"How many people can say they had a secretary for 54 years?" asked Webb Callicutt, president of the Rogers Mesa Domestic Water Company. He was speaking of Dahlgren Andrews who began in 1959 doing the secretarial and treasurer duties for the water company.
"She has just been wonderful to work with and a wonderful person," he continued.
In appreciation of her 54 years of outstanding service, the company presented her with a $5,000 check, two certificates for safekeeping representing Leroux Creek water shares owned by the company and a ledger with a plate on the cover acknowledging her service. The ledger was in recognition of her "persistent, tedious record keeping over the years, over the decades." The company gave her the two typewriters she used with two new ribbons and the ledger.
"I want to thank all the members too because you are all in on this," Dahlgren said. "Thank you so much. It's been a pleasure to be with this company ... It's been hard work sometimes, but well worth it. Thank you for everybody being a member of this Rogers Mesa Water Company."
Her son, Robert, came over from Denver to congratulate her and brought her a beautiful floral arrangement. Robert mentioned that he still has a love of cigars because members of the water company used to meet in the basement of the Andrews' home and they all smoked cigars. Robert shared that it was a family affair in figuring rates and stuffing envelopes. "I'm very happy I could be here today," Robert said.
Bill Tembrock said he worked on the board for 30 years with 15 or so years as president. "It was all good," Tembrock said. "I remember Dahlgren and Andy [her husband] would drive around at night to look at lights on the mesa. And she knew everybody on the mesa, where everybody lived and how many taps they owned. Once in a while she would see a house out in back that would have new lights on it. She would call me up and either I or Lloyd [Knowles] would go check the person out. And sure enough, someone had run a line out to a new house that shouldn't have a tap. She was diligent."
He discussed the challenges Dahlgren and he had when a rancher would call at night and say he had 150 cows and no water. "What are you going to do about it?" the rancher would ask Dahlgren. She would call Bill and with the help of Lloyd they would usually have the water on by morning.
"As you age you forget about things. Sometimes it was kind of hard and kind of difficult, but I've forgotten all the hard times, Dahlgren," Tembrock said. "It really was pleasure to be a part of this board all those years."
Tembrock said one of the delights of going to Dahlgren's house for company meetings was all the flowers she had planted in her yard.
"You've been a gift to Rogers Mesa," Tembrock said. "You have been a part of developing community here. Thank you again. You are a blessing."
Dahlgren was the second treasurer/secretary for the domestic water company. It will take an accounting firm, North Fork Accounting, and a person yet to be hired to do the job she has been doing for nearly five and a half decades.
One member asked, "What do we do in the middle of the night? We don't have Dahlgren to call." Callicutt responded, "We'll send you a name." Then someone asked Ross Allen what his phone number is and he said "874 ..." and everyone laughed, 'cause he doesn't live in Delta, but Hotchkiss.
The water company is actually going to get a robo call system to notify members of water outages, in place of Dahlgren.
Another member noted that Dahlgren not only was the secretary/treasurer for Rogers Mesa Domestic Water Company, but that she and her husband ran a business in Hotchkiss and she worked full time for the bank. "She is a woman of I don't know how many talents," the member said.
"I'm at a loss for words," Dahlgren said after the tributes. "I think it is wonderful for having everybody here and everything you've done for me. And I've enjoyed working for the water company, and all its board members. They have always been so kind and good. We've enjoyed knowing you. I think I will be probably lost for a while. Someone said, 'What are you going to do when you don't have the books?' Well, I said, 'Maybe I'll just sit down and take a nap!' Thank you very much."
The Rogers Mesa Community House was filled with well wishers who enjoyed cake and coffee after the business meeting and retirement tribute to Dahlgren Andrews. Members of the Modern Woman's Club joined in the festivities.blog comments powered by Disqus