A damp weekend brought some very welcomed moisture when almost an inch of rain fell in the Dalum area. It came at a good time as crops were in need of another watering and lawns were beginning to lose the lush green colour which we have been enjoying lately. It will not be long before the country side displays its summer array of colour and there is already a hint of yellow in some canola fields, white blossoms are beginning to appear in the pea crops and where flax has been planted there will soon be a luxurious blue added to the Mother Nature’s palette. Alfalfa fields are in bloom and it appears that there will be a good hay crop this year.
Seven members of the Friendship Club met at the home of Edith Suntjens last Thursday evening where treasurer, Carol Ostergard, reported that the Spring Tea was both a social and a financial success. The revenue allows the ladies to continue their charitable work and at the meeting it was decided to donate a portion of the proceeds to the Drumheller food bank. Well done, ladies.
Among the attractions of the “Scandinavian Trail” in west-central Alberta are the historic village of Markerville; Stephansson House, the home of the Icelandic farmer – poet; the Dickson Store Museum; and the Danish Canadian National Museum which is open from May to September. Located near the Dickson dam, just south of the village of Dickson, it offers a glimpse into the history of Danish people and communities in Canada as well as featuring several special events during the summer months. There are three special events scheduled in the month of July beginning with Canada Day celebrations on Friday when complimentary coffee and cake will be served. On July 3 there will be a Danish church service and old fashioned picnic and on July 10 the annual Aelbeskiver and Jam Day is expected to bring out plenty of visitors looking for that special treat. Because it is a national organization with Directors representing all parts of Canada the Annual General Meeting is hosted by various cities and the 2016 meeting took place in Montreal last month. Next year will be the twenty fifth anniversary of the museum and the AGM will take place in Red Deer with more special events to mark the anniversary.
Birthday greetings this week go to three ladies with Dalum roots. Lois Rosso (n. Schultz), Clara Poulsen and Becky Dahl will all mark another year, best wishes to all.
The recent rain was escorted into our area by strong winds and even though these prairie howlers sometimes cause damage to buildings and crops they do not have the same effect on the land or the people as was the case in pioneer days of the thirties and even into the sixties. Modern farming practises which include minimal tillage, more effective use of herbicides and continuous cropping mean that the dust storms of days gone by are almost unheard of. In the early days when summer fallow was plowed aggressively as the main form of weed control, drafty windows and doors of uninsulated houses announced the arrival of dust which found its way into cupboards, walls and clothes with a whistling, whining persistence which was more than some pioneers could stand and resulted in what was known as “prairie madness”. Alone on a homestead with neither a tree nor a neighbor for miles it was a disheartening experience and one which often ended with an abandoned farm and broken dreams. A good sense of humour helped many to get through the tough times and one cheerful old farmer claimed that as the wind died down after such a storm he walked out into the yard and saw a gopher, thirty feet in the air, still digging.
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