Blog (402) posted on March 19, 2009
Posted on March 19, 2009
Blog (402) posted on March 19, 2009
Posted on March 19, 2009
Condolences to the Pladson Family
From Dale Pritchard (’63): Leesville, LA.
Our condolences are to the Pladson family. My wife and I are in Miami, FL this week and missed the first posting. Linda baby-sat a couple times for us in the late 70s when we were back to ND. I had not seen her since then so that is the way I remember her. Linda was a very fun loving person who will be greatly missed.
Reply from Aggie Casavant (’69): Fort Mill, SC
Hi Gary, As much as I appreciate, and enjoy, and have enjoyed the Dunseith blog you created, I for one totally understands you reaching the burnout point, to some degree. I don’t fully understand all what goes into it, but it sounds like quite an undertaking. With Bernadette being sick and all I know you must have alot on you on a daily baisis, no matter how much help you have. I personally feel if you wanted to cut back to a once a week post or every other week that people would understand. Like the Turtle Mountain Star only goes out once a week…..(I think???) at least I know it use to…. :). You have to do what works best for you Gary…. as we all know, nothing stays the same forever. I just want you to know you got my 100% support what ever you choose to do, God Bless you for your faithfulness this far with keeping the blog going for as long as you have. I will keep both you and Bernadette in my prayers, and that you find a peace with any changes that you feel you need to make with the blog. Take Care, and God Bless. Aggie
Thanks Aggie, Gary
Dinner last night at the Cebu Tops overlooking Cebu City.
Bernadette was a bit better last night so she was able to go with us for dinner at the tops. Very nice view of Cebu up there too.
Today we are going to the New Seaside mall with Bernie and Lorelie. Bernadette will be in her wheelchair. She can’t walk long distances or be on her feet very long. The new Seaside Mall is one of the largest in the world. I think maybe the 3rd or 4th largest. We will check it out today. It is located about 10 miles from our house. Within a span of 5 miles we have 3 very large modern malls.
Blog (401) posted on March 18, 2009
Posted on March 18, 2009
Reply from Bill Hosmer (’48): Tucson, AZ
Gary, I would like to thank you and congratulate you for the loyalty
and care you have managed to keep us North Dakota folks in touch
with one another. The historical significance of the re-plays of some
of the posts is beyond imagination. Reading words of terrific people
no longer with us as well as current dialogues from people all across
the country has become a big part of my daily routine.
You created something of value that at first,nine years ago, seemed
novel and original in every way. Now, for some of us it has become
a NEED to get our Hills and Prairie “fix”. When Bernadette is having
a bad health time and you need to focus on her needs, that is completely
understandable and I believe we all feel compassion for her when those
Personally, I’m glad I had the opportunity to meet you and your bride
when you were home for a visit. I’m proud to be a part of the community
of us who started life, or continued it, or lost it in that special place.
God Bless Gary and Bernadette Stokes and Happy Holidays to all
of you fellow Dakotans. Bill Hosmer
Thanks Bill for the kind words. Gary
Condolences to the Pladson Family
From Lynn Halvorson Otto (’75): Boonton, NJ
I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the Pladson family and the Ash family upon hearing of Linda’s passing. May God give you some peace in your hearts.
Lynn Halvorson Otto
Linda Pladson Ash Killed in a Car Accident
Obituary posted by Keith Pladason (’66): Roanoke Rapids, NC
Linda Ann Ash passed away Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, in a car accident. She was 54 years of age.
Linda was born Sept. 3, 1961, in Bottineau, N.D., to Elden and Ella (Thompson) Pladson. She attended schools in Dunseith, N.D., and graduated from high school in Bottineau. She went on to attain an associate degree in forestry.
Linda moved to Lewiston in 1986 and worked as a social worker in the area for Community Action Partnership and Goodwill Industries. She loved her work helping her community.
She and Bill Ash were married on Oct. 3, 1999, and they were married 16 years until his passing in September of this year.
Linda enjoyed fishing, camping, snowmobiling, four-wheeling and anything having to do with the outdoors. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.
Linda is survived by her siblings, Florence Sime, Floyd Pladson, Keith Pladson, Dan Pladson, Fern Beaver, Tina Bullinger and Victor Pladson; stepsons Shane (Kasey) Ash and Brandon (Tiffany) Ash; children AJ (Crystal) Pladson and Nichole Pladson; as well as stepgrandchildren Wyatt, Wayne, Rhett and Kean Ash.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bill; and brothers Jerry, Clarence and David Pladson.
A memorial service will be held at 11 am. Wednesday at Malcom’s Brower-Wann Funeral Home. Any memorial donations may be made to AJ Pladson, 1515 23rd Ave., Apartment No. 9, Lewiston, ID 83501.
So so sorry to hear this Keith. Our condolences are with you and your families.
From Ron Longie (’65): Yakima, WA
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and may you all “LIVE LONG AND PROSPER” ————— Ronnie Longie
Posting from Lorraine Richard Nelson (’46): Mesa, AZ.
Oh what fun to read all the fun things that happened in Dunseith so many years ago. In answer to Gary Metcalfe’s email.. What memories!! I still sing a lot, whenever I get the chance. We always look forward to “Crazy Fingers” Gordie Lindquist’s arrival in January as he entertains here in the Valley for about three months, at the Senior Centers and Wayne and I are part of his program..We really enjoy singing with Gordie and folks love him as we do. Lorraine Richard Nelson…Our home is now in Arizona.. Payson (in the Mountains) and Mesa in the Summer.Merry Christmas and a Happy 2016 to all..
A present from Santa
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND
Gary and friends,
Yesterday, Christmas eve morning while I was out shoveling the sidewalk a blazer drove up.
A little boy about 6 jumped out and ran up to me. I had never seen him before. Nor the driver of the vehicle.
Leaning on my shovel, I said, ” Are you looking for someone.?
The boy said, “I am looking for you.”
He handed me a brown paper bag. Then, said,” Santa gave me this to give you.”
I replied, “You saw Santa”?
I said, ” Did he have along white beard and was he dressed in red?”
He grinned one tooth missing, saying, “YES.”
I replied….”Wow! that is so exciting! Thank You! If you see Santa again please tell him, Thank YOU and Merry Christmas.”
He nodded, saying “Merry Christmas,” ran back to the vehicle and which sped away.
I didn’t stay l puzzled at the child’s identity.
I am certain He was sent by Santa and that’s enough for me!
It was just the great beginning to a great HoliDay!
Vickie, Thor and Lochbuie
Christmas day eve party in Cebu
This picture was taken last night at a Christmas party we attended at one of our Cebu Expat friends. They had catered food for about a hundred of us. Bernadette was not well enough to go. Our son Bernie and his wife Lorelie were with me too.
Note: Dave Sandness in the picture is a cousin to Richard Sandness, Now disease. Richard worked at the First National for many years. I knew him as a loan officer.
Blog (400) posted on March 17, 2009
Posted on March 17, 2009
We are into Year nine.
We have just completed 8 years with this blog. We are now into year nine. In the past 8 years we have hashed over a lot of memories of which we plan to keep on doing for years to come too. My daily distribution is about 750 plus the posting of each of these blogs in our Dunseith Alumni Wed site. http://dunseith.net/
I will be honest there are days I feel guilty for not getting a blog posted, especially if I have missed several days. I am getting burned out posting one every day. The fun part is putting it together. The not so fun part is the distribution. I find if I miss a day or two, I am eager to get one posted.
I am no longer posting the “Happy Birthday” wishes either. It just took too much time to put all those together. That was one area I thought I could eliminate.
Starting Next week I will dedicate myself to posting a blog on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings my time. That will be Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Dunseith.
Linda Pladson Ash died in a car accident
Message from Keith Pladson (’66):Roanoke Rapids, NC
My youngest sister, Linda (Pladson) Ash was killed in a car accident on Wed, Dec 16th in Lewiston, ID. I am currently in Spokane, WA, in route to Lewiston. I’ll try to send you an obit soonest.
Such sad news Keith. She was only 54 years old too. Our condolence are with you and all of Linda’s family.
Reply to Ginger LaRocque Poitra’s posting
From Vickie Metcalf (’70): Bottineau, ND
Thank you for sharing your memorable childhood Christmas story.
I am WOW-ed, you actually saw Santa Claus!
I never got to see him in person.
Like you, I’ve always been a believer.
At school there is always a kid who asks, “Do you believe in Santa?”
….I say “Yes!”
Like you, I like the joys in life;
wise and wonderful things which come from within
the human heart.
Blog (399) posted on March 16, 2009
Posted on March 16, 2009
Lillian Thompson Cain Bergstrom (DHS class of 1936)
Posting from Ron Cain: Superior, Wi.
Thanks for posting a recent photo of Elaine Stokes and Corbin & Luella Pritchard. My mother -Lillian Thompson Cain Bergstrom-has some unidentified pictures and I can now put a name to the face.
She is doing well and in two months will hit the century mark. WHEW!
Thank Ron for this reply.
Your mother, to our knowledge, is the oldest living to have ever graduated from Dunseith High School.
Folks, Lillian’s mother was a Stokes, sister to my grandfather Frank Stokes. The Thompson farmstead was located in the Ackworth community about a mile east of the Fauske Farm or about a mile north and about a half mile east of the our farm, the Stokes farm.
Lillian was also a first cousin to the Pritchard’s, (Robert, Corbin, Winifred Eurich and Floyd Pritchard’s dad)
Advance happy birthday to Lillian too. Not often folks reaching a hundred still have s sound mind like Lillian. I understand she is a little hard hearing is all. Remarkable. Ron please keep us posted with your mother’s 100th birthday. We are most certainly interested.
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65): Belcourt, ND
I grew up in a small house in shanty town, of Dunseith. Our house WAS SMALL! We were a family of 7, one boy and 4 girls.
We were poor money wise. Our mother made our clothes including our coats for the most part. Our father worked different jobs, draying, driving truck for Evie, Ernie and George Gottbreth’s grandfather, he did what he had to do to feed his family. He later got a job on the railroad, working summers in the beginning, later working year round, retiring from the railroad.
Our mother began working at the Crystal Cafe as a cook, she always said that Rosie McCoy was a good cook, who taught her a lot. Working at the Crystal Cafe began because she wanted to buy Christmas gifts for us. She ended up working there for 9 years before going to work at San Haven for 27, she was a cleaning lady, she cleaned for Dr. Loeb and other people.
There were no doors for the two bedrooms so mama made curtains for doors.
One Christmas Eve when I was maybe 5, 6. After having eaten our supper the dishes were washed and put away, floor swept, the kitchen having been cleaned extra good we sat around for a while.
We were all told to go to bed and sleep or Santa won’t come, we couldn’t go to our usual places to sleep so we went to mom and dad’s bedroom knowing we would soon be awaken to open our gifts.
What kid could go to sleep with the excitement that Santa would soon be here. Knowing what we knew, my brother and I knelt on the bed peeking through the curtains which were opened a bit, just enough to see pretty good.
We could see the door leading outside. It opened! There stood dad, mom! And Santa! Carrying a sled!
The sled was my brothers, I got a black bear with a white face.
This was a memorable Christmas for me, I got to see Santa Claus!
I didn’t tell anyone I saw Santa until way later in life, and it was my kids I told it to.
Merry Christmas to all and to all I ask. Did you ever see jolly old Saint Nick? The real one!
Ginger (LaRocque) Poitra class of 1965 a most wonderful year!
Blog (398) posted on March 15, 2009
Alfred Satrang (37) passed away:
CLARENCE “ALFRED” SATRANG, 92, Rolette, died Friday in a Rugby hospital. Funeral Tuesday, 11 a.m., Valle Lutheran Church, Rolette. People may sign the register book Tuesday, 9 a.m. until the service, in the church. (Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake)
Reply from Jean Nicholas Miller (66): GLENDALE, AZ
This is the first time I have replied to any of your emails but I do read them all the time and enjoy them. They bring back so many memories of growing up. I now live in sunny Arizona (since 1985) and love it. Regarding the cheerleader picture, the one on the left is Joann Houle and the others are as stated and I think the right is Sharon Wheeler? Keep us the good work.
Jean Nicholas Miller (66)
Reply from Marg Longie Wilcox (56): Vancouver, Wa
Good morning gary,
from the rainy state of washington!!
In the mrs. Houle obituary it is mentioned of the Vandal’s.
When I first moved to Dunseith, we originally came from St. John, No.
There was a Vandal family (HER FIRST NAME WAS Lorraine) that lived
across the street from us, and later moved to Minot, nd.
They opened up a niteclub I believe it was called the ” sunlight” nite
club near the airforce base in Minot.
Boy I am sure having to rack my brain for this info LOL.
My mom may have some pic’s of them.
Reply from Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59): Everett, WA
Thank you for posting pictures and info of the Lillian Houle funeral. It was an honor to share a cup of tea with this warm and generous lady on a number of occasions when visiting in Bottineau. Lillian and my mom were born in the same year and had the experience of raising large families, many of which brave labors were managed alone. Her sparkle was a great tonic for my mom. I was forever stunned by her beautiful complection! Norman and Shirley would invite many of Lillians friends for Thanksgiving dinner; that meal was a gala event for Alma and we would get a full report in all corners of the USA. Great people/superior genes! My deepest sympathy and fond regard to the family of Lillian and Al Houle.I recall when Gary and Bobbie Houle opened their home to me when Bobbie and I were searching for genealogy threads. Bobbie and I spent hours and hours at the MN State Library. Excellent resources. On that occasion I found data that confirmed the Gaudet/Rousseau line of Evelyn Gaudet Gottbreht, concluding over 15 years of frustrating search. Quite a high if you suffer from genealogy mania. Glad to have this opportunity to praise Bobbie and Gary Houle.
Sharron Gottbreht Shen
Reply to yesterday’s message from Glen William’s (52): Missoula, MT
Referance to the Three Amigos photo from class of 1952
Gary….Thanks…You might note that the drawing was provided by Gary Woodford’s Son in Law….Gary was I think in the Class of ’56
1943: Corbin and Luella Woodward Pritchard with my mother Elaine Woodward Stokes.
My Mother and Luella Pritchard were sisters. This picture was taken when my dad was in the Army during WWII.
When our dad got drafted into the army, Luella went to stay with our mother on the Stokes farm in the Ackworth community. During this time Luella taught school at Acworth. It was there where she met their neighbor, Corbin Pritchard. Corbin and Luella were married in 1943. In 1944 Luella died, from TB, in San Haven. Corbin then met and married Doris smith the mother of their three children Bill, Cheryl and Keith. Since Corbin was my uncle, even if we are not blood related, Bill Cheryl and Keith are my cousins.
Corbin Pritchard was a real gentleman type guy too. He and Doris owned Pritchard’s shoe store in Bottineau for many years. With each of my trips back, each summer to the area, when Corbin would see me he’d always took the time to shake my hand and visit. Most often I’d see him in Tommy’s café.
Bill is a mirror image of his dad too and I am sure with his gentleman characteristics.
I saw Keith, very often, this past July at the Good Samaritan home in Bottineau when he was giving Physical Therapy to Eleanore Fauske and Angus Campbell. Keith, like his dad, is such a gentleman, super friendly and nice too. He is an excellent Physical Therapist too.
Blog (397) posted on March 14, 2009
Posted on March 14, 2009
Blog (397) posted on March 14, 2009
Happy birthday Ivy Eller Robert (’74)
Message from Ivy: Bottineau, ND
Today, December 12th, is my 60th Birthday. I know that there were many people in my class that had their Birthdays in December as well. I just don’t remember who was on what day…….all I know is I would like to say a GREAT BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY to everyone in the class of 74, who has their Birthdays this month.
It is so unbelievable to think that the people I graduated with have been around for 6 decades, WOW! (I hope we still have a few more to see before we are gone).
Just to sit & think about all the things that have happened & all of the thing that have been invented and manufactured since 1955 is mind blowing sometimes.
Well, I had planned to take a drive and explore the area for my Birthday, however it’s raining…………At lease I am not in the snow and cold of North Dakota. My sister Julie decided this year to winter in Southern New Mexico. We are in Alamogordo area. We just didn’t realize it’s 4000 feet up & not as warm as we would like it to be. Great area to explore, but I want warm, so we just might go back to Arizona, to the same place as we have been the last two winters.
Hope everyone has wonderful holidays & Grand New Year.
Ivy (Eller) Robert ’74
Reply to Dale Pritchard’s (63) question
From Rod Hiatt (’69): Bottineau, ND
In response to Dale’s question on the TV show, I believe it was the Pat Beardstail show he was talking about. I remember watching that all the time with my Grandpa John and old Mr. Abrahamson that lived just west of his house. Granddad always liked the girl that sang Little Bitty Tear let me Down.
Brings back the good memories of growing up in Dunseith
Reply to Dale Pritchard’s (63) question
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65): Belcourt, ND
I recall a show with local talent being broadcasted on one of our Minot stations. Although I don’t remember who performed. I remember another show with Pat Bearsdale or Bearstail. I’m thinking it was country and western music. Probably not local singers.
Ginger (LaRocque) Poitra
Blog (396) posted on March 14, 2009
Reply from Lloyd Awalt (44): Bottineau, ND
Reply from Lloyd Awalt. Hi Gary. had to answer Paulette’s) Roy Anderson. Roy Anderson was my uncle. At one time before he came to town he had a little farm in the hills. Roy was a cripple. He passed away quite awhile ago. He had alot of one liners. he stayed at our place when the folks would go for the weekend and watch the house. He was quite a guy . Lloyd Awalt.
Reply From Lynn Halvorson Otto (75): Seoul, Korea
Cebu City SM Mall
This picture was taken several days ago while we were shopping in the Mall. We ran into Dimple, the girl on my left, so we took a picture. She is a former girlfriend of Bernadette’s nephew.
Mirasol Novie Gary/Bernadette Dimple
Reply from Dale Pritchard (’63): Leesville, LA
All the “posts” about music lately reminded me of a TV program in the late 50s – early 60s. There was a TV channel out of Minot that invited musically talented folks to be on TV live and play some of their music and sing if they were so inclined. One of the best on the program was a guy from Belcourt, I think. There was also a father and his 10 year old (?) son from somewhere around Minot who were really good. The father played a double-necked guitar and his son had a regular guitar. Does anyone remember anything about this program? I think it was on a Saturday or Sunday.
Blog (395) posted on March 13, 2009
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Blog (393) posted on March 11, 2009
Posted on March 11, 2009
Condolences to the Houle family from Bev Morinville Azure (72):Dunseith, ND
To the Houle family . Our condolences in the loss of your Mother, Grandmother and Great grandmother. Clarence and Bev (Morinville) Azure
Reply from Marge Landsverk Fish (57): Horicon, WI
I am writing in response to Erling’s letter which was such a tribute to N.D.
I wanted to tell you that he is talented in many ways.
He is blind but uses the computer. That must be very interesting to know how he does that.
He plays guitar by ear very well. He is invited to preform at the state capitol every year and other places.
He has written a small book about his growing up in the Turtle Mountains which is very good. I have a copy which is being passed around to my kids. It even has a picture of my dad in it with me when I was a baby.
I felt like blowing his horn for him as he is my 1st. cousin. His dad Gunder and my dad Knute were brothers.
I live about 40 miles from him . I live in Horicon Wi. and he and Joanne live in Portage.
Reply from Tom Hagen (51): Mesa, AZ, Williston, ND & Allegany, NY
Hi, Gary, just wanted to add my “RIGHT ON’ to Erling Landsverk’s
Tom Hagen, (51)
Reply from Bill Grimme (65): Birmingham, AL
I might as well put in my comments on the ND video. I didn’t send it to promote dialogue or provoke any controversy, although, I guess the video did that by itself. Thanks for the comments in today’s posting, Gary, but, I think you are stretching it with “brilliant”. I sent the video because I thought it was funny and it had some good pictures of snow. But, when I watched it before I sent it, I set up the context in my mind that this was a Michael Moore effort and I knew that it would be humor without any accuracy or truth, like nearly all of Moore’s efforts, academy awards notwithstanding. (Although, I guess it didn’t surprise me that ND might be the least visited state-it’s a long way for most folks. So, I kind of believed that.) This production used the same formula that most popular “documentaries” use – interview a bunch of people, pick the ones that either make the point or are stupidly funny, sometimes rearrange the questions and answers, and go into production. What surprises me is that people would even consent to be interviewed by Michael Moore and his crew, but, I also know that the interviews are often sometimes scheduled under false pretense. (Example: Borat) Someone mentioned Jay Leno’s on-the-street interviews. Does anyone really believe that all those people are that stupid (maybe some do because they are usually done in LA, although I know there are some very smart people in LA.) But, if someone puts a camera in your face and a microphone close to your mouth (and that someone is JAY LENO) and asks you a bunch of questions, there will be one or two where you go blank. Guess which response gets aired? (Usually the one where the eighth grade history teacher from Kansas, or Oregon, or Florida, or possibly even North Dakota can’t recognize a picture of George Washington.) So, now he or she gets to go home looking like a fool. Any recourse? Nope. You signed a release.
Even some of our “revered” news interviews are staged. CBS’ “Sixty Minutes” was notorious. Mike Wallace routinely filmed his questions after the “answers” were selected. I had an opportunity, about 20 years ago, where the company being interviewed also filmed all The Sixty Minutes interviews while the Sixty Minutes crew filmed. When Sixty Minutes aired, sure enough, answers were edited out of context, questions were reworded, and comments were aired stating contents of documents to suit the needs of the show. The interviewed company requested that CBS air a correction to show the true interviews. Guess what, there is no requirement to do anything of the sort. “If you want your side aired, buy some of our air time yourselves”. Of course, that air time will be at one in the morning right alongside the Veg-A-Matic ads.
There is an old adage that says, “Believe none of what you hear, half of what you read, and all of what you see.” I don’t think that is true today. You can’t believe half of what you see. Most of the “news” in our country is really not news-it is entertainment. I actually believe you can believe more of what you read in the papers than what you “see” on TV.
As they say down here – “That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!”
Reply from Colette Hosmer (64): Santa Fe, NM
YES! I’m sure any photos you have would be of interest to all of us. You did a great job of “uploading” the others, but in case you need a refresher …. our kids are a great resource for technical help, right?
And, in response to your request, my address is:
1558 Avenida de las Americas
Santa Fe, NM 87507
I would be very happy to receive any originals of the Hosmer clan that you might be tired of storing.
Request from Ardis Metcalfe Steggall:Coupeville, WA
I would like a copy of the Tickled Pink CD also.
Ardis, Please let us know if you are unable to down load the songs and place them on a CD from Bill Grimme’s WEB sight below. Gary
“Tickle Pink” WEB site posted by Bill Grimme (65): email@example.comBirmingham, AL
Mel Kuhn has graciously sent a copy of the “Tickle Pink” CD to me and I have posted the first 6 tracks. I plan to post 6 new ones each Monday until we get through the entire CD of 29 tracks. The quality of these tracks is amazing, considering they were made around 30 years ago and the original was taped on a one track portable cassette player (I believe it was done by a very talented sound technician from the Class of ’65.).
Some info we have on Tickle Pink:
Janice Metcalfe Poitra
Kathy Metcalfe (deceased)
Cheri Metcalfe Evans
Shelly Fulsebakke Albertson
Roberta Hagen Striker
According to the best sources, the band was named after a variety of Boone’s Farm called “Tickle Pink”. Boone’s Farm still makes some fine wine, although Tickle Pink has been retired.
To download and play the tracks, walk through the following:
Using your browser, navigate to http://webpages.charter.net/wgrimme/
You should see a page that looks like this:
If you place the mouse on a track and click the left button, the selection will play using Quicktime, but you will not download the track with this method. To download, place the mouse cursor on the track, click the right mouse button and you will see a pop-up menu. Select “Save Target as….” and you will be taken through the download process to put the track on your computer. From that point, you can play the track with about any music program, such as Windows Media Player, iTunes, etc.
Let me know if you have any trouble.
Kenny Nerpel, you did a fine job of recording these songs with what you had to work with 30 plus years ago. They actually turned out pretty good. These gals are good.
Bill Grimme, you are a genius with your abilities to be able to provide this to us. Gary
Irina and I did a little whale watching in Monterey, CA, last month. Reviewing this picture got me thinking about the Alaska Cruise. Hope we get this close to a whale up there. I plan to turn around and look at it next time I get a chance. Note: Picture SLIGHTLY edited, but, not too much.
Reply/Letter from Blanche Wicks Schley (42): Grand Forks, ND
After reading today’s Dunseith Alumni news, I received this e-mail. The subject: “About North Dakota” is very much in keeping with the letter written to the National geographic. I remember when my brother, Henry, was in service he often mentioned that so many people did not realize that North Dakota was really a state of the USA. I enjoy your daily e-mails. I do hope that you all have a very enjoyable reunion on your cruise to Alaska.
Letter to the editor: People of N.D.
The Jamestown Sun – 02/07/2009
The other day I ran across a news article on the Internet about North Dakota ‘s $1 billion state budget surplus. Sitting in my home state of Michigan ,wondered, “What are North Dakotans doing that we aren’t?” Of course, there are many practical answers to that question, including your energy and agricultural revenues. But I settled on a more emotional answer – and the answer lies with the people of North Dakota themselves.
Thirty-eight years ago, I was a young airman stationed at Minot Air Force Base. In the 14 months that I was assigned there, I grew to know and love the people of North Dakota . In a time when those in the military were not shown appreciation in other parts of America , North Dakotans took a different stance – they treated us with respect and appreciation. I’ve always remembered that, and to this day I have a warm place in my heart for the people of North Dakota .
But it goes deeper than that. In my time at Minot , I grew to understand how proud and how hard working the people of North Dakota are. Perhaps it’s the love of the land, the harshness of the winters or the spirit than binds people of the Plains together. Whatever it is, you North Dakotans are a breed apart. I’m just glad I had a chance to live there so many years ago and become acquainted with the people.
Yes, all of us in America face grave challenges in the days ahead. I understand that despite your budget surplus, North Dakotans face the same uncertainties as the rest of the country. Education, job growth, health care and infrastructure needs are concerns for all of us. Yet, I believe that if the rest of the nation had the same resolve, spirit and work ethic of North Dakotans , we would not fear the future, but embrace its possibilities.
May the people of North Dakota continue to show the way for the rest of the United States . Perhaps, someday soon, we’ll take notice and follow your lead.
Folks, I seldom, if ever, post jokes with these daily blogs, but I’m making an exception for this one sent to me from
Mike & Sandra Zeiler (62) Vandal: Elk River, MN
Phones in Church
He saw a golden telephone on the vestibule wall
Finally, he arrived in North Dakota. Upon entering
Fascinated, he asked to talk to the pastor.
The pastor, smiling benignly, replied, “Son,
A couple of photos from Dewy Morinville’s (72) Face Book pa
Blog (392) posted on March 10, 2009
Posted on March 10, 2009
Reply from Alan Boguslawski (’65): Vancouver, WA.
Happy Anniversary Gary and Bernadette!! I admire you!
Thank you Alan,
It is great hearing from you. I have often thought about you too. Now we know you are alive and assuming well too. I am assuming you are probably retired now, enjoying your Yacht. If possible, we’d love for you to sail to the Philippines too.
Rely from Ralph and Luella Boardman Bjornseth (’49): Bottineau, ND
Happy Anniversary! Great picture of you guys. Hope Bernadette is feeling better again now. Tell her HI from us.
Thanks Luella and Ralph.
Reply from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65): Belcourt, ND
Gary and Bernadette,
Beautiful bride and handsome groom, very nice picture. Happy Anniversary! Hope you two have a beautiful time at your anniversary dinner.
Reply from Bob Lykins (60’s DHS teacher): Hutto, TX
Happy Anniversary to you two. Enjoy your day together and may they be many, many more.
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From Elve Hill Fuchs: Bismarck, ND
Yes that is beautiful picture of Bernadette.
Posting from Aggie Casavant (’69): Fort Mill, SC
Hi Gary, It was interesting reading all the comments about North Dakota…… I think I might have shared this story a few years back, but I will share it again for the benifit of those who havent heard it, and feel a bit put off with the negative slights by whoever. A few years back I went out to breakfast with a friend of mine at a popular restaurant (Shoney’s) near the Charlotte Motor Speedway on race week-end.I just happened to be wearing my white North Dakota Centennial jacket. Shoney’s was packed the waiting line was long, but race fans are 99.9 country folks, so the wait was friendly and interesting. Our name was finally called and as we worked our way through the crowd to our seat, I heard someone holler out, “Hey North Dakota!!! as I turned to see who hollered, this truck driver waved and hollered, “I drive truck in that area, prettiest country you’ll ever see” I smiled and waved, and the people smiled back. Another time I was up in Gatlinburg Tennessee where me and friends would get together to go do New Years every year. Again I was wearing my North Dakota Centennial jacket, as we were walking down the street New Years Eve night. The traffic was bumper to bumper and moving slowly. Pretty soon a car went by with this guy hanging half way out the window and hollered as he waved “Hey North Dakota!!! The nicest people you could ever meet, I waved back and hollered “Yes we are!!! All at once everyone one around me wanted to claim me with a Whoo!!! Whoo!!!……. So with that bit of a holiday story, I would like to take the time to thank you Gary for the blog, and to wish you and Bernadette, and all the Dunseith bloggers a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Years with every thing “Good” that the Lord can bless you all with this Holiday Season. Aggie 😉
Blog (391) posted on March 9, 2009
Posted on March 9, 2009
Gary and Bernadette Stokes’ 37th Wedding Anniversary
Today is our 37th Wedding Anniversary. Bernadette wanted to go to the new mall today that open last week. Of course if we went there Novie and Mirasol would have to go along to assist Bernadette. Anyway the girls talked their Tita (aunt) Bernadette into going to the new mall tomorrow instead. They told her that just the two of us should go out for a special dinner this evening. She listened to them too, but not me. She wants to go Maya’s for a Mexican dinner, so that is where we are going.
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From Dewey Morinville (’72): Dunseith, ND
Gary the man sitting next to dad (Joe Morinville is Oscar Hagen. He married our cousin myrtle daughter Emmy
Oscar was a brother to Orville and Clifford Hagen. John and Agnes Hagen were their parents. They live 1.5 miles south of us and a half mile west. From the time I can remember back too Oscar had already left home, so I never knew him. He sure looks like a Hagen though. Oscar is on our distribution too. Not sure if he is reading them though.
Blog (390) posted on March 8, 2009
Posted on March 8, 2009
Betty Ann Hackman Schmidt, 65, retired from Bank of America and previously AT&T was greeted in heaven on Sunday, November 22, 2015.
Betty was born on March 22, 1950 in Rolette, ND She was the fifth of eight children born to Clarence Hackman of Dunseith, ND and Marian Kraft Hackman, Rugby ND.
On May 23, 1969, she married Gordon Schmidt at the Little Flower Catholic Church, Rugby ND and went on to raise their four children while living in Devils Lake, ND.
In 1986, the family relocated to Arizona, which she has called home ever since.
She will be truly missed by her husband, Gordon Schmidt; her four children, Pamela Schmidt Kosh, Penny Schmidt Prespentt, Gordon Schmidt Jr. and wife Melanie and Keri Schmidt; her grandchildren, Jacob and Nicole Kosh, Marcus Prespentt, Zachary and Aurora Schmidt and four legged grand-baby, Cheba.
She is also survived by her brothers, Anton, Henry, Larry and Lanny; sisters, Clarice, Rosie and Jeanne.
She was preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Marian Hackman; her in-laws, Phillip and Leona Schmidt, Rugby.
A celebration of her life will be held in the summer of 2016 in North Dakota
Blog (389) posted on March 7, 2009
Posted on March 7, 2009
Folks, I’m a bit later than normal getting today’s message out. We had a few errands to run today in conjunction with getting our plane ticket’s to go back to the states in July. July is a high season travel month from the states to the PI, so the rates are about 1.5 times higher than off peak seasons. Our travel agent here in Cebu beat any price I could find on the internet by $60. Our round trip ticket’s cost $1,290 each from Manila to Seattle. Better rates can be found departing from the states to the PI, than from the PI to the states. We are flying on Northwest airlines and will be arriving in Seattle on July 23rd at 8:55 AM. The flight time is 15:45 hours, but with the time change we will be arriving in Seattle 45 minutes later than when we left the Philippines. We will be staying at the Ramada Inn at SeaTac on July 23/24. Gary
Question from Esther Murray Fleming (65): Flint, MI
Just a note, I was just thinking about a family that used to live in Dunseith. Does anyone remember the Orville Sutton family and whatever happened to them. I know there was Gail, the twins, Janet and Janice and I think few other ones in the family and I can’t remember there names. Does anyone possibly know what happened to any of them? Give my best to Bernadette and also you. You know that, Have a good day.
Reply from Alan Poitra (76): Bloomington, MN
Hi Gary, I do believe we have some CD’s left or if the need be I can get some more made. By all means let me know and I will see what I can do! Thanks! I will attach a song that was on the album and written by my dad.
Alan, I listened to the song you attached to the message you sent me that was written by you Dad. It’s beautiful! It’s a crystal clear recording, very professionally done. The file size is a bit large to be attaching to one of these daily messages, but for those that like, they can request a copy from either you or me. We may be able to get Bill Grimme to post some of these songs too. You’ve got some beautiful music there that will for sure bring back memories to many. Gary
Reply from Sharon Longie Dana (73): Mssoula, MT
Great article about Frank Poitra. Growing up thats who I remember hearing at weddings and dances. The younger boys would say they would play when the old guys got tired.
So When Frank and sons were done then grandsons would play, Rod and Ronnie Poitra and don’t remember who else played with them, can someone enlighten me???They were all very good, and we always had a great time.
Looking forward to hearing Tickled Pink music too.
Sharon Longie Dana(73)
Radiation treatment update from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau ND
Thanks for all the prayers that have been said on my behalf; they are working. I have now had three radiation treatments, only 33 left! Ha! I’ll have treatments 5 days a week, except for holidays, or if for some reason, I can’t make it. I should be finished about April 22, or so.
As those of you who have experienced radiation treatments know, there is no pain with the actual treatment. To have my breast positioned exactly correct, my body is in a position I don’t usually use–arm stretched above my head/body lying so my back is in a kind of twisted position. On “planning day”, a cast was made of how my body would be positioned for treatments, and many marks were drawn on the upper right portion of my body. That day, my fingers went numb first, and later my hand/arm started to go numb. I was such a wimp! I felt like a new recruit in boot camp! Ha! The next day was better, as it didn’t take nearly as long. Today, they didn’t need to take x-rays, so the treatment didn’t take as long as it did yesterday. It will all be fine.
I’m in Bottineau tonight (After my treatment today, I came directly to Bottineau.). I’ll be here until Sunday (later in the day), or until Monday about noon. My appoints are at 2:30, so IF I get my body out of bed and get going, getting to Minot by 2:30 shouldn’t be a big deal. Ha!
I’m going to visit my mom at Good Samaritan tomorrow, and on Sunday, I’m planning to attend the music event at the Senior Center her in Bottineau. Highway 43 (Bottineau Group) and musicians from Frozen Fingers organization in Minot, are performing at 2:00. It’s open to everyone, so if you live “fairly close to Bottineau”, come to the program on Sunday and spend the day with many other friends who enjoy country/old-time music. Senior Citizens are serving lunch. I don’t know if it will be free-will donations; items marked individually, or how it will be handled.
All for now.
Reply to the ND video from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,
I was amused and yet disgusted by the video on traveling to North
Dakota! The TYPE of people asked, “Would you go to North Dakota” or
“Where would you least like to go?”, happen to be the TYPE we don’t have
here and I think it’s great that we don’t! I watch the Weather Channel,
headquartered in NY City, and they think that Cleveland, Ohio is way out
in the midwest! It’s no wonder they have no concept of the midwest, when
the farthest west they seem to have dared travel is western
Pennsylvania! It is also good they don’t come out here in the
summer—we probably couldn’t get rid of them! The colder climate is
what has built a decent and hardy lot and has also kept us from becoming
like those who belittle us and our way of life! To the producers I say,
“Thanks for staying in NY!” In a more serious tone, thanks Bill and Gary!
Dick, I was thinking the same thing of the folks selected for interviews, when viewing that video. They did not select a true representation of the ND folks to be interviewed in this video. The John Doe’s selected did not appear to be very knowledgeable of the jobs they are holding. We know that’s not the case. Gary
Reply to the ND video from Lee (Leland) Stickland (64): Dickinson, ND
Nice to see and be reminded that YOU are funny, a researcher and the one to discover once-held secrets.
When we have some opportunity to get to other parts of the union or the world, we may be met with expressiions of dumfounedness (not certain that this is a word). When we try to tell people when we live, they occasionally think that we are pulling their leg.
During my experiment of/to drive an 18 wheeler about USA, I met some who had never heard of North Dakota. Some expressed serious conclusion that, given what is dis or mis infornation, no plans to visit ND were in the immediate offing.
I enjoyed the video and have sent a forward of to my son who lives in the San Diego area.
He lived in Dunseith from 9/75 to 2/77, from age 4 months so he did not truly ENJOY the vast quietness(es).
Pictures from Bev Morinville Azure (72): firstname.lastname@example.orgDunseith, ND
Gary, not sure if i am doing this right never did it before.The Joe Morinville family Bev on Joe’s lap , Deb , Toni ,Francis holding Duane this must have been 1954 . Deb , Toni and Bev Morinville…………Bob Hosmer
Bev, you did great! They came through just fine. Who is the guy with your dad in the first photo?
???? ???? & Joe Morinville
Joe Morinville family:
Deb, Toni and Bev Morinville