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Ruby Wennerstrom - Hometown Hero

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Ruby Wennerstrom was a very familiar face in the schools served by Stony Plain Lac Ste. Anne Health Unit.

For 15 years she conducted well baby and immunization clinics, made home visits, and, in general, looked after the health of the residents of the area from Stony Plain to Blue Ridge.

Onoway and District Historical Guild recognizes Ruby's many contributions to the community by naming her Hometown Hero at Onoway Museum.

Check out her story and more photos below and think about the sacrifices it took in the 1930s for a young farm girl to leave home to study nursing in the big city.







Ruby & Stan"I smell antiseptic!"

"The nurse is here!"

Although all the students knew they could count on Mrs. Wennerstrom's friendly smile and warm personality, there was always the thought, "Is it my turn to get the needle?"

Ruby Wennerstrom was a very familiar face in the schools served by Stony Plain Lac Ste. Anne Health Unit. For 15 years she conducted well baby and immunization clinics, made home visits, and, in general, looked after the health of the residents of the area from Stony Plain to Blue Ridge.

Ruby Schooley grew up near Onoway, graduated from nursing at the General hospital in 1935, practiced for a short while in Camrose, then returned to Onoway with her new husband to embark on a second career of farm wife. Stan and Ruby Wennerstrom's brand new farm (no water, few fences) was on Highway 43 between the Alberta Beach turn-off and Highway 16, near the present-day Racetrack gas station.

Ruby & Stan
Over the years Ruby became the go-to person for neighbours (and police) for medical emergencies while raising her three daughters, helping run the dairy farm and her involvement in many community organizations. C.G.I.T. was one especially successful and rewarding venture.

Onoway and District Historical Guild recognizes Ruby's many contributions to the community by naming her Hometown Hero at Onoway Museum.

Check out the exhibit at the museum and think about the sacrifices it took in the 1930s for a young farm girl to leave home to study nursing in the big city.

Think about the thousands of immunizations Ruby injected, from babies to home-bound patients.

Think about the commitment that revived a club for teenage girls to the point where 30 members showed up for weekly meetings. A hero indeed!


This exhibit was on display at the Onoway Museum from January to May in 2011.

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Last Updated: October 23, 2013