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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
Images
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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
Less detail
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
Less detail
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
PAIR MOTORCYCLE GAUNTLETS
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, WOOL, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19960112004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PAIR MOTORCYCLE GAUNTLETS
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
LEATHER, WOOL, BRASS
No. Pieces
2
Height
2.77
Length
38.6
Width
21.5
Description
PAIR BLACK LEATHER MOTORCYCLE GAUNTLETS. CARDBOARD-LINED FOREARM PROTECTORS, WITH STRAP ACROSS UPPER WRIST. RED SNAP WITH CLUB AND "PERRIN" MARKED ON TOP. SECOND BRASS SNAP FOR ADJUSTING BESIDE. LINED WITH WHITE WOOL. CREASES IN PALMS AND OUTER HAND AREAS.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-BODY ARMOR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
MOTORCYCLE CORPS FORMED IN LATE 1940S, AND OPERATED UNTIL THE MID-1980S. SEE P19960112001-GA FOR MORE HISTORY ON MOTORCYCLE CORPS. *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
P19960112004
Acquisition Date
1996-0
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
PAIR MOTORCYCLE GAUNTLETS
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1985
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, FLANNEL
Catalogue Number
P19960112030
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PAIR MOTORCYCLE GAUNTLETS
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1985
Materials
LEATHER, FLANNEL
No. Pieces
2
Height
2.7
Length
34.2
Width
22.6
Description
PAIR BLACK LEATHER MOTORCYCLE GAUNTLETS. STIFFENED FOREARM PROTECTORS, WITH STRAP AND BUCKLE ACROSS UPPER WRIST. RED SNAP WITH PATTERN SECURES BAND IN PLACE. HANDS LINED WITH WORN RED FLANNEL. BROWN LEATHER LINING ON FOREARMS. GLOVES ARE EXTREMELY CREASED AND WELL-WORN; DISCOLORED ON FINGERS AND PALMS.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-BODY ARMOR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
MOTORCYCLE CORPS FORMED IN LATE 1940S, AND OPERATED UNTIL THE MID-1970S. SEE P19960112001-GA FOR MORE HISTORY ON MOTORCYCLE CORPS. *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
P19960112030
Acquisition Date
1996-0
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
BODY ARMOR SHIRT
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
ANTRON, SPANDEX, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19960112073
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BODY ARMOR SHIRT
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
ANTRON, SPANDEX, COTTON
No. Pieces
2
Length
60.5
Width
45.5
Description
WHITE V-NECK T-SHIRT WITH A PANEL OF BALLISTIC PADS BODY ARMOR ON THE FRONT OF THE BODY. TAG ON THE INSIDE MARKED "DEEP COVER" "SECOND CHANCE BODY ARMOR INC. CENTRAL LAKE, MI" "LARGE" "CONTENTS 86% ANTRON 14% SPANDEX" "TRIM/SLEEVE 50/50 POLY COTTON". SURFACE SOILED IN VARIOUS LOCATIONS.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-BODY ARMOR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
WORN BY OFFICERS FOR PROTECTION. THE ARMOUR CAME INTO SERVICE IN THE EARLY 80S - FIRST WORN ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS - BUT, ULTIMATELY, IT BECAME SO POPULAR THAT MOST ALL OF THE POLICE WORE THEM UNDER THEIR SHIRTS. BETWEEN 2008 AND 2009, LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE SERVICES INSPECTOR BILL KAYE ADDED THAT THE FIRST MEMBERS TO WEAR THEM "PURCHASED THEIR OWN". *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
P19960112073
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
POLICE CROWN GRAFLEX CAMERA CASE
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PRESSED PAPER, STEEL, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19960112062
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
POLICE CROWN GRAFLEX CAMERA CASE
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
PRESSED PAPER, STEEL, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
22
Height
25
Length
44.5
Width
22.7
Description
GREY PRESSED PAPER CASE WITH BLACK STEEL REINFORCED CORNERS. HINGED LID WITH THREE CLASPS AT FRONT; LOCK AT CENTRE. LEATHER CARRYING HANDLE AT TOP OF CASE MARKED "LETH POLICE" ACROSS TOP; "CITY POLICE IDENTIFICATION BRANCH" STAMPED ON ADHESIVE LABEL BELOW. SCRATCHED INTO TOP RIGHT CORNER "OP2-007-073-004". INTERIOR OF CASE DIVIDED INTO FIVE COMPARTMENTS, WHICH CONTAIN THE FOLLOWING: .1 NINE 4 X 5 FILM HOLDERS. INCLUDE FOUR BLACK "RITEWAY" GRAPHIC FILM HOLDER WITH PLASTIC FRAME AND TWO PULL-OUT PANELS IN EACH. ALSO FOUR "FIDELITY DELUXE FIDELITY CUT FILM HOLDER OF SAME STYLE, AND ONE "LISCO REGAL" "LISCO CUT FILM HOLDER" ALSO OF SAME STYLE. ALL ARE SCRATCHED SLIGHTLY THROUGHOUT. .2 CAMERA. BROWN LEATHER CASE WITH "ANSCO" IN GOLD LETTERS ON LENS CAP SECTION. BLUE ADHESIVE LABEL ON TOP OF CASE WITH "CITY POLICE IDENTIFICATION BRANCH". CASE OPENS BY SNAP ON FLAP; SMALL LEATHER CARRYING STRAP AFFIXED BY SIDE RINGS. CONTAINS 35MM CAMERA, FIXED TO CASE BY MEANS OF THREADED BOLT AT BOTTOM. BACK OF CAMERA OPENS; "AV 4286" STAMPED ON LOWER RIGHT INSIDE CORNER. BASE READS "MADE FOR ANSCO BY AGFA CAMERA WERK AG MUNCHEN GERMANY BY ANSCO-GAF". LENS MARKED "AGFA APOTAR..". INCLUDES FOLDED FILM INSTRUCTIONS. .3 PRINT COATER. WHITE CARDBOARD RECTANGULAR BOX WITH HOLE THROUGH CENTRE OF TWO SIDES. CONTAINS TWO BLACK PLASTIC VIALS WITH WHITE PLASTIC LIDS. MARKED ON SIDES IS "FOR BLACK AND WHITE PICTURES ONLY" AND "POLAROID PRINT COATER". EACH CONTAINS LONG SPONGE DAMP WITH DEVELOPING SOLUTION. .4 SET OF TWO IDENTICAL ALUMINUM BRACKETS. CONSIST OF LOOPED BAND CONNECTED TO RECTANGULAR-SHAPED BASE WITH THREADED BOLT FIXED ACROSS INTERIOR. .5 SET OF TWO IDENTICAL COILED BLACK CORDS (RUBBER COATED). TWO-PRONG PLUG AT ONE END, WITH HEAD FOR ROUND OUTLET AT OTHER END. "H" MARKED ON PLUG. .6 UNKNOWN DEVICE. GREY PLASTIC DISC WITH LARGE FLATHEAD BOLT AT TOP. BELOW IS STEEL SHANK, WITH POINTED END. .7 UNKNOWN DEVICE. STEEL CYLINDRICAL VIAL WITH FOUR HOLES PERFORATED AROUND LOWER END; ENGRAVED "GRAFLEX #2" WITH U.S. PATENT NUMBERS LISTED. THREADED LID WITH TINY HOOK FOR HANGING; INSIDE LID FIXED WITH STEEL SHANK WITH WIRE SPRING AROUND. EXTERIOR OF LID IS SERRATED VERTICALLY. .8 CLEAR PLASTIC PILL CONTAINER; WHITE LID. CONTAINS THREE PIECES WHITE CHALK. .9 KEY. CIRCULAR LOOP AT HEAD; HOLLOW SHANK. STEEL.
Subjects
PHOTOGRAPHIC T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
FROM LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION. CASE IS FOR CROWN GRAFLEX CAMERA, ISSUED TO DETECTIVE GLEN B. MICHELSON IN 1961 BY ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE IDENTIFICATION BRANCH. MICHELSON JOINED LETH. CITY POLICE IN 1950, AND WAS PROMOTED TO DETECTIVE IN 1957. IN 1961 HE ATTENDED A SEVEN-WEEK TRAINING COURSE AT THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE IDENTIFICATION BRANCH SCHOOL IN OTTAWA, WHERE CAMERA WAS ISSUED. CAMERA WAS STANDARD EQUIPMENT OF ALL ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE IDENT BRANCHES IN CANADA. WHEN MICHELSON RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE HE SET UP THE CITY POLICE'S FIRST IDENT BRANCH, AND WORKED AS A QUALIFIED FINGERPRINT TECHNICIAN. THE ANSCO CAMERA WAS ALSO AMONG HIS EARLY EQUIPMENT, AND WAS USED AT CRIME SCENES ETC., THOUGH THE CROWN GRAFLEX WAS THE MORE COMMONLY USED CAMERA. ALTHOUGH THE CASE WAS DONATED TO MUSEUM BY POLICE, THE CAMERA ITSELF REMAINS (03/00) AT THE POLICE STATION. WAS IN USE FOR OVER 20 YEARS. THE CROWN GRAFLEX CAMERA WAS THE FIRST PIECE OF EQUIPMENT ACQUIRED FOR THE NEW INVESTIGATIVE BRANCH IN 1961. STANDARD TO EVERY ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE IDENTIFICATION BRANCH AT THE TIME, THE CAMERA TOOK HIGH QUALITY PHOTOS OF FINGERPRINTS AND CRIME SCENES. THE SMALLER ANSCO CAMERA WAS ALSO USEFUL FOR ACCIDENT AND CRIME SCENES. *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
P19960112062
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
HALLIGAN RESCUE TOOL / HALLIGAN BAR
Date Range From
1985
Date Range To
2015
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL
Catalogue Number
P20150010004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HALLIGAN RESCUE TOOL / HALLIGAN BAR
Date Range From
1985
Date Range To
2015
Materials
STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
14.5
Length
76.0
Width
17.4
Description
STEEL HALLIGAN RESCUE TOOL / HALLIGAN BAR / CROWBAR. SILVER COLOURED METAL. ONE END HAS A CLAW WITH A RECESSED NAIL PULLER, WHILE THE OTHER END HAS A DUCKBILL BLADE (OR ADZE) AND A PICK. THE CLAW IS 17.4CM LONG AND IS EMBOSSED WITH: "PARATECH USA 017120 C I" (THE 'C' IS ACTUALLY A COPYRIGHT SYMBOL). THE HANDLE PORTION OF THE TOOL HAS TWO GRIPS, ONE NEAR THE CLAW AND THE SECOND NEAR THE BLADE AND PICK. THE UNDERSIDE OF THE BLADE IS EMBOSSED WITH: "PARATECH USA 017038 C K" (AGAIN, THE 'C' IS A COPYRIGHT SYMBOL). STAMPED INTO THE HANDLE, TO THE CLAW SIDE OF THE MIDDLE, IS "AMR 7" OVERALL IN FAIR TO GOOD CONDITION. THE BLADE AND PICK ARE VERY RUSTY. THE BLADE HAS A SMALL DENT. THE RUST ON THE BLADE AND PICK IS WORSE, BUT THE CLAW END IS ALSO VERY RUSTED. SURFACE RUST ALL OVER THE HANDLE.
Subjects
MULTIPLE USE ARTIFACTS
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS HALLIGAN RESCUE TOOL / HALLIGAN BAR / CROWBAR WAS USED BY THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT. IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT PROVIDED AT THE TIME OF DONATION, JESSE KURTZ, DEPUTY CHIEF – SUPPORT SERVICES (RETIRED), EXPLAINED THAT THE HALLIGAN TOOL IS A “FORCIBLE ENTRY OR EXIT TOOL USED TO FORCE ENTRY INTO A BUILDING AND ALSO USED FOR FIREFIGHTERS TO FORCE ENTRY OUT OF A BUILDING WHEN STRAPPED. THIS ONE IS STEEL; [NOW] WE HAVE SOME THAT ARE MADE OF TITANIUM AND ARE MUCH LIGHTER.” IN THE SUMMER OF 2015, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN, CONDUCTED A SERIES OF INTERVIEWS WITH CURRENT AND FORMER MEMBERS OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, INCLUDING: CLIFF “CHARLIE” BROWN (HIRED IN 1966, RETIRED 2004), RAYMOND “RAY” PETIT (HIRED 1965, RETIRED 1998), AND TREVOR LAZENBY (HIRED IN 1994). BROWN CALLED IT “JUST ANOTHER FANCY PRY BAR … [THAT] WAS [ON THE TRUCK] WHEN I LEFT.” PETIT AGREED, CALLING IT “A BREAK IN TOOL. IF YOU WANT TO BREAK INTO A HOUSE … CRASH A DOOR, WINDOWS, PRY A DOOR OPEN, JUST A NICE TOOL … I CALL IT THE HOUSE BREAKING TOOLS.” LAZENBY EXPANDED: “THIS GETS USED ALL THE TIME … WHEN IT COMES TO … FORCIBLE ENTRY AND FINDING A MEANS OF EGRESS AND NEEDING A TOOL OF CHOICE, THIS IS PROBABLY THE GO-TO TOOL. YOU CAN PUNCTURE, YOU CAN PRY, YOU CAN BREAK … THERE’S JUST SO MANY USES FOR THIS.” HE CONTINUED: “THE ONLY DRAWBACK WITH THE … OLDER GENERATION HALLIGAN BARS WAS JUST THE FACT THAT THEY WERE JUST SO HEAVY, BUT THE NEWER GENERATION ARE TITANIUM, AND GROSSLY EXPENSIVE BECAUSE OF THAT, AND SO WE DO HAVE A COUPLE OF TITANIUM MODELS BUT OVERALL WE STILL HAVE STEEL ONES ON THE TRUCK FOR THE MOST PART, SO THIS IS ONE OF THE TOOLS THAT WE STILL USE ALL THE TIME. IT COMES OFF THE TRUCK CONSTANTLY.” LAZENBY CONTINUED FURTHER, RELAYING AN INSTANCE WHEN THE HALLIGAN WAS VERY USEFUL: “WE RESPONDED ON AN EMS CALL FOR SOMEONE WHO WAS UNABLE TO ANSWER THE DOOR BECAUSE OF THEIR CONDITION. SO WHEN WE ROLLED UP TO THE HOUSE, THEY HAD A MASSIVE BLACK WROUGHT IRON GATE. IT WAS A SECURITY GATE THAT WAS BOLTED TO THE FRONT OF THAT STRUCTURE OVER THE FRONT DOOR AND WE HAD NO ACCESS, THE WINDOWS WERE BARRED AND EVERYTHING ELSE, WE HAD NO ACCESS INTO THAT STRUCTURE … WE GRABBED WHAT WE NOW KNOW AS THE ‘SET OF IRONS’ AND I HAD THE FLAT HEAD AXE AND MY PARTNER TOOK THE HALLIGAN TOOL AND WE SLIPPED THE FORK IN OVER TOP OF THE BOLTS THAT WERE BEING USED AROUND BASICALLY THE BRICK MOLDING THE FRAME OF THE DOOR AND I STRUCK THE BLADE END UP HERE AND WE WERE ABLE TO ACTUALLY FORCE THE FORK DOWN UNDERNEATH THE BOLT, BETWEEN THE BOLT AND THE WOOD, AND ONE QUICK PRY AND … WE POPPED FOUR BOLTS OFF IN LESS THAN SIXTY SECONDS AND WE WERE INSIDE THE HOUSE. SO I KIND OF WONDERED UP UNTIL THAT POINT ABOUT THE EFFICIENCY OF IT, BECAUSE IT’S NOT SOMETHING THAT WE WANT TO GO AROUND BREAKING THINGS, AND IT UNDERSCORED THE IMPORTANCE OF THE USES AND HOW EFFICIENT THAT TOOL IS ON THE FIRE GROUND. AND NOT JUST FOR FIRE CALLS, BUT THAT WAS AN EMS RUN … VERY USEFUL.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT.
Catalogue Number
P20150010004
Acquisition Date
2015-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
"GRAFLEX - CROWN GRAPHIC"
Date Range From
1961
Date Range To
1985
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL, GLASS
Catalogue Number
P20080008013
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
"GRAFLEX - CROWN GRAPHIC"
Date Range From
1961
Date Range To
1985
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL, GLASS
No. Pieces
2
Height
21.2
Length
26.0
Width
18.2
Description
CAMERA, FOLDING. HARD, BLACK PLASTIC CASE WITH VIIEWFINDER WINDOW. FRONT PANEL FOLDS DOWN TO REVEAL AN EXPANDABLE, ACCORDION FOLD, CAMERA LENSE. LENSE MOVES BACK AND FORTH ON METAL TRACKS. VARIOUS HOOKS AND KNOBS ON SIDE AND BACK OF CASE. FRONT OF CASE MARKED "GRAFLEX" ON SILVER COLORED PLAQUE. FRONT OF CAMERA MARKED, "CROWN GRAPHIC... SYNCHRO COMPUR." FRONT OF CASE DOES NOT CLOSE.
Subjects
PHOTOGRAPHIC T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS CROWN GRAFLEX CAMERA WAS THE FIRST PIECE OF EQUIPMENT ACQUIRED FOR THE NEW INVESTIGATIVE BRANCH IN 1961. IT WAS STANDARD TO EVERY RCMP IDENTIFICATION BRANCH AT THE TIME, THE CAMERA TOOK HIGH QUALITY PHOTOS OF FINGERPRINTS AND CRIPME SCENES, AND WAS USED LOCALLY FOR OVER TWENTY YEARS. RETIRED SUPERINTENDENT IN CHARGE OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS FOR THE LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE, GLEN MICHELSON, WROTE A LETTER TO EXPLAIN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE IDENTIFICATION DEPARTMENT WHICH RELIED HEAVILY ON THE USE OF THE CAMERA. SEE BELOW: "IDENTIFICATION RECORDS (FINGERPRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHY) OF PRISONERS WAS STARTED BY THE LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE IN 1931 BY DETECTIVE SYD WALLIS. COPIES OF PHOTOGRAPHS AND FINGERPRINTS WERE DISTRIBUTED TO OTHER POLICE FORCES BY MUTUAL AGREEMENT IN THESE EARLY YEARS. THEN LATER A COPY OF THE FINGERPRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS WERE FORWARDED TO THE R.C.M. POLICE, A NATIONAL POLICE SERVICE, IDENTIFICATION BRANCH AT THEIR OTTAWA HEADQUARTERS FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL POLICE FORCES IN CANADA AND IN OTHER COUNTRIES AS WELL. LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE HAVE MAINTAINED AN EXCELLENT COLLECTION OF IDENTIFICATION RECORDS (FINGERPRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS) SINCE THAT TIME. I STARTED MY CAREER IN LAW ENFORCEMENT APRIL 14TH, 1947 BY JOINING THE R.C.M. POLICE FORCE IN LETHBRIDGE. I TRAINED IN REGINA AND ROCKCLIFFE “N” DIVISION HEADQUARTERS NEAR OTTAWA. I PURCHASED MY DISCHARGE FROM THAT FORCE JULY 31ST, 1950. I JOINED THE LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE FORCE AUGUST 29TH, 1950 UNDER THEN CHIEF GEORGE HARVEY. I RETIRED FROM THE CITY POLICE FORCE JULY 31ST, 1984. WHILE ON DUTY IN THE COMPLAINT OFFICE I BECOME INTERESTED IN FINGERPRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHY. I CONSIDERED THE IDENTIFICATION OF CRIMINALS ACT IN THE CRIMINAL CODE TO PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS. AS I MENTIONED, THIS HAD BEEN STARTED BY SYD WALLIS, DETECTIVE) IN 1931. I STARTED FINGERPRINTING AND PHOTOGRAPHING PRISONERS, ALSO DEVELOPING PICTURES IN A SMALL CLOSET LIKE DARK ROOM HARDLY SUITABLE FOR THAT PURPOSE IN THE BASEMENT OF THE OLD POLICE STATION, 5TH ST. & 5TH AVE. SOUTH, LETHBRIDGE. I STARTED PLAIN CLOTHES (DETECTIVE) WORK IN 1957 AND TAKING A FEW PICTURES AT CRIME SCENES. I OBTAINED GOOD INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS FROM TWO WELL KNOWN PHOTOGRAPHERS IN LETHBRIDGE, DR. VICTOR SPACKMAN, AND NEILS KLOPENBERG. THEY WAS MORE THAN WILLING TO GIVE ME HELP. FOR ANY MAJOR CRIME SCENES WE CALLED THE R.C.M. POLICE IDENTIFICATION OFFICER TO TAKE FINGERPRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS. THEY HAD A IDENTIFICATION BRANCH AT THE R.C.M. POLICE SUB-DIVISION OFFICE IN LETHBRIDGE. THIS OFFICER WAS ALWAYS WILLING TO GIVE US ASSISTANCE. ON FEBRUARY 27TH, 1961 UNTIL APRIL 14TH, 1961, I ATTENDED THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE IDENTIFICATION BRANCH SCHOOL IN OTTAWA AT THEIR HEADQUARTERS, (CLASS NUMBER 22). THIS COURSE OF INSTRUCTION INCLUDED FINGERPRINTS, PHOTOGRAPHY AND OTHER METHODS OF IDENTIFICATION, FOR ANY CRIME SCENE OR ACCIDENT REQUIRING POLICE INVESTIGATION. I WAS THE FIRST LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE MEMBER TO ATTEND SUCH A CLASS. I RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE AND SET UP THE FIRST CITY POLICE IDENTIFICATION BRANCH, AN OFFICE, WORK ROOM AND DARK ROOM, COMPLETE WITH FINGERPRINT FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT, CAMERAS AND CROWN GRAFLEX CAMERA TO TAKE PICTURES ANYWHERE, THEN TO DEVELOP THEM AND BE JUDGED ON OUR WORK, THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE NEW POLICE STATION ADDITION WAS IN SEPT. 1963. I ENJOYED CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS AND DOING THE IDENTIFICATION WORK AT CRIME SCENES AND PHOTOGRAPHING THE SCENES AND OTHERS THAT REQUIRED INVESTIGATION. IN MY VIEW IT WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT POLICE WORK AND IT WOULD GIVE ME GREAT SATISFACTION IF I COULD LOCATE A FINGERPRINT LEFT AT A CRIME SCENE THAT WOULD IDENTIFY THE PERSON BEING THERE, OR FIND ANY OTHER PHYSICAL EVIDENCE AT THE CRIME SCENE THAT WAS CONNECTED TO THE OFFENDER. I DID HAVE GREAT SUCCESS IN FINGERPRINTING AND WAS ABLE TO PHOTOGRAPH THE FINGERPRINTS AT CRIME SCENES, AND PROCESS THEM READY FOR COURT. I WAS ABLE TO QUALIFY MYSELF AS A FINGERPRINT EXPERT IN JUVENILE COURT, MAGISTRATES COURT AND ALBERTA SUPREME COURT (NOW CALLED COURT OF QUEENS BENCH.) I ALSO GAVE EVIDENCE AT CORONERS INQUESTS IN FINGERPRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHY. FINGERPRINT EVIDENCE IS THE MOST COMMON, MOST SOUGHT AFTER, POSITIVE AND VALUABLE OF ALL TYPES OF EVIDENCE ENCOUNTERED IN CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS. THE FINDING OF A FINGERPRINT, HOWEVER AT THE CRIME SCENE IS NOT PROOF OF GUILT BY ITSELF, NOR ANY INDICATION OF GUILT UNTIL ALL THE ELEMENTS AND FACTS OF THE CASE ARE CONSIDERED, BUT IT PROVES THE PRESENCE AT THE SCENE OF THE OFFENCE OF THE PERSON WHO MADE THE FINGERPRINT IMPRESSION. THE PRESENCE OF THAT PERSON AT THE SCENE OF THE OFFENCE CANNOT BE REFUTED OR DENIED. IT MAY BE ALIBIED BUT IT IS POSITIVE AS TO HIS OR HER PRESENCE WHETHER OR NOT THAT PRESENCE WAS LEGITIMATE. FINGERPRINT IDENTIFICATION IS BASED ON THE ACCEPTED FACT THAT NO TWO FINGERPRINTS HAVE EVER BEEN FOUND TO BE IDENTICAL IN EVERY DETAIL. ONLY ONE PERSON AND ONLY ONE FINGER OF THAT PERSON CAN MAKE A GIVEN IMPRESSION, THE IMPRESSION CANNOT BE DUPLICATED BY ANY OTHER FINGER IN THE WORLD. IT WAS GRATIFYING AND AN HONOUR TO BE NAMED AS A FINGERPRINT EXAMINER BY THE SOLICITOR GENERAL OF CANADA IN THE CANADA GAZETTE APRIL 11TH, 1970. THIS WAS ANOTHER FIRST FOR THE LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE. THIS WAS PURSUANT TO SECTION 594 OF THE CRIMINAL CODE OF CANADA. I ALSO ATTENDED AN ADVANCED IDENTIFICATION SERVICES FIELD SEMINAR HELD AT MYNARSKI PARK, PENHOLD ALBERTA ON OCT. 15TH, 1971. ALSO AN INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR IDENTIFICATION CONFERENCE AND SEMINAR AT BOISE IDAHO, USA IN MAY 1982 ON IDENTIFICATION TECHNIQUES. AFTER I WAS PROMOTED TO THE OFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION BRANCH, OTHER MEMBERS OF THE FORCE WERE SELECTED TO ATTEND THE R.C.M. POLICE IDENTIFICATION COURSE IN OTTAWA. THE IDENTIFICATION SECTION HAS BECOME AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE FORCE. D.N.A. EVIDENCE IS NOW CONSIDERED TO BE IMPORTANT AND CONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE IN IDENTIFICATION WORK." FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE. CAMERA CASE WAS PREVIOUSLY ACCESSIONED. SEE P19960112062.
Catalogue Number
P20080008013
Acquisition Date
2007-01
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
POLICE RIOT
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, PLEXIGLASS
Catalogue Number
P19960112039
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
POLICE RIOT
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
PLASTIC, PLEXIGLASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
21.5
Length
27
Width
21
Description
NAVY BLUE BASEBALL HELMET WITH A PLEXIGLASS FACE SHIELD, MARKED "POLICE" IN LARGE WHITE LETTERS ACROSS THE FRONT ABOVE THE BRIM. ALSO HAS A NAVY BLUE VINYL NECK STAP ATTACHED TO SIDES OF HELMET. EMBOSSED ON THE UNDERSIDE OF THE BRIM "AMERICAN BASEBALL CAP MEDIA. PENNA. U.S. PAT. NO. 186759". BLACK FOAM PADDING IN THE INTERIOR IS DETERIORATING & FLAKING. LIKE NEW.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-BODY ARMOR
CLOTHING-HEADWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
RIOT HELMET. *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
P19960112039
Acquisition Date
1996-12
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
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
Collection
Museum
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