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Other Name
SUIT JACKET AND PIN
Date Range From
1986
Date Range To
1995
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER, WOOL, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P20100021001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SUIT JACKET AND PIN
Date Range From
1986
Date Range To
1995
Materials
POLYESTER, WOOL, BRASS
No. Pieces
2
Description
1. SUIT JACKET, LIGHT BLUE, POLYESTER/WOOL BLEND. LIGHT GREY LINING. THREE FRONT POCKETS AND THREE INSIDE POCKETS. OUTER LEFT BREAST POCKET HAS CREST WITH WHITE DESIGN ON BLACK CIRCLE. TEXT READS “MINERS – LIBRARY CLUB, LETHBRIDGE". INSIDE RIGHT BREAST POCKET HAS LABEL WITH, "BLACK’S MEN’S SHOP, LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA". LEFT BREAST POCKET HAS LABEL WITH “55% POLYESTER 45% WOOL, DRY CLEAN ONLY, PRESS WITH COOL IRON ONLY, CA00750 ”. TWO BUTTONS AT FRONT CLOSURE; FOUR BUTTONS AT EACH CUFF. NOTCHED LAPELS; SINGLE-BREASTED. (67.5 CM WIDE, 76.5 CM LONG, 5.3 CM HEIGHT). 2. PIN, BRASS CREST. READS, "MINERS' LIBRARY CLUB, LETHBRIDGE" TEXT IS ON A PAINTED RED BACKGROUND. ATTACHED TO JACKET WITH A BRASS DISK THAT SCREWS ONTO THE THREADED METAL PIN. (1.2 CM WIDE, 1.4 CM LONG, O.8 CM HIGHT).
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
JACKET AND TIE WERE WORN BY LOCAL RESIDENT AND FORMER MINERS’ LIBRARY CLUB PRESIDENT ROBERT “BOBBIE” BROWN FROM APPROXIMATELY 1986 TO 1995. BOBBIE BROWN WAS ATTRACTED TO THE CLUB AS A 17 YEAR OLD ADOLESCENT AROUND 1948, BUT ACCORDING TO HIS WIFE MARLA BROWN, HE WAS TOO YOUNG TO DRINK AND CONSEQUENTLY WAS “ONLY ALLOWED TO GO DOWN INTO THE BASEMENT, WHERE HE MET FRIENDS AND PLAYED CARDS”. BY THEN, HIS FATHER JACK “JOHN” BROWN AND BROTHERS JIM AND ANDREW “BUCK” WERE ALL DEDICATED MEMBERS OF THE MINERS. MARLA FELT THAT HER HUSBAND’S DEVOTION TO THE CLUB AND ATTENDANCE AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE REFLECTED HIS COMMITMENT TO HIS FAMILY AND THE PLEASURE HE GOT FROM BEING AROUND HIS BROTHERS AND FATHER. ON 18 AUGUST 1950, BOBBIE ENLISTED IN THE ROYAL CANADIAN ARMY, SERVING IN KOREA AS A SAPPER WITH ENGINEERS. HE WAS HONORABLY DISCHARGED ON AUGUST 6, 1952 AND RETURNED HOME TO LETHBRIDGE. ONCE BACK, BOBBIE WAS OLD ENOUGH TO BE UPSTAIRS IN THE MINERS. IN JUNE 2010, HE RECALLED THAT THERE WERE NO WOMEN ALLOWED IN THE CLUB AND THAT A DRAFT BEER WAS 10 CENTS A GLASS. NO HARD LIQUOR WAS ALLOWED TO BE SERVED IN THE CLUB AT THE TIME. IF WOMEN WERE FINALLY ALLOWED TO VISIT THE CLUB, THEY WERE REQUIRED TO PATRONIZE A “SEPARATE SIDE” OF THE BAR. ACCORDING TO BOBBIE, “THE LIBRARY WAS VERY SPORTS-ORIENTED”. IT DONATED FUNDS TO MANY CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS AND ACCORDING TO MARLA, “BUILT QUITE A FEW PARKS IN LETHBRIDGE”. BOBBIE’S DEDICATION TO THE CLUB AND HIS APPRECIATION OF THE CLUB’S IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY, LED HIM TO SERVE AS BOARD OF DIRECTORS IN 1986. AFTER A 3 YEAR TERM AS DIRECTOR, HE WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT, WHICH HE OCCUPIED UNTIL 1995. FOR HIS SERVICE, HE WAS AWARDED A LIFE MEMBERSHIP. IN 1995, HE DECIDED TO TRANSFER HIS ENERGIES TO THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION NO. 4 BRANCH AND ITS EXECUTIVE, A DECISION MADE FOLLOWING A SECOND, BUT UNSUCCESSFUL BID FOR THE MINERS’ PRESIDENCY. BOBBY WAS EQUALLY PASSIONATE ABOUT HIS SERVICE WITH THE LEGION, BUT ULTIMATELY HIS HEART REMAINED WITH THE MINERS WHICH CLOSED IN 2003. IN BOBBIE’S OPINION, THE CAMARADERIE IN THE MINERS WAS WITHOUT EQUAL. THE CLUB BLAZER WITH CREST WAS WORN BY BOBBIE TO EVERY BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING AND TO FUNCTIONS INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, CHEQUE PRESENTATION AND SPONSORED SPORTING EVENTS (AKA. SPORTS HALL OF FAME). HE OWNED NO BLAZER BUT THIS ONE PROVIDED TO HIM WITHOUT CHARGE BY THE CLUB IN 1986. BOBBIE’S FONDEST MEMORIES OF TIME SPENT AT THE MINERS INCLUDE HIS DAILY VISITS TO THE MINERS FOR BEER FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF HIS WORK DAY AS A CARRIER WITH CANADA POST. FROM EARLY AFTERNOON UNTIL 4:00 HE SHARED TIME WITH FRIENDS CORRIDO SANTONI AND WORK COLLEAGUES BILL HARCUZ AND ANDY PONECH – EACH ONE VOLUNTEERING IN SUCCESSION TO PAY FOR THE NEXT DAY’S ROUNDS. IN 2010 BOBBIE’S WIFE MARLA CLAIMED, “THAT WAS HIM AS A MEMBER (AFTERNOONS), BUT AS A BOARD OF DIRECTORS, HE SPENT HIS WHOLE LIFE AT THE MINERS”. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE
Catalogue Number
P20100021001
Acquisition Date
2010-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER, WOOL, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20170007001
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
POLYESTER, WOOL, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Length
74
Width
50
Description
PURPLE BLAZER JACKET WITH PURPLE LINING; FRONT LAPELS OF JACKET ARE DECORATED WITH PINS. FRONT LEFT AND RIGHT POCKETS LINED WITH GREY PATTERNED FABRIC; FRONT POCKETS HAVE WHITE AND PURPLE “LETHBRIDGE, NO. 32, OORP” AND “BRANDON, NO. 138, OORP” DIAMOND BADGES SEWN ON, WITH WHITE STAG IN CENTER OF TEXT. INSIDE OF BLAZER HAS BLACK TAG WITH WHITE STITCHED TEXT AT BACK OF COLLAR, “MADE IN / FABRIQUE EN CANADA”. TWO POCKETS SEWN INTO BLAZER LINING WITH WHITE CLOTH LINING; INSIDE RIGHT-WEARING INNER POCKET IS WHITE TAG WITH BILINGUAL (FRENCH AND ENGLISH) TEXT “MADE IN CANADA, CA – 00023, 55% POLYESTER, 45% WOOL DRY CLEAN ONLY”. OUTSIDE OF RIGHT-WEARING INNER POCKET HAS TAG SEWN ON; BLACK WITH WHITE TEXT “VETEMENTS, CLOTHES” AND GOLD-STITCHED TEXT BETWEEN WHITE READING “BILTMORE” AND GOLD AND WHITE LOGO IN UPPER LEFT CORNER “LP”. TWO GOLD CHECKERED BUTTONS DOWN FRONT OF BLAZER AND TWO AT EACH CUFF. BLAZER HAS FADING ON INSIDE OF CUFFS, AND STAINING ON FRONT LEFT-WEARING SIDE; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. ON FRONT RIGHT-WEARING LAPEL, PINS INCLUDE: GOLD-FINISHED PIN WITH RED AND WHITE CANADA FLAG AND BLUE AND WHITE CROSS FLAG; GOLD-FINISHED FLYING DOVE PIN; RED AND WHITE CANADA FLAG PIN; WHITE PLASTIC NAME TAG WITH SILVER ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE SEAL AND BLACK TEXT “LETHBRIDGE LODGE NO. 32, DOROTHY TAYLOR”; GOLD-FINISHED PIN GREY, WHITE AND PEACH IMAGE OF WOMAN AND BLACK TEXT ABOVE IMAGE “DEAF DETECTION” AND BLACK TEXT BELOW IMAGE “PHOEBE MCCULLOUGH, 1896-1971”; GOLD-FINISHED PIN OF MAPLE LEAF WITH GOLD ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE STAG ON A PURPLE BACKGROUND SURROUNDED BY GOLD LETTERS “OORP”; GOLD-FINISHED PIN WITH BAR SHAPED LIKE BOW AND HANGING SEAL OF THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE; GOLD-FINISHED PIN WITH GOLD BORDER AROUND PURPLE AND YELLOW FLOWERS ON GREEN BACKGROUND, WITH ENGRAVED TEXT ON BORDER “MANITOBA ROYAL PURPLE ASSOCIATION”. ON LEFT-WEARING LAPEL IS PURPLE RIBBON WITH GOLD-FINISHED ATTACHMENT TO JACKET AND WHITE FRINGE, ON RIBBON GOLD-FINISHED PINS INCLUDE: TWO GOLD BARS ATTACHED WITH CHAIN AND HANGING ORNATE SEAL OF THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE, TEXT ON TOP BAR READS “BRANDON LODGE NO. 138”, LOWER BAR TEXT READS “1998-1999”; BAR PIN WITH PURPLE TEXT “15 YRS” AND ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE SEAL IN CENTER; BAR PIN WITH TWO TEXT BANNERS TO THE UPPER LEFT AND LOWER RIGHT OF ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE SEAL, UPPER BANNER READS “20” AND LOWER BANNER READS “YRS”; OVAL PIN WITH ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE SEAL IN CENTER AND BOTTOM BANNER READING “LIFE MEMBER”; FLOWER PIN WITH ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE SEAL IN CENTER AND SIX HANGING BARS THAT READ “25 YEARS”, “30 YEARS”, “35 YEARS”, “40 YEARS”, “45 YEARS”, “50 YEARS”.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON FEBRUARY 22, 2017, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED WILMA WOOD, DAUGHTER OF DOROTHY TAYLOR, ABOUT HER DONATION OF TAYLOR’S ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE REGALIA. THE REGALIA REPRESENTED TAYLOR’S 50-YEAR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE FROM BRANDON, MANITOBA TO LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. WHEN ASKED ABOUT HER MOTHER’S BLAZER, WOOD RECALLED, “[MY MOTHER WAS WEARING THIS] WITHIN THE [PAST] TWO OR THREE YEARS, AS YOU CAN SEE, SHE HAD IT ON WHEN SHE RECEIVED HER 50 YEAR PIN. I THINK SHE WENT TO ONE MORE ACTIVITY BEFORE SHE COULDN’T ANYMORE BECAUSE SHE’S BEEN WHEELCHAIR BOUND FOR 15 YEARS. IT GOT MORE AND MORE DIFFICULT FOR HER TO GET OUT.” MACLEAN ADDITIONALLY INTERVIEWED ANN MARIE MCDONALD OF THE LETHBRIDGE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE ON JUNE 6, 2017. ON THE BLAZER, MCDONALD ELABORATED, “WHEN I JOINED IN ’89, THEY WERE MOVING INTO THE NEW JACKETS…WE USED TO PASS DOWN JACKETS. WE USED TO HAVE A CUPBOARD. IF A LADY PASSED AWAY, YOU’D DRY-CLEAN HER JACKET, AND PUT IT INTO THE CUPBOARD…PROBABLY ABOUT 1985 THEY STARTED REPLACING THE JACKETS. I KNOW [THIS WAS DOROTHY’S JACKET] ORIGINALLY, IT HAD PIPING ON IT, AND…IT HAD BRANDON. SHE WORE THE BRANDON [BADGE] ON IT – THEN, SHE OBVIOUSLY GOT THE NEW JACKET MADE, AND THEN PUT THE [PATCH] ON HER POCKETS. IN THOSE DAYS, BEFORE I JOINED ROYAL PURPLE, YOU HAD A PATCH. YOU ALWAYS WORE THE PATCH OF YOUR LODGE ON YOUR JACKET.” “YOU WEAR WHAT ARE CALLED YOUR JEWELS ON YOUR LEFT SIDE. THIS [RIBBON WITH HER YEARS] WOULD BE A JEWEL.” “SHE WAS HONORABLE ROYAL LADY IN BRANDON, IN, POSSIBLY, 1975-76, THAT’S WHEN SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN.” MCDONALD ELABORATED ON THE PINS ON TAYLOR’S BLAZER, NOTING, “EACH YEAR THAT YOU STAY IN LODGE, THEY GIVE YOU A BAR. I’M THINKING MAYBE SHE DIDN’T [A BAR PIN] FROM OUR LODGE, BECAUSE SHE WAS ALREADY AN HONORED ROYAL LADY IN BRANDON. SHE JUST TOOK THE BAR, AND HAD THE BAR PUT ON HER OLD PIN – HER BRANDON PIN.” “BARS WERE [GIVEN] IF, FOR EXAMPLE, YOU WERE ON THE DRILL TEAM. YOU WOULD GET A BAR EVERY YEAR THAT YOU’RE ON THE DRILL TEAM. IF YOU WERE OUR PIANIST, YOU GOT A BAR EVERY YEAR THAT YOU STAYED AS PIANIST. SHE WAS OBVIOUSLY ON THE DRILL TEAM FOR 3 YEARS HERE. EVERY YEAR THEY GIVE YOU 1, UP TO 10. EVERY 5 YEARS YOU GOT A BAR.” “[THE CLASP PIN] IS HER 15TH YEAR BAR, SO WHEN SHE WAS IN OUR LODGE 15 YEARS…ALTHOUGH I’M NOT SURE WITH DOROTHY, IF THEY COMBINED HERS OR NOT. I KNOW THEY COMBINED HERS FOR HER 50TH. YOU WOULD WEAR IT ON [THE] RIBBON. ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE. THE LEFT SIDE IS WHAT WE CONSIDER IS OVER YOUR HEART. YOU WEAR ALL YOUR JEWELS OVER YOUR HEART.” “[THE MAPLE LEAF] IS AN INSTALLATION PIN. WHEN YOU JOIN THE LODGE, THEY GIVE YOU AN INSTALLATION PIN. THEY WANT ACKNOWLEDGE [YOUR INSTALLATION], IT’S NOT SOMETHING YOU EARN. IT’S KIND OF “WELCOME TO THE LODGE”. SHE WOULD WEAR THIS…ON HER REGALIA [LEFT] SIDE.” “NOW [THE PINS ON THE RIGHT SIDE] I DON’T KNOW WHAT [THEY ALL] ARE. DEAF DETECTION…ARE PINS, IN OUR ORGANIZATION THEY PUT OUT TONS OF PINS AND THEN SELL THEM. THERE WAS SOME FUND-RAISER FOR DEAF DETECTION, AND SHE BOUGHT A PIN.” “[THE PURPLE FLORAL PIN] IS A MANITOBA ROYAL PURPLE ASSOCIATION. SHE WOULDN’T HAVE [WORN THIS ON HER REGALIA] BECAUSE…THEY SELL THE PINS AND THEY MAKE MONEY. HER PERFECT ATTENDANCE [PIN], 5 YEARS SHE COULD WEAR ON HER REGALIA PIN. THERE IS A KEEPSAKE [PIN] THAT THEY HAD WHEN THEY HAD THEIR YEAR 2000…[YOU] BOUGHT THE PIN TO SUPPORT THE LODGE. THERE IS A BRANDON PIN. SHE WOULDN’T WEAR IT WITH HER REGALIA THOUGH…IT’S PURCHASED FOR BRANDON. [THERE IS] THE 12TH COLLECTION EDITION OF ROYAL PURPLE. THE BIRD [HAS NO SIGNIFICANCE] WITH OUR LODGE. ON DOROTHY TAYLOR’S INVOLVEMENT IN THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE, MCDONALD RECALLED, “SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN OUR LODGE BY [1989]. SHE WAS A DUAL MEMBER OF OUR LODGE. SHE PAID HER DUES TO BRANDON, AND SHE PAID TO US FOR MANY YEARS, BECAUSE SHE LOVED BRANDON, AND HER HEART WAS IN BRANDON. SHE HAD FRIENDS, TOO, LADIES IN BRANDON THAT SHE STAYED REALLY GOOD FRIENDS WITH…WHEN SHE WAS HONORABLE ROYAL LADY, [THE BAR PIN] WASN’T THERE. [THE REST] ARE ALL FUND-RAISERS…[THERE IS ONE FOR] FUND FOR CHILDREN, WHICH WAS OUR NATIONAL CHARITY.” WOOD DISCUSSED HER MOTHER’S TIME IN THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE, STATING, “SHE CONSIDERS [THESE OBJECTS IN ACTIVE USE]. SHE IS VERY MUCH A PERSON WHO VALUES THAT SOCIETY. IT HELPED HER A NUMBER OF TIMES. AS YOU GROW OLDER, ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU DISCOVER THAT YOUR BRAIN ISN’T AS ACTIVE AS IT SHOULD BE AND THE MEMORY IS GOING. SHE WOULD PUT HERSELF INTO POSITIONS WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION INCLUDING BEING PRESIDENT, THREE OR FOUR TIMES. SHE HAD TO BE AN ORGANIZER, SHE HAD TO GET HER BRAIN AND KEEP HER BRAIN FUNCTIONING, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS VERY ADMIRABLE FOR A WOMAN HER AGE BECAUSE…SHE WAS IN HER EIGHTIES. SHE RECEIVED HER 50 YEAR PIN, I THINK IT WAS TWO YEARS AGO OR THREE.” “SHE JOINED [THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE] IN BRANDON, MANITOBA WHERE [MY PARENTS] WERE LIVING AT THE TIME, AND MY DAD RETIRED THERE. THEY MOVED HERE TO LETHBRIDGE BECAUSE MY BROTHER LIVED HERE, AND MY UNCLE ART GOOD…HE LIVED HERE AND THEY WANTED TO BE CLOSER TO FAMILY. THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AND MY DAD DIED SHORTLY AFTER THAT.” “[SHE JOINED] BECAUSE OF HER FRIENDS. SHE HAD A FRIENDSHIP GROUP AND THEY BELONGED. THEY RECRUITED HER.” “WHEN SHE WAS VERY ACTIVE, SHE WAS A MAJOR RECRUITER. SHE WENT OUT AND FOUND YOUNG WOMEN BUT THEY FELL BY THE WAYSIDE BECAUSE OF LIFE. SHE WAS CERTAINLY VERY ACTIVE IN THEIR PROJECTS, ONE OF WHICH WAS FINDING FINANCES TO EDUCATE YOUNG PEOPLE. WHATEVER THEY WERE [DOING], SHE WAS INTO IT FULL TILT BECAUSE THAT’S THE KIND OF PERSON SHE IS…WHATEVER SHE DOES IS FULL BLAST, FULL BORE. SHE NEVER TOLD ME ANY DETAILS ABOUT THE SOCIETY BECAUSE IT’S ONE OF THOSE SECRET SISTERHOODS. SHE WAS ALWAYS VERY PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF IT.” “THIS [CHAPTER] DID A LOT OF EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT…SHE TRAVELED WITH THEM BECAUSE IT WAS A CANADIAN ORGANIZATION, SO THEY HAD THEIR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS ALL OVER CANADA. SHE CAME OUT TO VANCOUVER TO A MEETING AND I WENT OVER TO VANCOUVER TO MEET HER AND SAY “HOWDY”. SHE WENT OUT TO THE PREMIER’S, AT THAT TIME WAS VANDER ZALM, AND HE HAD THE BIG GARDENS OUT NEAR STEVESTON. SHE WENT OUT THERE AND SHE MET HIM.” “A YEAR AGO ABOUT THIS TIME, THAT’S WHEN [THE ORDER WAS] FOLDING. THE ALBERTA CLUBS WERE ALL IMPLODING, AND I THINK THERE’S ONLY ONE LEFT IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. IT WAS THE ISSUE THAT THEY WERE ALL OLD PEOPLE AND YOUNG PEOPLE DID NOT WANT TO JOIN THESE KINDS OF ORGANIZATIONS ANY LONGER…[THIS HAPPENED BECAUSE] I THINK WE HAVE MORE LEGAL SUPPORT. THE GOVERNMENT HAS SET UP HEALTH CARE, COMMUNITIES HAVE SET UP ASSISTANCE FOR WOMEN WHO ARE ABUSED, THERE’S DRUG ASSISTANCE. THERE IS MUCH MORE ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE. IN THE EARLY DAYS ON THE PRAIRIES, IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOUR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR, WHO MIGHT BE TWENTY MILES AWAY, YOU WERE IN DEEP DOO-DOO IF YOU HAD A BIG PROBLEM. THAT’S WHAT THESE SOCIETIES CAME OUT OF WAS THAT NEED. THE NEED PRETTY WELL HAS BEEN TAKEN CARE OF, I THINK. THERE ARE STILL CLUBS BUT THEY’RE DIFFERENT KINDS OF CLUBS NOW.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HER MOTIVATION FOR DONATING HER MOTHER’S REGALIA TO THE MUSEUM, WOOD NOTED, “MY MOTHER HAS TURNED 99 YEARS OLD IN JANUARY. SHE HAS DEMENTIA AND SO WE’VE HAD TO MOVE HER FROM HER SENIOR’S LODGE ROOM INTO A MORE SECURE ROOM. CONSEQUENTLY THE LAST OF THE THINGS THAT SHE TREASURED OR VALUED MUST BE DISPERSED. MY BROTHER AND I DECIDED THAT, SINCE THE ELKS AND THE ROYAL PURPLE MEANT SO MUCH TO HER, THAT [THESE WERE] THE [OBJECTS] WE WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO THE MUSEUM. IT DEPICTS A PERIOD OF TIME WHEN THE WOMEN USED THESE ASSOCIATIONS AS A SUPPORT GROUP FOR THEMSELVES. IT WAS ANOTHER ONE OF THESE SECRET SOCIETIES, WHEN IN FACT THEY WERE SISTERHOODS. THEY WERE MEANT MAINLY FOR THEM TO HAVE PEOPLE TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER. SINCE THIS ORGANIZATION HAS BASICALLY COLLAPSED, I THOUGHT IT WAS SOMETHING THAT THE MUSEUM SHOULD HAVE BECAUSE IT DOES SHOW THAT PERIOD OF TIME IN THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF CANADA.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTIONS, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20170007001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20170007001
Acquisition Date
2017-02
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20170007002
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
67
Width
44
Description
WHITE LINEN BLOUSE WITH SIX WHITE PLASTIC BUTTONS RUNNING DOWN FRONT, AND ONE AT EACH CUFF. BLOUSE HAS FLORAL-PATTERNED EMBROIDERED LINING OVER BUTTON HOLES DOWN FRONT, AND FLORAL-PATTERNED EMBROIDERY AT COLLAR. INSIDE COLLAR OF BLOUSE HAS WHITE TAG WITH YELLOW AND BLACK TEXT “ELITE, INTERNATIONAL, CA – 00034. INSIDE LEFT-WEARING SIDE OF BLOUSE IS WHITE TAG WITH BLACK TEXT “18” AND TWO WHITE PLASTIC BUTTONS. BLOUSE SHOWS LITTLE SIGNS OF WEAR; OVERALL EXCELLENT CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON FEBRUARY 22, 2017, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED WILMA WOOD, DAUGHTER OF DOROTHY TAYLOR, ABOUT HER DONATION OF TAYLOR’S ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE REGALIA. THE REGALIA REPRESENTED TAYLOR’S 50-YEAR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE FROM BRANDON, MANITOBA TO LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. ON THE PURSE, WOOD NOTED, “THIS WAS THE OFFICIAL OUTFIT. I KNOW THAT SOME OF THEM, DEPENDING ON WHAT POSITION THEY HELD WITHIN THE CLUB, THEY WOULD WEAR ALL WHITE.” WOOD DISCUSSED HER MOTHER’S TIME IN THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE, STATING, “SHE CONSIDERS [THESE OBJECTS IN ACTIVE USE]. SHE IS VERY MUCH A PERSON WHO VALUES THAT SOCIETY. IT HELPED HER A NUMBER OF TIMES. AS YOU GROW OLDER, ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU DISCOVER THAT YOUR BRAIN ISN’T AS ACTIVE AS IT SHOULD BE AND THE MEMORY IS GOING. SHE WOULD PUT HERSELF INTO POSITIONS WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION INCLUDING BEING PRESIDENT, THREE OR FOUR TIMES. SHE HAD TO BE AN ORGANIZER, SHE HAD TO GET HER BRAIN AND KEEP HER BRAIN FUNCTIONING, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS VERY ADMIRABLE FOR A WOMAN HER AGE BECAUSE…SHE WAS IN HER EIGHTIES. SHE RECEIVED HER 50 YEAR PIN, I THINK IT WAS TWO YEARS AGO OR THREE.” “SHE JOINED [THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE] IN BRANDON, MANITOBA WHERE [MY PARENTS] WERE LIVING AT THE TIME, AND MY DAD RETIRED THERE. THEY MOVED HERE TO LETHBRIDGE BECAUSE MY BROTHER LIVED HERE, AND MY UNCLE ART GOOD…HE LIVED HERE AND THEY WANTED TO BE CLOSER TO FAMILY. THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AND MY DAD DIED SHORTLY AFTER THAT.” “[SHE JOINED] BECAUSE OF HER FRIENDS. SHE HAD A FRIENDSHIP GROUP AND THEY BELONGED. THEY RECRUITED HER.” “WHEN SHE WAS VERY ACTIVE, SHE WAS A MAJOR RECRUITER. SHE WENT OUT AND FOUND YOUNG WOMEN BUT THEY FELL BY THE WAYSIDE BECAUSE OF LIFE. SHE WAS CERTAINLY VERY ACTIVE IN THEIR PROJECTS, ONE OF WHICH WAS FINDING FINANCES TO EDUCATE YOUNG PEOPLE. WHATEVER THEY WERE [DOING], SHE WAS INTO IT FULL TILT BECAUSE THAT’S THE KIND OF PERSON SHE IS…WHATEVER SHE DOES IS FULL BLAST, FULL BORE. SHE NEVER TOLD ME ANY DETAILS ABOUT THE SOCIETY BECAUSE IT’S ONE OF THOSE SECRET SISTERHOODS. SHE WAS ALWAYS VERY PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF IT.” “THIS [CHAPTER] DID A LOT OF EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT…SHE TRAVELED WITH THEM BECAUSE IT WAS A CANADIAN ORGANIZATION, SO THEY HAD THEIR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS ALL OVER CANADA. SHE CAME OUT TO VANCOUVER TO A MEETING AND I WENT OVER TO VANCOUVER TO MEET HER AND SAY “HOWDY”. SHE WENT OUT TO THE PREMIER’S, AT THAT TIME WAS VANDER ZALM, AND HE HAD THE BIG GARDENS OUT NEAR STEVESTON. SHE WENT OUT THERE AND SHE MET HIM.” “A YEAR AGO ABOUT THIS TIME, THAT’S WHEN [THE ORDER WAS] FOLDING. THE ALBERTA CLUBS WERE ALL IMPLODING, AND I THINK THERE’S ONLY ONE LEFT IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. IT WAS THE ISSUE THAT THEY WERE ALL OLD PEOPLE AND YOUNG PEOPLE DID NOT WANT TO JOIN THESE KINDS OF ORGANIZATIONS ANY LONGER…[THIS HAPPENED BECAUSE] I THINK WE HAVE MORE LEGAL SUPPORT. THE GOVERNMENT HAS SET UP HEALTH CARE, COMMUNITIES HAVE SET UP ASSISTANCE FOR WOMEN WHO ARE ABUSED, THERE’S DRUG ASSISTANCE. THERE IS MUCH MORE ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE. IN THE EARLY DAYS ON THE PRAIRIES, IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOUR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR, WHO MIGHT BE TWENTY MILES AWAY, YOU WERE IN DEEP DOO-DOO IF YOU HAD A BIG PROBLEM. THAT’S WHAT THESE SOCIETIES CAME OUT OF WAS THAT NEED. THE NEED PRETTY WELL HAS BEEN TAKEN CARE OF, I THINK. THERE ARE STILL CLUBS BUT THEY’RE DIFFERENT KINDS OF CLUBS NOW.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HER MOTIVATION FOR DONATING HER MOTHER’S REGALIA TO THE MUSEUM, WOOD NOTED, “MY MOTHER HAS TURNED 99 YEARS OLD IN JANUARY. SHE HAS DEMENTIA AND SO WE’VE HAD TO MOVE HER FROM HER SENIOR’S LODGE ROOM INTO A MORE SECURE ROOM. CONSEQUENTLY THE LAST OF THE THINGS THAT SHE TREASURED OR VALUED MUST BE DISPERSED. MY BROTHER AND I DECIDED THAT, SINCE THE ELKS AND THE ROYAL PURPLE MEANT SO MUCH TO HER, THAT [THESE WERE] THE [OBJECTS] WE WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO THE MUSEUM. IT DEPICTS A PERIOD OF TIME WHEN THE WOMEN USED THESE ASSOCIATIONS AS A SUPPORT GROUP FOR THEMSELVES. IT WAS ANOTHER ONE OF THESE SECRET SOCIETIES, WHEN IN FACT THEY WERE SISTERHOODS. THEY WERE MEANT MAINLY FOR THEM TO HAVE PEOPLE TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER. SINCE THIS ORGANIZATION HAS BASICALLY COLLAPSED, I THOUGHT IT WAS SOMETHING THAT THE MUSEUM SHOULD HAVE BECAUSE IT DOES SHOW THAT PERIOD OF TIME IN THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF CANADA.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTIONS, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20170007001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20170007002
Acquisition Date
2017-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
DUTCH CANADIAN CLUB FOLK COSTUME
Date Range From
1988
Date Range To
2004
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LINEN, VELVET, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20150005000
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
DUTCH CANADIAN CLUB FOLK COSTUME
Date Range From
1988
Date Range To
2004
Materials
LINEN, VELVET, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
4
Length
75
Width
46
Description
.A – LONG-SLEEVED SHIRT MADE OF BLUE AND WHITE STRIPED LINEN, WITH RED COLLAR. COLLAR HAS CUFFLINK-STYLE CLOSURE WITH METAL BUTTONS THAT DEPICT A CREST AND TEXT READING “… TONANTI…”. SIX CLEAR PLASTIC BUTTONS DOWN FRONT AND ONE AT EACH CUFF. CHEST POCKET ON LEFT SIDE. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 75 X 46 .B – RED LINEN LONG-SLEEVED JACKET. OPEN FRONT, WITH TWO RED BUTTON CLOSURES AT WAIST LINE HEM. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 71 X 46 .C – BLACK LINEN PANTS WITH PLEATED WAIST AND WIDE LEGS. FRONT WAIST CLOSURE HAS TWO METAL BUTTONS WITH IMAGE OF BIRD AND TEXT READING “SPES NOSTRA ES DEVS”. BACK WAIST CLOSURE HAS TWO HOLES ON EITHER SIDE OF WAISTBAND. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 101.5 X 49 .D – BLACK VELVET CAP, MADE FROM A STRIP OF FABRIC THAT TIES AT BACK WITH SIX GREEN RIBBONS THAT ARE SEWN INTO SEAM. INNER CAP IS BLACK VELVET AND LINEN SEWN TO BOTTOM SEAM OF OUTER EDGE. LENGTH OF GREEN YARN ATTACHED TO RIBBON WITH METAL SAFETY PIN. BOTTOM RIBBON IS FRAYED. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 13.5 X 21
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
PERSONAL CARE
ETHNOGRAPHIC
History
THIS COSTUME WAS WORN BY WIM VONKEMAN DURING HIS PARTICIPATION IN THE EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES OF THE DUTCH CANADIAN CLUB OF LETHBRIDGE. BORN IN THE NETHERLANDS IN 1929, VONKEMAN IMMIGRATED TO CANADA IN 1981 WITH HIS WIFE TRUDY AND THEIR THREE CHILDREN, ANINE, ALWIN, AND HERWIN, SETTLING IN THE PICTURE BUTTE AREA. VONKEMAN WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE DUTCH CANADIAN CLUB, AND WAS ACTIVE WITH THE GROUP UNTIL HIS DEATH IN 2004. ON JANUARY 21, 2015 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED THE DONOR, TRUDY VONKEMAN, ABOUT THIS COSTUME AND HER HUSBAND WIM’S INVOLVEMENT WITH THE DUTCH CANADIAN CLUB OF LETHBRIDGE. SHE SAID: “MY HUSBAND’S FAMILY WENT [TO CANADA] IN 1952 – HE WAS THE ELDEST SON AND HAD A NICE JOB IN HOLLAND SO HE STAYED BEHIND. THEN WE MET AND MARRIED AND HAD KIDS, AND IN 1979 WE WENT ON HOLIDAYS [IN CANADA] WITH THE KIDS FOR FOUR WEEKS… THEY ENJOYED IT VERY MUCH AND WHEN WE WERE BACK IN HOLLAND I HEARD MY TWO SONS [SAYING] ‘AFTER SCHOOL WE GO TO CANADA’… I SAID TO MY HUSBAND, ‘LET’S GO THEN AS A FAMILY, I DON’T WENT TO SPLIT THE FAMILY LATER’… THERE WAS A BIG FAMILY WAITING [IN CANADA] AND MY PARENTS DIED [IN 1979 AND 1980] SO THERE WAS NO REASON NOT TO DO IT [WHILE] WE WERE STILL YOUNG ENOUGH. I WAS 47 AND MY HUSBAND WAS 51, BUT STILL WE MADE IT. THE WHOLE FAMILY LOOKED AFTER US [AND] THERE WAS A JOB ON THE FARM [OUTSIDE PICTURE BUTTE]... WE DIDN’T NEED TO IMMIGRATE BECAUSE IT WAS EVEN BETTER IN HOLLAND THAN WHEN WE CAME HERE. STILL, ONE OF THE LAST THINGS MY HUSBAND SAID TO ME [WAS] ‘WE HAD LESS MONEY HERE IN CANADA BUT I’M GLAD WE WENT.’” VONKEMAN CONTINUED: “IN HOLLAND, THE CHURCH WHERE I BELONGED TO, THE WOMEN WERE PASTORS. HERE, NOT. AND I STOPPED GOING WHEN… THERE WAS SOMETHING THE MEN HAD TO DECIDE AND THE WOMEN COULD [ONLY] GO TO THE KITCHEN AND MAKE COFFEE. I WAS SO MAD [I DECIDED] I’M NOT GOING ANYMORE… [BUT WIM], HIS BACKGROUND, WE DUTCH PEOPLE DO SOMETHING TOGETHER… HE WANTED TO BE ACTIVE TO SHOW SOMETHING ABOUT WHERE HE COMES FROM… HE MET SOME OTHER DUTCH PEOPLE [AND] SET UP THE DUTCH CANADIAN CLUB… HE STARTED WITH DICK VAN GROOTHEEST AND HERMAN SIEMENS AND HE TOOK THE INITIATIVE… HE WANTED TO ORGANIZE AND DO STUFF. HE WAS NOT ONE TO SIT AROUND AND READ A BOOK… HE WAS ALWAYS BUSY AND TRYING TO FIND NEW THINGS [FOR THE CLUB] TO DO… I WAS IN THE BACKGROUND, HELPING WITH THE ORGANIZING AND HELPING HIM THINK ABOUT THINGS… WIM STARTED [THE CLUB’S] MAGAZINE, ‘VAN DE HAK OP DE TAK’ [ROUGHLY TRANSLATES TO ‘DOWN THE GRAPE VINE’]… THE CLUB HAD A FOLK DANCE GROUP AND THEY HAD THIS SUIT FOR IT. [THE DESIGN] IS FROM A CERTAIN PART OF HOLLAND [CALLED] VOLENDAM… A LITTLE FISHER TOWN WHERE ALL THE MEN WORE THIS IN THE PAST… [THE CLUB’S DANCE GROUP] WENT AROUND AND DANCED IN OLD FOLKS HOMES… AND THEY HAD A CHOIR TOO, ALL DRESSED UP IN VOLENDAM COSTUMES, SINGING ON DIFFERENT EVENINGS… YOU HAVE EVENINGS WHERE YOU DANCE AND YOU HAVE A MEAL, AND DRINK A GLASS OF WINE, AND HAVE FUN.” ON JUNE 24, 2015 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED WIM VONKEMAN’S DAUGHTER, ANINE. SHE SAID: “AFTER MY DAD PASSED AWAY, WE HAD [THE COSTUME] DRY-CLEANED… AND I COULDN’T GET RID OF IT. IT HAD TO GO BACK TO THE DUTCH CANADIAN CLUB, TO THE DANCERS, SO THAT SOMEONE ELSE COULD WEAR IT. MY DAD WAS PRETTY SHORT, AND IT WAS A SPECIFIC SIZE FOR HIM [AND] IT WAS PART OF HIM, SO I JUST COULDN’T GET RID OF IT… WHEN I KEPT IT, I KNEW THAT I WAS NOT GOING TO KEEP IT MYSELF FOREVER, AND THAT IT SHOULD GO INTO THE MUSEUM… BECAUSE MY DAD HELPED ESTABLISH THE DUTCH CANADIAN CLUB… IT SUCH A BIG PART OF THE WHOLE LETHBRIDGE STORY… HE SET UP THE ASSOCIATION IN CONJUNCTION WITH OTHER PEOPLE, IN AN EFFORT TO MAINTAIN A CONNECTION BETWEEN DUTCH CANADIANS, AND KEEP SOME TRADITIONS GOING, OR BRING SOME NEW TALENTS. AND HE DID A LOT OF STUFF CROSS-CULTURALLY WITH CANADIANS AND DUTCH PEOPLE, BRINGING CHOIRS AND DANCERS OVER FROM HOLLAND, DOING STUFF IN THE STATES WITH OTHER DUTCH ASSOCIATIONS, AND JUST TRYING TO CONNECT PEOPLE… THERE ARE MANY RURAL DUTCH-CANADIANS – FARMERS, FARMERS’ FAMILIES – BUT THERE’S ALSO LOTS OF PEOPLE IN LETHBRIDGE AND SMALLER COMMUNITIES. BUT THEY ASSOCIATE THROUGH CHURCHES, I THINK… AND MY MOM AND DAD LEFT THE CHURCH [SO] THAT COMMUNITY, FOR THEM, WAS NOT THERE. MY DAD LIKED SINGING IN THE CHOIR IN THE CHURCH, SO PERHAPS HE WAS FILLING A BUNCH OF HIS OWN NEEDS BY SETTING [THE DUTCH CANADIAN CLUB] UP, AND ALSO FOR OTHERS IN THE COMMUNITY.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND INFORMATION ON THE DUTCH CANADIAN CLUB OF LETHBRIDGE. FOR PHOTOGRAPHS SHOWING WIM VONKEMAN WEARING THE COSTUME, SEE GALT ARCHIVES 20150075. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE VONKEMAN FAMILY, SEE P20150022000.
Catalogue Number
P20150005000
Acquisition Date
2015-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
REFLECTIVE TRAFFIC VEST
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER, REFLECTIVE TAPE, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20160009001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
REFLECTIVE TRAFFIC VEST
Date
2006
Materials
POLYESTER, REFLECTIVE TAPE, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Height
122
Length
111.5
Width
3.7
Description
REFLECTIVE HARNESS MADE FROM ELASTIC, NEON YELLOW MATERIAL. THERE IS SILVER, REFLECTIVE COATING DOWN THE CENTER OF THE WHOLE HARNESS. THE HARNESS IS SUSPENDER STYLE AND CROSSES AT THE BACK. THERE IS A BLACK PLASTIC BUCKLE AT THE FRONT CENTER OF THE WAIST AND 4 BLACK PLASTIC STRAP ADJUSTORS ON EACH STRAP (ONE ON EITHER SIDE OF THE WAIST). THE TAG IS PLACED WHERE THE TWO SHOULDER STRAPS CROSS AND READS “NORTH… LOT 113485 APR/13/2006”. SIDE STRAPS ARE EACH APPROXIMATELY 122 CM IN LENGTH AND 3.7 CM IN WIDTH. THE WAIST BAND IS THE SAME WIDTH AND 111.5 IN LENGTH. GOOD CONDITION: MINOR WEAR/LOSS OF THE SILVER REFLECTIVE COATING. THERE IS SLIGHT STAINING OVERALL WITH A LARGE, RED STAIN ON THE INSIDE OF THE RIGHT STRAP (ON PERSON) OF THE HARNESS. THERE ARE LOOSE THREADS ON MANY PLACES OF THE SEAMS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
TRANSPORTATION
History
THE LETHBRIDGE HANDI-BUS ASSOCIATION WAS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT BEGAN IN 1975 WHEN THE KIWANIS CLUB DONATED THE FIRST VAN. ON AUGUST 1, 2007 – AFTER 32 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY – THE LETHBRIDGE HANDI-BUS ASSOCIATION WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE. AT THAT POINT, THE ASSOCIATION HAD A FLEET OF 20 BUSES – MANY OF WHICH WERE DONATED BY LOCAL SERVICE CLUBS – THAT WERE ALL TRANSFERRED TO THE CITY. THE NAME OF THE SERVICE BECAME ACCESS-A-RIDE UNDER THE CITY’S MANAGEMENT. THESE ARTIFACTS WERE DONATED BY A LETHBRIDGE HANDI-BUS ASSOCIATION BOARD MEMBER, LYNN SPRING. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM AN INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN ON APRIL 12, 2016 WITH SPRING. HE EXPLAINS, “I WAS A MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE HANDI BUS BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR HALF A DOZEN YEARS AT LEAST AND SOME OF THESE ITEMS WERE GIVEN TO ME BY THE DRIVERS. THE LETHBRIDGE HANDI BUS STARTED IN 1975 AND ABOUT SEVEN YEARS AGO, LETHBRIDGE HANDI BUS STOPPED THEIR CHARTER AS A NOT- FOR -PROFIT ORGANIZATION BECAUSE OF THE NATIONAL RULING IN TRANSPORTATION THAT MUNICIPALITIES WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ACCESSIBILITY RIDES, HANDICAP TRANSPORTATION. SO THE CITY TOOK OVER ALL OF THE BUSES, THEY PURCHASED THEM AND MOST OF THE DRIVERS WENT OVER TO THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE BECAUSE WE HAD, I BELIEVE, TWENTY-SIX AT THAT TIME AND YOU JUST DON’T JUST DON’T FIND TWENTY-SIX DRIVERS. THAT WAS PART OF THE AGREEMENT ON SALE THAT THEY WOULD TAKE THE BUSES. WE TOOK OUR PLATES OFF AND THE NEXT DAY CITY PUT THEIR PLATES ON AND THEIR INSURANCE. THE DRIVERS WENT OVER EVENTUALLY. THEY WERE WEARING THE CITY TRANSIT, LETHBRIDGE CITY TRANSIT UNIFORMS.” OF HIS TIME AS A BOARD MEMBER, SPRING SAID, “I CAME TO LETHBRIDGE IN [2005]… THE MANAGER OF THE DAY, MURRAY CAMPBELL, WAS A LONGTIME FRIEND OF MINE AND HE ASKED ME [TO BE ON THE BOARD], AND I THOUGHT WELL IT IS A VERY WORTHWHILE ORGANIZATION. IT WAS A NOT-FOR -PROFIT ORGANIZATION AND DIDN’T INVOLVE A LOT OF HOURS.” SPRING WAS ON THE BOARD UNTIL 2011. SPRING REFERRED TO HIMSELF AS “A COLLECTOR AT HEART” AND AS A RESULT GATHERED THE DONATED ARTIFACTS DURING THE LAST DAYS OF THE LETHBRIDGE HANDI-BUS ASSOCIATION IN 2011. THEY WERE IN HIS POSSESSION FOR 5 TO 7 YEARS. HE EXPLAINS, “WELL I WAS ONE OF THREE THAT CLOSED DOWN AND CLOSED OUT HANDI BUS. WE HAD TO FILE WITH TAX CANADA AND OF COURSE, WORKERS COMP AND ALL THOSE THINGS SO FINALLY WE’RE AT THAT STAGE WHERE WE CAN GET RID OF A LOT OF THE PAPER RECORDS. IT PROMPTED THAT I SHOULD MAYBE DONATE THESE TO THE GALT MUSEUM FOR PROSPERITY… [T]HAT’S JUST MY NATURE, I GUESS, TO RETAIN THINGS AND SAY ‘WELL SOMEBODY WOULD BE INTERESTED IN THIS IN A FUTURE DATE.’” THE SAFETY VEST WOULD HAVE BEEN WORN BY THE BUS DRIVERS. “[THE] SAFETY VESTS I HAVE ARE A VERY OLD STYLE WHICH PRE-DATES THE BIB STYLE WITH THE FULL COLOUR… THAT’S JUST FOR SAFETY WHEN [THE DRIVER] GETS OFF THE BUS BECAUSE THEY HAD TO LOAD AND UNLOAD, ASSIST A LOT OF THE PASSENGERS. IT’S NOT LIKE YOUR OTHER TRANSIT WHERE THE DRIVER STAYS IN THE SEAT, PEOPLE ARE AMBULATORY AND GET OFF AND ON. A HANDI BUS DRIVER HAS A LOT MORE WORK TO DO IN THAT HE UNLOADS, HE HAS TO LOWER THE RAMP, LOCK DOWN THE WHEELCHAIR, HAS TO MAKE SURE IT’S A CERTAIN REVERSE DIRECTION SO THE WEIGHT DISPLACEMENT COMES UP. SOME PEOPLE HAD WALKERS, JUST A SAFETY THING WHILE HE IS OUT WALKING AROUND OR BESIDE THE BUS THAT HE IS VISIBLE TO OTHER DRIVERS.” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P20160009001
Acquisition Date
2016-04
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BLAZER
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, FELT
Catalogue Number
P19990057026
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BLAZER
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1970
Materials
WOOL, FELT
No. Pieces
1
Length
79.0
Width
49.5
Description
PURPLE WOOL BLAZER. HAS WHITE ELASTIC TRIM. TWO PURPLE PLASTIC BUTTONS ON FRONT. LEFT BREAST POCKET HAS A PATCH ON IT MADE OUT OF PURPLE FELT WITH A WHITE BORDER. IN CENTER OF PATCH IS AN ELK'S HEAD, BELOW WHICH IS A BANNER WITH "BPOE" IN PURPLE, AND THE IMAGE OF A CLOCK, ALL MADE OUT OF ONE PIECE OF FELT. EMBROIDERED ON THE SIDES OF THE ELK'S HEAD IS "NO. 224". IN WHITE FELT LETTERS AT THE TOP OF PATCH IS "BARONS".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
BELONGED TO DONOR'S FATHER, WILFRED REED. ITEMS FOUND WHILE CLEANING OUT HOUSE BEFORE SELLING IT. WILF, AND HIS WIFE JENNIE, LIVED IN BARONS AFTER THEY MARRIED, AND FARMED THERE, AND WILF BELONGED TO ELK'S CLUB. SEE P19990057001-GA FOR MORE HISTORY. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A BELT DONATED BY MARK REED. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. JENNIE REED (NEE JORGENSON) WAS BORN IN 1918, THE DAUGHTER OF HANS AND HILDA (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) JORGENSON. SHE GREW UP ON THE FAMILY FARM NORTHEAST OF GRANUM. SHE WAS MARRIED TO WILFRED THOMAS REED IN 1943 AND THE COUPLE LIVED ON A FARM ONLY 4 MILES NORTHEAST OF WHERE JENNIE WAS BORN, IN THE BARONS-NOBLEFORD DISTRICT. SHE PASSED AWAY ON FEBRUARY 9, 2004 AT THE AGE OF 85. WILFRED THOMAS REED PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 86 ON DECEMBER 20, 2001. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19990057026
Acquisition Date
1999-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BLAZER
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1998
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, POLYESTER, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19990063003
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BLAZER
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1998
Materials
WOOL, POLYESTER, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Length
87.5
Width
61.0
Description
NAVY BLUE, WOOL, BLAZER. HAS A POLYESTER LINING; LIGHT BLUE WITH A REPEATING SMALL NAVY BLUE AND SALMON COLOURED PATTERN. HAS TWO INSIDE POCKETS; BENEATH ONE OF THESE IS A BROWN TAG THAT READS "HENLEY BY/PAR TIP TOP". INSIDE POCKET ARE TWO WHITE TAGS THAT READ "52% WOOL/LAINE 48% POLYESTER DRY CLEAN ONLY NETTOYAGE A SEC CA 00261 ACCLAMATED CLOTHING AND TEXTILE WORKERS UNION" "46 31856 TALL M665 13837 817". ON OUTSIDE ARE TWO HIP POCKETS AND ONE BREAST POCKET. ON BREAST POCKET IS AN EMBROIDERED ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BADGE. CONSISTS OF A YELLOW CIRCLE, WITH A CROWN ON TOP; WITHIN BORDER OF CIRCLE, IN GOLD IS "MEMORIAN FORUM RETINEBIMUS". IN CIRCLE IS A RED MAPLE LEAF, BELOW THIS IS A BLUE BANNER THAT READS "LEGION", AND BELOW THIS ARE THREE RED POPPIES. THE CUFFS AND FRONT CLOSURE EACH HAVE TWO GOLD BUTTONS WITH THE SAME LEGION EMBLEM EMBOSSED ON THEM.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
BELONGED TO ART TURNER, WHO SERVED OVER THIRTY YEARS IN THE CANADIAN ARMY. TURNER ENLISTED IN CALGARY IN 1934, SERVING OVERSEAS DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR WITH THE 2ND ANTI-TANK REGIMENT FROM LETHBRIDGE. HE REMAINED IN GERMANY WITH THE ARMY OF OCCUPATION FOR TWO YEARS AFTER THE WAR, RETIRING FROM SERVICE IN 1966. TURNER JOINED THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION IN 1960 AND, SHORTLY BEFORE HIS DEATH IN 1998, WAS AWARDED A LIFE MEMBERSHIP IN THE GENERAL STEWART BRANCH #4. SEE P19990063001-GA FOR MORE HISTORY. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A JACKET DONATED BY ROSA TURNER. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. ACCORDING TO HER OBITUARY, ROSA TURNER “WAS BORN AND RAISED IN ENGLAND. DURING THE WAR YEARS SHE JOINED THE CIVIL DEFENCE AND STUDIED FIRST AID, AMBULANCE WORK, AND GAS WARFARE, VOLUNTARY WORK WHICH EARNED HER A MEDAL. IN 1959 SHE MOVED TO CANADA AND MARRIED ANDY DUNIPACE. THEY RESIDED IN CHAMPTION UNTIL HIS PASSING IN 1977. IN 1978 SHE MARRIED ART TURNER AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE.” ROSA PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 91 ON AUGUST 11, 2002. ARTHUR “ART” A. TURNER C.D. WAS BORN IN BOURNVILLE, ENGLAND AND MOVED TO CANADA AT THE AGE OF 15. HE SERVED IN THE CANADIAN ARMY FOR OVER THIRTY YEARS, INCLUDING OVERSEAS SERVICE DURING WWII IN FRANCE, BELGIUM, HOLLAND, AND GERMANY. HE WAS TWICE WOUNDED, INCLUDING THE LOSS OF HIS HEARING FROM BOMBINGS. HE ALSO SERVED IN GERMANY FOR TWO YEARS WITH THE ARMY OF OCCUPATION FOLLOWING THE WAR. UPON HIS RETURN TO CANADA, HE TRAINED MILITA AND ARMY CADETS THROUGHOUT MANITOBA, SASKATCHEWAN, ALBERTA, AND BRITISH COLUMBIA. HIS OBITUARY LISTS HIS TITLE AND NAME AS WARRANT OFFICER (RETIRED) ARTHUR “ART” A. TURNER, C.D. ART PASSED AWAY ON MAY 2, 1998. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19990063003
Acquisition Date
1999-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON
Catalogue Number
P19990021000
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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
BLAZER
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, PLASTIC, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P20000067004
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BLAZER
Date
1972
Materials
WOOL, PLASTIC, BRASS
No. Pieces
4
Length
80.0
Width
44.0
Description
1. PURPLE WOOL BLAZER. EDGES ARE TRIMMED WITH OFF-WHITE CORD. HAS TWO WAIST PATCH POCKETS AND A PATCH POCKET ON LEFT BREAST. EACH POCKET IS ALSO TRIMMED WITH OFF-WHITE CORD (AS ARE CUFFS). ON BREAST POCKET IS A PATCH THAT CONSISTS OF A PURPLE SHIELD SHAPE, WITH AN ELK'S HEAD IN THE CENTER; ABOVE ELK'S HEAD IS A GOLD CLOCK; ABOVE CLOCK IS A BANNER SHAPE THAT READS "B.P.O. ELKS". BELOW ELK'S HEAD IS "1912-1972". BELOW SHIELD SHAPE IS A PURPLE BANNER WITH GOLD EMBROIDERY, THAT READS "DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY". BLAZER CLOSES WITH TWO BLACK PLASTIC BUTTONS. THE FOLLOWING TWO PINS ARE IN LAPEL OF JACKET: 2. PIN. 0.5CM(H) X 5.1CM(L) X 1.8CM(W). BRASS. RECTANGULAR WITH SCALLOPED EDGES. TOP HALF OF FRONT IS NAVY BLUE WITH GOLD PRINT THAT READS "ALTA. PROV. ELKS ASSOC. PAST PRESIDENT". BOTTOM HALF IS GOLD, ETCHED WITH "JOHN VASELENAK 1935-36". IMPRESSED INTO BACK OF PIN IS "G.F.". HAS A STRAIGHT PIN WITH CLASP ON BACK. 3. PIN. 0.9CM(H) X 1.5CM(L) X 1.0CM(W). 2 PIECES. BRASS. FRONT HAS A GOLD ELK'S HEAD ON A BLUE BACKGROUND; ABOVE HEAD IS A CLOCK, AND ON SIDES OF BLUE BACKGROUND ARE LEAVES. BELOW ELK'S HEAD IS "40 YRS" ON A RED BACKGROUND. BELOW THIS IS "B.P.O. ELKS OF CANADA" ON A WHITE BANNER. HAS A ROUND BACK THAT SCREWS ONTO STEM ON BACK OF PIN.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
SEE P20000067001-GA FOR HISTORY. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A BLAZER DONATED BY BRUCE MCKENZIE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. BRUCE MCKENZIE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 75 ON JULY 7, 2006. ACCORDING TO AN ARTICLE FROM JANUARY 29, 1998 BRUCE SERVED AS EXALTED RULER FOR THE B.P.O. ELKS, LETHBRIDGE LODGE NO. 37. JOHN VASELENAK WAS BORN IN AUSTRIA AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1919, WHERE HE STARTED HIS LAW PRACTICE, PRACTICING LAW UP UNTIL HIS DEATH. A NOTICE PRITED ON SEPTEMBER 8, 1922 INDICATES THAT HIS LAW OFFICE WOULD BE LOCATED IN SUITE D OF THE METCALF BUILDING FROM SEPTEMBER 11, 1922 ONWARDS, AND IT REMAINED HIS OFFICE UNTIL HIS DEATH. ACCORDING TO HIS OBITUARY, JOHN “WAS INITIATED INTO THE ELKS CLUB MARCH 5, 1924, WAS EXALTED RULER FOR LETHBRIDGE FROM 1928-1929, PROVICINAL PRESIDENT 1935-1936, PAST GRAND EXALTED RULER FOR CANADA 1938-1939 AND HS BEEN A LIFE MEMBER SINCE 1963.” JOHN WAS MARRIED TO CATHERINE “KAY” VASELENAK (NEE NEGREY). CATHERINE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN LETHBRIDGE, THE DAUGHTER OF GEORGE AND CATHERINE (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) NEGREY. SHE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 81 ON NOVEMBER 15, 1983. JOHN PASSED AWAY, AGED ACCORDING TO HIS OBITUARY “IN HIS LATE EIGHTIES” ON APRIL 17, 1979. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P20000067004
Acquisition Date
2000-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE HANDI-BUS DRIVER'S WINTER COAT
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
2007
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, POLYESTER, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20160009004
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE HANDI-BUS DRIVER'S WINTER COAT
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
2007
Materials
NYLON, POLYESTER, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
2
Length
78.5
Width
77
Description
A: DARK GREY WINTER JACKET. EMBROIDERED “LHB” LOGO ON THE PROPER LEFT SIDE OF THE CHEST (MAROON INVERTED TRIANGLE WITH LETTERS AND HANDICAP SYMBOL IN WHITE). THE JACKET HAS A HIGH COLLAR AND A GREY, PLASTIC ZIPPER DOWN THE FRONT. THERE ARE 5 METAL SNAP FASTENERS TO CLOSE THE JACKET IN ADDITION TO THE ZIPPER. THERE IS A POCKET ON EITHER SIDE OF THE CHEST, BOTH WITH VELCRO-ED FLAPS. THERE IS REFLECTIVE MATERIAL ATTACHED TO THESE POCKETS. THERE ARE TWO POCKETS AT THE LOWER SIDES OF THE JACKET WITH ZIPPERS TO CLOSE. THERE ARE TWO STUDS FROM SNAP FASTENERS ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE JACKET (FRONT, LOWER LEFT SIDE). THERE IS ELASTIC AROUND THE BOTTOM HEM AND VELCRO AROUND THE CUFFS OF THE SLEEVES. A 20 CM REFLECTIVE STRIPE IS ATTACHED TO THE CENTER BACK OF THE JACKET. THE SLEEVES ARE 58 CM LONG. THE TAG AT THE BACK COLLAR READS "MARK'S 3XL" AND "MADE IN KOREA". B: A REMOVABLE BLACK FLEECE LINING IS ATTACHED TO THE INSIDE OF THE JACKET WITH A ZIPPER. THE FLEECE LINING HAS AN LHB LOGO IDENTICAL TO THE JACKET'S ON THE PROPER LEFT SIDE OF THE CHEST. THE INSIDE TAG READS “MARK’S… 3XL”. GOOD CONDITION. THE COLOUR OF THE GREY IS FADING OVERALL. THE FLEECE ON THE INSIDE IS BALLING. THERE ARE LOOSE THREADS AT VARIOUS PLACES OF THE JACKET. THE LOGO IS DIRTY/DISCOLOURED. THE VELCRO IS SLIGHTLY DIRTY. THE LEFT CHEST POCKET IS WRINKLED/MISSHAPED AND STICKING TO THE VELCRO. THERE IS A WHITE NEAR THE ZIPPER ON THE UPPER, LEFT SIDE OF THE JACKET.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
TRANSPORTATION
History
THE LETHBRIDGE HANDI-BUS ASSOCIATION WAS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT BEGAN IN 1975 WHEN THE KIWANIS CLUB DONATED THE FIRST VAN. ON AUGUST 1, 2007 – AFTER 32 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY – THE LETHBRIDGE HANDI-BUS ASSOCIATION WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE. AT THAT POINT, THE ASSOCIATION HAD A FLEET OF 20 BUSES – MANY OF WHICH WERE DONATED BY LOCAL SERVICE CLUBS – THAT WERE ALL TRANSFERRED TO THE CITY. THE NAME OF THE SERVICE BECAME ACCESS-A-RIDE UNDER THE CITY’S MANAGEMENT. THESE ARTIFACTS WERE DONATED BY A LETHBRIDGE HANDI-BUS ASSOCIATION BOARD MEMBER, LYNN SPRING. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM AN INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN ON APRIL 12, 2016 WITH SPRING. HE EXPLAINS, “I WAS A MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE HANDI BUS BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR HALF A DOZEN YEARS AT LEAST AND SOME OF THESE ITEMS WERE GIVEN TO ME BY THE DRIVERS. THE LETHBRIDGE HANDI BUS STARTED IN 1975 AND ABOUT SEVEN YEARS AGO, LETHBRIDGE HANDI BUS STOPPED THEIR CHARTER AS A NOT- FOR -PROFIT ORGANIZATION BECAUSE OF THE NATIONAL RULING IN TRANSPORTATION THAT MUNICIPALITIES WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ACCESSIBILITY RIDES, HANDICAP TRANSPORTATION. SO THE CITY TOOK OVER ALL OF THE BUSES, THEY PURCHASED THEM AND MOST OF THE DRIVERS WENT OVER TO THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE BECAUSE WE HAD, I BELIEVE, TWENTY-SIX AT THAT TIME AND YOU JUST DON’T JUST DON’T FIND TWENTY-SIX DRIVERS. THAT WAS PART OF THE AGREEMENT ON SALE THAT THEY WOULD TAKE THE BUSES. WE TOOK OUR PLATES OFF AND THE NEXT DAY CITY PUT THEIR PLATES ON AND THEIR INSURANCE. THE DRIVERS WENT OVER EVENTUALLY. THEY WERE WEARING THE CITY TRANSIT, LETHBRIDGE CITY TRANSIT UNIFORMS.” OF HIS TIME AS A BOARD MEMBER, SPRING SAID, “I CAME TO LETHBRIDGE IN [2005]… THE MANAGER OF THE DAY, MURRAY CAMPBELL, WAS A LONGTIME FRIEND OF MINE AND HE ASKED ME [TO BE ON THE BOARD], AND I THOUGHT WELL IT IS A VERY WORTHWHILE ORGANIZATION. IT WAS A NOT-FOR -PROFIT ORGANIZATION AND DIDN’T INVOLVE A LOT OF HOURS.” SPRING WAS ON THE BOARD UNTIL 2011. SPRING REFERRED TO HIMSELF AS “A COLLECTOR AT HEART” AND AS A RESULT GATHERED THE DONATED ARTIFACTS DURING THE LAST DAYS OF THE LETHBRIDGE HANDI-BUS ASSOCIATION IN 2011. THEY WERE IN HIS POSSESSION FOR 5 TO 7 YEARS. HE EXPLAINS, “WELL I WAS ONE OF THREE THAT CLOSED DOWN AND CLOSED OUT HANDI BUS. WE HAD TO FILE WITH TAX CANADA AND OF COURSE, WORKERS COMP AND ALL THOSE THINGS SO FINALLY WE’RE AT THAT STAGE WHERE WE CAN GET RID OF A LOT OF THE PAPER RECORDS. IT PROMPTED THAT I SHOULD MAYBE DONATE THESE TO THE GALT MUSEUM FOR PROSPERITY… [T]HAT’S JUST MY NATURE, I GUESS, TO RETAIN THINGS AND SAY ‘WELL SOMEBODY WOULD BE INTERESTED IN THIS IN A FUTURE DATE.’” THE WINTER JACKET WAS WORN BY A DRIVER NAMED WAYNE HALES WHO WAS ONE OF THE LHB EMPLOYEES WHO TRANSFERRED TO THE CITY WHEN THE ORGANIZATION WAS TAKEN OVER. WHEN SPRING WAS GATHERING ITEMS RELATED TO THE ASSOCIATION HE REACHED OUT TO HALES: “I SPOKE WITH WAYNE HALES, AND SAID I HAD SOME OTHER THINGS DID HE HAVE ANYTHING? AND HE SAID, ‘OH, I THINK I’VE GOT A COAT IN THE CLOSET’, SO HE DUG IT OUT AND I ADDED IT TO THESE OTHER ITEMS.” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P20160009004
Acquisition Date
2016-04
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
LEGION BLAZER
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, RAYON
Catalogue Number
P19970073015
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LEGION BLAZER
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
WOOL, RAYON
No. Pieces
4
Length
83
Width
58.2
Description
NAVY BLUE WOOL DOUBLE-BREASTED BLAZER, LINED WITH NAVY BLUE RAYON. EXTERIOR LEFT BREAST POCKET, AND TWO LOWER POCKETS. BREAST POCKET HAS BADGE EMBROIDERED WITH "BRITISH EMPIRE SERVICE LEAGUE CANADIAN LEGION". RED PLASTIC POPPY PINNED TO LEFT LAPEL (REMOVED AND STORED SEPARATELY). INTERIOR RIGHT BREAST POCKET HAS HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY TAG WITH LOGO. POCKET CONTAINS THREE FUNERAL SERVICE PAMPHLETS, INCLUDING: 1) PAMPHLET WITH IMAGE OF CHURCH TOWER ON COVER AND "IN REMEMBRANCE"; IN MEMORY OF "CLARENCE R. WARREN". 2) PAMPHLET WITH IMAGE OF PRAYING HANDS ON COVER; IN MEMORY OF "GORDON (RED) ROSS". 3) FOLDED PROGRAM FOR "LEGION SERVICE THURS., NOV. 11 AT THE CENOTAPH".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
ITEM DONATED TO THE LEGION BY UNKNOWN DONOR, THEN TO MUSEUM BY LEGION. PRIOR HISTORY UNKNOWN. SEE P19970073001-GA. *NOTE* PROGRAM & BOTH PAMPHLETS TRANSFERRED TO ARCHIVES. REF: 20011034000 IN 1926 THE DOMINION EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OF THE NEWLY-FORMED CANADIAN LEGION, BRITISH EMPIRE SERVICE LEAGUE (BESL), SELECTED A DESIGN FOR AN OFFICIAL LEGION BADGE. THE DESIGN CONSISTED OF A MAPLE LEAF SURROUNDED BY THE LEGION NAME, AND TOPPED BY A CROWN. WORN ON A NAVY BLUE BLAZER AND BERET, THE BESL BADGE REMAINED IN USE UNTIL THE ORGANIZATION CHANGED ITS NAME IN 1960 TO THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION.
Catalogue Number
P19970073015
Acquisition Date
1997-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
LEGION BLAZER
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL/POLYESTER
Catalogue Number
P19970073021
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LEGION BLAZER
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
WOOL/POLYESTER
No. Pieces
2
Length
77
Width
66
Description
NAVY BLUE WOOL/POLYESTER BLEND BLAZER. PALE BLUE SYNTHETIC LINING. FRONT BUTTON CLOSURE; BUTTONS MISSING FROM FRONT AND SLEEVES. BADGE STITCHED TO LEFT BREAST POCKET, WITH "MEMORIAM EORUM RETINEBIMUS LEGION". TWO FRONT LOWER POCKETS WITH FLAPS. TAG INSIDE COLLAR WITH "COUNTRY SQUIRE". ALSO TAG INSIDE LEFT SIDE WITH "TAILORED BY COUNTRY SQUIRE"; WASHING INSTRUCTIONS BELOW.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
ITEM DONATED TO THE LEGION BY UNKNOWN DONOR, THEN TO MUSEUM BY LEGION. PRIOR HISTORY UNKNOWN. SEE P19970073001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P19970073021
Acquisition Date
1997-08
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
TROUSERS
Date Range From
1969
Date Range To
1979
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, SATIN, VELVETEEN?
Catalogue Number
P20000067003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TROUSERS
Date Range From
1969
Date Range To
1979
Materials
WOOL, SATIN, VELVETEEN?
No. Pieces
1
Height
5.0
Length
105.0
Width
54.5
Description
MEN'S IVORY TROUSERS. HAS TWO SIDE POCKETS, AND TWO WELT POCKETS ON THE BACK. BOTTOM OF LEGS ARE TURNED UP AND PRESSED. INSIDE WAISTBAND ARE 4 PATCHES OF LIGHT BROWN VELVETEEN? A WHITE TAG INSIDE WAISTBAND, WITH BROWN EMBROIDERY, READS "CORNWALL PANTS NONE MADE BETTER". WRITTEN INSIDE PANTS, ON ONE OF THE POCKETS, IS "ROTH". ABOVE THIS IS A TAG THAT READS "ASCOT ENGLISH STYLE SLACKS 100% WOOL".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
SEE P20000067001-GA FOR HISTORY. WORN AS PART OF ELK'S OUTFIT?
Catalogue Number
P20000067003
Acquisition Date
2000-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BOY SCOUT'S UNIFORM
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SYNTHETIC FABRIC
Catalogue Number
P20000098047
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BOY SCOUT'S UNIFORM
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
SYNTHETIC FABRIC
No. Pieces
3
Length
68.0
Width
41.0
Description
1. SHIRT. GREY, DRESS SHIRT. LONG SLEEVES; EACH CUFF HAS A WHITE PLASTIC BUTTON. FRONT OPENING CLOSES WITH 4 WHITE, PLASTIC BUTTONS. SHIRT HAS TWO BREAST, PATCH POCKETS. ON LEFT BREAST POCKET IS AN EMBROIDERED BADGE. BADGE IS DIAMOND SHAPED; BACKGROUND COLOUR IS GREY. EMBROIDERED ON PATCH IS A WHITE FLEUR DE LIS, WITH SILVER STRANDS IN IT. BELOW THIS IS A BANNER WITH THE WORD "CANADA" ON IT. EDGES OF PATCH ARE FINISHED WITH LIGHT GREY THREAD. A TAG INSIDE BACK OF SHIRT READS "BOY SCOUTS OF CANADA OFFICIAL LADIES' SHIRT BY WIEGAND SIZE 16 NAME ______", IN RED. 2. SCARF. 0.2(H) x 126.0(L) x 61.5(W). TRIANGULAR BURGUNDY SCARF. TWO EDGES (LONGEST EDGE AND ONE SHORT EDGE) HAVE 0.7CM WIDE HEM. THE OTHER EDGE IS A RAW FACTORY EDGE. HAS A NUMBER OF HORIZONTAL CREASES IN IT AND SMALL PIN HOLES. 3. SHOULDER FLASH. 0.1(H) x 9.2(L) x 2.3(W). GREY BACKGROUND. EMBROIDERED ON PATCH, IN BURGUNDY, IS "SERVICE SCOUTER". EDGES OF PATCH ARE FINISHED WITH GREY THREAD. BACK OF PATCH IS LACQUERED.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
SCARF AND SHOULDER FLASH CAME PINNED TO SHIRT (REMOVED BY CATALOGUER). SEE P20000098001-GA FOR HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P20000098047
Acquisition Date
2001-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION CONVENTION T-SHIRT
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON/POLYESTER, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20020077009
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION CONVENTION T-SHIRT
Date
2001
Materials
COTTON/POLYESTER, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
76.0
Description
NAVY BLUE T-SHIRT. HAS A RIBBED, FOLDED DOWN COLLAR, AND SHORT SLEEVES WITH RIBBED CUFFS. TOP FRONT OF T-SHIRT IS OPEN AND HAS 3 BEIGE BUTTONS. THERE IS ALSO A PATCH POCKET ON LEFT BREAST. ABOVE THIS ARE TWO LOGOS, ONE SLIGHTLY OVERLAPPING THE OTHER, BOTH IN WHITE. ONE LOGO CONSISTS OF A CIRCLE WITH A WHITE BORDER, WITHIN WHICH READS "ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA". IN CENTER OF CIRCLE IS THE IMAGE OF A PLANE AND A CANNON AND ANCHOR. HORIZONTALLY ACROSS CIRCLE IS A BANNER THAT READS "GENERAL STEWART BRANCH NO. 4". OTHER LOGO IS A CIRCLE WITH A HOLLOW BORDER, WITHIN WHICH READS "PROVINCIAL COMMAND ALBERTA & N.W.T.". IN CENTER OF CIRCLE IS THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION LOGO, FLANKED BY 2 POPPIES, AND "CONVENTION 42 JUNE 2001". THERE ARE 2 TAGS IN NECK OF SHIRT: ONE READS "GILDAN ACTIVEWEAR ULTRA BLEND HEAVYWEIGHT", AND THE OTHER GIVES SIZE "L" AND MATERIALS AND CARE INSTRUCTIONS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
DONOR HAS BEEN A LEGION MEMBER SINCE 1995. HE JOINED THE LETHBRIDGE BRANCH ON ACCOUNT OF HIS INTEREST IN LOCAL MILITARY HISTORY AND THE FACT HIS GREAT GRANDFATHER ENLISTED IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR IN LETHBRIDGE. DONOR HAD NO MILITARY EXPERIENCE PRIOR TO JOINING. IN 1998 HE CURATED THE MUSEUM EXHIBIT "A CALL TO SERVE" HIGHLIGHTING THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE LOCAL LEGION. AS A RESULT, HE WAS INVITED TO GET INVOLVED IN A MORE ACTIVE CAPACITY. IN NOVEMBER OF 1998 HE WAS ELECTED TO THE EXECUTIVE OF THE NO. 4 BRANCH AND SERVED A TWO-YEAR TERM. HE SERVED ON THE POPPY, REMEMBRANCE DAY AND MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEES. MATERIAL WAS COLLECTED DURING HIS EXECUTIVE ACTIVITIES OR IN SUPPORT OF ONGOING LEGION EVENTS/ACTIVITIES. DONOR BORN RONALD KEVIN MACLEAN ON DECEMBER 10, 1969 AT ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL, TO MALCOLM (MAC) AND BARBARA MACLEAN (NEE CHISHOLM). DONOR'S FATHER IS INVOLVED IN THE CATTLE INDUSTRY, OWNING THE ORDER BUYING AND TRUCKING BUSINESS MACLEAN LIVESTOCK SINCE THE LATE 1970S. DONOR'S MOTHER'S FAMILY ARE LONGTIME RESIDENTS OF LETHBRIDGE, COMING HERE IN THE 1890S. DONOR'S MATERNAL GRANDFATHER WAS REGINALD CHISOLM, OWNER OF LETHBRIDGE BUSINESS SOUTH ALTA PRODUCE. DONOR WAS RAISED ON A FARM OUTSIDE THE TOWN OF PICTURE BUTTE, ALBERTA. HE ATTENDED ST. CATHERINE'S SCHOOL, IN PICTURE BUTTE, UNTIL 1984, AFTER WHICH HE ATTENDED PICTURE BUTTE HIGH SCHOOL, GRADUATING IN 1987. DONOR MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN THE FALL OF THAT YEAR IN ORDER TO TAKE THE ENGINEERING/DRAFTING PROGRAM AT THE LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE. DONOR NEVER COMPLETED THE PROGRAM, PURSUING INSTEAD EMPLOYMENT AT THE LETHBRIDGE LODGE HOTEL ('87-'88 YEAR), ALBERTA TRANSPORTATION (SUMMER '89), AND NOVA TEL ('90-'91). HE ENROLLED IN A BACHELOR OF ARTS PROGRAM IN HISTORY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE IN 1992, COMPLETING THE PROGRAM IN 2002. IN 1994 HE BECAME EMPLOYED AT THE SIR ALEXANDER GALT MUSEUM AND REMAINS THERE (AT TIME OF DONATION) IN HIS CAPACITY AS COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN.
Catalogue Number
P20020077009
Acquisition Date
2003-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BOY SCOUTS UNIFORM W/ QUEEN’S SCOUT BADGE
Date Range From
1958
Date Range To
1963
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, NYLON, LEATHER
Catalogue Number
P20140034001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BOY SCOUTS UNIFORM W/ QUEEN’S SCOUT BADGE
Date Range From
1958
Date Range To
1963
Materials
COTTON, NYLON, LEATHER
No. Pieces
5
Height
4
Length
78
Width
48
Description
.A –SHIRT - SHORT-SLEEVED, COLLARED SHIRT MADE OF DARK GREEN COTTON. FIVE BROWN PLASTIC BUTTONS DOWN THE FRONT HAVE FLEUR-DE-LIS PATTERN AND TEXT READING “BOY SCOUTS CANADA”. SHIRT HAS 31 EMBROIDERED CLOTH PATCHES HANDSEWN ON THE SLEEVES, CHEST POCKETS, AND UPPER CHEST PANELS. PATCHES ARE BRIGHTLY COLOURED, WITH CENTRAL SYMBOLS AND IN MOST CASES, TEXT READING “BOY SCOUTS”. THREE STRIPES OF WHITE CLOTH ARE SEWN VERTICALLY ACROSS THE LEFT CHEST POCKET. SOME STITCHING ON EDGES OF PATCHES UNRAVELLING; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 4 X 78 X 48 .B –CORD – SPIRAL-WRAPPED CORD MADE OF INDIVIDUAL TWISTED NYLON THREADS IN WHITE, RED, GREEN, AND YELLOW. CORD IS UNRAVELLING AT ONE END AND KNOTTED AT THE OTHER WITH A GOLD-CAPPED TIP. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 1 X 130 X 2 .C –THONG – STRIP OF LEATHER WRAPPED AND KNOTTED INTO A CYLINDER WITH KNOBBED ENDS. GOLD, SPIRAL-WRAPPED NYLON CORD IS TIED AROUND THE OUTSIDE OF THE THONG, WITH TASSELED ENDS HANGING DOWN. THONG IS SAFETY-PINNED ABOVE THE RIGHT CHEST POCKET OF P20140034001.A AND LOOPED THROUGH THE RIGHT SHOULDER EPAULET. DISCOLOURATION ON LEATHER; GOOD CONDITION OVERALL. 3 X 14 X 3 .D & .E –EPAULET DECORATION – TWO STRIPS OF WOVEN BLUE FABRIC RIBBON FOLDED IN HALF AND PINNED TO THE LEFT EPAULET WITH A SAFETY PIN. EDGES ARE FRAYED; VERY GOOD CONDITION OVERALL. 0.1 X 22 X 2.25
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
THIS SHIRT BELONGED TO THE DONOR, DON CHAPMAN. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON THE CHAPMAN FAMILY WAS PROVIDED BY THE DONOR AT THE TIME OF DONATION. THE CHAPMANS RESIDED IN LETHBRIDGE FROM 1958 TO 1963. THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE FROM LACOMBE, ALBERTA, AFTER DON’S FATHER STUART ACCEPTED THE POSITION OF ADMINISTRATOR OF THE GALT REHABILITATION CENTRE, LOCATED IN THE OLD GALT HOSPITAL BUILDING. IN 1963 THE FAMILY MOVED TO LANGLEY, B.C. WHERE STUART BECAME THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE LANGLEY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. WHILE IN LETHBRIDGE, DON WAS ACTIVE IN BOY SCOUTS, ATTAINING QUEEN’S SCOUT STATUS AND BEING CHOSEN AS ONE OF TWO LETHBRIDGE SCOUTS TO TRAVEL TO NEW MEXICO ON AN “ADVENTURE TRIP” IN 1963. ON SEPTEMBER 16, 2014, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED DON CHAPMAN ABOUT HIS FAMILY’S TIME IN LETHBRIDGE AND MEMORIES RELATED TO THE SPECIFIC DONATED OBJECTS. CHAPMAN SAID: “I WAS BORN IN 1947 AND WE CAME [TO LETHBRIDGE] BECAUSE MY FATHER GOT A JOB HERE… IT WAS EXCITING. WE HAD NO IDEA WHERE LETHBRIDGE WAS… IT WAS KIND OF LIKE, FINALLY THE FAMILY IS GETTING A FINANCIAL FOOTING AND THERE WAS A CAREER PATH AHEAD… THE MOVE TO LETHBRIDGE WAS KIND OF LIKE A NEW START… CERTAINLY FOR ME, LETHBRIDGE WAS FORMATIVE YEARS… SCOUTING WAS A SIGNIFICANT UNDERTAKING IN MY LIFE, I WAS QUITE COMMITTED TO IT… IT WAS A WAY TO LEARN FUNDAMENTAL LIFE SKILLS AND MEMBERSHIP… YOU WOULD LEARN WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE IN A GROUP, WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE ON A TEAM… I BELONGED TO THE 14TH LETHBRIDGE SCOUT TROOP AND IT WAS CENTERED IN THE MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH… A LOT OF IT WAS CENTERED AROUND AN ANNUAL CAMP. WE WOULD GO OUT FOR AT LEAST A WEEK… INTO THE EASTERN SLOPE OF THE ROCKIES… YOU HAD TO LEARN HOW TO COOK… YOU HAD TO LEARN SURVIVAL SKILLS, YOU HAD TO LEARN HOW TO TIE KNOTS, SINGING AROUND THE CAMPFIRE AT MEETINGS… IT WAS KIND OF A FRATERNAL ORGANIZATION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.” OF THIS SPECIFIC OBJECT, CHAPMAN SAID: “IT WAS SIGNIFICANT IN MY LIFE BECAUSE IT REPRESENTED A CERTAIN LEVEL OF ATTAINMENT WITHIN THE BOY SCOUTS OF CANADA. NOT EVERYBODY BECAME A QUEEN’S SCOUT… YOU WERE CHALLENGED AT CERTAIN TIMES TO DO THINGS TO WIN AWARDS, SO ON THE UNIFORM YOU GET ALL KINDS OF BADGES. NOWADAYS IN SCOUTS THE BADGES ARE KEPT ON A SASH SO THAT THE UNIFORM IS MORE FUNCTIONAL, [BUT] IN THE DAYS THAT I WAS THERE THE BADGES WERE ALL ON YOUR SLEEVE. SO THERE’S A ST. JOHN’S AMBULANCE BADGE SO YOU LEARN THINGS LIKE FIRST AID; THERE’S EVEN A COUPLE [THAT] HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH FARMING… THIS WAS FORESTRY, THIS, SWIMMING… ONCE YOU EARNED A CERTAIN NUMBER OF BADGES THAT WOULD GIVE YOU BRAIDS… THE WHITE AND RED CORDS WERE THE FIRST YOU WOULD GET FOR A CERTAIN NUMBER OF BADGES. THEN YOU WOULD GO FROM THAT TO GREEN AND GOLD… THE GOLD CORD WAS THE HIGHEST YOU COULD GET… THIS IS A LEATHER THONG CALLED THE BUSHMAN’S THONG, AND YOU HAD TO ACQUIRE A CERTAIN NUMBER OF SKILLS, SURVIVAL SKILLS, CAMPING SKILLS, IN ORDER TO EARN THE BUSHMAN’S THONG… THESE STRIPES: IF YOU HAD TWO STRIPES YOU WERE A PATROL LEADER… IF YOU HAD THREE STRIPES YOU WERE THE LEADER OF THE TROOP… AFTER YOU HAD ACHIEVED A CERTAIN NUMBER OF THE REGULAR BADGES, THEN YOU WOULD GET SOME PREMIUM BADGES… IF YOU ACHIEVED A CERTAIN NUMBER OF [PREMIUM] BADGES ON THIS SLEEVE… YOU WOULD ACHIEVE THE LEVEL OF QUEEN’S SCOUT, THE HIGHEST ACCOMPLISHMENT YOU CAN GET. AND IN THE END YOU HAVE YOUNG FELLOWS WHO HAVE ALL KINDS OF LIFE SKILLS… EVERYTHING FROM WHATEVER ALL OF THE BADGES COVER RIGHT THROUGH TO LEADERSHIP AND SELF-STARTING ABILITIES AND [DEALING] WITH PROBLEMS THAT ARISE.” IN AN EMAIL DATED NOVEMBER 6, 2014, CHAPMAN PROVIDED FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE BLUE RIBBONS ATTACHED TO THE SHIRT’S LEFT SHOULDER EPAULET: “THIS UNIFORM ELEMENT WOULD INDICATE THE PARTICULAR PATROL TO WHICH THE WEARER BELONGED. ALL MEMBERS OF A PATROL WOULD WEAR HIS PATROL’S COLOURS. THE COLOURS DID NOT REPRESENT A PARTICULAR SKILL ATTAINMENT; ONLY PATROL MEMBERSHIP… DEPENDING ON SIZE, A TROOP WOULD HAVE SEVERAL PATROLS OF PERHAPS SIX TO EIGHT SCOUTS IN EACH PATROL. THE PATROLS WERE ALL NAMED AFTER ANIMALS.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPIES OF FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT AND NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS REPORTING ON CHAPMAN’S NEW MEXICO TRIP.
Catalogue Number
P20140034001
Acquisition Date
2014-09
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BOY SCOUTS UNIFORM, KHAKI
Date Range From
1963
Date Range To
1963
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20140034002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BOY SCOUTS UNIFORM, KHAKI
Date Range From
1963
Date Range To
1963
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
3
Length
67
Width
44
Description
SHORT-SLEEVED, COLLARED SHIRT MADE OF KHAKI-COLOURED COTTON. FIVE BROWN PLASTIC BUTTONS DOWN THE FRONT HAVE FLEUR-DE-LIS PATTERN AND TEXT READING “BOY SCOUTS CANADA”. EMBROIDERED PATCH ABOVE RIGHT CHEST POCKET READS “BOY SCOUTS – CANADA” IN RED. EMBROIDERED YELLOW PATCH ABOVE LEFT CHEST POCKET DEPICTS A BRIDGE, BUSHEL OF WHEAT, AND HELMET AND PICKAXE IN BLACK THREAD, WITH TEXT READING “LETHBRIDGE DISTRICT” IN RED. EMBROIDERED PATCH ON LEFT CHEST POCKET DEPICTS A FLEUR-DE-LIS IN RED THREAD AND TEXT READING “BOY SCOUTS” IN YELLOW. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
THIS SHIRT BELONGED TO THE DONOR, DON CHAPMAN. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON THE CHAPMAN FAMILY WAS PROVIDED BY THE DONOR AT THE TIME OF DONATION. THE CHAPMANS RESIDED IN LETHBRIDGE FROM 1958 TO 1963. THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE FROM LACOMBE, ALBERTA, AFTER DON’S FATHER STUART ACCEPTED THE POSITION OF ADMINISTRATOR OF THE GALT REHABILITATION CENTRE, LOCATED IN THE OLD GALT HOSPITAL BUILDING. IN 1963 THE FAMILY MOVED TO LANGLEY, B.C. WHERE STUART BECAME THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE LANGLEY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. WHILE IN LETHBRIDGE, DON WAS ACTIVE IN BOY SCOUTS, ATTAINING QUEEN’S SCOUT STATUS AND BEING CHOSEN AS ONE OF TWO LETHBRIDGE SCOUTS TO TRAVEL TO NEW MEXICO ON AN “ADVENTURE TRIP” IN 1963. ON SEPTEMBER 16, 2014, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED DON CHAPMAN ABOUT HIS FAMILY’S TIME IN LETHBRIDGE AND MEMORIES RELATED TO THE SPECIFIC DONATED OBJECTS. CHAPMAN SAID: “I WAS BORN IN 1947 AND WE CAME [TO LETHBRIDGE] BECAUSE MY FATHER GOT A JOB HERE… IT WAS EXCITING. WE HAD NO IDEA WHERE LETHBRIDGE WAS… IT WAS KIND OF LIKE, FINALLY THE FAMILY IS GETTING A FINANCIAL FOOTING AND THERE WAS A CAREER PATH AHEAD… THE MOVE TO LETHBRIDGE WAS KIND OF LIKE A NEW START… CERTAINLY FOR ME, LETHBRIDGE WAS FORMATIVE YEARS… SCOUTING WAS A SIGNIFICANT UNDERTAKING IN MY LIFE, I WAS QUITE COMMITTED TO IT… IT WAS A WAY TO LEARN FUNDAMENTAL LIFE SKILLS AND MEMBERSHIP… YOU WOULD LEARN WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE IN A GROUP, WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE ON A TEAM… I BELONGED TO THE 14TH LETHBRIDGE SCOUT TROOP AND IT WAS CENTERED IN THE MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH… A LOT OF IT WAS CENTERED AROUND AN ANNUAL CAMP. WE WOULD GO OUT FOR AT LEAST A WEEK… INTO THE EASTERN SLOPE OF THE ROCKIES… YOU HAD TO LEARN HOW TO COOK… YOU HAD TO LEARN SURVIVAL SKILLS, YOU HAD TO LEARN HOW TO TIE KNOTS, SINGING AROUND THE CAMPFIRE AT MEETINGS… IT WAS KIND OF A FRATERNAL ORGANIZATION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.” OF HIS SCOUTING TRIP TO NEW MEXICO, CHAPMAN SAID: “[THESE OBJECTS] REALLY CENTER AROUND… [THE] ADVENTURE TRIP IN 1963 THAT WE TOOK DOWN TO NEW MEXICO… I ATTAINED QUEEN’S SCOUT STATUS [THAT YEAR]… I THINK THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME ANY GROUP OF PEOPLE HAD GONE FROM ALBERTA… THE ENDPOINT IS THE PHILMONT SCOUTING RANCH… WHICH IS A HUGE RANCH, STILL IN EXISTENCE, AND HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS OF SCOUTS GO THERE FROM THE UNITED STATES… THERE WERE 50 OF US, AND SO THAT’S WHY, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THESE ARTIFACTS, I’M “DON CHAPMAN – 50” BECAUSE I WAS NUMBER 50… THE VAST MAJORITY OF SCOUTS IN THE STATES HAD NOT SEEN CANADIAN SCOUTS BEFORE… THE WAY THE PHILMONT SCOUT RANCH WORKS IS YOU GO INTO A MAIN AREA WHERE THERE ARE ABOUT 500 TWO-MAN TENTS, AND THEN YOU GO OFF ON THE CAMPING JOURNEY THROUGH THE RANCH.” OF THIS SPECIFIC OBJECT, CHAPMAN SAID: “THIS IS ANOTHER SHIRT [THAT WAS] GIVEN TO US… FOR THAT PARTICULAR ADVENTURE TRIP [IN 1963]. AND YOU WERE NOT ALLOWED TO PUT ANY DECORATION ON IT EXCEPT FOR THE BADGE OF THE AREA THAT YOU CAME FROM AND THEN THE CONVENTIONAL SCOUT BADGES. OTHERWISE THERE WAS NO DECORATION, NO INDICATION OF WHO’S A QUEEN’S SCOUT AND WHO ISN’T… TO BRING YOU ALL TO A COMMON DENOMINATOR… WHAT YOU’RE MORE INTERESTED IN IS IF THE PERSON HAS THE SKILLS TO MAKE CAMP AND DO WHAT WAS NECESSARY. SO BY THE TIME WE WERE FINISHED WE WERE KIND OF A MORE COHESIVE GROUP… ON THE TRIP, WE ONLY WORE THE KHAKI UNIFORM.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPIES OF FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT AND NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS REPORTING ON CHAPMAN’S NEW MEXICO TRIP.
Catalogue Number
P20140034002
Acquisition Date
2014-09
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE HANDI-BUS DRIVER'S UNIFORM SHIRT
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
2007
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, POLYESTER
Catalogue Number
P20160009003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE HANDI-BUS DRIVER'S UNIFORM SHIRT
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
2007
Materials
COTTON, POLYESTER
No. Pieces
1
Height
66
Length
69
Description
LIGHT BLUE COLLARED SHIRT. THERE ARE SEVEN WHITE, PEARLIZED BUTTONS DOWN THE FRONT OF THE SHIRT. THERE ARE TWO POCKETS, EACH WITH ONE BUTTON, ON EITHER SIDE OF THE CHEST. A LOGO IS EMBROIDERED ON THE LEFT CHEST WITH “LHB” IN WHITE. THE LOGO IS AN INVERTED MAROON TRIANGLE WITH A WHITE BORDER. THERE IS A PARTIAL HANDICAP SYMBOL IN THE CENTER, EMBROIDERED IN WHITE. THE INSIDE TAG ON THE BACK OF THE COLLAR READS, “MARK’S … XL”. THE TAG STATES IT IS A COTTON/POLYESTER SHIRT. THE SLEEVES ARE 61.5 CM LONG. VERY GOOD – EXCELLENT CONDITION. THERE IS A LOOSE THREAD AT THE TOP BUTTON, NEAR THE COLLAR AND ONE ON THE INSIDE TRIM AT THE FRONT BOTTOM LEFT SIDE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
TRANSPORTATION
History
THE LETHBRIDGE HANDI-BUS ASSOCIATION WAS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT BEGAN IN 1975 WHEN THE KIWANIS CLUB DONATED THE FIRST VAN. ON AUGUST 1, 2007 – AFTER 32 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY – THE LETHBRIDGE HANDI-BUS ASSOCIATION WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE. AT THAT POINT, THE ASSOCIATION HAD A FLEET OF 20 BUSES – MANY OF WHICH WERE DONATED BY LOCAL SERVICE CLUBS – THAT WERE ALL TRANSFERRED TO THE CITY. THE NAME OF THE SERVICE BECAME ACCESS-A-RIDE UNDER THE CITY’S MANAGEMENT. THESE ARTIFACTS WERE DONATED BY A LETHBRIDGE HANDI-BUS ASSOCIATION BOARD MEMBER, LYNN SPRING. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM AN INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN ON APRIL 12, 2016 WITH SPRING. HE EXPLAINS, “I WAS A MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE HANDI BUS BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR HALF A DOZEN YEARS AT LEAST AND SOME OF THESE ITEMS WERE GIVEN TO ME BY THE DRIVERS. THE LETHBRIDGE HANDI BUS STARTED IN 1975 AND ABOUT SEVEN YEARS AGO, LETHBRIDGE HANDI BUS STOPPED THEIR CHARTER AS A NOT- FOR -PROFIT ORGANIZATION BECAUSE OF THE NATIONAL RULING IN TRANSPORTATION THAT MUNICIPALITIES WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ACCESSIBILITY RIDES, HANDICAP TRANSPORTATION. SO THE CITY TOOK OVER ALL OF THE BUSES, THEY PURCHASED THEM AND MOST OF THE DRIVERS WENT OVER TO THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE BECAUSE WE HAD, I BELIEVE, TWENTY-SIX AT THAT TIME AND YOU JUST DON’T JUST DON’T FIND TWENTY-SIX DRIVERS. THAT WAS PART OF THE AGREEMENT ON SALE THAT THEY WOULD TAKE THE BUSES. WE TOOK OUR PLATES OFF AND THE NEXT DAY CITY PUT THEIR PLATES ON AND THEIR INSURANCE. THE DRIVERS WENT OVER EVENTUALLY. THEY WERE WEARING THE CITY TRANSIT, LETHBRIDGE CITY TRANSIT UNIFORMS.” OF HIS TIME AS A BOARD MEMBER, SPRING SAID, “I CAME TO LETHBRIDGE IN [2005]… THE MANAGER OF THE DAY, MURRAY CAMPBELL, WAS A LONGTIME FRIEND OF MINE AND HE ASKED ME [TO BE ON THE BOARD], AND I THOUGHT WELL IT IS A VERY WORTHWHILE ORGANIZATION. IT WAS A NOT-FOR -PROFIT ORGANIZATION AND DIDN’T INVOLVE A LOT OF HOURS.” SPRING WAS ON THE BOARD UNTIL 2011. SPRING REFERRED TO HIMSELF AS “A COLLECTOR AT HEART” AND AS A RESULT GATHERED THE DONATED ARTIFACTS DURING THE LAST DAYS OF THE LETHBRIDGE HANDI-BUS ASSOCIATION IN 2011. THEY WERE IN HIS POSSESSION FOR 5 TO 7 YEARS. HE EXPLAINS, “WELL I WAS ONE OF THREE THAT CLOSED DOWN AND CLOSED OUT HANDI BUS. WE HAD TO FILE WITH TAX CANADA AND OF COURSE, WORKERS COMP AND ALL THOSE THINGS SO FINALLY WE’RE AT THAT STAGE WHERE WE CAN GET RID OF A LOT OF THE PAPER RECORDS. IT PROMPTED THAT I SHOULD MAYBE DONATE THESE TO THE GALT MUSEUM FOR PROSPERITY… [T]HAT’S JUST MY NATURE, I GUESS, TO RETAIN THINGS AND SAY ‘WELL SOMEBODY WOULD BE INTERESTED IN THIS IN A FUTURE DATE.’” SPRING WOULD HAVE WORN THIS SHIRT AS A BOARD MEMBER: ”WE WOULD WEAR THAT AT FUNDRAISERS AND DIFFERENT OCCASIONS LIKE THAT. THE ODD TIME AT THE BOARD MEETINGS, BUT MAINLY THE FUNDRAISERS, OR WHEN WE HAD MEDIA PEOPLE OR, SOME RECORDING OF THAT NATURE.” IT IS IDENTICAL TO THE SHIRTS WORN BY THE HANDI-BUS DRIVERS. SPRING DESCRIBES THE SHIRT’S DESIGN, “IT’S A DENIM SHIRT, AND OF COURSE A LOT OF OUR MATERIAL WAS FROM MARK’S WORK WAREHOUSE AS YOU SEE ON THE LABEL. THAT’S SIMPLY DENIM AND THE DISTINCTION IS HAVING THE LHB LOGO ON IT… THE LOGO LHB IS IN MAROON AND GRAY COLOURS, THAT WAS THEIR COLOUR AND OF COURSE LHB FOR LETHBRIDGE HANDI BUS.” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P20160009003
Acquisition Date
2016-04
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BOY SCOUT'S SHIRT
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19950073137
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BOY SCOUT'S SHIRT
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
8
Length
74.5
Width
48.5
Description
FOREST GREEN COTTON BUTTON-UP SHIRT, WITH LONG SLEEVES AND COLLAR. SHOULDER TABS, POCKETS, AND SHIRT HAVE BROWN BUTTONS, EMBOSSED WITH "BOY SCOUTS CANADA" WITH FLEUR-DE-LIS AND "BE PREPARED". LOWER PORTION OF LEFT BREAST POCKET HAS BEEN REMOVED, WITH LOOSE THREADS REMAINING ON SHIRT IN ITS PLACE. GREEN COTTON PATCH SEWN ABOVE RIGHT BREAST POCKET, WITH "BOY SCOUTS-CANADA" EMBROIDERED IN YELLOW THREAD. WHITE PATCH PINNED DIRECTLY ABOVE (PIN REMOVED), WITH "11TH LETHBRIDGE" EMBROIDERED IN RED. POCKET HAS BEIGE MACHINE-EMBROIDERED BADGE OF ALBERTA CREST PINNED AT CENTRE (PIN REMOVED), WITH LOOSE RED THREADS BELOW. ABOVE LEFT BREAST POCKET IS PINNED YELLOW BADGE (PIN REMOVED) READING "LETHBRIDGE DISTRICT", WITH IMAGE OF THE HIGH-LEVEL BRIDGE, A WHEAT BUSHEL AND COAL MINING PICK AND HAT. AT THE END OF THE LEFT SHOULDER TAB IS PINNED (PIN REMOVED) ONE BLACK AND ONE YELLOW COTTON RIBBON, FOLDED IN HALF AND STAPLED TOGETHER NEAR TOP. DETACHED POCKET HAS WHITE WOOLEN BAND PINNED VERTICALLY TO THE LEFT OF BEIGE OVAL BADGE EMBROIDERED WITH "BOY SCOUTS" AND RED FLEUR-DE-LIS, WHICH IS PINNED TO CENTRE OF POCKET (PINS REMOVED).
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
BELONGED TO DONOR. BADGES HAVE BEEN REMOVED AND ARE STORED SEPARATELY, WITH DETACHED POCKET. *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
P19950073137
Acquisition Date
1995-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BOY SCOUTS SHORTS
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19950073139
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BOY SCOUTS SHORTS
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
48.2
Width
48.2
Description
BLUE COTTON CHILD'S SHORTS. BRASS FRONTAL ZIPPER WITH TWO BLACK PLASTIC BUTTONS AT WAISTBAND. SINGLE PLEAT ON BOTH LEG FRONTS, WITH SIDE AND BACK POCKETS. WHITE LINEN LINING WITH GREEN TAG INSIDE BACK OF WAISTBAND READING "BOY SCOUTS CANADA OFFICIAL DESIGN NAME GROUP", WITH "CALVIN ING...LETHBRIDGE" HANDWRITTEN IN INK. WHITE DRY-CLEANING TAG WITH ALUMINUM TACK HANDWRITTEN "W8378" IN INK, PINNED TO GREEN TAG. (REMOVED).
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
PERSONAL CARE
History
BELONGED TO DONOR. *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
P19950073139
Acquisition Date
1995-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail

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