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Other Name
TROUSERS
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, DENIM, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19990055003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TROUSERS
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Materials
WOOL, DENIM, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
110.0
Width
56.0
Description
NAVY BLUE WOOL TROUSERS. THERE IS AN ANGLED WELT POCKET ON EACH SIDE. JUST BELOW EACH OF THESE POCKETS IS A VERTICAL LINE OF RED PIPING. THERE ARE ALSO TWO WELT POCKETS ON BACK OF PANTS. FRONT OPENING CLOSES WITH FOUR NAVY BLUE BUTTONS. THERE IS A SMALL FOB OR WATCH POCKET ON FRONT RIGHT SIDE OF PANTS. A WHITE TAG IS STAPLED TO LEFT FRONT; TAG READS "NEEDLECRAFT MILLS LTD. NAME G. MASSON NO. 5 ADDRESS LETHBRIDGE ALTA. BREAST 39 WAIST SLEEVE 19 LENGTH 29 WAIST 36 SEAT INS. LEG 30". WAISTBAND AND POCKETS ARE LINED WITH AN OFF-WHITE COTTON AND DENIM. THERE ARE 6 OFF-WHITE BUTTONS AROUND INSIDE OF WAISTBAND.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PROFESSIONS
History
SEE P19990055001-GA FOR HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19990055003
Acquisition Date
2000-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
TOOL APRON
Date Range From
1925
Date Range To
1944
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CANVAS
Catalogue Number
P20010014003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TOOL APRON
Date Range From
1925
Date Range To
1944
Materials
CANVAS
No. Pieces
1
Length
74.0
Width
38.0
Description
FULL APRON. DIRTY WHITE CANVAS. BOTTOM OF APRON IS FOLDED UP AND SEWN TO FORM A POUCH, DIVIDED INTO 3 SECTIONS. HAS A TIE ATTACHED TO TOP, TO GO AROUND NECK. HAS TWO TIES AT THE SIDES. ON FRONT READS "YATES LUMBER YARDS LETHBRIDGE ALBERTA" IN RED WITH BLACK OUTLINING, AND "PHONE 3516" IN BLACK. APRON HAS VARIOUS STAINS THROUGHOUT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PROFESSIONS
History
YATES LUMBER YARDS OPERATED IN LETHBRIDGE FROM 1925 TO 1944. APRON WAS USED IN THE RIVERVIEW GARAGE. RIVERVIEW GARAGE WAS OWNED BY DONOR'S FATHER-IN-LAW, JACK CARPENTER, FROM 1947/48 TO 1965. IT WAS LOCATED AT 616 4TH STREET, SOUTH, LETHBRIDGE. JOCK CARPENTER IS A LETHBRIDGE AUTHOR, WHO WROTE "$50 BRIDE" AND "BOOTLEGGER'S BRIDE", WHICH CONCENTRATE ON THE HISTORY OF THE FUR TRADE AND THE PROHIBITION LIQUOR TRADE IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA.
Catalogue Number
P20010014003
Acquisition Date
2001-09
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
RUBBER, BAKELITE
Catalogue Number
P19990055002
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Materials
RUBBER, BAKELITE
No. Pieces
1
Length
125.5
Width
49.5
Description
LONG, BLACK RUBBER RAINCOAT. THERE ARE FOUR LARGE, BLACK BUTTONS DOWN FRONT OPENING (ONE IS MISSING). THERE IS ALSO A SMALL BLACK BUTTON ON LAPEL. THERE IS A THIN LINE OF RED PIPING AROUND COLLAR. THERE ARE ALSO 2 SMALL BLACK BUTTONS ON EACH CUFF; ONE ON LEFT CUFF IS BROKEN IN HALF. INSIDE OF COAT IS A DARK YELLOW COLOUR. STAMPED ON INSIDE BACK OF COAT IS "40". ABOVE THIS IS "G. MASSON" (FADING). STAMPED INSIDE RIGHT SIDE CUFF IS "260434". THERE ARE TWO FLAPPED HIP POCKETS. RUBBER IS CRACKED AND WORN, PARTICULARLY ON RIGHT ARM.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PROFESSIONS
History
BELONGED TO DONOR'S FATHER, GEORGE MASSON, WHO WAS ONE OF THE FIRST SIX POSTAL WORKERS IN LETHBRIDGE. GEORGE'S NUMBER, ISSUED TO ALL POSTMEN, IS STAMPED INSIDE COAT. HE CAME TO CANADA FROM SCOTLAND IN 1910 (HIS PARENTS HAD SETTLED IN LETHBRIDGE SHORTLY BEFORE). HE WORKED FOR THE C.P.R. AND IN CONSTRUCTION; WHEN MAIL JOB CAME UP HE GOT IT. HE WORKED FOR HIGINBOTHAM BEGINNING 1913, AND DELIVERED MAIL UNTIL THE OUTBREAK OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR. GEORGE WAS AMONG FOUR POSTMEN WHO WENT OVERSEAS (OTHER THREE WERE HIS BROTHER ALEC, BILLY BRENNAN, AND ANOTHER UNKNOWN MAN). GEORGE SERVED WITH THE 39TH FIELD BATTERY, RCA (AS DID BROTHER ALEC). HE SERVED WITH THE MILITIA BETWEEN THE WARS, AND WENT BACK TO THE POST OFFICE. IN WWII HE JOINED UP WITH THE 20TH ANTI-TANK BATTERY, BUT HAD TO GIVE IT UP DUE TO AGE; HE COULDN'T GO OVERSEAS, SO WENT INTO ADMINISTRATION AND INSTRUCTION. AFTER THE WAR, HE WENT BACK TO THE POST OFFICE UNTIL 1952, WHEN HE WAS TOLD BY DOCTORS HE SHOULD TAKE EARLY RETIREMENT (AT AGE 62). THE MILITARY AND THE POSTAL SERVICE, ACCORDING TO DONOR, WERE GEORGE'S TWO GREAT LOVES IN LIFE. DONOR WAS BORN AND RAISED IN LETHBRIDGE; WENT TO FLEETWOOD-BAWDEN SCHOOL, BEGINNING IN 1934. HAS LIVED & WORKED IN CITY UNTIL RECENT MOVE TO COALDALE. DONOR ALSO HAS A LOT OF FAMILY IN CITY. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A RAINCOAT DONATED BY DON MASSON. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. GEORGE “GEORDIE” MASSON WAS BORN ON FEBRUARY 13, 1889 IN EASTERTON, PETERHEAD, SCOTLAND AND MOVED TO CANADA IN 1910. ACCORDING TO AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ON JANUARY 8, 1952, GEORGE’S BROTHER WAS ALREADY LIVING IN LETHBRIDGE: “A BROTHER, WILLIAM, NOW BAGGAGE-MASTER FOR THE C.P.R. HERE, WAS IN THE CITY AT THE TIME AND INVITED HIS BROTHER TO COME OUT. ‘GEORDIE’ FIRST WORKED IN THE FREIGHT SHEDS FOR A WHILE AND THE FOLLOWING YEAR JOINED THE POST OFFICE.” DETAILS OF GEORGE’S CAREER APPEARED IN AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON JULY 28, 1965: “HE BEGAN HIS 41-YEAR CAREER AS A MAILMAN APRIL 1, 1911. AT THAT TIME HE WAS PAID 75 CENTS A DAY PLUS $15 A MONTH ‘WESTERN ALLOWANCE’ GRANTED TO POSTMEN WEST OF THE GREAT LEAKS.” IN THE JANUARY 8, 1952 ARTICLE, THE ORIGINAL SIX POSTAL CARRIERS ARE NAMED: GEORGE MASSON, HIS BROTHER ALEX MASSON, ALEX LOTHIAN, WILLIAM GILSON, WILLIAM “BILLY” BRENNAN, AND E.C. COOPER. THIS ARTICLE ALSO INDICATES THAT THE FOUR POSTMEN WHO SERVED OVERSEAS IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR WERE GEORGE, HIS BROTHER ALEX, BILLY BRENNAN, AND WILLIAM GILSON. ACCORDING TO THIS ARTICLE, BOTH BRENNAN AND GILSON WERE KILLED OVERSEAS. DETAILS OF GEORGE’S WORK AS A POSTMAN ARE FOUND IN THE JANUARY 1952 ARTICLE: “FROM SIX LETTER CARRIERS AND 12 ‘INSIDE’ MEN IN 1911, THE POST OFFICE STAFF HERE HAS GROWN TO 20 CARRIERS AND 35 OTHER EMPLOYEES. THE CITY’S POPULATION HAS NEARLY TREBLED FROM THE 8,000-ODD WHO LIVED HERE WHEN ‘GEORDIE’ MASSON, AS HE IS KNOWN TO HIS NUMEROUS FRIENDS, BEGAN DELIVERING MAIL. … OFTEN HE HAD TO CARRY UP TO 100 POUNDS OF MAIL TO BE DELIVERED IN A SINGLE DAY. HE USED TO START FOR NORTH LETHBRIDGE, OR THE NORTH WARD AS IT WAS THEN KNOWN, WITH PACKAGES STRAPPED TO HIS BACK AND MORE PARCELS ON HIS CHEST.” AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE HERALD ON JULY 3, 1962 PROVIDES MORE DETAILS ABOUT HIS WORK: “WHEN THE SERVICE BEGAN, STREETS WERE NAMED AND HOUSES HAD NO NUMBERS. A LETTER CARRIER HAD TO ASK HIS WAY THROUGH UNTIL HE KNEW BY HEART WHERE HIS ‘CLIENTS’ WERE RESIDING. IT TOOK MR. MASSON 11 HOURS, FROM 8 A.M. TO 7 P.M. TO DELIVER HIS FIRST BAG OF MAIL. … MR. MASSON’S ROUTE WAS NOT SMALL BY ANY MEANS. HE COVERED THE NORTH SIDE FROM 1ST AVE TO 7TH AVE N BETWEEN 12TH AND 20TH ST. AND THE SOUTH SIDE BETWEEN 1ST AVE. AND 4TH AVE. IN THE 1300 BLOCK. IN THE AFTERNOON MR. MASSON DELIVERED MAIL TO STORES ON 13TH ST. N.” IN NOVEMBER 1914 GEORGE WAS MARRIED TO LILLIAN “LILY” KEITH MACKIE. LILY PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 91 ON NOVEMBER 15, 1985. GEORGE MASSON PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 76 IN JULY 1965. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19990055002
Acquisition Date
2000-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
2001
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, POLYESTER
Catalogue Number
P20190010009
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
2001
Materials
COTTON, POLYESTER
No. Pieces
1
Length
68.1
Width
51
Description
HAIRDRESSER APRON IN YELLOW, PINK, BLUE, AND WHITE PAISLEY PATTERN; APRON IS MACHINE-STITCHED WITH OPEN BACK, PALE YELLOW TIE STRAPS AT THE TOP OF THE NECK, AND TWO LONG TIE STRAPS AT THE WAIST. FRONT OF THE APRON HAS TWO WIDE, DEEP POCKETS THAT MEET IN THE MIDDLE AND ARE STITCHED TOGETHER. APRON HAS PALE YELLOW TRIM AT NECKLINE, AROUND THE ARM-HOLES, AND AT TOPS OF THE POCKETS. APRON HAS MINOR THREAD FRAYING INSIDE AND AT BOTTOM HEM; TIE STRAPS HAVE MINOR THREAD FRAYING AT ENDS; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PROFESSIONS
History
ON JUNE 5, 2019, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED CAROL DARMODY REGARDING HER DONATION OF OBJECTS RELATED TO HER PARENTS, IRENE (NEE NAGY) AND JOHN FROUWS. ON HER MOTHER’S HAIRDRESSING, DARMODY RECALLED, “SHE TOOK THE HAIRDRESSING COURSE, I THINK IT WAS 1937, IN CALGARY, AND SHE REALLY LOVED HAIRDRESSING. SHE DID VOLUNTEER HAIRDRESSING FOR YEARS AT EDITH CAVELL, EVEN LATER IN LIFE. SHE TOOK IT VERY SERIOUSLY, AND LOVED DOING IT. SHE DID [HAIR FOR] NEIGHBOURS, FRIENDS, RELATIVES, BOYFRIENDS, GIRLFRIENDS, DAD…IT WAS ALWAYS A BIG PART OF HER LIFE…NOT REALLY FOR MONEY, JUST THE BARTERING THING, LIKE MAYBE SOMEONE WOULD MAKE HER COOKIES...” “[MOM] DIDN’T DO IT EVERY DAY, BECAUSE [HER AND MY DAD] WERE BUSY—AND THEY WOULD BABYSIT. [MY PARENTS] NEVER HAD GRANDKIDS, SO THEY BABYSAT ALL THE NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS ON NORMANDY…IT WASN’T LIKE A COMMERCIAL OPERATION…AN AUNT WOULD PHONE, ‘I NEED MY HAIR CUT.’ ‘COME ON OVER.’ OR, SHE WOULD GO OVER THERE. AND, MY MOM ALWAYS DROVE, SO SHE WOULD GET AROUND.” “[DURING THE WAR, MOM WAS] HAIRDRESSING, AND WORKING FOR TCA, PREPARING FOOD FOR THE PILOTS.” “IT WOULDN’T BE A LOT [OF MONEY THAT SHE MADE]…BECAUSE PEOPLE WOULDN’T BE SPLURGING TO HAVE THEIR HAIR DONE [DURING THE 1930S AND 1940S]…MOM DOES REMEMBER DOING THE MADAME’S [HAIR]…I DON’T KNOW THE ONE…[THAT WAS WHEN] PROSTITUTES AND MADAMES WERE ALLOWED TO SHOP IN LETHBRIDGE [IN AMMENDMENTS TO THE INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT, DARMODY NOTED, "THERE WAS CONSIDERABLE DISCRIMINATION TOWARD PROSTITUTES AT THE TIME. FOR A TIME, PROSTITUTES WERE ALLOWED TO SHOP IN LETHBRIDGE ONLY ONE DAY PER WEEK"], BUT SHE DID HAVE A MADAME FOR SURE…MOM CONSIDERED HERSELF A GOOD HAIRDRESSER. MY FRIENDS MIGHT DISAGREE, BUT…SHE DID HAVE A FEW INTERESTING CLIENTS, FOR SURE, WHEN SHE STARTED…[IN THE] LATE ‘30S, DURING THE WAR…IT SHOULD BE NOTED WITH THE PASSAGE OF TIME, MOM DIDN’T KEEP UP WITH THE LATEST HAIR STYLES. WHEN I BECAME A YOUNG ADULT, I OFTEN REFUSED TO LET HER CUT OR STYLE MY HAIR.” ON WHERE HER MOTHER DID HAIR, DARMODY SHARED, “I CAN’T REMEMBER HOW THAT WORKED…THERE IS NO PICTURE OF MOM IN A SHOP, SO I’M NOT SURE. THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN HAIRDRESSING PLACES…THE MADAME MIGHT HAVE COME TO THE HOUSE. MOM WOULD HAVE HAD AN APARTMENT.” DARMODY ELABORATED ON HER MOTHER’S PASSION FOR HAIRDRESSING, NOTING, “SHE NEVER STOPPED [DOING HAIR]. WELL, WHEN SHE GOT ALZHEIMER’S, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN DANGEROUS FOR HER TO HAVE SCISSORS, SO SHE PROBABLY STOPPED LATE…CLOSE TO 2000…SHE LOVED IT…EVEN JUST TO CUT DAD’S HAIR, AND THE ODD NEIGHBOR’S HAIR. SHE USED A RULER [TO MEASURE THE LENGTH TO BE CUT] WITH MINE. I DON’T THINK I LET HER [CUT MY HAIR WHEN I BECAME AN ADULT]…IN THE EARLY ‘90S, SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN VOLUNTEERING A LOT AT EDITH CAVELL, AND IT’S KIND OF IRONIC, BECAUSE IT BOTHERED HER, GOING TO THE NURSING HOME, BECAUSE SHE KNEW ALL THESE PEOPLE [SHE OFTEN WOULD BE UPSET TO SEE PEOPLE SHE KNEW FROM THE PAST SUFFERING FROM ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AND NEGLECT]…SHE WOULD MAKE THEM FEEL HAPPY [BY DOING THEIR HAIR]…IT WAS FREE…SHE DIDN’T DO IT FOR MONEY. THEN, SHE ENDS UP IN A SIMILAR SITUATION [BEING PLACE IN CARE FACILITY IN 2001, BECAUSE SHE HAD ALZHEIMER’S], BUT DAD DEALT WITH HER HAIR. HE WOULD JUST CUT IT STRAIGHT, BUT IT SUITED HER.” “SHE WAS A BIT MORE EXTROVERTED THAN DAD, AND JUST THAT CLOSE CONTACT WITH PEOPLE, AND MAKING SOMEONE FEEL HAPPY, WHOEVER THAT PERSON WAS. AND, IF THAT PERSON DIDN’T HAVE MONEY, IT DIDN’T MATTER – JUST MAKING THEM FEEL BETTER.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND COPIES OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20190010001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20190010009
Acquisition Date
2019-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20010103007
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
83.0
Width
45.0
Description
WHITE COTTON DRESS SHIRT. HAS A TURNED DOWN COLLAR. FRONT OF SHIRT CLOSES WITH WHITE PLASTIC BUTTONS. CENTER FRONT OF SHIRT HAS VERTICAL ROWS OF EMBROIDERED, WHITE FLOWERS. CUFFS OF SHIRT ARE TURNED UP, AND ALSO HAVE A WHITE PLASTIC BUTTON. TAG INSIDE SHIRT READS "STYLED BY JOHN FORSYTH SELECT SWISS SHIRTING". A STAMP INSIDE BACK OF NECKLINE READS "LEO". THERE IS A SMALL YELLOW TAG ATTACHED TO FRONT OF SHIRT THAT READS "SPX-7".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
PROFESSIONS
History
LEO SINGER WAS BORN IN ROMANIA AND IMMIGRATED TO RUMSEY, ALBERTA WITH HIS MOTHER. HIS FATHER WAS KILLED IN WWI. LEO AND HIS MOTHER MOVED TO CALGARY, WHERE HE ATTENDED SCHOOL AND LATER GARBER COLLEGE. IN 1930 HE OPENED A RETAIL CLOTHING STORE IN LETHBRIDGE AND FINALLY MOVED HERE IN 1932. ONE OF THE REASONS HE DECIDED TO MOVE, WAS TO PLAY FOR THE LETHBRIDGE JEWISH ASSOCIATION BASEBALL TEAM. LEO MET HIS WIFE PHYLLIS IN MONTREAL, WHERE SHE WAS BORN AND RAISED, AND THEY MARRIED IN 1942. LEO WAS ACTIVE IN THE LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY AND WAS INVOLVED IN THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE U OF L. LEO WAS A MEMBER OF THE JEWISH ASSOCIATION, OF WHICH HE WAS PRESIDENT FOR 17 YEARS; THE KIWANIS CLUB, WHICH WAS THE FIRST CLUB IN LETHBRIDGE THAT ALLOWED HIM TO JOIN; RESERVE ARMY, CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, UNITED WAY, LEGION, LABOR CLUB, ARMY AND NAVY, ETCETERA. HE VOLUNTEERED MUCH OF HIS TIME WITH DIFFERENT CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS BECAUSE HE FELT THAT THE COMMUNITY HAD TREATED HIM WELL AND HE WANTED TO SHOW HIS GRATITUDE. IN 1930 HE OPENED A STORE ON THE HIGINBOTHAM BLOCK, MOVING THE STORE IN 1940 TO 214 5 ST. S. SINGER'S WAS THE FIRST IN THE CITY TO SPORT A FLASHING NEON SIGN. NAMED LEO SINGER MEN'S AND BOY'S WEAR IN 1955, THE BOY'S CLOTHING ASPECT WAS PHASED OUT IN THE LATE 1980S OR EARLY 90S. SINGER HANDLED BOYS' WEAR PRIMARILY BECAUSE HE WAS THE SOLE DISTRIBUTOR FOR SCOUTS CANADA IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. MORE THAN 50,000 SCOUTS WERE OUTFITTED BY UNIFORMS SUPPLIED THROUGH SINGER. HE ALSO SUPPLIED THE CITY'S POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS WITH UNIFORMS FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS. SINGER'S MOTTO AND TRADEMARK WERE "IT'S NOT THE SALE THAT COUNTS -- IT'S THE CUSTOMER". BEING RAISED IN CALGARY HE WAS INSPIRED TO ENTER THE RETAIL CLOTHING BUSINESS AS A TEENAGER, WHO SPENT AFTER-SCHOOL HOURS WORKING FOR A CLOTHIER AND LATER ENROLLED IN BUSINESS SCHOOL. SINGER SAID HE FELL IN LOVE WITH LETHBRIDGE DURING A WEEKEND BASEBALL TOURNAMENT AND DECIDED TO STAY. LEO SINGER PASSED AWAY IN JANUARY OF 1997.
Catalogue Number
P20010103007
Acquisition Date
2002-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SYNTHETIC FABRIC, VELVET
Catalogue Number
P20010103006
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1980
Materials
SYNTHETIC FABRIC, VELVET
No. Pieces
2
Length
86.5
Width
51.0
Description
1. JACKET. ABOVE DIMENSIONS. JACKET IS MADE OF WHITE DAMASK. JACKET HAS WIDE, NOTCHED LAPELS MADE FROM BLACK VELVET. LAPELS ARE TRIMMED WITH A BLACK BRAID. CUFFS ARE ALSO MADE FROM BLACK VELVET. HAS A WELT BREAST POCKET ON LEFT HAND SIDE. AS WELL AS TWO FLAPPED, DOUBLE-BESOM POCKETS ON WAIST. THE WELTS ON THESE POCKETS ARE FORMED FROM BLACK VELVET. FRONT OF COAT CLOSES WITH THREE BUTTONS, COVERED IN BLACK VELVET; THERE IS ONE BUTTON ON EACH CUFF, ALSO COVERED IN VELVET. THERE ARE TWO POCKETS INSIDE JACKET. A TAG INSIDE JACKET READS "LEO SINGER MEN'S AND BOY'S WEAR LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA". THERE IS A CARDBOARD TAG STAPLED TO ARM OF JACKET THAT READS "TUXEDO HEXEX 395.00 42". 2. PANTS. 107.0 X 49.0. BLACK SYNTHETIC FABRIC (POLYESTER, WOOL, MOHAIR BLEND). THERE IS A STRIP OF BLACK SATIN RUNNING DOWN SIDE OF EACH LEG. THERE ARE TWO DOUBLE BESOM POCKETS IN BACK OF PANTS; ONE POCKET HAS A PLASTIC BUTTON CLOSURE. THERE IS ALSO A CONTINENTAL POCKET ON EACH SIDE OF PANTS. FRONT OF PANTS CLOSE WITH A BLACK, PLASTIC ZIPPER AND A WIDE HOOK AND EYE. ETCHED ONTO HOOK AND EYE IS "TALON". A LABEL SEWN TO PANTS READS "EXPRESSO".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
PROFESSIONS
History
LEO SINGER WAS BORN IN ROMANIA AND IMMIGRATED TO RUMSEY, ALBERTA WITH HIS MOTHER. HIS FATHER WAS KILLED IN WWI. LEO AND HIS MOTHER MOVED TO CALGARY, WHERE HE ATTENDED SCHOOL AND LATER GARBER COLLEGE. IN 1930 HE OPENED A RETAIL CLOTHING STORE IN LETHBRIDGE AND FINALLY MOVED HERE IN 1932. ONE OF THE REASONS HE DECIDED TO MOVE, WAS TO PLAY FOR THE LETHBRIDGE JEWISH ASSOCIATION BASEBALL TEAM. LEO MET HIS WIFE PHYLLIS IN MONTREAL, WHERE SHE WAS BORN AND RAISED, AND THEY MARRIED IN 1942. LEO WAS ACTIVE IN THE LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY AND WAS INVOLVED IN THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE U OF L. LEO WAS A MEMBER OF THE JEWISH ASSOCIATION, OF WHICH HE WAS PRESIDENT FOR 17 YEARS; THE KIWANIS CLUB, WHICH WAS THE FIRST CLUB IN LETHBRIDGE THAT ALLOWED HIM TO JOIN; RESERVE ARMY, CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, UNITED WAY, LEGION, LABOR CLUB, ARMY AND NAVY, ETCETERA. HE VOLUNTEERED MUCH OF HIS TIME WITH DIFFERENT CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS BECAUSE HE FELT THAT THE COMMUNITY HAD TREATED HIM WELL AND HE WANTED TO SHOW HIS GRATITUDE. IN 1930 HE OPENED A STORE ON THE HIGINBOTHAM BLOCK, MOVING THE STORE IN 1940 TO 214 5 ST. S. SINGER'S WAS THE FIRST IN THE CITY TO SPORT A FLASHING NEON SIGN. NAMED LEO SINGER MEN'S AND BOY'S WEAR IN 1955, THE BOY'S CLOTHING ASPECT WAS PHASED OUT IN THE LATE 1980S OR EARLY 90S. SINGER HANDLED BOYS' WEAR PRIMARILY BECAUSE HE WAS THE SOLE DISTRIBUTOR FOR SCOUTS CANADA IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. MORE THAN 50,000 SCOUTS WERE OUTFITTED BY UNIFORMS SUPPLIED THROUGH SINGER. HE ALSO SUPPLIED THE CITY'S POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS WITH UNIFORMS FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS. SINGER'S MOTTO AND TRADEMARK WERE "IT'S NOT THE SALE THAT COUNTS -- IT'S THE CUSTOMER". BEING RAISED IN CALGARY HE WAS INSPIRED TO ENTER THE RETAIL CLOTHING BUSINESS AS A TEENAGER, WHO SPENT AFTER-SCHOOL HOURS WORKING FOR A CLOTHIER AND LATER ENROLLED IN BUSINESS SCHOOL. SINGER SAID HE FELL IN LOVE WITH LETHBRIDGE DURING A WEEKEND BASEBALL TOURNAMENT AND DECIDED TO STAY. LEO SINGER PASSED AWAY IN JANUARY OF 1997.
Catalogue Number
P20010103006
Acquisition Date
2002-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
C/W SCARF & SLIP
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
1976
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, POLYESTER (SYNTHETIC)
Catalogue Number
P20000011019
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
C/W SCARF & SLIP
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
1976
Materials
COTTON, POLYESTER (SYNTHETIC)
No. Pieces
3
Length
146.0
Description
1. DRESS. ABOVE DIMENSIONS. MADE OF BLUE AND WHITE CHECKERED COTTON. HAS WHITE FLORAL EDGING AROUND SCOOPED NECKLINE, EMPIRE WAIST AND TOWARDS BOTTOM OF SKIRT. THERE ARE 2 PLEATS IN BODICE. SLEEVES ARE SHORT AND SLIGHTLY GATHERED AT ARMHOLE. THERE IS A ZIPPER PART WAY DOWN BACK OF DRESS. DRESS IS SLIGHTLY GATHERED AT WAISTLINE (BELOW EDGING). BELOW EDGING ON SKIRT MATERIAL IS GATHERED TO CREATE A FLOUNCE. THERE ARE YELLOW STAINS IN ARMPIT AREA. 2. SLIP. 100.5 (L) X 56.3 (W). LIGHT BLUE SYNTHETIC FABRIC. HAS GATHERED, ELASTICIZED WAISTBAND AND WIDE HEM ALONG BOTTOM. MADE FROM ONE PIECE OF FABRIC. ABOUT HALF OF SIDE SEAM HAS COME UNDONE FROM HEM UP. 3. SCARF. 90.7(L) X 32.6(W). MADE OF SAME BLUE AND WHITE CHECKERED COTTON AS DRESS. TRIANGLE SHAPE WITH ALL SIDES HEMMED. ALL THREE CORNERS HAVE WHITE FLOWERS (SAME EDGING AS USED ON DRESS) - ONE CORNER HAS 3 FLOWERS, OTHER TWO HAVE 1.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
MADE BY DONOR WHILE WORKING AT THE GALT MUSEUM & ARCHIVES. HERSELF AND SUMMER STAFF (STEP STUDENTS) MADE SETS FOR THEMSELVES OUT OF GINGHAM TO ADD A BIT OF CHARACTER FOR THE TOURISTS THAT CAME INTO THE MUSEUM. DONOR WAS BORN IN INDIAN HEAD SASKATCHEWAN; HER FAMILY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1955, WHERE SHE HAS REMAINED EVER SINCE. HER FATHER WAS A REPRESENTATIVE FOR FROSST PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY IN LETHBRIDGE. DONOR IS PAST EMPLOYEE OF GALT MUSEUM. DONOR'S HUSBAND ANDREW IMMIGRATED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1980; IS PAST CHAIRMAN OF THE GALT MUSEUM & ARCHIVES BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
Catalogue Number
P20000011019
Acquisition Date
2004-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
SKIRT AND BLOOMER SET
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20000085003
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SKIRT AND BLOOMER SET
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
2
Length
120.0
Width
48.0
Description
1. BLOOMERS. NAVY BLUE, WITH WHITE TRIM. HAS A TURNED DOWN COLLAR, WITH FOUR ROWS OF WHITE TRIM ON IT. FRONT OPENING, TO JUST BELOW WAISTLINE, CLOSES WITH 6 BLACK, BAKELITE BUTTONS. FRONT CLOSURE HAS TWO ROWS OF WHITE TRIM ON IT. SHORT SLEEVES ALSO HAVE TWO ROWS OF WHITE TRIM ON THEM. THERE IS A WORN AND FRAYED, WHITE CLOTH TAG INSIDE BACK OF NECKLINE. ONE LEG HAS BEEN SLIGHTLY BLEACHED AND BLOOMERS HAVE NUMEROUS WORN SPOTS AND HOLES THROUGHOUT. 2. SKIRT. NAVY BLUE WITH WHITE TRIM. GO WITH ABOVE BLOOMERS. WAISTBAND HAS 5 BUTTONHOLES AROUND IT. BACK OF SKIRT HAS AN OPENING WITN NO CLOSURE. BACK OF SKIRT HAS BEEN SLIGHTLY BLEACHED. ALSO HAS NUMEROUS WORN SPOTS AND HOLES.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
SEE P20000085001-GA FOR HISTORY. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A BLOUSE DONATED BY BEV NAGATA. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. BEVERLY “BEV” NAGATA IS THE DAUGHTER OF FREDRICK I. SAUTER AND NORA JEAN SAUTER (NEE MCCOY). FREDRICK “FRED” I. SAUTER WAS BORN ON FEBRUARY 12, 1920, THE SON OF CHARLES SR. AND MARY SAUTER (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). ACCORDING TO HIS OBITUARY, HE WAS THE FIRST BABY BORN IN THE TOWN OF VAUXHALL, AB. HE OWNED AND OPERATED SAUTER’S GENERAL SUPPLIES FOR THREE TO FOUR DECADES. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 88 ON NOVEMBER 9, 2008. NORA JEAN SAUTER (NEE MCCOY) WAS BORN IN PORT ALBERNI, BC ON APRIL 1, 1913, THE DAUGHTER OF JOHN AND HATTIE MCCOY (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) AND TWIN OF DAVID MCCOY. SHE WAS RAISED AND EDUCATED IN EDMONTON AND GRADUATED FROM THE EDMONTON GENERAL HOSPITAL AS A NURSE. SHE ALSO ATTENDED MCGILL UNIVERSITY AND RECEIVED A DIPLOMA IN PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING. SHE BEGAN AS A PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE IN VAUXHALL, IN 1940. SHE WAS MARRIED TO FRED SAUTER ON AUGUST 20, 1942. NORA PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 90 ON JULY 10, 2003. CHARLES R. SAUTER SR. WAS THE FIRST RESIDENT OF VAUXHALL AND WORKED FOR THE PIONEER LUMBER COMPANY. HE WAS ALSO REPORTEDLY THE FIRST RESIDENT OF VAUXHALL TO OWN A CAR. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 76 ON AUGUST 4, 1969. MARY SAUTER (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 83 ON FEBRUARY 3, 1978. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P20000085003
Acquisition Date
2001-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
ALBERTA RANCH BOYS UNIFORM SHIRT
Date Range From
1937
Date Range To
1962
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SYNTHETIC FABRIC
Catalogue Number
P20150016006
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ALBERTA RANCH BOYS UNIFORM SHIRT
Date Range From
1937
Date Range To
1962
Materials
SYNTHETIC FABRIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
78
Width
38
Description
COLLARED MEN’S SHIRT. TAILOR-MADE WITH LONG-SLEEVED, OFF-WHITE SYNTHETIC SILK BODY AND NAVY BLUE FABRIC ACCENTS EDGING FRONT CLOSURE, ON SHOULDERS, AND BORDERING CUFFS. OPEN CRESCENT POCKETS AT BREASTS. BLUE IRIDESCENT SNAP CLOSURES. 5 SNAPS ON THE CUFFS AND 7 SNAPS DOWN THE FRONT OF THE SHIRT. THE LENGTH IS 78 CM, THE WIDTH ACROSS THE BACK IS 38 CM, AND THE SLEEVES ARE 60 CM LONG. FAIR CONDITION. AT LEAST 11 STAINS ON THE FRONT. DARK BROWN STAIN ON THE BOTTOM OF THE LEFT SLEEVE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
LEISURE
PROFESSIONS
History
EVERAL HORHOZER (NÉE SUPINA) WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE IN THE YEAR OF 1927 TO HER PARENTS DONAH (NÉE HILL) AND NICHOLAS SUPINA. SUPINA WAS THE OWNER OF SUPINA’S MERCANTILE ON 13TH STREET NORTH, LETHBRIDGE. THIS DRESS SHIRT WAS PART OF THE STAGE OUTFIT WORN BY JOE HORHOZER WHEN HE WAS THE ACCORDION PLAYER AND MUSIC ARRANGER FOR A WELL-KNOWN LETHBRIDGE MUSICAL GROUP CALLED THE ALBERTA RANCH BOYS. THE GROUP FORMED IN THE SUMMER OF 1937 WITH MEMBERS LOUIS (LOU) GONZY, MATT (BUCK) WASOWICH, PETER (CURLY) GURLOCK, REMO BACEDA, AND ‘LITTLE JOE’ HORHOZER. COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN CONDUCTED A SERIES OF INTERVIEWS (ON APRIL 2, APRIL 16, AND MAY 7, 2015) WITH HORHOZER REGARDING A GROUP OF ARTIFACTS SHE DONATED TO THE MUSEUM. THE INFORMATION BELOW HAS COME FROM THESE INTERVIEWS AND LETHBRIDGE HERALD RESEARCH REGARDING THE HORHOZER FAMILY HISTORY. IN THE INTERVIEW, HORHOZER DESCRIBED HOW SHE MET HER HUSBAND, JOE HORHOZER, WHEN HE CAME TO WORK FOR SUPINA’S MERCANTILE. FOR THE STORY OF HOW THEY MET, PLEASE SEE RECORDS P20150016003 AND P20150016004. JOE HORHOZER WAS THE ACCORDION PLAYER AND MUSIC ARRANGER FOR A WELL-KNOWN LETHBRIDGE MUSICAL GROUP CALLED THE ALBERTA RANCH BOYS. THE GROUP FORMED IN THE SUMMER OF 1937 WITH MEMBERS LOUIS (LOU) GONZY, MATT (BUCK) WASOWICH, PETER (CURLY) GURLOCK, REMO BACEDA, AND ‘LITTLE JOE’ HORHOZER. HORHOZER SAYS OF HER HUSBAND: “I WOULD CALL HIM THE LEAD INSTRUMENT BECAUSE AN ACCORDION IS, EH? AND HE WAS EXCEPTIONALLY GIFTED WITH THE ACCORDION; THAT’S WHAT EVERYBODY SAID, THAT THERE ISN’T ANYONE, AT LEAST AROUND THIS COUNTRY, THAT COULD COMPARE WITH HIM.” DESCRIBED IN THEIR SOUVENIR BOOK PUBLISHED IN 1941 AS “PROFESSIONAL RADIO ENTERTAINERS”, THE ‘ALBERTA RANCH BOYS’ WERE FORMED WHEN THE LOCAL EXHIBITION AND STAMPEDE PARADE WAS FOUND WANTING FOR A “COWBOY BAND” AS PART OF ITS LINEUP. ACCOLADES FOR THE PARADE ACT FOLLOWED, INSPIRING THE GROUP “TO EMBARK ON THE LONG ROAD TO FAME AND FORTUNE”. IN A YEAR’S TIME – AND AFTER TOURING THROUGH ALBERTA AND BC – THE BAND ENDED UP IN VANCOUVER. THERE, IT ESTABLISHED ITSELF, ACCORDING TO THE BOOKLET, AS “WESTERN CANADA’S MOST VERSATILE STAGE AND DANCE FAVOURITE,” BROADCASTING ITS COWBOY MELODIES FOR OVER TWO CONTINUOUS YEARS VIA CKWX (VANCOUVER’S LARGEST RADIO STUDIO AT THE TIME). DURING THE WAR, IT DONATED ITS TALENTS TO THE PROMOTION OF WAR SAVINGS CERTIFICATES. ONE VICTORY RALLY SONG FOR STAMPS WAS “WE’VE BOUGHT THEM BEFORE AND WE’LL BUY THEM AGAIN.” BY EARLY JAN-FEB 1943, THE BAND HAD PEAKED. ONE MEMBER IS REPORTED TO HAVE ENLISTED IN THE CANADIAN ARMY WHILE OTHERS, ACCORDING TO THE DONOR, “GOT SICK”. “THEY DID A LOT IN TORONTO.” RECALLED EVERAL IN AN INTERVIEW. “[IT WAS FROM] TORONTO THEN THEY COULD HAVE GONE [TO NEW YORK] - THAT’S WHERE THEY WERE OFFERED THE BIG JOB OF RECORDING AND BEING ON TV…BUT THEN [JOE] SAYS THAT HE DOESN’T CARE, BECAUSE HE SAYS IF HE WOULD HAVE WENT, HE WOULDN’T HAVE MET ME, SO, I MEAN, THAT WAS A NICE THING TO SAY. HE SAYS LIFE TURNED OUT GOOD FOR HIM.” EVERAL WAS NOT AWARE OF THIS AT THE TIME OF THEIR MEETING. AFTER FINDING OUT, SHE SAID, “WELL, I THOUGHT, GEE WHIZ, HE JUST ISN’T AN EVERYDAY JOE AND EVERYBODY IN TOWN KNEW HIM AND ADMIRED HIM. YEAH, IT MADE ME A LITTLE MORE HAPPY.” OF THE PERFORMANCE COSTUME EVERAL HORHOZER SAID: “THEY WORE [THE SAME UNIFORM] WHEN THEY PLAYED AT THE TRIANON FOR A WHILE AND THEY JUST STARTED TO USE SUITS … WELL HE DIDN’T WANT - SEE, WHEN THEY STARTED PLAYING AT THE TRIANON. THEN I TELL YOU, THEY START WEARING MORE BAND [CLOTHING] - LIKE, THEY HAD DIFFERENT BLAZERS, COLOURED BLAZERS – BLUE ONES AND RED ONES AND ALL WORE BLAZERS THEN. ‘CAUSE THEY WANTED TO BECOME LIKE A DANCE BAND, I GUESS YOU’D SAY.” “HE WOULD NEVER FORGET THAT TIME [WITH THE RANCH BOYS],” HORHOZER SAID OF HER HUSBAND, “HE TALKED ABOUT IT ALL THE TIME. HOW THEY MET SO MANY [PEOPLE], LIKE THEY’D PLAY AT PRIVATE PARTIES FOR WEALTHY PEOPLE. HE ABSOLUTELY LOVED HIS MUSIC. HE LIVED FOR HIS MUSIC.” BACK HERE IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1958, EVERAL’S HUSBAND JOE WENT ON TO PERFORM WITH THE COUNTRY CAPERS, PLAYING ACCORDION FOR A WEEKLY BROADCAST VIA THE LOCAL TV STATION CJLH. IN 1961, THE STATION AND THE BROADCAST WERE PRESENTED WITH A NATIONAL LIBERTY AWARD FOR “TV STATION SHOWMANSHIP” AND “BEST LOCAL PROGRAMMING.” IN HIS TIME, ‘LITTLE JOE’ PLAYED WITH ROY ROGERS, GENE AUTRY, AND TOMMY HUNTER. HE DIED IN 2010 AT AGE 89. EVERAL HORHOZER PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE 6 YEARS LATER ON JUNE 6, 2016 AT THE AGE OF 88 YEARS. PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS, LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES, AND FURTHER PUBLICATIONS.
Catalogue Number
P20150016006
Acquisition Date
2015-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
ALBERTA RANCH BOYS UNIFORM PANTS
Date Range From
1937
Date Range To
1962
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SYNTHETIC FABRIC
Catalogue Number
P20150016007
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ALBERTA RANCH BOYS UNIFORM PANTS
Date Range From
1937
Date Range To
1962
Materials
SYNTHETIC FABRIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
104.5
Width
35.5
Description
MEN’S PANTS, COMMERCIALLY MADE. KHAKI-COLOURED, SYNTHETIC FABRIC BODY WITH BLUE FABRIC ACCENTS AT SEAT, THE BELT LOOPS, SCALLOPED POCKET FLAPS AND CENTER LEG STRIPE. INSIDE WAISTBAND AND POCKET LINING DISPLAY MULTIPLE HAND INK MARKINGS, INCLUDING NUMBERS AND “HORHOZER”. ATTACHED TO THE HEM OF THE PANTS ARE ELASTIC STIRRUPS (ONE BLACK AND ONE KHAKI-COLOURED). THERE IS A STRONG CREASE DOWN THE CENTER OF THE PANTS. FAIR TO GOOD CONDITION. ON THE RIGHT SIDE THERE IS A STAIN AND SLIGHT TEARING AT THE BOTTOM HEM. THERE IS A STAIN AT THE KNEE, AND TEARING AT THE POCKET. THE BOTTOM BUTTON OF THE FLY HAS BEEN LOST. THERE IS TEARING AT THE CROTCH SEAM. ON THE LEFT SIDE, THERE IS TEARING NEAR THE POCKET. THERE IS SLIGHT STAINING ON THE OVERALL SURFACE OF THE PANTS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
LEISURE
PROFESSIONS
History
EVERAL HORHOZER (NÉE SUPINA) WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE IN THE YEAR OF 1927 TO HER PARENTS DONAH (NÉE HILL) AND NICHOLAS SUPINA. SUPINA WAS THE OWNER OF SUPINA’S MERCANTILE ON 13TH STREET NORTH, LETHBRIDGE. THESE PANTS WERE PART OF THE STAGE OUTFIT WORN BY JOE HORHOZER WHEN HE WAS THE ACCORDION PLAYER AND MUSIC ARRANGER FOR A WELL-KNOWN LETHBRIDGE MUSICAL GROUP CALLED THE ALBERTA RANCH BOYS. THE GROUP FORMED IN THE SUMMER OF 1937 WITH MEMBERS LOUIS (LOU) GONZY, MATT (BUCK) WASOWICH, PETER (CURLY) GURLOCK, REMO BACEDA, AND ‘LITTLE JOE’ HORHOZER. COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN CONDUCTED A SERIES OF INTERVIEWS (ON APRIL 2, APRIL 16, AND MAY 7, 2015) WITH HORHOZER REGARDING A GROUP OF ARTIFACTS SHE DONATED TO THE MUSEUM. THE INFORMATION BELOW HAS COME FROM THESE INTERVIEWS AND LETHBRIDGE HERALD RESEARCH REGARDING THE HORHOZER FAMILY HISTORY. IN THE INTERVIEW, HORHOZER DESCRIBED HOW SHE MET HER HUSBAND, JOE HORHOZER, WHEN HE CAME TO WORK FOR SUPINA’S MERCANTILE. FOR THE STORY OF HOW THEY MET, PLEASE SEE RECORDS P20150016003 AND P20150016004. JOE HORHOZER WAS THE ACCORDION PLAYER AND MUSIC ARRANGER FOR A WELL-KNOWN LETHBRIDGE MUSICAL GROUP CALLED THE ALBERTA RANCH BOYS. THE GROUP FORMED IN THE SUMMER OF 1937 WITH MEMBERS LOUIS (LOU) GONZY, MATT (BUCK) WASOWICH, PETER (CURLY) GURLOCK, REMO BACEDA, AND ‘LITTLE JOE’ HORHOZER. HORHOZER SAYS OF HER HUSBAND: “I WOULD CALL HIM THE LEAD INSTRUMENT BECAUSE AN ACCORDION IS, EH? AND HE WAS EXCEPTIONALLY GIFTED WITH THE ACCORDION; THAT’S WHAT EVERYBODY SAID, THAT THERE ISN’T ANYONE, AT LEAST AROUND THIS COUNTRY, THAT COULD COMPARE WITH HIM.” DESCRIBED IN THEIR SOUVENIR BOOK PUBLISHED IN 1941 AS “PROFESSIONAL RADIO ENTERTAINERS”, THE ‘ALBERTA RANCH BOYS’ WERE FORMED WHEN THE LOCAL EXHIBITION AND STAMPEDE PARADE WAS FOUND WANTING FOR A “COWBOY BAND” AS PART OF ITS LINEUP. ACCOLADES FOR THE PARADE ACT FOLLOWED, INSPIRING THE GROUP “TO EMBARK ON THE LONG ROAD TO FAME AND FORTUNE”. IN A YEAR’S TIME – AND AFTER TOURING THROUGH ALBERTA AND BC – THE BAND ENDED UP IN VANCOUVER. THERE, IT ESTABLISHED ITSELF, ACCORDING TO THE BOOKLET, AS “WESTERN CANADA’S MOST VERSATILE STAGE AND DANCE FAVOURITE,” BROADCASTING ITS COWBOY MELODIES FOR OVER TWO CONTINUOUS YEARS VIA CKWX (VANCOUVER’S LARGEST RADIO STUDIO AT THE TIME). DURING THE WAR, IT DONATED ITS TALENTS TO THE PROMOTION OF WAR SAVINGS CERTIFICATES. ONE VICTORY RALLY SONG FOR STAMPS WAS “WE’VE BOUGHT THEM BEFORE AND WE’LL BUY THEM AGAIN.” BY EARLY JAN-FEB 1943, THE BAND HAD PEAKED. ONE MEMBER IS REPORTED TO HAVE ENLISTED IN THE CANADIAN ARMY WHILE OTHERS, ACCORDING TO THE DONOR, “GOT SICK”. “THEY DID A LOT IN TORONTO.” RECALLED EVERAL IN AN INTERVIEW. “[IT WAS FROM] TORONTO THEN THEY COULD HAVE GONE [TO NEW YORK] - THAT’S WHERE THEY WERE OFFERED THE BIG JOB OF RECORDING AND BEING ON TV…BUT THEN [JOE] SAYS THAT HE DOESN’T CARE, BECAUSE HE SAYS IF HE WOULD HAVE WENT, HE WOULDN’T HAVE MET ME, SO, I MEAN, THAT WAS A NICE THING TO SAY. HE SAYS LIFE TURNED OUT GOOD FOR HIM.” EVERAL WAS NOT AWARE OF THIS AT THE TIME OF THEIR MEETING. AFTER FINDING OUT, SHE SAID, “WELL, I THOUGHT, GEE WHIZ, HE JUST ISN’T AN EVERYDAY JOE AND EVERYBODY IN TOWN KNEW HIM AND ADMIRED HIM. YEAH, IT MADE ME A LITTLE MORE HAPPY.” OF THE PERFORMANCE COSTUME EVERAL HORHOZER SAID: “THEY WORE [THE SAME UNIFORM] WHEN THEY PLAYED AT THE TRIANON FOR A WHILE AND THEY JUST STARTED TO USE SUITS … WELL HE DIDN’T WANT - SEE, WHEN THEY STARTED PLAYING AT THE TRIANON. THEN I TELL YOU, THEY START WEARING MORE BAND [CLOTHING] - LIKE, THEY HAD DIFFERENT BLAZERS, COLOURED BLAZERS – BLUE ONES AND RED ONES AND ALL WORE BLAZERS THEN. ‘CAUSE THEY WANTED TO BECOME LIKE A DANCE BAND, I GUESS YOU’D SAY.” “HE WOULD NEVER FORGET THAT TIME [WITH THE RANCH BOYS],” HORHOZER SAID OF HER HUSBAND, “HE TALKED ABOUT IT ALL THE TIME. HOW THEY MET SO MANY [PEOPLE], LIKE THEY’D PLAY AT PRIVATE PARTIES FOR WEALTHY PEOPLE. HE ABSOLUTELY LOVED HIS MUSIC. HE LIVED FOR HIS MUSIC.” BACK HERE IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1958, EVERAL’S HUSBAND JOE WENT ON TO PERFORM WITH THE COUNTRY CAPERS, PLAYING ACCORDION FOR A WEEKLY BROADCAST VIA THE LOCAL TV STATION CJLH. IN 1961, THE STATION AND THE BROADCAST WERE PRESENTED WITH A NATIONAL LIBERTY AWARD FOR “TV STATION SHOWMANSHIP” AND “BEST LOCAL PROGRAMMING.” IN HIS TIME, ‘LITTLE JOE’ PLAYED WITH ROY ROGERS, GENE AUTRY, AND TOMMY HUNTER. HE DIED IN 2010 AT AGE 89. EVERAL HORHOZER PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE 6 YEARS LATER ON JUNE 6, 2016 AT THE AGE OF 88 YEARS. PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS, LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES, AND FURTHER PUBLICATIONS.
Catalogue Number
P20150016007
Acquisition Date
2015-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail

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