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Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, STEEL, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19672421000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
WOOD, STEEL, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Length
12.7
Width
2.5
Description
STEEL AWL, BRASS LOCK NUT PIECE, WOODEN HANDLE.
Subjects
LEATHER, HORN, SHELLWORKING T&E
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
History
USED BY DAVID KING IN COALDALE HARNESS SHOP.
Catalogue Number
P19672421000
Acquisition Date
1967-02
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
BLANKET
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
RAW FLAX YARN
Catalogue Number
P20160003007
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BLANKET
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1990
Materials
RAW FLAX YARN
No. Pieces
1
Length
139
Width
99.5
Description
HAND-WOVEN BLANKET MADE FROM RAW FLAX. THE BLANKET IS COMPOSED OF 2 SECTIONS OF THE SAME SIZE OF MATERIAL THAT ARE JOINED TOGETHER WITH A SEAM AT THE CENTER. ON THE FRONT SIDE (WITH NEAT SIDE OF THE STITCHING AND PATCHES), THERE ARE THREE PATCHES ON THE BLANKET MADE FROM LIGHTER, RAW-COLOURED MATERIAL. ONE SECTION OF THE FABRIC HAS TWO OF THE PATCHES ALIGNED VERTICALLY NEAR THE CENTER SEAM. THE AREA SHOWING ON ONE PATCH IS 3 CM X 5 CM AND THE OTHER IS SHOWING 5 CM X 6 CM. ON THE OPPOSITE SECTION THERE IS ONE PATCH THAT IS 16 CM X 8.5 CM SEWN AT THE EDGE OF THE BLANKET. THE BLANKET IS HEMMED ON BOTH SHORT SIDES. ON THE OPPOSING/BACK SIDE OF THE BLANKET, THE FULL PIECES OF THE FABRIC FOR THE PATCHES ARE SHOWING. THE SMALLER PATCH OF THE TWO ON THE ONE HALF-SECTION OF THE BLANKET IS 8CM X 10 CM AND THE OTHER PATCH ON THAT SIDE IS 14CM X 15CM. THE PATCH ON THE OTHER HALF-SECTION IS THE SAME SIZE AS WHEN VIEWED FROM THE FRONT. THERE IS A SEVERELY FADED BLUE STAMP ON THIS PATCH’S FABRIC. FAIR CONDITION. THERE IS RED STAINING THAT CAN BE SEEN FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE BLANKET AT THE CENTER SEAM, NEAR THE EDGE OF THE BLANKET AT THE SIDE WITH 2 PATCHES (CLOSER TO THE LARGER PATCH), AND NEAR THE SMALL PATCH AT THE END FURTHER FROM THE CENTER. THERE IS A HOLE WITH MANY LOOSE THREADS SURROUNDING NEAR THE CENTER OF THE HALF SECTION WITH ONE PATCH. THERE ARE VARIOUS THREADS COMING LOOSE AT MULTIPLE POINTS OF THE BLANKET.
Subjects
AGRICULTURAL T&E
BEDDING
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
DOMESTIC
ETHNOGRAPHIC
History
THE KONKINS WERE A RUSSIAN-SPEAKING FAMILY FROM THE TOWN OF SHOULDICE, ALBERTA, NEAR CALGARY. THEY AND MANY OTHER RUSSIAN FAMILIES COMPOSED THAT TOWN’S DOUKHOBOR COLONY. IT WAS THERE WILLIAM KONKIN MARRIED ELIZABETH WISHLOW. IN 1928, THEIR DAUGHTER, ELSIE WAS BORN. THEY LATER MOVED TO A FARM IN VAUXHALL, ALBERTA. THE PRECEDING AND FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM A TWO-PART INTERVIEW WITH DONOR ELSIE MORRIS, WHICH WAS CONDUCTED BY COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN ON FEBRUARY 17, 2016. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION COMES FROM FAMILY HISTORIES AND TEXTS PROVIDED BY THE DONOR. A FULL HISTORY OF THE KONKIN FAMILY CAN BE FOUND WITH THE RECORD P20160003001. ACCORDING TO A NOTE THAT WAS ATTACHED TO THIS LIGHTWEIGHT BLANKET AT THE TIME OF ACQUISITION THE BLANKET IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN MADE C. 1920S. MORRIS SAYS HER MEMORY OF THE BLANKET DATES AS FAR BACK AS SHE CAN REMEMBER: “RIGHT INTO THE ‘30S, ‘40S AND ‘50S BECAUSE MY MOTHER DID THAT RIGHT UP UNTIL NEAR THE END. I USE THAT EVEN IN LETHBRIDGE WHEN I HAD A GARDEN. [THIS TYPE OF BLANKET] WAS USED FOR TWO PURPOSES. IT WAS EITHER PUT ON THE BED UNDERNEATH THE MATTRESS THE LADIES MADE OUT OF WOOL AND OR ELSE IT WAS USED, A DIFFERENT PIECE OF CLOTH WOULD BE USED FOR FLAILING THINGS. [THE] FLAIL ACTUALLY GOES WITH IT AND THEY BANG ON THE SEEDS AND IT WOULD TAKE THE HULLS OFF… IT’S HAND WOVEN AND IT’S MADE OUT OF POOR QUALITY FLAX… IT’S UNBLEACHED, DEFINITELY… RAW LINEN." THIS SPECIFIC BLANKET WAS USED FOR SEEDS MORRIS RECALLS: “…IT HAD TO BE A WINDY DAY… WE WOULD PICK DRIED PEAS OR BEANS OR WHATEVER BEET SEEDS AND WE WOULD BEAT AWAY AND THEN WE WOULD STAND UP, HOLD IT UP AND THE BREEZE WOULD BLOW THE HULLS OFF AND THE SEEDS WOULD GO STRAIGHT DOWN [ONTO THE BLANKET.” THE SEEDS WOULD THEN BE CARRIED ON THE BLANKET AND THEN PUT INTO A PAIL. OF THE BLANKET’S CLEAN STATE, MORRIS EXPLAINS, “THEY’RE ALWAYS WASHED AFTER THEY’RE FINISHED USING THEM.” WHEN SHE LOOKS AT THIS ARTIFACT, MORRIS SAYS: “I FEEL LIKE I’M OUT ON THE FARM, I SEE FIELDS AND FIELDS OF FLAX, BLUE FLAX. BUT THAT’S NOT WHAT SHE USED IT FOR. SHE DID USE IT IF SHE WANTED A LITTLE BIT OF THE FLAX THEN SHE’D POUND THE FLAX, BUT THAT WASN’T OFTEN. IT WAS MOSTLY BEANS AND PEAS.” IT IS UNKNOWN WHO WOVE THIS BLANKET. PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, OBITUARIES, PHOTOGRAPHS, AND FAMILY HISTORIES.
Catalogue Number
P20160003007
Acquisition Date
2016-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
“CALOREX, UNITED DRUG CO.” THERMOS
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
ALUMINIUM
Catalogue Number
P20130004008
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
“CALOREX, UNITED DRUG CO.” THERMOS
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
ALUMINIUM
No. Pieces
3
Height
35
Diameter
30
Description
ALUMINIUM VACUUM BOTTLE WITH TWIST-OFF LID AND “SNAP TITE” HINGED STOPPER. EMBOSSED ON BOTTOM WITH BRAND LOGO AND TEXT READING “CALOREX, UNITED DRUG CO., BOSTON – ST. LOUIS, U.S.A.” MINOR SCUFFS AND DENTS OVERALL.
Subjects
FOOD SERVICE T&E
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
AGRICULTURE
LEISURE
History
THE COLLECTION OF OBJECTS BELONGING TO THE MEISSER FAMILY WAS DONATED BY JUDY WRIGHT, NIECE OF LOWELL MEISSER, WHO OPERATED A FARM OUTSIDE WARNER WITH HIS BROTHER ROME AS THE ‘MEISSER BROS’ FROM 1929 TO 1946. JUDY’S MOTHER WAS THE SISTER OF LOWELL’S WIFE ELINOR, AND SHE SPENT MUCH OF HER CHILDHOOD LIVING WITH THEM AND ROME MEISSER, DUE TO HER MOTHER BEING UNWELL. IN HER LATER ADULT LIFE, JUDY TOOK CARE OF “UNC” ROME AT HIS WATERTON RESIDENCE, AND BECAUSE ROME AND HIS BROTHER LOWELL DID NOT HAVE ANY LIVING DIRECT DESCENDANTS, JUDY WAS LEFT THE FAMILY BELONGINGS WHEN ROME DIED IN 2004. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ARTIFACT WAS EXTRACTED FROM AN INTERVIEW CONDUCTED WITH THE DONOR BY COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN ON NOVEMBER 14, 2013, AS WELL AS FROM A DOCUMENT WRITTEN BY HER AT THE TIME OF THE DONATION. WRIGHT SAID: “THIS THERMOS BOTTLE WENT OUT TO THE FIELD WHEN ROME WENT TO SEED OR HARVEST AND I RMEMBER THE MEALS THAT THE COOK TOOK OUT TO THE MEN SO THAT THEY DID NOT HAVE TO MISS MORE THAN A HALF HOUR OF HARVESTING. THOSE WERE THE BEST MEALS IN THE WORLD… WE WOULD GO OUT TO CHECK THE CROPS AND HE’D TAKE THE THERMOS… I CAN PICTURE HIM GOING INTO THE KITCHEN… AND HAVING IT FILLED WITH COFFEE BEFORE HE WOULD GO DO ANYTHING… [THE BOTTLE] WENT ALONG FOR ALL DAY FISHING TRIPS AND ON HUNTING EXCURSIONS. IT PROBABLY WENT ON THE LONG ROAD TO ARIZONA EVERY WINTER.” THE FOLLOWING BRIEF FAMILY HISTORY WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM ROME MEISSER’S MANUSCRIPT ‘THE MEISSER’S AND OTHER RAMBLINGS’ AND DONATIONS OF FAMILY PAPERS MADE BY WRIGHT TO THE GALT ARCHIVES. THE MEISSER FAMILY PATRIARCH, MICHAEL MEISSER, WAS BORN IN SWITZERLAND IN 1830 AND IMMIGRATED TO ALMA, WISCONSIN IN 1846. HIS SON, JOHN LUTZI MEISSER MARRIED MARIE KINDSCHI ON APRIL 30, 1898 AND THEY MOVED TO WARNER, ALBERTA TO FARM IN 1910, LOOKING FOR A DRIER CLIMATE FOR MARIE, WHO SUFFERED FROM TUBERCULOSIS. THE COUPLE HAD FIVE CHILDREN: ORMA, LOWELL, JOHN (WHO DIED AT AGE TWO OF PNEUMONIA), ROME, AND MARIE. IN 1912, MOTHER MARIE DIED IN A TUBERCULOSIS CLINIC IN SALT LAKE CITY, AND FIVE YEARS LATER FATHER JOHN DIED FROM HEAD TRAUMA SUSTAINED IN A GRAIN ELEVATOR ACCIDENT. ONE OF THE CHILDREN’S PATERNAL AUNTS, FRENA, CAME TO WARNER TO HELP THEM WITH SCHOOLING AND RUNNING THE FARM. IN 1920, ORMA MARRIED LEE TENNEY AND IN 1926 LOWELL MARRIED ELINOR TENNEY, AND THE TWO COUPLES LOOKED AFTER THE TWO YOUNGER SIBLINGS UNTIL ORMA AND LEE MOVED TO CALIFORNIA IN 1931. THE YOUNGEST SISTER, MARIE, LATER JOINED THEM WITH HER SON JIM. LOWELL AND ROME FARMED TOGETHER FROM THE SEASON FOLLOWING THEIR FATHER’S DEATH (WHEN THEY WERE 17 AND 13 YEARS OLD, RESPECTIVELY) UNTIL 1945 WHEN THEIR LAND WAS DIVIDED FOR TAX BENEFIT. ROME NEVER MARRIED, AND IN 1928 HAD A SHORT STINT IN PILOT’S TRAINING BEFORE RETURNING TO FARMING PERMANENTLY. LOWELL AND ELINOR’S SON JERALD WAS BORN IN 1929. BY 1957 THE MEISSERS RETIRED FROM FARMING AND LEASED OUT THEIR LAND, AND IN 1958 THE FAMILY BOUGHT A CABIN IN WATERTON PARK, WHERE THEY SPENT ALL FOLLOWING SUMMERS. LOWELL AND ELINOR’S SON JERALD SPLIT HIS TIME BETWEEN FARMING IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA AND VARIOUS PROJECTS IN THE UNITED STATES. HE ENROLLED IN THE CATHOLIC SEMINARY IN SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, BUT PASSED AWAY IN 1990 BEFORE HE COULD BE ORDAINED. LOWELL DIED IN 1988, ELINOR FOLLOWED IN 1992, AND ROME PASSED AWAY IN 2004. THE FOLLOWING REMEMBRANCES OF ROME ‘UNC’ MEISSER WERE EXCERPTED FROM THE NOVEMBER 14, 2013 INTERVIEW. WRIGHT SAID: “I LIVED WITH THEM AND WENT OUT TO THE FARM ALL SUMMER LONG EVERY YEAR FROM THE TIME I WAS FIVE OR SIX YEARS OLD… I JUST HONESTLY THINK THAT I AM WHO I AM TODAY BECAUSE OF MY UNCLE ROME. MY DAD WAS A STAUNCH OLD ENGLISHMAN AND HE COULDN’T RELATE TO ME. HE WAS 45 YEARS OLD WHEN I WAS BORN BUT HE COULDN’T RELATE TO ME. SO, MY UNCLE COULD… HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN MARRIED WITH AT LEAST A DOZEN CHILDREN. IN HIS EARLY NINETIES, WHEN I FIRST GOT THERE [TO WATERTON] WE’D GO GROCERY SHOPPING. I’D HAVE TO WAIT WHILE HE STOPPED AND CHATTED WITH ALL THE CHILDREN HE’D COME ACROSS. HE SHOULD HAVE HAD LOTS OF KIDS. HE JUST LOVED KIDS AND I WAS A LITTLE KID… I WAS THERE FROM PRACTICALLY BIRTH AND LIVED MONTHS AT A TIME WITH HIM… HE COULD AFFORD TO LOOK AFTER THE COMMUNITY AS WELL… HE GAVE GENEROUSLY TO [COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS]. HE GAVE TO THE MILK RIVER HOSPITAL. HE DONATED $200,000 FOR THE HOCKEY GIRLS’ RESIDENCE. THEY HAD NO MONEY AND THAT’S WHY WE NOW HAVE A HOCKEY GIRLS’ RESIDENCE THAT HAS A HUGE KITCHEN AND HOUSES UP TO 25 GIRLS, AND KEEPS OUR WARNER SCHOOL OPEN. SO THAT IS A VERY BIG GIFT, HIS DONATIONS. THEY ALSO STARTED A MEISSER SCHOLARSHIP IN 1967 AND TWO WEEKS AGO I WENT OUT AND GAVE THE TROPHY AND THE MONEY TO THE LAST GIRL THAT WON IT. AND IT WILL GO ON INDEFINITELY AS LONG AS THERE’S A SCHOOL…HE WAS VERY SUPPORTIVE OF CHILDREN AND EDUCATION. THE SCHOLARSHIP, THE HOCKEY GIRLS, KEEPING THE WARNER SCHOOL OPEN - BIG FOCUS FOR HIM – WAS EDUCATION AND CHILDREN… HE WAS ONE OF THOSE KIND OF PRACTICALLY ANONYMOUS DONORS IN THE PAST. HOWEVER, AS HE GOT A LITTLE OLDER, I THINK HE ENJOYED THE ATTENTION. THEY MADE A BIG DEAL ABOUT THE HOCKEY SCHOOL. THE RESIDENCE HAS GOT, HUGE, IT HAS HIS NAME ON IT BUT I DON’T THINK HE SAW THAT. AND THEY HAD HIM RIDE IN THE PARADE ONE YEAR, THE COMMUNITY RECOGNIZED HIM AS MUCH AS HE’D LET THEM RECOGNIZE HIM.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR A FULL TRANSCIPT OF THE INTERVIEW, WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION ON THE MEISSER FAMILY BY JUDY WRIGHT AND ROME MEISSER, OBITUARIES AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF FAMILY MEMBERS, AND FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT EACH ARTIFACT COMPRISING THE DONATION.
Catalogue Number
P20130004008
Acquisition Date
2013-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
C.I.L.
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19920023002
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
C.I.L.
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
22.7
Length
38.5
Width
24.0
Description
WOOD RECTANGULAR BOX, PRINTED ON EACH SIDE. MISSING LID. "CANADIAN INDUSTRIES LIMITED" "SMALL ARMS AMMUNITION LOADED SHOT - GUN SHELLS DOMINION AMMUNITION DIVISION HANDLE CAREFULLY" "500 12 GA." BOX IS FASTENED WITH NAILS. "MADE IN CANADA" "MONTREAL CANADA".
Subjects
ARMAMENT-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SPORTS
AGRICULTURE
History
DONOR FOUND BOX IN HER HOME WHILE SPRING CLEANING. *UPDATE* IN 2018 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED AN ARTIFACT SURVEY, INCLUDING A CURLER DONATED BY BETTY ANDERSON. ARCHIVAL RESEARCH FOUND THAT THE DONOR’S FULL NAME WAS ELIZABETH VIVIAN “BETTY” ANDERSON (NEE ROBINSON) (1920-2001). ATTEMPTS MADE TO LOCATE HER NEXT-OF-KIN WERE UNSUCCESSFUL. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION HAS BEEN COMPILED USING ARCHIVAL SOURCES. AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE DECEMBER 29, 1996 EDITION OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD STATED THAT ANDERSON WAS BORN ON SEPTEMBER 17, 1920 “THREE KILOMETRES NORTH OF ETZIKOM, IN A HOUSE MADE MAINLY OF SOD.” FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE FAMILY’S EARLY HOUSE THERE, PLEASE SEE ARTICLE IN THE PERMANENT FILE. ANDERSON WAS BORN TO BILL ROBINSON AND VERA WATSON. HER FATHER EMIGRATED FROM IRELAND TO ONTARIO, AND BY 1908 HE MOVED TO NANTON. IN 1909 OR 1910, ROBINSON MOVED TO ETZIKOM IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. BY THE TIME BETTY ANDERSON REACHED SCHOOL AGE, THE FAMILY RELOCATED TO THE MCNALLY AREA, JUST SOUTH OF LETHBRIDGE. SHE ATTENDED SCHOOLS IN THE AREA UNTIL 1934, WHEN SHE WAS IN GRADE 11 BEFORE MOVING TO LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE FOR GRADE 12. IN ORDER TO ATTEND SCHOOL IN THE CITY, SHE HAD TO BOARD WITH A LOCAL ORGANIST NAMED RHYDDID WILLIAMS. FOLLOWING HIGH SCHOOL, ANDERSON MOVED TO CALGARY TO ATTEND MOUNT ROYAL COLLEGE FOR TWO YEARS AND RECEIVED HER TEACHING CERTIFICATE. SHE FURTHERED HER EDUCATION AT CALGARY NORMAL SCHOOL (LATER SAIT) AND RECEIVED HER BACHELOR OF EDUCATION FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE. ACCORDING TO AN ADDITIONAL ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, ANDERSON’S TEACHING “CAREER SPANNED FROM THE ERA OF ONE-ROOM SCHOOLS TO A SEMESTER STINT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE.” IN THE ARTICLE, ANDERSON STATED, “MY FIRST JOB WAS AT GOLD RIDGE SCHOOL [IN 1939], OUT NORTH-WEST OF TURIN. THERE WERE 16 KIDS.” IN 1941, BETTY ANDERSON MARRIED GLENN ANDERSON (1922-1995). THE COUPLE LIVED ON A RANCH IN THE PORCUPINE HILLS AND HAD EIGHT CHILDREN – THREE DAUGHTERS, E. JOYCE JANTZ, DOROTHY JOAN ANDERSON, AND P. ELAINE ANDERSON; AND FIVE SONS, RICHARD G., DOUGLAS K., GREGORY B., JAMES D., AND RONALD D. THE HERALD ARTICLE STATES ANDERSON WAS A VOLUNTEER AT THE SIR ALEXANDER GALT MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES FOLLOWING HER TEACHING CAREER. BETTY ANDERSON PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 80 ON AUGUST 26, 2001. SHE IS BURIED AT THE MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY IN LETHBRIDGE. PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL COPIES OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P19920023002
Acquisition Date
1992-06
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
GOV'T OF ALBERTA
Date Range From
1955
Date Range To
1965
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19910017002
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
GOV'T OF ALBERTA
Date Range From
1955
Date Range To
1965
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
27.5
Length
42.5
Width
9
Description
LEATHER CASE CONTAINING 4 POCKETS INCLUDING 1 ZIPPER POCKET. LEATHER CARRYING HANDLE & KEY LOCK. BRASS HARDWARE. STENCILLED IN WHITE LETTERS: "ALBERTA AGRICULTURE LETHBRIDGE" & EMBOSSED IN GOLD LETTERS: "PROPERTY OF GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA" INSIDE FLAP CLOSURE. "TOP GRAIN COWHIDE" IN GOLD LETTERS INSIDE FLAP CLOSURE. SOME WEAR, SEE CONSERVATION REPORT.
Subjects
PERSONAL GEAR
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
History
ISSUED TO COLONIZATION BRANCH DEPT OF AGRICULTURE EMPLOYEES UNTIL RECENTLY.
Catalogue Number
P19910017002
Acquisition Date
1991-03
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
SMRID CLIPBOARD
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, METAL, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P20010036006
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SMRID CLIPBOARD
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1990
Materials
WOOD, METAL, PAPER
No. Pieces
4
Height
2.9
Length
27.2
Width
35.9
Description
CLIPBOARD IS A LIGHT BROWN WITH TWO SILVER METAL HINGES. THERE IS A SQUARE PATTERN ON THE FRONT SURFACE. ON THE INSIDE OF THE TOP, THERE IS A CHART WITH NUMBERS IN SOME SORT OF A RELATIONAL PATTERN. ATTACHED TO CLIPS INSIDE THE BOARD, THERE IS AN "ENVIRONMENT CANADA - NATIONAL CALIBRATION SERVICE" CHART WITH THE DATE "MAY 21, 1992" BESIDE THE WORDS "CALIBRATION DATE". BEHIND THIS CHART THERE IS A PAD OF SCRAP PAPER. ON THE SECOND CLIP (TO THE RIGHT OF THE FIRST), THERE IS A FORM WITH BLUE AND BLACK LINES WITH BLACK WRITING. ACROSS THE TOP, "ST. MARY RIVER IRRIGATION DISTRICT" "FORM S.M.R.I.D.32 ROBINS".
Subjects
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
History
USED BY THE ST. MARY RIVER IRRIGATION DISTRICT. IN 2008, UNIVERSITY STUDENT AND GALT PROGRAM STAFF MEMBER DYLAN JOHNSON PARTICIPATED IN A UOFL APPLIED STUDIES PROGRAM, CONDUCTING RESEARCH WORK ON ST. MARY’S IRRIGATION DISTRICT (SMRID) OBJECTS DONATED TO THE GALT IN 2001. THE OBJECTS WERE ACQUIRED AS PART OF A GALT IRRIGATION EXHIBIT (STREAMS IN THE DESERT) IN 2000 AND WERE SEVERELY UNDER DOCUMENTED. JOHNSON CONSULTED WITH FORMER AND PRESENT ST. MARY’S IRRIGATION DISTRICT STAFF MEMBERS AS PART OF HIS RESEARCH. THE INFORMATION BELOW IS EXTRACTED FROM INTERVIEW(S) CONDUCTED BY JOHNSON. TO DETERMINE WHICH INTERVIEWS ARE RELEVANT TO THIS ARTIFACT, PLEASE REFER TO THE ARTIFACTS’ PERMANENT FILE (20010036001-11) AND THE RESEARCH PAPER’S REFERENCES. ARTIFACT FEATURES A FLOWCHART ON A HOMEMADE CLIPBOARD. CHARTS SUCH AS THESE WERE USED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE IRRIGATION INDUSTRY IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA AS THE SOLE MEANS OF RECORDING WATER FLOWS AND LEVELS UNTIL A MORE SOPHISTICATED TECHNOLOGY WAS DEVELOPED. THIS CLIPBOARD WAS PERSONALLY USED BY DELOYD ELL OF LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA WHO USED IT THROUGHOUT HIS EMPLOYMENT (1963-1998) AS A TECHNICIAN. THE MANUAL METHOD OF RECORDING REMAINED UNTIL 2004 AS A BACKUP SHOULD ANY EQUIPMENT FAIL. WATER SUPERVISORS, TECHNOLOGISTS, AND ENGINEERS WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RECORD KEEPING AND THE USE OF THE FLOW CHARTS. THE FLOW CHARTS GAVE THE SMRID ADMINISTRATORS QUANTITIES AND NUMBERS TO WORK WITH WHICH, THEY REPORTED TO THE GOVERNMENT. THE STEVEN’S RECORDER, ON THE OTHER HAND, ONLY PROVIDED A GRAPH WHICH IS ANOTHER REASON THEY HAD TO BE COUPLED TOGETHER TO GIVE A HOLISTIC RECORD OF THE WATER FLOW AND LEVEL. THE CHARTS MEASURED THE DEPTH OF THE CANAL, CONDUCTED VIA THE WINCH, THE CABLE AND THE FISH WEIGHT - P20010036007), AND COMPARED IT TO A CONVERSION CHART (THE CHART LOCATED ON THE TOP FLAP OF THE CLIPBOARD) WHICH EXPLAINED THE VOLUME OF WATER IN THAT PART OF THE CANAL. THE DATA WAS COMPARED TO THE NATIONAL CALIBRATION CHART (THE LAMINATED CHART ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE CLIPBOARD) FROM THE RESULTS OF THE VOLUME CALIBRATION AND ENTERED INTO THE CALIBRATION CHART. THIS PROVIDED THE WATER VELOCITIES AT REQUIRED LOCATIONS. THE FLOW CHART, LABELED ST. MARY RIVER IRRIGATION DISTRICT ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF THE CLIPBOARD, WAS WHERE THAT THE RESULTS FROM THE FLOW RATE METER’S (P20010036012) MEASUREMENTS WOULD BE RECORDED BY THE TECHNOLOGIST OR TECHNICIAN. THIS TYPE OF RECORDING PROCESS WAS USED REGARDLESS THE QUANTITY OR PURPOSE (BE IT IRRIGATION OF POTABLE WATER CONSUMPTION OF A SMALL TOWN). BETTER TECHNOLOGY REPLACED THE NEED FOR THIS TYPE OF RECORD KEEPING AROUND 1998. COMPUTER DATA SYSTEMS HAVE REPLACED MOST HARD COPY RECORDS ON ACCOUNT THAT THE CALCULATIONS ARE DONE AUTOMATICALLY. ULTRASONIC SONAR METHODS HAVE SHORTENED THE TIME AND THE MANPOWER REQUIRED TO ACCURATELY RECORD WATER FLOW AND LEVEL FROM A 3-MAN CREW, TAKING 2-3 HOURS, TO A ONE MAN CREW, TAKING 5-10 MINUTES. THE CLIPBOARD WAS GIVEN TO DELOYD AT THE START OF HIS EMPLOYMENT AND WAS, THEREFORE, MADE DURING THE PERIOD OF PROVINCIAL OWNERSHIP OF THE IRRIGATION DISTRICT WHEN IT WAS CALLED THE ST. MARY AND MILK RIVERS DEVELOPMENT (SMRID).
Catalogue Number
P20010036006
Acquisition Date
2001-10
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
SILVER COUNTERWEIGHT
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL
Catalogue Number
P20010036003
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SILVER COUNTERWEIGHT
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1990
Materials
STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.5
Length
15.4
Width
14.5
Description
SILVER METAL WEIGHT ABOUT THE SIZE OF AN INDEX FINGER. THIS WEIGHT HAS A SMALL METAL LOOP AT THE TOP WHICH IS ATTACHED TO A LONG THIN METAL WIRE THAT HAS EQUALLY INTERSPERSED SMALL BALLS. AT THE END OF THIS WIRE, THERE IS A HOOK. THE WIRE IS TAPED TOGETHER WITH DUCT TAPE AT TWO PLACES TO KEEP IT IN A LOOP.
Subjects
BUILDING COMPONENT
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
History
USED BY THE ST. MARY RIVER IRRIGATION DISTRICT. IN 2008, UNIVERSITY STUDENT AND GALT PROGRAM STAFF MEMBER DYLAN JOHNSON PARTICIPATED IN A UOFL APPLIED STUDIES PROGRAM, CONDUCTING RESEARCH WORK ON ST. MARY’S IRRIGATION DISTRICT (SMRID) OBJECTS DONATED TO THE GALT IN 2001. THE OBJECTS WERE ACQUIRED AS PART OF A GALT IRRIGATION EXHIBIT (STREAMS IN THE DESERT) IN 2000 AND WERE SEVERELY UNDER DOCUMENTED. JOHNSON CONSULTED WITH FORMER AND PRESENT ST. MARY’S IRRIGATION DISTRICT STAFF MEMBERS AS PART OF HIS RESEARCH. THE INFORMATION BELOW IS EXTRACTED FROM INTERVIEW(S) CONDUCTED BY JOHNSON. TO DETERMINE WHICH INTERVIEWS ARE RELEVANT TO THIS ARTIFACT, PLEASE REFER TO THE ARTIFACTS’ PERMANENT FILE (20010036001-11) AND THE RESEARCH PAPER’S REFERENCES. THIS WAS LIKELY GIVEN BY THE GOVERNMENT TO THE SMRD (THE CROWN OPERATED IRRIGATION DISTRICT) FOR USE RECORDING WATER LEVELS. THE STEVENS COMPANY BEGAN AROUND 1911 AND THEIR RECORDERS BEGAN TO BE USED A BIT LATER BY THE SMRD IN THE 1930S. THE RECORDER HAD SEVERAL COMPONENTS TO IT, INCLUDING P20010036005, P20010036002 AND P20010036004 WHICH, REPRESENTS THE CLOCK WEIGHT, THE FLOAT AND THE STEVENS' RECORDER. THE FLOAT SAT IN A RECORDING WELL (AKA CULVERT) THAT WAS JUST OFF THE CANAL STREAM AND WOULD RISE AND FALL WITH THE WATER LEVEL. THE INFORMATION THE FLOAT RECEIVED ABOUT WATER LEVELS WAS TRANSMITTED THROUGH THE SILVER COUNTERWEIGHT TO THE RECORDER BOX. THIS WAS DONE BY THE COUNTERWEIGHT BEING WRAPPED AROUND THE WHEEL SYSTEM ON THE FRONT OF THE BOX (THE BEADS ON THE COUNTERWEIGHT PREVENTED THE LINE FROM SLIPPING DUE TO AN INCREASE IN WATER KEEPING IT ON THE WHEEL AS THEY WOULD FIT INTO HOLES INSIDE OF IT), AS THE FLOAT ROSE AND FELL THE WHEEL WOULD BE PULLED ONE DIRECTION OR ANOTHER AND WOULD BE RECORDED BY THE PEN AND GRAPH. THE FUNCTION OF THE CLOCK WEIGHT WAS TO OPERATE THE TIME/WATER VELOCITY RATIO ON THE GRAPH WHICH WAS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTANDING THE GENERAL FLOW OF THE WHOLE CANAL. IT WOULD PULL THE GRAPH ALONG (WEIGHED ABOUT 8-10 LBS) TO PROJECT THE TIME SEGMENT OF THE RATIO. EACH OF THESE COMPONENTS WOULD HAVE COME INTO USE AT DIFFERENT TIMES BUT THE ENTIRE SYSTEM AS WE SEE IT TODAY WOULD NOT HAVE EXISTED BEFORE THE 1960S. THE GRAPH, THEREFORE, RECORDED WATER LEVELS AND CAN BE READ IN THIS MANNER: EACH SOLID LINE VERTICALLY REPRESENTED ½ FOOT IN THE WATER LEVEL WHILE EACH INDIVIDUAL LATERAL LINE REPRESENT 1 HOUR (USUALLY THE GRAPH RECORDED AT 24 HOUR INTERVALS). THESE WOULD BE RECORDED AND BACKED UP BY CALCULATIONS THAT THE WATER SUPERVISORS WOULD MAKE AND THE WATER LEVEL-TIME RATION WOULD BE USED TO CALCULATE WATER VELOCITY. THE WHOLE SYSTEM WAS LOCATED AT “MIDDLE COULEE” (AS LABELED ON THE BOX) WHICH IS A SITE LOCATED NEAR DEVIL’S COULEE. IT IS NORTH OF RAYMOND, WEST OF WARNER IN AN AREA CALLED THE RIDGE RESERVOIR.
Catalogue Number
P20010036003
Acquisition Date
2001-10
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
IRON, LEATHER, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P20160020000
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1960
Materials
IRON, LEATHER, STEEL
No. Pieces
2
Length
15.5
Width
9.1
Diameter
12.2
Description
METAL COW BELL WITH LEATHER STRAP. BELL IS MADE UP OF 2 PIECES OF METAL FUSED TOGETHER AT SIDES WITH TWO NAILS IN EACH SEAM. TOP IS FOLDED TOGETHER WITH THE ENDS FUSED DOWN THE SIDE IN A TRIANGULAR FOLD. FRONT AND BACK OF BELL ARE RELATIVELY FLAT, COMING OUT SLIGHTLY AT EDGE. WELDING OF BELL IS CRUDE. INSIDE OF THE BELL IS THE CLAPPER WITH A BALL END THAT IS 10.5 CM IN CIRCUMFERENCE. BALL IS ATTACHED TO A ROD THAT IS HOOKED TO THE LOOP INSIDE THE TOP OF BELL. FLAT METAL LOOP AT TOP OF BELL ATTACHES THE BELL TO LEATHER STRAP THAT IS 109.4 CM IN LENGTH AND 2.4 CM IN WIDTH. 9 HOLES PUNCHED IN LEATHER FOR STRAP ADJUSTMENT WITH THE BUCKLE GOING THROUGH THE 10TH HOLE PUNCH. STANDARD METAL BUCKLE WITH LEATHER BELT LOOP FOR THE EXCESS LENGTH OF STRAP. FAIR CONDITION: METAL SEVERELY RUSTED IN COLOUR. AT ONE SEAM NEAR THE BASE, THE METAL HAS OXIDIZED TO A GREEN COLOUR. METAL SURFACE INSIDE OF BELL HAS LOST SHINE AND IS RUSTY. STRAP IS SEVERELY WORN AND HAS SCRATCHES AND LOSS OF FINISH OVERALL. END OF THE STRAP OPPOSITE OF BUCKLE IS TORN OFF.
Subjects
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY T&E
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
History
ON 14 JULY, 2016, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED THE DONOR, ELLENNOR PORTER, AND HER DAUGHTER, KAREN PORTER AT THE GALT MUSEUM. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMES FROM THAT INTERVIEW. ELLENNOR’S HUSBAND WAS ROBERT MICHAEL “MICK” PORTER. HE FOUND THE BELL AS ELLENNOR REMEMBERS, “[I REMEMBER] HIM BRINGING IT IN THE HOUSE… I DON’T KNOW JUST HOW LONG AGO… [AND HIM SAYING], ‘LOOK WHAT I GOT.’ THEN IT WAS JUST EVERYONE WAS SAYING, ‘WOW,’ AND PLAYING AROUND WITH IT… [AFTER THAT] IT WAS PUT IN THE BASEMENT WITH THE REST OF THE THINGS.” KAREN AND ELLENNOR BELIEVE THE BELL WOULD HAVE BEEN FOUND BY MICK IN THE 1950S OR THE 1960S. ELLENNOR CONTINUED, “[HE FOUND IT ON] THE RANCH. HE WAS OUT VISITING HIS RELATIVES OUT THERE. HE HAD AUNTS AND UNCLES ON THE BURN RANCH. HE’S PROBABLY JUST RE-VISITING THEIR PLACE THAT HAD BEEN SOLD, SO MAYBE IT CAME FROM PINCHER CREEK. IN THAT AREA ANYWAY, LUNDBRECK OR PINCHER CREEK.” “DAD WOULD GO UP SOMETIMES BY HIMSELF,” KAREN ADDED, “I DON’T THINK ANY OF US WERE WITH HIM WHEN HE CAME HOME WITH THAT. I THINK WE WERE AT HOME WHEN HE BROUGHT IT TO THE HOUSE… IT IS ALSO POSSIBLE THAT HIS FATHER AND MOTHER HAD [THE BELL] AT THEIR HOUSE AND GAVE IT TO HIM. THEY WERE FARMERS AT THE WALDRON RANCH – NOW THE WALDRON RANCH – [BUT IT] WAS THE PORTER RANCH. THEY HAD A HOUSE IN PINCHER CREEK, SO THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT’S ALSO WHERE HE WOULD HAVE GOTTEN IT.” THINKING BACK TO HER LATE HUSBAND’S DAYS IN THE AREA, ELLENNOR EXPLAINED, “[MICK’S] DAD WAS AT THE PORTER/WALDRON RANCH. IT WAS JUST THE PORTER RANCH AND AFTER HE MOVED TO PINCHER, HE SOLD LIKE HIS INTEREST PART OF IT TO WALDRON, SO IT [BECAME] A PARTNERSHIP… THE WALDRON RANCH IS NEAR BLACK MOUNTAIN ON THAT ROAD, TOWARDS THE BAR-U RANCH.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE BELL, ELLENNOR SAID, “[THIS BELL] BRINGS BACK MEMORIES FROM WAY BACK WHEN WE USED TO LOOK FOR CATTLE BACK IN THE BUSH, AND I IMAGINE THAT’S WHAT MY HUSBAND MUST HAVE THOUGHT TOO… [IT WOULD BE] A REMEMBRANCE FROM HIS CHILDHOOD. THEY PROBABLY HAD TO BRING IN THE OLD MILK COW AND SHE WOULD BE WEARING THE BELL. THAT’S WHAT THEY DID. THEY PUT IT ON THE BIG MILK COW, SO THAT WHEN THEY WANTED THEM TO COME IN TO MILK THEY COULD FIND THEM. SOMETIMES THEY’D GO HIDE IN THE BUSH, SO THEY KEPT THE BELL ON THEM SO THEY COULD KEEP TRACK OF WHERE THEY WERE AT.” ELLENNOR FURTHER EXPLAINED, “I HAD NO CONNECTION WITH THAT BELL. WE HAD NO CATTLE. WE WERE GRAIN FARMERS.” KAREN ADDED, “MUM AND DAD WERE WHEAT FARMING ON [THE K-LAZY-A-RANCH]. THERE WERE CATTLE THERE, BUT MUM DOESN’T REMEMBER THERE BEING CATTLE WITH BELLS ON. THEY WERE IN THE FARM YARD… THERE WERE HARDLY ANY TREES. THAT WAS THE RANCH ORIGINALLY AND LATER BECAME A WHEAT FARM. IF THEY KEPT IT AS A RANCH WITH CATTLE AND HORSES, THAT MEANT THEY COULD NEVER EVER LEAVE AND IT WAS PRETTY ISOLATED, SO OVER THE YEARS DAD TALKED THE OWNER INTO LETTING HIM COVERT IT TO WHEAT.” “THERE WAS NO BUSH [THERE FOR THE COWS] TO HIDE IN. SO NO NEED FOR A BELL!” ELLENNOR REMEMBERED. THE DONOR AND HER DAUGHTER REMEMBERED HOW MICK VALUED OBJECTS AND MEMORIES. “HIS EYES WOULD LIGHT UP [AND HE WOULD SAY], ‘LOOK WHAT WE HAVE HERE,’ [WHEN HE SAW SOMETHING ATTACHED TO A MEMORY]. HE HAD ALL KINDS OF MEMORIES OF HIS GROWING UP. SOME WERE NOT TOO HAPPY, SOME WERE VERY HAPPY, BUT HE ALWAYS REALLY LOVED COWS. IT DIDN’T MATTER WHERE WE WENT TRAVELLING IN THE WORLD…[HE ALWAYS] STOPPED AND TOOK SOME PICTURES. ‘OH LOOK AT THE COWS!’ HE’D SAY,” ELLENNOR JUMPED IN, COMPLETING HER DAUGHTER’S SENTENCE. “DAD TOOK THOUSANDS OF PICTURES OF COWS. FOR HIM THERE WAS A REAL CORRELATION,” KAREN FINISHED. “[THE BELL IS A TREASURE] BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN IN OUR HOME FOR SUCH A LONG TIME. WHEN DAD BROUGHT IT HOME, IN HIS PERSPECTIVE, HE WOULD HAVE THE SAME KIND OF MEMORIES MY MUM DOES OF HEARING THE COWS…I CAN REMEMBER THEM WHEN I WAS LITTLE ON THE FARM OUT BY SKIFF HEARING COW BELLS OR BEING OUT AT MY GRANDMOTHER’S FARM BY OLDS HEARING COW BELLS… [THIS BRINGS] THE MEMORY OF DAD BEING EXCITED ABOUT [THE BELL] AND TRYING TO WAKE US UP IN THE MORNING RINGING IT, IF WE WERE SLEEPING IN TOO LONG. THAT’S MORE THE MEMORY FOR US… [BUT] I WAS NEVER ON THE RANCH WHEN MY DAD WOULD HAVE FOUND [THIS SPECIFIC] BELL, SO THOSE MEMORIES AREN’T MY MEMORIES, THEY’RE MORE HIS MEMORIES. HE ALWAYS TREASURED IT, HE ALWAYS WANTED IT KEPT AND WE’D LIKE TO HONOUR THAT,” KAREN ADDED. NOTES FROM AN 2008 INTERVIEW WITH MICKEY AND ELEANOR PORTER STATE THE DONOR’S FATHER-IN-LAW, GEORGE ENGLISH PORTER, WAS BORN 1878 IN ORILLIA, ONTARIO AND DIED ON MARCH 16, 1959. HE CAME WEST FROM ONTARIO IN 1896 AT THE AGE OF SEVENTEEN. GEORGE PORTER’S FAMILY SETTLED 30 MILES NORTH OF LUNDBRECK, ON THE EASTERN SLOPES OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS. THE FAMILY SETTLED ON THE BLACK MOUNTAIN RANCH. GEORGE WAS ONE OF FOURTEEN CHILDREN IN THE FAMILY. HER MOTHER-IN-LAW WAS BORN IN EASTERN CANADA BEFORE MOVING TO OREGON. SHE IMMIGRATED TO CANADA WHEN SHE WAS8 YEARS OLD AND WAS RAISED ON THE BURN RANCH NORTH OF LUNDBRECK, ALBERTA. THE NOTES FURTHER STATE THE DONOR, ELLENNOR PORTER, WAS BORN IN 1922. THE OBITUARY FOR ROBERT MICHAEL “MICK” PORTER READS MICK WAS BORN ON MAY 23, 1921 IN COWLEY, ALBERTA. HE ATTENDED SCHOOL IN COWLEY AND GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL FROM ST. MICHAEL’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN PINCHER CREEK. HE JOINED THE RCAF DURING WWII AND UPON AN HONOURABLE DISCHARGE AFTER A HIP INJURY, HE WORKED AS A GRAIN BUYER. HE MARRIED ELLENNOR CHRISTOFFERSEN IN OLDS, ALBERTA. LATER, HE WORKED FOR THE MCINTYRE RANCH FOR 5 YEARS. IN 1953, HE BEGAN FARMING IN THE SKIFF AREA AND RETIRED IN 1984. MICK AND ELLENNOR HAD FIVE CHILDREN: LAWNA ROBART, MICHAEL, RONALD, KAREN PORTER, AND CHRISTOPHER, WHO PASSED AWAY AS AN INFANT. MICK PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE ON SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 AT THE AGE OF 91 YEARS. HISTORY OF THE WALDRON CATTLE RANCH LTD. WAS PUBLISHED IN THE “CANADIAN CATTLEMEN” PUBLICATION IN MARCH OF 1946. IT STATES THE RANCH “COMPRISED ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND ACRES OF LAND SITUATED IN SOUTH-WESTERN ALBERTA. IT WAS SITUATED IN A VALLEY EXTENDING BETWEEN THE PORCUPINE HILLS AND OLD MAN RIVER FOR ABOUT 30 MILES NORTH AND SOUTH AND VARYING FROM THREE TO FIVE MILES IN WIDTH.” THE HISTORY STATES THE WALDRON CATTLE RANCH WAS FORMED IN 1883 BY SIR JOHN WALROND WALROND OF BARONET AND LORD CLINTON OF LONDON – BOTH MEN OF ENGLAND. ON JUNE 26TH, 1884, QUEEN VICTORIA GRANTED THE RANCH AN INDENTURE OF LEASE TO SIR WALROND, BARONET. (THE TEXT OF THAT LEASE AGREEMENT WAS PRODUCED AS PART OF THE CATTLEMEN PUBLICATION AND IS ATTACHED TO THE ARTIFACT’S PERMANENT RECORD.) ACCORDING TO THE ARTICLE, THE FIRST PURCHASE OF CATTLE WAS IN 1883 – 3,125 HEAD FOR $100,000. IN 1897, THE COMPANY WAS INCORPORATED UNDER THE CANADIAN JOINT STOCK COMPANIES ACT, MOVING ITS HEAD OFFICE FROM LONDON, ENGLAND. DUNCAN MCEACHRAN WAS APPOINTED PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER OF THE RANCH AND DAVID WARNOCK FROM GLASGOW BECAME THE LOCAL MANAGER. AT THE TIME OF THIS TRANSITION, IT IS BELIEVED THE RANCH HAD GROWN TO 12,311, THOUGH THIS WAS A MERE ESTIMATE. MCEACHRAN WAS INVOLVED WITH THE COMPANY FROM ITS BEGINNING IN 1883, WHEN HE STARTED AS THE GENERAL MANAGER. HIS LEADERSHIP GOT THE COMPANY THROUGH “PERIODS OF DEPRESSED CONDITION.” AFTER A HARSH WINTER IN 1906-1907, THE RANCH LOST APPROXIMATELY 5,000 HEAD OF CATTLE DUE TO SEVERE TEMPERATURE CHANGES. AFTER THIS, IN THE SUMMER OF 1908, THE RANCH “DISPOSED OF ALL ITS CATTLE TO PAT BURNS. FOLLOWING THE SALE, THE LAND OF THE WALDRON RANCH, EXCLUDING 1,000 ACRES WAS LEASED FIRST TO W. R. HULL, THEN TO PAT BURNS. C. W. BUCHANAN WAS APPOINTED THE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER OF THE RANCH THAT IN 1923. MCEACHRAN PASSED AWAY IN OCTOBER 1924. ANOTHER HISTORY ON THE RANCH WAS FOUND BY MUSEUM RESEARCHERS IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. PUBLISHED ON 1 MAY 1954, THE ARTICLE READS, “AT ONE TIME THE WALDRON LEASE CONSISTED OF BETWEEN 300,000 TO 400,000 ACRES OF LAND, EXTENDING FROM WHAT IS KNOWN AS STOWE TO THE NORTH FORK OF THE OLDMAN RIVER. IN THE NORTH FORK DISTRICT THE LAND WAS DIVIDED INTO FIVE BRANCHES… AT ITS PEAK IN THE SUMMER OF 1906 THE RANCH HAD 20,000 HEAD OF STOCK.” GEORGE PORTER IS LISTED IN THE HISTORY AS ONE OF THE CATTLE MEN EMPLOYED BY THE WALDRON RANCH FROM 1883 TO 1908. ABOUT HIM, THE ARTICLE STATES, “GEORGE PORTER [WAS] A GOOD STOCKMAN, [WHO] LATER BOUGHT 12 SECTIONS OF THE COMPANY’S FREEHOLD AT ITS NORTHERN END AND ADJOINING LAND ALREADY OWNED BY HIM.” “GEORGE PORTER AND SONS HAVE SOLD THEIR RANCH AND CATTLE TO JOHN FRANCIS MILLER… THE PORTER RANCH IS ABOUT THIRTY MILES NORTH OF LUNDBRECK AND ADJOINS THE 19,000 ACRE WALDRON RANCH WHICH MR. MILLER ALSO OWNS HAVING PURCHASED IT FROM P. BURNS RANCHES LAST FEBRUARY,” THE HISTORY STATES. AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE 21 AUGUST 1953 LETHBRIDGE HERALD ANNOUNCED, “TWO OF THE LARGEST AND MOST FAMOUS RANCHES IN THE SOUTH-WESTERN ALBERTA FOOTHILLS ARE BEING OFFERED FOR SALE. THEY ARE THE WALDRON AND PORTER RANCHERS, NORTH OF LUNDBRECK. THESE PROPERTIES ARE OWNED NOW BY JOHN F. MILLER OF LAS VEGAS, NEVADA… [THEY] HAVE BEEN OPERATED BY MR. MILLER’S SON, WHO TOOK OVER THE JOB SEVERAL YEARS AGO WHEN THE MILLERS BOUGHT THE WALDRON FROM THE WALDRON RANCHING COMPANY AND THE PORTER RANCH PROPERTY FROM GEORGE PORTER…” THE HISTORY OF GEORGE AND NORA PORTER (NEE BURN)’S MARRIAGE WAS PUBLISHED IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ON JUNE 26, 1954 FOR THEIR 50TH ANNIVERSARY. THE COUPLE WERE MARRIED AT THE BURN RANCH IN JUNE 21 1904. THE COUPLE’S FOURTEEN CHILDREN WERE: MARJORIE ANDERSON, NORMAN PORTER, PHYLLIS ROBBINS, KATHLEEN HAMILTON, WINNIFRED BONERTZ, SANDY PORTER, EILEEN IRONMONGER, JEAN ALCOCK, JOSEPHINE ROBINSON, LILLIAN CHRISTIANSON, ISOBEL SINNOT, MICHAEL PORTER, LAWRENCE PORTER, AND CONNIE PORTER. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT RECORD P20080020001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE PORTER AND BURN FAMILIES.
Catalogue Number
P20160020000
Acquisition Date
2016-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19970041850
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
STEEL, WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
10.5
Length
139
Width
8.6
Description
HAND CULTIVATOR HAS STRAIGHT WOODEN HANDLE WITH NARROWER NECK. HOOKED END HAS THREE CURVED TEETH WITH FLAT ROUNDED TIPS. STAMPED IN GREEN NEAR NECK IS AN UNREADABLE LOGO AND "MADE IN CANADA" WHICH IS ALSO HEAVILY WORN. METAL TEETH AND BOLSTER ARE HEAVILY CORRODED.
Subjects
AGRICULTURAL T&E
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
History
CULTIVATOR WAS USED BY DONOR'S FATHER WHO WAS AN AVID GARDENER IN HIS SPARE TIME. THE NAKAYAMA FAMILY WAS ORIGINALLY FROM VANCOUVER BUT MOVED TO COALDALE FOLLOWING THE SECOND WORLD WAR WHEN THEY WERE INTERNED AT SLOCAN CITY IN THE INTERIOR OF BRITISH COLUMBIA BY THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT. THE DONOR'S FATHER, REV. CANON G.G. NAKAYAMA, WAS AN ANGLICAN MINISTER IN VANCOUVER, AND THEN ESTABLISHED THE CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION IN COALDALE IN 1945 WHERE HE SERVED UNTIL 1970. SEE RECORD P19970041001 FOR EXPANDED BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION AND PERMANENT FILE FOR FURTHER HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19970041850
Acquisition Date
1997-01
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19970041851
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
STEEL, WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
19.5
Length
145.5
Width
13.5
Description
HAND CULTIVATOR HAS STRAIGHT WOODEN HANDLE WITH NARROWER NECK. AT END OF TIP OF HANDLE IS CYLINRDICAL BOLSTER WITH FLAT TABLE WHICH HAS FIVE CURVED TEETH ON IT. ONE SHORT ONE IS AT CENTER, TWO LONGER ON EITHER SIDE AND TWO LONGEST ON OUTSIDE. EACH TOOTH HAS FLAT SPEAR HEAD TIP. METAL TEETH AND BOLSTER ARE HEAVILY CORRODED.
Subjects
AGRICULTURAL T&E
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
History
CULTIVATOR WAS USED BY DONOR'S FATHER WHO WAS AN AVID GARDENER IN HIS SPARE TIME. THE NAKAYAMA FAMILY WAS ORIGINALLY FROM VANCOUVER BUT MOVED TO COALDALE FOLLOWING THE SECOND WORLD WAR WHEN THEY WERE INTERNED AT SLOCAN CITY IN THE INTERIOR OF BRITISH COLUMBIA BY THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT. THE DONOR'S FATHER, REV. CANON G.G. NAKAYAMA, WAS AN ANGLICAN MINISTER IN VANCOUVER, AND THEN ESTABLISHED THE CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION IN COALDALE IN 1945 WHERE HE SERVED UNTIL 1970. SEE RECORD P19970041001 FOR EXPANDED BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION AND PERMANENT FILE FOR FURTHER HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19970041851
Acquisition Date
1997-01
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19640907000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
STEEL, WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Length
22.9
Width
13.5
Diameter
4.3
Description
HANDLE BROKEN NEAR FERRULE. "MCKINNON INDUSTRIES ST. CATHERINES ONTARIO" STAMPED ON BACK.
Subjects
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY T&E
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
Catalogue Number
P19640907000
Acquisition Date
1964-04
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
LANGEMANN IRRIGATION GATE
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL
Catalogue Number
P20010036010
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LANGEMANN IRRIGATION GATE
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1990
Materials
METAL
No. Pieces
1
Height
270
Length
85
Width
140
Description
TALL WHITE STRUCTURE THAT HAS A METAL DOOR (GATE) THAT CAN BE RAISED OR LOWERED TO HOLD BACK OR RELEASE WATER. THERE ARE TWO CHAINS ON THE INSIDE OF THE SUPPORTS THAT FULLFILL THIS ROLE. CALIBRATED DEPTH MARKINGS ARE SEEN ON THE INSIDE OF THE SUPPORT AS WELL. TWO LARGE PLANES ARE USED TO DIRECT THE FLOW OF WATER WHILE IT IS BEING RELEASED. A METAL BEAM HANGS DOWN FROM BEHIND A HAND OPERATED WHEEL THAT IS ON THE SIDE OF THE STRUCTURE. THERE IS A LITTLE EVIDENCE OF CORROSION.
Subjects
OTHER STRUCTURE
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
History
USED BY THE ST. MARY RIVER IRRIGATION DISTRICT. *UPDATE* IN 2015 GALT CURATOR WENDY AITKENS RESEARCHED THIS IRRIGATION GATE FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION IN AN EXHIBIT. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT THE GATE'S INVENTOR, PETER LANGEMANN, AND ITS USE IN THE ST. MARY RIVER IRRIGATION DISTRICT WAS COMPILED USING BACK ISSUES OF THE WATER HAULER'S BULLETIN, PATENT NO. 08135892, AND LANGEMANN'S OBITUARY. PETER LANGEMANN WAS BORN IN COALDALE IN 1927 AND LIVED MOST OF HIS LIFE ON THE FARM ORIGINALLY OWNED BY HIS PARENTS, JOHN AND ANNA LANGEMANN. HE MARRIED EDNA SALAHOR IN 1969 AND THE COUPLE FARMED GRAIN AND SUGAR BEETS. LANGEMANN WAS INVOLVED WITH AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING THE FORBES LATERAL WATER USERS ASSOCIATION, SUGAR BEET GROWERS OF ALBERTA, AND THE BOARD OF THE ST. MARY RIVER IRRIGATION DISTRICT. DURING HIS SERVICE WITH THE SMRID BOARD, LANGEMANN WORKED ON THE LOPAC GATE, WHICH WAS USED IN THE DISTRICT TO CONTROL THE FLOW OF IRRIGATION WATER. HE DEVELOPED IMPROVEMENTS TO THAT DESIGN, AND IN 1994 PATENTED THE LANGEMANN IRRIGATION GATE, WHICH IS ELECTRONICALLY CONTROLLED. NO MATTER WHAT VOLUME OF WATER FLOWS THROUGH A CANAL, THE LANGEMANN GATE DIVERTS A SET AMOUNT THROUGH THE TURNOUT. THE GATE IMITATES THE VARIATIONS IN WATER LEVEL ON THE UPSTREAM SIDE, SO THAT IF THE WATER LEVEL GOES UP, THE GATE RISES THE CORRESPONDING AMOUNT, FACILITATING A CONSTANT HEAD OVER THE GATE AND THEREFORE A CONSTANT FLOW OVER IT. THE GATE IS BUILT AS A SINGLE UNIT AND BOLTED TO THE EXISTING WALLS AND FLOOR OF A CONCRETE IRRIGATION TURNOUT. A PROBE ATTACHED ON THE UPSTREAM SIDE SENSES CHANGES IN WATER LEVEL AS SLIGHT AS 3MM. THE POWER TO OPERATE THE GATE IS PROVIDED BY A STANDARD CAR BATTERY, AND IT IS CONTROLLED BY TWO ELECTRONIC INTEGRATED CIRCUITS AND TRANSISTORS. THE MANUFACTURING COST OF THE LANGEMANN GATE AT THE TIME OF ITS PATENTING WAS $1000, AND LANGEMANN GAVE THE INVENTION AND HIS PATENT RIGHTS OVER TO THE ST. MARY RIVER IRRIGATION DISTRICT. IN 1995 THE LANGEMANN GATE WAS COMMERCIALIZED BY AQUA SYSTEMS 2000 INC., AND THE DESIGN IS STILL USED IN IRRIGATION DISTRICTS THROUGHOUT CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES. PETER LANGEMANN CONTINUED TO WORK WITH THE SMRID UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 1997; HE DIED IN LETHBRIDGE ON MAY 26, 2012. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPIES OF SOURCE MATERIAL.
Catalogue Number
P20010036010
Acquisition Date
2001-10
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, WOOD, CLOTH
Catalogue Number
P19880057013
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
STEEL, WOOD, CLOTH
No. Pieces
2
Length
95.2
Width
7.9
Description
.1- "WATKINS DUSTER" CANNISTER WITH PLUNGER & WAND FOR REACHING AMONG PLANTS. MARKED "PAT. NO. 2086696" ON BASE OF CANNISTER. WOOD HANDLE, CLOTH HAND HOLD STRAP. LABEL AND INSTRUCTIONS REMAIN INTACT. WAND HAS BEEN REPAIRED, SOLDERED AT CONNECTION POINT WITH CANNISTER. .2- LID TO CANNISTER-SCREWS ON. CANNISTER & WAND ARE PAINTED BLUE. PAINT IS SCRATCHED.
Subjects
AGRICULTURAL T&E
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
History
"THE J.R. WATKINS COMPANY MONTREAL VANCOUVER" DONOR PURCHASED FOR DOMESTIC YARD USE DURING 1950'S FROM VISITING WATKINS SALESMAN. DONOR PURCHASED DIAMOND CITY GENERAL STORE, FURNISHINGS AND EQUIPMENT JULY 01 1949 AND SOLD IT IN 1988. BUSINESS IS OLDEST CONTINUOUSLY OPERATED BUSINESS IN THE COMMUNITY & ONE OF THE OLDEST IN THE REGION. FOUNDER OF BUSINESS IMMIGRATED FROM ENGLAND ABOUT 1905-1906.
Catalogue Number
P19880057013
Acquisition Date
1988-08
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
FLAIL PADDLE
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD
Catalogue Number
P20160003001
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
FLAIL PADDLE
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1990
Materials
WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
4
Length
41
Width
12
Description
WOODEN FLAIL. ONE END HAS A PADDLE WITH A WIDTH THAT TAPERS FROM 12 CM AT THE TOP TO 10 CM AT THE BASE. THE PADDLE IS WELL WORN IN THE CENTER WITH A HEIGHT OF 4 CM AT THE ENDS AND 2 CM IN THE CENTER. HANDLE IS ATTACHED TO THE PADDLE AND IS 16 CM LONG WITH A CIRCULAR SHAPE AT THE END OF THE HANDLE. ENGRAVED ON THE CIRCLE THE INITIALS OF DONOR’S MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER, ELIZABETH EVANAVNA WISHLOW, “ . . .” GOOD CONDITION. THERE IS SLIGHT SPLITTING OF THE WOOD ON THE PADDLE AND AROUND THE JOINT BETWEEN THE HANDLE AND THE PADDLE. OVERALL WEAR FROM USE.
Subjects
AGRICULTURAL T&E
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
ETHNOGRAPHIC
History
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM A TWO-PART INTERVIEW WITH DONOR ELSIE MORRIS, WHICH WAS CONDUCTED BY COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN ON FEBRUARY 17, 2016. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION COMES FROM FAMILY HISTORIES AND TEXTS PROVIDED BY THE DONOR. THIS WOODEN DOUKHOBOR TOOL IS CALLED A “FLAIL.” A NOTE WRITTEN BY ELSIE MORRIS THAT WAS ATTACHED TO THE FLAIL AT THE TIME OF DONATION EXPLAINS, “FLAIL USED FOR BEATING OUT SEEDS. BELONGED TO ELIZABETH EVANAVNA WISHLOW, THEN HANDED TO HER DAUGHTER ELIZABETH PETROVNA KONKIN WHO PASSED IT ON TO HER DAUGHTER ELIZABETH W. MORRIS.” ALTERNATELY, IN THE INTERVIEW, MORRIS REMEMBERED HER GRANDMOTHER’S, “… NAME WAS JUSOULNA AND THE MIDDLE INITIAL IS THE DAUGHTER OF YVONNE. YVONNE WAS HER FATHER’S NAME AND WISHLOW WAS HER LAST NAME.” THE FLAIL AND THE BLANKET, ALSO DONATED BY MORRIS, WERE USED TOGETHER AT HARVEST TIME TO EXTRACT AND COLLECT SEEDS FROM GARDEN CROPS. ELSIE RECALLED THAT ON WINDY DAYS, “WE WOULD PICK DRIED PEAS OR BEANS, OR WHATEVER, AND WE WOULD [LAY THEM OUT ON THE BLANKET], BEAT AWAY AND THEN HOLD [THE BLANKET] UP, AND THE BREEZE WOULD BLOW THE HULLS OFF AND THE SEEDS WOULD GO STRAIGHT DOWN.” THE FLAIL CONTINUED TO BE USED BY ELIZABETH “RIGHT UP TO THE END,” POSSIBLY INTO THE 1990S, AND THEREAFTER BY MORRIS. WHEN ASKED WHY SHE STOPPED USING IT HERSELF, MORRIS SAID, “I DON’T GARDEN ANYMORE. FURTHERMORE, PEAS ARE SO INEXPENSIVE THAT YOU DON’T WANT TO GO TO ALL THAT WORK... I DON’T KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE HARVEST THEIR SEEDS. I THINK WE JUST GO AND BUY THEM IN PACKETS NOW.” THE KONKINS WERE A RUSSIAN-SPEAKING FAMILY FROM THE TOWN OF SHOULDICE, ALBERTA, NEAR CALGARY. THEY AND MANY OTHER RUSSIAN FAMILIES COMPOSED THAT TOWN’S DOUKHOBOR COLONY. DOUKHOBOURS CAME TO CANADA IN FINAL YEARS OF THE 19TH CENTURY TO ESCAPE RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION IN RUSSIA. ELIZABETH KONKIN (NEE WISHLOW) WAS BORN IN CANORA, SK ON JANUARY 22, 1907 TO HER PARENTS, PETER AND ELIZABETH WISHLOW. AT THE AGE OF 6 SHE MOVED WITH HER FAMILY TO A DOUKHOBOR SETTLEMENT AT BRILLIANT, BC, AND THEY LATER MOVED TO THE DOUKHOBOR SETTLEMENT AT SHOULDICE. IT WAS HERE THAT SHE MET AND MARRIED WILLIAM KONKIN. THEIR DAUGHTER, ELSIE MORRIS (NÉE KONKIN), WAS BORN IN SHOULDICE IN 1928. INITIALLY, WILLIAM TRIED TO SUPPORT HIS FAMILY BY GROWING AND PEDDLING VEGETABLES. WHEN THE FAMILY RECOGNIZED THAT GARDENING WOULD NOT PROVIDE THEM WITH THE INCOME THEY NEEDED, WILLIAM VENTURED OUT TO FARM A QUARTER SECTION OF IRRIGATED LAND 120 KM (75 MILES) AWAY IN VAUXHALL. IN 1941, AFTER THREE YEARS OF FARMING REMOTELY, HE AND ELIZABETH DECIDED TO LEAVE THE ALBERTA COLONY AND RELOCATE TO VAUXHALL. MORRIS WAS 12 YEARS OLD AT THE TIME. MORRIS STATED: “… [T]HEY LEFT THE COLONY BECAUSE THERE WERE THINGS GOING ON THAT THEY DID NOT LIKE SO THEY WANTED TO FARM ON THEIR OWN. SO NOW NOBODY HAD MONEY, SO VAUXHALL HAD LAND, YOU KNOW, THAT THEY WANTED TO HAVE THE PEOPLE AND THEY DIDN’T HAVE TO PUT ANY DOWN DEPOSIT THEY JUST WERE GIVEN THE LAND AND THEY HAD TO SIGN A PAPER SAYING THEY WOULD GIVE THEM ONE FOURTH OF THE CROP EVERY YEAR. THAT WAS HOW MY DAD GOT PAID BUT WHAT MY DAD DIDN’T KNOW WAS THAT THE MONEY THAT WENT IN THERE WAS ACTUALLY PAYING OFF THE FARM SO HE WENT TO SEE MR., WHAT WAS HIS LAST NAME, HE WAS THE PERSON IN CHARGE. ANYWAY HE SAID TO HIM “HOW LONG WILL IT BE BEFORE I CAN PAY OFF THIS FARM” AND HE SAYS “YOU’VE BEEN PAYING IT RIGHT ALONG YOU OWE ABOUT TWO HUNDRED AND A FEW DOLLARS”. WELL THAT WAS A REAL SURPRISE FOR THEM SO THEY GAVE THEM THE TWO HUNDRED AND WHATEVER IT WAS THAT HE OWED AND HE BECAME THE OWNER OF THE FARM." MORRIS WENT ON, ”THE DOUKHOBORS ARE AGRARIAN, THEY LIKE TO GROW THINGS THAT’S THEIR CULTURE OF OCCUPATION AND SO THE ONES WHO LIKED FRUIT MOVED TO B.C. LIKE MY UNCLE DID AND MY DAD LIKED FARMING SO HE MOVED TO VAUXHALL AND THERE WERE LET’S SEE, I THINK THERE WERE FOUR OTHER FAMILIES THAT MOVED TO VAUXHALL AND THREE OF THE MEN GOT TOGETHER AND DECIDED THEY WERE GOING TO GET THEIR TOOLS TOGETHER LIKE A TRACTOR AND MACHINERY THEY NEEDED AND THEN THEY WOULD TAKE TURNS…” THE KONKINS RETIRED TO LETHBRIDGE FROM VAUXHALL IN 1968. MORRIS, BY THEN A SCHOOL TEACHER, RELOCATED TO LETHBRIDGE WITH HER OWN FAMILY. WILLIAM KONKIN PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE ON MARCH 3, 1977 AT THE AGE OF 72 AND 23 YEARS LATER, ON APRIL 8, 2000, ELIZABETH KONKIN PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE. A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS PREVIOUSLY BELONGING TO THE FAMILY EXIST IN THE GALT COLLECTION. THE KONKINS RETIRED TO LETHBRIDGE FROM VAUXHALL IN 1968. MORRIS, BY THEN A SCHOOL TEACHER, RELOCATED TO LETHBRIDGE WITH HER OWN FAMILY. WILLIAM KONKIN PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE ON MARCH 3, 1977 AT THE AGE OF 72 AND 23 YEARS LATER, ON APRIL 8, 2000, ELIZABETH KONKIN PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE. A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS PREVIOUSLY BELONGING TO THE FAMILY EXIST IN THE GALT COLLECTION. PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, OBITUARIES, PHOTOGRAPHS, AND FAMILY HISTORIES.
Catalogue Number
P20160003001
Acquisition Date
2016-02
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
STEEL IRRIGATION FLOAT
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL
Catalogue Number
P20010036002
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
STEEL IRRIGATION FLOAT
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1990
Materials
STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
14.5
Diameter
28.5
Description
STEEL FLOAT LOOKS LIKE A HOLLOW METAL DRUM WITH A SMALL METAL LOOP AT THE TOP. ACROSS THE TOP OF THE FLOAT, THERE IS WRITTEN IN RED FELT PEN "CHIN BUTTE". THE BOTTOM OF THE FLOAT SHOWS SERIOUS SIGNS OF CORROSION.
Subjects
AGRICULTURAL T&E
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
History
USED BY THE ST MARY'S RIVER IRRIGATION DISTRICT. IN 2008, UNIVERSITY STUDENT AND GALT PROGRAM STAFF MEMBER DYLAN JOHNSON PARTICIPATED IN A UOFL APPLIED STUDIES PROGRAM, CONDUCTING RESEARCH WORK ON ST. MARY’S IRRIGATION DISTRICT (SMRID) OBJECTS DONATED TO THE GALT IN 2001. THE OBJECTS WERE ACQUIRED AS PART OF A GALT IRRIGATION EXHIBIT (STREAMS IN THE DESERT) IN 2000 AND WERE SEVERELY UNDER DOCUMENTED. JOHNSON CONSULTED WITH FORMER AND PRESENT ST. MARY’S IRRIGATION DISTRICT STAFF MEMBERS AS PART OF HIS RESEARCH. THE INFORMATION BELOW IS EXTRACTED FROM INTERVIEW(S) CONDUCTED BY JOHNSON. TO DETERMINE WHICH INTERVIEWS ARE RELEVANT TO THIS ARTIFACT, PLEASE REFER TO THE ARTIFACTS’ PERMANENT FILE (20010036001-11) AND THE RESEARCH PAPER’S REFERENCES. THIS WAS LIKELY GIVEN BY THE GOVERNMENT TO THE SMRD (THE CROWN OPERATED IRRIGATION DISTRICT) FOR USE RECORDING WATER LEVELS. THE STEVENS COMPANY BEGAN AROUND 1911 AND THEIR RECORDERS BEGAN TO BE USED A BIT LATER BY THE SMRD IN THE 1930S. THE RECORDER HAD SEVERAL COMPONENTS TO IT, INCLUDING P20010036005, P20010036004 AND P20010036003 WHICH, REPRESENT THE CLOCK WEIGHT, THE STEVENS' RECORDER AND THE COUNTERWEIGHT. THE FLOAT SAT IN A RECORDING WELL (AKA CULVERT) THAT WAS JUST OFF THE CANAL STREAM AND WOULD RISE AND FALL WITH THE WATER LEVEL. THE INFORMATION THE FLOAT RECEIVED ABOUT WATER LEVELS WAS TRANSMITTED THROUGH THE SILVER COUNTERWEIGHT TO THE RECORDER BOX. THIS WAS DONE BY THE COUNTERWEIGHT BEING WRAPPED AROUND THE WHEEL SYSTEM ON THE FRONT OF THE BOX (THE BEADS ON THE COUNTERWEIGHT PREVENTED THE LINE FROM SLIPPING DUE TO AN INCREASE IN WATER KEEPING IT ON THE WHEEL AS THEY WOULD FIT INTO HOLES INSIDE OF IT), AS THE FLOAT ROSE AND FELL THE WHEEL WOULD BE PULLED ONE DIRECTION OR ANOTHER AND WOULD BE RECORDED BY THE PEN AND GRAPH. THE FUNCTION OF THE CLOCK WEIGHT WAS TO OPERATE THE TIME/WATER VELOCITY RATIO ON THE GRAPH WHICH WAS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTANDING THE GENERAL FLOW OF THE WHOLE CANAL. IT WOULD PULL THE GRAPH ALONG (WEIGHED ABOUT 8-10 LBS) TO PROJECT THE TIME SEGMENT OF THE RATIO. EACH OF THESE COMPONENTS WOULD HAVE COME INTO USE AT DIFFERENT TIMES BUT THE ENTIRE SYSTEM AS WE SEE IT TODAY WOULD NOT HAVE EXISTED BEFORE THE 1960S. THE GRAPH, THEREFORE, RECORDED WATER LEVELS AND CAN BE READ IN THIS MANNER: EACH SOLID LINE VERTICALLY REPRESENTED ½ FOOT IN THE WATER LEVEL WHILE EACH INDIVIDUAL LATERAL LINE REPRESENT 1 HOUR (USUALLY THE GRAPH RECORDED AT 24 HOUR INTERVALS). THESE WOULD BE RECORDED AND BACKED UP BY CALCULATIONS THAT THE WATER SUPERVISORS WOULD MAKE AND THE WATER LEVEL-TIME RATION WOULD BE USED TO CALCULATE WATER VELOCITY. THE WHOLE SYSTEM WAS LOCATED AT “MIDDLE COULEE” (AS LABELED ON THE BOX) WHICH IS A SITE LOCATED NEAR DEVIL’S COULEE. IT IS NORTH OF RAYMOND, WEST OF WARNER IN AN AREA CALLED THE RIDGE RESERVOIR.
Catalogue Number
P20010036002
Acquisition Date
2001-10
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
PITCHFORK
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19970041849
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PITCHFORK
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
STEEL, WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
4.0
Length
109.3
Width
18
Description
GARDEN FORK HAS STRAIGHT WOODEN HANDLE WITH STEEL TEETH AND GRIP. FORK HAS FOUR TRIANGULAR TEETH WITH NECK AND HAND GRIP PAINTED GREEN. ALL METAL PARTS ARE HEAVILY CORRODED.
Subjects
AGRICULTURAL T&E
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
History
SPADING FORK WAS USED BY DONOR'S FATHER WHO WAS AN AVID GARDENER IN HIS SPARE TIME. THE NAKAYAMA FAMILY WAS ORIGINALLY FROM VANCOUVER BUT MOVED TO COALDALE FOLLOWING THE SECOND WORLD WAR WHEN THEY WERE INTERNED AT SLOCAN CITY IN THE INTERIOR OF BRITISH COLUMBIA BY THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT. THE DONOR'S FATHER, REV. CANON G.G. NAKAYAMA, WAS AN ANGLICAN MINISTER IN VANCOUVER, AND THEN ESTABLISHED THE CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION IN COALDALE IN 1945 WHERE HE SERVED UNTIL 1970. SEE RECORD P19970041001 FOR EXPANDED BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION AND PERMANENT FILE FOR FURTHER HISTORY. THE FOLLOWING MEMORIES WERE PROVIDED BY REVEREND TIM NAKAYAMA IN A LETTER TO THE GALT ON 16 AUGUST, 2007. HE WROTE: "I PERCEIVED THAT HE HAD SOME SKILLS WITH VARIOUS TOOLS, ESPECIALLY JAPANESE ONES, SUCH AS AN AUGER-LIKE DRILL WHICH HE TWIRLED BETWEEN HIS PALMS. HE LIKED TO DO GARDENING. HE SHOWED ME HOW TO HANDLE A PICK, SHOVEL, AND HOE, TURNING THE SOD, AND BREAKING UP AND SEPARATING CLODS OF EARTH FROM CRAB GRASS AND WEEDS LIKE DANDELIONS, PREPARING VIRGIN LAND SO THAT POTATOES, FOR EXAMPLE, COULD BE PLANTED AS THE CROP TO PREPARE THE SOIL FOR OTHER USES. THE PLACES WE MOVED TO: SLOCAN CITY, AND COALDALE, HAD RICH SOILS THAT HAD BEEN EITHER LEFT FALLOW FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME, OR WERE VIRGIN AREAS. IN THE MOUNTAINOUS AREA OF SLOCAN, POTENTIAL AREAS FOR GARDENING WERE VERY ROCKY. COALDALE HAD SMOOTH GUMBO SOIL WHICH TURNED INTO A STICKY CLAY-LIKE CONDITION WHEN IT RAINED, OR IRRIGATION WATER WAS ALLOWED TO POUR OVER THE LAND.”
Catalogue Number
P19970041849
Acquisition Date
1997-01
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
PULLEY SPEED GAUGE
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, RUBBER
Catalogue Number
P20030016007
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PULLEY SPEED GAUGE
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1970
Materials
STEEL, RUBBER
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.9
Length
12.8
Width
4.0
Description
ON ONE SIDE IS A WHEEL THAT TURNS TO INDICATE A NUMBER ON A GAUGE OUTSIDE OF WHEEL (GAUGE IS NUMBERED IN INTERVALS OF 10). IMPRESSED INTO WHEEL IS "THE L.S. STARRET CO. ATHOL. MASS. U.S.A.". ON ONE END OF GAUGE IS A RUBBER TIP. RUBBER IS PEELING. GAUGE HAS A SORT OF HANDLE ON IT THAT HAS DIAMOND SHAPED GRIPS ON IT.
Subjects
WEIGHTS & MEASURES T&E
MECHANICAL T&E
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
History
GAUGE WAS USED TO MEASURE THE PULLEY SPEED ON VARIOUS EQUIPMENT, SUCH AS THRESHING MACHINES, TO ASSURE THAT THE PULLEY SPEED WAS CORRECT FOR THE JOB THAT IT WAS DOING. ARTIFACTS CAME FROM FARM OWNED AND OPERATED BY DONOR AND HER HUSBAND, JAKE. JAKE DOGTEROM'S FATHER, JACOB, CAME TO LETHBRIDGE FROM HOLLAND IN 1912. IT WAS JACOB'S AMBITION TO BECOME A FARMER AND HE GAINED EXPERIENCE WORKING AT THE EXPERIMENTAL STATION AS WELL AS OTHER FARMS IN THE AREA. IN 1918 HE BOUGHT HIS FIRST QUARTER SECTION OF LAND, THE SE 1/4-25-8-21. JACOB MET HIS WIFE EMILY WHILE THEY WERE BOTH WORKING AT THE EXPERIMENTAL FARM AND THEY MARRIED IN 1929. TOGETHER THEY FARMED THE ORIGINAL QUARTER OF LAND UNTIL 1929, WHEN THEY PURCHASED A SECOND QUARTER SECTION ADJOINING THE FIRST. THEY GREW VARIOUS CROPS INCLUDING POTATOES, CORN, ONIONS AND WHEAT. JACOB AND EMILY CONTINUED TO LIVE ON THE FARM AFTER RETIRING. JACOB PASSED AWAY IN 1975, AT THE AGE OF 80, AND EMILY IN 1986 AT THE AGE OF 86. JACOB AND EMILY HAD 7 CHILDREN, ONE OF WHOM IS DONOR'S HUSBAND JAKE. JAKE GREW UP ON THE FARM AND AFTER ATTENDING WHITE SCHOOL FOR ONE YEAR HE TOOK UP FARMING WITH HIS FATHER. THEIR MAIN CROP WAS POTATOES, WITH CATTLE, HAY AND GRAIN. JAKE MARRIED IRMA ELLIS (DONOR) OF LETHBRIDGE IN 1950 AND TOGETHER THEY HAD 4 CHILDREN. IN 1967 JAKE'S YOUNGEST BROTHER RAYMOND AND HIMSELF FORMED A PARTNERSHIP, AND THEY CONTINUED TO FARM TOGETHER UNTIL 1994 WHEN JAKE SOLD HIS QUARTER OF THE LAND. JAKE AND IRMA MOVED OFF THE FARM INTO LETHBRIDGE IN 1988 BUT STILL RETAINED QUARTER SECTION AND CONTINUED TO WORK IT UNTIL 1994. JAKE'S BROTHER HAS RECENTLY SOLD THE FARM OUT OF THE DOGTEROM FAMILY, HENCE THE DONATION OF ARTIFACTS FROM THE FARM.
Catalogue Number
P20030016007
Acquisition Date
2003-07
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
PIECES (2) OF HARNESS
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19990057006
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PIECES (2) OF HARNESS
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1970
Materials
STEEL
No. Pieces
2
Height
4.0
Length
69.5
Width
8.0
Description
TWO PIECES FROM A HARNESS; ALMOST IDENTICAL. EACH IS MADE FROM A STEEL BAR. EACH END OF THE BAR IS SLIGHTLY CURVED IN OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS. HANGING FROM UNDERSIDE OF EACH BAR ARE FOUR STEEL LOOPS - TWO ARE SHORT AND THIN, TWO ARE LONGER AND THICK. HANGING FROM EACH OF THE TWO SHORTER LOOPS IS A STEEL RING HANGING FROM ONE OF THE THICKER LOOPS, ON AN ADDITIONAL PIECE OF STEEL, IS ANOTHER METAL RING. ONE END OF THE BAR IS A RECTANGULAR PIECE OF STEEL THAT EXTENDS OUT SLIGHTLY - FOR LOOPING SOMETHING THROUGH.
Subjects
LAND TRANSPORTATION-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
TRANSPORTATION
AGRICULTURE
History
BELONGED TO DONOR'S PARENTS, WILFRED AND JENNIE REED. FOUND PIECES AS THEY WERE CLEANING OUT THEIR HOUSE, BEFORE SELLING IT. THE TWO LIVED IN BARONS AFTER THEY MARRIED, AND FARMED THERE. SEE P19990057001-GA FOR MORE HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19990057006
Acquisition Date
1999-10
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
IRON
Catalogue Number
P19750079000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
IRON
No. Pieces
1
Height
109.2
Description
"H".
Subjects
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY T&E
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
Catalogue Number
P19750079000
Acquisition Date
1973-02
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
CURRENT METER
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL (STAINLESS STEEL?)
Catalogue Number
P20010036012
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CURRENT METER
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1990
Materials
METAL (STAINLESS STEEL?)
No. Pieces
2
Height
11.0
Length
40.4
Width
11.0
Description
METER IS MADE OF POLISHED METAL (STAINLESS STEEL). AT THE FRONT END, THERE ARE 6 CONICAL CUPS WHICH ROTATE ON A WHEEL. AT THE OTHER END, STABILIZING FINS ARE FOUND EACH OF THE 4 PLANES AT A RIGHT ANGLE TO THE OTHER. ON THE TOP VERTICAL PLANE, THE NUMBER "530 263" IS STAMPED. THERE IS A KNOB ATTACHED TO THE END WITH THE WHEEL MECHANISM. ON THIS KNOB IS WRITTEN "W & L.E GURLEY TROY N.Y., U.S.A. 530283".
Subjects
MECHANICAL T&E
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
History
USED BY THE ST. MARY RIVER IRRIGATION DISTRICT. MEASURED FLOW RATE OF WATER. IN 2008, UNIVERSITY STUDENT AND GALT PROGRAM STAFF MEMBER DYLAN JOHNSON PARTICIPATED IN A UOFL APPLIED STUDIES PROGRAM, CONDUCTING RESEARCH WORK ON ST. MARY’S IRRIGATION DISTRICT (SMRID) OBJECTS DONATED TO THE GALT IN 2001. THE OBJECTS WERE ACQUIRED AS PART OF A GALT IRRIGATION EXHIBIT (STREAMS IN THE DESERT) IN 2000 AND WERE SEVERELY UNDER DOCUMENTED. JOHNSON CONSULTED WITH FORMER AND PRESENT ST. MARY’S IRRIGATION DISTRICT STAFF MEMBERS AS PART OF HIS RESEARCH. THE INFORMATION BELOW IS EXTRACTED FROM INTERVIEW(S) CONDUCTED BY JOHNSON. TO DETERMINE WHICH INTERVIEWS ARE RELEVANT TO THIS ARTIFACT, PLEASE REFER TO THE ARTIFACTS’ PERMANENT FILE (20010036001-11) AND THE RESEARCH PAPER’S REFERENCES. FLOW RATE METERS, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS A CURRENT METERS, WERE USED FROM THE 1930S UNTIL THE 1990S AND COULD BE HOOKED UP TO EITHER THE WADING ROD OR THE WINCH-CABLE. THE WATER METER ACTED LIKE A WATER WHEEL WHICH WAS TURNED BY THE WATER FLOW. IT PROVIDED A MECHANICAL MEANS OF MEASURE THE WATER VELOCITY, SENDING AN ELECTRIC AUDIBLE SIGNAL TO EITHER THE WINCH-CABLE OR THE WADING ROD. THE SIGNAL WAS HEARD AS A SERIES OF BEEPS BY THE OPERATOR, WHO WORE HEADPHONES. THE METER’S ARMS WERE PUSHED IN A CYCLICAL MOTION BY THE CURRENT, MOVING A TINY WIRE INSIDE THE CENTER CASE (METAL CYLINDER IN THE CENTER OF WATER WHEEL) WHICH, COMPLETED A CIRCUIT PERIODICALLY (HOWEVER FAST THE WATER MOVED WAS HOW OFTEN THIS CIRCUIT WOULD BE COMPLETED) SENDING AN ELECTRICAL PULSE TO A PART OF THE WINCH AND CABLE SYSTEM WHICH WOULD EMIT A BEEP (THE ONE MENTIONED BEING RECORDED BY THE WADING ROD AND WINCH CABLE). THERE WERE MANY ISSUES WITH THIS PIECE OF EQUIPMENT BUT THE MOST OBVIOUS WAS THE CONSTRAINTS OF WATER DEPTH REQUIRED IN ORDER FOR IT TO WORK. ADDITIONALLY, THE METER HAD TO BE SENT IN EVERY YEAR TO A MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN FOR CALIBRATION OR TO CONFIRM THAT NOTHING HAD CHANGED SINCE THE LAST INSPECTION. THOUGH IT WAS FAIRLY ACCURATE, THE METER WAS RATHER TIME CONSUMING TO OPERATE.
Catalogue Number
P20010036012
Acquisition Date
2001-10
Collection
Museum
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