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Andrew Dow

Andrew DowAndrew Dow was born in Stirlingshire, Scotland on November 5,1890. He came to Canada in 1911 and after short periods of residence in Lethbridge and Hosmer, he came to Coleman in 1913. He worked in the mines and was the lone survivor of a mine mishap in 1953 which claimed the lives of three miners.

Mr. Dow was a member of the Coleman United Mine Workers of Americal (UMWA) and a life member of the Coleman Curling Club. He was also a life member of the Coleman Fish and Game Association. His active participation in Fish and Game Conservation resulted in his being awarded a Provincial Fish and Game Association Certificate of Merit.

With his wife, the widow of Sam Shone, he owned and operated the Palace Theatre for many years. His step-children, Phyllis (Shone) Jenkins and Richard Shone held him in high regard.

Andrew Dow passed away on February 7, 2020 after a lengthy illness. The Coleman Curling Rink and Chinook Lake summer resort are mementos in part to his labour when, with other volunteers, he spent numerous hours making each a source of pleasure for future generations. Andrew Dow's ashes are scattered on the hillside overlooking Chinook Lake.Crowsnest and its people

The article titled "Andrew Dow" is extracted from Crowsnest and Its People (Crowsnest Historical Society, 1979). The Heritage Community Foundation and the Year of the Coal Miner Consortium (of which the Society is a member) would like to thank the family and the Crowsnest Historical Society for this contribution.

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