Dalum Dis­patch

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

It is just a brief re­port from Dalum this week where the crops which showed such prom­ise a month ago are now suf­fer­ing from lack of mois­ture. The storm which blew through the area on Sun­day evening did bring some rain but by most re­ports it amounted to less than half an inch; too lit­tle, too late for some of the crops. On the bright side, it has been a good year for hay with enough mois­ture early in the sum­mer and ex­cel­lent con­di­tions for cut­ting and bal­ing in re­cent weeks.

In­cluded on the long list of char­i­ta­ble and non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions which make use of fund­ing pro­vided by vol­un­teer­ing work­ers to help at casi­nos sanc­tioned by the Al­berta Liquor and Gam­ing Com­mis­sion is Big Coun­try Vic­tims Ser­vices where Judy Nel­son is the man­ager and last week­end a few Dalum folks were part of the crew which took a turn at the Cen­tury Casino in Cal­gary. The Dalum Com­mu­nity Hall As­so­ci­a­tion and the Dalum Fire Pro­tec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion also make use of this form of fundrais­ing with the Fire Pro­tec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion sched­uled for an event early next year, some­thing for vol­un­teers to keep in mind.

I stopped in at the beau­ti­ful Rosedale home of Kaj and Doreen Guld­berg last week­end while they were hold­ing a garage sale and learned that they, too, had re­cent vis­i­tors from Den­mark when friends from Cal­gary es­corted the trav­ellers to the Drumheller val­ley as part of a Cana­dian va­ca­tion.

The Palle­sen fam­ily made a trip south to the Doyle farm at Fort MacLeod last week­end when they at­tended the bap­tism of their new­est fam­ily mem­ber, Ali Doyle.

I have spent a bit more time re­view­ing the tape recorded in­ter­views of sev­eral Dalum pi­o­neers which were con­ducted by Ellen Ny­gaard in 1973 and each one holds in­ter­est­ing and per­sonal re­mem­brances of the early days in our com­mu­nity. It has been sug­gested that fam­ily mem­bers might pur­chase the dig­i­tally mas­tered record­ings from the Pro­vin­cial archives and share them by way of “lis­ten­ing sta­tions” at the Dalum cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tion which will take place just over a year from now and Ellen has taken on the task of con­tact­ing sur­viv­ing fam­ily mem­bers to co­or­di­nate that part of the ac­tiv­i­ties. A va­ri­ety of dis­plays and ac­tiv­i­ties are planned and they will be lo­cated at the church, the com­mu­nity hall and the fire hall.

Rita Palle­sen sends a re­minder that she is still ac­cept­ing do­na­tions to the Beth­le­hem Lutheran Church at Dalum in mem­ory of the late Svend An­der­sen. Do­na­tions may also be di­rected to 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.

Birth­day greet­ings this week go to Carol Vogstad and her daugh­ter-in-law, Tresa; to Jamie Paarup; and to Lanny Hol­men and his sis­ter, Rhonda Espe­gren. I also find my own name on the list and look for­ward to spend­ing the day with my chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.

From the Farm­ers Book of Wis­dom: “When you find your­self in a hole, stop dig­ging!”

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

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