Elsie (Elizabeth) Morris was born October 5, 1928 to parents, William
(Wasily) Konkin and Elizabeth Konkin (nee Wishlow). ELSIE WAS MARRIED TO TERRANCE GORDON “TERRY” MORRIS. According to his obituary, “Terry met his future wife Elizabeth (Elsie) Morris (nee Konkin) while teaching in Edmonton. They were married in 1961 and had two children David and Sara. The family moved to Nelson, BC before settling in Lethbridge in 1969. Terry taught in Lethbridge where his love of children and books kept him in the classroom until retirement in 1986. His passion for making a difference in his community led him to get involved in the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital Board, the Lethbridge Public Library Board, the Provincial Mental Health Advisory Committee, and the Lethbridge Public School Board” (2012). TERRY PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 88 ON OCTOBER 25, 2012.
William Konkin was born in Verigin, SK September 20, 1904. William Konkin was the oldest of three boys, followed by John and Fred. He worked as a taxi driver and a construction worker in Trail, B.C. 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 (nee Nohornoff). 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. Elsie Morris donated several items to the Galt Collections including P19950067005, P19950067015, P19950067018, and others.
Scope and Content
2020.1054/001: “Important Letters” – Account Statements, Farm
Administration Papers, Employment Records, etc. 1935-1965.
2020.1054/002: Various Passports and Identification Certificates. 1930-1980.
2020.1054/003: City of Lethbridge Photos. 2 photographs. 1988-1994.
2020.1054/004: Elsie Konkin’s Cookbooks. Includes notes Elsie Konkin made. 1946-1989.
2020.1054/005: Farm & Ranch Directory for Lethbridge Trade Area. 1968.
2020.1054/006: Valentines and Cards. 1938.
2020.1054/007: Student Notebooks and the Canadian Bee Journal. 1940-1963.
2020.1054/008: “Bills 1957” – Financial Statements: sampled. 1950-1967.
2020.1054/009: Sampled Financial Receipts, Notices, and other papers. 2 photo prints. 1949?-1964.
2020.1054/010: School Workbook, Handy Farmer Account Book, etc. 1 photo print. 1902-1953.
2020.1054/011: Family History, “The Life and Times of Elsie Morris”. 1989.
2020.1054/012: “Effect of Set Size and Set Spacing? on Potato Yield” – Elizabeth Konkin. 1953.
2020.1054/013: Various Newspapers and Magazines. Part 1/2. 1965-1982.
2020.1054/014: Various Newspapers and Magazines. Part 2/2. 1978-1985.
2020.1054/015: Heritage Magazine/Journal. 1973-1977.
2020.1054/016: Lethbridge Municipal Hospital 25th Anniversary Programme, Alberta Teachers Association Souvenir Menu, etc. 1961-1980.
2020.1054/017: Canadian Hospital Association Official Luncheon Booklets. 1978.
2020.1054/018: 25th Anniversary for the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital – Meeting Minutes of 25th Anniversary Committee, Preliminary Finance Report, etc. 1980.
2020.1054/019: Lethbridge Public Library Annual Reports. 1978-1983.
2020.1054/020: Magazines and Heritage Journals. 1957-1977.
2020.1054/021: “89 in 25” – 25th Anniversary of the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital booklet. 1978-1980.
2020.1054/022: City of Lethbridge Annual Report. 1994.
2020.1054/023: Lethbridge Herald and other Articles. 1972-1986.