Former teacher’s death rekindles school memories

Thanksgiving weekend and all the celebrations are over for another year.

Thanksgiving weekend and all the celebrations are over for another year. Christmas is coming — one just has to look in the stores, as many decorations are already up and stock is ready for gifts.

Because some members of our family had turkey dinners on Saturday and Sunday of the Thanksgiving weekend, we celebrated on Monday. What a great day as all but one grandson, Grant, was able to come to the farm for a barbecue hamburger Thanksgiving feast.

There are 18 of us now, with the grandchildren’s girlfriends and boyfriends. Our dear friend from Sunset House, Wendell Ebbett, was also here for the weekend, making it 19 at our house.

We do hope that everyone had a great day and enjoyed their family as much as we did.

This past Sunday, our friends, Bev and Dale Wilson, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, with celebrations at the new Badlands Community Centre in Drumheller. They hardly seem old enough to have been married that long, but the calendar doesn’t distort the truth. Congratulations.

It was with sadness and a tear or two that I read Ellen Sorenson’s obituary. She was known as Ms. Dodd when she was my Grade 1 teacher in the Rumsey school in the 1943-44 school year.

Not so long ago, I had four of my teachers living in Drumheller: Alex Semaka, Ms. Branum (Mrs. Walter Saunders), Isobel Sinclair and Ms. Dodd (Ellen Sorensen). Sadly, they have all passed away now.

I don’t know about you, but I remember fondly most of my teachers from school days. I might add that wasn’t in the last year or two, either.

At the regular weekly drop-in in Rumsey last Wednesday, Lois Kiemele was the lucky winner of the blackout at bingo. The jackpot starts over now, so maybe you would like to be a part of the festivities and join in on Wednesday afternoons.

Bingo starts at about 2 p.m., and we always have refreshments after that.

Welcome to the community to Garry and Vel Longman, who have moved into the Jim Deering acreage east of town. These folks come to our community from Humboldt, Sask., and we welcome them. Their closest neighbours, Gerald and Lorraine Foesier, have visited them and report that they have beautiful Black Morgan horses. Can’t wait to see them.

The Foesiers made sure that the Longmans knew about our annual fall supper coming up in the community hall, Saturday, Nov. 3, so that they will be able to meet some of the locals.

Yes, the annual fall supper, put on by the Rumsey Ag Society, is being held Saturday, Nov. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. This year, there will be a live band following the supper. The band is called “The Freres.” It will be a nice change from previous years, when there was no music after supper. If you have any questions, call Dawn Herd at 368-2138.

Before the Rumsey supper, you can go to Munson on Thursday, Oct. 25, and have a feast at their annual fall supper. It’s always lots and lots of good food. Homemade pies are on the menu.

On Saturday, Nov. 10, the Morrin Figure Skating club — of which Rumsey young folks are members — are having an evening of fun when the “Chevelles” come to the community hall. For more information and to reserve tickets, call Sandy at 368-2172. It sounds like another fun evening.

Be sure to mark on your calendar that Saturday, Nov. 17, is the day of the Big Valley Craft Show and Sale. It’s a good place to pick up some Christmas gifts. This is held in the Jubilee Hall, and if anyone needs information, call Andrea Webster.

This Saturday, family and friends of Ken and Sharon Goddard travelled to Sherwood Park to attend the memorial service for Sharon’s dad, Elgin Lifeso. A dear friend of the family, Rev. Harold Hunter from Olds, did the service. With his ever-giving assurance and grace, he conducted the ceremony with reverence and song. The slide presentation was very well done and enjoyed by all. Sharon’s Dad was a truck driver most of his life and so the songs and pictures brought this forward much to the enjoyment of Elgin’s family.

The weather for travelling was excellent and for us, it was nice for us to see some of Ken’s cousins that live in the city (on Ernie’s side).

Thanksgiving Sunday, the United Church in Morrin held a Thanksgiving service for 2012. Rev. Mervyn Penfound led the service and he and his wife Marilyn extended good wishes to all for Thanksgiving.

Sunday was not a regular day for the Morrin United Church, but will be held Sunday, Oct. 21, at which time Jerry Beskewine will lead the service. This will be at the usual Sunday time of 10:30 a.m., as we mourn the loss of one of our dear comrades, Marie Jensen. Her smiling face is not there to greet everyone and enjoy the smell of the freshly brewed coffee.

An estate auction sale for Marie will be held this Saturday in the Morrin community hall, beginning at 10 a.m., with Sinclair Auctions doing the selling. It just might be a good place to spend the day, especially if the weather is chilly.

Lunch will be available, and there’s a quantity of antiques listed.

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