Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Ger­ald Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

Svend Andersen, at the age of 97, passed away at the Colonel Belcher Care Cen­tre in Calgary last Thurs­day evening, March 9, 2017. He ar­rived in Dalum in the spring of 1920 as an in­fant, the youngest of the five chil­dren in the An­ton and Magna Andersen fam­ily. The story of Magna Andersen and her fam­ily is one of hard­ship, per­se­ver­ance and suc­cess which was made no less chal­leng­ing as a re­sult of the death of Mr. Andersen in the win­ter pre­ced­ing the move to Dalum. Land had been pur­chased and there was no choice but to carry on, fac­ing both the fail­ures and the suc­cesses which lay ahead. That pi­o­neer spirit is cap­tured in a quote by Win­ston Churchill who once said: “Suc­cess is not fi­nal and fail­ure is not fa­tal; it is the courage to con­tinue that counts”. Even­tu­ally Svend took over the farm where, with his wife Marie, they raised their own fam­ily. Svend was very ac­tive in the com­mu­nity and the Andersen fam­ily bi­og­ra­phy, which be­gins on page 125 of the “Re­flec­tions” his­tory book, in­cludes some of those de­tails. Like so many of the sto­ries found in that book, it is well worth tak­ing a few min­utes to read. By 1980 the farm was handed over to the next gen­er­a­tion and now, after an­other gen­er­a­tional shift, is op­er­ated by Svend’s grand­son, Steven Mir­bach. Svend was pre­de­ceased by Marie and is sur­vived by sons Dale and Richard, daugh­ter Bar­bara, and their fam­i­lies. A me­mo­rial ser­vice for Svend will be held at Dalum at a fu­ture date, yet to be de­ter­mined.

There are two events sched­uled to take place at the com- mu­nity hall in the next week. On Satur­day evening, March 18, the Shayla San­dum bridal shower will be­gin at 7:00 pm and next Wednes­day, March 22, the An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing of the Dalum Com­mu­nity Hall As­so­ci­a­tion is sched­uled to start at 7:30 pm. An­nual mem­ber­ship dues of $25.00 may be paid at that time.

Con­do­lences to Anne Hud­geon and her fam­ily upon the loss of her hus­band, Ken, who passed away Fe­bru­ary 20. Anne is the sec­ond of the four chil­dren born to Al­fred and Nel­lie Clausen who farmed in the Nickle Springs area of Dalum, be­gin­ning in the 1930’s.

Birth­day greet­ings this week go out to Ade­line Boe who will have only one can­dle on her cake and to Sonja Laibida (n. Paarup), Keir Miller, Howard Ras­mussen, and Har­vey Poulsen who all will try to blow out con­sid­er­ably more. Best wishes to all.

Last Wednes­day was In­ter- na­tional Women’s Day and it was cel­e­brated in many ways. In Washington there were protests against U.S. Pres­i­dent Trump by those who feel that he rep­re­sents anti-fem­i­nist at­ti­tudes. In many other places there were dis­cus­sions and de­bates which took a more peace­ful look at the role of women in mod­ern so­ci­ety and there was the “Day With­out Women” cam­paign which en­cour­aged women to “take a day off ” in or­der to draw at­ten­tion to their con­tri­bu­tions in the work­place and in the home. A year ago I may not have paid at­ten­tion to Women’s Day, I may have even scoffed at the idea and con­sid­ered it just an­other of the many “spe­cial days” that get a few min­utes of air time with a chance to dis­play the plac­ards and ban­ners to which tele­vi­sion cam­eras are so at­tracted. But I view things dif­fer­ently now with my own per­sonal rea­sons for rec­og­niz­ing the value of a woman and they go be­yond rec­og­niz­ing the strug­gles of those in the cor­po­rate world where it is dif­fi­cult to break through the “glass ceiling” into lead­er­ship roles. They go more to the recog­ni­tion of the im­mea-

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