Return to classes sparks memories of early Endiang school history

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Endiang Enterprise

Live professional wrestling is coming to the Endmoor Arena in Byemoor on Sept. 16. The PWA wrestling begins at 8:30 p.m.

Congratulations to Kirk and Twila Buchwitz on the birth of their third son, Colter Elliott, on Aug. 30. Colter weighed nine pounds and 14 ounces and is a little brother for Ryder and Bronc. Congratulations to the local grandparents, Robert and Sheila Buchwitz, and great-grandparents Nat and Alvina Buchwitz.

Brian Keith and family have moved to the Terri Naf farm southeast of Endiang. Many might know this farm better as the Nill place. We hope you enjoy your new location, Brian and family.

Get-well wishes go out to David Buchwitz, who is in the hospital in Edmonton. We wish you a speedy recovery, Dave. We also send get-well wishes to a former Byemoor resident, Bill Lane, who is recovering from a stroke in the Red Deer hospital. Hope you are home soon, Bill.

There will be a bridal shower for Samantha Grainger, future bride of Greg Gallagher, on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Byemoor hall. Women are asked to bring lunch.

School doors opened Tuesday, with the staff remaining the same as last year. There’s one change in bus drivers, as Judy Buchwitz has taken over Deanna Johnson’s bus route, following Deanna’s retirement.

Speaking of schools, it was 100 years ago that the area west of Sullivan Lake, known as the Endiang district, got its first school. The Endiang School was built in 1911 on the SW 32-34-15-W4 and featured a built-in teacherage. The first teacher only lasted a few months and was followed by Grace Guthrie, who later married a local farmer, William Pattinson, and remained in the district for many years.

The history of the Endiang School is unique, as it had several locations. Unfortunately, fire destroyed the school in 1917. Classes were then held in the hall built by the local farmer’ union at the original site of Endiang until a new school could be built in 1919 at a new location one mile south of the original school.

In 1925, the railway came through the area and the new town of Endiang sprung up. The buildings from the original Endiang were moved to the new site and it soon boasted nearly 30 businesses, but had no school. When the Wideawake School west of the new town burned down in 1927, it was decided to rebuild the new school in Endiang.

In 1928, when the new school was competed in Endiang, the rural Endiang school courteously changed its name to Hunt Lake School, so the school in town could be named Endiang. After Hunt Lake School closed, it was moved to the schoolyard in Endiang in 1950 to handle some of the classes of the growing school population.

In 1962, a brand new school opened its doors in Endiang and served the area until 1992, at which time the school was closed and students have been bussed to Byemoor since.

The original site of the first Endiang School, located three miles east of present-day Endiang, is marked by a large sign placed there by the Endiang Centennial Committee.

We hope everyone enjoyed the last long weekend of summer. With the trees starting to change colour already, it seems summer whizzed by so fast this year.

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