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Other Name
ALBERTA PROVINCIAL POLICE BUTTON
Date Range From
1919
Date Range To
1932
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL
Catalogue Number
P20180014002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ALBERTA PROVINCIAL POLICE BUTTON
Date Range From
1919
Date Range To
1932
Materials
METAL
No. Pieces
1
Diameter
2.7
Description
A: SILVER-COLOURED METAL BUTTON. SHIELD OF ALBERTA EMBOSSED ON THE CENTER OF THE BUTTON. “ALBERTA PROVINCIAL POLICE” EMBOSSED AROUND THE CREST. SHINY FINISH. THE BACK OF THE BUTTON IS BRASS IN COLOUR. AROUND THE CENTRE OF THE BACK “W. SCULLY MONTREAL” IS MACHINE ENGRAVED. THERE IS A LOOP FOR A PIN FASTENER LOOSELY ATTACHED TO THE BACK B: TWO-PRONGED BRASS PIN WITH A CIRCULAR LOOP ON ONE END AND THE TWO ENDS ON THE PIN EXTENDING OUT INTO A V-SHAPE ON THE OTHER. PIN IS 3.2 CM IN LENGTH AND AT THE WIDEST POINT THE PRONGS ARE 1.1 CM APART. CONDITION: SLIGHT SCRATCHING ON THE FRONT AND BACK SURFACES OF THE BUTTON. BRASS BACK IS SLIGHTLY TARNISHED. METAL OF PIN IN SLIGHTLY DISCOLOURED.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS BUTTON BELONGED TO DONOR'S FATHER, EDWARD ETTERSHANK BUCHANAN. ACCORDING TO THE BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY PROVIDED WITH A BUCHANAN A. P. P.-RELATED DONATION MADE BY JEAN I. BUCHANAN IN 2002 (P20020090). IT STATES, "BORN IN GLASGOW, SCOTLAND, WHERE BUCHANAN BEGAN REGULAR SCHOOLING AT THE AGE OF 4, WHICH ENABLED HIM TO COMPLETE HIS HIGH SCHOOL BEFORE HIS PARENTS MOVED THE FAMILY TO CANADA IN MAY 1914. THE FAMILY SETTLED IN EDMONTON, ALBERTA, WHERE EDWARD FOUND A JOB PLUS ENROLLED IN NIGHT CLASSES AT THE EDMONTON TECHNICAL SCHOOL TAKING ENGLISH, CANADIAN HISTORY, TRIGONOMETRY AND MANUAL TRAINING IN WOODWORKING. IN FEBRUARY 1917, THE ALBERTA PROVINCIAL POLICE WAS ORGANIZED. ED JOINED IN MAY OF 1920." AN INTERVIEW WAS CONDUCTED BY GALT’S COLLECTION TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN ON JUNE 8, 2018 WITH THE DONOR JEAN I. BUCHANAN IN REGARDS TO A NEW ARTIFACT OFFER SHE WAS MAKING TO THE MUSEUM (P20180014001-2). THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION REGARDING THE CAREER OF SENIOR STAFF SERGEANT EDWARD ETTERSHANK “BUCK” BUCHANAN – THE DONOR’S FATHER – HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW. AN INTERVIEW WAS CONDUCTED BY GALT’S COLLECTION TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN ON JUNE 8, 2018 WITH THE DONOR JEAN I. BUCHANAN IN REGARDS TO A NEW ARTIFACT OFFER SHE WAS MAKING TO THE MUSEUM (P20180014001-2). THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION REGARDING THE CAREER OF SENIOR STAFF SERGEANT EDWARD ETTERSHANK “BUCK” BUCHANAN – THE DONOR’S FATHER – HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW. DESCRIBING HER FATHER’S CAREER, BUCHANAN BEGAN, “[MY DAD] JOINED THE A.P.P. WHEN HE WAS TWENTY AND HE WAS STATIONED OUT NEAR ST. PAUL…AS A ROOKIE – RIGHT AT THE START – HE WAS ON JOB TO BE ON GUARD AT THE STATION. AND IT WASN’T LONG UNTIL HE WAS SENT OUT TO ST. PAUL AND INTO MORE REAL POLICING. WHEN THE CRAZY PROHIBITION WAS BROUGHT IN, THAT WAS A REAL PAIN FOR THE POLICE. IT WAS [A MOVEMENT] PUSHED BY THESE DO-GOODERS, WHO DIDN’T REALIZE WHAT THEY WERE DOING. DAD WAS VERY UPSET TALKING ABOUT THAT. EVEN WHEN HE WAS JUST A YOUNG FELLOW, [HE WAS] FINDING YOUNG, GOOD FARM BOYS BLIND OR DEAD OVER A FENCE, BECAUSE THEY HAD A PROBLEM WITH THE PROHIBITION AND GETTING MOONSHINE THAT WASN’T MATURE OR SOMETHING, [WHICH] WAS POISONOUS.” “IN 1921 HE MET MY MOTHER IN EDMONTON,” BUCHANAN CONTINUED, “BUT HE STAYED AT ST. PAUL. HE THEN GOT POSTED TO GRANDE PRAIRIE AND HE WAS GOING TO GO THERE, BUT THEN IN 1922 THEY GOT MARRIED [SO HE DID NOT GO TO GRAND PRAIRIE] FORTUNATELY, THE A.P.P. HAD NO RESTRICTIONS ON THEIR MEMBERS GETTING MARRIED, LIKE THE R.C.M.P. DID, SO HE DIDN’T HAVE TO WAIT TO GET MARRIED. [AFTER MY PARENTS’ MARRIAGE] THEY WENT OUT TO BRAINARD, WHERE HE WAS ON HIS OWN [AT THE POSTING]. FROM THERE, HE DID A LOT OF WORK GOING BACK AND FORTH.” “BRAINARD [WAS] A LITTLE PLACE NEAR THE HORSE LAKE INDIAN RESERVATION… THEY BUILT DAD A LOG CABIN DOWN THERE FOR THE HOUSE WITH HIS NEW WIFE AND [SOON AFTER THEY WERE] EXPECTING THEIR FIRST CHILD. [THE CABIN HAD] ONE BIG ROOM WITH CURTAINS HERE AND THERE, AND HE DIDN’T HAVE A PRISON THERE. WHEN HE TOOK IN A PRISONER, THAT’S WHEN HE NEEDED THE OREGON BOOT AND THE BALL AND CHAIN BECAUSE HE HAD A BIG BOLT ON THE FLOOR NEAR HIS OFFICE. THAT’S WHERE THE GUY HAD TO SIT, CHAINED, UNTIL [MY FATHER] COULD TAKE HIM ON INTO EDMONTON…EVEN IN THE A.P.P. TO START WITH, HE HAD SOME SERVICE DOWN HERE AT THE LETHBRIDGE PRISON. [HE WOULD BE] BRINGING PRISONERS DOWN [TO LETHBRIDGE],” BUCHANAN EXPLAINED EXPANDING ON HOW HER FATHER’S WORK TOOK HIM “BACK AND FORTH.” “THEN THEY CLOSED THAT [BRAINAR POST] DOWN AND TRANSFERRED HIM TO WEMBLEY – A LITTLE VILLAGE – AND HE WAS THE ONLY OFFICER IN CHARGE OF WEMBLEY. [HE WAS THERE] WHEN 1932 CAME ALONG AND THEN HE JUST CHANGED THE SIGN UP THERE FROM A.P.P. TO R.C.M.P… AND THAT STAYED R.C.M.P. UNTIL ’34. [FROM THERE] HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO TAKE CHARGE OF THE WESTLOCK DETACHMENT, WHICH WAS A BIG AREA. HE HAD A HUGE AREA THERE TO [COVER]. AND THERE AGAIN, WE HAD A NICE, BIG WHITE HOUSE AND A JAIL THIS TIME… THE JAIL OFFICE AND THE COURTROOM AND EVERYTHING WAS CONNECTED [TO THE HOUSE]. YOU JUST GO DOWN THE HALL AND OPEN THE DOOR AND THERE YOU GO, AND THERE’S TWO JAILS IN THERE. [THERE] HE WAS GETTING ROOKIES COMING OUT FROM EDMONTON TO TRAIN UNDER HIM… [I WAS BORN IN] ’30 [AND] NOW IN ’34, I REMEMBER GOING THERE [TO WESTLOCK].” SPEAKING ABOUT THE DISSOLUTION OF THE A. P. P. IN 1932 AND THE ABSORPTION OF SOME OF ITS MEMBERS INTO THE R. C. M P., BUCHANAN EXPLAINED, “[A. P. P. OFFICERS] WERE NOT AUTOMATICALLY TAKEN INTO THE R.C.M.P. THEY [WERE RANKED] INTO THREE CATEGORIES. [FIRST, THERE WERE THE] ONES THAT WERE NOT ACCEPTABLE; THEY HADN’T DONE A VERY GOOD JOB IN THE A.P.P. THEY SHOWED UP, GOOFIN’ AROUND, DOING THINGS THEY SHOULDN’T BE DOING. THEN THERE WERE THE ONES THAT COULD BE GIVEN A LITTLE TRIAL RUN. THEY COULD APPLY [INTO THE FORCE FOR THE TRIAL PERIOD]. THEY COULD [BE ACCEPTED] FOR A FULL YEAR AND THEN RE-APPLY AGAIN [FOR FULL-TIME]. THEN THERE’S THE TOP GRADE, [WHO] WERE AUTOMATICALLY ACCEPTABLE. DAD WAS RIGHT UP THERE IN THAT TOP GRADE…IT IS IMPORTANT [TO REMEMBER], THOSE A.P.P. MEMBERS WERE TRAINED BY THE NORTHWEST MOUNTED POLICE, NOT SOME GOOFBALLS THAT DIDN’T KNOW WHAT THEY WERE DOING OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. THEY WERE TRAINED BY THE BEST-TRAINED POLICE OFFICERS.” WHEN ANSWERING HOW HER FATHER ENDED UP WORKING IN LETHBRIDGE, BUCHANAN SAID, “[AFTER THE DISSOLUTION OF THE A. P. P.], ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER [OF THE R. C. M. P.] HANCOCK (WILLIAM FREDERICK WATKINS “BILL” HANCOCK) KNEW DAD REALLY WELL. [PREVIOUSLY, HANCOCK] WAS THE [ACTING COMMISSIONER] FOR THE ALBERTA [PROVINCIAL POLICE]. [HANCOCK] CALLED DAD INTO THE OFFICE AND HE SAID, ‘BUCK – DAD WAS EDWARD ETTERSHANK BUCHANAN, BUT THEY CALLED HIM ‘BUCK’A LOT – I WAS GOING TO SEND YOU DOWN TO TAKE CHARGE OF THE RED DEER DETACHMENT, BUT I’VE HAD SO MUCH PROBLEM GETTING SOMEBODY TO GO DOWN TO TAKE THE LETHBRIDGE DETACHMENT. YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN HANDLE THE SITUATION WE’VE GOT DOWN THERE. THERE’S A LOT OF PROBLEMS AND I’M SURE YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN HANDLE IT. WILL YOU GO?’” AS A RESULT, EDWARD BUCHANAN WAS RELOCATED TO THE R. C. M. P.’S LETHBRIDGE DETACHMENT IN 1944. JEAN BUCHANAN CONTINUED, “DAD’S PERSONALITY WAS ALWAYS QUIET, FIRM, NO-NONSENSE, BUT HE WAS NEVER ARROGANT. I NEVER HEARD HIM SWEAR OR GET MAD AT ANYBODY, NOT EVEN PRISONERS. HE HANDLED THEM VERY QUIETLY, VERY FIRMLY. AND THE STAFF [IN LETHBRIDGE] ENDED UP LOVING HIM. THE SECRETARIES AND EVERYTHING, THEY WERE CRYING WHEN HE LEFT. AND I GOT LETTERS AND THEY CAME ALL THE WAY UP TO THEIR ANNIVERSARIES LATER IN EDMONTON… BUT [IN TERMS OF] THE SITUATION [WHICH ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER HANCOCK WAS REFERRING TO], NO, HE WAS FINE. HE NEVER HAD ANY TROUBLE. HE JUST FIRMLY, QUIETLY DEALT WITH EVERYTHING AND EVERYTHING WAS FINE. I NEVER SAW HIM STRESSED OUT. ALWAYS COOL, LAID BACK.” “[WHEN WE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE], WE RENTED A HOUSE ON 538 – 7TH STREET SOUTH. IT’S ALL TORN DOWN NOW. BUT WE HAD [SOME] TROUBLE BECAUSE DAD HAD TO COME DOWN A MONTH OR SO AHEAD OF US. HE COULDN’T FIND A HOUSE [THAT WAS] READY, SO WHEN WE CAME DOWN [WE] STAYED IN A HOTEL FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS. AND THEN I HAD TO START GRADE TEN; I WAS ONLY FOURTEEN. THAT WAS, TO ME, THE ONLY SAD PART OF MY LIFE – LEAVING THE WESTLOCK SCHOOL AND STARTING LCI. THE PERSONALIZATION WAS GONE WITH THE TEACHERS. ANYWAY, I GOT THROUGH GRADE TWELVE AND THAT’S ALRIGHT.” “[ANOTHER THING HE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR HERE IN LETHBRIDGE] WAS TO OVERSEE THE PRISONER OF WAR (POW) CAMPS…HE TALKED ABOUT THE POWS IN THE RESPECT THAT THERE WAS A LOT OF VERY GOOD GERMANS THAT WERE IN THERE. THEY WOULDN’T HAVE CHOSEN TO EVEN BE IN THE GERMAN ARMY, BUT THEY WERE CONSCRIPTED OVER IN GERMANY. THEY DIDN’T HAVE ANY CHOICE, AND THEY WERE VERY DECENT, GOOD GUYS. [MY DAD] RESPECTED THEM FOR THAT… AND THEN THERE WAS A TRUST THERE TO LET SOME OF THEM OUT TO WORK ON THE [FARMS], BECAUSE THERE WAS A LABOUR SHORTAGE FOR THE FARMERS… BUT, OF COURSE, I KNEW ABOUT THE CRUELTY OF SOME OF THE HARD-CORE NAZIS THAT WERE IN THERE. THE TROUBLE WAS THERE WASN’T ENOUGH FORCE POLICE TO GO IN THERE SAFELY. THEY COULDN’T EVEN GET IN THE POW CAMP AND THE CIVIL GUARDS WERE THE ONLY ONES THAT WERE AVAILABLE, BUT THEY DIDN’T EVEN DARE GO IN HALF THE TIME. IT WAS REALLY SOMETHING. THERE WERE SOME GUYS IN THERE THAT WERE REALLY, REALLY MEAN…” “AND OH YES, A FEW [MEN DID TRY TO ESCAPE THE CAMP],” BUCHANAN CONTINUED, “BUT THEY DIDN’T GET VERY FAR. THEY NEVER GOT AWAY. I’VE GOT RECORDS OF ONES THAT WERE CAUGHT. THEY STOLE SOMEBODY’S CAR. SOME OF THEM GOT A REGULAR SENTENCE FOR BREAKING ONE OF OUR LAWS.” BUCHANAN CONFIRMS THAT HER FATHER RETIRED FROM THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE IN 1950 WHILE IN LETHBRIDGE. AFTER RETIREMENT, SHE EXPLAINED, “[HE] WENT BACK TO EDMONTON, HIS HOME CITY WHERE HIS PARENTS WERE AND A LOT OF FRIENDS… BUT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT WERE NOT GOING TO LET HIM LOOSE WITH HIS RECORD, SO THEY MADE IT A FIRST APPOINTMENT OF AN INSPECTOR OF JAILS FOR THE PRISONS OF ALBERTA…HE THEN WORKED ON THAT FOR FIFTEEN OR SIXTEEN YEARS. AFTER TWELVE YEARS, THEY MADE HIM SUPERINTENDENT OF PRISONS…” EDWARD BUCHANAN “SORT OF” RETIRED FROM THAT ROLE IN THE 1970S, HIS DAUGHTER EXPLAINED. HE CONTINUED WORKING IN SOME CAPACITIES UNTIL HIS PASSING IN 1998. “[I RECEIVED MY DAD’S R. C. M. P. POSSESSIONS, BECAUSE HE] KNEW I WOULD LOOK AFTER IT AND WANTED TO GET IT TO A MUSEUM… HE LIVED TO BE NINETY-EIGHT AND I DON’T THINK HE EVER THREW ANYTHING OUT SINCE HE WAS IN HIS TWENTIES.” ACCORDING TO EDWARD E. “BUCK” BUCHANAN’S OBITUARY, HE PASSED AWAY IN IN EDMONTON IN 1998. HIS WIFE’S NAME WAS CHRISTENE BUCHANAN AND TOGETHER THEY HAD FIVE CHILDREN – EDWARD, ROBERT, JEAN, WILLIAM, AND ROSE-MARIE. THE OBITUARY STATES HE SERVED 31 YEARS IN THE R.C.M.P, AND 15 YEARS AS THE SUPERINTENDENT OF CORRECTIONS FOR ALBERTA. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION.
Catalogue Number
P20180014002
Acquisition Date
2018-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
TROPHY BELT
Date Range From
1916
Date Range To
1919
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS, SILVER
Catalogue Number
P20190007009
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TROPHY BELT
Date Range From
1916
Date Range To
1919
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS, SILVER
No. Pieces
1
Length
101.3
Width
7.8
Description
LEATHER BELT WITH PINS AND BUTTONS FIXED; BELT HAS SILVER BUCKLE AT RIGHT END AND BUCKLE STRAP AT LEFT END; LEATHER IS STAMPED AT LEFT END WITH TEXT “[ILLEGIBLE] & COGGSHALL MILES [ILLEGIBLE]”. BELT HAS 22 PINS ATTACHED; PINS DISPLAYED INCLUDE: BRASS BAR WITH EMBOSSED TEXT “CANADA” [3 ON BELT]; COPPER AND BRASS BUTTON WITH LION IN CENTER AND TEXT AROUND EDGES “43 CAMERON HIGHLANDERS OF CANADA” [11 ON BELT]; COPPER AND BRASS MAPLE LEAF PIN WITH CROWN ABOVE TEXT “43 CAMERONS, CANADA” [2 ON BELT]; BRASS PIN DEPICTING OVAL SHIELD WITH CROWN AT TOP, MAPLE LEAF AND THISTLES AROUND BANNER, AND TEXT EMBOSSED ON OVAL BORDERS AND BANNER “OVERSEAS BATTALION, 113 CANADA, LETHBRIDGE HIGHLANDERS” [3 ON BELT]; COPPER AND BRASS PIN DEPICTING “C” ABOVE A BAR AND “43” BELOW BAR [2 ON BELT]; SILVER PIN DEPICTING ROUND SHIELD WITH CROWN AT TOP, MAPLE LEAVES DECORATING LEFT EDGE AND THISTLES DECORATING RIGHT EDGE, WITH AN “X” IN CENTER WITH A LION OVERLAID, AND TEXT EMBOSSED OVER INSIDE BORDER, “43 CAMERON HIGHLANDERS OF CANADA” AND TEXT EMBOSSED AT BASE, “BATTN. C.E.F., WINNIPEG” [1 ON BELT]. LEATHER IS CRACKED AND WORN; BELT SHOWS SLIGHT GREEN RESIDUE AROUND PINS AND BELT BUCKLE HOLES FROM COPPER OXIDATION; BUTTONS, PINS, AND BELT BUCKLE ARE TARNISHED; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
MILITARY
PERSONAL CARE
History
ACCORDING TO HIS CANADIAN MILITARY SERVICE FILE, JOHN MACDIARMID ENLISTED WITH THE 113TH OVERSEAS BATTALION (LETHBRIDGE HIGHLANDERS) ON AUGUST 22, 1916. MACDIARMID WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE 17TH BATTALION ON OCTOBER 8, 1916, AFTER SAILING FROM CANADA OVERSEAS ON SEPTEMBER 25, 1916 WITH HIS UNIT. MACDIARMID WAS TAKEN ON STRENGTH WITH THE 43RD CANADIAN RESERVE BATTALION SERVING IN FRANCE ON OCTOBER 27, 1916. MACDIARMID WAS DISCHARGED FROM SERVICE IN MAY 1919. A MEMO RECEIVED AND INCLUDED WITH HIS SERVICE FILE INDICATES THAT JOHN MACDIARMID PASSED AWAY ON NOVEMBER 26, 1918 AT THE SHAUGHNESSY HOSPITAL IN VANCOUVER, B.C. ON MARCH 28, 2019, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED CAROL AND BRETT CLIFTON REGARDING THEIR DONATION OF VARIOUS LETHBRIDGE AND MILITARY MEMORABILIA. THE OBJECTS WERE COLLECTED BY CAROL’S LATE HUSBAND, CHRIS CLIFTON, AND DONATED IN HIS MEMORY. ON THE HATE BELT, BRETT CLIFTEN NOTED, “THE PENNANTS AND THE TRAY IN PARTICULAR AND THE SPORRAN, ARE JUST THINGS LIKE, THEY’RE REALLY COOL.” ON CHRIS CLIFTON’S ACQUISITIONS OF THE OBJECTS, CAROL CLIFTON NOTED, “[CHRIS SEARCHED ON] AUCTION WEB…HE WAS A VERY EARLY USER. THESE THINGS COST MONEY. CHRIS AND I WERE ALWAYS LIKE, ‘OH WELL, ONE DAY WE’LL DONATE THEM AND IT’LL BE OUR GIFT TO CHARITY...'” “MUCH OF THE REST [OF THE COLLECTION] WAS FOUND BY CHRIS ON EBAY…IT COULD BE THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT [AND CHRIS WOULD SAY], ‘HEY, BRETT, GUESS WHAT’S ON EBAY?’” “HE DIDN’T THINK TWICE. IF [AN ITEM] WAS THERE AND HE COULD AFFORD IT, HE GOT IT...IT WAS LIKE HE FELT LIKE HE WAS SAVING IT. I SUPPOSE, AS A MUSEUM, YOU CAN’T NECESSARILY JUST BUY WITH THAT ABANDON BECAUSE YOU HAVE PEOPLE YOU HAVE TO ANSWER TO. WELL, HE DIDN’T HAVE TO ANSWER TO ANYONE...IF HE FELT IT BELONGED IN LETHBRIDGE HE BOUGHT IT...[HE WAS] BRINGING IT HOME.” ON THEIR MOTIVES FOR DONATING THE COLLECTIONS, CAROL CLIFTON NOTED, “THE FIRST REASON THAT WE DECIDED TO DONATE AT THIS TIME…IS THAT WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A NICE WAY TO HONOUR [CHRIS] TO MAKE SURE THAT THE COLLECTION ALWAYS STAYED IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA AND THAT IT’S AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE WITH SIMILAR INTERESTS. [THE DONATION] WOULD BE SOMETHING IN HIS MEMORY THAT WOULD KEEP HIS MEMORY ALIVE.” ON HER HUSBAND’S INTEREST IN SOUTERN ALBERTA HISTORY, CAROL CLIFTON ELABORATED, “CHRIS PASSED AWAY…[HE] REALLY MADE US INTERESTED IN HISTORY. FOR HIM IT WAS ALL ABOUT LOCAL HISTORY, SO ANYTHING THAT HE COLLECTED HAD A LETHBRIDGE OR SOUTHERN ALBERTA CONNECTION OR HE DIDN’T COLLECT IT. HE LIKED TO RESEARCH THEM.” “[CHRIS] WAS VERY PROUD TO HAVE BEEN RAISED MORMON FROM A MORMON FAMILY THAT HAD DEEP PIONEER ROOTS INTO UTAH, AND WERE ORIGINALS TO UTAH AND ORIGINALS TO SOUTHERN ALBERTA. ALONG WITH THAT MORMONS…REALLY ENCOURAGE HISTORY IN TERMS OF COLLECTING THEIR ARTIFACTS OR RELIGIOUS ARTIFACTS, AND GENEALOGY. [CHRIS DID] ALL OF HIS OWN GENEALOGY AND HE WOULD DO GENEALOGY FOR ANYONE HE KNEW. WE JUST LITERALLY HAVE REAMS OF PERSONAL HISTORY AND GENEALOGY IN THAT FORM. IT GREW FROM THERE. [CHRIS] WAS A COLLECTOR AT HEART, HE BEGAN COIN COLLECTING AND DID A LOT OF WORK FOUNDING A NUMISMATICS SOCIETY IN TOWN AND BELONGED TO SEVERAL, AND DISPLAYED ON A NATIONAL LEVEL.” “IN TERMS OF THE MILITARY ITEMS, I WOULD SAY [HIS INTEREST BEGAN] WITH HIS DAD BEING FROM THE CALGARY TANK REGIMENT IN DIEPPE AND A PRISONER OF WAR. HIS DAD’S MOTHER HAD SAVED A BUNCH OF ITEMS AND BEFORE CHRIS’ DAD PASSED AWAY, HE GAVE EVERYTHING TO CHRIS…THAT KIND OF FOSTERED [HIS INTEREST IN MILITARY COLLECTIONS] AND THEN IT JUST GREW INTO INTERESTING LOCAL THINGS.” “CHRIS LOVED SOUTHERN ALBERTA, AND NO MATTER WHAT, HE NEVER WOULD HAVE LEFT SOUTHERN ALBERTA. HE LOVED TO TRAVEL BUT HE NEVER WOULD HAVE MOVED. HE LIVED IN MAGRATH AND LETHBRIDGE HIS WHOLE LIFE AND HAD NO INTEREST IN ANY OTHER PLACE BUT HERE.” ON CHRIS’ RESEARCH EFFORTS, CAROL CLIFTON RECALLED, “CHRIS WAS METICULOUS. ANYTHING CHRIS DID, HE DID IT TEN TIMES MORE THAN ANYONE ELSE WOULD. HE WOULD NOT GIVE UP…WHEN [HIS SON] BRETT DID THE CENOTAPH WORK, CHRIS WOULD HELP HIM IDENTIFY [THE NAMES] AND IT WOULD BE A DEAD END AFTER ANOTHER DEAD END, AND THE NEXT THING YOU KNEW WAS CHRIS HAD FOUND A RELATIVE IN ENGLAND WHO WAS A GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER’S NEIGHBOR. HE WOULD LITERALLY SPEND YEARS RESEARCHING ONE THING. IT WAS JUST HIS PERSONALITY AND HIS LEVEL OF INTEREST AND HE DIDN’T STOP THERE, HE WOULD DO IT FOR ANYONE…HE WAS A VERY GIVING PERSON AND HE WAS SO FANTASTICALLY GOOD AT THAT TYPE OF RESEARCH.” “[CHRIS] AND BRETT TOGETHER WOULD DO [THE RESEARCH] AND I WOULD DO IT OUT OF INTEREST…I DON’T KNOW OF ANYONE WHO DID IT TO THE LEVEL HE DID. HE WOULD BE UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT FOLLOWING A LEAD IN EUROPE ON SOMEONE HE DIDN’T KNOW FOR SOMEONE HE BARELY KNEW…[CHRIS WAS] TOTALLY SELF-TAUGHT…OF COURSE WITH THE INTERNET IT BECAME MUCH EASIER FOR EVERYONE TO [SEARCH]. THE GENEALOGY HE DID BEFORE WAS PRE-INTERNET SO THAT INVOLVED A LOT OF ARCHIVAL THINGS…HE BEGAN RESEARCH WORK VERY EARLY IN THE INTERNET AND WE GOT OUR FIRST COMPUTER IN 1995, AND HE PRETTY MUCH DID RESEARCH FROM THEN ON. HE WAS INTERESTING IN THAT NO MATTER WHAT RESEARCH HE DID HE DIDN’T WANT CREDIT FOR IT. HE DIDN’T WANT TO BELONG TO THINGS…IN ADDITION, HE DIDN’T LIKE TO DO THE WRITING, ALTHOUGH HE COULD WRITE, BUT HE WAS THE BEST PROOF READER BECAUSE HE WAS SO METICULOUS, AND HE WOULD PROOF READ FOR ANYONE. [IF] SOMEBODY WROTE AN ARTICLE HE WOULD BE A PROOF READER OR A FACT CHECKER. IT WAS JUST HIS NATURE…[HE WAS] STUBBORN, AND COMPETITIVE, AND INTERESTED, AND METICULOUS, AND IF HE DID IT IT’S CORRECT. IF THERE’S A MISTAKE IN IT HE SURE DIDN’T KNOW IT. HE WOULD HAVE NEVER PUT ANYTHING DOWN HE WASN’T PRETTY DARN SURE OF.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20190007001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20190007009
Acquisition Date
2019-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1915
Date Range To
1925
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GLASS, COTTON, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20180003001
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1915
Date Range To
1925
Materials
GLASS, COTTON, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
2
Length
39
Width
17.7
Description
A. BEADED HANDBAG WITH BROWN TORTOISESHELL TRIM AND CLASP ALONG TOP OPENING. BAG HAS BLACK BEADS COVERING EXTERIOR WITH RED, PINK, GREEN AND YELLOW BEADED STARBURST PATTERN; BAG HAS BEADED FRINGE WITH BLACK, YELLOW AND GREEN BEADS. BAG HANDLE IS NAVY BLUE COTTON WITH BLACK BEADS COVERING EXTERIOR; HANDLE ATTACHES TO TRIM ALONG OPENING WITH BROWN TORTOISESHELL RINGS. BAG CLASP HAS BROWN TORTOISESHELL BUTTON AT TOP OF BROWN TORTOISESHELL TRIM ALONG OPENING; INSIDE OF BAG IS LINED WITH WHITE, BLUE AND GREEN FLORAL-PATTERNED COTTON FABRIC WITH POCKET SEWN INTO LINING FOR HOLDING MIRROR. OUTER BEADING IS EXTREMELY DELICATE AND FRAGILE; INSIDE OF BAG IS SOILED ON TORTOISESHELL TRIM; OVERALL GOOD CONDITION. B. MIRROR, 6 CM LONG X 6.2 CM WIDE. SQUARE POCKET MIRROR SET IN CREAM SYNTHETIC LEATHER CASE; MIRROR BACKING COVERED IN WHITE, BLUE AND GREEN FLORAL-PATTERNED COTTON FABRIC THAT MATCHES INSIDE OF HANDBAG. CORNER OF MIRROR HAS SEWN LOOP OF BACKING FABRIC. FABRIC ON MIRROR IS DISCOLORED [DARKENED]; MIRROR SURFACE IS SOILED AND STAINED; MIRROR SURFACE HAS SCRATCH ALONG EDGE; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON MARCH 12, 2018, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED KERRY WRIGHT REGARDING HER DONATION OF A HANDBAG AND DRESS FROM THE 1920S. WRIGHT ACQUIRED THE OBJECTS FROM HER MOTHER UPON HER PASSING. THE OBJECTS BELONGED TO WRIGHT’S MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER, CLARA SAXON, PRIOR TO HER DEATH IN 1924. ON THE HANDBAG, WRIGHT ELABORATED, “I THINK THAT THAT HANDBAG WOULD BE SOMETHING THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A TREASURE BECAUSE IT WAS SO INTRICATE, AND IT WOULD HAVE COST A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN WHAT [MY GRANDPARENTS’ SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS WAS. I THINK THAT PROBABLY WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS VERY SPECIAL TO [CLARA].” WRIGHT RECALLED HER FAMILY’S HISTORY AND THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT LED TO WRIGHT’S MOTHER ACQUIRING THE OBJECTS, STATING, “1924. [MY] MOM [LILY WRIGHT] WAS BORN ON SEPTEMBER 29 [1924] AND CLARA PASSED AWAY…ON NOVEMBER 22 [1924].” “[MY MOTHER WAS] SIX WEEKS OLD AND HER MOTHER DIED. THERE WAS NEVER ANY QUESTION THAT HER GRANDPARENTS AUTOMATICALLY [LOOKED] AFTER HER. I REALLY DON’T KNOW TOO MUCH ABOUT CLARA’S HUSBAND [HENRY SAXON]. I KNEW HIS NAME BUT HE PASSED AWAY WHEN MY MOTHER WAS ABOUT 8. OCCASIONALLY HE WOULD COME TO VISIT BUT NOT [OFTEN].” “[MY] MOTHER HAD ALWAYS SAID THAT THE DOCTORS DIDN’T KNOW WHAT SHE DIED FROM. BOTH OF HER PARENTS WERE DIABETICS AND MY GUESS WOULD HAVE TO BE GESTATION DIABETES. I DON’T BELIEVE THERE WAS ANY KIND OF INFECTION FROM WHAT ANYBODY HAD BEEN ABLE TO TELL…[SHE WAS TAKEN] TO THE DOCTOR RIGHT AWAY AND THEY SAID, “ OH, WHO KNOWS?” SHE LEFT AND DIED. HER SISTER NEVER DID KNOW WHAT SHE DIED OF EITHER AND THEY’RE ALSO DIABETIC NOW.” “[CLARA] LIVED IN LETHBRIDGE WHEN SHE PASSED…IT WAS MY GUESS THAT HER AND JOHN WERE MARRIED IN ST. MARY’S ANGLICAN CHURCH UP ON THE NORTH SIDE.” “[I GOT THESE PIECES] THROUGH MY MOTHER [LILY WRIGHT]. SHE HAD THEM PUT AWAY. HER GRANDPARENTS WHO RAISED HER KEPT A FEW THINGS LIKE THIS AND THEY WERE ALWAYS IN THE TRUNK DOWNSTAIRS. WHEN WE HAD TO CLEAN OUT MOM’S PLACE WHEN SHE WENT IN TO A NURSING HOME, MY SISTER AND I WENT “DO YOU WANT THIS, DO YOU WANT THIS? I SAID, THAT WAS CLARA’S, I WANT THAT. THAT’S HOW IT CAME INTO MY OWNERSHIP AND I’VE BEEN CARRYING IT AROUND FOR ABOUT FIFTEEN YEARS.” “[THESE ARE OBJECTS] THAT I FELT SHE WOULD HAVE APPRECIATED THAT THEY MEANT SOMETHING TO ME, TO HANG ON TO AND STILL HAVE SOMETHING OF HERS…[THEY WERE IN] AN OLD STEAMER TRUNK, AN OLD METAL TRUNK AND I THINK PROBABLY AROUND THE TIME [MY MOTHER] AND DAD GOT MARRIED [’46…I’M PRETTY SURE THAT [MOM] HAD GOT [THE TRUNK] AS A SECONDARY HOPE CHEST. IT HAD CLARA’S WEDDING GOWN, HER SHOES…IT MEANT SOMETHING TO [MY MOTHER] SO SHE [HAD] THEM. [THERE WERE] A FEW ORNAMENTS AND GADGETS THAT MOM HAD PICKED UP OVER THE YEARS AND THERE REALLY WASN’T TOO MUCH OF CLARA’S BECAUSE SHE WAS ONLY 22 WHEN SHE PASSED.” “[THE TRUNK] WAS DOWNSTAIRS UNDER THE STAIRS AND IT WAS ONE TRUNK THAT SHE HAD ALWAYS ASKED US NOT TO GO IN. I WAS A PRECOCIOUS CHILD AND BEING TOLD THAT I COULDN’T GO NEAR THE STUFF, I DID ANYWAY. WHEN THEY WERE ON THE FARM, CLARA’S FATHER LIVED WITH MY MOM AND DAD, MYSELF AND MY SISTER UNTIL I WAS FOUR. [MY GREAT-GRANDFATHER] PASSED AWAY WHEN I WAS FOUR. HE LIVED IN THE FARMHOUSE BASEMENT, AND I DIDN’T LIKE THAT HE WAS DOWN THERE BY HIMSELF ALL THE TIME, SO I’D SNEAK DOWN THERE. I HAD GRAMPA JOHN’S PERMISSION TO LOOK THROUGH THAT STUFF BUT MY MOTHER DIDN’T KNOW.” “I IMAGINE IT WAS [MY GREAT GRANDFATHER] THAT TOLD ME [ABOUT CLARA]. EVENTUALLY MOTHER DID TELL ME THAT CLARA’S STUFF WAS IN THAT TRUNK.” “PROBABLY ABOUT ONCE A YEAR, I’D JUST TAKE [THE OBJECTS OUT] AND LOOK AT [THEM]. IT’S BEEN A BIG DEBATE WHETHER I WOULD GO AHEAD AND FIND SOMEBODY THAT COULD RESTORE THE PURSE OR WHETHER I SHOULD JUST PASS IT ALONG. I’M NOT A WEALTHY PERSON, SO I THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE A BETTER HOME FOR IT RATHER THAN INVESTING A BUNCH OF MONEY IN SOMETHING THAT WOULD COME HERE EVENTUALLY ANYWAY.” “[THESE OBJECTS] ARE SOMETHING THAT I KNEW DIDN’T BELONG IN THE GARBAGE. I GUESS IT WAS TO GET SOME KIND OF CONNECTION WITH MY PAST. I NEVER KNEW [CLARA]. MY MOTHER, SHE NEVER KNEW HER MOTHER. IT WAS JUST REASON THAT I HUNG ON TO THEM. NOW THAT I’M DOWNSIZING, HAVING TO LIVE IN A SMALLER PLACE, I HAVE TO LET GO OF A LOT OF STUFF. THIS IS A GOOD HOME FOR [THEM]. THAT HANDBAG WAS JUST SO SPECIAL.” IN AN EMAIL FROM WRIGHT TO MACLEAN, WRIGHT ELABORATES ON THE HISTORY OF CLARA SAXON. CLARA WAS BORN CLARA MELLING IN WIGAN, LANCASHIRE, ENGLAND IN DECEMBER 1902 TO ISABELLA (SMITH) MELLING AND JOHN MELLING. IN 1912, THE MELLING FAMILY EMIGRATED TO CANADA. CLARA’S SISTER, LILY MELLING, MARRIED ANDY ALLISON. CLARA MARRIED HENRY SAXON ON NOVEMBER 21, 1923, AND HAD ONE DAUGHTER, LILY (WRIGHT) SAXON BORN SEPTEMBER 29, 1924. CLARA WENT TO A MOVIE WITH HER SISTER ON NOVEMBER 18, 1924 AND FELL ILL. SHE PASSED AWAY OF AN UNDETERMINED CAUSE. LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES FROM NOVEMBER 20, 1924 AND DECEMBER 3, 1924, CONFIRM THAT THE CAUSE OF DEATH WAS NEVER DETERMINED. A POST-MORTEM WAS CONDUCTED AND STOMACH CONTENTS SENT TO EDMONTON, ALBERTA FOR ANALYSIS. IN A LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLE FROM DECEMBER 3, 1924, THE JURY FORMED TO ENQUIRE INTO THE DEATH OF CLARA SAXON RULED CAUSE OF DEATH UNKNOWN AFTER THE POST-MORTEM AND ANALYSIS OF STOMACH CONTENTS FOUND NO ABNORMALITIES, AND THE JURY WAS ADJOURNED. FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND COPIES OF LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20180003001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20180003001
Acquisition Date
2018-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1830
Date Range To
1953
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS, DEMI PEARLS, RUBIES/GARNETS
Catalogue Number
P20090016012
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1830
Date Range To
1953
Materials
BRASS, DEMI PEARLS, RUBIES/GARNETS
No. Pieces
2
Description
BRASS FRAGMENT SET WITH NON-GEM QUALITY RUBIES OR GARNETS AND CULTURED DEMIPEARLS – 2 PIECES. POSSIBLY A RING. 1. FRAGMENT, BRASS. CURVED BAND STAMPED WITH SCROLL WORK. 0.2 CM HIGH BY 1.3 CM LONG BY 0.5 CM WIDE. 2. FRAGMENT, BRASS. CURVED BAND STAMPED WITH SCROLL WORK ATTACHED TO DIAMOND SHAPED PIECE SET WITH FOUR CIRCULAR , PURPLE GEMS (EITHER RUBIES OR GARNETS) AND FIVE SMALL SILVER COLORED PEARLS. 0.8 CM HIGH BY 1.8 CM LONG BY 1.3 CM WIDE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE P20090016001 AND PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20090016012
Acquisition Date
2009-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1830
Date Range To
1953
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
TIN
Catalogue Number
P20090016015
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1830
Date Range To
1953
Materials
TIN
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.4
Length
3.2
Width
3.3
Description
PIN, TIN. BARBED CROSS WITH ARMS OF EQUAL LENGTHS SET IN A SQUARE. ETCHED FLOWER IN CENTER OF CROSS. HINGED PIN ON BACK, FASTENER FOR PIN IS MISSING. TARNISHED THROUGHOUT, EXCEPT FOR HINGED PIN.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
RELIGION
History
FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE P20090016001 AND PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20090016015
Acquisition Date
2009-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
NECKLACE CHAIN
Date Range From
1830
Date Range To
1953
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SILVER
Catalogue Number
P20090016022
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
NECKLACE CHAIN
Date Range From
1830
Date Range To
1953
Materials
SILVER
No. Pieces
1
Length
48.0
Description
CHAIN, SILVER. RING CLASP ON ONE END, LARGE RING ON OTHER. TARNISHED THROUGHOUT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE P20090016001 AND PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20090016022
Acquisition Date
2009-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1830
Date Range To
1953
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CHALCEDONY, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20090016004
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1830
Date Range To
1953
Materials
CHALCEDONY, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.6
Diameter
5.4
Description
BRACELET, CHILD’S (?). COTTON THREAD, WITH CHALCEDONY BEADS. SEVERAL SMALL, ROUND, ORANGE BEADS, TWO MEDIUM, ORANGE BEADS, ONE LARGE, ORANGE BEAD, ONE LARGE, SEMI-TRANSPARENT COLORLESS BEAD. COTTON THREAD DISCOLORED. THREAD UNTWISTING AT ENDS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE P20090016001 AND PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20090016004
Acquisition Date
2009-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1830
Date Range To
1953
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
TIN
Catalogue Number
P20090016006
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1830
Date Range To
1953
Materials
TIN
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.5
Diameter
2.4
Description
BROOCH, SILVER COLORED, WREATH SHAPED. DECORATED WITH ETCHED PATTERN OF TRIANGLES AND GRASSES. CLOSURE MISSING FROM BACK. TARNISHED THROUGHOUT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE P20090016001 AND PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20090016006
Acquisition Date
2009-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1830
Date Range To
1953
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS
Catalogue Number
P20090016009
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1830
Date Range To
1953
Materials
BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.5
Diameter
2.4
Description
PENDANT, BRASS, ROUND. 1 SIDE CONCAVE OTHER CONVEX. DECORATIVE SWIRLS ON BORDER, CIRCULAR EMBOSSED DOT PATTERN ON FACE. FINISH LOSS ON REVERSE OF PENDANT. TWO INTERLOCKED LOOPS AT TOP.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE P20090016001 AND PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20090016009
Acquisition Date
2009-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1830
Date Range To
1953
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SILVER, GLASS
Catalogue Number
P20090016002
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1830
Date Range To
1953
Materials
SILVER, GLASS
No. Pieces
1
Length
92.2
Description
SILVER CHAIN, FINE GAUGE WITH TEN ROUND CIRCULAR PURPLE BEADS, AND THREE ROUND DIAMOND SHAPED SILVER BEADS. ONE END OF CHAIN HAS LARGE, BRIOLETTE SHAPED PURPLE GLASS BEAD.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE P20090016001 AND PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20090016002
Acquisition Date
2009-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CLOTH
Catalogue Number
P20090007001
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Materials
CLOTH
No. Pieces
1
Length
43.5
Width
58.5
Description
BLACK COLLAR, SEMI-CIRCULAR WITH THREE TRIANGULAR EXTENSIONS ON FRONT. VELVET-COVERED BUTTONS ON LEFT-SIDE PROPER EDGE OF COLLAR, CORRESPONDING LOOPS ON RIGHT-SIDE PROPER EDGE. COLLAR CONSISTS OF ALENCON LACE, WITH SWIRLS AND FLORAL DESIGNS ATTACHED TO MESH BACKING.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
DONATED MATERIALS CAME INTO THE DONOR’S (BILL NILES) POSSESSION IN THE EARLY 1980S VIA ZETA ROBERTA NIVEN (NICKNAMED BUNTY), THE DONOR’S AUNT. BUNTY’S PARENTS AND DONOR’S GRANDPARENTS WERE BILL AND LAURA (NEE DAVIES) NIVEN OF CALGARY, FORMERLY OF LETHBRIDGE. BILL AND LAURA WED AT LETHBRIDGE’S ST. AUGUSTINE’S CHURCH. IT IS PRESUMED THAT THE DONATED EFFECTS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THE DAVIES AND NIVEN FAMILIES. THE NIVENS WERE EARLY PIONEERS IN S. ALBERTA, COMING TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1885 FROM NOVA SCOTIA. THEY EMIGRATED FROM SCOTLAND TO PICTOU COUNTY, NOVA SCOTIA IN 1866, LIVING IN STELLARTON AND WESTVILLE. BILL NIVEN WAS BORN IN NOVA SCOTIA IN 1876. HIS FATHER ROBERT NIVEN, A MASTER MECHANIC, WAS RECRUITED FROM THE ACADIA COAL COMPANY BY WILLIAM STAFFORD TO INSTALL THE MACHINERY IN LETHBRIDGE’S FIRST COAL MINE AND THE MACHINERY TO HANDLE THE COAL CARS ON THE INCLINE, WHICH BROUGHT THE COAL UP FROM THE MINE TO THE RAILROAD, WHERE IT WAS HAULED EAST TO DUNMORE. BILL AND LAURA RELOCATED TO CALGARY AFTER THEIR WEDDING ON ACCOUNT OF BILL’S EMPLOYMENT WITH THE CPR. IN LETHBRIDGE, HE WORKED ON THE RAILWAY (THE “TURKEY TRACK” – NARROW GAUGE RAILWAY, OPERATED BY THE A. R. & I) BETWEEN THE CITY AND GREAT FALLS. BILL NIVEN DIED AT AGE 91 IN 1967. LAURA DAVIES WAS BORN IN BOBCAYGEON, ONTARIO. AT SOME POINT AND TIME, SHE AND HER FAMILY MIGRATED WEST, SETTLING IN LETHBRIDGE. SHE PASSED AWAY IN CALGARY IN 1965. IT IS CLAIMED THAT LAURA WAS ONE OF LETHBRIDGE’S EARLIEST SCHOOL TEACHERS. LAURA’S BROTHER BRUCE WAS A VETERAN OF WORLD WAR ONE. HE WAS BADLY WOUNDED IN THE CONFLICT, LOSING/INJURING HIS LIMBS, AND RECOVERED FOR SOME TIME IN ENGLAND. FOLLOWING HIS RETURN TO CANADA, BRUCE LIVED WITH LAURA (SISTER AND DONOR’S GRANDMOTHER) AND HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW FOR THE BALANCE OF HIS LIFE. IT IS PRESUMED THAT THE PATRIOTIC TEXTILE AND THE ARABIC-THEMED TABLE CLOTH(?) WERE ORIGINALLY HIS POSSESSIONS. THE DONOR LOCATED THE ITEMS IN A BOX MARKED, “REMNANTS FROM VETERAN AFTER WORLD WAR ONE.” BILL NILES RECEIVED THE MATERIAL FROM ZETA ON ACCOUNT THAT HE REPRESENTS ONE OF TWO TOTAL GRANDCHILDREN (BILL’S AND LAURA’S) AND BECAUSE, IN HIS WORDS, HE WAS PERCEIVED AS THE “FAMILY CUSTODIAN”. NILES’ PARENTS WERE VIVA (NEE NIVEN) AND CAM NILES. CAM OPERATED CAM’S TUCK SHOP ACROSS FROM THE CURLING RINK ON 6TH AVENUE SOUTH (THE BUILDING IS STILL THERE). THE DONOR HAD NEVER SEEN NOR BEEN INFORMED OF THE DONATED MATERIALS EXISTENCE PRIOR TO HIS RECEIPT (POST ZETA PASSING) OF THE ITEMS IN THE EARLY 1980S. ZETA WAS BORN IN CALGARY IN 1919, NEVER MARRIED AND, EXCEPT FOR SHORT-TERM EMPLOYMENT IN LETHBRIDGE (HI-WAY SERVICE – THE CASE DEALERSHIP), LIVED HER ENTIRE ADULT LIFE IN CALGARY. SHE LIVED MUCH OF HER LIFE WITH HER PARENTS (EXCEPT IN LETHBRIDGE), RETURNING TO CALGARY AFTER BILL AND LAURA’S PASSING. ZETA DIED IN 1984 AND IS BURIED IN CALGARY. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE PERMANENT RECORD.
Catalogue Number
P20090007001
Acquisition Date
2009-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BAR STYLE "C.F.P. CONYBEARE"
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1927
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL
Catalogue Number
P20090021004
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BAR STYLE "C.F.P. CONYBEARE"
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1927
Materials
METAL
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.4
Length
1.0
Width
4.4
Description
PIN, BAR STYLE, GOLD COLORED METAL, RECTANGULAR SHAPED, BORDER MARKED WITH SMALL NOTCHES, MARKED “C.F.P. CONYBEARE” IN BLACK, SOME OXIDATION ON FINISH INDICATED BY BLACK COLOR, MINOR SCRATCHING OF FINISH.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
ACCORDING TO DONOR, CARLA SAMUELS (NEE CURRIE), AT THE TIME OF DONATION, SHE ACQUIRED THE PIN IN 1991 UPON THE PASSING OF HER FATHER WALTER CURRIE. DONOR HAD NO KNOWLEDGE OF THE PIN'S EXISTENCE PRIOR TO HER OWNERSHIP OF IT. SAMUELS WAS UNABLE TO GAIN CONTEXT FROM HER MOTHER WITH REGARD TO HER FATHER'S ACQUISITION AND OWNERSHIP OF THE PIN. SAMUELS' FATHER WAS THE SECRETARY FOR THE KNIGHTS OF PHYTHIAS (KOP) LODGE FROM THE LATE 1960'S TO THE EARLY 1970'S. IT IS PRESUMED HE ACCUMULATED THE MATERIAL AS A RESULT OF HIS MEMBERSHIP WITH THE KOP. ITEM WAS ORIGINALLY OWNED BY C. F. P. CONYBEARE. CONYBEARE PASSED AWAY IN 1927. SEE P20090021001 AND PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Catalogue Number
P20090021004
Acquisition Date
2009-07
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
BAR STYLE "CONYBEARE, ALTA"
Date Range From
1905
Date Range To
1927
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P20090021005
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BAR STYLE "CONYBEARE, ALTA"
Date Range From
1905
Date Range To
1927
Materials
METAL, PAPER
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.6
Length
2.0
Width
5.2
Description
PIN, BAR STYLE, GOLD COLORED METAL FRAME WITH HORIZONTAL LINE AND ‘X’ BORDER, YELLOWED PAPER INSERT MARKED, “CONYBEARE, ALTA.” IN TYPE WRITTEN FONT. BLACK DOT IN LOOP OF ‘A’ IN “ALTA.”
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
ACCORDING TO DONOR, CARLA SAMUELS (NEE CURRIE), AT THE TIME OF DONATION, SHE ACQUIRED THE PIN IN 1991 UPON THE PASSING OF HER FATHER WALTER CURRIE. DONOR HAD NO KNOWLEDGE OF THE PIN'S EXISTENCE PRIOR TO HER OWNERSHIP OF IT. SAMUELS WAS UNABLE TO GAIN CONTEXT FROM HER MOTHER WITH REGARD TO HER FATHER'S ACQUISITION AND OWNERSHIP OF THE PIN. SAMUELS' FATHER WAS THE SECRETARY FOR THE KNIGHTS OF PHYTHIAS (KOP) LODGE FROM THE LATE 1960'S TO THE EARLY 1970'S. IT IS PRESUMED HE ACCUMULATED THE MATERIAL AS A RESULT OF HIS MEMBERSHIP WITH THE KOP. ITEM WAS ORIGINALLY OWNED BY C. F. P. CONYBEARE. CONYBEARE PASSED AWAY IN 1927. SEE P20090021001 AND PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Catalogue Number
P20090021005
Acquisition Date
2009-07
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CLOTH, SEQUINS
Catalogue Number
P20090007005
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Materials
CLOTH, SEQUINS
No. Pieces
1
Length
61.0
Width
61.0
Description
U-SHAPED COLLAR, BLACK LACE DECORATED WITH SEQUINS, BEADS, AND INSET WITH WHITE ECRU LACE. COLLAR ATTACHES AT BACK NECK EDGE. OUTER EDGES OF COLLAR WITH DECORATIVE SCROLLING.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE P20090007001 AND PERMANENT RECORD.
Catalogue Number
P20090007005
Acquisition Date
2009-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CLOTH, SEQUINS, BEADS
Catalogue Number
P20090007004
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Materials
CLOTH, SEQUINS, BEADS
No. Pieces
1
Length
55.5
Width
66.0
Description
COLLAR, WIDE, SEMI-CIRCULAR SHAPE, BLACK NETTING WITH SEQUINS AND BEADS FORMING FLORAL AND FILIGREE PATTERN. TWO TEARS IN NETTING ALONG INNER CIRCLE OF COLLAR.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE P20090007001 AND PERMANENT RECORD.
Catalogue Number
P20090007004
Acquisition Date
2009-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
ROYAL ARCH PURPLE TIE CLIP "2 1/2"
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1952
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SILVER, ENAMEL
Catalogue Number
P20100004008
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ROYAL ARCH PURPLE TIE CLIP "2 1/2"
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1952
Materials
SILVER, ENAMEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.6
Length
5.9
Width
1.2
Description
TIE CLIP, SILVER AND ENAMEL, BLUE AND RED ENAMEL DEPICTING ARCH, STAR, EYE AND “2 ½”.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
ACCORDING TO DONOR BOBBIE FOX (NEE SHIPPOBOTHAM) AT THE TIME OF DONATION, "BOTH CHARLES CHRISTOPHER ROBERT (C.C.R.) SHIPPOBOTHAM( DONOR'S PATERNAL GREAT GRANDFATHER) AND FRANK SHIPPOBOTHAM (DONOR'S PATERNAL GRANDFATHER) WERE MEMBERS OF ORANGE LODGE NO 1666 IN LETHBRIDGE. FRANK SHIPPOBOTHAM WAS ELECTED AS FIRST COMMITTEEMAN IN 1951 AND FINANCIAL SECRETARY FOR LODGE 1666 IN FEB OF 1952. FRANK'S FATHER (C.C.R.) WHO WAS A LONGTIME MEMBER FROM HIS YOUNG ADULT LIFE IN IRELAND INFLUENCED FRANK’S INVOLVEMENT IN THE ORANGE LODGE AND THIS CARRIED OVER WHEN HE SETTLED HERE IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1910. BOTH C.C.R. AND FRANK WERE MASTERS OF LODGE 1666. MY DAD(ROBERT SHIPPOBOTHAM) CAN REMEMBER MY GRANDFATHER GOING TO LODGE MEETINGS. MY DAD REMEMBERS THE MEETINGS BEING HELD AT THE I.O.O.F. BUILDING AND LATER AT A BUILDING THAT LOOKED LIKE A CHURCH AT THE CORNER OF 17TH OR 18TH ST. SOUTH AND 10TH AVE. SOUTH." THE TIE CLIP SYMBOLISM IS CONSISTENT WITH THE ROYAL ARCH PURPLE ORDER, WHICH IS AN AFFILIATION OF THE ORANGE LODGE. THE ROYAL ARCH PURPLE DEGREE (3RD DEGREE) IS BASED ON THE ORIGINAL THEME OF THE EXODUS OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL FROM EGYPT TO THE PROMISED LAND. THE 2 1/2 REMINDS US OF THE TRIBE OF REUBEN, THE TRIBE OF GAD AND THE HALF TRIBE OF MANASSEH WHO, ALTHOUGH THEIR INHERITANCE WAS ASSURED ON THE OTHER SIDE OF JORDAN ADVANCED IN THE VANGUARD OF THE ARMY WHEN CROSSING THE RIVER TO ASSIST THEIR BRETHREN TO SECURE THE PROMISED LAND. THE ORANGE INSTITUTION (MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE ORANGE ORDER OR ORANGE LODGE) IS A PROTESTANT FRATERNAL ORGANIZATION BASED MAINLY IN NORTHERN IRELAND AND SCOTLAND, THOUGH IT HAS LODGES THROUGHOUT THE COMMONWEALTH AND UNITED STATES. ITS NAME IS A TRIBUTE TO DUTCH-BORN PROTESTANT WILLIAM OF ORANGE, WHO DEFEATED THE ARMY OF CATHOLIC JAMES II AT THE BATTLE OF THE BOYNE (1690). POLITICALLY, THE ORANGE INSTITUTION IS STRONGLY LINKED TO UNIONISM. THE ROYAL SCARLET KNIGHTS AND THE ROYAL ARCH PURPLE ARE BRANCHES OF THE ORANGE LODGE FOR MEMBERS WHO HAVE RISEN TO THE NEXT RANK WITHIN THE ORDER. THE LETHBRIDGE BRANCH OF THE LOYAL ORANGE LODGE STARTED IN 1918 ACCORDING TO THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD FROM JULY 1938. COMMON SYMBOLS USED IN ORANGE LODGE AND ROYAL ARCH PURPLE MYTHOLOGY ARE THE BIBLE, AARON’S ROD, THE THREE STEP LADDER, FIVE POINTED STAR, THE COFFIN, THE ARCH, KING WILLIAM ON A HORSE CROSSING THE BOYNE RIVER, OR THE CROWN. FIVE GENERATIONS OF SHIPPOBOTHAMS LIVED AT 427 – 12 ST “A” NORTH. THE DONORS GREAT GRANDPARENTS’ BOUGHT THE HOME IN 1925 AND THERE RAISED HER GRANDFATHER AND HIS BROTHERS, DOUG AND VICTOR. STATED DONOR BOBBIE FOX, "ONCE MY GREAT GRANDMOTHER DIED, MY GREAT GRANDFATHER ASKED MY GRANDFATHER AND GRANDMOTHER TO MOVE IN WITH MY DAD. WHEN MY GREAT GRANDFATHER DIED EVERYTHING THAT WAS IN THE HOUSE BECAME MY GRANDPARENTS’ PROPERTY BECAUSE THEY WERE LIVING THERE AT THE TIME. MY DAD WAS RAISED IN THAT HOUSE AND SO WAS I FOR A TIME DURING MY CHILDHOOD." WHEN THE DONOR'S GRANDMOTHER GARNETTE SHIPPOBOTHAM (FRANK'S WIFE) PASSED AWAY IN NOVEMBER OF 2009, THE DONOR, A GALT STAFF MEMBER AT THE TIME OF DONATION, REQUESTED HER DAD ROBERT SHIPPOBOTHAM INFORM HER WHEN HE DISCOVERED ESTATE OBJECTS THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST TO THE MUSEUM. THE OBJECTS WERE THEN GIVEN TO HER BY HER FATHER FOR DONATION TO THE GALT. STATED THE DONOR, "DUE TO MY BACKGROUND IN MUSEUM STUDIES, IT IS MY HOPE THAT BY DONATING THESE PIECES WE CAN GAIN A RICHER INSIGHT INTO LETHBRIDGE’S HISTORY." SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FAMILY HISTORY. THE LETHBRIDGE BRANCH OF THE LOYAL ORANGE LODGE STARTED IN 1918 ACCORDING TO THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD FROM JULY 1938. SEE PERMANENT FOR FAMILY HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P20100004008
Acquisition Date
2010-03
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1898
Date Range To
1910
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GLASS BEADS, SATIN
Catalogue Number
P20090007007
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1898
Date Range To
1910
Materials
GLASS BEADS, SATIN
No. Pieces
1
Length
90.0
Width
139.0
Description
BLACK COLLAR WITH EXTENSIVE GLASS BEADWORK. ROUGHLY TRIANGULAR-SHAPED, CENTRAL PART OF COLLAR WITH SATIN UNDERLAY AND BEADS AFFIXED IN DECORATIVE FLORAL SWIRLS, SIDES OF COLLAR WITH BEADED-MESH WORK. BEADED TASSELS EXTEND ALONG EDGES. FRONT OF COLLAR EXTENDS IN FRONT, HANGING PAST WAISTLINE. METAL HOOK AN EYES ALONG LATERAL EXTENSIONS OF COLLAR. HOLES APPARENT IN BEADED-MESH WORK AND BEADS PRONE TO COME LOOSE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE P20090007001 AND PERMANENT RECORD.
Catalogue Number
P20090007007
Acquisition Date
2009-05
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
ST. MARY'S CHURCH
Date Range From
1912
Date Range To
1955
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20060021018
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ST. MARY'S CHURCH
Date Range From
1912
Date Range To
1955
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
2
Length
44
Width
5
Description
PRPL STOLE WITH GLD FRINGED GROS-GRAINED RIBBON. EMBROIDERED TEXT THAT READS "IHS" NEAR GLD FRINGE ON ONE SIDE OF RIBBON. STOLE TORN IN MIDDLE STILL ATTACHED BY A THREAD. SIDE WITH EMBROIDERY VERY FADED.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
RELIGION
History
STOLE AND OTHER TEXTILES(P20060021011 TO P20060021018 AND P20060021020) WERE FOUND IN A TRUNK (SEE P20060021021) WHEN PARISHONERS CLEANED OUT ST. MARY'S CHURCH IN PREPERATION FOR ITS FUTURE SALE. NO ONE FROM THE CHURCH AT THE TIME OF THE DONATION COULD RECALL ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRUNK OR ITS CONTENTS. THE ALTER FRONTALS DID NOT FIT THE ALTER WHICH BEGAN ITS USED IN 1955. IT IS ASSUMED THAT THE TEXTILES WERE USED IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE PARISH'S EXISTENCE. ST MARY’S ANGLICAN CHURCH BEGAN EARLY IN THE 1900S. THE EARLIEST ARCHIVAL RECORD IS A STATEMENT MADE IN JANUARY, 1906 THAT A GROUP OF PROMINENT MEMBERS OF ST. AUGUSTIN’S PARISHIONERS AGREED TO COVER A DEFICIT IN THE OPERATION OF ST. MARY’S MISSION UP TO $300. APPARENTLY, ST. MARY’S EXISTED BEFORE THIS DECISION, BUT IT IS UNKNOWN FOR HOW LONG. A FORMAL ORGANIZATION MEETING FOR ST. MARY’S MISSION WAS HELD ON APRIL 20. 1908. THE SEPARATE PARISH OF ST. MARY’S WAS ESTABLISHED ON FEBRUARY 1, 1910. THE “NEW” CHURCH WAS BUILT IN 1912, AND USED BY THE PARISH UNTIL IT CLOSED IN 2003. THE NORTH SIDE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP THEN RENTED THE BUILDING UNTIL 2006, WHEN THE PROPERTY WAS SOLD TO A PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL. THERE WERE AT LEAST EIGHT RECTORS (PRIESTS) AT ST MARY’S BETWEEN 1910 AND 1944, INCLUDING SOME PERIODS OF TIME WHEN NO PRIEST WAS AVAILABLE (OR AFFORDABLE). IN 1944, ROBERT COWAN ARRIVED AND SERVED ST. MARY’S FOR THE NEXT 37 YEARS UNTIL 1981, A TERM UNPARALLELED IN THE ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF CALGARY. IT WAS DURING THIS TIME THAT ST. MARY’S BECAME KNOWN HAS ST. MARY THE VIRGIN. CANON COWAN RETURNED TO ST MARY’S AS A PARISHIONER FOR A FEW YEARS LATER, AND REMAINED UNTIL HIS DEATH IN 1999. MICHAEL EBSWORTH SERVED AS RECTOR FROM 1981 UNTIL 1994, WHEN HE RESIGNED DUE TO HEALTH REASONS. FATHER EBSWORTH REMAINED A RESIDENT OF LETHBRIDGE, OFTEN SERVING AS A “VISITING” PRIEST, AND HE TOOK PART IN THE FINAL SERVICE AT ST. MARY’S HELD ON AUGUST 14, 2003. IN THE FINAL DECADE OF ST MARY’S EXISTENCE, FIVE OTHER PRIESTS SERVED THE PARISH, INCLUDING TWO FEMALE PRIESTS WHICH SOME FOUND SURPRISING DUE TO ST. MARY’S TRADITIONAL LITURGICAL PRACTICES. THE CHURCH CLOSED AND AMALGAMATED WITH THE ANGLICAN PARISH OF ST. AUGUSTINE. OTHER OBJECTS AND ARCHIVAL MATERIALS ASSOCIATED WITH ST. MARY'S OPERATION WERE TRANSFERRED TO THE ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF CALGARY. AT THE TIME OF ITS CLOSURE, ST MARY'S WAS THE LONGEST OPERATING OF ANY LETHBRIDGE CHURCH IN THE CURRENT PREMISES. FOR COMPLETE HISTORY SEE PERMANENT FILE P20060021001.
Catalogue Number
P20060021018
Acquisition Date
2006-08
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
SUSPENDERS
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
ELASTIC, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P20010057030
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SUSPENDERS
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1970
Materials
ELASTIC, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.8
Length
35.7
Width
4.9
Description
THESE SUSPENDERS ARE PRIMARILY GREEN WITH RED, AND YELLOW STRIPING. THERE ARE BRASS CLIPS ON EITHER END, AND TWO BRASS ATTACHMENTS NEAR END.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
ALL OF THESE ARTIFACTS WOULD HAVE BEEN OWNED BY EITHER HAZEL RUTH MCNABBB AND HER MOTHER MRS. JOSEPH MCNABB (MAE). HOWEVER, MOST WOULD HAVE BELONGED TO HAZEL. MOST PURCHASES WOULD HAVE BEEN MADE IN OR NEAR LETHBRIDGE OR FORT MACLEOD. THE DONOR WAS BORN IN 1912 IN FORT MACLEOD AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1946. FAMILY LIVED ALONG THE OLD MAN RIVER ACROSS FROM THE RESERVATION, MOTHER WAS FROM NEW YORK, AND AFTER MARRYING HER HUSBAND CAME TO ALBERTA TO RANCH. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE DONOR, THE LATE MS. HAZEL MCNABB, PLEASE SEE THIS DONATION'S PERMANENT FILE. INCLUDED IN THE FILE, IS A 50 MIN INTERVIEW WITH MCNABB'S CLOSE FRIEND MARY OORDT FROM 20 MAY 2014. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A PAIR OF SUSPENDERS DONATED BY HAZEL MCNABB. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. HAZEL RUTH MCNABB WAS BORN AND RAISED SOUTH OF FORT MACLEOD ON A RANCH BORDERING THE OLD MAN RIVER. SHE WORKED FOR AGT AS A TELEPHONE OPERATOR, A BOOKKEEPER FOR ADVANCE LUMBER, AND AS A TEENAGER SHE WORKED FOR THE ALBERTA TREASURY BRANCH AND THE HEIDELBERG INN. SHE PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 10, 2008 AT THE AGE OF 95. HAZEL’S PARENTS WERE JOSEPH EDWARD AND MAY MCNABB (NEE OAKDEN). JOSEPH WAS BORN IN BALLINROLE, IRELAND AND THE FAMILY INITIALLY MOVED TO ONTARIO, WHERE HIS FATHER JAMES WAS A GARDENER. JOSEPH WAS THE LAST SURVIVING MEMBER OF THE JAMES MCNABB FAMILY, WHICH SETTLED IN THE FORT MACLEOD DISTRICT IN 1883. HE MARRIED MAY OAKDEN IN APRIL 1910 IN CALGARY. IN 1945 JOSEPH SOLD THE RANCH AT SLIDE OUT AND MOVED HIS FAMILY TO LETHBRIDGE. HE PASSED AWAY IN JULY 1955 AT THE AGE OF 87. MAY’S FAMILY MOVED TO THE CALGARY AREA FROM NEW YORK. SHE PASSED AWAY IN 1973 AT THE AGE OF 83. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P20010057030
Acquisition Date
2002-03
Collection
Museum
Images
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Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
IVORY
Catalogue Number
P19840013000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Materials
IVORY
No. Pieces
1
Length
16.5
Width
3.5
Description
TWO TAPERED PIECES HINGED IN CENTRE BY A METAL TENSION BAND.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
GLOVE STRETCHER ORIGINALLY OWNED BY MRS. C.E. CARBERRY OF LETHBRIDGE. GIVEN TO DONOR BY MR. CARBERRY. USED TO STRETCH LADIES GLOVES AFTER WASHING OR CLEANING.
Catalogue Number
P19840013000
Acquisition Date
1984-08
Collection
Museum
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