Chatelaine, c.1900s. Collection of LHCS 2001.002.009.
This chatelaine was used by Lady Lougheed. It consists of three small notebooks and a pencil attached to a chain and would have been worn at the waist. It was used by women as an organizational tool when running a busy household. On December 17, 1932, in an article about ‘Alberta Women We Should Know’, the Calgary Daily Herald said this about Isabella: “There are ways and ways of pioneering, and as long as there is progress that will be true. While dwellers in the primitive log cabins are blazing trials in and round about a new settlement the owners of the great house in that same settlement are called about to share largely in its development and advancement as a community. While Calgary was still in its early stages of growth the Lougheed mansion was built on what was then bald prairie and many years ago, Lady Lougheed became the chatelaine of a home that has received royalty as well as many notables and distinguished guests within its hospitable walls.”