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Jimmie Condon fonds
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- Condon, Jimmie
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96 photographs. -- 4 architectural drawings. -- 1 cm of textual records
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Demetrios Kouimgis, 1888-1981, was born in Hora, Turkey and came to Calgary, Alberta in 1911. He changed his name to James A. "Jimmie" Condon and operated several restaurants in the city including the Palace of Eats. He sponsored an extensive number of sports teams using the name "Jimmies" between 1921 and 1944, including hockey, baseball, rugby and soccer teams. In 1980 he donated four Greek statues to the University of Calgary, which were housed in the atrium of the Administration building. Over the years he worked closely with his brother Ernest Paul Condon, 1915-2007. Jimmie was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 1980. He and his wife Maria had no children.
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The fonds consists of photographs of the Condon family and businesses, events in the Calgary Greek community, and various "Jimmies" sports teams. Also includes Jimmies certificates (1931 and 1951), university magazine featuring the Plato statue (1981); and architectural renderings of Condon buildings.
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Gift of Jimmie and Ernest Condon, 1976-1984, and Condon Properties, 2014.
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No finding aid, but many of the photos have been digitized.
There is a 1975 interview with Jimmie Condon in the Charles Ursenbach fonds (M-7203-28); and architectural plans for one of his businesses in the E.T. Brown fonds (M-7539-os-1), both at Glenbow.
Call numbers M-9688, NA-3274, NA-4698, PA-4020, PB-1003
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