Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - Around Town - Ger­ald Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

Vir­ginia Redel (n. Vogstad) re­ports she and her hus­band Alan, of Red Deer, have a doc­tor in the fam­ily. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Dr. Tan­ner Redel, their son, who has com­pleted his years of hard work and train­ing through Red Deer Col­lege and the Univer­sity of Al­berta and now finds him­self es­tab­lish­ing a fam­ily med­i­cal prac­tice in Ed­mon­ton. Proud grand­par­ents are Ed­ward and Carol Vogstad of Drumheller.

A re­minder to those wish­ing to wel­come Lin­coln Lund Tol­man into the community of Dalum a baby shower in his hon­our is be­ing hosted by Lynn Petersen, at her home, tonight at 7:00 p.m. The fam­ily cir­cle widens for grand­par­ents Lee and Lori San­dum and great-grand­par­ents Harold and Polly Lund. Con­grat­u­la­tions to all!

The sum­mer months bring many vis­i­tors to ex­pe­ri­ence the at­trac­tions of the Drumheller area with some vis­it­ing Dalum as part of their hol­i­day and, in what is be­com­ing an an­nual event, a Swedish tour group spent part of last Satur­day in our community. Pri­mar­ily as­so­ci­ated with the forestry in­dus­try, the vis­i­tors had an in­ter­est in all things agri­cul­tural and af­ter vis­it­ing the church and learn­ing a bit about the his­tory and Dan­ish ori­gins of Dalum they had a chance to see some of the equip­ment used on a Cana­dian farm. Three gen­er­a­tions of the Palle­sen fam­ily hosted the group at the for­mer home of Olav and Rita Palle­sen where their grand­daugh­ter, Kirsten, now re­sides. Olav was happy to demon­strate the func­tions of a mod­ern com­bine and the guests were im­pressed not only with the ma­chine but with the abil­i­ties of the se­nior farmer as he scam­pered up the lad­der to the cab and op­er­ated the equip­ment; well done, Olav. Sup­per at the Last Chance Sa­loon in Wayne rounded out the vis­i­tors’ day on the prairies.

Birth­day greetings this week go to Pas­tor Dan Hen­drick­son, Adri­enne Peake (n. Ras­mussen), Lyle Chris­tensen, Shawna Cas­tonguay (n. Jensen), Dou­glas Ras­mussen, and to Ja­son Ras­mussen, with be­lated greetings go­ing to Sonja Nielsen; best wishes to all.

A power out­age across much of Drumheller last week was un­usual for the town folk and a re­minder for ru­ral cus­tomers that the words “the power is off ” are still oc­ca­sion­ally spo­ken. These days it is hard to imag­ine how we could get along with­out elec­tric­ity and when there is an out­age we are quick to call the power com­pany for re­pairs. In all kinds of weather our ser­vice providers re­spond promptly and we are sel­dom with­out elec­tric­ity for very long. For the first thirty two years of Dalum’s his­tory, how­ever, there were no elec­tric lights or any of the other elec­tronic ap­pli­ances and con­ve­niences which we now take for granted. A few clever farm­ers had set up their own power plants but it was not un­til August 19, 1949, when the Wayne Ru­ral Elec­tri­fi­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion had been formed in co­op­er­a­tion with the Al­berta govern­ment and Cana­dian Util­i­ties Lim­ited of Drumheller the al­ter­nat­ing cur­rent be­came avail­able to the community. The Dalum his­tory book “Re­flec­tions” con­tains a pho­to­graph of Dick Petersen turn­ing on the power at a trans­former sta­tion which was lo­cated in Wayne and for the next thirty eight years our Ru­ral Elec­tri­fi­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion man­aged the sys­tem. In 1987 an agree­ment was struck with Al­berta Power whereby that com­pany pur­chased the in­fra­struc­ture and the As­so­ci­a­tion was dis­solved. Al­berta Power im­me­di­ately made im­prove­ments to the lines and the ser­vice which they, and sub­se­quently Atco Elec­tric, pro­vided has re­sulted in very reli­able ser­vice. So, when a storm strikes and the lights stay on, let us not for­get the ef­forts and vi­sion of those who brought elec­tric­ity to Dalum 70 years ago this week.

The of­fi­cial call for our fed­eral elec­tion is only weeks away and with the long stand­ing prac­tice of the gov­ern­ing party shar­ing the wealth in the form of projects and pro­grams aimed at fur­ther­ing their own for­tunes now in full swing I am re­minded of a com­ment by the Amer­i­can writer, John Quin­ton, who ob­served: “Politi­cians are peo­ple who, when they see light at the end of a tun­nel, go out and buy some more tun­nel”.

You may con­tinue to call Ger­ald Ras­mussen with your news items at 403-823-2036 or e-mail to ras­mus­sen­ger­[email protected]

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