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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
1923-1997
Description Level
Fonds
Accession No.
20061080
Physical Description
0.30 m of textual records, 5 scrapbooks, 12 photographs
Scope and Content
2006 .1080/001 Three books from Leo and Phyllis Singer’s library including the The Garnett Story 1831-1962: The History of Yorkshire Worsted and Woolen Business through Four Generation by E. P. Dobson and published by William Sessions Limited, York in 1962 (gift card enclosed), and Pr…
Date Range
1923-1997
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Leo Singer
Physical Description
0.30 m of textual records, 5 scrapbooks, 12 photographs
History / Biographical
Leo Singer is was a local businessman and the founder of Leo Singer Men's Wear. Singer has been clothing sharp-dressed men and boys since he opened the shop on 2nd Ave South in the 1930s. The business relocated to 214 5 St South in 1940 and was one of the first in the city to spot a flashing neon sign. Singer was born and raised in Calgary. As a teen, he spent his after-school hours working for a clothier and later enrolled in business school. He had the distinction of being the sole distributor for Scouts Canada in southern Alberta, outfitting more than 50,000 scouts over the years. He additionally supplied the City's police and fire departments with uniforms for over three decades. Singer's motto and trademark were "it's not the sale that counts - it's the customer." He served in World War 2. Leo Singer actively participated in community life. He was member of Hebrew congregation, Green Acres Kiwanis Club, Royal Canadian Legion, Army Navy Air Force Club, Henderson Lake Golf Club, Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce, United Way and Lethbridge Jaycees. He was also a senator for the University of Lethbridge and member of the Lethbridge Community College Foundation. Leo Singer was an active member of the Liberal Party.
Scope and Content
2006 .1080/001 Three books from Leo and Phyllis Singer’s library including the The Garnett Story 1831-1962: The History of Yorkshire Worsted and Woolen Business through Four Generation by E. P. Dobson and published by William Sessions Limited, York in 1962 (gift card enclosed), and Prairie Patchwork edited by Marie Sorgard and published by Southern Alberta Writers’ Workshop, and Memories: New Dayton and District 1900-1978 published by New Dayton Book Committee in 1978 [1962-1980] 2006 .1080/002 Lethbridge Herald Photo of 1972-1973 Chamber of Commerce Executives. 2 photographs 1972-1973 2006 .1080/003 Certificate of qualification of Leo Singer for the Royal Arch Masons of Alberta 9 March 1955 2006 .1080/004 Certificate from the University of Lethbridge to Leo Singer for the University Club Membership [1994] 2006 .1080/005 Certificate honouring Leo Singer’s term as president of the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce from 1972-1973 2006 .1080/006 Certificate honouring Leo Singer for forty years of membership from the Green Acres Kiwanis Club of Lethbridge [1997] 2006 .1080/007 Certificate from Lethbridge B’nai B’rith Lodge, Award of one 1957 Chevrolet [1956] 2006 .1080/008 Eighth Canadian Legion Band Festival program of Lethbridge, Alberta on 25 May 1963, Israeli Fashions program presented by Lethbridge Hadassah on 5 June 1963, North Star Lodge No. 4 booklet commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Lodge on 20 April 1963, excerpt from “The Pattern” on December 1964 publication, certificates to Leo Singer for membership of the Kiwanis Club [1963-1997] 2006 .1080/009 Photograph of “Executive, Lethbridge Hebrew Congregation 1955 June 12th,” portrait of Leo Singer by A.E. Cross & Son, photograph of the members of the Kiwanis Club of Lethbridge, photograph of the Boy Scout display in the window of Leo Singer Men’s and Boy’s Wear Limited. 4 photographs [1955-1963] 2006 .1080/010 Various examples of stationary from Leo Singer Men’s and Boy’s Wear Limited including: an envelope and letter with the company’s logo, sheet from a company memo pad, sheet of three-part memo forms with interleaved carbon paper, a receipt, a paper bag for customer purchases, and nine addressed ‘reminder cards’ mailed out by the company to customers who had not recently visited the store [1967] 2006 .1080/011 Certificate recognizing Leo Singer Men’s and Boy’s Wear Limited as a dealer of Whitehall Clothes [1923] 2006 .1080/012 From Leo Singer Men’s and Boy’s Wear Limited: script for a radio advertisement for the store aired by CJOC Radio on 12 January 1979, a label of “Leo Singer The Finest Name in Men’s Shoes,” sheet 7 from an order pad for supplies from Boy Scouts of Canada, sheet from order pad for made-to-measure suits printed by Avon Park Fashions Incorporated and stamped with Leo Singer Men’s and Boy’s Wear Limited [1979] 2006 .1080/013 Employee payroll ledger May 1975 to August 1979 2006 .1080/014 Lethbridge Herald newspaper advertisements for the store, many with the invoices still attached, 1971 Christmas card list [1971-1979] 2006 .1080/015 File of miscellaneous business records [1969] 2006 .1080/016 Seven clothing labels from Leo Singer Men’s and Boy’s Wear Limited, booklet of “The Know-How of Successful Selling” published by Jack Victor & Sons Limited, Lethbridge Herald article about the Bar Mitzvah of David Sirken from 6 January 1955 [1953-1987] 2006 .1080/017 Various stationary from Leo Singer Men’s and Boy’s Wear Limited including: match book, a window envelope, a letterhead, Leo Singer’s business card, blank cheque to Leo Singer Men’s and Boy’s Wear Limited, a garment guarantee, postcard advertising Progress brand clothing with Leo Singer Men’s and Boy’s Wear Limited company logo, ink blotter advertising the store, business accounts ledger from 1940-42 and two newspaper pages from the Lethbridge Herald including articles on Leo Singer as Buyer of the Year at the Men’s Wear Traveller’s Association of Canada in 1957 and Leo Singer appointed as Lieutenant Governor of District 8 of the Kiwanis Club International in 1962 [1940-1962] 2006 .1080/018 Black and white photographs of Leo Singer Men’s Boy’s Wear Limited store window, interior of the store, exterior of the store, and black and white photographs of customers, Leo Singer and unknown employees inside the store. 6 photographs [1940-1942] 2006 .1080/019 Member certificate of Leo Singer in North Star Lodge No. 4 of Free Masons [1954] 2006 .1080/020 Leo Singer Men’s and Boy’s Wear Limited Business Accounts Ledger from 1951-1969 2006 .1080/021 Five scrapbooks of the Lethbridge Herald, Sunny South News, and the Raymond Recorder newspaper advertisements from 1941-1979 2006.1080/022 Biographical information on Leo Singer including a eulogy by Robert Wilson, photocopied news photograph of Leo Singer as President from 1972-1973 and three fellow Lethbridge businessmen who form the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Bound article “Leo Singer: four generations and still going strong” from July 1995, and two undated obituaries [1972-1997]
Accession No.
20061080
Collection
Archive
Less detail