The population of Dalum grew exponentially on the weekend as the hamlet south of Drumheller celebrated its 100th anniversary.
"There were 350 people for supper," reported Gerald Rasmussen, who chaired the Dalum Centennial Committee. "It was a little rainy during the day (Saturday) and that just encouraged people to come into the Community Hall and have coffee; we were probably putting out more coffee than Tim Horton's."
"We had a few display tables (in the Hall) that were community based: the Community Hall, the development of utilities in the area, sports and schools, and the remainder of it, I had just asked for people to put together a family history and the response was just outstanding," he recalled.
Tables with family histories and photos lined the walls of the Community Hall, while a giant diorama of Dalum took up the entire stage. Rasmussen's grandfather was the first Lutheran pastor in Dalum and a special display honouring him and the family was set up in the Assembly Hall, which was the hamlet's original church.
"The response by what we would call our ex-pats, the people who grew up here and now have gone on to live in different places, they were bringing photographs and memories; it was just tremendous," Rasmussen remembered fondly.
The Centennial Committee formed three years ago and Rasmussen said their first task was to set up a white board with a list of everything required for the 100 year celebration. He thinks they pretty much nailed it.
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