09/20/2018 (2667)

Joy Peterson’s obituary:  February 12, 1927 – September 16, 2018
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND

Peterson, Joy (2667)


Joy Peterson, age 92 of Dunseith, died Sunday at a Rolette nursing home.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 10:00 am at the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith.  Burial will be at the Little Prairie Cemetery north of Dunseith.

Joy Peterson, a daughter of Edward LeMarchant (Lee) and Alice May (Striker) Stickland, was born on February 12, 1927 on the family farm in Willow Lake Township.  She attended school in the country and in Dunseith. On October 20, 1944 she married Maynard (Bill) Peterson at Little Prairie Lutheran Church.  They lived on the Peterson family farm and farmed with Bill’s parents until they were hailed out in 1955 and moved to Virginia, MN for work. They later returned to the farm and ran the operation until 1988 when they moved to town.  In October of 1994 they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the International Peace Garden celebrating with family and their many friends.  Bill passed away on August 31,2004 after 60 years of marriage.

Joy was very active in the community including the Farmer’s Union, the Turtle Mountain Homemakers serving many a meal at the Peace Garden, the American Legion Auxiliary, Little Prairie Lutheran Church and later Peace Lutheran Church.  She particularly enjoyed working at The Food Pantry, her quilting group at the church and meals at the Senior Center.  She loved her grandchildren who frequently stopped by her house to visit or sleep over. Joy was a wonderful baker and it wasn’t uncommon for guests to stop by and for her to go the freezer and bring out 3 different kinds of cookies, bars or cake. The coffee was always on. She loved working in her garden in the hills, her flower beds and feeding the numerous hummingbirds who visited her feeders.

Joy passed away on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at the Rolette Community Care Center.

She is survived by her daughter, Sharon (Bill) Harmsen of Bismarck, 3 sons, Robert (Monica) Peterson of Alexandria, MN, Larrett (Loyola) Peterson of Crosby and Scott (Leslie) Peterson of rural Dunseith; 8 grandchildren, Shayne Denise, Christopher, Ryan, Maxwell, Jeremy, Jacob, Justin and Kaycee; 5 great- grandchildren, Hannah Joy, Kole, Rhylee, Ricklyn and Rickayla; brother Leonard (Eleanor) Stickland of Mandan and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Delma, Robert, Ennis, Lois, Doris and Marion.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net


Philippine Typhoon (Hurricane)
Concern from Randy Kelly: (’69 – Former St. Paul mayor)  St Paul, MN


I have been following the hurricane and thinking of you folks. Are all of you ok?


Gary’s Reply,
Randy, We are OK.  We live in the Banana Belt of the Philippines. Most all of the storms pass to the north of us over the northern tip of our Island. In the 15 years we have lived here, we have never had any destructive storms hit our area. The closest they have passed is with the center of storm being 60 miles to the north. We will often times get some of the heavy rains and the lighter winds associate with the storms.  Manilla normally gets hammered pretty hard with the majority of storms that pass over the Philippines.


Arvilla Hobbs (Harvey diseased) Obituary (Metigoshe Store)
Posted by Doreen Larson Moran (Btno HS 1961): Spokane, WA


By sheer coincidence, today’s achieve posting from March 13, 2010, posted below, includes Harvey Hobbs Obituary along with pictures and memories of the Metigoshe Store.  

Arvilla (Wolf) Hobbs
MAY 22, 1939 ~ SEPTEMBER 4, 2018 (AGE 79)
Hobbs, Sevilla 2667


Arvilla Hobbs, 79, of Pick City, ND passed away September 4, 2018 at CHI St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck. Services will be held at 10:00 AM CDT on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Riverdale with Pastor VanVechten Crane officiating. Burial will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Dunseith, ND.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arvilla Erika (Wolf) Hobbs was born on May 22, 1939 in rural Ashley, McIntosh County, ND to Martha (Scheuffele) Wolf and Henry C. Wolf. She attended rural school for two years and graduated from Ashley High School. Arvilla was married to Harvey Hobbs on June 29, 1957. To this union two sons were born, Steven and Scott. Together, Arvilla and Harvey owned and operated Lake Metigoshe Store and Café. They later bought a farm near Lake Metigoshe. Arvilla worked at Benson Law Firm as a secretary and tax preparation personnel. In 1971, Arvilla and Harvey moved to Crosby, ND where she worked at Kress Swander Accounting. She became a partner and earned her insurance license to sell commercial, home, farm and crop insurances.

In 1994, Arvilla retired and they moved to Pick City where she worked with her son, Scott and family at Scott’s Bait and Tackle. She loved people and working among the public. Arvilla also loved the outdoors. She greatly enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening and walking, sometimes up to three miles a day.

Arvilla is survived by her sons, Steven (Yadireth) Hobbs of Portlaw, VA and Scott (Teresa) Hobbs of Pick City; four grandchildren, Juan Carlos (Tasha) Hobbs, Serina (Wyatt) Eisenbraun, Scott Hobbs, Jr., and Shawna Hobbs; five great-grandchildren, Loye Eisenbraun, Carlos Hobbs, Lilliana Hobbs, Isabella Hobbs and Jasmine Hobbs; one brother, Howard (Doris) Wolfe of Bismarck; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harvey; three sisters, Anna, Laura and Violet; and one brother, Harold.

Arrangements are conducted by Barbot Funeral Home, Beulah and Hazen.


Reply to Bill Hosmer’s Posting
From Travis Metcalfe (’76):  Mesa, AZ.

That is about the same saying as  “Never argue with a fool-someone listening may not know which is which”….



Blog (742) posted on March 13, 2010


Sunshine & Debbie Morinville (70):
Memories from Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND.

Greetings from Bottineau, For the past week or so its been a foggy gloom with some icy doom. But at 8:30 a.m. this Friday morning it became sunshine and blue skies here at the feet of the Turtle Mountains. Just a wonderful spring fresh air March morning!

At break time I left the school building for a wee bit. All of a sudden I was driving down the street singing and I mean SINGING! . I startled myself! “Whoee where did that come from?” The song was, “Sunshine on my shoulder makes me happy….. sunshine in my eyes can make me cry…..” Ah… What a glorious day. And poof.. my thoughts drifted away to Debbie (Morinville) Marmon wherever she may be. The year was 1970 and she could sing that song so sweetly, without accompaniment. I wish her sunshine wherever she is. Because today the memory of that song sung by her added to my sunshine. Vickie M. Thanks Gary

Thank you Vickie,

As we all know, Debbie Morinville Marmon is recovering from a stroke she had several years ago. Gary


Lagerquist family photo:
Provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.

Thank you Neola for sharing this beautiful photo. Rodney, Lyle, Ray & Dale all attended Ackworth before we were all sent to Dunseith. I remember this family very well down to Evon. Kim, Bruce and Carl were very young and/or came along after I left the area. As you can see, Evon is the only girl of nine siblings. Evon lives on the Robert/Dorothy Pritchard place 3/4 of a mile south of the Ackworth Cemetery. Leola, Rodney, Lyle and I believe one of the younger boys are living on the Lagerquist home place located 1 1/2 miles east and 1/2 mile south of the Ackworth Cemetery. Gary


Metigoshe Store: Picture posted by Jerry Olson (formerly from Souris, ND): Bremerton, WA.

Folks, I have a good story to tell you about how I met Jerry Olson. First off I will tell you he was born and raised in Souris, graduating from Souris in 1968. Jerry’s uncle was the owner of the John Deere implement dealership in Bottineau. His sister, Nadine Little, is well known in the Bottineau and surrounding community as the cake lady.

Now the story of how we met. Jerry has lived in Bremerton, WA for many years. We too lived in Bremerton for nearly 37 years. A good friend of mine who now lives in AZ sends out 6 forwards everyday to about 60 folks on his list. About 2 months ago one of his forwards was the picture of the deer on the snow mobile trail near Lake Metigoshe feeding on the grain that had been dumped there for them to eat. My friend really has no idea that I’m from ND. He had no idea where this picture was taken when he sent either. It had been forwarded to him as a joke that folks couldn’t use their snow mobiles because of the deer. I instantly recognized that photo from seeing it in the Bottineau Courant several years ago. I did a reply all to that message letting everyone know where this picture was taken with a bit of the history and geography of the area. The next day I got this reply from Jerry Olson who had gotten my reply forwarded to him. His comments were “Holy cow, I recognize that area”. He then said, “I think we have a lot in common” of which we do. His mother was a Dunderland from the hills. The Dunderland’s lived south of Lake Metigoshe. Jerry spent a lot of time at the Lutheran bible camp and church at Lake Metigoshe and also the Boy Scout camp in his youth. Jerry and I have never met face to face, but we have exchange a number of messages in the past several months. It’s a small world.

Jerry I have included you with today’s message. Thank you so much for sharing this photo. Gary

Folks, There were a lot of discussions about the Hobbs, the Metigoshe Store, etc back in January 2009. I have reposted several of those discussions below. Gary

Previously posted with message 347 on 1/22/2009:

Reply from Dick Johnson (68):

 Gary and Friends,

Harvey Hobbs and his wife, Viola (also his sister’s name) operated the Metigoshe Store. It was just south of the bridge and on the south side of the curve. We went there many times in the late 50s and early 60s, usually by boat from the cabin on the south lake. I remember how the store had lots of steps up the front and you first entered the lunch counter area. I had many sundaes at that little counter, while the folks got groceries and supplies. They handled nearly everything lake related. When the Hobbs’ left Lake Metigoshe, I think they moved to Crosby, ND. Last Memorial Day I walked around at all the cemeteries and at Riverside I saw the Hobbs grave where Harvey is buried. I believe he passed away in the last couple of years, if my memory serves me correctly. Thanks Gary!


Dick, I remember that store and park area well. I was thinking it was Harvey Hobbs that owned that and you have just confirmed what I thought. We frequented his store and park area with many picnic lunches over the years of my childhood. I remember the water cooled pop dispenser that they had. Orange was my favorite, but it wasn’t always that we had a nickel or a dime to put in the machine. I remember our good Friends, Oscar and Sylvia Bergan, being connected to the Hobbs’ in some way too. Maybe they were just good friends of Harvey & Viola. Gary


 Harvey Hobbs’ obituary & reply from Doreen Bailey: 


Just to clarify Harvey Allen Hobbs was full name of Harvey E. and Viola’s father. It was very common to use the Middle name in the years past. I believe one reason for it was that so often families repeated the first names from generation to generation to honor fathers and grandfathers, etc.. It makes for some confusion when doing genealogy. I attached the son Harvey’s obituary it gives a good outline of his life’s activities. Thanks Doreen Bailey


Previously posted with message 348 on 1/23/2009
Reply from Mona Dionne Johnson (48):

 Gar;y: Our cottage was not very far from the Metigoshe Store (Hobbs), perhaps a mile, and we went there often. If we were working on the boathouse or something and took a break, Chuck, Ross (our son) and I would go for a snack, and this is where we met Sylvia Bergan, as she worked for them and she baked the BEST frosted ginger cookies that I have ever tasted. Ross just loved them, and was raring to go when we said we were going to the store. Harvey & Arvilla were so well liked at the Lake and ran a good business, and would help you in any way they could. We missed them when they moved away. Mona Dionne Johnson, ’48

Mona, Now that you mention it, I do remember Sylvia Bergan working at the Hobbs store. Being good friends with Oscar & Sylvia, I think was the reason we were at the Hobbs store often. Sylvia also cooked for the Boy scouts camp at Lake Metigoshe for many years. She was well known for her baking and cooking abilities. Sylvia will be 97 this year. She is living at the long term care facility at Saint Andrews hospital in Bottineau. Sylvia and a lot of the older members of the Metigoshe Lutheran church Ladies Aid served lunch at both my parents funerals, Dad in 2000 and mom in 2004. It sure brought back some good memories seeing all those folks doing what I remember seeing them doing, many times, in my growing up days. Sylvia was an aunt to Clayton Bergan. Gary


Newspaper articles:
Posted byNeola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.

 Note: Myles Brooks Grandparents are Orville & Gloria Hagen. His mother is Kristy (Hagen) Brooks.

They live on the Former Elmer Lindberg farm located about a half mile into Bottineau county on

Highway 43 (Peace Garden Road).


This Reunion announcement was posted in the Bottineau Courant. I sent it to the Turtle Mountain Star

and the Turtle Mountain times as well. I’m hoping it was published this past week in those papers too?



Bill is Melvin Foss’ step-son. Don is a member of “Just Us”, a musical group from Bottineau.

Other members in this group are Tina Pladson and Dave Mettler.