I will open by correcting a mistake from last week’s column where I referred to Mr. A.P. Andersen as Anton, his name was Anders while it was Mr. Christensen whose name was Anton. While neither of those men survived 1919 to join their wives and operate their farms at Dalum, their family legacies continue.
The community hall basement was a lively place last Saturday evening when a crowd of family friends gathered there to honour Shayla Sandum with a bridal shower. The party took on a Mexican theme with Margaritas being one of the refreshments offered and with an unexpected musical interlude provided by a group called the Three Amigos, although they were three in name only. There was plenty of fun and laughter as the crowd looks forward to the July first wedding date.
For those who are supporters of the Dalum Community Hall Association and who read this on March 22, you are reminded that the Annual General Meeting will take place at the hall, tonight, at 7:30 pm.
Get well wishes this week go out to Pauline Pallesen who is recovering after knee surgery and to Karen McMillan who will be having a similar procedure as the result of a recent skiing mishap.
This is the season for farm auction sales and there is one to take place on March 29 which is of particular interest to Dalum and Rosebud folks. It was just a year ago that we lost Wagnar Learke to cancer and now Mariann, who has managed through sorrow and difficult circumstances, will close out the farming operation with the final dispersal of machinery, tools and supplies next Wednesday.
Birthday greetings this week go out to former Dalum boy, Harvey Christensen, to Pauline Pallesen, Lehn Lund, Mitch Ostergard and to both Ron and Judy Petersen who now reside at wishes to all.
Spring officially arrived on Monday and the weekend certainly gave the impression that the season was changing. I had been to Lethbridge last week and saw that south of Brooks the gophers are out in great numbers although here, where winter is not so dry and warm, I have yet to see any of the early rising, suicidal ground squirrels out on the highway. After the earlier partial break up, the ice on the Red Deer and Rosebud rivers broke free with a rush on Saturday night and the creek behind my house has been flowing for several days. On Sunday I searched for crocuses on some southern slopes but the only thing I discovered is that the coulee seems to be deeper and steeper than it was a year ago.
A closing thought comes from the internet where Mr. A. Nonymous states: “Before middle age do not fear ….. after middle age do not regret”. You may continue to call Gerald Rasmussen at 403-8232036 with your news items or, e-mail to germar70@magtech. ca. Innisfail. Best