Folks, I got mixed up and skipped right over message number 445, so there is no 445 for those of you wondering if you missed it. Gary
Reply from Allen Richard (65): Midland, MI
I remember the early storm of ’59 well — party because it was one of those things Dad commented about on occasion. It wasn’t the coldest or snowiest winter of all time, but had to be one of the longest. 8-12 inches of snow on Oct. 6 —– and still snow in tree rows and on the north side of buildings until early May.
Reply from Gary Metcalfe (57): Forsyth, MO
Gary Stokes
I see where you have tried to locate Lee Striker’s daughter, Janice. I can tell you her name was Janice Nelson as late as 1955 when they lived on Lee’s place one mile west of Arnold Zieler. She was married to PeeWee Nelson. I don’t know where Olson came into it. She has a sister Lola in California, married to Virgil Sebelius.
To Elle Dietrich, this may be more than you want to know about the Wicks Brothers. Doug Stricker told me a lot about the Wicks Bros. At least one of them had a club foot, a speech impediment ??. They started out in Bottineau in about 1900. Their name was on a deed for 10 acres I bought about 5 miles north on the Lake Road. They absolutely were a very colorful group, eight brothers and these were some of their occupations: livery stables, house movers, cut ice on Lake Metigoshe and hauled it to Bottineau, cleared land BY HAND, shoe repair, harness maker and repair, horse traders and breeders, (I think they bred large horses) and they were also horse trainers.
Elle, I am sure you knew Ray Anderson, that gentleman farmer-neighbor of yours. He and Duffy Wicks were alleged to be the best whist players in the area at the time. But then Ray thought he still was pretty skokum. He claimed to have been a boxer, “black sheep of the family”, I think he was proud of that.
Jan Bergan Evans, it looks like you got enough answers about Kelvin, but you may not know that your great grandfather, Anton Olson’s homestead was bordered on the north by my grandfather, William Metcalfe. Anton’s land would have included Rabbit City Lake. I don’t know where Annie Olson Anthony or Clara Olson Bergan are buried.
With all due respect, I can’t help thinking that Tom Brokaw hadn’t heard about the generation that came in from the east and couldn’t leave the frozen land. Then raised the greatest generation. The next generation played sports and read comic books and then teewee! So I will say that John Bedard was like the Wicks brothers, he had to do it if it was going to get done. He was such a good cook, he always had company. My dad was proud to recommend John to take care of the food on the yacht during the war years. He told me John could cook for 3 people or 30 people and know exactly how much food to prepare. You learn a lot about a person when you live with them for four or five months. He treated his hired man, Maynard Rising Sun with respect. Lots of you should remember John behind the counter at Red Owl meat dept. with his white shirt and sleeves rolled up. He was still working hard at 86 years. I don’t deal with those messy toasted cheese sandwiches any more, John showed me how to cut the cheese and put it between two pieces of toast. Just as good and much neater. By the way John was a good singer.
Yes, they came here with the promise of “free land”. It was free, but caused many of them an early death. Clint Anderson was one that went the extra mile. My grandfather left great surroundings in the east. The first year lived in a dug out in bank of a creek in Hillside Township. Not to mention Moise.Ducheno (sp?) with 18 kids.
Pam Wenstad, I didn’t know about the onion sandwich trait. The Norweigan trait I do like is coffee in bed in the morning. My dad had coffee in bed every morning. His wife was all Norweigan and I can’t begin to move without coffee in bed in the morning.
Like Larry Hackman says, “Laugh and the World Laughs With You”
Gary, Thank you for Janice Striker’s info. I will see if I can locate her. I will let you know what I find out.
You are enough older than me for me to remember you that well from my childhood days, but I feel as though I have learned to know you quite well with your email correspondance. It’s wonderful! You write the most interesting letters. I am looking forward to seeing and learning to know you in person on the cruise. Your sisters Margaret, Helen, Patti and Lola I remember very well from my school days. I remember them as being nice, well respected girls and very bright too.
Picture from Sandy Zeiler Vandal (62): Elk River, MN

None of us have changed a bit, would be great is everyone would sign in and say HI.


Sandy Vandal (Zeiler)


From Left to Right:
Helen Metcalfe, Robert Berube, James Bedard, Nancy Hosmer, Sharon Pearson, Margaret Bedard, Charlotte LaCroix.
Reply from Blance Wicks Schley (42): Grand Forks, ND
Just read your daily blog re the Wicks connection. Yes, I am the youngest (abd surviving) member of the Albert Wicks family. My folks originally lived in the Turtle Mountains on a farm called the Pickel (sp) place. Once when my sister Gwyn and I came to Dunseith we drove around in the area that she thought this place was located. But, even stopping into Kelvin store and receiving directions, we were unable to find it. This place was in the Peace Garden area.(I remember that they attended a rural school in the Turtle Mountains). We moved into Dunseith in 1929 and lived there until 1938. My four siblings graduated from high school in Dunseith and I graduated from the 8th grade. Graduating dates: Gladys, 1932; Marjorie, 1933; Gwendolyn. 1932; Henry. 1938. Marjorie passed away in 1934 and is buried in Dunseith.
It was interesting to see the picture of the school in one of your recent e-mails.
Enjoy your daily news, Gary. \
Blanche Schley
Blancke, Are you related to the Wicks family that Eileen has identified below? Gary
Reply from Eileen Brudwick: Fargo, ND
Hi Gary,
I have attached a grave marker of the Wicks brothers. This is posted on the website, findagrave.com, by: ZBonnie, plus a family group sheet of the Horatio & Sally Wicks family. I have also added below an obituary for Harold Wicks, the son of Louis & Gertrude (Nerpel) Wicks. Harold married Gretchen Irene Ster, a daughter of Carl & Mina (Bakkom) Seter. I hope this answers some of Ele’s questions about the Wicks brothers. They are buried in the Little Prairie Cemetery, Saint John, Rolette County, North Dakota.
Have a good day!
Harold M. Wicks – Minot Daily News – (Jan/26/2007)
Friday, January 26, 2007— Time:6:41:15 AM CENTR
Harold Wicks
March 25, 1926-Dec. 30, 2006
ANACONDA, Mont. – A memorial service was Jan. 4 in Hope Lutheran Church, Anaconda, for Harold M. Wicks, 80, Anaconda, formerly of Minot, who died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, in an Anaconda hospital. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Park, Anaconda.
He was born March 25, 1926, to Lewis and Gertrude Wicks in St. John. He married Gretchen Seter June 16, 1949, in Carbury.
Survivors: wife; sons, Kenneth, Davenport, Iowa, Keith, Bozeman, Mont., Kevin, Anaconda; daughters, Kimberley Lutey, Easton, Pa., Kora Connolly, Laurel, Mont.; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters, Orpha Keil, Opportunity, Mont., Pearl Kyes, Minot, Lila Mathis, Layton, Utah; brother, Perry, Stevensville, Mont. (KT Riddle Funeral Home, Anaconda)