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Other Name
FIRE BRIGADE
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS, LEATHER, WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19641362000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
FIRE BRIGADE
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Materials
BRASS, LEATHER, WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Height
22.9
Length
28.9
Description
(SIZE 6) STAMPMARK ON UNDERSIDE OF BACK BRIM "WENDRY LTD. MAKER GLASGOW". FRONT BRIM EDGE IS REINFORCED WITH BRASS FACING. LEATHER-LACQUERED. WOOL LINED.
Subjects
CLOTHING-HEADWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
IN USE BETWEEN 1910 & THE 40'S. REFERENCE: REGULATION PATTERN (LEATHER) #200 IN J. MORRIS AND SONS LIMITED CATALOGUE.
Catalogue Number
P19641362000
Acquisition Date
1964-12
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
FIRE BRIGADE
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS, WOOL, LEATHER
Catalogue Number
P19739468000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
FIRE BRIGADE
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Materials
BRASS, WOOL, LEATHER
No. Pieces
1
Height
22.9
Length
28.9
Description
STAMP MARK ON UNDERSIDE OF BACK BRIM: "WENDRY LTD. MAKER GLASGOW". FRONT BRIM REINFORCED WITH BRASS FACING. BLACK LACQUERED LEATHER; WOOL LINED. LEATHER SHOWS SURFACE CRACKS. "E.H." PAINTED INSIDE OF HELMET. REGULATION PATTERN (LEATHER) #200. BRASS BINDING ON FRONT VISOR. LEATHER & NYLON STRAPS ATTACHED TO HELMET AND LINER. SEE CONSERVATION REPORT ON FILE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-HEADWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS TYPE OF HELMET WAS IN SERVICE UNTIL THE 1940'S. SEE ALSO P19739463000GA. REFERENCE: J. MORRIS & SONS LTD. CATALOGUE.
Catalogue Number
P19739468000
Acquisition Date
1973-11
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
R.N.W.M.P. SERVICE CAP
Date Range From
1908
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, COTTON TWILL, FELT
Catalogue Number
P19672564006
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
R.N.W.M.P. SERVICE CAP
Date Range From
1908
Date Range To
1920
Date
1908
Materials
LEATHER, COTTON TWILL, FELT
No. Pieces
1
Description
BLUE & YELLOW CLOTH WITH BLACK PATENT LEATHER CHIN STRAP WITH 2 BRASS 1/2 IN. BUTTONS, BLACK LEATHER PEAK, GLAZED COTTON OR OILCLOTH SWEATBAND. MISSING HAT BADGE. BLACK COTTON TWILL LINING. SEE CONSERVATION REPORT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-HEADWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
WILLIAM SCULLY 6 7/8 STENCILLED ON TWILL LINING. CAP IS CONSISTENT WITH 1907 PATTERN FORAGE CAP MADE BY WILLIAM SCULLY FROM 1908. CAP IS ALSO CONSISTENT WITH OTHER UNIFORM PIECES. SEE P19672564001-GA FOR HISTORY & REFERENCES. NOTE: PREVIOUSLY CATALOGED AS P19760042000-GA.
Catalogue Number
P19672564006
Acquisition Date
1967-03
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
RCMP PEAKED CAP
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, LEATHER
Catalogue Number
P19970111006
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
RCMP PEAKED CAP
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
WOOL, LEATHER
No. Pieces
1
Height
14
Diameter
26.5
Description
BLACK WOOL PEAKED CAP WITH A BRASS RCMP BADGE ON THE FRONT, WITH THE KING'S CROWN. YELLOW HAT BAND, AND A BLACK PATENT LEATHER CHIN STRAP AND BRIM. ITEM IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION, WITH LITTLE WEAR OR DAMAGE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-HEADWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
DONOR JOINED THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE IN AUGUST 1951, AT WINNIPEG, MANITOBA. HE WAS IN THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE FOR 25 YEARS, AND WAS STATIONED ALL OVER NORTHERN ALBERTA AND CAME TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1974. WORKED IN THE OFFICE MOSTLY IN LETHBRIDGE, AND RETIRED OCTOBER 1976. FOR HISTORY OF KEN VEALS PLEASE SEE P19970084001-GA, OR P19970111001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P19970111006
Acquisition Date
1997-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1981
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FUR, CLOTH
Catalogue Number
P20080002001
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1981
Materials
FUR, CLOTH
No. Pieces
1
Height
15.2
Length
24.9
Width
19.6
Description
MUSKRAT FUR CAP, STRING AT TOP OF CAP UNTIES TO ALLOW EAR FLAPS TO HANG DOWN, OUTER SURFACE OF CAP WITH BLACK FABRIC, IN SIDE OF CAP WITH BLACK LINING AND LABEL READING, "RELIABLE FUR CO. LTD....MONTREAL, F. R. KORTH."
Subjects
CLOTHING-HEADWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
DONOR'S FATHER, FRANCIS ALLAN KORTH, RECEIVED FUR CAP AND BUFFALO COAT (P20080002002) WHEN DONOR'S GRANDFATHER, FRANCIS (FRANK) RAYMOND KORTH, PASSED AWAY NOVEMBER 27, 1998. CAP AND COAT WERE ISSUED BY LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE, AND WORN BY OFFICERS WHO WALKED THE BEAT. ALLAN HAD A FAMILY "KORTH" ROOM IN BASEMENT WHICH FEATURED PHOTOS, OLD IRON, AND OTHER MISC. ITEMS FROM, "BACK IN THE DAY." DONOR'S GRANDFATHER FELT HIS ONLY SON WOULD VALUE THE CAP AND COAT. FRANCIS ALLAN PASSED AWAY MAY 9, 2007. DONOR MAINTAINED CAP AND COAT AT FATHER'S FORMER HOME UNTIL DONATION. THE DONATION WAS MADE ON BEHALF OF THE FATHER AND GRANDFATHER DUE TO THEIR PASSION FOR FAMILY HISTORY. BETWEEN 2008 AND 2009, LETHBRIDGE POLICE SUPERINTENDENT GLEN MICHELSON CLAIMED THAT THIS STYLE OF CAP WAS IN USE WHEN HE JOINED IN 1950. INSPECTOR BILL KAYE STATED THAT ITS USE WAS DISCONTINUED BY THE LATE 90S, HOWEVER, IT WAS RE-INTRODUCED A DECADE LATER DUE TO ITS WARMTH. *UPDATE*: ON NOVEMBER 24TH, 2016, UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE GRAD STUDENT JOSH READ, FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY, INTERVIEWED RETIRED LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE (FORCE) MEMBER MARCEL ST. ONGE ON ACCOUNT OF HIS INTEREST IN THE FORCE’S PAST USE OF FUR CLOTHING IN POLICE PATROLS. ON DECEMBER 2ND, 2016, READ JOINTLY INTERVIEWED RETIREES BILL PLOMP AND GLEN MICHELSON ON THE SAME SUBJECT. TO READ COPIES OF THESE TWO INTERVIEWS, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE FOR DONATION P20080002002. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE PERMANENT RECORD.
Catalogue Number
P20080002001
Acquisition Date
2008-02
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
RCMP STETSON
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FELT
Catalogue Number
P19970084001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
RCMP STETSON
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
FELT
No. Pieces
1
Height
15
Diameter
40.7
Description
BROWN FELT STETSON WITH A LARGE WIDE BRIM AND A POINTED CROWN DENTED ON 4 SIDES OF THE TOP, WITH A BROWN LEATHER HAT BAND AROUND THE CROWN. MARKED ON THE INSIDE OF LEATHER HAT BAND MARKED "ENGLISH MANUFACTURE CHRISTY'S LONDON", "R.C.M.P." IN GOLD LETTERING, AND STAMPED INTO LEATHER "ENGLISH MANUFACTURE". LEATHER NECK STRAP ATTACHED TO BOTTOM OF BRIM. LEATHER BAND IS TEARING ON THE INSIDE OF THE HAT, BUT OTHERWISE IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-HEADWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BELONGED TO DONOR WHILE A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE. KEN VEALS RETIRED FROM THE LETHBRIDGE DETACHMENT ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE IN 1976 WITH 25 YEARS OF SERVICE SPENT THROUGHOUT ALBERTA. VEALS WAS BORN ON APRIL 14, 1928 IN WINNIPEG. HIS ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE TRAINING BEGAN IN AUGUST 1951 IN REGINA. HIS FIRST POSTING WAS IN EDMONTON WHERE HE SERVED SIX MONTHS. VEALS THEN TRANSFERRED TO RED DEER FOR ONE YEAR BEFORE HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO THREE HILLS IN 1954 AND THEN CAMROSE IN 1955. VEALS WAS TRANSFERRED TO PLAIN CLOTHES DUTY IN 1956. THE FOLLOWING YEAR HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO MAYERTHORPE, THEN TO WHITECOURT AND WESTLOCKE WHERE HE SERVED EACH LOCATION FOR ONE YEAR. BETWEEN 1959 AND 1964 VEALS SERVED IN ANDREW. HE WAS MARRIED TO HELEN ON FEBRUARY 28, 1959. VEALS TRANSFERRED TO SLAVE LAKE FOR ONE YEAR BEFORE GOING TO PEACE RIVER FOR A FIVE YEAR POST, WHERE HE WAS PROMOTED TO CORPORAL. HE TRANSFERRED TO LETHBRIDGE SUB-DIVISION IN 1974 WHERE HE WAS POSTED UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN OCTOBER 21, 1976. FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR OTHER DONATIONS MADE BY DONOR PLEASE SEE P19970111001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P19970084001
Acquisition Date
1997-09
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
FIREMEN'S HELMET
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FIBERGLASS, LEATHER, COTTON, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19950037014
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
FIREMEN'S HELMET
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
FIBERGLASS, LEATHER, COTTON, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
15.2
Length
36.8
Width
29.5
Description
WHITE FIREMAN'S HELMET WITH LONG SLOPING BACK BRIM. CROWN IS SMOOTH ROUNDED SHAPE WITH RAISED RIB ALONG TOP CENTER. EDGE OF BRIM HAS RAISED EDGE AROUND RIM. AT BACK END OF BRIM IS BRASS FIXTURE WITH RING. ON INSIDE OF HELMET CREST IS PAPER LABEL WITH "M-S-A FIREMAN'S HELMET" AND "SIZE 7 1/2". LABEL HAS INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENSURING COMFORTABLE FIT AND LISTS 15 PATENT NUMBERS RANGING FROM "1,835,883 (CAN. 1932)" TO "D-123,638 (CAN. 1941)". ACROSS BOTTOM READS "MINE SAFETY APPLIANCES CO. PITTSBURGH, PA. 991281" AND "MADE IN U.S.A.". INSIDE HELMET IS CANVAS AND LEATHER HEADBAND WITH THREE COTTON SUSPENSION BANDS. THREE SUSPENSION BANDS ARE HELD TOGETHER WITH BLACK SHOE LACE. CIRCUMFRENCE OF HEADBAND HAS ZIPPER ON IT WHICH ATTACHES BROWN COTTON EAR FLAP WITH FELT LINING. FASTENED TO HEADBAND AND HELMET ARE TWO LEATHER STRAPS WHICH HAVE STEEL BUCKLES FOR CHIN STRAP. WHITE PAINT IS SCRATCHED, CHIPPED AND CRACKED WHICH REVEALS BLACK FIBERGLASS UNDERNEATH.
Subjects
CLOTHING-HEADWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
SEE P19950027001-GA. BELONGED TO WILLIAM H. SHORT, LAST FIRE CHIEF OF THE OLD NO. 1 FIRE HALL IN LETHBRIDGE. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A BELT DONATED BY SHARON DEREK. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. THE DONOR, SHARON DERRICK, IS THE NIECE OF AGNES SHORT. AGNES CHRISTINA SHORT WAS BORN ON APRIL 20, 1916 TO WILLIAM H. AND BERTHA SHORT (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). SHE GRADUATED FROM LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE AND THEN ATTDNED THE CALGARY GENERAL HOSPITAL FOR NURSING TRAINING, WHICH SHE GRADUATED FROM IN 1939. AGNES WAS THE SUPERVISOR AT THE GALT HOSPITAL FROM 1939-1945. SHE WAS IN CHARGE OF THE NURSING STAFF OF LETHBRIDGE SCHOOL DISTRICT #51 FROM 1947 UNTIL 1958. SHE WAS ALSO THE DIRECTOR OF NURSING AT THE LETHBRIDGE HEALTH UNIT FROM 1964 UNTIL HER RETIREMENT. SHE RETIRED IN 1980 AFTER 42 YEARS OF NURSING. AGNES PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 78 ON OCTOBER 20, 1994. WILLIAM HENRY SHORT WAS AGNES’S FATHER. HE WAS BORN IN LONDON, ENGLAND IN 1889 AND MOVED TO CANADA IN 1909. HE INITIALLY WORKED FOR THE CITY WATERWORKS DEPARTMENT IN LETHBRIDGE FOR TWO YEARS, BEFORE SPENDING 51 YEARS IN SERVICE OF THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT. HE OVERSAW THE INTRODUCTION OF MOTORIZED FIRE ENGINES, SWITCHING FROM HORSE POWERED WAGONS, IN 1913. HE ALSO SAW THE DEPARTMENT GROW IN SIZE FROM ONLY 13 TO 49 MEN. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 84 ON NOVEMBER 18, 1974. WILLIAM’S WIFE BERTHA L. SHORT PASSED AWAY ON JULY 28, 1989. ACCORDING TO AN ARTICLE ABOUT AGNES’S LIFE, THE SHORT FAMILY LIVED IN NUMBER 1 FIRE HALL, WHERE WILLIAM WAS FIRE CHIEF. WILLIAM H. AND BERTHA ALSO HAD ANOTHER CHILD, WILLIAM D. SHORT. HE WAS BORN ON AUGUST 16, 1916 AND PASSED AWAY ON AUGUST 5, 1990. HE WAS MARRIED TO MYRTLE (NEE NELSON) SHORT AND THEIR CHILDREN INCLUDE THE DONOR, SHARON DERRICK. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN 2018 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILES AND ACCESSORIES INCLUDING A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS DONATED BY SHARON DERRICK. ON 1 MARCH 2018, PUNDYK INTERVIEWED DERRICK REGARDING HER DONATION. THE INFORMATION BELOW HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS DONATED WERE CONNECTED TO THE DONOR’S GRANDFATHER, WILLIAM H. SHORT AND HIS CAREER AS FIRE CHIEF IN THE NUMBER 1 FIRE HALL IN LETHBRIDGE. “YOU SEE, DURING THE YEARS THAT HE WAS THE FIRE CHIEF,” DERRICK BEGAN, “THEIR QUARTERS ACTUALLY WERE IN THE BACK OF THE FIRE HALL. SO STUFF KIND OF GOT ACCUMULATED THERE. THE WHOLE FAMILY [LIVED IN THE FIRE HALL]. WHEN I WAS LITTLE, I WAS THERE ALL THE TIME. MY FATHER [WILLIAM D. SHORT] WAS A CAPTAIN IN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, BUT MY GRANDFATHER WAS THE FIRE CHIEF.” WHEN ASKED IF SHE HAD ANY MEMORY OF SEEING HER GRANDFATHER WEARING ANY OF THE ARTIFACTS, SUCH AS THE HELMET (P19950037014) OR THE FIRE PANTS (P19950037008), DERRICK RECALLED, “YES, BECAUSE LETHBRIDGE WAS SMALL AT THE TIME AND WHEN WE LIVED IN THE FIRE HALL AND THE BELLS WENT OFF, WE WOULD OFTEN WALK OVER TO HAVE A LOOK AT THE FIRE. I WOULD SEE MY GRANDFATHER OUT THERE, AND I’D SEE MY FATHER WHEN HE WAS ON SHIFT. THERE WERE SOME HUGE FIRES RIGHT DOWNTOWN. I CAN’T REMEMBER WHAT DATES – PROBABLY BACK IN THE LATE ‘40’S, EARLY ‘50’S. [IN ONE INSTANCE], MY DAD WAS ALSO ON THE BACK OF A FIRE TRUCK, SPEEDING TO A FIRE, AND ANOTHER TRUCK CAME ALONG AND HIT HIM IN THE BACK. HE SUFFERED VERY SEVERE INJURIES FROM THAT. AND I SAW THAT TOO. I WAS JUST ON MY WAY BACK TO SCHOOL.” “WHEN I WAS YOUNG, I WAS ALWAYS IN AND OUT [OF THE FIRE HALL],” DERRICK WENT ON, “THERE WAS A BELL TOWER THERE, WHERE THEY HUNG THE WET HOSES UP TO DRY. THERE WERE RICKETY OLD WOODEN STAIRS GOING ROUND AND ROUND ALL THE WAY UP TO THE TOP OF THE FIRE HALL TO WHERE THE BELL USED TO BE. I USED TO GO UP AND DOWN THOSE STAIRS, AND HOP AND PLAY. AND IN THE BASEMENT THERE WAS PRISON CELLS, BECAUSE IT USED [TO BE] THE POLICE STATION MANY, MANY YEARS BEFORE. IT WAS A COMBINATION OF FIRE AND POLICE. AND, THERE WAS A BIG FURNACE DOWN THERE. I USED TO GO DOWN AND WATCH THE FIREMEN PUSH COAL INTO THE FURNACE TO KEEP IT GOING. IT WAS AN INTERESTING PLACE TO BE AROUND.” “MY GRANDFATHER WAS ON THE INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF FIRE CHIEFS,” DERRICK CONTINUED, “HE WAS VICE-PRESIDENT IN NEW YORK. THEY HAD ASKED HIM TO COME UP AND TAKE THE PRESIDENCY, BUT AFTER MUCH CONSIDERATION, HE DECIDED HE DIDN’T WANT TO LEAVE THE FAMILY FOR THE TWO YEAR TERM IN NEW YORK, SO HE TURNED THAT ONE DOWN. THOUGH HE DID REMAIN ON THE BOARD FOR MANY YEARS.” AN ARTICLE IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 27, 2000 READS, “WILLIAM SHORT RETIRED AS LETHBRIDGE FIRE CHIEF IN 1962, ENDING A CAREER AS CHIEF WHICH BEGAN IN JANUARY 1945.” A HERALD ARTICLE FROM 1974 ADDITIONALLY STATES THAT SHORT “JOINED THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT IN 1911. HE WAS PROMOTED TO LIEUTENANT IN 1919 AND CAPTAIN IN 1922.” AN ADDITIONAL ARTICLE TITLED, “LETHBRIDGE WELL PROTECTED BY MODERN FIRE DEPARTMENT,” PUBLISHED IN 1967 IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD READS, “[IN 1910] THE FIRST FIREHALL THAT [WAS] LOCATED AT 4TH STREET AND 2ND AVENUE SOUTH WAS TORN DOWN. IT WAS A TWO-STOREY BUILDING. A THREE-STOREY FIREHALL WAS BUILT IN ITS PLACE ON THE SAME SITE. THAT EARLY BUILDING HOUSED THE FIRE DEPARTMENT EQUIPMENT, SERVED AS CITY HALL AND THE POLICE STATION…” WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE REASON FOR THE DONATION OF HER FAMILY’S ARTIFACTS DURING THE 2018 INTERVIEW, DERRICK EXPLAINED, “I WAS THE EXECUTOR FOR MY AUNT’S WILL AND WHEN SHE PASSED AWAY SHE [WAS LIVING IN] MY GRANDMOTHER AND GRANDFATHER’S HOME. ALL THIS STUFF HAD BEEN LEFT IN THE HOUSE, SO WHEN WE WERE CLEANING IT OUT FOLLOWING HER DEATH, WE CAME ACROSS ALL THESE THINGS. WHILE I KEPT SOME AS MEMENTOS, MY SISTER AND I [DECIDED TO DONATE OTHER ITEMS TO THE MUSEUM].” PLEASE PERMANENT FILE P19950037001, FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND COPIES OF ARTICLES REGARDING THE FAMILY HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19950037014
Acquisition Date
1995-05
Collection
Museum
Images
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Date Range From
1916
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
IRON, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P20170034002
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1916
Date Range To
1920
Materials
IRON, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.3
Diameter
2
Description
IRON RING WITH WIDE BLANK SQUARE FRONT. RING HAS NO MARKING ON FRONT OR INSIDE. RING BAND WIDENS AT SQUARE FRONT AND NARROWS INTO BAND. RING IS TARNISHED ON INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF BAND; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
ADORNMENT
Historical Association
MILITARY
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON NOVEMBER 20, 2017, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED RITA BERLANDO REGARDING HER DONATION OF A GIFTED RING AND CRUCIFIX. BERLANDO WAS GIFTED THE OBJECTS FROM A PREVIOUS EMPLOYER, GLADSTONE VIRUTE, OF LETHBRIDGE. ON THE RING, BERLANDO RECALLED, “[THEY WERE FASHIONED FROM A BELL IN FRANCE OR BELGIUM] I HAVE NO IDEA…HOW THEY BECAME IN HIS POSSESSION. BUT TO HIM, HE MUST HAVE TREASURED THEM BECAUSE HE KNEW OF THE CHURCH THAT WAS BOMBED AND THE BELL THAT IT CAME FROM…WHEN HE GAVE THEM TO ME, I WAS INTRIGUED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT IT BUT HE DIDN’T HAVE TOO MUCH HISTORY ON THEM. NOT TO ME, ANYWAY.” ON GLADSTONE VIRTUE’S MILITARY SERVICE, BERLANDO NOTED, ““I DON’T THINK HE WANTED TO TALK ABOUT IT. I THINK HE HAD A PAST THAT HE WOULD RATHER NOT DISCUSS. IT WAS ALWAYS STRICTLY BUSINESS. IT WAS NEVER SITTING THERE AND DISCUSSING WHAT HIS LIFE WAS OR ANYTHING OF THAT NATURE.” “I DIDN’T KNOW TOO MUCH ABOUT HIM BUT I KNOW THAT HE WAS A MAN THAT PEOPLE RESPECTED, AND FOR HIM TO RESPECT ME, I THINK THAT WAS AN HONOUR.” “I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW HOW THESE TWO LITTLE ITEMS BECAME IN HIS POSSESSION AND WHERE WAS HE WHEN THEY WERE GIVEN TO HIM AND WAS HE PRESENT AT SOME TIME…I JUST FIND THAT HE MUST HAVE HAD THEM IN HIS POSSESSION FOR SOME TIME.” BERLANDO ELABORATED ON HOW THE RING CAME INTO HER POSSESSION, “[THIS ITEM] MEANS AN AWFUL LOT TO ME BECAUSE IT WAS GIVEN AT THE TIME THAT I WAS EMPLOYED WITH THE LAW FIRM OF VIRTUE AND COMPANY. IT WAS MR. GLADSTONE VIRTUE, SEMI-RETIRED WHEN I WAS EMPLOYED THERE, THAT HAD ASKED THAT I GO INTO HIS ROOM AND TAKE LETTERS [AND] NOTES FOR LETTERS THAT HE WISHED TO HAVE TYPED. I WAS HIRED AS A RECEPTIONIST, NOT FEELING THAT I WOULD HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY AS A SECRETARY, SO I INFORMED HIM THAT I COULD NOT DO THIS DUTY. HE ASKED THAT I GET HIS SECRETARY TO TAKE HIS NOTES. AS THE MONTHS WENT BY, HE BECAME VERY – AND I USE THE WORD ‘ATTACHED’ – BECAUSE HE WOULD ALSO ASK ME TO DO SERVICES FOR HIM, WHICH I WOULD HAVE TO GO TO THE ROYAL BANK TO DO HIS BANKING [AND] HIS INVESTMENTS. WHEN HE WAS NO LONGER TO BE WITH THE FIRM, HE HANDED ME A LITTLE GIFT. THAT GIFT CONSIST[ED] OF A RING AND A CROSS THAT WAS MADE FROM A BELL OF A CHURCH THAT WAS BOMBED IN THE FIRST WAR. THAT MEANT AN AWFUL LOT TO ME SO I HAVE TREASURED IT CONTINUALLY AND [THE GIFTING] HAS TO DATE BACK TO [1965].” “[MR GLADSTONE VIRTURE] MUST HAVE KEPT IT AS A REMEMBRANCE FROM SOMEWHERE IN THE PAST THAT HE HAD THAT HE DID NOT [WANT TO] LEAVE IT TO HIS FAMILY, BUT [WITH] ME. THEREFORE, I DEFINITELY FELT THAT [IT] WAS A GIFT THAT I SHOULD TREASURE AND I HAVE TREASURED, AND I HAVE KEPT IT UNDER LOCK AND KEY. EVEN IN THE TRANSITION OF DOWNSIZING, I LIVED IN FEAR THAT FOR SOME REASON, THERE WERE ITEMS THAT I NO LONGER HAVE. I KEPT THINKING, ‘OH, DEAR LORD, I BETTER MAKE SURE I STILL HAVE THAT GIFT FROM MR. VIRTUE.’ WHEN I FOUND IT, THAT’S WHEN I REALLY SERIOUSLY THOUGHT I HAD TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THEM.” “AT [THE TIME I WAS HIRED], FINANCES WERE DIFFICULT IN THE FAMILY HOME SO I APPLIED FOR THE POSITION OF RECEPTIONIST. THE POSITION REQUIRED NOT ONLY [WORKING] AS A RECEPTIONIST BUT AS A BOOKKEEPER AND AN OFFICE MANAGER. I HESITATED ONCE I WAS INFORMED OF THIS RESPONSIBILITY, BUT I UNDERTOOK THE POSITION AND DID ALL OF THE REQUIREMENTS THAT WAS EXPECTED OF ME. THE LAW FIRM AT THAT TIME CONSISTED OF CHARLES VIRTUE, WILLIAM RUSSELL, MR. GORDON AND THEN LATER ON, THERE WAS VAUGHN HEMBROFF THAT BECAME PARTNER AND GLENN MORRISON. IT’S ALWAYS MEANT A LOT OF THE PAST HISTORY OF MY LIFE. THINKING HOW I WAS HONOURED TO BE WITH THAT FIRM, THESE LITTLE ITEMS THAT WERE GIVEN TO ME JUST EVEN MEANT ALL THE MORE.” “BUT I REMEMBER DISTINCTLY THAT THEY SAID I COULDN’T LEAVE [IN 1964] UNTIL I HIRED SOMEONE THAT COULD REPLACE ME. THEY GAVE ME THE RESPONSIBILITY OF FINDING SOMEONE. MY INTENTION AT THAT TIME WAS TO LEAVE AND MOVE TO MONTREAL. I WAS LIMITED IN THE TIME THAT THIS RESPONSIBILITY WAS GIVEN, AND I DID SUGGEST A PARTICULAR PERSON BUT SHE ONLY WORKED THERE FOR A SHORT TIME AND THEY DIDN’T FEEL THAT SHE QUALIFIED AND COULD HANDLE THE WORK THAT I HAD TAKEN ON. THEN I HAD TO CONTINUE TO STAY UNTIL THEY FELT COMFORTABLE THAT THERE WAS SOMEONE THAT COULD REPLACE ME AND IT MUST HAVE BEEN 1965 [THAT I LEFT].” “EACH ONE OF THE LAWYERS HAD THEIR OWN PRIVATE SECRETARIES. ONE WOMAN IN PARTICULAR…MARY, WAS EXCELLENT IN TAKING LETTERS AND WAS AN EXCELLENT LAW SECRETARY, BUT COULD NOT DO THE BOOKKEEPING. I UNDERTOOK TO DO THE BOOKKEEPING FOR THE SECRETARIES AND THEREFORE, THERE HAD TO BE, AT LEAST FOUR EXTRA GIRLS AS SECRETARIES THERE. AS THEY INCREASED WITH STAFF, THEY WOULD ALSO HIRE MORE SECRETARIES.” ON MR. GLADSTONE VIRTUE, BERLANDO STATED, “I ADMIRED HIM BECAUSE HE DEMANDED RESPECT, HE DEMANDED PROFESSIONALISM. HE WAS VERY SERIOUS ABOUT HIS CLIENTS AND THEY HAD TO BE TREATED LIKE IT WAS AN HONOUR TO HAVE HIM AS THEIR LAWYER. HE WAS NOT A TALL MAN IN STATURE BUT HE STOOD OUT AS A SPECIAL PERSON…BUT HIS CLIENTS CAME FIRST. HE WOULD NEVER HESITATE TO MAKE SURE THAT IF HE HAD A CLIENT OR HAD AN APPOINTMENT THAT I HAD TO MAKE SURE THEY WERE TAKEN CARE OF. HE USED TO INVEST THROUGH THE ROYAL BANK AND HE WOULD HAVE ME GO DOWN AND MEET WITH THE MANAGER. [I WOULD] LET THEM KNOW THAT I WAS THERE ON BEHALF OF MR. VIRTUE AND PRESENT THEM WITH WHATEVER INFORMATION HE GAVE ME…THEY WERE TO TAKE CARE OF THAT. SO HE REALLY MADE ME HIS PERSONAL PERSON TO LOOK AFTER ALL OF HIS PRIVATE AFFAIRS, WHICH TO ME WAS AN HONOUR…EVEN THE LAWYERS HAD SO MUCH RESPECT FOR HIM. WHEN HE MADE A STATEMENT OR A COMMAND OR MADE INSTRUCTIONS FOR CHANGES, THEY WERE MADE AND THEY HAD TO BE ABIDED.” BERLANDO SPOKE ABOUT HER SENTIMENTS ON DONATING THE RING TO THE MUSEUM, NOTING, “AT THE AGE OF NINETY-ONE, WHICH I HAVE BEEN VERY FORTUNATE TO LIVE THIS LENGTH OF TIME, I HAVE TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION MANY ITEMS THAT I FEEL SHOULD BE INHERITED BY MY FAMILY…BUT NOT KNOWING THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS GIFT…[I WISH TO] LEAVE IT TO NO ONE OTHER THAN I FEEL THAT DESERVES TO HAVE IT, [WHICH] WOULD BE THE GALT MUSEUM. I DO WISH TO LEAVE IT TO SOMEONE THAT I THINK MAYBE COULD CARRY ON A LITTLE IMPORTANCE OF THE GIFT THAT WAS HANDED TO ME.” “I THINK THAT IT PUTS SUCH A TRUST IN ME, THAT I FEEL NOW, EVEN IN THE YEARS GONE BY, HOW I’VE ALWAYS WANTED SOMEONE, OR ANYONE THAT HAD ANY CONNECTIONS WITH ME, THAT THEY COULD TRUST ME. THAT I WOULD NEVER WANT TO HURT ANYONE AND I WOULD WANT TO CONTINUE TO HELP PEOPLE. WHEN I HEAR PEOPLE IN DISCUSSION OR IN COMMENTS THAT THEY CAN RECALL THINGS THAT I HAVE DONE FOR THEM THAT I CAN’T REMEMBER…I GUESS IT’S JUST MY NATURE TO BE THAT TYPE OF PERSON. [BUT] IF SOMEONE LIKE MR. VIRTUE COULD TRUST ME, AND THEN CLIENTS CAN TRUST ME, I THINK IT INSTILLED [A] TRUST THAT I’LL CARRY TO MY GRAVE.” ABNER GLADSTONE VIRTUE GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA IN 1913 AND BEGAN HIS CAREER IN LAW SHORTLY BEFORE THE START OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR. IN 1915, VIRTUE ENLISTED IN THE LETHBRIDGE MILITIA UNIT, THE 25TH FIELD ARTILLERY. UPON ITS FORMATION, VIRTUE ENLISTED AS A LIEUTENANT WITH THE LETHBRIDGE 61ST BATTERY THAT JOINED FRONT LINES IN FRANCE IN 1917. IN 1916, THE CARENCY CHURCH’S STEEPLE FELL FROM GERMAN GUN-FIRE. THE BELL FROM THE STEEPLE WAS RELATIVELY UNDAMAGED, AND MOVED TO BE BURIED IN VILLERS A ROIS FOR SAFETY. THE ARTILLERY BRIGADE OF THE 61ST BATTERY ARRIVED IN CARENCY, WHERE AMONGST THE CHURCH DEBRIS FRAGMENTS OF THE BELL WERE RETRIVED BY LETHBRIDGE FORCES. THE BATTERY FARRIER FASHIONED THE FRAGMENTS INTO SOUVENIRS THAT SOLDIERS RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE WITH, INCLUDING GLADSTONE VIRTUE, WHO RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE WITH A RING. AN ARTICLE FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD PUBLISHED MARCH 24, 1931 ON THE FRONT PAGE REFERENCED "LIEUT. A.G. VIRTUE, WHO WAS IN CHARGE OF THE 61ST [ALBERTA BATTALION] WHEN IT WAS DEMOBILIZED, HAS ONE OF THE RINGS MADE FROM FRAGMENTS OF THE FAMOUS [CARENCY] BELL, SHOT FROM THE STEEPLE OF THE CHURCH BY GERMAN SHELL FIRE AND SHATTERED." VIRTUE RESUMED HIS LAW PRACTICE IN LETHBRIDGE FOLLOWING HIS RETUN FROM WAR, AND BECAME A SENIOR PARTNER IN THE FIRM OF VIRTUE, RUSSELL, MORGAN AND VIRTUE. THE BELL OF CARENCY CHURCH WAS RETRIEVED BY THE PARIS MUNICIPAL COUNCIL IN 1931, AND RETURNED TO THE CARENCY CHURCH. FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING ARTICLES ON THE BELL AND VIRTUE’S INVOLVEMENT FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, AND THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20170034001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20170034002
Acquisition Date
2017-11
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Museum
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