I hope all of you are coping as well as can be expected with this Coronavirus epidemic. From news reports, they have several vaccines on the horizon. Until they are developed and administered, we will continue to have social distancing.
Today is week four of our being quarantined and locked down. We still have a week and five days to go, it they don’t extend it. They have given one pass per family or household. Mirasol, our helper has a pass for us. I can take her in my car to get groceries, etc., but I am not allowed to get out of my car.
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Memories of Carlyle Nelson
From LeaRae Parrill Espe (’67): Bottineau, ND
Carlyle is a close, longtime friend of my family. He is the son of Abe and Mary (Evanstad) Nelson. Annie Evanstad Atherton and Mary were sisters.
The children on the picture taken by Rendahl are cousins.
Carlyle’s older sisters Loretta and Evelyn went to High School in Dunseith with mom’s sister, Marie Nelson Parrill and mom, Mildred Nelson Parrill. Country kids had to room in town. All four of the Nelson girls roomed together at Mrs. Bedard’s for one or two of the years. Talk about confusing– four Nelsons, two sets of sisters, not related.
Later, mom would take a teaching job down by Minot. She could catch a ride up the Willow Road as far as Abe’s. Carlyle would hitch up the horse and buggy and give her a ride a few miles back to her parents’ home East of the Willow Lake road. At the time Carlyle was 12 and mom was 19 and 20. They often talked about those rides and mom was so appreciative. Carlyle said he was happy to do it as he got out of milking cows on those occasions.
He would visit us often when I was a kid. Sometimes he would stay overnight at our place. He helped dad with different projects. Later dad farmed his land in the hills.
After he was married, he moved to California and worked as a heavy equipment operator. (I think he also drove heavy equipment building the Garrison Dam). His wife, Teresa Davis, worked for the??? park service Redwood Forest. We saw a picture of her in the huge tree that tourists drive through to enter the park.
Carlyle’s son passed away at an early age of leukemia. He is buried at Rendahl. His daughter, Dr. Melissa K. Nelson is a professor at the University of San Francisco.
Mom and I still keep in touch with some of his sisters. Carlyle will be missed.
“I Contain Multitudes”
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70): d Bottineau, ND
Gary and Friends of Dunseith Alumni,
It is Friday April 17, 2020.
What a time in History to be living through.
I was up and about well before 6:00 a.m. today on my way to the walking bridge on Oak Creek.
The bridge at mornings first light has gotten to be a special mindfulness time.
The running water sets into calming the spirit for the day
T’was about 26 above and Buie got somewhat chilled riding in his stroller,.
Arriving home, we tucked into quick early morning naps.
Whenever, I leave to go to school, I hide dog treats before I go out the door.
Buie is like a kid who once experienced something he likes, goes into “ready to repeat” attitude.
He absolutely loves ….”Hide and seek, trick & treat, run and look, look, look” command.”
Off to school, I went to gather my Friday “DISTANCE things stuff and return home.
This day warmed considerably but a mighty North Dakota wind is fixing to keep Buie’s stroller garage bound..
Whilst checking out noon news I was sidetracked.
I chose to listen, Bob Dylan, “I Contain Multitudes”.
Gobsmacked not country! But what an exquisite song!
I refuse to listen to anymore news today until ND Gov. Burgum @4:00 p.m.
(Facts just the facts)
My plan is another listen, “I Contain Multitudes”.
Keep safe and be North Dakota Smart Everyone.