Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - MAIL WORKS! - Ger­ald Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

Last week, when I should have b een w rit­ing t he D alum Disp atch, I w as en joy­ing a c amp­ing trip with my fam­ily s o t here is a bit of catch­ing up to do in this col­umn but first I must say that both t he we ather and t he fish­ing were good at Buf­falo Lake. The w ag-o-matic got a r ide in t he b oat and, un­der t he sup ervi­sion of m y daugh­ter Jill, was very in­ter­ested in me et­ing a Nor th­ern Pik e f or t he first time. Games and st ories ar ound the c amp­fire adde d t o t he en­joy­ment of the va­ca­tion.

Gail Chr is­tensen r eports that t he Chr is­tensen f am­ily r ecently he ld a r eu­nion at t he S eniors Cen tre a t Ch­ester­mere w ith mor e than fif ty p eo­ple a ttend­ing and en joy­ing t he e vent. I t was noted that the oc­ca­sion also mar ked 90 ye ars sinc e Nis and L ydia had me tat the D an­ish C ana­dian Club in C al­gary wher e t heir r omance b egan and whic h re­sulted in a ha ppy mar - riage which lasted un­til his death in 1963. The s enior cou­ple rais ed t heir f am­ily of si x sons in the Dalum

TheDrumhellerMail.com - SEC­TION A area and t his ye ar t hree of len did the driv­ing. the s ons and t heir w ives The orig­i­nal par­son­age will c el­e­brate 60 ye ars of for the Bethlehem Lutheran mar­riage. Tho se mar king a Church a t D alum w as t he “Di­a­mond” an­niver­sar y ar e farm home of Pa stor P eter Leonard & Glor y, Ar thur Ras­mussen, it w as built in & Gail, and Nor man & Al1920 and it served that purice; c on­grat­u­la­tions t o all. pose un­til 1952 when he and Fol­low­ing t he J uly r eu­nion Mrs. R as­mussen move d t o Arthur & G ail ac com­paDrumheller. In an tic­i­pa­tion nied their daugh­ter Gwenne of the ar­rival of a ne w pasAnne and her h us­band, Al­tor plan­ning for the present par­son­age w as b egun w ith con­struc­tion b eing c om­pleted in 1954 but there had been a de lay in lo cat­ing a re­place­ment f or R as­mussen s o t he hous e r emained va­cant un­til Pas­tor Gor­don Miller and his fam­ily ar­rived in 1955. The Millers be­came the first r es­i­dents of t he home which has been oc­cu­pied al­most con­tin­u­ously by res­i­dent p as­tors or t enants ever since. Like the 97 ye ar old Ras­mussen home which has had up­grades and ren­o­va­tions over t he de cades, the “new” par­son­age, which is now mor e t han 60 ye ars old, has also been well cared for with the most re­cent im­prove­ment b eing made t o the kitchen where new cab­i­nets and floor­ing along with some plumb­ing and e lec­tri­cal mo di­fi­ca­tions ha ve mod­ern­ized that part of the house. The im prove­ments are g reatly a ppre­ci­ated by Pas­tor D an and Pa ula who have been the oc­cu­pants for the past four­teen years and Paula r eports t hat now all the do ors and dra wers stay closed at the same time.

Thirty-five ye ars ago t he sec­ondary school in Drumheller was called the Drumheller Com posite High School and la st we ek­end the class of 1982 he ld a r eu­nion with forty-five of t he grad­u­ates from that year at­tend­ing. A F ri­day e ven­ing meet and greet and a Sat­ur­day e ven­ing b an­quet wer e both held at the golf course and on Sunda y mor ning a tour of t he school gave the group a chanc e t o s ee t he many change s whic h ha ve been made t o t hat build­ing over t hree and a half decades. Gr egg Jens en, Mar­ius Mortensen and Joan Palle­sen wer e t he “D alum kids” in t hat class and Jo an at­tended t he e vent wher e lots of hugs and laughs were shared.

There s eems t o b e a g ap in m y bir th­day list f or t his time of year and I would b e happy t o he ar f rom t hose who have not been in­cluded but I am able to send greet­ings t o R uth M ur­phy (n. Vogstad) and t o my g rand­daugh­ter, Arowyn R as­mussen, a s t hey e ach c el­e­brate an­other ye ar. Cong rat­u­la­tions also go to Jim and Julie Eske­land on the oc­ca­sion of their twen­ti­eth wed­ding an­niver­sary.

In clo sing her e ar e s ome words of w is­dom for those who ma y b e en joy­ing t he lakes and streams this sum­mer, “never t est t he de pth of the wa­ter with both feet”, …... ver y tr ue in t he lit eral sense and a s a gen­eral r ule for life.

You may c on­tinue t o c all Ger­ald R as­mussen a t 403823-2036 w ith your ne ws items or , e-mail t o ger - mar70@magtech.ca. len Jor gensen, on a tr ip t o the coast and wer e ple ased to be able to en­joy the view from the rear seat while Al-

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