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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
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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.
Catalogue Number
P20100050004
Acquisition Date
2010-05
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
CANADIAN MILITARY
Date Range From
1895
Date Range To
1918
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19683053000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CANADIAN MILITARY
Date Range From
1895
Date Range To
1918
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Length
122
Width
8.6
Description
DESIGNED TO HOLD 50, .303 CARTRIDGES. STAMPED "H. LAMONTAGNE, CON MONTREAL, CANADA" LEATHER WITH BRASS RIVET STUDS. BACKSIDE HAS STAMPED IN RED "4297" AND WRITTEN IN BLACK IN "440-S17".
Subjects
ARMAMENT-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
DONOR CLAIMS BANDOLIER OWNED BY GENERAL J.B. MARION OF MONTANA NATIONAL GUARD THESE BANDOLIERS WERE INTRODUCED IN 1895, WHEN THE CANADIAN GOV'T ADOPTED THE LEE-METFORD RIFLE. THEY WERE DESIGNED TO BE USED EXCLUSIVELY BY MOUNTED TROOPS. EA. BANDOLIER CARRIED BRITISH .303 CALIBRE AMMUNITION. THEY WERE CARRIED BY CANADIAN CALVARY UNITS IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR & WORLD WAR 1. SOME UNITS WERE STILL CARRYING THEM IN THE LATE 1930'S. SEE ALSO P19683050000 -P19683052000-GA & P19683054000-GA FOR RELATED ARTIFACTS FROM DONOR.
Catalogue Number
P19683053000
Acquisition Date
1968-02
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
MILITARY PANTS BELT
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19960029011
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MILITARY PANTS BELT
Date
1943
Materials
COTTON, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.5
Length
107
Width
3.8
Description
SIMPLE LIGHT GREEN CANVAS BELT WITH RECTANGULAR STEEL BUCKLE FRAME AND STEEL TAB END. TAB HAS TWO HOLES WITH EYELETS IN IT AND BOTH TAB AND BUCKLE FRAME HAVE BEEN PAINTED OLIVE DRAB. PAINT IS WORN ON BOTH. STAMPED IN BLACK INK IS A LARGE "L" AND "???? LTD. 19?3". BELT HAS DIRT STAINS GROUND IN.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-ACCESSORY
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE P20030048000 AND ITS RECORD'S PERMANENT FILE. DONOR'S HUSBAND, JOSEPH WRIGHT HUNT, ENLISTED IN THE CANADIAN MILITARY IN JUNE OF 1943 AND SERVED IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AND CONTINENTAL EUROPE. HE WAS DISCHARGED APRIL 5, 1946 WITH POST-WAR DEMOBILIZATION. THIS UNIFORM BELONGED TO HIM. MR. HUNT WAS FROM EASTEND, SASKATCHEWAN. TO VIEW COPIES OF DISCHARGE PAPERS SEE PERMANENT RECORD. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A PAIR OF SUSPENDERS DONATED BY AGNES HUNT. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND THE WEBSITE FINDAGRAVE.COM JOSEPH WRIGHT HUNT WAS BORN IN BEETON, ON ON DECEMBER 26, 1908, TO HARRY AND HARRIET (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) HUNT. HE WAS RAISED IN FOREMOST, AB. ON JULY 3, 1941, HE MARRIED AGNES ACKERMAN. HE ENLISTED IN WWII IN 1943 AND WAS DISCHARGED IN 1946. JOSEPH PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 14, 1996 AT THE AGE OF 87. AGNES HUNT (NEE ACKERMAN) WAS BORN IN 1919 AND PASSED AWAY IN 2004. JOSEPH AND AGNES ARE BOTH BURIED IN MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19960029011
Acquisition Date
1996-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, BRASS, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19960029009
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Material Type
Artifact
Date
1945
Materials
COTTON, BRASS, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.5
Length
125
Width
5.7
Description
LIGHT GREEN RECTANGULAR CANVAS BELT. BELT HAS BRASS BUCKLE CLASPS AT BOTH END WHICH ARE LOOPED INSIDE OF BELT. EACH END HAS NARROW CANVAS LOOP THAT HOLDS FOLDED END IN PLACE. IT IS MOVABLE TO ADJUST BELT LENGTH. AT MIDDLE BACK OF BELT ARE TWO CANVAS LOOPS WITH SQUARE STEEL BUCKLE FRAMES. STAMPED IN BLACK INK ON INSIDE OF BELT IS "AA 0227", "196" BENEATH AN UPWARD POINTED ARROW, L INSIDE A SQUARE AND "S.N.L. 1945" WITH ANOTHER UPWARD POINTED ARROW TO ITS RIGHT.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-ACCESSORY
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE P20030048000 AND ITS RECORD'S PERMANENT FILE. DONOR'S HUSBAND, JOSEPH WRIGHT HUNT, ENLISTED IN THE CANADIAN MILITARY IN JUNE OF 1943 AND SERVED IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AND CONTINENTAL EUROPE. HE WAS DISCHARGED APRIL 5, 1946 WITH POST-WAR DEMOBILIZATION. THIS UNIFORM BELONGED TO HIM. MR. HUNT WAS FROM EASTEND, SASKATCHEWAN. TO VIEW COPIES OF DISCHARGE PAPERS SEE PERMANENT RECORD. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A PAIR OF SUSPENDERS DONATED BY AGNES HUNT. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND THE WEBSITE FINDAGRAVE.COM JOSEPH WRIGHT HUNT WAS BORN IN BEETON, ON ON DECEMBER 26, 1908, TO HARRY AND HARRIET (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) HUNT. HE WAS RAISED IN FOREMOST, AB. ON JULY 3, 1941, HE MARRIED AGNES ACKERMAN. HE ENLISTED IN WWII IN 1943 AND WAS DISCHARGED IN 1946. JOSEPH PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 14, 1996 AT THE AGE OF 87. AGNES HUNT (NEE ACKERMAN) WAS BORN IN 1919 AND PASSED AWAY IN 2004. JOSEPH AND AGNES ARE BOTH BURIED IN MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19960029009
Acquisition Date
1996-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19960029010
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Material Type
Artifact
Date
1942
1943
Materials
COTTON, BRASS
No. Pieces
2
Length
77.0
Width
6.0
Description
1. EQUIPMENT BELT: BELT IS MADE UP OF TWO LENGTHS OF CANVAS WEBBING FIXED TO CENTRAL BRASS JOINT. BRASS JOINT HAS TWO LOOPED SIDES AND BENT OVER END. THE TWO LOOPED SIDES ARE ADJACENT THUS CREATING A RIGHT ANGLE WHEN BELTS ARE ATTACHED. ON BELT IS 40CM (L) X 5CM (W) WITH BRASS TAB END THAT HAS TWO HOLES. END WITHOUT TAB HAS TRIANGULAR SHAPE AND SHORT CANVAS LOOP SEWN TO IT WHICH LOOPS TO BRASS JOINT. BELT ALSO HAS RECTANGULAR BRASS BUCKLE FRAME. INSIDE OF BELT HAS PURPLE INK STAMP WHICH IS MOSTLY ILLEGIBLE EXCEPT FOR "1943" AND AN ARROW POINTING UP. ATTACHED TO OTHER SIDE OF BRASS JOINT IS NARROW CANVAS STRAP 34CM LONG WITH BRASS END TAB. THIS STRAP IS THREADED THROUGH SQUARE BRASS BUCKLE FRAME WHICH IS ATTACHED TO SECOND STRAP 75CM LONG, ALSO WITH BRASS END TAB. 2. EQUIPMENT BELT: IDENTICAL IN SHAPE AND SIZE TO (1.). THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS THE STAMPING ON INSIDE OF THICKER BELT. THIS ONE READS "P.S.S. 1942" WITH AN UPWARD POINTING ARROW BETWEEN AND "180" UNDERNEATH ANOTHER ARROW.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE P20030048000 AND ITS RECORD'S PERMANENT FILE. DONOR'S HUSBAND, JOSEPH WRIGHT HUNT, ENLISTED IN THE CANADIAN MILITARY IN JUNE OF 1943 AND SERVED IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AND CONTINENTAL EUROPE. HE WAS DISCHARGED APRIL 5, 1946 WITH POST-WAR DEMOBILIZATION. THIS UNIFORM BELONGED TO HIM. MR. HUNT WAS FROM EASTEND, SASKATCHEWAN. TO VIEW COPIES OF DISCHARGE PAPERS SEE PERMANENT RECORD. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A PAIR OF SUSPENDERS DONATED BY AGNES HUNT. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND THE WEBSITE FINDAGRAVE.COM JOSEPH WRIGHT HUNT WAS BORN IN BEETON, ON ON DECEMBER 26, 1908, TO HARRY AND HARRIET (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) HUNT. HE WAS RAISED IN FOREMOST, AB. ON JULY 3, 1941, HE MARRIED AGNES ACKERMAN. HE ENLISTED IN WWII IN 1943 AND WAS DISCHARGED IN 1946. JOSEPH PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 14, 1996 AT THE AGE OF 87. AGNES HUNT (NEE ACKERMAN) WAS BORN IN 1919 AND PASSED AWAY IN 2004. JOSEPH AND AGNES ARE BOTH BURIED IN MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19960029010
Acquisition Date
1996-06
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
BANDOLIER BELT
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1946
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CANVAS, ELASTIC, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19990020006
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BANDOLIER BELT
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1946
Materials
CANVAS, ELASTIC, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.7
Length
80.2
Width
5.9
Description
OLIVE DRAB. ABOUT 2/3 OF BELT HAS A WIDE GREEN ELASTIC SEWN DOWN TO BELT ABOUT EVERY INCH TO FORM COMPARTMENTS FOR AMMUNITION. A PIECE OF STEEL SERVES FOR ADJUSTING THE BELT. THERE IS A STEEL PIECE AT EACH END OF THE BELT THAT SERVES AS A BUCKLE; THESE PIECES ARE SLIGHTLY RUSTED. THE NUMBER "97" IS WRITTEN FAINTLY ON BACK OF BELT.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
SEE P19990020001-GA FOR HISTORY. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A PAIR OF BOXER SHORTS DONATED BY THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, BRANCH #4. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. ALLAN MCKAGUE WAS BORN IN WEYBURN, SK ON JANUARY 4, 1919, THE SON OF LAWSON AND BEATRICE MCKAGUE (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). ON MAY 10, 1942, HE WAS MARRIED TO HIS CHILDHOOD SWEETHEART NORMA DAHL AND THE COUPLE CELEBRATED THEIR 63RD ANNIVERSARY IN 2005. ACCORDING TO ALLAN’S OBITUARY, HE “TRAINED AS AN AIRCRAFT MECHANIC IN BURBANK, CA MOVING TO VANCOUVER TO WORK FOR BOEING AIRCRAFT. HE LATER SERVED IN THE ROYAL CANADIAN ARTILLERY AT BOTH PETAWAWA AND KINGSTON, ON PRIOR TO BEING DEPLOYED TO LONDON, ENGLAND. AFTER THE WAR ALLAN WORKED IN MCKAGUE’S GENERAL STORE IN VICEROY, SK AND LATER FOR CONFEDERATION LINE.” ALLAN AND NORMA MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1972, WHERE ALLAN WORKED AT BENY’S CHEV OLDS UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 1984. ALLAN PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 87 ON MARCH 6, 2006. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19990020006
Acquisition Date
1999-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1942
Date Range To
1945
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19970106008
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1942
Date Range To
1945
Materials
STEEL, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.4
Length
46.6
Width
5.7
Description
SERIES OF STEEL BRACKETS FOR AMMUNITION, LINKED INTO BAND 2.6CM W. EACH PIECE HAS EITHER "MSB1" OR "PBB1" ON SIDE. SHAPED TO HOLD BRASS BULLET SHELLS. BASE OF SHELLS STAMPED EITHER "DA 1942 VII"; "DC G IV Z 1942"; OR "DA 1943 VII", ALL WITH "C" ENCIRCLING ARROW. CORROSION ON SOME OF BRASS CASINGS.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
ITEMS BELONGED TO DONOR'S FATHER, HERBERT T. HACKER. BORN IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1910; MARRIED LINDA (NIEMAN) IN 1940. LIVED IN NEW WESTMINSTER WHEN SECOND WORLD WAR BROKE OUT. ENLISTED IN WEST COAST WESTMINSTER MOBILE REGIMENT AS AIR RAID WARDEN, THEN IN SEAFORTH REGIMENT. SENT OVERSEAS AND SERVED IN THE NETHERLANDS. WAS INJURED AND TRANSFERRED TO CALGARY HIGHLANDERS REGIMENT, 2ND DIVISION. LATER RECLASSIFIED AS ARMY OF OCCUPATION IN GERMANY 3RD DIVISION (1945). RETURNED HOME IN 1945 AND DISCHARGED IN 1946 AFTER RECOVERING FROM JAUNDIS. WORKED AT LETHBRIDGE IRONWORKS UNTIL RETIRING IN 1978. PASSED AWAY IN 1992 AT AGE 82. HAD FOUR CHILDREN: DONNA, THOMAS, JANICE, AND HEATHER.
Catalogue Number
P19970106008
Acquisition Date
1998-09
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
U.S. MILITARY
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS, GOLD WIRE
Catalogue Number
P19683052000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
U.S. MILITARY
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS, GOLD WIRE
No. Pieces
1
Width
4.1
Description
RED MORROCAN LEATHER, BRASS BUCKLE & GOLD WIRE. U.S. ARMY CREST ON BUCKLE. C/SHOULDER & SWORD SLING STRAPS. SIZE 42. HARNESS BUCKLES HAVE DIAGONAL STRIPES INSET. CLASPS HAVE LEAF & GROOVE PATTERNS. TONGUE HAS GOLD STAMP THAT READS THE ARMSTRONG-UNIFORM DETROIT MICH. GOLD WIRE IS FRAYING & MISSING IN PLACES ESPECIALLY ON EXCESS BELT BEHIND BUCKLE.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
THIS IS A DRESS PATTERN SWORD BELT WITH 1851 PATTERN "TIFFANY" BUCKLE. BELT PATTERN IS CA. 1890, & COMMONLY WORN BY U.S. ARMY & NATIONAL GUARD STAFF OFFICERS FROM 1851 TO 1941. DONOR STATES: BELT OWNED BY GENERAL J.B. MARION OF MONTANA NATIONAL GUARD. SEE ALSO P19683050000- P19683051000-GA, AND P19683053000- P19683054000-GA FOR RELATED ARTIFACTS.
Catalogue Number
P19683052000
Acquisition Date
1968-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL
Catalogue Number
P20030006000
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Material Type
Artifact
Date
1943
Materials
STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
22.6
Length
71.2
Width
22.1
Description
RECTANGULAR STEEL BOX, PAINTED OLIVE GREEN. LID OPENS ON 2 HINGES AT BACK AND THERE ARE 2 LATCHES IN FRONT. IMPRESSED INTO TOP OF BOX IS "BSMS/1943 MINE AT MK V". STAMPED ON TOP OF BOX IN YELLOW IS "SPLY/MP/558". STAMPED ON FRONT AND BACK OF BOX IN YELLOW, IS "T.N.T. SERIES 42 BO/C 3/44" "5 MINES CONTACT A.T MK.V/HC" "FUZES NO3MKIA & COVERS" "FUZES LOT 929 SC/C 2/44". STAMPED ON SIDES OF BOX, IN YELLOW, IS "5 MINES A.T.MK.V/HC WITH FUZES". THERE IS ALSO A RED AND WHITE STICKER ON FRONT OF BOX THAT IS ILLEGIBLE.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
DONOR'S FAMILY PURCHASED THEIR HOME, FROM R. DONALD LIVINGSTONE, AROUND 1945. BOX WAS IN HOME WHEN PURCHASED. R. DONALD LIVINGSTONE, SON OF ROBERT LIVINGSTONE, WAS A SIXTH GENERATION COAL MINER. GRADUATING WITH A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA IN 1939, WITH A MAJOR IN COAL MINING AND COAL PREPARATION, HE BECAME A FULL-TIME EMPLOYEE OF LETHBRIDGE COLLIERIES LTD. IN MAY OF THAT YEAR. HE WORKED UNDERGROUND IN GALT MINE NO. 8 FOR TWO YEARS BEFORE ENLISTING IN THE ROYAL CANADIAN ENGINEERS IN WORLD WAR II. HE SERVED WITH THE 6TH FIELD PARK COMPANY (SQUADRON) R.C.E. THROUGHOUT THE FIGHTING IN THE NORTHWESTERN EUROPE CAMPAIGN, DURING WHICH HE MADE CAPTAIN. FOR HIS SERVICE DURING THIS CAMPAIGN, THE BELGIUM GOVERNMENT AWARDED HIM THE CHEVALIER OF THE ORDER OF LEOPOLD II WITH PALM AND THE CROIX DE GUERRE 1940 WITH PALM. IN MARCH 1946 THE 6TH SQUADRON RETURNED FROM OVERSEAS TO LETHBRIDGE, AND IN APRIL THE UNIT WAS REACTIVATED AS THE 33RD FIELD PARK SQUADRON R.C.E., WITH MAJOR DON LIVINGSTONE AS COMMANDING OFFICER. RETURNING TO GALT MINE NO. 8 AFTER THE WAR, HE SUBSEQUENTLY BECAME CHIEF ENGINEER IN 1946, ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER IN 1953 AND GENERAL MANAGER IN 1957. IN DECEMBER OF 1956 MAJOR LIVINGSTONE WAS PROMOTED TO LIEUTENANT COLONEL AND PLACED IN COMMAND OF THE 8TH FIELD REGIMENT R.C.E., WITH SQUADRONS IN LETHBRIDGE, CALGARY, EDMONTON, KIMBERLEY, AND YELLOWKNIFE, AND HE HELD THIS POSITION FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS, UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT FROM THE MILITARY IN 1960. AFTER GALT MINE NO. 10 CLOSED IN 1963, HE LED THE COAL EXPLORATION TEAM WHICH ESTABLISHED THE FORDING COAL MINE IN SOUTH-EASTERN BRITISH COLUMBIA BEFORE RETIRING AS GENERAL MANAGER IN JUNE 1973. (SEE ARCHIVES P20011091000 FOR AUTOBIOGRAPHY/BIOGRAPHY OF R. DONALD LIVINGSTONE).
Catalogue Number
P20030006000
Acquisition Date
2003-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CARDBOARD, INK
Catalogue Number
P20190002002
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
CARDBOARD, INK
No. Pieces
2
Height
3
Length
6.8
Width
3.3
Description
A.CARDBOARD AMMUNITION BOX TOP, 6.8CM LONG X 3.3CM WIDE X 3CM TALL. BROWN CARDBOARD WITH PRINTED YELLOW AND BLUE LABELS ON TOP, BOTTOM, AND SIDES. TOP OF BOX HAS PRINTED TEXT “22 LONG RIFLE, SMOKELESS GREASED, CIL SUPER-CLEAN, MADE IN CANADA BY, CANADIAN INDUSTRIES LIMITED, “DOMINION” AMMUNITION DIVISION, MONTREAL, CANADA” WITH “CIL” LOGO AND IMAGE OF A BULLET ALONG TOP EDGE. FRONT OF BOX HAS BLUE TEXT ON YELLOW BACKGROUND, “THESE CARTRIDGES ARE PRIMED WITH “SUPER-CLEAN” NON-RUSTING PRIMING. IF THE RIFLE HAS FIRST BEEN THOROUGHLY CLEANED AND “DOMINION” “SUPER-CLEAN” .22’S ARE USED EXCLUSIVELY, THEY WILL NOT RUST OR CORRODE THE BORE.” BACK OF BOX HAS BLUE TEXT ON YELLOW BACKGROUND, “THESE .22” LONG-RIFLE “SUPER-CLEAN” GREASED CARTRIDGES HAVE BEEN SPECIALLY DEVELOPED FOR GAME AS WELL AS TARGET SHOOTING, AND WILL BE FOUND TO BE POWERFUL AND ACCURATE AND ALWAYS DEPENDABLE”. BOTTOM OF BOX HAS BLUE TEXT ON YELLOW BACKGROUND “MADE IN CANADA BY, CANADIAN LIMITED INDUSTRIES, “DOMINION” AMMUNITION DIVISION, MONTREAL, CANADA.” SIDE OPENING FLAP HAS BLUE TEXT AND “CIL” LOGO ON YELLOW BACKGROUND, “”SUPER-CLEAN”, .22 LONG RIFLE, 50 R.F., SMOKELESS, GREASED”. BOX HAS TORN AND MISSING OPENING FLAP ON LEFT SIDE; BOX HAS TEAR ON TOP IN UPPER-RIGHT CORNER; BOX EDGES ARE WORN AND BOX TOP IS CREASED AND DENTED; OVERALL GOOD CONDITION. B.CARDBOARD BASE OF BOX, 6.3CM LONG X 3CM WIDE X 2.8CM TALL. BROWN CARDBOARD BOX WITHOUT TOP; SIDES FOLDED INTO BOX CREATING BASE. BOX IS STAINED DOWN INSIDE FLAPS AND ON INSIDE BASE; TOP EDGES AND CORNERS ARE WORN; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ON JANUARY 10, 2019, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED JEAN BUCHANAN REGARDING HER DONATION OF A REVOLVER AND FIREARM ACCESSORIES. THE FIREARM WAS USED BY BUCHANAN’S FATHER, EDWARD ETTERSHANK BUCHANAN, DURING HIS CAREER WITH THE ALBERTA PROVINCIAL POLICE AND ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE. ON HER FATHER’S REVOLVER AND USE OF AMMUNITION, BUCHANAN RECALLED, “[MY DAD] USED [THE SMITH AND WESSON REVOLVER]…STARTING IN 1932, WITH THE RCMP, MAY BE WHEN HE GOT THAT GUN. HE HAD IT REGISTERED IN 1940, AND GETTING ANOTHER 5 YEARS REGISTRATION IT MUST HAVE BEEN 1935. [THE GUN] WAS HIS SIDEARM…HIS SERVICE WEAPON…HE HAD THAT ALL THE TIME…IT WOULD GO RIGHT ON HIS BELT THERE.” “[DAD KEPT THE GUN] IN [MY PARENTS’] BEDROOM. RIGHT ON THE BEDROOM CLOSET DOOR, RIGHT OPEN. I NEVER TOUCHED IT, BECAUSE HE HAD GIVEN ME MY TRAINING AND LET ME USE IT WHEN I WAS YOUNG. I HAD RESPECT FOR IT, AND I HAD NO SPECIAL CURIOSITY, WHICH IS A GOOD THING. [DAD KNEW I WAS] AN ADVENTUROUS PERSON, BUT I NEVER EVER TOUCHED IT, OUT OF COMPLETE RESPECT FOR DAD AND WHAT HE HAD THERE.” “ALL I CAN REMEMBER [IS HE HAD TWO HANDGUNS OR SIDEARMS]…HE DIDN’T GO OUT PRACTICING VERY MUCH; HE DIDN’T HAVE TO. HE COULD PASS HIS MARKSMANSHIP, AND THEN, EVERY TIME THERE WERE THINGS AT REGINA DEPOT TRAINING COURSES (UPGRADING, REFRESHER COURSES) THEY DID THEIR MARKSMANSHIP THERE, TOO. THEY WERE ALWAYS TESTED ON THEIR MARKSMANSHIP, AT REGINA DEPOT.” “I THINK [THE REVOLVER HAD] QUITE A BIT [OF MEANING TO MY DAD], BECAUSE HE HAD IT IN HIS HOUSE. IT WAS REALLY STRANGE BECAUSE I ASKED HIM WHERE IT WAS, WHEN HE SHOWED ME THE PAPERS, AND HE HAD IT IN A SHOE BOX IN HIS BEDROOM CLOSET. YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO HAVE GREAT [HIDING] PLACES FOR IT IN THOSE DAYS, BUT THAT’S WHERE HE KEPT IT. HE MADE SURE IT WAS THERE, AND HE KNEW WHERE IT WAS.” “[I HAVE NO] KNOWLEDGE ABOUT HIM HAVING TO FIRE THIS WEAPON…AT ANYONE. IF HE WOULD HAVE, HE WOULD HAVE FIRED TO MISS SOMEONE, JUST AS A WARNING SHOT. HE DEFINITELY WENT FOR WARNING SHOTS, BUT HE NEVER SHOT ANYBODY WITH IT. HOWEVER, HE’S VERY, VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD CITIZENS TO HAVE FIREARMS, BUT THE MAIN THING [WAS] TO PROTECT US FROM A FASCIST GOVERNMENT.” “[HE WOULD HAVE STOPPED CARRYING THE GUN] AT THE VERY END OF 1950, WHEN HE RETIRED FROM THE R.C.M.P.” “[I’VE HAD THE REVOLVER] SINCE 1998—THE PASSING OF MY FATHER, BECAUSE I WAS THE SOLE EXECUTRIX. IT WAS AUTOMATICALLY MY RESPONSIBILITY TO TAKE ALL OF HIS FIREARMS, IN MY POSSESSION.” “I WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR [THE CARE OF] IT, AND IT WAS A REAL KEEPSAKE. [THE GUN WAS] WAS VERY PERSONAL, BECAUSE I’M SURE [MY DAD] OWNED THAT EVEN BY BACK IN 1935, [WHEN] HE WAS IN WESTLOCK, IN CHARGE OF THE DETACHMENT THERE FOR 10 YEARS. IT WAS OF SENTIMENTAL VALUE BECAUSE HE TOOK ME OUT (I’M PRETTY SURE I WAS 8 YEARS OLD, WHEN HE HAD ME IN THE BACKYARD)—WE HAD FARMLAND AND FOREST—AND HE HAD A TARGET PRACTICE OUT THERE. HE HAD ME USE THAT FIREARM. HE SHOWED ME HOW TO USE IT, HOW TO AIM, AND HOW TO HANDLE IT SAFELY. I ALWAYS RESPECTED THAT, AND THAT WAS GOOD. THAT’S THE ORIGINAL HOLSTER FOR THAT GUN, WHICH YOU CAN SEE IS LOOPED, TO PUT ON HIS BELT. HE ALSO CARRIED A .32 COLT SEMI-AUTOMATIC.” “I’VE ALWAYS APPRECIATED REVOLVERS, AND RIFLES. IT’S NEVER BEEN ANYTHING THAT I THOUGHT ANY DANGER OF. YOU LEARN THE SAFETY, AND YOU TAKE YOUR COURSE. I HAVE MY COURSE DONE, AND I PASSED IT WITH FLYING COLORS. I HAD MY PERMIT TO HAVE IT. I HAVE TAKEN IT OUT, ON MY OWN ACREAGE, AND FIRED IT A BIT, BUT IT ISN’T SOMETHING I WANT TO DO. IT’S A SENTIMENTAL THING THAT I CAN NOW FEEL I’D LIKE TO HAVE IT IN YOUR MUSEUM. I KNOW IT’S NOW IN A SAFE PLACE, SO I DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IT EVER FALLING INTO THE WRONG HANDS. AND, IF I WANT TO COME AND VISIT IT, I CAN COME AND SEE IT.” ON JUNE 8, 2018, MACLEAN INTERVIEWED BUCHANAN REGARDING HER FATHER’S CAREER WITH THE ALBERTA PROVINCIAL POLICE AND ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE. BUCHANAN ELABORATED ON HER FATHER’S HISTORY, “[MY DAD WAS EDWARD BUCHANAN, WHO RETIRED AT THE RANK OF] SENIOR STAFF SERGEANT…HE RETIRED IN 1950 FROM THE [R.C.M.P].” “HE JOINED THE A.P.P. WHEN HE WAS TWENTY AND HE WAS STATIONED OUT NEAR ST. PAUL. IN ’21, HE MET MY MOTHER IN EDMONTON…BUT HE STAYED AT ST. PAUL AND THEN AFTER, HE GOT POSTED TO GRANDE PRAIRIE. HE WAS GOING TO GO TO GRANDE PRAIRIE BUT THEN IN ’22, THEY GOT MARRIED. A.P.P. HAD NO RESTRICTIONS ON THEIR MEMBERS GETTING MARRIED, LIKE THE R.C.M.P. HE DIDN’T HAVE TO WAIT TO GET MARRIED…THAT’S WHEN THEY WENT OUT TO BRAINARD.” “EVEN IN THE A.P.P., TO START WITH, HE HAD SOME SERVICE DOWN HERE AT THE LETHBRIDGE PRISON…BRINGING PRISONERS DOWN AND THEN MAYBE, AT THE VERY FIRST WINTER AS A ROOKIE, HE WAS ON JOB TO BE ON GUARD AT THE STATION. IT WASN’T LONG AND HE WAS SENT OUT TO ST. PAUL AND INTO MORE OF THE REAL POLICING.” “WHEN HE WAS IN THE A.P.P. [IN 1932] HE WAS THE TOP CLASS OF [THE] A.P.P. THAT AUTOMATICALLY WERE ACCEPTED INTO THE R.C.M.P. HE WAS PUT IN CHARGE, WHEN HE WAS IN THE A.P.P.—FIRST HE STARTED OUT IN CHARGE OF BRAINARD—HORSE LAKE—A LITTLE PLACE NEAR THE HORSE LAKE INDIAN RESERVATION. THEY CLOSED THAT DOWN AND TRANSFERRED HIM TO WEMBLEY, A LITTLE VILLAGE, AND HE WAS THE ONLY ONE IN CHARGE, THE ONLY OFFICER IN CHARGE OF WEMBLEY. THAT’S WHEN THAT 1932 [CHANGE] CAME ALONG AND HE JUST CHANGED THE SIGN UP THERE FROM A.P.P. TO R.C.M.P. AND WENT FROM THERE.” “IN ’32, IT WAS R.C.M.P. AND THAT STAYED R.C.M.P. UNTIL ’34. THEN HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO TAKE CHARGE OF THE WESTLOCK DETACHMENT WHICH WAS A BIG AREA. [THERE] WAS NO DETACHMENT IN BARRHEAD. HE HAD A HUGE AREA THERE TO COVER.” “[A.P.P. MEMBERS] WERE NOT AUTOMATICALLY TAKEN INTO THE R.C.M.P. THEY HAD THREE CATEGORIES THERE, OF THE A.P.P. MEMBERS…[THERE WERE] ONES THAT WERE NOT ACCEPTABLE, THAT THEY HADN’T DONE A VERY GOOD JOB IN THE A.P.P.; THEY SHOWED UP, GOOFIN’ AROUND, DOING THINGS THEY SHOULDN’T BE DOING. THEY WERE NOT ACCEPTABLE. THEN THERE [WERE THE ONES THAT] COULD BE GIVEN A LITTLE TRIAL RUN. THEY COULD APPLY. THEN THERE [WERE] ONES THAT COULD GET IN FOR A FULL YEAR AND THEN RE-APPLY. THEY’D BE ACCEPTED FOR A YEAR. THEN THERE’S THE TOP GRADE AND [THEY] WERE AUTOMATICALLY ACCEPTABLE. DAD WAS RIGHT UP THERE IN THAT TOP GRADE.” “A.P.P. MEMBERS WERE TRAINED BY THE NORTHWEST MOUNTED POLICE, NOT SOME GOOFBALLS THAT DIDN’T KNOW WHAT THEY WERE DOING. THESE WERE TRAINED BY THE BEST-TRAINED POLICE OFFICERS.” “ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER HANCOCK KNEW DAD REALLY WELL, HE’D EVEN BEEN IN THE A.P.P. HE CALLED DAD INTO THE OFFICE AND HE SAID, “BUCK, [DAD WAS EDWARD ETTERSHANK BUCHANAN BUT THEY CALLED HIM ‘BUCK’, A LOT] I WAS GOING TO SEND YOU DOWN TO TAKE CHARGE OF THE RED DEER DETACHMENT BUT I’VE HAD SO MUCH PROBLEM GETTING SOMEBODY TO GO DOWN TO TAKE THE LETHBRIDGE DETACHMENT…YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE, I THINK, THAT CAN HANDLE THE SITUATION WE’VE GOT DOWN THERE. THERE’S A LOT OF PROBLEMS AND I’M SURE YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN HANDLE IT. WILL YOU GO?” “[WE CAME DOWN HERE IN] ’44…I NEVER HAD ANY PROBLEM [WITH THE MOVE]. I WAS ALWAYS ADVENTUROUS. I HAD LOTS OF FRIENDS BUT I WAS ALWAYS HAPPY TO GO.” “WE RENTED A HOUSE ON 538 – 7TH STREET. IT’S ALL TORN DOWN NOW. DAD HAD TO COME DOWN A MONTH OR SO AHEAD OF US AND THEN HE COULDN’T FIND A HOUSE READY, SO WE CAME DOWN AND STAYED IN A HOTEL FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS. I HAD TO START GRADE TEN; I WAS ONLY FOURTEEN, HERE. THAT WAS, TO ME, THE ONLY SAD PART OF MY LIFE, LEAVING THE WESTLOCK SCHOOL AND STARTING LCI. THE PERSONALIZATION WAS GONE WITH THE TEACHERS.” “[DAD] HAD TO OVERSEE THE POW CAMPS…HE TALKED ABOUT THE POW’S IN THIS RESPECT, THAT THERE WAS A LOT OF VERY GOOD GERMANS THAT WERE IN THERE. [THEY] WOULDN’T HAVE CHOSEN TO EVEN BE IN THE GERMAN ARMY…THEY WERE CONSCRIPTED OVER IN GERMANY, THEY DIDN’T HAVE ANY CHOICE, AND THEY WERE VERY DECENT, GOOD GUYS. HE RESPECTED THEM FOR THAT AND HELPED THEM, [GAVE] THEM ADVICE, “YOU KNOW, YOU GOTTA GO BACK TO GERMANY AND THEN APPLY TO COME BACK.” THERE WAS A TRUST THERE TO LET SOME OF THEM OUT TO WORK…‘CAUSE THERE [WAS] A LABOUR SHORTAGE FOR THE FARMERS AND THEY NEEDED THAT HELP. SOME OF THOSE FARMERS WERE VERY PLEASED TO GET SOME OF THESE GERMANS, AND SOME OF THE FARMERS’ DAUGHTERS WERE VERY PLEASED TO GET THAT, TOO. THEN THERE’S SOME LATER MARRIAGES AFTER THAT. IT WOULD BE A SHAME TO CONDEMN ALL THOSE POW’S BECAUSE A LOT OF THEM WERE VERY DECENT, GOOD, MORAL FELLOWS THAT DIDN’T WANT TO BE INVOLVED WITH ANY KILLING.” “HE WAS A PLAIN STAFF SERGEANT, NCO, SECOND IN CHARGE OF THE SUBDIVISION.” “[THEN HE] WENT BACK TO EDMONTON [TO RETIRE IN 1950], HIS HOME CITY WHERE HIS PARENTS WERE AND A LOT OF FRIENDS. HE JOINED THE R.C.M. P. VETS BUT WITH HIS RECORD, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT WERE NOT GOING TO LET HIM LOOSE. THEY MADE IT A FIRST APPOINTMENT OF AN INSPECTOR OF JAILS FOR THE PRISONS OF ALBERTA WHICH, AT THAT TIME, THERE WERE ONLY TWO: LETHBRIDGE AND FORT SASKATCHEWAN. [THE] ONLY PLACE IN FORT SASKATCHEWAN WAS FOR WOMEN, SO [WOMEN] HAD TO GO ALL THE WAY TO FORT SASKATCHEWAN, EVEN IF [THEY] WAS FROM LETHBRIDGE. THAT WASN’T A VERY GOOD DEAL, SO DAD COULD SEE A REAL NEED [FOR WORK]. IT WAS A REAL MESS WHEN HE LOOKED AT THE PRISONS.” “HE REALIZED, BEING AN R.C.M.P., THAT MANY OF THE YOUNG CITY POLICE, TOWN SHERIFFS, SOME OF THESE MAGISTRATES, THEY MESSED THINGS UP. HE STARTED A TRAINING SCHOOL FOR THESE MUNICIPAL POLICE AND THAT JUST WENT TERRIFICALLY. THEY HAD [THE SCHOOLS] IN CALGARY AND IN EDMONTON TWICE A YEAR. THEY HAD A BIG GROUP FROM MEDICINE HAT COME UP AND [TAKE] THE SCHOOLING, LETHBRIDGE CAME UP, AND SOME OF THE PRISON GUARDS TOOK [THE TRAINING], TOO.” “[HE] WORKED ON THAT FOR FIFTEEN/SIXTEEN YEARS. AFTER TWELVE YEARS, HE WAS SO BUSY THAT THEY MADE HIM SUPERINTENDENT OF PRISONS BECAUSE…THE FIRST THING HE HAD TO DO WAS TO DEVELOP THE PRISONS FOR ALBERTA. TWO WAS NOT SUFFICIENT.” “[DAD’S] PERSONALITY WAS ALWAYS QUIET, FIRM, NO-NONSENSE, HUMOROUS, BUT HE WAS NEVER ARROGANT. I NEVER HEARD HIM SWEAR OR GET MAD AT ANYBODY, NOT EVEN PRISONERS. HE HANDLED THEM VERY QUIETLY, AND VERY FIRMLY. THE STAFF…ALL LOVED HIM. I [HAVE] LETTERS AND THEY CAME ALL THE WAY UP TO THEIR ANNIVERSARIES LATER IN EDMONTON…“YOU’RE THE BEST BOSS WE EVER HAD.” ALL HE HAD WAS A VISION OF WHAT NEEDED TO BE DONE…HE COULD GO AND EXPLAIN THE NEED FOR THE JAILS, WHAT IT WOULD COST AND WHAT IT NEEDED TO FIX THE PROBLEM. HE NEVER HAD PROBLEM GETTING EXACTLY WHAT HE NEEDED FROM THEM.” ON THE DONATION OF THE REVOLVER AND AMMUNITION, BUCHANAN NOTED, “MY DAD KNEW I WOULD LOOK AFTER [HIS BELONGINGS] AND WANTED TO GET IT TO A MUSEUM. [DAD KNEW] THAT I WASN’T ONE TO PUT IT IN MY BASEMENT TO HAVE GOODNESS-KNOWS-WHAT-HAPPEN TO IT. HE HAD LEFT ALL OF THAT IN CHARGE OF ME. I WAS THE SOLE EXECUTOR OF THE ESTATE.” “I AM NOW AT THE YOUNG AGE OF 88; I’M NOT WORRIED ABOUT LIVING ANOTHER 10 YEARS. I DIDN’T WANT THE CHANCE OF ANYBODY STEALING IT, OR GETTING THEIR HANDS ON IT, SO I WANTED TO MAKE SURE YOU GOT IT. AND, I DON’T NEED IT, SO WHY KEEP IT? IF I GET LONESOME, AND WANT TO SEE IT, I’LL COME TO THE MUSEUM AND LOOK AT IT.” “I’LL FEEL HAPPY, TO KNOW IT’S GOT A GOOD HOME. I DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IT.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL TRANSCRIPTIONS FROM INTERVIEWS AND LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20190002001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20190002002
Acquisition Date
2019-01
Collection
Museum
Images
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