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Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19970041477
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1970
Materials
WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
5.8
Diameter
11
Description
DARK STAINED WOOD BOWL WITH THREE NOTCHES CUT INTO TOP EDGE. GREEN WAX IS IN BOTTOM OF ASHTRAY. FINISH IS WORN SLIGHTLY ALONG SIDES.
Subjects
HOUSEHOLD ACCESSORY
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
ASHTRAY BELONGED TO DONOR'S FAMILY WHILE LIVING AT COALDALE. THE NAKAYAMA FAMILY WAS ORIGINALLY FROM VANCOUVER BUT MOVED TO COALDALE FOLLOWING THE SECOND WORLD WAR WHEN THEY WERE INTERNED AT SLOCAN CITY IN THE INTERIOR OF BRITISH COLUMBIA BY THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT. THE DONOR'S FATHER, REV. CANON G.G. NAKAYAMA, WAS AN ANGLICAN MINISTER IN VANCOUVER, AND THEN ESTABLISHED THE CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION IN COALDALE IN 1945 WHERE HE SERVED UNTIL 1970. SEE RECORD P19970041001 FOR EXPANDED BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION AND PERMANENT FILE FOR FURTHER HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19970041477
Acquisition Date
1997-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
IRONSIDE & PARK LTD.
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CERAMIC
Catalogue Number
P20000010057
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
IRONSIDE & PARK LTD.
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Materials
CERAMIC
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.2
Diameter
13.5
Description
TOP SIDE OF ASHTRAY HAS A LIGHT REDDISH BROWN GLAZE ON IT (DARKER IN SOME AREAS THAN OTHERS). THERE ARE THREE SETS OF TWO RIDGES IN RIM (FOR HOLDING CIGARETTES). PRINTED ON RIM IS "IRONSIDE & PARK LTD. LETHBRIDGE, ALTA.". IN CENTER OF ASHTRAY READS " "SANTIZED" CLEANING AT ITS BEST DYEING & TAILORING LETHBRIDGE PHONE 4141 COLEMAN PHONE 130". BOTTOM SIDE IS WHITE. ON CENTER BOTTOM IS MANUFACTURER'S MARK, IN BROWN. IT CONSISTS OF THE IMAGE OF A MEXICAN? - A FIGURE WEARING A LARGE SOMBRERO HAT (COVERING HIS FACE) AND A BLANKET WRAPPED AROUND HIM (COVERING MOST OF HIS BODY). ABOVE THE FIGURE READS "MEDICINE HAT POTTERIES".
Subjects
HOUSEHOLD ACCESSORY
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
RETAIL TRADE
History
THE LISTING FOR IRONSIDE & PARK DRYCLEANERS APPEARS IN HENDERSON DIRECTORIES FIRST IN 1927. IN 1951 THE COMPANY CHANGED ITS NAME TO PARKS LTD., AND LATER EVOLVED INTO PARK-NEILSON DRY CLEANERS (STILL OPERATING IN 2001). MATERIAL WAS IN DONORS POSSESSION FOR MAX. 5 YEARS. MATERIAL CAME FROM CATHOLIC CHARITIES BANK, PRIOR TO DONORS POSSESSION. DONORS COLLECTED MATERIAL WHILE EMPLOYEES AT BANK FOR 6 YEARS, 1990-1996. MATERIAL DONATED AS DONORS CANNOT CARE FOR OR DISPLAY PROPERLY. *UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A COLLECTIONS AUDIT, INCLUDING A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS DONATED BY BARBARA AND DIRK POOL. ATTACHED TO THE PERMANENT FILE IS THE OBITUARY FOR DIRK POOL. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS FROM THAT PUBLICATION: DIRK POOL WAS BORN ON MARCH 18, 1949. HE AND HIS WIFE, BARBARA POOL, HAD FIVE CHILDREN: SANDIY, CHARLES, MICHELLE, CHARMAINE, AND TREVOR. DIRK POOL PASSED AWAY ON OCTOBER 17, 2017. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, INCLUDING THE HARD COPY OF POOL'S OBITUARY.
Catalogue Number
P20000010057
Acquisition Date
2000-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
MINIATURE; PURSE
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS, ENAMEL
Catalogue Number
P20000062001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MINIATURE; PURSE
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1970
Materials
BRASS, ENAMEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.9
Length
6.9
Width
3.9
Description
SMALL, SQUARE SHAPED BRASS ASHTRAY. THERE IS A HANDLE ON ONE SIDE. HAS A LID THAT OPENS ON HINGES, ON SAME SIDE AS HANDLE, AND HAS A CLASP TO KEEP IT SHUT ON TOP OF LID IS AN OVAL SHAPED, ENAMEL DECORATION. BACKGROUND COLOR IS A PEARLESCENT WHITE, WITH SMALL WAVY LINES ETCHED INTO IT. IN CENTRE OF OVAL IS A PINK ROSE WITH THREE LEAVES ON FOUR SIDES OF IT. INSIDE OF ASHTRAY IS DIRT.
Subjects
HOUSEHOLD ACCESSORY
PERSONAL GEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
DONOR'S DAUGHTER (BARBARA) BROUGHT ITEMS TO MUSEUM AFTER CLEANING OUT MOTHER'S HOME WHO WAS MOVING. DOROTHY WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE. SHE BEGAN SMOKING IN HER 20S (SHE WAS 86 AT TIME OF DONATION), AND SHE QUIT WHEN ORDERED BY HER DOCTOR IN 70S. DOROTHY'S PARENTS BOTH SMOKED AND NEVER STOPPED THEIR CHILDREN FROM SMOKING. DONOR MOVED IN 30S ACROSS CANADA AND U.S. BUT RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1975, STILL A SMOKER. SEE PAST DONATIONS. DONOR'S FATHER, RALPH MAYNARD, CAME FROM ENGLAND CIRCA 1902. *UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS INTERN KIRSTAN SCHAMUHN CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF PERSONAL ARTIFACTS. SCHAMUHN SPOKE WITH DOROTHY RICHARDS’S DAUGHTER, JUDITH MCILWRAITH, REGARDING HER MOTHER’S PRIOR DONATIONS. NO FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THIS OBJECT WAS DETERMINED UPON CONTACTING NEXT-OF-KIN. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P20000062001 FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING ARTICLES REGARDING THE FAMILY HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P20000062001
Acquisition Date
2000-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
PORTABLE ASHTRAY
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL
Catalogue Number
P20010057036
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PORTABLE ASHTRAY
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1950
Materials
METAL
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.3
Length
3.5
Width
3.5
Description
CASE IS COLORED GOLD, WITH A CURVED DESIGN ETCHED ONTO IT. THE LID HAS A PICTURE OF A CIGARETTE ON IT. A SMALL SQUARE IS ALSO SEEN IN THE LOWER LEFT HAND SECTION. THE LID FLIPS OPEN WHEN A SMALL BUTTON IS PUSHED IN FRONT. AS IT FLIPS OPEN, A CIGARETTE HOLDER FLIPS TO THE SIDE, AND IS SITUATED SO TO PROVIDE A PLACE TO REST A BURNING CIGARETTE.
Subjects
HOUSEHOLD ACCESSORY
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
ALL OF THESE ARTIFACTS WOULD HAVE BEEN OWNED BY EITHER HAZEL RUTH MCNABBB AND HER MOTHER MRS. JOSEPH MCNABB (MAE). HOWEVER, MOST WOULD HAVE BELONGED TO HAZEL. MOST PURCHASES WOULD HAVE BEEN MADE IN OR NEAR LETHBRIDGE OR FORT MACLEOD. THE DONOR WAS BORN IN 1912 IN FORT MACLEOD AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1946. FAMILY LIVED ALONG THE OLD MAN RIVER ACROSS FROM THE RESERVATION, MOTHER WAS FROM NEW YORK, AND AFTER MARRYING HER HUSBAND CAME TO ALBERTA TO RANCH. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE DONOR, THE LATE MS. HAZEL MCNABB, PLEASE SEE THIS DONATION'S PERMANENT FILE. INCLUDED IN THE FILE, IS A 50 MIN INTERVIEW WITH MCNABB'S CLOSE FRIEND MARY OORDT FROM 20 MAY 2014.
Catalogue Number
P20010057036
Acquisition Date
2002-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GLASS
Catalogue Number
P20010078008
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1960
Materials
GLASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.3
Length
10.8
Width
10.8
Description
CLEAR GLASS; SQUARE. SIDES AND CORNERS ARE SLIGHTLY ROUNDED. EXTERIOR SIDES AND UNDERSIDE OF RIM HAVE ROUNDED VERTICAL RIDGES ON THEM. TOP SIDE OF RIM AND INSIDE ASHTRAY ARE SMOOTH. UNDERSIDE OF RIM HAS A FEW SMALL CHIPS IN IT.
Subjects
HOUSEHOLD ACCESSORY
Historical Association
BUSINESS
DOMESTIC
History
FROM THE CECIL CAFE, LOCATED AT 308 1ST AVENUE SOUTH IN LETHBRIDGE. THE CECIL HOTEL AND CAFE WERE FREQUENTED BY RETIREES AND TRANSIENTS, AS IT WAS LOCATED ACROSS FROM THE TRAIN TRACKS ON 1ST AVENUE SOUTH. THE FIRST MENTION OF THE 'FONG' NAME IN THE HENDERSON DIRECTORIES IS IN 1912, AND HAS JOE FONG LISTED UNDER CAFES & RESTAURANTS (NAME OF BUSINESS NOT INDICATED). JOE FONG WAS THE GRANDFATHER OF DONOR (LORNE FONG'S FATHER). THIS IS PERHAPS THE BEGINNINGS OF THE CECIL CAFE. THE JOE FONG CAFE IS LISTED IN 1913 AND FONG, JOE & CO UNDER RESTAURANTS IN 1914. IN 1917 IS THE FIRST APPEARANCE OF THE NAME CECIL CAFE. FROM 1917 TO 1934, THE CECIL CAFE WAS LISTED WITH DIFFERENT PROPRIETORS, INCLUDING JOE FONG, HUE LUNG (UNKNOWN RELATIONSHIP TO DONOR), TOO FONG AND MRS J HOW FONG - ASSUMEDLY ALL THE SAME FAMILY. IN 1934 THERE IS NO MENTION OF THE CECIL CAFE, BUT THE CANADIAN CAFE IS IN ITS PLACE, WITH THE PROPRIETOR ELIZABETH LEE (DAUGHTER OF JOE FONG). THE CECIL CAFE REAPPEARS IN 1936, AGAIN LISTED WITH DIFFERENT PROPRIETORS, ALL BELONGING TO THE FONG FAMILY, INCLUDING LEE WAH FONG, WHO WAS THE WIFE OF JOE FONG. IN 1950, DONOR LORNE FONG BECOMES PROPRIETOR OF THE CAFE. THE LAST MENTION OF THE CECIL CAFE IS IN 1956; A NEW ADDITION WAS ADDED TO THE CAFE AND ITS EXISTING ROOMS, CREATING THE CECIL HOTEL WHICH WAS OPENED IN 1953 BY LORNE FONG. THE HOTEL IS LISTED IN THE DIRECTORIES UNTIL 1980, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF 1975-77. IN 1979 AND 1980, LORNE FONG IS NO LONGER LISTED AS PROPRIETOR OF THE HOTEL, BUT INSTEAD GEO ANDRICHUCK AND NICK HUSKA/FRED BAKER ARE MENTIONED INSTEAD. IT IS ASSUMED THAT THE HOTEL CLOSED IN 1980, BUT THE BUILDING REMAINED UNDER THE OWNERSHIP OF THE FONG FAMILY. IN 2001/2 THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE PURCHASED THE LAND ON WHICH THE HOTEL SITS, AND THE FONG FAMILY OFFERED OBJECTS IN THE BUILDING FOR DONATION AT THIS TIME. AFTER THE HOTEL CLOSED LORNE FONG CONTINUED ON WITH HIS SUCCESSFUL CAREER AS A SALESMAN (GRANDMASTER SALESMAN STATUS) FOR GM (ENERSON MOTORS).
Catalogue Number
P20010078008
Acquisition Date
2001-12
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
SICKS BREWERY
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
ALUMINUM
Catalogue Number
P20010053000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SICKS BREWERY
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
ALUMINUM
No. Pieces
1
Height
4.7
Length
15.9
Width
13.9
Description
SILVER, OVAL ASHTRAY. THER IS A VERTICAL EXTENSION AT BACK OF ASHTRAY THAT HAS A LARGE V-SHAPED GROOVE IN IT. CENTER OF ASHTRAY IS RECESSED, FORMING A WIDE RIM. TWO SIDES OF RIM HAVE 5 PROTRUSIONS THAT FORM 4 GROOVES. IN RELIEF BETWEEN THE TWO SETS OF PROTRUSIONS, ARE "SICKS" AND "BREWERY". IN RELIEF IN CENTER OF ASHTRAY IS "6" WITHIN A CIRCLE. ASHTRAY HAS REMNANTS OF BLACK, GREEN, AND WHITE PAINT ON IT.
Subjects
HOUSEHOLD ACCESSORY
Historical Association
RETAIL TRADE
History
ASHTRAY ORIGINALLY BELONGED TO DONOR'S FATHER, WILLIAM CARLETON RYAN, WHO WORKED AT THE BREWERY FROM 1946 TO 1959. RYAN WORKED ON THE POP LINE AT THE BREWERY. RYAN SMOKED A PIPE THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE. DONOR ACCOUNTS THAT FATHER WAS SATISFIED WORKING AT BREWERY AND WAS ALWAYS TREATED WELL, EVEN AFTER HIS RETIREMENT, WHERE HE WOULD RECEIVE, FOR EXAMPLE, TURKEY AND BEER AT CHRISTMAS. RYAN WOULD HAVE RECEIVED THE ASHTRAY SOMETIME DURING HIS CAREER AT THE BREWERY. RYAN FIRST ARRIVED IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1942 WHEN HE BECAME A GUARD AT THE P.O.W. CAMP IN LETHBRIDGE.
Catalogue Number
P20010053000
Acquisition Date
2001-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
ALBERTA CERTIFIED NURSING AIDE ASSOCIATION
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CERAMIC
Catalogue Number
P20020026003
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ALBERTA CERTIFIED NURSING AIDE ASSOCIATION
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
CERAMIC
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.2
Diameter
15.0
Description
ROUND, OFF-WHITE, CERAMIC ASHTRAY. RIM OF ASHTRAY IS FLUTED. EDGE OF RIM HAS A BAND OF GOLD AROUND IT. IN CENTER OF ASHTRAY IS A BLUE AND GOLD DIAMOND WITH THE ALBERTA COAT OF ARMS IN THE CENTER. AT TOP OF DIAMOND ARE THE LETTERS "A C N A A". BELOW DIAMOND READS "ALBERTA CERTIFIED NURSING AIDE ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED MAY 1961". ON BOTTOM OF ASHTRAY IS THE OUTLINE OF A GOLD MAPLE LEAF WITH A BANNER IN THE CENTER THAT READS "DECORATED IN CANADA". BELOW MAPLE LEAF READS "22 K GOLD CAN. ART CHINA COLLINGWOOD ONT.".
Subjects
HOUSEHOLD ACCESSORY
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
HEALTH SERVICES
History
EMILY MORRISON TOOK HER NURSE'S AID TRAINING IN 1956 IN CALGARY. THE ALBERTA CERTIFIED NURSING AIDE ASSOCIATION WAS INCORPORATED IN 1961, THE SAME YEAR THAT EMILY BECAME A MEMBER. EMILY WAS ALSO SECRETARY-TREASURER OF ASSOCIATION FOR SOME YEARS. THE ASSOCIATION ACTED LIKE A UNION FOR NURSING AIDES. NURSING AIDES BATHED PATIENTS, TOOK TEMPERATURES, BUT GAVE NO MEDICATIONS. EMILY WAS ON PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE AT TABER; GODRICH, ONT; AND LETHBRIDGE MUNICIPAL HOSPITAL FROM 1956 - 1965. EMILY RETIRED IN 1965. GRAHAM MORRISON CAME TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1919, AT 6 YEARS OLD; HIS FATHER WAS A DRUGGIST IN VANCOUVER, MOVED TO HIGH RIVER, THEN LETHBRIDGE, AND GRAHAM HAS BEEN HERE EVER SINCE. IN 1942 EMILY MORRISON MOVED TO PICTURE BUTTE, FROM RED JACK SASKATCHEWAN, TO GO TO HIGH SCHOOL. EMILY HAD TO WORK TO PUT HERSELF THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL. IN 1960 EMILY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE, WHERE SHE WORKED AS A NURSING AIDE FROM 1960-1965. DONORS MET AND MARRIED IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1965 AND HAVE SINCE RETIRED. THEY ARE CAMP HOSTS AT LAKE PAYNE, AND ENJOY CAMPING.
Catalogue Number
P20020026003
Acquisition Date
2002-07
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
W/ HOLDER
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GLASS, ALUMINUM
Catalogue Number
P20030051030
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
W/ HOLDER
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
GLASS, ALUMINUM
No. Pieces
1
Height
9.0
Length
11.4
Width
10.7
Description
GENERIC GLASS ASHTRAY MOUNTED IN ALUMINUM HANGER. ASHTRAY IS CLEAR GLASS AND SQUARE WITH SLIGHTLY ROUNDED SIDES AND CORNERS. UNDERSIDE OF ASHTRAY HAS RIBBED TEXTURE. THERE IS AN INDENT IN EACH CORNER FOR HOLDING CIGARETTES. HOLDER IS A SHALLOW BOWL SHAPE WITH WAVY EDGES WITH A BRACKET MOUNTED TO ONE SIDE. BRACKET HAS 2 HOLES IN IT. A LARGE DOLLOP OF GLUE IS VISIBLE THROUGH BOTTOM OF ASHTRAY. SOME CORROSION OF METAL UNDERNEATH GLUE.
Subjects
HOUSEHOLD ACCESSORY
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
RETRIEVED FROM THE MINERS' LIBRARY BUILDING ON 13TH STREET NORTH AFTER ITS CLOSURE. ORIGINALLY ASHTRAY WAS MOUNTED (ALONG WITH OTHERS) ALONG DART LANES IN BAR OF MINERS' LIBRARY. THE ORIGIN OF THE LETHBRIDGE MINERS' LIBRARY BEGINS WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A LIBRARY AND READING ROOM BY THE EMPLOYEES OF THE ALBERTA RAILWAY AND COAL CO., IN 1890. THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE LIBRARY WAS FOLLOWING IN THE TRADITION OF THE MECHANICS' LIBRARIES, ALSO CALLED MECAHNICS' INSTITUTES, THAT SPRANG UP ACROSS EASTERN NORTH AMERICA IN THE MID 1800S. THEY WERE SELF-HELP INSTITUTES SET UP BY WORKING MEN TO PROVIDE EDUCATION FOR WORKING MEN SO THEY COULD BETTER THEMSELVES IN LIFE. THE MINERS' LIBRARY WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO THOSE WHO WANTED TO MOVE UP THE ECHELON IN THE COAL MINE. IT WAS ORIGINALLY HOUSED IN A SMALL BUILDING NEXT DOOR TO 108 5TH STREET SOUTH, AND MEMBERSHIP WAS NOT RESTRICTED TO MINERS. A YEAR LATER THE EMPLOYEES RENOVATED THE FORMER #1 BOARDING HOUSE, LOCATED ON THE NORTH SIDE OF MACLEOD ROAD, FOR RELOCATION OF THE LIBRARY AND WHEN THIS LARGER BUILDING OPENED IT IS SAID TO HAVE HAD 300 BOOKS. WITH THE REORGANIZATION OF THE GALT COMPANIES IN 1904, THE AR&C COMPANY'S EMPLOYEES' READING ROOM AND LIBRARY SOCIETY BECAME THE ALBERTA RAILWAY AND IRRIGATION COMPANY'S EMPLOYEE'S READING ROOM AND LIBRARY SOCIETY. THE LIBRARY CONTAINED 1500 BOOKS, PLUS MANY MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS. IN 1908 THE SOCIETY WAS REFERRED TO AS THE GALT MINER'S LIBRARY, AND STILL IN THE #1 BOARDING HOUSE BUILDING, IT CONTAINED A BILLIARD ROOM AND GYMNASIUM. THE NEXT KNOWN MOVE OF THE LIBRARY WAS IN 1917 WHEN THE GALT MINES LIBRARY PURCHASED THE BAILEY ST. SCHOOL AND MOVED IT TO 733 13TH ST. NORTH - WHERE IT IS STILL PART OF THE MODERN BUILDING THAT USED TO BE THE MINER'S LIBRARY. AFTER THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A LIBRARY IN THE YMCA IN 1919 AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CARNEGIE FUNDED LIBRARY IN GALT GARDENS, THE 'LIBRARY AND READING ROOM' ACTIVITIES BECAME OF LESSER IMPORTANCE. THE MINERS' LIBRARY BECAME MORE OF A SOCIAL CLUB WHICH HAS GIVEN GREAT FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO MANY ASPECTS OF THE LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY. A BAR AREA IN THE CLUB'S BASEMENT PROVIDED A SPACE FOR PRIVATE FUNCTIONS SUCH AS WEDDINGS, OFFICE PARTIES, FUNERALS AND VARIOUS CLUB ACTIVITIES. THE UPSTAIRS BLACK NUGGET LOUNGE OFFERED MEALS, DRINKS, LIVE MUSIC, DARTS, POOL, CRIB AND VLTS. LONG TIME MEMBERS COULD BUY THEIR CHAIR AND HAVE THEIR NAME ON IT. A REGISTERED NON-PROFIT SOCIETY, THE CLUB MADE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FORMER ADAMS PARK BALL FIELD AND SPECTATOR STANDS, AND SUPPORTED MANY SPORTS AND SPORTS TEAMS THROUGH THE YEARS. THERE ARE ALSO SEVERAL PARKS THAT HAVE THEIR ROOTS IN FUNDS FROM THE LIBRARY. THE CLUB WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN BUILDING PAVAN PARK, AND VARIOUS SPORTS VENUES. AS MEMBERSHIP IN THE CLUB DWINDLED THE CLUB'S SALES COULD NOT COVER THE DAILY COSTS OF RUNNING THE OPERATION. IN 2000 FUNDRAISING EFFORTS WERE UNDERTAKEN, AND ALONG WITH AN AUCTION AND CRAFT AND BAKE SALES, THE CLUB SOLICITED DONATIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ITS HISTORY. HOWEVER, BY 2003 THE CLUB HAD ONLY 300 MEMBERS (LESS THAN 1/3 OF THAT 3 YEARS PRIOR) AND AFTER 113 YEARS IT WAS FORCED TO CLOSE IT'S DOORS. AT THE TIME OF ITS CLOSURE THE LETHBRIDGE MINERS' LIBRARY CLUB WAS THE LONGEST STANDING MEN-ONLY CLUB, AND THE OLDEST CONTINUALLY RUNNING CLUB IN ALBERTA.
Catalogue Number
P20030051030
Acquisition Date
2004-04
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
“AFA AWARD FOR MILITARY ACHIEVEMENT”
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
ALUMINIUM, TIN
Catalogue Number
P20130004007
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
“AFA AWARD FOR MILITARY ACHIEVEMENT”
Date
1952
Materials
ALUMINIUM, TIN
No. Pieces
1
Height
14
Length
26.5
Width
23
Description
TEARDROP-SHAPED BASE SUPPORTING A STYLIZED SCULPTURE OF AN AIRPLANE WITH SIX PROPELLERS AND STAR/STRIPES DECALS ON TAIL AND LEFT WING. BASE HAS A CIRCULAR CAVITY FOR CIGARETTE ASH. RIVETED PLAQUE ON BASE ENGRAVED WITH TEXT READING “A.F.A. AWARD FOR MILITARY ACHIEVEMENT, 1952, JERALD L. MEISSER”. ASH CAVITY EMBOSSED WITH TEXT READING “CONSOLIDATED VULTEE AIRCRAFT CORPORATION, CORVAIR B-36”. DISCOLOURATION/OXIDATION IN ASH CAVITY; ONE PROPELLOR ON LEFT WING IS BROKEN.
Subjects
HOUSEHOLD ACCESSORY
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
MILITARY
History
THE COLLECTION OF OBJECTS BELONGING TO THE MEISSER FAMILY WAS DONATED BY JUDY WRIGHT, NIECE OF LOWELL MEISSER, WHO OPERATED A FARM OUTSIDE WARNER WITH HIS BROTHER ROME AS THE ‘MEISSER BROS’ FROM 1929 TO 1946. JUDY’S MOTHER WAS THE SISTER OF LOWELL’S WIFE ELINOR, AND SHE SPENT MUCH OF HER CHILDHOOD LIVING WITH THEM AND ROME MEISSER, DUE TO HER MOTHER BEING UNWELL. IN HER LATER ADULT LIFE, JUDY TOOK CARE OF “UNC” ROME AT HIS WATERTON RESIDENCE, AND BECAUSE ROME AND HIS BROTHER LOWELL DID NOT HAVE ANY LIVING DIRECT DESCENDANTS, JUDY WAS LEFT THE FAMILY BELONGINGS WHEN ROME DIED IN 2004. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ARTIFACT WAS EXTRACTED FROM AN INTERVIEW CONDUCTED WITH THE DONOR BY COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN ON NOVEMBER 14, 2013, AS WELL AS FROM A DOCUMENT WRITTEN BY HER AT THE TIME OF THE DONATION. WRIGHT SAID: “[JERALD, LOWELL AND ELINOR’S SON] WAS JUST COMING TO VISIT ON OCCASION… HE WAS [AT THEIR FARM] ON AND OFF BUT MOST OF THE TIME HE WAS DOWN IN THE STATES... HE WENT TO SCHOOL DOWN THERE WHEN HE WAS A YOUNG BOY… WHEN HE WAS MAYBE 7 OR 8 YEARS OLD… HE LIVED WITH A SISTER OF MY UNCLE [ORMA OR MARIE IN CALIFORNIA]. HE WENT TO COLLEGE DOWN THERE, JOINED THE AIR FORCE. HE HAD HIS OWN THEATRE AND ACTED IN IT… HE REMINDED ME OF MY UNCLE LOWELL, JUST A SOFT, KIND, GENTLE PERSON… HE GOT MARRIED DOWN THERE. THAT DIDN’T WORK OUT AND HE CAME BACK. HE WOULD COME UP LOTS WITH HIS SON TO VISIT THE GRANDPARENTS… HE DID SOME FARMING FOR A WHILE… HIS DAD GIVE HIM SOME LAND… HE WORKED AT THE PRINCE OF WALES HOTEL IN WATERTON ONE SUMMER… HE WAS AMAZING. THERE WAS NOTHING HE DID THAT HE WOULDN’T DO IT ALL OUT AND PERFECT.” THE FOLLOWING BRIEF FAMILY HISTORY WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM ROME MEISSER’S MANUSCRIPT ‘THE MEISSER’S AND OTHER RAMBLINGS’ AND DONATIONS OF FAMILY PAPERS MADE BY WRIGHT TO THE GALT ARCHIVES. THE MEISSER FAMILY PATRIARCH, MICHAEL MEISSER, WAS BORN IN SWITZERLAND IN 1830 AND IMMIGRATED TO ALMA, WISCONSIN IN 1846. HIS SON, JOHN LUTZI MEISSER MARRIED MARIE KINDSCHI ON APRIL 30, 1898 AND THEY MOVED TO WARNER, ALBERTA TO FARM IN 1910, LOOKING FOR A DRIER CLIMATE FOR MARIE, WHO SUFFERED FROM TUBERCULOSIS. THE COUPLE HAD FIVE CHILDREN: ORMA, LOWELL, JOHN (WHO DIED AT AGE TWO OF PNEUMONIA), ROME, AND MARIE. IN 1912, MOTHER MARIE DIED IN A TUBERCULOSIS CLINIC IN SALT LAKE CITY, AND FIVE YEARS LATER FATHER JOHN DIED FROM HEAD TRAUMA SUSTAINED IN A GRAIN ELEVATOR ACCIDENT. ONE OF THE CHILDREN’S PATERNAL AUNTS, FRENA, CAME TO WARNER TO HELP THEM WITH SCHOOLING AND RUNNING THE FARM. IN 1920, ORMA MARRIED LEE TENNEY AND IN 1926 LOWELL MARRIED ELINOR TENNEY, AND THE TWO COUPLES LOOKED AFTER THE TWO YOUNGER SIBLINGS UNTIL ORMA AND LEE MOVED TO CALIFORNIA IN 1931. THE YOUNGEST SISTER, MARIE, LATER JOINED THEM WITH HER SON JIM. LOWELL AND ROME FARMED TOGETHER FROM THE SEASON FOLLOWING THEIR FATHER’S DEATH (WHEN THEY WERE 17 AND 13 YEARS OLD, RESPECTIVELY) UNTIL 1945 WHEN THEIR LAND WAS DIVIDED FOR TAX BENEFIT. ROME NEVER MARRIED, AND IN 1928 HAD A SHORT STINT IN PILOT’S TRAINING BEFORE RETURNING TO FARMING PERMANENTLY. LOWELL AND ELINOR’S SON JERALD WAS BORN IN 1929. BY 1957 THE MEISSERS RETIRED FROM FARMING AND LEASED OUT THEIR LAND, AND IN 1958 THE FAMILY BOUGHT A CABIN IN WATERTON PARK, WHERE THEY SPENT ALL FOLLOWING SUMMERS. LOWELL AND ELINOR’S SON JERALD SPLIT HIS TIME BETWEEN FARMING IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA AND VARIOUS PROJECTS IN THE UNITED STATES. HE ENROLLED IN THE CATHOLIC SEMINARY IN SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, BUT PASSED AWAY IN 1990 BEFORE HE COULD BE ORDAINED. LOWELL DIED IN 1988, ELINOR FOLLOWED IN 1992, AND ROME PASSED AWAY IN 2004. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR A FULL TRANSCIPT OF THE INTERVIEW, WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION ON THE MEISSER FAMILY BY JUDY WRIGHT AND ROME MEISSER, OBITUARIES AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF FAMILY MEMBERS, AND FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT EACH ARTIFACT COMPRISING THE DONATION.
Catalogue Number
P20130004007
Acquisition Date
2013-03
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
"MARQUIS HOTEL"
Date Range From
1928
Date Range To
2015
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CERAMIC, PAINT
Catalogue Number
P20150037000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
"MARQUIS HOTEL"
Date Range From
1928
Date Range To
2015
Materials
CERAMIC, PAINT
No. Pieces
1
Height
5.08
Width
12.4
Description
BLACK, CERAMIC ASHTRAY. THE INSIDE OPENING OF THE ASHTRAY IS 6.4 CM. THE LETTERING ON THE TOP SAYS “THE MARQUIS HOTEL, LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, CANADA.” THERE IS AN ABSTRACTED FLORAL DESIGN ON EITHER SIDE OF THIS LETTERING. THE FLOWERS ARE PAINTED RED AND THEIR STEMS PAINTED GREEN. THIS WORDING AND DESIGN REPEATS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE. THE LETTERING ON THE BOTTOM SAYS, “MADE IN JAPAN 29.” VERY GOOD CONDITION. USED WITH SOME WEAR APPARENT. BLACK PAINT IS WEARING OFF ON SOME PARTS OF THE SURFACE. SIGNIFICANT WEAR TO THE RED AND GREEN PAINT OF THE DECALS.
Subjects
HOUSEHOLD ACCESSORY
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
BUSINESS
History
ON DECEMBER 16, 2015, DONOR CHRIS MORRISON INFORMED COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN THAT SHE CAME INTO POSSESSION OF THE ASHTRAY WHEN SHE AND HER HUSBAND BECAME STEWARDS OF A WATERTON CABIN IN 1976. THE CABIN, LOCATED AT 103 CAMERON FALLS, WAS OWNED BY HER MOTHER-IN-LAW DOROTHY MORRISON (D. 1995). IT WAS AMONG ASSORTED FURNISHINGS LEFT BEHIND WHEN DOROTHY MOVED OUT AND CHRIS MOVED IN. THE DONOR’S RECOLLECTION OF THE ASHTRAY’S USE IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO IT BECOMING HER PROPERTY WAS AS A CONTAINER. MORRISON SAID, “IT WAS IN A [CABIN] WASHSTAND AND USED TO HOLD LITTLE OBJECTS LIKE ROLLED UP KEROSENE LANTERN TAPE WICKS”. ACCORDING TO MORRISON, IT WAS ALSO KNOWN AS “GRANDPA’S ASHTRAY”. GRANDPA REFERS TO JAMES J. MORRISON OF LETHBRIDGE. “HE ONLY SMOKED CIGARS” SAID THE DONOR, WHEREAS HER MOTHER-IN-LAW DOROTHY DID NOT SMOKE AT ALL. THE ASHTRAY’S USE AS A CONTAINER FOR LANTERN WICKS AND SMALL ITEMS CONTINUED RIGHT UP TO THE DAY THAT IT WAS OFFERED TO THE GALT IN 2015. ACCORDING TO HER OBITUARY IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, DOROTHY MORRISON, PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE ON NOVEMBER 26, 1995 AT THE AGE OF 83 YEARS. JAMES JACOB MORRISON, DOROTHY’S FATHER-IN-LAW, PASSED ON FEBRUARY 18TH, 1975 AT AGE 93. THE ASHTRAY IS MARKED WITH “MARQUIS HOTEL,” WHICH COULD REFER TO THE LETHBRIDGE HOTEL THAT OPENED IN JUNE 1928. REALIZING A NEED FOR A FIRST-CLASS HOTEL IN LETHBRIDGE, ESPECIALLY ONE WITH A BANQUET HALL, THE BUSINESSMEN OF THE BOARD OF TRADE COMMITTED THEMSELVES TO THE HOTEL IN 1927. AFTER ITS OPENING, THE BOARD OF TRADE WOULD HOLD THEIR REGULAR, NOON-HOUR MEETINGS AT THE HOTEL FOR MANY YEARS TO COME. THE HOTEL CLOSED ITS DOORS IN 1985 AND THE BUILDING WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1988. THIS INFORMATION COMES FROM LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES AND A WRITE-UP ABOUT THE HOTEL IN THE PUBLICATION TITLED "WHERE WAS IT? A GUIDE TO EARLY LETHBRIDGE BUILDINGS," BY IRMA DOGTEROM. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES AND A COPY OF THE INFORMATION FROM THE PUBLICATION CITED ABOVE.
Catalogue Number
P20150037000
Acquisition Date
2015-12
Collection
Museum
Images
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