09/17/2017 (2559)

Dakota Drifters to Perform at Hostfest – Sept 27-30, 2017
Posting from Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Dakota Drifters

Dakota Drifters

This quartet is made up of Dick and Brenda Johnson from the Turtle Mountains in north central North Dakota; Carl Kannianen from the Stanley area; and Toby Nelson from Minot. All four are home grown self-taught musicians who really enjoy country music.

 Dick farms near the International Peace Garden. He has been involved with music from the time he was young. He plays guitar and handles most of the vocals. He is known to favor Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash songs and always includes a few Norwegian jokes to keep things lively.

Toby is the owner of Prairie Winds Band Instrument Repair LLC in Minot ND. He and his staff keep busy repairing and maintaining all types of musical instruments for the upper northwest region of ND. As a sophomore in High School, he taught himself how to play drums and has been performing with the band Tin Star for the past 20 years. Toby is the newest member of the Dakota Drifters and is excited to help them keep traditional country western music alive!

 Brenda works for the North Dakota Forest Service in Bottineau. She started playing the standup bass just a few years ago. She keeps the group organized and is always looking for new “old” material. She and Dick have played and entertained together for several years.

 Carl farms in the Stanley area and has played the guitar for many years. He found out early in life that he enjoyed music. He sings harmony on several songs and also does vocals. Carl has a unique style of picking and his instrumentals are fabulous.

 This group plays a variety of country, gospel, rock-a-billy, and even some rock and roll. So if you like Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Chet Atkins and other similar old time music you’ll enjoy hearing this group perform.


Joe Mufferaw
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70) Bottineau, ND

Gary and friends of Dunseith,

As a child, did you  all ever hear tales of  Joe Mufferaw?

My dad  would tell us he was going to see “Joe Mufferaw”.

We wondered which neighbor Joe Mufferaw was?

Forever guessing,Emil Morin, Uncle Wild Bill, or Art Seim  because dad would end up visiting with one of those families

Finally I  decided it could be a name our dad used  when he  was going somewhere  to visit  and not planning   for  us kids to go  along.

Or perhaps Joe Muffraw meant, ” It was  grown up time to talk, and none of  a kid’s  business.”

Art Seim  would also say,  “I’m going  over to see Joe Mufferaw.”

I  asked dad any times “Who is “Joe Mufferaw”?  He’d never tell me.

Sometimes answers to all my pondering comes around and there’s it is,  serendipity!

I read  news from various parts of the English speaking world  on my computer everyday.

(I don’t own a TV  to watch the news)  I believe that comes from a long ago anti-TV  habit instilled in me at age six when our family lived  with dad’s brother in Marysville WA.

Uncle Archie  absolutely disliked TV!  He’d  frown,  and turn off the TV.  He’d  change the subject by, singing a song, telling  a story, make us read,  play cards or  board games.

With the age of computers I discovered  a whole new world;Canadian  TV news, Irish news, BBC, State of Montana and  State of Washington news, etc.

Serendipity!  I hit  a Jackpot  a couple years ago when reading Canadian  entertainment news about a much  beloved Canadian singer.

Stompin Tom Conners had  passed away.

I  hadn’t heard of Stompin Tom. Just what made him special to Canada?  Well, he wouldn’t move S. of the border to Nashville the heart of his music was Canadian.

He wrote “The Hockey Song”, which is famous  at every hockey game across Canada.

Then, Holy Cow! WoW!

Low and Behold!

Stompin Tom wrote  and performed a song, “Big Joe Mufferaw.” I listened.

Finally I  researched and figured out who Joe Muffraw was.

Joe Mufferaw was a Canadian legend!  He was a  French Canadian (Paul Bunyan) Logger.

And, Joe Mufferaw who was born in the early 1800’s lived in the same area  of Ontario as my paternal grandpa Bill in the mid 1800’s.

(Arnprior, Renfrew, Smith Falls and the Rideau Canal)

Again  with memories of my dad and Uncle Bill who were keepers of our family oral history.

As was, Emil Morin and Art Seim who also could tell a story  2 or 3.  Perhaps as children they were told tale’s of Joe Mufferaw.

I wonder what they would say about a wood statue of  a French Canadian Logger and  the Stompin Tom’s song? It is a neat song, be it oral history or ‘tall tale’?


Until Later,
Vickie Metcalfe


Conrid Wallace Metcalfe Passed Away
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Our dear cousin, Conrid Wallace Metcalfe  passed away this evening Thursday, September 14, 2017.

His parents were  Archie Albert  Metcalfe

and  Bernice (Seim) Lindberg

His grandparents were;

John and Ingrid  (Espe)Seim  &  William and  Rose  (LeDuc) Metcalfe

I  first  met Conrid when I was 6.  when our family  lived  with his dad in Marysville.

After his dad died, Conrid moved back  from college, into his Dad ‘s room.

And was with our family.

Both Nancy and I fondly thought  of him  like a  big brother………..

The  memory of Conrid’s  time  here on earth  will always be cherished..

Godspeed dear cousin.

Conrid Wallace Metcalfe

September 14th 2017 • EverettWashington



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It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Conrid Wallace Metcalfe, passed away peacefully on September 14 2017 in EverettWashington, leaving to mourn family and friends. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Conrid Wallace Metcalfe’s life. Flowers and condolences may be sent in memory of the loved one.

Date of Birth : Dec 24 1939



Blog (633) posted on November 25, 2009

Beachler Family
Reply from Allen Richard (65):
Lynette Beachler is married to Mark Richard, son of Floyd and Carmen. They live on a farm outside of Rolette.
Allen Richard
Allen, That’s all I needed was a memory jar. The Beachler’s are originally from Little Prairie. Lynette’s parents were LuVerne (deceased) and Marie (Eurich) Beachler. Marie is a sister to Dave Eurich. Lynette (82) is the author of a children’s book.
I recieved the following messages after having responded to Allen’s message above.
Reply from Carmen Leonard Richard:Rolette, ND.
About the Beachler family, the parents are Luverne and Marie (Eurich) Beachler. Their children are Wyatt, Clayton, John and Lanette. Luvern passed away in the year 2000 and Marie lives in Rugby. Wyatt and his wife and family live in Steele ND where he works at the Cenex Station. Clayton and his wife, and John and family live and work in Minneapolis. Lanette is married to our son Mark and live on a farm near Rolette. They have two children Riley and Megan. She works at the Rolette school and has written two childrens books.
If you wish to have addresses I can get them for you. We saw Clayton and Betsy this summer when they were home
Marie is always included in our holiday gatherings, and she always brings the pies. Juneberry pie is her specialty.!
Reply from Evon Lagerquist (77): Dunseith, ND.
The Beachler’s that lived in the area were LaVerne and Marie. Their daughter, Lanette, is married to Floyd and Carmen Richard’s son, Mark. I think they had 3 sons, Wyatt, Clayton, and John. LaVerne passed away a few years ago, and Marie now lives in Rugby………
Reply from Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND.

Yes, the Clifford and Charlotte Metcalfe family photo was taken the fall of 1970.

Nancy, a public health nurse for Park County lives in Powell Wy with her husband Norm Moreno.

Their son is a Desert Storm vet, who lived in Nebraska with his family. The rest of us now live in the Bottineau -Dunseith area.
To help with your information.Re; Beachler
I ‘m sure there are family members who could give you more information.
Cecil and Ruby Beachler were sweet people who lived close to my great uncle Carl Wicks on West High Way #43. Ruby had beautiful snow white hair.
I believe Clayton and Wyatt are the son’s of Marie (Eurich) Beachler who lives in Rugby, Marie’s husband Laverne is deceased. Their daughter Lanette (Beachler) Richard lives in Rolette.
Colette (Pigeon) Schimetz and Mary {Eurich) Knutson are nieces of Marie (Eurich) Beachler whose siblings included Eva, Betty, Olynda, Frieda, Irene, Erma and brothers, Dave( who was married to Winifred Pritchard) and Fritz who passed away during WW II.
I don’t know if I listed all the David and Eva Eurich “‘kids”…who were neighbors and friends of many folks in the hills and on the prairies around Dunseith.
Eva Eurich, Dave Kraft and Kate Fassett were siblings.
Dave Kraft’s daughter,my neighbor, Dorothy (Kraft) Schneider lives down the street across from Wes and Ovida.
Telling about your dog, gives me a sense of your home. Dogs provide lots of company and delight. Mine make me get out and go for a walk when its cold. This morning it’s +18., the weather forecast for tonight, ” up to a couple inches of snow coming”, so I’ll be reluctantly finding some warmer boots.
My dogs are very multi talented “guard dogs”? The first responder, Sven the cockatiel, sits in front of a sliding glass door and raises lots of ruckus whenever something is intruding in the back yard. This alerts the furry critters and soon they are at the window jumping and barking. Quite the alarm system! Someday’s I am alerted to the meter man, rabbits, or stray dogs. Once a couple deer. Recently its been a big ….C-A-T. Yep, somebody’s hungry fat fluffy white with gray and black spotted house c-a-t, is on the prowling stalk for birds. It tries to slink by my car when the garage door is open. Then, slyly comes and peers at Sven through the glass swishing its magnificent fluffy tail. The dogs are very happy to add to the birds commotion!
Well enough rambling it’s time to be off.
Have a good day. Vickie
Bev Morinville Azure (72) update:
From Shonda Azure Cambell (94): Minot, ND.
Just a quick note as we get ready to go to the hospital .Things here are still the same we are just taking things a day at a time . Mom had a nice suprise last night when my Aunt Debbie and her husband Kenny got here. Other then that there is not much to report , please keep all the praying going it help so much and again I can not tell you enough she loves each of you very much.
Shonda, We have not had an update on Debbie (Morinville 70) for a long time. How is she doing following her stroke?

Reply from Erling Landsverk (44):Portage, WI
Hi Gary and Everyone:
Dick Johnson beat me to the punch again. Thank you for the kind words Gary. I was unaware that you knew so many of our neighbors. I do have a few questions, so I will list them and do what you can;
Before Nick Lund lived over near Rispa’s I believe that it was the Andrew Bjerklund family that lived there. I went to school with Engrum, Evelyn and Margaret Lund. I knew both leonard and Obert., what happened to Engrum, Margaret and Evelyn. I was under the impression that Mrs Lund’s sister was Mrs Aanon Torgeson,is that the way it is. Ole Rispa was a tough old Norweigen, My brother went out to visit folks around 1969, and he said that he helped Ole, and Albert Saw wood. They were sawing up logs out of the woods, and Ole must have been around 90 years at the time. How about the Fulsebakke family? Did you by any chance know any of the helgeson family or the Amsbough family? I wonder if you knew any of the Christianson family, they lived across the lake from the melhouse family. Those Christianson girls sure were attractive. As far as I know they had one brother, Clarence. He Was still single in 1943 when we moved to wisconsin. At any rate, you should be getting your Audio book any day now and I put something else in along with it. Hope it makes it O K.
I want to thank you for all the help I received in locating folks, it meant a lot to me and to those that I contacted as well. And to Dick Johnson, I really have to take my hat off to you. You obviously have a razor sharp memory and a heart of gold to go with it. As I remember in other messages that i listened to, you were pretty active bringing smiles to retired folks with music and good followship. The world needs more folks like you.
Iwant to wish everyone of you North dakota folks living there now or elsewhere the happiest of Thanksgiving days, and a super time with your family and friends.
Erling Landsverk
Erling, It wasn’t until later in my adult life that I realized Mrs. Nick Lund’s wife was a sister to my dad’s adopted mother. We were with Leonard a lot, but not to much with the rest of his family. I always knew Dad and Leonard were related, but never knew the connection. You are right, mrs. Lund’s sister was a Torgeson. I knew most of her family quite well. It was through them that I learned the connection of Mrs. Lund and my grandmother. We don’t have any history at all about my Dad’s adopted mother, however, Irene Lindstrom Tonneson, granddaughter of Mrs. Torgeson does and has done extensive genealogy on that side of the family. I will send you here contact info with a separate message.
I will let some of the others speaks for the Christianson, Melhouse and Fulsebakke families. Clarence Christianson was married to Neola Kofoid Garbe’s aunt, Alvina Brudwick. There were two Christianson Families, Casper/Ella & Sigur/Hanna (Lagerquist). These two families were neighbors, but were not related. Agnes Melhouse Hagen is Orvin, Leland & Tom’s mother. Donnie Nelson, she may have been your grandmother, but she was a mother to you.
The Helgeson’s lived south of Salem church. I knew Clem and Selmer quite well. Clem never married, but Selmer was married to Joyce Smith, sister to Joanne (65) and Eldon (63). Clem & Ralph (Luella Boardman 49) Bjornseth were diesel mechanics. They worked together as a team doing onsite overhauls all over the country. They were some of the best mechanics of all times. I didn’t realize the Amsbaugh’s lived in that part of the hills. Franklin was married to Edna Clark, Dave Clark III sister. Franklin was working for the Minnesota Valley Breeders when he died back in the 60’s. Gary
Ryan Zorn, Son of Myron (65) & JoAnn
From Rene Casavant (65):Bismarck, ND
I want to give condolences to the Zorn family for the great loss of their son Ryan. Myron and I were best of friends during our High School years. I travel through Newcastle, Wyoming on my way to visiting my step-daughters in Colorado. I plan to jog off from Newcastle to Wright and visit the Zorns during my trip next summer. I haven’t contributed much to this blog, however I have really enjoyed keeping up with the Dunseith Alumni nostalgia. Please put my name on the list for attendance at the May Mini Reunion. Rene Casavant
From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND.
Today’s Billings Gazette
Wyoming News
Thousands line streets to honor fallen soldier

Vickie L. Metcalfe

Dignitaries to attend services for Wyoming soldier killed in Iraq

Staff Sergeant Ryan Lee Zorn

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Gov. Dave Freduenthal says he plans to attend services in Wright for a Wyoming soldier killed in Iraq.

A funeral service will be held today for Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Zorn at the Wright Baptist Church. Zorn will be buried at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, S.D.

The Department of Defense says the 35-year-old graduate of Upton High School died last week in a vehicle accident in Iraq.

Myron Zorn, Ryan’s father, said U.S. Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso are also scheduled to attend

Thousands line streets to honor fallen soldier
Wyoming-linked service members killed in action listed

CHEYENNE — Wyoming-linked servicemen killed in action since 2001 include:


• Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Zorn, 35, Wright, Nov. 16, 2009.

• Army Staff Sgt. Tyler Pickett, 28, Saratoga, June 8, 2008.

• Army Pvt. Corey L. Hicks, 22, Glendale, Ariz., son of Russel Hicks of Casper, May 2, 2008.

• Army Staff Sgt. David Julian, 31, Evanston, March 10, 2008.

• Army Staff Sgt. Brian M. Long, 32, Burns, June 10, 2007.

• Airman 1st Class Eric…

CHEYENNE — When Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Zorn finally returned home to northeast Wyoming on Sunday morning, thousands braved cold and windy November weather to pay tribute to the fallen soldier from Wright.

People of all ages lined the streets of Gillette as Zorn’s casket entered town from the airport, escorted by more than a thousand vehicles including police cars, emergency vehicles and motorcycles with dozens of leather-clad military veterans and supporters.

“It was just incredible. It really was,” said 80-year-old Gillette resident Nancy Yonkee, who watched the procession with her daughter along Highway 14/16.

“I’ve lived here all my life, and I’ve never seen an outpouring like that before.”




Zorn, 35, was killed Nov. 16 near the city of Tal Afar in northeastern Iraq when his armored vehicle overturned. A communications expert with the 311th Military Intelligence Unit of the 101st Airborne Division, Zorn had been helping Iraqis develop their own communications and intelligence operations.

Zorn’s body arrived at Gillette-Campbell County Airport late Sunday morning in a Falcon 20 jet from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

A crowded terminal fell silent as an honor guard and Zorn’s family approached the plane and pallbearers lifted Zorn’s flag-draped casket over to a waiting hearse.

“There wasn’t a sound to be had anywhere through that — (a) whole 20 minutes or better,” said state Sen. Michael von Flatern, R-Gillette, who was in the terminal building.

“It’s a moment that sends a chill up your spine, there’s no doubt about it.”

As the casket was slowly driven from the airport to a downtown Gillette funeral home five miles away, thousands of flag-waving Gillette residents lined the streets to pay their final respects to Zorn.




People held signs saying “God bless you” and “We love you, Ryan.”

Firefighters saluted as the hearse passed underneath a fire engine ladder extended high over the street, with an American flag unfurled underneath it.

The outpouring of support was even more impressive given how little time there was to prepare for Zorn’s body’s return.

Gillette Mayor Duane Evenson, along with several military, veterans and civilian organizations that helped plan for the procession, had less than 24 hours’ notice that Zorn’s remains would be flown back to Wyoming on Sunday.

Word of the planned procession quickly spread around town through word of mouth, newspaper and radio coverage and forwarded and reforwarded e-mails.

Myron Zorn, Ryan’s father, said it was “mind-boggling” to see the amount of support his family has received from perfect strangers around the community.

“It was just, well, gee it was nice,” he said. “I feel so bad, but you can’t imagine how good it feels to know that people are willing to come out and support you like that. It means so much.”

Funeral services are scheduled to be held at 10 a.m. today at Wright Baptist Church. About 12:30 p.m., a funeral procession will take Zorn’s body from Wright to be interred at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, S.D.

U.S. Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, as well as Gov. Dave Freudenthal and other dignitaries, will attend the funeral. Freudenthal has directed that flags be flown at half-staff across the state today to honor Zorn.

Greg Dougherty, who owns and operates a welding shop in Gillette, paid $6,500 to give the Zorns a red, white and blue Christmas tree from the Gillette Festival of Trees, an annual event in which locally crafted Christmas trees and wreaths are auctioned off for charity.

The tree was sent to Wright for a Monday afternoon memorial service and today’s funeral.

Dougherty, who’s often made charitable donations, insisted that he didn’t want any publicity about his gift.

“I just thought it would be a nice gesture to do for the family,” he said. “I have a son in the military, and I respect all the people in the military very much.”

Contact Jeremy Pelzer at 307-632-1244 or jeremy.pelzer@trib.com

09/03/2017 (2558)

Going to Seattle.

This will be my last message before leaving for the USA.

Bernadette and I will be departing Cebu at 2 AM this Tuesday Morning for Seattle. We arrive in Seattle just past noon on Tuesday the 5th and depart going back to Cebu on Tuesday the 12th.  Bernadette, I think, will be able to make the trip OK. Once we are there her Half-sister, Erma, who lives there, will be staying with us full time in our hotel assisting taking care of Bernadette. Here I have lots of help. Our kids and Grandkids are all there, so we will be spending a lot of time with them.

Yesterday, September 2nd was my dad’s Birthday. He too was a twin. They would have been 102. It was also our first Twin Grandson’s 2nd birthday too. His Twin Brother was born on September 3rd. The first was born just minutes before midnight and the other just minutes past midnight only 20 minutes apart, but none the less different days.


Our twin Grandson’s Brydon and Bryce Stokes


Blog (632) posted on November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving in the Philippines”
Folks, I forgot to answer Angela Berube’s question about how we celebrate Thanksgiving here in the Philippines. This year we will be celebrating Thanksgiving with the folks from the US Retired Military activities Office (RAO). Being retired from the Army Reserves qualifies me to belong to this organization here in Cebu. We will be going to the Marriott Hotel for a genuine American Thanksgiving Buffet dinner. It is through the RAO that I am able to have a Fleet Post Office (FPO) address. That in it self is a great benefit. The local mail system is very unreliable here in the PI. We RAO members pay an annual fee to maintain the local office here in Cebu. The United States mail system delivers all of our mail to our local office. Three years ago Bill Grimme sent a CD to our Local address and to this day that CD is still in the mail. I received Dick and Brenda Johnson’s CD, mailed to our FPO address, in 10 days. Gary
Beechler’s question Previously posted:
Question from Lynn Halvorson Otto (75): Seoul, Korea
Hi Gary, can you put this on the blog! Does anyone remember the Beechler (spelling) family that lived in Dunseith. One son was in my grade and his name is Clayton. Another son’s name was Wyett, not sure though. Thanks, Lynn Halvorson Otto
I remember the Beechler name well but I’m brain dead remembering anything about the family. I’m sure with a memory jar I will remember. Gary
Ryan Zorn Commemoration – Veterans Burial Flags
From Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59): Everett, WA.
Ryan Zorn was listed in silent commemoration this morning’s KOMO 4 National News. We stand in the shadow of yet another soldier gone to glory. Evie and I talked, then Ernie and I spoke of the loss for the Zorn Family and our wish to console them. I pray for Ryan’s eternal rest and feel such gratitude for the years and life Ryan gave for us.The attached notice was published 1931; the practice was initiated in 1930.

Thanks Gary, Sharron

Me again Gary. This item was also quoted from the American Magazine in June 1931.“It is for babies that we live and love and strive; they are the essence and joy of life; they are the hope of the future.”


Clifford Metcalfe Family:
Back Row L to R: Nancy, Vickie & Cliff
Front Row L to R: Cyndy, Archie, Shannon & Charlotte (Lottie)


Back: Roberta Hagen Striker (75)
Front: Kim Hiatt Hermann (77)





Margaret Metcalfe Leonard (65)




Class of 65 gals:


Margaret Metcalfe, Susan Fassett & Carol Jasper

Our little dog
Our little dog went in the house about 9:00 PM last night. Since about 2:00 AM it has been raining. It’s currently 12:15 PM and out little dog has not gone out in the rain to relieve her self yet. She’s been on the porch and that’s all the farther she’s gotten. She’s back in the house now. It’s amazing how long these animals can hold out. Gary.

09/01/2017 (2557)

San Haven
Question from Carrie Bishop: 

Can you tour the san haven sanatorium or tour the grounds?


My cousin’ Jack’s granddaughter
Posting from Vickie Metcalf (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and Dunseith Friends,


Jessica is the grand daughter of Jack and Mae Metcalfe.

Jack, my first cousin was the 4th son of  Bill and Mary.

Numerous fond memories of those near and dear in my childlike heart and the family farm endure.

When I was a small child Jack came to work for my parents.

Jack’s  strong work ethic,  positive personality,  kindness, his heart full of laughter. endeared him to mom and dad.

At that time, whenever a free moment, he also began working hard in  teaching himself to  play banjo.I imagine now,  it  sounded awful, but Jack had a  strong will to keep playing over and over and over. I felt the fondness and familial love between my parents and Jack.

Then, he went away. He’d left with his brother Billy  to serve our country  against….. Korea. Actually Billy and Jack were on the same ship in the navy.  (I discovered through genealogy inquiries, a number of  our families Scottish ancestors were sailors.)

“Home is the sailor home from the sea” . After his service, Jack returned to his family farm and continued to help out my parents.

One chllly March  day, Jack brought Barney the horse pulling the  stone boat around  to the house. He put my older sister on the bed of hay and off they went leaving me behind.   HMM! Through the woods and across snowy fields to her first day of  first grade at Seim School.

“You are too young to go to school”,  said my mother.    HMM!  I angrily thought,  “I am always told, I am too big to be carried and now I am too young for school.” Soon Jack came back, put Barney in the barn and entertained me through his morning coffee time.

When our littlest  sister was born in  June, my older sister stayed with Fafa and KingFra and went to Seim school, I got to stay with Jim and Ella’s family! Yes!

And Jack  continued to do chores and ‘batch’ with dad for a whole week!

Jack always told humorous  tales of that week with my dad. He said,  “Lottie didn’t leave us to go hungry she left a BIG ham.”

“Before each meal Cliff would say  “What do you want to cook to eat?”Jack replied, “I don’t  know how to cook ” Cliff would say ‘How about HAM?

“So for the week every day.  It was ham.  In the morning in Cliff made fried ham and eggs, at  noon (dinner) we ate Lottie’s homemade bread and  fried ham sandwiches, and  at supper  more fried ham and  fried eggs”.

Now Jack grew up eating his mothers cooking.  His   mom was a phenomenal cook!  But Jack never was one to complain but  endured  Uncle Cliff’s cooking ham..

Well things  got back to be somewhat normal with little sister and mom returning home.

Then, soon it was haying time again.

Our house  rang with laughter and fun stories whenever Dad and Jack were together at dinner or supper..

And soon the sound of Jacks banjo rang too!  At that time in my life I decided  someday I was going  to play banjo too.

T’was not to be. I  should have figured, I like to play the radio and  dance.

I was not an instrumental person when couldn’t master the Jews Harp  which Uncle Archie gave me when I was six.,.

Years move on. People move on. Things move on.

But fond memories always close by.

In the past, I heard a Dolly Parton song  and  I’d  always think of  (cousin) Jack.

Whenever Jack came back to the Turtle Mountains he always graced our home with a visit.

Mom would say did you bring your banjo?”

and  I.

I would say ……….”Play a song for me (Apple). ..Cousin Jack”……..”cousin Jack”


Until Later,
Vickie Metcalfe


Blog (631) posted on November 23, 2009

Posted on November 23, 2009

Birthday card shower for Kenrose Medlang who will be 90 on Thanksgiving day.

Folks, If you haven’t already done so, please send Kenrose a birthday card. She will be 90 on Thursday. We need to make her day. Even if your card gets there a day or so late, that will be fine. I sent her a letter with several pictures last week that I know will not arrive until after her birthday. Gary

Kenrose Medlang

RR #1 Box 128

Dunseith, ND 58329-9451

(701) 263-4232

Rispa’s, Lund’s, Crawford

Reply from Tom Hagen (51): Mesa, AZ

Gary, I had to jump in here when you mentioned those who lived by Long
Lake and we knew well such as Johnny Crawford and Leonard Lund. Ole
and Grace Rispa were our nearest neighbors and I was often sent with a
message to Rispa’s and had quite a time talking to Mrs. Rispa. One
time Albert (who did a lot of mechanic work for us)got a Model T and
stopped at our house. He asked if we wanted to ride and of course , we
did. We thought we were practically flying but with no top it just felt
like it, ha!!!! We were probably going about 20 mph. Rispa’s had , I
think 3 or 4 beautiful Percheron dapple gray horses they used for
farming and they were a sight to see and so powerful pulling the

We love E-mail letters, Love Tom and Dot

I actually recieved this message about a week ago from Keith:

From Keith Pladson (66): Stafford, VA

Alice and I and some neighbor friends just got back from a week in Myrtle Beach, SC. We had a great time and attended some really entertaining shows. Myrtle Beach is a fun vacation destination. Unfortunately, like many other vacation locations in the US, Myrtle Beach has become very commercialized. So for us older generation, its best to go there in the off season. We’ve actually been there three previous times to include once in the summer, and learned from that trip that the off season was best (less people, less traffic, more space on the beach, etc.). In any case, we had a wonderful time and beautiful weather for the first four days with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-seventies. Then the remnants of hurricane Ida moved in and we got a lot of wind and rain and high surf — though Ida got a lot meaner as she moved further north into NC and the Virginia Beach,VA area. I would think Aggie Casavant also got hit with some of the remnants of Ida over where she lives near Charlotte, NC (though she lives in SC).

Picture from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

This is a picture of the DHS basketball team in March of ’67. It’s
from the Dist. 14 tournament in Belcourt. Thanks Gary!


Bernadette’s Brother Jose.

Folks, I mentioned about 10 days ago or so that Bernadette’s brother had another stroke. He and his wife and also their oldest boy and his family live on the big Island of Mindanao. On Saturday August 7th a team of nurses along with Jose’s wife brought him over to our place. It was a 12 hour ferry boat ride. Jose and his wife are currently in one of our apartments that we gave to their son who is living in Mindanao. They are living in our compound, but not with us directly in our house. This last stroke pretty much did Jose in. He is pretty much in a vegetative state with a tube running through his nose and down his throat for feeding. We have hired two RN’s and two helpers to watch and care for him around the clock. We know the end is very near. I have let it be known that if I am ever in that state that I want all life supports removed. The doctors have said he will never recover and will always be in a vegetative state. The Filipino’s have strong belief’s that big miracles can happen. Bernadette is well aware of reality, but Jose’s family I think is having false hopes. Gary

Christmas 2008
Bernadette’s Brother Jose. He had his first stroke 4 years ago.

Ackworth Alumni reunion in the 80’s or 90’s

Lori Hiatt in the foreground. Not sure who the little girl is.

In the Back: Norman Hiatt talking to Willis Bowers and Russell Fauske.

Gary Stokes with the red cap

July 29, 2001
Elaine Stokes (Mom) on her 80th Birthday

08/30/2017 (2556)

Stanley Thompson, our 1st cousin and friend, obituary
Posting from Larry Hackman (’66):  Bismarck, ND

Stanley D. Thompson, 61, Minot, died Friday, August 25, 2017 in a Minot hospital.
Stan Thompson was born on March 1, 1956, the son of Stanley & Julia (Kraft) Thompson in Rugby, ND. He was raised in Dunseith and graduated from Rolette High School in 1974. He furthered his education by attending the North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton.

On September 20, 1975, Stan was united in marriage to Corinne Mongeon in Rolette, ND. They made their home in Minot and Stan worked for the Sheet Metal Workers Union throughout North Dakota. He later worked for Mowbray and Son until 2009, when he retired due to health issues.

He enjoyed watching his grandchildren’s sporting events, playing softball, hunting and fishing. He loved spending time at his cabin at Deepwater Bay and the many friendships made with the cabin neighbors. He was a very positive person, never complained and enjoyed being active. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be missed by all that knew him.

Stan is survived by:
Wife of 41 years, Corinne; Children: Aaron (Kristi) Thompson, Larae (Scott) Ketcham, Amber (Teton) Wilson, and Jeremy (Tori) Thompson; six grandchildren: Candice, Brek, Conner, Arianna, Kayden, and Brayden; one sister: Carol Gilje.
Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.

Stan was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation:  Monday, August 28, 2017 from 3-6 at Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Minot

Vigil Prayer Service: Monday, August 28, 2017 at 6 pm at Thompson Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot

Mass of Christian Burial: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 11 am at St. Leo The Great Catholic Church, Minot

Burial:  Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot


Marlene Rude Soland Obituary
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND


Gary’s Comment

Marlene’s Parents, Martin and Lucille Rude lived on the east side of Long Lake located about 2 miles south, the way the crow flies, from Salem church on Highway 43. Martin was well known for his old machinery collections. Most noted is his collection of Threshing Machines that are displayed near his son Kenny’s, now diseased, buildings just east of where they used to live. Leroy is the only surviving member of that family.


There were four Rude brothers, Albert, Alfred, Martin and Henry, that live in the general area south and west of Salem church.  Albert and Alfred were twins. They married sisters, Gladys and Viola Bjornseth, daughters of Eric and Cora. Martin and Henry lived in the Long Lake area. LaVerne Rude, son of Albert and Gladys, is married to Carrole Fauske.


Marleen Mae Soland

July 29, 1939 – August 24, 2017

Marleen Soland, age 78 of Bottineau, died Thursday at a Bottineau nursing home surrounded by her family. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at the Lakeside Chapel at Lake Metigoshe.

Marleen Mae Soland, a daughter of Martin Henry and Lucille Mae (Berg) Rude, was born on July 29, 1939 at her family home in the Turtle Mountains near Long Lake.  She was married to Paul Pederson and this marriage later ended.  On August 3, 1968, she married Arlan Soland. Arlan passed away on June 23, 2015. Through the years Marleen worked as a nurse’s aide, trapper, upholsterer, house keeper, seamstress, dairy farmer, store clerk, and senior companion. Though she worked many positions throughout her lifetime, her heart remained on the farm. She loved spending time with her cows and chickens.

In her earlier years, Marleen was known for her large garden. She spent many hours working in the garden and selling vegetables.    Marleen cherished her time with her grandchildren and great-children; they always brought a smile to her face. 

She is survived by sons, Todd Pederson, Terry (Jodie Anderson) Pederson and Shawn Soland all of Bottineau; daughters, Marla (Joe) Stevenson of Bottineau, Melanie (Scott) Werre of Baldwin and Angie (Darin) Nelson of Bottineau; 26 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; brother, LeRoy Rude and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Kenny Rude, and 1 grandchild, Terry Langham.

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

Martin and Lucille Rude Family

Marlene Rude Soland Family
Marlene family


Blog (630) posted on November 22, 2009

Posted on November 22, 2009

Erling Landsverk’s book “My Dakota Years”


Folks, Dick and Brenda Johnson sent me a copy of Erling’s book. Last night my plans were to read a chapter or two, but before I knew it, I had read the whole book. Erling, being 21 years younger than you, I can still relate to a lot of what you talk about in your book. Your stories brought back a lot of my childhood memories too, but they were not quite to the severity of your times. I remember the no electricity days, the wood stoves, the one room schools, the dirt roods, etc. I remember a lot of the folks you talk about in your book too. To name a few, the Halvorson’s, the Hagen’s, the Johnson’s, the Lund’s, the Rispa’s, the Crawford’s and more. I got a letter a while back from Charles Hagen. He is living in VA. His wife passed away a few years ago. He recently remarried. Ole Rispa was 100 years old in 1982. He was in the 1982 Dunseith Centennial parade. I remember his wife speaking only Norwegian. Orvin Hagen, their Neighbor, could speak Norwegian, so he could talk to her. Albert, their son, lived with them too. How well I remember Johnny Crawford making his rounds around the hills selling garden seeds and other miscellaneous items. In my day Johnny Crawford lived next door to Leonard Lund on the west side of Long Lake. Johnny Crawford’s sister Eva was married to George Hiatt. They had 12 children. Many of their grandchildren are on our distribution list. Albert (deceased) was the oldest and lived a very short distance north of Herman/Charles Hagen’s in my day. One of their daughters, Leola Lagerquist, currently lives about a half mile north of the home place. Nick Lund lived to be 104 years old. His wife was a sister to my dads adopted mother.


I’ll never forget the year that the ND game and fish department killed off a lot of the fish in Long Lake. I don’t remember the reason for them doing that, but the dead fish all floated to the top of the water. We and a whole bunch of other folks used to go over to Leonard Lund’s recreational area on the west side of Long Lake on Sunday after afternoons. The women would visit, the men would play horse shoe and we kids would go swimming and also do a little fishing off of the dock. Johnny Crawford, who lived next door to Leonard, was a very conservative type of a guy and could never let anything go to waste. He always had a large garden space between his house and Leonard’s. This particular year he gathered up all the dead fish he could gather from the lake and lined them up sideways, not end to end, on his garden rows for fertilizer. Needless to say things smelled kind of ripe for awhile in that neighborhood. Gary




Zorn Family:

Reply from Susan Fassett Martin (65): Spearfish SD


I remember Bill Zorn as this very large, blond gentle man. He was head of the Sunday School at the Lutheran Church in Dunseith. Myron was in our class of 65 although he did not graduate with us. When we were in the 6th or 7th grade, Pam (Fassett) and I would ride our bikes to their farm south of town. Pam had a crush on Dennis at the time and I was quite infatuated with Myron. I still have a ring that he gave to me. I don’t know if any of them remember this, but it sticks out in my mind. I am truly sorry for the loss of Myron’s son, but know that strong faith in God helps get us through. Prayers and best wishes to all the family in this hard time. Susan



Dunseith Alumni Reunion 5/22/09:

Message from Ele Dietrich Slyter (69): Dunseith, ND.


OK, I know the class of ’67 wasn’t the closest class ever, so far as friendships go, BUT I am upset to see that I am the only one on Aggie’s list…HURRY UP PEOPLE!!!! Let’s do this. Bev is teaching us a lesson here, we may not get another chance. So take/make the time to join us on May 22, 2010. You are going to miss a lot of fun if you don’t.

P.S. How’s that sound Aggie??? lol


Follow up reply from Ele

I need to appologise to Diane Wenstad..I completely overlooked you on the list yesterday. To the rest of ’69 tho, I repeat “where are your names on the list?” Let’s get movin’ folks so Aggie can make room for us.



Dunseith Alumni Reunion 5/22/09:

Message from Aggie Casavant (69): Fort Mill, SC


Hi Gary,


Just a note to say that there is a couple local peoples names that I have not seen on the roster,so I’m going to give them a shout out over the blog Rod Hiatt, Marvel Hill…sorry Marvel I know you have a differnt last name now but I don’t remember it….the Campbell’s,and I know your not locals anymore Fauske girls,and Russell and Brian,but I sure hope you make it. I chatted with Pennie & Cheryl Kester,Cheryls a serious maybe,and Pennies pretty sure. Sooooooo who knows what the roster will be by the time we wrap this up.


Gotta Run…………… Aggie

Follow up reply from Aggie:

P.S. I forgot someone really important for me to see….. “Pam Fugere Schmitt from Bismarck” Hope you make it Pam!!! Aggie



Marian Berube’s obituary Provided by Eileen Brudwick: Fargo, ND.


Folks, With a little research I discovered that Marian’s father, Wilfred Cote from Bottineau was a brother to Alfred Cote from Dunseith. With that relationship, Marian was related to lots and lots of the Dunseith folks. Marian’s husband, Andre, was a brother to Mrs. Art (Eve) Seim, who is Margaret Seim Lawston’s (54) Mother. Gary

I recieved these next four postings after putting some of today’s blog together before going to bed last night. Gary


Reply from Margaret Seim Lawston (54): Citrus Heights, CA


Hi Gary, In reply to your inquiry, Marian Berube was my aunt married
to Andre Berube, brother to Fortune, Edward, Lawrence, Phillip and
Louis. She was a Cote girl from Willow City. Thanks for all the
blogs. I enjoy! Margaret Seim Lawston



Reply from Rachael Berube Franchuk (62): Bend, OR

Hi Gary, In response to Marian’s death. She was married to Andre Berube, brother to my Father Lawrence Berube, to Fortune and to Eva Sime, sister. There were in total 14 children in the Berube family of Arthur and Victorine who lived in Rolla during my childhood. Marion was also a neice of my Grandfather, Alfred Cote, Dunseith, and a first cousin to my Mother Fern Cote Berube.

Aunt Marian was a delightful lady! I remember her smile and laughter and that yummy glorified rice!

Rachael Berube Franchuk


Reply from Angela Berube Malget (65): Minneapolis, MN

Hi Gary and All,

Your assumptions were correct in that Eva Seim was a sister to Lawrence
and Fortune Berube. Their brother, Andre, married Marian Cote. She is
my mother’s (Fern Cote Berube Lagasse) first cousin. Her parents were
Flora and Wilfred Cote (my grandpa Alfred Cote’s brother). Marian and
my mother married brothers – Lawrence (my father) and Andre Berube.
They had five children: Stephen, Diane, Art, Rich, and Duane. Andre
died in 1994. I had posted a picture some time ago of Andre along with
my Uncle Urbain Cote (mom’s brother). This family history can
certainly become confusing after a while. With all you have going on
Gary, I’m amazed at how you keep everything straight! Sadly, I have no
uncles left and very few aunts. I guess that’s what happens when we
ourselves become seniors. The funeral services for Aunt Marian are on
Tuesday, November 24 at 10:00 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic
Church in Wolf Point, Montana. I don’t have a complete obituary yet.

Happy Thanksgiving wishes to everyone. For all those who are suffering
from illness and loss of loved ones, may you find comfort and healing in
the days ahead.

Thanks Gary for all you are doing for all of us and best wishes to you
and your family. Perhaps you can tell us how you will be celebrating
Thanksgiving on your side of the world.

Angela Berube Malget

Angela, with your reminder, I remembered that picture. I have posted it below. Gary


Reply from Eileen Brudwick: Fargo, ND.

Hi Gary,


I have attached a family group sheet of Arthur & Victorine Mongeon Berube for you. You are correct about Fortune being a part of this family.  Hope this helps you some. I don’t have all this family’s information, but I am sure it’ll help you remember people in this family.



Folks, please Berube family attached. Gary


Marian Lorraine Cote Berube



Visitation: will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday November 23, 2009 with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. at Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point, MT.


A Mass of Christian Burial: will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 24 at Immaculate Catholic Church in Wolf Point
Interment: to follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point.


Marian Lorraine Cote Berube, age 85, of Sidney, MT formerly of Wolf Point, MT passed away on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at Angel Avenue, Sidney Extended Care. Marian was born on August 8, 1924 in Bottineau, N.D. to Wilfred and Flora Cote. She was the 3rd oldest of four boys and six girls. Marian married Andre Berube on April 29, 1946 and to this union four sons and one daughter were born. He passed away in 1994.


Marian enjoyed fishing, boating and camping, sewing, quilting and baking. She enjoyed the activities of her grandchildren; going to their basketball and baseball games. She was a member of the St. Catherine’s group of the Altar Society. Marian will be remembered by her family for always being there for them.


Marian is survived by all five granddaughter Christina (Rod) Gehring of her children, son Stephen (Rita) Berube of Glendive,MT and family: grandson Craig (Gretchen) Berube, Kyle and Ryan Berube all of Laurel, MT and Derek and Scott Berube of Billings, MT; daughter Diane (James) Maki of Maple Grove, MN; son Arthur (Shirley) Berube of Cedar Park, TX and family: granddaughter Grace (Wayne) Donovan and Isabella Donovan all of TX, granddaughter Andrea (Jeff) Crause and Madyson and Braden Crause all in the western US; and grandson Curtis Berube of Cedar Park, TX; sonRichard (Debbie) Berube and family: granddaughter Christina (Rod) Gehring and Shaelee, Tryegon, Kilyn Gehring all of KS and grandson Darren Gehring of TX; and son Duane (Nikki) Berube and granddaughter Lexi Berube of Sidney, MT; sisters and brothers: Florence McCann of Moorhead, MN, Rose Ann (Maurice) Knoepfle of Portland, OR, Yvonne (Gordon) Boucher of Rolette, ND, Gerald (Bernice) Cote of Seattle, WA and Emede (Olive) of Williston, ND.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Andre; two brothers, Ralph and Clarence Cote and one sister, Luella Vorhees.


Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday November 23, 2009 with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. at Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point, MT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 24 at Immaculate Catholic Church in Wolf Point with Fr. Anselm Odwith interment to follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point. Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Marian to a charity of ones choice. Condolences may be sent to the family at csmc@nemont.net or www.stevensonandsons.com . Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Picture previoulsy posted with message 87 on 4/29/08:

By Angela Berube Malget (65): Minneapolis, MN


Back row: Ydola Pigeon, Dorothy Strietzel Fassett , Betty Watshke, Urbain Cote.
Middle row: Howard Landsverk, Bernice Olson Johnson,
Bob Molgard, Shirley Sunderland
Front row: Patty McAtee, Andre Berube


08/28/2017 (2555)

Good day folks,

Sorry I didn’t get a blog posted last Friday. To many things going on and wasn’t able to get it posted.

This morning I notice signs of termites in my closet. Our house is cement base, so we don’t have a lot of wood other than for closet framings, etc. Being in the tropics, Termites are a problem. They come up through small cracks in the Cement and get into the closet wood framing. They operate in darkness in the wood and between the wood and the cement wall. They leave a residue that falls to the floor and shelves below. I called the exterminator and they will be here this afternoon.



Holdaas, Martin, Pladson connections
Reply From Rod Hiatt (’69): Bottineau, ND


I didn’t know anything about the Holdaas, Martin, Pladson connection, but I did have the pleasure of knowing Harold Holdaas in his retired years. Harold became a good friend of my dad, Howard, as well as the rest of our family when we had the PMU horses. Harold spent a lot of time out at my folks farm and was always around whenever we were rounding up or working horses. He was always full of BS and we looked forward to when he would come back in the summer. I believe that his son Ken was a big part of Bottineau’s football team back in his high school days and Luann was a very personable and beautiful girl in high school who dated by brother Earl when he was a senior. Harold and his wife were good people that raised a great family.



Holdaas, Martin, Pladson connections
Reply Keith Pladaon (’66):  Roanoke Rapids, NC

My thanks to all those who provided input on my earlier question to you, Gary, reference the possible Holdaas connections.  My question was certainly answered.  Though I really don’t know any of the Holdaas’ personally my curiosity pushed me to write.  The input shows how I’m connected to all of the Holdaas’ and also how, in a long winding way, I’m connected to the Monson’s, the Martin’s, the Sather’s, the Kamrud’s and the Solpher’s (and perhaps many more).  I can’t say I remember individuals by these names, but I certainly recognize most of the names (either from my childhood, discussions with my siblings over the years or my years in Bottineau before I entered the US Army).

I know it has been said that if you are from the Turtle Mountains (to include Dunseith and Bottineau) and you go back far enough you will probably find you are related to most everyone else.  Thanks again.

P.s.  Hope you and Bernadette are able to make the trip and that Bernadette’s health allows her to enjoy it.


Blog (629) posted on November 21, 2009

Posted on November 21, 2009

Posting from Bev Morinville Azure’s Carringbridge site: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/bevazure

Shanda Azure Campbell (94): Minot, ND.

To All that have sent words of different treatments thank you so much I know I have been very private with what is going on with my mom and yes she does have squamous cell carcinoma and it is the same cancer that was in her tongue however this cancer has moved it is now all over her body I am not gonna go into details cause some may not want to know . However if you do want to know you are welcome to call my brother Cody or myself are numbers are a few posts down….I will tell you all this our mother and my fathers wife is one strong lady (not that we didn’t know this) !! However as it was spoken the other night sometimes when we know it is our time we know and she says she knows it is her time and as much as that pains me I also find a warm comfort in that she is ready to go home to our LORD …. So friends and family instead of feeling the pain and grief as I know we all will feel please hold on to the happy times and remember that Bev Azure is one tough women!!!!!

Thank you Verena Gillis:

From Ann Boppre Perry (72): Dunseith, ND.

Dear Gary and all,

First, I want to extend a PUBLIC big thanks to Verena Gillis for heading
up the benefit for Bev (1972) and Clarence (1970) Azure.
We here at DHS work with Clarence every day and miss him as he is with his
wife in Monot.
Verena has been such a geat organizer. As she herself is helping her
husband go through a difficult time as well.

Second, I did get to see Bev yesterday and as always she said tell
everyone “hi” and “thanks”. I told her to have Shonda check the blog
since so many of you have responded here to send her greetings.
Thanks from me, a friend and classmate of “72!!

Thanks to Gary for this wonderful site……….
Ann Perry (Boppre)

W4 (US Army Retired) Ron Longie (65)

Reply from Marge Longie Wilcox (56): Vancouver, Wa


I do agree with you that Ron Longie should be saluted for his many years of active duty in the guards and service in the Guard.

Not only is he my brother… but I am proud of Ron for his service for our country.

Marge wilcox

Thank you Neola Kofoid Garbe:

Reply from Shanda Azure Campbell (94): Minot, ND.

Dear Gary ,

Upon reading the daily blog I read something posted by Neola about sending her caramels to the troops I for one think this is a amazing idea !! And I would like to let her know that as things being to calm down in my life with all that my mother (Bev Morinville Azure) is going through I would love to offer my help ! As we go day to day in our lives no matter what is going on we still have many brave men and women fighting for this country and its the unselfless acts of kindness that make my heart warm in these trying times !! So to Neola THANK YOU !!!!!

Shonda Campbell (Azure)
Army Brat and Air Force Wife

Marian Berube Passed away:

SIDNEY – Marion L. Berube, 85, of Sidney, formerly of Wolf Point, died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at Sidney Health Center.

Marion Berube was married to Mrs. Art (Eva) Seim’s brother. I’m not sure of his name, but I’m assuming he was related to the Dunseith Berube’s possibly a brother to Fortune & Lawrence?? Margaret Seim Lawston and the Berube family, please correct me if I’m wrong. I know that Fortune and Lawrence came from large families and I have always assumed that Eva was their sister??? Gary

Ryan Zorn, Son of Myron (65) and JoAnn Zorn was killed in Iraq:

Thank you Vickie Metcalfe (70), Eileen Brudwick & Neola Kofoid Garbe for providing this article:

Zorn Myron & JoAnn 346 Willow Creek Dr Wright, WY 82732 (307) 464-1359

Wyoming soldier killed in Iraq

JEREMY PELZER Casper Star-Tribune | Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2009 12:00 am

Associated Press
An Army carry team carries a transfer case Tuesday containing the remains of Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Zorn at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Zorn, of Upton, Wyo., died while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

CHEYENNE — Whenever Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Zorn could lend a hand, he didn’t hesitate.

“Anybody who needed any kind of help, he’d help them,” said Laura Oliver, who knew Zorn since he was a student in her church youth group. “No matter what it was — starting a car, or whatever the case may be. Ryan was a dependable person, I can tell you that.”

Zorn, 35, was killed Monday near the city of Talifar in northwestern Iraq when his armored vehicle overturned. A resident of Wright who grew up in Upton, he was the 25th serviceman with ties to Wyoming to be killed in Iraq since 2003.

A communications expert with the 311th Military Intelligence Unit of the 101st Airborne Division, Zorn had been helping Iraqis to develop their own communications and intelligence operations, said his mother, JoAnn Zorn. He was serving his third tour of duty in Iraq.

“He loved his country, and he loved serving his country, and that’s what he lived for,” said JoAnn Zorn.

That included acting as Santa Claus for others in his unit. In December 2005, during his second tour in Iraq, he called his parents after noticing some of the service members he worked with weren’t receiving Christmas presents or mail from back home.

“He asked his dad (Myron) and I to take money out of his savings account and buy gifts,” JoAnn Zorn said. “He didn’t want them to know it was coming from him — he wanted us to put our names on it. And that way, they would have a gift to open on Christmas.”

When Ryan’s parents mentioned his request to friends, six families volunteered to each “adopt” a serviceman in his unit, and shipped care packages with movies, candy, baby wipes, clothes, baked goods and Christmas hats.

“They kept sending all these boxes over to Iraq, and (Ryan’s) commander finally said, ‘You got to get to opening some of these, Ryan.’ Because he didn’t have any room to hardly crawl into his bed,” JoAnn Zorn said.

“And then that’s when Ryan said, ‘They’re not for me. These kids have been adopted out, and it’s all for the soldiers over there,’ ” she said.

Many who knew Zorn said both his family and his Christian faith were very important to him.

When deployed, he would rarely go for long periods without calling his mother. And when he returned home, he would play with his two nieces, giving them presents and telling them stories about his experiences overseas.

Kay Johnson, a neighbor and friend of Zorn’s, said she never saw him lose his temper when home. He was always open and friendly, she said, with a broad smile and a great sense of humor.

“For me he was still a little boy,” she said. “He just was excited about stuff. He always showed me pictures of the new vehicles that the Army had.”

Born in North Dakota, Zorn graduated from Upton High School before joining the Army. He is survived by his parents and a brother, Todd, all of whom live in Wright.

Despite the hopes of his family and friends, Zorn never married, saying he didn’t want to find a wife only to be redeployed to a war zone, Johnson said.

“We just wanted Ryan to meet a nice, wonderful, young lady and have some babies,” she said. “But that’s not a possibility now.”

Ryan’s Grand & Great Grand parents info provided by Eileen Brudwick & Neola Kofoid Garbe

Again, thanks to Eileen Brudwick for this info from “The Centennial Book”. If you are like I am, I can “place” people better if I know who their grandparents are/were. Neola

Ryan’s grandparents;

Source: The People of Bottineau County, 1884-1984, page 637 & 638.


William (Bill) Zorn, son of Alfred and Martha Norenberg Zorn, was born April 3, 1919 in Oak Valley township where he attended school. Bill farmed for many years. He was a car salesman for C. R. Gleason Company for seven years. He is presently self employed in the trucking business.

Bill married Myrtice Ellis, daughter of Eugene Ellis and Mary Larson of Granville, who was born September 1, 1922. Before her marriage, she was employed in the County Judge’s Office in McHenry County. She has been employed in the nursing department at San Haven since 1961.

Bill and Myrtice now reside in Bottineau. They have raised seven children.

Sharon (Mrs. Gilmer Gerdes) is nursing director at Martin Luther Hospital in Anaheim, California. She has three children.

Dennis of Tower City works for Otter Tail Power Company. He married Linda Grover and they have two sons.

Myron of Upton, Wyoming is employed at Thunder Basin Coal Company, is married JoAnn Soland, and had two sons.

Marlys (Mrs. Brooks Bryan) of Los Angeles, California is a part-time physical therapist. She and her husband, a youth pastor, are now in Greece where they are Evangelists for the Four Square Gospel Church.

Bill, Jr. of Upton, Wyoming is employed at Thunder Basin Coal Company, is married to Kim Schmitz of Dunseith, and had two daughters.

Gene is employed with his father in the trucking business.

Pennie attends NDSU Bottineau and plans to teach in the field of special education.


Ryan’s great grandparents:

Source: The People of Bottineau County, 1884-1984, page 637.


Alfred Zorn was born April 29, 1881 in Iowa, and at the age nine he came with his parents to homestead near Gardena in Oak Valley township. In 1914 he married Martha Norenberg who was born in 1892 at Michigan, North Dakota, and who had moved with her family to Overly when she was twp years old.

The Zorns raised their children on the farm, moving to Bottineau in 1950 at the time Alfred retired. Bottineau neighbors recall seeing the Zorn clan congregate at Grandpa and grandmas after church on Sunday for a cup of coffee and a weekly visit. It was said that they rarely missed a Sunday. During nice summer days Grandpa Zorn would sit with the neighbor kids on his front porch joking with them, but mostly teaching them to play whist and rummy.

Alfred and Martha had six children: Mrs. Larry (Dorothy) Drew, Mrs. Arnold (Ruth) Nilson, Bill and Leo, all of Bottineau; Erwin from Kansas City; and Howard from Orlando, Florida. Dorothy died May 11, 1983.

Martha died in 1974 and Alfred in 1975.

08/23/2017 (2554)

Seattle Trip: September 5th to the 12th .

Bernadette and I have a trip planned to visit the Seattle area for one week in September. For the past several years Bernadette has had strong desires to visit the states. Because of her condition I held back, not wanting to take the gamble of getting her back there with the possibility of her having a spell back there and not being able to get her back to the Philippines. I finely gave in and booked a one week trip to the Bremerton Puget sound area to see our Kids, Grandkids and friends in that area. Her condition lately hasn’t been good either. Her doctor advised her not to travel as have many of our friends. If she is OK the day of travel, I have decided to take the gamble and take her back. Her half-sister who lives in Bremerton will take time off of her work to be with us full time while we are back there to assist taking care of Bernadette. She will be staying with us in the hotel.

Holdaas, Martin, Pladson connections
Reply from Audrey Hanson Aitchison:  Bottineau, ND

Loni Holdaas, married to Gerald Martin, is a daughter of Harold and Evelyn Monson )Olaf and Agnus (Gustafson) Monson. Harold and Evelyn Holdaas had 6 children– Kenneth, Loni, Luann, Laurel, Audrey and Nancy.

Harvey Holdaas was married to Delores Pladson (my sister, Jean’s, sister-in-law.) They had 4 kids– Michael, Peggy, Patricia and Michelle Holdaas. They moved to Seattle years ago.

Harvey and Harold Holdaas were brothers. Their parents were Edron and Anna (Wall) Holdaas.

We weren’t able to see the eclipse as we were too far north.


Holdaas, Martin, Pladson connections
Reply from Doreen Larson Moran (BHS ’61 Spokane, WA

Hi Gary.

I’m at the farm using the One Room Schools of Bottineau Co by Rena Roland and The People of Bottineau Co, 1984.  I remember being in school with Leilani Holdaas. 1954-1955; she was 3rd grade, Kenneth was 2nd; Glenore Larson -4th; Doreen Larson 6th.  I don’t remember the younger children.

Harold Holdass was oldest of six. His youngest brother was Harvey. Harold married Evelyn Monson; Leilani and Kenneth belong to them.

Harvey married Delores Pladsen. Evelyn was sister to Gladys Solpher and Stella Kamrud, Mildred Sather, Arlan and Ronald.

Harvey and Harold families moved to Seattle.

Hope this makes sense. I am using one finger and cell phone since I left my laptop in WA for this short two week trip.

Doreen Larson Moran


Blog (628) posted on November 20, 2009

Posted on November 20, 2009

General information

Folks, I am a really healthy guy and plan to live past a 100, but one never knows their fate. It would be a shame to loose all the history and stories that you folks have provided the past several years to include all the lists and files that I have created. For your information, I periodically give Bill Grimme and Dick Johnson updated copies of all my files. I have also given them access rights to my master email files and the Dunseith Alumni WEB site. December 26th will be the 2 year mark for this daily Dunseith letter. Without all of your contributions, this would have never been a success. Gary

Reply from Mary Eurich Knutson (62): Dunseith, ND.

Hi Gary

Just wanted to let you know that I too REALLY enjoy all the interesting articles and pictures that are posted to your blogs. I have especially enjoyed the articles about the older folks from the Dunseith area that I have heard my folks talk about. I have been able to put faces to names of people they knew i.e. Baileys, Andersons, etc. It’s fun to see the connection the area people had to each other. I can’t believe the people that are related. I sure wish I hadn’t talked so much all my life. Ha. I see where Tommy Hagen had Donny’s name added to the blog. I think Donny is about 10 days older than me. In my “baby book” it is recorde that my first outing was the day of Helen Nelson’s funeral. My folks took me to town and left me with Gertrude Awalt while they attended the funeral. I found it kind of ironic that on the same day you received the request to add Donny & Sharon to your list that Bonnie Awalt Houle had also sent a letter . This is what sets one to thinking back of the close connections that folks had years ago. I have a picture that my Mom gave me when I left home. It is a lamb laying in the snow and a dog standing beside the lamb howling. Ma said that when we would go to Awalts, when I was very small, that that picture was hanging on their wall and I would stand and stare at the picture till finally one day Gertrude took it down and gave it to me. It hung on Ma’s wall till I got married. After I was married Ma took the picture down and told me where it came from and how it came to mine and it’s been hanging in my house ever since. It is still my favorite.

I sure do feel bad about Myron Zorn losing his son. Nobody deserves that. He’s lucky he’s got a big close family for him in this time of need. Mary Knutson

Mary, As you know, Lloyd Awalt was a good friend of my folks. When I first met Lloyd, at the Bottineau Bowling Alley Cafe, in as I remember, in about the mid 80’s, he told me he had first met my folks, in the 40’s, at Corbin Pritchard’s farm. Corbin’s farmstead was within rock throwing distance of the Canadian fire break located several miles north of our place. The buildings were still there in my childhood days. It wasn’t until with the comradery of these daily messages that I realized the connection your mother, Winifred Pritchard Eurich (37), had with the Awalt’s, with her staying with them when she went to HS. They had a close relationship that lasted well beyond her HS days. I often wondered how Lloyd ended up being good friends with Corbin, being at his place, back in those days. Now I know. Gary

Pete Gillis (65):

Reply from Ron Longie (65): Yakima WA


I to salute Pete not only for the person he is but, also for being a person I am proud to call friend. Tho Pete is going through a rough time now I am sure he will prevail his character is strong and he has Verena by his side. I wish
only the very best for my old friend, and I also salute you for your service to our great country.

Ron Longie

P.S. Maybe this summer

Ron, You are the guy we need to be saluteing with your 40 years of combined active duty and National Guard service to our country. Gary

Gene Bender – Former Teacher:

From LeaRae Parrill Espe (67): Bottineau, ND

Gary, Thoughts and prayers are needed for Mr. Gene Bender who taught science at Dunseith High for many years. For just the last few years he has taught Physics and Chemistry at the “Forestry” (Dakota College at Bottineau). A couple of days ago he collapsed in his classroom. He had dismissed class and a couple students came back to the classroom and found him. Apparently, it was a stroke and he has been airlifted to Rochester. We heard he will have some surgery, but I don’t know any details.

LeaRae Parrill Espe ’67

Requesting addresses of current soldiers serving in the US military:

From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND

Hi Gary,

When I was making caramels now, a “bright idea” came to me. Some of your newsletter readers have a child/brother/etc. in serving in Iraq/Afghanistan/etc. If they will send a mailing address for these loved ones, to me, I’ll do my very best to get a couple of pounds, or so, caramels sent to them. I will use flat-rate envelopes. They cost $4.95 to mail (until January) so that’s quite inexpensive. I can usually get about three pounds in one envelope. I can’t guarantee I will get this done, but as I stated earlier, I’ll certainly do my very best to get it done. Addresses should be sent immediately so the packages get in the mail ASAP. I pay for the caramel and the postage; this is FREE for the families. This is one way I can contribute to our precious military members. 

What do you think about this idea?

Thanks, Gary.


Neola, This is big commitment on your part. Other than for that, I think this is a great Idea.

Thank you so much Neola for this great gesture. You are such a wonderful caring person. Gary

Bev Morinville Azure Benefit:

Organized by Verena Gillis: Dunseith, ND

Just wanted to post this on the blog…if anyone would like to donate
merchandise towards the bingo (within the vacinity of course) they may
drop it off to me at the High School by Friday or bring it to the Garden

Janice and Vincent Azure have been a godsend during times like this by
allowing us to hold these activities in their establishment.


Dunseith News provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:neolag@min.midco.net Bottineau & Minot, ND

08/21/2017 (2553)

Holdaas, Martin, Pladson connections
Reply from LeaRae Parrill Espe (’67):  Bottineau, ND

Hi Keith and Gary, I am not certain that Loni Holdaas Martin (Mrs. Gerald Martin) is related to the Holdaas who married a Pladson, but I think it is a very good possibility.  Loni’s parents moved to the Seattle area years ago and several of Loni’s siblings still  live in Seattle area  Loni spends a good share of her winters out there and has spoken a lot about her sisters,etc

Loni visited my mother at Oak Manor less than a month ago.  She always stops in when she is in Bottineau. They have written Christmas cards back and forth for years when Gerald and Loni lived in Williston.  I will try to find the answer to Keith’s question. LeaRae Parrill Espe 1967


Class of 1967 Reunion
Reply from LeaRae Parrill Espe (’67):Bottineau, ND

The reunion turned out great, thanks to the organizers Jim Berube, Patti Metcalfe Woods, Mary Helen Anderson Millang, Beverly Azure LaVallie, and Roger Counts.

Jim and Tom Berube teamed up to get their dad’s 1967 car readied for the parade.  Jim ended up driving the car with my mother, Mildred Parrill, who was our first grade teacher, riding in the car.  She was very honored and had a fabulous time.   Tom Berube drove Jim’s pickup with a trailer carrying the other class members who made it in time for the parade. The parade was led by the American Legion as the first entry. Our classmate Roger Counts is currently the Legion Commander so he rode with that entry.  Our class followed with the Fortune Berube car and the trailer.

Following the parade, we gathered at the Senior Citizen’s/American Legion  for pie and visiting.  Later in the afternoon, Roger Counts, who is President of the School Board opened the high school so we could look at the class pictures, tour the school where we noted many changes, and  found our lockers! There were so many stories and memories shared. We met at the W’eel Turtle for a picture and then had a little program at Dale’s led by Class President K. Flynn Richard with remarks from Tom Berube who reminded us of a number of interesting facts including that the first Super Bowl was played in 1967.

I thought it worked out very well to have it during Dunseith Days. There were so many events all week and we were able to see many ol’ friends from other classes as well. I would recommend other classes  plan reunions during Dunseith Days. Kudos to all the local gals who did such a great job organizing.  The Star had two pages of colored coverage, however, we didn’t make the cut. Hopefully, some who took pictures will share them on the blog.

Sadly we have lost touch with some of our class. Out of the thirty some emails from the Gary Stokes list only one responded to me as having received the message!  Many of emails have changed, but some of the telephone numbers were still valid. More have gone to strictly cell so there were many calls to relatives which was successful in some cases. Patti worked with Facebook contacts in addition to the calls. Some have accounts but not everyone is checking those regularly. We all did a lot of calling!  It was all worth it.


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND

Floyd and Dorothy Lamb Family

Dorothy, Martha, Dean and Floyd
Lamb, Family 2553


Blog (627) posted on November 19, 2009

Posted on November 19, 2009

Bev Morinville Azure Update:

From Vernena (Pete 65) Gillis: Dunseith, ND.

I just received word on Bev’s condition. Clarence called the school this
morning and said Bev has been diagnosed with SCC-squamous cell carcinoma.
This is a terminal cancer. He said the doctor’s plan is to do 18
radiation treatments (4 have been done) to try to shrink the tumor to
release the pain. They will do chemo after the completion of radiation

Clarence will be calling us once a day with updates.


Bev Morinville Azure:

From Dianne Rober’t Johnson (76): Rolla, ND.

Dear Bev,

I am so sorry to hear the bad news. God, you & our family have endured alot in the past few years. My thoughts and prayers are with you, and your family. Stay strong, and know that lots of people love you. Sending you a big hug & kiss.

Dianne (Rober’t) Johnson (76)

A small thank you:

From Ele Dietrich Slyter (69) : Dunseith, ND

For the past two days I have been reeling in shock about what is going on with Bev Azure. Today, while reading your blog, Vickie gave me a good reason to feel better again by asking for the birthday card shower for KenRose. What an upper that is for me. Thank you Vickie and Gary for making my day so much better.

Bev, you hang in there and remember if the burden is too much, just give it to Him and He will carry you through. God bless you and all your family. I am keeping all of you in my prayers.


Harlan Salmonson not well: Dunseith/Bottineau

From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND


Regarding my sister-in-law Debbie Metcalfe’s dad, HARLAN SALMONSON, currently a patient in very serious condition at Trinity Hospital in Minot, ND.

Recently,Harlan had surgery on his shoulders to remove an infection.

Harlan is a diabetic. Two years ago had a pacemaker put in, and also has other major health issues.

I stopped at the bank this morning and spoke with Debbie.

Yesterday the drs. diagnosed the staph infection as MERSA .

Harlan was put into an isolation room and is getting better care since the move.

Debbie and her sister Carrie are awaiting more information from the medical staff on the route to take.

Reply from David Schimetz (79):Bismarck, ND.


I was in the class of 79 but I took a “social promotion” into the military in Feb. 79 so I did not graduate from Dunseith. I was classmates with Rob Olsen, Rick Kuhn, Bob Moe, Monica Counts, Larkie Neameyer. Daily distribution to this email address may unfortunately not be appropriate so I must decline. My other private emailkdschimetz@.com I rarely look at it, as I’m pretty busy 24/7. I’m kind of like my Mom I can’t sit still work, work, work. In my limited free time I restore old vehicles for which my latest is attached above…1950 3100 Chev. I better get to work it is MAD house Monday. Have a great day.

2nd reply from David Schimetz


I do not work at the Capitol. I am the Facility manager for the North Dakota Association of Counties. As far as what I do Electrical, Plumbing , Carpentry, all HVAC systems including Trane Tracer Summit control systems, Winpak security door systems, Security Camera systems along with Art Bakke from the state security whom is a Is Enterprise Security Analyst for Information Technology for the state of North Dakota, Video conferencing/Audio conferencing control systems sometimes phone systems, cad 5 cabling, Siamese cabling. I manage a fleet of vehicles, generator back up system, UPS back up units, vendors, contractors, establish contracts I struggle through engineer blueprints ect. ect. The list goes on and on as my limited brain starts to cook just thinking about it


I keep very busy and I do the best I can at saving money as everybody else here does trying to save money for all the counties in N Dak. I guess I like the old vehicles because I feel comfortable working on them and plus they were unique. When I was a kid Terry Wenstad had a blue 50 chev. Pickup, I think Chip Tooke had one too, my brother Bryan had a 49 Ford trk, I think Ted Nerpel had a 55 chev trk? Tom Krause had a 1955 international pickup painted house paint Black with a 327 v8 w automatic transmission that Ted Nerpel installed and Ted even made home made headers for it. These old trucks just bring back good memories of some young crazy talented people.There are a lot of people from the Turtle Mountains that are very skilled at about everything they touch and they can build or fix about anything it was pretty fun growing up with these guys as you never new what they were going to build/blow up, fabricate, design and did I mention wreck. So this is one of the reasons why I built the 1950 3100 ½ Chevrolet pickup it is a salute to the boys whom I learned so much from. The other reason was to teach my son body and metal, mechanical restoration as he is a teenager. He has been helping me on Hotrods and Harleys since he was old enough to hold a wrench. Thank god he is more like his mother he is a great kid whom is very caring and helpful. I better go I have to go to a OSHA seminar this afternoon..o joy!

North Dakota Association of Counties

Facility Manager-David Schimetz

1661 E Capitol

Bismarck, N.Dakota 58501

08/16/2017 (2552)

Holdaas, Martin and Pladson connections
Question from Keith Pladson (’66):  Roanoke Rapids, NC 


Question for you re the now dated Martin obit included in your last blog (I missed it the first time around).  I noted that Mr. Martin married a Holdaas from Bottineau. As memory/if memory serves me right I believe my second cousin, Delores Pladson, married a Holdaas(sp?).  Delores, daughter of Ted and Mary married Harvey Holdaas and if I am correct they moved to Washington state years ago.  I don’t remember much else about them.  (We knew and visited with both Duane’s (and Jean) and Darlene’ s (Clarence Melgaard) families when we were growing up so knew those families well.)

Anyway, was wondering if you knew if there was a connection between the two Holdaas’ names (provided they are even spelled the same).  And, of course because of your connections to Jean, this may also be of some interest to you.


Gary Stokes’ reply
Kieth: Delores Pladson Holdaas was married to Harvey Holdaas and they lived in Seattle. Her brother Duane was married to Jean Hanson Pladson. Jean is my first cousin. Her mother and my dad were siblings. I’m not sure if Gerald Martin’s wife, Loni Holdaas Martin, was related to Harvey Holdaas. I’m sure some of our readers may know.


Blog (626) posted on November 18, 2009

Posted on November 18, 2009

Myron Zorn’s (65) son was killed in Iraq:

From Sharon Zorn Gerdes (62): Windsor, CO

Gary, I don’t know how many people remember my brother Myron Zorn. He graduated from Bottineau, not Dunseith, but did attend Dunseith. He and his wife Joann had two boys. His son Ryan was killed in Iraq yesterday. Thanks , Sharon Zorn Gerdes

Yes, we remember Myron well. He was with our class of 65 thru his sophomore year. We are so sorry to hear of his son being killed. What a tragedy. It makes that war so much more real when folks we know are taken from us. This has to be so hard for Myron and JoAnn. Our condolences are with them and the whole family. The email address I have for Myron and JoAnn is no longer good. Their address is

Myron & JoAnn Zorn
346 Willow Creek Dr
Wright, WY 82732

Birthday card shower for Kenrose Medlang who will be 90 on Thanksgiving day.

The Tale of Red Rabbit and the Sunday school teacher.

From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND.

Hi Gary and friends,

This morning,while on a pumpkin doughnut run to the Family Bakery, I met Bob Lagerquist coming out the door. Bobnin his red chevy car, drives down #43 and county line, from the hills of Little Prairie with KenRose weekly to do laundry here in Bottineau. Today, KenRose’s chestnut brown curly hair, with just a hint…just a wee bit of minor strands of silver looked especially nice. She said, she’d just been to the local beauty shop early this morning. …….. We girls feel so good when we can sit back relaxed and someone else pampers us by washing our hair!

It is always a pleasant visit with the pair of them, whom I’m very fond of. Our families “went visiting” back and forth with KenRose’s family years ago when I was in early elementary school. Odin was so handy with mechanical things and always willing to help out my dad who was not a “motor head”. Oft times in the summer, their family would come down, Odin and Dad would meet under the old red gas barrel, with pieces of machinery and tools,we kids would race around the yard playing games like tag, kick the can, Mom and KenRose would “visit” and put together a little lunch and coffee.

And, those years ago, between springs work and haying, Odin spent Sunday afternoons building a pontoon. I thought it a grand adventure one sunny summer day when our family packed a lunch and went to it’s launching at Pelican Lake. It seems to me, he was a welder too. I recall, him with used parts of an airplane jet engines? and oil barrels. He’d sometimes combine our crops in the fall. He also had one of the first small hay balers and would do custom work. The summer of the big rains, the Seim-Metcalfe bales floated back and forth over the road Art Seim and my dad could tell which ones belonged to each of them as Art used twine and Odin’s were wire.

At her house, those “visiting times” , KenRose alway’s looked trim in her dresses serving cookies and a special drink. What a treat, cool water drawn from the well, ice cubes from the refrigerator and red kool aide! My first Sunday School teacher was KenRose. Our little circle, Joanne, Marlys and myself, would sit on those blonde-slated-wood folding chairs behind the altar gathered around KenRose. The beautiful Jesus painting from behind the circular oak altar now graces the hospitality room of Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith. I believe the baptismal font at Peace was also an original from Little Prairie Lutheran.

This little family lived on Little Prairie; Odin, KenRose, Obert and Marlys. I admit, I was always a little jealous of Marlys. Marlys had a mom who let her daughter keep a live animal in the farm house. Something no other mother I knew allowed. NO. Not a dog. Not a cat. Marlys’ pet was an exceptionally clean long eared animal with is own litter box and cozy bed. His name? His name was “Big Red.” Red was a beautiful big red rabbit, who lived behind KenRoses combination wood-electric range in her kitchen!. And while she was tending to making lunch he’d hop around her feet!

The Medlang farm thermometer usually dips degrees below others. This morning, Bob said, “The coldest at Little Prairie was -6 below just once this past week.”

Bob and KenRose usually end their errand run with a visit to the Family Bakery for coffee, and a little lunch. Before heading home to the prairie, north- north east,Bob purchases some bakery treats for coffee time and takes them out to the car. Then as Bob helped KenRose to step out, down the curb, and opened the door he said to me. Vickie, She’s going to be 90 years old next week on Thanksgiving.

I’m requesting, you all to join me in a birthday card shower for KenRose next week on her big day. Her walking,vision and hearing are slowing down a bit but she’s still KenRose soon to be 90 years young.

P.S. Just for you all to know! I’m jealous no longer, I grew up and now usually have 2 white Westies usually, around my feet when I make lunch!.

ThankYou all. Vickie Metcalfe

Folks, Let’s make Kenrose’s day and shower her with lots of cards as she turns 90 years young on Thanksgiving day, November 26th. That’s next week. I will have a card in the mail today. I know many of you know Kenrose. She is the mother of Obert (66) and Marlys (70): Every card she gets will make Bobby Lagerquist’s day too. Bobby has lived with the Medlang’s for many years. Kenrose has lived in the same house on the same farmstead on Little Prairie for as long as I’ve known her and that’s been my entire life.

Neither Kenrose or Bobby have email, so they will be surprised. I’m sure that Vickie will get a report from them. Gary

Kenrose Medlang

RR #1 Box 128

Dunseith, ND 58329-9451

Bobby Lagerquist (58) & Art Rude – 7/12/07

Pete Gillis (65):

Reply from Bill Hosmer (48): Tucson, AZ & Lake Metigoshe, ND.

Gary, I just wanted to include my sincere message to Pete about his current challenge. Hopefully, my good golfing friend, you continue to combat the enemy messing with you now as you did when the other one you faced was shooting at you in Vietnam. You returned from that war with honor, and my belief is that you will face this enemy with the same valor and success you did before. I stand at attention and salute you during these days of concern. God Bless, Bill Hosmer

Bev Morinville Azure (72) update – not good:

From Shonda Azure Campbell (94): Minot, ND.

Gary if you could please post this is the next Dunseith blog and just so everyone knows she is in trinity she is very weak and tired …..

Hello All Family and Friends Today it is with tears in my eyes I bring you this news …. My mother was admitted back to the hospital and today we learned the news that the cancer is back and its full force this time it seems there is no stopping it ….As of right now they are treating the pain the cancer is spreading so fast there seems no treating it …I am so sorry all please know she loves you all very much


Shonda, we are so sorry to hear this grim news. Never loose hope. Hang in there. Your mother, Bev Morinville Azure, the wonderful lady that we love so dearly, is in our prayers. Gary


Bev Morinville Azure:

Reply from Lee Stickland (64): Dickinson, ND.

Toni, Thanks for the note, that cancer is insidious. I was an orderly at Trinity 1967-69 but can only pray for Bev, now. It is very nice that the family can be there. Lee Stickland

Alan & Phyllis Campbell:

Bev Morinville Azure:

From Cheryl Larson Dakin (71): BEDFORD, TX

I just read the Dunseith News in the Bottineau Courant that Phyllis and Alan Campbell sold their house and are now living in Minot. This is like the end of an era. I think so many of us remember hanging out there and parties in the garage and so many gatherings. I have never forgotten a special breakfast treat that Phyllis fixed us one Saturday morning that I occasionally treated my kids to when they were young….cocoa krispies and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The idea being the the ice cream melted and became the “milk” for our cereal. It was the most special breakfast I could ever remember having to that point. So to Phyllis and Alan, thanks for some really wonderful memories and best wishes in your new home.

To Beverly, be strong, stay hopeful. You are in my prayers my friend. I love you.

Cheryl Larson Dakin

Question from Lynn Halvorson Otto (75): Seoul, Korea

Hi Gary, can you put this on the blog! Does anyone remember the Beechler (spelling) family that lived in Dunseith. One son was in my grade and his name is Clayton. Another son’s name was Wyett, not sure though. Thanks, Lynn Halvorson Otto

From Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59): Everett, WA.

Hi Gary,

Thought you might relate to this mail from Jean, my brother Bill’s wife. It seems whenever I have a few ideas and pictures together I get distracted by small everyday tasks that are not nearly as important to me as your blog and all the mutual friends that have formed a special and unique community around events that touch their lives way back when and now. I am so very thankful.


HIGH SCHOOL — 1957 vs. 2007

Scenario 1:

Jack goes quail hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck’s gun rack.

1957 – 
Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack’s shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.
2007 – 
School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers. 

Scenario 2:
Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.

1957 – 
Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies. 
2007 – 
Police called and SWAT team arrives — they arrest both Johnny and Mark. They are both charged them with assault and both expelled even though Johnny started it.

Scenario 3:
Jeffrey will not be still in class, he disrupts other students.

1957 – 
Jeffrey sent to the Principal’s office and given a good paddling by the Principal. He then returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again. 
2007 – 
Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin. He becomes a zombie. He is then tested for ADD. The school gets extra money from the state because Jeffrey has a disability.

Scenario 4:
Billy breaks a window in his neighbor’s car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.

1957 – Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman. 
2007 – 
Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang. The state psychologist is told by Billy’s sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy’s mom has an affair with the psychologist.

Scenario 5:
Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.

1957 –
 Mark shares his aspirin with the Principal out on the smoking dock. 
 The police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug violations. His car is then searched for drugs and weapons. 

Scenario 6:
Pedro fails high school English.

1957 –
 Pedro goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college. 
2007 –
 Pedro’s cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against the state school system and Pedro’s English teacher. English is then banned from core curriculum. Pedro is given his diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.

Scenario 7:

Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the Fourth of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a red ant bed.

1957 –
 Ants die. 
2007 –
 ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI are all called. Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism. The FBI investigates his parents — and all siblings are removed from their home and all computers are confiscated. Johnny’s dad is placed on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario 8:

Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.

1957 –
 In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing. 
2007 –
 Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy. 

Postings by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.

Neola’s mother, Emma Brudwick Kofoid



08/14/2017 (2551)

Dance at the Hackman’s
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and friends of Dunseith,

My older sister reading my bit of  sharing  on blog 2447, offered more information about the Harolds.

Hattie Harold’s father brought his family and worked as head man in charge of the  San Haven dairy and herd in the 1920’s.

One evening, there was a local dance in the hills.  On the way, Hattie fell hitting her head.  Arriving at the gathering, she had a big bump and cut on her head.

Someone, approached Orville Wicks asked him to walk Hattie across the road (highway 43) to his mother’s. Mrs.Elizabeth Wicks  a local midwife.

Mrs.Wicks took one looked at the injury, took out her needle and thread stitching the cut.

Hattie always told when asked, “She met Orville Wicks, at a dance at the Hackmans”.

Until later,

Vickie M.


San Haven: Addition to posting in Blog (2450) Dated 8/11/2017
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):  Belcourt, ND


I forgot to say the name of the news pamphlet at  San Haven.
It was called San Piper.

Sorry about that,

Ginger Poitra


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
Wall-1 Wall-2


June 1, 2016: Marvel Hill Thompson (’69) Retires From Dakota College (Forestry)
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND

Hello Gary,

As you can see, this is an old article.  I don’t recall if I sent it at the time it was published.  Being unable to send “group” emails now, I’m glancing at old Courant’s I’ve saved/sending what I think might be of interest (to you) /throwing the issues.



Blog (625) posted on November 17, 2009

Posted on November 17, 2009

Bev Morinville Azure – not well

Message from Toni Morinville Gredesky (68): Farimount, ND


Just wanted you to know what is going on with my sister Bev. After weeks of thinking that she had a ruptured disc in her back, other things started to happen. Lumps formed on her jaw, neck, and side. Last Tuesday they admitted her to Trinity Hospital in Minot. At this point, the prognosis is grave and seems inevitable. The are doing all they can to keep the pain at a minimum. I have been here at the hospital with her family and am grateful that I have had some time with her.

Bev is a warm, compassionate person who has always been willing to help others, evidenced by her many friends. It is devastating to see her so afflicted. Her children are wonderful, and obviously, taking this very hard.

It is so important to embrace each moment of the present with thanksgiving.


Toni, I am so sad to hear of Bev’s condition. Yes, reviewing her Caringbridge site, it is quite evident that she has a lot of friends and is well liked. We hope and pray that Bev will snap out of this. Bev is one of a kind, loved by all. Gary

Bev Morinville Azure’s CaringBridge websitehttp://www.caringbridge.org/visit/bevazure

Jim Kofoid:

Reply from Joan Richard: Dunseith, ND.

Congratulations to Jim Kofoid and his prestigious award. I’m sure
everyone applauds all of your involvement. Keep up the good work!
Joan Richard, Dunseith Teacher

Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot ND.

Hi Gary,

Thank you for including Bev Morinville Azure’s Caring Bridge website.

Thank you for your kind words, Gary. Now that the “caramel pressure” is off, I hope to get back to a somewhat “normal” life, including scanning the Dunseith news on a regular basis and, after Christmas, getting back to the “courthouse” pictures. I do a little “pirating” this time of the year.


From Verena (Pete 65) Gillis: Dunseith, ND

I think with the numbers adding up (for the reunion) that we should go ahead and book the
Bingo Barn. I will call George and set it up.

Also wanted to fill you all in on Pete.

Went for his check up last week in Fargo. The PSA has gone down some so
are going to continue on the Casadex until it no longer works for him.
After that, he will have to start chemo. The cat scan showed lesions or
tumors next to his kidney and the doctor feels that is where the cancer is
trying to come back. So will keep you posted. Prayer is powerful!


Folks, as many of you know, Pete has been battling with prostrate cancer for a number of years now. He’s been able to beat it thus far and we feel confident he will beat this last bout too. Pete, you are in our prayers.

Verena, I will publish an updated list of those planning on attending the “Dunseith Alumni Reunion” with tomorrows blog. Neola just sent me a scanned copy of the announcement that was published in the Bottineau paper. For some reason the Date got dropped when it was published. The date is May 22nd. I think the Bingo barn will be a great facility to have this reunion. Gary

Reply to Larry Hackman (66):

From Kenny Nerpel (65): Rugby, ND


I’m really happy that the stick pin incident was useful later on in Larry’s life and wish that I could take credit for it, but I didn’t do it. Nobody saw me do it. You can’t prove anything. That’s my story and I’m “sticking” to it.


Former Dunseith resident, Gerald Martin, Williston, Passed away:

From LeaRae Parrill Espe (67): Bottineau, ND.

A family friend named Gerald Martin passed away about two weeks ago. The Henry Martin lived along old Hiway 5 near Butte St. Paul. Gerald’s mother, Josephine Martin, baby sat me the summer of 1950 when mom attended summer school at Minot. She was working on her standard degree. During the 1948-49 Mom had taught at the Butte School where the Martins attended. (John Allard, Omar Richard and Peter & Joe Boguslawski children attended there at that time also) Of course, only the older children were in school at that time-Betty Allard Heinz, Marie , Donald, and Martin Boguslawski, Janet & Helen Boguslawski, then Gerald and Janie Martin, Teresa Allard, Doward and Maxine Richard ). Mom and dad enjoyed the people of that rural school community. When she needed a babysiter she picked Josephine. She was such a wonderful kind lady. Then later in 1952 when my brother Clark was born I stayed there a few days. When we went to get mom and Clark home from the hospital, dad picked up Charlotte Bogus and Josephine and me and drove to Bottineau. I remember the first time I saw Clark. Josephine said , “Look at your little baby brother!” I can remember it so well. When they flipped the blanket back, I was so excited. Then later during the summer of 1955 when I was f ive and Clark was two, Gerald was hired to babysit us and help dad while mom taught the Wetherault School.

Gerald wife, Loni, is a cousin to children of Arland and Ron Monson, Mildred Sather, Stella Kamrud and others from the Bottineau area. LeaRae


You can also note that Gerald Martin’s sister Janie married John Andreoff. I believe John’s sister married a Falde and was the mother of Dean Falde who was one of the 37 first graders taught by my mother, Mildred Parrill, during the 1955-56 school year. I don’t believe we know where Dean is now. They moved from Dunseith shortly after first grade.

I wonder if anyone else on the blog remembers the Martins, Andreoffs, or Faldes. Falde’s lived on the Fagan place which is also on Old Highway 5. The house was on the South side of the rode and right close to Dale’s gravel pit. If anyone would share some memories I would like to forward them on to his wife and daughters. Thanks, LeaRae


I connected up with Neola today gave the longer version of Gerald’s obituary to her at the craft sale at the Botno Armory today. She will scan it in for me along with the picture. We had a very nice visit and I introduced her to my mother. I also asked Neola to scan in the picture of her mother. I thought people would enjoy seeing that.

Neola’s brother Jim Kofoid is getting the Friend of Education award from the Bottineau Education Association this coming Tuesday. There was an ad in the Courant stating it was Wednesday, but for some reason it has been moved back a day. It is open to the public. Like Neola, her brother Jim does so many good deeds for so many. This reception is open to the public at Middle School Library at 4PM. LeaRae

The following scans are from Neola.

LeaRae, I just happen to have a picture of Neola with her mother that I have posted below. Gary


Neola with her mother, Emma Brudwick Kofoid. I know many of you know the Brudwick Families from the Hills. They are all from the same family. Emma is currently a resident at Good Sam in Bottineau. Her health is pretty good. Neola visits her often and often times includes her visiting folks and attending community activities in the area.

08/11/2017 (2550)

Reply from Kay Hildebrandt (Pritchard cousin):Murrieta, California


Thanks for the replies about Somber.  Now I have a little more information–Homen Township.  Maybe someone has a little history about that?

My grandmother Candace Thompson was sister of Ella and Ida.  But when she married Charles Torbert, she said her name was Candace Tennyson.  Supposedly, Anthony Thompson’s name was originally Tennyson.  Scandinavians seemed to change their names if they wished to do so.  I hunted for years for my paternal grandmother’s marriage certificate, thinking it was “Kall” as her brothers used that name.  She used “Johansdotter.”  Correspondence since with a cousin in Sweden, I found that branch changed from Kall to Johansson.  Research in the Scandinavian countries is a challenge.  Kay


Somber, ND located in Bottineau County Homen Township
Reply from Kaye Lystad-Kirk Fargo, ND

Note: Reposted to include the whole message.

Hi Gary,

I’m a little late but I finally read Ginger LaRocque Poitra’s reply to my query about both the Seidel murders and the town (community?) of Somber. Thanks, Ginger!  (Note: It was  Kay Hildebrandt who had originally thanked Ginger for the information on Somber, not me. I just want to make sure Kay gets the proper credit!)

Isn’t it funny that a place like Somber existed in our own Turtle Mountains–it found out it was in Homen Township…and most of us have never heard of it. I have found nothing written about it in any of the books about Bottineau County either. (Such as the blue hardcover Bottineau County Diamond Jubilee book or the big red Bottineau County Centennial book.) How interesting it would be to see what, if anything, remains there now.  I also wonder if the Bottineau County Historical Museum has any photographs of what the “community” or “town” or whatever it was called looked like back then?

In the meantime, I have also found more information on these two topics on the Internet. And in case your readers are interested I’m including them below. (I, at least, thought it was all interesting. Of course, I love all things historical, geographical and geological about Bottineau County, especially the Turtle Mountains!)



This was a rural post office established April 15, 1904 with Rudolph T. Jacobsen as Postmaster. It was located in the northwest quarter of section 3-163-74, Homen Township thirteen miles northeast of Bottineau, and named to note its isolated location. In 1905 it moved two miles east to the country store operated by new Postmaster Frank W. Seidel in the northwest quarter of section 1-163-74. On June 21, 1908 the store was robbed, Mr. Seidel and his niece were killed, and the store/post office was set afire. The post office was officially closed August 31, 1908 with mail to Ackworth.(2, 3, 40, 53, 153, 379, 414, 415)


SEIDEL MURDERS: (To me, this is extra sad as one of the people murdered was Alexandra Seidel from Finland. She was just 16 yrs old and was only visiting her uncle, Frank Seidel. Can you imagine relaying the news and the manner of her death to her parents? Just awful! ….Kaye) 


The Hansboro Pioneer (Hansboro, Towner County, ND); July 9, 1908:

“Concerning the murder of Frank Seidel, the postmaster and his niece, Alexandra Seidel who were killed in the Turtle Mountains near Bottineau Sunday, June 21, the Turtle Mountain Star has the following: “Mr. Seidel was not an old man, as commonly reported, being only forty-nine years of age. He was unmarried, the lady to whom he was engaged having been drowned at Astoria, Oregon, where he formerly resided. Her loss was a great disappointment to him and he remained single. Last fall his niece, Alexandra Seidel, a girl about sixteen years of age, came out from Finland to keep house for him. She also was brutally murdered and her body burned to a crisp in the house which was set on fire by the murderers. The post office was situated in a very secluded spot in the Turtle Mountains and the suspected criminals were well acquainted with the place, having passed there frequently in going and coming from Manitoba. The supposed perpetrators of the horrible deed are three half-breeds; Alex Peltier, Charles Peltier and Joseph Peltier, and a son of Rising Sun, a full-blood. They have been arrested and taken to Bottineau where their preliminary hearing was to be had today. It is reported that they have practically confessed that they committed the murder.”

The Hansboro Pioneer (Hansboro, Towner County, ND); August 13, 1908:

“Joe and Chas. Peltier, who were on trial for the murder of Frank Seidel at Bottineau, were convicted and sentenced to hang on February 9, 1908. Young Rising Sun, who was also tried for the same murder, was acquitted. Upon being arrested and arraigned for the killing of the girl, Alexandra Seidel, he pleaded guilty and for the reason that he was only sixteen years old was sentenced to the penitentiary for life. He confessed that while Chas. Peltier held her arms behind her back to keep her quiet, he struck her on the forehead with a shotgun and knocked her brains out, after which they threw the body on the bed and covered the bed with kerosene before setting the house on fire. It is reported that relatives of the Peltiers are making threats against the lives of those who helped to hunt the murderers down. If this is so they should be looked after before they have any chance to carry their threats into execution. Rolette County Herald.”


Darrell Delorme consolences

From Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND.

Gary and Dunseith Friends,

I recall Karen and Pauline Hetle as we were all class mates at  Dunseith School.

I wish to offer sympathy to Karen and the family of Darrel Delorme on their loss.


Vickie M.

Dear Karen,,

Sincere sympathy to you,  on the loss of Darrell, your beloved husband.

Although, I did not know him.

In reading the memorial you wrote, it sounds as if your husband was a wonderful patriot  and role model.

My parents always had a great deal of respect for Clarence Delorme and his sisters Francis and Mary.

Karen,  I wish  you much peace  and wonderful memories of your life together.


Vickie L.  Metcalfe


San Haven

Posting from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):Belcourt, ND

Hi Gary,

Maybe this has been brought up before.  I remember a news pamphlet being written of ( I think) happenings at San Haven.The covers were done in pale colors.

I have one or two, salvaged from my mother’s papers from her house. She had kept them in a shed at the old house and I don’t know if they were thrown away at the time they moved to the present house.  She did have a lot of them. I sure wish I had those that were in their old shed.

Just remembering and wishing that I would have gotten them from her long before they moved. I used to go out and straighten up the old shed once a year when I was a young girl.

Well Gary, I am so grateful to you for keeping up with this blog, giving us all a chance to do our remembering when something comes to mind.

God Bless you and Bernadette,

I will always keep both of you in my prayers. You both have inspired us to remember and to share our inspirations with so, so many others. This that you do keeps our minds busy. Thank you so very much,



Blog (624) posted on November 16, 2009

Posted on December 16, 2009

Reply from Erling Landsverk (44): joannanderling@charter.net Portage, WI

Hi Gary and All the Great Dunseith Alumni folks

I heard Bonnie Awalt Houle Christmas message this morning and I simply had to thank her for her eloquent way of describing everyone’s attachment to the members of the Alumni, and to all the wonderful people within the area as well. Thank you Bonnie. If I may, I would like to add a Merry Christmas greeting of my own. I feel very fortunate to have lived with and known so many great people such as the Awalt family. Naturally Gary, you and your wife Bernadette are also included in this wish even though you don’t have to shovel snow this Christmas. Have a super New year everyone Erling Landsverk

Reply from Colette Hosmer (64): colettehosmer@gmail.com Santa Fe, NM

Thanks, Dick, for the information about the green and red boat trailer. We spent many summer vacations at North Thomas while using that trailer as a table/buffet. Mom served “thousands” of fried perch from it. She also converted wooden orange and apple crates from the store to use as camp cupboards. All five of us used to sleep in a heavy canvas tent — Mom and Dad on one side of the pole and we three girls on the other — in big cotton & canvas sleeping bags … remember those? Another wooden orange crate used to separate us and also held a coleman lantern. We bought big blocks of lake ice kept in sawdust from a Ukranian man on the way to the lake for our cooler — 25 cents.

The days of camping pre- Gortex. I think the red Jeep was a ’54 — am I right, Dick?

I read this blog in China — I fly home tomorrow after six weeks here.

Colette, It’s great hearing from you. Having not heard from you in a while, I kind of figured you were out of country. I’m assuming you have another art project that you are working with over in China? Gary

Reply from Gary Metcalfe (57): moniesue@yahoo.com Forsyth, MO

Reply to Mongeon Family

I certainly wanted to recognize Adrian Mongeon before his passing. I knew that he was a real war hero, but like most of that generation, they did not want to talk about it anyway. His dad, Pete, was a pretty amazing guy. I think Margaret Seim could vouch for that.

To Gary Stokes

What ever happened to Paul Peterson from your neck of the woods? He used to herd cattle for Johnny Myer.

I think the Fassett girls are still sitting on some good family history. Just once I saw how your dad could enjoy a good party. It was a wedding. With that deep voice and those plumb pitiful songs. By the way, “All Around The Water Tank” is one of my favorites. How about a copy of one of his tapes?

Thanks for keeping the BLOG going everybody. Gary Metcalfe

Gary M, First off I second your comment thanking everyone for keeping this Blog going. It’s everyone’s input that has kept this going nearly two years now. There has been a lot of Dunseith history reveled in the past two years and we’ve got it all saved.

You asked me about Paul Pederson. I’m assuming Paul is Sam’s son. The Pederson’s lived 3/4 mile west of us. They moved from there when I was 4 or 5 years old. I do not remember any of the Pederson family. I heard lots of talk of them though. Dad farmed their land for several years and then Norman Hiatt purchased the land. I’m not sure if Jim, Marlys, Vickie & Lorie still have that quarter or not. Sam and his father are both buried in Ackworth. There is no history of the Pederson family that I can find anywhere. I’m hoping some of our Ackworth readers, a little senior to me, can fill us in on what they remember of the Sam Pederson family. How many children were in that family? I never heard much mentioned about Sam’s wife. I’m wondering if she pasted on early in life? She is not buried in Ackworth. Gary

Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe: neolag@min.midco.net Minot & Bottineau, ND.

Hi Gary,

I’ve been waiting for someone to send a video like Pete and Verena’s. I really enjoy watching them. Last year/year before, I received several of them, including one from Eileen.

I was surprised to learn when I clicked on the arrow, the video actually played–I was hoping it would, but wouldn’t have bet money on it. 


Smiea Haimour (67)

Reply from Eileen Brudwick: Fargo, ND.

Hi Gary,

I have the answer for Claudette regarding George Albert’s wife. Apparently they married. Her name was Fatima (Heymour) Albert. George died 23 August 1978 in British Columbia, Canada, and is buried at the Riverside Cemetary, Dunseith, Rolette County, North Dakota where his 1st wife, Agnes (Warren) Albert is buried. Agnes died, 9 October 1960. I found Fatima’s Social Security information.

Social Security Death Index

Name: Fatima Albert SSN: 502-86-0514 Last Residence: 953 (U.S. Consulate) Born: 20 Jan 1911 Died: 11 Jan 2007 State (Year) SSN issued: North Dakota (1974)

Apparently Fatima had a daughter, Smiea Heymour with her 1st husband, who I do not know his name. Fatima & Smiea Heymour were both born in Syria. This is all I know about them.


Smiea Haimour (67)

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


I think Claudette is asking about Smiea Haimour (67). The last I
heard she was married and living in Alberta, Canada. Don’t know anything
about her life after high school. She was George Albert’s stepdaughter,
daughter of his second wife. I think she came from Lebanon or Syria and
went to school with us for a couple years. She once told us she was 22
years old when we were about 16. George Albert’s first wife died in a
car wreck. She was related to Ellers. I thinks she was Ivy Eller’s
grandmother, if I remember correctly. Don’t quote me on this one though,
I might be all wrong.


Dick and Eileen, Thank you both for the information you provided about Smiea. LeaRae Parrill actually located Smiea when we were putting the class of 67 together. She provided her contact info to me at that time. I just called Smiea. She does not have email yet. She has her computer still in the box. She said she is going to unpack her computer and get on line. She still has the 67 class list that I sent her via snail mail. She remembers everyone well. Claudette, she remembers you very well and was asking for your phone number of which I don’t have. She then asked for your email address. She said she was going to send a message to you via her daughter. I have pasted her address and phone number below. She’d love to hear from any of you. Gary.



440846th Ave

Olds, AB, CanadaT48H1A2

(403) 556-1799

No email

Pictures from Mary Eurich Knutson (62): Dunseith, ND.

Hi Gary

Here’s some pictures I thought some of your viewers might find interesting. Willliam Pritchard’s homestead was on the west side of Boundary Lake. I think Bernard and Betty Kavli wound up with that place and now I think Lars Sivertson or his son owns it. Notice the sod roof on the building. If the picture doesn’t copy real good and anybody wants one – let me know I’ll mail one out to anybody.

Ida Thompson (to become William Pritchard’s wife) home-

steaded on the east side of Boundary by the Canadian Border and after they married they apparently chose to keep her homestead as their home place.

Oh, and add Karen Larson to your Blog list. She sent these pictures for me. One of these days I’ll send a few pictures to see if anybody can identify the people for me. Thanks.


Mary K

Mary, Karen Larson, Wesley Schneider’s Step daughter, does wonderful work and provides a great services to the Bottineau community with her store. She is the owner of the Spectrum Store located on main street. She has scanned stuff for me several times with my visits back to the area. It’s always a pleasure visiting her and her friendly staff.

Karen, It is a pleasure adding you to our daily distribution. Vickie Metcalfe keeps us posted with Wesley and your mother. Gary



From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.


If you go to this web site, www.LetsSayThanks.com you can pick out a

thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier

that is currently serving in Iraq. You can’t pick out who gets it, but

it will go to a member of the armed services.

How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!!

It is FREE and it only takes a second.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these?

Whether you are for or against the war, our soldiers over there need to

know we are behind them.

This takes just 10 seconds and it’s a wonderful way to say thank you.

Please take the time and please take the time to pass it on for others

to do. We can never say enough thank you’s.

08/08/2017 (2549)

In reply to Kay Hildebrandt
From Dale Pritchard (’63):  Leesville, LA


What a welcome and pleasant surprise to see the reference to two of my ancestors – Joseph Pritchard (1881 – 1933) and Ella Thompson (1885 – 1957).  Witnessing the wedding of your grandparents may have put them in the mood also because they were married on July 5, 1907.  Joseph and an older brother, Herbert Pritchard (1866 – 1937), moved to Edmonton, Alberta, in their early years and raised their families there.  Another brother of theirs, William Pritchard (1867 – 1947) and his wife, Ida Thompson (1879 – 1959), were my Grandparents and are buried in the Ackworth Cemetery.  Another connection here is that Ella and Ida Thompson were sisters.


Somber, ND located in Bottineau County Homen Township
Reply from Kaye Lystad-Kirk:  Fargo, ND

Hi Gary,

I’m a little late but I finally read Ginger LaRocque Poitra’s reply to my query about both the Seidel murders and the town (community?) of Somber. Thanks, Ginger!  (Note: It was  Kay Hildebrandt who had originally thanked Ginger for the information on Somber, not me. I just want to make sure Kay gets the proper credit!)

Isn’t it funny that a place like Somber existed in our own Turtle Mountains–it found out it was in Homen Township…and most of us have never heard of it. I have found nothing written about it in any of the books about Bottineau County either. (Such as the blue hardcover Bottineau County Diamond Jubilee book or the big red Bottineau County Centennial book.) How interesting it would be to see what, if anything, remains there now.  I also wonder if the Bottineau County Historical Museum has any photographs of what the “community” or “town” or whatever it was called looked like back then?

In the meantime, I have also found more information on these two topics on the Internet. And in case your readers are interested I’m including them below. (I, at least, thought it was all interesting. Of course, I love all things historical, geographical and geological about Bottineau County, especially the Turtle Mountains!)


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Darrell Delorme (DHS ’66) Obituary

Darrell J. Delorme was the son and oldest child of Clarence Delorme and Flora (Davis) Delorme. He was born on February 19, 1948 at his family home in Dunseith during a blizzard. Darrell Delorme passed away at 2:00 AM on Saturday at Dunseith. His services will be held on August 9th and 10th (2017). His wake will be at the Eagle Heart cultural Center and his funeral services will be held at St. Michael Catholic Church. Services will be conducted by Father Michael Slovak, SOLT. Burial Services will be at St. Louis Cemetery.

He was educated at St. Joseph Mission Catholic School in Chamberlain, SD. He attended Dunseith High School and the Job Corps in Bismarck, ND.  He did construction work on the new elementary school in Dunseith and he worked at San Haven for 2 years.

On December 31 , 1969, he was drafted and went to Fort Lewis, Washington for Basic and Advanced Infantry Training. In 1968 he met the love of his life Karen Hetle. They were married while he was on leave on October 16, 1970. He went to Viet Nam spending a year there. While there, he was awarded the Bronze Service Medal for over 25 Combat Arial Assaults and an Accommodation Medal. He was in the 1st of the 506th Infantry Division, Bravo Company. (The Screaming Eagles). When he was honorably discharged from the Army in 1971 he returned to work at San Haven. Then Darrell and his wife Karen moved to West Fargo where he worked construction jobs, Federal Beef Industries for 18 years and John Deere for 16 years until his retirement.

Darrell is survived by his wife Karen, seven sisters: Wanda, Carol, Marilyn, Sharon, Marlys, Alicia and Lori. He survived by 5 brothers Carl, Donald, Ronnie, Albert and Jeff.

He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Charles, and younger brother, Edward; his parents, Clarence and Flora Delorme; grand parents, Frank and Eliza Davis and Betty (LaRocque) and Joe Delorme; aunts, Francis Thiefoe and Mary Patnaude, Margaret DeCoteau and uncles, Martin Delorme and Paul Davis.

I want to thank the Fargo Veterans Administration and Sanford Medical Center for everything they did for my husband. I would also like to thank my sister, Pauline Hetle, and Darrell’s cousins, Ramona and Betty, my family and brothers and sisters-in-law for everything they did to support me during this most difficult time. I would also like to thank everyone who called, for all the prayers and those who sent well wishes during my loss of my beloved husband.  I also want to thank Father Michael Slovak and Nero Funeral Home.

A meal will follow at the Eagle Heart Building!


Blog (623) posted on November 15, 2009

Posted on November 15, 2009

Erling Landsverk’s book, “My Dakota Years”

Folks, I talked to Sharon Landsverk Beckman (63) today and she told me she has requested another order of Erling Landsverk’s book, “My Dakota Years”. Sharon is a Checker at Jerry’s Jack & Jill in Bottineau. She has had a lot of requests for Erling’s book. I’m not sure if copies are available at the log house or not? Gary

Message posted on the Dunseith Alumni WEB site:http://garystokes.net/default.aspx

From David Schimetz: Mandan, ND.

From: David Todd Schimetz
Phone: E-mail:
I’ve been reading mesages that were posted for hours now. I really enjoyed everyones messages. It really brought back alot of good memories. I do get back to Dunseith a few times a year but I’m usually caught up in family things as I’m sure happens to us all. I was home recently to visit mom and do some minor repairs when I decided to take a trip to Belcourt,Rolla,St. John with my wife and son Jake and daughter Tessa and My nephew Danny Schimetz (Reids youngest son) As I was in St. John I Tried to use my Direction literacy and go west on 43 “about?” 4 miles before turning south on god knows what road. After about 15 minutes I realized I was obviously directionally illerate!! I had no clue where the hell I was and I was getting close to dark “lovely”. I decided to “go towards the light” as this will surley get me back to HWY 3. I continued on my adventure for 30 minutes and I did find a paved road. I thought this has to be “Jack Rabbit” where I spent alot of time on especially coming and going from “Uncle Bens” aquiring some tickled pink, purple passions or my favorite mellow nights mixed with some Harvey wall banger mixed by “Uncle Ben” in conjuntion with ALOT of rope along with numerous Dunsith heathens( whom you all know whom you were) yet again puking their guts out at the peace gardens at overlook like it was a right of summer passage(or maybe that was just me, it seemed like I always puked during those joy us times! As I traveled on west on this family adventure I realized the years have been less kind to my memory then previously percieved as I came to the HWY 3 intersection. I was at least 3 miles north of jack rabbit on a road I never new existed &qu

Reply from Larry Hackman (66): Bismarck, ND.


That Kenny Nerpel finally let the cat out of the bag after 45 years. It was him that almost pierced my ear lobe. I always wondered who threw that paper airplane. I did have a hard time getting that stick pin out my ear lobe. You remember in basic, during bayonet training the instructors told us how hard it was going to be to get the bayonet out of a body if we would ever to have occasion to stick someone. They said the best way to get someone off your bayonet was to shoot the person off and the next best way was to stomp them off. They pointed out that if you had bullets it was actually best to shoot the person before he got stuck on your bayonet. War is hell. Bayonet use was only reccomended as a last resort. Remembering how tough it was to get that stick pin out made it easy to understand what them military instructors were talking about. So, Kenny some good did come out of the paper plane debauchery. Him making the statement about being engrossed in his studies. I can only think of only a couple of things that Kenny was ever engrossed in and I know neither one had anything to do with school work.

However, eating balute or drinking raw eggs for ED. Don,t they have pills for that?

By the way Kenny our bootlegger had no moniker. Vince Kalk was known as the Big Iron, but I never knew the reason why? Maybe there was another incident at the outdoor picture show?


Former Hosmer Store owners
Lawrence & Eva Struck

Previously posted with message 192 on August 15, 2008

From Stan & Joan Wurgler Salmonson (both class of 61): Dunseith, ND

Subject: Artist Janet Haagenson Sedlacek ’61’

Janet Haagenson Sedlacek, DHS Class of ’61’ who lives in Great Falls, Mt. was a featured artist at the Prairie Artists’ Show & Sale at the Christian Center of Lake Metigoshe on Aug. 9-10. She has exhibited her works at numerous shows in Great Falls and the area. She is famous for her painting of the Rendahl Church of rural Dunseith. The beauty of her watercolors can also be seen in her flowers, scenery of the Turtle Mountains, Montana and Alaska. Janet is a sister of Cheryl Haagenson and the late Mickey Grenier. Janet does not have e-mail but can be contacted at 224 Riverview Dr, Great Falls, Mt. 59404.

PS: In a previous picture of the 40th Anniversary of Wayne & Rosemary Smith–Wayne is also from the Class of ’61. Congratulations Janet, Wayne & Rosemary. Class of 61, let’s hear it from you!!

08/04/2017 (2548)

Posting from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):

Gary thanks for the schedule.  Also thanks for the article on Somber and the Seidels.

Kaye Lystad Kirk appreciated it very much.

Hope all is ok with you and your family ( as good as can be anyway ).

I was in Seattle June 5th thru July 9, visiting with my sister Shirley and my other sister Lana was out there as well.

I had a nice time with them.  We went sight seeing a bit as well went to the ocean a couple times.

I brought my granddaughter with me.

We went by train,  it wasn’t as nice as the first time I went in 1977.  Pretty rough riding this time.  Was a different train on way back and it was a lot better.

You all take care now .

Keep up the super job with the blog.


Armentrout Family Card of thanks
Posted by Neol Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND

Les and Myra Henning (’72) Halvorson’s Grandson
Posted by Neol Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND


Blog (622) posted on November 14, 2009

Shirley Anderson Doan:

Request from Warren Anderson (65): Rolette, ND.
Gary—my sister, Shirley (Anderson) Doan asked to get on the daily blog. She graduated from Dunseith High in 1961 with Florence Sime. Her E-mail is:
Yakama, WA 98902
Thank You, “65” Warren, keep up the joyful work!!!!!
Warren, It’s always a pleasure seeing your name in my in box. It’s been awhile. Shirley told me that she was in the process of getting email when I talked to her back when I was putting class lists together. I have added her our distribution list and have updated all of my files with her email address.
Shirley, I have you listed with the class of 60. If that is wrong, please let me know. Gary.
Reply from Bonnie SmithKohler: Mountain Iron, MN.
Reply from Kenny Nerpel (65): Rugby, ND
Somewhere in the the deep recesses of my mind I recall bits and pieces of the story that Larry Hackman related in the last message(622). I don’t know if I was at the same “dusk to dawner”, or if I just heard it through the grapevine, but I do know that there was a shadowy figure in the Dunseith area at the time that went by the nickname of the “big iron”. Could it be possible that this incident is how he acquired that moniker.
I’m also wondering if Larry remembers the time that he got an ear pierced in a classroom in good old Dunseith High. Or maybe it was grade school. I’m not real sure of the time period, but back then a frequent activity to pass the time while ignoring the instructors was the making and flying of all types of paper airplanes. I don’t know who the guilty party was, but someone fashioned a paper airplane with a stickpin glued into the tip. I just remember turning around and looking up from the schoolwork I was engrossed in and there was Larry struggling to remove a stickpin from an earlobe.
Some of the members of the class of ’65 got an early start “eating any damn thing”. I remember that water glasses filled with raw eggs were pretty much a staple after trips to Perth and Mylo for dances. The Balute that was consumed at the reunion is rumored among those living in the Philippines to have aphrodisiac qualities, but a good friend of mine said that he ate five of them and only two worked so I wouldn’t put much stock in that belief. I’m sure the consumption of the raw eggs was based on similar rumors.
Kenny, it’s always a pleasure seeing your name in my in box too. You have good recall of the past with some good stories. I will always remember you being on my right with all of our formations in Basic Training. If I remember right, you were on the bottom bunk and I was on the top throughout our basic training. I will never forget those days. I turned 21 in basic too. Following basic, we went our separate ways, but both ended up Viet Nam. Gary
Reply to yesterday’s Blog
From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.
Hi Gary,
Hurray for Florence!!!
This was a very comical/interesting newsletter. Great pictures of you, Bernadette, and Gee.

08/02/2017 (2547)




Reply to Ginger LaRocque (’65)
From Kaye Lystad Kirk Fargo, ND

Thank you, Ginger, for finding something (even though it’s awful) about Somber.  I’ve been hunting for Somber for years.  My grandparents, Candace Thompson and Charles Torbert, were married in Somber, November, 1906, by Rev. M—- Bickele (I think).  Witnesses were Ella Thompson and Joseph Pritchard.   There must have been something more than a store in the little town.   Kay Hildebrandt


Sailor from Rolla and Kamikazies from Japan
Posting from Vickie Metcalf (’70):  Bottineau, ND


You might be interested in today’s August 1, 2017  Minot Daily news article..

I met Mr. Rasaaka’s widow a few years ago at Rolla Golden Rule..

The Raasaka family of Rolla area were of Finnish descent.

His brother, Ralph was married to mom’s 1st  cousin Violet Wicks.

Violet and Mom were about the same age.

Violet was the daughter of Orville and Hattie Wicks who first lived in the rural  Dunseith area later moved to a farm at Perth.

I remember hearing, Hattie’s ?step dad was involved with the  San Haven dairy and herd.

Ralph and Violet Raasaka lived at Anaconda and  Opportunity, Montana.

Our family visited them whenever  traveling back or forth  from WA.

Mom,Aunt  Priscilla and I visited Violet  last, when she lived at Opportunity about 25 years ago.

We spent a lovely few days with Violet  as house guests.

She, her daughter,  and grandchildren,  took us to visit  the old Butte mines.

Ralph and Violet’s daughter had previously  formed a neat comaraderie with mom, they  communcated through letter writing.

Mom never told us anything from their conversations. Mom  kept a confidence.

Ralph, a hard worker, was employed  in  the mines at Anaconda and Butte.

I think Violet worked as a waitress.

……I believe Ralph  and dad got along well,  as they were both veterans of WWII.




Blog (621) posted on November 13, 2009

Posted on November 13, 2009

Florence Pladson Sime (62) update – (701) 228-2310

From her daughter Becky Sime Coles (83): Spokane, WA.


Just wanted to let everyone know that I visited with mom today and she wanted to send her thanks to everyone. She had so many flowers, plants and cards that I think she was a bit overwhelmed but grateful. She is coming along quite well though still has a ways to go. I was lucky enough to be able to witness he first steps today! She was able to walk to the door of her room and back. Tomorrow we will hope for two trips! Thanks again for everyone’s thoughts and prayers.


Folks, Florence is in the Bottineau Good Samaritan home. Her phone number is (701) 228-2310. Feel free to call her. I know she’d love to hear from you guys. I called her several days ago and had a nice chat with her. Gary.

Congratulations to Wayne (61) & Rosemary Smith (40th anniversary)

From Allen Richard (65): Midland, MI

I haven’t seen either of you in ages! Congratulations! Rosemary and I were in a number of classes together at Mayville. You have not changed at all!

Allen Richard

Beautiful “Thought for Today”

From Aggie Casavant (69): Fort Mill, SC

Thought for Today:” An Act of Kindness Can Never Be Done Too Soon, Cuz You Never Know How Soon It Will Be Too Late”…

Ms. Aggie

Another good Larry Hackman Story

From Larry Hackman (66): Bismarck, ND.


Its been a while since I have written. I hope this finds you and your family well. We have had a few in the family sick with the the flu. They have all recovered. I thought maybe I would try and write something up that would cheer people up. It has been a rough fall for deaths. I love falls but the space between fall and winter always seems to fill pages in the newspaper with obituaries. May God be with all our loved ones that have passed on, and comfort their families and friends that have lost loved ones, and comfort and cure them that are ill or hurting.

Gary,Your place really looks nice.

Larry H.

Larry’s story:


Do you remember when it was harder to say no to your bootlegger then it was to your girl friend.Hard to believe that there was such a time!This is such a story, a little exagerated to provide some humor, but it happened just this way, back in the day of the outdoor picture show in Rugby, ND.Its hard to believe that the owner ever shut it down.Some say he did, because he got religon, and the movies were showing to much sex, violence, and bad language. We all are in trouble arn’t we?If he thought them movies were getting that way back in the sixties, what would he think now?I don’t know!But as we get older, we all know we are getting a little closer to our maker.There is now a church on the old movie site on the south side of Rugby.Maybe there is a reason for that?

I understand that someone bought and movedthe screen and movie equipment up to a site near Rolla, ND.I hope them folks up there enjoyed the outdoor movies as much as we did.I’m sure there is a few Dunseith folks, who have attended movies over there and have their own stories to tell.

The story

There was going to be a dusk to dawn showing of movies at the outdoor theater in Rugby.Excitement was running high all day, as plans were being made.The car was washed and vacuumed, everyonewould be bathed, dressed to catch a grils eye,and ready to go by 9:00 am.Arrangements were made to meet the bootlegger and to obtain the refreshments for the trip.Everything was going according to plan. The three of us had met our bootlegger, who was also our friend,and he had went into the bar and was buying our refreshments.As you probably noticed,I’m trying not to say beer here as I understand that their may some reading this that detest the word or be offended.Thats right, we all are from Dunseith or the proximity.Who am I kidding?Our bootlegger came out of the bar with the beer, and jumped into the car, and announced that he had decided to go to the movies with us.You could of heard a pin drop.A near 30 year old man going to the movies with us, a bunch of teen agers.Who would have thought?Nothing to do, but make the best out of a bad situation and buy more beer, and after all, we would have our supplier with us.I guess we would be just watching the movies and running back and forth to the restroom.Damn beer.

We made it into the movies.Sometimes they searched your car for more people who were trying to get in free by laying down on the floor, or hideing in the trunk.I guess that old guy rideing shotgun (on the passenger side up front) was doing some good after all.

We were all watching the movies and maybe getting a little bored.Usually the first one was a fairly new movie and probably the best one of the night and then the next three went downhill from there.I think it was about the middle of the third movie of the night, when this big fellow seemed to get interested in the movie that was playing, right in front of our car, blocking our view of the screen.Now, I don’t remember who threw the beer can and told him to get the hell out of the way.But, I knew from the size of this fellow, that this might not be a good thing.Hell, this guy was big, He looked like he could have escaped from a NFL training camp for Viking, centers.No, I think he was even bigger,He was probably more likely from a Green Bay Packer camp? He was big.He had shoulders that went from here to there, long arms,no neck and a small head.

Does anyone remember that lyceum at the old city hall, when some artist was up on stage showing everyone how to draw pictures.He did a drawing of Mr. Jerstad and he said he had a football players build, because he had no neck?

Like I said, this guy of very little brain, looked like a Bruiser and he came up to the window of the car and saw there was four of us.He said we were in trouble, and that he was coming back.We all looked at each other with that look, “What the hell are we going to do now”?

This guy looked like he was bad.When he turned and walked away from us his arms were so long, I swear his knuckles were draging on the ground behind him.Now I said he was bad, but he was no way as bad as them fellowsyou heard of walking the streets of Mandan, ND. in the sixties, after midnite on Saturday nights.Them guys were bad!I heard tell that some were so bad that they had moss growing on their backs!Thats Bad!Thats damn bad!

Anyway, Dick, the son-of-John, I know you are getting ahead of me with this story?No, I did not ask the guy his nationality.This is not a joke. It seems every time I send Dick a joke about, Ole and Lena, or Lutafisk.He sends one back to me about sauerkraut or tubed meats (sausage).This just makes me hungry.There is nothing better in a slow cooker then a couple of pounds of sausage, (country or German) and a bag or tin of sauerkraut, or a half of a sliced pork loin with a bag or tin of sauerkraut. Let it cook all day. Then enjoy.I can’t imagine anyone trying to mix Lutafisk or balute with sauerkraut, but its been noted before that a few from that class of 65 will eat any damn thing?

This guy that said he was coming back.I think he wof these people that use to live in this part of Pierce County.Some say that when civilization started moving into this area, this group was forced to move out.According to the history of Pierce County, between pages 65 and 66 this group split into two parts.Half moved up to Northern Canada and the other half moved to the Southern Appilachians where they were accepted as kin.Apparently this guy was a straggler and was infatuated with the Creature From The Black Lagoon.Anyway, He said he was coming back.We, continued watching the movie, had another beer or two, and wondered what hell he was coming back as?

It wasn’t long before our car was surrounded with about eight guys,none looking any sharper then the other, and all had about the same build as that first guy, I described.Apparently that history of Pierce County was wrong.They didn’t all move to Northern Canada, but we all know that, that portion of the group that moved South, did move South don’t we? I think Bill verified that in a prvious corespondence.Them eight fellows were all kind of just leaning against our car, like they were tired.

Well anyway, we all knew that we were definitely in a precarious situation.That big dude came up to the front,as a troglodyte.Someone once said there was a encampment passenger side window.Our bootlegger rolled open the window.This Troglodyte at the window, slobbered that he wanted us to get out or they would pull us out.Sounds like they wanted a game of pump-pump-pull-away.Our bootlegger who was as calm as a cucumber, motioned to the fellow to look down at his lap.The fellow looked down and his eyes got bigger then they were, and he shouted, “He has a gun”.Them fellows disappeared so fast, that a person didn,t even know that they were there.I leanedup and looked over the front seat and their in our friends hand was a pistol.I don’t think he had a concealed carry permit.I don’t think we knew what a concealed carry permit was at that time in our lives. So after typing this story and thinking about it,Its probably not a good idea to say no to your bootlegger, if he wants to go along to the outdoor picture show.

Remember to laugh,

Because when you laugh the whole world laughs with you.

Some say that the more you laugh the longer you live and by laughing, you will be helping others live longer also, as they will be laughing with you.

Think about that?


Bottineau Wal-Mart & Geraldine (Gee) from Cebu, Philippines.


As many of you know, Jared Steele who works for Terry Moe (72) at “T’S” Yamaha in Bottineau is married to a Filipina gal from right here in Cebu, Philippines. Her name is Geraldine (Gee). Gee was a cashier in one of the larger department stores in one of the malls here. One evening when we were paying for our stuff and Gee was checking us out, she asked if we had an available son, like so many folks ask. I told her I knew an available guy and asked for her email address. I passed her email address onto Jared and the romance blossomed into a wedding that was held here in Cebu in July 2008. Gee got her Visa and was able to go back to Bottineau this last May.

My brother Darrel (Bud) told me several months ago that he had seen Gee working as a cashier at the Bottineau Wal-Mart. I was recently told that Gee is working days at the Bottineau Wal-Mart. When you guys are in the Bottineau Wal-Mart and you see Gee, tell her “Sir Gary” says hello. Gee is a really nice friendly polite gal. Jared is the same. They make a great couple. Gee stayed with us for nearly nine months while her paper work was being processed. Jared was back and forth during that time too.

Can you believe the Department store Gee was a cashier in, here in the Mall, requires their cashiers to have a college degree. Gee has a Bachelors degree in teaching. I can tell you one thing, her wages are a little higher at Wal-Mart than they were here. She was making less than $6.00 per day here gross. She had withholdings taken out of that and she also had to pay for her uniform.

Before going to Bottineau in May, I know that Gee seldom saw temperatures below 80F. I’m willing to bet that the coldest she had ever seen was about 75F. Jared told me Gee is adjusting well to Bottineau and the weather.

Gee was a bit nervous in these two top pictures of her with Bernadette and me. These pictures were taken early on after we first met Gee. We were evaluating her to give a report back to Jared and of coarse she knew that. Can you emagine how nervous that would make a person? Anyway we gave Jared a great report.




07/31/2017 (2546)

‘Dunseith Days’ Schedule Requested
Posting from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65): Belcourt, ND


Would you be able to send me a schedule of Dunseith days? I especially would like to know when the parade is. Maybe I will take a few activities in as well.

Thanks Gary,


Gary’s Reply
I’m sure someone has a copy of the ‘Dunseith Day’ Schedule that they can send us. Thanks.


Marlene Armentrout
April 04, 1939 – July 15, 2017

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Funeral services for Marlene Armentrout, age 78 of Dunseith, were held on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith.  Officiating at the service was Gary Wendel.  Joan Richard was the pianist and special music was provided by Dick and Brenda Johnson.  Casket bearers were Jacob Metcalfe, Michael Metcalfe, Bryant Armentrout, Terry Halvorson, Gino Davis and Curt Hamen.  Burial was at the Riverside Cemetery in Bottineau.

Marlene Armentrout, a daughter of David and Bertha (Patnaude) Kraft, was born on April 4, 1939 at Dunseith.  She was raised there and graduated from Dunseith High School in 1957.  On September 22, 1957, she married Rodney Armentrout at Dunseith.  She purchased the A.C. Bar in Dunseith in 1970 which she operated until her retirement in 1990.

Marlene was a member of the United Methodist Church in Dunseith where she was active in the Willing Workers.  She later joined the Peace Lutheran Church.  She was a member of the Rolette Homemakers Club.  She enjoyed bowling, softball, darts and going to the casino.  She also enjoyed going fishing, her family is not sure if it was the fishing she enjoyed or the lunch that was always along on the fishing trip!  Marlene also wrote the Dunseith News for the Bottineau Currant and the Turtle Mountain Star for many years.

Marlene passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at a Minot hospital.

She is survived by her husband, Rodney of Dunseith; 2 sons, Bryan (Sherry) Armentrout of Dunseith and Brent (Teri) Armentrout of Mesa, AZ; daughter, Debbie (Travis) Metcalfe of Mesa, AZ; 8 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters,  Dorothy Schneider (Warren) of Bottineau and Bertha Handeland of Pocatello, ID and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was proceeded in death by her brother, Lester Kraft (Alice) and sister Annie Hills (Lloyd).

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to the Riverside Cemetery.

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


Seidel Murders
Reply from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):  Belcourt, ND


I found which County And the murders of Frank Seidel and his niece. On Internet I went to Seidel murders on June 21, 1908.

Somber (Bottineau County)
The location of the post office

Gary you will be able to find the article and put it on the blog.



Seidel Murders: See the whole Article in The evening times., December 07, 1908


Blog (620) posted on November 12, 2009

Lovaas Family memories

From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND
Tis the Season…Ah memories, going outside,breathing and seeing the cold air, crisp and crunching, snow angels, walking up the hill to fetch the mail. Then with warm wooly mittens, carefully,carrying the treasured mail down hill to mom. When we were small children, many familiar names arrived on the much anticipated Christmas cards.
We’d gaze at the beautiful cards. Asking our mother, “Who was this card from?” She’d explain it was from this aunt or that friend, the wife of the pastor who officiated at her wedding in 1947. “A lady, who was very good, kind and sweet.”
Years later,while working in Montana, I attended an intense, week long summer session, at Rimrock Foundation in Billings. One of the sessions was led by a counselor….. a familiar name from mom’s card list from long, long ago. When time permitted, I inquired, “Your name is very familiar to me, as the pastor who officiated at my parents wedding in Dunseith, North Dakota had the same name. My mother exchanged cards with her for years.” …… We had a nice visit and the classes continued……..After that week, I headed for the hills of home, arriving back at our family farm I told mom about my class and that one of the leaders I met was a son of Mrs.Grace Lovaas.
From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND
Gary and friends,
It is a lovely “fall” morning here, the leaves are gone from the trees, most of them have been raked and swept clean from the lawns around town. The Westies enjoyed our walk, wind, rain and snow free. Blue skies and sunshiny day.
The Red, White and Blue Flags are swaying ever so gently in the light breeze over highway # 5 , from the west end bowling alley, to the east end WalMart, and down Main street Bottineau.
Isn’t it great to walk free!
Dad (Bob Stokes) & Lloyd Awalt carrying “Old Glory”
I screwed up yesterday and labeled this article 1980. Wayne (61) & Rosemary Smith celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2008, not 1980.
Folks, This is a recent picture that I captured of David Slyter from Facebook. It’s kind of faded, but at least we can see the David Slyter today, that we all knew back in our younger days. David, you are looking great! It’s been nearly 45 year since I’ve seen you. You have changed some, so I don’t think I would have recognized you walking down the street. Gary.
David Slyter (70) Fargo, ND

07/28/2017 (2545)

Lenore (Watkins) Hoover (DHS ’45) 90th Birthday celebration
Posted by Paula Fassett (’71):  Walhalla, ND

Hi Gary. … and all:

I should have posted this earlier – but for anyone who knows my mom’s sister, my Aunt Lenore (Watkins) Hoover……she turns 90 on Saturday – July 29th.  Lenore lives in Minot, has a cabin at Metigoshe.  She doesn’t want a huge shin-dig, but a few of us cousins/nieces, etc., are going to the lake on Sat to have coffee/cake…and gab, of course!  Although she didn’t want an organized party, per se, I’m sure if anyone in the area would like to drop in, not only would she be surprised…….I KNOW she would be thrilled.  Lenore is still sharp as a tack – still kayaks on the lake, hikes, etc…………. OR if you would like to send her a card…..her Minot address is 232 11th Avenue S.E…..58701.  Again, I know she would be thrilled to get cards also.

I’m not sure how to give directions to her cabin, but I’s about 6 cabins north of where the old “Happy’s Dock” used to be.  The cabin just north of what was Mark Nero’s cabin……….
Anyway….I know she would be surprised and happy to see some birthday greetings!



Class of 1967 50th Class Reunion
Posted by LeaRea Parrill Espe (’67):

Gary, Thanks so much for putting this on the blog.  I forgot to include my email and phone number.  I wanted folks to contact me if they received this message.              phone  – 701-228-2911


Questions – 1: Seidel Murders in 1908? – 2: Somber?
Posting from Kaye Lystad Kirk:  Fargo, ND

Hi Gary,

My laptop crashed so I had to find an email addy for you online. I hope this is a valid one!

I’m reading some memoirs that my Grandma Thelma (Torgerson) Emerson’s aunt Alta Bjornseth had written back in 1963. I have a couple of questions regarding some things Alta writes about, with which I’m sure your readers will be able to help me.

First, Alta writes of when she was young and how they used to travel 12 miles to go shopping at “Somber.”  She also mentions that Somber eventually got a post office.  Can anyone tell me where Somber was?

Secondly, Alta refers to the tragedy of the “Seidel Murders.” The murders took place on June 21, 1908, and involved Mr. Seidel and his niece. Can anyone enlighten me about that?

Thank you, Gary, and thank you for your blog!

Kaye K. Lystad Kirk


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND


Blog (619) posted on November 11, 2009


Posted on November 11, 2009

San Haven Memories

From Shirley LaRocqueWendt (59): Tukwila, WA

I too have a few memories of San haven, I had several uncles who were patients up there, my uncle Art met and married. Jimmy, Billy and Denny, also my grandpa LaRocque died the in June of ’56’. MY MOTHER MADELINE WORKED THERE FOR QUITE A FEW YEARS, SHE WAS DR.LOEB’S HOUSEKEEPER FOR A LONG TIME. WE MEANING MY SISTERS LANA, GINGER AND MYSELF WERE SO HAPPY TO SEE THEM IN 2007 AT THE REUNION.

Shirley, I met Hannah and Karen Loeb for the first time at the 2007 reunion. Karen was in our class of 65, but they moved before she started High School. Karen and her mother are such nice friendly folks. I could tell they really enjoyed being reconnected with all of the Dunseith folks. In the late evenings when Hannah got tied, Karen would take her back to their hotel room in Belcourt and then return. We and everyone else truly enjoyed their company. I got connected with Karen putting our class list together prior to the 2007 reunion. I had the wrong spelling of her married name and was unable to locate her, but Evie Gottbreht came to the rescue and found her. We have all remained well connected since. Gary


Folks, I have a little extra room today, so thought I’d include several pictures of our place following the installation of ceramic tile on the upper area between my work shop on the left and our office on the right. The first picture was taken from our Bedroom window. Our next project will be to erect a high roof over the area between the workshop and the office. Being a farm boy from ND I had quite a collection of tools that I did not want to part with, so we had them shipped with the rest of our stuff to the PI. I have all these tools in the work shop. I’ll be honest, I don’t use many of these tools anymore. Our helper uses them a lot though. Gary

From the achieves:

 TMS – 1940


07/25/2017 (2544)

Class of 1967 50th Class Reunion
Posted by LeaRea Parrill Espe (’67):

Class of 1967 50th Class Reunion August 4-5

We finalized our plans and are looking forward to seeing everyone

Friday evening : Social at Dale’s Lounge
Saturday Morning: 9-11 AM    Commerical Club sponsored breakfast at Dunseith Elementary
11:15 AM      Meet near Dunseith Nursing Home to line up for Parade                                 Noon            Parade  (Jim Berube is getting a trailer for our float)                              12 – 2 PM     Meet at Sr. Citizen’s/American Legion for Pie Social after                                                parade (Social goes until 2)
3:00 PM        Meet at High School to tour the school                                                          5:00 PM        Meet at W’eel Turtle for a picture
6;00 PM        Meet at Dale’s Lounge for a short program                                                  6:30 PM        Supper at Dale’s

PLEASE NOTE: If you get this message please reply to me or Patti immediately so we know  that you have received it.  We need a ballpark figure for the supper and also want to know how many will be available to ride on the float.  All are welcome.

INFO: A full schedule of Dunseith Days is on Facebook. You would not believe all the fun events planned starting on Sunday, July 30 with a fishing derby at Lake Shutte and going until Sunday, August 6 with a kid’s golf tournament with many, many events each day of the week. Starion Bank is having a community picnic on Thursday at 5:30. North Central Electric is having a customer appreciation meal from 4-6PM on Friday.

We announced the reunion earlier and announced the date to coincide with Dunseith Days as soon as we knew it. We have waited until the events were set so we could fit our meeting times  into the overall schedule.  Patti Metcalfe Woods, Mary Helen Anderson Millang,  Jim Berube and I have met several times to try to figure out how to make contacts with all who were part of our class.  K. Flynn Richard, Beverly Azure, and Roger Counts have joined us for the last couple of meetings. We have all been brainstorming how to contact each one .  A reminder here that everyone is welcome whether you graduated or not.


San Haven aerial videos
Posted by Karen Loeb Mhyre (’70)’ Snohomish, WA.

I subscribe to this ND blog (of sorts) and found this story of interest!

Karen Loeb Mhyre
Snohomish, WA

Drone Footage Captured At This Abandoned North Dakota Facility Is Truly Sad



One Mountain Experience
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND


Matthew House

I first  rented and lived in a furnished 3 room basement apartment  of  this building in Montana.

At the time,there was no where else to rent due to an exploding oil boom.

Later, I  moved up in the world to  the second floor. A couple years later I moved into another apt.

Finally  purchased  my first home which friends helped to renovate.


The owner of that first apt. an  elderly land lady.

Annie a kind and generous  person and her cat Putt  lived down the hall,  in the other basement apartment

Everyone shared the washing machine and dryer in a furnace room.

There were no egress windows, the main door was always unlocked and open.

If I locked my door I   used a skeleton key.  On the inside, I did use a safety chain!

Whenever a Chinook came,  the icy flat roof melted.

Brown water soon dripped and seeped though 2 floors of  insulation down to the apts  to the basement.

The ever resourceful elderly  land  lady  in winter months leaned  a ladder against the back of the building to the top of the entrance.

She’d drag up another on top of the entrance, climb up  to top of  the roof  finally, crawling to shovel  off  heavy snow.

In my apt. a  shower head hung just a wee bit above my head in the middle of the bathroom  ceiling_ in front of the  toilet stool .

This was surrounded by pull around plastic shower curtain. Water  would  drain  into a drain in the middle of the floor.

The floor drain  and bathroom  was  home to all sorts of water bugs and crickets.

After a few  crunches and squisheys at night, it was better to always leave the light on or wear shoes!

My roots were of hardy  wholesome stock of  the hills.

(The first month before pay day, I lived on  1 jar of Peanut butter, 1 gal.  of milk  and  bread)

I learned alot from my landlady;

About survival and  the people and history of the rural lower Yellowstone area.

How  as a newly wed, her first husband was mangled and died  in a farm horse run away.

And how she found domestic work through the Great depression and WWII rationing.

During those years,  I  also had many opportunities to further education.

I  along with others  attended several workshops.  One was   Domestic Violence.

I   finally understood,  battered people  and why they stay,

continue to be battered emotionally and physically…(Stockholm Syndrome).

I  attended  conferences with  Community people; spark plugs, like Father Ned, the Carranza ladies

from St. Matthew’s Catholic Parish, and others who later formed the  Domestic Violence Coalition.

The coalition had  volunteers who worked to find,  & write grants,

( I  believe  Annie had willed  her little estate for a higher purpose)

A company  donated an  expensive small experimental state of the art environmentally friendly  furnace.

Since leaving, the area I read today, that building  has been spifted up by community people.

(new windows,  roof was put on,  and  ramps and deck).

Living and working in Montana was a unique rewarding learning experience!

I learned  good and dark sides  about humans.

But, I discovered I was blessed.

During  that time my parents were  both alive  and I was able to tell each of them.

“Thank you for many things I took for granted.”

vickie m.


Blog (618) posted on November 10, 2009

Posted on November 10, 2009

Previously posted two days ago

From Susan Brew Roussin (59): Rolla, ND.

Remembering…. Do any of the older classmates from Dunseith remember early days when Paster Lovaas lived near the school house in town. He had a son named Danny. Danny worked for a while at the Peace Garden with my step-grandpa (Jerry Demo). I must have been in first grade, the teacher was Eunice Larson, if I recall rightly. We thought it was a good idea if we got these two people together. I don’t know how it actually happened, but we felt like match makers, when they did get married. Does anyone know where are they now. Have a great day. Thanks much, Gary and all who keep the past alive in our thoughts and prayers. “Daddy” Jerry was the gardener at the Peace Garden in the late 40’s.

Folks, I just had a very nice visit with Eunice. She and Dan are living in Arkansas. It’s a small world. Eunice was born and raised in the Turtle mountains south of Lake Metigoshe. I knew her brother Ledolph Larson very well. Ledolph and Edna lived on the lake road a few miles south of Lake Metigoshe. Eunice and I knew many of the same hills folks. She said she taught school in Dunseith for two years. She and Danny got married in 1951. Susan, she remembers you and your family. Shirley Olson Warcup, she remembers you too. She also remembers Don and Bernice Johnson. She said they knew Art Rude really well and would have visited him had they known he was living in Dunseith, when they were back in the area last summer. Shirley and Susan, I told Eunice that I would forward their email address to you. I have Eunice/Dan’s email address for those of you that would like to contact them. Gary

Daniel & Eunice (Larson) Lovass

5 Mansfield Dr


Bella Vista, AR 72714-5100

(479) 855-2911

Virgil Rude: Minot, ND

Folks, I received a very pleasant call from Virgil Rude several hours ago. Many of you folks remember Virgil from the National Guard, The Minot Schools, Bottineau, and the Turtle Mountains. Virgil is recovering well from the stroke he had several months ago. He said he drove for the first time yesterday and it went well. Geri, Virgil’s wife was surprised when a friend of hers mentioned she had heard of Virgil’s stroke from her daughter who lives in Fargo. Her daughter had seen it posted on our daily blog. Virgil did not know the daughters name, but thought it was Darcy or something like that. Virgil, Eunice Larson Lovass (listed above) also mentioned knowing your folks, Alfred & Viola (Bjornseth) Rude. She also knew Albert & Gladys (Bjornseth) Rude, LaVerne and Glen’s folks.

San Haven Memories

From Lloyd Awalt (44): Bottineau, ND

Hi Gary, me again talking about the San. No one has mentioned that they had there own farm. They milked cows morning and night, 40 at a setting. They had hogs, sheep, chickens. They planted all there crops potatoes, corn, beans, peas. Every thing there wasn’t much shipped in. More was shipped in after the farm closed Cliff Magnusson was the drayman for the san. I worked with Brenda Hoffman’s dad when he had the bakery, Eva Trafford was in charge of the kitchen. I worked out off the kitchen. Lloyd Awalt

Reply from Erling Lansverk (44): Portage, WI

Hi Gary and Everyone!

After listening to the Halloween pranks perpetrated by some of my fellow North Dakotans, I have been thinking that perhaps I should not have praised the populace to that degree. gracious, Dick Johnson, I am surprised at the length some of you went to cause havoc and mischief about the neighborhood. You see, We of the older generation never engaged in such antics, instead it was bobbing for apples and dancing to skip to my Lou. Of course, its possible that you may not believe that.As a matter of fact, I could be having some doubts myself Lloyd Awalt, you probably remember, since we were classmates, at any rate my father Gunder Landsverk and your Dad were great friends, and worked together on several projects through the years, My Dad always said that John Awalt is a hevk of a nice guy and great hard worker. I knew he meant it, and my Dad was no slouch when it came to hard work. Sorry I missed you in 2007. We could have gotten together and exchanged lies. Just kidding. I do remember you and your father quite well. Brenda, I am sorry about not noticing you trying to run us down but had i known about you, I would have gotten out and unhooked the horses , its a funny thing though, , the buggy was not equipped with seat belts. It was a great ride all the same. Next time we will wait for you Brenda, I promise.

On a more serious note, I am very concerne about my cousins my cousin Sharon (Landsverk)) Beckman tells me that 5 of her 6 brothers have cancer Could this have anything to do with the defoelegent that was sprayed in the fifties in that area. The landsverk farm has a lot of water surrounding it and perhaps this defoelegent may have gotten into the ground water, but then so have others near there. I know that many of the veterans I talk to who were in viet Nam either have cancer or know someone who has due to the defoelegent Agent Orange. i hope that some research has been done in this area, since I notice so many cancer deaths in the turtle Mountains. I wonder what they were trying to do or why did they do it. meanwhile, those poor guys along with others have to go through hell just because of “some experiment” ?

Erling Landsverk

Erling, When Virgil Rude called me today, he mentioned that Elwood Landsverk, Sharon’s brother, had visited him when he was in the Minot hospital. I’m wondering if Elwood is one of her brothers with cancer? Gary

Fort Hood Shootings

Reply from Aggie Casavant (69): Fort Mill, SC

To Susan Malaterre Johnson

Thanks for taking the time to give Capt.John Gaffeney of Williston,N.Dak the mention that he deserves. That incident was horrific and unbeleivably sad. I was happy that the guy who did it,did not go out like the martyr I’m sure he thought he was going to go out as…I’m confident that they will find alot of worms in that can that he busted wide open. My heart and prayers go out to the families of Ft.Hood,and military families across America. God Bless You Susan and Take Care….Ms. Aggie

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND


07/20/2017 (2543)

Dick and Vi (Hobbs – DHS ’54) Ziegler 63rd Anniversary
Posting from Dick Ziegler:  McMinnville, OR

Hello Gary,

Dick and Vi Ziegler just celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary Monday, July 17th.

I met Viola (Hobbs) in late August, 1952.  I was working for Peavey Elevators in Dunseith, doing repair work on their elevator in Dunseith.  My job was finished in Dunseith, and I was headed out of town to reaturn to New Rockford.  As my friend and I were pulling out of our parking space to leave town, I noticed this pretty young girl step out onto the street.  Leroy, a friend I had met while in Dunseith, was hitching a ride, and I asked him if he knew who that girl was.  Leroy said yes, that’s Ole Hobbs, would you like to meet her?  I said I would, so we pulled up along side of her, and Leroy called out to her.  He said there was someone who wanted to meet her.  Vi came over to the car, and we were introduced.  She seemed very special to me, and I wanted to spend some more time with her.  The next thing I knew, I asked her if she’d like to go to a dance with me that night.  (Even though I didn’t know how to dance.) She said she would, and that changed my life forever.  We spent the next two years going together, and were married July 17, 1954.  If Vi had stepped out onto the street 10 seconds sooner, or later, we’d have never met.  I think there may have been some Devine Intervention involved.  We’ve had a beautiful marriage together.

Dick Ziegler


Don Johnson Pictures
Posted by Brenda (Dick) Johnson Dunseith, ND


I’ve been cleaning and sorting some pictures.  Some are very old and some fairly recent.  I came across 2 pictures of Dick’s dad I found interesting.  If he had been living he would have turned 89 last week on July 13.  The picture of Don outside of the Garden Tap on Main Street was taken in 1965 and I think that’s what most folks remember.  The picture of him in the band uniform was taken in 1946 (not sure of the exact date).  I thought my father-in-law looked impressive in his uniform and can clearly see his German heritage. Good deal he had a Norwegian side to even this out. :-)



Johnson, Don (2443)-1 Johnson, Don 2443-2


Blog (617) posted on November 9, 2009

Posted on November 9, 2009

Dr. Loeb & Erling’s Book

Reply from Brenda Hoffman (68): Greenville, SC

Dear Gary,

My Mom and Dad still talk about Dr. Loeb’s brilliance. They contend that if Dr. Loeb had not been our doctor at the San, mom and I would have been hospitalized much longer. Dr. Loeb’s high expectations encouraged San Haven employees to perform just a bit better. In the ‘its a small world category,’ one of Dave’s periodontal patients in St. Cloud, MN was a next door neighbor of the Loeb family and I was able to take a letter from her to Hannah Loeb at our last Dunseith reunion. Our patient also talked about Dr. Loeb’s expertise.

And then of course, I just finished Erling Landsverk’s book My Dakota Years ( which I loved -I asked him to write another!) and via our emails found out that he and his sister were in the carriage with Hannah Loeb at the reunion. I so wanted to talk to Hannah and tell her how grateful I was for all that she and Dr. Loeb did for me that I chased the carriage for a few blocks (running all the way!). The carriage driver and passengers (if I remember correctly!) thought is was kind of a silly sight to see me running as fast as I could in the back streets of Dunseith.

Brenda Hoffman class of 1968

Loeb’s & Erling

Reply from Lloyd Awalt (44): Bottineau, ND.

Hi Gary just some answers to some of writers. Karen Loeb Mhyre that was a very nice article about your dad. I worked at the San when I was about 15 I lived across the street from your mother Hannah I grew up in Dunseith. I’m glad to hear that Hannah is doing fine. Erling that was a good article about the dirty 30s. I grew up then and it was a hard time. reading the Dunseith blog it is very interesting I know most every one that writes knew your folks better . keep up the good work Gary.

Reply to Karen Loeb Mhyre

From Gary Morgan (54): GARRISON, ND

Thank you for your prompt response. I was right! it is interesting and enlightening.
That Intern Program during WW II is a dark chapter in our country’s history. Apparently, there were actually cases where the younger generation gave their lives fighting for their country while their country thanked them by confiscating all of their parent’s property and relocating them to prison camps.

Gary Morgan ’54

Danny Lovass

Reply from Shirley Olson Warcup (49): Ivans, UT.

Here is a little information on Danny Lovaas: Danny’s younger brother, Paul, and I kept in touch until his death about 6 years ago. We talked on the phone a few times a year and I remember once he mentioned that one of Danny’s daughters had come to Nebraska to see him. I believe he said Danny lived in Louisiana and that he had 3 daughters. I could be wrong about both state and number of children. I don’t think Paul ever named the city in La. I wish now I had written down some of that information. Paul was pretty much confined to his apartment by this time–he used a wheel chair to get around. He apparently had regular communication with this niece and appreciated her visit. A former co-worker of Paul’s called me after his death. He might know something about Danny, but I didn’t write down his name or phone number and can no longer remember either. Both Ron, my husband, and I appreciated Paul’s calls–if I wasn’t home Paul gave Ron a run-down on things and they always had a good visit. I wish I had more information!!

Shirley Olson Warcup

Shirley and Susan Brew Roussin, I believe this is Danny and Eunice’s phone number an address. I believe Kathy and Patricia would probably be two of their daughters. Do either of you want to call them? If not, I can call them tomorrow, that is not a problem. I’m sure they would be glad and pleasantly surprised to receive a call from either one of you. Danny is 82 years old. Gary


5 Mansfield Dr

Bella Vista, AR 72714-5100

(479) 855-2911

Household: Eunice D Lovaas

Daniel L Lovaas 82

Bella Vista,AR

Kathy L Lovaas
Patricia K Lovaas
Eunice D Lovaas

Reply from Gary Metcalfe (57): Forsyth, MO

Hey Bonnie, Thanks for the memories….you would have found someone else already sitting in the car if I had not found a dead furrow and a couple of shadows on the way out of harms way! What memories!

Sue and I have just returned from a Caribbean Cruise to the Bahamas on Norweigan Cruise Line, Sky. (Same as our Alaska Cruise Line). All fun and relaxation. Many of the crew was from the Phillipines and some even from Cebu. After talking to several young people we were diffinitely of the opinion that the natives of the Phillipines appreciate having families like Gary and Bernadette retire in the area. They told of how some of their very own neighbors were US born married to Phillipine natives and help out the neighborhood so much with social events that go on at church or community. We are already looking forward to the 2012 cruise! Gary Metcalfe

Gary M, Yes, the Filipino people are very receptive of us being here and yes we do our share of community service. At the moment one of our spare bedrooms is loaded with Christmas packages, many of which are for some of the neighbor kids. We don’t spend a lot of money on each, but with the numbers, it adds up. Many of these folks are very poor. Some of the kids have few clothes, so we concentrate on giving clothes. I told Bernadette that we have to draw a line. There is only so much we can do. Gary S.

Reply from Aggie Casavant (69): Fort Mill, SC

Hi Gary,

It’s a beautiful Sunday morning here in the Carolinas,with the leaves at peak fall colors,against a clear blue sky,and a crisp cool in the air that makes a person happy to have a church family to go worship with,good friends to go out to lunch with,and get together to watch the Carolina Panthers beat the New Orleans Saints…Go Panthers!!!! And those of you who follow football, that statement about the Panthers beating the Saints is not one of those “LOL” moments….And I am so serious….Even though the Saints are undefeated,and the Panthers are every thing but….I still believe todays game, is “OURS”….Guess by the time everyone reads this,we will know for sure,now won’t we!!! GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ! PANTHERS!!!!!

Gary,what I really e-mailed you about is that I’m not sure if I e-mailed these last couple names to you to add to the list,they are as follows…Mel & Kathy Khun—Bill Krause—-And yes Del Enno is the lady you asked about.

You also asked about my brothers…All I know is that, Joe ,Gerald and Rene and Jimmy had a great time at the last reunion,and that Aime and Bobby, expressed,kinda like…”Darn I wish I would of went”, all of them are on your blog I believe,and as a rule are kinda the spur of the moment kinda guys,so that’s all I can tell you… Guess will see…I sure hope so….

Well gotta go Gary,gotta go get my Panther Jersey on,and get ready for the “Show Down” in “Gumbo City”…. Thanks Gary! Ms. Aggie

Aggie, in several days we will publish an updated list of those planning to attend the Dunseith Alumni Reunion in May. Gary

07/17/2017 (2542)

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

Marlene Armentrout | 1939 – 2017

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Saturday, Jul 22, 2017
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Marlene Armentrout
April 04, 1939 – July 15, 2017

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Marlene Armentrout, age 78 of Dunseith, died Saturday at a Minot hospital.
Her funeral will be held on Saturday at 2:00 pm at the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith.  Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.
(Nero Funeral Home – Bottineau)


Funeral Service Saturday, July 22, 2017
2:00 PM
Peace Lutheran Church

Gary’s Comment:
Our condolences are with Marlene’s family with her passing. She was very well known and liked by all those that knew her. She will be missed. She did the Dunseith News for many years too. She was very dedicated to public service.


Blog (616) posted on November 8, 2009

Posted on November 8, 2009

Memories of the Rober’t family

From Diane Larson Sjol (70): Minot, ND.

This message is for the Rober’t family. I remember all the fun times
we had at your house as kids…your mother was a wonderful lady. I am
sorry you had to go through this tragedy. Please know that we are
thinking of you.

Diane Larson Sjol

From Susan Brew Roussin (59): Rolla, ND.

Remembering…. Do any of the older classmates from Dunseith remember early days when Paster Lovaas lived near the school house in town. He had a son named Danny. Danny worked for a while at the Peace Garden with my step-grandpa (Jerry Demo). I must have been in first grade, the teacher was Eunice Larson, if I recall rightly. We thought it was a good idea if we got these two people together. I don’t know how it actually happened, but we felt like match makers, when they did get married. Does anyone know where are they now. Have a great day. Thanks much, Gary and all who keep the past alive in our thoughts and prayers. “Daddy” Jerry was the gardener at the Peace Garden in the late 40’s.

From Susan Malaterre Johnson (69): Alvarado, TX

One of the Ft. Hood victims was born in Williston, ND. Capt. John Gaffeney.

Reply to Shirley Olson Warcup (49):

From Keith Pladson (66): Stafford, VA

Again, I’m delighted my family was able to help you folks out when you needed help. I would so love to relay your thanks to them, but unfortunately, both of my parents and all of my Dad’s siblings have been gone for several years. I have often wondered what life was really like back then and your little historical story and shone a bit of light on that. Thanks

Keith Pladson (66)

George Loab – Former San Haven Superintendent:

Reply from Karen Loeb Mhyre (65): Bellevue, WA.

You asked about my dad’s history before he came to the San. George L. Loeb was the only son of a German, Jewish Professor of Chemistry in Germany. Dad was born in 1912, in Gottingen, Germany. In 1914, his father was killed in a fall from a horse while he was serving in the German military in World War I. His father’s name was Loeb. Dad’s mother took my dad home to her parents in Celle, Germany. Her father was a Bishop in the Lutheran Church in a big cathedral in Celle, Germany. Dad’s maternal grandparents were names Beurker. With the help of her parents, my grandmother was able to go to medical school after the loss of her husband.

My grandmother, Lenke, met and married one of her surgery professor’s, a Dr Fromme. They had 4 additional children, all full blooded Germans. I think my dad was considered kind of a “black sheep” by this step father. In 1938 or 39, after my father had finished medical school in Germany, his stepfather arranged for him to go to England where some of his Loeb relatives lived. Dad’s Aunt Marie Tutour (a sister of the professor Loeb, Dad’s birth father) helped my dad with the arrangements needed to come to the United States. He traveled by ship to New York City, entering our country through Ellis Island. Dad would tell us that he spent about 3 months in New York City. Mostly he went to movies to hear English spoken and worked on his language skills.

Next, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he sold used cars! He always loved fast cars with big engines! From there he moved to New Orleans where he repeated an internship at the big Charity hospital we heard so much about during the Katrina Hurricane days. On Sunday, December 7th 1942, Dad was working on Obstetrics and stayed all night with a woman in labor. On the morning of the 8th at 7 AM, Dad and his supervising faculty physician were walking across the street from the hospital to have breakfast and to discuss their cases from the night before. In the street, coming towards them were 2 FBI agents who arrested my dad as an enemy alien. We were now at war with Germany. Dad told us that if he had not been arrested that morning, he had planned to enlist in the US Army!! Dad said that he believed he had been on a “watch list” by our government. My Dad was always a man of strong political beliefs and he felt strongly that the German government of that time (Nazi) was very BAD. Dad frequently would talk about the political climate in Germany and the rest of Europe. He loved a good political discussion. My dad believed that someone probably reported him for how he talked about the Nazi’s at the time and that he had a lot of knowledge about what he thought was going on in Germany. Maybe too much knowledge of our enemies for a person living and working in the USA, wanting supposeedly to become an American.

Dad was sent to Stringfellow, Oklahoma where he was “@&&’m qqinterned” with hundreds of other enemy aliens who were also arrested when we went to war. Most people know that the Japanese on our West Coast were interned in prison camps in Idaho, Oregon and other states as well. The German’s were interned in similar camps. I do not know how long they were in Oklahoma, but at some point Dad was moved by train to Fort Lincoln near Bismark where he spent most of the rest of the WWII. Dad was a physician, so in both camp locations, he was given responsibilities to help with the medical care of his fellow prisoners.

As the war was ending, and I am not sure exactly when, Dad was “paroled” to the San as they were in desperate need for doctors. He was required to report weekly to a US Customs official who was stationed at the Peace Garden border crossing. I think the man’s name was Nesse (?) or something like that. (Not Elliot Ness!!!) He was not allowed to travel any further than Dunseith. Any other travel required special permission, etc.

My mother, Hannah Higgins grew up in Dunseith. She was the daughter of Alida Olson Higgins (sister of Christine Olson Carlson), from Trail County near Larimore/Grand Forks. My mom’s Dad was Frank Higgins, an Irishman who homesteaded several farms in the area and managed the hardware store in Dunseith in the 30’s. Frank was a widower with one son who suffered from TB of the bone. This half brother, Francis was post master of the Dunseith Post office while my mom was growing up. Frank died fromop some liver disease when my mother was 16 (1937). Both my mom and her sister Pat, went to high school in Fargo at Sacred Heart Academy (now Shanley High) and then to nursing school at St John’s hospital in Fargo. My mom was a nurse at the flight training school after she graduated until the war was over in 1945.

With the war over, Mom went home to Dunseith and lived with her mother for a while. She got a job at the San as a nurse. She and my dad have social security numbers one apart from each other as they were hired nearly at the same time.

My parents were married in the spring of 1947 and I was born in October of that year. Dad continued to have to report to his parole officer for some time, even after he married my mom.

My parents stayed at the San until 1958 when Dad moved us (Mom and 4 kids aged 11-2)to Minneapolis so he could do a residency in Radiology at the University of Minnesota. Dad was 39 at the time. My youngest sister, Jane was born in Minneapolis during Dad’s first year of residency. Following the 4 years of residency, we moved for 2 years to Seattle, WA where he worked for the VA and ran the Radiology department while the man who normally had that job was on a sabbatical. In 1963 our family moved to St Cloud, Minnesota where Dad practiced Radiology at the St Cloud Hospital. He loved radiology and was greatly respected for his skills in seeing the whole patient, not just the Xray. in using his many years of treating TB patients, he was able to really communicate with his patients and they really appreciated his sense of respect of the patient as well as his great diagnostic skills.

Sadly, Dad passed away unexpectedly, May 29, 1975 (age 63). He had been suffering some sleep apnea related seizures that caused his sudden death. My mom remained in St Cloud for a few years and eventually moved to her summer cottage in Longville, Minnesota. In 1998 ???? my mom and sister, Jane built a home near Jim and I in Bothell, Wa. My sister, Marianne also lives with them. Mom is now 88 and is slowing down a bit, but she reads everything she can, as well as plays amazing games of Scrabble and Pinnacle, We are so lucky to have my sisters and Mom close by (about a 20 minute drive).

Dad was a man with a huge need to be a successful physician. I think he always was trying to show that step father that he was worthwhile. Dad never went back to Germany to visit his half brother & 3 half sisters and Mother until after the step father had passed away. It is interesting to us to think about what a perfectionist and man of high expectations he was. He was a tough father on all of us kids, but he expected a lot from my mom and anyone he worked with as well. It was not always easy for kids or his employees to live up to his standards.

It is sad that he passed before he could see what ‘our” next generation of scientists, physicians and horsewomen have accomplished. He would be very proud of all that has been accomplished. We all have our own troubles and failings as well. Those would have killed him for sure!!

Thanks for asking about my Dad’s history. I do ramble on, but then we all think he was an amazing man. I hope I have most of these “facts” right.

Take care, and again, thanks for asking!

Karen Loeb Mhyre

November 2008
Karen Loeb Mhyre (65) with her granddaughter Katelyn

November 2008
Hannah Higgens Loab (39): with her Great Granddaughter Katelyn

Reply from Tom Hagen (51): Mesa, AZ & Williston, ND.

Gary, thank you so much again for sending obituary for Loren Smith as we
had not gotten all of that even though Dot attended the funeral!!!!
So sorry to hear about Jose and pray his pain will soon end. You
really do a remarkable service in your daily messages and they are
always interesting. We know Clarice Aus well and enjoyed Aggies blog
about her!!

We love E-mail letters, Love Tom and Dot

Dot, I think some of our readers will remember your brother Loren, so I have posted his Obituary below. We are so sorry to hear of his passing. Gary

Loren E. Smith
Jan. 21, 1931-Oct. 21, 2009

POSTED: October 25, 2009

Loren E. Smith, 78, Rugby, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, at the MeritCare
Medical Center in Fargo.

Loren was born Jan. 21, 1931, in Rolla, the third of four children born to
Melford Dewain and Lillie Augusta (Carlson) Smith. He was raised in St. John
until the family moved to Rolette in January 1946. Loren graduated from
Rolette High School in the class of 1948.

He met Esther Violet LaVerne Tastad at Luther League and the two were
married July 29, 1951. They moved to Rugby that year, and Loren began
working at a gas station in town. He moved on to jobs at Anderson Funeral
Home and Jacobson’s Department Store before becoming the working partner at
Leegard and Smith Men’s Store. He later purchased the store, owning it until
1978, and then finished out his professional career as a traveling salesman.

Loren was an active member of First Lutheran Church from the time he moved
to Rugby until his death, serving as a Sunday school teacher, council
president, custodian and choir member.

He was also active in other areas of the community, as a member of the
Chamber of Commerce and Red Cross, a school and district PTA president, and
a charter member of the Heart of America Concert series. After retirement,
Loren kept busy cutting lawns for people around town, volunteering at the
Heart of America Hospital, and taking care of the grounds at the Rugby
Country Club.

Loren is survived by: his wife of 57 years, Esther, of Rugby; six children,
daughters Laurel (Kevin) Toyne, of Rugby, Naomi Schmitz, Cashton, Wis.,
Cynthia (Mark) Granger, St. Louis Park, Minn., Sidonia (Bob) Burnell,
Oshkosh, Wis., Sonja (Milt) Myhre, Fargo, and a son, Tim (Kristin),
Russellville, Ark.; one sister, Darlene (Thomas) Hagen, of Mesa, Ariz.; 14
grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, other
relatives and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Christine Cooper; a
son-in-law, Mike Schmitz; two brothers, Neil and Doug; his stepfather,
Seivert Solhein; and his parents.

Funeral service: Monday at 10:30 a.m. in First Lutheran Church in Rugby with
burial in the Persilla Watts Cemetery, Rugby. Pastor Sharon Baker,

Friends may call today (Sunday) from 4 to 7 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in
Rugby and for one hour prior to the time of services at the church on

Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby.

Rick Casavant’s mothers Obituary

Note: Rick is married to Denise Wheeler. Rick/Denise are on our distribution.

Rick, we are so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. It’s always hard loosing a parent. Our condolences are with you and your family. Gary

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND.


Aug. 7, 1916-Nov. 3, 2009

POSTED: November 6, 2009

ROLETTE Alma Emma Casavant, 93, Fargo, formerly of Rolette, died Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009, in a Fargo nursing home.

She was born Aug. 7, 1916, to Hector and Eugenie Malo in Union Township, Rolette County. She married Merle Joliffe in 1935 and he preceded her in death. She married Lucien Casavant on July 9, 1946.

Survivors: sons, Garry Joliffe, Chandler, Ariz., Richard Casavant and DuWayne Casavant, both Rolette, Doyle Casavant, Mora, Minn.; daughters, Janice Pickard, West Fargo, Julie Luoma, Tehachapi, Calif., Colette Olson, Fargo; 22 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Rita Boe, Devils Lake, Jeanine Zeffero, Suttons Bay, Mich.

Funeral: Saturday, 10 a.m., Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rolette.

Burial: Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Rolette.

Rosary service: Today, 7 p.m., in the church.

07/12/2017 (2541)

Chase Fugere (Jeff – DHS 77 son) Obituary
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’77):  Bottineau, ND


 Chase Logan Fugere, 22, of Minot, ND died on Saturday, July 8, 2017 from complications related to a motorcycle accident.

Chase was born August 15, 1994 in Minot, ND the son of Jeff and Tammi Fugere. He was raised and educated in Minot, attended Our Redeemer’s Christian School, and graduated from Bishop Ryan High School in 2013. He worked three years as an apprentice electrician and graduated from the lineman program at Bismarck State College in May of 2017. He recently accepted his dream job as a lineman at MDU in Bismarck.

He loved sports and was a well-known basketball and football player in the Minot area. His awards were many. He played in the ND Shrine Bowl in Grand Forks. He was on the All State Football Team two years in a row. He started hunting and fishing at a very young age.

He loved his time outdoors with his dad and uncles who spent a great deal of time hunting and fishing with him. He was an expert marksman. Although Chase was an avid hunter, he had a genuine love of animals, especially his pets, Fluffy, Buster, Lily and Sophie.

Chase was a fun loving young man, a professional trickster. His mother says it could have been a second career. Unfortunately, he tried out 90 percent of his material, by playing pranks on his unsuspecting father and sister.

Chase had a wonderful sense of humor that will always be remembered by his family and friends.

Chase is survived by his parents, Jeff and Tammi Fugere; sister, Whitney Fugere (fiancé, Derek Borud); grandparents, Donna and the late Duaine Fugere and Terry and Marlene Thompson; aunts, Pamela (Gene) Schmidt, Debbie Fugere Fauske, Diane Fugere and Terri (Mike) Mongeon; uncles, David Fugere, Joel Fugere and John (Naomi) Thompson and 40 Cousins.

Chase was preceded in death by his grandfather.

 Celebration of Life Service: Friday, July 14, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Our Redeemer’s Church, Minot.

Visitation and an opportunity to say goodbye will be held on July 13, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot. There will be no reviewal at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate memorials that will be used in special tribute to Chase.


Our Grandson, Tyler Mick, Visited us here in Cebu

Tyler, our grandson visited us here in Cebu from May 19th to June 14th. He was here nearly a month on summer break from college.  We so enjoyed his visit. He spent a week with us in December too. With that trip he asked if he could come back in May/June for a month and of course we said yes. He has literally fallen in love with the Philippines and plans to return each year. He loves the friendly people and the culture. He has connected super well with all of his relatives here too. They are well bonded. He couldn’t hold back his tears and many here too, especially the kids, when saying his good buys.

Tyler gave his Grandma Bernadette a lot of papering, love and attention too of which she truly liked.

Tyler is very mature, outgoing and super friendly. His domineer, personality and social skills are very similar to those as those of my Dad’s, Bob Stokes, and of course his Great Grandfather too. We are all looking forward to his return next year.

Tyler is our Daughter, Sheryl’s son, He lives with his dad in Tacoma, WA. He will be a Sophomore at the University of Puget Sound (UPS) in Tacoma, WA
Stokes 2441-1.

6th District Congress Lady, Nerissa Soon-Ruiz,
                          Novie, Bernadette and Tyler
Stokes 2441-2


Blog (615) posted on November 7, 2009

Posted on November 7, 2009

Reply when asked about the correct spelling of her Maiden name:

From Jeri (Gordon 55) Fosberg Neameyer: Moorhead, MN

The spelling is Fosberg. Didn’t think about correcting that when I replied to Dick’s message.

Jeri Fosberg Neameyer

Note: Jeri is originally from Rolette.

Dorothy Rober’t – (Killed in a car accident near Langdon – Messages 599 & 600)

March 25, 1933-Oct. 18, 2009

From Dianne Rober’t Johnson (76): Rolla, ND.

Morning Gary,

Back to work on the 26th of Oct, but just now getting thru my e-mail @ work. Darla & I would like to thank everyone for their thoughts & prayers. The last few weeks have been real hard for Darla & me.

We were the ones who had to take care of the arrangements, the other 3 were too far away.

In the hospital, after the accident, Darla, Aunt Marlene & I went into Mom’s room, to say our final good-byes. The Doctor came in and told us that she didn’t suffer, the steering wheel and airbag crush her chest and her main artery burst, she was gone within minutes. We got the 1st call @ 9:40 am, she was gone before we got half way to Langdon.

The man involved in the accident, didn’t see her and pulled out onto the hwy. From the Highway Patrols report, witnesses said “it looked like she didn’t see him either”, there was no signs of her trying to stop, her van hit just behind the front wheel, passenger side of the truck. He was hauling grain from the field to a grain bin, in his yard, across the road.

I figured people would like to know what happen.

Mom was in the process of moving back to ND and going to stay with Marlene in Langdon. She had been living with our oldest sister, Carol, in WI. I was so glad Mom was coming home to ND to live, I missed her.

I’d like to extend my condolences to Janice’s family. She was a nice lady.

Gary, thanks for posting this for me.

Dianne (Rober’t) Johnson – Rolla, ND

Dr. Loab (San Haven Supt.)

Question from Gary Morgan (54): GARRISON, ND

To Karen Loeb Mhyre,
Was not your father interned at the Bismarck camp during World War II? Did he ever talk about it?
I think it would be interesting and enlightening to hear of the hardships our predecessors endured that were not necessarily related to finances or weather. To know where we came from helps define who we are.

Gary Morgan ’54

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

Gary and Friends,

Jeri Neameyer, thanks for the correction on who was who in Rolette. I
do remember Ron Cameron and now remember he was the coach who was
married to Myrna, not Ross Julson. Myrna was a very pretty gal, I do
remember that. Sorry to hear of her passing at such a young age. Thanks
for setting me straight and thanks Gary!


Correction from Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND.

UffDa Gary, Where was my brain? The class of ’70 were seniors in ’69
and ’70. The year of biology lab was our sophmore year! Although, I
believe Mr. Espe and Biology students continued the rabbit
Although, Ray had lots of younger brothers who were quick on the draw
and could get “wabbits” too.

Speaking of the Lagerquist Family. Being close neighbors, I knew the family well, However, those from Evon on down were not yet in school when I graduated in 1965. I left the country in 1966, so I wasn’t around the younger Lagerquist kids nearly as much. I remember their nice big two story house with a very large room on the north end that was often used for dances in the earlier days before my days. That house caught fire and burned down a number of years ago. Gary

07/10/2017 (2540)

Facebook 2 year memory.
Picture L To R: Darrel Stokes, Gary Stokes, Debby Stokes & Trish Larson Clayburgh

It was such a pleasure finely meeting Trish too. What a ball of fire she is. She joined me and many former Dunseith folks for breakfast at the Bottineau bakery too, where she saw several of her former DHS teachers, Les Halvorson and Terry Espe. They had some good memories and stories too. Trish is not one that is ever forgotten. Les remembered the many tests she aced too. Trish has a PHD in nursing, Dr. Trish Clayburgh. As many of us know, she loves horses too.
Stokes 2440


Reply to Larry Hackman’s, Hackman Peace Garden Posting
From Vickie Metcalfe (’70:  Bottineau, ND


What a neat bit of  family and Peace Garden history  shared!

My Great grandparents, Sam and Elizabeth (Welsh) Wicks and Grandparents, Robert and Sylvia (Wicks) Lamb  neighbored the Hackman family on Highway 43 East ( close to School Section Lake). My mother b. 1925 had fond memories of Celia Hackman. Mom  said, “Celia  who was older in her teens was very kind to younger children”. Mom  also remembered and shared:

Celia and her mother using a pedal sewing machine, and scraps of material were clever and generous  at  fashioning clothes for  mom’s only  doll.

In those years, Celia who drove a buggy, would come by  stop for  mom and they would  go for drives  to Kelvin Store and pick up things needed.

She especially recalled a long drive south west of Lydie Lake with Celia. It was   beautiful clear summer  day Celia had an errand for her parents Celia took mom along for the drive to her  uncles  where she fetched something. That was the first time mom saw  Mr.  Henry Dietrich.

Then, Celia married and she didn’t take mom  for drives any more. Celia and her husband  had moved  to a little house just across #3  Highway close to  Kelvin Store.

One day  she was excited because her Uncle Carl  drove her  to see Celia’s new baby. Celia had a beautiful tiny and perfect baby girl  she named Erna.

In later years, Mom and Celia always enjoyed little visits at Peace Lutheran Church whenever  they served together at a church function.

Mom would  comment on that long friendship, and she’d  always inquire about Erna.

It was neat seeing the old photo of baby Erna and her mother  and new knowledge about the year, 1937.

Vickie Metcalfe


Blog (614) posted on November 6, 2009

May 22, 2009
Dunseith Alumni Reunion
Folks, For those of you that replied indicating you’d like to attend this reunion, I have passed your messages onto Aggie and Verena. I have not talked to Aggie or Verena about any of the specific’s of their plans, but I know that Verena checked with George Gottbreht about using the Bingo Barn and she can get that facility for a very reasonable price. The cost, divided up among those attending would be very little. I know they are considering the HS gym too. I know the Bingo Barn is all set up to accommodate this sort of an event. To even consider either of these facilities, they need the numbers, so please let them know if you’d like to attend. Remember, just because you tell them that you plan on attending doesn’t mean you are locked into attending if for some reason something comes up and you are unable to go. They are just trying to get a feel for the number of folks to plan for. Once they lock their plans in, it may be hard to change if more folks decide to attend.
Please just reply to any of these messages if you’d like to attend and I will forward your message to Verena and Aggie. I will not be posting your replies on the daily blog. Aggie will be sending me periodic updates of those planning on attending that I will be posting. Gary
Florence Pladson Sime has a phone at Good Sam – (701) 228-2310
From her sister Tina Pladson Bullinger (78): Bottineau, ND.
Just an update on Florence. She now has a phone in her room……the number is (701) 228-2310. Give her a call and say hi!
Tina, I did just that. I just called her. It’s 8:30 AM her time. I think I woke her up. Florence sounds great! She said she had lots of broken bones, so it takes taking time for all these to heal. She seems to be in good spirits too. Gary
Dunseith Community Nursing Home Caring Hearts Auxillary:
Request from Mary Eurich Knutson (62): Dunseith, ND
Hi Gary
We have a group of ladies here in town known as the Dunseith Community Nursing Home Caring Hearts Auxillary and they do an annual toy bingo/donation fund raiser for the nursing home every year. We were talking about the blog and wondered if it would be appropriate to mention and see what kind of a response we’d receive. If any would care to send small donations. Club is headed by Cheryl Haagenson and Kim Marion. What do you think? If interested donations can be sent to DCNH, Box 669
Dunseith, ND 58329. Thanks. Mary Eurich Knutson
Mary, Yes, by all means we can post this. How much more Dunseith can this be. With Cheryl Haagenson being one of the heads of this group, you’ve got good direction too. What a wonderful thing you guys are doing and for a great cause. Gary
Reply from Jeri Fosbert Neameyer (Gordon 55): Moorhead, MN
Reply to Dick Johnson—I don’t remember that and it could have been Lynette, but Laurel Mongeon may have been that singer. She has a beautiful voice and sang solo’s, duets and however many other groups they could put together., I remember Myrna (now decease1990) sang with Laurel. Myrna sang alto. I also had an older sister Carlene . Myrna married Ron Cameron who was the basketball coach in Rolette. That’s to many years ago to remember all those details.
Jeri Neameyer
Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND
You are SO WELCOME for anything I’m able contribute to your newsletters–I thoroughly enjoy being part of your newsletter recipients . Knowing (and hearing about) some of the Dunseith/hills area people and Dad’s owning a garage in Dunseith for a few years, gives me a feeling of being a small part of Dunseith, too, even though I never actually lived there.
I, along with everyone else, look forward to your daily newsletter. Thanks, Gary!
From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND.
We have no school tomorrow here, as it is a comp day at Bottineau School. Many folks will be use the day hunting deer.
In regard to hunting, I believe the class of ’70 can boast of at least, two of our very own proficient hunters who began a little tradition. After carving lab frogs, two kids of the hills, Ray and Brian made a very convincing argument to our biology teacher.
Mr. Espe, our insightful teacher recognized teachable moments, was “game’ and in the course of a weekend in fall of ’69 or early winter “70, Ray and Brian filled a couple of Dunseith Public School lab refrigerators with rabbits.
Mr. Espe changed the course of his lesson plans and for a couple of weeks squeamish girls and tough boys diligently working in teams of two proceeded to dissect. The most amazing things happened. We learned how to skin, used microscopes, prodded at vital organs, stretched out intestines which we measured and compared the lengths.
Moving into the second week ,as the buses pulled into the parking lot at Dunseith High we were greeted by the……….aroma of those rabbits. There hath no aroma like the stench of an un-preserved rabbit!
Thanks. Gary.
Vickie, With the class of 70, we all know that has to be Ray Lagerquist and Brian Fauske that provided all those Rabbits. Gary
A message for Keith Pladson,
From Shirley Olson Warcup: (49): Ivans, UT
I’m sure it must have been your Dad and uncle who were always there to help us. It would have been in the latter part of the 1930’s–37,38, 39. There was always a bit of a discussion about the road as we made our way to Grandma Johnson’s house. I can remember my Dad expressing regret at having to always ask “The Pladson Boys” for help. Not only did they have to harness the horses, they had to put on rubber boots and work clothes because they knew they would get muddy. We were probably a real “pain in the neck” but they never gave any indication that we were causing them any inconvenience. And there was never a mention of money. Once we were out of the mud and on our way, my Dad always talked about “The Pladson Boys” and how generous and helpful they were. I never spoke to either of the boys and saw them only from the inside of our car but I have always had great respect for them for their willingness to help. I don’t know how old they were back then or if they are still with us now–but, if they are yet here–please convey my thanks–not just for getting us out of the mud but for being such “good guys”.
Shirley Olson Warcup
Dunseith Runion in May:
Aggie Casavant’s (69) reply to Susan Fassett Martin (65): Fort Mill, SC
Susan, Got you on the list…now if we can talk Crystal and Pennie & Cheryl Kester to go, that would be great! Looking forward to seeing you there. Ms. Aggie
Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.
Gary and Friends,Thank you to Karen Loeb Mhyre for the great story of her childhood
memories of the San and Lake Metigoshe. I remember going to Vanorny’s
cabin that was just north of McKay Island. In those days (late 50s) it
seemed like a long boat ride from our cabin on the south end of the lake
to Jay’s folks cabin. Karen, your cabin would have been just west of the
old Metigoshe Store, so I bet you made a few trips there for treats!?!?
That was a neat place, with something for everyone. Things have really
changed at the lake in the last few years. There are very expensive
homes going up all over and the old traditional cabins are disappearing
fast. It’s amazing how your parents had a cabin on Girl Lake near
Longville, MN. In 1960 or ’61, when we were 10, Rich Campbell and I went
to a YMCA camp on Little Boy Lake, near Longville. I remember one of our
camp counselors told us about Little Girl Lake being not far away. Maybe
it was Girl, not Little Girl, I’m not sure. We were there for two weeks
at a place called Camp Olson—-Olsons in Minnesota—imagine that! It’s
a small world we live in anyway! We had a counselor who probably was
glad to see us leave. He had a habit of snoring so we zipped him
completely in his sleeping bag as the zipper went all the way across the
top. We also caught a small brown lizard and put it in his sleeping bag.
He about went nuts! We had a crafts class every day and I still have a
few of the things we made. They had a brutal way of teaching kids to
swim. We had to tread water for something like 20 minutes. When I was
playing out, I reached for the dock. One of the counselors put his foot
on my forehead and pushed me back out, and it wasn’t the counselor we
tormented either.I did pass the test and graduated to what they called
the ‘Sharks’–big deal! I’ll attach a picture from our big adventure. I
took the picture on my own camera so I’m not in the photo. The haggard
guy behind is the counselor! Rich is wearing a white shirt and is
second from the right. Thanks Gary!


07/07/2017 (2539)

Hackman’s @ International Peace Garden, ND 2017 & 1937
From Larry Hackman (’66): l Bismarck, ND

Dick Johnson’s reply on make and year of the Hackman vehicles from 1937 trip to the Peace Gardens pictured below.


From: Dick Johnson
Sent: Wednesday, July 05, 2017 9:27 PM
To: Larry & Marion Hackman
Subject: Re: Hackmans @ International Peace Garden, ND 2017 & 1937


The car on the left is probably a Whippet or other more odd make. The next is a  ’30-’31 Model A Ford.  The third from the left is a ’33-’34 Chevy and the car on the right is a ’28-’29 Model A Ford.  Those years are had to tell apart as the style was the same with only slight differences that can’t be seen in the picture.


On 7/5/2017 6:29 PM, Larry & Marion Hackman wrote:

From: Hackman, Larry

Happy fourth of July Everyone,

I made a Peace Garden run with my family.  They loved the Garden , the Hills, the jumbo burgers- some had two=one at noon and one in the evening, and the tours of the areas where the Hackman’s once farmed.

I put all the pictures I could find for when the Anton Hackmann family were at The Peace Gardens, 80 years ago. There are more pictures on face book, go  to my daughters page [Angie (Hackman) Leintz].  If anyone finds a correction or an addition that should be made, please let me know.  Dick I was wondering if you could tell me what kind of cars the Hackman’s were driving back in the day?

Love You all.  Friend,  Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, – Larry

Hackman 2439-1Larry & Marion Hackman, children, grandchildren and Layla in pink the Great Grandchild, all at the International Peace Garden, ND on July 1,2017.
This is eighty years after my Grandfather Anton Hackmann- Hackman and his family were at the same location with his children, Grandchildren and his great Granddaughter Erna (Walter) Pedersen in 1937.  I did not know this until I started looking at pictures after the trip was made. Enjoy the pictures

Hackman 2439-2
Hackman 2439-3
Grandfather Hackmann ,  Grandmother Elizabeth Hackman,
Aunt Josephine (Hackman) Birkland, Aunt Celia (Hackman) Walters holding daughter Erna (Walter) Pederson,
Other children shown are Birklands? At International Peace Garden, ND 1937
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Hackman family looking down water fall in 1937.Water fall built by the Conservation Corp.as was most structures at the Peace Gardens.

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From Rt. Grandfather Anton Hackmann-Hackman,  August (Gus) Hackman, Clarence Hackman,  Bill Hackman but I could have Bill and Grandpa mixed up?
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Uncle Frank (Fixer) Hackman on the Lt. Dad,Clarence Hackman on the Rt., @2nd from Rt. Grandfather Anton Hackmann-Hackman, 3rd from Rt. August (Gus) Hackman, I think Bill Hackman  with dog,  The next guy with suit , I think uncle Ed Dietrich? Uncle Henry Birkland w/boy? @nd from Lt.——– neighbor Carl Wicks?
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Grandmother Elizabeth Hackman, Celia Walter with Great Grandaughter Erna Walter) Pederson, and Grandfather Anton Hackmann-Hackman at the International Peace Garden,ND in the year of 1937.
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Hackman family vehicles at the Peace Gardens in 1937.  They crowded that one because maybe the parking brake didn’t work and it occasionally slipped out of gear when parked, or the smaller ones just wanted to snuggle with that bigger one.  Your guess is as good as mine.


Joke of the day
Posting from Wally Garbe (Neola’s Husband)

My buddy Tom was a single guy living at home with his father and working in the family business. 

He knew that he would inherit a fortune once his sickly father died.
Tom wanted two things:

• to learn how to invest his inheritance and,

• to find a wife to share his fortune.

One evening at an investment meeting, he spotted the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Her natural beauty took his breath away.

“I may look like just an ordinary man,” he said to her, “but in just a
few years, my father will die, and I’ll inherit 20 million dollars.”

Impressed, the woman obtained his business card.

Two weeks later, she became his stepmother.

Women are so much better at estate planning than men…



Blog (613) posted on November 5, 2009


Posted on November 5, 2009

Dunseith (All School) Alumni Reunion 

Reply from Aggie Casavant (69): Fort Mill, SC

Hi Gary

I just woke up so I better get busy on my “To Do List” before I go to work tonite.

Now for the list of people who said they would attend…in the order that they notified me.

1. Paula Fassett

2. Debbie Fauske

3. Richard & Ele Slyter

4. Diane Winstead

5. Allen Poita & Mark Larsen

6. Billy Grimme

7. Lance & Helen Metcalf

8. Vicki Hiatt LaFountain

9. Charles & Geri Metcalf

10.Gary & Mary Lou Morgan

11.Mel & Kathy Khun

12. Neola Garbe
13. Pete & Verena Gillis

14. Dick & Brenda Johnson

15. Ron Hett

16. Aggie Casavant

If there is someone who notified me and I “messed up” and do not have you on the list,I “SO” apologize and please let me know.

I’m 99.9% sure I didn’t forget anyone, but there is always that chance… I hope this list generates more people that will come…”Don’t make me call you out by name!!!! But you sure are going to get an e-mail from me, if I find your e-mail…..Wink, Wink….. Well gotta go… and unto the next item on my “To Do List”.

Thanks Gary !

Ms. Aggie

Dunseith (All School) Alumni Reunion

Folks, Please let us know if you plan on attending this event. Please let us know even if you are not sure. Aggie and Verena need to know so they can plan accordingly.

This is a personal invitation to each and everyone of you from the hills, from the prairies, from the city of Dunseith, from the surrounding areas and to those from a distance to attend this event. If you like you can just reply to this message and I will pass it along to Verena and Aggie. I will not post any of your replies on the daily blog. I will just pass them onto Aggie and Verena. Those attending from a distance would love to see as many of you local folks as possible too.

Bill Grimme called me several days ago and he told me he plans to attend this great event also. Bill also plans to visit us here in the Philippines in July.

Please just hit the reply button if you plan to attend. Thanks, Gary

To be published in the local papers:

Dunseith (AllSchool) AlumniReunion

May 22, 2010

Dunseith location will be determined by the number of people planning to attend. The Dunseith High School Gym and the Bingo barn are available if enough folks sign up.

4:00pm to 6:00pm – Social Hour – Beverages available for purchase

6:00pm to 8:00pm – Dinner – Potluck or catered to be determined with a survey of those attending.

8:00pm to Midnight – Hwy 43…AKA Dick & Brenda Johnson & Ron Hett

The concept is to have fun by keeping the costs down.

To Attend, please contact one of the following to get your name on the list.

Note: For those of you reading this on the WEB site wishing to attend, just reply by clicking on the “Contact Us” tab on the upper left side of this site page. I receive all those messages. Gary

Aggie Casavant

Verena Gillis

Gary Stokes (360) 362-1222

Mrs. Aus

Reply from Aggie Casavant (69): Fort Mill, SC


Much thanks to you, is how Neola fits in this picture. I have never met Neola, but we communicated thru e-mails off and on concerning different subjects on the blog. To say she’s been a blessing would be an understatement. Mr.&Mrs. Aus taught school in Minot after leaving Dunseith. A friend of Neola’s knew them quite well, so she contacted them on my behalf and got her address and phone number for me. What a blessing. I can’t wait for the Christmas cards to come out, so I can go find Mrs. Aus that special card for the special teacher…. And speaking of special, I’m looking forward to meeting Neola at the reunion.

Speaking of the reunion, I’ll be sending you the list of people going, tomorrow… I’m on my way out the door to go to work to slay some dragons……either before I get there or after I get punched in…..LOL! Thanks for the connections Gary!

God Bless You,and Take Care

&n bsp; Ms. Aggie

Aggie, Neola has been a god send to our daily blog too. She has provide so much and has connected so many loose ends. She knows so many people everywhere and can make lots of connections. Neola spends a lot of time researching her saved news paper articles, etc looking for stuff for us. She has sure found a whole bunch of stuff too. She has also spent so much time finding, scanning and sending us a whole lot of pictures too. She also keeps us abreast of the current newspaper articles that are published about our folks too.

Neola, we truly do appreciate everything you do. We all know that it takes a lot of time to research, scan and send all the stuff you provide. You, a Bottineau girl, have done so much for us Dunseith folks. It’s such an honor to be your cousin. Thank you, Gary

Mrs. Aus

Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.

You wondered how I was involved with Aggie/Mrs. Aus. When I read Aggie memory, and she mentioned Mr./Mrs. Aus, I was quite sure she was referring to Perry/Clarice Aus. As you know, Perry is deceased ( He was a large man; I think he had health problems for several years before he passed away.). Perry/Clarice were good friends of Rodney/Sandra Wetzel, who are my good friends. I think, because of this, I had heard about Perry/Clarice before they came to Minot to teach. I can’t remember how many years they taught in Minot. Neither Perry/Clarice taught at Bel Air, where I taught. I understand the Aus’ have a very large/interesting house near Norwich, ND. I’ve never seen it, but I would like to have seen it. Perhaps Aggie will tell us about it after she visits Clarice this spring. 

Now, back to how I’m involved. I located Clarice’s mailing address/phone number on the internet and sent the info to Aggie. The rest, as they say, is history. 


Russell School – Blanche Wicks Schley

Reply from Aggie Casavant (69): Fort Mill, SC


This is an e-mail that I got yesterday from Blanche Schley. I do not know her personally,but I thought her story was interesting enough to share. Who knows maybe there is someone out there who went to Russell School with her brother and sisters who is familiar with the Lake and Fassette family that she knew during that period of time. I remember an old vacant house down the road west of the school that we referred to as Alias Fassettes.But no one ever lived there when we were growing up. So interesting how this all comes together.

Thanks Gary

Ms. Aggie

From:Blanche Schley (42)

 Tue, November 3, 2009 10:03:00 PM
 Russell school

Is this the school that was near Thorne? My family lived in that area and my sisters and brother attended school there. We lived near a Fassett family and our neighbor was a Mr. Lake. One time when we went back to Dunseith we drove to this Russell school. It was a two story four rooms on each floor (reminded one of the school in Dunseith). Our family moved from the Turtle Mountains to Thorne and then to Dunseith in 1929. I have never known if my father was buy the farm or rented it, but in 1929 he decided not to farm anymore.

We moved to Dunseith and lived there until 1938.

They say that everyone has a story and I really enjoy the stories that are sent to Gary’s blog. Dorothy Schneider was a classmate of mine in grade school as was Alan Campbell and Emerson Murry, Barbara Nelson and Margaret Ann Myhre.

Have a good day!

Blanche Wicks Schley

2005 First Avenue North

Grand Forks, ND

Erling Landsverk’s book

San Haven

From Karen Loeb Mhyre (65): Bellevue, WA.

Hello Gary,

I was looking back through the email list and was trying to find the information about ordering Mr Landsverk’s book, “My Dakota Years”. Can’t seem to find it. Could you pass along the ordering information, please?

I have read the notes from various people about the San and have been thinking alot about the wonderful days we had as kids living there. It really was an idyllic world for the kids in the 50’s. Our family moved to Minneapolis in the summer of 1958, but we continued to visit the San almost yearly for many years. My grandmother, Alida Higgins had her place at Lake Metigoshi until the early 70’s, I think and we would always drive through the San after visiting the Lake before going on to my parents place in northern Minnesota. Their cabin was at Longville, Minnesota on Girl Lake. My parents lived for many years in St. Cloud, Minnesota. That cabin was no match for Metigoshi when it came to early childhood memories. We took swimming lessons at the little park near “Slemmons Store.” We would swim with the raft we built out of washed up boards out to what I think is Mac Kay Island. My Gramma’s cottage was next to some cabins owned by Bottineau and Minot Families, the Stover’s and I can’t remember the Minot family name. Jay Vanorny and his parents had a cabin a few doors down too. One of these cabins is now owned by Lola’s sister and her husband, a Mr Woods who is related to the Stovers, I think. We looked across at Rugby Point(?). I think most of the cabins over there were owned by Rugby families, but am not sure. I am also not sure what they call “our” side of the lake. After a few years my gramma sold the cabin to my Aunt Pat Black and she eventually sold it to a woman named Robin (also a Stover relative) who is a Veterinarian in Nebraska. We always heard that she planned to rebuild the cabin when she retires. We always stop and look at the cabin when we are in the area. In September, my brother Tom and I stopped. It is still the old cabin. We always remember it as a wonderful place with a beautiful screened porch and amazing fireplace made out of BIG rocks. it also had a huge wooden beam running the length of the main living room. When my husband built our home here in Bellevue, Washington, we tried to build the fireplace like the one Gramma had at the Lake.

It has been amazing to go back and see how small the cabin is really and that the fireplace was not so big either. It is so interesting to revisit the old places of our childhood.

Up until and including the year of the reunion we were always able to drive through the San and even get out and walk around and look at so many places we remembered. When I was born, my parents lived in the Children’s Building. We then moved to one of the Green buildings (I think) and then to one if the two white cottages that was across from the play ground. Eventually we moved to the Superintendent’s House when my dad became the head of the hospital. I only really remember living in that house. It had beautiful furnishings and many rooms to play in. The big enclosed porch on the east side of the house had red brick like linoleum on the floor and I remember practicing my roller skating there for hours. In good weather the kids living at the San would all be out on the sidewalks skating. My brother Tom (born in 1956) was born at home in one of the upstairs bedrooms. My mom had worked in surgery (she gave anesthetics for the surgery cases my Dad was doing) that day he was born and was very tired that night. I think she woke up about 2 AM, she had one pain and then Tom was born. My Mom says that after they cleaned up the baby and everything was taken care of, my dad went up to the hospital and brought home everything you would need to handle any medical emergency. Mom often comments that it was the only time she saw George Loeb not know what to do!!! I still have a visual memory of my dad coming downstairs with a metal pan to show my brother, Bob and my sister, Marianne and I the placenta. He never missed an opportunity to “teach”!! We three older kids were all born at the hospital in Rugby. My sister, Jane was born in Minneapolis after we moved away from the San.

The San was a wonderful place for kids in those days. We ran through the tunnels in the winter and had the most amazing times sledding on the little hills. the North Dakota snow made amazing drifts of hard compact snow that we would climb on and through.

I first watched television at my friend, Carol Jasper’s house. It took a while for my folks to decide TV was OK. Carol and I had wonderful collections of paper dolls which I kept at Carol’s house. I guess my Dad did not approve of “pretend” play with paper dolls. I guess they were a little on the sexist side. Kind of like paper Ken and Barbie dolls, I think. We loved going to the commissary to get the mail and look at comic books and buy candy. I remember a Hersey bar was 5 cents. Outside to the west of the Refectory building where the dining room was was a sidewalk triangle filled with what I remember to be three very large fir trees. We would play inside this treed area, pretending it was a play house, village, a fort and the like. The whole San really was a wonderful place to explore. The last evening before we moved to Minneapolis, I remember walking around to all the special places and saying “good bye” to these favorite places. The rows of holly hocks along the sidewalks where we would catch bees in the flower cups, the playground with swings, of course. There was a big hill below the Commissary building (maybe called the AD Building?) where my dad taught my brother and I to ski. It really was not such a big hill, but it seemed big when we had to sidestep up to the top. I remember how unbelievably cold we would get when we were out in the snow.

I remember our friendships with the other kids who lived at the San. Carol, Jay, the Hoffman’s, the Pearson girls, Link boys, Johnson’s and there were others too. I am just not remembering all the names. It was all such a long time ago. Sadly, I have not kept in touch with these long ago friends.

I better get back to my packing. I leave on Thursday to visit my daughter and her two kids who live in Ann Arbor. The University of Michigan!! Go Blue! Such fun being a grandmother.

Take care, and again thanks for all the email postings you send out. Many names are so familiar and it is just fun to read about the place where you come from.

Karen Loeb Mhyre

Folks, I forwarded an advance copy of Karen’s request to Erling when I got her message last night (10 hours ago). Erling has already called her. This is his reply. Gary

Reply from Erling Landsverk (44): Portage, WI

Hi Gary and Everyone:

I received your E Mail requesting information for Karen Mhyre. I called her this morning and had a most delightful conversation with her. It so happens that her mother, Mrs Loeb rode in the same buggy as my sister Borg and I did at the parade in 2007 that comemorated the 125th anniversary of dunseith as a city or village, I believe that was the year. In Addition, her father was the superintendent of the Tuberculosis sanitorioum during the fifties, and I guess we actually spoke to Karen, but in the hub bub of the celebration and the unexpected invitation to ride in the parade, I guess some things just didn’t come to the fore front. Thank you very much for forwarding her request to me. I was able to help her with the book. I would like to add that as I have more and more contact with former North Dakota residents, more esspecially those from our own particular area, the more interesting the history. Now i know I missed out on a lot of good things when we left so early, but of course you know as well as I that when Dad and Mom say lets go, we jump. Maybe its because i am blind now that I wax more sentimental about the Turtle mountains and the immediate area. I am not sure about that because I know how I felt about the hills and the people there when I lived ther , and the affection I felt for the land and for the people has always been with me. I know the living was tough in the 30s, I know because I lived it, but I learned a lot about life, and about the great folks that i met and and associated with. Perhaps its like this: they have been tempered by the harshness of severe winter, the difficulty with economic conditions like the great depression, and how their spirit of independence has made them a cut above the whining populace so often demonstrated in other parts of our country. . Has memory softened reality, I don’t think so, I read the reference to the Pladson boys who pulled us out of mud holes and snow drifts. That wasn’t done for moneyk they didn’t charge a nickel, It was doing something for your neighbor. God bless them. North Dakota folks looked after their own, just like the flooding crisis at Fargo last spring.

Erling Landsverk

Reply from Keith Pladson (66): Stafford, VA


This is a response to Shirley Olson Warcup’s input on your last blog.

Since you graduated, Shirley, the year after I was born, my memories of the past are somewhat different than yours. The Willow Lake Road past the “Pladson Farm” (my older siblings and I still refer to it as the old “home place”) wasn’t that bad as I remember it. But I’m sure it had been somewhat improved when we (my dad and mom and my siblings) lived there. That was in the early 50s. Since you are probably referring to an earlier time frame (mid thirties?), it would probably have been my Grandfather, Olaf and Grandmother, Thyra and there four children living there (though my Aunts may have both been married and gone by then). The two Pladson boys you refer to would then have had to have been my Dad, Elden and my Uncle, Arthur. That generation in my family is now all gone. However, when we were growing up, our dad often entertained my siblings and I with stories of his childhood on that farm and how different things were. Though pulling people through the mud on the road was not something I remember him specifically speaking of, there were many other stories of the use of horses on the farm and around the neighborhood. If it was my family, I’m glad they were able to help you out.

Keith Pladson (66)

Keith, I am only a year older than you, but I remember, Well, you guys living on that place. That would have been my pre-school days. Speaking of the Willow Lake road, I remember the road washing out frequently on the south side of the lake where the creek runs under the road. In the spring, the water used to run over the road. Clarence Bye, the county commissioner, lived close by though and he always got it fixed. Clarence and Helen were such wonderful folks too. We used to visit them often. In retired years, they visited my folks often. Gary

Halloween Story

From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

Just another story of Halloween tricks from days past. Dad taught in
Rolette from ’58-63 and told about a Halloween prank gone bad. A bunch
of high school kids went to sneak into someone’s yard and tip his
outdoor biffy. They figured the best way was to run up behind it in the
shadow of the building. The owner thought this was probably going top
happen so he moved the toilet toward the light and left the open hole in
the shadow. A tall girl named Lucy Doehlen (sp) was the poor soul who
got there first! They gave her a ride home—but she had to sit on the
front fender of the car! A couple messages ago (#603), Jeri Fosberg
Neameyer mentioned Dad teaching in Rolette and ending his concerts with
‘The Lord Bless You and Keep You’. I remember going to most of the
concerts in Rolette. He had some really good singers. One of the boys
sang Mancini’s ‘Moon River’ very well. I think it was Robert Graber. He
also had a girl in choir who had what is called ‘perfect pitch’. If the
song started in a certain key, he would tell her the key and she would
hum in that key—very rare! I believe it was Lynette Gilje. Jeri
Neameyer—help me here! I want to test my memory. I think the Fosberg
kids were–Myrna, Jeri, Deanna, and Chuck, who was my age. I might have
it wrong. If I remember correctly, Myrna married Ross Julson, who was
the coach for Wolford when Les Halvorson played for the Wolves. Les is
married to Myra Henning (DHS ’72). If I have any names or memories
wrong, please correct me. Thanks Gary!


07/05/2017 (2538)

Pride Dairies Vintage Ice Cream
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and Dunseith Friends,

I have been thinking a lot  about  a  buzz word  brought forth this past winter  by the media.


Rural kids in childhood on, learned,  practiced, worked and  lived  ‘MINDFUL”.

I spent  a large amount of time in the barn.

There a person had to  focus and pay attention.

Time management was learned by set routines of  morning and night  chores.

Farm kids learned to milk cows by hand and  later with machines.

On  a  family farm to experience sweet success,  everyone had  to work together.

We watched our elders keep animals healthy, well fed and content.

(At our  barn my  parents kept a radio station on country music which seemed to content the critters.)

Needs of the animals  always came before a country breakfast.

Clean  the cream separator, cream can and always a sanitary  milk room.

We drank  whole milk from a milk  cow, not a box purchased from a store.

(We knew chocolate milk didn’t come from Brown cows.)

We knew what day of the week the local dairy truck came to pick up the cream and leave butter.

One came from Pride Dairy. I wonder if Bob Stokes was once a driver?

In the last 50 years, rural area diversified  farms have experienced  extreme changes.

Weathering change as noted in a regional newspaper, is a local creamery.

I go to Pride Dairy to mail  gifts of  various cheese’s, syrup’s  and etc.  away at Christmas.

It is such a delight to be mindful in sharing local  treats to special people who have fond recollections of this area!

Until Later. Vickie

Todays in forum July 4, 2017



K.C. Annual Peace Garden Event
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70 Bottineau, ND

Gary and  Friends of Dunseith,

The local  radio shared a public service announcement  about an  annual event to be held at the  International Peace Garden.

I believe it is to be Sunday Morn t July 9.

I  remember  Debbie Morinville proudly  sharing  her dad, Joe Morinville was very influential and  involved in spear heading this event in the early 1960’s.

“The Dunseith Knights of Columbus council, together with Harvey and Rugby councils in North Dakota and the Brandon council in Manitoba, formed the International Peace Garden Field Mass Association and held their first annual Field Mass in 1960. This Mass is organized every year to bring the Knights from Manitoba and North Dakota together to celebrate the peace between our two great countries.”

Of course thinking about this upcoming  event, I recall my dad and an uncle and possibly Art Seim discussing various community people who  seemed to get along and communicate with every one.

One name brought forth and in agreement with respect was  Joe Morinville.

Ah yes,  The Golden Rule……a cornerstone of Peace.

Until later,



Blog (612) posted on November 4, 2009

Posted on November 4, 2009

Folks, When I went through my messages this morning I remember seeing a request for someone to be added to our distribution list. At the moment I can not find that message. Whoever sent me that request, please send it to me again. Thanks, Gary

Mrs. Aus (Former Teacher)

Reply from Aggie Casavant (69): Fort Mill, SC

WoW! It’s only 3:35 p.m. Not even 24hrs. since I sent my Russell School story about Mrs. Aus to the blog….I just got off the phone with her,talked with her for an hour….Thank You Neola Garbe for making the connection!!! Thank You so much! It’s hard to beleive Mrs. Aus is 75 yrs.old now,and talks like she just called us in from recess. Amazing! She remembered every detail about Russell School. She remembered everyone of us kids by name and age order,and incidents.It was totally amazing visiting with her… I will be stopping by Norwich on my way back to Bismarck to spend the day with her after the reunion…I can’t wait… Said,she hasn’t gotten involved in the computer age much,and doesn’t have a computer…but maybe just maybe will reconsider…We exchanged addresses,she said she will add me to her Christmas Card list and send pictures…Mmmmm “Christmas Card List” when is the last time you heard that term? Only someone like Mrs. Aus could keep that tradition alive…. Thanks Again Neola…Thank You So Much… Sincerely, Ms.Aggie

Ms. Aggie, Now we are curious. How does Neola fit into this picture? I’m assuming she must know Mrs. Aus. It’s wonderful that you were able to connect with her. Gary

Reply from Shirley Olson Warcup (49): Ivans, UT


My thoughts and prayers are with you, Bernadette, and other family members. Last spring Ron’s sister chose this same path. She had an incurable immune system problem and had tried all treatments–after several years of pain with no hope of a cure, she chose to be taken off life support. She spent her summers in Minnesota and her winters in Arizona. When things got worse last spring she was taken to a hospital in Las Vegas and decided she had had enough. She chose to go to a hospice unit–we went down as soon as they called us. She lived only 7 or 8 hours after they took her off life support. The people at the hospice unit were wonderful. Some of her friends from Arizona were there also–it was a very sad, but peaceful passing. Pat always did things her way–she was strong willed. Even in death, she chose the time!! We miss her, but know we’ll see her again–and considering our ages (Ron’s and mine), it may not be too long.

On another subject–Dick and Brenda just sent me Erling Landsverk’s book. It brought back many good memories. I was born 5 years after Erling, but lived in the same general area and could relate to all that he said. Those were sometimes hard years, but good years also. It’s a wonderful account of life as it was back then. Life was hard physically, but there was a “goodness” in people that made life good. I was 6 years old when we moved to a farm on the prairie. We went to my Grandma Johnson’s house for most holidays and there was one place on the Willow Lake Road where water collected and we often got stuck and had to have our car pulled through the mud. If my memory is correct, I think it was very near the Pladson’s farm. I believe they had a couple boys and these boys always seemed to have a team of horses ready to pull us through the mud. I used to wonder if, on holidays, they harnessed the horses and just waited, knowing there would be someone who would need help. Without that help we would never have gotten to Grandma’s house. A big THANK YOU to whoever it was!!

Shirley Olson Warcup

Reply to Striker family question:

From Dave Wurgler (64): Rugby, ND

Gary: Reading the Striker Family History from Ken kinda made my eyes open wide when I saw the obituary of Alan Allickson. I might be able to help with some history of the Allickson family. My daughter Teri Wurgler is married to Kevin Allickson, who is the son of Allen Allickson. Allens dad and Kevins grandpa was Herman Allickson. Herman married Ethel Lockhart and lived and Farmed north east of Rugby then sold the farm to Allen and moved into Rugby and lived there till their deaths. Ethel Lockhart was a sister to Virgil Lockhart, who married Della Striker. So would that make Allen a great grandson or a grandson? Hope this helps out.. Dave Wurgler (64).

Dave, It is indeed a small world. I am sure that Ken Striker will be getting in touch with you. Gary

Belcourt Police Picture:

Reply from Claudette McLeod (80): Belcourt, ND

Hello Gary,

I forwarded this picture to Duane Gourneau and he made all the corrections of who was who.

Claudette McLeod

Turtle Mountain Outreach

Office (701)244-0199

Fax (701)244-0215

The now deceased members are George Longie, Ken Sayers, Emma Brown, Joe McCloud, Theresa Davis, Lillian LaFountain and Joe Blue. When I find out who the 1st person is in the second row I will let your know… Again, thanks for sharing the pic…..Duane

Row 3 – Francis Thomas, Robert Gourneau, Wilton Vittelson, Gary Falcon, Gary Falcon, Howard Longie and Joe Blue

Row 2 – Unknown person, Emma Brown, Jeanette Grant, Ron Trottier, Joe McCloud, Theresa Davis, Lillian LaFountain and John Vittelson

Row 1 – Doug Manson, George Longie, Larry Laducer, Ken Sayers, LeRoy Jeanotte, Darrell Laducer and Duane Gourneau

07/3/2017 (2537)

Ackworth Cemetery Centennial Celebration
Posting from Glenda Fauske:  Dunseith, ND

Gary Stokes comments:

Thanks Glenda,

Folks, This sounds like fun too.

My Great Grandfather, William Stokes, donated the one Acre of land for the Ackworth Cemetery in 1917. My parents are both buried in Ackworth too.

Please send you donations to

Martin Peterson
10379 35th Ave NE,
Dunseith, ND 58329

Note: Please see clearer PDF posting attached too.


Blog (611) posted on November 3, 2009

Folks, Bernadette’s brother had a stroke several years. As with a lot of stroke victims, he never fully recovered. His right side and his mind were affected. Several weeks ago he started refusing all his medications. Yesterday he had another stroke that has pretty much done him in. He is currently non responsive on life support with no hope of recovery. They are currently making funeral arrangements. With Bernadette being the oldest, they are asking her to make the call for removing his life support. Bernadette has asked that his wife and children make that decision. I think they have agreed to remove his life support when they have his funeral arrangements made. He is living on the Island of Mindanao. Since he is from Cebu, they plan on bringing his body to Cebu for his funeral services and burial. His body will be at our house, on our porch, for 10 days for the 10 days of prayers and then he will be buried in the same grave sight as his father. There are 4 kids in the family with Jose being the only boy. Their youngest sister is married to a Japanese guy and lives in Japan.

Christmas 2008:
Back: Bernadette & her sister Berlinda who lives next door
Front: Jose & Alot who lives in Japan
Belcourt Police – Lillian Burchum LaFontaine:
Reply from Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine (73): Grafton, ND
It was so neat to see the Belcourt police picture. My mother-in-law was Lillian LaFontaine and she took such pride in her job. She died on 9-30-05 and she is truley missed. She was from Dunseith maiden name Burchum and I remember when I first was dating Myron ( he being a divorced man and Lillian being Louies second wife) I remember her saying Well my boy I see you are like your dad you had to go to dunseith to get a good women. I married in to such a wonderful family I have truly been blessed.
Don Nelson:
Request from Tom Hagen (51): Mesa, AZ & Williston, ND
Hi Gary, thanks so much for all your work sending your daily blogs to us
older alumni of Dunseith High. Would you please include Don and Sharon
Nelson (my nephew) who lived with us nearly his entire life (mainly with
Orvin and Mom Hagen) He will know many of the people who write. His
e-mail address is : Thanks, Tom Hagen
Don or Donnie as Orvin would say. You are for sure Orvin Hagen’s kid. I know he and his mother raised you, after your mother died. She died when you were, I think, still a baby. Your mother was Orvin’s sister. Many of our folks will remember and know you.
Orvin was the head Gardener at the Peace Garden for years too. He still loves his flowers. What a great guy he was and continues to be today. Many of us had Orvin for a 4-H leader. He was a 4-H leader for nearly the entire duration of the Mountaineers 4-H club. That would have been 25 to 30 years. What dedication. Gary
Reply from Bonnie Awalt Houle (56): Becker, MN
Hi Gary and Dick Johnson,
I do remember Halloween in Dunseith, what fun times. The oil drums at Lamoureux’s Garage were a target for every generation. They would get rolled throughout the town, blocking streets, doors, and riding on the merry-go-round at the school. Out door “biffies” were also a prime targets especially Adrian Eggberts. After a while Adrian began moving his biffy around so you never knew for certain where the hole was, talk about offering up a challenge to Teens! One Halloween we went out to trick one of the local farmers, we sat on the corral fence flipping a penny to see who would have to go throw the switch on the main pole for the farm. That way the farmer couldn’t turn on the yard lights and catch us. But this farmer was waiting for us, he was sitting in the hayloft of the barn right above our heads. (He must have been laughing as he watched us light a match to read the penny to see who would throw the switch) I lost and ran to throw the switch but the farmer had already thrown the stitch so when I hit the switch it was like Christmas, every light on the farm came on!!!! The farmer let go with a blast of buckshot into the air and kids scattered everywhere. I was farther from the car then anyone else but was the first one back, I didn’t even wait for the door to get opened, I jumped through the window. That was one Halloween that the farmer had a much better time than the kids doing the Halloweening. It seems the community put up with a lot of monkey business.
Bonnie Awalt Houle 1956
Reply from Aggie Casavant (69): Fort Mill, SC
To Dick J.
I couldn’t help but smile reading your memories of “trick or treat” night back in the days. I distinctly remember my Mom and Dad talking about the Sy Kadry outhouse incident…That was crazy…. I remember of hearing about the bike incident at the top of the flag pole.That was totally funny.And the paper bag full of “cow stuff” I remembering hearing about,but don’t recall an actual incident of it…but Russell Pigeon does come to mind….don’t know why…maybe cuz he rode our bus,and he would always have a story.
I came across your other story,about country schools. WoW everything you mentione was right on. The globe,big map.picture of the president. Your dad was right of hearing the same grade subjects over and over again,cuz there was 4 grade classes in one room. Our family went to Russell School. There was like 30 kids from the 1st to the 8th grade. It was divided into 2 rooms. They were called “big room” and “little room”.We went to school in Dunseith before I got to the “big room”. I started in Dunseith in the 5th grade.
I remember when Mr.and Mrs.Aus came to teach at Russell School. They drove this big shiney black cadillac.We only lived like 1/8 of a mile east of the school.One day they were driving around looking at the countryside,when our Mom saw them coming down the road a ways. She told us kids, ” The new school teachers are coming down the road,go sit out on the fron’t steps and wave to them,and say hi” so we all ran out and lined up on the front steps.They were coming down the road pretty slow,but came to a crawl when they saw all of us kids,lined up on the steps,all waving and giving a shout out,HHHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!! I remember big Mr.Aus waving and laughing,and Mrs. Aus smiling and waving. (We only lived like 75ft from the road,so we both got a pretty good look at each other) Later as Mr. Aus got to know our family better,he told us that, the day they drove past and saw all us kids,he told Mrs. Aus “I beleive this half our school right here”. Mr.and Mrs. Aus was so nice to us kids. They lived in the basement of the school,and sometimes,on Friday nites after all the other kids went home,they would have us kids over. They were campers,so they would clear the classroom,and would set up a tent in the classroom,and show us all there camping equipment,and feed us hot dogs and ice cream,and the “BEST” choclate cake.
I remember how sad to tears us kids were when they were going to close Russell School,cuz we would never see Mr.and Mrs. Aus again.I remember those being some sad,scarry summer months leading up to our first day of school in this “Big City School” without Mr.and Mrs. Aus.One day us kids walked across the field to say good-bye. I remember Mrs.Aus giving us a hug,and saying,”Guess what? Were going to teach in Dunseith…she said,”We just aren’t ready to say goodbye to our kids…Wheather that really played a part in it or not, it sure did make us feel loved and special.
Mrs. Aus had her classroom in the old gym up on the stage. Everyday for some time a couple of us kids were visiting her on our lunch hour.I didn’t realize it at the time,but I believe Mr.and Mrs. Aus knew in there hearts what a comfort they were to us kids during our transition.
Mr.and Mrs. Aus taught a couple years in Dunseith,then eventually moved back to Norwich,where Mr.Aus farmed his Dad’s land.Us kids were in touch with them over the years off and on. My family said they saw them I think at a reunion of some kind about 8 yrs.ago. Mr. Aus has since past away…I think Mrs.Aus still lives on the farm,her sons farm the land… I guess I’ll be looking up Mrs.Aus when I come home in May… I hope I didn’t wait too long… Ms. Aggie
Striker Family Information Request:
From Ken Striker: Dayton OH

Gary- I am forwarding an obit for Alan H Allickson. I would like to learn more about the family. He would have been a gr-grand son of settler Wm Elmer Striker (see H1c1 below):May 18, 1945-July 4, 2008 RUGBY: Alan Howard Allickson, 63, Rugby, died Friday, July 4, 2008, in a Minot hospital.He was born May 18, 1945, to Herman and Ethel Allickson in Rugby. He married Beth Hancock June 22, 1968, in Willow City. He served in the Army National Guard from 1964 until 1970. Survivors: wife; sons, Jay and Kevin, both Rugby; daughter, Tracy Corum, Rugby; seven grandchildren; sister, Roberta Heim, Amherst, N.Y.Funeral: Tuesday, 2 p.m., First Lutheran Church, Rugby.Burial: Persilla Watts Cemetery, Rugby

H1 William Elmer Striker b 14 Aug 1862 d 19 Dec 1953 Seattle King Co. WA
+Adele Schefter (16 Mar 1864- 2 Nov 1918) m 12 Jul 1884 Adams Co, IN. According to a W.E. Striker History written by Sylvia Lockhart Bergan of Bottineau N.D., on the occasion of the Dunseith Centennial of 1983, William Elmer and family left Berne IN in April of 1900 headed for North Dakota. They settled in Rolette Co about 13 miles north of Dunseith N.D, which is about a mile from the Canadian border. They came in two boxcars. William and the livestock were in one and the mother and children arrived earlier. William was a farmer and a blacksmith. Adele died from a flu epidemic of 1918. Adele is buried at Rolette Co ND Little Prairie Cem. In 1943 he and his daughter Ellen moved into Dunseith and later they moved to Seattle. He died at the age of 91. H1d1 Sylvia Bergan Lockhart and I corresponded in the mid 80’s. She was a big help with the Wm Elmer Striker family. H1j3 Joy Peterson provided update in 2009. Joy writes: “the house that my granddpa Striker and Auntie Ellen lived in at Dunseith is just across the street from me. We lived on a farm up by the International Peace Garden. My youngest son Scott is on the farm and lives in Dunseith.”

H1a Pearl Striker b March 1884 died ca 1895 age 11
H1b Perry Striker 1886 died as an infant
H1c Della Striker b 1 Aug 1887 Berne IN d 1971 Della was the eldest of the family
+Virgil Lockhart Sr. b 25 Jun 1879 Della is buried at Egeland Union Cem. ND
H1c1 Ethel Lockhart b 1908 Towner Co ND
+Herman Allickson b ab1906 4 children

06/30/2017 (2536)

Mud Cookies (Cow Pies)
Message from Larry Hackman (’66):  Bismarck, ND


Mel and Dick both had responses that are listed after this message.

Apparently you Gary, being the nice guy you are, rather than say something bad about the cookies you enjoyed on the farm back then decided to say nothing.  Dick apparently liked his cookies more after they had laid in the sun and aged for a while and apparently like to share them with someone?  Mel apparently wasn’t the guy that was rumored to be following the sheep around.  I don’t remember Virgil.  Is he still following that herd?  Mel said that he, himself was a picky eater.  Does this mean he used tooth picks as chop sticks to eat them cookies?  I know he has been cooking for a long time, I bet he has some recipes to share?


Dick Johnson’s Reply
I just wanted to throw in a thought.  Do you guys know what blondes and cow pies have in common?  The older they get,  the easier they are to pick up.

Melvin Kuhn’s Reply
I was a pretty picky eater but I could usually convince my brother Virgil to try about anything. I have two brothers and three sisters. I was unlucky enough to be the oldest.

Larry Hackman’s Reply
Back in the day, this is the way I looked (picture below) after being convinced to eat some of my sisters mud cookies. “Larry eat them damn cookies so that they quit their bawling and bothering me, I have to get these cows milked, the milk and cream separated, and calves fed, and supper cooked, the men will be in from the field soon, and they will be hungry.” Now, I know Dick and Gary don’t have any sisters so I suppose they followed the cows around the pasture in the spring time after they had been eating some of that luscious green grass, that was showing up after the snow melt or one of them beautiful Spring rains, to find their cookies? Do you have any pictures Mel?  I don’t recall if you, “Mel” had any sisters, but I heard tell of a young fellow that lived along Willow Creek, south of town, that followed the herds of sheep around the pasture looking for milk dudes?  I heard tell, you had to taste them damn things to find out if they were dud or ____, Is that right?

Gary Stokes’ reply
The Cow Pies I experience were fresh on the trees and brush following the cows home after fetching them for Milking. Also on the cows tail when getting swatted a few times while milking especially in the spring of year when they grazed on the fresh green grass. That made for some nice juicy pies especially when it was raining with the straw roof on our log barn. It leaked like a sieve in the spring of the year too when the snow melted.


Blog (610) posted on November 2, 2009

Posted on November 2, 2009

Follow up from yesterday’s comment about ‘All Saints Day’

Last year it took us two hours to get to Bernadette’s dad’s cemetery. With some traffic mods that were implemented this year, we got there in a half hour. The Cemetery was packed. This is a large cemetery covering, I’m guessing, about 1/4 section (160 acres). For exercise I walked all the roads while waiting to eat. After we ate our picnic type meal that we took to the cemetery, I came home. Bernadette and her sister took a cab and went over to their grandparents cemetery located about 15 miles on the other side of the city. They got home about 1:00 AM this morning. This morning we hired a Jeepney to go back to Bernadette’s dad’s cemetery to pick up the tent covers, tables, chairs and the dozen or so folks that spent the night there. They said they slept well on their blankets spread out on the grass next to the grave. The majority of Filipino’s do not have mattresses on their beds. A lot of folks do not even have beds. Most can sleep sound on hard cement. Gary

Florence Pladson Sime (62) is in the ‘Bottineau Good Samaritan Center’:

Message from Tina Pladson Bullinger (78): Bottineau, ND.

Hi Gary,

I have been with Florence for the past two days, and yes she is in Bottineau, though not at the hospital. She is in Good Sam and will be there for some time. In order to be in the rehab unit in Minot she has to be able to do therapy for 3 straight hours, so it will be a while before she can be transferred back to Minot to the rehab unit there, though her goal is to be able to dance (slowly) on New Year’s Eve. I think it’s great that she has a specific goal in mind.


Thanks again for keeping everyone up to date on Florence’s condition and for the e-mail updates in general!

We will keep you posted as updates occur.


Follow up message from Tina:


Florence is doing some better today, anxiously awaiting tomorrow, when she can start some serious physical therapy!!

She know it will be hard but she’s determined.

I asked the home (Good Sam) if there is an e-mail address if people want to send Florence a note……..it’s as follows


In the subject line put Florence’s name and they will get it to her.


Holloweene Story

From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

With last night being Halloween, I wanted to tell of some of the
Halloween pranks from the old days. I remember Sy Kadry being in his
outdoor toilet when it was tipped over on the door. He was yelling for
help through the toilet hole! Bikes mysteriously were hoisted to the top
of the flag pole. Windows got soaped with soap bars if no one was home
to give treats. Windows weren’t too bad to clean but someone soaped our
screen door and it was nearly impossible to get out. My grandpa told
about a neighbor who was bragging that his dog was so mean he didn’t
have to worry about pranksters. Grandpa and some buddies filled the guys
car with straw, right in front of his house, and then put the ‘mean’ dog
inside the car too! This would have been back in the 30s or so.
Pranksters used to put wood wheeled farm wagons on top of the school or
garages and one story of such an event, was when several kids pushed a
set of wagon wheels on a single axle down the stairs to the basement of
the old Overly school and overdid it. The wheels knocked both of the
double doors completely of the frame. I remember some eggs ending up on
one of the teachers trailer homes next to the school. As I said at the
time, “I didn’t have anything to do with it !” I slightly remember
something about a dead skunk ending up under the same teacher’s porch.
Those must have been really rotten kids back then! The skunk smell was
hard to get rid of–especially from my school jacket! I remember when Ed
Conroy had way to many tomatoes and left hundreds in a pile near the
alley behind his house. That’s not a real good place to leave tomatoes
the night before Halloween. One prank I only heard of and never
did—truthfully—was to put soupy wet cow manure in a gunny sack on
someones step and light it on fire just as you knocked on the door. The
guy would attempt to kick it off the step or stomp it out. Either way,
same result! Happy Halloween! Thanks Gary!


Reply/Picture from Luella Boardman Bjornseth (49): Bottineau, ND

After seeing the picture you posted of our family, I thought you should have a newer one. This one was taken when we were in Minnesota for Bob’s funeral and shows how much older we all are. Note the boys lack of hair compared to the other picture. That is what 28 years has done to us. Luella

Luella Boardman Bjornseth’s (49) family:
Back: Ralph
Front: Mark, Janice, Luella & Ron

06/26/2017 (2535)

Condolences to the Carlson Family

From Larrett Peterson (’71): yolacorvera@yahoo.com Crosby, ND


Sending Our condolences to the Carlson family …from Larrett Peterson… !





Lorraine Handeland Millang (’61) was married to Orly Kjelshus
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70)Bottineau, ND

Gary and Dunseith Friends,

Last evening, I had the opportunity to attend a wonderful celebration  at the Bottineau Armory.

Yesterday, Lorraine(Handeland) Millang  was wed  to  Orly Kjelshus in a private church ceremony.

It was a delight  to see Lorraine and Orly sharing happiness with so many friends and relatives.

I believe, I saw  every  old neighbor from the hills accompanied by, their  grown children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren!

Many  of these people have shared  friendship and neighboring  back….. 3 , 4  and 5 generations in the hills!

It seems, Orly and Lorraine danced every dance be it, a waltz  or  a  polka.

Wow,  neat  to see children and grandchldren learning  how to keep time in

old time dance steps from patient grandparents and great grandparents.

Like the dances of long ago a  lunch was made by the family and served simply.

Lorraine’s  great- niece, Amber made over 250 cupcakes for the occasion.

Congratulations Orly and Loraine on your journey  TWO-STEPPING through life together!

Vickie Metcalfe


Posting of the day
Larry Hackman’s (66) message to Mel Kuhn (’70)”


Back in the day, this is the way I looked (picture below) after being convinced to eat some of my sisters mud cookies. “Larry eat them damn cookies so that they quit their bawling and bothering me, I have to get these cows milked, the milk and cream separated, and calves fed, and supper cooked, the men will be in from the field soon, and they will be hungry.” Now, I know Dick and Gary don’t have any sisters so I suppose they followed the cows around the pasture in the spring time after they had been eating some of that luscious green grass, that was showing up after the snow melt or one of them beautiful Spring rains, to find their cookies? Do you have any pictures Mel?  I don’t recall if you, “Mel” had any sisters, but I heard tell of a young fellow that lived along Willow Creek, south of town, that followed the herds of sheep around the pasture looking for milk dudes?  I heard tell, you had to taste them damn things to find out if they were dud or ____, Is that right?



Blog (609) posted on November 1, 2009

Posted on November 1, 2009

Folks, don’t forget to turn your clocks back. Today, November 1st being ‘All Saints day’ is one of the most major holidays in this country. Everyone flocks to the cemeteries to visit their loved ones. Most set up tent covers and spend most of the day and tonight too, with lots of food and drinks (no alcohol is allowed in most cemeteries). Some even have food catered. Bernadette has prepared a lot of food that we will be taking to her dad’s grave sight today. We set up several tent covers over his grave yesterday. I will accompany her to her dad’s grave sight today along with a lot of her relatives. Later this evening she and her sister will join more of her relatives in the other part of the city where her grandparents are buried. Tomorrow morning we will pick up the tent covers along with some of those that spent the night at her dads grave. With all the traffic today, it will probably take us several hours to get to her dads grave sight 5 miles up the road. In these conditions, I have just learned to be patient. Gary

Florence Pladson Sime released from Hospital

From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Dunseith, ND.

Gary, Note the discharges from Trinity. I know Florence Sime will continue to be involved in PT. Physical Therapists are most relentless in motivating people to recovery. Go Florence Go!

October 31, 2009
TRINITY HOSPITAL Discharged 5 p.m. Thursday through 5 p.m.Friday:Florence Sime, Dunseith.

Email address correction for Jim Metcalfe

Gary S & Gary M,

I’m sending a correction to our brother, Jim Metcalfe’s email address; it should be
The j at the beginning was left off.

Geri, The mistake is mine. Your brother Gary sent it to me correct. When I copied and pasted Jim’s email address for posting the “j” got dropped. I had it correct in all of my other lists. Thanks, Gary

Message to Gary Metcalfe:

From Trish Larson Clayburgh (73): trishclayburgh@yahoo.com

Thanks for your stories about your horses – you are so right! My earliest memory is of being horse crazy. My mom Hazel had it bad before me, and some of you knew how crazy my uncle Jake Gardner was for sulky racing. My passion for horses has never gone away…and Colorado is my dream place to live with them – so many great mountain trails, lakes, rivers, streams and vistas.

The other day I was riding in Rocky Mountain National Park, near my home. The Elk herds are everywhere in Estes Park – they must know they are safe. Anyhow, this wonderful little calf had a very aggressive blue jay on his back. We watched as he nudged it off with it’s nose, and when the bird flew onto a rock, he was so curious! The bird seemed curious too, and stayed put as they went nose to nose for at least 5 minutes. Eventually the bird flew onto a cow elk, who was VERY offended, and at last the herd bull came and chased the bird off. Very entertaining!

Later that day we got our first winter storm of the season. Two feet of huge flakes fell over an 18 hour period! And no wind… My ranch was transformed into a winter wonderland. Luckily I was “off work” the next day and got to stay home and enjoy the beauty of the new snow, with a fire in the woodstove. The place I’m living makes me feel like a pioneer, cutting and splitting and heating with wood, shotgun over the fireplace, chainsaw on the deck….

So that’s life in Colorado!

Picture from the Achieves:

Top Row: Viola, Lois, Morris, Rosalie (Azure )Thomas
Sitting: Cecelia (Azure) Thomas, Delia, Fred, Christina and Carol Azure.

Sitting: Doug Manson-George Longie, Chuck Laducerm, Kent Sayers, Leroy Jeannotte, Darly Laducer & Daune Gourneau
2nd row: ? Wessel’s, Lillian Lafountain, Maryann Delorme, Pewe Jeannotte, Ron Trottier Jeantte Grant, ? Freddie Blue
Back row: Francis Thomas, Bob Gourneau, Duke Vettleson, Gary Falcon, Howard Longie & Joe Blue

06/21/2017 (2534)

Richard “Chops” Carlson Passed Away.
Memories from Rod Hiatt (’69):  Bottineau, ND


This past week we lost a very close friend and part of our family. Richard “Chops” Carlson was taken from us way to early.

Chops was part of the Hiatt Family for the last 25 years, not by blood but by choice, both his and ours. He was like a younger brother to us, an uncle to our kids and that extra son to my parents. He and Shelley were the same age, so we always said that they were twins, but Chops got more of the milk when they were younger.

I recall walking in the house with what we thought was a nice bouquet of flowers for Mothers Day, and there was already a huge floral arrangement on the table for my mother from Chops, and the time when Dad ended up in Minot in the hospital and Chops was in Denver over the road trucking. He told his dispatcher to either get him a load back to N. Dak. or he was leaving the truck and flying home. Well they loaded him that day and when we got to Minot the next day to see Dad, Chops was already there.

When he came to work for us, he said “ I will drive truck, do repair work, but I don’t want anything to do with those things(as he was pointing at the horses)” Within a years time he was not only out helping with the horses, but telling us how and what to do.

Chops was a very smart and talented man. If he went somewhere, he would remember every road, exit and best place to eat from here to the east coast, he could tear apart an engine, a transmission or any vehicle or piece of equipment and have it back together and running perfect, his carpenter skills were excellent and this was all self taught.

We would let the kids pick out a colt in the spring of the year and when we sold them in the fall the kids got the money. Chops somehow got in on that but he kept his and that is where the famous team of Midge and Madge came about. Chops spent countless hours with this team of horses and by the time they were old enough to drive, our Dad had made sure that he had harness, collars and a wagon. Breaking the team was the easy part, the hard part was trying to make a teamster out of Chops, But again when he was told how something should be done and what was not to be done, you didn’t have to tell him the 2nd time.

Chops was the kind of a guy that would help anyone, anytime and for any reason. If you need $5.00 he would give you $10.00 just to make sure you had enough. He was also the guy that if you asked for the time he would explain to you how to build a clock. I know that he was loved and is going to be missed very much, but personally I can sit back, chuckle and smile at things that we had done over the past years, his sayings that he used and the friendship that I was fortunate to have with a guy named CHOPS.

Richard “Chops” Carlson
October 04, 1962 – June 12, 2017
Richard “Chops” Carlson, age 54 of Bottineau, died Monday at his home near Bottineau.  A memorial service will be held on MOnday, July 3, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Lakeside at Lake Metigoshe.
(Nero Funeral Home – Bottineau)


Memorial Service

Monday, July 03, 2017
11:00 AM

Metigoshe Lutheran Church
10605 Lake Loop Rd E


Reply to Kay (Lund) Hildebrandt:

From Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND


Thank YOU for your great story  about your Dad.

He sounds like he was quite the survivor.

It is wonderful that your dad shared experiences with you and you can pass on and share.

Knowing the strength of your roots and sharing stories of survival with your family is a gift.

My mom’s cousin lived her married life in Anaconda. Her husband worked in the mines.

A few years ago while spending  a few days with her, she  took  mom, aunt and myself over to Butte to visit the historic Butte mining site.

Much of the equipment was still there.

( side note My aunt Leona Metcalfe and Winifred Pritchard Eurich  were fond friends from school years of days gone by.

On her last visit to  ND,  Leona   stayed with me,  and was a delighted to spend a day  visiting with Winfred at her farm.

Also, my sister in law, Sally  is Winifred’s granddaughter.

Her children,  my niece  and nephew’s thought the world of their Great Grandma Winifred. She was a special lady indeed. )

Again,  many thanks.

Vickie Metcalfe


Roger Hiatt Mystery solved
Reply from Dale Pritchard (’63):  Leesville, LA


Quite some time ago you published a Hiatt Family Tree that you (or someone) had put together.  I think Roger was listed in there.  My hard copy disappeared so there’s no quick check on my part.  I forget who Roger said his dad was but I remembered the name at the time.  Roger said that in addition to living in the Dunseith area, he actually grew up in Spokane, Washington.


Gary’s Comment
I pulled up the matrix and Roger is there listed in next to the last box, on the bottom, in the matrix below. His Grandfather was Henry Hiatt, brother to Will J, John, Amos, George, Walter and Harry. His mother was Lilie Chase. Henry and Amos were half-brother’s to the rest of the Hiatt Siblings. Henry moved west before I was born, so I didn’t know his family. My dad spoke of him often though so I know of him. Florence Dahl and Elenore Fauske (Stubby) and other Hiatt’s of that generation may be able to fill us in on more of the details of this Hiatt family.
Thanks Dale.



Recipe Books
Reply from Doreen Larson Moran (BHS ’61): Spokane, WA

HI Gary – I love the recipe books from the ND homemaker and church groups and from Washington state too.  I am afraid I have a much too large collection that I might have to thin out some day. J  The recipe for the flatbread is different than lefse.  Hence the use of buttermilk and whole wheat.  Flatbread is rolled verrrry thin and I believe baked in the oven.   It is brown in color due to the whole wheat.   I have my aunt Lois Ydstie’ recipe but she always brings a batch to family gatherings.  Earl Thompson also makes a great batch of flatbread.

I do enjoy your Blog.  I am always amazed at the Dunseith names that I recognize.  That proves it is a small world after all.!!!! Doreen Larson Moran – BHS ‘61


Blog (68) posted on October 31, 2009

Posted on October 31, 2009

Peter Gillis’ address in Kosovo

From Pete (65) & Verena Gillis: Dunseith, ND.

Our son is now in Kosovo and says it’s fine over there. He gave me his
address so for those of you that asked for it…..

Spc. Gillis, Peter J.
TF Defender Co. A
KFOR 12 Camp Bondsteel
APO AE 09340

Pete & Verena Gillis

Jim Metcalfe Request

From Gary Metcalfe (57): Forsyth, MO

Gary, My brother, Jim would like to be included in receiving the daily blog.

Thank you. Gary Metcalfe

John & Margaret Bedard’s new contact info

From John Bedard (65): Lake Metigoshe, ND


Letting you know that we have moved permanently to Lake Metigoshe

and have new home and e-mail addresses as follow.

18 Birchwood Heights Rd N

Bottineau, ND 58318



John and Margaret Bedard

Dunseith Alumni reunion in June & message

From Aggie Casavant (69): Fort Mill, SC

Gary, So how’s your domestic construction going? Looks like you have a really nice place.Looks very coastal,like a beach house. It seems strange for it to be built right in the middle of such poverty,but I guess the zoning laws are different in each country.The only thing that bothers me about living around poverty would be the crime. Do they have much crime in the Phillippines? Where I live is minimal,but then you can go 7 miles on the other side of the S.C.border in Charlotte N.C. and theirs every crime imaginable. It’s a shame cuz it’s such a beautiful city,but it’s the result of not controling our borders. We have a gang problem in Charlotte,that’s completely out of control. The drug cartel from Mexico has moved in and to just drive from my home in S.C. to across the border in Charlotte at night can get pretty tricky sometimes.You sometimes see stuff on the way to work,robberies,shootings,and either road rage incidents or carjackings.Whats shocking is this is in really nice areas of town.The place where I work is in a beautiful part of town,but the apartment community that is side by side with our facility,on week-ends especially during summer months,you can hear gun fire,police cars and ambulances. In the winter,fires. There has been 4 fires in the 7 yrs.that I’ve been on my job….cause on all 4 fires,”cooking drugs” I think they call it,free basing…where you melt “crack rock” in a spoon for a syringe…what’s really ironic about this is this is an upscale apartment community,with white collar residents…The bottom line is that drugs has taken over this country,and we the citizens of this country have no one to blame but ourselves…The American people were too trusting of people in high places in this country,who have chosen to turn a blind eye to this mess cuz everyone wants a peice of the pie. With the drugs has come every other dispicable crime,child pornography,prostitution,pedophiles(this crime has gone rampant in this country…why???? Cuz no-one wants to pass a law to execute these people…and they deserve nothing less….So much for America The Beautiful!!!

The other night at work,this guy from Lyberia came over to talk to me. He made the statement,”For America being the “Greatest Country” in the World….I said, “The Greatest Country in The World??? “If Americas the greatest this worlds got …then this whole world is on it’s way to Hell”. People get really angry with me when I make statements like that,but I tell them,”As long as we as a country,stay in denial about the problems in this country,this country is going to continue on, in a downward spiral,and I don’t know how much further we can go with out smashing into the bottom head first”,and as long as we want to beleive how “Great” we are,we have no reason to change…How sad…In closing on this subject,I want to close with a saying I read some where, it went like this: “When The People of This Country Cease To Be Good,America Will Cease To Be Great”. Don’t get me wrong,there is alot of good still left in this country…but there is “ALOT”that has gone unchecked for too long,which in turn is rapidly eroding the greatness of this country…This is the point I was trying to make in a nutshell,but it seems I am always forced to make a “Hair raising,fighting words statement” before I can get anyone anymore into a problem solving,thought provoking conversation”. I’ve had it all said to me,the old over used statement,”Love It Or Leave It”. But I find the people who say stuff like that are either,content with the downward spiral,are not aware of what’s going on in our country, have there own drug lab,or marijuana field in there back yard,or are too fearful what people might think if you speak out…or don’t believe they can make a difference…..As you can see ,I’m none of the above. It doesn’t mean it makes me a better person,it just means:”That if a person feels that they are one of those people….don’t criticize or put down those of us who are trying to make a difference…Like the old saying,”Lead, Follow or Get Out of The Way”

Well, Gary, I bet you would never guess what I really started writing you about… So far I got 17 people including Hwy 43,Verena,Pete,and I. I thought for some reason that we would have a bigger response thru the blog alone…Maybe putting it in the paper isn’t such a bad idea after all. If you would like to check with Verena what she thinks,and maybe we could run it in the paper for the month of November.

Thanks Gary for all you do.It would be interesting to see what the whole process is you go thru getting all this out

Thanks Again,


P.S. This letter wasn’t written for the blog, but if you want to put it on, it’s fine with me…

Aggie, Yes I want to post this. I can assist you guys with getting this in the papers too. I’m hoping they will view this as a community activity involving many of their readers, of which I think they will, and publish this info when we send it to them.

Folks, Aggie, Verena & Pete are trying to get a head count for those interested in attending the Dunseith Alumni reunion they are planning in May. Please let one of us know if you are planning on attending. Our contact info is listed below. When they know how many plan on attending, they will choose a facility to accommodate accordingly. If enough folks plan on going, they can use the High School Gym. They just don’t want to reserve a larger facility if they don’t have the numbers. Their goal is to keep the costs to a bare minimum.

May 22, 2010

4:00pm to 6:00pm – Social Hour

6:00pm to 8:00pm – Cook Out

8:00pm to Midnight – Music & Hanging Out

Band: Hwy 43…AKA Dick & Brenda Johnson & Ron Hett

Aggie, now to address some of the other topics of your letter. You talked about security concerns with the ramped poverty of our Filipino neighbors. We have absolutely no problems at all. In the Filipino communities, everyone knows everyone and knows what belongs to everyone. If anyone sees anyone putting a hand on anything that is not theirs questions are asked and folks are confronted. That seldom happens though. Our garage is located about 300 feet from our house up on the main road. If there’s any strange activity going on or if something goes wrong in the area of our garage, we are instantly notified, day or night, by the folks up there. Everyone knows who belongs in their communities and are very inquisitive when visitors come. These folks especially love seeing our American friends coming to visit. After their first visit, they are not forgotten with return visits. Gary

Messages to Ken Stiker & Trish Larson Clayburgh (73):

From Gary Metcalfe (57): Forsyth, MO

To Ken Striker

I am going to scribble out a couple stories and see if Gary decides to post them. Ken I think you live somewhere near where old Pap Striker originated from. He was a Hoosier. This story is about Erman or E.D. Striker, brother of Lee and Elmer. Erman in the years I knew him, was a tea totaler who did ride a horse from that Peace River Country in Canada to Ten Sleep, Wyo. Erman was absolutely one of a kind to wife Tina and good, clean living. Working together they could have lived entirely off the land. When the bell would ring on Carpenter Lake in November at noon, muskrat trapping was on and everyone set or claimed as many houses as they could. I really admired Erman’s ability to skin a rat and have a pelt in his hand in a matter of seconds. Hunter and trapper, fruit trees, fishing….thanks to Tina, Erman always looked as neat as a pin. A common scene to see was Erman and Tina in the fall months, parked out in the woods, little green ’48 chevy pickup, with a right saw (cousin to the chain saw), with a picnic lunch, enjoying life and nature to the fullest.

Lee Striker was a friend of my dad’s, not a tea man, but a great visitor.

To Trish Larson

It is very evident that you have a deep love of horses, so I want to share some horse stories from my life. My dad’s association with horses started at a young age. It was a respect and partnership more than a love of horses. Old Dewey was a fixture on our farm for a lot of years, he came on about 1946 when Grandpa Evans asked my dad to knock him in the head. I think at about 2 years old their teeth get loose and they can’t forage very well in deep snow in winter. So dad loaded him on a stone boat and hauled him up to our place then commenced to pull him up and down with a wire stretcher for a couple months. Pretty soon he was in harness along with half brother, Jim. A perfect match.

Our first team was Nellie and Squirrely and our last team was Bird and Doll who we got from Jake Thiefoe. Then came a saddle horse fit for a cowboy, Scottie. Harold Kelly found him over by Belcourt. The Davis’ had him on their race adjenda. Scottie was one half Arabian from Aladdin. Aladdin was a magnificient horse who met a sad fate down near Willow City. He had too much spirit, he would pick up a fence post and would run with it. One day he hit the corner of the barn and killed himself. Anyway when Scottie would get warmed up, he was back in the race, so my dad was the only one on the farm who could ride him, one day when Dad had Scottie’s head pulled around, eyeball to eyeball, he jumped over a willow bunch right into the Johnson Lake. So that called for a new type of bit. Pretty soon, he had a horse fit for a king, tough, fast and he earned a great retirement….run of the oat bins and hay stacks, you see my dad was a horse man way more than a tractor man. Horses were a source of absolute power to a person who knew how to handle them. Especially in the deep snow and mud on the Canadian border. They were used a lot and had a feeling of being needed. Trish you look like you are right where you like to be, on a mission. By the way I had a quarter horse mare that was a joy to ride and easy to catch. Like anything else it is hard to find a good one for you. You surely are in the right place to enjoy horseback riding and hunting. Gary Metcalfe

Luella Boardman Bjornseth’s (49) family

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.

Comment: Ralph sure looks like his father Jacob in this photo. Gary

Back: Luella & Ralph
Front: Mark, Janice & Ron

06/19/2017 (2533)

Roger Hiatt

Reply from Vickie LaFontaine Hiatt (’73):  Grafton, ND

I never knew a Roger Hiatt


Roger Hiatt

Reply from Rod Hiatt (’69):  Bottineau, ND

I guess that I had never heard of a Roger Hiatt either. When I get into town, I’m going to ask my Aunt Stubby if she would know. Another one of those things that I wish I would have listened to my Dad more when I was younger instead of thinking I already knew it all.



From Kay (Lund) Hildebrandt: K Murrieta, CA.

Note: Kay was a Cousin to Robert, Corbin and Winifred (Eurich) Pritchard. Her mother was a Thompson


I’m one of your silent readers, but never miss a day.  My grandmother was Candace Thompson (daughter of Anthony and Esther) Grandma Candace married Charles Torbert, farmer in Minnesota.  Their daughter, Margery, married Hugo Lund.  My Dad was considerably older than my Mother, and a few of the letters today reminded me of some of his experiences before he and my Mother married.

He was one of those miners trapped in the Anaconda copper mine in Butte.  He had graduated from high school in 1915 and with his $5.00 graduation gift, he and a friend rode the rails from Minnesota to Montana, looking for adventure.  A little guy, but friendly, the miners in line waiting for a job took a liking to him, and talked the boss into hiring him.  He was a 1,000 feet down that day in 1917, but close to an elevator shaft, probably in the adjacent mine, the High Ore.  One of the lucky ones.  The miners went on strike after that; out of a job; the war started, and he was called to duty.  He missed his bus, was considered awol, and marched into Camp Lewis in Washington at gunpoint.  Off to France and the battle of the Meuse-Argonne.

He returned to Butte, but family called.  He and several brothers spent the next seven years in Manitoba, attempting to raise wheat on land that had never been touched by a plow.  Their first house was the chicken coop.  They finally had acres of wheat, almost ready for harvesting.  No insurance against inclement weather in those days, and they were hailed out.  Home to Minnesota, where he and Mom met and married–just in time for the Depression!  But they were hard workers, and eventually had a profitable flower shop/greenhouses, and retired to California.

Thanks for the great blog, and the opportunity to share my little family history.  Kay (Lund) Hildebrandt


Kelvin Homemakers Club Cookbook
Posting from Lynette Honsey:   California

Note: Please see Gary Stokes’ comment at the bottom of this posting.

Hi Gary ~~~ just a quick question.

Lynette  (Honsey)

An old cookbook I received from my mom.
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Is this lady, Elaine Stokes, related to you?
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You just sent a picture of this lady in your email.  Now I know who wrote this recipe.
I’ve never heard of buttermilk in Lefse.  Sounds good.
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Gary Stokes comment:

Note: Lynette is the daughter of Leonard and Lois Peterson Honsey.

Yes Lynette, Elaine was my mother. This cook book brings back so many memories of the Kelvin Homemakers club that my mother and so many others, of your mothers too, were members of. I believe the club is still active today too. In my childhood day’s the Kelvin Homemakers club was very large with many members. They had their monthly meetings in the member’s homes. It was always a full house. Do any of you remember the Secret sister thing that they had each year. They sure had each other guessing as to who their secret sister was.


Melba Alice Lund passed away
Obituary posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’7 Bottineau, ND

Gary & Friends of Dunseith,

Please  note the passing of Melba Lund.

Melba worked for  Marie Allard at the Beauty shop on Main Street.

In those years, I believe she roomed  many years at the Martha Handeland home..

My mom was one of Marie’s first “girls”.

As WWII  was concluding, Mom traveled with her ‘Pop’ to Yakima WA finding work as an elevator operator.

Mom  was always quite  frugal and saved  her  money  to further her education upon her return to ND.

She  lived with 4 other young women  one winter in a Fargo apt while they attended NW Beauty College.

After completing the course, Marie hired  Mom.

Mom left Marie’s when she married  dad  in 1947 and moved to Washington.

Returning to ND,  Mom continued cutting hair for  friends and  neighbor’s.

Mom often  shared she enjoyed many experiences of working for Marie.

Over the years, many young ladies  came to work in Dunseith at Maries Beauty Shop.

Marie told mom most of the   gal’s’ worked  about a year  leaving  to get married.

But, Melba was  one who stayed with Marie for a greater length of time.

Thanks Gary.




Melba Alice Lund
(July 11, 1947 – May 28, 2017)

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Melba Lund, age 69, of Dunseith, ND passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at her home.

Melba Alice Lund was born on July 11, 1947 in Stanley, ND to Leonard L. and Alice Amanda (Person) Lund. She was raised in Stanley and completed her education there as well, graduating from Stanley High School in 1966. Melba worked as a beautician in Dunseith for over 30 years. She enjoyed working at “the plant” in Dunseith until she retired after 15 years. Melba liked knitting and needle work, gardening, fishing, and spending time with her nieces and nephews. She loved hearing stories of how they were doing. Melba will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed.

Melba is survived by her sister, Vanda (Louis) Wander of Moorhead, MN; nieces, Denice (Rick Bertram) Wander of Moorhead, MN and Nancy (Jerry) Kapaun of Park Rapids, MN; great nephews, Jared Jenstead, Avery Kapaun, and Baylor Kapaun; great niece, Ramsey Kapaun; and cousins, Anna Person, Allan Person, Rose Person (Mrs. Clarence Person).

She was preceded in death by her father, Leonard L. Lund (1971), mother, Alice A. Lund (1989), infant brother, Lyle Lund, nephew, Dean Wander, niece, Janelle Wander, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and a cousin.

A gathering in Melba’s Memory will take place on Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Elick Funeral Home, Rolla, ND. A private family burial will take place at White Earth Cemetery, White Earth, ND.

Elick Funeral Home, Rolla, ND.



Blog (607) posted on October 30, 2009

Folks, our place is like a bee hive this morning. We have guys here replacing screen doors on our house, screens on the outside kitchen, and several windows in the house. We also have another crew installing outside ceramic tile and another crew installing some decorative planters on part of the cement wall around our property. These folks need my attention, so today’s message will be kind of short. Gary.
Reply to yesterday’s picture
From Evon Lagerquist (77): Dunseith, ND.
Gary, I think the man in the last photo with Mary Ann Hagen is Elvin Haagenson……
Evon, you are so right. That is Elvin, Cheryl’s dad, not Willard. That was my mistake. Thank you so much for the correction. Gary
Elvin Haagenson & Mary Ann Hagen

6/17/2017 (2532)

Roger Hiatt from Rolette
Posting from Dale Pritchard (’63):  Leesville, LA


I spent the last 8 years of my service time, 78 to 86, at Dyess AFB, Abilene, TX.  Sometime between 80 and 82, a new guy showed up on the flight line.  He had just come in the from Clark AB, Philippines.  The first time I saw him I noticed that his name was “Hiatt” and he was almost a mirror image of Albert Hiatt.  In talking to him, he said his first name was “Roger” and he was originally from Rolette.  Based on his similarities to Albert Hiatt, I started naming off what I thought were his aunts and uncles.  Needless to say, he was surprised.

Gary’s Comments
Dale, in my growing up day’s I claimed to have known every Hiatt, but Roger I didn’t know. I’m very sure some of our readers knew or know him and can fill us in on who he is. I’m very curious who he is too and which Hiatt family he belongs to?


Dennis Lafloe (Cheryl Counts Lafloe ’71) Passed away
Obituary posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

Dennis Lafloe
November 09, 1947 – June 12, 2017
Dennis Lafloe, age 69 of Dunseith, passed away on Monday at a Rugby hospital.  His funeral will be held on Monday at 10:00 am at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church near Belcourt.  The wake will begin on Sunday at 5:00 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at the church.  Burial will be at the church cemetery.

Dennis Peter LaFloe, Sr. a son of Robert & Rosalie (Davis) LaFloe was born on November 9, 1947 in Belcourt, North Dakota, the youngest child in a family of 4 sisters and 5 brothers. Dennis was a change of life baby and this title stayed with him throughout his life, especially with his aunties and as a child they called him the little miracle. He was treated with so much love and respect, but he surely deserved it because Dennis was always respectful and gracious toward others.

On November 6, 1971 Dennis married the love of his life, Cheryl Counts, and together they had three beautiful children, Denise, Dennis, Jr. and Christopher. Family was so important to Dennis and it showed because they not only had their own children but he also helped Cheryl in raising and providing for Cheryl’s brothers and sisters, Myrna, Karen, Yvonne, Dale, Bobby and Susie in a home full of love. Dennis appreciated the family he was given throughout his marriage. Dennis surely enjoyed camping trips, picnics, family and friends get togethers with his kids and yes, those wonderful grandchildren. Dennis was his grandkids biggest fan when it came to watching them playing in sports such as basketball and football games. Each of his grandkids hold a special place in his heart. Dennis openly spoke of how his life was a better place because of his children and especially his grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Love is beautiful, yes it is especially with family. Dennis cherished and loved his family. Ella (Chi-Chit) and your husband Alvin, you know how much Dennis loved you and how you shared a special bond with your brother. Your memories together will forever be cherished. The many nieces and nephews, there are many, and he loved each every one of you dearly.
Dennis worked hard throughout his life and during the early years of his career, he worked for his brother-in-law, Jerome Aberle, putting in water lines and water wells throughout South Dakota. Dennis received job training as Heavy Equipment Operator and specialized as a Finish Operator. Dennis built many roads throughout his career in North and South Dakota and Minnesota, which meant one of his sons was by his side working with him. He worked for various construction companies throughout his 49 year career but some he was most proud of were Close Construction, Gratech Constructions, Dunnick Bros. Construction, Roadmakers Construction, Harris Construction and most recently with Farden Construction.  Due to a health issue, Dennis retired 2 years ago. Dennis thought highly of his only daughter-in-law, Kellie, and his only son-in-law, Chris Schroeder. Dennis was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic church and was a very strong believer in his faith. Dennis will be lovingly remembered and missed by many.

Dennis is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Cheryl, and daughter, Denise (Chris) Schroeder, and his two sons, Dennis Jr.(Kellie) of Belcourt, and Christopher of Dunseith, 4 grandchildren, Cole (Cassandra) Schroeder, Johnna LaFloe, Hunter Rose Schroeder and Tate LaFloe and 2 great-grandchildren, Schieyer Makoti Hart, Willow Donna Schroeder, and his second family who he loved and raised as his own: Terrance(Myrna) DeCoteau, of Dunseith, Leslie (Karen) Davis of Dunseith, Dale (Peggy Poitra) Counts, of Minot, Robert (Vicky Morin) Counts of Belcourt, Fabian (Yvonne) Strong Jr., of Coon Rapids, MN and his loving sister, Ella (Alvin) McLeod of Belcourt, and two very special sisters-in-law: Rita LaFloe of Rolette and Leona LaFloe of Belcourt, North Dakota.

Dennis was preceeded in death by his parents, Robert and Rosalie (Davis) LaFloe, sisters, Evelyn Delorme, Angela Allery, Christina (Tina) Aberle, brothers, Louis LaFloe Sr., Lawrence(Gil) LaFloe Sr., Charles (Chuck) LaFloe Sr., infant brothers: Ralph and Frank LaFloe and grand-children Lane and Coy LaFloe and brothers-in-law Jerome Aberle, Jack Allery, and Norbert Delorme and sisters-in law Colleen Reinhardt and Susan (Tipton) Counts.
The family would like to invite everyone to a meal in the church hall immediately following services.
At this time Dennis’ family would like to thank everyone for the kindness of words and prayers during this difficult and sorrowful time. Arrangement made by Nero Funeral Home of Bottineau, North Dakota.


Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’71):  Bottineau, ND

I’ve rather enjoyed many travels across Montana through the years.  The Flatlands East to Mountains  West, North on the Highline 2  to South on 94.  Hiking  the Missouri Breaks to riding horseback  the Bob Marshall wilderness to a high Mountain glacial lake.  Marveling smells of bubbling hot sulphur springs to watching herds of elk or antelope boing-boinging across prairies.  Usually, accompanying me are my loves; history, nature, laughter, eagerness  to listen to tales, and a cousin or  someone  who enjoys life with a childlike heart.

Today, while reading the Montana Standard online, I was caught up in the tales about the horrible Butte mining disaster, which occurred on June 8, 1917. I thought of miners working in treacherous conditions and how they must have felt as the perilous event unfolded. The horror they faced knowing they were doomed to buried deep in the bowels of the earth.

I was hit with a  recall of the  heavy feeling of foreboding. I  once experienced many years ago exploring the Lewis and Clark Caverns on a cousin road trip to Western Washington with my cousin Elaine.  We saw the exit sign, Lewis and Clark Cavern.  She said,  “Hey, that may be really interesting”.  I said to Elaine, “Do you remember, What’s the difference between a stalagmite and a stalactite?”   She said, “Lets go see.”

Elaine drove to the entrance, we got out and paid our fees. We followed the guide who scrambled down to a little motorized cart  on narrow rail,  getting in with several  other people, away on fun little ride into a tunnel… a ways more into the mountain.  We then were instructed to exit the cart crawl through a hole.  (Not fun) Yep, we crawled  along single file,  on hand and knees through a  skinny little tunnel through rock. Down, down, down disturbing skittering stones often stabs of pain from sharp stone.

Suddenly! Feeling of foreboding hit! My chest got tight, my stomach started to turn. I wanted out.  NOW!  Home to ND.  I need a guide line to keep me safe.

But, I put on my face my silent ‘thoughtful look’.

We crawled on our bellies _into ,”Wow, a  warm sunlit cavern. Dust motes floated down from somewhere above the formations of silent, fragile, stone icicles. Some up! Some down! Trickling water.

Damp cold!

My cousin, Elaine was a person who always exuded confidence and serenity. That day, she kept me centered. All around us were  the U of Montana ‘Earth Science’ people. They kept wandering, looking excited and talking scientific terms .

While, in my mind, I continued to call the protruding ups and downs… ‘icicles’. My thoughts, “There we’ve done that, saw it.  Now, lets get out of here!”   Finally, the guide got the others rounded up. I might have been first in line. Crawling up the tunnel was harder work! UffDa. Huff, puff breathe.

I was ever so happy to be out of that cavern with feet planted on sweet terra firma.  Once again, Elaine and I were on interstate looking for another adventure.

After that crawl into the bowels of the earth with Elaine,  I was absolutely sure,  I did not want to go down again. Or teach Earth Science.

In the many years since then, I’ve done road trips with _ my kids _a.k.a children of my siblings. I have  always been  quite  determined for each of them to have an educational experience.   I never wished to repeat the cavern experience.  I          never again  want to take the Lewis and Clark Exit.   Today, reading about an event in 1917,  I was  awakened  of a fond memory of Elaine.

And I  wonder… about the strong  feeling  of foreboding those 166 miners must have felt 100 years ago down in the bowels of the earth.

Thanks Gary.



Letter from Lee Stickland (’64):  Dickinson, ND


90 degrees here today.  We are in bad need of rain.  Farmers have begun to sell their cattle as there is no green grass.  SW ND is cattle-country so it is sad to see the wheels of economics turn, adversely.

I would have a bad case of ulcers if I were a farmer and had all my assets in the ground, awaiting the throw of the dice of the weather.

Then, there is always the WHITE COMBINE, HAIL.  The cost of insurance is just a cost that needs to figure in each year, regardless.  Of course, a guy could GO ALL IN and not insure and find out later what is left.

Darrel has a daughter who works in Mayo at Rochester.  She has her Doctorate in Pharmacy and therefore has a very good job at one of the hospitals.  Dean has two (2) daughters.  The oldest, Sara, is a missionary for the faith that we three (3) boys practice and believe in with all the merits of our folks.  The younger daughter, Susan, is married to Scott and they have a son, Justin and a daughter, Kari.  Scott is a helicopter pilot and gives narrated tours of the Grand Canyon.  They live in Henderson, NV.

Both Dean and Darrel work at the craftsmanship of fixing homes, making additions, adding walkways, i.e., down to the puget sound.  Dean also makes violin bows and is well-known in the vastly-expanding area for his excellency.  He has sold bows for as much as $1600 each.  Dean is the finite guy of the Stickland’s.  He has retired from Boeing, who I believe absorbed the company who at one-time made the engines for the space shuttle, Rockdyne.

Nice talking to ya, Gary.  I did attempt to use the MESSENGER but I am less-than computer-savvy and not very patient.

See you on the next turn-around.  I was in Boston  April 20-25 and Eric and drove thru New Hampshire and to Maine.  I now have Vermont to visit before I will have been to ALL states of the union. Enjoyed seeing Paul Revere’s home, being in the church where he signaled from.  It was interesting, there are no pews.  Families had boxes, compartments with seats, some padded, some not, some on all sides, some not, with a name plate on the outside of each door.  The minister spoke from a quite elaborate pedestal in one corner for the benefit of acoustics.

Oh, Gary, one more story.  When I was getting ready for a talent show on the 3rd of March, I was tuning my guitar and the bridge, the portion where the strings enter the top of the instrument on the right side, popped up.  BINGO.

Sent it away to the ALVAREZ company for repair.  Got it back 3 months later.  NO CHARGE.  21.88 hours of labor and an extensive list of things that were done, as listed on the work order.  I had forgotten what I paid for the guitar so I called the local fellas here in town, where we also bought our son’s $4000 piano in 1983, and learned that I had paid $1953 in 2007.  Which computes to a bit over $2300 in today’s dollars.

On the day I got my guitar back, I promptly wrote a letter of THANK YOU to the person listed on the Work Order as the craftsman who had done the work.  Too often, people assume that such repair cost are built into the cost of purchase,  That may be but it does not say a hearty TKU to someone who spends a lot of time making things rights.

I will quit, this time   Lee


Blog (606) posted on October 29, 2009

Posted on October 29, 2009

Landsverk’s book

Comments from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

The last couple of nights I have been reading Erling Landsverk’s
book, ‘ My Dakota Years’. I have to say it was most interesting to me to
read about the life of his family through the depression and the war.
This is a great documentation from first had experiences. Erling has
done a really good job of remembering so many of the small details that
make his book hard to put down. It is a ‘must read’ for anyone
interested in the early days, 1920s through 1940s, here in the Turtle
Mountains. Thanks Erling, your book is one of my treasured pieces of
local history! Thanks Gary!


Florence Pladson update following her car accident

Message from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

July 09:
Florence, Keith & Becky

I visited Florence today for a short time (I was on my way to meet Wally for supper.). The lady whose daughter was injured in the same accident, was visiting her when I arrived. I chatted a bit/left caramels for both ladies and left. Florence looks/sounds very “good”. She said “they” are checking into her going to the Bottineau Hospital for therapy, if they have room for another patient. She would, of course, like to go there. If not, she’ll most likely be transferred to the former St. Joe’s building in Minot. Apparently, that’s where Trinity’s rehab is now.

I don’t know if you want to post this, but if you do, please check with Tina Pladson Bullinger before you do. I want my info to be correct, and also that it’s OK to post it.



Reply from Florence’s Daughter

Becky Sime Coles (82): Spokane, WA.


That sounds accurate to me. I spoke with my mom this afternoon and she sounded in good spirits. She says the only pain that she really has is the burning in her hand and up to her elbow. This is most likely due to the regeneration of the nerve in that area. They have had her up and sitting in a wheelchair and it is quite exhausting after having been in the hospital bed for so long. She is hoping to be moved to the facility in Bottineau but as of today they did not have a spot for her. Her doctor has advised her that he doesn’t want to move her until the pain in her hand/arm is better. She has a long road of therapy ahead of her bur her spirits are good and her goal is to be up and dancing again in time for New Years!

She passed on her thanks to the people that have sent emails, cards, flowers etc. She said the messages brighten her days.

I would like to thank all of you as well for your thoughts and prayers. Keep the positive thoughts and prayers coming for all that were involved in this terrible accident.


Message/Picture from Vicky Bergan Dietz (82): Princeton, Minnesota

Hi Gary,

The following picture is of Randy Haavisto, Son of Vicky Bergan-Dietz (1982 DHS) and grandson of David and Glenda Bergan Dunseith, ND. He has enlisted with the United States Marines Corp, we are all so very proud of him. He arrived in San Diega, California , Camp Pendelton, Monday eve, 10-26-2009 for Marines Boot-Camp. We are looking forward to an awesome reunion when he completes his training camp!


Vicky Bergan-Dietz

Vicky Bergan Dietz (82) with her son Randy Haavisto

Pictures from the Achieves

Clarence (Deceased) & Mary Ann Hagen

Willard Haagenson & Mary Ann Hagen

Article written by Gary Woodford (55)

06/07/2017 (2531)

Darrel (47) and Dorothy Strietzel (46) Fassett’s 70th Wedding anniversary
Posting from Susan Fasset Martin (’65):Spearfish SD

My scanner is not working so I took this photo of a page in my dad’s scrapbook. Today is Darrel Fassett and Dorothy Strietzel’s 70th wedding anniversary. Maybe you can post something on the blog. I also posted a pic on FB. Hope all is well in Cebu. I am recovering from hip replacement surgery and Paula is my nurse/cook/housekeeper. I’m doing well
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                          Darrel (47) and Dorothy Strietzel (46) Fassett
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Gary’s comment
Congratulations Darrel and Dorothy. You are both looking so well and doing great. You will have many more years together. It is always a pleasure seeing you folks too, with our trips back to area, when we run into each other, normally at Wal-Mart in Bottineau.


Dale’s Jumbo Burger
Posting from Don Martel (Principal):  Rosemount, MN

On our recent trip to Dunseith, I just had to have one and It was just as good as ever. They are now called, “King of the road.”, on the menu.


Blog (605) posted on October 28, 2009

Posted on October 28, 2009

Sympathy to Marie Iverson Staub (60)

From Susan Brew Roussin (59): Rolla, ND

We send our sympathy to Marie Staub. I have been a widow for 17 years, but I still miss the conversations with my dear husband. You may feel you are in a fog for awhile, but with faith and love from family and friends you will be able to move on and hold fast the good memories. Love and prayers to you and yours.

Update on Virgil Rude (Stroke): Minot, ND

From his Aunt Luella Boardman Bjornseth: Bottineau, ND

We had lunch with Virgil & Gerry last Friday. They were on the way up to the farm to cut the grass one last time before winter. Virgil isn’t allowed to drive yet but is doing real good. He is taking theropy 3 times a week and will be taking it until the end of November. He walks good now but uses a cane to steady himself part of the time. Is still a little weak on the right side so has to take his time. He talks plainly now and says he doesn’t have any pain. He thought he would be able to run the riding mower and Gerry said if he had a problem with it she would be able to finish it off. We haven’t talked to him since so haven’t found out how he made out.


Virgil, A lot of our folks know you and knowing that it’s OK with you, I wanted to post this message of Luella’s. It’s wonderful that you are doing so well. It’s wonders what a positive attitude has. Mind over matter is a lot of the name of the game. Gary

Reply from Pam Lagerquist (68): Minneapolis, MN

I don’t remember some of you, but it’s so nice to see what’s going on with you. I was only in dunseith for 1 year (senior), but I met so many nice people, teachers and towns people. Pam Lagerquist

Memories from Dick Morgan (52): Washburn, ND

A common stereotype is of a young person, living in a small, rural town, whining, “there is nothing to do here. I can’t wait to get away from here.” As I recall, when I was a young person living in a small, rural town, we had:

Turtle Mountains for all those wonderful, colorful characters “living in the hills”; Peace Gardens for picnics and nocturnal naughtiness; Steve Cook’s Kelvin for beverages; Willow Creek for hiking; Shelver Drug for soda fountain; Reservation for pow wows and bush dances; Mineral Springs for camping; Metigoshe for fishing; Lambert’s Hill for skiing; Althea for three different movies a week; Shutte for swimming; Peterson’s Hall for Ole Bersinger’s “Rubber Dolly”; Butte St. Paul for beer bashes; Indian Mound for digging; Rolla for rivalry and hard fought games; San Haven for “San bags”; Shanty Town for more colorful characters; Memorial Hall for just about anything; Bottineau for unsuccessful cruising for girls; Round Barn for dances; Ole Evan’s pasture for gopher hunting; four lively bars; bakery for oh such good bread and raised doughnuts; church for Christmas programs; Great Northern gravel pit for Fourth of July fireworks; Main Street for Saturday nights; Crystal Cafe for hot pork sandwiches and sour cream raisin pie; and, of course, dear old DHS for sports, plays and Miss Schurr’s college prep classes.

NOTHING TO DO!? There weren’t enough hours in the days or nights.

Dick Morgan ’52

Email address Change for Bob & Donna (Sunderland 52) Leonard (51): Dunseith, ND

I have changed the location of my computer to Dunseith, and wanted to maintain hi-speed internet for the winter months. In order to accomplish that, had to change servers. My new e-mail address is I understand this is case sensitive.

Hopefully, this will not create a problem for any of you.



Bob, This is no bother at all for me to make these changes. In fact I encourage folks to keep me updated with all of their changes. We try to keep all these records as current as possible. Thanks, Gary

Reply to Erling Landsverk from Lois Lilleby Fielding (51): Prescott, AZ

Reply to Erliing Landsverk from Lois Lilleby Fielding: Yes, Erliing, Arnold was my father and for several years we lived on ‘Main Street” next to his garage. I remember playing around bags of wool, I think, in the garage. In addition, living next door to K.C. and Margie Sine’s store, I would go there to “help” rearrange the cans of food in the bins. Then, after my “work”, Margie and I would share an orange. The Sines were the Best!! I love hearing stories of K.C. on the blog.

Good luck to you with your book! Lois Lilleby Fielding.

Dunseith News posted by Neoal Kofoid Garbe:Minot & Botttineau, ND


Pictures from the Achieves

 About 1967:
Standing L to R: Lola Metcafe, Patt Metcafe, Joan La Croix
Bottom L to R: Joann Houle, Corliss Allard, Randi Mongeon

2007 – Sheally Baker Engebretson (65)

Evie Gottbreht (65) & Patty Boguslawski (65)



06/05/2017 (2530)

Picture Identified

Reply from Carol Allard (’65):  Sidney, MT

This picture is of my dad, John Allard.
Carol Allard

Reply from Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND

    I am quite sure that’s John Allard.

Reply from Mel Kuhn (’70):  St. John, ND

The man in the picture is John Allard. He is my uncle. He is Carol’s dad I’m sure she will fill you in.

Reply from LeaRae Parrill Espe (’67):  Bottineau, ND

I am pretty sure the picture is John Allard.

Reply from Jay Vonorny (’66):  Dunseith, ND

I am quite sure it is an Allard, contact Dawn and Larry Allard

Reply from Larry Nagel (DHS Teacher): Shields, ND

To whomever,
He might be one of the Robert boys (that is pronounced  French) I am not sure, but if  related to Alfred Cote  family that built the round barn  South of Dunseith.
Larry Nagel

Allard, John 2530

Message from Aggie Casavant (’69):   Modesto, California

Hi  Gary, finally  got  down to  the  library  and  have  been  sitting  here  really  enjoying  everyones  stories.  I  especially  enjoyed  the  story  that  Dick  told  about  Mrs. Conroy and  giving  that  girl  that  swore  at  her  the  “what  for”. Just  as  I  was  leaving  the  house  this  morning  to  come  to the  library  there  was  this  kid  on  the  news whining  to  the  t.v  cameras that he  wasn’t  going  to  be  allowed  to  walk  with  his  class  at  graduation cuz  he  worked  over  the  asst. principle. They  said  there  are  1000 class mates  and  friends  who  are  marching  and  protesting  to  let  him  walk…..Seriously….he should  be  in  jail  for  assault….  ….  Jeri Neamyers  post  about  Don Johnson was  so  nice  to  read. Alot  of  nice  memories  of  better  days….”Where have  all the  flowers  gone…..  Thanks  Gary  for  hanging  with  us…. Aggie.


Round Barn
Reply from LeaRae Parrill Espe (’67): e Bottineau, ND

The round barn was owned by Pat and Johnnie Myer.  I believe their daughter Holly Myer Wheeler is the current owner.  It has been on the register quite some time.  Pat had the barn redone before she passed away and I am sorry I can’t remember what year that was.


Posting of the Day
Hee Haw Classic.
Grandpa Jones and Tennessee Ernie Ford were True Classics



Blog (604) posted on October 27, 2009

Marie Iverson Staub’s (60) husband, Marvin, passed away.
From Marie: Seattle, WA
Just wanted to let you know my husband Marvin Staub, who you met at the Seattle reunion passed away on October 18th. He had heart problems but you are never prepared for something like that. We were married for 43 years it’s going to be difficult for sometime without him. I will even appreciate your e-mails more now. I know he talked to Bernadette at the reunion and she invited us to come visit and he was thinking about it but it won’t happen now. I am blessed, as I have two great boys and a lot of good friends. It’s just going to take some time.
Marie Staub
Marie, We are so sad to hear of Marvin’s passing. Yes, I remember both of you well from the Seattle reunion on July 24th. I know Bernadette had a nice chat with Marvin too. Being at the reception desk, she spoke more one on one with everyone than I did. You must have been at the same table as Phyllis McKay and her friend Leo. Marvin was sitting next to Leo in this picture.
Marie, It’s tough loosing a loved one. We know this is a really hard time for you. Our condolences are with you. We have not forgotten you. That invitation still stands for you coming over to visit too.
Gary & Bernadette.
PS – Marie is related to the Iverson’s in Bottineau. They are close relatives.
San Haven
From Lois (Bev Morinville’s friend, originally from Rolette, that she met at the Log house in Dunseith): Helena, MT.
Dear Gary,
Please keep up the wonderful news about San Haven from you and your friends’ memories! I read and forward the wonderful written memories to my cousins also! I think we all in that area had someone at the “San” at one time or another during those early years!
Again, I so appreciate the news and hope to read more! Lois Tweten
Reply from Luella Boardman Bjornseth (49): Bottineau, ND.
Gary thanks for keeping on sending the alumni news. It is really interesting reading all the things different ones are remembering of the years past. I wonder if Erling remembers how to play steal stiks? I can rember playing it when I went to the old country school but don’t rember the rules. We used to have lots of running games at recess and everybody got to play. keep up the good work.
Folks, Luella is married to Ralph Bjornseth. Ralph was a mechanic at the International dealership in Bottineau for years. Following his employment there, he and Clem Helgeson teamed up and did ‘on sight’ overhauls all over the country. Those guys were some of the best Diesel mechanics of all times. Ralph’s dad was Jacob Bjornseth. Their home place was 1 3/4 miles west of us up in the hills. Ralph’s sister’s, Gladys and Viola, married, twins, Albert and Alfred Rude. LaVerne Rude, Albert/Gladys boy, is married to Carrole Fauske (66). I have know all these families, well, my entire life. Great folks. Some of you know Virgil Rude too. His folks were Alfred/Viola. Gary
Request from Delmer Fugere, Son of Lois (Hiatt) & Orelle Fugere
Bonney Lake, WA
Hello Gary, I sure enjoy reading the blog. I mentioned the blog to Dale Evans (Mary Petersons Son) He would like to be added to the list. His email isThanks, Delmer Fugere

Dale, With your Dad, Martin (Deceased) having been a brother to Ella (Jim) Metcafle, that would make you a first cousin to Gary Metcalfe and all of his siblings. With your mother being a Peterson, you are first cousins to all the Peterson’s and of coarse Howard and Vida (Peterson) Hiatt’s siblings. That’s a lot of folks, a big percentage of whom are on our distribution list. I know I’ve missed a few too. I found an address listed for you in Algona, WA. Would this be your correct address? Algona I believe is near Renton/Auburn. Gary

Thank you / Reply from Erling Landsverk (44): Portage, WI

Hi Gary and everyone:
Thank you Gary and Lois Fielding, Brenda hoffman and dick Johnson for your kind words. I don’t deserve them, but I will take them. Lois, was Arnold Lilleby your father, I knew him quite well, Dad bought all his gas there as well as other automotive repairs.. When you people make comments about Dunseith on Gary’s Blog, its just like old home week.
Gary, you mentioned my book, well as I have said before, its not fair or right to use this great community get together for any other purpose than to stay connected. Anyone can get in touch with me with a short E Mail and I promise to get back to anyone who is interested. As for myself, I am not any different, (I like to think) than any other North Dakotan. I just do what I need to do, and am proud to be associated with all you folks.
Best wishes to Everyone!
Erling Landsverk


Henry Boppre’s Obituary posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.

Ann Boppre Perry’s (72) Reply: Dunseith, ND.



I have been gone so didn’t get this until today.

Yes, Dick, was right. Henry and my Dad were brothers. Now there are
only 2 left out of 11.
Dad and Henry were married to sisters (Ester and Mary James)Dick’s cousins
on the Stretzel (SP) side. Ester died and Dad married MOM, so my sisters
are double cousins to Henry’s children.
My sister, Donna, is married to Walter Weaver, Judy’s brother.