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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
Archive
Less detail
Date Range
1646-1956
Description Level
Fonds
Accession No.
20121003
Physical Description
134 photographs, textual records including parchments
Scope and Content
2012.1003.001 Machine used in Galt Mines in 1882. Two men & dog, Left is William Stafford. 2012.1003.002 Left Mr & Mrs William Stafford, Mr & Mrs David Gibb, Brother of Mrs. Stafford. 2012.1003.003 Engman Ryly? Party of GJP Construction 1906 2012.1003.004 Dominion Land Surveyors. Surveying the …
Date Range
1646-1956
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
John Campbell Peat
Physical Description
134 photographs, textual records including parchments
Physical Condition
Good
Excellent
History / Biographical
A collection of 60 photographs from the Stafford family from approximately 1882-1920. The collection contains photographs depicting the first mines in Lethbridge, the first traffic bridge over the Oldman River, Stafford family members, and the Stafford ranch. One of the first families in what is now Lethbridge, William Stafford came west from Nova Scotia in 1882 to become the first manager and superintendent of the North Western Coal and Navigation Company. A year later W. Stafford had returned to Nova Scotia, and brought his family back west. The Staffords had a large family, nine boys and four girls: William Stafford Jr., Henry Stafford, John Stafford, Agnes Stafford (died as an infant), Richard Hill Stafford, Agnes Stafford, Alexander Boswell Stafford, George Stafford, Margaret Jane Stafford, David Gibb Stafford, James Walter Stafford, Henrietta Stafford (died as an infant), Elliott Torrence Stafford and Annie Laurie Stafford. After managing several mines, in 1894 Stafford stepped down and became inspector of the mines. By this time he had become interested in ranching and later resigned from the company to follow that pursuit. At this time Stafford built a spacious ranch house in the riverbottom, which became a community and social center, north of the present Lethbridge highway bridge. To provide accommodation for the increasing number of miners, Stafford purchased and subdivided plots for miners’ houses which became known as Staffordville, which is now part of North Lethbridge. After Stafford's death in 1907, and the flood of 1908, the family moved to the city on the [southeast] corner of 3rd Avenue and 13th Street South where the current credit union bank is located. Sources: Annie Laurie Stafford Peat "Nineteenth Century Lethbridge" 1985
Custodial History
The photographs had been originally donated in the 1990s and stored along with unprocessed materials at the off-site storage until 2011. No paperwork was found on the donation. The photographs have been re-accessioned and processed by Jaime Vedres in January-February 2011. The certificate of gift will be signed by the original donor Cam Peat (John Campbell Peat).
Scope and Content
2012.1003.001 Machine used in Galt Mines in 1882. Two men & dog, Left is William Stafford. 2012.1003.002 Left Mr & Mrs William Stafford, Mr & Mrs David Gibb, Brother of Mrs. Stafford. 2012.1003.003 Engman Ryly? Party of GJP Construction 1906 2012.1003.004 Dominion Land Surveyors. Surveying the township of Coalbanks. 2012.1003.005 Dolly the horse, was William Stafford's horse. Jane Stafford in the back right. Gertrude Stafford on the left. Stafford house in the background. 309 13th St. S. 2012.1003.006 Dominion Land Surveyors. Surveying the township of Coalbanks. 2012.1003.007 5th Street, 1st & 2nd ave, Post office on the corner. 2012.1003.008 St Mary River Bridge before overhead. 2012.1003.009 First traffic bridge over the Oldman River 2012.1003.010 James Walter Stafford. 2012.1003.011 Unidentified portrait 2012.1003.012 Coal hoisting incline and loading chutes 2012.1003.013 A north western string team. 2012.1003.014 Bullock teams hauling hay wagons at the square of Galt Gardens. 2012.1003.015 Number 1 mine shaft, 1890 2012.1003.016 Mrs. William Stafford (the former Jane Gibb) 2012.1003.017 James Peat 2012.1003.018 Number 3 mine during construction. 18890 2012.1003.019 One of the drive entrances to collieries & pumphouse on the Belly River. Alberta Railway & Coal Co. 1890 2012.1003.020 A.B. Stafford up north in Juneau Alaska prospecting for gold. 2012.1003.021 The Lethbridge News building 2012.1003.022 May 1914, Musical trophies won by the Knox Presbyterian Church. 2012.1003.023 Unidentified men and railcars. 2012.1003.024 Stanley Park, Vancouver 1910, ?, David Giffs Son ?, w/ Mr & Mrs Stafford 2012.1003.025 Unidentified School Class Portrait (could be the Baptist church?) 2012.1003.026 “Myself & Annie cooking & acting as my wife according to Jean’s ideas. That is Mrs. Peat. 2012.1003.027 August 1920 Captain of Woodman Drill Team, Woodman & Agnes daughter Louise. 2012.1003.028 Portrait of Jim Stafford 2012.1003.029 Dick Stafford (Left), Dave Stafford (Right) 2012.1003.030 Dave Stafford (Right), unidentified. 2012.1003.031 Left – Dan McLean, Dick Stafford (uncle), William Stafford (grandfather) First mine entrance kiosk, 1882 2012.1003.032 First traffic bridge over Oldman River. Home of Stafford family. Wm. Stafford Jr. After the flood of 1890 2012.1003.033 Arrow shows Wm Stafford. Coal Banks. First coal mine 1882. Newly built incline line for moving coal. Steam pull up. Uncle Wm Stafford Jr. with two horses. Andy Staysko. First mine buildings on the left 16x16 a residence. 2012.1003.034 Construction of piers for the first highway bridge across the Belly (now Oldman) river, about 1890. 2012.1003.035 Major Alexander Boswell Stafford, 29th Field Battery 1914? 2012.1003.036 Henry Stafford 1905 Tombstone picture, first death buried typhoid fever 2012.1003.037 Gertrude Rebecca Stafford and Annie S. Stafford. 2012.1003.038 Annie Laurie Stafford Peat 1890 2012.1003.039 Early residents of Lethbridge. 1908. Baroness Burdette-Coutts visit on the west side in the coulees, north of University of Lethbridge. Tea party. Grandma Stafford in the middle. 2012.1003.040 Grandma Stafford on the left. Argnes (Stafford) Ross, Alexander Ross (husband), Gertruds Stafford (2nd from right), Ethyl Ross (daughter), Seattle Wa. 1910. Visiting daughter Agnes in Seattle. 2012.1003.041 Picnic on the river bottom, Elliot Galt family visiting? 2012.1003.042 Family picture in front of houses. William Stafford Ranch house. 1897? Elliot S Galt, Agnes Ross, Dave Stafford, George Stafford, Jeanne Stafford, Jim Stafford, A.B Stafford, Annie Stafford, Gertrude, Rebecca? 2012.1003.043 New Stafford House 1908, Jane Stafford, Annie Stafford. 2012.1003.044 Major A.B. Stafford 2012.1003.045 Family 1898-99 2012.1003.046 Old Stafford House, 1886, outhouses, cattle barn, hay storage, one tree still remains, cottonwood. 2012.1003.047 Alexander Elliot Galt, Coaldale house 1890, later Watson lived there. 2012.1003.048 Galt Mine, A.B. Stafford, Dawson Creek, Sandy. 2012.1003.049 1890 Inclined Railway 2012.1003.050 Dominion Land Surveyors’. Ch. Magrath was one. 2012.1003.051 Dominion Land Surveyors. Ch. Magrath was one. 2012.1003.052 Annie Lori Stafford wedding day picture, 1911, New Stafford house interior. 2012.1003.053 Floated timber for mining operations, props. 2012.1003.054 Lethbridge Collery Band, Confederate Arm Uniforms. 2012.1003.055 Portrait Jeanne Margarette Stafford (Kelly) 2012.1003.056 Stafford Ranch by the old house, George Stafford 2012.1003.057 Old Stafford House 2012.1003.058 Old Stafford House, with Gurgie, Annie, Agnes? 2012.1003.059 Norman and Annie Peat's Wedding reception, June 11 1911. at Stafford home 309 Westminster Rd."Mothers Wedding, 309 13th St." 2012.1003.060 Mining in Silver Bow Basin, near Juneau, Alaska. 2012.1020 A file with two short reports, one on Henry Stafford, son of William and Jane Stafford and a second on the Magestic Theatre. Henry Stafford, passed away in 1883 at a young age and believed to be the first settler buried at Coalbanks. Included are four images of theatre's interior with explanitory notes. excellent condition. 20--. Included in the file are two smaller documents: 1)1646. Note concerning John Stodder. 27.5 x 12.5 cm. one enclosed seal. 2) 30 November 1656 Note concerning Thomas Harvey 32 x 20 cm. wax seal missing from hanging strip. Also included are the following oversize documents: i) 17 August 1771. Tripartite land indenture: John Pierce/Margaret Pierce/Robert Westfield. 89 x 62 cm. 3 signatory seals, 6 pence 1 shilling tax stamp, indentured top. ii) 17 August 1771. Tripartite land indenture: William Bradley/William Badcock/John & Margaret Pierce. 87 x 62 cm. 2 signatory seals, 6 pence 1 shilling tax stamp, indentured top. iii) 16 August 1771. Land indenture: William Bradley/William Badcock. 66 x 54 cm. 1 signatory seal, 6 pence 1 shilling tax stamp, indentured top. Signature & seal of William Badcock has been cut off the document. iv) 1798/1800. Will of Stephen Bradley. 2 pieces. 1798 portion is the handwritten will (46 x 38 cm not including the broken court seal hanging from the bottom of the document). 1800 portion is the machine printed probate document (20 x 19 cm) with 12 pounds (three 4 pound) of tax stamps affixed. v) 1806/1809. Will of John Pierce. 1806 portion is the handwritten will (42 x 34 cm plus hanging seal) 1809 portion is the machine printed probate document (20 x 19 cm) with 60 pounds (one 50 pound and one 10 pound) of tax stamps affixed and an intact seal from the Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury. vi) 20 November 1646 Land indenture: Thomas Harvey/Mathew Woodman. 55 x 45 cm. hanging seal, indentured top. additional note on reverse of document in addition to signing note. Hole on crosshatching in illumination. vii) 1655/1662 Will of John Beley. 53 x 29 cm plus hanging tag viii) 7 August 1656. Land indenture: Nicholas Billingsley/Margaret Stodder/Margaret Presten. 55 x 41 cm. 1 seal. . hole on crosshatching in illumination. ix) 31 March 1655. John Stodder/Lettice Stodder 38 x 32 cm. hanging seal. Ink very faded and nearly unreadable in some parts x) 20 April 1656. John Stodder/Lettice Stodder. 2 pieces attached at hanging seal. land indenture: 48 x 59 cm and schedule: 25 x 23 cm. 2012.1003/068 – E. Sherlock’s Bound Sheet Music. 1807. Sheet music for the pianoforte collected and bound into a single hardcover volume. The leather spine of the book is deteriorating, but the individual pages are in fair to good condition. 2012.1003/069 – Nora Everson Identification Cards, Sherlock Letters. 1888 – 1956. Items found on page 2/3 of Bluebeard Characteristic Sonata for the Pianoforte. Identification cards are from the First and Second World Wars, and the MacLeod Society of Canada. The letter is from 1888 and addressed to S. L. Sherlock. 2012.1003/070 – Collected recipes . [189- to 192-] Book with hand written essay on English history that has recipes from magazines and newspapers pasted to the pages. The original journal dates from the late 18th century and the recipes date from the early 20th century into the 1920s. Also included are various loose clippings and copies of clippings that were inserted into the back inside cover of the book.
Notes
Materials related to Henry Stafford and the Majestic Theatre compiled in association with Beverly A. Rees, genealogist, Ancestor Find. Files found in 2012 Year end Box # 1
Accession No.
20121003
Collection
Archive
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