Dalum Dis­patch

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

With the ex­cep­tion of a shower which passed through the Dalum area on Sun­day evening, moist­en­ing the fields, har­vest con­di­tions have been good and work is pro­gress­ing well. Bins which were emp­tied of last year’s crop over the past sev­eral months are now be­ing re­filled as the an­nual cy­cle re­peats it­self.

The Dalum fire crew has been called to sev­eral small fires re­lated to har­vest op­er­a­tions in Dalum and neigh­bor­ing com­mu­ni­ties but Mike Oster­gard re­ports that all were con­tained quickly with very lit­tle loss of crops or se­ri­ous dam­age to equip­ment. When we see the fire trucks head­ing out to a field fire we should keep in mind that most of the fire­fight­ers are other farm­ers who have left their own fields to go to the aid of their neigh­bors, well done vol­un­teers! It is also im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that as we travel our coun­try roads re­main aware of the large equip­ment which we may meet be­yond the next hill­top; slow down and stay safe.

It is more than seventy-one years since the Friend­ship Club was or­ga­nized and over that time its mem­bers have been ac­tive in com­mu­nity and char­i­ta­ble ac­tiv­i­ties. In re­cent years the num­ber of ladies an­swer­ing roll call has de­clined but there are still a few who are will­ing and able to con­tinue and, as has been their tra­di­tion, the Au­gust meet­ing con­sisted of a so­cial out­ing; this year it was a group of three who at­tended Rose­bud Theatre for lunch and a show.

Pas­tor Dan and Paula Hen­drick­son are home from a va­ca­tion which in­cluded a stop at Fernie where they were able to do some grand par­ent­ing be­fore mak­ing their way to the west coast where they vis­ited Pas­tor Dan’s mother, sis­ters, and oth­ers.

Stella Jack­son had a house­ful last week­end when she hosted a fam­ily re­union of thirty three chil­dren, grand­chil­dren, and great grand­chil­dren from Lac La Biche, Rocky Moun­tain House, Cal­gary, and Drumheller. Adding to the fes­tiv­i­ties was the thir­ti­eth birth­day of one grand­son and the en­gage­ment of an­other.

With the Dalum cen­ten­nial event less than a year away in­ter­est is build­ing and many have won­dered what they might ex­pect when they re­turn to Dalum next Au­gust. At the com­mu­nity hall there will be his­tor­i­cal dis­plays which will in­clude, among other things, a col­lec­tion of aerial pho­tos of farm sites and a “hands on” map­ping project where vis­i­tors may iden­tify which fam­i­lies lived at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in the district at dif­fer­ent times. The hall base­ment will be the lo­ca­tion of a “non-stop cof­fee break” where names and faces may be reac­quainted be­cause one of the goals of the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee is to en­sure that the cel­e­bra­tion is a re­union of those who are re­turn­ing to Dalum from the many places they have made their homes. It is also hoped that the ball di­a­mond will be put to use in recog­ni­tion of the many teams which have used it over the years. At the church there will be a video pre­sen­ta­tion play­ing on the large t.v. screen and in some quiet place, per­haps the par­ish ed­u­ca­tion wing, vis­i­tors will be able to lis­ten to the in­ter­views of sev­eral Dalum pi­o­neers which were recorded by Ellen Ny­gaard in 1973. It is very likely that the ceme­tery will be vis­ited by many of the vis­i­tors and one pop­u­lar idea is that of iden­ti­fy­ing some of the early com­mu­nity builders with in­for­ma­tion plac­ards by their gravesites. On Satur­day evening, Au­gust 4, there will be a ban­quet in the new fire hall and one of the next pri­or­i­ties of the com­mit­tee is to cre­ate a pre-regis­tra­tion form and be­gin the process of iden­ti­fy­ing who, and how many, will at­tend that part of the week­end event. As plan­ning con­tin­ues, those in­ter­ested in keep­ing in touch elec­tron­i­cally may ac­cess the Face­book site, Dalum Re­union 2018, or make use of the email ac­count Dalum100@ out­look.com.

Birth­day greet­ings this week go to three former Dalum res­i­dents, Grant Chris­tensen, Mar­ilee Allerd­ings (n. Vogstad), and Bruce Ras­mussen; best wishes to all.

In clos­ing, an in­ter­est­ing thought con­cern­ing hap­pi­ness by Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger: “Hav­ing more money doesn’t make you hap­pier. I have fifty mil­lion dol­lars and I am just as happy as when I had forty eight mil­lion.”

You may con­tinue to call Ger­ald Ras­mussen at 403-8232036 with your news items or, e-mail to ger­mar70@magtech.ca.

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