UND Dorm Picture
Reply from Aggie Casavant (69): Fort Mill, SC
To Bill Grimme in reference to the UND dorm picture. The two guys look like John Bedard and Allen Boguslawski……I think??? Aggie
Reply from Aggie Casavant (69): Fort Mill, SC
Hi Gary, Thanks for sharing the picture of the family in the Philippines that was living in such poverty. I’ve seen stuff like this in my travels across America and it’s stunning to try and get your mind around that type of poverty even here in America. To stand in the middle of such squalor, and try to carry on a conversation with the family,it’s difficult to keep your emotions in check…It’s overwhelming. I saw this kinda stuff first hand, in the ghettos of Chicogo, on the back roads of the Smokey Mountains, in different areas of South Carolina, and something close to it in a very small town in N.Dakota…the house was more intact, but one room had a dirt floor. I’m not going to mention the town cuz N.Dakotas too small, and it isn’t my intentions to embarass anyone…to get personally involved with a family,and committ to helping them, is one of the most rewarding things a person could ever get involved with…And it’s surprising that just when a person thinks they are not in any financial position to help out, but you step out on faith and do it anyway,it seems like every month that God blesses you with the money to do it anyway.A person just has to keep in mind that even though a $5 $10 or $20 can’t do much, but to someone who’s kids are hungary, it’s like giving them a $1000.00 . Thanks for sharing Gary. Aggie
Folks, As I’m putting this together, I’m listening to Kenny (65) and Sherry Nerpel’s CD. What beautiful music. You guys are absolutely wonderful. Kenny and Sherry gave each of us a copy that attended the class of 65 dinner at Dale’s in May.
From Barbara Kalk Lopez (65): Inver Grove Heights, MN
Kathy just saw the doctor who did her surgery. She is healing as well
as can be expected. Next week we will meet with the oncologists.
Thank everyone for their prayers. And continue to pray for wisdom
to decide where to go for follow up treatment.
God Bless you.
Kathy (Barbara Kalk) Lopez
Request from Dale Evans: Algona, WA
My aunt – Doris Willams – was married a month or so ago in Bottineau – I have heard that a picture of my mother – Mary Artzer (Peterson) was in one of the local newspapers – I would enjoy seeing a copy of that photo if you might have a copy
Reply from Lloyd Awalt (44): Bottineau, ND
Hi Gary The garages Neola is talking about are corner garage was where her dad owned. Lamoreux garage was in the middle of the block north. The stone garage was on the corner of the next block north owned by Ray Lake. I bowled for the corner garage when her dad owned it. Lloyd Awalt
Reply Mark Schimetz (70): Rolette, ND
There were two Lake Brothers that had that stone garage, I am thinking about late 1940 to ?
Reply from Allen Richard (65): Midland, MI
The Kofoid (Corner) garage was on the corner diagonally across from Hassen Store. I think Gary Prouty was the last to run it. In the fifties and early sixties Joe Spaeth sold GM vehicles for Theel Motors of Rolla from an office in the corner garage. North of there was Lamoureux Ford–Last operated as a car shop by Bob Thompson, who was running it when it burned. The Stone Garage was last run by Dale Fugere, I think. Then it sat empty for awhile until it opened as the Corner Bar. In the early fifties it was operated by Ray Lake. I think at one time it was a dealership for Chrysler products.
Hard to believe all of the big three auto makers were doing business on Main street.
Ackworth Ladies Aid Picture:
Reply from Mary Eurich (62): Dunseith, ND
Boy that Achworth picture made my day. I’d like to copy it but my computer cuts it off at the window and I miss several of the group to the right.
Remember the picture I sent that Eileen Brudwick identified of the Bogs and that group of people. I don’t have time to look it up now but I’m sure it said on the picture the Bogs and Mr & Mrs Martin. I’d like to know more about all of them. The #3 Mrs. Lasher and Baby: Mrs Ben Lasher (Melvina) would have been a sister to Grandma (Ida Thompson Pritchard) she was Olaf Thompson’s youngest daughter(#10 front row Mrs O. Thompson) The baby she is holding is proobably her youngest son Lyle – born 1922. That was the year Lashers purchased the Olaf Thompson farm. In an article I have written by Buelah Lasher (#10 2nd row) she tells they lived by a little lake that they would cross in the winter with team and sleigh to go to school and in the spring when the lake was thawing they’d ride the horses across and often the water was so deep the horses had to swim. Lillian Lasher is listed as #20 lives in Bottineau as does her brother Willard Lasher. Lillian was married to Milton Beyer she is the mother of Howard Beyer former owner of Ace Hardware. She is 98 years old. She and Willard both live independently as of this date. He is 95. I’d love to be able to take this picture to them both. I couldn’t figure out who Lillian Lasher would be when I first went down the list of names. I’d never heard her called anything but Lill.
I’ll bet a lot of the area folks found this picture interesting.
I wasn’t going to spend much time during the summer working with pictures but this one I felt too good not to respond to. Take care. Mary
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND.
Todays Minot Daily News
April 16, 1916-July 25, 2010 POSTED: July 27, 2010
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ROCK LAKE Charlotte Baumgart, 94, Minot, formerly of Dunseith, Perth and Rock Lake, died Sunday, July 25, 2010, in a Minot nursing home.
She was born April 16, 1916, to Mr. and Mrs. Marion Burchem in North Dakota. She married Ludy Carl Olson in the early 1940s. He preceded her in death. She married Harold Baumgart in 1970.
Survivors: sons, Floyd Olson, Washington, and Vernon Olson, Minot; daughters, Betty Mekelburg, Colorado, Bertha Swenson, Texas, Connie Kinney, California, Ginger Smith, Oregon, Sheila Oakland, of Minot; numerous grandchildren.
No services are planned.
Burial: I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Rock Lake.
(Dunnigan-Dix Funeral Home, Cando)
See pages 15 AND 16 “PRAIRIE PAST AND MOUNTAIN MEMORIES”, A History of Dunseith ND > 1882-1982
Picture from Bill Grimme (65): Birmingham, AL
These guys look familiar to me. The furnishings in the room look like one of the new dorms at UND. Can anyone help ID these guys studying for their finals?
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND
Nov. 4, 1941-July 22, 2010
BELCOURT Tex Richard Carrington, 68, Dunseith, died Thursday, July 22, 2010, in a Dunseith nursing home.
He was born Nov. 4, 1941, to Jim and Eva Carrington in Pekin, Ill. He served in the Army.
Survivors: son, Lloyd Anderson, Cathay; daughters, Tina Carrington, Bloomington, Ill., and Kimberly Evans, Hopedale, Ill.; brothers, Ben Carrington, Rolla, and Joe Carrington, Garrison.
Funeral: Wednesday, 10 a.m., St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Belcourt.
Burial: Church cemetery.
Rosary service: Today, 8 p.m., in the church.
Visitation: Today, 6 p.m., in the church.
(Elick Funeral Home, Rolla)
Nancy Hosmer’s (62) Wedding:
Message/Pictures from Cheryl Larson Dakin (71): BEDFORD, TX
Hi Gary and all
Well we finally made it back to North Dakota for our family reunion. The Larsons and the Richards had several get-togethers at Lake Metigoshe and at Tommy Turtle park in Bottineau. It was so fun visiting with everyone. The reunion culminated in Nancy (Hosmer) and Keith Kontze’s wedding last Saturday so we got to see lots of our Dunseith friends. It was fun visiting with LeRae Espe. (I bought the book LeRae, and it really does promise to be good), as well as seeing Carmen and Floyd, Craig, Stella Schimitz, Mark and Kathy, Leon and Carol, and so many more. I am including a picture we took after the golf tournament. This photo includes my family (Norman/Verdellis Larson) and Richard/Jerrine Larson families. And I couldn’t resist sending the picture of the sunset.
Cheryl Larson Dakin
Picture taken in front of the Bottineau County Club House
Wallace (Wally Garbe), Neola’s husband
Folks, Wallace (Wally) Garbe is Neola’s husband. Wally is retired now. Wally is a really nice guy, kind of quiet, but very intelligent. Gary
From Ken Striker Dayton OH
Sharon (Peterson) Harmen of Bismarck ND wrote recently with burial information that her mother Joy Stickland Peterson of Dunseith had gotten on Wm E. Striker, from Bob McFadden. William E Striker longtime resident of Dunseith area had moved to Seattle area and is buried at Evergreen Washelli Cemetery Memorial Park in North Seattle. Below is an obituary from Washelli Cemetery Records. Joy learned this information from Bob McFadden. Its interesting he left 99 living descendants.
Memories from Sharon Zorn Gerdes (62): Windsor, CO
I remember well when Floyd Pritchard had that garage. He would donate a car and fix it all up for the demolition derby at the Bottineau county fair. My brother Bill Zorn drove those cars for two or three years, and he won the derby too. Floyd would create a great car that would outlast the others. Good memories and lots of fun to watch. Sharon Zorn Gerdes
From Cheryl Haagenson (71): Dunseith, ND
Corner Service Garage
Ackworth Ladies Aid picture
Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND
Interesting picture and how great the people are identified. I think the stone garage was a block north of Dad’s garage. Did Lamoureux own it?
Elaine Stokes in about 2002 at the Good Samaritan Home in Bottineau.
She passed away in July 2004
Ackworth Ladies Aid. Picture taken in 1924
Folks, This is another picture we recently found among our Grandmother, Julia Stokes’, belongings.
This is an old one. With the labeling listing, the first row is the top row. Maxine Radley Hiatt is the largest girl being held on the top left by her Grandmother Radley. Margie Hiatt is two over to the right from them holding Norman. Norman is just a baby in this picture. He was born in January 1924. Maxine was born in June 1920, so she would have been 4 years old in this picture.
The front row, Labeled the 3rd row, is pretty easy to follow. The other two rows are a bit of a challenge to follow.
This is just a small 3″ X 5″ photo. It actually enlarged quite well. I have enlarged this picture oversize for printing from this email message. For me, If I right click on the picture I can save it to my computer. Hopefully this will work for those of you wishing to make copies. If this does not work, please let me know and I will send it to you as a JPEG. Evon Lagerquist, I’m thinking this is a picture that your mother, Leola, will be interested in seeing. Gary
From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.
Folks, As many of you know, Floyd Pritchard (59) was raised by his Aunt and Uncle Dave and Winifred Pritchard Eurich. Floyd has lived at Lake Metigoshe for a number of years now. I remember well when Johnny Kofoid built his garage out on Highway 5 in Bottineau. Prior to that he owned the Stone (Corner) Garage in Dunseith.
We have finely made our Dunseith Alumni cruise selection for February 2012. We have chosen the Western Caribbean with the “Norwegian Cruise Line” on the “Norwegian Pearl”. The Pearl Hull design and ship layout are very similar to that of the “Norwegian Star” that we took to Alaska in 2009.
As with the Alaska Cruise, The one free person credit we receive for each 8 cabins booked, will be turned into money and credited to each of our groups cabin fares at the time of final payment.
Gina has reserved 100 cabins for our group. There is a very high likelihood that we will fill all of these cabins and ask for more. As with most everything, the best cabin choices and rates are available early on. As time goes on you are stuck with what is left. Our reserved cabins are not specific, so we are competing with everyone for cabin choices.
Please see Gina’s letters below and get in contact with her to make your bookings. Gina did a hell of job for us with our Alaskan Cruise of which we know she will be doing for us again with this cruise.
We are looking forward to seeing many of you folks onboard the “Norwegian Pearl” in February 2012
Your group leaders,
Gary & Bernadette Stokes
PS – Your friends are welcome to join us on this cruise as well.
Gary, I am now in receipt of your Group confirmation. We have 100 cabins on hold for you, at this time.
A cabin deposit of $250 – per passenger is due by 7.19.2011with formal names and preferred cabin type.
Final payments are not due until: November 18th 2011
Inside cabins begin at $708.75 – total per passenger (depends on deck).
Ocean view with a port hole window – $848.75 – “ “ “ “ “ “ “
Ocean view with picture window – $918.75 – “ “ “ “ “ “ “
Balcony cabins begin at – 1058.75 – “ “ “ “ “ “ “
*Mini Suite – is first come/ first serve and will be quoted at time of passenger deposit for a Mini Suite.
*(with a current price of $1288.75 – total per passenger)
7- Day NCL Western Caribbean Round-trip Miami
Cruise Line: Norwegian Cruise Line
Website link to the Norweigian Pearl
Embarkation: Feb 19, 2012 – Disembarkation: Feb 26, 2012
Ports of call: Miami; Great Stirrup Cay; Ocho Rios; Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Miami
Please contact Gina Ford at either of the below phone numbers to confirm your cabin.
Gina S. Ford
Cruise At Will, Inc.
Cruise and Travel Planners
1-866-870-6986 (toll free)
Recent letter we recieved from Gina:
Hello Gary and all,
Perfect! You will not be disappointed in the NCL Pearl (nor in me – of course).
Yes you will receive one person’s base cruise price Free – for every 8 cabins booked.
I will also confirm champagne and/or onboard credit, etc… for every cabin in your group.
The cruise line will provide us all options at time of final payments (with your exact head count).
I will check all of the Miami Group hotel rates for you. Miami is a city where location is important.
(being a South FL resident for more than 20 years, I will also know quality and location of hotels).
However, the hotels do not usually hold reserved rooms until about one year prior to hotel stay.
I will begin my search this autumn for you, which is plenty enough time in advance – I promise.
I will request the 100 cabins that you prefer for your group. We can always adjust numbers later.
My suggestion for now – is to pat each of you
on the back for making an Excellent choice!
I have been on more than 30 cruises and the NCL Pearl is one of my all time favorites.
She is larger than your last ship and I like her design and style better (a step up for sure).
Warm thanks for once again selecting me as your cruise agent,
Gina S. Ford
Cruise At Will, Inc.
Cruise and Travel Planners
1-866-870-6986 (toll free)
Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.
Gary and Friends,
Cheryl Haagenson’s memories of Hassen’s Store sure were on the mark.
Postings by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND
Reply from Phyllis/Alan Campbell: Minot, ND
Hi Gary and all! Cathy told me this was on your wonderful communication and I finally got it (not bacause I’m so busy but just didn’t take the time!). We had been up to our Lake Metigoshe cabin to get it ready for Rich, Vicky, their son Kyle, wife Grace and two children plus daughter Nicole, her husband John Grubb and son to spend this week there! First time they had all been together in the same place at the same time and it’s been a wonderful week for them. We stopped at the Pride Dairy ice cream parlor to try the famous “Cow Pies”!! Found them delicious and generous! Cathy took us up there again this past Tues to celebrate several June and July birthdays and what a day! Fun to have children grandchildren and great-grandchildren together for us to enjoy! We truly are blessed!We do like it here in Minot at the Wellington and if any of you have time to stop we’d love to see you. Alan and I will be riding in the Wellington bus in the State Fair Parade on Sat. July 24 and tho you probably won’t see us, we’ll be waving!
Julie Hiatt Bonebrake’s (81) Birthday:
Reply from Bobbie Slyter (70): Wichita, Kansas
Today is Julie’s birthday also.
Hasen’s Variety Store:
Message from Cheryl Haagenson (71): Dunseith, ND
Mel Kuhn (70):
Message from Larry Hackman (66): Bismarck, ND
I imagine it makes you feel purity damn good that you have all these upper classmates worried about your well being.
We all care Mel.
Bill and I were just appointed spokesman for the group.
We want you, to congratulate your son on his safe return, and would like you too, to also thank him for his service for us.
Once you get him traveling with you, we all know you will make it back to us, safe and sound.
Them soldiers, are all taught to give First Aid and CPR if you need it. So if you have an attack with your son there,
I know he might break a few of your ribs and fracture your sternum, but he will defiantly get you back to us in one piece.
We are all hoping for the best for your family and of course you.
What would this blog be, without the St. John critique?
May your family and you have a safe and enjoyable trip.
We will be waiting for a full report when you get back and we just don’t want to here about the damn humidity.
Does that cover everything Bill, or do you have something to add?
Feel free to do so.
Mel likes it when we show a little sympathy and concern.
Have a good day and a good trip.
Pictures taken at Elwood Fauske’s 90th Birthday celebration:
Eleanor & Elwood Fauske
Elwood Fauske Family:
This is a beautiful picture. I counted 59 in this photo. Arlinda (Lindy), You are a mirror image of your mother, Eleanor, and she too is a beautiful lady.
Folks, Eleanor and Elwood look so nice in these pictures. It’s hard to beleive that Elwood is celebating his 90th birthday and that he and Stubby have been married nearly 68 years.
Fauske siblings in this photo: Brian (5th from the left), Carrole (6th from the left), Connie (Hands on Elwood), Russell (Back row one over to the right above Eleanor’s head), Beth (7th in from the right standing), Arlinda (Lindy – Extreme right). Note: The only Fauske Sibling I am not sure of in this photo is Brian. Gary
Brian Carrole Connie Russell Beth Arlinda
Mel, I am glad to hear that Ricky is home. That sounds like quite a trip and a fast one at that, that you guys will be taking. That’s a lot of miles to travel in such a short time. Please keep us posted. Gary
Reply from Sharon Longie Dana (73): MIssoula, MT
I was mostly raised by my granparents Pete and Rose Longie. My Mom was Amelia Longie Underwood.(she has been gone for 11 years.)
Sharon Longie Dana (73)
Today, July 21, happens to be Gary Stoke’s and Toni Morinville’s
birthdays! I hope you both have a great day with friends and family. It
doesn’t seem at all possible that the years have gone by this quickly.
They say time flies when you’re having fun—that must be it! Happy
Birthday Gary and Toni!
Thank you Dick. You are so right, today is my Birthday and I know it’s Toni’s too. It’s also Norris Knutson’s birthday. I just called him too, to wish him happy birthday. Norris said he has not been feeling too well. He has been battling some broken ribs. They can be painful.Happy birthday Toni. I believe you have now caught up to Dick, one day later, reaching a new milestone in life too.Bernadette actually had a big party for me this past Saturday at our house with about 40 of our friends. A dear friend of ours posted 55 pictures taken at my birthday party on facebook. For those of you with a facebook account, you should be able to view these pictures by going to my profile by clicking on this link http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1495682224#!/photo.php?pid=5917714&id=521519873 As you will see, these PI gals love to have fun all just in fun. These gals are very much attached to and are very true to their sole mates.
Message from Trish Larson Wild (73): Fort Collins, CO.
Trish’s Website: www.equinenomad.com
Trish’s Blog: http://www.trishwild.blogspot.com/
Not sure if you’ve been reading my blog or not, but I’ve recently started trying to provide daily updates, so check it out if you’re so inclined. I have big plans for big rides this summer….then depart for South America on 10/10/10 to ride 10,000 miles. I think everyone knows this by now, but just in case you have new readers….
I retired from 36 years in healthcare as an emergency room trauma nurse last month and have spent the last weeks getting rid of “stuff”. I moved out of my little cabin in Estes Park, and morphed into “the Equine Nomad.” Everything I own is now in my Silverado and my horse trailer. I owe a debt of gratitude to the wonderful people who helped me move, stored my stuff, and bought everything I own. Including the 2nd hand store that came with a truck at the end.
I have more to go if I’m going to fit everything on one pack horse come October, but I’m getting there.
Here are a few photos of horseshoeing today. I have a lot of respect for farriers now. It took me four hours (and a lot of sweating, bleeding, and swearing) to take off the old shoes, trim the feet and put on the new Eponashoes. (A fancy technical polycarbonate shoe my one sponsor provides me with). They are AWESOME shoes – it’s like your horse is wearing Nikes. Anyhow, I got the job done and then my niece Kelly and I rode into “town” for a nice steak dinner. (Once in a while I stray from raw fruits and vegetables). That saphire martini tasted pretty good too!
Anyhow, anybody who is interested in my big expedition/adventure can follow my blog, which I am trying to update daily, at least for now. I plan to write something everyday, but probably won’t be able to post to the blog more than once a week when I’m in the wild.
Thanks again for all that you do to connect us. Happy birthday Dick! And Sybil! I really enjoy seeing the reunion photos. Wish I had been there.
Happy and free on the road in Colorado…..
Trish Larson Wild
provided by Myra Henning Halvorson (72): Bottineau, ND
Brenda Johnson, Ron Hett & Dick Johnson
Bill Grimme (65) with his fiancé Irina
Verena Gillis & Bernadette Stokes at the reunion reception desk
Les did a wonderful job with the presentations.
Les Halvorson, Verena Gillis & Gary Stokes
Les Halvorson (Teacher) and Verena Gillis
Darrel Abrahamson (68)
Message from Phyllis: Dunseith, ND
Latest update with ID’S From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND
Folks, We’ve almost got this one nailed. We are down to three. The unidentified guy in the 4th row on the right is the 3rd guy up from the bottom on the extreme right. Gary
Top Row: Tony Jundt, Bob Stokes, Carle Kirkeby, Alex Brusven
Row 5: Peter Wold, James Jacobson, Don Newberger, Harlan Renick (front of Alex Brusven)
Row 4: John Molberg, Loren Renick, Oscar Sletto (worked at Bottineau Creamery)?,______
Row 3: Albert Dravland, Carl Freeman, Walter Trengen, Harold Refling
Row 2: Herman Thuve, ______, Martin Vinje?, Clarence Helgeson, _____
Row 1: Leland Simek, Wally Gangle, Joe Houle, Lloyd Jelleberg, Leo Zorn, Freeman Thorleifson
Alvina Brudwick Christianson Celebrates her 90th birthday
Message/pictures from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND
My aunt’s, Alvina Brudwick Christianson, 90th birthday is on Sunday, July 18. There is a “box” in the Courant, stating there will be a card shower for her. As I don’t have this week’s Courant, I can’t scan it. However, if you would include the info in your newsletter, I would appreciate it. Alvina lives in the long term wing at St. Andrews Hospital in Bottineau. She’s doing VERY well. :)If cards arrive after her birthday–no problem. Her address is:
316 Ohmer St. Rm. 111
Bottineau, ND 58318
I’ll send a picture of Alvina/Mom, too.
It’s been 45 plus years since I’ve seen Dick Roland. He and I were confirmed
at Nordland Church. I have not seen Lois in all those years either. Gary
Clarence/Alvina Brudwick Christianson’s wedding picture
Barbara Kalk Lopez (65) Cancer Update:
From Al Lopez: Inver Grove Heights, MN
Barbara Kalk had her surgery today for lung cancer.
The doctor was unable to take the tumor out, because
another lymph node outside of the lung was cancerous.
Barbara will recuperate for the next 2 weeks or so and
start chemo and/or radiation therapy.
Thank you for your prayers.
Darrel Abrahamson’s (68) Caringbridge site: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/darrelabrahamson
From Sara Abrahamson: Dunseith, ND
Hi Gary, This is one of Darrel’s daughters, Sara. I got your email address from my dad email account. I have heard you posted on your blog the incident with my father. Jeanmarie (my aunt) has mentioned that you were looking for a website to post updates for everyone. Well I finally got a caring bridge sight up. Just look for Darrel Abrahamson and you should be able to find it. I am trying to keep it updated as much as possible. Thanks, Sara Abrahamson
Update for Hannah Loeb (39):
Reply to Neola from Karen Loeb Mhyre (65): firstname.lastname@example.org Bellevue, WA.
My mom and my middle sister, Marianne live with my sister, Jane Loeb. Jane and Mom built their home about twelve years ago, and now my sister Jane owns the home. Mari came to live with them about 8 years ago when our mother had back surgery and needed some help. Mari has some mental health issues so she had lived independently for many years in a “cluster house” for clients of the North Seattle Mental Health System. It was safe and we did not have to worry about her living on her own. When she stayed with Jane and Mom, they discovered that they all got along very well and that it was good to have Mari there to help Mom as she needed. They have a wonderful life. Mom helped Mari learn to be a good cook. Mari is in her mid fifties now and is a remarkable person. She loves to cook and sew and write. She and Jane and Mari have a game of Scrabble or Pinnacle going all the time.
Until my mom got sick in May, she was busy reading or watching the news (CSPAN or MSN) most of the time. It came as quite a shock, especially to Mom, that she was not able to recover and resume her normal activities. Jane arranged for a hospital bed to be placed in their family room so now everyone can care for Mom and spend this quality time together. We are very lucky to have our Evergreen Hospice Services to support our family as we take care of Mom in the home she loves.
Mari’s health has been stable for many years, but she is not able to work or live totally independently. It is so wonderful for our family that they have been able to share their home and life together.
My husband and I live about twenty minutes away and I spend the week days at Jane’s helping care for Mom and I go home on the weekends. It has been a gift to our family for us to share in caring for Mom at this time. All the “sibling stuff” goes away. We are mush more able to focus on Mom and give her the care she needs as we all are on this journey together.
Mom is still alert and eating pretty well and can get up in a chair most days. She is able to do chair transfers, but is no longer strong enough to walk, even with a walker. We have some one pound weights for her to work on arm exercises, and we do range of motion exercises to help her from becoming too stiff. Mom has had Rheumatoid Arthritis for many years and had always been able to walk up and down stairs several times each day to keep herself “fit”. However, when someone is 89, and gets cancer, it is very difficult to keep strong as the disease progresses. Your body just does not have the resilience of a younger person.
Her comfort is what we all are working for and right now we are able to manage this fairly well. We are so grateful to have the Home Hospice Care Program to support us as we make this journey.
Thank you so much for your interest in our Mother. I am sure she will enjoy the caramels that you are sending!
Her address is:
23321 8th Place West
Bothell, WA 98021
Dick Johnson to Celebrate his 60th birthday. email@example.com
Hi Gary Just was going to mention that Dick’s birthday is on the 20th, but we’re going to celebrate a little bit early tonight. Ron & Barb are heading off on their Alaskan cruise and wanted to help Dick celebrate his birthday so we’re going to do the pizza/beer thing tonight. I also invited a few other friends to join us. I hope to remember to bring my camera and I’ll send you a few pictures. A big milestone of 60 years. Hard to believe. We will also have a family celebration for his birthday on the 24th at our lake cabin. I’m sure he’s thinking no one knows his birthday is coming up! ha. Knowing him he really doesn’t want 2 celebrations either, but we just couldn’t get it to work for 1 day. Take care. Brenda
From Neola Kofoid Garbe:Bottineau & Minot, ND
Patrick W. Davis
(August 19, 1940 – July 15, 2010)
Sign Guest Book
PATRICK W. DAVISFuneral services for Pat W. Davis, age 69 of Belcourt, will be held on Monday at 10:00 A.M. in the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church of rural Dunseith. Burial will in the Church Cemetery.
Patrick W. Davis, a son of Gregory and Alvina Davis, was born on August 19, 1940 at Belcourt. He was reared and educated in the Belcourt area. On October 10 1963 he entered the US Army and was honorably discharged on October 5, 1965. Pat returned home and owned a meat market in Rolla for a time. He later operated a construction company in Belcourt for many years. Pat was a bus driver for the local school for several years. He worked security at the Turtle Mountain Community School until he retired. Pat has continued to make Belcourt his home.
He passed away on Thursday, July 15, 2010 in a Rolette nursing home.
Pat was a member of the Belcourt American Legion. He enjoyed playing poker at the Casino and with his friends and family. Pat enjoyed traveling with Joe Gillis and taking his friends and family traveling. He is survived by a son, Gregory of Jamestown; step-children, Leonard Parisien Jr., Jeff Parisien, Jolene Allard, Kelly Parisien and Fabian Peltier all of Belcourt.
Pat was preceded in death by his parents, Gregory and Alvina; brothers, Lloyd, George, Charles and Simion; sisters, Deloris Peltier, Verna LaFountain, Martha Davis and JoAnne Davis.
One Room Country school Reunion:
Pictures from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
This photo was in the Courant. Rena Roland is sitting (in her wheelchair) in the center of the picture. Linda Gartner is the lady in the red blouse on the left side of the picture. Helen Brandvold Taylor is in the front row toward the right side of the picture; she’s wearing white slacks, blue shirt.
The article about the reunion is very good–wish I had a copy of the Courant. I’ll send it when I get to Minot next week–unless I obtain a copy before then. Perhaps someone will send it to you before then.
Here’s the other picture from the Courant–thanks to Scott Wagar. Victoria Krogen Gillies (Alex) is Scott’s grandmother. Rena Larshus Roland is, as you know, the “author” of the “One-Room-County Schools” book. You also know Earl is her son.
Rena Larshus Roland, Victoria Krogen Gillies & Earl Roland
Picture from Lee Stickland (64): Dickinson, ND
Pictures from Larry Hackman (66): Bismarck, ND
My Grandson, Nathan Leintz #12 standing 3rd from the right on the group photos, and with one of his coaches being his dad Scott, standing 1st from the right WON THE CONFERENCE, BABE RUTH CHAMPIONSHIP today. Now, they will continue on to go to state.
There is one photo showing my Grandson, Nathan #12, and his dad, Coach Scott Leintz holding the championship trophy.
Nathan pitches and plays shortstop.
They have worked hard.
We are very proud Grandparents.
Congratulations, Nathan and Scott and the to the rest of the Lumberkings.
Marion & Larry
Andrew Fassett (38): North Liberty, IN.
Message from Gwen Grimme Eltz (68):
We really enjoyed the “Class of ’38” picture that was submitted by Wayne Smith in yesterday’s blog (#853) . One of the young men in the picture is our uncle, Andrew (Fassett). I forwarded the blog to him and his wife, Aunt Betty, and they were really interested receiving the daily blog. Will you please add Uncle Andy to your Class of ’38 class list and also include him and Aunt Betty on your e-mail distribution? Their e-mail address is they live in North Liberty, Indiana. Uncle Andy is a brother to our mother (Kathleen Fassett Grimme). He just returned last week from taking part in the “Honor Flight” to Washington, DC, and loved every minute of that trip! Andy served in Europe during World War II; he has two Presidential Cititations–one for the Battle of the Bulge and one for capturing the bridge over the Rhine River at Remagen–and three battle stars and a bronze star. He’s 90 years old, healthy, and active.
Belated “Happy Birthday” to Bernadette! Hope you are both doing well; thanks again for all that you do to keep us “Dunseith folks” connected!
Message from Laurel Wenstad (63): Dundas, MN
Hi Gary, Yes we had a nice visit with Emma Kofoid (Neola’s mother). She is very alert and remembers things that happened many years ago. Her and my mother Lela were very good friends. We had a great time at the reunion. Fun to see and reminise about old times. We sure had alot of laughs. We had so many relatives there almost felt like a family reunion. I am the oldest in the family and am a brother to Pete, Diane, and Arlis. Sure appreciate all you do on the blog. I enjoy reading it daily. My wife and I spent the week up in the mountains and visited many old friends. It sure was beautiful up there. Would like to have been able to be there for the first reunion also, but time didn’t allow. Orvin Hagen was there and we really enjoyed him. He has a great sense of humor. Thanks for all you do, Laurel and Sherri
Folks, I just called Orvin. He just returned home from his Bottineau trip, I think today or late yesterday. Today, July 14th, is his Birthday. While in Bottineau, he stayed with Donnie Nelson, his nephew. Donnie is on our distribution, so Orvin saw our posting yesterday with his (his brothers) picture wishing him happy birthday. He was so surprised and excited to see all of yesterday’s posting. I read the “Orvin Hagen” postings to him that are posted in this message too. Orvin had such a good time with his trip up to Bottineau/Dunseith. He attended Elwood Fauske’s 90th Birthday celebration, the All Country School Reunion, the monthly musical jamming at the Bottineau Senior Center, visited the Peace Garden and visited with lots of family and friends. His Brother Leland and his wife Betty are currently visiting him at his house.
Orvin lives near Fargo in Kindred, ND. His phone number is (701) 428-3125. Feel free to call Orvin anytime. He loves phone calls and hearing from people. He told me today, “You know, I’m a people person”. And that he is of which we all know very well. Gary
Greetings/memories from Susan Brew Roussin (59): Rolla, ND.
Wishing Orvin Hagen many happy, happy memories of his birthday. Don’t know if he remembers me, I used to tag along when our Grandpa Jerry Demo worked at the Peace Gardens many years ago. Lorna (Brew) Abbey and I, Susan (Brew) Roussin spent every summer for a few years helping with the flowers and trees to be tended. Love the picture of the Hagens in this blog. Thanks so much Gary.
Orvin Hagen & Art Rude Sr.
Memories from Lorraine Richard Nelson (46): Meza, AZ
Hi Gary..I have not met you and did not attend the Dunseith reunion this year but I am so enjoying your blog.. And I can’t believe the picture of Orvin Hagen, and that he is 89 years young..I attented Beaver Dam school with the Hagens, so knew them well..They lived only 2 miles from us in the beautiful Turtle Mountains.. And of course we lived very close to Hannah Rude, and son Art SR. so now I know where Art Sr. is and sent greetings to him..Thank you so much for all you are doing for the rest of us Dunseith folks.. My dad and brothers had a Mobil gas station in Dunseith after the war.. Lorraine Richard Nelson
About General C. Emerson Murry (42)—
From Allen Richard (65): Midland, MI
I didn’t really know him, except by his remarkable reputation until I began my service in the legislature. He was Adjutant General during most of my years there (’76-’90) and had a long highly respected tenure with the ND Legislative Council before that. Knowing him by reputation was nothing compared to the enjoyment I got from working with him. “Well if Emerson said so, then what are we waiting for?” is a good way to summarize the level of respect we in government had for him in those days as well his value to North Dakota — and the nation.
I could go on in some detail, but I’d rather say thank you Emerson. I am proud to know you and glad that I had the opportunity to work with you. I hope our paths cross again!
Just a thought — maybe we should think about starting a list of the truly outstanding people who developed their character as Dunseith area natives and Dunseith Alums — something like the HD hall of fame in the state capital. I have a couple of nominees–both are on the mailing list for this blog. Maybe add an extra wing to the Log House?
Lake Metigoshe Lions officers
Provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
Dunseith Alumni folks in this picture:
Mona Dionne Johnson (48), Terry Espe (64) & Les Halvorson (Teacher)
Aggie, It’s so wonderful having you back on line. We sooooo missed you. It was such a pleasure seeing and visiting with you in person at the reunion and again the next day on Sunday. You have the gift of being able to tell stories the way they were in such an interesting way, instantly grabbing folks attention. And to top it all off, you are a wonderful human being. Gary
Yes Allen and Barbara too, At the reunion and at our class of 65 gathering folks were coming over to me asking “Where is Barbara Kalk? I thought she was going to be here?”. Barbara, you were missed in a big way. Gary
Just thought I would mention this. Alice and I spent about a week and a half in North Dakota when we were up for the reunion. In addition to the reunion, we also helped to celebrate Tina and John Bullinger’s (my sister and brother-in-law) 25th wedding anniversary as well as my youngest Nephew, Jacob Bullinger’s, high school graduation. So it was an enjoyable trip for us for several reasons as we also visited my Aunt Lillian in Superior, WI on the way up and Alice’s Mom in Louisville, KY on the way back. In addition, Alice and I also enjoyed our 39th anniversary on the 29th of May by going to the Twin Oaks? Restaurant at Lake Metigoshe. It was slow there that night and there were two waitresses on duty so in the course of ordering, etc., I asked the one waiting on us a few questions as polite conversation and then mentioned that I was originally from over by the Rolette/Bottineau county line. It was quickly clear that we did not know each other, but the other waitress overheard some of our conversation and she came over and asked me my name. When I told her she said she was Charlene Pearson. So that lead to a somewhat brief but very enjoyable conversation with her. As you may know, Gary, she was only a year behind me in school (I believe she graduated with my sister Fern) and we (Charlene and I) did take a math class together one year. It’s kind of funny. If it had not been slow in the restaurant that evening, we probably would not have had time to strike up a conversation with our waitress and thus Charlene would not have overheard us. So, she probably would not have come over to our table. And because we all change over the years, I know I would not have recognized her if she had not come over and introduced herself. Of course, had Alice and I not chosen to go over to Lake Metigoshe to dine in the first place, we also would not have seen her. So, as I said earlier, it’s kind of funny how those things happen. Lastly, I should also mention that I got to meet and talk with Larry Millang a couple of times when we went to Walmart for things. All in all, a great trip for us. Keith (66)
|Bedard Serumgard||Antoinette||3389 SQUIRE OAK DR||LEXINGTON, KY 40515||Sister Georgette (248)960-7565||Antoinette is suffering from advance stages of Alzheimer’s|
|Boguslawski||Rose||141 Bryant St||Ketchikan, AK 99901||(907) 225-3268||No Email Address|
|Christianson Struck||Florence||823 Railroad Ave||Bottineau, ND 58318||(701) 228-2759||Note: Florence attended country school with some of these folks.|
|Dailly Johnson||Beatrice||823 Railroad Ave, Apt 11||Bottineau, ND 58318||(701) 228-2449||No Email Address|
|Hagen||Orvin||261 Maple St||Kindred, ND 58051||(701) 428-3125||Note: Orvin attended country school with some of these folks.|
|Landsverk Filas||Borghild||150 Hess Ave||Golden, CO 80401||(303) 526-4495||FILAS@COMCAST.NET|
|Nelson Molstad||Arlene||1371 Parkside Dr. #146||San Bernardino, CA 92404||(909) 884-4062||No Email Address|
|Nerpel Bishop||Eleanor||6111 W Arrowhead Ave||Kennewick, WA 99336-||(509) firstname.lastname@example.org (Daughter Ann’s email)|
|Radley Hiatt||Maxine||823 Railroad Ave, Apt 9||Bottineau, ND 58318||(701) 228-2767||No Email Address|
|Rohrer||George||PO Box 431||Sitka, AK 99835||(907) 747-8204||No Email Address|
|Salmonson||Henry||RR 1Box 134||Dunseith, ND 58329||(701) 263-4338||No Email Address|
Note: Albert Dravland is in the legion picture below:This is info David Woods provided:Albert Dravland was a WWI vet and was a good friend of the most famous WWI hero and perhaps the most decorated WWI vet Sergeant Alvin York. They were in battle together and became good friends. They promised to name their boys after each other. Hence the name Alvin Dravland was one of the Dravland boys. Albert Dravland also exchanged an item such as a gas mask, mess kit or canteen. Not sure which item, all I know he had one of those items from the famous Sergeant Alvin York on an exchange. Also, a movie was made on Sergeant York.
Thank you so much Vern. Gary
Take care Connie (Zorn) Landsverk
Mary, Larry Hackman’s reply below may explain some of they mystery of this photo. Maybe some of these guys were from the Rugby area?Ole Pladson Photo:
Reply Larry Hackman (66): Bismarck, ND.
My mother-in-law was down this weekend from Rugby, and I had her look at the picture of these gentlemen.
She thought the guy in the center, sitting, looks like a Bailey. Maybe Dan Bailey who use to run the Bailey Drug Store in Rugby.
She was not sure if the guy sitting next to him is a Bye or not. She said she knew the wife well, many years ago. She thought her name was Luella or Lucille Bye.
She also thought the guy standing on the far right looked like a Johnson. So, maybe he is related to the Johnson mentioned.
There seem to be Johnsons everywhere?
Have you noticed that Olaf looks like the guy seated in front of him. The second guy from the left standing looks like the fourth guy from the left standing.
The center guy standing looks like the guy seated in front of him. The two guys seated on the Right look like brothers. She was not sure if they are Bye’s or not.
LarryBack: Olaf Pladson, ??, ??, ??, ??Front: ??, Halvor Johnson, ??, ??, ??
Barbara Kalk (65) has lung cancer:
Message from her husband Al Lopez: Inver Grove Heights, MN
Kathy (Barbara Kalk) Lopez has lung cancer and will have surgery on Thursday, July 15th, please pray for her.
She really missed not going to the reunion.
Please pass this on to the others from Dunseith.
Darrel Abrahamson (68) had a very serious accident:
Folks, I got a phone call from Jeanmarie (Jean) Abrahamson letting me know that her brother, Darrel Abrahamson, fell when he was either siding or shingling his house. He landed on a very sharp object that really ruptured him internally. He is in the St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck. At the moment it’s touch and go if he will make it. Like Jeanmarie said “He’s not out of the woods”. Darrel’s twin brother, Doyle, who lives near Jeanmarie in Aurora, CO is in Bismarck as are their parents, Howard and Maude Abrahamson.
Jeanmarie is not well herself. She is currently on home dialysis with kidney familiar. Gary
From Aime Casavant (66): Jamestown, ND
Happy Birthday Elwood and Hi Eleanor,
Elwood, I think I met you only once and visited with Eleanor several
times at the Post Office. I’m sure you don’t remember me but that is
just more testament to the many people who knew and respected you. Of course, I knew you through your children when I was a Dunseith High
School. You and Eleanor had the formula, you raised a wonderful
family. We (the Casavants) enjoyed going to school and growing up
some with your children ( Russell, Carrole, Beth, Arlinda and Brian). Just one story that has stayed with me all my life. We (the Casavants
including Mary Ann and Aggie) were invited to your farm in the hills
one friday evening for fun and ice skating. I think you had built an
ice skating rink east of your house. After an evening of visiting and
ice skating and hot chocolate and other things – us kids decided it
would be fun to hook a toboggan behind the car we came in and ride
down the road off of your farm ( to the east, I think). You know
those “not so well thought out” fun things that kids do. As we got to the east corner, there was some sort of dead end and it
had ice. All I remember is I could not stop the car, it kept sliding
on the ice – and most of your kids and the Casavants were on the
toboggan behind. I went over the end of the road, into the ditch and
of course – the toboggan followed. At first, of course I was
horrified. Was anyone hurt? We quickly all got together, no one was hurt, all were accounted for
and I think Carrole said “we have to go to the house – dad will get us
out.” My car – it looked as if it was not damaged but appeared
irretrievably the ditch, stuck in the snow. I waited, half in
happiness that no one was injured but worried that you might be in bed
( it was near midnight). Finally, after not too long – maybe a half hour a clomp, clomp, clomp
was coming down the road. It was two large horses and I think you and
Russell were (driving them or whatever handling horses is called). All I remember is you did not seem a bit disturbed and just calmly
said “yes, its quite slippery on this corner” or something like that. Then you and Russell hooked up the team of horses to the back of our
car and tightened the (ropes). Handling the horses masterfully, they
slowly lean forward as the rope became tight and I back the car. You
advised me not to spin the wheels and to be ready to stop when the car
was out. I remember my surge of confidence when you calmly said “when
the car comes out.” The car came out. I did not know two strong horses could do this.
Elwood, at the time I was nervous and scared and I don’t know if I
ever thanked you but if I did not, its probably 46 years belated but I
want to say “thank you.” Happy birthday – I hope it is a good one Elwood and a big “hi” to all
of your family. Aime Casavant
Reply from Anna Landsverk McGlothlin: Edmonds, WA.
Thank you so much for the update Gary. I’ll pass along the news and photos to my dad, Howard Landsverk, about his cousins ( Borghild and Erling) wonderful visit! Great photos!
Anna Landsverk McGlothlin
Reply from Gary Metcalfe (57): Forsyth, MO
To Gary and others:
On the Olaf Pladson picture, if Alex Pedie does not know these guys then they are not from the area. My guess is Otto Slemmon, Leadolf Larson and maybe Almer Lindberg rather than Elmer???????
The Bob Stokes picture I see Leland Simek, Joe Houle, and Lloyd Nelson..
I am certainly all about history. It provides a look into peoples lives like Elwood Fauske. Elwood deserves all the recognition that you throw his way. If anyone was given a tough row to hoe, like no silver spoon it was Elwood. He just kept on hoing with a bigger and better hoe. Stubby and Charlotte were salt of the earth also.
Later I think I will tell a story about one of the generations I think was by far the greatest generation, with all due respect to Tom Brokaw, because he has a lot more credentials than I do. I wish I would have learned typing skills from Arlene Lamoureux instead of Leo. Leo had that one finger technique down better than I. Then I wouldn’t have to ramble and say it all at once, the great procastinator.
Oh by the way Bernice Belgard, did you know you came from a very enterprising family? Eva was my next door neighbor and Charlie was successful in military and also business. They were all plum full of business, hope they passed it on.
To Aggie, we need you back Larry H. can’t do all the humor by himself.
Gary, at the end of June we were at Lake Metigoshee for a family reunion with limited time. First morning in Dunseith, I walked over to Dale’s Cafe and hit pay dirt in a setting still clean with quality food run by a guy who thought enough of Dunseith to still be in business there 100 years later. I found 6 or 8 guys in position of lots of history, that happened the last 70 years. Ken Hill, Elmer Bushy, Jim Evans, Roba and Marlene Arnentrout, Dwain Fugere; to name a few. It would take a while to record their stories. In another 10 years it will all be lost, so goes it, a different world. spelling i should have proof read.
By the way, at a rest stop in Fargo. I came face to face with Bill and Betty Lamb, they were on their way to see their son in St. Paul, MN.
That’s enough for now! Thanks for all you do Gary . . . .
Pictures provided by Clayton Parrill (72): Bottineau, ND
Highway 5 looking west from main street in Bottineau on Memorial Day 2010
there are about 420-425 flags from veterans put up for Memorial Day
Bottineau Main Street on Memorial Day 2010
Reply from Lloyd Awalt (44): Bottineau, ND
Gary, I’m not on the picture I came to Bottineau in 1970, but your dad is. On your dads right I believe is Tony Jundt. bottom row left to right Leland Simek 5th person Leo Zorn. Faces look familiar but cant put names on them. Velma wanderaskie would probably know. But I will keep trying to figure them out. Have a great day. Lloyd Awalt
Reply from Sharon Zorn Gerdes (62): Windsor, CO
Gary, regarding the photo with the American legion gentlemen. I may be way way off base, but the very front row , second guy from the right looks like my uncle Leo Zorn, and on his left looks like Lloyd Jelleberg. I know they were both active military and it sure looks like them ( much younger). Sharon Zorn Gerdes.
Follow up reply from Sharon:
I must have been asleep when I wrote this first one, because Lloyd Jelleberg is on Leo’s right. And to the right of Lloyd I think is Floyd Dion. Don’t know him but have seen him, but as usual could be wrong too. Thanks, Sharon.
Folks, I have listed Neola’s guesses below. She wasn’t sure with some but listed her best guess. Now that she has mentioned it, I can for sure recognize Harold Refling, Walt Trengen and Joe Houle. That does look like Carl Frykman, but I’m not sure if he was a Legion member? Joe Houle works mornings until 1:00 PM, 5 days per week, at Wal-mart. Larry Millang relieves him working until 10:00 PM. I’ll bet Joe could help us out with the identities of those in this picture too. Joe worked for over 50 years at the Creamery and now he’s working at Wal-mart. He is 80 years young. Following his shift at Wal-mart, everyday, he goes to the bakery for a bowl of soup. Joe is always so friendly and nice. He knows a lot of history too. I learned some of these guys habits in the three weeks we were back there.
Please verify what is listed below and fill in the unknowns. Thanks Gary
Top Row: Tony Jundt, Bob Stokes, ?, Alex Brusven
Row 5: Peter Wold, James Jacobson, ?, ?
Row 4: John Molberg, Loren Renick, Carl Garbe?, ?
Row 3: Albert Dravland, Carl Frykman?, Walter Trengen, Harold Refling
Row 2: Ray Garbe?, ?, Martin Vinje?, Clarence Helgeson, ?
Row 1: Leland Simek, (Brad Gangle?/Darrell Nelson?), Joe Houle?, Lloyd Jelleberg, Leo Zorn, ?
Reply from Lynn Halvorson Otto (75): Boonton, NJ
From Brenda Hoffman (68): Greenville, SC
Happy Birthday and many more Mr. Fauske!
General C. Emerson Murry’s Speech:
Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.
Gary and Friends,
Thanks for posting the speech by C. Emerson Murry. It is this type
Halvor Johnson Info
From Audrey Hanson Aitchison (Stokes/Morinville Cousin): Bottineau, ND
I have information that Halvor Johnson was born October 16, 1881 and died December 25, 1993 and buried at Salem. I don’t think he had ever been married. Do you know who his folks were? Thanks!
I am helping my sister, Jean Pladson. She is having an auction sale at the fairgrounds in Bottineau on September 11 and selling everything except what she is keeping when she goes into assisted living in Bismarck. We have worked 5 days on the garage. We just got the garage done today. She has 5 little buildings to go through next and clean out, then the basement and the house.. She will be selling her house and a few acres around the house. She wants to have it for sale by September 1. I have helped her 10 hours a day most days since we started. She doesn’t have the energy to do it alone. We hauled a big pickup load of junk to the dump ground by Bottineau yesterday. Darrel (Bud) Stokes works there and helped us unload it. He was so kind. He even sprayed the end gate so we could open it since it was so hard to open. I’d say that was going beyond the call of duty! He said he worked at Frykman’s Ford Garage for 26 years until it folded in February 1998. He got a job at the dump grounds but they let him finish seeding his crop so he didn’t start until June, 1998. He crushes the folded cardboard and makes bundles out it and takes it to Minot.
Message with story to Dick Johnson and Gary Stokes
from Larry Hackman (66): Bismarck, ND
Hello Dick & Gary;
We are finally getting some beautiful weather here in the Dakotas.
I hated to say that. We always worry about jinxing things up here in the North country.
I knocked on some wood.
That should help.
I hope this message finds you and your family well.
I’m still a little envious of you folks getting to eat June berry pie up yonder
in the hills. Are the June berries ready for picking yet?
Yes, Henry I did marry sisters. They can’t tell you any stories though.
They have been censored.
I hope that works for us.
About the picture, of that group of fellows. I think the guy sitting, second from the right is
Clarence Bye of Rugby, and the guy sitting to the right of him could be his brother.
I’m not sure, just my guess.
I hope you enjoy the attached story.
Have a good day,
I remember Dick writing a story about a young lady who only had one set of clothing.When she was ready to wash them, she had to wear something.So she took a burlap bag (potato sack) and cut holes for her head and arms and slipped it on over her body. People had little and had to make do.I bet she did not have to luffa sponge that evening, at bath time.
This story takes place back in the 1930’s and involves my father.In them days there were no TVs or radios, to entertain anyone.They had to find ways to do this on their own.One of the ways was to have a good old fashion barn dance.Usually someone was having one somewhere in the area on almost every Saturday night.I was told by my dad and by his brothers that my dad would not miss a dance.No, matter if it was 40 below zero with a 50 mile per hour wind, he was going to that dance come hell or high water.In fact that was one of dad’s favorite expressions, “come hell or high water”.Which meant he was going or doing, no matter what the consequences, if he couldn’t drive it, he was taking the horse, if the horse didn’t want to go, then he was walking?Hell, we know that horse was going wither he wanted to or not, even if he had to carry the horse, dad was more stubborn then any horse, and he knew after the dance that horse wouldn’t mind carrying him home.Horses always hated going places, but, when you got ready to head home, and after you got on the horse, and turned their nose toward home, and then you better hang on, because that horse was headed for the barn.You did not want to point the horse for home before you got on, or the horse might be headed for home and you still standing there.
No, Dad would not miss a chance of going to a dance and dancing.At this particular barn dance, dad was dancing with this pretty young lady, and as he swung her this way and that way to the lively tune being played, his eye kept going to the dark spot on the front of her well worn faded dress.It looked like someone had cleaned a wad of dark colored hair from a hair brush and somehow she had come in contact with it, and it had clung to the front of her dress.Now dad didn’t want to embarrass the young woman.After all, he liked her and liked dancing with her.So he thought that when the dance was over, rather than tell her about it, that he would accidently bump into her, grab that wad of hair that looked like a dark colored caterpillar crawling across the front of her dress, just a short distance below her waist, and throw it on the floor.The problem would be solved and no one would be the wiser. In his mind he had the problem solved. The dance ended.Dad made his move, bumping into the young lady, saying excuse me, grabbing the caterpillar.There was this loud scream.There was this loud pop.His cheek was burning.He had done an about face without intending to do an about face.He didn’t even remember moving his feet, but he knew he was facing the wrong direction.The young lady had slapped him.He turned back to apologize to the young lady.Why, she was nowhere in sight.She was gone?The guys around him were all laughing.The women had all turned away from him and holding their handkerchiefs up to their faces. They all carried handkerchiefs in them days.Their shoulders were bouncing like they were trying to contain themselves, but they were all laughing.Dad was beside himself, he had tried to do the right thing.He remembered grabbing that caterpillar, the caterpillar did not move.It was stuck fast to her.He thought!Apparently that was no caterpillar crawling across the front of her dress.That caterpillar was attached to her.That dress was so thin that her pubes had apparently found their way through the material.
I wandered if I should submit this story or not to you, Gary, for this blog.I kept thinking that it might hurt someone’s feelings.Then I thought that we are all grownups on this here blog, and we all have been around the block a few times.We have all been in embarrassing situations before.It’s the way we handle them that makes us what we are.Whatever that is?People just always say that.
Why not enjoy the story.Dad was a perfect gentleman.He never did reveal the young ladies name.I don’t think he ever danced with her again.I don’t remember ever asking him that question.I guess that’s purity much understood.Although I remember dad did tell this story on more than one occasion.Maybe he was just trying to make the point that people back in them days did not have closets full of clothes, and accessories to choose from, and that they had to make do with what they had.I bet that’s what he was trying to tell us?
Remember to try and laugh, because if you are laughing the rest of the world is laughing.
Elwood Fauske Celebrates his 90th Birthday this coming Saturday:
Elwood, I am dedicating today’s blog message entirely to you. I do not want to distract folks attention with any other postings. We, the Dunseith folks, need to salute you for all that you have been and have done for the community. You are one of the most gentle kind hearted soles on the face of this earth. You and Stubby raised a wonderful family too, one that you can most certainly be very proud of. It’s hard to believe that Brian, your youngest is 58 years old. How is it that we all get older, but you guys (You an Stubby) seem to stay the same?
Folks, For those of you in the area, please plan your day to at least stop by and wish Elwood a happy birthday this coming Saturday. They are having family introductions at 2:30. I am very positive that all six Siblings, Connie, Russell, Carrole, Beth, Arlinda & Brian will be present. Those names should bring back a lot of memories for a whole lot of you folks.
This is one event that I so wish I could attend. There’s just too much ocean between the Philippines and Bottineau for that to happen.
1252 Lake Rd
Bottineau, ND 58318
Previoiusly posted June 12th.
I would dearly love to be able to attend Elwood’s Birthday celebration, but unfortunately we are unable to attend. I congratulated him though, when we had dinner with them at Dale’s last month. Both Elwood and Eleanor look so nice. They for sure do not show their ages. They are like family to us.
The Country School reunion is being held the same day as Elwood’s Celebration of which many of you are signed up to attend. Looking at the time lines you can attend both. The Country School Reunion is being held at the Twin Oaks at the Lake. Registration & social time is until 6:30 PM with the Dinner being served from 6:30 to 8:00. I am very sure that Orvin Hagen will be attending both celebrations. He and the Fauske’s have remained good friends over the years.
Elwood, you are a Pillar & Icon to the Dunseith community and the whole area from the Turtle mountains to Bottineau and beyond. You have done so much for so many over the years. You were always there for my folks and our family in our growing up days, especially in the latter years when you farmed our home place. Dad spoke highly of and had the utmost respect for you. In his eyes you were the best farmer to have ever been on this universe. You had farm land all the way from your place north of us to the prairie. I remember well when you worked for the Rolette county Soil Conservation running their Cat. First it was a D-7, then they upgraded you to the D-8. You did a whole lot of brushing for us and a whole lot of others in the years that you worked for them. You are a saint in our eyes. Enjoy your celebration with family and friends of which you are most deserving of. It couldn’t be for a nicer kind hearted guy and Stubby too. We can not forget her. Gary
PS – I will make a special attempt to attend your Centennial in 10 years. Just for you I’d make the 9,000 mile journey across the Pacific from the Philippines to Bottineau. You can hold me to my word with this one.
United in Marriage in October 1942
Elwood & Eleanor Hiatt Fauske
Fauske family in about 1960:
Back: Carrole, Russell, Connie
Front: Eleanor, Arlinda, Beth, Brian & Elwood
Fauske family – November 2008:
L to R: Carrole, Brian, Connie, Eleanor, Elwood, Beth, Russell & Arlinda
Hannah Higgins Loeb (39):
Reply From Karen Loeb Mhyre (65): Bellevue, WA
Thank you for posting the picture of me as a baby and my mom, Hannah Higgins Loeb a few days ago with your story about the San. That was a photo I had not seen, but my sister Jane had seen it in an old box of photos. You know that my mom is dealing with terminal cancer at this time. Thank you for posting her photo with Katelyn, one of her great grandchildren (she has 4). She also has 7 grandchildren. Three are mine: Jill age 36, Andrew age 34 and Hannah, age 20 this month – same crazy parents!! Tom (age 54 – also the one born at the San in the big white house), Mom and Dad’s 4th child who lives in Saudi Arabia and his wife Brigitte, age 50, have 4: Jaimie age 6, Alex age 2 1/2 and twins: Georgette and Christian age 9 months!
Following a two week hospital stay June 2 – June 17) for surgery, with the help of our Hospice Care we have brought Mom home (June 17th) so we can care for her. She is resting comfortably now, although it has not been easy. She has been troubled by terrible itching and we have finally gotten it under control with some doses of prednisone and a change of pain medication to Morphine. She has her hospital bed in Jane’s family room, and we all can spend time with her and help each other take care of her. Mom is still eating very small meals and generally prefers comfort foods like oatmeal, bacon, fresh peaches, and almost any other fruit.
She has sporatic good days and enjoyed reading the Turtle Mountain Star and looking at family photo albums one day last week. She seems to be sleeping much of the time now for which we are grateful. Tom and his family visited last week and she was fairly alert and comfortable when they were here. Our daughter Jill and her husband and kids are here now, and we hope she has a good day for visiting before they head home to Ann Arbor on Wednesday. Our Andrew and his family and our youngest, Hannah Connelly are here in the area so that is easier for them to see their Gramma.
Thank you all of those who have sent email notes and cards. Mom loved our trip to the reunion 3 years ago and getting cards and greetings from so many of the families she became reaqquainted with has been wonderful. Thank you all so much.
I will let you know how things progress. It is a sad time for our family, but also a joyous one. Andrew and his wife, Jennifer gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Ashley Hannah Mhyre, on June 15th! Such is life and it’s journey.
Karen Loeb Mhyre
Reply from Mary Eurich Knutson (62): Dunseith, ND.
I’m still working on that picture that Keith sent. I took it down to Art Rude and asked him if he knew any of them. He didn’t. Could the one second from the right be Ingolf Medlang. I’m thinking these are people from the Willow Lake / Rhendahl Church area but I could be wrong. It seems like they should have been identified by now if they were. Halvor’s farm was right beside Ingolf M. if I remember correctly. I don’t remember anybody ever mentioning Halvor playing a fiddle. We need to talk to the right person at the right time and eventually somebody will have some answers.
Till next time. Take care. Mary K
Back: Olaf Pladson, Elmer Lindberg ?, ??, ??, ??
Front: ??, Halvor Johnson, ??, ??, ??
Reply from Keith Pladson (66): Stafford, VA
Reply to Mary Knutson Re: the photograph I earlier submitted. It is interesting that you identified the second from left in front as Halvor Johnson. After I sent the photo, I started looking at it again and had reached the same conclusion. After my Junior year and through much of my Senior year I worked for Carl and Shirley (Knutson) Melgard and remember stopping over at Emil’s place a few times with Carl. Halvor was living with Emil at the time so he was usually there when we stopped. Once I started looking more closely at the photo, I was pretty sure it was Halvor. Thanks, Mary, for confirming my memory of a long ago time. Do you know, by the way, whether Halvor ever played the violin?
Thanks, Gary for your help.
Back: Olaf Pladson, Elmer Lindburg ?, ??, ??, ??
Front: ??, Halvor Johnson, ??, ??, ??
Picture provided by Myra Henning Halvorson (72): Bottineau, ND
Many of you know Les Halvorson. He is from Wolford, but taught School for a few years in the 70’s in Dunseith. He is married to Myra Henning (72). Les has continued his teaching career and is currently teaching in the Newburg and I believe one other school district in Bottineau county. Les has been a Radio broadcaster for years too. You can hear him on the Bottineau station with the sports announcements and sports broadcasting among other announcing. He’s also an Auctioneer, so he is a man of many talents. Les and Myra live directly across the street from my brother Darrel (Bud) & Debby on Vera Street in Bottineau.
Les Halvorson, Gary Stokes & Bernadette Stokes
San Haven Replies:
From Susan Brew Roussin (59): Rolla, ND
To Bernice Belgarde
My parents met at San Haven. Mom (Jane Roberts Brew) had been a patient twice. Dad (Albert Roussin-my step Dad acturally) had been sent to San Haven after he contracted TB in the Armny. He later became an orderly there. Also my maternal grandmother, Kate (Gilman Roberts) Demo was a nurse’s aide at the San for many years. My sister Lorna and I made several trips from Dunseith to San Haven sometimes on foot, sometimes on the “Taxi). We have many memories and second hand stories of those days.
Reply from Sharon Longie Dana (73): MIssoula MT
Reply from Bob Leonard (51): Dunseith, ND
Gary: In response to Neola Garbe’s request of the name of the stone church. Dunseith Lodge No. 99 has owned this building since 1912, they purchased it from the Methodist Church congregation who started to build it, could not finish it. Believe it was started around 1902. Dunseith Lodge rented the church to the Dunseith United Methodist Church all those years, for a few years in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, the local Morman Church rented the basement for their activities. The church building has been known in the community as the United Methodist Church of Dunseith until 2009. Because of the dwindling church membership, the Methodist congregation started to hold services with Peace Lutheran Church in about 2003 and continue to this day. The Dunseith Lodge had the same membership problem and without the rent from the two churches, could no longer afford to support the building expenses. A decision was made to try to sell the building, and fortunately we found a buyer quickly. It was purchased by the local Church of God and assume that is the name of the building today.
Since about 2006, a new church organization was formed in our area consisting of Peace Lutheran and United Methodist of Dunseith, Valle Lutheran of Rolette and Willow Creek of Overly. The name of this organization is Mountain View Ministry. In 2009, we added another member from the Dunseith area, that being St. Sylvan Episcopal which is north of Dunseith. They hold services twice a month, plus has special services for holidays, deaths, baptisms, etc. Seems to be working fine, our minister preaches to the 3 churchs each Sunday, plus St. Sylans for their schedule. Has been working out very good, everyone seems to be happy, our minister is very busy, makes a lot of miles, came to us from Detroit, has been in New York City for many years, was born and raised in Boston area; so this is a new type of experienece for him.
Dunseith Lodge No. 99 Secretary
From Shelley Sime Fossen (86): Jamestown, ND
Hi Gary – the kids in the picture are 1. our son, Reid Fossen (grandson of Larry and Connie (Burcham) Sime of Dunseith as well as Odin and Marlys Fossen of Maddock ND. 2. Allie Smith of Jamestown (a former Sunday School student) who shows our horses at the local shows 3. Maria Susana (exchange student from Ecuador) whos favorite sport is mountain climbing, but she was afraid to go into the water with the horses :o) 4. Arielle the redhead is our current foster daughter. They all lead busy lives but it is fun to get together on occassion and have a ride. Three of the 4 are gearing up for the 4 day stay at the Stutsman County Fair in Jamestown which starts next Wed/Thurs and goes through the weekend. We stay because of the animals and caring for them properly at the fair means we stay with them. Along with a neighbor girl who comes from adjunct poverty so we paid for her NYC trip, we leave for a mission trip that same Saturday at 6:00 am to work in the soup kitchens and food pantries in New York City. So three days sleeping in our horse trailer and then 30 hours sleeping on a bus to New York City. I am thinking Ben Gay (vanishing scent!)!!! I am Shelley Sime Fossen – the daughter of Larry and Connie Sime. These pics were taken 11 miles south of Jamestown ND on our hobby farm.
6/28/2010 Cebu Philippines
Pictures from Bernadette’s Birthday Party