My grandparents, Nellie and Albert Arlendson, lived and worked in various small towns in Alberta. They met and married in and around the Didsbury/Acme region and proceeded to have successful teaching careers in small town Alberta. I know they were well-respected as teachers, and my Nana especially was very proud of her career and abilities as a teacher.
My project is to visit as many of these small towns as I can, wandering through the streets, finding the school, perhaps talking to people in the General Store. I really have no idea what I’ll discover but I hope to create a photo-essay of my discoveries and I might even meet people who knew my grandparents.
Small Town #1 – Hussar
My main objective was to locate the house that I remember visiting during the years my Poppa taught at the High School. (I was 8 years old). I know I found it, although it looks more modern now. Also, seeing the school reminded me of a visit when my sister and I had asked what it felt like to get the strap. Poppa took us to his office and I can still remember what “the strap” looked like and FELT like. He always told us he hated to give the strap to kids, but it was his job. He was fair and didn’t abuse it.