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By Edith Van Kleek

"The method It was once" chronicles Edith Van Kleek's reports as a scholar and instructor in one-room colleges in rural Alberta. From her first 12 months attending college within the excessive Prairie nation in 1916, to the closure of her final rural schoolhouse in 1961, Edith Van Kleek recollects a bygone period in academic background.

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The grandmother didn’t go and sometimes one or two of the others stayed home, but they always insisted I come with them and I was glad to. It was very dull sitting around the house all day Sunday. Church was the only social life of the B O A R DI NG O U T 37 Telephone, early twentieth century. Collection of Glenbow Museum, Pl 3696 AB, Calgary, Canada. community except the Christmas concert and this outing gave me a chance to meet new people. Glasiers often went to Coronation in the car, if there was no snow or mud.

Although he banked the fire with a huge lump of coal after school, it was always burned out in the morning, and the temperature of the room would be at the freezing point. He would shake the grate to let in the air, put in an armful of small, split wood on the smoldering coals that remained, add small pieces of coal, and while the fire started he carried out a couple of pails full of ashes. By the time the pupils arrived the schoolroom was like an oven. Everyone walked to school at Sounding Creek and arrived cold in the wintertime.

Sometimes we had a lunch after school if supper was going to be really late. Lunch was usually bread and honey. Glasiers know how to buy for a big family. They bought honey in ten-pound pails! Families in the area had formed a beef ring and the Glasiers belonged. The members of this beef ring took turns butchering an animal, which they divided among the group each time, everybody taking whatever they could keep cool and use up before the next animal was butchered, so we always had good fresh beef.

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