The Glenbow Western Research Centre is closed. Email archives@ucalgary.ca for assistance. See Libraries & Cultural Resources COVID-19 page for updates.

Tom Kirkham Oral History Project








































































































































































































































































































































































 

Interviews – Names from A-C

RCT-176-1 Peter Aumonier, City of Calgary Engineering Department. — 1976. — 1 audio cassette. — Re job as Administrative Assistant to the Commissioners. View transcript.
RCT-374 Robert Armstrong, Olds. — October 6, 1981. — 2 audio cassette. — Re family history in the Olds area, his active youth, and civic operations including his time as Mayor. View outline.
RCT-279 Betty Baker, Waterton Park. — JUne 18, 1980. — 1 audio cassette. — Re life as the senior resident of the Park. Includes life and business activities of her husband George Baker. View outline.
RCT-268 Keith Bevans, Cardston. — May 13, 1980. — 1 audio cassette. — Re administration of the Town of Cardston, businesses inthe town, its future and people. View outline.
RCT-335 Abe Bickman, Lethbridge. — May 27, 1981. — 1 audio cassette. — Re his Russian family which fled pogroms to seek new life in western Canada, and family’s Speedy Transportation business in Lethbridge. View outline.
RCT-336 Gary Bikman, Lethbridge. — May 27, 1981. — 2 audio cassettes. — Re continuation of Abe Bickman’s story of Speedy Heavy Hauling Ltd. in western Canada and USA, and problems with the National Energy Board. View outline.
RCT-341 Gordon Black, Calgary. — June 5, 1981. — 1 audio cassette. — Re pioneer hardware business in southern Alberta, Explosives Ltd., oil and coal business, and Canadian Liquid Air. View outline.
RCT-299 Don Blake, High River. — October 22, 1980. — 2 audio cassettes.– Re growing up in High River, early mercantile companies, E.P. Ranch, Guy Weadick, and formation of nation-wide Link Hardware stores. View outline.
RCT-447 Fred Blake, Nanton. — June 10, 1982. — 1 audio cassette. — Re Blake family’s pioneer experiences in the foothills southwest of Nanton. View outline.
RCT-405 R.F.P. “Puddy” Bowman, Lethbridge. — March 2, 1982. — 1 audio cassette. — Re early days in Lethbridge, and life career of railroading for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). View outline.
RCT-325 Marty Boyce, Calgary. — April 20, 1981. — 1 audio cassette. — Re care and use of helicopters in all part of Canada and in East Africa. View outline.
RCT-176-8 John Breckenridge, City of Calgary Engineering Department. — 1976. — 1 audio cassette. — Re job as Superintendent of the SewagePplant. View transcript.
RCT-327 Florence Campbell, Calgary. — April 22, 1981. — 1 audio cassette. — Re life and work as Secretary-Treasurer and Comptroller of the Calgary Zoo. View outline.
RCT-315 Joseph Caruana, Calgary. — February 7, 1981. — 2 audio cassettes. — Re volunteer work with Junior Chamber of Commerce, church and Vietnamese refugees. View outline.
RCT-345 John C. Charyk, Hanna. — June 22, 1981. — 1 audio cassette. — Life as a teacher and educator, and his Ukrainian family. View outline.
RCT-261 Harry W. Clark, Calgary. — April 16, 1980. — 1 audio cassette. — Re 42 years in the wholesale grocery business in western Canada, and Modern Warehousing Systems. View outline.
RCT-386 Ernest Corbett, Calgary. — December 2, 1981. — 1 audio cassette. — Re Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) Department of Natural Resources in Calgary area, and the Western Irrigation District.
View outline.
RCT-308 Samuel G. Coultis, Calgary. — October 4, 1980. — 1 audio cassette. — Re pioneer life, the 1912-1916 boom in Calgary, and pipelining for Imperial Oil. View outline.
RCT-298 Clarence Crockett, Crossfield. — September 10, 1980. — 2 audio cassettes. — Re personal history, grain elevator operation, grain buying, Alberta Wheat Pool, and administration of the Town of Crossfield. View outline.
RCT-316 Carl B. Cummer, Calgary. — February 20, 1981. — 1 audio cassette. — Re growing up in Calgary, work at City Hall, and job as Assistant City Clerk.
Sound recording Listen to part 1 of interview.Sound recording Listen to part 2 of interview. View outline.

.
 

Interviews – Names from D-I

RCT-276 William P. Davidson, Waterton Park. — June 16, 1980. — 1 audio cassette. — Re C.F.P. Conybeare, work as a lawyer, and life in Lethbridge. View outline.
RCT-381 Frank Dawley, Didsbury. — October 5, 1981. — 2 audio cassettes. — Re municipal government in the Town of Raymond, Municipal District of Barons, County of Lethbridge, Barrhead, Mountain View and Town of Didsbury. View outline.
RCT-172-2 William Dick, City of Calgary Engineering Department. — October 28, 1976. — 1 audio cassette. – Re job as Superintendent of the Waterworks Division. View transcript.
RCT-431 Arthur H. Dixon, Calgary. — April 21 & 27, 1982. — 2 audio cassette. — Re famly life, first Social Credit federal nomination, provincial elections, duties as Speaker of the Legislature. and Social Credit personalities including Ernest Manning. View outline.
RCT-312 Frank Fallwell, Calgary. — January 13, 1981. — 1 audio cassette. — Re the Fallwell and Malthouse families and the Billingsgate Fish Market. View outline.
RCT-176-4 Ernie Fielder, City of Calgary Engineering Department. — September 17, 1976. — 1 audio cassette. — Re job as Superintendent of Waterworks, Glenmore Plant. View transcript.
RCT-414 E.C. “Pat” Fitt, Calgary. — March 16, 1982. — 1 audio cassette. — Re 43 years of working with Canada’s largest hotel chain, CP Hotels. View outline.
RCT-379 Robert Fleming, Calgary. — November 3, 1981. — 2 audio cassettes. — Re William Porter, pioneer Canadian hotelman, his descendant’s hotel operations in Lethbridge, Blairmore, Calgary and Edmonton. View outline.
RCT-406 Don Frache, Coaldale. — March 3, 1982. — 1 audio cassette. — Re training as an artist, artistic successes, and his murals. View outline.
RCT-435 Bill Gillott, Calgary. — June 18, 1982. — 1 audio cassette. — Re personal history; National Newspaper Microfilm company; and reproductions industry in Calgary. View outline.
RCT-258 Dick Girardi, Coleman. — April 3, 1980. — 1 audio cassette. — Re 23 years as a Forest Ranger in the Crowsnest Pass area and the Rocky Mountain Forests from Cadomin to Waterton.
Sound recording Listen to interview. View outline.
RCT-264 Albert Goodwin, Bellevue. — April 1, 1980. — 1 audio cassette. — Re his life, work with Greenhill Mines and living in the Crowsnest Pass.
Sound recording Listen to interview. View outline.
RCT-395 Ruth Gorman, Calgary. — January 26 and March 8, 1982. — 2 audio cassettes. — No outline or transcript.
RCT-373 Alva Gross [nee Alva Ripley], Calgary. — October 4, 1981. — 2 audio cassette. — Re early days in Lethbridge with the Ripley family; education and specialization in industrial food handling in Quebec War plants, stores, SAIT and hospitals. View outline.
RCT-306 John Hamilton, Calgary. — December 5, 1980. — 1 audio cassette. — Re 25 years in daily newspaper business with FP publications, including Albertan, Max Bell, Eva Reid. View outline.
RCT-417 George Ho Lem, Calgary. — February 23, 1982. –1 audio cassette. — Re his youth in Chinatown and Knox Presbyterian Chinese Mission. View outline.
RCT-176-8 Art Hollings, City of Calgary Engineering Department. — 1976. — 1 audio cassette. — Re job as Superintendent of the Equipment Repair Shop. View transcript.
RCT-286 Mrs. Rickie Horodezky, Calgary. — July 21, 1980. — 1 audio cassette. — Re stained glass as an art form, early Calgary artists, and modes of design and construction uses. View outline.
RCT-272 Charles Hubman, Canmore. — June 30, 1980. — 1 audio cassette. — Re experiences in mining, the hospital, and as Chairman of the Canmore Centre Authority. View outline.
RCT-408 Bob Hulbert, Calgary. — February 22, 1982. — 2 audio cassettes. — Re the Hulbert family, growth of the farm electric business in Alberta, and farm power use. View outline.

.
 

Interviews – Names from J-L

RCT-444 Mr. and Mrs. Ben Johnson, Nanton. — June 10, 1982. — 1 audio cassette. — Re farming and ranching in the early days in the Nanton area. View outline.
RCT-401 Doug Johnson, Calgary. — February 18, 1982. — 1 audio cassette. — No outline or transcript.
RCT-259 John Kapalka, Coleman. — April 2, 1980. — 1 audio cassette. — Re work as first Municipal Administrator of the Crowsnest Pass. View outline.
RCT-330 Peter Karsten, Calgary. — May 11, 1981. — 1 audio cassette. — Re early life and education in Germany, emigration to Canada, and his employment at the Calgary Zoo from labourer to Director. View outline.
RCT-369 Harold J. Kellam, Calgary. — September 17, 1981. — 1 audio cassette. — Re personal and work history in Calgary, especially the Burroughs Adding Machine Company. View outline.
RCT-280 Mart Kenney. — August 8, 1980. — 1 audio cassette. — Re his musical big band career as Canada’s only national band leader. View outline.
RCT-371 Owen Kenney, Calgary. — September 18, 1981. — 1 audio cassette. — Re early ranches, search for oil, and Alberta Wheat Pool personalities. View outline.
RCT-263 James Kerr, Coleman. — April 3, 1980. — 1 audio cassette. — Re personal history in Crowsnest Pass, and account of the Frank Slide.
Sound recording Listen to part 1 of interview.Sound recording Listen to part 2 of interview. View outline.
RCT-430 Ernie Kipp, Lethbridge. — May 16, 1982. — 1 audio cassette.– Re life as a railway telegrapher in the Crowsnest Pass and Kicking Horse Pass, and years of dispatching trains int the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) Lethbridge Division. View outline.
RCT-362 Thomas W. Kirkham [Tom Kirkham], Calgary. — 1981. — 5 audio cassettes. — Re his life family and life in Lethbridge. View outline.
RCT-176-4 Tom Kirkham, City of Calgary Engineering Department. — December 24, 1976. — 1 audio cassette.– Re job as Manager, Data Processing and Special Projects. View transcript.
RCT-380 Tom Kirkham, Speech to Whoop-Up Chapter of the Historical Society of Alberta. — November 1979. — 1 audio cassette. — Re early public transportation in Lethbridge and southern Alberta.
View outline.
RCT-274 Tom Kirkham, Calgary. — [ca. October 1978]. — 1 audio cassette. — Re decision making process of the City of Calgary. View outline.
RCT-329 Tom Kirkham, Calgary. — 1978-1981. — 1 audio cassette. — Re Lionel Brooke (Lord Brooke), one of the most notable remittance men and a great eccentric. View outline.
RCT-392 Stanley Kitchen, Calgary. — January 14, 1982. — 1 audio cassette. — Re business life in Calgary, Muskoka Lodge, and the Erin Apartments. View outline.
RCT-275 Steven Kotch, Lethbridge. — May 12, 1980. — 1 audio cassette. — Re life time interest in buses and the building of his own bus and tour company. View outline.
RCT-346 Eugene Kush, Hanna. — June 21, 1981. — 2 audio cassettes. — Re family struggles to get established in Alberta, his education as a lawyer, municipal politics in Hanna, many law cases, some of them humorous. View outline.
RCT-354 Lorne Laidlaw, Bow Island. — July 14, 1981. — 2 audio cassettes. — Re history of the Laidlaw Ranch, 10 miles north of Bow Island, the Laidlaw family, and the start of industrial corn growing in southern Alberta. View outline.
RCT-322 Ike Lanier, Lethbridge. — March 18, 1981. — 2 audio cassettes. — Re homesteading southeast of Lethbridge, growth and modern-day problems and successes, grain farming, and the Palliser Wheat Growers’ Association. View outline.
RCT-277 Vic Lewis. — June 6, 1980. — 1 audio cassette. — Re his long career in Canmore Mines from rock picker to Superintendent, his many hobbies and skills. View outline.
RCT-343 Robert L. Llewellyn, Drumheller. — June 22, 1981. — 1 audio cassette. — Re growing up in Drumheller, the town, the mines, his museum, and Drumheller today. View outline.
RCT-409 G. Webb Lomas, Lethbridge. — March 1, 1982. — 1 audio cassette. — Re homesteading in southern Alberta, and the life insurance business. View outline.

.
 

Interview – Names from M-R

RCT-423 Keith Matthews, Victoria. — March 23, 1982. — 1 audio cassette. — Re civil engineering in Alberta, Burns and Dutton Ltd., Mannix Ltd., Loram Ltd., Trans Canada Highway,and the Gardiner Dam.
View outline.
RCT-393 Hugh McCarthy, Calgary. — January 21, 1982. — 2 audio cassettes. — Career as forms salesman, growth of ProForms Ltd., and his invention of specialized forms. View outline.
RCT-337 Richard McLaren, Lethbridge. — May 27, 1981. — 1 audio cassette. — Re near death and rebirth of Coalhurst, impact of Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) yards, and his duties as Mayor.
View outline.
RCT-295 Fred J. Mellen, Bow Island. — October 1, 1980. — 1 audio cassette. — Re job as District Irrigation Supervisor, value of irrigation, civic affairs, and “Bean Capital of Canada” status. View outline.
RCT-328 Barbara Moore, Calgary. — May 8, 1981. — 1 audio cassette. — Re ranching, founding of Brown, Lost River and Ross ranges, and life in the southeast border country of Alberta. View outline.
RCT-281 Pearl Morrison, Calgary. — July 30, 1980. — 1 audio cassette. — Re Meals on Wheels, its founding, local history and modus operandi. View outline.
RCT-360 Dr. Joseph Moscovich, Lethbridge. — August 5, 1981. — 1 audio cassette. — Re history of Romanian Jewish immigrant family and its success in Alberta. View outline.
RCT-273 Harry Musgrove, Canmore. — June 6, 1980. — 1 audio cassette. — Re 30 years working in Canmore coal mines, and life in Canmore. View outline.
RCT-348 James Nesbitt, Brooks. — July 3, 1981. — 1 audio cassette. — Re the history of the Nesbitt family, the 1918 influenze epidemic (flu), agricultural research near Brooks, and the Brooks Bulletin weekly newspaper. View outline.
RCT-302 Gordon B. Nicoll, Foremost. — September 30, 1980. — 2 audio cassettes. — Re his personal history, and the organization and administration of the County of Forty Mile. View outline.
RCT-370 Harry O’Hanlon, High River. — September 4, 1981. — 1 audio cassette. — Re his wide-ranging youth, exploring, the Canadian Army, sailing, oil, and sculpting. View outline.
RCT-288 Carl V. Pearson, Carstairs. — September 9, 1980. — 1 audio cassette. — Re early settlers in the area, many business ventures of the family including grocery store, and time as Mayor.
View outline.
RCT-296 Hans Pfister, Calgary. — August 3, 1980. — 3 audio cassettes. — Re the administrative side of the Alberta oil and petroleum industry, pioneer days in Drayton Valley, and world’s most modern office (paperless). View outline.
RCT-385 Mary-Jane Piotrowski, Lost River Ranch, Manyberries. — November 19, 1981. — 1 audio cassette. — Re Ross Ranches, life of a ranch woman, hobbies, rodeo circuit, antelope, deer and kit foxes.
View outline.
RCT-331 Marie Podbielski, Calgary. — May 20, 1981. — 1 audio cassette. — Re her commercial art career, and the Alberta College of Art. View outline.
RCT-176-1 Tommy Price, City of Calgary Engineering Department. — October 28, 1976. — RE job as Supervisor – Streets Construction. View transcript.
RCT-320 Orville Reber, Lethbridge. — March 18, 1981. — 1 audio cassette. — Re his life as an “activist” grain farmer, sugar beets, Canadian Wheat Board, and the M.A.P. program [Market Access Program].
View outline.
RCT-388 C.W. Redfern, Lethbridge. — November 18, 1981. — 2 audio cassettes. — Re the automotive supply business in Alberta, pioneer garage man A.G. Baalim, Motor Car Supply Company, and Taylor, Pearson and Carson Ltd. View outline.
RCT-278 Donald C. Remington, Cardston. — June 17, 1980. — 1 audio cassette. — Re development of the Remington Brothers Construction Company, cattle operation, Spitzee Carriage Club, and carriage collection. View outline.
RCT-269 J. Kenneth Ringland, Lethbridge. — May 12, 1980. — 2 audio cassettes. — Re baseball career in southern Alberta, job as stockbroker, Interior Breweries (Creston), Crestbrrok Industries, and hockey interests. View outline.
RCT-504 Herbert Ripley, Calgary. — August 12, 1983. — 1 audio cassette. — No outline or transcript.
RCT-339 Philip Rogers, Calgary. — May 12, 1981. — 1 audio cassette. — Re growing up in Calgary, First World War, Great War Veterans’ Association, Second World War, Royal Canadian Legion work and honours. View outline.
RCT-282 Fred J. Ronicker, Calgary. — July 16, 1980. — 1 audio cassette. – Re sulphur development from natural to processed, Devon-Palmer Oils, natural gas, and Texas Gulf Inc. View outline.
RCT-267 Bertha Rosewarn, Calgary. — April 29, 1980. — 1 audio cassette. – Re emigration from England to Lethbridge, life as nurse in Coutts, nursing in Calgary and pioneering work wth autistic children.
View outline.
RCT-294 Harold Routledge, Lethbridge. — October 1, 1980. — 1 audio cassette. – Re auto dealerships in Lethbridge, bootlegging and whiskey running during prohibition, early railway passenger traffic. View outline.
RCT-176-3 Ken Ruttle, City of Calgary Engineering Department. — October 18, 1976. — 1 audio cassette. — Re job as Secretary to the Board of Commissioners. View transcript.
RCT-313 Ken Ruttle, Calgary. — February 5, 1981. — 1 audio cassette. — Re last years of the Calgary Municipal Street Railway and early years of Calgary Transit. View outline.

.
 

Interviews – Names from S-Z

RCT-338 David Schriner, Calgary. — May 1, 1981. — 1 audio cassette. — Re emigration from Russia To Calgary, family history and his Nationaal Hockey Leage career. View outline.
RCT-445 Steve Sears and Harold Sears, Nanton. — June 10, 1982. — 1 audio cassette. — Re pioneer farming and ranching at the north end of the Porcupine Hills, grasshoppers, and Walrond Ranch.
View outline.
RCT-289 Gerry C. Shapter, Cochrane. — August 26, 1980. — 2 audio cassettes. — Re bon vivant travelling salesman for 32 years in the drug business and 15 years in the tractor business, Charles E. Frosst Company, Union Tractor Company, and agricultural machinery. View outline.
RCT-290 A.W. “Archie” Sheffield, Calgary. — August 11 and September 22, 1980. — 2 audio cassettes. — Re his life in Cardston in the retail lumber business, Beaver Lumber Company, Pioneer Lumber company, work in the IOOF (Oddfellows) Lodge, and the Ku Klux Klan. View outline.
RCT-285 Dr. E.A. Shore, Calgary. — July 15 and September 3, 1980. — 2 audio cassettes. — Re his education and practice as a doctor in Ontario and southern Alberta, Dr. John Gunn, Irene Parlby, and history of the IOOF (Oddfellows) Lodge. View outline.
RCT-352 G.A. “Art” Simpson, Bassano. — July 15, 1981. — 1 audio cassette. — Re wheat farming, his athletic activities in various sports (baseball, curling, golf, hockey), and life in Bassano. View outline.
RCT-304 Wayne Smith, Calgary. — November 5, 1980. — 2 audio cassettes. — Re independent grocers in southern Alberta, Allwest Supermarkiets, pooling their warehouse, buying and distribution systems, and Associated Grocers. View outline.
RCT-426 Alan Spencer, Calgary. — April 20, 1982. — 1 audio cassette. — Re growing up in Calgary (Inglewood), sheet metal work, and Canadian Pacific Railway’s Odgen Shops (CPR).
View outline.
RCT-310 Eleanor “Nell” Spragins, Edmonton. — January 12, 1980. — 1 audio cassette. — Re Frank Spragin’s (her husband’s) work in the petroleum industry, Carter Oils, Imperial Oil, and Syncrude.
View outline.
RCT-311 Robert E. Spragins, Calgary. — December 16, 1980. — 1 audio cassette. — Re Frank Spragin’s (his father’s) work in the petroleum industry and as head of Syncrude. View outline.
RCT-307 Rod Stafford-Mayer, Innisfail. — December 9, 1980. — 1 audio cassette. — Re life in Innisfail, Innisfail weekly newspaper, and radio broadcasting. View outline.
RCT-433 Carly Stewart, Nobleford. — May 14, 1982. — 1 audio cassette. — Re his early life, work with C.S. Noble Company, and erection of Noble cairn. View outline.
RCT-357 Carl Stone, Claresholm [re himself, Jim Spratt, Saul Boyer and W.W. Grant]. — June-July 1981. — 3 audio cassettes. — Re life on the homestead Bindloss area of southern Alberta (near the British bloc), and his interest in music. View outline.
RCT-176-(5-6) J. Ivor Strong, City of Calgary Engineering Department. — November 26, 1976. — 2 audio cassettes. — Re job as Chief Commissioner. View transcript.
RCT-287 James Tamagi, Calgary. — August 29, 1980. — 1 audio cassette. — Re life as a Japanese family in southern Alberta and Calgary, grocery business, and Bridge Brand Food Services. View outline.
RCT-284 Myron Thompson, Sundre. — July 29, 1980. — 1 audio cassette. — Re life in Sundre, teaching, and work as Councillor and Mayor. View outline.
RCT-260 Alrik Tiberg, Blairmore. — April 13, 1980. — 1 audio cassette. — Re early life in the Crowsnest Pass coal mines, work as Alderman and Mayor, baseball and hockey.
Sound recording Listen to part 1 of interview.Sound recording Listen to part 2 of interview. View outline.
RCT-353 Alvie Tillotson, Okotoks. — July 9, 1981. — 1 audio cassette. — Re early farming in Delia and Okotoks areas, Patrick Burns, curling, floods, George Hoadley, hockey, John Lineham, and Elmer Piper. View outline.
RCT-361 Judge Louis Sherman Turcotte, Lethbridge. — August 4, 1981. — 1 audio cassette. — Re family history, first law class at the University of Alberta, his political and municipal activities (alderman), and cases heard as Judge (German prisoner of war cases, Hutterite land cases, Japanese war claims). View outline.
RCT-319 William J. Watts, Calgary. — May 12, 1981. — 1 audio cassette. — Re work in military and public aviation as aeronautical engineer, Royal Canadian Air Force (FCAF), Calgary Airport, Calgary Aviation Commission, petroleum industry planes. View outline.
RCT-265 H.K. “Pat” Williams, Calgary. — March 24 and April 9, 1980. — 2 audio cassettes. — Re work as civil engineer, construction of the Alberta and Great Waterways Railway, extension of Edmonton, Dunvegan and British Columbia Railway, and Greyhound (including bus designs). View outline.
RCT-283 Clifford Willmott, Calgary. — July 28, 1980. — 1 audio cassette. — Re his life, early Social Credit activities, and 1935 election campaign, youth hostels, Barclay sisters, Ernest Manning government. View outline.
RCT-372 Noel Wilson, Calgary. — October 8, 1981. — 1 audio cassette. – Re stationery and office supplies, fixtures and furniture, Calgary Stationery, Keith Stationery, and Willson Stationery.
View outline.