Pamela Fugere Schmidt (73): Mandan, ND

Loved Sharron’s comments on Jeff Gottbreht. I think I was just 10 years old when I started babysitting for the Gottbreht boys. Jeff, you’re quite a guy and you make us all proud!

Pamela (Fugere) Schmidt, class of ‘73

From Cheryl Kester Gaugler (69):North Brunswick, NJ

Just wanted to check in and thank you for keeping Dunseith alive for everyone. I left 37 years ago, but my family knows that when I refer to ‘home’ I’m referring to Dunseith (New Jersey just feels different somehow!).

I’ve been enjoying Dick and Brenda Johnson’s CD, especially Johnny Cash’s Long Black Veil. It’s my favorite Johnny Cash song, so was great to hear Dick’s version. I told them the best part of the CD was hearing Dick talking and Brenda’s laugh in the background. I’ll be home in October for Mom’s 92nd birthday and am hoping to hear the Highway 43 group live.


Thank you for keeping everyone connected – it’s appears to be a labor of love on your part and everyone appreciates your efforts.

Cheryl Gaugler

From Aggie Casavant (69): Fort Mill, SC
Hi Gary, I just got home from working the night shift. This past week I’ve been listening to Dick,and Brenda Johnson’s & Ron Hett’s Hwy 43 C.D. on my way to work each night, and again on my way home in the morning. The more I listen to it the more I love it.
Lastnite I watched on T.V. who was going to walk away with 1st Place on “America’s Got Talent”. There was some awesome talent on there this past month or so. A chicken farmer from Kentucky won it. As happy as I was for him for winning it cuz he really did need a break in life, he didn’t come remotely close to how good Dick, Brenda,and Ron are. Dicks got such a clear strong great voice, and Brenda, Ron & Dick really know how to play those instuments. I’m not just saying this to have something to say, I’m dead serious they need to go to the next audition in New York, that’s coming up. That would be awesome!!! I Am So Serious About This …Go Dick, Brenda & Ron!!!!!
Who ever out there doesn’t have the C.D. “Get It” and then lets cheer them on…. all the way to New York!!!
Cheryl and Aggie, I’m assuming you guys have the same CD of Dick & Brenda’s that was recorded at the Frozen Fingers Festival in Minot last winter that Brenda sent to Bill Grimme and Me. It is for sure a jewel. And yes, you are right Cheryl about Dick’s talking. I enjoy that ND/MN accent that I’m sure at one time I also had. After being away from the area for all these years I can sure pick up those from that area by their accent. Guess what, Hwy 43 just came up on our Stereo as I’m writing this. It’s 50 plus minutes of wonderful music.
Folks, I’m not sure of the cost or the distribution of this CD, but I’m posting both Dick and Brenda’s email for them to answer those questions for those of you that are interested. djcars@hughes.netBrenda.Johnson@ndsu.edu Gary
Reply from Randy Flynn (70): Happy Valley, OR
The message from Gary Metcalfe prompted 2 thoughts. First, it would be wonderful to hear Gary Metcalfe and his Granddaughter sing. Their singing on the Alaskan Cruise was enjoyable. Angelina was truly as entertaining as her Grandfather Gary. I hope they are now recording a few songs so we can all enjoy their voices on the internet throughout the year.
Secondly, Gary’s desire to see the Ocean is well understood. I am presently working for 3 days on the central Oregon coast. I have not had many days as enjoyable since the Alaskan Cruise. The sun has been shining for several days, tonight the temperature is still 64 degrees at 11:15 at night, and some forthcoming bad weather is creating a beautiful surf rolling white waves upon the beach and rocky shoreline. It is truly mesmerizing and therapeutic to see and hear. If anyone travels to the west coast and has not visited this area, it is a real treat. Driving HWY 101 from Lincoln City to Coos Bay permits you to see and feel the ocean as well as the majesty of the rugged cliffs filled with wildlife.
So, Gary Metcalfe, please record a few songs for all of us to enjoy. I will play them the next time I drive U.S. Hwy 101.
Gary Stokes, Thank you for your continued efforts to keep us all connected.
Randy Flynn
Reply from Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine (73): Grafton, ND
I have fond memories of every sat bringing the cream into town to Minnie Alvin and waiting for the cream check as mom called it. I remember thinking how horrible that place smelled and commenting only to get the shhh and head shaking. Oh and yes dear Bob and the cream truck what a pleasure it was to see him. As a child I never knew the importrance of those cows until mom told os that the cream check was what they survived on. Guess I should’nt been so mean to the hateful old cows.
Yes Vickie, the cream check was the bread and butter of those days for most of the farm families. Dad got paid 3 cents for each butterfat pound of cream that he delivered to the Bottineau Creamery. The farmers paid him one cent and the Creamery 2 cents. The over loads on his pick-up were well over loaded with all the cream cans, double stacked, in that extra wide wooden box on that ford Pick-up by the time he got to Bottineau. Gary


From Marshall Awalt (51): Newport, NC


HI Gary I don’t know if I posted these ladies before or not but some of the readers might see a mother or grandmother.


Marshall Awalt 51

Folks, I recognize a whole lot of these folks, but there are some I don’t recognize, so I’m not going to start placing names or guessing from the list posted below the picture with the names of those in the picture. I’ll leave that up to you guys. The four that stuck immediately to me were Ella Metcalfe, Velma Millang, Kenrose Medlang and Agnes Salmonson. Taking a closer look I do recognize a whole lot of the others too.
Thank you Marshall for sharing this picture. Can you tell us the year of this picture. The date got cut off on the top. Gary

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