07/02/2018 (2648)

Don Johnson Memories
From Bill Hosmer (’48): Tucson, AZ

Dick Johnson,

I really enjoyed reading about your Dad, Don.  I was two years behind him in the Dunseith school, but we played basketball , and shared the friendship of all of us who  lived in that time. There was no other male with the voice that he had and impressed us  at different events and celebrations.  I believe he was the handsomest guy that ever attended our school. Besides all of his attributes I mention, he was a good friend and I will never forget  him and Bernice. Respectfully,

Bill Hosmer


Dunseith Days schedule
Reply from Cheryl Larson Dakin (’71):  Bedford, TX 

Hi Gary and all

I am so  happy to see that Dunseith Days will take place during my trip to ND this summer. I just made reservations for the first week of August and then opened this email. Yay!

Cheryl Larson Dakin


Dunseith Days schedule
Reply from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary, Verena, and Friends of Dunseith,

I am most appreciative of your response Verena.

I know many folks  from a distance  read the Dunseith Blog.

Accommodations  this time of year, can be difficult to find.

(during the summer  area  motels are booked for wedding guests)

Thanks, Verena and Gary …….. many times, you are the social committee.

Later. Vickie


Lisa Counts-Ogden Obituary
Web Link posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND


Sincere sympathy to the family of Lisa Counts-Ogden.

            “She was a happy, joyful person who always had a smile on her face…”

was used to describe her in the obituary.  It is  comment describing  Lisa’s disposition perfectly.

I know this to be true  because,  I knew Lisa as an elementary student.

I hadn’t t seen her for years, then a couple years ago, she sought  me  out at at the local Wal -Mart.

Lisa  told me she had completed college  and was a teacher, and  she still loved  to read. I was  delighted! She shyly said, “I wanted to tell  you because  I  knew you’d be proud of me.” O my garsh  she blessed me,  touching my heart.

Bless  the memory of Lisa Counts Ogden.

Most Sincerely,

Vickie L. Metcalfe
(former 3rd grade teacher)


Ballard Locks
posting by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND


Gary and friends of Dunseith,

Aww to see this!

Many folks in my family and   folks of my parents generation relocated to WA, after the Great Depression, looking for  WORK. During WWII they worked on ship building  etc.

My dad enlisted in the navy there.

After WWII my dad and several uncles worked  construction.

At Seattle, Dad and Uncle Emil trained  in their profession.

They apprenticed, became journeymen then master Plasterers.

They were well acquainted with  the Pacific North West.

People  from North Dakota often gathered  yearly for North DAkota picnics.

They kept  relationships, and raised  baby boomers.

I don’t think the North Dakotans  gather any more for yearly picnics.

One of my uncles wanted me to apply for jobs at Boeing.

He told me, “North Dakotan’s were known for their work ethic.”

I never applied. I couldn’t see myself …. a happy person in a city.

However I love the Pacific North West

The smells of wood mills, the salty sea air combined with  tangy lush pine I enjoy visiting.

I went to the Locks  various times with Washington Cousins.

What a  great interesting  sight to see!

Washington Cousins always  took time for  me and  gave me the gift

of   many adventures exploring such great places like the Ballard Locks!

They opened their doors to adventures for……. the next generation,….. my kids a.k.a.  my nieces and nephews.


Vickie Metcalfe


Blog (724) posted on February 23, 2010

Posted on February 23, 2010

Reply from Trish Larson Wild (73): trishclayburgh@yahoo.com FORT COLLINS, CO

Hello everyone! Gary, I have to thank you again. I have heard from old friends and new via your daily missive and I’m so in awe of the heart and spirit of the north dakotans who carr for each other. I haven’t had time to respond yet to each individually because I’ve been worrking non stop lately, but I sure will soon and want each person to know how much I appreciate your support! Mr Metcalfe, I sure appreciate your comments and you bet I will keep in touch with all my nodak friends through this daily blog of Gary’s. All is going very well and I’m hoping to ride in to dunseith for the reunion. It might be a case of “kicking out the ladder”, but I’m just about ready…

I think this blog is quite unique in the world, and Gary, I’d like to thank you again for the effort you put forth to bring us all together.

By the way, I have officially changed my name to Trish Larson Wild,

I hope to live up to the name!

Blessings to all of you….

And I have to say, I think the class of 73 rocked! I know we had fun….


Trish, we are excited to see you come riding in on your horse all the way from Colorado. What an undertaking an adventure. How many days do you think it will take you to make this trip? Once you get to Dunseith, you’ll have the ride back too. Gary

Interesting article on Jay (66) and Lola Metcalfe (68) Vanorny:


Posted by Bill Grimme (65): Birmingham, AL.


Mikkel Pates, reporter/columnist for Agweek magazine of Grand Forks, blogs from Fargo, N.D., about ag issues in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. His postings and ag-at-large column are designed to support the development of successful entrepreneurial farms and agribusinesses.

Religion, farming and freight — at the border

I couldn’t help but stop and chat with Jay Vanorny of Dunseith, N.D. He lives on the west side of U.S. Highway 281, just a bit south of the Canadian boarder.

Vanorny told me he’s primarily in the cattle business. He started out in 1966 with 250 ewes, but in 1968 sold those and went into cattle. Both he and his wife Lola used to work at the San Haven Sanitorium, until it was abandoned in the late 1980s. “I took my retirement and bought more cows,” Vanorny says. He’s at about 100 cows now — a kind of “Heinz 57”, with some Gelbveih and Charolais. “Mostly black and black-and-white faced,” he says.

But there’s a couple of other interesting things.

First, there’s that farm shop you see behind Vanorny. It’s actually the old church that used to sit near the Little Prairie Cemetery. The congregation started in 1907 and the church was built in 1910. The church was abandoned in the late 1950s or early 1960s. In the 1980s, he bought the building. “Them old Norwegians had lots of nails and lots of time,” he said, describing the cans upon cans of nails he pulled from the subfloor so he could use the building for a farm shop. And the attic area of the church has enough lumber to build a house.

Second, there’s a 40-by-60 foot steel building — a freight depot. Vanorney and his wife operate Border Depot Shipping Services — a holding place, if you will, where U.S. shippers who don’t want to go into Canada send things. Then, a Canadian shipper comes and gets it and goes through Customs. It started several years ago when a sister-in-law, working as a broker, wanted to get soem packages into Canada. It just kind of grew gradually as a second job, and last year, Vanorny built a new building.

“Nothing is too big or too small,” Vanorny’s motto is. “You name it, I think I’ve seen it,” he says. “Boats, snowmobiles, cars, appliances. Plants.”

Now that’s what I call diversifying the farm.

He also operates a freight service in which U.S. shippers who don’t want to cross the border drop items. Canadian shippers will come across the border, pick up the items and go across.

Posted by: mpates on 2/22/2009 at 10:12 PM | Comments (0) | Permalink

Pictures Posted by Mary Eurich (62): Dunseith, ND.

Hi Gary

I thought this at first might be Ackworth School reunion/picnic of some sort but then I don’t know if the school had a bell on top and all the men

are dressed in suits and hats so maybe it’s a church doings

I’ve scanned the picture with a magnifying glass and cannot positively identify anyone. Maybe all the kids are our parents.

The picture with the family on the porch are identified as

the John Johnson & family and Mr & Mrs Bog – Bog’s golden wedding anniversary – neighbors. Turtle Mountains. Is this the same Johnny Johnson family originally talked about from up in this area or was their more than one of them too?

The single man is labeled Casper Johnson 1928. If theres a connection – I don’t know. I always think there is somebody out there with the same pictures that will know the answers. Thanks. Mary K

This is what is written on the picture. Does anyone have any idea which Johnson family this would be. Have any of you heard of the Bog’s?

“John Johnson & family and Mr & Mrs Bog – Bog’s golden wedding anniversary – neighbors.”

There is a Casper Johnson (1872 -1937) listed on page 260 of the Bottineau Centennial book. He was married to Hanna Haagenson. Hanna died in 1926. He Later Married Lydia Erdman and lived in Minot. Anna (Mrs. Joe Sebilius) and Clara Hanson were Casper/Hanna’s daughters. Could this be the Casper Johnson in this picture? Gary

Casper Johnson 1928

 This could very well be the Ackworth school. I remember a tree on the other side of the school in that exact spot. Of coarse in my day, it was much larger. Ackworth had a bell too. Folks, please let us know what you think, if this is Ackworth or not? In the back of my mind, I think I remember seeing this same picture in some of my folks old pictures and it was labeled Ackworth. We’d like some comments on this one. Thanks, Gary


06/27/2018 (2647)

Pat Bearsdale TV Show Comment/Question
From Peggey Wurgler Axtman (71): Kent, WA.

Hello Gary & All . . .

Just want to inquire if there is any more info on the Pat Bearsdale Show? We have relatives (the Arland Borgen Family of Wolford) who had a band that appeared regularly on the show. I am fairly sure they would be interested in seeing any old tapes or recordings of past performances. I recall my parents (John & Irene Wurgler, Rugby) would never miss the show on TV. I remember Pat always sang “On the Wings of a Snow White Dove”.

Thanks for keeping this ‘blog’ alive. I certainly appreciate the opportunity to stay connected!

Peggy Wurgler Axtman
Kent, WA

Dunseith Days schedule
Posted by Verena Gillis:  Dunseith, ND

Hello everyone. We’ve had a lot of people asking when Dunseith days is going to be this year. It will be starting Friday August 3rd and ending on Sunday August 12th. The parade will take place on Saturday August 4th and we are planning activities throughout the week. We are hoping to put our schedule of events out soon!😎

Thank you
Dunseith days


Marilynn Sawchuk (Dr. John Sawchuk) Obituary.
Comments and Web link posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):


Note: Dr. Sawchuk was a physician at the Dunseith Clinic for a number of years during my childhood days.

Obit Web Link

Gary  and Friends of Dunseith School,

This past month  of June, at a Children of Trauma conference, I met  an elementary  teacher. She told me she is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Sawchuk.
We had a warm visit discussing her dad.  And she shared her mum was  living at Fargo.
Marilyn Sawchuk was the wife of an esteemed Doctor.
Dr. Sawhuk practiced medicine  at  Rolette Hospital.  He also served Dunseith and  possibly Belcourt.
Dr. Sawchuk was our  family physician  for many years.
As  our family doctor; he  and Dr. Cook, delivered my brothers,  surgically  removed my third grade  appendix in the operating the theatre at Rolette Hospital.
Later,  when  I was in college, Dr. Sawchuk surgically removed  a growth on my eyelid….at the Dunseith Clinic office.
Both mom and Dad felt they could call on him and he would be open to discussion.
My parents respected him immensely/He was smart, capable and very kind.

Later, Vickie


“Only in your State” San Haven News article
Posted by Do Martel (Former DHS Principal):  Rosemount, MN

Everyone In North Dakota Should See What’s Inside The Gates Of This Abandoned Sanatorium

North Dakota is dotted with the occasional abandoned farm house, empty towns that once thrived, and a few unusual facilities that are no longer in use and have been mostly forgotten about. One of the most notable is an abandoned places in the Peace Garden State is the San Haven Sanatorium. It was once a state facility for tuberculosis patients, then later for mentally ill patients, before being shut down in the 1990s. Today, it still sits like an empty shell of what it once was with a dark past, and seeing what’s inside those grounds is staggering yet fascinating. Take a look for yourself:

The San Haven Sanatorium was built as a tuberculosis sanatorium in 1912 in the Turtle Mountains of North Dakota. Today, it sits abandoned.


Blog (723) posted on February 22, 2010

Message from DeAnn Gottbreht: CaringBridge site link –http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/deanngottbreht

Sunday, February 21, 2010 10:11 AM, CST

Hello everyone. I hope you all are doing well. We have had a set back. Friday we went in for another ultrasound and to have my second chemo treatment afterwards. Once the ultrasound got started I could tell something was wrong. The fluid around the baby looked to be almost gone. One of the possible side effects of one of the two chemo drugs I got last week is the lowering of the fluid around the baby. My high-risk baby doctors were consulted. The fluid shrank from about 12cm to 3cm. I was given a non-stress test where they monitor the baby’s heart rate, movement, and whether or not I am having contractions. The test went great and he was moving well and heart rate was great. The doctors say he can do fine with the fluid he has in there and hope it will start increasing again since I haven’t had another chemo treatment. I have been following their orders and taking it easy and drinking lots of fluids. We go back to MeritCare on Monday where they will do another non-stress test and ultrasound to check the fluid levels. From what I understand if the baby is not in distress and the fluid is still low they will probably admit me to the hospital to give me IV fluids and monitor the baby more closely. If the baby is in distress at all they will deliver. We will then see the high-risk doctor on Tuesday and have a full ultrasound to check the baby’s growth and fluid level. The doctor will decide then what we do next. A big mark for the baby’s development is 32 weeks and I should be at that point at this coming Friday so they may hold me and possibly induce me to deliver then. I guess there is nothing more we can do but wait and see, and pray! Please keep us in your prayers. I will try to keep you updated.
Message from Dianne Larson Sjol (70): Minot, ND.
Hi everyone,
I am sitting at the Mpls airport with a four hour layover trying to
keep myself out of the stores…can’t fit anything else in my suitcase
as it is after a great trip to Albuquerque and Santa Fe. I went for a
two day conference but managed to squeeze in a couple of fun days
before and after. Cousin Nancy Hosmer Baldwin flew to Alq with me and
we met my sister, Cheryl Larson DAkin at the airport…she flew in
from TX…we all loaded up in the rental car and drove to Colette
Hosmer’s in Santa Fe. Needless to say, we had a great time. We had a
wonderful surprise and got to enjoy lunch with Gen (Ret)Brad Hosmer
and his lovely wife, as we joined them for lunch at a great little
Mexican restaurant…the conversation was flowing and we so enjoyed
their company. Some of you may remember that Brad was the the Gen at
the Airforce Academy in Colorado Springs for a time. He is the son of
Clark Hosmer, brother of Bob (Nancy and Colette’s dad)….We were also
joined by COlette’s beautiful daughter, Samantha (Sam). The rest of
the trip, including the conference was great. Cheryl and I saw much
of Santa Fe and even more of Albuquerque by default since we kept
making wrong turns….we ended up in some pretty strange places but
made the most of it…even traveled down the famous Route 66. We went
30 miles out of our way since we turned left instead of right…we
didn’t know that our exit was just one mile down the road had we
turned the right direction..we had a great adventure just the same. I
will leave it to Cheryl to post some photos…by the way, we also
spent time with some delightful friends of Colette’s, Scott, her son
and her grandson Tien…didn’t want to go home….
Dick and Brenda,
Nancy and Keith loved the concert…wish we could have gone!
Don Johnson Memories:
From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.
Gary and Friends,There is a short story about my dad, Don Johnson, that has to do
with his farming and teaching. One fall in the mid ’70s, Dad was up
north about a mile swathing grain one Saturday afternoon. I was working
on the combine in front of the shop when my Mom came running from the
house with this look of panic on her face. I knew something was urgent
by the way she looked. She said, “I just looked at the calender and your
dad is supposed to be in Boissevain directing the band in just over an
hour, so he must have forgotten!” I dropped the wrenches and jumped in
my pickup and tore out to the field. I tried to think of a way to tell
him that wouldn’t make him panic. I drove out to where he was and turned
the pickup around and headed it toward home and left the door open. When
I got to the swather, he kind of knew something was up, so I just
stepped over to the side and said, “Don’t panic, but weren’t you
supposed to be—“. It registered and just as I thought, he hit the
ground running for the pickup, before I finished asking the question!
The dirt flew from the tires and he disappeared in a cloud of dust. I
finished the swathing. When he got home, Mom had his clothes out and
everything ready for a quick bath and he made it in the nick of time and
nobody knew that less than an hour before, he was a farmer and not a
teacher! Over the years we had many similar deals with trying to do two
things at once. When Dad bought Ernest LaCroix’s cows in ’67, we still
lived in town. We had to get up real early and come up to the farm and
pitch on a sleigh rack full of hay in the dark and take it out to the
cattle every morning and then be back home and cleaned up and at the
school by 8 AM. It really used to burn me when kids from the country
would come in off a nice warm bus and say, “You town kids have it made,
we have chores we have to do.” Kiss my–what! Thanks Gary!


Reply to Trish Larson:
From Gary Metcalfe (57): Forsyth, MO
Looks like you are on your way to living a full life. Life is not measured by how many breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away. I must admit I envy you on your ride through those beautiful, tropical areas. Looking forward to all the life changing experiences you will have to share with us. Dunseith missed the boat by not telling the life of a real Montana cowboy, George Alvin. George went way back to the turn of the century, he was in Colorado in 1896. My dad had a passion for people who had a real story to tell. He took George along on a trip to Nebraska in the 30’s. The CCC boys wanted to go back home for the 4th of July. They stood up in the back of his pick up truck both ways. But I am sure your story will be told and recorded. Gary Stokes will do you proud, please keep us posted Trish. Good Luck!
Gary Metcalfe
P.S. Both Pete and Ben Lajimodiere lost their wives to the flu about the time Axel Johnson’s wife died.

06/25/2018 (2646)

When Are Dunseith Days?
Question from Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND

I know the annual Dunseith Rodeo were  this past weekend, Friday and Saturday,  (June 22 & 23)

Annual St. John Days festivities  are  also this weekend.

Rolla Ragtop will be next weekend.

I was asked by someone, out of the area,  when are  Dunseith Days?

Hopefully someone will kindly respond.

Thank You.

Vickie M.


Dawn Allard (’74) – Recipient of “Employee of the year award”
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

 Hello Gary and friends of Dunseith School,

            Congratulations Dawn (Gregory) Allard  DHS ’74,
regarding a  recent article which is news worthy to all  former classmates.

            Dawn  (Gregory) Allard,  former  DHS graduate is  the head school cook featured in the attached Bottineau Courant clipping.
Last fall I  told her, “Dawn,  Every time I look at the school  menu,  it  seems you’re cooking food kids actually  like to eat.”

Dawn   replied “That’s why were here.”  

           “We are here  for the students”.


My thought , 

            “Yep Dawn, Right answer!    

No matter what kind of stressful day,  whenever one has a  good meal  created by a HAPPY cook  it makes a day go much  better.”


Thank you  for  coming in smiling every morning  at 4:00 a.m.  to create kid friendly meals, and double thanks for   greeting  each child as someone special.

Until later, 

 Gary’s comments

 Congratulations Dawn. Well Deserved.

 I remember you so well from the your days and many years too, working at the Bottineau Bowl. My folks ate there evening supper there for many years. Of course dad was often in there many other times during the days too having coffee and visiting with you and his other friends too. He thought the world of you of which he told all too. You guys clicked well. You were one of his drawing cards for going to the Bowl. We will be forever grateful for your friendship and services to our parents. They idolize you. I know you will always remember the burnt toast too.
Allard, Dawn 


Shirley McCloud obituary
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and friends of Dunseith,

Sincere sympathy to the McCloud  family on the passing of Shirley McCloud.

Our class and other  DHS classes  attended school with many  of her McCloud  siblings. 

          I believe, the class of ’70  (Kenny was her  younger brother).

I seem to  recall homecoming  while decorating  the class  float.

          Kenny entertained with his guitar.

Thanks Gary.

Until Later,

 Vickie L. Metcalfe

Shirley’s Obituary

Shirley Yvonne McCloud

June 10, 1940 – June 14, 2018

Shirley Yvonne McCloud, 78 of Devils Lake, ND passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 14, 2018 in Buxton, ND in the loving care of her daughter Mary and Red River Hospice.

A Memorial Service, Rosary and Scripture Service for Shirley will be held on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Gilbertson Funeral Home Chapel with visitation from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. A private burial will be held on Monday, June 25th  at St. Mary’s Cemetery, north of Dunseith, ND.

Shirley was born at the family home in Bottineau County on June 10, 1940 to Collin Joseph and Agnes Mable (Houle) McCloud. The second oldest of 17 children, she attended boarding school in Wahpeton, ND and Flandreau, SD, graduating from Flandreau Indian School in 1958.  She met her husband to be Phillip “Skip” Longie at Flandreau, eventually marrying in 1960 and making Chicago, IL their home for the next seven years.  During this time, two children were born to them, Phillip Duane “Skip Jr.” and Nancy Cheryl.  In 1967, Shirley and Skip moved to Devils Lake where a third child, Mary Kay was born.  They ended their union in 1972.

Shirley chose to remain in the Devils Lake area to raise her children and spent most of her adult life here apart from two brief stints in the Belcourt and Dunseith areas to care for an aunt and her mother during their declining years.

In 1992, Shirley began a relationship with special companion Edward “Eddie” Larson where they shared a life and brought together two families until Eddie’s passing in 2003. She remained close to Eddie’s children and their families up to the time of her passing.

Shirley had a varied work career with the most tenure at Sioux Manufacturing Corporation, Turtle Mountain Corporation and lastly with Devils Lake Public Schools working at the Central Middle School, where she eventually retired from in May 2017. She also worked part-time at the KC Hall every Tuesday for Taco Night.

Shirley was a hard-working individual who had many friends and was always willing to help anyone that needed a hand. She was always willing to volunteer her time and was one of the cornerstones of her large family, often being the organizer of the large family gatherings.  She loved and was especially proud of all her grandchildren and great grandchildren, always interested in their lives and accomplishments.  Even close to the end, it was her grandchildren and great grandchildren that would lift her spirits either through pictures, videos or in-person visits.  While Shirley will be missed greatly by all she touched, she will be especially missed by her close siblings and her three children.

Shirley’s loving family include her children, Phillip “Skip Jr.” (Cheryl) Longie of Phoenix, AZ, Nancy (Hyllis) Dauphinais of Phoenix, AZ, and Mary (Kevin) Longie-Bailly of Buxton, ND; eight (8) grandchildren: Jonathan (Brittany) Dauphinais, Alyssa (Craig) Longie, Brett Gaspard, Orion (Melissa) Dauphinais, Jordan Longie, Hyllis Dauphinais, Jr., Alexander (Sarah) Rask and Zoya Longie; three (3) great grandchildren: Isabelle Anderson, Quinn Goo and Harper Dauphinais; siblings: Ernest (Sally) McCloud, Peter McCloud, Sylvia Haakenson, Donna (Kenneth) Johnson, Leland McCloud, Clayton (Marilyn) McCloud, Clinton McCloud, Kenneth McCloud, Bonnie McCloud, Dale McCloud, Collin (Germaine) McCloud, Jr., Colleen (Arthur) Cartwright, Byron (Lynn) McCloud, Kevin (Louella) McCloud and Ann (Tom) Cartwright; as well as many nieces & nephews.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, her toddler sister Viola, and her special companion Edward Larson.


Blog (72) posted on February 21, 2010

Memories of and condolences to the Laura (Sager) Stretzel family:
From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND
A few years ago, My sister-in-law Deb gave me a photograph.
Mrs. Laura Stretzel had just entered the nursing home in Rolette.
In her collection of memorabilia she had a photograph she handed to a
granddaughter and instructed her to give it to one of Lottie
Metcalfe’s family. Deb in turn gave it to me…………Deb says it
was because I am the keeper of the family history…….I treasure this old photograph, which my mother verified of
her maternal grandparents,Holmes Township Rolette County residents.
Mom also identified her great Uncle Welch, her mum Sylvia, aunt
Ocie and their brother Carl circa early 1900’s. My mom’s
grandparents Sam and Elizabeth (Welch)Wicks came to ND from Iowa in
a covered wagon They were long ago friends of the Sager family.

I always wanted to go see Mrs. Stretzel and thank her in
person but regretfully, we all know good intentions are not always
followed by actions.

My sincere sympathy to the family of Laura (Sager) Stretzel.
Thanks. Vickie Metcalfe

Message/Picture from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.
Gary and Friends,Quite a while back, Trish Larson Clayburgh said she had never seen my
dad, Don Johnson, with anything but a clean suit of clothes. I mentioned
that he did get dirty often and just never went anywhere without
cleaning up. Last night I ran across some old pictures of us that were
taken back in 1952 here at the farm. Both pictures were taken the same
day. It is nearly impossible to do any part of farming without getting
dirty, at least not the way we farm. Most folks never knew Dad even
farmed at all, thinking he was just a teacher and was always dressed
with a suit and tie. Such was not the case! These pictures are of Dad
and Grandpa Hans and me, taken in the shade of the trees, at a lunch
break in the field, and me at age 2 back in the yard later in the
day—yes I got dirty even then! Thanks Gary!



06/22/2018 (2645)

Jim Banish, Janet Kalk’s husband, Passed away.
Posting from Al Lopez (Barbara Kalk ’65):  Minneapolis, MN

I wonder if you knew Jim Banish, he married Janet Kalk, well Jim passed away yesterday.

Al Lopez.

Gary’s comments
Thanks Al for letting us know.
We extend our condolences to Janet and the rest of her family.

Joseph “Jim” Banish
August 25, 1938 – June 18, 2018

Joseph “Jim” Banish, 79, West Fargo, formerly of Milnor, ND passed away June 18th at Moorhead Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

Joe was born Aug 25th, 1938 to Joseph L and Ethel (Baumann) Banish in Cayuga, ND. Joe attended primary school at Hermann #2 before attending Lidgerwood High School and graduating in the class of 1957. Joe spent one year at NDSU studying Ag Tech prior to returning to work on the family farm.

In the summer half of the year, Joe worked on road construction projects before making it his primary profession. In 1963, while on a long term project in northern North Dakota, he met Janet Kalk. On July 30th, 1966 they were married at St Louis Catholic Church in Dunseith, ND. From there they lived in Milnor, ND for 32 years prior to transitioning to the Fargo metro area.

Joe worked 27 years in road construction before being injured and discontinued road work. He also served a combined 12 years on the Milnor City Council as well as Mayor. He served on St. Arnold’s church council as well as trustee, a Boy Scouts committee member, and is a Knights of Columbus Honorary Life Member.

Joe loved fishing, hunting and especially tinkering with small motors.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years Janet, 3 sons Daren and James, West Fargo and Brian, Bloomington, MN; sisters Shirley (Ray) Jawaski, Adrian, ND; Marie (Tim) Kempel, La Porte, IN; Clarence, Wheatland, WY; Dana (Sandra) Banish Cayuga, ND; Robert (Carrie) Banish Milnor, ND; sister-in-laws Helen Banish, Fargo, ND, Karen Banish, Florissant, MO.

Joe is preceded by his parents; two brothers John Banish, Cayuga, ND; Paul Banish, Florissant, MO; sister Sonja Sperle, Napoleon, ND; sister-in-law Eugenia Banish, Wheatland, WY.

Visitation will be held at Boulger Funeral Home Thurs Jun 21st at 6pm with a prayer service immediately following at 7pm. Funeral Service will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church Fri Jun 22nd at Noon. Burial is at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery South also on Friday.


Seeking Info on Pat Beardstail show: Genevieve “Genny” Belgarde and David Belgarde
Tim Hyke: Stewartville, MN
Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND

Hi, Gary.

This is a portion of the reply I received from Rod Romine’s daughter concerning if Rod Romine might be able to provide information about Pat Bearsdale to Tim Hyke.  Hopefully, Rod will contact Tim.

Rod Romine’s daughter reply:
“I will forward your email to dad and if he can offer any insight he can contact Tim Hyke.”



VETERANS GROUP (2nd Posting)
Posted by Todd Poitra (Ginger ’65 Son)


DATE: 24 JUNE 2018

Open to all Rolette County Veterans and active military. All branches of the military welcome to attend. USMC/ARMY/NAVY/USAF/COAST GUARD, to include all National Guard and any Reserve personnel. Also immediate family members will be welcome. Spouse/dependents. Widows and widowers of vets that have not been remarried.

The purpose of the vet group is to educate our veterans on any Federal/State/County programs or medical services the veteran may be eligible for. To keep our vets informed about changes and current happenings with existing programs. We also will answer any questions our vets or family members may have as it pertains to the needs of veterans.

As of now, no meals will be served but we will  try to have light refreshments available. Also watch for times and dates for our monthly meetings in the local paper or our local radio station.

Rolette County CVSO –


Blog (721) posted on February 20, 2010

Sylvester LaRocque (Relatives)
Reply from Denise Lajimodiere: Moorhead, MN.
Ginger, the other brother is Curtis, married to Debbie Cree. Duel LaRocque is a first cousin. Alice his mom, and my mom Lola Lajimodiere were sisters. The were Plantes or LaPlantes.
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND.


July 22, 1946-Feb. 12, 2010

Sylvester Gerald LaRocque, 63, Dunseith, died Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, in a Minot hospital.

He was born July 22, 1946, to Jerome and Alice LaRocque in St. John. He married Shirley Myers on Oct. 17, 1975, in Rolla.

Survivors: wife; daughter, Shylow LaRocque, Dunseith; sons, Christopher Martin and Shane Martin, both Kansas City, Kan.; three grandchildren; sisters, Bernice Poitra, Linda Poitra and Jackie LaRocque, Debbie LaVallie, Joy Myers, Jeanette LaRocque, Annette Lunday and Sherry LaRocque; brothers, Ronald, Richard, Curtis and Brian.

Funeral: Friday, 10 a.m., St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Dunseith.

Burial: St. Louis Cemetery, Dunseith.

Prayers service: Thursday, 8 p.m., in the church.

Wake: Thursday, 4 p.m., in the church. (Nero Funeral Home, Bottineau)


PO Box 821

DunseithND 58329-0821

(701) 244-5338

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND.


Nov. 24, 1911-Feb. 16, 2010

ST. JOHN Laura Victoria Strietzel, 98, St. John, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, in a Rolla hospital.

She was born Nov. 24, 1911, to Clyde and Emma Sager in Richland County. She married Otto Strietzel on June 15, 1934, in Rolla.

Survivors: daughter, Loretta Mayer, St. John; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Hazel Berg, Fargo; brother, Harold, Devils Lake.

Funeral: Saturday, 2 p.m., St. John Presbyterian Church, St. John.

Burial: Rolla City Cemetery, Rolla, in the spring.

Visitation: Saturday, two hours prior to the service, in the church. (Elick Funeral Home, Rolla)

Filipino poverty with families in need of assistance:http://garystokes.net/SponsorFilipinoFamily.aspx

Message from Brenda Hoffman (66):
I don’t know how many of you remember some of the stories Gary has posted about the poverty of the Philippines, but one of his posts (or was it a personal communication?) struck a cord. I was in the midst of the usual frantic Christmas preparations when he wrote that most kids in the PI don’t get Christmas gifts – their families barely have enough money for fireworks. Additional info from Gary indicated that many of the PI children are starving or malnourished. I asked Gary how I could send some money to a family with small children and he and I set up the following system:
  • I sent Gary a check at: Gary Stokes, PSC 517 Box RS/CC, FPO AP 96517-1000
  • Gary transferred my check into PI currency
  • Gary and Bernadette purchased food with the money and delivered it to the family in the pictures pasted below.

In the last few years, I have been hesitant to donate money to charities because I’m never certain that the dollars I donate will be used to help the people I want to help – I would rather volunteer my services. Gary altered that picture for me. He and Bernadette make sure that the children receive the food.

  • A bag of rice costs $14 for 25KG; $28 for 50KG. A $28 bag of rice will probably last a family of 8 for a month. Rice is the staple of all of their meals.
  • Most families have no stove to cook on so they set a pot on stones and cook with wood.

My thought was that anyone who might be interested in helping feed a family – particularly one with small children – might send Gary $5, $10 or whatever amount. And maybe, just maybe, those of us from the Dunseith area could sponsor one family or even a few families. Bernadette’s sister works in social services in the PI and could help us target the poorest of the poor. The family I helped lives right behind Gary.

Gary added that he would make sure that contributors would get recognition at the Barangay level – the first level of government in the PI and of course receipts, etc to be used for US income tax purposes.
Gary’s reply and comments:
Folks; Brenda did send me a check of which I cashed and exchanged for Peso’s. With Brenda’s donation Bernadette and I purchased Rice and food and gave it to this family, pictured below (follow link posted above). 100% of the money she sent was used to buy food for this family. This family was so happy and elated to receive this donation. They are a family of 8 that live in a 5′ X 7′ house. They, like so many families in this country, often go without meals, for lack of food. There is no welfare in this country.
With Brenda’s suggestion, we would like to help more of these folks. Bernadette and I are willing to purchase food and give to the needy families in our area with the donations sent. 100% of your money will be used to buy food or requested items for these folks. I will keep an updated listing posted on the Dunseith Alumni Website of the total moneys collected and how they were spent with pictures and listings of the recipient families. Individual donations will not be listed separately. We feel individual donations should remain silent. For United States Income Tax rules, we will keep detailed records, of individual contributions, of all moneys collected and where they were spent.
Please see pictures of some of the needy families on the next tab of this site (link above) that we will be giving our donations too. If you’d like to help a specific family, please let us know with your donation. If you have specific requests for your donation, please let us know that too.
I have a United States FPO address that you can mail your donations too. A regular US postage stamp is all that is required. The Mailing address is
Gary Stokes
FPO AP 96517-1000
I will reply to each and every donation with an email message that we have received the donation. For those I do not have an email address for, we will make a personal phone call letting them know their donation has been received.
Thank you Brenda for your inspiration in seeing this thru. I am always amazed with how happy go lucky these folks are that have virtually nothing. These folks are always so very friendly and more often than not have a smile on their face.

Adventuresome night
For Verena (Pete 65) Gillis: Dunseith, ND.

Hey Gary,
I had quite an adventuresome night, had not been feeling very good for a
few days. Tried to get into the Dunseith Clinic and they were all full,
tried Belcourt Hospital, sat there for over an hour and you know me when I
have to wait too long for something….well, pardon the french but the
poop hit the fan, lol. I finally had to go to administration and boy did
they catch it. I was feeling dizzy, lightheaded, having chest and back
pain, my left arm was hurting, and my neck and jaw were misbehaving too.
What a day! Well, I ended up storming out of there and told them I was
going somewhere else and they would be receiving the bill. Of course,
that didn’t happen since I couldn’t get in anywhere anyway. I told Pete I
would go with him this AM to Rolla when he went to take care of Little
Pete’s pickup. Anyway, started getting ready for bed, about 10:00 pm,
just couldn’t get comfortable, so got back up and told Pete, I don’t think
we should wait for tomorrow, call Brandi and see if she will take me. So
did that, then I called IHS and they told me they would be sending an
ambulance since they have all the necessary equipment in case of cardiac
arrest, wow! Anyway, ambulance gets here, begins the blood pressure
routine, tried to put an IV in but of course these little night crawlers
of mine kept ducking on them, (I have terrible veins). Then the one guy
starts to get real loud, 213 over 137, huh? I say, “is that my blood
pressure?” “Yes it is young lady.” Oh oh, I’m in trouble, I thought to
myself, remain calm….into my mouth comes a nitro. I then pulled out my
cell phone and called Brandi letting her know everything that was
happening, “Holy ….” was her reaction to how high my blood pressure was,
OK Mom, just relax, Dad and I are on our way. So here I am riding around
in this big old ambulance at 11:00 pm at night, pretty rough ride too.
Someone happened to be driving down our road at this time and of course
had to report to the Garden Tap where our Harold was. Then the calls
started coming in and we weren’t even home, lol.

Longer story short, got to the hospital, got hooked up to an EKG,
meantime, blood pressure is going down gradually, still trying to get IV
into me, night crawlers still won’t have that, lol. Did blood work,
X-Rays-very thorough doctor. In the end, seems my hiatal hernia was the
culprit and the blood pressure meds were not working for me. This was
about 5:00 am. OK, so what now, I am tired, I hurt and I just wanna go
home to sleep. Wait, gotta get that ole GI Cocktail first, yum, yum.
This numbs my esphagus-they then gave me a shot on the hip to relax me,
tells me I need to start relaxing more. Me? LOL. “I can’t”, I say, “got
a benefit on Saturday for Snowball Poitra who has stomach cancer. Been
having these just about every week for someone.” Why? I was asked.
“Because my husband and I have been fighting this horrible monster for 14
years, we know the expense of driving back and forth, the cost of the
chemo or radiation, whatever it is they are having, IHS does not help
everyone so there you go, answer your question?” “Yep.”

Well ya’ll, hope this wasn’t too boring, tried to make it as adventurous
as I could, lol. I look forward to hearing from you.

“Can’t get a good girl down”

Verena :)

Verena, We need you well for this reunion. You can’t get sick on us like this. A friend of mine that I used to work with had a hiatal hernia problem too. Twice that I know of they hauled him out of the shipyard to the hospital and put him in ICU only to find out it was his hiatal hernia acting up. Gary

From Allen Richard (65): Midland, MI 48640
In case anybody thinks people in the Frozen North don’t mean business—–

06/20/2018 (2644)

Judy LaCroix McGuire (’59): Brain Cancer  Update

Janel posted a new Journal entry, “Mayo Oncology Visit,” on Judy ‘s CaringBridge Site.

Visit the site to read the Journal entry

Mayo Oncology Visit

Journal entry by Janel Kess — 2 hours ago

Judy’s visit went well today at Mayo. Larry, Judy, Mark and Janel (kids) were able to ask all their questions and had a good conversation with the oncologist. We got to see the MRI and it actually shows signs that the radiation and the chemo treatments did what we hoped. Her MRI shows what would be expected if the cancer was destroyed and the body is trying to rid itself of what remains. Her difficulties and hospitalization a week ago was likely due to all the added pressure on the brain while it’s trying to heal from the radiation (the brain is a contained system and added fluid makes it freak out.)

They are hopeful Judy will regain her strength and maybe even get back to post brain surgery/stroke (which was pretty good). She will taper off her steroids and we will watch to see how she responds. The Doctor wants to give her a few weeks to regain strength. Then she will begin another chemo treatment. This chemo is generally well tolerated and her type of cancer usually responds well to it for while. They think it is worth trying and if the negative out weighs the positive she can stop.

This was wonderful news and so good to hear after a rough couple weeks! At the same time we are aware this is a terminal cancer. There is no known cure for this brain cancer. The ONLY way Judy will be cancer free is when God choses to heal her. We know one day Judy’s body will be restored and made new. We just don’t know if it will be while she is with us here on earth or in heaven. So we will continue to pray and are confident that God has gone before Judy and our family. He will prepare us for what’s ahead and we will enjoy each moment right now.

Prayer Request:
– Complete healing!
– Regaining strength
– Endurance for Larry as he takes care of her
– Wisdom as Judy and Larry move forward with treatments and many decisions in care

Thank you to the MANY who have been praying! We feel it and are encouraged by your steadfast spirit to pray fervently for Judy and her family.


Blog (720) posted on February 19, 2010

Commercial Hotel
Reply from Lloyd Awalt (44): Bottineau, ND.
hi Gary I will see if I can answer the question on the commercial hotel. Yes the Hurst family was a owner at one time . Charley Watkins took care of it for awhile, then Gassman’s had it and they sold to Grimme’s. We lived in Tom Cassidy’s house on the corner west of the hotel Mrs. Grimme and my mother were very good friends. They visited together allot. We lived in Tom’s house from 1932 to 1941. My dad had the dray line from 1931 to 1946. So we knew where every one lived for we hauled every thing imaginable. Hope this helps a little Lloyd Awalt.
Gerald Sylvester LaRocque’s death:
From Ginger Poitra (65): Belcourt, ND.
I haven’t seen a writing about my cousin Gerald, Sylvester LaRocque he
passed away Friday February 12, 2010 in a Minot hospital. His wake
services is tonight February 18th at St. Michael’s (formally St. Louis)
Church in Dunseith, with funeral Friday February 19th 2010. Sylvester
was 63, and the son of Jerome and Alice LaRocque, of Dunseith. Some of
the siblings are Bernice, Ronnie, Jackie, Jeanette, Linda, Brian,
Richard, Debbie, Annette, Joy, I just can’t remember the one brother.
Sylvester had one adopted child Shiloh.
Ginger, Neola sent me the following Death notice for Sylvester. I did not realize he was your cousin. We are so sorry to hear of his untimely death. Our condolences are with you and his family. He was so young. Gary
Sylvester LaRocque
(July 22, 1946 – February 12, 2010) 

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SYLVESTER G. (DUEL) LAROCAUE Sylvester (Duel) LaRocque, age 63 of Dunseith, died Friday at a Minot hospital. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 10:00 A.M. in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Dunseith. Burial will be in the St. Louis Cemetery also of Dunseith. A wake will be held on Thursday beginning at 4:00 P.M. in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church with a prayer service at 8:00 P.M.
Sgt. Terry Rishling’s Obituary & Funeral
Posted by Larry Liere (55): Devils Lake, ND & Arizona
I receive these because I am a retiree. Since he is from Belcourt, ND I thought it may be of interest.
Retirees in the area are encouraged to be at the Fargo ariport to pay respects as the casket for Sgt Rishling is being unloaded.
> FARGO, N.D. – The remains of Sgt. Terry Rishling are scheduled to arrive in
> Fargo on Thursday, with visitation at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home that
> evening.
> Sgt. Rishling died at 6:04 p.m. (CST) Feb. 10 (1:04 a.m. Feb. 11 Kosovo time)
> from apparent natural causes while serving in Kosovo with the North Dakota
> Army National Guard. Sgt. Rishling, 38, was a team leader for Third Squad,
> Third Platoon of Alpha Company, 231st Maneuver Task Force, serving in Kosovo
> with Multi-National Battle Group East, Kosovo Forces 12, on a NATO
> peacekeeping mission.
> The plane carrying Sgt. Rishling’s remains is scheduled to arrive on Delta
> Flight #7307 at Fargo’s Hector International Airport at 4:21 p.m. Thursday.
> The North Dakota National Guard’s Military Funeral Honors and the North
> Dakota Patriot Guard will be on site to pay respects as the casket is loaded
> for transport to Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home, 215 S. 7th St., Fargo. Viewing
> and visitation will take place at the funeral home from 6:00-8:00 PM.
> Memorial service: Saturday, February 20 2010, at 10:00 AM, at St. Anns
> Catholic Church, Belcourt, ND.
> A memorial ceremony took place Monday in Kosovo, where Sgt. Rishling’s fellow
> Soldiers remembered him as a dedicated Soldier and jovial role model who
> placed family first and looked after his team members as if they, too, were
> family.
> Sgt. Rishling is survived by his wife, Nancy A. (Gailfus) Rishling (Fargo);
> and daughters Sophie E. Rishling, 8, (Fargo) and Courtney M. Rishling, 20,
> (Belcourt); and his parents, John and Gloria Rishling, of Belcourt, N.D.
> WHAT: Arrival and transport of Sgt. Terry Rishling’s remains and viewing at
> the funeral home
> WHERE: Fargo’s Hector International Airport and Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home,
> 215 S. 7th St., Fargo
> WHEN: Plane arriving at 4:21 p.m. Thursday with viewing expected to from
> 6:00-8:00 p.m.
> COORDINATION: The family has requested that media be allowed at the airport
> and funeral home, but has asked that no interview requests be granted.
> —
> WHAT: Memorial service
> WHERE: St. Anns Catholic Church, Belcourt ND.
> WHEN: Saturday February 20, 2010, at 10:00 AM.

From Trish Larson Clayburgh (73) Fort Collins, CO
Subject:Wild Ride begins 101010Hello Gary! I thought I would drop you a line to let you know that I have set a date for my departure on horseback to Buenos Airies, Argentina. I will leave Estes Park, Colorado on 101010 (October 10, 2010). After a lifetime of dreaming and planning, it is finally almost time. Anyone that knows me well can tell you that I have been horse crazy my entire life. This fall I will realize my dream to become a “Longrider”, or as I prefer to be called, an “equine vagabond”.

This summer I will continue to train and prepare for the long journey of more than 9000 miles with my three horses, Maggie, Magic, and Midnight. My wonderful canine partner, Wiley Coyote will accompany us as well. I have many things to do before I go. The first priorities are to get my website up and get sponsors on board.

I am currently writing letters to business leaders and corporations who might be inspired by my story enough to lend financial or material support.

If I obtain enough funding in time, I would like to “warm up” with a 1000 mile ride back to my home town reunion in North Dakota this May. I am also planning several training rides this summer in Colorado, and I hope to have enough money set aside by spring to be able to leave my nursing job and train full time.

It’s a busy time, but I thought you and your family and friends might like to be the first to learn of this news. I will send you my website link as soon as I go online with my daily blog. I will be keeping my patrons, family, friends, and followers up to date all summer with stories, photos, videos, and accounts of planning tasks, outfitting, training, and adventures leading up to the big ride through Mexico, Central, and South America.

Thank for your interest in my journey, and please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions or know of anyone who might like to offer any kind of support be it emotional, spiritual, financial, or anything else!

I will largely depend “on the kindness of strangers” to achieve my goals, but I hope that anyone who chooses to offer any kind of assistance to me will be rewarded by feeling they are an intrinsic part of the accomplishment.

Feel free to send this on to anyone who might find my equine travels to be of interest.

For the fun of it,
Trish Larson Wild, RN, PhD

“We all have our oceans to fly. Risky? Maybe…. But what do dreams know of boundaries?”. -Amelia Earhart

Trish, We are so happy for you with your life time dream becoming reality. It would be nice if you can make our reunion. We are looking forward to seeing you. Gary

06/15/2018 (2642)

Seeking Info on Pat Beardstail show: Genevieve “Genny” Belgarde and David Belgarde
From Tim Hyke: Stewartville, MN

Hello Gary,

My name is Tim Hyke and I am from Stewartville, MN.  I am looking for some info on the Pat Beardstail Show and/or the tv station that broadcasted it.  I am not sure if I have the name of the show correct or not, but that is what we think it was.  I saw it mentioned in the Dunseith Alumni blog a few times.  That is why I am contacting you.  My Grandmother and Great Uncle grew up in Belcourt and Minot and they performed on the show a number of times.  They have both passed away now and our family thought we would look in to finding out if any of the shows were recorded and if there was any chance we could get recordings of it.  Everyone in our family has heard many stories about them singing and playing guitar on the show and we would love to see it.  Do you have any ideas on who might know something? What the tv station was? Someone who worked on the show?  Someone who worked at the tv station?  I really don’t know where to start so I thought I would throw it out there.  I appreciate any help you could give us.

Best Regards,

Tim Hyke

Reply From Dick Johnson (’68)


     It was a group from Minot and the show was aired on KCJB-TV which is the predecessor of KXMC-TV in Minot.  We know some people who would probably have the info on the group.  They are musicians in the Minot area and talk about this show once in a while.  While I barely remember it on TV,  I do know it played once a week and I think it was on the weekends.  I can ask our friends for more info.


Reply from Tim Hyke:

Thank you both so much for the info and the help!! I have been told by my family that my grandma and great uncle most likely knew the band?  My grandma and uncle’s names are/were Genevieve “Genny” Belgarde and David Belgarde.  Thanks again!!!


Blog (718) posted on February 17, 2010

Posted on February 17, 2010

Dunseith Alumni Reunion Dinner:

Folks, we were trying not to have to collect for the dinner in advance, but we will be charged for the number we give the caterer, so that pretty much locks us into collecting in advance for those that would like the dinner. Verena has make arrangements with a catering service out of Rugby. This is what she has made arrangements for:

Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Corn, Bacon/Lettuce Cauliflower Salad, Dinner Roll and Dessert for $10.00 per plate.

It’s not a requirement to purchase the catered dinner to attend the reunion. Verena asked the caterer if they could provide food for purchase, on site, for those that prefer not to have the catered dinner. They said they could make a few roast beef sandwiches, cold cuts, etc that could be purchased on site.

Verena has calculated $5.00 per head to cover all miscellaneous expenses. This includes the Facility, decorations, table covers, several cakes, the hiring of a clean up crew the following day, etc

For those of you desiring the catered meal, please send your payment of $10.00 Plus $5.00 ($15.00 total) per person payable to

Verena Gillis

PO Box, 785

Dunseith, ND 58329

(701) 263-3302


The caterer has given us a deadline of May 14th.

For those attending that have not paid in advance, we will be collecting the $5.00 registration fee at the registration desk the day of the reunion.

We will be making contact with all of you signed up for the reunion, that we do not get a reply from, to make sure you are informed of the reunion details.


Frozen Fingers “Just Us” Photo’s: Dave Mettler (Bottineau), Don Boardman (60) & Tina Pladson Bullinger (78):
Provided by Dave Mettler and Neola Kofoid Garbe:


Terry Rishling, originally from Belcourt, Died in Kosovo:

Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.


I’ve been waiting for this info to be in the Minot Daily, as I wanted whatever news I sent about Terry, was accurate.



BELCOURT A North Dakota Army National Guard soldier who died while deployed to Kosovo is originally from Belcourt.

Sgt. Terry L. Rishling, 38, Fargo, is the son of John and Gloria Rishling of Belcourt. He graduated from Turtle Mountain Community School in Belcourt in 1991.

Rishling died Wednesday while deployed to Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo, with Multi-National Battle Group-East, Kosovo Forces 12, on a NATO peacekeeping mission, the Guard announced Friday. Rishling was not feeling well and went to the hospital where he died of apparent natural causes, Guard officials said.

Rishling was a team leader for Third Squad, Third Platoon, assigned to Alpha Company, 231st Maneuver Task Force out of Valley City.

A memorial service was held Monday at Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo.

Rishling joined the N.D. Army Guard in 2001. His survivors also include his wife, Nancy, and two daughters, Sophie and Courtney, Fargo.

06/13/2018 (2641)

Larshus Siblings: Lloyd, Dorothy Clark and Marvel.
Facebook Posting from Art Rude.


I don’t have any postings for today so thought I’d share this FB posting of Art Rude’s

I have known Lloyd and Orlene Larshus my entire life. Orlene passed away several years ago. They were very active members, as was our family, of the Metigoshe Lutheran churches.  As the crow flies, they lived south and east of Vinje church in the Turtle Mountains.

In 2015, When I spent the entire month of July in the area, I saw Lloyd out and about nearly every day. He was 90 plus years old then. He most certainly doesn’t show his age. From what I understand, he is still very active in the community. He is 93 plus years young today.

Dorothy Larshus Clark I learned to know when I worked for Dave/Vivian Clark following my HS graduation. She was married to Dave’s brother Reuben. I see Dorothy with all of my visits back to the area too.

Marvel I don’t know. From what I was told she has lived most of her adult life in the Twin cities.

L to R: Marvel Larshus, Lloyd Larshus and Dorothy Larshus Clark.
Larshus 2641


Blog (717) posted on February 16, 2010

Posted on February 16, 2010

Happy Birthday Aime Casavant (66): Jamestown, ND

Aime, I believe today, February 16th, is your birthday. We wish you the happiest birthday ever. Enjoy.

We are also looking forward to seeing you at the reunion on May 22nd. Gary

Reply from Cheryl Larson Dakin (71): BEDFORD, TX

Hi Gary

I’m sure I’m not the only one who would love to see more photos of your fiesta. It’s very interesting to hear you talk about the customs of the people there and see the photos.

Thanks so much.


P S… loved the picture of Nancy and Keith. I’m flying in to Albuquerque to meet Diane (Sjol) and Nancy (Hosmer) on Wed. (Diane has a nursing conference there) and we plan on spending lots of time with Colette in Sante Fe. It should be a blast of shopping, museums, art, good food and great company.

Hotel vacancy the weekend of the reunion

From Verena (Pete 65) Gillis: Dunseith, ND

I called Sky Dancer Casino this morning and they only have 5 rooms
for the 20th, some for the 21st but nothing for the weekend. Pretty
booked up with a wedding, golf teams coming in and so forth. So you could
probably list some of the other motels in the area for them to consider.

Please include Mrs. Ronald Peltier in your emails:


Verena, Thank you so much for this info. I will post a list of other hotels in the area with the next posting of the Reunion attendance list of which I’ll be doing with in the next couple of days. Gary

Dunseith Alumni Reunion:

Reply from Larry St. Claire (66): Anchorage, AK


It sounds like a great time, something I don’t want to miss, so add Robbie and I to the list. We will be there from Alaska.

Commercial Hotel:

Reply from Marie Iverson Staub (60): Seattle, WA


I loved the picture of the Commercial Hotel that Gwen Grimme Eltz sent in. It brought back a lot of memories. I remember Charlie Anderson as he used to be in town a lot. It’s interesting what brings up all those good memories . Some of the other pictures that have been on your blog of the school I can remember as we lived directly across the street. I can’t believe it’s been 53 years ago. It’s scary.

Marie Iverson (Staub)

Commercial Hotel:

Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

First, thanks to the folks that came to the Frozen Fingers event in
Minot and thanks for the compliments. It again lived up to it’s name as
Saturday there were near blizzard conditions throughout the area.
Second, thanks to Gwen Grimme Eltz for the neat picture of the
Commercial Hotel. I had kind of forgotten the enormous size of the
hotel. Many times the neighborhood kids were at Grimme’s to play ball
out in front or just to visit. One thing I remember is that when Greg
and I would go out to play football, we would need another player, as it
is nearly impossible for two kids to play football alone. We would ask
Gwen if she wanted to play? She would, but she always had a rule. She
would say, “Alright, but don’t knock me down,OK?” She knew we could get
a bit rough, and so she had one rule we had to follow! Ever the little
lady. I can still remember the inside of the main floor of the hotel. We
usually entered through the south entrance that is behind the pine trees
in the photo. The first room to the south was where Carl did his
furniture upholstering. He did all kinds and I can still see him
standing there working on his projects. The next room to the right was
where the stairway went upstairs right along the west wall. Then we went
into their large living room. This is the main part of the building that
is centered on the picture. Lots of the woodwork in the hotel was
varnished wood that had naturally darkened to a deep dark brown. I think
the living room transversed the entire center portion as I believe there
were big windows on both the east and west side. North of the living
room was the big kitchen where Gwen mentioned that her mom served the
meals to all the hotel boarders. If I remember right, the kitchen was
painted a cheerful bright yellow. We would sometimes go out of the
kitchen to the east through the door that is centered between the trees
on the picture. Another thing I can remember is that Carl had a small
ship built inside a bottle. I can remember how fascinated I was with
this the first time I saw it. It was on a shelf on the south wall of the
living room. Grimmes also had the first set of bubbling Christmas tree
lights that I had ever seen. Just a couple years ago, I found some of
reproduction bubble lights and bought two sets just for the nostalgia.
In a prior message, I mentioned that my aunt lived in the north ground
floor apartment for a while so I pretty well remember the entire lower
level but I guess for some reason we never went upstairs, as that was
where the boarders had their private rooms. Gwen and Bill–please
correct me about what I’m writing, as this is just my recollection of
YOUR place, so you would be much more correct on the building layout. It
was sure a neat place to go, I do know that. Carl and Kathleen always
made us feel welcome in their home. Carl immigrated from Germany and had
the common ‘German to English’ brogue translation problem. I can still
hear him saying, “Glegly, you be home at 10.” He was a neat guy. Thanks
Gwen and Gary!


Update from DeAnn Gottbreht: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/deanngottbreht

Monday, February 15, 2010 9:31 AM, CST

Happy Valentine’s Day. I am at home enjoying having the holiday off. It is below zero outside so I am glad not to have to head outside.

I started chemo again on this last Friday. It is a new type of chemo with two new drugs. I will do a total of 12 of these treatments. I am going to be doing the treatments weekly now and then break hopefully a week or so before the baby is born so my system can recover from the chemo before the birth. After the birth I will recover for a few weeks and then finish the 12 rounds. These new drugs are not suppose to be as hard on my system as the last so I guess we’ll see. So far I have been feeling fairly good this weekend. Getting plenty of rest!

We met with the high-risk baby doctor and our boy is doing very well. He is about 3 and a half lbs now! We also met with our new OB at Meritcare who will actually hopefully be delivering the baby, as long as he doesn’t show up unexpectedly! I will be getting weekly ultrasounds now to watch the baby closely and make sure he isn’t effected by the new chemo.

I want to thank you all once again for all of your support and generosity. It is greatly appreciated.

Eleanor Hiatt Fauske (42) and Elmer Hiatt (deceased) with their prize winning 4-H Herefords:

From Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59): Everett, WA.

This picture was front page news in the Turtle Mt Star 3 July 1941, a fine photo of the two Hiatt members. I know DeAnn Gottbreht received 2 blue ribbons for her fine porkers around 1990. I thought Pork Chop and Gertrude beautiful pigs and DeAnn was so proud of them. It was hard for me to accept that they would be dressed out at the fair for the needed qualification. Sharron

Follow up reply from Sharron:

I was just a bit jealous of the 4H Club crowd when young. Makes me value the local Brownie troop more and our brave leader, Lee Hosmer. Perhaps someone has a picture? Meetings were the high point of my week/month in 1st and 2nd grade. I can no longer remember how often we met!



Turtle Mountain Star – July 3, 1941

Thompson Family Pictures:

Posted by Kay Hildebrandt (Granddaughter of A.C. & Esther Thompson):


These photos were collected by one of the Canadian Pritchards. Missing are Alfred and Harry. If anyone has a photo of Alfred, I’d like to have a copy. Thanks, Kay

Thank you Kay: A.M. & Esther Thompson would be grandparents to Corbin, Robert, Lincoln, John and Winifred (Eurich) Pritchard. Will & Ida (Thompson) Pritchard in the lower left of the this picture were their parents. A.M. & Esther Thompson were also grandparents to Ella (Thompson) Pladson and Esther (Thompson) Tangen. Their father was Ulysses Thompson, center right, in the picture. Gary

Old Bottineau High School:

Posted by Ken Striker: Dayton OH.

Saw this neat pic at ebay. Ken Striker of Dayton Oh


06/11/2018 (2640)

Posted by Todd Poitra (Ginger ’65 Son): 

DATE: 24 JUNE 2018

Open to all Rolette County Veterans and active military. All branches of the military welcome to attend. USMC/ARMY/NAVY/USAF/COAST GUARD, to include all National Guard and any Reserve personnel. Also immediate family members will be welcome. Spouse/dependents. Widows and widowers of vets that have not been remarried.

The purpose of the vet group is to educate our veterans on any Federal/State/County programs or medical services the veteran may be eligible for. To keep our vets informed about changes and current happenings with existing programs. We also will answer any questions our vets or family members may have as it pertains to the needs of veterans.

As of now, no meals will be served but we will  try to have light refreshments available. Also watch for times and dates for our monthly meetings in the local paper or our local radio station.

Rolette County CVSO –


School Shooting Prevention
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND

Gary, Friends of Dunseith, & Et al,

For whatever the worth, I am sounding off my opinion.

 I am  an educator.  I am quite disconcerted each time I  hear  the news, of another  ‘youth’  targeting peers at a school.     

          I continue to  find difficulty in understanding, the whys.  

I absolutely will not  allow myself to become desensitized. This cannot become my ‘new’ normal thinking.



          I  gleaned from this BBC article;
#1. A  kindergarten lullaby song…..? ( “Lockdown , lockdown shut the door…….” sing to the tune, “Twinkle Twinkle  little star.”)

#2.On arming teachers…?  (What do Teachers fear? … “Missing and hurting a student”.)  That would be me.

#3.I read the  last comment of the BBC article; “be armed with books”

And, I am reminded of Larry H. who often shares some kind of; ‘Laughter’ is good medicine tale.

Yes, Perhaps with a good toss,  I could do that.

Whoa! Second thought; _ Hesitant, ascertain,  ‘Can’ or  ‘cannae’ be one of my favorite books by  Laura Ingall’s Wilder?

          If I had my d’ruthers I’d grab an (old rarely used by me,)  Algebra book ….. perhaps the shooter would  be struck with one coherent thought,

=  “THINK & figure out the  better answer to his problems”.

Until Later,

Vickie L. Metcalfe


Blog (716) posted on February 15, 2010

Reply from Dorothy Eurich Strietzel’s (75) Daughter:
Wendy Strietzel: Minot, ND
Hey Gary! My folks wanted me to send you a note to let everyone know how much they enjoyed the Frozen Fingers concerts yesterday. They also wanted to let Dick and Brenda Johnson know what a great job they did. Both mom and dad have been commenting on how well the Fauske’s did. As a matter of fact, we are listening to their CD right now and it is great.Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone! It’s my son’s 10th Birthday today as well. Take Care!

Wendy Strietzel

Reply from Janice LaCroix Kester (59): Fargo, ND.
Enjoyed the 2 pictures of the girl’s basketball team! I found it amazing how Bonnie came up with so many names! It stirred up memories of grade school, and how much I’d admired the gals who played. I don’t think girls’ basketball was offered when I started high school. Thanks, Gary!Janice Kester
746 Elm St. N.
Fargo, ND 58102

Reply from Audrey Hanson Aitchison: Bottineau, ND.
I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day and hope your day is special. It is nice there are so many people on this blog so we can keep in contact each other. I wanted to explain a little more about the Hope for Humanity that I have worked with for about 20 years. Another name for it is: Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA). It Many times they get there before the Red Cross does. 100% of the money collected goes to help millions around the world who are hurting. Overhead expenses are covered from other funds. It is over 100 years old. It is located at :
Hope for Humanity 12501 Old Columbia Pike Silver Spring, MD 20904. Thanks. Have a great day!
Commercial Hotel:
Memories/Picture from Gwen Grimme Eltz (68): Spokane, WA.
Hi Gary,

I thought you might be interested in a picture of the Commercial Hotel since it’s been mentioned a few times in the blog. Our family moved into the hotel in the fall of 1956 and lived there until 1978. During that time, several elderly men (“boarders”) stayed there long-term; and our mother (Kathleen Fassett Grimme) cooked three meals a day–seven days a week for them, did their weekly laundry every Monday morning, and cleaned their rooms daily. I have a lot of memories of ironing men’s shirts and pressing white sheets and pillowcases using a mangle. Some of the men who lived many years with our family were Bill Sharrett, Ovila Lamoureaux, Charlie Anderson, Ray Anderson, Fred Lamoureaux, among others. The hotel had a front lobby, but in the evenings it was commonplace for the boarders and other hotel guests to join our family in our living room to watch TV and visit.

Always enjoy reading the Dunseith blog, Gary! Thanks for all that you do!

Frozen Fingers Reply:
From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.
Thanks, Gary. :)
Nancy Hosmer/friend attended the Hostfest today. She said, “I know you”, or something to that effect. I didn’t recognize her, so I asked her name. It was great to meet her. I had met her daughter a couple of years ago when my aunt, Alvina Christianson, was in St. Andrew’s Hospital in Bottineau. I had not seen her daughter for awhile. She said she is now working in Minot. It was fun seeing Nancy’s daughter again and meeting Nancy.
Dick, Brenda and Ron sounded great again–as usual. :) Tomorrow, Brenda and I sell tickets for one shift. I sell tickets from 1:00 until closing. The other ticket seller sells for 2 hours. Today, I Tina Bullinger and I worked one shift together.
Speaking of Tina, Florence was at Frozen Fingers today! She uses a walker, but I understand she can walk around the house without her walker. Talk about a miracle. She looks great.
Tomorrow, “Just Us” performs in the afternoon. If you recall, “Just Us” is comprised of Tina Pladson Bullinger, Don Boardman and Dave Mettler. More good music?
The weather really cut into the attendance at Frozen Fingers today. When Wally/I went to Sleep Inn (We live behind the Job Corps.), it was “blustery” and getting slippery. Out of town was bad. Later in the day, the snow quit falling.
I’d better get to bed, as I’m selling tickets again tomorrow. Thank goodness, I don’t need to be there until 1:00. As you know, I don’t “do” mornings. :)
Nancy (Hosmer) Baldwin (62)
with her fiance, Keith Kontzie


06/08/2018 (2639)

American Legion Baseball Prime Rib Supper
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND


COST: $20.00
Legion-1 Legion-2

Sheep Shearing Memories
From Dale Pritchard (’63): Leesville, LA


One more on the sheep shearing subject.  Being the smallest, I was usually the one in the bag packing the wool down.  I remember that a sheep’s wool never quite fit in the bag and had to be pulled down past your face.  It wasn’t one of the most pleasant jobs but it was a good shoe softener.    I was so glad when I could come out of the bag and stay out.  We kept about 60 sheep all the time so it was a two-day job.  Mom made sure we all got a good sheep tick examination at the end of each day.

In reference to sharron gottbreht shen’s comments on Mom.    None of us knew about them eloping until she told us after we all got home for my Dad’s funeral.  The best thing about it was that they were together just a few months short of their 60th anniversary when Dad died.  I don’t remember ever seeing Uncle Norman although I’m sure I did.  He joined the Navy in WWII.  I believe he stayed around California and Nevada after WWII ended.  My Uncle John also spent some time in the Marines during WWII.

Dale Pritchard


Judy LaCroix McGuire (’59): Carringbridge Web link.

Judy was admitted to the hospital today…

Journal entry by Lynn Negaard — 2 hours ago

Judy was admitted to Meeker Memorial Hospital today in Litchfield… MRI is show there is some swelling in her brain causing weakness.

She will be here several days.

Thank you to all who have brought flowers 🌺 this week it’s been a highlight each day to go check out what’s new 😃.  Those who are around drive by and check out the garden!


Blog (715) posted on February 14, 2010

Posted on February 14, 2010

Girls Basketball

Reply from Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59): Everett, WA

We must add Marlene Kraft Amentrout to the basketball team. I sure wished to sink baskets just like Marlene and winged many a prayer that I be granted 5 more inches to qualify as a potential player. The girls of Notre Dame Academey did have volleyball however. Sharron

Girls Basketball

Message/Pictures from Bonnie Awalt Houle (56): Becker, MN


In answer to the Dunseith Girl’s Basketball Coach:

Dunseith had Girl’s Basketball all the years I was in High School. Some of the team members that I remember were:

Doris Peterson, Betty Lou Poepple, Carol Fassett, Betty Counts, Viola Hobbs, Emma Awalt, Viola Klang,Shirley Johnson, Lois Lilleby, Donna Sunderlund, Joyce Burcham, Arlene Lamoureux, Millie Crum, Janice Leonard, Bonnie Awalt, Marlene Kraft, Lois Hiatt, Neva Haagenson, Mickey Haagenson,Elaine Schneider, Marlene Schneider, Joy Nordquist, Arliss Nordquist, Barbara Bott, Arlene Allard, Joanne Kester, Ellen Graff, Tiny Knox: Coaches were first Mr. Conroy, then Mr. Berg and next Virgil Vanorney(sp). Mr. Vanorney had a good knowledge of basketball and was a good coach. The year he coached us we did quite well. Our downfall came in the regional tournament at the Bottineau School of Forestry, when we had to play against Newburg. Newburg were the returning State Champions. They went to State almost every year in the 50’s and we were hoping to get past them, but they went undefeated that year. We had some great players over the years: Marlene Kraft, Viola Hobbs, Arlene Lamoureux, Donna Sunderlund, all had great athletic ability and could have competed with the boys in talent. The years I remember teams were 1951 through 1956.

Marlene Kraft Armentrout could fill you in on the years after we graduated.

Bonnie Awalt Houle 1956

Bonnie, It looks like the names in the 2nd picture got cut off. Thanks, Gary


I have a little extra room today, so thought I’d include several pictures of a Buffet dinner we hosted at our place last night. These pictures were taken before our guests arrived. I did not take any pictures at the dinner, but many of our friends did of which they will pass along to me.

More Filipino customs and traditions. These are Filipino Catholic traditions. I’m not sure if the American Catholic’s celebrate these traditions to the extent as they are celebrated here in the PI. Each and every community, town, city and many individuals here in the PI have their Saints. Each Saint has their date for celebrations each year of which are celebrated with Fiesta’s. Bernadette’s Saints are Lourdes and Bernadette of whom she is named after. I’m not sure where Saint Bernadette fits into the picture but we have a celebration for Saint Lourdes every February with a dinner fiesta of which we had last night. We hired a catering service to come in. They set up the whole event with tables, chairs, tents and the food. We asked them to set up two buffet serving areas of which they did. We had well over 200 folks that attended our fiesta last night. It was a great evening. Folks were here until midnight. We also hired live entertainment with music.


Statue’s of the Saints Lourdes & Bernadette

Lower Buffet Setup

 Upper Buffet setup (Not fully setup when this picture was taken)

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Fond memories of growing up in the Turtle Mountains
Memories from Margret Seim Lawston (54):  Citrus Heights, CA

I read the blog about sheep shearing. It did bring a lot of memories back to me. I can’t tell you how much I remember about growing up in the turtle mountains. I think growing up on a farm was a real advantage to me. sheep shearing , Dehorning cattle, butchering Beef, pork, sheep, and chicken, is very foreign to all my friends living in big cities. Let me not forget about the threshing crew that came every fall. Another event I remember clearly is moving the cattle from one pasture to another. So so many memories. My childhood growing up in the turtle mountains was an enormous blessing. Thanks for all you do.


Dunseith Vandalized property
Question/Posting from Don Martel (DHS Principal): Rosemount, MN

Hi Gary,

These are some not so pretty pictures taken last weekend, while Colleen and I were in the Dunseith/Rolette area to decorate our relatives graves.

Does anyone know if there’s any future plans for this vandalized property? ( I was told the law enforcement authorities recently discovered a Meth manufacturing lab there.) It is a beautiful area and it’s a shame to see what has happened to it.

We drove on an old paved road that goes east off the highway into the San and loops around to the south and back West connecting to where we came in.

I don’t know what any of the buildings are called and I probably never did.

I have shared them with you in hopes that some of your viewers might get a movement going to do something with that beautiful piece of real estate.

I asked a couple of people, “who owns the land?”.  They didn’t know.

If it still belongs to the State, the State should clean it up.

What a disgrace?


Martel-1 Martel-2 Martel-3


Blog (714) posted on February 13, 2010

Posted on February 13, 2010

Dunseith Baskeball Team:

Reply from Janice LaCroix Kester (59): Fargo, ND

In answer to the question of whether there was a girls basketball team in Dunseith – yes, there certainly was in the early to middle 50’s at least. There was Millie Grem, Joanne Kester Boucher, Elaine Schneider, Marlene Schneider, Ellen Graff, Arlene Lamoureau I think and I can’t remember anymore. I’m sure there is people out there who can give a more detailed list of players. Thank you so much Gary! You are unbelievable in the way you have kept this blog going!
Janice Kester
746 Elm St. N.
Fargo, ND 5r8102

Bob Lagerquist (58) & Kenrose Medlang: (701) 263-4232 Dunseith, ND.

From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND

Hello Gary,
Today I zipped into the Family Bakery for soup to go.
Kenrose and Bob.were eating dinner. I was delighted to see them
because they are always so happy and enjoy even a little visit. I
hadn’t seen them since before Thanksgiving.

Bob told me, “This past week he was very sick. He was very
dizzy, so he telephoned Mark Bernstein (Joanne Millang’s husband).
Mark drove he and Kenrose into Bottineau. Bob ended up staying in
the Bottineau hospital for over two days. Kenrose was very
concerned about him and was able to stay at the hospital in Bobs
room. She said the staff at St.Andrews took very good care of Bob.
And were very good to her too. While away from the farm, Loren
DuBois came over and cared for the dogs. Bob and Kenrose were so
grateful for the friendship of Mark Bernstein, & Loren Dubois and
the care of the Bottineau Hospital Staff!

Bob now will go into Minot these next few weeks for further testing.
I asked Bob if I could let Gary Stokes and the folks on the
Dunseith blog know about his recent stay in the hospital. Bob said,
that it was fine with him. Kenrose said,” Why wouldn’t it be? I
said to Kenrose because some folks get upset about people knowing
their stuff” She said, “Hmm, she did not mind at all that Gary
posted her birthday information, she received over 30 birthday cards
and was was happy to hear from everyone! Bob was happy that folks
would be interested in him.
Thanks, Vickie

Norman Pritchard & Leslie Harmon:

Newspaper article posted by Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59): Everett, WA.

Outstanding Pictures! I really do not want to recover from the high of Stokes/Thompson/Pritchard entries. Thank you – pictures are truly worth a thousand words. And I would add that the Hanson/Pritchard romance is surely the right “thousand”. Thank you Dorothy Pritchard and Mary Knutson. In browsing old issues of the Turtle Mt Star I have noted items about Norman Pritchard but never enough of his career and destiny. Would Dale or Dorothy sing of Norman? Thanks Gary. Sharron

Frozen Fingers Festival & Dunseith News:

Posted by Neola Kofoid GarbeMinot & Bottineau, ND

Hi Everyone,

A final reminder of Frozen Fingers Festival to be held at Sleep Inn, Minot, this weekend. If you enjoy old time/bluegrass/gospel music, this is an event for you.

I sell tickets on Saturday/Sunday, starting at one o’clock. If I haven’t met you before, and if you attend the festival, please say hi and tell me who you are.  I’ll also be selling tickets for the dance on Saturday night.

I hope to see many of you this weekend.


Pictures from Dianne Rober’t Johnson (76): Rolla, ND.


Yes, that’s me, holding a White Bass caught @ Pelican Lake, part of Devils lake. The guy that is all the photos is my husband, Kevin. In the 1st photo, holding a White Bass, @ Pelican, taken spring 2008. The 3rd photo was taken same year, along Hwy 19 going to DL, Mauvee Coulee, Kevin is holding a Perch, only one caught take year for us!!. In the 2nd, Kevin is holding a walleye caught @ the bridge south of Churchs Ferry, same year, in the spring.

In the last photo, that is Kevin’s youngest brother(from Texas) & his Dad, (from KS) taken in Plains, KS, down for Pheasant season. I did try to send you some more photos, but not sure if you received them.

thanks – have a nice day,


Kevin Johnson – Pelican Lake

Kevin Johnson:
walleye caught @ the bridge south of Churchs Ferry

Kevin Johnson:
Along Hwy 19 going to DL, Mauvee Coulee

Dianne Rober’t Johnson:
White Bass caught @ Pelican Lake

Kevin Johnson’s brother (from Texas) & his Dad, (from KS)

06/04/2018 (2637

Sheep shearing

Reply from Dennis Dubois (’63):  Minneapolis, MN

I sure relate to Vickie’s story on tromping wool. I did that for many years for Art Seim. My dad would help him shear and “dip” them. Up a ramp and through some disinfectant for ticks. My memory is that I would tromp the wool, with my shoes on, and when the day was done, my leather shoes were like cloth. The lanolin softened them up into a limp piece of leather. My dad always said Art Seim was the fastest shearer he ever knew. Dad and Art were both soooo strong, they handled the sheep so easily. Good memories.


Reply from Allen Richard (’65): Grand Rapids, MI

Gary, I think I can relate to your situation.  My mother in law has Alzheimer’s.  In some ways she seems to be better, and worse in other ways. We need to keep her out of the kitchen and away from the stairs.  There are many other things as well as well as the near daily fading.

Hang in there!



Rev Hampton Kavlie
Reply from Theresa Sivertson Delikat:  Box Elder, SD

Just a note on Hampton Kavlie. His father Leonard and my father were first cousins. Hampton married Tom and I 44 years ago.  Theresa Sivertson Delikat

Gary’s Note:
Theresa is the daughter of Lars and Ruby Sivertson. They lived east of Lake Metigoshe near Oscar and Sylvia Bergan’s.

Theresa,  I didn’t realize that Leonard and your Dad were first cousins. Bernard and Betty Kavlie, Leonard’s brother, lived very near you too. Their farm was very near the Canadian border


San Haven Photo
Reply from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65): Belcourt, ND

Morning Gary,

In response to the San Haven picture. Before putting it to rest with the names you have on them. Remember that number 8 was changed to Vivian Poitra.

I wanted to say, I think you had this picture up a few years or so ago. I remember bringing a hard copy to my mother-in-law, while she was in the Rolette home, her mind was pretty sharp, she was naming the people in the picture. She worked at San Haven. She thought it was a nice picture. She knew them all.

We are so fortunate to still have you writing this blog. Keep going you are very much appreciated by all.

Thanks Gary,

Ginger Poitra class of 1965

Gary’s Reply
Thank you Ginger for the nice comment


San Haven Photo
Reply from Jay Vanorny (’66):  Dunseith, ND

Jay thinks maybe #3 is Nels Holman, he has enjoyed this picture, tried telling me stories of some of the people.
my name is Karen, and I work for Jay Vanorny

San Haven Photo
Reply from Toni Morinville Gredesky (68):  Farimount, ND

Hi Gary,

Number 11 in the San Haven pic is not my mother. She never worked at the San.

Toni Morinville Gredesky


San Haven Photo

Folks Can we ID number 11? Then we’ll have them All identified.  Thanks
San Haven 2637


Stokes picture posted yesterday

Reply from John Tangen:  Calistoga, CA. 

Hi Gary, those are interesting pictures of the Stokes family I don’t recall ever seeing before.  Could that be Frank and Julia on the right?  And apparently the Rendahl’s had only the one daughter, Alice?  I knew some of her family (the Van Radens) when I lived in Kansas.  BTW, I didn’t recall your folks raising sheep!

Gary’s Reply:
Thanks John. Doing some picture comparisons, that is definitely Frank and Julia Stokes, my grandparents. You mother, Esther Thompson Tangen was related too.  Her mother, Alice Stokes Thompson, and my grandfather, Frank Stokes, were siblings.
Stokes, William family 2637


Kalk Reunion Pictures

Posted by Al Lopez:  Minneapolis, MN

Hi Gary,
This Al Lopez. I was married to Kathy (Barbara) Kalk here’s some pictures of our get together:
Kalk members: Vince, Rod, Janet, Marlene, and Natalie.
Kalk-1 Kalk-2 Kalk-3 Kalk-4


Blog (713) posted on February 12, 2010

Dennis Dubois (63):
Folks, I had a nice chat with Dennis Dubois this morning. Dennis is living in Minneapolis. Dennis for sure plans to attend the reunion on May 22nd. In the course of our conversation he mentioned Mary Bott (62). I told Dennis I’d call her too, of which I did. Mary is living in Linton, ND. She is not sure if she will be able to make the reunion.
Girls Basketball question:
From Chris LaFromboise (90): Dunseith, ND.
Does anyone have a recollection of girls basketball in Dunseith? Has any team made it to the State Tournament? I am coaching the varsity girls team this year and wondered if Dunseith ever made it to state for basketball.
Reply from Vickie Metcafle (70): Bottineau, ND.
Mary Knutson and Gary,
Thanks for the photo sharing of my namesake Leona Rose (Metcalfe) Oswell. I hadn’t seen that one.
The athlete photo from the Bottineau courant paper is of Trenten James Metcalfe, son of Archie and Sally(Knutson) Metcalfe. Trenten’s maternal grandmother is Mary (Eurich) Knutson. Trenten is blessed to have known his great- grandmother Winnifred(Prichard) Eurich. And knows that his great grandmother Winnifred Pritchard and paternal Great-aunt Leona Metcalfe were life long friends!
Aunt Leona flew back to ND with her son Ron in the early 2000’s to visit. She met and knew many of her extended family.
Aunt Leona spent one day at the Eurich farm with her friend Winnifred. Later that evening, Leona told the story of a skip day many years ago in the 1930’s. She and Winnifred hiked to a nearby popular water area and spent the afternoon on the large rocks sitting comfortably, visiting lazily in the warm spring sun. Two days later at Winnifred’s graduation, Leona said, “Winnifred’s smiling face glowed like a beckon on the stage, standing out from all the other graduates.” “It was shiny red like a stop light, she had a such a sunburn and her white teeth glowed with her smile”
She was able to visit her absolutely favorite Bergan school teacher (Miss Laura Olson) Mrs. Potratz at Dunseith Senior Citizens. Leona was so full of delight at the end of that day,showing us a photo that the former teacher had kept all those many years and brought to give Leona. “Ah….” Leona glowed like a kid when she said “Miss Potratz said, I was a smart intelligent girl!”
Another afternoon was spent with another life long friend Edna (Tooke) Vandal.
Seeing Aunt Leona’s joyous animated face when remembering her fond friendships of yesteryear and telling stories, gave her son Ron and I pure pleasure! I smiled for days. It warms me now again to think of those wonderful fond and life lasting friends. Thanks again for the memories. Vickie Leona Metcalfe
Reply from Lee Struck (66): Hudson, WI.
Gary & all subscribers –
I wish to correct a comment made by Audrey Aitchison to the note on my volunteer work.
I have NOT done any work with Hope for Humanity (ADRA). I maintain a membership with Bethel Lutheran Church – ELCA – (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America).
My association – both through local chapters and in the hurricane ravaged Gulf Area of our country – has been with Habitat For Humanity. Founded by Millard & Linda Fuller in Americus, GA in 1976, Habitat For Humanity has built more than 100,000 homes world-wide.
To celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary (August 29th), the Fuller family had planned an international “blitz build” of 100 houses beginning August 29th in Mr. Fuller’s home town of Lanett, GA. Unfortunately, Mr. Fuller passed away suddenly on February 5, 2009.
Following his untimely death, the plans for “the build” remained in place, but the event was re-named the 1st Annual Fuller Legacy Build. I participated in that miraculous event. On Monday morning we drove up to the job site and saw 6 cement slabs. Just before the dedication ceremony at 2 PM on Friday of that week, we were hanging kitchen cabinets, trimming the doors and installing baseboards in the painted rooms!
I was blessed to meet Mrs. Fuller, visit with her and receive her note & autograph on “The Theology Of The Hammer”, one of many books written by Mr. Fuller. She is a delightful, charming, Southern woman, living the Fuller Center motto – “Building a Better World, One House at a Time”.
The 2nd Annual Fuller Legacy Build will take place this year in Indianapolis, IN, the first week of September. To join us, please visit the Fuller Center web site at http://www.fullercenter.org/.—
Go In Peace!
Serve The Lord!

Lee Struck


06/01/2018 (2636)

San Haven Picture

Folks, before we put this one to bed are we able to identify number 3?

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Leonard and Dot Kavlie Family & Hampton Kavie Obitury|
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND



The Leonard and Dot Kavli  family lived   on a well kept farm across  the fence, South  of Little Prairie Cemetery.

A tall evergreen grove in view  from thefe  is a  beacon to the yard.

.This  farm was   purchased by John and Helen Gunville  and  again later,  by E. Gustafson.

My  mother  worked  for  Dot and Leonard as young teen,  she always spoke fondly of the family.

My Uncle,  (Willard ) Bill Lamb held  Reverend Kavli  in high esteem.


Reverend Hampton Kavlie
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Reverend Hampton Almor Kavlie, 88, longtime Lutheran Brethren Pastor, entered eternal rest on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in a Minot Hospital.

Hampton was born January 29, 1930 at Bottineau, North Dakota the son of Leonard and Dagney “Dot” (Brujhell) Kavlie. He was raised on the family farm near Dunseith and educated at country schools north of Dunseith before graduating from Hillcrest Academy in 1949.

Hampton attended the Bottineau School of Forestry before entering the seminary for three years. He was united in marriage to Ethel Schroeder on September 2, 1951 at Souris, ND. Following their marriage, they moved to Fergus Falls, where he completed his education at the Lutheran Brethren Seminary in 1954.

Hampton began a lengthy career as a minister, serving the communities of Osakis, MN, Grand Forks, ND, Sioux Falls, SD, Williston, ND, Minot, ND and Phoenix, AZ. They returned to Williston in 1978 until returning to Minot in 1995 to serve Our Redeemers Lutheran Brethren Church. He retired for the second time in 2004 after 50 years in the ministry. During his time as a Pastor, he had also traveled extensively as an evangelist throughout the United States.

Hampton enjoyed preaching, singing, traveling, telling stories and fishing. Blessed are the many who knew him and were touched by his ministry.

His loving family includes, wife of 66 years, Ethel of Minot; children, Garreth (Margery) Kavlie, Jamestown, ND, Gaylord (Cindy) Kavlie, Bismarck, ND, Grant (Gloria) Kavlie, Glendale, AZ, Garnell “Dolly” (Dave) Gowan, Minot and Gayle (Curt) Moore, Minot; 14 grandchildren & 25 great grandchildren; brothers, Curtis (Elaine) Kavlie, Fergus Falls, MN & Jerry (Arlys) Kavlie, Great Falls, MT; sister in law, Phyllis Kavlie of Rolette, ND; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Hampton was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Duane Kavlie.

Funeral service: Friday, June 1, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in Our Redeemer’s Church, Minot.

Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.

Visitation: Thursday, May 31st from 4:00-7:00p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers or plants the family prefers memorials to Our Redeemer’s Church or Our Redeemer’s Christian School.


Sheep shearing time on the farm
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70): dogdays@utma.com Bottineau, ND

 Gary and Friends of Dunseith, 

            I recall in MT some sheep ranchers keep a llama with sheep to keep the predators away.

When In Scotland there  were no predators.  And many different kinds of sheep. 

Some on an  Isle off Orkney there are sheep with green wool.

Here in the states on are farm there were mainly  are white faced  Columbia and  black faced sheep.  

            Yes, I love sheep.  I love  gentle ewes in the  pasture and frisky lambs in the spring     

The article,  brought back memories of  springtime shearing on the farm.

            Usually,  my dad and another  fellow caught  the  sheep,   two guys  sheared, and me, the tromper.

Yes,  I was a Tromper.

            A  tromper’s job  was  to  climb  into the huge burlap,  scratchy,  gunny bag smelling of jute and stomp,  tramp and tromp to pack the wool down.

The bag was attached to a wooden frame.  Up a step ladder I climb ,  crawl over the frame, hop in the bag,  and slide down to the bottom.

             TROMP-TROMP-TROMPED  all morning,  as one after another  fleece was thrown in.

The strong odor of  the lanolin  always met me, and sometimes a wee bit  poop-y wool. tags and  no time to brush away  few sheep ticks.

            From inside the bag I heard  cacophony of   sounds;

constant buzzing  of the shears  (the two shearers did not  speak just sheared, deep  bleating of the  ewes, baa’s,   baa , baa’s of their lambs in the distance crying for  their  momma’s, pitter patter  scramble of feet  whence escaping the arms of the shearer as he  released a ewe.

            Whomp! Humph! Another fleece on my head! 

Deep  BAA,  as a ewe  trotted off   kicking up her heels  onto the green grass in search of her hungry lamb.

            Finally, one bag down more to come!  Back in another bag and do it all over again.

A bit more rambunctious, boisterous sound came from  the buck sheep  as he was caught and presented to the shearer.

I  was always wondering, “”Now what would I do if he got loose and gave me in the wool bag a bunt?

Never happened.  My dad and the other guy were always great sheep wrestlers!

            High noon. Job done. 

Time for mom’s roast beef , tators & gravy and dessert.

            Year after year, Dad would say, Shearing time tomorrow,  “Time to pack the wool.”

 I’d reply, “Nooooo Dad!  Not me! It’s hot and smelly, and greasy lanolin in there!.

            Dad always replied, ” Lanolin makes your skin and hair beautiful”.

We can’t do without you…..It is an important job. Won’t  you you please help? 

(like the cartoon character Charlie Brown,) I fell for my Dad’s psychology every time every spring!

            Once again like a tick, I’d be  crawling  in the wool sack.

            Who were some of the  area sheep shearers?

            Hank Salmonson was one.

  I think now,  there is probably  only one in the  entire state.

            Years ago, there were a number shearer’s in the area and a flock of sheep on most farms.

But alas! The coyotes moved in and  time moved TOO.

            Thanks Gary, love to your beautiful wife.

Until later, Happy June.

Vickie L. Metcalfe,  May 2018

Gary’s comments,

Hank Salmonson and Albert Hiatt were the sheep Shearer’s at  our farm and the area too other than for Robert Pritchard who sheared his own. We only had about 20 sheep, so only a couple of smaller bags that didn’t need to be tramped.

 Vickie, I feel for you having to have been in that wool sack. On a warm day that must have been pure hell. All that you said is very true too. You didn’t exaggerate one bit either.  


Blog (712) posted on February 11, 2010

Posted on February 11, 2010

Class of 73:

Reply from Sharon Longie Dana (73): MIssoula MT

Reply to Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine,

Where is the class of 1973. We are out there BUT as I have mentioned before here in Garys blog the class of 73 doesn’t blog, doesn’t ask questions or reply or make remarks. I have heard that some of our classmates are silent readers. They were a great class…i wouldn’t say that…….there were those of us who were friends and those of us who were outsiders for one reason or another. I would hardly call the class as a whole great. We seem to only remember the good times when someone passes. Life is to short, but only a few of us know that for real. Don’t mean to be a downer Vicki, maybe the class of 73 needed a reality check.

Sharon Longie Dana(73)

Pictures provided by Mary Eruich Knutson (62): Dunseith, ND.

Mary, these Pictures are absolutely wonderful. I have added my guess to several of them as who may be who. It’s a pure guess on my part. Hopefully someone can make a better positive identification than me. Thank you so much for sharing. We are looking forward to seeing any more pictures that you may have too. Gary

Folks, Mary has solicited the services of Karen Larson at the Spectrum in Bottineau to scan and send these pictures to me. She does a great job and her fees are very reasonable. Gary

Leona Metcalfe Oswell DHS Class of 1939.
October 13, 1921 – November 2, 2006


Clint Anderson 1881- 1969 Hattie Anderson 1885-1971

Clint & Hattie owned & ran the Cream Station in Dunseith. They were married for 66 years.

Dunseith Centennial book – page 7

I think Mary has the above picture labeled correctly and in the right order, Gary

This is a pure guess in the above picture, Gary:

Far left: Alice Stokes Thompson sitting in chair with Ulysses Thompson behind.

Center: William Stokes sitting with Oscar Rendahl standing behind and Rebecca Stokes Rendahl Standing in front. Oscar & Rebecca’s daughter standing to the right.

Standing to the far right I have no clue.

Newspaper articles provided by Neoal Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

I’m not sure which Metcalfe Family Trenten belongs too?




05/29/2018 (2635)


I don’t have any posting for today so I’ve included several pictures from Last night.

Last night was this month’s Cebu Expat dinner that was held at the Marco Polo. We only had about 80 attend last night’s dinner.

Bernadette really isn’t doing well. She has become very forgetful, both long and short term. Today she doesn’t remember being at the Marco Polo last night. No matter how much we coach her memory she doesn’t remember. She forgets about 50% of the recent and has forgotten about 25% of the past. The past several months she has slipped the most. She still has a strong desire to visit the USA again and she still thinks she can drive. She can barely get in the car let alone drive. She is unable to fasten her seat belt too. She pages or calls me many time each day. She will ask what I’m doing or where I’m going of which most often she doesn’t understand when I tell her. She still knows all of us though, so that is good. She does forget some of the kids names though. Our help comes on at 8 AM and leaves at 9 PM. We have three with staggered shifts.

I’m very thankful I have such good help. They are a god send. Tata, the gal holding and behind the wheelchair, has been with us for 15 years. She knows us well. Next to me Tata is the most important person in Bernadette’s life. Tata is Novie’s aunt. Her husband, Aldren, is a brother to Novie’s dad. I have now hired Aldren back full time too. He takes care of the outside cleaning and maintenance, painting, etc. Without a doubt we have the cleanest maintain residence in all of Cebu. Aldren loves to clean and he is an excellent painter too, inclusive of all the painting preps.

Leaving for the Marco Polo
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At the Marco Polo
Mirasol, Tata, Bernadette, (Novie and Jasmine mother daughter)
Novie is 36 years old and Jasmine is 13. Mirasol is 38 and Tata 44.
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Blog (711) posted on February 10, 2010

Posted on February 10, 2010

Reunion Reply:

From Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine (73): Grafton, ND

I have some great concern: WHERE IS THE CLASS OF 1973, as of today it is myself and Jeff Evans Im sure Jeff and I can party enough for everyone lol but it would sure be nice to see more of you at the reunion. As I remember we had a great class. So glad to hear you are coming Gary be great to see you.

Vickie, I have attached the reunion list in a class sort again today so folks can see who among their class mates plan on attending. Gary

The Schwabe & Schniederman Families:

Reply Mary Eruich Knutson (62): Dunseith, ND

Hi Gary

I called Erma Eurich Peltier last night to see if she could add anything to the Schwabe info. She remembers them well. They were apparently very close neighbors. She named the kids. Forest, Dale, Howard, Florence. She said Florence was quite a bit younger than she was and she thought forest was the oldest. They went to school together. Forest had a glass eye and it would freak her out when he’d take it out and apparently he knew this and during school he’d take it out and roll it around on his desk.

I figured Art Schneiderman’s wife would turn out to be a Schwabe but apparently not. She actually couldn’t remember who she was. She did remember that her name was Marie. Mary

Dorothy Pritchard/picture/write-up, The Schwabe & Schniederman Families:

From Mary Eruich Knutson (62): Dunseith, ND


Today Marie Eurich Beachler called me regarding the Schwabe family. She said the Schwabes lived in the area for some time when they were kids. And they visited back and forth a lot. Mrs. Schwabe and Mrs. Art Schneiderman were sisters. Schwabe’s went west when the war broke out and would come back occassionally and would always pay them a visit when back here.

Art Schneiderman lived with us for quite awhile after his wife had died. He had broken a leg and it wouldn’t heal right and he couldn’t take care of himself. At that time welfare wasn’t that easy to get and you had to live in a county so long before you were eligible to draw. I don’t know all the details but I know he stayed with us till he was eligible in Rolette county then he an Earl found a place to stay but it didn’t last as the Dr said his leg wasn’t healing right and they would have to rebreak it. I don’t remember all the details but I think he came back to live with us a couple of times. If Earl was in the area he’d stay with us to.

Dorothy really enjoyed her cards and letters. She said, They just kept coming and coming. Thought you’d enjoy some of her history she shared earlier with staff in Bottineau. That is the cabin her a Robert were in the proces of building when Shirley was born.

Here’s a couple more pictures. I thought Gary Metcalfe might enjoy the Clint and Hatty (ie) Anderson one and Leona

Metcalfe. I remember the old cream station. The stove set on a little platform. I remember Ma leaving me at the cream station while she run to Hassen’s for groceries. I sat on that little platform by the stove and never moved.

Thought you and Kay and Keith and Dale would enjoy the picture of the Stoke’s again. Kay gave me an address for the Canadian relatives so I will be trying to make contact to get the Pritchard side identified also. I hope you can do a better job of naming the folks on that picture. They are not standing in the order that the names are stated thats for sure. I ‘m going to lay low for awhile and enjoy others input for awhile. Thanks Mary K


I am cramped for time again today, so I’ll post those other pictures tomorrow.

Thank you so much for Dorothy’s write-up. Dale or someone sent this several years ago before we got you on line, but it truly deserves another re-run.

Folks, I am so glad to hear of all the cards Dorothy received from all of us for her 97th Birthday last month.


PS – Mary, I’m hoping your laying low is short lived. We really enjoy all that you have to contribute.

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND


Gladys Rosberg
(Died February 4, 2010) 

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Gladys Eva RosbergFuneral services for Gladys Rosberg, age 98 of Bottineau, were held on Wednesday at 10:00 am at the First Lutheran Church in Bottineau. Officiating at the service was the Reverend Glenn Berge. Dianna Bullinger was the soloist and Nancy Olson was the organist. Casket bearers were Dean Rosberg, Erok Rosberg, Larry Rosberg, Kreg Rosberg, Rory Holmes, Dana Larson, Drew Holmes and Joshua Heisler. Honorary casket bearers were all of Gladys’ grandchildren. Burial was at the Oak Creek Cemetery in Bottineau.

Gladys Rosberg, a daughter of Eugene and Anna (Grimstead) McGhan was born on February 28, 1911 at Jackson, MN. In 1916, she moved with her family by train to Bottineau County and settled near Souris. She attended grade school in Peabody Township and graduated from Souris High School in 1929. On June 20, 1931, she married John Oliver Rosberg at the Bottineau County Courthouse. They made their home in Carbury for 10 years and during that time eight children were born. Johnny worked as a carpenter and also did painting and paper hanging. In 1942 they moved a one-room school house into Bottineau. They enlarged it and made it their home. They also added to more children to the family. John passed away on April 7, 1957 from a brain tumor. Gladys continued to live in the family home where she raised the children. In 2002 Gladys moved into the Bottineau Good Samaritan Center and in 2009 she moved to a Wichita, KS nursing home to be closer to family.

She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Bottineau where she was active in the WELCA and the quilters group. Gladys was the matriarch of her family and kept everyone in touch by writing interesting letters and by faithfully sending birthday cards. She always had a baked item ready for friends and family when they stopped by for coffee. Her hospitality, listening skills and gentle, loving personality made everyone feel welcome.

She passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2010 at a Wichita, KS nursing home.

She is survived by 6 daughters, Darlene (George) Gillies of Bremerton, WA, Margaret (Dave) Dawson of Casper, WY, Cheryl Larson of Kent, WA, Olive (Max) Burdick of Overland Park, KS, Glenda (Don) Heisler of Hokes Bluff, AL, and Alysia (Mark) Runnells of Newton, KS; 3 sons, Lonnie (Eunice) Rosberg of Mohall, John (Eleanor) Rosberg of Mills, WY and Dennis (Audrey) Rosberg of Billings, MT; 25 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; sisters, Mabel Mosing of Bottineau, Evelyn “Sally” Guttu, Tacoma, WA; sister-in-law, Ilene McGhan, Crosby, ND and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter Yvonne Turner; twin brother, Glen McGhan; brothers, Marion McGhan, Art McGhan, Cecil McGhan, Edwin McGhan and Eugene McGhan; sisters, Margaret Van Eckhout, Alma Lexa, Lucille Magnuson, Alice Rebich and Luella Thomas; 3 grandchildren and one great-grandchild

05/25/2018 (2634)

Reply to Neola Kofoid Garbe
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65): Belcourt, ND

Hi Neola,

Sorry your husband will have to be in an assisted living home. That has to be hard on you in many ways. It will be good though that you won’t have to worry when you go out doing things that need to be done.

Give your husband my best wishes that his pain will be lifted, no one should have to be in pain.

Neola you take care of yourself also. I wish I would’ve stopped in to see you a few weeks ago when I saw your van at your house. I was with others and didn’t want to have them wait until, I knew what would’ve happened when we saw each other we would’ve probably got to talking and we know how that is.

Thank you Neola for being the best person ever! Thank you for being a good listener.

Take care, love and prayers.

Your friend,  Ginger



Reply to Neola Kofoid Garbe
From Lee Stickland (’64) Dickinson, ND

Neola,   I have lived in an assisted care cntr for over two years and all is great.  Mainly my meds are managed for me.

I wish you the best.   Lee



Blog (709) posted on February 8, 2010

Posted on February 8, 2010


I got a message from Al & Kathy (Barbara) Kalk (65) Lopez letting me know that they plan on attending our reunion on May 22nd. Kathy was unable to attend our 2007 reunion, so it will be nice to see her and Al. It’s been 45 years since most of us have seen Barbara.

Kathy (Barbara as we all remember you), It will be so nice to see you again. Gary

Kathy (Barbara) Kalk & Al lopez

Kathy & Al’s children – 2008

History Memories:

From Gary Metcalfe (57): Forsyth, MO

Hello all, I guess one opinion is as good as another, so here goes some opinions. I believe the one trait that most people on the blog can thank the early settlers for was sheer nerve and spirit of adventure. Without the PP&MM book we would have lost contact with the past in so many ways. I read somewhere that Louis Bergan was the oldest child and came from Norway at one year old and that there were about six or seven other children. Then I could not remember where I had read this so I looked through the PP&MM again and saw were three or four of the Bergan’s went to Willow Lake School. Then I found an early settlers, Hans Bergan who settled in Holmes Twsp. where we lived.

Then I found a George Hack, who was an earlier settler on land that Boardman’s and Sal Schneider occupied in our later years. This might explain your mystery man, Emil Hack.

I read about people like Jim Penny, Joe Renauld, and others just like them in that area south of Dunseith. My mother lived neighbors to them in the old days. She was fascinated with Joe’s ability to roll a cigarett with one hand, he blew the other off with a shot gun. Read his story in the PP&MM.

You can find a story in there about my old friend, Maggie Cassidy’s hubby when he was 9 years old, written by a supreme court judge. Tom was a hero. So to the Wenstad girl who bought the book, PP&MM, it may take you 10 years or more as it did me to really get into it, but that is alright.

To Allen Richard, Pete Richard’s store was known as the Variety Store to us. He was always on the job with his bolo tie and big rings on his fingers. Norman Richard spent the winter of 1945 or 46 up on our farm. Tough duty, no electricity, snowed in while we went back to Seattle for the winter.

Read about Frank and Julian Peltier’s grandfather. He had money and did not need to move to ND. Dakota was not much different than when I lived there, frozen solid in the winter and mosquitoes in the summer. We had to build a smudge to even have a 4H meeting in those days. One person had to weild a dish towel so the crew could eat dinner, flies you know.

Bonnie Awalt Houle if you read about your grandparents and also Clint Anderson, you will see why you are a survivor. I will talk about Clint Anderson later.

We haven’t even mentioned the guy who always said, “Holy Baldheaded” when he got excited. He also would say, “Holy Cat”. I have a feeling Floyd Dion will know who I am talking about.

This is getting too long. Thank you Gary, sure do appreciate you and all you do for us. Gary Metcalfe

The old lumber Yard & Story:

From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.


One old story about a deal at the old Great Plains lumber yard, is
worth telling, I think. This is the lumber yard that was mentioned in
recent messages and was located where the Dunseith post office is now.
The back side of the lumberyard building was right up against the alley
behind the bank. I remember how cars would splash mud against the
building when they went down the alley. There was a time when Isadore
(Zike) Boguslawski bought scrap iron and batteries at the old lumber
yard building. There was a little kid ( won’t mention his name) in
Dunseith who found a few old batteries and brought them to Zike to make
a few dollars. One day someone had turned into the alley and slid their
car into the back wall and knocked a hole in the wall right behind the
batteries. This kid was coming up the alley with a battery in the box of
his wagon and found the hole, with the batteries just sitting there for
the taking. He crawled in and set a few batteries out in the alley and
loaded them in his wagon and then went around front and sold them to
Zike. He did this several days until Zike figured this kid sure was
finding a lot of junk batteries for a young kid, so Zike marked a few
batteries and sure enough, they showed up! The part of the story that is
interesting is that the kid had a given name but since that day in the
’60s, he has only been known as ‘Potlicker’. This is what Zike was
calling him as he chased him around town trying to get close enough to
give him a whooping! To this day, he is called ‘Potlicker’! Thanks Gary!


Turtle Mountain Country School Reunion:

Posted by Linda Gardner: Washington, DC

Hi Gary – I had a call today from Tom Hagan. He asked if you could rerun the announcement about the Turtle Mountain Country School Reunion as he had lost the original e-mail. The announcement is attached.

I’m also attaching a picture of the snow we had over the weekend. I live about 20 miles west of Washington, DC and for the second time in the last couple of months we got hit with a bad snow storm – a little over 3 feet. The mound of snow you see in the attached picture between the lamp post and mail box is my car!! Looks a lot like ND don’t you think. Federal Government is closed tomorrow as public transportation is still not up and running!!!

Thanks, Gary for all your help!

Linda, That is quite a snow storm you guys had. The snow is piled up pretty high on the mail box and the cars.

I have pasted the Reunion annoucement and registration form below. Gary

Turtle Mountain Country School Reunion

July 10, 2010

Plans are underway to hold a Turtle Mountain Country School Reunion on July 10, 2010, at the Twin Oaks Resort & Convention Center atLakeMetigoshe.Anyone who attended a country school in theTurtleMountains or is interested in celebrating an educational life style of the past is welcome to attend.The cost is $42.00 per person.Reservations and advance payment are required.Please fill out the form below and mail to:

Linda Gardner

3059 Sugar Lane

Vienna, VA22181

TurtleMountainCountrySchoolReunion Registration Form




Number of Participants

Checks should be made payable to Linda Gardner and mailed with the registration form to the address above by June 1, 2010.

Registration will begin at 3 PM; Social Hour 4-6:30 PM and dinner will be served from 6:30 – 8 PM.

If you are interested in helping organize this event, have memorabilia to share at this event, or have questions, please contact Linda at:



DeAnn Gottbreht Picture: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/deanngottbreht

Posted by Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59): Everett, WA.

The pixie girl attached is DeAnn Gottbreht at age 5, Clear Lake Canada! It seems right to send a second posting today in view of the generosity of Verena and Pete Gillis who know full well the rough road of cancer. I spoke with Ernie and Cheryl yeaterday; DeAnn and Patrick and the kindness of Verena and all volunteers were the first and foremost subject. Praise God, all continues well. Thank you friends. Sharron

Daughter of Ernie Gottbreht (65) and Brenda Hill Mueller (70):

DeAnn Gottbreht – 1987

Dick Johnson & Sharron Gottbreht – Conversation about the Schneiderman’s Haagenson’s & others.

Posted by Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59): Everett, WA.

Kind of Dick to think I could incorporate this data on the Haagensons and Schneidermans. I reviewed what I sent and see several typos and grammar problems. I doubt I can be trusted, Dick! Besides, you have first hand knowledge of the terrible events that affected their lives. I should have mentioned that the Schneidermans had moved to Rolette County sometime after the 1930 census. Their centennial entries appear in the Bottineau County book. Obviously, Art Schneiderman and family belong with us! I cannot pinpoint the “Beaver Dam” area, but it must be as Dick ably describes. Many thanks, Sharron

Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2010 10:35:22 -0600
From: djcars@hughes.net
To: sharron_shen@msn.com
Subject: Re:

Thanks Sharron! One local input item, Schneidermans lived on a farmstead in the Turtle Mts. just south of Rendahl Church. There is still a house standing there. It is located one mile west of the Willow Lake Road and just a short distance north of Elvin Haagenson’s farmstead. I got to know Earl Schneiderman while I was over in my wife’s home town of Sherwood. He was Art’s son, I believe. He rented a trailer house site from my father-in-law and later built a new home right next door to them. Earl said they/he lived in the Turtle Mts. on this farm until he entered the army in 1961. He gave me a ’56 Chevy car that he had left on the place and so that’s how I knew where it was located. Earl died a few years ago. He was divorced and lived with his son, Tim. Tim was one of the young fireman who were burned terribly in an oil field fire several years ago. His face is disfigured but he was one of the lucky ones. Two died from burns and one other is very disfigured. It was on the same land that my wife’s uncle farmed and he was there when the final explosion happened. Terrible tragedy for such a small town.The lightening caused the fire and Brenda’s uncle saw the primary fire and called the fire dept. He was really traumatized by the accident, as I’m sure most people would have been. Just thought that you could maybe use this information while doing the research. Thanks.


Sharron Shen wrote:

Thank you Dick Johnson for expanding on what we now know of the Schwabe family. In addition to Hans Schwabe who was 19 in 1930, his brother Christ, absent from home, was age 30. This rings a bell and I will check for a Christ Schwab in the TMS. I too made the association of Schwab/Schwabe. Although the father Wm Schwabe, of Louis, Christ and Hans was born in Denmark, his parents were born in Germany. Wm P Schwab, salesman at the lMarchand/Watkins lumber yard for many years, was born in Iowa, parents born in Germany. Many families altered the spelling of there names on arrival USA – Gottbreht/Gottbrecht. The Schwabe/Haagenson names were often associated. I only checked the family of Hans and Ida Haagenson who lived in Gilbert Twp. Hans was 54, Ida 56; children still at home in Gilbert Twp were Willard age 24, his wife, Erma 20, their baby Raymond 11/12; and Alvin youngest son of Hans, age 17. The Haagensons were neighbors of Lillie Kotchevar on one side and Anton Gunville followed by Gilbert Rude on the other; Art Rude was age 6. I sure want to take a second look for teachers, neighbors, ministers who lived near Art Rude; a man among men and anchor of his community.

According to the centennial bio of Wm P Schwab and Hattie Hurst, they had 2 children. Ethyl, 23 in 1930, was married to Wm Gottbreht Jr, also age 23. They lived next door to Ethyl’s parents with their baby daughter Marilyn. I did not note Bill’s employment listed in the census but he did work at the hardware store Higgins and Gottbreht and he also served as USPS carrier from time to time. I must check other files to see of all 3 of their children were born in ND. Their 3rd generation Bill was about EJ’s age. Dale Gottbreht owned the home south of Wm P Schwab and may have purchased it from Wm Jr. This house may have been known as the Thomas home prior to 1930? Mom talked about making sauerkraut with Grandpa Geo G in the small structure at the back of this house! The sloping garden area behind the homes of Gottbreht/Schwab/Tennancour were huge per my childish assessment – Wm P Schwab’s cabbages were amazing.

I found Arthur H Schniederman renting in Bottineau Co, Wheaton Twp in 1930. He and his parents were born in MN. His wife Marie E. age 29 was also b in MN as were her parents. You may remember that Charlotte, age 37, wife of Louis Schwabe was born in MN. I went after the name in MN and have misplace the notes! What surprised me about the census taker in MN of that lost work, his record of towns in Norway where folks haled from! What a boon to historians who try for data after a century or more.

Thanks Dick and Gary. Sharron

05/21/2018 (2633)

Neola Kofoid Garbe is moving back to Minot
Posting from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot, ND

Hi Everyone,

This is an update from my husband, Wally Garbe.  I’m am moving to our condo in Minot.  I should be moved in by the end of the month. :)  Email addresses will remain the same.


Sent: Fri, May 18, 2018, 01:18 PM
Subject: Update

I need to bring everyone up to date.  Wednesday I made a big move.  I moved to Edgewood Vista, assisting living, on Wednesday.  First of all I need to thank, Maynard, Inez, and Linda for the move.  I don’t know how I will ever thank them enough.  It is tough to move from rooms to a one room apartment.  But those two girls got thing packed away, now I have to learn where they put them.  Still not really settled in.  Will want to move things around
          I had to move.  My two hips are bone on bone and to walk is almost impossible.  I use a walker, supplemented with a cane to get around short distances.  I also bough a used scooter here.  A lady had it for sale, it was a good bargain.  I was not eating at home as it was tough trying to make my self something to eat, so it was just easy to do as little as possible.  The possibility of falling was very great.  Up to this point, knock on wood, I had not fallen.  If I had I was not able to get back up.  I did have life alert the last couple of weeks.  We didn’t realize that I would be able to get into the place here so quickly.

Within a week I was moved in.
          So my room # is 107A.


Blog (707) posted on February 6, 2010

Condolences to Carol LaVallie’s family:
Gary, please post this:
Sending our condolences to Carol LaVallie’s families.
Dianne (Rober’t) Johnson & Darla (Rober’t) Armstrong. dianne@arrowtechinc.com
Reply from Allen Richard (65): AllenRndmn@aol.com Midland, MI
To Collete Hosmer–The Richards had a fair presence in Dunseith years ago. Your mom’s uncle Joe ran the gas station on the south end of town–his sons Vernon and Norman took it over in the 50’s. Uncle Pete ran the dime store. Our great grand parents lived next door to Uncle Pete until they passed away in the early 50’s great Grands dad passed first. I’d need to check the geneology book for dates– or Carmen Richard probably just knows it.
By the way–your art work is amazing.
Tom Cassidy’s House:
Reply from Marshall Awalt (51): jandm@ec.rr.com Newport, NC
We have been in Maryland for the last week and everything came through fine except #705.Dick wanted to know why our pictures were shot in front of Tom Cassidy’s house.My parents rented tom’s house in the early 1930’s and we lived there until around 1940 when my father built a house down by the train depot.
Thanks Marshall
Schabe’s – Picture:
Reply from Lloyd Awalft (44): Bottineau, ND.
Thompson Family:
Reply from Key Hildebrandt:
Just a note to let you know Beulah Hoaglund enjoyed the pictures. She’s another of the “family keepers” and has been generous with her records.
Also, someone emailed me, and it went into my Spam folder. Unfortunately, my hand was quicker than my eye, and it was deleted just as I saw “Dunseith.” Hopefully, it will be sent again.
Thanks for including my messages. Kay Hildebrandt
Reply to Dale Pritchard (63) – Norway:
From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND.
I hope you do make it back to Bodo in the summertime. It’s quite an experience to have the sun shining (not brightly, of course) at midnight. I have a slide of our family with the midnight sun in the background (The slide is in Minot.). I’ll try to scan/send it sometime.
Alex Pedie family photo reposted with correction:
From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND.
I sent this picture to you awhile ago; you included it in one of your daily newsletters. Thanks to Dick Johnson, I now have Dianne’s correct maiden name: Volker, NOT Voeller. I don’t know where my mind was when I typed Voeller; it wasn’t on what I was typing! Thanks, Dick.
Virtual Wall – The Viet Nam Wall w/detail behind every name:Posted by Larry Hackman (66): Bismarck, ND

I think you should post this and have everyone look at Mark Eklund from Morris, MN and read about what his teacher wrote about him. I guarantee everyone will have a tear in their eye and every teacher will cry.
___________________________________________________________________________________________________________This is truly remarkable.
The link below is a virtual wall of all those
lost during the Viet Nam war with the
names, bio’s and other information on our lost comrades. It is a very
interesting link, and those who served in that timeframe and lost
friends or family can look them up on this site.

Please pass this on to all of your fellow vets and their families

First click on a state, then when it opens, a name. It should show you a picture of the person or at least his bio
and medals…… http://www.virtualwall.org/iStates.ht

05/19/2018 (2632)

Question: Jack Woods
Message from Sandy Lopez (’64):  Cuba & Raleigh, NC.


Thank you for the incredible job that you have done for all (what is it 10 or more?) of these years with the Dunseith blog. It is obvious that a lot of the recipients have a lot longer history in the area than I or the rest of the other Cubans did, but I still enjoy the memories that you all have shared, and once in a while I recognize a few of the names. Thanks again.

I also wanted to let you know that I have relocated from Rockford, Ill. to Raleigh, NC. Obviously you have my correct e-mail address of sandy.lopez@lopezfam.us, but I want to make sure that you delete my earlier address of svlopez5@comcast.com as we no longer have that service.

I also wanted to ask you if you have a recipient by the name of Jack Woods who may have graduated in 1967 or thereabouts. He is the uncle of someone I met in Raleigh recently who grew up in Bottineau county and the family still has the farm in the area which they rent out. The fellow I met could not believe that he had met someone here that knew anything about ND, let alone Dunseith.

I hope that things continue to be well for you and that you can continue to perform this great service for the community. Best Wishes!

Sandy Lopez

Gary’s Comments:
It’s great hearing from you Sandy. From our 1960’s school days we will forever remember those of you from Cuba. You made a remarkable impression for all of us locals.
I think the Jack Woods you are referring to would be the Jack that is married to Patti Metcalfe (’67). I forwarded your message to Patti. I know she will sort it all out and get back to you. I’m pretty sure she will see this posting too. Yes, I can imagine your friend was very surprised probably not knowing your total back ground history too. It’s a small world.
Please Keep in touch Sandy.     


Blog (707) posted on February 6, 2010

Tee Shirt info for those attending the reunion who attended Dunseith schools
Message from Verena Gillis:Dunseith, ND
Information for those that haven’t yet paid: I will be ordering the
shirts on Friday of this week, this is the deadline they gave me. If they
haven’t sent payment yet for the reunion–they will not be receiving a
shirt as there is officially no commitment. I had to earn money for this
and I will not be ordering extra.Verena

Picture request of former Superintendents
From Verena Gillis: Dunseith, ND
I am trying to get a picture of all the superintendents that have been at
DHS. Do you have any idea how this can be done or maybe you might have
some of them? I do have Mr. Les Jensen but when I try to get the others
they turn out pretty distorted. I would like to use them at the Bingo
Folks, if any of you have any pictures at all of the any of the former Superintendents, please share.
Thanks, Gary
Dunseith Senior Citizen’s food
Reply from Larry Hackman (66):Bismarck, ND
I’m thinking a slice of sour cream raisin pie to start things off with. Then a bowl of bullets w/homemade bread with real butter. Haven’t had that for decades. Then finish with another slice of sour cream raisin pie. I suppose I’ll have to pick up a jumbo and take that home in a box.
Sounds like a plan Gary, We’ll see you there!
I hope it warms up and there are some rodents out for the benefit of some of them other classmates of yours. I don’t think the ducks are laying yet either. I’m sure someone will bring down some road kill from the Turtle Mountains that might tempt their pallets?
We’ll see you there.
Larry, It’s a deal. We’ll meet you at the Dunseith Sr. Citizens for Lunch at 11:00 AM Sunday, May 23rd.
Folks, you are welcome to join us. Gary
Mrs. Conroy:
Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,I think Paula has been holding out on us! That’s a great memory you
shared about Mrs. Conroy’s 4th grade. She was my favorite grade school
teacher. The other teachers were very good too, but Mrs. Conroy really
knew how to make school interesting. The sick room Paula mentioned was
also kind of a library too and was also used now and then for ‘private’
discipline by Mrs. Conroy. There were two doors to the cloak room (sick
room) and one was from the hallway balcony. I remember some younger kid
tried to slide down the banister and fell over backward, landing on the
cast iron radiator in the hallway below. He got hurt but I can’t
remember the extent of his injuries anymore. Diane Larson Sjol
remembered the shaky fire escape on the back of the school. When I think
about it, I don’t think it was real safe to send a full load of kids
down there at once. We did it for many fire drills without a
problem.Before the school got a new automatic fire alarm system, there
was an old hand crank siren on the wall in the downstairs hallway and
Mr. Conroy used to crank it for a fire drill. I remember how some of the
first graders would start to cry when the siren started. It was an
exciting time for the rest of us, we got out of class and went outside
for a while! Diane, I never really liked to look down either when I went
down the old rickety fire escape. The steps were metal strips and you
could see down through them to the ground— a long ways down for a
small kid! Paula mentioned the ‘Plaster of Paris’ wall hangings we made
in Mrs. Conroy’s crafts (art) class. I’ll attach a picture of the one I
gave to my mom for Christmas 1959. I still have it. Thanks Gary!


Additional info to yesterday’s posting of Ronald Oswell’s Passing, son of Leona Metcalfe:
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND

Vickie & Ardis,
I don’t have an email address for Dianne, so could one of you forward this? Please pass along to anyone you think should know or would be interested. I don’t know if anyone has contacted Tiny & Ann Oswell — maybe Travis?

Here is the information from the obituary, which will run in Wednesday’s Seattle Times — www.seattletimes.com

Viewing at Evergreen-Washelli Funeral Home May 6th 1-3pm. Graveside May 6th 3pm. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Northwest Junior Pipe Band via paypal at www.nwjpb.org or mail a check to 509 NE 165th St. Shoreline, WA 98155.

Here is the funeral home memorial website: Please note that the time listed for the viewing is incorrect (they put 8 am or something weird. The correct times are in the obit above.


Reunion Name tags
Folks, I have put off one more day for printing out name tags. I will be printing them out tomorrow.
Please check your name and others too for any errors or changes that you’d like made. I will be including your residence and class year/affiliation on your name tags as well.
For those attending without a preprinted name tag, we will be hand printing when they register at the reception desk the day of the reunion.
I will be posting Verena’s list of those that have paid tomorrow.
Note: Several of you replied letting me know that your computer would not display this whole list. There are currently 301 names on this list. If they are not all displayed this list can viewed on our Website under the 2010 message tab http://garystokes.net/default.aspx
Sorted by first name
First Name Last Name Residence Class YR.
1 Abe Murray Tacoma, WA 1959
2 Aggie Casavant Fort Mill, SC 1969
3 Aime Casavant Jamestown, ND 1966
4 Al Lopez Inver Grove Heights, MN 1965 Spouse
5 Alan Henning Minot, ND 1971
6 Alan Poitra Bloomington, MN 1976
7 Albert Johnson Rolla, ND 1970
8 Alice Lilley Dunseith, ND Friend
9 Alice Pladson Stafford, VA 1966 Spouse
10 Angela Berube Malget Minneapolis, MN 1965
11 Anita Benson Belgarde Dunseith, ND 1985
12 Ann Boppre Perry Dunseith, ND 1972
13 Ann Gottbreht Flaata Rolette, ND 1960 Friend
14 Annette Casavant Boucher Minot, ND 1960
15 Arla Hill Hiatt Bottineau, ND 1979 Mother
16 Arlene Lamoureux Dailly Federal Way, WA 1955
17 Arlin Pederson Minot, ND 1955 Spouse
18 Arliss Wenstad Spline Michigan ND Auxiliary
19 Audrey Birkland Dunseith, ND 1959 Fiance’
20 Barbara Boucher Rivard Dunseith, ND 1965 Spouse
21 Barbara Iverson Lyonais Hobart, WA 1960 Relative
22 Bernadette Peltier Dunseith, ND 1970
23 Bernadette Stokes Cebu, Philippines 1965 Spouse
24 Bernard Morin Dunseith, ND 1976
25 Bernd Sedlacek Great Falls, MT 1961 Spouse
26 Bernice Belgarde Bemidgi, MN 1972
27 Betty Allard Heinz Rolette, ND 1960
28 Bev Handeland Hamnes Bottineau, ND 1948
29 Bill Grimme Birmingham, AL 1965
30 Bill Krause Dickinson, ND 1974
31 Bob Dailly Federal Way, WA 1957
32 Bob Leonard Dunseith, ND 1951
33 Bobbie Slyter Wichita, KS 1970
34 Bonnie Espe Burlington 1968 Spouse
35 Brandon Longie Dunseith, ND 1998
36 Brenda Hoffman Greenville, SC 1968
37 Brenda Johnson Dunseith, ND 1968 Spouse
38 Candace Peltier Dunseith, ND 1991 Spouse
39 Carlene Jerome Gillis Dunseith, ND Spouce
40 Carol Peltier Breland Rolla, ND 1975
41 Carol Watkins Carbonneau Bottineau, ND 1946
42 Carolee Casavant Halvorson Bismarck, ND 1975
43 Cecile Berube Reynolds Minot, ND 1965
44 Char Wurgler Rugby, ND 1664 spouse
45 Cheri Metcalfe Evans Dunseith, ND 1974
46 Cheryl Bailey Dunseith, ND 1965 Spouse
47 Cheryl Haagenson Dunseith, ND 1971
48 Chris Peltier Bismarck, ND 2000
49 Chuck Munro Fargo, ND 1959 Spouse
50 Cindy Hoffman Sante Fe, NM 1977
51 Cleo Kelly Woodbury MN 1960
52 Clint Dumas Havre, MT 1968 Spouse
53 Colette Pigeon Schimetz Lake Metigoshe, ND 1970
54 Colleen Peltier Poitra Dunseith, ND
55 Connie Burcham Sime Dunseith, ND 1962
56 Connie Halvorson Kester Long Lake, ND 1964
57 Cora Anderson Rolette, ND 1965 Spouse
58 Crystal Belgarde Fargo, ND 1994 Fiance”
59 Crystal Fassett Andersen Walhalla, ND 1970
60 Curtis Halvorson Dunseith, ND 1959
61 Dale Andersen Walhalla, ND 1970
62 Dale Juntunen Perth, ND 1972 Spouse
63 Dale Pritchard Leesville, LA 1963
64 Dan McKown Wichita, KS 1970 Friend
65 Daniel Peltier Dunseith, ND 1991
66 Daniel Pladson Dunseith, ND 1975
67 Darlene St. Claire Took Milton, ND 1968
68 Darrel Fassett Boynton Beach, FL 1947
69 Dave Nadeau Dunseith, ND 1982 Spouse
70 Dave Pazandak Greenville, SC 1968 Brenda H
71 Dave Wurgler Rugby, ND 1964
72 David Abrahamson St. John, ND 1972
73 David Fugere Dunseith, ND 1978
74 Debbie Fugere Fauske Bottineau, ND 1975
75 Debbie Peltier Dunseith, ND 1970 Spouse
76 Del Enno Fargo, ND 1978
77 Denise Peltier Dunseith, ND 1971
78 Denise Quillinan Halvorson Dunseith, ND 1963
79 Dennis Dubois Minneapolis, MN 1963
80 Dennis Espe Dunseith, ND 1956
81 Dennis Parisien Dunseith, ND 1965
82 Diane Berg Rheault Fargo, ND 1979
83 Diane Larson, Sjol Minot, ND 1970
84 Diane Wenstad Wiebe Portage La Prairie, MB 1969
85 Dianne Rober’t Johnson Rolla, ND 1976
86 Dick Johnson Dunseith, ND 1968
87 Don Lamoureux East Bethel, MN 1975
88 Don Wenstad Willow City, ND 1966
89 Don Boardman Bottineau, ND 1960
90 Donald Egbert Dunseith, ND 1965
91 Donna Sunderland Leonard Dunseith, ND 1952
92 Doris Peterson Williams Bottineau, ND 1953
93 Dorothy Hiatt Swanson Moorehead, MN 1946
94 Dorothy Strietzel Fassett Boynton Beach, FL 1946
95 Duane Christenson Bottineau, ND 1965 Spouse
96 Dwight Poitra Dunseith, ND 1973 Spouse
97 Elaine Peltier Dunseith, ND 1974
98 Ele Dietrich Slyter Dunseith, ND 1969
99 Elizabeth Lamoureux East Bethel, MN 1975 Spouse
100 Ellen Cushing Bottineau, ND Spouse
101 Eric Poitra Dunseith, ND 1983
102 Erna Walter Pederson Minot, ND 1955
103 Ernie Gottbreht Dunseith, ND 1965
104 Esther Murray Fleming Flint, MI 1965
105 Eva Paulson Eurich Rugby, ND 1960
106 Everett Enno Williston, ND 1976
107 Fern Peltier Dunseith, ND 1977
108 Florence Pladson Sime Dunseith, ND 1962
109 Floyd Dion Dunseith, ND 1945
111 Frank Gillis Dunseith, ND 1984 Spouce
112 Friend of Fern Peltier Belcourt, ND 1977 Friend
113 Gaillord Peltier Turtle Lake, ND 1980
114 Gary Fulsebakke Devils Lake, ND 1971
115 Gary Morgan Garrison, ND 1954
116 Gary Olson Hillsboro 1967 Spouse
117 Gary St. Claire Minot, ND
118 Gary Stokes Cebu, Philippines 1965
119 Gary Wall Bottineau, ND 1972 Spouse
120 George Eltz Spokane, WA 1968 Spouse
121 George Gottbreht Dunseith, ND 1961
122 Gerald Casavant Jamestown, ND 1966
123 Geri Metcalfe Munro Fargo, ND 1959
124 Geri Peltier Bottineau, ND
125 Ginger LaRocque Poitra Belcourt, ND 1965
126 Gladys Roussin Azure Dunseith, ND 1965
127 Greg Malget Minneapolis, MN 1965 Spouse
128 Greg Salmonson Minot, ND
129 Gwen Grimme Eltz Spokane, WA 1968
130 Gwen Struck Dumas Havre, MT 1968
131 Harold Gillis Dunseith, ND 1989
132 Harvey Bristol Bottineau, ND 1953 Fiancé
133 Helen Parisien Dunseith, ND 1974
134 Helen Rivard Christenson Bottineau, ND 1965
135 Henry Hackman Mandan, ND 1965
136 Irina Protassevitch Birmingham, AL 1965 Friend
137 Iris Nadeau Dunseith, ND 1983
138 Jackie Pritchard Leesville, LA 1963 Spouse
139 Jacqueline Hiatt Fix Springfield, VA 1979
140 James Rheault Fargo, ND 1979 Spouse
141 Janet Haagenson Sedlacek Great Falls, MT 1961
142 Jason St. Claire Fargo, ND 1994
143 Jay Vanorney Dunseith, ND 1966
144 Jeff Boucher Rolette, ND 1967 Spouse
145 Jeff Evans Dell Rapids, SD 1973
146 Jeff Halvorson Bismarck, ND 1975 Spouse
147 Jennifer Peltier Dunseith, ND
148 Jerry Pladson Fargo, ND
149 Jerry Strong Dunseith, ND 1960
150 Jerry Williams Watertown, SD 1954
151 Jim Berube Lake Metigoshe, ND 1967
152 Jim Evans Dunseith, ND 1963
153 Jim Kester Long Lake, ND 1964 Spouse
154 Jim Tooke Milton, ND 1966
155 Joan Richard Dunseith, ND Teacher
156 Joan Tremblay Johnson Dunseith, ND 1979
157 Joan Wurgler Salmonson Dunseith, ND 1961
158 Joanne Smith Fuchs Bottineau, ND 1965
159 Joe Fulsbakke Dunseith, ND 1977
160 John Bedard Lake Metigoshe, ND 1965
161 John Bullinger Bottineau, ND 1978 Spouse
162 Joyce Hagen Evans Dunseith, ND 1948
163 Joyce Iverson Flaata Bottineau, ND 1960 Relative
164 Joyce Shining One Side Belgarde Dunseith, ND 1981
165 Judy DuPre DePew Rugby, ND 1962
166 Kamie Poitra Longie Dunseith, ND 1998
167 Kathy Casavant Ellingson Bismarck, ND 1974
168 Kathy Kuhn Saint John, ND 1970 Spouse
169 Kathy Williams Watertown, SD 1954 Spouse
170 Kathy (Barbara) Kalk Lopez Inver Grove Heights, MN 1965
171 Keith Kontzie Lake Metigoshe, ND 1962 Spouse
172 Keith Pladson Stafford, VA 1966
173 Kenny Hill Dunseith, ND 1956
174 Kenny Nerpel Rugby, ND 1965
175 Kevin Johnson Rolla, ND 1976 Spouse
176 Klem Schmaltz Dunseith, ND 1962 Friend
177 Kristie Barbot Fargo, ND 1996
178 LaRae Frieze Jamestown, ND 1966 Friend
179 Larry Ellingson Bismarck, ND 1974 Spouse
180 Larry Haas, Saint John, ND 1972 Spouse
181 Larry Hackman Bismarck, ND 1966
182 Larry St. Claire Anchorage, AK 1966
183 Laurel Hiatt Bottineau, ND 1963
184 LeaRae Parrill Espe Bottineau, ND 1967
185 Les Halvorson Bottineau, ND Teacher
186 Les Thomas Rolette, ND Auxiliary
187 Linda Berube Lake Metigoshe, ND 1967 Spouse
188 Linda Gunville Dunseith, ND 1979
189 Linda Johnson Juntunen Perth, ND 1972
190 Linda Tooke Bottineau, ND 1981
191 Lisa Azure St. John, ND 1983
192 Lloyd Awalt Bottineau, ND 1944
193 Lola Metcalfe Vanorny Dunseith, ND 1968
194 Loraine Neameyer Haas Saint John, ND 1972
195 Loretta Casavant Aamodt Rugby, ND 1961
196 Loretta Neameyer Wall Bottineau, ND 1972
197 Lori Hiatt Dunseith, ND 1980
198 Lowell Leonard Dunseith, ND 1959
199 LuAnn Henning Minot, ND 1971 Spouse
200 Luella Halvorson Dion Dunseith, ND 1947
201 Madonna Peltier Yawakie Brooklyn Park, MN 1977
202 Marc Pigeon Dunseith, ND 1975
203 Marcie Hackman Mandan, ND 1965 Spouse
204 Margaret Bedard Lake Metigoshe, ND 1965 Spouse
205 Margaret Bedard Strong Dunseith, ND 1962
206 Margaret Metcalfe Leonard Rolette, ND 1965
207 Marie Iverson Staub Seattle, WA 1960
208 Marion Hackman Bismarck, ND 1966 Spouse
209 Mark Larsen Alan Poitra’s Partner 1976 Partner
210 Mark Peltier Seattle, WA 1984
211 Mark Perry Dunseith, ND 1972 Spouse
212 Marlene Kraft Armentrout Dunseith, ND 1957
213 Marlys Hiatt Dunseith, ND 1971
214 Marsha Abrahamson St. John, ND 1972 Spouse
215 Marsha Olson, Poitra Dunseith, ND 1973
216 Marshall Parisien St. John, ND 1983 Fiancé
217 Marvin Aamodt Rugby, ND 1957
218 Mary Allard Hiatt Bottineau, ND 1963 Spouse
219 Mary Eurich Knutson Dunseith, ND 1962
220 Mary Medrud Dunseith, ND 1971 Spouse
221 Mary Ann Casavant Boucher Rolette, ND 1967
222 Mary Lou Morgan Garrison, ND 1954 Spouse
223 Mel Hamnes Bottineau, ND 1948 Spouse
224 Mel Kuhn Saint John, ND 1970
225 Melvin Yawakie Brooklyn Park, MN 1977 Spouse
226 Michael Albertson St. John, ND 1972 Spouse
227 Mike Gillis Dunseith, ND
228 Mike Vandal Elk River, MN 1962 Spouse
229 Minnie Knox Flynn Dunseith, ND 1947
230 Mona Dionne Johnson Lake Metigoshe, ND 1948
231 Monte Espe Burlington 1968
232 Murl Watkins Hill Dunseith, ND 1950
233 Myra Henning Halvorson Bottineau, ND 1972
234 Nancy Bedard Olson Hillsboro 1967
235 Nancy Hosmer Baldwin Lake Metigoshe, ND 1962
236 Neola Kofoid Garbe Minot, ND Auxiliary
237 Neva Haagenson Rainey Dunseith, ND 1956
238 Pam Wenstad Lane Dunseith, ND 1978
239 Pat Peltier Bottineau, ND
240 Patty Boguslawski Gottbreht Dunseith, ND 1965
241 Paula Fassett North Branch, MN 1971
242 Peggy Peltier Gillis Dunseith, ND 1984
243 Peggy Sime Espe Dunseith, ND 1960
244 Pete Gillis Dunseith, ND 1965
245 Pete (Melvin) Wenstad Michigan ND Auxiliary
246 Raphael Poitra Dunseith, ND 1965
247 Rene Casavant Bismarck, ND 1965
248 Renee Peltier Turtle Lake, ND 1980 Spouse
249 Renee St. Claire Salmonson Minot, ND
250 Richard Slyter Dunseith, ND 1967
251 Robbie St. Claire Anchorage, AK 1966 Spouse
252 Robert Poitra Dunseith, ND
253 Robert Rivard Dunseith, ND 1965
254 Roberta Wilkie Belcourt, ND 1965
255 Robin Espe Morin Dunseith, ND 1980
256 Robin Hill Bottineau, ND 1980 Spouse
257 Robin Pladson Dunseith, ND 1975 Spouse
258 Rod Medrud Dunseith, ND 1971
259 Rodney Armentrout Dunseith, ND 1955
260 Ron Heinz Rolette, ND 1960 Spouse
261 Ron Hett Bottineau, ND Auxiliary
262 Ron Strong Dunseith, ND 1960
263 Ronald Peltier Dunseith, ND 1970
264 Rose Metcalfe Gottbreht Dunseith, ND 1976
265 Russell Davis Dunseith, ND 1983 Spouse
266 Sam Breland Rolla, ND 1975 Spouse
267 Sandra Poitra Dunseith, ND 1983
268 Sandra Zeiler Vandal Elk River, MN 1962
269 Shannon Gillis LaVallie Devils Lake, ND 1989
270 Sharon Zorn Gerdes Windsor, CO 1962
271 Shelley Sime Fossen Jamestown, ND 1984
272 Shelly Fulsebakke Alberson St. John, ND 1972
273 Sherry Counts Dunseith, ND 1991
274 Sherry Nerpel Rugby, ND 1965 Spouse
275 Shirley Brennan Minot, ND 1960
276 Stacy Counts Dunseith, ND 1989
277 Stacy LaVallie Devils Lake, ND 1989 Spouse
278 Stan Salmonson Dunseith, ND 1961
279 Stephanie Bear Dunseith, ND 2001
280 Stephanie Gillis Davis Dunseith, ND 1983
281 Susan Fassett Martin Spearfish SD 1965
282 Susan Pladson Fargo, ND Spouse
283 Sylvester Azure Dunseith, ND 1965 Spouse
284 Tasha Peltier Bismarck, ND 2000 Spouse
285 Teresa St. Pierre Dunseith, ND 2001
286 Terry Espe Bottineau, ND 1964
287 Terry Halvorson Dunseith, ND 1968
288 Terry Wenstad Grand Forks, ND Auxiliary
289 Theresa Cote Awalt Bottineau, ND 1948
290 Tina Pladson Bullinger Bottineau, ND 1978
291 Tom Berube Bottineau, ND 1963
292 Tracy St. Claire Casavant Rolette, ND 1992
293 Travis Casavant Rolette, ND 1992 Spouse
294 Travis Metcalfe Mesa, AZ 1976
295 Troy Hill Bottineau, ND 1980
296 Verena St. Claire Gillis Dunseith, ND 1965 Spouse
297 Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine Grafton, ND 1973
298 Vickie Metcalfe Bottineau, ND 1970
299 Warren Anderson Rolette, ND 1965
300 Wayne Pritchard Leesville, LA 1963 Son
301 Wendal Cushing Bottineau, ND Forestry Teacher

05/15/2018 (2631)

Anthony Poitra
Message from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):  Belcourt, ND

Hi Gary,

You probably don’t even remember this, it was the last time that you were setting in Bakery Cafe in Bottineau.  We came in I went ahead of Anthony,  said hi to you.  I then went back to Anthony. He didn’t want to do anything but sit down. I really had no idea why he wasn’t  going to come over to see you. Anthony was always so friendly.  Not knowing this was part of his sickness, the genetic hemochromatosis he had. We of course had no idea what he had.

He knew that I wanted to see you and for him to visit with you. He normally tried to do what I wanted. That was why we went into that restaurant.

So many things were happening to him, it was crazy. Finally his sickness kept getting worse and worse. It finally consumed my love of my life, the only love I have ever had or will have. I  miss him so very much.

I am sure you miss your Bernadette as well, the way she always was.

Talk later,



Gary’s Reply,

Ginger; I remember that day well. We were sitting at the long center table in the Bottineau Bakery. That is where a lot  of the regulars sit. Often times I’d go there for breakfast and before I knew it, it was noon, Dinner time. Some of those returning for dinner had been there for Breakfast too. I of course hadn’t left. Lots of good conversations with lots of folks that would come and go.

Ginger; you and Anthony came in the Bottineau Bakery for dinner and sat at the first booth. As I remember you weren’t alone. There were others with you. I could tell Anthony wasn’t well. It was very obvious. I totally understood. It’s always a pleasure seeing you too Ginger.

I remember well our first class of ‘65 reunion at the Sky Dancer in 2007 for Breakfast. Ginger; you were a nervous wreck. You weren’t going to attend, but someone, I have forgotten who, talked you into attending. You came late that I remember well. Very nervous. That was soon over shadowed with the reception you got. It had been 42 years since many of us had seen one another. All but 3 of our class graduates were at that reunion too. At the time there were 25 living of the 27 graduates. That was and always will be a reunion of a life time. The breakfast was informal. Our formal reunion was several days later at the golf course.


Blog (706) posted on February 5, 2010

Posted on May 5, 2010

Tour the Rolette County Museum on Friday, May 21st

From Mel Kuhn (70): St. John, ND.


Dick and I were talking and if anyone that is coming home for the reunion would be interested we would open the Rolette County Museum in St. John for people to go through. Friday the 21st. works best for us. We would just have to pick a time. We don’t have it open for the season yet so we may come across some dust.



We have decided on the time to be 1:00 PM

Thank you so much Mel & Dick for doing this for us.

What a great opportunity for us that Mel and Dick are doing enabling us to see this site.

We’ll see you guys there at 1:00 PM on Friday, the 21st.


I found this on the Net. Gary

One of the most interesting sites in Rolette County is the Rolette County Historical grounds located on the south edge of St. John as you come into town from the South. It consists of 12 lots, part of which is surrounded by a chain link fence.

The Rolette County Historical Society was organized by a small group of interested people in 1974. Its goal and purpose as an active organization is to help preserve some of the relics of the early pioneers–historical monuments, landmarks, buildings, etc., that have historical value. The initial grounds were donated to the Society in 1975 by the Mill Lake Cemetery Association and consisted, at that time, of 6 lots and the Mill Lake Lutheran Church, which was built in 1911. There are now several buildings on the site; the Church, a little one-room school house which dates back to early 1900’s; a little pioneer log cabin; a display building containing many different memorabilia; another display building with larger antique machinery; an immigration building, toy shop, boxcar, caboose, and an outdoor stage.

Dunseith Sr. Citizens will be serving lunch on Sunday May 23rd.

Posted by Jackie Peterson Hansen: St. John, ND

Folks, Jackie’s parents are Jack (deceased) & Nettie Peterson.

Jackie, this is wonderful that the Sr. Citizens are doing this for the community and those of us visiting the area. In 2007 they had some of the best home baked goodies ever. Their pies were out of this world. I had several plus pieces. I was reminded of this by non other than Larry Hackman. Larry we’ll have to pay them a visit again for some more of those great home baked goodies if they’ll be serving them again. Bernadette and I plan on attending the Sr. Center for lunch on Sunday May 23rd. This is another great opportunity to see more of the Dunseith Alumni folks. Thank you so much Jackie for this posting. Gary

From: jackie hansen
Phone: 701 477 5780
E-mail: jackie.hansen@sendit.nodak.edu
Would you please post this for my mom {Nettie) and other Sr. Citizens:
A lunch is being served at the Sr. Citizens’ Center on May 23, starting at 11:00 AM. The seniors in the community welcome visiting alumni as well as those from the area.

Baptismal of Connor O’Hara, DeAnn Gottbreht’s son:

Message from DeAnn Gottbreht O’Hara: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/deanngottbreht

We are going to be getting Connor baptized on Saturday May 15th at 11am at Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith, ND. All are welcome. We will be having a meal afterwards at the church. Thanks Cheryl for the reminder to get it posted on here. Take care everyone

The Conroy’s

Reply from Paula Fassett (71): North Branch, MN

Thanks to Don Martel for the great photo of the principals – brings back memories! I wonder if Don & Colleen have photos of Mrs. Conroy, too, that they would like to share? I remember learning to count money in her 4th grade class by playing “store” with a cash register and toy money – buying cans of soup, etc. that she had brought from home just for that purpose. We had singing in her classroom on Fridays – with Mrs. Elsie Schneider coming in to play the piano. Mrs. Conroy also had the best arts & crafts – we made candles, plaster wall-hangings, corsages for Mom at Christmas and grew petunias in paper cups for Mother’s Day. She also read aloud to the class every day after noon hour – “Little House On the Prairie” was always my favorite.

And remember the “sick room” between the 3rd and 4th grade rooms – upstairs in the old Dunseith School building. I think we hung our coats in there and I remember lots of bookshelves, but there was a bed in there so if you got sick there was a place to go until the bus came, or your mom came to get you………..

Paula Fassett-Pfuhl

Joy Bashara (Teacher)

Question from Diane Fuger (75): Minot, ND.


I have a question for the class of ’75. Does anyone remember Ms. Bashara(sp?) or know where she is nowadays?

Diane Fugere

Ronald Oswell, son of Leona Metcalfe, passed away:

Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND

Ronald George Oswell
August 07, 1947 – May 01, 2010

Ron Oswell passed away May 1, 2010. He was born in Seattle on August 7, 1947 to George and Leona (Metcalfe) Oswell. Ron grew up in Seattle, and graduated from Shorecrest High School, where he was the school’s first bagpiper and gave himself the rank of Pipe Major. He attended Shoreline Community College before receiving his draft notice in 1967, precipitating his enlistment in the U.S. Army, where he served four years in the Army Security Agency. [He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1967, serving four years in the Army Security Agency] He also served four years in the Army Reserve, achieving the rank of Chief Warrant Officer II. He married Christine Gaston, a former Shorecrest Pipe Band member, in Basle, Switzerland on November 10, 1970. After returning to Seattle in spring 1971, he worked in construction, first as a union carpenter, then as a foreman, and in due time as a superintendent. He was generous with these carpentry skills, helping family and friends with household projects.
Ron always had many interests, and was talented in many areas. He had a beautiful tenor voice, and learned musical instruments easily. He had a lifelong love of photography, and always had a darkroom to work in, wherever he lived. In recent years, he was working to master PhotoShop. He also continued his interest in bagpiping and things Scottish. He played with the Washington Scottish Pipe Band for many years and was a very good piper. He also spent time over the years dirt biking and trap shooting. He coached a girls’ soccer team for 15 years, bringing a core group through three team name changes and from mod soccer to high school graduation.
He always dreamed of owning a Harley Davidson motorcycle, and finally purchased a beautiful bike a few years ago that was his pride and joy. He always had a big smile on his face as he drove into the driveway after a ride.
Ron is survived by his wife Chris, and two children, Bergman, born in 1974, and Katie born in 1978. Also by his brother Ken Oswell and sister-in-law Carol.

Funeral Information

Funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 10:00 to 8:00 PM in the family service suite in Evergreen Washelli. Graveside service at 3:00 PM in Evergreen Memorial Park.

Ron has many Metcalfe cousins in Turtle Mtn.area.
Ron Oswell was a kind, compassionate, honest ,hard working man,
with a wonderful sense of humor. Aunt Leona at times, when he was 17
often slipped and called him Cliff. She felt he was alot like my dad
at that age. Each of my nephews and nieces met and spent good times
with him. He always took time to get to know and mentor kids. Ron
was also a double first cousin to the children of Emil and Ann
(Oswell) Metcalfe. Our family mourns. Vickie

05/11/2018 (2630)


I don’t have any posting for today other than the continuation of the previous postings. Today’s is February 4, 2010

Each and every one of our blogs starting from December 2007 are posted in our Dunseith Alumni Website. I have pasted the link below. The Search fetcher is a great tool too. Let’s say you are searching for Lake Metigoshe. Using quotes “Lake Metigoshe” it will only locate only the words between the quotes as typed including the spacing. With no quotes it will locate all the Lake words and Metigoshe words.


Dunseith Alumni Website and blog links

Blog (705) posted on February 4, 2010

Dunseith Alumni Reunion
Bernadette and I will be attending the Dunseith Alumni Reunion on May 22nd. We will be in the area for nearly three weeks. We will be arriving on May 16th and leaving on June 5th. We’ll be spending a few days in Seattle both going and coming. While in ND we’ll be staying with my brother Bud and his wife Debby in Bottineau. We are so looking forward to seeing everyone. This will be a fun trip.
Tom Cassidy
Reply from Susan Fassett Martin (65): Spearfish SD
Tom Cassidy was married to Beatrice Fassett, sister to Grandpa Wilmar (Bill) Fassett. They had three children, Violet, who was born in 1905, Cora May, who was born in 1907 and John Loan, who was born in1913. According to my dad’s history, Tom married Maggie Aubrey after Bea died and he spent the last years of his life in Rolla.
Reply from Audrey Aitchison (Gary’s cousin): Bottineau, ND.
I wanted to thank Lee Struck for working with Hope for Humanity to help in the projects he’s been working on. Every fall I go ingathering for Hope for Humanity to help in disaster areas and also half of it is used locally. They send 100 % to these areas. This fall I got $200 and it was sent to Haiti to help there. Hope for Humanity (ADRA) is associated with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church which I belong to. May the Lord bless you richly.
Audrey Aitchison
Reply from Colette Hosmer (64): Santa Fe, NM
Thanks, Allen. I had a feeling that you would know the “correct” Richard. I had a feeling that I had chosen the wrong name. Colette

The follow message was posted on our Dunseith Alumni Web site:

From: Kay Hildebrandt
E-mail: Kaisa65@aol.com
Mary Knutson, I loved the pictures you posted in December. Beulah is visiting me on Friday, (her daughter and family are now living in Temecula, CA) and I’ll be sure to share these with her. Kay

Mary Eruich Knutson’s reply to Gary:
Hi Gary
Yes I know Kay Hildebrandt. She is Mom’s cousin. She has done extensive geneology research on the Thompson side of the family. She has gone way back into the 1700’s. Very interesting. She probably found out about the Dunseith Blog through John Tangen. I’m sure she’d find lots of useful information as I have. Nice lady. I’m forever grateful she was so willing to share her hard work. I can see just what we’re doing is not easy tracking some of this stuff.
much. Mary K
Kay Hildebrandt, Can you fill us all in where you fit into the Thompson family? You would be related to the Pritchard’s and the Eldon/Ella Pladson family as well as John Tangen and others. Thanks, Gary
Reply/Picture from Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59): Everett, WA.
Every morning I attend to your entries, Gary. Perhaps others are energized by name association with folks we knew or who were spoken of by friends and family. The pictures have been outstanding and sent me rushing back to several of my own mismanaged files. The young lady in the picture of Eleanore and Marshall Awalt seemed familiar, I think it was her dress that reminded me of Evelyn and Alphonsine Gaudette around 1900. I searched the 1930 Census for Schwabe in ND.Louis and Charlotte Schwabe lived in Renville Co, Prosperity Twp. Louis was 33, born in IL; his parents were born in Denmark. Charlotte age 37, born MN; parents born WI and MN. The children were Howard 11; Forest 8; Dale 7; Florence 4 9/12. All children born ND. Louis was renting his farm.

There are about 10 entries in the TMS for this family in Dunseith News or that of Bever Dam. All the entries were from 1939. Briefly, Forest enrolled in the CCC camp of Kramer in July; Dale the teenager was often mentioned seeking company of Helga Haagenson – Dale brought his sister Florence along to the home of Aminda Haagenson on one occasion. Christmas Eve 1939 the Louis Schwabe family had supper with the Art Schniederman family and Christmas Day the Schniedermans came to Dunseith and dined with the Schwabes. Florence would have been about 12/13 the summer of ’39 which seems a match. I do not know the name of Art’s wife, but two of Louis’ sisters were still at home of parents Wm and Hannah in 1930, Lillian age 21 and Erma age 11.

Thanks Gary, Sharron

Marie Alphonsine and Evelyn Gaudette
Message/Picture from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND.
I don’t know if you can use this picture. It was taken on the road between Bergen, Norway, and Bodo, Norway (Bodo is where the sun shines all night in the summer time; we wanted to see this–which we did.). According to the map, it is closer to Bodo. I should narrow it down more, but I’m short on time (I need to get to bed; it’s almost 5:30 a.m.). Dad took this picture when we were in Norway in 1963. He, of course, knew Elwood Fauske; we (Mom/Dad/Jim/I) knew the Dunderland families, so we were excited to see this sign.

05/09/2018 (2629)

Marie Parrill (’43) Obituary
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

Parrill, Marie 2629

June 13, 1924 – May 06, 201 

Marie’s Obituary

Marie Parrill, age 93 of Bottineau, formerly of Dunseith, died Sunday at a Minot hospital.  Her funeral will be held on Saturday at 2:00 pm at the First Lutheran Church in Bottineau.  Visitation will be From 11:00 am until 9:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Burial will be at the Rendahl Cemetery near Dunseith.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to the Rendahl Cemetery Association and First Lutheran Church Radio/TV Program in Bottineau.

Marie Janet Parrill was born June 13, 1924 to John Herman Nelson and Marie Sigrid (Berg) Nelson on the family homestead in Homen Township in Bottineau County. She grew up in the Dunseith area and attended country school at Beaver Dam and graduated salutatorian from Dunseith High School in 1943. She took the teaching exam, attended summer school and began teaching at the age of 19. She also taught in several other rural schools. After receiving her standard degree in 1965 she began teaching at the Dunseith Elementary School. In 1970 she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and continued to teach in Dunseith until 1986 when she retired. She taught a total of 28 years.

On November 24, 1947 she married Thurman Parrill at the Lutheran Church in Dunseith. They moved to a farm in Bottineau County where they raised their five children. In 1995, they sold the farm and moved to Bottineau where she had since resided. Thurman passed away in 2009.

Marie was a past member of Rendahl Lutheran Church and a current member of Peace Lutheran Church of Dunseith. She was a member of Turtle Mountain Retired Teachers and served on the hospitality committee for many years. She also was secretary for the Rendahl Cemetery Association. Marie enjoyed playing cards, gardening, and spending as much time as possible with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Marie passed away on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at Trinity Hospital in Minot.

She is survived by her children Janet (George) LeNoue of Lexington, KY; Lynda (Curtis) Jordan of Yerington, NV; Clayton (Linda), Rodney (Ann), and Myron (Kathy) Parrill all of Bottineau. She has nine grandchildren Christie LeNoue, Michele (Carter) Newton, Troy (Meagan) Jordan, Stephanie (Curtis) Ainsworth, Katie (Tyrell) Lauckner, David (Kelsey) Parrill, Brooke (Tyler) Piatz, Krystle (T.J.) Williamson and Shelby Parrill; and 13 great-grandchildren Levi, Braxton, Declan, and Aubrey Lauckner; Jordan, James, and Owen Ainsworth; Jay and Eliza Piatz; Jensen Parrill; Cameron and Logan Williamson; and Oliver Jordan. Also surviving is her sister Mildred Parrill of Bottineau; brothers-in-law Paul Cox of Grand Forks, and Ben Cox of Cavalier; sisters-in-law Roberta Cox and Judy Cox of Cavalier and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Thurman; sisters Nellie Blomquist, Jennie Metcalfe, Olga Edinger, and Eugenie Walker; and brothers Erling, Carl, and John Nelson; and several nieces and nephews.


Condolences to the Marie Parrill Family
From Lynn Halvorson Otto (75):   Boonton, NJ

To the Parrill family, our condolences to the entire family upon hearing of Marie’s passing!  Our families were close neighbors for many years!  Mom and Marie carpooled for many years to Dunseith in their teaching years.  

May GOD give you peace and many blessings to come!  Lynn Halvorson Otto and family




Condolences to the Marie Parrill Family
From Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and friends of Dunseith,

            I extend sympathy to Marie Parrill’s  family.

Marie was  a respected 1st grade teacher for  several years at Dunseith Elementary.

            I enjoyed many visits with Marie at school beginning years ago. 

She shared her knowledge of education with co-teachers.

And always, was gracious and kind to children.

            I recall her husband ,Thurman would drive her to and from work most every day.

I noted how he would wait patiently for her. 

They were devoted  family oriented couple.

            Marie was sister  of  my uncle Lucky’s wife, Jennie.  

And, like her many  sisters, Marie enjoyed a good cup of coffee with a little lunch, 

was filled with kind words,  great sense of humor,

 and  remarkable memory of local history.

Peace  and GOD Bless the memory of Marie (Nelson) Parrill.

  Vickie Metcalfe


San Haven Picture
Reply from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65): t Belcourt, ND

Gary and all, #8 I am pretty sure that she is Vivian (Champagne) Poitra. Vivian was the wife of my husband Anthony Poitra’s uncle Albert Poitra she recently passed she had been living at the home in Rolette. Florestine (Allery) Belgarde is the wife of Martin, the nephew of my grandmother.

Ginger Poitra class of 1965
San Haven


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe Bottineau & Minot, ND


Blog (704) posted on February 3, 2010

Alice Cora Stokes Thompson:
Reply from her granddaughter – Tina Pladson Bullinger (78): Bottineau, ND
Just a follow-up on the correct name of my grandmother, Alice Cora. I was named after both of my grandmothers, Thyra Alice, and I remember doing a school family history project one time and the name of my maternal grandmother, from my mother, was Alice Cora Stokes Thompson. Hope that’s correct cause I’d hate to have to change my name at this time in my life!! HA HATina Pladson Bullinger

Reply from Lee Struck (66): Hudson, WI.
Gary –I read with interest your note about travel arrangements you might make for tours in your part of the world.

I am leaving for New Zealand next Wednesday – February 10th – with Habit For Humanity – International. Our group of 12 will work in Tauranga for 9 days and then spend a couple of days in the Rotorua area “catching some rays”.

The group from my church here in Hudson, WI, is making their third trip to Iringa, Tanzania on the 5th of March. I have made that trip twice. This spring I wanted to see another part of the world and was able to hook with with a group from Olympia, WA.

In mid-October, 20008 until the end April, 2009, I lived in Biloxi, MS working on Hurricane Katrina re-build projects. In July I returned to the Orange / Bridge City, TX area where I have spent some times last spring for a couple of weeks, re-building homes damaged by Hurricane Ike.

Our director in these 2 states is looking into how & when we can get into Haiti later this year. I would go with them and see what I can do.

Thank you for all of the work you have done to put this site together for all of us!

Should I decide when I want to travel to Southeast Asia (and I do!) I will certainly get in touch.

Go In Peace!
Serve The Lord!
Lee Struck
722 3rd Street # 201
Hudson, WI 54016
Reply from Allen Richard (65): AllenRndmn@aol.com Midland, MI 48640
The person Colette Hosmer refers to would be Pete Richard Sr. He ran the dime store for many years. He was the a younger brother of her grandfather, Fred Richard.
Emil Hack
Reply from Dick Johnson (68): djcars@hughes.net Dunseith, ND.
Gary and Friends,Floyd wrote about Emil Hack, the older man who drifted in and lived
in a shack behind the Commercial Hotel. When I was in the hospital in
Fargo back in 1985, I had to go from working from daylight to dark, to
sitting in a hospital room for three weeks with nothing to do. I about
went nuts! During this time I read the entire Dunseith History book and
studied each page as a way to pass the time. This is something I enjoy
doing anyway so it passed the time for me. Anyway, there are a few
things that will really stick in a persons mind and so was the Dunseith
Journal entry from January 1946. It said, ‘Emil Hack Found Dead-His Body
Frozen’. I asked my grandma who this man was and she said he was kind of
a loner and lived in a little shack in the alley behind Henry Hagen’s
house, which was across the alley from the Commercial Hotel. While I
have Floyd’s attention, it also said that he and Luella and their guests
were the one’s who noticed and reported the creamery fire in 1950. This
is the fire that Crystal Fassett Anderson sent the pictures of a while
back. It was in the spot that the Garden Tap and Bowling Alley are
located now. Thanks Gary!

Tom Cassidy:
Reply Carmen Leonard Richard:carmel@utma.com Rolette, ND.
Tom Cassidy had a son named Loan, I do not know where he moved -possibly Fargo. If there were any other children, I can not say for sure. Tom worked on the farm for my dad for many years.
Tom Cassidy:
Reply from Lloyd Awalt (44): lata@utma.com Bottineau, ND.
Hi Gary. Answer to Floyd. We lived in the Tom Cassedy house on the so, corner of the block. North was Henry Hagen next was Steve Cook and behind him Emil Hack and on the corner where Roland Mongeon lives used to be Ernest Horsman. He was the baker in Dunseith. I don’t think anyone really knows where Emil came from. He was a handy man in town and repaired shoes. Us kid used to give him a bad time at Halloween. I’ve been in his shack. Dick, Tom Cassedy had one son his name was lone or lonely could be spelled wrong I believe he passed away. The Girl in the picture with Eleanor & Marshall, I have no clue of who she is. Eleanor doesn’t know either Lloyd Awalt
Folks, I’m running a tight schedule today with today being our bowling and I’ve also got to run up and see the Mayor this morning to get a permit for a project that we are doing. Having been sponsors together in several weddings, Mayor Guggob is my compodray. They generally have 6 to 14 (couples) sponsors in a wedding. They have them listed and seated in the order of importance. We are generally always seated way behind the mayor. Gary

05/07/2018 (2628)

Marie Parrill, My Godmother (Gary Stokes), Passed away.
Posting from LeaRae Parrill Espe (’67): Bottineau, ND

Gary, a very sad note: Marie Parrill passed away this morning around 7AM at Trinity in Minot.  She had a very bad heart attack yesterday morning at her home in Bottineau. She called her son Clayton that she was having pains around 5AM.  She was taken by ambulance to Minot and they did put in a couple of stints, but her heart was badly damaged.  She was doing fine the night before when Clayton and Linda had helped her put some things out on the curb for cleanup weekend.

My mom and Marie were so close, they were 18 months apart, but ended up in the same grade.  Marie was born June 13, 1924 and mom (Mildred) was born Dec 6, 1925. I know she was your godmother also.

Funeral Services are set for Saturday at 2PM at Bottineau First Lutheran.  I am sure it will be on the Nero sight in a day or so.  LeaRae

Gary Stokes’ Comments.
I am so saddened to hear of Marie’s passing. In my younger days our families were very close. Dad and Thurman were in the veteran classes together that were taught by Manford Cain and Virgil Vandewalle in the Bottineau school agricultural building. We kids and our mother would stay with Marie and family while Dad and Thurman attended classes. Darrel (Bud) was a baby in those days. Actually he wasn’t born yet when they started attending these classes. Thurman and Marie were my god parents. Marie always reminded me of that too. I visited Marie, in 2015 when I was there. Linda and Janet were there too. It was so nice seeing them again too. We had a nice visit. Marie most certainly didn’t show her age of 91 years old either. She was so alert and mobile. She was very loving and kind. She will be missed. We extend our condolences to all of her family.


Reply to Thunderbird airplane ejection question
From Bill Hosmer (’48): Tucson, AZ

In answer to a question by Allen Richard in the 2627 issue, I did  eject from an F-100 while I was on the Thunderbird Team.  We were just arriving at a Navy base in Rhode Island about three weeks after we had flown the first show at Minot AFB in 1961.   My engine flamed out and would not restart and I was not high enough to make a landing at the base.  I ejected and the plane crashed in an open field just across the highway from the Navy Base.  I landed in a tree right next to a busy road with a lot of car traffic. The traffic stopped, people gathered around the tree that I was in about 20 feet off the ground. Took awhile to climb down, but made it with no injury.  Flew the spare airplane  for the rest of my time on the team, which I left in 1963.  .Bill


San Haven Picture
Comments from Duane (Dewey) Morinville (’72):  Dunseith, ND

I think #11 is our mom Francis Morrinville. Not sure looking at it on a smart ph so the pic isn’t large. But it sure looks like mom

Gary’s Comment.
Thanks, Dewey
Folks, all we need is Number 3. I’m very sure one of you can ID him.
Thanks, Gary
San Haven


Blog (703) posted on February 2, 2010

Gary Cota (56): Dickinson, ND
From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.
Awhile ago, I sent the four 8 X 10 family pictures of Gary/Darla Cota’s family (same picture, four of them) to Gary. I received a very nice thank you note from them. I’m not sure who wrote the note, as it’s signed Gary & Darla. I think you said Gary’s vision isn’t good, so maybe Darla wrote it–doesn’t matter. Whoever wrote the note said they have four grandchildren, so each grandchild will receive one of the pictures. I didn’t ask for postage, but there was a $5 bill in the envelope. I’m sure that much more than it cost to mail the pictures–very nice of them.
I hope things settle down soon so I can get back to the pictures from the courthouse. I’ve decided I’m going to address the envelopes I have and mail them with whatever pictures are in them–not wait to see if I locate more pictures before I mail them. I think the people will be happy to receive the envelope–I’ll feel GREAT to know I have mailed them I probably have at least 25 envelopes, so it will be good to get them mailed. If I locate more pictures of any of these people, I’ll send them in a separate envelope. Peace of mind will out-weigh what it costs me to mail them. :)
Bruce Hill (80):
Thank so much for your reply. I have added you to our distribution list. For our records, where are you living now?
Update from DeAnn Gottbreht Posted on her CarringBridge site: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/deanngottbreht
Hello everyone. I wanted to write as soon as I felt up to it to let you know just how well I am doing! Other than some tightness in my chest and arm I am feeling good. Very little pain. I was released from the hospital on Saturday afternoon and we made it home to Mom’s last night about 9.I went into surgery about 11 on Friday and it took about 2 hours. My surgeon called Patrick right after I was out to let him know how great it all went. The cancer looks to be completely contained in the breast and looks to be DCIS, which is non-invasive. They took four sentinel lymph nodes as well which all came back negative so at this time it looks as though the cancer has not spread at all! The news couldn’t hardly be any better! The baby doctors monitored the baby before and after the surgery and he came through it all great! All of our prayers were truly answered! Thank you all for your love and prayers. I will need a few weeks of recovery now before we start chemo again. Keep in touch everyone. I enjoy hearing from you all.

Rabbits on the north side of the Commercial Hotel
Reply from Colette Hosmer (64): Santa Fe, NM
I think I can solve the rabbit droppings mystery. My uncle Art (?) Richard raised rabbits over there. I was young … maybe it was ’54 or ’55. I had a pet rabbit named Pinky. I nailed some chicken wire across the top of an orange crate and kept her in that. She ate everything I could haul home from the store and soon outgrew her cage so Mom talked me into giving her to Uncle Art across the street. I was very sad about it but he told me I could visit Pinky whenever I wanted to. I did — often — and soon lost count of all the baby rabbits she produced. I also remember a lot of rabbit dinners during that time
Building on the north side of the Commercial Hotel
Reply from Floyd Dion (45): Dunseith, ND.
I knew of a man that lived north of the Commercial Hotel, but I would not say that is the building he lived in , His name was Emil Hack and he lived in a small shack. Luella says she walked by his place when she went to school, her parents lived on the spot where Roland Mongeon lives
now. I don’t know where he came from, maybe drifted in town He lived there I know in the late forties maybe in the early fifties. Who knows maybe he had rabbits. He died in his shack.
Building on the north side of the Commercial Hotel
Reply from Lloyd Awalt (44): Bottineau, ND.
Hi Gary. Reading about the commercial hotel maybe I can you in . First off the picture of Marshall and Dave was taken in our front yard when we lived in Tom Cassetys house. The hotel we are looking at the back. Charles Watkins managed the hotel in the 30s later on sold to Grassman’s. Grassman’s had the rabbits for awhile. The storage area was for wood & coal . My dad had the dray at that time and we hauled everything. I shoveled many a ton of coal in there. I believe grassman’s sold to Grimme’s Melba Grassman Marsaa married to Ben Marsaa was a school teacher in Dunseith this is from 1930 to 1941. Winifred Pritchard stayed at our place while she went to high school. When that picture was taken they were problem courting. Lloyd Awalt
Reply from Dick Johnson: 68): Dunseith, ND.
Gary and Friends,Marshall Awalt’s pictures of Dave Eurich and himself and of Eleanor,
Marshall, and an unknown girl look as though they would have been taken
in the front yard of Tom Cassidy’s place. Marshall, is this correct and
what connection would there be with your family and this place? The
other girl looks to possibly be of Native American descent, at least to
me. I think Tom Cassidy lived in the house until the mid 50s and I
believe he moved to Rolla and spent the rest his life there. I don’t
know if he had children who could have been this age but thought it
might help in her identification. Thanks Gary!


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.
Carol LaVallie
(September 18, 1950 – February 1, 2010) 

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CAROL LAVALLIE Carol LaVallie, age 59 of Dunseith, died Monday, February 01, 2010 in her home. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 8, 2010 at 10:00 A.M. in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery also of Dunseith. A wake will be held on Sunday beginning at 4:00 P.M. in the church, with a prayer service at 8:00 P.M. Arrangements are with the Nero Funeral Home, Bottineau.
Alice Stokes Thompson, not Clara Stokes Thompson:
Correction From Keith Pladson (66): Stafford, VA
Just a quick correction. In the photo with several of my family ancestors in your 700 blog, you correctly identify my Grandmother as Alice Stokes Thompson. However, in the photo of my Grandmother and Grandfather in your 698 blog, they are identified as Ulysses and “Clara” Thompson. I’m not sure where the name Clara came from, but I’m pretty certain she was never known as or called Clara. I should have caught this earlier, but somehow it just slipped past me until my sister Tina sent me an email to point it out. I would appreciate it if you could correct the photo to say “Ulysses and Alice Thompson.” Thanks, Gary.
Reply From Mary Eurich Knutson (62): Dunseith, ND.
That is my error – the lady’s name is Alice on the wedding picture. Yes the little boys name is Jim Cain (Cane). He was born November 1938 so this picture must be summer of 1939. The Frank Stokes vs William Stokes issue is kind of a mystery to me. It is very possible some of the pictures may have errors. I’m sure we’ll get them hashed out. There is a Clara Rose Thompson that is a sister to the homesteaders in the hills but she never came this far as far as I know. She lived in Minnesota and was married to a man named Graham. Remember the picture of that old car with the people sitting in it. That is labeled Graham’s with friends.
And , yes, Keith you are right about the year of the storm when you stayed at our place. In 64 and 65 my kids wouldn’t have been big enough to ride the sled behind the snowmobile. I am definitely not good with remembering dates. Will dig out more information after I finish working my income tax. Take care. I love the information and will be making a scrapbook from pictures and articles I laminate from your info. Mary K.
I have reposted this picture of Ulysses and Alice Stokes Thompson and the William Stokes Picture too.
I’ll bet that whoever was labeling those pictures had Frank on their mind knowing it was William Stokes when they labeled that photo. With this picture being taking in 1939, It has to be William Stokes, because Frank died in December 1932. This picture resembles William Stokes that I’ve seen in other pictures too.
Thank you Mary,
Ulysses & Alice Stokes Thompson
Standing L to R: William Stokes, Esther Thompson Tangen, Ulysses Thompson,
Rebecca Stokes Rendahl, Lillian Thompson Cain, Ella Thompson Pladson & Lester Cain
Sitting in Wheel chair: Alice Stokes Thompson holding Jimmy Cain

05/03/2018 (2627)

Reply to Bill Hosmer (’48)
From Allen Richard (’65): Grand Rapids, MI

First, always good to hear from Bill Hosmer.   Yes, I agree, it is too easy to allow memories our roots as time and distance go on.  It takes work to keep our access to those memories in our (rapidly clogging) human hard drives.  A couple questions:  This one you may have answered — Did you ever find the need to part company from one of your military planes?  (in flight) Which military plane did you fly that was the worst to control?  I understand that the P-51 Mustang and the F-100 one of you flew over my head had one chachtaristic (at least) in common.  Both had noses so long that flaring for landing was often a “SWAG” —– scientific wild assed guess.  I was told by most of my flight instructors (private license)  said that any landing you walked away from was a good one.  By the way — I don’t know which one of you buzzed me when I was raking hay in the HW-3 ditch, and I am not being critical of altitude choices,  But I was able to miss my next two haircuts.  😀



Karen Hagen Simon (’70) presents award
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
Hagen, Karen 2627


McKayla McKay
Neola Kofoid Garbe and LeaRae Parrill Espe (’67) Correspondence


Thank you so much for alerting me to this article about Alaynna and providing info about Alaynna. 

LeaRae’s message:

Thanks for posting on the McKay girl.  I think Kick McKay is her 

grandfather, but I am not sure.  I believe it was her mother I met at
the nursing home.  She works at the Good Sam.  She told me how she was
married into the Dunseith McKay’s, but I believe she is divorced

I was also wondering if you saw the article on Alyanna Morin.  She is 

the granddaughter of Dennis and Peggy Espe of Dunseith.  Dennis was
Terry’s brother. He passed away two years ago.  Anyway Alyanna
received honors from the Dakota College at Bottineau.  She was
pictured in the Mirror along with Victoria Gullett. I am not sure it
was in the Courant.  If you happen to see it I would appreciate it if
you would post it if you see it.  Thanks.

LeaRae: As I mentioned in a previous reply, I would appreciate if you alert me to anything that would be of interest to Gary’s readers.  I’ll try to scan/send it.



San Haven Picture
Reply from Donna LaCroix Allard (’64):  Zimmerman, MN

I think 13 is Lydia LaCroix


San Haven Picture
Reply From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65): Belcourt, ND


I was looking at San Haven picture. I think this number 8 lady looks like, Vivian (Champagne) Poitra, was married to Albert Poitra.

Ginger Poitra


Gary Stokes’ Comment
Folks, Any idea who numbers 3. And 11. Are?
San Haven


Blog (702) posted on February 1, 2010

Posted on February 1, 2010

Bobby Pigeon:

Memories from Brenda Hoffman (68): Greenville, SC

Dear Gary,

Following recent posts, Paulette LaCroix (Chisholm) and I reminisced about our fourth grade interactions with the “much older” Bobby Pigeon. With his duck tail haircut and The Fonze stride, he made Paulette and I “swoon” at the sight of him walking to or from lunch in the basement of the white school house. Could anyone be more handsome?

Once in a great while, he might smile at us or even SAY SOMETHING. We discussed him for hours comparing him to Cookie on the television series Seventy-seven Sunset Strip and the songs “Cookie, Cookie Lend Me Your Comb” and “Runnin’ Bear….Loved Little White Dove with a Love That Wouldn’t Die.

Amazingly, I interacted frequently with the song writer and singer of Runnin Bear at Dave’s Brainerd, MN satellite office. He is now in his 80s and continues to be invited to Europe frequently where his Rock a Billy sound remains extremely popular. He’s a very nice man.

Brenda Hoffman Class of 1968

1955 Football Team Picture:

Reply from Larry Shirk (58): Naperville, IL


Some are wondering about which class the 1955 football team picture
represents. If you note, the football in the picture has 55 on it. It was
the fall of 55, the start of the 55/56 year The seniors in the picture
would graduate in the spring of 56. So in reality, the picture doesn’t
represent the class of 55 which graduated 3 months earlier, but the 1955
football season. (and the class of 56) Hope this makes sense.

Larry Shirk

Reply/Picture from Marshall Awalt (51): Newport, NC


I am sorry but I do not know the girl standing next to me in the picture.I sent you another photo shot in front of the same tree with the commercial hotel in the back ground.It is of Dave Eurich and myself.


Marshall, I have reposted that picture below. Hopefully someone can identify the girl in the picture with you and Eleanor?

This is a wonderful picture of you and Dave Eurich. Dave never changed over the years. He was such a young man too, when he left this world. He was a wonderful man. I remember him well.

Dave Eurich & Marshall Awalt

Eleanor & Marshall Awalt and ??? Schwabe

Buildings on the north end of the Commercial Hotel:

Larry Hackman, Dick Johnson, Bill & Gwen Grimme are looking for the rest of the story from some folks probably a little senior to them.

Please read from the bottom up.


I’m just trying to find out the rest of the story?


Bill, Gwen, & Dick:

I’m thinking we went as far as our youth permits us to go on this story. Don’t you also think we should have Gary put this out there to see if we can find out the rest of the story. I’m sure there are some around that know what the out buildings on the north end of the Commercial Hotel were used for?

I didn’t mean to insinuate that Dick was older then us ( Bill and I), just that he might know more then us. “God, I hated to say that!” I hope that sentence makes him feel better.


—– Original Message —–

From: Dick Johnson

To: larry hackman ; Bill Grimme ; Gwen Eltz

Sent: Monday, January 25, 2010 11:28 PM

Subject: Re: Rabbits?


I can remember the building just north of the Commercial hotel. It was a storage building when I first became aware of it. My aunt Joy Nordquist rented the north ground floor apartment in about 1957. This was before she married my uncle Cliff Johnson, but I was over there often. She worked with Mom at the bank and had to raise her younger brother and sister. She was only twenty in ’57. Tough job. Back to your question–the rabbit deal. Maybe the people who ran the Hotel before Bill’s folks, had rabbits. I think this was the building where Greg had stored his old bike. I mentioned to Greg that I really liked old bikes, as we were driving home from UND, and Greg said he would give me one. We went over to that old building and he dug out his old bike with the mud flaps with reflectors and he gave it to me. It was maroon and white with big balloon tires and had a couple chrome springs on the front fork much like an old motorcycle. Like an absolute FOOL, I traded it to a guy who collects bikes and have regretted it ever since! To this day, I am trying to get it back but he just won’t let go of it yet. He still has it in the same condition as it was in 1970. Oh, yeah—rabbits–I don’t have an answer as to who would have had rabbits in the white building north of the hotel. I don’t think there were rabbits there in ’57. I caught the old joke that Larry was hinting at about smart pills. The old Indian got the Indian kid to taste a smart pill. The kid said it tasted like rabbit crap. The old Indian says, “See your smarter already.”


larry hackman wrote:


Maybe you know more then the rest us? You have to read this from bottom to top to make sense out of this

Maybe not?


—– Original Message —–

From: larry hackman

To: Bill Grimme

Sent: Sunday, January 24, 2010 8:37 PM

Subject: Re: Rabbits?


I don’t believe this. Most older people respond by saying they don’t remember droppings. But You do?

Bill, I’m sorry, but I couldn’t resist making a joke out of the memory. I remember how it was with rabbits. They did produce a lot and droppings too. We always called the droppings smart pills and tried to convince others that they would get smarter if they ate them. I don’t think I ever got anyone to bite on that one. Pardon the pun.

We are going to have to ask someone with a few more years behind them and see if they remember what the buildings were used for and if they remember who kept rabbits in them.

Bill I’m not a psychiatrist but your folks ditching you like that, could be the cause of you being the way you are. Which is not a bad thing?

If nothing else, it gives you an excuse. I don’t know what else I can say to make the hurt go away. Except maybe that Jack Daniels might help. Thats right you said you tried that. Maybe they were right, You just weren’t listening. You know how kids are? If you don’t have an excuse, make one up.

Have a good day and hope the Saints win.

Remember; Laugh and the whole world laughs with you.


—– Original Message —–

From: Bill Grimme

To: Gwen Eltz

Cc: lmhackman@bis.midco.net

Sent: Sunday, January 24, 2010 4:45 PM

Subject: Re: Rabbits?

That’s what was rattling around in my head – the rabbit droppings. They must have been there before we moved in. Speaking of moving in, Larry, every time a comedian tells that old joke about “my parents moved and never told me”, I think about Dunseith. You see, that’s what happened to me when the folks moved to the Commercial Hotel. I was in the fourth grade and I came home from school to a dark, locked house. I sat on the front porch until dark and the woman that lived across the street from us (can’t remember her name, now) came over and took me to her house and told me my folks had moved to the hotel. I eventually got over to the Commercial Hotel and found it to be true. The folks swear they told me and I wasn’t listening – again, but, I’m sticking to my story that they were trying to ditch me!


From: Gwen Eltz

Sent: Sunday, January 24, 2010 10:29 AM

To: Bill Grimme

Cc: lmhackman@bis.midco.net

Subject: Re: Rabbits?

Bill and Larry,

I remember the rabbit droppings, too–you’re right…the building was full of them–but I have no idea why rabbits had been housed there either. The droppings were there when we moved into the Commercial Hotel in the fall of 1955 ( I was in 1st grade), so I don’t know who would have been raising rabbits. The building was divided into about four parts; two parts on the north end were outdoor biffies. I sometimes wonder why the south wall had an opening with a small wooden swing-out door that looked like a drive-up window.

—– “Bill Grimme” <wgrimme@charter.net> wrote:


I remember the buildings, but, I don’t remember the rabbits, exactly. There is some memory of something in there, but, I don’t recall any details. Maybe one of our boarders kept some rabbits. Ole Melhouse comes to mind as a possibility, but, I’m not sure. Gwen probably has a much better memory – she didn’t soak it in quite as much DAMN ALCOHOL as I did.


05/02/2018 (2626)

Dunseith Memories
Posting from Bill Hosmer (’48):  Tucson, AZ

Gary, It has been a bit of time since I congratulated your for maintaining this tremendous series about our home town  and the hills and plains that gave it a special geographic character that we all still brag about.

As I age, and I still do, and realize that 87 isn’t anything but another sign post of life, much like the highway signs about the mileage to the next town.  It’s just a detail, no big  deal.  I’m glad to be here.

You have done so much for all of us in many generations to remind us of the character and strength of a community of Americans who lived where we lived.

There  are so many memories of growing up in Dunseith, swimming naked in a wide spot on Willow Creek just south of the old #5 road to Bottineau. Skating in mid -winter at the old Dunseith skating rink. Being a Boy Scout in Troop 81, supervised by our famous baker, Pat McAtee in the forties., playing mummely peg, which was a jack knife game of three or four guys sitting on someones yard, throwing jack knives, which we all carried in those days, and showing our expertise at such remarkable skills, making sling shot out, of willow branches down by Willow Creek, cutting up  Y shaped willow branches, using  cut rubber from old inner tubes and other innovations to make “sling shots”. We were a remarkable population of young men and women who survived the disciplines of school and church to become independent Americans who were better off for being in that unforgettable arena of love and challenge which was where we grew from childhood to adulthood. What a way to start life. Thank you all who helped me during those days. I will never forget all the wonderment of being a guy from Dunseith.

Bill Hosmer


San Haven Picture
Comments from Jean Nicholas Miller (’66):  Glendale, AZ

Wow. Charlene you are awesome! I always knew you were way  back to San Haven days. And here I only got four right.
Jean Miller


San Haven Picture
Comments from Brenda Hoffman (’68):Greenville, SC

Hi Gary,

My Mom and Dad, Alice and Harvey Hoffman, are not in the photo. I’m not certain who 3 and 11 are (I remember no. 11, but not her name). Mrs. L.O Peterson isn’t in the photo so that must be Mrs. DeCoteau. And that looks like a bad photo of Dan Kalk.

Thank you all for remembering names I’ve forgotten.

Brenda (68)

Gary Stokes’ comments
Thank you so much Brenda for this feedback,
Folks, Can we identify Numbers 3 & 11
San Haven


Blog (701) posted on January 31, 2010

Mr. Dan Morgan:
Message/Memories from Brenda Hoffman (68): Greenville, SC
Dear Mr. Morgan,
I so remember what a wonderful teacher you were. Of course, I had a bit of a crush on you at the time, but you probably knew that and handled it gracefully as you did so many other issues ….and teaching as a whole. Your ability to instill pride and an interest in learning were so important to those of us who were your students. Thank you Mr. Morgan.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Brenda Hoffman class of 1968
Mr. Dan Morgan:
Message/Memories From Aime Casavant (66): Jamestown, ND
I was sorry to hear about Dan Morgan’s illness. Although I did not
have him as a teacher, I did have one experience that to me, spoke to
the essence of his character. When his name was spoken by my younger
brothers and sisters, it was always with great respect.My experience. Several of the Casavant’s served in Vietnam, the first
being my brother Joe. I was home on furlough in the summer of 1968
for several weeks before leaving for Vietnam. Visiting around
Dunseith with Lee Struck and several other friends, we went to the
( Dunseith Community Center? Legion?) to find some older person I
wanted to say “hi” to. I was 20 years old. We were stopped at the
door, asked to provide our ID’s and I explained I was not yet 21, did
not intend to drink anything, but only wanted to speak with an older
couple there. The person at the door, diligently doing his duty would
not let me in. Dan Morgan, by chance was close enough to observe this.

Dan Morgan knew several of the Casavant’s had served in Vietnam. He,
sprang up and quickly came to us and politely informed the door man –
“anyone who is serving his country has the right to socialize and have
a drink with the people he is protecting and any Vietnam Veteran can
have a drink here, I don’t care how old he is.” He sort of had that
natural, affirmative voice. Gee, I barely knew him, I was not 21 yet
and I had not yet served in Vietnam. Then he said ” And I want the
honor of buying him the first drink.” Wow! I did not have him for a
teacher but in that moment, I just felt very good and thought I had
just experienced the “essence” of this man that my brothers and
sisters spoke so highly of.

Thank you Dan- one does not always know when they provide one with
these positive, lifetime experiences. To me – it is in this, that
for life on earth, we live on forever. Although you were not my
teacher in the classroom, you left an impression that on several
occasions, I followed myself in life and the response was always the
same, a positive one , as it was that evening in Dunseith many years

Aime Casavant

Basketball games with the Canadian’s
Memories from Bob Lykins (Teather): Hutto, TX
Referencing Dick Johnson’s comments about playing basketball against the Boissevain businessmen. I was a part of a few of those games. There would be two every year and would be held usually in the fall when the Boissevain fellows were getting into condition to hit the ice for their hockey season. They would come to Dunseith to play a game and we would go up there for a game. I remember one time we went to play in their gym that was so small the spectators were seated partially on the playing floor. Besides myself there was Gene Hepper, Bob Jury, Dennis Espe, and Dan Morgan from the faculty with Lowell Leonard and others from the community. As I recall, we almost lost that game as we could not buy a bucket and everything they threw up went in. It was a bit embarrassing but I must confess that the Boissevain boys were good athletes and had improved in their basketball skills a great deal by this time. All was forgotten after the game as we headed for the local “watering hole.” I don’t know what it is like today but, in those days, women were not allowed into the pub portion of the establishment. So, they had built a wall separating the pub from the restaurant side, where women were allowed, and ran the bar through a hole in the wall. The Canadians were such great hosts. No matter how quickly we cleared out of the gym by the time we got to the pub the Boissevain guys were already there seated around the tables leaving empty chairs between them so we had to sit between them and socialize. We always had great fun. Unfortunately, our evenings were always cut short in that we had to race for the border before 12:00 midnight as the port closed at that time and we did not wish to get trapped north of the line. Wonderful memories of wonderful times with great people.
Bob Lykins
Margaret Pigeon Fox being added to our Distribution:
Request from Allen Richard (65): Midland, MI
Bobby Pigeon’s sister Margret (Pigeon) Fox would like to join the blog.
Her e-mail is
Dean, Ken, Curtis, Alva, Bob and Beverly graduated from DHS. Margret, Renee and Lori – the youngest three attended Rolette after district lines were redrawn in 1960. Before that all of Russell TWP. was part of the Dunseith district. I recall it was quite a battle. I think the only families that stayed at Dunseith were the Aamodts, Bae Pigeon, Neameyers, Roland Mongeon and the Casavants. They thought the distance on the bus to Rolette was too far.
Margaret, It’s my pleasure to add you to our distribution. What class were you with when you attended Dunseith? Also for our records, where are you living now? Gary
Reply from Gary Metcalfe (57): Forsyth, MO
To Bob Pigeon
I think it is worth mentioning that Bob Pigeon is also a twin and he could walk almost as well on his hands as on his arches. I could be wrong but I think Beverly was his twin and then came Alva.
We had a guy earlier than Bob Pigeon that was more of a Fonz than the real Fonz. His name was Floyd Hill, a pal to Carlye Nelson, only son of Bud Hill, cousin to Kenny Hill. He out Fonzed the Fonz. Floyd had one cool 57 Ford.
Larry Hackman if your mystery man wasn’t Big Iron Kalk, the only guy that I could image would fit that scene, might have been ROBARGE. I think you owe us a clue, sounds like he was before his time.
Gary Metcalfe
Christmas Card:
From Cecile Gouin Craig (61): Windsor, CO
Thank you Cecile for this lovely card. It actually arrived a week ago, but I just got down to the FPO office to pick it up. With “Oslo, Norway 7/09”, written on the card, I’m assuming you and Keith were on a trip to Norway? Gary
Craig & Cecile Gouin Craig

04/30/2018 (2625)

San Haven Picture

I am really cramped for time this morning and don’t have the time to work with that picture.  I will post an updated picture with the replies I got with the next posting.


Raymond Cote; Bud and Mary Knutson
Reply from Keith Pladson (’66):  Roanoke Rapids, NC

Gary, hope all is well in the PI and that Bernadette is in good spirits.

Sorry to hear about Raymond Cote’s passing.  I worked for him the summer following my graduation in 1966.  For me, it was a step up to bigger farm equipment than the equipment I had run for Carl Melgaard the previous summer.  Most of the land Raymond farmed was flat, so was quite a change from the hills Carl farmed.  Reading of his death and his obituary brings back many memories of that summer.  Interestingly, I was not the only Dunseith alumni to work for Raymond that summer.  Randy Flynn also worked for him on an as needed basis.  I was delighted to see Randy on the Dunseith Alaskan cruise a few years ago.  I hadn’t seen Randy since he and I worked together for Raymond that summer.

And a quick comment to the reposted input from my cousin Mary Knutson.  The year I stayed with you and Bud, Mary, was the winter of 1966/67 – same year I graduated.  After working for Raymond Cote that summer and being laid off after the end of harvest, I was looking for a place to lay my head.  So, a little late Mary, but thanks to you and Bud for giving me that place.  Though I fed cattle and pigs in exchange for room and board, I always felt I got the better end of that deal.

Finally, yes, my grandfather Ulysses was killed on the little prairie by an airplane propeller – though he didn’t own the plane.  As I recall the story he was trying to help start the plane by spinning the prop.  Of course that happened several years before I was born, so details may be a little fuzzy.

Thanks, Gary.

Keith Pladson (66)


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND


Blog (700) posted on January 30, 2010

Posted on January 30, 2010

Philippine & SE Asian Vacation tours:

The Philippine and SE Asian Vacation tours that Bernadette and I put together can be customize to your liking. Tour packages to countries and cities in SE Asia, from the Philippines, are very reasonably priced. With us living here, we feel this is an opportunity we can offer those of you wishing to visit this part of the world at a very reduced rate, customized to your liking. We are not collecting any commissions or fees from any one doing this. This is something we have chosen to do with absolutely no profits or kick backs. Please click on the Dunseith Alumni link below to see the latest updated info for these tour packages. We’d love your company too. Gary


Dan Morgan:

Reply from Bob Lykins (Teacher): Hutto, TX


Sorry to learn that Dan Morgan is not well. He and I began teaching in Dunseith at about the same time (1962) and I recall him being a rather quiet, thoughtful individual with a winning smile. He had a tendency to be a calming influence in any storm. I wish he and his family the very best.

Bob Lykins

Dan Morgan:

Reply from Toni Morinville Gredesky (68): Farimount, ND

My prayers are with Dan Morgan and his family as they go through this challenging battle. I consider myself so fortunate to have had Dan for a teacher. He and Dennis Espe were two of the best teachers I had. They were such positive influences during our junior high years. My friends and I spent a lot of time in their little office correcting papers for them. I have evoked their names so many times over the years in my high school English classroom. I have often told the story of the day President Kennedy was assassinated. We were in the big assembly room when the announcement came over the intercom that the President had been shot. Somehow two or three of us girls asked Mr. Morgan and Mr. Espe if we could sit in their office and listen to the radio. We were all sitting in their listening when we heard that the President had died.

These two men were both master teachers and knew what it meant to use a “teachable moment.” They had high expectations for our achievement and treated us as whole human beings. I know that they were very influential in my decision to become a teacher myself.

Toni Morinville Gredesky

Randy Davis (Deceased)

Reply form Denise Lajimodiere: Moorhead, MN.

For Mark Schimetz,

Randy Davis is my first cousin. His mother was Theresa Lajimodiere Davis, my father Leo’s sister. Randy’s brother is Kenny Davis, his Belcourt gas station/off sale is called LaDot’s, after a nickname he acquired in high school.

Denise Lajimodiere

Reply from Larry Liere(55): Mesa, AZ & Devils Lake, ND


Thanks Janice I had the same question a week ago (blog 1-23-10). I had a gut feeling that some of my 2nd. grade class would be on the 1955 footbal team. I was worried that the class of 55 had a beer bust and they all became ineligible to play sports. I hope some boys from the class of 55 will reply to this and send in a picture of the 1955 team! Larry Liere

Reply from Janice Leonard Workman (55): Auburn, WA

Gary, I think that football picture is from 1956, instead of 1955. Of the boys that were in the class of 1955,Barry Shelver, Gordon Neameyer, Wally Hiatt, Marlin Williams, Dennis Brennan somebody must have played football and surely Gary Woodford would have been team manager????? Janice Leonard Workman

Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

Thanks to Mona for the info on the Dunseith Independent Team. Maybe
the name was just ‘Dunseith’ on the warm up jackets and the red color is
what confused me, knowing that Dunseith was always blue and white.
Thanks for the reply. I did watch Chuck Johnson play independent
basketball in the old city hall. They usually played on Sunday
afternoons, if I remember right. Les Greener was before my time but I
heard lots about him from Dad. The ‘Harlem Stars’ came to Dunseith once
too and played in the city hall. Some of the players were originally
with the Harlem Globe Trotters and then joined up with knock off teams.
Some of the craziest basketball games were the ones the Dunseith
Businessmen played against the Boissevain Businessmen. The Canadians had
never played basketball before and would run with the ball and
hopelessly try to dribble—we were rolling on the floor laughing. The
laughing changed places though when the Dunseith guys had to put on
skates and play hockey in Bossevain! Those guys could skate circles
around the Dunseith guys and the Canadian folks nearly died laughing!
Dad took me up to one game and I felt sorry for our guys!

The Randy Davis that passed away is not the son of Joyce Poitra Davis
Fandrick. This Randy is from Belcourt and is the brother to Ken Davis.
Mark Schimetz was trying to remember Kenny’s nickname—LaDot. He has
the c-store and lounge in Belcourt that is called ‘LaDots’.

Thanks to Mary Eurich Knutson for the remarkable pictures! I was
thinking about an earlier one that had Bergan, Pritchard, and very
young Bob Pritchard by a log building. Dale Pritchard said it could be a
cabin or smokehouse. My grandpa had a similar short log building with a
dirt covered roof and kept ice blocks from the lake, packed in sawdust
from his old mill. The building stayed cold enough to keep ice for the
ice box nearly until the next fall. I have his old ice saw and a couple
large sets of his ice tongs. Everything was hard work for the folks in
those days. Thanks again Mary, and Gary!


Dan Morin House fire:

From Vickie Metcalfe (68): Bottineau, ND.

Gary and Friends,

The following information came in an e-mail this morning provided by a source at Benchmark who works with Dan Morin.

“Dan Morin and his family lost their home in a fire Tuesday night. Dan and Punky and their granddaughter were living with his mother-in-law. They will be able to salvage very little from the remains of the home and have been provided temporary living quarters at the Casino and will soon be moving to a two bedroom home. Their most immediate need is clothing. The family is in need of all things for the home. Furnishings including beds, kitchen items – tableware, cooking utensils, etc.

Dan works at Benchmark in Dunseith. His wife is “Punky” Parisien the daughter of Tootsie Delorme. Toosie, although past retirement age continues to work, I think with head start. Toosie’s mother was the first Mrs. Ralph Poitra, Toosie’s uncle was Alcide Lajimodiere. Punky is also the sister of my classmate, Carole Ann Parisien Lavallie (widow of Andrew Lavalle).

I am so relieved and thankful to hear this family did not suffer any burn injuries, despite the devastation of a home fire in the sub zero North Dakota weather this past week. Vickie Metcalfe

If anyone would like to contribute to this family please contact Dan’s supervisor

John Hardy

Logistics Supervisor
19 2nd ST SE

Dunseith, ND 58329

701 244 6878 (tel)

Great snow Pictures – Click on the link below:

From Ellen Graff Myrick (58): Grand Forks, ND.

These pictures show snow collected in southwestern N. Dakota. Even though it’s not about your realtives can you post on the email.


Reply to personal message in reference to picture below

From Keith Pladson (66): Stafford, VA

Just a couple of comments on your email, Gary. First, the photo in question has to have been taken in 1937, 38 or possibly early 39 as Mom looks to have been around 15 or so. Since she was born in 1923, that would give us a year of 1938 – which is why I said in my earlier response that is was probably 1938. Thus, there is no way it could be Frank Stokes in the photo. Second, I don’t recall Jim Cain being called Jimmy. And as far as tracking him down, that would lead you to his grave. Jim died a few years ago. He was married and he and his family lived in Western Tenn. Finally, I’m sure it was just a slip on your part, but in your first paragraph below, you say that Rebecca (Reba) was the daughter of “Frank” and Fanny. I assume you meant “William” and Fanny.

One further comment: I’m well aware of where Reba lived as we also later lived there. I believe that is where Mom and Dad lived when I was born and though I don’t have any memory of the place, both my Brother, Floyd and my Sister, Florence do. And yes, Mom always referred to her Aunt as Aunt “Reba.”

Keith, Rebecca (Reba) Stokes Rendahl was the daughter of William & Fanny Stokes. Yes, I remember well my folks referring to her as Reba too.

Folks, This is another one of the pictures that Mary Eruich Knutson sent. I held off a day posting this while we got the identities of the folks in the picture correctly identified. Between Mary, Keith Pladson, John Tangen and myself; I think we finely figured out the correct identities of those in the picture.

I remember well, as a kid, seeing Reba Stokes Rendahl’s old house sitting on the county line, on the south side of road, below the Rendahl hill on Highway #43 also known as the Peace Garden Road. Common Sence would tell us that is how the Rendahl hill got it’s name. I’m sure Rendahl church was named after this family too? Willaim Stokes, My great Grandfather, had 2 daughters, Reba Rendahl & Alice Thompson and one son Frank Stokes.

William Stokes was 91 years old when he died in 1946. He was in his mid 80’s in this picture.

Standing L to R: William Stokes, Esther Thompson Tangen, Ulysses Thompson,Rebecca Stokes Rendahl, Lillian Thompson Cain, Ella Thompson Pladson & Lester Cain
Sitting in Wheel chair: Alice Stokes Thompson holding Jimmy Cain

Bertha Kittleson’s passing

Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (68): Bottineau, ND.

BERTHA KITTLESON, 86, Bottineau, died Thursday in a Minot nursing
home. Funeral Tuesday, 2 p.m., First Lutheran Church, Bottineau.
Prayer service Monday, 7 p.m., Nero Funeral Home, Bottineau.
Visitation Monday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to noon,
in the funeral home.

Gary, This was posted in the Minot Daily today January 29, 2010.

Bertha is fondly remembered. As, a honest hard working classy
country lady, friend, excellent school cook, grandmother and great
grandmother to many, and former country school teacher in Rolette
and Bottineau County.
Vickie Metcalfe

Bertha’s Obit is now posted on Nero’s Web site too. I have pasted a copy below. Gary

Bertha Kittleson
(May 28, 1923 – January 28, 2010) 

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BERTHA IRENE KITTLESON Bertha Kittleson, age 86 of Bottineau, died Thursday at a Minot nursing home. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 2:00 P.M. in the First Lutheran Church in Bottineau. Burial will be in the Salem Cemetery of rural Bottineau. Visitation will be Monday beginning at 10:00 A.M. until 9:00 and Tuesday 9:00 until noon in the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. A prayer service will be held on Monday at 7:00 P.M. in the Funeral Home.

Bertha Irene Kittleson, a daughter of Ivar and Regina (Haugen) Peterson, was born on May 28, 1923 in her home in the Turtle Mountains north of Bottineau. She was reared and educated near her home. She was confirmed in the Salem Lutheran Church of rural Bottineau. Bertha attended Minot State and received her teaching degree. She then taught at the Happy Hill School in Homan Township for two years and then at the Strong School in Rolette County. On June 16, 1946 she was married to Milan Kittleson at Bottineau. She returned to Bottineau County and taught at Whittering #1 until 1950. Bertha remained home to raise her children and help on the farm until 1971 when she began working at the Bottineau Public school as a cook. She retired in 1977 and helped Milan on the farm. Milan passed away on June 20, 1999. In the fall of 2009 she moved to Minot where she has resided since.

She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Bottineau. Bertha was also a member of a quilting club and was a Mission Aide member.

Bertha is survived by 5 daughters, Ann (Harold) Roseneau of Willow City, Connie (Charles) Tollefson of Surrey, Judy (John) Slater of Minot, Marla (Carl) Lee of Bottineau, and Penny (Edwin) Krumweide of Sarles; 4 sons, Donny (Darlene) Kittleson, Ted ( Kathy), Kittleson, Jamie (Kandis) Kittleson all of Bottineau and Terry ( Marilyn) Kittleson of Minot; a daughter-in-law, Lori Kittleson of Bottineau; 27 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren;

She was preceded indeath by her parents, two sons Dennis and Larry; brothers, Pete Peterson and Oscar Peterson; a sister, Dorothy Peterson.

Arrangements are with the Nero Funeral Home of Bottineau. Friends may sigh the online register at www.nerofuineralhome.net

From Wendy Strietzel, Dorothy Eurich Strietzel’s (75) Daughter: Minot, ND.


I received this e-mail from a friend and thought you might like to share it with all of the North Dakotans you blog to every day.


> > North Dakota
> >
> > Leave it to Jeff Foxworthyto talk about our beloved state!!
> > The funny part is……it’s all true…every bit of it!!

> > Only in North Dakota !!
> > For those of you who do not know, Jeff
> > Foxworthy’s in-laws live in Kief, North Dakota .
> >
> > According to Jeff Foxworthy:
> > If you’re proud that your region makes the national news at least 96
> > times each year because it’s the hottest or the coldest spot
> > in the nation,
> >
> > You might live in Fargo, North Dakota .
> >
> > If your dad’s suntan stops at a line curving around
> > the middle of his forehead,
> >
> > You might live in Butte, North Dakota.
> >
> > If you have worn shorts and a parka at the same time,
> > You might live in Benedict, North Dakota.
> >
> > If your town has an equal number of bars and churches,
> >
> > You might live in Drake, North Dakota .
> >
> > If you have had a lengthy telephone conversation with
> > someone who dialed a wrong number,
> >
> > You might live in Sawyer, North Dakota .
> >

> >
> > ‘Vacation’ means going east or west on I -94for the weekend…
> >
> >
> > If you measure distance in hours,
> >
> > You might live anywhere in North Dakota .
> >
> > If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once,
> >
> > You might live in Bergan, North Dakota.
> >
> > If you often switch from ‘Heat’ to ‘A/C’ in the same day and back again,
> >
> > You might live in ,Bismarck, North Dakota .
> >
> > If you can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow
> > during a raging blizzard, without flinching,
> >
> > You might live in Minot, North Dakota .
> >
> > If you see people wearing camouflage at social events (including weddings),
> >
> > You might live in Velva, North Dakota

> > If you install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked,
> >
> > You might live in Harvey, North Dakota.
> >
> > If you carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend knows how to use them,
> >
> > You might live in Grand Forks, North Dakota .
> >
> > If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow,
> >
> > You might live in anywhere, North Dakota.
> >
> > If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction,
> >
> > You might live in Washburn, North Dakota .
> >
> > If your idea of creative landscaping is a statue of a deer next to your blue spruce,
> >
> > You might live in Butte, North Dakota.
> >
> > If Going Down South” means South Dakota ,
> >
> > You might live in Steele, North Dakota .
> >
> > If a brat is something you eat,
> >
> > You might live in McClusky, North Dakoya .
> >
> > If your idea of going out to eat is a tail gate party every Friday,
> >
> > You might live in Garrison, North Dakota .
> >
> > If you have more miles on your snow blower than your car;
> >
> > You might live in Mandan, North Dakota.
> >
> > If you find Zero degrees degrees to be ‘a little chilly’,
> >
> > You might live in Williston, North Dakota .
> >
> > *If you actually understand these jokes, and you forward them to
> > all your North Dakota friends — you might just live inNorth Dakota

04/26/2018 (2624)

San Haven Picture
Reply from Dan (’61) & Evie Kalk:  Bottineau, ND

Hi Gary,

#24 is Dan Kalk. When Rod saw the picture, he thought #21 was his aunt, Amelia Gunville Decoteau. We are working our way back to Lake Metigoshe from Alabama.



San Haven Picture
Reply from Verena (Pete ’65) Gillis: Dunseith, ND

Hi Gary, on the San Haven picture of staff members, number 23 is John Gillis, Pete’s father.

San Haven Picture
Reply from Denise Peltier (’71):  Dunseith, ND

23 sure looks like John Gillis?

San Haven Picture
Reply Joan LaCroix Lannie (’67): Olive Branch, MS

Hi Gary. My Mom Lydia LaCroix Beck is number 13 in your picture. She celebrated her 96th birthday this month.

San Haven Picture
Reply Dick Johnson (’68): Dunseith, ND


Charlene did a great job on the IDs!  The guy on the far right, number 24, I believe is Dan Kalk.  Numbers 8 and 9 are reversed otherwise I think the rest are correct.  Thanks.


Gary Stokes’ Comments
Folks, Number 21 is the only one in question. Is it Mrs. LO Peterson or Amelia Gunville Decoteau?
How many of these folks are still living?
San Haven


Raymond Cote (’48) Obituary
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND


Raymond Cote
December 11, 1930 – April 18, 2018

Raymond Cote, age 87 of Willow City, died Wednesday at a Bottineau hospital.  His funeral will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 am at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

Raymond Cote, a son of Leonard and Mary Ann (Senechal) Cote, was born on December 11, 1930 on the family farm.  He was raised on the family farm near Lords Lake and later graduated from Dunseith High School.  After high school he stayed on the farm and took it over after his father’s passing. 

He was a member of the Rural Fire District and served on the township board for many years.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards and going uptown to have a glass of brandy with friends.

He is survived by his brother, Junior Cote of Pelican Rapids, MN; nephew, Jim (Cris) of Waianae, HI; sister, Ann Cote of Spokane, WA and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Donald and Herbert.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.


Blog (699) posted on January 29, 2010


Posted on January 29, 2010

Reply from Jim Metcalfe: AZ.

Hi Gary, About the Dunseith independent baseball team from the early ’50’s. I was the catcher in 1953 and we were the Dunseith Gardners. Junior Melmar was the playing manager and we had great times and good parties afterward.

Jim Metcalfe, I attended Dunseith HS in 1949-50 but graduated from Rollan in ’52. (Gary’s brother)

Reply from Janice Leonard Workman (55): Auburn, WA

Gary, I think that football picture is from 1956, instead of 1955. Of the boys that were in the class of 1955, Barry Shelver, Gordon Neameyer, Wally Hiatt, Marlin Williams, Dennis Brennan somebody must have played football and surely Gary Woodford would have been team manager????? Janice Leonard Workman 

Dan Morgan:

Reply Lola Metcalfe Vanorny (68): Dunseith, ND.

We are saddened to hear Dan Morgan is not well– he was one of the best teachers I ever had. He maintained great discipline and yet was very personable. He and his family are in our prayers!-Lola Metcalfe Vanorny

ps- Ole Bursinger was one of the finest persons I ever met-

Dan Morgan:

Reply from Cheryl Haagenson (71): Dunseith, ND.

Hi Gary, I was saddened to hear the news of Mr. Dan Morgan by a post by Mrs. Ardis Horner ( Bakken) I am sure that Mr. Morgan has put up a valiant battle. I recall him as our principal when the class of ’71 was in junior high. I am not as good as the others in our circle to tell a story. I simply know that Mr. Morgan cared about our education. He cared that we behaved, at least that is what I remember and that is what I believe. I would like to thank him for that and wish God’s strength to all his family at this very difficult time.
Cheryl Haagenson

Cheryl, You comment that you can not tell a story like some of the rest, but most have a hard time matching your sense of humor. We truly enjoyed your sense of humor on the cruise as well as your singing and you just being you. We truly enjoyed the great person that you are. Gary

Jeanmarie Abrahamson (65): Denver, CO

Message from Doyle Abrahamson (68): Aurora, CO


Yesterday my sister, Jeanmarie went into surgery so she can do what is called PD dialysis. She will have to wait about 45 days to heal up before they start her on this new dialysis. She will be able to do PD dialysis at home four times a day.

The surgery went well and I took her home last night.


Jeanmarie, I am so glad that you will be able to do your dialysis at home. We know these are not easy times for you. Hang in there. We have not forgotten you. Take care, Gary

Dunseith Ball teams:

Reply from Mona Dionne Johnson (48): Lake Metigoshe, ND.

Dick: The Dunseith team at the time – late 40’s/early 50’s, just went
by “Dunseith Independents”, as most of the small towns around did. Some
of the larger cities, like Bismarck had names like the “Bismarck
Phanthoms” which we played and beat . Dunseith played the Harlem
Globetrotters, and some other colored teams, and they really drew the
crowds. One colored team they played in Dunseith and the team played
them again that same week-end in Willow City. They really drew the
crowds – of course Les Greener drew crowds to watch and also some pick
up teams back home from college on break, who “thought” they could best
him, but they just embarrassed themselves in the process. That in
itself was fun to watch. Paul McCloud and Chuck were fun to watch in
their ball handling, especially when the team thought that Devils Lake
deserved to be shown how to play ball short of fellows.
Seems one year they would only let VFW guys play in the tournament –
that left Darrel Fassett, Leo Murray, and Chuck sitting on the sidelines
and — left Dunseith with only 6-7 players, and Devils Lake wouldn’t
agree to give them more fouls, so they ended up playing with only four
guys and lost. The next year the rules were changed and all could
play. In the tournament, Dunseith was playing Devils Lake, and we were
ahead. Our team convinced the coach, Kenny Morgan to let Paul McCloud
and Chuck Johnson play alone against the Devils Lake team. At that
time, the rule during the last few minutes of the game was if you got
fouled, you took a foul shot and then took the ball out at half court.
Well these two ball handlers were passing it through their legs, past
their ears, etc. and would get fouled and go throught it all over
again. Pretty soon, the Devils Lake team got so mad they one by one
went and sat down on their bench, and the game pretty much ended. So
goes it, when you take advantage in sports rather than be sportsman
like in setting up the game — it may come back to taunt you. Those
independent games were fun to watch and many followed the team when
they went to Canada and to other towns.
Mona Dionne Johnson ’48

Message from DeAnn Gottbreht posted on her Carringbridge site:http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/deanngottbreht

Hello everyone from Rochester, Mn. I got done with my appointments for the day about an hour ago and am back at the hotel resting before we head out to supper. So far the appointments have all went really well. Yesterday we met with my medical oncologist and went over my cancer treatment plan for the future. What it looks like is surgery tomorrow, followed by a few weeks of recovery and then start a different type of chemo for a couple of weeks. Then break for a couple of weeks from the chemo, deliver the baby, recover from the birth for a few weeks and go back to chemo. We would do around 12 rounds of that chemo and then recover a little and start around 6 weeks of radiation treatments. Well that is about the jest of the plan so far. It is up for change.

Yesterday we also met with the OB here that will be monitoring throughout the surgery and weekend after. He was a very great doctor and very informative. He deals with about 3 pregnant patients a year that have cancer so he had a great deal of experience with it. It was all very reassuring. I also received a steroid shot yesterday and today to help speed up the development of the lungs of the baby just in case I could end up in labor from the surgery.

We met with my surgeon this morning and went over all that. I will be heading to the hospital about 6 tomorrow morning for some pre-op and then surgery around 9 or 10. Surgery will take 2 to 3 hours and then I will be in the hospital for 1 or 2 nights. They will be monitoring the baby throughout all of this and he will be the biggest deciding factor on how long I stay in the hospital.

We also met with a doctor in the genetics department today. There is a blood test they can send away to do that will show if I am a genetic carrier of breast cancer. If I am they can test my parents and find which side of they family it came from. Those of you in my extended family reading this can certainly e-mail on your thoughts of this testing. My e-mail is over on the right of this page. I have not done the test yet.The screening tests are only done at one lab in the country and it can be quite expensive if insurance won’t cover it. No matter what I hope all of you women out there are doing at the least self-breast exams. If you think something seems at all a little odd don’t wait. If I would have waited to do something and not got it checked I probably would have been very sick or dead before I made the age 40 mammogram requirements. Please take your health seriously!

What more can I say. Tonight will be a stressful night but I and ready for the next step and tomorrow I will take it. I appreciate all of your support and caring. It really means a lot. I feels so great to know I have so many people in my life who love and care about me. Take Care Everyone!

Love, DeAnn

Reply from Cheryl Larson Dakin (71): BEDFORD, TX

Hi Everyone:

I always get a kick out of poems about North Dakota because people here in Texas don’t have a clue about how cold it actually gets and that people can still function in that type of weather. I kept a little poem on my desk for a long time (with a picure of a snowstorm in May 2008 when we were there). It says: It’s Winter in North Dakota and the gentle breezes blow

30 miles an hour at twenty-five below.

Oh how I love North Dakota when the snow’s up to your butt;

You take a breath of winter and your nose gets frozen shut.

Yes, the weather here is wonderful so I guess I’ll hang around.

I could never leave North Dakota ’cause I’m frozen to the ground!

Hi to Susan in Alvarado. We’re in the Hurst Euless Bedford area.

Cheryl Larson Dakin

P S. It’s also fun to bring back sample crops (wheat, canola, soy beans, sunflowers) to show these city-slickers. They were especially amazed at the canola.

Randy Davis Condolences:

From Mark Schimetz (70): Rolette, ND.

The Randy DAVIS in the obituary, was a good friend of mine, his older brother Ken ran the Redman Gas Station years ago in Belcourt, he know operates and possibly owns the bar and take out at Belcourt. Just cannot think of the name of it. Randy had a beautiful flathead Harley tricycle. We did a lot of riding, in years past. He would often be called up to sing as he had a wonderful voice, He sounded like the lead singer of Alabama, well, after a few drinks any. lol, we had a lot of fun, Randy will be sorely missed by many as he was a very likeable person and oved his music. My Condolences to his family.

Message & Pictures:

From Mary Eurich Knutson (62): Dunseith, ND.

Hi Gary

Well we survived anaother winter storm in ND. We got about a foot or more of snow in the hills. I didn’t move from Friday till mid morning Tuesday. The county truck came through and opened roads and the blade came yesterday and winged open the roads really good. Sure can get the job done better and faster than 40 – 50 years ago. Maintainers are 10 times bigger and I don’t remember trucks way back when.

Made me remember a storm we had in about 1964 or 1965.It was a terrible blizzard and I was stranded at the San and Bud was stranded in Bottineau and the kids were at my folks. I don’t remember how long it lasted but as soon as highway 5 was open Bud came from Bottineau and picked me up and we went for the kids. Old number 5 was blocked but we could get as far as Chester Hill’s on the Willow Lake road where we called Dean Parrill and he came with snowmobile and picked us up and we went to Dad’s and got the kids and the cream can was full so we loaded that on the sled to take to the creamery for Dad. Bud and the kids road the sled hanging onto the cream can and we made it back to the car ok. We left the cream off with Minnie Alvin and went on home. Keith Pladson was staying with us that winter and when we got home the water was froze up at the barn The pump was in the cellar and the cellar had a dirt floor and he had been working between the barn and the cellar to get the water working. What a mess. Mud from the cellar door to the kitchen door. I can’t remember how long it took to get the water going again but they finally did.

Do you remember that Keith?

You can tell we’re getting old we enjoy spending more time in the past than looking to the future.

Pictures: I don’t know who the kids are by the hayrack. I doubt if anybody can tell me either. Notice the wheels on the hayrack and are those caps Canadian?

The people sitting on the rocks are identified as Stokes, Oscar Rendahl’s and daughter and Ulysses and wife. That’s not a real specific identification. I think theres some not accounted for. Wasn’t Ulysses killed over at old Kelvin or in the little praire area. He backed into the propeller of his airplane.

The picture with the 2 girls and the little guy are Eleanor Awalt and Marshall and the girl ??? Schwabe. Maybe Bonnie or Lloyd could fill in the gaps on that one.

The people on the stairs, again, are F. Stokes and Ulysses and I can’t find the picture and can’t remember who they are but I do think it was taken in Oregon.

The baby in the photo with the old phonograph is Esther Thompson Tangen. Must be almost 100 years old.

Just thought you’d enjoy. Thanks Mary K

Mary, These are some very precious photos to me. This is the first picture I ever remember seeing of my Grandfather, Frank Stokes. He died in 1932. Dad was 16 years old at the time. That’s a neat picture of your mother, Winifred. with all her brothers too. I’ll bet the Awalt siblings will figure out who the Schwade girl is too. I have heard of this Engalls family, in the picture below, being related to Laura Engalls Wilder too. I think this Engalls family is related to the Thompson’s, but I’m not sure how? Thank you Mary, Gary

Eleanor Awalt and Marshall and the girl ??? Schwabe

L to R: Frank Stokes, Ulysses Thompson, Keith Ingalls and either his wife or sister.

Somehow this family is tied in with Laura Ingalls Wilder but it carries off into another branch

William & Ida Thompson Pritchard’s children:

L to R: Robert, John, Lincoln, Corbin, Winifred and Norman

Esther Thompson Tangen

I don’t know who the kids are by the hayrack. I doubt if anybody can tell me either.

Notice the wheels on the hayrack and are those caps Canadian?

Randy Davis and the Davis Family:

Posted by Eileen Brudwick: Fargo, ND.

Hi Gary,

I have a Randy Davis, and his mother is Irene Joyce Poitra Davis Fandrick. I don’t have Randy’s father’s name, however I do know Irene “Joyce” married Elmer James Fandrick. Elmer died 1 October 2002 at Dunseith. Irene “Joyce” is Elmer’s 2nd wife as well.

Joyce works as a LPN at San Haven and the Dunseith Nursing Home. Son, Rocky Davis, married Bernadette Gladue and works at Turtle Mountain Mfg. Alen Lee Davis is employed by the Department of Justice in Washington, D. C. Randy Davis works on an oil rig in Gillette, WY., area. Roxanne Davis and Crystal Fandrich are at home; Donna Fandrich is in nursing school in Bottineau. Joyce has foster children: Linda, Courtny, Deland, Peter, Misty.

Apparently, according to her mother’s obituary, Joyce remarried again to a Mr. Dumont. I have no information of him either. More information below;


Source: Prairie Past and Mountain Memories, A History of Dunseith, N. Dak, 1882-1982, page 195

Ernest and Beatrice Poitra

Ernest Poitra was born in 1907 to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Poitra and was married in 1930 to Beatrice Decoteau, daughter of Pete Decoteau’s of Belcourt. Ernest has farmed all his life but he recalls that during the depression he rode horseback for 14 miles one way to work with pick and shovel on a WPA project for $2.00 an hour. In later years, Ernest and Beatrice were both employed at San Haven. They are now retired from outside employment but still are farmers. They had two children: Joyce and James.

Joyce is now married to Jim Fandrich of Turtle Lake, an independent trucker and farmer. Joyce works as a LPN at San Haven and the Dunseith Nursing Home. Son, Rocky Davis, married Bernadette Gladue and works at Turtle Mountain Mfg. Alen Lee Davis is employed by the Department of Justice in Washington, D. C. Randy Davis works on an oil rig in Gillette, WY., area. Roxanne Davis and Crystal Fandrich are at home; Donna Fandrich is in nursing school in Bottineau. Joyce has foster children: Linda, Courtny, Deland, Peter, Misty.

James Poitra married Bernice Morin, daughter of Emil Morin of Dunseith and was killed in a car accident near Bismarck in 1973 while working on a construction project in that area. Bernice now works at the Dunseith Day School. Their children are: LaVonne, a student at Wahpeton SS; Berry, Lee, Karen, Sherry, James Jr., and Tommy Joe.

Beatrice Poitra – Minot Daily News – (Mar/6/2008)

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Beatrice Poitra

Oct. 28, 1913-March 3, 2008

DUNSEITH – Beatrice Deliah Poitra, 94, Dunseith, died Monday, March 3, 2008, in a Dunseith nursing home.

She was born Oct. 28, 1913, to Pete and Zelda DeCoteau in Belcourt. She married Ernest Poitra May 4, 1930, in Dunseith.

Survivors: daughters, Joyce Dumont and Cecelia Delorme, both Dunseith, Stella LaFountain, Belcourt; sons, Alex, Belcourt, David, South Dakota; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral: Saturday, 10 a.m., St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Dunseith.

Burial: St. Louis Catholic Cemetery, Dunseith, in the spring.

Rosary service: Friday, 8 p.m., in the church.

Visitation: Friday, beginning at 4 p.m., in the church. (Elick Funeral Home, Rolla)

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.


04/23/2018 (2623)

San Haven Picture
Reply from Kelly (’89) & Charlene Pearson Woods (’67): lPlattsburgh, New York


The San Haven picture that was posted a few weeks back.  My mother Charlene Woods (Pearson) looked it over and came up with names for the following.

Kelly Woods (1989)

Gary’s comment
Thank you so much Charlene for doing this. You positively ID’d all but two. Remarkable. I’m sure someone will be able to ID Numbers 13 & 24 and too be a question.

 Charlene, I numbered this picture after you ID’d it. My numbers may not match your numbering. Can you please check.
San Haven 


Blog (698) posted on January 28, 2010

Posted on January 28, 2010

Dan Morgan former principle in hospice care: Edgeley, ND

From Ardys Bakken Horner (Teacher): Detroit Lakes, MN.

Gary what a beautiful office to work from….continue to enjoy the news, esp like photo of Orvin Hagen…a dear man.
We heard that Dan Morgan former principal and instructor at DHS is on Hospice care, he and Judy read your blog. Ardys Bakken Horner

Alice Vandal Leonard’s reply to the football picture: Minot, ND

From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.

Hi Gary,

I sent the “football” picture to Alice Leonard. Here is her reply: Thanks, Neola: My brother-in-law is Duane Woodford, #3, also in the front with bro Lowell Leonard. Duane is married to my sister Grace and they live in Winston-Salem, NC. All is well here and we’re keeping warm. Alice

Iver Loe and Softball memories:

From Kenny Nerpel (65): Rugby, ND.


In post 694 Larry Liere asked about Iver Lo. He at one time owned the
Gambles Store in Dunseith. In the early 1940’s my Mom worked there. They
had a hardware department and I think they also sold furniture. She worked
there briefly before she traveled to Portland, Oregon to work as a welder
during the war. Later, I think the store was owned by the Anderson family.
The photo of Dunseith’s south main street cleared up some the fog for me
about the businesses there. I knew that there was a barber shop and a
restaurant on that end of town but I couldn’t remember much about them. How
could I forget Hank the Barber and the Gateway Café. Every two weeks,
whether it was needed or not, I stopped in at Hank’s for a haircut and if
I’m not mistaken Mrs. Hackman worked at the Gateway.

Larry Hackman’s softball memories also brought back some memories for me. I
played on a team in the late sixties that also traveled to Canada to play
some of the fast pitch teams there. I remember most of the players. The
infield was Bill Grimme at first base, Allen Houle at second, and Jim Berube
third. I was the weak link at shortstop. The catcher was Eddie McCloud and
the pitcher was the legendary Leonard McCloud. We made at least two trips
to Canada and although we had some pretty good hitters I don’t think we got
a hit in any of the games we played there. We were used to the slow pitch
stuff and some of the pitchers in fast pitch softball can throw the ball
underhanded as fast as baseball pitchers and they are about 30 ft closer.
Not too many of us managed to get the bats off of our shoulders.

The highlight of those years was the tournament in Rolla. The final game was
played under the lights and one year we advanced to the finals and played
the Dunseith J.C. team for the championship. The only player I remember for
sure that played on that team was John Morgan. I remember him because I
happened to overhear some trash talking between him and Jim Berube. He was
telling Jim that all they had to do to beat us was to hit the ball hard at
the shortstop. Jim made a halfhearted attempt to defend me, but that is
basically what happened. I don’t know if it was the playing under the
lights or if the trash talking had the intended effect. I was getting hard
shots hit at me all night and Jim couldn’t pick up enough of the ricochets
to bail me out. Social activities (banquets and such) for the team
generally took place at the country home of Garrett Myers, located somewhere
along the gravel pit road north of town. I think we were much more adept at
partying than we were at softball. Great memories!


Ole Bursinger:

Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

Thanks to Gary Metcalfe for the insight on Ole Bursinger’s life. He
was quite a guy. I can still hear him playing ‘Rubber Dolly’ on his
fiddle and singing ‘Little Footprints in the Snow’. You mentioned how he
liked Hank Williams. He also liked old Jimmy Rogers songs. Ole was
really lost after Glenice (Granny) passed away. He spent hours every day
just driving around in his pickup for no reason. It was sad to see. He
was pretty much one of a kind. Thanks to BOTH Garys !


Wrong Randy Davis:

Correction from Evon Lagerquist (77): Dunseith, ND.

Gary, I don’t think that this is the Randy Davis from our class of ’77 in Dunseith. Seems a little bit older than the rest of us and I don’t believe those were his parent’s names. I know his mom’s name is Joyce…..


Evon, I for sure didn’t do the math with this one. The Randy Davis from your class would be about 8 years younger. Thank you so much for this correction. Gary

School Memorabilia:

Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

During all my school years, I had John Boguslawski for a constant
pal and cohort. We were at each others places nearly every day and he
and I were always doing mechanical things with cars and motorcycles.
John came along to the farm and worked with me when I needed help.
Another thing that we did was help his dad, Eddie Boguslawski, do things
at the school. We hauled out discarded junk and piled coal and other
jobs. One time we were told to clean out the storage area under the old
concrete bleachers in the old gym. To many of you, this was the area
under the temporary typing room that was built over the bleachers. In
the boxes we were hauling out, I found the old leather football helmets
we just saw in the picture of the ’55 football team. There was also a
box of basketball jerseys and trunks that Dad said were from the
independent basketball team that was from Dunseith in the late ’40s and
early ’50s. The jerseys were red and white and had a name on them. I
have tried to remember that team name for years, but can’t come up with
it. I was wondering if Mona Dionne Johnson or ANYONE else can remember
the name of this team? I think Virgil Vanorny and Chuck Johnson were
both on the team. The name wasn’t the ‘Dragons’ and that’s what puzzled
me when I opened the box. We hauled nearly everything up to the old dump
ground and gave it a toss. Also included in the haul were the band
uniforms we saw in the band picture from 1956. I kept one band cap, one
football helmet, and a box full of old papers and letters dated back to
the ’20s. Everything else got buried in the trash. This was in the mid
’60s and I still have all the stuff! There was also many feet of steam
pipes under the bleachers and they were wrapped with asbestos. The
system was changed so they told us to clean up the pipes and then take
them out. John and I cut the wrap off with linoleum knives and ripped
the covering off with our bare hands. It was so dusty from the asbestos
and dust that we could hardly see each other with the light on! They
always talk about Mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos! If that’s the
case—we didn’t even have a mask and would cough until we gagged, but
never quit until we were done. Wouldn’t OSHA and the EPA love this
deal?? Thanks Gary!


Dick, You are right. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer caused by exposure to Asbestos. It’s an abdominal cancer that is virtually 100% fatal within a few months of detection. Asbestos was very prevalent in the insulation materials aboard the naval ships I worked on. Until 1970, there were few controls. Following my apprenticeship in the Pipe covering and insulation trade in 1974, I became an instructor in the Shipyard for asbestos controls. With my knowledge of the asbestos trade and controls, I was hired into the Production Scheduling department of the shipyard in 1978. I was a supervisor in the Scheduling department when I retired in December 2003. Prior to being inducted into the Service, from Feb 1967 to June 1968, I worked in the asbestos trade with few controls. When I returned to the Shipyard following my active duty service in 1971, there were many controls. I have minimal plural thickening of the lungs as a result of having been exposed to asbestos. I have never smoked, so my chances are 85% greater than those that smoked, for not having asbestos related problems. Gary

Allen Richard (65) birthday:

Reply from Nathan Richard (2000): Fort Greeley, AK


In regards to my fathers birthday. Some may know about his illustrious ’74
Dodge charger. This summer we went home to North Dakota and met with dad in
Minneapolis. He drove the old car to see us as we spent a couple days in
town. I had the great opportunity to take a few pictures of all of us
together. The best part however, became a gift I gave him for his birthday
this year. All in all the picture turned out great in the form of a 24″ x
36″ print. I am attaching a small sampling.

Nathan A. Richard

Ulysses & Clara Stokes Thompson

Photo from Mary Eurich Knutson (62):

Folks, I received 7 old photo’s from Mary Eurich Knutson. Karen Larson at Spectrum scanned them for her and sent them to me with a note not to publish until Mary gets in touch with me. Since this one is labeled and I know the picture, I will post this one today and wait for Mary’s reply before posting the rest.

Clara Stokes Thompson was my great Aunt. Ulysses and Clara were the parents of Ella (Eldon) Pladson, Esther (Edmar) Tangen & Lillian Bergstrom. Lillian is living Wisconsin. Ella and Esther are deceased.

Mary Eurich’s grandmother, Ida Pritchard, was a sister to Ulysses Thompson.

Ulysses & Clara Stokes Thompson homesteaded about a mile or so north of the Ackworth Cemetery on the east side of the road. When you turn west into Fauske’s from the Willow Lake road, I believe the Ulysses Thompson homestead was to the east of that turn? If not, it was in that general area.

Mary, These are some great pictures. This is the first picture I have ever seen of Ulysses & Clara Thompson. Their names were mentioned many times in my growing up years too. If Lillian does not have a copy of this, I’m sure she’d love to have a one. I’m sure Keith Pladson or John Tangen can touch base with her on this and get a copy to her.

Thank you Mary. I’m excited to see the labeling on the rest of the photo’s you sent too. Gary.


Ivy Eller Robert (74): Everett, WA

Susan Malaterre Johnson (69): Alvarado, TX

Hi Gary…….

I got this from Susan Malaterre Johnson, who lives in Texas. I though it would be great to share it with others that have experienced the great North Dakota weather…………

Ivy Robert



Floridians turn on the heat.

People in North Dakota plant gardens.


Californians shiver uncontrollably.

People in North Dakota sunbathe.


Italian & English cars won’t start.

People in North Dakota drive with the windows down.


Georgians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves, and wool hats.

People in North Dakota throw on a flannel shirt.


New Yorklandlords finally turn up the heat.

People in North Dakota have the last cookout before it gets cold.


People in Miami all die.

North Dakotans close the windows.


Californians fly away to Mexico .

People in North Dakota start looking for their winter coats.



The Girl Scouts in North Dakota are selling cookies door to door.


WashingtonDC runs out of hot air.

People in North Dakota let the dogs sleep indoors.


Santa Claus abandons the North Pole.

North Dakotans get upset because they can’t start the snowmobile.


ALL atomic motion stops.

People in North Dakota start saying”Cold enough fer ya?”


Hell freezes over.

North Dakota public schools will open 2 hours late.


04/21/2018 (2622)

Principal Shane Azure (DHS ’93)
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

A 1993 graduate of Dunseith (N.D.) High School, Azure attended college and played basketball at NDSU-Bottineau. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business education from Dickinson (N.D.) State University in 1998 and a Master of Science degree in educational leadership from NDSU in 2005.

Follow link for complete write-up


July 1996: Dennis Haakenson, Jay Vanorny
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND


Reply from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):  Belcourt, ND

Hi Gary, Vickie,

Thank you Vickie, for posting Todd’s event on this blog. Yes Todd is the Rolette County VSO. He has served in this capacity for a couple years now. My son Todd stays with me since my husband his dad passed away in 2016. A great son!

Yes, Vickie and I visit a lot when we meet at the Wal-Mart, I enjoy conversing with you Vickie.

Yes, my mother spoke of attending school at Hillside School. She often mentioned your dad and going to dances with dad and seeing your father and mom there as well. Mom too enjoyed dancing. She lived with her grandparents and her uncles were a musical family, Frank Poitra and his sons were very good with their instruments as well as their voices, super singer’s all of them. Mom could hold a tune pretty well herself back in her day.

Yes, your dad and my mom were classmates who stayed good friends throughout the years.

Thanks for everything Gary,

Thanks Vickie

Ginger Poitra



Blog (697) posted on January 27, 2010

Posted on January 27, 2010

Bobby Pigion (57):

Reply from Colette Hosmer (64): Santa Fe, NM

Hi Gary,

Just wanted to tell you that I received a nice note from Bobby
Pigeon. He IS the one living in Columbia, South Carolina. It’s
always surprising when I realize that someone who never actually
shares a comment on your blog is still present — reading it every
day. That is somehow beyond amazing … I love knowing that all of
us are silently connected to one another every day.


PS. I also love it when you share something about your life in Cebu
in with us. We are all enriched when we are exposed to cultures
other than our own.

From Bob Pigeon(57): COLUMBIA, SC


Kenneth Pigeon is in the 1955 football picture. I’m sorry if I confused things. Since I’ve already erased that e-mail, I would like to see it again with all of the names. I remembered the faces but could not remember the names.

Thank you for all that you do because you’ve helped bring back fond memories of the past.

Bob Pigeon

Bob, I have reposted the football picture with all the correct names near the bottom of this message. Thanks and it’s great hearing from you. Gary

Ted Brodek:

Reply from Carmen Leonard Richard: Rolette, ND.

Ted Brodek was the photographer at our wedding back in 1954. He drove out to the Thorne church where we were married, and then drove to my parents farm where the reception was held, took lots of pictures and only charged us $10. Isn’t that unreal ? As I remember , he had been a patient at San Haven, and then was a photographer for the Dunseith news paper.

Reply to Allen Richard (65):

From Colette Hosmer (64): Santa Fe, NM

Hi Cousin,

Happy Birthday, Allen. You’ll always be younger than I am (though not by much!).



Reply to Allen Richard (65):

From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

Good detective work there Allen. I had no idea that Curtis and
Kenneth Pigeon were twins. I knew they were brothers but not twins.
Thanks! Curtis called me a few years ago about old cars. I think he was
living in Utah or Nevada, or somewhere like that, at the time. We never
got together on a deal and then just a short while later I heard he had
died. Small world! Thanks Gary!


Joe Link and George Gottbreht Story:

From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

I have a story that Sharron Gottbreht Shen might find amusing. When
I was in the lower grades in the old white school, I witnessed my very
first fist fight. It happened one day when we were all out for recess.
Two older guys, probably early high school age, stripped down to their
white T shirts and mixed it up over by the basketball court. The
combatants were Joe Link and George Gottbreht. I have no idea what the
disagreement was about but they smacked each other a few times before
Mr. Conroy and Mr. Jerstad arrived and ended the confrontation. They
both had a few scuffs and one got a bloody nose, although I don’t
remember which. I wonder if George remembers what they were fighting
about? Growing up in old Dunseith, I might have seen a couple more
scraps if my memory serves me right! Saturday nights were usually good
for a round or two uptown! We used to cruise Main street and watch for
fights. The wildest fights were the women after they had been in the bar
for an hour or two. ‘Cat fights’ were nasty although there was
another name (politically incorrect) that these were referred to back
then! Thanks Gary!

Reply from Allen Richard (65): Midland, MI

Thanks, Gary–I was doing my best to forget today–even blocked a move by my staff to take me to lunch–I have another meeting. Never fear–I planted a “bug” on one of them!

Only have one question–who the hell is the good lookin dark haired guy with Clinton?????? — Oh — sorry– I dug the picture out of a box in the basement. It was me in ’94 at a meeting at the White house. The woman in the background was my boss at National Farmers Union.

Randy Davis (77) Passed away:

Obituary posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND.


As you know, I include mailing addresses along with many obituaries, so people can send cards to the family. I found this address for Christy Davis.

Christy Davis

PO Box ??

13 Third St W

DunseithND 58329

Randy Davis

PO Box 733

Belcourt, ND 58316


Ole Bersinger:

Memories from Gary Metcalfe (57): Forsyth, MO

Musings from Gary Metcalfe…..I am writing this story about a guy who got a lot out of his music. For the new people on the blog, we have already talked about Ole Bersinger. Ole had a better than average story to tell. So here goes, the first time I remember seeing Ole, he was backed up to the ice cream cooler at Kelvin Store along with his wife and a couple of kids. Ole was in new territory for him. This was in the hayday of Kelvin the five years that Mac Williams ran the store. Mac was buying cream, selling groceries and beer like crazy. I guarantee if oak trees were killed by too much urine, that old oak tree by the corner of the bar would be dead! Just about everybody east of the highway went to Rolla, including Ole. Ole was so far back in the woods they had to pump daylight back to him.

Now Ole was an orphan, a German kid, raised by Norweigans for which he seemed thankful. The first year he was married he told me they lived on carrots! When Ole went to Seattle in the 40’s, I am not sure it worked out for him like it did for most of the people who made that move. He told me he had gone to work out in a gym in Bremerton and that big black guy put welts from boxing, all over him. So he turned to the fiddle, lonesome for home, he learned to play.

So here he is back in North Dakota, he must have heard about Peterson’s Hall, south of Kelvin. He met old Max Peterson and his boys and Ole became a celebrity. Ole really thought he was Ole Hank Williams himself, he said when it came to Country Western, none of them compared to Hank. I’ll bet if Ole had not learned to play that fiddle, I would have missed out on three or four of the best working years of my life. He had an absolute love of life and we had a hoot. He had a high respect for our working partner, Robert Rivard. Ole called him “Rhubarb”.

Alan Campbell told me once we don’t all necessarily get to do what we like to do. Ole would have said, “I did!”

Because of the hard times Ole is in the same class as Alcide Lajimodiere….all heart…genuine.

Gary Metcalfe

Orvin Hagen: (701) 428-3125 Kindred, ND.

Folks, We got this lovely Christmas card from Orvin Yesterday. Orvin did not have our FPO address, so he mailed it to our local address. With the Christmas rush it took 5 1/2 weeks to arrive, but we got it. As you can see, at 88 years old, Orvin is still very much into flowers with all his flower gardens. I called Orvin this morning his time. It’s just like old times talking with Orvin. Orvin is very much involved with community affairs and the church. He doesn’t drive at night, but folks pick him up to take him to different events after dark. He attends lots of functions at the school. Orvin told me that when he was about 10 years old he lived with his grandparents for several years. They spoke only Norwegian, so of coarse he had to learn the language of which he has never forgotten.

Orvin would very much like to attend the Dunseith reunion in May, but he has no way of getting there. It’s too far for him to drive. Linda Gardner is picking him up for the Turtle Mountain Country School reunion in July. Orvin lives in Kindred, ND., near Fargo. Gary

Gottbreht Family picture label

From Sharron Gottbreh Shen (59): Everett, WA.

You Gary and the readers may smile when I tell you that the Gottbreht girls are all dressed in outfits sewed by Mom. The fabric was some weird green from drapes that Sister Rose reserved for her friend Alma. Very frugal partnership there! The boys had store bought awful western the girls suffered Sears Roebuck envy.  Mom had an old pedal Singer and did all parenting and seamstress work with such care.

L-R Dale Gottbreht with Ernie on foot stool; EJ and Sharron on floor; George on stairs; baby Marc on armrest; then Alma with shy Evie at her side. Don’t tell EJ, Evie, that I posted this picture!


L-R Dale Gottbreht with Ernie on foot stool; EJ and Sharron on floor;
George on stairs; baby Marc on armrest; then Alma with shy Evie at her side

Football picture Identification:

From Bob Pigeon(57): COLUMBIA, SC


Please resend the photo of the 1955 football team with a correction. Kenneth Pigeon was mistaken for Curtis Pigeon. Also, please thank Larry for sending it in.

Bob Pigeon

Back: Coach Ray Stark, Marvin Aamodt, James Robillard, Vince Kalk, David Lo,

Gerald Anderson, Larry Shirk and Coach Lincoln Jerstad.

Middle: Lowell Williams, DuWayne Lang, Dennis Espe, Don Conroy, Kenneth Pigeon, Bob Pigeon.

Front: Val Bott, Bob Lagerquist, Lowell Leonard, Curt Halvorson, Mick Kester, Duane Woodford.

04/18/2018 (2621)

Happy  Birthday to Ellen Graff Myrick (’58): Grand Forks, ND
From Jean Nicholas Miller (’66):   Glendale, AZ

I would like to wish my sister Ellen Graff Myrick a Happy Birthday on April 16th.
Jean Miller


Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and friends,

I am attaching information about Female Veteran Outreach.

Todd Poitra  is Rolette County VSO..

Todd  often accompanies his mum,  Ginger (LaRocque) Poitra to Wal Mart.

Ginger and  I always have a few minutes to visit whenever we see each other.

We made the connection through our parents.

Todd’s grandmother,  Ginger’s mom was a classmate of dad at HillSide School.

Dad  was quite fond of  former classmates.

Dad sight was taken by diabetes.   This  time was a very emotional time for our family.

After a time, Dad made a decision to attend “Blind  Orientation Training” in Grand Forks.

He had to ride the regional bus  alone from Rugby to GF.  He  lived at  old St Matthew’s  hospital.

Dad learned to navigate from this  ‘residence’ on second floor to classes  in the midst of UND.

He was taught how to use a white cane, read braille and  macrame.

While  there about 3 months.  He had to ride the bus back to Rugby to visit on weekends.

With  his  strong self – will and  the help of  relentless teachers Blind Orientation Training,

he was given confidence to live as much as he could independently.

After completion of training,  whenever there was dance music at Kelvin.

Dad , Mom and I  would go. We especially enjoyed  dancing to;

the Tommy Belgarde band and the Poitra Brothers band.

Nothing better to waltz and two-step than Turtle Mtn. music.

Lots of folks would also be there

Dad danced!

He also  enjoyed  connecting especially friends.

And he would let me guide him  to his former class mate,  Ginger’s mom.

Until later enjoy the Dance!

Vickie L. Metcalfe




19 APRIL 2018
1200  TO  1930 PM


QUESTIONS:  Contact  Todd Poitra Rolette County VSO. 701-477-5265.    tpoitra@nd.gov

Please forward, pass out to all your contacts………….



Blog (696) posted on January 26, 2010

Posted on January 26, 2010

Happy Birthday Allen Richard (65):

Folks, Today, January 26th, is Allen Richard’s birthday. We won’t tell his age, but we all know he was born after 1946 and before 1948, the same as the majority of those of us from the class of 65. It’s so hard to believe that we have grandchildren and some great grandchildren too. These daily blogs make me feel so young.

Happy Birthday Allen. Enjoy. I’ll be catching up to you in July. That SS check is nice too. It all comes with age. Gary

Dorothy Pritchard celebrated her 97th Birthday: activitynd@yahoo.com

Folks, Dorothy Pritchard celebrated her 97th birthday yesterday, Jan. 25th. The picture below was taken last year.

Dorothy, I got rushed yesterday and forgot to make note of your Birthday. I am hoping you had an enjoyable birthday. Did Darald send a cake like he normally does for you birthday? Yes Dorothy, you have a few years behind you, but you are still going strong in spirit and mind. You may not move as quickly as you once did, but again, that comes with age. I hope I’m doing half as well you are when I reach your age. I intended to get there too. I sent you a card too, of which I know has not arrived yet. Gary

Folks, Dorothy gets all these daily messages. The hospital staff prints them all out for her. I have pasted her email address above. You can send her a message using the email address posted above. Just print “Attention Dorothy Pritchard” in the subject line and she will get your message.

Reply From Ruby Krause: Dunseith, ND.

Thank you for the birthday wishes. When I approached the entrance to my church–Peace Lutheran–I notiaced the entire congregation had assembled in the narthex. I thought maybe the heat was off, but when I opened the doors, they all burst onto a “happy Birthday” song! It seems Peggy Espe had seen the greeting on your blog, so she arranged the serenade. So you are responsible for two

School Cooks – Stella Schimetz:

Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

LeaRae told of the wonderful cooks at the school in Dunseith. We had
lunch for hundreds of kids that two or three cooks made on a couple four
burner stoves under the stairway. This is the most amazing part to me.
It seems nearly impossible. I think these older women were used to
preparing meals for large families and also must have known how to
‘time’ the preparation in order to get that much food out in that little
space. One thing I am personally grateful for was how Stella Schimetz
knew that our son, David, couldn’t eat some things because he would get
sick. On the days she was serving any of these items, she would make up
a plate of something that David could eat without a problem.This of
course was years later. She is a queen, as far as our family is
concerned. Dave always used to go and hug Stella whenever he saw her,
even years later. He grew out of his allergies to certain foods and now
can live on gut bomb hamburgers and whatever liquids available it seems!
We remain forever grateful to Stella for her wonderful extra help.
Thanks Gary!


Turtle Mountain Country School Reunion:

Reply form Linda Gardner: Vienna, VA

Hi Gary – The $42 for the Country School Reunion includes registration, happy hour appetizers (cash bar) and a buffet dinner (supper). Let me know if anyone has other questions.

Brodek Family & Pictures:

From Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59): Everett, WA.

The Brodek family became our neighbors just north across the street from former Link home about 1948. Ted and Tessie Brodek were married in Dunseith about 1943, Alice Tennancour Evans was a witness. Ted and Tessie may have met while he was a patient at San Haven. I think their oldest, Ronnie, was about the same age as Ernie born 1946; Yvonne, Vonnie or Sissy was born about ’49. This great couple actually trusted me to babysit their children! I was probably 10 going on 7! These dear people would try to wake me when they returned home, put my boots on for me and set me out the door. I would wake the next morning at home without a clue as to how I got there.

Ted did WITH THE DUNSEITH REPORTER – TMS for a few years, very polished job. Then on to Rugby for a short time before moving to Pontiac, MI. Ted died in ’70s. I gather that Tessie later remarried since her name change in Mom’s address book is Tessie Meade, 580 Grand, Cold Water, MI. We had no reply from Tessie after 2001 and I tried to find Ron without success. His last known residence was Mesa, AZ. I know Tessie and children returned to Dunseith a few times when Ron and Yvonne young adults. George may have more info.

Someone was always snapping pictures around our home but quality photographs were rare. Ted changed that with the addition of his classy work – we treasured his priceless work then and today. Tessie often tinted sepia or black and white portraits. Maybe Evie will scan her’s when she was about age 3. The scans attached are Ted’s work.



This has to be the Gottbreht family.That sure looks like Evie on the far right. I believe Ernie is the

little boy on the far left. Sharron, can we get you to correctly identify everyone. Thanks, Gary

Football Picture:

Rely from Allen Richard (65): Midland, MI

I checked with Margret (Pigeon) Fox on this–

The Pigeon brothers in the football picture are Bobby and Kenneth. Curtis and Kenneth were fraternal twins. Curtis didn’t play that much football. Curtis passed away a few years ago and Ken farms west of Thorne.

Curtis worked for Dad one summer.

Allen Richard

Back: Coach Ray Stark, Marvin Aamodt, James Robillard, Vince Kalk, David Lo,

Gerald Anderson, Larry Shirk and Coach Lincoln Jerstad.

Middle: Lowell Williams, DuWayne Lang, Dennis Espe, Don Conroy, Kenneth Pigeon, Bob Pigeon.

Front: Val Bott, Bob Lagerquist, Lowell Leonard, Curt Halvorson, Mick Kester, Duane Woodford.


04/16/2018 (2620)

Donald Hurlbert’s Obituary.
Posting from Kaye Lystad-Kirk:  Fargo, ND

Gary Stokes’ Comment
Don’s mother was a Bjornseth. I too never met Don, but we have been Facebook friends for several years. He was an interesting guy
PS: Please click on the link below for his Obituary that he himself wrote.

Hi Gary,

You might’ve heard by now of Donald Hurlbert’s passing. I ran it by his family, and they assured me it was alright for you to post his obituary in your blog. I’m encouraging them, if they aren’t already thinking of it, to post his obituary in The Bottineau Courant, as well.

Just as a side note, this summer we are having a Bjornseth-Aasness family reunion at the Christian Center. Since Donald was a descendant of Erick and Bertha (Bergan) Bjornseth (his parents were Elnor Bjornseth and George N. Hurlbert), he and I had communicated several times about both the family history and the reunion. He expressed to me how much he was looking forward to the reunion and to see the Turtle Mountains again. So I was extremely shocked and saddened to see that he had passed away on Monday. Apparently, in January he had been diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. It’s just all so heartbreaking. I never met the man in person, yet I’ll never forget him.

Here is the link to his obituary.


Blog (695) posted on January 25, 2010

Posted on January 25, 2010

Bobby Pigeon:

Reply from Colette Hosmer (64): Santa Fe, NM

My sister, Jan (four years ahead of me in school) “went steady” with Bobby Pigeon for a few years. I possessed all the adoration of a younger sister and thought Bobby was the coolest guy imaginable. Dick is right, Bobby was “cool” twenty years before the Fonz. Anyone know where he is now?

Thanks, Colette

Colette, We have a Robert Pigeon, living in Columbia, SC on our distribution that graduated in 1957. Is this the same gentleman? Gary

Hot Lunch progam – Mrs. Knutson & Stella Schmitz:

Reply from LeaRae Parrill Espe (67): Bottineau, ND.

I believe the “Hot Lunch” Program was started in Dunseith the fall of 1955 with Mrs. Knutson as the first cook. This was my first grade year and we did have to bring our lunch for a couple of weeks in September before the program got rolling. As far as I know she didn’t have any helpers at first, but eventually Mabel Aamodt was hired to help especially with desserts. I remember the teachers helping dish up food. I remember the 100 pound bags of potatoes sitting in that little kitchen and I believe Mrs. Knutson peeled the potatoes and kept them in water overnight. For some reason I remember the scene of mom (Mildred Parrill) and I down in the kitchen and Mrs. Knutson sitting there peeling. Now that I think about it, I suppose she would go down and visit in Norwegian as that was mom’s first language.

This was also my mother’s first year of teaching in town and she had 37 of us in first grade. The second grade class had only a little over 20 students. I wonder how many ate hot lunch.

Mrs. Knutson moved back to Norway in 1966. All of her children still lived there. I don’t know if she cooked up to the time she left. She was a great cook and was replaced by an even greater cook Stella Schmitz. We Dunseith kids and teachers didn’t know how good we had it until we tasted hot lunch in other places. Example: You should have seen Deverde Nicklaus (who taught math in Bottineau after he taught in Dunseith)- he just shook his head in disbelief. He said the two best cooks were his wife (He had to say that!) and Stella.

By the way, the price was 20 cents a meal and remained at that price until at least 1975.

Basement Cafeteria – Reply to Ron Longie:

From Sharon Longie Dana (73):MIssoula MT.

I remember that basement cafeteria……its where I got chocolate milk for the first time. You took me to my first day of school there. You probably don’t remember that Ronnie. I do it was a big day for me, my older cousin took me to school.

Sharon Longie Dana (73)

Paper Route – Doc Stickland:

Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

Thanks to all the folks for commenting on the last few entries. It
really helps when those who know the details write in and fill in the
blanks. In Lee Stickland’s posting he made mention of he and his
brothers doing the paper route. I remember it well. Darrell, or ‘Doc’ as
we called him, had the job of delivering the Minot Daily News. One time
I mentioned that I wouldn’t mind having a paper route to make a few
bucks. Doc was quite the businessman. I guess he actually introduced me
to the world of subcontracting. He said that the route was actually in
his name but that the Minot Daily allowed him to have a substitute so he
would let me run the route and I could get the dollar a day payment for
delivering. That’s correct one (1) dollar a day. I did it for a long
time until one of our other buddies told me Doc got $1.50 a day! He was
getting $.50 for holding the contract, so to speak. That’s business!
Even for 12 year olds, it was a smart move. I bet Doc did well in his
future business ventures! The only real added benefit was that sometimes
the person who dropped off the papers at the post office miscounted and
had up to three extra papers. These were ours to sell for a dime each. I
figured out how and where to get the best price out of these extras. I
would go into the bars–Woodford’s, Corner Bar, or the Garden Tap and
ask the guys at the bar if they would like to buy a paper to help me
out? Lots of times they would say, “Sure kid” and throw me a quarter or
more. That was the gravy! Most times though they had the right number of
papers and we got no gravy! Live and learn! Thanks Gary!


Brodecks Family:

Reply from LeaRae Parrill Espe (67): Bottineau, ND.

Toni Morinville mentioned Brodecks. Yvonne Brodeck started first grade with me in 1955. I believe it was Mrs. Conroy who stopped into the room the first day and said to mom , “Oh, you have twins!” about Yvonne and I. Yvonne’s dad was the editor of the Dunseith Journal which would naturally include taking pictures for the paper. Brodecks moved to Rugby part way through that school year. I believe Mr. Brodeck went to work for Frank Hornstein at the Rugby paper. I wonder how long they stayed in Rugby and what has happened to them since. Were there other children in the Brodeck family? Were they in Dunseith very long? Who remembers?

Was that the end of the Dunseith Journal? My mother said that when she was in HS a fellow by the name of Ardis Bailey ran the paper. He married one of their favorite teachers, Miss Hannah Jevne after mom’s sophomore year. They moved to Hazen. This Bailey was not related to the other Baileys from Dunseith as far as mom knows.

Turtle Mountain Country School Reunion:

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND.


I think you’ve mentioned the Turtle Mountain Country School Reunion; here’s a clipping about it from today’s Minot Daily. I’m sending this to my Bottineau list/Kramer list/Brudwick list/other lists, too. As you know, many of my relatives (Brudwick’s/Kofoid’s/Haakenson’s/others) attended country schools in the Turtle Mts.


This is another great reuion that I’d dearly love to attend. Linda sent this to me earlier for posting too. Linda will be picking up Orvin Hagen on her way to this reunion too.

Linda, Can you tell us what all is included with the $42 registration fee? Thanks, Gary

Corner Bar Fire:

Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

Looking at the picture postcard of Main street stirs so many
memories it’s amazing. I remember the night the Corner Bar burned. Henry
LaCroix had owned and run the bar for many years. When it burned though,
I think Orlan Fuchs was the owner. He was the manager for sure, I do
know that. Dad got me up real early to go up to the Crystal Cafe for
breakfast so we could head up here to the farm to work. When we got up
on Main street we could see the commotion down by the bar so drove on
down a block to see what was up. The building was still standing but was
completely gutted by the fire. Orlan was inside looking around and
trying to see what was left. As we were standing just inside the front
door, I noticed a $20 bill on the floor. We looked further and found
more money scattered between the till and the front door. It was all
black from the smoke but was still recognizable as bills. They figured
that someone had entered through the plank covered opening in the
sidewalk on the north side of the building and then left through the
front door. The plank covered opening was there for unloading kegs and
other heavy things, according to Orlan. I never heard if it was ever
determined if the fire was a cover up for a burglary or not, but it sure
looked that way! I would have to take a wild guess as to when this was
because I really don’t remember the year. Probably mid to late 60s, but
that is just a guess. Maybe someone else has a date on this fire. Thanks


Bottineau Lutheran church Class of 58 confirmation picture:

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND.


I happened to see this picture and thought your readers might enjoy seeing it. Two of Abe Nelson’s daughters (EdnaMae and Vonnie) are in the picture, as is your cousin, Jean Hanson. I KNEW you wouldn’t recognize Jean if I didn’t mention her. Ha!

I should have been in this confirmation class, but I attended a few classes at the beginning of confirmation and then quit. I was confirmed with the Class of ’58.

Marlys Nelson was a cousin of EdnaMae/Vonnie. She was Lloyd Nelson’s sister. As you know, Lloyd owned a grocery store in Bottineau for many years. Marlys passed away many years ago.


Neola, Our readers know many of these folks. My first cousin and also the Morinville siblings first cousin, Jean Pladson, is pretty well know thru out the area. Yes, I would have recognized Jean in a heart beat in this photo. I’ll never forget the time that Jean visited our house shortly after she and Duane were married. Mom’s cousin and her husband from Niagara had stopped in for a visit on one of their Sunday drives when Jean came. When Jean was in the kitchen visiting with the ladies, Richard, Mom’s cousin’s husband, make the comment that Jean was one of the prettiest gals he had ever seen with her beautiful blond hair and blue eyes. I think her bubbly and friendly personality added a lot to the equation too. Jean was quite young when Duane swept her of her feet. Gary

Back row: EdnaMae Nelson, Loueen Brandvold, Jean Hanson, Vonnie Nelson,

Lynne Bergman, Marlys Nelson

Front row: Bob Vinje, Leonell Grimestad, Peter Lilligard, Dennis Monson, Pastor Estrem

Another old picture. 

Back row: Jean Pladson, Miss Vikan, Beverly Lemieux

Front row: Marlys Nelson, EdnaMae Nelson, Neola Kofoid, Margaret Wicken.

I seem to have made sure I had enough room! LOL!


04/13/2018 (2619)

Posted by Debbie Armentrout Metcalfe (’77):  dsmetcalfe@hotmail.com Mesa, AZ
Armentrout, Rodney 2606


San Haven Picture
Reply from Jean Nicholas Miller (’66):  Glendale, AZ

Hi Gary, Do we have any idea when the San Haven picture was taken? My parents aren’t in it. My Dad was a patient there and later worked there. My mother worked there too. The third man from the left in the plaid shirt I think might be Oscar Thone and the fourth man may be Red Pearson. The sixth man from the left I believe is Pete Link. The short woman is front in black is Marjorie Lilico and the woman to her left in glasses is Maxine Magnuson in the print top. Hope we can figure out more.

Jean Nicholas Miller

San Haven Picture
Reply from David Roussin (’77):   Fort Worth, TX

The San haven picture the guy in back of the nurses in white is my dad Albert Roussin. This is where he met my mom Jane Roussin who was a patient there.

Counting L to R: Not including Marjorie Lilico in front.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 Maxine Magnuson, 16, 17, 18, 19 Albert Rousin, 20, 21, 22, 23
Front: Marjorie Lilico
San Haven 2616

Courant correction/Mona Johnson
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND.

I rearranged the space around my computer and don’t have my scanner reconnected, so I need to type/send the correction about Mona’s article in the Courant.

In the Bottineau Courant’s April 3 edition, the article “Johnson steps down as blood drive coordinator at 87”, the cutline with the phot stated the picture was taken in March of 2018, the photo was taken in March of 2008.  The article also noted Betty Trebas was named the new coordinator for the blood drive, which was incorrect.  The new coordinator is Betty Tratebas.


Gary Stokes’ Comments.
Neola, I know Betty Hanson Tratebas. She and I were confirmed together in Nordland church (Metigoshe Lutheran). She is sitting Front Left next to Rev. Richard Grudt in the picture below. With her good ole Turtle Mountain Genes, she will be a great Coordinator.

Blog (694) posted on January 24, 2010

Posted on January 24, 2010

Happy Birthday Ruby Krause:

Folks; Today, January 24th, is Ruby Krause’s birthday. Ruby is a former Dunseith School teacher & Librarian. She was hired into the Dunseith School system in 1971. She was the School Librarian in 1982 when the Dunseith centennial book was published. She was with the Dunseith Schools for a number of years. Ruby currently lives in Dunseith.

Ruby, We wish you a very happy birthday. This is your special day, so enjoy it to the fullest. Gary

Dunseith Main Street Picture:

Reply from Dave Wurgler (64): Rugby, ND.

Gary: To Dick Johnson about the post card of main street of Dunseith. When I first saw the picture and started to identify the cars I also thought that might have been dads 57 chev, as ole Hank Johnson was his barber, but if you look up the street in front of the Security State Bank you will notice which I think is a 60 chev-biscayne which could also be dads because he traded the 57 chev in 1960 for the coppertone 60 chev-biscayne and he also done all his personal and business banking at the bank. Kind of interesting. Take everyone and God Bless and a healthy and Happy New Year. Dave Wurgler (64).

Lajimodiere Family:
Reply from Denice Lajimodiere: Moorhead, MN.

 Gary M.

Yes, my family is related to Julie Lajimodiere. We are descendant from her brother Joseph, his son Modeste, his son, Benjamin, my father Leo. Modeste and Louis Riel were first cousins. The Riel Rebellion split many familes in half, some for it and some were ‘royalists.’ Grandpa Ben refused to speak of Riel or the rebellion – were they royalists?? Our family originally fled to Pembina, Wallhalla, St. Joseph area after the rebellion to avoid prosecution. We are not sure where Joseph is buried. Some say with Riel, others say at St. Joseph church. I will go looking for him. Modeste brought us to Dunseith, and grandpa Ben to Belcourt. My father consideres Dunseith our family home, and we are mostly buried there. We have kept the original Lajimodiere spelling, as it is now Lagimodiere in Winnipeg – the priests at St. Boniface decided that the name will be spelled consistenly with a ‘g.’
I learned more about the Rebellion from my mother’s grandfathers and great uncles, the Plantes. Their grandfather, Francois Azure, fought with Riel at Batoche and I have recorded some wonderful oral stories from them about the battle, along with buffalo hunting stories and run ins with the Sioux. I have extensive files on our families geneology – I just have to sift through them to try and find Alcide’s mom. I’m now the ‘elder’ of the Belcourt Lajimodiere’s, sadly. I’m really a ‘baby elder,’ aye. But I know I need to keep our family’s story alive.

Denise Lajimodiere

School cook lady Identified:
Reply from Ron Longie (65): Yakima WA


The lady from Norway if I remember right was MRS Knudson, she was the cook when I used to eat in the “Old White School” basement.


School cook lady Identified:

Reply from Marge Landsverk Fish (57): Horicon, WI











Ted Brodeck ?:

Question from Toni Morinville Gredesky (68): Farimount, ND


A recent picture that was posted had the name Brodeck on it. I’m wondering if anyone remembers Ted Brodeck and his family. He was a photographer who lived in Dunseith for a while. I think when they left Dunseith they moved to Rugby. I don’t remember his wife’s name, but they had a daughter named Sissy, I believe. He and my Dad were friends. Ted was probably responsible for getting my Dad interested in photography. Just wondering if anyone can add more about them.

Toni Morinville Gredesky

Reply From Lee Stickland (64): Dickinson, ND.

Gary and Dick,

I nearly covet YOUR memories; both YOU, Gary and YOU, Dick.

I do not recall any of the things that YOU and others are so well-versed in.

Guess I was too busy, either trying to reduce my time for the 100/220 yard dash, or Jim Evans and I attempting to make a hole in the defense of the opponent so that Dave Shelver, John Leonard or Bill Henry could make some yardage.

Each of the three (3) Stickland boys, Darrel (Doc) and Dean and I had paper routes with 72 Minot Daily News, (I walked to Theresa Kriegs, north of town to deliver a paper each day). She was in the nursing home when I was administrator at Dunseith from Spetember of 1975 to February of 1977. Each of us had the privilege of working in Hosmers’ Store or the Red Owl,;stocking, meat cutting and floor and bldg maintenance.

I also began to be able to drive a vehicle in at 7:30 am, grind the valves, replace guides and reinstall the head by noon. I worked for Alvin Moe at the Corner Garage. Age 12 is when I began mechanics and keeping the books for the garage.

There was so much to be learned in Dunseith when I was a kid. Just needed to

“keep YOUR hat on straight”.

I see that it may be raining now in Cebu. I was in San Diego for four (4) days. Wore a dark long-sleeved shirt with black pants. It was above +70 degrees. By the time I walked to and from the Ramada to the Roadhouse BBQ establishment, I needed dry clothes and another shower.

Eric, my son, took me to Target where I bought a white short-sleeved shirt and white pants. Pants were of quality for $6.48. Eric’s wife, Kim took me back the next night to buy 2 more outfits and the price had increased, considerably.


Questions about the 1955 football team
From Larry Liere (55): Mesa, AZ & Devils Lake, ND

We had 3.25″ of rain in the last three days with wind up to 50MPH here in Mesa. I guess this was more rain then they had all last year. It was needed.

So far one death from the storm. A six year old boy was washed away from his family when their pick-up got stuck in the flooded road.

I remember the name Iver Lo. Would that be David Lo’s Dad? If so what did Iver do for a living because I am sure he was a good friend of my Dad.

Was this an 11, 8, or 6 man football team? Are we sure it is the 1955 team? I was thinking more of my 2nd. grade class would have been on the team.

I noted the old leather football helmets. This team was lucking they had face protection. Our team in Devils Lake only had one face mask. I played

end with a broken nose. I guess there were even 9 man teams back in the old days. Thanks for any information you can give. LARRY

Football Photo ID:

Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.

Gary and Friends,

Thanks to Karen Woodford Olson for supplying the names of the guys in
the football picture. I think the guy next to Bobby Pigeon is Curt
Pigeon. Bobby is the guy that reminds me of the ‘Fonz’ on Happy Days. I
guess it’s the other way around as Bobby was cool twenty years before
the TV show came around. The football helmets on the ground are the same
ones we hauled from the school to the dump ground and one of which I
still have. Thanks Gary!


Back: Coach Ray Stark, Marvin Aamodt, James Robillard, Vince Kalk, David Lo,

Gerald Anderson, Larry Shirk and Coach Lincoln Jerstad.

Middle: Lowell Williams, DuWayne Lang, Dennis Espe, Don Conroy, Curt Pigeon, Bob Pigeon.

Front: Val Bott, Bob Lagerquist, Lowell Leonard, Curt Halvorson, Mick Kester, Duane Woodford.


Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.


This is in response to Floyd Dion’s posting from today about the Renault car bodied snowplane. It is from nearly two years ago but might be something interesting for the folks. Thanks Gary!


——– Original Message ——–

SUBJECT: Snowplanes
DATE: Sun, 11 May 2008
FROM: Dick Johnson
TO: Gary Stokes

Gary and Friends

Reading Floyd’s and Tim’s comments about snowplanes really caught my
attention! Although they were abandoned from use in the late sixties,
some have survived. State laws prohibiting hunting from a moving vehicle
basically brought about their demise. The other factor was the invention
of the snowmobile which kind of took the place of the snowplane for snow
travel. I always liked these homemade machines and about 15 years ago I
found two of them that were for sale, so I made a deal and bought them.
I was invited to a snowplane rally in 1995 at Tolna, ND, where other
guys with this same interest were gathered. We had a cross country ride
for many miles and then a chili feed and refreshments on our return. It
was one of the most nostalgic and fun days I have had for many years. We
formed a group we called the Prairie Snowplaners and have had rallies,
annually, up until the last two years when there hasn’t been enough
snow. Since then I have bought several more snowplanes and parts. If any
one is interested, I have a couple VHS tapes from past rallies I would
Floyd wrote about the Renault car body they used for one sled. John
Boguslawski and I asked Curt Halvorson what he was going to do with the
chassis, [ engine, transmission, and steering, etc. ], Curt gave it to
us! We came up to our farm and got a Model T frame off a discarded hay
rack and built a “dune buggy”. We actually scared ourselves once and
THEN built a rollcage. We painted it pastel yellow with house paint and
had quite a rig! Floyd, if I remember correctly, didn’t you break some
ribs or something while hunting in the Renault-bodied snowplane? I seem
to remember something about that, could be wrong! I have attached a
couple pictures taken of my snowplane taken at one of the rallies.
Thanks Gary!


04/11/2018 (2618)

Posted by Debbie Armentrout Metcalfe (’77):  Mesa, AZArmentrout, Rodney 2606


Ackworth School 1954-55 Attendees
From Stan Salmonson (’61):  Dunseith, ND

Hi Gary,

Regarding the students that attended Ackworth School, winter of 1954-55, I’m thinking  that another student might have been Dennis Hiatt and possibly Johnnie ?, who was staying with Norman & Irene Hiatt.  I remember the fun we had that winter sliding down the hill  north of the school at noon & recess.

I don’t remember what year it was but Geraldine and her brother Jiggers stopped by our lumberyard to visit us as she remembered me from Ackworth  School days.

We  have enjoyed your interesting blog over the years and thank you for all you have done.

Stan Salmonson, ‘61

Gary Stokes’ Comments
Yes Stan, Dennis Hiatt did attend that year. That I do remember now. The other guy you are referring to was Tom Longre. He was Margie Hiatt’s nephew from Kenmare, ND. He lived with Willie and Margie Hiatt for a number of years off and on.

Yes we used to slide on both those two hills on the north side of the school. Pretty steep hills too.  


San Haven Picture
Reply from David Roussin (’77):   Fort Worth, TX

The San haven picture the guy in back of the nurses in white is my dad Albert Roussin. This is where he met my mom Jane Roussin who was a patient there.


Dorothy Hiatt Swanson (DHS ‘1946) obituary.
Note: Dorothy was a sister to Eleanore (Stubby) Fauske and Florence Dahl.
Hiatt Swanson, Dorothy 2618


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Neameyer Wall, Loretta 2618

Corner Garage
Posting from Travis Metcalfe (’76):    Mesa, AZ

We drove into Dunseith today and saw this.

It I guess it was corner garage  before my time…was it built as a garage?  I thought it was built as a bank….

Cornstone Garage 2618


Mona Dionne Johnson (’48) Steps down as blood drive coordinator
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Dianne Johnson, Mona 2618-1 Dianne Johnson, Mona 2618-2 Dianne Johnson, Mona 2618-3


Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70): d Bottineau, ND

#1 The First  Adventures

The Lamoureux Brother’s Garage was located on the West side of Main Street Dunseith.  As a kid I absolutely thought__ everything Dunseith, would always be  the same ___it would be forever there.

I recall smells of clean oil stepping into the tidy main floor area whenever I got to go inside with Dad. He’d visit while getting the vehicle filled with gas, oil checked and windows washed. The Lamoureux men held kind and courteous character traits, which Dad liked and respected.  There seemed to be several Lamoureux men in the  main garage floor area.  At that time, I was preschool age, I looked and endeavored to figure out their familial connections.

The first “new” vehicle my parents ever purchased was the black 51/52 Black Ford pickup truck from Lamoureux’s.  It was either new or pretty close to new. The Black Ford served many purposes for our family,  through the 50’s, 60’s and into the 70’s. 

The Ford was equipped with standard transmission.  The (H)gear shift was located on the mid floor. It started with a starter button.  In the dark, with a click of the left foot, a person could switch the lights to dim or back to bright. It had a running board to step up on.  The windows rolled down with little corner windows a person could push/pull slant to catch a breeze.

Oh what adventures that truck could tell! 

Sometime in  the early 50’s  on a fine summer day, mom drove with my sister and I, north on old highway #3 to Kelvin Store.  Mom parked south of Kelvin Store on the incline facing down to the Central Telephone office.  She said, “Wait here in the truck.” She got out and walked down below the hill.  She was visiting Kathy, who at the time was the current Central Telephone operator.

Whilst mom was inside visiting with Kathy, a tanned, sandy haired boy I’d never seen before__ (Kathy’s son) Terry, opened the driver side door of the truck.  He climbed in, sat on the seat behind the steering wheel where placed both hands. My stomach  bottomed out… but, he acted as if he  owned the truck and knew very well what he was doing.  He stretched both legs  as far as he coul. He pushed with both feet down hard on the clutch. To reach this he was kind of laying on his back.  I didn’t think he could see much out the windshield.

Oh NO! Away down the hill roll… roll… roll the truck. I , “Chicken Little knew the ending would not be pretty.  Frightened, Terry hollered to my sister “STEP ON THE BRAKE!” She scampered, sliding over, stretching out her legs and feet onto the brake.  The truck lurched to a slow stop. 

On another early,  warm, summer, afternoon, I recall  we girls were with mom who was  drove the truck  up from the house to the East /West , dusty gravel road at  top of the hill.  She turned the truck left toward the west. Without seat belts I was standing  on the front seat 

 (Hmm) I can’t quite recall where my older sister was sitting.
Mom shifted the truck into neutral, stepped down and walked back behind the truck  to fetch mail.
While she was opening the rural silver mailbox, Sss?somehow? the clutch was stepped on.
As truck rolled away down toward the hill it gained speed. I felt FEAR.  I don’t know if I was scared we were going to crash into the deep coulee below the big hill or  if either sisters was in T-r-o-u-b-l-e. (Many times as  kid I was called, the guilty one.)
Mom on the run, caught up and climbed on the running board, and steered the truck to a stop.  After that incident mom started using the emergency brake.

 At that time in her life with what her children put her through….our Mom, a.k.a Charlotte Harriet Lamb Metcalfe, ___could have been  a double for “Wonder Woman”!

 Thanks Gary, I am certain someone…Probably a motor head, is welcome to comment.

Until Later,

Vickie L. Metcalfe

April 2018


Blog (693) posted on January 23, 2010

Posted on January 23, 2010

Folks, Bernadette and I attended a nice wedding yesterday. The couple is from our bowling league. He is from Norway and of coarse she from here, Cebu, PI. This couple has been living together nearly two years now. They had a baby several months ago. There is a little age difference in this couple though. He is 59 and she just had her 22nd birthday. In spite of the age difference, they are a nice looking couple. Of coarse with him being Norwegian, they couldn’t be anything else but. Those Norwegian accents sure bring back some good memories of my dad’s relatives. The demeanors of the Norwegian’s that we have met here, so resembles that of the Norwegian’s I was raised around.

Another point of interest. Last week I posted the activity of our Website with a comment that the visits have been steadily increasing. Brenda Hoffman replied with a personal message that she feels there are folks following our messages that have just stumbled upon us browsing the Net. I never gave that any thought, but she may be right. It’s wonderful if there are. We’d like to hear from some of you folks that have found us with your browsing. Gary

Reply to Larry Shirk (58):

From Jim Robillard (58): WILLISTON, ND

Hi Larry good hearing from you. That is a great picture of our football team. The best dang team on both sides of Willow Creek.

I also enjoyed seeing the picture of Dunseith main street with all the old cars parked on the street. Its pretty near how I remember Dunseith.

A note to Gary Stokes; Gary I would like to thank you for this great service you provide for the Dunseith Alumni I read this Blog every day and enjoy The stories.

Snowplane reply:

From Floyd Dion (45): Dunseith, ND.

Hi Gary

Dick was saying that the Pigeon’s had a Volkswaagen body for a snowplane, Harvey Halvorson had one with a French Renault coupe body , it had a door in the roof so we could shoot out of it, but it was too heavy too, Curt Halvorson and I built one for Harvey, and we had a lot of fun with it. I remember someone (don’t remember who) had a leaky gas tank and took it out to Jim Coleman’s to have it welded, they emtyed the tank and Jim put a hose in the gas tank and the other end on the car exhaust pipe and started the car and begin to weld the tank,ant it did not blow up.

Those snowplanes were a lot of fun


Reply from Gary Metcalfe (57): Forsyth, MO

Reply to Larry Hackman

That is a good story about Egbert, Larry. That is what I called him too, his dad called him Donerd. I am sure most people thought I was being funny when I said that Ade was a man amongst men when he was young. That is what my dad called him, Ade. According to Ade, he was a ladies man to the highest degree, so I guess Donald had a real hard act to follow. You should read Ade’s history in the BIG BOOK.

I have given a lot of thought about what made those old pioneers stand taller than those who came later. I realize they were much more wise to the world having come from cities and towns out east and overseas.

I was thinking about Charles and Marvin Lindberg. I thought they lived near Rose Lake somewhere. Ethel Dubois is their sister. So I looked up their parents’ story, Pete Lindberg was a twin to Ben Lindberg. Cooney McKay’s father-in-law. I loved the way Ben handled the situation when a fellow came into their house party with a gun threatening to shoot everybody. Ben took him outside, straightened him out, then had him come back in for the evening festivities. With people like that they could get by with only one cop in the area those earlier years.

I got off the track. Pete was known as a singer and a man who could keep up to two binders shocking grain. The man that had enough crop to warrant two binders working was my great grandfather, Hans Svingen down at Overly. He was my Grandma Evans father. Hans had two brothers who were pastors and one of them performed the wedding for Ben Lindberg. There was also evidence that Ben met his wife at the home of Andrew Bergen up on the Canadian border.

I have a couple things I would like to find out about the Hillside area, one is who Alcide’s mother was???

Denise tells me that old Modeste Lajimodeir had 21 kids and three wives. I think the “e” on the end of his first name changed the meaning of it. I think he was the most prolific of the whole area. His quarter of land sat between Vance Bailey’s home place and Louis Bergan’s, give or take.

I guarantee Donald was a good worker. He worked for Cliff Gilles.

I am sure when Denise finds time to research that large addition to Rolette County it could prove interesting. I am pretty sure it was one of her relatives that was prominent in Manitoba politics. Most have heard of Louis Riel and Julie Lajimodeir was his mother. Louis was well educated and charismatic.

Gary Metcalfe

Message from DeAnn Gottbreht. DeAnn’s parents are Ernie Gottbreht and Brenda Hill.

Posted on her CarringBridge Website:http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/deanngottbreht

We had a excellent turnout for my benefit up in Portal yesterday! I want to thank all of the great people who brought soup, sandwiches, dessert, and everyone who worked so hard putting it on. It was sure nice to have so much family there. Patrick parents came over along with Grandma, Mom and Bryant, My Dad and Cheryl, and Blake and Michelle. Lots of people came over from work along with some of the people that work up on the Canadian side and local friends as well. I am so thankful for all the people who donated money there and by mail. Thank You all for your generous support! Patrick and I sure appreciate it. Just saying thank you seems like hardly enough but it is the best I can do for now.

We are leaving for Mayo Tuesday morning. It is snowing steady right now with 4-5 inches by morning and a blizzard by Sunday so I pray that the weather man is right and that the storm will end by some time Monday. I will see my Oncologist, my Surgeon, Baby Doctor, and a few others on Wednesday and Thursday with surgery tentatively scheduled for Friday the 29th as long as all my appointments go well. And before you ask YES this is safe for the baby as long as I am monitored and my blood pressure and oxygen stay normal. I would not choose to do something I know would hurt my baby! Please keep us both in your prayers as we take this next step. It is pretty scary for me but necessary and I am comforted having it done in a place as excellent as the Mayo Clinic. Take care everyone. I will try to keep you updated on my progress.

Alex Pedie:

From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND


I think you/someone asked who Alex Pedie is. He’s the husband of Dianne Pedie, who taught school in Dunseith.


Art Rude Sr. recovering.

From Art Rude (71): Bismarck, ND


Great job as always! I thought I should fill you in, and I know you will share it with the group. Dad (Art Rude Sr.) has had a real tough fall and winter. Late August he fell off his bike (age 86) and had to be taken to the hospital. I don’t think it was the fall. I understand in talking to him, and a couple of other people who saw him that day, he had been quite upset, and I think he had a mini stroke. The reason I say that is, although they gave him a series of tests, and said he didn’t qualify as a “stroke”, it sure seems as if he lost oxygen to the brain for a while, because Dad has never been so confused.

After a couple of days in the hospital, he went to the Dunseith Community Nursing home for 3 weeks. As he was doing much better, he was out living in his apartment, but we had to move him to a situation where he wouldn’t be alone. Anyway, December 18th I called as usual on the way to work, and Dad wasn’t there, he had been hauled away by ambulance shortly before I called. He was eventually hauled to Minot, where they opened him up to clean out a “hematoma” (I think that’s the appropriate term) around his defibrilator, and they said they cleaned out enough blood clot to make a softball. He had to have fallen
or taken quite a blow for that to happen. Dad has had a defibrilator for almost 20 years, and a pacemaker as well.

So now he is in the Dunseith home. He has lost a lot of his mobility (Dad always walked, and liked to walk with a very vigorous step, so it was difficult to see him walk like Tim Conway) although he is making improvements. I just talked to him on the phone, and Eldon Moors (our neighbor from the hills, who moved in since many of you have left. He bought the Lawrence Wenstad place on the county line.) had stopped in, and he kept saying how much he enjoyed the visit. So that’s the point Gary, I know there are many people still in Dunseith, and around Dunseith who remember Dad, so stop in and say hi, I’m sure he would appreciate it. You probably remember how he likes to visit, and catch up with people, so if you are in town with a few extra minutes . . .

I’ll enclose a picture we took at Christmas break, when more of the family could make it up to enjoy the hills, and see Dad. I spent most of the semester break up in the cabin, so I got to see Dad almost everyday, but he sleeps a lot now.

Thanks Gary.

Art Rude


PS. In the picture, from left to right, is my daughter Hannah, her fiance Brad Wickie, Dad, my wife Grace with grandson Gavin, and myself. I’d appreciate it if you refer to Dad as Art Sr. which is a title of respect. By the way Gary, I like being Art Rude, but hated being called “Junior” (I think that’s why Pete Mellmer left town). That’s one of the things I like about Bismarck, I don’t have to be junior any more, you would think at age 56 you could leave that childhood moniker behind.

Peace and Power, Art Thanks for checking out Art Rude Productions, webpage address: www.artrude.com call and leave a message anytime at 800-XRT-RUDE

Art, Thank you so much for this update and info about your dad. I am glad to here that he is recovering well. Please keep us posted. This is a great photo of all of you. Gary

L To R: Hannah Rude, Brad Wickie, Art Rude Sr., Grace Rude W/Gavin & Art Rude.

Mel Kuhn (70):

Reply from Larry Hackman (66): Bismarck, ND


Just a few items that I have rolling around inside the old cranium that I thought I would put out there. Maybe someone has a answer or two.

I wish I would have known about old Mel having problems? I would have went up and hooked him up to a trickle charger. We could have probably saved him some gas money. Glad to here you are is doing fine Mel. Hang in there old buddy, there is life to be lived.


Folks, I neglected to include Larry’s Attachment when I posted his message several days ago. I hate it when that happens. Larry, I apologize. I have pasted your attachment below. Gary

Rambling Rumblings

Does anyone have pictures to post of the swimming area at the east end of Lake Shutte that show the sand beach, dock, and diving board that was built and used during the 50s? Remember how we use to go catch mud-puppies with our bare hands, in the northeast corner of the lake.We would carry the mud-puppies back to the beach and throw them at the girls to make them run and scream? The good old days.

Anyone remember the cook that use to make them scaloped potatoes that were served to us about once a week ( or maybe it was once every two weeks – it was often) in the lunch rooms in the basement of the old wood two story school house in Dunseith?If I remember correctly; when she retired, her and her husband sold their home in Dunseith and moved back to Norway.Jim Enno, who had a auto body repair shop on the south edge of town, bought their home?I remember them scaloped potatoes and would like a copy of the recipe if anyone has it and could post that.Remember when you came down the stairs into the basement, you had your lunch ticket punched, then you had to make a sharp right or left turn, went around either corner, picked up your tray and selected your butter, or peanut butter sandwich; (take as many as you want) from the plastic baskets with the towel over the top of the sandwichs.Next stop was the window to the kitchen where they handed you your plate or brown bowl of scaloped potatoes.You had to develope a taste for them scaloped potatoes.I guess I did cuz I would like to taste them again.Anyone have the recipe?

Did Kenny Nerpel move to Rugby?

A while back I wrote about some of the happenings that happened to some of the old people in our lives.I tried to make them entertaining and funny.I thought we should laugh at some of these situations now, because as we all know, we will be encountering some of these type happenings.So, be prepared to laugh when it happens to you, cuz it an’t gonna do much good to cry!The reason I brought this up again I thought a few would write about some of the happenings in their lives.Which a few have! Thank You.

There were a couple of particular stories I knew of, that happened to a mother-in-law and brother-in-law of a (65er) class member, that I was sure would write and give us the scoop.So Joe, “Joe is kind of a generic name so I don’t think anyone is going to figure out who I’m talking about. Joe this lady told me she was up-town in Rugby doing some shopping.She was driving home from shopping, thinking about her garden.Her and her husband always grow a beautiful, productive garden.Joe, I’m sure you have eaten a lot of vegetables from that garden?Your mother-in-law says she is coming down the street from up-town, hits the button for the garage door to open.She pulls into the driveway, the garage door is almost all the way open, and then she don’t remember anything until she opens her eyes.There she is sitting in her car, in the back yard looking at her beautiful garden.She said, she remembers driving along thinking about her garden before she entered the garage, but she never intended to drive directly through the back wall of her garage to get there.She does not remember going through the wall.Funny?You be the judge.

Joe, It always seemed to me that if something happened in high school that was funny, it usually involved a member of your family, and I don’t think it had anything to do with the amount of you guys roaming the halls.It always seemed that your family was happy and always ready to have some fun.This story is about your brother-in-law Joey.I know there are a million stories about Joey.I’m just going to tell just one.you can tell the other stories if you want too.According to Joey’s mother, Joey parked his antique auto on the street.Now you have to think about this.What some people consider to be an antique, other people consider to be an eye-sore or junk.The decision is purely in the eye of the beholder.Now this car is sitting there, and hadn’t been moved for months.Someone finally made up a sign and placed it on the antique car.The sign said one word, (FREE).A couple boys came along from Devils Lake and saw this sign.They thought they struck gold (a free old corvette).They went up to the door, rang the door bell, and asked Joey’s mom if it was OK for them to take the car.She said, you can’t take that car, it’s an antique, and belongs to my son Joey.They explained about the free sign on the car.She told them, that it is worth a lot of money and was not free.Poor boys!

A few days later somone had moved the vehicle and parked it in the alley behind the house, the sign had been removed.Joe I hope you don’t end up sleeping on the couch because of this story?

I and my wife were over visiting my brother Henry (65er) and was telling him and his wife about the above story.We were sitting in his living room.His wife jumps up and points across the street at an antique auto.Apparently the conversation had struck a nerve?She didn’t actually call it a antique.She was basiclly telling my brother to make up a sign and put it on that car.Henry being a calm guy said, why don’t we just call the police dept. and see what they do firstHe said, they made the call, explained that the car had been sitting there forever, and the next day it was towed.So simple!Personally I preferred the sign method.

The old building, located behind the building that was used as, Richards Variety Store, or Berg’s Electric and TV repair, or Sutton’s Used Auto Parts Store, or Morinvilles Grocery Store, which was located across the street from the Crystal Cafe? Does anyone remember what it was used for originally?I remember Orvile Sutton using it as a auto repair shop, and I think it was torn down after that.Itlooked like it could of been someones house at one time?

Bill (65er) do you remember the guy who kept rabbits in the building or garages located just at the north end of the Commercial Hotel.I know when we first moved to town we had a lot of pet rabbits that we brought with us from the farm.We didn’t bring them all but just what we had cages for. The rest we just released on the farm.Anyway this gentleman came over and offered to buy them rabbits. Us kids knowing about all that candy in them stores up-town, immediately sold the rabbits to him.Then when we ran out of money convinced Dad to take us back up to the farm to recapture the rest.It took a couple of trips but I think we got most of them.Did that fellow keep and sell rabbits for pets or for food or both?I remember he had a lot of rabbits.

My sympathy to all thoughs that have lost loved!

I hope and pray that you are doing well!

Remember; Laugh and the whole world laughs with you!


Football Photo ID’s:

From Karen Woodford Olson (59): Marana, Az & Bemidji, Mn

The folks in the football picture are as follows:

Back row Coach Ray Stark, Marvin Aamodt, James Robillard, Vince Kalk, David Lo, Gerald Anderson, Larry Shirk and Coach Lincoln Jerstad. Middle row Lowell Williams, DuWayne Lang, Dennis Espe, Don Conroy, Ray? Pigeon, Bob Pigeon. Front row Val Bott, Bob Lagerquist, Lowell Leonard, Curt Halvorson, Mick Kester, Duane Woodford.

Hope my memory is correct. Thank you for all of your work. Karen Woodford Olson

Back: Coach Ray Stark, Marvin Aamodt, James Robillard, Vince Kalk, David Lo, Gerald Anderson, Larry Shirk and Coach Lincoln Jerstad.
Middle: Lowell Williams, DuWayne Lang, Dennis Espe, Don Conroy, Ray? Pigeon, Bob Pigeon.
Front: Val Bott, Bob Lagerquist, Lowell Leonard, Curt Halvorson, Mick Kester, Duane Woodford.

Main Street Photo:

Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.


With the posting of Bernard Morin/ Rod Armentrout’s postcard of Dunseith’s Main street, there are a couple things shown that I never in my life expected to see again. First, the car on the right is the old Nash belonging to Hank Johnson, the barber. It’s the one Marvin Kalk bought for $25. that I told about in blog message 156. The next car is a ’57 Chevy. John Wurgler had one like it and so did Zike Boguslawski. The car in front of the Althea theater is Leonard Cote’s ’59 Merc four door hard top. Eddie Bogus bought the Merc from Leonard and big John Bogus and I made a few wild trips to Rugby and Bottineau in that sled! The old Merc had a monster engine and really flew. It also had a fuel pump on top of the front part of the engine and if it got hot it ‘vapor locked’ and the car died. We had an old rag wrapped around the fuel pump and when it started having it’s fits, we would open the hood and poor cold water (or beer–what a waste) on the rag and away we went! My guess of the year the picture was taken is around 1963-64. I think Marvin bought Hank’s Nash in about ’64-’65. Hank still owned it when the picture was taken, obviously, as it’s still sitting in front of the barber shop. Thanks Bernard, Rod, and Gary!


——– Original Message posted with message 156 ——–

SUBJECT: Marvin’s car


Wed, 09 Jul 2008 22:01:31 -0500
FROM: Dick Johnson <djcars@srt.com>
TO: Gary Stokes <gws123456@gmail.com>

Gary and Friends, There was a barber in Dunseith by the name of Hank Johnson. We called him ‘Hank the Barber’, and he had a shop two doors south of the Althea theater. This is not the Hank Johnson from Willow Lake, but another guy. Anyway, for years he drove an old 1950 Nash four door car that resembled an inverted bathtub! It was dark green and ugly, real ugly. In those days Nash thought it was cool to be able to lay the front seat down and make the car into a bed, maybe for camping, who knows! Hank decided to sell his old Nash and buy a newer car so Marvin Kalk went down and bought it for $25, if I remember right. It didn’t like to start real well but he seemed to get it going most of the time, one way or another! One night a bunch of us were cruising town in Marvin’s Nash and we noticed he had a stick holding the rear of the driver’s seat up! Someone asked what it was for and Marvin said the latch was broken so the seat fell back to the bed position. He dropped us off by Fortune Berube’s house and we were standing by the car talking to Marvin, who was still in his car. Bill Berube had tied a rope to the stick that was holding the seat up and had secretly dropped it out the rear window. We asked Marvin if he could make the old Nash burn rubber? He revved it up and dropped the clutch and sure enough it squealed the tires and took off to the east! Billy gave the rope a pull and poor Marvin fell over backward in the seat and lost his grip on the steering wheel! The car veered to the left and jumped the curb, heading for Knute Landsverk’s garage! Marvin sat back up just in time to turn the wheel and miss the garage, but instead of hitting the brakes he just kept going and drove clear across the vacant lot south of Landsverk’s and then bounced back over that curb and drove off like nothing happened! We went from being scared to laughing hysterically in just a few seconds! I remember thinking, if he would have hit that garage we would have all been in BIG trouble! But we pulled off another one! Thanks Gary! Dick

Reply from Keith Pladson (66): thepladsons@hotmail.com Stafford, VA

I found this interesting.

But, first a little background. My neighbor, Dave Humphrey, four houses down the street, asked me a few years ago if I would be interested in helping to collect food for the needy. Since I was retired and had the time, I said yes. So now every Tuesday, he and I (and in the summertime two other retired neighbors also) collect food from several grocery markets. (This consists of things that are reaching there shelf life or the containers are damaged, etc., and that would otherwise be thrown in the garbage – cereals, canned goods, breads, pies, milk, eggs, meats, etc.) The operation was set up several years ago by a guy who had made quite a bit of money in life and wanted to give back so he rented a warehouse and bought a truck and got a local pastor to run the warehouse. It’s called Warehouse Ministries. So on Tuesdays, we drive down from where we live to Fredericksburg, VA to get the big truck and then go from store to store to collect before returning to the warehouse to off load. This also gives us a lot of time to just talk about anything and everything of interest.

Anyway, this past Tuesday I was driving and Dave pulled something out of a folder he had brought with him. He then asked me if I wanted to hear something funny and he started reading what he’d pulled out of his folder: “Dear Sirs: We’re writing this letter to you today because we want to help you get your money out of your Model T. It’s still as good a car…”

Does that ring a bell? Remember your 681 posting?

Dave is originally from the Boston, Mass. area and knows nothing about Bottineau or Maxbass, ND. But through the wonders of the information highway, e.g. the internet, he had somehow gotten a copy of that same post card you posted. Do we live in a small world or what?

Thanks Gary for what you do.
Keith (66)

Keith, This is so interesting. This card, pasted below, has to be on the internet somewhere. I first received it from Sharron Gottbreht Shen that I posted with message 387, I then received it from Bill Hosmer posted with message 404. Then several weeks ago Allen Richard sent it to me again that I posted with message 681.

This card is for sure making it’s rounds all thru the whole country. Last week, out of the blue, a friend of mine originally from Bremerton, WA sent this card out to 50 plus folks that he sends forwards to everyday. I am on his list. He has no idea that I am from ND, Let alone Dunseith/Bottineau. Do any of you know who actually has this card?

This story even gets better with this friend of mines daily forwards. Last week one of his forwards was of the deer feeding on the Snow mobile trail near Lake Metigoshe. I remembered seeing that same picture in the Bottineau paper last year. My friend sent it as a joke with the message folks couldn’t ride their snow mobiles because of the deer. This guy had no clue where this picture was taken. I did a ‘reply all’ to that picture too, explaining the picture and where it was taken. The next day I got a message from Jerry Olson, originally from Souris, letting me know he recognized that photo too. My reply to that picture had been forwarded him. He could not believe his eyes. Jerry is currently living in Bremerton, WA. His sister is Nadine Little, also known as the “Cake Lady” in Bottineau. His family owned the John Deere dealership in Bottineau. Gary