Dalum Dis­patch

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

Joe Chris­tensen was one of the first chil­dren born in Dalum, be­ing de­liv­ered by mid­wife Mrs. Chris Boe, in the gra­nary home of Jim and Lizzie Chris­tensen on Au­gust 19, 1920, and passed away at the age of 98 years, last Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 25, 2018. Joe was the el­dest of five chil­dren in the Chris­tensen fam­ily. Fol­low­ing ser­vice in the Cana­dian Army dur­ing World War Two, he farmed in Dalum un­til his re­tire­ment to Drumheller sev­eral years ago. Joe mar­ried Paulette Gart­ner in 1966 and they had three daugh­ters, Rox­anne, Robyn and Sally. Al­though he did not get out much in re­cent years, Joe’s keen mind re­mained alert and he was very will­ing to share sto­ries of the past as well as cur­rent events in his fi­nal stages of life. A funeral ser­vice for Joe was held at the St. An­thony’s par­ish church in Drumheller on Mon­day and he was then in­terred at the ceme­tery in Dalum.

Hall board mem­bers met on Tues­day to re-start the plan­ning for what we can now hap­pily call an “Af­ter Har­vest Sup­per”. More in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing that event will be in­cluded in next week’s col­umn. In other hall news, those in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing the “Grinch Tree” evening on Novem­ber 27 may con­tact Stephanie Hol­men at 403-823-9296 for more in­for­ma­tion. And, with colder weather ahead, Dalum folks are re­minded that if you see the low tem­per­a­ture alarm lights lit at the Com­mu­nity Hall pump house or in the west win­dow of the hall, please con­tact Ger­ald, Jim, or any other Hall Board mem­ber.

Day­light sav­ing time re­verts to Moun­tain Stan­dard Time in the early morn­ing hours of Sun­day, Novem­ber 4, so, be­fore bed on Satur­day night, re­mem­ber to “fall back” by set­ting back one hour those clocks and de­vices which do not make the change au­to­mat­i­cally.

The Drumheller Se­nior Ti­tans will be on the field at the Drumheller Val­ley Sec­ondary School on Satur­day, Novem­ber 3, when they will host Can­more in their Big Sky Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship game. It is ex­pected it will be an af­ter­noon game with kick­off time de­pend­ing on when the game of­fi­cials are avail­able.

Birth­day greet­ings this week go to Jo Ann Cun­ning­ham (n. Jor­gensen), Cameron Vogstad, Danielle Chi­urka (n. Vogstad), Irene Zim­mer (n. Boe) and to Nor­man Kous­trup; best wishes to all.

The num­ber of Hal­loween visi­tors who come knock­ing at my door has var­ied over the years and with the ru­ral pop­u­la­tion in de­cline there are some­times very few. There are, how­ever, some young fam­i­lies in the area who are pro­duc­ing a new gen­er­a­tion of trick-or­treaters and I have pre­pared for the oc­ca­sion with plenty of my fa­vorite treats; with any luck I will have a sur­plus.

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

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