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Other Name
INFANT'S COVERLET (PAIR)
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LINEN, EMBROIDERY
Catalogue Number
P19739450000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
INFANT'S COVERLET (PAIR)
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Materials
LINEN, EMBROIDERY
No. Pieces
2
Length
76.2
Width
72.4
Description
.1 EMBROIDERY WITH "GOOD MORNING" AND BABY IN FLOWERS IN PURPLE, PINK, AND GOLD. .2 SAME DESCRIPTION AS .1. EMBROIDERED WITH "GOOD NIGHT" AND BABY IN FLOWERS IN BLACK, PINK, AND GOLD. 2 1/2 INCH HEM ON ALL FOUR SIDES OF BOTH PIECES. SEVERAL SMALL HOLES IN EACH AS WELL. ON BOTTOM TWO CORNERS OF "GOOD NIGHT" PIECE AND TOP RIGHT CORNER OF "GOOD MORNING" PIECE IS A BLACK GREASE-LIKE STAIN.
Subjects
BEDDING
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
Catalogue Number
P19739450000
Acquisition Date
1973-04
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1925
Date Range To
1935
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19738454000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1925
Date Range To
1935
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
248.9
Width
213.4
Description
HAND CROCHETED IN PINWHEEL MOTIF AND POPCORN STITCH DESIGN. 3 EDGES ARE DECORATED WITH TASSELS.
Subjects
BEDDING
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
Catalogue Number
P19738454000
Acquisition Date
1973-07
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19950067012
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
182.5
Width
194
Description
FUCHSIA WOOL BEDSPREAD, WITH 1.5CM HEM AROUND ENTIRE PIECE. ONE END HAS CROCHETED LACE BORDER, 31.5CM IN WIDTH. BORDER HAS SIX COLORS, BEGINNING WITH A SINGLE GREEN ROW, FOLLOWED BY A PINK STRIP 5.5CM WIDE, A SINGLE YELLOW ROW, A BLUE STRIP 5CM WIDE, A SINGLE PINK ROW, AND FINALLY, A RED TRIM, 17CM IN WIDTH, WHICH IS TAPERED INTO POINTS AT BOTTOM. EACH OF THE WIDER STRIPS HAS A DIFFERENT PATTERN CROCHETED INTO IT. END OF BEDSPREAD OPPOSITE CROCHETED BORDER HAS SEPARATE PANEL OF SAME FUSHIA WOOL FABRIC, 30CM IN LENGTH, SEWN ONTO ADD LENGTH.
Subjects
BEDDING
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
FOR MORE FAMILY HISTORY, SEE P19950067001-GA. DOUKHOBOR ARTIFACT. *UPDATE* IN 2010 NICOLE HEMBROFF, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT, CONTACTED ELSIE MORRIS NEE KONKIN (WHO DONATED THE ARTIFACTS ON BEHALF OF HER MOTHER) IN ORDER TO OBTAIN MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE HISTROY OF THE OBJECTS AND THEIR CONNECTION TO THE DOUKHOBORS OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA. SEE BELOW. ACCORDING TO MORRIS, THE BEDSPREAD WOULD HAVE BEEN MADE BY ELIZABETH (NOHORNOFF) WISHLOW SHE WOULD HAVE DONE ALL OF THE WORK BY HAND. BLANKETS OF THIS TYPE WERE NOT USED FOR WARMTH. THEY WERE USED FOR DECORATION OVER TOP OF A MORE UTILITARIAN BLANKET. MORRIS REMEMBERED THAT THE HOUSES HAD GREY, MUD-PLASTERED WALLS. DOUKHOBORS USED ITEMS MADE FROM VIBRANT COLORS IN ORDER TO BRIGHTEN UP THEIR HOMES. FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING AN APRON DONATED BY ELIZABETH KONKIN. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. ELIZABETH KONKIN AKA ELSIE MORRIS IS THE DAUGHTER OF WILLIAM KONKIN AND ELIZABETH P. KONKIN (NEE WISHLOW). ELSIE WAS MARRIED TO TERRANCE GORDON “TERRY” MORRIS. TERRY PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 88 ON OCTOBER 25, 2012. WILLIAM KONKIN PASSED AWAY MARCH 3, 1977 AT THE AGE OF 72. ELIZABETH KONKIN (NEE WISHLOW) WAS BORN IN CANORA, SK ON JANUARY 22, 1907, THE DAUGHTER OF PETER AND ELIZABETH WISHLOW (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). AT THE AGE OF 6 SHE MOVED WITH HER FAMILY TO A DOUKHOBOR SETTLEMENT AT BRILLIANT, BC, THEN LATER HER FAMILY MOVED TO A DOUKHOBOR SETTLEMENT AT SHOULDICE, AB. IT WAS HERE THAT SHE MET AND MARRIED WILLIAM KONKIN. IN 1939, THE COUPLE MOVED TO THE VAUXHALL AREA TO FARM UNTIL THEIR RETIREMENT, AFTER WHICH THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE. ELIZABETH PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 93 ON APRIL 8, 2000. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. THE KONKINS WERE A RUSSIAN-SPEAKING FAMILY FROM THE TOWN OF SHOULDICE, ALBERTA, NEAR CALGARY. THEY AND MANY OTHER RUSSIAN FAMILIES COMPOSED THAT TOWN'S DOUKHOBOR COLONY. IN 2016, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN CONDUCTED FROM A TWO-PART INTERVIEW WITH KONKIN'S DAUGHTER, ELSIE MORRIS. A FULL HISTORY OF THE KONKIN FAMILY WAS CREATED USING THAT INTERVIEW AND CAN BE FOUND WITH THE RECORD P20160003002.
Catalogue Number
P19950067012
Acquisition Date
1995-10
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, LINEN COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19705753000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Materials
WOOL, LINEN COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
251.4
Width
218.4
Description
HAND MADE. FLORAL BIRD PATTERN IN ORANGE, BROWN, YELLOW, RED, BEIGE, GREEN, PINK, ALPACA WOOL ON WHITE BACKGROUND. MADE IN THREE PIECES HAS TWO LENGTHWISE SEAMS. BORDER NEAR SEAM HAS BEEN MENDED BY MACHINE. BORDER HAS BEEN MADE SEPARATELY AND ATTACHED TO THE MAIN BODY OF THE BLANKET BY AN OPENWORK LATTICE DESIGN. STITCHING IS COMING LOOSE IN SOME PLACES. SEVERAL PURPLE AND BLUE STAINS IN ONE CORNER. WOOL HAS BEEN ROUGH CLEANED ONLY; BITS OF ORGANIC MATERIAL REMAIN; I.E. SEEDS & BURRS. POSSIBLY MADE FROM FLOUR SACKS.
Subjects
BEDDING
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
Catalogue Number
P19705753000
Acquisition Date
1970-07
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19900005001
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
180
Width
162
Description
WHITE WOOL WITH PINK STITCH EDGING. LABEL: "GOLDEN FLEECE WOOLEN MILLS LTD. 'WOOLEN PRODUCTS' MAGRATH, ALBERTA"
Subjects
BEDDING
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
MADE AT MAGRATH WOOLEN MILLS FROM WOOL PRODUCED ON DONOR'S AUNT & UNCLE'S FARM (ROSE & ED. LARKINS) FARMED IN VULCAN AREA. AUNT DECEASED, UNCLE IN PETER DAWSON LODGE IN VULCAN. DONOR BELIEVES MADE IN 1920-30, BUT POSSIBLY MADE AS LATE AS 1935. ROSE DAUGHTER OF PIONEER BREWSTER FAMILY OF FORT MACLEOD. BLANKET PASSED ON THROUGH FAMILY TO DONOR. MAGRATH WOOLEN MILLS EQUIPMENT BELIEVED SOLD TO MILL STILL OPERATING IN CARSTAIRS "CUSTOM WOOLEN MILLS". MACHINERY IS USED TO PRODUCE QUILT BATTING, YARN, ROVING, & COMFORTERS. SEE ATTACHED FOR ADDITIONAL FAMILY HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19900005001
Acquisition Date
1990-02
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19900005002
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
87.5
Width
47
Description
PINK WOOL DOUBLED & STITCHED EDGING. NO LABEL EVIDENT. FABRIC IS WORN THROUGH IN SEVERAL PLACES NEAR ONE END. SOME STITCHING HAS COME LOOSE AT ONE END.
Subjects
BEDDING
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
DONOR BELIEVES MADE AT BRANDON WOOLEN MILLS OF BRANDON MANITOBA. DONOR STATES THIS BLANKET WAS MADE FROM RE-CYCLED WOOL AND RE-SPUN FROM OLD WOOLEN SOCKS AND WOOL CLOTHING. THE WORN ARTICLES WERE WASHED AND SENT TO WOOLEN MILLS WHERE THEY WERE TAKEN APART, RE-SPUN, AND WOVEN INTO BLANKETS. TO COVER THE OLD DYE THE BLANKETS WERE RE-DYED RED, BLUE OR GREEN ACCORDING TO SENDERS' INSTRUCTIONS." DONOR'S AUNT ROSE & UNCLE ED HAD 8 CHILDREN. SEE P19900005001 FOR ADDITIONAL FAMILY HISTORY & INFORMATION.
Catalogue Number
P19900005002
Acquisition Date
1990-02
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19930050007
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
205.0
Width
182.0
Description
OLIVE GREEN WOOL BLANKET. DARK GREEN WOOL HAS BEEN WOVEN ABOUT 15CM FROM EITHER END CREATING TWO 11CM WIDE STRIPES. THE SEAMS AT NARROW END OF BLANKET HAVE BEEN REINFORCED WITH BLACK WOOL IN HERRING BONE STITCH. IN ONE CORNER IS WHITE COTTON LABEL WITH RED PRINTING. HAS COAT OF ARMS FOR HUDSON'S BAY CO. WITH TWO RAMPANT DEER WITH SHIELD INLAID WITH CROSS. AROUND IT IS PRINTED "HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY INCORPORATED 1670". AROUND SEAL READS "ALL GENUINE HUDSON'S BAY COINT BLANKETS BEAR THIS SEAL". ACROSS BOTTOM READS "THE SEAL OF QUALITY" AND "MADE IN ENGLAND". ALL PRINTING IS FADING AND WORN. BLANKET HAS SEVERAL SMALL HOLES AND STAINS. ONE SIDE HAS A COUPLE OF GREEN PAINT SPLATTERS. EDGES AND CORNERS OF BLANKET ARE WORN AND FRAYING SLIGHTLY.
Subjects
BEDDING
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
MILITARY?
History
BLANKET IS CLAIMED TO BE W.W.I. BRITISH ISSUE. HOWEVER, BLANKET WAS ALSO CLAIMED TO BE USED BY DONOR'S UNCLE, SLIM COX, CA. 1905. ORIGIN IS NOT CLEAR. IT IS KNOWN THAT MR. COX WORKED IN THE BREWERY FOR APPROX. 60 YEARS. *UPDATE* IN 2012 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT DAVID SMITH CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF MILITARY OBJECTS. HE LEARNED THE FOLLOWING. ACCORDING TO THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, ALBERT WILLIAM COX (KNOWN AS SLIM) CAME TO CANADA WITH HIS PARENTS FROM ENGLAND IN 1902. HE BEGAN WORKING AT THE BREWERY IN 1910, AND IN 1915 HE ENLISTED IN THE 39TH CANADIAN BATTERY AND WENT OVERSEAS. IN 1918 HE RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE WHERE HE RESUMED HIS POSITION AT THE BREWERY. COX IS ONE OF THE FEW SOLDIERS TO HAVE TWO ATTESTATION PAPERS WITH DIFFERENT SERVICE NUMBERS AND SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT DETAILS. THE FIRST (FROM FEBRUARY 6TH 1915) INDICATES THAT HIS YEAR OF BIRTH IS 1888 AND ANSWERS NO TO ANY PREVIOUS MILITARY SERVICE. THE SECOND (DATED OCTOBER 11, 1915) LISTS HIS YEAR OF BIRTH AS 1889, AND INDICATES THAT HE HAD 2 MONTHS SERVICE WITH THE 13 MOUNTED RIFLES. BOTH FORMS LIST HIS WIFE ANNIE’S ADDRESS IN LETHBRIDGE ALBERTA AND HIS BIRTHPLACE BEING GILDFORD SURREY ENGLAND. HIS FIRST SERVICE NUMBER RETRIEVES TWO DIFFERENT SOLDIER’S FILES WITH THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES, WHILE HIS SECOND NUMBER RETRIEVES ONLY HIS LATER FILE. IT IS POSSIBLE (BUT ONLY SPECULATED) THAT IN ORDER TO CLEAR UP THE CONFUSION BETWEEN THE TWO SOLDIERS, COX WAS GIVEN THE OPTION OF FILLING OUT A NEW FORM. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A PAIR OF HORSEHAIR GAUNTLETS DONATED BY JACK AND MARY BAILEY. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. GEORGE WILLIAM “JACK” BAILEY WAS BORN ON APRIL 26, 1914 IN LETHBRIDGE, AB TO GEORGE AND ANNIE BAILEY. HE MARRIED MARY LOUISE BAILEY (NEE BUTTREY) IN MEDICINE HAT, AB ON JANUARY 1, 1940. JACK PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 82 ON MARCH 5, 1997. MARY LOUISE BAILEY (NEE BUTTREY) WAS BORN IN MEDICINE HAT, AB ON JANUARY 1, 1918, THE DAUGHTER OF WILLIAM AND SUSAN (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) BUTTREY. SHE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 84 ON MAY 16, 2002. GEORGE ARTHUR BAILEY WAS BORN IN BRISTOL, ENGLAND AND CAME TO CANADA IN 1906, WHERE HE HOMESTEADED IN THE IRON SPRINGS DISTRICT IN 1907. IN 1912, GEORGE MARRIED ANNIE ELIZABETH BAILEY (NEE COX). THE COUPLE MOVED TO MONTANA IN 1912 AND REMAINED THERE UNTIL 1920 WHEN THEY RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE. IN 1927, GEORGE AND ANNIE MOVED TO SHAUGHNESSY, AB SO THAT GEORGE COULD TAKE WORK AS STABLE-BOSS. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 85 ON SEPTEMBER 14, 1968. ANNIE ELIZABETH BAILEY (NEE COX) WAS THE DAUGHTER OF JOHN WALTER AND JANE ELIZABETH COX (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). ANNIE WAS BORN IN SURREY, ENGLAND AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1905. SHE MARRIED GEORGE BAILEY AT DIAMOND CITY IN 1912. SHE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 85 ON MARCH 25, 1976. ANNIE HAD TWO BROTHERS: JOHN WALTER COX AND ALBERT WILLIAM “SLIM” COX. ALBERT WILLIAM “SLIM” COX MOVED TO CANADA WITH HIS PARENTS IN 1902 AND BEGAN WORKING FOR THE BREWERY IN 1910. HE ENLISTED WITH THE 39TH BATTERY IN 1915 AND SERVED OVERSEAS UNTIL 1919. HE RETURNED TO HIS POSITION WITH THE BREWERY, FINALLY RETIRING IN 1954. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 78 IN JULY 1966. SLIM WAS MARRIED TWICE: FIRST TO ANNIE TURNER WHO PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 35 ON OCTOBER 8, 1927; AND THE SECOND MARRIAGE WAS TO DOROTHY EMILY SULLIVAN (NEE WYLIE). THEY WERE MARRIED IN SEPTEMBER 1948. DOROTHY PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 96 ON OCTOBER 18, 1989. (SHE HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN MARRIED TO MICHAEL SULLIVAN) JOHN WALTER “WALLY” COX WAS BORN IN GUILDFORD, SURREY, ENGLAND AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1906, WHERE HE WORKED FOR THE LETHBRIDGE BREWERY FOR 26 YEARS. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 61, A SINGLE MAN, ON JUNE 28, 1947. ANNIE, ALBERT, AND JOHN WERE THE CHILDREN OF JOHN WALTER AND JANE COX (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). JOHN WALTER PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 72 ON NOVEMBER 9, 1937. ACCORDING TO HIS OBITUARY, HE “CAME TO LETHBRIDGE FROM SUSSEX, ENGLAND 31 YEARS AGO, AND HAS RESIDED HERE SINCE.” JANE (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 85 ON DECEMBER 30, 1946. SHE WAS BORN IN DORSET, ENGLAND AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE WITH HER HUSBAND. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19930050007
Acquisition Date
1993-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BLANKET
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
RAW FLAX YARN
Catalogue Number
P20160003007
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BLANKET
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1990
Materials
RAW FLAX YARN
No. Pieces
1
Length
139
Width
99.5
Description
HAND-WOVEN BLANKET MADE FROM RAW FLAX. THE BLANKET IS COMPOSED OF 2 SECTIONS OF THE SAME SIZE OF MATERIAL THAT ARE JOINED TOGETHER WITH A SEAM AT THE CENTER. ON THE FRONT SIDE (WITH NEAT SIDE OF THE STITCHING AND PATCHES), THERE ARE THREE PATCHES ON THE BLANKET MADE FROM LIGHTER, RAW-COLOURED MATERIAL. ONE SECTION OF THE FABRIC HAS TWO OF THE PATCHES ALIGNED VERTICALLY NEAR THE CENTER SEAM. THE AREA SHOWING ON ONE PATCH IS 3 CM X 5 CM AND THE OTHER IS SHOWING 5 CM X 6 CM. ON THE OPPOSITE SECTION THERE IS ONE PATCH THAT IS 16 CM X 8.5 CM SEWN AT THE EDGE OF THE BLANKET. THE BLANKET IS HEMMED ON BOTH SHORT SIDES. ON THE OPPOSING/BACK SIDE OF THE BLANKET, THE FULL PIECES OF THE FABRIC FOR THE PATCHES ARE SHOWING. THE SMALLER PATCH OF THE TWO ON THE ONE HALF-SECTION OF THE BLANKET IS 8CM X 10 CM AND THE OTHER PATCH ON THAT SIDE IS 14CM X 15CM. THE PATCH ON THE OTHER HALF-SECTION IS THE SAME SIZE AS WHEN VIEWED FROM THE FRONT. THERE IS A SEVERELY FADED BLUE STAMP ON THIS PATCH’S FABRIC. FAIR CONDITION. THERE IS RED STAINING THAT CAN BE SEEN FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE BLANKET AT THE CENTER SEAM, NEAR THE EDGE OF THE BLANKET AT THE SIDE WITH 2 PATCHES (CLOSER TO THE LARGER PATCH), AND NEAR THE SMALL PATCH AT THE END FURTHER FROM THE CENTER. THERE IS A HOLE WITH MANY LOOSE THREADS SURROUNDING NEAR THE CENTER OF THE HALF SECTION WITH ONE PATCH. THERE ARE VARIOUS THREADS COMING LOOSE AT MULTIPLE POINTS OF THE BLANKET.
Subjects
AGRICULTURAL T&E
BEDDING
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
DOMESTIC
ETHNOGRAPHIC
History
THE KONKINS WERE A RUSSIAN-SPEAKING FAMILY FROM THE TOWN OF SHOULDICE, ALBERTA, NEAR CALGARY. THEY AND MANY OTHER RUSSIAN FAMILIES COMPOSED THAT TOWN’S DOUKHOBOR COLONY. IT WAS THERE WILLIAM KONKIN MARRIED ELIZABETH WISHLOW. IN 1928, THEIR DAUGHTER, ELSIE WAS BORN. THEY LATER MOVED TO A FARM IN VAUXHALL, ALBERTA. THE PRECEDING AND FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM A TWO-PART INTERVIEW WITH DONOR ELSIE MORRIS, WHICH WAS CONDUCTED BY COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN ON FEBRUARY 17, 2016. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION COMES FROM FAMILY HISTORIES AND TEXTS PROVIDED BY THE DONOR. A FULL HISTORY OF THE KONKIN FAMILY CAN BE FOUND WITH THE RECORD P20160003001. ACCORDING TO A NOTE THAT WAS ATTACHED TO THIS LIGHTWEIGHT BLANKET AT THE TIME OF ACQUISITION THE BLANKET IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN MADE C. 1920S. MORRIS SAYS HER MEMORY OF THE BLANKET DATES AS FAR BACK AS SHE CAN REMEMBER: “RIGHT INTO THE ‘30S, ‘40S AND ‘50S BECAUSE MY MOTHER DID THAT RIGHT UP UNTIL NEAR THE END. I USE THAT EVEN IN LETHBRIDGE WHEN I HAD A GARDEN. [THIS TYPE OF BLANKET] WAS USED FOR TWO PURPOSES. IT WAS EITHER PUT ON THE BED UNDERNEATH THE MATTRESS THE LADIES MADE OUT OF WOOL AND OR ELSE IT WAS USED, A DIFFERENT PIECE OF CLOTH WOULD BE USED FOR FLAILING THINGS. [THE] FLAIL ACTUALLY GOES WITH IT AND THEY BANG ON THE SEEDS AND IT WOULD TAKE THE HULLS OFF… IT’S HAND WOVEN AND IT’S MADE OUT OF POOR QUALITY FLAX… IT’S UNBLEACHED, DEFINITELY… RAW LINEN." THIS SPECIFIC BLANKET WAS USED FOR SEEDS MORRIS RECALLS: “…IT HAD TO BE A WINDY DAY… WE WOULD PICK DRIED PEAS OR BEANS OR WHATEVER BEET SEEDS AND WE WOULD BEAT AWAY AND THEN WE WOULD STAND UP, HOLD IT UP AND THE BREEZE WOULD BLOW THE HULLS OFF AND THE SEEDS WOULD GO STRAIGHT DOWN [ONTO THE BLANKET.” THE SEEDS WOULD THEN BE CARRIED ON THE BLANKET AND THEN PUT INTO A PAIL. OF THE BLANKET’S CLEAN STATE, MORRIS EXPLAINS, “THEY’RE ALWAYS WASHED AFTER THEY’RE FINISHED USING THEM.” WHEN SHE LOOKS AT THIS ARTIFACT, MORRIS SAYS: “I FEEL LIKE I’M OUT ON THE FARM, I SEE FIELDS AND FIELDS OF FLAX, BLUE FLAX. BUT THAT’S NOT WHAT SHE USED IT FOR. SHE DID USE IT IF SHE WANTED A LITTLE BIT OF THE FLAX THEN SHE’D POUND THE FLAX, BUT THAT WASN’T OFTEN. IT WAS MOSTLY BEANS AND PEAS.” IT IS UNKNOWN WHO WOVE THIS BLANKET. PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, OBITUARIES, PHOTOGRAPHS, AND FAMILY HISTORIES.
Catalogue Number
P20160003007
Acquisition Date
2016-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19950067017
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
56
Width
56
Description
BABY'S MATTRESS PAD COVER. TWO COTTON SHEETS, SEWN TOGETHER ON THREE SIDES. FOURTH SIDE IS OPEN, WITH SMALL OVERLAPPING FLAP WHICH HAS SIX BUTTONS. BOTTOM IS PLAIN WHITE, AND MADE FROM THREE SCRAP PIECES SEWN TOGETHER TO MAKE SQUARE. TOP HAS 9CM BORDERS AROUND ALL SIDES, THREE OF WHICH ARE WHITE WITH GREY STRIPE PATTERN, AND ONE OF WHICH HAS PURPLE AND WHITE CHECKERS. CENTRE HAS PATCHWORK PATTERN MADE FROM SEVERAL DIFFERENT TYPES OF FABRIC, MAINLY COLORED BLUE AND WHITE. ONE RED AND TWO GOLD-COLORED PATCHES. COVER IS QUITE WORN AND HAS SEVERAL TEARS ON BOTH SIDES. ALSO HAS SMALL BROWN STAINS THROUGHOUT.
Subjects
BEDDING
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
COVER WAS FITTED WITH WOOLEN MATTRESS INSIDE, AND WAS THEN PLACED ON ANOTHER MATTRESS. SECOND MATTRESS WAS COVERED BY A RUBBER SHEET, WHICH IN TURN WAS COVERED BY AN OLD WOOLEN BLANKET. A SHEET WENT ON TOP OF THAT, WHICH THE BABY SLEPT ON, AND A FINAL WOOLEN QUILT WAS PLACED ON THE BABY. BLANKET WAS USED BY DONOR'S DAUGHTER, ELSIE (KONKIN) MORRIS, WHO CLAIMED THAT "MOTHER TOLD ME I WAS RARELY SICK BECAUSE SHE KEPT ME SO WARM". FOR MORE DONOR HISTORY, SEE P19950067001-GA. DOUKHOBOR ARTIFACT. *UPDATE* IN 2010 NICOLE HEMBROFF, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT, CONTACTED ELSIE MORRIS NEE KONKIN (WHO DONATED THE ARTIFACTS ON BEHALF OF HER MOTHER) IN ORDER TO OBTAIN MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE HISTROY OF THE OBJECTS AND THEIR CONNECTION TO THE DOUKHOBORS OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA. SEE BELOW. MORRIS SAID THE MATTRESS COVER WAS ORIGINALLY A QUILT WHICH WAS LATER RE-USED AS A BABY MATTRESS COVER. IT WAS MADE BY HER MOTHER, ELIZABETH (WISHLOW) KONKIN. THE PURPLE GINGHAM AND THE BLUE FABRIC ON THE EDGE OF THE ARTIFACT CAME FROM HER DRESSES. FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING AN APRON DONATED BY ELIZABETH KONKIN. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. ELIZABETH KONKIN AKA ELSIE MORRIS IS THE DAUGHTER OF WILLIAM KONKIN AND ELIZABETH P. KONKIN (NEE WISHLOW). ELSIE WAS MARRIED TO TERRANCE GORDON “TERRY” MORRIS. TERRY PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 88 ON OCTOBER 25, 2012. WILLIAM KONKIN PASSED AWAY MARCH 3, 1977 AT THE AGE OF 72. ELIZABETH KONKIN (NEE WISHLOW) WAS BORN IN CANORA, SK ON JANUARY 22, 1907, THE DAUGHTER OF PETER AND ELIZABETH WISHLOW (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). AT THE AGE OF 6 SHE MOVED WITH HER FAMILY TO A DOUKHOBOR SETTLEMENT AT BRILLIANT, BC, THEN LATER HER FAMILY MOVED TO A DOUKHOBOR SETTLEMENT AT SHOULDICE, AB. IT WAS HERE THAT SHE MET AND MARRIED WILLIAM KONKIN. IN 1939, THE COUPLE MOVED TO THE VAUXHALL AREA TO FARM UNTIL THEIR RETIREMENT, AFTER WHICH THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE. ELIZABETH PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 93 ON APRIL 8, 2000. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
THE KONKINS WERE A RUSSIAN-SPEAKING FAMILY FROM THE TOWN OF SHOULDICE, ALBERTA, NEAR CALGARY. THEY AND MANY OTHER RUSSIAN FAMILIES COMPOSED THAT TOWN'S DOUKHOBOR COLONY. IN 2016, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN CONDUCTED FROM A TWO-PART
INTERVIEW WITH KONKIN'S DAUGHTER, ELSIE MORRIS. A FULL HISTORY OF THE KONKIN FAMILY WAS CREATED USING THAT INTERVIEW AND CAN BE FOUND WITH THE RECORD P20160003002.
Catalogue Number
P19950067017
Acquisition Date
1995-10
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19870047010
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
2
Length
74.5
Width
55.0
Description
HANDMADE, CROCHETED EDGING AT OPENING. FLORAL PATTERN EMBROIDERY AND CUT-OUT WORK. ONE PILLOW HAS TWO SMALL HOLES; REPAIRED WITH WHITE STITCHING.
Subjects
BEDDING
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
MADE BY DONOR'S MOTHER-IN-LAW AFTER IMMIGRATION TO ALBERTA. LUCHANSKY FAMILY IMMIGRATED TO CANADA, LETHBRIDGE AREA, IN 1903 AND WORKED AREA COAL MINES. ARTIFACTS BELONGED TO MR. LENARD LUCHANSKY AND SOME WERE MADE BY HIS MOTHER (NEE CHUMIKEITHER) IN CANADA OR CZECHOSLOVAKIA. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING THREE APRONS DONATED BY ALICE LUCHANSKY. RUTHANN ATTEMPT TO CONTACT THE DONOR FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, BUT WAS UNSUCCESSFUL. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. ALICE LUCHANSKY (NEE KRISH) IS THE DAUGHTER OF LADDIE KRISH AND MAGDALENA ALMA KRISH (NEE CERNEY). LADDIE WAS BORN IN BOHEMIA ON JUNE 6, 1903 AND MOVED TO COLEMAN IN 1908. HE PASSED AWAY AT 81 ON JANUARY 15, 1985. ALMA PASSED AWAY ON MAY 25, 1986, AT THE AGE OF 76. ALICE IS MARRIED TO LEONARD LUCHANSKY. LEONARD LUCHANSKY IS THE SON OF MICHAEL LUCHANSKY AND CATHERINE LUCHANSKY (NEE CHUMIK). MICHAEL WAS BORN IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA ON NOVEMBER 18, 1901 AND HAD LIVED IN LETHBRIDGE FOR 42 YEARS AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH ON NOVEMBER 3, 1946. CATHERINE LUCHANSKY (NEE CHUMIK) PASSED AWAY AT AGE 95 ON NOVEMBER 15, 1997. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARD COPIES OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES. *UPDATE* IN 2018 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILES AND ACCESSORIES, INCLUDING A ROMPER. A CUSHION COVER, AND A DISH TOWEL. AN OBITUARY ON THE LETHBRIDGE'S EVERGREEN CREMATION SERVICES WEBPAGE WAS FOUND FOR THE DONOR, ALICE MAY LUCHANSKY. SHE PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE ON 2 MAY 2017 AT THE AGE OF 87 YEARS. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL OBITUARY.
Catalogue Number
P19870047010
Acquisition Date
1988-01
Collection
Museum
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