Rum­sey-Row­ley his­tory book launched

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

A big part of a com­mu­nity’s his­tory is mak­ing sure it is recorded for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions, and Rum­sey-Row­ley is mak­ing sure thei his­tory is pre­served.

Last Fri­day night the com­mu­nity re­leased its new­est his­tory book. This is the third in a se­ries and helps to tell the story of the com­mu­nity.

Dariel McNaughton has worked on the last two books and was happy to see the lat­est book com­pleted, two years in the mak­ing.

Their first recorded his­tory book was a small leaflet pub­lished for the Cana­dian Cen­ten­nial. The sec­ond book was pub­lished in 1982.

She ex­plained John Grif­fith had urged her to take on the third edi­tion project, and in the spring of 2014, she was able to get about six peo­ple to vol­un­teer.

“Doris Caw­iezel, who has now passed away, was adamant that we start the book,” she said.

The com­mit­tee grew to 16, in­clud­ing Heather McKee, Dariel McNaughton, Cindy Kry­w­cun, Mary New­ton, Linda Helmer,

Al Ger­dung, Donna Sen­gaus, Judy Stone­man, Elaine Weisse, Joanne Tol­man, Lor­raine and Ger­ald Foe­sier, Karli Go­gol, Larry An­der­son, and Sharon God­dard. Proof­read­ers were Anna Kashuba, Judy Lapohn, and Carol Wilkins. Sketches in the book were done by Pat Hatt and Lau­rel McKee. Com­puter gu­rus were Curt McNaughton, Matthew McNaughton, and Karli Go­gol.

“It turned out ex­cel­lent, it was a re­ally good ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said.

The edi­tion has nearly 300 fam­ily sto­ries plus photos, art­work and ar­ti­cles cel­e­brat­ing lo­cal his­tory. It is the com­mu­nity that makes the book a treasure.

“I have to brag about the Rum­sey com­mu­nity. We are re­ally small, but it's such an agri­cul­tural com­mu­nity, and I think it is a very spe­cial com­mu­nity be­cause of the close­ness of the com­mu­nity,” she said.

It was pub­lished by Friesen Cor­po­ra­tion of Al­tona Man­i­toba, the same com­pany that pub­lished the 1982 edi­tion.

Dariel says it was a com­pletely dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence in pub­lish­ing the 1982 book be­fore the age of per­sonal com­put­ers and the mod­ern edi­tion.

“I was the sec­re­tary back then so my job was writ­ing let­ters, and ev­ery­thing was done by hand. Now you can go on the com­puter, and save it and change it when­ever, so the tech­nol­ogy made it eas­ier,” she said. “But for me, I am com­puter chal­lenged so I learned a lot."

She adds the younger gen­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing her grand­son, were able to help with the com­puter work.

To cel­e­brate the launch, MP for Bat­tle River-Crow­foot Kevin Soren­son was in at­ten­dance as well as Star­land Reeve Bar­rie Hoover, Star­land Coun­cil­lor Al­lan Avra­menko and CAO Ross Rawlusyk. There was also a “sur­prise, al­beit satir­i­cal” ap­pear­ance by Pre­mier Rachel Not­ley and Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau.

The cel­e­bra­tion also co­in­cided with the 30th an­niver­sary of the Rum­sey Hall. It of­fi­cially opened on June 14, 1986. It was paid for by July of 1988.

“It was amaz­ing… a lot of com­mu­ni­ties don’t have that kind of sup­port, I find Rum­sey a very spe­cial com­mu­nity,” she said.

The first edi­tion of the book was auc­tioned off and pur­chased by Ron and Kathryn Up­ton, in mem­ory of Ron’s par­ents, Ge­orge (Bud) and Myr­tle. Dariel and Mel McNaughton pur­chased the sec­ond copy of the book. The third edi­tion will be dis­played at the Rum­sey Drop-in, and the fourth edi­tion was pur­chased by Mau­reen and Jim Nel­son, who were also cel­e­brat­ing their 66th an­niver­sary. The funds raised went to the pub­lish­ing of the book. By the end of the evening about 250 copies were sold.

Copies of the book can be picked up at the Rum­sey Li­brary or by con­tact­ing the com­mit­tee mem­bers. The new books are $50, and the few re­main­ing 1982 editions are avail­able for $40.


It takes a vil­lage to make a book. In­volved in mak­ing the new Rum­sey-Row­ley his­tory books are (l-r) Heather McKee, Carol Wilkins (proof­reader), Dariel McNaughton, Cindy Kry­w­cun, Mary New­ton, Linda Helmer, Al Ger­dung, Donna Sen­gaus, Judy Stone­man, Elaine Weisse, Joanne Tol­man, Lor­raine Foe­sier, Ger­ald Foe­sier, Karli Go­gol, Anna Kashuba (proof­reader), and Larry An­der­son. Miss­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber, Sharon God­dard, and Judy Lapohn (proof­reader). Above, MP for Crow­foot-Bat­tle River Kevin Soren­son brings greet­ings at the launch of the new Rum­sey-Row­ley His­tory Book as well as the 30th an­niver­sary of the Rum­sey Hall.

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