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Other Name
WIRE DOG BRUSH
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1988
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL, FUR
Catalogue Number
P20080008006
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
WIRE DOG BRUSH
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1988
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL, FUR
No. Pieces
1
Height
5.3
Length
16.9
Width
10.5
Description
DOG BRUSH, WIRE BRISTLES. ERGONOMIC RED PLASTIC HANDLE. BRUSH HEAD CURVED WITH BLACK PLASTIC BORDER AND YELLOW PLASTIC UNDERLAY. BRISTLES ARE DENSE AND BENT. BRUSH FILLED WITH HAIR AND OTHER PARTICLES. BORDER OF HEAD MARKED, "FRANK'S UNIVERSAL - HUNDEBURSTE". BACK OF BRUSH MARKED, "MADE IN WEST GERMANY".
Subjects
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ACCORDING TO INSPECTOR BILL KAYE, WHO USED THE BRUSH IN CONJUNCTION WITH HIS POLICE SERVICE DOG, ZORKO, THE BRUSH WAS KEPT INSIDE A DUFFLE BAG (P20080008004). THE BAG WAS USED TO CARRY VARIOUS DOG SUPPLIES AND WAS USUALLY KEPT IN KAYE'S CAR SO HE WOULD BE READY IF HE GOT CALLED OUT FOR POLICE RELATED MATTERS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE HISTORY OF ZORKO AND THE CANINE UNIT SEE P20080008001. FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20080008006
Acquisition Date
2007-01
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
"ZORKO"
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1988
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P20080008005
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
"ZORKO"
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1988
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.3
Length
701.0
Description
LEASH, LEATHER. EXTRA LONG LEASH IN BROWN LEATHER. HANDLE MADE BY LOOPING THE LEATHER BACK ON ITSELF AND FASTENING WITH GROMETS. NEAR HANDLE "ZORKO" HAS BEEN TOOLED INTO THE LEATHER. END OF LEASH HAS A BRASS CLIP FOR HOOKING ONTO COLLAR.
Subjects
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ACCORDING TO INSPECTOR BILL KAYE, WHO USED THE LEASH IN CONJUNCTION WITH HIS POLICE SERVICE DOG, ZORKO, THE LEASH WAS USED FOR TRACKING. HE SAID, "IT ALLOWED YOU TO GET BEHIND THE DOG BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO WATCH THE DOG FOR INDICATIONS. IF YOU'RE TOO CLOSE YOU CAN'T SEE THEM SO YOU GET BACK, BUT YOU WANT TO BE CLOSE ENOUGH THAT YOU CAN STILL CONTROLL THE DOG, YOU NEED TO SEE HIM AND STUFF." FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE HISTORY OF ZORKO AND THE CANINE UNIT SEE P20080008001. FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20080008005
Acquisition Date
2007-01
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
POLICE DOG LEASH
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1985
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER
Catalogue Number
P19960112037
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
POLICE DOG LEASH
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1985
Materials
LEATHER
No. Pieces
1
Length
37.7
Width
3.6
Description
WORN BROWN BRAIDED LEATHER SHORT DOG LEASH WITH A STEEL CLIP ATTACHED TO END. WHEN CLIP IS PINCHED TOGETHER END OPENS WIDE. LEATHER IS VERY WORN IN VARIOUS SPOTS.
Subjects
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
POLICE DOG LEASH. *UPDATE* ON 13 FEBRUARY 2015, RETIRED LETHBRIDGE POLICE CANINE UNIT MEMBER DAVE HASTIE INFORMED COLLECTIONS STAFF OF THE FOLLOWING, “[THIS] IS A SHORT LEASH THAT WAS GIVEN TO ME BY SGT [JOE] SHANK. IT WAS THE LEASH HE USED WITH [PSD] YORK WHEN HE HAD HIM. I KNOW HE DID GIVE ME ONE (IN 1978) AND I USED IT ON SOME OCCASIONS WITH MY DOG PSD QMAX.” FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HASTIE’S CAREER WITH THE CANINE UNIT, INCLUDING AN INTERVIEW WITH HASTIE IN 2015, PLEASE SEE THE CATALOGUE RECORD P20140035000 AS WELL AS THAT ARTIFACT’S PERMANENT FILE. FOR AN OVERVIEW OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE’S EARLY CANINE (K-9) PROGRAM, SEE ALSO P19960112107. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. FOR A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION, SEE RECORD P19960112001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF INTERVIEWS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH CURRENT AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19960112000.
Catalogue Number
P19960112037
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
POLICE DOG LEASH
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
1985
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19960112028
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
POLICE DOG LEASH
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
1985
Materials
LEATHER, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Length
198
Width
2.5
Description
WORN BLACK LEATHER DOG LEASH STAMPED NEAR THE HANDLE "MAX". END HAS A HEAVY STEEL CLIP THAT RELEASES WHEN BASE IS PULLED BACK AWAY FROM THE CLIP. ON EACH END LEATHER IS OVERLAPPED AND STITCHED WITH HEAVY WHITE THREAD. LEATHER IS DRY, STIFF & CRACKING.
Subjects
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
POLICE DOG LEASH. *UPDATE* ON 13 FEBRUARY 2015, RETIRED LETHBRIDGE POLICE CANINE UNIT MEMBER DAVE HASTIE INFORMED COLLECTIONS STAFF OF THE FOLLOWING, “I BELIEVE [THIS] WAS A LEASH I USED WITH MY DOG QMAX. I REMEMBER GIVING IT TO CST KREEFT WHEN HE WAS [TO] BRING SOME ITEMS OVER TO THE MUSEUM. THE LEASH, IF I REMEMBER, HAS A QUICK RELEASE ON IT. I HAD IT DESIGNED SO IF THE DOG IS STRAINING TO RUN YOU CAN PULL BACK AND IT WILL RELEASE IN ONE MOTION. IT WAS MADE IN GREAT FALLS ESPECIALLY FOR QMAX.” FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HASTIE’S CAREER WITH THE CANINE UNIT, INCLUDING AN INTERVIEW WITH HASTIE IN 2015, PLEASE SEE THE CATALOGUE RECORD P20140035000 AS WELL AS THAT ARTIFACT’S PERMANENT FILE. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. FOR A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION, SEE RECORD P19960112001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF INTERVIEWS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH CURRENT AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19960112000.
Catalogue Number
P19960112028
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1988
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P20080008008
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1988
Materials
LEATHER, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
3.5
Diameter
22.1
Description
COLLAR, CHOKE. LEATHER COLLAR WITH HEAVY WHITE STITCHING. BOTH ENDS OF COLLAR BAND ARE FOLDED OVER AND SECURED WITH STEEL RIVETS IN ORDER TO SECURE A STEEL RING. THE COLLAR BAND HAS BEEN THREADED THROUGH ONE RING AND THE OTHER RING PREVENTS THE COLLAR FROM COMING APART.
Subjects
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ACCORDING TO INSPECTOR BILL KAYE, WHO USED THIS COLLAR IN CONJUNCTION WITH HIS POLICE SERVICE DOG, ZORKO, THIS WAS USED "AS AN EVERYDAY WORKING COLLAR. WHEN MY DOG WENT TO WORK THIS ONE WENT ON. IT'S THE CONCEPT OF THE CHOKE CHAIN. JUST LIKE THE METAL ONES BUT IT'S QUIET, IT DOESN'T JINGLE. IT DIDN'T MAKE THAT NOISE. IT JUST GAVE YOU SOMETHING YOU HAD TO HANG ONTO. YOU COULD SNAP YOUR LEASH ON THERE. YOU COULD HOLD YOUR DOG BY IT. WE DID DO THOSE THINGS AND THE DOG KNEW WHILE HE WAS WEARING THIS HE WAS GOING TO WORK." FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE HISTORY OF ZORKO AND THE CANINE UNIT SEE P20080008001. FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20080008008
Acquisition Date
2007-01
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
KONG
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1994
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
RUBBER
Catalogue Number
P20080008007
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
KONG
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1994
Materials
RUBBER
No. Pieces
1
Height
9.6
Diameter
6.3
Description
KONG. HOLLOW, BLACK, RUBBER TOY. BEEHIVE SHAPED WITH THREE TIERS. RUBBER IS FLAKING AND SOILED.
Subjects
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
LEISURE
History
ACCORDING TO INSPECTOR BILL KAYE, WHO USED THE KONG IN CONJUNCTION WITH HIS POLICE SERVICE DOG, ZORKO, IT IS A TOY. HE SAID, 'FOR YEARS YOU THROW BALLS FOR DOGS AND EVERYONE HAS HAD A BALL OR STICK... [THE KONG BOUNCED UNPREDICTABLY SO IT SEEMED LIKE IT WAS MORE FUN FOR THE DOG - HE LIKED CHASING IT. WE HAVE ACTUALLY GONE AWAY AND WE ARE NOT USING THEM ANYMORE FOR THAT EXACT REASON. WE THINK THAT SOME OF OUR DOGS' ELBOW JOINT AND HIP JOINT OR LEG PROBLEMS ARE COMING FROM THOSE SUDDEN MOVEMENTS SO WE HAVE GONE BACK TO A PREDICTABLE BALL." THIS KONG BELONGED TO ZORKO FOR MANY YEARS SO IT IS WELL WORN. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE HISTORY OF ZORKO AND THE CANINE UNIT SEE P20080008001. FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20080008007
Acquisition Date
2007-01
Collection
Museum
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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
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Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20160008001
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
WOOD, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Height
38.3
Length
121.5
Width
4.6
Description
SIGN. WOOD AND METAL. BORDER OF SIGN IS PAINTED MEDIUM/DARK BROWN. MAIN PORTION OF SIGN IS GOLDEN ROD YELLOW, WITH BLACK LETTERING. TEXT READS: “A SAFE WORKER IS A VALUABLE EMPLOYEE”. TWO METAL BRACKETS FOR HANGING ATTACH TO BACK OF SIGN. EACH BRACKET ATTACHES TO THE BACK WITH TWO FLAT HEADED BOLTS, WHICH ARE VISIBLE ON THE YELLOW SIDE OF THE SIGN. NUTS HOLD THE BOLTS ON THE BACK. HANDWRITTEN IN BLUE INK ON BOTTOM LEFT SIDE “317-9353”. REVERSE OF SIGN IS UNFINISHED DARK, ROUGH PINE BORDER. OVERALL IN GOOD TO VERY GOOD CONDITION. SIGN IS VERY DIRTY. SOME OF BROWN PAINT AROUND BORDER HAS SCRATCHED OFF, REVEALING BLACK PAINT UNDERNEATH.
Subjects
VISUAL COMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
INDUSTRY
SAFETY SERVICES
TRANSPORTATION
History
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMES FROM A SERIES OF LETHBRIDGE HERALD NEWSPAPER ARTICLES AND AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DONOR CONDUCTED BY KEVIN MACLEAN. FROM JOHN’S INTERVIEW: JOHN STARTED WORKING AT THE FROG SHOP IN KIPP, AB IN 1992. HE DESCRIBED HOW IT WAS THAT HE CAME TO WORK THERE: “I WAS WORKING AS A SEASONAL MACHINE OPERATOR ON THE PACIFIC REGION, WHICH MEANT THAT IN THE SPRINGTIME EVERY YEAR, I GENERALLY START OUT SOMEWHERE NEAR THE FRASER CANYON AND OVER THE COURSE OF THE YEAR I’D WORK ANYWHERE FROM THERE TO SWIFT CURRENT AND FROM THE U.S. BORDER AS FAR NORTH AS [THE CPR HAD TRACKS, TO ROUGHLY ST. PAUL, AB]. THE LENGTH OF MY YEAR’S EMPLOYMENT WOULD BE DETERMINED IN MY SENIORITY AND THE AMOUNT OF WORK THAT WAS AVAILABLE. I WAS REAL TIRED OF BEING ON THE ROAD. THE YEAR PREVIOUSLY, THERE’D BEEN A TEMPORARY JOB – A COUPLE OF TEMPORARY JOBS THAT WERE BULLETINED AT THE FROG SHOP IN THE FALL, PROCESSING SOME SCRAP MATERIAL THAT WAS THERE. A FRIEND AND MINE BID THOSE JOBS AND GOT THEM. THAT MEANT WE WERE ON THE SHOP’S SENIORITY LIST AND WHEN THE OPPORTUNITY AROSE, THERE WAS A POSITION THERE BULLETINED – ACTUALLY A COUPLE OF POSITIONS BULLETINED THERE – MY FRIEND AND I BID THEM TO BE ABLE TO BE AT HOME AND HAVE A YEAR ROUND JOB. MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN THE BEST IDEA EVER, BUT IT WAS GOOD TO BE HOME AND SLEEP IN MY OWN BED AT NIGHT AND WAKE UP AND SEE MY HORSES IN THE MORNING.” JOHN REMOVED THIS SIGN FROM HIS WORKPLACE WHEN THE CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY ELECTED TO CLOSE THE FROG SHOP IN KIPP IN THE SPRING OF 2002. JOHN’S SUPERVISOR, GUY MITCHELL, KNEW THAT HE HAD AN INTEREST IN HISTORY AND OLD THINGS AND ALLOWED JOHN TO TAKE SOME ITEMS HOME. JOHN RECOUNTED THE EXPERIENCE: “WHEN I ASKED [GUY] WHAT WAS TO BECOME OF THE [SAFE WORKER] SIGN HE SAID, ‘YOU CAN HAVE IT, JOHN. THEY’LL JUST THROW IT AWAY. IT’S JUST JUNK AS FAR AS ANYONE ELSE CONCERNED.’ I ASKED HIM, ‘GEE, COULD I HAVE THE LITTLE PLAQUE OFF THE DOOR?’ AND HE SAID, ‘OF COURSE, YEAH, TAKE IT. IT’S GOING TO GET – SOMEONE ELSE WILL KNOCK IT OFF AND IT’LL GET BROKEN. SO MUCH THE BETTER. YOU WANNA SEE IT HANG IN THERE, GO FOR IT. IT’S ALL YOURS.’” JOHN EXPLAINED THAT THIS SIGN HUNG ON THE WALL: “IT WAS HANGING ON THE WALL WELL ABOVE THE DOORWAY, AND [I] PUT A LADDER UP AND TOOK THE TWO BIG SCREWS OUT OF THE WALL THAT HELD IT IN PLACE, AND TOOK THE TWO LITTLE TINY SCREWS OUT OF THE DOORWAY THAT HELD THE FROG SHOP SIGN IN PLACE. THAT WAS ONE OF THE LAST DAY – I THINK IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN EVEN THE LAST DAY THAT WE WERE THERE – AS I RECALL THAT’S THE CASE.” JOHN EXPLAINED WHY HE WAS SO INTERESTED IN THIS PARTICULAR SIGN: “BUT THE SIGN WAS SIGNIFICANT TO ME IN IT OF ITSELF GIVEN THAT WE SOMETIMES JOKED THAT THAT WAS THE ENTIRETY FOR A LONG TIME OF THE RAILWAY’S SAFETY PROGRAM – WAS A SIGN LIKE THIS. ON ALL THE MIRRORS IN ALL OF THE EMPLOYEES’ BATHROOMS, GOING BACK AT LEAST WHEN I FIRST WORKED FOR THE RAILWAY THE SUMMER OUT OF THE UNIVERSITY IN 1975, THE MIRRORS WERE ALL PAINTED WITH A SIGN ABOVE - AT THE TOP AND THE BOTTOM OF THE MIRROR THAT SAID, “YOU’RE LOOKING AT THE MAN MOST RESPONSIBLE YOUR SAFETY.” THOSE WERE QUITE OFTEN CHANGED BY EMPLOYEES TO SAY SOMETHING QUITE DIFFERENT, BUT YEAH, IT WAS SOMETHING OF A JOKE.” HE WENT ON FURTHER, SAYING THAT IN 1978 HE AND A FRIEND LOOKED INTO THE OLD ROUNDHOUSE AT THE RAIL YARD IN LETHBRIDGE AND “WAS MORTIFIED” TO SEE THE WORKING CONDITIONS: “WE PULLED UP BEHIND THE OLD ROUNDHOUSE IN THE OLD YARD HERE IN LETHBRIDGE, AND LOOKED IN THE DOORWAY. THAT’S AS MUCH AS I KNOW OF THE OLD ROUNDHOUSE, AND I WAS MORTIFIED TO SEE MEN WORKING IN A POORLY VENTILATED, ANCIENT, REALLY FALLING APART BUILDING. MORE PIGEONS THAN PEOPLE INSIDE, IN A CLOUD OF DUST AND WELDING SMOKE THAT YOU COULD NOT SEE THROUGH. THAT’S WHERE THIS SIGN CAME FROM.” IN COMPARISON, THE WORKING CONDITIONS IN THE KIPP FROG SHOP WERE MUCH BETTER, BUT JOHN EXPLAINS THAT THERE WERE STILL PROBLEMS: “WHEN I WENT TO WORK AT THE FROG SHOP IN KIPP IN EARLY ’92, A GREAT NUMBER OF PEOPLE WORKING THERE, AND THEN THERE WERE ONLY 12 EMPLOYEES THERE AND A SUPERVISOR, HAD WORKED THERE. CONSEQUENTLY, THAT FACILITY WAS LIGHT YEARS BEYOND WHERE THEY WORKED PREVIOUSLY, AND THEY’RE PRETTY COMFORTABLE IN THEIR ENVIRONMENT. THEY FELT THAT, YOU KNOW, THEY WERE DOING PRETTY WELL. THERE WERE A NUMBER OF US OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS THAT CAME TO WORK THERE THAT HAD PREVIOUSLY WORKED ON THE SEASONAL WORK CREWS, AS MACHINE OPERATORS, WERE HAPPY TO HAVE A FULL TIME, YEAR-ROUND JOB. IT WASN’T A VERY PLEASANT PLACE TO WORK. IT WAS VERY DUSTY, VERY NOISY, AND DESPITE A RELATIVELY DECENT WELDING FUME VENTILATION SYSTEM, IT WASN’T A GOOD PLACE TO BE. AND WE LOOKED AT THE SIGN EVERY DAY AS YOU WALKED OUT. IN THE COURSE OF READING THE MSDS ON THE WELDING WIRE AND THE WELDING ROD WE USED, AFTER I WORKED THERE FOR MAYBE A YEAR OR SO – MAYBE A COUPLE YEARS – I SAW THAT THE WELDING WIRE MANUFACTURER – WELL THE WELDING ROD MANUFACTURER – SUGGESTED THAT PEOPLE HAVE AT LEAST ANNUAL BLOOD TESTS TO DETERMINE THEIR BLOOD LEVELS OF HEAVY METALS, IN PARTICULAR MANGANESE.” JOHN EXPLAINED THAT TOO MUCH MAGNESIUM IN THE HUMAN BODY CAN MIMIC PARKINSON’S DISEASE, A CONDITION CALLED PARKINSONISM. SUMPTION PUSHED FOR BLOOD TESTING TO BE DONE IN THE 1990S: “THAT STARTED US DOWN THE ROAD THAT RESULTED IN A STUDY BEING DONE BY A GROUP OF INDUSTRIAL MEDICINE SPECIALISTS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY, INCLUDING OF THE FOREMOST – THE WORLD’S MOST FOREMOST – MOVEMENT DISORDER SPECIALIST … . CONSEQUENTLY, WE ALL SPENT TWO DAYS IN CALGARY, GOT MRI, GOT BLOOD TESTS, AND THEREAFTER WERE REGULARLY SUBJECTED TO URINE TESTS.” THE RESULTS OF ALL OF THIS TESTING: “CONSEQUENTLY, THE VENTILATION SYSTEM WAS IMPROVED, THE DUST CAPTURE SYSTEM WAS IMPROVED FOR THE GRINDING PROCEDURES, AND ALL EMPLOYEES WORE POWER PURIFIED AIR RESPIRATORS THEREAFTER. SO WE HAD A MUCH SAFER WORK ENVIRONMENT.” JOHN NEVER SAW THIS SIGN HANGING IN THE ROUNDHOUSE AND HAD THE FOLLOWING TO SAY: “IT’S FAR TOO OLD TO HAVE BEEN MADE FOR THE FROG SHOP IN 1982. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THESE … BOLTS – HAVEN’T SEEN THEM DO LIKE THAT IN AN AWFUL LONG TIME. THIS IS HAND-PUNCHED – THIS IS HAND-CUT AND HAND-PUNCHED. LOOT AT THE WIDTH OF THE PINE PLANK THAT IT’S ON. IT’S NOT REGULAR, OLD CPR RED. THEY DIDN’T BUY THINGS. THEY ARE NOTORIOUSLY CHEAP. I REMEMBER THIS YELLOW PAINT. THIS IS THE SAME YELLOW PAINT THAT THEY PAINTED THEIR MOTOR CARS WITH – THE LITTLE, FREEZE-YOUR-ASS-OFF TRACK MOBILES WE USED TO TRAVEL ON WHEN WE’RE WORKING ON THE TRACK. YEAH, I WAS TOLD THAT. BUT I KNOW THEY WOULDN’T HAVE A SIGN PAINTED. I KNOW THEY WOULDN’T BUY ONE FROM ANYONE. AND THAT WAS WHAT I WAS TOLD BY ALL THE PEOPLE THAT I WORKED WITH THERE; SOME OF WHOM HAD A GREAT MANY YEARS. AND THERE WERE A COUPLE OLD GUYS THAT I WORKED WITH THAT RETIRED AT 35 YEARS, SHORTLY AFTER I ARRIVED IN THE FROG SHOP THERE IN ’92.” JOHN DESCRIBED WHERE THE SIGN HUNG IN THE FROG SHOP IN KIPP: “IT HUNG IN THE DOORWAY THAT LEAD OUT OF THE SHOP INTO THE HALLWAY INTO OUR CHANGE ROOM. I LOOKED AT IT EVERY DAY, AT LUNCHTIME, COFFEE TIME.” JOHN ADDED THE FOLLOWING ABOUT WORKER SAFETY: “I JUST THINK THAT THIS IS TO ME ILLUSTRATIVE OF HOW FAR WE’VE COME WHEN IT COMES TO WORKERS’ SAFETY. AND WHEN YOU TAKE A LOOK AROUND TODAY OF HOW HORRIFYINGLY FAR WE HAVE TO GO. TO THINK THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE, WHAT LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AGO, STANDING IN FRONT OF THE LEGISLATURE IN EDMONTON FIGHTING THE NOTION THAT FARM WORKERS IN ALBERTA SHOULD HAVE THE SAME PROTECTION THAT THEY DO EVERYWHERE ELSE IN THE COUNTRY AND HAVE FOR YEARS AND YEARS. TOO MANY PEOPLE DIE GOING TO WORK. IT’S TOO EASY TO HAPPEN AND IT’S EVEN EASIER NOW. IT’S SCARY TO THINK OF YOUNG PEOPLE. I’VE WORKED WITH LOTS OF YOUNG PEOPLE AS THE YEARS HAVE GONE ON. I’M OLD. I KNOW OLD PEOPLE - OLDER PEOPLE - LOOKED OUT FOR ME AND HELPED ME; AND I’M REALLY FORTUNATE FOR THAT. BUT IN THIS HURRY-UP WORLD, NOW AND PARTICULARLY AS YOU SEE UNION MEMBERSHIP DECLINING AND IT BECOMING MORE AND MORE DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN A UNION CONTRACT, TO RATIFY A UNION VOTE, GEE I DON’T WANT TO SEE ANYONE - ANYBODY ELSE GET HURT. AND I HOPE THAT THAT GETS BETTER. BECAUSE I’VE SEEN REALLY BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO PEOPLE AND IT WASN’T BECAUSE THEY WERE DUMB AND IT WASN’T BECAUSE THEY WERE CARELESS. FAR TOO OFTEN IT WAS BECAUSE THEY JUST DIDN’T KNOW AND SOMEBODY WHO SHOULD KNOW BETTER DIDN’T GET IN LINE.” RELOCATING THE RAIL YARDS TO KIPP IS COVERED IN DETAIL IN SEVERAL LETHBRIDGE HERALD NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, ESPECIALLY IN THE PERIOD OF 1980 TO 1982. THESE ARTICLES TEND TO FOCUS ON THE BENEFIT FOR THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE AND THE ABILITY TO REDEVELOP THE YARDS. FOR EXAMPLE, AN OCTOBER 10, 1980 ARTICLE DISCUSSES REDEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES: “THERE MUST BE A GOOD CORRIDOR WITH A DIVIDED HIGHWAY THROUGH THE CITY TO ACCOMMODATE BOTH TRAFFIC THAT DOESN’T WANT TO STOP AND TRAFFIC THAT WANTS TO GET OFF AT DOWNTOWN LETHBRIDGE. RAILWAY RELOCATION GIVES ROOM FOR SUCH A CORRIDOR FROM THE RAILWAY BRIDGE THROUGH TO 13TH ST.” FOR MORE DETAILS, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE. FOR COPIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES AND FOR A TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20160008001
Acquisition Date
2016-03
Collection
Museum
Images
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