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 firstname.lastname@example.org.