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Other Name
SIPHON HAND PUMP
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
RUBBER, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19960112059
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SIPHON HAND PUMP
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
RUBBER, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
245
Width
5.5
Description
BLACK RUBBER TUBE WITH A BULB USED TO PUMP LIQUID THROUGH THE LONG, NARROW, BLACK TUBE INTO THE CLEAR PLASTIC SECTION. METAL BRACKET ATTACHES EACH DIFFERENT SECTION OF TUBING. RUBBER IS ONLY SLIGHTLY STIFF. HANDMADE.
Subjects
MULTIPLE USE ARTIFACT
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
POSSIBLY USED TO SIPHON GASOLINE FROM A TANK TO CHECK FOR ILLEGAL USAGE OF PURPLE GASOLINE. *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
P19960112059
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
NOOSE, HANGING
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
ROPE, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19990088001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
NOOSE, HANGING
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1950
Materials
ROPE, COTTON
No. Pieces
2
Height
6.6
Length
30.9
Width
18.3
Description
A LENGTH OF STRAW COLOURED ROPE. ROPE IS MADE UP OF 4 THICK STRANDS OF TWISTED FIBER, TWISTED TOGETHER AGAIN. THE ROPE IS TIED INTO A LOOP WITH A PIECE OF COTTON STRING. THE ENDS OF THE ROPE ARE VERY FRAYED. JUST BELOW EACH FRAYED END OF THE ROPE, IT IS TIED WITH ANOTHER PIECE OF COTTON STRING. PIECES OF STRING ARE DIRTY; NO LONGER WHITE.
Subjects
MULTIPLE USE ARTIFACT
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ITEM ORIGINALLY BELONGED TO DONOR'S FATHER, EDWARD BUCHANAN. EDWARD WAS A STAND-IN FOR THE EXECUTIONER AT THE LETHBRIDGE JAIL. EDWARD WAS PRESENT AT THE EXECUTION IN WHICH THIS ROPE WAS USED, IN THE LATE 1940S. THE EXECUTIONER SHOWED UP SO EDWARD DID NOT HAVE TO PERFORM THE EXECUTION HIMSELF, BUT KEPT PART OF THE ROPE THAT WAS USED. 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 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. *** NOOSE LABEL COPY BELOW SUBMITTED TO LETHBRIDGE LIVING MAGAZINE ON 11 FEBRUARY 2013 AS PART OF MAGAZINE’S WHAT’S IT FEATURE. COPY WAS AUTHORED BY COLLECTION VOLUNTEER KIRSTEN CHRISTOPHERSON AND DEVELOPED WITH ASSISTANCE FROM NOOSE DONOR TED BUCHANAN WHO PARTICIPATED IN A GALT INTERVIEW ON 18 JANUARY 2013. TO READ OR VIEW ENTIRE INTERVIEW, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE. IN NOVEMBER 1948 CHIEF JUSTICE W.R. HOWSON DELIVERED THE SENTENCE THAT CONVICTED MURDERER STANLEY DONALD MCLAREN WAS WAITING FOR; “YOU WILL BE TAKEN FROM HERE TO THE PROVINCIAL JAIL AT LETHBRIDGE AND CONFINED TILL MARCH 30, 1949, AND ON THAT DATE YOU WILL BE TAKEN TO THE PLACE OF YOUR EXECUTION AND HANGED BY THE NECK UNTIL YOU ARE DEAD. AND MAY THE LORD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOUL.” THREE YEARS PRIOR TO HIS SENTENCING MCLAREN WAS ROBBING A STORE IN CALGARY WHEN HE GOT INTO A STRUGGLE WITH GROCER LUM YUM WING, FATALLY STRIKING HIM WITH A REVOLVER. A YEAR OF INJUSTICE PASSED UNTIL MCLAREN WAS ARRESTED IN TORONTO FOR A SEPARATE, UNRELATED INCIDENT. UPON ARREST, HIS WIFE PROVIDED INFORMATION TO AUTHORITIES ON HIS PREVIOUS CRIME, LEADING HIM TO CONFESS TO MURDER. NOOSE DONOR AND EXECUTION WITNESS TED BUCHANAN IS THE SON OF THE LATE MR. EDWARD BUCHANAN, A FORMER LETHBRIDGE RCMP STAFF SERGEANT. IN 2013, THE JUNIOR BUCHANAN TOLD THE MUSEUM THAT A LOCAL SHERIFF WAS ASSIGNED RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE 1949 LETHBRIDGE HANGING. “THIS SHERIFF”, SAID TED, “WAS VERY UNEASY THAT IF THE HANGMAN COULDN’T DO HIS JOB THEN HE WAS GOING TO HAVE TO [DO IT]. HE ASKED IF DAD WOULD STEP IN FOR HIM AND DAD AGREED. DAD (THEREFORE) HAD SOME AUTHORITY AND HE WAS …RESPONSIBLE FOR WHO WAS THERE. HE ASKED ME ONE NIGHT… ‘WOULD YOU LIKE TO COME UP TO THE JAIL AND WITNESS A HANGING?’ AND I THOUGHT ABOUT IT FOR A MINUTE AND I SAID, ‘SURE.’” IT WASN’T UNTIL ABOUT A DECADE LATER WHEN EDWARD UNLOCKED A TRUNK FULL OF MEMORABILIA FROM HIS TIME WITH THE RCMP THAT TED LEARNED THAT HIS FATHER HAD TAKEN THE NOOSE HOME WITH HIM. SAID TED IN 2013, “THE REASON HE BROUGHT IT OUT WAS BECAUSE I WAS A WITNESS TO THIS HANGING AT THE JAIL. AND THIS WAS THE ROPE THAT WAS AROUND THE NECK OF THE FELLOW.” TED RECALLED “[DAD] THOUGHT THESE THINGS WOULD BE INTERESTING TO PUT INTO A MUSEUM SOMETIME. …HE SAID THESE THINGS CAME FROM LETHBRIDGE, FIND OUT IF [THE GALT MUSEUM & ARCHIVES] WOULD BE INTERESTED IN THEM.” AS PER EDWARD’S REQUEST, TED DONATED THIS PIECE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE HISTORY AND OTHER RELATED ARTIFACTS TO THE MUSEUM IN 1999.
Catalogue Number
P19990088001
Acquisition Date
2000-03
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
CROSS STRAP
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1988
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS, CHROME
Catalogue Number
P20000076002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CROSS STRAP
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1988
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS, CHROME
No. Pieces
1
Height
3.9
Length
101.8
Width
2.9
Description
BROWN LEATHER CROSS STRAP. ONE END IS NARROWER. ATTACHED TO WIDE END OF STRAP IS A LEATHER LOOP, ATTACHED TO A CHROME BALL ON STRAP. ON NARROWER END, STRAP IS DOUBLED OVER, AND HAS A BRASS BUCKLE. ALSO, AT THIS END IS A BRASS HOOK/CLOSURE.
Subjects
MULTIPLE USE ARTIFACT
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
SEE P20000076001-GA FOR HISTORY. RELATED CATALOGUE NUMBERS P20000076001-11-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING AN RCMP UNIFORM DONATED BY CELESTE MENT. THE UNIFORM BELONGED TO THE DONOR’S BROTHER. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE FOR A COPY OF THE INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION.
Catalogue Number
P20000076002
Acquisition Date
2001-07
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
R.C.M.P COMMEMORATIVE
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
ROSEWOOD, STEEL, GOLD PLATE
Catalogue Number
P19900007021
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
R.C.M.P COMMEMORATIVE
Date
1973
Materials
ROSEWOOD, STEEL, GOLD PLATE
No. Pieces
1
Length
109.8
Width
21.5
Description
WOOD & GOLD PLATE HANDLE , STAINLESS STEEL BLADE. HANDLE HAS R.C.M.P. CREST. BLADE IS INSCRIBED WITH SCENES & SYMBOLS OF N.W.M.P., R.C.M.P. HISTORY & ALSO WILKINSON (MAKER) CREST. NUMBERED ON REVERSE OF BLADE NR. HILT, "CO 388".
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
ARMAMENT-EDGED
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
SAFETY SERVICES
History
MADE BY WILKINSON FOR CENTENNIAL OF ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE IN 1973. ONLY 1000 MADE, EACH IS NUMBERED ON BLADE. ENGRAVED SCENES WERE PRODUCED FOR WILKINSON BY ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE ARTIST, STAFF SGT. PAUL SEDERBURG. BASED ON TRADITIONAL CLAYMORE SWORD IT BEARS NO RELATION TO SWORDS HISTORICALLY WORN BY THE FORCE, MADE AS OFFICIAL SOUVENIR ONLY. ACQUIRED BY DONOR WHEN OWNER COLIN CAMPBELL, A LETHBRIDGE COLLECTOR DIED. WILLIAM HERBERT SCORESBY SKELTON WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE ON 6 APRIL 1920. HIS PARENTS WERE MARION SCORESBY SKELTON AND HERBERT SCORESBY SKELTON. EDUCATED LOCALLY, MR. SKELTON WORKED AT THE DOMINION EXPERIMENTAL FARM (NOW THE LETHBRIDGE RESEARCH CENTRE) FOR SEVERAL YEARS. HE BEGAN HIS CAREER AS A REPORTER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD IN 1943. AFTER FIVE YEARS AT THE NEWSPAPER, HE BECAME NEWS DIRECTOR AT RADIO STATION CJOC ON 15 FEBRUARY 1948. DURING HIS FIRST TWO YEARS AT THE RADIO STATION, MR. SKELTON WAS THE ONLY EMPLOYEE IN THE NEWS DEPARTMENT. MR. SKELTON ORGANIZED THE FIRST FULL-TIME NEWS DEPARTMENT AT THE RADIO STATION AND WAS NEWS DIRECTOR FOR THE JOINT RADIO – TELEVISION OPERATIONS OF SELKIRK COMMUNICATIONS IN LETHBRIDGE AND SOUTHERN ALBERTA. BY THE TIME OF HIS RETIREMENT IN APRIL 1978, CJOC HAD EIGHT EMPLOYEES IN THE NEWS DEPARTMENT. WILLIAM SKELTON MARRIED MARY THERESA FRANCIS IN SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, LETHBRIDGE ON 3 AUGUST 1957. THE COUPLE DID NOT HAVE CHILDREN. DURING HIS LIFE MR. SKELTON WAS VERY ACTIVE AS A VOLUNTEER WITH MANY COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS: THE SOUTHERN ALBERTA BOY SCOUT COUNCIL, WINSTON CHURCHILL HIGH SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL, THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE’S ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC INFORMATION, LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM, YWCA BUILDING FUND DRIVE, 1975 CANADA WINTER GAMES PROTOCOL COMMITTEE, LETHBRIDGE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, 1981 ALBERTA SUMMER GAMES, PUBLIC RELATIONS ADVISOR FOR THE SIR ALEXANDER GALT MUSEUM, A CHARTER MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE JAYCEES, SOUTHERN ALBERTA COUNCIL ON PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND THE LETHBRIDGE & DISTRICT UNITED WAY, AMONG OTHERS. HE ALSO VOLUNTEERED HIS SERVICES WITH LETHBRIDGE OVERTURE CONCERTS, THE ALBERTA MOTOR ASSOCIATION, LETHBRIDGE AND DISTRICT JAPANESE GARDEN SOCIETY AND THE LOCAL BRANCH OF THE COMMITTEE FOR AN INDEPENDENT CANADA. WILLIAM SKELTON DIED ON 13 JULY 1998, AGE 78, AND IS BURIED IN MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY IN LETHBRIDGE. MARY THERESA SKELTON (NEE FRANCIS) WAS THE DAUGHTER OF DR. AND MRS. JAMES R. FRANCIS AND THE GRANDDAUGHTER OF REVEREND JAMES ROBERTSON D.D., A FORMER MODERATOR OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN CANADA. A TEACHER AT LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE FROM 1945 UNTIL HER RETIREMENT, MARY SKELTON WAS ALSO ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY. MRS. SKELTON WAS A MEMBER OF THE CANADIAN FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN; THE SENIOR HIGH NOVELS, NON-FICTION AND DRAMA AD HOC CURRICULUM COMMITTEE OF ALBERTA EDUCATION; THE LETHBRIDGE SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATION; AND A DRIVER FOR LETHBRIDGE MEALS ON WHEELS. MRS. SKELTON WAS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF THE SIR ALEXANDER GALT MUSEUM DURING THE TIME OF THE MUSEUM’S FIRST RENOVATION AND EXPANSION IN 1983-1985. MARY SKELTON DIED ON 23 AUGUST 2000, AGE 80, AND IS BURIED BESIDE HER HUSBAND IN MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY. [SOURCES: THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, VARIOUS ISSUES; WHO’S WHO IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA 1988-1989 (HISTORICAL RESEARCH CENTRE, 1989) PAGES 739-740] *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON DEVELOPED THE FOLLOWING BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF THIS ARTIFACT'S ORIGINAL COLLECTOR, COLIN CAMPBELL, FROM INFORMATION IN THE GALT ARCHIVES AND HIS LETHBRIDGE HERALD OBITUARY. COLIN CAMPBELL WAS BORN ON DECEMBER 20, 1903 IN SCOTLAND, AND CAME TO CANADA IN 1911, SETLLING IN EDMONTON. HE WAS COMMISSIONED A 2ND LIEUTENANT IN THE EDMONTON FUSILIERS IN 1936, AND SERVED OVERSEAS DURING WORLD WAR II WITH THE SASKATOON LIGHT INFANTRY. IN THE EARLY 1950S CAMPBELL MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE, WHERE HE WORKED AS AN ACCOUNTANT FOR STERN'S FURNITURE. CAMPBELL WAS A MEMBER OF THE ELKS AND THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION NO. 4, WHICH HE MANAGED. HE WAS THE NEIGHBOUR OF THE DONORS, BILL AND MARY SKELTON. COLIN CAMPBELL DIED IN LETHBRIDGE ON MAY 2, 1979. SEE PERMANENT FILE P19910064001 FOR HARDCOPY OF CAMPBELL'S OBITUARY.
Catalogue Number
P19900007021
Acquisition Date
1991-02
Collection
Museum
Images
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