Bow School No. 2107

Moving Kinnondale School into Bow City to become Bow School

Bow School, established on January 24, 1910, was located on the SW quarter of 2-17-17-W4. Directions today are: From Lomond, go North 5 miles on Highway 845, turn east on Highway 539 for 18 miles, turn south on Range Rd 171 for 2 miles. Latitude 50.39757, Longitude -112.22707.

Bow School was located in Old Bow City, south of the Bow River. An early teacher was Robinson. Another teacher was Mrs. Cragg. The first teacher in what was the old Kinnondale School was Mrs. Christina (Rose) Malchow.

The old Kinnondale School was moved here in the summer months of 1942. Miss Christina Rose arrived in Bow City one evening in September, 1942. She had been sent by the powers in Edmonton to Armada to teach, so her arrival in Bow City was unexpected. She writes:

“After many confusing telephone conversations, the Campbells came to pick me up. My first reaction was of dismay and loneliness, for I couldn’t see the mountains or foothills, only endless miles of prairie.

The school had just been moved into the townsite, east of the store, from Kinnondale. On opening day, there were thirty-one pupils, one very nervous teacher and no school supplies. The parents and pupils were very tolerant and I began to enjoy my new life. Coal fires and gasoline lamps terrified me, but I soon learned to cope. Frozen water in the bucket and a circle of desks around a huge potbellied stove are among memories of that very cold January.

Badminton sessions in the old hall, church services, skating and sleigh-riding on the Bow, bowling in Brooks, along with several turkey dinners are high on my list of memories.”

She left Bow City in March, 1943. She later married Bill Malchow and in 1959 they came to the family farm in Stavely.

Reverend E. B. Brundage was the minister in Bow City for five years and stimulated the revival of baseball and hockey in 1928. From this start, teams developed in Armada, Lomond, Badger Lake, Wheat Centre and Enchant. He also ran picture shows in the schools within a radius of twenty miles. The lights were from a car battery and the old silent picture was hand-cranked. Proceeds were for the Missionary Society.

Tony and Bertha Anderberg’s children were split in the schools they attended. While the boys went to Kitsim School, sister Annie rode across the river to Bow School, until the Bow Bridge District was formed in 1929. Father, Tony, worked to get the school going. When the school district joined the E.I.D. School Division in 1938, he was the trustee for the Bow Bridge District.

Bow School closed in 1945.

This information about Bow School may be found in “Settlers along the Bow – a history of Rainier/Bow City.” If you have photos or more information about this school, the Vulcan and District Archives would be interested in copying it to add to their collection of rural school information. They can be reached by mail at Box 104, Vulcan, Alberta, T0L 2B0 or by email at School directories (maps and directions to school markers) are available at the Lomond Village Office, Lomond Grainland Hardware and the Vulcan & District Museum.

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