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Date Range
1925-2006
Description Level
Fonds
Accession No.
20111023
Physical Description
0.19 m of textual records
Scope and Content
2011023/001 Three booklets of poems 2011023/002 Map of Alberta 1952 2011023/003 Piano recital program June 2000; fashion show and tea program May 1998; descriptive pamplet of Lethbridge Herald [no date]; playbill of Pajama Game August 1969; International Dance Program February 1967; Anne Campbell S…
Date Range
1925-2006
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Betty Purkis
Physical Description
0.19 m of textual records
History / Biographical
Betty Thompson Purkis was born in on a farm near Thorpe, Washington. She came to Canada and Alberta with her parents Marion and Lottie Thompson and siblings in 1920 at the age of four. Betty grew up on a farm 2 miles south of Coaldale and took her education in the Coaldale Consolidated School. After graduation she went into teaching and held postions in country schools at Plain Butte, McMahon, Hardieville, Passburg in the Crowsnest Pass and Pincher City [Pincher Station]. Her musical ability was used in many school and community events. She married Lloyd Purkis in 1940 and they settled and raised their four children in Pincher Creek before moving to Lethbridge in 1956. To supplement the family income she taught piano in her home in Pincher Creek and Lethbridge from 1942 to her retirement in 1995. Extending her musical interests, she was a member of the Lethbridge Symphony Association Board for many years and enjoyed the yearly Lethbridge Community Band concerts.Betty was involved in many aspects of the Southminister United Church - choir, C.G.I.T, Tuesday Evening Women's Group, Trusteeship from the early 1960s until her death in 2009.
Scope and Content
2011023/001 Three booklets of poems 2011023/002 Map of Alberta 1952 2011023/003 Piano recital program June 2000; fashion show and tea program May 1998; descriptive pamplet of Lethbridge Herald [no date]; playbill of Pajama Game August 1969; International Dance Program February 1967; Anne Campbell Singers Program February 1974 2011023/004 Salvation Army Centennial music program May 1998; United Church service program August 1977; Centennial of First Japanese in Canada program 1977; Coaldale United Church Cornerstone dedication June 1961; typed history of Lethbridge Central Church of Christ 2011023/005 Obituaries and funeral programs 2011023/006 Mosaic of Miracles [brief manuscript] June 1973; United Church programs 1956; 1958; 1975; 1978; 1984 2011023/007 Sermon 1987; agenda for United Church Women 25th anniversary, 1987; sermon [no date]; Annual report for Southminster United Church 2006 2011023/008 Writings of Howard Y. Kennedy 2011023/009 Certificate of Appreciation 2004 2011023/010 Southminster United Church rosters 1983; 1986; 1994; 1997; 2001; 2004; 2008 2011023/011 The Chinook [yearbook of Calgary Normal School] 1934-1935 2011023/012 Olds School of Agricultural 1933-1934 2011023/013 Lethbridge Music Club programs 1967, 1968; Lethbridge Symphony Concert Programs 2001-2009 2011023/014 Lethbridge Musical Theatre Programs [various years 1970-2005] 2011023/015 Manuscript: The School Teacher by Trish Purkis 2006 2011023/016 Alberta Women’s Institue Girls Club 1933, 1935-1938, 1941 2011023/017 Canadian Girls in Training (CIGT) handbooks 1925, 1930, 1952; Mother and Daughter banquet programs 1961, 1965, 1967, 1968 [two prgroams with no date]; CGIT Affiliation Service 1960-1961; Lanyard Ceremony; Graduation Ceremony 1959; song sheet 1961; U of L playbill: A Little of This & A Little of That 2005 2011023/018 CJOC Dan’s Diary, Volume 3; Remembrance Day Programs 1980, 1982, 1983-1985, 1990, 1992, 1994-1995
Accession No.
20111023
Collection
Archive
Less detail
Date Range
1889-1964
Description Level
Fonds
Accession No.
20181046
Physical Description
1.1 m of textual records, 5 photographs
Scope and Content
001: Financial log book (1889-1908) 002: Work day planner for Drumheller Rosedeer Mine (1916-1917) 003: Work day planner for Drumheller Stirling Mine (1917-1918) 004: Work day planner for Drumheller unidentified mine (1918-1919) 005: Work day planner for Drumheller unidentified mine & office (1921)…
Date Range
1889-1964
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Hans Enoch Wight
Physical Description
1.1 m of textual records, 5 photographs
History / Biographical
Hans Enoch Nielson Wight was born July 29, 1889, in Hyrum, Utah, USA. His father was Joseph Moroni Wight, and his mother’s maiden name was Cynthia Elnora Nielson. Joseph was born in 1844 in Hume, New York, and as a seven-year-old travelled west in the year 1851 with his LDS (Mormon) pioneer family. In line with LDS teachings of the time, Joseph became a polygamist and had two wives. Cynthia was his second wife. She was born in Weber County, Utah, in 1860. Hans was the sixth child born to Joseph and Cynthia, but only the second to live past infancy. After his birth, his parents were more successful and brought eight more children into the world, all but one of whom lived to adulthood. In the late 1880s, the LDS Church was sending members north to colonize Southern Alberta, and on June 8, 1891, when Hans was not yet two years old, his parents took their two living children and moved to the brand new community of Cardston, Alberta, snuggled on the edge of the vast, untamed, Canadian prairie. Hans learned to fish and hunt, and even before his teenage years he was an expert marksman. During the day in his father’s blacksmith shop, he learned to be a blacksmith, a wheelwright, and a carpenter, and in the evening he studied books. While finishing high school, he learned to play several instruments. He was a member of the Cardston Military Band. He became a certified machinist, a master electrician, and a licensed plumber. Because he drove a tractor, aborigine friends on the Blood reservation next to Cardston called him Iron Horse. Some remained life-long friends. On August 1, 1908, when nineteen years old, Hans went to Utah to attend Brigham Young College in Logan. He also studied through correspondence courses at the Armour Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois, the University of Missouri, and the Alberta Institute of Technology and Art, obtaining degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering. For the first six years of his professional career, he worked for the US Reclamation Service on the St. Mary’s River project in Montana, but he still spent his weekends in Cardston, which was only twenty miles away. On one of these weekends, he met a young lady named Alice McClung from northern Ireland who was a recent convert to the LDS Church. On January 11, 1911, Alice became Mrs. Hans E. Wight. He was not quite 22 years old and she was 20. An aside: Five years later, Hans’s younger brother Eugene married Alice’s younger sister Jenny, and their two families generated double cousins who grew up very close. At that time the LDS Church was constructing a temple in Cardston; it was to be used to perform certain sacred ceremonies, and Hans was offered a job as construction engineer, thus beginning his professional life in Canada. When the main part of the construction was finished, he accepted a position in Drumheller, Alberta, where, as a mine surveyor and master mechanic, he was instrumental in the development of its huge coal resources. He remained in Drumheller ten years. In addition to his mining duties he also taught night classes in mechanical, electrical, and steam engineering. When his family finally left Drumheller, he had three children: Elizabeth (Bessie) who was 14, Marjorie (Marge) who was 7, and Eileen who was 5. To be nearer to the LDS community, he moved his family to Taber, Alberta, in 1926. He had obtained the position of Chief Engineer and Master Mechanic for the Leland Coal Company based in Chicago. He was responsible for all mine maintenance both above and below ground. In addition to its large land holdings and mining operations, Leland Coal supplied the district with electricity. Their electric system was later purchased by the Calgary Power Company, and Hans became involved in extending power lines throughout Southern Alberta as well as in building power and light systems for its towns. Soon he relocated to Lethbridge, Alberta. However, his Calgary Power Company job required that he be away from home too much, so he resigned and accepted a position at the newly constructed Lethbridge Government Grain and Storage Elevator. In 1935, Hans campaigned for the new Social Credit Party and was elected Member of the Alberta legislative assembly (MLA) for Lethbridge by a landslide. In 1937, he resigned under pressure. Someone was leaking sensitive political information to the Lethbridge Herald, and Social Credit leadership suspected him (probably correctly). He moved to Calgary and became Chief Engineer of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s Calgary department store where he remained until World War II. In 1941 Hans left the Hudson’s Bay Company and enlisted at the rank of Pilot Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). He had hoped to work on the Alaskan Highway as an engineer, but was instead deployed to air bases across the Prairie Provinces and Newfoundland where he was charged with maintaining and constructing airbase facilities. At the same time, he was often assigned to organize recreation and entertainment for the airmen. He was released from active duty with the rank of Flight Lieutenant in February, 1945, and moved to Bremerton, Washington, where he was hired as an electrical engineer repairing American ships, mostly destroyers, damaged in Pacific Ocean warfare. He performed this work until the Japanese surrender. Then he moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. Hans was 55 years old when he returned to the USA, and he remained there the remainder of his life working as surveyor, city engineer, construction engineer, and city manager in cities throughout northern Utah. He also lived in Los Angeles where he was employed in the development of the San Clemente Island Missile Base for the US military. He died in Salt lake City, Utah on October 12, 1965, at 76 years of age, leaving behind his wife Alice and their three daughters. Although only the oldest daughter married, she had seven children, and those children now have over one hundred descendants. The biography is compiled by Howard Shafer, Grandson based on the following sources EXPERIENCES OF CYNTHIA ELNORA NIELSEN WIGHT from her diaries and journals: 1890 to 1943, edited by Alice W. Terry; A LIFE OF SERVICE: HANS ENOCH NIELSON WIGHT as revealed through his diaries and by his family, edited by Marjorie Wight and Eileen Wight; BACKWARD GLANCES: Stories of and by our Wight ancestors, compiled by Eileen Wight and Marjorie Wight A more detailed biography is found in file 20181046052
Scope and Content
001: Financial log book (1889-1908) 002: Work day planner for Drumheller Rosedeer Mine (1916-1917) 003: Work day planner for Drumheller Stirling Mine (1917-1918) 004: Work day planner for Drumheller unidentified mine (1918-1919) 005: Work day planner for Drumheller unidentified mine & office (1921) 006: Day planner in Drumheller (1921-1922) 007: Day planner in Drumheller (1922-1923) 008: Day planner in Drumheller (1923) 009: Day planner in Drumheller but planner days are not all filled in (1924) 010: Bundle of daily calendar pages (1924-1925) 011: Bundle of daily calendar pages (1925-1926) 012: Bundle of daily calendar pages (1926-1927) 013: Journal with daily entries (1927-1930) 014: Scrapbook of newspaper cutouts talking about the Social Credit party during Wright’s time as MLA till the fall of the Social Credit party (1935-1938) 015: Diary (1931) 016: Handmade diary and a handmade planner (1932) 017: Handmade diary (1933) 018: Diary (1934) 019: Diary (1935) 020: Diary (1936) 021: Diary (1937) 022: Diary with a couple pages torn from the front (1937-1938) 023: Diary (1939) 024: Travel Journal: Journal written till page 45 then it goes blank and then writing on page 194-195 (1939-1942) 025: Diary (1940) 026: Diary (1941) 027: Diary (1942) 028: Diary (1943) 029: Diary (1944) 030: Diary (1945) 031: Diary (1946) 032: Diary with Utah stamp (1947) 033: Diary with Utah stamp (1948) 034: Diary with Utah stamp (1949) 035: Diary with Utah stamp (1950-1952) 036: Diary with Utah stamp (1952) 037: Day Planner not that much is written in the entries (1953) 038: Diary (1953) 039: Account book (1954-1957) 040: Diary four stamps on the first page from Utah, Alberta, Washington, and Oregon (1954) 041: Diary (1955) 042: Diary (1956) 043: Diary (1957) 044: Diary (1958) 045: Diary (1959) 046: Diary (1960) 047: Diary (1961) 048: Diary (1962) 049: Diary (1963) 050: Diary stops writing on May 6 (1964) 051: 5 photographs of H.E. Wight and family 052: Biography of H.E. Wight
Accession No.
20181046
Collection
Archive
Less detail