St. Joseph’s (Dunbow) Residential School

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Primary Name(s): St. Joseph’s (Dunbow)

Location: High River, AB

Religious Entity(ies): Catholic

Operating Dates: 1884 -1922

The Dunbow school in High River, in what is now Alberta, was one of the first three industrial schools established by a partnership between the Canadian government and Canadian churches. Dunbow (also known as St. Joseph’s) was a Roman Catholic school and its first principal was Father Albert Lacombe. Built on the High River, southeast of Calgary in 1884, the school had trouble recruiting and retaining students from the outset. In 1918 the principal and three students died of influenza. In 1922 the school, which had only 26 students at that point, was closed.

Remembering the Following Students:

Date of Death (Year/Month/Day)
Adam Stieman
1947-01-01 – 1947-03-31
Agnes Keevin
Not known
Eusebe Crow Flag
Not known
John Sophie
Kate Mcgibbon
ca. 1892
Leo Pipe
Lucy Sinclair
Not known
Maxine King
ca. 1898-01-25
Sam Simon Oskisin
Not known
Samuel Stimson
ca. 1892
V.F. Davin
1896-01-01 – 1896-01-31
Victoria Hunt

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