Doyle Abrahamson (70) passed away:
Folks, As I’m putting this blog together I received a phone call from Jean Marie Abrahamson (65) letting me know that her brother Doyle died. I just called Cindy, Doyle’s wife. She was just notified several hours ago about his death. She said the close relatives have been notified so it is OK to post. Cindy said that Doyle was on a continuing education course in Florida. She said they found him in his hotel room in the bath tub with the water running. What a shock. I will post more later. Gary

Abrahamson Doyle 1950 S Moline Way Aurora, CO 80014 (303) 751-5137 doylegabrahamson@comcast.net
To Bill Hosmer,
From Wayne & Lori Richard (46) Nelson: Mesa, AZ
To Bill Hosmer..We are so sad for you Bill and your wonderful family.. Just know that Pat was the kind of person one nevers forgets. She will always remind us of the “fun times” we shared with the both of you and our Dunseith friends, playing poker, bridge parties, songs together sung, all at wonderful Lake Metigoshe..Love You Bill, our friend….Wayne and Lori
Reply from Janet Hosmer Cobb (60): Wilsonville, OR
To Bill Grimme

I love the Beattles and I love you! Thank you Thank you Thank you!!
South American Horse journey update:
From Trish Larson Wild (73): FORT COLLINS, CO
Hi Gary and All.
I’m leaving Salida today – halfway on the Colorado Trail to Denver! I’ve had a wonderful week here resting and rejuevenating with friends in the Poncha Springs area – a beautiful place surrounded by 14,000 foot peaks.
I expect to be able to finish my 500 mile ride in about 2-3 weeks. This adventure has been full of wonderful experiences – way better than I ever anticipated. I have refined a lot of gear and systems, and we’re in the mode now with sort of a routine nailed down.
All my horses and my dog are doing very well, and I’m looking forward to the second half of my journey back to Denver. My friend Sue Applegate here in Poncha Springs bought me a “spot” device, which tracks my route so friends and family can log on and see exactly where I am along the trail, within 10 minutes. It’s got a safety button I can press if I get in trouble – anywhere in the world. Pretty cool technology. Eventually I will have a link to this info on my website.
Anyhow, thought I’d send you all an update before I head out again today. For anyone who’s interested in more info and photos – check out my website and blog at www.equinenomad.com.
Happy trails!
PS I just realized I could paste this link to the spot page if anyone wants to see where I am:
Memories of Alma (Dale) Gottbreht and folks gone by:
From Evie Gottbreht Pilkington (65): Irvine, CA

Hi Gary,

August is a month that is always filled with high emotion for me. My Mom passed five years ago on August 15th 2005 and my Dad passed 49 years ago today, August 29, 1961.

I would like to thank Gary Metcalfe for his kind words about my family …especially about my Dad and I so agree with him about the good, kind and very strong women who shaped so many lives in the Turtle Mountains…..I could mention dozens but I know that my Mom, my Auntie Cora Mongeon, my Godmother Janet Evans, Ella Metcalfe, Hanna Loeb, the Hosmer women (Lee, Inez and Jess), the women who cooked in our café Stella Schmietz, Charlotte Boguslawski, Eleanor Fauske (many more) shaped my life and I am sure countless more in our small community.

I think many of us would like to say “thank you” to these woman who made a great impact on our lives and dared us to be different. They brightened our lives, taught us about faith, prayer, compassion, loving each other and our neighbors – and especially for guiding our families with the help of our Lord.

I am going to share a part of my mother’s eulogy…the words were for my precious my mother who worked so hard for our family for so long by herself, she was a widow for 44 years, I think the words are simple but describe all the strong women in my life who either left a legacy of faithfulness for love of God, family and friends or will leave such a legacy.

Words written for part of Alma Gottbreht Eulogy – August 2005

Good example is a great gift you give others; it is the way she taught and the way she lived.

We all loved our mother in many different ways; but one thing was the same for all of us and that is we were proud to be a part of the sometimes hard, simple and devout life she lived. We thank God for the life of our mother and know that not even death can separate us, we have many wonderful memories and they will bless our days.

Mom’s proudest days were when she was working the hardest…raising eight children or being Daddy’s partner at Dales. Mom always said her talents were in simple tasks and service for others, but she often did feel proud of the achievements of her children or one of her 34 grandchildren. She lived her life and modeled her Christian virtue so that something of value would pass to her children and grandchildren.

She knew working together works…. She was the first to forgive and the last to complain, injuries or imagined injuries were best and soon forgiven and forgotten. She set an incredible example of love for sisters and brothers, she loved her own family so much and frequently shared stories of her parents and siblings and the hard but happy life they all cherished growing up on their farm.

Mother didn’t have an easy life and she never chose the easy way of life. Looking back we can see that she chose to like the things she had to do. Mom was never afraid of hard work, she was proud of the opportunities she had to work hard and make it an offering to the Lord.

Mother was a wonderful cook and many memories are shared around holiday meals and midnight suppers. Growing up we always had Sunday dinners often shared with Aunts, Uncles, and cousins. If you were sick, she sent her love by baking you bread or making you soup, in her younger days she was tireless in serving friends in need and had a big heart for people with mental challenges, she made them her friends and made a loving difference in their lives. Faith might inspire Christian effort but loving hands do the work and Mother had those loving hands.

Not only did mother give the example of how to work hard and be a follower of God but she gave the example of how to have fun sharing simple pleasures and would actually delight us with her sense of humor up to the very end.

Thank you Gary for letting me share this….as for my Dad….he died too young, he was only 45 but 49 years later we are all still proud to be a part of his life and legacy.

PS…Don’t want to forget those great men in Dunseith either…..Roland Mongeon is my Uncle, he is one of those great men and was like a father to me in lots of ways, I lived with him for 7 months in 1966 after Auntie Cora died and before I married. He is a great example of a life lived for the Lord, working hard and sharing your life and treasure with others….he will be 98 this week, I believe September 1st. Nora and Roland have now been married 40 years this month…..We all live such busy lives but Birthday greetings or Congratulations would be wonderful!

Forgive me for making this so long………

Letter of appreciation From Bill & Pat Hosmer. (Note) Pat Passed away several days ago
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Tim (69) & Tara (75) Martinson donate Cook Car to the Bottineau County Museum
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND
Hi Gary,
Thanks to LeaRae Parrill Espe (67) for asking me to scan/send this to you. :)

Hello everyone. Sorry I haven’t written in awhile but life sure has been busy. I am back at work and it is nice. I am enjoying some more structure in my life and seeing all my co-workers. Having a little adult conversation after spending so much time with just Connor and I sure is nice. But I also miss that extra time with Connor!! What can I do.

I am doing the hormone treatments every three weeks still and they are going pretty well. However my energy level is still really low. It takes all I got just to get through the day most days. I go to bed every night tired but hopefully Connor will start sleeping longer at night soon and then I will finally get some more sleep. But as people have told me I really probably won’t get a good night sleep until he is 18! I talked to my doctor about my low energy but unfortunately there is no magic energy pill so I guess I will just have to wait it out. On a brighter note my hair is growing in well. It is coming in really thick and is getting close to an inch long on top. The color seems a little blonder then my hair use to be but I think I better wait until it grows longer to really judge it.

Connor is doing well. He seems to have changed so much in the last month or so. As you can see in the newest couple of pictures I put on here he loves to roll over to his stomach. Unfortunately he hasn’t figured out how to roll back to his back from his stomach but I’m sure that will come. He has to be about 14 or 15 lbs by now so he is growing nicely. We take him back to the doctor in a couple of weeks so I will let you all know then how big he really is! We took him to a physical therapist this week for a check-up and were proud to find out that his physical development is ahead of what most preemie babies his age are. He is our little miracle boy! Oh and Connor seems to have adjusted to daycare really well. He is always happy when I pick him up. I think he loves all the attention he gets from all the other kids.

I better get to sleep. I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.

Love, DeAnn

Charlotte Phyllis Burcham Chase Olson Baumgart Obituary

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND




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