Gary/Bernadette Stokes’ 39th Wedding Anniversary
Message from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65): Belcourt, ND
Hi Gary and Bernadette,
I would like to wish you both a belated happy anniversary. For December 3rd. 39 years I believe.
God Bless you both
Thanks Ginger. You are right. We celebrated our 39th Wedding Anniversary on December 3rd. Next year will be our 40th.
Bernadette’s condition has taken a turn for the worse too. For the past month or so she just isn’t snapping back like she normally does. We don’t dare let her walk alone, even in the house, for fear she will lose her balance and fall. Her speech is really affected now too. The dementia is starting to take it’s affects now also.
Reply to Larry Hackman’s (66) Army Basic Training Photo
From Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND
Gary & Larry H. and Dunseith friends,
I worked with Ken Torgerson at Central School here in Bottineau for a time a few years back .
Kenn carried a warm smile and was jovial and kind. to the children and staff.
In his quiet way, he was always a patriotic and proud American Veteran!
May he rest in peace.
Message to Dick Johnson and Gary Stokes
From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
Because I’m moving to a different apartment, I’m looking through boxes and boxes of paper items: saving some/shredding some/throwing some. I found this postcard. I have no idea why I have it. As you can see, it was mailed to Miss Clara Johnson from G. A. I thought Scott Wagar might be interested in using it for his “Nostalgia” photo in the Courant. I’d appreciate any info you can tell me about this picture, which I’ll pass on to Scott.
My memory isn’t worth a hoot these days, so I don’t remember if I’ve heard you, Dick, are related to MISS Clara Johnson. Do either of you know who G. A. might have been?
Dick Johnson’s Reply
Neola and Gary,
Clara Johnson was my Grandma Myrtle Johnson Olson’s older sister and was married to Albert Berg, the parents of Alvin, Martin, Amanda, and Arla Berg. This is sure an interesting part of family and Ackworth Community history. I’ll attach a couple pictures of the Bergs from long ago.
Neola’s reply to Gary Stokes
You are right about who Clara was; Martin Berg’s mother. I know their farm was a little west of Sander Johnson’s grocery/milk store. I stayed with Martin/Alice when they lived on the “James Johnson Place”; sometimes we would go to Sander’s in the evening/get ice cream. Martin used to scare me by saying Sander might take out his glass eye. I wasn’t very old at this time–before Carol was born–so I wasn’t looking forward to this. LOL
Bakken Name associated with the Bottineau Area
Reply From Dale Pritchard (’63): Leesville, LA
As far as you know, is the “Bakken” name ssociated with the Bottineau area?
Also, I came across the following obituary while doing some genealogy research. I was looking for a Lois I. Roberts in Mississippi/Louisiana and Google gave me Lois Jean Roberts instead. Lois was probably a 1961 graduate of Bottineau High School and was apparently married the first time to a Leland Henderson with a second marriage to Jesse Bert Roberts. I don’t know where either marriage took place, whether in the Bottineau area, the Seattle area, or somewhere else. She apparently moved to Seattle when she was about 33 years old. Does any know her, or know of her?
LOIS JEAN (GESSNER) HENDERSON ROBERTS
23 Feb 1943 – 18 May 2014
Lois Jean Robert died peacefully in her home in Marysville, Washington on December 25th, 2014. She was born in Bottineau, North Dakota in 1943. She moved to the Seattle area in 1976. She was an amazing woman with an amazing laugh and love of life. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to Providence Hospice of Snohomish County. Lois is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Jesse Bert Roberts, her children Leland Henderson, Jerry Henderson, Lissa Knox and Pam Cope as well as her step children Dan Roberts and sherine Gardiner; her mother Carol Gessner, sister Lynn Gessner and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Bert would like to thank all the family and friends for the incredible support they provided over the last year. Services will be held at the Quil Ceda Creek Ward, 5212 7th Ave. NE in Marysville on January 10th at 1pm.
Published in The Seattle Times on Jan 4, 2015
Thanks, Dale Pritchard
Blog (657) posted on December 19, 2009
Posted on December 19, 2009