Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Ger­ald Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

Dalum Dis­patch, July 12, 2017.

The Bethlehem Lutheran Church at Dalum was well filled with friends and rel­a­tives of Svend An­der­sen as he was re­mem­bered at his me­mo­rial ser­vice last Satur­day, on the 98th an­niver­sary of his birth. His son, Rick, com­mented that Svend would have been sur­prised at how many at­tended the cel­e­bra­tion of his life as he had of­ten stated that at his age “all my friends have died”. Of course, that is not true. Al­though most of his con­tem­po­raries are no longer with us his cir­cle of friends in­cludes many who are much younger than the nearly 98 years of his life which came to an end on March 9, 2017. There are many mem­o­ries made over such a long life and trib­utes by two grand­daugh­ters as well as his chil­dren, Dale, Rick, and Barb de­scribed what an im­pact the man had made on so many peo­ple. They re­called the hum­ble be­gin­nings of the fam­ily which ar­rived at Dalum when Svend was an in­fant, the youngest of five chil­dren in a fam­ily which had lost its fa­ther only a few months ear­lier and noted that Svend was the first baby bap­tized in the newly formed com­mu­nity. Be­sides his hard work on the farm, Svend’s com­mu­nity in­volve­ment in­cluded serv­ing as a tele­phone line­man, be­ing one of the found­ing lead­ers of the 4H beef club, driv­ing a school bus and sup­port­ing youth sports. He was loved by his fam­ily, was re­spected by his neigh­bors, and was well known in the Drumheller area through his ac­tive in­volve­ment with the Drumheller Co-Op where he held mem­ber­ship #1 un­til his death. He and Marie, who pre-de­ceased him in 2013, were mar­ried for seventy years and en­joyed a long re­tire­ment. His mil­i­tary ser­vice in WWII al­lowed him to spend his fi­nal years at the Care West Colonel Belcher fa­cil­ity in Cal­gary where he grace­fully de­clined from the vigor of ear­lier years to the frailty of age but, to the end, he re­mained a hand­some man with a charm­ing and gen­tle per­son­al­ity. Fol­low­ing the ser­vice and lun­cheon at Dalum the fam­ily and a few guests gath­ered at the Dan­ish Cana­dian Club in Cal­gary which was one of Svend’s fa­vorite places to so­cial­ize and where more mem­o­ries were shared about the man who had led a fine, long life. It has been said that you have achieved suc­cess when you can look back at your life and the mem­o­ries make you smile; if there is one thing that I will al­ways re­mem­ber about Svend An­der­sen it is his friendly, cheer­ful smile. Those who wish to make me­mo­rial do­na­tions in honour of Svend may se­lect the Bethlehem Lutheran Church at Dalum or the Cal­gary Health Trust in care of Care West Colonel Belcher, 1939 Vet­er­ans Way, Cal­gary Al­berta, T3B 5Y8, with a note in­clud­ing your name and phone num­ber. As is of­ten the case, Rita Palle­sen will ac­cept any do­na­tions and for­ward them to the ap­pro­pri­ate des­ti­na­tion.

A note to those who are ex­pect­ing to join in the pot luck lunch after church next Sun­day, sorry, the sched­ule had an un­ex­pected change when the An­der­sen fam­ily of­fered a quan­tity of ex­tra lunch items fol­low­ing Svend’s me­mo­rial and they were put to good use after last Sun­day’s ser­vice. In other church news, fam­i­lies are re­minded that Sum­mer Va­ca­tion Bi­ble School is sched­uled for the evenings of July 18, 19 and 20. For more in­for­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter, please con­tact Julie Eske­land or Pas­tor Dan Hen­drick­son.

Some news items from the Palle­sen fam­ily in­clude a re­minder that a meet and greet baby shower for Ali Marie Doyle, the new ad­di­tion to the Jenny and Travis Doyle fam­ily, will be held at the home of Karen McMil­lan on Sun­day, July 16, be­gin­ning at about 1:00 pm. Con­nie Hal­li­well (n. Palle­sen) also re­ports that son Erik re­cently grad­u­ated Jasper Place High School with hon­ours with dis­tinc­tion and he hopes to en­roll in an en­gi­neer­ing pro­gram at U of A this fall. Fam­ily mem­bers from Dalum were among the many guests help­ing to cel­e­brate that event.

In re­gard to prepa­ra­tions for the Dalum cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tion to be held next year, Ellen Ny­gaard has re­cov­ered a se­ries of au­dio tapes from the Al­berta Ar­chives which con­tain in­ter­views with some of the early pi­o­neers in Dalum. Ellen had helped to con­duct these in­ter­views in 1973 and they have since been con­verted to a dig­i­tal for­mat which we hope to in­clude among the his­tor­i­cal dis­plays at the re­union. The ten record­ings are presently be­ing re­viewed and to hear the com­ments and the sto­ries told by these “old timers” in their own voices is a real trip down me­mory lane. Among oth­ers, there are record­ings of Ada Petersen, Peter Lund, Peter Oster­gard, Al­bert Jor­gensen and Wal­ter Mau­rit­sen; I will pro­vide more de­tails and sug­ges­tions of how fam­i­lies may par­tic­i­pate in mak­ing use of the record­ings in a fu­ture col­umn.

Birth­day greet­ings this week go to Susan Brown (n. Jensen) and to Gun­nar Mortensen who, in his own words, is a young man who has been young for a very, very long time.

You may con­tinue to call Ger­ald Ras­mussen at 403-823-2036 with your news items or, email to ger­mar70@magtech.ca.

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