Are you one of
those people who took advantage of the
unexpected stay-at-home time brought on by
COVID to clean out some of the cupboards that
haven't seen light for years? Or looked
through those boxes of papers filled with
greeting cards and letters, invoices, tickets
for your beyond-Canada holidays, etc.?
pulled out a box of old photographs, a
photograph album or a scrapbook. It is these
pieces of "paper" that bring our history to
life; they make us aware of how life has
changed and how lucky we are – yes, even in
COVID times. What was Onoway like in 1950? Or
in 1920? Or even 1970?
collection in the Onoway Museum archives is not
extensive but definitely takes you back in time.
They make you think about the people who lived
in this area, the homes they lived in, what they
did for a living. The churches and
organizations, the events, school days. Here are
a few photos from the collection. Take time to
look at the faces, the clothing, the vehicles,
The next time you
drive west-to-east through Onoway on Lac Ste.
Anne Trail then continue on Highway 37 toward
St. Albert, remember that it was a
trail even in the early 1900s! And the roads
that ran through the main streets of Onoway
were not paved until 1980. It didn't take much
rain for them to become muddy tracks. Major
flooding of the creek running through the
village created havoc more than once. Major
fires destroyed some key buildings in the
hamlet/village of Onoway.
If you have
photos of Onoway and district that will help
today's community visualize what Onoway was
like decades and decades ago, please
consider donating them to the Onoway Museum
to become part of the historical record of
our town. Check the museum's website, phone
the museum (780-967-1015) or email email@example.com and help bring our history
Work on Lac
Ste. Anne Trail
building crew at work in 1922-23
on Lac Ste. Anne Trail a couple of
east of Onoway, just across the
Sturgeon River and up "Walter
the vehicles make it up 49th
Street, then the
hill (48th Street)
during this flood in 1954?
1941 and Alex Lafleur is showing
off his catch of whitefish from
Lac Ste. Anne. The photo was taken
in front of the Lafleur home –
where Burger Baron stands today.
the bottle depot and water shop
sit on the property where Mrs.
Gray's massive stone barn once
stood "on Byden Estates on the
eastern outskirts of Onoway". The
barn was demolished in 1980.
Johnson taught at Brookdale School
1938 – 1941 then joined the
military. He came back and served
as principal of Beaupré School 1945 –
1964. If you know the year or make
of his (?) car, let the museum
came in 2nd in the first
event of the high school bonspiel in
1970. Eddy Dales is shaking hands with
skip Don Tyschuk. The lead was Cheryl
Miles. If you know who the others
were, let the museum know!
St. John's Anglican
John's Anglican Church was the oldest
building in Onoway (built in 1914)
until it was dismantled in 2015. It
was the first home of the Onoway
Museum (summer 2006) until the museum
moved to its present location in 2007
Beaupre High School Class Grade X – XI
class in front of Beaupre School 1949 – 1950.
Can you fill in the missing names?
Back row: Joe
Bellerose, Bruce Honert, Joseph Guretzke, ?,
?, ?, Doug Neilson, Fred Martiniuk, George
Lawrence Truckey, Elsie Strobl, ?, Gertrude
Gatzke, Patricia Singh, Sheila Armitstead,
Mildred Cunningham, Lorna Hay, Ken Stobbe, Ed
Front row: Henry
Tomlinson, Elfrieda Hetman, Wilma Denkhaus,
Mary Woyewoda?, Ann Wolk, Dora Engelman, Leo