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Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS, PAPER, VELVET
Catalogue Number
P19672897000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Materials
BRASS, PAPER, VELVET
No. Pieces
1
Height
6.4
Length
26.7
Width
21.0
Description
PURPLE VELVET COVER: FRONT COVER DECORATED WITH IVORY PLASTIC PICTURE FRAMED IN GOLD PLASTIC. GIFT BRASS CATCH. 12 CARD PAGES, PALE GREEN & GOLD DESIGN WITH OPENING. 2 LAST PAGES HAVE 4 PHOTO OPENINGS.
Subjects
DOCUMENTARY ARTIFACT
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
Catalogue Number
P19672897000
Acquisition Date
1967-10
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PAPER, VINYL, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19950073055
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
PAPER, VINYL, BRASS
No. Pieces
5
Height
2.3
Length
28
Width
25.7
Description
VINYL COVERED ALBUM WITH SEASHELL PRINT. BRASS COILED SPINE, WITH BLACK CARDBOARD PAGES INSIDE SEPARATED BY THIN SHEETS OF TEXTURED ONION PAPER. PAGES ARE BLANK. C/W 2-PIECE BOX WITH WHITE BASE, AND LID PRINTED WITH VARIOUS WORLD TOURIST SITES. BLUE, WITH GREEN, YELLOW AND ORANGE PICTURES. ALSO INCLUDED ARE TWO ENVELOPES OF "DENNISON PHOTO CORNERS". GREEN WITH WHITE PRINT, READS "GREEN FOIL 60 FOR 10C PRECISION-MADE PHOTO CORNERS WITH STRONG, QUICK-STICK GUMMING TO MOUNT PICTURES, POSTCARDS, ETC., YOU WANT TO KEEP." BACK OF ENVELOPES HAVE INSTRUCTIONS, WITH "DENNISON DRUMMONDVILLE QUE.". ONE PACKAGE UNOPENED; OTHER OPEN BUT FULL.
Subjects
DOCUMENTARY ARTIFACT
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
History
*UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING ONE DONATED AS PART OF THE ING ESTATE (P19950073023). SHE EXTRACTED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON THE ING FAMILY FROM PERMANENT FILE P19950073001, WHICH CONTAINS A TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW COLLECTIONS TECH KEVIN MACLEAN CONDUCTED WITH HAROLD ING JR., SON OF HAROLD AND MYRA, IN HIS ROOM AT THE LETHBRIDGE HOTEL IN SEPTEMBER 2005. MYRA WAS BORN IN GOLDEN B.C. TO SHIN-BOW AND CHOW TING RAH; HER FATHER ORGINALLY EMIGRATED TO CANADA TO WORK ON CANADIAN RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION AND LATER BECAME A RESTAURANTEUR, WHERE MYRA DEVELOPED HER ENGLISH SKILLS AS A WAITRESS. "IN 1906 MY DAD [HAROLD ING SR.] LEFT HONG KONG FOR VANCOUVER, HE COULDN'T SPEAK ENGLISH... HE'S GOT TO BE A WAITER, A BUSBOY... AND HE LEARNED ALL THE WAY UP, IN THE MEANTIME PICKING UP ENGLISH... WENT TO WINNIPEG. THIS IS BEFORE ME. BY THEN HE KNEW THE WHOLE SYSTEM OF RESTAURANTING." MYRA AND HAROLD SR. MARRIED AND ADOPTED HAROLD JR. WHEN HE WAS BORN INTO A POOR FAMILY OF ELEVEN IN 1944, IN VANCOUVER. "ME AND MY TWIN SISTER WERE SOLD BECAUSE THERE WERE JUST TOO MANY. SO DAD, MY MOM PICKED ME AND DAD SAID YES THAT'S GOOD... I DON'T KNOW WHERE MY SISTER IS... THERE'S NO WAY OF FINDING OUT." THE ING FAMILY SETTLED IN LETHBRIDGE IN THE LATE 1940S, AND HAROLD SR. OWNS AND OPERATES THE NEW MOON CAFE AND TWO GROCERIES, WHICH ARE RUN BY THE FAMILY AND NEW CHINESE IMMIGRANTS THAT HAROLD SR. SPONSORED. "AT APPROXIMATELY FIVE YEARS OLD [MY FATHER] INTRODUCED ME TO THE NEW MOON CAFE, AND I WAS A BUSBOY AT THE AGE OF FIVE... IN 1951 HE SHOWED ME MY FIRST HUNDRED DOLLAR BILL... BECAUSE HE WAS THE OWNER... HE'D WAKE UP AT FIVE IN THE MORNING TO GO TO THE CAFE, OFF AND ON TO THE GROCERY STORE AND MIGHT BE DONE AT EIGHT AT NIGHT, SUPPER AND IMMEDIATELY TO CHINATOWN [FOR] GAMBLING, PUTTING DOWN MAH JONG." HAROLD JR. ATTENDED WESTMINISTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DURING THE DAY, AND CHINESE SCHOOL AT THE CHINESE NATIONAL LEAGUE IN THE EVENINGS - HIS FATHER WAS THE PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE, AND THE ORGANIZATION RAN THE SCHOOL, CULTURAL CELEBRATIONS, FILM SCREENINGS, AND BANQUETS, FUNDED BY MEMBERSHIP FEES. HAROLD'S YOUNGER BROTHER, CALVIN, "GOT SENT TO A BOARDING SCHOOL SOMEWHERE. HE WAS GIFTED, BUT HE HAD A BYPASS SURGERY, HE HAD SOMETHING WRONG WITH HIS HEART. HE COULDN'T HANDLE PUBLIC SCHOOL, SO THEY SENT HIM TO B.C." AFTER HIGH SCHOOL AND A BRIEF STINT IN CALGARY, HAROLD JR. RAN ING'S GROCERY FOR HIS FATHER, AND IN THE LATE 1960S AND EARLY 70S ALSO WORKED AS A PHOTOGRAPHER FOR THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND A SALESMAN AT SEARS. BOTH HAROLD SR. AND MYRA ING PASSED AWAY IN THE 1990S, AND THE OBJECTS ENCOMPASSING DONATION P19950073001-231 WERE COLLECTED FROM THE FAMILY HOME. FOR A COMPLETE TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW, COPIES OF PHOTOGRAPHS AND WRITTEN DETAILS ON THE CHINESE NATIONAL LEAGUE, SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P19950073055
Acquisition Date
1995-11
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
"PIONEER"
Date Range From
1929
Date Range To
2000
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL, GLASS
Catalogue Number
P20060019001
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
"PIONEER"
Date Range From
1929
Date Range To
2000
Materials
METAL, GLASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
6.9
Length
9.4
Width
8.5
Description
ALTIMETER, GAUGE, METAL AND GLASS. BLACK FACE WITH BROWNISH RED NUMBERS AND BROWNISH RED AND BLACK NEEDLE, NUMBERS MARKED “0…18” AROUND EDGES, FACE MARKED “ALTITUDE… PIONEER…A743B-1137.” CASE SURROUNDING FACE IS BLACK PAINTED METAL, PAINT LOSS ON FRONT, FOUR HOLES IN FOUR CORNERS AND METAL ROD ON BOTTOM FRONT OF FACE. PAPER LABEL COMING OFF OF BACK OF GAUGE MARKED “UNDER, PATEN(?),” REDDISH BROWN AND PUCE SPLATTERS ON SIDE OF GAUGE.
Subjects
AEROSPACE TRANSPORTATION-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
TRANSPORTATION
History
ACCORDING TO DONOR GARY HODGE AT TIME OF DONATION, HE RECEIVED THE ALTIMETER FROM HIS UNCLE, ART LARSON. CORRESPONDANCE BETWEEN LARSON AND "STEPHENS" (NICKNAMED STEVIE) FROM FEBRUARY 23 - MARCH 3, 1937 SHOWS THAT THEY WERE TRYING TO FIND AN ALTIMETER TO SUIT THEIR NEEDS. IT IS POSSIBLE THIS ARTIFACT IS THE "PIONEER ALTIMETER IN A SECOND HAND STORE FOR WHICH THE YID WANTED BUCKS TWO AND A HALF," STEPHENS WAS REFERRING TO. "LARSON SPENT HIS EARLY DAYS IN LETHBRIDGE WHERE HE COMPLETED HIGH SCHOOL. HIS FATHER WAS A CARPENTER AND MASTER CRAFTSMEN. LARSON BECAME INTERESTED IN AVIATION AFTER LINDBERG FLEW THE ATLANTIC. HE AND HIS FRIENDS, IVAN THOMSON AND JIM FINDLAY, BEGAN BUILDING GLIDERS IN 1929. FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS LARSON WAS THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND THE LETHBRIDGE GLIDING CLUB. DURING THIS TIME HE MADE WELL OVER 300 GLIDER FLIGHTS. IN 1939 HE SET ONE OF THE FIRST UNOFFICIAL GLIDING RECORDS IN CANADA. LARSON SPENT THE WAR YEARS IN CALGARY AS AN AIRFRAME INSTRUCTOR FOR THE WAR EMERGENCY TRAINING PROGRAM. IN 1947 HE RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE WHERE HE WAS EMPLOYED AS AN ASSESSOR FOR THE CITY UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 1978." UPDATE: ON 6 NOVEMBER 2017, GALT CURATOR AIMEE BENOIT CONDUCTED AN INTERVIEW WITH GLIDER OBJECTS’ DONOR GARY HODGE. FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING A TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW, PLEASE SEE THIS RECORD’S PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20060019001
Acquisition Date
2006-04
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
FRAMED SLIDE PHOTOGRAPH
Date Range From
1860
Date Range To
1870
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER?, WOOD, GLASS
Catalogue Number
P19970006000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
FRAMED SLIDE PHOTOGRAPH
Date Range From
1860
Date Range To
1870
Materials
LEATHER?, WOOD, GLASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.6
Length
12.3
Width
9.1
Description
DARK BROWN WOOD FRAME WITH LID AND COVERED IN PAPER?, WITH A STITCH UP THE SIDE OF THE FRONT COVER. COVER CLOSED WITH TWO TINY HINGED CLASPS, ONE IS BROKEN. INSIDE OF FRAME ON LEFT SIDE IS PADDED WITH A PIECE OF PATTERNED VELVET AND OTHER SIDE HAS A BRASS FRAME WITH A GLASS SLIDE OF A YOUNG MAN PAINTED ACCESSORIES ON THE PHOTO. FRAME IS VERY FRAGILE AS THE PAPER IS TEARING AT THE HINGE? OF THE FRAME AND COVER.
Subjects
DOCUMENTARY ARTIFACT
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
History
DONOR PURCHASED AMBROTYPE AROUND 1985 FROM HURLEBURT AUCTION, CONTAINED IN A LARGER LOT. DONOR IS A PRIVATE COLLECTOR WHO HAS LIVED IN LETHBRIDGE SINCE 1963, AND HE BELIEVES PERSON IN PHOTO IS A SOCIETY MEMBER, PRE-CIVIL WAR.
Catalogue Number
P19970006000
Acquisition Date
1997-02
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
MUSICAL KOALA BEAR
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, ORGANIC MATERIALS
Catalogue Number
P19970041091
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MUSICAL KOALA BEAR
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
PLASTIC, ORGANIC MATERIALS
No. Pieces
1
Height
21
Length
19
Width
13
Description
BROWN KOALA BEAR SITTING UPRIGHT WITH YELLOW RIBBON TIED AROUND ITS NECK. BEAR HAS CIRCULAR TURN KEY ON ITS BELLY. WHEN WOUND UP IT PLAYS WALTZING MATILDA.
Subjects
TOY
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
LEISURE
History
KOALA BEAR WAS BROUGHT BACK BY DONOR'S FATHER, REV. G.G. NAKAYAMA, AS A SOUVENIR OF HIS TRIP TO AUSTRALIA. DONOR'S FATHER TRAVELLED OFTEN AS A MISSIONARY OR SPEAKER FOR THE JAPANESE ANGLICAN MISSION. THIS IS ONE OF MANY SOUVENIRS HE BROUGHT BACK FROM SUCH TRIPS. THE NAKAYAMA FAMILY WAS ORIGINALLY FROM VANCOUVER AND WERE INTERNED IN SLOCAN CITY DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR. FOLLOWING THE WAR THE NAKAYAMA FAMILY MOVED TO COALDALE, ALBERTA. AT COALDALE REV NAKAYAMA FOUNDED THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION WHERE HE WAS RECTOR FROM 1945 TO 1970. SEE RECORD P19970041001 FOR EXPANDED BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION AND PERMANENT FILE FOR FURTHER HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19970041091
Acquisition Date
1997-01
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
TEDDY BEAR
Date Range From
1990
Date Range To
2000
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FAKE FUR, PLASTIC, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20030051027
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TEDDY BEAR
Date Range From
1990
Date Range To
2000
Materials
FAKE FUR, PLASTIC, COTTON
No. Pieces
6
Height
28.0
Length
32.0
Width
16.5
Description
1. 5 PIECES. STUFFED GREY BEAR, IS WEARING A BLUE T-SHIRT. TAG ON BOTTOM OF BEAR READS "THE HERITAGE COLLECTION". T-SHIRT HAS BLACK AND WHITE "LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPT." PATCH ON FRONT. ALSO EMBROIDERED INTO FRONT OF T-SHIRT IS "LETHBRIDGE MINERS' LIBRARY CLUB" LOGO, AND "LETHBRIDGE FIREFIGHTERS LOC. 237" LOGO, AND "JIM". AROUND BEAR'S NECK IS A PURPLE VELVET RIBBON TIED IN A BOW AT FRONT. ALSO AROUND BEAR'S NECK IS RED AND SILVER TOY STETHOSCOPE. ALSO INCLUDED WITH BEAR IS A MINIATURE GIFT BAG CONTAINING A BROWN TEDDY BEAR. PRINTED ON GIFT BAG IS "YOU'RE BEARY SPECIAL TO ME". 2. SIGN. 0.3 X 48.6 X 32.7. TRANSLUCENT BROWN PLASTIC SIGN. AT TOP OF SIGN, IN CREAM COLOURED SCRIPT, IS " "JIMMY BEAR" ". BELOW THIS, IN WHITE IS "GIVEN BY AMBULANCE PERSONEL TO YOUNG ACCIDENT VICTIMS AT THE SCENE IN MEMORY OF JIM BERRY FORMER MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS". THERE ARE FOUR HOLES DRILLED IN CORNERS OF SIGN, FOR HANGING.
Subjects
TOY
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
RETRIEVED FROM THE MINERS' LIBRARY BUILDING ON 13TH STREET NORTH AFTER ITS CLOSURE. LIBRARY MATERIALS AND MINING MEMORABILIA WERE KEPT IN A DISPLAY CASE LOCATED IN THE SOUTH WEST CORNER OF THE MAIN FLOOR CLUB ROOM. THE ORIGIN OF THE LETHBRIDGE MINERS' LIBRARY BEGINS WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A LIBRARY AND READING ROOM BY THE EMPLOYEES OF THE ALBERTA RAILWAY AND COAL CO., IN 1890. THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE LIBRARY WAS FOLLOWING IN THE TRADITION OF THE MECHANICS' LIBRARIES, ALSO CALLED MECAHNICS' INSTITUTES, THAT SPRANG UP ACROSS EASTERN NORTH AMERICA IN THE MID 1800S. THEY WERE SELF-HELP INSTITUTES SET UP BY WORKING MEN TO PROVIDE EDUCATION FOR WORKING MEN SO THEY COULD BETTER THEMSELVES IN LIFE. THE MINERS' LIBRARY WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO THOSE WHO WANTED TO MOVE UP THE ECHELON IN THE COAL MINE. IT WAS ORIGINALLY HOUSED IN A SMALL BUILDING NEXT DOOR TO 108 5TH STREET SOUTH, AND MEMBERSHIP WAS NOT RESTRICTED TO MINERS. A YEAR LATER THE EMPLOYEES RENOVATED THE FORMER #1 BOARDING HOUSE, LOCATED ON THE NORTH SIDE OF MACLEOD ROAD, FOR RELOCATION OF THE LIBRARY AND WHEN THIS LARGER BUILDING OPENED IT IS SAID TO HAVE HAD 300 BOOKS. WITH THE REORGANIZATION OF THE GALT COMPANIES IN 1904, THE AR&C COMPANY'S EMPLOYEES' READING ROOM AND LIBRARY SOCIETY BECAME THE ALBERTA RAILWAY AND IRRIGATION COMPANY'S EMPLOYEE'S READING ROOM AND LIBRARY SOCIETY. THE LIBRARY CONTAINED 1500 BOOKS, PLUS MANY MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS. IN 1908 THE SOCIETY WAS REFERRED TO AS THE GALT MINER'S LIBRARY, AND STILL IN THE #1 BOARDING HOUSE BUILDING, IT CONTAINED A BILLIARD ROOM AND GYMNASIUM. THE NEXT KNOWN MOVE OF THE LIBRARY WAS IN 1917 WHEN THE GALT MINES LIBRARY PURCHASED THE BAILEY ST. SCHOOL AND MOVED IT TO 733 13TH ST. NORTH - WHERE IT IS STILL PART OF THE MODERN BUILDING THAT USED TO BE THE MINER'S LIBRARY. AFTER THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A LIBRARY IN THE YMCA IN 1919 AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CARNEGIE FUNDED LIBRARY IN GALT GARDENS, THE 'LIBRARY AND READING ROOM' ACTIVITIES BECAME OF LESSER IMPORTANCE. THE MINERS' LIBRARY BECAME MORE OF A SOCIAL CLUB WHICH HAS GIVEN GREAT FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO MANY ASPECTS OF THE LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY. A BAR AREA IN THE CLUB'S BASEMENT PROVIDED A SPACE FOR PRIVATE FUNCTIONS SUCH AS WEDDINGS, OFFICE PARTIES, FUNERALS AND VARIOUS CLUB ACTIVITIES. THE UPSTAIRS BLACK NUGGET LOUNGE OFFERED MEALS, DRINKS, LIVE MUSIC, DARTS, POOL, CRIB AND VLTS. LONG TIME MEMBERS COULD BUY THEIR CHAIR AND HAVE THEIR NAME ON IT. A REGISTERED NON-PROFIT SOCIETY, THE CLUB MADE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FORMER ADAMS PARK BALL FIELD AND SPECTATOR STANDS, AND SUPPORTED MANY SPORTS AND SPORTS TEAMS THROUGH THE YEARS. THERE ARE ALSO SEVERAL PARKS THAT HAVE THEIR ROOTS IN FUNDS FROM THE LIBRARY. THE CLUB WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN BUILDING PAVAN PARK, AND VARIOUS SPORTS VENUES. AS MEMBERSHIP IN THE CLUB DWINDLED THE CLUB'S SALES COULD NOT COVER THE DAILY COSTS OF RUNNING THE OPERATION. IN 2000 FUNDRAISING EFFORTS WERE UNDERTAKEN, AND ALONG WITH AN AUCTION AND CRAFT AND BAKE SALES, THE CLUB SOLICITED DONATIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ITS HISTORY. HOWEVER, BY 2003 THE CLUB HAD ONLY 300 MEMBERS (LESS THAN 1/3 OF THAT 3 YEARS PRIOR) AND AFTER 113 YEARS IT WAS FORCED TO CLOSE IT'S DOORS. AT THE TIME OF ITS CLOSURE THE LETHBRIDGE MINERS' LIBRARY CLUB WAS THE LONGEST STANDING MEN-ONLY CLUB, AND THE OLDEST CONTINUALLY RUNNING CLUB IN ALBERTA.
Catalogue Number
P20030051027
Acquisition Date
2004-04
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
SOUVENIR - "CADILLAC & GALT COALS"
Date Range From
1935
Date Range To
1945
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS, FELT
Catalogue Number
P19930007012
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SOUVENIR - "CADILLAC & GALT COALS"
Date Range From
1935
Date Range To
1945
Materials
BRASS, FELT
No. Pieces
1
Height
3.4
Length
7.9
Width
3.4
Description
BRASS ANVIL WITH GREEN BAIZE PAD GLUED TO BASE. TOP OF ANVIL IS ENGRAVED: "TO FORGE OUR FRIENDSHIP CADILLAC & GALT COALS LETHBRIDGE COLLIERIES LTD." "MADE IN U.S.A." ENGRAVED ON SIDE.
Subjects
DOCUMENTARY ARTIFACT
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
Catalogue Number
P19930007012
Acquisition Date
1993-02
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
PERMISSIBLE RESPIRATOR
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, RUBBER
Catalogue Number
P20030051022
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PERMISSIBLE RESPIRATOR
Date
1984
Materials
STEEL, RUBBER
No. Pieces
1
Height
14.6
Length
10.2
Width
8.2
Description
METAL CANISTER WITH BLACK RUBBER SLEEVE OVER TOP HALF. SLEEVE HAS A HOLE ON ONE SIDE FOR A RECTANGULAR METAL CATCH (FOR ATTACHING RESPIRATOR). EMBOSSED ON OPPOSITE SIDE OF SLEEVE IS "MSA 81". ON ONE SIDE OF CANISTER IS A WORN LABEL THAT READS "PERMISSIBLE RESPIRATOR SELF RESCUE FROM CARBON MONOXIDE MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH". OPPOSITE SIDE OF CANISTER ALSO HAS A WORN LABEL THAT READS "PERMISSIBLE RESPIRATOR". BOTTOM OF CANISTER HAS VARIOUS MACHINE MADE AND HAND MADE ETCHINGS. IT READS "9629 W65 SELF-RESCUER C18687 1031 DATE PUT IN SERVICE 03-84 MADE IN WEST GERMANY".
Subjects
MINING & MINERAL HARVESTING T&E
Historical Association
COAL MINING
ASSOCIATIONS
History
RETRIEVED FROM THE MINERS' LIBRARY BUILDING ON 13TH STREET NORTH AFTER ITS CLOSURE. LIBRARY MATERIALS AND MINING MEMORABILIA WERE KEPT IN A DISPLAY CASE LOCATED IN THE SOUTH WEST CORNER OF THE MAIN FLOOR CLUB ROOM. THE ORIGIN OF THE LETHBRIDGE MINERS' LIBRARY BEGINS WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A LIBRARY AND READING ROOM BY THE EMPLOYEES OF THE ALBERTA RAILWAY AND COAL CO., IN 1890. THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE LIBRARY WAS FOLLOWING IN THE TRADITION OF THE MECHANICS' LIBRARIES, ALSO CALLED MECAHNICS' INSTITUTES, THAT SPRANG UP ACROSS EASTERN NORTH AMERICA IN THE MID 1800S. THEY WERE SELF-HELP INSTITUTES SET UP BY WORKING MEN TO PROVIDE EDUCATION FOR WORKING MEN SO THEY COULD BETTER THEMSELVES IN LIFE. THE MINERS' LIBRARY WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO THOSE WHO WANTED TO MOVE UP THE ECHELON IN THE COAL MINE. IT WAS ORIGINALLY HOUSED IN A SMALL BUILDING NEXT DOOR TO 108 5TH STREET SOUTH, AND MEMBERSHIP WAS NOT RESTRICTED TO MINERS. A YEAR LATER THE EMPLOYEES RENOVATED THE FORMER #1 BOARDING HOUSE, LOCATED ON THE NORTH SIDE OF MACLEOD ROAD, FOR RELOCATION OF THE LIBRARY AND WHEN THIS LARGER BUILDING OPENED IT IS SAID TO HAVE HAD 300 BOOKS. WITH THE REORGANIZATION OF THE GALT COMPANIES IN 1904, THE AR&C COMPANY'S EMPLOYEES' READING ROOM AND LIBRARY SOCIETY BECAME THE ALBERTA RAILWAY AND IRRIGATION COMPANY'S EMPLOYEE'S READING ROOM AND LIBRARY SOCIETY. THE LIBRARY CONTAINED 1500 BOOKS, PLUS MANY MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS. IN 1908 THE SOCIETY WAS REFERRED TO AS THE GALT MINER'S LIBRARY, AND STILL IN THE #1 BOARDING HOUSE BUILDING, IT CONTAINED A BILLIARD ROOM AND GYMNASIUM. THE NEXT KNOWN MOVE OF THE LIBRARY WAS IN 1917 WHEN THE GALT MINES LIBRARY PURCHASED THE BAILEY ST. SCHOOL AND MOVED IT TO 733 13TH ST. NORTH - WHERE IT IS STILL PART OF THE MODERN BUILDING THAT USED TO BE THE MINER'S LIBRARY. AFTER THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A LIBRARY IN THE YMCA IN 1919 AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CARNEGIE FUNDED LIBRARY IN GALT GARDENS, THE 'LIBRARY AND READING ROOM' ACTIVITIES BECAME OF LESSER IMPORTANCE. THE MINERS' LIBRARY BECAME MORE OF A SOCIAL CLUB WHICH HAS GIVEN GREAT FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO MANY ASPECTS OF THE LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY. A BAR AREA IN THE CLUB'S BASEMENT PROVIDED A SPACE FOR PRIVATE FUNCTIONS SUCH AS WEDDINGS, OFFICE PARTIES, FUNERALS AND VARIOUS CLUB ACTIVITIES. THE UPSTAIRS BLACK NUGGET LOUNGE OFFERED MEALS, DRINKS, LIVE MUSIC, DARTS, POOL, CRIB AND VLTS. LONG TIME MEMBERS COULD BUY THEIR CHAIR AND HAVE THEIR NAME ON IT. A REGISTERED NON-PROFIT SOCIETY, THE CLUB MADE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FORMER ADAMS PARK BALL FIELD AND SPECTATOR STANDS, AND SUPPORTED MANY SPORTS AND SPORTS TEAMS THROUGH THE YEARS. THERE ARE ALSO SEVERAL PARKS THAT HAVE THEIR ROOTS IN FUNDS FROM THE LIBRARY. THE CLUB WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN BUILDING PAVAN PARK, AND VARIOUS SPORTS VENUES. AS MEMBERSHIP IN THE CLUB DWINDLED THE CLUB'S SALES COULD NOT COVER THE DAILY COSTS OF RUNNING THE OPERATION. IN 2000 FUNDRAISING EFFORTS WERE UNDERTAKEN, AND ALONG WITH AN AUCTION AND CRAFT AND BAKE SALES, THE CLUB SOLICITED DONATIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ITS HISTORY. HOWEVER, BY 2003 THE CLUB HAD ONLY 300 MEMBERS (LESS THAN 1/3 OF THAT 3 YEARS PRIOR) AND AFTER 113 YEARS IT WAS FORCED TO CLOSE IT'S DOORS. AT THE TIME OF ITS CLOSURE THE LETHBRIDGE MINERS' LIBRARY CLUB WAS THE LONGEST STANDING MEN-ONLY CLUB, AND THE OLDEST CONTINUALLY RUNNING CLUB IN ALBERTA.
Catalogue Number
P20030051022
Acquisition Date
2004-04
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
MASONIC LODGE SET
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, STEEL, FLANNELETTE
Catalogue Number
P19651586000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MASONIC LODGE SET
Date
1905
Materials
LEATHER, STEEL, FLANNELETTE
No. Pieces
4
Description
.1 CASE. 2.8 CM HT. X 21.3 CM WTH. X 46 CM LTH. LEATHER, STEEL, FLANNELETTE. LINEN ON INTERIOR OF CASE IS SOILED ANDSTAINED. 1 PIECE. "J. COWIE" IN GOLD ON FRONT FLAP. STEEL SNAPS. "CARR F. CO. CANADA" ON INSIDE OF SNAP HEAD. BLACK LEATHER COVERED CASE FOR MASONIC LODGE APRON. 3 STEEL SNAPS ON FRONT FLAP. LINED WITH WHITE FLANNELETTE. .2 MASONIC LODGE APRON (SET). 35.0 CM WTH. X 40.3 CM LTH. SATIN, BRASS, LEATHER, RIBBON. 1 PIECE. SOME AREAS SOILED AND FADED. TWO BOOMERANG SHAPES JOINING TOGETHER WITH "G" IN MIDDLE, IN BRASS COIL BRAID ON TOP FLAP. 2 STARS ON FRONT. BLUE SATIN, GOLD BRAID TRIM, WHITE KID LEATHER CENTRE, BRASS BALL AND CHAIN DECORATIONS. BLUE WEB TIES, BRASS SNAKE CLASP. BLUE TIES HAVE BEEN MENDED. .3 BUTTON "GRAND LODGE" SET. 1.9 CM DIA.BRASS. 2 PIECES. BRITISH COLUMBIA GRAND LODGE, 2 BOOMERANG SHAPES CROSSING WITH "G" INMIDDLE, AF & AM 50 YEARS", ON TOP. BLUE ENAMEL. ATTACHES TO BELT OF MASONIC APRON. .4 CERTIFICATE "GRAND LODGE OF SCOTLAND" (SET). 23.5 CM WTH. X 7 CM LTH. HEAVY PAPER. 1 PIECE. TO JOHN COWIE RE: MEMBERSHIP IN GRAND LODGE OF SCOTLAND "LIVINGSTON EST. ANDREW MOTHERWELL".
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
RECEIVED BY DONOR MAY 20 1905. *UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILES AND ACCESSORIES, INCLUDING A PIN DONATED TO THE GALT MUSEUM BY THOMASINA COWIE (NEE WHITE). ON 13 MARCH 2018, PUNDYK CONDUCTED A PHONE INTERVIEW WITH COWIE’S GRANDSON, STEWART JOHN CAMPBELL. HE IS THE SECOND SON OF ANNE ADAMSON CAMPBELL (NEE COWIE), THE ELDEST DAUGHTER OF THOMASINA AND JOHN COWIE. THROUGH REVIEW OF THE ARTIFACT DONATION MADE BY HIS GRANDMOTHER IN 1965, IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THESE ITEMS WERE UNKNOWN TO STEWART CAMPBELL. HE WAS ABLE TO PROVIDE GREATER DETAIL ABOUT THE DONORS AND SUPPLIED THE MUSEUM WITH FAMILY RECORDS. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THE INTERVIEW: “[THESE ITEMS] APPEAR TO BE ARTIFACTS LARGELY COLLECTED BY MY GRANDFATHER, JOHN COWIE. WE KNEW IN OUR FAMILY HISTORY THAT MY GRANDFATHER SPENT SOME TIME AS AN ENGINEER IN THE WHAT I WOULD CALL THE BRITISH MERCHANT MARINE, [WHICH HAD] COMMERCIAL VESSELS THAT TRANSPORTED GOODS. [THE COMPANY] WAS VERY LIKELY CENTERED OUT OF GLASGOW IN SCOTLAND.” WHEN EXPLAINING THE POSSIBLE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE DONATION, CAMPBELL SHARED, “SO WHAT I BELIEVE HAS HAPPENED IS THAT AFTER MY GRANDFATHER [JOHN COWIE’S] PASSING [IN 1964], THOM (AS HE USED TO CALL HIS WIFE) SENT SEVERAL OF THESE ARTIFACTS OVER TO THE GALT MUSEUM.” LOOKING AT THE MASONIC LODGE APRON SET, CAMPBELL EXPLAINED, “I KNOW OF MY GRANDMOTHER BEING A MEMBER OF THE EASTERN STAR, WHICH WOULD IMPLY THEN THAT MY GRANDFATHER WAS ALSO A MASON, BUT I’M NOT AWARE THAT WHEN HE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE THAT HE BECAME ACTIVE IN THE MASONIC LODGE HERE… BUT IT IS INTERESTING THE DATE ON [THE APRON] IS 1905, SO THAT HAD TO BE FROM HIS TIME BEFORE HE ACTUALLY LEFT SCOTLAND OR PERHAPS IT WAS HIS FATHER’S.” IN A DESCRIPTION OF HIS GRANDPARENTS’ IMMIGRATION STORY, CAMPBELL RECOUNTED, “THEY ARRIVED AT THE USUAL PORTS, I GUESS MONTREAL, GOT ON THE CPR RAILWAY. THEY GOT AS FAR AS WINNIPEG. [MY GRANDFATHER] HAD IN HIS HAND A LETTER OF INTRODUCTION AND A RECOMMENDATION FROM THE HEAD OF THE CALEDONIA RAILWAY IN SCOTLAND. THERE IS SOME SIGNIFICANCE TO THE CALEDONIA RAILWAY IN THAT IT REALLY WAS DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN THE INDUSTRIALIZATION OF SCOTLAND, PARTICULARLY IN AND AROUND GLASGOW. SO HIS TRADE WAS AS AN ENGINEER AND THAT’S REALLY WHAT HE BECAME WHEN HE CAME TO CANADA AND JOINED THE CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY. HE HAD AN INTERESTING LIFE, BUT IT WAS ALWAYS WITH THE CPR.” “I FIRST BEGAN TO KNOW OF MY GRANDMOTHER AND GRANDFATHER WHEN THEY WERE LIVING FOR A PERIOD OF TIME IN VANCOUVER AND THEN THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE,” CAMPBELL EXPLAINED, “SO THEY MOVED TO VANCOUVER WHEN HE RETIRED FROM THE CPR IN THE OGDEN YARD IN CALGARY AND THEY STAYED ONLY TWO OR THREE YEARS. I GATHER THE HUMIDITY THERE WAS NOT CONDUCIVE HIS OWN HEALTH AND HE NEEDED TO MOVE TO A DRIER CLIMATE, BUT ALSO TO MOVE CLOSER TO FAMILY AS WELL. MY PARENTS AT THAT POINT IN TIME WERE RESIDENT IN PICTURE BUTTE, AND THEN SUBSEQUENTLY HAD MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE. [AS A RESULT OF THEIR PROXIMITY TO WHERE MY FAMILY LIVED,] I KNEW MY GRANDPARENTS VERY, VERY WELL AS A BOY GROWING UP.” “THERE WASN’T A LOT OF CONVERSATION ABOUT THEIR TIME BACK IN SCOTLAND,” CAMPBELL RECALLED, “[THIS COLLECTION] REFLECTS [A PERIOD IN THEIR LIVES] WHEN THEY HAPPILY IMMIGRATED AND THEY’VE HAD A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE IN CANADA AND SPECIFICALLY IN LETHBRIDGE.” DESCRIBING HOW HIS FAMILY CAME TO SETTLE IN LETHBRIDGE, CAMPBELL SAID, “[MY FATHER], DON CAMPBELL, WAS BORN [IN DALKEITH, ONTARIO]. HIS FATHER, HIS MOTHER, AND HE AND HIS TWO SISTERS CAME TO PLENTY, SASKATCHEWAN, WHERE THEY WERE FARM WORKERS. AND THEN THEY MOVED FROM THERE TO JUST EAST OF SUTHERLAND. MY FATHER AT THE AGE OF 18 BECAME RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FAMILY AND FARM. HE WASN’T A FARMER, BUT HE WAS A MERCHANT. SO MY FATHER EVENTUALLY LEFT THE FARM AND BECAME A TRAVELLING SALESMEN FOR MARSHALL WELLS HARDWARE. AND THAT’S WHAT BROUGHT THEM TO CALGARY IN 1939 AFTER MY MOTHER AND FATHER GOT MARRIED IN SASKATOON. MY DAD, WITH HIS TRAVELLING FOR MARSHALL-WELLS, WAS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR A SPOT HE COULD BUY [TO ESTABLISH] A HARDWARE STORE. HE WAS ABLE TO TAKE PART OWNERSHIP OF A HARDWARE STORE IN PICTURE BUTTE AND EVENTUALLY BECAME THE SOLE OWNER. AND HE WAS IN THAT HARDWARE STORE FOR 32 YEARS AS I RECALL.” “I WAS BORN IN 1947,” CAMPBELL CONTINUED, “AT THE AGE OF ONE, [WE MOVED] TO PICTURE BUTTE [AND] WE, AS A FAMILY, MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE WHEN I WAS 6 IN ABOUT ’53 OR SO. THE REASON FOR THE MOVE [TO LETHBRIDGE] WAS THAT MY MOTHER WAS MUSICAL. SHE HAD BEEN TEACHING AND CONDUCTING CHOIRS SINCE SHE WAS 14 YEARS OLD. AND SO THE MINISTER OF SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH LEARNED OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING AT THE PICTURE BUTTE UNITED CHURCH, [SUCH AS] SOME OF THE OPERETTAS THAT MOM WAS PUTTING ON [THERE], AND INVITED MOM TO SING IN THE SOUTHMINSTER CHOIR. ULTIMATELY, THEY INVITED MY MOTHER TO BECOME THE CHOIR DIRECTOR AND TO ESTABLISH A JUNIOR GIRLS’ CHOIR. AND SO THIS PROMPTED MY MOTHER AND FATHER TO MOVE FROM PICTURE BUTTE TO LETHBRIDGE EVEN THOUGH MY DAD CONTINUED TO WITH THE HARDWARE STORE OUT OF PICTURE BUTTE.” EXPLAINING THE EXTENT OF HIS FAMILY’S AND HIS OWN CONNECTION TO LETHBRIDGE, CAMPBELL SAID, “I WAS RAISED IN LETHBRIDGE ESSENTIALLY. SO I HAVE VERY, VERY FOND MEMORIES OF MY TIME THERE AS A BOY. THE COMMUNITY MIGHT HAVE BEEN 25,000 TO 30,000 PEOPLE. YOU KNEW A LOT OF PEOPLE, YOU DIDN’T KNOW EVERYBODY, BUT YOU KNEW AN AWFUL LOT OF PEOPLE. AND CERTAINLY PEOPLE LIVING IN LETHBRIDGE KNEW MY MOTHER REALLY WELL. AND PEOPLE LIVING IN PICTURE BUTTE AND COALDALE KNEW MY FATHER VERY WELL. “MY MOTHER WAS A MUSIC TEACHER AND A VOLUNTEER CHOIR CONDUCTOR. WE HAD STUDENTS COME THROUGH OUR HOUSE FROM ALL OVER SOUTHERN ALBERTA. THERE WOULD BE FAMILIES THAT WOULD DRIVE THEIR DAUGHTERS FROM [PLACES SUCH AS] VAUXHALL, CARDSTON, RAYMOND, AND FORT MACLEOD INTO LETHBRIDGE [FOR] THE PRACTICES OF HER CHOIRS. AND THE BASEMENT WAS A STUDIO, SO IN ANY ONE WEEK THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN ANYWHERE FROM 60 TO 80 STUDENTS COMING THROUGH THE HOUSE,” CAMPBELL WENT ON. “THE MEMORIES ARE PRETTY DEEP INTO THE LIFE OF LETHBRIDGE. [AFTER I HAD MY OWN FAMILY, WE SPENT] SIX REALLY LOVELY YEARS LIVING IN LETHBRIDGE AS A FAMILY. SO MY DAUGHTERS – HEATHER ANNE, SHELIA JEAN, MARY LOUISE, AND MEGAN LEE – HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF THEIR TIMES IN LETHBRIDGE AS WELL. PROVIDED ALONG WITH THE INTERVIEW WERE RECORDS COMPILED BY STEWART CAMPBELL USING THE GENEALOGY WEBSITE, ANCESTRY.COM. ACCORDING TO THE RECORDS, JOHN COWIE WAS BORN ON 7 NOVEMBER 1883 IN MOTHERWELL, LANARKSHIRE, SCOTLAND TO HIS PARENTS, ISABELLA (NEE LAIRD) AND ROBERT COWIE. HE WAS THE ELDEST OF APPROXIMATELY TEN CHILDREN IN THE FAMILY. COWIE WAS MARRIED TO THOMASINA COWIE (NEE WHITE) IN MOTHERWELL, LANARKSHIRE, SCOTLAND OF 26 JULY 1910. THOMASINA WAS BORN ON 13 SEPTEMBER 1884 IN LOCHMABEN, DUMFRIESSHIRE, SCOTLAND TO JOHN AND ANNE (NEE ADAMSON) WHITE. THE COUPLE EMIGRATED FROM SCOTLAND TO CANADA IN 1910, WHERE JOHN BEGAN WORKING FOR THE CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY. THIS WORK TOOK THE FAMILY TO SASKATOON, SK, AND SUTHERLAND, SK, TO GLACIER STATION, BC, AND FINALLY CALGARY, AB WHERE HE RETIRED. UPON RETIREMENT, JOHN AND THOMASINA MOVE TO VANCOUVER, BC AND BY 1955 THEY HAD SETTLED IN LETHBRIDGE, AB TO BE CLOSER TO THEIR ELDEST DAUGHTER, ANNE ANDERSON CAMPBELL (NEE COWIE), AND HER FAMILY. THEIR SECOND DAUGHTER WAS NAMED ISABELL WRIGHT (NEE COWIE) WHO LIVED IN SASKATCHEWAN. JOHN COWIE PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE ON 31 DECEMBER 1964 AT THE AGE OF 81 YEARS. THOMASINA COWIE PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE ON 3 SEPTEMBER 1976 AT THE AGE OF 91 YEARS. FOR COMPLETE IMMIGRATION STORY AND EXTENDED FAMILY HISTORY, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE, WHICH INCLUDES THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, GENEALOGY RECORDS, AND LETHBRIDGE HERALD CLIPPINGS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ANNE CAMPBELL, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT RECORDS OF HER PREVIOUS DONATION P20000018000.
Catalogue Number
P19651586000
Acquisition Date
1965-01
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
ORANGE LODGE APRON C/W CASE
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
RIBBON, LEATHER, METAL, CLOTH
Catalogue Number
P19790065000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ORANGE LODGE APRON C/W CASE
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
RIBBON, LEATHER, METAL, CLOTH
No. Pieces
2
Length
35.0
Width
40.0
Description
.1 APRON. ABOVE DIMENSIONS. RIBBON, LEATHER, METAL, CLOTH. 2 PIECES. WHITE LEATHER WITH BLUE RIBBON TRIM. BLUE RIBBON ALONG EDGE OF LEATHER. TRIANGLE FLAP ON FRONT TOP. BLUE CLOTH BELT WITH GOLD HOOK AT END 52.1 CM LTH. X 3.2 CM WTH. MATERIAL IS DISCOLOURED ON BACK. "THE DOMINION REGALIA CO., LIMITED, TORONTO, ONT." STAMPED UNDER TRIANGULAR FLAP ON WHITE LEATHER. BACK STAINED & FADED. .2 CARRYING CASE. 21.6 CM WTH. X 16.5 CM LTH. SILVER SNAP, SNAPS CASE CLOSED.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
REFER TO P19790054000-GA FOR DONOR'S BIO AND MILITARY SERVICE RECORD. SEE P19990009001-GA FOR DUFF FAMILY HISTORY. DONOR WAS A MEMBER OF THE ORANGE LODGE. *UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED AN ARTIFACT SURVEY, WHICH INCLUDED A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS DONATED BY ARTHUR AND LOIS DUFF. CONTACT MADE WITH THE DONOR’S SON DID NOT YIELD FURTHER INFORMATION. ARCHIVAL RESEARCH INCLUDED LETHBRIDGE HERALD OBITUARIES FOR BOTH ARTHUR AND LOIS. ARTHUR DUFF WAS BORN AND RAISED IN STORMONT COUNTY, ONTARIO. HE MOVED WEST TO CRANBROOK IN 1907 BEFORE GOING OVERSEAS TO SERVE IN WORLD WAR I. UPON HIS RETURN, HE FARMED IN SANGUDO, ALBERTA BEFORE MOVING BACK TO CRANBROOK IN 1921. IN 1928, HE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE, WHERE HE WAS EMPLOYED BY BECKER LUMBER COMPANY. HE WAS MARRIED TO LOIS JUNE DUFF (NEE CORNWALL). ACCORDING TO LOIS DUFF’S LETHBRIDGE HERALD OBITUARY, SHE WAS BORN IN MOINES, IOWA ON JUNE 26, 1904. THE FAMILY MOVED TO A FARM EAST OF MILK RIVER, ALBERTA IN 1908, THEN MOVING TO LETHBRIDGE 1919. SHE LIVED IN THE CITY FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE. THE CORNWALL FAMILY HISTORY SHE CONTRIBUTED IN THE PIONEER PEMMICAN CLUB ROUNDUP HISTORY BOOK (PUBLISHED IN 1984) STATES, “MY PARENTS, HERBERT AND ELLA CORNWALL AND THEIR FIVE CHILDREN – BERNICE, BEATRICE, BARTLEY, GERTRUDE, AND I (LOIS JUNE) CAME FROM DES MOINES TO WARNER IN NOVEMBER 1908. DAD AND BARTLEY FILED ON HOMESTEADS TEN MILES EAST OF MILK RIVER. THE FAMILY MOVED TO THE FARM IN THE SPRING OF 1910. I CAN REMEMBER SEEING BUFFALO BONES AND THOSE RANGE CATTLE SCATTERED OVER THE PRAIRIE.” THE NARRATIVE CONTINUED, “ON THE FARM WE HAD A LARGE TWO AND A HALF STOREY HOUSE WHICH SERVED AS A STOPPING PLACE FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN THE LUCKY STRIKE AND KIPPENVILLE AREAS BEFORE THE RAILROAD WAS BUILT TO FOREMOST AND MANYBERRIES. IT TOOK MEN FROM THOSE AREAS A DAY TO REACH OUR PLACE WITH A TEAM OF HORSES. THEY WOULD GO TO MILK RIVER AND BACK TO OUR PLACE THE SECOND DAY, THEN LEAVE FOR HOME THE THIRD DAY. WHAT A RELIEF IT WAS FOR THEM WHEN THE RAILROAD WAS BUILT!” “SLEEPY HOLLOW SCHOOL WAS BUILT IN 1912 AND, LIKE ALL SUCH STRUCTURES SERVED ALSO CHURCH SERVICES, MEETINGS AND ENTERTAINMENT. GRADES ONE TO TEN WERE TAUGHT IN THIS SCHOOL. IN THE FALL OF 1919 DAD, MOTHER AND I MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE SO THAT I COULD CONTINUE MY HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION AND ATTEND GARBUTT BUSINESS COLLEGE. I WORKED IN THE OFFICES OF RYLAND’S LADIES WEAR AND THE BECKER LUMBER COMPANY… I MARRIED ARTHUR DUFF IN 1934. OUR SON GRANT WAS BORN IN 1936.” ARTHUR DUFF PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE ON SEPTEMBER 15, 1976 AT THE AGE OF 85 YEARS. LOIS DUFF PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 18, 2004 AT THE AGE OF 99 YEARS. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P19738475000 FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING THE COPIES OF ARCHIVAL RESEARCH.
Catalogue Number
P19790065000
Acquisition Date
1978-10
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
ORANGE LODGE APRON
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19950069003
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ORANGE LODGE APRON
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
LEATHER, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
30
Width
30.6
Description
WHITE KID LEATHER APRON WITH COTTON TWILL TIES. SQUARE BODY, WITH "V" SHAPED OVERLEAF AT FRONT. EDGES UNFINISHED. STAMPED IN BLUE INK UNDER FLAP IS "DOMINION REGALIA CO. LIMITED TORONTO, ONT". TOP LEFT CORNER SLIGHTLY TORN NEAR SEAM. COTTON TIES SLIGHTLY STAINED IN PLACES.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
BELONGED TO MR. HERBERT RANNARD, WHO PASSED AWAY APRIL 20, 1995. INITIATED OCTOBER OCT. 16, 1929. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF MILITARY OBJECTS, INCLUDING THOSE ASSOCIATED WITH HERBERT RANNARD. RANNARD'S OBITUARY FROM THE APRIL 23, 1995 ISSUE OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD PROVIDED THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION. HERBERT RANNARD WAS BORN IN LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND IN 1903. HE GREW UP IN LETHBRIDGE AND WORKED FOR THE CPR IN THE FREIGHT DEPARTMENT. RANNARD MOVED TO VANCOUVER TO WORK AT THE BOEING AIRCRAFT PLANT AT THE START OF WWII, TO BUILD CATALINA AMPHIBIOUS AIRCRAFT AND MITCHELL BOMBERS. AFTER THE WAR RANNARD WORKED AT THE PRECISION INSTRUMENT COMPANY IN VANCOUVER, WHERE HE WAS INVOLVED IN GUN-SMITHING AND FINE INSTRUMENT REPAIR. HE MOVED BACK TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1952 TO MANAGE THE SPORTING GOODS DEPARTMENT OF COUNSUMER'S HARDWARE, WHERE HE WORKED UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 1964. RANNARD WAS A COIN COLLECTOR, MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE MASONIC LODGE, AND PLAYED IN A NUMBER OF LOCAL ORCHESTRAS. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19910046001.
Catalogue Number
P19950069003
Acquisition Date
1995-05
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
ORANGE LODGE APRON
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, RAYON
Catalogue Number
P19950069004
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ORANGE LODGE APRON
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
LEATHER, RAYON
No. Pieces
1
Length
35
Width
39.5
Description
WHITE KID LEATHER APRON WITH BLUE SATIN TRIM. TRIANGULAR FLAP AT TOP FRONT, ALSO TRIMMED WITH BLUE SATIN RIBBON. BLUE WOVEN STRAP (106.2 CM) WITH METAL ENDS AND HOOK IN SHAPE OF SNAKE. RIBBON HANGING FROM UNDER TOP FLAP ON EITHER SIDE OF POIN TWITH SILVER-PLATED DECORATIONS AT ENDS, PATTERNED LIKE TASSELS. CIRCULAR RIBBONS FOLDED FAN-STYLE AT BOTTOM CORNERS, AND AT CENTRE OF TOP FLAP. SINGLE BUTTON IN CENTRE OF EACH BEARING FREE MASONS SYMBOL. BACK OF APRON IS DYED ROYAL BLUE. INSIDE TOP FLAP STAMPED IN INK WITH "FROM AMBROSE, KENT & SON, LIMITED REGALIA MANFRS 186 YOUNG ST. TORONTO". LEATHER WORN AT BACK ALONG CREASE MARKS.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
BELONGED TO MR. HERBERT RANNARD, WHO PASSED AWAY APRIL 20, 1995. INITIATED OCTOBER 16, 1929. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF MILITARY OBJECTS, INCLUDING THOSE ASSOCIATED WITH HERBERT RANNARD. RANNARD'S OBITUARY FROM THE APRIL 23, 1995 ISSUE OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD PROVIDED THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION. HERBERT RANNARD WAS BORN IN LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND IN 1903. HE GREW UP IN LETHBRIDGE AND WORKED FOR THE CPR IN THE FREIGHT DEPARTMENT. RANNARD MOVED TO VANCOUVER TO WORK AT THE BOEING AIRCRAFT PLANT AT THE START OF WWII, TO BUILD CATALINA AMPHIBIOUS AIRCRAFT AND MITCHELL BOMBERS. AFTER THE WAR RANNARD WORKED AT THE PRECISION INSTRUMENT COMPANY IN VANCOUVER, WHERE HE WAS INVOLVED IN GUN-SMITHING AND FINE INSTRUMENT REPAIR. HE MOVED BACK TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1952 TO MANAGE THE SPORTING GOODS DEPARTMENT OF COUNSUMER'S HARDWARE, WHERE HE WORKED UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 1964. RANNARD WAS A COIN COLLECTOR, MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE MASONIC LODGE, AND PLAYED IN A NUMBER OF LOCAL ORCHESTRAS. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19910046001.
Catalogue Number
P19950069004
Acquisition Date
1995-05
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
ORANGE LODGE APRON C/W CASE
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, SATIN, VINYL
Catalogue Number
P19950069005
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ORANGE LODGE APRON C/W CASE
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
LEATHER, SATIN, VINYL
No. Pieces
2
Length
34.5
Width
39.5
Description
1. WHITE KID LEATHER APRON WITH BLUE SATIN RIBBON TRIM. TRIANGULAR FLAP AT TOP FRONT, BENEATH WHICH HANGS A RIBBON AT EITHER SIDE OF THE POINT. ENDS OF RIBBONS HAVE METAL FIXTURE FORMED TO RESEMBLE TASSELS. LINED WITH BLUE FABRIC CIRCULAR RIBBON FOLDED FAN-STYLE AT BOTH BOTTOM CORNERS AND AT CENTER OF TOP FLAP, WITH SINGLE BUTTON IN CENTRE OF EACH BEARING FREE MASONS SYMBOL. PLATING IS WORN OFF TOP BUTTON. BACK OF APRON IS DYED ROYAL BLUE, SHOWING WEAR AT CREASES. COTTON TWILL STRAP WITH METAL FIXTURES AND S-HOOK, IN THE SHAPE OF TWO JOINED SERPENTS. PLATING WORN OFF METAL IN SEVERAL PLACES. 2. BLACK VINYL CASE WITH LINED INTERIOR. FLAP AT TOP WITH SNAP CLOSURE. SNAP ENGRAVED WITH "C A R R". EDGES AND CORNERS OF VINYL ARE CRACKING.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
BELONGED TO MR. HERBERT RANNARD, WHO PASSED AWAY APRIL 20, 1995. INITIATED OCTOBER 16, 1929. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF MILITARY OBJECTS, INCLUDING THOSE ASSOCIATED WITH HERBERT RANNARD. RANNARD'S OBITUARY FROM THE APRIL 23, 1995 ISSUE OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD PROVIDED THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION. HERBERT RANNARD WAS BORN IN LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND IN 1903. HE GREW UP IN LETHBRIDGE AND WORKED FOR THE CPR IN THE FREIGHT DEPARTMENT. RANNARD MOVED TO VANCOUVER TO WORK AT THE BOEING AIRCRAFT PLANT AT THE START OF WWII, TO BUILD CATALINA AMPHIBIOUS AIRCRAFT AND MITCHELL BOMBERS. AFTER THE WAR RANNARD WORKED AT THE PRECISION INSTRUMENT COMPANY IN VANCOUVER, WHERE HE WAS INVOLVED IN GUN-SMITHING AND FINE INSTRUMENT REPAIR. HE MOVED BACK TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1952 TO MANAGE THE SPORTING GOODS DEPARTMENT OF COUNSUMER'S HARDWARE, WHERE HE WORKED UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 1964. RANNARD WAS A COIN COLLECTOR, MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE MASONIC LODGE, AND PLAYED IN A NUMBER OF LOCAL ORCHESTRAS. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19910046001.
Catalogue Number
P19950069005
Acquisition Date
1995-05
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19980054017
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.6
Length
57.9
Width
48.8
Description
HEAVY UNBLEACHED COTTON APRON. CUT FROM SINGLE PIECE OF FABRIC, WITH BOTTOM TURNED UP AND STITCHED TO FORM TWO POCKETS; ALSO INCLUDES BIB SECTION. COTTON NECK TIE AND WAIST TIES, APP. 46CM (L). BLUE DECAL ON FRONT OF APRON, WITH "KIWANIS INTERNATIONAL" LOGO AND "SOUTHWEST CALGARY MEMBER" PRINTED ABOVE. TWO VERY SMALL BROWN STAINS AT UPPER LEFT BREAST.
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
DOMESTIC
Catalogue Number
P19980054017
Acquisition Date
1999-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
ROYAL NORTH WEST MOUNTED POLICE VETERAN'S ASSOCIATION
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FELT, DENIM
Catalogue Number
P19990088003
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ROYAL NORTH WEST MOUNTED POLICE VETERAN'S ASSOCIATION
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1970
Materials
FELT, DENIM
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.4
Length
46.4
Width
10.1
Description
RECTANGULAR. FRONT OF ARMBAND IS MADE OF RED FELT, WITH A STRIP OF YELLOW FELT SEWN ACROSS TOP AND BOTTOM. IN THE CENTER THE LETTERS "RNWMP VA" ARE SEWN ON IN NAVY BLUE FELT. ARMBAND IS STIFFENED WITH INTERFACING, AND BACKED WITH A PIECE OF BLACK DENIM TYPE MATERIAL.
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
ITEM BELONGED TO DONOR'S FATHER, EDWARD BUCHANAN. EDWARD WAS A MEMBER OF THE ALBERTA PROVINCIAL POLICE FROM 1919 TO 1932, WHEN HE TRANSFERRED TO ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE. HE WAS A SENIOR STAFF SARGEANT, ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE AT LETHBRIDGE FROM MAY 1944 TO NOV. 1950. HE RETIRED IN 1950, THEN BECAME DIRECTOR OF CORRECTIONS FOR THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA. FOLLOWING RETIREMENT, EDWARD BECAME A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE VETERAN'S ASSOCIATION IN EDMONTON IN 1950/51, AND REMAINED A MEMBER UNTIL HIS PASSING; HE ALSO SERVED AS PRESIDENT OF THIS ASSOCIATION. SEE P20020090001-GA FOR COMPLETE BIOGRAPHY OF EDWARD BUCHANAN.
Catalogue Number
P19990088003
Acquisition Date
2000-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20150022002
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date
2010
Materials
NYLON, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
43
Width
8.9
Description
WHITE ARMBAND WITH DIAGONAL STRIPES OF LIGHT BLUE, MEDIUM BLUE ON ONE SIDE AND GREEN ON THE OTHER END. IN CENTRE OF ARMBAND IS A SILK-SCREEN OF THE VANCOUVER 2010 OLPYMICS: "TORCH RELAY/RELAIS DE LA FLAMME - VANCOUVER 2010 - PRESENTED BY/PRESENTE PAR COCA-COLA, RBC, CANADA". FASTENS WITH BLACK VELCRO, WITH A LARGER LOOP SECTION (MEASURES 10.2CM WHILE THE HOOK SECTION IS ONLY 4CM). ON REVERSE OF HOOK SECTION IS ANOTHER SILK-SCREEN: "HUDSON'S BAY CO." WITH HBC COAT OF ARMS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
PERSONAL SYMBOL
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
SPORTS
History
THIS ARMBAND RELATES TO THE 2010 OLYMPICS IN VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA. IN AN ORAL INTERVIEW WITH THE DONOR, ANINE VONKEMAN, CONDUCTED BY KEVIN MACLEAN IN JUNE 2015, ANINE SAID I “WAS HONOURED TO BE ACCEPTED AS A VOLUNTEER, A MEDIA HANDLER VOLUNTEER, ALONG WITH BOB COONEY FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE COMMUNICATIONS AT THE TIME, WHO I REALLY RESPECT AND HE’S RESPECTED BY THE LOCAL MEDIA. AND SO HE AND I WORKED TOGETHER TO BE THE MEDIA HANDLERS FOR THE TORCH RELAY, WHICH IS A HUGE EVENT ... FROM A LOGISTICAL POINT OF VIEW AND IN TERMS OF DEALING WITH MEDIA IN THAT WAY. LIKE WE DO MEDIA PREVIEWS OF OUR EXHIBITS AND THEY’RE JUST TINY COMPARED TO WHAT AN UNDERTAKING THIS IS, BECAUSE IT WAS TELEVISED NATIONALLY AND ALL OF THAT AND ALL THE INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WAS SET UP FOR THE CELEBRATION AT HENDERSON LAKE.” THE ARMBAND ALLOWED ANINE ENTRY TO THE MEDIA PIT AND VOLUNTEER TENT AT HENDERSON LAKE. ANINE CONTINUED, SAYING THAT SHE WAS “EXCITED ABOUT BEING PART OF THE TORCH RELAY AND BECAUSE THE OLYMPICS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A HUGE PART OF MY LIFE AND SPORTS EVENTS IN GENERAL, DUTCH PEOPLE GO A LITTLE NUTS. SO, YOU KNOW, TO BE ABLE TO BE A PART OF THAT AND ALSO TO DEAL WITH THE MEDIA IN THAT WAY, WHICH WAS A BIG DEAL, WAS KIND OF REALLY INTERESTING.” ANINE KEPT THE ARMBAND, SAYING “IT’S AN IMPORTANT REMINDER OF BEING PART OF THAT. AND IT WAS AN IMPORTANT EVENT IN LETHBRIDGE TO BE ON THE TORCH RELAY ROUTE FOR THE OLYMPIC FLAME.” ANINE WAS BORN IN HOLLAND IN 1967 AND EMIGRATED TO CANADA WITH HER PARENTS (WIM AND TRUDY) AND TWO BROTHERS (ALWIN AND HERWIN) IN NOVEMBER 1981, FOLLOWING A FAMILY VACATION TO CANADA IN 1979. HER FAMILY SETTLED IN THE PICTURE BUTTE AREA TO FARM. HER FATHER HELPED TO ESTABLISH THE DUTCH-CANADIAN CLUB AND THE GALT 8 MINE SOCIETY. ANINE CAME TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1986 TO ATTEND THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE (U OF L) AND STARTED WORKING AT SAAG IN 1992, TWO WEEKS AFTER GRADUATING FROM THE U OF L. SHE BEGAN AS THE PUBLIC PROGRAMS COORDINATOR AND “WAS DOING MEDIA STUFF, VOLUNTEER COORDINATION, SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATION AND STARTED THE ART AUCTION.” BY 2004 ANINE WAS WORKING AT THE GALT AS MARKETING/COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND SEE P20150005000 FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE VONKEMAN FAMILY.
Catalogue Number
P20150022002
Acquisition Date
2015-06
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
VICTORY LOAN
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1946
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FLANNEL, LINEN
Catalogue Number
P19970071027
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
VICTORY LOAN
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1946
Materials
FLANNEL, LINEN
No. Pieces
2
Length
42.5
Width
8
Description
TWO MATCHING LIGHT BLUE FLANNEL ARMBANDS WITH WHITE LINEN BACKING. EMBROIDERED IN CENTRE OF EACH IS "VICTORY LOAN" WITH RED MAPLE LEAF ABOVE. EACH BAND HAS THREE BRASS SNAP FASTENERS (FOR ADJUSTABLE SIZES). EDGES UNFINISHED, AND SLIGHLTY FRAYING.
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
ASSOCIATIONS
History
BELONGED TO DONOR'S FATHER, HARRY BOYSE. BOYSE WAS THE CHAIRMAN FOR THE LIONS CLUB VICTORY LOAN COMMITTEE DURING WWII. SERVICE CLUBS IN THE CITY COMPETED FOR THE VICTORY LOAN SHEILD, AWARDED TO THE TEAM WITH THE MOST SUBSCRIPTIONS. FOR MORE HISTORY SEE P19970071001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P19970071027
Acquisition Date
1997-07
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
ALBERTA CERTIFIED NURSING AIDE ASSOCIATION
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CERAMIC
Catalogue Number
P20020026003
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ALBERTA CERTIFIED NURSING AIDE ASSOCIATION
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
CERAMIC
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.2
Diameter
15.0
Description
ROUND, OFF-WHITE, CERAMIC ASHTRAY. RIM OF ASHTRAY IS FLUTED. EDGE OF RIM HAS A BAND OF GOLD AROUND IT. IN CENTER OF ASHTRAY IS A BLUE AND GOLD DIAMOND WITH THE ALBERTA COAT OF ARMS IN THE CENTER. AT TOP OF DIAMOND ARE THE LETTERS "A C N A A". BELOW DIAMOND READS "ALBERTA CERTIFIED NURSING AIDE ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED MAY 1961". ON BOTTOM OF ASHTRAY IS THE OUTLINE OF A GOLD MAPLE LEAF WITH A BANNER IN THE CENTER THAT READS "DECORATED IN CANADA". BELOW MAPLE LEAF READS "22 K GOLD CAN. ART CHINA COLLINGWOOD ONT.".
Subjects
HOUSEHOLD ACCESSORY
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
HEALTH SERVICES
History
EMILY MORRISON TOOK HER NURSE'S AID TRAINING IN 1956 IN CALGARY. THE ALBERTA CERTIFIED NURSING AIDE ASSOCIATION WAS INCORPORATED IN 1961, THE SAME YEAR THAT EMILY BECAME A MEMBER. EMILY WAS ALSO SECRETARY-TREASURER OF ASSOCIATION FOR SOME YEARS. THE ASSOCIATION ACTED LIKE A UNION FOR NURSING AIDES. NURSING AIDES BATHED PATIENTS, TOOK TEMPERATURES, BUT GAVE NO MEDICATIONS. EMILY WAS ON PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE AT TABER; GODRICH, ONT; AND LETHBRIDGE MUNICIPAL HOSPITAL FROM 1956 - 1965. EMILY RETIRED IN 1965. GRAHAM MORRISON CAME TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1919, AT 6 YEARS OLD; HIS FATHER WAS A DRUGGIST IN VANCOUVER, MOVED TO HIGH RIVER, THEN LETHBRIDGE, AND GRAHAM HAS BEEN HERE EVER SINCE. IN 1942 EMILY MORRISON MOVED TO PICTURE BUTTE, FROM RED JACK SASKATCHEWAN, TO GO TO HIGH SCHOOL. EMILY HAD TO WORK TO PUT HERSELF THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL. IN 1960 EMILY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE, WHERE SHE WORKED AS A NURSING AIDE FROM 1960-1965. DONORS MET AND MARRIED IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1965 AND HAVE SINCE RETIRED. THEY ARE CAMP HOSTS AT LAKE PAYNE, AND ENJOY CAMPING.
Catalogue Number
P20020026003
Acquisition Date
2002-07
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
W/ HOLDER
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GLASS, ALUMINUM
Catalogue Number
P20030051030
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
W/ HOLDER
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
GLASS, ALUMINUM
No. Pieces
1
Height
9.0
Length
11.4
Width
10.7
Description
GENERIC GLASS ASHTRAY MOUNTED IN ALUMINUM HANGER. ASHTRAY IS CLEAR GLASS AND SQUARE WITH SLIGHTLY ROUNDED SIDES AND CORNERS. UNDERSIDE OF ASHTRAY HAS RIBBED TEXTURE. THERE IS AN INDENT IN EACH CORNER FOR HOLDING CIGARETTES. HOLDER IS A SHALLOW BOWL SHAPE WITH WAVY EDGES WITH A BRACKET MOUNTED TO ONE SIDE. BRACKET HAS 2 HOLES IN IT. A LARGE DOLLOP OF GLUE IS VISIBLE THROUGH BOTTOM OF ASHTRAY. SOME CORROSION OF METAL UNDERNEATH GLUE.
Subjects
HOUSEHOLD ACCESSORY
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
RETRIEVED FROM THE MINERS' LIBRARY BUILDING ON 13TH STREET NORTH AFTER ITS CLOSURE. ORIGINALLY ASHTRAY WAS MOUNTED (ALONG WITH OTHERS) ALONG DART LANES IN BAR OF MINERS' LIBRARY. THE ORIGIN OF THE LETHBRIDGE MINERS' LIBRARY BEGINS WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A LIBRARY AND READING ROOM BY THE EMPLOYEES OF THE ALBERTA RAILWAY AND COAL CO., IN 1890. THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE LIBRARY WAS FOLLOWING IN THE TRADITION OF THE MECHANICS' LIBRARIES, ALSO CALLED MECAHNICS' INSTITUTES, THAT SPRANG UP ACROSS EASTERN NORTH AMERICA IN THE MID 1800S. THEY WERE SELF-HELP INSTITUTES SET UP BY WORKING MEN TO PROVIDE EDUCATION FOR WORKING MEN SO THEY COULD BETTER THEMSELVES IN LIFE. THE MINERS' LIBRARY WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO THOSE WHO WANTED TO MOVE UP THE ECHELON IN THE COAL MINE. IT WAS ORIGINALLY HOUSED IN A SMALL BUILDING NEXT DOOR TO 108 5TH STREET SOUTH, AND MEMBERSHIP WAS NOT RESTRICTED TO MINERS. A YEAR LATER THE EMPLOYEES RENOVATED THE FORMER #1 BOARDING HOUSE, LOCATED ON THE NORTH SIDE OF MACLEOD ROAD, FOR RELOCATION OF THE LIBRARY AND WHEN THIS LARGER BUILDING OPENED IT IS SAID TO HAVE HAD 300 BOOKS. WITH THE REORGANIZATION OF THE GALT COMPANIES IN 1904, THE AR&C COMPANY'S EMPLOYEES' READING ROOM AND LIBRARY SOCIETY BECAME THE ALBERTA RAILWAY AND IRRIGATION COMPANY'S EMPLOYEE'S READING ROOM AND LIBRARY SOCIETY. THE LIBRARY CONTAINED 1500 BOOKS, PLUS MANY MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS. IN 1908 THE SOCIETY WAS REFERRED TO AS THE GALT MINER'S LIBRARY, AND STILL IN THE #1 BOARDING HOUSE BUILDING, IT CONTAINED A BILLIARD ROOM AND GYMNASIUM. THE NEXT KNOWN MOVE OF THE LIBRARY WAS IN 1917 WHEN THE GALT MINES LIBRARY PURCHASED THE BAILEY ST. SCHOOL AND MOVED IT TO 733 13TH ST. NORTH - WHERE IT IS STILL PART OF THE MODERN BUILDING THAT USED TO BE THE MINER'S LIBRARY. AFTER THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A LIBRARY IN THE YMCA IN 1919 AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CARNEGIE FUNDED LIBRARY IN GALT GARDENS, THE 'LIBRARY AND READING ROOM' ACTIVITIES BECAME OF LESSER IMPORTANCE. THE MINERS' LIBRARY BECAME MORE OF A SOCIAL CLUB WHICH HAS GIVEN GREAT FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO MANY ASPECTS OF THE LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY. A BAR AREA IN THE CLUB'S BASEMENT PROVIDED A SPACE FOR PRIVATE FUNCTIONS SUCH AS WEDDINGS, OFFICE PARTIES, FUNERALS AND VARIOUS CLUB ACTIVITIES. THE UPSTAIRS BLACK NUGGET LOUNGE OFFERED MEALS, DRINKS, LIVE MUSIC, DARTS, POOL, CRIB AND VLTS. LONG TIME MEMBERS COULD BUY THEIR CHAIR AND HAVE THEIR NAME ON IT. A REGISTERED NON-PROFIT SOCIETY, THE CLUB MADE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FORMER ADAMS PARK BALL FIELD AND SPECTATOR STANDS, AND SUPPORTED MANY SPORTS AND SPORTS TEAMS THROUGH THE YEARS. THERE ARE ALSO SEVERAL PARKS THAT HAVE THEIR ROOTS IN FUNDS FROM THE LIBRARY. THE CLUB WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN BUILDING PAVAN PARK, AND VARIOUS SPORTS VENUES. AS MEMBERSHIP IN THE CLUB DWINDLED THE CLUB'S SALES COULD NOT COVER THE DAILY COSTS OF RUNNING THE OPERATION. IN 2000 FUNDRAISING EFFORTS WERE UNDERTAKEN, AND ALONG WITH AN AUCTION AND CRAFT AND BAKE SALES, THE CLUB SOLICITED DONATIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ITS HISTORY. HOWEVER, BY 2003 THE CLUB HAD ONLY 300 MEMBERS (LESS THAN 1/3 OF THAT 3 YEARS PRIOR) AND AFTER 113 YEARS IT WAS FORCED TO CLOSE IT'S DOORS. AT THE TIME OF ITS CLOSURE THE LETHBRIDGE MINERS' LIBRARY CLUB WAS THE LONGEST STANDING MEN-ONLY CLUB, AND THE OLDEST CONTINUALLY RUNNING CLUB IN ALBERTA.
Catalogue Number
P20030051030
Acquisition Date
2004-04
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
“AFA AWARD FOR MILITARY ACHIEVEMENT”
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
ALUMINIUM, TIN
Catalogue Number
P20130004007
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
“AFA AWARD FOR MILITARY ACHIEVEMENT”
Date
1952
Materials
ALUMINIUM, TIN
No. Pieces
1
Height
14
Length
26.5
Width
23
Description
TEARDROP-SHAPED BASE SUPPORTING A STYLIZED SCULPTURE OF AN AIRPLANE WITH SIX PROPELLERS AND STAR/STRIPES DECALS ON TAIL AND LEFT WING. BASE HAS A CIRCULAR CAVITY FOR CIGARETTE ASH. RIVETED PLAQUE ON BASE ENGRAVED WITH TEXT READING “A.F.A. AWARD FOR MILITARY ACHIEVEMENT, 1952, JERALD L. MEISSER”. ASH CAVITY EMBOSSED WITH TEXT READING “CONSOLIDATED VULTEE AIRCRAFT CORPORATION, CORVAIR B-36”. DISCOLOURATION/OXIDATION IN ASH CAVITY; ONE PROPELLOR ON LEFT WING IS BROKEN.
Subjects
HOUSEHOLD ACCESSORY
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
MILITARY
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: “[JERALD, LOWELL AND ELINOR’S SON] WAS JUST COMING TO VISIT ON OCCASION… HE WAS [AT THEIR FARM] ON AND OFF BUT MOST OF THE TIME HE WAS DOWN IN THE STATES... HE WENT TO SCHOOL DOWN THERE WHEN HE WAS A YOUNG BOY… WHEN HE WAS MAYBE 7 OR 8 YEARS OLD… HE LIVED WITH A SISTER OF MY UNCLE [ORMA OR MARIE IN CALIFORNIA]. HE WENT TO COLLEGE DOWN THERE, JOINED THE AIR FORCE. HE HAD HIS OWN THEATRE AND ACTED IN IT… HE REMINDED ME OF MY UNCLE LOWELL, JUST A SOFT, KIND, GENTLE PERSON… HE GOT MARRIED DOWN THERE. THAT DIDN’T WORK OUT AND HE CAME BACK. HE WOULD COME UP LOTS WITH HIS SON TO VISIT THE GRANDPARENTS… HE DID SOME FARMING FOR A WHILE… HIS DAD GIVE HIM SOME LAND… HE WORKED AT THE PRINCE OF WALES HOTEL IN WATERTON ONE SUMMER… HE WAS AMAZING. THERE WAS NOTHING HE DID THAT HE WOULDN’T DO IT ALL OUT AND PERFECT.” 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. 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
P20130004007
Acquisition Date
2013-03
Collection
Museum
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