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Other Name
WOMAN'S OUTFIT
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19840004000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
WOMAN'S OUTFIT
Date
1963
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
No. Pieces
2
Description
WOMEN'S SUIT. .1 SKIRT, SIZE 12-14. WOOL, COTTON. ROYAL BLUE. STRAIGHT LINE SKIRT. BACK KICK PLEAT. SIDE PLASTIC ZIPPER CLOSURE. BLACK COTTON FACING AT WAISTLINE. HANDWOVEN MATERIAL, MACHINE SEWN SUIT. .2 JACKET. SIZE 10. WOOL BOUCLE'. ROYAL BLUE, SKY BLUE. BOLERO STYLE. 3/4 LENGTH SLEEVES. JACKET FACING MADE FROM SAME MATERIAL AS SKIRT. HAND WOVEN MATERIAL. MACHINE SEWN JACKET. SMALL STAIN IN FRONT RIGHT HIP EVEN. YELLOWISH STAIN AT BACK OF NECK ON COLLAR.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
TRADES
History
DONOR BORN IN PILOT MOUNTAIN, MANITOBA IN 1897. GEORGE ELFORD DICKSON BORN ABOUT 1900 IN MANITOBA, DIED 1983. MARRIED IN CLARESHOLM IN 1925. EMPLOYED BY BANK OF COMMERCE IN MANY SOUTHERN ALBERTA LOCATIONS. THEY RETIRED TO CLARESHOLM ABOUT 1962. BOTH ACTIVE & COMPETENT IN WEAVING. BEGAN AS HOBBY IN 1930'S AFTER WATCHING A DISPLAY AT CALGARY STAMPEDE. THEY WOVE MATERIAL & SOLD YARDAGE. WOOL BOUGHT FROM THE CEREAL GRAIN COIN WINNIPEG. DONOR TRAINED AT BANFF SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS & TOOK A WEAVING COURSE AT OLDS SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE. MRS. DICKSON WAS ONE OF THE ORIGINATORS & INSTRUCTORS AT THE CLARESHOLM CARE CENTRE, NOW A WELL KNOWN CRAFT CENTRE. MATERIAL FOR SUIT DONATION WOVEN BY DICKSONS & SEWN BY MRS. DICKSON. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A SUIT AND SKIRT DONATED BY EVA A. DICKSON. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. EVA ANN DICKSON (NEE MOFFATT) WAS THE YOUNGEST DAUGHTER OF WILLIAM MOFFAT, EX-MLA. SHE WAS MARRIED TO GEORGE ELFORD DICKSON, THE SON OF JAMES DICKSON, ON MAY 5, 1925. THE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THEIR WEDDING GIVES THE FOLLOWING DETAILS: “THE MANY USEFUL AND COSTLY GIVES RECEIVED WERE A TESTITMONY OF THE VERY HIGH ESTEEM IN WHICH BOTH ARE HELD BY THEIR MANY FRIENDS IN AND AROUND CLARESHOLM, AND THEIR GREAT POPULARITY THROUGH OUT THE DISTRICT WHERE BOTH HAVE RESIDED FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. THE GROOM IS A MEMBER OF THE STAFF OF THE INSPECTOR’S DEPARTMENT OF THE CANADIAN BANK OF COMMERCE AT CALGARY, BUT WAS FORMERLY ON THE STAFF OF THE LOCAL BRANCH OF THE BANK … THE BRIDGE, WHOSE PARENTS CAME HERE IN THE EARLIER DAYS OF THE TOWN AND DISTRICT, HAS GROWN UP IN THE COMMUNITY, AND HAS ENDEARED HERSELF TO A VERY LARGE CIRCLE OF FRIENDS IN CHURCH, SOCIAL, AND MUSICAL CIRCLES, AND HER PRESENCE WILL BE VERY GREATLY MISSED.” ON DECEMBER 2, 1946, AN ARTICLE ABOUT THE STAVELY UNITED CHURCH WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION APPEARED IN THE HERALD: “MRS. EVA DICKSON OF CLARESHOLM ATTENDED THE MEETING AND DISPLAYED ARTICLES SHE MAKES ON A LOOM. THESE INCLUDED LUNCHEON SETS, TOWELS, SCARVES, AND WOOLEN SUIT LENGTHS.” GEORGE ELFORD DICKSON PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 83 ON JULY 1, 1983. EVA DICKSON PASSED AWAY IN 1991. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19840004000
Acquisition Date
1984-03
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
PROJECTIONIST SMOCK
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970071006
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PROJECTIONIST SMOCK
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
110
Width
70
Description
GREY THIGH-LENGTH SMOCK WITH FRONT CLOSURE. LONG SLEEVES; TWO FRONT WAIST POCKETS AND ONE OUTER BREAST POCKET ON LEFT PROPER. VERTICAL SLOT OPENINGS AT SIDES FOR ACCESS TO PERSONAL GARMENTS. "H.B." EMBROIDERED IN RED ABOVE BREAST POCKET. FOUR GREY BUTTONS ALONG FRONT, WITH COTTER PIN BACKINGS. TAG IN GARMENT READS "WEAR THE BEST SUNNY SOUTH GARMENTS LETHBRIDGE ALTA." SLIT AT BOTTOM BACK; BAND AT BACK WAIST, WITH SLIGHT PLEATS IN THE FABRIC. MINOR REDDISH STAINS ON SLEEVES AND ON FRONT. SIZE 40.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
TRADES
History
WORN AS PROJECTIONIST SMOCK BY DONOR'S FATHER, HARRY BOYSE, WHO WORKED FOR THE SHACKLEFORD THEATRES FOR OVER 25 YEARS. FOR MORE HISTORY SEE P19970071001-GA *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING A PORTRAIT OF ALFRED WILLIAM SHACKLEFORD (P20060025001-GA), OWNER OF THE SHACKLEFORD THEATRES. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHY OF MAYOR SHACKLEFORD WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM ARCHIVES CANADA ONLINE AND A LETHBRIDGE HERALD TRIBUTE ARTICLE FROM MAY 31, 1992. A.W. SHACKLEFORD WAS BORN IN ESSEX, ENGLAND IN 1899 AND CAME TO CALGARY WITH HIS PARENTS IN 1909. AFTER HIGH SCHOOL HE TRAINED AS A DRAFTSMAN BUT WAS EMPLOYED BY THE FILM EXCHANGE AND FOX FILMS. IN 1921 HE WAS HIRED TO MANAGED THE KING'S THEATRE IN LETHBRIDGE AND BECAME ASSOCIATED WITH MARK ROGERS, A LETHBRIDGE BUSINESSMAN WHO OWNED THREE LOCAL MOVIE THEATRES. SHACKLEFORD ALSO BECAME PARTNER IN THE AMUSEMENT COMPANY THAT OPENED THE HENDERSON LAKE PAVILLION IN 1924. BY 1925 HE WAS PART-OWNER OF THE FORMER EMPRESS THEATRE ON 5TH AVENUE SOUTH, RENAMING IT THE ROXY. HE THEN TEAMED UP WITH THE FAMOUS PLAYERS COMPANY TO REMODEL THE FORMER PALACE THEATRE AND RENAME IT THE CAPITOL. SHACKLEFORD ALSO OPENED THE THEATRE IN THE FORMER COLLEGE MALL, BUILT THE 960-SEAT PARAMOUNT THEATRE ON 4TH AVENUE SOUTH, AND TOOK OVER OPERATION OF THE DIRVE-IN THEATRE AT THE SOUTH CITY LIMITS. SHACKLEFORD WAS HEAVILY INVOLVED IN CIVIC LIFE, ACTIVE IN GROUPS INCLUDING THE CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY, THE GYRO CLUB, UNITED WAY, LETHBRIDGE & DISTRICT EXHIBITION BOARD, BOARD OF TRADE, ST. AUGUSTINE'S CHURCH, AND THE ALBERTA THEATRE OPERATORS ASSOCIATION. HE AND HIS WIFE ADA HAD TWO SONS, ROBERT AND DOUGLAS. AFTER SEVERAL TERMS AS ALDERMAN STARTING IN 1939, SHACKLEFORD FIRST SERVED AS MAYOR FROM 1944 - 1947, AND FOR TWO MORE TERMS FROM 1952 - 1955 AND 1957 - 1961. HE WORKED FOR 68 YEARS IN THE MOVIE BUSINESS, RETIRING AT AGE 90. W.A. SHACKLEFORD DIED IN LETHBRIDGE ON MAY 30, 1992. SEE PERMANENT FILE P20060025001 FOR HARDCOPIES OF SOURCE MATERIAL. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A VEST DONATED BY KEN BOYSE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. KENNETH BOYES IS THE SON OF CHARLES HENRY “HARRY” BOYES AND IRENE BOYSE (NEE JOHNSON). HE WAS MARRIED IN MAY 1964 TO DOREEN ELIZABETH ROWE IN THAMESFORD, ON. FOLLOWING THEIR MARRIAGE, THE COUPLE LIVED AT THE RCAF STATION IN MONT APLCA, QC. CHARLES HENRY “HARRY” BOYES PASSED AWAY ON SEPTEMBER 1, 1980 AT THE AGE OF 83. HE MARRIED IRENE JOHNSTON IN 1936. HE WAS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE SHRINE CLUB, SERVING WITH THE CLUB FOR OVER 33 YEARS. HE WAS THE CLUB PRESIDENT IN 1952. HE WAS ALSO MADE AN HONOURARY LIFE MEMBER OF THE ALBERTA SUGAR BEET GROWERS ASSOCIATION FOR 31 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE ORGANIZATION, WHERE HE SERVED AS LABOUR ADVISOR AND SECRETARY/MANAGER. HARRY ALSO SPENT OVER 40 YEARS WORKING AS A FILM PROJECTIONIST, HAVING WORKED IN VARIOUS THEATRES INCLUDING: IN LETHBRIDGE, THE ROXY, EMPRESS, CAPITOL, AND PARAMOUNT; IN BOW ISLAND, RED DEER, STETTLER, AND CALGARY. HARRY WAS ALSO AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE LIONS CLUB IN LETHBRIDGE. DURING WWII HARRY WAS THE CAPTAIN OF THE LION INFANTRY TEAM IN THE VICTORY LOAN CAMPAIGN. AN ARTICLE FROM JULY 6, 1943 RECOUNTS THAT HARRY WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL AT SELLING WAR BONDS: “MR BOYSE … TOOK OUT A ‘STAMP-O-GRAM’ CARD AND WITH 18 CALLS SOLD $103 WORTH OF WAR SAVINGS STAMPS. A ‘DEPTH CHARGE’ COSTS $90 AND MR. BOYSE FEELS THAT HE WILL PERSONALLY BE ABLE TO SELL FOUR ‘DEPTH CHARGES’ FOR THE CORVETTE LETHBRIDGE.” ANOTHER ARTICLE FROM JUNE 18, 1943 EXPLAINS THAT HARRY HAD JUST COMPLETED A SUCCESSFUL TERM AS PRESIDENT OF THE LIONS CLUB. THE ARTICLE CONTINUES SAYING: “’LIONS THROUGHOUT CANADA POINT WITH PRIDE TO THE $117,000 ALREADY SENT OVERSEAS FOR THIS CAUSE. THIS MONEY IS ENTRUSTED TO THE WAIFS AND STRAYS SOCIETY, WHICH ADMINISTERS HOMES FOR LITTLE BOYS AND GIRLS WHO HAVE BEEN EVACTUATED FROM TARGET AREAS, OR WHOSE PARENTS HAVE BEEN KILLED OR INJURED IN THE ‘BLITZ’’, [MR. BOYSE] SAID.” IRENE BOYSE (NEE JOHNSON) WAS BORN IN BANTRY, ND ON AUGUST 20, 1908 AND MOVED TO CANADA IN 1909. SHE WAS RAISED AND EDUCATED IN THE FOREMOST, AB AREA. SHE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 89 ON OCTOBER 16, 1997. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19970071006
Acquisition Date
1997-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
UNIFORM, NURSE
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LINEN, VELVET
Catalogue Number
P19739456000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
UNIFORM, NURSE
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
LINEN, VELVET
No. Pieces
2
Height
13.5
Length
14.5
Width
17.0
Description
HEAVILY STARCHED WHITE LINEN CAP WITH BLACK VELVET BAND ON BRIM. CLOTH IS WORN OR FRAYED IN PLACES. BAND DETACHED.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
Catalogue Number
P19739456000
Acquisition Date
1973-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
V.O.N. NURSES CAP
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FELT, RIBBON
Catalogue Number
P19790012000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
V.O.N. NURSES CAP
Date
1955
Materials
FELT, RIBBON
No. Pieces
1
Height
6.7
Diameter
15.2
Description
SIZE: 22. LABEL INSIDE BACK OF HAT READS "LADY BILTMORE". NAVY BLUE IN COLOR WITH A NAVY BLUE RIBBON BAND. V.O.N. CREST IN CENTER OUTSIDE FRONT OF HAT. CIRCULAR IN SHAPE. STITCHING ON OUTSIDE OF BRIM COMING APART. NAVY BLUE SWEAT BAND ON INSIDE ON HAT. TOP AND OUTSIDE OF HAT ARE STAINED.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
History
SEE HISTORY P19790006000-GA. DONORS FIRST VICTORIAN ORDER OF NURSES HAT, FIRST WORN IN 1955. HAT WAS CHANGED TO A NEW STYLE AFTER SEVERAL YEARS. DONOR RETIRED IN 1965 FROM V.O.N. FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING LETHBRIDGE HERALD CLIPPINGS ABOUT THOMAS AND EURETTA HAMBLIN AND PHOTOGRAPHS, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P19790006000-GA.
Catalogue Number
P19790012000
Acquisition Date
1978-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
NURSES UNIFORM
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970075005
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
NURSES UNIFORM
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
73
Description
WHITE HEAVILY STARCHED SKIRT, MARKED ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE WAISTBAND "UNIFORMS THE EMERY CO. LTD. EDMONTON, ALBERTA". SMALL TAG ON THE INSIDE MARKED "MARION FLETT". SKIRT FULL AND GATHERED AT WAIST. SKIRT IS DAMAGED UNDER THE WAISTBAND IN THE FRONT, WITH A HOLE, AND SEVERAL PATCHES.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
History
FROM DONORS UNIFORM FROM THE ST. MICHAEL'S SCHOOL OF NURSING. DONORS MAIDEN NAME WAS FLETT. FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE P19970075001-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A NURSE’S UNIFORM DONATED BY MARION WRIGHT. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMES FROM AN INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY RUTHANN LABLANCE WITH THE DONOR, MARION WRIGHT (NEE FLETT), AND HER CLASSMATES MARLENE SIMPSON (NEE BACHMEIER) AND MARY ANN PRASKACH (NEE SERA). THE THREE WOMEN STUDIED TOGETHER AT ST. MICHAEL’S NURSING SCHOOL AND GRADUATED IN 1966. NONE OF THE THREE WOMEN HAD ANYTHING SPECIFICALLY TO SAY ABOUT THE SKIRT. THEY DID RECALL THAT THEY RELIED ON SAFETY PINS TO HOLD THEIR UNIFORMS TOGETHER. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND “OUT OF THE BLUE: SCIENCE, SERVICE, SANCTITY: ST. MICHAEL’S SCHOOL OF NURSING YEARBOOK 1966”. MARION WRIGHT (NEE FLETT) GRADUATED FROM THE ST. MICHAEL’S SCHOOL OF NURSING IN 1966. SHE MARRIED DR. GERALD A. WRIGHT AND AT THE TIME OF HIS PASSING IN 2007, THEY HAD BEEN MARRIED FOR 25 YEARS. GERALD WAS BORN ON MAY 7, 1917 IN SOUTH WALES. HE IMMIGRATED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1951. HE WAS PREDECEASED BY HIS FIRST WIFE, ISOBEL WRIGHT. GERALD PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 31, 2007. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR A TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW AND FOR HARD COPIES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND “OUT OF THE BLUE:SCIENCE, SERVICE, SANCTITY: ST. MICHAEL’S SCHOOL OF NURSING YEARBOOK 1966”.
Catalogue Number
P19970075005
Acquisition Date
1997-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
NURSES UNIFORM
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970075006
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
NURSES UNIFORM
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
104
Width
37.5
Description
WHITE HEAVILY STARCHED BIB-STYLE APRON, MARKED ON THE BOTTOM OF THE BODY "UNIFORMS THE EMERY CO. LTD. EDMONTON, ALBERTA", SMALL TAG MARKED "MARION FLETT", AND MARKED IN INK "29", AND "SMH-63". ITEM IS WORN WITH PANEL OF APRON ACROSS THE CHEST, WITH TWO FLAP COVERING SHOULDER AND ATTACHING TO THE BACK OF THE WAISTBAND OF THE SKIRT. ITEM IS WEARING BUT ITEM IN EXCELLENT CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
History
FROM DONORS UNIFORM FROM THE ST. MICHAEL'S SCHOOL OF NURSING. DONORS MAIDEN NAME WAS FLETT. FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE P19970075001-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A NURSE’S UNIFORM DONATED BY MARION WRIGHT. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMES FROM AN INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY RUTHANN LABLANCE WITH THE DONOR, MARION WRIGHT (NEE FLETT), AND HER CLASSMATES MARLENE SIMPSON (NEE BACHMEIER) AND MARY ANN PRASKACH (NEE SERA). THE THREE WOMEN STUDIED TOGETHER AT ST. MICHAEL’S NURSING SCHOOL AND GRADUATED IN 1966. NONE OF THE THREE WOMEN HAD ANYTHING SPECIFICALLY TO SAY ABOUT THE APRON. THEY DID RECALL THAT THEY RELIED ON SAFETY PINS TO HOLD THEIR UNIFORMS TOGETHER. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND “OUT OF THE BLUE: SCIENCE, SERVICE, SANCTITY: ST. MICHAEL’S SCHOOL OF NURSING YEARBOOK 1966”. MARION WRIGHT (NEE FLETT) GRADUATED FROM THE ST. MICHAEL’S SCHOOL OF NURSING IN 1966. SHE MARRIED DR. GERALD A. WRIGHT AND AT THE TIME OF HIS PASSING IN 2007, THEY HAD BEEN MARRIED FOR 25 YEARS. GERALD WAS BORN ON MAY 7, 1917 IN SOUTH WALES. HE IMMIGRATED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1951. HE WAS PREDECEASED BY HIS FIRST WIFE, ISOBEL WRIGHT. GERALD PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 31, 2007. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR A TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW AND FOR HARD COPIES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND “OUT OF THE BLUE:SCIENCE, SERVICE, SANCTITY: ST. MICHAEL’S SCHOOL OF NURSING YEARBOOK 1966”.
Catalogue Number
P19970075006
Acquisition Date
1997-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
UNIFORM, NURSE
Date Range From
1935
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
MELTON CLOTH, WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19738695000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
UNIFORM, NURSE
Date Range From
1935
Date Range To
1940
Materials
MELTON CLOTH, WOOL
No. Pieces
3
Length
107.0
Description
NAVY BLUE MELTON CLOTH, RED WOOL. 3 PCES. SIZE: MEDIUM. "LILY WHITE FULL FLOWING CAPES LONDON ONTARIO COR DEST GARMENTS" LABEL IN NECK. "ALBERTA MCDOUGALL" HAND MADE LABEL IN NECK. "G.H." IN GOLD ON BOTH SIDES ON NECK CLOSING. KNEE LENGTH. RED WOOL LINING. HOOK AND EYE CLOSING AT NECK, BUTTON CLOSING ACROSS CHEST. SMALL HOLE IN BACK OF NECK. SMALL HOLES IN LINING
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
History
BELONGED TO A NURSE WHO TRAINED AT THE GALT HOSPITAL (DATE UNKNOWN), ALBERTA MCDOUGALL. SHE WAS AN R.N. (REGISTERED NURSE). *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING NURSING CAPE DONATED BY A. MCDOUGALL. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. FLORA ALBERTA MCDOUGALL WAS BORN IN CARMANGAY IN 1916 AND GRADUATED FROM THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING IN 1939. ACCORDING TO HER OBITUARY, FLORA ALBERTA SPENT MOST OF HER WORKING YEARS AT THE BIGELOW FOWLER CLINIC. FLORA ALBERTA PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 85 ON AUGUST 28, 2001. AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON MAY 9, 1939 GIVES DETAILS ABOUT THE 1939 GRADUATION: “GIVEN IN COMPLIMENT TO THE 1939 GRADUATION CLASS OF THE GALT HOSPITAL, A DELIGHTFUL DANCE WAS HELD IN THE MARQUIS HOTEL ON MONDAY EVENING, WITH 200 BEING IN ATTENDANCE … THE OUTSTANDINGLY LOVELY GOWNS OF THE LADIES LENT A GAY NOT TO THE FESTIVE SCENE. JERRY BASTYAN’S ORCHESTRA PROVIDED THE MUSIC FOR THE EVENING AND DANCING WAS ENJOYED FROM 9 TILL 1. A BUFFET SUPPER WAS SERVED DURING THE INTERMISSION BETWEEN 11:30 AND 12.” HER SISTER ALZINA MURIEL MCDOUGALL ALSO TRAINED AT THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING. ALZINA WAS BORN IN 1913 IN CARMANGAY AND GRADUATED FROM THE GSN IN 1934, LIVING IN LETHBRIDGE UNTIL HER DEATH ON APRIL 14, 2001 AT THE AGE OF 88. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19738695000
Acquisition Date
1973-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
NURSE'S UNIFORM
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970075008
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
NURSE'S UNIFORM
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
109.5
Width
85.5
Description
BLUE COTTON DRESS WITH SEAM AT WAIST. FRONT BUTTON CLOSURE; FOUR WHITE PLASTIC BUTTONS ON BODICE. MISSING 5 BUTTONS ON SKIRT. SHORT SLEEVES, TRIMMED WITH WHITE CUFFS. POCKET ON RIGHT FRONT OF SKIRT; REPAIRED TWICE WITH WHITE THREAD. TAG INSIDE COLLAR WITH "36"; ALSO LABEL TYPEWRITTEN "MARION FLETT".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
History
BELONGED TO DONOR, WHO ATTENDED ST. MICHAEL'S SCHOOL OF NURSING UNDER HER MAIDEN NAME OF FLETT. FOR MORE HISTORY SEE P19970075001-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A NURSE’S UNIFORM DONATED BY MARION WRIGHT. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMES FROM AN INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY RUTHANN LABLANCE WITH THE DONOR, MARION WRIGHT (NEE FLETT), AND HER CLASSMATES MARLENE SIMPSON (NEE BACHMEIER) AND MARY ANN PRASKACH (NEE SERA). THE THREE WOMEN STUDIED TOGETHER AT ST. MICHAEL’S NURSING SCHOOL AND GRADUATED IN 1966. THIS BLUE DRESS WAS NOT ONLY WORN AT BANDING CEREMONIES, BUT WAS ALSO WORN BY THE NURSES DURING THEIR TRAINING. THE DRESS WOULD BE WORN UNDER THEIR BIBS AND APRONS. ASKED TO EXPLAIN WHAT A BANDING CEREMONY WAS MARION EXPLAINED THAT EACH YEAR OF THE TRAINING PROGRAM HAD ITS OWN COLOUR OF BAND ON THE NURSE’S CAP. EACH COLOUR SIGNIFIED A SPECIFIC YEAR, AND IN SOME CASES, A SPECIFIC SCHOOL. THE FINAL BAND, RECEIVED AT GRADUATION, WAS BLACK, THE UNIVERSAL COLOUR FOR A REGISTERED NURSE. MARION EXPLAINED THAT AT GRADUATION THEY WORE WHITE DRESSES, INSTEAD OF THIS BLUE DRESS: “WHITE WHEN WE GRADUATED. IT WAS A ONE-PIECE … STARCHED WHITE UNIFORM, A VERY LONG SLEEVED. IT WASN’T A PRACTICAL UNIFORM AS FAR AS WHAT WE WOULD NURSE IN.” THE THREE WOMEN ALSO RECALLED THAT THEY HAD A CLASS UNIFORM, WHICH CONSISTED OF A NAVY BLUE WOOL BLAZER, A WHITE BLOUSE, AND A PLEATED GREY SKIRT. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND “OUT OF THE BLUE: SCIENCE, SERVICE, SANCTITY: ST. MICHAEL’S SCHOOL OF NURSING YEARBOOK 1966”. MARION WRIGHT (NEE FLETT) GRADUATED FROM THE ST. MICHAEL’S SCHOOL OF NURSING IN 1966. SHE MARRIED DR. GERALD A. WRIGHT AND AT THE TIME OF HIS PASSING IN 2007, THEY HAD BEEN MARRIED FOR 25 YEARS. GERALD WAS BORN ON MAY 7, 1917 IN SOUTH WALES. HE IMMIGRATED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1951. HE WAS PREDECEASED BY HIS FIRST WIFE, ISOBEL WRIGHT. GERALD PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 31, 2007. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR A TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW AND FOR HARD COPIES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND “OUT OF THE BLUE:SCIENCE, SERVICE, SANCTITY: ST. MICHAEL’S SCHOOL OF NURSING YEARBOOK 1966”.
Catalogue Number
P19970075008
Acquisition Date
1997-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
NURSE'S DRESS
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1935
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, IVORY, TIN
Catalogue Number
P20000072001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
NURSE'S DRESS
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1935
Materials
COTTON, IVORY, TIN
No. Pieces
1
Height
5.0
Length
111.0
Width
41.5
Description
LIGHT BLUE DRESS. HAS WHITE SEAMS. SHORT SLEEVES. NECK IS IN A V-SHAPE. THE DRESS IS OPEN IN CENTER FRONT, DOWN TO WAISTLINE; 4 IVORY BUTTONS CLOSE THE DRESS HERE. JUST BELOW THIS THE OPENING MAKES A 90 DEGREE ANGLE TO THE LEFT AND GOES DOWN DRESS ANOTHER FEW INCHES; AT THIS OPENING THE DRESS CLOSES WITH TWO SNAPS. THERE IS A PATCH POCKET ON EACH SIDE OF THE DRESS. A TAG ON INSIDE BACK OF NECK READS "L. ARTHUR". THERE IS A BUTTON HOLE JUST ABOVE TAG ON BACK OF NECK.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
History
DONOR RECEIVED UNIFORM AS PART OF MOTHER'S (LILY ERICKSON (NEE ARTHUR)) BELONGINGS AFTER HER PASSING IN 1989 IN CLARESHOLM. ITEM WAS STORED AWAY WHILE IN DONOR'S POSSESSION. LILY WAS BORN SEPTEMBER 1913 IN FORT MACLEOD AND WAS SCHOOLED BETWEEN FORT MACLEOD AND WETASKIWIN. LILY ENTERED GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING IN ABOUT 1930/31. SHE DID NOT COMPLETE THE NURSING PROGRAM DUE TO A HEALTH REACTION TO THE NYLONS THAT WERE PART OF THE UNIFORM. LILY LEFT THE PROGRAM TO WORK IN "REACHES STORE" IN FORT MACLEOD AND MARRIED ERNEST ERICKSON IN 1954. DAUGHTER THINKS HER MOTHER KEPT THE UNIFORM BECAUSE IT WAS LILY'S DREAM TO BECOME A NURSE. SEE ARCHIVAL DONATION 2000. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A NURSING UNIFORM AND DRESS DONATED BY JUDY ERICKSON. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. LILLY ERICKSON (NEE ARTHUR) WAS BORN IN FORT MACLEOD ON SEPTEMBER 18, 1913, THE DAUGHTER OF JOHN ARTHUR AND SARAH ARTHUR (NEE CROWE). ACCORDING TO HER OBITUARY, LILLY WAS RAISED IN FORT MACLEOD AND “ATTENDED HIGH SCHOOL IN WETASKIWIN WHERE HER FATHER WORKED WITH THE CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAYS AND IN 1939 THE FAMILY RETURNED TO FORT MACLEOD. LILLY TRAINED AS A NURSE FOR A FEW YEARS AND LATER WORKED WITH REACH & COMPANY FOR 12 YEARS. SHE MARRIED ERNEST ERICKSON ON NOVEMBER 6, 1954.” THE COUPLE LIVED AT BEAVER FARM, SIX MILES WEST OF NOBLEFORD AND IN 1971 THEY RETIRED TO FORT MACLEOD. LILLY PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 76 ON DECEMBER 30, 1989. AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON JULY 12, 1935 REPORTS THAT “MRS. J. ARTHUR OF WETASKIWIN, AND MISS LILY ARTHUR, WHO IS ON SICK LEAVE FROM THE GALT HOSPITAL TRAINING STAFF, LETHBRIDGE, ARE GUESTS OF MR. AND MRS. J. ROGER HUNT AT MACLEOD.” LILLY’S WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT GIVES THE FOLLOWING DETAILS: “THE BRIDE’S UNCLE, MR. S. CROWE OF FORT MACLEOD, GAVE HER IN MARRIAGE. SHE WORE A FORMAL GOWN OF TURQUOISE LACE AND NYLON MARQUISETTE OVER TAFFETA. A MATCHING LACE JACKET MODIFIED THE STRAPLESS BODICE AND EXTENDED TO THE BOUFFANT SKIRT.” ERNEST MARTIN ERICKSON WAS BORN IN MONARCH, AB ON MAY 1, 1919, THE SON OF ERNEST ERICKSON AND ELIZABETH ERICKSON (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). ERNEST PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 80 ON JANUARY 19, 2000. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P20000072001
Acquisition Date
2000-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL NURSING CAPE
Date Range From
1953
Date Range To
1956
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, SATIN, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20020088000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL NURSING CAPE
Date Range From
1953
Date Range To
1956
Materials
WOOL, SATIN, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
124.0
Description
CAPE IS WOOL. EXTERIOR IS NAVY BLUE, INTERIOR IS RED. CAPE HAS A SHORT STAND-UP COLLAR WITH "SMH" EMBROIDERED ON IT IN YELLOW. THERE IS A HOOK AND EYE ON COLLAR FOR CLOSING. FRONT OF CAPE HAS A STRIP OF MATERIAL WITH 2 BUTTONHOLES IN IT THAT ATTACHES TO A BLACK PLASTIC BUTTON ON EITHER SIDE OF FRONT OPENING. INSIDE COLLAR IS LINED WITH BLACK SATIN. HANGING FROM INSIDE OF COLLAR IS A SHORT STEEL CHAIN; SATIN IS WORN AND FRAYING WHERE CHAIN HANGS. THERE IS A LABEL INSIDE CAPE THAT IS BLACK WITH GOLD EMBROIDERY AND READS "LAC-MAC LONDON CANADA". INSIDE LEFT SIDE OF CAPE IS A SMALL POCKET WITH THE LETTERS "L.A.S." EMBROIDERED ON IT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
History
CAPE BELONGED TO DONOR'S CLASSMATE, ALBERTA SNELL. CAPE WAS GIVEN TO DONOR BY ALBERTA ABOUT 7 YEARS AGO, WANTING HER TO DONATE IT TO THE MUSEUM AFTER SEEING A DISPLAY HERE IN WHICH SHE NOTICED WE DIDN'T HAVE A CAPE FROM ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL. ALBERTA ATTENDED ST. MICHAEL'S NURSING SCHOOL, AND WAS A MEMBER OF THE FIRST CLASS THERE IN JANUARY 1953. SHE ATTENDED FOR 3 YEARS, GRADUATING IN MAY 1956. DURING THIS TIME SHE PURCHASED THE CAPE, AS ALL STUDENTS WERE REQUIRED TO DO SO. DONOR RELATES THAT CAPES WERE HARDLY USED BY STUDENTS; ONLY WHEN REQUIRED. AFTER ALBERTA GRADUATED, SHE RETURNED TO HER HOMETOWN OF OYEN AND WORKED AS A NURSE THERE. SHE MARRIED FARMER, EDWARD MCKINSTRY. ALBERTA ATTENDS THE NURSING SCHOOL REUNIONS HELD EVERY 5 YEARS (5 YEARS OF GRADUATING CLASSES ATTEND), AS DOES DONOR. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A NURSING CAPE DONATED BY JEANINE HANSEN. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON JUNE 9, 1996 IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD GIVES SOME DETAILS ABOUT ALBERTA SNELL’S TIME IN NURSING SCHOOL: “SHE FIRST ARRIVED IN LETHBRIDGE MORE THAN 40 YEARS AGO, A YOUNG WOMAN FROM THE TINY CENTRAL ALBERTA TOWN OF OYEN WITH A TICKET TO SAN FRANCISCO IN PURSE, LOOKING FOR ADVENTURE. ‘I JUST WANTED TO SEE THE WORLD,’ SAYS ALBERTA MCKINSTRY, NOW 70. BUT HER 17-YEAR-OLD BROTHER GOT A JOB HERE AND ‘EVERY TIME I SAID I WANTED TO GO, HIS ADAM’S APPLE WOULD RISE IN HIS THROAT,’ SHE SAYS. ‘HE WAS HOMESICK AND DIDN’T WANT ME TO LEAVE.’ SO SHE STAYED IN LETHBRIDGE, FINDING ADVENTURE ANYWAYS WHEN SHE BECAME ONE OF THE FIRST TO GRADUATE FROM THE ST. MICHAEL’S SCHOOL OF NURSING IN 1956.” THE ARTICLE CONTINUES: “’I HADN’T PLANNED TO GO INTO NURSING,’ MCKINSTRY SAYS. ‘I PRET’ NEAR FAINTED AT THE SIGHT OF A PIN PRICK.’ BUT WHEN SHE GOT A JOB ON THE ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL SWITCHBOARD, ONE OF THE NUNS … CONVINCED HER TO GIVE NURSING A TRY … ‘I ENJOYED THE TRAINING AND I LOVED THE NUNS,’ SHE SAYS. ‘THEY WERE WONDERFUL PEOPLE. THEY EMPHASIZED SERVICE, NOT DOING IT JUST FOR THE BUCKS. THE NUNS’ LIVES WERE DEDICATED TO SERVICE AND THEY TRIED TO INSTILL THAT IN US. SCIENCE, SERVICE, AND SANCTITY WAS OUR MOTTO.’” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P20020088000
Acquisition Date
2003-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
TEMPLE BOARD MEMBER UNIFORM
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, SILK, SYNTHETIC MATERIAL
Catalogue Number
P20010099020
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TEMPLE BOARD MEMBER UNIFORM
Date
1998
Materials
COTTON, SILK, SYNTHETIC MATERIAL
No. Pieces
3
Description
A PURPLE UNIFORM WITH A RED SASH AND LIGHT GREY UNDERCOAT. 1- 203.5 X 14.5. RED SASH HAS YELLOW CHINESE CHARACTERS WHICH EXTEND DOWN THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE SASH. THE FRONT OF THE SASH IS COMPLETELY RED WITH THE CHARACTERS AND A YELLOW BORDER BEING THE EXCEPTIONS. THE BACK OF THE SASH IS COMPLETELY YELLOW WITH RED STITCHING ALONG THE EDGES. AT EITHER END, THERE ARE GOLD / YELLOW TASSELS. 2- 87.1 X 61.7 CM PURPLE OVERCOAT WITH IDENTICAL DESIGNS, DARKER THAN THE SURROUNDING FABRIC APPROXIMATELY 9.5 CM IN DIAMETER SPREAD EVENLY OVER IT. WIDE SLEEVES. HAS STAND UP COLLAR; JACKET HAS VENTS AT THE SIDE AND ONE IN BACK. HAS FROG CLOSURE, FORMED OUT OF SAME MATERIAL AS JACKET DOWN FRONT. 3- 178.5 X 39.5. GREY GOWN TO BE WORN UNDER THE OVERCOAT. HAS A NARROW, STAND UP COLLAR. ENTIRE FRONT OF GOWN IS OPEN. LEFT SIDE HAS A LARGE FLAP THAT OVERLAPS RIGHT FRONT AND COAT DOES UP AT THE SIDE WITH 5 FROG CLOSURES MADE FROM SAME MATERIAL AS GOWN. THERE IS ALSO A FROG CLOSURE AT NECK AND NEAR RIGHT SHOULDER. GOWN HAS LARGE VENTS ON SIDES FROM HEMLINE TO ABOUT KNEE HEIGHT. GOWN HAS VERY LONG SLEEVES.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
RELIGION
POLITICS
History
THIS UNIFORM WAS SPECIFICALLY MADE FOR MAYOR CARPENTER (1986-2001) DURING HIS SECOND TRIP TO TAIWAN IN 1998 TO CELEBRATE THE 377TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE RETURN OF THE GODDESS OF THE SEA, MATSU. DURING THIS TRIP MAYOR CARPENTER WAS GIVEN THE HONORARY POSITION OF TEMPLE BOARD MEMBER, AND BECAUSE OF THIS POSITION WAS GRANTED THE HONOR OF LEADING THE CEREMONIAL PARADE, AS WELL AS THAT OF MOVING THE MATSU STATUE FROM THE TEMPLE TO THE PARADE VEHICLE. THIS HONOR WAS PREVIOUSLY ONLY GIVEN TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF GREAT BRITAIN, THE PRESIDENT OF TAIWAN, AND THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A UNIFORM DONATED BY DAVID CARPENTER. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. AN ARTICLE FROM OCTOBER 25, 1977 PROVIDES SOME BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT DAVID CARPENTER: “AFTER GRADUATING FROM LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE, HE WENT STRAIGHT INTO ACCOUNTING, ARTICLING WITH A LOCAL FIRM. TAKING NIGHT CLASSES AND ATTENDING SUMMER SCHOOL IN CALGARY AND EDMONTON, CARPENTER GRADUATED AS A CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT AT 22. SIX MONTHS LATER AT 23 HE STARTED HIS OWN FIRM AND NOW HAS THREE PARTNERS.” AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON JANUARY 22, 1998 GIVES A FEW DETAILS ABOUT DAVID’S TRIP TO TAIWAN: “THE PARADE IS PART OF THE CEREMONIES MARKING THE ARRIVAL OF MATSU, GODDESS OF THE SEA.” HE VISITED TAIWAN FROM FEBRUARY 6-14, 1998. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILE ARTIFACTS AND ACCESSORIES, INCLUDING AN ALTER CLOTH AND A SASH DONATED BY DAVID CARPENTER. ON 8 MARCH 2018, PUNDYK INTERVIEWED CARPENTER REGARDING HIS DONATION OF 22 ARITFACTS RELATED TO HIS TRIPS TO TAIWAN AS THE MAYOR OF LETHBRIDGE. THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE EMPLOYEE, WEI QUO, WHO ACTED AS TRANSLATOR DURING THESE TRIPS WAS ALSO A PART OF THE 8 MAY 2018 INTERVIEW. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW.
Catalogue Number
P20010099020
Acquisition Date
2002-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1913
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19738694000
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1913
Date Range To
1920
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
119.5
Description
"MARGARET HAMILTON" LABEL IN NECK. SIX FRONT BUTTONS, NARROW WAISTBAND, GATHERED SKIRT, SMALL LEFT BREAST POCKET AND PATCH POCKET ON RIGHT HIP. SIX BUTTON CUFFS (5 MISSING ON LEFT CUFF; 4 MISSING ON RIGHT CUFF). POINTED COLLAR, MID-CALF LENGTH SKIRT, WHITE. ARTIFACT IS SLIGHTLY YELLOWED. 3 DARK BROWN STAINS ON RIGHT CUFF.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
History
UNIFORM WORN BY MARGARET HAMILTON, A MEMBER OF THE FIRST GRADUATING CLASS OF THE GALT HOSPITAL UNDER DR. FRANK MEWBURN IN 1915. DATE OF COSTUME IS ESTIMATED BASED ON STYLE, PHOTOGRAPHS & KNOWN GRADUATING DATE. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING PARTS OF A NURSING UNIFORM DONATED BY TILLY HAMILTON. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND THE PIONEER PEMMICAN CLUB ROUNDUP 1885-1985. MARGARET HAMILTON WAS BORN IN 1878 IN SINGHAMPTON, ON. SHE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE WITH HER BROTHERS WILLIAM ALFRED HAMILTON AND JAMES FREDERICK HAMILTON. PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 90 ON FEBRUARY 11, 1969. MARGARET WAS PART OF THE 1915 GRADUATES OF THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING. IN AN ARTICLE FROM OCTOBER 20, 1962, MARGARET RECOUNTED SOME OF HER MEMORIES OF THE NURSING SCHOOL: “THERE WERE 15 OF US AT THE START OF THE COURSE, BUT ONLY THREE REMAINED TO GRADUATE. TOUGH AS THE TRAINING WAS, SEVER AS WERE THE CONDITIONS, I HAVE MANY HAPPY MEMORIES OF THE OLD RESIDENCE, NOW EVEN MORE MELLOWED WITH AGE.” SHE RECALLED “A 12-HOUR SHIFT WAS STANDARD PRACTICE AND ONLY HALF A DAY OUT OF EACH SEVEN WAS FREE.” THERE WERE STRICT RULES, ESPECIALLY GOVERNING CURFEW AND MARGARET REMEMBERS “THE FIRE ESCAPE WAS OFFICIALLY USED AS A MAKESHIFT CLOTHESLINE, BUT ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION IT UNOFFICIALLY HELPED SMUGGLE LATE ARRIVALS SAFELY BACK INTO THE HOUSE BEFORE DAWN. THOSE NOT SO LUCKY WERE INSTANTLY DISMISSED FROM THE COURSE.” TO START THE COURSE “EACH GIRL HAD TO BRING TWO GINGHAM DRESSES, EIGHT LARGE FLOOR-LENGTH WHITE APRONS AND A GOOD SUPPLY OF PLAIN WHITE UNDERWEAR.” AN ARTICLE FROM JANUARY 8, 1915 LISTS THE THREE GRADUATES OF THE PROGRAM AS: “MISSES VIOLET ALEXANDRENA BEASLEY, MARGARET HAMILTON, AND BESSIE LOUISE COOK. … AFTER FOUR YEARS OF ARDUOUS WORK AND DILIGENT STUDY THESE YOUNG LADIES HAVE REALIZED THEIR FONDEST DREAM IN BEING OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED AS COMPETENT TO PRACTICE ONE OF THE NOBELEST PROFESSIONS THAT COMES WITHIN THE RANGE OF FEMININE POSSIBILITIES.” MARGET’S BROTHERS WERE ALSO WELL KNOWN IN THE COMMUNITY: JAMES FREDERICK HAMILTON, AKA FRED, WAS BORN IN 1868 IN SINGHAMPTON, ON. IN 1901 FRED WAS IN MILK RIVER, AB, WORKING FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR. IN 1902 HE HELPED TO SURVEY LAND TO BE IRRIGATED EAST OF CALGARY. IN 1907 FRED MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE WHERE HE WORKED AS A LAND SURVEYOR UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 1962. HE PASSED AWAY IN JUNE 1963. WILLIAM ALFRED HAMILTON WAS BORN ON DECEMBER 14, 1867 IN SINGHAMPTON, ON. WILLIAM STUDIED IN HAMILTON, ON TO BECOME A TEACHER. IN 1899 WILLIAM HEADED WEST AT THE AGE OF 32, HAVING RESPONDED TO AN ADVERTISEMENT FOR TEACHERS IN LETHBRIDGE. WHEN HE ARRIVED, THERE WERE ONLY TWO SCHOOLS IN LETHBRIDGE AND HE WAS THE SIXTH TEACHER LISTED ON THE ROSTER. IN ADDITION TO TEACHING, WILLIAM WAS ALSO A POLICE MAGISTRATE FROM 1923 TO 1938. HE HAD A SCHOOL NAMED AFTER HIM: HAMILTON JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL. WILLIAM PASSED AWAY IN MAY 1963. SEE PERMANENT FILE P19662323 FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND FROM THE PIONEER PEMMICAN CLUB ROUNDUP 1885-1985.
Catalogue Number
P19738694000
Acquisition Date
1966-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
DRESS, GALT GRADUATION
Date Range From
1961
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20090025000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
DRESS, GALT GRADUATION
Date Range From
1961
Date Range To
1990
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
17
Length
115.5
Width
87.0
Description
DRESS WITH SIXTEEN DETACHABLE BUTTONS - 17 PIECES 1. WHITE COTTON, LONG-SLEEVED COAT-DRESS. EACH SLEEVE HAS FOUR BUTTON HOLES AT THE BOTTOM – A VERTICAL LINE OF THREE BOUND BUTTON HOLES ABOVE THE CUFF AND ONE ON THE DOUBLE CUFF. FRONT OF DRESS HAS NOTCHED COLLAR, AND BUTTONED CLOSURE. TWO LARGE ANGLED PATCH POCKETS AT HIP, TOP OF POCKETS ARE FOLDED OVER. INSIDE COLLAR OF DRESS HAND MARKED “ECCLESTON”, MACHINE LABEL MARKED “‘WEAR THE BEST’, SUNNY SOUTH GARMENTS, LETHBRIDGE, ALTA.” BELOW MACHINE LABEL, RED CARDBOARD TAG STAPLED INTO DRESS MARKED “1/506, HEAVY STARCH.” INTERMITTENT RUST COLORED STAINS. DRESS FASTENED BY 16 REMOVABLE BUTTONS, WHITE PLASTIC. ONE LARGER BUTTON IS CONNECTED TO SMALLER BUTTON BY A ROUND PLASTIC BAR. BUTTONS MEASURE 1.5 CM IN DIAMETER AND 1.0 CM HIGH. DAMAGE SUSTAINED TO ONE BUTTON, SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR REPORT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
History
ACCORDING TO THE DONOR, SHARON NYHOFF (NEE ECCLESTON), AT THE TIME OF DONATION, SHE WORE HER DRESS AS A GRADUATION UNIFORM FOR THE "GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING" ON OCTOBER 16, 1961. NICOLE HEMBROFF, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT, INTERVIEWED NYHOFF BY PHONE ON JULY 7, 2010. AT THAT TIME NYHOFF SAID SHE WORE HER DRESS AFTER GRADUATION AS WELL. AFTER COMPLETING NURSING SCHOOL, NYHOFF WAS ONLY A NURSE FOR FOUR MONTHS. DURING THAT TIME SHE WAS PREGNANT. SHE WORE THE DRESS BECAUSE UNLIKE OTHER NURSING UNIFORMS OF THE DAY, SHE COULD UNBUTTON IT AT THE BELLY TO ALLOW FOR EXPANSION. SHE WOULD WEAR IT WITH THE BIB AND APRON TO HIDE THE FACT THAT SHE HAD UNDONE A FEW BUTTONS. SHE WORE THE DRESS AGAIN IN THE 1980S WHEN SHE WORKED FOR DR. RON BENNET WHO HAD A PRIVATE PRACTICE ON THE NORTH SIDE OF LETHBRIDGE. AT THAT TIME, SHE WORE JUST THE DRESS WITH HER GRAD PIN. THE OFFICE ALSO SUPPLIED OTHER UNIFORMS WHICH WERE WASH AND WEAR. THE GRADUATION UNIFORM WAS DRY CLEAN ONLY. NYHOFF SAID THE BUTTONS WERE PROBABLY REMOVABLE TO ALLOW THE LAUNDRY TO BE DONE MORE EASILY. SHE SAID, "IF YOU HAD TO CHANGE YOUR DRESS OVER, YOU WOULD HAVE TO DO IT THE NIGHT BEFORE BECAUSE YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TIME TO SWITCH ALL OF THE BUTTONS IN THE MORNING." NYHOFF KEPT HER DRESS FOR SENTIMENTAL REASONS. SHE DONATED IT TO THE GALT IN ORDER TO PRESERVE THE MEMORIES SHE ASSOCIATED WITH IT. FOR EXAMPLE, THROUGHOUT NURSING SCHOOL NYHOFF MADE MANY FRIENDS. SHE SAID, "RESIDENCE LIFE IS AN EXPERIENCE ONE USUALLY NEVER FORGETS. A LOT OF 'FUN ACTIVITIES' SUCH AS WATER FIGHTS IN THE HALL AND FILLING A STUDENT'S ROOM WITH NEWSPAPERS ETC. WENT ON IN THE LATE HOURS! SO MANY TIMES ARE SPENT SHARING EMOTIONS, STUDYING WORKING SHIFTS AND DOING AFFILIATIONS TOGETHER. WE WERE FORTUNATE TO HAVE HAD THE EXPERIENCES IN 'PONOKA MENTAL HOSPITAL,' 'T.B. SANITORIUM,' AND THE 'CRIPPLED CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL.' THREE YEARS WENT BY FAST AND AT REUNIONS A LOT OF MEMORIES OF OUR TIMES TOGETHER ARE RECALLED." FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE CLASS OF 1961 SEE ARCHIVES 19941046008. DONATION PART OF A COMPOSITE UNIFORM FROM THE GRADUATING CLASSES OF 1959 AND 1961. GRAD DRESS FROM 1961 IS IDENTICAL TO THOSE USED IN 1959. SEE P20090023001-15, P20090024000, AND P20090026000.
Catalogue Number
P20090025000
Acquisition Date
2009-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
COMPLETE
Date Range From
1913
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LINEN, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19662323000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
COMPLETE
Date Range From
1913
Date Range To
1920
Materials
LINEN, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
110.5
Description
SIZE 10. MID CALF LENGTH, WHITE. "MARGARET HAMILTON" LABEL IN NECK. LONG SLEEVES WITH FALSE CUFFS. SIX FRONT BUTTON HOLES, OVERLAPPED BODICE, TWO LARGE PATCH POCKETS ON SKIRT. SKIRT IS SLIGHTLY GATHERED AT WAIST. LIGHTER SPOT WITH SEW HOLES INDICATES THAT THERE WERE ONCE TWO MORE POCKETS DIRECTLY BENEATH POCKET ON SKIRT. TWO SMALL TEARS ON NECKLINE; ONE ON LEFT SIDE HAS BEEN REINFORCED WITH STITCHING. GENERALLY YELLOWED SLIGHTLY. SMALL HOLE IN FABRIC ON RIGHT SHOULDER; BLACK AREA NEAR NECKLINE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
History
WORN BY MARGARET HAMILTON, ONE OF THE STUDENTS IN THE 1ST GRADUATING CLASS OF THE GALT HOSPITAL IN 1915, UNDER DR. MEWBURN. COSTUME DATE IS ESTIMATED BASED ON PHOTOGRAPHS, STYLE & DATE OF GRADUATION. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING PARTS OF A NURSING UNIFORM DONATED BY TILLY HAMILTON. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND THE PIONEER PEMMICAN CLUB ROUNDUP 1885-1985. MARGARET HAMILTON WAS BORN IN 1878 IN SINGHAMPTON, ON. SHE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE WITH HER BROTHERS WILLIAM ALFRED HAMILTON AND JAMES FREDERICK HAMILTON. PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 90 ON FEBRUARY 11, 1969. MARGARET WAS PART OF THE 1915 GRADUATES OF THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING. IN AN ARTICLE FROM OCTOBER 20, 1962, MARGARET RECOUNTED SOME OF HER MEMORIES OF THE NURSING SCHOOL: “THERE WERE 15 OF US AT THE START OF THE COURSE, BUT ONLY THREE REMAINED TO GRADUATE. TOUGH AS THE TRAINING WAS, SEVER AS WERE THE CONDITIONS, I HAVE MANY HAPPY MEMORIES OF THE OLD RESIDENCE, NOW EVEN MORE MELLOWED WITH AGE.” SHE RECALLED “A 12-HOUR SHIFT WAS STANDARD PRACTICE AND ONLY HALF A DAY OUT OF EACH SEVEN WAS FREE.” THERE WERE STRICT RULES, ESPECIALLY GOVERNING CURFEW AND MARGARET REMEMBERS “THE FIRE ESCAPE WAS OFFICIALLY USED AS A MAKESHIFT CLOTHESLINE, BUT ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION IT UNOFFICIALLY HELPED SMUGGLE LATE ARRIVALS SAFELY BACK INTO THE HOUSE BEFORE DAWN. THOSE NOT SO LUCKY WERE INSTANTLY DISMISSED FROM THE COURSE.” TO START THE COURSE “EACH GIRL HAD TO BRING TWO GINGHAM DRESSES, EIGHT LARGE FLOOR-LENGTH WHITE APRONS AND A GOOD SUPPLY OF PLAIN WHITE UNDERWEAR.” AN ARTICLE FROM JANUARY 8, 1915 LISTS THE THREE GRADUATES OF THE PROGRAM AS: “MISSES VIOLET ALEXANDRENA BEASLEY, MARGARET HAMILTON, AND BESSIE LOUISE COOK. … AFTER FOUR YEARS OF ARDUOUS WORK AND DILIGENT STUDY THESE YOUNG LADIES HAVE REALIZED THEIR FONDEST DREAM IN BEING OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED AS COMPETENT TO PRACTICE ONE OF THE NOBELEST PROFESSIONS THAT COMES WITHIN THE RANGE OF FEMININE POSSIBILITIES.” MARGET’S BROTHERS WERE ALSO WELL KNOWN IN THE COMMUNITY: JAMES FREDERICK HAMILTON, AKA FRED, WAS BORN IN 1868 IN SINGHAMPTON, ON. IN 1901 FRED WAS IN MILK RIVER, AB, WORKING FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR. IN 1902 HE HELPED TO SURVEY LAND TO BE IRRIGATED EAST OF CALGARY. IN 1907 FRED MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE WHERE HE WORKED AS A LAND SURVEYOR UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 1962. HE PASSED AWAY IN JUNE 1963. WILLIAM ALFRED HAMILTON WAS BORN ON DECEMBER 14, 1867 IN SINGHAMPTON, ON. WILLIAM STUDIED IN HAMILTON, ON TO BECOME A TEACHER. IN 1899 WILLIAM HEADED WEST AT THE AGE OF 32, HAVING RESPONDED TO AN ADVERTISEMENT FOR TEACHERS IN LETHBRIDGE. WHEN HE ARRIVED, THERE WERE ONLY TWO SCHOOLS IN LETHBRIDGE AND HE WAS THE SIXTH TEACHER LISTED ON THE ROSTER. IN ADDITION TO TEACHING, WILLIAM WAS ALSO A POLICE MAGISTRATE FROM 1923 TO 1938. HE HAD A SCHOOL NAMED AFTER HIM: HAMILTON JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL. WILLIAM PASSED AWAY IN MAY 1963. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND FROM THE PIONEER PEMMICAN CLUB ROUNDUP 1885-1985.
Catalogue Number
P19662323000
Acquisition Date
1966-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1947
Date Range To
1948
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20060035010
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1947
Date Range To
1948
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
9
Description
1. WHITE STARCHED COLLAR, 3 BUTTON HOLES ALONG TOP LENGTH OF COLLAR, TEXT ON ONE SIDE ALONG TOP LENGTH READS, "W-978, BLAND'S, R. ANDERSON, R.V.H." HEIGHT 0.1, LENGTH 61.5, WIDTH 15.7. 2. WHITE STARCHED COLLAR, 3 BUTTON HOLES ALONG TOP LENGTH OF COLLAR, TEXT ON ONE SIDE ALONG TOP LENGTH READS, "W-978, GALT..." SMALL RED STAIN ON REVERSE SIDE OF COLLAR. HEIGHT 0.1, LENGTH 53.8, WIDTH 26.5. 3. WHITE STARCHED COTTON CUFF, 2 BUTTON HOLES PRESENT, TEXT READS, "W-978, M.G.H., 71/2." HEIGHT 0.1, LENGTH 26.0, WIDTH 10.0. 4. WHITE STARCHED COTTON CUFF, 2 BUTTON HOLES PRESENT, TEXT READS, "W-978, M.G.H., 71/2," ON ONE SIDE, SMALL ORANGE DISCOLOURATION ON REVERSE SIDE. HEIGHT 0.1, LENGTH 26.0, WIDTH 9.5. 5. WHITE STARCHED BELT, 3 BUTTON HOLES ON ONE END, SINGLE BUTTON HOLE ON OTHER END. MARKED, "1280" IN DARK TEXT ON BOTH ENDS ADJACENT TO BUTTON HOLES. HEIGHT 0.1, LENGTH 82.0, WIDTH 6.2. 6. WHITE STARCHED NURSES CAP, 4 SMALL BUTTON HOLES AT CORNERS OF CLOTH, LABEL AFFIXED TO BACK END AND READS, "MADE BY BLAND, MONTREAL." TEXT EDGE ADJACENT TO LABEL HAS TEXT THAT READS, "R. AND., W-978." HEIGHT 0.1, LENGTH 40.0, WIDTH 26.8. 7. WHITE STARCHED BIB FOR APRON, V-SHAPED, LABEL ON BACK READS, "MADE BY BLAND, MONTREAL, 36," AND ADJACENT TEXT READS, "W-978, DAR, R. ANDERSON." HEIGHT 0.1, LENGTH 97.0, WIDTH 66.0. 8. WHITE STARCHED APRON, FULLY OPENS ALONG LENGTH, EITHER SIDE OF WAISTBAND WITH 4 BUTTONHOLES, APRON TAPERS TOWARDS WAIST. LABEL ON BACK READS, "MADE BY BLAND, MONTREAL," AND ADJACENT TEXT READS, "DAR, R-AND, W-978, R. ANDERSON." HEIGHT 0.1, LENGTH 98.0, WIDTH 86.5. 9. WHITE STARCHED LONG SLEEVED DRESS, OPENS ALONG FRONT, BUTTONHOLES ALONG LENGTH OF BOTH SIDES OF FRONT, 2 WAIST-HIGH FRONT POCKETS, CUFFS WITH BUTTON HOLE AND WHITE PLASTIC BUTTON. LABEL AT BACK READS, "STYLECRAFT LIMITED, MADE IN CALGARY." ADJACENT TEXT READS, "DAR." HEIGHT 0.1, LENGTH 114.0, WIDTH 90.0.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
History
THIS NURSE’S UNIFORM BELONGED TO RUTH ANDERSON. ANDERSON WAS BORN FEBRUARY 1, 1925, IN CLARESHOLM. IN 1944, AFTER GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL, ANDERSON ENTERED THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING, ANDERSON GRADUATED IN 1947 ALONG WITH 10 OTHER NURSES. 1947 WAS REGARDED AS A PARTICULARLY DIFFICULT PERIOD FOR THOSE TRAINING AT THE GALT HOSPITAL. WHILE WORKING AT THE GALT HOSPITAL, ANDERSON MET DR. RICE, AND THEY LATER MARRIED. ACCORDING TO ANNETTE MYERS, GRADUATE OF THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING, THE LONG SLEEVED NURSES' DRESS WAS ONLY WORN DURING GRADUATION CEREMONY. THE DRESS WOULD HAVE BEEN ADORNED WITH PINS. THE NURSES' CAP IS MISSING A BLACK STRIP OF FABRIC THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN PINNED INTO PLACE. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE P20060035001 AND PERMANENT RECORD. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A NURSING UNIFORM DONATED BY MIEKE AND ROBERT RICE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. RUTH ANNETTE RICE (NEE ANDERSON) WAS BORN ON FEBRUARY 1, 1925 IN CLARESHOLM, THE DAUGHTER OF ALBERT AND ROSE MARIE (NEE JOHNSON) ANDERSON. ALBERT ANDERSON PASSED AWAY ON JULY 22, 1966. ROSE MARIE ANDERSON (NEE JOHNSON) PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 83 ON JULY 11, 1987. ACCORDING TO HER OBITUARY, RUTH ATTENDED PRIMARY SCHOOL IN CLARESHOLM AND THEN HIGH SCHOOL IN NOBLEFORD, WHERE “SHE WAS A BRIGHT STUDENT AND A STAR BASKETBALL PLAYER FOR THE LEGENDARY NOBLEFORD PETES. AFTER HIGH SCHOOL RUTH ENTERED THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING AND WAS A PROUD GRADUATE OF THE CLASS OF ’47. SHE WAS WORKING AT THE GALT HOSPITAL WHEN A STRIKING YOUNG DOCTOR INVITED HER TO A MOVIE AND SWEPT HER OFF HER FEET.” RUTH PASSED AWAY ON APRIL 21, 2005 AT THE AGE OF 80. THAT “YOUNG DOCTOR” WAS DR. DONALD ARTHUR RICE WHO WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE ON MAY 4, 1921. HE EXCELLED IN HIGH SCHOOL, GRADUATING AT 16. BY 1945, HE HAD GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA WITH A DEGREE IN MEDICINE. INITIALLY HIS MEDICAL PRACTICE WAS IN TABER, BUT HE THEN MOVED IT TO LETHBRIDGE WHERE HE BECAME A PARTNER IN THE ROY CLINIC. ACCORDING TO HIS OBITUARY, DONALD “WAS A GIFTED SURGEON, A HIGHLY RESPECTED FAMILY DOCTOR, AND A LEGEND TO ALL THOSE WHO ENTERED HIS LIFE.” HE PASSED AWAY ON OCTOBER 22, 2008 AT THE AGE OF 87. THE DONOR, ROBERT RICE, IS THE SON OF RUTH AND DONALD RICE. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P20060035010
Acquisition Date
2006-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BEADED MAN'S
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GLASS BEADS, BUCKSKIN
Catalogue Number
P19641155000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BEADED MAN'S
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Materials
GLASS BEADS, BUCKSKIN
No. Pieces
1
Description
SIZE 38 BEAD, BUCKSKIN, CLOTH LINED WITH COTTON, TRIMMED WITH BLACK VELVET AROUND EDGES, BACK FACED WITH BLACK VELVET COVERED WITH AN OPEN MESH DESIGN IN WHITE BEADS. GEOMETRIC PANELS IN BLUE, RED, GREEN, YELLOW BEADS ON BACK. FRONT PANELS COMPLETELY COVERED IN BEADWORK WITH GEOMETRIC & CURVO-LINEAR DESIGNS, FEATHERED HEAD-DRESS MALE PROFILE FIGURE ON EACH FRONT PANEL. FIGURE IS DONE IN RED, BLUE, WHITE, YELLOW, GREEN, PINK AND GILDED BEADS. BACKGROUND OF SOLID WHITE BEADS TRIMMED WITH GEOMETRIC DESIGN IN RED, GREEN AND GILDED BEADS. FLORAL DESIGN IN RED, BLUE AND GREEN ON EACH PANEL. SMALL PORTION OF BEADS MISSING AT BOTTOM FRONT ON LEFT SIDE AND UPPER LEFT BACK (SHOULDER AREA). CONSERVATION REPORT ON FILE.
Subjects
INDIGENOUS
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ETHNOGRAPHIC
History
NORTHERN PLAINS CULTURE - BLACKFOOT. HANDMADE BY MRS. E. BOYCHIEF. *UPDATE* IN 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON ASKED TWO FORMER MEMBERS OF THE LETHBRIDGE JUNIOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, PHIL EDMUNDSON AND PAUL RUSZNAK, ABOUT THE FIRST NATIONS ARTIFACTS THAT THE GROUP DONATED TO THE GALT MUSEUM IN 1964, 1969, AND 1973. NEITHER RECALLED HOW THE JAYCEES CAME INTO OWNERSHIP OF THE ARTIFACTS, AS THEIR ACQUISITION PREDATED BOTH EDMUNDSON AND RUSZNAK’S MEMBERSHIP IN THE CHAMBER. RESEARCH CONDUCTED INTO LETHBRIDGE’S GURNEY MUSEUM FOUND A CONNECTION BETWEEN ITS PROPRIETOR, WALTER GURNEY, AND THE JAYCEES, WHO ACCORDING TO AN ARTICLE FROM THE APRIL 16, 1946 ISSUE OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ADVOCATED ON GURNEY’S BEHALF FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO BE MADE TO THE FORMER BOARD OF TRADE BUILDING WHERE THE MUSEUM WAS HOUSED. AN ARTICLE FROM THE JULY 13, 1948 ISSUE OF THE HERALD DESCRIBES SOME OF THE FIRST NATIONS ARTIFACTS ON DISPLAY IN THE MUSEUM: “TOMAHAWKS, ARROW HEADS, PEACE PIPES, BEAD AND LEATHER WORK, CLOTHING AND WOODCRAFT”. UPON THE CLOSURE OF THE MUSEUM AND SALE OF GURNEY’S COLLECTION TO BELMORE SCHULTZ OF THE ALTAMONT MUSEUM IN COUTTS, MENTION WAS MADE IN A HERALD ARTICLE FROM MAY 16, 1961 OF “HISTORICAL INDIAN RELICS THAT BELONG TO THE JUNIOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAVE BEEN RETAINED IN THE CITY AND WILL BE AVAILABLE WHEN PROPER DISPLAY FACILITIES ARE AVAILABLE”. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE ARTIFACTS WERE TRANSFERRED TO THE JAYCEES BY GURNEY DURING THE DISSOLUTION OF HIS MUSEUM, BUT NO FURTHER CONFIRMATION WAS FOUND. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE GURNEY MUSEUM AND ITS COLLECTION, SEE RECORD P19890044001.
UPDATE 16 AUGUST 2017: ON 25 JULY 2017, MUSEUM CURATOR AIMEE BENOIT FOUND EVIDENCE TO CONNECT THE INDIGENOUS COLLECTION DONATED BY THE LETHBRIDGE JAYCEES (AKA. JUNIOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE) WITH FORMER LETHBRIDGE RESIDENTS THE LATE FRED BOTSFORD AND HIS LATE DAUGHTER DOROTHY CLARK. NOTES MADE BY AIMEE ON THE DISCOVERY AS WELL AS RELEVANT CLIPPINGS FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD CAN BE FOUND ATTACHED TO THE PERMANENT FILE OF P19641140000.
Catalogue Number
P19641155000
Acquisition Date
1964-07
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
FLIGHT SUIT, “COMBAT FLYERS… SEPTEMBER 1992”
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, METAL, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20140043006
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
FLIGHT SUIT, “COMBAT FLYERS… SEPTEMBER 1992”
Date
1992
Materials
COTTON, METAL, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
146
Width
52
Description
BLUE COTTON COVERALLS WITH FRONT ZIPPER CLOSURE. ZIPPERED POCKETS AT CHEST, LEFT ARM, LEFT THIGH, AND BOTH CALVES. ANKLES HAVE ZIPPERED OPENINGS TO FACILITATE FOLDING UP OF THE PANT LEGS TO ATTACH TO BLACK PLASTIC CLIPS AT BOTH KNEES. VELCO CINCHING TABS AT WAIST. PRINTED LABEL INSIDE RIGHT CHEST READS “PGL CA 16276 - COVERALLS, COMBAT FLYERS BLUE – SALOPETLES D’AVIATEUR, BLEUES – 8415-21-907-9801 – 6742 – SEPTEMBER 1992”. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
POLITICS
MILITARY
History
THIS FLIGHT SUIT WAS DONATED AS PART OF THE PERSONAL EFFECTS COLLECTED BY SENATOR JOYCE FAIRBAIRN (PC, CM) OVER HER NEARLY THREE DECADES AS A LIBERAL SENATOR FOR THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA. ON SEPTEMBER 21, 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON INTERVIEWED FAIRBAIRN'S FORMER ASSISTANT, GLENN MILLER, ABOUT THE SUIT AND THE SENATOR'S INVOLVEMENT WITH THE LETHBRIDGE AIR SHOW. MILLER SAID: "THE FLIGHT SUIT CAME FROM THE AIR FORCE... SHE WORE IT DURING HER ROLE AS THE HONORARY AIR MARSHAL AT THE LETHBRIDGE AIR SHOW... FOR APPROXIMATELY 15 YEARS... [AS AIR MARSHAL] SHE BROUGHT GREETINGS FROM THE SENATE OF CANADA, AND SHE WAS ALSO INVOLVED IN VISITING WITH ALL THE PERFORMERS, AND WELCOMING THEM TO THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE... SHE WOULD DO WHATEVER SHE COULD TO ASSIST THE AIR SHOW COMMITTEE IN ACHIEVING A SUCCESSFUL AIR SHOW... ONE PARTICULAR YEAR, THERE WAS VERY LITTLE CANADIAN CONTENT SCHEDULED TO BE THERE, AND SHE HAD MANAGED TO TRACK DOWN THE MINISTER OF DEFENSE OVERSEAS, AND WITHIN 24 HOURS THERE WAS A HERCULES, REPRESENTING CANADA, AT THE AIR SHOW... SHE WAS ABLE TO INFLUENCE HAVING AN AIRCRAFT AT THE AIR SHOW WHEN JUST DAYS BEFORE THEY WERE TOLD DEFINITIVELY THAT NO, THERE'D BE NONE... SHE WORE [THE SUIT] WITH GREAT PRIDE, EVERY YEAR." THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHY OF FAIRBAIRN WAS DEVELOPED BY GALT ARCHIVES INTERN KARISSA PATTON FOR THE 2013 EXHIBIT ‘GALT BABY TO SENATOR’: JOYCE FAIRBAIRN WAS BORN AT THE GALT HOSPITAL ON NOVEMBER 6, 1939. SHE GREW UP IN LETHBRIDGE WHERE SHE GOT HER FIRST EXPERIENCE AS A JOURNALIST AT THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD WHILE SHE WAS STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL. FAIRBAIRN EARNED A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN ENGLISH FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA IN 1960. FAIRBAIRN THEN LEFT LETHBRIDGE TO ATTEND CARLETON UNIVERSITY IN OTTAWA, ONTARIO WHERE SHE EARNED A BACHELOR OF JOURNALISM IN 1961. AFTER GRADUATION, FAIRBAIRN BEGAN WORKING FOR THE HERALD’S OTTAWA BUREAU, THE OTTAWA JOURNAL, AND UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL IN THE PARLIAMENTARY PRESS GALLERY. FAIRBAIRN WAS KNOWN AS ONE OF THE FIRST “FEMALE NEWSMEN.” SHE WORKED AS A JOURNALIST IN OTTAWA FROM 1961-1970 AND WAS THE FIRST JOURNALIST TO REPORT ON THE NEW CANADIAN FLAG SELECTION AS WELL AS COVERED JACKIE KENNEDY AND PRESIDENT KENNEDY’S VISIT TO OTTAWA IN 1961. THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD PROUDLY CONTINUED TO PUBLISH HER WORK FROM 1965-1969. IN 1970 FAIRBAIRN BECAME THE LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT AND, LATER, THE COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR FOR PRIME MINISTER PIERRE TRUDEAU. FAIRBAIRN WORKED WITH TRUDEAU UNTIL 1984 WHEN SHE WAS APPOINTED TO THE SENATE. SENATOR FAIRBAIRN QUICKLY BECAME KNOWN FOR ATTENDING SOUTHERN ALBERTAN MILESTONES, OPENINGS, CELEBRATIONS, AND EVEN THE OCCASIONAL CAKE DECORATING CONTEST. SENATOR FAIRBAIRN BECAME WELL KNOWN THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN ALBERTA BECAUSE, AS ONE CONSTITUENT COMMENTED, “SHE CARED ENOUGH TO COME”. SENATOR FAIRBAIRN ALSO BECAME INVOLVED WITH MANY ORGANIZATIONS AND CAUSES SUCH AS, THE PARALYMPICS, THE CALGARY STAMPEDE, BOOKS FOR BABIES, AND THE ALBERTA BIRDS OF PREY CENTRE. FAIRBAIRN WAS PRESENT FOR CELEBRATIONS IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA SUCH AS, LETHBRIDGE’S CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION, WHOOP UP DAYS, AND MANY UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE CONVOCATIONS. SENATOR FAIRBAIRN WAS ALSO AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOCIATION WHERE SHE ADOPTED A HORSE NAMED “DOOLEY”. IN 2008 THE LETHBRIDGE THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOCIATION HONOURED SENATOR FAIRBAIRN WITH A LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP. SENATOR FAIRBAIRN’S DEVOTION TO CANADA AND THE SOUTHERN ALBERTAN COMMUNITY WAS ALSO RECOGNIZED BY MANY OTHER ORGANIZATIONS. IN 1990 SHE WAS INAUGURATED INTO THE KAINAI CHIEFTAINSHIP, WHERE SHE RECEIVED THE NAME CHIEF MORNING BIRD WOMAN. FAIRBAIRN WAS ALSO MADE AN HONOURARY LIEUTENANT-COLONEL OF THE 18TH AIR DEFENSE REGIMENT, RCA. SHE WAS ALSO MADE A HONOURARY AIR MARSHAL AND FREQUENTLY ATTENDED THE INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW AT LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. IN ADDITION, SHE WAS AWARDED WITH A HONOURARY DOCTORATE OF LAWS BY THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE IN 2004. WHILE FAIRBAIRN WAS KNOWN FOR BEING PRESENT IN THE SOUTHERN ALBERTAN COMMUNITY SHE WAS ALSO KNOWN FOR HER MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN PARLIAMENT. HER CAREER AS SENATOR BEGAN AS THE VICE-CHAIR OF THE NATIONAL LIBERAL CAUCUS AND THE WESTERN AND NORTHERN LIBERAL CAUCUS UNTIL 1991 WHEN SHE WAS APPOINTED CO-CHAIR OF THE NATIONAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE. BY 1993 SENATOR FAIRBAIRN WAS APPOINTED TO PRIVY COUNCIL AS THE FIRST WOMAN TO HOLD THE POSITION OF LEADER OF GOVERNMENT. SHE ALSO BECAME THE FIRST MINISTER WITH SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR LITERACY. IN 1997 SHE WAS APPOINTED THE SPECIAL ADVISOR ON LITERACY TO THE MINISTER OF HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT CANADA. IN ADDITION, SENATOR FAIRBAIRN WAS THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND MAKING THE FAMOUS FIVE HONOURARY SENATORS AND ERECTING A HONOURARY STATUE CELEBRATING THE FAMOUS FIVE ON PARLIAMENT HILL. SENATOR JOYCE FAIRBAIRN RETIRED FROM THE SENATE ON JANUARY 18, 2013. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.
Catalogue Number
P20140043006
Acquisition Date
2014-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
NURSE'S
Date Range From
1989
Date Range To
1999
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FABRIC, PLASTIC (BUTTONS)
Catalogue Number
P19990030002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
NURSE'S
Date Range From
1989
Date Range To
1999
Materials
FABRIC, PLASTIC (BUTTONS)
No. Pieces
1
Length
96.5
Width
16
Description
WHITE, STARCHED. FRONT OF BIB IS A RECTANGULAR PANEL MEASURING 34.5 X 16.0-30.8 CM. THE TOP OF THE PANEL HAS A ROUNDED NECK, SEPARATING INTO TWO LONG ARMS (65,0 CM). THESE ARMS ARE PROBABLY DESIGNED TO TUCK UNDER THE WAISTBAND OF THE SKIRT. ON THE UNDERSIDE OF THE BID FRONT IS WRITTEN IN PEN "248" AND ANOTHER SERIES OF NUMBERS (BOTH HAVE BEEN SCRATCHED OUT). "721" IS WRITTEN VISIBLY.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
History
BIB BELONGED TO BETTE J. BAILIE (NEE DAY). SHE TRAINED AS A NURSE AT THE GALT HOSPITAL FROM 1960-1962. BETTE MARRIED LAWRENCE IN 1962. SHE WORKED AT THE GENERAL HOSPITAL IN CALGARY (1962-1964). HER CAREER ENDED IN 1965 UPON MOVING TO STETTLER, ALBERTA. DURING HER CAREER, BETTE WON AN AWARD FOR PEDIATRICS. HER FAMILY CAME TO SOUTHERN ALBERTA IN 1909 TO FARM. BETTE WAS FROM FORT MACLEOD, ALBERTA. SHE PASSED AWAY JANUARY, 1998. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A NURSING UNIFORM DONATED BY LAWRENCE BAILIE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. BETTE J. BAILIE (NEE DAY) WAS THE DAUGHTER OF BUD AND INGA (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) DAY. SHE RECEIVED HER PRIMARY EDUCATION IN FORT MACLEOD AND GRADUATED FROM THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING IN 1962. ON SEPTEMBER 22, 1962, BETTE WAS MARRIED TO LAWRENCE BAILIE. THE COUPLE LIVED IN CALGARY FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, WHERE BETTE WORKED AT THE CALGARY GENERAL HOSPITAL. THEY THEN MOVED TO STETTLER FOR 10 YEARS BEFORE RETURNING TO LETHBRIDGE. BETTE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 57 ON JANUARY 13, 1998. *UPDATE* IN 2017, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILE ARTIFACTS, INCLUDING THIS NURSING OUTFIT WORN BY BETTE BAILIE. ON 24 NOVEMBER 2017 PUNDYK CONDUCTED AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DONOR, LAWRENCE BAILIE, WHO WAS MARRIED TO BETTE. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: LAWRENCE BAILIE EXPLAINS HE DONATED THIS OUTFIT BECAUSE, “MY LATE WIFE HAD SAVED THIS FROM HER DAYS OF TRAINING AT THE LETHBRIDGE GALT HOSPITAL. AND SHE, OH I THINK SHE STARTED IN 1960 AND GRADUATED IN 1962… I THINK FOR YEARS WE HAD IT IN A SUITCASE OR TRUNK JUST ‘CAUSE IT WAS – ACTUALLY HER WHOLE IDEA WAS, I THINK, THAT SHE WANTED TO SHOW HER GRANDDAUGHTER THIS AS PART OF HER LIFE, I GUESS IS WHAT IT WAS ALL ABOUT.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HOW HIS WIFE FIRST ACQUIRED THE NURSING OUTFIT, BAILIE REPLIED, “THEY DIDN’T START OUT WITH THIS TYPE OF UNIFORM BECAUSE THEY STARTED OUT WITH A DIFFERENT TYPE WHEN THEY WERE IN THEIR FIRST YEAR AND I THINK THEY CALLED THEM ‘PEROGIES,’ AND THEN AFTER THE FIRST YEAR IS WHEN THEY GOT THEIR UNIFORMS AND THEY WORE THEM ALL THE TIME… I WOULD SAY [THIS TYPE OF UNIFORM WAS WORN] FROM THE FIRST YEAR [TO THE] END OF THE SECOND YEAR WHILE THEY WERE WORKING AND THIS SORT OF PUT THEM APART FROM OTHER NURSES IN THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE THEY HAD THIS TYPE OF UNIFORM ON... NOW ONCE THEY GRADUATED THEY DIDN’T HAVE THIS UNIFORM ANYMORE, THEY ACTUALLY HAD WHAT YOU WOULD BUY, LIKE A COMMERCIALLY-MADE NURSE’S DRESS… THEY WERE WHITE AND YOU COULD BUY DIFFERENT DESIGNS OF THEM. THEY HAD TO GO TO A SPECIAL PLACE TO BUY THE NURSE’S UNIFORMS THAT THEY WORE ONCE THEY WERE WORKING.” BAILIE CONTINUED, “AFTER SHE GRADUATED AND WE WERE MARRIED… SHE WORKED IN CALGARY AT THE GENERAL HOSPITAL, AND NURSES WERE NOT ALLOWED TO WEAR THE SAME CLOTHES WHILE THEY WERE NURSING – THEIR STREET CLOTHES – THEY HAD TO HAVE CLEAN CLOTHES IN THE LOCKERS THAT THEY HAD TO PUT ON SO THEY COULDN’T BRING, SUPPOSEDLY, GERMS INTO THE HOSPITAL. SO THEIR SHOES, EVERYTHING HAD TO BE CHANGED ... [SO] SHE HAD TO BRING HER UNIFORMS [TO THE HOSPITAL]. THEY HAD TO BE WASHED AND CLEANED, SO SHE HAD TO WASH, CLEAN THEM, AND TAKE THEM BACK AND FORTH, AND PUT THEM IN HER LOCKER AND WHATEVER.” WHEN ASKED WHY HIS WIFE BECAME A NURSE, BAILIE EXPLAINED, “MY WIFE USED TO ALWAYS SAY, “WELL I DIDN’T HAVE MUCH CHOICE IN THOSE DAYS BECAUSE” SHE SAID, ‘I EITHER HAD TO BE A SCHOOLTEACHER OR NURSE.’ AND SHE SAID, ‘I DIDN’T WANT TO BE A SCHOOL TEACHER.’ AND SHE KNEW THAT, WELL HER MOTHER WAS, MAKE SURE THAT SHE BECAME SOMETHING. SHE HAD TO. LIKE HER MOM SAID, ‘YOU’LL STAY THERE FOREVER. YOU HAVE TO GRADUATE ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, WHATEVER.’ SO SHE DIDN’T HAVE A CHOICE.” THE WAY THAT LAWRENCE AND BETTE MET WAS THROUGH A FUNDRAISING DANCE FOR THE NURSING ALUMNI. BAILIE SHARED THE STORY: “I THINK THE PROCEEDS FROM TWO DANCES A YEAR TO GO TO THEIR ALUMNI OR WHATEVER THEY HAD [THROUGH THE NURSING SCHOOL]. AND SO THEN, THEY HAD THESE DANCES AT THE PAVILION, AT THE HENDERSON LAKE PAVILION, AND SO ONE OF THE DANCES THE GALT SCHOOL WAS PUTTING ON. I MET HER THERE AT ONE OF THE DANCES…I COULD TELL YOU ALL KINDS OF – IT WAS KIND OF CUTE, IN THE SENSE THAT, I ASKED IF I COULD TAKE HER HOME AND SHE SAID, ‘WELL ONLY IF I COULD BRING MY FRIEND.’ AND I SAID, “NO, NOT A PROBLEM.” SO THEN SHE SAID – AND I SAID, “HOW ARE YOU GOING TO GET HOME OTHERWISE?” AND SHE SAID, “WELL WE, WE HAD,” I DON’T KNOW, LET’S SAY, A COUPLE OF DOLLARS IN HER SHOE, SO SHE COULD GET A TAXI BACK TO THIS THING, AND IF, YOU KNOW, SO. AND SHE THOUGHT THAT MAYBE I WAS SAFE ENOUGH TO RIDE HOME WITH SO, AND ANYWAYS I TOOK HER HOME FROM THE DANCE AND THAT’S HOW WE STARTED OUR COURTSHIP OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO SAY FROM THAT TIME. I CALLED HER UP LATER… I LIVED WAY OUT IN SKIFF AND WE HAD A LOCAL PAY DIAL OR PAY PHONE THERE, SO WHEN I USED TO GO IN TO PHONE HER AND ASK HER FOR A DATE WHEN EVERYBODY IN THE STORE WOULD HEAR WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT. SO YOU COULDN’T SAY VERY MUCH PERSONAL ‘CAUSE EVERYBODY WOULD HEAR.” BAILIE WENT ON TO SAY, “MY WIFE CONSIDERED HER TRAINING AND LIVING IN RESIDENCE WITH THESE OTHER GIRLS THE BEST TIME OF HER LIFE. SHE HAD SUCH A GOOD TIME WITH THE OTHER GIRLS AND SHE REALLY CHERISHED THAT AND SHE HAD SOME VERY, VERY DEAR FRIENDS. I DON’T THINK MOST PEOPLE DON’T HAVE A CHANCE TO HAVE THAT CLOSE OF FRIENDS, BECAUSE THEY LIVED THERE, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK FOR TWO YEARS AND THEY FOUND A NUMBER OF THEM UP AND DOWN THE HALLS AND THEY DID LITTLE TRICKS WITH EACH OTHER, AND WENT OUT FOR COFFEE WITH EACH OTHER…THEY DID A LOT OF THINGS TOGETHER SO THEY BECAME VERY, VERY GOOD FRIENDS.” BAILIE BROUGHT A SCRAPBOOK TO THE MUSEUM ON THE DAY OF THE INTERVIEW THAT BETTE HAD PUT TOGETHER FROM HER NURSING DAYS, WHICH INCLUDED INFORMATION ABOUT HER GRADUATION. SHE RECEIVED THE “EMILY HICK MEMORIAL AWARD FOR PROFICIENCY IN PEDIATRICS.” BAILIE EXPLAINS THAT WORKING IN PEDIATRICS WAS “HER LIFE. THAT’S WHAT SHE LOVED.” UPON GRADUATION, BETTE MARRIED LAWRENCE AND BEGAN NURSING IN CALGARY – WORKING ON THE PEDIATRIC WARD – WHILE LAWRENCE HAD WORKED FOR A TELEPHONE COMPANY. HE EXPLAINS, “BEING A FARM BOY, WELL I DIDN’T LIKE CALGARY, AND SO I WANTED TO GO TO A SMALLER PLACE, SO AT THAT TIME WE COULD BID OUT, SO I WENT TO STETTLER, SO NATURALLY SHE MOVED WITH ME TO STETTLER AND SHE DIDN’T WANT TO GET A JOB…SHE DIDN’T WANT TO BE A NURSE THEN, ‘CAUSE THE TYPE OF PERSON SHE WAS THAT, AND SHE LOVED THE KIDS AND EVERYTHING, BUT WHEN THERE WAS A COUPLE OF TIMES WHEN SHE WAS IN CALGARY WHERE SHE WOULD BE ON HEAD NURSE OR SOMETHING, AND SOME KIDS WOULD COME IN IN VERY SERIOUS CONDITION. AND SHE HAD TO [DECIDE] A LOT OF SERIOUS THINGS TO SEE WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO DO WITH THE CHILD. AND THAT REALLY BOTHERED HER… SHE TOOK HER WORK HOME [WITH HER]... SO SHE RETIRED AND RAISED OUR FAMILY.” WHILE BETTE RETIRED FROM NURSING, SHE CONTINUED TO USE HER SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE FROM NURSING SCHOOL THROUGHOUT THE BAILIE’S FAMILY LIFE. BAILIE REMEMBERS, “BEING THAT IN HER TRAINING, THEY LEARNED ALL ABOUT WHAT YOU SHOULD EAT AND WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T EAT AND ALL OF THOSE THINGS OR WHATEVER, SO WE ATE VERY HEALTHY…THE NATURAL THINGS THAT SHE LEARNED WHEN SHE WAS TRAINING TO BE A NURSE. SHE TOOK THEM, SHE KEPT THEM WITH HER AND SHE WAS RAISING HER FAMILY WITH THE STUFF THAT SHE HAD LEARNED, YOU KNOW. AND THEN, NATURALLY, ONE OF OUR KIDS FELL AND HURT HIMSELF OR DID SOMETHING AND SHE’D DO THAT DOCTOR/NURSING THING – ‘CAN YOU MOVE THIS? SO YOU ARM’S NOT BROKEN?’ OR SHE WOULD BANDAGE OR WHATEVER. AND SHE SAID, ‘YOU’LL LIVE.’ YOU KNOW, I REMEMBER STILL. THAT WAS ONE OF HER FAVOURITE THINGS. YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE KIDS WOULD GET HURT OR SOMETHING AND SHE’D SAY, ‘THEY’LL BE OKAY. THEY’LL LIVE.’” THE BAILIE’S SONS ARE NAMED NEIL AND ROBERT (BOB). BETTE PASSED AWAY AFTER A SECOND BATTLE WITH CANCER, BAILIE EXPLAINS, “AS FAR AS CANCER TAKING HER AT A YOUNG AGE WAS – DOESN’T MAKE A LOT OF SENSE TO A LOT OF PEOPLE, I GUESS. BUT SHE WAS A VERY HEALTHY-LIVING PERSON. LIKE SHE NEVER SMOKED, SHE NEVER DRANK, AND IT DIDN’T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE WHEN IT COME TO THE CANCER. YOU KNOW. AND SHE DID LOOK AFTER HERSELF… PRIOR TO HER GETTING, FINDING OUT SHE HAD CANCER THE SECOND TIME, SHE TRAINED WITH A GIRL NEXT DOOR FOR THE IRON MAN.” BAILIE ALSO SAID, “I COULD TALK FOREVER ON HER, ABOUT HER. SHE WAS A GREAT GIRL... SHE HAD A GREAT PERSONALITY. VERY QUIET, SHE WAS QUIET BUT YEAH. BUT AGAIN, LIKE I SAY, I DON’T KNOW. LIKE THIS STUFF WE’VE KEPT, LIKE I’VE GOT THIS STUFF NOW. AND I DON’T KNOW. LIKE I’VE GOT TONS OF STUFF THAT BELONGS TO HER AND I JUST DON’T WANT TO GIVE IT UP. BUT IF I GIVE IT TO MY SON, I DON’T KNOW WHAT HE’LL DO WITH IT. LIKE I HATE TO SEE IT LOST BECAUSE SHE WAS IMPORTANT. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION.
Catalogue Number
P19990030002
Acquisition Date
1999-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
NURSE'S UNIFORM
Date Range From
1955
Date Range To
1965
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FABRIC
Catalogue Number
P19990030003
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
NURSE'S UNIFORM
Date Range From
1955
Date Range To
1965
Materials
FABRIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
28.0
Description
WRAP-AROUND STYLE; WHITE; STARCHED; 6.5 CM WIDE WAISTBAND; LAPS OVER IN THE BACK WITH TWO BUTTONS ON EACH SIDE; TWO SETS OF BUTTON HOLES MATCH UP; HEM IS 10.0 CM WIDE; SKIRT IS SLIGHTLY GATHERED; INSIDE THE SKIRT IS A RECTANGULAR PIECE OF FABRIC (13.2 X 6 CM) ATTACHED TO THE CENTRE OF THE WAISTBAND. ON ONE OF THE SIDE HEMS IS THE NAME "J.A.DAY" WHICH HAS BEEN SCRATCHED OUT. WRITTEN IN BLACK IS "721", WHICH CORRESPONDS WITH THE UNIFORM (P19990030001-GA). SOILED IN A COUPLE OF PLACES ON FRONT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
History
SKIRT IS PART OF THE NURSING OUTFIT WORN BY BETTE J. BAILIE (NEE DAY). SHE TRAINED AT THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING FROM 1960-1962. IN 1962, SHE MARRIED LAWRENCE BAILIE. DURING 1962-64, SHE WORKED AT THE GENERAL HOSPITAL IN CALGARY. HER CAREER ENDED IN 1965, WHEN THEY MOVED TO STETTLER, ALBERTA. BETTE WON AN AWARD FOR PEDIATRICS. FARMING BROUGHT HER FAMILY TO SOUTHERN ALBERTA IN 1909. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A NURSING UNIFORM DONATED BY LAWRENCE BAILIE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. BETTE J. BAILIE (NEE DAY) WAS THE DAUGHTER OF BUD AND INGA (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) DAY. SHE RECEIVED HER PRIMARY EDUCATION IN FORT MACLEOD AND GRADUATED FROM THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING IN 1962. ON SEPTEMBER 22, 1962, BETTE WAS MARRIED TO LAWRENCE BAILIE. THE COUPLE LIVED IN CALGARY FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, WHERE BETTE WORKED AT THE CALGARY GENERAL HOSPITAL. THEY THEN MOVED TO STETTLER FOR 10 YEARS BEFORE RETURNING TO LETHBRIDGE. BETTE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 57 ON JANUARY 13, 1998. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN 2017, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILE ARTIFACTS, INCLUDING THIS NURSING OUTFIT WORN BY BETTE BAILIE. ON 24 NOVEMBER 2017 PUNDYK CONDUCTED AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DONOR, LAWRENCE BAILIE, WHO WAS MARRIED TO BETTE. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: LAWRENCE BAILIE EXPLAINS HE DONATED THIS OUTFIT BECAUSE, “MY LATE WIFE HAD SAVED THIS FROM HER DAYS OF TRAINING AT THE LETHBRIDGE GALT HOSPITAL. AND SHE, OH I THINK SHE STARTED IN 1960 AND GRADUATED IN 1962… I THINK FOR YEARS WE HAD IT IN A SUITCASE OR TRUNK JUST ‘CAUSE IT WAS – ACTUALLY HER WHOLE IDEA WAS, I THINK, THAT SHE WANTED TO SHOW HER GRANDDAUGHTER THIS AS PART OF HER LIFE, I GUESS IS WHAT IT WAS ALL ABOUT.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HOW HIS WIFE FIRST ACQUIRED THE NURSING OUTFIT, BAILIE REPLIED, “THEY DIDN’T START OUT WITH THIS TYPE OF UNIFORM BECAUSE THEY STARTED OUT WITH A DIFFERENT TYPE WHEN THEY WERE IN THEIR FIRST YEAR AND I THINK THEY CALLED THEM ‘PEROGIES,’ AND THEN AFTER THE FIRST YEAR IS WHEN THEY GOT THEIR UNIFORMS AND THEY WORE THEM ALL THE TIME… I WOULD SAY [THIS TYPE OF UNIFORM WAS WORN] FROM THE FIRST YEAR [TO THE] END OF THE SECOND YEAR WHILE THEY WERE WORKING AND THIS SORT OF PUT THEM APART FROM OTHER NURSES IN THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE THEY HAD THIS TYPE OF UNIFORM ON... NOW ONCE THEY GRADUATED THEY DIDN’T HAVE THIS UNIFORM ANYMORE, THEY ACTUALLY HAD WHAT YOU WOULD BUY, LIKE A COMMERCIALLY-MADE NURSE’S DRESS… THEY WERE WHITE AND YOU COULD BUY DIFFERENT DESIGNS OF THEM. THEY HAD TO GO TO A SPECIAL PLACE TO BUY THE NURSE’S UNIFORMS THAT THEY WORE ONCE THEY WERE WORKING.” BAILIE CONTINUED, “AFTER SHE GRADUATED AND WE WERE MARRIED… SHE WORKED IN CALGARY AT THE GENERAL HOSPITAL, AND NURSES WERE NOT ALLOWED TO WEAR THE SAME CLOTHES WHILE THEY WERE NURSING – THEIR STREET CLOTHES – THEY HAD TO HAVE CLEAN CLOTHES IN THE LOCKERS THAT THEY HAD TO PUT ON SO THEY COULDN’T BRING, SUPPOSEDLY, GERMS INTO THE HOSPITAL. SO THEIR SHOES, EVERYTHING HAD TO BE CHANGED ... [SO] SHE HAD TO BRING HER UNIFORMS [TO THE HOSPITAL]. THEY HAD TO BE WASHED AND CLEANED, SO SHE HAD TO WASH, CLEAN THEM, AND TAKE THEM BACK AND FORTH, AND PUT THEM IN HER LOCKER AND WHATEVER.” WHEN ASKED WHY HIS WIFE BECAME A NURSE, BAILIE EXPLAINED, “MY WIFE USED TO ALWAYS SAY, “WELL I DIDN’T HAVE MUCH CHOICE IN THOSE DAYS BECAUSE” SHE SAID, ‘I EITHER HAD TO BE A SCHOOLTEACHER OR NURSE.’ AND SHE SAID, ‘I DIDN’T WANT TO BE A SCHOOL TEACHER.’ AND SHE KNEW THAT, WELL HER MOTHER WAS, MAKE SURE THAT SHE BECAME SOMETHING. SHE HAD TO. LIKE HER MOM SAID, ‘YOU’LL STAY THERE FOREVER. YOU HAVE TO GRADUATE ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, WHATEVER.’ SO SHE DIDN’T HAVE A CHOICE.” THE WAY THAT LAWRENCE AND BETTE MET WAS THROUGH A FUNDRAISING DANCE FOR THE NURSING ALUMNI. BAILIE SHARED THE STORY: “I THINK THE PROCEEDS FROM TWO DANCES A YEAR TO GO TO THEIR ALUMNI OR WHATEVER THEY HAD [THROUGH THE NURSING SCHOOL]. AND SO THEN, THEY HAD THESE DANCES AT THE PAVILION, AT THE HENDERSON LAKE PAVILION, AND SO ONE OF THE DANCES THE GALT SCHOOL WAS PUTTING ON. I MET HER THERE AT ONE OF THE DANCES…I COULD TELL YOU ALL KINDS OF – IT WAS KIND OF CUTE, IN THE SENSE THAT, I ASKED IF I COULD TAKE HER HOME AND SHE SAID, ‘WELL ONLY IF I COULD BRING MY FRIEND.’ AND I SAID, “NO, NOT A PROBLEM.” SO THEN SHE SAID – AND I SAID, “HOW ARE YOU GOING TO GET HOME OTHERWISE?” AND SHE SAID, “WELL WE, WE HAD,” I DON’T KNOW, LET’S SAY, A COUPLE OF DOLLARS IN HER SHOE, SO SHE COULD GET A TAXI BACK TO THIS THING, AND IF, YOU KNOW, SO. AND SHE THOUGHT THAT MAYBE I WAS SAFE ENOUGH TO RIDE HOME WITH SO, AND ANYWAYS I TOOK HER HOME FROM THE DANCE AND THAT’S HOW WE STARTED OUR COURTSHIP OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO SAY FROM THAT TIME. I CALLED HER UP LATER… I LIVED WAY OUT IN SKIFF AND WE HAD A LOCAL PAY DIAL OR PAY PHONE THERE, SO WHEN I USED TO GO IN TO PHONE HER AND ASK HER FOR A DATE WHEN EVERYBODY IN THE STORE WOULD HEAR WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT. SO YOU COULDN’T SAY VERY MUCH PERSONAL ‘CAUSE EVERYBODY WOULD HEAR.” BAILIE WENT ON TO SAY, “MY WIFE CONSIDERED HER TRAINING AND LIVING IN RESIDENCE WITH THESE OTHER GIRLS THE BEST TIME OF HER LIFE. SHE HAD SUCH A GOOD TIME WITH THE OTHER GIRLS AND SHE REALLY CHERISHED THAT AND SHE HAD SOME VERY, VERY DEAR FRIENDS. I DON’T THINK MOST PEOPLE DON’T HAVE A CHANCE TO HAVE THAT CLOSE OF FRIENDS, BECAUSE THEY LIVED THERE, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK FOR TWO YEARS AND THEY FOUND A NUMBER OF THEM UP AND DOWN THE HALLS AND THEY DID LITTLE TRICKS WITH EACH OTHER, AND WENT OUT FOR COFFEE WITH EACH OTHER…THEY DID A LOT OF THINGS TOGETHER SO THEY BECAME VERY, VERY GOOD FRIENDS.” BAILIE BROUGHT A SCRAPBOOK TO THE MUSEUM ON THE DAY OF THE INTERVIEW THAT BETTE HAD PUT TOGETHER FROM HER NURSING DAYS, WHICH INCLUDED INFORMATION ABOUT HER GRADUATION. SHE RECEIVED THE “EMILY HICK MEMORIAL AWARD FOR PROFICIENCY IN PEDIATRICS.” BAILIE EXPLAINS THAT WORKING IN PEDIATRICS WAS “HER LIFE. THAT’S WHAT SHE LOVED.” UPON GRADUATION, BETTE MARRIED LAWRENCE AND BEGAN NURSING IN CALGARY – WORKING ON THE PEDIATRIC WARD – WHILE LAWRENCE HAD WORKED FOR A TELEPHONE COMPANY. HE EXPLAINS, “BEING A FARM BOY, WELL I DIDN’T LIKE CALGARY, AND SO I WANTED TO GO TO A SMALLER PLACE, SO AT THAT TIME WE COULD BID OUT, SO I WENT TO STETTLER, SO NATURALLY SHE MOVED WITH ME TO STETTLER AND SHE DIDN’T WANT TO GET A JOB…SHE DIDN’T WANT TO BE A NURSE THEN, ‘CAUSE THE TYPE OF PERSON SHE WAS THAT, AND SHE LOVED THE KIDS AND EVERYTHING, BUT WHEN THERE WAS A COUPLE OF TIMES WHEN SHE WAS IN CALGARY WHERE SHE WOULD BE ON HEAD NURSE OR SOMETHING, AND SOME KIDS WOULD COME IN IN VERY SERIOUS CONDITION. AND SHE HAD TO [DECIDE] A LOT OF SERIOUS THINGS TO SEE WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO DO WITH THE CHILD. AND THAT REALLY BOTHERED HER… SHE TOOK HER WORK HOME [WITH HER]... SO SHE RETIRED AND RAISED OUR FAMILY.” WHILE BETTE RETIRED FROM NURSING, SHE CONTINUED TO USE HER SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE FROM NURSING SCHOOL THROUGHOUT THE BAILIE’S FAMILY LIFE. BAILIE REMEMBERS, “BEING THAT IN HER TRAINING, THEY LEARNED ALL ABOUT WHAT YOU SHOULD EAT AND WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T EAT AND ALL OF THOSE THINGS OR WHATEVER, SO WE ATE VERY HEALTHY…THE NATURAL THINGS THAT SHE LEARNED WHEN SHE WAS TRAINING TO BE A NURSE. SHE TOOK THEM, SHE KEPT THEM WITH HER AND SHE WAS RAISING HER FAMILY WITH THE STUFF THAT SHE HAD LEARNED, YOU KNOW. AND THEN, NATURALLY, ONE OF OUR KIDS FELL AND HURT HIMSELF OR DID SOMETHING AND SHE’D DO THAT DOCTOR/NURSING THING – ‘CAN YOU MOVE THIS? SO YOU ARM’S NOT BROKEN?’ OR SHE WOULD BANDAGE OR WHATEVER. AND SHE SAID, ‘YOU’LL LIVE.’ YOU KNOW, I REMEMBER STILL. THAT WAS ONE OF HER FAVOURITE THINGS. YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE KIDS WOULD GET HURT OR SOMETHING AND SHE’D SAY, ‘THEY’LL BE OKAY. THEY’LL LIVE.’” THE BAILIE’S SONS ARE NAMED NEIL AND ROBERT (BOB). BETTE PASSED AWAY AFTER A SECOND BATTLE WITH CANCER, BAILIE EXPLAINS, “AS FAR AS CANCER TAKING HER AT A YOUNG AGE WAS – DOESN’T MAKE A LOT OF SENSE TO A LOT OF PEOPLE, I GUESS. BUT SHE WAS A VERY HEALTHY-LIVING PERSON. LIKE SHE NEVER SMOKED, SHE NEVER DRANK, AND IT DIDN’T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE WHEN IT COME TO THE CANCER. YOU KNOW. AND SHE DID LOOK AFTER HERSELF… PRIOR TO HER GETTING, FINDING OUT SHE HAD CANCER THE SECOND TIME, SHE TRAINED WITH A GIRL NEXT DOOR FOR THE IRON MAN.” BAILIE ALSO SAID, “I COULD TALK FOREVER ON HER, ABOUT HER. SHE WAS A GREAT GIRL... SHE HAD A GREAT PERSONALITY. VERY QUIET, SHE WAS QUIET BUT YEAH. BUT AGAIN, LIKE I SAY, I DON’T KNOW. LIKE THIS STUFF WE’VE KEPT, LIKE I’VE GOT THIS STUFF NOW. AND I DON’T KNOW. LIKE I’VE GOT TONS OF STUFF THAT BELONGS TO HER AND I JUST DON’T WANT TO GIVE IT UP. BUT IF I GIVE IT TO MY SON, I DON’T KNOW WHAT HE’LL DO WITH IT. LIKE I HATE TO SEE IT LOST BECAUSE SHE WAS IMPORTANT. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION.
Catalogue Number
P19990030003
Acquisition Date
1999-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1955
Date Range To
1965
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
RAYON
Catalogue Number
P19990030001
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1955
Date Range To
1965
Materials
RAYON
No. Pieces
1
Length
95.5
Description
SHIFT-STYLE DRESS; WHITE; SHORT SLEEVES; SIX BUTTON PLACKET FRONT CLOSURE ON UNIFORM. TWO FRONT POCKETS (15.5 X 17.0 CM) WITH ROUNDED CORNERS. INSIDE THE RIGHT POCKET IS A RECTANGULAR POCKET (11.5 X 6.8 CM). THE SLEEVES HAVE ONE BUTTON AS DECORATION. ALL BUTTONS ON THE UNIFORM ARE PEARL WHITE. THE BACK HAS A CENTRE SEAM. AT THE HEM LINE IS A KICK PLACKET (12.0 CM LONG). THOUGH THE UNIFORM IS WHITE, ITS DESIGN IS PINSTRIPED AND THREE PETAL "FLOWERS" MADE OF WHITE THREAD. AT THE NECK IS A WHITE CLOTH LABEL WITH RED LETTERS "A ROBBIN-DALE".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
History
UNIFORM IS PART OF THE NURSING OUTFIT WORN BY BETTE J. BAILIE (NEE DAY). SHE TRAINED AT THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING FROM 1960-1962. IN 1962, SHE MARRIED LAWRENCE BAILIE. DURING 1962-64, SHE WORKED AT THE GENERAL HOSPITAL IN CALGARY. HER CAREER ENDED IN 1965, WHEN THEY MOVED TO STETTLER, ALBERTA. BETTE WON AN AWARD FOR PEDIATRICS. FARMING BROUGHT HER FAMILY TO SOUTHERN ALBERTA IN 1909. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A NURSING UNIFORM DONATED BY LAWRENCE BAILIE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. BETTE J. BAILIE (NEE DAY) WAS THE DAUGHTER OF BUD AND INGA (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) DAY. SHE RECEIVED HER PRIMARY EDUCATION IN FORT MACLEOD AND GRADUATED FROM THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING IN 1962. ON SEPTEMBER 22, 1962, BETTE WAS MARRIED TO LAWRENCE BAILIE. THE COUPLE LIVED IN CALGARY FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, WHERE BETTE WORKED AT THE CALGARY GENERAL HOSPITAL. THEY THEN MOVED TO STETTLER FOR 10 YEARS BEFORE RETURNING TO LETHBRIDGE. BETTE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 57 ON JANUARY 13, 1998. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN 2017, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILE ARTIFACTS, INCLUDING THIS NURSING OUTFIT WORN BY BETTE BAILIE. ON 24 NOVEMBER 2017 PUNDYK CONDUCTED AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DONOR, LAWRENCE BAILIE, WHO WAS MARRIED TO BETTE. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: LAWRENCE BAILIE EXPLAINS HE DONATED THIS OUTFIT BECAUSE, “MY LATE WIFE HAD SAVED THIS FROM HER DAYS OF TRAINING AT THE LETHBRIDGE GALT HOSPITAL. AND SHE, OH I THINK SHE STARTED IN 1960 AND GRADUATED IN 1962… I THINK FOR YEARS WE HAD IT IN A SUITCASE OR TRUNK JUST ‘CAUSE IT WAS – ACTUALLY HER WHOLE IDEA WAS, I THINK, THAT SHE WANTED TO SHOW HER GRANDDAUGHTER THIS AS PART OF HER LIFE, I GUESS IS WHAT IT WAS ALL ABOUT.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HOW HIS WIFE FIRST ACQUIRED THE NURSING OUTFIT, BAILIE REPLIED, “THEY DIDN’T START OUT WITH THIS TYPE OF UNIFORM BECAUSE THEY STARTED OUT WITH A DIFFERENT TYPE WHEN THEY WERE IN THEIR FIRST YEAR AND I THINK THEY CALLED THEM ‘PEROGIES,’ AND THEN AFTER THE FIRST YEAR IS WHEN THEY GOT THEIR UNIFORMS AND THEY WORE THEM ALL THE TIME… I WOULD SAY [THIS TYPE OF UNIFORM WAS WORN] FROM THE FIRST YEAR [TO THE] END OF THE SECOND YEAR WHILE THEY WERE WORKING AND THIS SORT OF PUT THEM APART FROM OTHER NURSES IN THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE THEY HAD THIS TYPE OF UNIFORM ON... NOW ONCE THEY GRADUATED THEY DIDN’T HAVE THIS UNIFORM ANYMORE, THEY ACTUALLY HAD WHAT YOU WOULD BUY, LIKE A COMMERCIALLY-MADE NURSE’S DRESS… THEY WERE WHITE AND YOU COULD BUY DIFFERENT DESIGNS OF THEM. THEY HAD TO GO TO A SPECIAL PLACE TO BUY THE NURSE’S UNIFORMS THAT THEY WORE ONCE THEY WERE WORKING.” BAILIE CONTINUED, “AFTER SHE GRADUATED AND WE WERE MARRIED… SHE WORKED IN CALGARY AT THE GENERAL HOSPITAL, AND NURSES WERE NOT ALLOWED TO WEAR THE SAME CLOTHES WHILE THEY WERE NURSING – THEIR STREET CLOTHES – THEY HAD TO HAVE CLEAN CLOTHES IN THE LOCKERS THAT THEY HAD TO PUT ON SO THEY COULDN’T BRING, SUPPOSEDLY, GERMS INTO THE HOSPITAL. SO THEIR SHOES, EVERYTHING HAD TO BE CHANGED ... [SO] SHE HAD TO BRING HER UNIFORMS [TO THE HOSPITAL]. THEY HAD TO BE WASHED AND CLEANED, SO SHE HAD TO WASH, CLEAN THEM, AND TAKE THEM BACK AND FORTH, AND PUT THEM IN HER LOCKER AND WHATEVER.” WHEN ASKED WHY HIS WIFE BECAME A NURSE, BAILIE EXPLAINED, “MY WIFE USED TO ALWAYS SAY, “WELL I DIDN’T HAVE MUCH CHOICE IN THOSE DAYS BECAUSE” SHE SAID, ‘I EITHER HAD TO BE A SCHOOLTEACHER OR NURSE.’ AND SHE SAID, ‘I DIDN’T WANT TO BE A SCHOOL TEACHER.’ AND SHE KNEW THAT, WELL HER MOTHER WAS, MAKE SURE THAT SHE BECAME SOMETHING. SHE HAD TO. LIKE HER MOM SAID, ‘YOU’LL STAY THERE FOREVER. YOU HAVE TO GRADUATE ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, WHATEVER.’ SO SHE DIDN’T HAVE A CHOICE.” THE WAY THAT LAWRENCE AND BETTE MET WAS THROUGH A FUNDRAISING DANCE FOR THE NURSING ALUMNI. BAILIE SHARED THE STORY: “I THINK THE PROCEEDS FROM TWO DANCES A YEAR TO GO TO THEIR ALUMNI OR WHATEVER THEY HAD [THROUGH THE NURSING SCHOOL]. AND SO THEN, THEY HAD THESE DANCES AT THE PAVILION, AT THE HENDERSON LAKE PAVILION, AND SO ONE OF THE DANCES THE GALT SCHOOL WAS PUTTING ON. I MET HER THERE AT ONE OF THE DANCES…I COULD TELL YOU ALL KINDS OF – IT WAS KIND OF CUTE, IN THE SENSE THAT, I ASKED IF I COULD TAKE HER HOME AND SHE SAID, ‘WELL ONLY IF I COULD BRING MY FRIEND.’ AND I SAID, “NO, NOT A PROBLEM.” SO THEN SHE SAID – AND I SAID, “HOW ARE YOU GOING TO GET HOME OTHERWISE?” AND SHE SAID, “WELL WE, WE HAD,” I DON’T KNOW, LET’S SAY, A COUPLE OF DOLLARS IN HER SHOE, SO SHE COULD GET A TAXI BACK TO THIS THING, AND IF, YOU KNOW, SO. AND SHE THOUGHT THAT MAYBE I WAS SAFE ENOUGH TO RIDE HOME WITH SO, AND ANYWAYS I TOOK HER HOME FROM THE DANCE AND THAT’S HOW WE STARTED OUR COURTSHIP OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO SAY FROM THAT TIME. I CALLED HER UP LATER… I LIVED WAY OUT IN SKIFF AND WE HAD A LOCAL PAY DIAL OR PAY PHONE THERE, SO WHEN I USED TO GO IN TO PHONE HER AND ASK HER FOR A DATE WHEN EVERYBODY IN THE STORE WOULD HEAR WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT. SO YOU COULDN’T SAY VERY MUCH PERSONAL ‘CAUSE EVERYBODY WOULD HEAR.” BAILIE WENT ON TO SAY, “MY WIFE CONSIDERED HER TRAINING AND LIVING IN RESIDENCE WITH THESE OTHER GIRLS THE BEST TIME OF HER LIFE. SHE HAD SUCH A GOOD TIME WITH THE OTHER GIRLS AND SHE REALLY CHERISHED THAT AND SHE HAD SOME VERY, VERY DEAR FRIENDS. I DON’T THINK MOST PEOPLE DON’T HAVE A CHANCE TO HAVE THAT CLOSE OF FRIENDS, BECAUSE THEY LIVED THERE, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK FOR TWO YEARS AND THEY FOUND A NUMBER OF THEM UP AND DOWN THE HALLS AND THEY DID LITTLE TRICKS WITH EACH OTHER, AND WENT OUT FOR COFFEE WITH EACH OTHER…THEY DID A LOT OF THINGS TOGETHER SO THEY BECAME VERY, VERY GOOD FRIENDS.” BAILIE BROUGHT A SCRAPBOOK TO THE MUSEUM ON THE DAY OF THE INTERVIEW THAT BETTE HAD PUT TOGETHER FROM HER NURSING DAYS, WHICH INCLUDED INFORMATION ABOUT HER GRADUATION. SHE RECEIVED THE “EMILY HICK MEMORIAL AWARD FOR PROFICIENCY IN PEDIATRICS.” BAILIE EXPLAINS THAT WORKING IN PEDIATRICS WAS “HER LIFE. THAT’S WHAT SHE LOVED.” UPON GRADUATION, BETTE MARRIED LAWRENCE AND BEGAN NURSING IN CALGARY – WORKING ON THE PEDIATRIC WARD – WHILE LAWRENCE HAD WORKED FOR A TELEPHONE COMPANY. HE EXPLAINS, “BEING A FARM BOY, WELL I DIDN’T LIKE CALGARY, AND SO I WANTED TO GO TO A SMALLER PLACE, SO AT THAT TIME WE COULD BID OUT, SO I WENT TO STETTLER, SO NATURALLY SHE MOVED WITH ME TO STETTLER AND SHE DIDN’T WANT TO GET A JOB…SHE DIDN’T WANT TO BE A NURSE THEN, ‘CAUSE THE TYPE OF PERSON SHE WAS THAT, AND SHE LOVED THE KIDS AND EVERYTHING, BUT WHEN THERE WAS A COUPLE OF TIMES WHEN SHE WAS IN CALGARY WHERE SHE WOULD BE ON HEAD NURSE OR SOMETHING, AND SOME KIDS WOULD COME IN IN VERY SERIOUS CONDITION. AND SHE HAD TO [DECIDE] A LOT OF SERIOUS THINGS TO SEE WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO DO WITH THE CHILD. AND THAT REALLY BOTHERED HER… SHE TOOK HER WORK HOME [WITH HER]... SO SHE RETIRED AND RAISED OUR FAMILY.” WHILE BETTE RETIRED FROM NURSING, SHE CONTINUED TO USE HER SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE FROM NURSING SCHOOL THROUGHOUT THE BAILIE’S FAMILY LIFE. BAILIE REMEMBERS, “BEING THAT IN HER TRAINING, THEY LEARNED ALL ABOUT WHAT YOU SHOULD EAT AND WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T EAT AND ALL OF THOSE THINGS OR WHATEVER, SO WE ATE VERY HEALTHY…THE NATURAL THINGS THAT SHE LEARNED WHEN SHE WAS TRAINING TO BE A NURSE. SHE TOOK THEM, SHE KEPT THEM WITH HER AND SHE WAS RAISING HER FAMILY WITH THE STUFF THAT SHE HAD LEARNED, YOU KNOW. AND THEN, NATURALLY, ONE OF OUR KIDS FELL AND HURT HIMSELF OR DID SOMETHING AND SHE’D DO THAT DOCTOR/NURSING THING – ‘CAN YOU MOVE THIS? SO YOU ARM’S NOT BROKEN?’ OR SHE WOULD BANDAGE OR WHATEVER. AND SHE SAID, ‘YOU’LL LIVE.’ YOU KNOW, I REMEMBER STILL. THAT WAS ONE OF HER FAVOURITE THINGS. YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE KIDS WOULD GET HURT OR SOMETHING AND SHE’D SAY, ‘THEY’LL BE OKAY. THEY’LL LIVE.’” THE BAILIE’S SONS ARE NAMED NEIL AND ROBERT (BOB). BETTE PASSED AWAY AFTER A SECOND BATTLE WITH CANCER, BAILIE EXPLAINS, “AS FAR AS CANCER TAKING HER AT A YOUNG AGE WAS – DOESN’T MAKE A LOT OF SENSE TO A LOT OF PEOPLE, I GUESS. BUT SHE WAS A VERY HEALTHY-LIVING PERSON. LIKE SHE NEVER SMOKED, SHE NEVER DRANK, AND IT DIDN’T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE WHEN IT COME TO THE CANCER. YOU KNOW. AND SHE DID LOOK AFTER HERSELF… PRIOR TO HER GETTING, FINDING OUT SHE HAD CANCER THE SECOND TIME, SHE TRAINED WITH A GIRL NEXT DOOR FOR THE IRON MAN.” BAILIE ALSO SAID, “I COULD TALK FOREVER ON HER, ABOUT HER. SHE WAS A GREAT GIRL... SHE HAD A GREAT PERSONALITY. VERY QUIET, SHE WAS QUIET BUT YEAH. BUT AGAIN, LIKE I SAY, I DON’T KNOW. LIKE THIS STUFF WE’VE KEPT, LIKE I’VE GOT THIS STUFF NOW. AND I DON’T KNOW. LIKE I’VE GOT TONS OF STUFF THAT BELONGS TO HER AND I JUST DON’T WANT TO GIVE IT UP. BUT IF I GIVE IT TO MY SON, I DON’T KNOW WHAT HE’LL DO WITH IT. LIKE I HATE TO SEE IT LOST BECAUSE SHE WAS IMPORTANT. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION.
Catalogue Number
P19990030001
Acquisition Date
1999-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail

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