Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Ger­ald and Maryann Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

The com­mu­nity hall was a busy place where both som­bre and joy­ous events took place last week, be­gin­ning with the lun­cheon which fol­lowed the fu­neral ser­vice for Wag­nar Learke Hansen on Wed­nes­day. It was a large crowd which gath­ered at the church to re­mem­ber Wag­nar with mourn­ers rep­re­sent­ing sev­eral com­mu­ni­ties and or­ga­ni­za­tions which will miss his pres­ence in the fu­ture. Well known and re­spected in the lo­cal farm­ing com­mu­nity, he also had an ex­ten­sive net­work of friends with a sim­i­lar Dan­ish back­ground in­clud­ing alumni of the Dan­ish Royal Guard, of which he had been a mem­ber dur­ing his ser­vice in the Dan­ish Army. An ex­cel­lent eu­logy was de­liv­ered by his friend, Jens Lind, who re­lated Wag­nar’s life story in a warm and in­ti­mate way, yet filled with hu­mour as was Wag­nar’s de­sire. It was a trib­ute which de­scribed a quiet man ded­i­cated to his life in agri­cul­ture, goal driven, but not with­out a gen­er­ous help­ing of fun. Jens con­cluded the eu­logy by posing the ques­tion, “for those of us who have an­other day to live, what will we do with that day?” and he chal­lenged all those in at­ten­dance to make the best of each day we have. As the church emp­tied af­ter the ser­vice, mem­bers of the Dan­ish Royal Guard flanked the side­walk while fam­ily and friends passed by. Do­na­tions in mem­ory of Wag­nar Learke Hansen may be made directly to the Tom Baker Can­cer Cen­ter in Cal­gary or given to Rita Palle­sen who will en­sure that they are de­liv­ered.

Thurs­day saw two more events take place at the hall, these on a hap­pier note. In the morn­ing a group of 81 hik­ers used the hall as their stag­ing area be­fore be­gin­ning a walk along what the orig­i­nal own­ers of the Two Bar Ranch re­ferred to as “the home coulee” and which is known as such to this day. Tim Hawk­ings, son-in-law to Myr­tle Hol­men, is a mem­ber of the Esso An­nu­i­tants Hik­ing Club and this is the se­cond year which the group has in­cluded this hike in their sum­mer agenda. Some made the en­tire trek from Dalum to Wayne while oth­ers walked only the less dif­fi­cult ter­rain and trav­elled by ve­hi­cle to meet the rest of the group at The Last Chance Sa­loon for lunch.

On Thurs­day af­ter­noon the sev­en­ti­eth an­niver­sary of the Dalum Friend­ship Club was cel­e­brated at the Spring Tea which was at­tended by a crowd which filled the base­ment of the hall. The day was made more spe­cial by the pres­ence of four hon­oured guests; Erna Boe, Myr­tle Hol­men, Esther Nielsen and Nora An­der­sen who are all char­ter mem­bers of the or­ga­ni­za­tion which was formed on May 23, 1946. The ladies were each pre­sented with a rose bowl and Erna de­liv­ered heart­felt com­ments wherein she thanked mem­bers past and present for mak­ing the club a val­ued part of her life and for liv­ing up to the ob­jec­tives of the club by ex­tend­ing friend­ship to those around them and through the char­i­ta­ble ser­vices it pro­vides. Re­fresh­ments, door prizes and good fel­low­ship made for fine af­ter­noon and the mem­bers are grate­ful to all those who helped to put on the event and es­pe­cially to all those who at­tended.

Sun­day brought an­other group of mourn­ers to the com­mu­nity hall when rel­a­tives of Eric Moeller gath­ered for a lun­cheon fol­low­ing his burial in the ceme­tery of the Beth­le­hem Lutheran Church at Dalum. Eric died un­ex­pect­edly last week at the age of 66, at his home on Gabri­olla Is­land, B.C. The ring­ing of the church bell for the call to Sun­day ser­vice pro­vided a poignant con­clu­sion to the pri­vate cer­e­mony which had just taken place. The Moeller fam­ily con­nec­tion to Dalum goes back to 1927 when the Peter Falkenlovedam fam­ily ar­rived in the com­mu­nity. Daugh­ter Car­rie, who would later be­come Mrs. Phillip Moeller and mother to Eric, is now 98 years of age and liv­ing at Hil­lview Manor in Drumheller. Her hus­band, Phillip Moeller, passed away in 1985 and lies at rest in the fam­ily plot at Dalum. Eric’s sis­ter, Anne, and her hus­band, Al­lan Heiliger, live in the Hand Hills area.

Dalum has lost an­other well-known and val­ued mem­ber of the com­mu­nity with the pass­ing of Benth Poulsen in Red Deer last Satur­day. A fu­neral ser­vice for Benth will be held at the Dalum Beth­le­hem Lutheran Church be­gin­ning at 2:00 p.m. on Fri­day, June 10.

Arthur & Gail Chris­tensen took time be­tween va­ca­tions to at­tend the Spring Teas and I learned that they have just re­turned from spend­ing a month in On­tario where they vis­ited with daugh­ter Gwe­nanne and her fam­ily.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Katie Jensen who was one of the 2016 Grad­u­ates from Drumheller Val­ley Sec­ondary School and good luck to brother, Eric, who is join­ing the Se­nior Ti­tans foot­ball team in the po­si­tion of of­fen­sive tackle.

Birth­day greetings this week go out to Phyl­lis Hutchin­son who at­tended the Spring Tea with her mother, Nora An­der­sen, and to Ray Chris­tensen and Pat Ras­mussen who also cel­e­brate an­other year. I must also cor­rect an er­ror from last week’s greetings when I mis­tak­enly made Con­nie Gil­roy a Palle­sen rather than a Mortensen, a gaff which both fam­i­lies took plea­sure in point­ing out to me, but in a very kind way.

Re­cent ac­tiv­ity at Proven Farms, the home of the late Her­luf and Marie Jensen, has in­cluded re­place­ment of some old fences and other work in prepa­ra­tion for a fu­ture move there by grand­son, Paul Teskey. We hear from re­li­able sources that two sisters who know that place very well were both driv­ing trac­tors last week­end with Mark Teskey giv­ing the or­ders. You may re­mem­ber Joyce, Eileen and Roland who have lived away from Dalum but have not lost touch with the com­mu­nity.

You may con­tinue to call Ger­ald and Maryann Ras­mussen at 403-823-2036 with your news items or, e-mail to ger­mar70@magtech.ca.

Char­tered mem­bers of the Dalum Friend­ship Cub Erna Boe, Esther Nielsen, Nora An­der­sen, and Myr­tle Hol­men.

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