I will begin the news this week by announcing the passing of Stanley Fong, the younger of the two sons in the family of Jimmy and Tuey Fong who were well known to the community of Dalum when they operated the “Western Café” in Wayne and from the years that Jimmy farmed the Two Bar Ranch, beginning in the late 1930’s. At that time the ranch had been reduced from a large free range cattle operation to a farm of about 700 cultivated acres and 600 acres of pasture where the Fongs raised horses, cattle, sheep and hogs. In the mid-1940’s Jimmy ended his farming career and the family continued to operate the cafe in Wayne where the elder brother, Eddie, remained until his death in 2002 while Stanley settled in Calgary. Stan Fong passed away on November 15 at the age of 93 years and is survived by his five children and a large extended family. Following a funeral service at St. David’s United Church in Calgary on November 29, Mr. Fong will be interred at the Drumheller Municipal Cemetery on Friday, November 30.
On a happier note I am pleased to inform you that one former and two current Dalum ladies are all on the mend after dealing with recent medical issues. Edith Woods, (n. Jacobsen) who grew up just west of the church and now lives in Calgary reports that she recently underwent spinal surgery and is waiting to be discharged from hospital to a respite bed in a seniors residence where she hopes to be pampered until returning home. She states that “getting old ain’t for sissies” but it beats the alternative and is looking forward to a full recovery. Judy Nelson also had spinal surgery last week and finally, after 6 months of hospitalization and a previous surgery, is back on her feet. Following the Calgary surgery Judy will continue her physiotherapy in Drumheller and hopes to be home by Christmas. Get well wishes also go to Polly Lund who gave her family quite a scare when she was sent to Red Deer for emergency surgery but, thankfully, all went well and she has since returned home. Get well wishes go to all these ladies who are so important to their family and many friends.
Here it is the end of November which is also referred to a “Movember” in reference to the men’s health fundraising initiative which involves pledging donations to those who grow a moustache during the month. Jeff Rasmussen has taken the challenge and reminds me that it is not too late to make a pledge and he may be reached at 403-8201721.
Supporters of the Dalum Community Hall Association are reminded volunteers are needed for the next Casino date which is scheduled for February 20 and 21, 2019, at the Century Casino in Calgary. It is the proceeds which result from helping at these casino events which provide much of the revenue required to operate and maintain our community hall and those interested in doing a shift, or two, may contact Alison Ostergard at 403-8202537 or Gerald Rasmussen at 403-823-2036.
Birthday greetings this week go to Sylvia Madsen, Dale Andersen, Brian Boe, and to the Teskey twins, Aviendha and Holden who will tear into their first birthday cake (or perhaps two cakes) on November 30; best wishes to all.
Sunday was a good day for Calgary sports fans with the Flames winning 6 to 1 in Phoenix and the Stampeders taking home the Grey Cup after a well-deserved 27 – 16 victory over the Ottawa Red- Blacks at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. Even when the Eskimos are not involved in the game the Alberta rivalry remains strong and the Edmontonian’s favorite chant during the week of festivities was “A, B, C!” (Anyone but Calgary). The 2019 Grey Cup game will be hosted by Calgary and with both Alberta teams anxious to be playing in that game there is little chance that the north – south hostilities will cool.
From the wisdom of Charles M. Shultz, as found in the Peanuts comic strip, “Enjoy the little things in life because one day you will look back and realize that they were the big things”.
You may call Gerald Rasmussen with your news items at 403-8232036 or e-mail to ger[email protected]