UNABLE TO RECALL THE CHAIR.
Catalogue Number
P19662039000
Acquisition Date
1966-10
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
ICE CREAM PARLOUR
Date Range From
1915
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, OAK VENEER
Catalogue Number
P19662040000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ICE CREAM PARLOUR
Date Range From
1915
Date Range To
1930
Materials
STEEL, OAK VENEER
No. Pieces
1
Height
89.2
Diameter
17.8
Description
VENEER BADLY CRACKED ESPECIALLY ON UNDERSIDE. METAL FRAME IS 1/2 INCH COPPER TUBBING TWISTED AND MOLDED TO SHAPE. ASSORTED PAINT SPLATTERS.
Subjects
FURNITURE
Historical Association
RETAIL TRADE
FURNISHINGS
History
*UPDATE* THIS ARTIFACT WAS PART OF A SURVEY OF PALLET RACKING CONDUCTED BY NICOLE HEMBROFF, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT, IN 2010. HARRY JENNINGS GRIGSBY, HIS WIFE EDITH AND HIS DAUGHTER MARGARET MCCONECHY ARE DECEASED. HEMBROFF CONTACTED GRIGSBY'S OTHER DAUGHTER FRANCES WRAY. WRAY WAS UNABLE TO RECALL THE CHAIR.
Catalogue Number
P19662040000
Acquisition Date
1966-10
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
UPHOLSTERY, WOOD, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19990035168
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1980
Materials
UPHOLSTERY, WOOD, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
74.2
Length
57.5
Width
59.4
Description
SEAT AND BACK ARE PADDED, AND COVERED WITH ROSE COLOURED UPHOLSTERY. NAP OF MATERIAL CREATES DIAMOND PATTERNS. THERE ARE TWO CLOTH COVERED BUTTONS ON BACK. ARMS ARE MADE UP OF LIGHT BROWN GLAZED WOOD - A HORIZONTAL PIECE SUPPORTED BY A VERTICAL PIECE TOWARD THE FRONT. BACK OF CHAIR IS HELD BY TWO PIECES OF LIGHT BROWN GLAZED WOOD ATTACHED TO SEAT. LEGS ARE ALSO MADE OF LIGHT BROWN, GLAZED WOOD - TWO STRAIGHT FRONT LEGS, TWO CURVED BACK LEGS. BETWEEN LEGS AND SEAT ARE TWO SPRINGS ON EITHER SIDE. WHITE TAG ON UNDERSIDE OF CHAIR READS "NO.151 MADE BY MID-WEST FURNITURE MFG. WINNIPEG 2, MANITOBA, CANADA".
Subjects
FURNITURE
Historical Association
FURNISHINGS
History
SEE P19990035001-GA FOR DONOR'S HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19990035168
Acquisition Date
2000-07
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
UPHOLSTERY, WOOD, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19990035189
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1980
Materials
UPHOLSTERY, WOOD, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
76.5
Length
58.5
Width
61.4
Description
SEAT AND BACK ARE PADDED AND COVERED WITH DARK BLUE UPHOLSTERY. NAP IN MATERIAL CREATES A SORT OF DIAMOND PATTERN WITH CURVED CORNERS. THERE ARE TWO CLOTH COVERED BUTTONS ON BACK PIECE. ARMS ARE MADE OF BROWN GLAZED WOOD - A HORIZONTAL PIECE SUPPORTED BY A VERTICAL PIECE TOWARD THE FRONT. BACK IS HELD BY TWO PIECES OF BROWN GLAZED WOOD ATTACHED TO SEAT. LEGS ARE ALSO MADE OF BROWN GLAZED WOOD - TWO STRAIGHT FRONT LEGS AND TWO CURVED BACK LEGS. BETWEEN LEGS AND SEAT ARE TWO SPRINGS ON EITHER SIDE. OFF-WHITE TAG ON UNDERSIDE OF CHAIR READS "NO.151 MADE BY MID-WEST FURNITURE MFG. MANITOBA 2, WINNIPEG,CANADA".
Subjects
FURNITURE
Historical Association
FURNISHINGS
History
SEE P19990035001-GA FOR DONOR'S HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19990035189
Acquisition Date
2000-07
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
WICKER ARMCHAIR
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WICKER, WOOD, METAL
Catalogue Number
P19990035186
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
WICKER ARMCHAIR
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1980
Materials
WICKER, WOOD, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Height
84.4
Length
77.2
Width
74.5
Description
BROWN WICKER. ROUNDED BACK AND ARMS ARE FORMED FROM ONE PIECE. A BLACK AND RED UPWARDS ARROW IS WOVEN INTO BACK. CHAIR HAS A SKIRT, ALSO MADE OUT OF WICKER. A BLACK AND RED UPSIDE DOWN TRIANGLE IS WOVEN INTO SKIRT. CHAIR STANDS ON FOUR WOODEN LEGS. WOODEN DOWELS ALSO SUPPORT THE ARMS AND BACK. SEAT CONSISTS OF A PADDED CUSHION ON SPRINGS. MATERIAL COVERING CUSHION IS A WHITE BACKGROUND WITH LIGHT AND DARK PINK FLOWERS, GREEN LEAVES, AND BROWN CURLY DESIGNS.
Subjects
FURNITURE
Historical Association
FURNISHINGS
History
SEE P19990035001-GA FOR DONOR'S HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19990035186
Acquisition Date
2000-07
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, COTTON, WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19970041870
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
WOOD, COTTON, WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Height
81.6
Length
52
Width
42.5
Description
DARK FINISHED WOODEN CHAIR WITH RECTANGULAR OPEN BACKED CHAIR. BACK OF CHAIR HAS FIVE VERTICAL SLATS. SEAT OF CHAIR HAS GREEN UPHOLSTERY WITH WHITE FLORAL PATTERN. UPHOLSTERY IS TORN AND WORN ACROSS FRONT.
Subjects
FURNITURE
Historical Association
FURNISHINGS
History
DONOR RELATES THAT HER PARENTS PURCHASED THIS CHAIR IN LETHBRIDGE IN THE EARLY 1950'S AND THAT IT WAS USED AROUND THE FAMILY TABLE WHEN GUESTS CAME FOR DINNER. THE NAKAYAMA FAMILY WAS ORIGINALLY FROM VANCOUVER BUT MOVED TO COALDALE FOLLOWING THE SECOND WORLD WAR WHEN THEY WERE INTERNED AT SLOCAN CITY IN THE INTERIOR OF BRITISH COLUMBIA BY THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT. THE DONOR'S FATHER, REV. CANON G.G. NAKAYAMA, WAS AN ANGLICAN MINISTER IN VANCOUVER, AND THEN ESTABLISHED THE CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION IN COALDALE IN 1945 WHERE HE SERVED UNTIL 1970. SEE RECORD P19970041001 FOR EXPANDED BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION AND PERMANENT FILE FOR FURTHER HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19970041870
Acquisition Date
1997-01
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, COTTON, WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19970041871
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
WOOD, COTTON, WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Height
81.6
Length
52
Width
42.5
Description
DARK FINISHED WOODEN CHAIR WITH RECTANGULAR OPEN BACKED CHAIR. BACK OF CHAIR HAS FIVE VERTICAL SLATS. SEAT OF CHAIR HAS GREEN UPHOLSTERY WITH WHITE FLORAL PATTERN. UPHOLSTERY IS TORN AND WORN ACROSS FRONT.
Subjects
FURNITURE
Historical Association
FURNISHINGS
History
DONOR RELATES THAT HER PARENTS PURCHASED THIS CHAIR IN LETHBRIDGE IN THE EARLY 1950'S AND THAT IT WAS USED AROUND THE FAMILY TABLE WHEN GUESTS CAME FOR DINNER. THE NAKAYAMA FAMILY WAS ORIGINALLY FROM VANCOUVER BUT MOVED TO COALDALE FOLLOWING THE SECOND WORLD WAR WHEN THEY WERE INTERNED AT SLOCAN CITY IN THE INTERIOR OF BRITISH COLUMBIA BY THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT. THE DONOR'S FATHER, REV. CANON G.G. NAKAYAMA, WAS AN ANGLICAN MINISTER IN VANCOUVER, AND THEN ESTABLISHED THE CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION IN COALDALE IN 1945 WHERE HE SERVED UNTIL 1970. SEE RECORD P19970041001 FOR EXPANDED BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION AND PERMANENT FILE FOR FURTHER HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19970041871
Acquisition Date
1997-01
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WICKER, WOOD, STEEL, VELVET
Catalogue Number
P20010016019
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1970
Materials
WICKER, WOOD, STEEL, VELVET
No. Pieces
2
Height
76.0
Length
58.0
Width
54.0
Description
WHITE WICKER CHAIR; HAS GOLD, BRAIDED WICKER TRIM. BACK AND ARMS OF CHAIR ARE ONE PIECE. ON BACK REST IS THE FAINT IMAGE OF A BLUE DIAMOND. CHAIR HAS A REMOVABLE CUSHION COVERED IN BLUE VELVET. SPRINGS ARE VISIBLE ON UNDERSIDE OF CUSHION. CHAIR HAS A SKIRT IN THE FRONT. CHAIR SITS ON FOUR SHORT LEGS, EACH MADE OF WOOD AND WRAPPED WITH WICKER STRIPS; FRONT LEGS EACH HAVE A ROUND FOOT ON THEM. THERE IS A WOOD BRACE IN THE SHAPE OF AN 'X' BETWEEN THE LEGS. EACH LEG ALSO HAS 2 STEEL BRACES (PAINTED WHITE) THAT ATTACHES TO UNDERSIDE OF SEAT.
Subjects
FURNITURE
Historical Association
FURNISHINGS
History
SEE P20010016001-GA FOR HISTORY. *UPDATE* IN 2010, NICOLE HEMBROFF, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT, CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF PALLET RACKING. SHE CONTACTED ALICE KIENHOLZ (DAUGHTER OF ALBERTA KIENHOLZ NEE CLASEN) FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HER MOTHER'S DONATION. ACCORDING TO KIENHOLZ, THE CHAIR WAS ORIGINALLY UPSTAIRS IN HER GRANDMOTHER'S (EMMA CLASEN) HOUSE. SHE SAID, "WE PAINTED IT. IT USED TO BE BROWN... IT PROBABLY GOES BACK TO ABOUT THE 1940S." LATER, THE CHAIR WAS PASSED DOWN TO HER MOTHER, ALBERTA KIENHOLZ. SHE SAID, "WHEN MOM HAD IT, IT WAS IN THE BASEMENT OF THE NEW HOUSE ON THE CLASEN FARM." ACCORDING TO KIENHOLZ, EVERYONE USED THE CHAIR. IT WAS USED FOR EVERYDAY PURPOSES RATHER THAN FORMAL ONES. THEY PAINTED AND RECOVERED THE CHAIR TO TRY AND FIX IT UP.
Catalogue Number
P20010016019
Acquisition Date
2001-08
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
CITY HALL CHAIR
Date Range From
1935
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL, LEATHER
Catalogue Number
P19980048001
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CITY HALL CHAIR
Date Range From
1935
Date Range To
1990
Materials
METAL, LEATHER
No. Pieces
1
Height
83.5
Length
48.0
Width
53.4
Description
BROWN FRAMED CHAIR WITH GREEN LEATHER UPHOLSTERY. LABEL AT REAR OF CHAIR "ROYAL ..ETAL MANUFACTURING .. ONTARIO". FRAME AND LEATHER WORN.
Subjects
FURNITURE
Historical Association
FURNISHINGS
POLITICS
History
CHAIR WAS ONE OF MANY IDENTICAL FOUND THROUGHOUT PREMISES OF OLD CITY HALL BUILDING. CHAIR WAS RECOVERED BY MUSEUM ALONG WITH ENTIRE COLLECTION ON REQUEST OF CITY BUILDING OFFICIALS, WHO FEARED THAT HALL EMPLOYEES WOULD STEAL CITY PROPERTY DURING THE RELOCATION OF HALL OPERATIONS. OFFICIALS FELT THAT EMPLOYEES MIGHT BELIEVE CITY PROPERTY WAS THEIRS IF IT HAD BEEN IN THEIR OFFICE FOR TWENTY YEARS (EG. ARTWORK). OFFICIALS CALLED THE MUSEUM OVER IN THE MONTHS PRIOR TO THE DEMOLITION OF THE HALL IN ORDER TO INVENTORY SIGNIFICANT PROPERTY AND EVACUATE IT. THE CHAIRS ORIGINAL USE IS NOT KNOWN.
Catalogue Number
P19980048001
Acquisition Date
2002-02
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
“THE CHINESE NATIONALIST LEAGUE”
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
2000
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, LEATHERETTE
Catalogue Number
P20110031017
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
“THE CHINESE NATIONALIST LEAGUE”
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
2000
Materials
STEEL, LEATHERETTE
No. Pieces
1
Height
84
Length
51
Width
39
Description
CHAIR WITH METAL FRAME AND GREEN LEATHERETTE PADDED SEAT AND BACK. LEGS HAVE GREY RUBBERIZED FEET. CHAIR BACK IS FINISHED WITH 12 METAL RIVETS. UNDERSIDE OF SEAT IS BROWN CARDBOARD, STAMPED IN THREE SPOTS WITH AN OVAL SHAPE IN RED. STAMP TEXT IS FADED AND SMUDGED BUT APPEARS TO GIVE NAME AND ADDRESS OF DONOR. CARDBOARD UNDERSIDE IS ATTACHED TO SEAT WITH METAL TACKS. LEATHERETTE IS SCUFFED AND DISCOLOURED. CHAIR FRAME IS SCUFFED, WITH MINOR RUST AT BOLTS. UNDERSIDE CARDBOARD HAS WATER STAIN AND REMNANTS OF CHEWING GUM. RUBBERIZED FEET ARE CRACKED. OVERALL GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
FURNITURE
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
FURNISHINGS
History
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ARTIFACT COMES FROM INTERVIEWS HELD WITH MAY LEE AND JUDY CHAN, RICHARD LOO, AND HONG WONG AND JANICE WONG. PERSONAL DETAILS ABOUT THE LIVES OF MAY LEE, RICHARD LOO, AND HONG WONG THEIR IMMIGRATION TO CANADA ARE FOUND BELOW THE ARTIFACT DETAILS AND BELOW THE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CHINESE NATIONAL LEAGUE SOCIETY BUILDING. RICHARD THINKS THAT THE CHAIRS WERE PURCHASED BEFORE HE STARTED AT THE LEAGUE (HE ARRIVED IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1953). HE THINKS THAT THEY WERE PROBABLY USED DURING MEETINGS AND POSSIBLY IN THE SCHOOL, WHICH WAS LOCATED IN THE MAIN HALL. A SERIES OF ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD GIVE BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT THE CHINESE NATIONAL LEAGUE SOCIETY AND ITS BUILDING: THE BUILDING THAT HOUSED THE CHINESE NATIONAL LEAGUE SOCIETY WAS BUILT IN 1909-1910 IN THE 300 BLOCK OF 2 AVENUE SOUTH AND IT WAS ORIGINALLY A RESTAURANT. BY 1915 IT HAD BECOME THE HEADQUARTERS FOR THE LETHBRIDGE BRANCH OF THE KAO MIN TANG (ALTERNATIVE SPELLINGS INCLUDE KUOMINTANG, KUO MIN TANG, GUOMINDANG, AND GUO MIN DANG). THE BUILDING WAS DESIGNATED AS A PROVINCIAL HERITAGE RESOURCE IN 1995 BECAUSE OF ITS VALUE AS A SOCIAL AND CULTURAL CENTRE FOR THE LETHBRIDGE CHINESE COMMUNITY. THE BUILDING WAS USED IN A VARIETY OF WAYS BY THE SOCIETY AND INCLUDED, AT VARIOUS TIMES, A RESTAURANT, A SCHOOL, AND LIVING ACCOMODATIONS. IN FEBRUARY 2011 A SECTION OF THE BRICK FAÇADE FELL OFF THE BUILDING AND CITY INSPECTORS DETERMINED THAT THE TIMBER AND RED BRICK STRUCTURE WAS POTENTIALLY UNSTABLE. THE BUILDING WAS TORN DOWN A SHORT TIME LATER. LETHBRIDGE'S CHINATOWN EMERGED IN 1901, A RESULT OF THE CHINESE POPULATION BEING RELEGATED TO A SECTION OF THE CITY BETWEEN GALT GARDENS AND THE COULEES. IN A JANUARY 7, 2002 ARTICLE ALBERT LEONG EXPLAINS THAT NO ONE REALLY WANTED CHINESE PEOPLE AROUND AND THAT “’ THEY WERE TOLD THAT THE ONLY PLACE THEY COULD START BUSINESSES WAS BETWEEN THE COULEES AT THE PARK, BECAUSE THE CITY DIDN’T WANT ANY COMPETITION FOR THE WHITE BUSINESSMEN … BUT ‘GHETTO-IZED’ OR NOT, THE CHINESE WHO CAME TO LETHBRIDGE FORMED AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE BACKBONE OF THIS CITY, [AND MADE] NOTEWORTHY [CONTRIBUTIONS] TO THE HISTORY OF THIS PLACE.’” BUSINESSES SUCH AS LAUNDRIES, MARKET GARDENS, AND RESTAURANTS WERE OPENED IN CHINATOWN, WITH THE RESIDENTS LIVING IN ROOMS ABOVE THE BUSINESSES. IN 1912 THERE WERE ABOUT 100 PEOPLE LIVING IN CHINATOWN AND BY THE 1930S, IT WAS A BUSTLING COMMUNITY. THE POPULATION OF CHINATOWN DWINDLED FOLLOWING THE SECOND WORLD WAR. JANICE WONG, PRESIDENT OF THE SOCIETY IN 2015, GAVE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT THE SOCIETY IN AN INTERVIEW: AS OF 2015, THE SOCIETY EXISTS MORE AS A SOCIAL CLUB AND THE SOCIETY HOLDS THREE CELEBRATORY DINNERS EACH YEAR, USUALLY HELD AT THE NEW DYNASTY RESTAURANT. THE SOCIETY ALSO VISITS THE CEMETERY ON A YEARLY BASIS “TO HONOUR THE ANCESTORS, CLEAN THE TOMBS, BRING FOOD, DO THE USUAL THINGS THAT WE USED TO DO – EAT ON GRAVES, BURN THE INCENSE. WE DO THAT EVERY YEAR STILL TO HONOUR OUR ANCESTORS. IT IS USUALLY IN THE SPRING … IN APRIL.” JANICE BRIEFLY DISCUSSED THE FUTURE OF THE SOCIETY, INDICATING THAT THERE IS SOME TALK ABOUT RE-BUILDING “BUT THAT INVOLVES A LOT OF PLANNING, AND MONEY, AND FUNDRAISING” AND SHE QUESTIONS WHETHER OR NOT THERE IS ENOUGH OF A MEMBERSHIP BASE TO GO FORWARD WITH RE-BUILDING. SHE ALSO EXPLAINED THAT PREVIOUS CHINESE IMMIGRANTS HAD TENDED TO COME FROM THE SAME GEOGRAPHIC REGION, BUT THAT PRESENTLY IMMIGRANTS ARE COMING FROM ALL OVER CHINA: “THERE’S A LOT OF INFLUX OF PEOPLE FROM CHINA THAT AREN’T FROM THE SAME AREA, BECAUSE TRADITIONALLY, THE PEOPLE WERE ALL FROM THE SAME AREA AND SPOKE THE SAME DIALECT AND HAD THAT SORT OF THING KEEPING THEM TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY OVERSEAS FROM CHINA.” PERSONAL DETAILS ABOUT THE LIVES OF MAY LEE, RICHARD LOO, AND HONG WONG AND THEIR IMMIGRATION TO CANADA ARE BELOW: MAY LEE: MAY WAS ACTUALLY BORN IN CANADA AND IS KNOWN AS A GOLD MOUNTAIN GIRL, BECAUSE SHE IS A CANADIAN-BORN CHINESE WOMAN. MAY EXPLAINS: “I WAS BORN IN CANADA. I WAS BORN IN NANOOSE BAY. WHEN I WAS 4 YEARS OLD, WE MOVED TO VICTORIA. WHEN I WAS 9 YEARS OLD AND THE WHOLE FAMILY, IN 1930, GO BACK TO CHINA.” DURING THE WAR, THE JAPANESE BOMBED THE GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL IN TOCSIN CITY AND MAY’S MOTHER DECIDED TO SEND MAY AND HER BROTHER TO HONG KONG TO START THE PROCESS OF COMING TO CANADA. MAY STARTED ENGLISH SCHOOL IN HONG KONG, BUT OFTEN MISSED CLASSES BECAUSE SHE WAS SICK FROM THE HEAT. SHE SAYS THAT SHE’S LEARNED MOST OF HER ENGLISH FROM HER HUSBAND, HER CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN, AND EVEN GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN. SHE WAS MARRIED TO HOM MEN LEE, AKA JIMMY LEE, ON NOVEMBER 16, 1938 IN VICTORIA, BC. JIMMY WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE AT THE GALT HOSPITAL, BUT WAS SENT BACK TO CHINA AS A CHILD FOR HIS EDUCATION. JIMMY’S FAMILY HAD COME TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1914 AND OWNED LEE-DUC CLEANERS. THE LEE FAMILY LIVED ABOVE THE SHOP, WHICH WAS ON 13TH STREET NORTH, NEAR HIGA’S JEWELERS. MAY’S MAIN MEMORY OF CHINATOWN: “ALL I REMEMBER IN CHINATOWN, IN SUMMERTIME, LOTS OF OLD GUYS SITTING IN FRONT OF GUOMINDANG. AUNTIE HELEN GREW UP IN CHINATOWN. I THINK SHE KNOWS MORE ABOUT CHINATOWN. IN THE OLDEN DAYS, I HARDLY GO OUT, JUST TO BUY GROCERIES.” JUDY ADDED THAT MAY HAD 8 CHILDREN AND WAS KEPT BUSY AT HOME RAISING THEM. RICHARD LOO: RICHARD ARRIVED IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1953, HAVING LEFT THE MAINLAND OF CHINA IN 1949. RICHARD’S GRANDFATHER HAD MOVED TO CANADA IN EITHER LATE 1800S OR THE EARLY 1900S AND HAD HAD TO PAY THE HEAD TAX. HIS GRANDFATHER WORKED AS A COOK IN RESTAURANTS, EITHER IN LETHBRIDGE OR IN TABER (ACCORDING TO RICHARD, HIS GRANDFATHER WORKED THROUGH THE WAR YEARS IN TABER). RICHARD’S GRANDFATHER HAD PLANNED ON MOVING BACK TO CHINA WHEN HE RETIRED, BUT THEN THE COMMUNISTS TOOK OVER, AND HE ELECTED TO STAY. AT THAT TIME, HE INVITED RICHARD TO MOVE TO LETHBRIDGE AS WELL. RICHARD LEFT HONG KONG, AFTER LIVING THERE FOR 8 MONTHS, ON A FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT 2PM LOCAL TIME. HE FINALLY ARRIVED IN LETHBRIDGE SUNDAY AFTERNOON. HE WAS LUCKY IN THAT HE WAS ABLE TO GET HIS FLIGHTS ON SALE. NORMALLY A TICKET FROM HONG KONG TO VANCOUVER WOULD HAVE COST $700, BUT RICHARD WAS ABLE TO SECURE A FLIGHT FOR ONLY $500. HE ALSO INDICATED THAT HIS FLIGHT TO LETHBRIDGE WAS ONLY $39.95. ON RECALLING HIS FIRST TIME IN LETHBRIDGE, RICHARD RECOUNTED THE FOLLOWING STORY: “SO, BY THE TIME I GOT TO THE AIRPORT, I DIDN’T KNOW HOW TO SAY NOTHING. DIDN’T KNOW – MAYBE COULD SAY ‘GOOD MORNING’ – THAT’S ALL YOU COULD SAY, JUST ANYWAYS HOW TO SAY ‘HELLO’ – SO, ANYWAY, SO IN THE MEANTIME, THE FELLOW AT THE AIRPORT MUST HAVE KNOWN ZEKE, YOU KNOW ZEKE QUAN [OWNER OF] THE LOTUS INN [RESTAURANT], AND HE PHONED HIM UP. HE SAYS, ‘ZEKE.’ I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT – NOTHING. AND THEN HE SAYS, ‘HEY, THIS IS A CHINA BOY HERE. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH HIM?’ SO, ZEKE SAYS, ‘OH, JUST TAKE HIM TO CHINATOWN AND DUMP HIM.’ NOW, I DIDN’T KNOW THOSE, NOT UNTIL LATER ON. ZEKE’S SON GO TO SAME SCHOOL I DID – CENTRAL SCHOOL.” RICHARD INITIALLY LIVED IN THE SOCIETY BUILDING FOR SEVERAL YEARS, OCCUPYING A ROOM THAT HAD BEEN RECENTLY VACATED BY ANOTHER MAN NAMED LOO WHO HAD GONE TO WORK IN PICTURE BUTTE. RICHARD RECALLED THAT THE SOCIETY WAS A GOOD PLACE TO FEEL A SENSE OF COMMUNITY AND THAT IT WAS A WELCOMING PLACE FOR NEW CHINESE IMMIGRANTS, A PLACE WHERE THEY WEREN’T DISCRIMINATED AGAINST. HONG WONG: HONG ARRIVED IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1951 AND WAS INVITED TO THE CITY BY HIS UNCLE SHUEY WONG, WHO WAS ALREADY LIVING HERE. UNCLE SHUEY HAD COME TO CANADA SEVERAL YEARS BEFORE AND HAD HAD TO PAY THE $500 HEAD TAX. HONG TRAVELED WITH HIS BROTHER FROM MAINLAND CHINA TO HONG KONG, IN ORDER TO GO TO THE CANADIAN EMBASSY. ON HIS FERRY RIDE TO HONG KONG, HE WAS SHOT BY BANDITS AND WAS REQUIRED TO STAY IN THE HOSPITAL FOR QUITE SOME TIME TO RECOVER. HIS BROTHER ELECTED TO REMAIN IN HONG KONG, AS HIS MOTHER-IN-LAW LIVED IN THE CITY AND GOT HONG’S BROTHER WORK IN A THEATRE. TO GET TO CANADA, HONG FLEW FROM JAPAN TO GUAM, TO VANCOUVER, AND THEN FINALLY TO LETHBRIDGE. HIS FIRST IMPRESSION OF LETHBRIDGE: COLD. HONG SAID: “’WELL, IN HONG KONG IT WAS AROUND MAYBE 20 SOME 30 ABOVE. AND HERE, AT THAT TIME, MAYBE 20 BELOW, OR 20 SOME BELOW. I DIDN’T HAVE THE EAR MUFFS. I SAID, ‘GEE, I’M NOT SO HAPPY HERE, IT SEEMS SO COLD.’” UNCLE SHUEY TOLD HONG THAT IT WAS ONE OF THE COLDEST WINTERS HE COULD REMEMBER. HONG WORKED FOR HIS UNCLE IN HIS SHOP ON 9TH AVENUE, DOING CHORES AROUND THE STORE, UNTIL HIS ENGLISH HAD IMPROVED ENOUGH SO THAT HE COULD SERVE CUSTOMERS. HE JOINED THE CHINESE NATIONALIST LEAGUE SOCIETY ALMOST AS SOON AS HE ARRIVED: “WHEN I CAME HERE, I JOINED IN THE SAME YEAR BECAUSE MY UNCLE WAS A MEMBER. SO THAT’S WHY HE GOT ME IN TO BE A MEMBER. OH, AT THAT TIME, I BET, 95% OF THE CHINESE PEOPLE THEY BELONG TO THE CHINESE NATIONAL LEAGUE, I BELIEVE.” HE CONTINUED, SAYING THAT YOU COULDN’T BE A MEMBER OF BOTH THE SOCIETY AND THE MASONS, AND HE BELIEVES ABOUT 5% OF THE CITY’S CHINESE POPULATION WOULD HAVE BELONGED TO THE MASONS. HE ADDED: “BUT WE ARE STILL FRIENDS, STILL FRIENDS. WE’RE NOT ENEMY OR ANYTHING BUT, IT’S JUST THAT THE ORGANIZATIONS ARE DIFFERENT. THAT’S ALL.” HONG ENJOYED THE CAMARADERIE OF THE SOCIETY. HE SAID: “I REMEMBER, I LIKE IT BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE PARTY AND SO MANY PEOPLE. AND THEN YOU MEET ALL THE CHINESE PEOPLE THERE IN THE ONE GROUP. WELL, ANYWAY, WHEN YOU SEE SO MANY PEOPLE IN ONE PARTY, AND THEN WHEN THEY COME OUT MOSTLY THE PEOPLE THAT PARTY AND IT FEELS LIKE A LOTS OF FRIENDS OR EVEN LIKE THE FAMILY. SO YOU FEEL GOOD, YOU FEEL BETTER, AND THEN, WELL, MY UNCLE BELONGS THERE TOO AND THEN THE OTHERS BELONG THERE TOO, YEAH, EVERYBODY LIKE IN THE BIG FAMILY. YES, NICE, OTHERWISE YOU DON’T HAVE ANY FRIENDS, YOU DON’T MEET ANYBODY, IF YOU NOT BELONG THERE, I THINK NOT SO FRIENDLY TO YOU.” HONG INDICATED THAT WHEN A SPECIAL MEAL WAS HELD AT THE SOCIETY, IT WAS THE MEN WHO DID THE COOKING: “AT THAT TIME JUST ABOUT EVERYBODY KNOWS HOW TO COOK BECAUSE MOSTLY WE WORK IN THE KITCHEN WHEN THEY CAME HERE.” HE SAID THAT DINERS WOULD PAY A SMALL FEE TO EAT AT THE LEAGUE WHEN SPECIAL MEALS WERE PUT ON. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES AND FOR INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS.
Catalogue Number
P20110031017
Acquisition Date
2011-11
Collection
Museum
Images
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