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Main St. Bottineau: Marion (Lester deceased) Johnson, 87, Shoveling snow. Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:


Blog (668) posted on December 31, 2009

Posted on December 31, 2009

Karen Larson – Spectrum:

Folks, Karen Larson is the owner of the Spectrum Store, not Mary.

Karen, I apologize for this error. I knew better when I said that, but I had Mary on my mind with those pictures.

Andrew Bergan Family:

Reply from Barbara Trent (Bergan) Riehm:San Diego, CA.

Gary I am enjoying all this information. I would like to clear up a few things. My Grandfather (Mother’s father) was Andrew Bergan, Louis Bergan was her Older(and I believe the oldest of the children) brother and Clayton her Nephew. Bertha Bergan was my Mother’s only sister. She married Eric Bjornseth. Oscar Bergan was the youngest in the family of 6 boys and 2 girls. I think that my Sister (Colleen Trent Baier) I am now the only living “Grandchildren” of Andrew and Christina Bergan, however I may be wrong.
Sorry I haven’t been in touch with you and all your “followers” I’ll try do better. Right now I am in the Rocky Mountains of Montana at my son’s beautiful 2nd home on Salmon Lake. Lots of snow and cold. but coming from California a few days of this is OK. I go back to San Diego on the 5th of January.

Happy New Year
Barbara Trent Riehm

Folks, Barbara’s mother was Julia Bergan Trent. She lived in Bottineau.

Barbara, Thank you so much for this reply. Enjoy the Rocky Mountains. I’ll continue to include you with messages that contain Bergan family postings. Is Helmer Bergan, picture below, your mothers brother? Where does you sister Colleen live? Gary 

Reply from Roger and Connie Zorn Landsverk: Dunseith, ND







Folks, Mona & Larry Marchus, from Bottineau, purchased our home farm, the Stokes place, in 1996. When Dad turned 80, he said he was done mowing grass and sold the farm. Larry and Mona keep the place looking immaculate. They moved a huge double wide mobile home onto the place and live there in the summer. The Stokes place has a fantastic view to the east all the way to the Peace Garden. I think Dad counted 90 plus trees in that yard that he had to mow around. That included the barnyard too. Larry Marchus worked at the State Bank in Bottineau and Mona is a past mayor of Bottineau. I think Larry and Mona owned a furniture store in Bottineau at one time too. They are a great couple and always welcome us to our old place to look around and revisit. Gary

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

When I read there were pictures in your newsletter, I stopped reading this email and checked out the pictures. I LOVE these old pictures–even if I don’t know who they are. Being I knew the first picture was of your mom, I recognized her. I don’t think I would have known her if you hadn’t identified her.

It’s Karen Larson who owns the Spectrum. She’s a really neat person; I enjoy her. As I’ve mentioned before, Karen’s sister, Ruth, is married to Ronald Gust, Wally’s godson.


Neola, I had never seen Mom with her hair combed quite like it is in that picture. To be honest, I probably would not have recognized her either. After knowing it’s her, I can for sure recognize her arms and her body as being her. Gary

Reply from Eileen Brudwick: Fargo, ND.


I wonder if Eva is the wife of David Eurich Sr. David Jr. married Winifred Pritchard.


Eileen, With this coming from Mary Eurich, this was a very good asumption. With your reply, I assumed this was probably Eva Eurich too until I got some other messages with positive identification. Gary

Eva Crawford Hiatt Identified:

From Evon Lagerquist (78) & Leola Hiatt Lagerquist:Dunseith, ND.

I know the Eva in the picture as my Grandma, Eva Hiatt. The owner of the Spectrum is Karen Larson……,not Mary.

Thanks, Gary!


Evon, Many of our readers knew your grandma Eva’s brother, Johnny Crawford and also their sister, Alma Crawford. Johnny was a next door neighbor to Leonard Lund in my day. They lived on the west side of Long Lake.

Reply from Gary Metcalfe (57): Forsyth, MO

Hello Everyone,

The Dunseith area history in the Prairie Past and Mountain Memories that the locals put together has 500 pages of history that would be lost without their great effort. When I read about Dave and Eva Eurick of the many places they lived, I was surprised to see they lived on the old Max Theel place 1 or 2 miles NW of the Day School. I wonder if Linda or Marie remember living there? That is the place I bought from John Bedard and sold to Gagnon’s.

Almost everyone I know agrees on education being all important. There were lots of rural kids on both sides of me that never went to high school. That brings me to Louis Bergan. I didn’t know much of Louis’s life in Bottineau County. It looks like he moved from Ackworth area along with one of Anton Olson’s daughters, Clara who was his wife. So Louis had a school named after him. I really don’t know what happened with Clara early on, but her sister Annie married Jim Anthony.

If I had to rent a room in town and work to get an education, then what about our parents back before the 30’s.
How did that generation compete with about a 5th or 6th grade education? In my Dad’s case it was Louis Bergan that set the standard, he would line up the wood stumps in his shop for the boys to set on and have meetings, how to treat a teacher and whatever. Louis was with us on a trip back from Seattle in the 40’s. I also remember visiting Louis when shanty town was a real suburb of Dunseith. Louis added about 20 feet on the front of our barn when he added on a hay mow. His brother Oscar was also a great carpenter around Metigoshe.

From Henry Dietrich my dad learned how to measure hay in a stack, lumber also. They probably didn’t always have a pencil so it was all done in their head.

So in 1939 when we moved to Seattle, Dad could sing, dance, scrap figure in his head and compete. What you know is important but who you know maybe more. Dad talked about several of the men he worked with around Seattle so much so that I felt like I knew them. For instance, Bob Buchanan, B.A. for hod carriers in Seattle. He knew the first name of every man in the local at first meeting.

Back in N.D. he continued his education and I thnk enjoyed it with the same agenda, he had people in Boissevain, Canada. He always said they know more about our politics than we do. George Albert was at the top of his list in the Dunseith area.

Sue and I got some education Christmas Eve in an all black Baptist Church in Vicksburg, Mississippi on our way back from New Orleans. A very humbling experience, we were the only white ones there and they were so welcoming to us. Wonderful music, kids sharing, teens and adults giving testimonies of thankfulness…very good memory of Christmas Eve 2009. Happy New Year to all…hope you have sweet memories to be made in 2010! Gary Metcalfe

Reply to pictures posted yesterday:

From Mary Eurich Knutson’s (62): Dunseith, ND.

Hi Gary & All

Marlys Hiatt had commented on the Thompson place and Norman having pastured that land. It didn’t seem quite like I remembered and I’ve done some digging. Bear in mind I could be wrong on some of this. There should be somebody out there who would know if this is right or not. There were four Thompson’s who homesteaded in Rolette County in Willow Lake township, all siblings. There was Olaf, Ida, Charles and Ulysses. They were all in that general area. Charles by Lagerquist Lake, I think that was Eva Hiatt’s place by 43: Ida by the Canadian Border; Ulysses must have been the place Marlys was referring to and I’m not sure where Olaf’s place would have been. When you hear family members talking it was always concerning things they had done at Boundary Lake, Rab Lake, Peterson Lake and occassionally Lagerquist Lake.

The one picture I sent with the row boat identifies the people in the boat as Helmer Bergan, Ida Pritchard and Baby (Robert) in Boundary Lake. (Now who’s Helmer Bergan)? The lady with the big coat is Eva Hiatt. The boys standing together together are: Tallest one, Corbin Pritchard, Alvin Berg, Clifford Bjjornseth and Roy Lindberg. I don’t know which is which and I don’t know the teacher’s name. The two kids on skis ? are Amanda Berg and Maurice Johnson. Taken on the lake south of Ole Olson school. Was Ole Olson Johnny Olsons dad? The two ladies sitting are Alida Johnson and Julia Bergan. I think you had mentioned Julia as Clayton’s aunt in a previous blog but who would Alida Johnson be? If you don’t know it might be a question for Ralph Bjornseth. The old car is just a picture. The people in it are Ma’s cousins but I just wondered what kind of a car it is. Model/year etc. I thought you’d enjoy the picture of your Mom. There are more pictures coming. This really get time consuming but it’s fun. Some of the pictures are really scorched. Been through a close call at some point.

It’s Karen Larson that sends pictures for me Not Mary. Take care. Mary K.

Mary, your description of things is exactly the way I remember from discussions I heard in my growing up days. What you have said about Ulysses Thompson, I think is absolutely correct. He was married to my Grandfather, Frank Stokes’ sister, Alice. Ulysses & Alice were the parents of Ella (Mrs. Eldon) Pladson, Esther (Mrs. Edmar) Tangen and Lillian. Lillian Thompson Bergstrom lives in Superior, Wisconsin. Mary, Ida was your Grandmother, married to William Pritchard.

Mary, I have reposted these pictures labeling those you have identified. I know we have readers out there that can answer some of your questions above.

I truly enjoyed seeing that picture of my mother. That must have been one that your mother had. Gary

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

Elaine Stokes

Helmar Bergan, Ida Thompson Pritchard & Baby Robert Pritchard

Eve Crawford Hiatt

From the Bottineau Centennial book: Amanda Berg, Daughter of Albert & Clara Johnson Berg was born 2/17/22. She is married to Clarence Schultz and lives near Donnybrook.

Is Amanda still living today? I know Maurice Johnson is deceased.

Dick Johnson, you are related to the Berg’s. I’ll bet you can fill us in on Amanda.

Amanda Berg and Maurice Johnson

This would be Julia Bergan Trent, Barbara’s mother. I’m not sure who Alida Johnson is? I’m wondering if she is possibly related to Ralph Bjornseth’s mother, Cora Johnson Bjornseth? I’m hoping Barbara or Ralph can help us out here with who she is? Gary

Alida Johnson and Julia Bergan

Boys with their Teacher. Corbin Pritchard is the first boy and I’m pretty sure Clifford Bjornseth is the 3rd boy. We need some help identifying whose who with Alvin and Roy and also the teacher. Gary

Corbin Pritchard, Alvin Berg, Clifford Bjornseth & Roy Lindberg

Cousins of Winifred Pritchard Eurich

Newspaper posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND.

Folks, I remember Duane Sorbin in this article.I think he is still living on the same place. Duane also has an H-International tractor propped up on a tall revolving poll too, that can easily be seen from Highway 5 just west of Bottineau.

Do any of you remember Ann Louise Willie, former Miss Indian America, mentioned in this article? Gary

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First Cousin Jack and Rona Wifladt

Cousin Jack and Rona, form Edmonton, Alberta Canada, were her nearly the whole month of December. They returned home January 11th.

They left 90f degree weather here and returned to home to -37f with a wind chill of -48f. Jack said when they arrived all they were wearing was light outer garments. He said it was dam cold.

Dinner with the Cousin Jack Wifladt and his wife Rona from Edmonton, Alberta Canada
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Blog (667) posted on December 30, 2009

Posted on December 30, 2009

Reply from Lee Stickland (64): Dickinson, ND


Lars and Ruby ( Mom’s sister) Sivertson live in Bottineau now. Lars still helps on the farm.

Yes, I recall where Oscar and Sylvia live(d). Not sure if there is anyone on that place at this time.

I was at the home of Oscar and Sylbia once that I know of. It was so nice in their home. I vividly remember Oscar’s affirmative gesture of “Uha, Uha, Uha”.

I get up early as my neighbor has a loud alarm clock that fires off at 5:14 am, which is just OK.

8 degrees here this am, 26 degrees is “advertised”; a heat wave. Lee

Lee, You are so right with your remembrance of Oscar Bergan. Oscar was a very intelligent man of which I think generated those gestures. He and Sylvia were wonderful folks. They are the only folks that I know of that had a hand washing facility in their out door toilet with a pitcher of water, wash basin and a towel. There was never any dirt in their premises. Everything was always tidy and clean. Gary

Email address change:

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

Hi everyone : Our kids got us a new Dell laptop for Christmas so now
we can enjoy all those things with attachments you have been sending us
and we could not open, also we will not fill up the message center as
has happened so often. But we need your help as we need all your great
names in our address book in the new computer. So please send us a
message or forward so we can add you to our list. Our new e-mail
address is:
 so let us hear from you
soon!!!!!! We will still have this address too for awhile until we get
used to the laptop. Thanks!!!!

We love E-mail letters, Love Tom and Dot

Tom, I have all these daily messages and a whole lot of other mail saved in my gmail account and I’ve only used a fraction of the available storage. The good part is that it’s free too. Gary

Pritchard/Bergan/Stokes Pictures:

Provided by Mary Eurich Knutson (62): Dunseith, ND.


These are wonderful pictures. The first one of my mother, Elaine Stokes, I have never seen before. I’m assuming that is your Grandmother, Ida, and Robert Pritchard in the boat picture? Who is Eva?

With these pictures being taken in the hills, I’m guessing those not identified are some of your mother’s, Winifred Pritchard Eurich’s, family members? Hopefully some of our readers can identify these folks. Maybe Dorothy or Doris Pritchard can help us out with the identities of some of these folks? They both get copies of these daily messages. The Hospital prints these out everyday for Dorothy and Bill prints them out for his mother Doris. That’s dedication.

Thank you so much for sharing these pictures Mary.


PS – Folks, These pictures were sent by Karyn Larson, owner of the Spectrum store in Bottineau. Wesley Schneider is Karen’s step dad. For a small fee, Mary will scan and send any pictures that you’d like to share. Karen is on our distribution and she has my email address.





Condolences to the Terry Nadeau Family
From Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary  and Friends of Dunseith School,

I wish to express  sympathy to  Linda ( Laroque)… class of ’68. on the passing of her first born son.

I  remember Terry as a kind little third grade boy who was in my very first 3rd grade class at Dunseith Elementary.

My thoughts go out to others, the  many members of Terry’s extended family and friends.

May Terry rest in peace.

Sincerely, Vickie L. Metcalfe


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
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Terry Nadeau

Terry Nadeau, a son of Edward Nadeau and Linda (LaRocque) Poitra, was born on May 31, 1966 at Belcourt.  He grew up at Dunseith and graduated from Dunseith High School.  He then worked at San Haven before doing masonry work in the Dunseith area.  He later joined the MN Labor Union Local 563 and did construction work until retiring in 2011 due to his health.

He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Dunseith.  He loved watching the Minnesota Vikings and spending time with his family.  Terry was kind hearted and was always willing to help others.  He always was high spirited no matter how sick he was.

He is survived by his parents, Curtis and Linda Poitra of Dunseith and June Day of Onamia, MN; sisters, Mistylynn (Shane) Trottier, Jamie (Kevin) Schroeder, Skyeann (Nathan) Nadeau, Gena (John) Gunville all of Dunseith, Jaime Day of Onamia, MN; brothers, T.J. (Jill) Poitra of Grand Forks, Eddie James Nadeau, Cory Nadeau and Cortney Nadeau all of Onamia, MN; Godchildren, Cody Houle, Maisie Poitra, Dawson Schroeder, Jayle Poitra and David Keplin; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Nadeau; sister, Lori Nadeau; brothers, Mike Day and Bobby Nadeau; and grandparents, Jerome and Alice LaRocque, Patrick and Sarah Nadeau and Alfred Poitra.

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


August 1955: Anniversary: Henry Halvorson’s 50th Anniversary Clipping
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
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Blog (666) posted on December 29, 2009

Posted on December 29, 2009

Correction from Del Enno (78): Fargo, ND.

Hi Gary, Just letting you know that the picture you have posted of Pam is not her. Pam and I have been friends since grade school and we still keep in touch, and that is not her. I have no idea who that is. I am thinking it is a relative of theirs.

Correction from Pam Wenstad Lane (78):Dunseith, ND.

Hey Gary,

Merry Late Christmas and Happy New Year! The picture you posted is of Diana Wenstad. She is the daughter of Lawerance and Liela Wenstad, my first cousin. She has been married and lives in Canada. I believe she is Connie’s age, about 59 yrs.old ? Terrible I don’t know my own sisters age.
She is sighed up for the reunion in May. I live in the hills with Debbie. Back to my roots, (although I would perfer town living right now!!! ha ha) Not used to being straided in the hills after a snow storm anymore.ha,ha. Pam Wenstad Lane-78

Pam and Del, I really screwed up with several of yesterday’s postings. I the back of my mind I was thinking that was Diane, but I had that Picture labeled with your name Pam. It’s corrected now. Yes, Diane and both of you guys are signed up for the reunion on May 22. Connie and Diane both graduated from DHS in 1969.

Diane, I am so sorry for this error. This is a beautiful picture of you. Gary.

Diane Wenstad Wiebe (69)

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


I hate to disagree but Lorna (Adams) is the daughter of Rehnold Adams, Mom’s BROTHER. Lorna’s Mom, Bertha, was a Brandt. Mother’s Mom was a Brandt, also. Kinda mixed up in those days, I guess ? Lee

Lee, another careless error on my part. I knew your mother was an Adam’s, so Lorna Adams Kofoid’s dad had to be a brother to your mother.

Speaking of your relatives, is Lars Sivertson still living on their farm located east of Lake Metigoshe? John & Pat Frykman live about 1/2 mile east of them. Oscar and Sylvia Lockhart Bergan used to live in that Neighborhood too. Lars was on my dad’s cream route for years. They always invited him in for a cup of coffee. Gary

The following pictures are from the Achieves:

Marlin was married to Doris Peterson from the DHS class of 53. Doris does not have email but her phone number is (701) 228-3395

Marlin Williams DHS class of 55
Born July 10, 1935 – Died April 6, 2003

Carrole Fauske Rude (66) with I think, Melissa & Brant.
LaVerne Rude on Bottom.

Hubert Allery DHS class of 52

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Pictures from Dewy Morinville’s (’72) Face Book
Thanks Dewy

Easter Sunday early 1960s
L to R:  dewy, Beverly, Debbie, Toni Morinville
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1971 Photo
Very interesting.  Mr. Espe, Bev Morinville behind Mr. Espe.
not sure who the other gal is. Maybe someone will know who she is.
If someone does please post it thanks 1971, I think

Shonda Azure-Campbell This is a awesome picture of my mom :)

Lyle Olson looks like Linda Johnson those two were inseparable

ll Krause Cathy Campbel i bet!


Dewy Morinville Can’t be cathy she was a year later


Dewy Morinville Can’t be linda she had long hair iam thinking it could b barbara counts


Rita Parisien Anderson Ann Maire Boppre


Dewy Morinville Could b


Dewy Morinville But I think ann maries hair was longer but could have been shorter the year before we graduated


Rita Parisien Anderson get out your old yearbooks…


Dewy Morinville Iam looking

Dewy Morinville It looks like barbara counts. She is the only one from the class pics with a hairdo like that


Rita Parisien Anderson Hey Barbara Larocque is this you with Bev and Mr. Espe?


Paula Fassett My vote goes to Barbara Counts….


Toni Morinville How about Linda Johnson


Dewy Morinville Nope she had long hair iam pretty sure its barbara

Jason Gregory nice pic.

Rita Parisien Anderson you are probably right Dewy! It does look like Barbara with the hair style
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Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

Terry’s Obituary

Terry Nadeau, age 51 of Dunseith, died Wednesday at a Bismarck hospital.  His funeral will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 am at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Dunseith.  The wake will begin on Tuesday at 4:00 pm with a service at 7:00 pm at the church.


Blog (665) posted on December 28, 2009

Posted on December 28, 2009

Reply from Lee Stickland (64): Dickinson, ND

Gary and Bernadette,

Gary, a few days ago YOU mentioned that YOU were +/- 200 miles from the volcano. That is good.

When Mt St Helens erupted in the ’80s, I and a dentist from Dickinson were standing out by the then Holiday Inn in Bismarck. We could see the dust in the air and bit of accumulation on the vehicles. Nature is good, fierce, and alarming…I am sure there is much more but I am not a man “of letters”.

Gary, I expect that YOUR air supply is kept clean by the nearness to water?

A blizzard just went thru here the last few days and is headed east where it is much worse. When I was out for my walk this evening at -14 wind chill, I wore a sweater with nylon lining, a real leather coat, a double-layered beany, leather gloves with that good knitted liner and two (2) scarves; one for the neck and one for the face.

Gary YOU would recall those nice gloves.

I am certain many of YOUR fans of YOUR blogs do, too. Esp. up in the hills.

I will be in San Diego at Eric’s from Jan 11-14 2010. Probably 60’s there?



Lee, Like I mentioned to you in a personal reply, I remember the 1980 Mt. St. Helens eruption well, in Washington state. We lived about 150 miles north, in Bremerton. The easterly winds carried the ash from that eruption all the way to ND. We had some ash in Bremerton, but the bulk went east. Eastern Washington had quite an ash film.

Enjoy your time in San Diego. Gary

Reply to Dick Johnson (68):

From Allen Richard (65): Midland, MI

Yeah, Dad only had one Chevy car. It came to a sad end. Quite traumatizing to a two year old kid — ME! Dad sold it to Floyd in ’48–’49. One day Floyd went to town with it and when he returned he parked it in front of the house — which really DID have tarpaper “brick” siding. Moments after he parked it caught fire and burned to a crisp. Luckily Dad was nearby on the Farmhand loader. He ran the front of the loader into the car and shoved it back maybe 50 feet. Needless to say none of us were Chevy fans after that! Dad got a Plymouth. Later he had three Buicks and two Oldsmobiles.

Dad did have a Chevy grain truck later, but I was old enough to use profanities and obscenities then —- so I won’t discuss it here —–


Minot pictures and Dunseith News:

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

Folks, These snow pictures of Neola’s were sent to her by Wally, her husband. Their Condo, in Minot, is the first one on the right with the peak of snow almost to the roof line. Neola spends a lot of time in Bottineau in an apartment that she rents. She was in Bottineau when the storm hit. I’ll bet she plans on staying in Bottineau for a day or two now. Gary

Pam Wenstad Lane (78):

Folks, I noticed this picture of Pam in my Dunseith pictures that has never been posted. I’m not sure where I got this picture from. It may have been from Facebook? This is a nice picture of Pam. Other than for Pam’s email address, I have no other contact info for her. Pam’s parents were Oscar and Alberta Wenstad.

Pam, I’m sure you told me where you are living, but I neglected to record it probably thinking I’d remember. Gary

Pam Wenstad Lane (78)

Bernadette Stokes’ siblings – Christmas 2008

Back: Bernadette, Berlinda (lives next door)
Front: Jose (Deceased) & Alot (Lives in Japan)

Family reunion in Bottineau – 2007

Folks, With Lee Strickland’s posting today, I thought I’d repost this picture. Alney Kofoid is married to Lorna Adam’s, Lee Strickland’s first cousin. Lorna’s mother and Irene, Mrs. Bob Stickland were sisters. Alney and Lorna live in Wyoming. Mrs. Lars Sivertson, who lives east of Lake Metigoshe, is also a sister to Irene and Lorna’s mother.

Jim Kofoid is Neola’s brother. He lives in Bottineau.

Nathan Stokes is my brother Darrel and Debby Stokes’ boy. He lives in Mineapolis.

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My cousin Jack Wifladt and his wife Rona, from Edmonton, Alberta Canada are here visiting. They have been here a month now. They’ve spent most of their time staying with and visiting with Rona’s family on Bantayan Island located about 80 miles north of us. They are leaving going back home to Edmonton, tomorrow.

Jack’s mother Margaret and my Dad were Twins.

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Blog (664) posted on December 27, 2009

Posted on December 27, 2009

From Cheryl Larson Dakin (71): BEDFORD, TX

A belated Merry Christmas to all and a very Happy Birthday to you Diane (Larson Sjol). I loved seeing the pictures, Gary. We had our first white Christmas in 150 years here in North Texas. It started blowing and snowing early on Christmas Eve and when we left for church I almost felt like I was home in North Dakota. Almost, but not quite. It was still 32 degrees here and I know it’s a far cry from the freezing temps all of you there are having. All the kids and grandchildren were here and we had such a wonderful day. I want to also send my heartfelt wishes to everyone to have a very Happy New Year.

Cheryl Larson Dakin ‘

Happy Birthday Daine Larson Sjol (70): Minot, ND.

Diane, I’ll bet you are glad all this snow came with the holiday break from the College (Forestry)? The commute to Bottineau would be kind of tough today.

Back in our day, one could start school when they were five, provided their birthday was before January 1st. Your birthday is right at the end of that window. Did you start school when your were five or did your parents opt to wait until you were six? Today that rule has been tightened up some. I think a child has to be six when they start first grade?? It’s obvious school came easy for you, so starting at age 5 probably would have been the logical choice for you.

I want to also wish you a happy birthday. Enjoy the snow. When the storm calms, the roads will be cleared enabling you guys to get out and enjoy the winter sports with all the new snow. When I was a kid we used to love to ski with a rope attached behind the tractor. I’ll bet the snowmobilers will have a ball with all this new snow. Gary

Snow Storm:

From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND

Hi Everyone,

This email came from my husband (12:09 P.M. today–I’m reading my emails now.). I’m in Bottineau; we didn’t get nearly as much snow as Minot did. I didn’t go “out and about” yesterday because I’d need to shovel a short path between my steps/van, and I didn’t feel like doing it. That’s the same for today. My landlord hasn’t been here to clean the steps/driveway. I’m very content to stay inside my apartment, so I’m not concerned about the snow. When I look out the door, you can see dead grass “sticking up” out of the snow on the southwest corner of the lot. The wind most likely blew the snow away. I don’t know if the roads in Bottineau were completely blocked; I heard they were getting “heavy” about six o’clock last night.


From Wally

My deck has snow at least 6 feet high and rising.My biggest concern is that there is snow on top of my gas meter.If that cannot “breathe” it will shut down.To shovel this out will be a monster job.Last year I had a friend of Neola’s who came over and shoveled it out twice, but if he will do it this year or not is the question.Than I had to hire a bobcat to come in and move the snow away after it was shoveled out.I will have to do that again this time.Because of the lay of the land it is hard for the bobcat to get into back of the yard.Last year a guy had a bobcat with tracks on and he was able to get here for a 100 bucks.Oh well will have to see what happens.Some young fellows just found out that their Chevey 4×4 will not go thru everything.They did a lot of shoveling and finally got it into a driveway just west of me.It looks like the street has at least 2 + foot of snow all the way up the street.It will take some good equipment to get it open.Listening to the noon news, it is the same way all over Minot.

I have not heard just how much snow we have had, but it has to be a large amount and the wind is still blowing.Nothing in Minot is moving or the surrounding area.All roads are closed.


Stokes Farm Yard:



01/05/2018 (2589)

David Wurgler (DHS ’64)
December 22, 2017

Pierce County Tribune
David Eugene Wurgler
Oct. 31, 1946- Dec. 5, 2017

David Eugene Wurgler, the son of John and Irene (Loken) Wurgler was born on October 31, 1946 in the Good Samaritan Hospital in Rugby, North Dakota. He died suddenly on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at the Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby.
David was born and raised in Rugby where he attended school up to the 4th grade. At that time his family moved to Dunseith, where David graduated with the Dunseith High School, Class of 1964. David worked for his father at the TEXCO Station while in high school, up until 1966 when his family moved back to Rugby. John purchased the Standard Station in Rugby where David would start his career. In 1976, David joined his father in partnership. On November 25, 1967 he was united in marriage to Charolette Horner at the Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby. Following their marriage, the couple made their home in Rugby. David purchased the business from his father in 1984 to start Dave’s Standard. David and Charolette would eventually team up and work together. After 42 years in the business, they closed the station and retired in 2008. Over the years, the couple developed many friendships and memories from the business.

David was a lifetime member of the Rugby Volunteer Fire Department, Men’s City Pool League, Rugby Golf Club, and Rugby Car Club, all of which he greatly enjoyed. Although enjoying retirement, David worked part-time at Tesoro and drove for McGuire’s and Anderson Funeral Home. He still enjoyed doing light mechanical work and working in the yard. On the weekends you would find him cheering on his beloved Dallas Cowboys. Even putting the team logo on his golf cart, which he never heard the end of from his friends. David will be remembered for his humorous joke telling and making people laugh. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and attending their activities.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Charolette; children, Lisa Harper, Teri (Kevin) Allickson all of Rugby; and Chris (Terran) of Bismarck; grandchildren, Justin (Leah) Harper, Tyler Harper, Laura Harper (Levi); Rachel (Art) and Hunter (Breanna) Allickson; McKenzie, Braxton, Tayiah and Bentley Wurgler; sisters, Joan (Stan) Salmonson of Dunseith, Peggy (Marty) Axtman of Kent, WA and Lynn (Mitch) Haugeberg of Watford City, sisters-in-law, Betty (Mike) Feteke and Rose Burtenshaw; brothers-in-law, Ron (Jolene) Horner, Curt (Linda) Horner and Ray (Melissa) Horner, numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and in-laws, Pete and Marge Horner.

Funeral services were held on Monday, December 11th at the Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby. Father Tom Graner, officiate. Cremation took place following the services.

Organist: Glenda Mack

Vocalist: Amy Casavant

Honorary Bearers: All his Grandchildren and the Active & Retired members of the Rugby Volunteer Fire Department

Casket Bearers: Scott Oksendahl, Curt Horner, Ray Horner, Justin Harper, Tyler Harper, Mick Kossan, Chuck Chaffee, Hal Gunderson & Loren Hallwachs


Blog (663) posted on December 26, 2009

Posted on December 26, 2009

Second anniversary:

Folks, Today marks the 2nd anniversary of the this daily blog. I have 717 published messages in the Dunseith Alumni folder. We didn’t start the numbering at first. With vacations etc, I missed a few days publishing too. You folks have done a marvelous job keeping this going. Now we will start year three with today’s blog. It’s amazing how well connected we have become. We currently have in excess of 600 on our daily distribution all around the globe. I know there are many forwards from those this is sent to everyday too. Pretty amazing for a small ND town. Gary

Holiday greetings:

From Esther Murray Fleming (65):Flint, MI

Just thought I would take a minute to wish everyone a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR. Not too much time to say anything now, as I have to get busy and get my dinner started. So, have a safe and a really great new year.

Love you all


Art & Laura Fassett Halvorson’s marriage date:

From Floyd Dion (45): Dunseith, ND.

Hi Gary

Sharron Gottbreht Shen said she had the marriage date of Art Halvorson and Laura Fassett, but could not find it, so I will save here the trouble looking for it it was January 8, 1935. It is in the family bible that we have.


Reply from Jan Bergan Evans (66): MONTICELLO, MN

Gary what a bunch of beautiful children. And it appears they must think you and Bernadette are Mr and Mrs Clause! It sure looks like you all have been busy. I’m sure you have a wonderful Christmas. It is around 30 degrees here and getting more snow. So we will have a very white Christmas

Jan, Reading the weather reports, they are advising no travel for the majority of the State of ND. It looks like you guys didn’t get hit quite as hard with the midstate storms. That may have changed by now though? Gary

Hill Side School:

Message/Picture form Larry Liere (55): Devils Lake, ND.

Hi Gary

Merry Christmas to everyone! Since I found this blog from my 2nd. grade picture being forwarded to me I am sending another picture to see if anyone knows who these girls are. I am guessing the picture of Hill Side School was taken about 1943 so the girls would be in their mid 70’s by now. I remember going with my mother to this school during the summer but I do not remember if it was only run during the summer because of bad winters or if this was just a summer make up session. I remember being at this school during a very bad storm the killed cows and I think one or two people. The burn marks on the Ellsworth School picture are from me putting the picture in to a lamp socket that was plugged in, until the picture would start to smoke. My Mom said I did this to 8 pictures with out getting a shock or starting a bad fire. I sometimes wonder how I ever lived to be 72 years old. We leave for Mesa, AZ next week so warm it up down there.

Larry Liere


01/03/2018 (2588)

Reply From Tom Hagen, Orvin’s Brother (’51):  Mesa, AZ

Hi Gary,

Thanks for posting that picture on your blog–I don’t think I know the lady who sent it to you but I contacted here and asked for the picture.  Sadly we have to tell you that we lost our son Tom (Mark) after a 2 year battle with cancer.  He and his wife had twin sons and then they adopted 7 more children plus several foster children.  He graduated from West Point in 1979 and had 21 years ;in the army also was a computer tech.     We really appreciate your  blog and including us..   My sister Joyce is in Bottineau at the Good Sam Home.    Thanks for all the kind things about Orvin, too–he was a remarkable guy and actually raised us younger kids and Don Nelson . Oliver and Norris lived with us for  few years. too.

We love e-mail letters, Tom & Dot
Gary Stokes Comment
Tom & Dot,
So sorry to hear of your Son’s passing. It’s so tough losing a child too. We, the parents are supposed to go first. Our condolences are with you.


Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’7Bottineau, ND

Coldest place on the planet? Today, it might be in North Dakota …


(Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald). North Dakotans buttoning up against this week’s cold had good reason: according to the National Weather Service, the temperature in Hettinger, N.D., swooped down to negative 45 degrees on Monday morning, Jan. 1—one of the coldest temperatures on the planet, if not the coldest


Bottineau Westland Gas Station Grand opening on Nov. 4-5, 1971
Reply from Dick Johnson (’68)”:  Dunseith, ND

Good Morning Gary,

I think the younger guy in the Grand Opening of the Westland station looks like it could be David Slyter.  I might be wrong but he sure resembles David.
Marlin Williams is a first cousin to Freddie Hiatt, David’s stepdad, so I just assumed it could be him?

David Slyter’s Reply (’70: Sabin, MN

Happy New Year Gary and all

I can see where you and Dick would think it was me,  as scaring as it is,   he is not me.  Ha     Even my wife looked at the picture a long time and said are you sure you didn’t work there.   That sure looks like you.   Ha

Was great to see a picture of Marlin and Mr. Westlie again.

Thanks for all you do.    Hope you find out who the mystery  person is.

Dave Slyter (70)


Reply From Kaye Lystad-kirk:  Fargo, ND

Hi Gary,

Does anyone possibly recognize this unidentified person in the photo as an Amsbaugh?

My Aunt Joan (mom’s twin) thought the person might be an Amsbaugh. Her husband, John Wall (originally from Carbury) is going to show it to an Amsbaugh who works at a car dealership here in Fargo this week or next to see if it could be one of his relatives.



Bottineau Westland Gas Station Grand opening on Nov. 4-5, 1971
Willie Lystad, Audrin Larson, ??, Sonny Larson, Marlin Williams and Donnie Nelson
Westland 2587


Blog (662) posted on December 25, 2009

Posted on December 25, 2009

Question from Sybil Johnson: Cheyenne, WY.

Gary, How close are you and Bernadette to that volcano? I’m curious. I just saw some pictures of it erupting and the dangers. Hope you aren’t close to it. HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE. Sybil Johnson

Sybil, I forgot to answer your question yesterday. Fortunately we are not affected by the Volcano. This volcano is about 200 miles north of us. With the latest news, it’s on the brink of eruption. Gary

Merry Christmas from Jean Nicholas Miller (66): GLENDALE, AZ

I wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Here is sunny Arizona our weather will be sunny and temps in the high 50’s. Alot better than ND temps. We are looking forward to Christmas with our children and our first grandchild Joey who is 10 1/2 months. Happy Holidays.

Art & Emeline Pigeon Richard:

Reply from Dick Johnson (67): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

To Allen Richard—Your folks were a very nice looking couple! It
would appear those Frenchmen really liked their ’41 Chevys, three in the
same picture! Maybe, with the heavy French accent, it was easier to say
‘Chevrolet’. Just kidding! As I was growing up (still in the process), I
remember your Dad always driving a Buick. He probably had other makes
too, but it seems to me he liked Buicks. Thanks for the pictures and
story. Merry Christmas to all. Thanks Gary!


From Diane Fugere (75): Minot, ND.


This video is a wonderful tribute to all soldiers and should be viewed by as many people as possible.


Diane Fugere

Diane, This is a wonderful Tribute to our soldiers this Christmas day. Thank you for sharing. Gary

Message/Pictures from Keith Pladson (66): Stafford, VA

I hope this comes through okay. I know for those still living in ND this may not seem so bad, but for us, this was quite a storm. Only one other time in the 39 years we’ve lived here, have we gotten more snow in one storm. The attached photo was taken from inside our breakfast nook and looks out over the back yard, the dock and the creek. You can see the railing for our deck on the left and it has several inches piled up on it. I took this and other photos while it was still snowing on Saturday. We got at least four more inches after I took the photos.

Again, I hope this comes through okay. This was taken at the same time the other photo was taken, and it shows the front of our house. I had shoveled some of the drive and while I was shoveling, it kept on snowing so you can see how much additional piled up while I was shoveling. Note the build up on the vehicles too. The weather has been in the high 30’s and low 40’s all this week so plowing has went well and the overall depth has melted down some. But, we will clearly have a “white” Christmas this year. Looks like parts of ND is in for it tonight, so they too may enjoy a white Christmas.

Merry Christmas to all!

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

Yes Bill, the Fassetts and the Boucher and the Gottbrehts have been friends and neighbors for as long as there has been a Rolette County. I have two pictures scanned that I promised to Susan Fassett so I shall post them this morning. I also have a graduation picture of Laura Fassett as well, taken about 1937. Somewhere I have the exact marriage date of Art Halvorson and Laura Fassett with their witnesses, Frank Higgins Jr and Arla Gottbreht circa 1940. My hunt through old notes failed; there must be some readers that have the facts. I know that my mother and Arla Gottbreht sent Christmas best wishes to these two close friends forever. I am sure Hanna Higgins Loeb will confirm the identity of her half brother Frank Higgins. Cleora Fassett, a close friend of Alma Boucher was the same age and Russell Twp neighbor Dale Gottbreht; his sister Arla was the same age as Kathleen Fassett Grimme! Sure glad you made this association for me Bill.

You might also enjoy pictures of Alice Fassett who married Albert Boucher. I long to have a picture of John Gottbreht’s first wife, Helen Fassett, also of Thorne. Do you know Bruce Fassett of California who maintains a Fassett History web page? I think Gary will paste that address for any interested.

Blessings on you and yours, Sharron

Follow up message from Sharon:

I hope you declared a holiday for yourself! Thanks always for all you do.

Corrections: I should never rely on my poor memory!

1. John Gottbreht was married to Myrtle E Fassett, daughter of Elihu Smith and his first wife; I think her last name was LEE.

2. Pearl Fassett was daughter of Ales and Anna Hughes

3. Alice Fassett was daughter of Ales Chester and Lenora Mason [Ales C was son of Wesley]

I tried to contact Bruce Fassett but mail returned.

Merry Christmas, Sharron

Art Halvorson, Laura Fassett, Hector Boucher

Back: Frank Higgins Jr and Arla Gottbreht circa
Front: Art & Laura Fassett Halvorson

Christmas at the Stokes house in the Philippines:

These are Bernadette’s Great Nieces, Nephews and our helpers 3 kids waiting to get

their Christmas packages.The packages these kids get from us are the only packages

they get at Christmas. They were all waiting outside when we got up on the 24th.

These kids all live in our compound.

Bernadette’s 3 year old Great Niece, Elizabeth, with her packages. She’s the little

computer girl that I mentioned several days ago.

Her Grandpa was Bernadette’s Brother that recently passed away.

Elizabeth’s little 6 year old brother, Joshua.

Joshua wearing his new clothes that he received in the packages above.

Princes, our little dog loves kids.

Elizabeth and Joshua’s mother, Mirasol. She is married to Bernadette’s nephew, Joseph.

Bernadette’s Neice, Novie, with her little boy and husband Louie. Novie’s mother, Berlinda, is Bernadette’s sister who lives next door.

Grace with her packages. Grace’s father is a brother to Bernadette’s sister’s husband.

They live next door. Grace is 7 years old. Grace’s father earns about $140/month with a

job he has had for years. Her brother also earns about $140/month with a job he recently

made permanent status with. They are a family of 7 with Grace being the youngest.

They manage to live on these two salaries. There are times that the going gets very tight,

but they make it.

These are our Helpers, Tata & Aldren (Husband & Wife). Tata’s sister, Gaga, also

works for us. Aldren is a brother to Bernadette’s sister’s husband who lives next door.

Aldren and Tata take good care of us 24/7. They have been with us since the year

before we moved here 7 years ago.

12/29/2017 (2587)

Orvin Hagen’s Father and Grandfather.
Picture/posting from  Kaye K. Lystad Kirk:  Fargo, ND

 Gary’s comments.

 I knew immediately who this picture was. I replied to Kaye and forwarded messages to both Tom Hagen, Orvin’s brother, and Donnie Nelson, Orvin’s (son) Nephew. This is a classic picture. Thank you so much Kaye for sharing.

 The majority of our readers knew Orvin very well. There was only one Orvin Hagen and there will never be another Orvin Hagen, ever, on the face of this earth. He was so well liked and loved by all. With all of his community activities, he burned the candle at both ends. He was our 4-H leader for well over 20 years too. He was the head Gardner at the Peace Garden for, my guess, 25 plus years. In his 90’s he was delivering meals on Wheels, in the blizzards, in Kindred, ND. He was so talented and perfected in so many areas. I.E. flowers, baking, gardening, crops, livestock, Arts and crafts and the list goes on.

Congratulations, Gary on the 10 year anniversary of your Dunseith Alumni blog! What an achievement!  And even though I’m not part part of the Dunseith Alumni, you were kind enough to let me join and even post. Thank you! I really do enjoy reading other peoples’ posts, as well.

When you mentioned something about photos we would like posted in your blog, I happened to think of the MANY old photos I inherited from my Grandma Thelma (Torgerson) Emerson. (Thank you, Grandma!). And I remembered one that I have that is not part of my family. So I thought I would do a good deed and send it the good old fashioned “snail mail” way to someone who is descended from OR related to one of the people in this photo.

On the back of the photo Grandma wrote “Ole Hagen, Sr. and Son, Tom.” It looks to me like it was maybe taken around 1900-1905…?

Here is some family background if it helps you figure out if you’re descended from these men:

  • Gro & Ole O. Hagen, Sr. (1857-1937) lived around Loon Lake and are buried at Vinje Cemetery.
  • Thomas (Tom) Hagen (1885-1934) married Agnes Melhus and are buried at Riverside Cemetery, Dunseith.

The first one to contact me will receive the photo. And if multiple people contact me, I’m hoping that the first person will work with the others to help make copies for the others… Otherwise, any other people requesting the photo can download the image from the blog to make copies for themselves…I really hope someone does claim the photo. It’s a shame when family photos go unwanted and unloved!

Kaye K. Lystad Kirk

Orvin Hagen’s Father and Grandfather.
1900-1905..? Ole Hagen Sr. and Son Tom
Hagen, Tom 2587

Hi Gary,

Now I know why the name Donnie Nelson was so familiar to me. He DID work for Dad at one point at the gas station. Here’s a photo of him with Dad and others at Dad’s Grand Opening of the Westland Gas Station on Nov. 4-5, 1971.

L-R: Dad, Audrin Larson, ?? (It could be a guy from the Westland headquarters), Sonny Larson, Marlin Williams and Donnie Nelson.


Bottineau Westland Gas Station Grand opening on Nov. 4-5, 1971
Willie Lystad, Audrin Larson, ??, Sonny Larson, Marlin Williams and Donnie Nelson
Westland 2587

Reply from Bill Hosmer (’48):  Tucson, AZ

Gary, Congratulations on another anniversary of the finest postings that have enlivened our appreciation for our community around and in Dunseith.  The names, faces and comments about our special place warms my heart.  As I have aged to an extent I did not anticipate, I find the posts more and more valuable.  For your and your family’s devotion to the citizens of our part of America, I give thanks and gratitude.  You have had a big hand in bringing us all together on the same frequency. Thank you, God Bless you and your family and Happy New Year.
Bill Hosmer

Reply from Dave Slyter (’70):  Sabin, MN

Happy Anniversary to the Dunseith Blog.    Gary you have done an outstanding job on creating and giving all of us the connections to all of Then and Now Dunseith residents.   Thank You for bring us all together.   😊

Dave Slyter
Class of 70


Country Cousin’s First Train Ride
Story from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):
 Bottineau, ND

Cousin Dean and I were almost 7 years old the first time we rode the rails.

Unbeknownst to the 2 Lamb kids or 2 Metcalfe girls, our parents, Uncle Floyd & Aunt  Dorothy, along with Uncle Willard & Aunt Betty Jane made a plan for us to visit Grand Forks.

Now I am certain organizing this grand adventure  for kids was not an easy endeavor.  T’was all done by old fashioned letter writing and US Mail.  Until 1963 the people of hills, used the old fashioned ringer telephones, of which long distance calls went through  the Central  Operator  located just south of  Kelvin Store.

Mom packed the little colorfully painted suitcases, Christmas gifted to us by Great Uncle Carl Wicks.  Dean and I had just completed 2nd grade and the two older girls just completed 4th grade. We were traveling by train the just 4 of us without  grown-ups!

Martha and Dean along with their parents stopped to pick up my sister and I.  Excited to be on our way the four of us boarded the East bound train at Rugby.  Gripping tightly to the suitcases the older girls found two long bench seats facing each other.

The big girls sat together facing the easterly direction.  Across the way, Dean and I slipped into the seat together.  A wee bit to our left across the isle from where we were seated was a water fountain, and  a door to a bathroom.

I was amazed seeing a strange small toilet sitting in a small caddy- corner.  I  stayed in there a long time, rather enjoying the flushing and looking down, flushing and looking down.  Wholly Buckets! When the toilet was  flushed ………. It (whatever?) went right onto the track to the ground moving below the track.

The four of us then ventured from car to car,  carefully opening the doors quickly hopping through, until we arrived at the dining car.  It was midmorning and people were still eating breakfast! Finally, we  retraced the way back into our seats to watch green earth moving ….bye out the window.

We watched small towns with water towers. And tiny cars moving on the highway.  Soon the train car was  filled with people from the many stops.

It didn’t seem long until the conductor shouted  out Grand Forks. The sisters said hurry and took off. Dean and I jumped up, gathered our suitcases , scurried  in haste along, lest we be left on behind on the train.  The conductor opened the outside door,  jumped down and placed a little bench step.

Meeting us, was our Uncle Willard with a big wide smile. We four  truly felt we were in the lap of a luxury  vacation, staying in their mobile home eating “city food in  the  big city of Grand Forks, with its strange city sounds.

Ah Ya…. know what I mean? They had soup out of cans,  sliced bread that came in a red plastic bag, and cereal was out of  a box.

Two days later our Uncle and Aunt deposited us at the train station. ALL ABOARD shouted the conductor! Each of us now had a confident feeling, “We were well seasoned travelers “making a return trip to Rugby to our parents  and  soon after the glorious hills awaited.

Happy New Year  All and many thanks Gary.

Vickie Metcalfe 12/16/17.


Blog (661) posted on December 24, 2009

Posted on December 24, 2009

Folks, It is currently noon on Christmas eve in the PI. The partying has begun. When we got up this morning folks were waiting for their packages. They were all so very happy with the things they got. The kids were happy with their toys and clothes and the adults likewise with their gifts. Bernadette’s brother-in-law who lives next door has the music playing and those that can afford, have purchased San Miguel beer that they are sharing with the others. The partying will continue until midnight when all the fireworks that everyone has purchased are shot off everywhere. Bernadette is preparing a big meal that she will be serving to those in our area following the fireworks. Tomorrow they will have the task of cleaning up all the debris from the fireworks. Because of the burn marks and debris generated from shooting off these fireworks, we do not allow them in our premises. Fireworks are very inexpensive here in the PI. Gary

Question from Sybil Johnson: Cheyenne, WY.

Gary, How close are you and Bernadette to that volcano? I’m curious. I just saw some pictures of it erupting and the dangers. Hope you aren’t close to it. HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE. Sybil Johnson

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

Gary and Friends,

It’s rather interesting to hear about how my little BB gun story
brought Bill Grimme to dig out his old gun and spend time remembering.
To me, doing things like that can open a chapter of ‘deja vu’ sometimes.
I’m not alone with that I’m sure. Several years ago I was selling some
‘trade’ guns at a gun show in Minot, when a guy about my age walked up
to my table and asked what the price was on a little old Stevens boy’s
rifle. I quoted him a price and he picked it up and said he would take
it. I asked him if he had a son at home who he was buying it for? He
said he wanted one when he was a kid and never got one so now he was
buying it for himself so he could relive some of his childhood that he
missed out on. With that explanation, I offered it to him for less than
the marked price although he hadn’t tried to negotiate with me. Almost
everyone will try to deal a little so I had room for that, but he just
laid down the cash and said, “No, I have plenty of money now, we just
didn’t when I was a kid.” He walked away with a little bit more of his
life fulfilled I suppose. This is what Bill’s reply brought to
mind—–do it for old time’s sake! Thanks Gary!

Art & Emeline Pigeon Richard:
Pictures from Allen Richard (65): Midland, MI

These are two pix I have of Mom and Dad. One is at their wedding as they were leaving on their honeymoon June 17, 1946 — the Chevy next to them was a 1941–it upchucked before they got to wherever they were going, so they made it as far as Bemidji.

The other one of Mom (Jean Emeline Pigeon) was earlier, some time between 1941 and 1945. She is sitting in a chair she gave her dad after he had a toe amputated in ’41. He died in ’43. I have the chair in my basement.

I’ll see what other ones I can scan. Sadly we have no outdoor pix of the original house I lived in for my first 14 years. Mom destroyed all the pix of the “tarpaper shack” that had no electricity until ’52, one bedroom until ’55 no plumbing until ’57 —- and never had a phone —we got that 9 family party line in ’62 after we moved into the existing house. Carmen Richard or Ydola Pigeon could have some of it, but I haven’t asked yet.

Merry Christmas to everyone!


Art & Emeline Pigeon Richard

Emeline Pigeon Richard


12/27/2017 (2586)

10 Year Anniversary of our Dunseith Alumni Blog.


The first Dunseith Alumni blog was posted on December 21, 2007. We are now into year 11 doing this. It’s been a fun 10 years for me. I’ve learned to know so many of you that were only familiar names in the past and others too that I didn’t know at all. I think the same is true for others too. There have also been a lot of reunions made of past friendships too, Several as long as 70 years. Those were heartwarming. The reunions of past 30 to 50 year friendships have been numerous too and in many cases stronger now than ever before.

There has been a lot of history revealed and stories told that are all recorded in our 2,586 blog postings. Today’s blog is number 2,586. Each and every one of these blogs are posted in our Dunseith Alumni Web site.  http://dunseith.net/blog/?m=200712

There is a nice search feature too, located on the upper right side of the first page in our Website.


Examples of searchs . Dale Gottbreht, Gottbreht-2 Gottbreht-1 without quotes, will find every Dale and every Gottbreht name in all 2,586 postings. “Dale Gottbreht”, with quotes, will only find all the Dale Gottbreht’s exactly as listed between the quotes.


Blog (660) posted on December 22, 2009


Folk, Several of you have mentioned pictures that you are going to send me for posting. Please send me any pictures that you’d like posted. I have an FPO address, listed below, that you can send mail to using regular US postage. I will scan, post and return original pictures for any that are sent to me.
With today being our bowling day and with some folks that just arrived to put some window grills in, I am making this a bit shorter today. Gary
Gary Stokes
PSC 517 Box RS/CC
FPO AP 96517-1000
Replies from Bill Grimme (65): Birmingham, AL.
Couple of thoughts to share.
My mother was born in Thorne! I guess your mother and my mother were neighbors, for sure. They would have been close to the same age, also.
After reading your story about the Daisy Red Ryder bb gun, I went down to the basement to get mine (Daisy Red Ryder with the wooden stock, just like you described), loaded it up with about 200 or 300 bb’s and plinked away on Sunday afternoon, thinking about all my old range riding buddies who carried those things back in Dunseith over 50 years ago. I am very familiar with the “lever pinch” and I decided not to relive that! Nice way to reminisce!
Hartley & Boundary Lakes:
Folks, When I checked the Homen township map in the 1984 Bottineau Centennial book on page 188, I noticed that they have what I think is Boundary Lake labeled Hartley. I believe Harley is the lake to the east of Boundary? Checking the Willow Lake township map in the 1982 Dunseith centennial book on page 228, they have the tip of the lake in the NW corner of the map labeled Hartley. I believe that is correct. I remember the north end of Hartley Lake going slightly into Canada. As I remember the firebreak road went around the north end of Hartley Lake into Canada. Rab Lake is not as far east as I thought either. It’s only about 1/4 mile or so east of where the Willow lake road would end, through several fields, on the Canadian line.
Brenda Hoffman’s (68) Website: http://www.lifetapestrycreations.com/index.htm
Folks, Brenda and I have exchanged a number of personal messages the past several weeks or so. Several days ago she told me about her Website and sent me the link. I was impressed with her sight and what she has. Brenda is a beautiful writer and has written some very interesting BLOG’s. She has also published several books. Brenda must think, write and type with the speed of lightening. Everything she has in her Website, including the books, has been produced in the past 10 months or so. Please check out Brenda’s site, with her beautiful picture, by clicking on the Website above. Gary

12/22/2017 (2585)

Gary Stokes Posting

Early Christmas this morning at our house.

These are some, not all, of the kids that live next door. They live within 30’ feet of our house. They are Bernadette’s sister’s Husband’s siblings grandkids. He has 4 brothers, one sister and his mother that all live in four houses within 30’ of our house. Their kids never left home. They just moved their families in with their parents. Filipino Style. Their parents just added more rooms on top of their houses. Not sure where the next generation will live though. These kids don’t have beds. They sleep on the hard floors. They never need covers in this climate.

Our place is all fenced, so we have our boundaries. Unless invited, these kids don’t come into our area. Bernadette’s nieces and nephews kids, some of whom live on our side, are free to come and go into our place and our house.

We have about ½ acre totally enclosed with 7 buildings and  8’ high solid cement walls.

I didn’t have my camera focused right when taking these pictures. I took them too fast not allowing the camera to focus.
Stokes-1 Stokes-2


Posting from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):


So many have lost someone who is very close to us. I know how hard it is. For me I lost my husband last year 2016 in March. It hasn’t gotten easier for me. I know our 3 children miss their dad, our grandchildren miss their Grandpa.

We miss him being here physically so very much but we know he IS here in our hearts,  in our thoughts, in our memories,  when we see something that reminds us of him, we are reminded daily of words he said, funny things he has done, how hard he’d laugh when he heard or saw something funny.

We are all going through this,  those of us who have lost husbands, wives,  parents,  sisters,  brothers,  friends,  sons,  daughters, grandchildren,  grandparents,  some their pets.

Guess What!!! They get to be right there with our Lord Jesus! They get to celebrate His birthday right by His side! Aren’t they all so very special!

Let us wish a Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday to our Lord Jesus.

God can you bless us, help us to do all you want us to do everyday.

We all want to see our loved one’s who have gone before us.

Please keep all our families well and everyday,  in whatever their endeavors are over the holidays  and daily. Thank you God. We love you.

Ginger ( LaRocque) Poitra  Class of ’65



Blog (659) posted on December 21, 2009

Posted on December 22, 2009

Thank You:

From Toni Morinville Gredesky (68): Farimount, ND


I just wanted to take a minute and thank everyone who attended the prayer service and funeral for my sister, Bev. It was truly wonderful to see so many family and friends and hear the incredible stories about Bev. She was a loving, generous person who opened her home to all. You could do no better than to have Bev as your sister and friend.

My parents died long before my daughters could get to know them. Megan was with me, and she was so moved to have so many people speak to her about Bev and my parents.

Thanks again to everyone.

Toni Morinville Gredesky

Reply to yesterday’s message:

From Pam Fassett Faust (65): Lilburn, GA

Gary – Isn’t it kinda scary? These kids can access information and can find stuff that we never in our wildest dreams even thought about. When we were “kids”, we played ball, chased each other around, ran the neighborhood, rode our bikes, spent time with friends, annoyed our parents and our friends parents (and were disciplined by them in many cases), and were just kids being kids. The internet is a wonderful thing, but I don’t think it’s best for the children. Kids need to be kids (or maybe that’s just an “old fashioned” way of thought). Since I have no children, maybe I’m just being too paranoid. But I wonder about “the way of the world”, so to speak. Thanks for all you do on this blog. We all appreciate you.


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

Hi Gary / Dale

Yes, Dale, I was disappointed that I missed you. Your mom said you walked in about a half hour after I walked out.

Question – If Andrew Bergan was Clayton’s grandfather what was his dad’s name? I had always thought Oscar and Clayton were cousins. Also regarding the cabin on the picture- I thought it could have been a root cellar. That is a garden hoe in Bergan’s hands and it must have been his building as he wouldn’t take the hoe to visit a neighbor.

zI pulled the Bottineau County Atlas to see if I could find anything of interest cause I knew there was a Bergan Lake somewhere out there. I’m sure those Lakes derive their names from the first homesteaders. I found it right north of Peterson Lake. I wonder if that Peterson Lake is where Sam Peterson’s place was only the spelling differs from the name Gary mentioned (Pederson). This is also the case with the Bergan vs Bergen lake. Brian and Carrie Johnson live a little to the NE of Peterson Lake on the north side of the road and it looks like Bergan Lake would be right behind their house. Paulette Efimenko lives right on the west side of Bergan lake. I’ll send more pictures as I run across them. Mary K

Mary, Clayton Bergan’s dad was Louis. Louis, Oscar, Bertha (Erick) Bjornseth & Julia Trent were siblings. In my day, Erick and Bertha lived west and a little north of where you live, several miles east of Salem church. Julia Trent lived in Bottineau. Julia was very well known in the Bottineau community. Julia’s daughter, Barbara Trent Riehm, lives in San Diego, CA. I have included a picture that Barbara sent to me of her with her husband Charles who has now passed on. I am including Barbara with today’s message as well. She may be able to shed some light on some on these things we are talking about. I will also forward her that message with those pictures you sent a while back too.

From your description, the Bergan lake would be the lake that is located just south of the former James Johnson buildings. Melvin Pederson told me the Bergan’s lived on the west end of that lake. My guess would be that is where the lake got it’s name. I have seen Bergan spelled Bergen too. I’m sure it’s all the same family.

I always thought the Pederson family name was spelled Peterson too, until I was putting together the Ackworth Cemetery list. Olaf Pederson (1861-1938), Sam’ dad is buried in Ackworth. I’m assuming he was the original Pioneer of that family. Melvin Pederson told me their family originally lived on the south side the Pederson/Peterson lake. Most maps list that lake with the spelling “Peterson”.

I’m thinking that is probably a spelling error that has been copied over and over.

I just looked at the original homestead listing of Willow lake Township and it lists Olaf Person as the owner of the 1/4 section adjacent to Pederson/Peterson lake. I know that Person is a misspelling. It should be Olaf Pederson. It also lists Louis Bergan as the owner of 1/4 section one mile north of the Ackworth cemetery, now owned by the Fauske’s. Gary

Charles and Barbara Trent Riehm

The following pictures/messages were previously posted with message 207 on August 30, 2008

Picture/Message from Evie Gottbreht Pilkington (65): Irvine, CA

Picture was sent to me today from my cousin’s wife Tangee Brunsell of Bottineau, guess there are free Wondrasek photos at the museum in Bottineau. Rachel Berube’s wedding 1965

Evie Pilkington



Picture/Message from Evie Gottbreht Pilkington (65): Irvine, CA

Hi Gary,

I wanted to share this picture of my Mom and Dad, thought my old friends would enjoy it. This was taken, summer of 1938, in Thorne, ND – my Mom was raised in Thorne. This was the summer before they married. I especially miss them the month of August. Dad died suddenly Aug 29, 1961, 45 years old and Mom died Aug 15, 2005, 88 years old. They produced 8 children, 35 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren and counting……

Thanks Gary


Alma and Dale Gottbreht 1938

Reply from Sandra Zeiler Vandal (62): Elk River, MN

Hi Gary,
I’m up at Nancy Hosmer’s place. She showed me the picture
taken so long ago. The kids names’ are from left to right are
Dawn,Teri, Kelly and Todd. Order of birth, Todd, Dawn, Teri and
Kelly. When Kelly was five, we had Heather. Who knew way back
when we would have twenty grandchildren and one great
grandchild. Mike remembers your Dad having to pull him out of
the ditch, once. I think he had to pull Dad out, too. Folks are
coming to Mn. with us for a few weeks. We will enjoy catching up
on the e-mails. Thanks a lot, Sandra

Pictrue L to R:
Back: Sandra & Mike
Front: Todd, Dawn, Teri & Kelly

12/20/2017 (2584)

Reply from Rod Hiatt (’69): Bottineau, ND


I remember ordering this rifle from a gentleman in Texas who did all the engraving and fancy work for us. I don’t remember who actually won the rifle, but I know at one time it was on display at the Bottineau Courthouse. It was a big money maker for our Rodeo club at the time. The only thing I don’t recall is who the hell is that young guy in the photo using my name?
Hiatt, Rod 2583-1


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


Did you ever get 100% on the red names or ?? ?

If you did get 100% I missed the posting somehow so could you please send another copy if you made one.


Gary Stokes’ comments

Larry, No we did not.
Folks, we need some help with this one. Thanks
the names are 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
Class of 55-56 2570


Blog (658) posted on December 20, 2009

Folks, When Bernadette’s brother passed away, his son, who was living with them on Mindanao, brought his family here. He has a daughter 3 years old and two boys ages 5 & 6. These kids are super bright. They have had limited access to using computers pretty much only being able to watch and observe others while they are on computers. We have two used Acer laptops that we purchased when were back in the states that we have set up for the local kids to use. When we turned these three kids loose on these laptops, they had them fired up and into the internet in a heartbeat including the little 3 year old girl. With her two brothers on the Laptops, Bernadette let her use her computer. She didn’t need any instructions to get into and navigate the internet. She was into her favorite kid site in no time. These 3 kids are teaching their first, second and third degree cousins, who have not shown quite as much interest up until now, in computers. These 3 kids are waiting for me to get up each morning so they can get in the office and on the computers. When they get too noisy, I transfer them, with the computers, to the porch outside. The 6 year old will be in first grade next year. All three of these kids have learned English pretty well and are pretty proficient in reading and writing all of which they have learned from the computers and watching TV. Gary
Pederson Correction:
From Evon Lagerquist (77): Dunseith, ND
Gary, Lowell Pederson is the brother of Melvin’s that lives in Spokane, and Arizona in the winter……..
Evon, Checking my notes from when I talked to Melvin Pederson, your are absolutely correct. I’ll bet your mother, Leola Hiatt Lagerquist, remembers the Pederson family pretty well. When I talked to Bev Handeland Hamnes, cousin to the Pederson siblings, she said Charles’ nick name was Sonny.
Reply from Keith Pladson (66): Stafford, VA
Three comments:First, we didn’t get the high number of 26″, but we did get about 18″ at our house. It ranged between 14 and 20 for the DC area. And yes, it is wet, heavy snow. We have a wide driveway and I did finish shoveling it out. But, now I ache all over even in places I’d forgotten I had. Biggest problem is that even when we get out of our development, we can’t get anywhere because they have yet to plow most side streets, etc. Is the weather in the PI very humid? I personally don’t care for that 40 below stuff anymore, but I also am not crazy for the summer weather we get our here where we get so many hot, humid, sticky days and where if we are lucky it might get down into the low seventies at night. (Many nights it stays in the low eighties – yuk!)

Secondly, we used to go swimming in Peterson Lake every summer when we lived on my Aunt Ester’s place (Note my spelling.). That lake was right on the county line and one mile west of our place. Is that lake named after the family you have been discussing? I always thought if was Peterson, but perhaps I was/am wrong and it’s Pederson Lake. If so, how did that naming come about? For that matter, how about Hartley Lake and Sand Lake? Were they named after early settlers in their respective areas? As an aside, Peterson/Pederson Lake is also the lake where my brother, Clarence, drowned in 1972.

Third, maybe you shouldn’t post the SSNs for people who are deceased. I know they are gone, but with all the problems with identity theft now, why give anyone a leg up? And as far as your readers are concerned, I really don’t think if makes a difference to us if that data block is missing. Just an observation for what it’s worth.

Keith, We have high humidity but not sultering. Our relative humidity is normally about 75%. The evenings are always very nice and comfortable. It gets dark between 5 & 6 o’clock year around. I like never ever having to put on a coat or wearing long sleeves to keep warm.
The good old Pederson Lake. I sure did my share of swimming in that lake too. Yes, that lake was named after the Sam Pederson family we have been discussing the past several days. Melvin Pederson told me they used to live on the south side of the lake, I think probably where we used to go swimming. I remember well when your brother Clarence drowned in Pederson lake. That was such a tragedy. If I remember correctly they found his body near the NW side of the lake? Our swimming beach was on the south side. The lake is pretty small, so he may have swam over to that area.
I am not sure how Boundary, Hartley, Rab & Sand lakes got their names. Boundary and Hartley both run into Canada. Rab I think runs almost to the line. Gary

Christmas Greetings:
Form the Almo Pladson (68) family: Ontario, CA
We’ve been hard at work perfecting our dance moves. Just click on the links below and turn up the volume!
Note: When the site comes up wait a few seconds for the video to start playing do not click on the down load.
Merry Christmas!
Almo, Christie, Wyatt and Hunter
Hip Hop Pladson elves:
Country Pladson elves:
Disco Pladson elves:
Almo, It’s been nearly 45 years since I have seen you, but after seeing you in these Video’s, I sure recognize you as belonging to the Pladson family. These are great video’s. You are all such great Dancers too! Gary
Request posted on the Dunseith Alumni WEB site:http://garystokes.net/default.aspx
From: Tracy Zeiler Fennern
Please add me to your email list. Thanks. Tracy
Tracy, I have added you to our distribution starting with today’s message. I believe your parents are Lyle (61) and Sharon Pearson (62) Zeiler. I’m assuming your were with the class of 82, give or take a year? I think in those years the kids from your area were going to Bottineau? I found an address for you living in Elizabeth, CO. Would that be a good address for you? Thank you so much for this request. Gary
Gottbreht Christmas memories:
From Sharren Gottbreht Shen (59): Everett, WA.
The treasured memories of Christmas past make wonderful reading; thank you Erling for your major contributions and thank you Dick Johnson for the mention of community Christmas concerts that I too recall. The snap of snow and cold would just add to the fun and warmth of family exchange be it gifts of good eats or an item dearly wished for. Grandma Evelyn Gottbreht made the season exceptional for her son Dale and daughter Arla every year. Preparations would start months before with a carefully tended flock of geese. Aunt Arla Gottbreht related this story to me.Dale was about 14 years old and he and the hired hand were left in charge of the home place [Ernie Gottbreht ranch today]. Chester Sager worked for George Sr in 1930; he was age 17, about the right age for gaining wisdom from experience. Evelyn had Elderberry wine newly bottled and set aside in her earthen cellar for the coming season of colds and flu. The wine was still somewhat green but would be excellent by Christmas. Dale suggested to Chester that they might past the afternoon with a sampling of his mom’s wine. After several nips, the boys became both soft and bold. Dale had a 4×10 shotgun and bragged that he could shoot the head off a goose. Grandmas geese had run of the yard and Dale proceeded to behead the entire flock of 10/12 geese. Grandma was beside herself and I am sure the influence of alcohol was weighed and condemned. The pluck and draw event must have stretched far into the night.

A Mrs. Altman had given Mary Louise Tennancour LaFrance, Evelyn’s mother, a Blue Ribbon Cook Book in 1912, according to the inscription on the back cover. Evelyn loved this book and her comments are written on many pages; she has written “Very good” beside the Roast Goose entry. The 1952/55 picture of Evelyn and goose was taken at Arla’s apartment in Grand Forks, ND.

Peace and happy children and grand children around your table! Thanks Gary, Sharron

Dale Gottbreht’s Mother:
Evelyn Gottbreht


12/16/2017 (2583)

Gary/Bernadette Stokes’ 39th Wedding Anniversary

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

Hi Gary and Bernadette,

I would like to wish you both a belated happy anniversary.  For December 3rd. 39 years I believe.

God Bless you both


Gary’s Reply

Thanks Ginger. You are right. We celebrated our 39th Wedding Anniversary on December 3rd. Next year will be our 40th.

Bernadette’s condition has taken a turn for the worse too. For the past month or so she just isn’t snapping back like she normally does. We don’t dare let her walk alone, even in the house, for fear she will lose her balance and fall. Her speech is really affected now too. The dementia is starting to take it’s affects now also.

Rod Hiatt Shows of one-of-a-kind gun
Posting from Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Hiatt, Rod 2583-1 Hiatt, Rod 2583-2


Reply to Larry Hackman’s (66) Army Basic Training Photo
From Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary & Larry H. and Dunseith friends,

I worked with Ken Torgerson at Central School here in Bottineau for a time a  few years back .

Kenn carried a  warm smile and  was  jovial and kind. to the children and staff.

In his quiet way, he was always a  patriotic  and  proud American Veteran!

May he rest in peace.

Vickie M.


Message to Dick Johnson and Gary Stokes
From Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

Hi Guys,

Because I’m moving to a different apartment, I’m looking through boxes and boxes of paper items: saving some/shredding some/throwing some.  I found this postcard. I have no idea why I have it.  As you can see, it was mailed to Miss Clara Johnson from G. A.  I thought Scott Wagar might be interested in using it for his “Nostalgia” photo in the Courant.  I’d appreciate any info you can tell me about this picture, which I’ll pass on to Scott. 

My memory isn’t worth a hoot these days, so I don’t remember if I’ve heard you, Dick, are related to MISS Clara Johnson.  Do either of you know who G. A. might have been?




Dick Johnson’s Reply

 Neola and Gary,

    Clara Johnson was my Grandma Myrtle Johnson Olson’s older sister and was married to Albert Berg, the parents of Alvin, Martin, Amanda, and Arla Berg.  This is sure an interesting part of family and Ackworth Community  history.  I’ll attach a couple pictures of the Bergs from long ago.

Ackworth-1 Ackworth-2

                                    Dick Johnson’s Photos of the Berg Family

Neola’s reply to Gary Stokes

 You are right about who Clara was; Martin Berg’s mother.  I know their farm was a little west of Sander Johnson’s grocery/milk store.  I stayed with Martin/Alice when they lived on the “James Johnson Place”;  sometimes we would go to Sander’s in the evening/get ice cream.  Martin used to scare me by saying Sander might take out his glass eye.  I wasn’t very old at this time–before Carol was born–so I wasn’t looking forward to this. LOL



Bakken Name associated with the Bottineau Area
Reply From Dale Pritchard (’63):  Leesville, LA


As far as you know, is the “Bakken” name ssociated with the Bottineau area?

Also, I came across the following obituary while doing some genealogy research.  I was looking for a Lois I. Roberts in Mississippi/Louisiana and Google gave me Lois Jean Roberts instead.  Lois was probably a 1961 graduate of Bottineau High School and was apparently married the first time to a Leland Henderson with a second marriage to Jesse Bert Roberts. I don’t know where either marriage took place, whether in the Bottineau area, the Seattle area, or somewhere else.  She apparently moved to Seattle when she was about 33 years old.  Does any know her, or know of her?


23 Feb 1943 – 18 May 2014

Lois Jean Robert died peacefully in her home in Marysville, Washington on December 25th, 2014.  She was born in Bottineau, North Dakota in 1943.  She moved to the Seattle area in 1976.  She was an amazing woman with an amazing laugh and love of life.  In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to Providence Hospice of Snohomish County.  Lois is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Jesse Bert Roberts, her children Leland Henderson, Jerry Henderson, Lissa Knox and Pam Cope as well as her step children Dan Roberts and sherine Gardiner; her mother Carol Gessner, sister Lynn Gessner and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Bert would like to thank all the family and friends for the incredible support they provided over the last year.  Services will be held at the Quil Ceda Creek Ward, 5212 7th Ave. NE in Marysville on January 10th at 1pm.

Published in The Seattle Times on Jan 4, 2015

Thanks, Dale Pritchard


Blog (657) posted on December 19, 2009

Posted on December 19, 2009

Albert & Eller families:

Reply from Ivy Eller Rober’t (74): Everett, WA.

My Mom and Dad were Herman & Emma Eller. Dad was married to Laura Azure Eller first, she died after giving birth to a son named Thomas. He was pre-mature, 3 months early. He died when he was a week old. Laura had gotten a sever infection, complications from the birth. She died 3 weeks after Thomas did. They are buried at St. Anthony’s Church Cemetery, approximately 5 miles east of Dunseith, along with Rose, who died when she was nine. Laura & Dad had 9 children together, Gladys, Leonard, Herman Jr., Elizabeth, Leo, Margaret, Richard, Rose & Thomas. A couple of years after Laura’s death, Dad married my mother Emma Albert (Father: George Albert, Mother: Agnes Warren Albert). She was the only child. Mom & Dad had four girls, Julie Eller Dahl, Carol Eller Djarlais, Bonnie, & me (Ivy). Mom died in 1976 and a couple of years later, Dad married Georgaleen (I don’ recall her last name). Dad died in 1984 and “Georgie” died a few years later. They are buried in the ST. John Cemetery. Of the 13 children Dad had, there are only 7 of us still living. I am the youngest of the bunch. It’s funny, when most of then were alive, we haven’t ever been all in the same place at the same time.
Smiea is my Mom’s step-sister. Grandpa had went back to Syria to find a new wife a couple of years after Grandma had died in a car accident on the San Hill. It was actually right at the entrance where the gulf course is now. Grandpa’s ‘new wife’ was Fatima. Smiea is her daughter. Grandpa died in 1979. Him, Grandma, & Mom are all buried together at Riverside Cemetery. Fatima died about 3 years ago, according to Smiea and is buried some where in Canada near where she lives. I lost touch with Smiea & Grandma (Fatima) after Grandpa had died. To tell the truth, I had spoke to her almost a year ago for a few minutes, then again, less than a week ago. I haven’t really gotten caught up with her on her life yet. I plan on going to visit her next summer. She lives in Grand Forks, British Columbia. (I think) I do have her number & will call for directions.
I hope this answers some of the question about my family…….

I want to wish everyone a very MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR……….be safe everyone!

Alumni Reunion in May:

Reply/Requests from Cheryl Haagenson (71): Dunseith, ND.

First of all “Merry Christmas”I hope everyone has a safe and blessed Holiday. Let’s start looking for photos so that we can bring a boat load of them to the “Get together” in May.
Add Janet Haagenson Sedlacek and Bernd Sedlacek. Thanks Gary
Cheryl Haagenson

Cheryl, I have added Janet and Bernd to the master reunion list. I have posted the latest updated copy of those planning to attend the reunion at the bottom of this message. Gary


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

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Mass Of The Christian Burial was held for Beverly Azure, age 56 of Dunseith, on Saturday at 10:00 A.M. in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Dunseith. Burial was in the St. Louis Cemetery also in Dunseith. The Celebrant for the Mass was the Reverend Father Jeff Eppler S.O.L.T. Special music was provided by Monica Nadeau. Honorary bearers were Floyd Dion, Arnold Morgan, Craig Richards, Duane Morinville, Ken Marmon and Jerry Gredesky. Casket Bearers were Darren Opstedal, Bill Krause, Dale Juntunen, Kent Cote, Lyle Olson and Paul Messner.

Beverly Azure, a daughter of Joe and Frances (Hanson) Morinville, was born in Bottineau on February 23, 1953. She was reared in Dunseith and graduated from Dunseith High School in 1972. On August 16, 1980 she was married to Clarence Azure at Dunseith. Following their marriage, they lived in various places such as, Manheim, Germany, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Fort Knox, Kentucky. She was a homemaker until 1992 when they moved back to Dunseith. Bev worked at the TMC for several years. She most recently worked at the Log House in Dunseith.

Bev enjoyed beading, painting, and spending time with her family. She also enjoyed going to concerts and gardening. She taught Sunday school for several years and was an active member of the St. Michael’s The Archangel Parish in Dunseith.

Beverly passed away on Sunday, December 6, 2009 in a Minot hospital.

She is survived by her husband, Clarence of Dunseith; daughters, Shonda and her husband Matthew Campbell of Minot and Shannon Azure and her special friend Steve Catalano of Grand Forks; sons Cody Azure and his wife Diana, 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.

Beverly was preceded in death by her grandparents and parents.

Replies from Gary Metcalfe (57): Forsyth, MO

Reply to Gary Stokes

Gary, it is coming back to me now, Sam Pederson was married to Jennie Handland’s sister, who must have died young and left four or five children. The ones I remember were Charles, Lowell and Paul. Charles with the curly hair was Jennie’s favorite.

To Margaret Seim Lawson

Now the story makes more sense. My dad said Eva was working on Edwin’s attitude, so she said “EDWAA, Be a good boy or you won’t be able to go see Uncle Pete.” Another one was that Pete told my dad that he exactly the same name as a very famous baseball player. He said, “My name is Pete Mosho and his name is Joe Dimosho.” For those who don’t understand French very well, the ball player was Joe DiMaggio!!

Thanks everyone. Sue and I will be gone for the next week or so. Hope all of you have a Merry Christmas and wonderful family memories of Christmas 2009. Gary Metcalfe

Story from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

There is a cute movie that usually plays every Christmas Day. It’s
called ‘A Christmas Story’ and is about a kid named Ralphie who wants a
BB gun for Christmas. My BB gun story is not as good when it gets to the
ending. George and Lela Cota were working at the Peace Garden in the mid
50s and one time when we were visiting them at the caretaker’s
residence, George brought out an old BB gun that had been his son,
Gary’s, and gave it to me. I was about 6 at the time. He told Mom that
it wouldn’t shoot BBs any more but still made the noise. It was a Daisy
with a wooden stock and I was really proud of it. My grandparents lived
upstairs in our house in Dunseith and sometimes Grandma would keep an
eye on my cousins and me. One day this was the case and my cousin Doug
Warcup and I were out in the yard playing with my prize BB gun when he
asked if he could shoot it? He cocked it and aimed it and just before he
pulled the trigger, I noticed he had the lever down. This is a NO-NO
with those old guns. I said, “NO”—Bang! The lever slammed shut on his
fingers when the gun fired and put a small cut on his finger. He did
what any 5 year old would do, ran to Grandma screaming about his finger.
She did what any grandma would do, asking what happened? He said , “The
BB gun did it”. She did what most grandmas would do and assumed he had
been shot. I tried to explain but she called my grandpa up at the Garden
Tap (he was the owner) and told him I shot Doug with that damn gun. I
remember Grandpa came walking briskly down the alley and as I was trying
to explain what happened, he grabbed my BB gun and whacked it on the
ground a couple times until it flew in two pieces and then threw it in
the garbage barrel and headed back to work. That was the worst feeling I
had ever had up until that time. Everything went from bad to worse and
none of the people involved did anything they shouldn’t have done, given
the circumstances. Obviously it is burned into my memory because of the
way it all went wrong for me that day. I lost my prize possession over a
mistake. Ralphie gets his gun—I lose mine. His story is better! Thanks


Correction to yesterday’s message from Lee Stickland (64): Dickinson, ND


I do stand corrected. The lady on the far right of the picture re:Oscar and Sylvia is indeed Ellie Striker. Yes, the third from the right is my Grand mother. Sorry.

I have many memories of Lee and of Erman Striker, whom are barely visible on this picture. They must not have had the digital camera with this day. Lee

Wm. Striker & his children on his 81st Birthday, 1943

L to R: Georgia, Gladys Brill, Della Lockhart, Lee, Vernie, Erman, Mae Stickland,

Cora Lockhart & Ellen

12/11/2017 (2582)

Dave Wurgler Condolences
From Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and Dunseith Friends,

I also am saddened to read of the passing of Dave Wurgler. For the past number of years I have taken my dogs to Rugby Veterinary. Once , I  stopped for fuel  at Tesoro  before leaving Rugby. There was a guy who recognized my  last name on the cheque blank. He introduced himself as Dave Wurgler. He was a pleasant person who’d visit a bit  about news read on  the Dunseith blog. inquire and  share and  reminiscence.

I extend sympathy to his family.



Dave Wurgler Condolences
From Marlys Hiatt (’71):  Dunseith, ND

I am so sorry to hear of David Wurgler’s passing.  I will be keeping his family in my thoughts and prayers.  Special condolences to Peggy and Joan.

Marlys Hiatt


Dave Wurgler Condolences
From Bob Lykins (60’s DHS Teacher):  Hutto, TX


Sorry to learn about David.  I remember him well as that tosseled hair kid who always seemed to have that pleasant, friendly smile.  Around me he was always very quiet.  As I recall he was a pretty decent athlete as well.  My heartfelt condolences to the family.

Bob Lykins


Dave Wurgler Condolences and Memories
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):  Belcourt, ND

After retiring he worked at Tesoro station there in Rugby for a time. We enjoyed visiting with him a bit on our stops. Always friendly.

Yes he did have a growth spurt, I think he never looked older, always the same.

I  missed not seeing him to visit with when he no longer worked at Tesoro. I did occasionally see him as we drove by his home, if he would be outside his home doing something in his garage.

Now I will miss him forever in my lifetime.

It is so sad.

My condolences to his wife and family. May God bless you and keep you so you will all be able to get through this very trying time.

Ginger Poitra Class of 1965


Dave Wurgler memories
Posted by Allen Richard (’65):  Midland, MI

So sorry to hear about Dave.  Mom, Dad, Stephanie and I used to stop at the corner every Saturday night on our way home— even before the Wurgler’s took it  over.  We were not BEST friends,  But we were always darned good friends, all the way back around 30 years ago when I last gassed up at his station.  Ant all the smack talk about MOPARS and Chevys.

RIP, Dave.  I am very sad.

Allen.  :-(

Dave Wurgler’s Granddaughter ‘Miss Teen Super Model USA 2011’
Posting from Ken Striker (Striker Historian): Dayton OH

David Wurgler…his granddaughter Rachael Allickson was Miss Teen Super Model USA 2011.  She was d/o Kevin and Teri Allickson of Rugby This from your blog 2 Aug 2011.  Kevin has ties back to Wm Elmer Striker.


Basic Training 1969;  B Company 2nd Battalion 2nd  Brigade, Ft. Lewis, Washington
Posting form Larry Hackman (’66):  Bismarck, ND


I saw Kenn Torgerson of Bottineau, name under the (death notices) in yesterday’s paper, it brought back memories of our time at Ft. Lewis, Washington.

It is sad that there have been so many family members and friends passing.  My condolences to all their families.

I have included a picture of Kenn and my basic training company.

Most of these fellows are from North Dakota.  I Had their names written on the back of the photo but not where they were from, so the towns shown with the names are from memory.  We look kind of rumpled and the shine is gone from our boots as they just had us low crawling through the saw dust pits (pits a couple  100 ft. square surrounded by power poles “seemed a lot longer and maybe were” and then filled with saw dust) and then ran us back to the barracks for this photo.  The drill sergeants usually had every trainee crawl through these saw dust pits until everyone was exhausted, while they stood on the edge  visiting or planning our day of running and doing push-ups (I wish I was in that good of shape now).  A Drill Sergeant would  occasionally stop visiting and run out into the pit and kick some trainees butt because he had it too high in the air, after all you wouldn’t want to get your donkey shot off..


Basic Training 1969;  B Company 2nd Battalion 2nd  Brigade, Ft. Lewis, Washington

Moto – B-2-2 When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.

Lt. to Rt. – top to bottom

top. Bear@ Jamestown, ND, Kunkel, Miller @ Mohall, Merrill, R. Torgerson, Cassidy, Hoff, McCabe @ Steel,ND, Washington @ Chicago, Carlson.

  1. Congalton, Blue Earth, La Rocque @ Dunseith,ND, Huber @ Westhope, ND, Rusin, Smith, Randish @ Mohall, ND, Mazich, Dunlap
  2. Prouty @ St John, ND, Bartschi, Adams, Kitzman @ Towner, ND, Sims, Davies, Padilla @ Puerto Rico, Campaigne, Castiglione, Maschoff
  3. Kreitinger, Weidner, Grzekowiak, Lykken, Hackman @ Dunseith, ND, Schulz, Dodge, Jones, Drill Sargeant Mandez – asshole.
  4. Sison @ Philippines, Klopfenstein @ Chicago, Jacobson, Curry, Kaufman, Barmoen, K. Torgerson @ Bottineau, ND.

Maybe a few of these fellows will be recognized and we will find out where they are now.




Blog (656) posted on December 18, 2009

Posted on December 18, 2009

Thank you From the Azure Family:

The Azure family would like to thank all of Bev’s friends and family for
being so supportive in our time of need. And also to those who sent kind
words, cards, and prayers not only while mom was in the hospital but also
at her wake and funeral. Also a special thank you to those who followed
Bev’s last wishes and to those who have brought figts and helped at the
luncheon and dinner. We are very thankful and appreciative for all your
kindness and friendship.

Sincerely with great thanks-
The Azure Family

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


Thank you for doing all the postings in E-mail, it’s nice to read about the old days & any current news. I for one, really enjoy your daily postings.

Wishing you (& to everyone) a “Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year”.

Dianne Johnson

Reply to LeaRae Parrill & Ivy Eller:

From Ele Dietrich Slyter (69): Dunseith, ND.

Wasn’t George Albert’s daughter, Emma, married to Herman Eller? And if I am not mistaken, Herman may have had another wife before Emma. I think, and Bonnie correct me if I am wrong, that Leonard Eller, who lives near Rolla, is Herman’s son.


Reply from Eileen Brudwick: Fargo, ND.

Thank you very much for the compliment, Gary!!  It’s nice to know some of you feel I’m so great!! 


Eileen, You are so welcome. Gary

Reply from Roger & Connie Zorn Landsverk: Bottineau, ND

Hi Gary,

How are things @ the Stokes’ .I was reading the Dunseith news & By reading it I gathered you guys had alot of fun in high school.We had alot of fun during our high school days. My sister Linda, myself & one of my friends like to date some of the Forestry guys. We partied alot. We drank alot of wine. It’s a miracle none of us got picked-up for DUI’S. We were good girls during the week but sometimes naughty on the week-ends.

I talked to Evon Lagerquist last-evening & she explained to where the Stokes lived in the hills on the Ackworth road. Please excuse my spelling. I’ve been up in that country in the summer time & it’s very pretty.

take care


Folks, Connie’s dad was Leo Zorn. She is a cousin the Sharon, Myron and Marlys.

Willow Lake Road.

Folks, I am posting this picture for reference to several email messages that are posted with today’s message.

This picture, of the willow lake road, was taken on top of the Ackworth Cemetery Hill looking south. The Cemetery is to right and our former yard, the Bob Stokes farm, is to the left from where this picture was taken. Bottineau County is one mile to the west (right) on the road at the bottom of the hill. Highway 43 is one mile south from the intersection. The trees that can be seen farthest south in this picture are adjacent to Highway 43. The original site of the Ackworth School was a half mile east (left) from the intersection. In 1981 the school was moved and is now located 1/8 east from the intersection behind the trees on the left. Gary

Note: Clarence Hagen owned 3 quarters of the section of land to the south and west of the interestion. The other quarter was the Pederson place. Elmer Lindberg’s farm and property, in Bottineau county, was adjacent to the west of this section. Elmer’s sister was Alice McKay.

Sam Pederson family reply:

From Luella (Boardman 49) & Ralph Bjornseth: Bottineau, ND.

Hi Gary!

You asked about Paul Pederson. He was married to Marlene Rude (Kenneth Rude’s Sister). They are divorced and Ralph thinks he is either in South Dakota or Montana. Sam Pederson’s children were Oscar (deceased), Eileen (don’t know if she is still living), Melvin, Paul and probably 2 other boys. Ralph hears from Melvin every year at Christmas time. He lives in Spokane. Mrs. Sam Pederson was a sister of Jennie Handland so any of the Handland girls could tell you the history of that family. Ralph remembers Sam as being a very big man. They evidently moved around a lot and had moved out to Washington. He came back here at one time and worked for Carris Vandel. Ralph thinks he was working for Carris when he died. I hope this answers a few of the questions.


Follow up reply from Luella:


We talked to Glen Rude this noon and he said Paul died about 10 years ago. He doesn’t remember where he was living at the time or where he is burried. Another boy in that family was Lowell and Ralph thinks he is still living. That is all for now.


Folks, The Sam Pederson Farm was located 3/4 mile west (right) and on the south side of the road from the interesection at the bottom of the hill in the picture above. The Jacob Bjornseth farm now owned by Ralph & Luella is located 1 3/4 miles west on the north side of the road from the interesection in the picture. That is where Ralph was born and raised.

Luella, This answers a whole bunch of question for me and I know others too. I had no idea that Mrs. Sam Pederson was a sister of Jennie Handland’s. I have her daughters Beverly, Muriel & Lorraine in my records, but they do not have email addresses. I found Melvin Pederson’s phone number in Spokane. I will call him in the morning, my time, before sending this message out. Thank you so much Luella and Ralph for this info. We’d love to hear more from the rest of you that knew the Pederson family too. This is one bit of history that will be captured and recorded that could have been lost. Thank you Gary Metcalfe for bringing this family to light. Gary

Pritchard Picture & the Thompson Place:

Repy from Marlys Hiatt (71): Dunseith, ND.

Hi Gary,

I really enjoyed the information on the blog today. I do have a couple of
questions and a little more information. Is the little boy in the picture
with the cabin identified as Robert Pritchard the same Robert Pritchard
that lived down the road from your family and across the lake from my
family? Dorthy Pritchard’s husband? If it is then it is pretty amazing to
me to see the person I thought of as an older man when he was just a
toddler. I guess we all start out that way.

Also about the Thompson place. Was that the land straight north of where
we grew up. If I am remembering right it was the land where my father,
Norman Hiatt, would put his stock cows for summer pasture. Every so often
we would all go up to take a head count to make sure all the cattle were
okay. There were times we had to walk through the pasture to find them
all. I remember being quit young and walking with grandma Margie when we
came upon some old buildings that had not been lived in for quite a while.
Grandma Margie told me that was the house where Ella (Thompson) Pladson
had lived when she was a little girl. Grandma then went on to tell me
about what hard working and good little girls Ella and her sister were.
If I remember the story right Ella’s mother was handicap and unable to
make bread so she would tell the little girls how to do it and they had to
stand on chairs in order to make the bread because they were so little.
My memory is a long way from being reliable so if I Have this wrong please
let me and all the other readers know. In my minds eye I can still see
how the buildings looked and remember how special my grandma thought those
little Thompson girls were. Would this then be where boundary lake is
located? I remember hearing my father talk about boundary lake but I do
recall knowing exactly where it was.

There is a story that occurred which I know to be true. It happened in
the spring and we were on that family outing to check the cattle in the
North pasture or as it was sometimes referred to as the Thompson place.
As Vickie and I were walking through the woods I got tired and sat down
for awhile and got more that a little rest. As some of you might have
already guessed – wood ticks.

Some questions came up about Paul Pederson. I believe this is the same
man that worked for my dad, Norman Hiatt. This was before I can remember
but I heard many stories about him all of which were good. I believe my
parents thought a lot of him. The last time I remember seeing him was at
my cousins wedding in Montana. I do remember going to see his baby girl
that was named Marla but I do not remember his wife’s name or the name of
his in-law’s. I do think they were from the Metigoshe area and I believe
that Marla still lives in Bottineau but I do not know her last name. I
don’t think that marriage lasted very long.

As Dick always says – any additions or corrections to this information is
always welcome. As I think about this I am aware of how foggy some of my
memories are.

Folks, Norman & Irene Hiatt, Marlys’ folks, lived 7/8 of a mile east (left) from the intersection in the picture above. The Thompson place that Marlys talks about in her message was located a mile or so north of their place. The Robert Pritchard farm was located 3/4 of a mile to the south of the intersection in the picture above. Evon Lagerquist is currently living on that place.

Marlys, you are absolutely right, that was the Thompson place located a mile or so north of your place. There are no roads other than for field roads to that area. Because there were no roads I was never back in that area. I left ND before the snowmobile days too or I would have probably explored that area in the winter on snowmobiles. Folks will have to correct me if I’m wrong, but I think, as you mentioned, that is where Ella Thompson Pladson and Esther Thompson Tangen were born and raised? Their mother was a sister to my grandfather Frank Stokes. Rab Lake is the lake in that area. Boundary lake is located a little farther west in Bottineau County. The willow lake road, going thru some fields, ends on the Canadian line. From that point, on the line, Rab lake is about one mile east, Hartley lake is located about 1 mile west and boundary lake about 2 miles west. Folks please correct me if I’m wrong.

That is the Robert Pritchard that you knew in those pictures that Mary Eurich Knutson posted yesterday.

Pritchard/Pladson relationship:

Reply from Keith Pladson (66): Stafford, VA

This is in response to Dale Pritchard’s and Mary Knutson’s recent comments and a comment from from Dale several months ago.

Dale, several months ago you mentioned to Gary Stokes, that you weren’t clear on the connections between my family (and Gary’s) and yours. I think Mary has helped to clear that up. If I remember correctly, Ida Thompson was my Mom’s Aunt on her Dad’s side. So that makes my Mom, Ella, a first cousin to your Dad, Robert (and of course Mary’s Mom, Winifred). The biggest difference was age. Since my Mom was born in March of 1923, she was 12 years younger than your Dad. I believe your Dad and my Mom’s oldest sister, Ester, were the same age. I’m not sure what the age difference was between Mary’s Mom and my Mom, but I think it was somewhat less. Interestingly, my Mom was quite close to your older sister Shirley. My siblings and I saw Shirley and her family several times while we were growing up. And Shirley continued to visit Mom often in Bottineau after my Dad, Eldon, died. That, of course, was all through my Grandfather’s family the Thompsons.

Gary Stokes’ connection to my family was through my Grandmother’s (Mom’s Mother’s) side — the Stokes’. My Mom’s Uncle, Frank Stokes, adopted Gary’s Dad, Robert.

Thank you Mary for bringing this up. Very interesting stuff.

Finally, a question to my classmate, Janet Bergan Evans. Does this mean that your ancestors lived in or near the Ackworth community?

Thanks Mary for bringing this up — very interesting.

Folks, The Eldon Pladson family, Keith’s family, moved to Keith’s mother’s sister place in about 1962, located several hundred feet to the right half way up the hill from the intersection in the above picture. Esther Tangen, sister to Keith’s mother Ella, owned that property. That property was formerly owned by Keith and my Great Grandfather, William Stokes.

Keith, you explained the relationships well. I will take a stab at answering what I know about the Bergan family. Do you remember Oscar Bergan. He and Sylvia lived several miles north and west of your place when your family lived on the Zieman place west of Salem church. Oscar was an uncle to Janet Bergan’s dad. Mrs. Erick Bjornseth, Bertha, was also a sister to Oscar and Janet’s grandfather. Erick and Bertha Bjornseth lived about 1/2 mile north of #43, 2 miles or so from the Rolette/Bottineau county line. They lived west of Sander Johnson’s. That’s all I know about the Bergan family. Janet or some of the others can maybe fill us in with the history of where the Bergan’s were raised. It must have been in that general area. Gary

Reply form Lee Stickland (65): Dickinson, ND


I see my grandmother, Mae Striker Stickland to the extreme right on this picture of Sylvia and Oscar. I recall being at Oscar and Sylvia about 50 years ago, when I was 13. So 50 minus 13 would make me 37 now ? Or have I lost my touch with numbers ?

Thanks so much for YOUR informational blog which I read in its entirety each day. Lee

Lee I have reposted that message. This is perfect timing with the Bergan family being mentioned in today’s blog. Gary

Previously posted:

Subject: (471) Dunseith Alumni..
Date: Thursday, May 28, 2009, 12:24 AM

Striker/Bergan pictures & Striker History provided by Ken Striker: Dayton OH

Wm. Striker & his children on his 81st Birthday, 1943

L to R: Georgia, Gladys Brill, Della Lockhart, Lee, Vernie, Erman, Mae Stickland, Cora Lockhart & Ellen

Gary’s comments

I think this picture was taken of Oscar & Sylvia on their golden anniversary in 1979? I’m kind of thinking they had their celebration at the Christian Center at Lake Metigoshe. This is exactly the way I remember them. They were a great couple. They had no children. Oscar was a brother to Clayton Bergan’s father. Sylvia Lockhart Bergan’s mother was a Striker. Oscar & Sylvia lived a few miles east of Lake Metigoshe and several miles north of #43. They lived close to Bernard Kavlie and Lars Sivertson. John & Pat Frykman are currently living in that area too. Gary

Oscar & Sylvia Bergan

12/07/2017 (2581)

David Wurgler, 71, Rugby, died Tuesday at a Rugby medical center.

(Anderson Funeral Home, Rugby)


I was so saddened and so shocked to hear of Dave’s passing. I will post more details and his obituary when they become available.

Dave was with the DHS Class of 1964, one year ahead of me. I remember him so well from our high school days. He was always very short for his age, but from what I understand had a growth spurt after HS. The last I saw Dave was in 1965. The past 10 years we have exchanged a number of email messages, but we were never able to connect seeing one another during this time.

Dave was well like and popular in our HS days. I know the same followed him through life too. He will be missed. We extend our condolences to all of his family.


Dave Wurgler: DHS Class of 1964
Wurgler, Dave 2581 Wurgler, Dave 2581-1


Past memories and the present

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

Hi everyone!,

I would guess everyone is readying themselves for Christmas. A special time , a busy time of the year. Getting ready for family get togethers with the people we care and love most.

I know that my son Todd and I have been very consumed in decorating. For the children. Grandchildren,  great-grandchildren.

The past years my inability to do things for myself has caused everything to to be left to Todd and daughter Michaela.

This year I am doing better, health wise,  not so I am able to do everything without help but my family is always here for me. I  don’t know what I would do without them.

Our home is almost all decorated on the inside.

I have always decorated our home on the inside and helped with the outside as well, Anthony and I would work together with the tree decorating and other decorating outside, when the children were young. Later they were out there helping. I always enjoyed helping with this task.

This will be my second year without my husband, Anthony, I miss him just as much if not more than I did last year. That will never change, the love I feel for him is still just as strong. With him here I  enjoyed getting our home ready more for this special time of the year. We got engaged on Christmas Eve 1964.

Our children and grandchildren miss him terribly still. Anthony  was our rock. The void he left in our lives is undescribable!

We have been forced to sojourn on without him, no one is ever ready to do this it’s a never ending hurting loss. Losing a husband, father and grandfather. Oh, we say we are fine, or ok, but all we want to say is , I miss him and will never be ok or fine I still hurt, I still love him, I miss him being here, I miss his smile, his laugh, his love, his understanding what we feel. We just miss him,  he is in our hearts, in our minds, in our thoughts everyday every night every minute!

Ginger (LaRocque) Poitra Class of (1965)

I  would like to thank you Gary for getting our class together, which helped us getting to know each other.

I would also like to say that I am happy to have gotten to know people from other classes, thank you other classes for that chance as well.

Life is to short and I for one am sorry for not being closer to all of you throughout all the years, years that have been wasted even while we were in school.

I have found that I could have been a close friend to so many. Now here we are our lives coming to an end here on earth.

I am happy I can still say to you all I am so very glad that you all were in my life for the time we did know each and everyone.

Thank you all so much from the bottom of my heart.

I want to say to the families of the classmates who are gone to be with our Lord that I am sorry for not having to get to know them. I have at least gotten to know them through you all.


T’was Magic
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

 Gary and Dunseith Friends,

The snow is upon us here below the foothills of the Turtle Mountains As the  local radio I am currently tuned to, plays Country interspersed with Christmas music. I catch myself recalling past December’s. Magical times!

As a wee child I lived with my family in a small two bedroom house. (The original was built by John Randin or Bill Childs) There was no running water. Water had to be drawn from the well and carried  up the hill to the house by dad or mom. The drinking water was in a communal drinking bucket  with a big dipper  located over the wood box in the entry room In the early darkness of the morning, Mom  and dad  got up first, fired up the wood stove and put the coffee on. They would take a cuppa before dad went out the door to the barn south of the house.

The  house was heated  sparingly; oil burner in the living room and a 1/2 wood 1/2 electric cook stove in the kitchen. We girls would wake in chilly rooms, get up,  run and look to see if  Jack Frost came in the night and painted the windows.

Mom  always bought a ‘real’ evergreen tree in town.  She set it  to thaw in the big entry way, After it had thawed and was set up in the living room, She began to pulled out  a box of treasured ornaments from a high closet shelf. We’d  spend a whole afternoon decorating it.. I loved throwing the silver glittering icicle  stuff up high in to the top.

The Sears Roebuck and Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogs, by the this time in December  were  quite worn.

Wish books was  our  family’s favorite winter reading.

Mom made  many loaves of homemade bread each week.  She used Dakota Maid Flour purchased at Hosmer Store or Bedard’s Red Owl.   She always preferred cake yeast she purchased from Herman Martinson at  the Snow White Bakery.

Mom would slice the bread on an oak cutting board, never throwing away a crumb.

What of the crumbs?

She would gather crumbs, and scatter them outside the door on the packed snow for the birds.  Birds were waiting,  gathered in the trees. Flew down and feasted.

Mom would  peela  huge kettle of potatoes after putting a pot roast in the oven.


My family had agrarian roots.  Potatoes and meat about every  main meal! By mid morning the kitchen was  wonderfully  wood heat, toasty warm with tantalizing smells. Whenever the kitchen got too warm mom would open the back door……..which had no screen.

On this fine December morning. Without warning, lying into the open back door, through the kitchen, through the dining room and through to the far east corner of the living room. A flock of chickadees!  We  followed watching in amazement as they settled onto the Christmas tree amid the colourful lites,  silver tinsel, decorations and the angel. Mom said,  “Leave them be.

They birds sang in unison,   “chick-a -dee.” CHICK-A-DEE, CHICK-A-DEE

After a time,  they rose up as one, in a bunch and flew out the the rooms through the door from whence they came.

T’was God’s MAGIC!

I wish you all a moment like……. this  is  the season.


Vickie Leona Metcalfe 12/6/2017


Blog (655) posted on December 17, 2009

Adrian Mongeon:
Reply from Margaret Seim Lawston (54): Citrus Heights, CA
Hi Folks, I get up each morning looking forward to reading the blog. In answer to Gary Metcalfe, Adrian Mongeon’s Dad, Pete Mongeon was my Mom’s Uncle and I remember him well .He was a nice Great Uncle, but it was his wife Anna who I knew better. She and my Grandma Ingrid Seim loved to get together and talk and argue local Democratic politics. At time things got pretty heated. One with a Norwegian accent and one with a French accent.
Andrew Bergan Picture:
Reply from Jan Bergan Evans (66): MONTICELLO, MN
Gary who sent the pictures of Andrew Bergan? This would have been my dad Claytons grandfather Wonderful
Jan, Mary Eurich Knutson (62) provided those pictures.
Pritchard/Bergan Pictures:
Reply from Dale Pritchard (63): Leesville, LA
Good Morning Mary (and Gary),I have the picture of them outside the log building but can’t find it
right now. Those were the good old days? I don’t think so! I think
the picture was probably taken in 1912, buy more likely 1913 because my
dad was born April 22, 1911. I have heard two versions about the
building, one was a cabin (whose?) and one was a smoke house. Take your
pick. I had never seen the “Rough Riders” picture. Interesting. Sorry
I missed you when I was home last month. It was going to be then or not
at all.


Dale, It is very early morning here for me too in the PI, 12:15 AM, as I received your message that just came across my screen. The difference is that it’s Wednesday morning for you folks and Thursday morning for me. It’s about time for me to call it a day. Gary
Bill Fassett CD:
Message from Susan Fassett Martin (65): Spearfish SD
Paula made me a cd of Dad singing and playing his guitar. She could probably get copies to anyone that would like one, Dad sang a lot of what he called plumb pitiful songs, because someone was always dying in them. He also knew a lot of railroad songs, as he worked on the railroad in Montana before the war. I have a lot of history if anyone is interested. Dad wrote all his memories along with the history and pictures. I wish I had payed more attention when I was younger.I remember Minda Haagenson, Dick Rybacek, and there are so many other colorful characters from the Turtle Mt area. Love to hear the memories. Merry Christmas to all and may God bless you in the new year.

Hugs, Susan

Dick Johnson’s (68) reply to Colette Hosmer (64): Dunseith, ND.
Gary and Friends,In reply to Colette Hosmer’s question. Your Dad’s Jeep could very
well be a ’54. They didn’t change the looks much from ’47-’60. I
remember him driving his Jeep and also Lucien Bedard driving a brown one
that was nearly identical except for the color. They both hunted ducks
up by our farm and were frequently seen going or coming in the Jeeps. I
think your dad had a big black lab that retrieved ducks for him, if I
remember right. They and the Lamoureux brothers and Dale Gottbreht had a
favorite spot between Horseshoe Lake and Sucker Lake on a little hill
where the bluebills would fly over. There is still shotgun shell brass
on the ground there. The shells were paper with a brass base so the
paper is long gone, but I constantly find brass whenever I walk in that
area. There was a common courtesy of stopping in at the farm to tell
Grandpa that they would like to hunt ducks. Many times they would come
back with a couple cleaned ducks or some other small token of gratitude
for letting them hunt on the land. I remember them giving Grandpa some
Prince Albert tobacco once and he was very grateful for their gesture.
He never expected anything in return, but this really showed their
honest gratitude.

I do remember the old sleeping bags. I still have one that is goose
down and is stamped U.S. on the front. Mom ordered it from the ‘Sioux
Falls Army- Navy Store’ and I first used it in 1960 to go to camp in
Minnesota. I have used it many times and once slept in it in Wyoming up
on Black Mountain around 9000 ft. I wore all my clothes but was actually
not cold, although we were told later that the temperature was way below
zero that night. We were hunting elk in the Bighorn Mountains in
November.We hung a tarp over a pole between two trees and made a
makeshift tent, but no heat. It gets cold up that high on a clear night.
That old sleeping bag did its job! Thanks, Colette, for the interesting
insight on your camping adventures! Good memory! Thanks Gary!


SmieaHaimour-Himour (67):

Reply from Claudette McLeod (80): Dunseith, ND.
Thanks, Eileen and Dick for the info, I was young but for some reason or another, I always remembered her. Thanks to you as well Gary for all you do. I would also like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year..
Claudette McLeod
Claudette, you are so welcome. Smiea was very sincere when she said she remembers you and would love to hear from you. She would love to hear from any of the Dunseith Alumni. Her phone number is (403) 556-1799. Smiea seems to be a very sharp gal and with her act well together too. Gary
George Albert & Smiea Haimour-Himour (67):
Reply from Ely Eller Robert (74): Everett, WA.
Hi Gary……

George Albert is my grandfather, Samia is my step-aunt. Two years after my real grand mother Agnes was killed in a car accident in Oct of 1960, Grandpa went back to the old country, as he called, Syria and found a new wife. Her name was Fatima. Samia is her daughter from a prior marriage. When Grandpa brought Fatima, or “Sittie” as we called her, that was Grandma in Syrian, she brought Samia over here with her. Samia was only in her teens hen she came here to the United States. She enrolled in Dunseith Hight School & Graduated, but I’m not sure what year. She went to college, I think, for a short time, then got married to a guy from Calgary, Albert. She moved there with him and had 4 children.
It is so weird, she just happened to call me this morning. By the way, Thanks Gary, she told me she had got my phone number from you. I hadn’t hear from her since Grandpa died in 1979, so I guess that would be 30 years ago. She lives in Grand Forks, British Columbia. She said she just retired from nursing and that she has 6 wonderful grand children.
Since my Mother was an only child, Samia is the only Aunt I knew, on my Mother’s side. And her Mother was the only Grand Mother that I ever knew as well!
Thanks Again….
Ivy Eller Robert (74)
Ivy, We can thank Eileen Brudwick for finding your connection to the George Albert Family and bringing it to my attention. I had not yet received LeaRae Parrill Espe’s message posted below, when I called Samiea. I had no idea of your relationship. I was surprised when I read what Eileen send me with the next posting below. This is how I knew your relationship with Samiea when I called her. Samiea was very surprised that I knew you when I mentioned your name. She did not waist any time calling you that is for sure. LeaRae mentions, in her letter posted below, Smiea being a little older when she graduated with their class of 67. From what Smiea told me that is absolutely correct. Smiea said she was placed in a grade level based on the English skills she had coming to this country in I think 1961. Smiea told me she is currently 65 years old. I think most of the class of 67 folks are currently about 60 years old.
Folks, We are so fortunate to have Eileen Brudwick, Mike’s wife, on our distribution list. Mike and Neola are first cousins. Eileen has a big percentage of the Rolette & Bottineau county folks, with all their relationships, in her genealogy data base. What she doesn’t have she finds. She’s got search engines that can find a whole lot of info for whatever it is she is searching for. If Eileen can not find something, it probably can not be found. Thank you Eileen for all that you have provided and do for us. We truly do appreciate you. Gary
Eileen Brudwick’s reply: Fargo, ND.
I guess I have an incorrect spelling for Smiea’s maiden name. I haven’t been able to locate anything further about her, and to be honest, I didn’t document my information about the Albert family, so have no idea where I located the information about Fatima & her daughter, Smiea.
George & Agnes (Warren) Albert’s daughter, Emma Albert married, Herman Eller, and they have a daughter, Ivy (Eller) Rober’t. She married Russell Rober’t.
Smiea Haimour-Himour (67):
Reply from LeaRae Parrill Espe (67): Bottineau, ND.
Dear Gary,Dick is correct about Smiea- she is the step daughter of George Albert. She
came with her mother from Lebanon and was 18 when she joined our class in
8th grade. She wanted to get an American education and four years later she
graduated with us at age 22 or 23. She was married right out of high
school! Her husband was also named Haimour, but as she explained to me in
2007 one of the families took a different spelling. When I spoke with her
by telephone she seemed quite happy to hear from me and said that a new
grandchild was expected so she couldn’t consider coming to the reunion.

George Albert’s first wife was killed in a car accident, I believe on the
hill coming from San Haven to town. I believe Charlene came upon that
accident. (Maybe I have that wrong??) Anyway George’s daughter Emma was
married to Mr. Eller, can’t remember his first name. My mother remembers
Emma Albert attending Dunseith HS when she did, but she was not in her grade
and I believe mom said she didn’t graduate from there. I believe the Ellers
had four daughters Carol, Bonnie, Julie and Ivy. Bonnie died of colon
cancer less than a month before my brother Clark in 2006. Julie Dahl lives
near Bottineau and was a cook’s helper at Bottineau HS, not sure if she is
still working this year. One of Julie’s nieces named Jody Eller stayed with
her and went to HS in Bottineau. Julie was not in touch with Smiea. I’m not
sure where Carol and Ivy live, but they may be on your email distribution
list. I believe all those girls are younger than I am.

At that time before the reunion, I thought maybe I could get a lead on
Smiea’s whereabouts from Ronnie Hassen who owned the Golden Rule in Rolla.
I can’t remember just how I got her number, but I had to call a few times
before I caught her at home. I talked to her son on one call. If she has
email I would like to have it.

Whenever I talk about growing up in Dunseith, I mentioned that we had such a
melting pot compared to say Bottineau. With the Cubans at San Haven,
several store keepers from the Muslim countries of Syria and Lebanon (Sy
Kadrie, Emil Hassen, and KC Sine) plus the Hassen Murrey and George Albert
families, plus Native Americans, all blending in with the Norwegians, French
and a few Germans and British Isle people we truly had diversity.

I remember we would ask Smiea about her religion and she brought her Koran
and told us a few things.

Later, LeaRae PS Please add Terry and I to the reunion list. Also
our belated sympathy to Bernadette on the death of her brother. It sounds
like there are great and deep rooted traditions in the Philippines.
Hopefully, it is a way to bring the families close. Take care.

LeaRae, Thank you so much for your sympathy of Jose’s passing. I have added you and Terry to the master reunion list.
No one can deny the diversity we had at Dunseith High School. You have summed it up so well and Vickie Metcalfe too, in prior messages.

12/05/2017 (2580)


I don’t have any posting for today, so I will go will just go with continue with the previous postings. Today’s is From December 16, 2009

This picture of Stubby and Elwood Fauske with Bernadette and me is a treasure. Our families have always been close friends from before Stubby and my Dad’s childhood years too.


Blog (654) posted on December 16, 2009

Posted on December 16, 2009

Reply from Erling Landsverk (44): 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): 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): 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: 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.

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.


11/29/2017 (2579)

Reply from Bill Hosmer (’48):  Tucson, AZ

Thank you, Gary for some more heavy memories of the people I knew growing up and in some cases getting old.  I appreciate the things you send and with some sadness and some laughter recall the days in Dunseith and surrounding places.  Bill Hosmer

Gary’s comment
You are so welcome Bill. I enjoy doing what I’m doing.
Thanks Bill for the nice comments.


Message from Bob Hosmer (’56):  Lynnwood, WA

Hi Gary and all, Bob Hosmer here.  Emily Bestons got under new management and she has lost contact with the Dunseith group here.  Here’s her current email address: She would like to be put on again.

My wife, Carol De Waal-Hosmer, and I will be making a permanent move to Canada January 3, 2018.  I’ll be winding up ministry in Stanwood, WA by the end of December and have a 20 year Navy veteran whose taking seminary training online at our seminary in Fergus Falls, MN.  He is now a licensed seminarian and a member of our church, so the transition should be quite smooth.

I will be part of a team of Church planters (starters) beginning a church in Red Deer, Alberta, the third largest city in that Province and growing rapidly.  I will not be leader of the team, but a member with an assignment to follow through on.

In February, Carol and I will be in Japan for three weeks.  One of my grandchildren there is getting married and have asked me to do the service—in Japanese, of course.  I will also be celebrating my 80th birthday there with that part of my family.  Will also be visiting areas where I used to work and the people I worked with over the years there.  So a lot of things going on.  Will have to give you a new email address when I get moved to Canada.

Great getting all this Dunseith info and stories.  Great job and service to this community that is so spread out now.

Bob Hosmer

Gary’s comment
Thank you so much Bob for this update in your life. I know this is something you will enjoy doing too.
Also congratulations with the wedding of your grandchild too in Japan. That will be special wedding indeed.


Blog (653) posted on December 15, 2009

Question from Claudette McLeod (80): Dunseith, ND
Will you ask the a question for me? I would like to know what ever happened to a lady I think her name was Samia??? Don’t know the correct spelling…. but she used to live with George Albert who lived north of Dunseith.

Claudette McLeod

Turtle Mountain Outreach

Office (701)244-0199

Condolences from Joan Richard: Dunseith, ND.
I would like to send my condolences to Dick and Brenda Johnson in the loss
of their aunt. My prayers are with you and your families.I would also like to send my condolences to the
Roland and Armand Mongeon families in the loss of their brother Adrian
Mongeon. My prayers to all of you. Joan Richard

Merry Christmas to the Dunseith folks:
From Bonnie Awalt Houle (56): Becker, MN
Dear Gary and All Your Readers,
The last few years I have begun my day with a cup of tea and “Dunseith Memories” via Gary Stokes’ Blog. I have realized that it took not just our parents to raise us but it took a whole community. Every story depicts an example of neighbor helping neighbor, Parent correcting child whether the child was their child or not, always another set of eyes looking out to see that the children were safe. What an amazing community we were raised in………The accomplishments that each of us speak of were aided by a little town in North Dakota filled with LOVE that spread out to each and everyone. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE THAT WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE TOUCHED BY THIS COMMUNITY.
Bonnie Awalt Houle 1956
Reply from Tom Hagen (51): Messa, AZ & Williston, ND.
Gary, No, Owen Haakenson is from Heimdal , Maddock area and no relation
to the Bottineau people.We love E-mail letters, Love Tom and Dot

Donald Egbert (65) – 7/12/07
Reply to Dick Johnson (68):
From Larry Hackman (66): Bismarck, ND
In answer to your questions about Don Egbert’s vehicles.
While visiting with Henry last evening I was telling him about the message you sent about the cars, Donald Egbert once owned. He did drive some nice looking automobiles. The big reason he had some nice cars was that his dad did not want him driving around in just any old clunker. That was mostly before he found out that Don was into the alcohol. Damn alcohol!
Adrian loved that kid and would have and did give him almost anything he wanted. I remember the first time I saw Adrian. I was in the second grade. This huge man with a huge voice was raising hell with the third grade teacher for giving his son a low mark on something. I remember I was all eyes and couldn’t believe that this huge man was chewing out this woman teacher. I remember asking someone who this guy was? After finding out, I made a mental note not to cross paths with this guy. Later on in life, when I was much older, I found out that he was actually a nice guy and we did have some good conversations. He was really concerned about his son, Donald.
I remember my brothers and I were skiing across the creek in Evan’s pasture. We had a couple pairs of old skis, a 4 ft. pair and a 6 ft. pair, that had leather straps that you stuck your toe through. Don came along and saw these and tryed them out. The next day he showed up with a bran new pair of skis. When he wanted a bicycle, his dad went and got him the best one he could find. Remember the one that Don rode with the twin saddle bag baskets on the back wheel. It was a nice ride for Dunseith. I have a feeling that if Don could have kept it together, his dad would have given him the world.
Don was a excellent football and basketball player. He started playing with the varsity teams when he was in the seventh grade.
This might of led to his downfall. He started running with the older crowd and picked up some of their bad habits early or at least it enabled him to develope some bad habits early. Yes, Dick I agree with you and feel sorry for the man. I have heard that he has taken the cure several times and he has been unable to change.
Henry recalled that Don’s first car was a 1950 gray Ford. He said Don, him, and Julian Kalk used it one summer to cruise back and forth to Westhope to haul hay bales for a farmer. He remembers that Don lost his keys for it one day and they tried to hot wire the car, and burned the points. The farmer who was set up to tow a swather over to a farm he had east of Bottineau. He threw a chain around the bumper of Don’s car and tied it on to the back of the swather and towed the swather and the car with them in it to his farm. He then gave them a ride to Lamourix’s Garage in Dunseith where they purchased points and and a ignition system. They repaired the car and got it running in less the a 1/2 hour. In them days the auto companys idea was to make it easy to repair an automobile. Don always did have bad luck with his cars. Henry don’t recall what happened to the Ford. Henry thought the next car Don drove was his dad’s 1952 brown and white chevy. I remember Adrian driving that car, but, don’t remember Donald driving it.
You are right! The next car Donald had, was a honey of a car. It was a 1956, peachs (orange)and cream, two tone colored Mercury. It was sweet! I would love to have a car like that even now.
It was 1961 Halloween night. Don was driving his Mercury with three other people in the car with him including Henry. They had pulled some shenanigans some where South of town. They thought they were being followed. Don shut off his lights. They were cruising down this section line road in the dark. Someone shouted theres a car on the road. Don switched on his head lights, and bang. Two nice cars were damaged that night. Who would of thought that some fellow would be parked in the middle of the road, with his girl friend, and with the lights off. I imagine they were a little surprised too.
The next car Don had was a beautiful 1957 Chevy. It was baby blue and white in color. Another real sweet ride! He wrecked it, by hitting the ditch on the road to the cemetary.
His next car was after he quit high school and went to work on the missile bases. He came back to town with a 1963 white Chevrolet. Another real nice ride. I remember coming to work one morning at Robert’s Service and their it was setting with one back wheel wore down to the diameter of the brake drum. Apparently he had a flat and didn’t stop to change wheels. Someone said he drove it from Bottineau with the flat.
The next and the last car that I and Henry remember Don driveing was a 1960 Mercury, It was baby blue and white in color. It was a huge car. In fact I bought it from Don and later sold it to one of the Pigeon brothers.
By this time Don had lost his license so many times, he was never getting it back. Not in this life-time anyway.
Reply from Bill Grimme (65): Birmingham, AL
Here is the story of the plane crash that Spencer Teal died in.
Bill, you are one fast guy. You had this back to me in less than five minutes after I sent out yesterdays blog. You must have your computer set on super high speed for finding this stuff. This stuff whipped across the Pacific ocean with lightening speed yesterday. This is a great follow up to Spencer Teal’s obituary posted by Dick Johnson yesterday. Thanks, Gary

Japan – The Mount Fuji Disaster, by James Wilson (1966)

It was a Saturday in March 1966; a perfect late winter day in Tokyo; clear blue skies, bright sunshine, with a magnificent view of Mount Fuji from the city. The BOAC city office did not usually open on a Saturday, but as Manager Japan I had gone in that morning to write a letter of condolence to my counterpart at Canadian Pacific Airlines after one of their DC-8s had crashed the previous day on the seawall at Tokyo’s Haneda airport. By the afternoon, I was doing some carpentry on the patio of our house in Azabu; my wife Diana had gone to the hairdresser – it was a very ordinary Saturday afternoon.

Then, with a phone call from the BOAC operations office at Haneda, my world fell apart. A BOAC Boeing 707 which was late, for reasons which were going to be very significant, had failed to report after its initial departure message and now there were reports of an aircraft falling from the sky in the Mount Fuji area. At first it was believed that aircraft involved was a Japanese self-defence force fighter, then it seemed possible that it was our 707. That was the news on the radio at the hairdresser. I was already on my way to Haneda, not to be home for a week.

The 707 had arrived late after diverting to Fukuoka on the flight up from Hong Kong. Since it had only a few passengers booked from Tokyo, we had agreed to delay further the departure to Hong Kong so as to take a group of 75 American Thermo-King dealers who were on an incentive tour of the Orient. There were 124 people on the flight including the crew. The American group had made an immediate transfer from a Japanese domestic flight at Haneda.

During the night we began to piece together messages about wreckage on the mountainside in the area of Taboro. It became clear that it was our aircraft and that there were no survivors. Why a large jet airliner should fall out of the sky in apparently perfect weather was a mystery to which we could give no answer.

The whole weight of the overpowering Japanese media fell on us. We had no experience of an accident in Japan. I was to learn a lot, very quickly.

The first lesson was that Japanese newspapers had commandeered all the available helicopters, so that when I came to look for one to go up the mountain on the Sunday there was every problem. Eventually I found one at a heliport in the suburbs and chartered it to come to Haneda to pick me up.

One of our Japanese traffic clerks was detailed to come along as interpreter. Suzuki-san looked terrified. I cannot say I blame him but it was only later that I realised how terrified he was. The weather had changed completely. Sunday was wet and windy with mist swirling around Taboro. As I climbed into the helicopter the crew said in Japanese “where to?” “Taboro” I said. “But where in Taboro?” “Oh! I don’t know, perhaps the post office.” That must be easy to see, I thought. After forty minutes of nothing, the pilot suddenly said, “There is the post office. I cannot land there. I will put you down that schoolyard, and then I must go away to wait at a heliport further up the valley. OK?”

Suzuki-san and I jumped out into the deserted yard with a feeling of absolute abandonment, which was made much worse when we realised that we might be locked into a compound. Eventually, after half an hour of desperate searching through the empty school buildings, we found a fire exit leading to the street.

On later reflection, the whole trip took on a surreal quality. When we found some of the scattered remains it was necessary to keep telling oneself that this really was part of the complete destruction of an aircraft with everyone on board.

Much of the rest of that visit was spent reviewing arrangements at the temporary morgue to which bodies were starting to arrive. Now that a BOAC team had arrived by road from Tokyo, there was no excuse for not returning to face the outside world in Tokyo. I called for the helicopter to fetch us, but Suzuki-san had disappeared, not to return for a couple of days. He really had been badly shaken by the experience. I made the return trip alone.

As with all disasters, the organisation to deal with the consequences takes on a life of its own. Gradually it became apparent that there was a special dimension that follows from the Japanese belief in personal responsibility in such situations. We could not hide behind lawyers and insurance loss adjusters.

A committee was formed to represent the families of the dozen Japanese killed in the accident (including the Japanese stewardess) and I was expected to negotiate personally all claims with this committee. This process was to take more than a year. However, immediately there were extraordinary requirements. Every Japanese was to receive “condolence money”, about £400 for each victim, for which there was no precedent in our system. At first there were objections from head office that this could acknowledge responsibility yet to be established. I rather think that events overtook any objection. Payments were made within hours.

I also attended Shinto ceremonies all over the city. The Japanese press had surrounded our downtown offices, making entry and exit very difficult. A co-ordination centre took over our reservations area in the basement of the Sanshin Building.

As one might expect, there were bizarre overtones. One group on board had been the “Blue Boys” a transvestite cabaret act moving from Japan to Hong Kong as part of a world tour. The group presented particular problems in identification to the rescue teams. But nothing was to surpass the effrontery of the agent in Japan who called demanding a refund of the fares which he claimed to have paid for their journey to Hong Kong. In telling him to wait I think I may have been rather rude.

Later, from a rural corner of France came a communication from the aged mother of one of the “boys”. It was clear that she had lost contact with her son many years before, but we met her request to be taken up the mountain to see his grave. It seemed a particularly worthwhile task.

The presence of a large American group on the aircraft was a particular worry to our USA organization. With the complete mystery as to what had caused the accident – it was well before the days of terrorist attacks like the Lockerbie disaster – the scene could have been set for American lawyers to have a field day. We had people from the BOAC USA offices working in our Tokyo accident centre in an effort to meet the US requirements including briefing the US media. I received excellent advice from a US born Japanese lawyer working in Tokyo who understood some of the cultural differences in the approach to such matters.

An explosive decomposition at altitude makes for extreme difficulty in positive identification of the human remains scattered over a considerable area. After some days, the experts had accounted for every passenger and crew member so that the wishes of relatives could be met, with the exception of one English stewardess. We seemed to be close to declaring that no trace could be found of this young woman. However, there were some remains which had not been linked positively with any other and following what could perhaps be called a process of elimination it was possible for the experts to say that no one would have to be for ever in the missing category. The stewardess had only one relative, her aged mother, and I thought how terrible it would have been if that old lady alone were deprived of what comfort there might be in a funeral, a grave, those certainties that conclude a life.

The investigators ultimately concluded that the accident was caused by clear air turbulence associated with the wind shear that can occur over a high mountain when the jet stream is as strong as that reported on that day of clear blue skies. The strong metal fuselage had been torn apart after being subject to stresses that could not, at that time, ever have been envisaged. All the stories about the 707 flying into Mount Fuji were set on one side.

However, it is not surprising that I carry with me an intense dislike of all those images of the sacred mountain so popular in Japanese culture. Years before I had climbed to the top and believed in that guarantee of one’s return to Japan; now I saw it in an altogether different light

Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

In Paula’s picture of the fishing camp with Bob Hosmer’s Jeep, there
is a boat trailer to the right of the picture that has some local
history. I’m not sure if these trailers were built by one of the
Lamoureux brothers or by John Bedard’s (65) grandfather, also John
Bedard or maybe both or neither. Anyway, there were many of them built
and nearly everyone who had a boat, had one of these locally built
trailers. Dad bought one and we used it for quite a few years until I
hauled an old 1930 Dodge car and bent the axle. They were made from old
Model T frames and other car parts and had a full wood deck with washing
machine rollers up the center for the boat to roll on and off. As far as
I know they were ALL painted red and green. I think one of the reasons
Dad bought one was that once when we attempted to haul his boat in the
back of the old IH pickup, Dad slammed on the brakes to avoid a careless
driver and the boat slid forward through the back window and the bow hit
me in the back of the head. With the glass flying and the racket, the
folks thought I was really hurt, but there was no collateral damage.
Remember, it just hit me in the head! I was about 10 and was sitting in
the center. Now you know why I’m like THIS! Thanks Gary!



Happy Holidays!

From Pete (65) & Verena Gilles: Dunseith, ND

11/27/2017 (2578)

Good day folks,

I don’t have any posting today so I will go with a the continuation of postings from the past with today’s being from December 14, 2009

I am hoping you all had a good Thanksgiving. We certainly did. The Marco Polo catered to our Cebu Expat group with a traditional Thanksgiving buffet with the turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, pies, etc. Really good. To accommodate all they need two dinners for about 180 total. It was most certainly a 5 Star dinner in a 5 star hotel.

Dunseith Main Street in the late 50’s or very early 60’s


Blog (652) posted on December 14, 2009

Posted on December 14, 2009

Condolences to Dick Johnson & reply to Gary Metcalfe:

From Sybil Johnson: Cheyenne, WY.

Dick, I’m so sorry to hear about your aunt. I just got my pc up and running. Gary, I dont know Cliff, sorry to say. If he is like “Pa”, then he will be one hell of a guy. Sybil

Bev Morinville Azure’s funeral:

From Les & Myra Henning (72) Halvorson: Bottineau, ND.

Hello Gary,

We said goodbye to Bev Azure today. Our sincere condolences to her family.
I took this picture of Toni and Duane in the fellowship hall after the
funeral. Debbie was not able to attend. It was good to see the many
Dunseith and former Dunseith folks in attendance and thank you to the
ladies of the church for the delicious food. Thanks Gary and Happy
Holidays to all! Les and Myra (Henning) Halvorson

Toni Morinville Gredesky (68) & Duane Morinville

Spencer Teal (46) & LaRose Ketterling (46)

Message/newspaper article/Picture from Dick Johnson (66): Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

One guy from the class of ’46 at DHS was Spencer Teal. He was the son
of Bill and Irene Teal. Bill was the depot agent at Dunseith for many
years. Spencer was traveling with a dance troupe from Paris, France and
was enroute to Japan when the passenger jet he was on crashed on Mt.
Fuji in Japan in 1966. There were no survivors. A young woman from
Leeds, ND was also on that plane. I think she was traveling as part of a
beauty pageant or similar function. I still have the Life Magazine that
tells the entire story of the crash. Spencer was in the same graduating
class as my folks and was a friend of theirs. The picture attached is of
Spencer and classmate, LaRose Ketterling, goofing around at the school.
Thanks Gary!


Spencer Teal (46) &
LaRose Ketterling (46)

Elaine Haakenson:

From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

This came from Tom Hagen earlier tonight.

—– Original Message —–

From: Thomas Hagen

To: neolag@min.midco.net

Sent: Saturday, December 12, 2009 9:35 PM

Subject: Elaine Haakenson

Yes, that is Elaine Haakenson, wife of Owen Haakenson who with Clay
Kittelson ran the Texaco station across from Dales. She now lives in
AZ and her husband is Dot’s cousin by marriage. They are friends and
he and I work together as volunteers at the Lutheran Thrift Store. When
I was teaching in Heimdal her sister Carol was a student of mine!!!!

We love E-mail letters, Love Tom and Dot

I did not realize there was another Elaine Haakenson. The Elaine Haakenson I/we know is the daughter of Arnie and Mabel Kofoid Haakenson. Is Owen related to the Bottineau Haakenson’s?

Lutheran Ladies Circle at Jeanette Moe’s house:

Back: Elaine Haakenson, 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.

Gary Cota (56) & Marlin Cote:

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


I think you’ve said Gary Cota doesn’t have email. What class did he graduate with? I have “courthouse” pictures to send to him; I thought I’d include a note about the May 22 get-together in Dunseith–also include a list of people who plan to attend.

Also, I don’t know if anyone would be interested in knowing Marlin Cote is now living at the home. Apparently, Good Sam has a few rooms for those who don’t need much care; he’s in one of those rooms.



Neola, I have pasted Gary’s contact info below and an updated reunion list. Gary

11/24/2017 (2577)


Kalk Family
Reply from Barbara Kalk ‘65 (deceased) husband, Al Lopez: 

Natalie Kalk Johner  lives in Fargo, so do Janet, Vince and Marlene. Lori lives in Sioux falls


12/12/2009 Posting
Lutheran Ladies Circle Picture posted by Paula Fassett (’71)

 Folks, this picture came up in yesterday and today’s previous postings from December 2009. Back then we never thoroughly identified all those in the picture. Let’s take another stab at it. Neola and I are both pretty that the first gal in back row is not Elaine Haakenson. Elaine’s mother, Neola’s dad and my dad were all first cousins.  Some of the others are in question too.

Neola Kofoid Garbe’s reply from yesterday’s posting

 Hi, Gary.

I don’t remember if I responded the first time you sent this newsletter, but our cousin, Elaine Haakenson, isn’t in this picture.  Was there an “Elaine” with a different “last” name living in the Dunseith area when this picture was taken?


 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.

Blog (651) posted on December 13, 2009


Reply form Bob Lykins (DHS 60’s teacher): Hutto, TX
Sorry to hear about your run in with the mighty arm of the law. Guess the guys needed a little extra money to put down on the rooster fights. Thanks for running the photo of the Class of 65’s 8th grade graduation. It is interesting to note how much more mature the students all look when dressed in more formal attire. Seeing such photos brings back many fond memories.
I am off for Germany next week to spend the holidays with my son and his mother. For those who may be interested in geography and have some knowledge of Germany, I shall be in the Bayischerwald (Bavarian Forest) village of Wegscheid. Looking at a map the village is located in the hills where the Czech, German, and Austrian borders come together. It is, as one might expect, a very beautiful area located off the beaten tourist path but very close to some of the best cross country skiing in the world.
May everyone who reads this message have a glorius and safe Christmas and New Years. God bless you all and a special blessing for you, Gary, for all that you do to foster a truely global togetherness for the people from Dunseith.
Bob Lykins
Reply from Pam Fassett Faust (65): Lilburn, GA
Gary – That gal on the right end of the first row couldn’t be me. We moved to El Paso before graduation so I could not be in this picture. Thanks for all you do with this blog – it has reconnected a lot of people.
Pam Fassett-Faust
Pam, I kind of thought you had left Dunseith before 8th grade graduation, but I couldn’t think of who else it could be. I was looking at our current list of those of us living when I was labeling that photo. I forget to check the deceased. See Dick Johnson’s reply below. I think he’s right. Gary
Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.
Gary,I think it’s Barbara Kalk instead of Lorraine and last one in the
front row might be Shirley Boguslawski instead of Pam Fassett. Fassetts
had moved to California before this picture was taken, I believe. I
could be wrong here, but thought I should bring it to your attention
just in case. Thanks.


DHS class of 65 eigth grade graduation:
Comment on the Picture: I remember back in those days we kids all had suits. We never went to church without wearing a suit. My brothers and I had some pretty snazzy suits that came from the Dunseith sisters. Folks used to dress up more in formal attire back in those days. The class of 65 is looking pretty sharp. What a mature bunch of folks we were, in our eyes of coarse. 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, Barbara 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, Shirely Boguslawski
Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND.
Hi Gary,
Thanks for the interesting account of what is happening at your home at this time.
I don’t think this is “our” Elaine Haakenson; I see no resemblance between this lady/”our” Elaine. I’m guessing you don’t see a resemblance, either. :)
Paula is correct: Clarice Aus’ husband, Perry, was a teacher. The picture of the ladies is very interesting. I have at least two people I’ll be forwarding this picture to.
I arrived at my apartment at six. I finally have everything carried into the downstairs hall; I don’t have everything carried up to my apartment. If I get everything carried to the hall, I can carry it upstairs a little at a time. The 15 almost straight stairs, give my heart/body a good workout!! LOL!!
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.

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
Class of 55-56 2570


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
Class of 55-56 2570

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
Class of 55-56 2570

Peace Garden Annual Meeting/1942
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottinea & Minot, ND
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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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Nice picture Jay. You are looking great! Who is the beautiful gal with you in the photo?
Vanorny, Jay 2568


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.