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Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SILK, INTERFACING, RAYON
Catalogue Number
P19800009000
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Material Type
Artifact
Date
1955
Materials
SILK, INTERFACING, RAYON
No. Pieces
7
Height
129.6
Width
63.5 (SHOULDERS)
Description
.1 KOROMO (LARGE ROBE). ABOVE DIMENSIONS. SILK. BLACK. THE ROBE IS MADE FROM BLACK SILK. IT IS A LOOSE, DRAPING SQUARE CUT, WITH A PLEATED LAYER SEWN ON THE BOTTOM. THE SLEEVES ARE SQUARE AND OPEN ON THE INSIDE. THERE IS A BLACK TAG, OUTLINED IN RED IN THE NECK, WRITING IS IN JAPANESE. IT IS EMBROIDERED IN YELLOW THREAD. THE SUIT COMES WITH A BLACK SASH 220.9 CM LONG BY 7.6 CM WIDE. THE SASH IS MADE FROM SILK, ALSO. IT IS SEPARATE FROM THE ROBE. *UPDATE* SUMMER 2011 - SASH COULD NOT BE LOCATED. SASH NOT NOTED AS MISSING IN 2004 OR 2006 INVENTORIES. .2 GOJO KESA. 45.7 CM WTH. X 134.6 CM LTH. SILK. THE GOJO KESA, OR SASH, IS CONSTRUCTED FROM PATCHWORK PIECES OF PURPLE SILK WITH A DESIGN EMBROIDERED IN WHITE THREAD. THE DESIGN IS BASED ON TWO WISTERIA PLANTS. THE SASH IS LINED WITH PINK SILK. THERE ARE TIES AT BOTH ENDS OF THECLOTH, AND 2 WIDE STRAPS AT 1/4 AND 3/4 POSITIONS OF THE LENGTH OF THE CLOTH. THE STRAP IS SEWN ONTO THE CLOTH AT EITHER SIDE WITH BLACK THREAD AND DECORATED WITH WHITE CORD. ONE SIDE OF THE STRAP ATTACHES INSIDE THE SASH; THE OTHER IS ATTACHED ON THE OUTSIDE. THE PINK LINING IS SLIGHTLY SOILED. .3 WA KESA. 5.7 CM WTH. X 147.3 CM LTH. SILK & STIFF INTERFACING. THE SASH IS MADE FROM PURPLE SILK EMBROIDERED WITH GREEN THREAD. THE EMBROIDERY IS IN A LEAF PATTERN - SURROUNDED BY 2 DESIGNS (THE DESIGN IS INTERFACED). THE SASH WORN AROUND THE SHOULDER IS TIED TOGETHER BY SMALL TIES AT EACH END. THE SASH IS MADE FROM TWO PIECES OF SILK HELD TOGETHER BY A 30.5 CM WIDTH OF INTERFACING FADED 6 TIMES. (THE INTERFACING IS RIPPED AT BOTH ENDS). SILK STRIPS AND RIBBONS HOLD THE SASH TOGETHER AND KEEP IT FROM UNFOLDING. THESE ARE FOUND AT THE ENDS AND THE 1/3 & 2/3 POSITIONS ALONG THE SASH'S LENGTH. THERE ARE CRESTS EMBROIDERED IN WHITE THREAD BESIDE RIBBONS (4 PLACES). .4 FUHO ROBE. 116.8 CM HT. X 61 CM WT. SEMI-TRANSPARENT RAYON. THE FUHO ROBE IS MADE FROM BLACK, SEMI-TRANSPARENT RAYON. IT IS A SQUARE CUT STYLE WITH SQUARE SLEEVES AND DOUBLE PANEL IN THE BACK. UNDER THE ARM THE SIDE SEAMS ARE OPEN. FROM THE WAIST DOWN, THE SIDE SEAMS HAVE BEEN LACED TOGETHER. THERE ARE STRAPS, WAIST HEIGHT ON BOTH SIDES AND FRONT THAT TIE TOGETHER LIKE A BELT. IN THE NECK IS A BLACK LABEL OUTLINED IN RED, WITH JAPANESE CHARACTERS EMBROIDERED IN YELLOW. .5 CHU-KEI (FAN) 30.4 CM HT. X 0.6 CM WTH. PAINTED WOOD AND PAPER. THE FAN IS MADE FROM 15 PIECES OF RED COLOURED WOOD AND FOLDED, PAINTED HEAVY PAPER. ONE SIDE OF THE FAN IS SILVER COLOURED AND FEATURES FIVE DEEP BLUE FLOWERS, THREE PINK FLOWERS AND TWO GOLDEN GRASS-LIKE PLANTS. THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FAN HAS A GOLD BACKGROUND AND FEATURES A PROFUSION OF PINK, WHITE, YELLOW AND BLUE FLOWERS. THE WOOD EDGES OF THE FAN HAVE A DESIGN CUT INTO THEM. THE SILVER BACKGROUND IS A LITTLE WORN AS IS THE TOP EDGE OF THE PAPER. IT IS TIED SHUT BY A PURPLE CORD. .6 OZUZU (ROSARY) 96.5 CM LTH. (DOUBLE-FROM END OF TASSELS TO OTHER END OF TASSELS.) CLEAR & COLOURED GLASS BEADS, RAYON CORD. THE ROSARY IS COMPOSED OF A DOUBLE ROW OF BROWN BEADS MOTTLED WITH BLACK, STRUNG ON GREEN-BLUE CORD. AT EITHER END IS A LARGER, CLEAR BEAD. THERE ARE 57 BEADS ON EITHER SIDE OF THE MAIN, DOUBLED PART OF THE ROSARY; THE 8TH & 23RD BEADS ARE GREEN. AT BOTH ENDS THERE ARE TASSELS OF PURPLE CORD (6); ONE END HAS 11 BEADS OF A SMALLER DIAMETER THAN THE MAIN BODY BEADS AND 2 CLEAR BEADS. (THERE ARE 72 BEADS ALTOGETHER). .7 SANBU-KYO (PRAYER BOOK OR BIBLE) 2.5 CM HT. X 6.9 WTH. X 17.1 CM LTH. PAPER, INK, CLOTH COVER. THIS BOOK IS COMPOSED OF 208 JOINED, FOLDING PAGES. ON EACH PAGE ARE 4 ROWS OF JAPANESE CHARACTERS. THE BOOK IS BOUND BY 2 NAVY BLUE CLOTH COVERS, PROTECTED BY PLASTIC. ON THE FRONT IS A STRIP OF WHITE PAPER WITH TWO BLACK LINES AS A BORDER. THERE ARE JAPANESE CHARACTERS WRITTEN ON THIS PAPER. THE PAGES OF THE BOOK ARE FRAGILE WITH AGE. MANY HAVE BEEN REPAIRED WITH SCOTCH TAPE. SOME OF THE TAPE HAS DRIED UP AND FALLEN OFF, LEAVING GUMMY STAINS ON THE PAGES. THERE ARE TWO TABS TAPED ON THE BOTTOM OF PAGES APPROXIMATELY 1/4 AND 2/3 OF THE WAY THROUGH THE BOOK.
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
RELIGION
History
.1 THE KOROMO, OR LARGE ROBE IS USED FOR FUNERALS AND ORDINARY RELIGIOUS SERVICES. (A WHITE ROBE IS USED FOR MARRIAGES). .2 THE GOJO KESA IS USED IN IMPORTANT BUDDHIST CEREMONIES. THE PATCHWORK CONSTRUCTION IS TRADITIONAL BECAUSE IT REPRESENTS THRIFT - NEVER WASTING MATERIAL - IN THE OLD DAYS THESE GARMENTS WERE REMADE FROM OLD SASHES. THE WISTERIA DESIGN IS BASED ON THE FAMILY CREST OF FUJIWARA, WHO STARTED THE ROBE. (FUJI=WISTERIA). .3 THE WA-KESA, IS WORN OVER THE SHOULDERS AND USED IN ORDINARY SERVICE IN THE TEMPLE. .4 THE FUHO ROBE IS FOR EVERYDAY USE. ORDINARY SERVICES IN THE TEMPLE. .5 THE CHU-KEI OR FAN IS TO BE USED IN THE RIGHT HAND. ITS FUNCTION IS CEREMONIAL AT IMPORTANT EVENTS LIKE MARRIAGES AND FUNERALS. .6 THE OZUZU, OR ROSARY, IS USED AT IMPORTANT CEREMONIES LIKE MARRIAGES AND FUNERALS. .7 SEE FAMILY HISTORY ATTACHED. CONSERVATION REPORT ON FILE. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING THIS ROBE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ABOUT GOMPEI (ALSO SPELT GONPEI IN THE HERALD) FUKUNAGA HAS BEEN COMPILED USING A VARIETY OF ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. UNDER THE WAR MEASURES ACT, GOMPEI, HIS WIFE NAMIYE, AND THEIR SEVEN CHILDREN, WERE RELOCATED FROM THEIR HOME AND STRAWBERRY FARM IN SURREY, BC TO AN INTERNMENT CAMP IN TASHME, BC IN 1942. SHORTLY AFTERWARDS IN 1944, THE FAMILY MOVED TO SOUTHERN ALBERTA, TO WORK ON SUGAR BEET FARMS, AND EVENTUALLY SETTLED IN TABER. GOMPEI AND NAMIYE’S SEVEN CHILDREN INCLUDE THREE DAUGHTERS: COLEEN NORI SEKIYA, JOAN LAUTTOMUS, AND ELMA; AND FOUR SONS: ROBERT, ARTHUR SABURO, KAY, AND JIM MAMOUR. GOMPEI PASSED AWAY JULY 20, 1978. NAMIYE DIED ON OCTOBER 15, 1994, AT THE AGE OF 88 YEARS OLD. OBITUARIES FOR FOUR OF THEIR CHILDREN REVEAL THAT: “JIM” MAMOUR WAS BORN JANUARY 11, 1920 AND DIED JULY 24, 1983; ARTHUR “ARCHIE” WAS BORN MAY 27, 1935 AND DIED MAY 9, 1997; ROBERT TSUZUKI WAS BORN MAY 11, 1929 AND PASSED NOVEMBER 27, 2000; AND COLEEN, THE ELDEST CHILD, PASSED AWAY DECEMBER 26, 2012. IT IS LIKELY THAT GOMPEI USED THIS ROBE DURING SERVICES AT THE BUDDHIST TEMPLE: TWO OBITUARIES FROM 1950 AND 1968 LIST GOMPEI AS REV. G. FUKUNAGA AND A 1953 ARTICLE TITLED “BUDDHIST PRIESTS DEDICATE COLUMBARIUM AT RAYMOND” LISTS REV. G. FUKUNAGA AS PARTICIPATING IN THE DEDICATION SERVICE. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P19800009000
Acquisition Date
1978-07
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
JUDICIAL ROBE OR CHORAL GOWN
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Catalogue Number
P19990053034
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
JUDICIAL ROBE OR CHORAL GOWN
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1970
No. Pieces
1
Height
5.0
Length
116.0
Width
49.0
Description
BACHELOR'S GOWN. BLACK, COLLARLESS. HAS AN OPENING IN THE FRONT WITH TWO WIDE BOX PLEATS EXTENDING TO THE HEM. HAS LARGE FLOWING, ANGEL SLEEVES ENDING IN POINTS. BACK AND SLEEVES ARE SET INTO A SQUARE YOKE WITH CARTRIDGE PLEATS. FRONT OF SQUARE YOKE CLOSES WITH A HOOK AND EYE. ON BACK INSIDE OF NECK IS STITCHING IN A RECTANGLE SHAPE WHERE TAG USED TO BE (TAG IS MISSING).
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
EDUCATION
RELIGION
History
MAY HAVE BEEN EITHER AN ACADEMIC OR CHORAL GOWN. DONOR USED AS A JUDICIAL ROBE FOR DRAMATIC PURPOSES. DONOR IS A HIGH SCHOOL PHYS. ED. TEACHER. SHE DID DRAMA IN SCHOOLS AND LOCAL THEATRE, AND ENTIRE COLLECTION WAS GIVEN TO HER BY LOCAL PEOPLE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DONOR GAIL HOLLAND’S ACQUISITION, STEWARDSHIP AND GENERAL USE OF HER 1999-DONATED COLLECTION PLEASE REFER TO RECORD P19990053001. ***UPDATE: ARTIFACT INSIGHT BELOW SUBMITTED BY DONOR AND COLLECTIONS VOLUNTEER GAIL HOLLAND ON 19 APRIL 2011. “ACADEMIC GOWN/ JUDICIAL ROBE WORN BY THE CHARACTER PLAYING THE JUDGE IN LETHBRIDGE MUSICAL THEATRE’S PRODUCTION OF “HELLO DOLLY” 1986.”
Catalogue Number
P19990053034
Acquisition Date
2000-12
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY "BACEDA"
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P20110026000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY "BACEDA"
Date
1955
Materials
COTTON, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
90
Length
56
Width
18.2
Description
SUIT JACKET, NAVY BLUE, DOUBLE BREASTED WITH EIGHT BRASS BUTTONS. EACH BOTTOM HAS EMBOSSED, “CANADIAN PACIFIC” WITH BEAVER MOTIF IN CENTER. EACH CUFF HAS TWO SMALL BRASS BUTTONS WITH SAME DECORATION. WIDE PEAKED LAPELS WITH ONE BUTTON HOLE ON EACH SIDE. POCKETS AT FRONT ON LEFT AND RIGHT WITH SQUARE CUT FLAPS. FRONT LEFT BREAST POCKET WITHOUT FLAP. PADDED SHOULDERS. INSIDE HAS BLACK POLYESTER LINING WITH SEAM AT BOTTOM DETACHED IN PLACES. RIGHT AND LEFT BREAST POCKETS. INSIDE RIGHT BREAST POCKET IS TAG THAT READS, “GORDON CAMPBELL LTD., VANCOUVER, CANADA, MR. B. BACEDA., DATE NOV/55, NO.3059-G 9955.” SPARE BLACK BUTTON UNDER LEFT BREAST POCKET. SLEEVES LINED WITH WHITE, BLUE AND GREY STRIPED COTTON. FABRIC LOOP AT INSIDE BACK COLLAR.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
PERSONAL SYMBOL
Historical Association
TRANSPORTATION
INDUSTRY
BUSINESS
History
ACCORDING TO INFORMATION PROVIDED BY DONOR DOUG HEGLAND AT THE TIME OF DONATION, THE JACKET WAS ACQUIRED IN 1983 FROM A LOCKER AT THE "OLD STATION" IN LETHBRIDGE WHEN STAFF MOVED TO A NEW TRAIN STATION AT KIPP YARD. THE DONOR FOUND THE JACKET AS A RESULT OF WANTING SOME OF THE STATION’S OLD LOCKERS. DONOR STARTED A CAREER WITH THE CPR IN 1978. ACCORDING TO INFORMATION SOLICITED FROM BRUNO BACEDA’S SON LONNIE IN FEBRUARY 2012, “BRUNO BACEDA LIVED IN THE LETHBRIDGE AREA HIS WHOLE LIFE. HE WAS A BAGGAGE MASTER WITH THE CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY IN 1959 AND WORKED FOR A WHILE AS CONDUCTOR.” ACCORDING TO HIS OBITUARY IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, “BRUNO JOHN BACEDA PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE ON DECEMBER 13, 2004 AT THE AGE OF 76. BACEDA WAS BORN IN COALHURST ON NOVEMBER 7, 1928 WHERE HE ATTENDED SCHOOL AND BEGAN HIS 38 YEAR CAREER WITH THE CPR.” FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20110026000
Acquisition Date
2011-07
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
FIREFIGHTER'S PANTS
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, STEEL, ALUMINUM
Catalogue Number
P19950037008
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
FIREFIGHTER'S PANTS
Date
1957
Materials
COTTON, STEEL, ALUMINUM
No. Pieces
1
Length
101
Width
59
Description
LIGHT BROWN HEAVY CANVAS PANTS. PANTS ARE WIDE AND DEEP WITH CLEAN CUT AND HEMMED WAIST AND PANT LEGS. PANTS HAVE LARGE BUTTON FLY WITH FOUR ALUMINUM BUTTONS. INSIDE FLAP OF FLY BUTTONS TO LEFT SIDE CREATING OVERLAP. THESE BUTTONS HAVE OVAL SHAPED TOPS WITH HOLES IN THEM WHICH SLIDE OVER POST OF BOTTOM SNAP. TOPS HAVE "KIITIK" AND "PULL" STAMPED INTO THEM WITH A FIVE-POINT STAR. AROUND WAIST ARE FIVE PLAIN BUTTONS FOR SUSPENDERS. ALSO AROUND WAIST ARE THE OUTER PART OF SNAP FASTENERS. SNAP FASTENERS HOLD GREY WOOL LINING IN PLACE. EACH FASTENER HAS "RAU FASTENER CO. PROV. R.I." STAMPED ON BACK. CANVAS PANTS HAVE RED AND GREY PLAID LINING. WOOL LINING HAS CANVAS EDGING AND IS GREY AND WHITE DIAGONAL PATTERN. RIVETED AT RIGHT HIP OF WAISTBAND IS LEATHER STRAP WITH BUCKLE. AT OPPOSITE END OF STRAP IS STEEL HARBINGER CLAMP WHICH FASTENS OVER RING ON OTHER FLAP TO CLOSE PANTS AT TOP. ON BACK SIDE OF PANTS ARE TWO 22.5CM X 18CM FLAP POCKETS. ON BACK OF WAISTBAND OF PANTS AND OF WOOL LINING ARE IDENTICAL WHITE COTTON LABELS WHICH READ "C.H. PETCH & SONS LIMITED MANUFACTURERS OTTAWA, CANADA" WITH "SIZE" AND "NAME". HAND PRINTED IN BLUE IN THE "SIZE" SPACE IS "47/25" AND IN THE NAME SPACE IS "W. SHORT". ACROSS BOTTOM OF LABEL IN INK IS "46737". ON LABEL WHICH IS ON WOOL LINING "DEC 57" IS HAND PRINTED IN INK AS WELL. EACH TROUSER LEG HAS TWO SNAP FASTENERS FOR WOOL LINING. SNAP HOLDING WOOL LINING AT BUTTON CORNER OF WAISTBAND HAS BEEN PULLED OFF.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
REGULATIVE & PROTECTIVE T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
SEE P19950037001-GA. BELONGED TO WILLIAM H. SHORT, LAST FIRE CHIEF FOR THE OLD NO.1 FIRE HALL IN LETHBRIDGE. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A BELT DONATED BY SHARON DEREK. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. THE DONOR, SHARON DERRICK, IS THE NIECE OF AGNES SHORT. AGNES CHRISTINA SHORT WAS BORN ON APRIL 20, 1916 TO WILLIAM H. AND BERTHA SHORT (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). SHE GRADUATED FROM LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE AND THEN ATTDNED THE CALGARY GENERAL HOSPITAL FOR NURSING TRAINING, WHICH SHE GRADUATED FROM IN 1939. AGNES WAS THE SUPERVISOR AT THE GALT HOSPITAL FROM 1939-1945. SHE WAS IN CHARGE OF THE NURSING STAFF OF LETHBRIDGE SCHOOL DISTRICT #51 FROM 1947 UNTIL 1958. SHE WAS ALSO THE DIRECTOR OF NURSING AT THE LETHBRIDGE HEALTH UNIT FROM 1964 UNTIL HER RETIREMENT. SHE RETIRED IN 1980 AFTER 42 YEARS OF NURSING. AGNES PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 78 ON OCTOBER 20, 1994. WILLIAM HENRY SHORT WAS AGNES’S FATHER. HE WAS BORN IN LONDON, ENGLAND IN 1889 AND MOVED TO CANADA IN 1909. HE INITIALLY WORKED FOR THE CITY WATERWORKS DEPARTMENT IN LETHBRIDGE FOR TWO YEARS, BEFORE SPENDING 51 YEARS IN SERVICE OF THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT. HE OVERSAW THE INTRODUCTION OF MOTORIZED FIRE ENGINES, SWITCHING FROM HORSE POWERED WAGONS, IN 1913. HE ALSO SAW THE DEPARTMENT GROW IN SIZE FROM ONLY 13 TO 49 MEN. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 84 ON NOVEMBER 18, 1974. WILLIAM’S WIFE BERTHA L. SHORT PASSED AWAY ON JULY 28, 1989. ACCORDING TO AN ARTICLE ABOUT AGNES’S LIFE, THE SHORT FAMILY LIVED IN NUMBER 1 FIRE HALL, WHERE WILLIAM WAS FIRE CHIEF. WILLIAM H. AND BERTHA ALSO HAD ANOTHER CHILD, WILLIAM D. SHORT. HE WAS BORN ON AUGUST 16, 1916 AND PASSED AWAY ON AUGUST 5, 1990. HE WAS MARRIED TO MYRTLE (NEE NELSON) SHORT AND THEIR CHILDREN INCLUDE THE DONOR, SHARON DERRICK. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN 2018 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILES AND ACCESSORIES INCLUDING A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS DONATED BY SHARON DERRICK. ON 1 MARCH 2018, PUNDYK INTERVIEWED DERRICK REGARDING HER DONATION. THE INFORMATION BELOW HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS DONATED WERE CONNECTED TO THE DONOR’S GRANDFATHER, WILLIAM H. SHORT AND HIS CAREER AS FIRE CHIEF IN THE NUMBER 1 FIRE HALL IN LETHBRIDGE. “YOU SEE, DURING THE YEARS THAT HE WAS THE FIRE CHIEF,” DERRICK BEGAN, “THEIR QUARTERS ACTUALLY WERE IN THE BACK OF THE FIRE HALL. SO STUFF KIND OF GOT ACCUMULATED THERE. THE WHOLE FAMILY [LIVED IN THE FIRE HALL]. WHEN I WAS LITTLE, I WAS THERE ALL THE TIME. MY FATHER [WILLIAM D. SHORT] WAS A CAPTAIN IN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, BUT MY GRANDFATHER WAS THE FIRE CHIEF.” WHEN ASKED IF SHE HAD ANY MEMORY OF SEEING HER GRANDFATHER WEARING ANY OF THE ARTIFACTS, SUCH AS THE HELMET (P19950037014) OR THE FIRE PANTS (P19950037008), DERRICK RECALLED, “YES, BECAUSE LETHBRIDGE WAS SMALL AT THE TIME AND WHEN WE LIVED IN THE FIRE HALL AND THE BELLS WENT OFF, WE WOULD OFTEN WALK OVER TO HAVE A LOOK AT THE FIRE. I WOULD SEE MY GRANDFATHER OUT THERE, AND I’D SEE MY FATHER WHEN HE WAS ON SHIFT. THERE WERE SOME HUGE FIRES RIGHT DOWNTOWN. I CAN’T REMEMBER WHAT DATES – PROBABLY BACK IN THE LATE ‘40’S, EARLY ‘50’S. [IN ONE INSTANCE], MY DAD WAS ALSO ON THE BACK OF A FIRE TRUCK, SPEEDING TO A FIRE, AND ANOTHER TRUCK CAME ALONG AND HIT HIM IN THE BACK. HE SUFFERED VERY SEVERE INJURIES FROM THAT. AND I SAW THAT TOO. I WAS JUST ON MY WAY BACK TO SCHOOL.” “WHEN I WAS YOUNG, I WAS ALWAYS IN AND OUT [OF THE FIRE HALL],” DERRICK WENT ON, “THERE WAS A BELL TOWER THERE, WHERE THEY HUNG THE WET HOSES UP TO DRY. THERE WERE RICKETY OLD WOODEN STAIRS GOING ROUND AND ROUND ALL THE WAY UP TO THE TOP OF THE FIRE HALL TO WHERE THE BELL USED TO BE. I USED TO GO UP AND DOWN THOSE STAIRS, AND HOP AND PLAY. AND IN THE BASEMENT THERE WAS PRISON CELLS, BECAUSE IT USED [TO BE] THE POLICE STATION MANY, MANY YEARS BEFORE. IT WAS A COMBINATION OF FIRE AND POLICE. AND, THERE WAS A BIG FURNACE DOWN THERE. I USED TO GO DOWN AND WATCH THE FIREMEN PUSH COAL INTO THE FURNACE TO KEEP IT GOING. IT WAS AN INTERESTING PLACE TO BE AROUND.” “MY GRANDFATHER WAS ON THE INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF FIRE CHIEFS,” DERRICK CONTINUED, “HE WAS VICE-PRESIDENT IN NEW YORK. THEY HAD ASKED HIM TO COME UP AND TAKE THE PRESIDENCY, BUT AFTER MUCH CONSIDERATION, HE DECIDED HE DIDN’T WANT TO LEAVE THE FAMILY FOR THE TWO YEAR TERM IN NEW YORK, SO HE TURNED THAT ONE DOWN. THOUGH HE DID REMAIN ON THE BOARD FOR MANY YEARS.” AN ARTICLE IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 27, 2000 READS, “WILLIAM SHORT RETIRED AS LETHBRIDGE FIRE CHIEF IN 1962, ENDING A CAREER AS CHIEF WHICH BEGAN IN JANUARY 1945.” A HERALD ARTICLE FROM 1974 ADDITIONALLY STATES THAT SHORT “JOINED THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT IN 1911. HE WAS PROMOTED TO LIEUTENANT IN 1919 AND CAPTAIN IN 1922.” AN ADDITIONAL ARTICLE TITLED, “LETHBRIDGE WELL PROTECTED BY MODERN FIRE DEPARTMENT,” PUBLISHED IN 1967 IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD READS, “[IN 1910] THE FIRST FIREHALL THAT [WAS] LOCATED AT 4TH STREET AND 2ND AVENUE SOUTH WAS TORN DOWN. IT WAS A TWO-STOREY BUILDING. A THREE-STOREY FIREHALL WAS BUILT IN ITS PLACE ON THE SAME SITE. THAT EARLY BUILDING HOUSED THE FIRE DEPARTMENT EQUIPMENT, SERVED AS CITY HALL AND THE POLICE STATION…” WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE REASON FOR THE DONATION OF HER FAMILY’S ARTIFACTS DURING THE 2018 INTERVIEW, DERRICK EXPLAINED, “I WAS THE EXECUTOR FOR MY AUNT’S WILL AND WHEN SHE PASSED AWAY SHE [WAS LIVING IN] MY GRANDMOTHER AND GRANDFATHER’S HOME. ALL THIS STUFF HAD BEEN LEFT IN THE HOUSE, SO WHEN WE WERE CLEANING IT OUT FOLLOWING HER DEATH, WE CAME ACROSS ALL THESE THINGS. WHILE I KEPT SOME AS MEMENTOS, MY SISTER AND I [DECIDED TO DONATE OTHER ITEMS TO THE MUSEUM].” PLEASE PERMANENT FILE P19950037001, FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND COPIES OF ARTICLES REGARDING THE FAMILY HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19950037008
Acquisition Date
1995-05
Collection
Museum
Images
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