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Other Name
SAMPLE MATERIAL
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON
Catalogue Number
P19960112086
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SAMPLE MATERIAL
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
NYLON
No. Pieces
2
Height
1
Length
24.4
Width
16.5
Description
WHITE PAPER ENVELOPE WITH RED PRINT READING "SECOND CHANCE TESTING INSTRUCTIONS" WITH DESCRIPTION OF PRODUCT AND USE. CONTAINS STITCHED BUNCH OF YELLOW NYLON FABRIC OF DIFFERENT THICKNESSES OF WEAVE. EDGES FRAYED.
Subjects
ARTIFACT REMNANT
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
*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
P19960112086
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
NAME BAR
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NICKEL
Catalogue Number
P19960112018
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
NAME BAR
Materials
NICKEL
No. Pieces
3
Height
0.7
Length
5.7
Width
1
Description
RECTANGULAR NAME BAR MARKED IN BLACK TEXT "D. WOOD", WITH TWO THREADED PINS ON THE BACK THAT HAVE NICKEL BACKINGS WHICH SCREW ON TO SECURE NAME TAG.
Subjects
DOCUMENTARY ARTIFACT
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
NAME TAG WORN BY A LETHBRIDGE POLICE OFFICER D. WOOD. *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
P19960112018
Acquisition Date
1996
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
LAW ENFORCEMENT CODE OF ETHICS
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GLASS, PAPER, WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19960112065
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LAW ENFORCEMENT CODE OF ETHICS
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
GLASS, PAPER, WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.5
Length
39.4
Width
29.3
Description
BLACK FRAMED "LAW ENFORCEMENT CODE OF ETHICS", WITH THE BACK COVERED WITH BROWN PAPER & MARKED "THE ART STUDIO ON FIFTH AVENUE LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA". ITEM OUTLINES THE EXPECTATIONS OF A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER ACCORDING TO THE "INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATON OF CHIEFS OF POLICE, INC.". PAPER ON BACK TORN.
Subjects
DOCUMENTARY ARTIFACT
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
*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
P19960112065
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
POLICE DECAL
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19960112063
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
POLICE DECAL
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
PAPER
No. Pieces
1
Length
47.5
Width
45.6
Description
STICKER MARKED "LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE PREVENTION- PROTECTION - SERVICE" IN BLUE TEXT ON A GOLD CREST WITH RED TRIM. THE CENTRE HAS THE IMAGE OF 2 HANDS SHAKING. ITEM IS A LARGE STICKER, THAT STILL HAS A BACKING THAT IS MARKED "FASSON FAS CAL MARKING FILM". SURFACE SCRATCHED AND EDGES WORN, BUT INTACT.
Subjects
DOCUMENTARY ARTIFACT
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
*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
P19960112063
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
FIRE HYDRANT OR FIREPLUG
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CAST IRON
Catalogue Number
P19870004000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
FIRE HYDRANT OR FIREPLUG
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1920
Materials
CAST IRON
No. Pieces
4
Height
91.7
Length
44.0
Width
52.0
Description
HYDRANT FEATURES 3 SCREWED CAPS, REMOVED FOR COUPLING FIRE HOSES. 1 SHUT-OFF VALVE TOP MOUNTED. INSPECTION PLATE C/W 6 BOLTS. PAINTED RED, YELLOW. PROBABLY MADE IN A SINGLE CAST PROCESS. THREADED HOSE COUPLINGS & SOLID BRASS VALVE. LEAD PACKING. CREST EMBOSSED ON FRONT LETTERS; LETTERS ILLEGIBLE.
Subjects
OTHER STRUCTURE
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
MANUFACTURED IN ONTARIO. INSTALLED AS PART OF ORIGINAL FIRE FIGHTING SYSTEM ON S.W. CORNER OF 13 STREET & 6 AVENUE SOUTH. REMOVED DURING SYSTEM UPGRADE 1985-86. SYSTEM INSTALLED IN FIRST 2 DECADES OF CENTURY.
Catalogue Number
P19870004000
Acquisition Date
1987-03
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
CANADIAN BILL OF RIGHTS
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GLASS, PAPER, WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19960112066
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CANADIAN BILL OF RIGHTS
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
GLASS, PAPER, WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.8
Length
63.7
Width
48.5
Description
BLACK WOODEN FRAMED EXAMPLE OF "THE CANADIAN BILL OF RIGHTS", OUTLINES "THE RECOGNITION AND PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS". IMAGE OF PARLIAMENT BUILDING ON THE BOTTOM LEFT CORNER. STICKER ON BACK MARKED "A.E. CROSS YOUR KODAK DEALER `EVERYTHING PHOTOGRAPHIC' 710-3RD AVE. S. LETHBRIDGE, ALTA.". ALSO STAMPED ON BACK "RALPH D. MICHELSON D/SGT. CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION BRANCH LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE". PAPER ON BACK TORN.
Subjects
DOCUMENTARY ARTIFACT
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
STATUTES OF CANADA, AUG 10TH, 1960. *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
P19960112066
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
HANDWRITING SAMPLE
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GLASS, PAPER, WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19960112064
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HANDWRITING SAMPLE
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
GLASS, PAPER, WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.9
Length
44.2
Width
40.7
Description
FRAMED SAMPLE OF HANDWRITING. SAMPLE SPLIT IN HALF, THE LEFT SIDE DISPLAYING THE "QUESTIONED" SAMPLES, AND THE RIGHT IS THE "KNOWN" SAMPLES. BLACK WOODEN FRAME, & COVERED WITH BROWN PAPER ON THE BACK. STICKER ON BACK MARKED "A.E. CROSS YOUR KODAK DEALER `EVERYTING PHOTOGRAPHIC' 710-3RD AVE. S. LETHBRIDGE, ALTA." PAPER ON BACK TORN.
Subjects
DOCUMENTARY ARTIFACT
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BETWEEN 2008 AND 2009, LETHBRIDGE POLICE SUPERINTENDENT GLEN MICHELSON STATED, “I HANDLED THE CASE, IT WAS FORGERY OF A GOVERNMENT FAMILY ALLOWANCE CHEQUE”. “THIS WAS A CASE OF FRAUD WHERE A WOMAN WROTE A CHEQUE, (HER) HAND WRITING WAS SENT TO THE RCMP LAB IN REGINA (AND) [IT] WAS EXAMINED BY SGT. ROBERTSON OF THE RCMP, (WHO) FOUND THE WRITING TO BE THE SAME. THE ACCUSED WAS CONVICTED.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFO. FORGERY SAMPLE. *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
P19960112064
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
R.C.M.P. COAT OF ARMS
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19910064003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
R.C.M.P. COAT OF ARMS
Date
1952
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, PAPER
No. Pieces
1
Length
37.2
Width
27.2
Description
FRAMED COLOR ILLUSTRATION OF THE R.C.M.P. COAT OF ARMS, REGISTERED WITH THE COLLEGE OF ARMS.
Subjects
DOCUMENTARY ARTIFACT
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
DONOR ACQUIRED PRINT FROM COLIN CAMPBELL UPON HIS DEATH. CAMPBELL WAS A COLLECTOR OF POLICE & MILITARY MEMORABILIA. *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
P19910064003
Acquisition Date
1991-09
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
FRAMED POLICE CREST
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19960112072
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
FRAMED POLICE CREST
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
PLASTIC, PAPER
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.1
Length
49
Width
49
Description
DECAL CONSISTS OF WHITE BACKGROUND; CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE CREST IN CENTRE. BLUE, GOLD, GREEN, AND RED. MOUNTED ON CARDBOARD BACKING; BLACK PLASTIC FRAME WITH PIANO WIRE MOUNTED ON BACK FOR HANGING. SEVERAL STEEL TENSION BANDS MOUNTED BETWEEN FRAME AND CARDBOARD.
Subjects
DOCUMENTARY ARTIFACT
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
FROM LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION; FOR MORE HISTORY SEE P19960112001-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON THE LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE FORCE CREST WAS EXCERPTED FROM THE FORCE'S 'ORDER OF DRESS POLICY' FROM THE MID-1990S, FOUND IN PERMANENT FILE P19960112001: "THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE CREST WHICH FORMS THE CIRCULAR CENTRE PORTION OF THE POLICE CREST WAS DESIGNED BY JOHN S. CHIVERS, THE PARISH PRIEST OF ST. AUGUSTINES ANGLICAN CHURCH IN 1906. THE CROWN ABOVE THE COAT OF ARMS SIGNIFIED CANADA'S ALLEGIANCE TO THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY. THE CIRCULAR PORTION REPRESENTED THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE CITY'S ECONOMY AT THAT TIME, THOSE BEING TRANSPORTATION, AGRICULTURE, AND COAL MINING. THE DATES 1890 AND 1906 ARE THE DATES OF LETHBRDGE'S INCORPORATION FIRST AS A TOWN AND LATER AS A CITY. THE PANORAMIC VIEW IN THE BACKGROUND PORTRAYS THE MOUNTAINS AND FOOTHILLS. THE LATIN MOTTO 'AD OCCASIONIS JANUAM' MEANS 'GATEWAY TO OPPORTUNITY'. IN 1947 THE LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE FORCE CREST WAS DESIGNED BY CHIEF CONSTABLE G. HARVEY AND AUTHORIZED BY CITY COUNCIL. IT CONTAINS A RIBBON INSCRIBED WITH THE WORD 'LETHBRIDGE' WHICH IS ARCHED OVER A BEAVER. ABOVE THIS IS A SHIELD CENTRED WITH THE COAT OF ARMS OF THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE. THE SHIELD IS FLANKED WITH MAPLE LEAFS AND A RIBBON AT THE TOP INSCRIBED 'POLICE'. THE CROWN AT THE TOP SIGNIFIED THE OFFICE OF A POLICE OFFICER AS A LOYAL AGENT OF THE CROWN, HOWEVER OFFICIAL SANCTION TO USE THE CROWN WAS NOT RECEIVED UNTIL 1966, WHEN UPON APPLICATION HER MAJESTY, QUEEN ELIZABETH ii, APPROCED THE USE OF THE ST. EDWARD CROWN ON THE OFFICIAL CREST OF THE FORCE."
Catalogue Number
P19960112072
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COPPER, RAYON
Catalogue Number
P19950038010
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Material Type
Artifact
Date
1950
Materials
COPPER, RAYON
No. Pieces
6
Length
12.7
Width
5.2
Diameter
3.9
Description
1. RED RIBBON MEDAL: COPPER NAME PLATE IS RECTANGULAR WITH ROUNDED ADDITION ON TOP THAT IS AN ETCHED PICTURE OF THE SAN FRANCISCO BRIDGE. BELOW READS "SAN FRANCISCO", WITH A SMALL PIECE OF COPPER BELOW. INSIDE OF PLATE IS OPENING FOR NAME TAG WHICH IS PAPER THAT HAS TYPED ON IT "W. H. SHORT, LETHBRIDGE, ALTA.". ON BACK IS TOP PIN FOR ATTACHING TO CLOTHING AND BOTTOM PIN FOR PINNING TO RIBBON. AT TOP HAS THREE SYMBOLS STAMPED IN. RED RAYON RIBBON READS "77TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS SAN FRANCISCO SEPT. 12-15 1950". RIBBON IS LOOPED THROUGH THE HANDLE OF A MEDAL BELOW AND ENDS ARE SEWN TOGETHER AT TOP. ROUND COPPER MEDAL HAS FIVE INTERSECTING HORNS IN CENTRE AND READS BELOW "ORG. OCT. 20TH 1875". AROUND OUTSIDE READS "INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS". OUTSIDE LIP HAS DIAGONAL GROOVES. ON BACK READS "SOUVENIR 77TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS SAN FRANCISCO 1950". HAS MINOR PITTING AND CORROSION. RIBBON IS TORN OFF THE NAME PLATE. ENDS OF RIBBON ARE FRAYING, IS SOILED. 2. WHITE RIBBON MEDAL: IDENTICAL TO #1 EXCEPT RIBBON IS WHITE AND NAME TAG READS "MRS W.H.SHORT, LETHBRIDGE, ALTA.".
Subjects
DOCUMENTARY ARTIFACT
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
DONATED IN MEMORY OF MRS. AGNES SHORT, WHO WAS A NURSE IN LETHBRIDGE UNTIL C. 1970. HELPED WITH FIRST POLIO VACCINATION HERE, AND WAS PART OF THE HEALTH CLINIC FOR ABOUT 20 YEARS. FATHER WAS WILLIAM H. SHORT, WHO WAS THE LAST FIRE CHIEF OF THE OLD NO.1 FIREHALL IN LETHBRIDGE. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A BELT DONATED BY SHARON DEREK. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. THE DONOR, SHARON DERRICK, IS THE NIECE OF AGNES SHORT. AGNES CHRISTINA SHORT WAS BORN ON APRIL 20, 1916 TO WILLIAM H. AND BERTHA SHORT (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). SHE GRADUATED FROM LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE AND THEN ATTDNED THE CALGARY GENERAL HOSPITAL FOR NURSING TRAINING, WHICH SHE GRADUATED FROM IN 1939. AGNES WAS THE SUPERVISOR AT THE GALT HOSPITAL FROM 1939-1945. SHE WAS IN CHARGE OF THE NURSING STAFF OF LETHBRIDGE SCHOOL DISTRICT #51 FROM 1947 UNTIL 1958. SHE WAS ALSO THE DIRECTOR OF NURSING AT THE LETHBRIDGE HEALTH UNIT FROM 1964 UNTIL HER RETIREMENT. SHE RETIRED IN 1980 AFTER 42 YEARS OF NURSING. AGNES PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 78 ON OCTOBER 20, 1994. WILLIAM HENRY SHORT WAS AGNES’S FATHER. HE WAS BORN IN LONDON, ENGLAND IN 1889 AND MOVED TO CANADA IN 1909. HE INITIALLY WORKED FOR THE CITY WATERWORKS DEPARTMENT IN LETHBRIDGE FOR TWO YEARS, BEFORE SPENDING 51 YEARS IN SERVICE OF THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT. HE OVERSAW THE INTRODUCTION OF MOTORIZED FIRE ENGINES, SWITCHING FROM HORSE POWERED WAGONS, IN 1913. HE ALSO SAW THE DEPARTMENT GROW IN SIZE FROM ONLY 13 TO 49 MEN. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 84 ON NOVEMBER 18, 1974. WILLIAM’S WIFE BERTHA L. SHORT PASSED AWAY ON JULY 28, 1989. ACCORDING TO AN ARTICLE ABOUT AGNES’S LIFE, THE SHORT FAMILY LIVED IN NUMBER 1 FIRE HALL, WHERE WILLIAM WAS FIRE CHIEF. WILLIAM H. AND BERTHA ALSO HAD ANOTHER CHILD, WILLIAM D. SHORT. HE WAS BORN ON AUGUST 16, 1916 AND PASSED AWAY ON AUGUST 5, 1990. HE WAS MARRIED TO MYRTLE (NEE NELSON) SHORT AND THEIR CHILDREN INCLUDE THE DONOR, SHARON DERRICK. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN 2018 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILES AND ACCESSORIES INCLUDING A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS DONATED BY SHARON DERRICK. ON 1 MARCH 2018, PUNDYK INTERVIEWED DERRICK REGARDING HER DONATION. THE INFORMATION BELOW HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS DONATED WERE CONNECTED TO THE DONOR’S GRANDFATHER, WILLIAM H. SHORT AND HIS CAREER AS FIRE CHIEF IN THE NUMBER 1 FIRE HALL IN LETHBRIDGE. “YOU SEE, DURING THE YEARS THAT HE WAS THE FIRE CHIEF,” DERRICK BEGAN, “THEIR QUARTERS ACTUALLY WERE IN THE BACK OF THE FIRE HALL. SO STUFF KIND OF GOT ACCUMULATED THERE. THE WHOLE FAMILY [LIVED IN THE FIRE HALL]. WHEN I WAS LITTLE, I WAS THERE ALL THE TIME. MY FATHER [WILLIAM D. SHORT] WAS A CAPTAIN IN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, BUT MY GRANDFATHER WAS THE FIRE CHIEF.” WHEN ASKED IF SHE HAD ANY MEMORY OF SEEING HER GRANDFATHER WEARING ANY OF THE ARTIFACTS, SUCH AS THE HELMET (P19950037014) OR THE FIRE PANTS (P19950037008), DERRICK RECALLED, “YES, BECAUSE LETHBRIDGE WAS SMALL AT THE TIME AND WHEN WE LIVED IN THE FIRE HALL AND THE BELLS WENT OFF, WE WOULD OFTEN WALK OVER TO HAVE A LOOK AT THE FIRE. I WOULD SEE MY GRANDFATHER OUT THERE, AND I’D SEE MY FATHER WHEN HE WAS ON SHIFT. THERE WERE SOME HUGE FIRES RIGHT DOWNTOWN. I CAN’T REMEMBER WHAT DATES – PROBABLY BACK IN THE LATE ‘40’S, EARLY ‘50’S. [IN ONE INSTANCE], MY DAD WAS ALSO ON THE BACK OF A FIRE TRUCK, SPEEDING TO A FIRE, AND ANOTHER TRUCK CAME ALONG AND HIT HIM IN THE BACK. HE SUFFERED VERY SEVERE INJURIES FROM THAT. AND I SAW THAT TOO. I WAS JUST ON MY WAY BACK TO SCHOOL.” “WHEN I WAS YOUNG, I WAS ALWAYS IN AND OUT [OF THE FIRE HALL],” DERRICK WENT ON, “THERE WAS A BELL TOWER THERE, WHERE THEY HUNG THE WET HOSES UP TO DRY. THERE WERE RICKETY OLD WOODEN STAIRS GOING ROUND AND ROUND ALL THE WAY UP TO THE TOP OF THE FIRE HALL TO WHERE THE BELL USED TO BE. I USED TO GO UP AND DOWN THOSE STAIRS, AND HOP AND PLAY. AND IN THE BASEMENT THERE WAS PRISON CELLS, BECAUSE IT USED [TO BE] THE POLICE STATION MANY, MANY YEARS BEFORE. IT WAS A COMBINATION OF FIRE AND POLICE. AND, THERE WAS A BIG FURNACE DOWN THERE. I USED TO GO DOWN AND WATCH THE FIREMEN PUSH COAL INTO THE FURNACE TO KEEP IT GOING. IT WAS AN INTERESTING PLACE TO BE AROUND.” “MY GRANDFATHER WAS ON THE INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF FIRE CHIEFS,” DERRICK CONTINUED, “HE WAS VICE-PRESIDENT IN NEW YORK. THEY HAD ASKED HIM TO COME UP AND TAKE THE PRESIDENCY, BUT AFTER MUCH CONSIDERATION, HE DECIDED HE DIDN’T WANT TO LEAVE THE FAMILY FOR THE TWO YEAR TERM IN NEW YORK, SO HE TURNED THAT ONE DOWN. THOUGH HE DID REMAIN ON THE BOARD FOR MANY YEARS.” AN ARTICLE IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 27, 2000 READS, “WILLIAM SHORT RETIRED AS LETHBRIDGE FIRE CHIEF IN 1962, ENDING A CAREER AS CHIEF WHICH BEGAN IN JANUARY 1945.” A HERALD ARTICLE FROM 1974 ADDITIONALLY STATES THAT SHORT “JOINED THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT IN 1911. HE WAS PROMOTED TO LIEUTENANT IN 1919 AND CAPTAIN IN 1922.” AN ADDITIONAL ARTICLE TITLED, “LETHBRIDGE WELL PROTECTED BY MODERN FIRE DEPARTMENT,” PUBLISHED IN 1967 IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD READS, “[IN 1910] THE FIRST FIREHALL THAT [WAS] LOCATED AT 4TH STREET AND 2ND AVENUE SOUTH WAS TORN DOWN. IT WAS A TWO-STOREY BUILDING. A THREE-STOREY FIREHALL WAS BUILT IN ITS PLACE ON THE SAME SITE. THAT EARLY BUILDING HOUSED THE FIRE DEPARTMENT EQUIPMENT, SERVED AS CITY HALL AND THE POLICE STATION…” WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE REASON FOR THE DONATION OF HER FAMILY’S ARTIFACTS DURING THE 2018 INTERVIEW, DERRICK EXPLAINED, “I WAS THE EXECUTOR FOR MY AUNT’S WILL AND WHEN SHE PASSED AWAY SHE [WAS LIVING IN] MY GRANDMOTHER AND GRANDFATHER’S HOME. ALL THIS STUFF HAD BEEN LEFT IN THE HOUSE, SO WHEN WE WERE CLEANING IT OUT FOLLOWING HER DEATH, WE CAME ACROSS ALL THESE THINGS. WHILE I KEPT SOME AS MEMENTOS, MY SISTER AND I [DECIDED TO DONATE OTHER ITEMS TO THE MUSEUM].” PLEASE PERMANENT FILE P19950037001, FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND COPIES OF ARTICLES REGARDING THE FAMILY HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19950038010
Acquisition Date
1995-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PORCELAIN
Catalogue Number
P19870034016
Material Type
Artifact
Date
1974
Materials
PORCELAIN
No. Pieces
1
Diameter
21.6
Description
WHITE, WITH GOLD TRIM. PLATE COMMEMORATES N.W.M.P. TREK WEST AND FEATURES COAT OF ARMS, FORT, TEEPEES, N.W.M.P. RIDERS. "MARCH WEST N.W.M.P. 100 ANNIVERSARY 50 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ALBERTA R.C.M.P. CENTURY CELEBRATIONS 1974" "ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE VETERAN'S ASSOCIATION LETHBRIDGE DIVISION". HAS PICTURES OF FORT WHOOP-UP, TEEPEES, NWMP ON HORSES AND THE NWMP COAT OF ARMS "CANADA MAINTIENS LE DROIT ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE".
Subjects
DOCUMENTARY ARTIFACT
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ON REVERSE "CREATED BY VADA ARCHIBALD 1326 HENDERSON LAKE BLVD. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA" SEE P19870034001-GA FROM MAYOR'S OFFICE.
Catalogue Number
P19870034016
Acquisition Date
1987-11
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
POLICE PIN
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL
Catalogue Number
P20020038006
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
POLICE PIN
Date
2002
Materials
METAL
No. Pieces
2
Height
1.0
Length
2.3
Width
2.5
Description
PIN IS GOLD IN COLOR. ON THE FRONT, THERE IS AN IMAGE OF THE "LETHBRIDGE POLICE" BADGE, AS WELL AS THE COMMEMORATIVE TEXT "1902 - 2002" AND "100 YEARS". THERE IS A CLASP WHICH ANCHORS THE PIN TO THE WEARERS CLOTHING. THE PIN IS CONTAINED INSIDE A CLEAR PLASTIC POUCH THAT HAS ON IT, THE TEXT "MADE IN CANADA".
Subjects
DOCUMENTARY ARTIFACT
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
COMMEMORATIVE
History
DONOR WAS BORN IN INDIAN HEAD SASKATCHEWAN; HER FAMILY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1955, WHERE SHE HAS REMAINED EVER SINCE. HER FATHER WAS A REPRESENTATIVE FOR FROST PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY IN LETHBRIDGE. DONOR IS PAST EMPLOYEE OF GALT MUSEUM. DONOR'S HUSBAND ANDREW IMMIGRATED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1980; IS CURRENTLY CHAIRMAN OF THE GALT MUSEUM & ARCHIVES BOARD OF DIRECTORS. DONORS ATTENDED CELEBRATION OF THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE AND RECEIVED THIS (AND KEYCHAIN P20020038005) TO COMMEMORATE EVENT.
Catalogue Number
P20020038006
Acquisition Date
2002-07
Collection
Museum
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CERTIFICATE, COMMEMORATIVE

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Other Name
LETTER R.C.M.P. COMEMMORATIVE SWORD
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19910064002
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LETTER R.C.M.P. COMEMMORATIVE SWORD
Date
1973
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, PAPER
No. Pieces
1
Length
29.2
Width
23.0
Description
FRAMED LETTER, SIGNED DESCRIBING THE SWORD, ITS TYPE & HISTORY & COST TO COMMEMORATE THE R.C.M.P. CENTENNIAL.
Subjects
DOCUMENTARY ARTIFACT
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
COMMEMORATIVE
History
SWORD PRODUCED BY WILKINSON SWORD DIVISION IN COMMEMORATION OF CENTENNIAL OF THE FORCE (1873-1973). DONOR ACQUIRED FROM COLIN CAMPBELL UPON HIS DEATH. CAMPBELL WAS A LOCAL COLLECTOR OF POLICE & MILITARY MEMORABILIA. SEE ALSO P19900007021-GA FOR SWORD. *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
P19910064002
Acquisition Date
1991-09
Collection
Museum
Images
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CERTIFICATE, REGISTRATION

https://collections.galtmuseum.com/en/permalink/artifact5203
Other Name
R.C.M.P. COMMEMORATIVE SWORD
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19910064001
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
R.C.M.P. COMMEMORATIVE SWORD
Date
1973
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, PAPER
No. Pieces
1
Length
29.5
Width
23.0
Description
FRAMED CERTIFICATE WITH SEAL & COMPANY LOGO TESTIFYING TO AUTHENTICITY OF R.C.M.P. COMMEMORATIVE SWORD.
Subjects
DOCUMENTARY ARTIFACT
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
COMMEMORATIVE
History
SWORD PRODUCED BY WILKINSON SWORD DIVISION IN COMMEMORATION OF CENTENNIAL OF THE FORCE (1873-1973). DONOR ACQUIRED SWORD & CERTIFICATE FROM COLIN CAMPBELL UPON HIS DEATH. CAMPBELL WAS A COLLECTOR OF POLICE & MILITARY MEMORABILIA. SEE ALSO P19900007021-GA FOR SWORD. 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
P19910064001
Acquisition Date
1991-09
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
BELT LOOP
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1988
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P20000076004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BELT LOOP
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1988
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.3
Length
6.0
Width
1.6
Description
A BROWN LEATHER LOOP. IT HAS A BRASS SNAP THAT IS PAINTED BROWN ON OUTSIDE. STAMPED INTO SNAP IS "RA 11 E. CO. PROV. R.I.". WRITTEN ON INSIDE OF LOOP IN BLACK FELT PEN IS " 27342".
Subjects
ARTIFACT REMNANT
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
PART OF ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE UNIFORM (P20000076001-11-GA). SEE P20000076001-GA FOR HISTORY. *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
P20000076004
Acquisition Date
2001-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BELT LOOP
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1988
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P20000076003
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BELT LOOP
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1988
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.5
Length
9.5
Width
3.1
Description
A LOOP OF BROWN LEATHER. ON ONE END IS A "D" SHAPED BRASS RING. ATTACHED TO INSIDE OF LOOP IS A BRASS BALL ON A SHORT SHAFT. ON OUTSIDE OF LOOP THERE IS A CIRCLE OF STITCHING ON ONE SIDE (WHERE BRASS BALL IS ATTACHED ON INSIDE).
Subjects
ARTIFACT REMNANT
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
PART OF ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE UNIFORM (P20000076001-11-GA). SEE P20000076001-GA FOR HISTORY. *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
P20000076003
Acquisition Date
2001-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FELT, WOOD, PAINT
Catalogue Number
P20170023002
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
FELT, WOOD, PAINT
No. Pieces
1
Length
37
Width
30
Description
RED FELT BANNER WITH TOP FIXED TO WOODEN ROD WITH STITCHED LOOP. BANNER IS FRINGED AT THE BOTTOM AND FRONT HAS RED AND BLACK PAINTED SCENE DEPICTING FORT MACLEOD, TEEPEES, AND MOUNTAINS WITH TEXT “ORIGINAL HOME OF THE MOUNTIES, FORT MACLEOD”. BACK HAS WHITE PAPER LABEL ATTACHED WITH BLACK FADED TEXT “JUNIOR FOREST WARDENS & [ILLEGIBLE], FORT MACLEOD, ALBERTA, CANADA”. FRONT AND BACK ARE CREASED, AND FRONT HAS STAIN AT TOP BELOW ROD; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
DOCUMENTARY ARTIFACT
Historical Association
DECORATIVE ARTS
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ON JULY 21, 2017, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED GLENN AND JOANNE ALLEN REGARDING THEIR DONATION OF RCMP AND LETHBRIDGE MEMORABILIA. GLENN ALLEN WAS RAISED IN LETHBRIDGE, AND COLLECTED THE OBJECTS DONATED AS A CHILD IN LETHBRIDGE. ON THE RCMP FIGURINE, ALLEN RECALLED, “THESE TWO MOUNTED POLICE ITEMS, THE BANNER AND THE LITTLE STATUETTE…I WAS YOUNG, IN THE PERIOD FROM 1940-1945. LETHBRIDGE WAS A MAJOR BASE FOR THE COMMONWEALTH AIR TRAINING THING. WE HAD YOUNG BRITISH AIRMEN COME, AND THEY LIVED EVERYWHERE. THEY BOARDED WITH PEOPLE; THEY STAYED ON BASE, BUT WHEN THEY HAD A DAY OFF, IT WAS ONE OF THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE PEOPLE OF LETHBRIDGE TO TAKE THEM ON LITTLE JOURNEYS TO PLACES. I CAN REMEMBER GOING WITH THEM…TO FORT MACLEOD, AND THEN TO PINCHER CREEK, AND WE HAD PLUMS AND CHERRIES. I CAN REMEMBER MY MOTHER BRINGING THIS BAG OF FRUIT OUT, AND SAYING TO THE ONE YOUNG FELLOW, “WOULD YOU LIKE A PIECE OF FRUIT?” HE WAS SITTING IN THE FRONT SEAT, TURNED TO MY MOTHER [WHO] WAS DRIVING THE CAR, [THEN] HE TURNED TO HIS BUDDIES IN THE BACKSEAT, AND HE [SAID], “WOULD YOU LIKE A PLUM OR A CHERRY?” WE VISITED THERE, AND THOSE WERE GIFTS FROM THOSE AIRMEN TO ME, AT THAT TIME. I HAD A LITTLE MANTLE IN MY ROOM, DOWNSTAIRS IN CALGARY, AND HAD THEM THERE. WHEN WE WERE IN LETHBRIDGE, WE HAD NO SPACE AT ALL FOR ANYTHING. OUR FURNITURE HAD TO BE ALL STORED. THE ONLY POSSESSIONS OF OURS THAT WERE IN THAT HOUSE WERE OUR BEDS AND OUR DRESSERS, MAYBE A COUPLE OF CHAIRS…” “[I DISPLAYED THEM] MORE IN CALGARY, THAN LETHBRIDGE.” ALLEN ELABORATED ON HIS FAMILY’S HISTORY IN LETHBRIDGE, NOTING, “MY MOTHER’S FAMILY CAME TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1923, AND SHE WAS ABOUT 12 AT THE TIME. SHE DIDN’T GO TO SCHOOL ANY FURTHER AT THAT POINT IN TIME, AND SHE WAS HIRED ON AS A HOUSE GIRL FOR THE STOLZ FAMILY.” “MY DAD’S NAME WAS TOM, THOMAS SPENCE ALLEN, AND MY MOTHER WAS DOROTHY EMMA SCHIELS. MY DAD’S FAMILY - HIS FATHER AND, A FEW YEARS LATER MY DAD AND HIS MOTHER - CAME TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1910, AND THEY SETTLED IN NORTH LETHBRIDGE, AT 707 12A ST. NORTH. THERE WERE THREE BOYS AND ONE GIRL. THEY ALL WENT THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL AT GALBRAITH HIGH SCHOOL, AND MY DAD WORKED FOR THE RAILWAYS. HE STARTED AS A MESSENGER…HE WAS 15 YEARS OF AGE. HE PROGRESSED IN THE FREIGHT CPR BUSINESS, AND BECAME A FREIGHT INSPECTOR IN LETHBRIDGE, AND THEN, IN 1948, WAS TRANSFERRED TO CALGARY. MY MOTHER WAS ALWAYS A HOUSEWIFE. THEY LIVED ON 3RD AVENUE NORTH, BY THE LEALTA THEATRE. THEY HAD JUST ONE CHILD. I GREW UP [IN THAT HOUSE] UNTIL I WAS ABOUT AGE FIVE. AT THAT TIME, THE END OF THE WAR WAS COMING, AND SOLDIERS WERE RETURNING. RENTAL HOUSING BECAME ALMOST NOT AVAILABLE. ANYBODY WHO WAS RENTING AT THAT TIME, IF YOU HADN’T BEEN IN THE FORCES, YOU WERE REQUIRED BY ORDINANCE TO FIND ANOTHER PLACE. IT WAS A HOUSE WHICH WE HAD TO GIVE UP. WE’D BEEN THERE SINCE I WAS BORN. THEN WE MOVED OVER TO 12TH STREET C, THE 500 BLOCK. WE LIVED TEMPORARILY THERE, AND THEN THAT HOUSE WAS SECONDED. WE WERE ONLY THERE MAYBE 6 MONTHS, AND THEN WE MOVED INTO AN ATTIC SPACE AT 507 12TH STREET A NORTH, AND LIVED IN THE 2 ROOMS IN THE ATTIC - NO INSULATION, AND VERY COLD IN THE WINTER, AND HOT IN THE SUMMER.” “[MY FATHER] GOT A PROMOTION [IN 1948]. HE GOT A PROMOTION TO CALGARY…A BETTER JOB.” “MY MOTHER AND DAD LIVED IN LETHBRIDGE, GREW UP IN LETHBRIDGE. MY MOTHER WAS THE COLLECTOR IN THE FAMILY. WHEN I WAS MARRIED [IN 1962], ALL OF THESE THINGS SHE GAVE ME TO JUST TAKE ALONG, BECAUSE THEY HAD BEEN GIVEN TO ME. THEY ARE JUST LITTLE ITEMS THAT WE JUST DON’T KNOW WHETHER THEY HAVE ANY VALUE, AND RATHER THAN HAVE THEM JUST GO TO LAND FILL, WE’D LIKE YOU TO HAVE A LOOK AT THEM.” “TODAY IS OUR FIFTY-FIFTH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY, AND WE’RE RETURNING TO LETHBRIDGE BECAUSE WE’VE HAD THESE THINGS IN OUR POSSESSION FOREVER, AND WE WANT TO SEE IF THEY HAVE ANY VALUE TO THE MUSEUM. THEY ARE RELICS THAT WE’VE [GATHERED] FROM PAST YEARS.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20170023001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20170023002
Acquisition Date
2017-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GLASS, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19950037006
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
GLASS, PAPER
No. Pieces
3
Description
1. GLASS-PLATE NEGATIVE: 10.2CM X 8.2CM X 0.3CM GLASS PLATE WITH BLACK PAPER EDGING AND COLORED PICTURE. NEGATIVE IS MADE UP OF TWO PANES OF GLASS HELD TOGETHER WITH BLACK PAPER TAPE. BACK PANE HAS STENCILED COLORED PICTURE WITH WHITE PAPER BORDER AROUND IT. PAPER BORDER HAS GREEN PRINTING WHICH READS "COLUMBIA SLIDE COMPANY" AND "19 S. WELLS ST., CHICAGO OPERATOR - KEEP SLIDE CLEAN". COLORED PICTURE IS OF MAN IN BLUE COAT AND YELLOW HAT WITH A POCKETWATCH IN HIS HANDS. ACROSS TOP IN RED READS "IF YOUR WATCH IS ON THE BUM" AND ACROSS BOTTOM IN GREEN READS "TAKE IT TO A. F. ZEMLAK 712 - 3RD AVE. SO.". INSIDE YELLOW BORDER TO LEFT AND RIGHT OF PICTURE OF MAN IS "CAREFUL ATTENTION" AND "SATISFACTORY WORK". BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER OF BACK PANE IS CRACKED. 2. GLASS-PLATE NEGATIVE: 10.1CM X 8.3CM X 0.3CM GLASS PLATE WITH BLACK PAPER EDGING AND STENCILED MESSAGE. BLACK PAPER EDGING IS BADLY WORN WITH PORTIONS MISSING. ONE SIDE HAS STENCILED BLACK BACKGROUND WITH WHITE LETTERING WHICH READS "CARELESSNESS CAUSES FIRES CLEANLINESS AND CAREFULNESS WILL PREVENT FIRES." AND "FIRE PREVENTION WEEK THIS WEEK!". 3. GLASS-PLATE NEGATIVE: 8.1CM X8.1CM X 0.3CM GLASS PLATE WITH STENCILED PHOTO AND BLACK PAPER BORDER. NEGATIVE IS MADE UP OF TWO PLATES OF GLASS HELD TOGETHER WITH BLACK PAPER TAPE. PHOTO IS OF BOY-SCOUT LEADER AND MEMBER HELPING A WOUNDED DOG. WHITE PAPER LABEL GLUED TO BLACK MAT BORDER READS "FRY,LTD., 110 PRATT ST., LONDON, N.W. 1.". IN TOP CORNERS ARE TWO WHITE CIRCLES ON BLACK MATTE BORDER. ON GLASS OVER TOP LEFT IS TORN PAPER TAG WITH "26" ON IT.
Subjects
DOCUMENTARY ARTIFACT
Historical Association
BUSINESS
SAFETY SERVICES
ASSOCIATIONS
History
ARTIFACTS ARE FROM THE #1 FIREHALL AND THE GALT HOSPITAL AND WERE DONATED IN MEMORY OF AGNES C. SHORT, HEAD SCHOOL NURSE, AND WILLIAM H. SHORT WHO WAS FIRE CHIEF. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A BELT DONATED BY SHARON DEREK. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. THE DONOR, SHARON DERRICK, IS THE NIECE OF AGNES SHORT. AGNES CHRISTINA SHORT WAS BORN ON APRIL 20, 1916 TO WILLIAM H. AND BERTHA SHORT (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). SHE GRADUATED FROM LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE AND THEN ATTDNED THE CALGARY GENERAL HOSPITAL FOR NURSING TRAINING, WHICH SHE GRADUATED FROM IN 1939. AGNES WAS THE SUPERVISOR AT THE GALT HOSPITAL FROM 1939-1945. SHE WAS IN CHARGE OF THE NURSING STAFF OF LETHBRIDGE SCHOOL DISTRICT #51 FROM 1947 UNTIL 1958. SHE WAS ALSO THE DIRECTOR OF NURSING AT THE LETHBRIDGE HEALTH UNIT FROM 1964 UNTIL HER RETIREMENT. SHE RETIRED IN 1980 AFTER 42 YEARS OF NURSING. AGNES PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 78 ON OCTOBER 20, 1994. WILLIAM HENRY SHORT WAS AGNES’S FATHER. HE WAS BORN IN LONDON, ENGLAND IN 1889 AND MOVED TO CANADA IN 1909. HE INITIALLY WORKED FOR THE CITY WATERWORKS DEPARTMENT IN LETHBRIDGE FOR TWO YEARS, BEFORE SPENDING 51 YEARS IN SERVICE OF THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT. HE OVERSAW THE INTRODUCTION OF MOTORIZED FIRE ENGINES, SWITCHING FROM HORSE POWERED WAGONS, IN 1913. HE ALSO SAW THE DEPARTMENT GROW IN SIZE FROM ONLY 13 TO 49 MEN. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 84 ON NOVEMBER 18, 1974. WILLIAM’S WIFE BERTHA L. SHORT PASSED AWAY ON JULY 28, 1989. ACCORDING TO AN ARTICLE ABOUT AGNES’S LIFE, THE SHORT FAMILY LIVED IN NUMBER 1 FIRE HALL, WHERE WILLIAM WAS FIRE CHIEF. WILLIAM H. AND BERTHA ALSO HAD ANOTHER CHILD, WILLIAM D. SHORT. HE WAS BORN ON AUGUST 16, 1916 AND PASSED AWAY ON AUGUST 5, 1990. HE WAS MARRIED TO MYRTLE (NEE NELSON) SHORT AND THEIR CHILDREN INCLUDE THE DONOR, SHARON DERRICK. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN 2018 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILES AND ACCESSORIES INCLUDING A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS DONATED BY SHARON DERRICK. ON 1 MARCH 2018, PUNDYK INTERVIEWED DERRICK REGARDING HER DONATION. DURING THAT INTERVIEW, IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THIS ARTIFACT WAS UNRECOGNIZABLE TO THE DONOR. LETHBRIDGE HERALD RESEARCH CONDUCTED INTO THE NAME ON THE GLASS-PLATE NEGATIVE, A. F. ZEMLAK, DETERMINED THAT ZEMLAK WAS A LOCAL JEWELLER WHO OWNED A SHOP CALLED "ZEMLAK JEWELLERY." THE EARLIEST ADVERTISMENT FOR THE SHOP WAS FOUND IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD WAS FOUND IN A 1927 EDITION. WHEN ZEMLAK PASSED AWAY IN 1955 IN LETHBRIDGE, THE NAME OF THE SHOP CHANGED TO ZEMLAK JEWELLERY UNDER PROPRIETORS AGNES BILCIK AND STEVE SLEMKO. THE LAST YEAR THAT ZEMLAK JEWELLERY WAS LISTED IN HENDERSON'S CITY DIRECTORY FOR LETHBRIDGE WAS 1956. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING CLIPPINGS FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARCHIVES. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P19950037001 FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION OF THE 2018 INTERVIEW WITH SHARON DERRICK.
Catalogue Number
P19950037006
Acquisition Date
1995-05
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
N.W.M.P. CENTENNIAL
Date Range From
1973
Date Range To
1975
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, NYLON
Catalogue Number
P19890020015
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
N.W.M.P. CENTENNIAL
Date Range From
1973
Date Range To
1975
Materials
PLASTIC, NYLON
No. Pieces
2
Height
40.4
Diameter
6.3
Description
PLASTIC & NYLON SOUVENIR FLAG DEPICTING A MAN ON HORSEBACK WITHIN A TRIANGLE DESIGN. COLORS RED, WHITE, BLUE, YELLOW & BLACK. FLAGPOLE HAS SMALL STAND, AND POINTED TOP, PAINTED GOLD.
Subjects
DOCUMENTARY ARTIFACT
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
COMMEMORATIVE
History
COMMEMORATES THE CENTENNIAL OF THE FORMATION OF THE NORTH WEST MOUNTED POLICE (ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE) & THE TREK WEST IN 1873-74. FROM THE JOHNSTON ESTATE. SEE P19890020001-GA FOR JOHNSTON HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19890020015
Acquisition Date
1989-05
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SILVER PLATE
Catalogue Number
P19860019000
Material Type
Artifact
Date
1928
Materials
SILVER PLATE
No. Pieces
1
Length
58.5
Width
37.5
Description
BACK STAMPED "17" "HOLMES & EDWARDS INTERNATIONALS CO" "2/36" "ELECTRO PLATE B.M." OVAL SHAPED, FILIGREE EDGE-FRONT. HANDLE ON EITHER END. INSCRIBED FLORAL WREATHS & CREST ON EITHER END. ENGRAVED IN CENTRE OF TRAY "*PRESENTED TO*" SERGT. MAJOR T NICHOLLS BY THE N.C.O.'S AND CONSTABLES OF "K" DIVISION ON HIS RETIREMENT FROM THE R.C.M. POLICE *LETHBRIDGE ALBERTA* FEBRUARY 29TH 1928".
Subjects
SERVING VESSELS
DOCUMENTARY ARTIFACT
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
COMMEMORATIVE
History
DONOR IS THE STEP-DAUGHTER OF THOMAS R. NICHOLLS. GIVEN TO THOMAS R. NICHOLLS, BY THE MEN OF THE ‘K’ DIVISION AT LETHBRIDGE, ON HIS RETIREMENT FROM THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE ON FEBRUARY 29, 1928. THOMAS NICHOLLS CAME FROM ENGLAND TO JOIN THE ROYAL NORTH WEST MOUNTED POLICE IN JUNE 1889 AT ONLY NINETEEN YEARS OF AGE. HE COMPLETED HIS SIX WEEKS OF TRAINING IN REGINA. HIS FIRST POSTING WAS IN MOOSOMIN, NWT WHERE HE STAYED FOR 11 MONTHS. IN JULY 1899, NICHOLLS WAS TRANSFERRED TO "G" DIVISION FORT SASKATCHEWAN. HE MOVED ON TO EDMONTON AS AN ORDERLY ROOM CLERK TO COL. BELCHER. IN JANUARY 1903 NICHOLLS RETURNED TO FORT SASKATCHEWAN AND ON TO A DETACHMENT IN VEGREVILLE FOR A SHORT TIME. IN OCTOBER OF THAT YEAR NICHOLLS MOVED TO PEACE RIVER AND STAYED UNTIL 1904. FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO LESSER SLAVE LAKE WHERE HE REMAINED. IN JANUARY 1906 NICHOLLS WAS SENT TO REGINA FOR A THREE MONTH CORPORAL CLASS. ON MARCH 31 1906 HE RETURNED TO FORT SASCATCHEWAN AS AN ORDERLY ROOM CLERK FOR SIX MONTHS BEFORE GOING TO A DETACHMENT AT SEDGEWICK. IN SEPTEMBER 1906 HE TRANSFERRED TO REGINA AND FROM THERE WAS SENT TO TAKE CHARGE OF THE SPLIT LAKE DETACHMENT, AND TOOK THE FIRST MAIL TO FORT CHURCHILL WITH A DOGSLED THAT WINTER. NICHOLLS STAYED IN FORT CHURCHILL FOR FOUR YEARS AND WAS PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF SERGEANT. IN MARCH 1910 HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO "F" DIVISION WHERE HE WAS PROMOTED TO ACTING SERGEANT MAJOR. IN JUNE 1910 NICHOLLS ACCOMPANIED GOVENOR GENERAL EARL GREY, WITH POLICE ESCORT, FROM NORWAY HOUSE TO PORT NELSON AND BACK. IN THE SPRING OF 1911 NICHOLLS CROSSED LAKE WINNEPEG WITH A TEAM OF DOGS TO DELIVER MAIL FROM REGINA TO FORT CHURCHILL AND BACK. HE REMAINED IN REGINA FOR A SHORT TIME BEFORE PROCEEDING TO ENGLAND WITH THE CORONATION CONTINGENT. WHEN NICHOLLS RETURNED TO CANADA IN SEPTEMBER 1911 HE WAS SENT TO NORWAY HOUSE WHERE HE STAYED UNTIL 1915. HE WAS PROMOTED TO STAFF SERGEANT IN JANUARY OF 1915. IN AUGUST, NICHOLLS WAS AGAIN PROMOTED TO SERGEANT. MAJOR OF "B" DIVISION DAWSON. NICHOLLS STAYED IN DAWSON UNTIL JUNE 1919 WHEN HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO "K" DIVISION LETHBRIDGE. HE REMAINED HERE UNTIL JANUARY 1928 WHERE HE WAS GIVEN TWO MONTHS PENDING RETIREMENT. SERGEANT MAJOR THOMAS NICHOLLS LEFT THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE WITH A FIRST CLASS DISCHARGE JANUARY 1928 AFTER 28 YEARS OF SERVICE. HE WAS THEN APPOINTED CHIEF OF CITY POLICE BEFORE HE RETIRED DECEMBER 31, 1943.
Catalogue Number
P19860019000
Acquisition Date
1985-08
Collection
Museum
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