All aspects of the
Bellwood community throughout its first 100 years have been
exemplified in the official Bellwood Centennial crest which
was designed by Mike Wilson, an eighth grader at the
Bellwood District 3-R School.
The couple pictured in the crest represent
Mr. and Mrs. Bell, the founders of the community which was
originally called "Bells Wood." The "wood" in the town's
name is represented by the trees. In the nine o'clock
position of the crest is the town's original grain elevator.
Beside this is the old mail cart which was pushed to the
train depot daily for the delivery of the mail. The
horse-drawn plow depicts the typical scene of the farmers
who created the community
The railroad might be said to have been
the connecting link for this picture. With its coming, the
old on the left side gave way to the new progressive way of
life on the right side of the crest
The plow eventually gave way to the modern
tractor. The old grain elevator has been replaced by a
larger, newer, ever-expanding facility serving the Bellwood
trade area. The old mail cart was put to rest when the post
office, pictured in the three o'clock position, was
modernized. The school is the center of many community
The Centennial committee has acknowledged
the artistry of Joyce Navrkal for the final composition of
The Bellwood community will be celebrating
its 100th anniversary on July 11, 12 and 13.
The Banner-Press, March 27,
Centennial 1880 - 1980
"Twas a sea of grass where
the settlers stopped.
They broke the sod and planted their
They founded a town when the railroad
And built elevators to ship out their
A vast water supply lay under their
Which allowed them to irrigate and get
What once was considered a quite useless
Turned out to be a Garden of Eden.
The above poem was
written by Robert M. Bell, Sr., and is printed on the back
of our Commemorative Centennial Plate.
The face of the plate is inscribed with
the Bellwood Crest to complete the heritage of our town. It
was designed by Mike Wilson.