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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
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LINEN
Catalogue Number
P19738587000
  1 image  
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
HALF-APRON
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LINEN, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19990053010
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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
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
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
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
RAYON
Catalogue Number
P19950075014
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Materials
RAYON
No. Pieces
1
Length
74.2
Width
63.6
Description
WHITE RAYON FULL LENGTH APRON A SATIN RIBBON SEWN ACROSS SURFACE, AND EDGE IS FINISHED WITH A SCALLOPED LACE EDGE. WAISTBAND HAS A TIE ON EACH SIDE WITH LACE AT THE ENDS, USED TO FASTEN APRON AROUND WAIST. FABRIC IS GATHERED AROUND THE WAIST MAKING IT A FULL SKIRT. APRON HAS A FEW SMALL STAINS, BUT OVERALL, IS IN GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
ITEMS WERE CONTAINED IN A TRUNK BELONGING TO THE DONOR'S MOTHER, WHO WAS BORN IN 1902 AND WAS RAISED ON A DOUKHOBOR COMMUNE UNTIL SHE AND FRED EVDOKIMOFF LEFT WHEN THEY WERE 18 YEARS OLD TO GET MARRIED. MANY OF THE ITEMS DATE BACK TO THE EARLY 1900'S, WHILE OTHERS ARE MODERN AND DATE TO THE 1980'S. DONOR'S PARENTS MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1952. MRS. EVDOKIMOFF DIED IN 1986 AT THE AGE OF 84 YEARS OLD. *UPDATE* NICOLE HEMBROFF, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT, MET WITH DONOR WALLY EVDOKIMOFF IN 2010 TO DISCUSS HIS DONATION OF THE TRUNK AND ITS CONTENTS. SEE BELOW. ACCORDING TO EVDOKIMOFF, THE APRON WOULD HAVE BEEN WORN AS PART OF THE TRADITIONAL DOUKHOBOR COSTUME. HE SAID, "CLEARLY YOU WOULDN'T COOK IN SOMETHING LIKE THAT, THAT WAS FOR DRESS." HIS MOTHER WOULD HAVE WORN THE APRON FOR SPECIAL OCCAISIONS AND WHEN SHE WAS STILL LIVING IN THE DOUKHOBOR COLONY. HE SAID, "ONCE MY MOM WAS OUTSIDE THE COLONY, I WOULD NEVER SEE HER WEAR SOMETHING LIKE THIS, EXCEPT IF, MAYBE, THEY WENT TO SOME OF THE FESTIVALS. EVEN THEN, IT'S MORE OF A MEMORY OF WHAT IT WAS LIKE WHEN THEY WERE KIDS..." SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION. *UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILES AND ACCSSORIES, INCLUDING A TOILET SET AND JACKET DONATED BY WALLY EVDOKIMOFF. DURING A PHONE CONVERSATION WITH PUNDYK IN 2018, EVDOKIMOFF STATED HIS FAMILY LIVED IN YORKTON, SASKATCHEWAN AND BRILLIANT, BRITISH COLUMBIA. THEY WERE MOST LIKELY A PART OF THE DOUKHOBOR COMMUNITIES IN THOSE AREAS. HE CONFIRMED THAT HIS PARENTS FIRST ARRIVED IN ALBERTA IN 1952.
Catalogue Number
P19950075014
Acquisition Date
1995-04
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
CINCTURE
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19970041744
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CINCTURE
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
288
Diameter
1
Description
BLACK ROPE BELT IS WOVEN WOOLEN ROPE WITH BLACK TASSELED ENDS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
RELIGION
History
CINCTURE IS THE ROPE BELT USED TO HOLD CLOSED A PRIEST'S ROBES. CINCTURE BELONGED TO DONOR'S FATHER, REV. G.G. NAKAYAMA. 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. SEE RECORD P19970041001 FOR EXPANDED BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION AND PERMANENT FILE FOR FURTHER HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19970041744
Acquisition Date
1997-01
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
SKIRT AND BLOOMER SET
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20000085003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SKIRT AND BLOOMER SET
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
2
Length
120.0
Width
48.0
Description
1. BLOOMERS. NAVY BLUE, WITH WHITE TRIM. HAS A TURNED DOWN COLLAR, WITH FOUR ROWS OF WHITE TRIM ON IT. FRONT OPENING, TO JUST BELOW WAISTLINE, CLOSES WITH 6 BLACK, BAKELITE BUTTONS. FRONT CLOSURE HAS TWO ROWS OF WHITE TRIM ON IT. SHORT SLEEVES ALSO HAVE TWO ROWS OF WHITE TRIM ON THEM. THERE IS A WORN AND FRAYED, WHITE CLOTH TAG INSIDE BACK OF NECKLINE. ONE LEG HAS BEEN SLIGHTLY BLEACHED AND BLOOMERS HAVE NUMEROUS WORN SPOTS AND HOLES THROUGHOUT. 2. SKIRT. NAVY BLUE WITH WHITE TRIM. GO WITH ABOVE BLOOMERS. WAISTBAND HAS 5 BUTTONHOLES AROUND IT. BACK OF SKIRT HAS AN OPENING WITN NO CLOSURE. BACK OF SKIRT HAS BEEN SLIGHTLY BLEACHED. ALSO HAS NUMEROUS WORN SPOTS AND HOLES.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
SEE P20000085001-GA FOR HISTORY. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A BLOUSE DONATED BY BEV NAGATA. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. BEVERLY “BEV” NAGATA IS THE DAUGHTER OF FREDRICK I. SAUTER AND NORA JEAN SAUTER (NEE MCCOY). FREDRICK “FRED” I. SAUTER WAS BORN ON FEBRUARY 12, 1920, THE SON OF CHARLES SR. AND MARY SAUTER (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). ACCORDING TO HIS OBITUARY, HE WAS THE FIRST BABY BORN IN THE TOWN OF VAUXHALL, AB. HE OWNED AND OPERATED SAUTER’S GENERAL SUPPLIES FOR THREE TO FOUR DECADES. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 88 ON NOVEMBER 9, 2008. NORA JEAN SAUTER (NEE MCCOY) WAS BORN IN PORT ALBERNI, BC ON APRIL 1, 1913, THE DAUGHTER OF JOHN AND HATTIE MCCOY (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) AND TWIN OF DAVID MCCOY. SHE WAS RAISED AND EDUCATED IN EDMONTON AND GRADUATED FROM THE EDMONTON GENERAL HOSPITAL AS A NURSE. SHE ALSO ATTENDED MCGILL UNIVERSITY AND RECEIVED A DIPLOMA IN PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING. SHE BEGAN AS A PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE IN VAUXHALL, IN 1940. SHE WAS MARRIED TO FRED SAUTER ON AUGUST 20, 1942. NORA PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 90 ON JULY 10, 2003. CHARLES R. SAUTER SR. WAS THE FIRST RESIDENT OF VAUXHALL AND WORKED FOR THE PIONEER LUMBER COMPANY. HE WAS ALSO REPORTEDLY THE FIRST RESIDENT OF VAUXHALL TO OWN A CAR. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 76 ON AUGUST 4, 1969. MARY SAUTER (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 83 ON FEBRUARY 3, 1978. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P20000085003
Acquisition Date
2001-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
RAYON
Catalogue Number
P19970041693
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
RAYON
No. Pieces
1
Height
1
Length
53.5
Width
44
Description
CREAM COLORED RAYON BLOUSE HAS SHORT SLEEVES AND BIB COLLAR. COLLAR HAS RUFFLE SIDES AND FLAT CENTER PIECE. COLLAR ALSO OPENS WITH TWO STEEL SNAPS AT BASE OF NECK.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
BLOUSE BELONGED TO DONOR'S MOTHER, LOIS NAKAYAMA. DONOR RELATES THAT THIS BLOUSE WAS ONE OF HER MOTHER'S FAVORITES. 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 HER MOTHER'S CLOTHES, KOGAWA SAID: “ SHE SO MUCH LIKED CLOTHES,,, AND SHE HAD BEAUTIFUL CLOTHES, [BUT] SHE DIDN’T HAVE A LOT… SHE HAD ONE PAIR OF SHOES, WHICH SHE KEPT REPAIRING AND REPAIRING… [HER CLOTHING] BRINGS BACK A SADNESS FOR MY MOTHER, BECAUSE HER LIFE WAS SO HARD… TO GO FROM WHAT THEY HAD IN VANCOUVER, ALL THE DREAMS THAT THEY HAD THERE, INTO SOUTHERN ALBERTA, WHERE IT WAS SO HARSH… THAT WAS NOT A WAY TO BE TREATED IN THAT STAGE OF LIFE… MY MOTHER WAS A VERY SILENT WOMAN AND DID NOT COMPLAIN… I THINK SHE GAVE UP ON BEING PART OF THE WORLD, AND RETREATED FROM IT. AS LONG AS SHE HAD KIDS, SHE HAD TO BE IN THE WORLD, BUT I THINK THAT, BY INCLINATION, SHE WOULD HAVE JUST LEFT IT – IT WAS JUST TOO HARD FOR HER… I JUST WISH SO MUCH THAT I HAD KNOWN HER THEN THE WAY I KNOW HER NOW… I WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HAVE MADE HER HAPPY, BECAUSE SHE NEVER WAS… BUT IN SOME WAYS I THINK HER LIFE ENDED HAPPILY. I CERTAINLY DID THE BEST I COULD FOR [HER]; I TRIED REALLY HARD.” SEE RECORD P19970041001 FOR EXPANDED BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION AND PERMANENT FILE FOR FURTHER HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19970041693
Acquisition Date
1997-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1945
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
RAYON, LACE, TIN
Catalogue Number
P19990053026
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1945
Materials
RAYON, LACE, TIN
No. Pieces
4
Height
5.0
Length
43.5
Width
56.0
Description
SHORT, BLACK, LADIES BLOUSE. HAS ROWS OF HORIZONTAL BLACK TRIM ON IT. IN BETWEEN SOME OF THE HORIZONTAL STRIPES IS THE TRIM IN A LOOPY PATTERN, WHICH IS ALSO BLACK. LEFT BREAST HAS A SMALL WELT POCKET ON IT. HAS SHORT, CAPPED SLEEVES. FRONT OF BLOUSE IS OPEN; CLOSES WITH BUTTONS (MADE OF METAL SPHERES COVERED WITH BLACK MATERIAL) AND LOOPS OF MATERIAL FOR BUTTON HOLES - SOME BUTTONS ARE MISSING. PINNED WITH 2 BRASS SAFETY PINS ON RIGHT SIDE OF FRONT OPENING IS A JABOT - A WHITE LACE CRAVAT. BLOUSE HAS A COLLAR WHICH IS SPLIT, AND OVERLAPS IN THE BACK. HAS LOOSE THREADS THROUGHOUT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
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. “LADIES BLOUSE SERVED AS A POSSIBLE REFERENCE FOR PERIOD PIECE WOMEN’S CLOTHING ESPECIALLY FOR CREATING LARGER SIZES REQUIRED FOR CURRENT ACTORS.”
Catalogue Number
P19990053026
Acquisition Date
2000-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NET, LACE
Catalogue Number
P19739381000
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Materials
NET, LACE
No. Pieces
1
Length
17.0
Width
32.0
Description
SIZE 8. 11 HOOK & EYE FRONT OPENING. TOP FABRIC IS ALTERNATING HAND-CROCHETED AND MANUFACTURED STRIPS OF LACE. NET LINING. SLEEVES AND WAIST HAVE NET RUFFLE. STAND-UP COLLAR. HOLES IN LINING.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
Catalogue Number
P19739381000
Acquisition Date
1973-09
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, NET, LACE
Catalogue Number
P19739382000
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Materials
COTTON, NET, LACE
No. Pieces
1
Width
33
Description
SIZE 8. 9 BUTTON FRONT OPENING. NET LACE AROUND YOKE WITH WIDE RUFFLE. LACE INSET IN LONG SLEEVES. FITTED WITH TIES AT WAIST.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
Catalogue Number
P19739382000
Acquisition Date
1973-09
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, LACE
Catalogue Number
P19739383000
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Materials
COTTON, LACE
No. Pieces
1
Width
30
Description
SIZE 10. 9 BUTTON BACK OPENING, BUTTERFLY & SCROLL LACE INSET ON FRONT (HAND CROCHETED & EMBROIDERED). LACE-EDGED NECK & LONG SLEEVES. PLEATED SHOULDER PANEL ON FRONT AND BACK.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
Catalogue Number
P19739383000
Acquisition Date
1973-09
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CREPE, LACE
Catalogue Number
P19739385000
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Materials
CREPE, LACE
No. Pieces
1
Description
SIZE 36. TAG ON HEM "ALL HAND MADE 'THE BLOUSE THAT JACK BUILT' 36"". 6 BUTTON FRONT OPENING (1 MISSING). PLEATED SHOULDERS AND BACK PANEL. LACE EDGED COLLAR AND LONG SLEEVES. 2 BUTTON CUFFS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
Catalogue Number
P19739385000
Acquisition Date
1973-09
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CREPE, SATIN
Catalogue Number
P19739396000
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Materials
CREPE, SATIN
No. Pieces
1
Description
SIZE 13. 5 BUTTON FRONT. SATIN PEPLUM SKIRT. LONG SATIN SLEEVES. CREPE SHOULDERS, PADDED. MANY SMALL STAINS. BUTTONS ARE MISSING.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
REF TO P19710217000-GA. DONOR, MRS. M. VASELENAK HAS PROVIDED NO HISTORY. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A BLOUSE DONATED BY M. VASELENAK. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND AN OBITUARY FROM MARTIN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME. THE CERTIFICATE OF GIFT ASSOCIATED WITH DONATION P19710217 PROVIDES A LITTLE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO NARROW DOWN WHO MRS. M. VASELENAK IS. THE CERTIFICATE OF GIFT LISTS SEVERAL ITEMS THAT BELONGED TO MRS. MIKE VASELENAK IN COALDALE. BASED ON THAT INFORMATION, IT IS ASSUMED THAT THE DONOR IS LEONARD MICHAEL “MIKE” VASELENAK AND FRANCES VASELENAK (NEE BOGUSKI). LEONARD MICHAEL “MIKE” VASELENAK WAS BORN ON OCTOBER 2, 1913, IN LETHBRIDGE, THE SON OF STAFAN AND MARY VASELENAK (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). MIKE WAS RAISED ON THE FAMILY FARM OUTSIDE OF COALDALE. HE WAS MARRIED TO FRANCES VASELENAK. MIKE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 90 ON DECEMBER 26, 2003. FRANCES VASELENAK WAS BORN ON SEPTEMBER 6, 1915, IN LETHBRIDGE, THE DAUGHTER OF ADOLF AND ANNA BOGUSKI (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). SHE WAS RAISED ON THE FAMILY FARM JUST NORTH ON THE BROXBURN ROAD. SHE PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 31, 2015 AT THE AGE OF 99. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND AN OBITUARY FROM MARTIN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME.
Catalogue Number
P19739396000
Acquisition Date
1971-09
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
RAYON
Catalogue Number
P19950075023
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Materials
RAYON
No. Pieces
1
Length
51.9
Width
38.5
Description
LIGHT MAUVE RAYON BLOUSE WITH A CROCHETED-LIKE MANUFACTURED WHITE EDGING AROUND COLLAR, CUFFS, AND UP BOTH SIDES OF THE 6 LIGHT BLUE PLASTIC BUTTONS ON THE FRONT. EACH CUFF IS GATHERED WITH ELASTIC AND HAS A RUFFLED CUFF WITH EDGING ATTACHED. BLOUSE HAS TWO PLEATS ON THE FRONT OF EACH SHOULDER. BLOUSE IS MISSING THE BOTTOM BUTTON AND FABRIC IS STARTING TO PULL AWAY AT THE SEAMS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
ITEMS WERE CONTAINED IN A TRUNK BELONGING TO THE DONOR'S MOTHER, WHO WAS BORN IN 1902 AND WAS RAISED ON A DOUKHOBOR COMMUNE UNTIL SHE AND FRED EVDOKIMOFF LEFT WHEN THEY WERE 18 YEARS OLD TO GET MARRIED. MANY OF THE ITEMS DATE BACK TO THE EARLY 1900'S, WHILE OTHERS ARE MODERN AND DATE TO THE 1980'S. DONOR'S PARENTS MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1952. MRS. EVDOKIMOFF DIED IN 1986 AT THE AGE OF 84 YEARS OLD. *UPDATE* NICOLE HEMBROFF, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT, MET WITH DONOR WALLY EVDOKIMOFF IN 2010 TO DISCUSS HIS DONATION OF THE TRUNK AND ITS CONTENTS. SEE BELOW. ACCORDING TO EVDOKIMOFF HIS MOTHER, PROBABLY PURCHASED THE FABRIC AND THEN SEWED THE BLOUSE HERSELF. HE SAID, "SEWING MACHINES, THAT WAS A STAPLE." HE REMEMBERED VIRTUALLY EVERYTHING IN THEIR HOME WAS HAND MADE UNTIL HE GOT OLDER. HIS FATHER EVEN MADE FURNITURE. HE SAID SKILLS LIKE SEWING, BUILDING, COOKING, GARDENING ETC. WERE ASSETS BECAUSE "WHEN THEY WERE LIVING ON THE COLONY, THEY REALLY DIDN'T HAVE ANY MONEY. ALL THE MONEY THAT WAS EARNED WENT INTO THE COMMUNE, SO YOU BASICALLY WERE TRYING TO BE SELF SUFFICIENT BUT YOU MADE THINGS 'CAUSE YOU COULDN'T PURCHASE THINGS. THAT WAS PART OF THE DISILLUSION IN MY MIND IS WHY MY DAD LEFT THE COLONY, BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, HE WORKED VERY HARD AND THEN HE HAD NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT... STILL THAT TRADITION OF MAKING YOUR OWN STUFF, VERY, VERY COMMON." SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION. *UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILES AND ACCSSORIES, INCLUDING A TOILET SET AND JACKET DONATED BY WALLY EVDOKIMOFF. DURING A PHONE CONVERSATION WITH PUNDYK IN 2018, EVDOKIMOFF STATED HIS FAMILY LIVED IN YORKTON, SASKATCHEWAN AND BRILLIANT, BRITISH COLUMBIA. THEY WERE MOST LIKELY A PART OF THE DOUKHOBOR COMMUNITIES IN THOSE AREAS. HE CONFIRMED THAT HIS PARENTS FIRST ARRIVED IN ALBERTA IN 1952.
Catalogue Number
P19950075023
Acquisition Date
1995-04
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
UNIFORM, NURSE
Date Range From
1935
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
MELTON CLOTH, WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19738695000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
UNIFORM, NURSE
Date Range From
1935
Date Range To
1940
Materials
MELTON CLOTH, WOOL
No. Pieces
3
Length
107.0
Description
NAVY BLUE MELTON CLOTH, RED WOOL. 3 PCES. SIZE: MEDIUM. "LILY WHITE FULL FLOWING CAPES LONDON ONTARIO COR DEST GARMENTS" LABEL IN NECK. "ALBERTA MCDOUGALL" HAND MADE LABEL IN NECK. "G.H." IN GOLD ON BOTH SIDES ON NECK CLOSING. KNEE LENGTH. RED WOOL LINING. HOOK AND EYE CLOSING AT NECK, BUTTON CLOSING ACROSS CHEST. SMALL HOLE IN BACK OF NECK. SMALL HOLES IN LINING
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
History
BELONGED TO A NURSE WHO TRAINED AT THE GALT HOSPITAL (DATE UNKNOWN), ALBERTA MCDOUGALL. SHE WAS AN R.N. (REGISTERED NURSE). *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING NURSING CAPE DONATED BY A. MCDOUGALL. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. FLORA ALBERTA MCDOUGALL WAS BORN IN CARMANGAY IN 1916 AND GRADUATED FROM THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING IN 1939. ACCORDING TO HER OBITUARY, FLORA ALBERTA SPENT MOST OF HER WORKING YEARS AT THE BIGELOW FOWLER CLINIC. FLORA ALBERTA PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 85 ON AUGUST 28, 2001. AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON MAY 9, 1939 GIVES DETAILS ABOUT THE 1939 GRADUATION: “GIVEN IN COMPLIMENT TO THE 1939 GRADUATION CLASS OF THE GALT HOSPITAL, A DELIGHTFUL DANCE WAS HELD IN THE MARQUIS HOTEL ON MONDAY EVENING, WITH 200 BEING IN ATTENDANCE … THE OUTSTANDINGLY LOVELY GOWNS OF THE LADIES LENT A GAY NOT TO THE FESTIVE SCENE. JERRY BASTYAN’S ORCHESTRA PROVIDED THE MUSIC FOR THE EVENING AND DANCING WAS ENJOYED FROM 9 TILL 1. A BUFFET SUPPER WAS SERVED DURING THE INTERMISSION BETWEEN 11:30 AND 12.” HER SISTER ALZINA MURIEL MCDOUGALL ALSO TRAINED AT THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING. ALZINA WAS BORN IN 1913 IN CARMANGAY AND GRADUATED FROM THE GSN IN 1934, LIVING IN LETHBRIDGE UNTIL HER DEATH ON APRIL 14, 2001 AT THE AGE OF 88. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19738695000
Acquisition Date
1973-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
ANGLICAN PRIEST'S CASSOCK
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970041738
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ANGLICAN PRIEST'S CASSOCK
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.5
Length
133.5
Width
52
Description
BLACK COTTON ROBE. ROBE HAS DOUBLED OVER FRONT CLOSURE WITH BUTTON AT RIGHT SIDE OF WAIST AND AT RIGHT SIDE OF NECK. NO COLLAR. ROBE HAS WELT SLITS CUT AT WAIST. ROBE IS HEAVILY WORN AND AREAS AROUND WAIST ARE TORN AND FRAYED.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
RELIGION
History
ROBE IS AN ANGLICAN PRIEST'S CASSOCK WHICH BELONGED TO DONOR'S FATHER, REV. G.G. NAKAYAMA. 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. SEE RECORD P19970041001 FOR EXPANDED BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION AND PERMANENT FILE FOR FURTHER HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19970041738
Acquisition Date
1997-01
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
FUR COAT
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, COTTON, RAYON
Catalogue Number
P19870048001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
FUR COAT
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Materials
WOOL, COTTON, RAYON
No. Pieces
1
Length
102.0
Width
41.5
Description
LAMB'S WOOL OR "MUTTON" FUR COAT, RAYON LINING AND COTTON BATTING. NO LABELS COAT IS WORN, LINING FRAYED AND FUR IS LIFTING FROM SKIN.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
OWNED ORIGINALLY BY ESTER ELFORD, DONOR'S AUNT WHO HOMESTEADED WITH HER PARENTS IN BURDETT AREA CA 1910. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING ARTICLES, INCLUDING FRED ELFORD’S WEDDING COAT (P19870048006). THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION COMES FROM ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND “BURDETT PRAIRIE TRAILES: A HISTORY OF BURDETT AND AREA” PUBLISHED IN 1981 BY THE BURDETT HISTORY BOOK COMMITTEE. FRED R. ELFORD WAS BORN IN MITCHELL, ON ON OCTOBER 8, 1871 TO JONATHAN AND MARIA (NEE TILLEY) ELFORD. THE ELFORD FAMILY MOVED TO ROCHESTER, MN IN 1873. LATER, FRED AND HIS WIFE ADA (NEE KOELSCH) MOVED TO A FARM NEAR COGSWELL, ND. IN 1910 MANY MEMBERS OF THE ELFORD FAMILY, INCLUDING FRED, JOINED THE LONG LINES OF HOMESTEADERS AT THE LAND OFFICE BUILDING IN LETHBRIDGE. BY MARCH 1910, FRED WAS ABLE TO MOVE HIS FAMILY TO SOUTHERN ALBERTA. FRED AND ADA HAD 5 CHILDREN, RUTH (DIED 1917), ESTHER (BORN 1905; DIED 2002), WESLEY (BORN 1909), DAVID (BORN MARCH 7, 1918; DIED JUNE 2, 1998), AND DORIS (BORN 1920). ESTHER CAROLINE ELFORD WAS BORN NEAR ROCHESTER, MN ON MARCH 31, 1905 AND PASSED AWAY MAY 9, 2002, AT THE AGE OF 97. SHE WAS THE SECOND OLDEST CHILD OF FRED AND ADA (NEE KOELSCH) ELFORD. ESTHER ATTENDED CALGARY NORMAL SCHOOL, THEN THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA, AND WORKED AS A SCHOOL TEACHER. SHE SERVED IN THE W.R.C.N.S. FROM 1942-1945. SHE RETIRED FROM TEACHING IN 1970. ELAINE MARTIN, THE DONOR, IS ESTHER’S NIECE (ELAINE’S FATHER IS DAVID ELFORD). SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARD COPIES OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES AND PHOTOCOPIES FROM THE BURDETT HISTORY BOOK. *UPDATE* IN 2018 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILES, INCLUDING A WEDDING DRESS DONATED BY ELAINE MARTIN. ON 18 APRIL 2018, PUNDYK INTERVIEWED ELAINE MARTIN AT THE GALT MUSEUM.DURING THE INTERVIEW MARTIN PROVIDED FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT EACH ARTIFACT DONATED AND THE FAMILY HISTORY. FOR THE INTERVIEW, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P19870048001
Acquisition Date
1987-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
VISCASHA COAT (LADIES)
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FUR, RAYON
Catalogue Number
P19750044000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
VISCASHA COAT (LADIES)
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
FUR, RAYON
No. Pieces
1
Length
119.4
Description
SIZE 44. FULL LENGTH BROWN MUSKRAT COAT. 2 MAIN BUTTON & LOOPS & 1 SMALLER BUTTON & LOOP AT NECK. COAT FULLY LINED IN RAYON. SLEEVE EDGES, POCKET EDGES, BUTTON EDGES ARE ALL WORN THIN.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
SEE P19750039000 & P19750040000-GA FOR HISTORY. *UPDATED* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING SEVERAL ITEMS DONATED BY HELEN HANRAHAN, NOW HELEN FRIESEN. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS COMPILED FROM AN INTERVIEW CONDUCTED WITH THE DONOR. HELEN INDICATED THAT THIS COAT WAS USED BY HER GRANDMOTHER FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS. SHE SAID “MY GRANDMA WASN’T VERY OUTGOING AND SO WHEN WE SAW THE FUR COAT COMING OUT WE KNEW SHE WAS EITHER GOING VISITING OR DOWNTOWN AND THAT WAS PRETTY EXCITING.” SHE RECALLED A STORY: “ONE DAY GRANDMA CAME OUT WEARING HER COAT AND MY MOM TOOK A RARE PICTURE AND WE WERE PULLING GRANDMA ON THE SLED AND WE HIT A RUT AND SHE FELL OFF THE SLED.” GEORGE ELLIS AND MARGARET ELLIS (NEE RAMSAY) WERE MARRIED IN 1910 IN TRURO, NS. HELEN EXPLAINED THAT THE COUPLE ELOPED: “SHE WAS A DRESSMAKER AND SHE WAS WORKING WHERE HE LIVED FOR HIS SISTERS AND ONE DAY THEY JUST GOT UP, WENT TO TRURO, AND GOT MARRIED.” THEY HAD TWO CHILDREN, ARDEN IVAN ELLIS, WHO WAS REPORTED MISSING IN ACTION AND PRESUMED DEAD ON AUGUST 11, 1942, AND FLORENCE EDGELEY. FLORENCE WAS HELEN’S MOTHER. GEORGE AND MARGARET MOVED TO NANTON, AB FOR A COUPLE OF REASONS. HELEN EXPLAINED: “THERE WERE TWO PROBLEMS: MY GRANDFATHER HAD DIFFICULTIES WITH HIS SIBLINGS AND, ALSO, THE DOCTOR TOLD HIM THAT HE HAD ASTHMA AND IF HE COULD GET INTO A DRYER CLIMATE HE WOULD BE BETTER.” THEY DID NOT KNOW ANYONE IN ALBERTA BEFORE THEY MOVED TO THE PROVINCE. ASKED ABOUT HER GRANDPARENTS AND THEIR DISPOSITIONS, HELEN SAID THE FOLLOWING: “WELL, I DIDN’T KNOW THEM BEFORE MY UNCLE WAS KILLED IN THE WAR. APPARENTLY, THEY WERE QUITE HAPPY PEOPLE BEFORE THAT. AND THEY BECAME, YEAH, KIND OF STERN AND THEY HAD A LOT OF RULES ABOUT THEIR LIVES AND WE LIVED NEXT DOOR SO THE GRANDPARENTS HELPED RAISE US KIDS AND SOMETIMES IT WAS A LITTLE DIFFICULT.” SHE CONTINUED, EXPLAINING WHAT WAS DIFFICULT: “MY MOM WAS A SINGLE PARENT. NO, IT WAS JUST IF WE WENT TO GRANDMA ABOUT SOMETHING MOM HAD DONE THEY WOULD ALWAYS SIDE WITH HER.” HELEN REMEMBERS HER GRANDFATHER AS THE STRONG, SILENT TYPE: “MY GRANDPA HAD A WOOD-WORKING SHOP WITH A POT-BELLIED STOVE SO HE WOULD GO OUT THERE TO SMOKE HIS PIPE, HE WASN’T ALLOWED TO SMOKE IN THE HOUSE, AND I ALWAYS REMEMBER WHEN I WAS LONESOME I WOULD GO AND STAND IN HIS SHOP, AND HE RARELY SPOKE BUT IT WAS JUST NICE HAVING SOME COMPANY.” GEORGE WORKED FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS AS A DAIRY FARMER IN THE 1930S. HELEN EXPLAINED WHAT HE DID FOR WORK FOLLOWING THAT: “MY GRANDPA WAS ALWAYS A CARPENTER SO HE TOOK ON ODD JOBS ALL AROUND TOWN. AT ONE POINT, HE WAS THE TOWN POLICEMAN AND THEN, AT ANOTHER TIME, HE WAS THE CUSTODIAN OF THE HIGH SCHOOL. SO HE WAS ALWAYS WORKING BUT HE WAS ALWAYS CHANGING JOBS.” ASKED IF HE PREFERRED A PARTICULAR JOB OVER ALL THE OTHERS, HELEN REPLIED: “HE NEVER REALLY SAID. WE KNEW THAT WHEN HE WAS POLICEMAN HIS ONLY WEAPON WAS A LARGE FLASHLIGHT.” SHE ALSO SAID THAT THERE WAS A TELEPHONE IN THE ELLIS HOUSEHOLD, “THAT MADE MY GRANDMA PRETTY NERVOUS TO HAVE ANSWER ALL THESE CALLS AT EVERY TIME OF THE DAY AND NIGHT.” GEORGE ALSO BUILT THREE HOUSES, A GARAGE, AND A SHOP IN NANTON. HELEN EXPLAINED THAT HE HAD PLANNED TO MAKE THE TWO SMALLER HOUSES INTO A MOTEL, BUT ENDED UP RENTING THEM OUT FULL TIME INSTEAD. BOTH GEORGE AND MARGARET PASSED AWAY IN 1968 AND ARE BURIED IN THE NANTON CEMETERY. FOLLOWING THEIR DEATH, FLORENCE TOOK OVER THE HOUSES AND HELEN TOOK THESE PIECES BECAUSE THEY WERE INTERESTING TO HER. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR A COPY OF THE INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT, A PHOTOGRAPH OF GEORGE AND MARGARET ON THEIR WEDDING DAY, AND A PHOTOGRAPH OF ARDEN AND FLORENCE IN 1936.
Catalogue Number
P19750044000
Acquisition Date
1975-02
Collection
Museum
Images
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