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Other Name
BLANKET
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
RAW FLAX YARN
Catalogue Number
P20160003007
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BLANKET
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1990
Materials
RAW FLAX YARN
No. Pieces
1
Length
139
Width
99.5
Description
HAND-WOVEN BLANKET MADE FROM RAW FLAX. THE BLANKET IS COMPOSED OF 2 SECTIONS OF THE SAME SIZE OF MATERIAL THAT ARE JOINED TOGETHER WITH A SEAM AT THE CENTER. ON THE FRONT SIDE (WITH NEAT SIDE OF THE STITCHING AND PATCHES), THERE ARE THREE PATCHES ON THE BLANKET MADE FROM LIGHTER, RAW-COLOURED MATERIAL. ONE SECTION OF THE FABRIC HAS TWO OF THE PATCHES ALIGNED VERTICALLY NEAR THE CENTER SEAM. THE AREA SHOWING ON ONE PATCH IS 3 CM X 5 CM AND THE OTHER IS SHOWING 5 CM X 6 CM. ON THE OPPOSITE SECTION THERE IS ONE PATCH THAT IS 16 CM X 8.5 CM SEWN AT THE EDGE OF THE BLANKET. THE BLANKET IS HEMMED ON BOTH SHORT SIDES. ON THE OPPOSING/BACK SIDE OF THE BLANKET, THE FULL PIECES OF THE FABRIC FOR THE PATCHES ARE SHOWING. THE SMALLER PATCH OF THE TWO ON THE ONE HALF-SECTION OF THE BLANKET IS 8CM X 10 CM AND THE OTHER PATCH ON THAT SIDE IS 14CM X 15CM. THE PATCH ON THE OTHER HALF-SECTION IS THE SAME SIZE AS WHEN VIEWED FROM THE FRONT. THERE IS A SEVERELY FADED BLUE STAMP ON THIS PATCH’S FABRIC. FAIR CONDITION. THERE IS RED STAINING THAT CAN BE SEEN FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE BLANKET AT THE CENTER SEAM, NEAR THE EDGE OF THE BLANKET AT THE SIDE WITH 2 PATCHES (CLOSER TO THE LARGER PATCH), AND NEAR THE SMALL PATCH AT THE END FURTHER FROM THE CENTER. THERE IS A HOLE WITH MANY LOOSE THREADS SURROUNDING NEAR THE CENTER OF THE HALF SECTION WITH ONE PATCH. THERE ARE VARIOUS THREADS COMING LOOSE AT MULTIPLE POINTS OF THE BLANKET.
Subjects
AGRICULTURAL T&E
BEDDING
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
DOMESTIC
ETHNOGRAPHIC
History
THE KONKINS WERE A RUSSIAN-SPEAKING FAMILY FROM THE TOWN OF SHOULDICE, ALBERTA, NEAR CALGARY. THEY AND MANY OTHER RUSSIAN FAMILIES COMPOSED THAT TOWN’S DOUKHOBOR COLONY. IT WAS THERE WILLIAM KONKIN MARRIED ELIZABETH WISHLOW. IN 1928, THEIR DAUGHTER, ELSIE WAS BORN. THEY LATER MOVED TO A FARM IN VAUXHALL, ALBERTA. THE PRECEDING AND FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM A TWO-PART INTERVIEW WITH DONOR ELSIE MORRIS, WHICH WAS CONDUCTED BY COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN ON FEBRUARY 17, 2016. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION COMES FROM FAMILY HISTORIES AND TEXTS PROVIDED BY THE DONOR. A FULL HISTORY OF THE KONKIN FAMILY CAN BE FOUND WITH THE RECORD P20160003001. ACCORDING TO A NOTE THAT WAS ATTACHED TO THIS LIGHTWEIGHT BLANKET AT THE TIME OF ACQUISITION THE BLANKET IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN MADE C. 1920S. MORRIS SAYS HER MEMORY OF THE BLANKET DATES AS FAR BACK AS SHE CAN REMEMBER: “RIGHT INTO THE ‘30S, ‘40S AND ‘50S BECAUSE MY MOTHER DID THAT RIGHT UP UNTIL NEAR THE END. I USE THAT EVEN IN LETHBRIDGE WHEN I HAD A GARDEN. [THIS TYPE OF BLANKET] WAS USED FOR TWO PURPOSES. IT WAS EITHER PUT ON THE BED UNDERNEATH THE MATTRESS THE LADIES MADE OUT OF WOOL AND OR ELSE IT WAS USED, A DIFFERENT PIECE OF CLOTH WOULD BE USED FOR FLAILING THINGS. [THE] FLAIL ACTUALLY GOES WITH IT AND THEY BANG ON THE SEEDS AND IT WOULD TAKE THE HULLS OFF… IT’S HAND WOVEN AND IT’S MADE OUT OF POOR QUALITY FLAX… IT’S UNBLEACHED, DEFINITELY… RAW LINEN." THIS SPECIFIC BLANKET WAS USED FOR SEEDS MORRIS RECALLS: “…IT HAD TO BE A WINDY DAY… WE WOULD PICK DRIED PEAS OR BEANS OR WHATEVER BEET SEEDS AND WE WOULD BEAT AWAY AND THEN WE WOULD STAND UP, HOLD IT UP AND THE BREEZE WOULD BLOW THE HULLS OFF AND THE SEEDS WOULD GO STRAIGHT DOWN [ONTO THE BLANKET.” THE SEEDS WOULD THEN BE CARRIED ON THE BLANKET AND THEN PUT INTO A PAIL. OF THE BLANKET’S CLEAN STATE, MORRIS EXPLAINS, “THEY’RE ALWAYS WASHED AFTER THEY’RE FINISHED USING THEM.” WHEN SHE LOOKS AT THIS ARTIFACT, MORRIS SAYS: “I FEEL LIKE I’M OUT ON THE FARM, I SEE FIELDS AND FIELDS OF FLAX, BLUE FLAX. BUT THAT’S NOT WHAT SHE USED IT FOR. SHE DID USE IT IF SHE WANTED A LITTLE BIT OF THE FLAX THEN SHE’D POUND THE FLAX, BUT THAT WASN’T OFTEN. IT WAS MOSTLY BEANS AND PEAS.” IT IS UNKNOWN WHO WOVE THIS BLANKET. PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, OBITUARIES, PHOTOGRAPHS, AND FAMILY HISTORIES.
Catalogue Number
P20160003007
Acquisition Date
2016-02
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
BOILER, BEEKEEPING
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1942
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COPPER
Catalogue Number
P20060005002
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BOILER, BEEKEEPING
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1942
Materials
COPPER
No. Pieces
1
Height
34.5
Diameter
25.5
Description
CURLING ROCK SHAPED BOILER WITH TWO COPPER TUBE HANDLES. CYLINDRICAL CONDENSER ATTACHMENT EXTENDS VIA TUBING FROM STILL, FEATURING GLD EMBOSSED LABEL, “SIEBEL’S ALCOHOL DETERMINATOR SIEBEL’S INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY”.
Subjects
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY T&E
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
History
THIS HANDMADE BOILER WAS MADE FOR USE IN ASSOCIATION WITH AN UNCAPPING KNIFE BY AN UNKNOWN BEEKEEPER. BEEKEEPERS USED SPECIALIZED, HEATED KNIVES SUCH AS P20060005003 TO MANUALLY REMOVE “CAPPINGS” FROM FRAMES WITHIN A BEE HIVE. CAPPINGS ARE THIN WAX SEALS WHICH THE BEES CREATE TO SEAL THEIR HONEY IN INDIVIDUAL STORAGE CELLS. THE UNCAPPING OPERATION IS THE FIRST STEP IN THE HONEY EXTRACTION PROCESS AND IS CARRIED OUT WITH GREATER EASE WITH A HEATED KNIFE. TODAY, BEEKEEPERS HAVE THE OPTION OF USING ELECTRIC KNIVES AS A SOURCE OF CONTINUOUS HEAT, BUT IN THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY, A SMALL BOILER AND CONDENSER, SUCH AS THIS ONE WERE USED FOR THE JOB. STEAM FROM THE BOILER WAS CHANNELED THROUGH A TUBE AND INTO THE KNIFE, HEATING THE KNIFE AS IT ENTERED AND EXITED. THIS KNIFE AND BOILER WERE LOCATED BY DONOR EMANUEL COHEN IN A LINE RIDERS’ SHACK DEEP IN THE LITTLE BOW RIVER VALLEY APPROXIMATELY TWENTY MILES EAST OF CARMANGAY. COHEN LOCATED THE ITEMS IN THE SHACK'S CRAWL SPACE VIA A SMALL HIDDEN TRAP DOOR. THE SHACK WAS ORIGINALLY CONSTRUCTED AS PART OF THE HISTORIC “O” CIRCLE RANCH. COHEN’S FATHER HYMAN COHEN BOUGHT SIXTEEN SECTIONS OF THE FORMER RANCH’S GRAZING LAND FROM THE ESTATE OF NELS SOKVITNEY IN 1941/42. TODAY, THE SITE OF THE SHACK IS UNDERWATER, LOCATED AT THE FOOT OF AN IRRIGATION DAM EAST OF LITTLE BOW PROVINCIAL PARK. OVER THE YEARS, COHEN TREATED THE OBJECTS AS THOUGH THEY WERE ASSOCIATED WITH AN ILLEGAL BOOTLEGGING/ MOONSHINE RELEVANCE, “SQUIRRELLING THE STILL AWAY SO IT WOULD NOT BE SEEN BY OTHER FOLKS”. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DONOR AND ITEM, SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20060005002
Acquisition Date
2006-04
Collection
Museum
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BOTTLE, MEDICINE-VETERINARY

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Other Name
KENDALL'S SPAVING CURE
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GLASS, CORK, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19810081000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
KENDALL'S SPAVING CURE
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
GLASS, CORK, PAPER
No. Pieces
2
Height
14.0
Diameter
5.0
Description
AMBER. COMPLETE WITH CORK. SEAL OVER CORK UNBROKEN. COMPLETE WITH BOX. WHITE LABEL WITH BLACK PRINT "KENDALL'S SPAVIN CURE", "CONTAINS METHYL ALCOHOL". "PREPARED BY DR. B.J. KENDALL CO., ENOSBURGH FALLS, VT." LABEL GIVES DIRECTIONS. STAMP ON BOTTLE READS "SPAVING CURE - KENDALL'S". UNOPENED. BOX IS VERY FRAGILE. THE BOX CANNOT SUPPORT THE WEIGHT OF THE BOTTLES ALONE.
Subjects
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY T&E
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
History
SEE P19810060000-GA FOR HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19810081000
Acquisition Date
1981-01
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, IRON, TIN
Catalogue Number
P19880051001
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
WOOD, IRON, TIN
No. Pieces
1
Height
52.0
Length
77.7
Width
57.1
Description
WOOD BOX, IRON REINFORCED CORNERS. IRON CLASP, PARTIALLY MISSING. 2 CANVAS CARRYING STRAPS. "QUAKER BREAD JOHN GILMORE LTD. LETHBRIDGE ALTA" STENCILED ON FRONT, SIDES. "WT. 37 LBS 560" BOX HAS TIN LINING & TIN LINED LID. BACKSIDE OF TOP LEFT HINGE EMBOSSED "PAT NOV 14". BRACKET EMBOSSED "826".
Subjects
FOOD PROCESSING T&E
CONTAINER
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
History
ALBERTA. BOX BELONGED TO H.B. FULLER WHO OPERATED A STORE AT KIPP ALBERTA.
Catalogue Number
P19880051001
Acquisition Date
1988-07
Collection
Museum
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BOX, TABLET-VETERINARY

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Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1955
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PAPER, COTTON WOOL, TABLETS
Catalogue Number
P19890013009
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1955
Materials
PAPER, COTTON WOOL, TABLETS
No. Pieces
15
Length
7.2
Width
3.9
Description
BOX CONTAINING 13 TABLETS, COTTON BATEN & VIAL FOR DISPENSING TABLETS IN FEED WATER. LABELLED "PRATTS CHICK TABLETS" TABLETS CONTAIN 15% POTASSIUM PERMANGANATE. REVERSE & SIDES HAVE DOSING INSTRUCTIONS. TABLETS STAMPED "P". YELLOW BOX WITH RED/BLACK MARKINGS, INCL "1 OZ", "35 C", AND ILLUSTRATION OF DIRECTIONS ON SIDE. MARKED ON TOP "NEW IMPROVED TABLETS WITH 2 SPECIAL FLOATS".
Subjects
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY T&E
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
History
PRATT FOOD CO. LIMITED GUELPH ONT. COLLECTED FROM ESTATE OF ROY & MAE STEWART.
Catalogue Number
P19890013009
Acquisition Date
1989-05
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
SET (15) HORSESHOE CALKS IN BOX
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WROUGHT IRON
Catalogue Number
P19990035116
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SET (15) HORSESHOE CALKS IN BOX
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Materials
WROUGHT IRON
No. Pieces
17
Height
6.5
Length
11.0
Width
9.0
Description
CARDBOARD BOX CONTAINING 15 HORSESHOE CALKS. THE BOX IS VERY DIRTY AND IN POOR CONDITION. THE BOTTOM IS PLAIN CARDBOARD; THE LID COVERS THE ENTIRE BOTTOM OF THE BOX. THE OUTSIDE OF THE LID IS BORDERED IN GREEN AND A THIN RED LINE ON ALL SIDES. THE TOP CORNERS OF EACH SIDE HAVE A THE PICTURE OF A HORSESHOE IN THEM, AND THE BOTTOM CORNERS OF EACH SIDE HAVE A PICTURE OF A HORSEHOE CALK IN THEM. EACH SIDE HAS INFORMATION ABOUT THE CALKS ON THEM. THE FRONT SIDE HAS A RED DIAMOND WITH A PICTURE OF A CALK IN THE MIDDLE AND THE WORDS "DIAMOND CALK HORSESHOE COMPANY" WITHIN THE BORDERS OF THE DIAMOND. THE TOP OF THE BOX HAS THE WORDS "USE THE FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS & WE GUARANTEE SATISFACTION" IN A VERY FADED RED. THE DIRECTIONS FOLLOW IN BLACK PRINT, AND BELOW THIS IS A PICTURE OF A CALK EXTRACTOR AND PUNCH. THE BACK SIDE OF THE BOX HAS "30" WRITTEN IN BLACK FELT MARKER. THE 15 CALKS ARE ALL ALIKE. THE DIMENSIONS OF EACH ARE 1.3CM(H) X 3.9CM(L) X 2.2CM(W). THEY ARE BLACK. ON ONE END THEY ARE ROUNDED, TO FORM A CYLINDER SHAPE. EMBOSSED ON THE END OF THE CYLINDER IS A DIAMOND SHAPE. THE OTHER END FORMS INTO A SHANK THAT TAPERS TOWARD THE TOP. THERE IS A RIDGE ON ONE SIDE THAT RUNS ABOUT HALFWAY UP THE SHANK.
Subjects
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY T&E
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
TRANSPORTATION
History
USED FOR WINTER SHOEING HORSES. THE CALKS WERE DRIVEN INTO SHOE AND HOOF TO PROVIDE A BETTER FOOTHOLD FOR THE ANIMAL ON THE SNOW AND ICE. SEE P19990035001-GA FOR ADDITIONAL HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19990035116
Acquisition Date
2000-07
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
SHIPPING CRATE
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19920040011
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SHIPPING CRATE
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
WOOD, STEEL
No. Pieces
2
Height
35
Length
33.5
Width
33.5
Description
WOOD CRATE OPEN SIDED WITH SPACED SQUARE SLATS. PAINTED GREEN, PAINT WORN. CRUDE STEEL "D" WIRE HANDLE, FITTED TO WIRE. "OCT 22 1943" PAINTED ON BOTTOM.
Subjects
FOOD PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
History
USED FOR CARRYING EGGS TO MARKET. OPEN SIDES ALLOWED FOR VISUAL INSPECTION.
Catalogue Number
P19920040011
Acquisition Date
1992-08
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
PROTECTOGRAPH
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, PLASTIC, WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19950041005
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PROTECTOGRAPH
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
STEEL, PLASTIC, WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
20.9
Length
27.9
Width
21.5
Description
BLACK PAINTED STEEL COVERED CHECK WRITING MACHINE WITH PULL ARM ON SIDE AND PLASTIC BUTTON FACE. MACHINE HAS WIDER RECTANGULAR BASE WITH FOUR CIRCULAR PLASTIC FEET. MACHINE BUILT UP ON BASE HAS STRAIGHT SIDES WITH ROUNDED TOP. FRONT FACE OF MACHINE HAS BLACK, RED AND WHITE PLASTIC KEYS. STEEL PLATE COVERING HAS ROUGH DIPPLED SURFACE WITH BLACK PAINT. EMBOSSED ON FRONT OF MACHINE IN WHITE BLOCK LETTERS IS "PROTECTOGRAPH". ABOVE THIS IS TRIANGULAR STEEL PLATE WITH "TODD" RAISED ACROSS ITS TOP AND HAS A KNIGHT'S HELMET RAISE IN MIDDLE. AT BOTTOM FRONT OF BASE IS GOLD EMBOSSED LABEL WHICH READS "A LLOYD CLARK & COMPANY LIMITED OFFICE EQUIPMENT TELEPHONE 66705 WINNIPEG, CANADA." CRANK IS SINGLE LENGTH OF BLACK PAINTED STEEL WITH WOOD HANDLE AT END. HAS SMALL KNOB ON RIGHT SIDE OF BASE. STEEL PLATE AT BACK BASE HAS "E336R2779" STAMPED INTO IT. EMBOSSED ON BOTTOM IN WHITE ARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR REWINDING RIBBON, INSURANCE INFORMATION, SERVICE INFORMATION AND PATENT INFORMATION. PATENT INFO READS "DUE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS TODD MACHINE IS COVERED BY ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING UNITED STATES PATENTS WHICH ARE OWNED BY THIS COMPANY AND WHICH RELATE TO CHECK WRITERS OR CHECK PROTECTING DEVICES:". IT THEN LISTS 42 PATENT NUMBERS RANGING FROM "1,364,941" TO "2,092852". UNDER THIS IS "THE TODD COMPANY INCORPORATED ROCHESTER, N.Y. OTHER PATENTS PENDING PATENTS IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES" AND "MADE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA". PAINT IS WEARING FROM WOOD HANDLE ON CRANK.
Subjects
PRINTING T&E
Historical Association
BUSINESS
AGRICULTURE
History
SEE PERMANENT RECORD FOR P19950024001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P19950041005
Acquisition Date
1995-04
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
IRON, LEATHER, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P20160020000
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1960
Materials
IRON, LEATHER, STEEL
No. Pieces
2
Length
15.5
Width
9.1
Diameter
12.2
Description
METAL COW BELL WITH LEATHER STRAP. BELL IS MADE UP OF 2 PIECES OF METAL FUSED TOGETHER AT SIDES WITH TWO NAILS IN EACH SEAM. TOP IS FOLDED TOGETHER WITH THE ENDS FUSED DOWN THE SIDE IN A TRIANGULAR FOLD. FRONT AND BACK OF BELL ARE RELATIVELY FLAT, COMING OUT SLIGHTLY AT EDGE. WELDING OF BELL IS CRUDE. INSIDE OF THE BELL IS THE CLAPPER WITH A BALL END THAT IS 10.5 CM IN CIRCUMFERENCE. BALL IS ATTACHED TO A ROD THAT IS HOOKED TO THE LOOP INSIDE THE TOP OF BELL. FLAT METAL LOOP AT TOP OF BELL ATTACHES THE BELL TO LEATHER STRAP THAT IS 109.4 CM IN LENGTH AND 2.4 CM IN WIDTH. 9 HOLES PUNCHED IN LEATHER FOR STRAP ADJUSTMENT WITH THE BUCKLE GOING THROUGH THE 10TH HOLE PUNCH. STANDARD METAL BUCKLE WITH LEATHER BELT LOOP FOR THE EXCESS LENGTH OF STRAP. FAIR CONDITION: METAL SEVERELY RUSTED IN COLOUR. AT ONE SEAM NEAR THE BASE, THE METAL HAS OXIDIZED TO A GREEN COLOUR. METAL SURFACE INSIDE OF BELL HAS LOST SHINE AND IS RUSTY. STRAP IS SEVERELY WORN AND HAS SCRATCHES AND LOSS OF FINISH OVERALL. END OF THE STRAP OPPOSITE OF BUCKLE IS TORN OFF.
Subjects
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY T&E
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
History
ON 14 JULY, 2016, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED THE DONOR, ELLENNOR PORTER, AND HER DAUGHTER, KAREN PORTER AT THE GALT MUSEUM. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMES FROM THAT INTERVIEW. ELLENNOR’S HUSBAND WAS ROBERT MICHAEL “MICK” PORTER. HE FOUND THE BELL AS ELLENNOR REMEMBERS, “[I REMEMBER] HIM BRINGING IT IN THE HOUSE… I DON’T KNOW JUST HOW LONG AGO… [AND HIM SAYING], ‘LOOK WHAT I GOT.’ THEN IT WAS JUST EVERYONE WAS SAYING, ‘WOW,’ AND PLAYING AROUND WITH IT… [AFTER THAT] IT WAS PUT IN THE BASEMENT WITH THE REST OF THE THINGS.” KAREN AND ELLENNOR BELIEVE THE BELL WOULD HAVE BEEN FOUND BY MICK IN THE 1950S OR THE 1960S. ELLENNOR CONTINUED, “[HE FOUND IT ON] THE RANCH. HE WAS OUT VISITING HIS RELATIVES OUT THERE. HE HAD AUNTS AND UNCLES ON THE BURN RANCH. HE’S PROBABLY JUST RE-VISITING THEIR PLACE THAT HAD BEEN SOLD, SO MAYBE IT CAME FROM PINCHER CREEK. IN THAT AREA ANYWAY, LUNDBRECK OR PINCHER CREEK.” “DAD WOULD GO UP SOMETIMES BY HIMSELF,” KAREN ADDED, “I DON’T THINK ANY OF US WERE WITH HIM WHEN HE CAME HOME WITH THAT. I THINK WE WERE AT HOME WHEN HE BROUGHT IT TO THE HOUSE… IT IS ALSO POSSIBLE THAT HIS FATHER AND MOTHER HAD [THE BELL] AT THEIR HOUSE AND GAVE IT TO HIM. THEY WERE FARMERS AT THE WALDRON RANCH – NOW THE WALDRON RANCH – [BUT IT] WAS THE PORTER RANCH. THEY HAD A HOUSE IN PINCHER CREEK, SO THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT’S ALSO WHERE HE WOULD HAVE GOTTEN IT.” THINKING BACK TO HER LATE HUSBAND’S DAYS IN THE AREA, ELLENNOR EXPLAINED, “[MICK’S] DAD WAS AT THE PORTER/WALDRON RANCH. IT WAS JUST THE PORTER RANCH AND AFTER HE MOVED TO PINCHER, HE SOLD LIKE HIS INTEREST PART OF IT TO WALDRON, SO IT [BECAME] A PARTNERSHIP… THE WALDRON RANCH IS NEAR BLACK MOUNTAIN ON THAT ROAD, TOWARDS THE BAR-U RANCH.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE BELL, ELLENNOR SAID, “[THIS BELL] BRINGS BACK MEMORIES FROM WAY BACK WHEN WE USED TO LOOK FOR CATTLE BACK IN THE BUSH, AND I IMAGINE THAT’S WHAT MY HUSBAND MUST HAVE THOUGHT TOO… [IT WOULD BE] A REMEMBRANCE FROM HIS CHILDHOOD. THEY PROBABLY HAD TO BRING IN THE OLD MILK COW AND SHE WOULD BE WEARING THE BELL. THAT’S WHAT THEY DID. THEY PUT IT ON THE BIG MILK COW, SO THAT WHEN THEY WANTED THEM TO COME IN TO MILK THEY COULD FIND THEM. SOMETIMES THEY’D GO HIDE IN THE BUSH, SO THEY KEPT THE BELL ON THEM SO THEY COULD KEEP TRACK OF WHERE THEY WERE AT.” ELLENNOR FURTHER EXPLAINED, “I HAD NO CONNECTION WITH THAT BELL. WE HAD NO CATTLE. WE WERE GRAIN FARMERS.” KAREN ADDED, “MUM AND DAD WERE WHEAT FARMING ON [THE K-LAZY-A-RANCH]. THERE WERE CATTLE THERE, BUT MUM DOESN’T REMEMBER THERE BEING CATTLE WITH BELLS ON. THEY WERE IN THE FARM YARD… THERE WERE HARDLY ANY TREES. THAT WAS THE RANCH ORIGINALLY AND LATER BECAME A WHEAT FARM. IF THEY KEPT IT AS A RANCH WITH CATTLE AND HORSES, THAT MEANT THEY COULD NEVER EVER LEAVE AND IT WAS PRETTY ISOLATED, SO OVER THE YEARS DAD TALKED THE OWNER INTO LETTING HIM COVERT IT TO WHEAT.” “THERE WAS NO BUSH [THERE FOR THE COWS] TO HIDE IN. SO NO NEED FOR A BELL!” ELLENNOR REMEMBERED. THE DONOR AND HER DAUGHTER REMEMBERED HOW MICK VALUED OBJECTS AND MEMORIES. “HIS EYES WOULD LIGHT UP [AND HE WOULD SAY], ‘LOOK WHAT WE HAVE HERE,’ [WHEN HE SAW SOMETHING ATTACHED TO A MEMORY]. HE HAD ALL KINDS OF MEMORIES OF HIS GROWING UP. SOME WERE NOT TOO HAPPY, SOME WERE VERY HAPPY, BUT HE ALWAYS REALLY LOVED COWS. IT DIDN’T MATTER WHERE WE WENT TRAVELLING IN THE WORLD…[HE ALWAYS] STOPPED AND TOOK SOME PICTURES. ‘OH LOOK AT THE COWS!’ HE’D SAY,” ELLENNOR JUMPED IN, COMPLETING HER DAUGHTER’S SENTENCE. “DAD TOOK THOUSANDS OF PICTURES OF COWS. FOR HIM THERE WAS A REAL CORRELATION,” KAREN FINISHED. “[THE BELL IS A TREASURE] BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN IN OUR HOME FOR SUCH A LONG TIME. WHEN DAD BROUGHT IT HOME, IN HIS PERSPECTIVE, HE WOULD HAVE THE SAME KIND OF MEMORIES MY MUM DOES OF HEARING THE COWS…I CAN REMEMBER THEM WHEN I WAS LITTLE ON THE FARM OUT BY SKIFF HEARING COW BELLS OR BEING OUT AT MY GRANDMOTHER’S FARM BY OLDS HEARING COW BELLS… [THIS BRINGS] THE MEMORY OF DAD BEING EXCITED ABOUT [THE BELL] AND TRYING TO WAKE US UP IN THE MORNING RINGING IT, IF WE WERE SLEEPING IN TOO LONG. THAT’S MORE THE MEMORY FOR US… [BUT] I WAS NEVER ON THE RANCH WHEN MY DAD WOULD HAVE FOUND [THIS SPECIFIC] BELL, SO THOSE MEMORIES AREN’T MY MEMORIES, THEY’RE MORE HIS MEMORIES. HE ALWAYS TREASURED IT, HE ALWAYS WANTED IT KEPT AND WE’D LIKE TO HONOUR THAT,” KAREN ADDED. NOTES FROM AN 2008 INTERVIEW WITH MICKEY AND ELEANOR PORTER STATE THE DONOR’S FATHER-IN-LAW, GEORGE ENGLISH PORTER, WAS BORN 1878 IN ORILLIA, ONTARIO AND DIED ON MARCH 16, 1959. HE CAME WEST FROM ONTARIO IN 1896 AT THE AGE OF SEVENTEEN. GEORGE PORTER’S FAMILY SETTLED 30 MILES NORTH OF LUNDBRECK, ON THE EASTERN SLOPES OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS. THE FAMILY SETTLED ON THE BLACK MOUNTAIN RANCH. GEORGE WAS ONE OF FOURTEEN CHILDREN IN THE FAMILY. HER MOTHER-IN-LAW WAS BORN IN EASTERN CANADA BEFORE MOVING TO OREGON. SHE IMMIGRATED TO CANADA WHEN SHE WAS8 YEARS OLD AND WAS RAISED ON THE BURN RANCH NORTH OF LUNDBRECK, ALBERTA. THE NOTES FURTHER STATE THE DONOR, ELLENNOR PORTER, WAS BORN IN 1922. THE OBITUARY FOR ROBERT MICHAEL “MICK” PORTER READS MICK WAS BORN ON MAY 23, 1921 IN COWLEY, ALBERTA. HE ATTENDED SCHOOL IN COWLEY AND GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL FROM ST. MICHAEL’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN PINCHER CREEK. HE JOINED THE RCAF DURING WWII AND UPON AN HONOURABLE DISCHARGE AFTER A HIP INJURY, HE WORKED AS A GRAIN BUYER. HE MARRIED ELLENNOR CHRISTOFFERSEN IN OLDS, ALBERTA. LATER, HE WORKED FOR THE MCINTYRE RANCH FOR 5 YEARS. IN 1953, HE BEGAN FARMING IN THE SKIFF AREA AND RETIRED IN 1984. MICK AND ELLENNOR HAD FIVE CHILDREN: LAWNA ROBART, MICHAEL, RONALD, KAREN PORTER, AND CHRISTOPHER, WHO PASSED AWAY AS AN INFANT. MICK PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE ON SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 AT THE AGE OF 91 YEARS. HISTORY OF THE WALDRON CATTLE RANCH LTD. WAS PUBLISHED IN THE “CANADIAN CATTLEMEN” PUBLICATION IN MARCH OF 1946. IT STATES THE RANCH “COMPRISED ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND ACRES OF LAND SITUATED IN SOUTH-WESTERN ALBERTA. IT WAS SITUATED IN A VALLEY EXTENDING BETWEEN THE PORCUPINE HILLS AND OLD MAN RIVER FOR ABOUT 30 MILES NORTH AND SOUTH AND VARYING FROM THREE TO FIVE MILES IN WIDTH.” THE HISTORY STATES THE WALDRON CATTLE RANCH WAS FORMED IN 1883 BY SIR JOHN WALROND WALROND OF BARONET AND LORD CLINTON OF LONDON – BOTH MEN OF ENGLAND. ON JUNE 26TH, 1884, QUEEN VICTORIA GRANTED THE RANCH AN INDENTURE OF LEASE TO SIR WALROND, BARONET. (THE TEXT OF THAT LEASE AGREEMENT WAS PRODUCED AS PART OF THE CATTLEMEN PUBLICATION AND IS ATTACHED TO THE ARTIFACT’S PERMANENT RECORD.) ACCORDING TO THE ARTICLE, THE FIRST PURCHASE OF CATTLE WAS IN 1883 – 3,125 HEAD FOR $100,000. IN 1897, THE COMPANY WAS INCORPORATED UNDER THE CANADIAN JOINT STOCK COMPANIES ACT, MOVING ITS HEAD OFFICE FROM LONDON, ENGLAND. DUNCAN MCEACHRAN WAS APPOINTED PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER OF THE RANCH AND DAVID WARNOCK FROM GLASGOW BECAME THE LOCAL MANAGER. AT THE TIME OF THIS TRANSITION, IT IS BELIEVED THE RANCH HAD GROWN TO 12,311, THOUGH THIS WAS A MERE ESTIMATE. MCEACHRAN WAS INVOLVED WITH THE COMPANY FROM ITS BEGINNING IN 1883, WHEN HE STARTED AS THE GENERAL MANAGER. HIS LEADERSHIP GOT THE COMPANY THROUGH “PERIODS OF DEPRESSED CONDITION.” AFTER A HARSH WINTER IN 1906-1907, THE RANCH LOST APPROXIMATELY 5,000 HEAD OF CATTLE DUE TO SEVERE TEMPERATURE CHANGES. AFTER THIS, IN THE SUMMER OF 1908, THE RANCH “DISPOSED OF ALL ITS CATTLE TO PAT BURNS. FOLLOWING THE SALE, THE LAND OF THE WALDRON RANCH, EXCLUDING 1,000 ACRES WAS LEASED FIRST TO W. R. HULL, THEN TO PAT BURNS. C. W. BUCHANAN WAS APPOINTED THE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER OF THE RANCH THAT IN 1923. MCEACHRAN PASSED AWAY IN OCTOBER 1924. ANOTHER HISTORY ON THE RANCH WAS FOUND BY MUSEUM RESEARCHERS IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. PUBLISHED ON 1 MAY 1954, THE ARTICLE READS, “AT ONE TIME THE WALDRON LEASE CONSISTED OF BETWEEN 300,000 TO 400,000 ACRES OF LAND, EXTENDING FROM WHAT IS KNOWN AS STOWE TO THE NORTH FORK OF THE OLDMAN RIVER. IN THE NORTH FORK DISTRICT THE LAND WAS DIVIDED INTO FIVE BRANCHES… AT ITS PEAK IN THE SUMMER OF 1906 THE RANCH HAD 20,000 HEAD OF STOCK.” GEORGE PORTER IS LISTED IN THE HISTORY AS ONE OF THE CATTLE MEN EMPLOYED BY THE WALDRON RANCH FROM 1883 TO 1908. ABOUT HIM, THE ARTICLE STATES, “GEORGE PORTER [WAS] A GOOD STOCKMAN, [WHO] LATER BOUGHT 12 SECTIONS OF THE COMPANY’S FREEHOLD AT ITS NORTHERN END AND ADJOINING LAND ALREADY OWNED BY HIM.” “GEORGE PORTER AND SONS HAVE SOLD THEIR RANCH AND CATTLE TO JOHN FRANCIS MILLER… THE PORTER RANCH IS ABOUT THIRTY MILES NORTH OF LUNDBRECK AND ADJOINS THE 19,000 ACRE WALDRON RANCH WHICH MR. MILLER ALSO OWNS HAVING PURCHASED IT FROM P. BURNS RANCHES LAST FEBRUARY,” THE HISTORY STATES. AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE 21 AUGUST 1953 LETHBRIDGE HERALD ANNOUNCED, “TWO OF THE LARGEST AND MOST FAMOUS RANCHES IN THE SOUTH-WESTERN ALBERTA FOOTHILLS ARE BEING OFFERED FOR SALE. THEY ARE THE WALDRON AND PORTER RANCHERS, NORTH OF LUNDBRECK. THESE PROPERTIES ARE OWNED NOW BY JOHN F. MILLER OF LAS VEGAS, NEVADA… [THEY] HAVE BEEN OPERATED BY MR. MILLER’S SON, WHO TOOK OVER THE JOB SEVERAL YEARS AGO WHEN THE MILLERS BOUGHT THE WALDRON FROM THE WALDRON RANCHING COMPANY AND THE PORTER RANCH PROPERTY FROM GEORGE PORTER…” THE HISTORY OF GEORGE AND NORA PORTER (NEE BURN)’S MARRIAGE WAS PUBLISHED IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ON JUNE 26, 1954 FOR THEIR 50TH ANNIVERSARY. THE COUPLE WERE MARRIED AT THE BURN RANCH IN JUNE 21 1904. THE COUPLE’S FOURTEEN CHILDREN WERE: MARJORIE ANDERSON, NORMAN PORTER, PHYLLIS ROBBINS, KATHLEEN HAMILTON, WINNIFRED BONERTZ, SANDY PORTER, EILEEN IRONMONGER, JEAN ALCOCK, JOSEPHINE ROBINSON, LILLIAN CHRISTIANSON, ISOBEL SINNOT, MICHAEL PORTER, LAWRENCE PORTER, AND CONNIE PORTER. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT RECORD P20080020001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE PORTER AND BURN FAMILIES.
Catalogue Number
P20160020000
Acquisition Date
2016-07
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
APPLE BOX
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19940023005
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
APPLE BOX
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
WOOD, PAPER
No. Pieces
1
Height
30.5
Length
49.5
Width
20.5
Description
OPEN TOP WOODEN BOX CONSTRUCTED OF 3/8 INCH WOOD. BOTTOM IS SINGLE PIECE WITH ENDS AND SIDE NAILED TO IT. ENDS ARE MADE UP OF TWO PIECES NAILED SIDE BY SIDE. SIDES ARE MADE UP OF THREE 8.6 CM SLATS NAILED 1.6 CM APART TO ENDS AND REINFORCED WITH NARROW WOODEN BRACKETS. 25.3CM X 21.2CM PAPER LABEL IS PASTED TO ONE END. BACKGROUND IS BLACK WITH BLUE TRIANGLE IN MIDDLE. IN TOP RIGHT CORNER IS GOLD CROWN WITH "CONTENTS ONE VOLUME BUSHEL" IN RED ABOVE IT. WRITTEN DIAGONALLY IN YELLOW IS "ROYAL CREST" WITH "BRAND" IN RED. BENEATH IT ON LEFT SIDE IS "FANCY CANADIAN" IN GREEN AND "APPLES" IN RED. TO ITS RIGHT IS APPLE CREST IN WHITE CIRCLE WITH "SALES AGENTS" AND "B.C. TREE FRUITS LTD. KELOWNA B.C.". ACROSS BOTTOM IN BLUE IS "PACKED BY CRESTON CO-OPERATIVE FRUIT EXCHANGE CRESTON, B.C. CANADA" IN VERY SMALL BLUE PRINT IS "LITHO IN CANADA SMITH LITHO CO. LTD. VAN, B.C.". STAMPED ON WOOD AROUND EDGE IS "MCINTOSH", "163", "FANCY" AND "K085156". AT OPPOSITE END IS STAMPED A BLUE CIRCLE WITH "5" IN THE MIDDLE. THE BORDER OF CIRCLE HAS WRITING OF WHICH "CO-OP" IS THE ONLY THING LEGIBLE. TOP SLAT ON ONE SIDE IS DAMAGED.
Subjects
CONTAINER
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
TRADES
History
*UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF PERSONAL ARTIFACTS, INCLUDING A PAIR OF ICE SKATES DONATED BY BURTON CRABB COURTESY OF HIS SON, KEN CRABB. A GENEALOGY DOCUMENT WAS PROVIDED BY THE DONOR AT THE TIME OF DONATION, WHICH STATES JOHN CRABB (D. 1893) AND MARY EMILY PYATT (D. 1898) WERE MARRIED IN PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND ON JANUARY 17, 1864. THEY HAD THEIR FIRST THREE CHILDREN, RICHARD (1866-1922), JOHN KNIGHT (1868-1917), AND FRED (B. 1870) IN ENGLAND BEFORE IMMIGRATING TO CANADA, WHERE THEY FIRST LANDED IN THE OTTAWA AREA. THEIR REMAINING CHILDREN – EMMA (B. 1872), JENNIE (B. 1873), WILLIAM THOMAS (1875-1878), GEORGE (1876-1878), HENRY (B. 1878), CHARLES PYATT (B. 1881), AND EVANGELINE (1891-1891) – WERE BORN THERE. THE ELDEST IN THE FAMILY, RICHARD CRABB, WAS IN THE PHOTOGRAPHIC BUSINESS. UPON HIS RETURN TO CANADA AFTER WORKING FOR A PERIOD IN THE WEST INDIES, HE TRAVELLED THROUGHOUT THE WEST, WHERE HE TOOK PHOTOGRAPHS FOR STEELING COMPANIES. HE CAME TO LETHBRIDGE AND MET HIS WIFE, CHARLOTTE E. YOUNG (1874-1944), IN FORT MACLEOD. THE COUPLE WERE MARRIED ON JULY 8, 1902. THEIR CHILDREN WERE JOHN PERRY (1902-2000), RICHARD HENRY (1904-1987), BURTON GRENVILLE (1905-1997), REGINALD ERNEST (1907-1983), MARY ELIZABETH (1910-1911), EDITH BAXTER (1911-1913), EMILY MAY (1911-1913), AND EDWIN ROBERT (CRABBE) ( 1914-1987). RICHARD CRABB WAS LETHBRIDGE’S FIRST RESIDENT PHOTOGRAPHER. ACCORDING TO A LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON APRIL 29, 1978, “[HE WAS] A PROFESSIONAL WHOSE SHOTS CATALOGED AN ERA FROM 1880S TO 1915.” HE BUILT A STUDIO ON 3RD AVENUE SOUTH, EAST OF 7TH STREET. BUSINESS FOR PHOTOGRAPHY BECAME POOR WITH THE ONSET OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR, SO RICHARD WENT TO WORK IN THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE’S ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT LETHBRIDGE IN 1915. HE PASSED AWAY IN THE CITY IN 1922. THE COLLECTION’S DONOR, BURTON GRENVILLE CRABB, WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE ON NOVEMBER 28, 1905 AND DIED IN THE CITY OF MARCH 14, 1997. HE MARRIED JEANNETTE ALICE THIBODEAU (1905-1986) IN PINCHER CREEK ON SEPTEMBER 16, 1935. THE COUPLE HAD TWO CHILDREN: KENNETH BURTON CRABB AND FRANCES MARIE GULLEKSON (1939-1997). KENNETH BURTON CRABB WAS BORN ON DECEMBER 9, 1936 IN LETHBRIDGE. HE MARRIED CLARA JEAN FRASER (B. JANUARY 3, 1939) IN LETHBRIDGE ON FEBRUARY 11, 1961. THEY HAD FOUR CHILDREN: RICHARD ALLEN (B. AUGUST 20, 1961), ROBERT DOUGLAS (B. OCTOBER 10, 1962), CATHERINE LOUISE (OCTOBER 31, 1964 – NOVEMBER 1, 1964), AND CHERYL MARIE (B. MAY 23, 1968). KENNETH BURTON CRABB PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE ON JULY 23, 2013. IN 1977, BURTON CRABB WAS INTERVIEWED AS PART OF THE PIONEER RESEARCHERS’ ASSOCIATION ORAL HISTORY PROJECT, WHERE HE SHARED HIS FAMILY. THAT INTERVIEW IS PRESERVED IN THE GALT ARCHIVES, RECORD 19921008008. AS PART OF THE AUDIT RESEARCH, PUNDYK WAS ABLE TO CONTACT THE DONORS’ DESCENDANTS. NO FURTHER INFORMATION WAS ESTABLISHED REGARDING THE ARTIFACTS. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Catalogue Number
P19940023005
Acquisition Date
1994-07
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
BALE OR HAY HOOK
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
IRON, WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19990079001
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BALE OR HAY HOOK
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1940
Materials
IRON, WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
10.6
Length
25.4
Width
12.0
Description
HORIZONTAL, ROUND WOODEN HANDLE. HANDLE IS QUITE WORN. HANDLE IS ATTACHED TO A ROD OF IRON ON ONE SIDE. THE ROD IS BENT SO THAT SHAFT AND HOOK ARE OPPOSITE CENTRE OF HANDLE. THERE IS AN IRON CAP ON ONE SIDE OF HANDLE. SURFACE CORROSION THROUGHOUT.
Subjects
AGRICULTURAL T&E
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
History
ARTIFACT USED TO EASE THE HANDLING OF STRAW OR HAY BALES. DONOR BEGAN A COLLECTION VIA GARAGE SALES, FINDING PIECES, ETCETERA, OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS. HE KEPT TWO OTHER HOOKS AND DONATED FOUR TO MUSEUM (P19990079001-4-GA). DONOR HAS LIVED IN LETHBRIDGE SINCE 1958. HE OWNED THE BUSINESS, GASOLINE ALLEY, IN LETHBRIDGE FROM 1976 TO 1991. RELATED CATALOGUE NUMBERS P19990079002-4-GA.
Catalogue Number
P19990079001
Acquisition Date
1999-12
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
BALE OR HAY HOOK
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
IRON
Catalogue Number
P19990079003
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BALE OR HAY HOOK
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1950
Materials
IRON
No. Pieces
1
Height
8.7
Length
26.2
Width
12.0
Description
A SINGLE ROD OF IRON, SHAPED INTO AN ELLIPTICAL HANDLE (HANDLE DOES NOT QUITE FORM AN ELLIPSE; THERE IS A GAP), OPPOSITE A SHANK AND POINTED HOOK. HAS MINOR CORROSION; SURFACE IS STILL QUITE SMOOTH.
Subjects
AGRICULTURAL T&E
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
History
ARTIFACT USED TO EASE HANDLING OF HAY OR STRAW BALES. SEE P19990079001-GA FOR HISTORY. RELATED CATALOGUE NUMBERS P19990079001-4-GA
Catalogue Number
P19990079003
Acquisition Date
1999-12
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
BALE OR HAY HOOK
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
IRON
Catalogue Number
P19990079004
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BALE OR HAY HOOK
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1950
Materials
IRON
No. Pieces
1
Height
10.1
Length
21.0
Width
12.2
Description
A SINGLE ROD OF IRON, SHAPED INTO AN ELLIPTICAL HANDLE OPPOSITE A SHANK AND POINTED HOOK. HANDLE HAS BEEN BROKEN, SO IT ONLY FORMS ABOUT 3/4 OF AN OVAL. SURFACE IS STILL QUITE SMOOTH, HOWEVER HOOK IS RUST COLOURED.
Subjects
AGRICULTURAL T&E
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
History
ARTIFACT USED TO EASE HANDLING OF HAY OR STRAW BALES. SEE P19990079001-GA FOR HISTORY. RELATED CATALOGUE NUMBERS P19990079001-4-GA.
Catalogue Number
P19990079004
Acquisition Date
1999-12
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
IRON
Catalogue Number
P19960010010
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
IRON
No. Pieces
1
Height
9.4
Length
25
Width
13.7
Description
IRON ROD SHAPED INTO ELLIPTICAL HANDLE AT ONE END, WITH SHANK AND POINTED HOOK OPPOSITE. SURFACE CORROSION THROUGHOUT.
Subjects
AGRICULTURAL T&E
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
COAL MINING
History
FOUND BY DONOR IN MINE ON HIS SUMMER PROPERTY IN THE BEAVER MINES AREA. MINE WAS ABANDONED AFTER WWII DUE TO LOW GRADE OF COAL. DONOR SALVAGED ITEMS PRIOR TO HIS RETIREMENT FROM THE U OF L (PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR) TO THE WEST COAST IN 1996.
Catalogue Number
P19960010010
Acquisition Date
1993-03
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
SICKLE
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19970041550
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SICKLE
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
STEEL, WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.5
Length
57.5
Width
19.5
Description
CURVED STEEL BLADE MOUNTED AT RIGHT ANGLE ON CYLINDRICAL WOOD HANDLE. BLADE IS FASTENED TO HANDLE WITH COILED STEEL WIRE AND NAILS. BLADE IS HEAVILY CORRODED AND TIP IS WORN DOWN.
Subjects
AGRICULTURAL T&E
Historical Association
TRADES
AGRICULTURE
History
SICKLE WAS POSSIBLY REBUILT BY DONOR'S FATHER, REV. G.G. NAKAYAMA, WHO USED IT TO WORK IN BEET FIELDS AND LATER TO DO YARD WORK WHILE THE FAMILY LIVED AT COALDALE. 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. FROM AUGUST 29 TO 31, 2011 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED THE DONOR, JOY KOGAWA, ABOUT HER MEMORIES ASSOCIATED WITH SPECIFIC OBJECTS THAT SHE DONATED IN 1997. OF THIS ARTIFACT, KOGAWA SAID: “THIS ONE I CAN REMEMBER SEEING AROUND A LOT AND IT WAS USED TO CUT WEEDS, AND GRASS, AND HARVEST THINGS… I DOUBT THAT THIS WOULD BE USED IN THE BEET FIELDS, NO, I THINK IT WAS USED AROUND THE GARDEN, AND IN THE YARD… IN VANCOUVER, WE HAD FRUIT TREES, INITIALLY, [AND] WE HAD CHICKENS… THEN IN SLOCAN… I CAN REMEMBER VEGETABLES, RADISHES AND SPINACH [PLANTED] ALONGSIDE THE HOUSE. AND IN THE BACK THERE WAS A CHICKEN COOP… WE WOULD GO IN AND PICK THE EGGS OUT… [THEN] WE HAD A BIG YARD [IN COALDALE AND] IT WAS FULL OF VEGETABLES… [MY FATHER] DROVE AROUND [TO] HELP OUT IN THE FIELDS A BIT. AND TIM USED TO WORK IN THE SUMMER FOR TAMAGI’S BRIDGE BRAND PRODUCE… DIG POTATOES, THAT KIND OF THING… I REMEMBER DOING A LOT OF PICKING BEANS AND HELPING MY FRIENDS HOEING… DURING THE GROWING SEASON. I DIDN’T DO THE HARVESTING WHICH IS REALLY HEAVY HARD WORK… WHEN WE WOULD GO TO VAUXHALL, WE WOULD BE DOING ALL THE SORTING [AND] ALL THE POTATOES AS THEY CAME TUMBLING DOWN… SO I DIDN’T LIVE ON THE FARMS AND WORK IN THAT KIND OF WAY, BUT I KNEW WHAT IT WAS LIKE.” THE FOLLOWING MEMORIES WERE PROVIDED BY REVEREND TIM NAKAYAMA IN A LETTER TO THE GALT ON 16 AUGUST, 2007. HE WROTE: “HE LIKED TO DO GARDENING. HE SHOWED ME HOW TO HANDLE A PICK, SHOVE, AND HOE, TURNING THE SOD, AND BREAKING UP AND SEPARATING CLODS OF EARTH FROM CRAB GRASS AND WEEDS LIKE DANDELIONS, PREPARING VIRGIN LAND SO THAT POTATOES, FOR EXAMPLE, COULD BE PLANTED AS THE CROP TO PREPARE THE SOIL FOR OTHER USES. THE PLACES WE MOVED TO: SLOCAN CITY, AND COALDALE, HAD RICH SOILS THAT HAD BEEN EITHER LEFT FALLOW FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME, OR WERE VIRGIN AREAS. IN THE MOUNTAINOUS AREA OF SLOCAN, POTENTIAL AREAS FOR GARDENING WERE VERY ROCKY. COALDALE HAD SMOOTH GUMBO SOIL (WHICH TURNED INTO A STICKY CLAY-LIKE CONDITION WHEN IT RAINED, OR IRRIGATION WATER WAS ALLOWED TO POUR OVER THE LAND. I REMEMBER SEEING MY FATHER USING A SICKLE ON THE PROPERTY HE HAD IN THE MOUNTAINOUS WILDERNESS ON CAPILANO CREEK IN WEST VANCOUVER, BUT I AM SOMEWHAT MYSTIFIED AS TO HOW SUCH TOOLS CAME TO BE IN COALDALE, UNLESS HE BOUGHT MORE SUCH TOOLS, SAY, IN LETHBRIDGE. HE USED SUCH TOOLS TO CLEAR THE WILD GRASS ON THE ACREAGE IN PRE-WAR YEARS.” SEE RECORD P19970041001 FOR EXPANDED BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION AND PERMANENT FILE FOR FURTHER HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19970041550
Acquisition Date
1997-01
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CARDBOARD
Catalogue Number
P19810056000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
CARDBOARD
No. Pieces
1
Height
8.0
Length
8.0
Width
3.5
Description
YELLOW, BROWN, BLACK. YELLOW BOX WITH BROWN LABEL AND BLACK PRINT. "TRADE MARK COPYRIGHT #302453. A BROM THYMBOL BLUE TEST FOR MASTITIS (OR GARGET)." "THE KO-EX-7-MASTITIS DETECTOR". "TEST 50 COWS. GLOBE LABORATORIES, CAN. DISTRIBUTORS, CALGARY".
Subjects
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY T&E
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
History
PURCHASED FROM MCCAFFERY'S DRUGS BY THE CLUB AS PART OF A 75 ANNIVERSARY GRANT FOR MUSEUM DISPLAY. (TOM RANDALL)
Catalogue Number
P19810056000
Acquisition Date
1981-01
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
GARDEN DUSTER INSECT DUSTER
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19900048003
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
GARDEN DUSTER INSECT DUSTER
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
STEEL, WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Length
45.4
Diameter
10.4
Description
RAWLEIGH INSECT DUSTER CONSISTS OF TANK & PLUNGER WITH DIAPHRAGM. "ESPECIALLY FOR USE WITH RAWLEIGH'S INSECT POWDER, LOUSE POWDER, LOUSE KILLER". SOME CORROSION. SEE CONSERVATION REPORT.
Subjects
AGRICULTURAL T&E
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
History
RAWLEIGH PRODUCTS COMMONLY SOLD DOOR TO DOOR OR FARM TO FARM. CHRISTENSENS LIVED IN CARSELAND FROM 1930-35 AFTER IMMIGRATING FROM JAVA, THEN TO SKIFF. MR CHRISTENSEN WAS ELEVATOR AGENT UNTIL 1947. MOVED TO WARNER & RAN IMPERIAL OIL BULK DEALERSHIP & TRUCKING BUSINESS.
Catalogue Number
P19900048003
Acquisition Date
1990-12
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STONEWARE
Catalogue Number
P19683470000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1950
Materials
STONEWARE
No. Pieces
2
Height
30.4
Diameter
25.7
Description
"MEDALTA POTTERIES LTD. MEDICINE HAT, ALBERTA" STAMPMARK UNDER GLAZE ON FRONT. SHOULDER OF FRONT HAS SMALL CHIPS IN SEVERAL PLACES. THERE IS A DOOR SHAPED OPENING AT BOTTOM OF TOP PIECES TO ALLOW FOOD TO COME OUT.
Subjects
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY T&E
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
History
STAMP WAS IN USE BY MEDALTA FROM THE EARLY 1920'S TO THE 1950'S.
Catalogue Number
P19683470000
Acquisition Date
1968-09
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
FLAIL PADDLE
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD
Catalogue Number
P20160003001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
FLAIL PADDLE
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1990
Materials
WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
4
Length
41
Width
12
Description
WOODEN FLAIL. ONE END HAS A PADDLE WITH A WIDTH THAT TAPERS FROM 12 CM AT THE TOP TO 10 CM AT THE BASE. THE PADDLE IS WELL WORN IN THE CENTER WITH A HEIGHT OF 4 CM AT THE ENDS AND 2 CM IN THE CENTER. HANDLE IS ATTACHED TO THE PADDLE AND IS 16 CM LONG WITH A CIRCULAR SHAPE AT THE END OF THE HANDLE. ENGRAVED ON THE CIRCLE THE INITIALS OF DONOR’S MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER, ELIZABETH EVANAVNA WISHLOW, “ . . .” GOOD CONDITION. THERE IS SLIGHT SPLITTING OF THE WOOD ON THE PADDLE AND AROUND THE JOINT BETWEEN THE HANDLE AND THE PADDLE. OVERALL WEAR FROM USE.
Subjects
AGRICULTURAL T&E
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
ETHNOGRAPHIC
History
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM A TWO-PART INTERVIEW WITH DONOR ELSIE MORRIS, WHICH WAS CONDUCTED BY COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN ON FEBRUARY 17, 2016. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION COMES FROM FAMILY HISTORIES AND TEXTS PROVIDED BY THE DONOR. THIS WOODEN DOUKHOBOR TOOL IS CALLED A “FLAIL.” A NOTE WRITTEN BY ELSIE MORRIS THAT WAS ATTACHED TO THE FLAIL AT THE TIME OF DONATION EXPLAINS, “FLAIL USED FOR BEATING OUT SEEDS. BELONGED TO ELIZABETH EVANAVNA WISHLOW, THEN HANDED TO HER DAUGHTER ELIZABETH PETROVNA KONKIN WHO PASSED IT ON TO HER DAUGHTER ELIZABETH W. MORRIS.” ALTERNATELY, IN THE INTERVIEW, MORRIS REMEMBERED HER GRANDMOTHER’S, “… NAME WAS JUSOULNA AND THE MIDDLE INITIAL IS THE DAUGHTER OF YVONNE. YVONNE WAS HER FATHER’S NAME AND WISHLOW WAS HER LAST NAME.” THE FLAIL AND THE BLANKET, ALSO DONATED BY MORRIS, WERE USED TOGETHER AT HARVEST TIME TO EXTRACT AND COLLECT SEEDS FROM GARDEN CROPS. ELSIE RECALLED THAT ON WINDY DAYS, “WE WOULD PICK DRIED PEAS OR BEANS, OR WHATEVER, AND WE WOULD [LAY THEM OUT ON THE BLANKET], BEAT AWAY AND THEN HOLD [THE BLANKET] UP, AND THE BREEZE WOULD BLOW THE HULLS OFF AND THE SEEDS WOULD GO STRAIGHT DOWN.” THE FLAIL CONTINUED TO BE USED BY ELIZABETH “RIGHT UP TO THE END,” POSSIBLY INTO THE 1990S, AND THEREAFTER BY MORRIS. WHEN ASKED WHY SHE STOPPED USING IT HERSELF, MORRIS SAID, “I DON’T GARDEN ANYMORE. FURTHERMORE, PEAS ARE SO INEXPENSIVE THAT YOU DON’T WANT TO GO TO ALL THAT WORK... I DON’T KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE HARVEST THEIR SEEDS. I THINK WE JUST GO AND BUY THEM IN PACKETS NOW.” THE KONKINS WERE A RUSSIAN-SPEAKING FAMILY FROM THE TOWN OF SHOULDICE, ALBERTA, NEAR CALGARY. THEY AND MANY OTHER RUSSIAN FAMILIES COMPOSED THAT TOWN’S DOUKHOBOR COLONY. DOUKHOBOURS CAME TO CANADA IN FINAL YEARS OF THE 19TH CENTURY TO ESCAPE RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION IN RUSSIA. ELIZABETH KONKIN (NEE WISHLOW) WAS BORN IN CANORA, SK ON JANUARY 22, 1907 TO HER PARENTS, PETER AND ELIZABETH WISHLOW. AT THE AGE OF 6 SHE MOVED WITH HER FAMILY TO A DOUKHOBOR SETTLEMENT AT BRILLIANT, BC, AND THEY LATER MOVED TO THE DOUKHOBOR SETTLEMENT AT SHOULDICE. IT WAS HERE THAT SHE MET AND MARRIED WILLIAM KONKIN. THEIR DAUGHTER, ELSIE MORRIS (NÉE KONKIN), WAS BORN IN SHOULDICE IN 1928. INITIALLY, WILLIAM TRIED TO SUPPORT HIS FAMILY BY GROWING AND PEDDLING VEGETABLES. WHEN THE FAMILY RECOGNIZED THAT GARDENING WOULD NOT PROVIDE THEM WITH THE INCOME THEY NEEDED, WILLIAM VENTURED OUT TO FARM A QUARTER SECTION OF IRRIGATED LAND 120 KM (75 MILES) AWAY IN VAUXHALL. IN 1941, AFTER THREE YEARS OF FARMING REMOTELY, HE AND ELIZABETH DECIDED TO LEAVE THE ALBERTA COLONY AND RELOCATE TO VAUXHALL. MORRIS WAS 12 YEARS OLD AT THE TIME. MORRIS STATED: “… [T]HEY LEFT THE COLONY BECAUSE THERE WERE THINGS GOING ON THAT THEY DID NOT LIKE SO THEY WANTED TO FARM ON THEIR OWN. SO NOW NOBODY HAD MONEY, SO VAUXHALL HAD LAND, YOU KNOW, THAT THEY WANTED TO HAVE THE PEOPLE AND THEY DIDN’T HAVE TO PUT ANY DOWN DEPOSIT THEY JUST WERE GIVEN THE LAND AND THEY HAD TO SIGN A PAPER SAYING THEY WOULD GIVE THEM ONE FOURTH OF THE CROP EVERY YEAR. THAT WAS HOW MY DAD GOT PAID BUT WHAT MY DAD DIDN’T KNOW WAS THAT THE MONEY THAT WENT IN THERE WAS ACTUALLY PAYING OFF THE FARM SO HE WENT TO SEE MR., WHAT WAS HIS LAST NAME, HE WAS THE PERSON IN CHARGE. ANYWAY HE SAID TO HIM “HOW LONG WILL IT BE BEFORE I CAN PAY OFF THIS FARM” AND HE SAYS “YOU’VE BEEN PAYING IT RIGHT ALONG YOU OWE ABOUT TWO HUNDRED AND A FEW DOLLARS”. WELL THAT WAS A REAL SURPRISE FOR THEM SO THEY GAVE THEM THE TWO HUNDRED AND WHATEVER IT WAS THAT HE OWED AND HE BECAME THE OWNER OF THE FARM." MORRIS WENT ON, ”THE DOUKHOBORS ARE AGRARIAN, THEY LIKE TO GROW THINGS THAT’S THEIR CULTURE OF OCCUPATION AND SO THE ONES WHO LIKED FRUIT MOVED TO B.C. LIKE MY UNCLE DID AND MY DAD LIKED FARMING SO HE MOVED TO VAUXHALL AND THERE WERE LET’S SEE, I THINK THERE WERE FOUR OTHER FAMILIES THAT MOVED TO VAUXHALL AND THREE OF THE MEN GOT TOGETHER AND DECIDED THEY WERE GOING TO GET THEIR TOOLS TOGETHER LIKE A TRACTOR AND MACHINERY THEY NEEDED AND THEN THEY WOULD TAKE TURNS…” THE KONKINS RETIRED TO LETHBRIDGE FROM VAUXHALL IN 1968. MORRIS, BY THEN A SCHOOL TEACHER, RELOCATED TO LETHBRIDGE WITH HER OWN FAMILY. WILLIAM KONKIN PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE ON MARCH 3, 1977 AT THE AGE OF 72 AND 23 YEARS LATER, ON APRIL 8, 2000, ELIZABETH KONKIN PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE. A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS PREVIOUSLY BELONGING TO THE FAMILY EXIST IN THE GALT COLLECTION. THE KONKINS RETIRED TO LETHBRIDGE FROM VAUXHALL IN 1968. MORRIS, BY THEN A SCHOOL TEACHER, RELOCATED TO LETHBRIDGE WITH HER OWN FAMILY. WILLIAM KONKIN PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE ON MARCH 3, 1977 AT THE AGE OF 72 AND 23 YEARS LATER, ON APRIL 8, 2000, ELIZABETH KONKIN PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE. A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS PREVIOUSLY BELONGING TO THE FAMILY EXIST IN THE GALT COLLECTION. PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, OBITUARIES, PHOTOGRAPHS, AND FAMILY HISTORIES.
Catalogue Number
P20160003001
Acquisition Date
2016-02
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
HAY HARPOON
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL
Catalogue Number
P20000077000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HAY HARPOON
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
9.8
Length
106.0
Width
44.6
Description
STEEL; PAINTED GREEN. CONSISTS OF TWO LONG PRONGS, EACH WITH A PIVOTING CLAW ON THE END. CLAWS ARE MOVED BY LEVER AT TOP OF FORK. LEVER HAS A CURVED HANDLE THAT ALSO PIVOTS. THERE IS A LOCKING MECHANISM FOR LEVER THAT PREVENTS IT FROM MOVING. EMBOSSED AT TOP OF FORD IS "MADE IN CANADA", AND ON OPPOSITE SIDE IS "BEATTY F 14". EMBOSSED ON ONE OF THE CLAWS IS "F 18".
Subjects
AGRICULTURAL T&E
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
History
USED BY J.F. DOGTEROM (DONOR'S HUSBAND) ON IRRIGATED FARM EAST OF LETHBRIDGE. PURCHASED LOCALLY, IN 1940S. IT WAS USED TO TAKE UNBALED HAY FROM A HAYSTACK. HARPOON WAS PUSHED DOWN INTO STACK WITH CLAWS STRAIGHT, THEN LEVER WAS USED TO BEND THE CLAWS. PULL OUT HARPOON. TRIP ROPE WOULD RELEASE HAY. *** INFORMATION BELOW PROVIDED BY DONOR AT THE REQUEST OF THE GALT IN 2010. “NO FURTHER INFORMATION.” ***
Catalogue Number
P20000077000
Acquisition Date
2001-07
Collection
Museum
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