CANADA Ontario Ottawa 1888 Union St. Joseph Medal 39mm white metal medal 21.7 grams by P.W. Ellis & Co Leroux #1832, Charlton #3075-10 (unlike the examples illustrated in the Charlton catalogue this piece has a suspender attached)
Obverse: UNION ST JOSEPH D'OTTAWA FONDEE LE MARS 1863
Reverse: SOUVENIR DE LA CELEBRATION DE SES NOCES D'ARGENT LES 23 ET 24 MAI 1888 / 25E ANNIVERSAIRE L'UNION FAIT LA FORCE
Union Saint-Joseph of Ottawa later became the Union Saint-Joseph du Canada and it founded 630 branches, including 510 in Quebec. The movement was based on the principle of the fraternal society, either an insurance cooperative or an association of a religious, national nature, for the benefit of the working class.