Dunseith Visit: Wonderful Touching Message. Thank You Aggie for this.
From Aggie Casavant (’69): Fort Mill, SC
Went back home to Dakota for 3 weeks in March. My sister Yvonne and I traveled the state visiting family in Dickinson, Bismarck, Steele, Jamestown, Fargo, Rugby, Rolette, and Bottineau then headed up to the Dunseith and Rolette, area and spent 3 days with Mary Ann. Jeff had just left for Bemidji to help their son Victor with his sap-maple syrup season, so we had their whole new house to ourselves, staying up as late as we wanted, and doing whatever we wanted to or not wanted to whenever. What a lot of fun (not that it would of spoiled it if Jeff was there, it was just a fun “sista” thing we had going on there. The first night I met Rosemary LaCroix at Dale’s, and we visited for an hour or so. I found out that Dales is the place to go if you want to run into people you know. I saw Betty and Dean Pigeon(which I hadn’t seen in at least 40 years) I recognized Betty, but couldn’t put a name to the face til Rosemary told me, so we stopped by their table on the way out and chatted them up for a few minutes. Dean said he knew I was a Casavant cuz I look like my Mom. :)….What a compliment. While visiting with Rosemary, I kept noticing this lady and this guy sitting in the corner booth by the window. I couldn’t get a good look at her cuz the light from the window kept making her a silhouette, and I couldn’t make out who it was. As they got up to leave I saw her coming towards my table…..who was it, but none other than that pretty and seet Connie Halvorson, and her husband Jim Kester. We had a nice chat as you only can have with Connie, then went on our way. Later Mary Ann had Ricky and Denice Casavant over the first night, and WoW what a visit. I hadn’t seen them for at least 8 years. They never change and were a complete joy to visit with. The next day we met Donna Fugure at Dales to share a jumbo, and got some good visiting in.The jumbos are every bit as good as they always were….(like real beef) Our sister Lorette from Rugby met us there. Donna and Duane, and their kids have always and will forever be considered extended family to us, and such special neighbors, with a lot of sweet memories. After we got back to Mary Ann’s from having lunch with Donna, Pennie Kester Greinier came by and we had a great visit. Same Pennie in every way, sweet as can be, and good conversation and catching up. On our way outta the Rolette area, Mary Ann and I and Yvonne drove over to Bottineau to visit Yvonne’s sister-in-law Barb, then went by the Good Samaritan Nursing Home to visit Elwood and Mrs. Fauske. (Picture pasted below) When we first got there we didn’t think we were going to get to see them cuz Elwood was asleep in his chair and Mrs., Fauske was in bingo. we waited a half hour then asked one of the workers if they could take her out of bingo so we could visit. What a sweet moment when she came around the corner. She recognized us right away. We went down to the cafeteria and had coffee and visited like an hour and 15 minutes. When we got back to the room Elwood was awake, smiling just as sweet as ever, and the first thing he said was ” Is it time to eat yet? I want some ice cream….just smiling all the time. Makes me smile just thinking of it. As we said our good-byes just as I rounded the corner I stopped to look back just to see Mrs. Fauske doing the same. It made me tear up. What an unforgettable visit.
As we headed back to visit we went thru Willow City and drove around recognizing old landmarks and places from when we lived there as kids. After we got back to Bismarck we rested up a few days before attending our annual family Easter gathering at Seratoma Park in Bismarck. There were like 75 people in attendance. We had invited Donna Fugure, and her family to stop by if they had time, so her, Pam and Debbie came by while her daughter prepared the Easter supper. We all had such a great time
I returned back to South Carolina on the 31st with a wicked flu bug and slept for a week….but oh what a visit! It was priceless! Aggie 😉
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau, ND
Shatehya Lynn Azure
Born: August 04, 1997
Died: April 08, 2016
SHATEHYA LYNN AZURE
Shatehya Lynn Azure, age 18 of Dunseith, died on Friday, April 8, 2016 in a vehicle accident near Dunseith. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church of Dunseith. Burial will be in the St. Anthony’s Cemetery of rural Dunseith. A wake will be held on Wednesday beginning at 4:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. in the Eagle Heart Cultural Center also of Dunseith.
Blog (442) posted on April 30, 2009
early days Kelvin had a post office and was Kelvin, ND. There is another
town with a similar sounding name–Calvin, ND–but it is 60 miles east
and I would doubt there is any connection with the Olson-Bergan clan.
The Kelvin Lutheran Church is probably a misnomer for Little Prairie
Lutheran. I was told that in the very early days, when Kelvin Store was
one mile west of the current location, there was a church group who held
services at the store. They also buried a couple children near the
store, who were stillborn. There may have been other burials but none I
know of. The graves are in the corner of a pasture now owned by Ed
Walter, Jr., I believe. Jay Vanorny showed me the graves years ago. It
is right next to his pasture on the west side of Lyde Lake, one mile
west of the current Kelvin Bar. We have the burial records for Little
Prairie Cemetery and can look up names for you in most cases. If you
call me or email some of the names, I will check the plot map. Joan
Salmonson, our secretary/treasurer has the records also and can be
reached during the day at Northland Builders in Dunseith–701-244-5438.
I know that sinking feeling. I’m so sorry. You know though, that we can
forward all sorts of stuff back to you, so just ask and it shall be done!
Folks, I am recovering from my hard drive being wiped out. I pretty much had all my files backed up on CD’s, but it takes time to get everything back in order. I have all of these daily messages saved in Hotmail so they have not been lost. I lost a lot of pictures. I’m not sure just how many yet though. I lost a lot of my “Favorites” in internet explorer. Those are just a few of the niceties that are gone. It’s a real pain to regroup and get things all back in order. Thank you so much for all of your concerns. Gary