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-