Dalum Dis­patch

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

Fam­ily and friends helped Olav and Rita Palle­sen cel­e­brate sixty years of mar­riage by join­ing them for lunch at a Drumheller restau­rant last Thurs­day. It ap­peared the sur­prise party was not much of a sur­prise to the cou­ple as they were hand­somely dressed for the oc­ca­sion but Olav ex­plained that he had just hap­pened to put on his “Thurs­day suit” that morn­ing. The cou­ple mar­ried in 1956, five years af­ter Olav ar­rived from Den­mark to work on the farm of his un­cle, Ei­nar Paarup, where he got busy learn­ing English as well as Cana­dian farm­ing meth­ods. With help to get started from Rita’s father, John Hansen, and blessed by the re­wards which come with hard work and the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able on the Cana­dian prairies, their farm is one of many in Dalum which con­tin­ues to be op­er­ated by sub­se­quent gen­er­a­tions of the fam­ily. Olav and Rita are well known be­yond the com­mu­nity of Dalum with Rita be­ing a ded­i­cated vol­un­teer at the Drumheller Health Cen­tre. Best wishes are sent to them by their many friends and ac­quain­tances.

It is with the sad­ness that comes with the loss of a dear friend that I re­port the death of Erna Boe who re­cently marked her 97th birth­day. On Sun­day Erna was ad­mit­ted to hospi­tal in Drumheller and on Mon­day morn­ing, Jan­uary 2, she passed away af­ter a long and well lived life. A fu­neral ser­vice for Erna will be held at the Bethlehem Lutheran church at Dalum at 2:00 pm on Satur­day, Jan­uary 7.

A re­minder to mem­bers of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church con­gre­ga­tion that the An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing is sched­uled for Sun­day, Jan­uary 22. The meet­ing will be held fol­low­ing the Sun­day ser­vice and Pot Luck lunch.

To all vol­un­teers in­volved in the night gown project: the sewing bee, where all the pieces will be as­sem­bled, sched­uled to take place in the Dalum Church base­ment this week­end has been re-sched­uled for Satur­day, Jan­uary 14. Work will be­gin at about 9:00 in the morn­ing.

The Jan­uary 15 dead­line for sub­mit­ting Co-op till tapes is rapidly ap­proach­ing and Rita Palle­sen asks that any­one who has been sav­ing them for the Friend­ship Club please get them to her as soon as pos­si­ble.

Birth­day greetings this week go out to Elena Eske­land, Kyle Sun­t­jens, Paula Vogstad and Johnny Jensen who were all born near the be­gin­ning of the month. Elena was the “New Year Baby” in Drumheller when she was born, no word on whether any of the others hold such a dis­tinc­tion.

News from the com­mu­nity hall in­cludes a lost and found no­tice re­gard­ing a ladies leather coat which was left in the base­ment some­time in Novem­ber, the owner may con­tact Ger­ald Ras­mussen for de­tails. With the cold weather upon us the fur­naces have been ser­viced and re­paired but Dalum folks are still en­cour­aged to watch for the low tem­per­a­ture alarm lights on the pump house and in the west

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