Dow was born in Stirlingshire, Scotland on November 5,1890. He
came to Canada in 1911 and after short periods of residence in
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, 1966 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.
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.