Sympathy to the Moe and Anderson family on the passing of Ruth Moe the day before Christmas. Ruth was a true lady in all sense of the word. Ruth’s folks and my folks, Chris and Eulalie Clausen, were the very best of friends right from the first day that Selma arrived in Rumsey in 1913. My mom was at the train station delivering butter to the work crew that were putting in the railway and when the train arrived, she met Mrs. Anderson. It was a friendship that lasted over 65 years until both parties passed away in the late ‘70s. Of course, over the years, Ruth and my sisters were friends.
This is a happy story of a very brave girl, but I must say ‘love’ was involved. Sandra (Kopjar) Melling and her daughter Taylor travelled for five days across the northern United States to move to Chicago where Josh has been stationed with his work with the US military. It was a very happy Christmas as this young family celebrated together in their home in the east.
The Mellings had been living in Whidby Island, Washington for the past five years, during which time Josh was on deployment to the far east and Sandra pursued her nursing. Josh’s work now is so that he can be home each night. Now that’s a happy story.
Congratulations to the Griffith family as they celebrate the ‘admission to the bar’ in November 2010 of Jonathon Griffith, son of Hall Griffith and grandson of John and Laura. Jonathon is now working in the city (Calgary) practising his profession that took seven years of studies, some of which took him to Fredericton, NB for three years. Good, eh?
New Year’s Eve was celebrated in many ways, with some of us bringing in the new year looking at the inside of our eyelids. Others joined friends at their homes and didn’t even stay late there. The party at the Rumsey Community Hall was very much a success for the younger set who enjoyed dancing, and visiting and listening to the entertainment of “Bill Cole” from Drumheller. A roast beef buffet was enjoyed bringing in the new year just right, (with food).
As many folks know, Denise and Mike Daniels have moved to Trochu where Denise works at the BMO bank. Shaylee and Colten attend Trochu school as they always have since starting school, even when they lived in the Rumsey area. Shaylee is part of a dance group in Trochu as is the children of Paula and Johnny Kowalchuk.
This dance group travelled to California in December where they boarded a cruise ship going south towards Mexico. The dance group were part of the entertainment on board the ship and after landing, also danced in Disneyland. What an experience! Mike stayed in Mexico to work at his job for this time-in and Denise, Shaylee and Colten returned home and were with their family for Christmas. The Kowalchuk family also stayed on in the south, celebrating Christmas there.
Due to the first Sunday of January being Jan. 2, Morrin United Church services will begin on Sunday, Jan 9 and the second Sunday will be Jan. 23. Rev. Mervyn Penfound of Stettler will be there on the 9th, and Rev. Harold Hunter will be coming on Jan 23. The time of the service each Sunday is 10:30 am. with a time of fellowship following each service.