A bolt of luck strikes Endiang couple

An Endiang couple, Don and Audrey Grover, had a stroke of good luck winning one of the major prizes

An Endiang couple, Don and Audrey Grover, had a stroke of good luck winning one of the major prizes of the Red Deer Hospitals’ Lottery. They won a 2014 Dodge Dart car plus $50,000 in cash. Congratulations to Don and Audrey on their win.

Members of the Campbell family attended a Riggins family reunion at Sylvan Lake on July 19. Attending were Shirley (nee Riggins) Campbell, Joyce Campbell, Leslie Campbell-Gallagher, Betty Campbell, Bob and Janet Campbell, Joni Hutton and her two boys. They reported a good time.

Winnie Paulsen along with her daughter and family — Tim, Shelly, Paul and Wynn DeMaere — enjoyed a trip to Ontario where they took in a Toronto Blue Jays game and visited Niagara Falls.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Fern Engel who passed away at Coronation on July 19 at age 92. Fern (nee Duncan) and her husband Louie Engel farmed north of Endiang for about the first 12 years of their marriage before moving into Halkirk. Their four children Don, Doris, Wayne and Dianne were all born while on the Endiang farm. Fern’s funeral was held on Wednesday in Halkirk. Our thoughts are with Louie and the Engel and Duncan families in their loss.

Congratulations to the Petrussa and Jones families on the Petrussa Farms 100-year farm celebration on Saturday. The farmstead looked its finest for the centennial celebration, which welcomed hundreds of guests throughout the day.

The Century Farm bronze plaque from the Alberta government was presented by MLA Rick Strankman. Area councillor Les Stulberg presented a plaque on behalf of the County of Stettler to mark the 100-year milestone.

Adam Jones gave the farm’s history and there was a large display of photographs and memorabilia to be viewed.

The guest of honour of the day was Ernie Petrussa who owns the farm today and whose father Peter Petrussa homesteaded the land in 1914. Ernie, 85, is retired and living in Big Valley.

Other surviving members of the original Peter and Emilia Petrussa family are Lucy Steffler, Adeline Laisnez and Elsie Fodor. Adeline was able to attend.

Today Peter and Emilia’s great-grandson Adam Jones, his wife Paige and children Rylee, Rowdy and Memphis live on the farm.

The land is farmed by the Petrussa grandsons Mark and Miles Jones and great-grandsons Warren, Adam and Justin Jones and their families.

Guests enjoyed an afternoon of visiting, music, anniversary cake and beverages, a steak barbecue and then evening fireworks for the grand finale. Thanks to the Petrussa-Jones families for the wonderful hospitality and best wishes for many more successful years of farming.

Members of Ron and Debbie Grover’s family were in the Endiang area last week for their annual wagon train expedition. Horse-drawn wagons toured the countryside with a camp-over at Boehlke Pond.

Several members of the Walker family from Endiang and Byemoor attended the wedding of Angie Walker and Joe Van Stratten on Saturday. The ceremony was in Drumheller with the reception and dance held in Rumsey. Angie is the youngest of Dennis and Sally Walker’s three children. We wish the newlyweds all the best in their marriage.

Keep in mind the bridal shower for Carrie Somerville, bride-elect of Jeff Macleod, on Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Endiang Hall. Women of the community are asked to please bring lunch.

We welcome James Gahan and his fiancée Dorothy Brickell to the community. The young couple originally from Ottawa, Ont. are employed by the Jones family and live at Petrussa Farms.

Ruth Ratcliffe of Bragg Creek returned to Endiang on the weekend for a visit. She stayed with Jim and Maureen Wasdal and on Sunday evening the Wasdals hosted a get-together with several friends attending. It was so good to see Ruth again and learn she is busy with her new job.

Canadian trivia — Oil was discovered at Turner Valley, Alberta in 1914.