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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
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IOOF Rebekah Lodge – Lethbridge Branch fonds

https://collections.galtmuseum.com/en/permalink/descriptions79622
Date Range
1900-1994
Description Level
Fonds
Accession No.
20121073
Physical Description
19 Minute Books and administrative records
Scope and Content
FILE LIST 2012.1073/001 Correspondence and Pamphlet from IOOF donation 2012.1073/002 Minute Book – Dominion Rebekah Lodge #41, 1914-18 2012.1073/003 Minute Book – Dominion Rebekah Lodge #41, 1918-22 2012.1073/004 Minute Book – Dominion Rebekah Lodge #41, 1922-26 2012.1073/005 Minute Book – Dom…
Date Range
1900-1994
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
IOOF Rebekah Lodge – Lethbridge Branch
Physical Description
19 Minute Books and administrative records
History / Biographical
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Rebekahs “To Improve and Elevate the Character of Mankind…” The IOOF was begun in the 1700’s in England, and the oldest existing record of a meeting of the Odd Fellows dates to 1748 and took place in the Globe Tavern in England. Some people believe that the Odd Fellows may have origins dating back to the Roman occupation of England, as Romans living in the area were referred to as “Fellow Citizens.” Another possible origin may be from The Ancient Order of the Bucks, a fraternal organisation already in existence in England at the time with similar symbolism and ideals. During the 18th century in Europe, it was a strange occurrence to find benevolent people and societies dedicated to the helping those in need and pursuing projects for the betterment of all people. Persons affiliated with such an organization were referred to as “Odd Fellows.” It is believed that this is a possible explanation for how the society was named, although there is another explanation that the Brotherhoods were made up of men from various or odd trades, as opposed to larger single-trade organisations such as the Masons. The IOOF website claims that the origin of the fraternity name is unknown. Odd Fellows are also known as “The Three Link Fraternity,“ the three links representing Friendship, Love, and Truth. Rebekah Degrees were first awarded to wives or daughters of Odd Fellow members, but Rebekahs later became established Lodges themselves, becoming the women’s branch of the Odd Fellow Fraternity. Rebekah Lodges eventually accepted both female and male membership. The first Rebekah Lodge was established in Bloomfield, Iowa in 1868. According to this research, the Lethbridge Willow Branch Rebekah Lodge may have been the first Rebekah Lodge in Alberta, holding its first meeting on October 26, 1900. The next oldest recorded establishment is the Grand Lodge of Alberta in 1905. The first meeting of the Rebekah Lodge in Lethbridge was on October 26, 1900 for the purpose of nominating officers to the newly appointed order. This was to become the Willow Branch Rebekah Lodge #2 in Lethbridge. Present were Brothers Oliver, Pipes, Henderson (treasurer), R. Niveu, R.Scott, Bolderson (chaplain), John Scott (secretary). On the second meeting of the Willow Branch Lodge, the following candidates were installed into the Rebekah Degree: Maggie Davis, Laura Davis, E.J. Fleetwood, Mary Stafford, John Stafford, D.C. Murray, and D. Keane.On the third meeting of the Lodge, the following officers were installed: Oliver (Warden), Pipes (Conductor), G. Kerr (Inside Guardian), Davies (Outside Guardian). Although uncertain, it is thought that the Willow Branch Lodge amalgamated with the Dominion Rebekah Lodge. Both the Willow Branch Lodge, and later, the Dominion Rebekah Lodge functioned largely as community support and social groups. They organized community gatherings such as dances and celebrations, visited the sick in hospitals and homes, and sent condolences and cared for the families who had lost loved ones. With the establishment of the Dominion Rebekah Lodge on July 1, 1914, the following women and men were Charter Members installed into the order by Sister Morden, Past President of the Rebekah Assembly of Alberta, and assisted by Sister Anne Maxwell and Sister A. Morden Jr: - Sisters Agnes A. While, Edna J. Gowin, Anna A. Skinner, Maude M. Bradshaw, Margaret L. Maxwell, Maud C. Cudoba, Hatlie(?) Sinclair, Lina Kanneman, Annie Smith, Annie Maxwell, Edna Stibbs, Annie Morden Jr.; Brothers H.S. While, R.B. Morden, Harry Skinner, W.B. Burnett, S.H. Smith, (?) Stibbs, David F. Kanneman, and Grant Gowin. Today, the Odd Fellows are an international fraternal Order, with over 10,000 lodges in 25 countries. They involve themselves in local, national, and global civic and philanthropic efforts such as funding relief projects and loans and bursaries for students, planting trees and environmental aid as part of their Living Legacy campaign, and funding for housing projects to name just a few. External Resources: Glenbow Museum: - http://ww2.glenbow.org - www.glenbow.org/collections/search/findingAids.archhtm/odd.cfm Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Rebekahs: - www.ioof.org - www.oddfellowsalberta.com - www.rebekahsofidaho.org/history.htm Wikipedia - http://en/wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rebekah_Degree_of_Odd_Fellowship_1898.jpg - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independent_Order_of_Odd_Fellows - http://en/wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Association_of_Rebekah_Assemblies
Language
English
Scope and Content
FILE LIST 2012.1073/001 Correspondence and Pamphlet from IOOF donation 2012.1073/002 Minute Book – Dominion Rebekah Lodge #41, 1914-18 2012.1073/003 Minute Book – Dominion Rebekah Lodge #41, 1918-22 2012.1073/004 Minute Book – Dominion Rebekah Lodge #41, 1922-26 2012.1073/005 Minute Book – Dominion Rebekah Lodge #41, 1926-30 2012.1073/006 Minute Book – Dominion Rebekah Lodge #41, 1930-33 2012.1073/007 Minute Book – Dominion Rebekah Lodge #41, 1933-36 2012.1073/008 Minute Book – Dominion Rebekah Lodge #41, 1937-40 2012.1073/009 Minute Book – Dominion Rebekah Lodge #41, 1941-44 2012.1073/010 Minute Book – Dominion Rebekah Lodge #41, 1944-47 2012.1073/011 Minute Book – Dominion Rebekah Lodge #41, 1947-51 2012.1073/012 Minute Book – Dominion Rebekah Lodge #41, 1951-53 2012.1073/013 Minute Book – Dominion Rebekah Lodge #41, 1953-55 2012.1073/014 Minute Book – Dominion Rebekah Lodge #41, 1955-57 2012.1073/015 Minute Book – Dominion Rebekah Lodge #41, 1958-56 2012.1073/016 Minute Book – Dominion Rebekah Lodge #41, 1965-68 2012.1073/017 Minute Book – Dominion Rebekah Lodge #41, 1969-72 2012.1073/018 Minute Book – Dominion Rebekah Lodge #41, 1972-77 2012.1073/019 Minute Book – Dominion Rebekah Lodge #41, 1982-88 2012.1073/020 Minute Book – Dominion Rebekah Lodge #41, 1988-94 2012.1073/021 Minute Book – Willow Branch Rebekah Lodge #2, 1900-09
Accession No.
20121073
Collection
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