Dalum girl, Kendall Suntjens, the youngest child of Rick and the late Beverly Suntjens, and Dave Scott, son of Bob and the late Linda Scott were married last week at Dinosaur Downs at an outdoor setting which overlooked the Drumheller valley. The crowd of guests grew as the reception proceeded from dinner to dance in the building which many of us know as the Stampede Barn and where the guests included in-laws of the groom’s twin brother, Tony, who visited from Japan. Congratulations to the newlyweds!
There is just over a week to wait until the Dalum Centennial Celebration gets underway on Friday, August 3, with an informal social evening of coffee and visiting at the community hall. For those interested in sitting around a fire, there will be a bonfire with wiener roast behind the hall and guests are reminded to bring lawn chairs which will be useful throughout the weekend. Local ladies and guests are welcome to bring cookies or squares to be served at the “non-stop coffee break”, and in the old fashioned custom of getting things done, anyone or everyone may be asked to help with last minute tasks at the event. The Saturday afternoon ball game is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. and will feature the traditional east versus west competition but at this time there seems to be a disparity in the numbers so a temporary easement of the boundaries will be permitted in forming the teams. Alison Ostergard, Jason Rasmussen and the Poulsen brothers, Troy and Dayl are coordinating the activities and, besides needing to hear from those interested in playing, there is still an opening for the position of umpire. On the subject of sports, Susan Brown (n. Jensen) will be creating a display featuring ball teams and other sporting activities which have been part of the Dalum history so photographs and other artifacts are needed to tell that story.
Connie Halliwell (n. Pallesen) reports that she is creating a display which will feature documents and photographs of baptisms, confirmations, weddings, and funerals which have been part of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church history and would be happy to have Dalum folks contribute to the collection. Hard copies may be brought to the celebration while digital images may be sent by email to ger[email protected] magtch.ca or to conniehalli[email protected]
Final preparations for the Dalum Centennial Celebration include a call for volunteers to come out on Wednesday, August 1, to cut and trim the grass at the church, fire hall, community hall, and park. We are expecting a large crowd of former Dalum folks and other friends of Dalum and the organizers would like to have our community center looking its best for the guests.
I had a visit from Greg Jacobsen last week when he brought me something to be displayed at the Dalum Centennial Celebration and he told me of the recent motorcycle tour which he and Ross Nygaard have just completed. The two former Dalum boys left Drumheller on June 18 and by the time they returned on July 7 they had been to every Canadian province except for Newfoundland. In listening to Greg tell of the adventure it was obvious that their visit to the Maritime Provinces was the highlight for him as he described travelling the Cabot Trail, crossing the Confederation Bridge and enjoying a lobster dinner in Charlottetown where the McNeal branch of his family had settled. I was curious as to the fuel consumption of their bikes and Greg informed me that over the 10,800 kilometer journey they averaged about forty miles per gallon but that figure rose dramatically when they were travelling closer to sea level. The weather treated them well with only one rainy day to slow them down before returning home.
Birthday greetings this week go to Carol Vogstad and her daughter-in-law, Tresa; to Jamie Paarup; to Lanny Holmen and his sister, Rhonda Espegren; to Ebba Dyck and her twin brother Flemming Peters, and to Myrtle Christensen. Best wishes to all and for those who believe that we are only as old as we feel, remember, we never really grow up -- we only learn how to act in public.
You may continue to call Gerald Rasmussen with your news items at 403-823-2036 or e-mail to ger[email protected]