Dakota Drifters With Dick (’68) and Brenda Johnson.
Folks, I received this beautiful Album in the mail yesterday from Dick and Brenda Johnson.
Thank you Dick and Brenda for this wonderful Album. Dick, you have a wonderful voice. Very well done.
Beautiful Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Buck Owens and other recordings that I truly like.
From the music to the packaging, this is very professionally done. Wonderful wonderful wonderful.
Dick and Brenda, I know in the past you have forbid me posting your music telling me this is not the place to be doing that. For all that you have contributed to this blog to keep it going all these years and for all the community services you guys do for absolutely nothing entertaining at various places, this is the least I can do.
Folks can get in touch with you directly, email address above, for a copy of this album of which I strongly suggest they do. With the price label on the back, I am assuming this album may be available in the local stores too?
Reply from LeaRae Parrill Espe (’67): Bottineau, ND
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
Beargrease Marathon Race
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND
It is snowy here and growing colder again moving to the below zero’s
Buie needed a coat to go out.
That got me thinking about dogs who don’t need coats, just foot protection.
My last year working in MT, I learned things from a 6th grader who just had moved from MN. We had a class discussion on family ‘roots’. He told the class, “He was 100% Scandinavian….Norwegian.” The next day, proudly he came in and happily shared with the 6th grade class. A family discussion the night before, he discovered, some American Indian descent.
“He proudly said, I am descendent of John Beargrease!”
No one else had heard of Beargrease.
He shared about a famous dogsled marathon in MN.
My curiosity in HISTORY once again ran amok.
Now, I perk up reading about dogsled races because of one boy a slight build, tow headed 6th grade kid.
I follow the Beargrease Race every now and again, when there is snow.
A couple of years ago it was cancelled due to lack of snow.
I’ve also learned, a well-known MN historical personality ,
John Beargrease made significant contributions in Minnesota.
I am profoundly appreciative of knowledge I have received from students over the years.
The Beargrease Race is mushing along this week, because this year there is snow in MN!
Art Seim Farm: Lazy JS photo
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND
I remember hearing that whoever worked at the Seim farm through the years, carved their name into the wood in the milk house room in the barn. Dad said, “Autographs were numerous in the milk room and he enjoyed reading the names.”
Dad also told of helping Grandma Seim whenever she made homemade cheese. He though she started with cottage cheese then….? She wrapped it tightly with cheesecloth, told him to help her take it to a north hay field. Dad brought the buggy around and they drove to the hay field. She picked the haystack. Where she instructed dad to lift up a pile of musty hay. There she tucked the round cheese under to cure. I think it ended up being a big round of homemade cheddar, It was brought back to the farm house later in the fall.
Dad fondly remembered eating Grandma’s homemade cheese. He would mention that memory whenever mom made her homemade cottage cheese. I wish I would have thought to ask;
How critters like field mice, skunks and raccoon …or ‘BLECH! … snakes were prevented from stealing under the haystack and/or eating the cheese?
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND
Gary & Friends of Dunseith,
Treasures of the LAZY JS
Upon retirement, family friends, Art and Eva spent months wintering close to Margaret and Edwin.
When Eva passed away, Art decided to make the CA home more permanent.
I was working in MT at he time when I heard the news.
Art had sold the Dunseith home to Mr. and Mrs. Kuhn.
It was at that home close to St Louis Catholic Church, he and Eva lived in the summer months.
On a hot fall day, Art had his last Auction sale.
I arrived at the tail end of the sale.
Disappointed I missed out!
Art was sitting in a chair overlooking a trailer.
As I stepped over to greet Art noticing three items left on the auction trailer.
Blog (549) posted on September 14, 2009
Posted on September 14, 2009
Symathy to the Grimme & Lindberg families from
Richard (67) & Ele Dietrich (69) Slyter: Dunseith, ND.
Richard and I wish to express our most sincerely sympathy to the Grimme and Lindberg families. We both knew Greg in school and thought very highly of him. It’s just not right that people his age should pass so quickly through our lives. Our prayers are with you during this trying time.
Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.
Gary and Friends,
Thanks to Vickie for the correct story on the partnership–Big Three
I think Art Seim said his dad had the materials and the carpenters
The Mountain Home Telephone Company was taken over by Souris River
Dick, I remember the central office being called Berdella. I had no idea where the name came from. Now I do. I remember well when SRT replaced that old phone system too. A lot of the underground wire is buried in the middle of the county roads. For a very short time SRT had several parties on one line. That was short lived though. I remember Fauske’s and us sharing the same line. Our rings were different. I don’t remember for sure, but Pritchard’s may have been on our same line too. Gary
Reply from Gary Metcalfe (57): Forsyth, MO
Reply to Dick Johnson:
It has been a long time since I have had any thoughts about Albert Peterson. My dad used to talk about the Albert Peterson place. Dad and my brother, Jimmy, came back from Seattle in about 1945 and bached on what I thought was the Lude Peterson place, also where Carl Nelson lived near Lyde Lake. But, Dad referred to it as the Albert Peterson place.
When school was out and my mother arrived from Seattle with three more kids, Dad was very happy to have a cook. Just talked to my brother Jim in Arizona and he and Dad came back and lived in Albert Peterson’s house, along with little Martin Evans.. LeRoy and Hilda Strong were living in our house on the farm and had no where else to go. There had to be an addition built on before the rest of our family came from Seattle. Jimmy was not sure that Albert was related to Lude or Max Peterson. But he remembered him being a quiet, skinny old man that must have been living in Dunseith at that time.
That brings to mind another character that spent some time on the Sime farm. His name was Louie DuBois.. My mother would laugh until the tears ran every time they talked about Louie DuBois. Here was a Native American who could talk Norweigan better and with more humor than most Scandinavians. I remember Louie and Jack Hecla in Seattle when they went up in a tree and cut off some big limbs for my dad. Jack was a Finlander from Rolla, one of Lucky’s “colorful” pals. I remember my dad and Art Sime talking and laughing over fun memories of Louie and what a character he really was.
Reply from Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND.
Later that day, after school, I, driving… through the motions, to
I walked on to the front door of the store…finally feeling angry.
Thanks to your blog and Jeff Gottbreht’s aunt, today years later,
Earlier today, I went to the Family Bakery to have a bite before
On the way home from Minot I listened to Garrison Keiller make
Reply from Allen Richard (65): Midland, MI
To Margaret Seim Lawston—
The Anton Julseth you mention—Was he the same man who I believe became Rolette County Register of Deeds and served for several decades? If so I have a story to relate about him. He was a truly wonderful man that my dad referred to as “Mr. Julseth” all his life.
Pictures/message from Sandra Zeiler Vandal (62): Elk River, MN
Connie and Sandra before and after.
Minnie Mary and me, my first grade teacher.
Hi Gary, just got some pictures scaned with the help of my daughter!!! Was great seeing everyone before and during the cruise.
the picture of Connie and I at graduation—crying. Laughing is so much better! It was wonderful seeing my first grade teacher, and she reallly looks wonderful!!!
Wanted to add, our 19yr. old granddaughter, Vanessa Zachman, has joined the army, and with tears, fear, and pride will be seeing her off on Monday. Our granddaughter ,Kayla is getting married this month also. Different roads, equally challenging and rewarding. Gosh, really feeling old right now!!! more later, Sandy
Sandra Zeiler & Connie Fauske 1962
Connie Fauske Monte & Sandra Zeiler Vandal – July 24, 2009
Sandra Zeiler Vandal (62) & Minnie Mary Mckay Merrill (48) – July 24, 2009
Sandra Zeiler Vandal, Vanessa Zachman & Mike Vandal