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Other Name
TEA TOWEL, LETHBRIDGE HANDICRAFT GUILD OF WEAVERS
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20140037000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TEA TOWEL, LETHBRIDGE HANDICRAFT GUILD OF WEAVERS
Date
2014
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
82
Width
39
Description
PLAID, HANDWOVEN TEA TOWEL MADE UP OF VARIOUS PLAID PATTERNS. THE BASE THROUGHOUT THE TOWEL IS A SYMMETRICAL PATTERN OF BANDS (DARK BLUE, LIGHT BLUE, GREEN, YELLOW, ORANGE, RED, PINK, DARK PURPLE, AND LIGHT PURPLE). THERE IS A CARDBOARD TAG ATTACHED THAT READS, “LETHBRIDGE HANDICRAFT…” PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND “GALT TOWEL… GUILD WEAVERS” HANDWRITTEN IN BLUE INK. THE REVERSE OF THE CARD HAS CARE INSTRUCTIONS. THE TOWEL IS 82 CM BY 39 CM. EXCELLENT CONDITION. CREASED AT THE FOLDS.
Subjects
MAINTENANCE T&E
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
COMMEMORATIVE
DOMESTIC
TRADES
History
AN EXHIBITION AT THE GALT MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES TITLED "WOVEN IN TIME: CELEBRATING 65 YEARS WITH LETHBRIDGE WEAVERS" WAS ORGANIZED BY GALT CURATOR WENDY AITKENS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE LETHBRIDGE HANDICRAFT GUILD OF WEAVERS. THE EXHIBITION RAN FROM JUNE 7 TO SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 AND DISPLAYED THE HISTORY OF THE GUILD WITHIN THE COMMUNITY SINCE ITS RE-ESTABLISHMENT IN 1949. THE EXHIBITION INCLUDED BOTH HERITAGE AND RECENT WEAVINGS, ARCHIVAL MATERIAL, DEMONSTRATION VIDEOS, AND WEAVERS WHO SAT AT A LOOM IN THE EXHIBIT CREATING 6 COTTON TEA TOWELS. OF THESE TOWELS, ONE WAS CHOSE FOR DONATION TO THE MUSEUM. THIS TEA TOWEL SHOWS SEVERAL DESIGNS CREATED BY THE WEAVERS WHO SAT AT THE LOOM IN THE EXHIBIT. IT WAS CREATED AS A WEAVING DEMONSTRATION WITH AT LEAST SEVEN WEAVERS DESIGNING THE PATTERN AND WORKING ON IT. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT THE LETHBRIDGE HANDICRAFT GUILD OF WEAVERS HAS BEEN TAKEN FROM TEXTS WRITTEN FOR THE EXHIBITION BY AITKENS: “IN THE PAST, FUNCTIONAL HOUSEHOLD ITEMS SUCH AS CLOTHING, BEDDING AND OTHER NECESSITIES WERE WOVEN BY HAND, ON HOMEMADE LOOMS. WITH THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION, MASS PRODUCED WOVEN PRODUCTS EMPLOYED MANY PEOPLE IN FACTORIES MAKING THINGS THAT THEY WOULD HAVE MADE EARLIER AT HOME. AS TIME PASSED THERE WAS A GROWING FEAR THAT THE SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED TO PRODUCE HANDMADE WOVEN ARTICLES WOULD BE LOST. CONSEQUENTLY, FOLLOWED MOVEMENTS IN BRITAIN, SEVERAL WOMEN IN MONTREAL FORMED THE CANADIAN HANDICRAFTS GUILD [CHG] IN 1905 TO PRESERVE THESE TRADITIONAL ART AND CRAFT SKILLS. … BY THE LATE 1800S, MEN AND WOMEN WERE RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR ADVANCED SKILL IN WEAVING, AND GUILDS WERE ESTABLISHED IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS CANADA, INCLUDING EDMONTON, VANCOUVER, AND WINNIPEG. GUILDS ALSO ENCOURAGED PRODUCTION OF FURNITURE, JEWELRY DESIGN, LEATHER AND IRON WORK, AS WELL AS OTHER ARTISTIC ENDEAVOURS. THE NATIONAL GUILD TRANSFERRED ITS ASSETS TO THE QUEBEC PROVINCIAL BRANCH OF THE CHG IN 1936. "THE LETHBRIDGE BRANCH OF THE CHG WAS FOUNDED IN 1935. IT WAS DISCONTINUED DURING WWII BECAUSE RED CROSS PROJECTS, WHICH SUPPORTED SOLDIERS OVERSEAS, WERE THE PRIORITY. AFTER THE WAR IN 1949, ELEVEN LOCAL WOMEN REBUILT THE CHG AND OFFERED COURSES IN NEEDLEWORK, LEATHERWORK, COPPER TOOLING, GLOVE MAKING, POTTERY, ALUMINUM ETCHING, AND OTHER CRAFTS INCLUDING, IN 1951, WEAVING. MEETINGS AND CLASSES WERE HELD IN THE CANADIAN WESTERN NATURAL GAS COMPANY BUILDING [420 – 6 ST. S] AND THE RED CROSS ROOMS [1160 – 7 AVE S] UNTIL 1964 WHEN THE GUILD MOVED TO THE BOWMAN ARTS CENTRE [811 – 5 AVE. S]. “SINCE 1951, WHEN WEAVING BECAME A POPULAR ACTIVITY IN THE LETHBRIDGE HANDICRAFT GUILD, MEMBERS PRACTICED THEIR ART, TAUGHT OTHERS HOW TO WEAVE, AND SHARED THEIR PIECES WITH THE PUBLIC THROUGH SHOWS AND SALES. INITIALLY, 16 BOX LOOMS WERE PURCHASED FROM EATON’S FOR EVERYONE TO USE. IN 1954, GUILD MEMBERS SAVED LABELS FROM SOUP CANS AND WHEN THEY TURNED THEIR LABELS IN TO THE CAMPBELL COMPANY THEY RECEIVED $165 TO PURCHASE A FLOOR LOOM. TODAY, THE GUILD OWNS MANY LOOMS OF VARYING SIZES. "THE LETHBRIDGE GUILD HAS ALWAYS OPERATED AS A CO-OPERATIVE. ALL THE LOOMS ARE OWNED BY THE GUILD AND THEY ARE SET UP WITH A COMMON WARP (THE LONG THREADS ON THE LOOM) FOR ALL MEMBERS TO USE. GUILD MEMBERS WORK TOGETHER TO PLAN GROUP PROJECTS SUCH AS A FRIENDSHIP BED COVERLET, TEA TOWELS AND PLACE MATS. MEMBERS USE TRADITIONAL FIBRES SUCH AS COTTON, LINEN AND WOOL BUT THEY ALSO EXPERIMENT WITH YARNS MADE FROM YAK, DOG AND POSSUM HAIR. THEY ALSO USED RIBBONS, ZIPPERS AND VHS TAPES TO CREATE IMAGINATIVE WORKS OF ART. "IN THE EARLY 2000S, GUILD MEMBERS ASKED CITY COUNCIL FOR PERMISSION TO DEVELOP AN OFFICIAL TARTAN FOR LETHBRIDGE. MONTHS OF WEAVING SAMPLES, CHOOSING THE PERFECT PATTERN, AND GETTING COUNCIL APPROVAL RESULTED IN A SPECTACULAR TARTAN WHICH WAS UNIQUE IN THE WORLD. THE TARTAN WAS OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED BY THE SCOTTISH TARTAN SOCIETY. "KNOWLEDGEABLE LOCAL WEAVERS TAUGHT ADULTS AND CHILDREN THE ART OF WEAVING, SPINNING, AND DYING. MASTER WEAVERS FROM OUTSIDE LETHBRIDGE HAVE BEEN BROUGHT IN TO EXPAND THE TECHNIQUES AND STYLES OF GUILD MEMBERS. THE GUILD RECEIVED INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION FROM INTERWEAVE PRESS WHEN IT WON THE FIBERHEARTS AWARD IN 2005 FOR ITS UNIQUE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM. THE $500 RECEIVED WITH THE AWARD ALLOWED NOVICE WEAVERS TO LEARN FROM EXPERIENCED WEAVERS.” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Catalogue Number
P20140037000
Acquisition Date
2014-09
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1906
Date Range To
1949
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, GLASS
Catalogue Number
P20160040000
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1906
Date Range To
1949
Materials
WOOD, GLASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
7
Length
60.5
Width
30.2
Description
WASHBOARD WITH WOODEN FRAME AND A GREEN-TINTED GLASS GRATE. THE FRONT OF THE WASHBOARD HAS A RIDGE AT THE TOP – LIKELY USED FOR SUPPORT – WHICH IS APPROXIMATELY 6.7 CM DEEP. THE UPPER SECTION OF THE WASHBOARD IS WOODEN WITH SEVERELY FADED BLACK LETTERING THAT READS “MANUFACTURED BY…” THERE IS A CURVED STRIP OF WOOD ACROSS THE BOTTOM OF THE UPPER SECTION AND ANOTHER WOODEN PIECE BELOW THAT WITH THREE RIDGES. THE GLASS HAS A HORIZONTAL GRATE AND IS TEXTURED. THERE IS A HORIZONTAL WOODEN PIECE OF WOOD SUPPORTING THE GLASS AT ITS BASE. THE SIDES OF THE WOODEN FRAME EXTEND ABOUT 13.5 CM BEYOND THE GLASS TO ACT AS THE WASHBOARD’S LEGS. ON THE BACK THERE IS A FLAT PIECE OF WOOD NAILED TO THE FRAME ON THE UPPER SECTION. THE BRAND’S STAMP ON THIS BOARD IS FADED. THERE ARE SEVERELY FADED RED LETTERS AT THE UPPER SECTION OF THIS BOARD WITH A WORD SPECULATED TO BEGIN WITH THE LETTER “E”. UNDERNEATH THE RED INK LETTERS IS “MANUFACTURED BY THE CANADIAN WOODENWARE CO. WINNIPEG ST. THOMAS MONTREAL” STAMPED IN BLACK INK. THE NAILS AROUND THE PERIMETER OF THIS UPPER BOARD VARY IN SIZES. THE BACK SIDE OF THE GLASS GRATE IS SMOOTH. GOOD CONDITION. THERE IS REMNANTS OF SOAP ACCUMULATING AT THE SIDES OF THE GLASS OF THE WASHBOARD. THERE IS SOAP SCUM RUNNING ALONG THE GLASS OF THE BACK OF THE GRATE. THE WOOD FRAME IS WORN AND ROUGH OVER THE GENERAL SURFACE, ESPECIALLY ON THE FRONT, UPPER SECTION. THERE IS A PART OF THE WOOD MISSING FROM THE TOP LEFT OF THE RIDGE. THERE IS AN ACCRETION OF BEIGE PAINT ON THE BACK OF THE GLASS GRATE.
Subjects
MAINTENANCE T&E
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
THIS WASHBOARD CAME TO THE MUSEUM FROM DONOR, LOUISE VERES, WHO RECALLED ITS USE BY HER MOTHER, HELEN LUCILLE BORGGARD (NEE SORGARD). IN AN EMAIL SENT IN NOVEMBER 2016 TO COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN, LOUISE WROTE OF THE ARTIFACT’S HISTORY AND THE PROCESS OF WASHING CLOTHING BEFORE THE EXISTENCE OF AUTOMATED WASHING MACHINES: “DURING THE FIRST PART OF THE 1900[S], MONDAY WAS ALWAYS CONSIDERED WASH DAY IN OUR FAMILY. WHEN MY GRANDMOTHER CAME TO CANADA IN 1906 AND WHEN MY MOM WAS FIRST MARRIED IN 1934 CLOTHES HAD TO BE WASHED BY HAND. FOR THIS CHORE THEY HAD TWO BIG GALVANIZED TUBS. ONE TUB HAD HOME MADE LYE SOAP ADDED FOR WASHING THE DIRTY CLOTHES AND ONE WITHOUT SOAP FOR RINSING TO GET THE SOAP OUT. THE TUBS WERE SET ON A BENCH IN THE MIDDLE OF THE KITCHEN CLOSE TO THE STOVE WHERE THE WATER WAS HEATED IN BUCKETS. IF THERE WERE DIRTY COLLARS OR SOILED KNEES THEY WERE SCRUBBED ON THIS WASHBOARD AND IF THERE WAS GREASE ON CLOTHES, LARD WAS APPLIED TO THE GREASE AND THEN THAT SOILED AREA WAS VIGOROUSLY RUBBED OVER THE WASHBOARD. THE ARTICLE WAS SWISHED AROUND IN THE SOAPY WATER AND PUT THROUGH THE WRINGER THAT SAT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STAND. IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE A WRINGER YOU WRUNG AS MUCH WATER AS YOU COULD BY HAND. THE CLOTHES DROPPED INTO THE OTHER TUB THAT HAD CLEAR, COLD RINSE WATER IN IT. THEN YOU PUT THE RINSED CLOTHES THROUGH THE WRINGER, CAUGHT THEM, GAVE THEM A GOOD SHAKE, PUT THEM IN A WICKER BASKET AND CARRIED THE WASHED CLOTHES OUTSIDE AND HUNG THEM ON THE CLOTHES LINES. THE CLOTHES WERE CLIPPED ON THE LINE WITH WOODEN CLOTHES PEGS. SOMETIMES MOM USED A PRODUCT CALLED BLUING THAT WAS PUT INTO THE RINSE WATER, THE BLUING WAS TO MAKE THE WHITES SEEM EXTRA WHITE ALTHOUGH WHEN YOU HUNG THEM OUTSIDE TO DRY BY SUN THEY WOULD GET BLEACHED AND WERE WHITER THAN WHITE. I SUSPECT THEY WERE WHITER THAN MOST WHITE CLOTHES TODAY. IN THE WINTER, OR IF THERE WAS BAD WEATHER, SHE WOULD HANG THE WET CLOTHES AROUND THE HOUSE ON ANYTHING THAT WOULD GIVE THEM AIR AND A CHANCE TO DRY. IF SHE HUNG THEM OUT AND THE WIND CAME UP THEY WOULD SOMETIMES LOOSEN THEMSELVES FROM THE CLOTHES PINS AND FALL INTO THE DIRT OR GRASS THAT LAY UNDERNEATH. THEN THEY WOULD HAVE TO BE REWASHED. YOU HAD TO BE EXTRA CAREFUL IN THE WINTER WHEN HANGING CLOTHES OUTSIDE. SOMETIMES A COLD WIND WOULD BLOW IN AND YOUR FROZEN CLOTHES ON THE LINE WOULD CRACK OR BE SHREDDED, PERHAPS DOWN THE MIDDLE OF SHIRTS OR SHEETS. IF YOU WERE GOING AWAY FOR THE AFTERNOON YOU USUALLY TOOK THE CLOTHES OFF THE LINE FIRST, EVEN IF THEY WEREN’T DRY. THIS WAS ALL VERY TIME CONSUMING, BUT IT WORKED. THE CLOTHES SMELLED INTOXICATINGLY WONDERFUL WHEN THEY CAME IN OFF THE LINE AND IF THEY STILL WEREN’T DRY YOU HUNG THEM ON LINES IN THE HOUSE. THEN MOM GOT HER FIRST WASHING MACHINE. IT HAD AN ELECTRIC MOTOR ATTACHED AND IT WOULD AGITATE THE CLOTHES IN THE WATER, THEN YOU COULD WRING THE CLOTHES OUT WITH WRINGER AND THEY WOULD FALL INTO A TUB OF COLD RISE WATER. YOU WOULD AGITATE THEM AROUND BY HAND TO RINSE THEM AND PUT THEM THROUGH THE WRINGER AGAIN. THAT PROCESS SEEMED LIKE A PIECE OF CAKE AS IT GOT MUCH MORE OF THE WATER OUT. THAT PROGRESSED TO AN AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINE YOU PLUGGED INTO AN ELECTRIC CIRCUIT AND YOU SIMPLY DID IT THE WAY WE ARE USED TO TODAY. YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED AT THE TIME IT TOOK TO WASH AND DRY THE CLOTHES BEFORE THE NEW AUTOMATIC WASHERS WE USE TODAY CAME INTO EXISTENCE.” IN ADDITION TO THE INFORMATION PROVIDED BY VERES IN THE EMAIL REFERRED TO ABOVE, SHE WAS INTERVIEWED BY MACLEAN AT THE TIME OF DONATION (NOVEMBER 2016). THE FOLLOWING EXCERPT HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: “MY FIRST NAME IS MARJORIE… BUT I GO BY MY SECOND NAME, WHICH IS LOUISE… I WAS BORN IN 1938.” “MY MOM’S NAME IS HELEN LUCILLE BORGGARD, AND HER MARRIED NAME WAS SORGARD… SORGARD IS NORWEGIAN, AND BORGGARD IS DANISH… MY MOTHER TOOK [THE WASHBOARD] OVER FROM MY GRANDMOTHER. MY GRANDMOTHER AND MY GRANDFATHER CAME IN 1906. THEY USED THE WASHBOARD AND THEN THEY GAVE IT TO HER. THEY HAD 10 CHILDREN. I’M SURE IT WAS WELL-USED. MY MOTHER MARRIED IN 1935 AND SHE TOOK THE WASHBOARD AND USED IT UNTIL 1949 WHEN WE MOVED FROM THE FARM TO GRASSY LAKE IN TURIN AND IRON SPRINGS. SHE FINALLY HAD ELECTRICITY AND RUNNING WATER, AND UP TO THAT POINT IT WAS 'PACK YOUR OWN WATER IN A BUCKET AND HEAT IT ON THE STOVE.' AND, SOMETIMES, WRING THE CLOTHES OUT. THEY DIDN’T HAVE ANY MODERN CONVENIENCE AT ALL. [FOLLOWING THESE MODERN CONVENIENCES,] THE WASHBOARD WAS PUT IN A BACK ROOM, BUT IT WAS KEPT. THEN THEY MOVED TO RIONDEL, B.C., AND THEY GAVE ME THE WASHBOARD…” “[T]HE WASHBOARD HAS A LOT OF MEMORIES FOR ME, I GUESS MAINLY BECAUSE WE USED IT EVERY MONDAY. WE WASHED OUR CLOTHES, AND WHEN THEY WERE DIRTY, WE SCRUBBED THEM ON THIS WASHBOARD… IT REALLY WORKED WELL. I GUESS IT’S BECAUSE MY MOM WORKED REALLY HARD.” “I’VE PROBABLY HAD IT FOR 35 YEARS. MY MOTHER DIED 4 YEARS AGO AT 98 [YEARS]. I’M IN A FAMILY OF 4 CHILDREN, AND 3 OF THEM WERE BOYS, AND THEY WEREN’T TOO INTERESTED IN THE WASHBOARD, BUT IT JUST SEEMED LIKE IT WAS PART OF THE FAMILY AND IT DESERVED A HOME… I KNOW I DON’T WASH CLOTHES LIKE THAT ANYMORE. WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT [YOU CAN] SEE THE MARKS FROM THE LYE SOAP THAT WAS USED WHEN THEY SCRUBBED ON THE BOARD, AND THE USE THAT IT’S GONE THROUGH. YOU CAN TELL THAT IT HAS BEEN MENDED, BUT IT’S STILL IN REALLY GOOD SHAPE. I JUST THOUGHT THAT I WANTED IT QUITE BADLY [AND] I GOT IT.” SHE CONTINUED TO RECOUNT HER MEMORIES OF THE WASHBOARD, “I GUESS MOST WHAT I REMEMBER IS THE STOVE - HAVING THESE BUCKETS OF WATER ON THEM BEING HEATED FOR WASHING THE CLOTHES. THIS WATER HAD TO BE PACKED BY BUCKET FROM THE CISTERN. THEN THERE WERE TWO BIG GALVANIZED TUBS [THAT] SAT ON A BENCH. ON ONE SIDE SHE PUT LYE SOAP IN IT AND SHE SWISHED IT AROUND. WHEN SHE SAW SOME SOILS, SHE WOULD RUN THE CLOTHES OVER THE WASHBOARD AND THEY WOULD COME OUT REALLY CLEAN. THEN SHE WOULD PUT THE CLOTHES INTO THE RINSE WATER AND IT HAD BLUING IN IT. THAT WAS FOR THE WHITE CLOTHES, AT LEAST. THAT WAS COLD WATER, THOUGH. THEN THEY HAD TO PACK ALL THIS WATER OUT ... TO FEED THE PIGS BECAUSE WE DIDN’T HAVE VERY MUCH WATER. NO ONE HAD VERY MUCH WATER. WATER WAS A REALLY VALUABLE COMMODITY. THE WASHBOARD WAS HOW WE KEPT UP WITH CLEAN CLOTHES.” WHEN ASKED IF SHE HAD A ROLE IN THE LAUNDRY PROCESS AS A CHILD, VERES EXPLAINED, “NO. IF [MOM] HAD WATER ON THE STOVE, I WASN’T ALLOWED CLOSE. AT 10, I WAS TOO SMALL TO BE HELPING VERY MUCH, BUT I DO REMEMBER HER DOING THIS. THEN YOU TOOK THE CLOTHES OUT TO THE CLOTHES LINE; HUNG IT ON THE CLOTHES LINE WITH CLIPS OR PINS. SOMETIMES THE WIND WOULD COME UP IN THE SUMMER AND THE CLOTHES WOULD BLOW, AND THEY WOULD FALL ONTO THE GROUND, INTO THE DIRT, OR THE GRASS, AND SHE’D HAVE TO PICK THEM UP, BRING THEM BACK INTO THE HOUSE; SHAKE ALL THE DIRT OFF AND WASH THEM ALL OVER AGAIN. IN THE WINTER, WHEN SHE HUNG THEM ON THE LINE PERHAPS IT WAS A CHINOOK AND A NICE DAY. BUT, IF IT TURNED COLD, THE CLOTHES FROZE BEFORE THEY DRIED ON THE LINE. THEY WOULD BE FLAPPING AWAY, BUT THEY WOULD CRACK AND BREAK. THE SHIRTS WOULD CRACK DOWN THE MIDDLE OF THE BACK AND BE SHREDDED, AND THE SHEETS WOULD BE SHREDDED, AND THERE WASN’T MONEY TO BUY ANYMORE. YOU HAD TO BE VERY CAREFUL. BEFORE YOU WENT TO TOWN. YOU’D TAKE THEM OFF, EVEN IF THEY WERE STILL WET, AND MAYBE DRY THEM IN THE HOUSE ON ANOTHER LINE. IT WASN’T AN EASY CHORE AND THIS HAPPENED EVERY MONDAY. THEN YOU IRONED THEM WITH THESE BIG FLAT IRONS…” VERES THEN BEGAN TO TALK ABOUT HER FAMILY’S EARLIER HISTORY: “MY GRANDMOTHER, AGNES NANCY SORGARD, WAS A MATTHEWS… BORN IN INDIANA. HER MOM AND DAD HAD COME FROM IRELAND [AND] HAD A HOMESTEAD IN NORTH DAKOTA, AND [IT] WAS NEXT TO WHERE MY GRANDFATHER WAS [WHERE] THEY MET. HE WAS FROM NORWAY... THEY MARRIED, HAD 3 CHILDREN THERE, [THEN] CAME TO ALBERTA.” VERES WAS TOLD THAT THE WASHBOARD FIRST BELONGED TO HER GRANDMOTHER. “MY GRANDMOTHER, AFTER MY MOM MARRIED, PROBABLY HAD A WASHING MACHINE THAT WAS RUN BY KEROSENE. SO SHE PROBABLY DIDN’T NEED [THE WASHBOARD] ANYMORE. IF YOU HAD A FAIRLY DECENT WRINGER, YOU COULD WRING THE WATER OUT OF THE CLOTHES AND A LOT OF THE SOILED PART WOULD COME OUT. MY GRANDPA PROBABLY WASN’T FARMING AS MUCH THEN, AND WE ENDED UP WITH [THE WASHBOARD], SO THAT WAS GOOD.” THE DONOR’S MOTHER, LUCILLE (SORGARD) BORGGARD, CONTRIBUTED TO THE FAMILY HISTORY BOOK TITLED, “IT’S A LONG WAY FROM KILLYCOLPY: A HISTORY OF THE MATTHEWS FAMILY”. THIS WRITTEN ACCOUNT OF BORGGARD’S HISTORY ILLUSTRATES HER OWN HARD WORK THAT HER DAUGHTER RECALLED. IN THE HISTORY BORGGARD WROTE, “I WAS BORN ON FEBRUARY 4, 1914 TO GEORGE AND AGNES SORGARD, THE SEVENTH CHILD IN A FAMILY OF TEN. MY FAMILY HAD COME FROM MINOT, NORTH DAKOTA IN 1907 TO HOMESTEAD IN THE TURIN DISTRICT. AFTER FARMING IN TURIN FOR SEVERAL YEARS MY DAD SOLD HIS HOMESTEAD TO THE JOHN KOENEN FAMILY AND MOVED TO A SMALL RANCH ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE LITTLE BOW RIVER WHERE THEY LIVED UNTIL 1916. IN THE SPRING THE RIVER WOULD OVER-RUN ITS BANKS MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE CHILDREN TO GO TO SCHOOL SO MY DAD BUILT A HOUSE ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE RIVER WHERE WE LIVED UNTIL 1927... IN 1928, WE MOVED FROM THE HOME BY OUR BELOVED RIVER TO A FARM TWO MILES NORTH OF IRON SPRINGS.” “I WORKED AT HOME AND MY SISTER CARRIE AND I COOKED ON MY DAD’S COOK-CAR DURING THE HARVEST. THEY WERE LONG DAYS, RISING AT FOUR THIRTY FOR AN EARLY BREAKFAST AND WE DID NOT GET TO BED TILL TEN O’CLOCK. WE HAD TO MAKE BREAD AND DO ALL THE BAKING. WE MOVED FROM FARM TO FARM DOING ALL THE THRESHING IN THE DISTRICT FOR THE FARMERS…” ACCORDING TO HER OBITUARY IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, HELEN LUCILLE BORGGARD PASSED AWAY ON JUNE 13, 2012. HER OBITUARY STATES HER HUSBAND CLARENCE PASSED AWAY IN 1994. PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, FAMILY HISTORY, AND OBITUARY.
Catalogue Number
P20160040000
Acquisition Date
2016-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
SWITCH BROOM, “C.P.R. 70”
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20140016002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SWITCH BROOM, “C.P.R. 70”
Date
1970
Materials
WOOD, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Height
3.25
Length
153.5
Width
31
Description
BROOM WITH METAL BRISTLES AND WOOD HANDLE. TOP OF HANDLE IS FITTED WITH METAL CHISEL. BRISTLES ARE ATTACHED TO A METAL BASE THAT IS PAINTED RED AND FIXED TO HANDLE WITH RIVETS. HANDLE HAS BEEN REPAIRED WITH GLUE NEAR CENTRE, AND IS BRANDED WITH TEXT READING “C.P.R. 70”. GENERAL WEAR AND STAINING; OVERALL GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
RAIL TRANSPORTATION-ACCESSORY
MAINTENANCE T&E
Historical Association
TRANSPORTATION
History
THIS SWITCH BROOM WAS COLLECTED BY THE DONOR, LAURENCE HOYE, A PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF MATH AND FORMER ASSOCIATE VP ACADEMIC AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE AND AVID COLLECTOR OF RAILWAY EPHEMERA. ON MAY 28, 2014, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN INTERVIEWED HOYE ABOUT HIS COLLECTION, INCLUDING THE FIVE OBJECTS DONATED TO THE GALT MUSEUM. HOYE SAID: “I REMEMBER WHEN WE WERE ON THE FARM AT LLOYDMINSTER [IN THE MID 1930S] THAT I COULD SEE OUT ON THE HORIZON STEAM TRAINS HAULING BOXCARS TO THE ELEVATORS WHERE WE USED TO DELIVER OUR GRAIN… I WAS REALLY IMPRESSED WITH THAT SO MAYBE THAT’S WHEN [MY INTEREST IN COLLECTING RAILWAY MATERIAL] GOT STARTED… I THOUGHT IT WAS KIND OF A NEAT THING TO DO, TO HAVE SOME OF THESE ITEMS AROUND. IT STARTED WITH SMALL THINGS AND THEN OBVIOUSLY GREW TO LARGER THINGS… THERE WAS A LOT OF [RAILWAY COLLECTIBLES] ON THE MARKET IN THE ‘70S… NOWADAYS, IT’S TOUGH TO COME BY.” REGARDING THIS SPECIFIC OBJECT, HOYE SAID: “WHEN PEOPLE WERE TRYING TO CLEAR THE SNOW AND ICE OUT OF THE SWITCH, THE BROOMS ALL HAD WOODEN HANDLES, AND RAILWAY WORKERS ARE PRETTY HUSKY TYPES SO THE HANDLES WOULD BREAK [AND] THEY WOULD CHUCK THEM AWAY AND GO AND GET A NEW ONE. I PICKED UP A COUPLE OF THESE PIECES AND REFURBISHED THEM, PUT THEM TOGETHER AND THAT’S HOW YOU GOT THAT ONE BROOM… [I FOUND THE PIECES] SOMEWHERE AROUND COALHURST. THEY BURNED THE STATION DOWN YOU KNOW AS A FIRE EXERCISE… THEY HAD THE NEW RAIL SITE UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND SO I WAS WALKING AROUND THERE TOO AND FINDING THESE BITS AND PIECES IN THE GRASS… [TODAY’S SWITCH BROOMS] STILL LOOK EXACTLY THE SAME BECAUSE THE SWITCHES ARE OUT ON THE PRAIRIE AND THEY CLOG UP WITH SNOW AND ICE.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT AND BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF DONOR.
Catalogue Number
P20140016002
Acquisition Date
2014-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
TEA TOWEL, MOUNTIES
Date Range From
2001
Date Range To
2014
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20140011000
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TEA TOWEL, MOUNTIES
Date Range From
2001
Date Range To
2014
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.25
Length
70.5
Width
44.5
Description
WHITE TOWEL, WOVEN WITH COTTON THREAD, WITH REPEATING DESIGN DEPICTING A FIGURE IN RCMP UNIFORM – BROWN HAT AND BOOTS, RED TUNIC, BLUE RIDING BREECHES. THE PATTERN RUNS ALONG BOTH SHORT EDGES OF THE TOWEL. A TAG ATTACHED AT ONE CORNER WITH MULTICOLOURED THREAD READS “HANDMADE BY MAXIENE, FORT MACLEOD ALBERTA CANADA T0L 0Z0, 403-380-3102” ON THE OUTSIDE, AND “100% COTTON, MACHINE WASH/DRY” ON THE INSIDE. VERY GOOD CONDITION OVERALL.
Subjects
MAINTENANCE T&E
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
DECORATIVE ARTS
History
THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHY OF THE DONOR AND WEAVER OF THIS TOWEL, MAXIENE BODGENER, WAS PROVIDED BY BODGENER TO GALT CURATOR WENDY AITKENS AT THE TIME OF DONATION. BODGENER WAS BORN TO RACHEL “DOLLY” LONG AND WILFRED PERRIN. HER MOTHER DIED WHEN BODGENER WAS 18 MONTHS OLD, SO SHE WAS RAISED BY HER GRANDFATHER HENRY GEORGE LONG, AN EARLY SETTLER IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA WHO WORKED AT THE STOPPING HOUSE NEAR KIPP IN 1889. BODGENER’S AUNT ALICE AND UNCLE HARRY “BUSTER” LONG HELPED GRANDFATHER HENRY ON THE FAMILY RANCH SOUTH OF FORT MACLEOD, ALONG THE BELLY RIVER. BODGENER SPENT HER CAREER TEACHING HOME ECONOMICS AT F.P. WALSHE SCHOOL IN FORT MACLEOD, AND SEWED CLOTHES FOR HER FAMILY. IN HER RETIREMENT SHE LEARNED HOW TO WEAVE FABRIC. 13 YEARS LATER, IN 2001, BODGENER PURCHASED A $7000 COMPUTERIZED LE CLERC LOOM. THE LOOM HAS A ‘BLACK BOX’ THAT PROCESSES THE PATTERNS SHE DEVELOPS WITH SPECIALIZED COMPUTER SOFTWARE, TRANSMITTING DIRECTIONS TO THE LOOM. BODGENER HAS DESIGNED AND MADE TEA TOWELS, SCARVES, PLACEMATS, TABLE RUNNERS, HAND TOWELS, AND AFGHANS USING THIS PROCESS. SHE WEAVES FOR HER OWN ENJOYMENT AND SELLS HER PRODUCTS AT A VERY REASONABLE PRICE. THE MOUNTIE TEA TOWEL, WHICH BODGENER SELLS FOR $11, IS CREATED WITH A PATTERN THAT BODGENER DESIGNED BY ASKING HER NEIGHBOUR, A RCMP OFFICER IN FORT MACLEOD, TO POSE IN HIS UNIFORM SO SHE COULD GET THE PROPORTIONS CORRECT. UPON THE COMPLETION OF THE PATTERN, BODGENER GAVE HIM A TOWEL AND HIS CO-OFFICERS AT THE DETACHMENT TEASED HIM ABOUT RECEIVING A TEA TOWEL. THIS TOWEL WAS INCLUDED IN THE EXHIBIT ‘WOVEN IN TIME – CELEBRATING 65 YEARS WITH LETHBRIDGE WEAVERS’, CURATED BY WENDY AITKENS, THAT RAN FROM JUNE 7 TO SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 AT THE GALT MUSEUM.
Catalogue Number
P20140011000
Acquisition Date
2014-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
2003
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P20090031012
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
2003
Materials
WOOD, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
139.5
Length
92.2
Width
107.8
Description
DRYING RACK, WOODEN. COLLAPSABLE LATTICE WORK SIDES HELD TOGETHER BY STEEL NAILS. WHEN SIDES ARE EXPANDED AND VIEWED HEAD ON THEY FORM THE SHAPE OF ONE DIAMOND PLACED ON TOP OF ANOTHER DIAMOND. THE BOTTOM TWO SHAPES (ON EITHER SIDE OF THE BOTTOM DIAMOND) ARE TWO IRREGULAR QUADRILATERALS. BOTH OF THE LATTICE WORK SIDE PIECES ARE CONNECTED BY 17 DOWELS. THE SIDES OF THE RACK ARE REDDISH IN COLOR. THE WOOD IS DRIED OUT, WELL WORN AND PAINT SPATTERED. MEASUREMENT OF DRYING RACK TAKEN WHEN RACK IS EXPANDED.
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ACCORDING TO THE DONOR, WENDY AITKENS IN AN INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY NICOLE HEMBROFF, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT, IN JULY OF 2011, THE CLOTHES RACK WAS "ALWAYS SET UP IN THE BASEMENT NEAR THE WASHER AND DRYER. CLOTHES WERE HUNG ON THIS OR THE OUTDOOR CLOTHES LINE TO DRY IN THE EARLY YEARS. WHILE WE NEVER STOPPED USIING THE LINE COMPLETELY, CLOTHES EVENTUALLY CAME OUT OF THE AUTOMATIC DRYER (WALLY JAMIESON [AITKEN'S FATHER] WAS PART OWNER IN A HOME APPLIANCE STORE SO MOM [KAY JAMIESON NEE FARRIES] WAS ONE OF THE FIRST WOMEN ON THE BLOCK TO OWN AN AUTOMATIC CLOTHES DRYER). THE AUTOMATIC DRYER WAS USED MOST OFTEN IN THE WINTER. ONCE THE CLOTHES WERE IRONED THEY HUNG ON THIS RACK. MY SISTER [MARGIE] AND I LEARNED TO IRON AS ONE OF OUR HOUSEHOLD CHORES. WE STARTED BY IRONING THE 'FLATS' LIKE PILLOW CASES AND MOVED UP TO BLOUSES AND PANTS EVENTUALLY. THIS RACK WAS MOVED TO CALGARY AND USED REGULARLY BY KAY. IT WAS LEFT IN THE HOUSE WHEN KAY AND WALLY SOLD IT TO LANNY [THE DONOR'S HUSBAND] AND WENDY. IT RETURNED T LETHBRIDGE WITH THEM IN 2008. WENDY COULDN'T USE THE RACK BECAUSE IT WAS SO WORN THAT THE WOOD WOULD LEAVE A RED STAIN ON CLOTHES." FOR FAMILY HISTORY SEE P20090030001.
Catalogue Number
P20090031012
Acquisition Date
2009-09
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
DUST MOP
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, WOOL, CANVAS
Catalogue Number
P20090031001
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
DUST MOP
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1990
Materials
WOOD, WOOL, CANVAS
No. Pieces
2
Length
143.0
Diameter
2.6
Description
DUST MOP - WOODEN HANDLE WITH DETACHABLE GREEN STRING MOP HEAD - 2 PIECES. 1. MOP HEAD, EGG SHAPED (WHEN LAID FLAT) ATTACHMENT. CANVAS AND VINYL COVER WITH WAVY BLUE, PINK AND PURPLE PATTERN. INSIDE OF COVER IS SOILED WHITE CANVAS. PIECES OF GREEN WOOL ARE ATTACHED TO UNDERSIDE AND EDGES OF COVER. WOOL IS SOILED AND HAS COLLECTED MANY PARTICLES OF DUST AND LINT. 4.7 CM HIGH, 40.7 CM LONG, 26.0 CM WIDE. 2. MOP HANDLE, LIGHT COLORED WOODEN DOWEL. BOTTOM END ENCASED IN METAL. END OF METAL PIECE CLOSED WITH RIVET. PIECE OF BENT, THICK WIRE ATTACHED TO RIVETED END OF HANDLE BY A FOLDED PIECE OF METAL. 136.0 CM LONG BY 2.6 CM IN DIAMETER.
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ACCORDING TO THE DONOR, WENDY AITKENS IN AN INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY NICOLE HEMBROFF, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT, IN JULY OF 2011, THE DUST MOP ORIGINALLY BELONGED TO HER MOTHER (KAY JAMIESON NEE FARRIES). SHE SAID, "THE HOUSE IN LETHBRIDGE HAD HARDWOOD FLOORS IN THE LIVING ROOM, HALLWAY AND BEDROOMS AND VINYL TILES IN THE KITCHEN AND BATHROOM. MOM USED TO CLEAN THE FLOORS SEVERAL TIMES A WEEK. CLEANING THE HOUSE BECAME A COMPETITION AMONGST THE LADIES LIVING ON THE SAME BLOCK. SOME OF THE WOMEN ROSE VERY EARLY IN THE MORNING SO THEY COULD GET THEIR HOUSE WORK DONE AND BE THE FIRST TO SIT ON THEIR FRONT PORCH WITH A CUP OF COFFEE. MOM BOUGHT INTO THIS COMPETITION FOR A WHILE AND THEN DECIDED SHE HAD BETTER THINGS TO DO WITH HER TIME; LIKE CURLING, KNITTING, SEWING, BAKING BREAD, CAKES AND COOKIES AND PLAYING THE PIANO. OUR HOUSE WAS ALWAYS CLEAN BUT MOM DECIDED NOT TO GET INVOLVED IN WHAT SHE THOUGHT WAS A SILLY CHALLENGE." ACCORDING TO AITKENS, SHE AND HER SISTER (MARGIE) HAD TO HELP WITH THE CHORES. SHE SAID, "THE DUST MOP WAS ONE OF THE EASIER TASKS SO WE LIKED DOING IT. YOU WOULD HAVE TO SHAKE IT OUTSIDE AFTER YOU SWEPT." THE MOP WAS ALSO USED WHEN THE JAMIESON FAMILY MOVED TO CALGARY, AS THE HOUSE ALSO HAD HARD FLOORS (VS. CARPET). FOR FAMILY HISTORY SEE P20090030001.
Catalogue Number
P20090031001
Acquisition Date
2009-09
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
"JAMES" TOP LOADING
Date Range From
1953
Date Range To
2005
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL, GLASS, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20090011000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
"JAMES" TOP LOADING
Date Range From
1953
Date Range To
2005
Materials
METAL, GLASS, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Height
95.4
Length
62.4
Width
33.0
Description
DISHWASHER, TOP LOADING, WHITE PAINT SCRATCHED AND SLIGHTLY YELLOWED. MARKED “JAMES, SWEEP FLOW” IN GOLD AND SEA FOAM GREEN ON FRONT. GLASS AND CHROME DOOR ON TOP, ON LEFT TOP SIDE 2 RETRACTABLE HOSES, DIAL MARKED, “OFF, ON,” RED LIGHT AND RETRACTABLE ELECTRICAL CORD. MODEL # BDL, SERIAL # 71482, US PATENT # 2657095. MISSING GLASS BOTTLE FOR WATER SOFTENING AGENT.
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ACCORDING TO DONOR JEAN STABB AT TIME OF DONATION, SHE RECIEVED THE DISHWASHER (ALONG WITH A FLOOR LAMP) IN 1991 OR 1992 AS PAYMENT FOR A DEBT THAT WAS OWED TO HER. SHE ACCEPTED IT BECAUSE SHE KNEW RE-PAYMENT WAS UNLIKELY. THE PREVIOUS OWNER (DONOR WAS UNABLE TO PROVIDE A NAME) WAS KNOWN THROUGH A MUTUAL ACQUAINTANCE (DONOR'S GIRLFRIEND). THE PREVIOUS OWNER LIVED IN TABER. HE TRANSPORTED THE DISHWASHER TO LETHBRIDGE. STABB USED THE DISHWASHER FROM 1992 TO 2005. SHE USED IT TO STERILZE JARS FOR CANNING. THE DONOR PRESERVED PEACHES, PEARS, BEANS AND CORN. SHE LEARNED THE TECHNIQUE FROM HER MOTHER. ALL OF THE PRODUCE SHE CANNED WAS GROWN IN HER OWN BACK YARD. STABB DISCONTINUED THE USE OF THE DISHWASHER WHEN SHE STOPPED CANNING FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20090011000
Acquisition Date
2009-03
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1963
Date Range To
2000
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, PLASTIC. RUBBER
Catalogue Number
P20030049033
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1963
Date Range To
2000
Materials
STEEL, PLASTIC. RUBBER
No. Pieces
1
Length
139
Width
39
Description
PNK AND CREAM CARPET SWEEPER. LONG HANDLE IS ATTACHED TO SWEEPER HEAD. PNK SWEEPER HEAD HAS MODEL TYPE ON TOP "BISSELL 400". RUBBER TRIM SURROUNDS BASE. BOTTOM OF HEAD CONSISTS OF TWO PAIRS OF WHEELS WHICH OPERATE THE BRISTLE BRUSH IN THE CENTER OF THE SWEEPER. BASE STAMPED "BISSELL LTD. GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. PAT. NO. D196.035" ON BOTH ENDS OF BASE.
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Catalogue Number
P20030049033
Acquisition Date
2003-10
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
HAND BROOM
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
2003
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STRAW, STEEL, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20030049034
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HAND BROOM
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
2003
Materials
STRAW, STEEL, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.5
Length
23
Width
9
Description
HAND HELD STRAW BRISTLE BROOM. STRAW GATHERED AT TOP WITH WIRE AND A STEEL CAP WHICH CREATES A HANDLE. A PIECE OF GRN YARN IS TIED AROUND TOP OF BROOM IN LOOP. STRAW HELD TOGETHER BY PNK YARN TIED IN BUNCHES. STRAW BRISTLES FLARE AT BASE WHICH IS SLIGHTLY DISCOLOURED.
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P20030049034
Acquisition Date
2003-10
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Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, NATURAL BRISTLE
Catalogue Number
P20030063002
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
WOOD, NATURAL BRISTLE
No. Pieces
1
Height
4.0
Length
26.4
Width
7.7
Description
NATURAL BRISTLES MOUNTED ON WOOD BASE (HANDLE). BASE IS ROUNDED AT ONE END, NARROWS IN CENTER, AND COMES TO A SOFT POINT AT OPPOSITE END. WOOD IS A DARK BROWN COLOR. TOP OF BRUSH HAS A SLIGHTLY CONVEX SHAPE. THERE ARE LARGE HOLES BORED INTO TOP OF BRUSH INTO WHICH BRISTLES ARE MOUNTED. MANY OF THE HOLES CONTAIN NO BRISTLES (CONCENTRATED AT ROUNDED END OF BRUSH) AND ALL CONTAIN BROKEN BRISTLES. WOOD IS ROTTING. HAS EXTREME CRACKING AND SPLITTING. BRISTLES ARE EXTREMELY BRITTLE AND FRAGILE. THERE IS SURFACE DIRT THROUGHOUT.
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BELONGED TO DONOR'S PARENTS KICHIZO AND KIMI TAKAGUCHI. USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH P20030063001-4-GA. KICHIZO CAME FROM JAPAN IN 1916, AND KIMI IN 1924, BECAUSE THEY FELT THEY WOULD FARE BETTER IN CANADA. THEY SETTLED IN RAYMOND AND HAD 4 CHILDREN THERE (INCLUDING DONOR). FOR MORE INFORMATION, REFER TO BATHTUB'S HISTORY IN P20030063001.
Catalogue Number
P20030063002
Acquisition Date
2004-03
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
GSW SPIRALATOR
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, BAKELITE, CHROME
Catalogue Number
P20000057000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
GSW SPIRALATOR
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1960
Materials
STEEL, BAKELITE, CHROME
No. Pieces
11
Height
109.6
Diameter
56.5
Description
MACHINE IS WHITE AND BLACK ENAMEL. HAS A CYLINDRICAL BASIN. ON FRONT OF MACHINE ARE TWO LEVERS (FOR WASH & PUMP ON/OFF) AND A KNOB (COMES OFF) FOR WASH SETTING. MACHINE HAS A REMOVABLE LID WITH A ROUND, BLACK, BAKELITE HANDLE IN THE CENTER. ENAMEL ON UNDERSIDE OF LID IS CHIPPING AWAY. COMING OUT OF SIDE OF MACHINE IS A BLACK RUBBER HOSE AND A BLACK ELECTRICAL CORD. THERE IS A METAL LABEL ON SAME SIDE THAT READS "SERIAL NO. G 018417 7" AND "GSW LTD. FERGUS, ONTARIO". THERE IS A WRINGER MOUNTED TO TOP OF MACHINE. WRINGER IS CHROME, WHITE ENAMELLED STEEL, AND WHITE BAKELITE. LABEL ON WRINGER READS "GSW SPIRALATOR SAFETY WRINGER / ESSOREUSE DE SECURITE". THERE IS A BLACK, BAKELITE SETTING KNOB ON TOP OF WRINGER, AS WELL AS 3 INSTRUCTIONAL LABELS. MACHINE SITS ON 4 CASTORS (REMOVABLE). INSIDE MACHINE IS A REMOVABLE WHITE BAKELITE? GYRATOR. ALSO INCLUDED WITH MACHINE ARE 2 PIECES OF BROKEN, WHITE BAKELITE, THAT USED TO BE A LEVER (POSSIBLY FROM SIDE OF WRINGER), AND A STEEL ROD WHICH HAS BEEN BENT INTO 2 PARALLEL RODS AND IS CURVED (UNKNOWN FUNCTION).
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FOUND BY DONOR'S ON THE FARM THAT THEY PURCHASED IN 1998. FARM IS ABOUT 1KM WEST OF THE STANDOFF/KIPP JUNCTION ON HIGHWAY 3. DONOR RELATES THAT FARM WAS PREVIOUSLY OWNED BY CATHY AND ELLING LUNDY, AND BY THE WICKERSHAMS BEFORE THEM. DONOR STATES THAT FARM WAS PART OF THE ORIGINAL HOMESTEAD OF A.J. WHITNEY.
Catalogue Number
P20000057000
Acquisition Date
2000-12
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
IRON, NICKEL PLATE, WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19880028001
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Materials
IRON, NICKEL PLATE, WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Length
17.1
Width
10.3
Description
NICKEL PLATED IRON, WOOD HANDLE. TWO PRONGS FOR ELECTRICAL CONNECTION. SURFACE RUST AND SMALL SECTION BROKEN FROM HANDLE.
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VERY SIMILAR IRON IN 1927 EATON'S CATALOG. OBTAINED FROM CASTLE APARTMENTS, FORMERLY BYNG HOTEL PRIOR TO REDEVELOPMENT. *UPDATE* IN 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, INCLUDING A VIOLIN (P19880028030-GA) REMOVED FROM THE CASTLE APARTMENTS PRIOR TO THE BUILDING'S 1988 RENOVATION. THE FOLLOWING BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CASTLE APARTMENTS WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATON FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HISTORICAL SOCIETY ONLINE ARTICLE ABOUT THE APARTMENTS, AN ARTICLE FROM THE JUNE 10, 1988 ISSUE OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, AND THE 2009 CITY OF LETHBRIDGE HERITAGE INVENTORY. THE CASTLE HOTEL WAS BUILT IN 1909 BY ENTREPRENEUR AND LANDOWNER CHARLES HANSON SR. AT THE CORNER OF 2ND AVENUE AND 2ND STREET SOUTH. THE HOTEL WAS MARKETED TO A HIGH-END CLIENTELE, PROVIDING BUGGY SERVICE TO THE RAILWAY STATION, MAHOGANY AND STAINED GLASS FINISHES, FRESH FLOWERS, AND A DINING ROOM AND BAR. AFTER A NAME CHANGE TO THE BYNG HOTEL IN THE EARLY 1920S, THE BUILDING WAS CONVERTED INTO APARTMENTS IN 1925 IN RESPONSE TO THE ECONOMIC RECESSION AND THE SINGLE VETERANS OF WWI THAT REQUIRED AFFORDABLE LODGING. IN THE 1930S THE BUILDING WAS RENAMED THE CASTLE APARTMENTS, AND RENTED INEXPENSIVELY TO "MEN ONLY - NO WOMEN ALLOWED". THE PROPERTY REMAINED UNDER THE OWNERSHIP OF THE HANSON FAMILY UNTIL 1988, WHEN THE PROPERTY WAS PURCHASED BY LOCAL LANDOWNERS JACK MOLCAK, HONG WONG, AND RON HALL. THEY HIRED ARCHITECT STUART JOHNSTONE TO DESIGN A PLAN THAT WOULD PRESERVE AND ENHANCE THE STRUCTURE'S HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE. THE APARTMENTS WERE THOROUGHLY RENOVATED AND AN ADJACENT ADDITION WAS ADDED. AT THE TIME OF THIS SURVEY, THE CASTLE APARTMENTS ARE MANAGED AS AFFORDABLE HOUSING BY THE LETHBRIDGE HOUSING AUTHORITY. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPIES OF SOURCE MATERIALS.
Catalogue Number
P19880028001
Acquisition Date
1988-05
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
ELECTRIC FLAT IRON
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, PLASTIC, ALUMINUM
Catalogue Number
P19880028002
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ELECTRIC FLAT IRON
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
STEEL, PLASTIC, ALUMINUM
No. Pieces
1
Length
22.8
Width
11.9
Description
"PAT. 1928-29". ADJUSTABLE HEAT IRON. CHROME PLATED. PLASTIC TYPE HANDLE. ALUMINUM SOLE PLATE ALTHOUGH PATENTED LATE 1920'S A VERY SIMILAR MODEL AVAILABLE IN EARLY 1960'S (EATON'S 1961 CAT). SMALL LIGHT BULB ON ONE SIDE TO INDICATE POWER IS ON. "GENERAL ELECTRIC" ON HANDLE BASE. SWITCH ON TOP OF HANDLE READS "OFF-RAY-SIL-WOOL-COT-LIN". ENGRAVED ON BASE IS "CAN FROM USE WITH WALL OUTLET ONLY", "CANADIAN GENERAL ELECTRIC CO. LIMITED TORONTO CANADA", AND PATENTS NUMBER. FABRIC ON CORD IS WEARING.
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"CANADIAN GENERAL ELECTRIC CO. TORONTO". OBTAINED FROM CASTLE APARTMENTS. FORMER BYNG HOTEL PRIOR TO REDEVELOPMENT. *UPDATE* IN 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, INCLUDING A VIOLIN (P19880028030-GA) REMOVED FROM THE CASTLE APARTMENTS PRIOR TO THE BUILDING'S 1988 RENOVATION. THE FOLLOWING BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CASTLE APARTMENTS WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATON FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HISTORICAL SOCIETY ONLINE ARTICLE ABOUT THE APARTMENTS, AN ARTICLE FROM THE JUNE 10, 1988 ISSUE OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, AND THE 2009 CITY OF LETHBRIDGE HERITAGE INVENTORY. THE CASTLE HOTEL WAS BUILT IN 1909 BY ENTREPRENEUR AND LANDOWNER CHARLES HANSON SR. AT THE CORNER OF 2ND AVENUE AND 2ND STREET SOUTH. THE HOTEL WAS MARKETED TO A HIGH-END CLIENTELE, PROVIDING BUGGY SERVICE TO THE RAILWAY STATION, MAHOGANY AND STAINED GLASS FINISHES, FRESH FLOWERS, AND A DINING ROOM AND BAR. AFTER A NAME CHANGE TO THE BYNG HOTEL IN THE EARLY 1920S, THE BUILDING WAS CONVERTED INTO APARTMENTS IN 1925 IN RESPONSE TO THE ECONOMIC RECESSION AND THE SINGLE VETERANS OF WWI THAT REQUIRED AFFORDABLE LODGING. IN THE 1930S THE BUILDING WAS RENAMED THE CASTLE APARTMENTS, AND RENTED INEXPENSIVELY TO "MEN ONLY - NO WOMEN ALLOWED". THE PROPERTY REMAINED UNDER THE OWNERSHIP OF THE HANSON FAMILY UNTIL 1988, WHEN THE PROPERTY WAS PURCHASED BY LOCAL LANDOWNERS JACK MOLCAK, HONG WONG, AND RON HALL. THEY HIRED ARCHITECT STUART JOHNSTONE TO DESIGN A PLAN THAT WOULD PRESERVE AND ENHANCE THE STRUCTURE'S HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE. THE APARTMENTS WERE THOROUGHLY RENOVATED AND AN ADJACENT ADDITION WAS ADDED. AT THE TIME OF THIS SURVEY, THE CASTLE APARTMENTS ARE MANAGED AS AFFORDABLE HOUSING BY THE LETHBRIDGE HOUSING AUTHORITY. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPIES OF SOURCE MATERIALS.
Catalogue Number
P19880028002
Acquisition Date
1988-05
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, ZINC
Catalogue Number
P19890051000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
STEEL, ZINC
No. Pieces
1
Height
28.8
Length
52
Width
52
Description
METAL LAUNDRY TUB WITH 2 HANDLES. "GSW EUREKA HOT-DIPPED GALVANIZED WARE #020 PAPER LABEL. ALSO ON LABEL "MADE IN CANADA BY GENERAL STEEL WARES LIMITED NO.020" LOGO ON BOTTOM OF TUB HAS SHEILD WITH "GSW QUALITY 020T"; ABOVE "PAT. NO. 353,134". GREENISH CHEMICAL RESIDUE AROUND RIM.
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MANUFACTURED BY GENERAL STEELWARES, HAMILTON ONT. DONOR USED AROUND HIS HOME FOR MANY YEARS, ACQUIRED SOME TIME IN LATE '50'S OR EARLY '60'S.
Catalogue Number
P19890051000
Acquisition Date
1989-08
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1955
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PAPER, SOAP
Catalogue Number
P19890032014
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1955
Materials
PAPER, SOAP
No. Pieces
2
Height
4.3
Length
9.6
Width
7.4
Description
SOAP BAR C/W PACKAGE BOX. "SUNLIGHT SOAP" ON FACE & SIDES. REVERSE FACE SHOWS DRAWING OF SHIRT & CLAIM "WHATEVER YOUR WASHING METHOD YOU NEED SUNLIGHT'S EXTRA SOAPINESS FOR THOSE EXTRA DIRTY PARTS". BOX IS YELLOW, RED, BLUE AND WHITE. RECTANGULAR BAR OF SOAP CONTAINED WITH CORNERS EDGED. TOP FACE OF BAR EMBOSSED "SUNLIGHT SOAP". MINOR DEFORMATION OF BOX.
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SEE P19890032001-GA FOR DONOR HISTORY. "A LEVER PRODUCT".
Catalogue Number
P19890032014
Acquisition Date
1989-08
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PAPER, SOAP
Catalogue Number
P19890032016
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
PAPER, SOAP
No. Pieces
2
Height
3.8
Length
11.5
Width
3.8
Description
SOAP BAR C/W PAPER PACKAGE. "FELS-NAPTHA" & "FELS-NAPTHA SOAP" ON ALL SIDES, EXCEPT REVERSE FACE: "THE GENUINE ORIGINAL NAPTHA SOAP CLEANS EVERYTHING CLEANABLE" PAPER PACKAGE TORN. "FELS-NAPTHA SOAP" IN SCROLL TEXT PRINTED BACK TO BACK IN ROWS ON PACKAGING. ENDS OF PACKAGING PARTLY SEALED; PAPER WORN AND TORN THROUGHOUT. SEE CONSERVATION REPORT.
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Catalogue Number
P19890032016
Acquisition Date
1989-08
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PAPER, STEEL WOOL, DETERGENT
Catalogue Number
P19890032017
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
PAPER, STEEL WOOL, DETERGENT
No. Pieces
2
Height
8.3
Length
13
Width
5.6
Description
SOAP STEEL WOOL PAD C/W BOX PACKAGE. "S.O.S. MAGIC SCOURING PADS" WITH VARIOUS CLAIMS ON EACH SIDE. INSTRUCTION ALSO PROVIDED IN FRENCH. CONTAINS 1 PAD, BOX DESIGNED FOR 4. BOX HAS YELLOW BACKGROUND WITH RED TEXT AND ILLUSTRATIONS MARKED ON FRONT AND BOTTOM "S.O.S., PTD 1922-1938, MAGIC SCOURING PADS". ILLUSTRATION & TEXT ON SIDE DEPICTS 3-STEP USAGE OF PADS.
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SEE P19890032001-GA FOR DONOR HISTORY. "S.O.S. MFG. CO. OF CANADA LTD. TORONTO CORP. 1939"
Catalogue Number
P19890032017
Acquisition Date
1989-08
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
BEATTY WRINGER WASHER
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, IRON, RUBBER
Catalogue Number
P19900033000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BEATTY WRINGER WASHER
Date
1939
Materials
STEEL, IRON, RUBBER
No. Pieces
2
Height
121.5
Diameter
52.8
Description
ELECTRIC TUB TYPE WRINGER WASHING MACHINE. ENAMELLED STEEL TUB. MOTOR OPERATED WRINGER & AGITATOR. 4 BRACED LEGS. 1 DRAIN ATTACHMENT. WRINGER HAS TENSION ADJUSTMENT SCREW & QUICK RELEASE LEVER. EMBOSSED ON TENSION SCREW CONTROL IS PROFILE OF KING GEORGE V11 & QUEEN MARY: "ROYAL VISIT MAY 1939" TAG ON FACE OF TUB: "BEATTY MODEL 4E". ENAMEL WORN AT BASE OF TUB. INCLUDES 4 CASTORS, - 1 BROKEN, MISSING WHEEL. GREEN AND YELLOW ENAMEL. SEE CONSERVATION REPORT.
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DONOR PURCHASED SECOND HAND TO USE TO CLEAN WORK CLOTHES. REMAINS IN WORKING CONDITION. "BEATTY MADE IN CANADA" *UPDATE* IN 2010 NICOLE HEMBROFF, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT, CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF PALLET RACKING. DONOR IS DECEASED. SHE WAS UNABLE TO FIND CONTACT INFORMATION FOR NEXT OF KIN.
Catalogue Number
P19900033000
Acquisition Date
1990-07
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
GSW
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19900007020
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
GSW
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
28.4
Length
52.2
Width
52.2
Description
SQUARE LAUNDRY TUB, GALVANIZED STEEL. LABEL: "GSW EUREKA HOT DIPPED GALVANIZED WARE" 2 HANDLES. STAMPED WITH CO. LOGO ON BOTTOM WITH "G.S.W. QUALITY 020T". ABOVE - PAT. (NO. ILLEGIBLE). ALSO ON LABEL "MADE IN CANADA BY GENERAL STEEL WARES LIMITED, NO. 020T". "585-350"(?) WRITTEN IN BLACK INK ALONG RIM.
Subjects
MAINTENANCE T&E
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
DONOR'S MOTHER USED TO USE WASHTUBS FOR LAUNDRY. WASHTUBS WERE USUALLY USED IN PAIRS. ACQUIRED IN LETHBRIDGE. WILLIAM HERBERT SCORESBY SKELTON WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE ON 6 APRIL 1920. HIS PARENTS WERE MARION SCORESBY SKELTON AND HERBERT SCORESBY SKELTON. EDUCATED LOCALLY, MR. SKELTON WORKED AT THE DOMINION EXPERIMENTAL FARM (NOW THE LETHBRIDGE RESEARCH CENTRE) FOR SEVERAL YEARS. HE BEGAN HIS CAREER AS A REPORTER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD IN 1943. AFTER FIVE YEARS AT THE NEWSPAPER, HE BECAME NEWS DIRECTOR AT RADIO STATION CJOC ON 15 FEBRUARY 1948. DURING HIS FIRST TWO YEARS AT THE RADIO STATION, MR. SKELTON WAS THE ONLY EMPLOYEE IN THE NEWS DEPARTMENT. MR. SKELTON ORGANIZED THE FIRST FULL-TIME NEWS DEPARTMENT AT THE RADIO STATION AND WAS NEWS DIRECTOR FOR THE JOINT RADIO – TELEVISION OPERATIONS OF SELKIRK COMMUNICATIONS IN LETHBRIDGE AND SOUTHERN ALBERTA. BY THE TIME OF HIS RETIREMENT IN APRIL 1978, CJOC HAD EIGHT EMPLOYEES IN THE NEWS DEPARTMENT. WILLIAM SKELTON MARRIED MARY THERESA FRANCIS IN SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, LETHBRIDGE ON 3 AUGUST 1957. THE COUPLE DID NOT HAVE CHILDREN. DURING HIS LIFE MR. SKELTON WAS VERY ACTIVE AS A VOLUNTEER WITH MANY COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS: THE SOUTHERN ALBERTA BOY SCOUT COUNCIL, WINSTON CHURCHILL HIGH SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL, THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE’S ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC INFORMATION, LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM, YWCA BUILDING FUND DRIVE, 1975 CANADA WINTER GAMES PROTOCOL COMMITTEE, LETHBRIDGE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, 1981 ALBERTA SUMMER GAMES, PUBLIC RELATIONS ADVISOR FOR THE SIR ALEXANDER GALT MUSEUM, A CHARTER MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE JAYCEES, SOUTHERN ALBERTA COUNCIL ON PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND THE LETHBRIDGE & DISTRICT UNITED WAY, AMONG OTHERS. HE ALSO VOLUNTEERED HIS SERVICES WITH LETHBRIDGE OVERTURE CONCERTS, THE ALBERTA MOTOR ASSOCIATION, LETHBRIDGE AND DISTRICT JAPANESE GARDEN SOCIETY AND THE LOCAL BRANCH OF THE COMMITTEE FOR AN INDEPENDENT CANADA. WILLIAM SKELTON DIED ON 13 JULY 1998, AGE 78, AND IS BURIED IN MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY IN LETHBRIDGE. MARY THERESA SKELTON (NEE FRANCIS) WAS THE DAUGHTER OF DR. AND MRS. JAMES R. FRANCIS AND THE GRANDDAUGHTER OF REVEREND JAMES ROBERTSON D.D., A FORMER MODERATOR OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN CANADA. A TEACHER AT LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE FROM 1945 UNTIL HER RETIREMENT, MARY SKELTON WAS ALSO ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY. MRS. SKELTON WAS A MEMBER OF THE CANADIAN FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN; THE SENIOR HIGH NOVELS, NON-FICTION AND DRAMA AD HOC CURRICULUM COMMITTEE OF ALBERTA EDUCATION; THE LETHBRIDGE SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATION; AND A DRIVER FOR LETHBRIDGE MEALS ON WHEELS. MRS. SKELTON WAS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF THE SIR ALEXANDER GALT MUSEUM DURING THE TIME OF THE MUSEUM’S FIRST RENOVATION AND EXPANSION IN 1983-1985. MARY SKELTON DIED ON 23 AUGUST 2000, AGE 80, AND IS BURIED BESIDE HER HUSBAND IN MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY. [SOURCES: THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, VARIOUS ISSUES; WHO’S WHO IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA 1988-1989 (HISTORICAL RESEARCH CENTRE, 1989) PAGES 739-740]
Catalogue Number
P19900007020
Acquisition Date
1990-09
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1925
Date Range To
1935
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19900007016
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1925
Date Range To
1935
Materials
WOOD, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Length
107.2
Width
42.7
Description
WASHTUB STAND, PORTABLE, WITH STEEL CASTORS. ENGRAVED ON SIDE FRAME: "BT TUB BENCH PATENTED 1923" OPPOSITE SIDE: "BEATTY BROS. LIMITED. FERGUS, CANADA." WHEELS FOLD DOWN & ARE LOCKED IN PLACE WITH 2 WING NUTS.
Subjects
MAINTENANCE T&E
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
DONOR REMEBERS MOTHER USING STAND WHEN HE WAS A BOY IN 1930'S. USED WITH A WRINGER. BELIEVES ACQUIRED IN LETHBRIDGE. WILLIAM HERBERT SCORESBY SKELTON WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE ON 6 APRIL 1920. HIS PARENTS WERE MARION SCORESBY SKELTON AND HERBERT SCORESBY SKELTON. EDUCATED LOCALLY, MR. SKELTON WORKED AT THE DOMINION EXPERIMENTAL FARM (NOW THE LETHBRIDGE RESEARCH CENTRE) FOR SEVERAL YEARS. HE BEGAN HIS CAREER AS A REPORTER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD IN 1943. AFTER FIVE YEARS AT THE NEWSPAPER, HE BECAME NEWS DIRECTOR AT RADIO STATION CJOC ON 15 FEBRUARY 1948. DURING HIS FIRST TWO YEARS AT THE RADIO STATION, MR. SKELTON WAS THE ONLY EMPLOYEE IN THE NEWS DEPARTMENT. MR. SKELTON ORGANIZED THE FIRST FULL-TIME NEWS DEPARTMENT AT THE RADIO STATION AND WAS NEWS DIRECTOR FOR THE JOINT RADIO – TELEVISION OPERATIONS OF SELKIRK COMMUNICATIONS IN LETHBRIDGE AND SOUTHERN ALBERTA. BY THE TIME OF HIS RETIREMENT IN APRIL 1978, CJOC HAD EIGHT EMPLOYEES IN THE NEWS DEPARTMENT. WILLIAM SKELTON MARRIED MARY THERESA FRANCIS IN SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, LETHBRIDGE ON 3 AUGUST 1957. THE COUPLE DID NOT HAVE CHILDREN. DURING HIS LIFE MR. SKELTON WAS VERY ACTIVE AS A VOLUNTEER WITH MANY COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS: THE SOUTHERN ALBERTA BOY SCOUT COUNCIL, WINSTON CHURCHILL HIGH SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL, THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE’S ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC INFORMATION, LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM, YWCA BUILDING FUND DRIVE, 1975 CANADA WINTER GAMES PROTOCOL COMMITTEE, LETHBRIDGE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, 1981 ALBERTA SUMMER GAMES, PUBLIC RELATIONS ADVISOR FOR THE SIR ALEXANDER GALT MUSEUM, A CHARTER MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE JAYCEES, SOUTHERN ALBERTA COUNCIL ON PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND THE LETHBRIDGE & DISTRICT UNITED WAY, AMONG OTHERS. HE ALSO VOLUNTEERED HIS SERVICES WITH LETHBRIDGE OVERTURE CONCERTS, THE ALBERTA MOTOR ASSOCIATION, LETHBRIDGE AND DISTRICT JAPANESE GARDEN SOCIETY AND THE LOCAL BRANCH OF THE COMMITTEE FOR AN INDEPENDENT CANADA. WILLIAM SKELTON DIED ON 13 JULY 1998, AGE 78, AND IS BURIED IN MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY IN LETHBRIDGE. MARY THERESA SKELTON (NEE FRANCIS) WAS THE DAUGHTER OF DR. AND MRS. JAMES R. FRANCIS AND THE GRANDDAUGHTER OF REVEREND JAMES ROBERTSON D.D., A FORMER MODERATOR OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN CANADA. A TEACHER AT LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE FROM 1945 UNTIL HER RETIREMENT, MARY SKELTON WAS ALSO ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY. MRS. SKELTON WAS A MEMBER OF THE CANADIAN FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN; THE SENIOR HIGH NOVELS, NON-FICTION AND DRAMA AD HOC CURRICULUM COMMITTEE OF ALBERTA EDUCATION; THE LETHBRIDGE SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATION; AND A DRIVER FOR LETHBRIDGE MEALS ON WHEELS. MRS. SKELTON WAS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF THE SIR ALEXANDER GALT MUSEUM DURING THE TIME OF THE MUSEUM’S FIRST RENOVATION AND EXPANSION IN 1983-1985. MARY SKELTON DIED ON 23 AUGUST 2000, AGE 80, AND IS BURIED BESIDE HER HUSBAND IN MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY. [SOURCES: THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, VARIOUS ISSUES; WHO’S WHO IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA 1988-1989 (HISTORICAL RESEARCH CENTRE, 1989) PAGES 739-740]
Catalogue Number
P19900007016
Acquisition Date
1990-09
Collection
Museum
Less detail

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