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Other Name
BASEBALL UNIFORM SHIRT
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STRETCH COTTON, FELT
Catalogue Number
P19860012000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BASEBALL UNIFORM SHIRT
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
STRETCH COTTON, FELT
No. Pieces
1
Length
55.0
Width
46.0
Description
BLACK, YELLOW, ORANGE. MEN'S MEDIUM. BLACK BODY, GOLD STRIP ON FRONT AND BACK YOKES AND DOWN SLEEVES. BLACK STRETCH NECK, SLEEVE AND BOTTOM BANDS. ON FRONT: YELLOW AND BLACK FELT TIGER HEAD AND ORANGE FELT LETTERING "ELLISONS". RED STAIN AT RIGHT BREAST. BLACK SMUDGES AT RIGHT OF COLLAR. BLACK STAINS ON RIGHT SLEEVE. SMALL HOLE ON RIGHT SHOULDER.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
DONOR'S BROTHER EMIL (CHUMMY) SCHUMACHER, PLAYED BASEBALL IN THE CITY IN 1930'S FOR ELLISON TIGERS. MR. SCHUMACHER WAS A CLERK IN LETHBRIDGE HOTEL FOR 23 YEARS, AFTER WHICH HE MOVED NORTH & MANAGED A NUMBER OF HOTELS. HE WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE (JANUARY 1912) PASSED AWAY IN NOVEMBER 1979. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A BASEBALL UNIFORM DONATED BY HELEN BLACKER. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. EMILIE “CHUMMY” OSCAR SCHUMACHER PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 67 ON NOVEMBER 7, 1979. IN AN ARTICLE, PUBLISHED AUGUST 24, 1934, CHUMMY IS DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: “EMIL SCHUMACHER, CATCHER. WITHOUT DOUBT, “SCHUMMY” IS THE BEST BACKSTOP THE CITY BOASTS OF. HE HAS HAD A NEAR PERFECT FIELDING RECORD AND ASSUMES THE CLEAN-UP POSITION IN THE BATTING ORDER. A MEMBER OF THE COMMERCIAL CAFÉ SQUAD LAST SEASON.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19860012000
Acquisition Date
1985-08
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
BASEBALL UNIFORM PANTS
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19930034002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BASEBALL UNIFORM PANTS
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
79.2
Description
GREY, CALF LENGTH PANTS, WITH DARKER GREY STRIPES. GATHERED AROUND BOTTOM SEAM (LEGS). BELT LOOPS, 4 BUTTON FLY & SINGLE BACK POCKET. BLUE PIPING DOWN OUTSIDE LEG SEAM. STAINED, SOILED & FRAYED. 2 HOLES ON LOWER RIGHT LEG, 1 NEAR OUTSIDE SEAM. 1 HOLE ON KNEE, WITH WHITE COTTON PATCH. SEE CONSERVATION REPORT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
UNIFORM BELONGED TO GEORGE ATKINSON WHEN HE PLAYED ON STERN FURNITURE FASTBALL TEAM. THE TEAM WERE FASTBALL CHAMPIONS IN 1934 & MANAGED BY LEO SINGER. SEE ALSO P19930034001-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A BASEBALL UNIFORM DONATED BY MARY ATKINSON. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. GEORGE MARSHALL ATKINSON WAS BORN, RAISED, AND EDUCATED IN MANITOU, MB. HE TAUGHT SCHOOL FOR TWO YEARS IN RENNIE AND PURVES, MB BEFORE JOINING THE CPR IN 1925. IN 1929, GEORGE MARRIED MURIEL ATKINSON (NEE BLACKWELL) IN BETHUNE, SK. HE RETIRED IN 1970. GEORGE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 86 ON SEPTEMBER 5, 1992. AN ARTICLE FROM AUGUST 24, 1934 DESCRIBED GEORGE AS: “GEORGE ATKINSON, SECOND BASEMAN AND FIELDER. GEORGE HAS NOT SEEN A GREAT DEAL OF ACTION THIS YEAR, BEING USED LARGELY FOR UTILITY, BUT HE PERFORMS VERY WELL WHEN CALLED UP AND QUITE RELIABLE. WITH THE GAS COMPANY TEAM A YEAR AGO.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19930034002
Acquisition Date
1993-06
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
MINERS BASEBALL UNIFORM
Date Range From
1965
Date Range To
1974
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CLOTH
Catalogue Number
P20080026000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MINERS BASEBALL UNIFORM
Date Range From
1965
Date Range To
1974
Materials
CLOTH
No. Pieces
2
Description
1. BASEBALL UNIFORM, SHORT SLEEVED SHIRT WITH ZIPPERED FRONT AND RED TRIM ALONG SIDE OF ZIPPER AND SLEEVES. BACK OF SHIRT WITH BLACK TEXT READING, " MINERS 15 LETHBRIDGE." LABEL ON BACK OF NECK READS, "...MADE IN CANADA...ATHLETIC SUPPLIES, TORONTO." STAINS ON BOTTOM FRONT OF SHIRT. LENGTH 77.5, WIDTH 55.5. 2. BASEBALL UNIFORM, GREY PANTS WITH ELASTIC WAIST AND LEG HOLES. RED STRIPE ALONG OUTER LENGTH OF BOTH LEGS, LABEL INSIDE READS, "DESIGNED BY MARO HOLLAND...EDMONTON ALTA." FRONT OF PANTS HEAVILY SOILED. LENGTH 80.2, WIDTH 56.0.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
KALIE VERES ACQUIRED UNIFORM WHEN STEWART DOW, MATERNAL UNCLE AND OWNER OF THE UNIFORM, PASSED AWAY IN 1995. WHILE IN POSSESSION, VERES STORED THE UNIFORM IN A BIN. VERES CANNOT RECALL THE DETAILS REGARDING WHY THE UNIFORM WAS GIFTED TO HER. ACCORDING TO VERES' FATHER, THE MINERS TEAM WAS FORMED IN 1909. HE BELIEVED DOW PLAYED FOR TWO YEARS BEFORE HE STOPPED, DUE TO A RELATIONSHIP AND NEW FOUND INTEREST IN MOTORCYCLES. IT IS THEN THOUGHT THAT DOW RETURNED TO PLAY BASEBALL LATER ON. ARTICLES IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD IN 1964 AND 1974 STATE THAT DOW WAS A PITCHER. DOW WAS A RESIDENT OF LETHBRIDGE UPON PASSING AND WAS BORN IN THE GALT HOSPITAL. THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE, DOW PLAYED IN SPORTS. DOW BEGAN PLAYING WITH THE LETHBRIDGE LITTLE LEAGUE IN 1961 AND CONTINUED UP THE RANKS, PLAYING WITH THE MINERS UNTIL 1973. DOW LATER BECAME ASSISTANT COACH AND COACH FOR THE TEAM. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE PERMANENT RECORD.
Catalogue Number
P20080026000
Acquisition Date
2008-09
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
MAN'S SWIMSUIT
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19900007004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MAN'S SWIMSUIT
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
94
Width
35.5
Description
NAVY BLUE COTTON FABRIC, SLEEVELESS, WITH 2 BUTTONS FOR FASTENING, LEFT SHOULDER ONLY. 1 PCE GARMENT WITH LEGS ABOUT MID-THIGH. FLAP OR PANEL SEWN AROUND MIDDLE (SKIRT-LIKE APPEARANCE) FABRIC IS STRETCHABLE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
DONOR ACQUIRED AS A YOUNG MAN. SUIT HAS BEEN USED. DONOR NOTED THAT THEY WERE NOT VERY FLATTERING & WHEN WET COULD BE "REVEALING". WILLIAM HERBERT SCORESBY SKELTON WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE ON 6 APRIL 1920. HIS PARENTS WERE MARION SCORESBY SKELTON AND HERBERT SCORESBY SKELTON. EDUCATED LOCALLY, MR. SKELTON WORKED AT THE DOMINION EXPERIMENTAL FARM (NOW THE LETHBRIDGE RESEARCH CENTRE) FOR SEVERAL YEARS. HE BEGAN HIS CAREER AS A REPORTER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD IN 1943. AFTER FIVE YEARS AT THE NEWSPAPER, HE BECAME NEWS DIRECTOR AT RADIO STATION CJOC ON 15 FEBRUARY 1948. DURING HIS FIRST TWO YEARS AT THE RADIO STATION, MR. SKELTON WAS THE ONLY EMPLOYEE IN THE NEWS DEPARTMENT. MR. SKELTON ORGANIZED THE FIRST FULL-TIME NEWS DEPARTMENT AT THE RADIO STATION AND WAS NEWS DIRECTOR FOR THE JOINT RADIO – TELEVISION OPERATIONS OF SELKIRK COMMUNICATIONS IN LETHBRIDGE AND SOUTHERN ALBERTA. BY THE TIME OF HIS RETIREMENT IN APRIL 1978, CJOC HAD EIGHT EMPLOYEES IN THE NEWS DEPARTMENT. WILLIAM SKELTON MARRIED MARY THERESA FRANCIS IN SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, LETHBRIDGE ON 3 AUGUST 1957. THE COUPLE DID NOT HAVE CHILDREN. DURING HIS LIFE MR. SKELTON WAS VERY ACTIVE AS A VOLUNTEER WITH MANY COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS: THE SOUTHERN ALBERTA BOY SCOUT COUNCIL, WINSTON CHURCHILL HIGH SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL, THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE’S ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC INFORMATION, LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM, YWCA BUILDING FUND DRIVE, 1975 CANADA WINTER GAMES PROTOCOL COMMITTEE, LETHBRIDGE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, 1981 ALBERTA SUMMER GAMES, PUBLIC RELATIONS ADVISOR FOR THE SIR ALEXANDER GALT MUSEUM, A CHARTER MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE JAYCEES, SOUTHERN ALBERTA COUNCIL ON PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND THE LETHBRIDGE & DISTRICT UNITED WAY, AMONG OTHERS. HE ALSO VOLUNTEERED HIS SERVICES WITH LETHBRIDGE OVERTURE CONCERTS, THE ALBERTA MOTOR ASSOCIATION, LETHBRIDGE AND DISTRICT JAPANESE GARDEN SOCIETY AND THE LOCAL BRANCH OF THE COMMITTEE FOR AN INDEPENDENT CANADA. WILLIAM SKELTON DIED ON 13 JULY 1998, AGE 78, AND IS BURIED IN MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY IN LETHBRIDGE. MARY THERESA SKELTON (NEE FRANCIS) WAS THE DAUGHTER OF DR. AND MRS. JAMES R. FRANCIS AND THE GRANDDAUGHTER OF REVEREND JAMES ROBERTSON D.D., A FORMER MODERATOR OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN CANADA. A TEACHER AT LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE FROM 1945 UNTIL HER RETIREMENT, MARY SKELTON WAS ALSO ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY. MRS. SKELTON WAS A MEMBER OF THE CANADIAN FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN; THE SENIOR HIGH NOVELS, NON-FICTION AND DRAMA AD HOC CURRICULUM COMMITTEE OF ALBERTA EDUCATION; THE LETHBRIDGE SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATION; AND A DRIVER FOR LETHBRIDGE MEALS ON WHEELS. MRS. SKELTON WAS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF THE SIR ALEXANDER GALT MUSEUM DURING THE TIME OF THE MUSEUM’S FIRST RENOVATION AND EXPANSION IN 1983-1985. MARY SKELTON DIED ON 23 AUGUST 2000, AGE 80, AND IS BURIED BESIDE HER HUSBAND IN MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY. [SOURCES: THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, VARIOUS ISSUES; WHO’S WHO IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA 1988-1989 (HISTORICAL RESEARCH CENTRE, 1989) PAGES 739-740]
Catalogue Number
P19900007004
Acquisition Date
1990-07
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
"VETS" HOCKEY SWEATER
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, WOOL
Catalogue Number
P20180015000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
"VETS" HOCKEY SWEATER
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Materials
COTTON, WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
68.2
Width
48
Description
BLACK TURTLENECK SWEATER WITH OCHRE TRIM AT SLEEVES, NECK, AND WAIST. SWEATER IS WOOL-BLEND KNIT; SWEATER HAS YELLOW FELT LETTERS SEWN ON CHEST “VETS”. BACK OF SWEATER HAS YELLOW OUTLINE FROM MISSING “4” PATCH. SWEATER HAS HOLES ON RIGHT-WEARING SLEEVE BELOW ELBOW AND AT ARMPIT; SWEATER HAS HOLES ON SIDES OF NECK AND AT SIDES OF WAIST; SWEATER HAS HOLES ON LEFT-WEARING SLEEVE BELOW ELBOW, AT CUFF, AND ON FRONT AT SHOULDER. BACK OF SWEATER HAS HOLES OF LEFT-WEARING SLEEVE AND RIGHT-WEARING SLEEVE. SWEATER IS SOILED AND STAINED; FRONT IS FADED ON CHEST. OVERALL GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
ON JUNE 14, 2018, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED HAROLD PALMER REGARDING HIS DONATION OF A LETHBRIDGE VETS TEAM HOCKEY SWEATER. THE SWEATER BELONGED TO HAROLD PALMER’S FATHER, MURRAY YALE PALMER. ON HIS FATHER’S CONNECTION TO THE SWEATER, HAROLD PALMER RECALLED, “IT WAS IN MY DAD’S HOCKEY BAG AND HE DIED IN 1971. I NEVER REALLY WENT THROUGH STUFF UNTIL JUST RECENTLY…I’VE HAD IT SINCE 1971 IN MY POSSESSION BUT I’VE NEVER DONE ANYTHING WITH IT. [MY FATHER’S] DAD WAS A DOCTOR IN WW I, IN THE FIELD, SO HE WOULD BE VERY FAMILIAR WITH THE WAR EFFORT. HE WOULD BE IN THE HOME AS A YOUNG BOY AND HIS DAD WAS AWAY IN THE SERVICES. HE PLAYED HOCKEY ALL HIS LIFE. HE HAD TOLD ME [ABOUT] VARIOUS TEAMS THAT HE HAD PLAYED FOR AND WHEN HE DIED AT SIXTY-SEVEN YEARS OLD, HE DIED ON THURSDAY AND THEY HAD PLAYED HOCKEY ON MONDAY NIGHT WITH THE OLDTIMERS. WE GREW UP KNOWING THAT DAD PLAYED HOCKEY AND THAT HE ALWAYS HAD A RINK IN THE BACK YARD.” “[MY SON] GOT [THE CONNECTION] THAT THERE WAS A HOCKEY TEAM BY THE NAME OF “VETS” IN LETHBRIDGE FROM 1919…THIS IS WHERE THE SWEATER ORIGINATED FROM THEN, BECAUSE THERE WOULDN’T BE MANY HOCKEY CLUBS CALLED “VETS”.” “[MY FATHER] LIVED IN CLARESHOLM AT ONE TIME BECAUSE HIS DAD WAS A MEDICAL DOCTOR AND HE WOULD BE A YOUNG MAN THEN…HE WAS A RURAL DOCTOR, HE WAS A COUNTRY DOCTOR. THEY DEFINITELY LIVED IN THAT AREA AT ONE TIME.” “MY DAD HAD A RINK IN OUR BACK YARD FROM THE POINT THAT HE BOUGHT THREE LOTS IN RED DEER. [THE] FIRST [LOT] WAS THE HOUSE, THE SECOND ONE WAS PLANED OFF FOR A BASEBALL FIELD AND THEN IT WAS HOCKEY RINK IN THE WINTER TIME.” “[MY FATHER] PASSED AWAY IN RED DEER, AND HE’D BEEN IN RED DEER FROM 1939 TIL HIS PASSING.” PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE PROVINCIAL ARCHIVES OF ALBERTA NOTES THAT THE LETHBRIDGE VETS WAS CONSIDERED A SENIOR TEAM. THE VETS WON THE 1919-1920 ALBERTA SENIOR PLAYOFFS, HOWEVER LOST IN THE 1919-1920 WESTERN CANADA ALLAN CUP PLAYOFFS. THE VETS COMPETED IN THE 1922-23 ALBERTA SENIOR PLAYOFFS AGAIN. LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES FROM 1923-1924 LIST PALMER AS A PLAYER FOR THE LETHBRIDGE VETS HOCKEY TEAM, AND IN 1926-1927 LIST MURRAY PALMER AS A PLAYER IN CLARESHOLM, ALBERTA. MURRAY YALE PALMER WAS THE SON OF SPRAGUE MURRAY PALMER AND ARLETTE PALMER. SPRAGUE PALMER WAS A DOCTOR IN LETHBRIDGE AND CLARESHOLM FOLLOWING HIS SERVICE IN WW1 AS A DOCTOR WITH THE 22ND CAVALRY FIELD AMBULANCE. FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT, COPIES OF LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES, AND COPIES OF PROVINCIAL ARCHIVES OF ALBERTA RECORDS PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20180015000-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20180015000
Acquisition Date
2018-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
JUDOGI C/W BLACK BELT
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1949
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, FELT
Catalogue Number
P19790274000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
JUDOGI C/W BLACK BELT
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1949
Materials
COTTON, FELT
No. Pieces
2
Length
147.3
Width
88.9
Description
.1. WHITE COTTON JUDOGI. HAND STITCHED. REPAIRS THROUGHOUT. THERE ARE EVEN REPAIRS DONE ON REPAIRS. BADLY FRAYED, HOLES/RIPS UNDER EACH SLEEVE. YELLOWED, ESPECIALLY ON TOP PART OF JUDOGI. .2. JUDOGI BELT, COTTON 20.3 (L) CM. BLACK COTTON SEWN OVER WHITE, SEWN ONTO FELT LINGER. BADLY FRAYED & WORN. SEE CONSERVATION REPORT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
DONOR USED JUDOGI UNTIL THE LATE 1940S. HIS MOTHER KEPT REPAIRING THE SUIT WHICH WAS PASSED ONTO DONOR'S WIFE FOR REPAIR, WHEN THEY MARRIED. DONOR WAS UNABLE TO OBTAIN A NEW JUDOGI DURING THE DEPRESSION. DONOR STARTED TEACHING JUDO IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1952. HE TAUGHT IN RAYMOND, ALTA. FROM 1943-1951. SEE FILE FOR ADDITIONAL HISTORY. NARRATIVE BELOW SOLICITED FROM FLORENCE SENDA IN EARLY 2010 WHEN THIS ARTIFACT WAS EXHIBITED AS PART OF THE GALT’S TREASURES & CURIOSITIES DISPLAY. THE NARRATIVE BECAME THE BASIS FOR THE ARTIFACT’S LABEL COPY IN THE EXHIBIT. *** THIS UNIFORM BELONGED TO YOSHIO SENDA. YOSHIO WAS BORN IN 1922 IN MISSION CITY, BC AND STARTED JUO AT AGE 8 YEARS, EARNING HIS SHODAN (1ST DEGREE BLACK BELT) IN 1938. THIS UNIFORM WAS PROBABLY PURCHASED AROUND THAT TIME. WHEN WWII BROKE OUT AND ALL PEOPLES OF JAPANESE DESCENT WERE EVACUATED FROM 100 MILES INLAND FROM THE COAST OF BC, THE SENDA FAMILY MOVED TO ALBERTA TO THE BEET FIELDS IN THE PICTURE BUTTE AREA. IN 1943, THE RAYMOND JUDO CLUB (THE FIRST IN ALBERTA) WAS STARTED WITH MR. YOSHIO KATSUTA AS HEAD SENSEI, AND YOSHIO SENDA WAS ASKED TO GO TO RAYMOND AS AN ASSISTANT SENSEI. DURING HIS 7 YEARS IN RAYMOND, YOSHIO EARNED HIS NIDAN (2ND DEGREE BLACK BELT), LEARNED THE TRADE OF PAINTING AND PAPER HANGING FROM MR. KATSUTA, AND MET AND MARRIED FLORENCE HIRONAKA. IN 1952, YOSHIO, FLORENCE AND CHILDREN RONALD AND MAE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE WHERE YOSH STARTED HIS OWN BUSINESS, “YOSH SENDA PAINTING AND DECORATING”. THAT FALL, DAVE ROBERTS ASKED YOSH TO TEACH JUDO AT THE OLD YMCA, AND AS THE SAYING GOES THE REST IS HISTORY FOR JUDO IN LETHBRIDGE. YOSH WORKED AT HIS TRADE DURING THE DAY AND VOLUNTEERED TO TEACH JUDO 3 – 4 EVENINGS A WEEK. AT FIRST, YOSH WOULD GET HIS MOTHER TO PATCH THE SUIT, BUT BY THE TIME I MARRIED YOSH, THIS SUIT WAS VERY WELL WORN AND NEEDED PATCHING AFTER EVERY PRACTICE. I ALSO REMEMBER SEWING HEAVY SHEETING ON THE 50 YEAR OLD TATAMI, DAMAGED BY USE AND THE EFFECTS OF OUR DRY CLIMATE. LATER, CLUB MEMBERS WERE ABLE TO RAISE ENOUGH MONEY TO PURCHASE A NEW TATAMI. A NEW YMCA BUILDING WAS BUILT, GIVING THE CLUB A LARGER AREA TO PRACTICE. IN 1967, THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE JUDO CLUB WAS FORMED. OVER THE YEARS, YOSH WAS A CANADIAN HEAD COACH TAKING THE CANADIAN TEAM TO MANY OLYMPIC GAMES, PAN-AM JUDO TOURNAMENTS, WORLD JUDO TOURNAMENTS, CULTURAL EXCHANGES TO JAPAN, ETC. HE RECEIVED MANY AWARDS, TOO MANY TO MENTION HERE, BUT I WILL LIST A FEW. 1989 – RECIPIENT OF “HONORARY DOCTOR OF LAW” DEGREE FROM THE U OF L 1991 – DECORATED “THE ORDER OF SACRED TREASURES, GOLD AND SILVER RAYS”, CONFERRED BY HIS MAJESTY, THE EMPEROR OF JAPAN 2007 – RECEIVED HIS KUDAN (9TH DEGREE BLACK BELT), THE FIRST AND ONLY IN CANADA TO DO SO 2007 – YOSH SAW HIS DREAM OF HAVING A FREE-STANDING JUDO DOJO, AND THE LETHBRIDGE KYODOKAN CLUB OPEN AT 2775 28 AVE S 2008 – RECIPIENT OF THE ORDER OF CANADA SADLY, YOSHIO SENDA PASSED AWAY SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2009. ***
Catalogue Number
P19790274000
Acquisition Date
1979-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19950073175
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
NYLON, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
71
Width
108.5
Description
BLUE NYLON JACKET WITH WHITE FLANNEL LINING. RIGHT BREAST HAS YELLOW "8" APPLIED, AND LEFT BREAST HAS LOGO OF "SUNNY SOUTH BOW ISLAND RECREATION". LETTERS AND LOGO PEELING CONSIDERABLY. RIBBED CUFFS AND TRIM WITH TWO WHITE STRIPES. BACK OF JACKET HAS "LETHBRIDGE MOTORCYCLE CLUB" LOGO IN WHITE, WITH OTHER LETTERS ABOVE AND BELOW PEELED OFF. LABEL INSIDE COLLAR WITH "M/M SEXTON WINNIPEG CANADA MADE IN PHILIPPINES FABRIQUE AU PHILIPPINES". LINING SOILED AND STAINED.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
FROM ESTATE OF DONOR'S PARENTS. *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
P19950073175
Acquisition Date
1995-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BASEBALL UNIFORM
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, WOOL
Catalogue Number
P20030051024
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BASEBALL UNIFORM
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
COTTON, WOOL
No. Pieces
4
Description
1. SHIRT. 84.0(L). SLEEVELESS, COLLARLESS. OFF WHITE. OPENS DOWN FRONT. HAS 6 WHITE PLASTIC BUTTONS FOR CLOSURES. AROUND NECK AND ARMHOLES IS ORANGE EDGING. ON RIGHT CHEST IS AN EMBROIDERED PATCH WITH "ALBERTA" ACROSS TOP IN A BANNER, BELOW THAT IS AN ALBERTA WILD ROSE, AND BELOW THAT IS THE ALBERTA CREST. ON LEFT CHEST THE NUMBERS "14" ARE SEWN ON IN BLACK. SEWN ONTO BACK OF SHIRT IS A LARGE YELLOW AND FADED BLUE OR GREEN PATCH. PATCH IS MINER'S LIBRARY CLUB LOGO. LOGO CONSISTS OF A CIRCLE WITH A MINER'S CAP IN THE CENTER AND "MINERS' LIBRARY CLUB" AROUND THE PERIMETER. ACROSS BOTTOM IS A BANNER WITH "LETHBRIDGE JR'S.", BELOW WHICH IS AN OPEN BOOK. A TAG INSIDE NECKLINE OF SHIRT READS "UNIQUE ATHLETIC SUPPLIES". TAG IS FRAYED AND WORN. SHIRT HAS SOME WEAR OVERALL. 2. PANTS. 91.0(L). OFF WHITE, WITH ORANGE EDGING RUNNING DOWN SIDES. HAS A WHITE PLASTIC BUTTON AND ZIPPER AT FRONT OF WAISTBAND. BACK HAS TWO FLAPPED PATCH POCKETS ONE WITH WHITE PLASTIC BUTTON (OTHER BUTTON MISSING). WAISTBAND HAS 3 NARROW, AND 3 VERY WIDE BELT LOOPS. BOTTOMS OF LEGS ARE ELASTICIZED. RIGHT KNEE HAS A PATCH AND REPAIR. BOTH KNEES ARE REINFORCED ON INSIDE WITH LARGE PATCHES OF BLUE DENIM. PANTS HAVE LARGE STAINS THROUGHOUT (LOTS OF BLUE STAINS), AND ARE WORN. 3. STIRRUPS. 46.5(L). PAIR OF KNIT, GREEN WOOL LEGGINGS WITH STIRRUPS AT THE BOTTOM. ELASTICIZED AT TOP. NARROW AT BOTTOM NEAR STIRRUPS. IN FAIR CONDITION, EACH HAS HOLES, ALONG WITH SOME FRAYING AND ACCRETIONS ON BOTTOM OF STIRRUPS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
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
P20030051024
Acquisition Date
2004-04
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1967
Date Range To
1979
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, THREAD, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20200006001
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1967
Date Range To
1979
Materials
WOOL, THREAD, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Length
65
Width
46
Description
BLUE GREY WOOL JACKET WITH A COLLAR AND SEVEN WHITE SNAP BUTTONS. THE INNER LINER HAS A MULTICOLOUR VERTICAL STRIPE PATTERN. THERE ARE TWO FRONT POCKETS. THE TAG READS “BOUWITT OF WINNIPEG CHAMPIONSHIP ATHLETIC WEAR”. 41 PATCHES AND 14 PINS ARE ATTACHED TO THE JACKET. RIGHT SLEEVE PATCHES: -“FOREMOST ALTA FISH & GAME ASSOCIATION” WITH PRONGHORN -“FT. SASK. F.&G. ASSOC. RIFLEMEN’S RODEO AUG. 1ST. & 2ND. 1971” WITH DEER IN CROSS HAIRS -“BENCH REST TOURNAMENT JULY 1971” YELLOW LETTERING ON GREEN BACKGROUND -GREEN MAPLE LEAF WITH BANNER THAT SAYS “CANADA” -“EXPERT 10-95 STANDING” -“EXPERT 10-98 KNEELING” -“EXPERT 10-98 SITTING” -“EXPERT 10-100 PRONE” LEFT SLEEVE PATCHES: -“EVE” -“KIWANIS GREEN ACRES SHARP SHOOTERS INSTRUCTOR”. HAS CROSSED RIFLES AND “K” IN BLUE CIRCLE ON GREEN BACKGROUND -“RIFLEMANS RODEO” -“LADIES CHAMPION 1969” -“FT. SASK. FISH & GAME ASS’N RIFLEMAN’S RODEO” WITH PRONGHORN -“MARKSMEN 10-90- STANDING” -“MARKSMAN 10-93 KNEELING” -“MARKSMEN 10-95- SITTING” -“MARKSMAN 10-98 PRONE” PATCHES ON FRONT BODY: -“FIRST 100 STANDING EVE” -“LETHBRIDGE MARKSMEN” WITH YELLOW CROSSED RIFLES -CIRCULAR “10-X” -“A.E.G. A LETH. MARKSMEN MEMBERSHIP AWARD” WITH DEER -“PONOKA FISH AND GAME” WITH MALLARD DUCK, FISH, AND SCENERY -“SHOOTING FEDERATION DE TIR” WITH RED MAPLE LEAD THAT SAYS “CANADA” -“HUNTER TRAINING CANDIDATE ALBERTA QUALIFIED” WITH BIGHORN SHEEP -“ALBERTA FISH & GAME ASSN. LETHBRIDGE” WITH FLYING GROUSE -“MASTER 10-200- STANDING” PINS ON COLLAR: -BEAR SHAPED WITH “ANNUAL RIFLEMAN’S RODEO ASHCROFT B.C.” IN GOLD -CIRCULAR “FISH & GAME ASSN ALBERTA” WITH FLYING GROUSE -CIRCULAR “SIERRA EXPERT RIFLEMAN” WITH MOUNTAIN SCENE -GOLD “C-I-L SPORTING RIFLE” WITH MAPLE LEAF -BRONZE “C-I-L SPORTING RIFLE” WITH MAPLE LEAF -BLACK/SILVER “C-I-L SPORTING RIFLE” WITH MAPLE LEAF PINS ON FRONT BODY: -GOLD CROSSED RIFLES -CIRCULAR “WEATHERBY” -GOLD MAPLE LEAF WITH “DM DOMINION MARKSMEN” -“FIELD & STREAM HONOR BADGE” WITH DEER -SILVER AND BROWN RIFLE -SILVER MAPLE LEAF WITH “DM DOMINION MARKSMEN” -BRONZE MAPLE LEAF WITH “DM DOMINION MARKSMEN” -SILVER OVAL “C-I-L” WITH HOLES ON EITHER SIDE PATCHES ON BACK BODY: -“DOMINION MARKSMEN MEMBER” WITH DM LOGO AND MAPLE LEAF -“ALBERTA GUN CRAFT LTD LETHBRIDGE” WITH RIFLE, FISHING ROD, AND HAND GUN -“SILVER EXPERT SHIELD RIFLE” WITH DM LOGO AND MAPLE LEAF -SHIELD SHAPED “SPORTING RIFLE SITTING” WITH BLUE DM LOGO AND MAPLE LEAF - SHIELD SHAPED “SPORTING RIFLE KNEELING” WITH GREEN DM LOGO AND MAPLE LEAF -SHIELD SHAPED “SPORTING RIFLE STANDING” WITH RED DM LOGO AND MAPLE LEAF -“PONOKA FISH AND GAME RIFLEMANS RODEO” WITH TWO RIFLES AND MOUNTAIN GOAT -RED SHIELD SHAPED “CANADIAN CENTENNIAL MARKSMAN WINCHESTER 1967 SPORTING RIFLE THREE POSITION” WITH PERSON ON HORSE -“COUNTY OF WARNER” BANNER ATOP ALBERTA PROVINCE AND BLUE CIRCLE -BROWN/BRONZE CIRCULAR “CANADIAN CENTENNIAL MARKSMAN WINCHESTER 1967 SPORTING RIFLE” WITH PERSON ON HORSE -SILVER CIRCULAR “CANADIAN CENTENNIAL MARKSMAN WINCHESTER 1967 SPORTING RIFLE” WITH PERSON ON HORSE -GOLD CIRCULAR “CANADIAN CENTENNIAL MARKSMAN WINCHESTER 1967 SPORTING RIFLE” WITH PERSON ON HORSE -BROWN/BRONZE “SPORTING RIFLE C-I-L SITTING” WITH PERSON SHOOTING AND RED MAPLE LEAF -SILVER “SPORTING RIFLE C-I-L KNEELING” WITH PERSON SHOOTING AND RED MAPLE LEAF -GOLD “SPORTING RIFLE C-I-L STANDING” WITH PERSON SHOOTING AND RED MAPLE LEAF
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
ASSOCIATIONS
COMMEMORATIVE
History
ON FEBRUARY 27TH AND MARCH 5TH, 2020 COLLECTIONS TECHINICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN MET WITH EVELYN LEFFINGWELL IN HER LETHBRIDGE HOME ALONG WITH HER DAUGHTER, LYNDA BARANIECKI. EVELYN AND HER LATE HUSBAND FRANK WERE PROMINENT LOCAL MARKSMEN, TAUGHT YOUNG PEOPLE THE SKILL, WON MANY AWARDS COMPETING, AND WERE INDUCTED INTO THE LETHBRIDGE SPORTS HALL OF FAME. THEY WERE BOTH VERY INVOLVED WITH THE LETHBRIDGE FISH AND GAME ASSOCIATION, THE ALBERTA SUMMER GAMES, AND SHOOTING CLUBS. EVELYN DONATED A COLLECTION OF ITEMS RELATED TO THE COUPLE’S SPORTING DAYS TO THE MUSEUM. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS DERIVED FROM THE TWO AFOREMENTIONED INTERVIEWS. EVELYN SHARED THE STORY BEHIND THE DONATED JACKET: “I CAN’T TELL YOU EXACTLY WHEN WE GOT [THEM], IT WAS PROBABLY IN THE LATE [OR] EARLY ‘70S WHEN WE STARTED SHOOTING. WE HAD A GROUP THAT WAS CALLED ‘THE LETHBRIDGE MARKSMAN…CLUB’ AND I THINK WE HAD ABOUT TEN PEOPLE. WE ALL WENT OUT AND BOUGHT THE SAME JACKETS AND THEN WE GOT OUR CRESTS…[AND] PUT THE CRESTS ON. WE’D GO TO THE SHOOTS AND WE WOULD ALL BE IN OUR JACKETS. WE WOULD WALK INTO A RESTAURANT, YOU COULD SEE EVERYBODY READING THEM…[WONDERING] ‘WHO ARE THEY?’….” EVELYN TOOK CREDIT FOR THE GROUP GETTING MATCHING JACKETS: “[IT WAS] PROBABLY [MY IDEA TO GET THE JACKETS]… WE WERE IN A STORE ONE DAY AND I WAS LOOKIN’ AT [THEM] AND SOME OF OUR FRIENDS FROM OUR CLUB [WERE] IN THERE. I LOOKED AT IT [AND THOUGHT] ‘AW, THAT’S KINDA NICE.’ I PUT IT ON, AND BEFORE WE LEFT I BOUGHT THREE OR FOUR OF US ALL…JACKETS THAT I CONVINCED [THEM] WE SHOULD BUY.” EVELYN CONTINUED: “…[WE] DIDN’T SHOOT IN...[THESE JACKETS]. THEY WERE JUST SOME THAT WE’D WEAR IN THE WINTERTIME WHEN IT WAS COLD AND WE GOT TOGETHER.” “[I] CAN’T REMEMBER WHO BROUGHT THEM IN FOR US. [IT] WAS A LONG TIME AGO… BUT I KNOW THAT THERE WAS A WHOLE PILE OF US THAT HAD [THEM].” EVELYN DESCRIBED THE PATCHES ON THE DONATED JACKETS: “…WE ALL JUST GOT OUR…PACKAGES FROM DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS… THESE ARE THE SHOOTING FEDERATION OF CANADA… SOME OF THEM…[YOU] HAD TO SHOOT…SO MANY TARGETS, AND THEN YOU’D GET THESE BADGES FOR THE TARGETS AND THEN WE JUST HAD THEM SEWED ON OUR JACKETS. THAT WAS JUST ADVERTISING ALL THE SHOOTING PLACES.” EVELYN RECALLED WHO SEWED THE PATCHES ON THE GARMENT: “I THINK I TOOK…[THE JACKET] TO THE LAUNDRIES WITH…[THE BADGES] AND I THINK THEY PUT THEM ON FOR ME [BE]CAUSE I DON’T THINK I COULD HAVE SEWED THEM ALL ON…” WHEN ASKED WHICH PATCHES MEANT THE MOST TO HER, EVELYN SAID: “…THE FISH AND GAME [BADGE IS VALUABLE TO ME]. IT’S ALL THE DIFFERENT PLACES WE WENT TO. OUR LETHBRIDGE MARKSMAN WAS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ONES.” “[THE LETHBRIDGE MARKSMAN ONE IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE] THAT WAS OUR CLUB. WE WERE FRIENDS AND WE DID EVERYTHING TOGETHER. WE’D GO TO A SHOOT AND WE’D GO IN…FOUR OR FIVE TRUCKS, FOLLOWING ONE ANOTHER WITH OUR WALKIE-TALKIES, TALKING TO EVERYBODY… WE’D GO TO PONOKA AND FORT SASKATCHEWAN AND ALL THOSE PLACES, TO ATTEND THE SHOOTS, SO IT WAS GREAT.” WHEN ASKED IF PEOPLE ARE STILL SEEN WEARING THE JACKETS, EVELYN RESPONDED: “NOPE. NOBODY WEARS THEM, ANYMORE.” “WHEN WE QUIT OUR SHOOTING, EVERYBODY…PRETTY WELL JUST PUT…[THE JACKETS] AWAY. I HAVEN’T SEEN…ANYBODY WITH ONE ON FOR YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS.” “…IT WAS A GREAT THING THAT WE ALL HAD [THEM]…AND IT WAS NICE WHEN WE COULD ALL SHOOT, AND WE HAD FOUR OR FIVE THAT WON TROPHIES, AND THERE WE WERE ALL AROUND WITH OUR JACKETS ON.” AN OCTOBER 3RD, 1991 LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLE OUTLINED SOME OF EVELYN’S SHOOTING ACHIEVEMENTS, SOME OF WHICH ARE CONNECTED TO THE PINS AND PATCHES ON HER DONATED JACKET. THE ARTICLE STATED THAT “EVELYN WAS THE CANADIAN WOMEN’S CHAMPION IN 1967 FOR .22 RIFLE POSTAL MATCHES AND THIRD IN KNEELING. SHE WON THE RIFLEMAN’S RODEO TITLE A NUMBER OF TIMES AND SET CANADIAN BENCHREST RECORDS THREE TIMES. IN 1983 SHE SET THE 100-YARD AGGREGATE HUNTER SCORE MARK AND IN 1984 THE 100-200 YARD AGGREGATE HUNTER SCORE. IN 1987 SHE SET THE VARMIT HUNTER, 200-YARD GROUP RECORD WHICH STILL STANDS.” EVELYN SPOKE ABOUT WHAT SHE GAINED FROM THE SHOOTING COMMUNITY: “[WHAT I GAINED THROUGH SHOOTING WAS] FRIENDSHIP… WE WERE ALL IN THE SAME THING. WE WERE ALL FRIENDS. WE TRAVELED TOGETHER TO THE DIFFERENT SHOOTS… WE ALL WANTED EVERYBODY ELSE TO WIN. IT WAS ENJOYABLE. I LOVED IT. IN FACT, I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO [GO TO THE] SOUTHERN ALBERTA SUMMER GAMES. I SHOT IN THE FIRST ONE… FRANK AND I, WE STARTED DOWN AT THE LETHBRIDGE RANGE WITH OUR KIDS, [GETTING THEM] READY, AND US, TO GO TO THE GAMES... I’D GO TO A LOT OF SMALL TOWNS THAT WERE HAVING [THEM], THAT DIDN’T KNOW QUITE WHAT TO DO; GET THEM ALL SET UP FOR THE GAMES. GO IN AND GET THEIR TARGETS… I ALWAYS HAD THEIR TARGETS ALL READY AND THE RANGE READY FOR PEOPLE TO COME IN. I JUST WON A VERY SPECIAL AWARD, ‘HEART OF A CHAMPION’, FROM THE SOUTHERN ALBERTA SUMMER GAMES. [WE ALSO WON THE] MAX GIBB AWARD THAT FRANK AND I BOTH WON. IT’S WORTH IT. PEOPLE APPRECIATE YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO.” EVELYN ELABORATED ON THE SENSE OF COMMUNITY SHE FOUND IN THE SHOOTING CLUBS AND COMPETITIONS: “…I FIND WHEREVER I GO AND WHENEVER THE MEMBERS…ARE THERE, THEY’RE ALWAYS UP, THEY’RE [HUGGING] ME… WHEN WE USED TO HOLD THE SHOOTS…AND KIDS WOULD SHOOT, THEY’D ALWAYS SHOOT THEIR TARGETS AND RUN [THEM] OVER TO ME…SO THAT I COULD CHECK [THEM] OUT BEFORE ANYTHING HAPPENED… [WHEN] WE WERE AT A SHOOT, EVEN IF I WASN’T IN CHARGE OF IT, I WAS THERE, AND…[SOMEBODY] SHOT A TARGET AND THEY DIDN’T FIGURE IT WAS RIGHT, THEY’D BRING IT TO ME. I’D CHECK IT OVER AND THEN I’D GO TO THE SCORERS AND SAY, ‘WILL YOU CHECK THIS OVER, AGAIN?’ IT’S JUST THE TOGETHERNESS THAT I THINK THAT WE FIND.” LYNDA ADDED: “IT’S DEFINITELY A FAMILY... MY DAD WAS A COWBOY…THERE’S NO DOUBT ABOUT IT... HE WORE HIS COWBOY BOOTS, HE WORE HIS COWBOY HAT, THAT’S WHAT HE DID. HE WAS JUST A DOWN TO EARTH PERSON… THERE WAS NO AIRS...AND THAT’S HOW I FIND THAT THE SHOOTERS ARE… THEY DON’T HAVE TO PUT ON AIRS FOR ANYBODY… THEY LOVED WHAT THEY DID…” LYNDA CONTINUED: “…YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO BE RICH AND YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO HAVE MONEY…AND EVEN IF YOU HAD MONEY, YOU COULD STILL COME…AND I THINK THE FACT THAT MY DAD WAS A MENTOR… HE TOOK MORE PRIDE IN SEEING HIS JUNIOR SHOOTERS WIN A COMPETITION THAN WINNING IT HIMSELF. HE TOOK MORE PRIDE IN WATCHING…[MY MOM] WIN.” “…EVEN IN THE WINTERTIME WE DIDN’T SHOOT…BUT THEY STILL MET ALL THE TIME... THEY’D GO FOR COFFEE. THIS WAS THEIR GROUP…IT WAS THEIR FAMILY…” EVELYN CONTINUED: “[IT WAS] THE FRIENDSHIP.” “…AFTER FRANK PASSED AWAY, I HAD FRIENDS THAT WOULD PHONE ME EVERY DAY, TELL ME A JOKE TO MAKE ME LAUGH AND THEY JUST DIDN’T FORGET…[YOU]… THAT REALLY MAKES A DIFFERENCE.” LYNDA SPOKE ABOUT HER DAD’S LEGACY IN THE SHOOTING COMMUNITY: “THEY HAVE A MEMORIAL SHOOT FOR MY DAD IN AUGUST, ONCE A YEAR, AS WELL…” LYNDA CONTINUED: “PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER [SHOOT IN THE MEMORIAL]. PEOPLE THAT DON’T KNOW HIM, THOUGH, COME BECAUSE THEY’VE HEARD OF HIM… THE PEOPLE THAT DID KNOW HIM…THEY’RE THE ONES THAT CAN TELL THE STORIES.” WHEN ASKED WHAT MADE FRANK UNIQUE IN HIS COMMUNITY, EVELYN RESPONDED: “HE WAS SO INTERESTED IN PROPER WAY OF SHOOTING, OF TEACHING THE JUNIORS—” “—AND EVERYBODY ELSE…TO SHOOT AND HOW…[TO] BE CAREFUL.” EVELYN WENT ON: “…THAT WAS HIS LIFE. HE LOVED SHOOTING, HE LOVED TO TEACH. GARY ELLISON WROTE A STORY ABOUT HIS SON; HE COULD REMEMBER HOW THANKFUL HIS SON WAS THAT HE WAS DOWN THE RANGE ONE DAY AND FRANK HAD HAD HIM USE HIS GUN TO SHOOT. EVERYBODY RESPECTED HIM BECAUSE OF HIS SAFETY.” LYNDA ADDED: “PROPER HANDLING OF GUNS.” “HE WAS A MASTER IN WHAT HE DID, DEFINITELY.” LYNDA CONTINUED: “…HE JUST HAD [AN] EXTREME KNOWLEDGE… HE WANTED TO LEARN AND HE LEARNED ALL THE TIME.” WHEN ASKED WHAT VALUES EVELYN AND FRANK TRIED TO INSTILL IN THE YOUNG PEOPLE THEY TAUGHT, SHE REPLIED: “SAFETY FIRST. KNOW WHAT YOU’RE [DOING]. WATCH WHAT YOU’RE [DOING]… IN THE ROOM THERE…I HAVE A BARREL THAT I TAKE DOWN WHENEVER WE HAVE OUR JUNIOR SHOOTERS SO THAT WE TEACH [THEM] YOU DON’T PUT IT DOWN [TO] GET THROUGH THE FENCE; YOU DON’T PUT YOUR RIFLE DOWN, YOUR BARREL, [BECAUSE] IT’S JUST BLOWN ALL APART… I’VE BEEN AT SHOOTS WHERE GUYS HAVE LAID DOWN AND PUT THE WRONG AMMUNITION IN THEIR GUN AND IT BLOWS UP… [IT] MAKES A DIFFERENCE. YOU…[HAVE TO] REALLY KNOW WHAT YOU’RE [DOING] AND HOW TO DO IT. SAFETY IS THE FIRST THING.” EVELYN COMMENTED ON BEING REMEMBERED FOR TEACHING JUNIORS THE SPORT: “…I HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE FROM THE FISH AND GAME THAT COME UP TO ME AND SAY, ‘YOU TAUGHT ME AS JUNIOR’ …IT’S…REALLY AMAZING HOW PEOPLE REMEMBER YOU.” LYNDA ELABORATED ON THE MEANING BEHIND HER PARENTS BEING INDUCTED INTO THE HALL OF FAME: “MY DAD WAS INDUCTED AS A BUILDER, NOT AS AN ATHLETE. [MY MOM] WAS INDUCTED AS AN ATHLETE, SO THERE WERE TWO DIFFERENT CATEGORIES… TO ME, MY DAD WAS A MENTOR. HE TAUGHT, THAT WAS HIS FIELD. THAT’S…WHERE HE SHONE… I MEAN, HE WAS A SHOOTER, THERE’S NO DOUBT ABOUT IT, HE WAS A MASTER OF WHAT HE DID, BUT IT’S THE TEACHING THAT WAS SO IMPORTANT TO HIM. NOT THAT IT WASN’T TO HER BUT…THAT’S WHY.” EVELYN OFFERED HER CLOSING THOUGHTS ON BEING IN THE HALL OF FAME: “I FEEL…ABSOLUTELY HONOURED. I’VE BEEN THINKING OF THIS FOR A LONG TIME AND TO ME, IT’S GREAT. [FRANK] DESERVES IT. I HEAR EVERYBODY ELSE GOING IN THERE, WHY CAN’T HE? WE GOT OUR ROCK BUT NOBODY SEES THAT. BUT, IT IS AN HONOUR.” AN OCTOBER 3RD, 1991 LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLE MADE REFERENCE TO THE ROCK EVELYN MENTIONED. THE ARTICLE STATED THAT “A CAIRN AT THE LETHBRIDGE FISH AND GAME TARGET RANGE, IN MEMORY OF FRANK LEFFINGWELL, ONE OF THE MAIN FORCES BEHIND THE RANGE WILL BE UNVEILED…” EVELYN REVEALED WHAT MOTIVATED HER TO DONATE THE MEMORABILIA TO THE MUSEUM: “…I HAVE SO MUCH STUFF AND FRANK HAS BEEN AWARDED…AND WORKED SO HARD TO GET EVERYTHING THAT HE GOT. HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE FISH AND GAME ASSOCIATION. HE DID AN AWFUL LOT THROUGH CONSTRUCTION OF THE RANGE DOWN THERE, AND ALL OF THE AWARDS THAT HE HAS WON, HE’S THE GREATEST… THIS WAY, I FIGURED OTHER PEOPLE CAN…SEE JUST WHAT A KIND OF A GENTLEMAN HE WAS…AND HOW GREAT HE WAS AT SHOOTING.” “…I’M [GETTING] OLDER ALL THE TIME AND THERE COULD BE A TIME WHEN I’M…[GOING TO] HAVE TO LEAVE OUR HOME. WHAT AM I…[GOING TO] DO WITH THIS STUFF…? I’VE HAD PEOPLE COME AND I’LL SEE IF THERE’S ANYTHING THAT YOU’D REALLY LIKE TO REMEMBER HIM BY, BY ALL MEANS TAKE IT HOME WITH YOU. BUT THE THING IS, WHAT’S MY FAMILY…[GOING TO] DO WITH EVERYTHING THAT’S HERE? NOBODY WANTS IT. THE TROPHIES, YOU CAN’T DO…[ANYTHING] WITH THEM; THEY END UP IN THE DUMP, WHICH IS SAD TO SAY.” EVELYN WENT ON: “I DON’T THINK YOU’LL SEE [ANYTHING LIKE MY BASEMENT]…AGAIN. THIS IS ALL THE AWARDS AND THINGS THAT WE HAVE WON THROUGH THE YEARS. WE STARTED SHOOTING IN…[1966].” EVELYN PROVIDED THE ORIGINS OF HOW SHE STARTED SHOOTING: “[I STARTED SHOOTING] JUST TO BE WITH HIM, THAT’S ALL.” “…IT WAS JUST THAT WE TRAVELED TOGETHER AND…THAT’S WHY HE HAD ME WITH HIM. IF ANYTHING HAPPENED, IT WAS BOTH OF US TOGETHER. [THAT’S] JUST THE WAY IT WAS.” EVELYN SPOKE ABOUT LEARNING TO HUNT FROM FRANK: “…IT WAS JUST NICE TO BE OUT THERE, TO BE ABLE TO JUST BE OUT IN THE COUNTRY AND SEE THE ANIMALS. IT’S VERY FUNNY, THE FIRST TIME I WENT OUT WITH HIM AND HE SHOT A DEER… HE DECIDED HE’S…[GOING TO] CLEAN IT… HE SAID, ‘HOLD THIS LEG FOR ME.’ SO I HELD THIS LEG AND THEN PRETTY SOON, ‘HOW ABOUT THIS ONE?’ …BEFORE LONG, I’M…LOOKING DOWN INTO IT. HE DIDN’T WANT ME TO DO IT BECAUSE HE THOUGHT I’D GET SICK, BUT, HERE I WAS. [THAT] WAS A GOOD WAY TO TEACH ME.” EVELYN SPOKE ABOUT HOW HER AND FRANK SHARED A COMMITMENT TO THE SPORT OVER TIME: “…THEN IT JUST SEEMED LIKE BEING INVOLVED WITH GOING DOWN TO THE RANGE AND HAVING THE LETHBRIDGE FISH AND GAME RANGE... HIS DAD AND MOM LIVED WITH US. HIS DAD AND HIM WOULD LOAD ALL THE TIME AND GO DOWN SHOOTING AND THEN WHEN DAD PASSED AWAY…FRANK JUST CONTINUED ON… THEN…A BUNCH OF US…GOT TOGETHER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE FISH AND GAME AND WE WERE UNDER THE GREEN ACRES KIWANIS CLUB. PERCY BUTLER…WANTED TO START THE SHOOTING PROGRAM AND WE GOT INVOLVED IN THAT, AND THAT WAS THE START OF IT; WE JUST CONTINUED ON.” “…IT WAS ALSO THE GREEN ACRES KIWANIS [THAT PROMPTED FRANK TO START TARGET SHOOTING]… THEY WANTED TO START A JUNIOR PROGRAM SO SOME OF OUR MEMBERS FROM THE LETHBRIDGE FISH AND GAME, THEY WERE IN THERE, THEY WERE…[GOING TO] TEACH THE PROPER WAY OF HANDLING GUNS AND EVERYTHING AND FRANK AND I [WERE] WITH [THEM]. SO WE JUST WENT IN…[TO TEACHING] THEM AND CONTINUED ON. WE HAD PROGRAMS WHERE WE HAVE SENIORS, WE USED TO SHOOT IN THE RCMP INDOOR RANGE. THAT WAS BELOW THE GARAGE. [THAT] WAS MANY YEARS AGO…” “…WE STARTED WITH…TEACHING JUNIORS [SHOOTING]…AND THEN JUST WENT ON TO COMPETITION-SHOOTING. [WE] TRAVELED ALL OVER AND, LUCKY ENOUGH, THAT WE WERE GOOD ENOUGH TO DO IT. BUT WE DID IT TOGETHER. [THAT] WAS THE MAIN THING. WE LOADED BEFORE WE WENT TO A SHOOT, RIGHT UP UNTIL TWELVE O’CLOCK AT NIGHT, JUMP INTO THE TRUCK, AND DROVE TO WHEREVER WE WERE GOING TO COMPETE. WE PRACTICED TOGETHER, WE SHOT TOGETHER, WE DID JUNIORS TOGETHER, WE DID EVERYTHING TOGETHER… THAT’S THE MAIN THING… I WANT HIS MEMORY TO GO ON. THAT’S WHY I’M…[DONATING THE ITEMS TO MUSEUM].” LYNDA TALKED ABOUT THE COUPLE’S COMMON PASSION FOR SHOOTING: “…THEY’D BE TOGETHER… IT WOULD ALWAYS BE FRANK AND EVELYN. THAT’S THE WAY THAT PEOPLE THINK OF THE WHOLE THING… NOW…THERE ARE OTHER KIDS THAT ARE COMING UP, THE ONES THAT SHE TEACHES IN THE SUMMERTIME THAT ARE DIFFERENT… BUT ANY OF THE SHOOTERS, IT WAS ALWAYS FRANK AND EVELYN; ‘WE DID THIS WITH FRANK AND EVELYN.’ IT WAS ALWAYS TOGETHER.” LYNDA OFFERED A STORY AS TO HOW HER DAD STARTED TARGET SHOOTING, WANTING TO BECOME A BETTER SHOT: “...THERE IS AN ARTICLE WHERE DAD IS TALKING ABOUT WHEN HE WAS DOWN AT THE RANGE SIGHTING IN ON ONE OF HIS GUNS TO GO HUNTING… GENE SCULLY, WHO WAS ALSO ONE OF THE INSTRUCTORS FOR THE YOUNG KIDS SAID TO HIM, ‘WELL, WHY DON’T YOU SHOOT AT THIS TARGET?’ AND [DAD] SAID, ‘I SHOT TEN ROUNDS. THAT’S WHEN I FIGURED OUT I BETTER LEARN HOW TO SHOOT. SO THAT’S WHEN I STARTED DOING TARGET SHOOTING.’ SO THAT…[WAS] HIS INSPIRATION, [IT] WAS THAT, ‘I’M NOT QUITE AS GOOD AS I THINK I AM. MAYBE I BETTER PRACTICE A LITTLE BIT MORE’.” EVELYN SPOKE ABOUT THE CLUB NAME SHE WAS A PART OF: “THE LETHBRIDGE MARKSMAN, WE WERE. [IN THE 1970S].” EVELYN REVEALED HOW THE VARIOUS LETHBRIDGE SHOOTING RANGE LOCATIONS CHANGED OVER TIME: “…ALLAN JARVIE WAS A VETERAN… HE OPENED A RED ASH COMPANY DOWN IN THE RIVER, BUT EVERYBODY CONTINUED TO GO DOWN AND SHOOT ALL HIS MACHINERY… WE KNEW ALLAN AND HIS WIFE AND FAMILY FROM THE TIME THEY WERE KIDS. BUT HE WENT TO THE [LETHBRIDGE] FISH AND GAME [ASSOCIATION] AND HE SAID, ‘I’LL MAKE YOU A DEAL. I OWN SO MUCH PROPERTY DOWN HERE, I’LL GIVE YOU THIS PARCEL OF LAND IF YOU WILL AGREE TO KEEP IT CLEAN AND HAVE IT SHOOTING SO PEOPLE WON’T COME DOWN AND SHOOT MY STUFF SO MUCH.’ AND THAT WAS THE START OF…[THE FIRST SHOOTING RANGE].” “THAT WAS THE FIRST RANGE. THEN, PEENAQUIM PARK DECIDED THEY WANTED TO MOVE IN THERE. THEY WANTED TO MAKE A WALKING TRAIL WHERE WE WERE…” “…SO THAT’S WHAT THEY WANT– THEY COME TO US TO SEE IF THAT PROPERTY WAS OPEN, IF WE WOULD MOVE. WELL, WE WENT TO UMPTEEN DOZEN MEETINGS WITH THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE TRYING TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO GET OUR RANGE MOVED. FINALLY, THE CITY…[CAME] TO US AND THEY SAID, ‘WE’VE GOT A COULEE THAT IS FALLING DOWN. WE’LL TAKE THAT DIRT AND WE WILL BUILD YOU NINE-FEET BERMS BETWEEN EACH DISCIPLINE OF SHOOTING, IF YOU’LL AGREE TO MOVE.’ WELL, IT SOUNDED PRETTY GOOD. IT WAS A LOT BIGGER THAN WHAT WE HAD.” EVELYN TALKED ABOUT THE GENDER MAKEUP IN THE SHOOTING COMMUNITY: “[THERE WAS] PROBABLY MORE MEN [SHOOTING] BUT THERE’S A LOT OF WOMEN THAT ARE IN THERE NOW, TOO. A LOT OF KIDS.” LYNDA ESTIMATED THE RATIO AT: “FIVE [MEN] TO ONE [WOMAN], I BET YOU ANYWAY.” LYNDA ELABORATED: “I MEAN, WHEN YOU’D GO TO A SHOOT THERE’D MAYBE BE SIX OR SEVEN WOMEN BUT THERE’D BE THIRTY MEN…” EVELYN ORGANIZED AND VOLUNTEERED IN THE COMMUNITY: “[WITH THE LETHBRIDGE FISH AND GAME ASSOCIATION, I WAS A PART OF THE] BANQUET COMMITTEE, BINGO COMMITTEE. ANYTIME THEY HAD ONE THAT THEY WERE TAKING THE KIDS OUT [I WAS INVOLVED]… WE’D TAKE KIDS OUT FISHING AND THEN GO SOMEWHERE AND HAVE LUNCH AND EVERYTHING… JUST ANYTHING TO DO PRIMARILY WITH KIDS, I WAS WILLING TO DO IT. AND I STILL AM.” “…I USED TO GO HELP ALL THE SMALLER TOWNS THAT DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO AND THINGS. I’D GO [AND] HELP WITH THE SCORING AND GETTIN’ PEOPLE TO WORK, SET UP THE RANGES, GET THEIR TARGETS READY AND SO I ENJOYED IT, I LOVED IT…” WHEN ASKED WHAT TIME PERIOD THE FAMILY HAD PEAK MEMORIES AND INVOLVEMENT IN THE SPORT, LYNDA RESPONDED: “70S.” TO THE SAME QUESTION AS ABOVE, EVELYN REPLIED: “YEAH, 70S, ’75, ‘80S.” WHEN ASKED HOW EVELYN GOT SO GOOD AT SHOOTING, SHE ANSWERED: “WE PRACTICED ALL THE TIME.” LYNDA ADDED: “SPEND HOURS AND HOURS AND HOURS AT THE RANGE.” EVELYN SAID SHE PRACTICED REGULARILY: “SOMETIMES EVERY EVENING, AFTER WORK.” “…ALWAYS HAD TIME FOR IT… I’M NOT DOING THAT MUCH NOW BECAUSE I’M OLDER...” “…BUT I’LL HELP WHEREVER I CAN. I ENJOY IT. IT’S A GOOD ORGANIZATION. I’VE MADE A LOT OF FRIENDS…” LYNDA SPOKE ABOUT HER FATHER’S COMMITMENT TO SHOOTING: “…EVEN INTO THE ‘80S, WHEN [MY PARENTS] WERE STILL GOING TO ALL [THEIR] SHOOTS, WHEN MY DAD FIRST GOT SICK…HE WAS STILL DOING JUNIOR SHOOTERS AND…THAT’S BASICALLY WHEN HE WAS SETTING UP THE NEW RANGE, IN THAT AREA… HE WAS BUSY…DOING THAT STILL AND HE [HAD A SURGERY]…DONE AND WAS STILL DOWN AT THE RANGE PROBABLY TWO WEEKS LATER.” FRANK WAS ALSO ALWAYS PRACTICING, ACCORDING TO EVELYN: “…IF HE WAS SITTIN’ HERE NOW AND HE’D HAVE A GUN IN HIS HAND, HE’D BE AIMING AT SOMETHING...PRACTICING...NO MATTER WHERE IT WAS… HE’D ALWAYS SAY, ‘WELL, PICK IT UP AND TRY IT. AIM AT SOMETHING.’ HE HAD HIS OWN, SPECIAL WAY OF [DOING] THINGS… HE WAS GREAT.” LYNDA CONFIRMED THE FREQUENCY OF HER PARENT’S SHOOTING PRACTICE: “DEFINITELY EVERY EVENING AFTER WORK, SOMETIMES TWICE A DAY.” LYNDA CONTINUED: “…IT’S LIKE ANY SPORT, I SUPPOSE… IT GETS IN…[YOU], IT’S YOURS… YOU STRIVE TO BE BETTER AND YOU WORK HARDER TO BE BETTER… THEN YOU [ALSO] GO DOWN THERE [TO THE SHOOTING RANGE] TO SEE WHO’S DOWN THERE [BECAUSE] YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS ANYBODY.” LYNDA SPOKE ABOUT HOW HER DAD DID THE PREPARATION WORK OF LOADING BULLETS: “…[THE COST WAS] WHY THEY LOADED THEIR OWN BULLETS… DAD USED TO HAVE, IN THAT BEDROOM THERE, WAS…WHERE HIS LOADING ROOM WAS… IN THAT ARTICLE I READ THIS MORNING, HE SAYS THAT…IT WAS PROBABLY A THIRD OF THE COST TO LOAD HIS OWN BUT HE ALSO TALKS IN THAT ARTICLE ABOUT HOW PRECISE [LOADING WAS]… HE HAD TO LEARN, OVER THE YEARS, HOW…[TO LOAD]… YOU HAD TO HAVE EXACT AMOUNT OF POWDER, YOU LEARNED THE BETTER THINGS TO USE… HE USED CASTOR OIL RATHER THAN THE MANUFACTURER’S OIL… HE LEARNED DIFFERENT THINGS AND HOW PERFECT IT WAS… IT’S AN ART JUST TO DO THE LOADING ITSELF… HE WOULD BE DOWN HERE FOR HOURS AND HOURS AND HOURS, LOADING BULLETS… HE’D HAVE FIVE HUNDRED OF [THEM] AND A HUNDRED OF [THEM] MIGHT BE GOOD AND THE OTHER FOUR HUNDRED HE’D DUMP OUT AND START ALL OVER AGAIN… IT’S QUITE AN ART JUST DOING THAT.” “IN THE EVENINGS. HE’D BE DOWN LOADING, EVERY NIGHT. HE’D BE DOWN WORKING IN HIS LOADING ROOM, [DOING] THINGS… THIS WAS IS SPECIALTY…” EVELYN STILL IS INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY: “…I STILL GO DOWN [TO THE RANGE]… A FRIEND OF MINE THAT IS A FISH AND GAME MEMBER, WE TEACH…FISH AND GAME MEMBER JUNIORS ALL THE TIME. WE HAVE ABOUT A FOUR TO FIVE-WEEK COURSE EVERY YEAR AND WHEN THE COURSE IS FINISHED, I RECYCLE MY TROPHIES AND GIVE EACH CHILD A TROPHY AND IT MEANS A LOT TO [THEM].” “IT WAS A GOOD SPORT. I REALLY ENJOYED IT WHILE I WAS IN AND I ENJOYED THE PEOPLE, SO IT’S TOO BAD IF I GOT DOWN THERE I WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO GET UP AGAIN. I CAN’T GET DOWN IN THE PROPER POSITION ANYMORE.” EVELYN TALKED ABOUT HAVING TO SELL HER GUNS: “...[IT] BROKE MY HEART TO HAVE TO GET RID OF [THEM] ALL.” EVELYN CONTINUED: “I HAD SPECIAL…[FIREARMS] THAT…[FRANK] HAD BUILT JUST FOR ME.” LYNDA ADDED ON THE TOPIC OF GETTING RID OF THE FIREARMS A DECADE AGO FOLLOWING FRANK’S DEATH: “…DAD BUILT HIS OWN GUNS. HE DID BUILD FOR HER, HE BUIL[T] THE STOCKS…AND PAINTED ON [THEM] AND HAD WRITINGS... IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE TO KEEP SOME OF THE STOCKS BUT IT’S HARD…[TO] JUST SELL A BARREL.” LYNDA CONTINUED: “…IT WAS TO THE POINT WHERE WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING WITH THEM. SOMEONE NEEDS TO ENJOY THEM LIKE DAD DID… THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT WANTED THESE THINGS AND…WE JUST HAD TO DO IT…” EVELYN REFLECTED ON RETIRING FROM THE SPORT: “IT’S TOUGH WHEN YOU CAN’T DO IT ANYMORE. BUT WHEN YOU MAKE UP YOUR MIND YOU CAN’T, YOU DON’T WANNA GET OUT THERE AND MAKE A FOOL OUT OF YOURSELF, SO IT’S EASIER TO WATCH OR WORK.” LYNDA TALKED ABOUT HER MOM STILL PARTAKING THE THE MEMORIAL SHOOT FOR HER FATHER: “SHE STILL SHOOTS ONCE A YEAR WHICH I DON’T REALLY THINK SHE SHOULD BUT SHE DOES, AT MY DAD’S MEMORIAL SHOOT… SO SHE HASN’T GIVEN THAT UP COMPLETELY EVEN THOUGH SHE WANTS TO TELL YOU SHE HAS, SHE HASN’T.” EVELYN ADDED: “…I WILL CONTINUE SHOOTING IT UNTIL THEY PUT ME IN MY CASKET.” FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO SEE THE FULL TRANSCRIPT, PLEASE SEE THE DONATION’S PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20200006001
Acquisition Date
2020-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1979
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, THREAD, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20200006002
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1979
Materials
WOOL, THREAD, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Length
62
Width
62
Description
BLUE GREY WOOL JACKET WITH A COLLAR AND SEVEN WHITE SNAPS. THE INNER LINER HAS A VERTICAL MULTICOLOUR STRIPED PATTERN. THE TAG IS TORN OUT. ON THE LEFT SHOULDER THERE IS A RED AND BLACK PATCH WITH THE NAME “FRANK” IN YELLOW. THERE ARE A MULTITUDE OF PATCHES AND SEVERAL PINS ATTACHED TO THE JACKET, BRIEFLY LISTED AND DESCRIBED BELOW. THE JACKET IS WORN AND DIRTY IN SOME AREAS, SOME PATCHES ARE FRAYING BUT IT IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION OVERALL. PATCHES ON THE FRONT OF THE JACKET: -YELLOW CIRCLULAR “FIRST 100 STANDING FRANK” -“LETHBRIDGE MARKSMEN” WITH TWO YELLOW CROSSED RIFLES -“CANADIAN CIVILIAN ASSOCIATION OF MARKSMEN CCAM” WITH RED MAPLE LEAF -“FT. SASK. FISH & GAME ASS’N RIFLEMAN’S RODEO” WITH PRONGHORN -GREEN AND YELLOW “A.F.G.A. LETH. MARKSMEN MEMBERSHIP AWARD” WITH DEER -UNKNOWN LOGO WITH “H” AND FLAME ON RED CIRCLE -YELLOW “10-X” ON BLACK CIRCLE WITH RED OUTLINE -YELLOW “10-X” ON BLACK CIRCLE WITH RED OUTLINE -“SHOOTING FEDERATION DE TIR CANADA” ON WHITE CIRCLE WITH RED MAPLE LEAF -“BUSHNELL” WITH “B” IN CROSSHAIRS LOGO -GREEN AND GOLD “BENCH REST TOURNAMENT JULY 1971” -GREEN MAPLE LEAF WITH “CANADA” IN YELLOW ON BANNER -“FT. SASK. F. & G. ASSOC. RIFLEMEN’S RODEO AUG. 1ST. & 2ND. 1971” WITH DEER IN CROSSHAIRS -“SPEER BULLETS” LOGO PINS ON THE FRONT OF THE JACKET: -GOLD MAPLE LEAF WITH “DM DOMINION MARKSMEN” -SILVER MAPLE LEAF WITH “DM DOMINION MARKSMEN” -BRONZE MAPLE LEAF WITH “DM DOMINION MARKSMEN” -ROUND “NATIONAL RIFLE ASSN OF AMERICA” WITH LOGO -OVAL SILVER “C-I-L” -GOLD MAPLE LEAF “C-I-L SPORTING RIFLE” ON BANNER -SILVER MAPLE LEAF “C-I-L SPORTING RIFLE” ON BANNER -BRONZE MAPLE LEAF “C-I-L SPORTING RIFLE” ON BANNER PATCHES ON RIGHT SLEEVE: BROWN, GREY, AND YELLOW “FOREMOST ALTA FISH & GAME ASSOCIATION” WITH PRONGHORN -ROUND BLUE AND WHITE “GUNS & AMMO MAGAZINE SUPPORT YOUR RIGHT TO ‘KEEP AND BEAR ARMS’” WITH STARS AND BIRD -RECTANGULAR GREEN AND YELLOW “SIERRA” LOGO WITH MOUNTAIN SCENERY AND BULLET -“EXPERT 10-95 STANDING” -“EXPERT 10-98-KNEELING” -“EXPERT 10-98 SITTING” -“EXPERT 10-100 PRONE” PATCHES ON LEFT SLEEVE: -“FRANK” IN YELLOW ON RED AND BLACK RECTANGLE -GREEN, GOLD, AND BLUE “KIWANIS GREEN ACRES SHARP SHOOTERS INSTRUCTOR” WITH CROSSED RIFLES AND “K” KIWANIS LOGO ON A SMALL BLUE CIRCLE -“RCBS PRECISIONEERED RELOADING EQUIPMENT” WITH BADGER IN CROSSHAIRS -“CCI” BLUE AND RED LOGO -“MASTER 10-100 STANDING” -“MASTER 10-100+6 KNEELING” -“MASTER 10-100+8 SITTING” -“MASTER 10-100+10 PRONE” PATCHES ON BACK: -“SILVER EXPERT SHIELD RIFLE DM” RED MAPLE LEAF ON WHITE CIRCLE -PURPLE CIRCLE WITH YELLOW MAPLE LEAF AND LETTERING READS “DOMINION MARKSMEN MEMBER DM” -“GOLD EXPERT SHIELD RIFLE” YELLOW AND BLUE MAPLE LEAF DOMINION MARKSMEN LOGO -“HUNTER TRAINING CANDIDATE ALBERTA QUALIFIED” BLUE CIRCLE WITH YELLOW LETTERING AND BIG HORN SHEEP -“NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEMBER” BLACK AND GOLD CIRCLE WITH BIRD LOGO -CIRCULAR “WILLOW VALLEY TROPHY CLUB” WITH BIG HORN SHEEP -“CALGARY RIFLE & PISTOL CLUB ALBERTA CANADA” WITH WHITE COWBOY HAT, TWO CROSSED RIFLES AND A PISTOL -“CALGARY GUN CLUB” WITH WHITE COWBOY HAT, RIFLE, BANNER ON RED BACKGROUND -“ALBERTA FISH & GAME ASSN. LETHBRIDGE” WITH GROUSE ON GREEN BACKGROUND -YELLOW AND BLACK “ALBERTA GUN CRAFT LTD. LETHBRIDGE” WITH RIFLE, FISHING ROD, AND HAND GUN -CIRCULAR “PONOKA FISH AND GAME” WITH DUCK, FISH, AND NATURE SCENERY -BLUE DOMINION MARKSMEN MAPLE LEAF “SPORTING RIFLE SITTING” -GREEN DOMINION MARKSMEN MAPLE LEAF “SPORTING RIFLE KNEELING” -RED DOMINION MARKSMEN MAPLE LEAF “SPORTING RIFLE STANDING” -“CANADIAN RIFLE ASSOCIATION” WITH RED MAP OF CANADA, MOOSE IN THE MIDDLE AND BEAVER AT THE TOP IN BROWN, CROSSED RIFLE AND FISHING ROD -SHIELD SHAPED GOLD “SPORTING RIFLE C-I-L STANDING” ON RED MAPLE LEAF AND PERSON SHOOTING -SHIELD SHAPED SILVER “SPORTING RIFLE C-I-L KNEELING” ON RED MAPLE LEAF AND PERSON SHOOTING -SHIELD SHAPED BRONZE “SPORTING RIFLE C-I-L SITTING” ON RED MAPLE LEAF AND PERSON SHOOTING
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
ASSOCIATIONS
COMMEMORATIVE
History
ON FEBRUARY 27TH AND MARCH 5TH, 2020 COLLECTIONS TECHINICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN MET WITH EVELYN LEFFINGWELL IN HER LETHBRIDGE HOME ALONG WITH HER DAUGHTER, LYNDA BARANIECKI. EVELYN AND HER LATE HUSBAND FRANK WERE PROMINENT LOCAL MARKSMEN, TAUGHT YOUNG PEOPLE THE SKILL, WON MANY AWARDS COMPETING, AND WERE INDUCTED INTO THE LETHBRIDGE SPORTS HALL OF FAME. THEY WERE BOTH VERY INVOLVED WITH THE LETHBRIDGE FISH AND GAME ASSOCIATION, THE ALBERTA SUMMER GAMES, AND SHOOTING CLUBS. EVELYN DONATED A COLLECTION OF ITEMS RELATED TO THE COUPLE’S SPORTING DAYS TO THE MUSEUM. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS DERIVED FROM THE TWO AFOREMENTIONED INTERVIEWS. EVELYN SHARED THE STORY BEHIND THE DONATED JACKET: “I CAN’T TELL YOU EXACTLY WHEN WE GOT [THEM], IT WAS PROBABLY IN THE LATE [OR] EARLY ‘70S, WHEN WE STARTED SHOOTING. WE HAD A GROUP THAT WAS CALLED ‘THE LETHBRIDGE MARKSMAN…CLUB’ AND I THINK WE HAD ABOUT TEN PEOPLE. WE ALL WENT OUT AND BOUGHT THE SAME JACKETS AND THEN WE GOT OUR CRESTS…[AND] PUT THE CRESTS ON. WE’D GO TO THE SHOOTS AND WE WOULD ALL BE IN OUR JACKETS. WE WOULD WALK INTO A RESTAURANT, YOU COULD SEE EVERYBODY READING THEM…[WONDERING] ‘WHO ARE THEY?’..." EVELYN TOOK CREDIT FOR THE GROUP GETTING MATCHING JACKETS: “[IT WAS] PROBABLY [MY IDEA TO GET THE JACKETS]… WE WERE IN A STORE ONE DAY AND I WAS LOOKIN’ AT [THEM] AND SOME OF OUR FRIENDS FROM OUR CLUB [WERE] IN THERE. I LOOKED AT IT [AND THOUGHT] ‘AW, THAT’S KINDA NICE.’ I PUT IT ON, AND BEFORE WE LEFT I BOUGHT THREE OR FOUR OF US ALL…JACKETS THAT I CONVINCED [THEM] WE SHOULD BUY.” EVELYN CONTINUED: “…[WE] DIDN’T SHOOT IN...[THESE JACKETS]. THEY WERE JUST SOME THAT WE’D WEAR IN THE WINTERTIME WHEN IT WAS COLD AND WE GOT TOGETHER.” “[I] CAN’T REMEMBER WHO BROUGHT THEM IN FOR US. [IT] WAS A LONG TIME AGO… BUT I KNOW THAT THERE WAS A WHOLE PILE OF US THAT HAD [THEM].” EVELYN DESCRIBED THE PATCHES ON THE DONATED JACKETS: “…WE ALL JUST GOT OUR…PACKAGES FROM DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS… THESE ARE THE SHOOTING FEDERATION OF CANADA… SOME OF THEM…[YOU] HAD TO SHOOT…SO MANY TARGETS, AND THEN YOU’D GET THESE BADGES FOR THE TARGETS AND THEN WE JUST HAD THEM SEWED ON OUR JACKETS. THAT WAS JUST ADVERTISING ALL THE SHOOTING PLACES.” EVELYN RECALLED WHO SEWED THE PATCHES ON THE GARMENT: “I THINK I TOOK…[THE JACKET] TO THE LAUNDRIES WITH…[THE BADGES] AND I THINK THEY PUT THEM ON FOR ME [BECAUSE] I DON’T THINK I COULD HAVE SEWED THEM ALL ON…” WHEN ASKED WHICH PATCHES MEANT THE MOST TO HER, EVELYN SAID: “…THE FISH AND GAME [BADGE IS VALUABLE TO ME]. IT’S ALL THE DIFFERENT PLACES WE WENT TO. OUR LETHBRIDGE MARKSMAN WAS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ONES.” “[THE LETHBRIDGE MARKSMAN ONE IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE] THAT WAS OUR CLUB. WE WERE FRIENDS AND WE DID EVERYTHING TOGETHER. WE’D GO TO A SHOOT AND WE’D GO IN…FOUR OR FIVE TRUCKS, FOLLOWING ONE ANOTHER WITH OUR WALKIE-TALKIES, TALKING TO EVERYBODY… WE’D GO TO PONOKA AND FORT SASKATCHEWAN AND ALL THOSE PLACES, TO ATTEND THE SHOOTS, SO IT WAS GREAT.” WHEN ASKED IF PEOPLE ARE STILL SEEN WEARING THE JACKETS, EVELYN RESPONDED: “NOPE. NOBODY WEARS THEM, ANYMORE.” “WHEN WE QUIT OUR SHOOTING, EVERYBODY…PRETTY WELL JUST PUT…[THE JACKETS] AWAY. I HAVEN’T SEEN…ANYBODY WITH ONE ON FOR YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS.” “…IT WAS A GREAT THING THAT WE ALL HAD [THEM]…AND IT WAS NICE WHEN WE COULD ALL SHOOT, AND WE HAD FOUR OR FIVE THAT WON TROPHIES, AND THERE WE WERE ALL AROUND WITH OUR JACKETS ON.” IN AN OCTOBER 3RD, 1991 LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLE, FRANK LEFFINGWELL’S SHOOTING ACCOMPLISHMENTS WERE DETAILED, SOME OF WHICH ARE CONNECTED TO THE PATCHES AND PINS ON HIS DONATED JACKET. THE ARTICLE STATED THAT “FRANK QUALIFIED FOR THE CIL GOLD SHIELD FIVE TIMES – 1966-68, 1971 AND 1977, WITH 20 TARGETS EACH FROM PRONE, KNEELING AND STANDING POSITIONS. IN 1967 HE WAS THIRD NATIONALLY IN THE CANADIAN POSTAL MATCHES AND IN 1971 WAS INVITED TO WAPWALLOPEN, PENN. FOR THE INTERNATIONAL BENCHREST MATCHES AS A MEMBER OF THE CANADIAN TEAM. HE SET CANADIAN BENCHREST RECORDS IN 1978 IN THE 200-YARD HUNTER AGGREGATE SCORE DIVISION AND 1987IN THE 300-YARD HEAVY BENCH GROUP CLASS. IN 1975 HE RECORDED A PERFECT SCORE – THE ONLY TIME IT HAS EVER BEEN ACCOMPLISHED – AT THE PONOKA RIFLEMAN’S RODEO." A JULY 12, 1966 LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLE REVEALED THAT “THE HIGHEST NATIONAL AWARD IN RIFLE COMPETITION AND MARKSMANSHIP EVER TO COME TO LETHBRIDGE HAS BEEN WON BY FRANK LEFFINGWELL OF THE CITY. IT IS THE DOMINION MARKSMAN GOLD MEDAL. IT IS THE FIRST EVER AWARDED TO A LETHBRIDGE SHOOTER AND ONLY THE 53RD SUCH AWARD TO BE MADE IN CANADA. TO QUALIFY, THE SHOOTER MUST SCORE 6,000 PERFECT SCORES OUT OF 6,000 ROUNDS SHOT. SCORING AND SHOOTING MUST BE AT OFFICIAL 22 REGISTRY TARGETS IN PRONE, SITTING OR KNEELING AND STANDING POSITIONS. LEFFINGWELL STARTED DOMINION MARKSMEN COMPETITION SHOOTING TWO YEARS AGO. HIS TOTAL SHOOTING SINCE THAT TIME HAS LED TO THE GOLD MEDAL AWARD, THE HIGHEST SUCH AWARD MADE IN CANADA IN 22 RIFLE COMPETITIONS. HIS AWARDS IN ORDER OF WINNINGS NOW INCLUDE SITTING, KNEELING AND STANDING CRESTS, BRONZE SHIELD, SILVER SHIELD AND NOW THE GOLD SHIELD.” EVELYN SPOKE ABOUT WHAT SHE GAINED FROM THE SHOOTING COMMUNITY: “[WHAT I GAINED THROUGH SHOOTING WAS] FRIENDSHIP… WE WERE ALL IN THE SAME THING. WE WERE ALL FRIENDS. WE TRAVELED TOGETHER TO THE DIFFERENT SHOOTS… WE ALL WANTED EVERYBODY ELSE TO WIN. IT WAS ENJOYABLE. I LOVED IT. IN FACT, I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO [GO TO THE] SOUTHERN ALBERTA SUMMER GAMES. I SHOT IN THE FIRST ONE… FRANK AND I, WE STARTED DOWN AT THE LETHBRIDGE RANGE WITH OUR KIDS, [GETTING THEM] READY, AND US, TO GO TO THE GAMES... I’D GO TO A LOT OF SMALL TOWNS THAT WERE HAVING [THEM], THAT DIDN’T KNOW QUITE WHAT TO DO; GET THEM ALL SET UP FOR THE GAMES. GO IN AND GET THEIR TARGETS… I ALWAYS HAD THEIR TARGETS ALL READY AND THE RANGE READY FOR PEOPLE TO COME IN. I JUST WON A VERY SPECIAL AWARD, ‘HEART OF A CHAMPION’, FROM THE SOUTHERN ALBERTA SUMMER GAMES. [WE ALSO WON THE] MAX GIBB AWARD THAT FRANK AND I BOTH WON. IT’S WORTH IT. PEOPLE APPRECIATE YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO.” EVELYN ELABORATED ON THE SENSE OF COMMUNITY SHE FOUND IN THE SHOOTING CLUBS AND COMPETITIONS: “…I FIND WHEREVER I GO AND WHENEVER THE MEMBERS…ARE THERE, THEY’RE ALWAYS UP, THEY’RE [HUGGING] ME… WHEN WE USED TO HOLD THE SHOOTS…AND KIDS WOULD SHOOT, THEY’D ALWAYS SHOOT THEIR TARGETS AND RUN [THEM] OVER TO ME…SO THAT I COULD CHECK [THEM] OUT BEFORE ANYTHING HAPPENED… [WHEN] WE WERE AT A SHOOT, EVEN IF I WASN’T IN CHARGE OF IT, I WAS THERE, AND…[SOMEBODY] SHOT A TARGET AND THEY DIDN’T FIGURE IT WAS RIGHT, THEY’D BRING IT TO ME. I’D CHECK IT OVER AND THEN I’D GO TO THE SCORERS AND SAY, ‘WILL YOU CHECK THIS OVER, AGAIN?’ IT’S JUST THE TOGETHERNESS THAT I THINK THAT WE FIND.” LYNDA ADDED: “IT’S DEFINITELY A FAMILY... MY DAD WAS A COWBOY…THERE’S NO DOUBT ABOUT IT... HE WORE HIS COWBOY BOOTS, HE WORE HIS COWBOY HAT, THAT’S WHAT HE DID. HE WAS JUST A DOWN TO EARTH PERSON… THERE WAS NO AIRS...AND THAT’S HOW I FIND THAT THE SHOOTERS ARE… THEY DON’T HAVE TO PUT ON AIRS FOR ANYBODY… THEY LOVED WHAT THEY DID…” LYNDA CONTINUED: “…YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO BE RICH AND YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO HAVE MONEY…AND EVEN IF YOU HAD MONEY, YOU COULD STILL COME…AND I THINK THE FACT THAT MY DAD WAS A MENTOR… HE TOOK MORE PRIDE IN SEEING HIS JUNIOR SHOOTERS WIN A COMPETITION THAN WINNING IT HIMSELF. HE TOOK MORE PRIDE IN WATCHING…[MY MOM] WIN.” “…EVEN IN THE WINTERTIME WE DIDN’T SHOOT…BUT THEY STILL MET ALL THE TIME... THEY’D GO FOR COFFEE. THIS WAS THEIR GROUP…IT WAS THEIR FAMILY…” EVELYN CONTINUED: “[IT WAS] THE FRIENDSHIP.” “…AFTER FRANK PASSED AWAY, I HAD FRIENDS THAT WOULD PHONE ME EVERY DAY, TELL ME A JOKE TO MAKE ME LAUGH AND THEY JUST DIDN’T FORGET…[YOU]… THAT REALLY MAKES A DIFFERENCE.” LYNDA SPOKE ABOUT HER DAD’S LEGACY IN THE SHOOTING COMMUNITY: “THEY HAVE A MEMORIAL SHOOT FOR MY DAD IN AUGUST, ONCE A YEAR, AS WELL…” LYNDA CONTINUED: “PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER [SHOOT IN THE MEMORIAL]. PEOPLE THAT DON’T KNOW HIM, THOUGH, COME BECAUSE THEY’VE HEARD OF HIM… THE PEOPLE THAT DID KNOW HIM…THEY’RE THE ONES THAT CAN TELL THE STORIES.” WHEN ASKED WHAT MADE FRANK UNIQUE IN HIS COMMUNITY, EVELYN RESPONDED: “HE WAS SO INTERESTED IN PROPER WAY OF SHOOTING, OF TEACHING THE JUNIORS—” “—AND EVERYBODY ELSE…TO SHOOT AND HOW…[TO] BE CAREFUL.” EVELYN WENT ON: “…THAT WAS HIS LIFE. HE LOVED SHOOTING, HE LOVED TO TEACH. GARY ELLISON WROTE A STORY ABOUT HIS SON; HE COULD REMEMBER HOW THANKFUL HIS SON WAS THAT HE WAS DOWN THE RANGE ONE DAY AND FRANK HAD HAD HIM USE HIS GUN TO SHOOT. EVERYBODY RESPECTED HIM BECAUSE OF HIS SAFETY.” LYNDA ADDED: “PROPER HANDLING OF GUNS.” “HE WAS A MASTER IN WHAT HE DID, DEFINITELY.” LYNDA CONTINUED: “…HE JUST HAD [AN] EXTREME KNOWLEDGE… HE WANTED TO LEARN AND HE LEARNED ALL THE TIME.” WHEN ASKED WHAT VALUES EVELYN AND FRANK TRIED TO INSTILL IN THE YOUNG PEOPLE THEY TAUGHT, SHE REPLIED: “SAFETY FIRST. KNOW WHAT YOU’RE [DOING]. WATCH WHAT YOU’RE [DOING]… IN THE ROOM THERE…I HAVE A BARREL THAT I TAKE DOWN WHENEVER WE HAVE OUR JUNIOR SHOOTERS SO THAT WE TEACH [THEM] YOU DON’T PUT IT DOWN [TO] GET THROUGH THE FENCE; YOU DON’T PUT YOUR RIFLE DOWN, YOUR BARREL, [BECAUSE] IT’S JUST BLOWN ALL APART… I’VE BEEN AT SHOOTS WHERE GUYS HAVE LAID DOWN AND PUT THE WRONG AMMUNITION IN THEIR GUN AND IT BLOWS UP… [IT] MAKES A DIFFERENCE. YOU…[HAVE TO] REALLY KNOW WHAT YOU’RE [DOING] AND HOW TO DO IT. SAFETY IS THE FIRST THING.” EVELYN COMMENTED ON BEING REMEMBERED FOR TEACHING JUNIORS THE SPORT: “…I HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE FROM THE FISH AND GAME THAT COME UP TO ME AND SAY, ‘YOU TAUGHT ME AS JUNIOR’ …IT’S…REALLY AMAZING HOW PEOPLE REMEMBER YOU.” LYNDA ELABORATED ON THE MEANING BEHIND HER PARENTS BEING INDUCTED INTO THE HALL OF FAME: “MY DAD WAS INDUCTED AS A BUILDER, NOT AS AN ATHLETE. [MY MOM] WAS INDUCTED AS AN ATHLETE, SO THERE WERE TWO DIFFERENT CATEGORIES… TO ME, MY DAD WAS A MENTOR. HE TAUGHT, THAT WAS HIS FIELD. THAT’S…WHERE HE SHONE… I MEAN, HE WAS A SHOOTER, THERE’S NO DOUBT ABOUT IT, HE WAS A MASTER OF WHAT HE DID, BUT IT’S THE TEACHING THAT WAS SO IMPORTANT TO HIM. NOT THAT IT WASN’T TO HER BUT…THAT’S WHY.” EVELYN OFFERED HER CLOSING THOUGHTS ON BEING IN THE HALL OF FAME: “I FEEL…ABSOLUTELY HONOURED. I’VE BEEN THINKING OF THIS FOR A LONG TIME AND TO ME, IT’S GREAT. [FRANK] DESERVES IT. I HEAR EVERYBODY ELSE GOING IN THERE, WHY CAN’T HE? WE GOT OUR ROCK BUT NOBODY SEES THAT. BUT, IT IS AN HONOUR.” AN OCTOBER 3RD, 1991 LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLE MADE REFERENCE TO THE ROCK EVELYN MENTIONED. THE ARTICLE STATED THAT “A CAIRN AT THE LETHBRIDGE FISH AND GAME TARGET RANGE, IN MEMORY OF FRANK LEFFINGWELL, ONE OF THE MAIN FORCES BEHIND THE RANGE WILL BE UNVEILED…” EVELYN REVEALED WHAT MOTIVATED HER TO DONATE THE MEMORABILIA TO THE MUSEUM: “…I HAVE SO MUCH STUFF AND FRANK HAS BEEN AWARDED…AND WORKED SO HARD TO GET EVERYTHING THAT HE GOT. HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE FISH AND GAME ASSOCIATION. HE DID AN AWFUL LOT THROUGH CONSTRUCTION OF THE RANGE DOWN THERE, AND ALL OF THE AWARDS THAT HE HAS WON, HE’S THE GREATEST… THIS WAY, I FIGURED OTHER PEOPLE CAN…SEE JUST WHAT A KIND OF A GENTLEMAN HE WAS…AND HOW GREAT HE WAS AT SHOOTING.” “…I’M [GETTING] OLDER ALL THE TIME AND THERE COULD BE A TIME WHEN I’M…[GOING TO] HAVE TO LEAVE OUR HOME. WHAT AM I…[GOING TO] DO WITH THIS STUFF…? I’VE HAD PEOPLE COME AND I’LL SEE IF THERE’S ANYTHING THAT YOU’D REALLY LIKE TO REMEMBER HIM BY, BY ALL MEANS TAKE IT HOME WITH YOU. BUT THE THING IS, WHAT’S MY FAMILY…[GOING TO] DO WITH EVERYTHING THAT’S HERE? NOBODY WANTS IT. THE TROPHIES, YOU CAN’T DO…[ANYTHING] WITH THEM; THEY END UP IN THE DUMP, WHICH IS SAD TO SAY.” EVELYN WENT ON: “I DON’T THINK YOU’LL SEE [ANYTHING LIKE MY BASEMENT]…AGAIN. THIS IS ALL THE AWARDS AND THINGS THAT WE HAVE WON THROUGH THE YEARS. WE STARTED SHOOTING IN…[1966].” EVELYN PROVIDED THE ORIGINS OF HOW SHE STARTED SHOOTING: “[I STARTED SHOOTING] JUST TO BE WITH HIM, THAT’S ALL.” “…IT WAS JUST THAT WE TRAVELED TOGETHER AND…THAT’S WHY HE HAD ME WITH HIM. IF ANYTHING HAPPENED, IT WAS BOTH OF US TOGETHER. [THAT’S] JUST THE WAY IT WAS.” EVELYN SPOKE ABOUT LEARNING TO HUNT FROM FRANK: “…IT WAS JUST NICE TO BE OUT THERE, TO BE ABLE TO JUST BE OUT IN THE COUNTRY AND SEE THE ANIMALS. IT’S VERY FUNNY, THE FIRST TIME I WENT OUT WITH HIM AND HE SHOT A DEER… HE DECIDED HE’S…[GOING TO] CLEAN IT… HE SAID, ‘HOLD THIS LEG FOR ME.’ SO I HELD THIS LEG AND THEN PRETTY SOON, ‘HOW ABOUT THIS ONE?’ …BEFORE LONG, I’M…LOOKING DOWN INTO IT. HE DIDN’T WANT ME TO DO IT BECAUSE HE THOUGHT I’D GET SICK, BUT, HERE I WAS. [THAT] WAS A GOOD WAY TO TEACH ME.” EVELYN SPOKE ABOUT HOW HER AND FRANK SHARED A COMMITMENT TO THE SPORT OVER TIME: “…THEN IT JUST SEEMED LIKE BEING INVOLVED WITH GOING DOWN TO THE RANGE AND HAVING THE LETHBRIDGE FISH AND GAME RANGE... HIS DAD AND MOM LIVED WITH US. HIS DAD AND HIM WOULD LOAD ALL THE TIME AND GO DOWN SHOOTING AND THEN WHEN DAD PASSED AWAY…FRANK JUST CONTINUED ON… THEN…A BUNCH OF US…GOT TOGETHER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE FISH AND GAME AND WE WERE UNDER THE GREEN ACRES KIWANIS CLUB. PERCY BUTLER…WANTED TO START THE SHOOTING PROGRAM AND WE GOT INVOLVED IN THAT, AND THAT WAS THE START OF IT; WE JUST CONTINUED ON.” “…IT WAS ALSO THE GREEN ACRES KIWANIS [THAT PROMPTED FRANK TO START TARGET SHOOTING]… THEY WANTED TO START A JUNIOR PROGRAM SO SOME OF OUR MEMBERS FROM THE LETHBRIDGE FISH AND GAME, THEY WERE IN THERE, THEY WERE…[GOING TO] TEACH THE PROPER WAY OF HANDLING GUNS AND EVERYTHING AND FRANK AND I [WERE] WITH [THEM]. SO WE JUST WENT IN…[TO] TEACHIN[G] THEM AND CONTINUED ON. WE HAD PROGRAMS WHERE WE HAVE SENIORS, WE USED TO SHOOT IN THE RCMP INDOOR RANGE. THAT WAS BELOW THE GARAGE. [THAT] WAS MANY YEARS AGO…” “…WE STARTED WITH…TEACHING JUNIORS [SHOOTING]…AND THEN JUST WENT ON TO COMPETITION-SHOOTING. [WE] TRAVELED ALL OVER AND, LUCKY ENOUGH, THAT WE WERE GOOD ENOUGH TO DO IT. BUT WE DID IT TOGETHER. [THAT] WAS THE MAIN THING. WE LOADED BEFORE WE WENT TO A SHOOT, RIGHT UP UNTIL TWELVE O’CLOCK AT NIGHT, JUMP INTO THE TRUCK, AND DROVE TO WHEREVER WE WERE GOING TO COMPETE. WE PRACTICED TOGETHER, WE SHOT TOGETHER, WE DID JUNIORS TOGETHER, WE DID EVERYTHING TOGETHER… THAT’S THE MAIN THING… I WANT HIS MEMORY TO GO ON. THAT’S WHY I’M…[DONATING THE ITEMS TO MUSEUM].” LYNDA TALKED ABOUT THE COUPLE’S COMMON PASSION FOR SHOOTING: “…THEY’D BE TOGETHER… IT WOULD ALWAYS BE FRANK AND EVELYN. THAT’S THE WAY THAT PEOPLE THINK OF THE WHOLE THING… NOW…THERE ARE OTHER KIDS THAT ARE COMING UP, THE ONES THAT SHE TEACHES IN THE SUMMERTIME THAT ARE DIFFERENT… BUT ANY OF THE SHOOTERS, IT WAS ALWAYS FRANK AND EVELYN; ‘WE DID THIS WITH FRANK AND EVELYN.’ IT WAS ALWAYS TOGETHER.” LYNDA OFFERED A STORY AS TO HOW HER DAD STARTED TARGET SHOOTING, WANTING TO BECOME A BETTER SHOT: “...THERE IS AN ARTICLE WHERE DAD IS TALKING ABOUT WHEN HE WAS DOWN AT THE RANGE SIGHTING IN ON ONE OF HIS GUNS TO GO HUNTING… GENE SCULLY, WHO WAS ALSO ONE OF THE INSTRUCTORS FOR THE YOUNG KIDS SAID TO HIM, ‘WELL, WHY DON’T YOU SHOOT AT THIS TARGET?’ AND [DAD] SAID, ‘I SHOT TEN ROUNDS. THAT’S WHEN I FIGURED OUT I BETTER LEARN HOW TO SHOOT. SO THAT’S WHEN I STARTED DOING TARGET SHOOTING.’ SO THAT…[WAS] HIS INSPIRATION, [IT] WAS THAT, ‘I’M NOT QUITE AS GOOD AS I THINK I AM. MAYBE I BETTER PRACTICE A LITTLE BIT MORE’.” EVELYN SPOKE ABOUT THE CLUB NAME SHE WAS A PART OF: “THE LETHBRIDGE MARKSMAN, WE WERE. [IN THE 1970S].” EVELYN REVEALED HOW THE VARIOUS LETHBRIDGE SHOOTING RANGE LOCATIONS CHANGED OVER TIME: “…ALLAN JARVIE WAS A VETERAN… HE OPENED A RED ASH COMPANY DOWN IN THE RIVER, BUT EVERYBODY CONTINUED TO GO DOWN AND SHOOT ALL HIS MACHINERY… WE KNEW ALLAN AND HIS WIFE AND FAMILY FROM THE TIME THEY WERE KIDS. BUT HE WENT TO THE [LETHBRIDGE] FISH AND GAME [ASSOCIATION] AND HE SAID, ‘I’LL MAKE YOU A DEAL. I OWN SO MUCH PROPERTY DOWN HERE, I’LL GIVE YOU THIS PARCEL OF LAND IF YOU WILL AGREE TO KEEP IT CLEAN AND HAVE IT SHOOTING SO PEOPLE WON’T COME DOWN AND SHOOT MY STUFF SO MUCH.’ AND THAT WAS THE START OF…[THE FIRST SHOOTING RANGE].” “THAT WAS THE FIRST RANGE. THEN, PEENAQUIM PARK DECIDED THEY WANTED TO MOVE IN THERE. THEY WANTED TO MAKE A WALKING TRAIL WHERE WE WERE…” “…SO THAT’S WHAT THEY WANT– THEY COME TO US TO SEE IF THAT PROPERTY WAS OPEN, IF WE WOULD MOVE. WELL, WE WENT TO UMPTEEN DOZEN MEETINGS WITH THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE TRYING TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO GET OUR RANGE MOVED. FINALLY, THE CITY…[CAME] TO US AND THEY SAID, ‘WE’VE GOT A COULEE THAT IS FALLING DOWN. WE’LL TAKE THAT DIRT AND WE WILL BUILD YOU NINE-FEET BERMS BETWEEN EACH DISCIPLINE OF SHOOTING, IF YOU’LL AGREE TO MOVE.’ WELL, IT SOUNDED PRETTY GOOD. IT WAS A LOT BIGGER THAN WHAT WE HAD.” EVELYN TALKED ABOUT THE GENDER MAKEUP IN THE SHOOTING COMMUNITY: “[THERE WAS] PROBABLY MORE MEN [SHOOTING] BUT THERE’S A LOT OF WOMEN THAT ARE IN THERE NOW, TOO. A LOT OF KIDS.” LYNDA ESTIMATED THE RATIO AT: “FIVE [MEN] TO ONE [WOMAN], I BET YOU ANYWAY.” LYNDA ELABORATED: “I MEAN, WHEN YOU’D GO TO A SHOOT THERE’D MAYBE BE SIX OR SEVEN WOMEN BUT THERE’D BE THIRTY MEN…” EVELYN ORGANIZED AND VOLUNTEERED IN THE COMMUNITY: “[WITH THE LETHBRIDGE FISH AND GAME ASSOCIATION, I WAS A PART OF THE] BANQUET COMMITTEE, BINGO COMMITTEE. ANYTIME THEY HAD ONE THAT THEY WERE TAKING THE KIDS OUT [I WAS INVOLVED]… WE’D TAKE KIDS OUT FISHING AND THEN GO SOMEWHERE AND HAVE LUNCH AND EVERYTHING… JUST ANYTHING TO DO PRIMARILY WITH KIDS, I WAS WILLING TO DO IT. AND I STILL AM.” “…I USED TO GO HELP ALL THE SMALLER TOWNS THAT DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO AND THINGS. I’D GO [AND] HELP WITH THE SCORING AND GETTIN’ PEOPLE TO WORK, SET UP THE RANGES, GET THEIR TARGETS READY AND SO I ENJOYED IT, I LOVED IT…” WHEN ASKED WHAT TIME PERIOD THE FAMILY HAD PEAK MEMORIES AND INVOLVEMENT IN THE SPORT, LYNDA RESPONDED: “70S.” TO THE SAME QUESTION AS ABOVE, EVELYN REPLIED: “YEAH, 70S, ’75, ‘80S.” WHEN ASKED HOW EVELYN GOT SO GOOD AT SHOOTING, SHE ANSWERED: “WE PRACTICED ALL THE TIME.” LYNDA ADDED: “SPEND HOURS AND HOURS AND HOURS AT THE RANGE.” EVELYN SAID SHE PRACTICED REGULARILY: “SOMETIMES EVERY EVENING, AFTER WORK.” “…ALWAYS HAD TIME FOR IT… I’M NOT DOING THAT MUCH NOW BECAUSE I’M OLDER...” “…BUT I’LL HELP WHEREVER I CAN. I ENJOY IT. IT’S A GOOD ORGANIZATION. I’VE MADE A LOT OF FRIENDS…” LYNDA SPOKE ABOUT HER FATHER’S COMMITMENT TO SHOOTING: “…EVEN INTO THE ‘80S, WHEN [MY PARENTS] WERE STILL GOING TO ALL [THEIR] SHOOTS, WHEN MY DAD FIRST GOT SICK…HE WAS STILL DOING JUNIOR SHOOTERS AND…THAT’S BASICALLY WHEN HE WAS SETTING UP THE NEW RANGE, IN THAT AREA… HE WAS BUSY…DOING THAT STILL AND HE [HAD A SURGERY]…DONE AND WAS STILL DOWN AT THE RANGE PROBABLY TWO WEEKS LATER.” FRANK WAS ALSO ALWAYS PRACTICING, ACCORDING TO EVELYN: “…IF HE WAS SITTIN’ HERE NOW AND HE’D HAVE A GUN IN HIS HAND, HE’D BE AIMING AT SOMETHING...PRACTICING... NO MATTER WHERE IT WAS… HE’D ALWAYS SAY, ‘WELL, PICK IT UP AND TRY IT. AIM AT SOMETHING.’ HE HAD HIS OWN, SPECIAL WAY OF [DOING] THINGS… HE WAS GREAT.” LYNDA CONFIRMED THE FREQUENCY OF HER PARENT’S SHOOTING PRACTICE: “DEFINITELY EVERY EVENING AFTER WORK, SOMETIMES TWICE A DAY.” LYNDA CONTINUED: “…IT’S LIKE ANY SPORT, I SUPPOSE… IT GETS IN…[YOU], IT’S YOURS… YOU STRIVE TO BE BETTER AND YOU WORK HARDER TO BE BETTER… THEN YOU [ALSO] GO DOWN THERE [TO THE SHOOTING RANGE] TO SEE WHO’S DOWN THERE [BECAUSE] YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS ANYBODY.” LYNDA SPOKE ABOUT HOW HER DAD THE PREPARATION WORK OF LOADING BULLETS: “…[THE COST WAS] WHY THEY LOADED THEIR OWN BULLETS… DAD USED TO HAVE, IN THAT BEDROOM THERE, WAS…WHERE HIS LOADING ROOM WAS… IN THAT ARTICLE I READ THIS MORNING, HE SAYS THAT…IT WAS PROBABLY A THIRD OF THE COST TO LOAD HIS OWN BUT HE ALSO TALKS IN THAT ARTICLE ABOUT HOW PRECISE [LOADING WAS]… HE HAD TO LEARN, OVER THE YEARS, HOW…[TO LOAD]… YOU HAD TO HAVE EXACT AMOUNT OF POWDER, YOU LEARNED THE BETTER THINGS TO USE… HE USED CASTOR OIL RATHER THAN THE MANUFACTURER’S OIL… HE LEARNED DIFFERENT THINGS AND HOW PERFECT IT WAS… IT’S AN ART JUST TO DO THE LOADING ITSELF… HE WOULD BE DOWN HERE FOR HOURS AND HOURS AND HOURS, LOADING BULLETS… HE’D HAVE FIVE HUNDRED OF [THEM] AND A HUNDRED OF [THEM] MIGHT BE GOOD AND THE OTHER FOUR HUNDRED HE’D DUMP OUT AND START ALL OVER AGAIN… IT’S QUITE AN ART JUST DOING THAT.” “IN THE EVENINGS. HE’D BE DOWN LOADING, EVERY NIGHT. HE’D BE DOWN WORKING IN HIS LOADING ROOM, [DOING] THINGS… THIS WAS IS SPECIALTY…” EVELYN STILL IS INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY: “…I STILL GO DOWN [TO THE RANGE]… A FRIEND OF MINE THAT IS A FISH AND GAME MEMBER, WE TEACH…FISH AND GAME MEMBER JUNIORS ALL THE TIME. WE HAVE ABOUT A FOUR TO FIVE-WEEK COURSE EVERY YEAR AND WHEN THE COURSE IS FINISHED, I RECYCLE MY TROPHIES AND GIVE EACH CHILD A TROPHY AND IT MEANS A LOT TO [THEM].” “IT WAS A GOOD SPORT. I REALLY ENJOYED IT WHILE I WAS IN AND I ENJOYED THE PEOPLE, SO IT’S TOO BAD IF I GOT DOWN THERE I WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO GET UP AGAIN. I CAN’T GET DOWN IN THE PROPER POSITION ANYMORE.” EVELYN TALKED ABOUT HAVING TO SELL HER GUNS: “...[IT] BROKE MY HEART TO HAVE TO GET RID OF [THEM] ALL.” EVELYN CONTINUED: “I HAD SPECIAL…[FIREARMS] THAT…[FRANK] HAD BUILT JUST FOR ME.” LYNDA ADDED ON THE TOPIC OF GETTING RID OF THE FIREARMS A DECADE AGO FOLLOWING FRANK’S DEATH: “…DAD BUILT HIS OWN GUNS. HE DID BUILD FOR HER, HE BUIL[T] THE STOCKS…AND PAINTED ON [THEM] AND HAD WRITINGS... IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE TO KEEP SOME OF THE STOCKS BUT IT’S HARD…[TO] JUST SELL A BARREL.” LYNDA CONTINUED: “…IT WAS TO THE POINT WHERE WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING WITH THEM. SOMEONE NEEDS TO ENJOY THEM LIKE DAD DID… THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT WANTED THESE THINGS AND…WE JUST HAD TO DO IT…” EVELYN REFLECTED ON RETIRING FROM THE SPORT: “IT’S TOUGH WHEN YOU CAN’T DO IT ANYMORE. BUT WHEN YOU MAKE UP YOUR MIND YOU CAN’T, YOU DON’T WANNA GET OUT THERE AND MAKE A FOOL OUT OF YOURSELF, SO IT’S EASIER TO WATCH OR WORK.” LYNDA TALKED ABOUT HER MOM STILL PARTAKING THE THE MEMORIAL SHOOT FOR HER FATHER: “SHE STILL SHOOTS ONCE A YEAR WHICH I DON’T REALLY THINK SHE SHOULD BUT SHE DOES, AT MY DAD’S MEMORIAL SHOOT… SO SHE HASN’T GIVEN THAT UP COMPLETELY EVEN THOUGH SHE WANTS TO TELL YOU SHE HAS, SHE HASN’T.” EVELYN ADDED: “…I WILL CONTINUE SHOOTING IT UNTIL THEY PUT ME IN MY CASKET.” FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO SEE THE FULL TRANSCRIPT, PLEASE SEE THE DONATION’S PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20200006002
Acquisition Date
2020-03
Collection
Museum
Images
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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
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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
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