Descendants celebrate 100 years on the Dahl homestead

The family pride - Members of the Dahl family hope that this sign representing their history will stand for many more decades.

Descendants of Lars Dahl celebrated 100 years on the family farm. The party started in the rain on Friday, Aug. 14 and continued throughout the weekend. Present were Irene (Dahl) Wilson of Red Deer, who is the last living sibling of Lars and Borghild Dahl, Raymond Ulyett (Evelyn Dahl) of Edmonton, who turned 92 on Aug. 4 and Laura Dahl (Elmer), who is still living on the farm. Other family members were from Regina, Vancouver, Grand Prairie, Calgary, Edmonton, Ponoka, Donalda, Stettler, Red Deer and Camrose.

Friday, with people arriving, there was a BBQ, a warm fire and music in the tent. Saturday it was time to tour the old house and farm buildings to refresh everyone’s memories. The Dahls were not eligible for the government plaque, but had a sign made by Tim Todd to commemorate the occasion.

A potluck supper was had with the music playing, and at the end of the day, there was a fireworks display over the lake behind the farm. Sunday morning there was a pancake breakfast and Steven Dahl played his banjo and guitar as his mother, Susan Dahl sang, and Selina Dahl played the guitar and sang with her mom. Sunday afternoon was an open house and a few friends came for coffee and cake.

On Aug. 13, the old Imperial Bank of Canada building, which houses the Donalda Gallery for the Arts, was declared a municipal historic resource by the village council. This ensures that the building, which is owned by the Donalda and District Museum, will remain eligible for preservation funding from the Provincial Government.

The Donalda Ag society would like to thank all of the organizers and volunteers of the Donalda Bench Fair for another great job well done. If anyone has any ideas or requests for clinics for the upcoming fall season or is interested in signing up for a Dog Obedience and/or Agility clinic, please phone Merle at 403-883-2356. We need a minimum of eight people for the dog obedience/agility clinic to run. The next meeting will be held at the hall on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 7:30pm.

Interested in taking a four-week beginner quilting class this fall? Please contact Susan Laurendeau at 403-883-2290. Also, Donalda playschool will start again this fall. All three- and four-year-old children are welcome. If you are interested please phone Amanda Swedberg at 403-883-2853.

The Donalda & District Museum continues to make progress in its project to convert the artifact catalogue to electronic form. Approximately one fifth of the catalogue has been converted and matched with a newly taken photograph. The museum’s fall supper will be held Sept. 19 at the community centre. Jack Brink, an archeologist and author, will be the speaker. One of the last known copies of the local history book published in 1980 will be auctioned off in a silent auction. The Museum Society meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Donalda Library. Why not join us to share your ideas about the future direction of the museum?

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