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Other Name
BASEBALL UNIFORM SHIRT
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STRETCH COTTON, FELT
Catalogue Number
P19860012000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BASEBALL UNIFORM SHIRT
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
STRETCH COTTON, FELT
No. Pieces
1
Length
55.0
Width
46.0
Description
BLACK, YELLOW, ORANGE. MEN'S MEDIUM. BLACK BODY, GOLD STRIP ON FRONT AND BACK YOKES AND DOWN SLEEVES. BLACK STRETCH NECK, SLEEVE AND BOTTOM BANDS. ON FRONT: YELLOW AND BLACK FELT TIGER HEAD AND ORANGE FELT LETTERING "ELLISONS". RED STAIN AT RIGHT BREAST. BLACK SMUDGES AT RIGHT OF COLLAR. BLACK STAINS ON RIGHT SLEEVE. SMALL HOLE ON RIGHT SHOULDER.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
DONOR'S BROTHER EMIL (CHUMMY) SCHUMACHER, PLAYED BASEBALL IN THE CITY IN 1930'S FOR ELLISON TIGERS. MR. SCHUMACHER WAS A CLERK IN LETHBRIDGE HOTEL FOR 23 YEARS, AFTER WHICH HE MOVED NORTH & MANAGED A NUMBER OF HOTELS. HE WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE (JANUARY 1912) PASSED AWAY IN NOVEMBER 1979. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A BASEBALL UNIFORM DONATED BY HELEN BLACKER. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. EMILIE “CHUMMY” OSCAR SCHUMACHER PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 67 ON NOVEMBER 7, 1979. IN AN ARTICLE, PUBLISHED AUGUST 24, 1934, CHUMMY IS DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: “EMIL SCHUMACHER, CATCHER. WITHOUT DOUBT, “SCHUMMY” IS THE BEST BACKSTOP THE CITY BOASTS OF. HE HAS HAD A NEAR PERFECT FIELDING RECORD AND ASSUMES THE CLEAN-UP POSITION IN THE BATTING ORDER. A MEMBER OF THE COMMERCIAL CAFÉ SQUAD LAST SEASON.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19860012000
Acquisition Date
1985-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1929
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19860111000
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1929
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
2
Length
16.5
Width
68.0
Description
.1 KIMONO. GREEN. BACK OF KIMONO AND SLEEVES HAVE A SINGLE LEAF DESIGN, ONE PER SLEEVE AND BACK. APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN PAINTED OR DYED IN PLACE, NOT PART OF FABRIC PRINT. LOWER THIRD OF SLEEVES AND BODY OF KIMONO EXHIBITS A NUMBER OF FLOWERS DYED BLUE, WHITE, PURPLE SHADES. A 10 CM TEAR HAS BEEN REPAIRED ON UPPER BACK OF GARMENT. RED LINING FOR SLEEVES, BODY AND COLLAR OF GARMENT. SOMEWHAT STAINED. BOTTOM PORTION OR GARMENT RATHER STAINED. .2 SASH. 13.7 CM X 116 CM (EXCLUSIVE OF TYING RIBBON). RED WITH WHITE TYING RIBBON. SASH SHAPED WITH BOW AND FASTENED WITH TWO LENGTHS OF ATTACHED RIBBON. SASH HAS AN UNKNOWN STIFFENING MATERIAL SEWN IN.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ETHNOGRAPHIC
History
DONOR STATES KIMONO WAS PURCHASED IN JAPAN IN 1920'S. DONOR BORN IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1907. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING THIS KIMONO. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. DOROTHY SAINT-AMOUR (NEE DANIEL) WAS BORN IN 1907, THE SECOND DAUGHTER OF CHARLES ROLAND AND MAURINE DANIEL. SHE MARRIED ROBINSON SAINT-AMOUR ON JANUARY 7, 1933 IN NEW YORK. DOROTHY PASSED AWAY ON MAY 14, 1988. HER MOTHER, MAURINE, WAS BORN IN MISSOURI ON JANUARY 4, 1881 AND MOVED TO THE LETHBRIDGE AREA WITH HER HUSBAND IN 1905. MAURINE PASSED AWAY AT AGE 73 IN NOVEMBER 1954. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARD COPIES OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P19860111000
Acquisition Date
1986-03
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
BASEBALL UNIFORM PANTS
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19930034002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BASEBALL UNIFORM PANTS
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
79.2
Description
GREY, CALF LENGTH PANTS, WITH DARKER GREY STRIPES. GATHERED AROUND BOTTOM SEAM (LEGS). BELT LOOPS, 4 BUTTON FLY & SINGLE BACK POCKET. BLUE PIPING DOWN OUTSIDE LEG SEAM. STAINED, SOILED & FRAYED. 2 HOLES ON LOWER RIGHT LEG, 1 NEAR OUTSIDE SEAM. 1 HOLE ON KNEE, WITH WHITE COTTON PATCH. SEE CONSERVATION REPORT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
UNIFORM BELONGED TO GEORGE ATKINSON WHEN HE PLAYED ON STERN FURNITURE FASTBALL TEAM. THE TEAM WERE FASTBALL CHAMPIONS IN 1934 & MANAGED BY LEO SINGER. SEE ALSO P19930034001-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A BASEBALL UNIFORM DONATED BY MARY ATKINSON. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. GEORGE MARSHALL ATKINSON WAS BORN, RAISED, AND EDUCATED IN MANITOU, MB. HE TAUGHT SCHOOL FOR TWO YEARS IN RENNIE AND PURVES, MB BEFORE JOINING THE CPR IN 1925. IN 1929, GEORGE MARRIED MURIEL ATKINSON (NEE BLACKWELL) IN BETHUNE, SK. HE RETIRED IN 1970. GEORGE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 86 ON SEPTEMBER 5, 1992. AN ARTICLE FROM AUGUST 24, 1934 DESCRIBED GEORGE AS: “GEORGE ATKINSON, SECOND BASEMAN AND FIELDER. GEORGE HAS NOT SEEN A GREAT DEAL OF ACTION THIS YEAR, BEING USED LARGELY FOR UTILITY, BUT HE PERFORMS VERY WELL WHEN CALLED UP AND QUITE RELIABLE. WITH THE GAS COMPANY TEAM A YEAR AGO.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19930034002
Acquisition Date
1993-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
MAN'S SWIMSUIT
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19900007004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MAN'S SWIMSUIT
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
94
Width
35.5
Description
NAVY BLUE COTTON FABRIC, SLEEVELESS, WITH 2 BUTTONS FOR FASTENING, LEFT SHOULDER ONLY. 1 PCE GARMENT WITH LEGS ABOUT MID-THIGH. FLAP OR PANEL SEWN AROUND MIDDLE (SKIRT-LIKE APPEARANCE) FABRIC IS STRETCHABLE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
DONOR ACQUIRED AS A YOUNG MAN. SUIT HAS BEEN USED. DONOR NOTED THAT THEY WERE NOT VERY FLATTERING & WHEN WET COULD BE "REVEALING". WILLIAM HERBERT SCORESBY SKELTON WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE ON 6 APRIL 1920. HIS PARENTS WERE MARION SCORESBY SKELTON AND HERBERT SCORESBY SKELTON. EDUCATED LOCALLY, MR. SKELTON WORKED AT THE DOMINION EXPERIMENTAL FARM (NOW THE LETHBRIDGE RESEARCH CENTRE) FOR SEVERAL YEARS. HE BEGAN HIS CAREER AS A REPORTER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD IN 1943. AFTER FIVE YEARS AT THE NEWSPAPER, HE BECAME NEWS DIRECTOR AT RADIO STATION CJOC ON 15 FEBRUARY 1948. DURING HIS FIRST TWO YEARS AT THE RADIO STATION, MR. SKELTON WAS THE ONLY EMPLOYEE IN THE NEWS DEPARTMENT. MR. SKELTON ORGANIZED THE FIRST FULL-TIME NEWS DEPARTMENT AT THE RADIO STATION AND WAS NEWS DIRECTOR FOR THE JOINT RADIO – TELEVISION OPERATIONS OF SELKIRK COMMUNICATIONS IN LETHBRIDGE AND SOUTHERN ALBERTA. BY THE TIME OF HIS RETIREMENT IN APRIL 1978, CJOC HAD EIGHT EMPLOYEES IN THE NEWS DEPARTMENT. WILLIAM SKELTON MARRIED MARY THERESA FRANCIS IN SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, LETHBRIDGE ON 3 AUGUST 1957. THE COUPLE DID NOT HAVE CHILDREN. DURING HIS LIFE MR. SKELTON WAS VERY ACTIVE AS A VOLUNTEER WITH MANY COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS: THE SOUTHERN ALBERTA BOY SCOUT COUNCIL, WINSTON CHURCHILL HIGH SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL, THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE’S ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC INFORMATION, LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM, YWCA BUILDING FUND DRIVE, 1975 CANADA WINTER GAMES PROTOCOL COMMITTEE, LETHBRIDGE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, 1981 ALBERTA SUMMER GAMES, PUBLIC RELATIONS ADVISOR FOR THE SIR ALEXANDER GALT MUSEUM, A CHARTER MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE JAYCEES, SOUTHERN ALBERTA COUNCIL ON PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND THE LETHBRIDGE & DISTRICT UNITED WAY, AMONG OTHERS. HE ALSO VOLUNTEERED HIS SERVICES WITH LETHBRIDGE OVERTURE CONCERTS, THE ALBERTA MOTOR ASSOCIATION, LETHBRIDGE AND DISTRICT JAPANESE GARDEN SOCIETY AND THE LOCAL BRANCH OF THE COMMITTEE FOR AN INDEPENDENT CANADA. WILLIAM SKELTON DIED ON 13 JULY 1998, AGE 78, AND IS BURIED IN MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY IN LETHBRIDGE. MARY THERESA SKELTON (NEE FRANCIS) WAS THE DAUGHTER OF DR. AND MRS. JAMES R. FRANCIS AND THE GRANDDAUGHTER OF REVEREND JAMES ROBERTSON D.D., A FORMER MODERATOR OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN CANADA. A TEACHER AT LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE FROM 1945 UNTIL HER RETIREMENT, MARY SKELTON WAS ALSO ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY. MRS. SKELTON WAS A MEMBER OF THE CANADIAN FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN; THE SENIOR HIGH NOVELS, NON-FICTION AND DRAMA AD HOC CURRICULUM COMMITTEE OF ALBERTA EDUCATION; THE LETHBRIDGE SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATION; AND A DRIVER FOR LETHBRIDGE MEALS ON WHEELS. MRS. SKELTON WAS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF THE SIR ALEXANDER GALT MUSEUM DURING THE TIME OF THE MUSEUM’S FIRST RENOVATION AND EXPANSION IN 1983-1985. MARY SKELTON DIED ON 23 AUGUST 2000, AGE 80, AND IS BURIED BESIDE HER HUSBAND IN MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY. [SOURCES: THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, VARIOUS ISSUES; WHO’S WHO IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA 1988-1989 (HISTORICAL RESEARCH CENTRE, 1989) PAGES 739-740]
Catalogue Number
P19900007004
Acquisition Date
1990-07
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
"VETS" HOCKEY SWEATER
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, WOOL
Catalogue Number
P20180015000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
"VETS" HOCKEY SWEATER
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Materials
COTTON, WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
68.2
Width
48
Description
BLACK TURTLENECK SWEATER WITH OCHRE TRIM AT SLEEVES, NECK, AND WAIST. SWEATER IS WOOL-BLEND KNIT; SWEATER HAS YELLOW FELT LETTERS SEWN ON CHEST “VETS”. BACK OF SWEATER HAS YELLOW OUTLINE FROM MISSING “4” PATCH. SWEATER HAS HOLES ON RIGHT-WEARING SLEEVE BELOW ELBOW AND AT ARMPIT; SWEATER HAS HOLES ON SIDES OF NECK AND AT SIDES OF WAIST; SWEATER HAS HOLES ON LEFT-WEARING SLEEVE BELOW ELBOW, AT CUFF, AND ON FRONT AT SHOULDER. BACK OF SWEATER HAS HOLES OF LEFT-WEARING SLEEVE AND RIGHT-WEARING SLEEVE. SWEATER IS SOILED AND STAINED; FRONT IS FADED ON CHEST. OVERALL GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
ON JUNE 14, 2018, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED HAROLD PALMER REGARDING HIS DONATION OF A LETHBRIDGE VETS TEAM HOCKEY SWEATER. THE SWEATER BELONGED TO HAROLD PALMER’S FATHER, MURRAY YALE PALMER. ON HIS FATHER’S CONNECTION TO THE SWEATER, HAROLD PALMER RECALLED, “IT WAS IN MY DAD’S HOCKEY BAG AND HE DIED IN 1971. I NEVER REALLY WENT THROUGH STUFF UNTIL JUST RECENTLY…I’VE HAD IT SINCE 1971 IN MY POSSESSION BUT I’VE NEVER DONE ANYTHING WITH IT. [MY FATHER’S] DAD WAS A DOCTOR IN WW I, IN THE FIELD, SO HE WOULD BE VERY FAMILIAR WITH THE WAR EFFORT. HE WOULD BE IN THE HOME AS A YOUNG BOY AND HIS DAD WAS AWAY IN THE SERVICES. HE PLAYED HOCKEY ALL HIS LIFE. HE HAD TOLD ME [ABOUT] VARIOUS TEAMS THAT HE HAD PLAYED FOR AND WHEN HE DIED AT SIXTY-SEVEN YEARS OLD, HE DIED ON THURSDAY AND THEY HAD PLAYED HOCKEY ON MONDAY NIGHT WITH THE OLDTIMERS. WE GREW UP KNOWING THAT DAD PLAYED HOCKEY AND THAT HE ALWAYS HAD A RINK IN THE BACK YARD.” “[MY SON] GOT [THE CONNECTION] THAT THERE WAS A HOCKEY TEAM BY THE NAME OF “VETS” IN LETHBRIDGE FROM 1919…THIS IS WHERE THE SWEATER ORIGINATED FROM THEN, BECAUSE THERE WOULDN’T BE MANY HOCKEY CLUBS CALLED “VETS”.” “[MY FATHER] LIVED IN CLARESHOLM AT ONE TIME BECAUSE HIS DAD WAS A MEDICAL DOCTOR AND HE WOULD BE A YOUNG MAN THEN…HE WAS A RURAL DOCTOR, HE WAS A COUNTRY DOCTOR. THEY DEFINITELY LIVED IN THAT AREA AT ONE TIME.” “MY DAD HAD A RINK IN OUR BACK YARD FROM THE POINT THAT HE BOUGHT THREE LOTS IN RED DEER. [THE] FIRST [LOT] WAS THE HOUSE, THE SECOND ONE WAS PLANED OFF FOR A BASEBALL FIELD AND THEN IT WAS HOCKEY RINK IN THE WINTER TIME.” “[MY FATHER] PASSED AWAY IN RED DEER, AND HE’D BEEN IN RED DEER FROM 1939 TIL HIS PASSING.” PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE PROVINCIAL ARCHIVES OF ALBERTA NOTES THAT THE LETHBRIDGE VETS WAS CONSIDERED A SENIOR TEAM. THE VETS WON THE 1919-1920 ALBERTA SENIOR PLAYOFFS, HOWEVER LOST IN THE 1919-1920 WESTERN CANADA ALLAN CUP PLAYOFFS. THE VETS COMPETED IN THE 1922-23 ALBERTA SENIOR PLAYOFFS AGAIN. LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES FROM 1923-1924 LIST PALMER AS A PLAYER FOR THE LETHBRIDGE VETS HOCKEY TEAM, AND IN 1926-1927 LIST MURRAY PALMER AS A PLAYER IN CLARESHOLM, ALBERTA. MURRAY YALE PALMER WAS THE SON OF SPRAGUE MURRAY PALMER AND ARLETTE PALMER. SPRAGUE PALMER WAS A DOCTOR IN LETHBRIDGE AND CLARESHOLM FOLLOWING HIS SERVICE IN WW1 AS A DOCTOR WITH THE 22ND CAVALRY FIELD AMBULANCE. FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT, COPIES OF LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES, AND COPIES OF PROVINCIAL ARCHIVES OF ALBERTA RECORDS PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20180015000-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20180015000
Acquisition Date
2018-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
JUDOGI C/W BLACK BELT
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1949
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, FELT
Catalogue Number
P19790274000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
JUDOGI C/W BLACK BELT
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1949
Materials
COTTON, FELT
No. Pieces
2
Length
147.3
Width
88.9
Description
.1. WHITE COTTON JUDOGI. HAND STITCHED. REPAIRS THROUGHOUT. THERE ARE EVEN REPAIRS DONE ON REPAIRS. BADLY FRAYED, HOLES/RIPS UNDER EACH SLEEVE. YELLOWED, ESPECIALLY ON TOP PART OF JUDOGI. .2. JUDOGI BELT, COTTON 20.3 (L) CM. BLACK COTTON SEWN OVER WHITE, SEWN ONTO FELT LINGER. BADLY FRAYED & WORN. SEE CONSERVATION REPORT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
DONOR USED JUDOGI UNTIL THE LATE 1940S. HIS MOTHER KEPT REPAIRING THE SUIT WHICH WAS PASSED ONTO DONOR'S WIFE FOR REPAIR, WHEN THEY MARRIED. DONOR WAS UNABLE TO OBTAIN A NEW JUDOGI DURING THE DEPRESSION. DONOR STARTED TEACHING JUDO IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1952. HE TAUGHT IN RAYMOND, ALTA. FROM 1943-1951. SEE FILE FOR ADDITIONAL HISTORY. NARRATIVE BELOW SOLICITED FROM FLORENCE SENDA IN EARLY 2010 WHEN THIS ARTIFACT WAS EXHIBITED AS PART OF THE GALT’S TREASURES & CURIOSITIES DISPLAY. THE NARRATIVE BECAME THE BASIS FOR THE ARTIFACT’S LABEL COPY IN THE EXHIBIT. *** THIS UNIFORM BELONGED TO YOSHIO SENDA. YOSHIO WAS BORN IN 1922 IN MISSION CITY, BC AND STARTED JUO AT AGE 8 YEARS, EARNING HIS SHODAN (1ST DEGREE BLACK BELT) IN 1938. THIS UNIFORM WAS PROBABLY PURCHASED AROUND THAT TIME. WHEN WWII BROKE OUT AND ALL PEOPLES OF JAPANESE DESCENT WERE EVACUATED FROM 100 MILES INLAND FROM THE COAST OF BC, THE SENDA FAMILY MOVED TO ALBERTA TO THE BEET FIELDS IN THE PICTURE BUTTE AREA. IN 1943, THE RAYMOND JUDO CLUB (THE FIRST IN ALBERTA) WAS STARTED WITH MR. YOSHIO KATSUTA AS HEAD SENSEI, AND YOSHIO SENDA WAS ASKED TO GO TO RAYMOND AS AN ASSISTANT SENSEI. DURING HIS 7 YEARS IN RAYMOND, YOSHIO EARNED HIS NIDAN (2ND DEGREE BLACK BELT), LEARNED THE TRADE OF PAINTING AND PAPER HANGING FROM MR. KATSUTA, AND MET AND MARRIED FLORENCE HIRONAKA. IN 1952, YOSHIO, FLORENCE AND CHILDREN RONALD AND MAE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE WHERE YOSH STARTED HIS OWN BUSINESS, “YOSH SENDA PAINTING AND DECORATING”. THAT FALL, DAVE ROBERTS ASKED YOSH TO TEACH JUDO AT THE OLD YMCA, AND AS THE SAYING GOES THE REST IS HISTORY FOR JUDO IN LETHBRIDGE. YOSH WORKED AT HIS TRADE DURING THE DAY AND VOLUNTEERED TO TEACH JUDO 3 – 4 EVENINGS A WEEK. AT FIRST, YOSH WOULD GET HIS MOTHER TO PATCH THE SUIT, BUT BY THE TIME I MARRIED YOSH, THIS SUIT WAS VERY WELL WORN AND NEEDED PATCHING AFTER EVERY PRACTICE. I ALSO REMEMBER SEWING HEAVY SHEETING ON THE 50 YEAR OLD TATAMI, DAMAGED BY USE AND THE EFFECTS OF OUR DRY CLIMATE. LATER, CLUB MEMBERS WERE ABLE TO RAISE ENOUGH MONEY TO PURCHASE A NEW TATAMI. A NEW YMCA BUILDING WAS BUILT, GIVING THE CLUB A LARGER AREA TO PRACTICE. IN 1967, THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE JUDO CLUB WAS FORMED. OVER THE YEARS, YOSH WAS A CANADIAN HEAD COACH TAKING THE CANADIAN TEAM TO MANY OLYMPIC GAMES, PAN-AM JUDO TOURNAMENTS, WORLD JUDO TOURNAMENTS, CULTURAL EXCHANGES TO JAPAN, ETC. HE RECEIVED MANY AWARDS, TOO MANY TO MENTION HERE, BUT I WILL LIST A FEW. 1989 – RECIPIENT OF “HONORARY DOCTOR OF LAW” DEGREE FROM THE U OF L 1991 – DECORATED “THE ORDER OF SACRED TREASURES, GOLD AND SILVER RAYS”, CONFERRED BY HIS MAJESTY, THE EMPEROR OF JAPAN 2007 – RECEIVED HIS KUDAN (9TH DEGREE BLACK BELT), THE FIRST AND ONLY IN CANADA TO DO SO 2007 – YOSH SAW HIS DREAM OF HAVING A FREE-STANDING JUDO DOJO, AND THE LETHBRIDGE KYODOKAN CLUB OPEN AT 2775 28 AVE S 2008 – RECIPIENT OF THE ORDER OF CANADA SADLY, YOSHIO SENDA PASSED AWAY SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2009. ***
Catalogue Number
P19790274000
Acquisition Date
1979-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
REFEREE VEST
Date Range From
1915
Date Range To
1924
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19940034004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
REFEREE VEST
Date Range From
1915
Date Range To
1924
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1+
Length
54.4
Width
45
Description
COTTON VEST WITH VERTICAL BLUE-GREY STRIPES AND RED DOTS ON FRONT PANELS. WHITE COTTON LINING AND BACKING. TWO POCKETS ON EACH SIDE OF FRONT, WITH FIVE SHANK BUTTONS WITH COTTER PINS ALONG FRONT CLOSURE. HALF BELT AT BACK, WITH STEEL ADJUSTING FIXTURE. SOME EDGES OF FABRIC FRAYED.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
BELONGED TO GRANDFATHER OF DONOR, ALBERT ARNOLD, WHO WORKED FOR CITY OF LETHBRIDGE PARKS DEPARTMENT AND WAS KILLED JULY 30, 1924 WHEN HE FELL FROM A TREE AND HIT CEMENT. VEST MADE BY HIS WIFE, AND WORN AS HE REFEREED FOOTBALL. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A VEST DONATED BY GLADYS CLAY. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND A FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MARTIN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME. GLADYS CLAY WAS RAISED ON A FARM OUTSIDE OF LETHBRIDGE AND ATTENDED SCHOOL IN A ONE ROOM SCHOOL HOUSE IN CRYSTAL LAKE. AT THE AGE OF 14 SHE WAS SENT TO LETHBRIDGE TO LIVE WITH HER GRANDMOTHER SO THAT SHE COULD ATTEND LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE. ON NOVEMBER 17, 1945 GLADYS WAS MARRIED TO DONALD “DON” CLAY. GLADYS WAS THE DAUGHTER OF OSCAR WILLETS AND ALICE LUCY EMILY WILLETS (NEE ARNOLD). GLADYS PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 93 ON FEBRUARY 14, 2014. HER HUSBAND DON CLAY PASSED AWAY ON NOVEMBER 8, 2008 AT THE AGE OF 93. OSCAR WILLETS WAS BORN AND RAISED IN ENGLAND, MOVING TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1910. IN 1915 HE JOINED THE 39TH BATTALION AND SERVED OVERSEAS DURING WWI. HE WORKED AS A MINER AT NO. 6 MINE FOLLOWING THE WAR, THEN AS A FARMER IN THE SUNNYSIDE DISTRICT STARTING IN 1926. HE RETIRED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1954. OSCAR PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 83 ON MARCH 22, 1975. ALICE LUCY EMILY WILLETS (NEE ARNOLD) WAS BORN AND RAISED IN LONDON, ENGLAND, AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1910. ALICE WAS MARRIED TO OSCAR WILLETS ON SEPTEMBER 30, 1919. SHE WAS THE DAUGHTER OF ALBERT ARNOLD AND ALICE MATILDA ARNOLD (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). ALICE WILLETS PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 85 ON AUGUST 26, 1982. ALICE MATILDA ARNOLD (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) WAS BORN IN HAVERSHAM, KENT, ENGLAND AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1910. SHE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 82 IN AUGUST 1957. ALBERT ARNOLD PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 50. AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE HERALD ON JULY 31, 1924 RECOUNTS THE ACCIDENT THAT CAUSED HIS DEATH: “THE DEATH OF ALBERT ARNOLD … AN EMPLOYEE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, OCCURRED LAST NIGHT AT 9:45 AT THE GALT HOSPITAL. MR. ARNOLD WAS ENGAGED IN TRIMMING TREES IN FRONT OF 649 12TH ST., WHEN HE FELL FROM THE LADDER ON WHICH HE WAS WORKING AND STRUCK THE SIDEWALK WITH HIS HEAD, BEING RENDERED UNCONSCIOUS, FROM WHICH STATE HE NEVER EMERGED. HE WAS TAKEN TO THE GALT HOSPITAL WHERE AN EXAMINATION REVEALED A SLIGHT FRACTURE OF THE SKULL. HE WAS OPERATED ON IN THE AFTERNOON IN AN ATTEMPT TO TAKE THE PRESSURE OFF HIS BRAIN CAUSED BY THE FRACTURE, BUT WITHOUT SUCCESS, AND HE DIED AT 9:45PM. MR. ARNOLD, WHO WAS FIFTY YEARS OF AGE, HAD BEEN IN THE CITY THIRTEEN YEARS AND HAD BEEN EMPLOYED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT ON AND OFF FOR SEVERAL YEARS. ONLY THE DAY BEFORE HE HAD CELEBRATED THE THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS MARRIAGE.” ANOTHER ARTICLE FROM AUGUST 1, 1924 DISCUSSES THE ACCIDENT FURTHER: “AT AN ENQUIRY HELD ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON BEFORE MAGISTRATE BARKER AS TO WHETHER AN INQUEST ON THE DEATH OF ALBERT ARNOLD WOULD BE NECESSARY, THE MAGISTRATE DECIDED THAT IT WAS A CASE OF ACCIDENTAL DEATH. ACCORDING TO THE EVIDENCE GIVEN, DECEASED ON HAD A 13 FOOT FALL FROM THE POINT OF THE LADDER ON WHICH HE WAS STANDING AT THE TIME HE WAS CUTTING TREES ON TWELFTH ST. SOUTH. GEORGE EDWARDS, WHO WAS HOLDING THE LADDER FOR THE DECEASED, DEPOSED TO HIS HAVING A STRONG GRIP ON IT AND TO ITS NOT SLIPPING. THE DECEASED WAS PRUNING OFF THE LIGHT BRANCHES WITH A PRUNING HOOK AND WAS NOT USING A SAW. ANYTHING OF THE THEORY OF HIS BEING ELECTROCUTED BY THE ELECTRIC WIRES WAS DISSIPATED BY THE EVIDENCE OF ED THEOBALD OF THE CITY ELECTRIC DEPARTMENT, WHO SAID THAT THE WIRE WAS AWAY ABOVE THE TOP OF THE TREE. IT IS PRESUMED THAT DECEASED, WHO HAD NOT BEEN VERY WELL LATELY, HAD A SUDDEN FIT OF VERTIGO. DEATH, ACCORDING TO THE MEDICAL EVIDENCE, RESULTED FROM HEMORRHAGE OF THE BRAIN CAUSED BY THE HEAD OF THE DECEASED STRIKING THE CURB.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND A FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MARTIN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME.
Catalogue Number
P19940034004
Acquisition Date
1994-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
TROUSERS
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LINEN
Catalogue Number
P19950034002
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TROUSERS
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1920
Materials
LINEN
No. Pieces
1
Length
108
Width
48
Description
LIGHT BEIGE MAN'S LINEN PANTS. WAIST HAS BELT LOOPS ON OUTSIDE. OPEN DOWN MIDDLE IN FRONT. FASTENED WITH TWO WHITE BUTTONS AT BOTTOM RIGHT, A BEIGE ABOVE, AND A STEEL HOOK ON THE LEFT SIDE. HAVE SEAM POCKETS ON EACH SIDE. LEGS FALL FAIRLY STRAIGHT. BACK HAS A DART FROM WAIST ON EITHER SIDE. EXTRA SEAM ON THE INSIDE OF LEGS THAT BEGINS IN BACK. INSIDE WAIST HAS EXTRA MATERIAL SUPPORT WITH THREE BLUE LINES. NUMEROUS RUST STAINS, TEARS SNAGS AND FLAWS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
ETHNOGRAPHIC
History
SEE FILE P19950034001-GA. DOUKHOBOR ARTIFACT.
Catalogue Number
P19950034002
Acquisition Date
1995-07
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
COAT
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19950034001
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
COAT
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1920
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
87
Width
54
Description
BLACK WOOL JACKET HAS NOTCHED LAPEL AND CLOSES UP FRONT WITH THREE BLACK BUTTONS AND BUTTON HOLES. BOTTOM TWO BUTTONS ARE DIFFERENT WITH A RIDGED SURFACE. HAS A BREAST POCKET ON LEFT, AND A FLAP POCKET ON LOWER FRONT OF EACH SIDE. BACK HAS CENTRE BACK VENT. SLEEVE APPEARS TO HAVE SLIT AT CUFFS, BUT IS SEWN CLOSED AND HAS TWO BLACK BUTTONS FOR DECORATION ON THIS FLAP. IS LINED WITH NAVY BLUE MATERIAL. HAS WELT POCKET ON INNER RIGHT BREAST. HAS A BLACK MATERIAL HOOK INSIDE BACK OF NECK. HOLE ON INNER RIGHT LINING. OUTSIDE OF JACKET IS FADED IN COLOUR, HAS SOME MINOR SNAGS IN MATERIAL.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
ETHNOGRAPHIC
History
DOUKHOBOR ARTIFACTS. BELONGED TO DONOR'S GRANDFATHER MR. WILLIAM SHKURATOFF. FOR MORE DOUKHABOR INFORMATION SEE BOOK "TOIL AND PEACEFUL LIFE".
Catalogue Number
P19950034001
Acquisition Date
1995-07
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
BOYS' TEMPLE COSTUME
Date Range From
1929
Date Range To
1979
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SILK, COTTON, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P20060018002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BOYS' TEMPLE COSTUME
Date Range From
1929
Date Range To
1979
Materials
SILK, COTTON, PAPER
No. Pieces
6
Description
BOYS' TEMPLE COSTUME. 1. (2 PCE)GLD PAPER CAP WITH PRPL WITH WHT CUSHION . 2. SHEER WHITE KIMONO, LENGTH 78.0, WIDTH 105.3. ADORNED WITH PRPL DYE AND STAMPED WITH GLD CELESTIAL BIRD DESIGN. LEFT SLEEVE HAD YLLW AND GRN THE RIGHT SLEEVE ALSO HAS A BIT OF YLLW. 3. PRPLE HAKAMA SKIRT, LENGTH 56.0, WIDTH 57.8. BATIK REPEATED PATTERN IN TWO ROWS ACROSS BOTTOM HALF OF PANT. SILK RIBBON ACCENTS BELT AREA OF SKIRT. SKIRT TIES ON BOTH SIDES FOR CLOSURE. 4. (2 PCE) BELT IS SHEER WITH GLD IMPRINT OF FLOWER, LENGTH 128.0, WIDTH 4.6.TEXT ON BACK READS, "WOMEN'S BUDDHIST ASS'N, NEW WESTMINSTER B.C."
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
RELIGION
COMMEMORATIVE
History
COSTUMES WERE WORN BY THE YOUNGEST MEMBERS OF THE BUDDHIST TEMPLE LOCATED IN RAYMOND, ALBERTA. FOR AT LEAST FIFTY YEARS, CHILDREN DRESSED UP IN THE ELABORATE GARMENTS AS PART OF RELIGION’S ‘CHIGO’ OR YOUNG-CHILDREN CEREMONY. THE PROCESSIONAL EVENT REQUIRED THAT THE CHILDREN DRESS AS HEAVENLY BEINGS. BOYS WORE A STIFF HAT OF LACQUERED GAUZE CALLED AN ‘EBOSHI’ WHILE GIRLS WORE THE CROWN OF THE PHOENIX BIRD KNOWN AS A ‘TENKAN’. THE CEREMONY WAS CONDUCTED AT THE RAYMOND BUDDHIST TEMPLE EVERY FIVE YEARS, COMMENCING ON THE DATE OF THE TEMPLE’S DEDICATION (1929) AND ENDING ON ITS FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY IN 1979. IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE PAPER LOTUS FLOWERS WERE MADE LOCALLY AND THE GARMENTS WERE IMPORTED FROM JAPAN. FOR ALMOST EIGHTY YEARS, THE TEMPLE SERVED THE SPIRITUAL NEEDS OF MANY AMONG SOUTHERN ALBERTA’S JAPANESE COMMUNITY. IT ACTED AS A CENTRE FOR TRADITIONAL BUDDHIST TEACHING AND JAPANESE CULTURE UNTIL ITS CLOSING IN 2006. THESE COSTUMES, IN ADDITION TO OTHER SPIRITUAL OBJECTS INCLUDING THE TEMPLE’S SHRINE, WERE DONATED TO THE GALT AS PART OF THE TEMPLE’S CLOSING AND EVENTUAL SALE. CEREMONY WHERE THIS COSTUME WAS LAST WORN WAS PERFORMED FOR THE BUDDHIST TEMPLE'S FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY IN 1979. PERFORMED FOR THE TEMPLE'S INAUGURATION, 10TH, 20TH, 25, 30, 35, 40...ETC EVERY 5TH YEAR. DONOR HAS PHOTOS OF COSTUMES BEING WORN DURING THE ANNIVERSARIES (SEE PERMANENT FILE). DONOR PRESUMES THAT THE MATERIAL DATES TO 1929 TO 1930. SEE P20070014000 FOR INFORMATION ON GIRLS CHIGO COSTUME AND P20030041001 FOR COMPLETE HISTORY ON BUDDHIST TEMPLE. ON APRIL 26, 2009 THE BUDDHIST TEMPLE OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA, LOCATED IN LETHBRIDGE, WAS THE SITE OF AN O-CHIGO CHILDREN’S PARADE, HELD AS PART OF THE TEMPLE’S DEDICATION CEREMONY. VISUAL DOCUMENTATION OF O-CHIGO COSTUMES, REPRESENTING THE ONE DONATED, CAN BE FOUND IN THE GALT’S ARCHIVES, RELATED TO THE 2009 DEDICATION EVENT. ADDITIONALLY, O-CHIGO RELATED PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND RELATED TO THE HISTORY OF THE TABER BUDDHIST CHURCH IN THE GALT’S ARCHIVES. FINALLY, IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE ROYAL ALBERTA MUSEUM IS IN POSSESSION OF HISTORIC 40S ERA FOOTAGE OF TEMPLE EVENTS, RELATED TO THE RAM’S COLLECTION OF A SHRINE FROM PICTURE BUTTE.
Catalogue Number
P20060018002
Acquisition Date
2006-08
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
CHILD'S (UKRAINIAN)
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19738273000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CHILD'S (UKRAINIAN)
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
54.5
Description
SIZE 8. TRADITIONAL UKRAINIAN GEOMETRIC CROSS-STITCH PATTERN IN GREEN, YELLOW, PINK, BLACK, BLUE, RED. TEAR IN BACK, ALONG COLLAR SEAM, AND FRONT HEM. LOOSE BUTTON ON RIGHT CUFF. HANDMADE. SQUARE COLLAR WITH EMBROIDERY ON IT, FORMS INTO A SMALL CAPE ON BACK OF SHOULDERS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
ETHNOGRAPHIC
History
*UPDATE* IN 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, INCLUDING THREE DONATED BY THE UKRAINIAN ASSOCIATION OF LETHBRIDGE. THOUGH THE ASSOCIATION HAS DISBANDED, SHE WAS ABLE TO DETERMINE THAT IT IS LIKELY THAT THIS OBJECT AND 81 OTHERS DONATED BY THE ASSOCIATION IN 1973 WERE ORIGINALLY PART OF THE GALT MUSEUM'S 'UKRAINIAN ROOM' EXHIBIT. ACCORDING TO LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES FROM 1969 AND 1976, AND PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE GALT ARCHIVES (199110764419, 1991107612370, 199110764421, AND 199110764422) THE UKRAINIAN ROOM WAS INSTALLED IN 1966, WHEN THE MUSEUM WAS MOVED FROM THE BOWMAN CENTRE TO THE GALT HOSPITAL BUILDING. THE ROOM WAS FURNISHED WITH OBJECTS DONATED BY THE UKRAINIAN ASSOCIATION, AND THE GROUP HELD ANNUAL TEAS THERE. THOUGH THE CATALOGUE NUMBERS OF THE UKRAINIAN ASSOCIATION DONATION REFLECT A 1973 DONATION DATE, THE INITIAL ACQUISITION YEAR LISTED IN HARDCOPY FILES IS 1966, WHICH ALIGNS WITH THE OPENING DATE OF THE UKRAINIAN ROOM. IN ADDITION, ARCHIVAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE ROOM DEPICT OBJECTS THAT ARE NOW HELD IN COLLECTIONS (P19738277001-GA, P19738277002-GA, AND P19738277003-GA CAN BE CLEARLY IDENTIFIED, WITH OTHER OBJECTS IDENTIFIED SPECULATIVELY). IN 1984 THE MUSEUM DISMANTLED ALL ITS DISPLAYS IN PREPARATION FOR THE BUILDING'S RENOVATION AND EXPANSION, AND ACCORDING TO BRAD BROWN, GALT EXHIBIT DESIGNER, WHEN THE FACILITY REOPENED TO THE PUBLIC IN 1985 ALL THE EXHIBITS HAD BEEN REWORKED, AND THE UKRAINIAN ROOM NO LONGER EXISTED. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P19738273000
Acquisition Date
1966-02
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
TRADITIONAL SLOVAKIAN COSTUME
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, LACE, RAYON
Catalogue Number
P20060037000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TRADITIONAL SLOVAKIAN COSTUME
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Materials
COTTON, LACE, RAYON
No. Pieces
7
Description
SLOVAKIAN COSTUME INCLUDES 7 PIECES: SKIRT, COLLAR, APRON, VEST, BONNET, SASH AND BLOUSE. 1. WHT LACE COLLAR WITH A BAND OF SEQUINS WRAPPED IN THICK SILVER THREAD. SAFETY PIN CLOSURE. 37(L) X 37 (W). 2. BL RAYON VEST DISPLAYS ASYMMETRICAL DESIGN. RIBBON DESIGN MADE FROM WEAVE METAL BRAID. SILVER STAR/FLORAL EMBOSSED BUTTONS, LINING THE FRONT OPENING. EMBROIDERED FLORAL DESIGN DECORATES FRONT VEST. OFF WHT LINING STAMPED “MARTIN OTEPKA HLUBOKA” ON LOWER FRONT/LEFT CORNER. 51(L) X 39(W). 3. OFF WHT CHIFFON BLOUSE. SHORT WAISTED PLEADED BODY AND LARGE LACE CUFFS. SAFETY PIN CLOSURE. 38 (L) X 66 (W). 4. LACE WHT BONNET. EMBROIDERED BAND NEAR TOP BACK FEATURES EMBROIDERED GEOMETRIC DESIGN. WHT EMBROIDERED SASH RIBBON ATTACHED TO BACK. 24 (L) X 18 (W). 5. OFF WHT SASH RIBBON WITH EMBROIDERED FLORAL MOTIF. ENDS ARE FRAYING. 63.5 (L) X 4 (W). 6. ROYAL BL APRON. ATTACHED WHT BELT EDGED WITH YLLW AND EMBROIDERED WITH FOAL MOTIF IN PNK, YLLW AND WHT. BASE OF APRON FRAYED AND FEATURES EMBROIDERED FLORAL MOTIF BORDER. 61.5 (L) X 74 (W). 7. PRPL AND WHT PERMA-PLEATED SKIRT WITH WHT COTTON EDGING. SQUARE PATCH ON BACKSIDE IS A DIFFERENT PRPL AND WHT PATTERN. STRING AT TOP OF WAIST ACTS AS CLOSURE. 87.5(L) X 74(W).
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
ETHNOGRAPHIC
History
THE TRADITIONAL SLOVAKIAN COSTUME BELONGED TO MRS. KATHERINA (KATIE) BRECKA (NEE KADLICEK) (1908-1997), AN IMMIGRANT TO THE PICTURE BUTTE AREA. BORN IN ROVENSKO, CZECHOSLOVAKIA, MRS. BRECKA IMMIGRATED TO CANADA WITH HER HUSBAND AND TWO YOUNG SONS IN 1938. LIMITED BY THE NUMBER OF PERSONAL BELONGINGS SHE COULD BRING TO CANADA, BRECKA BROUGHT THIS DRESS BECAUSE IT REPRESENTED HER BEST SET OF CLOTHING AND WAS AN IMPORTANT REMINDER OF HER HOME. SHE SET THE CLOTHING ASIDE FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS SUCH AS WEDDINGS, FESTIVALS, DANCES AND FOR CHURCH. UNAWARE THAT THIS WAS NOT COMMON FASHION IN CANADA SHE IS QUOTED SAYING “I NEVER THINKING DRESSES DIFFERENT HERE IN THIS COUNTRY, NOW I GO TO EATON’S”. DRESS WAS ALSO WORN BY VIOLIN PLAYER, CAROLYN KLAUSE, DURING A RECITAL IN WETASKIWIN, AB. THE DONOR REQUESTED THE COSTUME FROM MRS. BRECKA ON BEHALF OF THE VIOLINIST. KLAUSE PLAYED A CZARDAS, A NATIVE DANCE FROM MRS. BRECKA'S HOME LAND. AFTER THE LONG JOURNEY FROM SLOVAKIA TO CANADA, THE BRECKA FAMILY HAD A SHORT ONE MONTH STAY IN IRON SPRINGS WHERE THEY WORKED IN SUGAR BEET FIELDS. AFTER THAT, THEY MOVED TO THE FARM THAT THEY PURCHASED FROM JOHN SCHUMAKR IN PICTURE BUTTE. KATIE BRECKA SURVIVED HER HUSBAND JOHN BRECKA (WHO DIED IN 1960), LIVING IN PICTURE BUTTE UNTIL HER DEATH (JUNE 6, 1997) AT THE AGE OF 88. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILE ARTIFACTS, INCLUDING THIS TRADITIONAL SLOVAKIAN COSTUME. THE PERMANENT FILE INDICATES THAT KATIE WAS BORN ON NOVEMBER 23, 1908. HER AND JOHN BRECKA'S SONS WERE NAMED VLADIMIR AND DRAHOTIN (STAN). IN 1942, AFTER THE FAMILY WAS SETTLED IN CANADA, THEY HAD A DAUGHTER NAMED YARMILA (GERALDINE). THE DONOR, CATHRYN BRECKA IS THE WIFE OF VLADIMIR. THE DATE OF THE VIOLIN RECITAL IN WETASKIWIN WAS MARCH 1978. THERE IS A NOTE IN THE PERMANENT FILE THAT STATES THAT THE COSTUME IS PRESUMED TO BE MADE BY FAMILY. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20060037000
Acquisition Date
2006-10
Collection
Museum
Images
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