A bridal shower for Shayla Sandum will take place at the Dalum Hall on Saturday, March 18, and we are reminded by Lynn Petersen and Karen McMillan that they are collecting for the community gift for Shayla and Drew. For those who may be interested, there is a bridal registry for Shayla at the Bay. The shower will begin at 7:00 pm and the wedding is set for July 1 when Shayla will become Mrs. Toleman.
Another event coming up at the hall is the Annual General Meeting of the Hall Association which will be held at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, March 22. There are some current Board members who are well past their “best before” dates and anyone interested in taking a turn as a director is welcome to volunteer.
I know that a few people read this column because I hear about it when I make a mistake, as I did last week when I stated that Dalum was the last of the Danish colonies to be established in Canada. Carl Sorensen, formerly of Tilley, was quick to point out to me that while Dalum had been settled prior to 1920 it was not until about ten years later that another group of Danes became established at that southern Alberta community. The Danish community at Tilley was centered on farming, their Danish heritage and the church which was served by Pastor Anton Skanderup. Both settlements acquired land which had been ceded to the Canadian Pacific Railway as an incentive to build the transcontinental line and Carl provided me with an excerpt from the Skanderup family history which illustrates the effect that the C.P.R. had on the development of ethnically based communities on the prairies. Anton Skanderup wrote: “It was the days of colonization by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company. They sent agents everywhere, also to the States. The CPR, upon request, contacted me. A free trip was arranged to Canada, and we ended up in Brooks, where land was for sale. Millicent Flat was the original place thought of, but already too much of the land was sold so there was not enough left to settle a colony of Danes on. We looked over the land around Tilley. Also here were two agents busy selling land. One bringing in Slovakian settlers, another mostly Hungarians, and I was to bring in Danish. The CPR decided to give up their big hay farm and let it be settled by Danes and several other sections of land were added to be reserved for the Danish to settle on. We kept the reservation for 2 years. This took place in August 1929.”
Keeping in mind that it is now less than 18 months until the celebration marking the centennial of the community of Dalum, the organizing committee must now begin developing a guest list in order to plan for accommodations and food services. Those who read this column and wish to attend the homecoming on the weekend of August 3 to 5, 2018, may reply to me at email@example.com.
It is not uncommon to see and hear owls throughout the winter but lately they have been making more than the usual amount of night time calls as the mating season is well under way. At my house the wag-o-matic spent most of an evening barking at a pair of the love birds and Laurie Reiffenstein reports that he and Joan were kept awake one night when some vociferous romancing was taking place outside their window. It is the Great Horned Owl which we most commonly see in this area and they, along with the Screech Owl, are the only two owl species known to mate for life so one wonders why the refrain of “Who, who, who?”. Perhaps the female knows who but just doesn’t give a hoot.
With each passing week there are more signs of spring and next Sunday, March 12, is the return to Daylight Saving Time. “Spring ahead” means that clocks will advance by one hour at 2:00 am. Many modern devices do it automatically while some clocks never get changed. My old truck has been on “summer time” since the turn of the century and that was about the same time that the “check engine” light came on; some things you just learn to live with.
Birthday greetings this week go out to Tom Madsen, Norman Christensen, Janet Reimer (n. Rasmussen) and Kirstin Pallesen, best wishes to all.
Whenever you pause to check your moral compass, keep this in mind: “Doing the right thing, especially when no one is watching, is called integrity.”
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