Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - DRUMHELLERWORKS.COM - Ger­ald Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

The Hol­men fam­ily hosted a party in hon­our of Myr­tle’s 95th birth­day at the Juras­sic Inn in Drumheller last Sun­day where the ban­quet room was filled with con­ver­sa­tion between Dalum neigh­bours, former Dalum neigh­bors and sev­eral friends and rel­a­tives from Cal­gary who joined the cel­e­bra­tion. Lanny and Bev were able to at­tend, hav­ing just ar­rived home from their win­ter in the Do­mini­can Repub­lic, and Lanny re­ports they re­cently ex­pe­ri­enced a storm there which dropped 14 inches of rain in a mat­ter of a few hours re­sult­ing in par­tial flood­ing of their con­do­minium com­plex but, hap­pily, their unit re­mained dry. Other Dalum folks on the birth­day list this week in­clude Darcy Jensen who just marked fifty years, Bob Nel­son, Jess Nielsen and Paula Hen­drick­son. Happy Birth­day to all.

Gary Toft re­ports that he and Val are home from their win­ter va­ca­tion and one of the first tasks wait­ing for him is to ar­range for volunteers who are will­ing to help at a casino. The event is in sup­port of Big Coun­try Vic­tim Ser­vices and is sched­uled for Satur­day and Sun­day, July 22 and 23; those in­ter­ested may con­tact him at 403-823-9298. In a dis­cus­sion about the 2018 re­union Gary of­fered sup­port to the Dalum cen­ten­nial project in the form of some his­tor­i­cal doc­u­ments which may be dis­played and the of­fer of space for R.V. park­ing on his prop­erty just west of the church. An­other note re­gard­ing the Dalum cen­ten­nial event in 2018 con­cerns the place­ment of com- mem­o­ra­tive plaques which are avail­able from var­i­ous lev­els of gov­ern­ments and where they might be lo­cated. It has been sug­gested a mon­u­ment sim­i­lar to the one at the com­mu­nity park which was cre­ated on the oc­ca­sion of the Cana­dian cen­ten­nial in 1967 be placed on the church grounds, per­haps at the en­trance to the ceme­tery, and to that end the search has be­gun for a suit­able field stone upon which a plaque could be mounted. There must be a few boul­ders ly­ing in rock piles or along old fence lines in our com­mu­nity and the of­fer of a suit­able stone would be ap­pre­ci­ated.

Lau­rie Reif­f­en­stein and Gary Ja­cob­sen are both home and feel­ing bet­ter after mi­nor med­i­cal pro­ce­dures at Red Deer hospi­tal while former Dalum boys Howard Ras­mussen, now of Leth­bridge, and Ivan Jor­gensen who has been a res­i­dent of Prince Ge­orge for many years, will both be get­ting new hips this week. Best wishes to all.

April 9 was the cen­ten­nial of the Bat­tle of Vimy Ridge which is seen as a sig­nif­i­cant mo­ment in Cana­dian his­tory and was marked with re­mem­brance cer­e­monies at home and in France. Many school groups are vis­it­ing the mon­u­ment and sur­round­ing area over the Easter break and in­cluded among them are stu­dents from Delia; I look for­ward to a re­port from Xan­der Ki­pling who is in the grade twelve class at that school.

Mark Twain is most often re­mem­bered for his hu­mour and tall tales but from his se­ri­ous side comes the fol­low­ing:

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