Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Chinatown Calgary

A walking tour of Calgary's Chinatown in the down town core only takes an hour. Chinatown is situated on Centre street where all four quadrants of the city intersect.
Chinatown Calgary     Click on the link to view the short video.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Galt Hospital 1891-1955

The first Galt Hospital was built to accommodate six patients but soon increased to fifteen. If there were too many patients, patients were housed outside in tents (only in the summertime). This building was considered modern for the time, with sewer and hot water systems. The water had to be pumped by hand into upstairs tanks.

The hospital was run by the Galt family with Dr. Mewburn as superintendent. A staff of four nurses and 3 lay people were hired to care for the sick. The top floor of the hospital was reserved to accommodate the staff. Being so conveniently located, nurses were on call 24 hours a day.
The Galt Hospital had 4 sources of income: (1) a twenty-five cent deduction per month from the employees of Alberta Railway and Coal Company and the Great Falls and Canada Railway (2) Government grant of 29 cents per free patient per day. (3) a Town of Lethbridge grant of $400 per year, and (4) pay patients--meaning those who could pay.

In 1910 and 1930 additions were made to the hospital and increased the capacity of the hospital to 65 beds. Sir Wilfred Laurier the Prime Minister of Canada came to the opening of the hospital but the coordinator of the opening ceremonies mislaid the key to the front door and  the Prime Minister was not able to open the front door to turn the key in the door to officially open the hospital.

The Galt building has continued to serve the community. The Galt has been at different times a Senior Citizen's Home, Rehabilitation Centre and Health Unit. In 1966, the Sir Alexander Galt Museum moved from the Bowman Arts Centre into the Galt Hospital and occupied the top and bottom floors. In 1979, the Galt Museum & Archives took over the entire building. In 1985, the Galt Museum underwent its first expansion.

Our Lee Family held its 100th anniversary of Lees living in Lethbridge at the Galt Museum. The Museum has a beautiful foyer with a panoramic view of the High Level Bridge, the University of Lethbridge, and the Old Man River valley.  The Lee Family had an open house luncheon and invited the general public to attend the event to meet the Lees who had returned for the reunion. In the evening there was a banquet catered from the University Of Lethbridge food services that was operated by Aramark.   The Chef who prepared the meal was Charles Parker who had the distinction for cooking for the Queen of England.   If you look at one of my previous videos in my blog , you will see the foyer of the Galt museum with the Lee relatives.

I recently visited the Galt Museum in October and went on a guided tour of the museum. You can view the tour I took as I videotaped parts of the tour in the video post below .

The Galt Museum

Friday, September 5, 2014

Der Soon Yet

My Grandmother's maiden name was Der Soon Yet who was married to Lee Duck . I flew to Kelowna this summer to meet with Tom Soon who was 95 years old and was a baby when my Grandmother was their servant girl at the age of 15.  My grandmother at the age of two months was sold to a wealthy Chinese family in Guangdong Province to pay off a debt and became an indentured servant girl to a new born girl of the same age who belonged to the wealthy family. My grandmother grew up with the new born girl for 15 years.  At age 15, the girl from the wealthy family was betrothed in an arranged marriage to a 30 year old Chinese businessman living in Vancouver who paid for the passage of his 15 year old bride and my grandmother the 15 year old servant girl to come to Canada who was Tom Soon's father.  The young bride at age 16 gave birth to  Tom's eldest brother
and it was my Grandmother's responsibility to look after the new born baby.  I remember my Grandmother telling me , that a Soon family member came to her while she was looking after the new born and said there was a gentlemen in the next room who was looking for a wife and if she wanted to she had the choice of marrying this man or she could remain their servant girl.  My grandmother took a peek and saw her future husband Lee Duck and thought he looked so handsome in his wide brimmed hat, his nice white suit and the spats on his shoes. She thought I might as well have my own babies rather than look after someone else's babies.  My grandmother's brother who was a Der tried to buy her back from the Soon's because he did not want her to marry Lee Duck but Soon had struck a business deal with my Grandfather Lee Duck to purchase my grandmother so Soon could recoup the passage fees and probably the Head tax fees for bringing over my Grandmother. So in summary my grandmother was bought and sold three times.  My grandmother gave birth to six children in Canada---three boys and three girls.  From these children came a host of cousins and I have fond memories of our family get togethers with all the cousins.  We just had a family reunion in Lethbridge to commemorate 100 years of Lee's living in Lethbridge from 1914 to 2014.  Four generations of Lee descendants came from ages  8 weeks,  1 to 2 years,  4 to 10,  12 to 18,  25 to 65 and the elders 85 to 95.  Relatives came from Beijing, Melbourne, New York, Toronto. Utah, Colorado, Vancouver, Edmonton, Red Deer, Victoria, Lethbridge, Taber, Kelowna, Kingston, Whitehorse for a three day reunion.  Below is a picture of Der Soon Yet at about age 18. She is just a gorgeous beautiful girl , no wonder my Grandfather wanted her as his bride. My grandmother was one tough resilient lady. I remember my Grandmother when I was six years old and was present at her funeral when she died and I was in my late teens.  She knew the names of all her grandchildren and great grandchildren and loved them all.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Lazy Lee's Self-Watering Tomato System Video

I created a short video with power point notes that explains how to build the six different types of tomato watering systems. I found the single pot watering system and the water bucket system as the best systems for growing tomatoes.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Self Watering Systems For Tomatoes

I have been experimenting with growing tomatoes by using different watering systems and have come up with six different watering systems. The six watering systems are as follows:
1. Chicken Feeder Watering system
2.  Toilette float watering system
3. Bucket watering system
4. Individual container pot
5. Bucket in bucket watering system
6.  Buried Soaker hose from a bucket

I began by starting my own tomato seedlings in  April and May and placed these plants into different containers outside by June 15. It is now July 30 and I have some green tomatoes the size of my fist. I have planted different varieties of tomatoes:  Tom Thumb, Cherry Roma, Manitoba, Early Girl, Giant Dotto and Beefsteak.  I even started some tomatoes from cuttings from a tomato, I wintered over from last year.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lee Reunion July 7: Celebrating 100 years in Lethbridge 1914 -2014

On July 7, & 8, over 100 Lee relatives gathered in Lethbridge to celebrate 100 years of the Lee family in Lethbridge.   Four generations of Lee family members attended.  Lee members came from Beijing, Australia, York, Whitehorse, Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Pincher Creek, Lethbridge, Edmonton,Tor onto, Utah  and Kelowna.  There are 14 different ethnic groups that have married into the Lee family.  The reunion actually began with some relatives meeting to play golf on July 6th at the Lee Creek golf course in Cardston. On Monday, the general public was invited to a reception at the Galt Museum from 12:00 to 4:00 pm to meet the Lee relatives.  Judy Chan created an unbelievable genealogy display that depicted all of our Lee descendants from 1905 to 2014.  The luncheon was catered by the University of Lethbridge catering service who also provided the evening the banquet.  After the reception some relatives visited the cemetery to pay respects to our Grandparents, Uncle Jim, Auntie Betty and Uncle Phil .  Before the banquet we gathered outside the Gault Museum for a Lee family photograph.   Each relative also released a helium balloon with their named attached.  During the banquet , their was a slide presentation commemorating Ruth Lee's 90th birthday.  On Tuesday, the Lee's met at Pavan Park for an all day picnic and in the eveining , there was a final formal banquet at one of the Mormon stake centers.  There were slide presentations on cousins and an uncle who recently passed away and some of Uncle Jim's old family videos from the 1950's.