09/09/2019 (2717)

Reply to Pastor Orval Moren’s Status
From Bob Hosmer (56):  Ponoka, Alberta

Pastor Orval Moren served as pastor of Dunseith Lutheran Parish back in the 1960s.  He’s a good friend of mind during those years and we have kept in contact with each other both by phone and email.  But now is under nursing home care.  Was he also your pastor at Salem Lutheran?

Gary’s Comment
Bob: Pastor Moren was never pastor of Salem and Metigoshe Lutheran.


Dinner at Denny’s in the Robinson Galleria Mall in Cebu, Philippines  last night.

Bernadette hit her high point since having been unconscious for 20 days in April and is steadily declining. Several weeks ago she could walk on her own. Now she needs total assistance for walking and virtually everything else too. As long as we are able to get her in the car, we try to eat out most every night. Our three Helpers/caregivers take turns going with us. I could never do it alone.

Tata, Mirasol and Marites are god sends sent from heaven.


Blog (790) posted on May 2, 2010

Reply from Blanche Wicks Schley (42): Grand Forks, ND.

The couple at the end of this message are one handsome couple…you both look so relaxed and enjoying retirement. Have a wonderful life. I enjoy the daily items, even though I don’t know the people…recognize the last names. Having left Dunseith in 1938, it is interesting to read about the school and community changes in that time. I have been to only one of the all school reunions. I note that many people say that their day starts with reading your daily alumni news. The stories that are told by everyone would really make an interesting book. Keep up this project … You have certainly have a great following!

Blanche Schley

Thank you Blanche for the nice compliment. Bernadette does take good pictures and always looks great. On my part, pictures can be deceiving. Yes we are relaxed and enjoying retirement. I’ll tell you a little something. Bernadette and I were counting the days leading to our retirement here in the PI so we could enjoy all the inexpensive services that are available in this country. Now with everything being done for us, that leaves a lot of time to really do nothing. We went from overload to nothing. That isn’t all necessarily a good thing. I have managed to keep pretty busy with what I’m doing, but Bernadette does, at times, have a lot of extra time on her hands. CSI reruns get a little old. Gary


Celia Walter Story:
From Vickie Metcalfe (68): Bottineau, ND.


Next week is Mother’s Day.

Yesterday, I was moving files and came across a story of my mom’s of Celia Walter. Mom and I wrote the story at the request of Celia’s granddaughter. I noticed on Verena’s list this morning the name Erna Walter Pederson. I don’t recall Erna, but my mom’s recollection of Celia was of a proud, devoted mom . I’d like to share the following story written about Ceila.

Charlotte Metcalfe’s, Remembrances of Celia Hackman Walter

Charlotte (Lamb) Metcalfe grew up one mile west of the Hackman family on old unpaved Highway 43. Celia’s family home was also directly across the road from Charlotte’s grandmother, Elizabeth Wicks, with whom Charlotte frequently stayed with.

Celia,was nine years older than Charlotte. Charlotte said, “Celia was kind and fun to be around.” 

Charlotte recollects when she was about 5, going across the road to visit Celia and her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Hackman. Celia’s mother, was a short plump lady and Celia, was the baby girl of the family. 

Mrs. Hackman would sew dresses for herself and Celia. There was no electricity, so the sewing was probably done on a pedal sewing machine and/or by hand. Celia and her mother would save the fabric scraps and sew doll clothes for Charlotte’s dolls.

Stohl or Long Lake which it is known now, was adjacent to the Hackman’s. The east side was a nice swimming place where sometimes,Celia would take Charlotte wading.

Hilltop School was located 1 mile north and 1/2 miles east of the Hackman Place. About the summer of Charlotte’s first grade at Hilltop School, Celia and her cousin, Antoinette Deitrich were brushing up on studies to complete the final eighth grade exams.

Celia had a horse which she rode bareback. Often she would hitch up the horse to a cutter in the winter or a cart in the summer. She would drive the horse to school. That summer she gave Floyd and Charlotte rides to and from school whenever they stayed with their Grandma Wicks.

Sometimes, Celia would take her horse and buggy to her Grandpa Deitrich’s or Uncle Henrys to get chicken feed. Charlotte say’s, “Celia would invite me to go along. We just went riding along, it was an adventure to go with her, Celia’s Grandfather’s seemed so far away.”

Charlotte remembers a few years later going with some other youth, to visit Celia at her home. She was then married to Ed Walter. They were living close to Kelvin Store and Ed was working for Cook’s. Celia had a tiny, small, cute baby girl, her name was Erna.

In later years Charlotte said she would visit with Celia at Peace Lutheran Church. Many times, Celia would be quietly washing dishes for church functions

Charlotte said, after her passing on March 30,2005, “Celia was always a friend, and I’ll miss her. She always made me happy to see her.”

Written for Patsy Walter Mogk, on her Grandma Celia’s passing.__by Charlotte Metcalfe

Vickie L. Metcalfe written on March 31, 2005

Vickie, I was glad to see Erna Walter’s name on our reunion list too. Erna knew my Dad’s family pretty well. She lived with my Dad’s brother Emil and his wife Lillian for several years in the foot hills of the Turtle mountains NE of Bottineau. She was teaching school at the time. That would have been in the 1956/57 time frame. I remember Erna living with them. I was only about 10 years old at the time. I had totally forgotten she had lived with Emil/Lillian until she brought it to my attention when I got in contact with her putting class lists together. Erna is currently living in Minot. Gary


Tommy Belgarde’s passing:
Reply from Claudette McLeod (80): Dunseith, ND

Gary, Yes, it is Tommy Belgarde the musician. It was a very sad day in our community, Tommy was the son of the late Jimmy and Emma Belgarde. His brothers were Rene and Clifford, he had others as well but Rene and Clifford lived her all their lives.

 Claudette McLeod


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



09/03/2019 (2716)

Pastor Orval Moren  Status
Posted by Debbie Higgins:   

Note from Dick Johnson (’68):
Orval Moren was the pastor of Dunseith Lutheran in the early to mid 60’s before the merger or Dunseith, Rendahl, and Little Prairie.


This email is being sent by Debbie Higgins, Orval’s Daughter. Many of you have called and asked about Dad, so I thought I would send a blast email and update everyone… I apologize if you are sent this incorrectly or in multiples. Its Dads address book and I have no idea who he knows, and in what way you are connected to his life…  If I have left someone off please forward this to them too. Please do not use these addresses for any other purpose.

Dad has recovered from 3 serious hospitalizations for pneumonia and congestive heart failure since February. They have taken a toll on his body and mind. He is fragile but still in good spirits.  He has moments of clarity, and a lot of memory issues. He completely lost his hearing in this left ear,and half in his right ear, in a battle with infection in March. But his hear aid in the right still serves him well.

We helped him sell his house in June to his next door neighbor and dear friend Debbie Dickinson. He is now living at the Ambassador Good Samaritan Care Center in New Hope. 8100 Medicine Lake Road, New Hope MN 55427

Currently he is unable to walk and in a wheel chair. He recently recovered from a fractured ankle bone (and the required boot for the last 10 weeks).  It would appear that he is fading a little more everyday.   He misses my mom, Bernell so much. Dad is experiencing the typical loneliness and isolation that can come with his situation and he always enjoys visits and phone calls from friends and family.

If you desire to send a letter, or note to the care center, we do read them to him.  If you desire to visit, he does enjoy it, may manage for 15- 30 minutes but might lose track of things a little.  He also may not remember you have been there. He keeps his cell phone near his bed.  If you can’t reach him, please leave a message and we will read or play it back to him. There is a visitors note book on his dresser if you choose to share that you visited.  It allows us to try to help him relive some of the friends and family that have come.  Thank you for your continued care, prayers and love to dad as he continues to live out his days.

We will not be responding to this email or Dads email account. You may forward questions, greeting or notes to my sister, Becky Calhoun at her email, zip55123@hotmail.com. She will respond instead.

Peace and blessings.  Love from all of us. Jon, Becky, Debbie, Mary Beth and families
Facebook message from Lee Stickland (’64): Dickinson, ND

Lee Stickland
August 18 at 12:55 AM
Gary and Bernadette, “Spout dime” I say hello. I think about you every day for sure. One of our nurses is from the Philippines. Sorry I didn’t learn which island. she told me it takes 3 days from Dickinson; she promised to wave a hello to you folks as she was going by, in whichever direction. My inside thermometer shows a cool 55 degrees with some rain at 10 to 11 in the morning on Saturday. Great to learn that Bernadette is up, around, and has a great appetite. She owes a lot of her being able to gain such a great revived lifestyle to the best caregivers in the world. Lee

Gary’s comments
Sorry about the late post of this Lee. I forgot to post with the last blog posting.
Please tell you friend to feel free to get in touch with me before or while she is here in the Philippines.
My Cell Phone number is 0977 844 6618. If calling from the USA it’s 01163 977 844 6618. I can be reach 24 hours a day on that phone.
My email address is gws123456@hotmail.com. She can message me on FB too

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: neolag@min.midco.net Minot, ND


Blog (790) posted on May, 2010

Thomas Belgrade’s funeral notice:

THOMAS BELGARDE, 51, Belcourt, died Thursday in a Minot hospital. Funeral Wednesday, 10 a.m., St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Belcourt. Visitation Tuesday, 6 p.m., rosary service Tuesday, 8 p.m., both in the church. (Elick Funeral Home, Rolla)


Reply to Tommy Belgarde (Deceased)
From Denise Lajimodiere: Moorhead, MN

Tommy Belgarde the musician?



Condolences to the Tommy Belgarde Family:
From Dianne Rober’t Johnson (76): Rolla, ND

Morning Gary,

I seen the posting regarding Tommy.

I remember Tommy (& Clifford) from when I lived on the farm out by St. Anthony’s. We use to ride the horses to Pigeons alot and would pass by their house. Also, remember going to dances where Tommy’s band was playing. Those were the good old days!

My condolences go out to Tommy’s families, he will be surely missed.

Dianne (Rober’t) Johnson


Memories of Tommy Belgarde:
From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND



Through the passing of each season, I revert to music. Yesterday, I when visiting with a class of students,who did not know about an old tradition of knocking at doors and giving flowers on May first. …… Myself? I ‘d first heard about May Day from Mrs.Florence Conroy.

While discussing May 1st. I began singing…… “Awake Awake Oh Pretty Maids Awake Out of your Drowsy Dream..and Step into your dairy house to fetch a bowl of cream………..” . My thoughts were of our gifted music teacher who introduced the Dunseith High School choir that song. I continue to always be amazed when melodies and the words are remembered just as our gifted teacher…….Mr. Don Johnson.

Saddened, I am to hear of the passing of Tommy Belgarde. Tommy also a truly gifted musician. (Tommy’s dad grew up in the hills north of Dunseith, neighbors to the Metcalfe’s at Rabbit City Lake…………and he in the foothills)

Many, many times, my cousin, Janice and Raphael hired Tommy’s band to play at Kelvin Klinic. My parents, along with Kelvin filled with many neighbors and folks enjoyed listening to Tommy appreciating his sense of timing and danced to his band. Ah……. those two-steps, fox trots and waltzes. (Do you remember the dancing at Kelvin Dorothy Pritchard? As I recall, She, and her husband could and would dance most of the evening.)

It was Turtle Mountain Metis’ Music at it’s best! Many weekends, I’d venture to the home farm from teaching in Montana just in time to take mom and dad dancing. Usually, upon seeing my dad,walk through the door with his white cane, Jimmie LaRocque would say to Tommy,” Let’s play one for Cliff. Tommy and the band accompanied Jimmie while he’d double string fiddled , I’d stand to be dad’s touch point while he’d clogged and jigged.

God Bless those dear hearts and gentle souls who made the music which carries on. Many Thanks. Vickie


Bryan Schimetz’s (77) Funeral cast:
From Mark Schimetz (70): Rolette, ND.

Gary This is a copy of Bryan Schimetz’s Funeral cast . Gary Fulsebakke sang several songs and very heartfelt and powerfully moving, This young man can really sing spiritual songs. I first heard Gary sing at his mothers 90th birthday party at Good Sam’s in Bottineau. I remember Gary saying that his mother, Midge, loved to sing gospel songs around the house and Gary loved to sing along with her. Judy Allard also sang very well. I will try to get a copy of the Obituary, which I left behind in Dunseith. I know some of his friends could not make it. So I will also try to get some miscellaneous photos of Bryans life to you at that time.

Thanks Gary for all that you do for us Fans of this blog.


Reunion – May 22nd

Folks, Verena’s list, below, is her master list and the official master list for those that have paid. Please reply with any discrepancy’s or omissions that you see so they can be corrected.

She will only be ordering T-shirts, Next week, for those that attended Dunseith schools that have paid when she sends the order in. She is unsure of those attending the reunion that have not paid, so will not be ordering T-shirts for those folks.

For the catered dinner, Verena needs your payment no later than May 14th.

For those of you desiring the catered meal, please send your payment of $10.00 Plus $5.00 ($15.00 total) per person payable to


08/23/2019 (2715)

I have attached all pictures that are pasted below.
Not everyone is able to view pictures posted in the body of my email message.

Passing of Mary Rose Morin
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe(’70):  Bottineau, ND

Dear Alice Renault,  Gary and Alumni  friends of Dunseith  Public School,

I offer sympathy to  former  Dunseith Elementary co-worker, Alice Renault on the passing of her sister Mary Rose.

May you find the  warmth of comfort  Alice,  in your  unending  faith,  your loving family and friends.


Vickie L. Metcalfe
August 20, 2019



Spectrum Store on Bottineau Main street is closing
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe(’70): Bottineau, ND

Gary, Karen Larson is shutting down the Spectrum.

I hope others will be bolstered by the photos and story  the tale/story, to go in and see Karen and do the same. Losing the Spectrum and the  expertise of Karen Larson  will be a  great loss to Bottineau and Dunseith. Thanks and take care. Sincerely, Vickie

Gary’s comments
I totally agree with everything you said Vickie. Bottineau and Dunseith too, will be at a loss without the expertise services of Karen and Spectrum.

Thank you Karen for all the services you have provided us and also for the entire community. You are a saint. I for one will miss visiting and seeing you in Spectrum with my visits back to the area.  


Posted by Vickie Metcalfe(’70):  Bottineau, ND
Note: This Picture is also attached
Metcalfe Aug 23


Bottineau Cabins by Oak Creek: Memories from the past
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe(’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and Dunseith Alumni Friends

May through August is prime for walking a dog.  Lochbuie my diabetic senior  Westie when hurting or tired uses a pet stroller.  Aka ‘Buie’s Cadillac’. I purchased for him because it reminded me of the D-John Deere I used in hayfields of summers long past..

My preference is early morning; at least 6:00 am dawn moseying along the walking path.   Much loved are North Dakota’s Changeling Morns. Be it,

-Calm, and quiet

-Gentle misting soft rain.

-Chilling dam p breeze  w in d.

Strong winds bring the hoody up, hat tucked away, with feet amping up to brisk strides whilst the stroller  hood comes down  for Buie’s protection.   Doggedly, I wander like  ‘the bear ‘went over the mountain to see what he can see.’

Halfway destination is arrived at the walking bridge where the D John Deere is pushed to the edges of the walking bridge and we mindfully gaze in all directions of the flowing or …. Not flowing Oak Creek.

I believe, Water is life.

Life in the hearing, seeing, smelling….‘and the feel

-Wee shy cotton tails or startled gigantic  Jack rabbits,

-splish/splash of the Beaver or Muskrat.

-Shushing, trickling, rushing of water where tiny bugs or microisms call water home.

-Various color birds calling the sun to wake up his sleepy head.

Final focus is on a huge many branched thick willow tree. And I wonder back to 72 years ago if a small-determined  willow branch was here, as my parents began their married life witnessed in the company of friends and family at Dunseith Lutheran Church on September 17, 1947.

Once,  while a child my Mom pointed out the area cabins, saying she and Dad’s wedding night was spent in a little cabin.  Hmm, close to  the flowing water, where the huge willow now has grown so strong and tall.

Given into history, I hauled out moms stuff which was long ago packed away, then,  asking Karen at the “Spectrum” to fwd copies of my parents wedding photo graph, signed guest list, and a yellowed curling clipping from the Star. ( I shall miss Karen as she is closing up shop soon)

Wholly Cow! upon sharing the photo’s’ Karen pulled out an old  photo of the cabins at Oak Creek.

My mom all those years kept in her possession every gift card she received at her wedding.

…I wept as I read them………so sincerely personal and kind.  Many of those folks continued to lend laughter, tears and support through to my parents passing.  Friendship treasured-endures.

Many think clutter. Clutter? I think not.   Frail yellow paper scraps of the past symbolize the strong spirituality of  a woman who treasured her marriage vows.    She and dad lived it together, through glad times and bad times, good health and sickness.

Dad was her one and only love.

Mom also valued family and friends kind and gentle folks who witnessed and supported her and her beloved.She never forgot a kindness.

In summary, for what it’s worth I share pieces of  my family history with y’all.  And, thank you  all kindly.

I dare you all, take a walk  mindfully  at dawn.


Vickie Leona Metcalfe
August 20, 2019


Wedding of Clifford  David and Charlotte Harriet  (Lamb ) Metcalfe: September 17, 1947
Posted by their Daughter Vickie Metcalfe (’70):
Note: These Pictures are also attached

 My parents were: Clifford  David and Charlotte Harriet  (Lamb ) Metcalfe
Mom’s roots were primarily English, Irish and ..Penn Dutch…..

.Mom’s name.

Charlotte ……….named in  honor of    Maternal  Irish/Penn Dutch …great-grand mother Charlotte Anne (Plymire )Welch,          and  Charlotte  Ann  (O’Moran) Plymire  Irish immigrant  ( early 1700’s) great- great grand mother.
Midle name Harriet is after her English grandmother Harriet Lamb……..
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Blog (789) posted on April 30, 2010


Tommy Belgarde Passed away
Forward from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

Note: I am not familiar with Tommy. I’m pretty sure some of you are though. Please fill us in with Tommy and where he lived etc. Our condolences are with his family with his passing. They are in our prayers. Gary


From:Keplin, Denise S.
Date: 4/29/2010 11:09:20 AM


Subject: #2 Prayer requests 4-29-10

Tommy Belgarde died early this morning. Please pray for his family and friends. Will let you know about services when I hear.


Reply from Cheryl Kester Gaugler (69): North Brunswick, NJ


After seeing the map you sent today, I realized how close I was to you a couple of weeks ago – my husband and I visited our son in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He’s taking a year-long language course at Utma Jaya University learning Bahasa Indonesia. He loves the country and may end up staying longer. We saw many sites, one of the most amazing was standing at the top of Borobudur when the mist was rising from the jungle at sunrise – absolute breathtaking.

Just want to thank you again for all the coordinating you do keeping us in touch.

Cheryl Kester Gaugler – Class of 1969 Yes, Indonesia is just to the west of us. We have not yet visited Indonesia. Many folks from here have business connections in Viet Nam which is also a hop skip and a jump to the west of us as well. It’s hard to believe, but labor costs are less in Viet Nam than here in the Philippines.
Reunion reply from Shelley Sime Fossen (84): ?????, ND.

Gary – I read the updates all of the time and went to school in Dunseith till the 8th grade. You really are a saint for all you do with this blog. Just when is the date of the banquet? I am wondering if I could take my mom, Connie Burcham Sime, to the meal? I know that this is last minute but she is much too shy to just go on her own and Dad isn’t much of a social butterfly.

Thanks either way :o) Shelley Sime Fossen 1984 Bottineau

PS: Mom would have graduated about 1963 but I am not certain of that year (close). :o)

It’s great to hear from you Shelley. I have your mother listed with the class of 1962 in my records. It’s wonderful that you and your mother plan on attending the reunion. We have added you to our lists for attending. You can just send your payment, payable to Verena.

 Verena Gillis

Angela Berube Malget (65): Minneapolis, MN

 Folks, I just got a message from Angela Berube Malget (65) letting me know that she and Greg will be attending the reunion.

08/12/2119 (2714)

Note to Vickie From Gary
Vickie, I forgot to post this with the last blog. Sorry for the oversight.

Sympathy to Raphael Poitra (’65)
From Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Dear Gary, Raphael Poitra, and friends of Dunseith Alumni, 

Raphael, sympathy on the passing of  your sister Cecilia (Poitra) Delorme.

            She  always shared her sweet beatific smile while visiting. She’d  often share  about people she treasured; her children and grandchildren, her family and her friends.

            I  truly enjoyed  visiting with her, whenever we met.


Vickie L. Metcalfe


Coconut Tree in the Stokes Compound Backyard in the Philippines

Following a long draught, with all the rain in the past several weeks, this lone coconut tree in our back yard has really blossomed.

When we developed our property in 2004, we cut down about 20 mature coconut trees.

This tree is one that has grown back. A mature coconut tree has a trunk length of 60’ to 80’. The fruit is all on the top. There are no branches on the trunks. This tree is still growing. It has a trunk length of about 8’.

These coconuts are heavy. Falling from a height of 80’ can be very dangerous. Before cutting them down in 2004, several fell on our tin roof making big dents.
Coco tree


Blog (788) posted on April 29, 2010


Joseph Frank LaFountain (March 19, 1939 – October 26, 2010)



JOSEPH FRANK LAFOUNTAINJoseph F. LaFountain, age 71 of Dunseith, died Tuesday in his home. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 10:00 A.M. in the St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Dunseith. Burial will be in the St. Benedict’s Cemetery. A wake will be held on Thursday beginning at 4:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. in the Church.

Joe Frank LaFountain, a son of Joe and Mary (Champagne) LaFountain, was born on March 19, 1939 at Belcourt. On January 18, 1959 he was married to Shirley Gunville at Belcourt. This marriage later ended.

He is survived by his companion, Shirley LaFountain of Dunseith; 2 sons, Les LaFountain and Jeff LaFountain both of Dunseith; a daughter, Rhonda Poitra of Dunseith; 7 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; brothers, Gerald (Judy) Lafountain, James LaFountain and Benedict (Diane) LaFountain all of Dunseith; sisters, Theresa Tetrault, Dorothy Davis, Virginia LaFountain, Florence LaFountain, Sharon Lafountain, Ramona (Jimmy) LaFountain all of Dunseith, and Rita LaFountain of Rolette.

Arrangements are with the Nero Funeral Home of Bottineau. Friends may sign the online register at www.nerofuneralhome.net.




Lucien Casavant

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

Gary, For sure Lucien Casavant is our Uncle…the nicest uncle ever…and his wife Alma, was a scream…we loved our Aunt Alma. She had this Lucille Ball type personality. Aggie


Follow up reply from Aggie

Hey Gary, It’s me again. I think the gal in the picture with Stella S. is her daughter Kathy S. Haven’t seen her 43 years but I’m positive it’s her. Aggie


Reply to Dick Johnson (68) form Aggie:

To Dick, Wow those snow picture really were jammed packed with winter memories of N.Dakota. Really caught me off gaurd… I guess just surviving half a dozen tornados ripping through the Carolinas this past couple days makes a person forget that it’s almost Christmas… Loooking at those pictures,I can almost smell the snow…Beautiful… Simply Beautiful..thanks for sharing…Aggie

To Gary, you need to go on that show the Apprentice with Donald Trump…He would probably hire you with all the construction you;’ve been doing. looks Great! Aggie

Aggie, you are right, folks identified the gal standing with Stella as her daughter Kathy. Gary


 Reply from Lynn Halvorson Otto (75): Boonton, NJ

Hi Gary, very nice addition to your home! It is fun to see it all come together. Lynn Otto

Thanks Lynn,


We currently have our master bedroom upstairs. As we get older we feel it would be a lot nicer to have it on the ground floor. We were limited for real-estate space too, when we build our house. We did not have the adjacent lot at the time. The initial plan was for this to be a temporary house while we built in a development. In the middle of construction, Bernadette decided she would like to live here next door to her sister, so we then made this our permanent home.




08/02/2019 (2713)

DHS Class of 1969 held their 50th Class Reunion
Posting from Marvel Hill Thompson (69):  Bottineau, ND

The DHS Class of 1969 held their 50th Class Reunion on July 26 and 27.  We met at Dales Lounge with the start of visiting and eating.  Saturday, we had our class picture taken at the wheel, toured both the high school we attended and then onto the elementary to tour the new gym, WOW what a fantastic gym,  Capacity is 1985. Finished the event with  a banquet back at Dales and had  more stories and tears remembering our fun times.  We also had a short memorial in memory of the classmates who we lost way too soon.   Dales provided a private area for us.  Food and waitress were soooo great.

Thank you Staff of Dales.  Would recommend to any reunions.

See you later . Take care and safe travels Class of 1969.



Condolences to Warren Anderson (’65)
From Ron Longie (’65):  Yakima, WA

Warren I’m so sorry to read of the loss of Cora please my sincere Condolences, prayers of strength go out to you, and Family


Raphael Poitra’s (’65) sister, Cecilia (Tootsie) Delorme,  passed away
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and friends of Dunseith School

Cecelia was her family’s matriarch.

Tootsie ( Cecilla)  was from a well-known  Poitra family,  North  of Dunseith proper.

She  was the  daughter of Ralph Poitra, sister of Raphael,

Niece of Alcide Lajimodiere, and mother of  ’70  classmate Carol Ann (Parsien) Lavallie.

I extended sympathy  to her  entire family.

Sincerely Vickie L. Metcalfe

Gary’s Comment;
I didn’t know Cecelia, but Raphael I know well from our DHS Class of ’65.
I extend my condolences to Raphael and all of Cecelia’s family. Being a Brother to Raphael, I know she was a good person too.

Cecilia Mae Delorme
May 13, 1930 – July 21, 2019

Cecelia Mae Delorme, age 89 of Dunseith, died July 21, 2019 in a Belcourt hospital. Her funeral will be held on Monday, July 29, 2019 at 10:00 Am in the St. Michael’s the Arch Angel Church in Dunseith. A wake will begin on Sunday at 4:00 P.M. in the church.


NOTE: Historical Event Saturday, July 27
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and friends of Dunseith Alumni

Tomorrow,10:00 a..m. – 1:30 p.m SATUR DAY, JULY  27, 2019, representatives of  Turtle Mountain Band  of Chippewa and the International Peace Garden will be working in conjunction to raise the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribal Flag.

I just heard  about this event on the Bottineau  Radio Station\ this morning. I understand there will be tribal drumming, slide show stories , traditional and Metis dancing   …….and traditional food.

1.I love history.

  1. I enjoy people working  on mutual goals together .
  2. I enjoy music.
  3. I enjoy  trying different foods.
  4. I enjoy the serenity of the Peace Garden.

After the Great Depression,

A paternal Uncle  Archie, like so  many other young men, worked  in the C.C.’s  building up the structures and grounds in the mid-thirties. My maternal Grandfather Robert E. Lamb and my mother (as a child) walked  from #43 East  many miles……

long,  long  ago  the day the  Garden was dedicated. The Lamb/Wicks families gathered at the picnic areas for many  a year.

Alas, the last few years  the cost to enter has grown to be more prohibitive. So I canna truthfully say how much a person has to pay to get in to this event.


Vickie L. Metcalfe


Blog (787) posted on April 28, 2010


Wesley Schnieder Story on a good ole ND Blizzard afternoon.

From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND


Today, October 27, was a very windy time here in ND. The wind brought wet snows and flung tree branches around.

Finding the school was shut down, I couldn’t walk far with the fear of my dogs flying. OK. Actually, they just turned around and let me know there was no way they’d be enticed to go any where until this afternoon, I said, “Ok lets go see Wes and Ovidia.” I had another story for Wes to approve the final draft.

My neighbors were doing fine, burrowed snug in their house. Buie sat dozing lazily, being gently stroked by Wes for a length of time. Thor relaxed at his feet. It was one of those old fashioned “snow days”. I said Wes, “This afternoon I couldn’t quite complete my “deep cleaning” chore I set out to do. I’ve been laughing, thrown back to a memory of my dad by one of your stories. So, I just had to sit down and put pencil to paper with this recent Wes story. ” For what it’s worth here it is. Vic


A Perfectly Good Pair of Pants Story

at first it twasŠever so faint. Then louderŠ.Grunts and slapping continued to ensue ____”ed–uhl UHL”. _____One day, Wes age 10, heard a neighbors voice from a distance. Wes, and it seemed neighbors from miles around heard. “ed—uhl.”

What was that? Another roar louder and more panicky again ! Then a final mighty, great roar! ed——u!——– ed —–UH!——ED—-UHL!—-‘” “Neighbors uncertain what to do, although they knew the neighbor was yelling for his wife.

Once upon that time, there was this fellow and his wife Ethel, living on land west of the Schneider farm. This fellow had a problem with vermin in his granary. One bright morning, “Lookin at his dog he came to a conclusion much to the demise of the—er ???!”

BRIGHT IDEA? humm-mmm-hmmM-MMMMM? He decided to outsmart those pesky vermin. So, he threw a board over one hole, and stood over another. In anticipation of a show down, he’d brought his loyal dog as back up with him into the wood granary. He had the hopes of the little dog killing the vermin.

The scene that followed was purely. Unfortunate.

When It, Mr. “???” couldn’t get up one hole. Came up the other hole where he found himself lookin up, up, up,at the big man The man who weighed close to 300 pounds. STOMP_____. STOMP____. came down the big mans FEET.

Commotion and pandemonium followed. It seemed to the man it was a long battle. Oh my, that poor little ???! In fear, finally cornered, nearly dying of fright, did just about the only thing “IT” could. He ran up the mans big. booted foot and up, up up, the inside of an overall leg.

HUH???? EEEEEH! SLAP! ,SLAP “eeeEW” yelled the man to his wife at the house. Grunts and slapping continued to ensue “-“ED–uhl”. Neighbors heard. Another, bellowing roar, louder, more panicky , again ed——u!——–” “ed —–UH!”——“ED—-UHL!”

The man with his big hand had cornered a ??? in his pants —just above the knee. He hobbled to the house, “ed—uhl”, “ED—HUL” “Det da scessors”. “The wife came running, with the scissors, and cut a hole through the fabric . And pulled out —-a very, quite, DEAD-END of a R- A -T.

Sadly, the poor little dog had no more vermin to chase and sadder yet it twas the end of another perfectly good pair of pants.

A Wes Story, as told to, then retold and embellished by Vickie On one fine October Snow Day, 2010


Early ND Snow
Pictures from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

We are just now getting the end of a two day winter blast. The only problem is that it’s still fall according to the calender. These are just a few shots I took today around the place. My haying equipment looks like it is now retired for the winter although it still needs to be cleaned up and put inside for the real winter The one picture is overlooking Horseshoe Lake from the north. It’s pretty, but what a mess for a few days ahead! I bet my pal Bill Hosmer is glad he made it back south before this hit! As he says, “It kind of brings a tear to you eye, doesn’t it.” Thanks Gary!



Stokes House addition in the Philippines

Folks, Several of you have requested pictures of our new house addition in progress. This is a 22″ x 40′ addition that includes a living room, master bedroom/bath and and an outside toilet accessible only from the outside.

Note: The blue tarp provides shade from the 90 degree heat.


Living room, 22′ X 20′, with 4 large windows & two exterior doors.

The walls are ready for paint.
They are working on the ceiling.

Up to the ceiling, everything is cement.Very labor intense and time consuming.

I could never afford the labor costs back in the states for this kind of construction.



Looking out from inside the living room.


Looking out our kitchen back door into the newly constructed Pantry way entrance to the house. Rather than paint, we decided to tile (ceramic) the walls of this room. The building thru the door is our outside kitchen/laundry building.




07/22/2019 (2712)

Cora (Warren ’65) Anderson Passed away.

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

Gary and Dunseith Alumni,

Todays (July 18)  Minot Daily Today
I read of t the passing of Cora ANderson.

I offer sincere sympathy to her  family on their  loss .

Vickie L. Metcalfe

Gary’s Comments

Warren; I was so saddened to hear of Cora’s passing. She was a good person and a nice person married to one of the finest guys on the face of this earth too. She will be missed. We extend our condolences to you and all of your families with her passing.

Anderson, Cora
Sharon Cora Marion-Anderson
March 22, 1950 – July 11, 2019

Sharon Cora Marion-Anderson, 69, Minot, ND, formerly of Rolette, ND, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2019, a Trinity Medical Center of Minot.

Sharon was born March 22, 1950, the youngest of 12 children born to Herman Marion and Georgianna Smith-Marion, in Belcourt, ND. During her early years of education, she attended St. Ann’s Catholic Mission in Belcourt. For her freshman year, she attended Stephan Boarding School in South Dakota. Sharon’s education continued at Belcourt High School, where she graduated in 1968.

She attended Haskell Indian Nations College in Haskell, KS and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Business. Her first employment in the workforce was at the State Capital in Bismarck, ND with the Driver’s License Division. She then began a 17 year career with Indian Health Service in Belcourt, which extended it to Washington D.C., Aberdeen, SD and Billings, MT. While in Billings, she attended college and received a four year degree in Business. She then moved back to Belcourt and was employed at the Turtle Mountain Community College.

While attending Haskell, Sharon met Wales Chester Bulltail and they were married in 1971. They had one child, a son, Conrad. The marriage was later dissolved.

In 1999, Sharon married Warren Anderson. They made their home in Rolette, ND for 20 years, where they enjoyed retirement.

Sharon loved her pets: George, her cat, and Lucy and Sassy, her two overprotective dogs. She had a soft heart for all animals. She spoke up when her husband went hunting. They enjoyed traveling, and visited Vietnam in 2012 and Israel and Turkey in 2017.

Sharon’s hobbies included growing flowers, reading and attending school sports, especially when her nephews or grandchildren were playing. She always had a book by her side. She loved playing cards, especially with her cousins, the “trickster” Marion girls. She loved family and get-togethers for birthdays and holidays.

Surviving family includes: Husband, Warren Anderson; son, Conrad (Kim) Bulltail and their daughter, Illyanna; sister, Phyllis (Dave) Jollie; brothers, Clark (Shirley) Marion and Frank (LaVina) Marion; step-brother-in-laws, Lawrence (Shirley) Anderson and Charles (Mona) Anderson; step-sister-in law, Mary Millang; 13 step-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. She loved all family with a big heart.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents; 8 brothers and sisters; and her step-sister-in-law, Shirley Doan.

Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday, July 20, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rolette, ND.

Visitation:  Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. followed by a Vigil Prayer Service and Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rolette, ND.

Memorials: are preferred to the Rolette County Veterans Service Officer in Rolla, ND.



Sharon Haakenson, Bottineau, Passed away

Haakenson, Sharon

Sharon was married to Dennis (Hawkeye) Haakenson. Dennis is a 2nd cousin to both Neola Kofoid Garbe and me. I believe Sharon and Sandy (Rick) Gottbreht are first cousins too.

Dennis and Sharron are/were very well known throughout the area. They are known for their horses.

Sharon’s death was sudden. Not expected.

Please follow the link below for her obituary


Elusive Juneberry is Season____ somewhere in ND
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary, Alumni and Friends of Dunseith,
July 14, 2019

The Elusive, Juneberry

I was a child, in the era before a freezer in every home. The root cellar held vast quanities of treasure; jars lined the shelves within walls. Mom pressure canned produce from her garden; vegetables including tomatoes, cabbage, cucumber, carrots, green and yellow beans.

The little dry but cool & dark corner of the cellar held a colourful calico plethora of quart jars filled with  vegetables, rhubarb juice, as well as stewed beef, deer and chicken.

Mom had a nose for finding and processing juice, jams jellies, pickles, and various fruits of the wild; including plums, pin cherries, raspberries, high bush cranberries, chokecherries and ___JUNEBERRIES. And come winter. It was always tempting to crawl down into the cellar an raid the fruit.

May and June brings spring’s fragrant promise of renewal. However in nature there always “lurks possibility of a hard freeze”.

I base this on a man with extraordinary memory and knowledge, who lived into his 90’s, Uncle Bill Metcalfe. Uncle Bill, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter wore long handled woolies. One July.  I said, “Uncle, Bill,” “Do you wear those all the time, why?” He replied, “They insulate from the heat and are warm in the cold.” “ “One time I took them off the fourth of July but put them back on the fifth of July. He also said, (In his long life) “ I have seen a hard freeze in every month.”  Uncle Bill was always well prepared, wise, and carried within him, simple deep faith.

I was told, One spring, June day, although heavy with child, Mary, adamently insisted Bill to hook up the team. For a long drive. They were to drive South and west to pick berries and camp.  Mary, had been told about the heavy leaden Juneberry trees were plentiful in the foot hills above the prairie. Once there while picking juneberries, daughter Alice, was borne in June at Butte St Paul.

Through the years juneberries patches seem become more elusive. In the last few years it seems the berries are are not ready until July.   I hear, many people hold on and don’t share  the  secrets. One secret always well kept is the location of…_a Juneberry patch.

My mom’s  favorite pie was juneberry.

I was not fond of juneberry pie. But, her last summer, one July, with the aid of Wayne Barbot of Waynes Grocery Store in Dunseith, I purchased berries for many pies.  Armed with purchased frozen crust I picked berries clean and sought recipes from expert bakers I knew.

I found out how simple pie baking is when…..a-hem…. okay… whole _truth.  Actually, quite simple.  Me and Pillsbury Frozen crust!

Yesterday prior to Eleanor’s funeral, whilst in Rugby, a former Bottineau co-worker greeted me at Cenex. He and his family  now live in Bismarck. He told me he was on road trip to Pembina. _ To _____pick elusive ___Juneberries.  He was told they were abundant.

He shared a juneberry recipe which he said he uses on his from scratch cheese cakes.

2 C. juneberries, ¾ C. Sugar, 1 T. cornstarch,

¾ C. Water, 1 T. almond extract stir together,thicken stirring over heat.

When thick, cool, spoon gently over cheese cake.

He kindly said, “Vickie You could just spoon it into a crust if you can’t make a cheese cake.”

Hmm. “I don’t have to go searching for elusive berries, my insurance man thought it odd when I requested to up the insurance to apply to my freezer.

He didn’t know.          It was all about elusive JUNEBERRYS! Those little treasures are well packaged hidden in the deep in the well issured_ freezer.

Until later,

Vickie Leona Metcalfe
Sometime in Ellusive Juneberry Season 2019


Blog (786) posted on April 27, 2010

Lester & Marion Johnson:
Congratulations from Joan Richard (Teacher): Dunseith, ND
I would like to congratulate Lester and Marian on a milestone anniversary,
Happy 60th Anniversary. It was great that the family could be together
and enjoy each others presence. God Bless You all. Joan Richard,
Lester & Marian Johnson

Reply from Keith Pladson (66): Stafford, VA
You are so right about not knowing where you are calling anymore. Several months ago, I had been dragging my feet on making some calls on a few things. None of them were real serious, but after putting them off for several days, I finally decided it was time to make the calls.We had been having some trouble with our computer firewall package, so called their number for customer service. The lady I spoke with was very helpful and was able to diagnose and fix the problem. She spoke with a very heavy accent, so I asked her where she was located, to which she responded with the name of a city in India.

Next our dishwasher had been acting weird when you ran it through it’s cycle. We have an extended warranty on it so I called the warranty company and the gentleman I spoke with ran me through the steps to reset the computerized electronics that control the cycling of it and it’s run fine ever since. In any case, he spoke very good English, but had a distinctive accent. So I inquired where he was located and he said in Honduras.

My final call that day was to the Credit Union through which we have our credit card and I ended up speaking with a lady in Omaha, NB.

Then, a few days later our house phone went dead, so I used my cell phone to make a “local” call to Verizon to report the outage. I really thought I was speaking to someone right here in Stafford county, VA and couldn’t understand why she didn’t seem to understand where I was located. So I asked her “aren’t you here in Stafford, VA?” She laughed a little and said, “Oh no, I’m in Dallas, TX.

Yeah, it’s a small world … and getting smaller every day.

Thanks Gary.
Keith (66)

 1983 Dunseith Dragons Boys Basket Ball Team L to R:
Back: Brother to George Bruce, #40 Gerald Counts, #24 Mark Peltier, #14 Roger Cree, #44 Pat Peltier, #42 Travis Davis, #32 Mitchell Cree, #30 Brian Azure & Gilbert Peltier

Front: #12 George Bruce, Coach James Keating & #34 Dean Gillis

Cebu, Philippines
Several have been asking where we are located in the world, so I thought today would be a good day for reposting this map that Bill Grimme provided about 3 years ago. We are located in Cebu with the big red star. We are about 400 miles north of the Equator. The island of Cebu is nestled between several other islands. It’s kind of hard to tell looking at the map. The island of Cebu is banana shape. It’s about 150 miles tip to tip with a girth of about 20 miles at the widest point near the center. There are about 4 million folks living on this island, so we are not lacking for people. Gary

07/14/2019 (2711)

Eleanor Rose (Metcalfe) Nerpel Passed away (Kathy & Ken’s Mother)
Nerpel, Eleanor

Eleanor Rose (Metcalfe) Nerpel was the first child born to William and Mary (DeMontigny) Metcalfe on August 5, 1924 in Dunseith, North Dakota.

She died at the age of 94 years on Monday, July 8, 2019 at the Rolette Community Care Center in Rolette, North Dakota.

Eleanor Rose (Metcalfe) Nerpel was the first child born to William and Mary (DeMontigny) Metcalfe on August 5, 1924 in Dunseith, North Dakota.  She died at the age of 94 years on Monday, July 8, 2019 at the Rolette Community Care Center in Rolette, North Dakota.


Eleanor went through her first two grades of school at Wildrose School and finished her schooling at Weatheralt School, completing her education and receiving her eighth-grade diploma.  Eleanor worked as a Nanny for a few years and then worked at the Gambles Store in Dunseith for six years, where she met her future husband, Clifford Henry Nerpel.  Clifford worked at the Red Owl store in Dunseith, living with an older sister, Hannah and her husband, Lucien Bedard.  He worked for Lucien and Hannah in their grocery store after school and on Saturdays while attending school.  Eleanor and Clifford traveled west and worked at the Commercial Shipyard in Portland, Oregon, during the War, working on PC boats.  On March 30, 1944, Clifford Henry and Eleanor Rose were married in Vancouver, Washington.  They continued working at the shipyard for a short period and then returned to North Dakota and Clifford returned to work at the grocery store.  The couple lived for a short period on the Archie Metcalfe farm and then bought the Harry McDermott farm west of Kelvin Store in 1949, where they raised cattle, horses and other farm animals.  They used War Bonds that they had bought at the Commercial Shipyards to purchase their cattle.  Eleanor worked at the San Haven north of Dunseith for 13 years and then was employed by the Dunseith School District until retiring in 1993 at the age of 69.


Eleanor is survived by her children, Katherine Jean LaCroix of Rolette and Kenneth Arthur (Sherry) Nerpel of Chanhassen, Minnesota; 6 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; brothers, William (Bernice) Metcalfe and Larry (Lise) Metcalfe; nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband; a granddaughter, Maria LaCroix; siblings, Robert William Metcalfe, John Alvin Metcalfe, Lloyd Earl Metcalfe, Lorraine Somers, Bertha House and Alice Hafsahl; and her parents.




Gary and Alumni and Friends of Dunseith School,

            Today 7/13/19, at  Rugby Anderson Funeral Home,  Pastor Jim Odden of Valle, Overly and Peace Lutheran  led the funeral service of Eleanor Rose (Metcalfe) Nerpel.

 (Eleanor was the eldest of the many Metcalfe First cousins.)


            The congregants were led in Song by Pastor Jim.

            “I was there to hear your borning cry,  I ‘ll be there when you are old. I rejoiced the day you were    baptized, to see your life unfold”_


            This was followed time of sharing  of remembrances offered by several people.

            Rose Ann (Metcalfe)Gottbreht and Cheri (Metcalfe) Evans sang beautifully a Capella  duet of favored song requested by Eleanor  for  them to sing at her funeral”.


            After the service Eleanor’s daughter, Kathy  and her children, Eric, Gina, and Gabriel hosted coffee and assortment delicious bars at the Cottage Café.


            Respectful Sympathy to Eleanor’s, children Ken and Kathy,  her grandchildren, and great grandchildren .

 She was always a  quiet unassuming wonderful  lady.



            Rest in Peace Dear Cousin, 


Vickie Leona Metcalfe

Gary’s Comments:


We extend our condolences to Ken (’65) and Kathy(’64) with the passing of their mother. We know it’s hard and you will miss her.


Kathy was with the class of ’64 and Ken was with my/our class of ’65.


Ken: you and I have some fond, or maybe some not so fond, memories of going through Army Basic Training together in the summer of 1968 at Fort Lewis, WA. We were both drafted. I have forgotten if we were 3rd or 4th rank in formations, but you were always to my right. That I  will never forget. Basic was no picnic. They for sure made men out of boys. They were preparing us for war with training that enhanced our character and outlook on life for a life too.






Blog (785) posted on April 26, 2010

Call Centers:

The other day a friend of ours from the states called his credit card company to let them know he is living in the PI. The gal at the call center taking the call said she lives in and was taking his call from right here in Cebu. When calling for technical support one never knows what part of the world you are calling. Gary


Important reminder – Dunseith Alumni Reunion

For those of you that attended Dunseith schools, planning on attending the reunion, Verena needs your Registration payment by the end of the month (4 more days) enabling you to get a Tee Shirt. Those attending that do not have their Registration payment to Verena by April 30th will not be getting a Tee Shirt.

You can mail your $5.00 registration fee and $10.00 if you want the catered Roast beef dinner ($15.00 Total per person) to Verena at the following address

Verena Gillis
PO Box, 785
Dunseith, ND 58329


John Boguslawski (68) Memories:
From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

When Trish said she could just see John Bogus standing there, I know what she means. We did so many things together that the memories stay clear. He certainly did have a quiet sense of humor and sly smile. I often wonder what he would be doing now if he was still with us. He had finished college and worked for Bobcat in Bismarck for a while and then had taken a job with a tool and die manufacturer in the Minneapolis area. That type of work was right up his alley as he was always designing some mechanical device of some kind. He had married a very nice gal named Christy and things were going good when he lost his life in the river drowning accident. That was in the spring of 1981. It really doesn’t seem possible that it’s nearly 30 years ago. I guess our good memories of our old pal John will have to fill the void. The upcoming reunion will be a good place to reconnect and reminisce with old friends and classmates before time thins our ranks even more. There is an old saying—-‘Time waits for no man’—it seems to be more true by the day. Thanks Gary!


Previously posted by Dick Johnson in message 500 (Class of 68 folks)

Those in the pictures: John Bogus with the multi colored shirt, Rich Campbell with the block of wood, Greg Grimme with the hat on, and Tim Hill with the ‘ I think we made it ‘ look!

Note: Dick was taking the picture

Reply/Picture from Trish Larson Wild (73): FORT COLLINS, CO

Hi Gary,
I’m sorry to say that there was just not enough time for me to make the ride to Dunseith next month. I’m still working full time in the Loveland Emergency Room through May, and hyper focused on fundraising and preparing for my exodus in the fall. I’m sorry to miss all the fun I’m sure you’ll be having, but rest assured, I’ll be reading your blog and looking for photos!

Things are coming together very well for my ride to Argentina. I will be putting a website up sometime in mid to late May which I hope will make it fun and easy for people to follow along and communicate with me on my ride. My old desk top computer broke down a few weeks ago, but one of my sponsors has promised to deliver a new laptop by the end of April. Once that is acquired, I will be up and running full steam on the internet. Meanwhile, I’m making occasional entries on my blogsite, listed below. People can now sign up as charter “followers” and receive notification when new entries are posted.

The plan is still to head south from Colorado on 10/10/10. In the meantime, I’m planning to increase my riding time gradually, cutting back at work and riding more each month until finally I am full time in the saddle (living in the Roosevelt and Rocky Mountain National Forests) by August, or September at the latest.

Thanks for your interest in this epic adventure! All are welcome to join me on my ride electronically. I will also be taking reservations along the way for friends who would like to join me in person, as I will have an extra horse for that purpose. I expect to be riding through some spectacular scenery, including the Inca Trail in the mountains of Peru….

I’ve included a photo I took this morning in my back yard as I was leaving for work. These are my friendly geldings, Magic and Midnight. I call them the Prince and the Pirate, based on their personalities! As you can see, we still have snow on the mountain. Spring is on the way however, and I expect there will be many sunny days ahead this summer!

All kinds of fun stuff coming together. Sorry I won’t be able to join you in North Dakota, but I really enjoy our connection, and hope to hear from some of you as time goes by.

Your Friend in Adventure,

Trish Wild
The Equine Nomad

Hi Gary,

Here’s another photos of me with Magic, after a 25 mile ride over the mountains into Fort Collins last week.



Folks, These are some pictures from the achieves:

2007 Class of 65 reunion
L to R: Bernadette Stokes in Back, Margaret Metcalfe Leonard, Bill Grimme, Cecile Berube Reynolds & Phyllis McKay

December 1973
Rene & John Bedard

Agnes Berg & Dick Johnson (68)



07/06/2019 (2710)

Questions from Allen Richard (’65): Grand Rapids, MI

Hi, Gary.

Two questions:

Margaret mentioned Carol Jasper.  Has anyone ever heard from her?  Last time I talked to her she was living in Rugby in ’68.  She was a racing fan and was at the track in Rugby regularly.  That was the year that I raced — one of my competitors was Les Halvorson.

Also, Wasn’t Leonard Kavlie The guy who had a truck mounted sprayer for killing parasites on livestock?  He did our heard at least once a year when I was a kid.


Posted by Larry Hackman (’66): Bismarck, ND

Who are these guys and what did they do?

Gary’s comment
Larry I just happen to have this picture, with names, and the one of the Cheerleaders too, in my archives  

Previously Posted on 5/9/2011

Back Row: John Awalt, Terry Martinson, John Leonard, Jim Evans, Donald Egbert, Dennis Dubois, Lyle Lamoureux, Bill Henry, Clifford Henry, Coach Eugene Hepper
Front Row: Dan Danielson, Jerry Gunville, Pete Gillis, Terry Espe Warren Anderson
Dunseith Basket ball team

Back L to R: Francie Gottbreht, Patty Boguslawski & Connie Halvorson
Front L to R: Sharon Wheeler, Sharon Peterson & Karen Schnieder
Dunseith Cheerleaders



Blog (784) posted on April 25, 2010


Marge Johnson Pladson (deceased) was Dan Pladson’s former wife. Marge’s parents were Lester and Marian Johnson. Marge sent me this email message in March 2006. A few months after she sent me this letter she died with a relapse of Breast Cancer. She thought she had it licked, but it came back.

With the posting of Lester and Marian Johnson’s 60th wedding anniversary several days ago, I have gotten permission from Dan Pladson’s current wife, Robin, to post this letter of Marge (Johnson) Pladson’s and picture.

Dan and Robin were married in Salem Church. Salem was our family church of which my folks were members of until they departed this earth. I spent many hours, in my childhood days, sitting in those pews attending chruch services.

Marge was working at the court house in Bottineau when she sent this letter. She sent this letter from her work. I had not yet started putting class lists together when she sent this letter to me. She just happened to see Neola and got my email address.



From: Marge Pladson (now deceased)
To: gws123456@hotmail.com
Sent: Wednesday, March 01, 2006 7:53 AM

Subject: Hi Gary Stokes from Marge Pladson in Bottineau!!

Got your email address from Neola and thought I’d drop a few lines.

 I am married to Daniel Pladson – Elden & Ella’s son. I used to be a Johnson – Lester & Marian’s daughter. All of us old neighbors of your mom and dad’s.

 Did you hear we moved up to the Pladson farm? Dan & I bought the land about three years ago and one year ago decided to move a house up there. What a busy year it has been. The house we found was across the street from us in town! It was vacant for a few years and they finally decided to move it (the basement had a lot of damage). Perfect timing for us.

 It is so wonderful to be in the hills. If you remember where the cemetery is, we are just on the west side of the cemetery fence on top of the hill. What a view we have looking out of our living room window.

 The Pladson’s & Johnson’s had their Christmas parties up at our house this year. We had so much fun. Especially the Pladson’s. We pulled out a bunch of sleds and away we went for several hours. Listening to the laughter and seeing their joyful faces was so wonderful. It had been 20 years since anyone has spent time on the farm – after Elden died & Ella moved to town.

 Well, I better get to work. I hope you and your wife are doing fine.

 Here’s a picture so you know who you are talking to. Dan & I belong to “Hills & Plains Country Gospel” singing group. We recently played in Minot at an Old Time & Gospel Music Fest where this picture was taken – over 400 people were there that day. It was so much fun for all of us.

 Marge Pladson
1 Box 140
Dunseith ND 58329

Dan and Marge (Johnson) Pladson


Reply/Picture From Robin Pladson: Dunseith, ND

Gary, I am fine with you posting the letter. I am a woman whom is very understanding. I too, lost a spouse in 1994, so I know what’s it is like to lose someone you dearly loved. And I’ve been told, if Margaret had to pick someone for Daniel, it would of been me. We are alot alike in different ways, so that helps.

No, Marian and Lester don’t have email.

Attaching a picture of Daniel and I at our wedding in September of 2007. We were married at Salem Lutheran Church.

Thanks so much for asking me thou.

Love Robin

Dan and Robin Pladson



John Boguslawski:
Reply from Trish Larson Wild (73): Fort Collins, CO


To Dick,


Thanks so much for the story about John B. He was such a great guy, and all of us enjoyed his quiet sense of humor so much. I can just see him standing there in your story. Thanks for sharing that one!



Trish, I was thinking about you the other day wondering if you’d be riding into Dunseith on horseback for our reunion? Please fill us in. Gary


07/03/2019 (2709)

Jerry Kavlie
Posting from Margaret Metcalfe Cassavant (’65): Rolette, ND

Hi Gary,
First of all, I am so sorry to hear that Bernadette is going through such a difficult time;I can only imagine how hard it is for you to watch the one you love suffer so much.  We trust that God knows what we do not know.  You are doing an amazing job of caring for her through all these years and I’m sure tears.  Thank God for giving you the strength that you need.  I send up prayers for both of you and your family.

Secondly, I must tell you that I went to Bob and Judy Martinson’s 50th Wedding Anniversary last Saturday.  This man came in with his wife and I wondered why I thought he looked familiar. When he came over and knew my name, I recognized him as Jerry Kavlie. I had not seen him since 7th Grade.  He was a year ahead of us, and went to High School in Minnesota at a  Lutheran School.  He was Bob Martinson’s roommate.  Bob was born and farms here in Rolette, so I’ve known him and his wife since I came to town in 1969.

Jerry was born to Violet (Gregory) and Carl Abrahamson; Violet suffered from post-partum depression

after he was born.  Leonard  Kavlie’s lived just south west of Little Prairie Church and they took care of Jerry for five years and then adopted him.  I know Carl Abrahamson’s other children who were too young to care for a baby.  I remember Carl and Violet visiting Mike and Olga Jasper when I was at their house with Carol.  You might remember Elaine Abrahamson going to school in Dunseith and she graduated with the class of 1962.  Another brother, Don and Marlene Abrahamson have lived in Rolette and Dunseith all their married life.

Duane and Phyllis Kavlie lived only about 1/2 mile from me; so I knew their family very well. He would be Jerry’s brother by adoption.   Duane has passed away but Phyllis lives in the Rolette Care Center.  Their daughter Jewel owns the Tesoro Town and Country Store in Rolette and is married to Dale Honsey and he owns Pinky’s Aggregate.  Denise is married to Ted Gottbreht, and another daughter is married to one of the Tooke boys.

You probably remember Jerry very well since he grew up close to your father’s farm.  It was truly a pleasure to visit with him and his wife of 50 years.

May God bless you,


Gary’s comments

Yes, Margaret I remember Leonard and Dot Kavlie very well living SW of Little Prairie church very near Odin Medlang’s too. Their children were all a little older than me and went to different schools, so I didn’t really know them. Leonard had a cattle spraying business. He sprayed a lot of cattle throughout the area for flies and bugs including ours each spring of the year.

 I knew Jerry was adopted too. I think he is a year or two older than us.

 Thanks for this message Margaret. It’s always a pleasure hearing from you. You are one I always looked up to, too in our school days and still do.  


Wally, 88th birthday, Edgewood Vista, 2019
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND

Hi folks,
I think all of you know I’m married to Wally Garbe.  On November 26, we’ll have been married 50 years–we were a little “older” when we got married. lol  Wally’s 88th birthday was on June 20th.  Thanks to all who left birthday greetings for him on FB. :) 

As of mid-May, Wally has lived at Edgewood Vista (assisted living facility in Minot) for a year.  The activities department at Edgewood takes a picture of residents on their birthday or anniversary and posts the pictures on Facebook.  This is Wally’s picture.


 Gary’s comments
Congratulations Neola for your upcoming golden Anniversary. You most certainly have a peach of a husband too. Wally is a wonderful man. Happy belated birthday to Wally too.


Stephan “Big Bird” Timothy Renault II | 1961 – 2019 | Obituary
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND


Gary and Friends of Dunseith Alumni

I wish to express sincere sympathy to the Renault family. I recall Alice,   a  much respected para educator at the Dunseith Elementary speaking  fondly  with love  of her  sons.

Vickie L. Metcalfe


Blog (783) posted on April 24, 2010


Posted by Larry St. Clarie (66): Anchorage, AK

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Frederick Belgarde

Anchorage resident Frederick Anthony Belgarde, 70, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones on April 19, 2010.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Legacy Funeral Home’s Witzleben Chapel, 1707 S. Bragaw St.

Fred was born Jan. 20, 1940, in Dunseith, N.D., and was a proud Native American of the Chippewa Tribe. He attended Dunseith Grade School, Wahpton Indian Grade School, and graduated from Flandreau Indian High School in South Dakota, where he was trained as a bricklayer. Although his academic achievements provided him opportunities to attend Harvard University, his true passion was bricklaying. Fred trained and worked passionately with his relatives and brought them to Alaska after moving here in 1965. He established his own company, Big Sky Masonry.

He served three years in the Air National Guard in Montana.

Fred married Lillian “Pepsi” Roy Davis on April 16, 1960, in Conrad, Mont.

His family wrote: “They shared 50 years together, raising a family, devoted to each other, their three children, and nine grandchildren. He loved his wife and family more than words can convey, but one visit with him and you would feel it.

“If you worked with Fred, and lasted on the job, you left a better person. Besides the robust, larger-than-life presence, he was the most caring, generous and loyal person. He would offer words of wisdom, motivation, and honesty. He also loved cribbage, craps and coffee and the annual trip with Pepsi to Las Vegas. Fred loved hunting with his dogs, grandchildren, son, friends and relatives.”

He is survived by his beloved wife, Pepsi; daughters, Dawn Yeager and Carol Belgarde; son, Conrad Belgarde; son-in-law, Joseph Yeager; former son-in-law, Brian Snow; grandchildren, Arielle, Kyra and Tosca Yeager, Scott Snow, Drew Yeager, Dustyn Belgarde, Morgan, Bayley and Dalton Belgarde; brothers, Roderick and Patrick Belgarde; sisters-in-law, Norlene Belgarde and Jan Persicke; and many nieces and nephews.

He was looking forward to the birth of great-grandson Peter Keel III.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Willie Persicke.

Arrangements are with Legacy Funeral Home, Witzleben Bragaw Chapel.



Lester & Marian Johnson picture posted yesterday:
Reply from Robin (Dan 75) Pladson: Dunseith, ND.

Hello Gary,

The picture that Neola placed within this email is Lester and Marian Johnson. Their family, including Daniel and I celebrated this past Sunday at the Norway house in Bottineau at 1pm. A few of us ladies, their daughter-inlaw’s Dee (Loren) and Carrie (Brian), daughter – Linda, Violet (Marian sister) and I (and a few others) were dressed in a 50’s style clothing – poodle skirts and all the finery to go with. Dinner was served and then of course a beautiful cake. Before we ate, there was alittle program put on by the girls for Lester and Marian.

Love Robin

Robin, It is so nice that you and Dan were able to be with Lester and Marian with the celebration of their 60th wedding anniversary. It’s been years since I’ve seen any of their children. I briefly saw Loren in the Bottineau Bakery about 10 years ago. However, I have seen Lester and Marian, many times, over the years with our trips back to the area. They live kiddy corner across the street from where my folks lived on Main Street. I remember Lester’s dad, James Johnson, really well. He was such a brilliant man. He walked with a limp that did not slow him down one bit. In his Mid 70’s, in the late 50’s, he decided to start farming again. He bought a W-6 International tractor and farmed all his property located 1 mile west of the Ackworth Cemetery. He had two or 3 quarters of land. He rode that tractor from sunrise to sunset. James, with his brilliance, was a great business mind man. He always had everything calculated right down to the last detail. I remember him telling my dad that the tires on the right side of a vehicle get more wear than on the left. He explained his logic for that analyses too. In 1961, my Dad was the administrator for James’ brother, Sander Johnson’s, estate. Two of James sisters married Bjornseth’s. Cora was married to Jacob and Emma was married Art. Jacob and Cora Bjornseth’s children are Gladys (Albert) Rude, Viola (Alfred) Rude, Clifford & Ralph (Luella Boardman 49). All but Ralph are deceased. Gladys & Albert Rude’s son, LaVerne, is married to Carrole Fauske (66). Virgil Rude’s parents are Viola and Alfred. Clarence Bjornseth’s parents were Art & Emma. Gary


Motor Cycle Story:
From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

Today something stirred an old memory from 40+ years ago. John Boguslawski and I were square baling hay here on the farm one summer and had come in to eat some noon lunch in the old farm house. We were both riding on my first old army surplus Harley Davidson. There was only one seat so Big John just sat on the rear fender to ride back to the field. We were roaring down a rutted road and I decided to switch ruts and get a smoother ride. Well, the front wheel crossed the center grass strip in the old mud road but the rear tire caught a rut and whipped us around broadside. I laid the bike down on it’s side and felt John slide off the back. I was sliding along thinking things were going to work out just when the bike caught something and proceeded to flip over, throwing me ahead of it and then cartwheeling right over the top of me. The handle bar jabbed into my gut with the full weight of the bike on it and shut out my lights for a while. I still remember coming to and hearing the old Harley still thumping away off to the side and Big John asking if I was OK. I said I was and he said, “Well it doesn’t look like it.” He pointed to my elbow and I looked to see a big gash bleeding down my arm to my hand. The worst part of the deal was when he grinned at me—he hadn’t even lost the toothpick he had in his mouth! I wrapped my arm with a bandana handkerchief and we went back to baling hay–all busted up!


06/21/2019 (2708)

Reply from Manny Cuadrado (’63):   Omaha, NE

Gary and family members and friends,

Thank you for your updates on Bernadette. You are doing a great job considering the 24×7 Care she requires. We experienced similar issues with my mother and father. Stay strong and be sure to care of yourself.


Manny Cuadrado

Gary’s Comments:
Thank’s Manny. As most of you know, Bernadette was in an unconscious state of being for 20 days. 7 of those days she was in the Hospital ICU. Several days after being discharged and was home from the Hospital she started to regain consciousness. Her speech is much better now too. She still can’t get up out of a chair or out of bed on her own. Once we have her standing she can walk very short distances assisted. If we let go of her, she’d fall. She still needs assistance to eat and for most everything else too. We are very happy and thankful that she came back around. For the past two months she has refused to take any meds. She also requested to have her feeding tube removed. She doesn’t want any life support. We will regretfully honor her wishes.  


Vickie’s Metcalfe’s Aunt: Priscilla (Lamb) Anklam Obituary
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70):  Bottineau, ND


Priscilla Anklam | 1930 – 2019 | Obituary
Lamb, Priscilla
August 15, 1930 – June 10, 2019

Priscilla Anklam, age 88, of Rolette, ND passed away on Monday, June 10, 2019 at Heart of America Medical Center, Rugby, ND surrounded by her family. L. Priscilla Anklam was born on August 15, 1930 at home north of Dunseith, ND to Robert and Sylvia (Wicks) Lamb. She was raised north of Dunseith and completed her education at Carpenter School. Priscilla was united in marriage to Charles Anklam on June 4, 1962 in Dunseith. Together they had two children, Robert “Bert” and Laura Beth “LB.” Priscilla was a nurse for many years starting out at the Belcourt Hospital and then working for the Rolette Hospital until its closure. She also worked on the farm with her husband, Charles, farming and raising sheep and cattle, which she greatly enjoyed. If you ever visited the farm during lambing season you would see Priscilla walking to the barn with a bottle for a lamb. She tended her sheep till she was 80 years old.

During her last 35 years of her life, she loved to see and spoil her many grandchildren. She will also be remembered for the caramel rolls, homemade bread, bacon and eggs, she made for Charles, family and guests. She remembered and made everyone’s favorite food and had it on the table at family meals. She will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by her family members and friends.

Priscilla is survived by her son, Robert “Bert” (Becky) Anklam of Rolette; daughter, Laura Beth “LB” (Anthony) Buchl of St. Paul, MN; eight grandchildren, Bobbi Jo (Dustin) Church, Krista (Cory) Wright, Nikki Anklam, Konnor Anderson, Noah Anderson, Noah Buchl, Selia Buchl, and Quinn Yao Buchl; six great grandchildren, Alyvia Church, Aidyn Church, Owyn Church, Oaklyn Church, Brogan Wright, and Mox Wright; daughter-in-law, Deborah Anklam of Moorhead, MN; and sisters-in-law, Betty Lamb of Grand Forks, Orian Harrington of Seattle, Kathy Anklam of Rolette; and brothers-in-law, Tom Harrington of Seattle and Donald Anklam of Rolette. We would also like to thank all of her nieces and nephews who were so special to her.

Priscilla was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brothers, Floyd Lamb and Willard “Bill” Lamb, and sister, Charlotte “Lottie” Metcalfe. Casket Bearers are Archie Metcalfe, Shanon Metcalfe, Kevin Schepp, Kyle Schepp, Kristen Schepp, Karson Schepp, and Noah Buchl. Music by Tom Freund. Eulogy by Anthony Buchl.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 10:30 AM in Valle Lutheran Church, Rolette, ND with visitation One Hour Prior to services. Pastor Jim Odden officiating. Burial will follow in the Rolette City Cemetery, Rolette, ND.

Memorials may be made to Heart of America Hospice, 800 South Main Ave., Rugby, ND 58368

Gary’s comment Vickie, we extent our condolences to you and all of Priscilla’s family with her passing. 


Ackworth Post office History
Posting from Larry Hackman (’66):  Bismarck, ND

Marlys Hiatt and Gary,

Sorry, it has taken me so long to reply to your question.  Here is what the book “North Dakota Place Names by Douglas Wick” says about the town of Ackworth.


Ackworth Post office-1 Ackworth Post office-2 Ackworth Post office-3


Metigoshe Lutheran Lakeside Chapel 1969
Glenore Larson Gross (BHS ’63): Bottineau, ND

I went to church at Metigoshe today to take in the remembrance of the dedication of the A-Frame chapel 50 years ago. The flyer, attached,  was included in the bulletin and the front was one of the older pix of the ‘new’ chapel.

Joel & Sonja Hernes were there and were recognized at the 1st service – I talked with them a bit after and went to the 10::30 service. LuAnn Soland had retrieved a reel to reel movie of that era of building; it was shown on screen which was fun to see but would be more fun in a small room with no lights. I couldn’t quite pick out familiar people.

I sat in a ‘family row’ next to Nate Olson with all of Luther’s there.

Nice to see familiar faces of Metigoshe… Allen Rude was there, there’s a memorial service at Salem cemetery for Virgil tomorrow. Also was greeted by Art Rude. Lloyd Larshus might have been the only ‘old-timer’

there – he’s probably the only one left from that era! Also was remembering today would be dad’s birthday, 104 years.

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND

Tommy Turtle Rodeo



Blog (782) posted on April 23, 2010




Posted by Larry St. Clare (66): Anchorage, AK



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Frederick Belgarde

Anchorage resident Frederick Anthony Belgarde, 70, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones on April 19, 2010.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Legacy Funeral Home’s Witzleben Chapel, 1707 S. Bragaw St.

Fred was born Jan. 20, 1940, in Dunseith, N.D., and was a proud Native American of the Chippewa Tribe. He attended Dunseith Grade School, Wahpton Indian Grade School, and graduated from Flandreau Indian High School in South Dakota, where he was trained as a bricklayer. Although his academic achievements provided him opportunities to attend Harvard University, his true passion was bricklaying. Fred trained and worked passionately with his relatives and brought them to Alaska after moving here in 1965. He established his own company, Big Sky Masonry.

He served three years in the Air National Guard in Montana.

Fred married Lillian “Pepsi” Roy Davis on April 16, 1960, in Conrad, Mont.

His family wrote: “They shared 50 years together, raising a family, devoted to each other, their three children, and nine grandchildren. He loved his wife and family more than words can convey, but one visit with him and you would feel it.

“If you worked with Fred, and lasted on the job, you left a better person. Besides the robust, larger-than-life presence, he was the most caring, generous and loyal person. He would offer words of wisdom, motivation, and honesty. He also loved cribbage, craps and coffee and the annual trip with Pepsi to Las Vegas. Fred loved hunting with his dogs, grandchildren, son, friends and relatives.”

He is survived by his beloved wife, Pepsi; daughters, Dawn Yeager and Carol Belgarde; son, Conrad Belgarde; son-in-law, Joseph Yeager; former son-in-law, Brian Snow; grandchildren, Arielle, Kyra and Tosca Yeager, Scott Snow, Drew Yeager, Dustyn Belgarde, Morgan, Bayley and Dalton Belgarde; brothers, Roderick and Patrick Belgarde; sisters-in-law, Norlene Belgarde and Jan Persicke; and many nieces and nephews.

He was looking forward to the birth of great-grandson Peter Keel III.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Willie Persicke.

Arrangements are with Legacy Funeral Home, Witzleben Bragaw Chapel.



Lester & Marian Johnson picture posted yesterday:
Reply from Robin (Dan 75) Pladson: Dunseith, ND.

Hello Gary,

The picture that Neola placed within this email is Lester and Marian Johnson. Their family, including Daniel and I celebrated this past Sunday at the Norway house in Bottineau at 1pm. A few of us ladies, their daughter-inlaw’s Dee (Loren) and Carrie (Brian), daughter – Linda, Violet (Marian sister) and I (and a few others) were dressed in a 50’s style clothing – poodle skirts and all the finery to go with. Dinner was served and then of course a beautiful cake. Before we ate, there was alittle program put on by the girls for Lester and Marian.

Love Robin

Robin, It is so nice that you and Dan were able to be with Lester and Marian with the celebration of their 60th wedding anniversary. It’s been years since I’ve seen any of their children. I briefly saw Loren in the Bottineau Bakery about 10 years ago. However, I have seen Lester and Marian, many times, over the years with our trips back to the area. They live kiddy corner across the street from where my folks lived on Main Street. I remember Lester’s dad, James Johnson, really well. He was such a brilliant man. He walked with a limp that did not slow him down one bit. In his Mid 70’s, in the late 50’s, he decided to start farming again. He bought a W-6 International tractor and farmed all his property located 1 mile west of the Ackworth Cemetery. He had two or 3 quarters of land. He rode that tractor from sunrise to sunset. James, with his brilliance, was a great business mind man. He always had everything calculated right down to the last detail. I remember him telling my dad that the tires on the right side of a vehicle get more wear than on the left. He explained his logic for that analyses too. In 1961, my Dad was the administrator for James’ brother, Sander Johnson’s, estate. Two of James sisters married Bjornseth’s. Cora was married to Jacob and Emma was married Art. Jacob and Cora Bjornseth’s children are Gladys (Albert) Rude, Viola (Alfred) Rude, Clifford & Ralph (Luella Boardman 49). All but Ralph are deceased. Gladys & Albert Rude’s son, LaVerne, is married to Carrole Fauske (66). Virgil Rude’s parents are Viola and Alfred. Clarence Bjornseth’s parents were Art & Emma. Gary


Motor Cycle Story:
From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

Today something stirred an old memory from 40+ years ago. John Boguslawski and I were square baling hay here on the farm one summer and had come in to eat some noon lunch in the old farm house. We were both riding on my first old army surplus Harley Davidson. There was only one seat so Big John just sat on the rear fender to ride back to the field. We were roaring down a rutted road and I decided to switch ruts and get a smoother ride. Well, the front wheel crossed the center grass strip in the old mud road but the rear tire caught a rut and whipped us around broadside. I laid the bike down on it’s side and felt John slide off the back. I was sliding along thinking things were going to work out just when the bike caught something and proceeded to flip over, throwing me ahead of it and then cartwheeling right over the top of me. The handle bar jabbed into my gut with the full weight of the bike on it and shut out my lights for a while. I still remember coming to and hearing the old Harley still thumping away off to the side and Big John asking if I was OK. I said I was and he said, “Well it doesn’t look like it.” He pointed to my elbow and I looked to see a big gash bleeding down my arm to my hand. The worst part of the deal was when he grinned at me—he hadn’t even lost the toothpick he had in his mouth! I wrapped my arm with a bandana handkerchief and we went back to baling hay–all busted up!


06/13/2019 (2707)


Sorry again for the long pause between postings. Not enough hours in the day.

Bernadette has recovered markedly well after having been in a coma state of being for 20 days. Her speech is much improved too. She still pretty much needs 100% assistance for everything. Once we get her on her feet she can walk very short distances with assistance. Most days she has forgotten yesterday and much of the current day. Some days are better than others. She knows the moment and all of us though. She strongly requested to have her feeding tube removed. She want’s no live support. For the past 6 weeks she has refused all her meds too. Two weeks ago we had her feeding tube remove. She’s well aware that if the time comes that she can’t swallow or is unconscious she won’t have food or water. That is her wish. We have been taking her out most days. Today she went with me to the Chung Hua Hospital to get some paperwork. She requested a whopper, so following our hospital visit, we went to Burger King. Tata and Mirasol are always along too, to get her in and out of the car, assist with her eating, bathroom, etc. It takes two. She can be a handful.



Happy 69th Anniversary to Floyd and Luella Halvorson Dion
Posting by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

June 2, 2019,

Dear Gary and Friends of Dunseith School Alumni,

Today, I  made a road trip  to  Dunseith and Little Prairie to remove memorial wreathes. I  stopped and ate  lunch (Truckers Special) at  Dale’s Cafe.  Dales has a new  indoor look. However,  the wait staff and cooks continue to be wonderfully courteous, pleasant and efficient.

After lunch I was treated with a  delightful chat with Floyd and Luella Dion. It seems I have known them all my life.  My parents held them both in high regard.

Floyd once lived  a couple miles south of the Seim and the Birkland farms. Or, a mile North of the Metcalfe’s of Rabbit City Lake. I believe, Floyd  also attended the Seim (Oakes) School along with thePeterson, Carlson, Seim, Olson and Birkland children.

As a child, youth and adult, I always felt  they always knew me by their kindly greeting. Floyd  calling me Vickie, Luella called me Vickie Sue,  and their  son, Dennis was the only classmate, I  allowed  to call me “Wickie”.

Floyd and Luella remain the same kind, wonderful pair they have always been. They will celebrate their 69th wedding anniversary on June 7, 2019.

Floyd and Luella Dion,
“You are  true role models of committed relationship!
I wish you, a most  Blessed Happy Anniversary.

Sincerely and most fondly,

Vickie Leona Metcalfe

Vickie: I ditto everything you said about Floyd and Luella. Such a lovely friendly couple too.



Priscilla Lamb Anklam Passed away (6/9/2019)
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and Dunseith Alumni Friends,

Maternal aunt Priscilla  ( Lamb) Anklam passed away last evening/early   this a.m. at Rug by Hospital  Long Term Care.. Priscilla had a long history of comfort to our family. She was there  at our home in Marysville, that awful January night ,   Uncle Archie Metcalfe was killed. She was  a source of comfort for our  Dad  and mom whenever anyone   took ill. Dad would say to mom , “Call Priscilla.”: The last few years have been quite  difficult for Priscilla  after the   passing of her husband, Charles’ six Junes  ago. Vickie L Metcalfe 6/10/19


Peddlers and  Dad & Secret Laboratory
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70) Bottineau, ND


Morning of June 4, 2019,

Gary and Friends of Dunseith,

Reading of this article I continue to  find hope in the people who value life  and continue diligently working in places like this laboratory!

But, I  hate peddlers!

I just walked Buie in his stroller.

It rained last evening leaving everything fresh although at 9:00 am, it  felt  soon be humid. Walking west a  nice little  refreshing breeze came up.

However  in front of my house the breeze was dashed.

A carload of people with Colorado plates in the shade parked. Immediately, I was way laid,  a clean cut, suited  man jumped out of the drivers side, with pamphlets.

After a greeting exchange about dogs, he told me he/they had a dog, a  home in CO  and  another in ND, He  started to ask questions  showing me a printed pamphlet  “What do you think about  the  future of this country?  He asking, ” Will it be: 1. getting worse,  2. same or  3. better……”

I quickly replied , “I believe ……… all will be  better.  I believe there are many good people in our country.”

He  praised about need for optimistic and …… tried to lead conversation  into  doubts  and  Bible.

I  politely and calmly, stated,  ” I know  what I  believe.” Then,  followed  quickly with a  red herring comment  about his  CO  plates.

I said, “I think ND should have the  same  rules as MT.  Everyone is required to put on  MT plates after 30 days of residency. I am going  in now.  Goodbye”.   Without another comment or look, I pushed Buie’s stroller into the garage.

Thiughts   of my  dad, “Whenever peddlers come about_____

Dad had a strong work ethic. He didn’t tolerate anyone disturbing his work, his strong faith, belief in right and wrong. Peddlars would quickly retreat, (while, I  as a little girl felt  the warm  heat flush of embarrassment)

But today,   I  give thanks  for  a strong  father’s vision. Dad never waivered in  his strong faith, belief, fond regard of friends, sense of humor, and love of  family all the  while at  the time, he struggled with diabetes, heart problems,and he and our mothers dimming losses of sight.”

To brighten my day I read BBC and I am  reassured  by knowing.  I will  choose to have  good day. Wishing you and yours all that is  good in your world.

Vickie Metcalfe


Metigoshe Lutheran Lakeside Chapel 1969
Posting by Doreen Larson Moran (BHS ’61):  Spokane, WA

I went to church at Metigoshe today to take in the remembrance of the dedication of the A-Frame chapel 50 years ago. The flyer, attached,  was included in the bulletin and the front was one of the older pix of the ‘new’ chapel.

Joel & Sonja Hernes were there and were recognized at the 1st service – I talked with them a bit after and went to the 10::30 service. LuAnn Soland had retrieved a reel to reel movie of that era of building; it was shown on screen which was fun to see but would be more fun in a small room with no lights. I couldn’t quite pick out familiar people.

I sat in a ‘family row’ next to Nate Olson with all of Luther’s there.

Nice to see familiar faces of Metigoshe… Allen Rude was there, there’s a memorial service at Salem cemetery for Virgil tomorrow. Also was greeted by Art Rude. Lloyd Larshus might have been the only ‘old-timer’

there – he’s probably the only one left from that era! Also was remembering today would be dad’s birthday, 104 years.

Metigoshe Lutheran Pastor Joel Hernes and his wife Sonya
Posted by Doreen Larson Moran (BHS ’61):  Spokane, WA

Pastor Joel Hernes and his wife Sonya  came spring of 1963 right after Pastor Grudt.  He was the pastor who married Bob and I Sept 7, 1963.

When we celebrated our 50th anniversary on the 7th of Sep in 2013, both of them were at our party at the LMCC.  It was a very fun time.  I have seen him through the years usually at Hostfest.  He came to visit Mom when she was in Trinity Hospital in 2005. I believe he told Bob in 2013 that he was in beginning stages of Parkinson’s.  In the picture both of them look so pale.  I wonder if the camera needed adjustment.  :) I think they must have been at the Sunday service celebrating the 50 year since the A Frame was used for the summertime worship services.


Pastor Joel Hernes and his wife Sonya
at Sons of Norway Norwegian Retreat


Blog (781) posted on April 22, 2010


Highway 43 CD request:
Request from Ele Dietrich Slyter (69): Dunseith, ND

I hope that Dick and his band will have some CD’s for sale at the reunion…I think a lot of people would like to have one.


Ele, I know a lot of folks are hoping Dick will have some CD’s available at the reunion too.


Dick is very careful not to mention his CD’s with our Blog. He prefers not to have this sight turn into a marketing sight.


Dick, with Ele’s request and others, we are certainly hoping you will have some of your CD’s available at the reunion? Gary




Esther Murray Fleming (65) will be attending the reunion: Flint, MI

Reply from Susan Fassett Martin (65): Spearfish SD

I am ready to go. Will be staying at the Super 8 in Bottineau. Please add Esther Murray Fleming to the list of attendees. I will pick her up at the Minot airport on my way up.

 Folks, I replied with a separate message to the class of 65 with Esther’s attending. Esther has only been back to Dunseith several times since graduating in 1965. She was able to attend our 2007 reunion with her husband. At that time she had not been back to Dunseith since about 1968. We are so glad that she will be attending our reunion next month as well.


Ann Gottbreht Flaata:
Request from Connie (Roger) Zorn Landsverk: Bottineau, ND

Hi Gary, fun looking @ the Dunseith alumni,

My friend Ann (Gottbreht) Flaata is married to Harlan & Joyce Flaata,s son Mark. Ann went to school in Dunseith & would like to receive the Dunseith alumni & sign up for the school reunion (DHS) this is her email address Ann Flatta@utma.com Connie (Zorn) Landsverk

Thank you Connie for including Ann.

 Ann, I believe Francie Gottbreht Dutra (63) and Mary Ann Gottbreht Brennan (58) are you aunts. What class year were you with when you attended Dunseith? Your husband Mark’s mother, Joyce Flaata, is also signed up for attending the reunion. Will Mark be joining you as well? Please let us know so we can add him to our list of those attending. Thanks, Gary


From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND.

Folks, Neola sent this picture to me for Identification. I am 98% sure that this is Lester and Marion Johnson. Since the Johnson’s have been in our conversations in the recent past and with this being such a great photo, I want to post it.

Lester and Marian lived on the James Johnson home place located 1 1/2 miles west and a 1/2 north of the Ackworth Cemetery. Their home was on the north side of Bergan Lake. Their children Attended Dunseith for a number of years before transferring to Bottineau. Loren is their oldest. I’m not sure if he graduated from Dunseith or Bottineau?

Lester and Marian have lived in Bottineau for a number of years now. They live on Main street one block south of the Senior Center.

I would like to congradulate Lester and Marian on their 60th Anniversary. Gary

Lester and Marion Johnson


Danny Schimetz is a grandson of Stella’s. I’m not sure which one of her children he belongs to though? Colette (Reid Deceased) Pigeon Schimetz, is Danny by chance your son?

6/2/2019 (2706)

Fran Trambley
Message from her Daughter Shari Bazemore:  

Hi Gary,

I was doing some research online  and came across your blog –  you had questions regarding Frances Trambley ?  She is my mom. Let me know what info you are looking for.

Shari Bazemore


Earl Milbrath, a Bottineau Friend, Passed away
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND


This message hit me like a lead balloon. I guess people don’t live forever. I had no idea that Earl was ill or having health problems? Maybe he wasn’t?

When I was a kid, My dad used to work for Ed, Earl’s dad, both in the spring and in the fall harvest. They lived 4 miles west and 3 or 4 miles south of Bottineau. We’d drop him off at Ed and Tillie’s on Sunday nights and pick him up on Saturday nights after work.  Earl and Pearl lived there too. Dad remained good friends with all of them his entire life. Both at my folks 50th anniversary and at Dad’s 80th birthday celebration, at the Senior center, Ed told me lots of stories about Dad. All good. With the association of my dad, I knew both Ed and Earl pretty well. Earl more so in later years with my trips back to the area. In 2013 Earl gave me a tour of his farmstead and all of his farmland and that whole general area. Very impressive. We topped the tour off with a late dinner at the bakery.

I will for sure miss seeing Earl, all over town, with my trips back to Bottineau.

Earl was a Bottineau guy, but I’m going to post this on the Dunseith blog as well.



Earl Milbrath
Earl Milbrath

Earl Milbrath, age 90 of Bottineau, died Monday, May 27, 2019 at his home.  His funeral will be held on Friday, May 31, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Grace Lutheran Brethren Church in Bottineau.  Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.



Blog (780) posted on April 21, 2010



I didn’t have an internet signal yesterday morning, so I was unable to post a blog. It was our bowling day too. Following bowling, we were invited out for dinner with several of our friends, as guests, at a local members only club. We didn’t get home until nearly midnight. We attended an all you could eat Prime Rib buffet. I have never eaten better Prime Rib. It was so moist and tender.


Dick/Brenda Johnson & Ron Hett (Highway 43 Band)


 Message from Floyd Dion (45): Dunseith, ND


Hwy 43 played at the Dunseith Sr. Center today, with people from Bottineau, residents from the Dunseith Nursing Home and local people . Dick, Brenda & Ron did a wonderful job with their instuments, If anyone likes REAL country music you will be able to hear them play May,22

nd at the Bingo Barn during the reunion. Dick is a wonderful singer.

Time is going fast, only a month until the reunion.


Floyd, I have one of their CD’s. They’re great!! As you said, Dick is a wonderful singer. I can not wait to hear them in person.

The reunion is getting close, one month from today. We’ll be leaving two weeks from this coming Tuesday. We’ll be spending a few days in the Seattle/Bremerton area before going to ND. We’ll be arriving in Minot at 4:00 PM on Sunday, May 16th. From there we’ll be getting a rental car and heading for Bottineau. We’ll be staying with my brother Darrel (Bud) & Debby. Gary


Reunion attendance list:

The folks listed below were added to my list with an update from Verena yesterday. These folks were not listed with day before yesterday’s posting.

For name tags, please verify that everything is correct. Please get back to me with any corrections. 

Diane Larson Sjol Minot, ND 1970
Jim Evans Dunseith, ND 1963
Cheri Metcalfe Evans Dunseith, ND 1974
George Gottbreht Dunseith, ND 1961
Rose Gottbreht Dunseith, ND 1961 Spouse
Linda Gunville Dunseith, ND 1979
Bernadette Peltier Dunseith, ND 1970
Carol Peltier Breland Belcourt, ND 1975
Sam Breland Belcourt, ND 1975 Spouse
Elaine Peltier Dunseith, ND 1974
Fern Peltier Dunseith, ND 1977


Don Lamoureux East Bethel, MN 1975
Elizabeth Lamoureux East Bethel, MN 1975 Spouse


Pictures from the Achieves:


These are pictures from Jared and Geraldine (Gee) Steele’s wedding. They were married, here in Cebu, on July 28, 2008 in beautiful ceremony in the presents of about 200 friends and relatives.

Following their wedding, It took 9 months or so for Gee’s Visa to be processed, enabling her to go to the USA. Jared came back here last May for her to accompany him back to Bottineau. Those were nine long months for both of them waiting for the Visa process. The average processing time is one year, so they beat the average.

By now, for those of you in the area, you have probably met Gee at the Bottineau Wal-Mart. She started working there, as a cashier, shortly after arriving in Bottineau. Gee has a bachelors degree for teaching too. I’m not sure if she has plans in pursuing her teaching career in the states or not.

Bernadette has promised to take Gee some dried fish with our trip back next month. I’m pretty sure there is not much demand for died fish in Bottineau. Without rice and dried fish these Filipino/Filipina’s have withdrawals.

Jared is originally from the Bismarck area. He works for Terry Moe (72) at “T’S Yamaha” in Bottineau.


Cebu, Philippines – July 28, 2008
Jared & Geraldine (Gee) Steele


Cebu, Philippines – July 28, 2008
Gary Stokes, Jared & Geraldine (Gee) Steele, Bernadette Stokes


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



05/28/2019 (2706)

Elma Severson, from Bottineau, visits Cebu, Philippines

Elma attended the wedding of a good mutual friend of ours this past Saturday. Beautiful Beach wedding too. We were both primary sponsors. Actually Elma made a special trip just for this wedding. She was only here in Cebu several days. She is now visiting friends and relatives in other parts of the Philippines.

I am sure many of you know Elma. She has a beautiful home, in Bottineau, directly across the Lake Road (North) from the Fair grounds.

Alma taught at the college in Bottineau for a number of years. She is now enjoying retirement. She loves to travel.

With our trips back to the area, we have had numerous invites, from Elma, for dinner or supper at her home.

It’s always a pleasure seeing Elma, both here in Cebu and in Bottineau.


Elma Severson & Gary Stokes


Arlin Pederson (Erma Walter DHS ‘1955) Passed away
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND

Peterson, Arlin

Arlin Pederson
June 15, 1937 – May 12, 2019

Arlin’s Obituary

Arlin Pederson, 81, Minot, died Sunday, May 12, 2019 in his home surrounded by his loving family.

Arlin was born June 15, 1937 in Bottineau, ND to Telford and Bertha (Larson) Pederson. He grew up in in Bottineau. Arlin started in the grocery store at age 13 and continued in the business for most of his life. He worked in every department including management. Arlin graduated from Bottineau High School in 1955.

He was united in marriage to Erna Walter on July 3, 1958. They would call Minot home for the rest of their lives. Arlin started work for Wee Haul Trucking. He also served as a manager for Mini Mart Gas Station for a time and worked in sales for General Trading. In the mid 70’s he started a part-time position at H&R Block. This work along with the clients/friends would be a staple of his life for the next 43 years until he retired.

Arlin spent his retirement as volunteer at the Lord’s Cupboard Food Pantry. He really enjoyed his time there. He had a gift of gab and enjoyed learning about people. Summers were spent camping with his wife and traveling the US and World to see his daughter. Arlin supported his grandchildren’s successes in sports and scouting during their youth. He took great pride in the care of his lawn and was often the first to have shoveled the snow in the neighborhood.

He was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Minot. Arlin volunteered for many years at Hostfest and treasured every minute spent at the festival. He will be deeply missed by all who were blessed to call him a husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend.

Arlin is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Erna, Minot; 4 children, Sandra (Gary) Brown, Bonifay, FL, Bob (Rhonda) Pederson, Minot, Kevin (Julie) Pederson, Minot and Steve (Jodi) Pederson, Minot; 10 grandchildren, David Brown, Shekae (Eric) Hanson, Matthew (Kaydee) Pederson, Jessica (Andy) Rapsavage, Spencer Pederson, Rhett Pederson, Reece Pederson, Ryker Pederson, Jessie (Misty) Brown and Amanda (John) Thomas; 8 great-grandchildren, Haley Howarth, Abigail Brown, Hunter and Kailey Rapsavage, Nolan Brown, Timothy Thomas and Mason and Justice Brown along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Arlin was preceded in death by his parents, grandson, Brendan Pederson, sisters, Bernice Christianson and Thelma Sloan, brothers, Kenneth, Alvin, Louis and Olaf Pederson.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot. Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot. In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials are preferred to Bethany Lutheran Church or to Metigoshe Ministries.

 Gary’s Comments We extend our condolences to Erna and all of Arlin’s family with his passing.


Reply to Ginger LaRocque (’65): Condolences to the Allery Family From Judy Allery Azure (’65):  Bismarck, ND

Ginger, Thank You ever so much…



Blog (779) posted on April 20, 2010


Condolences to the Schimetz family
From Judy Morgan (Former Teacher): Edgeley, ND.

Dear Stella and family,

I am so sorry to learn of Bryan’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time.

. .The memory of a life well lived lives on and on. May you remember the love and the happy times and find comfort in these memories. Judy


Condolences to the Schimetz family
From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

I would also like to extend my condolences to the Schimetz family. Bryan fought a long hard battle with this dreaded disease. He was trooper.



Reply from Keith Pladson (66): Stafford, VA

Gary, This is in response to Ivy Eller Robert’s input in the 775 issue. Thank you for that beautiful poem. Keith Pladson


Reply from Gaillord Peltier (80): Turtle Lake, ND.

Mrs. Kofoid;

Yes, Garry Counts Jr. is the son of Garry and Theresa Counts. Garry and Theresa are my Uncle and Aunt, Garry Jr. is my first cousin.

Have a great day!

Gaillord Peltier “Class of 1980”


Reply from Verena (Pete 65) Gillis: Dunseith, ND.

In reply to the Gary Counts question-PVT. Garry W. Counts graduated in 2004 from DHS and entered into the service, his dad is Gary Counts & mom Lucinda Counts. So he would be a grandson to Garry and Theresa (Peltier) Counts. Hoped that helped.

Verena ((*-*))


Reply from Dale Pritchard (63): Leesville, LA


You mentioned American TV in the Philippines. In Japan in the late 60s, they had American TV series but they all in Japanese with no English captions at the bottom. I remember “Bonanza” in particular. You had to use your imagination to figure out what was going on!


05/19/2019 (27-5)

Reply to Larry Hackman (’66): Dunseith History
From Marlys Hiatt (’71):  Dunseith, ND

 Larry – what does the book say about Ackworth.  I saw an old map about a year ago and Ackworth was on the map.  I think there may have been a postmaster at one time too.

Marlys Hiatt

 Gary’s Comments
Yes Marlys, there was an Ackworth Post office. I think they only had mail carriers? I think they just had operators, not post masters? Your great grandfather, Harmen Albert Hiatt open the Ackworth Post office in 1901. As I have pasted below, Your relatives and my Great Grandfather, William Stokes, where all Ackworth operators and mail carriers

You are a bit younger than me, so not sure if you remember seeing the old Ackworth Post office building or not. It was located on the exact same spot where the Ackworth School was moved too, Its present location. I remember that build very well. Albert Hiatt owned the 40 acres on the corner where the Ackworth Post office was and the school is now located.
Ackworth Post Office-2


Condolences to the Allery Family
From Ginger Poitra (’65):  Belcourt, ND

Hubert Allery!  Judy, Beatrce and all Hubert’s siblings and family. I am sending my condolences to all of you for the loss of your brother Hubert it is always such a sad time for the family.  I am also sorry for the loss of all others you have lost.

A friend always,

Ginger Poitra ( class of “65 )

Hubert Allery | 1943 – 2019
Allery, Hubert
Hubert Allery
March 20, 1943 – May 13, 2019

Hubert Allery, age 76 of Rolette, died Monday at a Belcourt hospital.  His funeral will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019 at  St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Dunseith.  Visitation will begin one hour prior to service time at the church.

Hubert J Allery, was born March 20, 1943 to Frank and Ernestine Allery.  Hubert’s singing career began at a very young age.  Hubert made his debut at the age 10/11 at the Cole Harbor bar, where he entertained the patrons. The family moved to Williston, ND and Hubert was invited to sing on a weekly talent show and his singing career bloomed from there.  Hubert continued his singing career and entertained family and friends for many years.  The family moved back to Dunseith in 1961 and Hubert attended Dunseith High and graduated in 1962. Hubert was drafted into the Army in 1965  and received an honorable discharge in 1967.  Hubert later acquired his Drug and Alcohol license and opened a treatment center.  Hubert went back to school and received his degree from Valley City State and pursued his masters degree from Northern College in Aberdeen, SD.  Hubert had an antique store in Fargo, ND and later retired and moved to Rolette, ND until his passing.

Hubert passed away on Monday, May 13, 2019 at a Belcourt hospital.

Hubert was preceded in death by his parents (Frank and Ernestine Allery) Sisters: Jean Natwick and Darlene DeCoteau, Brothers: Francis (Sonny) and Clifford Allery. 

He is survived by sisters; Beatrice Raygo, Judy Azure and Jeanette DeCoteau, brothers;  Richard and Dallas Allery;  numerous nieces,  nephews, great and great great nieces nephews and many relatives.

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


 ND names and places: Danielson Family

The following is a conversation between Larry Hackman (’66), Pat Danielson (’66) and Dick Johnson (’67)

Posted by Larry Hackman (’66): lmhackman@bis.midco.net Bismarck, ND

On May 13, 2019, at 9:00 AM, Larry & Marion Hackman <lmhackman@bis.midco.net> wrote:

Hi Pat

Ran across this notation in a book I have been reading about “North Dakota place Names by Douglas A. Wick”.

Is this fellow (Post Master) a relative of yours?

You do have a brother named Dan?

Just curious and for your information?

Hackman       Jarves who had surveyed the area in 1897.  The post office closed Nov. 30, 1921 with mail sent to Carpenter.
A small community near Carpenter Lake
that was named after Henri Sharpenter who actually drowned in the lake in 1888


From: Pat Danielson
Sent: Monday, May 13, 2019 10:42 AM
To: Larry & Marion Hackman
Subject: Re: North Dakota Place Names

Hi Larry,

I do have a brother named Dan. Also had a grandfather named Dan. I haven’t heard of family in the St. John area, though. My Grandpa Dan was from Vang, ND, (which no longer exists) located west of Walhalla. Thanks for asking!

I think place names are interesting. I heard that the tiny town of Vang was named after a family with the last name, Dahlvang…not sure that’s correct, but…😊 Hmmm…now I’m curious and need to check that out. Pat D
From: Dick Johnson
Sent: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 11:05 PM
To: Larry & Marion Hackman
Subject: Re: Fw: North Dakota Place Names

Larry,      Don’t you remember Dan playing basketball with Egbert and that age of guys?  He played guard and was pretty good.  Pat also has another brother named Peter and I think a little sister named Naomi—if I remember right?  Long time ago so the old memory might be foggy? Dick


On May 15, 2019, at 3:53 PM, Larry & Marion Hackman <lmhackman@bis.midco.net> wrote:

Do you remember?

From: Pat Danielson
Sent: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 6:09 PM
To: Larry & Marion Hackman
Subject: Re: North Dakota Place Names

Yes I do remember!

My brother Dan was a year ahead of me and was a good athlete. So was Peter. Dan left Dunseith when he was a sophomore — went to school at Hillcrest Academy in Ferguson Falls. He sang in choir as well as playing basketball—played on the MN Allstate team one year. Peter started high school the year after I graduated. He did a lot of music, drama, and I think he played basketball too. I missed seeing all that because I was in college by then. Naomi started high school the year after Peter graduated. She was learning to play the bassoon before our family moved away. I don’t know what else she would have done. She was talented and very bright academically. Peter, Naomi and I all have fond memories of Don Johnson. He was a breath of fresh air in our lives. PatD

Sent from my iPad


On 5/15/2019 11:52 PM, Larry & Marion Hackman wrote:

I forwarded this on to Gary and Dick.  Maybe someone else knows if there was another Danielson family in the area?

Re: North Dakota Place Names
Dick Johnson djcars@srt.com
Thu 5/16/2019 11:15 PM

Guys,      There were other Danielson families in this area.  Where Jack Peterson lived, east of where our farm is, there was a Peter Danielson who had a son named Melvin Danielson.  Melvin was married and had two sons about my age.  He moved his family to a farm near Willow City where the family stayed for the rest of their lives.  One son, Bob Danielson,  still lives on that farm and is married to Hiedi Hanson whose mom taught a few years in Dunseith.  Heidi taught in Bottineau I think.  The grandfather and grandmother Danielson are buried in the small cemetery that is in the woods about two miles east of  our farm and located in the south east corner of the old Danielson farm.  Lots of info to try to digest but there it is! Dick



Blog (778) posted on April 19, 2010

Condolences to the Schimetz family
From Lorraine Richard Nelson: Mesa, AZ

Thank you so much for all the news from Dunseith and around.. I feel so badly for Stella, she is my first cousin as I was a Richard, my dad had the service station in Dunseith when I attended high school in Dunseith. I find many memories from your web site. Thank you again.. I will be contacting Stella. Lorraine Richard Nelson..Mesa AZ.


Condolences to the Schimetz family
From Sharon Longie Dana (73):

So sorry to hear of Bryan’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time.

Sharon Longie Dana(73)


Condolences to the Schimetz family
From Shirley LaRocque Wendt (59): Tukwila, WA




From Marge Longie Langan Wilcox (56)Vancouver, WA.


I saw on the game channel this week that deal or no deal was in the Philippines.


Yes, The PI does have it’s own version of “Deal or no Deal”. We get a lot of the American channels too. We get “The Price is Right”, Jeopardy, “Wheel of Fortune” and most all of the detective shows of which Bernadette is hooked on. The CSI series, I think, are her favorites.



From Ivy Eller Robert (74): Everett, WA.

Hi Gary……I received this poem from Susan Maleterre (69) today and it really touched my heart. I thought that others might like to read it as well, that is, if you want to post it!

Also, it’s kind of funny, all of these years that I have been away from Dunseith (34), my sister Julie, who lives in Bottineau, would always keep me informed with who passed away in the greater Dunseith area. But since you started this blog a few years ago, I seem know it before she does now.

Thanks again for all you do……

Ivy Eller Robert (74)



He wasgetting oldand paunchy And his hair was falling fast,

and he sat around theVFW, Telling stories of the past.

Of a warthat heonce foughtin And the deeds that he had done, In his exploitswith his buddies; Theywere heroes,everyone.

And ‘tho sometimes to his neighbors His tales became a joke,

Allhis buddies listened quietly For they knew where of he spoke.

But we’ll hear his tales no longer, For ol’Bob has passed away, And the world’s a little poorer For aSoldier died today.

He won’t be mourned by many, Just his children and his wife. For he lived an ordinary, Very quiet sort of life.

He held a job and raised a family, Going quietly on his way; And the world won’t note his passing,’Tho a Soldier died today.

Whenpoliticiansleave this earth, Their bodies lie in state, While thousands note their passing, Andproclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories From the time that they were young But thepassing of a Soldier Goes unnoticed, andunsung.

Is the greatest contribution To the welfare of our land, Some jerk who breaks his promise And cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow Who in times of war and strife, Goes off to serve his country And offers up his life?

The politician’s stipend And the style in which he lives, Are often disproportionate, To the service that he gives.

While theordinary Soldier, Who offered up his all, Ispaid off with a medal And perhaps a pension, small.. It’s soeasy to forget them, For it is so many times That our Bobs and Jims and Johnnys, Went to battle, but we know,

It isnot the politicians With their compromise and ploys, Whowon for usthe freedom That our country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger, With your enemies at hand, Would you really want some cop-out, With his ever waffling stand?

Or would youwant a Soldier— His home, his country, his kin, Just a common Soldier, Who would fight until the end.

He was just acommon Soldier, And his ranks are growing thin, But his presence should remind us We may need his like again.

For whencountries are in conflict, Wefind the Soldier’s part Isto clean up all the troubles That the politiciansstart.

If wecannot do him honor While he’s hereto hear the praise, Then at leastlet’s give him homage At the ending of his days. Perhaps just asimple headline In the paperthat might say: “OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING, A SOLDIER DIED TODAY.”




Tarsus School

Picture posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND


Hi Gary,


Waiva Bergeron, Cherrille’s mother, taught at Tarsus. One day when Bottineau didn’t have school/or we were out for the year, Cherrille/her brother, Mike/Marvin Monson/I spent the day at Tarsus. it was great fun.







50 year news:

posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND


Folks, Is Garry Counts from the class of 76 any relation to PVT Garry Counts, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Counts, who entered the Army in April 1956? Gary

Counts Garry PO Box 451 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4758   76


05/16/2019 (2704)

Happy Birthday to Charlene Pearson Woods (’67)
From Brenda Hoffman (’68): Greenville SC

Happy Birthday Year, Charlene!!! It seems as if it was just yesterday when I was knocking at your tunnel door to play with you.


Hubert J Allery (DHS ’62) Passed away.
FB Posting from Judy Allery Azure (’65):

Hubert Allery March 20, 1943 – May 13, 2019 Hubert Allery, age 76 of Rolette, died Monday at a Belcourt hospital.

 FB Posting
Judy A Azure
May 14 at 12:02 AM ·

Tonight we lost our big brother Hubert J Allery, the Lord gained another angel. My heart is heavy with sorrow. How much does a family have to go through as we lost our big sister Jean Natwick, and a few months ago our brother Clifford Allery and now our big brother Hubert Allery. God please bless my family and help us to deal with all the sorrow.

Gary’s comments.
Our condolences are with you Judy with the passing of Hubert. He will be missed.

Memorial Day Memories
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

May 9, 2019
Gary and Friends  of Dunseith,

At times I wonder if the true meaning of Memorial Day is lost.


Just once during childhood, t’was end of 4th grade mom drove us into Dunseith to the old city hall for a  Memorial Day program.

Prior the program, Mom  pulled  a lilac spray from the bushes by the old white school building and  pinned on my dress.

Mrs. Conroy’s fourth grade class participated in the program.

Dad didn’t come.  He  worked out.  Plastering,  except on Sundays and holidays____ when he worked the farm.

He did all the heavier lifting work, whatever his wife and his children could not do whilst he was gone.

So, my childhood  memories  of Memorial Day are of the farm carrying or dragging  fence posts from the black Ford truck up and down hills.

We  carried  oak posts through the brush  and around trees where  dad awaited with the fence postmall.  Mom hammered the staples into the posts.

Mom packed a ‘picnic’ lunch of homemade bread  and  roast beef sandwiches, cookies, coffee and koolaide.

The gloaming, brought us home place to the quiet moos and milking the cows.

Days end would find us wiggling, looking and picking ticks.

Soon across the US of A,  most will be celebrating Memorial Day.

I hope to  embrace the full meaning of Memorial Day.


I found the following   Rolette County Site.

It lists military people who lost their life far and away………


(Lilacs make me SNEEZE)

Until Later may you all  remain tick free.

Vickie L. Metcalfe


Dunseith History
Posted by Larry Hackman (’66):  Bismarck, ND


A little history lesson that maybe was posted before but my before is not as sharp as it use to be, so I thought I would send it anyway.

The neighbor let me look at a book she has, but I now have and plan to return to her as soon as I finish it.  Does that make sense Mel?

Anyway it is called “North Dakota Place Names by Douglas A. Wick”.  It lists over 3000 cities that have existed in the state and at one time all had post masters and so almost every township had a post office and some more than one.   The current official road map shows about 500 locales according to the book. What happened where did we go?  Maybe Dick knows?  Below is what it says about Dunseith.

Have a good day,





Adeline Halls Granddaughter Erica was recently named North Dakota Labor commissioner by Gov. Burgum
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND


Gary and friends of Dunseith School

I always admired Adeline  Halls as a person and  caring educator.

Adeline Halls taught  many years at Dunseith School  primary grades with the likes of the Parrell sisters; Millie and Marie.

Mrs. Halls  grandfaughter, Erica  graduated from Bottineau High School and UND School of Law.

            And  WOW! 

Mrs. Halls granddaughter ,  Erica was recently named   North Dakota Labor commissioner by Gov. Burgum.

“Erica’s ability to approach issues with impartiality and compassion and her commitment to fairness and justice for all North Dakotans will serve our citizens well,” Burgum said in a statement.

Thunder received a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2011 from the University of North Dakota, where she also earned a law degree and Indian law certificate in 2014. She is an enrolled member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation

            I believe Adeline is smiling proudly down!



Vickie  L. Metcalfe



Blog (777) posted on April 18, 2010

Bryan Schimetz

(Died April 14, 2010)

Bryan John Schimetz, 51, Bottineau, passed away in aMandanHospitalon April 14th, after a courageous 35 year battle with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10:30 am at the St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Bottineau. Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00 pm until 9:00 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Burial will be at the St. Louis Cemetery Dunseith.

Bryan was born on February 4, 1959, in Bottineau, to Louis and Stella (Richard) Schimetz. He was raised in Dunseith and attendedDunseithHigh School where he graduated in 1977. While in high school, he participated in football and basketball. After high school,Bryan was employed at Dale’s Café in Dunseith for several years as a cook. He then attended the North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton. In 1985,Bryan graduated, with honors, earning an Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Technology. After college,Bryan made his home inMinot where he was employed at Main Electric and Holmes Electric as an Apprentice until he obtained his Journeyman License in 1990. He continued his employment atMain and Holmes Electric as a Journeyman until 2000, when he retired due to complications from MS. He then moved back to Dunseith. In 2007,Bryanmoved to the Good Samaritan Center in Bottineau, where he was residing during the time of his death.

Bryan enjoyed fishing, carpentry, woodworking, working with horses, reading western novels, and spending time with his family. He was a beloved uncle who always had a little extra time to play with his many nieces and nephews. He also enjoyed working on small home projects for his mother and helping anyone who needed a hand.Bryanloved getting company, especially visits from family, friends, and former classmates.

Bryan is survived by his mother, Stella Schimetz (Dunseith); siblings Mark Schimetz (Rolette); Kathy (Jim) Wood (Minot); David (Katie) Schimetz (Mandan); Kim (Bill) Zorn (Upton, WY); sister-in-law, Colette Schimetz (Bottineau); and several nieces and nephews (John Schimetz, Jennifer Zachmeier, Ryan Vandal, Matthew Schimetz, Rachel Vandal, Nicole Zorn, Jackie Zorn, William Schimetz, Daniel Schimetz, Jacob Schimetz, Kaitlyn Schimetz, and Tessa Schimetz).

Bryanwas preceded in death by his father, Louis Schimetz; brother, Reid Schimetz; three infant brothers; his grandparents, George and Anna (Boucher) Richard and John and Francis (Sasek) Schimetz.



Mass of the Christian Burial: Will be celebrated Monday, April 19, at 10:30 a.m., in St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Bottineau.

Visitation and prayer service: Visitation Sunday, April 18, from 1 to 9 p.m., prayer service at 7 p.m., both at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

Burial: St. Louis Cemetery, Dunseith.

Arrangements were made with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.


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

I think it was 2002 when Mom wanted to travel home by rail. We actually stopped in Havre, MT overnight and picked up her brother, Ernest Boucher who was headed to GF. Alma, my mother and I had a great visit with Stella and Bryan. Bryan and I sat on the back porch smoking and viewing Stella’s amazing garden. Between Stella and Dale’s, I left with a load of tomatoes and train traveled back to Everett with super BLT fixings. Bryan talked of his years at Dale’s, very self deprecating. He wanted a run down on the whole Gottbreht family. I talked Boucher family history and mailed him a hard copy of all I had soon after my return. Stella said all the begats and anecdotes were great fun for Bryan. I thought I attached the picture of Alma Boucher Gottbreht, Bryan Schimetz and Stella Richard Schimetz to the note yesterday? Place an underlay of emotion to my dummie computer skills and anything can happen. That Stella is all goodness and kindness.

Thanks for all you do Gary. Sharron



Alma Gottbreht, Bryan Schimetz & Stella Schimetz




Condolences to the Schimetz family
From Roger & Connie (Zorn) Landsverk: Bottineau, ND.

To Stella Schimetz & families, So sorry about the passing of Bryan! He was a swell guy & will be sadly missed. We are sharing our condolences with all of you!! Roger & Connie (Zorn) Landsverk


The Following Newspaper Articles are posted by
Neola Kofoid Garbe:Minot & Bottineau, ND.

Evan and Andrew are members of the MDN All Area Boys Basketball Second Team; this is quite an honor. There is an entire page about the coach/first team/second team in the Minot Daily.


Is Evan related to Dennis Dobois (63)? Dennis was a well known
Basket ball player in the early 60’s.


Brian is the son of Rodney (61) and Evelyn Kalk






04/24/2019 (2702)


Sorry for the long delay getting these blogs posted. With Bernadette’s condition, being in the hospital, etc. I have been pretty busy.

Bernadette was non responsive and in an unconscious state of being for 3 weeks. She spent one solid week in the Hospital ICU.  She had a lung infection and UTI combined with swelling of her hands, arms and legs. The swelling is caused from a fatty liver which they attribute to her Vascular dementia. There is no reversing of the fatty liver condition however they did an IV treatment of her liver that generated several other problem with her breathing and also with her BP and her Hearts BPM. They were able to get all that corrected though.

We brought her home from the hospital last Saturday. This morning, for the first time, she was awake and alert but with very little response though. A huge improvement.



Condolences to the Sharon Landsverk Beckman’s family
Reply from Lynn Halvorson Otto (’75):  Boonton, NJ

Dear Gary,  my heart aches for you and Bernadette and the family.  It is very difficult to see someone we love fade before our eyes.  I am glad you have so many caring people for her and you.

Also my condolences to Sharon Beckman’s family, she was the nicest person.  I have not lived in the area for many years but when I did come home I would stop at the grocery store on north Main Street and she would always be there and would remember me!  Her smile was contagious and you would leave the store a better person.

As like you, the Landsverk’s were great neighbors in the hills.

God’s blessings to you, Bernadette and Sharon and family!

Lynn Halvorson Otto


Joke of the day
Posted by Don Malaterre (72):  Sioux Falls, SD

A Canadian stopped at a local restaurant following a day roaming around in Mexico. While sipping his tequila, he noticed a sizzling, scrumptious looking platter being served at the next table. Not only did it look good, the smell was wonderful. He asked the waiter, “What is that you just served?”

The waiter replied, “Ah senor, you have excellent taste! Those are called Cojones de Toro, meaning testicles from the bull fight this morning – A delicacy!”

The man said, “What the heck, bring me an order.”

The waiter replied, “I am so sorry senor. There is only one serving per day because there is only one bull fight each morning. If you come early and place your order, we will be sure to save you this delicacy.”

Early the next morning, the Canadian returned, placed his order, and that evening was served the one and only special delicacy of the day. After a few bites, inspecting his platter, he called to the waiter and said, “These are absolutely delicious, but they are much, much smaller than the ones I saw you serve yesterday.”

The waiter shrugged his shoulders and replied, “Senor, sometimes the bull wins.”



Blog (775) posted on April 16, 2010


Bryan Schimetz (77) death notice:
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

Bryan Schimetz (Died April 14, 2010)

Bryan Schimetz, age 51 of Bottineau and Dunseith, died Wednesday at a Mandan hospital. Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10:30 am at the St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Bottineau. Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00 pm until 9:00 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.


Condolence to the Schimetz family:
From Lynn Halvoraon Otto (75): Seoul, Korean

It’s with great sadness that I write this. My deepest sympathy to Bryan’s family. I cannot imagine losing one of my sons for any reason. Going through the school lunch line, I can still see Stella’s winning smile so lovingly dishing up her great meals for us all. Life there wouldn’t have been the same without that family. I know Bryan is in a better place and finally pain free and has peace. Lynn Halvorson Otto, 75


Condolence to the Schimetz family:
From Dianne Rober’t Johnson (76): Rolla, ND

I am so sorry to hear about Bryan. I remember him from HS. He was always good for a laugh, never seem to be down about anything.

Bryan will be missed dearly, my condolences to the Schimetz families.

Dianne (Robert) Johnson (76)
Reply from Mare Iverson Staub (60): Seattle, WA


Thanks so much for mentioning Marvin, he was a great guy. I was very lucky to have him for 43 years. You never appreciate what you have until it’s to late.

Next week when I talk to Barbara i will have to ask her were she went to school. I know when we were living there they would visit often and I know she graduated from Frankin High School here in Seattle. Her aunt Laverna Schick graduated

from Dunseith in 1947. We know they do not have E-Mail so Barb is sending her a letter as we don’t know if she is aware of the reunion or not. It would be fun to see her.

I have no clue about the hill by Joyce and Harlan’s . I do remember a hill, but that’s about it. Of course they say memory is the first thing to go.HA

I agree with Judy LaCroix it would be great to get the receipe of Bernadette’s for the rice cake’s. Sounds yummy.


Marie, Marvin was a good man and very friendly too. Bernadette remembers him and you too very well. She had a nice little chat with Marvin at the registration table.

 About the hill that I remember as Bear or Bare Butte where Harlan and Joyce Flaata live. The road to their house is from the north. coming in from then north you are pretty much near the top of the hill with the terrain of the land. We used to approach the hill from the east where the road is much lower in elevation and then turn south with the curve in the road before getting to the hill. From our house we’d take the short cut to Dad’s brother Emil/Lillian Petterson who lived in the Foot hills NE of Bottineau. From our house we’d take the Willow Lake road to the corner of Arnold Wenstad’s. From there we’d turn right (West) and go past Thurman/Marie Parrill’s, Orvin Hagen’s and Ole Rispa’s. We’d turn left (south) at the corner near Almer Lindberg’s and long lake. We’d follow that road past Lloyd Larshus’, Bear Butte, etc until we got to Emil/Lillian’s. I have not been down that road for 40 or more years. Gary

04/05/2019 (2701)

Bernadette Stokes Update:

On Tuesday Bernadette went into partial coma state of being. From Tuesday until today (Friday) she has steadily gotten worse. Tuesday morning she recognized folks and was able to interact with jesters. Wednesday her half-sisters were here. She was able to briefly open her eyes when touched and talked to. Yesterday the same but a little worse. Today, Friday Morning, she half opened her eyes with a stare and a groan trying to move her limbs when touch and talked to. All total since Tuesday, she has only been conscience about 15 minutes when all added together.

It’s hard, but we knew these days were coming and are prepared. The priest visited her on Tuesday.


Sharon (Landsverk) Beckman | 1945 – 2019 (DHS Class 1963)
Lansverk, Sharon

Funeral Service Friday, Apr 05, 2019 2:00 PM

Sharon Beckman

May 21, 1945 – April 02, 2019

Sharon Beckman, age 73 of Bottineau, died Tuesday at her home.  Her funeral will be held on Friday at 2:00 pm at the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church at Bottineau.  Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the funeral home.  Burial will be at the Rendahl Cemetery near Dunseith.

Sharon Beckman, a daughter of Nels and Gertie (Rispa) Landsverk, was born on May 21, 1945 in Bottineau.  She was raised near Dunseith and graduated from Dunseith High School in 1963.  She worked at Charnholm Shoe Store in Bottineau before becoming an operator with Bell Telephone in Bottineau.  In the late 1960’s they transferred her to Bismarck.  On November 5, 1971, she married Garland Beckman in South Dakota.  They then returned to Bottineau.  This marriage later ended.  Sharon worked as cashier at the Gordon’s Piggly Wiggly, Jerry’s Jack & Jill and Bottineau Hometown Market.  The last several years, she worked as a teller at the First National Bank in Bottineau.

Sharon was a member of the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Bottineau.  She enjoyed bowling, baking, playing cards and watching the Wheel of Fortune.  She was very caring and giving and always thought of others first.

She is survived by her brother, David Landsverk of Bottineau, and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, Evelyn Pladson and Barbara Lawrence; brothers, Elwood, Bruce, Virgil, Darrel, Arlen, Roger, Kenneth and Leland; niece, Elizabeth Landsverk; and nephews, Virgil (Little V) Landsverk.

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


Sharon Landsverk Beckman(’63):
Condolences and Memories from Vickie Metcalfe (70):  Bottineau, ND

April 3, 2019
Gary and Friends of Dunseith School,

This a.m. I  was saddened to hear of  the  sudden passing  of Sharon Landsverk (Beckman).

Sharon was well known  by many,  many  people here in Bottineau. Many elder  adults  were recipients of  Sharon’s kind, warm and  generous personality.

She was  fondly known by  children as the ” Little Candy Lady clerk ”  at the local grocery store. “Kids told me they often requested their parents to shop  at the grocery store, where Sharon worked. WHY? ” “She remembered  our names,  and gave always gave  little candy treats.”

Sharon  was close to all of her  siblings and  kept in  fond contact with her cousins in far off places..

Sharon   is survived by  sister’s and brother’s in law, nieces and nephews,  and many  friends who fondly  treasured her friendship.

(NOTE) The Landsverk kids came out of the hills in the  early sixties from a little country school in the hills.

The Landsverk kids were quiet, and somewhat shy but personable and hard working.

Sharon is survived by David (class of ’70).  David  joined the  class with Mrs. Florence Conroy in the midst of 4th grade.

Sharon’s Landsverk ancestors were very well known……. in a wide swath area of ND. They were  exceptional stone masons.  Sharon was quite proud of their contributions.


Vickie L. Metcalfe

Gary’s Comments
What a shock to see Sharon’s passing. I remember Sharon so well from my school days and even more so with each of my trips back to the area seeing her Jack and Jill’s Grocery where she was a checker for many years. Sharon was a wonderful person. Always so friendly and nice. She will be missed by so many folks. That is a positive. We extend our condolences to all of her family with her passing.


Pastor Anfinrud Passing
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and Dunseith Friends,

             Today, I was  informed about  the passing of Pastor Anfinrud from my sister. We grew up with the knowledge  that our mother’s  mom,  Sylvia Arizonia (Wicks) Lamb lost her life to acute leukemia.

            Grandma Lamb passed away shortly after  she was  diagnosed. Mom was still reeling from the loss of her beloved ‘Pop’,  Bob Lamb. Mom told us how  spiritually comforting Pastor Anfinrud was to her. She also said,  although Grandma Sylvia was ….  not of  the Lutheran denomination, Pastor Anfinrud told mom, “Never worry,  he could,  would  and  preached the  funeral.”

            Mom felt he was a wonderful example of  spirituality.  She held him in the highest regard and respect!  

            May he rest in Peace.


Vickie L. Metcalfe

Subject: Pastor Anfinrud


Blog (774) posted on April 15, 2010


Bryan Schimetz (77) Passed away: Message from Mark Schimetz (70): Rolette, ND.

Dear Gary and friends, with great sorrow of heart, I need to inform all that Bryan John Schimetz my younger brother left us and made the great journey this morning at 12:40am at a health care facility in Mandan Nd. Funeral Services are tentatively being discussed among family at this time. We are trying for Monday, the 19th of April to be held at St.Marks Catholic Church in Bottineau, ND. I will keep you posted as arrangements are finalized. I wish to thank all of you for your prayers and kindness expressed here and elsewhere with the phone calls and cards. I thank all of you on behalf of entire Schimetz Family, may God Bless you all Mark Schimetz


Bryan Schimetz Passing: Posted on our Website From: David Schimetz (79): Bismarck, ND Message: Bryan left us last night at 12:30 am. His funeral arrangements are pending but most likely the funeral will be on Monday.Thank you all for your prayers.He had alot of family around him since Friday and family members present when he passed. We were able to talked to him and he understood his condition and he was at peice with it.He fought a long and hard battle for about 35 years. He was a good brother,uncle,son and most of all Friend. He will always be in our hearts and truly missed. Thank-you for all your prayers

Mark, David and the entire Schimetz family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you with the loss of Bryan. Mark and I, in the past, have discussed this disease (MS) with how hard it has been for the entire family, especially their mother Stella, coping with her children having this disease. It’s been a long hard road for all of you. Your family has not and will not be forgotten with all that you have been thru. Our condolences are with you. Gary.

Schimetz Family: Note: Judy posted this before knowing of Bryan’s passing. Reply from Judy LaCroix McGuire (59): LITCHFIELD, MN

Hi Gary, It would be fun to have a piece of Bernadette’s rice cake. Sounds good. Could you put a recipe in this blog. I like to try new recipes. I do enjoy reading the news each day and have good memories of growing up near Dunseith.

Also hello to the Schimetz family. You are all in my prayers at this time. I babysat for Reed and ? years ago and we were neighbors to their grandparents for years. Blessings. Judy LaCroix McGuire class of 59

Judy, I will ask Bernadette to write down her recipe for her Chocolate Rice cake for posting. A lot of her recipes are her own made up of which I’m very positive of this being one of those. With that there are no standard Measurements. It’s a little of this and a little of that until she gets the desired consistency of what she wants. Bernadette is well gifted in the cooking and baking department. She seldom has flops. For her the aesthetics of what she prepares is equally as important as the taste. She won’t eat anything that does not look good. For me that is the reason I don’t eat their dried fish. but for her and these folks, that dried fish looks so good, heads and all. Her rice cake was consumed in a heart beat yesterday at the bowling alley. Some of those women, when they didn’t think anyone was looking, were putting pieces in their purses to take home. Gary


Dunseith Alumni Reunion:
Marie Iverson Staub (60) will be attending: Seattle, WA.


I am going to make the reunion if everything goes OK. A cousin and I are going to drive. I made out the check to send to Verena so will get that sent tomorrow. There will be 3 of us.

  1. Marie Iverson (Staub)
  2. Barbara Iverson (Lyonais)
  3. Joyce Iverson (Flaata)

Looking forward to seeing everyone.

Marie Iverson 1960

Marie, this is wonderful news that you will be attending our reunion. As Keith Pladson Mentioned, it’s a long drive from the East Coast and we know it’s a long haul from the West Coast as well. It’s great that your cousin Barbara is able to accompany you. I’m assuming Barbara attended the Bottineau schools or did she attend Dunseith? I have known your cousin, Joyce Flaata, for as far back as I can remember. She and Harlan were very active members of the Metigoshe Lutheran churches and that is where I learned to know them. From what you mentioned they still live on the same place a few miles NE of Bottineau. Their home is a few miles south of Vinje Church up in the hills. I’m really racking my brain now, but the name of the hill or mountain they live on, as I remember, is Bare Butte. We passed it many times with our many visits, taking the back roads, to visit Dad’s brother Emil/Lillian who lived a few miles SW of Harlan & Joyce’s. We are looking forward to seeing you folks next month. Gary 

PS – Folks; Marie lost Marvin a few months after our reunion last July. We so enjoyed seeing and visiting with him and Marie at the reunion. It was such a traumatic loss for Marie. She said reading our daily blogs really helped her coping with his loss.


2009 Seattle Dunseith Aumni Reunion:
Marvin (Deceased) & Marie (60) Iverson Staub


Earth Worms Question:
From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND.

April greetings Gary,

April showers have arrived here in the foothills of the Turtle Mountains. Days have been quite windy followed by nights of thunder and lighting shows. At least an inch of steady rain washed Bottineau thoroughly clean last night. The warm earthy smells and sunny spring morning greeted me and Buie to our walk.

My question for blog readers. What is the earliest date in the spring… anyone has seen earth worms in the area?

They were every where this morning 4/14/10. I found myself hop scotching home as not to squish them! So many, they reminded me of the wet Junes of yesteryear. Thanks Vickie
Reply from Keith Pladson (66): Stafford, VA

Gary, This is in response to Sybil Johnson’s visiting Washington DC. I’m sure you will enjoy your trip immensely and hope you are able to visit and enjoy many of the national treasures located in and around Washington. Some things worth seeing in addition to those you already stated could include the Washington National Cathedral, Mount Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery (to include Kennedy’s Grave and the changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier), the Korean War Memorial and any number of the many National Museums. Alas, there is one thing on your list you may not be able to enjoy. The much discussed and locally bragged about Cherry Blossom Festival has come and gone and so have most of the blossoms. Usually they start blooming the very end of March and through the next couple of weeks or so. But, unfortunately, this year we had some really warm weather in the middle of March so the blossoms came a little early. So, most (if not all) of the blossoms are now history until next years.

Still, you WILL enjoy your trip! And even if you can’t take photographs in the White House, you can take them at most other locations. Keith Pladson (66)


Country School Reunion:
Question from Lynn Halvorson Otto (74): Seoul, Korea

Hi Gary, who is organizing the July country school reunion at Lake Metigoshe? If you know could you post this again for people. Thanks, Lynn Otto

Lynn, Linda Gardner is the one spearheading this reunion. I have pasted below and also attached a copy of the registration form. Gary


 Turtle Mountain Country School Reunion
July 10, 2010

Plans are underway to hold a Turtle Mountain Country School Reunion on July 10, 2010, at the Twin Oaks Resort & Convention Center atLakeMetigoshe.Anyone who attended a country school in theTurtleMountains or is interested in celebrating an educational life style of the past is welcome to attend.The cost is $42.00 per person.Reservations and advance payment are required.Please fill out the form below and mail to:


03/30/2019 (2700)

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

Hi Gary,

You know what I think of Bernadette, she has always been a marvelous person. From my observation watching her with people, that is what I took away from how she is. Always treating each and every one of us as special individuals.

To even think of losing someone who is such an exceptional human being,  is so heartbreaking.  Bernadette is leaving an everlasting impression in my heart and in my life.  People like her should be everywhere, in everyone’s life, to spread gratifying, pleasantry into people’s hearts and lives.

Thank you Gary, thank you for sharing Bernadette with all the people you know.

I will always remember your wonderful beautiful lady, your WIFE.

Thank you Gary, read this to Bernadette and tell her I love her and my prayers are with her.


Gary’s comments
Thank you Ginger for this wonderful message. When I read it to Bernadette, She cried. She remembers you well too. At the moment her speech is loud, but all mumbled. We can’t understand her. She spends about 23.5 hours of each day in bed. The other half hour she spends in her recliner for about 5 minutes multiple times each day. She needs to be held up when walking with one of us behind her with a bear hug hold.  


Florence Hiatt Dahl (DHS ’50) Obituary
Posted by Tim Martinson (’69): Anchorage, Alaska.

Florence I. Dahl went to be with her Lord on March 20, 2019 with her family by her side.

A service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday March 31st at Baxter Road Bible Church with reception following.  Burial will be in the Spring at JBER National Cemetery.   Florence was born August 2, 1930 in Bottineau North Dakota to Margaret and John Hiatt.  She grew up in the Turtle Mountains with her 8 siblings on the Family Farm.

She obtained her Nursing degree from the Trinity Hospital School of Nursing in Minot.  She was forever thankful to her Uncle Harry for his support in this endeavor.  Florence met her future husband Howard while working at St. Luke Hospital in Fargo.

Florence and Howard were married March 3, 1954 in Rugby.  In 1956 Florence, Howard and their growing family drove the Alcan Highway to Alaska to their new home.

She worked at Providence Hospital for many years as a surgical and ER nurse and later as a surgical Nurse at Alaska Native medical Center, and staff nurse at Eisenhower Hospital in Rancho Mirage California.

After she and Howard retired they built a summer home on Crooked Lake and spent winters traveling in the lower 48 visiting family.  After Howard’s passing in 1994 she spent summers at their summer home.  Winters were spent with her friends by starting two book clubs and the Winsome Widows group, and organizing group trips to Israel, Rivers of Europe, Fall Colors on the East Coast, volunteering at the Soup Kitchen in Downtown Anchorage and many other adventures.  She took up weaving and made many custom afghans that she gave to her friends and family, or anyone that she thought could use a warm comfy blanket.

Mrs. Dahl is survived by her children, Marc, Marsha, Matt and Mike of Alaska; her sister Stubby Fauske of North Dakota; thirteen grandchildren; and seventeen great grandchildren.

The family requests that you spend time with your family and friends with good conversation in her memory.

Gary’s comment
What shock to get this message/obituary from Tim Martinson. Developing the Dunseith Alumni Blog, I had numerous conversations with Florence. I never had the opportunity to meet her in person, but we walk and talked the same turf in our childhood days, just at different times is all. We were both born and raised in the Ackworth community. Florence’s family, The Johnny and Margaret Hiatt family farm now the Fauske farm was my childhood families closest neighbor to the north. The Stokes and Hiatt families have been close friends since the early 1900’s. They were born and raised in the same small community. Florence and I had lots of commonality to talk about. Florence left the community before the time I can remember, but we knew the same people and the same turf. My sincere condolence to her family. She was a good person.


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

March 24, 2019
Gary, Larry, Mel, and friends of Dunseith,

            T’was early child hood when I  first became aware of  ‘SNOW SNAKES’.

 I would listen to mom and Dad whenever dad arrived home from work at  darkening days end. 

 I heard about the dastardly ‘SNOW SNAKE’, mid – winter ……mid 50s’ when he worked at plastering Belcourt School (replaced twice since then).

            Every morning after feeding cattle, whilst dark with a team and hayrack, mom would hand him his black lunch pail and green coffee thermos, he’d climb and ride Barney, the little gray percheron, down the road  West to Snuice Box Junction and Highway #3 where he met his brother’s; Bill and Jim.   Uncle’s Bill  and Jim mixed and carried ‘mud’. He’d slap Barney on his rump to send him home



Blog (773) posted on April 14, 2010

Dan Morgan (Former Teacher) remembrance:
Thank you from Judy Morgan (Former Teacher): Edgeley, ND

Thanks to all friends, former students, and colleagues who sent e-mail or cards or called when news of Dan’s illness was posted by Ardys Horner. Although Dan always kept up with the blog, he didn’t post. His excuse was always that he didn’t have anything new to add, that no one would remember him after all these years, or that his “secretary” wasn’t too efficient. He was so surprised and pleased to hear from so many. It meant a lot to him.

Finally Scott and I deeply appreciate all who took the time to e-mail us at home, on the blog, or on the Guest Book at www.dahlstromfuneralservice.com. Unfortunately we did lose some in the process of being read or copied. Thank you all so much for your kind expressions of sympathy. 

According to Dan’s wishes, we will have a simple graveside memorial service on Saturday May 29,2010 at Milnor Lutheran Cemetery at 3:00 PM followed by a gathering of family and friends at the Gwinner Golf Club.

Again thanks Gary for all that you do in keeping everyone who is or was part of the Dunseith community connected. This is long overdue and I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have started this and lost it or made mistakes like this bold print that I’m unable to get out of at the moment. I’m now as addicted to this site as Dan was, so I hope you continue with your wonderful work. If this goes through it will probably be in two or more parts. I trust your skills to make sense of it. It’s warm and unbelievably windy here today and all I can think of is Virgil Vanorny coaching our women’s softball team! Judy Morgan

Judy, Yes, without a doubt, Dan and you too are well remembered in the Dunseith community and the Alumni. You guys were in Dunseith after my time there so I didn’t learn to know either of you during your Dunseith days. We can make up for that now though. I agree, it’s not always easy to post for fear folks will not be interested in what one has to say or that what we say may not be quite right. Then there’s the fear factor of being judged with how we say it. I have come to realize that folks love hearing from all of you that post. Folks are not judgmental of what is posted. They just love seeing the postings and the names they come from. They bring back so many memories. Rereading some of the postings, I see so many of my own errors, kicking myself in the butt for not catching them before hitting the send button. Thank you Judy. We love hearing from you. Please keep the postings coming. Gary


Follow up message with remeberences:
From Judy Morgan (Former Teacher): Edgeley, ND

Dear Gary,

First of all I want to thank you for including us on the Dunseith blog. Dan and I both enjoyed reading news of the area and remembering so many friends and events from our happy years in Dunseith (1963-1970).

I am just getting back to using the computer so my limited skills are pretty rusty. To Stella and the Schimetz family, my thoughts and prayers are with Bryan and all of you during this very difficult time. My sincere condolences to the families of Bill Berube and Greg Grimme. Many prayers continue on their way to the families of DeAnn Gottbreht and Mike and Sandra Vandal for continuing positive results


To the Schimetz family: From Mark Gunville(75): Rolette, ND
I also graduated with Kim and Know the Schimetz family well. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers in your trying times.

Mark Gunville 1975


Update for Matthew – Mike & Sandra Zeiler Vandal’s Grandson:

Posted by Mike & Sandra (62) Zeiler: Elk River, MN

Hi Gary, this was our daughters last update to all friends and family. Kelly does a good job of explaining, and understands all this stuff much better then I do.She has a great husband, good children, all 11 of them, and a strong faith that will get them through, and come out on top of this. thank you for your concern and the prayers from all. Sandy and Mike

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 2:09 PM
Subject: Tues. oncologist appt

The pathology report came back positive for clear cell sarcoma. This cancer is agressive

in that it has a propensity to come back….even after 9-10 years. It hasn’t been a fast growing

cancer for Matthew and that seems to be the norm. The dr. wants to get Matthew to where

there is “no evidence of disease.” This is what was accomplished 3 yrs. ago and what they are trying

to accomplish now with the thoracotomy w/ wedge resections on each lung. The current plan is to

remove and watch. Matthew will be getting CT scans every 3 months for at least 3 yrs, then maybe go

to every 4 mos for 2 years, biannually for 5 yrs. (The dr said every 3 mos. for as long as he could).

He also wants to do a bone scan before the next thoracotomy. (am I saying that right?) He knows the

last surgery sight is going to “light up” on the bone scan, and so wants to get it accomplished before

the next surgery so there will be better results. Clear cell going to the bone is possible, but not as likely.

Alternative treatments: If it reappears after this, especially in the near future, there is achemotherapy

(adrimicin (sp)?) that is possible. Radiation is possible, but is limited by dose, and the lungs are

particularly sensitive. (Matthew is not a candidate for a lung transplant, due to having cancer). As

mentioned before, these “treatments” have not been shown to be effective; surgery is the best

option….Matthew can do the “remove and watch” for as long as he can have lung tissue removed if

he wants. We had 3 yrs since the last time and can go many years w/o it returning.


As the U of M is the only phase 1 investigational institute in MN (meaning there is the latest/newest

treatments available here…but not necessarily covered by ins because it is investigational), he

does have more options here. Dr. Mulrooney said he’d check into other phase 1 institues in the US

and see if any of them have a particular interest in clear cell sarcoma. He recommended the following 2


curesearch.org (children’s oncology group) and cancer.gov which would have info

on trials and is sponsored by the Nat’l Cancer Inst.


If the bone scan comes back with unfavorable results, he may recommend a different route. Of course, our hope

and prayer is that this will be it, or barring that, before needing chemo, there is one out there that has

been proven effective.

Matthew’s first comment was in reference to Mother Theresa’s saying….the “God won’t allow more than I can

handle, wish he didn’t trust me so much” one. we picked up lunch at Chipotle and ate in the car on the

way home. (something I do not recommend) As we approached the Albertville exit, he said,

“Oh yeah, I have cancer.” He forgot for a bit ( can’t figure that myself)…when asked how he is doing he responds

“Better than I thought I would be.”

I, for one, am thankful he has been of an age since the beginning where he can understand the necessity

of the surgery/suffering he endures. One sees many little ones in the oncolology depts. and, as a mother,

I would find that harder to endure that suffering than the trial we are currently experiencing.

As another cancer patient (whom I admire) has said many times: “GOD IS GOOD, ALL THE TIME.”


 Thank you,


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

I admit it…I am way behind in reading the blog…Nancy (Hosmer) and I were visiting and she asked if I signed up for the Dunseith reunion…I have not…so, ok, how do I go about it? I have been traveling 90 miles down the highway to nowhere lately…work, work, work…time for some fun. Diane

Diane, you have a long commute from Minot to Bottineau. I’ll bet you know the road by heart now.

It’s so nice that you will be attending our reunion. We are looking forward to seeing you. Verena and I have added you to our lists for attending. Verena needs payment in advance for those that would like the Roast Beef catered dinner. The dinner is $10.00 per person. We are charging a registration fee of $5.00 per person to cover expenses. You can mail your payment to Verena if you want the meal. I have pasted her address below. For those that have not prepaid, we will be collecting the registration fee at the registration table.

Folks, You can mail your payment to Verena or stop by the High School where she works. I will be sending out an updated list of those attending within the next few days. The reunion will be at the Dunseith Bingo Barn on May 22nd.

Verena Gillis
PO Box, 785
Dunseith, ND 58329

Folks, Today is our bowling day. This is a picture of some of the gals that stopped their game to pose for this picture. Having fun is the name of the game. Bernadette is standing second from the right. Bernadette made several cookie sheets of chocolate rice cake that she will be taking along for treats today. They love her rice cake and requested more. Gary


03/24/2019 (2699)


Again sorry for the long delay between postings. With Bernadette’s sickness combined with a friend of mine visiting from Bremerton, WA that fell and fractured his spine while here, I have been kind of busy. My friend spent 22 days in the hospital here. They were able to stabilize him enough for his flight back to the USA where he will have surgery.

Bernadette’s condition has gone from bad to worse. She has been bed ridden now for four days. We are so fortunate to have gotten her feeding tube inserted too. Other than for a little water, her total intake is thru the tube.


Trying to locate Geraldine Robbilard
Request from Tina Belgarde Busche (’78): Jamestown, ND

Can you help me find my Godmother. Geraldine Robbilard. I am hoping to find her

My parents are Clifford and Ella Belgarde (my Mom is deceased) I am Tina Belgarde Busche Leo Belgarde SR Keith Lee Belgarde (deceased) Kay Belgarde Benson

Leo lives there and Dad is here in Jamestown ND with us girls


Barbara Landsverk Lawrence (‘DHS 1967) Obituary
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau, ND

Landsverk, Barbara

Barbara Lawrence

March 15, 1949 – March 19, 201

Barbara (Landsverk) Lawrence

Barbara Lawrence, age 70 of Bottineau, died Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at her home near Bottineau.  Her funeral will be held on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the First Lutheran Church in Bottineau.  Visitation will be Thursday from 2:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

Barbara Lawrence, a daughter Nels and Gertie (Rispa) Landsverk, was born on March 15, 1949 in Bottineau.  She was raised near Dunseith and graduated from Dunseith High School in 1967.  She worked as a waitress in Dunseith and Bottineau.  She was married to Duane Handeland.  They had 2 children, Todd and Tracy.  This marriage later ended.  On July 25, 1980, she married Larry Lawrence at the First Lutheran Church in Bottineau.  She then began her career as a rancher.

Barbara enjoyed gardening, horseback riding, cooking, baking, playing cards and bingo, sewing ice fishing, playing horseshoes and most of all, spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Larry of Bottineau; daughter, Tracy (Ben) Aufforth of Bottineau; son, Todd (Kris) Handeland of Bottineau; foster son, Jody Hoopman of Bottineau; 5 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sister, Sharon Beckman of Bottineau; brother, David Landsverk of Bottineau; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Pladson; brothers, Elwood, Bruce, Virgil, Darrel, Arlen, Roger, Kenneth and Leland; niece, Elizabeth Landsverk; and nephews, Virgil (Little V) Landsverk.

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


Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70) Bottineau, ND

Leo Frank Fettig obituary

October 23, 1923 – March 21, 2019

He did work at  Dunseith….at the Peace Garden CCC camp in 1939.

Note: Not the DHS Supt.


My latest project. 2,200 (16”x16”) Ceramic Tile

I was tired of the black dirty fungus that continually kept coming back in our drive way and outside parking area, so I had it all tiled. While I was at it I include the garage too. It’ll be a lot easier to keep clean too. Our garage is 24’ X 60’. My pool table doesn’t get much use but it’s nice to have. This is a garage area for the accumulation of and storage of stuff too.


“Gypsies” BBC
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND

Sunday March 17, 2019, 

 Hello Dunseith School Friends and Gary,

             It is  St. Patricks Day  and i recall mom and her homemade cured corned beef. She and dad were newlyweds in 1947 living close to Woodland Park in Seattle. Dad was a Plasterer Apprentice and mom a homemaker.

WORK ETHIC was the only inheritance  received from their respective families.

            Together they forged a solid marriage and a combined DREAM. They dreamt of a saving for a  little farm back in the Turtle Mountains. 

            Mom and dad were quite frugal…they were known  as “penny pinchers.”  They never ate out.

             Mom  made a home, baked loaves of bread and made 3 meals a day…… meals from scratch. She got up early, packed Dads lunch and  filled a thermos with coffee for his  work each morning.

            Mom  grocery shopped, once a week at local neighborhood shops And, Mom made a friend, of the kindly elderly neighborhood butcher. She told me she would go in and peruse the cheapest cuts of meat.  And,  the butcher gave her tips on preparation. He somehow figured out; with her dark widows peak hair and brown eyes, she was of Irish heritage. He told her she needed to learn how to make an Irish dish.

            He told her how to cure meat.

            Through the years; as kids sometime  along in  February, we would arrive home via a long ride inthe school bus  to mom packing a  brisket into a crock. She then poured  over the beef; a solution of a handful of this,  a handful of that, an extra big pinch of  pickling spices and cover with fresh cold well water and a round stone. She’d carry the crock down and put to it rest in the  cool root cellar.

            AHH….Come close to mid March, we would come home to a toasty warm  house. My nose would twitch appreciatively to the smells of  succulent Corned beef, Cabbage, and boiling home grown potatoes. After milking and  chores and Dad home, we ate together the filling supper.

Oh, yah. Along with the corned beef  Mom always remembered to serve a fresh container of horse radish……….I ate Corned Beef yesterday!


            Once again  my inquiring mind got a move on today.

…. Curiosity usually happens,  whenever  I read BBC or Canadian news. Attached is a current BBC article about gypsies in France. Does anyone recall  hearing  tales/stories of gypsies  traveling  through Dunseith or  a caravan camping in the area years ago?

            Today someone told me …. ” 21 days straight of below zero at the foot of the Turtles.”  For two months, I frequently thought of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s, “The Long Winter” .  And was happy I didn’t need to wander the prairie to find a  grain bin and coffee grinder to grind wheat.  I am so looking forward to enjoying the end of … long winter.

            I seem to have a bit of spring fever as I am bouncing around topic.

So I  must say, Thank you Gary and  HAPPY SPRING everyone!

Vickie L. Metcalfe


Posted by my cousin  Audrey Aitchison: Bottineau, ND
Snow on my 3 mile walk this morning (3/19/2019)


The mysterious snow snake Store
Posted by Larry Hackman (’66): Bismarck, ND

A friend of mine that lives in the Turtle Mountains, North Dakota wrote and complained that his dog has been dragging snow snakes up onto the front step of his house and that they scare the hell out of his wife when she goes out in the morning on her way to work.  I guess with the big snow melt the snow snakes are becoming isolated in the remaining piles of snow and aren’t able to escape the pesky little dog.  Apparently the snow melt happened so fast that it surprised the critters and they weren’t able to crawl into their holes and hibernate for the summer, or maybe like us they thought we were going into a climate of winter year round?  The friend in the hills says that he knows the snow snakes were surprised as they had that surprised look on their little faces.

Thanks for letting me know and reminding me about the snow snakes.

What do you do about the little puddles that they have a tendency to leave behind on your step, or if you let the dog drag them into the house they could leave a snow snake stain on your flooring?  They are some disgusting critters if you don’t handle them right.

Good luck Mel.


Snow & snow snakes?
osted by Larry Hackman (’66):  Bismarck, ND

Received a message today from friends living in Fergus Falls, MN. They are complaining about all the snow that they have piled up everywhere from this winter.  Now after shoveling and working hard to keep the sidewalks and driveway cleared of snow and continuously having to worry about where they are going to pile the next snow that falls???  Now “believe it or not” they have had to worry about snow snakes!!!! Yes, are friends wrote that they have had the unpleasant situation of dealing with these critters.  Apparently them there snow snakes must have migrated down from Butte St. Paul, Turtle Mountains, ND over into Minnesota.  This could be good for the people living in the Turtle Mountains and bad for the people living in Minnesota.  They didn’t ask me what they could do about this situation but I suggested that they drink lots of Schnapps, as it will keep you warm and kill the infection if you happen to get bit by a snow snake.  There may be people that live in the Turtle Mountains or that did live in the Turtle Mountains that may know of a better solution to this problem?  I know most Norwegians never have to worry about getting infection anyway but maybe you have a suggestion for these folks???

Thank You,



Blog (772) posted on April 13, 2010


To the Schimetz Family
From Lynn Halvorson Otto (75): Seoul, Korea

To the entire Schimetz Family: I also worked with Bryan at Dales and he was always a joy and full of fun. I also graduated with Kim who I know is suffering with MS as well. You are all in our prayers daily. Lynn Halvorson Otto, 75

Reply to Pete & Ruth Larshus picture posted yesterday:
From Tom Hagen (51): Mesa, AZ & Williston, ND. 

Yes, Gary , and Pete was a cousin of the Hagen family and Ruth was a good friend and fellow teacher with us. Tom Hagen (51)

New email address for Fritz & Marlene Henderson: Rolla, ND

Our new email address is

Fritz & Marlene


Excerpt from a personal message.
From Lois Tweten: Helena, MT

I’m headed to Overy ND on the 22nd. My cousin (Carol Sletto Johnson) came up to Bozeman to help out her daughter that had some surgery (she doesn’t dare drive so far – uffda). Anyway her husband drove her up here and I’ll drive her back! I like an excuse to go home to ND and see the cousins etc. It was while I was staying with Carol that I met Bev Azure at her shop while Carol saw the PA there at the clinic!


Lois Tweten 907 Washington ST #3 Helena, MT 59601

Lois, We dearly miss Bev. She added a lot of life and zest to our daily messages. She was such a passionate, kind loving person too. Bev was Bev and pretended to be no one other than Bev. She certainly had a huge following with a long list of friends. She will be remembered for years to come. Gary


Reply from Sybil Johnson: Cheyenne, WY.

Since is talking about upcoming trips, I thought I would put my 2 cents in. For the first time in my life, I will be flying out of DIA, to Washington, DC. I have never been there and I’m looking for ward to it. There are so many things to see, but will only have 5 days. I will be visiting the White House and the Capitol, but sadly without my camera. I guess, since 9/11, this is no longer possible. I will be also going to the Viet Nam Memorial Wall. There is a Native American National Museum that I will also be visiting. I am looking forward to see those famous Cherry Blossoms, that I have heard about all of my life. Sybil Johnson


03/15/2019 (2698)

Reply From Sandy Lopez (’64):  Rockford IL


Thanks for your continued effort to keep us updated on all the Dunseith news.

More importantly, we also appreciate the valiant effort of caring for your sweet Bernadette. We continue to keep both of you, your family and the other caregivers in our prayers.

We have become much more aware of these debilitating and insidious long term diseases as my sister has succumbed to Alzheimer’s and they live far away from the rest of the family, so they do not have the support of “the village” that it takes to manage the care. We are having a family reunion soon to see what we can do to help.

In communal prayer

Sandy Lopez


Gary’s comment

Thanks’ Sandy for the nice comments and this rely.

We are so sorry to hear of your sister’s bout with Alzheimer’s too. Did she ever attend Dunseith?

Bernadette is better, but still isn’t able to walk or talk clearly. She easily tires and is often confused, especially when going out. She can eat and swallow her food now, but often times refuses and askes to be fed thru her feeding tube. When that happens, they just put her food in a blender and feed her thru her feeding tube.

Yesterday she wanted to go out, so we took her to Bigby’s. Bernadette hadn’t been there for quite some time. We used to be there 2 or more times per week. She was confused all the way going there but recognized the staff when we got there. They welcomed her back with a slice of cake. She ordered fish-n-chips, her favorite. She ate all the fish and some of the fries. Of course Tata had to feed her.

Tata has been with us for over 15 years now. She knows us better than we know ourselves. Mirasol, Bernadette’s niece, has been with us for 6 years now. She too is very good working and taking care of Bernadette. We have another gal, Marites, for the evening shift. Tata is on call 24/7. Mirasol is 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM every day. Marites 5:00 to 9:00 PM every day. Tata’s husband, Aldren, also works for us full time. He takes care of the outside cleaning and maintenance. We, without a doubt, have the cleanest, well-kept place in the Cebu.

As you can see in the pictures, Tata and Bernadette are very close. I’m number one in Bernadette’s life. Tata is number two.
Stokes-1 Stokes-2 Stokes-3


Blog (771) posted on April 12, 2010

Dunseith Alumni Caribbean Cruise in February 2012

Folks, Following our reunion in May we’ll be shifting focus to our Caribbean Cruise. We are making plans for Presidents day week in February 2012. As soon as the Cruise schedules come out, probably later this year, we will be selecting a cruise line and a cruise. We have not yet decided if we’ll be going East or West in the Caribbean. Please reply with any preferences and ideas that you may have. Bill Grimme, Phyllis McKay, Bernadette and I will be the group leaders for this cruise. This will for sure be another great event. For those of you living a bit north, this will be a good winter break. In mentioning this cruise to a few of our friends here in the PI, several of them want to join us as well. They’ve got their calendars marked. Gary


Bryan Schimetz (77) contact number.
Brian is suffering with MS. He is in Triumph Mandan Hospital.
Message from Mark Schimetz (70): Rolette, ND.

Gary the Triumph Care Center’s phone number for Bryan Schimetz’s room is 1-701-667-4087. I know that Bryan would like to hear from his friends that are unable to come to see him at this time, especially Donna Striker. They have been good friends all his life. Bryan is being kept as comfortable as is possible.


Reply to Bryan Schimetz (77):
From Rhonda Hiatt (75): Battle Ground, WA.

Hi Gary,


It’s been awhile since I have replied on here. I try to keep up with the latest everyday, though I do get behind.

Bryan along with his family are definitely in my prayers as he and they go through this very difficult time. I graduated with Kim in 75 and worked with Bryan at Dales and he was just the best cook and the best to work with. I really just loved working with him. No matter how crazy busy we were he never got all worked up or lost his cool. Awhile back you had posted his e-mail address so we could send Birthday wishes. I sent one but if I remember right, his mailbox was full. I knew that everyone else had done the same thing. I tried a few times after that, so don’t know if he got it or not. To Bryan, Kim, and the rest of the Schimetz family, My thoughts and Prayers are with you.

Rhonda Hiatt

Keith & Alice Pladson will be attending the reunion:
Message from Keith Pladson (66): Stafford, VA

Gary, Just thought I would let you know that Alice and I will be attending the reunion get together/meal in May. I’ve already sent Verena a notice of our planned attendance and a check for our meals. We also intend to include a stop in Superior, WI on the way up to visit with my Aunt Lillian. I spoke with my cousin Ron (one of Lillian’s sons) a few days ago, and he said his Mom is doing pretty well (I think she is 94 years young now), so I’m really looking forward to our trip. It’s a long drive from here to ND (about 1,800 miles each way) but with our stop in Superior on the way up and a stop in Louisville, KY (to visit with Alice’s Mom) on the way back at least we will break up the long drive. We could fly, but with the way the airlines are going, flying is not much fun anymore and by driving we have a lot more freedom to come and go as we please while in ND. Over the years we’ve driven this route many times so we are very used to it. We look forward to seeing you and Bernadette again. Keith

Keith, This is wonderful news that you and Alice will be attending the reunion. You are right, it’s a long trip from VA to Dunseith. We are looking forward to seeing you guys at the reunion and around the area too. Gary


 Dunseith Alumni Alaska Cruise – July 2009
Note: Florence and Keith are siblings. Becky is Florence’s daughter
Minnie Flynn is in the background.

Florence Pladson Sime (62), Keith Pladson (66) & Becky Sime Coles (83)

Update from DeAnn Gottbreht: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/deanngottbreht

Sunday, April 11, 2010 10:56 AM, CDT

Patrick and I left the NICU with Connor at about 3:30 pm on Thursday April 8th. What and exciting day it was! Connor has come such a long way since he was born. He is such a miracle. He is almost 7 lbs now and is growing fast. His reflux is still a problem but the doctors sent us home with his medicine and so far he is doing great. Unfortunately he doesn’t let his parents sleep for very long at a stretch but hopefully that will improve! It is just so nice to finally be at home together as a family.

Chemo is still going pretty well. I had Chemo this last week on Thursday so it was nice to get it out of the way before we picked up Connor. Only 5 more treatments to go of this stuff and after that I’ll have a chemo once every 3 weeks for a year. I’m just hoping the chemo won’t ware me out to much since Connor is a lot of work right now. It’s a good thing Patrick and I can always get a little help from Grandparents when we need it! We are really looking forward to putting these treatments behind us so we can finally spend time at home as a family and not have all this traveling every week.

Thanks again everyone for all of your support. It was a long journey for us with Connor in the NICU for 41 days but that phase of our lives is behind us and things are only going to get better

03/07/2019 (2697)

Good day everyone,

Sorry for the long delay between posts. With Bernadette being in the hospital and other things,  I have been very busy lately.

Bernadette’s condition progressed to where she was unable to swallow. With lots of coaching, not all of the time, we were able to get her to swallow getting food and water in her stomach. Now that she has her feeding tube, she won’t even try to swallow.

She was admitted to the hospital and had a feeding tube inserted into her stomach. First they had to get her blood and other vitals restored before doing the surgery or procedure as they called it.  She was in the hospital 6 days. Inserting the feeding tube is relatively a simple procedure. Under General anesthesia they run the  device down the esophagus to the stomach. They then puncture a hole in the stomach for the tube.   Food is blended to a liquid and placed in the tube. It works very well. We have a plastic binder that goes around her body that covers the tube when not in use.




Violet DuBois passed away
Obituary posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND


Dear Friends of Dunseith and Gary,

I wish to extend  sympathy to the ‘Emil’ DuBois family on the passing of their family Matriarch, Violet.

I considered  Violet as a friend, and  I  enjoyed  whenever we had  an opportunity to  visit.

I also  carry fond memories of her younger children who  were former students of mine.

Violet was a kind, smiling, thoughtful interesting lady.

She put her family and God above all!


Vickie Leona Metcalfe


Dale’s Jumbo Burger
Reply from Larry Hackman (’66): Dunseith, ND


I can’t believe that it took that Hiatt kid three years to finally satisfy his cravings for a (Dales Jumbo Burger) after seeing that picture below his posting.  Talk about a delayed reaction.  I wonder how that works for him at a auction?  He must have been letting his taste buds suffer for awhile before he decided to tackle a jumbo.  Rod, I bet them buds were surprised and great full as hell to finally be satisfied.

Gary to tell you the truth after seeing Rod’s picture  of that jumbo I wanted to jump in the truck and head up north for a jumbo, but it has been so damn cold here (just like the sixties) that a person hates to go outside and when you do, you have to grab a shovel to help you get to where you are going.  You don’t know what you are missing, or maybe you do remember?   I didn’t see any snow or cold or milk cows or hay or a path to the barn on them farm pictures you displayed.

But, yes Gary I did eat a whole jumbo, the last time I ordered one.  However, I have not ordered fries with a jumbo for several years.  I been trying to cut back on the carburetors.  Everything has went to injectors!

That quarter jumbo sure do look good.  Thanks Rod!

Thank You Gary for all that you do for us, and we are praying for your wife.




Blog (770) posted on April 11, 2010


Bryan Schimetz (77) suffering with MS:

Posted on our Website:
From: David Schimetz Phone: 

Message: I would like to start a prayer chain for Bryan Schimetz. He is in Triumph Mandan Hospital. Bryan has suffered with MS for over 30 years and is now in the last stages of the disease and he will leave us soon. He is surrounded by family members and he is in no pain. Please keep him in you prayers. Thank-you all from the Louis Schimetz Family

David, Since putting these class lists together, I have known that Bryan is suffering with MS. I talked to him, by phone, several years ago when he was in the Good Samaritan center in Bottineau. From the sound of his voice with that conversation, I could tell he was suffering. I am so sad to hear of his continued deteriorating condition. He’s coped well with all his suffering with this disease for so many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bryan. We know it’s hard on the entire family as well. Our prayers are with you guys as well. Gary


Question from Bonnie Awalt Houle (56): Becker, MN

Dear Gary,

I heard there were some early additions to this blog that were sent around before the reunion that ballooned this blog. They said those early additions had individual pictures of students. Do you still have those blogs? Could you possibly send those around again?

Thank you for all you do, and God Bless.

Bonnie Awalt Houle

Bonnie, I assume you are talking about those messages posted prior to the 2007 reunion? We, the class of 65, generated a whole lot of email traffic for about 6 months leading into that reunion. For quite sometime we were almost live, at a given time, each day. As messages came into me I’d immediately forward them to the class and they’d reply instantaneously. The cycle continued, often times for several hours, each day. I saved each and everyone of those 2,000 plus messages only to loose them when my hard drive got reformatted a few months back. I didn’t realize I didn’t have them backed up. What a loss. Do any of you from the class of 65 or auxiliary folks that were included with those message, by chance, have copies of any of those messages?

Needless to say, the ice had been well broken long before our reunion in 2007. This was our first ever class reunion too. Most of us agreed that we were not that close of a class in our HS days and that comradery becomes increasingly more important as we get older. As we get older, relationships tend take precedence above all else. It’s too bad we wait until our more senior years to realize all this.

From: Gary Houle (63) and Roberta: Champlin, MN

Hi Gary-You have done a fabulous job with the Richard Family genealogy graph which you posted in blog #761. It really helps to see how everyone is related. One small correction. Under Gary’s grandma Bernadette Dostaler, there is a Leo listed under Ted Dostaler. Leo was Bernadette’s husband, not a son of Ted. Ted was never married. Keep up the good work. We enjoy your daily blog.


Roberta Houle
Roberta, Thank you so much for this correction. I have updated my master copy of that graph with this correction. I have also attached a copy of this PowerPoint graph of the Richard Family. Gary


Pete & Ruth Larshus Peterson:

Folks, I just ran across this photo that I did not realize I had with the recent passing and many good memories of Ruth. I believe Neola sent this picture to me quite sometime ago. Ruth was a well remembered teacher throughout the hills, Dunseith and Bottineau. She was also a first cousin to Art Rude.



02/23/2019 (2696)

A little update on Bernadette.

Bernadette’s condition has deteriorated quite a lot the past several months. She just isn’t rebounding back either. It takes two of us stronger folks to hold her when she walks. Today she is having problems chewing and swallowing her food. With persistence we managed to get her to intake food and water.

I have made arrangements, next week, to have a feeding tube surgically inserted into her stomach. They said it’s a simple overnight procedure in the hospital. She will still be able to eat and drink normal, even with the tube. She’ll have the tube for use in times of need.

It’s very hard to understand her now too. She gets easily upset when we don’t understand her. She remembers most everyone, but it’s very hard for her to following along with or comprehend anything other than simple subject matters.

She sleeps well at night so that is a real plus.



Clifford Allery
Reply from Judy Allery Azure (65):  Bismarck, ND

Ginger, Thank You for the kinds words…it was one of the saddest days of our lives when we lost our dear brother Clifford.  He passed from cancer as that is such a killer disease…we will always have our memories of him and will love him like he is still with us…One day we will be all together again….Thanks again.


Undefeated Dunseith Football teams Reply from Dennis Dubois (’63): dlpmd@comcast.net Minneapolis, MN

Upon reading about that 1950’s football team. They surmised it to be the last undefeated Dunseith team. Well, the 1959-60 football team was also undefeated. It was my freshman year and we had a great coach. Bill Allen. I can’t remember everyone, but here are the ones I remember. Jerry Strong, Ronnie Strong, Willie Longie, Rick Henriksen, Dwight Lang, John Morgan, Lyle Zeiler,  Lowell Bad Heart Bull, George Gottbrett, Gary pigeon, Bruce Pigeon, Russell Pigeon. Bradley Solmonson, Stan Solmonson, Nick Bedard, Jim Bedard, Jim Evans, David Shelver, Bill Henry, Ronnie Morin, Johnny Leonard, Leland Stickland, Donald Egbert, Lyle Lamourex, etc. We lost one game the next year, when Rolla had the eternal clock that drove Virgil Vanorny to a premature demise, or at least temporary insanity. Maybe this was the last undefeated football team???

Reply from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND Gary,  Ron and Friends of Dunseith,

Thankyou Ron Longie on your reply about Chaga. Now I know it was an important source in the hills.

Did you ever sample the tea?

I  believe  there is merit in  the study of  wild medicinal and healing plants.

It would be a wonderful Turtle Mountain summer class.

Mr. Vaughn, an elderly friend of my maternal grandparents and  parents would pick tender pigweed and dandelion greens in  early spring.

He’d  show mom how to prepare them.

He  and his wife also made dandelion, rhubarb  and potato wines which they would treat my parents whenever we visited them.

We curious  kids weren’t allowed to taste wine.   Years later,  I acquired the Dandelion Wine  recipe from their son.

I haven’t quite managed to pick my yard free of dandelions and brew it.

I suppose am one of  those dreaded neighbors with a robust lawn of yellow all summer!

Each fall, mom  made chokecherry wine which in rare times she allowed us a frugal  sip.  She said it was to be used to wrap her holiday ‘fruitcakes’

she shared.  Mom also shared her homemade wine with the Vaughn’s, Uncle Bill and  neighbors, Art and Eva or Emil and Genevieve  usually after a little lunch.

Oh how, I wish I had  listened and asked more questions of those wise elders!

Until Later,

Vickie Metcalfe


Posted by Karen Loeb Mhyre (’65):  Bellevue, WA/

This photo was today’s picture in the daily ND posting!


Like a vast snowy ocean, the North Dakota prairie is illuminated by an early morning sun dog in this photo taken in Rolette County. Photo by Rick Craig via Facebook.

It is so beautiful !








Blog (769) posted on April 10, 2010

Ed Milligan:
From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

Hi Gary,

I don’t know if this is of interest, but one of my classmates said Ed Milligan is mentioned in the last North Dakota Horizons magazine. I think Dad subscribed to this magazine when he was alive, but I haven’t seen a copy since then.


Have any of you seen this article? Gary


Reply from Lyle Olson (75): West Fargo, ND

Reading the football edition of your archives brought back some good memories regarding my time playing football at Dunseith. We played Rolette in 1973 and beat them 73 – 0!!! Curt Berg was the star of that team and I remember he was in on the tackle on the opening kick-off that broke the leg of Brian Berube, one of Rolette’s star players. Everyone on the field heard the leg break and everyone in Rolette heard the howl that followed! Rolette folded like a cheap suit after that play. I don’t know how many points David Hagel scored on running touchdowns that game, or how many touchdown passes Terry Counts caught, but both players sure were tired come the 4th quarter.

That same year we played against Walhalla, ND. They had a football player named Daniel St.Vincent and he was the biggest high school running back I ever saw. We beat them 8 – 6, but the most impressive part of the game was that we did it with 13 players. Actually, we started the game with 13 players, but Curt Berg hurt his knee early in the game so I guess you can say we beat them with only 12 players (Dunseith was still in 11 man football at that time).

We had a pretty good football team in 1974 as well. Jesse Marion was the quarterback and David Hagel was the main running back, with Mark Fugere and Gary Poitra running the ball too. Sam Tooke was on that team and he was a mean noseguard. He once had the great idea to rattle the center for Cando that sort of backfired. His plan was to pounce on this rather small center well before the ball was to be hiked. He thought that if he did this enough, it would lead to a fumble or two. Well, Sam threw all his considerable weight on that poor kid for about 8 plays in a row, being penalized 5 yeards each time. However, that kid just pulled himself out of about 6 inches of dirt each time and went back to the huddle without saying a word to anyone. Jim Berube and Red Johnson were referees at that game and I remember Jim asking Sam what the heck he was doing. Sam just grinned and lined up to crush the kid again. By the time this played out, Sam had amassed about 40 yards in penalties and Cando was at the 5 yard line. The next play they scored and they didn’t look back. I later met that center and he laughed and laughed when I mentioned the game. He told me his big brothers had been doing that to him for years whenever they played football at home!

Football season was always a fun time in Dunseith. The warm nights were not as frequent as the cool, crisp nights, but it did not seem to matter then. I remember running all over town in “snake” lines lead by the older football players at homecoming time, and the homecoming parades and bonfires. I wonder if they do that anymore???

Thanks for all you do, Gary!

Lyle Olson – 1975


Folks, I just ran across these pictures. I have some extra room today, so thought I share. Gary

Stokes farmstead in the 70’s

 Stokes Farmstead – Easter Sunday, 1979


Stokes Farmstead the way it looks today, now owned by Larry & Mona Marchus


Folks, I thought I’d throw this one in too. This is My brother Darrel (Bud) and our cousin, Alice Petterson Hahn(deceased). Alice’s parents were Hans and Gerda Petterson. Dad and Hans were brothers. Alice was the oldest of the 26 Petterson cousins and Bud the youngest.


)2/17/2019 (2695)

Geraldine Robillard Volker (DHS ’60) Passed away.
Posting from Gloria Robillard Patnaude (‘69): Belcourt, ND

My sister Geraldine (Robillard) Volker passed away today February 9th. She had a long battle with cancer but passed away peacefully in her sleep at home. She was the daughter of Bill and Elvena  Robillard. She was also a sister to myself, Jim, Bobby, and Raphael Poitra.

Her husband was Terry Volker and she was the mother to three sons; Bill in Washington, Jim in Montana, and Terry in North Dakota.  She will be greatly missed by all that knew her.

Gary’s Comment: Our condolences are with you and all of Geraldine’s family with her passing. Raphael, one of the nicest gentleman you’ll ever meet, was in my class


World famous Dales Jumbo Burger
Posting from Rod Hiatt (’69): Bottineau, ND

Gary, while having dinner at Dales, my wife asked me why I was taking a picture of the last portion of a Jumbo. I told her that I wanted you and Larry Hackman to see and remember what the last 4 bites of a World Famous Dales Jumbo looked like. Sure was good!!!!!!!

Gary’s comment
Yes indeed Rod. One of the best burgers ever. I can never eat the whole burger, especially with their golden crisp fries. Too much food. I think Larry Hackman can manage to make one of these disappear though.  

July 2015
Henry Hackman



Blog (768) posted on April 9, 2010

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

Folks, I didn’t have much today, so I went into the Achieves.
Note: It may be easier to read the following from the bottom up.

Posted with message 183 on 8/5/08

Message/News paper Article from Gary Morgan (54):

Gary & All, Attached is Garry Woodford’s writeup on the game Darrell referred to. Also his wrapup of the season. Any success I enjoyed on the football field has to be attributed to Virgel Vanorney. We had two weeks of football practice in the spring of 1950 and another two weeks before school started that fall. Since we didn’t have a football coach yet, Virgel drilled, and I mean DRILLED, us in the fundamentals. He instilled in all of us two basic principles: “Stay low” and “If you hit them harder than they hit you, you’re not going to get hurt”. I’m convinced that had Vidge stayed our coach, we would have had a more successful season that first year. This is evidenced by the fact that we thoroughly dominated Towner in a preseason scrimmage but they beat us during the season. I had another advantage. Being a freshman the first season Dunseith fielded a team in several years, I had just as much experience as the upperclassmen. This enabled me to start all four years. Dick should hang on to that helmet. It’s a relic of possibly the only undefeated seasons Dunseith ever had in football.

Gary Morgan


Posted with message 182 on 8/4/08
Reply 1950 football picture From Darrel Fassett (47):

What Gary Morgan didn’t tell you about that football team was that they turned into a very good team. I followed the progress of the team(via Turtle Mountain Star) and they and Rolla were both pretty good. Gary was the Dunseith running back and Rolla also had a very good back. Of course, the Rolla player got all the ink. Since I had worked with both Gary and Dick at the lumber yard I had to come watch the game when the two teams met. Early in the game the two met whie Gary was carrying the ball and Gary ran right over him. After that it was a rout. I don’t remember the score but it was large in favor of Dunseith. I bet Gary remembers the score. At that time there was an intense Rolla-Dunseith rivalry( maybe still is) so that made it even better. Gary was too modest to tell you that they became a very good football team.


Posted with message 182 on 8/4/08
From Gary Morgan (54):

Gary & All, Thinking back to my freshman and sophomore years in high school….we never had cars to cruise like you younger people. Mostly, we would hang out in the bowling alley or wander down to the Crystal Cafe. Some of the older guys might go to the pool hall. Once in a great while, Donnie Hiatt would get his dad’s pickup. He would pick up Jerry Williams and myself and sometimes Jimmie Footit and with the three or four of us jammed in the pickup, it would be off to Bottineau to pick up girls. Those Bottineau girls were really a bunch of snobs. There might be three or four of them walking down the sidewalk and we would pull over to the curb and throw them the only pick up line we knew..”Do ya want a ride?”. They never did and only once did one actually flee, but that was probably because she was alone. It could be thirty below and they still wouldn’t get in. Looking back now, I can’t help but wonder if the stock rack with the cow crap up and down the sides might not have been a disadvantage. I think it may have somehow intimidated them.

Gary Morgan


Posted with message 180 on 8/3/08
Message/Picture from Gary Morgan (54):

Gary & All, Attached is a snapshot of the entire 1950 football team that my mother took after we had beaten Belcourt in our first game of the season. We had previously thumped Towner in a practice scrimmage so we were on a roll. Back row: Billy Leonard, Marshall Awalt, Clayton McKay, Bob Leonard, Jerry Blake, Don Hiatt & Stephen Renault. Front row: Gary Morgan, Eddie Leonard, Dick Morgan, Jerry Williams, Glen Williams & Don Hosmer. White jersey: Barry Shelver. We only had 12 game uniforms so Barry, being only a lowly 8th grader didn’t get one. However, in the next game, against Leeds, Stephen got his nose broken, a not uncommon occurrence in those days, and was out for the season. This was a good thing for Barry cuz now he got a game uniform. I don’t know why Bill missed the team picture. This was the first football team Dunseith fielded since before the war and we took our lumps. We played Belcourt twice so got two wins but were humiliated by Leeds 60-13 and also beaten by Rolla, Towner and Bisbee twice for a record of 2-5. We were competitive in all but the Leeds game. The next year, we won our first two games but in the second one, against Rolette, Don Hosmer’s head met Eddie Leonard’s knee and they were both knocked out of action. Since we only had three subs to start with, including 90 lb. Barry Shelver and 75 lb. Gary Woodford, we had to cancel the rest of the season. Janice is right. Old school friends are special.

Gary Morgan

Back row L to R: Billy Leonard, Marshall Awalt, Clayton McKay, Bob Leonard, Jerry Blake, Don Hiatt & Stephen Renault.
White jersey: Barry Shelver

Front row L to R: Gary Morgan, Eddie Leonard, Dick Morgan, Jerry Williams, Glen Williams & Don Hosmer


Letter from Patrick Godfrey from the the class of 1950 – Phone (712) 322-8770Note: Patrick does not have email.





02/06/2019 (2694)

DHS class of 69 reunion

Gary, please post for me.

 Last opportunity to sign up for the DHS class of 69 reunion.  Please let Marvel know  thompson.marvel @yahoo.com..  Date  is July 26 and 27.

 Thanks Gary.


Memories of Leonard and Eleanor Awalt Stickland
From Bill Hosmer (’48): Tucson, AZ.

Leonard and Eleanor have been friends of mine for many years.  We

had some terrific poker games with them, and Darrel and Dorothy Fassett

and Bob and Donna Leonard,



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

Hi Gary,

I just read of Clifford on this email. I was very much surprised to read that he had passed away.

Clifford was a friend of ours, Lana and myself, while in school.

We,  after we were all doing what we chose to do in life, Clifford and I would visit when we would meet, that didn’t happen so much. In fact I had just seen him when I was getting my eyes tested, that was a month or ago. He was there with his brother Hubert. Now I know why it happened, it happened because it would be the last time I would ever see him again.

I was not able to make it to the funeral today because I try not to go out in the cold.

I always remember back in our school days how he was always making jokes,  him and his sister Judy. Although he graduated before us in 1962 with my sister JoAnn,  he would join in with his sisters and us in our neighborhood. It was kinda like the Morinville family, neighborhood kids getting together doing fun things.

I would just like to say to the family how sorry I am that you lost your brother Clifford. He had a good heart. I know he will be missed a whole lot by all of you and his friends. Keep him in your hearts he will be unforgettable by all.

You will all be in my prayers.

Ginger Poitra class of 19


Jean Pladson Memories
From Connie Zorn Lansverk: Bottineau, ND

Very sorry about the passing of Jean! She was a fun loving person! Her smile was very precious, May she rest in peace & may god comfort her family


Reply to Vicki Metcalf
From Ron Longie (’65): Yakima, WA

My Dad Bill Longie used to have us harvest it off the black burls on Polar trees crush it up and use it like tea.

Correction: Vicki it was Birch trees


Miss Vivian Hewson, PE teacher at Dunseith, sister passed away
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND


Gary and Dunseith  School Friends,

I would like to extend  sympathy to  the families of Beverly Medalen,  including her sister Vivian  a former Dunseith teacher.

When I read her obituary I thought, “she sounds  she was like a remarkable teacher.

I felt, her sister,  Miss Vivian Hewson, PE teacher at Dunseith another remarkable teacher.

( I  was  one of those  reluctant students at climbing ropes in gym).

(Mrs. Medalen’s daughter in law, Nikki is  the daughter of  cousin Margaret Margaret Metcalfe  Casavant.).


Vickie Metcal


log (767) posted on April 8, 2010


Reply to Yesterday’s posting:
From Ron (71) & Janet Houle: Kensington, MN

Hi Gary – Ron was in the US Army stationed in Kaiserslautern, Germany from 1972 – 1976. Larry Barbot, his wife Hilde and daughter Ilene also lived in KTown. Patty Barbot Froseth and her husband Gary were also stationed nearby. It was nice to have friends from ND over there. Scott was born at Landstuhl Hospital. He now lives in the Brooklyn Center, MN and works in Ramsey MN.

Janet Houle


Photo Identification:
Reply from Phyllis McKay (65): Auburn, WA

Hi Gary,

The very handsome man on the right of Dick Morgan (in the picture ) is my wonderful brother Clayton (Kick) McKay. He and Dick have been friends since high school. Dick was a frequent guest at our home. We always looked forward to his visits and still do. A few years ago the two of them hosted a Dick and Kick flick for their classmates at the Mckay place just south of Dunseith.

Phyllis McKay


Photo Identification:
Reply from Janice Leonard Workman (56): Auburn, WA

Hi, Gary, The “other” guy in the picture with Dick Morgan is Kick McKay. You will probably get lots of replies. Also, Barry Shelver, if you are reading this, please reply to Larry Liere!!!!

Janice Workman 1956

Janice & Phyllis, I see both of you live in Auburn, WA. How far apart do you live from one another? Phyllis, you have a beautiful home. You are such a great host too. Bernadette & I truly enjoyed your invite to have dinner with you following our cruise last August.


Photo Identification:
Reply from Susan Fassett Martin (65): Spearfish SD

The bearded ones are Dick Morgan and Kick McKay.


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

Gary and Friends,

The two fellows in the picture are Dick Morgan and Clayton ‘Kick’ McKay. Two of Dunseith’s more colorful characters! I have a cute short story about Kick. He went to Minot with Lowell Leonard a couple years ago and they stopped at the truck stop for breakfast. The menu was on the wall and had– One egg, two eggs, three eggs–etc. with prices accordingly. Same with bacon–one strip, two strips, three strips—etc. Lowell said he asked for two scrambled eggs and toast. Kick hadn’t seen the wall menu and just asked for a couple eggs and bacon. The waitress asked how much bacon? Kick looked at her a while and said, “Oh, whatever you can spare.” Lowell said he about fell off his chair laughing at Kick’s answer! Thanks Gary!



Photo Identification:
Reply from Mark Schimetz (70): Rolette, ND.

That’s Kick McKay next to Dick Morgan.


Photo Identification:
Reply from Glen Williams (52): Missoula, MT

You are correct it is Dick Morgan and the other guy still lives in Dunseith area…Kick McKay….They are old buddies of mine….

Glen Williams


Dick Morgan (52)and Kick McKay (52)


01/29/2019 (2693)

Eleanor (Awalt) (DHS ’47) and Leonard Stickland (DHS ’47) celebrated three milestones this past year.  

On October 3, 2018 Leonard celebrated his 90th birthday.  On December 18, 2018 Leonard and Eleanor celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary and on January 22, 2019 Eleanor turned 90.

After living in Arizona and then on Lake Metigoshe, they have returned to Mandan, ND.

  • sent in by their children, Margaret, Barbara, Michael and Kim


Gary’s comment.

Eleanor and Leonard, Wonderful wonderful for achieving these milestones in life. You are model folks for the rest of us to follow. Congratulations.



Clifford Allery (DHS ’64) Obituary
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau, ND

Clifford Allery

Clifford Allery

December 14, 1944 – January 22, 2019

Clifford S Allery, age 74 of Rolette, died Tuesday at a Belcourt hospital.  His funeral will be held on Tuesday at 10:00 am at the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Dunseith.  Wake will be on Monday beginning at 3:00 pm with a service at 7:00 pm at the Eagle Heart Cultural Center in Dunseith.  Burial will be at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church near Dunseith.

Clifford Allery, a son of Frank and Ernestine Allery, was born on  December 14, 1944.  Clifford’s Life began in Belcourt and he moved with his family at a young age to Williston.  There he attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School and Williston Junior High.  He returned to Dunseith where he graduated from high school in 1963.  He then moved to San Jose, CA to further his education.  He returned to North Dakota and attended Lake Region College in Devils Lake.  He then began his career with the BIA.  He was the Enrollment Specialist both in Belcourt and Aberdeen, SD.  He later worked at the Circle of Nations in Wahpeton as a finance officer.

Clifford loved life.  He enjoyed laughing and joking with his family and friends.  His preference in music was classical and opera.  He enjoyed traveling and no matter where he went he immediately made friends.  He enjoyed playing cards with family and friends.

Clifford had a kidney transplant in 2012.  He was diagnosed with lung cancer on December 22, 2018 and he returned to Dunseith.  He got called home on January 22, 2019.

He is  survived by his brothers, Hubert, Richard and Dallas; sisters, Beatrice Raygo, Judy Azure and Jeanette DeCoteau, numerous nieces, nephews, and great and great- great nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Francis (Sonny) and sisters, Jean Natwick and Darlene DeCoteau.

Clifford’s family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to all family and friends for supporting them during this sorrowful time.  They would like to extend an invite for a meal of celebration at the Eagle Heart Cultural Center following the service.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.



Birch Trees and chaga
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and Friends, of Dunseith, 

            I  continue to have an inquiring mind.
Today I  while reading Saskatchewan news.


Hmm.. “big money harvesting “chaga”.

            What is chaga?

 Not a  clue? Searchedit out.

            Holy buckets! ! I could have harvested chaga, paid  my way thru  many years of college and traveled many times around the world.
I walked by many birch trees with chaga, growing  on the farm.

            I discovered   it  can be ordered as a vitamin supplement from Fargo. (where I  often  order my vitamins)

            Andm I could have used  the word___CHAGA__  playing SCRABBLE with paternal aunts: Leona and Jean who were SCRABBLE wizards. 

            Hmmm, I wonder if  beavers  gnawed on chaga  to gain gnaw-ledge……..

 whoops_____Sorry friends must be  the frigid  ND  polar cold has begun  affecting  my mind. 

            Then again, the  beautiful SunDogs last week were quite real!

Until later, keep learning!

Vickie Metcalfe


Blog (766) posted on April 7, 2010

Football Team:
Question/Reply from Larry Liere (55): Devils Lake, ND & Mesa, AZ.

Hi Gary

Did anyone ever send in a picture of the 1955 team? If they have I sure would like to get a copy of that with names! The Cheerleaders picture from those years would also be fun to see. I do not have Barry Shelver’s address and would like to try to E-mail him. Janice I think you sent him my address but he never replied. Hope he isn’t mad at me for leaving Dunseith. In the picture below I think Barry is starting to look like his dad. Another small world story I have is Barry’s brother’s son and my son went into active duty together with the North Dakota Army National Guard. The bad news is my son Patrick got cancer and passed away when he was 23 and a senior in college at UND Grand Forks,ND.

I have asked for a read receipt because I lost my address book when I started sending from Mesa,AZ and my back-up address book is not working correctly.

Hope to hear from you,



Reply from Allen Richard (65):

I’m in a similar boat with Ron Longie. Alaina is in school until the second week in June, is taking a college class during the summer and has a week of band camp before the MI cherry Festival. This is the 43rd year the school band has marched in that parade. Nathan, Kristina and new Grandson Landon plan to be in ND in August. They live in Delta Junction, Alaska. Nathan is in Homeland Security. (something about shooting down whatever N. Korea shoots up—-) We are trying to see if they can come to MI- Nathan has not been to the home we built in 2005– SOOO, If I get to ND at all, it will be in August—and I’ll miss the Richard reunion as well. I’m sad about that. Many of the cousins from those branches of the tree I’ve not seen in well over 20-30 years.

To everyone that can make it—Have one to toast/curse me!

Photo from Glen Williams (53): Missoula, MT

These two guys were outstanding members of the 1950 and 1951 DHS football team….They are having a couple of soda pops to help remember old time..

Can anyone identify them..

Glen Williams

Glen, My guess is that Dick Morgan is on the left. I have no idea who the other guy may be? Gary


Kenny Nerpel receives Viet Nam Medal:

Folks, Yesterday Bernadette found this clipping, in an envelope with other clippings, when she was digging thru some old papers.

Kenny, I believe you were in Viet Nam from Late 1968 thru most of 1969. We completed basic together in August 1968. From there I believe you went to Fort Polk, LA for AIT, then to Viet Nam??



Scott Houle’s first birthday:
Hans Petterson’s (Brother to Bob Stokes) Obituary:

Folks, this is another clipping that I found. Hans died in December 1974, so that has to be when Scott had his first birthday. Scott is the son of Ron Houle (71).

Ron, where is Scott living now? Being in Germany at the time, I’m assuming you must have been stationed in the army over there?







01/23/2019 (2692)

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot, ND

Evelyn Jean (Hanson) Pladson
Pladson, Jean-1
Funeral services for Jean Pladson, age 79 of Bismarck formerly of  Bottineau were held on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Lake Metigoshe Christian Center.  Officiating at the service was Pastor Cole Bentley.  Jacque Marum was the pianist and special music was provided byBobbie Jo Vandal and Joe Mechtenberg.  Casket bearers were Chris Vandal, Tyler Pulkrabek, Joe Mechtenberg, Jeremy Sheldon, Bruce Pulkrabek and Lance Obrigewitch.  Burial will be a the Salem Cemetery near Bottineau.

            Evelyn Jean Pladson, a daughter of Bert and Olga (Petterson) Hanson, was born on October 4, 1939.  She was baptized at Nordland Lutheran Church and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Bottineau.  She attended Hilton School #3 before moving to Bottineau with her family in 1947.  On November 19, 1955, she married Duane Pladson.  Three children were born to this union James, Deb and Becky.  They lived in the Turtle Mountains near the Canadian border.  Besides farming, Duane also worked as a carpenter and later started his own construction company and Jean was the secretary.  Duane built them a beautiful home on the shores of a lake in the northeast corner of Bottineau County.  Duane passed away in 1988 at the age of 54.  Jean remained in their home until moving into the Good Samaritan Center in Bismarck in 2010.  She had a strong work ethic her whole life and she survived the rugged winters and all that country life entailed.

            She was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church and later the Metigoshe Lutheran Church.  She taught Sunday School and was active with the WELCA.  She held many church offices through the years.  She was the chairwomen of decorating the new Christian Center was the first women elected to the church council. 

            Jean always knew who Jesus was and she loved him.  She loved God and depended upon the Holy Spirit as she lived out her life.  She lived in the peace, presence, power and love of God.  She counted blessings everyday.  As she was blessed she blessed the lives of others.

            She took a deep interest in family reunions and in 1992 she organized 2 family reunions.  The reunions continue today on her mom’s side.

            She worked several places through the years, she worked Dakota College in Bottineau, San Haven State Hospital.  She was a retreat hostess at Metigoshe Ministries, Business Basics Secretary and she was also a broker agent at the Dunseith Port of Entry.

            Jean had a love for music.  She was instrumental in getting Charley Pride started.  He still visited with her when he was performing in the area.  The other artist she spent time with and worked to promote was Loretta Lynn. She also enjoyed playing quitar.

            School was a real enjoyment to her.  Her education continued in 1985 when she went to NDSU-Bottineau and received 2 associate degrees. She was also  on the Dean’s List every quarter.

            Jean had a happy nature and enjoyed people and gatherings.  She was a good cook and baker.   

            Beginning Experience became a very important group to her.  She attended Level 1 shortly after her husband died.   She soon became the facilitator in Bottineau and Rugby.

            Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were the love of her life.  She also loved the residents and staff at the Good Samaritan Center, her pastors, congregation or anyone who crossed her path.       

            She enjoyed gardening, had a beautiful yard, writing, music, hunting and fishing which she enjoyed with Becky.  She was a deep thinker and enjoyed books especially her Bible.

            Jean passed away on Monday, January 7, 2019 at a Bismarck hospital.

            She is survived by her daughters, Deb (Bruce) Pulkrabek of West Fargo and Becky Vandal of Bismarck; grandchildren, Brooke (Joe) Mechtenberg, Tyler (Brittany) Pulkrabek; Kasey (Jeremy) Pulkrabek, Chris (Bre) Vandal and Bobbi Jo (Lance) Vandal; great grandchildren; Teagan, Aria and Ivy Mechtenberg, Jasmine Schildberger and Hayley Vandal

            In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Pastor James Pladson, infant sister, Marilyn and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

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

Deb/Jean/Becky Copied/pasted from FB I think I have the girls identified correctly.
Pladson, Jean-2 Pladson, Jean-3


Sprouting Potatoes under the Wolf moon
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):   Bottineau, ND



Gary and Dunseith friends,

FYI  the above BBC; I enjoyed looking  for things  that give me a smile,  on  c-o-l-d—–JANUARY DAYS.


Good news. No shoveling   this a.m!

There is a  shining sun  and no wind here in in the great white  frozen North Dakota.

I  am excited to  look for the Wolf Moon in the morrow.

This morning, I took Lochbuie to see his friends at tractor supply.

If I don’t get him out and about oft and again,

He sneaks away and  starts digging up carpeting from under my bed.

H guess, he thinks, “I really should not  mind as new wood flooring would benefit the place”

A social dog, Lochbuie  needs to get out and see people  or he becomes a  rather  recalcitrant terrier.

How  many of you remember cold days of winter when our mums provided  us with extra chores…….?

If I was back at the farm….in days gone by I’d be sprouting potatoes  the root cellar.

I will be  looking  for  the Super Blood Wolf Moon.

Our branch of the Metcalfe’s love  that old print,  “Lone Wolf on aHill” overlooking a town.

My Dad liked it so much.  It reminded him of Wolf Point MT and  the art and and writing of Charles M. Russell .

Vickie Metcalfe


“Former of the hills” neighbor
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Friend of Dunseith Gary_ et al,

This information____ was shared with me by a “former of the hills” neighbor, 

Thinking of the folks in our famiies.
Many were raised in ND and iived sometime in the range  of 1900-2000.
Wow for changes they experienced! 

I’m remembering;  many of our friends and neighbors “of  the hills” like my family who  didn’t get indoor plumbing  or telephone until the 1960’s.

Some like the Anthony’s never did.
(Hmmm. I wonder, if they  knew they living off the grid?)
My Dad and all of his siblings were born at home with the exception of Aunt Jean.

Keeping this stuff in mind is helpful working on genealogy.

Until later,
Vickie Metx calfe


“Well done, is better than well said.”  Benjamin Franklin

The year is 1918 “One hundred years ago.” What a difference a century makes! Here are some statistics for the Year 1918:

The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.

Fuel for cars was sold in drug stores only.

Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The tallest structure in! the world was the Eiffel Tower.

The average US wage in 1918 was 22 cents per hour.

The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2,000 per year. A dentist earned $2,500 per year. A veterinarian between $1,500 and 4,000 per year.

And, a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births took place at home.

Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION! Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as “substandard.”

Sugar cost four cents a pound.

Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, And, used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.

The Five leading causes of death were:

  1. Pneumonia and influenza 2. Tuberculosis 3. Diarrhea 4. Heart disease 5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars …

The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was only 30.

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented yet.

There was neither a Mother’s Day nor a Father’s Day.

Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write And, only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at local corner drugstores.

Back then pharmacists said, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach, bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health!” (Shocking?)

Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help…

There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !

I am now going to forward this to someone else without typing it myself. From there, it will be sent to others all over the WORLD all in a matter of seconds!

It is impossible to imagine what it may be like in another 100 yea



Blog (764) posted on April 6, 2010


Mike & Sandra Zeiler (62) Vandal’s grandson is having lung Surgery: From Mike & Sandra: Elk River, MN

Hi Gary, Grandson Matthew is having surgery tomarrow morning at the U of M. We have prayed for an Easter mircle and am confident everything will go well. Surgery will remove two spots from L. lung and in a week they will remove one spot from the R lung. He will be in the hospital approx. three days for each surgery, couldn’t do both as it would be to hard on Matthew. Of course the lab results can come back clean for cancer, but with type of cancer he had, the

  1. isn’t taking any chances. So, yes, prayers are more then welcome and very much needed. God is listening, and all will be answered. Thank you. Mike and Sandy

Mike and Sandra, We know this has been an up hill battle for Matthew. Our prayers are with him. Gary


Reunion: Reply from Ron Longie (65): Yakima WA


I hope this note finds you and Bernadette well, I am writing to inform you that I will not be making the reunion in May, my sister Patty is a school teacher, and wants very much to go back with me when I go so I opted to go when she gets out of school in June. I will miss seeing all of you as a group but will see some as individuals when I get there.


Ron, We understand, but we will for sure miss you. Gary


The following is from the Achieves of July 2008
From Bev Morinville Azure (72):


Vickie, I am so thankful you told us the story about how the church got its name WOW it is good to know the history…You made a tear come to my eye as I read this and caught not only my feeling as a teenagers back them but I am sure many others. As we watched about the war back then i remember thinking how can they turn there back on out boys. I remember when they said the war was over and the church Bells rand around town. Debbie and I were so excited to know it was over. once again thank each and every soldier that has served . COME ON PEOPLE lets hear it for our men and woman out there defending our freedom !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sharon i know the feeling when you live on forgein soil isn’t the feeling amazing when your feet hit the ground of the GOOD OLD USA


Picture/Message from Sandra Zeiler Vandal (62):

 The picture of Arnold and Lorna was taken while we were up in Rugby for Arnold’s b-day. At the same day, we went to see Connie Peterson and Blair Tandeski at the folks’ old farm. They really appreciated Connie and Blair’s hospitality. Take care, Sandra and Mike

Arnold and Lorna Zeiler at the Lodge in the Peace Garden.



Folks, The messages from here to the bottom of this email all relate to the 1950 Dunseith squad football picture that was provide by Glen Williams.


From Florence Hiatt Dahl (50):

Mercy……….58 years ago a picture of the Dunseth squad…Picture 52. The faces all look familar, but the only one I can put a name to is my brother Don, number 2. A bunch of good looking fellows…..


From Janice Leonard Workman (56): Janice_Workman@earthlink.net

Hi Gary, in the football picture Glen Williams sent #1 is Bob Leonard, # 10 is Clark Crum, #9 Barry Shelver, # 4 Gary Morgan, #5 Dick Morgan, #12 is Marshall Awalt. I think that #8 is Don Hosmer, #11 is Jerry Williams and #2 could be Don Hiatt, I also think that Glen Williams knows all in this picture because he is either # 6 or 7. Oh, yes Kick McKay could be #6 or 7 also. My 3 older brothers, Bill, Bob, and Ed were on one of the 1st football teams Dunseith had in the early 50’s. On the same team were the Morgan boys, Dick and Gary and the Williams boys, Jerry and Glenn. There was an article in one of the papers about all those brothers, probably the Turtle Mountain Star or the Dunseith Journal. I don’t see Bill at all on the picture, and #3 could be Ed, but he isn’t smiling and not wearing glasses, so I can’t be sure. It also looks like someone, maybe a coach is smudged out of the picture on the left. The team played 6- or 9-man. These days, when you see a football team picture, even in high school, there are many more players than in this picture. I think Auburn High School has about 50 or 60 on their team. Of course it’s a much bigger school also. Anyway, when Dunseith started it’s football program, I was not in high school yet. In the picture, Barry Shelver was probably a freshman. When I got into high school, Mr Jerstad was the coach and the cheerleaders always got to go to the away games, but we didn’t have buses, so we rode with whoever. What fun those days were!!!

Janice Leonard Workman


From Bonnie Awalt Houle (56):

Good Morning Gary,

The football picture sure brings back lots of memories. This picture was taken only shortly before Eddie Leonard went into the San Haven with TB.

#12 Marshall Awalt, #10 Clark Crum, #8 Don Hosmer, #11 Unknown, #9 Barry Shelver, #1 Bob Leonard, #2 Unknown, #4 Gary Morgan, #5 Dick Morgan, #6, #7, both unknown, #3 Eddie Leonard. Was the coach a fellow named Mr. Blake?

The stories of the Military Men from our community are wonderful, we have no idea what they have been through. Marshall was in Korea, and also in Vietnam twice, he never talks about his experiences. From the medals he has earned we know he did what was expected of him to the best of his ability and then some. Thank God for small town boy across the country who have given their all so we can life in peace.

Bonnie Awalt Houle (56)



From Dick Johnson (68):

 Gary and Friends,

I sure you will get several IDs on the football picture. I will throw in my guess. No. 1–Bob Leonard 4–Gary Morgan 5–Dick Morgan 7–Kick McKay 10-Clark Crum 8–Don Hosmer 9–Barry Shelver? 6–Bill McKay? 2–? 11-? 12-? 3–?

Jerry Williams is probably one of the players, if he has the picture. Gary Morgan will know these guys are!



From Ellen (Graff-58) Myrick:

 Some names/gueses od 50 football team: 12 ?, 10 Clark Crum, 8 Bob Hosmer, 11 ?, 9 Barry Shelver, 1 Bob Leonard, 2 Don Conroy, 4 Gary Morgan, 5 Dick Morgan, 6 & 7 Glen and/or Jerry Williams, 3?

 Ellen (Graff-58) Myrick


Photos/message from Glen Williams (52):  

Gary this is a “cleaned up photo”that I eamiled you before….someone said they could not recognize anyone….maybe this will help….It was the 1950 squad…and Bob Leonard was number 1…now who else do you recognize?

Glen Williams

(1) Bob Leonard, (2) Don Hiatt, (4) Gary Morgan, (5) Dick Morgan, (6) Glen Williams, (7) Kick McKay, (3) Ed Leonard

(12 Marshall Awalt, (10) Clark Crum, (8) Don Hosmer, (11) Jerry Williams, (9) Barry Shelver


Gary.. The attached 2007 reunion photo pictures four guys who were members of the 1950 football team…can you you match the 1950 football individual team members with the individuals in the 2007 photo…????


No looking back now…!!!!

Glen Williams

Picture L to R:


01/16/2019 (2691)

Memory Poems of Jean Pladson’s life
Posted by her sister Audrey Hanson Aitchison: Bottineau, ND

I wanted to share a couple poems that reminded me of Jean’s life:

If God has made this world so fair,

Where sin and death abound,

How beautiful, beyond compare,

Will Paradise be found.

— James Montgomery


Death is not the enemy of life, but it’s friend,

For it is the knowledge that our years are limited

Which makes them so precious.

It is the truth that time is but lent to us

Which makes us, at our best,

Look upon our years as a trust

Handled into our temporary keeping

— Joshua Loth Liebman


My Dad, Mother and Jean all passed away in January and all in the “7’s.”

Dad—   January 27

Mom— January 17

Jean— January 7

May the Lord comfort you and give you peace


Virgil Rude’s Obituary
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot, ND

Gary’s comments;

I am sure many of you knew Virgil Rude. His parents were Alfred and Viola Bjornseth Rude. They live on the south side of Highway #43, several miles east of Lake Metigoshe. The Stokes’, Rude’s and Oscar and Sylvia Bergan were like family in my growing up days. We did many things together. Salem Church was the common bond.

The last time I saw Virgil and his younger brother Allen too, was in 2013 in Bottineau.  I hadn’t seen Allen since about 1965.  It was so nice seeing both of them.

Virgil used to call me periodically here In the Philippines too. The last time he called was to let me know that his cousin Glen Rude had passed away.  He will be missed.

Virgil Allen Rude
Rude, Virgil

Virgil Allen Rude, 83, Minot, died Wednesday, January 09, 2019, in a Minot nursing home.

Virgil was born July 29, 1935 in Bottineau, ND to Alfred and Viola (Bjornseth) Rude. He was baptized and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church, rural Bottineau and attended Loon Lake #15 rural school near Lake Metigoshe in Bottineau County. He graduated from Bottineau High School in 1953.  Virgil’s teaching career began at the Hilton #10 rural school. He earned his standard teaching certificate in 1956 from Minot State University.

Virgil was united in marriage to Geraldeen Haga from Bergen, ND on August 18, 1957 in Velva. He spent two years teaching in Ray Public Schools. Virgil earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Minot State University in 1959 and completed his Master’s Degree in 1967 at the University Of North Dakota in Grand Forks.  He taught at Bel Air Elementary School in Minot for several years before serving as the Elementary School Director for Minot Public Schools from 1970-1995 when he retired. He continued with Minot State University as Supervisor of Student Teachers and worked in this capacity from 1998-2005.

Virgil’s military career began in 1954. He attended Officer Candidate School in 1957 and graduated from Engineer Officer School in Ft. Belvoir, VA on July 28, 1961. He was called to active duty on September 21, 1961. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in 1961 and later to Captain in 1965. He graduated from the Engineer Advance Course in 1971 and was promoted to Major in 1972. He graduated with honors from the US Army Command and General Staff College. He was promoted to Lt. Colonel in 1978 and Colonel in 1984. He received the Army Commendation Medal in 1976, the Meritorious Service Medal in 1983, Meritorious Service Medal with First Leaf Cluster in 1984 and Legion Merit Medal in 1986. He was honorably discharged in 1985.

Following his discharge, he worked with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) as a liaison between employers and returning members of the military rejoining the workforce.

Virgil was active with many organizations, some of which included: Phi Delta Kappa, Sons of Norway, Metigoshe Ministries Board, Minot Lions Club, Scandinavian Heritage Association Board, SCORE, Medora Foundation, Trails & Rides National Park Program, Lewis & Clark Foundation, International Visitors Council, Hostfest Board and longtime member of Augustana Lutheran Church until it closed due to the flood of 2011. Virgil became a member of Bread of Life Lutheran Church in Minot.

Virgil is survived by: his daughter, Rhonda Rude, Chicago, IL; brother, Allen and Julie Rude, Watertown, SD; sister-in-law, Janice Swedberg, Fergus Falls, MN and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Virgil was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Viola Rude, wife, Geraldeen Rude, mother and father-in-law, Art and Gladys Haga and brothers-in-law, Art Haga Jr. and LeRoy Swedberg.

Funeral service: 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2019 at Bread of Life Lutheran Church, Minot.

Interment with Military Honors:  Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery, located on Highway 43 East of  Lake Metigoshe, in the Spring/Summer 2019.

Visitation: Thursday, January 17, 2019, from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.

Memorials are preferred to the Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery.


Blog (764) posted on April 5, 2010


Reply to Dick Johnson (68):
From Colette Hosmer (64): Santa Fe, NM

Hi Dick,

Thanks again for the response. I would truly love to see the stone arch cave near Bottineau. I plan to be home in July and would be grateful for any additional information that comes your way.



Reply from Diane Larson Sjol (70): Minot, ND.

Hi Everyone, It has been ages since I have posted anything. I admit that it has been very hectic so haven’t been keeping up with the daily blog. I was prompted by the photo of Gene Bender receiving a gift from our nursing department and had to comment. The Healthy Heart event was born out of an idea our nursing students had to “give back”. Our SNO (STudent Nurse Organization) at Dakota College at Bottineau did a great job educating the public about the importance of being “heart healthy”. Funds they raised at earlier events allowed them to present Gene with a monetary gift to offset his medical bills. It was great to see him…he is highly thought of on campus and missed very much.

Just a note: We will be having a Richard family reunion this summer with a few events during the week, culminating in Nancy (Hosmer) Baldwin and Keith Kontzie’s wedding on July 17. There will be a dance at the Birchwood that evening open for all to help celebrate their event….more details will be coming later I am sure. For those of you relatives interested in attending our little reunion, please email me for details.

Diane, With the Richard Family reunion coming, I am reposting the Richard family Matrix.

I have only taken this graph to the 4th generation. Gary


From the Achieves:

Picture L to R:

Back row L to R Clarence Bye, Clarence Christianson , Coonie McKay, Erling Berg, Stan Salmonson, Cliff Salmonson, Art Henning, Ingolf Medlang

 3rd row Joan Salmonson, Alvina Christianson, Helen Bye, Agnes Salmonson, Ella Metcalfe, Dorothy Halvorson

 2nd row Gladys Henning, Hannah Rude, Delores Berg , Bernice Johnson, Caroleen Williams, Alma Halvorson, Alice McKay

 Front row Don Johnson, Art Rude, Cliff Halvorson, Lawrence Struck, Lester Halvorson, Jim Metcalfe, Don Williams


Dennis Dubois and Lee (Leland) Stickland – July 2007
Note: Dennis will be attending the Reunion. Lee, we’d love to see you too????


01/11/2019 (2690)

Evelyn (Jean) Hanson Pladson
Pladson, Jean

Jean’s Obituary

Jean Pladson, age 79 of Bismarck formerly of Bottineau died Monday at a Bismarck hospital.  Her funeral will be held on Saturday at 2:00 pm at the Lake Metigoshe Christian Center.  Visitation will be Friday from 1:00 pm until 9:00 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Burial will be a the Salem Cemetery near Bottineau.

Funeral Service

Metigoshe Lutheran Church 


Jean Hanson Pladson
Message from Audrey Hanson Aitchison Bottineau, ND

Gary and Friends,

It is with deep sadness to let you know my sister, Jean Pladson, passed away on Monday, 1/7. She was such a caring, loving person and helped and encouraged so many people. She called me two nights before she passed away and we talked for 1 1/2 hours. She was telling me she had appointments with 3 different Drs. for serious procedures. She has been in pain for over 20 years, but she always trusted in the Lord to help her through her struggles. She left a legacy of how much she loved the Lord and always trusted Him. Her suffering and pain are now over. She died instantly and didn’t have to spend weeks or months suffering in a hospital with all her pain, that pain pills couldn’t even control. She said she was “leaving it all in the hands of the Lord.”  The last thing I told her was that I would be praying for her, and that I prayed everyday for her and all of our family for their health and for the Holy Spirit to be in each of our lives so none of us would be lost and we would be ready for Jesus to take us up to heaven with Him when He comes. The most important thing in her life was to be ready when the Lord comes so He could take her home. She is now resting in the hands of Jesus.

I talked to the Christian Center this morning and they said her funeral will be on Saturday at either 1:00 or 2:00. The pastor is meeting with her family this afternoon so it can be worked out. I will let you know when I hear this afternoon. Blessings to all of you.

Pladson, Jean-1
Jean Pladson Memories
From Toni  (’68):  Farimount, ND 

Yes, Jean was my first cousin as well. Her father, Burt, was my mother’s brother. Gary, you are so right; Jean was so warm and loving. My sister, Beverly, was especially close to Jean, and the last time I saw her was at Bev’s funeral. She was also very funny.

Toni Gredesky


Jean Pladson Memories
From Diane Larson Sjol (’70): Minot, ND

Thanks for the info on Jean. She loved talking about family history and I learned a lot from her. Frances Hanson Morinville,  her cousin, was my dad’s cousin through my grandma Alma Hanson Larson. Morinville girls were our best friends growing up. whenever we made a trip back to Dunseith, it was the first stop.

Also, I can’t find the post with Colette’s question about the Viking caves. any idea when that was. am very interested in that as well as the morning stone Dick mentioned. Thanks.


Condolences to the Jean Pladson family
From Vicky Hiatt LaFontaine (’73): Grafton, ND

Condolences to Jeans family, I loved her smile and her loving heart.


Darrel (Bud) Stokes, Following 47 years of employment, is officially retired.

Folks, As of December 31, 2018, my brother Bud is officially retired. He worked for the City of Bottineau for 20 years. Prior to that he worked 25 years at Frykman Ford in Bottineau. He also work several years for Willard Lasher when he had the service station on Highway #5 in Bottineau.
Stokes, Darrel



Blog (763) posted on April 4, 2010
Bill McDonald picture:
Reply from Tina Pladson Bullinger (78): Bottineau, ND

Gary, I remember Bill Mcdonald from workin g and living in Bottineau all these yeasrs, and I believe Karen is right. In fact, my mother-in-law used to play Bingo with Bill, if memopry serves!



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

Hi Gary,

Karen is right; the fellow in the picture has been identified as Bill McDonald. Thanks Karen/Dale.



Bill McDonald picture:


I believe Bill McDonald has now passed on. I believe this is his death record that I found pasted below. In doing a search for Bill, I could not find any relatives other than for a John McDonald that was born in 1912 that lived at the same residence as Bill in Bottineau.

In doing my search for Bill I made a few phone calls with some leads I found. Those phone calls led me to a lady by the name of Carole McDonald who lives in Bottineau. I was so surprised when she told me she knew who I was and that she is a sister-in-law to Margaret Metcalfe Leonard (65) and of sister to Carmen (Floyd) Leonard Richard. She told me she knows LeaRae Parrill Espe (67) and that she is a next door neighbor to Helen (65) (Duane) Rivard Christenson. Talk about a small world.


William MCDONALD       Birth Date: 13 Mar 1910     Death Date: 3 Jun 2004     Social Security Number:       State or Territory Where Number Was Issued: North Dakota     Death Residence Localities     ZIP Code: 58318     Localities: Bottineau, Bottineau, North Dakota   Lake Metigoshe, Bottineau, North Dakota    

Pictures from the House warming last week-end at Kawit, Cebu, Philippines

Folks, I’ve got some extra room today, so I thought I’d throw in some pictures from our week-end excursion this past week-end. We attended a house warming for some friends of ours that have a beech resort located about 75 miles north of us near the north end of this island of Cebu. This couple purchased this beach property 29 years ago for a small fraction of what it is worth today. They recently sold a much smaller lot a short distance up the shore that they also purchased 29 years ago. The proceeds from that sale were more than enough to cover the expenses for their new house and miscellaneous buildings on this lot. They cut no corners. I’m guessing they spent close to several hundred thousand or more dollars to build what they have.

Note: I have posted a lot more of these pictures of our week-end up in Kawit on Facebook.
L to R: Barbara Kenny from the UK; Imelda ILanan who was a famous Filipina movie star a few years back with many reruns today; Bernadette & Dinah Craven the lady of the house.

House warming dinner on the beach. This was our table. Bernadette is on the very end on the right side. I was sitting next to the guy with the red shirt. He is from Australia. The couple next to him are from the UK. The rest of us are from the USA. We have become very close friends with all of these folks, all of whom are retired here. The natives have difficulties understanding the English of the folks from the UK, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zeeland & Australia. One of their favorite expressions is “Bloody this and Bloody that”.

This is the beach front of the property of our Friends with the house warming. They have about 400′ of beach front. The cement bulkhead, that runs the entire length, was dug down into the sand 10′. It was dug that deep to prevent erosion from the sea. They said they had 65 folks working on this bulkhead last week to get it completed for the house warming. Thank god Filipino labor is cheap.

This is their house pictured with two one bedroom Bungalows for guests. The guy in the picture is Ian. He and his Wife Dinah are the owners. Ian is from the UK and Dinah is originally from Cebu, PI. Ian is still working part time. He works 2 weeks a month for an off shore oil drilling company in Singapore. He does a lot of his work on line, but his office is in Singapore. Singapore is about 800 or so miles NW of us across the waters.


01/09/2019 (2689)

Jean Pladson Passed away.


I was so saddened to receive Cousin Audrey’s message yesterday that Jean Pladson had passed away yesterday (Monday 1/7/2019) in her home in Bismarck.

Jean was one of the friendliest, nicest persons on the face of this earth with a so much compassion and love.  She will be dearly missed.

Jean was my first cousin and also a first cousin to the Joe Morinvelle children.  Jeans mother Olga was my dad’s sister.

Jean was Married to Duane Pladson. Duane passed away a few years ago. Jean and Duane lived a mile south of the Rendahl hill, on  highway #43, on the Bottineau/Rolette county line.

I will be posting Jeans Obituary later. Jeans funeral will be at the Metigoshe Lutheran Christian Center. Date and time have not yet been determined.

Rest in peace Jean. You will be dearly missed.




Barbara Counts LaRocque (DHS ’72) Obituary
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND

Barbra A. LaRocque | 2018
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Funeral Mass services for Barbra Ann LaRocque, age 64 of Dunseith, were held on Friday at 10:00 A.M. in the St. Michael’s of the Archangel Catholic Church in Dunseith. Officiating at the Mass was the Reverend Father Michael Slovak S.O.L.T. Special music was provided by Joe Parisien and Richard Turcotte. Pall Bearers were Jeffrey LaRocque, Conway LaRocque, Chris Lindteigen, Chad Parisien, Ernie Counts, Clarence St. Claire, Lloyd Counts III and Shawn LaRocque. Honorary Bearers were all friends and family.

Barbra Ann LaRocque was born to Lloyd Counts Sr. and Louise (Trottier) Counts on August 17, 1954 in Plentywood, Montana. She attended college at United Tribes Technical College and the Turtle Mountain Community College. On September 11, 1982 she married Stephen (Cheech) LaRocque. Barbra worked as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She also worked at Walmart, the Casino, the Public Defenders Office, and for the last 16 years as a Community Health Representative (CHR).

Barbra loved spending time with family and friends, whom she loved to cook for. She also loved gardening, canning, going to bingo, playing cards and rummaging. Barbra’s favorite holiday was Christmas, and loved having her husband, kids, and grandkids all around her.

Barbra was a member of the St. Michael’s of The Archangel Catholic Church in Dunseith.

Barbra passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2018 in her home.

She is survived by her husband, Stephen of Dunseith; Three daughters, Roxanne (Chris) Lindteigen, Valerie (Chad) Parisien, and Stephanie (Tony) Keplin all of Dunseith; Two sons, Jeff (Melanie) LaRocque and Conway (Amber) LaRocque both of Dunseith; 26 Grandchildren; 4 Great-grandchildren; Two Godchildren, Carrie Crawford and Sean Counts; Brothers, Clarence (Mary) Counts; and Ernest (Ernie) Counts both of Dunseith; Two Sisters, LouAnn (Clarence) St. Claire and JoAnn (Randy) Brunelle both of Dunseith; Special friend, Judy LaRocque of Dunseith; Several Brothers-in-Law and Sisters-in-Law and multiple Nieces and Nephews.

Barbra was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Louise Counts; One Son, Brian LaRocque; and Brothers, Ronald Counts, Lloyd Counts Jr. and Clifford Counts.

Arrangement were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.



Blog (762) posted on April 3, 2010

Erling Berg’s Birthday:
Posted by Diane Berg Rheault (79): Fargo, ND.

Gary, Erling Berg is 88 yrs. old today (Apr.2nd), We had a birthday party for him today up at the hospital in Rugby (3rd floor-long term care). Present were Delores Berg, Keith Berg, Diane (Berg) Rheault with husband Jim and daughter Jacqueline, friend Howard, and Art Rude Jr. stopped in to say hello and wish Dad a Happy Birthday. Erling got his favorite cake (spice with brown sugar frosting). He said he will not forget this day!!

Diane, We all wish your dad a very happy birthday. He was and is a very well known guy in the Dunseith community. My dad and others worked for or with your dad at San Haven for a number of years. Often times supervisors don’t always have good approval ratings from their employees. Dad always had so much good to say for Erling. He is a great man.

 I don’t remember your dad that well, but I sure remember his brothers Clarence and Hilmar. Hilmar celebrated his 90th birthday a year or two ago and is living in Bottineau. Clarence, deceased, was married to Mabel Berg also deceased. She was a Berg married to a Berg. Mabel’s sister, Helga, was married to my dad’s brother, Nels Petterson. Nels & Helga, now deceased, lived in Everett, WA. I saw Clarence & Mabel, many times, with their numerous visits to see Nels and Helga when we lived in Bremerton, WA. Hilmar spent several winters working in Everett in the late 60’s too. He stayed with Nels and Helga. Gary



Condolences to the Berube family with memories of Billy:
From Aime Casavant (66): Jamestown, ND

Condolences to Jim, Tom and all the Berube Family. Although Bill was several years younger than me, he had one of those personalities that is always remembered. Memories of Bill. The evening of November 22, 1965. Bill (Billy to us back then) had come over to August Dionne’s place in Dunseith, where I was living. I don’t recall the exact reason but August was not there. I invited Billy in and we had one of those rare conversations one would not otherwise have, except on a spontaneous ocassion. Some time passed and Billy said, “Oh, Cassius Clay is going to fight Floyd Patterson tonight!” He asked for the radio, we found it. Billy started telling me about Cassius Clay and I recall he was very excited about it. I said to Billy, your really a fan of his, arn’t you?”

Billy explained he did not know if he would consider himself a fan, but said his personality just makes me feel happy and its exciting – the way he acts. I did not know that much about professional boxing, but Billy, being the sports type of person ( like the Berube’s) told me all about it. He told me about Cassius Clay’s personality, how he shouted “I’am the greatest, I’am the king’ and how Cassius Clay would say a rhyme on the round he would win the fight. We listened to the fight and sure enough, Cassius Clay then started his antics and Billy said excitedly to me “Aime, listen! listen!, he is saying he is the greatest ! Floyd Patterson lost by a TKO and I asked Billy what that was and he explained it to me.

Of course Cassius Clay went on to become Muhammed Ali and I watched his many fights and antics. In life, some things we remember, some things we forget, but whenever I watched Ali fight throughout life – I was reminded of that evening that Bill Berube introduced him to me.

About 8 years later I seen Bill for a short time at the University of ND. There was no doubt to me, Bill would go on to a successful teaching and intellectual life. Bill Berube was always to me, one of those persons that was one of the “greatest.”

Several years ago I seen Jim at a Bottineneau/Vally City football game. I asked Jim about Bill. Jim explained he was a professor, teaching at (U of Wyoming?) at Laramie. I was not surprised Bill would end up becoming a professor. He had that keen, intellectual insight into things.


Viking Stone caves in the Turtle Mountains:
Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

In answer to Colette’s question, I think the stone arch cave northwest of Bottineau is still there, although I’ve heard some more deterioration has taken place. Nature continues to try to reclaim anything men change. There is a sign along the highway north of Carbury that points out an historic site to the northeast. I can only assume it is directing attention to the cave, although I haven’t checked it out to see. One more thing for my ‘bucket list’. Late last night I received an email telling me another mooring stone had been found much further east along the foothills. This one is in Rolette County and east yet of Butte St. Paul. This one was also checked out and documented by Ed Milligan and crew. I think Colette’s depiction of the Vikings being a hardy bunch of explorers really sums it up. It would appear that they had little fear of what they might encounter–that would certainly be an advantage in traveling into unchartered areas. The Spaniards thought they would sail off the end of the Earth because it was flat. I guess the Vikings hadn’t heard the news from Spain! Thanks Gary!



Spring time with snow in the Turtle Mountains:
Picture posted by Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

The wind started to blow in the night and this is what we have this morning. It’s spring in the Turtle Mountains! Thanks Gary!



Picture possibly identified:
Reply from Dale and Karen Hagen (70) Simon:  Bottineau, ND

Gary, Dale Simon here, My Wife Karen Said that picture of the Missing identy of that man could be Bill McDonald. Karen said that she took care of Bill at the hospital and that it sure looks like him but the only thing is that he is from Souris,ND

Folks, Do any of you know Bill McDonald? The folks at Long Term in Saint Andrews get these messages too. Maybe they can be of some assistance for a positive ID. I trust Karen’s instincts though, that this may be Bill. Gary



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Beulah Thompson Hoaglund’s 100th birthday
Posted by Key Hildebrandt: 


Could you please post a request for readers to mail birthday cards to a cousin who will be celebrating her 100th birthday?

The birthday girl is Mrs. Beulah Hoaglund.  Bea is the daughter of Bennie and Melvina (Thompson) Lasher, granddaughter of Anthony and Esther Thompson.  Cousin of all the descendants of Olaf, Clara, Ulysses, Ida (Pritchard), Ella (Pritchard), and Candace (Torbert) Thompson.  She is very much alert and loves receiving cards.  Her birthday is January 13th.  Her address is:

Mrs. Beulah Hoaglund

c/o The Beehive Home of Excelsior

6330 Hazeltine Blvd.

Excelsior, MN  55331

Thank you for your help, Kay Hildebrandt

 Gary’s Comment

Beulah is cousin to the Pritchard’s, Ella (Eldon) Pladson and Esther (Edmar & John) Tangen.

Ulysses Thompson was married to my dad’s aunt, Clara Stokes. That’s on the other side of the family though so I’m only related to Beulah through that marriage.  


Blog (761) posted on May 2, 2010


Condolences to the Berube Family:
From Jean Nicholas Miller (66): Glendale, AZ

Gary, I too would like to send my condolences to the Berube family. I don’t remember Bill real well but do remember the rest of the family. It sounds like he was a good and dedicated man. I’m sorry. Jean


Reply from Rita Anderson (Former Gamble store owner): Fargo, ND.

Hi I too want to wish Armond a Very Happy Birthday. I remember him in the hardware store, when (Edgar and I) had the Gamble store.



Funeral services for Helen A. Bye, age 96 of Bottineau, were held on Monday at 2:00 P.M. in the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith. Burial was in Rendahl Cemetery of rural Dunseith. Officiating at the service was the Reverend John Hesford. The congregation sang selected hymns and Dick and Brenda Johnson provided special music. Casket bearers were Curt Halvorson, Terry Halvorson, Jim Kester, Lyle Lagerquist, Dick Roland and Russell Kihne.

Helen Alvide Bye, a daughter of Casper and Ella (Berg) Christianson, was born on February 3, 1914 in Cordelia Township, Bottineau Co. She was the second child of five sisters and three brothers that attended school at Loon Lake in Bottineau Co. Helen graduated from Bottineau High School and attended Minot Teachers College and received her teaching certificate. She then taught country school in Rolette and Bottineau Counties. On December 21, 1939 she was married to Clarence A. Bye at Dunseith. Clarence passed away in June 1976. Helen continued to live on the family farm in Willow Lake Township, Rolette Co. until she entered the assisted living apartments in September 2000. In July of 2009 she entered the long term center at the St. Andrew’s Hospital where she has resided since.

She was a member of the Rendahl Lutheran Church until it merged with Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith. Helen was active in the ladies aide, Bottineau Sons of Norway and the Lois Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Helen passed away on Thursday March 25, 2010 in a Bottineau hospital.

She is survived by sisters, Bernice (Harold) Carlson of Grand Forks and Florence Struck of Bottineau; sister-in-law, Alvina Christianson of Bottineau; and many nieces and nephews.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Harland, Henry and Clarence; sisters Ella Mae Christianson, Emma Halvorson and Alma Halvorson; brothers-in-law, Sigurd Ronning, Oscar Bye, Carl Bye, Lawrence Bye, Albert Halvorson, Clifford Halvorson and Laurence Struck; sisters-in-law, Bella Ronning and Eva Bye.


Update from DeAnn Gottbreht: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/deanngottbreht

I had my 6th chemo treatment today and it went fine. I’m pretty tired out tonight but otherwise ok. Only 6 more to go! My blood work has been fine each week as well so that is one less worry. It is just a matter of getting through it. I don’t see my Oncologist until next week so I’ll know more about of future plans for my treatments then.

Connor is really doing great. Yesterday his Doctor switched him to eating every time he wakes up and is ready instead of the every 3 hours schedule he was on. He has just been excelling since the switch. It’s like he is so happy to eat when he decides that it’s all he wants to do. A couple of days ago he would only eat maybe an ounce or so eat feeding. Now he eats at least 2 ounces each time and still wakes himself up every 3 hours raring to go. He is also such a good baby. He just fusses a little until he gets his bottle. I hardly ever hear him cry so that is sure nice. Hopefully he will stay that way! If he stays on this track and doesn’t have any major problems with his reflux his Doctor said he could go home Monday!! Patrick and I are so excited. It will be wonderful to finally have him home and be a family again.

I hope you all enjoy your Easter with someone you love. I know Patrick and I will be enjoying it with Connor and couting down the hours until we can go home.


The follow pictures and newspaper articles have been posted by
Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.

Hi Everyone,

I thought you should see how the “real” Easter chickie looks!! LOL! This was taken in 1999, the last year I taught school.

Former students: Does the handwriting/room/etc. look familiar? Too bad you can’t hear my voice!! LOL!!!


Folks, Since many of you know Jean and knew Duane, I thought I’d share this picture that Neola sent. With Jean’s dad, Bert Hanson, being a brother to Frances Morinville and her mother, Olga, being a sister to my Dad, the Morinville Siblings and the Stokes Siblings share Jean and her sister, Audrey Aitchinson, as first cousins. Jean has continued to live on the same place since she and Duane were married. Her farm is located a half mile south of the Peace Garden Road (#43) on the county line. Duane passed away in September 1988. Audrey lives in Bottineau. Gary
Jean & Duane (Deceased) Pladson

Folks, This picture is so familiar. I’m thinking we posted this once before and
he was identified. For some reason we have lost his identity. Do any of you
recognize this gentleman. Thanks, Gary