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Jim Olson (Mid 60’s DHS Teacher) Obituary

James Arlan Olson

Services will be at 10:00 AM, on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at the Trinity Lutheran Church.

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Visitation for Jim will be from 6 to 7 PM on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at Kane Funeral Home.
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James Arlan Olson, 73, of Sheridan passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at his residence.

Jim was born on January 2, 1938 to Clarence and Margaret (Zahn) Olson in New England, North Dakota. Clarence died when Jim was eight years old, Margaret later married Ralph Paulsrud.

In High School Jim was very active in basketball, football and junior legion baseball. He graduated in May of 1956 and went into the Navy in July. He was in the National Security Agency stationed in Kami Seya, Japan and honorably discharged from the United States Navy on July 30, 1962.

Jim went to Dickinson State Teachers College in Dickinson, ND where he worked various jobs in order to put himself through school. In May of 1965 he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree.

He met his sweetheart Judy Geck while attending Dickinson State. They were married on August 21, 1965 in St. Patrick’s Church in Dickinson, ND. The couple moved to Dunseith, ND where Jim taught business classes at the High School and coached junior varsity football and basketball. In 1968 Jim graduated with honors being inducted into the Alpha Nu Society from the University of North Dakota with an MBA. The couple then moved to Argyle, MN where Jim was the principal of the Junior and Senior High School.

The fall of 1969 Jim and Judy moved to Minneapolis, MN where Jim studied to be a stockbroker. After completing his training they moved to Bismarck, ND where he worked for Dain, Kalman and Quail. In 1971, they moved to Sheridan and Jim went to work for Piper Jaffrey. November 1979, he opened the first Dean Witter Reynolds office in Wyoming and later opened satellite offices in Gillette, Cody and Jackson in 1985.

Jim was elected to the Sheridan County School District #2 School Board, serving nine years, holding positions in every office. He was a fifty year member of the Elks, Shrine and Scottish Rite. For over thirty years he was very involved in the Dog and Cat Shelter holding various positions on the board of directors and providing constant financial advice while managing its investments. Jim was a forty year member of the Sheridan Country Club and a loyal Lion’s Club member for over forty years. On two different occasions, Jim was invited to go on the “Man of the Year” pack trip with the forest service.

Jim had a love for golf, gardening, researching investment opportunities and reading a wide variety of newspapers, magazines and books. World War II was a hot topic. He researched and read numerous books to understand each country’s stance on the war. With his vast interest in learning, the teacher in Jim continually shared articles and knowledge with people everywhere he went.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather, grandparents, and his infant son Dan James Olson. He is survived by his wife Judy, daughter Kristen Olson of Sheridan, WY, and his sister, Renee (Dean) Rettinger, New England, ND, nieces Meribeth (Wes) Ray, New England, ND, Gina (Glenn) Delabarre, Rapid City, SD, and nephew Perry (Brenda) Rettinger, New England, ND.

Visitation for Jim will be from 6 to 7 PM on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at Kane Funeral Home.

Services will be at 10:00 AM, on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at the Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Phil Wold officiating. Interment will be in the Sheridan Elks Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Trinity Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Sheridan Dog and Cat Shelter at 84 East Ridge Road, Sheridan, WY 82801.

Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.



Happy New Year Wishes

From Shirley LaRocque Wendt (’59): Tukwila, WA




Downtown Dunseith Businesses

Question from Erling Landsverk (’44): King, WI.

Hi Gary and everyone:

I listened to Lloyd Awalt description of the down town businesses. He has got a great memory, but I believe the cream station on the north end and on the east side was Charlie Wrights cream station. and just north of Charlie Wrights was a second hand store, which I cannot name. and just north of that was the watkins, Marchand Lumber Co. , I believe that Floyd Nelson had a barber shop very near the Althea Theater, and I seem to remember Billy Wright had a store across fromm Arnold Lilleby’s corner garage that was located across from the cross street from Clarence and agnes Berg’s house.

I think this was correct in about 1942, but when I try to visualize things thenI often make mistakes. let me know if anyghinb I ha e mentioned is correct or not.


Erling Landsverk




Dunseith Photo – Bobby Casavant’s (’71) car

Reply from Aggie Casavant (’69): Fort Mill SC.


The car that is parked right below the Standard sign, looks alot like the car that Bobby was driving the night we hit Shanny Vrems calf-cow…I’m I right? I cannot beleive the memory you have for vehicles…Thanks Dick……….Aggie

Dunseith Senior Center pictures
From Wayne (’61) & Rosemary Smith: Bottineau, ND
Gary: Here are some pictures from the Christmas dinner at the Dunseith Senior Center on December 22. Feel free to use those the readers would be interested in. The last picture are those that brought instruments for the “sing along.” Musicians are as follows: Rosemary Smith on keyboard; Jade Mogard on guitar; Carl Melgaard on dobro guitar; and Shirley Melgaard on guitar. Both Carl and Shirley sang a few old “country” tunes and Carl played the banjo also. He did one song on the banjo with a glove on his left hand. The dinner was excellent and fun was had by all as they sang many familiar Christmas carols.
Wayne (’61) and Rosemary Smith
Wayne and Rosemary, These are great! Thank you so much for sharing
Folks, I know we can name all those in these pictures. I have labeled the ones that I know. Gary
Picture #2
Left side:
Right side:
Picture #3
Left Side: Stan Salmonson, Cheryl Haagenson Standing
Right Side: Joan Wurgler Salmonson, Peggy Espe?, Mary Ann Hagen
Picture #4
Cheryl Haagenson at the podium.
Left side:
Right side:
Picture #5
Table one left side:
Table one right side: Mini Flynn
Table two left side:
Table two right side:
Picture #6
Table one left side:
Table one right side: Cheryl Haagenson
Table two left side:
Table two right side:

San Haven Photo ID’s

Reply Alan Poitra (’76): Bloomington, MN
Hi Gary, in the picture of the employees from San Haven, the lady behind Arlene Sands (over her right shoulder) is my Great Aunt Eva Morin.
San Haven Photo ID’s
Reply from Dick Johnson (’68): Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,

There is still some correction to be made on the San Employees
picture. Barbara Schlatt is listed and is on the picture but not where
indicated. She is the lady behind Edna Mohagen and is only partially
visible. She is the lady who’s head is covering the bottom of the clock
on the wall. I also think the gal in front with the white dress
touching shoulders with Edna Mohagen is Bernice ‘Beanie’ Vanorny. I’m
sure Lola and Jay can tell us if this is her. Thanks Gary!


Thanks Dick & Alan,
Folks, we’ve nearly got this one nailed. Those in red are in question or not identified. This will be another one for the history books.
Everett Olson, Ruby Olson, Andy Sands, Nels Holman? or Oscar Thone?, Red Pearson, Grace Frovarp? (nurse) or Vivian Poitra? (nurse), Bennie Frovarp, Murile McDermeott? (nurse) or Vivian Poitra (Champagen) (nurse), Pete Link behind the nurses, Mary Lou (Hills) Dowling (nurse), Nurse?, Bernice ‘Beanie’ Vanorny (nurse), lady? peeking between Beanine & Barbara, Barbara Schlatt (head covering bottom of the clock), Edna Mohagen in black and white dress, Marge Lillico – (short lady with gray hair in a black suit), Maxine Magnuson behind Margie Lillico, Eva Morin, Arlene Sands in beige jumper with white top, Eva Morin in white, Mrs. Paul Decoteau, Stanley Dowling, John Gillis, Dan Kalk

Joke of the day
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND.

Ole and Lena lived by a lake in nordern Nort Dakota (maybe Lake Metigoshe.) It vas early vinter and da lake had froze over.

Ole asked Lena if she vould valk across da frozen lake to da yeneral store to get him some smokes. She asked him for some money, but he told her, “Nah, yust put it on our tab.”

So Lena valked across, got the smokes at da general store, den walked back home across the lake. Ven she got home and gave Ole his smokes, she asked him, “Ole, you alvays tell me not to run up da tab at da store. Why didn’t you yust give me some money?”

Ole replied, “Vell, I didn’t vant to send you out dere vit some money ven I vasn’t sure how tick the ice vas yet.”