10/16/2020 (2778)

Joyce Evans – Passed away
January 03, 1930 – October 11, 2020

Joyce Evans, 90 of Dunseith, died Sunday at a Bottineau nursing home.

(Nero Funeral Home – Bottineau)

Gary’s Note: Folks, I understand Joyce Contracted Covid. I was told yesterday that a large number of the Residence at the Bottineau Good Samaritan Nursing home have expired from this terrible disease. So sad. Joyce was very well known in the Dunseith area too, especially during my days there also. We extend our condolences to all of her family with her passing. I will post her Obituary too when it becomes available.  

 

Memories of Stella Schimetz and Birthday wishes.
From Vickie Metcalfe (70):  Bottineau, ND

Monday, October 5, 2020

Gary, Kathy and  Friends of Dunseith ,

O my garsh!

I won the lottery opening message  2,777!

Over the years, I have eaten many school lunches at many schools. Not one could  ever compare to the meals which  Stella Schimetz  graced the Dunseith Public School cafeteria with.

Stella the lady,  always warm, personable and hardworking. Stella, first person at school  in the early mornings

Stella’s meals  were never;
‘Plastic. Tasteless,  Pre -packaged’ ….. (which sadly is becoming a norm.)

Coming into Dunseith school a person could find Stella Schimetz working multitudes; hand mashing  gallons of potatoes,
opening hot ovens and pulling out huge roasters of meat,
……on her tippy toes stirring chili in a huge kettle
at a counter, whipping up  special dressings  for her pea salad,
pulling together desserts like peanut butter bars.

( Nowhere in sight a recipe book…..)

Every bite was wholesome tasty nutritious as well as DELISH!

At the close of  her day, Stella Schimetz  was still there scrubbing pots and pans, moping the floors not leaving until everything was  ship shape sparkling.

In the midst of the day Stella Schimetz, knew each  child’s name moving through the lunch line.
She knew their diet needs and preferences.
Children respected her as she gave respect.

Through it all  Stella Schimetz  never looked harried or unkept.
From the early morn beginning of the day until she left the kitchen Stella was neat as pin,

For those of us, who ate in the Dunseith Public School Cafeteria,
Stella Schimetz is forever memorable

Recipes from  Iconic  “Stella Schimetz” are indelible!

Thank You  Stella  Schimetz children for lending us, your little petite momma, to cook for the rest of us  for many years~ and sharing the recipes.

Yes, Stella Schimetz  remains  a  legend.

Sincerely,

Vickie L. Metcalfe

 

Birthday wishes to  Stella Schimetz:
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (65): Belcourt, ND

Happy 90th Birthday Stella,

I sure hope you had a wonderful birthday.

I don’t know if you remember me but my name is Ginger (LaRocque ) Poitra. I am the daughter of Joseph and Madeline LaRocque. My dad Joe worked with your husband Louis on the railroad for many years maybe it was 33 years.

I remember seeing and talking to you a few years ago at a funeral, we had a brief visit and I had to leave. I sure wish I could’ve visited with you longer. It seemed you wanted someone to talk to.

Well Stella you take of yourself.

Love You, God Bless

I think of you often

Ginger (LaRocque) Poitra

 

Condolences to the Amy Gunville Family
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (65):  Belcourt, ND

Sandra Azure, I am heartbroken about the loss of your beautiful daughter Amy. Amy looks a lot like you Sandra.

So young to be gone from you and your family.

God Bless Amy and all her family, my prayers are with you. I will keep you in my prayers.

God Bless you all

Love You,
Ginger ( LaRocque ) Poitra

 

Condolences to the Loren Dubois Family
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (65):  Belcourt, ND

Condolences to Loren Dubois family,

I am sorry of the passing of Loren from this terrible corona virus.

God Bless him and all his family through this sad time.

Ginger  (LaRocque) Poitra class of 1965

 

Reply from Norway to our Dunseith.net Website
From Gunn Haug: Oslo,  (Lørenskog) Norway

Hei !

My grand grandmother Otille Haseldahl traveled to BottIneau in 1911. She married Henry Haseldahl in 1910. They had a son Gustaf Emil Haseldahl who married an Olga (Hanson). NOTE: Folks, Please note that Olga Was my dad, Bob Stokes’, sister and mother to Jean Pladson and Audrey Aitchison.

I was wondering if you had a photo of Otille or a story about her. I know she died in October 1945 in the Turtle mountains, maybe you can  find out the cause of death.

I do not know if this is the right place to ask, but Dunseith is the only thing I get when I apply for Haseldahl Bottineau.

Hope someone can help.

Mvh Gunn Haug

Gary’s Reply
Folks, what a coincidence. After Bert Passed away Olga Married Emil Haseldahl. She was his first and only wife too. They lived a few miles NE of Bottineau in the Turtle Mountains east of the lake road. She found a wonderful guy too with Emil. If any of you Genealogists have or can find any info about Emil’s mother Otille it will be most appreciated. All I know about Otille is what I read from the small posting in the 1984 Bottineau Centennial Book

Reply to the “1949” Dunseith Girls Photo posted by Cheryl Dakin From Cheryl Larson Dakin (’71):  Bedford, TX

Thanks all for identifying the gals in the picture I submitted. It fills in the blanks nicely. Also, thanks to Vicki for the kind words about my mom. She could sure tell some stories. I am in the process of putting together a book of family memories so if anyone has any stories, I would love to hear them.  Also, thanks Kathy for posting your mom’s recipes!

Sincerely

Cheryl Larson Dakin
Dunseith Girls 1949

 

 

 

 

 

10/05/2020 (2777)

Stella Schimetz 90th Birthday Celebration
Posted by Kathy Schimetz Wood (’72): Minot, ND

My mom will be celebrating her 90th birthday on October 13th! Sadly, we cannot gather with her, as a family, to celebrate, due to covid. Mom absolutely loves getting cards! She reads them, saves them, then reads them again. If you know my mom and want to help us flood her room with cards, here is her address:

October 13th – Stella’s 90th Birthday
Mailing address to send Birthday cards

STELLA SCHIMETZ
room 224
Heart of America Medical Center
800 S Main Ave
Rugby, North Dakota 58368

Schimetz, Stella

MY MOM-THE SCHOOL COOK
Mom cooked at the Dunseith School for 32 years. She loved it! Today, I posted about her upcoming 90th birthday. I’ve had requests for her PEANUT BUTTER BARS recipe, so here it is! Grease and flour or spray a 13 x 18 pan Preheat oven to 350o. PEANUT BUTTER BARS 1 cup butter 1 cup sugar 1 cup brown sugar 4 eggs 1 cup peanut butter 2 1/2 cups flour 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon salt semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)


STELLA’S CHILE

2 lbs hamburger
2 large onions chopped
at least 1/2 a bunch of celery-chopped fine

Cook together and season with salt–about 2 teaspoons, pepper–about 1 teaspoon, and chili powder–at least 1 tablespoon. Adjust to your liking. That’s how Mom cooked—taste, then adjust!

In a stockpot-mix together and heat through:

About 1/2 can tomato juice. (large can)
2 cans red kidney beans
2 regular size cans tomato soup
1 large can of tomatoes

Add salt/pepper/chili powder to this too!

Add meat mixture to stockpot, simmer awhile—taste—-adjust seasoning to your liking. I add garlic to mine, but Mom didn’t-she didn’t use much garlic in her cooking. If you like it, add it! Add more tomato juice if chili is too thick.

 

Amy Gunville’s passing / Obituary
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70):  Dunseith, ND

Gunville, Amy Marie

Saturday October 3, 2020
Gary and Friends of Dunseith Alumni,

I am  deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Amy Gunville, whom I’ve known,  first as a child and as an adult,

She  was a wonderful little girl who grew into a  powerfully strong woman.

I recall Amy as an respectful to adults and her peers while she was a  student at Dunseith School Elementary School.

She and her brother Mike were both former students whom I enjoyed greatly as third grader’s.

Years later, whilst at Bottineau School I became reacquainted with Amy as a parent.

She was very supportive of education.

Amy, a warm friendly person always greeted with a smile upon meeting.

And after a pleasant visit, she’d leave behind  in her wake ……. a warm glow of positivity.

Sincere sympathy to her immediate and extended family.

Her parents who were my former Dunseith classmates. (her mom, Sandra rode my school bus).

Her (big) brother Mike.

Her children. (She was supportive of  each of you, your education and uplifting of  your individual personalities and ability)

God Bless the memory of Amy Gunville  and her spirit

Vickie L. Metcalf

Funeral Service
Monday, October 05, 2020  10:00 AM
St. Michael’s Catholic Church  PO BOX 862  Dunseith, North Dakota 58329
https://www.nerofuneralhome.net/obituary/amy-gunville

 

Joy Murray Anderson (DHS ’73) Passed away: Tacoma WA
Posting from Esther Murray Fleming (’65): Burton, MI.

Hi Gary I am sorry I haven’t written to you about my sister Joyce passing. It has just been so hard. I still  cannot believe that she is gone.   At around the  same time my husband had major back surgery and is finally  back home  recuperating.  I want to thank everyone for all their prayers.  God loves yuzu’s all as I do.                                                                                                                                      Love you  Esther

Gary Stokes Comment:
Esther, So sorry to hear this sad news of Joyce’s passing. Our condolences are with you and her entire family.

 

Verdy Richard Larson (DHS ‘49) Memories
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70):  Dunseith, ND

 Gary and friends,

Verdy Richard  Larson was always kind and helpful whenever, where ever I met her.

She would always ask me and talk fondly of her lifelong friend , Alice Metcalfe.

She’d often  tell  me, t how they worked together at Hosmer dept.  store and enjoyed many fun times together.

Like Verdy, Alice, throughout  her life, carried a positive attitude, was  optimistic, carried a fun sense of humor 

 and held in high regard family  and friends.

Thanks for igniting that fond memory.

Later.

Vickie L.  Metcalfe

 

Leland Stickland: Find a grave Web site
Posted by Ken Striker:  Dayton, OH

 Gary-

 Sending FYI correspondence I had with Dean Stickland yesterday.

 Thinking you would appreciate my Striker Family FB and also the Findagrave Memorial.

 Ken Striker

—–Original Message

Dean

Sending Findagrave Memorial for your Dad….it has a link to a memorial for Lee.

 Also links to “surf” around,  including back to William E Striker..and for that matter, back to the immigrant Christian Striker.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/77447475/robert-elmer-stickland

 facebook.com/groups/1770605333045952https://www.

Ken

 

Reply to the “1949” Dunseith Girls Photo posted by Cheryl Dakin
From Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,   My mom Bernice Olson Johnson is the third one from the left (#3)  in Cheryl Dakin’s picture of the ‘girls’ of Dunseith in 1949.  I think (#1) is Patsy Sunderland.  It sure looks like her to me.  Thanks Gary! Dick

Gary’s comment:
Thanks Dick, I think we nailed it. You always come thru and Ken Nerpel too.
Dunseith Girls 1949

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/03/2020 (2776)

Reply: Leland Stickland (Deceased)
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra’s (’65): Belcourt, ND 

Oh my gosh! It’s hard to believe that Leland is gone. I was going to write more to him and now he is gone to be with our Lord.

I too will miss him, I knew him but not that well in high school he graduated with my sister Lana, I told her that I corresponded with him on the blog and what it was about, she said really, where is he living, I told her and she said I haven’t been on the blog to hear about anybody, she thought she might get on and e-mail him.

I am sending my condolences to his family, Lee was a strong guy to live through the accident in 1965, now this dang covid took him, unbelievable!  I was just going to know him better him liking the same thing I liked! He will now see all those lovely things in heaven I am so sorry for your loss and all his friends loss I can tell he was a good guy from his writing he sent me on e-mail.  Love him you all forever, miss him forever, you know he was a special brother and friend to you all.

God Bless all of you
On this very sad time

 

Condolences to Leland Stickland’s family
From Bob Lykins (Teacher):  Hutto, TX

So sorry to learn of Lee’s passing.  My prayers go out for the family.  I recall Leland from his HS days in my classes.  He was not only an excellent student but a flat out nice kid.  He was also a pretty fair football player on Bob Jury’s teams.  May he rest in peace.

Bob Lykins

 

Condolences to Leland Stickland’s family
From Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine (’73):  l Grafton, ND

Condolences to the Stickland family

 

September 30, 2020
Message to Leland Stickland with a copy (Cc…) to Gary Stokes
From Lynette Honsey:  

Hi Leland,

Earl Hiatt was one of my favorite cousins.   I remember so well hearing the news.   I had already been moved to California and was basically a kid with no one to talk to about my awesome cousin.   It hurt.

I paid tribute to Earl at the cemetery while I was in North Dakota in 2015.

I was never told about a car or that there was someone else in the vehicle.

I’m wondering what the real story is.   Can we talk?

Lynette

I’ll email you soon.

Are you from the Rolette County area?

 

September 30, 2020
Lynette Honsey’s reply to Gary Stokes

 Hi Gary

So nice to hear from you.

No I have not heard from Leland.

I’m out on an errand to help a senior get her groceries.  And there is the presidential debate soon.    So, I’m going to email Leland tomorrow if nothing gets in the way.

Leonard Honsey was my biological father.  He left when I was very young, moving to Washington to be with someone else.   I never got to know him very well.   I did get to meet him when I was in my 30’s or maybe 40’s.   Very handsome guy.

Vida was my Aunt.  Sister to my mom, Lois Peterson.   Vida was a sweetheart of a lady.  Great cook!  Picture of health if I remember correctly.   She had a beautiful family.

Nice to hear from you Gary.  We’ll talk soon.

Friends,
Lynette
October 2, 2020
Lynette Honsey’s reply to Leland Stickland’s passing

 Hi Gary,

Thank you for the information.

I feel terribly sad about Leland.

I’m sorry for your loss.  And my condolences to all of the fine North Dakota people that knew Leland.   I sent Leland an email two days ago asking him about my wonderful cousin Earl.

I’m astonished and saddened by this unexpected  news.

I’m so sorry.

Wishing you my best.
Lynette


October 3, 2020: Note: We are a day ahead of USA time.
Lynette Honsey’s reply to Gary Stokes

Hi Gary,

Yes, Leland’s passing was quite a shock.

So you knew about my cousin Earl Hiatt and you remember what happened?  Can you tell me the story?

Yes, Sharon Peterson is my cousin.  Her mom, Joy, was wonderful and quite an inspiration.   I had lunch with her in 2015 when I last visited in North Dakota.  Joy at that time lived alone in a house that she took care of even to the point of mowing the lawn.  Joy amazed me with her vibrant personality.

I’m sad to say, but I didn’t know my cousin Larrett well at all.  He looks like Uncle Bill, his dad.   Larrett’s wife Yola is pretty.   What’s in Crosby, North Dakota that drew my cousin to move there?   I’ve never been to Crosby.  I sure wish Larrett and Yola a happy life in Crosby.

I’m living in Orange County, Southern California.  I love the ocean.   Also, my son lives about nine miles from me.  He and his wife blessed me with 2 beautiful grandchildren, ages 4 and 1 year old.   I get to watch them and spoil them every now and then.   I love it.  Those little children hugs are so precious.    I’d move out of Southern California if my son wasn’t here.

So take care of yourself Gary.   We all know life is short.

Blessings to you and your wife.

Lynette

Dunseith ND Highlight
Posted by Don Martel (Teacher):   Rosemount, MN

I thought it was interesting that Dunseith was highlighted in today’s segment of “onlyinyourstate. com.

Don

Web link
https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/north-dakota/things-only-in-nd/

 

 

Reply to the “1949” Dunseith Girls Photo
From Ken Nerpel (’65):  Rugby, ND

 Regarding the girls “1949” photo from Cheryl Dakin, the girl that is second from the right might be 

my Aunt Alice Metcalfe.  According to my records she was born in 1927 and may have been in Dunseith at that time.

Kenneth Nerpel
Dunseith 1949 Ladies

 

Veteran’s long-lost military ID tag returned to his widow
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70):  Bottineau, ND

Hi Gary, I just read this  on national news, and thought about former DHS POD teacher, Gene Hepper.

Many of us North Dakotans who live in rural areas of ND always know someone who know someone connected… 

While this war was going on I felt it was a subject not spoken about at school,  although many of us watched the national news and knew how horrific it was for those who were serving. 

Later,Vickie

Web Link

https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2020/10/01/vietnam-veterans-long-lost-military-id-tag-returned-to-his-widow/

 

 

Pictures posted by Karen Larson (Bottineau Spectrum):  

Gary,
Don’t know if you have seen these two pictures before.  I found them in my computer. Karen

Gary’s Reply,
Thank You Karen. These Pictures need a repost
Dunseith-2 Dunseith-1

 

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10/02/2020 (2775)

Leland Stickland Passed away this morning
Message from Dean Stickland (’73):  Olympia, WA.

Stickland, Leland

Gary,

I thought you would like to know that our oldest brother Leland (Lee) passed away early this morning.  He had been residing at an assisted living facility in Dickinson. Several residents and seven staff members there tested positive for Covid-19 a couple weeks ago, including Lee.  He had a few rough days, then felt better and thought he was done with it.  A few days later he was worse again and had symptoms of pneumonia so they hospitalized him on Wednesday morning.  He died less than 24 hours later.  He will be cremated.  When it is a bit safer to travel we will gather in Dickinson for a memorial service and interment.

He would have turned 74 on the 20th of October.

Darrel (class of 67) and me (class of 73) both reside in Olympia, WA just a couple miles apart.  We’ll miss our phone visits with Lee.  We’re glad we all had a week together a year ago.

All the best to you.

Dean Stickland

 

Gary Stokes Comments;

Dean; we extend our condolences to you and your family with Leland’s passing. You will miss him dearly.

What a shock to hear of Leland’s passing. He had been corresponding a lot with us lately too. Never did he mention he had Covid. I remember and knew Leland very well from our HS days too. Always a very nice respectable guy. He will be missed.

Leland’s last message sent to me on September 21, 2020 Posted with our last blog on September 25th.

Ginger, yes I read a lot, have never owned a TV. YOU may recall that I went through HS like a breeze but when I was in the car accident that took Earl Hiatt’s life on 12/30/65 ALL of that information was wiped away. I was able to make my first try to go to college in March of 1969; it took three attempts to succeed. In 101 English Composition, the teacher asked me how, with such a great HS record, I was not able to write. I told her what had occurred and she apologized. I sent her a copy of first Master degree thesis; it had more than 100 pages.  This masters was in Public Health. SNUF Tanks for YOUR ear.  Lee (Stick)

Ginger LaRocque Poitra’s (’65) reply to Leland: toddpoitra073044@gmail.com

9/26/2020 Hi, Lee,

So sorry to hear that that happened to you. I know I was devastated when I heard about Earl,  he was always such a nice person, good to all. I did’nt hear anymore then that about the accident and I guess that he was coming from Rugby. There were pretty high hills in those days which were later flattened out some, not so scary and dangerous.

I am so happy to know that you made it! Took a while but you did it! The Lord gives help to those in need and who work for it you are one of those.

Enjoy your life Lee you deserve to enjoy a good life.

So long for now, maybe I will write more about the beautiful things the Lord gave us to all enjoy. We were so fortunate to live in a less crowded area to be able to see the stars and moon at night without the hindrance of city lights.

God Bless you Lee

Ginger

 

Gary Stokes Note: I actually have a lot of more postings from you folks that I will post within the next couple of days. Kind of busy today.  I wanted to get Leland’s’ death posted.

09/25/2020 (2774)

Loren (Sonny) Dubois Passed away this morning with Covid
Message from Dennis Dubois (’63): Minneapolis, Mn

Dennis Dubois messaged me this morning that his brother Loren (Sonny) passed away this morning with Covid. He was a resident at the Good Samaritan Home in Bottineau. He was recently in a Minot Hospital for a week. When he returned to Good Sam he tested negative for Covid. While in Quarantine after returning from the Minot hospital, he became covid positive. Bottineau didn’t have a facility for him being positive, so they transferred him to Minneapolis several days ago where he died. Being Covid, his remains will be cremated.

I understand that a lot of the good Samaritan Staff and residence have tested covid positive. The number I heard was 31 total. Also I heard of one positive that I know in Dunseith too.

We extend our condolences to Sonny’s family with his passing. It’s trying times for his children with his passing.

Gary

 

Condolences to the Joyce Murray Anderson family.
From Sharon Longie Dana (’73):   Missoula, MT

So sad to hear of Joyce Murray Anderson’s passing. She was always a great classmate and a sweetheart. Love an prayers for her family and all of those who knew and loved her.

 

Reply From Leland Stickland (’64):  Dickinson, ND

Ginger, yes I read a lot, have never owned a TV. YOU may recall that I went through HS like a breeze but when I was in the car accident that took Earl Hiatt’s life on 12/30/65 ALL of that information was wiped away. I was able to make my first try to go to college in March of 1969; it took three attempts to succeed. In 101 English Composition, the teacher asked me how, with such a great HS record, I was not able to write. I told her what had occurred and she apologized. I sent her a copy of first Master degree thesis; it had more than 100 pages.  This masters was in Public Health. SNUF Tanks for YOUR ear.  Lee (Stick)

 

09/20/2020 (2773)

Reply to Gary Stokes
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (65):  Belcourt, ND

Hi Gary,

I sure wish that Bernadette was well and could come back here to see everyone with you.

If you come after all this crazy covid19 is over, I look forward to seeing you.

With blessed prayers to you and yours,

Ginger

Gary’s Reply
So sad to say, Bernadette’s traveling days are over. Comparing her to last year at this time, there is massive deterioration. She requires 100% assistance inclusive of eating. She has to be fed. She is unable to get up on her own, but can squirm in her recliner with fear for us of falling on the floor breaking a few bones. She can sit for short periods of times in a chair. Her speech is severely affected too. We can only understand about 10% of what she says. She still recognizes and knows those around her and some of or friends, but not all. She is not cognisant of the moment or the time. Starting this past March, I brought on 24/7 help. I sleep in our former upstairs bedroom. Bernadette sleeps in her hospital bed in our bedroom and the Helper/Caregiver sleeps in our Bed. With her present condition, I will not be able to get away, even for a few days. Bernadette is a handful, both emotionally and physically.

 

Reply to Leland Stickland (64):
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (65): Belcourt, ND

Memories to Leland Stickland

Hey Leland!

Ginger LaRocque Poitra, here. Just saying how much I too love the scenery out in our Turtle Mountain area. It is so beautiful all summer. I drove around the Metigoshi area looking at the green trees so thick with their leaves I love it!

Now that fall is coming I sure would like to drive around to see the leaves change to their lovely shades of orange, yellow, red.

Then the snow lightly falling from the skies changing the ground to white, when it is white and untouched for the time it can be untouched it is beautiful and the sky looks so blue when it is finished falling and the stars shine all is as breath taking as the best drawing of landscape moonlit picture.

I just love looking at the scenic views anywhere,

Thanks for reading,

Ginger

 

September 3, 2020
Joyce Murray Anderson (DHS ’73) Passed away.
Posted by Ivy Eller Robert (74):  Everett, WA

Gary,

It’s with very sad heart, I’m telling you that my cousin, Joyce Murray Anderson passed away Tuesday Sept. 1st. Her daughter informed me that she had a heart attack at home in Roy Washington. There was nothing they could do for her by the time the paramedics got there. I guess she had COPD as well.

She lived in Dunseith from birth to 1972 or 73. I don’t remember the exact year she moved to Washington state. Her first husband was Terry Gregory and had a daughter. After his death she remarried a few years later, and had 2 girls and a boy with her second. They divorced and several years later she remarried for the third time.

Her daughter said she will be cremated. It had not decided, as of yet, due to Covid, what kind of service or where she will be laid to rest.

Her mother and my grandmother were sisters. Joyce just turned 65 on August 3. I just talked to her a few weeks ago to let her know that I was in Washington state and would dearly love to see her, but wasn’t going to because of Covid. My heart hurts that I didn’t get to see her one last time. We talked about her retiring. She said she didn’t know when. It’s sad to know this is her retirement.

Ivy Eller Robert  (74)

 

“The Girls” 1949 in Dunseith
Posted by Cheryl Larson Dakin (’71):  Bedford, TX

Hi Gary

I found this picture of my mom, Verdellis Richard Larson, and her friends titled “The Girls” 1949 in Dunseith. They would all be about 22 years old. From the left is:  ?, her sister Jerrine Richard,  ?,  Joyce Evans?, her mom my Grandmother Johanna Richard, ?, my mom Verdy Richard Larson. Would love to fill in the blanks.

Thanks

Cheryl Larson Dakin
Richard Larson dunseith girls

 

Walter Hiatt Family Picture
Facebook picture posted by Robin Grandbob Scott

 Gary Stokes Comment:

Walter Hiatt married Julia Johnson. They raised their family in the Dunseith area. They moved to Renton, WA in the fifties.

Freddy and Wallace are the only siblings I personally knew. The rest, to my recollection remained in Renton, WA.  As a child I claimed to have known who all the Hiatt’s were and the families they belonged to. My memory has faded now though.

Freddy and Margo’s children were (Richard, David & Bobby Slyter), Brenda, Rhonda, Kim & Julie

Wallace and Arla Hill Hiatt, If memory serves me right had two daughters, Jacqueline and Jarilyn.
Hiatt, Walter family

 

 

 

 

Fall colors of the Turtle Mountains!
Memories from Leland Stickland (64):  Dickinson, ND

Gary and ALL,

A few days ago I saw a flash across the top of my computer. It was regarding the beauty of the foliage that is now dressing the land of heritage for many us: the Turtle Mountains.

I once worked with a company in Dickinson as VP,  beginning 12-4-72 for $600/ month. I helped increase the gross sales from $1.6 million to $3.2 million in 16 months. One of the benefits of this company was that we owned an airplane and I learned to fly in 1969 so I had the opportunity to see much of  America from the pilot’s seat.

My then-wife, Bea, who really didn’t care for flying but was a wonderful navigator, and I would fly to Dunseith in about 1.75 hours; it is a , 278 mile trip on the ground. We could enjoy the vast loveliness of the Turtle Mountains from West of Bottineau to near Rolla @ 150 Miles per Hour. As all from the area know, the Mountains extend south, down toward Dunseith and north some miles into Canada. It is great to observe the handiwork of the Creator.

Thanks for listening. Lee (Stick)5

 

Farmers market baking September 12, 2020
Posted  by Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND

 September 12, 2020
Hello Gary and Friends of Dunseith School Alumni,

Various area communities area are again sponsoring “Farmers Markets” including Bottineau.

My favorites;

Fruits of the garden, Potatoes, cabbage, etc. vegetables and Fruits of the kitchen, from scratch bakers!

And I?

I delight hearing people talking about  the good stuff  found and saying good things about people I know!

I was at the bakery early one morning a couple Saturdays ago whilst a man came in  for breakfast.

I heard him telling some of the coffee and breakfast guys, he had to get up early to come to the Bottineau Farmers Market.

“He came specifically for  pie.

He said he had to get to the market “right as it opened.”

“And be fast.  The homemade  pies made by one specific person sell  quickly.”

He said, He’d come the week before by 7:30 and  disappointed her pies were gone.

But on this morning he was lucky to get a seasonal fruit pie and a Sour Cream Raisin!

This guy got up on vacation day, early Saturday morning to drive from the lake into Bottineau to peruse Farmers market

for a home baked from scratch  pie baked by a specific  person.

(I smiled) For I knew the pie baker.  An older gentlemen had happily purchased 2 June berry pies from her the week before.

Later that day, I saw and told Donna (Hanson) Moldenhauer that guys are  talking about her pies.

She was surprised!  But I heard from pie eaters in the know … She is a pie baker extraordinaire.(class of ’67)

Today while at the Farmers Market,  my sister purchased date filled cookies made by  cousin Lola and Jay’s daughter, Tina.

My sister called and asked if I wanted one.   She said, “Tina used her grandmothers recipe.” “IOh, Yes! Yes. YES,” I said. “I haven’t ate

a good homemade date filled in years.”\

Upon, Eating one I conjured up a sweet memory of Aunt Ella.

While in Graduate school at Grand Forks I lived  frugally, in a dorm room.  About once a month I’d  discover in my mail,

A discretely wrapped  brown grocery paper bag care package, mailed from a special aunt, My God mother.

She knew I savored  whatever she made and  was especially fond of her date filled cookies.

Anticipationing, I’d RIP off the brown paper bag find a red Folgers coffee can covered with the lid opened,

Filled with  -OH MY …first inhale, breath in  the scent of  homemade cookies baked cookie, sugar.. and ah, vanilla.

Then a first bite.

Aunt Ella’s Date Filled cookies always  had one special ingredient…….

they were infused with her LOVE I could always feel it.

Thanks Gary and Bottineau Farmers Market.

Until later,  enjoy Fall  Farmers Markets.

Vickie L. Metcalfe

 

Pictures from the archives

Folks,

I spent the whole month of July 2015 in the Bottineau / Dunseith area. I stayed with my Brother Darrel (Bud) and his wife Debby in Bottineau. During that time I spent many hours each day in the Bottineau Bakery. I was there every morning for Breakfast about 8:00 AM and often times didn’t leave until well into the afternoon. I had Breakfast, forenoon lunch and dinner at noon all at the bakery. All in one setting. Never a boring moment there. Their Center long table was a community gathering table. That was an enjoyable month. 2015 is the last time I was back in the area too. With Bernadette’s health, she is unable to travel. Hopefully when this pandemic is over I can slip away for a week or so and make it back.

First picture: Pete (’65) and Verena Gilles came in the Bottineau Bakery. We had a nice visit and were talking when Earl Roland came in with his son. I knew and remembered Earl very well from our childhood days with the Metigoshe Lutheran churches. Earl is a few years older than me. After he had been sitting there awhile, he was very surprised when I called him by name. He had no idea who I was. Needless to say he was very surprised when I told him. We hadn’t seen each other in nearly 50 years. My looks have changed over the years, Earl’s hasn’t. Earls Mother, Rena Roland, was a first cousin to Art Rude.

Second Picture: Terry Olson (’64) and Lorenzo Anderson (’63) were regulars in the Bottineau Bakery. I saw them most every day while I was there.

Third Picture: Ralph and Luella Boardman (’49) Bjornseth had their dinner meal most everyday at the Bakery too
Gilles, Pete and Verna Olson, Terry and Anderson, Lorenzo Bjornseth, Ralph and Luella

09/03/2020

Condolences to the Lyle Lunde Family
From Ron Peltier (’70): Dunseith, ND

My prayers and condolences for the Lyle Lunde family.  He was one of my greatest friends.  I met him while attending NDSU-Bottineau and no matter where I saw him he would always give me a big hug and ask me how I was doing.  I always thought that was so awesome.  Have a safe and quick journey home my friend!

Ron Peltier

 

The Trevers’ Family
Reply from Ken Nerpel (’65): Rugby, ND

The Trevers kids were Canadian; I think their father worked at the border.  I remember riding the school bus to Dunseith with Jim and his sister Sandra.  The first thing I thought of when seeing the football picture was “where is Dennis DuBois?”.

A few years later another Canadian family’s kids attended school in Dunseith by the name of Vogel’s.  Their father was a gardener at the Peace Garden.  Helen Vogel graduated with the class of 1965.

 

The Trevers’ Family
Reply from Geri Metcalf Mnro (’59):  Fargo, ND

Jim Trevors is 3rd from the left, middle row.  His father, Fred, was a Canadian customs officer and they lived at the port near the Jim Metcalfe (our farm).  He and his sister, Sandra, rode the school bus with us to Dunseith.

Geri Metcalfe Munro

Correction from Geri Metcalfe Munro
I need correct my statement that Jim Trevors was 3rd from left, back row.  I know that Dennis Dubois knows who he is—I hadn’t read all the replies.  Please accept my apologies, Dennis.  I meant to say who Jim Trevors was and thought that was the question.  I need to read more carefully before I speak.

Geri Metcalfe Munro

Gary Stokes’ Comment
Don’t feel bad Geri. We love hearing from you.
Dennis and all the rest of us understand.
We all realize that picture is 60 years old too.

 

Obituary posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe Minot, ND

          Marion Johnson
Johnson, Marion
April 19, 1930 – August 28, 2020

https://www.nerofuneralhome.net/obituary/marian-johnson


Obituary posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

                Lyle  Lundy
Lundy, Lyle
Dec 22, 1922 – Aug 29, 2020

https://www.nerofuneralhome.net/obituary/lyle-lunde

08/31/2020 (2770)

Replies to Leland Stickland’s 1960 DHS Football Picture:

First off, I want to make it very clear that Leland Identified Lowell Bad heart Bull correctly. I am the one that changed it thinking he was wrong. My apologies Leland. With the over whelming replies that is for sure Bad heart Bull. You all agreed that the unidentified guy on the top left is Ron Longie, so we know it’s him. Ron and Donald Egbert would have been 8th graders too. They must have been really good to have been chosen to participate in High School Football.   Thank you, folks, for all the replies and thank you Leland for sharing. I think we now have everyone identified Correctly too. Gary


Reply from Dennis Dubois (’63):
Good morning Gary. I just looked at Leland Stickland’s football picture and he has a couple of mistakes. I don’t know who Jim Trevor is, but that is me. Bruce pigeon is actually Russell Pigeon and Lowell Leonard is actually Lowell Bad Heart Bull. I don’t know who that is on the top left. It could be Greg LaCroix. The deceased are: Don Egbert, Russell Pigeon, Don Prouty, Lowell Bad Heart Bull, John Morgan, Dwight Lang, Bob Jury and Dan Machipiness.

Gary’s reply Thanks Dennis for the corrections and listing those deceased too. We now have you correctly Identified too.

 

Reply from Ron Peltier (’70):  Dunseith, ND
I don’t think #53 was Lowell Leonard, probably a Bad Heart Bull.  And Donald Egbert is the second guy from the left in the back row. Gary’s reply Thanks Ron for the corrections. Reply from Ken Nerpel (’65): snerpel@gmail.com Rugby, ND Re: DHS 1960 Football team

I believe the unidentified player to be (class of 65er) Ron Longie and the player identified as Lowell Leonard is actually Lowell Bad Heart Bull.

Regards

Kenneth Nerpel

Gary’s reply Thanks Ken for the corrections
Reply from Wayne Smith (“61):  Lake Metigoshe, ND
I believe Number 53 is Lowell Bad Heart Bull.

Wayne Smith

Gary’s reply Thanks Wayne for the correction
Reply from Susan Fassett Martin (’65): Spearfish, SD I think that is Ron Longie first one in the back row.  I think #53 is Lowell Bad Heart Bull, not Lowell Leonard

Gary’s reply Thanks Susan for the corrections

 

Bruce Pigeon (’61):  Garrison, ND
Hi Gary Hope all is well and life is good.  On Lee Strickland 1960 Football picture.  My name is listed where it should have been Russell Pigeon listed.  I sat out that year because of a injury that had plagued me for several years.  Still have fond memories of those times.

Take care

Bruce Pigeon

Gary’s reply Thanks Bruce this reply and the corrections.

Reply from Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,   Leland did pretty well on his ID of the teams.  I might throw in a couple thoughts.  In the back row, left side, I think might be one of the Longie boys, then Don Egbert for sure, then I think is Dennis Dubois although it may be Jim Trevors as Leland said?  Next to him looks to be Russell ‘Sadie’ Pigeon as Bruce wasn’t quite as tall, as I remember?  Number 53 next to the coach is Lowell Bad Heart Bull, I believe.  Leland was correct with ‘Lowell’ just not Leonard.  The fellow on the right end of the front row (60) looks familiar and I at first thought was Dennis Dubois but I think not.  These are just my guesses and may all be wrong so others should correct any that I misidentified.  I do remember when Russell Pigeon played basketball, he was the biggest guy on the team and the biggest white jersey that “Sadie” had to wear, was number ’00’ and we younger kids used to chuckle at that.  Thanks Gary?

Gary’s reply
Thanks Dick for this reply and corrections. Everything you said corelates with all the other replies. Your memory, as always, is fantastic. This class year, 60/61, was 7 years ahead of you too.

Note: For those of you that save this picture, the names will follow.
Dunseith 1960 FB team

 

 Lyle Lunde Passed away: Former well know Bottineau County Sheriff Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (‘70) Bottineau, ND

https://www.nerofuneralhome.net/obituary/lyle-lunde

Lyle Lunde, age 97 of Bottineau, died Saturday at the North Dakota Veteran’s Home in Lisbon.

FYI
Sheriff Lundy was  a WWII navy veteran who served this country,  both in ˝ Germany and Pacific fronts.

He was  the former Bottineau County Sheriff.

We connected by discussion of his Navy service and time spent in Scotland.

I  very much enjoyed every visit I had with him.

He had just moved into the  ND  Veterans home at Lisbon a few short  weeks ago.

He was a treasured honourable man who gave and received respect.

A true Exemplary of the Greatest Generation!

Vickie

Sheriff Lyle Lundy
Reply from Travis Metcalfe (’76)   Mesa, AZ

I worked for Lyle Lundy as a Deputy in Bottineau for a year or 2….Great guy to work for….

TRAVIS

 

          Sue Berg passed away
Berg, Sue

https://www.nerofuneralhome.net/obituary/susan-berg

Sue was a first cousin to Don, Curt, Keith and Diane Rheault Berg all DHS graduates. Their father was Erling Berg

Sue’s parents were Clarence and Mabel Berg. Clearance and Erling were brothers.

Mabel, Sue’s mother, was a Sister to Helga Petterson. She was married to my dad’s brother Nels.

Thursday our time, I received the following FB message from Neola Kofoid Garbe

Gary, you probably know this, but Jim just sent this to me.  I feel SO bad about it.  If you haven’t heard, Sue Berg the hairdresser at Lk Met didn’t survive a bicycle accident yesterday at Met State Park.  She was biking with someone and their bikes collided.    She fell and hit her head on road.  Terrible things happen and fast!

Susan’s Obituary Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Susan’s Obituary

Sue Berg, age 63 of Lake Metigoshe, died Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at a Minot hospital.  A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the Mouse River Cemetery, Landa.  Visitation will be Monday, August 31, 2020 from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

Susan Kristine Berg, a blond hair, blue eyed Norwegian, was born at St. Andrews Hospital in Bottineau, ND on November 7, 1956, to Clarence and Mabel Berg. She was raised on the Berg family farm along with her brother and sister and attended school in Souris, ND. Sue was a Souris “Blue Jay” and graduated from high school in 1975. Her high school summers were spent at Lake Metigoshe carhopping at the Drive Inn.

Sue was always very creative and studied both flower and hair design. She started her life-long career as a hair stylist working at “Diane’s Mane Street Salon” in Bottineau, ND. Over 35 years ago, Sue took a leap of faith and started “Wave Maker by Sue” at her home in Whiskey Bay on Lake Metigoshe. Sue wasn’t just a hairstylist for most of her customers. She became an extension of their families and a life-long friend.

Sue loved living on the lake and enjoyed all the fun that went along with it. From jet-skiing to boating, Sue loved her time in the water and the warm sun. She wouldn’t mind if summer lasted all year as long as the sun was shining. In the winter, Sue tried to get away when she could to a beach in Mexico or somewhere else warm to relax and catch some Vitamin D. For over a decade Sue talked about moving to a warmer destination, but she just couldn’t leave the summer paradise she called her home.

Sue was a kind, generous, and warm-hearted gal and a loving friend to many. Although she had no spare time, she still prepared and delivered food for friends and cut hair for the elderly at area nursing homes. Her family has many fond memories of her making them laugh with the wit she inherited from her dad. Sue was a “Cat Whisperer” and enjoyed rescuing and feeding many of them through the years. She was very spiritual and loved Jesus.

Sue left this world on Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 at Trinity Hospital in Minot, ND after sustaining a head injury in a bicycle accident. The Silver Lining in this tragic time of sorrow is that Sue will live on through the donation of her organs by doing what she always did best, helping other people.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and numerous uncles and aunts.

Sue is survived by her sister Cindy (Mike) Pesek of Grand Forks, ND; brother Denis (Marty) Schoonover of Arlington, WA; nephews James (Sherry) Schoonover of Lake Stevens, WA and Adam (Michelle) Lunde of Maple Grove, MN; nieces Kristy (Scott) Olson of Marysville, WA and Bethany (Joe) Benjamin of East Grand Forks, MN; five great nieces and four great nephews; one aunt Delores Berg of Rugby, ND; many cousins; cherished friends and hair clients; and millions of kitty-cats.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to the Mouse River Cemetery and the Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue.

 

08/30/2020 (2769)

DHS 1960 Football team
Posted by Lee (Leland) Stickland (’64):  Dickinson, ND

Gary’s comment.

Folks, this picture was taken 60 years ago. What a clear picture too.

I admire Leland’s ability to remember the names of all but one of these guys with the correct spelling too.

Leland asked that we check his verification of his recollection of the Identification of these guys. First guy on the left in the back row is the only one not identified.

Please Identify those no longer with us and the location of those still with us.
Dunseith 1960 FB team

 

Message from Cheryl Larson Dakin (’71):  Bedford, TX.

Hi All

I am back in North Dakota! The big difference this year is that I am retired as of Dec. 31, 2019 and we don’t have to rush back to Texas in 2 weeks for work. We can stay as long as we want to, and plan to be here until the end of September. I will miss my grands and my kids, but it’s so nice to be back “home”.  With all that is going on in this world, it is such a comfort to be here where the grass is green, the sky is blue (and so big!) and the people are friendly and welcoming and kind. We lived here off and on for a brief period of time a long time ago but it has always been home, and it is the place some of our earliest friendships were made. It has been the place we come back to, to regroup and unwind. I brought jars and lids and can’t wait to begin processing the chokecherries my sisters have picked and putting up some of the bounty from their vegetable gardens. They do the work and I reap the benefit. It is so good to be back.

As summer winds down and kids go back to school and we try to figure out what our new normal is supposed to be I hope everyone is healthy and happy and has a great fall season.

Cheryl Larson Dakin

 

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND

Marian’s Obituary
Johnson, Marion
Marian Johnson, age 90 of Bottineau, died Friday, August 28, 2020 at a Bottineau hospital.  Her funeral will be held on Friday, September 4, 2020 at 10:00 am at the First Lutheran Church in Bottineau.  Visitation will be on Thursday from 1:00 pm until 9:00 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Burial will be at the Salem Cemetery north of Bottineau. Gary Stokes’ comments I was saddened and surprised to hear of Marian’s passing. I never thought of her being as old as she was. Lester, Marian and family lived on Lester’s childhood home farm located  two miles NW of our childhood farm. Their children used to catch the School bus at our house. Marian was very active with the Mountaineers 4-H club. She was a 4-H leader for many years. After moving to Bottineau, Marian worked at the Bottineau Senior Center for many years too. Lester passed away a few years ago. I will post her complete obituary when it’s available. We extend our condolences to all of Marian’s family too. She was a good person and will be missed dearly.

08/15/2020 (2768)

Thank you to Vickie Metcalfe (’70)
From Bill Krause (’74):  Dickinson, ND

Thank you Vickie Metcalfe for those kind words about our Mother, Ruby Krause. They are very much appreciated!! She will definitely be missed…Bill Krause

 

Condolences to the Ruby Krause Family
From Larrett Peterson (’71):  Crosby, ND

Hi Garry ,

Hope you’re doing great at Cebu with Bernadette…..Larrett was sending his sympathy to the Family of Ruby Krause…………

Regards to everyone !
Yola ( Larrett Peterson )

 

 

Reply to Nancy Holter’s Posting:
From Geri Metcalfe Munro (’69):   Fargo, ND

 Nancy Holter’s posting
My grandmother was Charlotte Fairles, daughter of Annie Fairles. Her uncles were Murrays.  They lived by Butte St. Paul and Lord’s Lake.

Geri Metcalfe Munro’s reply
Dwain Coleman was related to his aunt, Marion Fairless–any relation to the Coleman’s??  Or, Sue Gilmore Metcalfe?

 

Birthday Greetings to Jerry VandeWalle, ND Supreme Court Justice
Jerry’s brother Virgil, A Community Icon, was an Ag and FFA teacher in Bottineau for many years.
Face Book posting by Virgil’s daughter Mary VandeWalle Kuntz.
Mary Graduated from Bottineau HS in 1973:

Gary’s comment
Folks: Jerry Vandewalle’s brother, Virgil VandeWalle (deceased) was an Agriculture and FFA teacher at Bottineau HS for years. Many of you on this distribution were his students. He was a community Icon.  He also facilitated the Monday night farmers classes that many of the local farmers attended including me. I was in High School at the time. I attended those classes with my dad and Robert Pritchard.

Jerry very much resembles Virgil too.
I have included Mary With this distribution.  

Mary’s FB posting
August 15 is my uncle Jerry Vandewalle’s BIRTHDAY I would so appreciate cards sent to him as he is still dealing with Covid. Send me a PM if you would like to do this. Thanks to everyone for your concern and kind messages and comments Most of you know Jerry and he knows you but if not could you tell him how you know me???
VandeWalle, JerryAugust 14, 2019 ·
Happy birthday to this man … Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle….. better known as uncle Jerry or Jerry by his namesake Lincoln Gerald. This man has been like a father to me as his brother ( my dad) died at a very young age. Thank you Jerry for all you’ve done for me and all you’ve done for the state of ND . Your life has been the Supreme Court but you have also been there for me or anyone else whenever the need is present. You are most definitely a man of integrity, character, empathy and kindness. Lincoln should be so fortunate to have you as his great great uncle. Rock on Jerry….. we love you beyond words

 

Meteor shower this week!
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Weblink
https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/perseids-2020-1.5678617

August 9, 2020
Gary and Friends of Dunseith,

When I was a child one of my  very  favorite earliest  summer memories was going up to Jim and Ella’ Metcalfe’s farm home close to the border on a Saturday night.

Those wonderful  girl cousins taught us how to play ‘Ante aye Over’. (Annie, annie  i over)

Later darkest dark, darkness descended.

While the grown-ups visited over coffee in the house the Girls brought out a blanket.

We all lay down on our backs,  elbow to elbow, looked up and gazed at the stars in the sky.

In the Jim Metcalfe yard,
I discovered  the  Milky Way, the North star, the  Little Dipper, the Big Dipper… and watched for falling stars to wish on.

Look for the  Meteor Shower this week.

I  plan on making a wish.

Please, join me in gazing at the stars and wish for a vaccine!

Vickie  L. Metcalfe

 

GRAND – OPENING GAGA BALL AT THE BOTTINEAU TURTLE PARK
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

FYI
This is Dakota’s Scouting   project. 

 Dakota is Jay (’66) and Lola Metcalfe (’66) Vanorny’s grandson.  Great Grandson of Jim and Ella Metcalfe.

                        The Bottineau  Veterans  supported Dakota on his project.

 He is making a difference for Youth  in the  Bottineau community.

The Corley family moved from Kansas last year.  

Tina, his mom is an EMT here in Bottineau.

Tina and her husband Christian are very involved in  many  Community Service projects 

Later, Vickie
VFW Posting

ALL

Everyone is invited to come.  WE, the Legion, AMVETs, VFW have donated to this project. would be great to see as many come as possible

GRAND-OPENING GAGABALL ARENA: (Please share this post! Tx!)

Everyone in Bottineau is invited to the Grand Opening of the Gagaball Arena in Tommy Turtle Park on Tuesday, August 18th from 6pm to 8pm. We will be social distancing and masks are encouraged. Don’t miss the Mayor Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 7pm. Dakota Corley is working on his Eagle Scout (the highest rank in Scouting) wanted to build the Gagaball arena to give back to the community. Gagaball is a “friendly version of dodgeball”, lots of fun for kids of all ages & built by the Scouts of Troop 528 with lots of support from local organizations including Asst Scoutmaster & home builder Bud Saykally & family. Come out on Tuesday to enjoy hotdogs, chips, drinks and s’mores, as we celebrate this awesome addition to the community. Any questions, call Dakota 701-404-9400. See you there!

Al Wondrasek

08/09/2020 (2767)

Hello Folks,

Sorry for the long delay with postings.

 In the process of upgrading Windows 10, I lost all my address books. I have recovered them all now, so all is OK.

 Gary

 

Deer Heart Lodge Pictures
From Nancy Holter: naholter52@yahoo.com

I came across your blog while looking for information about Deer Heart Park. My maternal grandmother grew up in the shadow of Butte St. Paul (literally). I am scanning photos from the 30s and one that caught my eye was this one from Deer Heart Park. It looks like there are 2 squirrels, dressed, in a diorama of some sort – can that be correct? Can you give me any information about the park?

My grandmother was Charlotte Fairles, daughter of Annie Fairles. Her uncles were Murrays.  They lived by Butte St. Paul and Lord’s Lake.

I also have a number of photos of the dedication of Butt St. Paul Park, if you are interested. Yes Nancy, we are interested in any pictures you may have. Please send them to me. Thanks, Gary

I see you have graduation lists back to 1930, I think I may have one  or two from about 1911-15. If I find them again, I will scan them for you.

Nancy Holter

Gary’s comments
Are any of you familiar with Nancy’s relatives, the Fairles family. What Murray family was she connected to?

Deer Heart Lodge Pictures
Deer Heart Lodge-1 Deer Heart Lodge

 

Ruby Krause, Former Dunseith Educator, Obituary
Posted by Vickie Metcalf (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Ruby (Torno) Krause
Krause, Ruby
Jan 24, 1932 – Jul 29,2020

https://www.nerofuneralhome.net/obituary/ruby-krause

Friday, July 31, 2020

Gary and Friends of Dunseith School,

            Ruby  Krause was well known as an Elementary educator  at Dunseith  Public School.

Ruby and Howard’s children all graduated from Dunseith Public High School.

            Ruby ‘s  faith, her family and education were very important to her.

Many Dunseith children were blessed to have Mrs. Krause as a teacher/principal. 

( I worked alongside her for several years)

            My sympathy to  Ruby’s children and grandchildren on the loss of this fine, smart articulate lady.

Sincerely,

Vickie L. Metcalfe

 

07/26/2020 (2766)

Fauske reunion:

What a fantastic reunion this had to have been. When I saw other pictures posted on Facebook of their reunion, I was hoping We’d see some with their mother Elenore (Stubby) too. Doesn’t she look fantastic. She was 97 years young this year.  Thanks, Carrole Fauske Rude for posting.

The whole family looks wonderful in both of these pictures. I know the majority of you know and can connect to this family too.

Off the top of my head I think Stubby is the only surviving of the Johnny and Margaret Hiatt siblings. Her first cousins, Sisters: Leola Lagerquist and Nettie Peterson, both in their 90’s too, are doing well. I recently saw some of Nettie’s Facebook comments too, so I know she is actively engaged with Facebook.
Fauske siblings.jpgFauske.jpg
Leland (Lee) Stickland (64):   Dickinson, ND

 I think the Covid Lockdown did him in.
I think Leland needs a haircut.
Gary

 2020
Stickland, Lee-1

2018: Leland, I found this photo
Stickland, Lee-2

Leland’s Posting
No problem; what YOU see is what YOU got, regarding posting of my photo. We are yet locked down inside our facility. We have (staff and each resident), tested negative for the last two (2) test periods when checked each two (2) weeks. Thus, we are now able to go to the DR for meals. We have assigned seating to facilitate any contact- tracing, if that would become needed. Good days to YOU and YOURS
Lee

 Leland’s Follow up post
Gary, I forgot to mention the most important part. Our lady Barber was finally able to get into the facility so I had my normal haircut down to the skin. The long hair that shows on the picture is nearly an insult but it was an accumulation from about 5 months because I needed a haircut before we got locked down. Don’t want to keep bothering you I just wanted to make that clarification so that maybe you can make that note in any narrative so the folks that know me want to feel that I fell off the edge even though I live out here in Western North Dakota where it pretty close to the edge. Thank you again Gary time for me to catch a little sleep I didn’t go to bed last night I was learning about camshaft degrees lobes and durations and how to build those Transmissions that you use and race cars when you can keep the pedals to the metal and just keep moving your levers through the six gears. Maybe Bernadette would remember me but y’all so he can say hi to your caregivers for me.
Lee

07/16/2020 (2765)

Kjersten Larson Family postings.
Reply from Toni Morinville Gredesky (’68):  

Gary, 

Thanks for the email. I really appreciate having these. Kjerstin was my great-great grandmother.

Her daughter Petrina was my great grandmother and Petrina’s daughter, Cora was my grandmother.

Kjerstin and Petrina are buried at a small cemetery at Metigoshe. 

Thanks again,

Toni

Enjoy your upcoming birthday! I turn 70 this go round.

 

Gary Stokes’ reply to Toni
Toni, I am so blessed to have the same birthday as you.
You too enjoy your milestone birthday.

My dad’s sister Olga Hanson, was married to your mothers Brother Bert Hanson. That makes us almost first cousins too. Jean Pladson and Audrey Aitchison are our common first cousins.

 

Gary’s Comments on the Kjersten Larson Photo.

Kjersten Larson was born in 1820 and died at the age of 95 in1915.

I am very sure this picture was taken in the Lake Metigoshe area.  I counted 38 Grandkids of Kjersten Larson in this photo. I am sure they probably were not all present either. Many of these grandkids, who are Great Grandparents to many of our readers, had large families of their own. To this day, Kjersten Larson must have a thousand or two descendants. I am sure Doreen Larson Moran or some of you others have this Larson family tree all broken down? Half the hills must be related.

Year 1910
Larson, Kjersten-3

Memories from the Past: 2013 Dunseith gathering at the Bottineau Pizza Inn
Stokes, Pizza Inn-1
Stokes, Pizza Inn-2

07/15/2020 (2764)

Harvey Hiatt’s Obituary
Provided by Tanya Hiatt: Flagstaff AZ.

Hiatt, Harvey Obit

Harvey A. Hiatt, 76 passed away peacefully on June 30, 2020 in his Flagstaff, Arizona home with his wife and daughter by his side after a long illness.

Harvey was born on July 18, 1943 in Bottineau, North Dakota to Willie and Maxine Hiatt. He attended Bottineau High School and graduated from NDSU, Bottineau School of Forestry with a degree in Science of Forestry.  In 1964 he married Teressa Carlson of Bottineau and had two children.  He worked 27 years working in research with USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. He enjoyed his work and was presented numerous awards throughout his career for loyal and dedicated service, ingenuity, creativity & engineering skills.

Harvey met and married Tanya Embury-Rench and shared the last 35 years of his life together. They had a blended family and raised 3 children together.  Member of Living Christ Lutheran Church for many years.  He loved hunting, country music, dancing, reading, travel and enjoyed family, friends and food. Everyone knew him by his smile.

Harvey is survived by his wife, Tanya, sons, Brad (Dana), Jeffery Rench (Katrina), (Jay) Jalynd (Desiree), daughter, Sheri Hiatt (Susan),  10 grandchildren, sister, Barbra Gross (Joe), brothers, Laurence (Debi) and Douglas. He is preceded in death by his parents and a daughter Jeanette Rench.

Harvey will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice Compassus in Flagstaff.

Ackworth Cemetery
Hiatt Thombstone Ackworth

Condolences to the Hiatt Family

From Brad Salmonson (DHS ’61 Valedictorian): s Idaho Falls, ID.

Gary,

Please pass my condolences to the Harvey Hiatt family. Harvey and I started grade school together at Ackworth school and were best buddies during the six years that Harvey went to school there. We later connected during college at the School of Forestry and occasional visits back to North Dakota. I think about him a lot, he will be missed.

Brad Salmonson

Kjersten Larson Family postings

Reply from Ruth Tang:  Thank you. I appreciate you putting that together .

Ruth Tang

Kjersten Larson Family postings Reply from Cheryl Larson Dakin (’71):  Bedford, TX. Hi Gary

I was just looking at the originals of these pictures last night. My dad (Mensvil Norman Larson, Jr) and O. Gordon Tang are cousins. Dad often talked about his visits to his Aunt Hilma in Wisconsin. I am trying to sort out the Larson and John Anderson pictures and family histories I have so I can put them in some kind of order for my kids and for my sisters. Having no experience with this and not a whole lot of time yet to devote to it, it’s a long process. I’m giving myself until next summer so I have something to present at the family reunion. I am praying Covid is not going to be an issue then.  We are fine here in Texas but pretty much hunkered down and wearing masks when we do go anywhere. Our church opened up for 3 weeks and then closed again 2 weeks ago so we are back to online worship services. I am so tired of all these Covid restrictions as I am sure everyone else is too. I hope everyone is well and hanging in there.

Cheryl Larson Dakin

Kjersten Larson Family postings Reply from Doreen Larson Moran (BHS ’61): b Spokane, WA.

Gary – the date for the birthday photo would be July 1910 when Kjersten was 90.  She lived five more years, until 1915 when she was almost 95.  The Lake Metigoshe Christian Center is where she filed her homestead claim and lived in her own little house from 1890-1915.  Yes, that is 25 years – she filed when she was 70 years old.  To list all the descendants of Kjersten would be very long indeed.  Martin, Lars and Hans Peder had very large families that were in and around the Hills.  Adrian had 13 children but all but Arthur A went West.  Some changed their last names from Larson to the land they left in Norway.

I am pleased to see these pictures all together.  Ruth Tang, I knew your grandmother Hilma and mother-in-law and father-in-law quite well, but never had the pleasure of meeting you.  Hilma’s brother Leo, was my grandfather.  I will email you later when I am back home in WA after being in ND for the past month – just enjoying life. Doreen Larson Moran

Year is 1910
Larson, Kjersten-2

 

 Dennis J Parisien (’65) Obituary
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND

Parisien, Dennis

Dennis J Parisien was born on January 23, 1947 in Belcourt to Beatrice Parisien Vivier.  He was raised and educated in Dunseith.  He was blessed with many fond memories of growing up as a kid.  On May 16, 1968, Dennis enlisted in the US and received his Honorable Discharge on April 2, 1970.  He received numerous medals and certificates and was very proud of his service.  Following his discharge, he worked for the BIA Road Department and also as a truck drive and carpenter for the tribe.  Dennis graduated from the Police Academy on September 9, 1986 and worked as a police officer for the City of Dunseith for several years before returning to the road department. Following his retirement, Dennis spent the majority of his time having fun and being the great and loving uncle/Godfather to Jacy, Hunter and their children, Mavrick and Shooter.

He had the most loving and caring heart and enjoyed life.  He also enjoyed taking care of his mother.  He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, visiting for hours.  He had a great sense of humor and would tease and joke around with everyone.  He had a nickname for everyone.  Dennis was a good person with a big heart.  He showed a lot of love and compassion to those dear to him.  Dennis was also an avid outdoorsman.  He deeply enjoyed hunting and ice fishing.  He loved sports and was a great softball player and bowler.  He was an outdoor enthusiast and enjoyed driving around.  The holidays that Spook enjoyed the most were the 4th of July and Christmas.

Dennis passed away on Friday, July, 3, 2020 at a Minot hospital with his brothers Jason and Randy Vivier and nieces Hunter and Jason by his side.

He is survived by his mother, Beatrice Parisien Vivier, brothers and sisters, Randy, Jason, Andrew, Gary, Carol and Cheryl all of Dunseith and Logan, Sheldon, Eli, Vicky and Charmaine all of Belcourt.

He was preceded in death by his special godchild, Weston; brothers Tony, Jerry and Carey and sisters, Sharon and Connie.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

 

07/13/2020 (2763)

Kjersten Larson Family postings.

 Folks,

After receiving this old picture of Kjersten Larson with her Daughter-In-Laws from Ruth Tang, I retrieved the previous postings from 8/26/2009 that go along with her picture. All this is hard enough to follow without a bunch of other postings. With that said, today’s blog is solely the Kjersten Larson Family.

Gary

 

Kjersten Larson Pictured with her Daughter-In-Laws
Message and picture from Ruth Tang:   

Gary:

I tried to share the attached photo after seeing photos of this same family taken on the same day. The post was from August of 2009.

I am hoping that you will post it for me. I couldn’t get it to work.

I stumbled upon the blog because my husbands’ Grandmother was Hilma Larson Tang. I inherited a great number of photos from my father-in-law O. Gordon Tang.

In the photo Kjersten Larson is seated. The women from left to right are, Lena Nikoline (Martin), Karoline (Lars), Thea (Hans Peder) and Kristine (Adrian).

Photos such as these should be available to any and all descendants that wish to see them.  It must have been a very proud day for Kjersten, being 91 years old and responsible for her part in all those Grandchildren.

Ruth Tang
Larson, Kjersten-1

Larson, Martin

Larson, Kjersten-3

Gary’s comments:

I Believe Petrina Larson Hanson in the second picture down from the top and in the bottom picture was a grandmother to Toni, Bev and Duane Morinville and also to Jean Pladson and Audrey Hanson Aitchison who are also my first cousins on their mothers’ side?

 

Posting from 8/26/2009

From Cheryl Larson Dakin (’71):  

Hi Gary

In reply to Audrey Hanson Aitchison, I am enclosing a photo of Kjersten and her sons (2nd picture from the top) (in the back-row Martin, Hans Peter, Lars and Adrien. Kjersten is in front with her daughter Petrina) This was taken on Kjersten’s 90th birthday.

The other picture is of Martin Larson and his sons. My grandpa Mensvil is on the far left. I’ll have to call Dad to get the names of the other boys. And to Bev and Jean…I’m still working on peaches I brought back from North Dakota last week so between catching up with grandchildren and fixing peach preserves, I haven’t had a chance to put together the other Larson information I promised. But I will get it to you soon.

Cheryl Larson Dakin.

 

I believe Martin Larson in the picture below was a great grandfather to Diane Larson Sjol (70) and Cheryl Larson Dakin (71)? Martin Larson was Mensvil Larson’s father. Mensvil Larson was the Bottineau county Sheriff for many years. His son Mensvil Jr. (Norman) Larson, father of Diane and Cheryl, lives in Bottineau.

Please correct me if I have interpreted some of this wrong. Gary

Martin Larson and his sons. Mensvil is on the far left
Larson, Martin

 

Posting from 8/26/200

From Audrey Hanson Aitchison:

Patrina Hanson celebrated her 95th birthday on March 20, 1949. There were 40 relatives and friends there. She received a rocking chair. Reverend T. Weltzin spoke a Norwegian message. Patrina was 27 when she came to America. Martin Larson was her only living relative at her party. Does anyone remember where Hagrop and Patrina lived?

1932
Norman Larson’s 7th birthday with brother Dick (little blond boy in front)
and Frances Hansen Morinville (center back)
Larson, Norman

 

 

 

 

07/08/2020 (2762)

Gary Stokes comments from Cebu, Philippines

 Good day folks,

 I hope all is well with most of you, with this Coronavirus and all. This pandemic has taken a toll on pretty much the whole world.

 From Mid-March until May 20th we were locked down and couldn’t leave our premises. Only one person per house hold was given a pass to go out 2 days per week to purchase food and necessities. Our helper had our pass. I’d drive her in the car and then just wait for her in the car. They had guards up on our road checking all those that went out too. It was a real lockdown. They’d let me drive our helper as long as I didn’t get out of the car.  We are able to go out now, of course with masks and social distancing. They have guards in the malls to make sure folks follow the arrows and maintain social distancing. 

Cebu City has pretty high positive Covid numbers at the moment too. They are still locked down tight. We live outside of the city so we are OK. To maintain social distancing in Cebu City, the president brought in the Army with soldiers, armored vehicles and Helicopters to observe social distancing. If they see any group gatherings, they are reported and dissolved immediately. I think a little stricter here than back in the states.

Hiatt, Harvey Obit

Folks,

I received word that Harvey Hiatt Passed away at his home in Flagstaff AZ on June 30th.  I will post more of his details when I receive his obituary later this week or next week.

Harvey’s ashes will be buried in the Ackworth Cemetery. Please see picture below.

Chatting with Harvey’s widow, Tanya, she said she will prepare his obituary this week. She is taking his passing very hard. We extend our condolences to her during these hard times with Harvey’s passing.

Harvey was the son of Willie E. and Maxine Radley Hiatt. His siblings are Barbara Cote, Laurence Dale (LD) and Douglas. In 1954 Willie and Maxine sold their farm in the Ackworth community to Norris Knutson and moved to Bottineau. Harvey attended the first six years of his schooling at the Ackworth Country school.  Grades 7 through High school he attended the Bottineau schools. Off the top of my head I believe he graduated with the BHS class of 1961.

\Harvey and his entire family always remained very connected to their roots, the Ackworth community. In my younger days, before they moved to Bottineau, our families were interactive on a daily basis. Very close. Their farm, one mile east of ours, now the Norris and Arlene Knutson farm, was the original Amos Hiatt farm. Amos was Harvey’s Grandfather. The original Hiatt Homestead (Harvey’s Great Grandparents) was located on the exact spot as our, the Bob Stokes farm, Buildings. Our family ties go back many years to the beginning of the 1900’s.

This picture was taken at Dale’s Café when we had a mini reunion with our former Ackworth school teacher Geraldine LaFromboise Marcavage.

Geraldine (Geri) LaFromboise Marcavage was our teacher at Ackworth in 1954/55. This would have been the first year of Winter school. Prior to this Ackworth was a summer school. I was in 2nd grade, Harvey Hiatt and Stan Salmonson were in 6th grade and Barbara Hiatt was in 8th grade. Geraldine lived with our family when she taught at Ackworth. I had not seen Miss LaFromboise since 2nd grade, 52 years prior to this photo being taken. Prior to our going back to Dunseith for the 2007 reunion, I decided to locate Geraldine. She was a hard one to track down, but I did find her.

Ackworth reunion

 

Ackworth Cemetery  

In 2007 Harvey had this Tombstone made and placed in the Ackworth Cemetery.
Hiatt Thombstone Ackworth

 

Dennis Parisien (DHS 1965) Obituary
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND

Parisien, Dennis

Dennis Parisien Dennis Par January 23, 1947 – July 03, 2020

Dennis Parisien, age 73 of Dunseith, died Friday, July, 3, 2020 at a Minot hospital.  His funeral will be held on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 10:00 am at the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church near Belcourt.  The wake will be on Wednesday starting at 4:00 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at the church.

(Nero Funeral Home – Bottineau)

07/05/2020 (2761)

Jerry LaCroix (DHS 1973) Obituary
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Dunseith Alumni Friends and Gary,

I wish to offer sympathy to Arlene, Laura, Christopher, Mark and extended LaCroix family.

I appreciated Jerry’s genuine kindly chuckle,  devotion to his wife Arleen,  his three children and his work

for so many years in the State of North Dakota.

Sincerely,

Vickie L. Metcalfe

 

             Jerry LaCroix
LaCroix, Jerry
April 26, 1954 – July 01, 2020

Jerry LaCroix, age 66 of Bottineau, died on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at a Minot hospital.  His funeral will be held on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 10:00 am the St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Bottineau.  Visitation will be Monday from 1:00 pm until 9:00 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

Jerry John LaCroix, the youngest child of Henry and Gladys (Click) LaCroix, was born on April 26, 1954 in Rolla, ND.  He graduated from Dunseith High School in 1973.  He worked for his uncle, Oren Rocheleau on his farm during high school.  He began working at the San Haven State Hospital in 1973 and worked there until it closed in February of 1988.  Jerry then started working for the North Dakota Department of Transportation.  On June 25, 1988 he married Arlene Skarphol.  He worked with the ND DOT until his retirement on July 31, 2014.  A career spanning 41 years.

Jerry passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at a Minot hospital.

He is survived by his wife, Arlene of Bottineau; daughter, Laura (Tyler) Hanson of Grand Forks; sons, Christopher of Minot and Mark of Bottineau; granddaughter, Brynlee Gerken-LaCroix; siblings, Janice (Michael) Kester of Fargo, Charlotte LaCroix of Fargo, Gregory LaCroix of Fargo and Paulette (Ken) Chisholm of Newark, DE and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by an infant brother, Dennis.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to the Turtle Mountain Cancer Support Group.

His funeral will be lived streamed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpb7lO3kYR0.

SERVICES
Funeral Service
Tuesday, July 07, 2020  10:00 AM
St. Mark’s Catholic Church  322 Sinclair St  Bottineau, ND

 

David L. Kjorsvik Obituary
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND

June 25, 2020

Hello Gary and Dunseith Alumni,

Condolences to the extended Morin/Kjorsvik family of David Kjorsvik.

David Kjorsvik was a proudly patriotic, quiet and unassuming person.

I knew David and his wife Donna (Morin)Kjorsvik, as a truly committed couple.

David treated Donna, his wife as if she were gold. He truly treasured his family.

And he treasured his country.

His wife, Donna, my cousin Elaine and I all attended and graduated together with BS Elementary Ed degree’s from UND.

Many times, David provided transportation from Grand Forks to Dunseith in his Toyota Corolla.

David quietly maneuvering the car safe fully and skillfully, through good weather or bad.

Donna, Elaine and I when together talked education nonstop. ….. David listened.

Blessed be the memories of David and Donna (Morin) Kjorsvik.

Sincerely,

Vickie L. Metcalfe

           David L. Kjorsvik
Kjorsvik, David
Dec 16, 1949 – Jun 22, 2020

DAVID’S OBITUARY
U.S. Veteran

David L. Kjorsvik, 70 of Devils Lake formerly of Lakota and Dunseith, ND passed away on Monday, June 22, 2020 at his home.

Funeral Services for David will be held on Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake and weather permitting in the Gilbertson Funeral Home parking lot. Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery, rural Dunseith ND at a later date.

David Lorentz Kjorsvik, son of Lorentz and Selma (Northagen) Kjorsvik was born on December 16, 1949 in McVille ND. He grew up in Nelson County, attended Melrose #4 School, Michigan Public School and graduated from Michigan High School with the class of 1968.

David enlisted in the United States Army on December 27, 1968 and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War with foreign service in Germany. He was honorably discharged from active duty on December 17, 1970 and continued with the Army Reserves until December of 1974.

David was united in marriage to Donna C. Morin in 1971 in Dunseith ND. They established their home initially in Grand Forks, but moved to Wahpeton ND when David attended NDSSS.  He received his degree as an electrician in 1976, earned his journeyman license in 1981 and his master electrician license in 1987.  He worked at Burkland Electric in Lakota for several years.  In 1988, David became the owner and operator of D&D Electrical in Dunseith ND.  David and Donna resided in the Turtle Mountains, eastern North Dakota, Lakota for many years and after Donna passed away he moved to Devils Lake.

David wanted to continue to serve his country, so in 1990 he joined the North Dakota Army National Guard. He was part of the Bottineau and Rugby Units, with specialties in construction engineering and water purification.  He was honorably discharged in 2008 with the rank of Staff Sergeant.  David’s unit was deployed overseas for a time and also assisted in the Grand Forks, Jamestown and Fargo flood fights.

David was hard working man, devoted husband, loving father and grandfather. When he took time to relax, he enjoyed hunting and fishing, gardening, brew master of his own beer and wine, and liked to tinker as a welder.  In later years, he loved watching old movies, Westerns, and was a fan of “MASH”.  He might be called a “Pack Rat” to some, but he believed that one man’s junk just might be his treasure!

David proudly served his country, loved his family with all his heart and was a good friend to many.

He is survived by his son Kendrick Kjorsvik, Grassy Butte ND; daughters Kelly (Kenny) Asleson, Devils Lake and Krystal (Greg) Charette, Belcourt ND; grandchildren Kahlen and Aime-Justine (Cody), Rylee, Shawna and Dawson-Kayleigh, Mikey, Tate and Marianna; great granddaughter Claire; siblings Sharilyn (Brian) Hendrickson, Crary ND, Vance Kjorsvik, Wahpeton ND, Lorna (Glenn) Lindblad, Beulah ND; sisters-in-law Gloria Kjorsvik, Little Falls MN, Lynn Kjorsvik, Tasmania Australia, Gail (Raphael) Trottier, Belcourt ND, Allison Morin, Sheri (Mike) Gladue, and Joyce Morin all of Dunseith ND; brother-in-law Bernard (Robin) Morin, also of Dunseith; many nieces, nephews and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Donna on October 19, 2003, brothers Larry, Myron, Duane, Curtis and infant brother Lyle Kjorsvik, in-laws Richard and Madeline (Parisien) Morin and sisters-in-law Donna J. (Christensen) Kjorsvik and Connie Vivier and brothers-in-law Duane Morin and Claude Morin

 

 

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FROM THE PAST
Blog (93) posted on Jun 21, 2010

Teacher and Class room shortages in the Philippines:

Folks, our helpers little boy, JR and Bernadette’s little great niece, Jasmine, are first graders this year. The school year here is from June thru March. When school started last week there were 95 first graders in JR and Jasmine’s class with one teacher and no helpers in an average size class room. That is what you call togetherness. Today, Monday, the principal decided their class was a bit large for one teacher and that there were a few too many students for the room capacity. Today they spilt the class in half with half going in the morning and the other half in the afternoon all in the same room with the same teacher. I’d venture to say there is not much one on one teacher/student relationship in that class. The average teacher’s salary is $250/month. Gary

 

Sending greetings to Art Rude in Trinity Hospital:
Site link posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND.

Gary,

I forgot to send this website address to you yesterday. If people want to send greetings to Art Rude, they can go to this site/leave a message for Art/tomorrow it will be typed/delivered to him.

Neola
www.trinityhealth.org/Greeting/Mailpatient.asp

Class Pictures taken at the reunion:

Folks, These are some class pictures (71, 72, 59 & 65) that Myra Henning provided that I posted from ND without identifications. I’m pretty sure I’ve identified those in the class of 59 correctly and I know I’ve gotten all those in the class of 65 labeled correctly. The other 2 classes I need some help with. I will repost with the correct ID’s.

I know there were other class pictures taken that I do not have. I know there is one of the class of 68 and I know there must be one somewhere of the class of 60. The class of 60 folks had quite a turn out and I know you guys had a get together a night or two before the reunion. We’d love to see any pictures that you guys may have and others too.

Gary

 

Reply from original posting
From Paula Fassett (71): North Branch, MN

I must have been singing in the photo – notice the musical note above my head? Ha! How great of Myra to share these. I took several, but haven’t had time yet to even load them into my computer. Susan has my photos on her computer, too, and there are several of the Class of ’65 – which I’m sure she will share so everyone can see how great they look “after all these years”!

What a great reunion!

Paula Fassett
Fines, Penalties and Forfeitures Officer
Customs and Border Protection
Minneapolis, MN
PH: 612-348-1690, ext. 141

Class of 71:
Back: Cheryl Haagenson, Denise Peltier?, Paula Fassett, Marlys Hiatt
Front: I don’t dare guess with this one. I think Gary Fulsebakke is on the right?
The rest, I think, are Rod Medrud, Alan Henning, ????

 

 

 

Class of 72:
Loretta Neameyer, Donald Malaterre, David Abrahamson, Bernice Belgarde, ??? Ann Boppre, Myra Henning, Loraine Neameyer, Linda Johnson, Shelly Fulsebakke

 

Class of 59
Standing: Curt Halverson, Abe Murray & Lowell Leonard
Sitting: Helen Boguslawski & Geri Metcalfe

Note: I better get this one right. We had a pretty good turn out with 21 folks. 18 of our 26 living graduates were present. Too bad we didn’t get this picture taken earlier so all those present could have been included. Gary

Class of 65:
Standing: Donald Egbert, Ernie Gottbreht, Warren Anderson, Susan Fassett, Henry Hackman, Angela Berube, Raphael Poitra, John Bedard, Rene Casavant, Kenny Nerpel & Bill Grimme.
Sitting: Margaret Metcalfe, Patty Boguslawski, Gary Stokes, Pete Gillis, Esther Murray & Ginger LaRocque.
Those that were present but missing in picture: Cecile Berube, Helen Rivard, Gladys Roussin, Joanne Smith

 

06/24/2020 (2760)

Condolences to Wilfred Nerpel’s family
From Allen Richard ‘(65):  Grand Rapids, MI

I met him when we were in grade school — like 65 years ago.  Please pass on my condolences.

Allen Richard

 

Memories of Wilfred Nerpel (’64)
From Lee Stickland (’64): Dickinson, ND

Wilfred and I were in the same grade at Dunseith. The evening of JFK’s death I went home with Wilfred. We went out to the electric fence charger to determine who could hold on to it for the longer time; “somehow, I convinced Wilfred he should be first. Interimingly, a cat went close by and had the tail catch the charger and the cat made a dreadful sound. I told Wilfred that I would concede did not touch the hot wires. I and Wilfred always got along well as I feel was a good man. If he yet lived on the place, the Willow Lake Road will miss him.

Gary: I am wearing the dark blue shirt YOU gave me from 2010 ALL-class Reunion. LEE (Stick)

 

Wilfred Nerpel’s (’64) Obituary
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND
Nerpel, Wilfred
Wilfred Nerpel
October 31, 1945 – June 16, 2020

Wilfred Nerpel

Funeral services for Wilfred Nerpel, age 74 of Dunseith, were held on Friday, June 19, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Officiating at the service was Pastor Casper.  Casket bearers were Jennifer Poitra, Samantha Poitra, Heather Gonzalez, Preston Nerpel, Brady Nerpel and Brendon Nerpel.  Military Honors were presented by the Bottineau County Veterans and the North Dakota National Guard.  Burial was at the Seventh Day Adventist Cemetery north of Bottineau.

Wilfred Nerpel, a son of Raymond and Bette (Eurich) Nerpel, was born on October 31, 1945 at Bottineau.  He grew up near Dunseith and later graduated from Dunseith High School.  He entered the US Army on January 13, 1966 and served in Germany before receiving his Honorable Discharge on December 8, 1967.  He returned to Dunseith.  Wilfred moved to Plymouth, MN where he worked in manufacturing.  He later returned to Dunseith where began farming and working road Construction. 

He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and the American Legion.  He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, cooking and riding his atv.

Wilfred passed away on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at his home near Dunseith.

He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer (Dean) Poitra of Dunseith; son, Preston (Lisa) Nerpel of Dunseith; grandchildren, Samantha Poitra of Grafton, Heather (Christian) Gonzalez of Edwards, CA, Brady Nerpel, Brandon Nerpel  and Nick (Bailey) Pfeifer all of Fargo;  great granddaughter, Olivia Mae Gonzalez; brothers, Michael (Marian) Nerpel, Harvey Nerpel, Gordon (Trese) Nerpel and Forest Nerpel; sister, Carol Nerpel; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

 

Otto Corbin: Former owner of Bottineau’s “Corby’s Trading Post” I asked Pat Corbin Miller for her permission to post her Facebook Father’s Day memory of her father, Otto Corbin. I think most all of us from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and into the 70’s generations remember Otto Corbin and his store “Corby’s Trading Post” in Bottineau. I used to see Otto at Lake Metigoshe very often too. With his involvement with so many activities, he was all over the place. Otto got around well with his wooden leg too.    Otto’s son, Don Corbin, was a teacher and Principle at Dunseith High during my school days too. Gary Stokes

Pat Corbin Miller
June 18 at 10:05 AM ·
Corin, Otto-1
Happy Father’s Day in Heaven to my wonderful Dad. He left us 30 years ago and I miss him every day. He was always there when I needed him too.

Love you Dad.

06/20/2020 (2759)

Karen Larson (Bottineau Spectrum) Appreciation
From Ivy Eller Robert (’74):  Everett, WA.

Gary,

Karen Larson at Spectrum is such unappreciated hero. She does so much for so many, works long hours and is always so pleasant when you go into to her store. I for one want to Thank her for everything! My words can’t begin to repay her for her dedication to her store and work. One summer, a couple of years ago, when I was back there in Bottineau, I volunteered my time to help her. She thanked me and said she just didn’t have the time it would take to teach me. That it would only make much more work for her until I knew what I was doing.

I wish her the very best!

THANKS, KAREN, for being you………..

Ivy Eller Robert (74)

 
Wilfred Nerpel (DHS ’64) Obituary
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND.

Nerpel, Wilfred

Wilfred Nerpel, age 74 of Dunseith, died Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at his home north of Dunseith.  His funeral will be held on Friday, June 19, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Visitation will be one hour prior to service time in the funeral home.  Burial will be at the Seventh Day Adventist Cemetery North of Bottineau.

(Nero Funeral Home – Bottineau)

 

Dorothy Pritchard Memoir
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot, ND.

Gary’s Note:
This is a posting by the Bottineau St Andrews Hospital in about November 2008.

Dorothy Pasted away at the age of 98 on 6/25/2011.

This has been posted before, but since Neola sent it to me again and because I knew Dorothy extremely well, I am reposting.

The Pritchard’s were our good close family neighbors ¾ of mile south of our farmstead. We interacted a lot.

Darald (Mississippi), Dale (’63 Louisiana) and Carol (’67 Texas) are Robert and Dorothy’s surviving children.
Pritchard-1 Pritchard-2 Pritchard-3

 

Dr Nelson’s Obituary – June 1974
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND.

I think I sent this old clipping of Dr. Nelson’s obituary in 2009.  I’m deleting old emails from my “sent” box/saw this clipping/decided to send it again before I delete it.

Dr. Nelson delivered me, as I’m sure he did many/most of you who were born in Bottineau, ND.  He was our family doctor at that time.  I remember him as being a very nice fellow.

Neola

Gary’s Comments
Being a prominent Bottineau Dr from 1928 to 1961, I am sure that Dr Nelson delivered many of you folks too. He delivered me and I am sure my two brothers too. When I was 8 years old, he performed surgery on my right broken thumb in the Bottineau hospital. He had to fuse the lower joint. To this day I still have the long scare the length of my thumb.

Vickie Metcalfe’s Comments
Gary,

Dr. Nelson for many years was our family Doctor until he left.

As a child, I was never connected to BottIneau County with exception of birth at Bottineau Hospital.

My parents did their most essential business in Dunseith.

Mom didn’t go to town or purchase anything on a whim,
she planned according to need.
Whenever, Mom out of necessity went to Bottineau for a doctor appointment,
she’d bring along her green or gold bond stamps.
That was a big deal for me, a country kid from the hills!
It was fortunate for Main Street Dunseith when a clinic was built with the
Rolette doctors providing medical care, especially after Dr. Nelson’s retirement,

Thanks Gary,

Vickie
Nelson, DR

 

Thank Goodness, Here’s Good News for A Change

FWD from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Vickie’s FWD. Double Click.
Sorry this FWD will not upload into our Website

Hello Gary and Friends of Dunseith Alumni,

 This fwd. is so very neat!

Especially the ending credit.  A Canadian from S. Ontario, Chris Hadfield was a resource!

For the last number of years, I read his book the “The Darkest Dark” with various classrooms.

With a Grade Six focus year long,

on building resilience, we discussed how Chris overcame his fear of the dark, became a pilot,  astronaut, author and singer.

I’m delighted, he is one of those people choosing a positive attitude and continuing to better the world!

Thanks,

Vickie L. Metcalfe

June 16, 2020

06/14/2020 (2758)

Sympathies to the Murl Hill Children
From Ardys Bakken Honer:  Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

My sympathies to all of children of Murl Hill,  Jon and I enjoyed a visit from her in Valley City on one of her road trips.

She was a great person, loved the Lord and raised wonderful children.  She will be greatly missed.

Ardys Bakken Horner

 
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70):  Bottineau, ND

Larry Dean Haugen
Haugen,Larry
Dec 04, 1945 – June 04, 2020

LARRY’S OBITUARY

Larry Dean Haugen, age74 of Bottineau, died Thursday, June 4, 2020 at his home in Bottineau.  A private funeral will be held.  His funeral can be lived streamed on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 2:00 pm at https://youtu.be/BSSyOkxqHHk.  Visitation will be Monday, from 1:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

Larry Dean Haugen was born on December 4, 1945, in Fordville, ND, to Palmer Haugen and Louise O’Neil-Haugen. He grew up in Michigan, ND, and on the farm in Fordville, ND. His father, Palmer, ran a dray, and mother, Louise, worked as a waitress at the Kite Café. Larry had one sister, Nancy, who passed away in 2018.

Larry learned hard work at a young age, starting a paper route and helping out on his grandfather’s farm. His happiest childhood memories were at the farm.

Larry met his wife, Mary Hagness, in Fordville, ND, at a dance. They married in 1967. Larry and Mary lived in Mayville while Larry finished his teaching degree at Mayville State College. They lived in Grand Forks for part of a year while Larry student taught, then moved to Dunseith for his first teaching position. Larry was an elementary teacher and coach in Dunseith, ND, for the first 5 years of his career.

They moved to Bottineau in 1973, where Larry spent the rest of his 40 year career. He taught elementary social studies and was known for his creative, hands-on projects. He coached basketball on and off throughout his career at both the junior high and high school level. He also refereed high school basketball for several years.

Larry and Mary have three children, Natalie Olson, of Bottineau; Kristin Petersen (Chad) of Valley City; and John Haugen (Monica) of Blaine, MN. They have 11 grandchildren: Austin, Ethan, Katelynn, Bauer, Kayse (Natalie); Abby, Elisabeth, Olivia, Corbin (Kristin), Dylan, Grant (John); and one great-grandchild: Layla (Katelynn).

Larry’s family was his passion. Besides his family, Larry was most known for being a favorite teacher and coach, house painter, hunter and fisherman, gardener, and for his hunting dogs. He will be greatly missed!

 

Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary,

Attached is a fwd. from the Bottineau Veterans.

Please note, owner of the Spectrum , Karen Larson.

Unbeknownst to many, Karen often quietly steps up to a need.

She has always been a willing participant in sending information on to you AKA. Dunseith Blog.

Gary’s Remarks
Vickie, you are so right about Karen Larson. She has electronically sent a lot of stuff to me for the blog that so many of you have taken to her.

Thank you, Karen.

 

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POSTING FROM THE PAST
Blog (92) posted on Jun 20, 2010

 

 

Happy Father’s Day to all of you fathers out there.

When I got up this morning, I had three homemade Father’s Day cards on my desk from our helper’s children. Tata has a boy, Jr. 9 and a girl, Angie 12 and one in the oven. Gaga has a little 5-year-old boy, Kurt. Tata’s husband, Aldrin, also works for us. We are good to them and they in turn are very good to us. I’m not sure how Bernadette managed to survive without their services for a whole month back in the states, but she did. They live next door in an apartment that we have provided for them. We have a door bell with a remote button in their apartment that Bernadette rings when she needs their services.

We have been invited to join several of our friends at a membership club they belong to for Father’s Day lunch at noon today. There were about 20 of us together at the same club last night for our monthly potluck dinner (this month it was not potluck). They invited us all back today for the Father’s Day buffet. My diet has gone to, you know where. I cannot resist all this good food. Gary

Sisters, Gaga & Tata.

 

Update for Art Rude Sr.
From Art Rude (71): Bismarck, ND

Thanks again for your concern. I was in Minot yesterday until he came out of surgery, about 5:30 pm. He was resting comfortably when I left, so will look forward to seeing him today. I will be glad to bring greetings to him, thank you to those on the list who already responded, and I will share with you any new knowledge I have as to his condition.

Peace and Power,

Art

Thanks for checking out Art Rude Productions,
webpage address: www.artrude.com
and Art Rude TV at: artrudetv on Utube!

Art, Thank you so much for keeping us informed about your dad. Please give him our regards and let him know we are thinking of him. Gary

From Sharon Peterson Harmsen (63): Bismarck, ND.

Good Morning Gary,

I’m enjoying the comments and pictures from the recent DHS reunion. We were in the middle of moving out of our house (one we lived in for 26 yrs) into a condo. Just imagine how much “stuff” one can accumulate in those many years…………….Yikes. Anyway, we do have a new mailing address of: 555 Brandon Place, # A, Bismarck, 58503. Email address remains the same.

Very, very windy here past few days with lots of tornado, high wind warnings. Some areas of ND rec’d much rain and had flooding issues to deal with. Bismarck just saw 1/2 inch of rain and lots of downed trees and wind damage.

Thanks for all you do. Like many others on the email routings, this becomes my “morning fix”.

Sharon

 

Esther Tangen:
Reply from Connie Zorn Landsverk: Bottineau, ND.

Yes, I worked with Esther Tangen @ St. Andrews hosp. Esther was a patient of mine when I worked as a nurse for home health. She was a good friend of mine. I visited her a lot when she lived @ Oak Manor. I think John is about my age. I was born in 51. Connie

Connie, how are you doing? We know it’s tough loosing Roger. He is no longer suffering. He was a good guy and you’ve got all the memories. We visited him at the funeral home, however we were unable to make it to his funeral. He looked so nice. We are thinking about you. Keep in touch. Gary

 

Jim Olson (Teacher):
Reply from Bob Lykins (Teacher): Hutto, TX

I believe you are correct, Gary. About Mr. Olson replacing me. I still intend to meet this fall with the Hutto HS Student Council to see what we can can do to help the people of your barrio to survive. In addition, I have just completed a course through the Hutto Academy on local government in which Hutto was used as the case study. Very interesting. As a result, I have volunteered for a couple of commissions and I will be working with the group that handles Hutto’s sponsorship of a helicopter detachment at Fort Hood. Between working, volunteer work, and traveling, I manage to keep myself pretty busy. My hat is off to you and all of the great work you are doing to help your community.. So much to do with such limited resources. Thanks for the photos. It is nice to see so many familer smiling faces. I wish I could have been there. Best to all.

Bob Lykins

 

From Shirley LaRocque Wendt (59): Tukwila, WA

Sounds like you had good time in good old Dunseith. I will be going back there, leaving here on Monday the 21st on the train , will be going to Sioux Falls the 23rd to pick up Lana, will be coming back on Saturday and leaving back for Seattle until the 5th of July.

Shirley, it’s too bad the reunion and your trip didn’t coincide. We would have loved to have seen you. We saw Ginger though and enjoyed our time with her. Ginger keeps hiding Toni or should I say Toni is a bit shy, however, I did have the opportunity to meet him when we had dinner with the group in Rolette. He’s a really nice guy and for you gals, pretty handsome too. Gary

 

Posted on our Dunseith Alumni Website

From: K. Jacqueline (Flynn) Richard Phone: (H) E-mail: Message: Hi Gary, I received your phone message. Yes, I changed my email. It is now as listed above. Thanks for contacting me.

  1. Richard

K., Thank you so much for this reply. We saw your mother, Minnie, at the reunion and numerous times other places with our trip back. The last place we saw her was at the drive-in at the lake when we stopped there for a bite to eat. She drove up in her big SUV for a snack too. She looked great! I think she is ready for the next cruise too. I have updated my records with your most current info listed above. Gary

 

Wedding of Doris Peterson Williams (53):
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.

Congratulations Doris and Harvey.

Folks, being a sister to Vida Hiatt & Jack, Bill & Duane Peterson, Doris is related to a lot of you folks.



 

Ah-Gwan-Ching, Minn TB sanatorium:
Letters attached from Brenda Hoffman (68): Greenville, SC

I received this email from Fay today. I sent her Mom and Dad’s anniversary pictures only to discover that her grandfather also had TB. Both Fay and her husband Bob are from Minnesota. Thought the letters (see attached. Note can not be attached to Website. I can send as email attachement. Gary) were so poignant – obviously her grandfather could barely write and yet so much of what he talked about brought back memories of the San – the tunnels, the overcrowding, the boredom, the fear.

———- Forwarded message ———- From: fay

Date: Fri, Jun 18, 2010 at 3:46 PM Subject: A bit of TB History To: Brenda Hoffman

Since you like history and we share another interest in TB, I thought you might like to read the letters my grandfather Carl wrote to my grandmother Rosetta and some other people, like my father Harold, while he was at Ah-Gwan-Ching, Minn TB sanatorium in the late 1923 and 1924. He died Feb. 6, 1924 leaving behind a wife and 8 children, the oldest of which, my dad Harold, was 13. He was 51. Get your box of Kleenex out.

Brenda, I know you didn’t expect this to be posted, but I think this may be of interest to a few of our folks. Gary

 

06/06/2020 (2757)

Condolences to Carman Richard and Family
From Carol Robert Braun (’69): Osceola, WI

My Condolences to Carman and Family I remember Floyd when I was growing up in the area.

Carol

 

Condolences to the Hill family
From Allen Richard (’65):   Grand Rapids, MI

Please pass my deepest condolences to the Hill Family. Murl was a sweet person.  Dad and Johnnie were more than neighbors.  This brings back wonderful memories of how things used to be.

Allen

 

Larry Haugen’s OBITUARY
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Larry Dean Haugen, age74 of Bottineau, died Thursday, June 4, 2020 at his home in Bottineau.  A private funeral will be held.  His funeral can be lived streamed on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 2:00 pm at https://youtu.be/BSSyOkxqHHk.  Visitation will be Monday, from 1:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

(Nero Funeral Home – Bottineau)

Friday,  June 5, 2020

Hello Gary and Dunseith Alumni Friends,

             Larry D. Haugen passed away at his home yesterday in Bottineau. Sympathy to Mary and her entire Haugen family on their loss.

I remember.

            Larry’s first year as a 6th grade teacher was at Dunseith Public Elementary.
While in Dunseith, he was also HS basketball coach.
Larry and Mary Haugen lived across the street from Dunseith High School

            My brother, while in grade 6 at Dunseith School was fortunate to have ‘Mr. Haugen’  as 6th grade homeroom teacher.
Larry Haugen fondly remembered many former students.
Mr. Haugen also taught my brother’s children, several of my nieces and nephews here in Bottineau.
Larry Haugen had a great relationship with parents and past students.

            I was fortunate to work in the same building with Mr. Haugen, for several  years before he retired from Bottineau Public School.
As a 6th grade teacher, he carried an innumerable amount of patience.

            A humble man who gave RESPECT, in turn he received RESPECT,
Larry was held with high esteem and regard by all who came in contact with him.
Mr. Haugen Professional Educator, was also well known as a Professional Painter.

 

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POSTING FROM THE PAST

Blog (90) posted on Jun 18, 2010

Art Rude Sr. is in the Minot Hospital.

Reply from Art Rude (71): Bismarck, ND.

Glad to hear he had such a good time. Thank you for sharing, I had heard good things from a few others as well, so that is great.

As I write this, he is in surgery. Since he had his last defibrillator (his third), the site of the incision never healed properly. That was one of the reasons for the nursing home, his dressings needed to be changed twice daily. It hasn’t healed.

Last weekend, Dad and I were at the Hawk Museum Farm Show near Wolford, and he had a great time there too. That place is very important to Dad, he was on the board of directors for many years, and brought Dunseith kids out there on 8th grade field trips for many years, the first time about 50 years ago.

Anyway, his incision had opened up, so the nurse told me she could see metal from either his pacemaker or defibrillator. That’s not good, and so they are going in to remove one or both, and replace one or both, I guess we won’t know until he gets a look under the hood so to speak. This is becoming quite routine for Dad on one level, in that this is the seventh time they have opened him up to install, reinstall, replace batteries, and I’m assuming, change the filter.

He was in great spirits on the way in, and this point we assume the procedure is routine. However, at age 87, I don’t know many things that are routine in the same way they used to be.

Thanks again for your concern.

Peace and Power,

Art

Thanks for checking out Art Rude Productions,
webpage address: www.artrude.com
and Art Rude TV at: artrudetv on Utube!

 

Reply to Larry Hackman’s (66) Story:
From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND

Beautiful fun-loving couple. This picture was taken the last night of our visit at the Pizza Inn. Gary

Gary and Friends,

This same story was told to me by my dad, but not in the detail that Larry brought out. He also mentioned who it was but I am not sure anymore who he said. He was really laughing when he told me how the thing went down—it was funny! Good one, Larry! Dad also told about a guy, back in the late ’40s, who was driving an old single axle gravel truck and was really a wild man on wheels. He came tearing back into the old east gravel pit and slid the empty truck sideways and caught a ridge and tipped the truck on its side. As the workers were running toward the overturned truck, the guy threw out the grease gun and climbed out and said, “Looks like a hell of a good time to give it a grease job!” The boss grabbed the grease gun from him and said, “It probably is, but you won’t be greasing it—your fired!” I DO know who that was, but better leave it alone! Thanks Gary!

Dick

 

Trish Larson Wild heads south, on horse back, on her 10,000 mile journey:

From Trish Larson Wild (73): FORT COLLINS, CO

Hi everyone,

Click on the link below to the Loveland reporter/herald news story about my ride that came out on Tuesday.

Also, I now have the beginnings of a website at www.equinenomad.com.

My last day at work is June 27. I start living on horseback July 1.

Should be a great summer!

http://reporterherald.com/news_story.asp?ID=28448

 

Gary Fulsebakke (71):
Posting from Larry Liere (55): Devils Lake, ND.

Hi Gary

Sounds like you had a good time being back in the states for a while.

I saw this story in the Devils Lake Journal about Gary Fulsebakke and since he grew up in the Dunseith area, I thought your readers would like to see it.

LARRY

 Larry, Thank you so much for sharing.

 

Gary Fulsebakke, Congratulations. You have come a long way and have done very well from your childhood days being raised on your family farm adjacent to the Peace Garden. Gary

Folks,

These are several newspaper articles and John Tangen’s picture that were among the pictures we recently found in my Grandmother, Julia Stokes’, suit case.

My Grandmother, like most of the Ackworth community, was Methodist. I remember well, in my really younger days, the Methodist church services that were held in the Ackworth school. Do any of you remember Rev. Samuelson?

 

Esther Thompson Tangen’s mother was a
Stokes, sister to my Grandfather, Frank.

Esther Owned the original Stokes Place
where the Cemetery is. A few years back
she sold it to her Nephew, Dan Pladson.

Esther passed away several years ago.

Esther and Edmar Were Married April 26, 1948

John Tangen, Son of Esther and Edmar. John lives in either Oregon or California. John, I’m sorry I forgot which. I don’t have your address. Please let us know.

John attended school and graduated from Bottineau. He is a first cousin to the Eldon/Ella Pladson children. John is also on our distribution.

John, this is a beautiful picture. I remember you being so faithful to your mother when she was in Good Sam. Your mother was such a kind hearted sweet lady. She had a sharp mind remembering our family history well. I picked her brain shortly before she passed on about some family stuff of which she remembered well. Gary

 

Reunion Pictures:
Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

Great response on the folks in the pictures! Picture #12 — Harvey and Eileen Sebelius, Marcie (Mrs. Henry) Hackman, Marion (Mrs. Larry) Hackman, Larry Hackman, and in front Armella and Lawrence Hetle. I didn’t know the Hackman boys married sisters until the reunion. They are Schneider’s from south of Rugby, Larry told me. I think he wanted to keep the German genetics going. Right Larry? Thanks Gary!

Dick

Thank you, Dick, this almost wraps up the identification of this batch. We still need to ID the gal on the right in Picture #14. I have a few more pictures that I will be posting in days to come. I will repost Myra Henning Halvorson’s pictures too, that I posted from ND with no identifications. Folks, again please send pictures. Gary

Picture twelve:
Back: Harvey and Eileen Sebelius, Marcie (Mrs. Henry) Hackman,
Marion (Mrs. Larry) Hackman, Larry Hackman
Front: Armella and Lawrence Hetle

Picture Fourteen:
Front Left: Eric & Sandra Poitra
Sitting behind: Bernice Belgarde
Front Right: ???? Belgarde

 

 

 

06/02/2020 (2756)

Condolences to the Murl Hill Family
From Larry and Halvorson (’72):  Bismarck, ND

Our deepest sympathies to the Murl Hill family! May Gods peace give you comfort at the loss of your dear mother!

Larry and Gail (Halvorson) Schuler

 

Condolences to the Murl Hill Family
From Larrett (’71) and Yola Peterson:  Crosby, ND

Our Condolences to the family ! Rest her in Peace

 

Sunday lunch at Dales.
Thank you from Don & Colleen Conroy (’58):  Rosemount, MN

I would like to thank George for making It possible for us to dine together, while practicing social distancing. The food and service were just great.

He also made sure the hookups, in the RV park were turned on, so Colleen and I could stay there.

We had a great time and look forward to next year.

Don

 

Floyd Richard Obituary
Allen Richard (’65):  Grand Rapids, MI
Richard, Floyd
Floyd Richard

Floyd Peter Richard of Rolette, N.D., died peacefully in his home on Friday, May 29, 2020, at the glorious age of 91.  A private family funeral will be held on Monday, June 1, 2020 at 3:00 pm at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rolette.  His funeral will be live streamed at https://youtu.be/kJt_0aqsYSw.

Floyd was born January 4, 1929, in the Rolette Hospital to George and Anna (Boucher) Richard. Growing up through the Great Depression and Dust Bowl, Floyd was always enthralled with his parent’s farming operation, recounting numerous stories about bringing lunch to the field as a young boy, then threshing and hauling bundles as a teenager.

Floyd’s formal education ceased at 8th grade as he struck out on his own at age 14, yet his thirst for knowledge – particularly about agriculture – never stopped. As a young man, he farmed with his brother Art and made ends meet by installing heating systems for a local contractor. A 1952 scholarship to a “Short Course in Agriculture” at North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo, N.D., solidified his decision to farm. He went on to farm for 66 years in Rolette, Pierce and Bottineau Counties, retiring from the profession at age 85. He saw the evolution of agriculture from literal horse-power, to today’s precision ag, survived droughts, floods, depressed farm markets and the farming crisis of the 1980’s. Floyd epitomized Paul Harvey’s writing “So God Made a Farmer.” He rejoiced in seeing a field of ripe wheat or a newborn Polled Hereford calf.

 On June 10, 1954, Floyd married Carmen Leonard of Fonda, N.D., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Thorne, N.D. The couple made their home 10 miles southwest of Rolette, where they raised six children, each of whom share their dad’s love of agriculture.

 Throughout his farming career, Floyd was recognized by numerous groups and organizations, being named a North Dakota Seedstock Producer of the Year by the ND Beef Cattle Improvement Association (NDBCIA), an Honorary State and Chapter Farmer from the FFA, an Outstanding Conservationist by the Rolette County Soil Conservation District and Rolette County Agriculturist of the Year by the Rolette County NDSU Extension Service. He was a charter member of the National Cattlemen’s Association, president of the North Dakota Polled Hereford Association, a 26-year member of the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association, and a member of the NDBCIA. He was proud to have exported Polled Hereford cattle to Chile in the late 1960’s.  

His opinions were as strong as his Catholic faith, which he lived out in quiet action, as a member of the Knights of Columbus and active participant in the men’s Cursillo. He served 18 years on the Rolette Hospital Board of Directors. 

Floyd could strike up a conversation with anyone and had the uncanny ability to make others laugh. He enjoyed a good joke, a strong handshake, playing cards, and dancing to the music of a live band. When he wasn’t farming, he absolutely relished a heated political debate among family or friends – particularly if the subject was. . . farming. He had more common sense than many with advanced education and could calculate numbers in his head faster than they could be punched into a calculator – routinely pricing the cost of the girls’ shopping trips in bushels of wheat.

Floyd is survived by his loving family, wife of 65 years Carmen, his children: daughter Cheryl (Keith) Anderson of Walcott, N.D.; sons Daniel (Mary) Richard, Curt (Cindy) Richard, Craig Richard and Mark (Lanette) Richard all of Rolette, N.D.; and daughter Sheyna (Aaron) Strommen of Fort Rice, N.D.; 10 grandchildren Brady Anderson, David (Kari) Anderson and Ryan Anderson, Chelsey (Eric) Rongen, Kacie (Lacey) Richard, Riley Richard, Megan Richard, and Cassidy, Cooper and Clint Strommen; and 4 great grandchildren Ridley and Ryker Rongen, Sadie Richard and Hayden Richard. He is also survived by a sister Stella Schimetz of Dunseith and brother Donald (Marlys) Richard of Bottineau.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Irene Lagasse and brothers Ernest, Arthur and Gene Richard.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests

05/29/2020 (2755)

Condolences the Murl Hill family
From Lynn Halvorson Otto (’75):  Boonton, NJ

I want to send my condolences to the entire Hill family on the passing of their wonderful mother.  I spent a few over night stays long ago at their farm as a guest of Diane, loads of fun.  Over the years when I would come back to visit she always had that beautiful smile and wanted to know how I was doing!  As a widow for many years I admired her courage and toughness to raise her family on her own.  You done well Murl!

God bless you all!

Lynn Halvorson Otto

Sent from my iPad

 

Condolences the Murl Hill family
From Allen Richard (’65):  Grand Rapids, MI

Please pass my deepest condolences to the Hill Family Murl was a sweet person.  Dad and Johnnie were more than neighbors.  This brings back wonderful memories of how things used to be.

As long as I am in a state of sadness, I wanted to share that my Uncle Floyd Richard is in hospice at home on the farm.

Allen Richard

 

Murl Hill (DHS ’50) Obituary
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND
Hill, Murl Hill

April 05, 1932 – May 25, 2020:

Murl Hill

Murl Hill, age 88 of Dunseith, died Monday, May 25, 2020 at an Enderlin, ND nursing home.  A private family service will be held.  Graveside services will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 11:30 am at the Riverside Cemetery at Dunseith.  Visitation will be Friday from 1:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

Murl (Watkins) Hill, 88, formerly of Dunseith, ND went to join her Lord and Savior on Monday, May 25, 2020. Murl Lois Watkins was born on April 5, 1932 to Roy and Helen (Amundson) Watkins on the family farm in the Turtle Mountains, northwest of Dunseith. The family moved into Dunseith in 1939 after her father’s passing. Murl graduated valedictorian of her class in 1950 at Dunseith High School.

Although Murl vowed she would never live on the prairie, she fell in love with Johnny Hill and married him on June 18, 1950. They raised their family of seven children on the family farm south of Dunseith. She loved working on the farm and was John’s right-hand (wo)man! Murl was a good seamstress and taught each of her daughters to sew. She also drove school bus for Fugere & Hill Bus Company. Murl enjoyed visiting with family and friends, old and new. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and a woman of faith. Her grandchildren loved being with her. They will always remember her special homemade ice cream and sugar cookies.

Murl was a very active member of Peace Lutheran Church, serving on the WELCA, participating in numerous Ladies’ Aid groups, teaching Sunday School, and working at the notorious fall church suppers for many years. Murl loved to sing in the church choir at Peace Lutheran Church. She completed training and taught the ‘Bethel Bible Series’ study to several adult classes. Murl also served on the Book Committee for the ‘Prairie Past and Mountain Memories’ history book.

Murl died peacefully at Maryhill Manor in Enderlin, ND.

She is survived by her children, Tim (Laurie) Hill of Burlington, Brenda (Bryant) Mueller of Rolla, Gregory (Tami) Hill of Lignite, Joanne (Gregory) Evans of Owatonna, MN, Diane (Karl) Moline of Burlington, Bruce (Jackie) Hill of Billings, MT and Lynn McKay (Todd Mark) of Sheldon; grandchildren Sara (Aaron) Glasoe, Michael (Ricki) Hill, Taylor (McKenzie) Hill, Blake (Michelle) Gottbreht, Matthew (Carissa) Gottbreht, DeAnn (Patrick) O’Hara, Bridgette (Brodie) Odegaard, Jason (Tanya) Hill, Jacob Evans (Megan MacLellan), Samantha Evans, Nicole Campbell (Shain Fields), Nathan (Krystal) Moline, Gregory Hill, Walker Hill, Elizabeth McKay, Alison Toepke, Christopher (Kristi Jo) McKay, Naomi (Dave) Peterson; 35 great-grandchildren and one on the way, sister Carol Carbonneau of Watertown, SD and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband John C. Hill in 1984, grandson Luke Evans in 1995, and her sisters Elaine Watkins and Jeannine Robert, as well as step-father, Erling Nelson.

Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau has been entrusted with arrangements. Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

 

Alice Atherton Selfors Obituary
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot, ND
Atherton, Alice Selfors
Alyce J. Selfors
August 7, 1934 – May 21, 2020

 Obituary

On the morning of Thursday, May 21, 2020 Alyce J. Selfors of Minot, North Dakota, departed this life at the Trinity Homes in Minot. Alyce was born August 7, 1934 in Dunseith, North Dakota on the family homestead. She was the youngest daughter of Frank and Anna (Evenstead) Atherton. Alyce was educated in a one room country school house along with her siblings. She was previously married to Leonard Hanson. Seven children were born from this union. Alyce held several occupations in her lifetime. Some which included owning and operating Parrot’s Painting and Decorating, several waitressing positions, catering, and as a musician. Her smile was a beacon. A stranger became a friend instantly. She had the uncanny ability to send her smile over the phone! Alyce married Ted Selfors on Dec. 22, 1983. They resided in Minot for 38 years. Alyce enjoyed gardening and being in the outdoors. Her favorite road trip was to the Turtle Mountains to visit and relive memories of her birthplace. She valued every minute spent with her ‘Grandee’s’. They each were her own special “Sunshines”. Surviving Family Members include her husband Ted Selfors, Minot, ND; children: Lynda Ja’Nice, Great Falls, Mt.; Connie Smith, Minot, ND.; Ron (Pam) Hanson, Great Falls, Mt.; Jim (Audrey) Hanson, Westminster, CO.; Jeanne (Larry) Dodd of Rapid City, SD and Step Daughter Lynn Johnson of Tucson, AZ.. She was blessed with 21 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren (41st in July), and four great- great- grandchildren. There are many nieces, nephews and cousins to be included as well. Alyce was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Sallie Hanson; son, Lee Hanson; sisters, Millie Langehaug, Mavis Sandstrom, Norma Wilson and brother Francis Atherton. Alyce was the last surviving member of this Atherton generation. A special Thank You to the caring staff at the Trinity Homes for providing her with care and friendship. “Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us everyday, unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear.” Celebrating the Life of Alyce: (due to the Coronavirus Pandemic) A Private Family Funeral by invitation will be held Friday, May 29, 2020, at 10:00 am at Bethany Lutheran Church in Minot. A Public Graveside Service will be held on Friday, May 29, 2020, at 1:00 pm at Rendahl Cemetery, rural Dunseith, ND. Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, please observe social distancing. Visitation: A private family viewing will take place at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot. The service will be livestreamed for the public to view and can be accessed by going to http://bethanylutheran.tv

 

Couple of pictures from the archives.

Floyd recently celebrated a birthday too.
Spry young 93 and very Facebook active too.
I noticed that Floyd and I have 95 Mutual Facebook friends.

 Floyd; You and Luella are looking great. Pillars of the community that we all look up to too.

Art Rude, Another Pillar that we lost several years ago too. Gone but never forgotten.

Dion

Question: Are any of these ladies still living?
Eastern Star

 

 

05/27/2020 (2754)

Murl Watkins Hill (DHS ’50) passed away
Posting from Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND
Hill, Murl Hill
– May 25, 2020

Murl Hill

Murl Hill, age 88 of Dunseith, died Monday, May 25, 2020 at an Enderlin, ND nursing home.  A private family service will be held.  Graveside services will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 11:30 am at the Riverside Cemetery at Dunseith.  Visitation will be Friday from 1:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

 

Reply to Tim Martinson’s story of Charles Plumb
From Manny Cuadrado (63): Omaha, NE.

Gary,

Thank you for your posting of Tim Martinson sharing the story of Charles Plumb, a true hero.  I have been lucky to meet and hear in person Mr. Plumb twice.  Both times it was very moving.  Mr. Plumb also shared how they communicated among the prisoners.

Regards,

Manny Cuadrado

 

Dannette (Boucher) Klebe Passed away.
Posting from kaye Lystad Kirk:  Fargo, ND

HI Gary,

This is a little late, but would you please post this obituary in your newsletter? It’s for my brother-in-law’s sister, Dannette (Boucher) Klebe.  (My brother-in-law is Merle Boucher, who is married to my sister, Susan.)

Thanks,

Kaye

Dannette (Boucher) Klebe

August 25, 1956 – April 28, 2020

On Monday, April 6th, 2020, Dannette Klebe, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend passed away peacefully with her husband at her side, at the age of 63, after a three-year long battle with ovarian cancer.

Dannette was born in Rolla, North Dakota on August 25, 1956, to Alfred and Doris (Goodsell) Boucher, and grew up on a small farm with her older brother and sister, Merle and Vicki. She graduated from Rolette Public High School and attended the University of Mary where she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 1979. In October 1980 she married Douglas Klebe and began their life together in Fargo, ND where she started her long career as a Registered Nurse, primarily in critical care. Dannette and Doug subsequently moved to Pueblo, CO, Clearlake, CA, Newport, OR, Merced, CA, and Cypress, CA, before coming to Roseburg in 2012.

Dannette and Doug had two children, Damon Klebe who resides with his wife Samantha in Chino Hills, CA, and Desirae Allen, who resides with her husband Scott in Sandy, OR. Dannette is a grandmother to five-year-old Skylar, born to Desirae and Scott. Skylar was Dannette’s greatest joy.

Dannette enjoyed quilting, golfing, good wine, camping and having a good time with her family and many friends. She will long be remembered for her contagious smile, caring heart, and generous spirit, as well as her courage, dignity, and determination she exemplified during her battle with cancer. She was a nurse through and through and always put others before herself no matter the circumstance. We hope and pray that her spirit will live on through her children, granddaughter, friends and co-workers she touched during her lifetime. She had a beautiful life and will be greatly missed by all.

Dannette is survived by her husband Doug, two children Damon and Desirae, her granddaughter Skylar, her brother Merle, and sister Vicki.

A celebration of life will be announced when restrictions for social gatherings are lifted.

 

Scotty & Thelma Thompson and Gary Poitra: Band
Picture and Message from Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND

Gary Stokes Comment
Scotty and Thelma were very close friends of my Dad’s Brother Emil and Lillian Petterson in Bottineau. Scotty work at the Bottineau Pride Creamery for a life time too. One of his first jobs at the creamery, that he is well remembered for, is Delivering Milk to the Bottineau Homes. Scotty and Thelma were very well known for their musical talents. 

Gary,     I think the bloggers might like to see what Scotty and Thelma Thompson looked like. We asked her if she would like to join us for the jams, we had in Bottineau years ago but she said she just lost interest after Scotty died.   They probably all knew Gary Poitra too from all his years singing with his brothers in this area.  They were well known as a very musical family.

I lived in a house in Grand Forks while I was at UND and one of the guys staying there was from the Wahpeton ND area and he had a big old ‘reel to reel’ tape player right next to the room Tim Hill and I stayed in.  He was a wild man and when he got off work,  he headed to the bar and then came home after closeup and fired up his tape player and his favorite tape was ‘Cindy and The Turtle Mt. Boys’ that he got from a friend in Rolla.  If you listen to that at 2 AM enough nights,  you even learn the words to the songs.  We would have to get up and yell at him to put his headphones on or shut it off so we could sleep.  He would put the phones on and not even turn the volume down so we could usually still hear it in the next room THROUGH his headphones!  Sometimes I would go into his little hallway space and just unplug it from the wall and he wouldn’t even flinch when it went from ridiculously loud to silent.  He was a good guy with a college degree but went to Vietnam and came back all messed up and just worked at whatever job he could get.  He loaded potatoes, ran a cement grinder,  stuff like that to make a few bucks.  When he passed out,  we would check to see if he had his old alarm clock set and if he didn’t, we would set it for 5:45 AM and turn it on.  A couple hours later,  we would hear about two dings and he was up and off to work in a few seconds—unreal!  Luckily,  I was told he got himself straightened out and is/was doing OK.  I haven’t heard anything now for a few years.  I’m getting a bit long here but it’s funny how the picture of ‘Cindy and the TM Boys’ can bring back memories from 50 years ago this year.  Thanks Gary! Dick

Gary Poitra, Scott & Thelma Thompson
Roger Thingvold on fiddle?
Thompson, Scotty and Thelma

 

Subject: Bubba the Tiger
Posting from Tim Martinson (’69):  Anchorage, AK

Not sure how true this is, but it’s plausible and an interesting read–!!

Bubba the Tiger, Better Than Waterboarding

We lived with, and flew in support of the Green Berets out of Forward Operating Base (FOB)-2 in Kontum, Vietnam 1967-1968.  Here is a re-post on Bubba.

We got the tiger pup in Laos after his mom tramped on a land mine. He was only two days old, but I had him in my jungle jacket wrapped in a towel and when we were extracted we fed him milk and got him on his way.

He did well because he got much larger than an Asian Tiger usually grew to. His weakness was real beer (He had two cans a day) which he slurped down, went to a corner of the hooch, rolled on his back, showed his junk and snored like the last day!  If the bubster wanted to get in your bunk with you, you just rolled over and dealt with it. It’s such a shame so many tigers were killed over there because most were killed for sport and not in human defense.

When we cycled out, the question was what the hell to do with Bubba? He couldn’t survive because he only knew SOG, Special Forces, Seals etc. Here is where we got creative. We had access to things normal military didn’t.  So, we got creative and a phone call went to a research zoo in Sidney, Australia, and we asked if they wanted a free tiger. When the lady at the other end realized we were for real she said, “Yes, but how do we get him?”

I don’t want to reference Air America, but we flew the Bubster to his new home, and I got off the airplane with him walking beside me like a dog on a leash. They all went nuts when he walked to the lady and heeled by her side looking at her for instructions.  He must have had a very good time and life there because he sired tons of babies.

When I was back in Sidney in ’87,  I saw a bronze plaque telling about the Special Forces Tiger that came to them in 1969, and made lots of great baby tigers. That part of my life is gone like Bubba who lasted to ’85, but every time I hear a Tiger make those special noises my head and heart goes back to a tiny little baby, we found in Laos in 1968.  God, I miss him!

BTW, the Bubster never lived in a cage. He was always shown love from a bunch of very dangerous men whose hearts melted when they met him.  To discipline him, you grabbed a handful of hair and flesh on his shoulder and simply said “No.”  He never retaliated, he just complied.

When I said he never lived in a cage, the decision about the zoo where he ended up was a research zoo that was very excited because of gene diversity. It also had the new concept of no animals in cages. People were the ones in cages or behind glass.  It took a bit for him to get back to being a tiger, but after he figured out the male/female thing, nature took its course and he was off to the races and made a ton of tiger babies who are in zoos around the world. God Bless to my knowledge was the only Special Forces tiger in the history books.

An interesting side note is that SF and MACV were in many ways involved with the CIA.  The coats and ties back in Langley, VA, couldn’t understand how our intel was so accurate.

Picture a NVA prisoner strapped into a chair and questioned. Also, picture the prisoner telling us in multiple languages to go F-ourselves. So, a hood goes back on and the prisoner was told to spill the beans or we were going to feed the zip to our tiger.  They all laughed their asses off and said we were crazy.

Enter the Bubster and have his head about two feet from the prisoner, pull the hood off at the same time I would pinch the back of Bubbas neck. He roared in the dink’s face with his extremely nasty tiger breath, and the prisoner pissed his pants or worse while he sang like a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

God, I miss that stuff.  BTW, our intel was so accurate the pencil necks were amazed and never found out how we did it.

Sent from my iPhone=

05/26/2020 (2753)

Covid-19 Update in Cebu Philippines
Posted by Gary Stokes

Last Wednesday, April 20th,we were released from 8 ½ weeks of Quarantine Lock Down. We are allowed to go out only in our own town of Consolacion. We need a border pass if we have a need to go to or pass thru any of our adjoining towns or cities. They are very strict. Each area of our town has been designated 3 days that we can go to the mall and major shopping areas. Our days are Sun, Mon and Thu. To Patronize most businesses, one needs a quarantine pass. One pass was issued per house hold. Multiple names can be on the pass, but only one user at a time is allowed to use the pass. I added my name to our helper’s pass.

Our local mall reopened on the 20th also with about 60% of the businesses being open. Yesterday when I went to the mall there were about 200 people in a waiting area waiting to go into the supermarket. Being senior over the age of 60 I was allowed immediate access without waiting. They really cater to the seniors here. Sometimes I feel guilty for having head of the line privileges. The Supermarket was pretty crowed inside too, so those waiting were having a long wait.

The Philippines has only a fraction of the percentage of Coronavirus cases per million population as compared to the USA. I think this virus thrives better in colder dryer climates. We have had only one case in our town of about 150,000.  Some of the communities here are so densely populated that they don’t have enough space to provide the required social distancing requirement of 6 feet.

Lots of the locals here that are unemployed due to the closing down of businesses for Covid-19 are out of food with no money to buy more. The government provided some relief but not nearly enough.

That’s the latest here.

I down loaded a Pedometer App on my phone. Pretty neat app.

Yesterday I walked over 7 miles. I walk a mile in my garage parking area every morning and evening. In addition to that I walked another 5 miles in the course of the day with general activities.
Pedometer

 Gary

 

4-H Memories
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

May 20, 2020

 Friends of Dunseith Alumni,

                I once was invited and attended a Mountaineers winter sledding party where I witnessed  

a feeling of total neighbor comradery across generations and gender.  Everyone had fun!  

                 Thanks for the memory share Gary about Orvin Hagen who was an endeared 4-H mentor and community member.

                Dave Slyter, you hit the nail on the head summarizing the 4 -H fellowship community.

 “I will always remember the great friendships we had with our neighbors and all the hayrides and holiday parties

we had up in the old Ackworth School building right next to the Willie and Margie Hiatt farm.  Great time and great memories.”               

Until Later,

Vickie L.  Metcalfe

 

 

Don Vick, Forestry Math Teacher passed away
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

https://www.nerofuneralhome.net/obituary/dr-donald-vick

Gary and Dunseith Friends,

I attended “The Forestry”, AKA ” NDSU BB”,  Dakota College:

I feel sad reading of this loss.

Don Vick was a excellent math teacher at college especially for those of us who were math shy.

…….I had Math anxiety.

He was a patriot.

He was a veteran of Korea,

where he held a fascinating position whilst serving.

I recall those years while attending college, I believe he mentored many young… Viet Nam Vets..

He was a truly nice person.

Vickie L. Metcalfe

 

 

I Packed Your Parachute
Posting from Tim Martinson (’69):  Anchorage, AK

Charles Plumb was a US Navy jet pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile.  Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands.  He was captured and spent 6 years in a communist Vietnamese prison.  He survived the ordeal and now lectures on lessons learned from that experience!

One day, when Plumb and his wife were sitting in a restaurant, a man at another table came up and said, ‘ You’re Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!

‘How in the world did you know that?’ asked Plumb.

‘I packed your parachute,’ the man replied.

Plumb gasped in surprise and gratitude.

The man pumped his hand and said, ‘I guess it worked!’

Plumb assured him, ‘It sure did. If your chute hadn’t worked, I wouldn’t be here today.’

Plumb couldn’t sleep that night, thinking about that man.  Plumb says, ‘I kept wondering what he had looked like in a Navy uniform: a white hat; a bib in the back; and bell-bottom trousers.  I wonder how many times I might have seen him and not even said ‘Good morning, how are you?’ or anything because, you see, I was a fighter pilot and he was just a sailor.’ Plumb thought of the many hours the sailor had spent at a long wooden table in the bowels of the ship, carefully weaving the shrouds and folding the silks of each chute, holding in his hands each time the fate of someone he didn’t know.

Now, Plumb asks his audience, ‘Who’s packing your parachute?’ Everyone has someone who provides what they need to make it through the day.  He also points out that he needed many kinds of parachutes when his plane was shot down over enemy territory – he needed his physical parachute, his mental parachute, his emotional parachute, and his spiritual parachute.  He called on all these supports before reaching safety.

Sometimes in the daily challenges that life gives us, we miss what is really important. We may fail to say hello, please, or thank you, congratulate someone on something wonderful that has happened to them, give a compliment, or just do something nice for no reason.  As you go through this week, this month, this year, recognize people who pack your parachutes.

I am personally sending you this as my way of thanking you for your part in packing my parachute.  And I hope you will send it on to those who have helped pack yours!

Sometimes, we wonder why friends keep forwarding jokes to us without writing a word. Maybe this could explain it!  When you are very busy, but still want to keep in touch, guess what you do – you forward jokes. And to let you know that you are remembered, you are important, you are loved, you are cared for, guess what you get?  A forwarded joke.  So, my friend, next time when you get a joke, don’t think that you’ve been sent just another forwarded joke, but that you’ve been thought of today and your friend on the other end of your computer wanted to send you a smile, just helping you pack your parachute.

Sent from my iPhone

 

I keep this site bookmarked
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Friday, May 22, 2020
Gary and Friends of Dunseith Alumni,

Someone mentioned the folks, including Dorothy Lamb helping lead 4-H.

That reminded me of Lamb cousin adventures.

http://www.thepastwhispers.com/Texas_Spring.html

Texas in May beauty, was truly “Texas Spring”

This is site is one of my FAVORITE go to places! I don’t need to leave my house.

I let music flow and photos guide me into warm Texas Spring.

I went to Texas one glorious Spring!  A road trip south, this time of year.

I enjoy learning about American West History. 

I delight in turning off main road to look/see every scenic byway.

And I did all the way to South Texas.

Once at College Station, I spent a week with my best- est childhood buddy, Cousin L. Dean.

When we were kids in school learning to read. He was the tortoise I was the Hare.

Which lead him into focused study skills and he became an excellent scholar.

Dean went on to teach post graduate veterinary work at Texas A and M.

He allowed me to stay at his bachelor trailer house…I cleaned house!

Whilst there on campus, his students tried to bribe me into telling them what the L. stood for In Dr. L. Dean Lamb.

                Bribery never worked on me! 

Actually, it was a remnant of our childhood,  Cousins, we held onto loyalty to the end!

Dean took time off to take me to S. Texas where we met up with his Ralph Jasper cousins.

As our little group grew, we adventured over the Rio Grande River into Mexico.

And the white sands of South Padre Island.

Back at Texas A & M, Dr. Dean and his students took me on a late-night veterinary emergency run.

Oh my!  Texas skies at night were inky dark and lonely, kind of like Montana open country.

They doctored a sick horse.

        While I?  I encountered FIRE ANTS! I stepped and stomped!

 Dean made no comment

          I’d been bamboozled.

One Saturday night a group went dancing at a huge dance hall saloon/bar out in the country

West Texas Western Swing couples … 4 a Brest circled the floor.

Hundreds of couples circling the floor dancing Western Swing feels awesome!

My favorite thing we did.  I absolutely loved DANCING!

and

                That was the night…  I fell in love with Cotton Eyed Joe.

Until Later, 

Vickie L. Metcalfe
May 22, 2020

 

05/20/2020 (2752)

Selina Cree TMS newspaper article “An Independent Woman”
Question from Charlie Carbonneau (Carol Watkins Carbonneau ’46 son):  

As I was going through my mom’s (Carol Carbonneau) treasures I came across an Aug 1978 full page newspaper article from the Turtle Mt. Star. It is titled “An Independent Woman.” It is an amazing story of Selina Cree and includes photos. Do you know of any family member that would like to have this? I have a hard time throwing away such treasures!

Mom is with us in Watertown in a care center and still doing amazing, always cheerful and still has a very quick wit. She keeps everyone laughing.  We are so blessed. Thanks for any help with this. Charlie

 

ARLAN Hagen (’75) OBITUARY

Hagen, Arlan

Arlan Hagen, age 62 of Bottineau, died Tuesday, May 12, 2020 near Kramer.  His funeral will be held on Tuesday May 19, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Bottineau.  Visitation will be Monday, May 18th from 1:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the Nero Burial will be at toe Oak Creek Cemetery in Bottineau.

Arlan Hagen, a son of Clarence and Mary Ann (Rodlund) Hagen, was born on August 9, 1957 in Bottineau.  He was raised near Dunseith where  he attended School.  He later graduated from Bottineau High School in 1975.  He then attended NDSU-Bottineau.   On June 9, 1978, he married Denise Raap at Tolley, ND.   They made their home in Kramer where Arlan worked at the Kramer Elevator.  A year later they moved to Bottineau and Arlan purchased Paul’s Seed House in Bottineau.  He owned and operated the seed house for 20 years.  He then worked for area farmers.  He was currently working for Daniel Kersten.

He was a member of Our Savior’s where he served an several boards.  He also served on the Whitteron Township Board, All Season Water Board and Bottineau Volunteer Fire Department.  Arlan enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.

Arlan passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2020 near Kramer.

He is survived his wife, Denise of Bottineau; daughter, Breien Hagen (Raymond Dutra) of Bottineau; granddaughter, Ophelia Marie and a granddaughter on the way; sisters, Susan (Myron) Brandt of Kramer, Karen (Dale) Simon of Bottineau and Ellen (Jim) Redding of Minot; brothers, Art Hagen of Bottineau and Henry (Sandy) Hagen of Dunseith and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

 

4-H Stories
From Dave Slyter (67):  Sabin, MN

Comment from Gary Stokes:
Folks please feel free to share with us any 4-H memories that you may have. 4-H was a big part of many or lives, especially for those of us in the “Mountaineers” 4-H club. We were a big club too with, as I remember, well over 40 members.
Thanks, Dave, for these good memories. You and your brothers were a big part of the “Mountaineers” 4-H club in my day too.

Gary

I saw they were requesting 4H stories from previous 4H members.  I have a couple.

Can’t remember the years this was, but the one year we were pretty busy on farm during the 4H achievement days in Rolla N. D.    Dad asked me what I was taking to achievement days this year.  I asked him, are we going?   He said this year we will go so what do you want to take?   That year I had signed up for sheep because we had many that year.

Then go and pick one out.   I had not much handling with sheep as we were always busy with so many other things on the farm.  So I went down to the pasture where the sheep were and studied them for about a half hour, wanting to pick out the best one I thought would at least bring home a blue ribbon.

Once we got to Rolla and unloaded the animals the sheep, I picked was being anything but cooperative.    So, I held him and combed him and got him ready to show.  Me being very nervous as I had never shown an animal before this event.  I got into the ring with the other participants and pretty much just followed their lead.  I think there were about 6 or 7 other sheep in the arena with me and my nervous sheep.

The judge came and looked at mine, felt of its wool and looked at his teeth and jaw line and said “nice”

Mmmm I thought, maybe a blue ribbon after all.     Now is the time the judge announced the winners.   Of course, everyone received a ribbon whether it be Blue, Red, or White, but the big prize was the purple big bow ribbon.   I just wanted a blue as I would have never thought of getting the purple.  I mean I just picked this sheep out that morning from the herd.

So there went a couple of red ribbons out of the arena,  then to my surprise there went all the blues out of the arena.  Leaving me stand there all alone with my sheep.  I thought oh crap I got a white ribbon.  But here came the judge over holding the purple beautiful ribbon and explained to the audience why my sheep was receiving the purple ribbon.    I was one very proud sheep handler that day.

It was the only one purple ribbon I had ever received but I was so happy and so proud of that ribbon.. 

The second story would be about the only one time we went to the North Dakota State Fair with our 4H projects.  The three Slyter boys decide to enter our sweet clover for judging.   Again, we never planted sweet clover we just picked it from our ditches along the Willow Lake road as there was plenty of it along the gravel roads.

We went to the fair that year and when we went into the display building where our sweet clover was, we were all three surprised to see blue ribbons on our projects.   Pretty proud to say the least.

4H is a great experience for any young adult.  It really teaches and shows many things in different categories for boys and girls alike.

I will always remember the great friendships we had with our neighbors and all the hayrides and holiday parties we had up in the old Ackworth School building right next to the Willie and Margie Hiatt farm.  Great time and great memories. 

Dave Slyter (70)

05/16/2020 (2751)

Class of ’58 mini reunion at Dales for Lunch (noon) on Sunday May 24th at Dales.
Posting from Don and Colleen Martel (’58):  Rosemount, MN

Colleen and I have always gone back to Dunseith and Rolette usually Memorial Day weekend, to decorate our parents and relatives’ graves

We plan to do the same this year arriving Friday evening. We are hoping to meet some of Colleen’s classmates and our friends at Dales for lunch on Sunday.

So far, it’s always included Ellen Myrick and son Matt, Elmer and Joanne Bushie Peggy Espe, Rodney Armentrout and you Never know who may also show Up.

We’d love to have others, everyone welcome. See you on Sunday May 24 at noon at Dales.

Don and Colleen (Class of 1958)

Thanks Gary.

 

ARLAN Hagen’s Funeral
Hagen, Arlan

Arlan Hagen, age 62 of Bottineau, died Tuesday, May 12, 2020 near Kramer.  His funeral will be held on Tuesday May 19, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Bottineau.  Visitation will be Monday, May 18th from 1:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

 

Condolences to the Hagen Family
From Lynette Halvorson Otto (’75):  Boonton, NJ

Hello from New Jersey!  Very sad to hear of Arlan’s passing!  We were classmates and involved in 4H.  My condolences to his family and friends.

Lynette Halvorson Otto

 

Moose poaching recently near Dunseith
Posting from Ken Striker:

I became aware from the Facebook of cousin Deane Striker who lives within a couple of miles of the indicent.

https://www.kxnet.com/crime-tracker/five-moose-shot-and-killed-near-dunseith-reward-offered-for-information-on-poaching/

 

Favorite 4-H Projects and memories
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

State Fair 2020 Cancelled
https://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/State-Fair-2020-Cancelled-570365971.html

Gary and Friends of Dunseith Alumni,

            I know many people in the past, attended the ND State fair for years.

Many of folks, ( like you Gary and your family in the Mountaineers 4-H club ) 

were especially involved in the long tradition of 4-H.

            My family never became involved in 4-H.  I never attended a state fair until an adult.

            But, whilst in Montana I was invited to judge speech competition for the County 4-H competition.

That experience left me with quite an impression of this worthy Family & Parent involved organization.

            I wonder if you, your brother Bud, or other former members have some favorite 4-H memories?

Quoting Bob Hope, “Thanks for the Memory.” 

Until later,

Vickie L. Metcalfe

May 11, 2020

Gary’s Reply,

4-H was a big part of my childhood days. My mother, Elaine Stokes along with Mary Ann Hagen and Dorothy Lamb organized the Mountaineers 4-H club. With their first meeting they agreed to ask Orvin Hagen if he would volunteer to be the 4-H leader for the boys of which he accepted for a term that lasted more than 25 years.

For those of you that were in 4-H in your growing up days, please share some of your experiences with us. In the Article write up with my picture below, I see Holly Meyer of the Busy Beaver 4-H club got first place in clothing.  

One of my favorite 4-H projects was My Registered Black Angus Heifer named Missy. I purchased her when she was about a month old with money, I earned from my summer Jobs working for Norris Knutson and Carl Melgaard. She was raised on Ground Oats that I purchased by the gunny sacks at the Bottineau Elevator. I worked with her, under Orvin’s leadership, teaching her how to lead and stand for showmanship. Following the 4-H Achievement Day in 1963 pictured below, I entered Missy in the Valley city Winter Show. Orvin Accompanied me to Valley City. We hauled her to Valley city in Orvin’s Pickup. That was a real experience going there too. The competition was pretty tough there, so we didn’t place very high, but the experience was fun. The following summer of 1964 I sold Missy at a 4-H Auction.
Stokes, Missy

 

 

 

05/15/2020 (2750)

Arlan Hagen (’75) Passed away.
Hagen, Arlan

 Folks,

Art Hagen messaged me last night letting me know that his brother Arlan Hagen passed away yesterday. He was not sure of the details of his passing. Art was still in Arizona. He is on his way to Bottineau now.

Arlan I believe Graduated from Bottineau in 1975. He was with the DHS class of ’75 for many of his school years. Being with the class of ’75 I believe he would have been 63 this year. Very young for a sudden death passing.

The Hagen’s were our close Ackworth neighbors. We did a lot of things together in our growing up days. Our dads were raised in the Ackworth community too. Our friendship goes back many years.

We extend our condolences to his immediate family and siblings, Susan, Karen, Art, Ellen and Henry. Arlan was a well-respected good person. He will be missed.

Gary

 

Retired
Message from Cheryl Larson Dakin (’71):  Bedford, TX

Hi everyone

I haven’t written in a while…I finally retired on Dec. 31, 2019. George and I left for California to visit family and stopped in Arizona on the way back. We were gone for 3 weeks, home a week and then I made a trip to Disneyworld with my son and his family for a week. Diane and Scott came to stay a few days on their way home to ND from Florida, and I seriously considered going back with them for a couple weeks when things ramped up with the virus so I decided not to. It was probably the right decision because within days we were on lockdown. I was trying to figure out what my new normal was going to be when this pandemic hit and we have all been confined to home for this last 8 or 9 weeks or so. So I started cleaning closets and going through some of the paperwork and things I brought back from my Dad’s house after we sold it. Anyway, I am in the process of putting together some sort of memory book of family history and consolidating things into one good size box that I can pass on to my kids and the grands when I am no longer around, and share with my sisters.

So my question is this: does anyone have any memories or stories of my parents, Norman and Verdellis Richard Larson or my grandparents, Fred and Johanna Boucher Richard or any of us that they would like to share? Please feel free to email me at cheryl.dakin@yahoo.com or message me on Facebook, or even share on this blog if it would be permitted.

I thank you in advance and wish everyone well and safe. Texas is finally opening up, although I don’t feel the need to rush right out and go shopping. I could use a good mani / pedi though. How is everyone else faring?

Cheryl Larson Dakin

 

1957 Flu  and 1952 Vacine for Polio
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

I really like BBC as being very informative,   the video clips are not too long. https://www.bbc.com/news/av/stories-52582124/the-1957-flu-that-killed-one-million-people

Gary’s comment
I remember that 1957 Asian flu very well. I too, like so many others contracted that flu. Our folks had gone to Washington State to Visit our Grandparents. It was winter. They took the train out and drove a 1953 Kaiser back that our grandparents had given them. Our younger brother Darrel who was 5 years old at the time went with them. Allen stayed with the Lagerquist’s and I stayed with the Albert Hiatt Family. I contracted that flu when I was staying with the Albert Hiatt Family. Albert, Alice, Arnie and Dennis all had it too, but luckily a few days apart. It was wicked. I was really sick.  

 

 

Reply from Larry Liere (’55):  Devils Lake ND.

Hi Gary

Thank you for the link on all the totals by countries for covid-19.  It was an eye opener for me to see that they had the numbers for 203 countries.

LARRY

 

Pastor Hayes
Reply from John Tangen (Pladson Cousin):  Zellwood FL.

Hi Gary (& Vickie)

Thanks for including the write-up about Pastor Hayes.  While he was chaplain at Good Samaritan Home where my mother resided for three plus years, I observed how he served the residents there so faithfully, brightening their days with his cheeriness and humor.  My mother always appreciated his ministry, and I enjoyed getting to know him somewhat also.  Wishing the best for you all in this trying time.

John=

05/11/2020 (2749)

Terry / Tim Martinson Correction.
Reply from Cousin Keith Pladson (’66):  Roanoke Rapids, NC 

Gary,

I know it was an unintended oops.  But in replying to Allen Richard you said that Terry Martinson had died in 1999 – which I also seem to remember (Terry and I graduated together).  Then you went on to say Terry is living in Anchorage, AK.  Unless Anchorage is in Heaven, don’t see that as likely.  Did you mean Tim is living in Anchorage?

Keith Pladson

Corrected Posting
Tim Lives in Anchorage, Alaska. We haven’t heard from Tim now for a long time. Hopefully all is well with him too. For a period of time my messages were being return undeliverable to him. Hopefully that has all been corrected now.

 

Gary’s Reply:

Thank you so much Keith for bringing this to my attention. Yes, it was an oops and I didn’t catch it until you brought it to my attention. We didn’t hear from Tim, so he must not have seen this posting. I will send him a solo copy. Not sure he is getting the group copies of these messages.

Folks, you noticed I addressed Keith as “Cousin Keith”. Keith’s mother and my Dad were First cousins. Keith’s Grandmother was a Stokes.

 

Message from Vickie Metcalfe: (’70):  Bottineau, Nd

Good May Morning.

Thank you LeaRae Espe, for encouraging readers to write.

Lea Rae and her mom contain an abundance of golden Dunseith history memory.

Thanks, Lee Stickland, for sharing positive perspectives from your Evergreen Lock down in Dickinson.

And again, many thanks Gary for the continued centering of Dunseith Alumni community at …long distance.

Everybody, make safe choices, eat some U.S. beef, drink milk, and continue to pray!

Vickie Metcalfe

May 8, 2020

 

Coronavirus question for the Philippines.
From Larry Liere (’55): Devils Lake, ND

Gary

Do you have any Coronavirus cases close to where you live?   So far North Dakota is doing very well on keeping it under control.

LARRY

Gary’s Reply:
Larry, The Philippines is not nearly as affected as the USA with Covid-19. As you can see from the link below, the USA is reporting 244 Coronavirus deaths per million population. The Philippines is reporting 7. Quite a difference. The USA has done a lot more testing than Philippines, so the deaths per million population as a more accurate comparison. Cebu City has a few very heavily populated areas that are affected. In our town of about 150,000 population they several cases is all. Reports are that this virus thrives on Cold dry climates. We are hot and humid year around.

Can you believe that we have been on Quarantine Lock down going on 8 weeks now? We can’t leave our property. One family member from each house is given a pass that allows them to go out two days per week to buy groceries and supplies. Passes are checked at all of the open stores too. Our helper Mirasol has our pass. I can take her in my car, but I am not allowed to get out of the car. I just wait for her in my car while she does the shopping. If anyone is seen in public without a pass, they are politely told to go back home.

Continuous updated Coronavirus status web link for 203 countries
https://epidemic-stats.com/coronavirus/?fbclid=IwAR3QYP7DHYL8ep1k-gd5INwxhzWgcO-mtPK15JXFDG2IpLOxIJBlk9hdvgM

 

 

Rev David Hays Obituary
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (‘70’) Via Karen Larson (Bottineau Spectrum)
Hays, Rev David