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Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CHROME? BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19970094024
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
CHROME? BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
1
Length
2.7
Width
2.3
Description
SILVER LAPEL PIN, SHAPED AS THREE-STRIPE CHEVRON SURMOUNTED BY CROWN. BLUE ENAMELED FACE WITH SILVER STRIPES AND CROWN. TWO TACK-STYLE PINS WITH FASTENERS AT BACK.
Subjects
ADORNMENT
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BELONGED TO FRANK BATHGATE, A MEMBER OF THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE FROM 1953 UNTIL HE RETIRED IN 1988. DECEASED 1996. FOR HISTORY PLEASE SEE P19960107001-GA. DONOR IS FRANK'S WIFE.
Catalogue Number
P19970094024
Acquisition Date
1998-07
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19970094021
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.9
Length
3.7
Width
3.5
Description
BRASS POLICE CREST WITH TWO THREADED FASTENERS AT BACK. FACE OF PIN EMBOSSED WITH CITY LOGO AT CENTRE, MAPLE LEAVES AT SIDES, BEAVER AT BOTTOM, AND CROWN AT TOP. TWO BANNERS ACROSS WIDTH EMBOSSED "POLICE LETHBRIDGE".
Subjects
ADORNMENT
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BELONGED TO FRANK BATHGATE, A MEMBER OF THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE FROM 1953 UNTIL HE RETIRED IN 1988. DECEASED 1996. FOR HISTORY PLEASE SEE P19960107001-GA. DONOR IS FRANK'S WIFE.
Catalogue Number
P19970094021
Acquisition Date
1998-07
Collection
Museum
Images
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Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19970094022
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.9
Length
3.7
Width
3.5
Description
BRASS POLICE CREST WITH TWO THREADED FASTENERS AT BACK. FACE OF PIN EMBOSSED WITH CITY LOGO AT CENTRE, MAPLE LEAVES AT SIDES, BEAVER AT BOTTOM, AND CROWN AT TOP. TWO BANNERS ACROSS WIDTH ENAMELED BLUE & EMBOSSED "POLICE LETHBRIDGE".
Subjects
ADORNMENT
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BELONGED TO FRANK BATHGATE, A MEMBER OF THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE FROM 1953 UNTIL HE RETIRED IN 1988. DECEASED 1996. FOR HISTORY PLEASE SEE P19960107001-GA. DONOR IS FRANK'S WIFE.
Catalogue Number
P19970094022
Acquisition Date
1998-07
Collection
Museum
Images
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Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CHROME?, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19970094023
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
CHROME?, BRASS
No. Pieces
3
Height
0.9
Length
3.7
Width
3.5
Description
SILVER POLICE CREST WITH TWO THREADED FASTENERS AT BACK. FACE OF PIN EMBOSSED WITH CITY LOGO AT CENTRE, MAPLE LEAVES AT SIDES, BEAVER AT BOTTOM, AND CROWN AT TOP. TWO BANNERS ACROSS WIDTH ENAMELED BLUE & EMBOSSED "POLICE LETHBRIDGE".
Subjects
ADORNMENT
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BELONGED TO FRANK BATHGATE, A MEMBER OF THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE FROM 1953 UNTIL HE RETIRED IN 1988. DECEASED 1996. FOR HISTORY PLEASE SEE P19960107001-GA. DONOR IS FRANK'S WIFE.
Catalogue Number
P19970094023
Acquisition Date
1998-07
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
LETHBRIDGE POLICE
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20020089006
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE POLICE
Date
2002
Materials
BRASS, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
2
Height
1.0
Length
2.5
Width
2.0
Description
GOLD COLOURED PIN IS TEAR DROP SHAPED. FEATURES THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE LOGO WITH A BANNER ABOVE AND BELOW, IN BLUE, THAT READ "LETHBRIDGE POLICE". AT BOTTOM OF PIN READS "1891". HAS A ROUND BRASS BACKING.
Subjects
ADORNMENT
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
COMMEMORATIVE
History
ITEMS WERE PRODUCED FOR THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY OF THE FORMATION OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE IN 2002. THE GALT MUSEUM SUPPORTED TWO CELEBRATORY FUNCTIONS BY PROVIDING A DISPLAY OF POLICE ARTIFACTS AT THE LETHBRIDGE LODGE HOTEL.
Catalogue Number
P20020089006
Acquisition Date
2003-05
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
WIRE DOG BRUSH
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1988
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL, FUR
Catalogue Number
P20080008006
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
WIRE DOG BRUSH
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1988
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL, FUR
No. Pieces
1
Height
5.3
Length
16.9
Width
10.5
Description
DOG BRUSH, WIRE BRISTLES. ERGONOMIC RED PLASTIC HANDLE. BRUSH HEAD CURVED WITH BLACK PLASTIC BORDER AND YELLOW PLASTIC UNDERLAY. BRISTLES ARE DENSE AND BENT. BRUSH FILLED WITH HAIR AND OTHER PARTICLES. BORDER OF HEAD MARKED, "FRANK'S UNIVERSAL - HUNDEBURSTE". BACK OF BRUSH MARKED, "MADE IN WEST GERMANY".
Subjects
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ACCORDING TO INSPECTOR BILL KAYE, WHO USED THE BRUSH IN CONJUNCTION WITH HIS POLICE SERVICE DOG, ZORKO, THE BRUSH WAS KEPT INSIDE A DUFFLE BAG (P20080008004). THE BAG WAS USED TO CARRY VARIOUS DOG SUPPLIES AND WAS USUALLY KEPT IN KAYE'S CAR SO HE WOULD BE READY IF HE GOT CALLED OUT FOR POLICE RELATED MATTERS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE HISTORY OF ZORKO AND THE CANINE UNIT SEE P20080008001. FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20080008006
Acquisition Date
2007-01
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
"ZORKO"
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1988
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P20080008005
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
"ZORKO"
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1988
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.3
Length
701.0
Description
LEASH, LEATHER. EXTRA LONG LEASH IN BROWN LEATHER. HANDLE MADE BY LOOPING THE LEATHER BACK ON ITSELF AND FASTENING WITH GROMETS. NEAR HANDLE "ZORKO" HAS BEEN TOOLED INTO THE LEATHER. END OF LEASH HAS A BRASS CLIP FOR HOOKING ONTO COLLAR.
Subjects
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ACCORDING TO INSPECTOR BILL KAYE, WHO USED THE LEASH IN CONJUNCTION WITH HIS POLICE SERVICE DOG, ZORKO, THE LEASH WAS USED FOR TRACKING. HE SAID, "IT ALLOWED YOU TO GET BEHIND THE DOG BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO WATCH THE DOG FOR INDICATIONS. IF YOU'RE TOO CLOSE YOU CAN'T SEE THEM SO YOU GET BACK, BUT YOU WANT TO BE CLOSE ENOUGH THAT YOU CAN STILL CONTROLL THE DOG, YOU NEED TO SEE HIM AND STUFF." FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE HISTORY OF ZORKO AND THE CANINE UNIT SEE P20080008001. FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20080008005
Acquisition Date
2007-01
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
POLICE DOG LEASH
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1985
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER
Catalogue Number
P19960112037
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
POLICE DOG LEASH
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1985
Materials
LEATHER
No. Pieces
1
Length
37.7
Width
3.6
Description
WORN BROWN BRAIDED LEATHER SHORT DOG LEASH WITH A STEEL CLIP ATTACHED TO END. WHEN CLIP IS PINCHED TOGETHER END OPENS WIDE. LEATHER IS VERY WORN IN VARIOUS SPOTS.
Subjects
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
POLICE DOG LEASH. *UPDATE* ON 13 FEBRUARY 2015, RETIRED LETHBRIDGE POLICE CANINE UNIT MEMBER DAVE HASTIE INFORMED COLLECTIONS STAFF OF THE FOLLOWING, “[THIS] IS A SHORT LEASH THAT WAS GIVEN TO ME BY SGT [JOE] SHANK. IT WAS THE LEASH HE USED WITH [PSD] YORK WHEN HE HAD HIM. I KNOW HE DID GIVE ME ONE (IN 1978) AND I USED IT ON SOME OCCASIONS WITH MY DOG PSD QMAX.” FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HASTIE’S CAREER WITH THE CANINE UNIT, INCLUDING AN INTERVIEW WITH HASTIE IN 2015, PLEASE SEE THE CATALOGUE RECORD P20140035000 AS WELL AS THAT ARTIFACT’S PERMANENT FILE. FOR AN OVERVIEW OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE’S EARLY CANINE (K-9) PROGRAM, SEE ALSO P19960112107. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. FOR A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION, SEE RECORD P19960112001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF INTERVIEWS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH CURRENT AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19960112000.
Catalogue Number
P19960112037
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
POLICE DOG LEASH
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
1985
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19960112028
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
POLICE DOG LEASH
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
1985
Materials
LEATHER, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Length
198
Width
2.5
Description
WORN BLACK LEATHER DOG LEASH STAMPED NEAR THE HANDLE "MAX". END HAS A HEAVY STEEL CLIP THAT RELEASES WHEN BASE IS PULLED BACK AWAY FROM THE CLIP. ON EACH END LEATHER IS OVERLAPPED AND STITCHED WITH HEAVY WHITE THREAD. LEATHER IS DRY, STIFF & CRACKING.
Subjects
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
POLICE DOG LEASH. *UPDATE* ON 13 FEBRUARY 2015, RETIRED LETHBRIDGE POLICE CANINE UNIT MEMBER DAVE HASTIE INFORMED COLLECTIONS STAFF OF THE FOLLOWING, “I BELIEVE [THIS] WAS A LEASH I USED WITH MY DOG QMAX. I REMEMBER GIVING IT TO CST KREEFT WHEN HE WAS [TO] BRING SOME ITEMS OVER TO THE MUSEUM. THE LEASH, IF I REMEMBER, HAS A QUICK RELEASE ON IT. I HAD IT DESIGNED SO IF THE DOG IS STRAINING TO RUN YOU CAN PULL BACK AND IT WILL RELEASE IN ONE MOTION. IT WAS MADE IN GREAT FALLS ESPECIALLY FOR QMAX.” FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HASTIE’S CAREER WITH THE CANINE UNIT, INCLUDING AN INTERVIEW WITH HASTIE IN 2015, PLEASE SEE THE CATALOGUE RECORD P20140035000 AS WELL AS THAT ARTIFACT’S PERMANENT FILE. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. FOR A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION, SEE RECORD P19960112001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF INTERVIEWS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH CURRENT AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19960112000.
Catalogue Number
P19960112028
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1988
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P20080008008
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1988
Materials
LEATHER, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
3.5
Diameter
22.1
Description
COLLAR, CHOKE. LEATHER COLLAR WITH HEAVY WHITE STITCHING. BOTH ENDS OF COLLAR BAND ARE FOLDED OVER AND SECURED WITH STEEL RIVETS IN ORDER TO SECURE A STEEL RING. THE COLLAR BAND HAS BEEN THREADED THROUGH ONE RING AND THE OTHER RING PREVENTS THE COLLAR FROM COMING APART.
Subjects
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ACCORDING TO INSPECTOR BILL KAYE, WHO USED THIS COLLAR IN CONJUNCTION WITH HIS POLICE SERVICE DOG, ZORKO, THIS WAS USED "AS AN EVERYDAY WORKING COLLAR. WHEN MY DOG WENT TO WORK THIS ONE WENT ON. IT'S THE CONCEPT OF THE CHOKE CHAIN. JUST LIKE THE METAL ONES BUT IT'S QUIET, IT DOESN'T JINGLE. IT DIDN'T MAKE THAT NOISE. IT JUST GAVE YOU SOMETHING YOU HAD TO HANG ONTO. YOU COULD SNAP YOUR LEASH ON THERE. YOU COULD HOLD YOUR DOG BY IT. WE DID DO THOSE THINGS AND THE DOG KNEW WHILE HE WAS WEARING THIS HE WAS GOING TO WORK." FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE HISTORY OF ZORKO AND THE CANINE UNIT SEE P20080008001. FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20080008008
Acquisition Date
2007-01
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
KONG
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1994
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
RUBBER
Catalogue Number
P20080008007
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
KONG
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1994
Materials
RUBBER
No. Pieces
1
Height
9.6
Diameter
6.3
Description
KONG. HOLLOW, BLACK, RUBBER TOY. BEEHIVE SHAPED WITH THREE TIERS. RUBBER IS FLAKING AND SOILED.
Subjects
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
LEISURE
History
ACCORDING TO INSPECTOR BILL KAYE, WHO USED THE KONG IN CONJUNCTION WITH HIS POLICE SERVICE DOG, ZORKO, IT IS A TOY. HE SAID, 'FOR YEARS YOU THROW BALLS FOR DOGS AND EVERYONE HAS HAD A BALL OR STICK... [THE KONG BOUNCED UNPREDICTABLY SO IT SEEMED LIKE IT WAS MORE FUN FOR THE DOG - HE LIKED CHASING IT. WE HAVE ACTUALLY GONE AWAY AND WE ARE NOT USING THEM ANYMORE FOR THAT EXACT REASON. WE THINK THAT SOME OF OUR DOGS' ELBOW JOINT AND HIP JOINT OR LEG PROBLEMS ARE COMING FROM THOSE SUDDEN MOVEMENTS SO WE HAVE GONE BACK TO A PREDICTABLE BALL." THIS KONG BELONGED TO ZORKO FOR MANY YEARS SO IT IS WELL WORN. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE HISTORY OF ZORKO AND THE CANINE UNIT SEE P20080008001. FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20080008007
Acquisition Date
2007-01
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
DOG LICENSE, 1941
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS
Catalogue Number
P20100015000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
DOG LICENSE, 1941
Date
1941
Materials
BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.1
Length
3.2
Width
3.2
Description
TAG, DOG – BRASS, 4-LEAF CLOVER SHAPED, STAMPED “C. L. P., LETHBRIDGE, 160, 1941” ON FRONT FACE. SMALL CIRCULAR HOLE AT TOP. ALL FOUR LEAVES BENT SLIGHTLY UP, WORN AND TARNISHED THROUGHOUT. REVERSE: WEAR PATTERNS SHOW SOME MARKINGS FROM FRONT OF TAG, I.E. “160” APPEARS IN REVERSE, MARKINGS LIGHTER THAN OVERALL TAG COLOR, LESS PRONOUNCED THAN ON FRONT.
Subjects
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY T&E
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ACCORDING TO DONOR BILL LINGARD AT TIME OF DONATION, "(THE TAG WAS) IN A BOX OF DIVERSE ITEMS... THEY MAY HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO MY OLDER BROTHER BUT WERE MINE AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER." LINGARD RECALLED, "THE TAG WAS WORN BY A GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG, 'REX' OWENED BY MY LATE UNCLE, DONALD N. LINGARD. WHEN DON WENT INTO THE ARMY, THE DOG REMAINED AT MY GRANDPARENTS' HOME AT 505 14TH ST. S. WHICH LATER BECAME OUR HOME. THE DOG JUST SORT OF WENT WITH THE HOUSE. I KNEW THE DOG AS A CHILD, HE WAS A SELF APPOINTED GUARDIAN OF NEIGHBORHOOD CHILDREN, WITH US WHEN WE PLAYED, ALWAYS BETWEEN US AND THE STREET. THE DOG WAS QUITE POSSESIVE OF THE FAMILY, FOR EXAMPLE, MY MOM HAD CALLED MR SCOTT, A PLUMBER, TO THE HOUSE TO DO SOME WORK - ON COMPLETION OF THE JOB SHE WAS STANDING AT THE FRONT STEPS TALKING WITH HIM. MR. SCOTT WAS STANDING ON THE FRONT YARD SIDEWALK. THE DOG WAS WALKING BACK AND FORTH AND MY MOM NOTICED THAT MR SCOTT WAS NOW AT THE CITY SIDEWALK. EACH TIME THE DOG WALKED BY HIM, HE GAVE MR. SCOTT A SLIGHT BUMP, MOVING HIM BACK A STEP." IN 1941, DOG LICENSES WERE SOLD BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE (C.L.P.).
Catalogue Number
P20100015000
Acquisition Date
2010-04
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
IRON, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P20170034002
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Materials
IRON, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.3
Diameter
2
Description
IRON RING WITH WIDE BLANK SQUARE FRONT. RIGN 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 BARTILLERY. 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 CRUCIFIX AND RING AND WAS THE OFFICER IN CHARGE THROUGH THE DEMOBILIZATION OF THE 61ST BATTERY. VIRTUE RESUMED HIS LAW PRACTICE FOLLOWING HIS RETUN FROM WAR IN LETHBRIDGE, 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
Collection
Museum
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