Cana­dian His­tory Ehx : Bow Is­land in the be­gin­ning

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By Craig Baird

The first set­tlers would be­gin to ar­rive in the Bow Is­land area around 1900 as a new in­flux of im­mi­grants were com­ing into Canada. There was no Bow Is­land at that point, just a col­lec­tion of in­di­vid­u­als in the area. All that there was in terms of civ­i­liza­tion was the rail­road and tele­graph poles.

It would be in 1903 that the first build­ing would be set up in what would one day be Bow Is­land. This build­ing was noth­ing more than a small shack for ac­com­mo­da­tion of sec­tion men for the rail­road.

J. Oilquist, the sec­tion fore­man, would set­tle his head­quar­ters there as well as his home­stead. His home­stead would even­tu­ally be­come the town­site.

A J.W. Hop­kins would ar­rive in 1903 and build the first house in Bow Is­land. At the same time, he be­came the first post­mas­ter, set­ting up the post of­fice on his prop­erty.

When the CPR wa­ter tank was set up, Bow Is­land be­came more of a stop­ping point and from there the com­mu­nity be­gan to grow. It was at this time that the com­mu­nity would get its name of Bow Is­land. The leg­end says that the CPR got stakes mixed up be­tween Grassy Lake and Bow Is­land and that Bow Is­land should have ac­tu­ally been called Grassy Lake. It is likely this is not true through. It is much more likely the com­mu­nity was named for an is­land north of Grassy Lake.

From this wa­ter tank came the com­mu­nity. In 1907, the Bell Brothers would build the first store and Sun Chuen would build the first com­bi­na­tion store and restau­rant two years later. The first set­tlers into the com­mu­nity be­gan to ar­rive in 1908 and 1909.

The Vil­lage of Bow Is­land would of­fi­cially form in 1910 and the first min­utes of the vil­lage would be recorded on July 28, 1910, in the home of E.C. Ludtke, one of the coun­cil­lors of the com­mu­nity. The other coun­cil­lors were H.E. Beat­tie and F.W. Dyer. Beat­tie was also cho­sen as the chair­man of the com­mu­nity for the year.

The new coun­cil be­gan to get to work rais­ing money for the com­mu­nity. M.A. Fuller was hired as the first po­lice chief, the mill rate was set at 10 mills, a news­pa­per was started and side­walks were put down on Main Street mea­sur­ing six feet wide. Li­cences were also is­sued for dogs and taxes were col­lected from the res­i­dents.

From this point, the com­mu­nity would grow into the one peo­ple live in and love to this day. In­for­ma­tion­comes­fromBowIs­land1912-1962 E-mailmeatcr­aig@canadaehx.com Lis­ten­to­my­pod­castCana­di­anHis­to­ryEhx­on­all pod­cast­plat­forms

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