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Other Name
SUIT JACKET
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20100047001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SUIT JACKET
Date
1954
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.5
Length
77.5
Width
74.5
Description
BROWN WOOL SUIT JACKET. TAN STRIPED LINING. THREE FRONT POCKETS AND TWO INSIDE BREAST POCKETS. OUTER LEFT BREAST POCKET HAS CREST WITH UPSIDE DOWN RED TRIANGLE, MAPLE LEAF AND READS “GRADUATE LEADER 1954”. INSIDE RIGHT BREAST POCKET HAS LABEL WITH "IN THE TRADITION OF GOOD TASTE, LAURENTIDE CLOTHES". LEFT BREAST POCKET HAS LABEL WITH “TAILORED FOR STAN’S MEN’S WEAR, STAN PESZAT, LETHBRIDGE ALTA”. THREE BUTTONS AT FRONT CLOSURE; ONE BUTTON AT EACH CUFF. NOTCHED LAPELS; SINGLE-BREASTED.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
LEISURE
History
DONOR JACK LEE WAS BORN IN VANCOUVER IN 1924. HE RELOCATED WITH HIS PARENTS TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1928. IN THE YEARS THAT FOLLOWED LEE’S DISCHARGE FROM OVERSEAS SERVICE DURING WORLD WAR TWO, HE DECIDED AT AGE 23/24 TO JOIN THE LETHBRIDGE YMCA BECAUSE, ACCORDING TO LEE IN 2010, “I NEEDED EXERCISE, I HAD NO HOBBY, NO OUTLET”. “IT WAS THE ONLY OUTLET THAT HAD PHYSICAL ACTIVITY” HE SAID, ADDING THAT THE Y’S WEIGHT TRAINING PROGRAM WAS WHAT ORIGINALLY ATTRACTED HIM TO BECOMING INVOLVED AT THE ‘Y’. LEE MAINTAINED HIS INVOLVEMENT WITH THE ‘Y’ “OFF AND ON FOR TWENTY YEARS”, PARTICIPATING IN CALISTHENICS, SWIMMING, BASKETBALL AND SCUBA DIVING LESSONS. INCREASING DEMANDS OF HIS TIME MADE BY THE LOCAL MILITIA ULTIMATELY LED TO HIS WITHDRAWAL FROM THE ‘Y’. THE JACKET, ACCORDING TO LEE, WAS NOT “OFFICIAL WEAR FOR THE SENIOR LEADER” NOR WAS THE JACKET’S CREST OFFICIAL. “AFTER I BECAME A GRADUATE LEADER, I WAS PROUD AND DECIDED TO GET A JACKET MADE.” ONCE IN POSSESSION OF THE JACKET, HOWEVER, HE FELT FOOLISH, SAYING, “I DIDN’T WEAR IT BECAUSE THE REST OF THE GROUP WOULD THINK I WAS A SHOW OFF – AND THAT’S WHY IT IS STILL BRAND NEW”. LEE ONLY WORE THE JACKET ONCE TO A NON-YMCA SOCIAL GATHERING. HE RECALLS THAT OF ALL THE SENIOR LEADERS, HE WAS THE ONLY ONE TO ACHIEVE GRADUATE LEADER STATUS STATING, HOWEVER, THAT FORMER MEMBERS LIKE BERT STRATTON HAD ACHIEVED THE TITLE PRECIOUS. THERE WAS NO PRIVILEGE ASSOCIATED WITH THE TITLE “JUST THE PERSONAL SATISFACTION THAT I DID IT”. TO BE CONSIDERED ELIGIBLE TO BECOME A GRADUATE LEADER, LEE WAS REQUIRED TO SERVE AS A SENIOR LEADER FOR FOUR. THEREAFTER, HE QUALIFIED PER SET CRITERIA IN BASKETBALL – HIS SPORT OF CHOICE AND ONE OF MANY ACTIVITIES OFFERED AT THE ‘Y’. THE CRITERIA INCLUDED: PLAY IN AN ORGANIZED LEAGUE, REFEREE IN AN ORGANIZED LEAGUE, COACH A TEAM IN AN ORGANIZED LEAGUE, AND DEVELOP AN ORGANIZED LEAGUE. LEE STATED THAT HE COACHED A ‘Y’ WOMEN’S BASKETBALL LEAGUE, ORGANIZED A JUNIOR BASKETBALL LEAGUE INCLUDING TEAMS FROM THE ‘Y’ AND LOCAL CHURCHES AND PLAYED ON A SENIOR ‘Y’ MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM. THE BLAZER JACKET, HE RECALLED, WAS BOUGHT LOCALLY AT STAN’S MEN’S WEAR. THE DONATED, OFFICIAL GRADUATE LEADER CREST WAS WORN DAY-TO-DAY ON ATHLETIC SHIRTS BY MEANS OF SNAPS ON CREST’S REVERSE. THE CREST, LEE THINKS, WAS SENT DOWN EAST TO AN APPAREL COMPANY IN ORDER THAT AN UNOFFICIAL, BLAZER-APPROPRIATE FACSIMILE COULD BE MOUNTED ON HIS JACKET. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20100047001
Acquisition Date
2010-11
Collection
Museum
Images
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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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Other Name
SKI BOOTS (PAIR)
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER
Catalogue Number
P19920057004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SKI BOOTS (PAIR)
Date
1943
Materials
LEATHER
No. Pieces
2
Height
14.0
Length
28.0
Width
10.0
Description
LEATHER UPPER & SOLE WITH YELLOW LACES & LEATHER STRAP. ANGLE BOOT. NOTCHED HEEL FOR CABLE BINDING. SMOOTH SOLE & HEEL. HARD TOE. LEATHER TABS AT BACK.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
LEISURE
History
BOOTS PURCHASED WITH SKIS AS A SET IN 1943, FROM CONSUMERS HARDWARE LOCATED ON 3 AVENUE. COST $8.95 FOR SET. *UPDATE* IN 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING THOSE DONATED BY LLOYD TRONE. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT THE DONOR WAS FOUND IN HIS OBITUARY, PUBLISHED IN THE JUNE 1, 2010 ISSUE OF THE CROWSNEST PASS HERALD. LLOYD TRONE WAS BORN IN 1928 IN MEDICINE HAT, AND MOVED WITH HIS FAMILY TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1930. HE WORKED FOR CANADA PACKERS FOR 25 YEARS AND RETIRED TO THE CROWSNEST PASS, WHERE HE PASSED AWAY IN MAY 2010. SEE PERMANENT FILE P19990049001-GA FOR HARDCOPY OF DONOR'S OBITUARY.
Catalogue Number
P19920057004
Acquisition Date
1992-12
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
MAJORETTE COSTUME
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
VELVET, TASSELS
Catalogue Number
P20010047055
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MAJORETTE COSTUME
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
VELVET, TASSELS
No. Pieces
2
Length
47.5
Width
40.0
Description
1. TOP. ABOVE DIMENSIONS. RED VELVET. SLEEVELESS. HAS A NARROW, STAND UP COLLAR WITH A SLIT IN CENTER FRONT. FRONT OF BODICE ENDS IN A V-SHAPE AT WAISTLINE. RUNNING ACROSS FRONT AND BACK OF BODICE, IN A V-SHAPE, IS A ROW OF WHITE TASSELS. BACK OF BODICE HAS A ZIPPER THAT RUNS FROM NECK TO WAIST. 2. SHORTS. 37.3 X 44.0. SHORT SHORTS MADE OF RED VELVET. HAVE A LINE OF WHITE TASSELS RUNNING ACROSS FRONT AND BACK. HAVE AN ELASTIC SEWN IN WAISTBAND. THERE IS A SHORT ZIPPER ON ONE SIDE OF SHORTS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
ITEMS OWNED BY ELAINE LIEBELT WHO ATTENDED WARNER HIGH SCHOOL IN THE LATE 1950S, GRADUATING IN 1960. DURING JUNIOR AND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, ELAINE WAS VERY ACTIVE IN ALL ASPECTS OF SCHOOL LIFE. IT IS SAID THAT, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THURSDAY AFTER SCHOOL, ELAINE HAD SOME ACTIVITY EVERY NOON HOUR, AFTER SCHOOL AND EVENING. SHE PARTICIPATED IN BASKETBALL, VOLLEYBALL, TRACK AND FIELD, SCHOOL BAND (PLAYED TROMBONE) AND WAS A MAJORETTE AND CHEERLEADER. ELAINE ALSO STUDIED PIANO UNTIL GRADE 9 AND IN HIGH SCHOOL WAS YEARBOOK EDITOR AND WAS PART OF THE STUDENT COUNCIL. ELAINE ATTENDED THE PROVINCIAL RECREATION LEADER TRAINING SCHOOL IN 1958 AND 1959 SPONSORED BY THE WARNER COMMUNITY AND TAUGHT CLASSES IN THE COMMUNITY UNTIL SHE WENT TO UNIVERSITY. ELAINE PLAYED HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL FOR THE WARNER WARRIORETTES FROM THE TIME SHE WAS IN GRADE 8 AND ONCE IN HIGHSCHOOL, SHE COACHED THE WARNER JUNIOR HIGH GIRLS’ TEAM. AT THE GALT’S REQUEST IN APRIL 2010, DONOR ELAINE LIEBELT PROVIDED MORE DETAILS WITH REGARDS TO HER PERSONAL OWNERSHIP OF THE MAJORETTE COSTUME AND RELATED OBJECTS P20010047048-55. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HER HIGHSCHOOL ACTIVITIES, PLEASE REFERENCE P20010047047. THE NARRATIVE BELOW IS IN HER OWN WORDS. FOR A COPY OF THE ORIGINAL EMAIL, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE. *** "I WAS A MAJORETTE FOR INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES (NOT WITH THE BAND.) I PLAYED TROMBONE IN THE WARNER BAND AND WHEN THE BAND WAS PERFORMING, I PLAYED WITH THE BAND BECAUSE THAT WAS THE DEAL WITH MY PARENTS. I ENTERED A FEW BATON TWIRLING COMPETITIONS IN LETHBRIDGE DURING MY YOUTH. I RECALL THAT I DID A BATON ROUTINE TO “COLONEL BOOGIE” AT ONE COMPETITION IN LETHBRIDGE. THE ONLY COMMENT I CAN RECALL FROM THE ADJUDICATOR IS THAT I WAS CAPABLE OF A MORE DIFFICULT ROUTINE. THE WARNER MAJORETTES PERFORMED ROUTINES AS A GROUP AT COMMUNITY EVENTS USING RECORDED MUSIC. THAT WAS WHEN I COULD PERFORM WITH THEM. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT ATTRACTED ME TO BEING A MAJORETTE EXCEPT THAT IT WAS AVAILABLE IN THE COMMUNITY AND THEREFORE WAS SOMETHING THAT I NEEDED TO TRY. THE SKILLS I LEARNED AT THAT TIME, ACTUALLY CAME IN HANDY MANY YEARS LATER WHEN I BECAME A PERFORMING CLOWN AND USED MY BATON AS A COMEDY ROUTINE. “ ***
Catalogue Number
P20010047055
Acquisition Date
2001-12
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
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
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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
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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
Less detail
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19950073175
  2 images  
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
JUDOGI
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19980052003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
JUDOGI
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
89
Width
142.6 (SLEEVES)
Description
HEAVY WOVEN WHITE COTTON JUDOGI. OPEN AT FRONT; NO BUTTONS OR FASTENERS. FOUR ROWS OF MACHINE STITCHING FORM RIBBED TRIM ALONG JACKET FRONT. UPPER HALF OF TOP TIGHTLY WOVEN BUT TEXTURED; LOWER HALF HAS DIAMOND-PATTERN EMBROIDERY CREATING QUILTED EFFECT. SLITS, 20CM (L), AT BOTTOM OF EACH SIDE SEAM. AT BOTTOM OF LEFT FRONT LAPEL TRIM IS TAG EMBROIDERED WITH JAPANESE FLAG AND CHARACTERS. UNIFORM SLIGHTLY YELLOWED THROUGHOUT; SMALL TEARS FROM WEAR ALONG COLLAR/LAPEL TRIM.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
OUTFIT BELONGED TO DONOR'S BROTHER, DONALD EDWARD SMYKE. WAS A MEMBER OF THE CANADIAN JUDO TEAM AND THE JUDO CLUB IN LETHBRIDGE UNDER YOSHIO (YOSH) SENDA'S INSTRUCTION BETWEEN 1950 AND 1960. UNIFORM WAS PURCHASED FROM JUDO CLUB. DONALD WAS THE LAST OF DONOR'S THREE OLDER BROTHERS; HE PASSED AWAY IN 1998. ACCORDING TO DONOR, FAMILY LIVED IN LETHBRIDGE ALL THEIR LIVES, BUT SOME WERE BORN IN COUTTS; ALL WENT TO SCHOOL IN LETHBRIDGE. DONOR'S GRANDPARENTS MOVED TO COUTTS, WHERE THEY LIVED UNTIL THEIR DEATH. PARENTS MOVED FROM THE DAKOTAS TO COUTTS. DONALD SMYKE LIVED ON AN ACREAGE OUTSIDE COALHURST, AND HAD WORKED FOR THE C.P.R. TRANSPORT. **NOTE: DONOR WISHES DONALD SMYKE TO BE IDENTIFIED AS DONOR WHEN ITEMS ARE DISPLAYED. SEE P19980052001-GA FOR MORE HISTORY. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A JUDO SUIT DONATED BY BUD SMYKE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. BUDDY “BUD” MELVIN SMYKE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 64 ON FEBRUARY 22, 2001. HE WAS THE SON OF FRANK WILLIAM SMYKE AND EMILY JEANETTE SMYKE (NEE RHODE/ROADY). HIS BROTHERS WERE JAMES FRANK SMYKE (DIED AGE 61 ON MARCH 12, 1993); DONALD EDWARD SMYKE (DIED AGE 64 ON JUNE 28, 1998); AND LYLLE DOUGLAS SMYKE (DIED AGE 56 ON AUGUST 5, 1992). FRANK WILLIAM SMYKE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 76 ON NOVEMBER 3, 1977. EMILY JEANETTE SMYKE (NEE RHODE/ROADY) WAS BORN IN NORTH DAKOTA AND MOVED TO JENSEN, SK AS A CHILD. IN 1929 SHE MOVED TO COUTTS, THEN TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1942. SHE WAS AN EMPLOYEE OF THE MARQUIS HOTEL AND PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 57 IN AUGUST 1963. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19980052003
Acquisition Date
1999-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON
Catalogue Number
P19990021000
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date
1984
Materials
NYLON
No. Pieces
1
Length
73.0
Width
53.5
Description
BLUE NYLON. ON FRONT, LEFT ARE TWO VERTICAL YELLOW STRIPES. THERE IS A POCKET ON EACH SIDE OF JACKET. ON LEFT BREAST IS A ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION LOGO SEWN ON RIGHT BREAST IS A WHITE RECTANGLE WITH A BLUE BORDER; IT READS "LETHBRIDGE". BELOW THIS IS A ROUND PATCH WITH A BLUE BORDER. WITHIN BORDER READS "ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION LETHBRIDGE ALBERTA". IN THE CENTER OF PATCH IS THE IMAGE OF A PLANE OVER A BLUE SKY, BENEATH WHICH ARE WHITE CLOUDS BELOW THIS IS THE IMAGE OF A CANNON OVERLAID WITH AN ANCHOR. THE IMAGE OF A YELLOW BANNER GOES ACROSS PATCH, AND ON BANNER READS "GENERAL STEWART BRANCH NO.4". A SMALL, FRAYED TAG ON INSIDE NECK OF JACKET READS "XL" IN RED. BACK OF COAT HAS AN OVAL SHAPED PATCH SEWN ON THAT HAS A YELLOW BORDER. AT TOP OF PATCH READS "NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS" IN BLUE. BELOW THIS IS THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION LOGO. BELOW THIS IS A BLUE CUP SHAPE WITH A YELLOW DART IN THE CENTER. BELOW THIS READS "1984" IN RED.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
SPORTS
History
JACKET REPORTEDLY ORIGNALLY BELONGED TO MILT WRAY. DART THROWING CHAMPION? *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A JACKET DONATED BY THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, BRANCH #4. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. ACCORDING TO AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON MAY 12, 1984 “LETHBRIDGE GENERAL STEWART BRANCH OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION WILL BE ONE BUSY AND EXCITING SPOT THE WEEKEND OF MAY 18-20. DART PLAYERS FROM LEGION BRANCHES ACROSS CANADA WILL CONVERGE ON LETHBRIDGE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION DOMINION DART CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE MEMORIAL HALL OF THE GENERAL STEWART BRANCH NO. 4 SATURDAY.” A MAY 22, 1984 ARTICLE ‘OFF-TARGET SIDELIGHTS’ INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING ABOUT THE DART PLAYOFFS: “JACKETS COVERED WITH CRESTS FROM LEGION CLUBS ACROSS CANADA WERE IN ABUNDANCE … MILT WRAY OF THE LOCAL LEGION PUTTING IN SOME LONG, HARD HOURS.” MILTON “BUD” NICHOL WRAY WAS BORN ON JULY 1, 1918 IN LETHBRIDGE WHERE HE WAS RAISED AND EDUCATED. HE SERVED OVERSEAS DURING WWII, RETURNING TO CANADA IN JULY 1945. UPON HIS RETURN HE BEGAN WORKING FOR THE IMMIGRATION SERVICE, WHERE HE WORKED UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 1979. MILTON WAS MARRIED TO ISOBEL FLORENCE WRAY (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) ON FEBRUARY 26, 1948. ISOBEL PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 85 ON JULY 21, 2007. MILTON PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 81 ON JULY 22, 1999. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19990021000
Acquisition Date
1999-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE SUGAR KINGS
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, POLYESTER, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P20010085000
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE SUGAR KINGS
Date
1969
Materials
NYLON, POLYESTER, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Length
71.5
Width
55.0
Description
RED NYLON EXTERIOR. FRONT OPENING HAS 7 WHITE PAINTED, STEEL SNAPS. EMBROIDERED ON LEFT BREAST IS A HOCKEY SKATE WITH WINGS ON IT, AND "LETHBRIDGE 68 69 SUGAR KINGS ALBERTA CHAMPIONS". THERE ARE TWO DOUBLE-BESOM POCKETS ON FRONT WAIST. CUFFS ON SLEEVES ALSO HAVE A WHITE PAINTED, STEEL SNAP EACH. INSIDE OF JACKET IS LINED WITH A WHITE SILKY MATERIAL. TAG INSIDE BACK OF NECK READS "BONWITT OF WINNIPEG CHAMPIONSHIP ATHLETIC WEAR". LINING HAS A FEW HOLES NEAR NECKLINE, AND IS SLIGHTLY DISCOLOURED IN PLACES.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
JACKET OWNER, SYD HALL, WAS BORN (1928) AND RAISED IN LETHBRIDGE. IN HIS EARLY YEARS, HE PLAYED FOR THE LETHBRIDGE NATIVE SONS AND THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS. HE FOUNDED THE LETHBRIDGE MINOR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION, LETHBRIDGE SUGAR KINGS AND THE ALBERTA JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE. HE SERVED ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS, AS WELL AS THE SOUTHERN ALBERTA HOCKEY ASSOCIATION AND THE LETHBRIDGE OLDTIMERS HOCKEY ASSOCIATION. FROM 1963 TO 1972 HE WAS PART OWNER AND MANAGER OF THE SUGAR KINGS, A JUNIOR A TEAM. THE TEAM WAS FORMED USING THE BEST HOCKEY PLAYERS IN THE MINOR LEAGUE (AND MIDGET) SYSTEM. IN 1969 THE SUGAR KINGS WON THE ALBERTA TITLE, AND ADVANCED TO THE THIRD ROUND OF THE MEMORIAL CUP BEFORE LOSING TO THE REGINA PATS, ENDING THEIR PUSH FOR THE MEMORIAL CUP. THE TEAM ENDED AFTER THE LETHBRIDGE ARENA BURNED DOWN. THE TEAM TRIED TO PLAY, UNSUCCESSFULLY, FOR ONE SEASON AT HENDERSON LAKE. SUGAR KING TEAM JACKET WAS WORN BY ALL MEMBERS OF THE TEAM AND WAS TEAM PURCHASED. HE GUESSES IT MAY HAVE BEEN CATALOGUE ORDERED. HALL WORE THE JACKET UNTIL HE NO LONGER FIT INTO IT. FOR DETAILED HISTORY OF THE LETHBRIDGE SUGAR KINGS (1966-1972) SEE ARCHIVES DONATION P20011006000. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A JACKET DONATED BY SYD HALL. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. A HERALD ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON MARCH 30, 2008 RECOUNTS SYD HALL’S INVOLVEMENT IN SPORTS IN LETHBRIDGE. THE ARTICLE EXPLAINS THAT SYD HAD JUST TURNED 80 AND THAT “THE LIFE-LONG LETHBRIDGE RESIDENT HAS BEEN REFERRING HOCKEY GAMES SINCE HE WAS 15 … ‘I GUESS YOU CAN SAY I’M STUBBORN BECAUSE I WON’T QUIT’ SAYS SYD, WHO CELEBRATED HIS 80TH BIRTHDAY WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS AT THE LEGION SATURDAY … ‘I TRIED HOCKEY, BUT I WASN’T ANY GOOD’ HE RECALLS. ‘SO I DECIDED TO TAKE UP REFEREEING SINCE THEY HAD NO ONE TO REF THE GAMES BACK THEN.’ THROUGHOUT THE DECADES, SYD CONTINUED TO BLOW HIS WHISTLE AND MAKE THE CALLS OFFICIATING GAMES AT THE PEE-WEE, BANTAM, MIDGET, JUNIOR AND SENIOR LEVELS OF HOCKEY. FOR THE PAST 30-PLUS YEARS, HE’S DONNED THE PINSTRIPES FOR THOUSANDS OF OLDTIMERS HOCKEY GAMES, NOT JUST IN LETHBRIDGE, BUT IN B.C., THE U.S., AND EVEN EUROPE.” THE ARTICLE CONTINUES: “SYD HAS BEEN AN INSTRUMENTAL FIGURE IN HOCKEY IN LETHBRIDGE AND THROUGHOUT ALBERTA OUTSIDE OF HIS OFFICIATING. IN THE ‘50S, HE WAS ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF THE LETHBRIDGE MINOR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION. HE WAS ALSO PART OF A GROUP IN THE ‘60S WHO FORMED THE LETHBRIDGE SUGAR KINDS – A JUNIOR A CLUB HE MANAGED FOR ABOUT A DECADE … SYD’S DEDICATION AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE GAME OF HOCKEY EARNED HIM AN INDUCTION INTO THE ALBERTA SPORTS HALL OF FAME, LETHBRIDGE SPORTS HALL OF FAME AND THE ALBERTA HOCKEY HALL OF FAME.” AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON FEBRUARY 19, 2009 ABOUT THE 55-PLUS ALBERTA WINTER GAMES READS: “A CORNERSTONE OF MINOR HOCKEY IN LETHBRIDGE SINCE 1946, SYD HALL WAS ALSO AMONG THOSE SELECTED TO CARRY THE TORCH AT WEDNESDAY’S CEREMONY … WHILE HE WON’T BE COMPETING IN THIS YEAR’S GAMES, HALL WILL NONETHELESS BE A PRESENCE. IN FACT, ANYONE LOOKING TO GET AWAY WITH A HOOKING OR HOLDING CALL CAN BANK ON GETTING BUSTED BY THE LONGTIME OFFICIAL. ‘I’M GOING TO REFEREE IN THEM TOO,’ SAID HALL, WHO STILL CALLS THE SHOTS WITH THE OLDTIMERS GAMES ON MONDAY AND THURSDAY MORNINGS.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P20010085000
Acquisition Date
2001-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
ALBERTA WINTER GAMES HOST UNIFORM
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20020078001
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ALBERTA WINTER GAMES HOST UNIFORM
Date
1996
Materials
NYLON, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
77.5
Description
TURQUOISE NYLONG JACKET. HAS A TURNED DOWN COLLAR. FRONT CLOSES WITH A PLASTIC TURQUOISE ZIPPER. EMBROIDERED IN BLUE ON LEFT BREAST IS "LETHBRIDGE ALBERTA WINTER GAMES 1996", WITH THE WORD LETHBRIDGE CREATED FROM DIFFERENT SPORTS IMAGES. EMBROIDERED BELOW THIS IS THE "AGT" LOGO IN WHITE. CUFFS AND BOTTOM OF JACKET ARE ELASTICIZED. THERE ARE 2 SLIT POCKETS IN SIDES OF COAT. INSIDE NECKLINE ARE TWO TAGS THAT READ "FLAG WEAR" AND "L/G". THERE IS ALSO A TAG INSIDE COAT THAT PROVIDES MANUFACTURING INFORMATION AND CARE INSTRUCTIONS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
DONOR WAS A VOLUNTEER AT THE 1996 ALBERTA WINTER GAMES, HOSTED IN LETHBRIDGE. PART OF THE HOST UNIFORM WORN BY DONOR. PIECES WERE PURCHASED AT THE WINTER GAMES OFFICE AT #413 - 909 3RD AVENUE, NORTH AND WERE WORN WITH BLACK PANTS AND BLACK SWEATER/TURTLENECK. SEE HARD COPY FOR ALBERTA WINTER GAMES VOLUNTEER NEWSLETTERS. REFER TO ARCHIVAL DONATION. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A JACKET DONATED BY LIL KEMPENAAR. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND AN OBITUARY FROM CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME. LUDMILA “LIL” ANNE KEMPENAAR (NEE HRNCIRIK) WAS BORN ON JUNE 9, 1948 IN LETHBRIDGE TO PARENTS VENCL AND MARIE HRNCIRIK (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). SHE WAS RAISED ON A FARM NEAR TURIN AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1963, WHERE SHE ATTENDED CCH, GRADUATING IN 1966. SHE THEN ATTENDED OLDS COLLEGE, RECEIVING A DEGREE IN FASHION AND DESIGN IN 1967. SHE WAS MARRIED TO BENNY TED KEMPENAAR ON JUNE 15, 1968. LIL PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 63 ON SEPTEMBER 28, 2011. THE 1996 ALBERTA WINTER GAMES WERE HELD IN LETHBRIDGE FEBRUARY 22-25, 1996. IT WAS AN EVENT FOR 2500 YOUNG ALBERTAN ATHLETES, AGED 12 TO 17, COMPETING IN 23 DIFFERENT SPORTS. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND AN OBITUARY FROM CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME.
Catalogue Number
P20020078001
Acquisition Date
2003-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
LCI RAMS VARSITY FOOTBALL JACKET
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, LEATHER, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P20080001000
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LCI RAMS VARSITY FOOTBALL JACKET
Date
1960
Materials
WOOL, LEATHER, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Length
80
Width
68
Description
GREEN WOOL-BODIED “LCI RAMS” LETTERMAN FOOTBALL JACKET. GOLD KNIT FABRIC BANDS DISPLAYED ON UPPER SLEEVES AND CUFFS. SLASH FRONT POCKETS EDGED IN GOLD LEATHER. SIX YELLOW-PAINTED SNAP CLOSURES. DIAMOND PATTERN INTERIOR LINING. LEFT SLEEVE PATCHES EMBROIDERED “67”,”KENDALL”. LEFT SLEEVE CUFF DISPLAYS WEAR AND HOLES. WHITE RESIDUE ON RIGHT SLEEVE AT CUFF SEAM. HOLE ALONG REVERSE SEAM OF LEFT GOLD KNIT BAND. FADED AND WORN OVERALL. PAINT WORN OFF OF SOME SNAP CLOSURES.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
EDUCATION
History
LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE LETTERMAN/ VARSITY RAMS’ FOOTBALL JACKET PURCHASED BY THE GALT MUSEUM VIA EBAY ON 7 JANUARY 2008 FOR $164.00 US. THE JACKET’S KENNEWICK, WASHINGTON STATE SELLER, MARTY (LAST NAME UNKNOWN), CLAIMED HIS FATHER PURCHASED THE JACKET SIX TO SEVEN YEARS PRIOR AT A KENNEWICK-BASED SAINT VINCENT DEPAUL STORE. ACCORDING TO THE SCHOOL’S YEARBOOK “SPOTLITE”, THE “KENDALL” NAMED JACKET WAS WORN IN 1961 BY KENDALL RUSSELL WHO, WENT ON TO BE THE SCHOOL’S STUDENT VICE PRESIDENT AND THE FOOTBALL TEAM’S CAPTAIN IN HIS GRADUATING YEAR. RUSSELL WAS LOCATED BY THE GALT IN KENNEWICK, WA, WHERE HE RESIDED AT THE TIME OF THE DONATION. HE CLAIMED THAT HE LOST TRACK OF THE JACKET, WORN ONLY IN GRADE 10, IN THE EARLY 60S AND WAS UNSURE, AT THE TIME OF HIS 2008 GALT INTERVIEW, AS TO HOW IT WAS/WHEN DISPOSED OF. FURTHER, HE HAD NO KNOWLEDGE HOW IT CAME TO BE LOCATED IN KENNEWICK WASHINGTON – THE SAME COMMUNITY HE RESIDED IN AT THE TIME OF THE EBAY SALE. IN AN INTERVIEW IN 2008, HE SAID, “I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS JACKET. I HAVE NO IDEA HOW THIS EVER ENDED UP IN KENNEWICK, WASH.” ADDITIONALLY, HIS WIFE OF FORTY YEARS HAD NEVER LAID EYES ON THE JACKET UNTIL SHE VISITED THE GALT WITH HER HUSBAND IN 2008. INFORMATION BELOW DERIVED FROM GALT INTERVIEW WITH KENDALL RUSSELL ON 12 OCTOBER 2008. RUSSELL WAS BORN AT ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL IN 1944. IN THE MID 50S, HE RECALLED DRIVING BY THE CIVIC CENTER FIELD WITH HIS PARENTS, SEEING THE RAM’S FOOTBALL TEAM PLAYING IN THE FIELD. HIS PARENTS NEVER ENCOURAGED HIM TO PLAY NOR WAS HE INFLUENCED BY AN OLDER BROTHER (12 YEARS HIS SENIOR) WHO PLAYED THE GAME WHILE HE WAS A CHILD. DESCRIBING HIMSELF AS ATHLETIC IN HIS YOUTH, RUSSELL FREQUENTED THE LOCAL YMCA “HEAVILY”, PARTICIPATING IN THE INSTITUTION’S SWIMMING AND GYMNASTICS PROGRAMS. IN ORDER TO PLAY FOOTBALL, HE HAD TO WAIT UNTIL HE ATTENDED LCI ON ACCOUNT THAT NO JUNIOR FOOTBALL PROGRAM OR ORGANIZED TOUCH/FLAG FOOTBALL OPPORTUNITIES EXISTED. WHEN THE OPPORTUNITY FINALLY AROSE, HIS PARTICIPATION WAS, “THE THING TO DO, AN ACCOMPLISHMENT…A RIGHT OF PASSAGE”. RUSSELL CLAIMED THAT A NUMBER OF EARLY ORGANIZED LCI SPORTS, INCLUDING FOOTBALL, WERE THE RESULT OF RAMS’ COACH JIM WHITELAW. IN RUSSELL’S OPINION, WHITELAW HAD AN EXTRAORDINARY VISION FOR THE TIME, SAYING, “HE WAS INTERESTED IN SPORTS BUT HE WAS REALLY INTERESTED IN THE PEOPLE WHO PLAYED. IT WAS A TEAM; IT WASN’T AN INDIVIDUAL EFFORT”. RUSSELL’S POSITION ON THE TEAM WAS DETERMINED BY COACH JIM WHITELAW. WHEN HE FIRST JOINED THE TEAM, RUSSELL PLAYED RIGHT END AND SPENT A LOT OF TIME ON THE BENCH. IN GRADE ELEVEN HE WAS SWITCHED TO RIGHT TACKLE ON OFFENCE OR TACKLE ON DEFENSE. IN SOME CASES, HE SPENT SIXTY MINUTES OF EVERY GAME ON THE FIELD. “IF YOU WERE LARGE IN STATURE (YOU PLAYED) GUARD/TACKLE/CENTER. IF YOU WERE FAST AND TALL (YOU PLAYED) THE RECEIVING/PASSING POSITIONS. (AND) THAT’S HOW I PLAYED TACKLE. THE LAST YEAR I ALSO PLAYED CORNER LINEBACKER. WHERE HE NEEDED ME, THAT’S WHERE I PLAYED.” MOTIVATION TO PLAY FOOTBALL CAME FROM HIS ENJOYMENT OF THE GAME AND FRIENDSHIPS WITH OTHER TEAM MEMBERS. COMMENTED RUSSELL, “I JUST LIVED FOR FRIDAY NIGHTS OR SATURDAY, IT WASN’T DRUDGERY, IT WASN’T A TASK, (IT WAS) JUST PURE FUN.” DURING RUSSELL’S ERA THERE WERE VERY FEW TEAMS TO PLAY AGAINST. THE RAMS, HE SAID, TRAVELED TO PLAY AGAINST TEAMS FROM MEDICINE HAT, CARDSTON (GAME WAS AN ANNUAL HALLOWEEN HORROR EVENT), CUT BANK, MN, AND PICTURE BUTTE. AFTER HIGH SCHOOL AT LCI, HE PLANNED TO ATTEND BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY TO PLAY COLLEGE BALL ON A SCHOLARSHIP, HOWEVER, HIS PARENTS URGED HIM TO PURSUE STUDIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA WHICH, ENDED HIS FOOTBALL PURSUITS. DURING THE INTERVIEW, HE PRODUCED JACKET LETTERS AND PHOTOS OF HIMSELF IN HIS FOOTBALL UNIFORM. ALL MATERIALS WERE FOR DONATION TO THE GALT. THE LCI JACKET LETTERS – THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF ANY JACKET - WERE NEVER WORN HE SAID, COMMENTING, “IF YOU HAD THE JACKET, IT WAS FAIRLY APPARENT THAT YOU HAD EARNED THE LETTER”. BEING AWARDED A LETTER MEANT THAT YOU HAD CONTRIBUTED TO THE OVERALL EFFORT OF THE TEAM. THIS JACKET (DONATED) WAS RECEIVED, “AT THE END OF THE FOOTBALL SEASON IN GRADE TEN (1960), AND IT WOULD HAVE BEEN PUT ON THE DAY IT CAME”. HIS PARENTS WOULD HAVE PAID FOR THE JACKET AND IT WAS WORN BY RUSSELL EVERY DAY UNTIL, IN GRADE ELEVEN; HE RECEIVED A NEW, FULL LEATHER-SLEEVED RAMS’ JACKET THE LOOSE LETTERS (DONATED) WERE ACQUIRED IN GRADES ELEVEN AND TWELVE AND WERE ASSOCIATED WITH HIS FULL LEATHER SLEEVED JACKET – ALBEIT NEVER DID SEW THEM ON. TO RECEIVE THE LETTERS, HE SAID, “YOU HAD TO DISPLAY A LEVEL OF COMPETENCE (AND) … HAD TO PLAY SO MUCH TIME ON THE FIELD.” THE LCI COACH DECIDED IF THE LETTER WAS TO BE AWARDED AND, IF GRANTED, IT WAS HANDED OUT BY HIM AT THE ANNUAL AWARDS ASSEMBLY. ONLY IN GRADE TEN, HE SAID, COULD YOU HAVE THE JACKET BUT NOT THE LETTER. IN GRADE ELEVEN YOU HAD TO GET THE LETTER TO GET THE JACKET. THE LOOSE LETTERS (P20080032001-2) WERE NEVER SEWN ON RUSSELL’S GRADE ELEVEN JACKET BECAUSE HE “VALUED THEM BEYOND THE VALUE OF THE JACKET”. THE LITTLE STAR REPRESENTS CAPTAIN AND THE TWO BARS MEANT HE HAD TWO LETTERS. “WHEN PEOPLE LOOK AT YOU, CAPTAIN OF THE FOOTBALL TEAM/TWO LETTERS, FOR WHATEVER THAT’S WORTH, IT’S IMPORTANT TO SOME PEOPLE”, HE SAID. FOR FULL INTERVIEW AND OTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20080001000
Acquisition Date
2008-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
YMCA LEADER JACKET
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CLOTH
Catalogue Number
P20080034001
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
YMCA LEADER JACKET
Date
1952
Materials
CLOTH
No. Pieces
1
Height
82.0
Width
60.5
Description
YELLOW AND BLUE JACKET WITH YELLOW SNAP BUTTONS AND TWO FROM POCKETS. YELLOW SLEEVES WITH BLUE STRIPE ALONG LENGTH, CUFFS AND COLOR STRIPED YELLOW AND BLUE. EMBROIDERED PATCH OF THE LETTER, "Y" IN YELLOW AND OUTLINED IN RED ON FRONT CHEST, RIGHT-SIDE PROPER. EMBROIDERED PATCH READING, "TIM," ON RIGHT PROPER SLEEVE. TAG READS, "SCORE, SPORTING GOODS...TORONTO."
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
PERSONAL CARE
History
DONOR TIM MYERS ACQUIRED THIS JACKET AT AGE 15/16 DUE TO HIS VOLUNTEER INVOLVEMENT AND SPORTS AFFILIATION WITH LETHBRIDGE’S Y.M.C.A... IN AN INTERVIEW ON 25 MARCH, 2009, MYER’S RECALLED UTILIZING THE “Y’S” FACILITIES BY APPROXIMATELY AGE 14 (1951). AT THE TIME, HE WAS REFERRED TO AS A “JUNIOR”. SOON AFTER, HOWEVER, HE VOLUNTEERED TO BE AN “INTERMEDIATE LEADER”, PROVIDING EXPERTISE AND PRIMARY LEADERSHIP RELATIVE TO HIS SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE IN GYMNASTICS AND SWIMMING. THE VOLUNTEER POSITION GRANTED HIM FREE ACCESS TO THE FACILITY AND PRIVILEGE OF WEARING THE DONATED INTERMEDIATE LEADER JACKET. THE JACKET, ACCORDING TO MYERS, WAS WORN REGULARLY BOTH AT AND OUTSIDE THE “Y”. WHEN WORN AT SPRING-SEASON PROVINCIAL CONFERENCES (ATHLETIC COMPETITIONS), IT SERVED TO IDENTIFY HIM AS A MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE TEAM. ITS COLOURS WERE A MATTER OF PRIDE, HE SAID, DISTINGUISHING HIM, FOR EXAMPLE, FROM AN EDMONTON Y.M.C.A. WHICH WORE A RED AND WHITE COLOURED JACKET. “LETHBRIDGE COMPETED VERY WELL AT THE TIME”, OWED, ACCORDING TO HIM, TO THE INSTRUCTION PROVIDED BY ERA-STAFF DAVE ROXBURG, BURT STRETON (SP?) AND JIM WHITELAW. AT AGE 18 (1955), MYERS WON THE EQUIVALENT TO THE PROVINCIAL CHAMPION IN GYMNASTICS AT A Y.M.C.A. CONFERENCE. THAT YEAR HE WAS ADDITIONALLY RECOGNIZED AS A “SENIOR LEADER”. THIS JACKET, MYERS BELIEVES, WAS THE ONLY ONE OF ITS TYPE OWNED BY HIM. ALSO, HE BELIEVES THAT IT WAS PAID FOR BY HIS PARENTS. AFTER HE MOVED FROM LETHBRIDGE TO EDMONTON, THE JACKET SURVIVED IN HIS PARENTS’ HOME. IT WAS RE-DISCOVERED BY HIM ON THE PASSING OF HIS MOTHER IN 1985. MYERS WAS UNAWARE THAT HIS MOTHER HAD SAVED THE JACKET (AND DONATED PANTS, P20080034002 AND P20080034003). AT THE TIME, HE DECIDED TO HOLD ON TO IT ON ACCOUNT THAT IT HAD THE ABILITY TO “BRING BACK MEMORIES” WHEN IT WAS SHARED WITH FRIENDS FROM THE PERIOD. IT IS, IN HIS OPINION, ONLY SURVIVING EXAMPLE FROM THE ERA. HAIRCUTS IN THOSE DAYS WERE REPRESENTATIVE OF TEENAGERS’ INVOLVEMENT AT THE “Y”. BOYS IN ATHLETICS (AND AT THE “Y”) GENERALLY CUT THEIR HAIR SHORT VERSUS THE REST OF THE POPULATION HAD LONGER HAIR AND WORE IT SLICKED TO THE SIDES. IT CAN NOT BE UNDERSTATED HOW CRITICAL THE “Y” WAS TO THE DONOR AND HIS YOUTH. HE CLOSED BY SAYING THAT HE “ALMOST LIVED AT THE “Y”, SPENDING (IN ADDITION TO OTHER TIME) HIS ENTIRE SATURDAY(S) THERE”. FOR MORE INFORMATION AND DONOR SUPPLIED NARRATIVE, SEE PERMANENT RECORD.
Catalogue Number
P20080034001
Acquisition Date
2008-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
RAYMOND BUSSEI BASEBALL JACKET
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, COTTON, POLYESTER
Catalogue Number
P20130010001
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
RAYMOND BUSSEI BASEBALL JACKET
Date
1953
Materials
LEATHER, COTTON, POLYESTER
No. Pieces
1
Height
6
Length
71
Width
51
Description
RED AND WHITE LEATHER “BUSSEI” BASEBALL JACKET. RED AND WHITE KNIT FABRIC BANDS AT NECK, CUFFS, AND WAIST. SLASH FRONT POCKETS EDGED IN WHITE LEATHER. SEVEN WHITE PLASTIC BUTTONS. WHITE COTTON LINING. LEFT SLEEVE PATCH EMBROIDERED “5”. LEFT CHEST PATCH EMBROIDERED “S.A.S.B. BASEBALL LEAGUE BUSSEI 1951-52-53 CHAMPS” WITH AN IMAGE OF A BASEBALL PLAYER SWINGING A BAT. SOME STAINING ON KNIT BANDS. WORN OVERALL, LEATHER HARDENED.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
THIS JACKET BELONGED TO HIROSHI “SPUD” KITAGAWA WHEN HE PLAYED SHORTSTOP IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA’S SUGAR BEET LEAGUE. KITAGAWA WAS ON THE ‘BUSSEI’ BASEBALL TEAM FROM 1948/49 TO 1954, WHICH REPRESENTED THE TOWN OF RAYMOND AND WAS SUPPORTED BY THE LOCAL BUDDHIST TEMPLE. ACCORDING TO FORMER TEAM MEMBER SHIG NAKAGAWA, “‘BUSSEI’ IS SHORT FOR THE JAPANESE YOUNG BUDDHIST ASSOCIATION”. ALL MEMBERS OF THE LEAGUE WERE JAPANESE CANADIAN, AND IT FEATURED TEAMS IN TOWNS INCLUDING RAYMOND, PICTURE BUTTE, COALDALE, MAGRATH, AND TABER/BARNWELL/CRANFORD. IN JUNE 2013, GALT MUSEUM COLLECTIONS TECH KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED KITAGAWA ABOUT HIS FAMILY’S MOVE FROM VANCOUVER TO SOUTHERN ALBERTA IN 1942, AND HIS TIME SPENT PLAYING WITH THE BUSSEI TEAM. KITAGAWA SAID: “AT THAT TIME THEY TOLD YOU IF YOU WANT TO GO AS A FAMILY, GET OUT RIGHT NOW. MY MOTHER WAS, SHE DIDN’T TALK GOOD ENGLISH, SHE COULDN’T WORK SO MY FATHER COULD, AND MY UNCLE, THEY KNEW ONE FAMILY IN RAYMOND FROM JAPAN, I DON’T KNOW HOW, SO THEY WROTE A LETTER ASKING IF THEY COULD COME OVER, AND HE SAID YEAH COME ON OVER, SO WE COME AS A FAMILY. SO WE CAME, TEN OF US, MY FAMILY AND MY UNCLE’S FAMILY IN ’42. IT WAS QUITE A HARDSHIP. MY PARENTS, THEY HAD TO GET EVERYTHING PACKED IN A COUPLE OF DAYS AND JUST TAKE OFF. WE GOT ON THE TRAIN AND GOT TO CALGARY AND COME TO LETHBRIDGE, AND THIS MR. KOSAKA, HE PICKED US UP IN LETHBRIDGE AND GOT TO RAYMOND. YES, IT WAS QUITE A TRIP IN THOSE DAYS… IN A COUPLE OF DAYS, WE MOVED INTO TOWN. [MR. KOSAKA] FOUND US A PLACE TO RENT, A HOUSE IN THE TOWN OF RAYMOND. WE STAYED THERE A COUPLE OF MONTHS, THEN WE WENT OUT TO THE SUGAR BEET FARM… I DON’T KNOW WHAT YEAR THEY STARTED, THE SUGAR BEET LEAGUE, BUT WE USED TO GO WATCH WEEKENDS. WE’D GET OFF WORK. I DON’T KNOW WHEN IT WAS STARTED OR WHAT YEAR IT WAS, IN THE LATE ‘40S ANYWAY… IN SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL WE STARTED PLAYING, WE GOT TO PLAY ON THE TEAM ANYWAY… IT WAS PRETTY HARD TO GET NINE PEOPLE TO COME OUT IN THOSE DAYS YOU KNOW. EVERYBODY HAD TO STAY HOME AND WORK THE BEETS IN THOSE DAYS. IT WASN’T THAT EASY TO GET OFF. EVERYBODY WORKED SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, LONG HOURS. I JUST GOT THERE AND THEY SAID COME ON AND PLAY SO WE STARTED PLAYING BALL AND OTHER PEOPLE JOINED US, AROUND RAYMOND… WE HAD A CHURCH, A PRETTY GOOD START, A YOUNG BUDDHIST SOCIETY THERE AND WE GOT TO PLAY BALL… PICTURE BUTTE, COALDALE, THEY HAD A STRONG TEAM, A LOT OF VETERANS THAT HAD PLAYED BEFORE… RAYMOND, WE STARTED GETTING BETTER AROUND, IN THE ‘50S. WE WON THREE YEARS IN A ROW, RIGHT? THOSE YEARS WERE PRETTY GOOD, YEAH… AS THE YEARS WENT BY AND WE STARTED GETTING BETTER, WE USED TO GO TO THE SUGAR BEETS AND HAD THE BEETS FIRST THING IN THE MORNING AND GO PLAY BALL IN THE AFTERNOON AND BY MONDAY MORNING WE WERE ALL TIRED AND COULDN’T DO MUCH WORK. WE USED TO PLAY A DOUBLE HEADER ON SUNDAY WHEN THE THING WAS GOING GOOD. WE’D STOP IN LETHBRIDGE AND IN CHINATOWN AND HAVE SUPPER AND GO HOME. MONDAY MORNING WE WERE PRETTY TIRED. OUR PARENTS WONDERED WHAT THE HECK WAS GOING ON, WE COULDN’T DO BEETS TOO GOOD. IT WAS A LOT OF FUN.” FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND A TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW, SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20130010001
Acquisition Date
2013-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE NISEIS BASEBALL JACKET
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, WOOL, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20130011000
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE NISEIS BASEBALL JACKET
Date
1953
Materials
LEATHER, WOOL, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
6
Length
73
Width
53.5
Description
BLACK AND YELLOW “NISEIS” VARSITY-STYLE BASEBALL JACKET. BODY IS BLACK WOOL, SLEEVES ARE YELLOW LEATHER. BLACK AND WHITE KNIT FABRIC BANDS AT NECK, CUFFS, AND WAIST. SEVEN WHITE PLASTIC BUTTONS. RED COTTON LINING. RIGHT SLEEVE PATCH EMBROIDERED “6”. LEFT SLEEVE PATCH EMBROIDERED “JCCA 53”. CHEST PATCH EMBROIDERED “NISEIS S.A.B.A. CHAMPS”. STAINING AND WEAR ON KNIT BANDS, LOOSE THREADS AT BOTH CUFFS. WORN OVERALL, LEATHER HARDENED.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
THIS JACKET BELONGED TO TOM ASATO WHEN, ACCORDING TO HIS BROTHER, DONOR ROY ASATO, HE WAS THE PITCHER OF THE LETHBRIDGE NISEIS IN 1953. ADDITIONALLY, LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES FROM 1957 TO 1960 LIST "TOMMY" ASATO AS CATCHER AND OUTFIELDER. THE NISEIS WERE AN ALL-STAR JAPANESE CANADIAN BASEBALL TEAM SPONSORED BY THE ALBERTA JAPANESE CANADIAN CITIZEN’S ASSOCIATION. THE NISEIS OPERATED FROM 1952 TO 1963 UNDER THE MANAGEMENT OF GEORGE YOSHINAKA, WHO PLAYED ON THE LEGENDARY VANCOUVER ASAHI BASEBALL TEAM PRIOR TO HIS FORCED RELOCATION TO THE CROWSNEST PASS DURING THE INTERNMENT OF JAPANESE CANADIANS IN 1941. BOTH TOM AND ROY ASATO PLAYED FOR THE COALDALE CUBS IN THE JAPANESE CANADIAN SUGAR BEET LEAGUE, BEFORE TOM WAS RECRUITED TO PLAY FOR THE NISEIS. IN JUNE 2013, GALT MUSEUM COLLECTIONS TECH KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED ROY ASATO ABOUT HE AND HIS BROTHER PLAYING BASEBALL IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. ROY SAID: “WELL DAD WAS, WHEN HE FIRST CAME [TO SOUTHERN ALBERTA] HE WAS A DRY LAND FARMER AND HE GOT DRIED OUT SO HE MANAGED TO GO TO JAPAN AND GET MARRIED, HAD KIDS AND HE SAYS FROM NOW ON I AM GOING TO HAVE IRRIGATION, NO DRY LAND, SO HE WAS GROWING POTATOES. EVERY COUPLE OF YEARS WE HAD TO MOVE AND BUILD A ROOT CELLAR EVERY TWO YEARS. SO WE MOVED AROUND QUITE A BIT. LET’S SEE, WHEN WE WERE ABOUT FOURTEEN WE STARTED GOING TO BASEBALL GAMES AND AROUND SIXTEEN YEARS OF AGE STARTED PLAYING BASEBALL FOR THE COALDALE CUBS IN THE SUGAR BEET LEAGUE… DAD PLAYED BASEBALL SO HE USED TO TAKE US TO THOSE GAMES... WE STARTED PLAYING BASEBALL EVERY SUNDAY AFTER WORKING ALL WEEK… WELL IT WASN’T EASY. ONCE WE WEEDED THE POTATOES... WE HAD TO PUT THE ONE HORSE CULTIVATOR AND WALK BEHIND. MUST HAVE WALKED TWENTY MILES IN A DAY. ONE HORSE, ONE CULTIVATOR THEN COME SUNDAY IF IT IS NICE, SEEMS LIKE MOST TIME THE WEATHER WAS NICE AND WE PLAYED BASEBALL… WELL I THINK TOM WAS WITH THE NISEIS ALREADY AND HE SAYS HE BUGGERED UP HIS ARMS SEEMS LIKE HE SAID. YOU KNOW HOW IT IS WHEN YOU GO TO DIFFERENT TEAMS AND THE MANAGER OR COACH OR SOMETHING TELLS YOU TO DO CERTAIN WAY TO THROW THE BALL OR SOME DARN THING BUGGERS UP THE ARM EH… SO GEORGE [YOSHINAKA] SAYS TOM WAS PLAYING SECOND BASE, HE CALLED HIM AND HE TOLD HIM TO PITCH. SO TOM THREW A COUPLE OF FAST ONES AND THEY TEED OFF ON HIM SO THE NEXT THING HE SAYS TO THE CATCHER ‘I AM GOING TO SPOT PITCH’ SO HE STARTED THROWING AT THE TARGET… THE PITCHES WERE A LITTLE SLOWER LIKE A HIGH BALL, WOULD BE LIKE A LOB I GUESS. THOSE GUYS WERE POPPING IT UP, HITTING IT ON THE GROUND, THEY WERE GETTING REALLY FRUSTRATED BECAUSE IT WAS A SLOW BALL AND THEY COULDN’T HIT IT SO TOM KEPT ON IT AND HE SAID HE FINALLY WON THE GAME… [TOM] REALLY ENJOYED [PLAYING BASEBALL]… DID HIS BEST WITH IT… I THINK [JAPANESE CANADIAN BASEBALL PLAYERS] REALLY HELPED THE ATHELETES IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA BECAUSE LATER ON EVEN NON-JAPANESE WERE PLAYING ON THIS TEAM.” TOSHIRO 'TOM' ASATO PASSED AWAY ON MAY 5, 2013 AT THE AGE OF 81 YEARS. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, INCLUDING HARDCOPIES OF LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES AND ASATO'S OBITUARY, A TRANSCRIPT OF A GALT-CONDUCTED INTERVIEW WITH DONOR ROY ASATO, AND A VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH FORMER LETHBRIDGE NISEIS' PLAYER "NOBBY" HAYASHI, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20130011000
Acquisition Date
2013-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
CROSS COUNTRY SKI PANTS
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19970028006
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CROSS COUNTRY SKI PANTS
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
81.6
Width
37.5
Description
PAIR OF MEN'S TAUPE WOOL CROSS COUNTRY SKI KNICKERS, WITH VELCRO AT THE KNEES. HAS TWO POCKETS IN THE FRONT, AND TWO BACK POCKETS WITH FLAPS THAT ARE FASTENED WITH TAUPE PLASTIC BUTTONS. HAS A WHITE LABEL ON THE INSIDE OF THE WAISTBAND MARKED "MOUNTAIN EQUIPMENT CO-OP", "34", AND "100% WOOL/LAINE". HAS WIDE BELT LOOPS AROUND THE WAIST. IN GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
BELONGED TO DONOR'S HUSBAND, CHARLES MCCLEARY, WHO WAS THE ALBERTA HIGHSCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY SKI CHAMPION IN 1953. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING SEVERAL CLOTHING ITEMS DONATED BY CECILE MCCLEARY. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMES FROM AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DONOR, CECILE MCCLEARY AND HER HUSBAND CHARLES MCCLEARY. IN DISCUSSING THE DONATED SKI PANTS AND SOCKS, CHARLES HAD THE FOLLOWING TO SAY: “WELL, BOTH OF THEM NOW, I GUESS ARE 56 YEARS OLD, OR SO. THESE ARE 40, WELL OVER 50 YEARS. THESE ARE WHAT WE USED TO WEAR WAY BACK IN THE LATE ‘60S AND ‘70S IN CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING. THE PANTS, OF COURSE, ARE SORT OF KNEE HEIGHT, LIKE KNICKERBOCKERS, I SUPPOSE … AND THE SOCKS WERE THE APPROPRIATE LENGTH TO REACH UP TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SKI SLAC, AND THAT’S WHAT WE WORE, AT THAT TIME. WELL, WE WEREN’T AVID SKIERS. WE WERE RECREATIONAL SKIERS AT THE TIME. I HAD BEEN, IN HIGH SCHOOL DAYS, A RACER FOR THE CAMROSE SKI CLUB BACK IN THE DAYS WHEN WE’D ALWAYS WIN THE ALBERTA NORDIC CHAMPIONSHIP, BECAUSE WE HAD A JUMP, AND THE SKI HILL, AND A RACING TRACK IN CAMROSE, MAINLY DUE TO THE NORWEIGAN HERITAGE OF THE TOWN – AT THE TIME A TOWN – NOW A CITY … WE WOULD RACE 5KM IN HIGH SCHOOL MEETS AND 10KM IN PROVINCIAL MEETS, AND WE HAD RACES IN BANFF. THE HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS WERE ALWAYS HELD IN BANFF IN FEBRUARY AND WE WOULD RACE IN CAMROSE. ATHABASKA HAD A JUMP AND A RACE TRACK. WE’D BEEN TO ATHABASKA. THAT WOULD BE ABOUT IT. TWO OF OUR PEOPLE FROM CAMROSE WERE ON THE CANADIAN OLYMPIC TEAM BACK IN THE LATE ‘50S … PAUL GLADIS AND HIS BROTHER CARL, [WHO] WAS A COUPLE OF YEARS AHEAD OF ME [IN HIGH SCHOOL].” AFTER A REMINDER FROM CECILE, CHARLES ADDED: “WELL, THE SERVOLD BROTHERS TOOL. THE SERVOLD BROTHERS WERE THE OLPYMIC COMPETITORS. AND I SKIED FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA SKI TEAM ONE SEASON AS WELL … IN HIGH SCHOOL I WAS THE ALBERTA CHAMPION [IN 1953] … I DIDN’T DO AS WELL AT THE UNIVERSITY LEVEL – THERE WERE TOO MANY OTHER INTERESTS THAT WERE TAKING ME AWAY FROM GETTING IN SHAPE.” CECILE ADDED: “THESE WERE ACTUALLY PURCHASED IN THE EARLY ‘70S WHEN WE TOOK UP CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING IN SASKATOON. SASKATOON WAS HOLDING THE CANADA WINTER GAMES IN ’72, SO THEY WERE LOOKING AT PEOPLE WHO KNEW SOMETHING ABOUT NORDIC SKIING AND VERY FEW PEOPLE DID, IN THE PROVINCE, AT THAT TIME. BUT CHARLES DID, SO HE WENT AND HELPED THEM WITH THAT, AND THEN WE STARTED SKIING, PROBABLY BECAUSE OF THE SERVOLDS WHO WERE IN DEVON, AB … AND CHARLES OUTFITTED US ALL – THE BOYS AND ME – IN CROSS-COUNTRY SKIS AND BOOTS AND PEOPLE WOULD STOP AND SAY ‘WHAT HAVE YOU GOT ON YOUR FEET?’” CHARLES: “THOSE SKIS … WERE IMPORTED FROM NORWAY, BECAUSE OF THE CAMROSE-NORWEGIAN CONNECTION. WE HAD THESE GREAT SKIS. HIGH SCHOOL EVENTS WITH THESE SKINNY SKIS, EVERYONE ELSE WAS WONDERING WHAT WE WERE DOING WITH THESE THINGS, BUT THEY HAD BEEN IMPORTED, BROUGHT IN FROM NORWAY. WE ALL HAD THE NORWEGIAN WAXES, AND KLISTER [A SKI WAX], AND ALL THAT STUFF. BLOW TORCHES TO HEAT THE SKI TO PUT THE WAX ON. IT WAS QUITE AN EFFORT. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR A COPY OF THE INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT.
Catalogue Number
P19970028006
Acquisition Date
1997-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
TUBING
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19940037002
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TUBING
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
3
Description
1. LEGGING: 24.2CM (L) X 12CM (W). OFF-WHITE WOOL(?) KNIT LEGGING HAS TIGHTLY AND SMALL KNIT ENDS THAT ARE GATHERED BY A THREAD AT EDGE. IN CENTRE HAS SOFTER AND LARGER KNIT. IS THE SAME ALL THE WAY AROUND. HAS SMALL HOLES IN FABRIC, MAY BE INSECT DAMAGE. EDGES ARE WORN. 2. IDENTICAL TO #1, EXCEPT MORE INSECT DAMAGE. 3. TUBING: 34.1CM (L) X 30.5CM (W). SAME MATERIAL AS #1. HAS SMALL AND TIGHTLY KNIT ENDS, ARE ALMOST RIBBED. EDGES ARE KNIT FINISHED. ONE END IS SLIGHTLY WIDER THAN THE OTHER. MIDDLE SECTION IS A LOOSER, SOFTER KNIT. IS TWO KNIT PIECES SEWN TOGETHER, ARE SEAMS DOWN EITHER SIDE. IS A BIT SOILED. HAS MANY HOLES FROM INSECT DAMAGE. EDGES ARE WORN.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
SEE FILE P19940037001-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING ITEMS DONATED BY LENORA DUCE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND A FAMILY HISTORY DOCUMENT FROM THE CARDSTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY. LENORA ADELAIDE (LAIDA) DUCE (NEE SHEFFIELD) WAS BORN ON FEBRUARY 2, 1898 AT CARDSTON, AB. SHE WAS THE ELDEST DAUGHTER OF WILLIAM W. AND LENORA HUDSON SHEFFIELD. AT THE AGE OF 17 SHE TOOK A JOB WITH AGT AND ON JUNE 1, 1916 SHE WAS APPOINTED AS AGENT CHIEF OPERATOR, A POSITION SHE HELD UNTIL HER MARRIAGE ON FEBRUARY 2, 1921 TO WILLIAM HINMAN DUCE. LENORA PASSED AWAY ON SEPTEMBER 26, 2000. WILLIAM HINMAN DUCE WAS BORN IN CARDSTON, AB ON JULY 23, 1896, THE SON OF THOMAS WILLIAM AND RHODA ADELAIDE HINMAN DUCE. HE WORKED FOR DUCE BROTHERS, A STORE WHICH SOLD SHOES, MEN’S CLOTHING, AND FURNITURE. HE ALSO SERVED IN THE R.N.C.V.R. DURING WWI, TRAINING ON THE WEST COAST AND SERVING IN HALIFAX UNTIL DECEMBER 23, 1918. WILLIAM ALSO SOLD INSURANCE FOR A FEW YEARS, WORKED AT CARDSTON MOTORS, FORD MOTORS IN TABER, INSPECTED CROPS FOR PRAIRIE FARM ASSISTANCE, AND OPERATED A FARM IMPLEMENT BUSINESS. IN 1952, WILLIAM SOLD THE FAMILY HOME IN CARDSTON AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE. HE PASSED AWAY ON JANUARY 27, 1971 AT THE AGE OF 74. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND THE CARDSTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY. *UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILES AND ACCESSORIES, INCLUDING A BIB AND SHORTS DONATED BY LENORA S. DUCE. ATTEMPTS MADE TO LOCATE NEXT-OF-KIN OR INDIVIDUALS ABLE TO SPEAK ABOUT THE ARTIFACTS PROVED UNSUCCESSFUL.
Catalogue Number
P19940037002
Acquisition Date
1994-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
JUDO PANTS
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19980052001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
JUDO PANTS
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
95.5
Width
67.8
Description
PAIR LIGHT WHITE COTTON STRAIGHT-LEG JUDO PANTS WITH DRAWSTRING WAIST. ONE BELT LOOP AT FRONT OF WAIST. EXTRA PATCH OF FABRIC STITCHED TO CROTCH AREA. LARGE TEARS; PANTS HAVE BEEN REPAIRED IN NUMEROUS AREAS, ESPECIALLY AT BOTTOM OF LEGS AND ALONG BACK OF RIGHT LEG. RECTANGULAR REINFORCEMENT/PATCH ON EACH KNEE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
OUTFIT BELONGED TO DONOR'S BROTHER, DONALD EDWARD SMYKE. WAS A MEMBER OF THE CANADIAN JUDO TEAM, AND THE JUDO CLUB IN LETHBRIDGE UNDER YOSH SENDA'S INSTRUCTION BETWEEN 1950 AND 1960. UNIFORM WAS PURCHASED FROM JUDO CLUB. DONALD WAS THE LAST OF DONOR'S THREE OLDER BROTHERS; HE PASSED AWAY IN 1998. ACCORDING TO DONOR, FAMILY LIVED IN LETHBRIDGE ALL THEIR LIVES, BUT SOME WERE BORN IN COUTTS; ALL WENT TO SCHOOL IN LETHBRIDGE. DONOR'S GRANDPARENTS MOVED TO COUTTS, WHERE THEY LIVED UNTIL THEIR DEATH. PARENTS MOVED FROM THE DAKOTAS TO COUTTS. DONALD SMYKE LIVED ON AN ACREAGE OUTSIDE COALHURST, AND HAD WORKED FOR THE C.P.R. TRANSPORT. JUDO WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE PROVINCE IN 1943 WHEN YOSHIO KATSUTU ESTABLISHED THE RAYMOND JUDO CLUB. MR. KATSUTU WAS BORN IN 1904 IN OKAYAMA, JAPAN, WHERE HE STUDIED JUDO. HE EMIGRATED TO BC IN 1934, AND WAS RELOCATED TO RAYMOND AREA IN 1942. HE WAS INSTRUCTOR WITH THE CLUB FOR 23 YEARS. YOSH SENDA WAS AN ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR WHEN THE CLUB FIRST STARTED, AND STAYED 9 YEARS THERE. HE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1952 AND TAUGHT JUDO HERE. THE CLUB WAS DISBANDED IN 1966. SENDA COACHED THE YMCA JUDO CLUB FOR 26 YEARS; WAS U OF L JUDO COACH FOR 11 YEARS, WAS A CHAMPION AT A 1937 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP, AND A PROVINCIAL CHAMP IN 1958 AND 1959. HE WAS INDUCTED INTO THE CANADIAN AMATEUR ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME ON JULY 18, 1979. HE WAS AN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED INSTRUCTOR. ***PLEASE NOTE: DONOR WISHES DONALD SMYKE TO BE IDENTIFIED AS DONOR WHEN ITEMS ARE DISPLAYED. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A JUDO SUIT DONATED BY BUD SMYKE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. BUDDY “BUD” MELVIN SMYKE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 64 ON FEBRUARY 22, 2001. HE WAS THE SON OF FRANK WILLIAM SMYKE AND EMILY JEANETTE SMYKE (NEE RHODE/ROADY). HIS BROTHERS WERE JAMES FRANK SMYKE (DIED AGE 61 ON MARCH 12, 1993); DONALD EDWARD SMYKE (DIED AGE 64 ON JUNE 28, 1998); AND LYLLE DOUGLAS SMYKE (DIED AGE 56 ON AUGUST 5, 1992). FRANK WILLIAM SMYKE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 76 ON NOVEMBER 3, 1977. EMILY JEANETTE SMYKE (NEE RHODE/ROADY) WAS BORN IN NORTH DAKOTA AND MOVED TO JENSEN, SK AS A CHILD. IN 1929 SHE MOVED TO COUTTS, THEN TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1942. SHE WAS AN EMPLOYEE OF THE MARQUIS HOTEL AND PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 57 IN AUGUST 1963. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19980052001
Acquisition Date
1999-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BOY SCOUT TUMBLING/GYMNASTICS JUMPSUIT
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
YARN, FELT
Catalogue Number
P20200029007
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BOY SCOUT TUMBLING/GYMNASTICS JUMPSUIT
Date
1929
Materials
YARN, FELT
No. Pieces
1
Length
83
Width
42
Description
BROWN KNIT JUMPSUIT WITH GREEN AND YELLOW HORIZONTAL STRIPES. THE ROMPER HAS SHORTS ATTACHED ON THE INSIDE AND A SNAP ON THE LEFT SHOULDER FOR PULLING UP ONTO THE BODY. THERE IS A GREEN FELT CREST AT THE CENTRE OF THE CHEST THAT HAS THE BOY SCOUT FLEUR-DE-LIS EMBLEM AND THE WORDS “BOY SCOUTS BE PREPARED” IN BANNERS UNDERNEATH EMBROIDERED WITH YELLOW THREAD. THE TAG ON THE SUIT READS “OFFICIAL DESIGN SUPPLIED BY THE STORES DEPT. BOY SCOUTS ASSOCIATION DOMINION HEADQUARTERS OTTAWA—CANADA” IN RED. WRITTEN IN BLACK INK ON THE TAG IS THE NUMBER “294”. THERE ARE HOLES IN THE KNIT ACROSS THE JUMPSUIT AND THE TAG IS SLIGHTLY TORN OFF. THE DYE IN THE GREEN AND YELLOW STRIPES IS BLEEDING INTO THE BROWN SEGMENTS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
COMMEMORATIVE
LEISURE
SPORTS
History
KENNETH RUSSELL, WHO PASSED AWAY IN 1983, WAS A LETHBRIDGE BOY SCOUT IN HIS YOUTH; A MEMBER OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS; AND LATER BECAME A SCOUT LEADER AND SCHOOL TEACHER. HE WAS ONE OF 150 CANADIAN CONTINGENT BOY SCOUTS TO ATTEND THE 3RD WORLD SCOUT JAMBOREE IN ENGLAND IN 1929, ALSO CALLED THE “COMING-OF-AGE” JAMBOREE DUE TO IT FALLING ON THE 21ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE PUBLICATION OF “SCOUTING FOR BOYS”. ACCORDING TO A MAY 9, 1929 LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLE, KEN RUSSELL WAS SELECTED TO ATTEND THE WORLD JAMBOREE BY THE DISTRICT BOY SCOUT COUNCIL ALONG WITH FELLOW LOCAL KING SCOUT NORMAN MIDDLETON. THE COST OF THE TRIP WAS COVERED THROUGH FUNDRAISING EFFORTS. A SEPTEMBER 7TH, 1929 LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLE MENTIONED THAT THE ATTENDEES FROM CANADA TRAVELLED BY BOAT ABOARD THE ANTONIA TO ENGLAND, THEN CONGREGATED WITH AROUND 50 000 SCOUTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD IN A CAMP IN ARROWE PARK. THE JAMBOREE CONSISTED OF VARIOUS EVENTS AND INCLUDED APPEARANCES FROM FOUNDER OF THE SCOUTING MOVEMENT BADEN-POWELL, THE DUKE OF CONNAUGHT, AND THE PRINCE OF WALES. KEN KEPT A JOURNAL OF HIS TRIP TO THE 1929 JAMBOREE, IN WHICH HE REFERENCED HIS TUMBLING UNIFORM AND PARTICIPATING IN GYMNASTICS PERFORMANCES. ON FRIDAY, JULY 19 HE MENTIONED GETTING “UP AT 6:30. DRESSED IN JAMBOREE UNIFORM.” A WEEK LATER ON JULY 26 HE WROTE ABOUT HIS DAY SAYING THAT “AT 3:30 WENT TO SQUARE DANCE PRACTICE AND PYRAMID PRACTICE.” ON MONDAY, JULY 29 HE REVEALED HE “PRACTICED TUMBLING AT THE THEATRE UNTIL 6:00.” THEN ON TUESDAY, JULY 30 KEN DOCUMENTED GETTING “DRESSED IN MY TUMBLING SUIT AND THE INDIANS CIRCUS AND PYRAMIDS WENT TO THE THEATRE. WE ALL PRACTICED. WE WON FIRST OVER THE U.S. FOR PLACE OF HONOR IN THE DISPLAYS BEFORE THE PRINCE.” KEN PERFORMED ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 1 WHICH WAS RECORDED IN A JOURNAL ENTRY THAT READS “AFTER DINNER THE PYRAMIDS, CIRCUS, INDIANS, AND TUMBLERS WENT TO THE ARENA AND PUT ON THEIR PARTS…AFTER SUPPER DRESSED UP IN TUMBLING SUIT AGAIN AND PUT THE STUFF ON AT THE THEATRE.” ON SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2020 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN MET WITH SIBLINGS KENNA ASPLUND, DALE RUSSELL, GRAEME RUSSELL, AND CHRISTOPHER (KIT) RUSSELL TO DISCUSS THEIR LATE FATHER KENNETH RUSSELL’S BOY SCOUT ITEMS THAT KENNA DONATED TO THE MUSEUM. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS DERIVED FROM THEIR MEETING. KIT RECOLLECTED WHAT HIS FATHER SHARED ABOUT TUMBLING AT THE WORLD BOY SCOUT JAMBOREE: “…WHEN I WAS IN SIXTH GRADE [MY DAD] TAUGHT ME IN COALHURST, AND HE TOLD THE WHOLE CLASS ABOUT BEING IN ENGLAND AND…BEING SHOWN AROUND SHERWOOD FOREST. I CAN’T REMEMBER WHO HE SAID THE OWNER OF THE PLACE WAS, SOME DUKE OR EARL, BUT HE SAID THE GUY TOOK GREAT PLEASURE IN TAKING [THE SCOUTS] AROUND AND SHOWING THEM HOW IN SHERWOOD FOREST, THERE WERE CAVES THAT WERE COVERED IN VINES, WHICH ADDED TO THE MYSTIQUE OF ROBIN HOOD, SO TO SPEAK... [HE ALSO TALKED ABOUT] READING THE DIARIES ABOUT HIM DOING TUMBLING…AS THEY PREPARED TO GO TO THE JAMBOREE. THEY WENT TO OTTAWA AND PRACTICED. [THOSE ARE THE MEMORIES] I HAVE.” A SEPTEMBER 7TH, 1929 LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLE DOCUMENTED KIT’S MEMORY OF KEN’S STOP IN OTTAWA, NOTING THAT “LEAVING LETHBRIDGE THE SCOUT’S WERE GIVEN A WEEK’S SPECIAL TRAINING AT OTTAWA UNDER THE DIRECTION OF REV. G. GUITON. AT THE CAPITOL…TUMBLING [WAS] PRACTICED”. KIT POINTED OUT THE NUMBER ON THE GARMENT’S TAG: “…YOU WILL NOTICE ON THE LABEL, IT SAYS 294.” “THAT WAS [MY DAD’S] NUMBER ON ALL OF HIS STUFF.” KENNA SPOKE ABOUT HER DAD’S JOURNAL MENTIONING CERTAIN CLOTHING ITEMS HE RECEIVED WHILE IN BOY SCOUTS: “…HE TALKS A LOT ABOUT THEM GETTING THEIR DISPLAYS READY AND THEIR STUNTS AND PUTTING ON THEIR PLAYS. IN THE ONE PART OF HIS JOURNAL, HE DOES MAKE A LIST OF WHAT HIS CLOTHING WAS WHEN HE GOT [TO THE JAMBOREE]; IT WAS HANDED TO HIM.” KENNA QUOTED THE JOURNAL ENTRY THAT LISTED CLOTHING ITEMS: “[DAD] JUST SAID THAT HE ‘PICKED UP HIS SUIT FROM HEADQUARTERS AND IT SURE IS SWELL. IT INCLUDES A SLICKER, A SOU’WESTER HAT, SHIRT, SHORTS, SWEATER, TURK HEAD [WOGGLE], NECKER, AND A SPINNING ROPE.’” KENNA SAID HER MOM BRIEFLY SPOKE ABOUT THE SCOUT MATERIALS BEFORE HER PASSING: “…[MY MOM TOLD ME] THAT IT WAS [DAD’S] STUFF FROM THE WORLD JAMBOREE. SOMEHOW I KNEW BEFORE THAT HE HAD ATTENDED IT… THERE WASN'T ANYTHING SPECIFIC SHE SAID ABOUT ANY SPECIFIC ITEMS, BUT SHE SEEMED VERY AWARE WHAT ALL THE STUFF WAS.” KENNA EXPLAINED WHY SHE DECIDED TO DONATE THE ITEMS TO THE MUSEUM: “…ALTHOUGH MY MOTHER PASSED AWAY, HER HOUSE WAS NOT TOTALLY CLEANED OUT. SO WHEN GOING THROUGH ALL OF THE THINGS, SOME OF WHICH I HAD AT MY HOUSE…AND REALIZING THIS WAS SOMETHING VERY COOL…I JUST THOUGHT IT WOULD BE [VALUABLE] TO SOUTHERN ALBERTA BECAUSE IT ORIGINATED HERE. IT ALL HAD TO DEAL WITH BEING A CANADIAN SCOUT AND BEING ABLE TO GO TAKE PART IN THIS [JAMBOREE]. THERE WAS ONLY [A RELATIVELY SMALL NUMBER OF] SCOUTS FROM CANADA. I FOUND A BOOK THAT TOLD ME…OUT OF ALL OF ALBERTA THERE WERE ONLY SIX THAT WERE ALLOWED TO GO.” KENNA EXPLAINED HOW SHE WAS ACQUAINTED WITH A TRUNK THAT HOUSED THE SCOUT ITEMS: “…AS A CHILD I REMEMBER THE TRUNK IN…MY FIRST HOUSE IN DIAMOND CITY DOWN IN THE BASEMENT BY…STEEL CABINETS… I KNEW IT WAS A TRUNK OF DAD’S STUFF, BUT NOBODY EVER SHOWED ME AT THAT TIME WHAT WAS IN IT. IT WASN’T UNTIL LATER AT THE SECOND HOUSE WHEN WE TOOK IT OUT AND PUT IT INTO A ROUGH TOTE, THAT MOM EXPLAINED WHAT ALL OF THE STUFF WAS AND I HAD PINNED ON THINGS SO THAT I KNEW WHERE THEY WERE FROM.” WHEN ASKED IF THE OTHER SIBLINGS REMEMBERED SEEING THEIR FATHER’S SCOUT ITEMS AS KIDS, GRAEME RESPONDED: “I REMEMBER SEEING THEM BUT THEY WERE PACKED AWAY IN THE TRUNK. HE HAD A SPECIAL TRUNK THAT WAS HIS SCOUT TRUNK, AND THIS [DONATED] STUFF WAS IN THERE.” DALE ALSO REMEMBERED THE TRUNK OF SCOUT MATERIALS BEING IN HIS GRANDPARENT’S HOME AT AN EARLIER TIME: “I REMEMBER THE TRUNK WHEN IT WAS IN OUR GRANDFATHER’S HOME UPSTAIRS… DAD TOOK ME UP THERE TO LOOK AT IT. HE WAS PULLING STUFF OUT...” DALE CONTINUED: “HE DID NOT TALK ABOUT IT, HE JUST PULLED IT OUT AND SHOWED ME SOME OF IT. I WAS A BOY SCOUT AT THE TIME...” DALE REMEMBERED ANOTHER ITEM BEING IN THE TRUNK AT SOME POINT IN TIME: “…THERE USED TO BE A ROPE IN THAT BOX ALSO, BUT I DO NOT KNOW WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO IT. HE WAS DOING ROPE TRICKS WHEN HE WAS OVER IN ENGLAND AS A DEMONSTRATION.” DALE PROVIDED MORE DETAILS AND THE TEACHING HIS DAD SHARED ALONG WITH THE ROPE: “…[IT WAS] A WHITE BRAIDED COTTON ROPE. HE TOLD ME THE STORY THAT HE WAS ON A STREET CORNER IN LONDON DOING ROPE TRICKS AS PART OF THEIR ASSIGNMENT, AND A MAN CAME UP AND STARTED TALKING TO HIM WHO ACTUALLY HAPPENED TO BE FROM LETHBRIDGE. HE SAID THE…LESSON HE WAS TRYING TO EMPHASIZE TO ME AT THE TIME WAS, ‘NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE PEOPLE PROBABLY KNOW YOU [SO] ACT ACCORDINGLY.’ I DON’T KNOW WHERE THE ROPE IS, I HAVEN’T SEEN IT FOR YEARS, BUT I DID SEE IT ONE TIME IN THAT BOX.” DALE ADDED: “I WAS PROBABLY A SCOUT, ABOUT TWELVE [OR] THIRTEEN YEARS OLD [WHEN HE TOLD ME THE STORY].” KENNA ALSO REMEMBERED SOME FRAGMENTS HER DAD HAD TOLD HER ABOUT THE JAMBOREE: “…HE TOLD ME ABOUT RUNNING AROUND THE TENT AND RUNNING INTO THE PRINCE OF WALES, AND HOW EMBARRASSED HE WAS AND HOW ‘UN-SCOUT-LIKE’ HIS CONDUCT WAS… I DO REMEMBER HIM QUITE OFTEN MESSING AROUND AND PRETENDING TO DO THE SWORD DANCE USING STICKS AND THE STUFF HE HAD BEEN TAUGHT WHEN HE WAS IN ENGLAND. IT IS INTERESTING, BECAUSE I AM READING THIS ONE BOOK; IT IS WRITTEN BY LORD BADEN-POWELL BUT IT IS A SUMMARY OR A REPORT ON THE CANADIANS TO HIS EXCELLENCY COUNT WELLINGTON WHO WAS THE CHIEF SCOUT FOR CANADA. HE [TALKED ABOUT]...THE CANADIAN SCOUTS AND THE VISITORS THEY HAD TO THEIR CAMP AND…ABOUT HOW THE SCOTTISH CONTINGENT CAME OVER AND TAUGHT THEM ALL THEIR FOLK DANCING. I AM WONDERING IF THAT IS WHERE THAT CAME FROM, [HOWEVER MY DAD] NEVER ACTUALLY SAID THAT.” DALE SHARED ANOTHER OUTING HIS FATHER WENT ON WITH BOY SCOUTS: “…HE SPENT I THINK A SUMMER...IN GLACIER PARK WITH THE AMERICANS AND HE WAS SHORT HIS SWIMMING [BADGE] TO GET HIS EAGLE SCOUT ON THE U.S. SIDE. THE REASON HE COULD NOT DO THAT WAS BECAUSE HE SAID THE WATER WAS TOO COLD AND HE KEPT LOSING HIS BREATH WHEN HE WAS DIVING IN THE WATER TRYING TO PASS THEIR SWIMMING REQUIREMENTS. OTHERWISE, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN AN EAGLE SCOUT IN ADDITION TO A QUEEN SCOUT…OR KING SCOUT, WHATEVER IT WAS AT THAT TIME. HE ALSO TALKED ABOUT THAT CAMP. THEY HAD A CUB COME INTO THE CAMP, SO THE BOYS FORMED A CIRCLE AROUND IT, THEY WERE GOING TO CATCH IT. SO THESE SCOUTS ALL GOT IN A CIRCLE AND WENT AROUND THIS CUB, THINKING THEY WERE GOING TO CORRAL [AROUND] IT, AND HE SAID THE CUB TOOK OFF AND IT JUST KNOCKED THE BOYS OVER. HE SAID, ‘NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE STRENGTH OF A BEAR’… I THINK THAT [STORY] AND BUILDING THE TRAIL ARE ABOUT ALL I CAN REMEMBER OF WHAT HE SAID…” WHEN ASKED TO SPEAK ABOUT THEIR DAD’S INVOLVEMENT IN BOY SCOUTS, KIT SAID: “…WHEN I BECAME A SCOUT LEADER, HE WAS TOTALLY SUPPORTIVE OF ME DOING IT ALL. HE REALLY LIKED THE SCOUT PROGRAM.” KIT WENT ON: “I THINK BECAUSE [SCOUTING] GAVE KIDS DIRECTION… IT GAVE PARTICULARILY CITY KIDS SOMETHING TO KEEP THEM OUT OF TROUBLE. IT GAVE THEM SOMETHING TO BE DOING THAT WAS WORTHWHILE. IT IS A WORTHWHILE PROGRAM.” DALE ALSO INTERPRETED THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SCOUTS TO HIS DAD: “…HE WAS A VERY SMALL INDIVIDUAL. WHEN HE WENT TO UNIVERSITY HE WAS NINETY-EIGHT POUNDS. IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD THERE ARE MANY REFERENCES TO HIS AWARDS IN TRACK-AND-FIELD, SO HE WAS VERY ATHLETIC, BUT HE WAS VERY TINY. THE SCOUTING PROGRAM GAVE HIM SELF-CONFIDENCE. THERE ARE MANY ARTICLES WHEN HE WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL IN…THE PAPER…AT THE TIME, ACKNOWLEDGING HIS AWARDS IN TRACK-AND-FIELD.” DALE CONTINUED: “…I NEVER WENT VERY FAR IN SCOUTING. I ENJOYED IT, BUT I DID NOT ACCOMPLISH [EVEN CLOSE TO] WHAT HE DID...” DALE SPOKE ON HOW HIS DAD USED THE LESSONS HE LEARNT THROUGH SCOUTS IN HIS PARENTING: “…HE WAS VERY RETICENT TO PUSH HIMSELF FORWARD; HE PREFERRED TO BE ON THE BACK SEAT OF THINGS. HE HAD A LOT OF PRIDE IN [THESE OBJECTS] OBVIOUSLY BY KEEPING [THEM], BUT HE NEVER REALLY DEMONSTRATED IT… HE ONLY TALKED ABOUT IT IN PASSING WHEN THERE WAS A TOPIC THAT IT WAS RELEVANT TO. OTHER THAN THAT, HE DID NOT. FOR EXAMPLE, GIVING ME A LECTURE ON MY CONDUCT, EVEN WHEN I WAS AWAY FROM HOME, AND WITH THAT REFERENCE, THE ROPE TRICK. THAT WAS HIS STYLE, IT WASN’T TO TELL US HOW HE WAS ON THE CORNER DOING ROPE TRICKS, IT WAS TO TELL ME TO PAY ATTENTION.” KENNA ADDED: “AND I THINK THAT IS THE SAME REASON WHY I HEARD ABOUT HIM RUNNING AROUND THE TENT, WAS BECAUSE SOMETIMES I WOULD RUN TO THINGS OR PEOPLE HEAD-LONG.” KENNA CONTINUED TO SPEAK ABOUT GROWING UP WITH THEIR DAD UTILIZING LESSONS LEARNED THROUGH BEING A SCOUT: “…I JUST REMEMBER BEING REALLY JEALOUS THAT MY BROTHERS HAD THESE COOL [SCOUT] HATS… [I WAS] READING HIS JOURNAL…LAST NIGHT AND THEN I FOUND THIS NOTEBOOK THAT HE HAS HANDWRITTEN ALL THAT IS REQUIRED OF A SCOUT LEADER AND THE TRAINING COURSE... AS I WAS READING THROUGH IT, I REALIZED THAT THE TRAINING AND KNOWLEDGE THAT HE HAD, HE DID USE THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE. IT WAS LITTLE THINGS, JUST IN TEACHING YOU HOW TO WALK DOWN THE COULEE AND CHECK FOR RATTLESNAKES. A LOT IT WAS HIS KNOWLEDGE THAT HE HAD LEARNED AS A SCOUT AND AS A SCOUT LEADER. HE WAS JUST CALMLY PASSING ON, LIKE DALE SAID, AS THE MOMENT [WARRANTED] IT, NOT NECESSARILY AS A BIG THING.” FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO ACCESS THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS, PLEASE SEE THE DONATION’S PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20200029007
Acquisition Date
2020-07
Collection
Museum
Images
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