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Other Name
DRESS, GALT GRADUATION
Date Range From
1961
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20090025000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
DRESS, GALT GRADUATION
Date Range From
1961
Date Range To
1990
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
17
Length
115.5
Width
87.0
Description
DRESS WITH SIXTEEN DETACHABLE BUTTONS - 17 PIECES 1. WHITE COTTON, LONG-SLEEVED COAT-DRESS. EACH SLEEVE HAS FOUR BUTTON HOLES AT THE BOTTOM – A VERTICAL LINE OF THREE BOUND BUTTON HOLES ABOVE THE CUFF AND ONE ON THE DOUBLE CUFF. FRONT OF DRESS HAS NOTCHED COLLAR, AND BUTTONED CLOSURE. TWO LARGE ANGLED PATCH POCKETS AT HIP, TOP OF POCKETS ARE FOLDED OVER. INSIDE COLLAR OF DRESS HAND MARKED “ECCLESTON”, MACHINE LABEL MARKED “‘WEAR THE BEST’, SUNNY SOUTH GARMENTS, LETHBRIDGE, ALTA.” BELOW MACHINE LABEL, RED CARDBOARD TAG STAPLED INTO DRESS MARKED “1/506, HEAVY STARCH.” INTERMITTENT RUST COLORED STAINS. DRESS FASTENED BY 16 REMOVABLE BUTTONS, WHITE PLASTIC. ONE LARGER BUTTON IS CONNECTED TO SMALLER BUTTON BY A ROUND PLASTIC BAR. BUTTONS MEASURE 1.5 CM IN DIAMETER AND 1.0 CM HIGH. DAMAGE SUSTAINED TO ONE BUTTON, SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR REPORT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
History
ACCORDING TO THE DONOR, SHARON NYHOFF (NEE ECCLESTON), AT THE TIME OF DONATION, SHE WORE HER DRESS AS A GRADUATION UNIFORM FOR THE "GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING" ON OCTOBER 16, 1961. NICOLE HEMBROFF, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT, INTERVIEWED NYHOFF BY PHONE ON JULY 7, 2010. AT THAT TIME NYHOFF SAID SHE WORE HER DRESS AFTER GRADUATION AS WELL. AFTER COMPLETING NURSING SCHOOL, NYHOFF WAS ONLY A NURSE FOR FOUR MONTHS. DURING THAT TIME SHE WAS PREGNANT. SHE WORE THE DRESS BECAUSE UNLIKE OTHER NURSING UNIFORMS OF THE DAY, SHE COULD UNBUTTON IT AT THE BELLY TO ALLOW FOR EXPANSION. SHE WOULD WEAR IT WITH THE BIB AND APRON TO HIDE THE FACT THAT SHE HAD UNDONE A FEW BUTTONS. SHE WORE THE DRESS AGAIN IN THE 1980S WHEN SHE WORKED FOR DR. RON BENNET WHO HAD A PRIVATE PRACTICE ON THE NORTH SIDE OF LETHBRIDGE. AT THAT TIME, SHE WORE JUST THE DRESS WITH HER GRAD PIN. THE OFFICE ALSO SUPPLIED OTHER UNIFORMS WHICH WERE WASH AND WEAR. THE GRADUATION UNIFORM WAS DRY CLEAN ONLY. NYHOFF SAID THE BUTTONS WERE PROBABLY REMOVABLE TO ALLOW THE LAUNDRY TO BE DONE MORE EASILY. SHE SAID, "IF YOU HAD TO CHANGE YOUR DRESS OVER, YOU WOULD HAVE TO DO IT THE NIGHT BEFORE BECAUSE YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TIME TO SWITCH ALL OF THE BUTTONS IN THE MORNING." NYHOFF KEPT HER DRESS FOR SENTIMENTAL REASONS. SHE DONATED IT TO THE GALT IN ORDER TO PRESERVE THE MEMORIES SHE ASSOCIATED WITH IT. FOR EXAMPLE, THROUGHOUT NURSING SCHOOL NYHOFF MADE MANY FRIENDS. SHE SAID, "RESIDENCE LIFE IS AN EXPERIENCE ONE USUALLY NEVER FORGETS. A LOT OF 'FUN ACTIVITIES' SUCH AS WATER FIGHTS IN THE HALL AND FILLING A STUDENT'S ROOM WITH NEWSPAPERS ETC. WENT ON IN THE LATE HOURS! SO MANY TIMES ARE SPENT SHARING EMOTIONS, STUDYING WORKING SHIFTS AND DOING AFFILIATIONS TOGETHER. WE WERE FORTUNATE TO HAVE HAD THE EXPERIENCES IN 'PONOKA MENTAL HOSPITAL,' 'T.B. SANITORIUM,' AND THE 'CRIPPLED CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL.' THREE YEARS WENT BY FAST AND AT REUNIONS A LOT OF MEMORIES OF OUR TIMES TOGETHER ARE RECALLED." FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE CLASS OF 1961 SEE ARCHIVES 19941046008. DONATION PART OF A COMPOSITE UNIFORM FROM THE GRADUATING CLASSES OF 1959 AND 1961. GRAD DRESS FROM 1961 IS IDENTICAL TO THOSE USED IN 1959. SEE P20090023001-15, P20090024000, AND P20090026000.
Catalogue Number
P20090025000
Acquisition Date
2009-06
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
NURSE'S
Date Range From
1989
Date Range To
1999
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FABRIC, PLASTIC (BUTTONS)
Catalogue Number
P19990030002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
NURSE'S
Date Range From
1989
Date Range To
1999
Materials
FABRIC, PLASTIC (BUTTONS)
No. Pieces
1
Length
96.5
Width
16
Description
WHITE, STARCHED. FRONT OF BIB IS A RECTANGULAR PANEL MEASURING 34.5 X 16.0-30.8 CM. THE TOP OF THE PANEL HAS A ROUNDED NECK, SEPARATING INTO TWO LONG ARMS (65,0 CM). THESE ARMS ARE PROBABLY DESIGNED TO TUCK UNDER THE WAISTBAND OF THE SKIRT. ON THE UNDERSIDE OF THE BID FRONT IS WRITTEN IN PEN "248" AND ANOTHER SERIES OF NUMBERS (BOTH HAVE BEEN SCRATCHED OUT). "721" IS WRITTEN VISIBLY.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
History
BIB BELONGED TO BETTE J. BAILIE (NEE DAY). SHE TRAINED AS A NURSE AT THE GALT HOSPITAL FROM 1960-1962. BETTE MARRIED LAWRENCE IN 1962. SHE WORKED AT THE GENERAL HOSPITAL IN CALGARY (1962-1964). HER CAREER ENDED IN 1965 UPON MOVING TO STETTLER, ALBERTA. DURING HER CAREER, BETTE WON AN AWARD FOR PEDIATRICS. HER FAMILY CAME TO SOUTHERN ALBERTA IN 1909 TO FARM. BETTE WAS FROM FORT MACLEOD, ALBERTA. SHE PASSED AWAY JANUARY, 1998. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A NURSING UNIFORM DONATED BY LAWRENCE BAILIE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. BETTE J. BAILIE (NEE DAY) WAS THE DAUGHTER OF BUD AND INGA (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) DAY. SHE RECEIVED HER PRIMARY EDUCATION IN FORT MACLEOD AND GRADUATED FROM THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING IN 1962. ON SEPTEMBER 22, 1962, BETTE WAS MARRIED TO LAWRENCE BAILIE. THE COUPLE LIVED IN CALGARY FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, WHERE BETTE WORKED AT THE CALGARY GENERAL HOSPITAL. THEY THEN MOVED TO STETTLER FOR 10 YEARS BEFORE RETURNING TO LETHBRIDGE. BETTE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 57 ON JANUARY 13, 1998. *UPDATE* IN 2017, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILE ARTIFACTS, INCLUDING THIS NURSING OUTFIT WORN BY BETTE BAILIE. ON 24 NOVEMBER 2017 PUNDYK CONDUCTED AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DONOR, LAWRENCE BAILIE, WHO WAS MARRIED TO BETTE. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: LAWRENCE BAILIE EXPLAINS HE DONATED THIS OUTFIT BECAUSE, “MY LATE WIFE HAD SAVED THIS FROM HER DAYS OF TRAINING AT THE LETHBRIDGE GALT HOSPITAL. AND SHE, OH I THINK SHE STARTED IN 1960 AND GRADUATED IN 1962… I THINK FOR YEARS WE HAD IT IN A SUITCASE OR TRUNK JUST ‘CAUSE IT WAS – ACTUALLY HER WHOLE IDEA WAS, I THINK, THAT SHE WANTED TO SHOW HER GRANDDAUGHTER THIS AS PART OF HER LIFE, I GUESS IS WHAT IT WAS ALL ABOUT.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HOW HIS WIFE FIRST ACQUIRED THE NURSING OUTFIT, BAILIE REPLIED, “THEY DIDN’T START OUT WITH THIS TYPE OF UNIFORM BECAUSE THEY STARTED OUT WITH A DIFFERENT TYPE WHEN THEY WERE IN THEIR FIRST YEAR AND I THINK THEY CALLED THEM ‘PEROGIES,’ AND THEN AFTER THE FIRST YEAR IS WHEN THEY GOT THEIR UNIFORMS AND THEY WORE THEM ALL THE TIME… I WOULD SAY [THIS TYPE OF UNIFORM WAS WORN] FROM THE FIRST YEAR [TO THE] END OF THE SECOND YEAR WHILE THEY WERE WORKING AND THIS SORT OF PUT THEM APART FROM OTHER NURSES IN THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE THEY HAD THIS TYPE OF UNIFORM ON... NOW ONCE THEY GRADUATED THEY DIDN’T HAVE THIS UNIFORM ANYMORE, THEY ACTUALLY HAD WHAT YOU WOULD BUY, LIKE A COMMERCIALLY-MADE NURSE’S DRESS… THEY WERE WHITE AND YOU COULD BUY DIFFERENT DESIGNS OF THEM. THEY HAD TO GO TO A SPECIAL PLACE TO BUY THE NURSE’S UNIFORMS THAT THEY WORE ONCE THEY WERE WORKING.” BAILIE CONTINUED, “AFTER SHE GRADUATED AND WE WERE MARRIED… SHE WORKED IN CALGARY AT THE GENERAL HOSPITAL, AND NURSES WERE NOT ALLOWED TO WEAR THE SAME CLOTHES WHILE THEY WERE NURSING – THEIR STREET CLOTHES – THEY HAD TO HAVE CLEAN CLOTHES IN THE LOCKERS THAT THEY HAD TO PUT ON SO THEY COULDN’T BRING, SUPPOSEDLY, GERMS INTO THE HOSPITAL. SO THEIR SHOES, EVERYTHING HAD TO BE CHANGED ... [SO] SHE HAD TO BRING HER UNIFORMS [TO THE HOSPITAL]. THEY HAD TO BE WASHED AND CLEANED, SO SHE HAD TO WASH, CLEAN THEM, AND TAKE THEM BACK AND FORTH, AND PUT THEM IN HER LOCKER AND WHATEVER.” WHEN ASKED WHY HIS WIFE BECAME A NURSE, BAILIE EXPLAINED, “MY WIFE USED TO ALWAYS SAY, “WELL I DIDN’T HAVE MUCH CHOICE IN THOSE DAYS BECAUSE” SHE SAID, ‘I EITHER HAD TO BE A SCHOOLTEACHER OR NURSE.’ AND SHE SAID, ‘I DIDN’T WANT TO BE A SCHOOL TEACHER.’ AND SHE KNEW THAT, WELL HER MOTHER WAS, MAKE SURE THAT SHE BECAME SOMETHING. SHE HAD TO. LIKE HER MOM SAID, ‘YOU’LL STAY THERE FOREVER. YOU HAVE TO GRADUATE ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, WHATEVER.’ SO SHE DIDN’T HAVE A CHOICE.” THE WAY THAT LAWRENCE AND BETTE MET WAS THROUGH A FUNDRAISING DANCE FOR THE NURSING ALUMNI. BAILIE SHARED THE STORY: “I THINK THE PROCEEDS FROM TWO DANCES A YEAR TO GO TO THEIR ALUMNI OR WHATEVER THEY HAD [THROUGH THE NURSING SCHOOL]. AND SO THEN, THEY HAD THESE DANCES AT THE PAVILION, AT THE HENDERSON LAKE PAVILION, AND SO ONE OF THE DANCES THE GALT SCHOOL WAS PUTTING ON. I MET HER THERE AT ONE OF THE DANCES…I COULD TELL YOU ALL KINDS OF – IT WAS KIND OF CUTE, IN THE SENSE THAT, I ASKED IF I COULD TAKE HER HOME AND SHE SAID, ‘WELL ONLY IF I COULD BRING MY FRIEND.’ AND I SAID, “NO, NOT A PROBLEM.” SO THEN SHE SAID – AND I SAID, “HOW ARE YOU GOING TO GET HOME OTHERWISE?” AND SHE SAID, “WELL WE, WE HAD,” I DON’T KNOW, LET’S SAY, A COUPLE OF DOLLARS IN HER SHOE, SO SHE COULD GET A TAXI BACK TO THIS THING, AND IF, YOU KNOW, SO. AND SHE THOUGHT THAT MAYBE I WAS SAFE ENOUGH TO RIDE HOME WITH SO, AND ANYWAYS I TOOK HER HOME FROM THE DANCE AND THAT’S HOW WE STARTED OUR COURTSHIP OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO SAY FROM THAT TIME. I CALLED HER UP LATER… I LIVED WAY OUT IN SKIFF AND WE HAD A LOCAL PAY DIAL OR PAY PHONE THERE, SO WHEN I USED TO GO IN TO PHONE HER AND ASK HER FOR A DATE WHEN EVERYBODY IN THE STORE WOULD HEAR WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT. SO YOU COULDN’T SAY VERY MUCH PERSONAL ‘CAUSE EVERYBODY WOULD HEAR.” BAILIE WENT ON TO SAY, “MY WIFE CONSIDERED HER TRAINING AND LIVING IN RESIDENCE WITH THESE OTHER GIRLS THE BEST TIME OF HER LIFE. SHE HAD SUCH A GOOD TIME WITH THE OTHER GIRLS AND SHE REALLY CHERISHED THAT AND SHE HAD SOME VERY, VERY DEAR FRIENDS. I DON’T THINK MOST PEOPLE DON’T HAVE A CHANCE TO HAVE THAT CLOSE OF FRIENDS, BECAUSE THEY LIVED THERE, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK FOR TWO YEARS AND THEY FOUND A NUMBER OF THEM UP AND DOWN THE HALLS AND THEY DID LITTLE TRICKS WITH EACH OTHER, AND WENT OUT FOR COFFEE WITH EACH OTHER…THEY DID A LOT OF THINGS TOGETHER SO THEY BECAME VERY, VERY GOOD FRIENDS.” BAILIE BROUGHT A SCRAPBOOK TO THE MUSEUM ON THE DAY OF THE INTERVIEW THAT BETTE HAD PUT TOGETHER FROM HER NURSING DAYS, WHICH INCLUDED INFORMATION ABOUT HER GRADUATION. SHE RECEIVED THE “EMILY HICK MEMORIAL AWARD FOR PROFICIENCY IN PEDIATRICS.” BAILIE EXPLAINS THAT WORKING IN PEDIATRICS WAS “HER LIFE. THAT’S WHAT SHE LOVED.” UPON GRADUATION, BETTE MARRIED LAWRENCE AND BEGAN NURSING IN CALGARY – WORKING ON THE PEDIATRIC WARD – WHILE LAWRENCE HAD WORKED FOR A TELEPHONE COMPANY. HE EXPLAINS, “BEING A FARM BOY, WELL I DIDN’T LIKE CALGARY, AND SO I WANTED TO GO TO A SMALLER PLACE, SO AT THAT TIME WE COULD BID OUT, SO I WENT TO STETTLER, SO NATURALLY SHE MOVED WITH ME TO STETTLER AND SHE DIDN’T WANT TO GET A JOB…SHE DIDN’T WANT TO BE A NURSE THEN, ‘CAUSE THE TYPE OF PERSON SHE WAS THAT, AND SHE LOVED THE KIDS AND EVERYTHING, BUT WHEN THERE WAS A COUPLE OF TIMES WHEN SHE WAS IN CALGARY WHERE SHE WOULD BE ON HEAD NURSE OR SOMETHING, AND SOME KIDS WOULD COME IN IN VERY SERIOUS CONDITION. AND SHE HAD TO [DECIDE] A LOT OF SERIOUS THINGS TO SEE WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO DO WITH THE CHILD. AND THAT REALLY BOTHERED HER… SHE TOOK HER WORK HOME [WITH HER]... SO SHE RETIRED AND RAISED OUR FAMILY.” WHILE BETTE RETIRED FROM NURSING, SHE CONTINUED TO USE HER SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE FROM NURSING SCHOOL THROUGHOUT THE BAILIE’S FAMILY LIFE. BAILIE REMEMBERS, “BEING THAT IN HER TRAINING, THEY LEARNED ALL ABOUT WHAT YOU SHOULD EAT AND WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T EAT AND ALL OF THOSE THINGS OR WHATEVER, SO WE ATE VERY HEALTHY…THE NATURAL THINGS THAT SHE LEARNED WHEN SHE WAS TRAINING TO BE A NURSE. SHE TOOK THEM, SHE KEPT THEM WITH HER AND SHE WAS RAISING HER FAMILY WITH THE STUFF THAT SHE HAD LEARNED, YOU KNOW. AND THEN, NATURALLY, ONE OF OUR KIDS FELL AND HURT HIMSELF OR DID SOMETHING AND SHE’D DO THAT DOCTOR/NURSING THING – ‘CAN YOU MOVE THIS? SO YOU ARM’S NOT BROKEN?’ OR SHE WOULD BANDAGE OR WHATEVER. AND SHE SAID, ‘YOU’LL LIVE.’ YOU KNOW, I REMEMBER STILL. THAT WAS ONE OF HER FAVOURITE THINGS. YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE KIDS WOULD GET HURT OR SOMETHING AND SHE’D SAY, ‘THEY’LL BE OKAY. THEY’LL LIVE.’” THE BAILIE’S SONS ARE NAMED NEIL AND ROBERT (BOB). BETTE PASSED AWAY AFTER A SECOND BATTLE WITH CANCER, BAILIE EXPLAINS, “AS FAR AS CANCER TAKING HER AT A YOUNG AGE WAS – DOESN’T MAKE A LOT OF SENSE TO A LOT OF PEOPLE, I GUESS. BUT SHE WAS A VERY HEALTHY-LIVING PERSON. LIKE SHE NEVER SMOKED, SHE NEVER DRANK, AND IT DIDN’T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE WHEN IT COME TO THE CANCER. YOU KNOW. AND SHE DID LOOK AFTER HERSELF… PRIOR TO HER GETTING, FINDING OUT SHE HAD CANCER THE SECOND TIME, SHE TRAINED WITH A GIRL NEXT DOOR FOR THE IRON MAN.” BAILIE ALSO SAID, “I COULD TALK FOREVER ON HER, ABOUT HER. SHE WAS A GREAT GIRL... SHE HAD A GREAT PERSONALITY. VERY QUIET, SHE WAS QUIET BUT YEAH. BUT AGAIN, LIKE I SAY, I DON’T KNOW. LIKE THIS STUFF WE’VE KEPT, LIKE I’VE GOT THIS STUFF NOW. AND I DON’T KNOW. LIKE I’VE GOT TONS OF STUFF THAT BELONGS TO HER AND I JUST DON’T WANT TO GIVE IT UP. BUT IF I GIVE IT TO MY SON, I DON’T KNOW WHAT HE’LL DO WITH IT. LIKE I HATE TO SEE IT LOST BECAUSE SHE WAS IMPORTANT. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION.
Catalogue Number
P19990030002
Acquisition Date
1999-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, POLYESTER, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19960116152
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
NYLON, POLYESTER, COTTON
No. Pieces
2
Length
126
Width
110
Description
1. CHASUBLE: 126 X 110CM PINK NYLON-POLYESTER GARMENT IS PONCHO STYLE CLOAK WITH SLIGHTLY TAPERED SHOULDERS. COLLAR IS ROUND WITH FLY OPENING AT BACK AND SNAP CLOSURE. CHASUBLE HAS GREEN LINING AND GREEN FELT STRIP DOWN CENTER OF BOTH SIDES. FRONT HAS LARGE GOLD LETTERS WITH GREEN EDGING THAT READ "IHS" WITH A SIMILAR STYLE CROWN ABOVE. SEWN INTO FRONT OF LINING ARE TWO LABELS. ONE READS "BY GASPARD GREATER LITURGICAL ART WINNIPEG CANADA". SECOND LABEL HAS "ORNEMENTS D'EGLISE GLOIRE CONFECTIONNES AU CANADA". BACK OF CHASUBLE HAS TWO SMALL WINE STAINS. 2. STOLE: 225 X 10CM STOLE MADE OF SAME MATERIAL AS CHASUBLE WITH IDENTICAL GREEN LINING. STOLE HAS GREEN FELT CHEVRON ON BOTH ENDS AND ENDS ARE TAPERED TO BROAD POINT. STOLE HAS CURVE CUT AT NECK WITH COTTON COLLAR WITH LACE. ALSO AT NECK IS GREEN FELT CROSS. STOLE HAS SMALL WINE STAIN.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
RELIGION
HEALTH SERVICES
History
CHASUBLE WAS REMOVED FROM THE CHAPEL AT ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL BEFORE THE HOSPITAL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1996. FOR MORE HISTORY ON HOSPITAL SEE P19960116001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P19960116152
Acquisition Date
1996-01
Collection
Museum
Images
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