Onoway Museum was honored recently to receive
an amazing gift from Carol Ertman who grew up
in the Heatherdown area, took her early
schooling at Pine Ridge School, then moved on
to Beaupré School in Onoway. She went on to
become a teacher and, over the course of her
career, moved numerous times across Canada.
Among the documents now in
the museum archives are some of Carol's report
cards. Her earliest "report card" is simply a
page her teacher Mrs. Clague clipped from a
The next year Mr. Aldridge used the official
report card as did her other teachers at Pine
Ridge in following years.
Carol went to Beaupré School
for grade 7 and on through grade 12. The
report cards changed. Was the school budget
that tight or was this an art class
assignment? Carol's grade 11 report card was
created by her – the list of subjects on the
inside shows meticulous handwriting! When she
got to grade 12 in 1956, Beaupré High School
now printed (mimeographed) its own report
What do report cards look
Grade 3 – Mr.
Grade 8 – Mr.
Grade 11 –
1955 – 56
Grade 12 –
Mr. Johnson, 1956 - 57
But how amazing that Carol
considered these documents important enough to
carefully preserve and carry them around with
her from place to place through her many
moves, then generously send them back home!
(Think about your important papers – where are
Another fascinating document
in the Ertman donation is an A.T.A.Magazine
(Alberta Teachers Association) dated June 1920
– another world completely. One page shows the
grid of teachers' salaries at Edmonton Public
School Board. First year teachers earned
$1,200 annually. There were separate
categories for "Male Assistants" and "Female
Vice Principals". Worth a look!