By Edith Van Kleek
"The approach It was once" chronicles Edith Van Kleek's reviews as a pupil and instructor in one-room faculties in rural Alberta. From her first 12 months attending institution within the excessive Prairie kingdom in 1916, to the closure of her final rural schoolhouse in 1961, Edith Van Kleek recollects a bygone period in academic heritage.
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I couldn’t nail the window down as I wanted the fresh air. I got an idea. I asked for a pitcher of water from the kitchen and a glass, presumably for drinking, but I wanted the glass to set on top of the open window sash. If anyone tried to get in by raising the window, the glass would crash down with enough noise to wake me up. I had to change my eating habits a little at Glasiers. Every morning when the eleven of us gathered around the big table for breakfast, there were huge quantities of fried potatoes and eggs on the table, good homemade bread and Coronation creamery butter, and a huge pot of excellent coﬀee.
A three-horse team pulls this one. Photo courtesy: Stettler Town and Country Museum. over and thread it. Soon we were cutting and stooking at a great rate. He had to thread the knotter a few times but other than that the only problem I had was making the horses go far enough past the end to make sharp corners like Mr. Farewell did. They knew they were going to turn and were determined to turn sooner than later. I didn’t have the authority with them that Mr. Farewell had so my corners got more and more rounded.
I never waded in such cold water; I was walking on ice all over the bottom but I got the frog eggs. We found an old pan and plugged up the holes with bits of rag. We cut a piece of sod to put in the middle of the pan, installed the frog eggs in their new home and watched them grow. Spring came, and when the high ground warmed up the purple crocuses burst into bloom all over the prairie, millions and millions of them.