02/01/2017 (2487)

Folks, LeaRae Parrill asked me to post the following for their 50th Class reunion.

Class of 1967 50th year Reunion planned for Dunseith Days August 3-6, 2017
Posting from LeaRae Parrill Espe (’67):  Bottineau, ND

Hi Gary, I did get the dates for Dunseith Days which will be Aug 3-6, 2017.  Specific events have not been set, but it will run Thursday-Sunday.  Hopefully, all roads will lead to Dunseith for that weekend. The Class of 1967 will hold their 50th reunion that weekend also.  We will try to get together at least for a couple events and then try to join in on the Dunseith Days activities so we can see others as well. We would love to have any of our teachers come also.

The Class of 1967 has never had a specific reunion, just the all school reunions.  A few of us did plan our 40th which was the same as Dunseith’s 125th.  Jim Berube even bought t-shirts.  So this time we would like to invite everyone who has ever been in our class.  We don’t care if  you moved or did not graduate you are very welcome.  Patti Metcalfe Woods has agreed to make/take contacts through Facebook and I will try to get the emails updated.  Thank you Gary for supplying the names and emails. You have 60 individuals listed. We graduated 54 (I think) from 8th grade and 37 from high school. I believe 37 of us started first grade with my mother (Mildred Parrill) as our teacher.  Yes, she had all of us in one room. Then one after another the country schools closed and we added more. Also, Dunseith Day only went up to 6th grade so in 7th grade we had many new faces.

I will get an email out soon to those that Gary has provided.  Don’t hesitate to email me with ideas.  I think we will get together that Saturday August 5 and also probably August 4.  Please make your plans to be there! Those who live locally plan to meet to plan sometime soon. Let me know if you would like to help plan.

The Turtle Mountain Star covered the festivities in 2016 and it appears they have really elevated the schedule for a full weekend of family fun.  They had many events for kids, two community meals, tournaments like 3 on 3 basketball, of course a parade and more. I have been in contact with Nikki Acosta who is the owner of the former Marie’s, then Margaret’s Beauty Parlor.  Nikki was one of the event planners last year. She indicated they hoped to have a similar schedule this year.

It is so interesting to read the old entries from the past.  Today my uncle John Nelson’s obituary was listed as well as the picture at the Art Seim farm which included my aunt Jennie Nelson Metcalfe and my father in law Elmer Espe.  I wish more would write like they did before. Thanks, Vickie for your recent posts.

Thanks Gary for helping us out with the reunion and also for all you do to keep us connected, LeaRae


Blog (548) posted on September 12, 2009

Greg Grimme Passed Away: Message from
Gwen Grimme Eltz (68): Spokane, WA
Bill Grimme (65): Birmingham, AL.
Greg Grimme (Class of 1968), brother of Conley, Bill, and Gwen (Grimme) Eltz passed away suddenly in Katy, TX of an apparent heart attack last Sunday (September 6, 2009). A memorial service for Greg will be held in Dunseith with burial in Riverside Cemetery. Both Bill and and Gwen are on their way to Dunseith today to make arrangements for their brother’s burial.A complete obituary will be posted with more details, including the day and time of his funeral, in the next few days. Greg was the son of Carl and Kathleen (Fassett) Grimme.
Gwen & Bill, Our condolences are with both of you with the loss of Greg.
Gwen, We all know that Greg was your twin brother making an extra close bond between the two of you.
Bill, You were my class mate of 1965. In the past few years we have become very close and dear friends. You are in deed a true friend, one that I deeply admire and look up to.
We are so saddened to hear of the passing of Greg. We only wish we could be there with you guys at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you though.
Gary & Bernadette Stokes
PS – Bill I am posting your cell phone number.
Folks, I just called Bill on his Cell phone to make sure this is still a good number for him and it is. Bill is flying out in the morning to Grand Forks. From there he’ll be renting a car. He’ll be in Dunseith later in the day tomorrow.
Previously posted by Dick Johnson in message 500
Those in the pictures: John Bogus with the multi colored shirt, Rich
Campbell with the block of wood, Greg Grimme with the hat on, and Tim
Hill with the ‘ I think we made it ‘ look!
Lillian Amanda (Lindberg) Levorson
Lillian passed away on August 25, 2009 at the age of 93. She was born to Ben and Mary Lindberg, homesteaders from Norway, on Sept 6, 1915 in Bottineau, North Dakota. She had two brothers, Elmer and Roy, and four sisters, Alice, Clara, Sally and Mabel. Lillian moved to Tacoma and met and married Alvin Levorson in 1941. They had two children, Lois and Annette. Lillian was a warm and welcoming person whose door was always open. She was a born nurturer and mothered many children besides her own through being a foster mother, a sunday school teacher, a loving grandmother, aunt, mother-in-law, and loving friend to many. She enjoyed her flower garden and cooking meals to share with others. Her home was often the gathering place for holidays and celebrations. Lillian was predeceased by her parents, her brothers and sisters, her two daughters, and her husband of 65 years. She is survived by her son-in-law, Dan Macomber, and her two grandsons, Allen and Ben Macomber, and many other relatives. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009 at 7 p.m. at United Lutheran Church, 1231 South 76th Street, Tacoma, 98408. Donations may be made to the church.
Pub Date: 8/29/2009
Phyllis McKay an all of the Lindberg/McKay families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time with the passing of Lillian. Lillian was a dear childhood friend of my Dads. They were only 10 days apart in age and were born an raised in the same community up in the hills. Lillian’s name was mentioned often with the many childhood stories of my dad.
Phyllis, You too are another class mate that we have become close friends with in the past several years. You too are indeed a true friend.
Gary & Bernadette Stokes