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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
RIDING CROP
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, CANE
Catalogue Number
P19694042000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
RIDING CROP
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Materials
LEATHER, CANE
No. Pieces
1
Length
75.0
Diameter
2.5
Description
"MP" STAMPED ON POPPER. BRAIDED LEATHER QUIRT HEAD. STRIGHT SHANK CORE FROM HANDLE TO POPPER COVERED WITH LEATHER. COTTON THREAD BAND SECURES POPPER TO SHANK. QUIRT SHOWS WEAR. LEATHER STITCHED LENGTHWISE.
Subjects
LAND TRANSPORTATION-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE RIDING CROP.
Catalogue Number
P19694042000
Acquisition Date
1969-05
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
EMERGENCY VEHICLE LIGHT
Date Range From
1965
Date Range To
1985
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20080008011
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
EMERGENCY VEHICLE LIGHT
Date Range From
1965
Date Range To
1985
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Height
25.3
Diameter
21.7
Description
EMERGENCY VEHICLE LIGHT, RED CLEAR PLASTIC DOME COVERS ROTATING LIGHT AND REFLECTORS. BASE OF LIGHT IS SILVER COLORED METAL WITH WIRING DEVICE UNDERNEATH. ONE SIDE OF BASE IS SMALL PLAQUE MARKED "DOMINION AUTO". MODEL NUMBER IS "357", VOLT IS "12" AND "D-009068". PLASTIC COVER MARKED "SAE-W3-72... DOMINION AUTO".
Subjects
LAND TRANSPORTATION-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
LIGHT WAS USED AS AN EMERGENCY SIGNAL LIGHT ON POLICE CARS IN THE LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE. FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20080008011
Acquisition Date
2007-01
Collection
Museum
Images
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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
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Other Name
CENTENNIAL FLAG
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON
Catalogue Number
P19760101000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CENTENNIAL FLAG
Date
1967
Materials
NYLON
No. Pieces
1
Length
190.5
Width
124.5
Description
THE FLAG DISPLAYS A WHITE MAPLE LEAF DIVIDED INTO 11 (PROVINCES) SECTIONS. "1867-1967" IS PRINTED UNDER THE LEAF (ALSO IN WHITE). RED BACKGROUND. THE WHITE CORD ON THE LEFT SIDE IS ENCASED IN A WHITE PIECE, 5.1 CM WTH. "L.F.D. 69" IS PRINTED ON THIS WHITE PIECE IN BLACK FELT PEN. BACK SIDE OF TOP LEFT CORNER HAS STAMPED IN BLACK "48X72 CENT". SEWN LABEL IN SAME AREA READS "NYL-GLO 100% NYLON BUNTING" AND "THE NAME ANNIN GUARANTEES QUALITY".
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
COMMEMORATIVE
History
100 BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION OF CANADA'S GOVERNMENT 1867-1967 CENTENNIAL
Catalogue Number
P19760101000
Acquisition Date
1975-04
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE 100 YEARS
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS
Catalogue Number
P20020089005
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE 100 YEARS
Date
2002
Materials
BRASS
No. Pieces
2
Height
1.4
Length
6.0 (INCL/CHAIN)
Width
2.0 (BAR)
Description
TACK IS SHAPED LIKE A CREST. FEATURES THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE LOGO OVER THE HIGH LEVEL BRIDGE AND READS "1902-2002 LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE 100 YEARS". HAS A BRASS BACKING WHICH IS ATTACHED TO A SHORT CHAIN WITH A BRASS BAR ON THE OPPOSITE END.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
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
P20020089005
Acquisition Date
2003-05
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE 100 YEARS
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS
Catalogue Number
P20020089004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE 100 YEARS
Date
2002
Materials
BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.6
Length
5.4
Width
1.7
Description
FRONT OF CLIP IS A BRASS BAR WITH A CREST ON IT. CREST HAS THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE LOGO OVER THE HIGH LEVEL BRIDGE AND READS "1902-2002 LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE 100 YEARS". BACK HAS A JAGGED EDGE CLIP ON A SPRING. THERE ARE LINES IMPRESSED INTO CLIP THAT ACT AS A GRIP.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
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
P20020089004
Acquisition Date
2003-05
Collection
Museum
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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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Other Name
RCMP UNIFORM
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NICKEL
Catalogue Number
P19970111003
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
RCMP UNIFORM
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
NICKEL
No. Pieces
2
Height
2.3
Length
14.5
Width
9.2
Description
PAIR OF NICKEL SPURS WITH REDDISH BROWN LEATHER STAPS WITH A NICKEL BUCKLE. INSIDE OF SPUR IS STAMPED "SOL. NICKEL", "MADE IN ENGLAND". ONE STRAP GOES UNDER BOOT, AND OTHER WITH OVAL LEATHER PATCH FASTENED ON THE SIDE OF A BOOT. LEATHER WORN ON LOWER STRAPS, BUT OVERALL ITEMS ARE IN GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
LAND TRANSPORTATION-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
DONOR JOINED THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE IN AUGUST 1951, AT WINNIPEG, MANITOBA. HE WAS IN THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE FOR 25 YEARS, AND WAS STATIONED ALL OVER NORTHERN ALBERTA AND CAME TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1974. WORKED IN THE OFFICE MOSTLY IN LETHBRIDGE, AND RETIRED OCTOBER 1976. SPURS WERE WORN DAILY BY DONOR WITH HIS RIDING BOOTS AND BREECHES, EARLY IN HIS CAREER. THE UNIFORM LATER CHANGED TO BLACK LACE-UP BOOTS WORN WITH TROUSERS. FOR HISTORY OF KEN VEALS PLEASE SEE P19970084001-GA, OR P19970111001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P19970111003
Acquisition Date
1997-11
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
POLICE SERVICE KEY CHAIN
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS
Catalogue Number
P20020038005
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
POLICE SERVICE KEY CHAIN
Date
2002
Materials
BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.3
Length
10.0
Width
3.1
Description
RECTANGULAR KEYCHAIN IS SHINY GOLD IN COLOR. ON THE FRONT, THERE IS A PICTURE OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE CREST, AND THE TEXT "LETHBRIDGE POLICE" IN FRONT OF TWO DIAGONAL LINES. AT THE BOTTOM IS THE COMMEMORATIVE MARKING "100 YEARS PROUD 1902 - 2002". ON THE BACK OF THE KEY CHAIN, THERE IS MORE TEXT REFERRING TO THE POLICE SERVICE, AS WELL AS A CANADIAN FLAG, AND AN ALBERTAN FLAG ENGRAVED ON THE BACK.
Subjects
PERSONAL GEAR
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 PIN P20020038006) TO COMMEMORATE EVENT.
Catalogue Number
P20020038005
Acquisition Date
2002-07
Collection
Museum
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Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19960112139
Material Type
Artifact
Date
1985
Materials
STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
199
Length
231.3
Width
146
Description
STEEL TRAILER, RECTANGULAR IN SHAPE WITH ROUNDED TOP FRONT. PAINTED WHITE THROUGHOUT. TRAILER SITS ON TWO RUBBER TIRES. HITCH ARM EXTENDS FROM LOWER FRONT; HAS LENGTH OF CHAIN AND RUBBER TUBE-WRAPPED CORDS LINKED TO TRAILER. RIGHT SIDE HAS DECAL OF ROBOT, AS WELL AS "OFFICER MINER BROWN" AND "MINERS' CLUB LETHBRIDGE" DECALS. LEFT SIDE HAS SAME BUT WITH POLICE CREST IN PLACE OF MINERS' CLUB. COVERED OUTLET ON LOWER RIGHT SIDE. BACK OF TRAILER HAS DOOR, SECURED WITH SLIDING LATCHES AT TOP ON BOTH SIDES; DOOR HINGED AT BOTTOM. LENGTH OF YELLOW NYLON CORD LOOPED THROUGH LATCHES. DECALS ON BACK READ "HOME OF OFFICER MINER BROWN SPONSORED BY MINERS' LIBRARY CLUB LETHBRIDGE". PAINT IS CHIPPING IN SEVERAL PLACES, PARTICULARLY ON BACK OF TRAILER. INTERIOR OF TRAILER IS FITTED FOR ROBOT, WITH FOAM PADDING AND SEATBELT. INCLUDES SPARE RUBBER TIRE. LICENSE PLATE NUMBER ON TRAILER IS "4221-22".
Subjects
LAND TRANSPORTATION-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
USED TO TRANSPORT POLICE EDUCATIONAL ROBOT "MINER BROWN"; P19960112137-GA. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ROBOT SEE P19960112137-GA. *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
P19960112139
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
RCMP UNIFORM
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER
Catalogue Number
P19970111001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
RCMP UNIFORM
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
LEATHER
No. Pieces
1
Length
78.5
Diameter
2.3
Description
REDDISH BROWN LEATHER RIDING CROP WITH A 7.0 CM BRAIDED LEATHER TOP, WITH A TAN LEATHER STRIP ON THE END THAT IS FOLDED IN HALF AND IS ATTACHED TO END OF RIDING CROP. INSIDE OF LEATHER STRIP IS MARKED IN FELT PEN "TAYLOR M.", AND "W.K. WILLIAMS". LEATHER IS WORN AND SCUFFED.
Subjects
LAND TRANSPORTATION-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
DONOR JOINED THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE IN AUGUST 1951, AT WINNIPEG, MANITOBA. HE WAS IN THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE FOR 25 YEARS, AND WAS STATIONED ALL OVER NORTHERN ALBERTA AND CAME TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1974. WORKED IN THE OFFICE MOSTLY IN LETHBRIDGE, AND RETIRED OCTOBER 1976. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE REFER TO P19970084001-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING AN RCMP UNIFORM DONATED BY KEN VEALS. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND THE WEBSITE WWW.RCMPVETS.CA. KENNETH GEORGE JOHN VEALS WAS BORN ON APRIL 14, 1928 IN WINNIPEG, MB. KEN JOINED THE RCMP IN AUGUST 1951 IN WINNIPEG, MB AND SERVED THROUGHOUT ALBERTA. HIS LAST TWO YEARS OF SERVICE WERE SPENT IN LETHBRIDGE. FOLLOWING HIS RETIREMENT IN 1976, KEN WORKED FOR PCL CONSTRUCTION AS A SAFETY COORDINATOR. HE PASSED AWAY ON OCTOBER 20, 2010 AT THE AGE OF 82. KEN’S WIFE, HELEN MARGARET GENEVIEVE VEALS (NEE CLEVEN) WAS BORN ON APRIL 7, 1935 AND PASSED AWAY ON APRIL 7, 2012. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND THE WEBSITE WWW.RCMPVETS.CA.
Catalogue Number
P19970111001
Acquisition Date
1997-11
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
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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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Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1988
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, VELCRO, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P20080008009
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1988
Materials
LEATHER, VELCRO, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
8.6
Length
26.0
Width
37.0
Description
HARNESS, DOG. LEATHER BANDS CONNECTED BY STEEL GROMETS. ONE LEATHER LOOP IS FASTENED BY VELCRO, ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE LOOP IS A STEEL RING ATTACHED BY A LEATHER STRAP FASTENED BY GROMETS. THAT SAME LEATHER STRAP ATTACHES TO A SECOND, PERPENDICULAR, LEATHER STRAP. THE PERPENDICULAR STRAP'S ENDS ARE CONNECTED TO A FOURTH LEATHER STRAP, WHICH IS FASTENED ONCE AGAIN ON EITHER SIDE OF THE VELCRO.
Subjects
LAND TRANSPORTATION-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ACCORDING TO INSPECTOR BILL KAYE, WHO USED THE HARNESS IN CONJUNCTION WITH HIS POLICE SERVICE DOG, ZORKO, THE ITEM WAS USED FOR TRACKING. HE SAID, "THIS WAS BASICALLY MY WORKING HARNESS. IT'S QUICK TO PUT ON; IT'S VELCRO..." THE HARNESS WAS BETTER THAN A COLLAR BECAUSE IT ALLOWED THE HEAD AND NECK TO REMAIN FREE, "THERE WAS NO OBSTRUCTION TO BREATHING. THIS STRAP ON THE FRONT HERE GOES ACROSS THE CHEST, JUST ABOVE THE SHOULDERS AND YOU PULL FROM THIS [RING] ON THE BACK OF THE [HARNESS]... SO YOU'RE NOT PULLING THE HEAD UP BECAUSE IT'S MPORTANT THAT THE DOG'S HEAD STAYS DOWN." THE HARNESS WAS MOST COMMONLY USED WITH THE TRACKING LEASH (P20080008005). FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE HISTORY OF ZORKO AND THE CANINE UNIT SEE P20080008001. FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20080008009
Acquisition Date
2007-01
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
FIRST AID TROPHY
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SILVER PLATE, WOOD
Catalogue Number
P20150010001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
FIRST AID TROPHY
Date
1923
Materials
SILVER PLATE, WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
39.1
Width
22.7
Diameter
14.0
Description
SILVER PLATED AND WOODEN FIRST AID TROPHY. WOODEN BASE, PAINTED BLACK. SILVER CREST AFFIXED TO WOODEN BASE, ENGRAVED WITH: BLARIMRE 1923 JAMES TARLETON CAPT,. GUSTAVE GLASSER, ARTHUR RAYMENT, JOHN FOSTER, EDWIN WEIR". LARGE TWO HANDLED, SILVER PLATED CUP MAKES UP THE MAIN PORTION OF THE TROPHY. BETWEEN THE TWO HANDLES, IT IS ENGRAVED WITH: "FIRST AID TROPHY. PRESENTED BY ROCKY MOUNTAIN BRANCH C.I.M.&M. SECOND PRIZE." [C.I.M.&M. STANDS FOR CANADIAN INSTITUTE OF MINING AND METALLURGY] OVERALL IN GOOD CONDITION. SILVER PLATING IS VERY TARNISHED.
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
COMMEMORATIVE
History
THIS FIRST AID TROPHY WAS AWARDED TO LETHBRIDGE, HALL NUMBER 2, FOLLOWING A COMPETITION IN 1923. ACCORDING TO TWO LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES (PUBLISHED JULY 6, 1923 AND JULY 10, 1923), THE COMPETITION TOOK PLACE FROM JULY 2-3, 1923 IN BLAIRMORE, ALBERTA. THE MINE RESCUE AND FIRST AID COMPETITION WAS PUT ON BY THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN BRANCH OF THE C.I.M. & M. (CANADIAN INSTITUTE FOR MINING AND METALLURGY), THE WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION BOARD, AND THE WESTERN CANADA COAL OPERATORS’ ASSOCIATION. THE LETHBRIDGE HALL NUMBER 2 WON SECOND PLACE IN THE SENIOR FIRST AID CATEGORY WITH A SCORE OF 83.05. THE OTHER PARTICIPANTS, THEIR RANKING, AND SCORE INCLUDED: DRUMHELLER, FIRST, 83.83; LETHBRIDGE NO. 2, SECOND, 83.05; BELLEVUE, THIRD, 82.33; LETHBRIDGE NO. 1, FOURTH, 80.83; COLEMAN, FIFTH, 78.00; MICHEL, SIXTH, 76.05; COAL CREEK, SEVENTH, 60.83. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT.
Catalogue Number
P20150010001
Acquisition Date
2015-02
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 (R.C.M.P. CENTENNIAL)
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, WOOD, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19970065001
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 (R.C.M.P. CENTENNIAL)
Date
1973
Materials
STEEL, WOOD, BRASS
No. Pieces
8
Height
12.7
Length
102
Width
3.5
Description
1) 30-30 CALIBRE LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH ETCHED BRASS RECEIVER. LEFT SIDE OF RECEIVER HAS SCROLL WORK WITH MOUNTIE ON A HORSE AND "1873-1973". RIGHT SIDE OF RECEIVER HAS SCROLL WORK WITH "MP". "MP" ALSO ETCHED INTO STOCK. ETCHED ON BARREL ON RIGHT SIDE OF REAR SIGHT IS "R.C.M.P. CENTENNIAL 1873-1973". ON BARREL ON LEFT SIDE OF REAR SIGHT IS "WINCHESTER MODEL 94" AND "30-30 WIN". ON RIGHT SIDE OF STOCK IS POLISHED BRASS MEDALLION WITH R.C.M.P COAT OF ARMS OVER "1873-1973" WITH "NWMP", "RNWMP" AND "RCMP" AROUND TOP EDGE. ON TANG BEHIND HAMMER IS "MAINTIENS LE DROIT". SERIAL NUMBER "RCMP4326" IS STAMPED ON UNDERSIDE OF RECEIVER IN FRONT OF TRIGGER GUARD. 2) ANNIVERSARY BOX. 118.5 CM (L) X 17.5 CM (W) X 6.5 CM (H) BOX MADE OF CARDBOARD AND STYROFOAM. CARDBOARD SHEATH HAS COLOUR IMAGES OF N.W.M.P AND R.C.M.P. OFFICERS AND MEN SERVING AROUND CANADA. "RCMP CENTENNIAL 1873-1973" ON SIDE. STYROFOAM BOX HAS CARVED FORM FOR RIFLE AND SEPARATE LID. 3) INSTRUCTION PAMPHLET ENTITLED "WINCHESTER MODEL 94 RCMP CENTENNIAL RIFLE INSTRUCTIONS", WITH MOUNTIES ON FRONT. IN BOTH FRENCH AND ENGLISH.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-FIREARM
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
COMMEMORATIVE
History
RIFLE WAS PURCHASED BY DONOR IN 1973 DUE TO HIS INTEREST IN THE HISTORY OF CANADA AND THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE. UPDATE: INTERVIEW CONDUCTED WITH DONOR BLAINE THACKER ON 23 JUNE 2014 WITH RESPECT TO HIS ACQUISITION AND OWNERSHIP OF HIS TWO DONATED, COMMEMORATIVE RIFLES. FOR TRANSCRIPT AND AUDIO OF THE INTERVIEW, PLEASE SEE THIS DONATION’S PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P19970065001
Acquisition Date
1997-12
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
FIRE STATION LAMP
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS, GLASS
Catalogue Number
P20020001000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
FIRE STATION LAMP
Date
1919
Materials
BRASS, GLASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
80.0
Diameter
17.5
Description
THE LAMP HAS AN EXTERIOR COLOR OF SILVER. IT IS QUITE TALL AND NARROW WITH A LIGHTBULB ON THE TOP, BUT NO SHADE. THERE IS AN ORNAMENTAL DECORATION AT THE VERY TOP THAT IS SCREWED ON. ON THE SIDE OF THE LAMP, THERE IS A WRITTEN DEDICATION WHICH STATES, "PRESENTED TO W.D.L. HARDIE MAYOR AND COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC SAFTEY BY OFFICERS & MEMBERS OF THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT ON THE COMPLETE NOTORIZATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OCT. 1919."
Subjects
LIGHTING DEVICE
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
COMMEMORATIVE
History
THIS LAMP WAS GIFT TO THE MAYOR AND COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC SAFETY OF LETHBRIDGE W.D.L. HARDIE UPON THE NOTORIZATION OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT IN 1919. *UPDATE* IN 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING ONE ASSOCIATED WITH LETHBRIDGE MAYOR W. D. L. HARDIE, THE ORIGINAL RECIPIENT OF THIS ARTIFACT. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHY OF W. D. L. HARDIE WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM A TRIBUTE ARTICLE FROM THE JUNE 16, 1942 ISSUE OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. WILLIAM DUNCAN LIVINGSTONE HARDIE WAS BORN NEAR EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND IN 1862, AND THE FAMILY IMMIGRATED TO OHIO THE FOLLOWING YEAR. IN 1885 HARDIE MARRIED MARGARET KIRTLEY, AND THEY HAD FIVE CHILDREN: IANTHE, AGNES, E.W., JESSE, AND INZOLA. HARDIE FIRST CAME TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1889, WHEN HE BECAME THE ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT OF THE GALT NO. 1 MINE. AFTER FOUR YEARS HE RETURNED TO THE UNITED STATES, WORKING FOR MINING COMPANIES IN PENNSYLVANIA, TENNESSEE, AND ALABAMA BEFORE RETURNING TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1896 AS SUPERINTENDENT OF NORTHWEST COAL & NAVIGATION COMPANY. IN 1910 HARDIE LEFT THE GALT-OWNED COMPANY AND WORKED AS THE MANAGER OF THE DIAMOND COAL COMPANY UNTIL 1912, WHEN HE RAN FOR AND WON THE OFFICE OF LETHBRIDGE MAYOR. HARDIE SERVED AS MAYOR UNTIL 1928, WHEN HE WAS REPLACED BY ROBERT BARROWMAN. IN 1930 HARDIE HAD AN UNSUCCESSFUL RUN FOR THE LETHBRIDG SEAT IN THE PROVINCIAL GENERAL ELECTION. HARDIE WAS ACTIVE WITH THE LETHBRIDGE MASONS, THE ALBERTA UNION OF MUNICIPALITIES, AND HAD AN AVID INTEREST IN ASTROLOGY. HARDIEVILLE, THE FORMER HAMLET NORTHEAST OF LETHBRIDGE THAT WAS ANNEXED BY THE CITY IN 1978, WAS NAMED AFTER HIM. W. D. L. HARDIE DIED ON JUNE 16, 1942. SEE PERMANENT FILE P19880033000-GA FOR HARDCOPIES OF SOURCE MATERIALS.
Catalogue Number
P20020001000
Acquisition Date
2002-04
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 (DIAMOND JUBILEE)
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, WOOD, SILVER
Catalogue Number
P19970065002
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 (DIAMOND JUBILEE)
Date
1980
Materials
STEEL, WOOD, SILVER
No. Pieces
8
Height
12.7
Length
96.5
Width
3.8
Description
1) 38-55 CALIBRE LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH ETCHED SILVER RECEIVER. LEFT SIDE OF RECEIVER HAS FLORAL SCROLL WORK WITH SCENE OF CATTLE AND OIL WELLS. RIGHT SIDE OF RECEIVER HAS FLORAL SCROLL WORK WITH ALBERTA COAT OF ARMS. ETCHED INTO BARREL ON RIGHT SIDE OF REAR SIGHT IS "ALBERTA DIAMOND JUBILEE". ETCHED INTO BARREL ON LEFT SIDE OF REAR SIGHT IS "WINCHESTER MODEL 94" AND "38-55 WIN". ON RIGHT SIDE OF STOCK IS SILVER MEDALLION WITH ETCHED WILD ROSE AND "ALBERTA DIAMOND JUBILEE 1905 - 1980". ETCHED INTO TANG BEHIND HAMMER IS "WINCHESTER MODEL 1894". SERIAL NUMBER "ADJ2872" IS STAMPED ON UNDERSIDE OF RECEIVER IN FRONT OF TRIGGER GUARD. 2) ANNIVERSARY BOX. 103.5 CM (L) X 17.0 CM (W) X 6.5 CM (H) BOX MADE OF CARDBOARD AND STYROFOAM. CARDBOARD SHEATH HAS COLOUR IMAGES SUCH AS COWBOYS, N.W.M.P. OFFICERS, INDIANS AND OIL WORKERS WITH "ALBERTA DIAMOND JUBILEE" ON SIDE. STYROFOAM BOX HAS CARVED FORM FOR RIFLE AND SEPARATE LID. 3) WARRANTY CARD. 18.6CM X 8.2 CM GREEN CARD WITH SYMBOL NUMBER "9464". 4) BOOKLET. 8.5CM X 9.7CM RED COVERED BOOKLET ENTITLED "WINCHESTER-WESTERN HUNTER'S POCKET GUIDE." 5) INFORMATION CARD. 13.6CM X 10.6CM PAMPHLET ENTITLED "WINCHESTER AUTHORIZED SERVICE CENTRES". 6) RECORD CARD. 18.5CM X 9.6CM GREEN "WINCHESTER PURCHASE RECORD CARD" WITH VARIOUS QUESTIONS PERTAINING TO MERCHANDISING. 7) INSTRUCTION BOOKLET. 23.9CM X 10.5CM RED COVERED BOOKLET ENTITLED "ALBERTA DIAMOND JUBILEE: INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR WINCHESTER ALBERTA MODEL 94..."
Subjects
ARMAMENT-FIREARM
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
COMMEMORATIVE
History
RIFLE WAS PURCHASED BY DONOR IN 1980 TO PAIR WITH ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE CENTENNIAL RIFLE (P19970065001-GA) AS COLLECTION. UPDATE: INTERVIEW CONDUCTED WITH DONOR BLAINE THACKER ON 23 JUNE 2014 WITH RESPECT TO HIS ACQUISITION AND OWNERSHIP OF HIS TWO DONATED, COMMEMORATIVE RIFLES. FOR TRANSCRIPT AND AUDIO OF THE INTERVIEW, PLEASE SEE THIS DONATION’S PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P19970065002
Acquisition Date
1997-12
Collection
Museum
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CERTIFICATE, REGISTRATION

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Other Name
R.C.M.P. COMMEMORATIVE SWORD
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19910064001
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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
“LETHBRIDGE AND DISTRICT KENNEL CLUB - ALL BREED SHOW”
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SATIN, CARDBOARD, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20140035000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
“LETHBRIDGE AND DISTRICT KENNEL CLUB - ALL BREED SHOW”
Date
1965
Materials
SATIN, CARDBOARD, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.5
Length
29
Width
12
Description
PURPLE PRIZE RIBBON. AT TOP IS CIRCLE OF PLEATED RIBBON, STITCHED BENEATH RIBBON-COVERED BUTTON AT CENTRE. BUTTON IS PRINTED IN GOLD WITH A CREST AND TEXT READING “INCORPORATED – DOG SHOW RULES”. THREE LENGTHS OF SAME RIBBON EXTEND FROM BOTTOM; CENTRAL ONE PRINTED IN GOLD WITH TEXT READING "LETHBRIDGE AND DISTRICT KENNEL CLUB – ALL BREED SHOW LETHBRIDGE – HIGHEST SCORING DOG IN OBEDIENCE". BACK OF BUTTON STAPLED WITH ROUND WHITE CARD WITH PRINTED AND HANDWRITTEN TEXT READING "MADE IN CANADA BY LODER – LODER ADVERTISING SERVICE LTD. EDMONTON – DATE APRIL 18/65 – CLASS NOVICE A – WON BY THORS YORKER – JUDGE CONST. M. J. VANDEKINDERN - 197". A METAL WIRE LOOP IS ATTACHED TO THE TOP OF THE BACKING CARD. SOME FADING AND WEAR ON RIBBON; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS RIBBON WAS WON BY LETHBRIDGE’S FIRST POLICE SERVICE DOG, THORS YORKER AKA “YORK”, AND HIS HANDLER, CONSTABLE GLEN BERRY, AT THE LETHBRIDGE AND DISTRICT KENNEL CLUB’S DOG SHOW AND OBEDIENCE TRIALS ON APRIL 18, 1965. BERRY TRAINED AND HANDLED YORK FROM 1964 TO 1967, WHEN HE WAS SUCCEEDED BY SERGEANT JOE SCHENK, WHO HANDLED YORK FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE DOG’S SERVICE WITH THE POLICE FORCE. ON FEBRUARY 23, 2015 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED STAFF SERGEANT DAVE HASTIE, RETIRED LETHBRIDGE POLICE K-9 UNIT MEMBER, ABOUT THE RIBBON AND HIS ASSOCIATION WITH THE K-9 UNIT OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. HASTIE SAID: “I STARTED WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE IN 1975 AND THAT RIBBON HAD ALWAYS HUNG UP IN OUR OLD POLICE STATION AT 5TH STREET AND 5TH AVENUE, BEHIND SOME GLASS CASES. THERE [WERE] A FEW OTHER THINGS IN THERE BUT THAT WAS THE MAIN CANINE [OBJECT] THAT I HAD SEEN QUITE OFTEN… WHEN YOU CAME INTO THAT STATION, YOU WENT UP TO THE MAIN FLOOR AND THEN WHEN YOU WENT UP TO THE DETECTIVE’S OFFICE, [THE DISPLAY CASE] WAS ON THE FIRST LANDING THERE. SO WHENEVER YOU WENT UP THOSE STAIRS YOU WOULD SEE IT… [IN THE LATE 1990S THAT] BUILDING WAS BEING LEFT AND THAT RIBBON WAS STILL LEFT IN THAT CASE THERE, AS WAS LOTS OF STUFF IN THAT OLD BUILDING… NOBODY WANTED IT SO I THOUGHT I’D JUST TAKE IT TO PRESERVE IT. [IT] STAYED WITH ME UNTIL LAST YEAR… I JUST KEPT IT WITH MY DOG’S TROPHIES AND… SOME OLD PINS.” HASTIE CONTINUED: “WHEN I STARTED IN ’75 THERE [WERE] NO POLICE DOGS. THERE WERE POLICE DOGS IN THE ‘60S WHEN YORK WAS THERE [BUT THEY WERE] COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. SOME OF THE STORIES [WERE] THAT JOE SCHENK WHO WAS ON THE POLICE FORCE HAD HANDLED HIM FOR A WHILE. SO, I TALKED TO HIM ABOUT SOME OF THEIR TRAINING METHODS… [SCHENK] SAID THEY WOULD JUST GET A BONE OR SOMETHING AND PUT IT ON A ROPE AND DRAG IT THROUGH THE RIVER BOTTOM AND THEN THE DOG WOULD FIND IT, WHICH IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THAN HOW WE TRAIN OUR DOGS NOW. AND HE WAS KIND OF MORE OF A PET, YORK. BUT AGAIN IN THE 60S WHEN POLICE DOGS BECAME REALLY VALUABLE, THEY WERE FOR RIOTS… THEY USED POLICE DOGS FOR BITING AND CHASING BACK CROWDS. SO THEY WEREN’T PROGRAMMED FOR CONTROLLED RETRIEVAL OF PEOPLE, SEARCHES, TRACKING – IT WASN’T A REFINED THING LIKE THAT. SO WHEN I WANTED TO REVIVE THAT PROGRAM, IT WAS INTERESTING BECAUSE I JUST LIKED WORKING WITH ANIMALS… IN ’78 I [RE]STARTED THAT PROGRAM WITH [MY DOG] Q-MAX… AT THAT TIME, WE BOUGHT OUR OWN DOGS… I PUT IN A PROPOSAL UNDER CHIEF MICHELSON, AND GOT A YOUNG DOG AND THEN A MEMO CAME OUT [READING] “WHO WANTS TO APPLY?” [AND] I GOT IT. SO I WENT DOWN TO CASCADE COUNTY [IN MONTANA FOR TRAINING]. I THINK THEY ONLY CHARGED ME $1000 FOR A 14 WEEK COURSE… YOU LIVED DOWN THERE AND THEY FED YOU… I GOT MY OWN HARNESSES BUILT DOWN THERE… AND IT WAS A BIG LEARNING CURVE FOR OUR ADMINISTRATION AND OUR CITY… [EARLY ON] I WANTED TO BUY A WATER DISH FOR [Q-MAX]. IT WAS TEN DOLLARS OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. AND THEY SAID, “THAT’S A REALLY GOOD IDEA, WE’LL PUT THAT IN THE BUDGET FOR THE NEXT YEAR AND SEE IF WE GET IT APPROVED.” AND I’M THINKING, “AT LEAST WE’RE TRYING”. SO NO DOG FOOD, NO NOTHING AT THAT TIME BECAUSE THERE WAS NO BUDGET… [IT] WAS A DIFFERENT ERA… IT’S ALMOST LIKE A HOBBY, IT HAS TO BE, RIGHT? BECAUSE THE DOG LIVES WITH YOU, YOU FEED IT, YOU LOOK AFTER IT, YOU CLEAN THE HAIR UP… SOME OF THE OLDER GUYS DIDN’T APPRECIATE IT, I KNOW… THEY WERE SOME BIG BOYS, FARM KIDS, AND THAT’S WHAT DOGS WERE FOR, RIGHT? [THEY] JUST DIDN’T SEE A DOG’S PURPOSE. THAT WAS THE BIGGEST HEARTACHE OF STARTING [THE UNIT] BACK UP AGAIN. THEY JUST THOUGHT IT WAS A NUISANCE IN THE POLICE STATION… THERE WERE SOME INTERESTING DEVELOPMENTS [AND THE K-9 UNIT] GREW PRETTY GOOD BECAUSE - NOT THAT I WAS MUCH OF A HANDLER, BUT I HAD A REALLY GOOD DOG WHICH WAS PROBABLY MORE FLUKE THAN DESIGN. [NOW] THE POLICE BUY THE DOGS AND FEED THEM.” OF YORK, THE DOG WHO WON THIS RIBBON, HASTIE SAID: “I NEVER KNEW HIM. BUT DETECTIVE SCHENK [YORK’S HANDLER] WAS ALIVE THEN AND STILL THERE. I REMEMBER GOING TO HIS PLACE, BEFORE I TRAINED AND SAID, “GIVE ME ALL YOUR WISDOM ON THIS DOG THING.” IT WASN’T REALLY IN A PROGRAM… IT WAS JUST A MASCOT KIND OF AT THAT TIME. BUT… HE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE AN AWESOME IDEA.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPIES OF FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS AND AN EXCERPT FROM A 1965 POLICE REPORT ABOUT YORK’S SERVICE. FOR AN OVERVIEW OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE’S EARLY CANINE (K-9) PROGRAM, SEE P19960112107.
Catalogue Number
P20140035000
Acquisition Date
2014-09
Collection
Museum
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