11/20/2017 (2576)

Your blog / Lamoureux Family history
Posting from Cheryl Dahl Miller:  Racine, WI

I do family history for the Tolsby family in ND which has a connection to Dunseith.  Elizabeth (Betty) Lamoureux, daughter of Charles and Olive (Nash) Lamoureux lived there and, I believe, owned a gas station/car repair shop.  Betty, born in 1935, lives in southern California and has four children.

If anyone has memories to share on your blog about the Nash / Lamoureux families, I’d be delighted to share them with Betty’s family.

family names: Jay Nash (descendants: J McNeill and Lyle ) Olive Nash Lamoureux (descendants: Elizabeth and Charles J.; Donald, Joni, Cary, & Brian

I grew up in ND and spent many summers in the Rugby and Devils Lake areas with my cousins, so it’s always interesting to read stories like those on your blog of ND connections.

Thanks for any help your readers can give.  Cheryl Dahl Miller (formerly of Fargo / now Racine, WI)

Condolences to Julian Kalk family
From Marlys Zorn Bryan (’69):  Fairbury, Nebraska


I wanted to send my condolences to the family of Julian Kalk; I’m sorry for the loss of your loved one.

His sister, Natalie Jehner, was a wonderful friend to me through the 4th grade, and I have often longed to know where she is.

Thank you, Gary,  for your kindness in helping all of us connect through the years.

Marlys (Zorn) Bryan


Condolences to Julian Kalk family
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):  Belcourt, ND

I am truly sorry to hear of the passing of Julian Kalk.
My condolences to his family.

Ginger (LaRocque) Poitra ( Class of 1965)

From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):  Belcourt, ND

Hi Everyone!
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and God Bless!

Ginger Poitra  ( Class of 1965 )


Blog (650) posted on December 12, 2009

Posted on December 12, 2009

Folks, It’s currently 12:30 AM at our house here in the PI. With tomorrow being Bernadette Brothers funeral at noon, I am getting as much of this news letter put together as I can tonight before going to bed. At the moment things are very active at our house. There are many folks visiting and playing cards at this very moment. Bernadette has been serving goodies all night.

It reminds me of an old fashion Christmas program at the Ackworth school sitting here at my desk seeing 200 paper bags, sitting on the floor, filled with goodies that will be pasted out tomorrow at the grave site. Bernadette has hired 2 large vans and 4 jeepneys to transport family from the church to the Cemetery located about 5 miles from the church. She has also hired a motorcycle escort (police) service that will escort us to the cemetery. They will stop all traffic and hurriedly lead us to the cemetery. We will be taking our car too. Following the burial, The escort service will lead us all back to our house for a dinner that Bernadette is having prepared. We went out and purchased all the ingredients for the dinner this afternoon. She has hired a lady that will be assisted by several others to prepare the meal. They are in the outside kitchen chopping up vegetables and cutting up meat at this very moment.

For these folks the loss of a loved one is not totally realized until they go in the ground. That is the hardest part of all funerals here. Gary


Pictures provided by Paula Fassett (71): North Branch, MN

Note: Elaine Haakenson is a relative of mine. Her mother and my dad are first cousins. I will include her with today’s message. Neola, Does this look like Elaine to you? Elaine, is this you in this picture. in this picture, Jeanette Hahn Moe sure looks like her sister Arlene Knutson. Their brother Gordon Hahn was married to my first cousin, Alice Petterson. They are both deceased. Gary

Lutheran Ladies Circle at Jeanette Moe’s house:
Back: Elaine Haakenson (?? – I remember the name), Luella Dion,
Clarice Aus (her husband was a teacher??), Murl Hill

Front: Bernice Johnson, Arla Hiatt, Burnell Moren (wife of the pastor?), Jeanette Moe, Irene Fassett.

Card players in Darrel & Dorothy Fassett’s kitchen – Omeemee (probably spelled wrong), ND – 1954

Crystal Fassett (70) reading to Hans Johnson – Christmas 1954
(that’s Paula Fassett’s (71) head down in the lower right)

I’m a Car-Guy-Wannabe, so had to include this because I remember this Jeep and loving it as a little kid – Bob Hosmer’s Jeep – taken in 1955, so what would be the year of the Jeep??? Taken at Thomas Lake, Manitoba. See the whitecaps on the lake – must have been fun camping…..

11/15/2017 (2575)

Julian Kalk Obituary (’63)
Posted by Evie Kalk:  Bottineau, ND and Orange Beach, AL


Julian Dennis Kalk
June 20, 1944 – November 7, 2017
Kalk, Julian 2575

Obituary for Julian Dennis Kalk

Julian Dennis Kalk, son of Daniel and Rose (Gunville) Kalk was born June 20, 1944 in Dunseith, North Dakota and passed from this life, suddenly on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at his residence in Osceola, IA at 73 years of age.

Julian grew up in Dunseith, ND. He was baptized at St. Louis Catholic Church and graduated from Dunseith High School. He attended Berkley University in California where he completed the Ironworking program. Julian was united in marriage to Jean Denyer and they were married, 29 years. He operated many bakeries in California and others before moving to Osceola, Iowa in 1989. For over 10 years he and his family owned and operated Kalk’s Kwality Bake Shop. Julian was a huge Denver Broncos fan and loved talking sports, politics, and religion to whomever was willing to lend an ear. Julian LOVED spending his time outdoors with nature and with his family. It was fitting that he passed while raking leaves to protect his trees in preparation for the upcoming winter.

Julian loved his grandchildren, he enjoyed telling his jokes, telling stories, doing card tricks, reading and playing cribbage.

Those relatives who preceded Julian in death were his parents, Daniel and Rose Kalk, son Steven Kalk and his daughter Terri Bethshold, sisters, Louella Davis, and Kathryn Barbara Lopez, and brother, Marvin Kalk.

Julian leaves to cherish his memory; daughter, Lori (Jim) McDonald of Arizona, son, David Kalk of Osceola, IA, daughter, Kim (Matt) Rickert of Ames, IA, daughter, Amanda (fiancée, Mike Mack) Kalk of Colo, IA, son, Daniel Kalk of Osceola, IA, son, Michael Kalk of Raleigh, NC, grandchildren, Katie, Kyle, Jenna, Jordon, Chloe and Mason, brother, Vincent Kalk of Fargo, ND, Jean Kalk of Ames, IA, brother, Rodney Kalk of Bottineau, ND, sister, Janet Banish of West Fargo, ND, sister, Lorraine Hooper of Sioux Falls, SD, sister, Marlene Kopp of Fargo, ND, sister, Natalie Jehner of Fargo, ND as well as other relatives and many friends.

Memorial Contributions may be directed to his family for a fitting tribute to be decided at a later date.

Funeral Service
NOV 13. 01:00 PM
Kale Funeral Home
301 S. Main St.
Osceola, IA, US, 50213


Reply to Marlys Hiatt (’71)
From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND

Hi, Gary.

Please tell Marlys she is very welcome.  I’d try to send more articles from the Courant, but there are few articles that would be of interest to Gary’s readers–especially when there is no longer Dunseith news.



DHS Classes of 55/56
Reply Larry Liere (‘55)  Devils Lake, ND

 The last time I saw Janice Workman was at the (Dunseith 100 year celebration) and I saw Barry Shelver at the same event.  I thought Janice was almost as tall as Barry at that event and that is why I thought it was Janice standing next to Barry in the picture. I remember some names & some events from my 2½ years at DHS but the only people I can name for sure in the picture would be Barry Shelver & Bob Hosmer because we played a lot together before I moved in 3rd grade. I remember the Lamoureaux girls and a birthday party at one of their homes.  I think it was at Gayl Lamoureaux home but not sure. Gary I hope you are putting all of these names in order because I am getting lost as to which name goes with what person in the picture.

I have always wondered what I missed by moving away in 3rd. grade.  What would have become and where would I be today if we wouldn’t have moved.  I think I have asked before how many kids in our school picture went all the way through high school at DHS and how many new kids joined your class after I moved??

Janice I will be 81 on Jan.10, 2018 so I hope your outreach to classes 1955,56,57 goes fast.  I am on Facebook and that would also be a good way to connect.

Gary you do a great job keeping all these alum together!  In most schools very few can contact people like DHS can.  Keep up the good work. LARRY

Gary Stokes’ comments
Larry, the names ore in order L to R on the Photo.
We’ve only got two left to identify in this photo and the first names of the Tennacore girls.
Folks, We can do this

DHS Classes of ‘55/’56
Back: Viola Hobbs, Barry Shelver, Larry Liere, Bob Hosmer, ??, Darlene Rohrer, Arline Lamoureux, Ann Lamoureux, ??
Front: ?? Tennacore, Bob Dailly, ?? Tennacore, Janice Leonard
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Blog (649) posted on December 11, 2009

Posted on December 11, 2009

Folks, I was in a hurry yesterday and got the message number mixed up. It should have been 649, not 349. I am continuing on with 650 today.

Yesterday was not my day for driving. There are few rules of the road that are followed in this country. Everyone is pretty much on their own maneuvering in the traffic of which is heavy most of the time. One has to be aggressive or you won’t get places. All the traffic enforcers are pretty much at intersections directing traffic. Yesterday the traffic enforcers decided they needed a little extra revenue, so they placed a small “no left turn” sign, not easily seen, on a busy intersection where I have frequently been making left turns for several years. After making the turn, there was an army of traffic enforcers flagging me and a whole bunch of others down to give us tickets. It was a $10 ticket that I had to go all the way across town to pay. There wasn’t much I could do but pay the ticket. Gary

Memories of Shirley Olson Warcup (49):

From Janice Leonard Workman (56): Auburn, WA

Shirley was 6 or 7 years older than I, and I remember a day that she talked her sister into taking some of us little kids out to the lake to swim (loosely translataed) and play in the water. She watched us all afternoon. Shirley was always gracious and a real special person. I am sure she will be missed by many people. Dick and Brenda, you have my deepest sympathy. Janice

Condolences to the Azure-Morinvilee Families:

From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

I would like to send our condolences to the Azure-Morinville families
on the loss of our friend, Bev. We will miss her entries on this site.
She was always cheerful and compassionate to anyone who was hurting for
any reason. She will certainly be missed by all.


Bev morinville’s last posted message on 9/15/09

Reply from Bev Morinville Azure (72): Dunseith, ND.

Thank you Verna and Pete.. each message means the world to me….as you all know Verna has done as much volenteering in this area she is truly a angel to all of us. She never asks for a pat on the back she does it cause she can . HATS OFF TO YOU VERNA SOMEDAY YOUR REWARD IN HEAVEN WILL BE GREAT…


Shirley Olson Warcup’s last posted message on 11/08/09

Danny Lovass

Reply from Shirley Olson Warcup (49): ronsw28@msn.com 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

Class of 65 Eighth grade graduation picture:

Folks, I received this picture from Dick Johnson (68), who received it from Paula Fassett (71), who received it from her sister Susan Fassett Martin (65). This is one of the pictures that I lost when my Hard drive was accidentally reformatted a few months back. I am so glad to have it back again.

I was with the class of 65, but did attend Dunseith until High School. I was the last lone graduate to ever graduate from Ackworth. That was in 1961. I went trough the graduation ceremonies with the Dunseith folks though, but I am not in this picture. Not all in this picture were with us in High School, so there are some I don’t recognize. I’ll take a stab at identifying those in this picture. Folks, I know I have some wrong, so please make the corrections. If you see a mistake, please reply. Please don’t wait for the next guy to reply. Gary

3rd Row: Phyllis McKay, Margaret Metcalfe, Esther Murray, Kenny Nerpel, Allen Richard, Gladys Roussin, Tim Strong, Roberta Wilke, Myron Zorn.

2nd Row: Donold Egbert, Susan Fassett, Evi Gottbreht, Bill Grimme, Henry Hackman, Earl Hiatt, Carol Jasper, Lorraine Kalk, Ginger LaRocque, Art Rude, Ron Longie

Front Row: Jean Abrahamson, Carol Allard, Larry Allard, Warren Anderson, Sheally Baker, John Bedard, Alan Boguslawski, Patty Boguslawski, Angela Berube, Cecile Berube, Pam Fassett

11/11/2017 (2574)

Peace Garden Article
Reply from Marlys Hiatt (’71):  Dunseith, ND

That article about the peace Garden was really interesting.  Thanks Neola

Marlys Hiatt


DHS Classes of 55/56
Reply Janice Leonard Workman (’56)  Janice_Workman@earthlink.net  Auburn, WA

Gary, Thanks for all you do for the alum, it’s really appreciated.  As for the picture of the school kids, Bonnie will know them all.  The girl beside Barry is not me, but Viola Hobbs.  I have never been taller than Barry Shelver!   I’m the one on the end of the front row to the right.  Arline is behind me and the girl with her head down maybe Ann, Arline’s cousin.   The girl next to me is a Tennacore and her sister is to the left of Bob Dailly.  The girl to the left of Arline, I think is Darlene Rohr.

I would like to reach out to some of the people of classes 1955, 56 and 57.  Where are you at??  We haven’t heard from Gary Morgan for a while.   I have been in touch with Gayl Bedard Lamoureaux and Viola.  I have lunch with the Bobs,  Hosmer and Dailly, when we can.  It’s always a 2 hour lunch with lots of laughs.  Anyway, I would like to know what’s going on with our old classmates.  Janice

Gary Stokes’ comments
Thanks Janice for this input. Very much appreciated.
Folks, We’ve only got two left to identify in this photo and the first names of the Tennacore girls.


DHS Classes of ‘55/’56
Back: Viola Hobbs, Barry Shelver, Larry Liere, Bob Hosmer, ??, Darlene Rohrer, Arline Lamoureux, Ann Lamoureux, ??
Front: ?? Tennacore, Bob Dailly, ?? Tennacore, Janice Leonard
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DHS Classes of 55/56
Reply From Keith Pladson (’66):  Roanoke Rapids, NC


Just a quick comment re the 55/56 class photo.  I am not able to help in the identification of any of those included, but believe you are shorting the list by one.  There are in fact 9 in the back row, not 8.  There is a girl one in from the right end looking down.  It is hard to make her out, but she has a white ribbon in her hair.  She is between the two identified as Lamoureux’s unless she is one of those identified as a Lamoureux.  In any case there are 9, not 8 in the back row.


Gary Stokes’ comments
Thanks Keith. You are absolutely right. I have added him for ID with today’s posting.

DHS Classes of 55/56
Reply From Sharron Gottbreht Shen (’59):   Watertown, NJ

Yes Gary Stokes, the picture was taken in May 1951 by my 4th grade teacher Mrs. Florence Conroy. My parents, Dale and Alma Boucher Gottbreht had sent me to Notre Dame Academy where I repeated the 2nd grade and completed the 3rd grade. I like to think that I was reenrolled at Dunseith just to have my continuing education from the peerless Florence Conroy. You will find my Memorial Day Poster on display in her classroom 1951 pictures. Among my classmates was Harvey Johnson. Harvey was never one to wave his hand anxious to answer questions posed by my best ever teacher, but when Florence Conroy called on Harvey he offered brief organized to-the-point responses. I remember wishing if only I could do that.

This is a good opportunity to mention Harvey’s older sister, Mary Lou Johnson. It was about 1954 when Dad put me to work waiting café customers at Dale’s Truck Stop. Regardless of early or late late hours, Mary Lou gave cheerful service and was encouraging for me to carry on. She could reach within and call upon strength I had yet to learn. My last contact with Mary Lou was at Ernie’s funeral. It was a day for tears and giving comfort. Because of your blog Gary, I did learn of Mary Lou’s sad exit from this stage we share. She was far far better deserving.

Thank you Gary Stokes
Sharron Gottbreht Shen


Blog (648) posted on December 10, 2009

Posted on December 10, 2009

Shirley Olson Warcup’s (49) obituary provided by Eileen Brudwick: Fargo, ND


Shirley Mae Olson Warcup

May 05, 1931 – Dec 06, 2009

Shirley Mae Olson Warcup passed away on Sunday night, December 6, 2009 in St. George, Utah, as a result of complications from recent surgery. Shirley was born to Henry and Myrtle Olson on May 5, 1931 in Dunseith, North Dakota. She attended grade school and high school in Dunseith and graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in education. Shirley was employed by the Merced High School Union District in California, where she served as a teacher, then a counselor and dean of girls, and finally as vice principal. She finished her 45-year career in education as an instructor at Merced Community College.

After retiring in 2006, Shirley and her husband of 58 years, Ronald Warcup, moved to Ivins, Utah. She loved the beauty of the Ivins area, and she and Ron lunched at Zion National Park every Monday.

Shirley was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was eager to serve wherever needed.

Shirley was preceded in death by her father and mother; her sister, Bernice Johnson; and a granddaughter, Ashley Warcup. She is survived by her husband, sons Douglas and Bradley, daughter Janet, 10 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service to honor Shirley will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 10, 2009 at Ivins City Cemetery, 400 N. 200 W., Ivins, Utah. All family and friends are invited to attend

Memories of Shirley Olson Warcup:

From Lois Lilleby Fielding (51) Prescott, AZ

Dick: I was three years behind Shirley Olson Warcup in school, but I always admired her friendliness, zest for life and that wonderful smile! You have wonderful memories, I’m sure. Lois Lilleby Fielding

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

To Gary & Bernadette,To Bev Morinvilles Azure’s Family, To Dick & Brenda:

This morning as I sit in the quiet early hours,amoung the warmeth of my fireplace,and peaceful beauty of Christmas lights,my heart,thoughts and prayers go out to each and everyone of you,at the loss of someone special to you this Christmas Season.As you sit in your quiet moments,reflecting on the thoughts,and memories,of the one you loved, cherished,and lost,I wish you all a Peace,that passes all understanding,and a renewed Hope for the New Year. God Bless each and everyone of you.

With Sympathy,

Ms. Aggie

Aggie, Thank you so much for these nice comforting words. Gary

Condolences to the Warcup family.

From Keith Pladson (66): Stafford, VA

I did not know Shirley, but just recently (early Nov) I exchanged a few inputs with her here on Gary’s Blog in reference to my Dad and Uncle helping her family out back in the 30’s. I am truly sorry and saddened to hear of her passing. May God be with you and all of your family during this difficult time.
Keith Pladson (66)

Bev Morinville Azure:

Posted by Audrey (Hanson) Aitchison)Bottineau

Bev (Morinville) Azure and I were first cousins.

My Dad (Bert Hanson) and her Mom (Frances Hanson) were brother and sister. It has been a hard time for the family sitting at Trinity Hospital in Minot for 3 weeks with the stress of watching Bev failing and knowing she wouldn’t be with them too long. Her suffering is over now. I send my condolences to the family and may the Lord comfort them in the days ahead. “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, you may be also.” (John 14:2, 3) Keep your faith.

Reply from Heidi Hanson Danielson (69): Bottineau, ND

Hi, Gary!

No, I am not on the daily list. You can add me, please.

Becky’s info:

She is married and lives in Devils Lake.

Becky Elllingson

114 Country Club Road

Devils Lake, ND 58301


I know she was friends with Peggy Wurgler. She would have been with the Class of ’71.



Folks, I recently discovered that Heide was not on our Daily distribution. I have now added her along with her sister Becky. Their mother was a teacher in Dunseith when Heidi was in the lower grades. Heidi is a teacher in the Bottineau schools. Gary

Obiturary provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.

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July 12, 1919-December 5, 2009

Adrien Simeon Mongeon, 90, Rolette, died on Saturday, December 5, 2009.

Adrien was born on July 12, 1919, on the family farm near Thorne, ND to Pierre and Anna (Grenier) Mongeon. Adrien attended school in Shell Valley and Rolette. He completed his high school education through the GI bill adult education program.

During WWII he served our country in North Africa and Italy from 1942 to 1945, earning a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. Following the war he met and married Sylvia LaDouceur on October 25, 1947, in Minneapolis, MN. They farmed north of Rolette for 37 years. He retired from farming in 1984 and moved to Rolette, spending many enjoyable winters in Mesa, AZ with close friends and family.

He was very civic minded, serving on the elevator, REC, and Rolette School boards. He was a church trustee at St. Michael’s in Thorne, was active in the American Legion, and a founding member of the Rolette Country Club. Adrien was instrumental in bringing telephone services to their rural area by obtaining and setting the poles with his neighbors. He greatly enjoyed golfing, fishing, playing cards, reading, and “coaching” the Twins, Vikings, and Phoenix Suns.

Adrien was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Sylvia, in 2006, his parents, Pierre and Anna Mongeon, siblings, Leo Mongeon, Janet Evans, Eugene Mongeon, and Lorraina Trimble.

He is survived by his children and their spouses: Ron (Nancy) Mongeon,Lincoln, NE; Janel (Dennis) McCall, Helena, MT Susan (Dan) Hare,also of Helena and Jim (Beth) Mongeon,Rolette.

Grandchildren: Darin(Paige) Mongeon, Paul (Traci) Mongeon, Greg (Rachel) Mongeon,Steve (Sarah) Mongeon, Zach McCall, Jake (Ashley) McCall, Josh (Tennille) McCall, Zeb McCall, Brian Hare, Jill (Mike) Haubert, Mark Hare, Jessica Mongeon, Rebecca Mongeon, Joe Mongeon.

Great-grandchildren: Sierra and Lane Mongeon, Jarrett and Josie Mongeon, Adrienne and Jayden Mongeon, Kate McCall, and Sienna Haubert.

Siblings and their spouses: Roland (Nora) Mongeon and Armand Mongeon, Dunseith, Alfred (June) Mongeon, Rolette, Sister Stephanie Mongeon, Ogden, UT and Dennis (Carol) Mongeon, Mandan

Many dearly loved nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial: Friday at 10:30 a.m. in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rolette. Fr. Philip Chacko will celebrate the Mass and burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Rolette. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dethman-Armstrong American Legion Post #94, Rolette.

Visitation will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rolette on Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with vigil services at 7:00 p.m. Visitation on Friday will be one hour prior to the funeral Mass.

Serving as Casket Bearers for Adrien will be Joe Mongeon, Steven Mongeon, Greg Mongeon, Brian Hare, Mark Hare, Josh McCall and Zeb McCall.

Honorary Bearers will be Jake McCall, Zake McCall, Darin Mongeon, Paul Mongeon, Jessica Mongeon, Rebecca Mongeon and Jill Haubert.

Reading the Scriptures will be Rebecca Mongeon and Zach McCall and Prayers of Intercession will be read by Darin Mongeon.

Gift Bearers will be Jessica Mongeon, Jill Haubert and Jake McCall.

Music will be provided by Jim Mongeon, violinist, Lisa Denzel, vocalists and Gail Tastad, vocalist and pianist.

Memorials can be sent to: Presentation Medical Center, 213 2nd Ave. NE, P.O. Box 759, Rolla, ND.

Dunseith News:
Posted Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.

11/08/2017 (2573)

DHS Classes of 55/56
Reply from Bonnie Awalt Houle (’56):  Becker, MN

Back: Viola Hobbs, Barry Shelver, Larry Liere, Bobby Hosmer, ??, ??, Arline Lamoureux, Ann Lamoureux,
Front:  ??, Bob Daily, ??, Janice Leonard,

Gary Stokes’ Comment.
Thanks Bonnie,
Folks, we’ve only got 4 left. I know we can do this. Please reply even if you are not sure.

DHS Classes of ‘55/’56
Back: Viola Hobbs, Barry Shelver, Larry Liere, Bob Hosmer, ??, ??, Arline Lamoureux, Ann Lamoureux
Front: ??, Bob Dailly, ??, Janice Leonard
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Peace Garden Annual Meeting/1942
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottinea & Minot, ND
Peace Garden


Blog (647) posted on December 9, 2009

Posted on December 9, 2009

Bev Morinville Azure’s (72) funeral:

Posted by Verena Gillis: Dunseith, ND.

Funeral services for Bev are as follows:
Wake: Friday, Dec. 11th-6:00 pm with a rosary service at 8:00 pm
Funeral: Saturday, Dec. 12th-10:00 am-St. Michael’s Church, Dunseith, ND

Shirley Olson Warcup’s (49) Graveside Services:

From her husband Ron: Ivins, UT

To all

As general info and update for Shirley,

Graveside Services as per her wishes will be on Thursday Dec. 10 at 1;00 pm in the Ivins Cemetery , Ivins, UT

I wish to thank all for their sympathy and concern.


Condolences to the Zorn Family:

From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (65): Belcourt, ND


I was saddened to hear of Myron’ son. I can not imagine what they are
going through. Myron your family will be remembered in my prayer’s, so
you can make it through this terrible loss you are feeling. Please Lord
bless this family and give them the strength to overcome what is ahead.
God bless you and yours.

Ginger (LaRocque) Poitra (65)

Ginger, I’ve noticed that your email box has not been functioning for the last while. It’s great to have you back on line. I know you and Myron were class mates long before I joined the class of 65 in our freshman year. Gary

Condolences to the Morinville/Azure family:

From Gail Halvorson Schuler (72): Bismarck, ND

Azure Family

My deepest sympathy to the family of Bev Mornville Azure. She was my classmate. May the Lord comfort you in your time of loss and sadness.

Gail Halvorson Schuler

Class of 72

Condolences to the Morinville/Azure family:

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

The Armstrong’s & Johnson’s send their condolences to the Azure family. We’ve known Bev since Darla & I were kids. Bev (& Dewy) spent so much time @ our house, Dad called them his kids too! I use to work with Bev @ TMC in Dunseith, and she was one of the people I missed after leaving there.

When the folks owned the Gas Station in town, I remember Duane & Russell were always playing jokes on Bev. One time, they sent her to the Hardware Store to get a left-handed monkey wrench. Then another time, sent her looking for a kinfle-pin. She never caught on to what they were doing. God they’d laugh!! And, she would use the word “ish-ka-bibble” alot!!!

I have lots of good memories of Bev, she was a good person, and I know God has another Angel in Heaven. She is at peace now, and watching over the rest of us, til we are all together again.

Dianne Johnson

Condolence to the Morinville & Azure family:

From Allen Richard (65): Midland, MI

To all of you. Bad things happen to good people. You are all in my prayers. Joe and my dad were good friends — and special friends in the Knights of Columbus.

Allen Richard

Bev Morinville Azure’s (72) Obituary:

Beverly Lynn Azure
(February 23, 1956 – December 6, 2009)


Beverly Azure, age 56 of Dunseith, died Sunday in aMinot hospital. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10:00 A.M. in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Dunseith. A wake will be held on Friday beginning at 6:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 8:00 P.M. in the church. Burial will be in theSt. LouisCemeteryalso in Dunseith.

Beverly Azure, a daughter of Joe and Frances (Hanson) Morinville, was born in Bottineau on February 23, 1953. On August 16, 1980 she was married to Clarence Azure at Dunseith.

She is survived by her husband, Clarence of Dunseith; daughters, Shonda Azure of Minot and Shannon Azure of Grand Forks; sons Cody Azure and Jason Azure both of Grand Forks; a grandson, Chris Scott of Minot; sisters, Debbie Marmon of Miles City MT and Toni Gredesky of Fairmount, ND; a brother, Duane Morinville of Dunseith

Shirley Olson Warcup (49) memories:

From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

Right now we are attempting to grasp the loss of my Aunt Shirley, or
‘Snookie’ as she was known to all of us. She was a remarkable person
with a heart of gold and a no nonsense concept of right and wrong. She
was a hard worker and continued to work well after the age of normal
retirement. I have memories of her from the beginning of my ability to
remember and yet am unable to have a single bad memory. This includes
when we were young (my cousins and I) and she would dole out the
discipline as needed. We knew we had it coming and we got it! Never was
there a time when I thought she was mean or uncaring. It was all part of
my growing up process and now I respect this even more. Although she was
gone from North Dakota since 1959, whenever we talked with her it was
like she never left. She remembered her roots and many of you now know
this because of her entries on this very blog. She was the type of
person many folks can only wish they could be. I really don’t think I
ever believed illness could take her from us. She was determined and
strong willed and could handle nearly anything in put her path . As Ron
said though, her age and the severity of this acute illness was just
more than anyone could overcome. We certainly will miss her. Thanks to
those who have called and written with their condolences. It means a lot
to us. Thanks Gary.


Shirley & Ron Warcup

Reply with memories of Herman Martinson & Pictures:

From Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59):

Thank you Gary Metcalfe for the kind words. I cannot begin to express how thankful I am for the contact with idols and friends of my childhood and youth. I actually think that long unused neurons are being awakened some mornings. I carry messages with me all day and in idle moments [read hours] a thought long forgotten springs to mind. Out of nowhere the memory of Mr. Schwab our neighbor across the street sprang to mind this week. He had come striding out his back screen door with a pair of leather gloves and said that we should use them to handle the feisty squirrel we had caught and that he advised release soon; “Wild creatures should live free.” Harriet Schwab was a frail beauty by then, perhaps 1947/48, but often at her window or door way checking on the local noise makers. I read in the early issues Turtle Mt Times of Marchand Lumber of Rolla wanting to open a yard in Dunseith. Such an important service in our growing community. I cannot picture C. Watkins, but WP Schwab I see in color. Edna Leonard put me on the trail of Montague/Monty Schwab his son, back in the 80’s. We had a lengthy conversation, all about family and Dunseith history. Wm Gottbreht Jr was his brother-in-law and Monty connected me with his nieces and nephew of Washington.

Naturally, my mind then flits to the Morgans and I picture Margie and her accomplished sons. Then memory leaps forward and George is on the phone telling me that the irrepressible John Morgan has passed. There is always that shaky moment of loss, but I recall John sitting behind me in one of the basement classrooms. John had waited for a quiet moment during a study period; he sat right behind me. I am absorbed in some reading or math and so startled when Johnnie, in a clear stage whisper says, ” Sherin, Sherin, will you marry me.” Total loss of control in that classroom. About 15 minutes later, when our teacher regained order and the room quiet, but my face still aflame, Johnny repeats the whole scenario. My first proposal and one I still cherish.

I set out this morning to share a great photo of Herman Martinson. Tim’s presence on the blog recently was welcome and he should see his dad in 1987. Being a foodie, Snow White Bakery is way up on my list of Important. Dad’s success with the Dale’s Special and Jumbo happened in no small part because of Herman Martinson and the numerous special order buns he created. For that matter, I have yet to find a slice of plain white bread as delicious as Herman’s Old Home. The picture and many more which I will share, was taken by my husband Victor. Alma’s eight were all home for a reunion at Clear Lake Canada and the culminating event was open house at the Bingo Barn. I did not do well introducing Victor to everyone, but he wandered around and taking pictures that he knew I would treasure. So thanks to Victor, we have this capture of Mr. Herman Martinson.


Herman Martinson – 1987

Sharron, I’m assuming this cute little girl is you?

I think this was maybe taken prior to 1987 though.

11/6/2017 (2572)

Gary Stokes’ comment
Folks, Hopefully we can identify the remaining 8 in this photo? I’m sure we can do it.

For reference, I have pasted the DHS classes of 1955 and 1956 below.

Hopefully with a combined effort we can identify those in this photo.  

DHS Classes of ‘55/’56
Back: Janice Leonard Workman, Barry Shelver, Larry Liere, Bob Hosmer, ??, ??, ??, ??
Front: ??, Bob Dailly, ??, ??
Class of 55-56 2570

Dunseith High School class of 1955

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Armentrout Rodney 9344 24th Ave NE Willow City, ND 58384 (701) 228-2003 No email address
2 Brennan Dennis Born September 29, 1036    –    Died January 11, 1981 Deceased
3 Burke Fjeld Eleanor Jean 4242 180th Ave Twin Valley, MN 56584 (218) 584-5339 esfjeld@gmail.com
4 Crum Rude Mildred Born June 8, 1937    –    Died March 11,  2008 Deceased
5 Hiatt Wallace Born June 26, 1935    –    Died December 16, 2006 Deceased
6 Lamoureux Dailly Arline/Bob 30846 Sixth Pl SW Federal Way, WA 98023 (253) 839-9036 arldailly@aol.com
5220 N Us Highway 95 Parker, AZ 85344 (928) 667-9268
7 Liere Larry 203 16th Ave SE Devils Lake, ND 58301 (701) 662-4542 lkliere@gondtc.com
8 Klang Lindford Arla 6104 S 124th Street Renton, WA 98059 (425) 226-9422 No email address
0 Kang Wayne 6104 S 124th St Seattle, WA 98178 (206) 772-5628  C(206) 334-0913 sharon_wayne@msn.com
10 Neameyer Gordon Born August 28, 1937    –    Died December 10, 2012 Deceased
11 Schneider Hockett Elaine 13691 highland Drive Boston, VA 22713 (540) 547-3373 No email address
12 Shelver Barry 52783 Sporn Dr South Bend, IN 46635 bshelver@erscosupply.com
13 Walter Pederson Erna 1014 Sixth Ave SW Minot, ND 58701 (701) 839-4861 epederson@srt.com
14 Williams Marlin Born July 10, 1935    –    Died April 6, 2003 Deceased:Note send copy to Doris class of 53
15 Woodford Gary Born September 14, 1936    –    Died May 14, 2012 Deceased
16 Nordquist Johnson Joy (Babe) 27244 Old Hwy. #93 Elmo, Mt. 59915 (406) 849-5118 C(406)250-3703 No email address


Dunseith High School class of 1956

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Awalt Houle Bonnie 16809 127th St Se Becker, MN 55308 (763) 262-3534 houle@izoom.net
2 Bedard Lamoureux Gayl 1654 Angus Pl Chino Valley, AZ 86323 (928) 636-4673 4673glamx@msn.com
3 Boucher Elmer/Joanne Route 2 Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 244-2180 eboucher@utma.com
4 Conroy Don 918 1ST AVE SW MINOT, ND  58701 (701) 838-1389 donjconroy@gmail.com
5 Cota Gary 774 9TH ST E DICKINSON, ND  58601 701- 290-2550 No email address
6 Espe Dennis Born August 30, 1937    –    Died May 2, 1916     peggyespe@yahoo.com
7 Haagenson Rainey Neva RR 1  Box 5 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5482 hoagybun@yahoo.com
8 Hiatt Fugere Lois/Orelle 1790 W Star Lake Dr Elma, WA 98541 (360) 482-3010 Died 11/6/08
9 Hill Kenneth RR 1  Box 5 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5482 hoagybun@yahoo.com
10 Hosmer Bob 18606 52nd W. #222 Lynnwood, WA 98037 (425) 673-6254 rkhosmer@comcast.net
11 Leonard Workman Janice 2610 25th St SE Auburn, WA 98002 (253) 833-7619 janice_workman@earthlink.com
12 Lider Williams Caroleen 408 BRANDER ST Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3891 No email address
13 Longie Langan Wilcox Marge 616 SE 121St Ave # 127 Vancouver,  Wa   98683 marge939@yahoo.com
14 Parisien Cuffe Ellen Born June 25, 1938    –    Died November 7, 1995 Deceased
15 Pigeon Curtis Born October 31, 1937    –    Died April 3, 2006 Deceased
16 Pigeon Kenneth 3284  92nd St Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 244-5448 No email address
17 Poeppel Bruce Born January 24, 1938    –    Died April 24, 2001 Deceased
18 Rohrer Pahulick Clarice 16559 Labradore North Hills, CA 91343 (818) 892-5616 Went through 4th grade in Dunseith. Does not remember many folks.
19 Watkins Elaine Born January 1, 1938    –    Died July 7, 1993 Deceased


Typical Filipino Breakfast.
Bernadette often times eats this for Breakfast
and other meals too.

Not really my cup of tea. I don’t like seafood or fish.

Chicken, Pork and Fish are very abundant here.

Local beef is very tough often times like eating rubber.

Most beef is imported from Australia and the USA.


Blog (646) posted on December 8, 2009

Posted on December 8, 2009

Shirley Olson Warcup (49) passed away. Shirley was Dick Johnson Aunt, sister to his mother Bernice.

From Shirley’s husband Ron: Ivans, UT.

To All

Shirley lost her battle with surgery complications Sunday Dec 6 and passed away at 8:15 PM. Funeral Arrangements are pending.


Ron, This is sad sad news. We were so hoping Shirley would snap out of this. Shirley was such a kind and compassionate lady. I exchanged many personal email messages with her, some quite recently too. She contributed frequently to our daily blog. We will truly miss her. It’s so hard to believe she is gone. You and your family have our condolences with her passing. We know you will miss her dearly. She was a wonderful person. Gary

Condolence to the Morinville & Azure family:

From Esther Murray Fleming (65): Flint, MI

To the family of Bev Morinville:

You have my deepest sympathies ad condolences. I knew Joe and Frances when I grew up in Dunseith. May God be with you at a time like this.

Esther Fleming (Murray)

Condolence to the Morinville & Azure family:

From Vickie Hiatt Lafontaine (73): Grafton, ND

My heart is so saddened by your loss. I was honered to be a friend of Bevs. Loss is so hard especially this time of year. One thing that makes me smile is her and my husband can trade stories about me and have a good laugh. Isnt it awsome that we have a savior that promises has everlasting life. Also my thoughts and prayers go out to the Salmonson family he was a good neighber. Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine

Condolence to the Morinville & Azure family:

From Paula Fassett (71): North Branch, MN

To the Azure/Morinville families:

My heart goes out to all of Bev’s family and friends. I remember when Bev’s Mom, Francis, died – it was around Christmas time also. Jean Pladson told me that she (Jean) found much comfort in seeing the casket next to the Christmas tree – it represented to her the birth of the Christ child and reassured her of the promise of eternal life. I have no doubt Bev is in good hand now. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Paula Fassett

Condolence to the Morinville & Azure family:

From Lynn Halvorson Otto (75): Seoul, Korea

We are very saddened by Bev’s passing but we know that she is no longer suffering and is at peace. May God be the whole Azure family during this difficult time. God Bless you all. Lynn Halvorson Otto family

From Ron Link (58): San Antonio, TX

Gary: Hope you enjoy this light display. Happy Holidays. http://www.flixxy.com/best-christmas-lights-display.htm

Ron, You sent this to me as a personal message, but I think with the music and all it’s very fitting for today’s Blog. Thanks for sharring. Gary

Replies from Gary Metcalfe (57): Forsyth, MO

Reply to Sybil Johnson

You are right Sybil, there will never be another like Axel, but I will let you know there is one pretty close, that is Clifford Johnson, Axel’s nephew. He surely was fond of his Uncle Axel.

To Sharron Shen

Thanks for all the input on your family and I know there are lots more stories yet to come. Your information is well researched and so important to the blog. There is something on here for everybody, that is for sure. The more we talk about Dale the more it comes to me how dull that area would have been without him. He was a motivator. Everyone who worked for him including waitresses and cooks learned how to do it right and in good time. They said about Walter Kronkite that made him a great commentator was that he never lost his zest for the job….that was Dale.

Gary Metcalfe

11/03/2017 (2571)

DHS Classes of ‘55/’56 Photo
Reply from Bob Hosmer (’56): Lynnwood, WA.

Regarding the photo:

I know the 2nd from the left in the front row is Bob Dailly.  Faces of a few others are familiar, but I can’t put any names to them.  Sorry about that.  But I do remember Larry Liere now that I see his picture.   Bob

Gary Stokes’ comment
Folks, Hopefully we can identify the remaining 8 in this photo? I’m sure we can do it.

DHS Classes of ‘55/56
Back: Janice Leonard Workman, Barry Shelver, Larry Liere, Bob Hosmer, ??, ??, ??, ??
Front: ??, Bob Dailly, ??, ??
Class of 55-56 2570

Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND




Linda Jean Juntunen (DHS ’72)
(January 11, 1954 – October 26, 2017)
Johnson Juntunen, Linda 2571
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Linda Juntunen, age 63, of Perth, ND passed away on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Presentation Medical Center, Rolla, ND.

Linda Jean Juntunen was born on January 11, 1954 in Pierre, SD to Joseph Johnson and Velma (Grenier) Millang. She was raised as a daughter of a military family and as a result traveled throughout her younger years. Linda completed her education at Dunseith High School in 1972 and furthered her education at Mayville State University. Linda was united in marriage to Dale Juntunen on June 15, 1991 in Rolla. She was the proud mother of two daughters, Monica and Crystal, and three step-children, Kevin, Corey, and Carla. Linda started her career working at the William Langer Jewel Plant and later became part owner of Microlap in Rolla, from which she retired. Linda was very active within Our Saviors Lutheran Church and WELCA. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, serving as president in 2012-13 and strongly supporting girls state activities. Linda’s hobbies included collecting ceramic teapots, red dishes, and buying and making her own floral arrangements. She loved to go shopping and looked forward to her and Dale’s road trips to Las Vegas to visit her daughter, Crystal and family, and vacations to her daughter, Monica and step-daughter, Carla’s homes. Her vacation to see Al and Maggie Bykonen was something she always looked forward to. She often brought souvenir’s home to her children and grandchildren after traveling. Her family was very important to her and she loved time spent with all of them. Linda will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed.

Linda is survived by her husband, Dale Juntunen of Perth; daughters, Monica (Allen Russell) Hanlan of Climax, MN and Crystal (Mathew) Samsom of Las Vegas, NV; step-children, Kevin (Dianna) Juntunen of Rolla, Corey Juntunen of Montevideo, MN, and Carla Hegreberg of Ada, MN; eleven grandchildren, Ashlynn and Madison Samsom, Elizabeth, Abigale, and Adam Russell, Kiera Hegreberg, Deanna (Jesse) Counts, Katie (Jared) Wiener, Sara Juntunen, and Frankie Juntunen; three great grandchildren, Kevannah and Kevan Counts, and Dean Juntunen; brother, Joe (Dawn) Johnson of Lindstrom, MN, nieces and nephews, Jody Waldemar, Jesse Johnson, Joey Johnson, Matt Johnson, Marshal Johnson, and Kelsey Johnson; and many cousins, aunts, and uncles. Linda was preceded in death by her parents, and siblings, JoAnn Huntley, Albert Johnson, and Jeff Johnson.

Honorary Bearers are all Rolla American Legion Auxiliary Members, friends, and family members.

A Prayer Service will be held on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 7:00 PM at Elick Funeral Home, Rolla, ND with Pastor Mark Kolbo officiating. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Rolla, ND with Pastor Mark Kolbo officiating. Burial will be held at Little Prairie Cemetery, Dunseith, ND.

Elick Funeral Home, Rolla, ND.

ND First Snow Storm this Season
Larry Hackman (’66) and Mel Kuhn (’70) Conversation

Mel’s comments about the first snow storm in North Dakota this season.

Note: Please read from bottom up


Now you got it. I knew you would understand once you got them old brain cells going.

Because the beetles were bugging them?

The Canadians kicked them out.

What the hell are the Asian bugs doing in St John?
Of course stranger things have happened up there.

It’s about 2 inches on top of those fricking Asian beetles.

How deep is the snow up there?
Ours is belly deep to a box elder bug.


Blog (645) posted on December 7, 2009

Posted on December 7, 2009

Bev Morninville Azure passed away:

Posted from Bev’s caringbridge site: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/bevazure

It’s with a heavy heart that I inform you all that mom passed away today at 3:00pm from her battle with cancer. She hung in there as long as she could but passed without any pain. Her suffering is now over and in heaven. We would like to thank you all so much for your infinite love a support. Mom was very appreciative for all her friends and family],as so are we.

The Azures

To all of Bev’s family; I am so saddened to hear of her passing. She was a wonderful person, loved and liked by so many. That is quite evident with the thousands of messages posted on her caringbridge site. She was a wonderful caring person. I know you will miss her dearly. My condolence go out to your whole family with her passing. Gary

Harlan Salmonson’s Obituary:

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: neola@min.midco.net Minot & Bottineau, ND

Harlan Salmonson

(May 8, 1934 – December 4, 2009)

Harlan Salmonson, age 75 of Bottineau, died Friday at a Minot hospital. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. in the Metigoshe Lutheran Church. Friends may sign the register book on Tuesday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Harlan Salmonson, a son of Clarence and Edna (Christianson) Salmonson, was born on May 8, 1934 on the family farm near Dunseith.

He is survived by 2 daughters, Carolyn and her husband, Brian Johnson of Bottineau and Debra and her husband, Shannon Metcalfe of Dunseith; son, Gregory Salmonson and his wife, Renee of Minot; 8 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; one sister, June and her husband, Leonard of Seattle, WA and numerous nieces and nephews.

(Nero Funeral Home – Bottineau

Question from Ardys (Bakken) Horner (Former Teacher): Detroit Lakes, MN

Gary, what did B’s niece say about the “bankrupt” building program in Dubai?
what does she do there, I know they have anormous number of shops. Ardys Horner

Ardys, Edelyn didn’t really have much to say about the situation in Dubai. Edelyn is the daughter of Bernadette’s sister Berlinda, who lives next door to us. Her dads name is Edwin. She is the first born so her name is a combination of her parents names. Many first born children in this country have made up names with combinations of the their parents names. Edelyn has a BA degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM). She went over to Dubai three years ago with a visitors visa and landed a job within 2 days at the Majestic Restaurant. She was working in food services. She met a guy from India who is also working in Dubai that she is engaged to. She did not renew her contract with the Majestic, but has plans of returning in February. Gary

Message & pictures from Tim Martinson (69): Anchorage, AK

Gary, do you have the classes listed seperately, as this would make a nice list for

quick reference and Christmas cards? I sent that picture off to you and sat down

to watch a movies and fell asleep, woke up and six hours later went into turn the

computer off and see that you had responded back to me. The temperature is

around 20 with about eight inches of snow on the ground, just to remind you that

it is white out here and people are downhill and cross country skiing as well as

starting to get ready for dog sled racing. It warmed up a little last week so we had

nice snow for making snow people. Enjoy. Take Care, Tim

Tim, I have a combined class list from the years 1930 thru 1978, attached, sorted by class year.

This attachment has made this message a little larger than I like to send, but I feel it is something that should to be posted for general info.

You are looking great in this picture! Is that your airplane in the background? Gary




10/30/20017 (2570)

Condolences to the Johnson/Juntenun families
From Dave Slyter (’70): Sabin, Mn


My condolences to the Johnson/Juntenun families.   I knew Linda quite well and her brother Albert graduated with us in the class of 70.

Praying for all.   RIP Linda

Dave Slyter (70)


Message to Bob Hosmer (’56) and DHS class of 55/56 Picture
Posted by Larry Liere (’55):  Devils Lake, ND


You once said you didn’t remember me.  I just came across this picture today so I thought I would sent it to you.

The 1st three boys on the left are Barry, me Larry and then you Bob.  Is the 1st girl right of Barry a Leonard?  It would be fun to know all their names so I am sending a copy to Gary.  Hope he can put it out on the blog and see how many of the 1955 1956 class can name these little kids that are now in their late 70’s & early 80’s

Hope you are well & living the good life.


Folks, I know we can identify all those in this photo? Thanks Larry for sharing this picture.

DHS Classes of ‘55/56
Back: Janice Leonard Workman, Barry Shelver, Larry Liere, Bob Hosmer, ???????
Front: ?????????
Class of 55-56 2570


Blog (644) posted on December 6, 2009

Folks, I am a little slow getting this message out today. Bernadette’s sister, Alot, arrived last night from Japan. She and Bernadette had things they had to do this morning, so I just got back from going with them. Bernadette’s niece from Dubai is here too. Three of Bernadette’s cousins (sisters) from a near by town came over last night too. These three sisters decided to spend the night. We have a guest apartment where they could have slept, but they chose to sleep with Bernadette’s sister and her niece in one of the guest bedrooms in our house. This is a smaller bedroom too. Four of them slept on the bed and the 5th one on the hardwood floor. That’s what you call togetherness. That’s the Filipino way. They stick together like sheep. Gary
Harlan Salmonson passed away:
From Meryle Hoopman Vinje (74): Prescott, WI
Hi Gary
As you have all read recently, Harlan Salmonson has been sick, yesterday morning he passed away. With his children and LaDonna beside him.
Meryle Hoopman Vinje
Meryle, We are so sad to hear of Harlan’s passing. I’m assuming LaDonna is your aunt, sister to your dad?
Our condolences go out to Harlan’s family. I did not know Harlan that well, but he was a very close friend of my dads. Dad talked highly of Harlan, LaDonna and their family. When Dad and I were visiting through the hills a few years back we stopped in and visited Harlan. LaDonna was not home. When dad made his rounds around town (Bottineau), he often times passed through ‘First National Bank’ to shoot the breeze with Debbie Metcalfe, Harlan & LaDonna’s daughter. She was one of his favorites. Gary
Email address change for Connie Peterson Lagerquist (74): Dunseith, ND
Hi Gary, Just to let you know that I’ve had to change my e-mail address. Someone has stolen my identity, so Yahoo has closed my account and I haven’t been able to access for over a week. I’ve missed being able to keep up with the news. If you can send to the new address, I’d greatly appreciate it. Thanks, Gary.
My new address:
Aggie’s reply to a personal message & to Randy Kelly (69):
From Aggie Casavant (69): Fort Mill, SC
GARY…… That’s a good idea, Although I did not graduate in Dunseith my last year, These were definately my ” Homies”, and exchanged pictures with everyone, but a very small few. It would be great to see all of them there. I was happy to see you reconnect with Randy Kelly.
For some reason I would always sit across from Randy in History Class,and my mind would always go into a blurr how he could remember all the dates and events in history. I remember two incidents that happened in class where Randy went crazy laughing,and yes both jokes were on me. I remember one time we were taking a test,and I’m pretty sure it was in Mr. Heppers class. The question on the test was about what the name of this famous person was…I didn’t have a clue who or what this guy did,because I had made up my mind early on that I was going to “down size” my learning only to pay attention in class what was interesting to me at the time. So anyway the answer to the famous person was Lavouris. I don’t even know if that was how you spell it. Anyway Mr. Hepper thought he would be generous that day of the test and give us a hint to the answer,and he said, a mouth wash was named after him. So I just wrote down Listerene…(So sure I was going to get “1” right on the test) when we were going over the test after we turned them in,I couldn’t wait to get to that question so I could “Be Proud and Shout It Loud” well when Mr. Hepper asked who this famous person was,and I hollered out “Listerene” all excited,for sure that I knew the answer, Randy Kelly almost fell out of his desk laughing,he couldn’t get a hold of himself, so I reached across and punched him on the arm as hard as I could. Later when I heard he went into politics, I saw him on the Nat’l News one night at the Capitol in Washington, I had some friends over that night,and I told them,I sat across from this guy in History Class in high school,and went on to tell them the “Listerene” story. I told them that even if we were not affilated with the same political party that I would campaign for him if he ever ran for president,so I could sell my story to the Nat’l Enquirer,that my claimed to fame was I punched “President Kelly” Come on Randy,times running out,you better throw your hat in the ring 2012. I promise I won’t sell my story to the Nat’l Enquirer if I can be your running mate. I promise I won’t “Go Rogue” on you like Joe & Sarah!!! LOL…..REAL LOUD!!! Aggie

10/27/2017 (2569)

Linda Johnson Juntunen (’72) Passing
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND

I read of Linda’s death under Elick Funeral home
I know her mom was buried at Little Prairie beside her husband Milton.
Albert passed  away and he also rests there.



Linda Jean Juntunen
(January 11, 1954 – October 26, 2017)

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Linda Juntunen, age 63, of Perth, ND passed away on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Presentation Medical Center, Rolla, ND.

A Prayer Service will be held on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 7:00 PM at Elick Funeral Home, Rolla, ND with Pastor Mark Kolbo officiating. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Rolla, ND with Pastor Mark Kolbo officiating. Burial will be held at Little Prairie Cemetery, Dunseith, ND.

Elick Funeral Home, Rolla, ND.

Gary’s Comments
I am so sadden to hear of Linda’s passing. I didn’t know her personally but from the email messages we exchanged she seemed like a very nice compassionate person. We extend our condolences to her family with her passing
class of 72 2560


Reply from Greg LaCroix (66): glacroix@midco.net Fargo, ND
Hi Jay.  Your looking GREAT.  Take good care.

The secret Path
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Hello Gary and Dunseith friends,

These past few months I’ve continued to   follow Canadian entertainment.

Of special interest to me,has been entertainer,  Gord Downie  and his the band ,  “The Tragically Hip’.

admire what he did to bring  folks to  acknowledge history.

And I marveled  at Downies  perseverance in the face of brain cancer.

Gord Downie passed away this last week leaving  a final legacy………

”Chanie was a young boy who died on October 22, 1966, walking the railroad tracks, trying to escape from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School to walk home. Chanie’s home was 400 miles away. He didn’t know that. He didn’t know where it was, nor know how to find it, but, like so many kids – more than anyone will be able to imagine – he tried. I never knew Chanie, the child his teachers misnamed Charlie, but I will always love him.” Gord Downie

“Downie’s music and Lemire’s illustrations inspired The Secret Path, an animated film broadcast by CBC in an hour-long commercial-free television special in Sunday, October 23. The Secret Path and Road to Reconciliation panel discussion can be watched at cbc.ca/secretpath.”

Until Later, Vickie Metcalfe


Blog (643) posted on December 5, 2009

Posted on December 5, 2009

Shirley Olson Warcup (49) in intensive care:

From Ron Warcup: Ivans, UT

To All

Shirley had to go into the hospital on the 10th of Nov and susequently ended up having surgery for bowel obstruction. As a result, she contracted some infections that later settled in her lungs. That complication has now resulted into what is called Acute Respiratory Distress Syndome. At her age, this condition is especially critical and her prospects are uncertain. I’ll keep you posted. She has been in ICU for almost 3 weeks and I have been spending a lot of time near her. Thanks for the e-mails -it helps to have something to help fill the time when I’m home.


Reply to Dick Johnson (68):

From Sybil Johnson: Cheyenne, WY.

Thank you. I look at that of “Pa” and it brings tears to my eyes. He was a good guy. There will never be another like Axel Helmar Johnson. Sybil Johnson (great_grandma2007@live.com)

Reply to Randy Kelly (69):

From Sybil Johnson: Cheyenne, WY.

Randy, the last time I saw you, was 25 yrs. ago on June 30th. Nice to see you are still kicking-hahaha! Sybil Johnson

Sybil, now you have us all curious. what is so significant about June 30th, 1984?

Bernadette’s brother Jose:

Folks, Until Bernadette’s brother’s funeral one week from today, things will be pretty active at our house. They started the formal Rosary’s and prayers last night. A lady came in last night at 7:00 PM to do a Rosary. That was followed with a team of 3 lay ministers from the catholic church that went through a series of readings and prayers. In all it lasted nearly two hours. This will be repeated each evening until the funeral. Following this whole process last night, Bernadette served lunch and drinks. Last night she served tuna fish sandwiches and pastries. Following the lunch, tables and chairs were set up for folks to play cards and games. Folks stay until the wee hours of the morning playing cards and games. This is traditional with the morning of deaths in this country. When I went to bed at 12:30 there were still 25 to 30 folks here. It’s nice living in the tropics where all this can be set up outside. Jose’s body has been and will continue to be attended by his family members until he is buried. Two of his daughters in law are currently with him at the moment. His wife and daughter took shifts during the night. The temperature drop several degress below normal last night to about 78F. These folks were chilled. Gary

O.J. Robert Family L to R:
Back: Duane, Russell & Orphela (O.J.)
Front: Carol holding Mike, Dianne, Darla & Dorothy





Jerome LaRocque family picture L to R:
Top row: Curtis, Richard, Ronald, Sylvester, and Brian
Middle Row: Linda, Bernice, Alice (mother), Jeanette, and Joy
Bottom Row: Debbie, Annette, Sherri, and Jackie



Rene & John Bedard (Father & Son)


Roberta Hagen (75) & Kim Hiatt (77)


10/25/2017 (2568)

Jay Vanorny (’66)
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Posting from Vickie Metcalf (’70): Bottineau, ND

The Secret Path

Hello Gary and Dunseith friends,

These past few months I’ve continued to   follow Canadian entertainment. Of special interest to me, has been entertainer,  Gord Downie  and his the band ,  “The Tragically Hip’.

admire what he did to bring  folks to  acknowledge history.
And I marveled  at Downies  perseverance in the face of brain cancer.
Gord Downie passed away this last week leaving  a final legacy………

”Chanie was a young boy who died on October 22, 1966, walking the railroad tracks, trying to escape from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School to walk home. Chanie’s home was 400 miles away. He didn’t know that. He didn’t know where it was, nor know how to find it, but, like so many kids – more than anyone will be able to imagine – he tried. I never knew Chanie, the child his teachers misnamed Charlie, but I will always love him.” Gord Downie

“Downie’s music and Lemire’s illustrations inspired The Secret Path, an animated film broadcast by CBC in an hour-long commercial-free television special in Sunday, October 23. The Secret Path and Road to Reconciliation panel discussion can be watched at cbc.ca/secretpath.”

Until Later, Vickie Metcalfe


Blog (642) posted on December 4, 2009

Posted on December 4, 2009

Randy Kelly (69): Saint Paul, MN

Folks, I just had a nice chat with Randy Kelly. Randy is a past mayor of Saint Paul and he was also part of President George Bush’s staff, so he has been a hard guy to get in touch with. Randy told me he plans on making it back to Dunseith/Bottineau this next summer to celebrate his uncle Elwood Fauske’s 90th birthday. Randy said it was OK to post his email address and add him to our daily distribution. Gary

Cousins Randy Kelly (69) & Donna LaCroix Allard (64)

Latest postings for Bev Morinville Azure from her CaringBridge Web site: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/bevazure

Thursday, December 3, 2009 4:44 PM, CST

Hello All,

We would like to thank every one for sending letters, cards and of course your support. Mom is still in a sleep like state the Doctors and medical staff here at Trinity have assured us that mom is in a very peaceful state. Her breathing has become more shallow and we can only pray that the Good Lord is ready for Mom. As we all know she is Spiritually ready for him. Thank you all and God Bless

The Azures

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 9:24 PM, CST

To answer any questions about moms state is that she has been given “comfort medications” and they are doing the job very well she remains in a continuous sleep like state. Also her radiation treatments have been stopped. I have added a few photos of mom and family please take a minute to look at them.
And also if you would like to leave your e-mail that would be great. Thank You all so much for your support it is greatly appreciated.

The Azures

Reply from Joan Tremblay Johnson (79): Dunseith, ND.


Thanks for adding us to the reunion list. I’m really looking forward to it! My contact info is :

Joan Johnson

Box 296

Dunseith ND 58329

Roland and Nora Mongeon are my parents. Roland (97) is the oldest of the Pierre and Anna Mongeon family. His siblings are Leo, Janet (Evans), Adrian, Eugene, Armand, Lorraina (Trimble), Germaine(Sister Stephanie), Alfred, and Dennis. Probably too much information but I wanted to give you a little background.

Also, my condolences to you, Bernadette, and her family on the passing of Jose. It must be interesting to live in a country so rich in traditions.

Thanks again for sharing you time and talents with all of us. A lot of work for you but we get to reap the rewards!

Take care, Joan

Joan, Never too much info. I remember our previous correspondence and remember you now that you jarred my memory. Thank you so much for your condolence too. Gary

Axel Johnson:

Reply from Sybil Johnson: Cheyenne, WY.

Bill Hosmer and all,
Thank you so much for the stories about “Pa” Johnson. He was a wonderful person and had such love for all of us. I remember him driving that old black car and how we tried to keep him from driving. His eye sight was getting bad and he drived so radically. Finally, the state took his driver’s license and he had no choice. Remember, how he told Augie that if I didnt drive him and “Ma” home from Minot, he wasnt going to go; because Augie drove to fast. So, I drove them home. Augie did have a tendency to drive to fast and not watch the road, like he should (he still does, I bet). Sybil Johnson

Axel Johnson:

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

Gary and Friends,

Sharron’s memories of Axel Johnson bring to mind another story I was
told by my dad. He said Axel was a master with a double bit ax. Dad said
Axel would sit and sharpen his ax with a carborundum stone until it was
razor sharp. Then he would tell Dad, “OK Donald, let’s go and ‘slash’
down some trees. He meant what he said! Dad said that any poplar tree
that was not wider than the width of the ax head came down with ONE
whack! Many years after Axel and even Dad were gone, I moved an old
wooden granary and under it were several stumps of small poplar trees
about 2-3 inches in diameter that were cut off slick, with ONE whack.
They must have cut the trees to move the granary to that spot. Most
people leave a stump looking like a beaver chewed it off, but not Axel!
As Bill Hosmer said he wasn’t fast, but was steady and never slowed down
or quit for hours on end. Grandpa Hans Johnson had a similar pace. Once
when I was around 11 years old Grandpa took me to a 50 acre field and
got me started harrowing with an old ‘boss’ harrow. He told me to go in
second gear. I said, “Fifty acres in second gear, I”ll be here forever!”
He looked at me sternly and said, “Better forever going than forever
broke down–second gear.” Grandpa always used to say ‘Forth and back
across the field’ while we all said ‘back and forth’. I asked Dad why
Grandpa always said it that way? He asked me, “Now who do you think is
right?” I guess you go forth before you come back. More old lessons!
Thanks Gary, Sharron, and Bill!


Axel Johnson 1965

Dunseith News posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND


Soldier Christmas cards:

From Brenda Hiatt Parker (73): Wilton, ND

Sharon Longie Dana (73): MIssoula MT


Brenda Hiatt Parker(73) sent this to me but I wanted to share and ask you to put it on the blog. What a fabulous way to make a service person smile during this time of year. I have done the Dear Abby thing and sent letters to service people overseas but they don’t allow that anymore so I thought all of the folks connected to the Dunseith blog could send just one card we could make a lot of smiles!!!! I bought a box of cards!! Thanks Brenda!!!

Sharon Longie Dana(73)


When doing your Christmas cards this year, take
one card and send it to
this address. If we pass this on and
everyone sends one card, think of
how many cards these wonderful special people who
have sacrificed so
much would get. When you are making out your
Christmas card list this
year, please include the following:

A Recovering American
c/o Walter Reed Army
Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue,


10/22/2017 (2567)

My friend who was visiting from Bremerton, WA Left yesterday. He was here for 3 weeks. We enjoyed his visit and company too. He too really had enjoyable time. Gary

DHS Class of ’67 50 year reunion.
Reply from LeaRae Parrill Espe (’67):  Bottineau, ND

Clarice Hackman and Beverly Azure LaVallie  are the names.  Others who attended but weren’t here for this picture were Carmen Myer and Barbara Allery Belgarde.  Linda Walters Zurfluh may have some of us by the W’eel Turtle.

DHS Class of ’67 50 year reunion.
L TO R:Allen Houle, Lawrence Hetle, Jim Berube, Linda (Walters) Zurfluh, Roger Counts, Beverly Azure LaVallie, Judy Wheeler, K. Flkynn, Patti (Metcalfe) Woods, Mary (Anderson) Millang, Sharon (Tooke) Parkhouse, Linda Walters Zurfluh, LeaRae (Parrill) Espe, Nancy (Bedard) Olson, Bob PetersonClass of 67 50th Reunion 2566


Meanwhile back at the ranch….. Gilbert
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Hey Gary and Dunseith friends,

The Christmas  I was six,  my Grandma Rose gave me a  Christmas gift.

Upon  opening,  t’was a a pair of angels each with a sign.

One carries the sign, “Honor your parents”. The  other carries another sign,  “Be kind to Animals”.

As a kid, I tried to live up to those wishes from Grandma Rose.

But, I never brought home a feral animal……..

I wonder how many of you Dunseith folks ‘fostered’  a wild animal?

I kind of remember our neighbors, the Smith boys had some kind of wild critter pet.

Meanwhile back at a  Montana ranch…… meet Gilbert. He is over 17.

‘Gilbert is definitely a bit of a legend in south central Montana.’


I don’t think my Dad would have believed I was honoring him by bringing home a fella like ‘Gilbert’.

Until Later, Vickie Metcalfe.


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

Ruby Houle

August 22, 1965 – October 21, 2017

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Ruby Houle, age 52 of Dunseith, died Saturday at a Bismarck hospital.

Gary’s Comments
Not sure which Houle Family Ruby is with?


Joseph Houle
December 22, 1928 – October 21, 2017

Joseph Houle, age 88 of Bottineau, died Saturday at his home. 

Gary’s Comments
I was so sadden to hear of Joe’s passing. Never a summer went by with our trips back to the area that I didn’t see Joe around Bottineau.

Joe had a fantastic memory. He knew the roads in the Turtle mountains like the back of his hand. He knew all the roads and land marks in my old neighborhood in great detail too. I never ever remember seeing him there when I was a kid either. He also knew the Bremerton, WA area where I lived my adult years too, very well. He had relatives living in that area too.

I know many of you will remember Joe working as a greeter at Wal-Mart in his retirement years. A job he dearly loved too.

As a kid I knew Joe pretty well working at the Bottineau Co-op Creamery. He worked there for nearly 50 years too.

I’m not sure if Joe had any relative connections in the Dunseith area or not. He most certainly know many of the Dunseith folks though.  

Joe, you will be missed. Rest in Peace.   

         2013 – Wal-Mart Greeter- Joe Houle
Houle, Joe 2567


Kyle Rude
March 07, 1960 – October 16, 2017 

Kyle Rude
March 07, 1960 – October 16, 2017

Kyle Rude, age 57 of Bottineau, died Monday at his home.  His funeral will be held on Thursday at 9:30 am at the Lakeside Chapel at Lake Metigoshe.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 1:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Burial will be at the Salem Cemetery.

Gary’s Comments
Kyle’s father was Kenny Rude. His grandparents were Martin and Lucille Rude.


Reply from Kaye Lystad Kirk:  Fargo, ND

Hi Gary,

My deepest condolences to you, your wife and your family on the death of your wife’s brother in December 2009. It is very sad that he is gone–everyone will surely miss him. But I truly believe that we will be reunited with our loved ones again some day–even our beloved pets. And it is like you said, it is good that he is no longer in pain.

Philippine funeral customs are not for the American faint of heart, are they? However, that’s close to what Americans used to do not that many years ago.

I remember my mom telling me how in 1939, her grandpa Tom Emerson had a stroke and then died about a week or two later due to complications from it. He ended up dying at the farm house with the doctor present. Immediately after his death, Great Grandma and Grandma washed Tom’s body before it was brought to the funeral home in Bottineau. The day before the funeral at Nordland Church, Great Grandpa’s body was brought back to the Emerson farm where family and friends could come over for visitation. Since mom was only nine years old at the time, I asked her if she felt uncomfortable sleeping that night with her grandpa’s body downstairs, and she said she didn’t have a problem with it. Unfortunately, I think most people today would feel differently.

<<Regarding the old car & steamer photo in this newsletter, I really liked that. I love looking at old cars & farm equipment.  Gary, would you mind if I also sent you a photo of an old car that my grandma is in as a little girl? I have been trying to figure out how to identify it. Or would that be getting your newsletter off the subject of Dunseith folks with something like this? Tell you what? I’ll send it to you and I’ll let you decide whether or not you include it in your next issue. Whatever you decide will be fine with me. If you do decide to include it, the info you could print is below:>>

This is a photograph of my grandmother, Thelma (Torgerson) Emerson, as a young girl having a ride in her neighbor Mrs. Aronson’s car. (Taken around 1915) Can anyone please identify this car for me? (I also thought it interesting that a woman is driving a car around 1915. She must’ve been pretty independent.)  (Thelma Torgerson was born in 1907 to Clara (Bjornseth) and Andrew Torgerson in Homen Township.)

Thank you, Gary–

Thelma Torgerson having a ride in neighbor, Mrs. Aronson’s car


Blog (641) posted on December 3, 2009

Posted on December 3, 2009

Folks, Thank you so much for the many condolences we have received from you folks. I have placed them all in a separate folder that I will be reviewing with Bernadette when I can tie her down long enough. I will answer them all later. Bernadette does have an email account, but I’m pretty safe in saying she hasn’t opened it for nearly a year. Many of her local friends are into facebook, so she said she is going to get a facebook account. She can sure find things quick enough on the internet though when the interest arises.

Jose’s body is resting in his coffin on our porch. His funeral will be Saturday December 12th. They had a prayer session for him last night and they will have another this evening, but the formal prayer’s will begin Friday with the 9th day being the formal mass of his burial. The formal prayers are conducted by clergy assistants from the Catholic church. They have a regular reading that they go through each night. The whole process takes about an hour. It’s exactly the same each night. When their Dad died there were 50 to 75 folks that attended the evening prayers. Most of the folks that attend the evening prayers are neighbors. The Majority of Bernadette’s relatives live about 10 miles away in another community. Some of them will attend one or so of the nightly prayers but the majority will wait and attend the funeral. They can not afford the Jeepney ride each night.

With all the added activity at our house, I nearly forgot that today is our wedding anniversary. It was 31 years ago today that uncle Nels Petterson, Dad’s brother and his wife Helga walked Bernadette down the isle in “Our Saviors” Lutheran church in Bremerton, WA. Bernadette had no family in the USA, so Nels and Helga were her proxy’s. Bernie, her son, whom I adopted, was 7 years old at the time. Bernie was the Ring Bearer and can you believe lost the rings. They had fallen off the little pillow onto the floor. We found them, but there was a moment of anxiety. Gary

Posted from Bev Morinville Azure’s caringbridge sight:http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/bevazure

From her daugher Shonda Azure Campbell (94): Minot ND.

Sorry for the lack of information but it seems that the server has been on the fritz. My sincere apologies. Mom is currently resting quite well she has been given a medication for anxiety and as a result is sleeping allot. It seems that she is very peaceful. We won’t know what will happen next it is all in the hands of the Lord. But we would like to thank everyone for your great letters and strong support thank you .If you would like to e-mail me I will try and answer your letters the best that I can.

With great love and infinite appreciation, The Azure Family

my e-mail is cody.azure@yahoo.com

Request posted on the Dunseith Alumni Web sitehttp://garystokes.net/default.aspx

From: Traci Zahn
E-mail: tracizahn@live.com
I would like to be added to the email list. My grandmother is Dorothy Pritchard and it is nice to hear news about the area and people I grew up around

Traci, It is my pleasure to add you to our distribution. I believe your mother was Shirely Pritchard, Robert & Dorothy’s oldest child. Your Grandma Dorothy is on our distribution list too. She’ll be having a birthday next month too. She was born in 1913. That’s nearly a century ago. Gary

Dick Johnson (68):

Reply from Larry Hackman (66): Bismarck, ND


That was a great story that Dick wrote up about his grandpa. I think he deserves to be promoted to the class of 66. I’m sure he is honored. What else could he be? Gary an error to the good side is not really an error.


Larry as you well know, I know better. I’m not sure if Dick would agree it was a good promotion though??? Speaking of errors, when I was talking to Bill Grimme the other day, he said he had gotten a message from Johnny Frykman complimenting him on his younger age. I had Bill listed as being with the class of 75 on the reunion list. Gary

Axel Johnson:

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

Dick Johnson’s piece about his Grandpa was wonderful. When he mentioned the big rocks that he and Axel moved about with their own strength it reminded me of working with Axel at the gravel pit in Dunseith in 1948 after I graduated from high school. We worked on the trap, which was the entry point for gravel being dozed onto the rock crusher. Sometimes a boulder would find its way onto the grill which separated them from the flow onto the belt leading up to the crusher. It was necessary to lift the boulder out of there, up a six foot slope of gravel and metal intake to the crusher. Sometimes the boulders were so big we had to have the belt stopped and wrap a chain around the boulder to have the bull dozer drag it out. Often, I’d try to budge one unsuccessfully, and Axel would say, “Billie, back off, I’ll get that one.” Then he would get his hands and arms under a monster, work it up the steep slope of the trap and roll it out of the way. We did this for ten hours a day at a buck an hour, with time and a half after a week of 40 hours which happened on Friday, and Saturday. On Sunday we made Double time. It was a about 90 bucks a week, and that was fine. Axel showed me alot about staying with it, and encouraging me with great stories about his young years so I wouldn’t get discouraged. I look on that summer with alot of pride and fond memories of a work ethic he demonstrated, which gave me something in life that lasted for years doing other things of challenge. Thanks, Dick and Gary. Bill Hosmer

Bill, seeing your name brings Colette Hosmer to mind. It’s been a while since we’ve heard from her. I’m thinking she may be back over in China with another Art project?? Gary

Reply to Dick Johnson’s messages posted yesterday:

From Sharron Gottbreht Shen: Everett, WA.

Thank you Dick and Gary, I will pass the information on to children of Mildred and Ralph, Fred and Pearl’s descendants. The 41 Dodge sure has a beautiful grill. It seems Dick Larson had personal knowledge of performance. Dick Johnson, I look forward to your contributions. I’m thinking I should seek out a lighted wrench kit for your xmas! There are few of my aquaintance who had the endurance qualities of Axel Johnson. Dad certainly was impressed with Axel who put far more into every task Dale asked or expected. It has been a revelation to hear of his youth and struggles on these pages. Trenching without a backhoe? Unheard of today. Thanks again. Sharron

Gary, I have no sisters or brothers to spare! Although Jose is at peace, I know Bernadette and the family will be remembering and missing many of their departed in the days that come. I sat shiva with a Jewish neighbor a few of her seven nights and I think we all benefit and find comfort from the rituals surrounding our life companions when they pass. Many cares this side of death, that’s certain. Keep well Bernadette and Gary. God bless. Sharron

Thank you Sharron for the comforting words. Gary

Reply from Lorie Hiatt (88): Dunseith, ND

Hi Gary,

The little girl in the picture with dad and I is Vickie’s youngest daughter Cahla. Please add my name to the list I would love to come also please tell Bernadette how sorry I am for her loss you are all in my thoughts & prayers.

good morning to you &

good night from me


Thank you Lorie too, for your comforting words

Ackworth Alumni picnic around 1990:
Back: Norman Hiatt talking to Willis Bowers and Russell Fauske. Gary Stokes with the Red cap
Front: Lori Hiatt and Cahla (Vickie Hiatt’s daughter)

10/16/2017 (2566)

DHS Class of ’67 50 year reunion.
FB photo from Paula Fassett’s FB page

I noticed this picture that Paula had posted back in August of this year that I don’t remember seeing. Who are the two unknown Ladies?

DHS Class of ’67 50 year reunion.

L TO R:Allen Houle, Lawrence Hetle, Jim Berube, Linda (Walters) Zurfluh, Roger Counts, ??, Judy Wheeler, K. Flkynn, Patti (Metcalfe) Woods, Mary (Anderson) Millang, Sharon (Tooke) Parkhouse, ??, LeaRae (Parrill) Espe, Nancy (Bedard) Olson, Bob Peterson
Class of 67 50th Reunion 2566


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
John P Belgarde | 1931 – 2017

Funeral Service
Friday, Oct 13, 2017
10:00 PM

John P Belgarde
June 26, 1931 – October 08, 2017


John P. Belgarde, age 86 of Dunseith, died Sunday at a Lakota nursing home.  His funeral will be held on Friday at 10:00 am at the St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Dunseith.  The wake will be on Thursday beginning 4:00 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at the Eagle Heart Cultural Center in Dunseith.  Burial will be at the St. Louis Catholic Cemetery at Dunseith.
John P. Belgarde Sr. was born on June 26, 1931 in Dunseith, North Dakota to Peter and Josephine (Demery) Belgarde. He was the youngest and last survivor of 10 siblings. He attended school at the Dunseith Day School and Flandreau Indian School in South Dakota.
John enlisted into the U.S. Army at the age of 17. At 19, he was sent to the Korean War and assigned to Company G, 9th Infantry Regiment. He arrived early in the war during the desperate weeks when all there remained of South Korea was the Pusan Perimeter. His battles began near Yongsan along the Naktong River. He survived the horrific battle at Kunu-ri, battles at Wonju and the May Massacre to name a few of many. He was wounded three times but never evacuated. He entered the war as a Private First Class (E-3) in August 1950 and walked off his last hill in June 1951 as a Platoon Leader (E-9). During his months on the front lines, he went from a naïve depression-era teenager to a tough battle-hardened warrior. He often said he didn’t expect to come out of Korea alive, so he set rules for himself while there. They were: 1) I will do the best I can for as long as I can. 2) I will not surrender. 3) I will let no one surrender me.
Upon returning home, he asked Margaret “Peggy” (Gillis) Belgarde to be his bride and they eventually married in February 1952 at Battle Creek, Michigan. He studied diligently and qualified as a combat and civil engineer. Engineering was his vocation for the remainder of his military career of 21 years. He and Peggy traveled the world together, having children along the way. They were stationed at Army posts in Germany, Korea, Missouri, North Carolina as well as others. John also traveled the world to compete as a member of the U.S All Army Shooting Team, garnering many top honors for the team.
John retired from the Army in 1969. He began his civilian life in Minneapolis, Minnesota working as a draftsman for Belgarde Enterprises, a construction company owned by his brother Charles Belgarde. In 1976, he returned home to Dunseith to pursue his dream to raise and race performance Quarter horses on the Bel-Bros Ranch. He was well-known for his quality Quarter horses and the horse races he and the family organized on the ranch. He was an avid fan of NASCAR and professional boxing. For over twenty years, he successfully competed in Auto-cross at the Brainerd International Raceway (BIR).
John is survived by his son, Mark Belgarde (Plymouth, MN); daughter, Pam Belgarde (Dunseith, ND) and four grandchildren: Tina Belgarde (Phoenix, AZ), John Belgarde III (Seattle, WA), Maurice Smith II (Moorhead, MN) and Harley Tacan (Sioux Valley, MB, Canada).
John was preceded in death by his parents—Peter and Josephine; brothers—George, Isaac, and Charles Belgarde; sisters–Christine Perskie, Eva Gagnon, Marion Anderson, Theresa Aafedt, Catherine Belgarde, and Annie Moran; and son—John Belgarde Jr.
Arrangements are with Nero Funeral Home of Bottineau. Friends may sign the online register at www.nerofuneralhome.net.


Blog (640) posted on December 2, 2009

Posted on December 2, 2009

Bernadette’s Brother passed away.

Folks, As I’m putting this message together, Bernadette came in the office and said her Brother, Jose, had just drawn his last breath. Bernadette was there. That was about 15 minutes ago. They have called the funeral home and are getting a doctor. He is now at peace with no more pain. He was ready to go and his family had accepted that. It’s currently 9:50 Wednesday morning. I’m expecting the Funeral home will have his body embalmed, in a casket and back to our place by mid afternoon. His body will remain on our porch for the next 9 or 10 days before the burial. They will have nightly prayers with a mass the last night for the next 9 days. Filipino custom, there will be a family member with his body from now until he is buried. Gary

Correction From Dick Johnson (66):Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

Tonight I spent some time on the web searching for the correct year
and type of car in Sharron’s old steamer picture. Dick and Jerrine
Richard (49) Larson wrote and correctly identified it as a 1941 Dodge,
in fact a model D-19, according to the Dodge folks. I mistakenly
identified it as a 1941 Lincoln. Thanks to the Larsons and Gary!


Hans Johnson Story with picture

From Dick Johnson (66): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

With winter fast approaching, I haven’t had much time to reminisce.
Today something made me remember some of the things my Grandpa Hans
Johnson used to do. He was only in school until about the mid grades
(4-5) and then he had to work. Even as a kid, I was amazed at some of
the things he could do with no more of a formal education than that.
They never had electricity until he was over 50 years old, yet people
used to have him repair their electric devices of all kinds. I remember
watching him take someone’s electric iron apart on his kitchen table
once when I was probably 7 or 8 years old. I asked him how he knew how
to fix it? He said, ” If one man was smart enough to make it, the next
man should at least be able to fix it.” As I got older, I also found out
that most things aren’t as complicated as they at first might seem. He
had a simple way of figuring out what should do what, and why. My
Grandma told me that one night her brother Otto and my Grandpa Hans
decided to build a crystal set radio from scrap parts, wire, wood, and
other junk. They had a plan from some magazine like Popular Mechanics.
She said it was in the dead of winter so they thought it might be
something to do one cold night. I only know enough about a crystal set
radio to know it involves wrapping fine copper wire around a tube and
using a battery for power. She went to bed but woke up in the wee hours
of the morning to the sound of music playing in the kitchen—and two
guys grinning from ear to ear!

They lived through some tough times and knew how to repair things
rather than to buy new. Some of the old farm equipment should have been
replaced but he just kept on fixing what broke and continuing to use it
until there just wasn’t anything left, then he got another one! I gave
an old D John Deere tractor of Grandpa’s to my wife’s uncle, as he was
really into restoring them. Years later he retired and had an auction
sale, selling several restored JD tractors and many parts. I asked him
which one was Grandpa’s old D , thinking I might buy it back if he still
had it? He grinned and said that there was hardly a single piece on the
entire tractor that wasn’t worn completely out! I told him that when
Grandpa couldn’t make it work anymore, it was probably shot! I remember
Grandpa taking the tires off his ’34 Chevy truck, when the cords started
to show, and then putting them on the front of the tractor and running
them some more! This may sound a bit miserly but he always had money for
things that were really needed. He was able to slowly buy land and
expand the farm while others couldn’t make it and headed out for other
places. Most of the people that made it through the tough times, at
least in this area, did so by dedication to hard work and by being
careful with what little money they did have. He was definitely one of

The extremely hard labor of those early days also made him a very
physically strong man. He died when I was 15 so I did get to work with
him for several years here on the farm. There were times when Dad and I
couldn’t quite lift or move some real heavy equipment part or hitch for
a piece of equipment and Grandpa would come over and lend a hand. When
he grabbed on, things were going to move! Later, after Grandpa was gone,
my Grandma sold the house and my parents moved a newer house to the same
location. John Boguslawski and I were tearing out the old foundation to
prepare for the new one. The north wall was made of stacked rock, mostly
bigger flat rocks from along the lake shore. We could handle most of the
rocks by hand, as we were pretty big and healthy guys about 19 years
old, but a few were huge. I would guess they weighed 300-400 pounds. We
lifted them out with the old Farmhand loader and chains. I remember John
asking me how the heck they got them in there in the first place? When
Dad came to see how it was going, I asked him. He shook his head and
told us that Grandpa and Axel put them in there by hand! He was a very
kind and gentle big guy. I once asked Dad if he ever saw Grandpa get in
a fight? He said no, but he saw a guy who was going to hit Grandpa once
and it didn’t turn out the way the guy thought. He said they were
traveling on a curvy mud road and met another car right in a mud hole.
Neither car could stop and they both got stuck just about against each
other. Dad said the guys jumped out of the other car and one said,
“Johnson, I’m going to knock you on your ass”, after which he swung at
Grandpa! Dad said Grandpa caught the guys fist like a baseball and then
just said, with his Norskie brogue, “Oh, I don’t tink so.” He just put
the guys hand down and let go of it. Dad said the guy was suddenly as
sober as a judge! I would imagine his life was flashing before his eyes,
as they say! I’ll attach a picture of my grandparents, looking the way I
best remember them. Thanks Gary!



10/12/2017 (2565)

Beautiful Picture from Art Rude’s Face Book
Turtle Mountain Autumn: I am sure some of you will recognize this road too.


On our way to the Marco Polo Cebu Expat dinner
Jasmine, Mirasol, Gary, Rona, Novie. Bernadette in front


Dinner at the Ayala Mall Terraces
Gary, Novie, Tata and Bernadette



Blog (639) posted on December 1, 2009

Posted on December 1, 2009

Kenrose Medlang:

Reply from Bonnie Smith Kohler: Mountain Iron, MN.

Thank you to you and Vickie Metcalf for the reminder for Kenrose. I am sure she was thrilled with all the cards she received from well wishers. Wow to be 90 years old hey?

Bonnie, It was our pleasure to be able to do this for Kenrose. She was certainly there for us in our day. It’s our turn to be there for her. Gary

Message/Pictures from Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59): Everett, WA.

When reviewing some older entries of the blog, I noted the aerial photo of the GN Railroad Yard posted by Dick Johnson. I rushed a query to Gary asking if an expanded view of that area might show the Round House. Dad bought that structure in 1952! Total surprise to me. George tells me that Dale harvested a bumper crop of Flax, probably in 1952. Floyd Richard said indeed 20 bushels to the acre was a great crop at that time. I checked some grain history and found that Flax sold for $6.21/b in 1947. Anyhow, the Flax sale bought the Round House. Dale proceeded to have it deconstructed by foreman Paul and his brother, Big Mose Morin. George thought there were at least three Belgards who completed the team. It took over 6 weeks to draw all the nails [six 2×6 drums] and store the huge beams and lengths of lumber. George said that the claw hammer designed for nail removal had a special lever that Mose frequently broke – after several solder repairs, Dad was begging Mose to take it easy. The men made $1.00 an hour! So bad. As an RN, my first job 1961 paid $2.39/hr – some progress.

Please note George Gottbreht’s Smithy; this became Dad’s first gas and motel stop 1951/52. I have a postcard of the original shop sent by Evelyn Gaudette Gottbreht to her aunt Maude Tennancour Paulson, the post date was August 1915. The sign above the door reads General Blacksmithing. Dad’s conversion of the shop to a thriving small business was a start, and his survival of the tipped tractor accident lead to the Flax harvest and eventually to much of the lumber for our new home and the expanded Dale’s finished in 1954/55. Uncle Roland said the traction was bad for the steep hill and Dale raised the drill bar to reduce drag and over it went. Dad was protected by two steel rods and managed to crawl out from under – and Uncle then said “…but we got her finished.” And then he added, “Dale died too young, he was just getting started.”

Gary will attach some remarks by Dick Johnson and I thank them and so many for the feast of new insights found at Gary’s table. Sharron

Railroad Round House

From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND


The old roundhouse was where the train locomotives were serviced and
then turned around to head back south. It was located south of the
elevators and as Sharron says, her dad bought it in ’52-’53. He tore it
down and used the lumber to build their new house right behind Dale’s. I
helped Rick Gottbreht move the house about a hundred feet west. The
timbers under that house are huge! It was well built to say the least.
It was one of the first ‘flat roof’ designs in the area. The high school
(the ’56 addition) was also flat roof design. Rick made an upstairs and
completely remodeled the inside to a beautiful home. I bet Sharron would
know that the old roundhouse lumber was used to frame their house.
Thanks for including me in this email!



From Phyllis McKay (65): Auburn, WA

FRIENDS: Never ask for food.

NORTH DAKOTA FRIENDS: Always bring the food.

FRIENDS: Will say ‘hello’.

NORTH DAKOTA FRIENDS: Will give you a big hug and a kiss.

FRIENDS: Call your parents Mr. and Mrs.

NORTH DAKOTA FRIENDS: Call your parents Mom and Dad.

FRIENDS: Have never seen you cry.


FRIENDS: Will eat at your dinner table and leave.

NORTH DAKOTA FRIENDS: Will spend hours there, talking, laughing, playing dominoes or cards and just being together.

FRIENDS: Know a few things about you.

NORTH DAKOTA FRIENDS: Could write a book with direct quotes from you.

FRIENDS: Will leave you behind if that’s what the crowd is doing.

NORTH DAKOTA FRIENDS: Will kick the whole crowds’ back-ends that left you.

FRIENDS: Would knock on your door.

NORTH DAKOTA FRIENDS: Walk right in and say, ‘I’m home!’.

FRIENDS: will visit you in the hospital when you’re sick

NORTH DAKOTA FRIENDS: will cut your grass and clean your house then come spend the night with you in the hospital and cook for you when you come home

FRIENDS: have you on speed dial

NORTH DAKOTA FRIENDS: have your number memorized.

FRIENDS: Are for a while.


FRIENDS: Might ignore this.

NORTH DAKOTA FRIENDS: Will forward this to all their North Dakota Friends and those who once lived in North Dakota.


10/09/2017 (2564)

A good friend of mine is visiting us from Bremerton, WA. With that I didn’t have enough time to get the blogs posted last Wednesday and Friday. My friend will be here the whole month. He is really enjoying his time here and we too his company.



Rendahl Church Picture
Reply from LeaRae Parrill Espe (’67): Bottineau, NE

I can make some guesses on the Rendahl picture.  I think Anna/Val Bott and Val, Jr. and one of the girls must be Barbara Bott Knoepfle.  Also Alma and Abe Nelson and possibly some of Abe’s daughters-maybe Romona is the slim gal on the end.  Also, Lydia Larshus and Ida Haagenson.   I remember Ida had the beautiful white hair. She looks so young, but the white haired lady might be her. If Dagny was there maybe Janet or Mickey could be, not sure which ones. All guesses.
Rendahl Church (2563)


Blog (638) posted on November 30, 2009

Posted on November 30, 2009

Zorn Family

From Aggie Casavant (69): Fort Mill, SC

To Sharon Zorn Gerdes

Thank you for sharing the details of Ryans funeral with us. I cried as I read the newspaper article and saw the pictures in the paper on the blog. My heart just broke not only for Myrons family,but the Zorn family all together. There is something about the beauty of a military funeral and the support of the people that does make it easier for awhile.,and knowing the honor and sacrifice that Ryan died. My thoughts were with your family alot this past week,because I remember your family so well. I remember Marlys like yesterday,she was in my grade, and you and Dennis,and I remember Myron was best friends with my brother Rene,and Billy,was my youngest brothers Jimmy’s best friend.So to you and your family God Bless you,and Take Care…. Sincerely, Aggie Casavant

Reply to Sharon Zorn Gerdes’ email re: Ryan Zorn’s funeral:

From Marlys Zorn Bryan (69): Fairbury, Nebraska


I completely agree with Sharon’s sentiments regarding the funeral; she was able to express it so much better than I could have, and expressed it perfectly. The honor that the military, the citizens of the states of Wyoming and South Dakota (Ryan was buried in the National Cemetary in the Black Hills), fellow veterans, the Patriot Guard, and the United States paid to one fallen soldier was inexpressible. It restored my faith in America, that we are still One Nation, Under God, working for liberty and justice for all. It made me proud and very grateful to be an American.

Marlys Zorn Bryan

Reply from Dick & Jerrine Richard (49) Larson: Seattle, WA

gary—I believe the car in Sharon Shen’s steamer pic is actually a ’41 Dodge-I had one back in the 40’s. It was in fact the car that Jerrine (Richard) and I moved to Seattle with right after we were married in Nov of 1950. Keep up the good work. Dick L

Helen Metcalfe Barden’s (62) struggle with cancer:

From Geri Metcalfe Munro (59): Fargo, ND.

Hi Gary,
Chuck and I visited my sis, Helen (Metcalfe) and Lance Barden at their home this afternoon and we talked about sending an update on Helen’s health issues. Lance had sent the following to us yesterday (Saturday):

Geri Metcalfe Munro

Helen has finished three of the fifteen radiation treatments on the cancer spots in the brain..the other medication is a steroid pill three times a day to reduce swelling that was there and may be added to by the radiation.. She is perhaps a little less steady on her feet so the “house rules” require her to use her walker even when she is moving around the house..(normally the walker was only used for rests during shopping trips!!!)

Next Thursday we meet with Dr Gaba to discuss her case and probably begin a chemo infusion regimen to work on the increased activity noted before in her liver.. we hope the combination of radiation-chemo will not be too exhausting..

The realities of the situation are really just starting to sink in!! The big reality is, either God grants a miracle cure or we will pray for some relief/reprieve from the onslaught so that we will be able to enjoy some quality family and fun time..It is not fun this way!!!

To anyone who has hesitated to make contact because of the situation please don’t worry about any disturbance!!! She really doesn’t fuction well until at least noon so contact after that would be preferred.. If she isn’t “up to visiting” she is aware enough not to try.. also keep in mind she may not respond to quickly or sometimes totally appropriately but she needs outside contact!!! She’s had a couple calls from friends and enjoyed them immensely.. She also needs people face to face.. ( someone other than the slavedriver husband)

Forgive me if this sounds a bit down and pessimistic.. I don’t want it to be and Helen doesn’t either.. Outwardly at least (and I don’t think it’s different inside) she is completely at peace.. everyone she talks to hears the same message.. If I’m cured it will be terrific but if it is not to be I completely accept that..

This is sent to a limited number of family and friends but if you want to send it on please do so.. the more praying the better!!!!!

Helen, even though you are 3 years my senior, I remember you well from our bus riding days to Dunseith. I always looked forward to when we’d stop by your place and you and your 3 sisters, Margaret, Patti & Lola would hop on the bus. Your charm radiated the whole bus. You girls were always so cheerful and friendly. How could anyone ever forget the Metcalfe girls.

With faith and a positive attitude, you will beat this current turn of events. We are in there with you all the way with these treatments you are going through. Just hang in there. Our thought and prayers will always be with you. Gary

Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59) & Aggie Casavant (69):

From Gary Metcalfe (57): Forsyth, MO

To Sharron and Aggie

My hats off to you Sharron for honoring the past generations with pictures and stories. The picture of the Gottbrecht family is priceless to me. All the stories my dad told, I can now put faces on, like Fred Gottbrecht’s wife, Pearly. She was a force to be reckoned with.

Aggie never forgot where she came from either, very compassionate, what in the world is a higher calling than humanitarian.

Gary Metcalfe

Also From Gary Metcalfe:

Hello All, Last night we went back in time, over a hundred years. Silver Dollar City is a theme park built around a cave not too far from the place that Harold Bell Wright wrote the book, “Shepherd of the Hills”. Branson has over a hundred top notch shows, so I asked my wife how did Silver Dollar City bring in 19,000 people tonight. Answer….the nostalgia such as I have not wanted to lose in my boyhood times. I won’t say much about the park, just that there are not many level places in it….such are the Ozarks. My favorite time is World Fest in early summer, performers come in from all parts of the world. The door to the best hour of nostalgia for me was not marked or lit. The small window showed a faint light, like a match burning. I pushed the ole door opened enough to squeeze in and there they were…..fiddle, banjo, bass and guitar and none of them plugged in. They just absolutely played their instruments and they had written all their own songs. The Appalachian and Ozarks is where country music originated. Someone requested a special song called, “Big Tom”. The bass player crossed the small cabin floor and locked the front door, as they proceeded with the song, I realized why they locked the door. This little cabin reminded me of the winter night, 50 years ago when Doug Striker and I stopped on our way back from St. John after midnight to pay Gus and Bill Hackman a visit. The low ceilings, 4 x 8 joists, kerosene lamp, the old wood burner gave off some light. I thought Gus was sleeping, but pretty soon he came through the front door. I think he left his gun outside. It was a cold, moonlight night….you might guess what Gus was doing.

K.C. Sign spent 40 years making life better for hundreds of kids, and that would be a hard act to follow….but I think Mr. Stokes that you have gone above and beyond to help stir memories for many.

Erling….you said it– our parents were color blind. I doubt that Dunseith was much different than any place else except for diversity. Which as you said, “served you well when you went out to meet the world”. You won’t get too far out there in our wonderful world if you are self over rated in the least way. I have to pay tribute to a few who showed me so much. The Syrian people left an impact on a lot of us and it was a good one! Thanks Gary. Gary Metcalfe

Railroad Round House

From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND

Dick’s reply to some of our behind the scenes email exchanges.


The old roundhouse was where the train locomotives were serviced and
then turned around to head back south. It was located south of the
elevators and as Sharron says, her dad bought it in ’52-’53. He tore it
down and used the lumber to build their new house right behind Dale’s. I
helped Rick Gottbreht move the house about a hundred feet west. The
timbers under that house are huge! It was well built to say the least.
It was one of the first ‘flat roof’ designs in the area. The high school
(the ’56 addition) was also flat roof design. Rick made an upstairs and
completely remodeled the inside to a beautiful home. I bet Sharron would
know that the old roundhouse lumber was used to frame their house.
Thanks for including me in this email!


Question from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND

Hi Gary,

I have a question about your address. Does it cost the same to mail something to your address as it would to someone in the U.S.–such as a flat-rate envelope?


The answer is Yes. Fleet Post Office (FPO) and Army Post Office (APO) mail is treated like regular US mail with a San Francisco Zip code on the west coast and a New York Zip code on the east coast. Other than for prescription medicines, there is a one pound limit that can be sent to my FPO address. Gary

Gary Stokes

PSC 517 Box RS/CC

FPO AP 96517-1000

Darrel (Bud) Stokes (70) & Angus Campbell

From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND.

Do you get the courant? Perhaps Neola can e-mail todays paper There
is a wonderful article on Bud and Angus!
Quoting Angus, Bud is like a son…..
What a wonderful pair. And, I’m privileged to know then both! Vickie

Vickie, Neola did scan and send me that article. It gives me great pleasure and with pride to post this too. I am proud to say it was through my affiliations that Angus and Bud connected. I have always known who Angus Campbell is, but it was when I worked for Dave Clark following high school that I learned to know Angus Campbell well. Angus and Dave pooled a lot of their resources with their farming in those days including their hired help. Following HS, I lived with and worked for the Clarks for 16 months before heading west. They are great folks too and treated me very well. After I left for the coast, Angus needed some help so I suggested Bud and the rest is history. Angus says Bud was 17 when he started working for him, but I’m thinking he was several years younger. Bud is a perfectionist of which Angus took great pride in and liked in Bud too. When Bud Started working for Frykman’s, Angus found it hard to part with Bud of which he did not. They worked out a deal where Bud worked for Angus in the evenings and on Saturday’s in the spring and the fall of the years until Bud took over his farming operation in 1990. Angus seldom works Sunday’s. Bud & Angus have been like a father/son team since the first day Bud set foot on Angus’ farm back in the 60’s. Angus totally trusts Bud with anything and everything. Angus takes pride trusting Buds judgment with every situation inclusive of circumstances outside of their farming operation. Bud has never been known to make hasty decisions. Angus spends the majority of the holidays and has for many years, with Bud & Debby and their family. For the past 30 years Angus has been at most all of our family gatherings. He is one of the family. Angus looks pretty good in this picture for being 84 years old. He may have turned the farming operation over to Bud 20 years ago, but he has never ceased to quit working and helping Bud. He has done the majority of Bud’s combining all these years. He’ll fill up all the trucks during the day when Bud is working his other job for the City of Bottineau. Gary

PS – I believe those are all Bud’s grain bins in the picture. I kind of think they are all full too.

Posting from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND

Update on Elmer & Mable (Espe) Striker Family,

Sent by Ken Striker, Dayton Ohio

H1k Elmer Striker b 1907 Rolette Co ND d Sep 1973 Edmonds Snohomish Co WA
+Mabel Espe b ab 1909 Dane Co WI d/o Iver J & Martha (Eriksdatter Myklemyr) Espe. According to Prarie Past and Mountain Memories, A History of Dunseith ND Mable Striker m Elmer Striker and they lived near Kelvin before moving to Seattle where Elmer worked as a building contractor and Mable a clerk. Elmer died in 1973 and Mable now lives in Corona Del Mar, CA. Their children were: Eunice, Gary and Donna born while they lived in the Turtle Mountains; and Jackilyn and Marie born in Seattle. Eunice, Gary and Donna are all married and live in the Seattle area while Jackilyn and Marie and their families are all in California.

H1k1 Eunice Patricia Striker b 15 Sep 1930 Dunseith ND
+Jim Morrison Patsy, as Eunice likes to be called, live in Kaiuai Hawaii (see H1k3 LeaRae Espe (Mrs Terry Espe) wrote the email address for Pat Striker Morrison is:

H1k2 Gary Striker born 7 Mar 1934 Bottineau ND
+C. Carlson m 1953 (divorced 1982) 3ch: see below
+Liliane Morel-Maroger. (1937-2004) m 1983 From Casablanca, Morocco. Gary graduated from University of Washington 1959 MD, Gary wrote in 1985 “Liliane has four children. She is a world recognized authority in renal pathology, who directed a renal research laboratory in Paris, France before coming to U of WA to become a Prof-of Pathology” The Journal of American Society of Nephrology wrote a Tribute to the passing of Liliane in New York on November 18, 2004. (jasn.as journals.org)

About Gary: (from directory.mssm.edu/faulty/faculty 10/1/2007)
Dr. Gary Striker is a Professor of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Professor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. He maintains research laboratories devoted to stem cells, aging and diabetes-related topics in both New York, New York, and Miami, Florida.
After receiving his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, he completed his Rotating Internship in General Medicine at the University Hospital in Seattle. He then completed a Residency in Pathology at University of California at Los Angeles–Wadsworth General Hospital and the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Los Angeles. He returned to the University of Washington–Seattle for his Fellowship in Experimental Pathology. He is board certified in Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology, and is licensed to practice in California, Washington, Maryland, and Florida.
His academic career began at the University of Washington, where he became a Professor in 1972. He directed the M.D.-Ph.D. program and was the Dean for Curriculum, among many other activities at the University of Washington. He became Director of the Kidney, Urology, and Hematology Division, NIDDK, NIH in 1984 until 1997. He was Director of the Vascular Biology Institute at the University of Miami from 1997-2004. He came to Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 2004, where he is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology.

H1k2a Gregory W. Striker b 11 Jul 1957 Seattle d 29 Jan 2007
Gregory Waine Striker Seattle native Gregory Waine Striker, born July 11, 1957 was killed in an industrial accident January 26, 2007 in Portland, OR. Born to parents, Gary E. Striker of New York, NY and Carlene S. Hartenbower of Yuma, AZ. Greg chose to raise his family in the Seattle area close to his church. Greg was a very active and much loved member of the Foster Tukwila Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder, teacher and mentor to many. Greg is survived by his children, Cabrina, age 14, Breanna, age 16, Johnathan, age 18 and Angela Emerson, age 20. He will also be missed by his brother, Gary E. Striker Jr. of Spokane, WA and sister, Kris Betts of Mesquite, NV. Services will be held Saturday, February 3, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon at The Church By The Side Of The Road, located at S. 148th & Pacific Hwy in Tukwila. Please sign the online memorial at www.bonneywatson.com. Published in print on 2/1/2007. Seattle Times

H1k2b Kristin Striker b 2 Jan 1961 Los Angeles res Mesquite, NV (2007)
+ ___ Betts Mesquite, Nevada
Feb 13, 2008 … Take a gamble on Mesquite, Nevada, a growing golf and gaming …. Instructor Kris Betts gladly gives us a safety briefing and some …

Oasis Gun Club about five miles east of town. Instructor Kris Betts gladly gives us a safety briefing and some instruction. With protective eyewear and earplugs in place, it’s off to shoot skeet and trap. Even with earplugs in place, Kris managed to explain precisely how to use the sight

H1k2c Gary E. Striker Jr b 10 may 1963 Seattle res: Spokane (2007)

I was a little internet surfing and noticed information on a Gary Striker associated with horses training, etc. References to Eastwich Hunters and Jumpers and True North Summer Shows. Wondering if this might be Gary Striker Jr, s/o Dr Gary Striker.

H1k3 Donna Striker 7 Oct 1935 Bottineau ND
+RA Cruikshank
+ ___ Neumeyer? At the Dunseith HS DHS blog 8/25/09, LeaRae Parill Espe email: ‘67 wrote “that on the way back from Alaskan cruise we visited Terry’s first cousin Donna Striker Neumeyer d/o Mable Espe & Elmer Striker. Also, spoke on phone to Pat who is sister of Donna she is 78 years old “(see H1k1) “We have visited Donna a few times in Seattle and Donna has visited us here in ND once. We met Pat in 1972 in Seattle when Terry took his father to see his sister Mabel Espe Striker. Mabel did visit ND either 1974 or 1975. Interestingly “for Elmer and Mabel Striker- his nephew (Douglas Striker) m her niece (Marlene Espe)”

H1k4 Marie Striker b 15 Aug 1937 Mont
+William Lillas

H1k5 Jackie Striker b 19 May 1939 Seattle
+James Martin



10/02/2017 (2563)

Rendahl Church Picture
Face Book posting from Art Rude (’71):  Bismarck, ND

This was taken in 1954 at the 50th Anniversary of the Country Church just up the hill from our farm, Rendahl.
I’m the 15 month old baby in the front.
To my left in the picture is Bob Bott who is still my neighbor and rents my pasture and hay land.
His sister Mary is holding me up, and the girl to the right is Lois (Christianson) Roland.
Most of the rest of the people have gone on to sing in the hillbilly choir above.

Gary’s comments
Who can Identify those in this picture?
I recognize Art/Bertha Rude, Clarence/Alvina Christianson and Dagney Haagenson.
I don’t recognize any of the younger folks standing in the 2nd row.
I know all the younger folks sitting in the first row though.
Lois Christianson Roland and Mary Bott are still beautiful as ever too. I frequently see Bob Bott with our trips back too and of course you too Art.
Rendahl Church (2563)


75th Guadalcanal –  164th Reunion Bismarck
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Hello Gary and Dunseith friends,

History in High School was always one of my  favored classes.
I enjoy discussing history  topics with older folks, listening to
their oral histories.

As  the daughter of a WWII  veteran,  I  honor dad’s  memory by
supporting  all Veterans.

With various anniversaries I   continue to  learn  WWII history.

This past month I began reading about  the  164th Infantry Guadalcanal
Hole-y Buckets the 164th Infantry  was a leading player in the battle
of Guadalcanal!
A  majority of 164th Infantry were North Dakotans
(made me  personally  proud to borne of North Dakota)

I recalled , a few years ago reading  in the regional newspapers about
Woody Keeble who had served with the 164th.
This  veteran of WWII and Korean War, was honored by President Bush
after his passing.
Later Keeble’s  portrait placed on the walls at the State Capitol
along with other notable North Dakotans.
For those of us who were in the Choir, under Mr. Johnson we walked
that hall years ago.
I guess it is time to go back.

When I looked over the names and read more about Guadacanal I saw
recognized many  area names.
Readers  may wish to look at the attached  roster and see names
familiar to them.

Thanks, Vickie Metcalfe


Intiman’s Dragon Lady and Philippine Migration

Posted by Karen Loeb Mhyre (’65): kmhyre@me.com Bellevue, WA

Hello Gary,

I got this email recommendation from our Seattle Library and Intiman  Theatre about a lecture and panel and book suggestion for this fall in Seattle.


I worked at Harborview when I first graduated from nursing school and college. Several of our  Philippine nurses were trained in the Philippines and emigrated to the Seattle area. They were both amazing nurses and roll models.

In addition we have young friends who were married in the Catholic Church on Capitol Hill.  It has a Grotto dedicated to Mary. Ruby, the bride, included a devotional prayer with her new husband as part of their wedding ceremony.   It is Interesting that this Microsoft couple and their three children have emigrated  to New Zealand and love living there, now over ten years.

Thanks again for your North Dakota blog postings.  I have recently reconnected with a Ellie McCreery through Messenger/Facebook.  It turned out to be Elenor Wallbank, daughter of the doctor who was superintendent at San Haven before my Dad.   She saw that I posted that I was from San Haven and sent me a message.  She and her husband now live in Florida.  They are now traveling in New Zealand where her daughter lives.  We hope to correspond when she returns from her travels this winter.  Would it not be amazing for two old girls from San Haven to renew a very old acquaintance?  She mentioned she has many memories of their life at San Haven.

Best wishes to Bernadette.

Karen Loeb Mhyre


Blog (637) posted on November 29, 2009

Myron (65) & JoAnn Zorn’s son, Ryan’s, funeral:
From Sharon Zorn Gerdes (62): Windsor, CO
Gary, I just got home from the funeral of Myrons son.. It was just amazing how awesome and beautiful a military funeral is. We were just overwhelmed with the entire process. We had the governor, two senators, two generals, and many local dignitaries there. It gives one so much pride in our country and our military. I spoke with one of the generals and he said they are trying hard to erase the problem of the soldiers being blamed for the war, which is what happened with Vietnam. Anyhow, there were actually thousands of people, kids, disabled, VFW’s, Vietnam vets on bikes, all lining the streets and overpasses. The support and love of those people was overwhelming. I will forward everything you send, and their family is deeply moved and thankful for the support and love of people everywhere. It restores some faith in our country, the people ARE still good and wonderful. thank you. Sharon Zorn Gerdes.
Kenrose Medlang:
Reply from Bonnie Smith Kohler: Mountain Iron, MN.
Thanks for sending a message to everyone to send a card to Kenrose Medlang in honor of her 90th birthday. I am sure that she will be thrilled as she called me a few months ago and then sent me a picture and note that she would be 90 this November. That was really kind of you and it is really appreciated by us Minnesotan’s. Keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!
Bonnie Kohler and family
Bonnie, Vickie Metcalfe is the one we need to thank for that jester. I believe your mother and Kenrose are sisters. I understand that Kenrose got a lot of cards. It was our pleasure to be able to do this for Kenrose. I’m speaking for Vickie too. Gary
Reply from Erling Landsverk (44): Portage, WI
Hi Gary and Everyone!
After listening to the last couple of blogs that contained colorful tales about folks in the turtle Mountains, I felt compelled to share some rather whimsical information that I experienced whenn I was pretty young, but still of school age in the lower grades, if not in the first. At any rate this is how it goes as I remember it. The Lund family were probably the closest neighbor we had at that time, and although we attended school together we had different routes to and from school through the woods etc. It is important to remember that virtually all of us in that particular area spoke Norweigen very fluently and wwe actually learned Norweigen before we learned English. this happened the day after we returned from Christmas vacation, We were in the outer cloak room talking about the great christmas we had, some of the kids were telling about their toys or some other gift, not to be out done the Lund girls, Margaret, and Evelyn, said, ” we got a new duke for our board”, Well of course it wouldn’t make sense to anyone who didn’t speak Norweigen so the Amsbough kids just laughed and made fun of the statement. the actual translation phonetically in Norweigen amounted to this We got a new tablecloth for our kitchen table. I am sure everyone remembers the oil cloths that graced the kitchen tables. The girls were undaunted by the derisive remarks, and simultaneously lifted up their dress to expose their brand new home made flannel bloomers that reached nearly down to the knees and had an elastic band sewn to keep the body warm from the cold dakota winds. This brought on more peals of laughter and the girls ran crying into the school school, embarrassed,, but not knowing why. I remember watching all this but i remember I didn’t laugh, but rather thought, why would anyone laugh at such good things happening to their family. I thought about the tin whistle I got for a toy. I felt a little envious Later into the early summer my Dad asked me to go over to Nick Lund, and give him a dime he handed me, and bring back a box of copenhagen snuff. When I got there Nick lund was seated at the kitchen table drinking coffee, and when I asked him what my Dad had asked me to do, he looked a little confused, then he said “I just opened my last box, but I will give him half of it and you keep your dime and your Dad can pay me back when he gets to town to buy some more snuff”. When I got home with the half box of snuff, i handed it to Dad along with the dime and told him what Nick Lund said, As Dad took the snuff and the money, I noticed his eyes were filling . He turned quickly and walked away. As I look back he must have been embarrassed,probably thinking he shouldn’t have to ask the neighbor to share his tobacco, but I know had the tables been reversed, Dad would done the same. There existed such fierce pride among all of those people, I remember Dad telling someone that he wouldn’t work on the WPA, because he thought it was a form of welfare. I can’t help thinking about those years, but everyone worked together and got through it and with a smile as well. I hear the moaning and groaning among the people now as they go out and spend about $150 each for a seat at a football game, but the economy is bad and my goodness, when is the government going to get it right? Besides the unemployment comp is not enough but its no use, I don’t want to go out and look for work right now. . Of course a wide screen television is in the living room along with smaller sets to watch before going to sleep. Go to work in a $35,000automobile and complain all the way to work as they talk on cell phones while the car glides over paved streets.
Maybe those who think Uncle Sam owes them a living should look around and be “Thankful” on this thanksgiving holiday
Erling Landsverk
Sharron Gottbreht Shen’s photo:
Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.
Gary and Friends,In response to Sharron Gottbreht Shen’s photo, the car appears to be a
1941 Lincoln. The steamer is quite small, as steam engines go. The
larger ones almost all had a canopy over the operator’s station and many
had rear wheels at least 8 feet in diameter. I can’t make out the name
on the front cover of the boiler or we would be able to find more
information on it’s size and year. The car appears not to be new so the
picture probably would have been mid 40s or so. I hope this helps you
somewhat in dating your photo. Thanks Gary!Dick

09/27/2017 (2562)

Rolette County Veterans Wellness Conference
Posting from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65): Belcourt, ND


It sure would be super if that poster could be posted on the blog or your face book, since there were so many of you and our classmates in the Vietnam War.

It would be great if all the veterans would take part in this conference that is for them.

Thanks for all who have participated and will participate now and in the future,  if you went one year, just keep going every year. Your presence is very much appreciated always , thank you all who try to do for and appreciate our veterans.

Ginger Poitra class of ’65
Veterans-1 Veterans-2 Veterans-3

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

Hey Gary!

I went out to see my sister Shirley this summer.  I stayed 31 days, from June 6th thru July 8th. Travel days were June 5th and July 9th. I brought my granddaughter with. We traveled by train.

We left on Anthony and my 52nd anniversary ( would have been)

He was here for our 50th. Anyway the point is,  ironically it was Shirley’s son’s anniversary the day we arrived on the 6th of June, his 15th.

We enjoyed ourselves.  We went sightseeing.  Ocean, Rain Forest,  Sqauqoni Falls, the casino I won a whopping $58.57, that was my actual winnings,  I started with $20.00. Haha

My nephew went crabbing caught his limit which seemed quite a lot, I watched him clean them and cook them outside,  they all enjoyed eating them and I of course have allergies to shell fish so I got to watch them enjoy.

The train ride was terrible on way over to Washington it seemed small,  bumpy and swayed a lot the seats were so uncomfortable very hard to sit, I was awake most the night. Coming back it was a whole lot better.

Next time I will plan better and ride the plane with Lana we would have to meet somewhere. In 1985 I rode train with my dad out there and you couldn’t find a better riding train.

My sister Lana had been there for a week when I arrived. Shirley knew I was coming so my nephew decided to surprise Lana and that was such a surprise we were in the house when Shirley and Lana came in needless to say, IT WAS A SURPRISE!


It was a long time for me to be gone but I am so glad that I was able to spend quality time with my sisters.

Thanks Gary,

Until another time

Ginger Poitra ( class of 1965)


Blog (636) posted on November 28, 2009

Posted on November 28, 2009

Condolensces to the Zorn family:

From Bob Lykins (60’s DHS teacher):Hutto, TX


Please add my name to the list of those sending condolensces to the Myron Zorn family on the death of his son, Ryan. The family can take pride in knowing that Ryan served his nation and all of us with compassion, distinction, and honor.

Bob Lykins

From Mr. Lykins:


Let us know what your FPO address is so we can all send you at least a Christmas Card. I’m sure you had a great Thanksgiving. Telling old “war stories” with friends and colleagues is always a blast. You can never lie because they know better but you always have fun stretching the truth.

Being retired to Austin was a good move as I am enjoying it here. There are so many opportunities for a retired dude. This fall I signed up with the University of Texas Athletic Department to usher at their home football games. It’s been a blast. I wear one of those ugly lime polo shirts that says “EVENT STAFF” on them and direct human traffic. I report 3 hours before the game, work through the game and remain until the last person has left the stadium. It all works out to be about 7 hours and they pay me so that’s OK. I also get to see a good deal of the game and with Texas having such a good team this year the fans are usually pretty upbeat. I’ve had very few problems. I usually work the tunnel area in the North End Zone. If you see on TV a fat guy on the walkway just above the field and near the cannon, it is probably me. (see picture below)

So sad about the massacre in regards to local elections there in the PI. I would be interested to know the real story rather than just what is being printed in the newspapers.

My best to Bernadette and my best wishes to her family regarding her brother. I will add him to my list when praying.

Bob Lykins

Here you are Bob – This is my FPO (APO) address

Gary Stokes

PSC 517 Box RS/CC

FPO AP 96517-1000

Yes, that was quite an ambush of killings between two Muslim groups in southern Mindanao here in the Philippines. A private army of the current governor of that province ambushed a strong contenders party of about 70 folks while they were on their way to formally file his candidacy for the upcoming election this next May. It was planned, because they already had dug a big grave about 40′ long and 20′ deep where they buried several of the vehicles with some of the folks in them. They buried the rest in shallow graves. The sad part is that this current governor is allied with Gloria Arroyo, the current president. He got many critical votes, probably illegal, that helped her win the last election. President Arroyo was reluctant to issue an arrest warrant for this guy. At first she just sent an investigative team to the area. Under tremendous pressure she did order an arrest warrant. This guy surrendered and is in custody. There is fear that true justice will not prevail because of his affiliations with the president. The Filipino Army has arrested this guys Army and followers and has taken control of all of his commands.

Debbie Morinville Marmon (70) update follow a stroke:

From Shonda Azure Campbell (94): angelic_desires_of_a_firefairy@yahoo.com Minot, ND

Gary and All, my Aunt Debbie looks great she is walking short distances…..with a smile that can still melt hearts . She can say a few words but some how you know what she is saying !!

May no soldier go unloved.
May no soldier walk alone.
May no soldier be forgotten,
Until they all come home.

San Haven Question:

From Allen Richard (65): Midland, MI

Does anyone have an aerial shot of the San in color, circa 1950 — 1965? Maybe we need to go to the State Archives or Historical Society. A lot of out spouses and younger people really don’t have a good idea of the beauty of the place in its heyday.

Allen Richard

From Keith Pladson (66): Stafford, VA


Just a quick note to you. I continue to be impressed with your apparent knowledge of so many different families. It’s like whenever anyone mentions a family, it jogs your memory banks about so many different details of that family — the spouses, the siblings, the children, where they lived who their friends and neighbors are/were. It’s like a continuing history lesson with all the details included. What I find particularly amazing is that you and I have been away from ND for similar numbers of years. And, we grew up in fairly close proximity within the Turtle Mountains. I knew many of the same families you did and through your Dad’s adoption we are even cousins (though I really don’t understand all that first or second or third once or twice removed stuff). Yet I either never learned of all the connections between families that you did or I have forgotten many of those I may have known. So thank you for keeping me informed.

Many people write in to your blog and some of them (Mel Kuhn, Larry Hackman, and Dick Johnson to name a few), are gifted story tellers and thus make for very entertaining to reading. But I can’t imagine anyone doing what you do better than you do it. If all the readers of your blog had been tasked with finding someone to put this all together and keep it going like you do, I can’t imagine that we could have found anyone better or more perfectly suited for the job. With all the various inputs that you receive, you are able to show genuine interest, compassion and knowledge when and where appropriate and the willingness to spend the time necessary to do all the postings and keep it current and up to date. And all we can do is say thanks. So, thanks again, Gary, keep it going.
Keith Pladson (66)

Thank you so much Keith for this wonderful compliment. I’ve got to get some anti swelling medication to bring the swelling down in my head. I don’t get a swelled head easily or that often. At least that is what I try to think. You’ve got a wonderful way with words. I hope I’m at least part of what you said. Yes, you and I came from the same neighborhood. In our high school days your family moved to the old Stokes place then known as the Thompson place, the family of your mother Ella. Her mother was a Stokes, sister to my Grandfather, Frank. Your family moved around some in your growing up days too. Speaking of the Helgeson’s, I remember well when you guys lived on the Zieman farm west of Salem church. Helgeson’s lived several miles south and a little bit east of where you guys lived. My first memory of your family thou was when you were living on Lester Halstead’s place south of the Willow Lake school. Elwood Fauske farmed that land in later years. How was it that Lester Halstead owned land up there. He was a big time prairie farmer in Bottineau County. He lived near Maxbass as I recall. That’s half way to Minot from Bottineau. My folks were very active in the Metigoshe Lutheran churches. 90% of the Bottineau county hills folks were members of those churches. My folks were very active in Rolette county community affairs as well. My dad had lots of relatives (biological) living in and around the Bottineau area too. My folks were also involved with many of the Bottineau activities. With all these connection and going to school in Dunseith, I learned to know many folks in my growing up days. Being the socialite that my dad was I was able to maintain, thru him, many of these relationships. He died in 2000. I was a lucky guy. Speaking of my dad. Two weeks before his death, he and I were visiting folks in the hills. He was driving. When we stopped by to see Glen and Gladys Rude, getting out of his Pickup he told me, “we can’t stay long because Gladys will think she has to make us lunch.” He said “you know she’s over 85 years old”. She was only 2 years older than he. Dad was a week shy of his 85th birthday when he died. Gladys did fix us a nice lunch and our stay wasn’t short. With that visit, Glen could have been out bailing hay, but he chose to visit with us instead and insisted we stay. When I mentioned this to LaVerne, his brother, his words were, “Glen is a gentleman farmer”. How true those words were. That was probably the last visit Glen had with my dad, so he probably made a good choice in that respect.

Message/Pictures from Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59): Everett, WA.

Several years ago Angelina Duchesneau Forman, former wife of Harland Gottbreht sent me the excellent picture of Myron Evans, Harland and Charles Watkins. I believe it was taken in 1936 at the graduation of Harlan. All three were cousins: Myron the son of Ole Evans and Cecelia Gottbreht; Harlan the son of Fred Gottbreht and Pearl Fassett; Charles the son of Glenn Watkins and Madeline Wolcott [Madeline’s mother Louise was a sister of Wm Gottbreht Sr]. All three lived in the Dunseith area until WWII disrupted their lives. Myron and Alice Tennancour laboring on their farm; Harlan off to the Pacific Theater where he served with the original SeaBees; Charles in the Air Force. Harlan continued as a road and bridge builder in the state of Arizona. At the time a son of Mildred Gottbreht Solomon stayed with him, he was proprietor of a Tavern in Scotts Bluff, AZ. The descendants of Fred Gottbreht know very little about the family. Some of you may be able to tell them more. Susan Fassett Martin sent a quote from the memoirs of Wm. Fassett and I am sure Gary can attach those remarks here.

Wm. Fassett’s quote from Susan Fassett Martin (65):

(1936) Dad said in his history book….” When we lvied on the farm in the twenties, one of my early memories was of watching Fred Gottbrehts threshing rig coming across country to our place. The old steam engine took most of the day getting there and the big column of smoke announced their coming long before they arrived. I remember making several trips back and forth on my pony to check their progress. Both grandma Kate(Fassett) and grandma Goodie(Gudrun Amundson Rennick Watkins) worked on the cookcar at one time or another during threshing season.”

I am trying to date the tractor pictures. These were given me by Arla Gottbreht. She said that her father George worked on this tractor many times. I do not know if they were still in use in 1935 or the date of the car sitting in the roadway. I thought someone might recognize the bee skips in the background or the short approach into the farm. That certainly looks like an ash heap near the tractor.

Myron Evans, Harland Gottbreht, Charles Watkins

Picture taken by Dakota Memories Photography, Bottineau, ND, Clyton Parrill (72) Owner

Former Dunseith Teacher’s – Class of 65 reunion – 7/12/07
L to R: Dennis Espe, Vinian Hewson-Dinius, Art Rude & Bob Lykins

09/24/2017 (2561)

Bernadette Stokes

This picture was taken yesterday afternoon.  Mirasol and Tata (Green top) had just given Bernadette her shower and were putting the final finishing touches on her before going to the mall for dinner. This was the first time in nearly a week that she was well enough to go out. We ate out at the Mall again today too. After eating Bernadette was ready to go home. Both last night and today, Tata physically fed Bernadette at our dinners. Bernadette lacks the coordination for using her eating utensils.

Tata, Novie and Mirasol all take very excellent care of Bernadette. Mirasol’s duty day is from 8 AM to 4 PM daily and  Novie’s from 2 to 10 PM. They both do house hold chores, cooking, etc. and assist with Bernadette. Tata’s primary job is taking care of Bernadette. When she is not needed she can go to her house located 30’ from our front door. When called she is here in a heartbeat. Bernadette calls her often too. Tata has been with us for 14 years. She and Bernadette are very close and even more so now with Bernadette’s sickness. My duty day is from 10 PM to 8 PM. Some of those nights lately have been kind of long too. The last couple have been pretty good though. A few days back, from Midnight until 7 AM she was up 9 times. That was a long one. Last night she was up only twice. Not so bad. If it gets bad enough I will hire someone for the nights too.
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Blog (635) posted on November 27, 2009

Posted on November 27, 2009

Myron (65) & JoAnn Zorn Family:

From Marlys Zorn Bryan (69): Fairbury, Nebraska

To everyone who has been writing to Myron Zorn and his family,

We all appreciate you so very much. This has been an incredibly hard time for Myron and JoAnn. But at the family gathering in the chapel the night before the funeral, JoAnn stood up and thanked everyone, saying “We have been held up by prayer. We know it.”

So thank you all so much for what you have been doing for them; you have made a difference.

Ryan was a great man.

Marlys (Zorn) Bryan, (Myron’s sister)

Folks, The email address, listed above, the we have on file for Myron & JoAnn Zorn is good. For some reason my messages to them were getting returned a few months back. I’ll give it another try with today’s message. Gary

Florence Pladson Sime (62) – Update following her car accident:

From Tina Pladson Bullinger (78): Bottineau, ND.


We have so much to be thankful for this day!! Florence got to go home yesterday!! She will be taking out-patient therapy in Minot for her hand and arm, but is doing so well, even the doctors are amazed at her progress. We just want to say thanks for all the prayers, cards, phone calls, and visits. Thanks you all and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tina Bullinger

This is wonderful Florence that you are recovering this fast with all the broken bones you had following that accident. You have to be one healthy hearty person with a lot of determination to recover this quickly. This has to truly be a wonderful thanksgiving for you. Gary

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

Gary, yes Della was the mother of the Hermanson boys and Marvel was in
my grade . Lindstrom’s lived east of the school , not sure which farm.
It has been too long ago but Orvin would know . and yes Clem Helgeson
attended with us at Loon Lake # 2 but as a high school correspondence
student. Also Amsbaughs,Ted Pladsons , Knutsons , Martin Rudes, Ingolf
Fulsebakke, Ole Hagens, Ritzmans, Christiansons, Cliff Halvorsons, Tom
Hagens, Clyde Satrang, Olsons, over the years I attended there and I
may have forgotten some families!!!

We love E-mail letters, Love Tom and Dot

Tom, I recognize all but the Ritzman family in those you mentioned. Your dad’s name was Tom making you Tom Jr. or as a lot of us know you as Tommy. You have always been Tommy to Orvin and your nephew Don Nelson, Donny. Elmer and Millie Torgerson Lindstrom were always very close to our family. They were extremely close friends of Leonard and Dot Kevil’s over on Little Prairie too. They belonged to the same church. I only remember Della Torgerson Hermanson, Millie’s sister, as being widowed living in Bottineau. I never knew her husband or any of her children, who are older than me by a number of years. Elmer Lindstrom came to my folks rescue several times when they were down and out and had no where to turn. I remember one year he brought his big “R” John Deere tractor and bailer all the way up from the prairie to bale the hay in my folks meadow when dad’s equipment broke down and he had no means of putting up the hay. Elmer gave my folks some butchered beef in some trying times too. For a number of years, Dad and Elmer put up all the hay on Oscar & Sylvia Bergan’s and John Wolf’s east of Lake Metigoshe. Elmer and Millie’s youngest daughter Deb is married to Kevin Lee, brother to my Brother Darrel’s wife Debby. Elmer and Millie had 5 girls. Elmer always wanted a son. He would have dearly liked to have Adopted my brother Allen, but my folks did not agree to that.


Sept. 1970 – Not sure of the occasion
Dean Lamb and Joanne Millang both 1970

A Horsetale story from Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND.

A Horsetale

The Louis Bergan family and William (#1) Metcalfe family were friends and neighbors in Hillside Township for many years from the early 1900’s-1935.
Emil Metcalfe and Clayton Bergan were about the same age,attended Bergan School, and enjoyed an easy and life long-lasting friendship.
Quiet, gentle Emil (Cliff fondly called him ‘Joes’ or ‘Joesy’) allowed Cliff who was younger by about three years tag along on his ventures with Clayton.
One sunny Sunday, summer afternoon adventure, in the early 30’s, could have quickly turned to be almost fatal disaster.
Three “boys”, were left to their own devices. (William)Bill Metcalfe had a yearling colt which was broke to lead but someday, he planned to break to drive. Clayton and ‘Joes’ were “Boys will be boys”, who want to prove their worth as men,and convinced each other. They had seen horses broke by men and they were big enough to do the job!
After catching the green broke gelding,Cliff hung onto the halter, while the other two managed to collar and pull on a harness. The horse shied, was nervous, sidestepping round and around. With much effort and team work, he was finally quiet and hooked up to a single tree, to the wagon.
The boys were quite certain the hard part done, now, was the easy part. Just climb up in the wagon and go for a Sunday drive. Then, return to the farm with the horse pulling the wagon.
‘Joesy’ crawled up on the wagon seat, and in his broad capable hands,took up the reins. Clayton, a slender, gangly, young fellow, climbed up to next to ‘Joesy’ to ride shot gun and specifically give advice on how to accomplish the job.
Cliff let go of the horse, moved quickly as not to be left behind, jumped into the box to stand behind the seated older boys.
The horse with a sudden snort, squeal, then mighty leap, burst into a mad trot then gallop. An immediate runaway! The wagon _ took off bouncing up and down, to and fro over and across the trail! NO brake! Three boys hanging for dear life onto the careening seat!
Try with all his might, there was no easy way ‘Joes’ could slow the horse down. A bright idea! Clayton pointed toward two lone trees,and stutteringly yelled, “P-p-put him–wite– be-tween d–d–does too tw—ees…..!”

‘Joesy’ putting his strength into both arms steered. Clayton and Cliff hung on as the horse leapt between the two trees, snapping the harness, next the single tree, off and away went the horse on a dead gallop, reins trailing along behind.

The wagon bluntly jarred to a Sudden. Complete. Stop. Stuck right-between- the two solid trees. Three boys sailed out and over the wagon onto ……..

…………………………………………………………HOT, HOt. hot sun overhead.
The next thing Cliff recalled, he woke up, walking, slinking along in the shady shadow of the tired, sweaty horse, holding his throbbing head. ‘Joes’ groaned and moaned as he led the horse, the other hand clenched against his ribs. And, Clayton? Clayton with nary a scratch, un harmed, took off briskly in direction of home.

When they were together years later recalling experiences of horse breaking, Emil said, he’d landed on his chest on a big boulder where Cliff had landed squarely on his head quite unconscious. Clayton had dropped and rolled. Emil and Clayton then caught the horse and got Cliff up and walking.

The moral of this story told to me often, probably could be, from another saying, more often quoted by the storyteller, my dad,Cliff Metcalfe. “One boy half a man. Three boys ain’t worth a______.”

Metcalfe boys were careful to never complain about injuries. Nor could they recall being punished for a broken wagon. William Metcalfe was a man who somehow knew the boys had learned their lesson that Sunday afternoon.
Years later, a doctor told Emil, he had broken his ribs sometime and another asked Cliff, when he had a severe concussion.

They chuckled heartily, as they remembered the day when three boys discovered they were not yet men. And they, The Boys of Hillside….always enjoyed their life long friendship.

This is story told to me by my dad, I’ve told to my nieces and nephews and I tell them it’s a tale from their Grandpa Cliff. Vickie Metcalfe/November 2009

Post card post marked 1939

09/20/2017 (2560)

Bremerton / Seattle trip

I forgot to mention with my last posting that we returned to Cebu from Seattle late last Wednesday, actually 1 AM Thursday morning. We were there exactly one week. Ahead of time I arranged three reunions and gatherings of fiends that enabled us to see lots to folks too. We spent a lot of time with our kids and grandkids too.

Bernadette handled the trip quite well. On Saturday she went into another spell that she didn’t start to come out of until Tuesday morning, the day we left. I was a quite concerned about her being able to make the flight back to Cebu. They questioned us at SeaTac too, if she was able to travel.

L to R: Gary, Granddaughter Nevaeh, Daughter Sheryl, Bernadette, Grandson Tyler, Bernadette’s sister Erma, Daughter-in-law Lorelie and Son Bernie.

Our two year old grandson’s Bryce and Brydon
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Lloyd Counts, Jr | 1951 – 2017


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Lloyd Counts Jr, age 66 of Dunseith, died Thursday at a Belcourt hospital.  His funeral will be held on Monday at 10:00 am at the St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Dunseith.  Wake will be Tuesday beginning at 5:00 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at the Eagle Heart Cultural Center in Dunseith.

Lloyd Counts, JR was born to Lloyd and Louis (Trottier) Counts on May 5, 1951 at Rolla.  He attended School in Dunseith and graduated in 1970.  During highs school he played football and basketball.  He was well known for his basketball skills.  In 1971, he married Bernadette Peltier and they had 3 sons, Jason, James and Lloyd III and 1 daughter Penny.  This marriage later ended.  In 1995, he met Jeanette DeCoteau and they spent the last 22 years together.  Out of this relationship, they combined 5 kids, Jason, James, Lloyd III, Kari and Corey.  In 2004, he began his horse racing career.  He loved to travel and watch the races, especially his own.  He traveled to Minnesota, South Dakota, Oklahoma and Montana.

Lloyd was very passionate about football.  His favorite team was the Minnesota Vikings.  He enjoyed watching games with his family and friends.  Lloyd loved life and enjoyed his time spent with his family and friends.  He spent many days riding around the country side visiting.  Even with his disabilities, he enjoyed life to the fullest and never felt defeated.  He has a big heart and was the most caring and giving person.  He enjoyed making new friends wherever he went, striking a conversation with whomever he met.  Lloyd will be dearly missed and will live on in our hearts.

He made his journey home on September 15, 2017.

He is survived by his significant other, Jeanette; children, James (Sarah), Lloyd (Tessie), Corey (Markielynn) and Kari (Joel); 19 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; sisters, LouAnn (Clarence) St. Claire, Barbara (Steven) Larocque, and JoAnn (Randy) Counts; brothers, Clarence (Mary) Counts and Ernst (Michelle) Counts.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Penny; son Jason and brothers, George and Ronnie.

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


Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70): dogdays@utma.com Bottineau, ND

In Memory of

Conrid “Connie” Wallace Metcalfe

December 24, 1939 – September 14, 2017



Conrid “Connie” Wallace Metcalfe

December 24, 1939 -September 14, 2017

Conrid Metcalfe age 77 passed away September 14, 2017.

Conrid Wallace Metcalfe a son of Archie & Bernice (Seim) Metcalfe, was born December 24, 1939 in Bismarck, North Dakota. He moved to the Seattle area as a child and attended Marysville High School graduating in 1958. After high school he attended Everett Junior College and also played football for the Seattle Cavaliers. In 1963, he joined the Naval Air Reserve where he attended air crew school and played football for the Navy.

In the 70’s, he started working as a journeyman carpenter for Expert Drywall, Inc. and later bought into the company with his partner and was involved in many major construction projects throughout Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. In 1997, he started another construction company with his daughter where they worked together for eighteen years.

Throughout his life, he has always been a true cowboy & horseman, he really enjoyed every aspect of owning and also showing quarter horses with his daughter when she was young. He always had a great love of animals, especially horses and border collies owning them most his life. He also spent many years boating, fishing, crabbing and always enjoyed being on the water.

He is survived by his daughter, Melissa Swenson (Metcalfe); son-in-law, Eric Swenson; beloved grandson, Ethan Swenson; his wife, Eva (Yanlin) Liang and dearly loved dog Sisu.

Funeral Service will be at 10:00 am on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at Evergreen Funeral Home – Everett, WA. Reception will follow at the funeral home. Committal Service following at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, 1615 SE Everett Mall Way, Everett, WA 98208.

Arrangements under the direction of Evergreen Funeral Home, Everett, WA.


Blog (634) posted on November 26, 2009

Posted on November 26, 2009

Condolence to the Ryan Zorn family:

From Esther Murray Fleming (65): Flint, MI

I just wanted to send our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Myron Zorn. I was so sorry to hear about Ryan. I did not know him but I know his dad from high school. May God be with you at a time like this.


Esther Murray (Fleming)

Sharon Zorn, I do not have a good email address for Myron & JoAnn. Can you relay this messages and the others previously posted to them?

Thanks, Gary

Dunseith Alumni Reunion:

Dorothy Hiatt Swanson (46): Moorehead, MN.

Folks, I received a phone call last night from Dorothy Hiatt Swanson. We had a wonderful visit. We both grew up in the Ackworth community, so we had lots of things to talk about. She was enquiring about the date of the Alumni Reunion. She had seen our publication in the Bottineau paper. For some reason the Date got dropped when it was published in their paper. When I asked her if she’d like for me to add her to our list of those attending, she said “YES”. Dorothy does not have email. Dorothy is a sister to Eleanor Fauske, Charlotte Lang, Florence Dahl, Howard Hiatt and that family. Gary

Dunseith Alumni Reunion – 5/22/09 – Bingo Barn:

From Verena Gillis: Dunseith, ND.

Please add Gaillord and his wife Rene Peltier to the reunion list. Also
Shannon (Gillis) LaVallie and her husband Stacy
LaVallie-Devils Lake, ND
Unsure as to where Gaillord is right now but will find out.

Also, thank you to Vickie Metcalfe for the wonderful pumpkin donuts, they
were very delicious!

We are going to need to do a survey on food, I am currently getting
estimates on Ham, Roast Beef and Turkey, also twice baked potatoes. If we
can order these items along with some baked beans, vegetables & dinner
rolls, we can charge so much per plate to pay for it, what do you think?
I will have an idea on what the cost would be by next week. This would
relieve people from having to bring, right?

Folks, what do you think about Verena’s idea for food? This sounds like a pretty good idea to me. It puts a lot of the work load on her though, but it will for sure keep the costs down which is one of their main objects.

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

Hi, Gary Just a quick correction as my mother, Agnes maiden name was
Melhus which most people spelled Melhouse. Her father Peter Melhus came
from Indiroy, Norway , when he was 5 and they landed in Minn. where
he met our grandmother Helen Halvorson, (not related to Henry ) but
her sister was married to Hans Satrang so we are related to them. Clyde
went to school with us at Loon Lake #2 and also Irene Lindstrom, at
first Aanon Torgerson ‘s lived north of the school and Lorraine went to
school with us. Then Don and Marv Hermanson who moved there.

We love E-mail letters, Love Tom and Dot

Tom, These are some of my relatives you mentioned. I did not realize they lived in your neighborhood. Mrs. Anton Torgerson was is sister to my dad’s adopted mother and also to Mrs. Nick Lund. Of the Torgerson’s I knew Mildred, Knute and Della very well. Millie married Elmer Lindstrom. When they lived in the hills, I always thought they lived farther North. That was before my day. Irene was the oldest of their 5 girls. I did not realize that she attended school in the hills. Elaine was several years younger followed by Shirley, Dianne & Deb. In my day, Elmer & Millie lived a mile or so west and south of where #43 comes to and end on the west end of the hills. Is #14 the intersection there? At the moment I have forgotten. Irene Lindstrom Tonneson has done extensive history on her mothers side. Irene lives on a farm NE of Souris. You mention a Hermanson. I’m not sure who Don & Marv were, but Della Torgerson was married to a Hermanson. He died before I can remember back to. Della lived in Bottineau. Knute lived in Alvarado, MN. He visited the Bottineau area often. Gary

Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70: Bottineau, ND.

Ryan Zorn was the son of Myron (65) and JoAnn (Soland) Zorn.

Fallen soldier honored as person who worked to make a difference

JOSHUA WOLFSON Casper Star-Tribune | Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Brig. Gen. Tim Cole embraces JoAnn Zorn after presenting her with a Bronze Star for her son, Staff Sgt. Ryan Zorn, during his funeral Tuesday morning at Wright Baptist Church in Wright. (Courtesy photo)

WRIGHT — Staff Sgt. Ryan Zorn gave a simple answer when his father once asked him to consider leaving the military.

“Dad, I’m making a difference,” he said.

Zorn, who died last week in Iraq, was remembered Tuesday at his funeral as a model soldier who gave his life for a cause he passionately believed in.

“He had an undying loyalty to his country, to his family and to his God,” said classmate Jeri Gibson, one of more than 300 people who packed Wright Baptist Church for the service.

Zorn, 35, died Nov. 16 when his armored vehicle overturned near the city of Tal Afar in northwestern Iraq. The Wright resident had been helping Iraqis develop communications and intelligence operations as part of the 311th Military Intelligence Unit of the 101st Airborne Division.

In his 16 years in the U.S. Army, Zorn served tours in Saudi Arabia, Korea, Germany and Iraq. He was a battle-hardened officer who embodied Army values, said Brig. Gen. Tom Cole, who addressed mourners during the 75-minute service.

“Ryan was not a complainer,” Cole said, standing near Zorn’s flag-draped casket. “He would just say a simple ‘Roger.’ That was his hallmark.”

Cole presented Zorn’s mother, JoAnn, with a Bronze Star earned by her son.

“It’s not just our soldiers who sacrifice so much for our freedoms,” the general told mourners. “Families give so much.”

While stationed in Iraq, Zorn made sure the soldiers under his command received care packages. A deeply religious man, when back in Wyoming he’d ask his pastor to pray for his men’s safety.

“He was proud of what he did, and he died doing what he believed in,” said his father, Myron.

Zorn never married, explaining that he didn’t want to find a wife only to be sent back to war. But he had a close relationship with his parents and other family members, said the Rev. Clay Alexander, who officiated the service.

Alexander read from two letters written by Zorn’s nieces. In one, Paige Zorn called her uncle a hero. “He’s a little chubby and had short, spiky hair,” she wrote. “He is really cool.”

Mourners — including Gov. Dave Freudenthal and Sen. Mike Enzi — watched a video that showed Zorn grow from a skinny, blond boy into a burly soldier, posing with other troops in front of a mural of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

The video also included footage of the scene in Gillette on Sunday, when thousands of people lined the streets to watch a hearse take Zorn’s casket from the airport to a funeral home. Dusty McClintock attended that procession and made the 50-minute drive to Wright for the funeral.

“We just wanted to come out and show our support,” said McClintock, who traveled with a group of about 10 motorcyclists.

Zorn was born in North Dakota but moved shortly after his birth to Upton, in northeastern Wyoming. His schoolmates described him as a big-hearted person with a constant smile.

He didn’t have a single enemy, said Hidie Bland, who traveled to the funeral from Sheridan.

“Not one,” she said. “I don’t think I ever saw him raise his voice.”

Friends said Zorn was soft-spoken but had a hearty laugh. He enjoyed athletics and possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of sports that some claimed rivaled the ESPN staff’s.

Upton High School Principal Gary Glodt recalled Zorn as a quiet, family-oriented student who enjoyed helping others.

“He had a distinct laugh,” Glodt said. “Everybody knew it was Ryan when they heard it.”

Even after Zorn joined the military, Glodt maintained contact with his former student. The educator remembered the pride Zorn had for the military’s mission in Iraq.

“He kept telling all of us that we were over there for a reason and helping out the Iraqi people,” Glodt said. “He was proud to be part of it.”

Contact Joshua Wolfson at josh.wolfson@trib.com or 307-266-0582.

Message/Pictures from Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59): Everett, WA.

The only Thanksgiving Day that stands out in memory must have been about 1949. It was very cold, lots of snow and Dad’s car would not start. He arranged transport via Dunseith taxi service; Mr Lilliby no doubt. I believe Grandma Evelyn was back from Seattle and working for Rosie McCoy at the Crystal Cafe and served up a fine meal in a small separate dining room. Mom and Dad had light duty on very few Thanksgiving Days; both would give the turkey their expert attension. Mogen David was for toasting, but I remember Dale splashing some on the turkey, Thanksgiving 1954 in our new home at The Corner.

Main Street Dunseith looked much the same as in 1949 as in the picture attached plus snow over a paved roadway. Of my old photo collection, those from Evelyn Gaudette Gottbreht are the only ones dated! And always in her beautiful script. Arla Gottbreht and Mary Evans [daughter of Celia Gottbreht and Ole Evans] were 6 going on 7 years old. Is anyone surprised to see the barber poles in the Fassett and Gottbreht Hardware window? It was 1932 that Main Street was paved in preparation for the crowds that would arrive to attend the dedication of the Peace Gardens. It must have been Floyd Richard or Oville Grenier who told me that Gr Grand Wm Gottbreht would sit out front of the Hardware Store and converse with the visiting locals in his last years [1859-1945]. In 1927, all of the children of Wm and Mary Ann Gottbreht retuned to the family home to celebrate Thanksgiving. Only Joe Gottbreht traveled the great distance from Superior, WI where he and Murtle Marie Duffy lived after his harbor/port service in WWI. Their mother was in poor health and passed the following February.

Corrections welcome. Thank you Gary, Sharron

Standing: Frederick, John, George, Joseph, James [Teddy], Wm Jr
Seated: Anna Borland, mother Mary Ann Kelly, father William, Cecelia Evans

Arla Gottbreht and Mary Evans [daughter of Celia Gottbreht and Ole Evans]


From Vickie Metcalfe (70: Bottineau, ND.

Gary, One month from today will be Christmas. My principal sent me this fwd. It has some things to reflect on for THANKSGIVNG. May you and Bernadette have a HAPPY one. Vickie

Folks, today is Thanksgiving. We are a little ahead of you guys in the states. As I previously mention, we are going to the Marriott Hotel, this evening, for a genuine Thanksgiving dinner buffet with turkey and the whole works.

I want to share this Thanksgiving Trivia from Vickie with all of you on this Thanksgiving day.

I wish you all the best on this Thanksgiving day. Gary


How Erma Bombeck viewed Thanksgiving Day…
“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are
consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes.
This is not coincidence.”

How Rita Rudner viewed Thanksgiving Day…
“My mother is such a lousy cook that Thanksgiving at her house
is a time of sorrow.”

How Mark Twain viewed Thanksgiving Day…
“Thanksgiving Day, a function which originated in New England two
or three centuries ago when those people recognized that they really
had something to be thankful for–annually, not oftener–if they had
succeeded in exterminating their neighbors, the Indians, during the
previous twelve months instead of getting exterminated by their
neighbors, the Indians. Thanksgiving Day became a habit, for the
reason that in the course of time, as the years drifted on, it was
perceived that the exterminating had ceased to be mutual and was
all on the white man’s side, consequently on the Lord’s side; hence
it was proper to thank the Lord for it and extend the usual annual

How P. J. O’Rourke viewed Thanksgiving Day…
“Thanksgiving is so called because we are all so thankful that it
only comes once a year.”


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Turkey growth and development…

A lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store,
but couldn’t find one big enough for her family. She asked the stock
boy, “Do these turkeys get any bigger?”

The stock boy answered, “No ma’am, they’re dead.”

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Be thankful…

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire…
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something…
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times…
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations,
…because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge…
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes…
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
…because it means you’ve made a difference.

It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.

Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,

…and they can become your blessings.

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.