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Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19739498000
Material Type
Artifact
Date
1914
Materials
WOOD, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
140.0
Width
66.0
Description
12 ROWS OF 12 WOOD BEADS EACH.
Subjects
DATA PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
EDUCATION
History
USED IN LOCAL SCHOOLS AS ARITHMATIC TEACHING DEVICE.
Catalogue Number
P19739498000
Acquisition Date
1973-02
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1925
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19694693000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1925
Materials
WOOD, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
17.7
Length
36.5
Width
2.5
Description
BRASS REINFORCED CORNERS. WOODEN BEADS.
Subjects
DATA PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
EDUCATION
Catalogue Number
P19694693000
Acquisition Date
1969-10
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
P19683475000-GA
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
MAHOGANY, BAMBOO, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19780225000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
P19683475000-GA
Date
1900
Materials
MAHOGANY, BAMBOO, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.5
Length
33.0
Width
16.8
Description
STRAPPED ON CORNERS WITH BRASS STRIPS & NAILS, FOR REINFORCEMENT. THE BRASS STRIP IS MISSING FROM THE UPPER RIGHT CORNER. ALSO THE DOVETAIL JOINT IS LOOSE IN THE UPPER RIGHT CORNER. NAILS MISSING FROM LEFT SIDE BRASS STRAPS. ABACUS IS COMPLETE WITH ALL WOODEN COUNTERS. BACK OF RIGHT SIDE IS CUT IN, E.G. THE RIGHT SIDE PIECE IS HALF THE THICKNESS (1.6 CM) OF THE OTHER SIDE PIECES. THE BACK INSIDE EDGE OF THE OTHER THREE SIDE PIECES ARE GROOVED, PRESUMABLY THIS WAS TO ALLOW FOR A SLIDING PIECE TO BE INSERTED FROM THE RIGHT AS A BACKPIECE. THIS BACK PIECE IS MISSING. BACK EDGE OF CENTRE BRACE PIECE SPLIT.
Subjects
DATA PROCESSING T&E
MERCHANDISING T&E
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
LEONG WAY BORN IN CHINA IN 1879 & IMMIGRATED IN 1892. AROUND 1900 HE OPENED THE "BOW ON TONG CO." STORE (GOOD HEALTH MEDICINE STORE) IN VANCOUVER, B.C. AT 13 PENDER STREET WEST. LEONG WAY WAS A TRADITIONALLY TRAINED HERBALIST. THE STORE OPERATED AS A GROCERY-HERBALIST PREMISE. IN 1928 HE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE & OPENED A HERBALIST SHOP UNDER THE SAME NAME. THIS SOON BECAME THE LARGEST CHINESE HERBALIST SHOP IN CANADA WITH ITEMS IMPORTED FROM CHINA. HE OPERATED THE SHOP UNTIL HIS DEATH IN 1967. HIS SON, ALBERT NOW OPERATES THE SHOP. THE ABACUS WAS USED IN THE SHOP.
Catalogue Number
P19780225000
Acquisition Date
1978-11
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19790252000
Material Type
Artifact
Date
1921
Materials
WOOD, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
3.5
Length
10.8
Width
28.8
Description
13 ROWS OF WOODEN BEADS ON BRASS DOWLING. ONE BEAD ABOVE WOODEN DIVIDER & 5 BEADS BELOW. JAPANESE SYMBOLS ENGRAVED INTO WOOD DIVIDER, MARK EACH ROW OF BEADS. WRITTEN OF SIDE "Y. JOE MIYANAGA 1921". "MADE IN JAPAN" STAMPED ON BOTTOM. NATURAL WOOD GRAIN WHICH HAS BEEN OILED.
Subjects
DATA PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
EDUCATION
History
REPRESENTS AN OLDER STYLE OF ABACUS. SEE P19790250000-GA FOR HISTORY
Catalogue Number
P19790252000
Acquisition Date
1979-01
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19800006000
Material Type
Artifact
Date
1940
Materials
WOOD, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
3.5
Length
10.8
Width
28.9
Description
13 ROWS OF 5 BEADS EACH. 13 ROWS OF 1 BEAD EACH. THE CASE OF ABACUS IS MADE OF WOOD. IT APPEARS TO BE HANDMADE & IS PARTLY HELD TOGETHER BY MORTISE AND TENON JOINTS. A STRIP OF WOOD SEPARATES THE ROWS OF 5 BEADS FROM THE ROWS OF 1 BEAD. EACH ROW EXCEPT THE MIDDLE, OR 7TH ROW HAS A JAPANESE CHARACTER CARVED INTO THE WOOD & COLOURED RED. ON BACK OF CASE IN BLUE INK "G. FUKUNAGA", ALSO TWO JAPANESE CHARACTERS. CONSERVATION REPORT ON FILE.
Subjects
DATA PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
EDUCATION
BUSINESS
History
USED AS A CALCULATOR.
Catalogue Number
P19800006000
Acquisition Date
1978-09
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19970041325
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.3
Length
38.5
Width
6.7
Description
RECTANGULAR WOOD FRAME WITH 28 ROWS OF 6 WOOD BEADS, FIVE ON ONE SIDE OF WHITE DIVIDER THAT RUNS DOWN LENGTH AND HAS BLACK DOTS AT REGULAR INTERVALS. SHAFTS WHICH HOLD BEADS ARE WOOD. WOOD HAS DARK FINISH.
Subjects
DATA PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
ABACUS WAS USED OCCASIONALLY BY DONOR'S FATHER, REV. CANON G.G. NAKAYAMA WHO WAS AN ANGLICAN PRIEST SERVING IN COALDALE. THE NAKAYAMA FAMILY WERE ORIGINALLY FROM VANCOUVER BUT MOVED TO COALDALE FOLLOWING THE SECOND WORLD WAR WHEN THEY WERE RELOCATED TO SLOCAN CITY(1942) BY THE CANADIAN GOV'T. DONOR'S FATHER, REV. G.G. NAKAYAMA, WAS AN ANGLICAN MINISTER IN VANCOUVER, AND THEN ESTABLISHED THE CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION IN COALDALE IN 1945 WHERE HE SERVED UNTIL 1970. SEE RECORD P19970041001 FOR EXPANDED BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION AND PERMANENT FILE FOR FURTHER HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19970041325
Acquisition Date
1997-01
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, CANVAS, LEATHER
Catalogue Number
P20030056000
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
WOOD, CANVAS, LEATHER
No. Pieces
4
Height
21.1
Length
46.5
Width
39.5
Description
1. CASE. ABOVE DIMENSIONS. MADE OF WOOD. CASE IS CURVED NEAR FRONT TO MOLD TO ACCORDION. EXTERIOR IS COVERED IN SNAKESKIN PATTERNED PAPER. FRONT HAS WOOD HANDLE AND STEEL LOCKING MECHANISM. LID OPENS ON TWO HINGES AT BACK. INSIDE IS LINED WITH LIGHT GREEN PAPER. TWO STAMPS INSIDE LID READ "CANADA CENSORED INT. OP. 47", ALONG WITH THE IMAGE OF A CROWN. OUTER COVERING AND INNER LINING ARE WORN AND MISSING IN MANY AREAS, AS WELL AS EXHIBITING TEARS AND WATER DAMAGE. SIDES OF CASE ARE SEPARATING FROM BOTTOM. 2. ACCORDION. MADE FROM WOOD WITH GLOSSY, BLACK ENAMEL FINISH. BELLOWS ARE MADE FROM STEEL WIRE FRAME WITH CANVAS STRETCHED BETWEEN THEM AND BLUE PAPER COVERING EDGES. ON TOP OF ACCORDION, AT BACK, ARE 4 ROWS OF 8 ROUND, BLACK KEYS. ALSO ON TOP OF ACCORDION, NEAR FRONT, IN IVORY COLOR, IS "MAGISTE". KEYBOARD CONSISTS OF 15 IVORY COLOURED KEYS AND 10 BLACK (ALSO MADE FROM WOOD). THERE IS A LONG BROWN LEATHER STRAP ATTACHED TO SIDES NEAR KEYBOARD. ALSO A TIGHTER BROWN LEATHER STRAP ACROSS BACK OF ACCORDION, AS WELL AS TWO SHORT STRAPS ATTACHED AT SIDES NEAR BACK. BACK OF ACCORDION IS MADE OF NATURAL COLOURED WOOD. A WEAVE OF THIN FIBERS IS VISIBLE THROUGH SLOTS AT FRONT AND BACK OF ACCORDION (MANY FIBERS BROKEN). THERE IS SOME WEAR OF BLUE PAPER EDGING ON BELLOWS AND LEATHER STRAPS. THERE IS A LARGE PIECE OF ENAMEL MISSING DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF KEYBOARD; REST OF ENAMEL IS CRACKING IN SAME AREA. *UPDATE* AS OF 2011 INVENTORY, NUMBER OF PIECES WAS INCREASED FROM 2 TO 4. TWO BROWN LEATHER SHOULDER STRAPS ARE DETACHED FROM THE ACCORDION.
Subjects
MUSICAL T&E
Historical Association
MILITARY
LEISURE
History
ACQUIRED BY LAWRENCE COOK, HUSBAND OF EDITH EVANS, THE DONOR, WHEN COOK WAS A CHILD. ACCORDING TO EVANS, THE ACCORDION WAS ACQUIRED BY WALTER A. COOK, LAWRENCE'S FATHER, AND WAS SAID TO HAVE COME FROM THE PRISONER OF WAR CAMP 133. LAWRENCE COOK WAS BORN IN 1934 AND IS BELIEVED TO HAVE GROWN UP FOR A TIME ON LETHBRIDGE'S NORTH SIDE, PRIOR TO MOVING TO 523 27TH STREET SOUTH. EVANS BELIEVES THAT HER HUSBAND TOOK ACCORDION LESSONS AS A CHILD. WALTER AND LAWRENCE WERE BOTH LOCAL POSTMASTERS. LAWRENCE PASSED AWAY IN JUNE 1975 AND WALTER IN 1967. EVANS CLAIMS THAT THE STORY SURROUNDING THE ACCORDION INCLUDES THE ASSERTION THAT IT WAS MADE BY A POW INTERNEE. IN OCTOBER 2007, FRANK HOSEK, THE ORIGINAL CONDUCTOR OF THE LETHBRIDGE A.C.T. JUNIOR BAND, WAS CONTACTED TO CLARIFY QUESTIONS REGARDING TWO OTHER INSTRUMENTS IN THE GALT COLLECTIONS THAT WERE SAID TO HAVE USED BEEN BY THE A.C.T. BAND AND INMATES IN POW CAMP 133 BY THEIR DONOR, BOB FINDLAY (P19900049001 AND P19900049002). HOSEK STATED THAT THE INSTRUMENTS WERE GIVEN TO THE ASSOCIATION OF CANADIAN TRAVELERS (A.C.T.) BY FEDERAL AUTHORITIES PRIOR TO CAMP 133'S DISMANTLEMENT AND DEMOLITION. HOSEK RECALLED THAT THE INSTRUMENTS WERE LEFT BEHIND AT THE CAMP WHEN ITS INTERNEES WERE REPATRIATED BACK TO GERMANY. HOSEK STATED THAT THE CAMP INSTRUMENTS WERE ORIGINALLY PROVIDED FOR THE PRISONERS BY THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS. WHEN ASKED ABOUT HIS KNOWLEDGE OF CAMP 133 ACCORDIONS, HOSEK WAS NOT ABLE TO CONFIRM THAT HE REMEMBERED THIS PARTICULAR ACCORDION AS HAVING BEEN PART OF THE INSTRUMENTS RECOVERED FROM THE CAMP, SAYING ONLY: "I HAD FOR A TIME A LARGE CLASS OF ACCORDION STUDENTS. THIS PARTICULAR INSTRUMENT YOU REFER TO MAY HAVE BEEN MIXED UP WITH ALL THE INSTRUMENTS.” SEE RECORD P19900049001 FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE A.C.T. BAND AND ITS USE OF CAMP INTERNEE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPIES OF LAWRENCE COOK'S OBITUARY AND MEMORIAM OF WALTER COOK. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON DEVELOPED THE FOLLOWING BRIEF HISTORY OF PRISONER OF WAR CAMP 133 WITH INFORMATION FROM THE GALT MUSEUM BROCHURE "LETHBRDGE'S INTERNMENT CAMPS" AND THE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA WEBSITE. DURING WORLD WAR II THERE WERE 40 PRISONER OF WAR (P.O.W.) CAMPS CONSTRUCTED ACROSS CANADA TO HOUSE THE LARGE NUMBER OF INCOMING POWS - ENEMY MILITARY PERSONNEL THAT WERE CAPTURED IN COMBAT. CAMPS WERE BUILT IN ONTARIO, QUEBEC, THE MARITIMES AND ALBERTA. THE CAMPS IN LETHBRIDGE AND MEDICINE HAT WERE THE LARGEST, TOGETHER HOUSING 22,000 MEN. THE LETHBRIDGE CAMP, NO. 133, WAS BUILT IN THE SUMMER OF 1942, AND BY NOVEMBER OF THAT YEAR HOUSED 13,341 PRISONERS. THE CAMP WAS DIVIDED INTO SIX SECTIONS, EACH WITH SIX DORMITORIES, MESS HALLS, KITCHENS, AND ENTERTAINMENT FACILITIES. MEALS WERE IN SHIFTS WITH PRISONERS SERVING AS COOKS. TAILOR, BARBER AND SHOE REPAIR SHOPS WERE ALSO STAFFED BY PRISONERS, AND NON-COMBAT POWS PRACTICED THEIR PRE-WAR PROFESSIONS AS MEDICAL DOCTORS AND DENTISTS. HOUSING AND RATIONS WERE THE SAME STANDARD AS FOR THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES, WHICH SOMETIMES CAUSED RESENTMENT AMONG LETHBRIDGE CIVILIAN RESIDENTS, WHO WERE UNABLE TO OBTAIN MANY OF THE SAME SUPPLIES ON THEIR STRICT WARTIME RATION ALLOWANCES. WITH MANY YOUNG LOCAL MEN AWAY AT WAR, LOCAL FARMERS BEGAN TO REQUEST LABOUR ASSISTANCE FROM THE CAMP, ESPECIALLY FOR THE SUGAR BEET INDUSTRY. BY 1943 AN AGREEMENT WAS REACHED AND SOME OF THE PRISONERS WORKED ON FARMS THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN ALBERTA. MOST OF THESE PRISONERS WENT FROM THE CAMP TO THE FARMS DAILY, BUT SOME WERE KEPT AT 'LODGES' AT THE MORE DISTANT FARMS FOR DAYS AT A TIME, WITH MINIMAL GUARDING. FOR THEIR LABOUR, THE PRISONERS WERE PAID 50 CENTS PER DAY. WITH WAR'S END, CAMP 133 CLOSED IN DECEMBER 1946 AND ITS PRISONERS WERE SENT BACK TO GERMANY. THE AREA WHERE THE CAMP STOOD EVENTUALLY BECAME AN INDUSTRIAL PARK AND PART OF THE FEDERAL AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH CENTRE.
Catalogue Number
P20030056000
Acquisition Date
2004-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1924
Date Range To
1934
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PEARL, NICKEL PLATE, HEATED CLOTH, WOOD, LEATHER
Catalogue Number
P19738742000
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1924
Date Range To
1934
Materials
PEARL, NICKEL PLATE, HEATED CLOTH, WOOD, LEATHER
No. Pieces
1
Height
26.0
Length
31.1
Width
15.0
Description
SINGLE BELLOWS. STRAPS BROKEN OFF. MENDED WITH ADHESIVE TAPE. CORNERS AND CLASP NICKEL PLATE. PEARL BUTTONS. BOTH KEYBOARDS AND BUTTON KEYBOARDS. "AD" STAMPED ON TOP OF KEYBOARD (MELODY). "M. HOHNER MADE IN GERMANY" BRASS NAME PLATE ON BASE. "STEEL REEDS" ON BASE.
Subjects
MUSICAL T&E
Historical Association
LEISURE
History
PURCHASED THROUGH EATON'S CATALOGUE. *UPDATE* IN 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS. NO SPECIFIC INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ACCORDION'S HISTORY WAS FOUND, BUT THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE DONOR, JOHN FRASER HODGSON, WAS FOUND IN A PROFILE ARTICLE IN THE AUGUST 1, 1970 ISSUE OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, AND HODGSON'S OBITUARY. HODGSON WAS BORN IN FOREST, ONTARIO, AND MOVED TO CENTRAL ALBERTA IN 1909. HE ATTENDED CALGARY TECH WITH THE FIRST CLASS OF MECHANICS IN 1922, AND WORKED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER COMPANY. IN 1935 HODGSON AND FAMILY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE, SETTLING IN COALDALE BY 1942. HODGSON WAS DIAGNOSED WITH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, AND WAS FORCED TO RETIRE IN 1956. UPON RETIREMENT, HE BEGAN WRITING BOOKS OF STORIES ABOUT HIS LIFE, PUBLISHING 'ONCE UPON A LIFETIME' IN 1966 AND 'WANDERINGS OF AN EXPERT' IN 1971. HE WAS ALSO A REGULAR COLUMN CONTRIBUTOR TO THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. HODGSON WAS AWARDED THE M.S. AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT, AND WAS MADE AUTHOR OF THE YEAR FOR ALBERTA MULTIPLE TIMES. J. FRASER HODGSON DIED ON APRIL 8, 1978. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P19738742000
Acquisition Date
1973-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
C/W CASE
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, PLASTIC, LEATHER
Catalogue Number
P19980056000
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
C/W CASE
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Materials
WOOD, PLASTIC, LEATHER
No. Pieces
4
Height
40.4
Length
39.1
Width
25.5
Description
1. ACCORDION: IMITATION IVORY/MOTHER-OF-PEARL PANELED BODY WITH FRENCH IVORY AND BAKELITE KEYBOARD. PANEL BELOW KEYBOARD HAS CUT-OUT GEOMETRIC PATTERN, WITH FINE BROWN SCREENING BENEATH. "HOHNER" NAMEPLATE AT CENTRE. CENTRAL PORTION OF BODY HAS EXPANDABLE BELLOWS, BELOW WHICH IS A SET OF BLACK CHORD BUTTONS. "VERDI II" NAMEPLATE ABOVE. TWO WORN LEATHER STRAPS ATTACHED ACROSS BACK; EACH HAS SILVER BUCKLE. BOTH ENDS OF TOP STRAP BROKEN. BACK OF ACCORDION HAS GOLD VINYL(?) PANEL RIVETED BELOW KEYBOARD SECTION. BOTTOM OF INSTRUMENT PERFORATED, WITH LEATHER STRAP RUNNING ACROSS LENGTH. ACCORDION FUNCTIONAL. 2. CASE: 22.7CM (H) X 52.5CM (L) X 44.5CM (W). WOODEN BOX WITH HINGED LID, SHAPED WITH PEAK NEAR CENTRE TO FIT OVER INSTRUMENT. PAINTED BLACK THROUGHOUT INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR; PAINT IS BADLY CHIPPING AND WORN IN SEVERAL PLACES. LENGTH OF BUTCHER'S TAPE AND PACKING TAPE ON EACH SIDE OF LID. TWO HINGED AND SPRING-LOADED METAL CLASPS AT FRONT OF CASE; ONE BROKEN AND MISSING. BLACK LEATHER HANDLE FIXED TO METAL RINGS ON FRONT BASE OF CASE. LEATHER WORN INTERIOR OF BASE LINED WITH RED WOOL/FELT FABRIC, TACKED TO WALLS OF CASE. LINING IS WRINKLED, DISCOLORED, AND WORN. CASE APPEARS HANDMADE. *UPDATE* AS OF 2011 INVENTORY THIS ITEM WAS DEEMED TO HAVE 4 PIECES (RATHER THAN 2), AS BOTH LEATHER STRAPS CAN BE DETACHED FROM THE ACCORDION BODY. THE STRAPS ATTACH TO THE ARTIFACT WITH A BELT AND BUCKLE SYSTEM.
Subjects
MUSICAL T&E
Historical Association
LEISURE
History
THE DONOR, HARRY ELDON, WAS NAMED HENDRIK ELZINGA WHEN HE ARRIVED IN CANADA FROM HOLLAND IN JULY OF 1948, AT AGE THIRTEEN. THE ELZINGA FAMILY WENT TO A FARM IN COALDALE FOR ONE YEAR, THEN SETTLED IN LETHBRIDGE. HENDRIK'S FATHER PURCHASED THE ACCORDION SECOND HAND IN 1943-44 AT THE RECOMMENDATION OF HENDRIK'S MUSIC TEACHER, AS HENDRIK HAD OUTGROWN HIS PREVIOUS INSTRUMENT. AS THIS WAS DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR INSTRUMENTS WERE VERY DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN SO MUCH TRADING OCCURRED TO OBTAIN THIS ACCORDION. THE PIECE CAME TO CANADA WITH THE FAMILY IN 1948. HENDRIK LEARNED TO PLAY THE ACCORDION IN HOLLAND, AND PLAYED IT IN CANADA AT FAMILY AND CHURCH FUNCTIONS THROUGHOUT HIS TEENS. THE ACCORDION HAS REMAINED IN THE FAMILY SINCE, UNTIL BEING DONATED TO MUSEUM. *UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED AN AUDIT OF ACCESSORIES, INCLUDING A BOX DONATED BY BERNICE ELDON. ON 2 MARCH 2018, PUNDYK INTERVIEWED MRS. ELDON’S HUSBAND, HARRY ELDON, ABOUT THE DONATION MADE BY HIS LATE WIFE. IN THAT INTERVIEW, ELDON RECALLED HIS FAMILY’S SETTLEMENT IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA, “[WE WENT] TO COALDALE FIRST [IN 1948]… [FOR] FOUR TO FIVE MONTHS… AND THAT WAS A MISTAKE. AND THEN WE WENT TO LETHBRIDGE. AND THEY STAYED HERE, AND DIDN’T GO BACK TO HOLLAND BECAUSE MOM DIDN’T HAVE… THE PROBLEMS THAT SHE HAD IN HOLLAND...” “IN HOLLAND, MY FATHER NEVER WORKED FOR A MAN,” ELDON EXPLAINED, “HE WAS A SALESMAN… [HE] HAD HIS OWN STORE... BUT IN 1940, WE MOVED BECAUSE THE WAR WAS STARTING, AND HE WOULDN’T STAY IN THE PLACE THAT HE WAS… I DON’T KNOW WHY WE MOVED, BUT [WE] MOVED TO FRIESLAND… [WHICH IS] A PROVINCE IN HOLLAND THAT IS ON THE NORTHERN EDGE, MAYBE 40-50 MILES FROM GERMANY. AND HE MOVED THERE TO BE CLOSER TO HIS PARENTS AND SIBLINGS. SO, THEN WE LIVED THERE FOR SEVEN TO EIGHT YEARS, UNTIL THE WAR WAS FINISHED, AND THEN WE DECIDED TO MOVE TO CANADA. BUT THAT WAS A BIT OF A MISTAKE AS WELL, BECAUSE [SOME OF] THE NEIGHBORS WERE MOVING, AND THEY SAID, ‘TONY’ – THAT’S MY DAD. HE WAS TINUS… IN HOLLAND, BUT THEY CALLED HIM TONY HERE – SO THEY SAID, ‘TINUS, WHY DON’T YOU MOVE AS WELL?’ AND [HE SAID], ‘HUH, I’LL TRY IT.’ AND, HE DID. WELL, IT WAS A DIFFERENT LIFE OUT HERE THAN IT WAS THERE FOR THEM… BECAUSE IT WAS EASY FOR THEM TO MAKE A LIVING [IN HOLLAND], AND IT WAS DIFFICULT FOR [THEM] HERE… BUT THEY ADJUSTED TO IT.” “AND, IN LETHBRIDGE, A JOB WAS PROVIDED FOR [MY DAD] AT THE ADVANCE LUMBER COMPANY… [THEY] LIVED AT 1318 6TH AVENUE SOUTH, AND THAT’S WHERE WE GREW UP. I WENT TO THE HIGH SCHOOL THAT IS NOT FAR [THERE]… WE COULD WALK IN 6-7 MINUTES. AND, THAT WAS IT… I HAVE ONE BROTHER, [AUKE], WHO IS 5 YEARS YOUNGER THAN ME; AND A SISTER, [MARY], WHO IS A YEAR OLDER THAN ME.” ALL OF THE ELZINGA CHILDREN WERE BORN IN HOLLAND BEFORE THE FAMILY’S IMMIGRATION. ELDON SAYS, “I WAS BORN IN ’35… [WHEN WE WERE MOVING] IT SOUNDED EXCITING TO SEE WHAT IT WAS GOING TO BE LIKE... AND [WHEN] WE MOVED… AS FAR AS WE WERE CONCERNED AS KIDS, IT WAS FINE…” “I WAS 12 WHEN I LEFT HOLLAND,” ELDON SAYS, “I HAD MY 13TH BIRTHDAY IN COALDALE. BUT, I’VE BEEN BACK TO HOLLAND QUITE A FEW TIMES BECAUSE OF MY BUSINESS, AND I HAVE GONE BACK AS WELL TO VISIT SOME COUSINS, AND WHAT-HAVE-YOU, THAT I KNOW THERE…” WHEN THE FAMILY FIRST MOVED TO CANADA, ELDON SAID, “WE BROUGHT ALL SORTS OF FURNITURE… A LOT OF STUFF THAT WE DIDN’T NEED BUT, ANYHOW, WE BROUGHT IT, AND USED IT… WE HAD THREE BIG CASES… [WHICH ARRIVED] A COUPLE OF WEEKS LATER, AND THEY WERE DELIVERED TO OUR HOUSE, AND WE HAD TO UNPACK IT, AND SHOVE IT WHERE IT HAD TO GO.” ELDON EXPLAINED, “MY MOTHER’S NAME AND MY FATHER’S NAME WAS ‘ELZINGA’, AND I CHANGED MINE, WHEN I WAS CLOSE TO GETTING MY DEGREE, AS CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT, TO ‘ELDON’, BECAUSE I DIDN’T THINK I WOULD GO THROUGH THE – WELL, THEY USED TO CALL US NAMES – AND SO I THOUGHT I WAS STARTING UP MY OWN ACCOUNTANCY, AND I DIDN’T THINK THE NAME ‘ELZINGA’ SOUNDED ALL THAT FAMILIAR. THAT’S A LONG TIME AGO.” A LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLE STATES THEUNIS AND DIRJKE GAVE THEIR APPLICATIONS FOR CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP TO THE LETHBRIDGE DISTRICT COURT ON 2 FEBRUARY 1954. ACCORDING TO HIS OBITUARY IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, THEUNIS (TONY) ELZINGA PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE AT THE AGE OF 73 YEARS ON 12 OCTOBER 1983. THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD PUBLISHED A THANK YOU FROM THE FAMILY FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF DOROTHY ELZINGA ON 10 OCTOBER 2000. THE DONOR, BERNICE ELDON (NEE LANCASTER), PASSED AWAY ON 6 NOVEMBER 2006. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW.
Catalogue Number
P19980056000
Acquisition Date
1999-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
HANDGUN CONVERSION BARREL W/ CASE, “SIMUNITION”
Date Range From
1999
Date Range To
2009
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, CARDBOARD, FOAM
Catalogue Number
P20100050004
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HANDGUN CONVERSION BARREL W/ CASE, “SIMUNITION”
Date Range From
1999
Date Range To
2009
Materials
STEEL, CARDBOARD, FOAM
No. Pieces
5
Height
3.25
Length
19
Width
9.25
Description
.A – RECTANGULAR CARDBOARD LID, PRINTED IN BLACK, WHITE AND RED. TEXT ALONG THE TOP READS “SIMUNITION – DIVISION OF SNC INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES INC. – CONVERSION KIT S&W 594X SERIE – FOR USE IN MILITARY/LAW ENFORCEMENT – TRAINING UNDER DIRECTION OF QUALIFIED INSTRUCTOR – CQT FX”. “UBJ 9746” IS WRITTEN ON TOP IN BLACK PEN. EDGES OF LID HAVE MINOR WEAR. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 3.25 X 19 X 9.25 .B – RECTUANGULAR SHEET OF GREY FOAM, WITH SEMI-CIRCLE SHAPE CUT INTO ONE LONG EDGE. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 1 X 18 X 8.5 .C – HOLLOW STEEL CYLINDER, TAPERED AT ONE END WITH A MOLDED TRIANGULAR SHAPE AT THE OPPOSITE END. STAMPED WITH TEXT READING “S&W 594X SNCSC 0392-06 – WARNING: FX AND CQT AMMO ONLY – NO STD AMMO”. MINOR OXIDATION ON STEEL; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 2 X 11.5 X 2.25 .D – RECTANGULAR CARDBOARD BOX BASE WITH FOAM-LINED INSIDE. FOAM HAS RECESSED CAVITY RESEMBLING THE IRREGULAR SHAPE OF .C. OUTSIDE OF BOX IS WORN ALONG BOTTOM AND HAS BROWN STAIN ON ONE SIDE. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 3.5 X 18.5 X 9
Subjects
ARMAMENT-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS SIMUNITION BARREL CONVERSION KIT WAS USED BY THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE TACTICAL UNIT DURING TRAINING PROCEDURES. SERGEANT GEORGE CARSCADDEN, WHO SERVED WITH THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE TACTICAL UNIT FROM 1999 TO 2012, DESCRIBED THE USE OF THIS BARREL CONVERTER AS SUCH: “THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN BOUGHT FOR THE TEAM EARLIER ON WHEN THEY HAD SMITH AND WESSON [PISTOLS]… [SIMUNITION IS] A PAINT PELLET ROUND, BUT SMALLER, AND FITS INTO YOUR PISTOL AND OPERATES SIMILAR LIKE A BULLET WOULD. IT MAKES A SOUND, AND EJECTS THE ROUND, AND FIRES A PAINT PELLET PROJECTILE [THAT] LEAVES A RED OR BLUE MARKING ON THE INDIVIDUAL TO INDICATE WHERE YOU WERE HIT. THAT WAY IT MAKES IT MORE REALISTIC WHEN DEALING WITH DIFFERENT TYPES OF SCENARIOS FOR THE OFFICERS AND FOR THE BAD GUYS [KNOWN AS QUARRY IN TRAINING PROCEDURES]. AS WE GOT MORE OF THESE [SIMUNITION CONVERTERS], WE WOULD THEN GIVE SIMUNITION TO THE BAD GUYS. AT THE BEGINNING, IT WAS US, THE TACTICAL TEAM OPERATORS, THAT WOULD HAVE THEM, AND THE QUARRIES WOULD NOT… IT WAS GOOD FOR [QUARRIES] TO HAVE IT, BECAUSE IT SHOWS THAT THE OFFICER MAY HAVE… TO GET OUT OF THE WAY AS WELL, SO IT IS REALLY GOOD ADVANCED TRAINING FOR TEACHING [OFFICERS] HIGHER LEVEL SKILL… A PERSON [WHO IS] RUNNING AROUND, OR MOVING, TO BE ABLE TO SHOOT THEM – THIS SHOWS THAT IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO DO THAT. IT’S A GREAT ADVANCEMENT IN TRAINING.” ON JULY 28, 2015 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED SGT. CARSCADDEN ABOUT HIS SERVICE WITH THE LRPS TACTICAL UNIT. CARSCADDEN SAID: “FIRST OF ALL, I JUST WENT AS A QUARRY… ALL DIFFERENT SPECIALTY UNITS THAT HAVE SOME KIND OF TACTICAL SCENARIO LIKE TO HAVE QUARRIES TO [HELP TRAIN THEM] TO DO THEIR JOB BETTER, SO I THOUGHT ‘I’LL GO WORK AS A QUARRY TO SHOW THEM I’M INTERESTED’. A QUARRY IS GENERALLY A BAD GUY – YOU PRETEND YOU’RE HIDING, OR MOVING OR YELLING OR RUNNING AWAY AND TRYING TO EVADE THEM, AND THEY ARE TRYING TO CAPTURE YOU… IT TOOK A COUPLE OF YEARS, BUT I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH… IN THE MOVEMENT OF THE TEAM THAT THERE WERE [POSITIONS OPEN]… THERE IS A PHYSICAL, AND INTERVIEW, SOME TESTS… I WENT THROUGH AND STUDIED, AND DID THE BEST THAT I COULD… MAKING SURE YOU ARE IN GOOD PHYSICAL SHAPE BECAUSE YOU ARE CARRYING AN EXTRA 50 POUNDS OF GEAR… THAT’S JUST THE GEAR THAT YOU ARE CARRYING ON YOURSELF, NOT A RAM OR DIFFERENT TYPE OF EQUIPMENT THAT YOU MIGHT BE MOVING INTO PLACE FOR DIFFERENT TACTICS… I WAS AROUND 35 [YEARS OLD]. I WAS AN OLDER GUY APPLYING FOR THIS POSITION, BUT I WAS IN GOOD SHAPE AND HAD SOME GOOD EXPERIENCES THAT MADE ME COMPETITIVE, SO I DON’T THINK YOUR AGE TAKES YOU OUT OF THE EQUATION IF YOU ARE REALLY DETERMINED.” CARSCADDEN CONTINUED: “I’VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE IN A LOT OF DIFFERENT POSITIONS WITHIN [THE TACTICAL] UNIT… I STARTED OFF AS AN ASSAULTER… THE PERSON WHO CARRIES ALL THE GEAR, SO YOU’RE IN THE BACK… THE LAST PERSON THAT COMES IN. IT’S A GOOD POSITION TO START OFF WITH. IT MAKES IT SAFER FOR WHEN YOU’RE GOING INTO THESE HIGH-RISK ENVIRONMENTS… FROM THERE I WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE OBSERVER, THEN A SNIPER, THEN FROM THERE… A BREECHER. SO YOU ARE BREECHING DOORS AND WINDOWS. [THEN] I WENT TO THE FRONT OF THE TACTICAL LINE-UP, WHICH IS THE SCOUT… THEN THE LAST SIX YEARS THAT I WAS ON THE TACTICAL TEAM, I WAS THE PERSON IN CHARGE, THE TEAM LEADER… AND I WAS RUNNING OPERATIONS IN CONJUNCTION WITH OUR CANINE UNIT AND OUR EXPLOSIVES DISPOSAL UNIT… THE TRAINING IS REALLY GOOD. [THE TEAM] TRAINS EVERY TWO WEEKS, AND DO LOTS OF MOVEMENTS AND SHOOTING AND TACTICS. IT’S A PERISHABLE SKILL, THAT IF YOU DON’T REPEAT AND PRACTICE IT ALL THE TIME, IT DIMINISHES… PRACTICE IS IMPORTANT. IT ALLOWS YOU TO BE BETTER AT YOUR GAME... YOU NEED TO HAVE A MINDSET [OF] BEING NOT ONLY PHYSICALLY TOUGH, BUT MENTALLY TOUGH, WHEN YOU DEAL WITH THINGS IN A HIGH-RISK ENVIRONMENT… YOU’VE GOT TO HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF DRIVE TO GET YOU THROUGH THINGS.” CARSCADDEN CONCLUDED: “ONE OF THE THINGS I’M PROUD OF ON THE TACTICAL SIDE IS THAT I WAS THE OFFICER WHO WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN BRINGING LESS LETHAL CAPABILITY TO THE TEAM… [WE] MAKE THE DIFFERENCE IN SAVING SOMEBODY’S LIFE. WE HELP THEM THROUGH THAT TIME OF NEED… WE HAVE ESTABLISHED WHERE, IN THE PAST IF THAT PERSON COULD HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN SHOT AND INJURED, IF NOT FATALLY SHOT, THAT PERSON NOW CAN BE DEALT WITH A LESS LETHAL MEANS… WE ARE ABLE TO RESTRAIN, ARREST, WITH THESE LESS LETHAL CAPABILITIES. THAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE FOR THEM… THE EXPERIENCES THAT I HAD IN PEEL [SHOWED ME LESS LETHAL CAPABILITIES] IN OPERATION AND HOW IT WORKED… THEY WERE ONE OF THE FIRST SERVICES IN CANADA TO HAVE THE RUBBER BULLET… WHEN YOU’RE LOOKING AT DIFFERENT TACTICS AND HOW YOU CAN DO IT BETTER, THAT WAS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I RECOGNIZED, THAT [LETHBRIDGE] COULD BRING THIS ON. IT WOULD BE BETTER FOR OUR TEAM AND OUR COMMUNITY: AS OPPOSED TO SHOOTING SOMEBODY AND STOPPING THEM THAT WAY, WE COULD USE THE [RUBBER BULLET] OR BEANBAG ROUND AND THAT WOULD BE ABLE TO HELP STOP THESE PEOPLE [BUT] SAVE THEIR LIVES… IT REALLY OPENS PEOPLE’S EYES WHEN THEY SEE THAT THERE’S A LOT OF OTHER RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO PUT IN PLACE FOR DIFFERENT TACTICS. AND WHEN PEOPLE SEE THERE’S ANOTHER WAY OF DOING BUSINESS, IT’S HELPFUL FOR US TO PROGRESS AND PUSH FORWARD… THESE PIECES OF EQUIPMENT ARE HERE TO ALLOW US TO KEEP THINGS CONTROLLED AND TO MAKE US DO OUR JOB BETTER… I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE INVOLVED WITH A VERY SPECIALIZED UNIT AND I’M VERY PROUD OF IT.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT.
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P20100050004
Acquisition Date
2010-05
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