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Other Name
R.N.W.M.P. BREECHES
Date Range From
1908
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19672564002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
R.N.W.M.P. BREECHES
Date Range From
1908
Date Range To
1920
Date
1908
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
105.0
Width
43.0
Description
BLUE WOOL SERGE, YELLOW LEG STRIPE AND "PEG" ON SIDES. INSIDE LEG WOOL GUSSET LACED AT THE CALF. FRONT SINGLE SLIT POCKET, BUTTONS FOR SUSPENDERS & 3 BUTTOFLY. UNDER POCKET FLAP IN INK "SGT CRAIG J.", VERY FADED. "SGT CRAIG J."
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
TROUSERS APPEAR TO BE ROYAL NORTH WEST MOUNTED POLICE ISSUE OF 1904 OR LATER & CONSISTENT WITH JACKET. SEE P19672564001-GA FOR HISTORY & REFERENCES.
Catalogue Number
P19672564002
Acquisition Date
1967-03
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
RCMP BREECHES
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970073002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
RCMP BREECHES
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
104.8
Width
42.7
Description
PAIR WOOL NAVY BLUE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE BREECHES. YELLOW STRIPE DOWN LEGS; LACED AT BOTTOM OF EACH. POCKET AT EACH SIDE OF WAIST; COIN POCKET ALSO AT RIGHT. SIX BUTTONS AT FRONT CLOSURE; SIX ADDITIONAL BUTTONS AROUND INTERIOR OF WAISTBAND FOR CONNECTING SUSPENDERS. POCKETS AND WAISTBAND LINED WITH WHITE COTTON. PANTS ARE REINFORCED AT INSEAMS NEAR KNEE AREA. NO MARKINGS. COTTON LINING SOILED.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BELONGED TO E.D. WHITE, REG. #21698; FEB. 21, 1941. FOR RELATED PIECES SEE P19970073001-8-GA; FOR HISTORY OF COLLECTION SEE P19970073001-GA. HISTORY AND USE OF UNIFORM UNKNOWN. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING ITEMS, INCLUDING SEVERAL ITEMS DONATED BY THE LEGION. EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE RCMP HISTORY SECTION GAVE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION: THE SERIAL NUMBER 21698 DOES NOT BELONG TO E.D. WHITE. IT BELONGED TO AN RCMP OFFICER WHO SERVED BETWEEN 1961-1997. NO RCMP MEMBER WITH THE LAST NAME "WHITE" AND INITIALS "E.D." WERE FOUND WITHIN THE RCMP RECORDS. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE.
Catalogue Number
P19970073002
Acquisition Date
1997-08
Collection
Museum
Images
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Date Range From
1932
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
JERSEY
Catalogue Number
P19990088002
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1932
Date Range To
1950
Materials
JERSEY
No. Pieces
1
Height
3.0
Length
53.0
Width
49.5
Description
WHITE JERSEY. SHIRT IS WAIST LENGTH, WITH HALF LENGTH SLEEVES. THERE IS A BLUE LOGO ON LEFT CHEST. LOGO CONSISTS OF A BUFFALO HEAD IN THE CENTER OF AN OVAL SHAPE; WITHIN BORDER OF OVAL READS "MAINTIENS LE DROIT". ATOP OVAL IS A CROWN; ON THE SIDES OF THE OVAL ARE MAPLE LEAVES; AND BELOW OVAL IS A BANNER SHAPE, WITHIN WHICH READS "ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE". THERE IS A TAG ON INSIDE BACK OF NECK; TAG IS WHITE WITH RED PRINT THAT READS "UNIQUE UNIQUE PRODUCTS CO TORONTO".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BELONGED TO DONOR'S FATHER, EDWARD BUCHANAN. DONOR THINKS SHIRT WAS USED BY FATHER DURING SPORTS ACTIVITIES. EDWARD WAS A MEMBER OF THE ALBERTA PROVINCIAL POLICE FROM 1919 UNTIL 1932 WHEN HE TRANSFERRED TO THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE. HE WAS A SENIOR STAFF SARGEANT, ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE AT LETHBRIDGE FROM MAY 1944 TO NOV. 1950. HE RETIRED IN 1950, THEN BECAME DIRECTOR OF CORRECTIONS FOR THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA. FOLLOWING RETIREMENT, EDWARD BECAME A MEMBER OF THE RCMP VETERAN'S ASSOCIATION IN 1950/51 IN EDMONTON AND REMAINED A MEMBER UNTIL HIS PASSING; HE ALSO SERVED AS PRESIDENT OF THIS ASSOCIATION. SEE P20020090001-GA FOR COMPLETE BIOGRAPHY OF EDWARD BUCHANAN.
Catalogue Number
P19990088002
Acquisition Date
2000-03
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
CITY POLICE COAT
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BUFFALO HIDE, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19770085004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CITY POLICE COAT
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1960
Materials
BUFFALO HIDE, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
135
Width
57
Description
BROWN 3/4 LENGTH BUFFALO FUR COAT, COTTON QUILT LINING. WOOD BUTTONS & LEATHER LOOP. 2 OUTSIDE, 1 INSIDE POCKET. SMALL CHAIN SEWN IN FOR HANGING. BUTTONS NOT ORIGINAL. TORN ALONG BACK & AROUND SHOULDER. SEE CONSERVATION REPORT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BUFFALO COATS USED BY CITY POLICE UNTIL ABOUT THE 1960'S. REPLACED BY LIGHTER COATS & JACKETS. BETWEEN 2008 AND 2009, RET. LETHBRIDGE POLICE SUPERINTENDENT GLEN MICHELSON STATED THAT THE FUR COATS WERE “A MUST WALKING THE BEATS ON COLD WINTER NIGHTS” FOR BEAT CONSTABLES. HE BELIEVED THAT THEY WERE TAKEN OUT OF SERVICE SOMETIME “AROUND 1956” AND REPLACED WITH “GREAT COATS AND PEA JACKETS”. MANY FUNNY RET. OFFICER STORIES EXIST AND MICHELSON ADDED THAT “AROUND 1948, GRANT YOUNG CONSTABLE WAS STANDING STILL AT THE CORNER OF 4TH AVENUE AND 6TH STREET AND A DOG USED HIM AS A FIRE HYDRANT.” *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.
Catalogue Number
P19770085004
Acquisition Date
1976-09
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
R.C.M.P. UNIFORM
Date Range From
1932
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19990088005
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
R.C.M.P. UNIFORM
Date Range From
1932
Date Range To
1950
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Height
3.0
Length
93.0
Width
46.5
Description
OLIVE DRAB, LONG-SLEEVED SHIRT. FRONT OPENING CLOSES WITH 5 OLIVE, PLASTIC BUTTONS; THERE IS ALSO A BUTTON FOR EACH CUFF. ON EACH SIDE OF CHEST IS A FLAPPED PATCH POCKET THAT ALSO CLOSES WITH A BUTTON (AS ABOVE). SHIRT HAS A TURNED DOWN COLLAR, AND A PLAIN OLIVE GREEN EPAULETTE ON EACH SHOULDER THAT IS HELD IN PLACE WITH A BUTTON (AS ABOVE). A WHITE TAG, ON INSIDE BACK, WITH BLACK PRINT READS "ALLAN SHIRT FINELY TAILORED". STAMPED ABOVE TAG IS "16", AND STAMPED BELOW TAG IS "7 5 45". STAMPED ON UNDERSIDE OF COLLAR, ON OUTSIDE BACK OF SHIRT, IS "ALLAN QUALITY 7 5 45 R.C.M.P.". THERE IS ALSO A BUTTON HOLE ON BACK OF COLLAR.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BELONGED TO DONOR'S FATHER, EDWARD BUCHANAN. EDWARD WAS A MEMBER OF THE ALBERTA PROVINCIAL POLICE FROM 1919 TO 1932, WHEN HE TRANSFERRED TO THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE. HE WAS A SENIOR STAFF SARGEANT, ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE AT LETHBRIDGE FROM MAY 1944 TO NOV. 1950. HE RETIRED IN 1950, THEN BECAME DIRECTOR OF CORRECTIONS FOR THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA. FOLLOWING RETIREMENT, EDWARD BECAME A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE VETERAN'S ASSOCIATION IN EDMONTON IN 1950/51, AND REMAINED A MEMBER UNTIL HIS PASSING; HE ALSO SERVED AS PRESIDENT OF THIS ASSOCIATION. SEE P20020090001-GA FOR COMPLETE BIOGRAPHY OF EDWARD BUCHANAN.
Catalogue Number
P19990088005
Acquisition Date
2000-03
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
R.C.M.P. TUNIC
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL SERGE, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19970073001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
R.C.M.P. TUNIC
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
WOOL SERGE, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Length
76.6
Width
44.2
Description
RED SERGE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE TUNIC. NAVY BLUE SHOULDER AND COLLAR TABS; MISSING COLLAR BADGES AND SHOULDER TITLES. FOUR BRASS BUTTONS UP FRONT CLOSURE; TWO BREAST POCKETS ALSO BUTTONED. BLUE RIBBON BAR ABOVE LEFT BREAST POCKET, WITH TWO VERTICAL YELLOW STRIPES. CORPORAL CHEVRON ON RIGHT SLEEVES (TWO STRIPES); FIVE SERVICE STARS ARRANGED IN TRIANGULAR FORMATION ON LEFT. INTERIOR LINED AT YOKE WITH PALE PINK GLAZED COTTON; SLEEVES LINED IN WHITE. TWO BRASS BUTTONS AT EACH CUFF. BRASS COLLARS AND TITLES ADDED AT A LATER DATE. THEY ARE NOT A PART OF THE ARTIFACT, BUT SUPPLEMENTAL ADDITIONS DESIGNED TO MAKE THE ARTIFACT MORE COMPLETE. THESE ADDITIONS ARE NOT ARTIFACTS IN THE COLLECTION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BELONGED TO E.D. WHITE, REG. #21698; FEB. 21, 1941. DONATED BY HIM TO LEGION, THEN TO MUSEUM BY LEGION. HISTORY OF SERVICE UNKNOWN; SEE P19970073002-8-GA FOR RELATED PIECES. LEGION COLLECTION BEGAN AFTER WORLD WAR TWO AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO VETERANS THROWING THEIR UNIFORMS AWAY. PIECES WERE USED FOR FACILITY DISPLAYS. RESERVE COLLECTION GREW SUBSTANTIALLY UNTIL DECISION WAS MADE TO DONATE TO GALT. SEE HARDCOPY FILE FOR INFORMATION ON GENERATION OF LEGION BRANCH NO. 4 EXHIBIT GENERATED IN 1999. ADDITIONAL BRASS COLLARS AND TITLES ARE NOT A PART OF THE ARTIFACT, AND DO NOT SHARE THE SAME HISTORY AS THIS DONATION. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING ITEMS, INCLUDING SEVERAL ITEMS DONATED BY THE LEGION. EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE RCMP HISTORY SECTION GAVE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION: THE SERIAL NUMBER 21698 DOES NOT BELONG TO E.D. WHITE. IT BELONGED TO AN RCMP OFFICER WHO SERVED BETWEEN 1961-1997. NO RCMP MEMBER WITH THE LAST NAME "WHITE" AND INITIALS "E.D." WERE FOUND WITHIN THE RCMP RECORDS. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE.
Catalogue Number
P19970073001
Acquisition Date
1997-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
R.N.W.M.P. TUNIC
Date Range From
1908
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, BRASS, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19672564001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
R.N.W.M.P. TUNIC
Date Range From
1908
Date Range To
1920
Date
1908
Materials
WOOL, BRASS, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
69.0
Width
42.0
Description
RED WOOL SERGE, NAVY BLUE EPAULET (OR SHOULDER STRAPS) WITH BRASS BUTTON. COLLAR PATCHES IN NAVY BLUE, BRASS COLLAR FASTENERS. BELLOWS TYPE BREAST POCKET C/W FLAP & BRASS BUTTON. 1 PR. HIP POCKETS, SQUARE CUT WITH FLAPS, NO BUTTON. 2 BRASS BELT LOOPS, (1 EA SIDE). BADGES: 2 STARS MID UPPER LFT ARM. KINGS CROWN, 3 STRIPE CHEVRON, SPUR BADGE BETWEEN. ALL BADGES EMBROIDERED GOLD ON BLACK BACKGROUND. 5 BRASS BUTTONS DOWN FRONT. 2 BRASS, BUTTONS LOWER RT SLEEVE CUFF. BUTTONS MISSING ON LFT CUFF. ALL BRASS BUTTONS, KINGS CROWN & MARKED "R.N.W.M.P.." INSIDE TUNIC "SGT CRAIG J. 4812" IN INK. SHOULDER TITLES & COLLAR BADGES MISSING (STOLEN JNE 1975), AND CROSSED PISTOL BADGE LFT CUFF, WAR SERVICE STRIPE, RT. CUFF & SERVICE MEDAL BAR UPPER LFT BREAST ABOVE POCKET.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BADGES INDICATE THAT CRAIG WAS A NON COMMISSIONED OFFICER WITH RANK OF SARGEANT, SERVING FOR AT LEAST 10 YRS (2 SERVICE STARS). HE WAS A ROUGHRIDER (RIDING INSTRUCTOR-SPUR BADGE), SERVED IN W.W. I & WAS LIKELY A MARKSMAN WITH REVOLVERS. CRAIG DIED AT AGE 62, OCT. 15 1952 IN LETHBRIDGE. HE JOINED THE ROYAL NORTH WEST MOUNTED POLICE FORCE DEC. 22 1908, DISCHARGED JULY 24 1911. REJOINED FEB. 15, 1915 WITH CALVARY DRAFT FOR W.W.I RETURNED FROM OVERSEAS & AGAIN DISCHARGED ON AUG 29 1922 TO JOIN ALBERTA PROVINCIAL POLICE FORCE. ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE QUARTERLY OBITUARY IDENTIFIES CRAIG HAS HAVING ACHIEVED RANK OF CONSTABLE, ALTHOUGH JACKET INDICATES RANK OF SARGENT. ALSO NOTED ON ORIGINAL CATALOG SHEET IS APPOINTMENT AS RIDING MASTER, THIS IS NOT MENTIONED IN THE OBITUARY. REF: "ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE QUARTERLY" VOL #4, & "UNIFORMS OFCANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE" J.J. BOULTON. WIDOW DONATED UNIFORM IN 1967. BORN IN ARMAUGH, IRELAND IN 1890, JOSEPH CRAIG EMIGRATED TO CANADA AT THE AGE OF SEVENTEEN. IN 1908 HE JOINED THE ROYAL NORTH WEST MOUNTED POLICE AT CALGARY AND FOLLOWING A THREE YEAR TERM, HE WAS DISCHARGED IN 1911. HE REJOINED IN 1915 AND WAS RECRUITED OVERSEAS WITH THE SIBERIAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE "B" SQUADRON DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR. AFTER HIS RETURN IN 1919, CRAIG BECAME CHIEF RIDING INSTRUCTOR AT THE LETHBRIDGE BARRACKS. IN 1922, CRAIG TRANSFERRED TO THE ALBERTA PROVINCIAL POLICE BECAUSE HE BELIEVED IT WAS "POLICE WORK", BUT RETURNED TO THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE WHEN THE PROVINCIAL FORCE WAS ABSORBED IN 1932. HAVING ACHEIVED THE RANK OF SERGEANT, CRAIG RETIRED FROM THE MOUNTED POLICE THAT SAME YEAR AND SETTLED IN BOW ISLAND AND LETHBRIDGE TO TRAIN AND RAISE POLICE DOGS AND HORSES. IN LETHBRIDGE HE OPERATED CRAIGAVON KENNELS AND RIDING SCHOOL. JOSEPH CRAIG PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1952 AT THE AGE OF 52 YEARS.
Catalogue Number
P19672564001
Acquisition Date
1967-03
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
R.C.M.P. TUNIC
Date Range From
1944
Date Range To
1952
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, POLYESTER, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P20020021001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
R.C.M.P. TUNIC
Date Range From
1944
Date Range To
1952
Materials
WOOL, POLYESTER, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Length
80.5
Description
NAVY BLUE SERGE. HAS TWO FLAPPED PATCH POCKETS ON WAIST WITH BRASS BUTTONS THAT HAVE R.C.M.P. LOGO ON THEM. ALSO HAS TWO FLAPPED PATCH POCKETS ON BREAST WITH BOX PLEATS, AND SAME BUTTONS AS ABOVE. FRONT OF JACKET HAS 5 BRASS BUTTONS DOWN IT, AS WELL AS TWO BUTTONS ON SHOULDERS. JACKET ALSO INCLUDES COLLAR BADGES (SAME LOGO AS BUTTONS) AND BRASS "RCMP" SHOULDER TITLES. THERE IS A BLUE BAR WITH TWO YELLOW STRIPES ABOVE LEFT BREAST POCKET. RIGHT ARM HAS A CHEVRON WITH A RED BACKGROUND AND 4 GOLD STRIPES (V-SHAPED). LEFT ARM HAS 6 GOLD STARS ON RED BACKGROUNDS AND A PATCH OF TWO CROSSED REVOLVERS (GOLD ON BLACK). INSIDE OF JACKET IS PARTIALLY LINED WITH BLACK MATERIAL, AND SLEEVES ARE LINED IN WHITE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ITEMS BELONGED TO THE DONOR'S FATHER, EDWARD BUCHANAN. EDWARD WAS A MEMBER OF THE ALBERTA PROVINCIAL POLICE FROM 1919 UNTIL 1932, WHEN HE TRANSFERRED TO THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE. HE WAS A SENIOR STAFF SARGEANT, ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE AT LETHBRIDGE FROM MAY 1944 TO NOV. 1950. HE RETIRED IN 1950, THEN BECAME DIRECTOR OF CORRECTIONS FOR THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA. FOLLOWING RETIREMENT, EDWARD BECAME A MEMBER OF THE RCMP VETERAN'S ASSOCATION IN EDMONTON IN 1950/51, AND REMAINED A MEMBER UNTIL HIS PASSING; HE ALSO SERVED AS PRESIDENT OF THIS ASSOCIATION. SEE P20020090001-GA FOR COMPLETE BIOGRAPHY OF EDWARD BUCHANAN. *UPDATE* AN INTERVIEW WAS CONDUCTED BY GALT’S COLLECTION TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN ON JUNE 8, 2018 WITH THE DONOR JEAN I. BUCHANAN IN REGARDS TO A NEW ARTIFACT OFFER SHE WAS MAKING TO THE MUSEUM (P20180014001-2). THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION REGARDING THE CAREER OF SENIOR STAFF SERGEANT EDWARD ETTERSHANK “BUCK” BUCHANAN – THE DONOR’S FATHER – HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW. IN THE INTERVIEW, BUCHANAN REFERS TO THIS TUNIC AS SHE SAID, “[THE RANK OF] SENIOR STAFF SERGEANT WAS THE ONLY ONE FROM A PROVINCE THAT GOT THAT NAVY TUNIC, BECAUSE THERE WAS NOT THAT MANY STAFF SERGEANTS IN EACH PROVINCE.” BUCHANAN EXPLAINED THAT HER FATHER WOULD HAVE ONLY WORN THE NAVY TUNIC ON SPECIAL OCCASIONS. “IT WAS FOR DRESS... [MY FATHER] WAS ALWAYS HANDSOME AND HE LOOKED EVEN BETTER IN THAT,” SHE RECALLED, “BUT HE WOULDN’T WANT TO WEAR THAT EVERY DAY ANY MORE THAN YOUR RED SERGE. THAT’S WHERE THE ‘BROWNS’ WERE; THAT WAS YOUR WORKING STUFF. [IT] ISN’T LIKE THE MOVIES WHERE THEY PUT THEM IN RED SERGE UP IN THE NORTH. THAT’S CRAZY.” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P20180014001 FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND THE OBITUARY COPY.
Catalogue Number
P20020021001
Acquisition Date
2002-11
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
BUFFALO FUR COAT
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BUFFALO FUR, CLOTH
Catalogue Number
P20080002002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BUFFALO FUR COAT
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1960
Materials
BUFFALO FUR, CLOTH
No. Pieces
1
Length
139.7
Width
64.8
Description
BUFFALO FUR COAT, WOODEN BLACK PEG BUTTONS ALONG LENGTH OF COAT, TWO OUTER WAIST POCKETS AND INNER CHEST POCKET. LABEL ABOVE INNER CHEST POCKET READS, "H. D. MERRICK." FUR IS MATTED, LINING IS WORN AND EXPOSED LEATHER PARTS ARE CRACKING.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
DONOR'S FATHER, FRANCIS ALLAN KORTH, RECEIVED FUR COAT WHEN DONOR'S GRANDFATHER AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE OFFICER FRANCIS (FRANK) RAYMOND KORTH, PASSED AWAY NOVEMBER 27, 1998. BETWEEN 2008 AND 2009, RET. LETHBRIDGE POLICE SUPERINTENDENT GLEN MICHELSON STATED THAT THE FUR COATS WERE “A MUST WALKING THE BEATS ON COLD WINTER NIGHTS” FOR BEAT CONSTABLES. HE BELIEVED THAT THEY WERE TAKEN OUT OF SERVICE SOMETIME “AROUND 1956” AND REPLACED WITH “GREAT COATS AND PEA JACKETS”. MANY FUNNY RET. OFFICER STORIES EXIST AND MICHELSON ADDED THAT “AROUND 1948, GRANT YOUNG CONSTABLE WAS STANDING STILL AT THE CORNER OF 4TH AVENUE AND 6TH STREET AND A DOG USED HIM AS A FIRE HYDRANT.” FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE P20080002001 AND PERMANENT RECORD. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A BUFFALO COAT DONATED BY KELLY KORTH. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. FRANCIS “FRANK” RAYMOND KORTH PASSED AWAY ON NOVEMBER 27, 1988 AT THE AGE OF 74. HE WAS BORN ON MAY 30, 1924 IN WOODHOUSE, AB. HE WAS MARRIED TO EVYON DOROTHY ROBINSON ON JUNE 18, 1947 AND JOINED THE LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE ON AUGUST 12, 1950. HE RETIRED FROM THE POLICE ON AUGUST 27, 1981 AS A DETECTIVE SERGEANT. SEVERAL ARTICLES ABOUT BUFFALO COATS APPEARED IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD OVER THE YEARS. ON JANUARY 22, 1954 AN ARTICLE DISCUSSED THE POSSIBILITY OF THE RCMP SWITCHING FROM BUFFALO COATS TO NYLON PARKAS: “BELIEVED TO BE MUCH MORE PRACTICAL AND COMFORTABLE THAN THE MORE COLORFUL BUFFALO HID, THE PARKA HAS ZIPPERS INSTEAD OF BUTTONS AND WEIGHTS ONLY ABOUT ONE-THIRD AS MUCH AS THE BUFFALO COAT.” ANOTHER ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON FEBRUARY 11, 1956 GIVES MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE COATS: “IN SPITE OF ITS AWE-INSPIRING APPEARANCE, THE BUFFALO COAT HAS ITS DISADVANTAGES. ITS 24 POUNDS HANG HEAVILY ON ITS WEARER’S SHOULDERS. ITS WEIGHT AND BULKINESS ARE A DISTINCT HANDICAP IN A FOOT-RACE DOWN A BACK LANE. AND IN ADDITION TO RESPECTFUL GLANCES THE COAT COLLECTIONS LARGE QUANTITIES OF DIRT AND GRIT. SO THE [WINNIPEG] POLICE DEPARTMENT IS EXPERIMENTING, AS IS ITS COUNTERPART IN EDMONTON, WITH NEW TYPES OF COATS EQUALLY WARM BUT LESS AWKWARD.” *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 THIS DONATION'S PERMANENT FILE. SEE ALSO PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P20080002002
Acquisition Date
2008-02
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
R.C.M.P. PEA JACKET
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1955
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19860112001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
R.C.M.P. PEA JACKET
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1955
Materials
WOOL, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Length
90.5
Description
NAVY BLUE WOOL DOUBLE BREASTED JACKET WITH 10 BRASS BUTTONS WITH "R.N.W.M.P." MARKINGS, 6 BRASS BUTTONS FOR EPAULETS & SLEEVES MARKED "R.C.M.P." 2 SIDE & BREAST POCKETS WITH FLAPS. STAFF SARGEANT CHEVRONS, ON RT. FOREARM. RED LINING
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
LABEL INSIDE: "THE WORKMAN UNIFORM COMPANY LIMITED MONTREAL CANADA" & VARIOUS NUMBERS. DONOR BORN IN WINNIPEG, 1907, MOVED TO VANCOUVER 1919, JOINED THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE IN 1932 IN VANCOUVER WHERE HE RECEIVED HIS TRAINING. HE ACHIEVED THE RANK OF STAFF SARGAENT, RETIRING IN 1960 IN VANCOUVER. HE SERVED IN ALBERTA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, SASKATCHEWAN, & THE YUKON DURING THE WAR YEARS (DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE ALASKA-CANADA HIGHWAY). HE TRAVELLED BY EVERY METHOD POSSIBLE INCLUDING AIRPLANE, DOGTEAM, HORSEBACK, CAR, BOAT & TRAIN DURING HIS PATROLS. THE FORCE WAS IDENTIFIED AS THE ROYAL NORTH WEST MOUNTED POLICE BETWEEN 1904 & 1920. ALTHOUGH THE DONOR JOINED AFTER THIS ERA, HIS UNIFORM REFLECTS THE CONTINUED USE OF UNIFORM ACCOUTREMENTS WITH "R. NORTH WEST MOUNTED POLICE" MARKING UNTIL STOCK OF THESE ITEMS (BUTTONS, BADGES) WAS USED UP. PEA JACKETS WERE WORN AS WINTER DRESS. SOURCE: UNIFORMS OF THE CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE, JAMES J. BOULTON & DONOR BIO PROVIDED APRIL 25 1991. DONOR SERVED ONE YEAR WITH THE PROBATIONARY BRANCH IN LETHBRIDGE. MARRIED NOVEMBER 11TH TO GRACE WHO HAD FOUR CHILDREN. JOHN (SEATTLE), ROSEMARY, PENELOPE (LETHBRIDGE). SERVED IN OTTAWA'S MOUNTED SECTION AND ALSO PERFORMED IN THE MUSICAL RIDE FOR THREE YEARS. IN TORONTO HE POLICED LABOUR TROUBLE. DURING WORLD WAR TWO HE WAS POSTED TO BRANDON THEN WINNIPEG, TORONTO, EDMONTON AND LETHBRIDGE. HE WAS DISCHARGED WITH 29 YEARS OF SERVICE, RETIRING AS STAFF SERGEANT. AFTER HIS DISCHARGE, HE WORKED IN THE ATTOURNEY GENERAL'S DEPARTMENT AS A LETHBRIDGE PAROLE OFFICER. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING THE GAUNTLETS DONATED BY BERY ALLAN. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. BERESFORD ‘BERY’ ALLAN WAS BORN NOVEMBER 7, 1907 IN WINNIPEG. RAISED BY HIS GRANDPARENTS, HE SPENT MOST OF HIS YOUTH IN VANCOUVER. HE JOINED THE R.C.M.P. IN 1932 AND WAS POSTED THROUGHOUT CANADA, INCLUDING BRITISH COLUMBIA, ALBERTA, MANITOBA, ONTARIO, AND THE NORTH WEST TERRITORIES. IN NOVEMBER 1937, BERY WAS PART OF THE MUSICAL RIDE AND PERFORMED IN MADISON SQUARE GARDENS IN NYC. HE ALSO SERVED ON THE ESCORT DETAIL FOR KING GEORGE VI AND QUEEN ELIZABETH WHEN THEY VISITED BANFF. BERY MARRIED HIS TRUE LOVE, GRACE HELENA, BEFORE MOVING TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1944. IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING HIS RETIREMENT IN 1959, AT THE RANK OF STAFF SERGEANT, BERY TOOK OVER AS THE CIVIL DEFENCE TRAINING OFFICER IN LETHBRIDGE. HE ALSO SPENT APPROXIMATELY 15 YEARS WITH THE FAMILY COURT DIVISION OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT. BERY PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 93 ON SEPTEMBER 8, 2001. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARD COPIES OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES. *UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS INTERN KIRSTAN SCHAMUHN CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF PERSONAL ARTIFACTS. ON 19 NOVEMBER 2018, SCHAMUHN INTERVIEWED ROSEMARY ALLAN REGARDING HER FATHER’S, BERESFORD “BERY” ALLAN’S, DONATION. THE INFORMATION BELOW HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: OF THIS ARTIFACT, ROSEMARY ALLAN EXPLAINED, “HE WORE THAT…THE RED SERGE AND THE PEA JACKET SORT OF WENT TOGETHER…BUT IT WAS A SPECIAL OCCASION THAT THE RED SERGE CAME OUT AND THE PEA JACKET ONLY WENT WITH THE RED SERGE. THE EVERYDAY, WORKING BROWN I DON’T THINK HE WORE THE PEA JACKET WITH THEM.” “I CAN REMEMBER HIM WEARING THEM FROM TIME TO TIME BECAUSE HE WOULD HAVE TO PREPARE TO WEAR THEM. LIKE HE WOULD HAVE TO POLISH THE BRASS BUTTONS, AND HE HAD A CERTAIN KIND OF RED ROUGE THAT HE USED TO POLISH THEM, AND SPECIAL LITTLE METAL THINGS TO PUT UNDERNEATH THE BUTTONS SO THAT THE CLOTH DIDN’T GET SMEARED WITH THE RED ROUGE. IT WAS QUITE A PRODUCTION TO GET THE RED SERGE CLEANED UP, AND EVERYTHING WAS VERY POLISHED.” “THE RED SERGE WOULD COME OUT FROM TIME TO TIME FOR THINGS LIKE PARADES, OR PEOPLE VISITING FOR CERTAIN REASONS. BUT IT DID COME OUT FROM TIME TO TIME.” “THE BREECHES WITH THE YELLOW STRIPE WENT WITH THE RED SERGE, AND THAT ALL WENT WITH THE BOOTS.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE BOOTS AND GAUNTLETS BEING PART OF HER FATHER’S SPECIAL OCCASIONS UNIFORM, ROSEMARY ALLAN RECALLED, “YES, THEY WERE.” ON HER FATHER’S CAREER WITH THE R.C.M.P., ROSEMARY ALLAN REMEMBERED “HIS TRAINING HE RECEIVED IN SASKATCHEWAN. I DON’T KNOW WHEN THAT WAS, HE GOT TO LETHBRIDGE AFTER HIS TOUR OF DUTY IN THE YUKON. HE WAS THE ONLY CROWN REPRESENTATIVE IN THE NORTH.” “I DON’T KNOW WHEN THE ALASKA HIGHWAY WAS [BUILT], BUT AFTER IT OPENED HE WAS THERE, MAYBE FOR ANOTHER YEAR, A YEAR AND A HALF OR SO, AND [THEN] HE WAS MOVED AND RELOCATED BY THE R.C.M.P TO LETHBRIDGE.” “HE WAS NEVER MOVED AFTER BECOMING THE STAFF SERGEANT OF THE R.C.M.P. DETACHMENT IN LETHBRIDGE, HE WAS ALWAYS THERE.” “[AFTER LEAVING THE R.C.M.P.] HE WORKED FOR CIVIL DEFENSE FOR A YEAR, AND AFTER CIVIL DEFENSE HE WAS HIRED TO BECOME A PROBATION OFFICER TO WORK WITH THE YOUNG, THE YOUTH OFFENDERS.” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P19860112001 FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND COPIES OF ARTICLES REGARDING THE FAMILY HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19860112001
Acquisition Date
1986-03
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
UNIFORM, MILITARY (NURSE)
Date Range From
1914
Date Range To
1918
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19920008002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
UNIFORM, MILITARY (NURSE)
Date Range From
1914
Date Range To
1918
Materials
WOOL, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Length
54.0 (W/O SLEEVES)
Width
43.5
Description
BLUE BLOUSE. DOUBLE BREASTED FRONT WITH 6 BUTTONS AT EACH SIDE. BUTTONS ARE BRASS WITH MEDICAL CORP INSIGNIA ON THEM. SHOULDERS HAVE EPAULETTES WITH BRASS MILITARY INSIGNIA. EACH HAS A "CANADA" PIN, TWO PIPS INDICATING RANK OF 1ST LIEUTENANT, AND A BRASS BUTTON. ONE POCKET ON RIGHT BREAST. BOTTOM 4 BUTTONS ON RIGHT SIDE MISSING KEY CLASPS; REPLACED BY SAFETY PINS. COLLAR IS HELD WITH 2 LOOP HOOKS; ONE MISSING. RED LINING. SEE CONSERVATION REPORT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
MILITARY
HEALTH SERVICES
History
DONOR IS SISTER TO UNIFORM'S FORMER OWNER (DECEASED) MRS. HELEN HALL (NEE NOBLE) FROM TABER AREA. MRS. HALL SERVED OVERSEAS FOR MOST OF THE WAR YEARS ON ACTIVE SERVICE (W.W. I) AS A NURSE FOR THE CANADIAN MILITARY. SEE P19920008001-GA AND P20090010001 FOR MORE HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19920008002
Acquisition Date
1992-01
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
CAP, “GSN”
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20140006005
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CAP, “GSN”
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1930
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
3
Height
0.1
Length
60
Width
30
Description
.A - TRIANGULAR PIECE OF WHITE, STARCHED COTTON WITH WIDE HEM ALONG BOTTOM EDGE AND CONCAVE CURVES ALONG EACH UPPER SIDE. TOP IS HEMMED AND HAS TWO HORIZONTAL BUTTONHOLE ALONG EDGE. A SMALLER PIECE OF WHITE COTTON IS SEWN ONTO THE BACK OF THE TOP HEM, AND MARKED WITH HANDWRITING IN BLACK INK READING “GSN”. MINOR WEAR ALONG EDGES, BROWN STAINED DOT NEAR BOTTOM CENTRE; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 0.1 X 60 X 30 .B & .C – WHITE ROUND PEARLIZED BUTTONS, ATTACHED NEAR CENTRE OF TRIANGULAR PIECE OF FABRIC AT EDGES OF CONCAVE CURVES. PINNED TO .A WITH METAL SAFETY PINS. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 0.1 X 1.4 X 1.4
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
EDUCATION
History
AT THE TIME OF DONATION, GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION PAST ARCHIVIST ELAINE HAMILTON IDENTIFIED THIS CAP AS BEING PART OF THE “OLDEST UNIFORM” HELD IN THE ALUMNAE’S COLLECTION. THIS CAP, ALONG WITH P20140006001, P20140006002, P20140006003, AND P20140006004, WAS USED TO DRESS THE ALUMNAE’S MANNEQUIN THAT WAS ON DISPLAY IN THE ATRIUM AT THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL HOSPITAL. IN SUMMER 2014, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED THE PAST ARCHIVISTS OF THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING COLLECTION, SHIRLEY HIGA, ELAINE HAMILTON, AND SUE KYLLO, ABOUT THEIR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE GSN ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION AND THE HISTORY OF THE COLLECTED ARTIFACTS. HIGA, THE EARLIEST GSN COLLECTION ARCHIVIST, SAID: “I TRAINED MOSTLY AT THE GALT. THE STUDENTS, WE ALL KNEW EACH OTHER, HELPED EACH OTHER BECAUSE THERE WERE MOSTLY STUDENTS THERE: ONE REGISTERED NURSE FROM 7AM TO 7PM. THE REST WERE ALL US STUDENTS THAT RAN THE HOSPITAL SO, BUT WE WERE REALLY GOOD FRIENDS AND WE HELPED EACH OTHER… WE HAD SUCH GOOD RAPPORT BETWEEN THE STUDENTS IN MY CLASS… I JOINED [THE ALUMNAE] WHEN I GRADUATED IN 1955… I WAS INTERESTED IN HOW EVERYBODY TURNED OUT, AND THE ALUMNAE SORT OF KEPT IN CONTACT WITH THEM, AND IT WAS QUITE IMPORTANT TO ME. I FELT QUITE HAPPY TO HEAR ABOUT ALL THE OTHER [NURSES]… IT’S NICE WHEN THEY CAME FOR THE REUNIONS. YOU SEE ALL THESE GIRLS YOU WORKED WITH, MAYBE ONLY FOR A LITTLE WHILE, BUT YOU REMEMBER THEM… I REALLY DIDN’T WANT TO BE THE ARCHIVIST, BUT WE DON’T HAVE TOO MANY PEOPLE THAT OFFER TO DO THINGS… I WAS INTERESTED IN ALL THE HISTORY AND ALL THE THINGS THAT THE GIRLS THOUGHT ABOUT IT… [THE ARCHIVIST WAS TO] KEEP TRACK OF ALL THE HISTORY AND THE PEOPLE THAT WERE INVOLVED, AND KEEP TRACK OF THE STUFF WE COLLECT[ED]… [THE COLLECTION IS IMPORTANT TO ME BECAUSE] I LIKE EVERYBODY TO KNOW ABOUT THE GALT AND HOW WE TRAINED AND HOW IT PROGRESSED… AS YOU GET OLDER YOU KIND OF HAVE MEMORIES THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO KEEP, AND YOU KNOW YOU THINK ABOUT THOSE THINGS… [WHEN] YOU LOOK AT [THE OBJECTS] YOU REMEMBER.” ELAINE HAMILTON BECAME THE GSN COLLECTION ARCHIVIST IN THE LATE 1980S AFTER SHIRLEY HIGA STEPPED DOWN. OF THE ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION, HAMILTON SAID: “I THINK THE RETIRED NURSES DECIDED THAT THEY SHOULD FORM A GROUP TO HELP THE STUDENTS… I WASN’T THERE BUT IT WAS ’45 WHEN THEY FORMED, AND THEY DID THINGS FOR THE NURSES STUDENTS LIKE, THEY BOUGHT FURNITURE [FOR STUDENT RESIDENCES]… THEY DID A WHOLE BUNCH OF BAKE SALES AND CRAFT SALES; THEY WORKED AT THE BULL SALE OUT AT THE EXHIBITION GROUNDS. THEY DID A LOT OF THINGS LIKE THAT TO RAISE MONEY FOR LITTLE THINGS THAT COULDN’T BE BOUGHT OTHERWISE, LIKE THE PATIENT COMFORT, LIKE PATIENTS WOULD COME IN WITHOUT TOOTHBRUSHES AND COMBS… THEY HAD A BANQUET [FOR NURSING STUDENTS], AND THEY HAD A TEA WITH OUR PARENTS TOO, FOR US IN THE RESIDENCE… FOR ME, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WAS THE BANQUETS, AND HAVING MY CLASSMATES COME EVERY FIVE YEARS, BECAUSE THEY ARE LIKE SISTERS TO ME… OF COURSE I LIKE HISTORY AND ARCHIVES TOO SO [THE COLLECTION] IS KIND OF IMPORTANT TO ME TOO… WE LIVED TOGETHER, AND ATE TOGETHER, AND CRIED TOGETHER AND DID EVERYTHING TOGETHER FOR THREE YEARS, BECAUSE WE LIVED RIGHT IN A RESIDENCE. SO, WE BECAME VERY CLOSE… AND IF YOU WORK IN THE ALUMNI, YOU BECOME KIND OF LIKE A LITTLE FAMILY TOO BECAUSE THERE’S NOT THAT MANY OF US THAT GO TO OUR MEETINGS, SO WHEN WE GET TOGETHER, IT’S KIND OF NICE TO SHARE WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON… IT’S A FELLOWSHIP.” OF THE GSN COLLECTION, HAMILTON SAID: “IT’S AN ACCUMULATION OF ARTIFACTS FROM THE HOSPITALS AND FROM OUR TRAINING DAYS. AND, IT’S PART OF THE HISTORY OF LETHBRIDGE IN A WAY, BECAUSE THE SCHOOL WAS HERE FOR QUITE A WHILE… I’M A CARE GIVER AND I LIKE TO LOOK AFTER STUFF. SO, IT WAS IMPORTANT TO ME THAT IT GOT CARED FOR… I THINK WITH THE CLOSING [OF THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING, IN 1979] WE GOT ALL THE CHARTS, AND WE ALREADY HAD THINGS FROM THE GALT HOSPITAL IN OUR STUFF THAT PROBABLY SOMEBODY [BEFORE HIGA] ACCEPTED… WHEN WE WENT INTO THE MUNICIPAL HOSPITAL [IN 1955] IT WAS ALL BRAND NEW, STAINLESS STEEL, SO THERE WAS NONE OF THE ENAMEL STUFF, AND THEN WHEN THE MUNICIPAL CLOSED [IN 1988], THE OPERATING ROOM GAVE US A LOT OF THINGS. THERE WERE A LOT OF DONATIONS THEN FROM DIFFERENT SPOTS BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T WANT TO MOVE STUFF SINCE IT WAS OLD… WE GOT A PLACE [FOR STORING THE COLLECTION IN THE REGIONAL HOSPITAL], ACTUALLY ABOVE THE WASHERS IN THE LAUNDRY FIRST. BUT IT WAS PRETTY MOIST UP THERE. AND THEN THEY GAVE US A ROOM IN THE SEWING ROOM, WHICH WAS VERY NICE, OUR OWN SEPARATE LITTLE ROOM THERE FOR OUR STORAGE… WE HAD THINGS UP ON A SHELF AND WE HAD A TRUNK IN THERE, AND… WE HAD ALL THE LETTERS FROM THE RESIDENCE… WE HAD A DISPLAY CASE THAT THEY BUILT AT THE REGIONAL [IN THE HOSPITAL ATRIUM] AND WE HAD STUFF IN THERE, AND WE’D MOVE IT AROUND… HAVING THE DISPLAY CASE WAS IMPORTANT TO ME, AND CHANGING THE UNIFORM ON [THE DISPLAY MANNEQUIN] EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, AND HAVING HER IN DIFFERENT OUTFITS… I ALWAYS HAD IT ALL TIDY FOR A REUNION… I WOULD CHANGE THE UNIFORM FOR THEM, DEPENDING ON WHAT CLASS WAS HAVING THEIR REUNION.” SUE KYLLO BECAME THE GSN COLLECTION ARCHIVIST IN 2010 AFTER ELAINE HAMILTON STEPPED DOWN. OF THE ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION, KYLLO SAID: “[I ATTENDED THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING] FROM ’66 TO ’69, AND I JOINED IN 1976 AFTER I CAME BACK TO LETHBRIDGE. I HAD TWO LITTLE KIDS AND I WANTED TO GET OUT AND MEET PEOPLE AND THE ALUMNI GAVE ME THAT… I WANTED TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH MY NURSING FRIENDS AND SEE IF I CAN HELP OUT IN SOME WAY… THE ALUMNI IS THE WAY TO GO TO KEEP OUR NURSING MEMORIES ALIVE AND I WANT TO DO THAT. SO NOW IT’S IMPORTANT TO ME WAY MORE THAN WHEN I WAS A YOUNG MOTHER THAT WANTED TO GET OUT… IT MEANS COMPANIONSHIP [AND] TO HELP EACH OTHER.” OF THE GSN COLLECTION, KYLLO SAID: “I DON’T KNOW HOW IT GOT STARTED. I WOULD THINK THAT MRS. BOYCHUCK WOULD HAVE A LOT TO DO WITH IT BECAUSE [SHE] WAS VERY ACTIVE IN THE ALUMNI AT THE BEGINNING, AND I WOULD THINK THAT IF ANYBODY, IT WOULD BE HER THAT STARTED COLLECTING THE ODD LITTLE THING, AND THEN IT WENT TO SHIRLEY. I DON’T KNOW THAT THERE WAS ANYBODY BEFORE SHIRLEY… OUR ALUMNI ONLY STARTED IN [1945], SO THERE WERE THOSE PERIODS WHERE I DON’T THINK ANYBODY CARED ABOUT ANY OF THIS STUFF… TO ME, IT MEANS AN AWFUL LOT. IT MEANS THAT WE EXISTED REALLY… IF WE DIDN’T HAVE ALL THIS STUFF, WELL WHAT WERE WE? A NURSE, WHAT DOES A NURSE DO? WITH THIS WE CAN SHOW THEM THAT WE DIDN’T JUST GIVE BEDPANS. WE DID A LOT OF THINGS, AND I’M REALLY PROUD THAT WE HAVE WHAT WE’VE GOT.” OF THE SITUATION LEADING UP TO THE DONATION OF THE GSN COLLECTION TO THE GALT MUSEUM, KYLLO SAID: “WE HAD A DISPLAY AT THE NORTH END OF THE HOSPITAL [THAT] WAS GOING TO STAY THERE [AND ADDITIONAL COLLECTION STORAGE] AND WE DIDN’T HAVE A PROBLEM... WE WERE ALWAYS UNDER THE IMPRESSION OF ALL THE PAST ADMINISTRATIONS THAT WE ALWAYS HAD A PLACE IN THAT HOSPITAL… NOW THAT ALL THE OLD GUYS HAVE GONE, THEY JUST UP AND MOVED [THE COLLECTION, IN FALL 2012] AND DIDN’T CARE. THEY WERE BUILDING A NEW WING AND ‘TO HECK WITH YOUR GUYS’ STUFF’… NOBODY WANTED TO EVEN TALK TO US ABOUT IT. I FINALLY GOT AHOLD OF THE GUY IN CHARGE OF MAINTENANCE, [HE] SAID, “WELL IT’S UPSTAIRS IN THE PENTHOUSE.” WELL, WE KNEW WHAT THE PENTHOUSE WAS LIKE, BECAUSE IT WAS VERY HOT AND YOU DON’T WANT [THESE ARTIFACTS] IN SOMEPLACE REALLY HOT, SO I WANTED IT OUT OF THERE… SO THAT’S WHEN IT WENT OUT INTO A STORAGE LOCKER. AND IN THE STORAGE LOCKER… IT WAS JUST NOT CLEAN ENOUGH TO BE IN THERE… WE WERE VERY DISAPPOINTED.” HAMILTON ADDED: “WE DIDN’T HAVE ANYWHERE FOR [THE COLLECTION], AND IT’S IN PEOPLE’S GARAGES AND BASEMENTS AND LIVING ROOMS… [THE MUSEUM IS HOUSED IN] THE GALT HOSPITAL. AND A LOT OF OUR MEMBERS TRAINED HERE. SO IT’S PRETTY SPECIAL TO THEM, AND THEY WOULD LIKE TO LEAVE SOMETHING HERE TO BE REMEMBERED BY… IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO US TO LEAVE SOMETHING BEHIND.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPIES OF FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND NEWSPAPER ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P20140006005
Acquisition Date
2014-03
Collection
Museum
Images
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