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Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1976
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOVEN CLOTH
Catalogue Number
P19770056000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1976
Materials
WOVEN CLOTH
No. Pieces
1
Length
106.7
Width
2.8
Description
WOVEN CLOTH. BURGUNDY, RED, ORANGE, PINK, ROYAL BLUE, BLACK, TURQUOISE, GREEN, WHITE, YELLOW. WHITE FRINGE AT BOTH ENDS OF THE APRON.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
KNOWN AS A DANCING OR SUNDAY APRON, HANDMADE IN WESTERN UKRAINE IN A MOUNTAINOUS REGION KNOWN AS KARPYTAIN *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING THOSE ASSOCIATED WITH THE DONORS. THE FOLLOWING DETAILS ABOUT THE DONORS, NICK AND ANN BORDENIUK, AND THE ORIGIN OF THE OBJECTS INCLUDED IN THEIR 1977 DONATION WERE FOUND IN A HANDWRITTEN NOTE FROM THE DONORS IN THE PERMANENT FILE. NICK BORDENIUK WAS BORN IN CZERNIWICI, UKRAINE ON MAY 20, 1895. HE FIRST CAME TO QUEBEC IN 1913, WORKING AS A MINER AND ON VARIOUS CONSTRUCTION SITES INCLUDING THAT OF THE ST. LAWRENCE BRIDGE IN 1916. IN 1922 HE ARRIVED IN LETHBRIDGE AND WORKED AT THE NO. 6 MINE. IN 1940 HE MOVED TO FERNIE, B.C. AND WORKED IN COAL CREEK UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 1958. ANN BORDENIUK WAS BORN IN LWOW, UKRAINE AND MOVED TO HILLCREST, ALBERTA IN 1936. SHE ALSO MOVED TO FERNIE AND MARRIED NICK THERE IN 1955. IN 1976 THE BORDENIUKS MOVED FROM THEIR HOME INTO TOM UPHILL MANOR IN FERNIE, AND DONATED THEIR COLLECTION OF UKRAINIAN OBJECTS TO THE GALT MUSEUM. ALL OF THE OBJECTS WERE HANDMADE IN THE MOUNTAINOUS REGION OF KARPYTIAN IN WESTERN UKRAINE. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HANDWRITTEN NOTE ON THE BIOGRAPHY OF THE DONORS.
Catalogue Number
P19770056000
Acquisition Date
1976-10
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19940014004
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Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
100
Width
56
Description
WHITE COTTON APRON HAS A THICK WAISTBAND WITH SMALL KNIFE PLEATS. SKIRT FALLS AROUND KNEES WITH A DELICATE LACE TRIM ALONG HEM. BELOW WAIST ON RIGHT IS A SMALL ROUNDED PATCH POCKET WHICH IS EMBROIDERED AS A BLUE WOVEN BASKET. ABOVE THE POCKET ARE VARIOUS TYPES OF FLOWERS EMBROIDERED SO THE WHOLE THING LOOKS LIKE A FLOWER BASKET IN BLUE, RED, PINK, AND GREEN. TWO WIDE STRAPS EXTEND ABOVE THE WAIST AND OVER THE SHOULDERS. THEY HAVE THE SAME EMBROIDERED RED, BLUE, AND YELLOW FLOWERS WITH GREEN LEAVES ON EACH STRAP. ON THE BACK THE STRAPS CRISS-CROSS. THE SKIRT IS OPEN AND FASTENS WITH TWO TIES AT THE END OF THE WAISTBAND. HAS A BLACK STREAK ON THE BACK BELOW THE WAISTBAND. HAS SOME SMALL SPOTS OF STAINS THROUGHOUT. EMBROIDERY IS COMING LOOSE IS MANY PLACES, ESPECIALLY THE LARGE LOOP STITCHES. LACE TRIM IS COMING APART IN ONE SPOT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
SEE FILE P19940014001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P19940014004
Acquisition Date
1994-04
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LINEN
Catalogue Number
P19738587000
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Materials
LINEN
No. Pieces
1
Length
43.8
Description
WHITE APRON GATHERED AT WAIST, WHITE HAND CROCHETED LACE BORDER.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
Catalogue Number
P19738587000
Acquisition Date
1973-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
MATERNITY APRON
Date Range From
1905
Date Range To
1915
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LINEN, VELVET
Catalogue Number
P19739399000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MATERNITY APRON
Date Range From
1905
Date Range To
1915
Materials
LINEN, VELVET
No. Pieces
1
Length
113.5
Width
56
Description
BLACK LINEN WITH BLACK VELVET RIBBON ON YOKE, SLEEVES, & RUFFLE. 3 SNAP FASTENERS ON BACK. LOWER PART IS OPEN. RUFFLE AROUND HEM. VELVET WEARING.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
POSSIBLE MOURNING FUNCTION GIVEN BLACK COLOUR.
Catalogue Number
P19739399000
Acquisition Date
1973-09
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1955
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
RAYON, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970041598
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1955
Materials
RAYON, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.2
Length
43
Width
49
Description
RECTANGULAR RAYON APRON WITH GREY AND WHITE CHECKERED PATTERN THAT HAS RED & PINK FLOWERS. TOP EDGE HAS WHITE SEMI-TRANSPARENT RAYON BELT AND BOTTOM HAS GATHERED RUFFLE OF THE SAME MATERIAL. LEFT SIDE HAS RECTANGULAR PATCH POCKET ALSO MADE FROM SEMI-TRANSPARENT WHITE RAYON MATERIAL.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
APRON WAS A HOUSEHOLD ITEM OF THE DONOR'S FAMILY. THE NAKAYAMA FAMILY WAS ORIGINALLY FROM VANCOUVER BUT MOVED TO COALDALE FOLLOWING THE SECOND WORLD WAR WHEN THEY WERE INTERNED AT SLOCAN CITY IN THE INTERIOR OF BRITISH COLUMBIA BY THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT. THE DONOR'S FATHER, REV. CANON G.G. NAKAYAMA, WAS AN ANGLICAN MINISTER IN VANCOUVER, AND THEN ESTABLISHED THE CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION IN COALDALE IN 1945 WHERE HE SERVED UNTIL 1970. FROM AUGUST 29 TO 31, 2011 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED THE DONOR, JOY KOGAWA, ABOUT HER MEMORIES ASSOCIATED WITH SPECIFIC OBJECTS THAT SHE DONATED IN 1997. OF THIS ARTIFACT, KOGAWA SAID: “THIS IS JUST AN APRON THAT MY MOM WORE… IN COALDALE… THIS IS TOO FANCY [TO BE HOMEMADE]. IT WAS BOUGHT, OR GIVEN TO HER.” SEE RECORD P19970041001 FOR EXPANDED BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION AND PERMANENT FILE FOR FURTHER HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19970041598
Acquisition Date
1997-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
HALF-APRON
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LINEN, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19990053010
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HALF-APRON
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Materials
LINEN, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
64.5
Width
47.5
Description
WHITE LINEN, HALF APRON. APRON IS TEAR DROP SHAPED (WITH POINT CUT OFF). AROUND EDGE OF APRON IS A 3.9CM WIDE, WHITE CROCHETED TRIM. TRIM IS TORN IN TWO PLACES. FRONT OF APRON HAS TWO PENTAGONAL SHAPED PATCH POCKETS. THE OPENING OF EACH POCKET HAS A WHITE CROCHETED TRIM. THERE ARE WHITE APPLIQUES ON POCKETS, AND LARGER WHITE APPLIQUES ON REST OF APRON. TWO HOLES IN APRON HAVE BEEN PATCHED. WAIST BAND HAS A WHITE BUTTON (WITH A PIECE BROKEN OFF) ON ONE END AND A BUTTONHOLE IN THE OTHER.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
DONOR IS A HIGH SCHOOL PHYS. ED. TEACHER. SHE DID DRAMA IN SCHOOLS AND LOCAL THEATRE, AND ENTIRE COLLECTION WAS GIVEN TO HER BY LOCAL PEOPLE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DONOR GAIL HOLLAND’S ACQUISITION, STEWARDSHIP AND GENERAL USE OF HER 1999-DONATED COLLECTION PLEASE REFER TO RECORD P19990053001. ***UPDATE: ARTIFACT INSIGHT BELOW SUBMITTED BY DONOR AND COLLECTIONS VOLUNTEER GAIL HOLLAND ON 19 APRIL 2011. “HALF APRON SERVED AS A POSSIBLE REFERENCE FOR MAID’S CLOTHING PERIOD WEAR.”
Catalogue Number
P19990053010
Acquisition Date
2000-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
HALF-APRON
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, BIAS TAPE
Catalogue Number
P20000042010
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HALF-APRON
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1960
Materials
COTTON, BIAS TAPE
No. Pieces
1
Length
176.5 (TIES)
Width
43.6
Description
HALF APRON. MATERIAL HAS A GREEN, YELLOW, AND WHITE FLORAL PATTERN ON A LIGHT TURQUOISE BACKGROUND. EDGES ARE TRIMMED WITH RED BIAS TAPE. FRONT OF APRON IS MADE OF THREE U-SHAPED PANELS, WITH THE CENTER ONE OVERLAPPING THE OUTER TWO. THE PANELS EACH HAVE A FEW PLEATS IN THEM. THE PANELS ARE SEWN TO A WAISTBAND, WHICH IS EXTENDED TO FORM TIES, WHICH ARE TRIMMED WITH RED BIAS TAPE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
DONOR BOUGHT AT A TEA AND BAKE SALE AT ST. MARY'S CHURCH IN 40'S OR 50'S. WHEN WORKING AT SUCH FUNCTION, LADIES WORE DRESSES AND SO NEED AN APPROPRIATE APRON TO WEAR WITH THEIR DRESSIER CLOTHES. *** *UPDATE 11 DECEMBER 2013* INFORMATION BELOW PROVIDED BY DONOR AT THE REQUEST OF THE GALT IN 2010. “AT THIS TIME APRONS WERE IN COMMON USE. IT WAS MUCH EASIER TO WASH AN APRON THEN DRY CLEAN AN EXPENSIVE OUTFIT. " ***
Catalogue Number
P20000042010
Acquisition Date
2000-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
TOOL APRON
Date Range From
1925
Date Range To
1944
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CANVAS
Catalogue Number
P20010014003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TOOL APRON
Date Range From
1925
Date Range To
1944
Materials
CANVAS
No. Pieces
1
Length
74.0
Width
38.0
Description
FULL APRON. DIRTY WHITE CANVAS. BOTTOM OF APRON IS FOLDED UP AND SEWN TO FORM A POUCH, DIVIDED INTO 3 SECTIONS. HAS A TIE ATTACHED TO TOP, TO GO AROUND NECK. HAS TWO TIES AT THE SIDES. ON FRONT READS "YATES LUMBER YARDS LETHBRIDGE ALBERTA" IN RED WITH BLACK OUTLINING, AND "PHONE 3516" IN BLACK. APRON HAS VARIOUS STAINS THROUGHOUT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PROFESSIONS
History
YATES LUMBER YARDS OPERATED IN LETHBRIDGE FROM 1925 TO 1944. APRON WAS USED IN THE RIVERVIEW GARAGE. RIVERVIEW GARAGE WAS OWNED BY DONOR'S FATHER-IN-LAW, JACK CARPENTER, FROM 1947/48 TO 1965. IT WAS LOCATED AT 616 4TH STREET, SOUTH, LETHBRIDGE. JOCK CARPENTER IS A LETHBRIDGE AUTHOR, WHO WROTE "$50 BRIDE" AND "BOOTLEGGER'S BRIDE", WHICH CONCENTRATE ON THE HISTORY OF THE FUR TRADE AND THE PROHIBITION LIQUOR TRADE IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA.
Catalogue Number
P20010014003
Acquisition Date
2001-09
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
TOOL APRON
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CANVAS
Catalogue Number
P20010014004
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TOOL APRON
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
CANVAS
No. Pieces
1
Length
53.7
Width
42.5
Description
FULL APRON. MADE FROM WHITE CANVAS. BOTTOM IS FOLDED UPWARD AND SEWN TO FORM A POUCH, DIVIDED INTO TWO. THERE ARE TWO GROMMETS AT TOP OF APRON (NECK STRING IS MISSING), AND TWO GROMMETS AT SIDES OF APRON. ONE SIDE HAS A WHITE SHOELACE TIED TO IT, THE OTHER HAS A BLACK SHOELACE TIED TO IT. ON FRONT OF APRON READS "MURRAY BRANTFORD" IN BLACK. IN THE CENTER OF THE TWO WORDS IS A RED "M" AND BELOW THIS IS A GREY RECTANGLE, WITH TWO WHITE STRIPS IN THE CENTER. BOTTOM SEAM HAS BEEN REPAIRED A NUMBER OF TIMES.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PROFESSIONS
History
USED IN RIVERVIEW GARAGE. GARAGE WAS OWNED BY DONOR'S FATHER-IN-LAW, JACK CARPENTER, FROM 1947/48 TO 1965. IT WAS LOCATED AT 616 4TH STREET, SOUTH, LETHBRIDGE. JOCK CARPENTER IS A LETHBRIDGE AUTHOR, WHO WROTE "$50 BRIDE" AND "BOOTLEGGER'S BRIDE", WHICH CONCENTRATE ON THE HISTORY OF THE FUR TRADE AND THE PROHIBITION LIQUOR TRADE IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING TWO APRONS DONATED BY JOCK CARPENTER. RUTHANN ATTEMPT TO CONTACT THE DONOR FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, BUT WAS UNSUCCESSFUL AND NO FURTHER INFORMATION WAS AVAILABLE.
Catalogue Number
P20010014004
Acquisition Date
2001-09
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
HALF-APRON
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20110012003
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HALF-APRON
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1930
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
44
Length
115.2
Width
1.3
Description
APRON WITH WHITE COTTON LAWN WITH MACHINE EYELETS AND EMBROIDERY. PROBABLY WAS PRODUCED IN A PANEL SO DRESSMAKER (OR HOME SEWER) CUT THE MAIN PIECES OUT ALONG EDGES OF EMBROIDERY AND SEWED PIECES TOGETHER. THIS IS EVIDENT IN ATTACHMENTS OF TIES. TIES ATTACHED BY HAND. REPAIR AT TOP CENTRE FROM. TIES HEMMED BY MACHINE
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
APRON WAS OWNED AND USED BY DONOR’S GRANDMOTHER EDNA LOUISE TAYLOR NEE PRINCE BEFORE SHE PASSED AWAY IN 1916. FOR DETAILED BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION RELATING TO DONOR'S FAMILY HISTORY, PLEASE SEE TO P20110012001.
Catalogue Number
P20110012003
Acquisition Date
2011-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
CHILD’S, “ADVANCE LUMBER CO”
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CANVAS
Catalogue Number
P20130004009
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CHILD’S, “ADVANCE LUMBER CO”
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
CANVAS
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.1
Length
80
Width
40
Description
WHITE CANVAS CHILD’S SIZE FULL APRON. SINGLE POCKET ALONG BOTTOM EDGE DIVIDED INTO THREE COMPARTMENTS WITH LOOSE STITCHING. BIG STRAP AND BACK TIES ATTACHED WITH METAL RIVETS. TEXT SCREENPRINTED ON MAIN BODY READS “ADVANCED LUMBER CO. LTD., YARDS IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA” IN BLACK. TEXT SCREENPRINTED ACROSS POCKET READS “STONEBOARD, THE FIREPROOF WALLBOARD” IN RED. GENERAL WEAR AND GRIME THROUGHOUT; STAINS OF BLACK AND BROWN PAINT. METAL RIVETS ARE RUSTED.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
RETAIL TRADE
History
THE COLLECTION OF OBJECTS BELONGING TO THE MEISSER FAMILY WAS DONATED BY JUDY WRIGHT, NIECE OF LOWELL MEISSER, WHO OPERATED A FARM OUTSIDE WARNER WITH HIS BROTHER ROME AS THE ‘MEISSER BROS’ FROM 1929 TO 1946. JUDY’S MOTHER WAS THE SISTER OF LOWELL’S WIFE ELINOR, AND SHE SPENT MUCH OF HER CHILDHOOD LIVING WITH THEM AND ROME MEISSER, DUE TO HER MOTHER BEING UNWELL. IN HER LATER ADULT LIFE, JUDY TOOK CARE OF “UNC” ROME AT HIS WATERTON RESIDENCE, AND BECAUSE ROME AND HIS BROTHER LOWELL DID NOT HAVE ANY LIVING DIRECT DESCENDANTS, JUDY WAS LEFT THE FAMILY BELONGINGS WHEN ROME DIED IN 2004. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ARTIFACT WAS EXTRACTED FROM AN INTERVIEW CONDUCTED WITH THE DONOR BY COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN ON NOVEMBER 14, 2013, AS WELL AS FROM A DOCUMENT WRITTEN BY HER AT THE TIME OF THE DONATION. WRIGHT SAID: “[JERALD’S APRON] THIS WOULD BE MY UNCLE [ROME] TEACHING HIS NEPHEW HOW TO DO STUFF… [ROME] BUILT GRANARIES, HOUSES, AND DID MAJOR RENOVATIONS OR REPAIRS TO VARIOUS FARM, HOUSE OR WATERTON COTTAGES.” THE FOLLOWING BRIEF FAMILY HISTORY WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM ROME MEISSER’S MANUSCRIPT ‘THE MEISSER’S AND OTHER RAMBLINGS’ AND DONATIONS OF FAMILY PAPERS MADE BY WRIGHT TO THE GALT ARCHIVES. THE MEISSER FAMILY PATRIARCH, MICHAEL MEISSER, WAS BORN IN SWITZERLAND IN 1830 AND IMMIGRATED TO ALMA, WISCONSIN IN 1846. HIS SON, JOHN LUTZI MEISSER MARRIED MARIE KINDSCHI ON APRIL 30, 1898 AND THEY MOVED TO WARNER, ALBERTA TO FARM IN 1910, LOOKING FOR A DRIER CLIMATE FOR MARIE, WHO SUFFERED FROM TUBERCULOSIS. THE COUPLE HAD FIVE CHILDREN: ORMA, LOWELL, JOHN (WHO DIED AT AGE TWO OF PNEUMONIA), ROME, AND MARIE. IN 1912, MOTHER MARIE DIED IN A TUBERCULOSIS CLINIC IN SALT LAKE CITY, AND FIVE YEARS LATER FATHER JOHN DIED FROM HEAD TRAUMA SUSTAINED IN A GRAIN ELEVATOR ACCIDENT. ONE OF THE CHILDREN’S PATERNAL AUNTS, FRENA, CAME TO WARNER TO HELP THEM WITH SCHOOLING AND RUNNING THE FARM. IN 1920, ORMA MARRIED LEE TENNEY AND IN 1926 LOWELL MARRIED ELINOR TENNEY, AND THE TWO COUPLES LOOKED AFTER THE TWO YOUNGER SIBLINGS UNTIL ORMA AND LEE MOVED TO CALIFORNIA IN 1931. THE YOUNGEST SISTER, MARIE, LATER JOINED THEM WITH HER SON JIM. LOWELL AND ROME FARMED TOGETHER FROM THE SEASON FOLLOWING THEIR FATHER’S DEATH (WHEN THEY WERE 17 AND 13 YEARS OLD, RESPECTIVELY) UNTIL 1945 WHEN THEIR LAND WAS DIVIDED FOR TAX BENEFIT. ROME NEVER MARRIED, AND IN 1928 HAD A SHORT STINT IN PILOT’S TRAINING BEFORE RETURNING TO FARMING PERMANENTLY. LOWELL AND ELINOR’S SON JERALD WAS BORN IN 1929. BY 1957 THE MEISSERS RETIRED FROM FARMING AND LEASED OUT THEIR LAND, AND IN 1958 THE FAMILY BOUGHT A CABIN IN WATERTON PARK, WHERE THEY SPENT ALL FOLLOWING SUMMERS. LOWELL AND ELINOR’S SON JERALD SPLIT HIS TIME BETWEEN FARMING IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA AND VARIOUS PROJECTS IN THE UNITED STATES. HE ENROLLED IN THE CATHOLIC SEMINARY IN SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, BUT PASSED AWAY IN 1990 BEFORE HE COULD BE ORDAINED. LOWELL DIED IN 1988, ELINOR FOLLOWED IN 1992, AND ROME PASSED AWAY IN 2004. THE FOLLOWING REMEMBRANCES OF ROME ‘UNC’ MEISSER WERE EXCERPTED FROM THE NOVEMBER 14, 2013 INTERVIEW. WRIGHT SAID: “I LIVED WITH THEM AND WENT OUT TO THE FARM ALL SUMMER LONG EVERY YEAR FROM THE TIME I WAS FIVE OR SIX YEARS OLD… I JUST HONESTLY THINK THAT I AM WHO I AM TODAY BECAUSE OF MY UNCLE ROME. MY DAD WAS A STAUNCH OLD ENGLISHMAN AND HE COULDN’T RELATE TO ME. HE WAS 45 YEARS OLD WHEN I WAS BORN BUT HE COULDN’T RELATE TO ME. SO, MY UNCLE COULD… HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN MARRIED WITH AT LEAST A DOZEN CHILDREN. IN HIS EARLY NINETIES, WHEN I FIRST GOT THERE [TO WATERTON] WE’D GO GROCERY SHOPPING. I’D HAVE TO WAIT WHILE HE STOPPED AND CHATTED WITH ALL THE CHILDREN HE’D COME ACROSS. HE SHOULD HAVE HAD LOTS OF KIDS. HE JUST LOVED KIDS AND I WAS A LITTLE KID… I WAS THERE FROM PRACTICALLY BIRTH AND LIVED MONTHS AT A TIME WITH HIM… HE COULD AFFORD TO LOOK AFTER THE COMMUNITY AS WELL… HE GAVE GENEROUSLY TO [COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS]. HE GAVE TO THE MILK RIVER HOSPITAL. HE DONATED $200,000 FOR THE HOCKEY GIRLS’ RESIDENCE. THEY HAD NO MONEY AND THAT’S WHY WE NOW HAVE A HOCKEY GIRLS’ RESIDENCE THAT HAS A HUGE KITCHEN AND HOUSES UP TO 25 GIRLS, AND KEEPS OUR WARNER SCHOOL OPEN. SO THAT IS A VERY BIG GIFT, HIS DONATIONS. THEY ALSO STARTED A MEISSER SCHOLARSHIP IN 1967 AND TWO WEEKS AGO I WENT OUT AND GAVE THE TROPHY AND THE MONEY TO THE LAST GIRL THAT WON IT. AND IT WILL GO ON INDEFINITELY AS LONG AS THERE’S A SCHOOL…HE WAS VERY SUPPORTIVE OF CHILDREN AND EDUCATION. THE SCHOLARSHIP, THE HOCKEY GIRLS, KEEPING THE WARNER SCHOOL OPEN - BIG FOCUS FOR HIM – WAS EDUCATION AND CHILDREN… HE WAS ONE OF THOSE KIND OF PRACTICALLY ANONYMOUS DONORS IN THE PAST. HOWEVER, AS HE GOT A LITTLE OLDER, I THINK HE ENJOYED THE ATTENTION. THEY MADE A BIG DEAL ABOUT THE HOCKEY SCHOOL. THE RESIDENCE HAS GOT, HUGE, IT HAS HIS NAME ON IT BUT I DON’T THINK HE SAW THAT. AND THEY HAD HIM RIDE IN THE PARADE ONE YEAR, THE COMMUNITY RECOGNIZED HIM AS MUCH AS HE’D LET THEM RECOGNIZE HIM.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR A FULL TRANSCIPT OF THE INTERVIEW, WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION ON THE MEISSER FAMILY BY JUDY WRIGHT AND ROME MEISSER, OBITUARIES AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF FAMILY MEMBERS, AND FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT EACH ARTIFACT COMPRISING THE DONATION.
Catalogue Number
P20130004009
Acquisition Date
2013-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19870047004
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1920
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
128.0
Width
74.4
Description
BIB TYPE APRON, EMBROIDERED FLOWER DESIGN POCKETS (2) & TRIM. HANDMADE BUTTON FASTENERS. 3 OF 4 BUTTONS MISSING. EDGES OF APRON STITCHED WITH BLACK THREAD.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
CZECHOSLOVAKIA OR ALBERTA? LUCHANSKY FAMILY IMMIGRATED TO CANADA, LETHBRIDGE AREA, IN 1903 AND WORKED AREA COAL MINES. ARTIFACTS BELONGED TO MR. LENARD LUCHANSKY AND SOME WERE MADE BY HIS MOTHER (NEE CHUMIKEITHER) IN CANADA OR CZECHOSLOVAKIA. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING THREE APRONS DONATED BY ALICE LUCHANSKY. RUTHANN ATTEMPT TO CONTACT THE DONOR FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, BUT WAS UNSUCCESSFUL. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. ALICE LUCHANSKY (NEE KRISH) IS THE DAUGHTER OF LADDIE KRISH AND MAGDALENA ALMA KRISH (NEE CERNEY). LADDIE WAS BORN IN BOHEMIA ON JUNE 6, 1903 AND MOVED TO COLEMAN IN 1908. HE PASSED AWAY AT 81 ON JANUARY 15, 1985. ALMA PASSED AWAY ON MAY 25, 1986, AT THE AGE OF 76. ALICE IS MARRIED TO LEONARD LUCHANSKY. LEONARD LUCHANSKY IS THE SON OF MICHAEL LUCHANSKY AND CATHERINE LUCHANSKY (NEE CHUMIK). MICHAEL WAS BORN IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA ON NOVEMBER 18, 1901 AND HAD LIVED IN LETHBRIDGE FOR 42 YEARS AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH ON NOVEMBER 3, 1946. CATHERINE LUCHANSKY (NEE CHUMIK) PASSED AWAY AT AGE 95 ON NOVEMBER 15, 1997. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARD COPIES OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES. *UPDATE* IN 2018 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILES AND ACCESSORIES, INCLUDING A ROMPER. A CUSHION COVER, AND A DISH TOWEL. AN OBITUARY ON THE LETHBRIDGE'S EVERGREEN CREMATION SERVICES WEBPAGE WAS FOUND FOR THE DONOR, ALICE MAY LUCHANSKY. SHE PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE ON 2 MAY 2017 AT THE AGE OF 87 YEARS. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL OBITUARY.
Catalogue Number
P19870047004
Acquisition Date
1987-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19870047005
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1920
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
108.0
Width
103.0
Description
BIB TYPE APRON, CROCHET TRIM & TIE RIBBON. HANDMADE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
ALBERTA OR CZECHOSLOVAKIA. LUCHANSKY FAMILY IMMIGRATED TO CANADA, LETHBRIDGE AREA, IN 1903 AND WORKED AREA COAL MINES. ARTIFACTS BELONGED TO MR. LENARD LUCHANSKY AND SOME WERE MADE BY HIS MOTHER (NEE CHUMIKEITHER) IN CANADA OR CZECHOSLOVAKIA. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING THREE APRONS DONATED BY ALICE LUCHANSKY. RUTHANN ATTEMPT TO CONTACT THE DONOR FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, BUT WAS UNSUCCESSFUL. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. ALICE LUCHANSKY (NEE KRISH) IS THE DAUGHTER OF LADDIE KRISH AND MAGDALENA ALMA KRISH (NEE CERNEY). LADDIE WAS BORN IN BOHEMIA ON JUNE 6, 1903 AND MOVED TO COLEMAN IN 1908. HE PASSED AWAY AT 81 ON JANUARY 15, 1985. ALMA PASSED AWAY ON MAY 25, 1986, AT THE AGE OF 76. ALICE IS MARRIED TO LEONARD LUCHANSKY. LEONARD LUCHANSKY IS THE SON OF MICHAEL LUCHANSKY AND CATHERINE LUCHANSKY (NEE CHUMIK). MICHAEL WAS BORN IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA ON NOVEMBER 18, 1901 AND HAD LIVED IN LETHBRIDGE FOR 42 YEARS AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH ON NOVEMBER 3, 1946. CATHERINE LUCHANSKY (NEE CHUMIK) PASSED AWAY AT AGE 95 ON NOVEMBER 15, 1997. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARD COPIES OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES. *UPDATE* IN 2018 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILES AND ACCESSORIES, INCLUDING A ROMPER. A CUSHION COVER, AND A DISH TOWEL. AN OBITUARY ON THE LETHBRIDGE'S EVERGREEN CREMATION SERVICES WEBPAGE WAS FOUND FOR THE DONOR, ALICE MAY LUCHANSKY. SHE PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE ON 2 MAY 2017 AT THE AGE OF 87 YEARS. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL OBITUARY.
Catalogue Number
P19870047005
Acquisition Date
1987-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19870047006
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1920
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
66.0
Width
52.0
Description
HALF APRON, PINK AND WHITE CROCHET EDGING AND CORNERS, HANDMADE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
LUCHANSKY FAMILY IMMIGRATED TO CANADA, LETHBRIDGE AREA, IN 1903 AND WORKED AREA COAL MINES. ARTIFACTS BELONGED TO MR. LENARD LUCHANSKY AND SOME WERE MADE BY HIS MOTHER (NEE CHUMIKEITHER) IN CANADA OR CZECHOSLOVAKIA. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING THREE APRONS DONATED BY ALICE LUCHANSKY. RUTHANN ATTEMPT TO CONTACT THE DONOR FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, BUT WAS UNSUCCESSFUL. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. ALICE LUCHANSKY (NEE KRISH) IS THE DAUGHTER OF LADDIE KRISH AND MAGDALENA ALMA KRISH (NEE CERNEY). LADDIE WAS BORN IN BOHEMIA ON JUNE 6, 1903 AND MOVED TO COLEMAN IN 1908. HE PASSED AWAY AT 81 ON JANUARY 15, 1985. ALMA PASSED AWAY ON MAY 25, 1986, AT THE AGE OF 76. ALICE IS MARRIED TO LEONARD LUCHANSKY. LEONARD LUCHANSKY IS THE SON OF MICHAEL LUCHANSKY AND CATHERINE LUCHANSKY (NEE CHUMIK). MICHAEL WAS BORN IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA ON NOVEMBER 18, 1901 AND HAD LIVED IN LETHBRIDGE FOR 42 YEARS AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH ON NOVEMBER 3, 1946. CATHERINE LUCHANSKY (NEE CHUMIK) PASSED AWAY AT AGE 95 ON NOVEMBER 15, 1997. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARD COPIES OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES. *UPDATE* IN 2018 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILES AND ACCESSORIES, INCLUDING A ROMPER. A CUSHION COVER, AND A DISH TOWEL. AN OBITUARY ON THE LETHBRIDGE'S EVERGREEN CREMATION SERVICES WEBPAGE WAS FOUND FOR THE DONOR, ALICE MAY LUCHANSKY. SHE PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE ON 2 MAY 2017 AT THE AGE OF 87 YEARS. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL OBITUARY.
Catalogue Number
P19870047006
Acquisition Date
1987-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19940034002
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1940
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
89
Width
57
Description
COTTON APRON HAS ROUNDED NECK AND IS SLEEVELESS AND SIDELESS. FRONT OF APRON CONNECTS TO BACK WITH SHOULDER SEAMS AND A COTTON TIE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE FRONT AND BACK AT THE WAIST. TOP HAS TWO BLACK STRIPS OF MATERIAL ON EITHER SIDE WITH A FLORAL PATTERNED ORANGE, CREAM, AND BLACK STRIP OF MATERIAL IN THE MIDDLE. THE WAIST IS SLIGHTLY GATHERED BELOW AND THE STRIPS OF MATERIAL ARE REVERSED ON THE SKIRT. THE BOTTOM CORNERS OF THE SKIRT ARE ROUNDED AND THE ENTIRE FRONT IS EDGED WITH AN ORANGE PIECE OF COTTON. THIS EDGING ALSO APPEARS JUST ABOVE THE WAIST ON THE END OF TWO PIECES OF BLACK MATERIAL THAT LOOKS LIKE THE TOP OF POCKETS. THE BACK ALSO HAS A STRAIGHT TOP WITH A SKIRT PART THAT IS GATHERED BELOW. THE BACK IS SOLID BLACK WITH NO ORANGE TRIM. THERE IS A HOLE IN THE MATERIAL IN THE BACK, ARE SOME RUNS AND MINOR SURFACE DIRT. THE TIES ARE FRAYED AT THE ENDS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
SEE FILE P19940034001-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A VEST DONATED BY GLADYS CLAY. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND A FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MARTIN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME. GLADYS CLAY WAS RAISED ON A FARM OUTSIDE OF LETHBRIDGE AND ATTENDED SCHOOL IN A ONE ROOM SCHOOL HOUSE IN CRYSTAL LAKE. AT THE AGE OF 14 SHE WAS SENT TO LETHBRIDGE TO LIVE WITH HER GRANDMOTHER SO THAT SHE COULD ATTEND LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE. ON NOVEMBER 17, 1945 GLADYS WAS MARRIED TO DONALD “DON” CLAY. GLADYS WAS THE DAUGHTER OF OSCAR WILLETS AND ALICE LUCY EMILY WILLETS (NEE ARNOLD). GLADYS PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 93 ON FEBRUARY 14, 2014. HER HUSBAND DON CLAY PASSED AWAY ON NOVEMBER 8, 2008 AT THE AGE OF 93. OSCAR WILLETS WAS BORN AND RAISED IN ENGLAND, MOVING TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1910. IN 1915 HE JOINED THE 39TH BATTALION AND SERVED OVERSEAS DURING WWI. HE WORKED AS A MINER AT NO. 6 MINE FOLLOWING THE WAR, THEN AS A FARMER IN THE SUNNYSIDE DISTRICT STARTING IN 1926. HE RETIRED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1954. OSCAR PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 83 ON MARCH 22, 1975. ALICE LUCY EMILY WILLETS (NEE ARNOLD) WAS BORN AND RAISED IN LONDON, ENGLAND, AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1910. ALICE WAS MARRIED TO OSCAR WILLETS ON SEPTEMBER 30, 1919. SHE WAS THE DAUGHTER OF ALBERT ARNOLD AND ALICE MATILDA ARNOLD (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). ALICE WILLETS PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 85 ON AUGUST 26, 1982. ALICE MATILDA ARNOLD (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) WAS BORN IN HAVERSHAM, KENT, ENGLAND AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1910. SHE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 82 IN AUGUST 1957. ALBERT ARNOLD PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 50. AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE HERALD ON JULY 31, 1924 RECOUNTS THE ACCIDENT THAT CAUSED HIS DEATH: “THE DEATH OF ALBERT ARNOLD … AN EMPLOYEE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, OCCURRED LAST NIGHT AT 9:45 AT THE GALT HOSPITAL. MR. ARNOLD WAS ENGAGED IN TRIMMING TREES IN FRONT OF 649 12TH ST., WHEN HE FELL FROM THE LADDER ON WHICH HE WAS WORKING AND STRUCK THE SIDEWALK WITH HIS HEAD, BEING RENDERED UNCONSCIOUS, FROM WHICH STATE HE NEVER EMERGED. HE WAS TAKEN TO THE GALT HOSPITAL WHERE AN EXAMINATION REVEALED A SLIGHT FRACTURE OF THE SKULL. HE WAS OPERATED ON IN THE AFTERNOON IN AN ATTEMPT TO TAKE THE PRESSURE OFF HIS BRAIN CAUSED BY THE FRACTURE, BUT WITHOUT SUCCESS, AND HE DIED AT 9:45PM. MR. ARNOLD, WHO WAS FIFTY YEARS OF AGE, HAD BEEN IN THE CITY THIRTEEN YEARS AND HAD BEEN EMPLOYED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT ON AND OFF FOR SEVERAL YEARS. ONLY THE DAY BEFORE HE HAD CELEBRATED THE THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS MARRIAGE.” ANOTHER ARTICLE FROM AUGUST 1, 1924 DISCUSSES THE ACCIDENT FURTHER: “AT AN ENQUIRY HELD ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON BEFORE MAGISTRATE BARKER AS TO WHETHER AN INQUEST ON THE DEATH OF ALBERT ARNOLD WOULD BE NECESSARY, THE MAGISTRATE DECIDED THAT IT WAS A CASE OF ACCIDENTAL DEATH. ACCORDING TO THE EVIDENCE GIVEN, DECEASED ON HAD A 13 FOOT FALL FROM THE POINT OF THE LADDER ON WHICH HE WAS STANDING AT THE TIME HE WAS CUTTING TREES ON TWELFTH ST. SOUTH. GEORGE EDWARDS, WHO WAS HOLDING THE LADDER FOR THE DECEASED, DEPOSED TO HIS HAVING A STRONG GRIP ON IT AND TO ITS NOT SLIPPING. THE DECEASED WAS PRUNING OFF THE LIGHT BRANCHES WITH A PRUNING HOOK AND WAS NOT USING A SAW. ANYTHING OF THE THEORY OF HIS BEING ELECTROCUTED BY THE ELECTRIC WIRES WAS DISSIPATED BY THE EVIDENCE OF ED THEOBALD OF THE CITY ELECTRIC DEPARTMENT, WHO SAID THAT THE WIRE WAS AWAY ABOVE THE TOP OF THE TREE. IT IS PRESUMED THAT DECEASED, WHO HAD NOT BEEN VERY WELL LATELY, HAD A SUDDEN FIT OF VERTIGO. DEATH, ACCORDING TO THE MEDICAL EVIDENCE, RESULTED FROM HEMORRHAGE OF THE BRAIN CAUSED BY THE HEAD OF THE DECEASED STRIKING THE CURB.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND A FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MARTIN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME.
Catalogue Number
P19940034002
Acquisition Date
1994-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
HAND MADE
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CLOTH (MIXTURE OF MAN-MADE FIBRE)
Catalogue Number
P19910041026
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HAND MADE
Date
1954
Materials
CLOTH (MIXTURE OF MAN-MADE FIBRE)
No. Pieces
1
Length
65.5
Description
CROCHET APRON, RED & WHITE WITH 2 WAIST STRAPS & RIBBON CONNECTING TO PREVENT STRETCHING. A FEW SMALL BROWN STAINS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
DONOR STATES APRON MADE BY CARA RINEHART IN 1954 & GIVEN TO DONOR. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A STOLE DONATED BY MARY EDITH BOOSE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND A FUNERAL NOTICE FROM VULCANFUNERALHOME.CA. MARY EDITH BOOSE WAS BORN ON JANUARY 24, 1900 IN LIMA, OH, THE DAUGHTER OF HENRY "DICK" FRANKLIN BOOSE AND MARY ESTHER BOOSE (NEE RINEHART). THE BOOSE FAMILY MOVED TO NANTON IN THE SPRING OF 1909, WHERE THE SETTLED ON A FARM 27 MILES SOUTHEAST OF NANTON. MARY EDITH ATTENDED AUBURN PUBLIC SCHOOL, CHAMPION AND CALGARY HIGH SCHOOLS AND ENTERED THE CALGARY NORMAL SCHOOL IN THE FALL OF 1923-1924. SHE TAUGHT FOR 39.5 YEARS IN VARIOUS PLACES, INCLUDING EASTWAY, VULCAN, AND TURNER VALLEY. SHE WAS PREDECEASED BY HER SISTER RUTH HOBBS (NEE BOOSE) IN JUNE 1927. MARY EDITH PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 94 ON FEBRUARY 14, 1994. HENRY "DICK" FRANKLIN BOOSE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 81 IN JANUARY 1949. MARY ESTHER BOOSE (NEE RINEHART) WAS BORN ON MAY 23, 1874 IN LIMA, OH AND MARRIED HENRY IN 1899. SHE PASSED AWAY IN JUNE 1974. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND A FUNERAL NOTICE FROM VULCANFUNERALHOME.CA *UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILES AND ACCESSORIES, INCLUDING TWO NECKLACES AND A CUSHION COVER DONATED BY MARY EDITH BOOSE IN 1991. THE RESEARCH CONDUCTED TO LOCATE THE DONOR’S NEXT-OF-KIN WAS UNSUCCESSFUL. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING THE FULL OBITUARY.
Catalogue Number
P19910041026
Acquisition Date
1991-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
UNION DAIRY
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19920002000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
UNION DAIRY
Date
1958
Materials
COTTON, STEEL
No. Pieces
2
Length
84.2
Width
71.5
Description
COTTON GABERDINE APRON WITH NECK & BACK STRAP. LOOPS FOR LEGS. "UNION MILK" EMBROIDERED IN RED THREAD ACROSS CHEST POCKET. POCKETS & SEAMS STICHED IN RE-THREAD, 7 POCKETS. APRON IN KHAKI OR OLIVE GREEN. 2 STEEL LOOPS FOR STRAPS. "M" IN BLACK INK ON INSIDE. 2. BOOK OF MATCHES (FROM INSIDE POCKET): "LFA CLOSE COVER BEFORE STRIKING" ON FRONT. "UNITED FARMERS OF ALBERTA CO-OPERATIVE LIMITED" IN GREEN ON BACK. 3 MATCHES REMAIN; LARGE STAIN ON BACK OF BOOK. "FOREMOST MATCHES, REGINA".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
RETAIL TRADE
History
MADE IN EDMONTON AB. BY REYNOLDS MFG. CO. DONOR IS A RETIRED DAIRY WORKER WHO DELIVERED MILK IN LETHBRIDGE FOR UNION MILK AND ITS SUCCESSOR COMPANY. APRONS WERE USED TO CARRY MILK TOKENS & MONEY COLLECTED FROM CUSTOMERS FOR MILK & DAIRY PRODUCTS DELIVERY. DONOR USED AN APRON FROM 1958-86, WHEN HE RETIRED. SEE ARCHIVAL PHOTOGRAPH 1991107612751 FOR AN IMAGE OF JIM BROWN IN HIS UNION MILK APRON, DELIVERING MILK TO EVA MERCER. THE IMAGE WAS PART OF A BETA SIGMA PHI SORORITY FUNDRAISING EFFORT RUN IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING AN APRON DONATED BY JIM BROWN. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND FROM AN INTERVIEW WITH JIM’S SON, BRAD BROWN. JAMES “JIM” KING BROWN WAS BORN ON OCTOBER 29, 1918 IN BEDLINGTON, ENGLAND, THE SON OF JOHN AND ELIZABETH BROWN (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). HE IMMIGRATED TO THE COALHURST AREA IN 1926 WHERE HE LIVED UNTIL 1937 WHEN HE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE. IN 1939, JIM ENLISTED IN THE ARMY AND SERVED OVERSEAS FOR SIX YEARS. HE MET JOYCE HATHAWAY IN APRIL 1944 AND THE TWO WERE MARRIED ON OCTOBER 31, 1944. FOLLOWING THE WAR, JIM WORKED A SERIES OF ODD JOBS, FINALLY WORKING FOR CRYSTAL DAIRIES. HIS FRIEND JOHN M. CREDICO WORKED WITH JIM FOR 35 YEARS AT THE DAIRY AND IN AN ARTICLE FROM MARCH 29, 1995 HAD THE FOLLOWING TO SAY ABOUT JIM: “’HE WAS A VERY TRUSTING FRIEND. IF YOU WERE EVER IN TROUBLE, HE’D BACK YOU UP ALL THE WAY.’ IF A CUSTOMER DIDN’T HAVE MILK MONEY, BROWN WAS KNOWN TO LEAVE A FULL BOTTLE ANYWAY. ‘THERE WAS NEVER A TIME WHEN A FAMILY WAS LEFT WITHOUT. HE OFTEN PAID OUT OF HIS OWN POCKET.’” HE RETIRED FROM THE DAIRIES IN 1983. JIM PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 76 ON MARCH 24, 1995. JIM’S SON BRAD HAD THE FOLLOWING TO SAY ABOUT HIS FATHER: “DAD STARTED WITH, ACTUALLY UNION DAIRY, THEN CRYSTAL DAIRY, THEN IT, IT WAS ACTUALLY BOUGHT BY ALL THESE DIFFERENT COMPANIES, BUT, ONE OF THE FIRST JOBS THAT HE HAD WHEN HE GOT OUT OF ACTIVE SERVICE, WORLD WAR II WITH THE CANADIAN ARTILLERY, THIRD ARMY. SO WHEN HE CAME BACK, THERE WAS NOT MUCH WORK, HE WAS JUST JUMPING FROM JOB TO JOB TO JOB, AND HE WORKED, WORKED IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY FOR A WHILE, JUST DOING OIL CHANGES AND WHAT HAVE YOU, BUT THEN HE GOT A JOB WITH UNION DAIRY. NOW, I BELIEVE IT WAS UNION BEFORE IT WAS CRYSTAL, IF IT WAS CRYSTAL BEFORE IT WAS UNION, I CAN’T, I CAN’T REMEMBER. BUT WHEN HE FIRST STARTED, IT WAS HORSE AND WAGON. SO, WHAT THEY WOULD DO, ESPECIALLY WITH THIS APRON, IT WAS ALMOST STANDARD ISSUE TO HAVE SOMETHING ON.” BRAD RECALLED THAT HIS FATHER HAD MANY APRONS LIKE THIS ONE: “HE HAD SEVERAL OF THEM, HE JUST, YOU KNOW, HE, HE’D WEAR ONE UNTIL IT WAS LITERALLY FALLING APART, AND THEN HE’D HAVE ANOTHER ONE IN THE CLOSET. AND DAD WOULD ALWAYS WEAR HIS UNION PINS ON ONE SIDE OF THE APRON, WHERE IT COME AROUND THE NECK. AND HE’D HAVE HIS TEAMSTERS, AND ALL OF HIS, SORT OF MEMBERSHIP BUTTONS ON THERE AS WELL. SO THAT ONE I BELIEVE IS PROBABLY IN THE BEST SHAPE, PROBABLY HE DIDN’T WEAR THAT TOO MUCH. BUT THE APRON WAS USED AS A HOLDER FOR TOKENS AND CHANGE AND A LOGBOOK ALMOST … I THINK THERE’S ACTUALLY FIVE POCKETS AND THAT LARGE FIFTH ONE WAS WHERE HE WOULD HAVE HIS LOG BOOK UP TOP WITH ALL THE PENS, AND YOU CAN SEE WHERE THAT IS. IT WOULD BE QUARTERS IN THE MIDDLE, NICKELS ON THE SIDE, DIMES ON THE SIDE AND THEN THE TOKENS WOULD GO IN THE BOTTOMS.” BRAD RECALLED HOW HE AND HIS BROTHERS WOULD RAID THE APRON FOR CHANGE: “HE WOULD WORK ALMOST A MONTH, AND THERE WOULD ALWAYS BE AN EXTRA, LET’S SAY FIFTEEN TO TWENTY DOLLARS AT THAT END OF THAT MONTH. BECAUSE PEOPLE WOULD GIVE HIM A LITTLE MORE THAN HE NEEDED, AND HE WOULD JUST ACCUMULATE THIS MONEY. AND DAD KNEW WE WERE ACTUALLY GOING BEHIND HIS, WELL HE WOULD HANG IT ON HIS DOOR. STORY HERE, MY MOTHER AND FATHER SLEPT IN DIFFERENT BEDROOMS BECAUSE DAD HAD TO GET UP SO EARLY IN THE MORNING TO BE A MILK MAN. MY MOM NEEDED TO REST, SO SHE COULD SLEEP UNTIL AT LEAST 7 O’CLOCK. AND THE TRICK WAS, DAD WOULD SIT IN THE LIVING ROOM AND WE’D GO SNEAK INTO THE DINING ROOM AND RIGHT TO HIS BEDROOM. AND, AH, OUR DINING ROOM, THERE WAS TWO BEDROOMS RIGHT OFF OF THE DINING ROOM, ONE WAS MY BROTHER’S AND ONE WAS MY DAD’S. AND WE USED TO JUST SNEAK AROUND AND PUT OUR HANDS AROUND THE DOOR AND PULL COINS OUT. AND NOT VERY MUCH AT A TIME YOU KNOW, A NICK, WELL IT WOULDN’T BE A NICKEL, A QUARTER, THIRTY-FIVE CENTS, FORTY CENTS, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. SOMETHING LIKE THAT. AND WE’D TAKE IT AND WE’D EITHER BUY CONFECTIONARY CANDY, OR WE’D GO PLAY PINBALL DOWN AT THE …CAFÉ OR WHATEVER. WE LIVED RIGHT OFF OF 13TH STREET, SO, MANY, MANY STORES UP AND DOWN THERE GOT THAT MONEY FROM US ALL THE TIME. DAD KNEW IT, DAD KNEW IT ALL THE TIME, BECAUSE HE KNEW, IT WASN’T SHORT, IT WASN’T COMPANY MONEY, IT WAS HIS MONEY. INSTEAD OF HIM BEING BOTHERED ALL THE TIME FOR A NICKEL OR A DIME OR WHATEVER, WITH SIX BOYS, WELL, MY BROTHER MIKE WAS GONE BY THEN. SO HE HAD FIVE BOYS AT THE HOUSE ALWAYS, CONTINUALLY TRYING TO BUM MONEY OFF MY DAD. SO, IT GOT A LITTLE MORE DARING. NOW, THE COINS ARE NOTHING. COINS ARE EASY, BUT HE HAD ACTUAL BILLS, SO HE HAD ONE DOLLAR BILLS AND TWO DOLLAR BILLS AND FIVE DOLLAR BILLS IN HIS LOG BOOK. AND THAT’S WHERE WE – AND IF ANYONE, IT WAS ALMOST A DARE TO GO AND GRAB A DOLLAR. OR A TWO DOLLAR BILL OR A FIVE DOLLAR BILL … HE WAS VERY STRICT, AND HE KNEW DISCIPLINE, AND HE KNEW HOW TO BE POLITE, AND HE KNEW EVERYTHING. BUT STEALING WAS PROBABLY ONE OF THE WORST THINGS, ONE OF THE WORST THINGS. BUT THE OLD ADAGE WAS, HE ALWAYS KNEW WE WERE TAKING THE MONEY. RIGHT, AND, WHEN WE DID GET CAUGHT, AND VERY RARELY WE DID, BECAUSE HE KNEW. HE COULD HEAR THE, HE COULD HEAR THE DOOR RATTLING … YOU KNOW WE’D, AMONG US BROTHERS, WE WOULD, YOU KNOW WE’D TALK AMONG OURSELVES AND NEVER LET DAD IN ON IT, AND THE FUNNY THING ABOUT IT, I LATER, IN LIFE, I TALKED TO HIM ABOUT IT AND HE LAUGHED, HE SAYS, “I KNEW. I KNEW ALL THE TIME.” BECAUSE WE ALL WORKED WITH HIM TOO.” ASKED ABOUT HIS TYPICAL WORK DAY AND WEEK, BRAD ADDED: “THEY WORKED SIX DAYS. THEY WORKED MONDAY TO SATURDAY … AND I REMEMBER WHEN THEY FINALLY GOT THE SATURDAY’S OFF. AND THERE WAS, IT WAS THE GREATEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO HIM. THEN IT GOT TO A POINT THAT THE UNION GOT MORE INVOLVED AND QUALITY OF LIFE GOT A LITTLE BETTER, AND WHAT HAPPENED, THEY GOT WEDNESDAYS OFF TOO SO THEY WOULD GO MONDAY, TUESDAY, THURSDAY, AND FRIDAY WOULD BE A HALF DAY. A HALF DAY, BEING, AND THIS, THIS IS ALMOST THE EVOLUTION OF WHAT WAS GOING ON THEN, THE HOME DELIVERY WAS GETTING PHASED OUT … WELL, DAD, DAD WOULD GET TO THE DAIRY, HE’D BE UP BY, PROBABLY ABOUT 5 O’CLOCK, GET OUT OF THE HOUSE BY 6. THEY’D CAR POOL, GET THERE BY ABOUT TWENTY AFTER SIX. [HE’D] GO IN, HAVE A COFFEE, KIND OF HAVE A BULL SESSION THERE. THEN THEY’D GET ONTO THE DOCKS, LOAD THEIR TRUCKS, COME IN FOR ONE LAST COFFEE KIND OF DEAL AND THEN THEY WOULD TAKE OFF. SO, THEY, IT WAS ALMOST A BY-LAW, AND I DON’T THINK THEY COULD GET GOING UNTIL 7 IN THE MORNING … [DAD WORKED] AS A HOME DELIVERY [MAN]. HE WAS A SUPERVISOR, SO HE DID ALL THE ROUTES, ALL THE WAY THROUGH LETHBRIDGE, SO HE GOT TO KNOW, LIKE EVERYBODY. AT ONE TIME, HE ENDED UP ON THE SOUTH SIDE WITH PEOPLE GIVING HIM KEYS TO GO INTO THE HOUSE TO CHECK THE REFRIGERATOR FOR MILK. AT, AT THE END, HE HAD, I THINK HE SAID ABOUT 265 KEYS ON A RING, AND HE WOULD KNOW WHICH KEY FIT EVERYONE’S HOUSE.” BRAD ELABORATED ON WHAT THE REST OF JIM’S UNIFORM LOOKED LIKE: “DAD ALWAYS WORE A TIE AND SHIRT, SHIRT AND TIE I SHOULD SAY. AND HE WOULD ALWAYS DRESS IMMACULATE (IN THAT KIND OF THING?), HIS SHOES, HIS BOOTS, HIS PANTS, EVERYTHING, HE WOULD ALWAYS KEEP THAT UNIFORM TOGETHER. AND AS THE YEARS WENT ON IT GOT A LITTLE MORE LAX, AND PEOPLE WERE IN SHORTS, YOU KNOW AND RUNNERS, AND STUFF LIKE THAT, AND DAD WOULD NEVER DO THAT. HE WOULD HAVE HIS BOOTS AND YOU KNOW, MOSTLY, MOST OF THE TIME THEY WERE ARMY BOOTS.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND FOR A TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW.
Catalogue Number
P19920002000
Acquisition Date
1992-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
MOURNING COSTUME
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, SILK
Catalogue Number
P19920020010
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MOURNING COSTUME
Date
1882
Materials
COTTON, SILK
No. Pieces
1
Length
67.2
Width
55.0
Description
PLAIN BLACK APRON WITH PLEATED HEM TRIMMED IN LACE. 2 TIE STRAPS AT THE WAIST. GATHERED WAIST.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
SEE P19920020001-GA FOR DONOR HISTORY. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING ONE ASSOCIATED WITH THE REED FAMILY. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHY OF JOB REED WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM AN ARTICLE ON THE REED FAMILY AND FARM FROM THE DECEMBER 30, 1985 ISSUE OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, REED'S DEATH ANNOUNCEMENT FROM 1906, AND THE GALT ARCHIVES. JOB REED WAS BORN IN SOMERSETSHIRE, ENGLAND ON NOVEMBER 12, 1841. WHEN HE WAS 14, HIS FATHER DIED, LEAVING JOB THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PROVIDING FOR HIMSELF AND HIS WIDOWED MOTHER. HE WORKED FOR THE BRITISH POSTAL SERVICE AND COMPLETED HIS TEACHING CERTIFICATION. HE MARRIED MARY ELIZABETH HOBBS IN 1869, AND IMMIGRATED TO THE UNITED STATES IN 1873, MOVING FROM NEW ORLEANS TO TEXAS AND THEN PENNSYLVANIA, WHERE REED OBTAINED A DEGREE IN MEDICINE. THE COUPLE RETURNED TO ENGLAND, BUT REED'S MEDICAL TRAINING WAS NOT RECOGNIZED THERE, AND IN 1882 THEY CROSSED THE ATLANTIC AGAIN, MOVING WEST ACROSS CANADA IN STAGES, FINALLY ARRIVING IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1886. THE FAMILY HAD SEVEN CHILDREN: RICHARD, HENRY, ELIZABETH (WHO MARRIED GEORGE HERBERT WATSON), JOB JUNIOR (KNOWN AS BUDD), GEORGE, ANNIE, AND ELLA. REED PURCHASED TWO LOTS ON WHAT IS NOW 6TH AVENUE SOUTH. THE FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED A MARKET GARDEN ON THE PROPERY, AND BUILT A STONE DUPLEX THAT STILL STANDS ON THE 1200 BLOCK OF 6TH AVENUE. REED WORKED AS A COAL MINER TO EARN MORE MONEY TOWARDS INVESTING IN FURTHER LAND, AND RAISED PIGS WITH SCRAP FOOD FROM THE NEARBY RCMP BARRACKS. IN 1901, REED PURCHASED 2.5 SECTIONS OF LAND NEAR PRESENT-DAY GRANUM WITH HIS FOUR SONS AND ONE SON-IN-LAW; HIS SON BILLY LATER TOOK OVER THIS RANCH. REED WAS A JUSTICE OF THE PEACE IN LETHBRIDGE AND A MEMBER OF THE SCHOOL BOARD. IN EARLY 1906, HE PURCHASED EDGEHILL FARM, NEAR SIX MILE COULEE, BUT HE DIED LATER THAT YEAR ON APRIL 25. MARY REED LIVED AT THE FARM FOR YEARS AFTERWARD, AND DIED IN KELOWNA, B.C. IN 1932 AT HOME OF ONE OF HER SONS. BOTH JOB AND MARY REED ARE BURIED IN MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY IN LETHBRIDGE. SEE PERMANENT FILE P19980031006 FOR HARDCOPIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, AND PERMANENT FILE P19920001001 FOR RESEARCH CONDUCTED BY AIMEE VIEL FOR A GALT MUSUEM EXHIBIT ON THE REED FAMILY..
Catalogue Number
P19920020010
Acquisition Date
1992-07
Collection
Museum
Images
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Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1955
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, LINEN
Catalogue Number
P19930007011
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1955
Materials
COTTON, LINEN
No. Pieces
1
Width
37.2
Description
COTTON SEWN WITH SKIRT & BIB & NECK LOOP. FLORAL PRINT, LINEN LACE ALONG SEAM & PIPING AROUND PERIMETER. POCKET. STAINS. HAS BEEN REPAIRED, SEE CONSERVATION REPORT. SMALL HOLE IN FRONT, JUST BELOW APRON.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
APRON APPEARS HANDMADE & IS A STYLE APPROPRIATE TO POST-WAR, TO EARLY '60'S. *UPDATE* IN 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING P19930007003. NO NEW INFORMATION WAS FOUND ABOUT THAT PIECE, BUT THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT THE DONORS, EARL AND MARY WAGNESS, WAS FOUND IN THEIR LETHBRIDGE HERALD OBITUARIES. MARY WAS BORN IN CLAYTON, ONTARIO IN 1905 AND MOVED TO ENCHANT, ALBERTA WITH HER FAMILY IN 1917. AFTER COMPLETING A BUSINESS COURSE IN CALGARY SHE WORKED FOR THE CANADIAN BANK OF COMMERCE IN STAVELY. MARY MARRIED EARL WAGNESS IN STAVELY IN 1929, AND OVER THE 61 YEARS OF THEIR MARRIAGE THEY LIVED THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN ALBERTA, MOVING FOR EARL'S WORK WITH THE ALBERTA PACIFIC GRAIN COMPANY. THEY RETIRED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1956. MARY WAS ACTIVE IN CURLING, THE ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR, CHURCH CHOIR, AND COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER WORK. EARL WAS A HOBBYIST WATCHMAKER - SEE RECORD P19930009001 FOR INFORMATION ABOUT HIS WATCHMAKING PRACTICE AND TOOLS. EARL DIED IN 1990, AND MARY DIED IN 2000. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPIES OF OBITUARIES. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A RIBBON AND A DICKEY DONATED BY SHIRLEY TUCKER. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. MARY CHRISTINA WAGNESS (NEE ROBERTSON) WAS BORN IN CLAYTON, ON ON FEBRUARY 28, 1905, THE DAUGHTER OF MR. AND MRS. J.B. ROBERTSON. IN 1917 HER FAMILY MOVED FROM ANTHER, SK TO ENCHANT, AB. AFTER COMPLETING A BUSINESS COURSE IN CALGARY, MARY WORKED FOR THE CANADIAN BANK OF COMMERCE IN STAVELY, AB. ACCORDING TO HER WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT, MARY WORKED FOR THE BANK FOR THREE AND A HALF YEARS BEFORE HER MARRIAGE. SHE WAS MARRIED TO EARL WAGNESS ON AUGUST 7, 1929 AND THE COUPLE LIVED IN WOODHOUSE, BARONS, AND MILK RIVER, BEFORE RETIRING TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1956. MARY PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 95 IN APRIL 2000. EARL RANDOLPH WAGNESS PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 84 ON NOVEMBER 23, 1990. HE WAS THE SON OF MARTIN WAGNESS AND CAROLINA WAGNESS (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19930007011
Acquisition Date
1993-02
Collection
Museum
Images
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Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, SILK
Catalogue Number
P19950067007
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Materials
COTTON, SILK
No. Pieces
1
Length
82.2
Width
47.6
Description
CALF-LENGTH WAIST-TIED APRON WITHOUT BODICE. TOP 55CM OF APRON IS WHITE WITH FINE BLACK ZIG-ZAGS AND LARGE BURGUNDY FLORAL PRINT. WHITE BRANCHES WITH BERRIES AROUND FLOWERS. BLUE SILK STRIP, 3.5CM IN WIDTH, FOLLOWED BY CROCHETED INSERT, 9.3CM IN WIDTH, FUCHSIA STRIP 3.2CM IN WIDTH, AND FINALLY CROCHETED BORDER, 11.2CM IN WIDTH, ALL SEWN IN ROWS BELOW COTTON FABRIC. APRON IS SHIRRED AT WAIST, WITH COTTON TIE SEWN ACROSS LENGTH. MEASURES 125CM. RIGHT PORTION OF TIE IS MADE OF SAME FABRIC AS MAIN APRON, WHILE LEFT PORTION HAS BEEN REPLACED WITH PLAIN COTTON FABRIC. BOTH ENDS HAVE POM-POMS MADE OF RED YARN. SLIGHT STAINS THROUGHOUT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
HANDMADE IN RUSSIA; DOUKHOBOR ARTIFACT. *UPDATE* IN 2010 NICOLE HEMBROFF, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT, CONTACTED ELSIE MORRIS NEE KONKIN (WHO DONATED THE ARTIFACTS ON BEHALF OF HER MOTHER) IN ORDER TO OBTAIN MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE HISTROY OF THE OBJECTS AND THEIR CONNECTION TO THE DOUKHOBORS OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA. SEE BELOW. ACCORDING TO MORRIS, THE APRON WOULD HAVE BEEN WORN FOR DRESS-UP OCCAISIONS LIKE SOBRANYE OR WEDDINGS. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN MADE BY DASHA – HER GRANDMOTHER’S SISTER. THE LACE WOULD HAVE BEEN COMMERCIAL BUT THE RED STRIP OF FABRIC WOULD HAVE BEEN HAND-WOVEN. FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING AN APRON DONATED BY ELIZABETH KONKIN. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. ELIZABETH KONKIN AKA ELSIE MORRIS IS THE DAUGHTER OF WILLIAM KONKIN AND ELIZABETH P. KONKIN (NEE WISHLOW). ELSIE WAS MARRIED TO TERRANCE GORDON “TERRY” MORRIS. TERRY PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 88 ON OCTOBER 25, 2012. WILLIAM KONKIN PASSED AWAY MARCH 3, 1977 AT THE AGE OF 72. ELIZABETH KONKIN (NEE WISHLOW) WAS BORN IN CANORA, SK ON JANUARY 22, 1907, THE DAUGHTER OF PETER AND ELIZABETH WISHLOW (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). AT THE AGE OF 6 SHE MOVED WITH HER FAMILY TO A DOUKHOBOR SETTLEMENT AT BRILLIANT, BC, THEN LATER HER FAMILY MOVED TO A DOUKHOBOR SETTLEMENT AT SHOULDICE, AB. IT WAS HERE THAT SHE MET AND MARRIED WILLIAM KONKIN. IN 1939, THE COUPLE MOVED TO THE VAUXHALL AREA TO FARM UNTIL THEIR RETIREMENT, AFTER WHICH THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE. ELIZABETH PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 93 ON APRIL 8, 2000. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. THE KONKINS WERE A RUSSIAN-SPEAKING FAMILY FROM THE TOWN OF SHOULDICE, ALBERTA, NEAR CALGARY. THEY AND MANY OTHER RUSSIAN FAMILIES COMPOSED THAT TOWN'S DOUKHOBOR COLONY. IN 2016, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN CONDUCTED FROM A TWO-PART INTERVIEW WITH KONKIN'S DAUGHTER, ELSIE MORRIS. A FULL HISTORY OF THE KONKIN FAMILY WAS CREATED USING THAT INTERVIEW AND CAN BE FOUND WITH THE RECORD P20160003002.
Catalogue Number
P19950067007
Acquisition Date
1995-10
Collection
Museum
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