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