Did you know that without the women of Bowman, we wouldn’t have the Bowman Regional Public Library? In 1913, twenty-one ladies met to discuss the possibilities of beginning a library in Bowman, with Mrs. Diehl presiding as chairwoman. Shortly after the first meeting a committee was appointed to draw up a constitution and by-laws, which were adopted on July 11 of 1917.
The Library Association was given a room above the Herzig Meat Market, and donations of coal, kindling, cash, a library sign, and library books were taken in. By July 25 of that year, 150 books had been donated. In 1915, a building was built and given to the Library Association by J.E. Phelan. By May 1919, the library went on a “taxation basis” and the Library Association was dissolved.
There have been many changes at the library since that first group of women got together in 1913, but without them, and the many others who have contributed throughout the years, we might not have such a great library today!
If you want to learn more about the Bowman Regional Public Library, stop in and see them, or check out their website, www.bowmanlibrary.com!