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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
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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
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Other Name
BOY SCOUT'S SWEATER
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19950073138
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BOY SCOUT'S SWEATER
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
46
Width
107.5
Description
GREEN WOOL CHILD'S SWEATER. CREW-NECK, WITH LONG FITTED CUFFS. YELLOW ARM-BAND ON LEFT SLEEVE, WITH RED FELT TRIANGLE OVER SQUARE YELLOW PATCH ON UPPER ARM. RIGHT SHOULDER HAS PATCH WITH "11TH LETHBRIDGE" EMBROIDERED IN CALLIGRAPHY. LEFT BREAST HAS GREEN BADGE WITH RED WOLF AND "BOY SCOUTS" EMBROIDERED. RIGHT BREAST HAS RECTANGULAR PATCH WITH "BOY SCOUTS-CANADA", AND ALBERTA CREST WITH WILD ROSE BELOW. TWO SMALL HOLES ON FRONT, REPAIRED WITH DARK GREEN THREAD.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
PART OF BOY SCOUT'S UNIFORM WORN BY CALVIN ING. SEE RELATED NUMBERS P19950073138-GA TO P19950073142-GA. *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
P19950073138
Acquisition Date
1995-11
Collection
Museum
Images
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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
BOY SCOUT'S SHIRT
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19950073137
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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 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
"WOLF CUBS CANADA"
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, POLYESTER, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20180028002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
"WOLF CUBS CANADA"
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
COTTON, POLYESTER, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
56
Width
36.2
Description
GREEN COTTON-KNIT TURTLENECK SWEATER. SWEATER HAS TWO GREEN PLASTIC BUTTONS AT COLLAR ON RIGHT-WEARING SIDE, WITH BUTTON LOOPS ON LEFT-WEARING SIDE. FRONT OF SWEATER HAS ROUND PATCH SEWN ON LEFT SIDE OF CHEST WITH RED WOLF FACE AND RED EMBROIDERED TEXT BELOW “BOY SCOUTS”. FRONT OF SWEATER HAS PATCH SEWN ON RIGHT SIDE OF CHEST COMPRISED OF GREEN BAR WITH RED EMRBOIDERED TEXT “WOLF CUBS-CANADA” AND LIGHT GREEN SHIELD BELOW WITH EMBROIDERED RED AND GREEN COAT OF ARMS FORMING RED CROSS IN TOP SECTION OF SHIELD AND RED ROSE WITH GREEN STEM AND LEAVES IN BOTTOM SECTION OF SHIELD. LEFT SLEEVE HAS THREE YELLOW BARS SEWN ON, WITH BLACK TRIANGULAR PATCH SEWN ON AT SHOULDER. RIGHT SLEEVE HAS FIVE PATCHES SEWN ON, IN ORDER FROM SHOULDER DOWN: WHITE COTTON BAR WITH RED PRINTED TEXT “LETHBRIDGE”; WHITE COTTON SQUARE PATCH WITH RED PRINTED TEXT “4”; TRIANGULAR PATCH WITH BLUE BACKGROUND, GREEN TRIM AND WHITE EMBROIDERED TEXT “BOY SCOUTS” WITH WHITE EMBROIDERED MAGNIFYING GLASS BELOW; TRIANGULAR PATCH WITH YELLOW BACKGROUND, GREEN TRIM, AND BLACK EMBROIDERED TEXT “BOY SCOUTS” WITH BLACK EMBROIDERED HOUSE BELOW; TRIANGULAR PATCH WITH YELLOW BACKGROUND, BLACK TRIM, AND BLACK EMRBOIDRED TEXT “BOY SCOUTS” WITH BLACK EMBROIDERED PENCIL BELOW. BACK OF RIGHT SLEEVE HAS TRIANGULAR PATCH WITH RED BACKGROUND, BLACK TRIM, AND BLACK EMBROIDERED TEXT “BOY SCOUTS” WITH BLACK EMBROIDERED BROOM BASE BELOW. SLEEVE CUFFS ELASTIC. INSIDE SWEATER COLLAR IS WHITE TAG WITH ORANGE EMBROIDERED TEXT “OFFICIAL DESIGN FROM THE STORES DEPARTMENT, THE BOY SCOUTS ASSOCIATION, OTTAWA, CANADA”. YELLOW BARS ON LEFT SLEEVE ARE FADED; TAG INSIDE COLLAR IS DISCOLORED; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
ON DECEMBER 13, 2018, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED BILL LINGARD REGARDING HIS DONATION OF BOY SCOUTS AND WOLF CUBS REGALIA. LINGARD WAS A MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE WOLF CUB AND BOY SCOUT TROUPES AS A YOUTH. ON THE WOLF CUBS SWEATER, LINGARD ELABORATED, “THIS WAS INHERITED FROM WHEN MY MOTHER PASSED AWAY [IN 2007]. THAT’S PROBABLY WHERE IT WAS FIRST SO THAT’S ALL I CAN REMEMBER…[THE] LAST TIME I SAW IT…WAS PROBABLY A NUMBER OF YEARS [AGO].” “I CAN REMEMBER THINGS ABOUT CUBS. I CAN REMEMBER VERA SHIRLEY, WHO WAS OUR LEADER…THAT’S ABOUT WHAT I REMEMBER ABOUT IT.” LINGARD RECALLED HIS TIME IN THE BOY SCOUTS AND WOLF CUBS, “YOU HAD TO BE EIGHT YEARS OLD [TO ENROLL IN WOLF CUBS]. THERE MIGHT HAVE BEEN ONE OR TWO OTHER KIDS THAT I KNEW FROM SCHOOL THAT HAD GOTTEN INTERESTED IN IT. I CAN’T REALLY SAY THERE WAS ONE DEFINING MOMENT THAT I [WANTED TO JOIN]-–I OBVIOUSLY TRIED IT OUT AND LIKED IT BECAUSE I WAS IN IT FOR ABOUT 3 YEARS. [I WAS] ABOUT 10 OR 11 WHEN THEY BOOSTED [ME] UP TO BOY SCOUTS BECAUSE I WENT TO SCOUTS AFTER THAT. WHEN I STARTED OUT, I GOT TO BE A SIXER AND THEN I GOT TO BE WHAT WAS CALLED A SENIOR SIXER, THAT’S LIKE A SERGEANT [WHERE] YOU GET THREE STRIPES. I DID [THE] THINGS YOU DID IN CUBS.” “[I REMEMBER] GOING TO MEETINGS, I JUST WALKED. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN [AT] 14TH STREET AND ST. AUGUSTINE’S CHURCH, ON 11TH AND 4TH AVENUE. IT’S A MATTER OF 6 BLOCKS. YOU WALKED EVERYWHERE THEN. I THINK WE HAD A TRUCK [THEN]. THAT’S ABOUT THE FIRST THING I REMEMBER [ABOUT] JOINING, AND I ENJOYED IT. I KNEW VERA SHIRLEY UP UNTIL THE TIME SHE PASSED AWAY, A NICE LADY.” “[WE MET] TUESDAY OR THURSDAY EVENINGS. IT WAS ABOUT 6:30 OR 7, PROBABLY 6:30 TILL ABOUT 7:30. I REMEMBER IN THE SUMMER TIME WE GENERALLY MET OUTSIDE A LOT ON THE FRONT LAWN OF THE MANSE AT ST. AUGUSTINE’S CHURCH WHICH IS WHERE THE NEW CHURCH SITS. THAT WAS FRONT LAWN THEN AND WE USED TO MEET OUTSIDE A LOT. IN THE WINTER IT WAS DOWN IN THE BASEMENT IN THE CHURCH AND WE USED TO DO [A] CERTAIN AMOUNT OF ACTIVITIES OVER IN THE RCMP GROUNDS.” “WE PROBABLY PLAYED GAMES. IT SEEMS AT A CUBS' MEETING WE HAD AN OPENING AND THEN WE DID…TYING KNOTS. I THINK THERE WERE A CERTAIN NUMBER OF CUB-LIKE ACTIVITIES, TEACHING YOU HOW TO FOLLOW DIRECTIONS AND STUFF LIKE THAT. THERE WAS USUALLY TIME TO BURN OFF A BIT OF ENERGY AND A CLOSING THING. I CAN IMAGINE THAT CUB MEETINGS WERE ABOUT AN HOUR AT THAT AGE. IT SEEMED LIKE A LONG TIME THEN BUT THAT’S PROBABLY [ALL] IT WAS.” “[WE NEVER LEFT THE CITY] WITH CUBS. IN SCOUTS, I WENT TO CAMP ONCE BUT CUBS WAS IN TOWN…IN SCOUTS, THEY HAD A FATHER AND SON BANQUET ONCE A YEAR…IT WAS JUST RIGHT AFTER THE WAR AND THERE WEREN’T A WHOLE LOT OF THINGS THAT WE DID, THAT WERE EXTRACURRICULAR…THAT REQUIRED TRANSPORTATION AND MOVING AROUND A LOT. WE HAD BADGES.” “I’M SURE THERE WERE TROUPES ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE CITY. PROBABLY AT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND PROBABLY AT THE MORMON CHURCH. WHEN I WENT TO SCOUTS, THE SCOUT TROUPE WAS AT SOUTHMINSTER CHURCH BUT I DON’T THINK THEY HAD CUBS AT SOUTHMINSTER. IT WAS AT ST. AUGUSTINE’S. I DON’T THINK THERE WERE THAT MANY CUB TROUPES BECAUSE THERE WERE ONLY ABOUT 15,000 PEOPLE IN LETHBRIDGE RIGHT AFTER THE WAR SO IT WASN’T THAT BIG OF A PLACE…WE WERE NUMBER 4 SO MAYBE THERE WERE 4 OR 5.” “SCOUTS WAS [THE] ADOLESCENT—PRETTY SOON [I WAS] LESS INTERESTED IN SCOUTS AND MORE INTERESTED IN GIRLS. I ENJOYED CUBS VERY MUCH AND VERA SHIRLEY WAS CERTAINLY A VERY POSITIVE PERSON. I WOULD SAY THAT THE OVERALL EFFECT, WHICH I DIDN’T REALLY REALIZE AT THE TIME, SINCE THEN THROUGHOUT MY LIFE, I HAVE BELONGED TO A LOT OF THINGS AND HAVE ENJOYED THEM. I THINK THAT [IT] PROBABLY HELPED TO [INFLUENCE] THAT FROM KIND OF A SHY KID TO BEING ABLE TO DO OTHER THINGS. I FEEL THAT THE CUB EXPERIENCE THERE WITH THAT GROUP OF PEOPLE…WAS POSITIVE.” “ONCE I GOT INTO JUNIOR HIGH AND THEN EVEN TOWARD HIGH SCHOOL THEN IT WAS CURLING AND THINGS LIKE THAT I WAS GETTING INTERESTED IN…I’M NOT SURE THAT I EVEN GOT ANY BADGES IN SCOUTS.” LINGARD EXPRESSED HIS MOTIVES FOR DONATING THE CAP AND JACKET, STATING, “WE’RE DOWNSIZING. I DON’T THINK WE EVEN KNEW THIS EXISTED TWO YEARS AGO, IT WAS PUT AWAY SOMEWHERE. IT WAS [TIME TO DECIDE] WHAT TO DO WITH THIS. WE DIDN’T REQUIRE IT ANYMORE SO I THOUGHT I WOULD CHECK WITH [THE MUSEUM] BEFORE IT WENT ELSEWHERE.” “I’D SAY IT’S VALUED BUT IT WAS A MATTER [OF] ONE DAY THIS IS GOING TO GO. IF IT HAS SOME VALUE [I’D LIKE TO SEE] THAT IT GOES SOMEWHERE WHERE IT CAN BE APPRECIATED, WHERE IT BRINGS BACK SOME MEMORIES.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND COPIES OF LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20180028001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20180028002
Acquisition Date
2018-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
UNIFORM, NURSE
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LINEN, VELVET
Catalogue Number
P19739456000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
UNIFORM, NURSE
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
LINEN, VELVET
No. Pieces
2
Height
13.5
Length
14.5
Width
17.0
Description
HEAVILY STARCHED WHITE LINEN CAP WITH BLACK VELVET BAND ON BRIM. CLOTH IS WORN OR FRAYED IN PLACES. BAND DETACHED.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
Catalogue Number
P19739456000
Acquisition Date
1973-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
CARDIGAN
Date Range From
1959
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P20000011013
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CARDIGAN
Date Range From
1959
Date Range To
1960
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
59.0
Description
OFFWHITE KNIT WOOL SWEATER. HAS A ZIPPER DOWN THE FRONT. HAS 2 WELT POCKETS NEAR WAIST, WITH WIDE BLUE KNITTED WELT. POCKETS THEMSELVES ARE MADE OF WHITE COTTON. WAISTLINE OF SWEATER IS RIBBED AND HAS TWO HORIZONTAL STRIPES - ONE YELLOW, ONE BLUE. CUFFS ARE ALSO RIBBED WITH A YELLOW AND BLUE STRIPE. NECKLINE AND DOWN FRONT OF SWEATER ARE FORMED WITH A DIFFERENT STITCH THAN REST OF SWEATER. INSIDE NECKLINE IS A TAG THAT READS "CLOVERDALE KNITTING MILLS EDMONTON-ALBERTA WOOL - 10% NYLON".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
EDUCATION
ASSOCIATIONS
History
SIGMA OMEGA XI (SOX) SORORITY SWEATER WORN BY DONOR IN GRADES 10 & 11 WHILE ATTENDING LCI. THE SORORITY WAS MORMON BASED. EVEN THOUGH DONOR WAS NOT MORMON (OR RELIGIOUS SHE SAYS), MANY OF HER FRIENDS WERE. IN GRADE 12 SHE MOVED TO CALGARY TO ATTEND ST. MARY'S SCHOOL AT THE SACRED HEART CONVENT (EVEN THOUGH SHE WAS NOT ROMAN CATHOLIC EITHER). DONOR SAYS ALTHOUGH SHE IS NOT RELIGIOUS, SHE ENJOYS RELIGION AND LEARNING FROM IT. SHE THEN RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE AND TOOK ONE MORE CLASS AT LCI AS A SUPER SENIOR.
Catalogue Number
P20000011013
Acquisition Date
2004-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
COAT
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
DENIM, CANVAS, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19940008000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
COAT
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1960
Materials
DENIM, CANVAS, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Length
67.8
Width
53
Description
BLACK DENIM JACKET HAS POLO COLLAR AND A FLAP POCKET ON EACH SIDE OF THE CHEST. ABOVE THE LEFT POCKET IS A WHITE, YELLOW, RED AND GREEN OVAL BADGE THAT READS "6 LETHBRIDGE DRY GINGER ALE". HAVE ELBOW PATCHES ON SLEEVES THAT EXTEND TO WRISTS. CUFFS HAVE LEATHER TRIM AND FASTEN WITH BUTTON AND HOLE. EACH SLEEVE HAS TWO BLACK BUTTONS. IS SHORT WAISTED JACKET WITH A THICK HEM AROUND THE BOTTOM. FASTENS UP MIDDLE WITH STEEL ZIPPER THAT READS "LIGHTENING" AND "LF" EACH IN TWO PLACES. HAS A KNIFE PLEAT ALONG BOTH SIDES SEAMS IN BACK ALONG WAIST ON EACH SIDE IS TAB THAT FASTENS AT ONE END TO A BUTTON WHICH IS ADJUSTABLE TO ANOTHER BUTTON. INSIDE WAIST ARE TWO TAGS. ONE READS "LETHBRIDGE U198 A WILLIS SEPT 18, 59" ALONG SIDE IS "SPECIAL ORDER 32451". ON BOTTOM IS LOGO. OTHER TAG READS IN BLUE AND GOLD "TIP TOP CLOTHES GOLDEN JUBILEE". INSIDE LINING AROUND EDGES. LINING IS WEARING AND FRAYING. IS MISSING LEFT POCKET BUTTON. EDGES OF ELBOW PATCHES ARE FRAYING. LEATHER TRIM ON WRISTS IS CRACKING. MINOR SOILING ON LEFT SHOULDER.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
RETAIL TRADE
History
USED PRIOR TO 1960 WHEN POP SHOP WAS OPEN. WORN BY DONOR'S FATHER, ALBERT WILLIS, WHO WORKED IN THE POP SHOP AND RETIRED IN 1977. PART OF THE UNIFORM FOR BREWERY WORKERS THAT DELIVERED POP IN THE CITY. THE UNIFORMS WERE CUSTOM MADE FOR THE DRIVERS BY LEO SINGER. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE BREWERY’S PRODUCTION OF SOFT DRINKS, SEE RECORD P19900020003-GA.
Catalogue Number
P19940008000
Acquisition Date
1994-02
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
NURSE'S UNIFORM
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970075008
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
NURSE'S UNIFORM
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
109.5
Width
85.5
Description
BLUE COTTON DRESS WITH SEAM AT WAIST. FRONT BUTTON CLOSURE; FOUR WHITE PLASTIC BUTTONS ON BODICE. MISSING 5 BUTTONS ON SKIRT. SHORT SLEEVES, TRIMMED WITH WHITE CUFFS. POCKET ON RIGHT FRONT OF SKIRT; REPAIRED TWICE WITH WHITE THREAD. TAG INSIDE COLLAR WITH "36"; ALSO LABEL TYPEWRITTEN "MARION FLETT".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
History
BELONGED TO DONOR, WHO ATTENDED ST. MICHAEL'S SCHOOL OF NURSING UNDER HER MAIDEN NAME OF FLETT. FOR MORE HISTORY SEE P19970075001-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A NURSE’S UNIFORM DONATED BY MARION WRIGHT. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMES FROM AN INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY RUTHANN LABLANCE WITH THE DONOR, MARION WRIGHT (NEE FLETT), AND HER CLASSMATES MARLENE SIMPSON (NEE BACHMEIER) AND MARY ANN PRASKACH (NEE SERA). THE THREE WOMEN STUDIED TOGETHER AT ST. MICHAEL’S NURSING SCHOOL AND GRADUATED IN 1966. THIS BLUE DRESS WAS NOT ONLY WORN AT BANDING CEREMONIES, BUT WAS ALSO WORN BY THE NURSES DURING THEIR TRAINING. THE DRESS WOULD BE WORN UNDER THEIR BIBS AND APRONS. ASKED TO EXPLAIN WHAT A BANDING CEREMONY WAS MARION EXPLAINED THAT EACH YEAR OF THE TRAINING PROGRAM HAD ITS OWN COLOUR OF BAND ON THE NURSE’S CAP. EACH COLOUR SIGNIFIED A SPECIFIC YEAR, AND IN SOME CASES, A SPECIFIC SCHOOL. THE FINAL BAND, RECEIVED AT GRADUATION, WAS BLACK, THE UNIVERSAL COLOUR FOR A REGISTERED NURSE. MARION EXPLAINED THAT AT GRADUATION THEY WORE WHITE DRESSES, INSTEAD OF THIS BLUE DRESS: “WHITE WHEN WE GRADUATED. IT WAS A ONE-PIECE … STARCHED WHITE UNIFORM, A VERY LONG SLEEVED. IT WASN’T A PRACTICAL UNIFORM AS FAR AS WHAT WE WOULD NURSE IN.” THE THREE WOMEN ALSO RECALLED THAT THEY HAD A CLASS UNIFORM, WHICH CONSISTED OF A NAVY BLUE WOOL BLAZER, A WHITE BLOUSE, AND A PLEATED GREY SKIRT. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND “OUT OF THE BLUE: SCIENCE, SERVICE, SANCTITY: ST. MICHAEL’S SCHOOL OF NURSING YEARBOOK 1966”. MARION WRIGHT (NEE FLETT) GRADUATED FROM THE ST. MICHAEL’S SCHOOL OF NURSING IN 1966. SHE MARRIED DR. GERALD A. WRIGHT AND AT THE TIME OF HIS PASSING IN 2007, THEY HAD BEEN MARRIED FOR 25 YEARS. GERALD WAS BORN ON MAY 7, 1917 IN SOUTH WALES. HE IMMIGRATED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1951. HE WAS PREDECEASED BY HIS FIRST WIFE, ISOBEL WRIGHT. GERALD PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 31, 2007. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR A TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW AND FOR HARD COPIES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND “OUT OF THE BLUE:SCIENCE, SERVICE, SANCTITY: ST. MICHAEL’S SCHOOL OF NURSING YEARBOOK 1966”.
Catalogue Number
P19970075008
Acquisition Date
1997-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
DRESS, GALT GRADUATION
Date Range From
1961
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20090025000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
DRESS, GALT GRADUATION
Date Range From
1961
Date Range To
1990
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
17
Length
115.5
Width
87.0
Description
DRESS WITH SIXTEEN DETACHABLE BUTTONS - 17 PIECES 1. WHITE COTTON, LONG-SLEEVED COAT-DRESS. EACH SLEEVE HAS FOUR BUTTON HOLES AT THE BOTTOM – A VERTICAL LINE OF THREE BOUND BUTTON HOLES ABOVE THE CUFF AND ONE ON THE DOUBLE CUFF. FRONT OF DRESS HAS NOTCHED COLLAR, AND BUTTONED CLOSURE. TWO LARGE ANGLED PATCH POCKETS AT HIP, TOP OF POCKETS ARE FOLDED OVER. INSIDE COLLAR OF DRESS HAND MARKED “ECCLESTON”, MACHINE LABEL MARKED “‘WEAR THE BEST’, SUNNY SOUTH GARMENTS, LETHBRIDGE, ALTA.” BELOW MACHINE LABEL, RED CARDBOARD TAG STAPLED INTO DRESS MARKED “1/506, HEAVY STARCH.” INTERMITTENT RUST COLORED STAINS. DRESS FASTENED BY 16 REMOVABLE BUTTONS, WHITE PLASTIC. ONE LARGER BUTTON IS CONNECTED TO SMALLER BUTTON BY A ROUND PLASTIC BAR. BUTTONS MEASURE 1.5 CM IN DIAMETER AND 1.0 CM HIGH. DAMAGE SUSTAINED TO ONE BUTTON, SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR REPORT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
History
ACCORDING TO THE DONOR, SHARON NYHOFF (NEE ECCLESTON), AT THE TIME OF DONATION, SHE WORE HER DRESS AS A GRADUATION UNIFORM FOR THE "GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING" ON OCTOBER 16, 1961. NICOLE HEMBROFF, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT, INTERVIEWED NYHOFF BY PHONE ON JULY 7, 2010. AT THAT TIME NYHOFF SAID SHE WORE HER DRESS AFTER GRADUATION AS WELL. AFTER COMPLETING NURSING SCHOOL, NYHOFF WAS ONLY A NURSE FOR FOUR MONTHS. DURING THAT TIME SHE WAS PREGNANT. SHE WORE THE DRESS BECAUSE UNLIKE OTHER NURSING UNIFORMS OF THE DAY, SHE COULD UNBUTTON IT AT THE BELLY TO ALLOW FOR EXPANSION. SHE WOULD WEAR IT WITH THE BIB AND APRON TO HIDE THE FACT THAT SHE HAD UNDONE A FEW BUTTONS. SHE WORE THE DRESS AGAIN IN THE 1980S WHEN SHE WORKED FOR DR. RON BENNET WHO HAD A PRIVATE PRACTICE ON THE NORTH SIDE OF LETHBRIDGE. AT THAT TIME, SHE WORE JUST THE DRESS WITH HER GRAD PIN. THE OFFICE ALSO SUPPLIED OTHER UNIFORMS WHICH WERE WASH AND WEAR. THE GRADUATION UNIFORM WAS DRY CLEAN ONLY. NYHOFF SAID THE BUTTONS WERE PROBABLY REMOVABLE TO ALLOW THE LAUNDRY TO BE DONE MORE EASILY. SHE SAID, "IF YOU HAD TO CHANGE YOUR DRESS OVER, YOU WOULD HAVE TO DO IT THE NIGHT BEFORE BECAUSE YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TIME TO SWITCH ALL OF THE BUTTONS IN THE MORNING." NYHOFF KEPT HER DRESS FOR SENTIMENTAL REASONS. SHE DONATED IT TO THE GALT IN ORDER TO PRESERVE THE MEMORIES SHE ASSOCIATED WITH IT. FOR EXAMPLE, THROUGHOUT NURSING SCHOOL NYHOFF MADE MANY FRIENDS. SHE SAID, "RESIDENCE LIFE IS AN EXPERIENCE ONE USUALLY NEVER FORGETS. A LOT OF 'FUN ACTIVITIES' SUCH AS WATER FIGHTS IN THE HALL AND FILLING A STUDENT'S ROOM WITH NEWSPAPERS ETC. WENT ON IN THE LATE HOURS! SO MANY TIMES ARE SPENT SHARING EMOTIONS, STUDYING WORKING SHIFTS AND DOING AFFILIATIONS TOGETHER. WE WERE FORTUNATE TO HAVE HAD THE EXPERIENCES IN 'PONOKA MENTAL HOSPITAL,' 'T.B. SANITORIUM,' AND THE 'CRIPPLED CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL.' THREE YEARS WENT BY FAST AND AT REUNIONS A LOT OF MEMORIES OF OUR TIMES TOGETHER ARE RECALLED." FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE CLASS OF 1961 SEE ARCHIVES 19941046008. DONATION PART OF A COMPOSITE UNIFORM FROM THE GRADUATING CLASSES OF 1959 AND 1961. GRAD DRESS FROM 1961 IS IDENTICAL TO THOSE USED IN 1959. SEE P20090023001-15, P20090024000, AND P20090026000.
Catalogue Number
P20090025000
Acquisition Date
2009-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
UNIFORM DRESS
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19950073180
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
UNIFORM DRESS
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
89
Width
71
Description
WHITE COTTON CHEMISE-STYLE UNIFORM DRESS. SHORT SLEEVES WITH UPTURNED CUFFS. COLLAR, WITH TWO PEARL BUTTONS AT NECKLINE. FRONT TUCKS DOWN LENGTH OF FRONT TO HEMLINE. TWO LARGE POCKETS ON SKIRT FRONT. ZIPPER AT BACK. TAG INSIDE NECKLINE WITH "LACROSS PROFESSIONAL UNIFORMS SANFORIZED PLUS WASH AND WEAR". HEM HAS BEEN TAKEN UP SLIGHTLY.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
RETAIL TRADE
History
BELONGED TO DONOR'S MOTHER. MANY NEW IMMIGRANTS FOUND EMPLOYMENT IN THE SERVICE SECTOR, INCLUDING RESTAURANTS, CONVENIENCE STORES, AND LAUNDRIES. THIS UNIFORM BELONGED TO MYRA ING, THE DONOR’S MOTHER. THE FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED SEVERAL GROCETERIAS AND RESTAURANTS IN THE CITY BETWEEN THE 1950'S AND THE 1980'S. *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
P19950073180
Acquisition Date
1995-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BASEBALL UNIFORM
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, WOOL
Catalogue Number
P20030051024
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BASEBALL UNIFORM
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
COTTON, WOOL
No. Pieces
4
Description
1. SHIRT. 84.0(L). SLEEVELESS, COLLARLESS. OFF WHITE. OPENS DOWN FRONT. HAS 6 WHITE PLASTIC BUTTONS FOR CLOSURES. AROUND NECK AND ARMHOLES IS ORANGE EDGING. ON RIGHT CHEST IS AN EMBROIDERED PATCH WITH "ALBERTA" ACROSS TOP IN A BANNER, BELOW THAT IS AN ALBERTA WILD ROSE, AND BELOW THAT IS THE ALBERTA CREST. ON LEFT CHEST THE NUMBERS "14" ARE SEWN ON IN BLACK. SEWN ONTO BACK OF SHIRT IS A LARGE YELLOW AND FADED BLUE OR GREEN PATCH. PATCH IS MINER'S LIBRARY CLUB LOGO. LOGO CONSISTS OF A CIRCLE WITH A MINER'S CAP IN THE CENTER AND "MINERS' LIBRARY CLUB" AROUND THE PERIMETER. ACROSS BOTTOM IS A BANNER WITH "LETHBRIDGE JR'S.", BELOW WHICH IS AN OPEN BOOK. A TAG INSIDE NECKLINE OF SHIRT READS "UNIQUE ATHLETIC SUPPLIES". TAG IS FRAYED AND WORN. SHIRT HAS SOME WEAR OVERALL. 2. PANTS. 91.0(L). OFF WHITE, WITH ORANGE EDGING RUNNING DOWN SIDES. HAS A WHITE PLASTIC BUTTON AND ZIPPER AT FRONT OF WAISTBAND. BACK HAS TWO FLAPPED PATCH POCKETS ONE WITH WHITE PLASTIC BUTTON (OTHER BUTTON MISSING). WAISTBAND HAS 3 NARROW, AND 3 VERY WIDE BELT LOOPS. BOTTOMS OF LEGS ARE ELASTICIZED. RIGHT KNEE HAS A PATCH AND REPAIR. BOTH KNEES ARE REINFORCED ON INSIDE WITH LARGE PATCHES OF BLUE DENIM. PANTS HAVE LARGE STAINS THROUGHOUT (LOTS OF BLUE STAINS), AND ARE WORN. 3. STIRRUPS. 46.5(L). PAIR OF KNIT, GREEN WOOL LEGGINGS WITH STIRRUPS AT THE BOTTOM. ELASTICIZED AT TOP. NARROW AT BOTTOM NEAR STIRRUPS. IN FAIR CONDITION, EACH HAS HOLES, ALONG WITH SOME FRAYING AND ACCRETIONS ON BOTTOM OF STIRRUPS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
ASSOCIATIONS
History
RETRIEVED FROM THE MINERS' LIBRARY BUILDING ON 13TH STREET NORTH AFTER ITS CLOSURE. LIBRARY MATERIALS AND MINING MEMORABILIA WERE KEPT IN A DISPLAY CASE LOCATED IN THE SOUTH WEST CORNER OF THE MAIN FLOOR CLUB ROOM. THE ORIGIN OF THE LETHBRIDGE MINERS' LIBRARY BEGINS WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A LIBRARY AND READING ROOM BY THE EMPLOYEES OF THE ALBERTA RAILWAY AND COAL CO., IN 1890. THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE LIBRARY WAS FOLLOWING IN THE TRADITION OF THE MECHANICS' LIBRARIES, ALSO CALLED MECAHNICS' INSTITUTES, THAT SPRANG UP ACROSS EASTERN NORTH AMERICA IN THE MID 1800S. THEY WERE SELF-HELP INSTITUTES SET UP BY WORKING MEN TO PROVIDE EDUCATION FOR WORKING MEN SO THEY COULD BETTER THEMSELVES IN LIFE. THE MINERS' LIBRARY WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO THOSE WHO WANTED TO MOVE UP THE ECHELON IN THE COAL MINE. IT WAS ORIGINALLY HOUSED IN A SMALL BUILDING NEXT DOOR TO 108 5TH STREET SOUTH, AND MEMBERSHIP WAS NOT RESTRICTED TO MINERS. A YEAR LATER THE EMPLOYEES RENOVATED THE FORMER #1 BOARDING HOUSE, LOCATED ON THE NORTH SIDE OF MACLEOD ROAD, FOR RELOCATION OF THE LIBRARY AND WHEN THIS LARGER BUILDING OPENED IT IS SAID TO HAVE HAD 300 BOOKS. WITH THE REORGANIZATION OF THE GALT COMPANIES IN 1904, THE AR&C COMPANY'S EMPLOYEES' READING ROOM AND LIBRARY SOCIETY BECAME THE ALBERTA RAILWAY AND IRRIGATION COMPANY'S EMPLOYEE'S READING ROOM AND LIBRARY SOCIETY. THE LIBRARY CONTAINED 1500 BOOKS, PLUS MANY MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS. IN 1908 THE SOCIETY WAS REFERRED TO AS THE GALT MINER'S LIBRARY, AND STILL IN THE #1 BOARDING HOUSE BUILDING, IT CONTAINED A BILLIARD ROOM AND GYMNASIUM. THE NEXT KNOWN MOVE OF THE LIBRARY WAS IN 1917 WHEN THE GALT MINES LIBRARY PURCHASED THE BAILEY ST. SCHOOL AND MOVED IT TO 733 13TH ST. NORTH - WHERE IT IS STILL PART OF THE MODERN BUILDING THAT USED TO BE THE MINER'S LIBRARY. AFTER THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A LIBRARY IN THE YMCA IN 1919 AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CARNEGIE FUNDED LIBRARY IN GALT GARDENS, THE 'LIBRARY AND READING ROOM' ACTIVITIES BECAME OF LESSER IMPORTANCE. THE MINERS' LIBRARY BECAME MORE OF A SOCIAL CLUB WHICH HAS GIVEN GREAT FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO MANY ASPECTS OF THE LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY. A BAR AREA IN THE CLUB'S BASEMENT PROVIDED A SPACE FOR PRIVATE FUNCTIONS SUCH AS WEDDINGS, OFFICE PARTIES, FUNERALS AND VARIOUS CLUB ACTIVITIES. THE UPSTAIRS BLACK NUGGET LOUNGE OFFERED MEALS, DRINKS, LIVE MUSIC, DARTS, POOL, CRIB AND VLTS. LONG TIME MEMBERS COULD BUY THEIR CHAIR AND HAVE THEIR NAME ON IT. A REGISTERED NON-PROFIT SOCIETY, THE CLUB MADE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FORMER ADAMS PARK BALL FIELD AND SPECTATOR STANDS, AND SUPPORTED MANY SPORTS AND SPORTS TEAMS THROUGH THE YEARS. THERE ARE ALSO SEVERAL PARKS THAT HAVE THEIR ROOTS IN FUNDS FROM THE LIBRARY. THE CLUB WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN BUILDING PAVAN PARK, AND VARIOUS SPORTS VENUES. AS MEMBERSHIP IN THE CLUB DWINDLED THE CLUB'S SALES COULD NOT COVER THE DAILY COSTS OF RUNNING THE OPERATION. IN 2000 FUNDRAISING EFFORTS WERE UNDERTAKEN, AND ALONG WITH AN AUCTION AND CRAFT AND BAKE SALES, THE CLUB SOLICITED DONATIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ITS HISTORY. HOWEVER, BY 2003 THE CLUB HAD ONLY 300 MEMBERS (LESS THAN 1/3 OF THAT 3 YEARS PRIOR) AND AFTER 113 YEARS IT WAS FORCED TO CLOSE IT'S DOORS. AT THE TIME OF ITS CLOSURE THE LETHBRIDGE MINERS' LIBRARY CLUB WAS THE LONGEST STANDING MEN-ONLY CLUB, AND THE OLDEST CONTINUALLY RUNNING CLUB IN ALBERTA.
Catalogue Number
P20030051024
Acquisition Date
2004-04
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
NURSE'S UNIFORM
Date Range From
1955
Date Range To
1965
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FABRIC
Catalogue Number
P19990030003
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
NURSE'S UNIFORM
Date Range From
1955
Date Range To
1965
Materials
FABRIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
28.0
Description
WRAP-AROUND STYLE; WHITE; STARCHED; 6.5 CM WIDE WAISTBAND; LAPS OVER IN THE BACK WITH TWO BUTTONS ON EACH SIDE; TWO SETS OF BUTTON HOLES MATCH UP; HEM IS 10.0 CM WIDE; SKIRT IS SLIGHTLY GATHERED; INSIDE THE SKIRT IS A RECTANGULAR PIECE OF FABRIC (13.2 X 6 CM) ATTACHED TO THE CENTRE OF THE WAISTBAND. ON ONE OF THE SIDE HEMS IS THE NAME "J.A.DAY" WHICH HAS BEEN SCRATCHED OUT. WRITTEN IN BLACK IS "721", WHICH CORRESPONDS WITH THE UNIFORM (P19990030001-GA). SOILED IN A COUPLE OF PLACES ON FRONT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
History
SKIRT IS PART OF THE NURSING OUTFIT WORN BY BETTE J. BAILIE (NEE DAY). SHE TRAINED AT THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING FROM 1960-1962. IN 1962, SHE MARRIED LAWRENCE BAILIE. DURING 1962-64, SHE WORKED AT THE GENERAL HOSPITAL IN CALGARY. HER CAREER ENDED IN 1965, WHEN THEY MOVED TO STETTLER, ALBERTA. BETTE WON AN AWARD FOR PEDIATRICS. FARMING BROUGHT HER FAMILY TO SOUTHERN ALBERTA IN 1909. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A NURSING UNIFORM DONATED BY LAWRENCE BAILIE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. BETTE J. BAILIE (NEE DAY) WAS THE DAUGHTER OF BUD AND INGA (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) DAY. SHE RECEIVED HER PRIMARY EDUCATION IN FORT MACLEOD AND GRADUATED FROM THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING IN 1962. ON SEPTEMBER 22, 1962, BETTE WAS MARRIED TO LAWRENCE BAILIE. THE COUPLE LIVED IN CALGARY FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, WHERE BETTE WORKED AT THE CALGARY GENERAL HOSPITAL. THEY THEN MOVED TO STETTLER FOR 10 YEARS BEFORE RETURNING TO LETHBRIDGE. BETTE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 57 ON JANUARY 13, 1998. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN 2017, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILE ARTIFACTS, INCLUDING THIS NURSING OUTFIT WORN BY BETTE BAILIE. ON 24 NOVEMBER 2017 PUNDYK CONDUCTED AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DONOR, LAWRENCE BAILIE, WHO WAS MARRIED TO BETTE. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: LAWRENCE BAILIE EXPLAINS HE DONATED THIS OUTFIT BECAUSE, “MY LATE WIFE HAD SAVED THIS FROM HER DAYS OF TRAINING AT THE LETHBRIDGE GALT HOSPITAL. AND SHE, OH I THINK SHE STARTED IN 1960 AND GRADUATED IN 1962… I THINK FOR YEARS WE HAD IT IN A SUITCASE OR TRUNK JUST ‘CAUSE IT WAS – ACTUALLY HER WHOLE IDEA WAS, I THINK, THAT SHE WANTED TO SHOW HER GRANDDAUGHTER THIS AS PART OF HER LIFE, I GUESS IS WHAT IT WAS ALL ABOUT.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HOW HIS WIFE FIRST ACQUIRED THE NURSING OUTFIT, BAILIE REPLIED, “THEY DIDN’T START OUT WITH THIS TYPE OF UNIFORM BECAUSE THEY STARTED OUT WITH A DIFFERENT TYPE WHEN THEY WERE IN THEIR FIRST YEAR AND I THINK THEY CALLED THEM ‘PEROGIES,’ AND THEN AFTER THE FIRST YEAR IS WHEN THEY GOT THEIR UNIFORMS AND THEY WORE THEM ALL THE TIME… I WOULD SAY [THIS TYPE OF UNIFORM WAS WORN] FROM THE FIRST YEAR [TO THE] END OF THE SECOND YEAR WHILE THEY WERE WORKING AND THIS SORT OF PUT THEM APART FROM OTHER NURSES IN THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE THEY HAD THIS TYPE OF UNIFORM ON... NOW ONCE THEY GRADUATED THEY DIDN’T HAVE THIS UNIFORM ANYMORE, THEY ACTUALLY HAD WHAT YOU WOULD BUY, LIKE A COMMERCIALLY-MADE NURSE’S DRESS… THEY WERE WHITE AND YOU COULD BUY DIFFERENT DESIGNS OF THEM. THEY HAD TO GO TO A SPECIAL PLACE TO BUY THE NURSE’S UNIFORMS THAT THEY WORE ONCE THEY WERE WORKING.” BAILIE CONTINUED, “AFTER SHE GRADUATED AND WE WERE MARRIED… SHE WORKED IN CALGARY AT THE GENERAL HOSPITAL, AND NURSES WERE NOT ALLOWED TO WEAR THE SAME CLOTHES WHILE THEY WERE NURSING – THEIR STREET CLOTHES – THEY HAD TO HAVE CLEAN CLOTHES IN THE LOCKERS THAT THEY HAD TO PUT ON SO THEY COULDN’T BRING, SUPPOSEDLY, GERMS INTO THE HOSPITAL. SO THEIR SHOES, EVERYTHING HAD TO BE CHANGED ... [SO] SHE HAD TO BRING HER UNIFORMS [TO THE HOSPITAL]. THEY HAD TO BE WASHED AND CLEANED, SO SHE HAD TO WASH, CLEAN THEM, AND TAKE THEM BACK AND FORTH, AND PUT THEM IN HER LOCKER AND WHATEVER.” WHEN ASKED WHY HIS WIFE BECAME A NURSE, BAILIE EXPLAINED, “MY WIFE USED TO ALWAYS SAY, “WELL I DIDN’T HAVE MUCH CHOICE IN THOSE DAYS BECAUSE” SHE SAID, ‘I EITHER HAD TO BE A SCHOOLTEACHER OR NURSE.’ AND SHE SAID, ‘I DIDN’T WANT TO BE A SCHOOL TEACHER.’ AND SHE KNEW THAT, WELL HER MOTHER WAS, MAKE SURE THAT SHE BECAME SOMETHING. SHE HAD TO. LIKE HER MOM SAID, ‘YOU’LL STAY THERE FOREVER. YOU HAVE TO GRADUATE ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, WHATEVER.’ SO SHE DIDN’T HAVE A CHOICE.” THE WAY THAT LAWRENCE AND BETTE MET WAS THROUGH A FUNDRAISING DANCE FOR THE NURSING ALUMNI. BAILIE SHARED THE STORY: “I THINK THE PROCEEDS FROM TWO DANCES A YEAR TO GO TO THEIR ALUMNI OR WHATEVER THEY HAD [THROUGH THE NURSING SCHOOL]. AND SO THEN, THEY HAD THESE DANCES AT THE PAVILION, AT THE HENDERSON LAKE PAVILION, AND SO ONE OF THE DANCES THE GALT SCHOOL WAS PUTTING ON. I MET HER THERE AT ONE OF THE DANCES…I COULD TELL YOU ALL KINDS OF – IT WAS KIND OF CUTE, IN THE SENSE THAT, I ASKED IF I COULD TAKE HER HOME AND SHE SAID, ‘WELL ONLY IF I COULD BRING MY FRIEND.’ AND I SAID, “NO, NOT A PROBLEM.” SO THEN SHE SAID – AND I SAID, “HOW ARE YOU GOING TO GET HOME OTHERWISE?” AND SHE SAID, “WELL WE, WE HAD,” I DON’T KNOW, LET’S SAY, A COUPLE OF DOLLARS IN HER SHOE, SO SHE COULD GET A TAXI BACK TO THIS THING, AND IF, YOU KNOW, SO. AND SHE THOUGHT THAT MAYBE I WAS SAFE ENOUGH TO RIDE HOME WITH SO, AND ANYWAYS I TOOK HER HOME FROM THE DANCE AND THAT’S HOW WE STARTED OUR COURTSHIP OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO SAY FROM THAT TIME. I CALLED HER UP LATER… I LIVED WAY OUT IN SKIFF AND WE HAD A LOCAL PAY DIAL OR PAY PHONE THERE, SO WHEN I USED TO GO IN TO PHONE HER AND ASK HER FOR A DATE WHEN EVERYBODY IN THE STORE WOULD HEAR WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT. SO YOU COULDN’T SAY VERY MUCH PERSONAL ‘CAUSE EVERYBODY WOULD HEAR.” BAILIE WENT ON TO SAY, “MY WIFE CONSIDERED HER TRAINING AND LIVING IN RESIDENCE WITH THESE OTHER GIRLS THE BEST TIME OF HER LIFE. SHE HAD SUCH A GOOD TIME WITH THE OTHER GIRLS AND SHE REALLY CHERISHED THAT AND SHE HAD SOME VERY, VERY DEAR FRIENDS. I DON’T THINK MOST PEOPLE DON’T HAVE A CHANCE TO HAVE THAT CLOSE OF FRIENDS, BECAUSE THEY LIVED THERE, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK FOR TWO YEARS AND THEY FOUND A NUMBER OF THEM UP AND DOWN THE HALLS AND THEY DID LITTLE TRICKS WITH EACH OTHER, AND WENT OUT FOR COFFEE WITH EACH OTHER…THEY DID A LOT OF THINGS TOGETHER SO THEY BECAME VERY, VERY GOOD FRIENDS.” BAILIE BROUGHT A SCRAPBOOK TO THE MUSEUM ON THE DAY OF THE INTERVIEW THAT BETTE HAD PUT TOGETHER FROM HER NURSING DAYS, WHICH INCLUDED INFORMATION ABOUT HER GRADUATION. SHE RECEIVED THE “EMILY HICK MEMORIAL AWARD FOR PROFICIENCY IN PEDIATRICS.” BAILIE EXPLAINS THAT WORKING IN PEDIATRICS WAS “HER LIFE. THAT’S WHAT SHE LOVED.” UPON GRADUATION, BETTE MARRIED LAWRENCE AND BEGAN NURSING IN CALGARY – WORKING ON THE PEDIATRIC WARD – WHILE LAWRENCE HAD WORKED FOR A TELEPHONE COMPANY. HE EXPLAINS, “BEING A FARM BOY, WELL I DIDN’T LIKE CALGARY, AND SO I WANTED TO GO TO A SMALLER PLACE, SO AT THAT TIME WE COULD BID OUT, SO I WENT TO STETTLER, SO NATURALLY SHE MOVED WITH ME TO STETTLER AND SHE DIDN’T WANT TO GET A JOB…SHE DIDN’T WANT TO BE A NURSE THEN, ‘CAUSE THE TYPE OF PERSON SHE WAS THAT, AND SHE LOVED THE KIDS AND EVERYTHING, BUT WHEN THERE WAS A COUPLE OF TIMES WHEN SHE WAS IN CALGARY WHERE SHE WOULD BE ON HEAD NURSE OR SOMETHING, AND SOME KIDS WOULD COME IN IN VERY SERIOUS CONDITION. AND SHE HAD TO [DECIDE] A LOT OF SERIOUS THINGS TO SEE WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO DO WITH THE CHILD. AND THAT REALLY BOTHERED HER… SHE TOOK HER WORK HOME [WITH HER]... SO SHE RETIRED AND RAISED OUR FAMILY.” WHILE BETTE RETIRED FROM NURSING, SHE CONTINUED TO USE HER SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE FROM NURSING SCHOOL THROUGHOUT THE BAILIE’S FAMILY LIFE. BAILIE REMEMBERS, “BEING THAT IN HER TRAINING, THEY LEARNED ALL ABOUT WHAT YOU SHOULD EAT AND WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T EAT AND ALL OF THOSE THINGS OR WHATEVER, SO WE ATE VERY HEALTHY…THE NATURAL THINGS THAT SHE LEARNED WHEN SHE WAS TRAINING TO BE A NURSE. SHE TOOK THEM, SHE KEPT THEM WITH HER AND SHE WAS RAISING HER FAMILY WITH THE STUFF THAT SHE HAD LEARNED, YOU KNOW. AND THEN, NATURALLY, ONE OF OUR KIDS FELL AND HURT HIMSELF OR DID SOMETHING AND SHE’D DO THAT DOCTOR/NURSING THING – ‘CAN YOU MOVE THIS? SO YOU ARM’S NOT BROKEN?’ OR SHE WOULD BANDAGE OR WHATEVER. AND SHE SAID, ‘YOU’LL LIVE.’ YOU KNOW, I REMEMBER STILL. THAT WAS ONE OF HER FAVOURITE THINGS. YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE KIDS WOULD GET HURT OR SOMETHING AND SHE’D SAY, ‘THEY’LL BE OKAY. THEY’LL LIVE.’” THE BAILIE’S SONS ARE NAMED NEIL AND ROBERT (BOB). BETTE PASSED AWAY AFTER A SECOND BATTLE WITH CANCER, BAILIE EXPLAINS, “AS FAR AS CANCER TAKING HER AT A YOUNG AGE WAS – DOESN’T MAKE A LOT OF SENSE TO A LOT OF PEOPLE, I GUESS. BUT SHE WAS A VERY HEALTHY-LIVING PERSON. LIKE SHE NEVER SMOKED, SHE NEVER DRANK, AND IT DIDN’T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE WHEN IT COME TO THE CANCER. YOU KNOW. AND SHE DID LOOK AFTER HERSELF… PRIOR TO HER GETTING, FINDING OUT SHE HAD CANCER THE SECOND TIME, SHE TRAINED WITH A GIRL NEXT DOOR FOR THE IRON MAN.” BAILIE ALSO SAID, “I COULD TALK FOREVER ON HER, ABOUT HER. SHE WAS A GREAT GIRL... SHE HAD A GREAT PERSONALITY. VERY QUIET, SHE WAS QUIET BUT YEAH. BUT AGAIN, LIKE I SAY, I DON’T KNOW. LIKE THIS STUFF WE’VE KEPT, LIKE I’VE GOT THIS STUFF NOW. AND I DON’T KNOW. LIKE I’VE GOT TONS OF STUFF THAT BELONGS TO HER AND I JUST DON’T WANT TO GIVE IT UP. BUT IF I GIVE IT TO MY SON, I DON’T KNOW WHAT HE’LL DO WITH IT. LIKE I HATE TO SEE IT LOST BECAUSE SHE WAS IMPORTANT. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION.
Catalogue Number
P19990030003
Acquisition Date
1999-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1955
Date Range To
1965
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
RAYON
Catalogue Number
P19990030001
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1955
Date Range To
1965
Materials
RAYON
No. Pieces
1
Length
95.5
Description
SHIFT-STYLE DRESS; WHITE; SHORT SLEEVES; SIX BUTTON PLACKET FRONT CLOSURE ON UNIFORM. TWO FRONT POCKETS (15.5 X 17.0 CM) WITH ROUNDED CORNERS. INSIDE THE RIGHT POCKET IS A RECTANGULAR POCKET (11.5 X 6.8 CM). THE SLEEVES HAVE ONE BUTTON AS DECORATION. ALL BUTTONS ON THE UNIFORM ARE PEARL WHITE. THE BACK HAS A CENTRE SEAM. AT THE HEM LINE IS A KICK PLACKET (12.0 CM LONG). THOUGH THE UNIFORM IS WHITE, ITS DESIGN IS PINSTRIPED AND THREE PETAL "FLOWERS" MADE OF WHITE THREAD. AT THE NECK IS A WHITE CLOTH LABEL WITH RED LETTERS "A ROBBIN-DALE".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
History
UNIFORM IS PART OF THE NURSING OUTFIT WORN BY BETTE J. BAILIE (NEE DAY). SHE TRAINED AT THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING FROM 1960-1962. IN 1962, SHE MARRIED LAWRENCE BAILIE. DURING 1962-64, SHE WORKED AT THE GENERAL HOSPITAL IN CALGARY. HER CAREER ENDED IN 1965, WHEN THEY MOVED TO STETTLER, ALBERTA. BETTE WON AN AWARD FOR PEDIATRICS. FARMING BROUGHT HER FAMILY TO SOUTHERN ALBERTA IN 1909. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A NURSING UNIFORM DONATED BY LAWRENCE BAILIE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. BETTE J. BAILIE (NEE DAY) WAS THE DAUGHTER OF BUD AND INGA (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) DAY. SHE RECEIVED HER PRIMARY EDUCATION IN FORT MACLEOD AND GRADUATED FROM THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING IN 1962. ON SEPTEMBER 22, 1962, BETTE WAS MARRIED TO LAWRENCE BAILIE. THE COUPLE LIVED IN CALGARY FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, WHERE BETTE WORKED AT THE CALGARY GENERAL HOSPITAL. THEY THEN MOVED TO STETTLER FOR 10 YEARS BEFORE RETURNING TO LETHBRIDGE. BETTE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 57 ON JANUARY 13, 1998. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN 2017, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILE ARTIFACTS, INCLUDING THIS NURSING OUTFIT WORN BY BETTE BAILIE. ON 24 NOVEMBER 2017 PUNDYK CONDUCTED AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DONOR, LAWRENCE BAILIE, WHO WAS MARRIED TO BETTE. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: LAWRENCE BAILIE EXPLAINS HE DONATED THIS OUTFIT BECAUSE, “MY LATE WIFE HAD SAVED THIS FROM HER DAYS OF TRAINING AT THE LETHBRIDGE GALT HOSPITAL. AND SHE, OH I THINK SHE STARTED IN 1960 AND GRADUATED IN 1962… I THINK FOR YEARS WE HAD IT IN A SUITCASE OR TRUNK JUST ‘CAUSE IT WAS – ACTUALLY HER WHOLE IDEA WAS, I THINK, THAT SHE WANTED TO SHOW HER GRANDDAUGHTER THIS AS PART OF HER LIFE, I GUESS IS WHAT IT WAS ALL ABOUT.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HOW HIS WIFE FIRST ACQUIRED THE NURSING OUTFIT, BAILIE REPLIED, “THEY DIDN’T START OUT WITH THIS TYPE OF UNIFORM BECAUSE THEY STARTED OUT WITH A DIFFERENT TYPE WHEN THEY WERE IN THEIR FIRST YEAR AND I THINK THEY CALLED THEM ‘PEROGIES,’ AND THEN AFTER THE FIRST YEAR IS WHEN THEY GOT THEIR UNIFORMS AND THEY WORE THEM ALL THE TIME… I WOULD SAY [THIS TYPE OF UNIFORM WAS WORN] FROM THE FIRST YEAR [TO THE] END OF THE SECOND YEAR WHILE THEY WERE WORKING AND THIS SORT OF PUT THEM APART FROM OTHER NURSES IN THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE THEY HAD THIS TYPE OF UNIFORM ON... NOW ONCE THEY GRADUATED THEY DIDN’T HAVE THIS UNIFORM ANYMORE, THEY ACTUALLY HAD WHAT YOU WOULD BUY, LIKE A COMMERCIALLY-MADE NURSE’S DRESS… THEY WERE WHITE AND YOU COULD BUY DIFFERENT DESIGNS OF THEM. THEY HAD TO GO TO A SPECIAL PLACE TO BUY THE NURSE’S UNIFORMS THAT THEY WORE ONCE THEY WERE WORKING.” BAILIE CONTINUED, “AFTER SHE GRADUATED AND WE WERE MARRIED… SHE WORKED IN CALGARY AT THE GENERAL HOSPITAL, AND NURSES WERE NOT ALLOWED TO WEAR THE SAME CLOTHES WHILE THEY WERE NURSING – THEIR STREET CLOTHES – THEY HAD TO HAVE CLEAN CLOTHES IN THE LOCKERS THAT THEY HAD TO PUT ON SO THEY COULDN’T BRING, SUPPOSEDLY, GERMS INTO THE HOSPITAL. SO THEIR SHOES, EVERYTHING HAD TO BE CHANGED ... [SO] SHE HAD TO BRING HER UNIFORMS [TO THE HOSPITAL]. THEY HAD TO BE WASHED AND CLEANED, SO SHE HAD TO WASH, CLEAN THEM, AND TAKE THEM BACK AND FORTH, AND PUT THEM IN HER LOCKER AND WHATEVER.” WHEN ASKED WHY HIS WIFE BECAME A NURSE, BAILIE EXPLAINED, “MY WIFE USED TO ALWAYS SAY, “WELL I DIDN’T HAVE MUCH CHOICE IN THOSE DAYS BECAUSE” SHE SAID, ‘I EITHER HAD TO BE A SCHOOLTEACHER OR NURSE.’ AND SHE SAID, ‘I DIDN’T WANT TO BE A SCHOOL TEACHER.’ AND SHE KNEW THAT, WELL HER MOTHER WAS, MAKE SURE THAT SHE BECAME SOMETHING. SHE HAD TO. LIKE HER MOM SAID, ‘YOU’LL STAY THERE FOREVER. YOU HAVE TO GRADUATE ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, WHATEVER.’ SO SHE DIDN’T HAVE A CHOICE.” THE WAY THAT LAWRENCE AND BETTE MET WAS THROUGH A FUNDRAISING DANCE FOR THE NURSING ALUMNI. BAILIE SHARED THE STORY: “I THINK THE PROCEEDS FROM TWO DANCES A YEAR TO GO TO THEIR ALUMNI OR WHATEVER THEY HAD [THROUGH THE NURSING SCHOOL]. AND SO THEN, THEY HAD THESE DANCES AT THE PAVILION, AT THE HENDERSON LAKE PAVILION, AND SO ONE OF THE DANCES THE GALT SCHOOL WAS PUTTING ON. I MET HER THERE AT ONE OF THE DANCES…I COULD TELL YOU ALL KINDS OF – IT WAS KIND OF CUTE, IN THE SENSE THAT, I ASKED IF I COULD TAKE HER HOME AND SHE SAID, ‘WELL ONLY IF I COULD BRING MY FRIEND.’ AND I SAID, “NO, NOT A PROBLEM.” SO THEN SHE SAID – AND I SAID, “HOW ARE YOU GOING TO GET HOME OTHERWISE?” AND SHE SAID, “WELL WE, WE HAD,” I DON’T KNOW, LET’S SAY, A COUPLE OF DOLLARS IN HER SHOE, SO SHE COULD GET A TAXI BACK TO THIS THING, AND IF, YOU KNOW, SO. AND SHE THOUGHT THAT MAYBE I WAS SAFE ENOUGH TO RIDE HOME WITH SO, AND ANYWAYS I TOOK HER HOME FROM THE DANCE AND THAT’S HOW WE STARTED OUR COURTSHIP OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO SAY FROM THAT TIME. I CALLED HER UP LATER… I LIVED WAY OUT IN SKIFF AND WE HAD A LOCAL PAY DIAL OR PAY PHONE THERE, SO WHEN I USED TO GO IN TO PHONE HER AND ASK HER FOR A DATE WHEN EVERYBODY IN THE STORE WOULD HEAR WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT. SO YOU COULDN’T SAY VERY MUCH PERSONAL ‘CAUSE EVERYBODY WOULD HEAR.” BAILIE WENT ON TO SAY, “MY WIFE CONSIDERED HER TRAINING AND LIVING IN RESIDENCE WITH THESE OTHER GIRLS THE BEST TIME OF HER LIFE. SHE HAD SUCH A GOOD TIME WITH THE OTHER GIRLS AND SHE REALLY CHERISHED THAT AND SHE HAD SOME VERY, VERY DEAR FRIENDS. I DON’T THINK MOST PEOPLE DON’T HAVE A CHANCE TO HAVE THAT CLOSE OF FRIENDS, BECAUSE THEY LIVED THERE, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK FOR TWO YEARS AND THEY FOUND A NUMBER OF THEM UP AND DOWN THE HALLS AND THEY DID LITTLE TRICKS WITH EACH OTHER, AND WENT OUT FOR COFFEE WITH EACH OTHER…THEY DID A LOT OF THINGS TOGETHER SO THEY BECAME VERY, VERY GOOD FRIENDS.” BAILIE BROUGHT A SCRAPBOOK TO THE MUSEUM ON THE DAY OF THE INTERVIEW THAT BETTE HAD PUT TOGETHER FROM HER NURSING DAYS, WHICH INCLUDED INFORMATION ABOUT HER GRADUATION. SHE RECEIVED THE “EMILY HICK MEMORIAL AWARD FOR PROFICIENCY IN PEDIATRICS.” BAILIE EXPLAINS THAT WORKING IN PEDIATRICS WAS “HER LIFE. THAT’S WHAT SHE LOVED.” UPON GRADUATION, BETTE MARRIED LAWRENCE AND BEGAN NURSING IN CALGARY – WORKING ON THE PEDIATRIC WARD – WHILE LAWRENCE HAD WORKED FOR A TELEPHONE COMPANY. HE EXPLAINS, “BEING A FARM BOY, WELL I DIDN’T LIKE CALGARY, AND SO I WANTED TO GO TO A SMALLER PLACE, SO AT THAT TIME WE COULD BID OUT, SO I WENT TO STETTLER, SO NATURALLY SHE MOVED WITH ME TO STETTLER AND SHE DIDN’T WANT TO GET A JOB…SHE DIDN’T WANT TO BE A NURSE THEN, ‘CAUSE THE TYPE OF PERSON SHE WAS THAT, AND SHE LOVED THE KIDS AND EVERYTHING, BUT WHEN THERE WAS A COUPLE OF TIMES WHEN SHE WAS IN CALGARY WHERE SHE WOULD BE ON HEAD NURSE OR SOMETHING, AND SOME KIDS WOULD COME IN IN VERY SERIOUS CONDITION. AND SHE HAD TO [DECIDE] A LOT OF SERIOUS THINGS TO SEE WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO DO WITH THE CHILD. AND THAT REALLY BOTHERED HER… SHE TOOK HER WORK HOME [WITH HER]... SO SHE RETIRED AND RAISED OUR FAMILY.” WHILE BETTE RETIRED FROM NURSING, SHE CONTINUED TO USE HER SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE FROM NURSING SCHOOL THROUGHOUT THE BAILIE’S FAMILY LIFE. BAILIE REMEMBERS, “BEING THAT IN HER TRAINING, THEY LEARNED ALL ABOUT WHAT YOU SHOULD EAT AND WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T EAT AND ALL OF THOSE THINGS OR WHATEVER, SO WE ATE VERY HEALTHY…THE NATURAL THINGS THAT SHE LEARNED WHEN SHE WAS TRAINING TO BE A NURSE. SHE TOOK THEM, SHE KEPT THEM WITH HER AND SHE WAS RAISING HER FAMILY WITH THE STUFF THAT SHE HAD LEARNED, YOU KNOW. AND THEN, NATURALLY, ONE OF OUR KIDS FELL AND HURT HIMSELF OR DID SOMETHING AND SHE’D DO THAT DOCTOR/NURSING THING – ‘CAN YOU MOVE THIS? SO YOU ARM’S NOT BROKEN?’ OR SHE WOULD BANDAGE OR WHATEVER. AND SHE SAID, ‘YOU’LL LIVE.’ YOU KNOW, I REMEMBER STILL. THAT WAS ONE OF HER FAVOURITE THINGS. YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE KIDS WOULD GET HURT OR SOMETHING AND SHE’D SAY, ‘THEY’LL BE OKAY. THEY’LL LIVE.’” THE BAILIE’S SONS ARE NAMED NEIL AND ROBERT (BOB). BETTE PASSED AWAY AFTER A SECOND BATTLE WITH CANCER, BAILIE EXPLAINS, “AS FAR AS CANCER TAKING HER AT A YOUNG AGE WAS – DOESN’T MAKE A LOT OF SENSE TO A LOT OF PEOPLE, I GUESS. BUT SHE WAS A VERY HEALTHY-LIVING PERSON. LIKE SHE NEVER SMOKED, SHE NEVER DRANK, AND IT DIDN’T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE WHEN IT COME TO THE CANCER. YOU KNOW. AND SHE DID LOOK AFTER HERSELF… PRIOR TO HER GETTING, FINDING OUT SHE HAD CANCER THE SECOND TIME, SHE TRAINED WITH A GIRL NEXT DOOR FOR THE IRON MAN.” BAILIE ALSO SAID, “I COULD TALK FOREVER ON HER, ABOUT HER. SHE WAS A GREAT GIRL... SHE HAD A GREAT PERSONALITY. VERY QUIET, SHE WAS QUIET BUT YEAH. BUT AGAIN, LIKE I SAY, I DON’T KNOW. LIKE THIS STUFF WE’VE KEPT, LIKE I’VE GOT THIS STUFF NOW. AND I DON’T KNOW. LIKE I’VE GOT TONS OF STUFF THAT BELONGS TO HER AND I JUST DON’T WANT TO GIVE IT UP. BUT IF I GIVE IT TO MY SON, I DON’T KNOW WHAT HE’LL DO WITH IT. LIKE I HATE TO SEE IT LOST BECAUSE SHE WAS IMPORTANT. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION.
Catalogue Number
P19990030001
Acquisition Date
1999-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SYNTHETIC FABRIC, VELVET
Catalogue Number
P20010103006
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1980
Materials
SYNTHETIC FABRIC, VELVET
No. Pieces
2
Length
86.5
Width
51.0
Description
1. JACKET. ABOVE DIMENSIONS. JACKET IS MADE OF WHITE DAMASK. JACKET HAS WIDE, NOTCHED LAPELS MADE FROM BLACK VELVET. LAPELS ARE TRIMMED WITH A BLACK BRAID. CUFFS ARE ALSO MADE FROM BLACK VELVET. HAS A WELT BREAST POCKET ON LEFT HAND SIDE. AS WELL AS TWO FLAPPED, DOUBLE-BESOM POCKETS ON WAIST. THE WELTS ON THESE POCKETS ARE FORMED FROM BLACK VELVET. FRONT OF COAT CLOSES WITH THREE BUTTONS, COVERED IN BLACK VELVET; THERE IS ONE BUTTON ON EACH CUFF, ALSO COVERED IN VELVET. THERE ARE TWO POCKETS INSIDE JACKET. A TAG INSIDE JACKET READS "LEO SINGER MEN'S AND BOY'S WEAR LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA". THERE IS A CARDBOARD TAG STAPLED TO ARM OF JACKET THAT READS "TUXEDO HEXEX 395.00 42". 2. PANTS. 107.0 X 49.0. BLACK SYNTHETIC FABRIC (POLYESTER, WOOL, MOHAIR BLEND). THERE IS A STRIP OF BLACK SATIN RUNNING DOWN SIDE OF EACH LEG. THERE ARE TWO DOUBLE BESOM POCKETS IN BACK OF PANTS; ONE POCKET HAS A PLASTIC BUTTON CLOSURE. THERE IS ALSO A CONTINENTAL POCKET ON EACH SIDE OF PANTS. FRONT OF PANTS CLOSE WITH A BLACK, PLASTIC ZIPPER AND A WIDE HOOK AND EYE. ETCHED ONTO HOOK AND EYE IS "TALON". A LABEL SEWN TO PANTS READS "EXPRESSO".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
PROFESSIONS
History
LEO SINGER WAS BORN IN ROMANIA AND IMMIGRATED TO RUMSEY, ALBERTA WITH HIS MOTHER. HIS FATHER WAS KILLED IN WWI. LEO AND HIS MOTHER MOVED TO CALGARY, WHERE HE ATTENDED SCHOOL AND LATER GARBER COLLEGE. IN 1930 HE OPENED A RETAIL CLOTHING STORE IN LETHBRIDGE AND FINALLY MOVED HERE IN 1932. ONE OF THE REASONS HE DECIDED TO MOVE, WAS TO PLAY FOR THE LETHBRIDGE JEWISH ASSOCIATION BASEBALL TEAM. LEO MET HIS WIFE PHYLLIS IN MONTREAL, WHERE SHE WAS BORN AND RAISED, AND THEY MARRIED IN 1942. LEO WAS ACTIVE IN THE LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY AND WAS INVOLVED IN THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE U OF L. LEO WAS A MEMBER OF THE JEWISH ASSOCIATION, OF WHICH HE WAS PRESIDENT FOR 17 YEARS; THE KIWANIS CLUB, WHICH WAS THE FIRST CLUB IN LETHBRIDGE THAT ALLOWED HIM TO JOIN; RESERVE ARMY, CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, UNITED WAY, LEGION, LABOR CLUB, ARMY AND NAVY, ETCETERA. HE VOLUNTEERED MUCH OF HIS TIME WITH DIFFERENT CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS BECAUSE HE FELT THAT THE COMMUNITY HAD TREATED HIM WELL AND HE WANTED TO SHOW HIS GRATITUDE. IN 1930 HE OPENED A STORE ON THE HIGINBOTHAM BLOCK, MOVING THE STORE IN 1940 TO 214 5 ST. S. SINGER'S WAS THE FIRST IN THE CITY TO SPORT A FLASHING NEON SIGN. NAMED LEO SINGER MEN'S AND BOY'S WEAR IN 1955, THE BOY'S CLOTHING ASPECT WAS PHASED OUT IN THE LATE 1980S OR EARLY 90S. SINGER HANDLED BOYS' WEAR PRIMARILY BECAUSE HE WAS THE SOLE DISTRIBUTOR FOR SCOUTS CANADA IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. MORE THAN 50,000 SCOUTS WERE OUTFITTED BY UNIFORMS SUPPLIED THROUGH SINGER. HE ALSO SUPPLIED THE CITY'S POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS WITH UNIFORMS FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS. SINGER'S MOTTO AND TRADEMARK WERE "IT'S NOT THE SALE THAT COUNTS -- IT'S THE CUSTOMER". BEING RAISED IN CALGARY HE WAS INSPIRED TO ENTER THE RETAIL CLOTHING BUSINESS AS A TEENAGER, WHO SPENT AFTER-SCHOOL HOURS WORKING FOR A CLOTHIER AND LATER ENROLLED IN BUSINESS SCHOOL. SINGER SAID HE FELL IN LOVE WITH LETHBRIDGE DURING A WEEKEND BASEBALL TOURNAMENT AND DECIDED TO STAY. LEO SINGER PASSED AWAY IN JANUARY OF 1997.
Catalogue Number
P20010103006
Acquisition Date
2002-03
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
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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
Other Name
CHILD’S, “ADVANCE LUMBER CO”
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CANVAS
Catalogue Number
P20130004009
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CHILD’S, “ADVANCE LUMBER CO”
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
CANVAS
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.1
Length
80
Width
40
Description
WHITE CANVAS CHILD’S SIZE FULL APRON. SINGLE POCKET ALONG BOTTOM EDGE DIVIDED INTO THREE COMPARTMENTS WITH LOOSE STITCHING. BIG STRAP AND BACK TIES ATTACHED WITH METAL RIVETS. TEXT SCREENPRINTED ON MAIN BODY READS “ADVANCED LUMBER CO. LTD., YARDS IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA” IN BLACK. TEXT SCREENPRINTED ACROSS POCKET READS “STONEBOARD, THE FIREPROOF WALLBOARD” IN RED. GENERAL WEAR AND GRIME THROUGHOUT; STAINS OF BLACK AND BROWN PAINT. METAL RIVETS ARE RUSTED.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
RETAIL TRADE
History
THE COLLECTION OF OBJECTS BELONGING TO THE MEISSER FAMILY WAS DONATED BY JUDY WRIGHT, NIECE OF LOWELL MEISSER, WHO OPERATED A FARM OUTSIDE WARNER WITH HIS BROTHER ROME AS THE ‘MEISSER BROS’ FROM 1929 TO 1946. JUDY’S MOTHER WAS THE SISTER OF LOWELL’S WIFE ELINOR, AND SHE SPENT MUCH OF HER CHILDHOOD LIVING WITH THEM AND ROME MEISSER, DUE TO HER MOTHER BEING UNWELL. IN HER LATER ADULT LIFE, JUDY TOOK CARE OF “UNC” ROME AT HIS WATERTON RESIDENCE, AND BECAUSE ROME AND HIS BROTHER LOWELL DID NOT HAVE ANY LIVING DIRECT DESCENDANTS, JUDY WAS LEFT THE FAMILY BELONGINGS WHEN ROME DIED IN 2004. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ARTIFACT WAS EXTRACTED FROM AN INTERVIEW CONDUCTED WITH THE DONOR BY COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN ON NOVEMBER 14, 2013, AS WELL AS FROM A DOCUMENT WRITTEN BY HER AT THE TIME OF THE DONATION. WRIGHT SAID: “[JERALD’S APRON] THIS WOULD BE MY UNCLE [ROME] TEACHING HIS NEPHEW HOW TO DO STUFF… [ROME] BUILT GRANARIES, HOUSES, AND DID MAJOR RENOVATIONS OR REPAIRS TO VARIOUS FARM, HOUSE OR WATERTON COTTAGES.” THE FOLLOWING BRIEF FAMILY HISTORY WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM ROME MEISSER’S MANUSCRIPT ‘THE MEISSER’S AND OTHER RAMBLINGS’ AND DONATIONS OF FAMILY PAPERS MADE BY WRIGHT TO THE GALT ARCHIVES. THE MEISSER FAMILY PATRIARCH, MICHAEL MEISSER, WAS BORN IN SWITZERLAND IN 1830 AND IMMIGRATED TO ALMA, WISCONSIN IN 1846. HIS SON, JOHN LUTZI MEISSER MARRIED MARIE KINDSCHI ON APRIL 30, 1898 AND THEY MOVED TO WARNER, ALBERTA TO FARM IN 1910, LOOKING FOR A DRIER CLIMATE FOR MARIE, WHO SUFFERED FROM TUBERCULOSIS. THE COUPLE HAD FIVE CHILDREN: ORMA, LOWELL, JOHN (WHO DIED AT AGE TWO OF PNEUMONIA), ROME, AND MARIE. IN 1912, MOTHER MARIE DIED IN A TUBERCULOSIS CLINIC IN SALT LAKE CITY, AND FIVE YEARS LATER FATHER JOHN DIED FROM HEAD TRAUMA SUSTAINED IN A GRAIN ELEVATOR ACCIDENT. ONE OF THE CHILDREN’S PATERNAL AUNTS, FRENA, CAME TO WARNER TO HELP THEM WITH SCHOOLING AND RUNNING THE FARM. IN 1920, ORMA MARRIED LEE TENNEY AND IN 1926 LOWELL MARRIED ELINOR TENNEY, AND THE TWO COUPLES LOOKED AFTER THE TWO YOUNGER SIBLINGS UNTIL ORMA AND LEE MOVED TO CALIFORNIA IN 1931. THE YOUNGEST SISTER, MARIE, LATER JOINED THEM WITH HER SON JIM. LOWELL AND ROME FARMED TOGETHER FROM THE SEASON FOLLOWING THEIR FATHER’S DEATH (WHEN THEY WERE 17 AND 13 YEARS OLD, RESPECTIVELY) UNTIL 1945 WHEN THEIR LAND WAS DIVIDED FOR TAX BENEFIT. ROME NEVER MARRIED, AND IN 1928 HAD A SHORT STINT IN PILOT’S TRAINING BEFORE RETURNING TO FARMING PERMANENTLY. LOWELL AND ELINOR’S SON JERALD WAS BORN IN 1929. BY 1957 THE MEISSERS RETIRED FROM FARMING AND LEASED OUT THEIR LAND, AND IN 1958 THE FAMILY BOUGHT A CABIN IN WATERTON PARK, WHERE THEY SPENT ALL FOLLOWING SUMMERS. LOWELL AND ELINOR’S SON JERALD SPLIT HIS TIME BETWEEN FARMING IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA AND VARIOUS PROJECTS IN THE UNITED STATES. HE ENROLLED IN THE CATHOLIC SEMINARY IN SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, BUT PASSED AWAY IN 1990 BEFORE HE COULD BE ORDAINED. LOWELL DIED IN 1988, ELINOR FOLLOWED IN 1992, AND ROME PASSED AWAY IN 2004. THE FOLLOWING REMEMBRANCES OF ROME ‘UNC’ MEISSER WERE EXCERPTED FROM THE NOVEMBER 14, 2013 INTERVIEW. WRIGHT SAID: “I LIVED WITH THEM AND WENT OUT TO THE FARM ALL SUMMER LONG EVERY YEAR FROM THE TIME I WAS FIVE OR SIX YEARS OLD… I JUST HONESTLY THINK THAT I AM WHO I AM TODAY BECAUSE OF MY UNCLE ROME. MY DAD WAS A STAUNCH OLD ENGLISHMAN AND HE COULDN’T RELATE TO ME. HE WAS 45 YEARS OLD WHEN I WAS BORN BUT HE COULDN’T RELATE TO ME. SO, MY UNCLE COULD… HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN MARRIED WITH AT LEAST A DOZEN CHILDREN. IN HIS EARLY NINETIES, WHEN I FIRST GOT THERE [TO WATERTON] WE’D GO GROCERY SHOPPING. I’D HAVE TO WAIT WHILE HE STOPPED AND CHATTED WITH ALL THE CHILDREN HE’D COME ACROSS. HE SHOULD HAVE HAD LOTS OF KIDS. HE JUST LOVED KIDS AND I WAS A LITTLE KID… I WAS THERE FROM PRACTICALLY BIRTH AND LIVED MONTHS AT A TIME WITH HIM… HE COULD AFFORD TO LOOK AFTER THE COMMUNITY AS WELL… HE GAVE GENEROUSLY TO [COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS]. HE GAVE TO THE MILK RIVER HOSPITAL. HE DONATED $200,000 FOR THE HOCKEY GIRLS’ RESIDENCE. THEY HAD NO MONEY AND THAT’S WHY WE NOW HAVE A HOCKEY GIRLS’ RESIDENCE THAT HAS A HUGE KITCHEN AND HOUSES UP TO 25 GIRLS, AND KEEPS OUR WARNER SCHOOL OPEN. SO THAT IS A VERY BIG GIFT, HIS DONATIONS. THEY ALSO STARTED A MEISSER SCHOLARSHIP IN 1967 AND TWO WEEKS AGO I WENT OUT AND GAVE THE TROPHY AND THE MONEY TO THE LAST GIRL THAT WON IT. AND IT WILL GO ON INDEFINITELY AS LONG AS THERE’S A SCHOOL…HE WAS VERY SUPPORTIVE OF CHILDREN AND EDUCATION. THE SCHOLARSHIP, THE HOCKEY GIRLS, KEEPING THE WARNER SCHOOL OPEN - BIG FOCUS FOR HIM – WAS EDUCATION AND CHILDREN… HE WAS ONE OF THOSE KIND OF PRACTICALLY ANONYMOUS DONORS IN THE PAST. HOWEVER, AS HE GOT A LITTLE OLDER, I THINK HE ENJOYED THE ATTENTION. THEY MADE A BIG DEAL ABOUT THE HOCKEY SCHOOL. THE RESIDENCE HAS GOT, HUGE, IT HAS HIS NAME ON IT BUT I DON’T THINK HE SAW THAT. AND THEY HAD HIM RIDE IN THE PARADE ONE YEAR, THE COMMUNITY RECOGNIZED HIM AS MUCH AS HE’D LET THEM RECOGNIZE HIM.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR A FULL TRANSCIPT OF THE INTERVIEW, WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION ON THE MEISSER FAMILY BY JUDY WRIGHT AND ROME MEISSER, OBITUARIES AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF FAMILY MEMBERS, AND FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT EACH ARTIFACT COMPRISING THE DONATION.
Catalogue Number
P20130004009
Acquisition Date
2013-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail

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