Did you know that for
several years, high school
students at Onoway went to school in "The Annex" –
part of Onoway
Community Hall? And the School Board paid a grand
sum of $86 annually for rent?
Intriguing peeks into the
past are what the archives
at Onoway Museum is all about. Although it is
still a work in progress, there
is much information to be gleaned from the
documents, letters, maps, photos,
etc. that have been donated to the museum since
the Onoway and District Historical
Guild was established 13 years ago. Volunteers are
entering the information about
these documents on the database so it is becoming
easier to find exactly what
you are looking for.
Nearly 3,000 school
registers, some from as far back
as 1909, are part of the collection. The majority
of these are from Beaupré / Onoway
schools but there are many from the one-room
schools that surrounded Onoway
such as Nakamun, Ford, etc.
Records from municipal
bodies, organizations and clubs
are a source of valuable information. Village of
Onoway Tax Assessment records
help track down people who lived here in early
1900s. Onoway Community
Association (which built the community hall),
Onoway Curling Company, Royal
Purple, Red Cross, Lac Ste. Anne Music Festival
Assn, Pine Ridge School
District are among those in the collection.
individuals and families give insights
into life in the last century. You can find out
how much a farmer was paid for
the cream that he brought to the Onoway Creamery.
From the minutes of the
Onoway ATA Sub-Local, we see that the Sub-Local
donated trophies to the track
meet – one for girls and one for boys (Evelyn
Dundas from Sturgeon and Russel
Brand from Brookdale were the winners in 1942). Or
put yourself in the place of
a mother during WWII who received a telegram
saying that her son (Sydney Mills)
is missing in action, then a month later a
telegram saying that her son is a
prisoner of war. The next telegram comes almost a
year later – the prisoners of
war have been released.
in the archives are accessible to the
general public upon request unless access is
restricted by legal requirements.
yourself some time to visit Onoway Museum
- $175 was a lot of money for a car in
even if it was second Hand!
at St. John's Anglican Church
in Onoway, 1934
Horse Hair - Farmers earned
by selling horse hair