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Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BENGALINE, COTTON, NYLON, RAYON, PLASTIC, ALUMINUM(?)
Catalogue Number
P19940004000
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
BENGALINE, COTTON, NYLON, RAYON, PLASTIC, ALUMINUM(?)
No. Pieces
1
Height
60
Width
39
Description
BLACK STRETCH BENGALINE BATHING SUIT WITH THREE DIAGONAL STRIPS OF BLACK SEQUINS. ONE STRIP IS ON LEFT BREAST (14CM WIDE), ONE THROUGH THE TORSO (8CM) AND ACROSS RIGHT HIP (7CM). SEQUINS ARE BLACK PLASTIC AND SEWN IN SWIRL PATTERN WITH BLACK THREAD. SHOULDER STRAPS MEASURE 48CM IN LENGTH AND FASTENED WITH ALUMINUM CLASPS. A ZIPPER DISECTS BACK (29CM) AND THE TOP OF GARMENT IS FASTENED WITH HOOK AND EYE CLASP. ZIPPER IS ENGRAVED WITH "CONMAR USA N18" WITH "CONMAR" ON BOTH SIDES OF ZIPPER PULL TAB. WHITE RAYON TAG SEWN INTO BACK WITH BLUE EMBROIDERY WHICH STATES "AN ORIGINAL BY TOBI OF CALIFORNIA REG. U.S. PAT. OFF.". GENERAL STRUCTURE OF GARMENT IS SINGLE STRAIGHT SEAM SERGED AND PRESSED. BLACK NYLON LINING SEWN INTO CROTCH AREA. HAS DOUBLE LAYER LINING IN FRONT TORSO AND BREAST WITH BREAST SUPPORTED BY TWO VERTICAL WIRE FRAMES. ELASTIC EDGING AROUND HIPS AND UNDERARMS. SLIGHT FRAYING OF SOME SEAMS AND TAG IS FRAYED AS WELL. SEAM HAS COME UNDONE UNDER RIGHT RIB AREA. COLOR HAS FADED TO A GREENISH TINGE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
GARMENT WAS PURCHASED BY DONOR FROM A SECOND HAND STORE AROUND 1984. IT WAS ASSUMED TO BE USED IN THE 1940'S. THE ARTIFACT IS REPRESENTATIVE OF AN AGE OF GLAMOUR AND FASHION CHANGES. *UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILE ARTIFACTS, INCLUDING THIS BATHING SUIT DONATED BY MAGGIE MCKNIGHT. RESEARCH CONDUCTED TO FIND THE DONOR, NEXT-OF-KIN, AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WAS UNSUCCESSFUL.
Catalogue Number
P19940004000
Acquisition Date
1994-01
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
WEDDING DRESS
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SATIN
Catalogue Number
P19970020003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
WEDDING DRESS
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1950
Materials
SATIN
No. Pieces
1
Length
146
Width
46
Description
IVORY SATIN FORMAL WEDDING DRESS WITH LONG SLEEVES AND A BUSTLE ON THE BACK. DRESS HAS SHEER FABRIC ABOVE THE SHOULDERS, AND A SATIN ROSE IN THE FRONT CENTRE WITH SATIN LEAVES IN A ROW ACROSS THE FRONT, AROUND THE SHOULDERS AND ACROSS THE BACK. WAIST HAS A BUSTLE ON EACH HIP, WHICH SWEEPS AROUND AND IS SEWN TO BACK UNDER ANOTHER BUSTLE. DRESS FASTENS UP THE BACK WITH MANY TINY SATIN COVERED BUTTONS. SKIRT IS PLAIN SATIN, AND HAVE A POINTED CUFF. LIKE NEW.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
History
IN 1949 THE DONOR PURCHASED THE DRESS FOR HER MARRIAGE, AT THE MAYFAIR SHOP IN LETHBRIDGE FOR $39.95. ACCORDING TO DONOR IT WAS A WORKING CLASS GIRL'S DRESS AND ALSO WAS NEVER WORN AGAIN. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A WEDDING DRESS DONATED BY JEAN KOSKOSKI. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. JEAN JUDY KOSKOSKI (NEE FRANCESCHI) IS THE SECOND DAUGHTER OF CARL FRANCESCHI AND MARY FRANCESCHI (NEE LINTERIS). SHE WAS MARRIED TO WILLIAM “BILL” KOSKOSKI ON MAY 14, 1949 AT SOUTHMINSTER CHURCH, WITH THE RECEPTION AND DANCE BEING HELD AT THE MARQUIS HOTEL. JEAN AND BILL’S WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT DESCRIBE THE FOLLOWING: “THE BRIDE, WHO ENTERED THE CHURCH ON THE ARM OF HER FATHER, CHOSE A GOWN OF WHITE SHIMMERING SATIN, WITH SHEER YOKE, LONG LILY POINT SLEEVES AND A FULL SKIRT WITH BUSTLE BACK AND SIDE PANNIERS.” WILLIAM “BILL” KOSKOSKI WAS BORN AND RAISED IN HARDIEVILLE, THE OLDEST SON OF NICK AND MARY KOSKOSKI (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). HE WAS EMPLOYED BY THE CPR FROM 1942 UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 1962. BILL PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 68 ON MARCH 6, 1989. MARY FRANCESCHI WAS BORN IN ITALY AND MOVED TO ALBERTA AS AN INFANT. SHE PASSED AWAY ON NOVEMBER 15, 1986. HER HUSBAND CARL PASSED AWAY IN 1963. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19970020003
Acquisition Date
1997-03
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
JUDOGI
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19980052003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
JUDOGI
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
89
Width
142.6 (SLEEVES)
Description
HEAVY WOVEN WHITE COTTON JUDOGI. OPEN AT FRONT; NO BUTTONS OR FASTENERS. FOUR ROWS OF MACHINE STITCHING FORM RIBBED TRIM ALONG JACKET FRONT. UPPER HALF OF TOP TIGHTLY WOVEN BUT TEXTURED; LOWER HALF HAS DIAMOND-PATTERN EMBROIDERY CREATING QUILTED EFFECT. SLITS, 20CM (L), AT BOTTOM OF EACH SIDE SEAM. AT BOTTOM OF LEFT FRONT LAPEL TRIM IS TAG EMBROIDERED WITH JAPANESE FLAG AND CHARACTERS. UNIFORM SLIGHTLY YELLOWED THROUGHOUT; SMALL TEARS FROM WEAR ALONG COLLAR/LAPEL TRIM.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
OUTFIT BELONGED TO DONOR'S BROTHER, DONALD EDWARD SMYKE. WAS A MEMBER OF THE CANADIAN JUDO TEAM AND THE JUDO CLUB IN LETHBRIDGE UNDER YOSHIO (YOSH) SENDA'S INSTRUCTION BETWEEN 1950 AND 1960. UNIFORM WAS PURCHASED FROM JUDO CLUB. DONALD WAS THE LAST OF DONOR'S THREE OLDER BROTHERS; HE PASSED AWAY IN 1998. ACCORDING TO DONOR, FAMILY LIVED IN LETHBRIDGE ALL THEIR LIVES, BUT SOME WERE BORN IN COUTTS; ALL WENT TO SCHOOL IN LETHBRIDGE. DONOR'S GRANDPARENTS MOVED TO COUTTS, WHERE THEY LIVED UNTIL THEIR DEATH. PARENTS MOVED FROM THE DAKOTAS TO COUTTS. DONALD SMYKE LIVED ON AN ACREAGE OUTSIDE COALHURST, AND HAD WORKED FOR THE C.P.R. TRANSPORT. **NOTE: DONOR WISHES DONALD SMYKE TO BE IDENTIFIED AS DONOR WHEN ITEMS ARE DISPLAYED. SEE P19980052001-GA FOR MORE HISTORY. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A JUDO SUIT DONATED BY BUD SMYKE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. BUDDY “BUD” MELVIN SMYKE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 64 ON FEBRUARY 22, 2001. HE WAS THE SON OF FRANK WILLIAM SMYKE AND EMILY JEANETTE SMYKE (NEE RHODE/ROADY). HIS BROTHERS WERE JAMES FRANK SMYKE (DIED AGE 61 ON MARCH 12, 1993); DONALD EDWARD SMYKE (DIED AGE 64 ON JUNE 28, 1998); AND LYLLE DOUGLAS SMYKE (DIED AGE 56 ON AUGUST 5, 1992). FRANK WILLIAM SMYKE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 76 ON NOVEMBER 3, 1977. EMILY JEANETTE SMYKE (NEE RHODE/ROADY) WAS BORN IN NORTH DAKOTA AND MOVED TO JENSEN, SK AS A CHILD. IN 1929 SHE MOVED TO COUTTS, THEN TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1942. SHE WAS AN EMPLOYEE OF THE MARQUIS HOTEL AND PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 57 IN AUGUST 1963. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19980052003
Acquisition Date
1999-02
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
JUDO PANTS
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19980052001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
JUDO PANTS
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
95.5
Width
67.8
Description
PAIR LIGHT WHITE COTTON STRAIGHT-LEG JUDO PANTS WITH DRAWSTRING WAIST. ONE BELT LOOP AT FRONT OF WAIST. EXTRA PATCH OF FABRIC STITCHED TO CROTCH AREA. LARGE TEARS; PANTS HAVE BEEN REPAIRED IN NUMEROUS AREAS, ESPECIALLY AT BOTTOM OF LEGS AND ALONG BACK OF RIGHT LEG. RECTANGULAR REINFORCEMENT/PATCH ON EACH KNEE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
OUTFIT BELONGED TO DONOR'S BROTHER, DONALD EDWARD SMYKE. WAS A MEMBER OF THE CANADIAN JUDO TEAM, AND THE JUDO CLUB IN LETHBRIDGE UNDER YOSH SENDA'S INSTRUCTION BETWEEN 1950 AND 1960. UNIFORM WAS PURCHASED FROM JUDO CLUB. DONALD WAS THE LAST OF DONOR'S THREE OLDER BROTHERS; HE PASSED AWAY IN 1998. ACCORDING TO DONOR, FAMILY LIVED IN LETHBRIDGE ALL THEIR LIVES, BUT SOME WERE BORN IN COUTTS; ALL WENT TO SCHOOL IN LETHBRIDGE. DONOR'S GRANDPARENTS MOVED TO COUTTS, WHERE THEY LIVED UNTIL THEIR DEATH. PARENTS MOVED FROM THE DAKOTAS TO COUTTS. DONALD SMYKE LIVED ON AN ACREAGE OUTSIDE COALHURST, AND HAD WORKED FOR THE C.P.R. TRANSPORT. JUDO WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE PROVINCE IN 1943 WHEN YOSHIO KATSUTU ESTABLISHED THE RAYMOND JUDO CLUB. MR. KATSUTU WAS BORN IN 1904 IN OKAYAMA, JAPAN, WHERE HE STUDIED JUDO. HE EMIGRATED TO BC IN 1934, AND WAS RELOCATED TO RAYMOND AREA IN 1942. HE WAS INSTRUCTOR WITH THE CLUB FOR 23 YEARS. YOSH SENDA WAS AN ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR WHEN THE CLUB FIRST STARTED, AND STAYED 9 YEARS THERE. HE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1952 AND TAUGHT JUDO HERE. THE CLUB WAS DISBANDED IN 1966. SENDA COACHED THE YMCA JUDO CLUB FOR 26 YEARS; WAS U OF L JUDO COACH FOR 11 YEARS, WAS A CHAMPION AT A 1937 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP, AND A PROVINCIAL CHAMP IN 1958 AND 1959. HE WAS INDUCTED INTO THE CANADIAN AMATEUR ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME ON JULY 18, 1979. HE WAS AN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED INSTRUCTOR. ***PLEASE NOTE: DONOR WISHES DONALD SMYKE TO BE IDENTIFIED AS DONOR WHEN ITEMS ARE DISPLAYED. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A JUDO SUIT DONATED BY BUD SMYKE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. BUDDY “BUD” MELVIN SMYKE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 64 ON FEBRUARY 22, 2001. HE WAS THE SON OF FRANK WILLIAM SMYKE AND EMILY JEANETTE SMYKE (NEE RHODE/ROADY). HIS BROTHERS WERE JAMES FRANK SMYKE (DIED AGE 61 ON MARCH 12, 1993); DONALD EDWARD SMYKE (DIED AGE 64 ON JUNE 28, 1998); AND LYLLE DOUGLAS SMYKE (DIED AGE 56 ON AUGUST 5, 1992). FRANK WILLIAM SMYKE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 76 ON NOVEMBER 3, 1977. EMILY JEANETTE SMYKE (NEE RHODE/ROADY) WAS BORN IN NORTH DAKOTA AND MOVED TO JENSEN, SK AS A CHILD. IN 1929 SHE MOVED TO COUTTS, THEN TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1942. SHE WAS AN EMPLOYEE OF THE MARQUIS HOTEL AND PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 57 IN AUGUST 1963. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19980052001
Acquisition Date
1999-02
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
MAJORETTE COSTUME
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
VELVET, TASSELS
Catalogue Number
P20010047055
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MAJORETTE COSTUME
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
VELVET, TASSELS
No. Pieces
2
Length
47.5
Width
40.0
Description
1. TOP. ABOVE DIMENSIONS. RED VELVET. SLEEVELESS. HAS A NARROW, STAND UP COLLAR WITH A SLIT IN CENTER FRONT. FRONT OF BODICE ENDS IN A V-SHAPE AT WAISTLINE. RUNNING ACROSS FRONT AND BACK OF BODICE, IN A V-SHAPE, IS A ROW OF WHITE TASSELS. BACK OF BODICE HAS A ZIPPER THAT RUNS FROM NECK TO WAIST. 2. SHORTS. 37.3 X 44.0. SHORT SHORTS MADE OF RED VELVET. HAVE A LINE OF WHITE TASSELS RUNNING ACROSS FRONT AND BACK. HAVE AN ELASTIC SEWN IN WAISTBAND. THERE IS A SHORT ZIPPER ON ONE SIDE OF SHORTS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
ITEMS OWNED BY ELAINE LIEBELT WHO ATTENDED WARNER HIGH SCHOOL IN THE LATE 1950S, GRADUATING IN 1960. DURING JUNIOR AND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, ELAINE WAS VERY ACTIVE IN ALL ASPECTS OF SCHOOL LIFE. IT IS SAID THAT, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THURSDAY AFTER SCHOOL, ELAINE HAD SOME ACTIVITY EVERY NOON HOUR, AFTER SCHOOL AND EVENING. SHE PARTICIPATED IN BASKETBALL, VOLLEYBALL, TRACK AND FIELD, SCHOOL BAND (PLAYED TROMBONE) AND WAS A MAJORETTE AND CHEERLEADER. ELAINE ALSO STUDIED PIANO UNTIL GRADE 9 AND IN HIGH SCHOOL WAS YEARBOOK EDITOR AND WAS PART OF THE STUDENT COUNCIL. ELAINE ATTENDED THE PROVINCIAL RECREATION LEADER TRAINING SCHOOL IN 1958 AND 1959 SPONSORED BY THE WARNER COMMUNITY AND TAUGHT CLASSES IN THE COMMUNITY UNTIL SHE WENT TO UNIVERSITY. ELAINE PLAYED HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL FOR THE WARNER WARRIORETTES FROM THE TIME SHE WAS IN GRADE 8 AND ONCE IN HIGHSCHOOL, SHE COACHED THE WARNER JUNIOR HIGH GIRLS’ TEAM. AT THE GALT’S REQUEST IN APRIL 2010, DONOR ELAINE LIEBELT PROVIDED MORE DETAILS WITH REGARDS TO HER PERSONAL OWNERSHIP OF THE MAJORETTE COSTUME AND RELATED OBJECTS P20010047048-55. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HER HIGHSCHOOL ACTIVITIES, PLEASE REFERENCE P20010047047. THE NARRATIVE BELOW IS IN HER OWN WORDS. FOR A COPY OF THE ORIGINAL EMAIL, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE. *** "I WAS A MAJORETTE FOR INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES (NOT WITH THE BAND.) I PLAYED TROMBONE IN THE WARNER BAND AND WHEN THE BAND WAS PERFORMING, I PLAYED WITH THE BAND BECAUSE THAT WAS THE DEAL WITH MY PARENTS. I ENTERED A FEW BATON TWIRLING COMPETITIONS IN LETHBRIDGE DURING MY YOUTH. I RECALL THAT I DID A BATON ROUTINE TO “COLONEL BOOGIE” AT ONE COMPETITION IN LETHBRIDGE. THE ONLY COMMENT I CAN RECALL FROM THE ADJUDICATOR IS THAT I WAS CAPABLE OF A MORE DIFFICULT ROUTINE. THE WARNER MAJORETTES PERFORMED ROUTINES AS A GROUP AT COMMUNITY EVENTS USING RECORDED MUSIC. THAT WAS WHEN I COULD PERFORM WITH THEM. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT ATTRACTED ME TO BEING A MAJORETTE EXCEPT THAT IT WAS AVAILABLE IN THE COMMUNITY AND THEREFORE WAS SOMETHING THAT I NEEDED TO TRY. THE SKILLS I LEARNED AT THAT TIME, ACTUALLY CAME IN HANDY MANY YEARS LATER WHEN I BECAME A PERFORMING CLOWN AND USED MY BATON AS A COMEDY ROUTINE. “ ***
Catalogue Number
P20010047055
Acquisition Date
2001-12
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
CROSS COUNTRY SKI PANTS
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19970028006
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CROSS COUNTRY SKI PANTS
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
81.6
Width
37.5
Description
PAIR OF MEN'S TAUPE WOOL CROSS COUNTRY SKI KNICKERS, WITH VELCRO AT THE KNEES. HAS TWO POCKETS IN THE FRONT, AND TWO BACK POCKETS WITH FLAPS THAT ARE FASTENED WITH TAUPE PLASTIC BUTTONS. HAS A WHITE LABEL ON THE INSIDE OF THE WAISTBAND MARKED "MOUNTAIN EQUIPMENT CO-OP", "34", AND "100% WOOL/LAINE". HAS WIDE BELT LOOPS AROUND THE WAIST. IN GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
BELONGED TO DONOR'S HUSBAND, CHARLES MCCLEARY, WHO WAS THE ALBERTA HIGHSCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY SKI CHAMPION IN 1953. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING SEVERAL CLOTHING ITEMS DONATED BY CECILE MCCLEARY. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMES FROM AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DONOR, CECILE MCCLEARY AND HER HUSBAND CHARLES MCCLEARY. IN DISCUSSING THE DONATED SKI PANTS AND SOCKS, CHARLES HAD THE FOLLOWING TO SAY: “WELL, BOTH OF THEM NOW, I GUESS ARE 56 YEARS OLD, OR SO. THESE ARE 40, WELL OVER 50 YEARS. THESE ARE WHAT WE USED TO WEAR WAY BACK IN THE LATE ‘60S AND ‘70S IN CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING. THE PANTS, OF COURSE, ARE SORT OF KNEE HEIGHT, LIKE KNICKERBOCKERS, I SUPPOSE … AND THE SOCKS WERE THE APPROPRIATE LENGTH TO REACH UP TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SKI SLAC, AND THAT’S WHAT WE WORE, AT THAT TIME. WELL, WE WEREN’T AVID SKIERS. WE WERE RECREATIONAL SKIERS AT THE TIME. I HAD BEEN, IN HIGH SCHOOL DAYS, A RACER FOR THE CAMROSE SKI CLUB BACK IN THE DAYS WHEN WE’D ALWAYS WIN THE ALBERTA NORDIC CHAMPIONSHIP, BECAUSE WE HAD A JUMP, AND THE SKI HILL, AND A RACING TRACK IN CAMROSE, MAINLY DUE TO THE NORWEIGAN HERITAGE OF THE TOWN – AT THE TIME A TOWN – NOW A CITY … WE WOULD RACE 5KM IN HIGH SCHOOL MEETS AND 10KM IN PROVINCIAL MEETS, AND WE HAD RACES IN BANFF. THE HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS WERE ALWAYS HELD IN BANFF IN FEBRUARY AND WE WOULD RACE IN CAMROSE. ATHABASKA HAD A JUMP AND A RACE TRACK. WE’D BEEN TO ATHABASKA. THAT WOULD BE ABOUT IT. TWO OF OUR PEOPLE FROM CAMROSE WERE ON THE CANADIAN OLYMPIC TEAM BACK IN THE LATE ‘50S … PAUL GLADIS AND HIS BROTHER CARL, [WHO] WAS A COUPLE OF YEARS AHEAD OF ME [IN HIGH SCHOOL].” AFTER A REMINDER FROM CECILE, CHARLES ADDED: “WELL, THE SERVOLD BROTHERS TOOL. THE SERVOLD BROTHERS WERE THE OLPYMIC COMPETITORS. AND I SKIED FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA SKI TEAM ONE SEASON AS WELL … IN HIGH SCHOOL I WAS THE ALBERTA CHAMPION [IN 1953] … I DIDN’T DO AS WELL AT THE UNIVERSITY LEVEL – THERE WERE TOO MANY OTHER INTERESTS THAT WERE TAKING ME AWAY FROM GETTING IN SHAPE.” CECILE ADDED: “THESE WERE ACTUALLY PURCHASED IN THE EARLY ‘70S WHEN WE TOOK UP CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING IN SASKATOON. SASKATOON WAS HOLDING THE CANADA WINTER GAMES IN ’72, SO THEY WERE LOOKING AT PEOPLE WHO KNEW SOMETHING ABOUT NORDIC SKIING AND VERY FEW PEOPLE DID, IN THE PROVINCE, AT THAT TIME. BUT CHARLES DID, SO HE WENT AND HELPED THEM WITH THAT, AND THEN WE STARTED SKIING, PROBABLY BECAUSE OF THE SERVOLDS WHO WERE IN DEVON, AB … AND CHARLES OUTFITTED US ALL – THE BOYS AND ME – IN CROSS-COUNTRY SKIS AND BOOTS AND PEOPLE WOULD STOP AND SAY ‘WHAT HAVE YOU GOT ON YOUR FEET?’” CHARLES: “THOSE SKIS … WERE IMPORTED FROM NORWAY, BECAUSE OF THE CAMROSE-NORWEGIAN CONNECTION. WE HAD THESE GREAT SKIS. HIGH SCHOOL EVENTS WITH THESE SKINNY SKIS, EVERYONE ELSE WAS WONDERING WHAT WE WERE DOING WITH THESE THINGS, BUT THEY HAD BEEN IMPORTED, BROUGHT IN FROM NORWAY. WE ALL HAD THE NORWEGIAN WAXES, AND KLISTER [A SKI WAX], AND ALL THAT STUFF. BLOW TORCHES TO HEAT THE SKI TO PUT THE WAX ON. IT WAS QUITE AN EFFORT. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR A COPY OF THE INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT.
Catalogue Number
P19970028006
Acquisition Date
1997-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE NATIVE SONS CARDIGAN
Date Range From
1949
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P20010090000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE NATIVE SONS CARDIGAN
Date Range From
1949
Date Range To
1950
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
70.0
Width
57.0
Description
LIGHT BEIGE KNIT SWEATER. FRONT IS OPEN; HAS 5 DARK GREEN PLASTIC BUTTONS FOR CLOSURES. HAS TWO WELT POCKETS ON FRONT WAIST, WITH GREEN WOOL LINING. ON RIGHT BREAST IS A PATCH THAT READS "LETHBRIDGE NATIVE SONS BLUE LINERS"; ON LEFT BREAST IS A PATCH THAT READS "LETHBRIDGE NATIVE SONS 6". ON RIGHT ARM IS A PATCH WITH TWO CROSSED HOCKEY STICKS, A PUCK AND "49" "50". ON LEFT ARM ARE THREE GREEN STRIPES AND A PATCH THAT IS A UNION JACK CROSSED WITH AN AMERICAN FLAG. TAG ON INSIDE OF NECK READS "KYLE BROS.".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
SWEATER WAS WORN BY DONOR FOR 1950 HOCKEY GAME; WAS 16 YEARS OLD AT THE TIME. DONOR MOVED FROM BOW ISLAND TO LETHBRIDGE AT THE AGE OF 6 YEARS. HE STARTED PLAYING HOCKEY AT THE AGE OF 9 ON A TEAM SPONSORED BY THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, THEN WENT TO THE WESTERN CANADA JUVENILE CHAMPIONS SPONSORED BY CATELLI. AFTER THAT HE PLAYED RIGHT WING FOR THE JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE TEAM, THE NATIVE SONS, FROM 1949 TO 1953. DONOR HAD THE CHANCE TO GO PRO, BUT OPTED TO STAY IN LETHBRIDGE AND WORK FOR THE CITY, LATER MARRYING, AND HAVING HIS OWN FAMILY. THE LETHBRIDGE BREWERY SPONSORED THE NATIVE SONS HOCKEY CLUB FROM 1949 TO 1956. THE NAME “NATIVE SONS” CAME FROM THE FIRST UNIFORMS WORN BY THE TEAM, WHICH WERE OLD LACROSSE SWEATERS LEFT IN LETHBRIDGE BY THE CANADA NATIVE SONS, A GROUP WANTING LACROSSE TO BE THE NATIONAL SPORT. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A SWEATER SUIT DONATED BY STEVE ARISMAN. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON DECEMBER 2, 1949 DISCUSSES STEVE ARISMAN AS A YOUNG HOCKEY PLAYER: “NEXT TO HIS GOOD FRIEND AND LINEMATE, BILLY DEA, STEVEN ARISMAN IS THE YOUNGEST PLAYER WITH THIS YEAR’S EDITION OF LETHBRIDGE NATIVE SONS. BARELY 17 YEARS OF AGE (HE WAS BORN IN BOW ISLAND ON AUGUST 2, 1932), HE HAS THREE YEARS OF JUNIOR HOCKEY AHEAD OF HIM … A BIG HUSKY YOUNGSTER WHO IS ALMOST SIX FEET TALL AND WHO WEIGHS CLOSE TO 170 POUNDS SOAKING WET, STEVE IS BUILT ALONG THE LINES OF NHL STARS LIKE ROY CONACHER, HARRY WATSON AND GORDIE HOW, ALL PLAYERS FOR WHOM HE HAS GREAT ADMIRATION … ANY COACH WILL TELL YOU THAT [STEVE] HAS ALL THE PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES NECESSARY TO ACHIEVE EVENTUAL STARDOM.” IT CONTINUES: “A GRADE TEN STUDENT AT ST. PAT’S, STEVE LIVES AT HOME WITH HIS PARENTS, MR. AND MRS. PETE ARISMAN … HIS FATHER WORKS FOR THE C.P.R. AND IS VERY PROUD OF STEVE AND HIS OLDER BROTHER, JOE, WHO PLAYS SECOND BASE FOR THE PICTURE BUTTE BASEBALL TEAM DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS. STEVE GOT HIS START IN HOCKEY LOCALLY WITH THE LETHBRIDGE COLUMBUS CLUB AND HIS FIRST COACH WAS BILL MCKENNA. HE JOINED THE NATIVE SONS ORGANIZATION LAST YEAR AND WAS ONE OF THE CLUB’S TOP SCORERS.” THE ARTICLE ALSO INCLUDED A LITTLE ABOUT STEVE OUTSIDE OF HOCKEY: “NO HOBBIES ATTRACT STEVE’S ATTENTION. HE DOESN’T LIKE DANCING. HE DOES LIKE JUNE ALLYSON OF THE MOVIES, POPULAR MUSIC, SWEATERS, CONSERVATIVE CLOTHES, SLEEPING, EATING, AND MAURICE RICHARD, THE GREAT N.H.L. PLAYER. ABOUT GIRLS HE SAYS THIS: ‘I AM VERY, VERY FOND OF ALL TYPES OF GIRLS. THEY ARE ALL PERFECT.’” ON MARCH 27, 2002 THE HERALD PUBLISHED AN ARTICLE ABOUT STEVE’S INDUCTION INTO THE LETHBRIDGE SPORTS HALL OF FAME: “FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS ARISMAN WAS INVOLVED IN THE LOCAL SPORTS SCENE AS BOTH AN ATHLETE AND A BUILDER. ARISMAN PLAYED WITH THE WESTERN CANADIAN JUVENILE HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP NATIVE SONS IN 1948-49, AND WENT ON TO SPEND FOUR SEASONS WITH THE NATIVE SONS’ JUNIOR TEAM. HE LATER HELPED GREAT FALLS AMERICANS TO THE U.S. HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP IN 1953-54, AND ALSO PLAYED FOR THE LETHBRIDGE ALLISTER FURRIERS IN THE BIG SIX INTERMEDIATE HOCKEY LEAGUE. LATER SERVING AS A COACH, ARISMAN GUIDED THE JUNIOR A LETHBRIDGE SUGAR KINGS IN 1966-67 AND PILOTED THE FIRST UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE HOCKEY TEAM, THE CHINOOKS IN 1969-70. HE ALSO COACHED AND MANAGED MINOR HOCKEY IN LETHBRIDGE FROM 1973-1981, AT THE PEE WEE, BANTAM, AND JUVENILE LEVELS. … A FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE OLDTIMERS HOCKEY ASSOCIATION, ARISMAN SERVED AS THE GROUP’S PRESIDENT FOR FOUR YEARS. IN 1985, ARISMAN PLAYED A KEY ROLE IN THE RETURN OF JUNIOR HOCKEY TO LETHBRIDGE.” STEVE IS MARRIED TO EIRA ARISMAN (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) AND THE COUPLE CELEBRATED THEIR 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY ON JUNE 27, 2003. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P20010090000
Acquisition Date
2001-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
CARDIGAN
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20010047047
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CARDIGAN
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
WOOL, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
64.5
Width
42.0
Description
LEIGHT BEIGE, KNITTED WOOL CARDIGAN. HAS A RED STRIPE AROUND NECKLINE AND CONTINUING DOWN FRONT OPENING. HAS 4 WHITE PLASTIC BUTTONS FOR CLOSURES. HAS 2 PATCH POCKETS ON WAIST, EACH WITH A RED STRIPE ACROSS THE TOP. RIGHT ARM HAS 3 RED STRIPES. THERE IS A RED PATCH, IN THE SHAPE OF A "W" SEWN OVER LEFT HAND PATCH POCKET. THERE ARE 3 PATCHES SEWN ONTO LEFT ARM OF SWEATER, ALL ARE RED WITH WHITE LETTERS. FROM TOP TO BOTTOM THEY READ "BASKETBALL" "TRACK" "CHEERLEADER". A TAG INSIDE NECKLINE READS "100% BRITISH WORSTED WOOL NYLON REINFORCED WHITE RAM CASUAL WHITE RAM SWEATERS-CALGARY". FRONT OF SWEATER HAS A HOLE NEAR OPENING.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
SWEATER OWNED BY ELAINE LIEBELT WHO ATTENDED WARNER HIGH SCHOOL IN THE LATE 1950S, GRADUATING IN 1960. DURING JUNIOR AND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, ELAINE WAS VERY ACTIVE IN ALL ASPECTS OF SCHOOL LIFE. IT IS SAID THAT, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THURSDAY AFTER SCHOOL, ELAINE HAD SOME ACTIVITY EVERY NOON HOUR, AFTER SCHOOL AND EVENING. SHE PARTICIPATED IN BASKETBALL, VOLLEYBALL, TRACK AND FIELD, SCHOOL BAND (PLAYED TROMBONE) AND WAS A MAJORETTE AND CHEERLEADER. ELAINE ALSO STUDIED PIANO UNTIL GRADE 9 AND IN HIGH SCHOOL WAS YEARBOOK EDITOR AND WAS PART OF THE STUDENT COUNCIL. ELAINE ATTENDED THE PROVINCIAL RECREATION LEADER TRAINING SCHOOL IN 1958 AND 1959 SPONSORED BY THE WARNER COMMUNITY AND TAUGHT CLASSES IN THE COMMUNITY UNTIL SHE WENT TO UNIVERSITY. ELAINE PLAYED HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL FOR THE WARNER WARRIORETTES FROM THE TIME SHE WAS IN GRADE 8 AND ONCE IN HIGHSCHOOL, SHE COACHED THE WARNER JUNIOR HIGH GIRLS’ TEAM. ELAINE LEFT WARNER IN 1960 TO ATTEND THE UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY (U OF A AT CALGARY AT THAT TIME). SHE GRADUATED IN 1963 WITH BA IN SOCIOLOGY. DURING UNIVERSITY SHE PLAYED VOLLEYBALL, WAS A BASKETBALL CHEERLEADER, AND EDITED THE TALLY STICK (U OF C YEARBOOK) IN HER FINAL YEAR. ELAINE’S CAREER TOOK HER TO VERMILION ALBERTA AND BACK TO LETHBRIDGE AS A SOCIAL WORKER WITH THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT. SHE THEN MOVED TO CALGARY WHERE SHE WAS A RECREATION CONSULTANT FOR ALBERTA CULTURE YOUTH AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT TRAVELLING THROUGH SOUTHERN ALBERTA. IN 1969 SHE JOINED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WORKING FOR CANADA MANPOWER CENTRE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY AND LATER BECAME A SUPERVISOR AT THE EDMONTON CANADA EMPLOYMENT CENTRE. IN 1969 SHE JOINED THE CANADA IMMIGRATION CENTRE AS AN IMMIGRATION ADJUDICATOR (IMMIGRATION JUDGE) IN CALGARY AND EDMONTON CONDUCTING HEARINGS ACROSS THE PRAIRIES. SHE SUBSEQUENTLY BECAME A SECTION HEAD OF ADJUDICATION DIRECTORATE FOR THE PRAIRIES AND WORKED IN EDMONTON, VANCOUVER, AND OTTAWA. AT HER RETIREMENT IN 1997 SHE RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE TO BE NEARER TO FAMILY AND BECAUSE HER HEART HAS ALWAYS BEEN IN ALBERTA. AMONG THE DONATED ITEMS ARE SOME ALL-STAR MEDALS, HER SCHOOL SWEATER WITH SEVERAL AWARD PATCHES, AND A RED MAJORETTE COSTUME (THAT WOULD NOW FIT AROUND HER LEFT KNEE). ELAINE RECEIVED SPORTS PATCHES FOR ALL THE SPORTS AVAILABLE IN WARNER HIGH SCHOOL IN THE LATE 1950’S. ___________ AT THE GALT’S REQUEST IN APRIL 2010, DONOR ELAINE LIEBELT PROVIDED MORE DETAILS WITH REGARDS TO HER PERSONAL OWNERSHIP OF THE SCHOOL SWEATER AND RELATED OBJECTS P20010047048-55. THE NARRATIVE BELOW IS IN HER OWN WORDS. FOR A COPY OF THE ORIGINAL EMAIL, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE. “DURING HIGH SCHOOL, I RECEIVED SPORTS PATCHES FOR ALL THE SPORTS AVAILABLE IN WARNER HIGH SCHOOL IN THE LATE 1950’S. IN ADDITION TO BEING VERY INVOLVED IN SPORTS, I WAS ACTIVE ON THE STUDENTS COUNCIL AS WELL. ALL STUDENTS COULD PURCHASE A SCHOOL SWEATER AND A SCHOOL JACKET BUT THE PATCHES AND CRESTS WERE AWARDED AT YEAR END EVENTS SO IT WAS AN HONOUR TO HAVE “MANY” PATCHES DOWN THE ARM. MY RECALL IS THAT WE WERE ONE OF THE FIRST SMALL SCHOOLS TO UNDERTAKE THIS TYPE OF “PATCH” RECOGNITION. AFTER ALL, THE SAME PEOPLE WHO EXCELLED IN SPORTS ALSO RAN THE STUDENTS COUNCIL, (AND WERE USUALLY THE SAME ONES WHO WERE IN SCHOOL BAND AND OTHER CLUBS) SO WE COULD SET THINGS UP THE WAY WE WANTED. I REMEMBER THERE WAS SOME DISCUSSION ABOUT AWARDING ACADEMIC OR SCHOOL PARTICIPATION PATCHES BUT I DO NOT KNOW IF THAT EVERY CAME ABOUT. IN THE 1950’S WARNER WAS A TOWN OF 200 PEOPLE WITH 200 CHILDREN IN THE SCHOOL. WARNER SCHOOL WAS THE FIRST “CONSOLIDATED” SCHOOL IN ALBERTA WHICH BROUGHT IN CHILDREN FROM A LARGER RURAL AREA. THERE WERE LOTS OF ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE CONSIDERING THE SIZE OF THE TOWN. I WAS INVOLVED IN SPORTS FROM THE TIME I WAS LITTLE. MY MOTHER HAD PLAYED BASKETBALL WHEN SHE ATTENDED THE OLDS COLLEGE AND SHE WAS A MEMBER OF THE WARNER CURLING CLUB. MY DAD PLAYED BASEBALL AROUND SOUTHERN ALBERTA FOR AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER AND HE WAS A VERY ACTIVE CURLER FOR MANY YEARS. ALL FOUR OF THE LIEBELT CHILDREN WERE ACTIVE IN SPORTS AND WE WERE ALL GOOD ATHLETES. ACTUALLY, I WAS A PRETTY BIG SPORTS STAR IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA (NOT HARD TO DO WHEN THE COMMUNITIES ARE THAT SMALL). (BIG FISH – SMALL POND) BASKETBALL WAS MY PRIMARY SPORT. I HELD THE BASKETBALL HIGH SCORING RECORD FOR THE LEAGUE FOR SEVERAL YEARS (200 POINTS IN ONE SEASON AS I RECALL). I AM SURE IT HAS LONG SINCE BEEN SURPASSED. I WAS ALSO KNOWN FOR MY “KILLER” HOOK SHOT OFF THE CENTER POST. I PLAYED CENTRE ON THE WARNER WARRIORETTES BASKETBALL TEAM. I ALSO HELD VARIOUS TRACK & FIELD RECORDS FOR SHORT PERIODS OF TIME, ESPECIALLY IN SHORT DISTANCE TRACK EVENTS. DURING HIGH SCHOOL, I WENT TO DIVISIONAL TRACK MEETS IN LETHBRIDGE AT THE CIVIC CENTRE TRACK WITH THE WARNER TEAM. MY PARENTS, JAKE AND PEARL LIEBELT, WERE ALWAYS INVOLVED IN DRIVING CARLOADS OF KIDS TO THE VARIOUS WEEKEND TOURNAMENTS AND LEAGUE GAMES. THEY WERE GREAT SUPPORTERS OF SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY EVENTS. BECAUSE MY PARENTS WERE ALWAYS AROUND, THE LIEBELT KIDS COULDN’T GET AWAY WITH MUCH. ACTUALLY, IN RETROSPECT, IT WAS GREAT THAT THEY WERE ALWAYS THERE TO SUPPORT US. MOST SPORTS WERE CENTERED IN THE SCHOOL THROUGH INTERSCHOOL LEAGUES. WARNER, MILK RIVER, COUTTS, MASINASIN, NEW DAYTON AND WRENTHAM COMPRISED THE SUNSHINE LEAGUE. THE MASINASIN GIRLS’ BASKETBALL TEAM WERE OUR BIGGEST RIVALS THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL. THEY WERE REALLY TOUGH AND REALLY MEAN!! THE WRENTHAM GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM WAS ALSO VERY STRONG SOME YEARS. I KNOW WARNER HIGHSCHOOL WARRIORETTES WENT TO DIVISION PLAYOFFS AS SUNSHINE LEAGUE CHAMPIONS IN 1956 (SEE CREST AT P20010047049) BUT I DON’T THINK WE EVER MADE IT TO PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS WHILE I WAS IN THE SCHOOL. WHEN WE WON THE LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS, I WAS IN GRADE 8 PLAYING ON THE HIGH SCHOOL TEAM. THAT IN ITSELF WAS A GREAT HONOUR, BUT ALSO A BIG RESPONSIBILITY BECAUSE, AS THE YOUNGEST MEMBER ON THE TEAM, I BELIEVED IT WAS NECESSARY, IN MY MIND, THAT I ACHIEVE GREAT THINGS. I HAVE NO IDEA HOW WELL I PERFORMED AT THE DIVISION FINALS. MOST STUDENTS PARTICIPATED IN SOME SPORTS IN THE SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY AND, WHETHER THEY WERE GREAT OR JUST AVERAGE, THEY WERE ALL INCLUDED AND GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE. I BELIEVE THERE WAS LESS EMPHASIS ON INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION AT THAT TIME, THAN THERE IS NOW. BUT MANY OF THOSE SMALL SCHOOLS IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA WERE VERY SUCCESSFUL AT USING AND BUILDING ON THE TALENT THEY HAD. AS I RECALL, THERE WERE SUNSHINE LEAGUE SPORTS (OR AT LEAST INTER-SCHOOL TOURNAMENTS) IN BASKETBALL, VOLLEYBALL, CURLING, TRACK AND FIELD. BASEBALL, CURLING AND HOCKEY WERE NOT AS DIRECTLY ASSOCIATED WITH THE SCHOOL BUT THE LEAGUES USUALLY INCLUDED THE SAME 6 COMMUNITIES. WHILE I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL, I ALSO COACHED JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL AND TAUGHT WOMEN’S KEEP FIT CLASSES; THIS AS A RESULT OF ATTENDING RECREATION LEADERSHIP SCHOOL IN GRADES 11 AND 12 (I MENTIONED THIS SOMEWHERE ELSE IN MY RAMBLINGS.) WHEN I WENT TO UNIVERSITY, I PLAYED VOLLEYBALL AND WAS A CHEERLEADER (FOR BASKETBALL) AT THE U OF CALGARY. MY MAJOR MEMORY OF UNIVERSITY VOLLEYBALL IS THAT OF PLAYING IN TOURNAMENTS WITH TWO BADLY SPRAINED THUMBS; I USUALLY REMEMBER THIS EVENT WHENEVER THE ARTHRITIS IN MY HANDS ACTS UP. I WAS A CURLER IN HIGH SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY AND CONTINUED TO CURL IN OCCASIONAL BONSPIELS WHILE I WAS WORKING. CURLING WAS ALWAYS A RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY FOR ME. SEVERAL MEMBERS OF MY FAMILY HAVE BEEN AND ARE NOW SERIOUS COMPETITIVE CURLERS. I GRADUATED IN JUNE 1960.” ****
Catalogue Number
P20010047047
Acquisition Date
2001-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
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
Less detail
Other Name
SHOULDER SACK
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, LEATHER, STEEL, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19930066010
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SHOULDER SACK
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
COTTON, LEATHER, STEEL, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
27.5
Length
30
Width
13.5
Description
FADED GREEN CANVAS WITH RED LEATHER BOTTOM AND SINGLE COTTON STRAP. BOTTOM OF SACK IS MACHINE SEWN RED LEATHER WITH TWO TIGHT LEATHER LOOPS SEWN TO FRONT CONTAINING STEEL BUCKLES. TOP PORTION OF BAG IS THIN CANVAS SEWN TO LEATHER BOTTOM. INSIDE OF BAG HAS BEIGE COTTON LINING. ON ONE END OF BAG IS POCKET SEWN ACROSS ITS WIDTH WITH CLOSING FLAP WHICH CONTAINS BRASS FASTENING SNAP. ON BACK PANEL IS SEWN ANOTHER BODY POCKET ALSO FASTENED WITH A BRASS FASTENING SNAP. STAMPED ON BACK SEAM IN BLACK IS "VICTORY". SINGLE COTTON PANEL IS SEWN TO BACK OF INSIDE FORMING A LARGE OPEN POCKET. BELT LOOP IS ALSO SEWN ONTO BACK INSIDE PANEL. CLOSING FLAP IS SEWN TO TOP OF BACK PANEL AND IS DOUBLE LINED. A COPPER ZIPPER 20CM LONG IS SEWN ONTO INSIDE OF FLAP FORMING ANOTHER POCKET. ZIPPER HAS SMALL LEATHER LOOP SEWN TO ITS END. INSIDE OF FLAP ALSO HAS WHITE COTTON TAG SEWN TO IT WHICH READS "WOODS CAMP SUPPLIES WOODS MFG. CO. LTD. OTTAWA CAN." WITH A RED FLAG. OUTSIDE FRONT OF FLAP HAS TWO LEATHER STRAPS SEWN AND RIVETED TO IT. EACH STRAP IS OBLONG SHAPED WITH ONE END LENGTHENING OUT TO FORM FASTENING STRAPS WITH FOUR HOLES. ONE STRAP IS TORN AND BADLY WORN. SEWN TO BACK SEAM OF SACK ARE TWO STEEL CLIPS FOR FASTENING SHOULDER STRAP. ONE CLIP IS BROKEN AND HOLDS SHOULDER STRAP IN PLACE WITH TAPE. SHOULDER STRAP ADJUSTABLE IN LENGTH WITH BRASS BUCKLE AND STEEL BRACKET FOR CLIPS TO FASTEN TO. SACK IS MODERATELY WORN WITH A NUMBER OF STAINS. ZIPPER HAS "LIGHTNING" STAMPED INTO IT AS WELL AS "PAT. 1919 1920 1927". PRINTED IN INK ON INSIDE OF FLAP IS "R.W. AINSCOUGH".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
MILITARY
History
SEE P19930066001-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2012 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT DAVID SMITH CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF MILITARY OBJECTS. HE WAS ABLE TO DISCOVER NEW INFORMATION ABOUT THE ORIGINAL OWNER. HE LEARNED THE FOLLOWING: ACCORDING TO HIS OBITUARY IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, REED WILSON AINSCOUGH WAS BORN IN CARDSTON ALBERTA ON JUNE 21, 1918, WAS EDUCATED IN MACLEOD AND PASSED AWAY ON OCTOBER 20, 1993. IN THE WOLFORD AREA HISTORY BOOK TITLED: FROM LUMPY BUTTE, MEMORIES LIVE FOREVER, AINSCOUGH’S WIFE (BUCK CRAIG) WROTE, “AINSCOUGH JOINED THE 93RD BATTERY IN 1940. (ANOTHER ACCOUNT WITHIN THE SAME HISTORY BOOK SUGGESTS THAT AINSCOUGH ENLISTED AT CALGARY IN JANUARY OF 1942.) THE BATTERY INCLUDED A TROOP FROM CARDSTON AND GRANUM. BEN HIGGS AND REED JOINED UP TOGETHER AND WENT TO VICTORIA TO QUALIFY FOR THEIR COMMISSIONS AS LIEUTENANTS IN THE ARTILLERY. AFTER A FEW MONTHS IN BRANDON, HE AND BEN WENT THEIR SEPARATE WAYS. BEN WENT TO ITALY AND REED FIRST SERVED IN BORDEN, ENGLAND AS A GUN POSITION OFFICER AND THEN JOINED THE “E” TROOP OF THE 91ST BATTERY, WHICH SERVED IN NORMANDY AND N.W. EUROPE. HE DID TAKE SOME TIME IN JULY 1942 TO MARRY BUCK CRAIG. REED SERVED AS A FORWARD OBSERVATION OFFICER WITH THE ARTILLERY. HE WAS WOUNDED IN THE NORMANDY REGION. AINSCOUGH’S OBITUARY IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD STATES THAT HE WAS WOUNDED NEAR CAEN, WHILE THE DESCRIPTION WRITTEN BY HIS WIFE IN THE WOLFORD HISTORY BOOK CLAIMS HE WAS WOUNDED NEAR ROUEN. BOTH LOCATIONS ARE IN THE NORMANDY REGION OF FRANCE. AFTER SPENDING TEN MONTHS IN THE HOSPITAL, HE RETURNED TO THE FIELD AND SERVED IN HOLLAND WITH THE 110TH BATTERY, 15TH FIELD REGIMENT JUST BEFORE ARMISTICE. AINSCOUGH RECEIVED SIX MEDALS AND WAS DISCHARGED WITH THE RANK OF CAPTAIN. AFTER RETURNING TO FORT MACLEOD, HE WAS PERSUADED TO COMMAND THE 93RD BATTERY. HE ALSO COMMANDED THE FORT MACLEOD CADET CORPS AND FORMED THREE OTHER CADET CORPS – IN PINCHER CREEK, ST. PAUL’S AND ST. MARY’S CORPS ON THE BLOOD RESERVE. AFTER THE CONCLUSION OF WWII, HE RETURNED HOME TO FORT MACLEOD. HE LATER MOVED TO MEDICINE HAT AND HELD THE RANK OF LIEUTENANT COLONEL WITH THE SOUTHERN ALBERTA LIGHT HORSE REGIMENT." FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P19930066010
Acquisition Date
1995-04
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BASEBALL UNIFORM, BUSSEI
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1955
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P20110030000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BASEBALL UNIFORM, BUSSEI
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1955
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
2
Description
1. UNIFORM, BASEBALL. LABELLED “UNIQUE CRESTS… TORONTO”, TEAM NAMED ON FRONT OF SHIRT “BUSSEI”, NUMBERED ON SHIRT BACK “11”. (H-78.3 L-88 W-0.9) 2. PANTS OFF WHITE WITH RED PINSTRIPE DOWN LEG, PANT INSIDE WAISTBAND LABELLED “UNIQUE.. TORONTO”, “SIZE 32”. (H-94.5 L-39.2 W-3.4)
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
SPORTS EQUIPMENT
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
UNIFORM WORN BY DONOR ROY SASSA DURING TIME SPENT PLAYING FOR THE, “BUSSEI” BASEBALL TEAM (RAYMOND) IN THE SUGAR BEET LEAGUE. SASSA PLAYED LEFT FIELDER FROM 1953-1955. UNIFORMS WERE DONATED BY THE RAYMOND BUDDHIST TEMPLE AND ARE 100% WOOL. FELLOW, “BUSSEI” TEAMMATE SHIG NAKAGAWA TOLD GALT STAFF IN 2011, “BUSSEI IS A SHORT FORM OF JAPANESE YOUNG BUDDHIST ASSOCIATION OR TO THAT EFFECT”. AS THE YOUNGEST PLAYER ON THE TEAM AT AGE 16, SASSA WAS INCLUDED BECAUSE THEY NEEDED MORE PLAYERS TO FORM A FULL TEAM. OTHER TEAMS IN THE LEAGUE INCLUDED TABER/BARNWELL, MAGRATH, PICTURE BUTTE, RAYMOND, LETHBRIDGE AND COALDALE. NAKAGAWA SAID, “OUR PARENTS WERE THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND THIS TEAM. THEY WERE THE RIGOROUS SUPPORTERS. MIND YOU WE HAD TO WORK THE SUGAR BEETS TO GO OUT TO THIS. WE PUT OUR SHARE IN.” PLAYERS ON THE TEAM WOULD WORK DURING THE DAY IN THE SUGAR BEET FIELDS, AND GO TO PRACTICES AFTER WORK. SASSA SAID, “WELL IT WAS ONLY ON SUNDAYS THAT WE PLAYED [GAMES], AND IF WE HAD TO GO OUT OF TOWN, YOU’D HAVE TO LEAVE QUITE EARLY. YOU WOULD DO A FEW ROWS OF BEETS BEFORE YOU LEFT AND QUICKLY EAT, AND THEN GET CHANGED, AND MEET AT THE CHURCH AND AWAY WE’D GO.” THE TEAM NEVER TOOK A BUS [BUT] INSTEAD CARPOOLED. SASSA SAID, “A LOT OF THESE OLDER GUYS HAD FAMILY CARS THEY WERE ABLE TO DRIVE. LIKE MYSELF I WAS TOO YOUNG AND NEVER HAD A CAR, SO I WOULD ALWAYS GET A RIDE. IT WAS NO PROBLEM. THE PROBLEM WAS A SHORTAGE OF MONEY, AND I REMEMBER COMING HOME FROM PICTURE BUTTE, OR COALDALE, OR TABER AND IT’S EVENING AND IT’S TIME TO STOP FOR DINNER. THEY WOULD ALWAYS WANT TO STOP IN AT THE CHINESE RESTAURANT IN LETHBRIDGE. I WOULDN’T HAVE ANY MONEY, BUT THESE OLDER GUYS WOULD HAVE THE MONEY, AND THEY WOULD ALWAYS FORCE ME INTO GOING INTO THE RESTAURANT TO BUY ME SUPPER. AND I TELL YOU I’LL NEVER FORGET THE FELLAS THAT PAID MY LUNCHES AND SUPPERS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. IT WAS HARD. SO NOW, WHEN I TOOK MY BOYS OUT OF TOWN TO HOCKEY TOURNAMENTS AND HOCKEY GAMES, THERE’S ALWAYS SOME PEOPLE THAT DIDN’T SEND THEIR CHILDREN WITH MONEY AND IT DIDN’T BOTHER ME ONE BIT TO BUY THEM LUNCHES AND MEALS WHEREVER WE WENT. IT JUST DIDN’T BOTHER ME AT ALL.” SASSA SAID, “MY FATHER WAS A BALL PLAYER IN VANCOUVER AND HIM AND I, WE’D PLAY CATCH AND BAT THE BALL AROUND AND THAT’S HOW I GOT INTERESTED IN IT, AND I LIKED THE SPORT AND EVEN TO THIS DAY I ENJOY BASEBALL.” THE RAYMOND TEAM HAD A STRONG SENSE OF CAMARADERIE. WHEN ASKED ABOUT HIS STRONGEST MEMORY FROM THE TEAM, SASSA SAID, “THE BOND, FOR ME ANYWAYS, AND HOW I WAS TREATED. YEAH, THEY TREATED ME JUST… JUST LIKE A BROTHER I GUESS. THAT’S HOW I REMEMBER IT.” FOR MORE INFORMATION AND 2011 MUSEUM INTERVIEW WITH NAKAGAWA AND SASSA, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20110030000
Acquisition Date
2011-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
PNEUMONIA VEST, “GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING”
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FLANNEL
Catalogue Number
P20140006033
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PNEUMONIA VEST, “GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING”
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1960
Materials
FLANNEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.5
Length
42
Width
48.5
Description
WHITE COTTON FLANNEL VEST, OPEN AT LEFT SIDE AND LEFT SHOULDER. WHITE COTTON TWILL TIES AT OPEN SIDE AND SHOULDER FOR CLOSURE. BOTTOM HEMMED WITH BLUE THREAD. STAMP AT BOTTOM LEFT CORNER READS “GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING” IN BLACK INK. MINOR STAINING AND YELLOWING ALONG UNDERARM SEAMS; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
MEDICAL & DENTAL T&E
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
EDUCATION
History
AT THE TIME OF DONATION, GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION PAST ARCHIVIST ELAINE HAMILTON IDENTIFIED THIS VEST AS A “PNEUMONIA VEST USED WHEN PATIENT WENT TO THE O.R. [OPERATING ROOM]. PATIENT ALSO WORE A GOWN OVER THIS AND FLANNEL BOOTS THAT TIED AT OR ABOVE THE KNEE. [THIS VEST WAS] POSSIBLY USED AT THE GALT [HOSPITAL]. IN 1955 WHEN I ENTERED TRAINING AT THE MUNICIPAL HOSPITAL WE DRESSED PATIENTS THIS WAY TO GO TO THE O.R.” IN SUMMER 2014, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED THE PAST ARCHIVISTS OF THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING COLLECTION, SHIRLEY HIGA, ELAINE HAMILTON, AND SUE KYLLO, ABOUT THEIR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE GSN ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION AND THE HISTORY OF THE COLLECTED ARTIFACTS. HIGA, THE EARLIEST GSN COLLECTION ARCHIVIST, SAID: “I TRAINED MOSTLY AT THE GALT. THE STUDENTS, WE ALL KNEW EACH OTHER, HELPED EACH OTHER BECAUSE THERE WERE MOSTLY STUDENTS THERE: ONE REGISTERED NURSE FROM 7AM TO 7PM. THE REST WERE ALL US STUDENTS THAT RAN THE HOSPITAL SO, BUT WE WERE REALLY GOOD FRIENDS AND WE HELPED EACH OTHER… WE HAD SUCH GOOD RAPPORT BETWEEN THE STUDENTS IN MY CLASS… I JOINED [THE ALUMNAE] WHEN I GRADUATED IN 1955… I WAS INTERESTED IN HOW EVERYBODY TURNED OUT, AND THE ALUMNAE SORT OF KEPT IN CONTACT WITH THEM, AND IT WAS QUITE IMPORTANT TO ME. I FELT QUITE HAPPY TO HEAR ABOUT ALL THE OTHER [NURSES]… IT’S NICE WHEN THEY CAME FOR THE REUNIONS. YOU SEE ALL THESE GIRLS YOU WORKED WITH, MAYBE ONLY FOR A LITTLE WHILE, BUT YOU REMEMBER THEM… I REALLY DIDN’T WANT TO BE THE ARCHIVIST, BUT WE DON’T HAVE TOO MANY PEOPLE THAT OFFER TO DO THINGS… I WAS INTERESTED IN ALL THE HISTORY AND ALL THE THINGS THAT THE GIRLS THOUGHT ABOUT IT… [THE ARCHIVIST WAS TO] KEEP TRACK OF ALL THE HISTORY AND THE PEOPLE THAT WERE INVOLVED, AND KEEP TRACK OF THE STUFF WE COLLECT[ED]… [THE COLLECTION IS IMPORTANT TO ME BECAUSE] I LIKE EVERYBODY TO KNOW ABOUT THE GALT AND HOW WE TRAINED AND HOW IT PROGRESSED… AS YOU GET OLDER YOU KIND OF HAVE MEMORIES THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO KEEP, AND YOU KNOW YOU THINK ABOUT THOSE THINGS… [WHEN] YOU LOOK AT [THE OBJECTS] YOU REMEMBER.” ELAINE HAMILTON BECAME THE GSN COLLECTION ARCHIVIST IN THE LATE 1980S AFTER SHIRLEY HIGA STEPPED DOWN. OF THE ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION, HAMILTON SAID: “I THINK THE RETIRED NURSES DECIDED THAT THEY SHOULD FORM A GROUP TO HELP THE STUDENTS… I WASN’T THERE BUT IT WAS ’45 WHEN THEY FORMED, AND THEY DID THINGS FOR THE NURSES STUDENTS LIKE, THEY BOUGHT FURNITURE [FOR STUDENT RESIDENCES]… THEY DID A WHOLE BUNCH OF BAKE SALES AND CRAFT SALES; THEY WORKED AT THE BULL SALE OUT AT THE EXHIBITION GROUNDS. THEY DID A LOT OF THINGS LIKE THAT TO RAISE MONEY FOR LITTLE THINGS THAT COULDN’T BE BOUGHT OTHERWISE, LIKE THE PATIENT COMFORT, LIKE PATIENTS WOULD COME IN WITHOUT TOOTHBRUSHES AND COMBS… THEY HAD A BANQUET [FOR NURSING STUDENTS], AND THEY HAD A TEA WITH OUR PARENTS TOO, FOR US IN THE RESIDENCE… FOR ME, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WAS THE BANQUETS, AND HAVING MY CLASSMATES COME EVERY FIVE YEARS, BECAUSE THEY ARE LIKE SISTERS TO ME… OF COURSE I LIKE HISTORY AND ARCHIVES TOO SO [THE COLLECTION] IS KIND OF IMPORTANT TO ME TOO… WE LIVED TOGETHER, AND ATE TOGETHER, AND CRIED TOGETHER AND DID EVERYTHING TOGETHER FOR THREE YEARS, BECAUSE WE LIVED RIGHT IN A RESIDENCE. SO, WE BECAME VERY CLOSE… AND IF YOU WORK IN THE ALUMNI, YOU BECOME KIND OF LIKE A LITTLE FAMILY TOO BECAUSE THERE’S NOT THAT MANY OF US THAT GO TO OUR MEETINGS, SO WHEN WE GET TOGETHER, IT’S KIND OF NICE TO SHARE WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON… IT’S A FELLOWSHIP.” OF THE GSN COLLECTION, HAMILTON SAID: “IT’S AN ACCUMULATION OF ARTIFACTS FROM THE HOSPITALS AND FROM OUR TRAINING DAYS. AND, IT’S PART OF THE HISTORY OF LETHBRIDGE IN A WAY, BECAUSE THE SCHOOL WAS HERE FOR QUITE A WHILE… I’M A CARE GIVER AND I LIKE TO LOOK AFTER STUFF. SO, IT WAS IMPORTANT TO ME THAT IT GOT CARED FOR… I THINK WITH THE CLOSING [OF THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING, IN 1979] WE GOT ALL THE CHARTS, AND WE ALREADY HAD THINGS FROM THE GALT HOSPITAL IN OUR STUFF THAT PROBABLY SOMEBODY [BEFORE HIGA] ACCEPTED… WHEN WE WENT INTO THE MUNICIPAL HOSPITAL [IN 1955] IT WAS ALL BRAND NEW, STAINLESS STEEL, SO THERE WAS NONE OF THE ENAMEL STUFF, AND THEN WHEN THE MUNICIPAL CLOSED [IN 1988], THE OPERATING ROOM GAVE US A LOT OF THINGS. THERE WERE A LOT OF DONATIONS THEN FROM DIFFERENT SPOTS BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T WANT TO MOVE STUFF SINCE IT WAS OLD… WE GOT A PLACE [FOR STORING THE COLLECTION IN THE REGIONAL HOSPITAL], ACTUALLY ABOVE THE WASHERS IN THE LAUNDRY FIRST. BUT IT WAS PRETTY MOIST UP THERE. AND THEN THEY GAVE US A ROOM IN THE SEWING ROOM, WHICH WAS VERY NICE, OUR OWN SEPARATE LITTLE ROOM THERE FOR OUR STORAGE… WE HAD THINGS UP ON A SHELF AND WE HAD A TRUNK IN THERE, AND… WE HAD ALL THE LETTERS FROM THE RESIDENCE… WE HAD A DISPLAY CASE THAT THEY BUILT AT THE REGIONAL [IN THE HOSPITAL ATRIUM] AND WE HAD STUFF IN THERE, AND WE’D MOVE IT AROUND… HAVING THE DISPLAY CASE WAS IMPORTANT TO ME, AND CHANGING THE UNIFORM ON [THE DISPLAY MANNEQUIN] EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, AND HAVING HER IN DIFFERENT OUTFITS… I ALWAYS HAD IT ALL TIDY FOR A REUNION… I WOULD CHANGE THE UNIFORM FOR THEM, DEPENDING ON WHAT CLASS WAS HAVING THEIR REUNION.” SUE KYLLO BECAME THE GSN COLLECTION ARCHIVIST IN 2010 AFTER ELAINE HAMILTON STEPPED DOWN. OF THE ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION, KYLLO SAID: “[I ATTENDED THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING] FROM ’66 TO ’69, AND I JOINED IN 1976 AFTER I CAME BACK TO LETHBRIDGE. I HAD TWO LITTLE KIDS AND I WANTED TO GET OUT AND MEET PEOPLE AND THE ALUMNI GAVE ME THAT… I WANTED TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH MY NURSING FRIENDS AND SEE IF I CAN HELP OUT IN SOME WAY… THE ALUMNI IS THE WAY TO GO TO KEEP OUR NURSING MEMORIES ALIVE AND I WANT TO DO THAT. SO NOW IT’S IMPORTANT TO ME WAY MORE THAN WHEN I WAS A YOUNG MOTHER THAT WANTED TO GET OUT… IT MEANS COMPANIONSHIP [AND] TO HELP EACH OTHER.” OF THE GSN COLLECTION, KYLLO SAID: “I DON’T KNOW HOW IT GOT STARTED. I WOULD THINK THAT MRS. BOYCHUCK WOULD HAVE A LOT TO DO WITH IT BECAUSE [SHE] WAS VERY ACTIVE IN THE ALUMNI AT THE BEGINNING, AND I WOULD THINK THAT IF ANYBODY, IT WOULD BE HER THAT STARTED COLLECTING THE ODD LITTLE THING, AND THEN IT WENT TO SHIRLEY. I DON’T KNOW THAT THERE WAS ANYBODY BEFORE SHIRLEY… OUR ALUMNI ONLY STARTED IN [1945], SO THERE WERE THOSE PERIODS WHERE I DON’T THINK ANYBODY CARED ABOUT ANY OF THIS STUFF… TO ME, IT MEANS AN AWFUL LOT. IT MEANS THAT WE EXISTED REALLY… IF WE DIDN’T HAVE ALL THIS STUFF, WELL WHAT WERE WE? A NURSE, WHAT DOES A NURSE DO? WITH THIS WE CAN SHOW THEM THAT WE DIDN’T JUST GIVE BEDPANS. WE DID A LOT OF THINGS, AND I’M REALLY PROUD THAT WE HAVE WHAT WE’VE GOT.” OF THE SITUATION LEADING UP TO THE DONATION OF THE GSN COLLECTION TO THE GALT MUSEUM, KYLLO SAID: “WE HAD A DISPLAY AT THE NORTH END OF THE HOSPITAL [THAT] WAS GOING TO STAY THERE [AND ADDITIONAL COLLECTION STORAGE] AND WE DIDN’T HAVE A PROBLEM... WE WERE ALWAYS UNDER THE IMPRESSION OF ALL THE PAST ADMINISTRATIONS THAT WE ALWAYS HAD A PLACE IN THAT HOSPITAL… NOW THAT ALL THE OLD GUYS HAVE GONE, THEY JUST UP AND MOVED [THE COLLECTION, IN FALL 2012] AND DIDN’T CARE. THEY WERE BUILDING A NEW WING AND ‘TO HECK WITH YOUR GUYS’ STUFF’… NOBODY WANTED TO EVEN TALK TO US ABOUT IT. I FINALLY GOT AHOLD OF THE GUY IN CHARGE OF MAINTENANCE, [HE] SAID, “WELL IT’S UPSTAIRS IN THE PENTHOUSE.” WELL, WE KNEW WHAT THE PENTHOUSE WAS LIKE, BECAUSE IT WAS VERY HOT AND YOU DON’T WANT [THESE ARTIFACTS] IN SOMEPLACE REALLY HOT, SO I WANTED IT OUT OF THERE… SO THAT’S WHEN IT WENT OUT INTO A STORAGE LOCKER. AND IN THE STORAGE LOCKER… IT WAS JUST NOT CLEAN ENOUGH TO BE IN THERE… WE WERE VERY DISAPPOINTED.” HAMILTON ADDED: “WE DIDN’T HAVE ANYWHERE FOR [THE COLLECTION], AND IT’S IN PEOPLE’S GARAGES AND BASEMENTS AND LIVING ROOMS… [THE MUSEUM IS HOUSED IN] THE GALT HOSPITAL. AND A LOT OF OUR MEMBERS TRAINED HERE. SO IT’S PRETTY SPECIAL TO THEM, AND THEY WOULD LIKE TO LEAVE SOMETHING HERE TO BE REMEMBERED BY… IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO US TO LEAVE SOMETHING BEHIND.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPIES OF FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS.
Catalogue Number
P20140006033
Acquisition Date
2014-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail

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