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Other Name
MAQUETTE
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19860058000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MAQUETTE
Date
1985
Materials
WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Length
200.4
Width
54.3
Description
VARIOUS COLORS. LIGHT YELLOW WOOD BACKGROUND TO WHICH FIVE WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS ARE ARRANGED TO FORM A MURAL. THE PAINTINGS DEPICT THE FOLLOWING: 1. AN INDIGENOUS PERSON ON HORSE BACK RUNNING DOWN A BUFFALO 2. AN INDIGENOUS ON HORSE BACK, A PEACE PIPE, MEDICINE BAG, SHIELD 3. LAST INDIAN BATTLE 4. COAL MINING "NICOLAS SHERAN 1874" 5. AGRICULTURE - TOOL IMPLEMENTS - FARMER & HORSE TILLING THE GROUND; GRAIN ELEVATORS. *NOTE* ARTIFACT NOT FOUND DURING 2015 INVENTORY
Subjects
ART
Historical Association
FINE ARTS
History
PAINTED BY JAN KOVAC. SEE LETTER AND PROPOSAL ATTACHED. THIS MURAL AND PROPOSAL WERE NOT SELECTED BY THE URBAN PARKS - MUSEUM COMMITTEE IN THE 1985 COMPETITION, FOR THE MUSEUM VIEWING GALLERY.
Catalogue Number
P19860058000
Acquisition Date
1985
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
NICHOLAS SHERAN HOME AND MINE 1887-1892
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
OIL, PAPER, WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19695003000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
NICHOLAS SHERAN HOME AND MINE 1887-1892
Date
1967
Materials
OIL, PAPER, WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Length
120.6
Width
54.2
Description
FRAMED OIL PAINTING. SIGNED "H. E. SHEPERD" IN LOWER RIGHT. DEPICTS COULEE & RIVER SCENE WITH LOG CABIN & COVERED WAGONS. TITLED ON REVERSE OF PAINTING. BACKING PAPER IS CURLING AND FALLING OFF.
Subjects
ART
Historical Association
FINE ARTS
History
"COAL BANKS 1882-1886 CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION 1967 MRS. HELEN SHEPHERD THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION 1967. ARTIST MRS. HELEN SHEPHERD, 17 DEVON COURT, LETHBRIDGE, ALTA. TITLE OF WORK- "NICHOLAS SHERAN HOME AND MINE 1887-1892". THE FIRST COAL AT LETHBRIDGE WAS DISCOVERED AND MINED BY NICHOLAS SHERAN IN 1872, TEN YEARS, BEFORE THE NORTH WESTERN COAL & NAVIGATION CO., OPENED EXTENSIVE OPERATIONS ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE RIVER. THOUGH RECORDS SEEM NON-EXISTANT QUITE A LARGE VOLUME OF COAL WAS MINED HERE AND TRANSPORTED NEAR AND FAR. IT WAS TAKEN UP A STEEP HILL ON THE ROAD SHOWN TO FORT MACLEOD, OVER THE ROAD LEADING FROM THE PICTURE TO THE LEFT. WHEN RIVER CONDITIONS PERMITTED LOADS WERE TAKEN ACROSS AT THE FORD SHOWN IN THE FOREGROUND AND IN WINTER ON THE ICE, A FERRY, INDICATED AT LOWER LEFT, WAS IN USE FOR MANY YEARS. "NICK" SHERAN'S FEDERAL MINE INDICATED LEFT ON CENTER. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHY OF THE ARTIST, HELEN ELIZABETH SHEPHERD, WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM HER LETHBRIDGE HERALD OBITUARY. HELEN WAS BORN IN 1899 IN KANSAS, USA, AND MOVED TO SOUTHWESTERN SASKATCHEWAN WHERE SHE MET AND MARRIED HER HUSBAND, THOMAS SHEPHERD. THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE WITH THEIR DAUGHTER AND THREE SONS IN 1950, AND HELEN WORKED FOR A VARIETY OF LOCAL BUSINESSES AS A BOOKKEEPER. SHE ENJOYED PAINTING AS A HOBBY AND WAS INVOLVED WITH THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB. HELEN SHEPHERD PASSED AWAY ON JUNE 1, 1986. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPY OF HER OBITUARY. THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB HELD THEIR FIRST MEETING AT THE HOME OF MISS ANNA MACKENZIE ON OCTOBER 7, 1936. EDITH FANNY KIRK WAS THE FIRST ART TEACHER IN LETHBRIDGE. SHE CAME FROM BRITAIN WITH CLASSICAL TRAINING AND IT WAS KIRK WHO SET THE STAGE FOR THE SKETCH CLUB TO COME INTO BEING. THE BANFF SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS ALSO PLAYED A ROLE IN THE FORMATION BY PROVIDING RECOGNITION OF ARTISTIC MERIT THROUGH DISTRICT SCHOLARSHIPS. ANNA MACKENZIE AND P.J. COLLINS CONCEIVED OF THE CLUB AFTER THEIR EXPERIENCE IN BANFF. THE GROUP WAS FORMED OUT OF AN ENTHUSIASTIC INTEREST IN ART AND SOON AFTER THE GROUP BEGAN MEETING, THERE WERE REGULAR EXHIBITIONS. THE GROUP WAS PRIVY TO THE ATTENTION OF GROUP OF SEVEN ARTIST A.Y.JACKSON WHEN HE MADE HIS FREQUENT SKETCHING TRIPS TO SOUTHERN ALBERTA. HE REGULARLY ACCOMPANIED THE SKETCH CLUB AND HIS INFLUENCE CAN BE SEEN IN MUCH OF THEIR WORK. ANOTHER GUEST OF THE GROUP WAS ANNORA BROWN WHO WAS AN ARTIST WHO HAD TRAINED IN TORONTO, BUT RESIDED IN FORT MACLEOD AND BEGAN SPENDING TIME WITH THE GROUP IN 1939. HER INTEREST IN FLOWER STUDIES IS SUSPECTED TO HAVE INSPIRED MANY OF THE WORKS BY CLUB MEMBERS. DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS, THE GROUP ORGANIZED SUMMER CLASSES TAUGHT BY OUT OF TOWN ARTISTS SUCH AS: H.G.GLYDE, WALTER J. PHILIPS AND A.C. LEIGHTON. ACCORDING TO A HISTORY OF THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB WRITTEN BY JOAN STEBBINS IN JUNE, 1985, “THE PAINTINGS OF THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB PORTRAY FAVOURITE SKETCHING AREAS IN THE REGION – THE COULEES PROVIDED ENDLESS MATERIAL, THE RIVERBOTTOM, THE OLD R.C.M.P. BARRACKS, THE WHITNEY FARM, HENDERSON LAKE, THE FELGER HUTTERITE COLONY, THE FOOTHILLS AND WATERTON LAKE WERE OFTEN REPEATED SUBJECTS.”
Catalogue Number
P19695003000
Acquisition Date
1969-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
SHILLELAGH
Date Range From
1860
Date Range To
1890
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19950068000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SHILLELAGH
Date Range From
1860
Date Range To
1890
Materials
WOOD, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
91.9
Width
6.1
Description
OAK WALKING STICK HAS NUMEROUS KNOBS ALONG STICK. IS COVERED IN A DARK FINISH. TOP IS SLIGHT "T" SHAPE WITH ONE SIDE BEING LONGER THAN THE OTHER. BOTTOM HAS RED RUBBER SUPPORT THAT READS "DAVOL 2913-5/8" AROUND BOTTOM. ON UNDERSIDE OF BASE HAS HALF CIRCLE DEPRESSIONS THAT READ "17" IN MIDDLE. HAS VERTICAL PARALLEL RAISED LINES ON RUBBER STOPPER. IS WHITE RESIDUE AROUND STOPPER AND BOTTOM KNARLS AND KNOBS. FINISH AND TOP LAYER OF BARK ARE PEELING OFF BOTTOM OF STICK. WOOD IS CRACKED IN PLACES.
Subjects
PERSONAL GEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
BELIEVED THAT ED SHARON (RELATED TO NICHOLAS SHERAN?) BROUGHT THE STICK FROM IRELAND. HE GAVE IT TO PETE ORME WHO DELIVERED WATER TO THE RESIDENTS OF THE NO. 3 AREA OF NORTH LETHBRIDGE. THE ARTIFACT WAS THEN GIVEN TO THE DONOR'S FATHER, JOHN BERTE OWNER OF BERTE'S GROCERY STORE FROM 1907-1942. THE STICK REMAINED IN BERTE'S HOME IN WHICH THE DONOR WAS BORN AND STILL REMAINS. SEE ATTACHED PHOTO OF PETE ORME, NICKNAMED COCA-COLA PETE. SEE COLLECTION REPORT FOR MORE INFORMATION ON MR. ORME. SHILLELAGH WAS TRADITIONALLY A CUDGEL MADE OF BLACK OAK.
Catalogue Number
P19950068000
Acquisition Date
1995-09
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
“THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN”, W/ BOOKMARK
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PAPER
Catalogue Number
P20140043001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
“THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN”, W/ BOOKMARK
Date
2012
Materials
PAPER
No. Pieces
2
Height
2.5
Length
19.5
Width
14
Description
.A – SOFTCOVER BOOK WITH FULL-COLOUR COVER, DEPICTING A GORILLA AND ELEPHANT SITTING ON A WOOD FLOOR. TITLE TEXT READS “THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN”. ON THE FRONT PAGE THERE IS A STICKER WITH TEXT READING “THREE SCHOOLS ONE BOOK 2013 – THE WESTSIDE STORY PROJECT” AND SYMBOLS REPRESENTING MIKE MOUNTAIN HORSE, DR. PROBE, AND NICHOLAS SHERAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, GREER HOME BUILDERS, AND THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE. SLIGHT WEAR ALONG BOTTOM EDGE OF BOOK; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 2.5 X 19.5 X 14 .B – PAPER BOOKMARK, WITH FULL-COLOUR IMAGES DUPLICATING THE DESIGN OF THE BOOK’S COVER. TEXT READS “I AM IVAN. I AM A GORRILA. IT’S NOT AS EASY AS IT LOOKS.” ON ONE SIDE AND “THE WESTSIDE STORY PROJECT – THREE SCHOOLS, ONE BOOK 2013 – HARPERCOLLINS.CA” ON THE OTHER. VERY GOOD CONDITION. 20.5 X 6.5
Subjects
DOCUMENTARY ARTIFACT
Historical Association
EDUCATION
History
THIS BOOK AND BOOKMARK SET WAS DONATED AS PART OF THE PERSONAL EFFECTS COLLECTED BY SENATOR JOYCE FAIRBAIRN (PC, CM) OVER HER NEARLY THREE DECADES AS A LIBERAL SENATOR FOR THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA. THROUGHOUT HER POLITICAL CAREER, FAIRBAIRN WAS A VOCAL ADVOCATE FOR LITERACY. “THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN” WAS CHOSEN FOR THE 2013 ‘ONE SCHOOL ONE BOOK’ LITERACY PROGRAM, WHICH FAIRBAIRN SUPPORTED AND THREE WEST LETHBRIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS (MIKE MOUNTAIN HORSE, DR. PROBE, AND NICHOLAS SHERAN) PARTICIPATED IN. THE BOOK’S AUTHOR, KATHERINE ALICE APPLEGATE, IS AN AMERICAN YOUNG ADULT AND CHILDREN’S FICTION WRITER, WHO WON THE NEWBERRY MEDAL FOR THIS BOOK. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHY OF FAIRBAIRN WAS DEVELOPED BY GALT ARCHIVES INTERN KARISSA PATTON FOR THE 2013 EXHIBIT ‘GALT BABY TO SENATOR’: JOYCE FAIRBAIRN WAS BORN AT THE GALT HOSPITAL ON NOVEMBER 6, 1939. SHE GREW UP IN LETHBRIDGE WHERE SHE GOT HER FIRST EXPERIENCE AS A JOURNALIST AT THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD WHILE SHE WAS STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL. FAIRBAIRN EARNED A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN ENGLISH FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA IN 1960. FAIRBAIRN THEN LEFT LETHBRIDGE TO ATTEND CARLETON UNIVERSITY IN OTTAWA, ONTARIO WHERE SHE EARNED A BACHELOR OF JOURNALISM IN 1961. AFTER GRADUATION, FAIRBAIRN BEGAN WORKING FOR THE HERALD’S OTTAWA BUREAU, THE OTTAWA JOURNAL, AND UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL IN THE PARLIAMENTARY PRESS GALLERY. FAIRBAIRN WAS KNOWN AS ONE OF THE FIRST “FEMALE NEWSMEN.” SHE WORKED AS A JOURNALIST IN OTTAWA FROM 1961-1970 AND WAS THE FIRST JOURNALIST TO REPORT ON THE NEW CANADIAN FLAG SELECTION AS WELL AS COVERED JACKIE KENNEDY AND PRESIDENT KENNEDY’S VISIT TO OTTAWA IN 1961. THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD PROUDLY CONTINUED TO PUBLISH HER WORK FROM 1965-1969. IN 1970 FAIRBAIRN BECAME THE LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT AND, LATER, THE COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR FOR PRIME MINISTER PIERRE TRUDEAU. FAIRBAIRN WORKED WITH TRUDEAU UNTIL 1984 WHEN SHE WAS APPOINTED TO THE SENATE. SENATOR FAIRBAIRN QUICKLY BECAME KNOWN FOR ATTENDING SOUTHERN ALBERTAN MILESTONES, OPENINGS, CELEBRATIONS, AND EVEN THE OCCASIONAL CAKE DECORATING CONTEST. SENATOR FAIRBAIRN BECAME WELL KNOWN THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN ALBERTA BECAUSE, AS ONE CONSTITUENT COMMENTED, “SHE CARED ENOUGH TO COME”. SENATOR FAIRBAIRN ALSO BECAME INVOLVED WITH MANY ORGANIZATIONS AND CAUSES SUCH AS, THE PARALYMPICS, THE CALGARY STAMPEDE, BOOKS FOR BABIES, AND THE ALBERTA BIRDS OF PREY CENTRE. FAIRBAIRN WAS PRESENT FOR CELEBRATIONS IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA SUCH AS, LETHBRIDGE’S CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION, WHOOP UP DAYS, AND MANY UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE CONVOCATIONS. SENATOR FAIRBAIRN WAS ALSO AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOCIATION WHERE SHE ADOPTED A HORSE NAMED “DOOLEY”. IN 2008 THE LETHBRIDGE THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOCIATION HONOURED SENATOR FAIRBAIRN WITH A LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP. SENATOR FAIRBAIRN’S DEVOTION TO CANADA AND THE SOUTHERN ALBERTAN COMMUNITY WAS ALSO RECOGNIZED BY MANY OTHER ORGANIZATIONS. IN 1990 SHE WAS INAUGURATED INTO THE KAINAI CHIEFTAINSHIP, WHERE SHE RECEIVED THE NAME CHIEF MORNING BIRD WOMAN. FAIRBAIRN WAS ALSO MADE AN HONOURARY COLONEL OF THE 18TH AIR DEFENSE REGIMENT, RCA. SHE WAS ALSO MADE A HONOURARY AIR MARSHAL AND FREQUENTLY ATTENDED THE INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW AT LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. IN ADDITION, SHE WAS AWARDED WITH A HONOURARY DOCTORATE OF LAWS BY THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE IN 2004. WHILE FAIRBAIRN WAS KNOWN FOR BEING PRESENT IN THE SOUTHERN ALBERTAN COMMUNITY SHE WAS ALSO KNOWN FOR HER MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN PARLIAMENT. HER CAREER AS SENATOR BEGAN AS THE VICE-CHAIR OF THE NATIONAL LIBERAL CAUCUS AND THE WESTERN AND NORTHERN LIBERAL CAUCUS UNTIL 1991 WHEN SHE WAS APPOINTED CO-CHAIR OF THE NATIONAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE. BY 1993 SENATOR FAIRBAIRN WAS APPOINTED TO PRIVY COUNCIL AS THE FIRST WOMAN TO HOLD THE POSITION OF LEADER OF GOVERNMENT. SHE ALSO BECAME THE FIRST MINISTER WITH SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR LITERACY. IN 1997 SHE WAS APPOINTED THE SPECIAL ADVISOR ON LITERACY TO THE MINISTER OF HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT CANADA. IN ADDITION, SENATOR FAIRBAIRN WAS THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND MAKING THE FAMOUS FIVE HONOURARY SENATORS AND ERECTING A HONOURARY STATUE CELEBRATING THE FAMOUS FIVE ON PARLIAMENT HILL. SENATOR JOYCE FAIRBAIRN RETIRED FROM THE SENATE ON JANUARY 18, 2013. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE ‘ONE SCHOOL ONE BOOK’ LITERACY PROGRAM AND SENATOR FAIRBAIRN’S CAMPAIGNS FOR LITERACY.
Catalogue Number
P20140043001
Acquisition Date
2014-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
FORT MACLEOD TRAIN 1897-1909
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, PAINTED CANVAS
Catalogue Number
P19800082000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
FORT MACLEOD TRAIN 1897-1909
Date
1967
Materials
WOOD, PAINTED CANVAS
No. Pieces
1
Length
66.0
Width
32.1
Description
FRAMED OIL PAINTING OF A STEAM ENGINE & CARS. SIGNED, "HELEN SHEPHERD" BR.TITLED "FORT MACLEOD TRAIN 1897-1909" REVERSE LABEL OF LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB, "CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION, 1967" MOUNTED IN GREY PAINTED FRAME.
Subjects
ART
Historical Association
FINE ARTS
History
LOCAL ARTIST, MEMBER OF LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS. SHE FOUND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT THE SCENE DEPICTED IN THE PAINTING IN ITS PERMANENT FILE (NO AUTHOR LISTED): "SHOWN IN THE BACKGROUND IS A TRAIN ON A PORTION OF THE OLD CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY LINE IN SERVICE BETWEEN LETHBRIDGE AND FORT MACLEOD FROM 1897 TO 1909. IT IS KNOWN THAT IT TOOK FOURTEEN WOODEN TRESTLES OR BRIDGES TO SPAN THE DEEP COULEES AND RIVERS ON THE ROUTE. ONE BRIDGE NEAR LETHBRIDGE WAS ALMOST A MILE IN LENGTH. UPKEEP COSTS WERE HIGH AND ACCIDENTS FREQUENT AND IT WAS ABANDONDED AFTER THE HI-LEVEL BRIDGE WAS COMPLETED AT LETHBRIDGE. THE FIRST TRAIN OVER THE NEW BRIDGE WAS ON OCTOBER 17, 1909 WITH ENGINEER JAMES WALLWORK AT THE CONTROLS. THIS VIEW ALSO SHOWS WHERE THE ST. MARY'S RIVER (FROM UPPER RIGHT) AND THE BELLY RIVER (LOWER RIGHT) JOIN TO FORM THE PRESENT OLDMAN RIVER. NICHOLAS SHERAN DISCOVERED COAL IN THIS AREA IN 1872, AND AN OLD MINE SCAR CAN BE SEEN AT THE PRESENT TIME." THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHY OF THE ARTIST, HELEN ELIZABETH SHEPHERD, WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM HER LETHBRIDGE HERALD OBITUARY. HELEN WAS BORN IN 1899 IN KANSAS, USA, AND MOVED TO SOUTHWESTERN SASKATCHEWAN WHERE SHE MET AND MARRIED HER HUSBAND, THOMAS SHEPHERD. THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE WITH THEIR DAUGHTER AND THREE SONS IN 1950, AND HELEN WORKED FOR A VARIETY OF LOCAL BUSINESSES AS A BOOKKEEPER. SHE ENJOYED PAINTING AS A HOBBY AND WAS INVOLVED WITH THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB. HELEN SHEPHERD PASSED AWAY ON JUNE 1, 1986. SEE PERMANENT FILE P19695003000 FOR HARDCOPY OF HER OBITUARY. THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB HELD THEIR FIRST MEETING AT THE HOME OF MISS ANNA MACKENZIE ON OCTOBER 7, 1936. EDITH FANNY KIRK WAS THE FIRST ART TEACHER IN LETHBRIDGE. SHE CAME FROM BRITAIN WITH CLASSICAL TRAINING AND IT WAS KIRK WHO SET THE STAGE FOR THE SKETCH CLUB TO COME INTO BEING. THE BANFF SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS ALSO PLAYED A ROLE IN THE FORMATION BY PROVIDING RECOGNITION OF ARTISTIC MERIT THROUGH DISTRICT SCHOLARSHIPS. ANNA MACKENZIE AND P.J. COLLINS CONCEIVED OF THE CLUB AFTER THEIR EXPERIENCE IN BANFF. THE GROUP WAS FORMED OUT OF AN ENTHUSIASTIC INTEREST IN ART AND SOON AFTER THE GROUP BEGAN MEETING, THERE WERE REGULAR EXHIBITIONS. THE GROUP WAS PRIVY TO THE ATTENTION OF GROUP OF SEVEN ARTIST A.Y.JACKSON WHEN HE MADE HIS FREQUENT SKETCHING TRIPS TO SOUTHERN ALBERTA. HE REGULARLY ACCOMPANIED THE SKETCH CLUB AND HIS INFLUENCE CAN BE SEEN IN MUCH OF THEIR WORK. ANOTHER GUEST OF THE GROUP WAS ANNORA BROWN WHO WAS AN ARTIST WHO HAD TRAINED IN TORONTO, BUT RESIDED IN FORT MACLEOD AND BEGAN SPENDING TIME WITH THE GROUP IN 1939. HER INTEREST IN FLOWER STUDIES IS SUSPECTED TO HAVE INSPIRED MANY OF THE WORKS BY CLUB MEMBERS. DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS, THE GROUP ORGANIZED SUMMER CLASSES TAUGHT BY OUT OF TOWN ARTISTS SUCH AS: H.G.GLYDE, WALTER J. PHILIPS AND A.C. LEIGHTON. ACCORDING TO A HISTORY OF THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB WRITTEN BY JOAN STEBBINS IN JUNE, 1985, “THE PAINTINGS OF THE LETHBRIDGE SKETCH CLUB PORTRAY FAVOURITE SKETCHING AREAS IN THE REGION – THE COULEES PROVIDED ENDLESS MATERIAL, THE RIVERBOTTOM, THE OLD R.C.M.P. BARRACKS, THE WHITNEY FARM, HENDERSON LAKE, THE FELGER HUTTERITE COLONY, THE FOOTHILLS AND WATERTON LAKE WERE OFTEN REPEATED SUBJECTS.”
Catalogue Number
P19800082000
Acquisition Date
1979-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
OLYMPIC TORCH RUNNER RELAY UNIFORM
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FABIRC, PLASTIC, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20200033000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
OLYMPIC TORCH RUNNER RELAY UNIFORM
Date
1988
Materials
FABIRC, PLASTIC, METAL
No. Pieces
2
Length
69.5
Width
153
Description
A. JACKET. L: 69.5 CM W: 153 CM RED AND WHITE TRACKSUIT JACKET. WHITE ON BACK, INSIDE, AND ACROSS THE CHEST, THE REMAINDER IS RED. ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE CHEST IS THE TORCH RELAY LOGO, A STYLIZED TORCH WITH A MAPLE LEAF SILHOUETTE, GREEN, YELLOW, RED, AND BLUE, AND THE CALGARY WINTER OLYMPIC LOGO, A RED STYLIZED SNOWFLAKE OVER THE OLYMPIC RINGS. THE BACK OF THE JACKET HAS LARGER VERSIONS OF THESE LOGOS, WITH BLACK TEXT ABOVE, “CANADA”, AND BELOW, “CALGARY ‘88”. PINS ARE ATTACHED TO THE INSIDE OF THE LARGE FOLDED OVER COLLAR. THE LEFT COLLAR CONTAINS THREE PINS; ALBERTA FLAG READING “ALBERTA” ABOVE, WHITE OVAL WITH MAPLE LEAF AND OLYMPIC RINGS BELOW, AND A WHITE TORCH IN FLAMES, WITH CALGARY OLYMPIC LOGO BESIDE IT, READING “CALGARY ‘88” BELOW. THE RIGHT COLLAR HAS A PINK RIBBON ATTACHED WITH A STICKER PINNED OVERTOP OF IT. STICKER IS A PICTURE OF HIDY AND HOWDY AND THE CALGARY OLYMPIC LOGO. STICKER READS, “HIDY / HOWDY / OFFICIAL MASCOTS/MASCOTTES OFFICIELLES / CALGARY ’88 FED. 13-28, 1988 DU 13 AU 28 FEV. 1988” SIX PINS ATTACHED TO RIBBON, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM; TORCH RELAY LOGO NEXT TO CALGARY OLYMPIC LOGO, GOLD CALGARY OLYMPIC LOGO WITH OLYMPIC COLOURS BENEATH, WHITE TORCH IN FLAMES WITH CALGARY OLYMPIC LOGO BESIDE IT AND READING “CALGARY ‘88” BELOW, HOWDY WAVING A WHITE FLAG WITH CALGARY OLYMPIC LOGO ON IT, HIDY ON RED PIN BESIDE CALGARY OLYMPIC LOGO, AND GOLD MEDAL ON OLYMPIC COLOURED RIBBON SHOWING A TORCH HELD ALOFT AND READING ON THE EDGE OF THE MEDAL, “XV OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES CALGARY 1988”. THE WHITE AND SILVER TAG INSIDE OF SHOULDER BLADES READS “SUN ICE MADE IN CANADA”. VG. SCRATCHES ON METAL ZIPPERS, CHIPPING RED COLOUR OFF. BLUE INK STAIN, 2.8 BY 1.5 CM AT BOTTOM CORNER OF PINK RIBBON. THE END OF THE RIBBON IS FRAYED. LOOSE STITCH ON THE BOTTOM LEFT CORNER OF THE TAG. B. PANTS. L: 115.4 CM W: 62 CM RED TRACK PANTS, WATERPROOFED, WITH ELASTIC WAIST AND LEG CUFFS. SILVER STRIP DOWN EACH SIDE. BLACK AND SILVER TAG INSIDE OF WAIST READS, “SUN ICE MADE IN CANADA”. EX. NO SIGNS OF DAMAGE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
COMMEMORATIVE
History
ON OCTOBER 21, 2020, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED DAVID GASKARTH REGARDING THE DONATION OF HIS WIFE’S, DAYLE GASKARTH, 1988 WINTER OLYMPIC TORCH BEARER UNIFORM. FOR THE 1988 WINTER OLYMPICS, HOSTED IN CALGARY, CANADA, PETRO-CANADA SPONSORED THE OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY. THE RESULT WAS THE THEN LONGEST TORCH RELAY IN HISTORY, LASTING 88 DAYS AND COVERING 18,000 KM, BY SNOWMOBILE, DOGSLED, AIRCRAFT, FERRY AND ALMOST 7,000 RUNNERS. “TORCHES AND TORCH RELAYS OF THE OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES FROM OSLO 1952 TO PYEONGCHANG 2018” PUBLISHED BY THE OLYMPIC GAMES, STATES, “THE TORCHBEARER SELECTION PROCESS WAS THE BIGGEST COMPETITION OF ITS KIND EVER ORGANISED IN CANADA. OUT OF ROUGHLY 10 MILLION APPLICATION FORMS DISTRIBUTED, ALMOST SEVEN MILLION WERE RETURNED. A FIRST GROUP OF TORCHBEARERS WAS CREATED BY DRAWING LOTS. THE PEOPLE SELECTED WERE AGED BETWEEN 4 AND 100, AND CAME FROM ALL KINDS OF BACKGROUNDS. A SECOND GROUP OF 300 TORCHBEARERS WAS CREATED BY SPECIAL SELECTION, AND WAS COMPOSED OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, FIRST NATIONS REPRESENTATIVES, ATHLETES AND OFFICIALS.” ON HOW HIS WIFE BECAME A TORCHBEARER, DAVID RECALLS, “SHE WAS VERY OBSESSED WHEN DETAILS OF THE TORCH RELAY FIRST CAME OUT IN 1985 THAT SHE WOULD BE A TORCH BEARER. SHE TOLD ME ONE TIME THAT FAILING TO BE A TORCH BEARER WAS NOT AN OPTION. SHE REALLY WANTED TO DO IT AND SHE PUT HER HEART AND SOUL INTO IT….” “WHEN YOU GOT GAS AT THE PETRO-CANADA STATIONS, THEY GAVE YOU A FORM TO FILL OUT. IT WAS LIKE A REGISTRATION FORM. IF YOU GOT 25 LITERS OF GAS, THEY GAVE YOU 5 OF THEM, AND YOU COULD COLLECT AS MANY AS YOU WANTED TO, AND [CONTESTANTS WOULD] SEND THEM IN. WELL, I WORKED FOR R. ANGUS (CATERPILLAR DEALER) AT THE TIME. I WAS ON THE ROAD, SO I GOT GAS EVERY DAY, SO, EVERYWHERE I WENT, I’D COME HOME WITH THESE – 5 OR 10 OF THESE THINGS – AND WE’D ALL GET TOGETHER AFTER SUPPER, AND FILL THEM OUT, AND SHE’D HANG ONTO THEM…I HAPPENED TO RUN INTO THIS ONE PLACE IN, I THINK IT WAS ELKWATER, AND I TOLD THE GUY THAT I’D APPRECIATE IT IF I COULD HAVE SOME OF THESE FORMS, AND HE SAID, 'HOW MANY DO YOU WANT?' I SAID, 'WELL, MY WIFE REALLY WANTS TO BE A TORCHBEARER.' WELL, HE GAVE ME A PACK [ABOUT 2 INCHES THICK]. AND, WHEN I GOT HOME, ‘HOLY MACKEREL’. SHE WENT THROUGH THE ROOF. IT WAS JUST WONDERFUL, EH? SO, I THINK, ALL-IN-ALL, WE PROBABLY FILLED OUT ABOUT 600-650 OF THESE THINGS THAT WE SENT IN, AND IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE.” WHEN ASKED IF HE PUT HIS NAME IN FOR THE DRAW, DAVID RESPONDS, “WELL, I WANTED TO PUT MY NAME DOWN, BUT SHE WOULDN’T LET ME! SHE MADE SURE THAT HER NAME WAS ON IT, BECAUSE SHE’S THE ONE THAT WANTED TO GO. SHE SCRUTINIZED EVERY ONE OF THEM, AND I DIDN’T CARE. IT WAS NICE. I WANTED HER TO GO, AND SO DID THE KIDS.” ON WHY DAYLE WAS DRIVEN TO BECOME A TORCHBEARER, "THAT WAS HER CHALLENGE. SHE REALLY WANTED TO DO IT. IT WAS A – SHE WAS DOING IT FOR THE COUNTRY AND SHE WAS DOING IT FOR THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE. SHE WANTED TO CONTRIBUTE, AND GIVE SOMETHING BACK. SHE LOVED WINTER SPORTS, SHE LOVED THE SPIRIT OF WHAT THE OLYMPIC GAMES STANDS FOR, AND BEING BORN IN CALGARY, THERE WAS A SENSE OF PRIDE FOR HER TO HAVE THIS GLOBAL EVENT SO CLOSE TO HOME AND TO BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE AND BE INVOLVED…SHE WAS A CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR AT THE YMCA. SHE TAUGHT THREE CLASSES A WEEK THERE…WE VOLUNTEERED TO HELP OUT THE SCHOOL – NICHOLAS SHERAN. WE TAUGHT TWO [FITNESS] CLASSES THERE...OUR WHOLE LIFE HAS BEEN LIKE THAT.” ON HOW SHE WAS ACCEPTED, DAVID RECALLED, “THERE’S A LETTER, AND A FOLDER THAT CAME FROM THE PETRO-CANADA ORGANIZERS, SAYING THAT SHE HAD BEEN PICKED, AND CONGRATULATIONS. AND, ANOTHER LETTER HERE FROM BLAINE THACKER, WHO WAS THE MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT IN LETHBRIDGE. HE CONGRATULATED HER. ALL THIS SEEMED TO COME TOGETHER VERY QUICKLY. IT WAS A LOT OF FUN!” ACCORDING TO A LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLE PUBLISHED JANUARY 30, 1988, “THERE WERE ABOUT 6.5 MILLION APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED, OF WHICH 6,520 WERE SELECTED, A ONE-IN-1,000 CHANCE. (IN LETHBRIDGE, 42 RUNNERS WERE SELECTED, ODDS OF ONE IN 1,428.)” ON TRAINING FOR THE RUN, DAVID STATES, “I WAS ABLE TO ACQUIRE FROM WORK A TRACK PIN AND BUSHING FROM A D6 CATERPILLAR DOZER. IT WAS ALMOST THE EXACT WEIGHT OF THE TORCH WHEN FULL OF KEROSENE SO IT WAS A GOOD WEIGHTED REPLICA TO TRAIN WITH. SHE WAS WORRIED SHE WAS GOING TO DROP IT OR SOMETHING…WE LIVED ON THE WEST SIDE, SO WE’D GO OVER TO NICHOLAS SHERAN PARK, AND RUN THE PAVED PATHS THERE, OR WE’D GO OUT TO HENDERSON, AND RUN THERE. WE DID A LOT OF RUNNING…SOME PEOPLE LOOKED AT US KIND OF FUNNY, LIKE, “WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?” BUT, AFTER YOU STOPPED AND TALKED TO A FEW PEOPLE, THEY UNDERSTOOD, AND THEY WISHED US LUCK, AND ALL THAT, SO IT WAS GOOD.” DAVID REMEMBERS HER RUN, “WELL, OF COURSE, OUR FAMILIES WERE THERE. MY FATHER, AND MY MOTHER-IN-LAW, BOTH THE KIDS, FRIENDS THAT WE HAD BEEN IN LETHBRIDGE FOR A LONG TIME WITH…THERE WAS A LARGE CROWD OF PEOPLE GATHERED TO SEE THE TORCH BUT WE WERE ABLE TO GET CLOSE TO SEE HER TAKE THE TORCH AND BEGIN HER RUN. SHE RAN ON HIGHWAY 3 WHERE THE EXIT FOR WESTSIDE DR IS TO THE OVERPASS OF HIGHWAY 3 AND HIGHWAY 25…IT WAS UNREAL. SHE WAS JUST HAPPY. SHE HAD THE BIGGEST SMILE ON HER FACE, EAR TO EAR!...SHE WAS COMPLETELY FOCUSED, AND HAVING A GOOD TIME! IT WAS A BLAST! THAT WAS WHAT SHE WANTED! IT WAS REALLY WELL-DONE…SHE WAS 40 AT THE TIME.” DAYLE RAN THE TORCH FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1988, DAY 81 OF THE TORCH RELAY AS A PART OF THE 86 KM BROCKET TO LETHBRIDGE STRETCH. THE SCHEDULE HAD HER BEGIN RUNNING AT 5:31 P.M. AND END HER RUN AT 5:38 P.M. AFTER REACHING THE 78.7 KM MARK. SHE WAS THE THIRD OF TEN RUNNERS PASSING THE TORCH FROM COALHURST TO LETHBRIDGE. ON ACQUIRING THE UNIFORM, “THEY PHONED HER, AND WANTED TO KNOW HER SIZE. SHE WAS A VERY SMALL LADY. SHE WAS ONLY 4’11”. QUITE SLIM BUILD. SHE GOT IT, I THINK, 2-3 WEEKS AHEAD OF TIME, AND SHE HAD TO GO DOWN AND PICK IT UP. THEY DIDN’T WANT TO SHIP IT, AND HAVE IT LOST, AND THAT WAS ABOUT IT. IT’S FIRST-CLASS MATERIAL. OF COURSE, SUN ICE, THEY MADE THE BEST CLOTHING IN THE WORLD.” ACCORDING TO THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLE PUBLISHED JANUARY 30, 1988, “THE UNIFORMS GIVEN TO EACH RUNNER HAVE BEEN STASHED ALONG THE ROUTE AT RCMP DETACHMENTS. EACH CONSISTS OF A JACKET, PANTS AND A TOQUE IN RED AND WHITE…THE TRACK SUITS WERE MADE BY SUN ICE OF WINNIPEG FROM MATERIALS SUPPLIED BY 3M, AND INCLUDE THINTECH, THE LATEST IN BREATHABLE, LIGHTWEIGHT JACKET LINING.” DAVID EXPLAINED THAT AFTER THE RUN, DAYLE WOULD WEAR THE UNIFORM FOR SPECIAL EVENTS; “AT MCMAHON STADIUM, THEY HAD AN APPRECIATION DAY ONE TIME, AND WE WENT. I THINK THERE WAS A FOOTBALL GAME THAT WE WENT AND SAW, AND SHE WORE THAT. OF COURSE, THEY ALL WORE IT. STUFF LIKE THAT. IF THERE WAS A BARBECUE IN TOWN, SHE WORE IT THEN. PEOPLE WOULD SEE HER, AND JUST ASK HER QUESTIONS, LIKE, “HOW WAS IT? WHAT AN EXPERIENCE!” THAT WAS A HIGHLIGHT TO HER. IN HER LIFE!” DAYLE GASKARTH PASSED AWAY IN JANUARY 2019. FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, AND COPIES OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20200033000-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20200033000
Acquisition Date
2020-10
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
PADDLE WHEELER, "BARONESS"
Date Range From
2011
Date Range To
2014
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, PLASTIC, COPPER
Catalogue Number
P20140039000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PADDLE WHEELER, "BARONESS"
Date Range From
2011
Date Range To
2014
Materials
WOOD, PLASTIC, COPPER
No. Pieces
5
Height
45
Length
121
Width
26
Description
.A – MODEL – WOODEN MODEL OF A BOAT, PAINTED WHITE WITH TWO BLACK VERTICAL SMOKESTACKS AND A CIRCULAR PADDLE WITH BROWN BLADES AT THE REAR. EIGHT PAINTED METAL FIGURES ARE GLUED INTO POSITIONS ALONG THE BOAT’S TWO DECKS, ALONG WITH MINIATURE PARCELS, COAL, AND RIGGING. THREE CABINS OF VARYING SIZE SIT ON THE UPPER DECK; THE CLOSEST TO THE SMOKESTACKS HAS THREE SIGNS READING “BARONESS” IN BLACK TEXT. INSIDE THE MODEL, UNDER THE UPPER DECK, A MOTOR, ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS AND WIRES ARE HOUSED. MODEL IS PAINTED TO LOOK AGED AND WORN; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 45 X 121 X 26 .B – REMOTE CONTROLLER – CONTROLLING UNIT MADE OF BLACK AND SILVER MOLDED PLASTIC, WITH TWO SILVER JOYSTICKS MOUNTED AT UPPER LEFT AND RIGHT CORNERS. COLLAPSIBLE ANTENNA AT CENTRE TOP HAS YELLOW FLAGGING TAPE ATTACHED TO ITS TIP WITH BLACK TEXT THAT READS “75 MHZ SURFACE USE ONLY”. TEXT ON CONTROLLER BODY READS “FUTABA DIGITAL PROPORTIONAL – SKYPORT T4YF – BARONESS”. BACK OF UNIT HAS CAVITY FOR BATTERY PACK AND STICKER WITH TEXT THAT READS “FCC ID AZPT4YBF 72B – FUTABA – MADE IN CHINA”. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 9 X 18.5 X 24 .C – BATTERY COMPARTMENT LID – BLACK MOLDED PLASTIC, RECTANGULAR SHAPE, WITH CURVED BOTTOM EDGE AND THREE TABS ALONG TOP EDGE. RAISED ARROW DESIGN WITH THREE RIDGED LINES AT CENTRE TOP. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 0.75 X 12 X 6.5 .D – POWER ADAPTER – BLACK PLASTIC BOX WITH TWO METAL PRONGS EMERGING PERPENDICULARLY OUT OF ONE SIDE. TWO RED LIGHTS AND LABEL WITH TEXT READING “FUTABA… CAUTION…” ON OPPOSITE SIDE. TWO BLACK CORDS EMERGE FROM BOX’S BOTTOM. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 4 X 196 X 5.5 .E – BASE – PIECE OF PLYWOOD, PAINTED BLACK, WITH RAISED WOODEN PLATFORM AT CENTRE. PLATFORM TOP IS COVERED WITH GREY CARPET. CARPET IS STAINED WITH WHITE PAINT AND GLUE RESIDUE; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 6.5 X 121 X 29.5
Subjects
TOY
Historical Association
LEISURE
TRANSPORTATION
COAL MINING
History
THIS MODEL WAS BUILT BY THE DONOR, ROD HORLACHER, BASED ON HIS RESEARCH INTO THE BARONESS PADDLE WHEELER. ON OCTOBER 2, 2014, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED HORLACHER ABOUT THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MODEL. HORLACHER SAID: “I ALWAYS LIKED TO BUILD MODELS [WHEN] I WAS YOUNGER. AS I GOT OLDER I STARTED DOING BIGGER THINGS… I ALWAYS KNEW ABOUT THE BARONESS… THEN I JUST STARTED READING ABOUT IT… I WAS JUST GOING TO MAKE A BOAT AND THEN I THOUGHT I WANT TO MAKE SOMETHING THAT I’M INTERESTED IN AND REFLECTS ME, INSTEAD OF JUST MAKING A STANDARD, WHATEVER-TYPE OF BOAT. I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE REALLY UNIQUE. I TALKED TO PEOPLE; NOT TOO MANY PEOPLE WERE AWARE OF THE FACT THAT LETHBRIDGE HAD PADDLE WHEELERS… [I THOUGHT] I COULD BUILD IT AND IT WOULD BE A GOOD LEARNING TOOL FOR PEOPLE TO SHOW HOW RICH LETHBRIDGE… WAS IN HISTORY… I CAME HERE TO THE GALT MUSEUM [AND] LOOKED IN THE ARCHIVES… THERE’S ONLY TWO PICTURES OF THE BOAT AND I BOUGHT THE [BOOK] ‘BOATS AND BARGES ON THE BELLY’ BY ALEX JOHNSTON… IT JUST GOT ME HOOKED… AND THEN JUST BY LOOKING AT THE PICTURES, I LIKE TO TRY AND FIGURE [IT] OUT… I PUT IN… AT LEAST TWENTY HOURS OVER THE COURSE OF THREE YEARS LOOKING AT THE PICTURES ALONE, JUST TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WITH A RULER WHAT SORT OF SCALE IT WOULD BE… I BOUGHT A PADDLE WHEELER KIT, BUT I ONLY USED JUST THE HULL FROM THE KIT AND THEN EVERYTHING ELSE… IS ALL SCRATCH BUILT… [I BOUGHT] A GEAR REDUCED, 12 VOLT ELECTRIC MOTOR, AND THEN I BOUGHT THE RADIO CONTROL MECHANISMS FOR IT, AND SUITED IT TO MY USAGE FOR HOW IT WOULD FIT… THE SMOKESTACK IS ACTUALLY WATER PIPE, AND I USED A TUBING CUTTER TO MAKE SOME LITTLE RIBS IN [IT]… THE DOOR KNOBS ARE… MADE OUT OF A TIE END [THAT] I CLIPPED OFF WITH TWEEZERS… IT’S BEEN ABOUT THREE YEARS, MAINLY WORKING ON IT WHEN IT’S COLD OUTSIDE, A WINTERTIME HOBBY… I PUT IN HUNDREDS OF HOURS PROBABLY.” HORLACHER CONTINUED: “I TOOK IT OUT TWICE [TO NICHOLAS SHERAN PARK] AND WE PADDLED IT AROUND FOR A LITTLE BIT… [IT RUNS] SLOW, [WITH A] HUGE TURNING RADIUS… THEY WEREN’T MADE TO GO QUICK… EVERYONE WOULD STOP AND LOOK AT IT…I ENJOYED BUILDING IT IMMENSELY… IT LOOKS WONDERFUL IN THE WATER AND I’M VERY PLEASED THAT I CAN SHARE IT WITH [OTHER] PEOPLE AND THEY COULD JUST SEE HOW NEAT THINGS WERE BACK IN 1883… THE ENJOYMENT [IS] IN BUILDING IT AND KNOWING OTHER PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SEE IT AND ENJOY IT [TOO].” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT. THE FOLLOWING HISTORY OF THE BARONESS PADDLE WHEELER WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM A RESEARCH PAPER WRITTEN BY DORA TREW IN 1968 (GALT ARCHIVES 19694701000), UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA ARCHIVES, AND COLLECTIONS RECORD P19940018000-GA. THE NORTHWEST COAL AND NAVIGATION COMPANY INITIATED THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE STEAMER BARONESS, NAMED AFTER GALT COMPANY BENEFACTOR BARONESS ANGELA BURDETT-COUTTS, ALONG WITH APPROXIMATELY 12 OTHER BARGES, IN THE FALL OF 1883. THE VESSEL WAS COMPLETED THE FOLLOWING SPRING WHEN THE HULL WAS FLOATED DOWN THE BELLY RIVER TO MEDICINE HAT WHERE MACHINERY, THE UPPER DECK, AND THE PILOT HOUSE WERE INSTALLED. THE MATERIAL USED IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE STEAMER AND BARGES WAS DOUGLAS FIR, SHIPPED FROM A MILL OPERATED BY THE COMPANY IN THE PORCUPINE HILLS. THE BARONESS WAS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED FROM MEDICINE HAT ON JUNE 1, 1883. AT THE SAME TIME, THE COMPANY BUILT ANOTHER STEAMER, THE ALBERTA, AND PURCHASED A SMALLER STEAMER, THE MINNOW, FROM WINNIPEG. THE INTENTION OF BUILDING A FLEET OF RIVER STEAMERS WAS TO ENABLE THE TRANSPORTATION OF COAL BETWEEN COALBANKS AND MEDICINE HAT TO MEET THE DEMAND FOR FUEL ON THE C.P.R. MAIN LINE. DURING THE SEASON OF 1884, THE STEAMER FLEET MADE SEVERAL TRIPS UP AND DOWN THE BELLY RIVER, BUT IT WAS SOON DISCOVERED THAT THEY COULD ONLY BE PROPERLY OPERATED DURING SEASONAL PERIODS OF HIGH WATER. IT WAS ALSO FOUND THAT THE BOATS DID NOT HAVE THE NECESSARY AMOUNT OF POWER TO PROPELL THEM UPSTREAM AGAINST THE RAPID FLOW OF THE RIVER - IT TOOK ONLY EIGHT HOURS TO GET TO MEDICINE HAT, BUT THE TRIP BACK TOOK FIVE DAYS AND BURNED ALMOST AS MUCH COAL AS THE STEAMERS DELIVERED. THESE SHORTFALLS COINCIDED WITH THE START OF CONSTRUCTION ON THE NARROW GAUGE RAILWAY FROM DUNMORE TO COALBANKS IN 1885 AND RAIL TRANSPORT OF COAL BECAME THE MORE EFFICIENT SOLUTION. THE BARONESS, ALBERTA AND MINNOW WERE LEASED TO THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT DURING THE RIEL REBELLION, TRANSPORTING SOLDIERS AND SUPPLIES DOWN THE SASKATCHEWAN RIVER AND UPSTREAM TO PRINCE ALBERT, NORTH BATTLEFORD AND EDMONTON. AT THE END OF THE CONFLICT, THEY CARRIED EASTERN CANADIAN SOLDIERS BACK TO LAKE WINNIPEG. THE MINNOW WAS THEN SOLD TO A LUMBER FIRM IN BATTLEFORD, AND THE ALBERTA WAS DISMANTLED IN MEDICINE HAT. CARRYING THE ALBERTA'S MECHANICAL PARTS TO BE USED IN THE GALT NO. 3 MINE, THE BARONESS ARRIVED BACK IN LETHBRIDGE AND WAS ALSO DISMANTLED FOR PARTS. THE HULL OF THE BOAT WAS LEFT TO DECAY ON THE RIVER BANK, NEAR WHERE THE FOOTINGS OF THE HIGH LEVEL BRIDGE ARE TODAY, UNTIL IT WAS WASHED AWAY BY THE FLOOD OF 1902. SEE PERMANENT FILE P19738850000 FOR HARDCOPIES OF SOURCE MATERIAL.
Catalogue Number
P20140039000
Acquisition Date
2014-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail

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