05/16/2020 (2751)

Class of ’58 mini reunion at Dales for Lunch (noon) on Sunday May 24th at Dales.
Posting from Don and Colleen Martel (’58):  Rosemount, MN

Colleen and I have always gone back to Dunseith and Rolette usually Memorial Day weekend, to decorate our parents and relatives’ graves

We plan to do the same this year arriving Friday evening. We are hoping to meet some of Colleen’s classmates and our friends at Dales for lunch on Sunday.

So far, it’s always included Ellen Myrick and son Matt, Elmer and Joanne Bushie Peggy Espe, Rodney Armentrout and you Never know who may also show Up.

We’d love to have others, everyone welcome. See you on Sunday May 24 at noon at Dales.

Don and Colleen (Class of 1958)

Thanks Gary.

 

ARLAN Hagen’s Funeral
Hagen, Arlan

Arlan Hagen, age 62 of Bottineau, died Tuesday, May 12, 2020 near Kramer.  His funeral will be held on Tuesday May 19, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Bottineau.  Visitation will be Monday, May 18th from 1:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

 

Condolences to the Hagen Family
From Lynette Halvorson Otto (’75):  Boonton, NJ

Hello from New Jersey!  Very sad to hear of Arlan’s passing!  We were classmates and involved in 4H.  My condolences to his family and friends.

Lynette Halvorson Otto

 

Moose poaching recently near Dunseith
Posting from Ken Striker:

I became aware from the Facebook of cousin Deane Striker who lives within a couple of miles of the indicent.

https://www.kxnet.com/crime-tracker/five-moose-shot-and-killed-near-dunseith-reward-offered-for-information-on-poaching/

 

Favorite 4-H Projects and memories
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

State Fair 2020 Cancelled
https://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/State-Fair-2020-Cancelled-570365971.html

Gary and Friends of Dunseith Alumni,

            I know many people in the past, attended the ND State fair for years.

Many of folks, ( like you Gary and your family in the Mountaineers 4-H club ) 

were especially involved in the long tradition of 4-H.

            My family never became involved in 4-H.  I never attended a state fair until an adult.

            But, whilst in Montana I was invited to judge speech competition for the County 4-H competition.

That experience left me with quite an impression of this worthy Family & Parent involved organization.

            I wonder if you, your brother Bud, or other former members have some favorite 4-H memories?

Quoting Bob Hope, “Thanks for the Memory.” 

Until later,

Vickie L. Metcalfe

May 11, 2020

Gary’s Reply,

4-H was a big part of my childhood days. My mother, Elaine Stokes along with Mary Ann Hagen and Dorothy Lamb organized the Mountaineers 4-H club. With their first meeting they agreed to ask Orvin Hagen if he would volunteer to be the 4-H leader for the boys of which he accepted for a term that lasted more than 25 years.

For those of you that were in 4-H in your growing up days, please share some of your experiences with us. In the Article write up with my picture below, I see Holly Meyer of the Busy Beaver 4-H club got first place in clothing.  

One of my favorite 4-H projects was My Registered Black Angus Heifer named Missy. I purchased her when she was about a month old with money, I earned from my summer Jobs working for Norris Knutson and Carl Melgaard. She was raised on Ground Oats that I purchased by the gunny sacks at the Bottineau Elevator. I worked with her, under Orvin’s leadership, teaching her how to lead and stand for showmanship. Following the 4-H Achievement Day in 1963 pictured below, I entered Missy in the Valley city Winter Show. Orvin Accompanied me to Valley City. We hauled her to Valley city in Orvin’s Pickup. That was a real experience going there too. The competition was pretty tough there, so we didn’t place very high, but the experience was fun. The following summer of 1964 I sold Missy at a 4-H Auction.
Stokes, Missy

 

 

 

05/15/2020 (2750)

Arlan Hagen (’75) Passed away.
Hagen, Arlan

 Folks,

Art Hagen messaged me last night letting me know that his brother Arlan Hagen passed away yesterday. He was not sure of the details of his passing. Art was still in Arizona. He is on his way to Bottineau now.

Arlan I believe Graduated from Bottineau in 1975. He was with the DHS class of ’75 for many of his school years. Being with the class of ’75 I believe he would have been 63 this year. Very young for a sudden death passing.

The Hagen’s were our close Ackworth neighbors. We did a lot of things together in our growing up days. Our dads were raised in the Ackworth community too. Our friendship goes back many years.

We extend our condolences to his immediate family and siblings, Susan, Karen, Art, Ellen and Henry. Arlan was a well-respected good person. He will be missed.

Gary

 

Retired
Message from Cheryl Larson Dakin (’71):  Bedford, TX

Hi everyone

I haven’t written in a while…I finally retired on Dec. 31, 2019. George and I left for California to visit family and stopped in Arizona on the way back. We were gone for 3 weeks, home a week and then I made a trip to Disneyworld with my son and his family for a week. Diane and Scott came to stay a few days on their way home to ND from Florida, and I seriously considered going back with them for a couple weeks when things ramped up with the virus so I decided not to. It was probably the right decision because within days we were on lockdown. I was trying to figure out what my new normal was going to be when this pandemic hit and we have all been confined to home for this last 8 or 9 weeks or so. So I started cleaning closets and going through some of the paperwork and things I brought back from my Dad’s house after we sold it. Anyway, I am in the process of putting together some sort of memory book of family history and consolidating things into one good size box that I can pass on to my kids and the grands when I am no longer around, and share with my sisters.

So my question is this: does anyone have any memories or stories of my parents, Norman and Verdellis Richard Larson or my grandparents, Fred and Johanna Boucher Richard or any of us that they would like to share? Please feel free to email me at cheryl.dakin@yahoo.com or message me on Facebook, or even share on this blog if it would be permitted.

I thank you in advance and wish everyone well and safe. Texas is finally opening up, although I don’t feel the need to rush right out and go shopping. I could use a good mani / pedi though. How is everyone else faring?

Cheryl Larson Dakin

 

1957 Flu  and 1952 Vacine for Polio
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

I really like BBC as being very informative,   the video clips are not too long. https://www.bbc.com/news/av/stories-52582124/the-1957-flu-that-killed-one-million-people

Gary’s comment
I remember that 1957 Asian flu very well. I too, like so many others contracted that flu. Our folks had gone to Washington State to Visit our Grandparents. It was winter. They took the train out and drove a 1953 Kaiser back that our grandparents had given them. Our younger brother Darrel who was 5 years old at the time went with them. Allen stayed with the Lagerquist’s and I stayed with the Albert Hiatt Family. I contracted that flu when I was staying with the Albert Hiatt Family. Albert, Alice, Arnie and Dennis all had it too, but luckily a few days apart. It was wicked. I was really sick.  

 

 

Reply from Larry Liere (’55):  Devils Lake ND.

Hi Gary

Thank you for the link on all the totals by countries for covid-19.  It was an eye opener for me to see that they had the numbers for 203 countries.

LARRY

 

Pastor Hayes
Reply from John Tangen (Pladson Cousin):  Zellwood FL.

Hi Gary (& Vickie)

Thanks for including the write-up about Pastor Hayes.  While he was chaplain at Good Samaritan Home where my mother resided for three plus years, I observed how he served the residents there so faithfully, brightening their days with his cheeriness and humor.  My mother always appreciated his ministry, and I enjoyed getting to know him somewhat also.  Wishing the best for you all in this trying time.

John=

05/11/2020 (2749)

Terry / Tim Martinson Correction.
Reply from Cousin Keith Pladson (’66):  Roanoke Rapids, NC 

Gary,

I know it was an unintended oops.  But in replying to Allen Richard you said that Terry Martinson had died in 1999 – which I also seem to remember (Terry and I graduated together).  Then you went on to say Terry is living in Anchorage, AK.  Unless Anchorage is in Heaven, don’t see that as likely.  Did you mean Tim is living in Anchorage?

Keith Pladson

Corrected Posting
Tim Lives in Anchorage, Alaska. We haven’t heard from Tim now for a long time. Hopefully all is well with him too. For a period of time my messages were being return undeliverable to him. Hopefully that has all been corrected now.

 

Gary’s Reply:

Thank you so much Keith for bringing this to my attention. Yes, it was an oops and I didn’t catch it until you brought it to my attention. We didn’t hear from Tim, so he must not have seen this posting. I will send him a solo copy. Not sure he is getting the group copies of these messages.

Folks, you noticed I addressed Keith as “Cousin Keith”. Keith’s mother and my Dad were First cousins. Keith’s Grandmother was a Stokes.

 

Message from Vickie Metcalfe: (’70):  Bottineau, Nd

Good May Morning.

Thank you LeaRae Espe, for encouraging readers to write.

Lea Rae and her mom contain an abundance of golden Dunseith history memory.

Thanks, Lee Stickland, for sharing positive perspectives from your Evergreen Lock down in Dickinson.

And again, many thanks Gary for the continued centering of Dunseith Alumni community at …long distance.

Everybody, make safe choices, eat some U.S. beef, drink milk, and continue to pray!

Vickie Metcalfe

May 8, 2020

 

Coronavirus question for the Philippines.
From Larry Liere (’55): Devils Lake, ND

Gary

Do you have any Coronavirus cases close to where you live?   So far North Dakota is doing very well on keeping it under control.

LARRY

Gary’s Reply:
Larry, The Philippines is not nearly as affected as the USA with Covid-19. As you can see from the link below, the USA is reporting 244 Coronavirus deaths per million population. The Philippines is reporting 7. Quite a difference. The USA has done a lot more testing than Philippines, so the deaths per million population as a more accurate comparison. Cebu City has a few very heavily populated areas that are affected. In our town of about 150,000 population they several cases is all. Reports are that this virus thrives on Cold dry climates. We are hot and humid year around.

Can you believe that we have been on Quarantine Lock down going on 8 weeks now? We can’t leave our property. One family member from each house is given a pass that allows them to go out two days per week to buy groceries and supplies. Passes are checked at all of the open stores too. Our helper Mirasol has our pass. I can take her in my car, but I am not allowed to get out of the car. I just wait for her in my car while she does the shopping. If anyone is seen in public without a pass, they are politely told to go back home.

Continuous updated Coronavirus status web link for 203 countries
https://epidemic-stats.com/coronavirus/?fbclid=IwAR3QYP7DHYL8ep1k-gd5INwxhzWgcO-mtPK15JXFDG2IpLOxIJBlk9hdvgM

 

 

Rev David Hays Obituary
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (‘70’) Via Karen Larson (Bottineau Spectrum)
Hays, Rev David

 

 

 

05/08/2020 (2748)

Alan Stokes’ Memorial Cancelled
Stokes A

Folks,

 Due to the Coronavirus, we have Cancelled Allen Stokes’ Memorial service that was scheduled for Wednesday May, 13th.

 My flights have all been cancelled back to the states too. My Tentative plans are to Travel back to the states in May 2021. My last trip back to ND was July 2015. I am looking forward to going back again too.

 Gary

 

Tim and Terry Martinson
Question from Allen Ricard (’65):   Grand Rapids, MI

I’m curious.  Does anyone have info on Tim or Terry Martinson?

 Gary’s Comments

 Allen, my records show Terry passed away on March 22, 1999.

Terry Lives in Anchorage, Alaska. We haven’t heard from Terry now for long time. Hopefully all is well with him too. For a period of time my messages were being return undeliverable to him. Hopefully that has all been corrected now.

Terry, hopefully you will see this and reply. We’d love to hear from you.

 

 

Mildred Wheeler | 1926 – 2020 | Obituary
Posted by Vickie Metcalf (’70):  Bottineau, ND

https://www.nerofuneralhome.net/obituary/mildred-wheeler

 

WWII Surender Documents
Posted by Vickie Metcalf (’70): Bottineau, ND

A British actor and theatre manager drafted the Act of Military Surrender while in the army.

‘Our dad wrote the VE peace document’
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-52530728/ve-day-our-dad-wrote-the-peace-document

 

 

Rendahl – Marty Wheeler’s passing
Posting from LeaRae Parrill Espe (67) Bottineau, ND

 Hi Gary,

Please put this announcement on the blog:  Thanks for keeping this going.  I wish more people would write.

The COVID has mostly spared us in the Turtle Mountain.  There was one reported case in Rolette County, but I believe that person has recovered.  According to the Rolla Star, the individual was employed at Rolette School.  The National Guard and other organizations did a big drive thru testing on the Turtle Mt. Reservation last Thursday. The state had 5000 tests taken, but was unable to process them because of an inability to get this one component.  That has now been resolved.  Someone saw on Facebook that the Turtle Mt came back 570 negatives out of 571. (I have not seen that confirmed by the regular news media yet that I know of.)

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Rendahl Cemetery Annual Meeting and Clean Up
Thursday, May 21 5 PM

Donations always welcome.
LeaRae Espe, Secretary-Treasurer
401 Alexander St
Bottineau, ND  58318

Rendahl Cemetery Update

A few years ago, another half-acre was purchased on the West side. Allen Pladson has done a tremendous amount of work clearing the land. Jim Berg allowed Allen to use his caterpillar to do the clearing.   Many Thanks Jim! We are now in the process of fencing the new section.  Darin Nelson, David Landsverk, and others have also spent hours getting everything into shape. There is more work to do.

Kim (Mrs. Bob) Bott has been doing the mowing for a number of years.  Floyd and Luella Dion appear each year to put US Flags on the graves of the veterans. Kudos to all these dedicated individuals.

Current officers: Bob Bott, Pres Allen Pladson and Darin Nelson, Director   LeaRae Espe, Sec-Trea

Rendahl Cemetery is located from Dales in Dunseith- Four miles West, turn North up the Willow Lake Road for 5 miles, then turn West for a little over a mile. My aunt, Helen Amundson Watkins Nelson, once told me she had been there for all but two of the funerals/burials.  Oh, how I wish I written down or recorded her stories. (Helen was married to mom’s brother Erling Nelson. She grew up less than a mile from Rendahl Church and Cemetery.)

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Thinking about this pandemic and the stay home recommendation:.  Aunt Helen told us how she had gone to town when she was 8 and again when she was 12. I can’t remember her birth date so don’t know what years that would have been.

During the Flu Epidemic of 1918, it doesn’t seem like the Rendahl community was hit very hard.  My mother, who was born until 1925, was told that her father, John Nelson, had gone to Dunseith for supplies-flour, kerosene, and a few other things.  He got what he needed and came home, didn’t linger. That December 1918 day, my grandpa Nelson heard that Supt. Cecil Parrill had died and there was a funeral service for him.

Grandpa Nelson already had five children at home. None of them got the flu. I will have to say, they certainly practiced the self-isolation as a life style.

Most of you probably know the story of my other grandfather, Cecil Day Parrill.  He grew up in Illinois and graduated from Vapariso University in Indiana with a teaching degree in 1911.  He came to Dunseith and taught the school in Russell township and later became Superintendent of Dunseith Public . He was employed there at the time of his death from the flu.  My uncle Thurman was one year old and my dad (Dean) was born April 1919.  They lived somewhere out by Thorne.   The story that has been passed down to us, is that Grandpa Parrill was feeling fine and was out helping others who were sick with some farm chores in the morning.  That night he passed away.

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Marty Wheeler

Mildred “Marty” Wheeler passed away a couple of days ago at St. Andrew’s Health Care here in Bottineau.

She is the mother to Rick, Sharon, Judy, and Jim Wheeler.  The Wheelers moved to the farm next to ours out on OLD Highway 5 in about 1960.

Judy was in my grade (’67) and joined our class in 6th grade. We rode the bus together and crammed for tests for the couple miles.  I especially remember studying for Earth Science taught by my future brother in law Dennis Espe.

Marty (and her husband Jim) soon became active in the Happy Home Homemakers club whose members lived on Old 5 or close by . Charlotte Lang, Winifred Eurich, Sophie Schneider, Melvina Schneider, Loretta Boguslawski, Mabel Boardman, Alice McKay, Alice Evans Berube, Sis Hoopman, Lillian Houle are the ones I remember off hand.  The husbands attended as regularly as the women.  During the meeting they would usually play whist and be ready for a big lunch.

Mom (Mildred Parrill) is now the only member of the group left.  She and Marty were both at Oak Manor for a few years and now both were at St. Andrews. I think they did get in a game or two of whist up there.  However, since mid-March everyone is confined to their individual rooms for meals. They are not allowing any visitors.  We have been able to Skype with mom a couple of times a week. If any of her students would write her a short note and mail it to 316 Ohmer St.  Bottineau 58318, she would love it.  She still has a great memory.

Stay well, LeaRae

 

 

No positive results following mass COVID testing
Posted by Vickie Metcalf (’70):  Bottineau, ND

by Ben Barr | Posted: Wed 5:31 PM, May 06, 2020  |Updated: Wed 5:57 PM, May 06, 2020

BELCOURT, N.D. – Some good news from last Thursday’s COVID-19 test operation in Belcourt.

Officials with Indian Health Services said that, of the nearly 600 people tested, no one came back positive.

Of the 591 tests administered, 590 came back negative, and one was rejected because that person was also tested at another site.

IHS said the sample test result shows that a large majority of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa are taking the right precautions during the pandemic, but now is not the time to relax.

 

Posting from Lee Stickland (’64): Dickinson, ND

This is Lee, Me In #203 where the only tree with real leaves on this property (others have needles) is now in full of blossoms, The birds sing to me each am and pm.  I noticed a new pair of birds this morning: these birds are smaller than a sparrow, by far,  The male has a very rich reddish-colored breast.. This tree is 2 inches outside my window on second floor, the height of the tree exceeds my being able to see the top from my room, as it has grown the four (4) years that I have been in this south-facing room with a 4′ x 6′ window that DOES open to let in the fresh air.

The oil-industry has had a LOT to do with the growth of Dickinson, the development of our city, and the plans and hopes for the future.  Some of that was muted in the last years and IS

CERTAINLY on HOLD, now, I am sure.

Many of  the ladies who work here are not native North Dakota people but have come to the area with their husband, friends, etc.

I have visited with NO ONE that has told me that they have been negatively impacted by the DESTROYED/greatly depressed oil market prices, yet.  There has been companies that have had auction sales, early, which may be the best timing ?  I knew one fellow who once worked for this company for 4 years but he left 3 years ago to return to the east coast to join his brother in

a now-large and getting bigger, successful concrete enterprise in Sumter, SC.

This fellow grew up in Pennsylvania in a family that had nearly every piece of heavy equipment so when Nathan (Rusty-oil field name) came to ND, he could operate all equipment, down to

a “”nat’s eye-lash” or point of “strikin” a grade with a maintainer, hitting all of the ‘whiskers’ on the stakes, without bumping one of them.

Rusty wanted a bride and he was able to get in contact with a lady whom he met, halfway in distance, at Syracuse, NY.

They hit is off right away.  Caitlyn told Rusty that she would like him to  meet her parents.  Rusty said that could be arranged, when would YOU like to do that and Cailyn said NOW !

So he did and it all went downhill from there.  Caitlyn is from Canada.  When there is a marriage that involves immigration, the law asks that the LADY stay’

in the new country for 90 days before completing the marriage.  This is to alleviate the occasion of some coming to America just to get the benefits, ie, welfare,etc.

When Rusty moved to Sumter, he paid cash for a three (3) bedroom home on a large corner lot.  To accommodate space for Caitlyn, Rusty moved into an apartment located on the acreage where his brother lives, thus preserving separation of parties before marriage and meeting the request of immigration law.  Obviously, this was not an easy thing for either  Caitlyn or Rusty

but they were determined to be true to what they believed to be spiritual.  Finally, April 11, 2019 arrived and all was completed.  Then a new life followed in about 10  months, she is a

cuddly bundle named Cleo Isabel Purcell.

I read til 5:30 this am and it is 9:40 now,  Our EVERGREEN was locked down on March 17, asking residents to stay in their rooms or wear a mask when out of the room, being carefull to

keep 6 feet between everyone and to wash YOUR hands, WASH your HANDS.  One day I washed my hands 19 times,  Initially we could visit each others’ rooms but, no more.

ALL the residents at EVERGREEN will be tested for COVID-19 on this Friday (8).

Went to the dentist for three (3) fillings.  Have NEVER been afraid of needles, knives, nurses, white coats or operating room; good thing as I need a

6th surgery on my R foot and I need a new ball and cup in my R shoulder.  These are termed ELECTIVE procedures so they wait, no problem, til, things OPEN UP.

I firmly believe that will be awhile.  I hope that the public will not act as HUMAN NATURE has responded at times in the past; when YOU ARE ALLOWED AN INCH, A MILE IS TAKEN.

If the latter occurs, I fear for a rebound   Time for a shower and some new clothes, maybe a nap before they deliver lunch to my room. Have Adam Smith’s “The Wealth Of Nations” , written in 1776, which is still used

today as a great example for the principle of economics,  I have read it once but I will read it again.  Nearly done with Tom Clancy’s “Rainbow Six”.

“Floatin the stick” with 13 to 18 gears didn’t make any difference to  most

of the folks that ‘ran’ the “breaks” where HWY 85 or 22 sneaks down to the Little Missouri and then YA gotta crawl back up the other side.  Once YOU do this 4-5 times a day, hauling too much

weight of ‘what ever’, YOU are ready to drive drive home and find a shower and a HUG.   SNUF   LEE    (Stick)   Last phrase is out of place but Y’all will get the idea of how it is to drive a RIG in the Badlands.

 

05/06/2020 (2747)

Stokes Neighbor kids in Cebu, Philippines
Posting by Gary Stokes

These are a few of the Kids, 10 years old and under, that live within 10 Meters of our house. There are a few missing too, not in this picture.  They are all very well-mannered polite kids too.

Our house is directly behind this picture.

Bernadette’s, sister Berlinda’s (deceased) Husband, his four brothers and one sister all of whom live within 10 meters of our house. These are the Grandkids of Bernadette’s Brother-in-law and his Siblings.

The occasion was a treat of Powdered milk that each of the kids are holding from Bernadette’s niece, Novie Congson. For these kids, that’s a big treat. Their main diet is lots of rice with a little fish and boiled tree leaves for a vegetable.

These kids have never experienced Santa Clause. He has never come to their house.  Their play ground is the small area between the houses where this picture was taken.

The children of the siblings of Bernadette’s Brother-in-law, all of whom live right here, never left home. They are all living here with their wives/partners and their families. These are their kids pictured below. They just added rooms on top of their houses to accommodate. Four generations (three surviving) all living together right here. I am sure many of the kids in this picture will continue to live their lives right here too.

Needless to say, we don’t let these kids have the run of our place, however I allow them to play in our garage parking area. It’s a pretty big space for them to play in.

Directly behind our house is a small 300’ Square foot house with a family of 12. There are 9 kids, with one grand kid and the parents. That’s wall to wall bodies when they go to bed. They’ve only got about 150’ SF of yard space too. They are happy though mainly because they don’t know any other life.
Stokes 5-6-2020

 

Lorraine (Christianson) Cote (DHS ’47)
Obituary posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND
Cote, Lorraine Christianson

Funeral services for Lorraine Cote, age 92 of Bottineau,  were held on Friday, May 1, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the Oak Creek Cemetery.  Officiating at the service was Father Michael Hickin.  Casket bearers were all of Lorraine’s grandchildren.  Burial was at the Oak Creek Cemetery in Bottineau.

Lorraine Cote, a daughter of Anton and Tomina (Momb) Christianson, was born on December 20,1927.  She was raised in Rolette County and graduated from Dunseith High School.  On May 26, 1948, she married Rene Cote at Willow City.  They made their home on the Cote family farm before later moving to Dunseith.  In 1963, they moved to a farm east of Bottineau and in 1978 they moved into Bottineau.  Lorraine worked at St. Andrew’s Hospital and the Dakota College at Bottineau.  Rene passed away on January 12, 2002.  Lorraine moved to Moorhead in 2014.

She was a member of the St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Bottineau where she was a member of the Altar Society.  She enjoyed quilting, baking, playing cards and spending time with her family.

Lorraine passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at a Fargo nursing home.

She is survived by her 10 children, Linda Dodge of Moorhead, MN, Allen (Pam) Cote of Gladstone, ND, Terry (Becky) Cote of Fargo, Brian (Diane) Cote of Fargo, Sandy Miller of Moorhead, MN, Tom (Diane) Cote of Bottineau, Lynnette (Tim) Ostgarden of Moorhead, Sherri (Mark) Indvik of Bottineau, Jeff (Barb) Cote of Castleton, ND and Kevin (Sue) Cote of Harwood, ND; 22 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Kenneth, Lendal and Wallace Christianson and one grandson, Ryan Palmer.

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

 

B-4 1963 – Highway #3 was redone
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Gary and Dunseith Alumni friends,

I was thinking this morning, of that long drive on #3,
It was two laned, narrow, up and down or around hills, lakes sloughs and curves.
I recall several Y intersections on #3.

The unpaved Jackrabbit was the same.  Remember Yellow Corners?  Highway off #5 East to Rolette was another dusty unpaved road

Highways have come along way.

As the vehicles which travel them too.  Front wheel drive, Four-wheel drive, all season tires, and head boldt heater ( invented by a North Dakotan).

Heartened by of all those engineering feats. I remember a child’s fear.

Mrs. Conroy our 4th grade class teacher discussed an article we read in Weekly Reader. It had pictures of people in iron lungs. She shared about scientist Jonas Salk who pioneered the polio vaccine. Of late. I read more about that endeavor.

“When asked who owned the patent on his vaccine against poliovirus, its inventor Jonas Salk famously responded:  “The people, I would say.  There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?” The Salk Vaccine is used worldwide to this day.”

I pray for the minds and hands of scientist inventors like Jonas Salk who are seeking ways to end Covid-19.

Until later,
Vickie Metcalfe

 

05/01/2020 (2746)

Bill Hosmer’s Tribute: Face Book Link.
Posted by Gary Stokes.

Bill Hosmer, Retired Colonel USAF
1. Thunderbird Left wing Pilot (1961-63)
2. Lead Fighter pilot with 240 missions over North Vietnam
3. 1953 West point Grad
4. West point class mate and friend of Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos

Hosmer, Bill-4

Face Book Link
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10222739975476757&set=a.1951201228466&type=3&theater

 

Elizabeth “Betty” Lamoureux Malone Badgett. (DHS ’49) passed away
Face book posting from her daughter Kathy Leeks Dean 

Badgett, Betty Lamoureux

 As most of you have heard our mom passed away early this morning.

Elizabeth “Betty” Lamoureux Malone Badgett. 08/27/1931 – 04/29/2020

Mom was a truly exceptional human, and my siblings and I were so very blessed to have her as our mom. As the oldest. I had the great fortune to have 69 years with her. She would probably say this was fair since she often mentioned, when we talked about our childhood, that she worried about me being “neglected” when my brother Tom came along 15 months later! Family was everything to our mom, she had close relationships with all five of her kids, their spouses, and each of her eight grandchildren. Her seven great grandchildren also had the opportunity to develop special bonds with her. And although they are still quite young, she was able to impart her special wisdom and family values to them in the time they had together.

Although mom was born in North Dakota, and spent her early years there, Southern California was her lifelong home and where her heart was. The tragedy of her mother’s passing when she was fourteen would alter the course of her life. Her dad, a successful small-town business owner, felt he wasn’t able to provide a proper home for mom and her brother by himself. As luck would have it several of his sisters and sisters in law (he was one of 13 children) had gone to California to work in the defense industry in WW II, and it was decided Betty and Jay would make a new home out west with his sister, Aunt Alice. They arrived in Los Angeles in its’ Golden Age, 1945, and that young teenage girl from a small North Dakota town never looked back.

She met the love of her life, Tom “T.J. Malone”, in high school. They married young, had four kids in fairly rapid succession, but, alas, he broke her heart and the marriage did not survive. True to her loving and generous nature, she continued to welcome and include dad (and his wives) in our lives and family activities, until his untimely passing in 1994. She was kind and forgiving to every person she ever encountered, and this model for living is one of the legacies she has passed on to us. We often commented that were only 2 people ( who will remain unnamed!) that she ever uttered an unkind word about.

We are so grateful that she was able to pass away exactly where she wanted to be, in the home she lived in for the past 55 years. Special thanks to our sister Traci, mom’s caregiver over the past several years, and for her selfless devotion to our mom, and her changing needs, as she aged. It was a tall order, but Traci, being her mom’s daughter, was up to the task.

Our hearts are broken, but we are grateful for the life that mom lived. It wasn’t always easy, in fact there was tragedy, hardship, and heartbreak in addition to the joy. But as mom said to me on occasion, it was a perfect life.

 

Music is a Thread
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and Friends of Dunseith Alumni,

One of my passion’s in learning while attending Dunseith School which followed through life was History.

All of us have ancestors who lived and persevered through trials of World War, Epidemics, the Depression era and etc.

I am keenly curious about their resilience. What are mindsets and passions that helped and or motivated them to overcome and survive?

I think, MUSIC is evident as a  strong thread.  

htps://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-52174772/the-queen-s-coronavirus-address-we-will-meet-again

“The Queen has promised the nation that better days are ahead, during a special address on Sunday.

In a rare speech, she acknowledged the grief and financial hardships Britons are facing during the coronavirus pandemic

Echoing the words of the Vera Lynn wartime song, she said that “we will meet again”  05 Apr 2020 BBC

We’ll meet again Don’t know where Don’t know when But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day Keep smiling through Just like you always do ‘Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away So, will you please say hello To the folks that I know Tell them I won’t be long They’ll be happy to know That as you saw me go I was singing this song

Until Later,we  will meet again.

Vickie L. Metcalfe
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

 

Corona Virus: We are not all in the same boat
Posting from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot, ND

 I copied/pasted this from Facebook.  Neola

 Don’t know who wrote it, but it’s spots on.

Perspective:

WE ARE NOT IN THE SAME BOAT … I heard that we are all in the same boat, but it’s not like that. We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat. Your ship could be shipwrecked and mine might not be. Or vice versa.

For some, quarantine is optimal. A moment of reflection, of re-connection, easy in flip flops, with a cocktail or coffee. For others, this is a desperate financial & family crisis.

Some who live alone are facing endless loneliness. While for others it is peace, rest & time with their mother, father, sons & daughters.

With the $600 weekly increase in unemployment, some are bringing in more money to their households than they were when they were working. Others are working more hours for less money due to pay cuts or loss in sales.

Some families of 4 just received $3400 from the stimulus while other families of 4 saw $0.

Some were concerned about getting a certain candy for Easter while others were concerned if there would be enough bread, milk and eggs for the weekend.

Some want to go back to work because they don’t qualify for unemployment and are running out of money. Others want to kill those who break the quarantine.

Some are home spending 2-3 hours/day helping their child with online schooling while others are spending 2-3 hours/day to educate their children on top of a 10-12-hour workday.

Some have experienced the near death of the virus; some have already lost someone from it and some are not sure if their loved ones are going to make it. Others don’t believe this is a big deal.

Some have faith in God and expect miracles during this 2020. Others say the worst is yet to come.

So, friends, we are not in the same boat. We are going through a time when our perceptions and needs are completely different.

Each of us will emerge, in our own way, from this storm. It is very important to see beyond what is seen at first glance. Not just looking, actually seeing.

We are all on different ships during this storm experiencing a very different journey.

Realize that and be kind.

Unknown author

04/27/2020 (2745)

Reply from Diane Larson Sjol (’70):  Minot, ND

Gary,
I just want to thank you for keeping this blog going. I so enjoy the posts. Stay safe and love to you and yours.
Diane Larson Sjol

Gary’s reply:
My pleasure Diane. I enjoy doing this. Doing this blog, I have learned to know many of you that I had only heard of before. We all walked the same turf, just at different times is all. With this lock down, I have more time on my hands too, enabling me to do more postings.  

 

Bill Hosmer’s reply to Marshall Awalt
Bill Hosmer (’48): Tucson, AZ

Gary,

Thank you for the continuing contact with you and all the friends and relatives of the terrific people of the Dunseith community now and in the past.

The recent post from Marshall Await, a close neighbor of many years ago, gave me a terrific boost of morale with his comments regarding the war time days of Vietnam. Marshall and his fellow fighting men are the ones deserving special accolades.  We who flew and may have been of some help, regard our troops on the ground in contact with the enemy, as being the true heroes of the conflict, and STILL.  DO !!!!!

Marshall, my friend and fellow Dunseith neighbor, I thank you for your comments and wish you all the possible comfort and joy you and your fellow fighting men deserve.  The missions I flew in support of you warriors was more satisfying than the other interdiction missions that made up my tours spent in either Viet Nam or Thailand.  As in World War II, Dunseith men served wherever they were ordered, doing what they were trained to do.  You and I were fortunate enough to serve,  AND survive!!!!!!!!!

I will be 90 later this year, and in good health.  Hearing from/about you makes me feel great. I thank you for your thoughts and memories, and I salute you for your GALLANT SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY.

I am proud to know you, Marshall.

Bill Hosmer

 

Boucher, Louise Melda Zoe (Cote) Obituary
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND

Boucher, Louise Cote
Sept 1925 – Apr 2020

Louise Boucher, Minot formerly from Thorn, ND

https://www.thompsonlarson.com/obituary/louise-boucher

 

Reverend David Hayes
Comments from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Sunday , April, 26, 2020

Thanks Gary, Marlys H., Greg L.  and Dunseith Alumni Friends,

In reading the many comments about Reverend David Hayes I see, we are more alike than we are different.

There are times in life, we are blessed to encounter a person whose presence  touches, warms and fills us with the profound sense of PEACE.

It is rather an unexplainable safe feeling, isn’t it? Which brings to my mind the song made popular by Alabama.

            “Oh, I believe there are Angels Among Us, Sent down to us from somewhere up above. They come to you and me in our darkest hours To show us how to live…..

Until Later,

Vickie L. Metcalfe

04/26/2020 (2744)

Gary Stokes Comment

Folks,

When I finish posting today’s blog, I will do a Face Book posting of Marshall Awalt’s posting of Bill Hosmer and the Thunderbirds. I will include a link to some of your comments on our Dunseith Alumni Website.  http://dunseith.net/blog/

Monitor my FB page for the posting. https://www.facebook.com/gary.stokes.18

 

Thunderbird and Blue Angel fly overs
Message from Marshall (’51): Newport, NC

Now that the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels are flying over cities to show support for our medical workers . It reminds me of when these courageous men flew cover over Vietnam always on call to support the ground troops. They saved many Marine lives and I personally want to Thank them the most important one Bill Hosmer. Bill Thanks.

Marshall
hosmer, Bill-3

 

Rev David Hayes memories
Posting from Marlys Hiatt (’71):  Dunseith, ND

Thanks, Vickie, for the information regarding Rev Hayes.  I had not known he was ill and moved back to Michigan.  I had attended the church north of Dunseith when he was the pastor there.

I really enjoyed your memories and the piece about stone boats.  I hadn’t thought about a stone boat in years but I sure know what they are and how they are used.  My mom and Vickie liked to work outdoors so I stayed inside watching small children, if there were any, cooking, and dusting knick knacks, which I was very happy to do.

Stay safe – later,

Marlys Hiatt
School Social Worker
Dunseith Public School

 

Rev David Hayes memories
Posting from Greg Larson (’70): Bismarck, ND

Thank you, Vicki, for this information regarding Reverend Hays. I also knew him to be a man of God. We had conversations many different times over the phone. Sometimes talking about whether I could help somebody that he knew was coming to Bismarck. He talked about telling many people about the salvation they could have through accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. For many years, while he was in Dunseith, he sent me his church bulletin every week. One of those church bulletins had a profound effect on my life. I still have it taped to my desk at work after more than 20 years. I am sure there were many hallelujahs when Reverend Hayes was ushered into Paradise. He was a humble man after God’s own heart. I look forward to seeing him again when we all get to Heaven. What a wonderful day that will be!

Greg Larson, Class of 1970

 

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

Gary,

I liked this explanation from BBC. Vickie.

https://www.bbc.com/news/video_and_audio/headlines/52382236/coronavirus-how-close-are-we-to-getting-a-vaccine

How close are we to a coronavirus vaccine?

The coronavirus spreads easily and the majority of the world’s population is still vulnerable to it.

A vaccine would provide some protection by training people’s immune systems to fight the virus so they should not become sick.

But how easy is it to create a vaccine? And when could we expect one to be ready?

BBC health correspondent Laura Foster

 

04/22/2020 (2743)

Rev David Hayes passed away
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND

April 20, 2020

Gary and friends of Dunseith Alumni,

This just came across on the Bottineau Veterans news.

Many Dunseith folks will remember Rev. David Hayes.  He

was located and served for many years at the little church, North of the San Haven turn.

I recall often seen him driving the same station wagon that turned over many, many miles.

When driving N. on Highway #3 saw him on hot summer days,  pushing a lawn mower around the little church,

his home and the ditch all the way up to edge of the highway #3.

After leaving Dunseith, the next number of years he led the Baptist Church

here in Bottineau.  He was much loved there too.

I got to know him through Metigoshe Lutheran “A” Frame Church.

About 4 summers,  I worked weekends at the Wedding Services at the A Frame Metigoshe Lutheran..

I am not sure of the job title but I took reservations penciled in dates,  opened the building,

attended rehearsals,  managed the sound system (UFFDA)  cleaned up a bit after each wedding.

I titled myself as a go-for!  There were about 14 weddings each summer keeping a person busy for 2 days.

In that time, there were various Pastors/Priests of different churches, Justices of Peace and etc.

selected by the wedding couples.

They included Rev. Hayes who I recall performed about 2-3 wedding services each summer.

Those summers, I really developed a strong respect for this simple knowledgeable man.

I believe Rev. Hayes was a man of God and a Man of the many people he served.

Rest in Peace Rev. Hayes.

Sincerely,

Vickie L. Metcalfe
Hays Pastor

 

 

Rev David Hayes passing
Face Book Posting from Verena (Peter’65)
Hays, Rev

 

Stone boats and Draft Horses
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND 

April 21, 2020

Gary and former farm kids, and Friends of Dunseith Alumni,

Summer time on a boat?  You bet-cha for this former farm kid it was a stone boat.

Those of us ‘Farm Kids” of the hills learned early in our formative years never lowly -gag behind a horse!

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-shropshire-52357499/coronavirus-shropshire-shire-horses-become-lockdown-twitter-stars

I grew up among, Byrd, Barney, Babe, Corky, King and several other draft horses.  Each horse had her/his own personality. Our family considered livestock valuable assets and depended on them through the years.

Dad was a role model for his children in the respectful treatment of animals.  Somehow, he knew about/heard of various folks who maltreated or cruelly beat animal while down. Dad didn’t respect abusive people,  care for to be around them or tolerate that behavior.

I would bet a cup of coffee that many who grew up on working farms still have horse skill.  We could tell anyone how to properly put on the collar, harness, hitch up and drive a team.

I rather enjoyed cleaning barn and hauling hay/straw bales with a horse and stone boat. Yes ,as a teen, I’d rather pitch manure than dust knick-knacks.

My sister’s, Mom and I spent many days during the summer of ’64 with Byrd and a stone boat. We picked sticks, stumps, rocks on clearing bull dozing of the sheep pasture, my dad had hired done the fall before.

We’d get looking really good. Then, groan when Dad would get out John Deere, disc up more rocks and sticks. We all agreed years later …..picking sticks or rocks was not an enjoyable summer job.

The best part of those days, for me was unhitching, hanging up the harness and climbing Byrd’s bareback.  Off down south pasture to fetch milk cows.  Oft times after hot sweaty days, she’d take to her head, take off into a big puddle and have a roll.  I’d Yell, WHOA. then Jump and splash and avoid her roll.

I loved Byrd. She was a gem.

Art Seim would often repeat horse saying. Later, I found it was attributed to Churchill. “Winston Churchill said it best. The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man.”

If you choose to watch the attached. Look close for a stone boat. Its the only kind I used as a kid.

Later, Vickie L, Metcalfe

 

 

 

 

04/19/2020 (2742)

Carlyle and Ramona Nelson Memories
From Tom Hagen (’51 & Orvin’s Brother):  Mesa, AZ
Hi ,

Carlyle Nelson and I went to Beaver Dam for about 3 years, then we moved.

You knew he had a sister, Ramona (in the picture below, middle row wearing a hat) , who was Joyce, My sister’s classmate and a nurse.

Love Tom

Rendahl Church

 

Reply to Vickie Metcalfe (’70)
From Stick-Lee-Leland Stickland (’64):

Vickie,

Sounds like YA got things going YOUR way. I managed another outside excursion this morning; went to the Orthopedist to get a shot of Cortisone in R shoulder, I need a new ball & cup but that is an “elective” procedure that can wait till things amend. I will have the #6 surgery on my R foot during the 90 days I must wait between injection to my shoulder and surgery,  for sale of carefulness re: infection.

Your dog would be a great companion these days.  I last had one on 3-20-95, day B4 my divorce, came home and dog was not there?

Stick-Lee-Leland

 

Reply to LeaRae Parrill Espy (67) (Nelson family)
From Vickie Metcalf (70):  Bottineau, ND

April 18, 2020

Hello Gary, LeaRae, Terry,   and Dunseith Alumna Friends

I number of years ago, my brother and drove over dry Montana Prairies and steep Rockies to Seattle.

The Pacific NW has its own lush Mountain Evergreen fresh smell to inhale and behold.

On this trip, once again I stayed with Jean, Dad’s youngest sister.

Two of my paternal aunts were about the same age and friends of the Nelson sisters (Millie and Marie)

And my Uncle Lucky was married to their sister, Aunt Jennie.

Dad was very fond of Jennie Nelson as they both worked at the Seim farm in their youth.

Whether in ND or in Seattle, I felt much loved and welcomed by all of my Metcalfe family.

Aunts and Uncles and their spouse’s personalities embraced me as valuable and of worth as a child,

and continued on to adulthood.

Of course, whenever with any of the Metcalfe’s love of music,  there was also enjoyment of storytelling.

They were role models of the skill, “telling some tale with ability to laugh at themselves”.

My youngest brother was entertained royally by Aunt Jean to countless homemade goodies,

card games of SNERT and WAR, and chasing away homesick farm feelings she sensed.

She never was weary or impatient.  With a tender adoringly smile, in delight of him with every time he came

at her with a card deck.   He found a skate board and rolled around the outside of her home for hours.

The Seattle Center, Woodlawn Zoo, Pike Place Market, The Locks, Washington Ferry trips,   over the Cascade Mt to Wenachee,

were regional Pacific NW day trips taken with, Jean’s daughter, ‘City girl’.

One early morning after another substantial breakfast, ‘City girl’ gathered us into her car to drive West to the mighty Pacific  Ocean.

This day trip took us to the height of anticipation, with it came the reward of salty Ocean air.

Jumping out of the car with bare toes in the sand, we raced on the hard sand to chase waves,

whilst on the lookout for sand dollars.

After finding many treasures,  we gathered around a huge driftwood log to find more treasures of hard boiled eggs,

bread and butter, brownies which fed our hearty appetites and Kool aide inside the cooler packed by Jean.

Fond Memories

Soon it was Sunday,  we found time to be heading back to Dakota.

But awaiting was another surprise!

Uncle Lucky and Aunt Jennie (Nelson) Metcalfe had contacted and gathered everyone.

(Aunts, Uncles, and countless cousins)  to their home.

Aunt Jennie who enjoyed flea markets presented me with a depression era look alike bowl.

Years previously, she had given my other brother a reproduction of Blue Boy,

which he treasured for years until somehow, it disappeared when he and his wife lived on the Kavali farm

Oops back to my tale.

Hugs, music, laughter, cards and coffee drinking continued through that Sunday.

Cousins once played together as children, enjoyed the coming together as adults.

It is fun to finally grow up and enjoy cousins into adulthood who share common traits.

On a trip to the kitchen, looking for more of Aunt Jennies Julakaka,

I noticed the coffee pot was empty.

I said to Uncle Lucky.  ” Shall I make another pot of coffee?

Responding in a gruff voice loudly.

“Don’t make it like your mother! ( I was taken a back)

Then a voice kind and soft, “Your mom is a good lady.”

“But Jennie and I always say, after leaving your parents,

Lottie makes a good lunch,  BUT, the coffee!”

(he shook his head with a serious sad expression)

“….a person can see the bottom of the cup.”

His face softened in memory.

“There is a lady ? Minda Nelson? related to Abe Nelson… of the hills ( “she was a real character”)’

“She made coffee like it should be made!

GOOD and BLACK and so STRONG .

A person could stand up a spoon in the cup.”

He expounded more about various Nelson’s … I did not know.

Finally, saying, “Now go ahead and make some coffee!”

After all these years and one coffee lesson.

I still can’t make coffee ….like a Nelson STRONG and BLACK with a spoon standing straight up……..

But Lea Rae, I got a lesson today on blog about the Nelson’s from you. Thanks.

I would really like to hear more about the Nelsons and

in particular,  if you know that Nelson lady who Uncle Lucky recalled as ,”a real character”.

I love hearing about,  Dunseith Real Characters!

and,  Thank You Gary for keeping the dialogue flowing.

Until Later,  continue  to Be ND smart,

Vickie Metcalfe

 

04/18/2020 (2741)

Gary’s comments

I hope all of you are coping as well as can be expected with this Coronavirus epidemic. From news reports, they have several vaccines on the horizon.  Until they are developed and administered, we will continue to have social distancing.

Today is week four of our being quarantined and locked down. We still have a week and five days to go, it they don’t extend it.  They have given one pass per family or household. Mirasol, our helper has a pass for us. I can take her in my car to get groceries, etc., but I am not allowed to get out of my car.

Coronavirus numbers by countries Weblink:
https://epidemic-stats.com/coronavirus/?fbclid=IwAR3J-_l3oYP-zMAUiKyNmLelGDGxMzFdUo139VXdmtg_V24YmB-A1QZQrlk

 

 

Memories of Carlyle Nelson
From LeaRae Parrill Espe (’67):  Bottineau, ND

Carlyle is a close, longtime friend of my family. He is the son of Abe and Mary (Evanstad)  Nelson. Annie Evanstad Atherton and Mary were sisters.

The children on the picture taken by Rendahl are cousins.

Carlyle’s older sisters Loretta and Evelyn went to High School in Dunseith with mom’s sister, Marie Nelson Parrill and mom, Mildred Nelson Parrill. Country kids had to room in town.  All four of the Nelson girls roomed together at Mrs. Bedard’s for one or two of the years.  Talk about confusing– four Nelsons, two sets of sisters, not related.

Later, mom would take a teaching job down by Minot. She could catch a ride up the Willow Road as far as Abe’s. Carlyle would hitch up the horse and buggy and give her a ride a few miles back to her parents’ home East of the Willow Lake road.  At the time Carlyle was 12 and mom was 19 and 20. They often talked about those rides and mom was so appreciative. Carlyle said he was happy to do it as he got out of milking cows on those occasions.

He would visit us often when I was a kid.  Sometimes he would stay overnight at our place.  He helped dad with different projects.  Later dad farmed his land in the hills.

After he was married, he moved to California and worked as a heavy equipment operator. (I think he also drove heavy equipment building the Garrison Dam). His wife, Teresa Davis,  worked for the??? park service Redwood Forest. We saw a picture of her in the huge tree that tourists drive through to enter the park.

Carlyle’s son passed away at an early age of leukemia.  He is buried at Rendahl. His daughter, Dr. Melissa K. Nelson is a professor at the University of San Francisco.

Mom and I still keep in touch with some of his sisters. Carlyle will be missed.

 

 

“I Contain Multitudes”
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70): d Bottineau, ND

Gary and Friends of Dunseith Alumni,

            It is Friday April 17, 2020.  

What a time in History to be living through.

            I was up and about well before 6:00 a.m. today on my way to the walking bridge on Oak Creek.

The bridge at mornings first light has gotten to be a special mindfulness time.

The   running water sets into calming the spirit for the day

            T’was about 26 above and Buie got somewhat chilled riding in his stroller,.

 Arriving home, we tucked into quick early morning naps.

            Whenever, I leave to go to school,  I hide dog treats before I go out the door.  

Buie is like a kid who once experienced something he likes, goes into “ready to repeat” attitude. 

He absolutely loves ….”Hide and seek, trick & treat,  run and look, look, look” command.”

            Off to school, I went to gather my Friday “DISTANCE things stuff and return home. 

This day warmed considerably but a mighty North Dakota wind is fixing to keep Buie’s stroller garage bound..

            Whilst checking out noon news I was sidetracked.  

I chose to listen,  Bob Dylan, “I Contain Multitudes”.

            Gobsmacked not country!  But what an exquisite song!      

            I refuse to listen to anymore news today until ND Gov. Burgum @4:00 p.m. 

(Facts just the facts)

             My plan is another listen,  “I Contain Multitudes”.

            Keep safe and be North Dakota Smart Everyone.

Later,

 Vickie Metcalfe

04/14/2020 (2740)

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau, ND

 Carlyle Nelson, age 86 of Bottineau, died Friday, April 10, 2020 at his home in Bottineau.

Carlyle was a member of the BHS Class of 1951.  He was a brother of EdnaMae Nelson (member of my class, 1957, for a few years)

Neola

1/22/2009 Posting from Gary Stokes
Carlyle is Abe Nelson’s son who lived in the Willow Lake road. Carlyle is living in Bottineau. He went to high school in Bottineau. Carlyle still has the farm up on the Willow Lake road several miles south of the Willow Lake School.  I saw a lot of Carlyle, both in Dunseith and Bottineau, with our trip back for the reunion in 2007. Gary

Gary’s Comments
I am saddened to hear of Carlyle’s passing. I got acquainted with Carlyle at the 2007 Dunseith 125-year reunion.  With subsequent trips back we saw a lot of and became very well acquainted with Carlyle. We’d see him daily, often multiple times, at the Bottineau Bakery. He invited us to his house several times. The picture of him with Bernadette, below, was taken in his house. Carlyle was such a nice friendly guy. I will dearly miss him with future trips back to the area. He graduated from BHS but was Dunseith at heart.

Nelson, Carlyle

Rendahl Church

04/12/2020 (2739)

Message from Lee (Leland) Stickland (’64):  Dickinson, ND

Gary,

I just sat down this Monday,  3-30-20, @ 11:30 am MDT, waiting for my tea water, which comes a bit Before the meal that is delivered to our room, since about the 19th. Not a problem for me as I pretty well stay in my room anyway.

I have the telecaster and a superb amp that my son, Eric, who lives in Boston, sent me, and I have many books. When I need more books, I let Eric know and Viola’, in 3 or 4 days I rec. I get 4 new books with titles that are a surprise; usually biography.

I am great. Feel just wonderful. Hope YOU & YOUR BRIDE is ” hunkering-in-place ” successfully, also.  Lunch HAS arrived!

Later,

Lee

Gratitude
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70):  Bottineau, ND

Good Friday, April 10, 2020

Hello it so good to greet you Gary,
and many Dunseith Alumni friends,

            The Bottineau Vets building is closed for the coffee drinkers.
I think the vets see a need and are making a space available for sewers of masks..

            I listen each day to ND Gov Burgum on Bottineau ‘s KBTO Sunny 101,9 @ 3:30 pm. Gov Burgum talks common North Dakotan sense and uses true facts.

  ………no gossip or Facebook.

Yesterday, he shared of models that many national news’ outlets have quoted and shares FAULTY information.

            ND doesn’t have all the deaths that model has listed.
So far ND has 6 people who have passed away.
Today’s fact 9 North Dakotans yesterday were diagnosed.

            I especially like when Gov Burgum discusses GRATITUDE somewhere each time in his message.
Gratitude is a major factor being resilient.

            Yes, we North Dakotans are being challenged.
Mostly,  everyone is rising to the challenge of Social Physical Distancing.
Others are finding change extremely challenging.

            One of my own family members has written PHYSICAL Distancing notice posted on their door.
NO apology just stated facts.  Good for them!

            I do not wear a mask. Yet.
One of my siblings told me she is sending me one. If not i will drape a scarf. …. I will try to find a really ugly one.

            CHANGE’s of long held habits are difficult.
Stages of grieving when confronted with any kind of loss have been defined as follows.

Anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance
These stages do not follow in specific order for each of us .
Each of us may be at a different stages or places in their grief.
I need to remember this and know that this normal human behavior.

Two of my own personal examples’:

  1. Dad’s diagnosis of Blindness.
    DENIAL
    I held on to hope after hope for a cure driving him to Minneapolis for treatment.
    My Denial was especially clear to mom.  When she told me of the notice for Dad’s license renewal had come in the mail.
    I ADAMENTLY expressed his license should be renewed!
    But Mom was well into ACCEPTANCE. She later experienced a brain tumor and loss of her sight in one eye
    She did all she could to continue making things normal for dad. 
  1. Chainsaw accident years ago.
    I went into ACCEPTANCE immediately.
    FACT my arm was severely cut. FACT I lost blood, severed nerves artery. muscles, and bone
    FACT I was diagnosed as partial amputee.
    FACT I will never regain full feeling or use of left hand.
    Believing in the higher power carried me through.

FAITH, FAMILY, FRIENDS, MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS   … begin the long list for which, I am grateful.

Later,

Vickie

 

 

 

 

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POSTING FROM THE PAST
Blog (90) posted on Jun 18, 2010

Folks, I have some other postings, but I have limited today’s message to the reunion pictures. Gary

Reunion Picture replies with identifications:

Thanks, folks, for all the replies and help with the identification of these pictures. I am posting your replies with a reposting of the pictures with the correct identities.

Again folks, please send pictures.

Thanks, Gary

Note: Pictures twelve and fourteen are the only ones not fully identified.

 

From Alan Poitra (76): Bloomington, MN

Hey Gary, in pics 14, I know the front 2 people are Eric and Sandra Poitra and the woman behind Eric is Bernice Belgarde I think, the one right of Sandra not sure but I believe another Belgarde. In pic 3, the two ladies sitting on the left are Pam Wenstad and Delorie Enno and the 2 handsome men on the right of course that is me Alan Poitra next to Delorie and my partner Mark Larsen and behind us is Bernard and Robin Morin and I think the lady behind Del and Pam is Mrs Espe, (Robin’s Mom)

Hopefully that will help you out!

Thanks Alan, It was a pleasure to finely see you face to face after all these email exchanges. I dearly love the CD that you sent me last year too with the good old ‘honky tonk’ tunes recorded by your family. It may not be Bernadette’s taste for good music, but it’s mine, so I listen to it when she is not around. Gary

 

From Susan Fassett Martin (65): Spearfish S

#10 -Olynda(Eurich) and Ydola Pigeon, #8 Terry Halvorson on the left, Gwen Struck in the brown jacket, #7 Gwen Grimmes husband in the rear, #3 Peggy (sime)Espe in the green jacket, Alan Poitra sitting in the plaid shirt talking to Bernard Morin, #12 Lawrence Hetle in the blue t shirt and his wife in the pink jacket, #13 Lowell leonard visiting with connie burcham, Judy De Pew, Eva Eurich –That’s all the help I can give.

 

From Ele Dietrich Slyter (69): Dunseith, ND

picture 3 top right side is Bernard Morin
picture 4 is Richard Slyter, Dan McKown and Bobbie Slyter, Dan is a friend of Bobbie’s from Kansas
picture 5 in the backround is Diane Wenstad and Ele Slyter
picture 9/10 is Mr and Mrs Ydola Pigeon picture 12 guy with glasses is Harvey Sebelius and his wife on hiis left..don’t recognize the rest hope this helps

ele

Ele, It was a pleasure seeing you too after all these email exchanges. I recognized Richard from the pictures when you guys walked in. Had it not been for the pictures, I for sure would not have ever known him. He looks great, but not the way I remember him. My, how we all change and some more than others. 

From Lynn Halvorson Otto (75): Boonton, NJ

Hi Gary, in the picture with the speaker, the guy on the left with the cap on is Terry Halvorson. That is all I know. Thanks, great pictures. FYI: I am now in Boonton, NJ. We just moved back to the states May 29th from Seoul. New beginnings again. Lynn Halvorson Otto (75).

Welcome back to the states Lynn. I will miss getting your messages from this side of the pond. Gary

From Bobby Slyter (70): Wichita, Kansas

Gary, the lady in #3 in the white blouse is Pam Wenstad in #4 next to Richard is my friend Dan Mc Kown and I am next to him in # 5 next to Diane Wenstad is Ele Slyter great pics thanks for all that you do

Bobby, It was so nice to see you again too after all these years. You Slyter boys are looking great, but not the way I remember you guys and I knew you well in our growing up days. Gary
From Allen Richard (65): Midland, MI
Picture 10 Olynda and Ydola Pigeon.

 

From Keith Pladson (66): Stafford, VA

Gary, A couple of identifications that may help. In picture eleven you caught my brother Dan and his wife Robin. To the right of Robin and only partially visible is my sister Tina Bullinger in the pink sweater and to the right of Dan is Tina’s husband John Bullinger. In picture thirteen the lady at the back side of the table pointing to something is Shirley Bercham Sime spouse of Larry Sime (not present).

Hope that helps. Keith Pladson (66)

Keith, Those were some great old pictures that you were showing me that you got from your Aunt Lillian Thompson. When you get a chance, please scan and zap me copies. I’d love to share those. They included some of my/our Grandparents that I have never seen before. Thanks, Gary

 

From Marie Iverson Staub (60): Seattle, WA

Gary,

picture 2 Lady in green standing is Peggy Espe (Sime)
picture 13 in back is Lowell Leanord, next two don’t know Eva Eurich and Cleo Kelly
picture 15 Barbara Iverson (lyonais) Helen Boguslawski

Marie Staub

Marie, It was so nice seeing you too.

 

From Gwen Struck Dumas (68): Havre, MT
Picture #8 Terry Halvorson Gwen Grimme Monte Espe Brenda Hoffman Dick Johnson Gwen Struck

 Gwen, I should have recognized you and Monte too. Gary

 

From Brenda Hoffman (68): Greenville, SC

Hi Gary!

Photo eight: Terry Halvorson, Gwen Grimme, Monte Espe, Brenda Hoffman, Dick Johnson and Gwen Struck either shortly before or after we took the class of 1968 photo.

Brenda

 

Reply from Tina Pladson Bullinger (78): Bottineau, ND
Number Eleven John Bullinger

Picture Three:
Sitting: Pam Wenstad, Delorie Enno, Alan Poitra & Mark Larson Standing Left: Peggie Sime Espe
Standing right: Bernard & Robin Espe Morin

Picture Four:
Richard Slyter, Dan Mc Kown & Bobby Slyter”

Picture five:
Front: Kenny & Sherry Nerpel
Back: Diane Wenstad, Ele Dietrick Slyter, Richard Slyter

Picture six:
John/Margaret Bedard, Cora (Warren) Anderson, Kenny Nerpel & Ele Dietrick Slyter

Picture Seven:
Front: Ernie Gottbreht & Cheryl Bailey
Behind George Eltz, Standing Gwen Struck Dumas

Picture eight:
Terry Halvorson, Gwen Grimme Eltz, Monte Espe, Brenda Hoffman, Dick Johnson, Gwen Struck Dumas & Ernie Gottbreht.

Picture Nine:
Olynda(Eurich) & Ydola Pigeon, Brenda Johnson & Ron Hett.

Picture Ten:
Mildred Parrill, Olynda(Eurich) & Ydola Pigeon and Brenda Johnson

Picture Eleven:
Nancy Hosmer, Robin/Dan Pladson & John Bullinger

Picture twelve:
Larry Hackman pointing his finger at the camera. Lawrence Hetle in blue T-shirt, Armella Hetle in pink – Need some help with the

Picture thirteen:
Around the table L to R: Sharon Zorn Gerdes, Lowell Leonard, Connie Burcham Sime, Judy De Pew, Eva Eurich Paulson & Cleo Kelly

Picture Fourteen:
Front Left: Eric & Sandra Poitra Sitting behind: Bernice Belgarde Front Right: ???? Belgarde

Picture Fifteen:
Harlan/Joyce Flaata, Barbara Iverson Lyonais, Marie Iverson Staub& Helen Boguslawski

 

04/05/202 (2738)

Gary Stokes Comment

Hopefully this Coronavirus will level out soon with an available vaccine. We are coping fine. Bernadette isn’t really aware of what’s really going on. Tata, Mirasol and Marites take very good care of her and me too. I have now arranged 24/7 care for Bernadette. Marites spends the night with her in our bedroom. I transferred my sleeping to one of our spare bedrooms upstairs. For the most part, Bernadette sleeps thru the night, but there are nights that she doesn’t too.

Starting today we are going into week three of our lockdown. Predictions are that this lock down will be until the end of the month. We have a large area so I am not confined to the house. I do Morning and night fast daily one mile walks, around my cars and pool table, in my Garage. Each round is 100’. 53 rounds makes a mile.

 

My husband passed away on St. Patrick’s Day.  Here is his obituary.  Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:   Bottineau, Nd

My husband would have been 89 years old in June.  He had had 3 stents in one leg and a tube from the knee to the groin in his other leg (circulation) for MANY years.  He had had COPD for many years and an incurable cancerous spot on one of his lungs.  He had had two other spots earlier.  Radiation treatments “worked” on them.  His mind was still good.  He even still had his own teeth and a full head of hair! :) He had lived in an assisted living facility for almost 2 years–mid-May 2018.  I know Wally went to Heaven, which gives me great comfort/peace.

God is taking very good care of me. :)

Neola


Wallace ‘Wally’ G. (George) Garbe
Garbe, Wally
June 20, 1931 – March 17, 2020

Wallace “Wally” G. Garbe, 88, Minot, formerly of Kramer, ND, died Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in a Minot hospital. 

Wally was born June 20, 1931 at Bottineau, North Dakota, the son of Walter and Lillie (Thiel) Garbe.  He was raised and educated at Kramer and graduated from Kramer High School in 1949.   He attended Jamestown College for a year and then Minot State College, where he received a degree in Secondary Education.

Wally continued to assist with the operation of the family farm near Kramer and entered into active duty service with the U.S. Army in 1956.  He honorably served his country until 1958 when he was discharged and returned to North Dakota.  Wally taught in Kramer before he entered the military and in Bottineau after he was discharged.  He moved to Minot in 1960, where he became employed with First National Bank.

Wally was united in marriage to Neola Kofoid on November 26, 1969 in Minot.   They made their home in Minot, where he continued working at the bank as a loan officer until 1978.    He worked for a time at Northern Trophy and Engraving until retiring in 1996.  Wally moved to Edgewood Vista in May of 2018. He, along with his family, really appreciated the love and care he received from the staff there.

Wally was a longtime member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Minot, where he had served as an usher.  He was also a member of the Minot American Legion, Minot Gun Club, Minot Jaycees and Magic City Drift Busters Snowmobile Club. Throughout the years, he had enjoyed bowling, wood working, clock making, dancing, fishing, camping, hunting and trapping. 

He is survived by: his wife, Neola, Minot; sister, Linda (Allen) Bjornson, Minot; brothers-in-law, Maynard Kuebler (Inez Nathan), Minot & Jim Kofoid, Bottineau; nieces, Kristi (Jeb) Fredriksen, Denise (Ray) Kofoid Corbo & Michelle (Scott) Byrd; nephews, Shane (Tara) Bjornson & Oliver Kofoid; great nephews and nieces, Riley Bjornson, Vinson (Christina) Corbo, Alyssa Corbo, Alexis Corbo; Trevor and Maya Byrd; great great nephew, Malachi Corbo; godson, Ronald Gust.

Wally was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Shirley Kuebler; father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Emma Brudwick Kofoid. 

Service: Following the guidelines prescribed by Governor Burgum, there will be a Private Family Service by invitation in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.   ** A live stream of the service will be broadcast at (mtmsales.net/live) A Public Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 22, 2020 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot. Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot. In lieu of flowers or plants, memorials are preferred to St Mark’s Lutheran Church or an organization of the donor’s choice.

 

3/31/2020

Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (70:  Bottineau, ND

Hey there Gary & Dunseith  Public School Alumni Friends,

Meanwhile back in ND it seems we are preparing for a covid 19 tsunami 

noun….an arrival or occurrence of something in overwhelming quantities or amounts.

If you please, “BE A LIGHT”.

MUSIC is another resilience strategy I share with students in grade six. 

Of late. it seems tonight, I am finding comfort food. 

 Homemade Mac and cheese with lots of Pride Dairy butter.

This past weekend I checked out Webb Pierce with the latest country countdown,

Number 29 featured his music on a current song by a current recording artist.

Hey, I was Country when Country wasn’t cool. 

The very first LP I purchased in HS was Willie Nelson.

Years ago, my “city girl” cousin pulled out and played her only guitar LP, Spanish guitar “Rodrigo”.

 I  had fretted  “Woes me” due to the lack of Country Music in her vast music library when she lived in a flat in Seattle.

                She had only Opera albums.

Thanks to her influence I did became a Rodrigo fan. Another treasured LP.

NORTH DAKOTA Smart!

Until Later, Vickie L. Metcalfe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YuWAZmD0aU

 

 

Mrs. Evans and the birds
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (70:  Bottineau, ND

Wednesday, April 2, 2020
Gary and Dunseith Friends.

                Unfortunately, again today, the North wind is blowing BAH! …. the old “April FOOL”,  Mr. Snow around.

this past week, birds arrived just back in town from far and away.  They are very hungry with this cold weather; some are scarfing down bird seed on my deck. 

The   red ..red… robins , Pick, picking small crabapples off the tree and digging in the snow.

                This brought to mind, Randina Evans,  grandmother of some special cousins.

Children of James A. and Ella M. (Evans) Metcalfe.  

                When i was a wee child, I expressed my fear of loss of mom and dad.

(As a guidance counselor and grief work, I know this to be a common fear)

                 For children …. their greatest fear. Death pf a parent)  

I did go to my dad with that fear after Uncle Archie was killed.  

 Dad reassured me saying, “Don’t worry, you will be taken care of.  Your Jim and Ella will take all of you and your siblings.”

( Jim and Ella were my Godparents) and I always felt comfortable and loved by them both.

                And I recall staying with the Jim Metcalfe girls.   They tolerated my often impudence as a childlike behavior.

 Their maternal Grandma, Mrs. Evans often sang with her strong Norwegian brogue.

“Vat viil da birdies do den da poor tings?…” The memory of when she sang is indelible in my memories.

A tall graceful, angular woman, Mrs. Evans wore beautiful snow-white hair pulled up and back back, she had expressive dark blue eyes,

and an always twinkling smile as she sang. “They’ll stick their head under dere vings………”

                Today, Watching the many birds shivering in the snow. 

I googled small snatch of the lyrics that I recalled.  

      ” The north wind doth blow,

And we shall have snow,”

And what will the robin do then, poor thing? He’ll sit in a barn, And keep himself warm, And hide his head under his wing, poor thing!

 Thanks Gary and friends of Dunseith.

Low and behold!   The following came back.

https://nurseryrhymescollections.com/lyrics/the-north-wind-does-blow.html

                 And I am so very delighted!

Take carem Keep Smart North Dakotans, while I sing watching the birds.

  Vickie L. Metcalfe

                https://nurseryrhymescollections.com/lyrics/the-north-wind-does-blow.html

The north wind doth blow, And we shall have snow, And what will the honey bee do, poor thing? In his hive he will stay, Till the cold’s passed away, And then he’ll come out in the spring, poor thing!

The north wind doth blow, And we shall have snow, And what will the dormouse do then, poor thing? Rolled up in a ball, In his nest snug and small, He’ll sleep ‘til warm weather comes in, poor thing! The north wind doth blow, And we shall have snow, And what will the children do then, poor things? When lessons are done, They’ll jump, skip and run, And that’s how they’ll keep themselves warm, poor things!

 

 

Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (70: Bottineau, ND

April 2, 2020
Subject: Return of the Birds
\ 

A songbird clan was here yesterday in the April fool storm and ate quite well.

With today’s return,  again are eating scattered seed on my deck. 

They are flying in and out as I continue to scatter feed on the covered deck and out on the sidewalk.

 

Mr. Wood pecker is pecking away at the deck beams.

NO worry a few little holes, adds character to the deck!

There are about 8 robins trying to find food in the snowbanks.

I pray the neighbors 2 cats….. practice Social and PHYSICAL distancing today!

Later, Vickie

 

MOM ‘s April fool!
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (70:  Bottineau, ND

March 31, 2020
Gary and FRENDS of Dunseith Alumi,

I know you and yours will continue to be resilient! I am working at school today.

I can’t get into working at home. Lochbuie continues to be a ‘Terrible Two ‘even though he is now a 14-year-old geriatric.

We walked AT 6:00 am. To the Oak Creek several BLOCKS FROM OUR HOUSE The creek is flowing wide  open and running full blast.

I counted 10 raucous crows flying in, landing on tree next to the creek.  The Crows tended to be Mr. Sun’s Wake UP CALL!  When the sun awoke, the other birds pleasantly rejoiced and joined the crows.

We are keeping our distance at school. Down to a few.  The janitorial staff is painting the hallways It will freshen up and look clean whenever school children come back.

I really don’t think it will happen for a time.

I believe, ND Is preparing for the BIG TUSAMI to hit.

We have a wonderful leader in Gov. Burgum.  Yesterday, ND senators joined him in Bismarck on the broadcast at 4:00 pm.

Whoa every be prepared it is soon to be 1st of April!

I remember my mom April Fooling my cousin Conrid who moved into our home after his dad died.  She covered a sponge with delicious chocolate frosting. (.which was one of my mother’s hallmarks i.e. homemade from scratch chocolate cake and frosting)

Then, she left it out on the counter before she went to bed.

She and dad , laid awake, until Conrid got home.  Then, they sniggered when they heard Connie him unlocking the door.

Mom said, “He paused by the ‘CAKE’ fetched a quart of milk out of the fridge. poured a glass of milk, then tried to stuff the ‘frosted cake ‘ on top the milk into the glass.

Conrid had a good sense of humor.  That event happenstance helped restore some of sense of humor and normalcy in our home after the cold grief of the loss of Uncle Archie who had been killed in January, by a hit and run drunk driver.

Conrid went back to his teasing ways!

Take care to You and yours.

Until Later, Continue to BE RESILIENT AND NORTH DAKOTA STRONG!

Vickie L. Metcalfe

 

06/30/2020 (2737)

Coronavirus and Colloidal Silver
Message from Mary Eurich Knutson (’62): Dunseith, ND

Hi Gary,

I got my computer working relatively well again and decided to respond to the blog for a change.  Is the coronavirus hitting your area? I haven’t seen it mentioned but maybe I’m not receiving all my e-mails.  I don’t know if it’s worth mentioning or not but I saw an article on computer a few days back where a pastor had said that colloidal silver was effective in killing the virus and that the food and drug administration had told him to shut his mouth. I have no idea if the silver is effective or not but I started washing my mouth and taking a swallow of silver every day. It would be a shame if it really worked and people were deprived of the information and have to go through that misery.  I don’t think it could hurt you. They used to say it would turn you blue but now they say it won’t so what the heck, you could do a lot worse than turn blue.  They used to use silver nitrate to wash babies’ eyes at birth. I saved them from going blind if the mother was infected with venereal disease. There’s a lot of information on computer, just look up colloidal silver and decide for yourself if it may be something a person would want to try for themselves.

So sorry to hear about Neola’s husband.

Take care Gary and all. Times may seem rough now but when I saw how people were panicking over toilet paper my first thought was, I hope the leaves come on the trees early this year. Some may not know what I mean but some may have had the same thought.

Take Care

Mary

Gary’s comments

 Mary, it’s so nice hearing from you again.

 Yes Mary, I am sure most all our readers will follow the drift about the leaves, especially we farm folks. In our day we had to make do with what we could find.

 Colloidal Silver is worth a try for the Coronavirus protection.

 Yes, starting today our area is on total lock down for this Coronavirus for one month. On Sunday, March 22nd, all those 65 and above and 17 and below were locked down. So, I have been on lock down 8 days now. With total lock down they have designated one person per household, with a pass, that can leave the premises for necessities. We have designated Mirasol, one of our helpers, for our designated runner. I take her in my car and just stay in the car while she does our errands .  Grocery stores, restaurants for takeout only, Pharmacies, Banks, etc. are remaining open.  

 

My Dad’s Humor
Posting from Vickie Metcalf (’70):  Bottineau, ND

March 27.2020

Gary and friends of Dunseith Alumni,

Please excuse the many typing errors. One early morning this week finally, I followed Gary’s advice and picked up a keyboard from WM. Unfortunately, it has more keys and I my fingers get quite befuddled!

Years ago, My Dad’s vision was taken but never his humor. One summer in early August, Dad’s niece, my City-friend cousin, ‘City girl’ came and stayed at the farm for a couple weeks.

After supper, my young brother shared his concern that the young horse in the barn had somehow acquired a fetlock injury. He was successful at convincing Dad to walk down the hill to the barn to advise him on treatment.

‘City girl’ wished to watch and help her uncle Cliff administer aid to the horse’s injured ‘ankle’. Leaning on the white cane, the fetlock was held up to Dad while he shared with my brother how to care for horse. After advising how to treat the injury, Dad suggested refilling the bucket with fresh water and hay to be sent down a hay chute from the above haymow.

I filled the bucket, while ‘City girl’ volunteering,  nimbly ran up the steps (note’ where spring chickens happened to be roosting) She ran across the mow undid a Timothy hay bale and pitched it down. She then made a   hurried retreat across the mow, down the steps swiftly dropping the door.

Within the next minute flap, flap, flap, of wings SQWACKKKKKK! Horrified, ‘City girl’ crossing the length of the barn, ran back to the steps, looking up to the top, discovered a spring chicken’s head was caught in the closed door.

“OH NO!”  she yelled! She pushed up the door, gathered the limp chicken in her arms, continued sob carried the chicken to her uncle Cliff. “Oh no no! She moaned,  ” UNCLE Cliff, I KILLED one of Aunt Lottie’s chickens.”

Her uncle, white cane in hand, knelt down on the barn floor. “Bring me the chicken”,  he kindly said. He solemnly continued, “Turn it on its back.”  The chicken was laid out.  Smattering ‘City girl’ moved in closer looking for a miracle.

With curiosity, younger brother and I stepped back into the shadows watching the scene unfold. Our serious Dad, laying down the white cane, moved into kneeling position, held and moved the chicken’s legs Back and forth,  saying, “one,…. two,….. three,…. BREATHE.

It took a few seconds until “City girl” caught on and began to laugh the barn was filled with belly laughter! My dad consoled his sorrowful niece with humor.   Aunt Lottie echoed with a kind “No worry, let’s have some cool-aide with the jelly-roll.

PS ‘City girl’ had the singing voice of an angel ,studied  opera later chose became a 4th grade elementary teacher. She sang “The Lord’s Prayer” at her uncle Cliff’s funeral. Through the years we’ve shared many laughs over chicken dinner.

The above memory was activated by the b fwd from my departed friend Carroll’s, nephew I think Humor is the best tasting ‘social distance’ prevention medicine! Don’t You?

THANK YOU~Be SMART and take care everyone.  Vickie L. Metcalfe

 

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Blog (89) posted on Jun 17, 2010

 

Message with another good story
From Larry Hackman (66): Bismarck, ND

Hello Gary

Happy to see you made it back to the PI safe and sound. It was great to finally get to meet you and your wife.

My brother Henry (class of 65) and his wife, and I (class of 66) and my wife had a great time.

We all wish we could of did a lot more visiting, with more people.

These type events are always tough to make time for and too attend.

Once you are there, you are happy that you made the decision to go.

Once they are over its sad, because it too, becomes a part of the past.

I thought I would write a funny little story that took place many years ago.

I hope you and everyone else enjoy the story and if nothing else it

puts a smile on your face for a little while.

Larry

 

The Backseat Driver

It was the 1960’s.This young fellow and his wife were headed for Bottineau to do some shopping. His wife was a back-beat driver, who sat right beside him as most backseat drivers do. She, as usual was on his case from the beginning of the trip to the end of the trip. You know, the usual stuff, you’re driving too fast, watch where you’re going, slow down, stay on your side of the road, and of course, turn here, signal before you turn, pay attention. This went on until they parked on

Main Street

in Bottineau.

 

His wife got out to go do her shopping, and with a smile and a cheery goodbye she was on her way. He stayed in the car, lit a cigarette with the push in car liter and put the radio on, as he did not like having to wander around through the stores. Sitting there on

Main St.

, Bottineau with not much to do, He began going through the glove box. To his surprise, he found a vice grips. Upon finding the vice grips a thought immediately passed through his brain. He had noticed while sitting there, that the steering shaft between the dash and the floor of that old car was exposed, and when he turned the steering wheel, it also turned… 

He wandered if he could steer that car with the vice grips attached to that steering shaft. He attached the vice grips to the exposed steering shaft, and pushed it back and forth and the steering wheel turned. He was getting excited as he knew he could make his idea work.

He was able to remove the horn button from the center of the steering wheel with his fingers. He used a screw driver that he had also found in the glove box to disconnect the electrical wiring for the horn. He then removed the nut holding the steering wheel onto the end of the shaft. To his surprise, as he lifted up on the steering wheel. The steering wheel just slipped off and on to the end of the shaft with ease. He was getting excited; this was possible and his plan was going to work. He replaced the steering wheel on the end of the shaft. Then he installed the horn button. He did not hook up the electrical wires to the horn. He put the nut to hold the steering wheel onto the shaft, into his pocket. He was ready! He was excited! He wanted his wife to hurry-up and finish her shopping. He was ready to head back to Dunseith.

The man could hardly contain himself as he saw his wife coming back to the car, loaded down with sacks. He got control of himself and greeted her pleasantly. He got out and happily, helped her put the sacks into the trunk. He made no comment about the stuff she bought or how much money she had spent. He even opened the door and let her in, and closed the door after her. He was happy. She was a little surprised, and asked him if he had gone to the bar while she was, she was shopping. He replied, no, and that he had stayed in the car and enjoyed the country music that was being broadcasted. She not wanting to spoil a good thing, happily said, lets, head for home.

He happily drove out of Bottineau and headed east down highway #5 toward Dunseith. His wife was her usual self, telling him when and where to turn, to slow down, and to stay on his side of the road. He would smile at her and say yes dear to keep her comfortable and happy. As he drove, he would feel down beside the seat to make sure the vice grip had stayed where he had put it and to reassure himself that everything was in position to implement his plan.

While driving east on highway #5 toward Dunseith, he finally came to the stretch of road that he was looking for. It was long and straight and as luck would have it, not another car in sight. He would have to distract her for a little while. He asked her if that was a coyote running out in that field as he pointed off to the south. While she was gazing off trying to locate the coyote, he calmly reached down grabbed the vice grips and locked them onto the steering shaft between his knees. His wife turned back to him and said she couldn’t see the coyote. He calmly said it had disappeared back there.

While driving he loosened his hand hold on the steering wheel and moved his knees back and forth and the wheel turned with the movement of his knees. He was ready. She noticed the car swerve side to side and told him to drive straight. He purposely now let the car drift toward the center of the road. She noticed immediately and told him to get on his side of the road.He argued with her, saying he was on his side of the road. She went onto say that he never keeps his eyes on the road or watches where he is going. He says to her, “Do you want to drive,” and calmly[1][1]y lifts off the steering wheel and places it in her hands. She looks at the wheel. She looks at him. Her eyes kept getting bigger. They look like they were going to fall from their sockets. Her face was going through all kinds of contortions, she was gasping for air and her mouth was open and moving. You could tell that she wanted to say something, but nothing was coming out, not a sound. She kept looking at him and then back at the steering wheel in her hands. Then all of a sudden, she found her voice and emitted this horrible sound of terror. A scream that chilled you, and made you shiver, a scream of pure terror. It surprised and scared him to the point, that he almost lost control of the car. It scared the hell out of him. He got so surprised by her look of pure fear, that he forgot where he was and what he was doing for an instant.

Remembering where he was and assuring himself that he still had control of the car, he reached over and took the steering wheel from her and slipped it back onto the end of the steering shaft.Removed the vice grips and continued driving. His wife who had watched him put the wheel back on and remove the vice grips in silence all of a sudden remembered how to talk and emitted a tirade of language that would have made a preacher blush. She pounded on his shoulder until it was numb. He laughed so hard that he was crying and could barely see the road.

This fellow , who is no longer with us, I’m sure, still laughs at this, and will appreciate me telling this story, so that everyone else can imagine how his wife felt, and how funny and proud he was and is of his accomplishment and his method of treating a backseat driver to some of her own medicine.

I think he is still laughing?

I was also reminded at the reunion that this fellow was also an excellent shot.That he once shot a hole through his neighbor’s ear, at distance of over 100 yards, with a 22cal. rifle. I don’t think his neighbor had asked for a piercing? Now, I have read somewhere that women, voluntarily started having their ears pierced in the year 1966.Apparently men started a little earlier and it was involuntary.

Larry

 

Larry, 

Story writing is a gift you have that we all enjoy. This one was no exception. Your stories are so bonding focused around Dunseith. Most of us walked the same turf, some at different times is all. That is what makes all this stuff so bonding. 

Yes Larry, it was a pleasure to finely see you face to face, after 45 plus years, at the reunion. As you noticed, I did not recognize you, even when you said Larry. It was a pleasure meeting your wife too. I did not realize that you and Henry married sisters. I’ll bet they’ve got some good stories they could tell too???

Gary
Reply to Mel Kuhn (70):
From Allen Richard (65): Midland, MI

Mel–

At least you are loyal to Mopar’s and didn’t “pollute” it! Nicely done!

Reunion Pictures:

Folks, I don’t recognize everyone in these pictures. Please provide feedback so I can repost with the correct identities.

Again folks, please provide any pictures you may have. I am nearing the end of mine for posting that we took at the reunion.

Thanks, Gary

 

Dale’s Bill board sign.

I was pleasantly surprised and honored when I saw this. Thanks George

Jerry/Susan Pladson & Keith/Alice Pladson

Picture Three:
Need some help with identification.

Picture Four:
Richard Slyter, ????,???? – need some help

 

Picture five:

Front: Kenny & Sherry Nerpel
Back: Diane Wenstad, ????, Richard Slyter.

Picture six:

John/Margaret Bedard, Cora (Warren) Anderson, Kenny Nerpel, ?????

Picture Seven:

Front: Ernie Gottbreht & Cheryl Bailey
Behind ????, Standing ????

Picture eight:
????, Gwen Grimme Eltz, ????, Brenda Hoffman, Dick Johnson, ????
& Ernie Gottbreht.

Picture Nine:
????, ????, Brenda Johnson & Ron Hett.

Picture Ten:
Mildred Parrill, ????, ???? & Brenda Johnson

Picture Eleven:
Nancy Hosmer, Robin/Dan Pladson, ????

Picture twelve:

I beleive that is Larry Hackman pointing his finger at the camera.
I will not guess on the rest.

Picture thirteen:

Sharon Zorn is the beautiful blond in front. She has not changed.
I dare not guess on the rest.

Picture Fourteen:
I dare not guess with this one either.

Picture Fifteen:
Harlan/Joyce Flaata, ????, Marie Iverson Staub& ????

 

[1][1] It occurred to me that some people reading this might not know what a vice grip is and what it is used for.It is a hand tool with adjustable gripper jaws that can be set to the dimension of the object you are grasping with a screw you turn in the handle.The handles of the tool are spring loaded and so when you set the jaws to the object size and grasp the object with the jaws, and lock the handles, by squeezing them together.The tool stays locked onto the object until the tool is released by pulling the spring loaded handles apart.I still remember how proud my dad was to get his first vice grip tool to use on the farm.Before the vice grip came along, there were a lot of knuckle busting tools like the adjustable wrench.

Nut

When referring to a nut in the above story, I was not referring to the guy that lives down the street from you. I was referring to the fastener that is usually applied to the end of a bolt to hold something in place. In this case it was used to hold the steering wheel securely to the steering shaft that is connected to a lot of other stuff that makes the front wheels of your vehicle turn when you turn the steering wheel.

03/25/2020 (2736)

Wally Garbe (Neola’s Husband) Passed away
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND

Wallace ‘Wally’ G. (George) Garbe

June 20, 1931 – March 17, 2020

Wallace “Wally” G. Garbe, 88, Minot, formerly of Kramer, ND, died Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in a Minot hospital. 

Wally was born June 20, 1931 at Bottineau, North Dakota, the son of Walter and Lillie (Thiel) Garbe.  He was raised and educated at Kramer and graduated from Kramer High School in 1949.   He attended Jamestown College for a year and then Minot State College, where he received a degree in Secondary Education.

Wally continued to assist with the operation of the family farm near Kramer and entered into active duty service with the U.S. Army in 1956.  He honorably served his country until 1958 when he was discharged and returned to North Dakota.  Wally taught in Kramer before he entered the military and in Bottineau after he was discharged.  He moved to Minot in 1960, where he became employed with First National Bank.

Wally was united in marriage to Neola Kofoid on November 26, 1969 in Minot.   They made their home in Minot, where he continued working at the bank as a loan officer until 1978.    He worked for a time at Northern Trophy and Engraving until retiring in 1996.  Wally moved to Edgewood Vista in May of 2018. He, along with his family, really appreciated the love and care he received from the staff there.

Wally was a longtime member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Minot, where he had served as an usher.  He was also a member of the Minot American Legion, Minot Gun Club, Minot Jaycees and Magic City Drift Busters Snowmobile Club. Throughout the years, he had enjoyed bowling, wood working, clock making, dancing, fishing, camping, hunting and trapping. 

He is survived by: his wife, Neola, Minot; sister, Linda (Allen) Bjornson, Minot; brothers-in-law, Maynard Kuebler (Inez Nathan), Minot & Jim Kofoid, Bottineau; nieces, Kristi (Jeb) Fredriksen, Denise (Ray) Kofoid Corbo & Michelle (Scott) Byrd; nephews, Shane (Tara) Bjornson & Oliver Kofoid; great nephews and nieces, Riley Bjornson, Vinson (Christina) Corbo, Alyssa Corbo, Alexis Corbo; Trevor and Maya Byrd; great great nephew, Malachi Corbo; godson, Ronald Gust.

Wally was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Shirley Kuebler; father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Emma Brudwick Kofoid. 

Service: Following the guidelines prescribed by Governor Burgum, there will be a Private Family Service by invitation in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.   ** A live stream of the service will be broadcast at (mtmsales.net/live)
A Public Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 22, 2020 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
In lieu of flowers or plants, memorials are preferred to St Mark’s

Gary’s Comments:
Folks: Those of you following this blog will for sure know Neola. The past 12 years she has contributed a vast amount of material for this blog from Papers and pictures she has saved over the years. She has been the backbone for its success. She has had many surprise interesting postings. It has been unreal. All these blogs are saved in our Dunseith Alumni Website too. Dunseith.net. Thank you, Neola.

We extend our condolences to you too Neola for the loss of Wally. He was a good man and will be dearly missed. Some of our readers had him for a teacher when he taught in Bottineau too in the mid 50’s.  

 

Condolences from Cheryl Kester Gaugler (’69): North Brunswick, NJ

I’d like to offer condolences to all the families who have lost loved ones. 

 Connie, I’m so sorry you lost your sister. Just wanted to say how nice it was to see you at our 50th year class reunion last summer and catch up on the years. 

 Cheryl (Kester) Gaugler 

 

Posting from Sharron Gottbreht Shen (’59): Watertown, ND

Thank you, Gary. It was amazing for me to see so many familiar faces; the Hoffman couple and the McKay gal from Auburn, WA. Seems to me that Lowell Lenard has a sister in Auburn? World not the same without Lowell.

Again, you’re amazing !

Sharron Gottbreht Shen

 

 

Social Distancing
Posted by Vickie Metcalf (’70):  Bottineau, ND

3/22/2020
I napped this afternoon with   the local
Bottineau Radio station   tuned in and on.

Sunny 101.9 prides it self on being on line with folks the world over who can tune in.

Sunny 101.9 – KBTO – FM 101.9 – Bottineau, ND – Listen Online

The disc jockey/radio people keep the country music flowing.
They make upbeat comments. Today lots of Goldie oldies

At 4:00 pm.

North Dakota Gov Burgum will address the state as he has been doing each day. Most of the people in Bottineau area listen also.

Governor Burgum has been a reassuring strong voice of reason and information who also says

North Dakotans are folks North Dakota Work Ethic .
They go to work don’t complain
do what needs to be done….no matter whether or how they feel).

After he sums up He   usually says  the People of North Dakota need to know …..Be North Dakota Smart!

Until Later,  V

 

1/20/2020
Posting from Lee Stickland (’64):  Dickinson, ND

Note: I missed posting this before. It’s been sitting in my box.  Sorry Lee

Good morning from LEE S in Dickinson.  I noticed that Karen Loeb is in an EVERGREEN facility, as am I here in the Queen City of the
Banana-Belt of ND at -12 degrees F and a wind chill of -24 degrees this am.

My Dad, Robert lived here for some years in the early part of the 2000s.  I got to know the staff quite well and some of those kind folks are
yet working.  One lady who works in dietary is over 87 but she asked me ‘not to tell ‘.

I will have been here 4 years on 3-22-20 and have the perfect room with the only tree with leaves, others have needles, on the property, right outside my window on second floor.  It is over 20’ tall so exceeds the top of my window.  I can hear the birds sing in the morning and the evening during the summertime.  During the winter, I can observe 11-22 birds try to orderly exchange places on a bird seed bell that is hung
about 5 feet above the ground, on a shepherd’s hook, right below and left of my sight.  I can see into town from my vantage point.

The administrator was the social worker when Dad moved in.

One of the nurses whom I had the pleasure of working with at Dickinson Nursing Center for 10.5 years, became the administrator @ EVERGREEN after I moved to Milwaukee.  She, Janet, was loved and respected by all for her kind but firm way of leadership.  Sadly, she succumbed to cancer in the early 2000s.

I am fine, getting better, I got off a bunch of opioids, COLD-TURKEY, they affected my heart rate and it dropped to 33 beats a minutes; not

1/2 enough for a guy my size.  Thankfully, when I went to the ER, the DR was a man I have known since he was 4 years old and lived in

Rock Lake.  He and my brother Dean began college in Grand Forks together.

Dean told Sheldon that he thought Sheldon should become a physician and he did.  Sheldon has been an ER Dr at Dickinson for over 34 years, now.  Each time I go in for something, he KINDLY asks me if I am ready to get rid of the pills that accumulated over the years;  from

  1. when I broke my back at age 12 with recurring major dis-comforts ( even tho I played 5 years of football at Dunseith, beginning in 8th grade at 192 #s);
  1. when Earl Hiatt was killed in the accident north of Rugby and I incurred 7 fractures to the jaw with resulting severe smarting and sometimes locking that does happen, but thankfully,contrary to what the DRs told my parents after I had lain in the bed, inert for 10 days, “Lee will never walk or talk again”, I do.
  1. Add to that 5 surgeries to the right foot to correct a tight Achilles tendon that caused excess downward pressure on the ball of my foot.

I had diabetes for some time but was able to get rid of it by changing my diet and beginning to exercise, however; I developed neuropathy,
which is lack of good circulation and thus feeling to the lower part of the legs.  Thus, I was able to walk on rocks, anything during the summer, barefoot, not knowing that I was creating a hole in the bottom of my foot that was as round as a $.50 cent piece and would require 8 skin grafts to fill.

  1. The Achilles needed to lengthened so three (3) insertions were made to puncture the tendon.
  1. One of those punctures would not heal as I contracted MRSA, the flesh-eating disease in that wound while in the OR (operating room); this necessitated a second, later surgery to go in and cleanse the area and restitch and hope for the best, which thankfully did result.  I COULD HAVE LOST MY FOOT> it is not uncommon for those who are diabetic or even post-diabetic to lose lower limbs, due to decreased circulation and the disease.

I have led a MARVELOUS, WONDERFUL life.  I continue to write and to nominate folks for deserved recognition for their service(s) to
our pioneers who live in the care facilities.  I hope to hand-deliver one of those distinct efforts on the 21st when I got Bismarck to visit
the PAIN CENTER where I will be learning how to deal with and manage any pain/levels I have WITHOUT (/s) debilitate narcotics that
build up in your body over time and may end your valuable life, like it nearly did mine on November 5, 2019.

See Y’all @ the next Turn-Around.  Lee

 

A resource for parents/grandparents
Posted by Vickie Metcalf (’70):  Bottineau, ND

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-51997381
https://nursedottybooks.com/dave-the-dog-is-worried-about-coronavirus-2/

March 22, 2020
Gary and Dunseith Alumni friends,

As you know,
Among other interests, among my top 10 loves!

I love dogs all sorts and sizes
I love children, they are so wise and wonderful!
and, I love good books! they got to encourage hope!)

This picture book looks to be a good resource.

I am also sharing this site with Parents and Grandparents of my great nieces and nephews.
As an elementary counselor I often share books with various K-6 classrooms and individual children.

WHY?

Because after all these years my students current and former, are all my kids.

I found this today on one of my favorite sites… BBC.

I believe the author gives permission to download.

Hope each of you and yours is in a safe  place and  doing well .

KEEP THE FAITH.

Vickie L. Metcalfe.

 

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot, ND

Janice Peach
November 24, 1950 – March 16, 2020

Janice Peach, age 69 of Belcourt, Born November 24, 1950, entered the gates of heaven March 16, 2020.  Janice was born in Belcourt to Carl and June St. Claire. She attended school at Belcourt and graduated from the Turtle Mountain Community College. She was united in marriage to George Davis and together they had three daughters; Georgianna Davis, Angela (Steve) Davis, Sheree (Cody) Delong.

Janice worked at the San Haven as a caretaker then moved on to work in Education for the remainder of her career. She worked as a classroom aide at TMCHS for 5 years; then moved on to be a teacher at the North Dunseith Headstart for 15 years. While working there, she met Francis Peach and they were united in marriage on June 11, 1994. Shortly after, they moved to Mandan where Janice went on to be a supervisor/teacher for the Standing Rock Headstart for another 15 years.

Janice’s favorite hobbies include spending time with family), baking cakes, playing cards, playing bingo (especially at the Lonesome Dove), traveling, planning events like birthdays and graduations. Last but not least, her most favorite, singing karaoke (her karaoke friends called her “Big Jan”). She will be greatly loved and missed by her family and friends.

Janice is survived by her husband Francis Peach. Her mother June St. Claire. Brothers: Ervin St. Claire of Arizona, Carl John St. Claire of Colorado, William “Billy” (Janice) St. Claire of Parshall. Sisters: Stella (Ron) Strickland, Claudette Pochant, Cheryl Adams, all of Belcourt. Her brother-in-law Kelly (Jessica) Peach of Belcourt, Sisters-in-law Diane Peach, Betty (Ronnie) Poitra, Sharon Gustafson, Debbie Indvik all of Belcourt. Her children: Georgianna Davis of Belcourt, Angela Davis of Mandan, Sheree Delong of New Orleans. Grandchildren: Dylan Belgarde of Bismarck, Amber (Reese) Belgarde of Belcourt, Jaicee Peach of Texas, Lee Laducer Jr of Belcourt, Peyton Laducer of Mandan, Chenoa Delong of Mandan, Cheyenne Delong of Washington. Great-grandchildren: Kash Belgarde, Kingston, Khloe, Navaeh, and Blair Vaulters, Adonis Davis. Numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and she was the “Fairy Godmother” of numerous special godchildren that she loved very much.

Janice is proceeded in death by her father Carl St. Claire. Brothers: David St. Claire, Willard St. Claire, and Clayton St. Claire Sr. Sisters: Carmelita Renault and Carol Levin. Mother and Father-in-law Norbert and Georgia Peach; Brother-in-law Jim Peach, Sister-in-law Robin (Josh) Langan. Grandsons: Andrew Delong and her “baby” Justice (Spanky) Davis.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  We will live stream her funeral at https://youtu.be/8KChzOPHbMc

 

 

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Blog (88) posted on Jun 16, 2010

 

Jim & Judy Olson (Former Teachers) finely located:
From Curt & Ann Rotto (Pastor): Fergus Falls, MN

Someone requested information on a former teacher, Jim Olson. We do correspond with Jim and Judy at Christmas time. Jim and Judy Olson, 311 Crescent Dr., Sheridan, Wyoming 82801; 307.672.2565. Thanks for the blog!

Curt and Ann Rotto

Thank you Curt & Ann, Early on when I first started putting class lists together and locating former teachers and folks, several folks were asking about Jim and Judy. At the time we exhausted all our leads unable to locate them. That was before you guys were onboard. I believe that was about the time I was putting the 67 class list together. I think LeaRae Parrill Espe is one of the folks that I was working with trying to locate Jim & Judy?

 I just got off the phone with Jim. He is very interested with what we are doing and has given me permission to post his email address and their contact info listed above. I have also added them to our daily distribution.

 Mr. Lykins, I believe Mr. Olson was your replacement? He started teaching in DHS in the fall of 1965, I believe as the head of the business department.?


Congratulations to Harvey and Alice Hoffman:
From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

Congratulations to Harvey and Alice Hoffman on their 65 wedding
anniversary! While they were touring the museum, I had a chance to talk
with them and reminisce about the old days spent snowmobiling here with
my folks. They are both as sharp as a tack! Alice and Brenda were
looking at dates in the San Haven register of patients and I was amazed
how Alice and Harvey knew the exact dates when Alice and Brenda were
hospitalized and released. They flipped to the page and instantly
pointed to their names and the corresponding dates etc. Harvey and I got
to the subject or old cars (imagine that) and he gave me the
information, in detail, of Dale’s and Brenda’s cars that he found for
them while they were in high school. He remembered every little detail
that I remembered about those vehicles—did I say sharp as a tack?!!
Congratulations, Harvey and Alice! Thanks Gary!

Dick

 

Reply from Mel Kuhn (70):  St. John, ND

Gary,

For Allen Richards. The old Plymouth is a 52. I replaced the front part of the frame with the frame from a 90 Dodge Dakota and dropped a 318 in it. Also the Dodge rear end. I pretty well dethroned it also. I’ve got the interior to finish yet but I got sidelined by my next project. Which is a 31 3 window Plymouth Coupe.

Mel Kuhn

 

Reply from Phyllis McKay (65): Auburn, WA.

Gary and Bernadette,

Thank you for the pictures. I had a good time seeing you two again. I also enjoyed meeting your grand kids. They both are delightful, kind to each other, and they certainly livened up our dinner. That is one of the most wonderful things about children, they make you so happy to be around them. I bet Tyler will enjoy the laptop and Nevaeh will love her doll. It is awfully hard to be so far away from grandkids. For one thing, they seem to grow up so fast when you only get to see them once in awhile.

I have been enjoying all the pictures of the reunion. I was sad I wasn’t there to see everyone. But the notes and pictures help me feel like I am still in the loop.

Thanks again,

Phyllis

Phyllis, I know this was meant as a personal message, but I want to post it so folks and you too, know you are very much still in the loop. You will really be in the loop, as a group leader, once we get started planning our next cruise scheduled for Presidents day week in 2012. Gary

 

Correction:

From Florence Pladson Sime (62): Dunseith, ND

Gary that picture of the two women in the beauty shop is named wrong. That is Esther Murray and Susan Fasset not Connie Halvorson. Florence

Thank you Florence, This was another careless error on my part. I was with both Susan and Connie a lot last month, so I should be able to tell them apart. Gary

 PS – Folks, when you see these errors don’t be afraid to bring them to my attention. My feelings are absolutly not heart in doing so.


Esther Murray Fleming (65) & Susan Fassett Martin (65):
Repost of this article

Folks, this article and picture was folded over when I sent this picture several days ago. I did not realize there was an article attached as well. In all fairness to everyone mentioned, I am reposting to include the whole article.

Repost of this article

Folks, this article and picture was folded over when I sent this picture several days ago. I did not realize there was an article attached as well. In all fairness to everyone mentioned, I am reposting to include the whole article.

 

Willie & Maxine Hiatt family:

Folks, this post card was included with a bunch of pictures we just discovered in a suit case from my grandmother, Julia Stokes. She pasted away in the early 70’s. She lived Alvarado, MN. Willie and Maxine moved to Bottineau in 1955 when Barbara started high school. Norris Knutson bought their farm. Harvey graduated from Bottineau in 1961, so this must have been the Christmas of 1960. Willie/Maxine and their children Barbara, Harvey & LD all attended Ackworth. Doug had not yet started school when they moved to Bottineau.

Maxine celebrated her 90th birthday this month. Her children had a nice celebration for her that was held at the Bottineau Senior Center. We were there and were able to attend. It was a wonderful event and I saw so many folks that I had not seen for years. Maxine looks great and seems to be doing quite well. I had not seen LD for years. It was so nice seeing him again. Gary

03/12/2020 (2735)

        Allen Stokes
Stokes A
July 1948 – Nov 2019

Folks,
I plan on being in the Bottineau/Dunseith area from Monday May 11th to Thursday May 14th. Four days only.

We will be having a Funeral / Memorial Service for our brother Allen at the Metigoshe Lutheran Chapel on Wednesday May 13th at 1:00 PM.  There will be a fellowship gathering following the service at the church. Looking forward to seeing you folks there.

My brother Darrel and I are the only surviving immediate family members of Allen. He was living in San Diego, divorced with no children. Darrel arranged to have his remains cremated with his ashes sent to Nero Funeral home in Bottineau. He will be buried in Ackworth next to our folks.

With Bernadette’s condition, I can’t be gone long. We have good help, but I still need to be here. With visits to Bremerton, WA and San Jose, CA to see our kids, I will be gone a total of 12 days. 4 of those are travel days too.

Gary

 

Dorothy (Strietzel) Fassett (DHS 1946) Passed away
Posting from Paula Fassett (’71):  Walhalla, ND
Fassett, Darrel-1 

Hello Gary and All:

Once again, I have sad news to convey.  My Aunt Dorothy Fassett passed on March 9, 2020.

Dorothy (Strietzel) Fassett was born March 22, 1929, to Paul and Della Strietzel, on the family farm in the Turtle Mountains.

On June 5, 1947, she married Darrel Fassett in Rolla, ND.  Darrel and Dorothy had four daughters:  Pam, Pat, Kathy and Kim.  Darrel and Pam preceded Dorothy in death.

Dorothy was loved dearly and will be greatly missed.

Please keep her family in your prayers.

Gary Stokes’ Comments:

Darrel and Dorothy were good down to earth people. Always so friendly and nice. They were tops in my book.  They will be missed for sure.

We express our condolence to all of their family members too. 

 

Memories of Joann Smith Fuchs (’65)
From Doreen Larson Moran (BHS ’61): Spokane, WA

Gary – My mother, Edna Larson, lived in Oak Manor from 1996 until 2006 when she moved into St Andrews Long Term Care.  JoAnn would go to Oak Manor every week to do hair care for the residents.  Because my mom didn’t show for her usual 9 am one Friday, they checked her room and found that she was having a diabetic episode.  JoAnn was so good and generous with her time with all the ladies.  She wouldn’t charge, only said to pay what they could.  She told me she was giving back for all those years that people were so good to their family.  Doreen Larson Moran

 

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Blog (87) posted on Jun 14, 2010

Sister Stephanie:

Folks, when we were in Dale’s one day for dinner, we struck up a conversation with these two very nice beautiful ladies that were sitting at the table behind us. The one lady introduced herself as Sister Stephanie. In the course of our conversation she said she was a sister to Armand Mongeon. We had a nice chat. She was so friendly and nice. I can sure see where the Mongeon kids got the genes for their good looks. She said Armand periodically forwards our daily messages to her. Gary

 

Reply to Brenda Hoffman (68):
From Jean Nicholas Miller (66): Glendale, AZ.

Brenda, It was so nice to see the picture of your Mom and Dad, they look wonderful!! I remember them well. Your dad made some of the most awesome desserts at the San. I have a lot of good memories of living at the San. I had forgotten that Dad shuttled the kids to school then. We too lived in the children’s building after our apartment over the dining room. My Dad passed away in 1993 at the age of 78 and Mom in 1978 at the age of 65. Take care and greet your parents for me. Jean Nicholas Miller

Error correction:
Folks I mislabeled this picture with message 820. The gal in the center is Susie Knox Millang, Not K. Flynn Richard. That was a dumb careless mistake on my part. Thank you, folks, for pointing this out so I can make the correction. Gary

Minnie Knox Flynn (47), (Edna) Susie Knox millang (60) & Phyllis McKay (65)

 

Dunseith Alumni Reunion 5/22/2010

Dunseith Alumni Reunion 5/22/2010
Ginger LaRocque Poitra (65) and Esther Murray Fleming (65)

Dunseith Alumni Reunion 5/22/2010

Dunseith Alumni Reunion 5/22/2010
Sandy (Rick) Gottbreht & Bernadette Stokes

Dunseith Alumni Reunion 5/22/2010
Verena Gillis & Bernadette Stokes

Dunseith Alumni Reunion 5/22/2010
Sandy Gottbreht, Verena Gillis & Bernadette Stokes

Dunseith Alumni Reunion 5/22/2010
Very spacious and nicely decorated set up for nearly 300 folks

Dunseith Alumni Reunion 5/22/2010
Very spacious and nicely decorated set up for nearly 300 folks

Dunseith Alumni Reunion 5/22/2010

Steak Dinner at John/Margaret Bedard’s:
Gary & Bernadette Stokes. John Bedard barbequing steaks

 

03/07/2020 (2734)

Joann (Smith) Fuchs (DHS ’65) Obituary
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND Joann (Smith) Fuchs

Smith, Joann

Joann Fuchs, age 72 of Bottineau, died Thursday, February 27, 2020 at a Minot nursing home.  Her memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the Grace Lutheran Brethren Church in Bottineau.

Ella Joann Fuchs, a daughter of William Jay and Eva (Vannewkirk) Smith, was born on March 13, 1947 in Bottineau.  She attended country school and Dunseith High School before graduating from Bottineau High School in 1965.  On October 14, 1967, she married  Leroy Fuchs at the Methodist Church in Bottineau.  They lived in Kramer until moving to Bottineau in 1991.  Through the years, she worked at the Bottineau Courant, the Kramer School, Dakota College at Bottineau, Bonnie’s and Flora’s Daycare and then Liebold Dentistry until she retired.

Joann was a member of Grace Lutheran Brethren Church in Bottineau where she was active in the ladies’ groups and the children’s ministry.  She enjoyed walking, her birthday club and her children and grandchildren’s sporting events.

She is survived by her husband, Leroy of Minot, 2 daughters, Debbi (Vinnie) Lovelace of Minot and Patti Jo (Nate) Hagerott of Minot; grandchildren, Alyssa (Mitch) Thompson of Bottineau, Kaitlyn Sivertson of Minot, Lexi Lovelace of Minot, Madison (Dylan) Hagerott of Stanley, ND and Ezra, Finli and Ian Hagerott of Minot; great grandchildren, Addison and Emily Thompson of Bottineau and Bryker Nyhusmoen of Stanley, ND; sisters, June Smith of Las Vegas, Erma (Morris) Berg of Lynden, WA, Joyce Helgeson of Bottineau and Janice (Donald) Fuchs of Albuquerque, NM; brother-in-law, James (Donna) Fuchs of Devils Lake; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Elden and Jerry Smith and sister, Jennie Smith.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to an organization of your choosing or to Dakota College At Bottineau, Nursing Program.

Joann was well cared for in her final days with Alzheimer’s by nurses. Nursing and caring for people always held a special place in her heart.

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


Gary Stokes’ Comments

Joann was in our DHS class of ’65. She attended her first two years of HS in Dunseith before transferring to Bottineau. Very recently I asked my sister-in-law, Debby Stokes, if she had heard the latest with Joann’s condition, because I had not heard anything about her for a long time.

 I was saddened to hear of Joann’s Passing. I knew she was battling Alzheimer’s. She stuck in there a long time battling this disease. After having contracted this disease, she attended several of our School gatherings, reunions, etc.

 For a number of years, the Smith Family lived west of Salem Church, Just off of highway #43. During those years, Joann and her siblings attended Church and Sunday School at Salem. Joann also attended Confirmation, with me, at Nordland church. My dad and I would stop and pick her up every Saturday.

 The Smith family children attended Dunseith after they moved to Foot hills in the early 60’s

 We extend our Condolences to all of Joann’s family with her passing.  

 

Obituary Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot, ND Donna Wenstad | 1958 – 2020

 Donna Wenstad

July 01, 1958 – February 28, 2020

Donna Wenstad, age 61 of Dunseith, died Friday, February 28, 2020 at her home in Dunseith.

Donna Wenstad was a daughter of Oscar and Elberta (Andersen) Wenstad.  She was from a family of 7 siblings, Arlan, Donald, Connie, Debbie, Pamela and Curtis.  She attended school in Dunseith and after graduation, she entered the US Army.  She served as an MP at Fort Hood, TX before receiving her honorable discharge on July 7, 1977.  She returned to North Dakota and worked as a police officer for Rolette County.  She later returned to Texas and worked at a nuclear plant in Palacios, TX.  As her health failed, she moved to Arizona.  She later returned to North Dakota.  As her health failed, she lived with her friend Sandra Belgarde in Dunseith. Thank you, Sandra, for your care, and to your family.

 Donna had a fun-loving spirit.  She will be remembered for her love of animals and looking out for their welfare.  She was loved and will be missed.

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

 

Condolences to the Oscar and Elberta Wenstad Family
From Vickie Metcalfe (70):  Bottineau, ND

March 6,2020

Gary , Dunseith Alumni friends,  and  Oscar and Elberta Wenstad Family,

I offer sincere sympathy on the passing of Donna.

I remember classes with Donna s older sisters;  Connie class of 1969 and Bobbi,

A.K.A.  Barbara was one of the class of 1970.

Sincerely,

Vickie L. Metcalfe

Condolences to the Oscar and Elberta Wenstad Family
From Lynn Halvorson Otto (75):  Boonton, NJ

My sincere condolences to Donna Wenstad’s family.  She and I rode the bus from elementary school through high school together and swam in the Willow creek every summer!  Be at peace now and God rest your soul.

Lynn Halvorson Otto

 

Gilbert “Shawn” LaVallie (DHS ’88) Obituary
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (70):  Bottineau, ND

March 5,2020

Gary and Friends of Dunseith Alumni,

I wish to extend sympathy to the family of Shawn Lavallie.

I worked with his wonderful mother,  Beverly (Azure) Lavallie  at Dunseith Elementary School .

( I also recall Many   Lavallie uncles were proud Veterans).

Sincerely,

Vickie L. Metcalfe

 

Gilbert “Shawn” LaVallie
LaVallie, Shawn
July 12, 1970 – March 05, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of Gilbert “Shawn” LaVallie, loving son, brother, father, and uncle. Shawn entered eternal life on March 5, 2020, at the age of 49.

Shawn was born July 12,1970, in Belcourt, to Gilbert and Beverly (Azure) LaVallie. He was raised in Dunseith and attended school in Dunseith graduating in 1988. He attended college at NDSU-Bottineau and then entered the workforce.

Shawn enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his children who were his pride and joy. He was a very private man with a quick wit; was a font of random facts; and was a loyal and fierce protector of his family. His death has left a huge hole in our small family that will never be filled. Until we meet again, Shawn.

He is survived by his mother, Beverly LaVallie, of Dunseith; his children, Dawn LaVallie of Rolette, Shawn LaVallie of Minot, and Shanice and Landon LaVallie of Dunseith; a step-daughter, Aleana Peltier of Dunseith; his sister, Lori (Brad) Foss of Washburn; his brother, Corey (Julie) LaVallie of Belcourt; nieces, Kristen Foss of Bismarck and Jillian LaVallie of Belcourt; and nephews, Corey John and Connor LaVallie of Belcourt.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gilbert LaVallie, Sr., and his grandparents, John and Cecelia LaVallie and Frank and Agnes Azure.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 10:00 AM at St Anthony’s Catholic Church of rural Dunseith. Father Jim Mulligan presiding. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Elick Funeral Home, Rolla, ND.

https://prod12.meaningfulfunerals.net/obituary/gilbert-shawn-lavallie?fh_id=14585

 

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Blog (86) posted on Jun 13, 2010

Folks, I am kind of rushed today with our friends from Bremerton visiting. I will post more reunion pictures tomorrow. Gary

Touching story – PI donations for the needy:

Folks, I try to keep the postings in the daily blogs to a minimum for the Dunseith PI donations given for the PI needy. This one is an exception though. I have a page listed in our Dunseith Alumni Web sight for the PI needy. Last month when we were back in Dunseith a very generous Dunseith couple gave us a donation to be used however we saw fit for the PI needy. I am sharing with you my reply to this couple for how we used their money. We raised $480 with the raffle we had at the reunion for the PI needy. Bernadette has that money ear marked for the elderly in need. Gary

Hello (Dunseith couple),

 When we got home, we were informed that the wife of the Hayag family that lives across the street from our garage had miscarried at 7 months. This would have been child number seven. This is the same family we have chosen for Brenda Hoffman’s donations. She miscarried the same morning we got back. We arrived late on Wednesday the 9th. She miscarried at home, but with complications had to be hospitalized for a D & C. In this country no medical attention is rendered until the funds are available. She is/was placed on a bed in the back of the hospital with no treatment until the funds are available. If funds do not become available and she gets infection, in all likely hood, she’d died right there in the hospital with no medical attention. This happens everyday in this country. He husband canvassed the area soliciting for funds with virtually no success. Because of who we are and all the solicitations we get hit up for, we are normally the last resort. Even at that, we can not possibly help all. We have to draw the line. When her husband came to us last night he said he needed 5,000 peso’s to cover the D & C and all hospital expenses. That’s about $108.00 with the current exchange rate of P46.3 to the dollar. With that all said and done, we decided to use your hundred dollar donation to cover her medical expenses. We siphoned a little from the other donations to cover their remaining $8.00. He walked out of our office last night with P5,000, in hand, headed for the hospital. Thanks to you folks, Mrs. Hayag is getting the medical attention needed. We will keep you posted. We were also told that her tubes have to be tied too, so she will not be having anymore babies.

 We see and hear of these situations very often. We have learned to say no without feeling guilty. We will do our part, but we realize there is no way in the world that we can help all and these folks realize that.

 Thank you (Dunseith couple),

 Gary
Alice and Harvey Hoffman are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary today.Posting from Brenda Hoffman (68): Greenville, SC

Wedding Photo June 14, 1945

They met on a blind date in Bismarck in December 1944 and were married the following June 14, 1945. The day they met Alice was a clerical employee at the State Capital in Bismarck and Sargent Harvey Hoffman was on leave from the army. Following Harvey’s release from the army in September 1945, they lived in Bismarck, moved briefly to McClusky, ND (Harvey was from McClusky and Alice from Denhoff), returned to Bismarck and then on to Lodi, California.

It was in California that doctors discovered both Alice and Brenda (born in 1950) had tuberculosis. The California doctors strongly suggested Alice and Brenda return to ND for treatment (each state provided free treatment for residents – Alice and Harvey were considered residents of ND). Unfortunately, San Haven, the North Dakota Tuberculosis Sanatorium, was filled to capacity. The San Haven Superintendent, Dr. George Loeb, promised both Alice and Brenda beds if they could return to San Haven by a specific date – just a few days away. Harvey hired a driver and Alice, Brenda, Dale (born in 1946) and the hired driver, drove night and day from California (including over the mountains in winter) to North Dakota to meet that deadline. Brenda and Alice were admitted on March 4, 1950 (Alice’s bed was the fifth in a room designed for four patients).

Brenda was released in 1952 and Alice in 1953. During their hospitalization, Harvey worked in the hospital kitchens and Dale lived with his grandparents in McClusky. Dale joined the family when Alice was released in 1953. Their first home as a family at San Haven was in the Children’s Building.

Other families living in the building at that time included the Jay Vanorney, Charlene and Sharon Pearson, Carol Jasper, John and Alan Boguslowski and Jeff Olson families. Most of the families shared one of the two central bathrooms on each floor and the one telephone in the hallway. The Children’s Building was also the school bus stop. San Haven school children were bused by Herc Nicholas (father of Jennie and step-father of Ellen G) to and from school in Dunseith including a trip home for lunch.

Cindy, Alice and Harvey’s third child, was born in 1959 after they had moved to the cottage next to the hospital.

Harvey took over the San Haven bakery in the mid-1950s and Alice started her work life babysitting Chuck and Mona Johnson’s boys (Brian, Craig and Kevin), moved to Occupational Therapy with Barbara Schaalt (sp?) and then accepted her position of more than 20 years, Executive Housekeeper. Alice and Harvey retired from San Haven in the early 1980s, wintered in Truth or Consequences, NM for years and maintained a summer home in Rugby where they now live. Alice is 84 and Harvey will be 87 in October. Both are healthy, active and continue to enjoy their retirement

April 2008:
Alice & Harvey Hoffman

 

Phyllis McKay (65):

Folks, we called Phyllis and she was able to join us at the at the “Old Country Buffet” in Federal Way, last Sunday the 6th, when we had our grandkids with us for dinner. She lives in Auburn, just a short distance away. Phyllis was in ND the day of our reunion too. Her Granddaughter, who lives in the Fargo area, graduated the same day as our reunion, so she was unable to attend. She would have dearly loved to have attended, but she could not be two places at the same time. These are several pictures we took with Phyllis. Phyllis is a 4th grade teacher and loves kids. Gary

Phyllis McKay & Gary Stokes


Phyllis McKay and Bernadette Stokes


Phyllis McKay with our two Grandkids, Tyler 12 & Neveah 5.

 

 

 

 

03/02/2020 (2733)

Donna Wenstad (DHS 1975) | 1958 – 2020 | Obituary
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND

July 01, 1958 – February 28, 2020

Donna Wenstad, age 61 of Dunseith, died Friday, February 28, 2020 at her home in Dunseith.

Gary’s Comment. I was saddened to hear this new of Donna’s passing. For a period of time she was living in Arizona. Last I chatted with her she was living in Dunseith. If memory serves me right, later I think she was living on the Former Willow Lake School Grounds south of Willow Lake, in the Turtle Mountains, north of Dunseith. Donna’s Parents were Oscar and Alberta Wenstad. Their Farm was located 3 miles south of highway 43 on the Willow Lake road. In my grade school days, we visited them often. We extend our condolence to all of Donna’s family with her passing.

 

Wondrasek photography advertisement
Reply from our Website:  http://dunseith.net/ Hi,

    I found a vernco ice-cream scoop. It is in its original Package.  Appears to be around mid-70s. 

      On the back of the scoop reads: ” A SCOOP FULL OF THANKS FROM WONDERSEK PHOTOGRAPHY “

with phone # and location, which is Bottineau, North Dakota. 

     Could you please give me any information on their history?

        Thanks. 

  1. POWERS 

Gary’s Comment Folks, I have not listed the V. Powers email address. For those of you wishing to reply to them, I will gladly forward your messages to them. I also sent them a photo copy of Wondrasek family history from the 1984 Bottineau Centennial book.

 

Fury 2020 Boxings
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND

February 23, 2020

Hello Gary and Dunseith Alumni friends,

My keyboard is wacky.  Some keys refuse to work. I apologize for the lack of punctuation etc.

Who is Tyson Fury?

https://www.bbc.com/sport/boxing/51602615

Oh, for the days when dads listened to radio!
Times long before TV and cell phones entered family living rooms.

In our home nestled amongst trees and hills, discussions usually followed hearing the boxing matches
..my Dad, his brothers,  and family friends, most often, Art,  & Emil Morin .

 

When Mick Morris  ( a long-lost cousin) was introduced to Art Seim at Dunseith nursing home….
…..Arts first question to Mick was in regard to boxing.

Do you box?

Then, Art said ….All  the Metcalfe boys grew up with the knowledge   and appreciation for   the sport of boxing.
He told Mick, they learned from …Mr. Metcalfe ( their dad).

I was told by my dad that:  He and his elder brothers, along with their sister Leona, were taught rules by their father,
which they were expected to follow and honor William Metcalfe,  if you choose to fight siblings ….fight fair…….

Dad told me, many times whenever there was a disagreement among his siblings at Rabbit City Lake,
When they made the choice to physically fight….
They had to follow their fathers’ rule, put on boxing gloves and fight FAIR.

Dad said his sister Leona boxed well as her brothers.
In my aunts own N. Seattle dining room, I recall, the two pair of boxing gloves hanging on the wall
overlooking the pool table which would also serve as a formal dining table at family gatherings.
She taught her own sons the art and skill of boxing.

Myself? I never got into boxing.
This morning whilst reading BBC I fondly revisited sweet memories of the radio in our home.

Until Later,
Vickie L. Metcalfe

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Blog (85) posted on Jun 12, 2010

 

Folks,
I would dearly love to be able to attend Elwood’s Birthday celebration, but unfortunately, we are unable to attend. I congratulated him though, when we had dinner with them at Dale’s last month. Both Elwood and Eleanor look so nice. They for sure do not show their ages. They are like family to us.

The Country School reunion is being held the same day as Elwood’s Celebration of which many of you are signed up to attend. Looking at the time lines you can attend both. The Country School Reunion is being held at the Twin Oaks at the Lake. Registration & social time is until 6:30 PM with the Dinner being served from 6:30 to 8:00. I am very sure that Orvin Hagen will be attending both celebrations. He and the Fauske’s have remained good friends over the years.

Elwood, you are a Pillar & Icon to the Dunseith community and the whole area from the Turtle mountains to Bottineau and beyond. You have done so much for so many over the years. You were always there for my folks and our family in our growing up days, especially in the latter years when you farmed our home place. Dad spoke highly of and had the utmost respect for you. In his eyes you were the best farmer to have ever been on this universe. You had farm land all the way from your place north of us to the prairie. I remember well when you worked for the Rolette county Soil Conservation running their Cat. First it was a D-7, then they upgraded you to the D-8. You did a whole lot of brushing for us and a whole lot of others in the years that you worked for them. You are a saint in our eyes. Enjoy your celebration with family and friends of which you are most deserving of. It couldn’t be for a nicer kind hearted guy and Stubby too. We can not forget her. Gary

PS – I will make a special attempt to attend your Centennial in 10 years. Just for you I’d make the 9,000-mile journey across the Pacific from the Philippines to Bottineau. You can hold me to my word with this one.

Fauske family in about 1960:
Back: Carrole, Russell, Connie
Front: Eleanor, Arlinda, Beth, Brian & Elwood

Fauske family – November 2008:
L to R: Carrole, Brian, Connie, Eleanor, Elwood, Beth, Russell & Arlinda


Folks,

Having mentioned Orvin Hagen above, I thought I’d share this with you. We found this in a suit case full of pictures from my Grandma Julia Stokes that had been left in the barn up on the farm when dad sold it to Larry and Mona Marchus in 1996. Larry discovered this suit case several months ago and left it at Bud & Debby’s. There were some other interesting pictures in that suit case too that I will share with you in days to come.

Orvin was the 4-H leader of the Mountaineer’s for well over 20 years. I think closer to 30 would be more accurate. He was a great leader and family friend too.

Gary

 

Question for Mel Kuhn:
From Allen Richard (65): Midland, MI

To Mel–

Is that a ’51 or ’52? We had a dark blue ’51 coupe like that — the Cranbrook package. Dad traded in ’59 and I think Albert(?) Bedard bought it.

Allen
Reunion & Scotland Pictures:
From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND

Geri Metcalfe Munro (59), Sharon Zorn Gerdes (62) & Gary Stokes (65)


Travis Metcalfe (76) and Chuck & Geri Metcalfe (59) Munro


Patti Metcalfe Woods (67) & Travis Metcalfe (76)

 

Bernard Morin (76) & Travis Metcalfe (76)

 

Geri Metcalfe Munro (59) and Vickie Metcalfe (70)
at Luss, Loch Lomond. Scotland

Chuck and Geri Metcalfe Munro on the boat “Lady of the Lake”. Sir Walter Scott, loch Lomond, Scotland

Gary, We returned from Scotland one night, the next morning I rang up Larry Metcalfe. He invited Geri and I to visit with them. We went at 9:30 a.m. and left at noon. I then drove home to Bottineau and got home to Bottineau about 5:15. Here are photos I am sharing.

Vickie

Geri Metcalfe Munro (59), Larry Metcalfe (59) & Vickie Metcalfe (70)


Lise Rousseau Metcalfe (64)

02/19/2020 (2732)

Folks,
Sorry for the delay getting these blogs posted. I have been kind of busy and just haven’t gotten them issued. The older we get the faster time flies by too.
Gary

 

Condolences to Carol Pritchard Corzine (67) for the loss of her husband Don.
From Brenda Hoffman (’68):  Taylors, SC

Dear Gary,

I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, Carol. May loving memories sustain you and your family during this difficult time.

Brenda Hoffman class of 1968

 

Beverly Handeland Hamnes 90th birthday Celebration (DHS ‘1948)
Belated Happy birthday Bev.

Gary’s Comments.
I told Deb Knudson Busta that I would post this for her mother, but I’m late with my postings. So sorry about that Deb. From your FB postings I can tell you had a wonderful celebration for your Mother’s 90th.

 Bev and her husband Mel were on several Dunseith cruises, Alaska and the Caribbean,  with us. We had some nice chats too. Lovely couple. So friendly and nice. Mel owned the New Holland machinery dealership in Bottineau for a number of years too.

 Jenny Handeland was Bev’s mother. They lived a short distance north of Kelvin. In my childhood days, Jenny, a lovely woman, was very well known throughout the whole area. Everyone knew Jenny.  

Handeland, Bev

 

Clayton Lider (DHS ‘1954) Passing
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND

Lider, Clayton                

Clayton Lider, age 84 of Bottineau, died Friday at a Bottineau hospital.  His funeral will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 10:30 am at the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 1:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.  Burial will be at the Oak Creek Cemetery in Bottineau.

 Clayton LeRoy Lider, a son of Carl and Gladys (Loken) Lider, was born on March 16, 1935 at Rock Lake, ND.  He attended school in Rock Lake and graduated from Dunseith High School in 1954.  He then attended Wahpeton School of Science.  On June 22, 1958, he married his classmate Arliss Halvorson.  He worked at Hosmer’s Dry Goods Store in Dunseith, John’s Standard Station for his uncle, John Wurgler, before working for North Central Electric in Bottineau for 40 years before retiring in 1997.  They moved to Lake Metigoshe. Eleven years later they moved a half mile east of Bottineau, where he spent many hours working in his woodshop making eagles, wall chime clocks and many other projects for family and friends.  They later moved into Bottineau where they have resided since.

Clayton was a Boy Scout and a member of his school choir where he sang tenor.  He was active in the Bottineau Jaycees and the Eagles Club where he served as president for a time.  He was also active in First Lutheran Men’s Organization and helped with the Lutefisk Supper for several years.

He is survived by his wife Arliss of Bottineau; sons, Jeff Lider of Hatton, Greg (Peggy) Lider of Bottineau and Donavon (Kelli) Lider of Mohall; 7 grandchildren, Jayson (Sarah) Lider of Tea, SD; Shane (Heather) Lider of Minot,  ND, Alexander (Ashley Jorgensen) Lider of West Fargo, ND, Heather (Lucas) Underdahl of Makoti, ND, Christopher (Allison) Lider of Hillsboro, ND, Heidi (Ross Tordsen) Lider of Fargo, ND and Carleigh Lider of Denver, CO; seven great grandchildren, Braden, Kote, Abby, Lane, Nadia, Maggie and Lena; 2 sisters, Georgine Buck of Los Angeles and Caroleen Williams of Minot, ND; brother-in-law, Curt (Denise) Halvorson of Dunseith, ND, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Douglas Lider, daughter-in-law, Gayle Lider, parents-in-law Clifford and Alma Halvorson, sister, Eileen Todd, brothers, Darold and Vondell Lider; brothers-in-law, Jim Todd, Danny Buck and Don Williams and nephews, Rodney Todd and Boyd Williams.

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

Gary’s Comment
We extend our condolence to Arliss and all of Clayton’s family with his passing.

 

Alfred and Rebecca Cote and Jim Metcalfe Jr.
Question from Margaret Metcalfe Leonard Casavant (’65):  

Folks,
Many of you remember Alfred and Rebecca Cote and of course the Metcalfe’s too . I want to share part of personal message I received from Margaret Metcalfe with my reply, that I think will be of interest to many of you.

Hi Gary,

Just returned from a vacation in AZ.  Spent a remarkable time with my brother Jim and his wife, Yoli. We talked at length about the “olden days” and our growing up years with family and neighbors.

He also reminisced about Boeing and Seattle.  He had an excellent friend, Leo Brillon (sp)? who was related to Alfred and Rebecca Cote.  I remember that you have told about your friendship with their son, Urbane Cote.  Just wondering if by chance you had an opportunity to meet Leo and his wife.  Jim worked with him for many years and they visited many times after they retired from Boeing, sadly, Leo has passed away.

God bless you and yours,

Margaret

Gary’s Reply Hello Margaret,

Yes, I knew Leo Brillion.  I know his brother Les and his wife Debbie very well too. We are very close friends. Their mother, Liz was a sister to Loretta (Laureus) Cote.  Laureus was a brother to Fern Berube.  Of course, you know Laureus and Fern’s parents were Alfred and Rebecca Cote. That’s Leo and Les Brillion’s connection to the Cote’s. The story doesn’t end there. Now my connections to the Loretta Cote and Liz Billion. Loretta and Liz’s brother’s wife Mary, was a very close friend to my mother and my Grandparents in her growing up days in Walhalla. Mary actually lived with my Grandparents for a number of years too. With our summer visits to Walhalla to visit My mother’s sister-in-law and our cousins, we’d always stop by Mary’s farm to see her and her family too. How I met the Cote’s and Brillion’s in Bremerton. On the very first day of my employment at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, February 1967, the very first guy I met in my assigned area was Laureus Cote. He asked me where I was from. When I said ND, he asked me what town. I told him Bottineau thinking he’d be more familiar with Bottineau than Dunseith. Hearing that, he told me he was from Willow City. Surprised us both to discover we were both from Dunseith. We had never heard of each other. Of course, I Knew Fern and who his parents were too. When he told Loretta he had met me, she said “I know very well who he is”. Laureus had the phone number of my uncle and aunt where I was staying. Loretta immediately called me. From that moment on Laureus and Loretta took me in and treated me as one of their family. A relationship that lasted the rest of their lives. I was included with all of their family gatherings, etc.  Bernadette too after she came into the picture. They were wonderful people. Mary Ermer, Leo and Les’s aunt, recently passed away too. She was living in a Nursing home near her daughter Betty in Grand Forks.  She was in her 90’s. My grandparents owned and operated a bakery in Walhalla. They hired my dad as a baker. He fell in love with the owner’s daughter and the rest is history. They were married in June 1941. I’m a war baby, the first born after my dad returned from WWII, Pacific theater. Take care, Gary

02/08/2020 (2731)

Don Corzine (Carol Pritchard ’67 Husband) Passed 

Don Corzine, February 10, 1947-February 2, 2020
Don

Don Corzine, 72, passed away February 2, 2020 in Denver City. Memorial services will be held at First Baptist Church in Denver City on Saturday, February 8 at 10:00 a.m.

Donald Lewis Corzine was born February 10, 1947 in Haskell, Texas to J.F (Jeff) and Mabel Randolph Corzine. He graduated from Seagraves High School and served in the U.S. Air Force. He married Carol Pritchard in 1969. He served as a reserve deputy for the Terry County Sheriff’s Dept., then in 1983 became a deputy for the Yoakum County Sheriff’s Dept. before serving four terms as Yoakum County Sheriff from 2001-2016.

He is preceded in death by a daughter, Jana Atkins; his parents; an infant brother, Ronald Raymond Corzine; and a sister, Dolly Belknap. He is survived by his wife, Carol; a daughter, Judy Faught and husband Shane, of Brownfield; a son, Derek Corzine and wife Ydien, of Amarillo; and two grandchildren, Breck Lindsey and husband Treg, of Marysville, California and Conner Faught, of Brownwood.

Gary’s comments

We extend our condolences to Carol and all of her family with the passing of her husband Don. I heard a lot of good things about Don too. I know he was a well-respected guy.

The Pritchard’s lived one mile south of us in the Ackworth community of the Turtle Mountains 16 miles NW of Dunseith, ND.

 

 

FROZEN FINGERS FESTIVAL

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: neola@min.midco.net Minot, ND

Gary,

This is the poster for Frozen Fingers Festival in Minot.  Dick and Brenda perform at this festival every year\

Neola

Note: Please attachment.
Frozen

 

Deerheart Lodge

Pictures and Posting from Kari Keyes: Minot, ND

Note: Kari Keyes discovered us on our Dunseith Alumni Website. This is her reply.

Hi Gary…my name is Kari Keyes.I was going through an old album of my grandmother Bella Benthagen and found some pictures she took at “Dearhart Lodge” in 1951 while on a site seeing trip with her brother who was from Souris ND. There were just two pictures, but they peeked my curiosity.  What a neat place! My mother couldn’t recall ever hearing of this mystery place. They were taken along with a picture of the sanitarium of San Haven. I posted them in a FB page called Minoter’s asking if anyone knew of this place. Low & behold I had a response correcting the spelling to Deerheart Lodge in Rolette county.  So, after digging around in Google I found your Dunseith blog site and the entry about the history of the lodge. What a forgotten treasure.  One of the comments requested for anyone who had pictures to post them. I would be glad to share these with you.

Kari Keyes Reply to Gary

Hi Gary

I live in Minot, however I grew up in Westhope ND and we moved to Minot when I was in 3rd grade. My grandmother was married to Art O Benthagen and they owned the grocery store in Westhope way back in the day, and then after that closed my grandfather was the city auditor for some time. My Grandmother was originally a Fairweather and her family had established a homestead in Souris- all farmers. Her full name is Isabelle Fairweather and the brother that was on the drive with her that day was Edward Fairweather, she had another brother named Bill. My mother Lonnie had a second cousin & his name was Floyd Fairweather- you may be more familiar with his name as he was a professor here at Minot State and quite the artist.

We have had a fun time going over the pictures and getting to know the history of Deerheart Lodge. I understand there isn’t much left of the “resort” from what Face Book folks have said, but we still plan on heading up that way this summer to trace the steps of her family that day.

If you are on FaceBook I can tag you on the post in the Minoters Group page- you may find their comments about the post interesting and one other lady found a picture of a family member leaning on wall at Deerheart Lodge.

My regards,

Kari Keyes

Deerheart Lodge

 

 

01/18/2020 (2730)

My condolences to The Denise Peltier family. From Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine (’73): lafvickie@yahoo.com Grafton, ND

 

Kaye Lystad Kirk’s (BHS Class of 1981) husband (BHS Class of 1982).
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Minot, ND
Kirk
Douglas John Kirk

https://www.hansonrunsvold.com/obituaries/Douglas-Kirk-4/

Folks,

Douglas’ wife, Kaye Lystad Kirk’s parents were Willie and Joyce Lystad. Willie owned and operated the Westland Gas station in Bottineau for many years. Most of old timers remember Willie Lystad and the Westland Gas Station in Bottineau.

A few years back Kaye messaged me and ask if she could be on our distribution. With her vast historical and Genealogy knowledge, she has been an active participant of this blog too . She reads each and everyone of these blogs, often times with personal comments to me and comments for posting too.

Kaye, we are so saddened to hear of the sudden passing of your husband Douglas. Reading his obituary, he had a great career with great accomplishments. You can be very proud of him. We know you will miss him dearly too. Our condolences are with you with his passing too.

Gary

 

Linda Marie LaRocque Poitra (DHS ’68) Obituary Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot, ND
LaRocque Poitra, Linda

Feb 17, 1950 – JAN 02, 2020 https://www.nerofuneralhome.net/obituary/linda-poitra

 

Ackworth Cemetery Donations
Posted by Glenda and Russel Fauske (64):  Dunseith, ND
Actworth

 

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Blog (85) posted on Jun 12, 2010 Hannah Loeb is not well: 


Hannah Lobe is not well

Message from Karen Loeb Mhyre (65): Bellevue, WA

 Hi Gary,

 Sadly, I am writing to tell you that my mom is sick. She had been having abdominal pain since the later part of April. I returned home the 19th of May after a stay with our daughter in Ann Arbor. we saw the surgeon on 5/21 and she had a bunch of tests. She had surgery on June 2nd & is still recovering @ Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland. She has a bad diagnosis of adenocarcinoma of the bowel with +. nodes and spread throughout the abdomen. It is a stage IV cancer. She has been followed closely by the cancer center with extensive lab work every 6 months, and had a normal workup December 9, 2009. she had a colonoscopy three years ago. She is 89 years young and has lived a full and wonderful life. She has raised 5 great children and now we will take good care of her. Up until June 1st, she was reading, playing scrabble or pinochle. She is a fighter and we hope for some time to be together, probably 6 months to a year. She is pretty mad about the whole thing as you can imagine! Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

We hope to have her home by early next week.

Thanks again for all of your wonderful communications!! Mom’s inner strength from her North Dakota days will serve her well as we make this journey.

 Take care,
Karen Mhyre (daughter of Hannah Loeb)

 

 

 Reply from Ron Longie (65): Yakima WA

Gary, It looks like I missed a terrific time, and nice to see pictures from the reunion. I am going to Dunseith the first week of July to see old friends, I will be going back with my kid brother Donnie he hasn’t been back in 30 years so it’s time for a trip, as for me all I need is a reason. I am really looking forward to this trip it should be a blast.

Ron

 

 

Vickie Metcalfe & Chuck/Geri Metcalfe Munro’s trip to Scotland:
From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND

 Gary, Chuck and Geri Munro and I returned yesterday evening to the USA. Both the very first day and the very last day of our journey were hectic stress. Ah, in-between was pure magic. More sunshiny days than i could have ever wished for or imagined. Flying into Glasgow, we spent the first two days on the at Luss on Loch Lomond, the Fargo First Presbyterians were part of the church service celebrating it’s 1,500 year anniversary. (we missed Prince Charles by 3 days) From Loch Lomond and the River Clyde, traveling by bus, we stayed at a bed and breakfast on the Isle of Mull, where our great Grandmother, Jean (Mclean) Metcalfe’s clan hailed from. Ferrying to the Isle of Iona we mingled with people from various parts of the world who were also making pilgrimages. On that isle, St. Columbe introduced Christianity to the Druids, Picts and Celts. We found it to be a truly special spiritual place. Through the busy days, often one track trails led us to many castles, some in ruins, others very opulent. We stayed at Knock Castle. We saw an old cathedral where it is believed one of the oldest Yew tree survives in a kirk yard, just a mere 5,000 years old. We photographed Highland Coooo’s……. Venturing down history trails to that last battle field. We listened to bagpipes, learned of Culodian and the Jacobites, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Sir William Wallace, Rob Roy MacGregor, and Robert the Bruce etc.. Throughout the highlands, among castle ruins, cottages and rock fences we saw gentle long woolly long tailed sheep who patiently wait til late July to be sheared. We learned there are over 7 million sheep in Scotland, the wool market throughout the world is dipping downward. Central Scotland has its’ own silicon valley as the number one export is technology ………..followed by #2 export ….whisky. While Chuck and Geri visited a monastery existing for centuries. I went off to find the ever reclusive,Nessy who has also existed for centuries……. I spent two hours exploring the sometimes 560 foot deep Loch Ness. While aboard,I met a teacher on school holiday, from Wales and her daughter. Francesca, the daughter, was wearing a Cooooo hat and preferred to be called Mosey the Coooo. We made exchanges about the school systems in each country and I believe, “We are more alike and have more in common than we have differences”. The last three days of our journey found us crossing the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh. By this time I was weary of castles. Walking through the rain, we searched to find the grave of Greyfriars Bobby, walked a bit of the royal mile and listened in the magnificent acoustics of St. Giles Cathdral, finally hoppong a double decker city bus where we got a birds eye view for a couple hours. Food each day began with a full Scottish breakfast. Bacon, eggs, sausage, black sausage, grilled tomatoes, toast, Sottish jams,…..or cold cereal, ham, cheese, or…..kipper, or salmon. Often the fish and chips were favored for dinner. Supper, we had choices of venison, mussels, roast beef, chicken, haggis, cullen skink, carrot soup. In between was tea time…… Scottish food is fantastic!!! Finding a wealth of treasures to be brought home; Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Mclean of Lochbuie tartan ties for the Metcalfe men. Golf hats and tees from St. Andrew’s. Linens, wool, and books for the women and wee children. Yes. We three agreed; the history, culture, scenery and food rate across the board high marks. The people of Scotland made the magic as they were welcoming, warm friendly to animals and people, honorable, and containing healthy doses of vibrant humor and wit. I came home to my Lochbuie. Whom, thank goodness is not purring having spent the last 2 weeks with Cyndy’s family and her cats. But… me thinks, I find Buie has developed a fine taste for people food. Acht! Another-r- r tomorrow to be filled with dog walking, picking ticks and r-r-reminiscing. Vickie

 

Pictures taken at the Rolette County Museum in St. John:

Folks, these are a few pictures that we took when we visited the St. John Museum on Friday, May 21st.

Thank you, Dick Johnson and Mel Kuhn, for your hospitality, allowing us to make this tour possible of this great facility of exhibits. I was impressed with all that you have.

Gary

Gary Stokes & Art Rude
 


Angela Berube Malget, Connie Halvorson Kester & Gary Stokes

Gary Stokes, Harvey Hoffman, Dave (Husband – Brenda Hoffman),
Alice Hoffman, Brenda Hoffman (68) & Esther Murray Fleming

 

Greg Malget, Angela Berube Malget (65),
Connie Halvorson Kester (64) & Gary Stokes

Susan Fassett Martin (65), Dick Johnson (68) & Paula Fassett (71)

 

Esther Murray Fleming (65)
 

 

 Angela (Berube) & Greg Malget

 

 Esther Murray Fleming (65) & Connie Halvorson Kester (64):

 

Gwen Grimme Eltz (68)


L to R: Mel Kuhn, Bill Grimme, Greg Malget, Dick Johnson,
Connie Halvorson Kester, Gary Stokes,
Angela Berube Malget & Jim Kester

 

Mel Kuhn’s Classic that he restored and drives

01/02/2020 (2729)

Denise Peltier (DHS 1971) Passed away.
Posting from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot, ND

January 02, 1954 – December 30, 2019
Denise Peltier, age 65 of Dunseith, died Monday at a Belcourt hospital.

Welcome Home – In Their Own Words – 10-min clip for our VN Vets Web link Posted by Bill Hosmer (48): Tucson, AZ
Hosmer, Bill

Pretty much the way it was ……except for the feelings and emotions that we all carry but cannot adequately transfer or relate to anyone that was not there!!

Bill

https://www.flyingtv.com/programs/b17a42

Gary’s Remarks I totally agree Bill. With all the Vietnam war protests, we didn’t get much of hero’s welcome returning home.


Bernadette’s Long-lost Niece with her 5 children, here for the funeral of Bernadette’s sister.

Ma.Lotte and her five children with Novie Ostulano Congson and Edz Lynn Sangris children, having their final meal before leaving for their home on the island of Samar. They were here for 9 days. These kids all had their same spot at the table for all three meals each day too. Lots of rice. That’s their main staple. Ma.Latte is Bernadette’s sister, Berlinda (deceased) long lost daughter recently found. She and her children were here for Berlinda’s funeral. Ma.Lotte was fortunate to have been able to see and visit with Berlinda, her birth mother, two days before Berlinda’s passing. Until three weeks ago she had no idea who her birth mother was. Berlinda’s final request was to see her. With a lot of persistence, Novie was able to locate her. Ma.Lotte is 46 years old. We enjoyed Ma.Lotte and her wonderful family. Note the beautiful smile of the girl on the right, turned looking at the camera. She is the youngest. 10 years old. Her nick name is Young Young (Young2). Her oldest brother Lester, 24, is on the left, far end of the table. Ma.Lotte is sitting next to Bernadette. Tata, our helper/caregiver, is feeding Bernadette.
Stokes 2729

 

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Blog (83)posted on May 12, 2010
Folks,

I am putting this out a bit early today. We have friends from Bremerton, WA staying/visiting with us. They will be here until Tuesday. Bernadette is fixing Breakfast, so hopefully I can get this distributed before she is ready for us to eat and our friends get up.

Please send any pictures that any of you have from the reunion.

Gary

 

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

Gary,

It was wonderful seeing everyone at the reunion. Peggy & Dennis Espe had a nice get together for the class of 1960 at their house before the big reunion and it was great seeing people, I had not seen in over 50 years. I wish I could have stayed around the area longer but Barbara is still working so we had to leave the next day. I also want to add my thank’s to Verena for all the work to set this up it was great fun. Hope you and Bernadette had a nice trip getting home and many thank’s for all you both do to keep us informed. Thank’s to Peggy & Dennis Espe for having the class of 1960 at their house. I found out I ‘m related to Peggy, I guess it is a small world.

Marie Iverson Staub

Marie, it was so nice to see you. There were a number of your class of 6- folks in attendance. We’d like to see some pictures. It was so nice seeing your cousin Joyce & Harlan Flaata too. I remember them well from my younger days when we attended the Metigoshe Lutheran churches of which my folks and them were very active members of. They look the same and yes they do live on Bear Butte. Joyce confirmed that.

 

Address & Phone number change:
From Mona Dionne Johnson: Bottineau, ND.

I am now living in Bottineau.

Address: 325 5th St. E., Bottineau, ND 58318
Tel. No. 702-534-0131

 

Folks,

On Thursday afternoon/evening, before the reunion, John and Margaret Bedard invited us up to their home on Lake Metigoshe for a 10 plus course steak dinner. They prepared some might fine dishes with some of the most tender steaks I’ve ever eaten. John did a might fine job barbequing. Then they toped it all off with June Berry Pie and ice cream.

Shortly after we got to John & Margaret’s, Susan Fassett Martin called me. She and Esther Murray Fleming had just arrived in Dunseith and were at Dale’s. John and Margaret invited them to come up and join the party too. Later on Les and Myra Henning Halvorson came over too. They have a cabin next door to John & Margaret’s. It was a most enjoyable evening and a kick start for the rest of the reunion days to follow. We need to dearly cherish these type of gatherings, because they are so few and far between.

John and Margaret, you are great hosts. We thank you so much for this enjoyable evening. We will remember this day for years to come.

Gary

 

L to R: Bill Grimme, Sherry Nerpel, Irina Protassevitch, Ken Nerpel,
Brenda Johnson, Dick Johnson, Susan Fassett Martin & Gary Stokes

Grimme with his Fiancé Irina Protassevitch

Esther Murray Fleming, Brenda Johnson,
Sherry Nerpel & Susan Fassett Martin

Kenny Nerpel & Brenda Johnson

Dick Johnson & Esther Murray Fleming

Esther Murray Fleming, Susan Fassett Martin & John Bedard

Irina Protassevitch

Bill Grimme & Sherry Nerpel

Dick Johnson & Susan Fassett Martin
Note: Dick must have caught a big one???

Esther Murray Fleming & Gary Stokes

John Bedard

John and Margaret Brennan Bedard

Front to Back: Irina Protassevitch, Les Halvorson,
Myra Henning Halvorson & Esther Murray Fleming

12/21/2019 (2728)

Bernadette’s sister, Berlinda, Passed away
She lived Next door to us

Bernadette’s sister, Berlinda, passed away on May 13th. She had been on Dialysis for two plus years. With failing health and Zero quality of life, she chose to discontinue her dialysis treatments. She lasted 9 days. She was 67 years old.

With Philippine tradition, her body and casket are in her house, next door, with nine days of prayers and services. Her funeral and burial are tomorrow (Sunday). Her sister is here from Japan and other relatives too, from other islands. That combined with the local relatives, there are lots of folks here and staying in our house. Tonight, we will have 25 plus folks spending the night. We don’t have bed space for them all, so they will just sleep on what ever floor space they find.  We are consuming lots of Rice, pork and Chicken.

Berlinda’s final desire was to be reunited with her “Out of Wedlock 46-year-old daughter”. Her Daughter was 4 years old when she last saw her. Out of the blue she remembered her Daughters adopted family name. Knowing the family name, her daughter Novie, was able to locate her living on the Island of Samar. Her out of wedlock daughter was very surprised and excited to finely know who her birth mother was. We were able to get her here two days before Berlinda died. Berlinda was very alert and conscience too. A fantastic reunion. This daughters name is Ma.Lette.  She went back home a few hours before Berlinda’s death. She is here now with all five of her children ages 10 to 24. They have been here since Wednesday. They are all staying in our guest apartment.

Bernadette took the death of her sister very hard. Bernadette’s condition the past few days, has not been good either. We have decided not to take her to the funeral tomorrow. It would be too difficult to get her there and into the church too. We doubt she’d be able to endure the length of time too.  Berlinda’s final home service will be tonight with the priest and church folks. Philippine Catholic traditions and beliefs. They will all walk behind the Hearse from here to the church tomorrow, a distance of about one mile.  Following the funeral, they will walk to the Cemetery located very near our house.

Gary

 

Christmas letter From Pastor Orval Moren:
Former Dunseith Lutheran Pastor

Merry Christmas family and friends,

I would like to wish you a blessed Christmas to you and your family. I continue to miss my dearie, Bernell. We were married for nearly 65 years, she passed on February 23, 2018. Life changes entirely upon the death of a beloved spouse. This year has brought many changes. I experienced three bouts of pneumonia and was hospitalized for several months. Slowly, I made my recovery. I have since sold my house and my car, have dispersed our possessions among our family to use and enjoy and have taken residence at the Good Samaritan Ambassador, in New Hope, Minnesota. I had the opportunity to dismantle my library to many friends and family.

Jon and Bonnie Moren welcomed a new granddaughter, Juniper Grace, born to Nate and Erin on November 19th. She joins her big sister, Penelope, who will soon be 3 years old. Nate and Erin continue with their business,Tandem made, and also work with Target in the build and design area. Erin also teaches at Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). Ben is a professor at MCAD and Sara teaches at MCAD as well. Sara also does free-lance in graphic design. Jon is a Dentist and Clinic Director at the University of Minnesota Boynton Health and Bonnie enjoys retirement. They all live in the Minneapolis, MN area.

Becky and Ric Calhoun, living in Amarillo, TX are healthy and enjoying a very active life and their family. Ric is a capital project manager in the petroleum industry. Becky is currently substitute teaching so that she can visit me routinely. Their oldest, Daniel, lives in Lafayette, LA, where he is a concrete project manager. Rachel lives in Austin,TX and is working in the technology industry. She recently became engaged to Dietrich Schmidt, who is on pastoral staff of a Austin based church.  Joanna is in Little Rock, AR, and is a youth minister at a growing church. Noah is a project engineer in Houston and works in the oil and gas industry. Joel lives in Fayetteville, AR and is a junior in electrical engineering at the University of Arkansas.

Debbie and Jerry Higgins live in Maple Grove, MN. Jerry works at Sheet Metal Connectors. Debbie continues to be an adult foster care provider. Jenna and her husband, Mark Heise are excitedly expecting their first child, a girl, in April.  I hope they will name her Orvalena. Mark is a finance manager at Apple Automotive in Shakopee and Jenna works in operations management in the wellness industry. Jay and his fiancée, Kelly Niles, became engaged in September. She is a marketing project manager and Jay received his Doctor of Chiropractic in May and now works full-time at his practice at Orthology in Eagan, MN. Jesse is a Senior in electrical engineering at the University of Minnesota in Duluth and will graduate in May. Jesse is in a relationship with Alina Godyaeva, who is majoring in environmental sciences. Tony Higgins works at Best Buy, and his girlfriend is Sadaya Sutta, works at Chuck E Cheese and also attends school part-time.

My youngest daughter, Mary Beth Galey, who is helping me write this letter, continues to live in Minnetonka, MN. She enjoys her role at Optum, a health services division of UnitedHealthGroup, as Vice President of strategic client management. She travels extensively and yet we see each other often.

Now more than ever, I continue to enjoy visits by phone, email, letters or in person (We suggest you call before you come). In this season of Christmas, I wish you the Lord’s blessings for a healthy and wealthy Christmas and 2020. I am residing at:

Good Samaritan Ambassador
Sunny Ridge, Room 114
8100 Medicine Lake Road
New Hope, MN, 55427

You can also reach me on my cell phone at 763-443-0777 and please forward email greetings or notes to my daughter Becky Calhoun at her email, zip55123@hotmail.com.

Continued blessings,

Orval Moren

 

 

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Blog (82) posted on May 11, 2010

Folks,

We got back home to the Philippines last night about 11:00 PM. When we landed they announced that it was 86F. That is about 4 degrees warmer than normal for that hour of the day. It’s currently 94F at 4:00 PM. This is the warmest that I have ever seen it here in Cebu.

We most certainly had a great trip seeing so many of you folks. It was absolutely wonderful. We so enjoyed the many small gatherings before and after the reunion as well. Last Friday, the evening before we left ND, we gathered at the Pizza Inn, in Bottineau, with Dick/Brenda Johnson, Jim/Connie Halvorson Kester, John/Margaret Bedard and Darrel/Debbie Stokes for Pizza and some good conversation from years past. When we were leaving, one of the workers in the back said to Dick, “You guys are leaving”. What was he thinking, we had only been there a little over 5 hours! We sure had fun reminiscing old times and stories from the past. Someday we’ll have to pick up from where we left off. We weren’t finished by any means, right Dick, Margaret & Connie.

I have not had a chance to down load any pictures from our camera that we took in the states yet today. I need to download and get them all separated. Hopefully I’ll get that done later this evening so I can post a few with tomorrow’s posting.

I have posted some pictures, at the bottom of this message from our Alaska Cruise, that Phyllis McKay provided. When we were in Federal Way on Sunday with our Grandkids, we called Phyllis to join us for dinner at the “Old Country Buffet”. It’s always a pleasure visiting with Phyllis.

Gary

 

Reply from Verena Gillis: Dunseith, ND

Gary, I went and cleaned up on Sunday and didn’t find any camera so someone may have picked it up Saturday evening. They may respond to your posting on the blog, I hope.

Got everything all cleaned and put away and returned to key to George plus $100.00 to cover any electric expenses. He told me anywhere from $30.00 to $80.00 so I just gave him $100.00 and that seemed to satisfy him.

I have been getting so many compliments on the food, the organization, the decorations, etc. from people in the community that attended and this makes everything all worthwhile! I am so happy it was a huge success and this makes my heart soar like an eagle!

Later, Verena (*-*)

Verena, your heart has every right to soar like an eagle with the huge success of this wonderful reunion. You made it happen and we so appreciate you going the extra miles to make this whole event the success that it was. When I visited you at that school several days before the reunion, I can not for the life of me figure out how you manage to do all that you do with all the things that you have on your plate. To top things off you were tasked by the school to make up graduation announcements, banners, etc. for the DHS gradation the day following our reunion. How do you manage to do it all and so efficiently? You are most certainly a super woman. DHS will be lost when you retire someday.

We want to thank George Gottbreht too, for letting us use the Bingo Barn rent free. He only ask that we pay the utilities that were incurred for this event. Thank you, George. I was also pleasantly surprised to see my name on Dale’s Bill Board out by the road too “Welcome Stokes Bogglers”. Bernadette first noticed it when we drove into Dale’s several days after we were in the area. Her words were “Look at that, your name is posted on that sign!” Sure enough it was and for three weeks too. Again, thank you George.

 

Reunion:
Reply from Brenda Hoffman (68): Greenville, SC

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. What a great reunion. I missed talking to so many people- just ran out of time even though the lights were shut off on Dick, Brenda, me and Tim Hill! I thought Bernadette was probably a lovely lady but know so now – a entire week of listening to our stories PLUS manning the reception area. Way to go Bernadette. And I can’t even begin to tell you how important the San Haven info at the Museum was/is to me. Kudos big time to Mel and Dick and Kudos to you for using the blog to tell us about it. Great weekend that I wish had been longer.

Love Brenda

You are so welcome Brenda. You were among those of us that were there to the most enjoyable end. We all had to leave about 12:30 AM so they could lock the place up. Brenda, you are a hoot and so much fun. I am so glad that you were able to attend. We enjoyed seeing Dave too, at the Museum. Gary

 

Message from Aime Casavant (66): Jamestown, ND

Gary,

Not sure if your checking your blog on vacation.

I have been assigned a bus charter run to Oklahoma City next week. Were supposed to be back around 1:00PM on Friday – I’m hoping for no problems so I can make it to Dunseith. Hope to see everyone there.

I drive charter tours in the so called semi-retirement.

 

Wild Weasel Mission in Viet Nam
Bill Hosmer’s (48) reply to DIck Johnson (68): Tucson, AZ

Bill Hosmer wrote: > Dick, Thanks for your reply. Yes, the Wild Weasel mission is some thing that I, personally, initiated by way of recommendation to the general who asked each of us flight leaders what we thought of a mission the day before in 1965 when six of us got shot down attempting to kill SAM sites very near Hanoi. Forty eight F-105 “Thuds* attacked two sites. We had to fly at very low level in order to not be shot down by the missiles themselves, but the AAA guys had a ball. My wing man was hit and had to eject as we were attacking one of the sites. I was leading eight birds and were supposed to hit everything left standing after the other forty had attacked. My guy was the only one not killed or taken prisoner that day, out of the six shoot downs. I was pretty pissed when the general asked me what I thought of the mission. I told him it was the f—ing dumbest thingI’ve ever experienced in my life. He said, ok, you get a meeting set up with representatives > from all the units involved and give me a recommendation on how to kill SAMs. By the way, you will be leading the next effort to get them. Igot the other guys together and we put together a long range and short range plan to kill SAMs. The long range one was to get a group of fighterpilots, with stuff already on the shelf,trained to do just that one specialty and develop tactics to lead the attack force into those high threattargets close to town. The F-100 was the first bird they had available to do this. The commander of that first outfit was and is a good friend of mine, Gary Willard. Later F-105s were modified with more advanced avionics to try to do it better, and finally F-4s got into the act. I led a twelve ship flight of F-105s on the next effort after the bad day of losses. I was able to develop my own tactical approach to getting the job done. We damaged the site and guns around it and did not lose one bird. I got some recognition > for doing it, and was proud of the people who volunteered to go with me on that one, in the face of the bad day with all those losses. So, Dick, I got carried away when you mentioned Wild Weasel and got a little offthe track. By the way, I flew the F-100 my second time over there, and it was all strikes against targets in Laos, and close air support for troops in South Vietnam. The president called off strikes in North Vietnam which boiled my blood. Cheers, Bill

 

Dick’s reply to Bill:

 Bill,

Gary Willard was the guy they we interviewing, I’m quite sure—Brig. Gen. Gary Willard–if my memory serves me. Thanks for the info and you can ‘get off track’ with me anytime—I love it!! It’s too bad they didn’t ask you guys the day BEFORE rather than after the black day. Thanks again.

Dick

 

Dick’s reply to Bill: 

Bill,

I will certainly greet the reunion goers on your behalf. We will miss you and Pat . The news about Pat’s improvement is great! This is a step in the right direction for her and just being home will be therapeutic in itself. Tonight, the Military Channel ran a documentary on the Wild Weasels in Vietnam. It told the in-depth course of action you guys did in the F 100s to decoy the SAMs ahead of the strike force. The entire NVA trick with ‘off and on’ radar to hide their sites was explained in detail. It was interesting but made me realize even more the danger you guys faced on a daily basis. It sounded like the Wild Weasels started the sorties in late ’65. Were you in the initial? squadrons? We bought a new satellite TV system and now get some real good channels—-for history and aviation buffs, anyway. Hope things keep improving for Pat. Give her our best!

Dick

 

Mike Hill:
Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND.

 

Gary,

I think I’ve mentioned Wally’s nephew was married this past Saturday. Once again, it’s a small world. Shane’s “best man” was Mike Hill, Tim Hill’s son. I met Tim at the reception.

 

Neola

 

Message from Cecile Carbonneau Marchand (50): Kenosha, WI & Clearwater, FL.

Welcome t5o the states. I cannot be there for the reunion but I will be looking forward to hearing all about it. Wish you good weather and good times.. Cecile Marchand (1950)

 

Message from Marge Longie Langan Wilcox (56): Vancouver, WA.

Gary/ Bernadette,

hope you both have a great time at the reunion.

one of these years I will try and make a reunion.

tell everyone hello for me.

Marge Langan Wilcox tigerlady414@aol.com

 

Message from Donald Malaterre (72): Sioux Falls, SD.

Hi Gary,

This is Donald Malaterre from the class of 1972.

Would you please add my name and my wife’s name, Joann Malaterre to the list of attendees of the Dunseith Reunion next week.

Joann is not a Dunseith alumni, but she thinks you are some kind of a legend.

We live in Sioux Falls, SD.

Thank you, and we will see you there.

Donald Malaterre

Donald, I am so glad that your were able to make it to the reunion. I enjoyed meeting you and Joann. It was nice of you to stop by at Dale’s to visit with our class of 65 folks on Friday too, the day before the reunion. I noticed you knew a number of folks and they too were glad to see you. Gary

 

Message from Paulette LaCroix Chisholm (68):  Newark, Delaware

Gary,

Have a safe and pleasant trip back to the US! You and Bernadette should have a great time visiting family and staying in the area. Better bring a jacket, it’s been downright chilly in the US. Thank you so much for keeping the blog going and for the opportunity for the extended community of ND to stay connected to their roots, memories, and old friends. You are a peach without the pit!

Paulette LaCroix Chisholm

 

Posted on the Dunseith Alumni Web Site:
From Beverly Hamnes Handeland (48): Bottineau, ND

From: beverly hamnes Phone: E-mail: Message: DEAR GARY; HERE IS MY EMAIL ADDRESS WE SURE HAD A GOOD EVENING WTIH EVERY ONE SATURDAY NITE. THANK YOU SO MUCH AND ALSO BERNADETTE. BEV

 

Reply to the pie postings sent from ND.
From Gwen Struck Dumas (68): Havre, MT

I just made my first ever angle food “pie”! Not sure how that happened, but it’s definitely different!

Clint went outside to cut firewood. It’s raining pitchforks and hammer handles and has been all week. I think he needed to get away to have a good ol’ belly laugh!! I may do the same…..some day.

 

Reply from Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND
Thank You Gary for making things happen.

Your blog continues to be like the old General store where folks gathered or Central Telephone Exchange of yesteryear. Many folks use quite frequently (other folks just listen in /view). All of us benefit by the exchange of positive communication.

I sincerely hope you and Bernadette had a good vacation. I here stateside felt it was great seeing you both again.

Happy Trails to you until we meet again……….Vickie

Vickie, Thank you so much for this nice compliment. It was most certainly a pleasure seeing and visiting with you both at the reunion and at the Bakery hashing out days gone by. I am hoping you are enjoying your trip back to Scotland with your cousin Geri Metcalf Munro and her husband Chuck. You may be back now. Please fill us in? Gary

 

Note from Bob Leonard (51): Lake Metigoshe & Dunseith, ND.

Hi Everyone:

Just a quick note to let you know I will be moving my computer to Lake Metigoshe, effective today, 5-23-2010. I am assuming I will have my same Metigoshe e-mail address, which is

If I find that I have to use another address, I will let all of you know.

Plan on having it up and running tomorrow afternoon, perhaps best if you do not use it until Tuesday.

We plan on making our physical move this week, perhaps on Wednesday or Thursday.

Hope all is well with all of you, have a good summer.

Sincerely,

Bob

 

Trying to locate Jim Olson – Former Teacher
From Larry Nagel (Former Teacher): Shields, ND

I have been trying to locate Jim Olson for some time. He taught at Dunseith High School Business Department until the spring of 1966.

Thank you!

Larry Nagel

 

July 2009 Alaskan Cruise pictures:

Posted by Phyllis McKay (65):  Auburn, WA

Note: I think the date on these pictures must have defaulted to the wrong date when Phillis took these.

 

Class of 65 members:
Back: Gary Stokes, Patty Boguslawski Gottbreht & Phyllis McKay
Front: Bill Grimme

 

Gary Stokes & Phyllis McKay
 

Darrel (Bud) 970)/Debby Stokes, Phyllis McKay (65) & Oliver/Marlene Reing
Note: Debby and Marlene are sisters.

Gary (57) & Sue Metcalfe

LeaRae Parrill Espe (67) & Terry Espe (64)


Cheryl Haagenson (71)


Cheryl Haagenson (71), Florence Pladson Sime (62), Becky Sime Coles (83) & Phyllis McKay (65)

(Lee’s Friend) Lee Stickland (64), Phyllis Mckay (65) & Gloria Pflepsoen


Patty Boguslawski Gottbreht (65) & Phyllis McKay (65)


Minnie Knox Flynn (47), K. Flynn Richard (67) & Phyllis McKay (65)
Note: Minnie & K. are mother/daughter

12/05/2019 (2726)

Philippine Address

Question from Kaye K. Lystad Kirk:  Fargo, ND

Hi Gary,

Does everyone know what address to use to mail a card to you, if one wanted to?  I know I don’t…

Thanks,

Kaye K. Lystad Kirk

 

Gary’s Reply

Kay,

I have two addresses. I have a USA military FPO address and a Local address.
Delivery time for both addresses is about 2 weeks. Longer with the holidays.

  1. My FPO Military address is USA Mail with regular USA postage.
  1. Gary Stokes
  2. PSC 517 Box 6908
  3. FPO AP 96517

 

  1. Local Philippine address requires special postage
  1. Gary Stokes
  2. Purok 2
  3. Nangka, Consolacion
  4. Cebu, Philippines 6001 

 

Leonard Stickland and Darrel Fassett Deaths
Posted by LaRose Ketterling (’46):  Mercer, ND

Gary,

In case you haven’t heard

Two Dunseith deaths

Darrel Fassett October 29, 2019 in Georgia, age 90 (birthday Dec 1)

Leonard Stickland Nov 12, 2019  age 91 in Mandan, ND obituary in Bismarck Tribune

LaRose Ketterling

 

 

Stickland, Leonard

Obituary

Leonard George Stickland, 91, Mandan, North Dakota, passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at St. Alexius Hospital surrounded by his family who loved him deeply. Memorial Services will be held at 1:00 PM, Friday, November 15, 2019, at DaWise-Perry Funeral Services, Mandan. Family and friends will gather one hour prior to the service. There will be no visitation, as cremation has taken place. Leonard was born October 3, 1928, at Dunseith, North Dakota, to Edward and Alice (Striker) Stickland. He was raised on the family farm until age 12 when his family moved to Dunseith where he graduated from high school in 1947. He attended Minot State Teachers College and taught school for two years. On December 18, 1948, he married Eleanor Awalt in Seattle, Washington. He joined the Teamsters Union in 1952 and drove tanker truck. The highlight of his working career was going to Greenland in 1959 and working as a heavy equipment operator building a radar base on the icecaps. Leonard’s greatest joy was the time spent with his grandchildren – teaching them to drive, to shoot a gun or drive a boat. His children and grandchildren will never forget his many pranks and sense of humor. Leonard enjoyed restoring old cars, and moose hunting in Canada. He traveled to all of the US states except Maine. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; three daughters, Margaret Gress, Atlanta, Georgia, Barbara (Mark) Knoll, Richfield, Minnesota, and Kim (John) Gleich, Wisconsin; one son, Michael Stickland, Mandan; son-in-law George Gress; nine grandchildren, Michael, Brian (Jena), Andrew, and Anthony (Stacy) Gress, Dustin Knoll, Paul, Kelsey (Joe), Adam, and Kyle Gleich; and four great-grand-daughters, Anna, Avary, Natalie and Eleanor Gress. He also leaves behind his furry friend, Charlie. Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, son David; granddaughter, Mariah Gleich; five sisters, Joy Peterson, Lois Nugent, Doris Bousche, Marion McFadden, and Delma Beaudry, and two brothers, Bob and Ennis.

 

Gary’s Comment

Thanks, LaRose for this info. We knew about Darrel Fassett’s passing, but had no idea that Leonard Stickland had passed away.

We extend our condolences to Leonard’s family too, with his passing.

12/02/2019 (2725)

Allen Stokes Memorial Service
May 13, 2020 at 1:00 PM (Wednesday)
Metigoshe Lutheran church.

Folks,

I will be attending Allen’s Memorial in May. We have good help for Bernadette, but even with that, I can not be gone long. There are things that I am needed for. I will be gone a total of 11 days.

I will be in ND Monday to Thursday the week of Allen’s Memorial. I am looking forward to seeing many of you folks while I am there too.

Going from 90F temps this time of year to ND, would be a bit of a shock. That plus I don’t have the clothes.

Gary

 

Condolences to the Darrel Fassett Family
From Ron Peltier (’70):  Dunseith, ND

I just now read of the passing of Darrel Fassett and would to send my most heartfelt condolences to his family and relatives.  We really enjoyed golfing with him and wondered why he hasn’t shown up these past few summers, the only one left now from his group is Bob Leonard and he’s still competitive as heck.

 

Sylvia McLeod Haakenson Passed away
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Dunseith Alumni Friends and Gary,

Sympathy to the McLeod family on the loss of their sister., Sylvia.

Her brother,  Kenny was a 70’s classmate.

Sincerely,

Vickie L. Metcalfe

Sylvia

 

 

 

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Blog (81) posted on May 10, 2010

Leaving for the States today:

Folks,

Bernadette and I will be leaving for the states a little past Midnight tonight. We’ll have a 12 hour lay over in Seoul Korea of which the airlines will be putting us up in a hotel for that time. That will be a nice break. From Seoul we have a direct flight to Seattle. We’ll be arriving in Seattle a little past noon on Tuesday. We’ll be spending time with our kids, grandkids and friends in Bremerton for a few days. On Sunday we’ll be flying to Minot. We’ll be in ND until June 5th before heading back to Cebu via Seattle. While in ND we’ll be staying with my brother Darrel (Bud) and his wife Debby in Bottineau.\

When we get to Seattle, Bernadette and I will be getting Cell phone AT&T SIM cards for our phones. I will be posting those numbers when I get them. I’m hoping we can get local Dunseith/Bottineau numbers?

While back in the states, I will be posting limited daily blogs.

We are looking forward to seeing you folks.

Gary

 

Reply from John Tangen: California.

Gary, What a fascinating piece! While I have long ago become a “mountain country” fan, I still enjoy driving across my home state, North Dakota and relaxing in the tranquility. One of my favorite travel memories, one summer evening a few years back, was driving east through the badlands along I-94. To the south was a spectacular display of sheet lightning, something I’d not witnessed before except in Texas; then to my left I noticed another light display, and after pondering a few moments realized I was beholding the Northern Lights, which I hadn’t seen since we moved to town (Bottineau) in 1965. The double display was so mesmerizing I had to pull over and stop a while to enjoy. Not a single other car appeared to interrupt the show. Anyway, those mental snapshots are still in memory’s photo album.

Hope you have a great time back in the “home country”!

John

Folks, John Tangen’s mother was Esther Thompson Tangen, sister to Ella Thompson Pladson. John is a first cousin to Keith Pladson and all his siblings.

John, It’s great hearing from you. Gary

 

Message from Mel Kuhn (70): St. John, ND.

Gary,

Larry Hackman asked me in an e-mail why I wasn’t writing anymore of those funny stories about my wife. Now Lola-when you see Kathy at work you don’t have to tell her all about this-OK. So here goes. A few weeks back my wife’s dad passed away[probably why I didn’t think to pass this on] and she was gone to Indiana for a week and a half. Anyway-when she left, she gave me the checkbook saying only to use it if I really needed stuff[this is the first time I’ve seen the checkbook in over 20 years. After about a week I ran out of clean dishes and pretty near run out of clean clothes. This was mostly due to the fact that she left in kind of a hurry and didn’t wash everything before she left. Well anyway I went and bought some new plates and silverware and stuff[I didn’t get any new kettles and frying pan as if you cook the same thing you can use them over] and a few pairs of pants and some shirts and underwear. When she got home, she seemed a little upset about this saying that the checkbook was for buying more laundry detergent and dish soap not for buying clean things to use. I still don’t understand what I did wrong. Maybe you can help me out here Larry, you are just a little older and maybe a little wiser than me in these matters.

Mel

Mel, we are excited to see you. We are looking forward to the tour that you and Dick will giving the Alumni folks of the Museum too. Gary

 

Reply from Marlene (Lilleby)Palmquist Larsen (53): Ephrata, WA

Hope you and Bernadette have one grand time!!!Thanks for all the Blogs, even though there are many I don'[t know —it is surprising how many I do know and how you make us all part of the Dunseith family. Would love to be there at the reunion === will be a lot of good times. Thanks again for creating this Blog.

Marlene (Lilleby)Palmquist Larsen

 

Reply from Blanche Wicks Schley (42):  Grand Forks, ND

Hope that you and the classmates listed in your daily e-mail will have a wonderful reunion. The town will be busting at the seams for a few hours!

Can you see if the history of Dunseith that has been mentioned several times is available? Thanks.

Again, thank you for starting this daily e-mail!

 

Blanche

PS: You have a really beautiful wife!

Yes, Bernadette has inner beauty too with a heart of gold. She loves to give.

 

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

Happy Mother’s Day everyone! I’m am looking forward tomorrow to my first Mother’s Day and my Birthday all in the same day! It will be very special. I will be able to celebrate it with my Mother and Grandmother so that is pretty special as well.

I had another chemo Friday and it went well. Only one more chemo treatment to go!! I can’t wait. The hormone treatments should be a lot easier on my system without all the side effects of the chemo. I saw my doctor and she was sure excited to see Connor and hold him for the first time. She said Connor is our Miracle Boy and he sure is! He went through a lot with me already and came through it just fine. He is also a great traveler in the car! Thank goodness since we are driving all over the state pretty much every week.

I put up a couple new pictures of Connor on here for you all to see. He is sure changing fast. He is also starting to sleep better at night the last couple of night so that sure helps me out. He is eating larger amounts to so I think that helps. Take care everyone and enjoy the weekend!

 

11/10/2019 (2724)

Leona Hosmer’s Obituary
Posted by Colette Hosmer (’64):   Santa Fe, NM

Leona Hosmer
Hosmer, Leona
Leona Hosmer 1920 – 2019

Leona ”Lee” Hosmer passed away of natural causes at the age of 98 years and 9 months, on September 1, 2019, at the home of a daughter in Santa Fe, NM.

Leona was born when the life expectancy in the United States was 53 years for males and 54 years for females.  She entered the world (population 1 billion, 811 million) on December 8th, 1920. Her arrival came just two months after the United States Constitution had granted women the right to vote.

Leona gave credit for her good health, work ethic, humor, tenacity and sense of adventure to being raised by “wonderful parents” on a working farm during The Great Depression. Cash was a rare commodity but she credited family resourcefulness, hard work and “two good water wells” for the fact that they always had plenty of food.  She took pride in her father’s ability to accomplish tough goals. One in particular––that all of his children would graduate from high school––was achieved in spite of hard times.

Inspired by her father, Leona set a few goals of her own. In the summer of 1931, eleven-year-old Leona Richard watched a troupe of gypsies pull into the farmyard to trade for a few chickens. The gypsy wagons carried all of their worldly belongings. Leona remembered thinking how exciting it would be to live on the road!  She was also influenced by a favorite teacher in school who said, “If you want to do a thing badly enough you will do it.” She began a list of places that she wanted to visit in the world––The Great Wall of China, Hawaii…gradually, her list grew as she studied more history and geography in school. Before long, she had added the Panama Canal, the pyramids in Yucatan and many more.

Leona’s journey began with a thirteen-mile trip from her farm home to Dunseith where a long and successful marriage to Bob Hosmer ensued.  Their fifty-nine years together produced a family grocery store, three daughters, Janet, Nancy and Colette, and too-many-to-count hunting, fishing and camping trips.  These excursions graced many meals with wild fish and fowl. Along with raising a family, Leona excelled at bridge and golf, taught square dancing at the Dunseith school, led a brownie scout troupe and revisited her first language (French) with mail-order books and records.

A relatively early retirement kicked-off Leona and Bob’s road adventures, beginning with a cross-Canada trip in one of the early pick-up mounted campers, before graduating to larger goose-neck versions.  They traveled extensively from northern Canada to southern Mexico and crisscrossed North America from west to east.  Bob and Leona’s long retirement included 26 winters in southern New Mexico where golfing, bridge, horseracing and increasingly exotic travel destinations continued. Summer visits back to North Dakota were a yearly event. Following the death of her life partner, Bob, Leona moved to Oregon where she lived for the next sixteen years (winning major bridge tournaments in her eighties) before returning to New Mexico.

Over her long life, Leona traveled to every destination on her childhood list.  Many decades later, she found herself on the other side of the Earth, and following a steep and difficult climb, she heard herself say, “Here I am, standing on the Great Wall of China!”

Leona Serena Maria Richard Hosmer will forever be remembered as a loving wife, mother, aunt and grandmother. Her example of how to live a full, exciting and generous life has forever influenced her many grateful descendants and has given her the starring role in so many family stories.

Leona is survived by daughters, Nancy Baldwin (spouse, Keith Kontzie) and Colette Hosmer; Grandchildren, Scot Furgason, Christine Westwood, Michael Cobb, Samantha Furgason; Great-grandchildren, Quinton Furgason, Ryan Featherson, Melissa Bruning, Silver Furgason, Tien Zin Furgason-Ho; and Great, great granddaughter, Camryn Lee Bruning.

Leona was predeceased by her husband; Robert “Bob” Hosmer; daughter, Janet Louise Cobb; parents, Fred and Johanna Richard; Siblings, Herbert Richard, Gerald Richard, Virgil Richard, Verdellis Larson and Jerrine Larson.
Gary’s Comment
Our condolences are with Leona’s entire family with her passing. She will most certainly be missed. She lived a very active life well into her upper 90’s. With some of the more recent FB posting I saw of her; she was very active and for sure didn’t show her age being in her upper 90’s.  

 

Brother Allen Stokes Passed away (’67)
Obituary / Comments posted by Gary Stokes (’65)

Folks,

Our Brother Allen passed away this past Wednesday.

Allen’s passing was expected. In March 2016 he was assaulted and severely beaten with multiple skull fractures and several broken ribs. Ever since he has remained in a vegetable state of being. His death has now been ruled a homicide.

Cremation is pending. His ashes will be shipped to ND for burial at Ackworth Cemetery. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Actually, my plans are to go back for Allen’s Memorial Service. Tentative plans are May of Next year. Bernadette is unable to travel, so it would be just me. With Bernadette’s condition I can only be gone for a maximum of 10 days and that is stretching it. I will only be ND for about 3 days. A whirlwind trip.

Gary

Allen Stokes
Stokes A
July 30,1948 – Nov 7, 2019

Allen L. Stokes, age 71 of El Cajon, CA formerly of Dunseith, died Thursday November 7, 2019 at an El Cajon hospital.

Allen was born July 30,1948 in Bottineau, ND. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith. He attended Ackworth Country Grade School and Dunseith High School.

Following his formal education, Allen worked in the oil fields in Western ND, Montana and Wyoming. In 1999, following the downsizing of the oil drilling, he moved near his brother Gary in Bremerton WA. In Bremerton he worked numerous construction and painting contract jobs. In 1992 he moved to San Diego CA where he has resided ever since. In San Diego he worked maintenances for several larger apartment complexes. Allen retired in 2010.

In 1976 Allen was united in marriage to Sharon. That marriage was later dissolved. In 1993 he was united in marriage to Janet. That marriage later ended. Allen had no children.

Allen was pretty well known in the Bottineau, Dunseith and Turtle Mountain communities for his supped-up cars and his ability to fix and keep them running. He had quite a car collection in the back woods of our parent’s farm. Several collectables too.

Allen, in his youth, was well known among the local farmers for his work ethics, his work horse reputation and his abilities to efficiently accomplish all jobs tasked to him in a timely manner.

Allen is survived by his two brothers. Gary and his wife Bernadette, Cebu, Philippines; Darrel and his wife Deborah, Bottineau, ND; Nephews, Bernie and Nathan Stokes: Nieces, Sheryl Wingate and Kristin Podominick.

Allen was preceded in death by his Parents, Robert and Elaine Stokes, Bottineau, ND

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Interment: Cremation with ashes buried in the Ackworth Cemetery.

 

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Blog (80) posted on May 9, 2010

Folks,

This is a very rare day with not having anything to post. Bernadette and I are meeting some of our friends for lunch at 11:30 AM this morning at the Mall. This is Mother’s Day too. We celebrated Mother’s Day a bit early with a buffet dinner last night with some other friends of ours at the Marco Polo Hotel.

Tomorrow night we will be heading to the Airport for our 12:30 AM flight back to the states. Bernadette has our bags packed and ready to go. Tomorrow will be the last daily blog that I will be sending before leaving. I plan on sending a few messages while back in the states as time permits, but will probably keep them to a minimum. When I don’t have all my tools at my fingertips, it’s a bit clumsier. In ten minutes, we’ll be leaving, so I better get this sent and posted on the Website.

Gary

4/29/10
Bernadette Stokes at a monthly potluck dinner.

 

 

11/05/2019 (2723)

Gwen Grimme Eltz has identified all but three in this photo taken 40 years ago.

NDSU-Bottineau Business Club Photo
Neola Kofoid Garbe’s message to Gary Stokes and Dick Johnson

Hi, Gary and Dick.
Another Wondrasek picture.  I don’t know if any of your readers might be in this picture.  I recognize Joan McLean Bonn, but that’s it.
Neola

Brenda/Dick Johnson’s reply
In the bottom row last one on the right side is Mrs. Syvertson and next to her is Gwen Grimme Eltz.  Looks like it was taken at the School of Forestry some time in 1968-69 in the gym.
Brenda

 Gary Stokes Forward to Gwen Grimme Eltz
Hello Gwen,
Dick and Brenda identified you in this picture. How many others do know?Thanks,
Gary 

Gwen Grimme Eltz Reply:  

Hi Gary, Thanks for sharing the picture. It was taken, as mentioned, on Fall Quarter 1979 when I taught at NDSU-Bottineau. The group is our Business Club, and I remember the names and hometowns of the people in the pic, with the exception of just two or three of them.  I’ll print the pic tomorrow and attach names and hometowns. The nice thing about teaching at that school is that we really got to know the students well and I still stay in touch with many of my former students. I also got well acquainted with my Washington state students, but once they graduated it was harder to stay in touch with them. I started teaching at NDSU-Bottineau in 1974 and retired from teaching at Spokane Falls Community College in 2014. Teaching was always my passion! I’ll be back in touch with the names of the students in a few days, Thanks again!

 Hi Gary,
Attached is a .pdf file that contains the names/hometowns of the NDSU-Bottineau 1979-80 Business Club students in the picture that you asked about. It was a good memory test for me! Thanks for sending the pic to me!

 Gary’s comments
Thanks Gwen, You did very well remembering all these people and their home towns too, 40 years later. What a fantastic memory. You only missed three and I’m sure some of our readers will be able to identify them

NOTE: A PDF copy of this picture is attached.

NDSU-Bottineau Business Club 1979-80
NDSU Forestry
Bottom Row (L to R):  Marlene Gores/Bisbee; Kim Pritchard/Bottineau; Doreen Counts/Dunseith; Barb Geinert/Nortonville; Bonnie Henry/Newburg; Cindy Schmaltz/Towner; Gwen Grimme Eltz, Instructor/Marjorie Severson, Instructor.

Row 2: (L to R) Bernadine Blomquist/New Rockford; Theresa Floberg/Westhope; Kim Teigen/Maxbass; Juliene Getzlaff/Bottineau; Cheryl Bertsch/Rolla; Lana Pigeon/Rolette; Delores Knutson/Kenmare; Margo Laviguer/Souris; Dave Olson, Instructor.

Row 3: (L to R) Carrie Heilman/Rolla; Connie Heilman/Rolla; Alberta “Birdie” Haakenson/Bottineau; Cheryl Gessner/Newburg; (Unknown); Fran Indegaard/New Rockford; (Unknown); Shirley Beith, Instructor.

Top Row: (L to R) Kim Rude/Bottineau; (Unknown); Jackie Belgarde/Belcourt; Suzanne Swenson; Portal; ? Thurston/Bottineau; Ardelle Ostrom/Bottineau; Melanie Brudwick/Bottineau

 

Kathleen Brennan Anklam (Margaret ‘John’ Bedard’s Sister) Passed away
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (‘70): Bottineau, ND 

KATHLEEN’S OBITUARY
kath
Kathleen Ann “Kathy” Anklam, 80 of Rolette, ND passed away on Friday morning, November 1, 2019 at the Heart of America Medical Center, Rugby, ND.

Funeral Services for Kathy will be held on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Valle Lutheran Church, Rolette with Reverend Jim Odden officiating. Burial will be in the Rolette Cemetery.

Gathering of family and friends will be held on Tuesday, November 5th at Valle Lutheran Church from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m.

Kathleen Ann was born on November 29, 1938 to Ross and Hazel (Wickman) Brennan, the oldest of seven children. She grew up in the Turtle Mountains on the shores of Carpenter Lake.

After graduating from high school, she continued her education at Minot State College, earning her Teaching Certificate. She taught at Shell Valley, a one room country school. One day the bachelor farmer “Donald Anklam” showed up at the school with a very original alternative motive to meet the single school teacher.  He asked her if she wanted to go “hunting rabbits”. He had a shot gun with him, hoping she would say yes.

Kathy was united in marriage to Donald on September 21, 1959 at the Lutheran Parsonage in Rolette. They purchased the “farm homestead” on mile South of Rolette on “April Fools Day”, 1964 where they raised their 2 daughters Karen and Wendy.

Once Karen started school, Kathy returned to teaching kindergarten. She also took classes at Turtle Mountain Community College in Belcourt and after the daughters left home, she worked to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Mayville State College and with hard work and dedication received her Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND.

She was a beloved teacher at Rolette Public School for many years and eventually was the Grade School Principal. Prior to her retirement, she was a Reading Specialist at the school.

For the past 20 years since retirement, she and Don traveled extensively throughout the United States.

Kathy was a very active member of Valle Lutheran Church and the WELCA. She enjoyed bird watching, quilting, fishing, gardening-both flowers and vegetables. There was a large accumulation of fabric for the countless baby blankets that Kathy made to give to relatives and anyone who she knew having a baby.  The International Peace Garden held a special place in Kathy’s heart, since her father had worked their while serving with the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corp).

Kathy was all about family. She made it a point to be present for the many milestones in her grandchildren’s lives and felt blessed to be a great grandmother. Kathy never missed the yearly Brennan family reunions and so many other get-togethers with her extended family.  She knew how important it was to bring together the constantly growing family and treasuring all the laughs and memories shared.

Adjectives that best describe our precious Kathy include welcoming, inquisitive, supportive, respectful, encouraging, positive and most of all loving which was shown in her many gifts and ways.

In late August, Kathy entered Hospice Care at Heart of America. At the admission meeting, we were told to focus on “quality of time-not quantity”. We want to thank the staff for their many efforts of kindness and care shown to Kathy.

Kathy’s loving family include her husband Donald, now of Rugby, formerly a resident of Rolette, ND for 87 years; daughters Karen (Wayne) Hopfinger, Bismarck, ND and Wendy Anklam, Minneapolis, MN; siblings Carol Desper, Bismarck, Margaret (John) Bedard, Bottineau, ND, Betsy (Gary) Snidak, Stow, OH, Jack (Evie) Brennan, Fargo, ND and Gail Fox, Mankato, MN; grandchildren Jerett, Derek, Travis and Caitlin; great grandchild Radrick; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Peggy Johnson

 

 

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Blog (79) posted on May 8, 2010

 

Verena Gillis Appreciation:
From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND

Gary,

I’d like to express my appreciation to Verena. Wow! Thank-you for all the thoughtfulness, communication and hard work you are doing to make such an organized school homecoming!

Cool rainy, weather has been in our picture the past 2 weeks . Rhubarb was coming up nicely, as it likes the cool spring moisture. I woke up today wondering if my rhubarb crop will fail as it’s peeking through a light snow covering. Then, I wondered about juneberries which can be touchy about frost.

Oh well, looking at the positive, the cold clime keeps my mind on school! And I’m not longing to be outdoors in the frosty muddy glop yard cleaning.

Take care when re-filling your cuppa …. fill your day with some laughter too.Vickie

Vickie, I 2nd your words of appreciation for Verena. She has done and is doing a wonderful job coordinating all of the logistics and organizing for our reunion. She’s a super woman with great communication and organizational skills. Thank you Verena. Gary

 

Email address change:
From Leland Hagen (50): Bryan, TX.

I am changing internet service effective today, 7-may -2010. Please make this correction to your address book.

lghagen1@ verizon.net

Thanks, Leland

 

David Houim, Cousin to the Hackman siblings, was killed in a tree cutting accident:
Posted by Larry Hackman (66): Bismarck, ND. 

Note: Larry, Neola sent me David’s obituary several days ago. I was waiting for more info and connections before posting. Thanks, Gary

Gary

Since David Hoium was brought up and some people know him.

I thought I would send my first cousins obituary.

He was the youngest son of my mothers sister.

He died much to young and left a wife and three children behind that will miss him.

He joins his daughter, and his mother and dad in heaven.

He was a good guy.

He will be missed.

God bless him, his family and all of you,

Thank you for your prayers.

Larry Hackman

David Houim

Dec. 5, 1965 – May 1, 2010

David Wesley Houim, 44, of Rugby, died at the Trinity Medical Center in Minot, North Dakota, on Saturday, May 1, 2010, from complications related to injuries he suffered during a tree cutting job on Tuesday, April 27.

David was born Dec. 5, 1965, to Virgil and Frances (Kraft) Houim of Rugby, N.D. He was raised in Rugby and after high school went on to Bismarck State College to complete his training as an electrical lineman. He spent four years working for the Boylston Municipality in Massachusetts before returning to Rugby, the community that was always home to him.

On April 29, 1989, he and Nancy Heilman were married at Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby, and made their home in Rugby and started a family of their own. Over the years, many people came to know David through his business, “Dave Houim Tree Service,” and from the rental properties that they owned and managed in Rugby. His wife, Nancy, was always proud of the integrity and honesty that David brought to their businesses.

When away from work, he enjoyed a number of outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing, canoeing, downhill skiing and particularly camping. He also took great pride in the remodeling jobs that he completed, not only with the rental properties, but his family home as well. We will always remember his trademark laugh and a smile that made you feel at ease when you were with him. He had a great sense of humor and always had time for a good joke or recalling an amusing situation.

David was a man of conviction, committed to doing what was right and instilling that in his children. His kind heartedness was extended to so many people. He was willing to do anything for anybody, even if they were complete strangers. The unfailing devotion he had for his family was even more evident when they went through some difficult days and challenging times. He was always willing to make sacrifices in order to care for his family. They were his priority and they brought a great deal of love and joy to his life.

Survivors include: his wife, Nancy; his children, Joshua, Ashley and Amber, all at home; three sisters, Darlene (Garry) Rose, Rugby, Karen (Stacey) Koster, Mayville, and Carol (Don) Clarkson, Detroit Lakes, Minn.; five brothers, Garry (Lana), Mandan, Donald (Judy), Grandin, Bill (Brenda), Minot, Bob (Monica) and Ken (Kathy), all of Rugby; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Raymond and Rosanna Heilman, of Portage, Wis.; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Abby, on May 31, 2001; and his parents.

Mass of Christian Burial: Will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 5, in Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby, with burial in the church cemetery. Fr. Tom Graner will be the Celebrant.

Friends may call today, May 4, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby, and Wednesday, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Rugby. There will be no reviewal in the church on Wednesday.

Rosary and vigil prayers: Will begin at 7 p.m. today in the church.

Music: Little Flower Church Choir.

Casket Bearers: Garry, Donald, Bob, Bill and Ken Houim, Joseph Ramedan, Steve Braaten and Brooks Houim.

Arrangements with Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby.

 

North Dakota forever:
Posted by Mike & Sandra Zeiler Vandal (62): Elk River, MN

Here’s an article by Chris Jones from a Dec. ’09 issue of Esquire that I thought you might appreciate:

The Emptiest, Loneliest, Highway in America

There are only about 640,000 people in North Dakota. For five hours — unbroken by a pause, a turn, or even a lane change — I was blissfully one of them.

I’ve never believed it’s about the journey; for me, it’s always been the destination that counts. My destination was Montana, so I wanted North Dakota to disappear.

Even before I found myself on the otherwise empty I-94, I’d been told that the 352 miles of four-lane between Fargo and Beach were among the most desperate in the country to cross. Except for Bismarck, rising above the middle of the state, there would be nothing to mark the distance. I’d made things harder on myself by crossing Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin, and Minnesota before I tackled our most barren country. After so much uninterrupted green, my Corolla had already become a kind of sensory-deprivation chamber, like one of those metal tubes in which divers get over the bends. I’d even turned off the radio. (When I caught myself singing along to Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” outside Brainerd, I feared permanent damage to my self-esteem.) In Moorhead, I stopped to top off the tank and buy a bag of beef jerky. I had five hours to empty them before North Dakota would fall along with the night. At first, the prairie opened up in a way that made it seem romantically panoramic. Through the dead bugs on my windows, I scanned a massive blue sky and great flats of grass. But after twenty minutes, it all became too overwhelming, too anti-mountain, for my mind to take in anymore. To get by, I tried to home in on the details, catching them the way a climber finds cracks in the face of a rock. I convinced myself that there was a beauty in power lines and the undersides of overpasses. And maybe there was something beautiful about them, those small artifacts of industry. Watching North Dakota’s human landscape pass by was like watching a noble but ultimately futile fight. The sky and the space were always going to win, but there was something in the struggle against them that took hold in me. By the time I’d put Bismarck behind me, its lights just coming on to fend against the semidarkness, it had somehow become about the journey after all. Because how often do we sit for five hours, chewing beef jerky, watching the sun set? In silence? In dreams? It never happens anymore, except in Canadian hospital emergency rooms, but even then, there’s something to watch other than the sunflowers turning west. Without having to make so much as a single lane change, I’d entered the closest thing to a runner’s high that a fat man can feel. I had rolled clean into bliss, my mind as open as the fields around me. Squinting into orange, I thought about those things that we never let ourselves think about — those things that we actively defend ourselves against thinking about by having so much other stuff to look at and listen to. On that godforsaken highway, I had revelations. I witnessed miracles. I saw every mistake I had made. I made peace with my regrets. And then I looked forward, ahead to the first few folds in the earth, to the canyons and the Continental Divide. I saw the rest of what I wanted out there. I saw the battles I still wanted to wage, the people I still wanted to meet and meet again, the trophies I still wanted to hang on my walls. I saw nearly every place I wanted to go between now and the end, and by the time I saw that big blue sign in my headlights, WELCOME TO MONTANA, I saw, too, that I wanted North Dakota to last forever.

 

 

 

11/01/2019 (796)

Darrel Fassett (DHS 1947) Passed away
Posting from Paula Fassett (’71):  Walhalla, ND

Hello All:

Sadly, this is to let you know that our uncle Darrel Fassett passed away on October 29th. Uncle Darrel was born December 1, 1928, in Dunseith, ND.  In recent years they resided in Hiawassee,  GA, with their daughter Kathy and her husband John. I don’t have enough info…or memory…to write a “proper” obituary….perhaps that will happen later.  Aunt Dorothy asked that I put something in the blog to let friends know of his passing and wants you to know that she is doing well.

If you’d like to send a card, please email or Facebook message me and I will provide you with a mailing address.

Please keep Dorothy and the family in your prayers.

Paula

Gary Stokes Comments
I was very saddened to hear of Darrel’s passing. The last time I saw Darrel was a few years back at the Walmart store in Bottineau, ND. When he tapped me on the shoulder, I was so surprised to see both him and Dorothy. Darrel was a very down to earth, common sense, super friendly and likeable man.  He was well loved by his entire family and his many friends.  He will be missed. With his passing Dorothy and his whole family have my condolences.

Fassett, Darrel Fassett, Darrel-1 

 

1970 – Belcourt Braves
Picture posted by Don Malaterre (’72):  Sioux Falls, SD

I thought Peter Davis was the best player on that team.
Ron Desarlais had a twin named Ray Desarlais who I thought was just as good as Ron.
Larry Dione is missing.
Less Halvorson from Wolford would remember this team.

 

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Message from Bill Hosmer (48): Tucson, AZ

Gary and Good Friends. I have watched the growth of the attendance list of the May Reunion which is being managed so well by Verina Gillis, who is a miracle all by herself. I have been going back to Lake Metigoshe for twenty years and spent time in Dunseith with my golfing and poker friends over that time. The event which is coming up is just wonderful to know about and I hope that the friendship and loyalty of our entire community gives the attendees a new sense of our common heritage. I won’t be going back to our Hills and Prairies this year because my wife, Pat, is not well enough to travel. By the way, she and I were both born in Rolette in 1930, three weeks apart.

Pat and I wish for a wonderful celebration of a community of folks with a tremendous value system, unmatched anywhere else.

I am proud to have been a part of your heritage and wish for the best of times for all attendees, and those who could not make it. Bill Hosmer

Gary’s comments:

Bill, I am hoping pat’s health will improve in time. We are sorry to hear of her health set backs. You are one guy I was hoping to see too. We’ll have to take a rain check on that. When I get back from the states an on a slower day, I am going to post a rerun of the Dunseith folks replies, with your comments, to the air show you performed over Dunseith in the early 60’s. Gary

 

Jerry Pladson:
Request from Keith Pladson (66): Stafford, VA

Gary, My brother Jerry would like to be added to your distribution list for the daily messages. He and his wife, Susan (Sue) are also going to attend the reunion dinner. I advised him to contact Verena and since I notice they have now been added to the latest update list, guess he was able to get in touch with her to get that taken care of. Thanks Gary Keith

Jerry & Sue, Yes I saw your names on Verena’s list for attending the reunion. We are excited to see you guys. She also had you listed as living in Fargo. Is that correct? I have added you to our distribution starting with today’s message. Gary

 

Reposting to include picture that I forgot to attach.
Mrs. Conroy:
Reply from Dick Johnson: 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 really 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!

Dick

Reunion

Folks, This is Verena’s official list of those that have paid. This list is several days old, so there have probably been more added. Please let us know of any discrepancies so they can be corrected. Thanks, Gary

Note: The dead line for payment of the catered dinner is the 14th. That’s one week from today.

Verena’s list of those that have paid.

1 Albertson Fulsebakke, Shelly St. John, ND 1972-Paid
2 Albertson, Michael   Spouse-Paid
3 Abrahamson, David St. John, ND 1972-Paid
4 Abrahamson, Marsha   Spouse-Paid
5 Anderson Fassett, Crystal Walhalla, ND 1970-No Dinner-Paid $5.00
6 Anderson, Dale   Spouse-Paid $5.00-No Dinner
7 Anderson, Warren Rolette, ND 1965-Paid
8 Anderson, Cora   Spouse-Paid
9 Armentrout, Rodney Dunseith, ND 1955-Paid
10 Armentrout Kraft, Marlene   Spouse-1957-Paid
11 Awalt, Lloyd Bottineau, ND 1944-Paid
12 Awalt, Theresa Bottineau, ND Spouse-1948-Paid
13 Azure, Lisa St. John, ND 1983-Paid
14 Parisien, Marshall   Fiance’-Paid
15 Baldwin Hosmer, Nancy Lake Metigoshe, ND 1962-Paid
16 Kontzie, Keith   Fiance’-Paid
17 Bear, Stephanie Dunseith, ND 2001-Paid
18 Bedard, John Lake Metigoshe, ND 1965-Paid
19 Bedard, Margaret   Spouse-Paid
20 Belgarde, Bernice Bemidgi, MN 1972-Paid
21 Benson Belgarde, Anita Dunseith, ND 1985-Paid
22 Berube Reynolds, Cecile Minot, ND 1965-Paid
23 Berube, Tom Bottineau, ND 1963-Paid
24 Boardman, Don Bottineau, ND 1960-Paid
25 Brennan, Shirley Y. Minot, ND 1960-Paid
26 Bullinger Pladson, Tina Bottineau, ND 1978-Paid
27 Bullinger, John   Spouse-Paid
28 Casavant, Rene Bismarck, ND 1965-Paid
29 Casavant, Aime Jamestown, ND 1966-Paid
30 Casavant, Gerald Jamestown, ND 1966-Paid
31 Frieze, LaRae   Spouse-Paid
32 Casavant St. Claire, Tracy Rolette, ND 1992-Paid $5.00-No Dinner
33 Casavant, Travis   Spouse-Paid $5.00-No Dinner
34 Dailly, Arlene Federal Way, WA 1955-Paid
35 Dailly, Bob   Spouse-Paid
36 Dion, Floyd Dunseith, ND 1945-Paid
37 Dion Halvorson, Louella Dunseith, ND 1947-Paid
38 Dubois, Dennis Coon Rapids, MN 1963-Paid
39 Dumas Struck, Gwen Havre, MT 1968-Paid
40 Dumas, Clint   Spouse-Paid
41 DuPre DePew, Judy Rugby, ND 1962
42 Egbert, Donald Dunseith, ND 1965-Paid
43 Eltz Grimme, Gwen Spokane, WA 1968-Paid
44 Eltz, George   Spouse-Paid
45 Enno, Del Fargo, ND 1978-Paid
46 Enno, Everette Williston, ND 1976-Paid
47 Espe, Dennis Dunseith, ND 1956-Paid
48 Espe Sime, Peggy Dunseith, ND 1960-Paid
49 Espe Parrill, LeaRae Bottineau, ND 1967-Paid
50 Espe, Terry Bottineau, ND Spouse-1964-Paid
51 Espe, Monte Burlington, ND 1968-Paid
52 Espe, Bonnie   Spouse-Paid
53 Evans, Jim Dunseith, ND 1963-Paid
54 Evans Metcalfe, Cheri Dunseith, ND 1974-Paid
55 Evans, Jeff Del Rapids, SD 1973-Paid
56 Evans, Joyce Dunseith, ND 1948-Paid
57 Fassett, Paula North Branch, MN 1971-Paid
58 Fassett, Darrel Boynton Beach, FL 1947-Paid
59 Fassett Strietzel, Dorothy Boynton Beach, FL 1946-Paid
60 Fix Hiatt, Jacqueline Springfield, VA 1979-Paid
61 Fleming Murray, Esther Flint, MN 1965-Paid
62 Flynn Knox, Minnie Dunseith, ND 1947-Paid
63 Fuchs Smith, Joanne Bottineau, ND 1965-Paid
64 Fugere Fauske, Debbie Bottineau, ND 1975-Paid
65 Fugere, David Dunseith, ND 1978-Paid
66 Fulsebakke, Gary Devils Lake, ND 1971-Paid
67 Fulsebakke, Joel Dunseith, ND 1977-Paid
68 Garbe Kofoid, Neola Minot, ND Auxiliary-Paid
69 Gerdes Zorn, Sharon Windsor, CO 1963-Paid
70 Gillis, Michael Dunseith, ND Paid
71 Gillis Jerome, Carlene   Spouse-Paid
72 Gillis, Peter J. (Sr.) Dunseith, ND 1965-Paid
73 Gillis St. Claire, Verena   Spouse-Paid
74 Gottbreht, Ernest Dunseith, ND 1965-Paid
75 Bailey, Cheryl   Fiance’-Paid
76 Gottbreht, George Dunseith, ND 1961-Paid
77 Gottbreht Metcalfe, Rose Dunseith, ND Spouse-Paid
78 Gottbreht Boguslawski, Patty Dunseith, ND 1965-Paid
79 Grimme, Bill Birmingham, AL 1965-Paid
80 Protassevitch, Irina Birmingham, AL Friend-Paid
81 Haagenson, Cheryl Dunseith, ND 1971-Paid
82 Haas Neameyer, Lorraine St. John, ND 1972-Paid
83 Haas, Larry   Spouse-Paid
84 Halvorson, Terry Dunseith, ND 1968-Paid
85 Halvorson Henning, Myra Bottineau, ND 1972-Paid
86 Halvorson, Les Bottineau, ND Auxiliary-Paid
87 Halvorson, Curtis Dunseith, ND 1959-Paid
88 Halvorson Quillinan, Denise Dunseith, ND 1963-Paid
89 Hamnes Handeland, Bev Bottineau, ND 1948-Paid
90 Hamnes, Mel   Spouse-Paid
91 Henning, Alan R. Minot, ND 1971-Paid
92 Henning, LouAnn K.   Spouse-Paid
93 Hett, Ron Bottineau, ND Auxiliary-Paid
94 Hiatt LaFontaine, Vickie Grafton, ND 1973-Paid
95 Hiatt Hill, Arla Bottineau, ND Relative-Paid
96 Hiatt, Lorie Dunseith, ND 1980-Paid
97 Hiatt, Marlys Dunseith, ND 1971-Paid
98 Hill, Kenny Dunseith, ND 1956-Paid
99 Hill Watkins, Murl Dunseith, ND 1950-Paid
100 Hill, Troy Bottineau, ND 1980-Paid
101 Hill, Robin   Spouse-Paid
102 Hoffman, Brenda Greenville, SC 1968-Paid $5.00-No Dinner
103 Pazandak, David P. Greenville, SC Spouse-Paid $5.00-No Dinner
104 Johnson Rober’t, Dianne Rolla, ND 1976-Paid
105 Johnson, Kevin   Spouse-Paid
106 Johnson, Dick Dunseith, ND 1968-Paid
107 Johnson, Brenda   Spouse-Paid
108 Johnson Dionne, Mona Lake Metigoshe, ND 1948-Paid
109 Johnson Tremblay, Joan Bottineau, ND 1979-Paid
110 Juntunen Johnson, Linda Perth, ND 1972-Paid
111 Juntunen, Dale Perth, ND Spouse-Paid
112 Kelly, Cleo Woodbury, MN 1960-Paid
113 Kester Halvorson, Connie Long Lake, ND 1964-Paid
114 Kester, Jim   Spouse-Paid
115 Knutson, Mary Dunseith, ND 1962-Paid
116 Krause, Bill Dickinson, ND 1974-Paid
117 Kuhn, Mel St. John, ND 1970-Paid
118 Kuhn, Kathy   Spouse-Paid
119 Lamoureux, Don East Bethel, MN 1975-Paid $5.00-No Dinner
120 Lamoureux, Elizabeth   Spouse-Paid $5.00-No Dinner
121 Lane Wenstad, Pam Dunseith, ND 1978-Paid
122 Leonard, Lowell Dunseith, ND 1959-Paid
123 Birkland St. Claire, Audrey   Fiance’-Paid
124 Leonard Metcalfe, Margaret Rolette, ND 1965-Paid
125 Leonard, Robert Dunseith, ND 1951-Paid
126 Leonard Sunderland, Donna Dunseith, ND 1952-Paid
127 Malget Berube, Angela New Hope, MN 1965-Paid
128 Malget, Greg New Hope, MN Spouse-Paid
129 Martin Fassett, Susan Spearfish, SD 1965-Paid
130 Medrud, Rod Dunseith, ND 1971-Paid
131 Medrud, Mary   Spouse-Paid
132 Metcalfe, Vickie Bottineau, ND 1979-Paid
133 Metcalfe, Travis Mesa, AZ 1976-Paid
134 Morgan, Gary Garrison, ND 1954-Paid
135 Morgan, Mary Lou   Spouse-Paid
136 Morin, Bernard Dunseith, ND 1976-Paid
137 Morin Espe, Robin Dunseith, ND 1980-Paid
138 Munro Metcalfe, Geri Fargo, ND 1959-Paid
139 Munro, Chuck   Spouse-Paid
140 Nerpel, Kenny Rugby, ND 1965-Paid
141 Nerpel, Sherry   Spouse-Paid
142 Olson Bedard, Nancy Hillsboro, ND 1967-Paid
143 Olson, Gary   Spouse-Paid
144 Parisien, Dennis Dunseith, ND 1965-Paid
145 Paulsen Eurich, Eva Rugby, ND 1960-Paid
146 Pederson Walter, Erna Minot, ND 1955-Paid
147 Pederson, Arlin   Spouse-Paid
148 Peltier, Bernadette Dunseith, ND 1970-Paid
149 Perry Boppre, Ann Dunseith, ND 1972-Paid
150 Perry, Mark   Spouse-Paid
151 Pladson, Daniel Dunseith, ND 1975-Paid
152 Pladson, Robin   Spouse-Paid
153 Pladson, Keith Stafford, VA 1966-Paid
154 Pladson, Alice   Spouse-Paid
155 Poitra, Eric Dunseith, ND 1983-Paid
156 Poitra, Sandra Dunseith, ND 1983-Paid
157 Poitra, Raphael Dunseith, ND 1965-Paid
158 Poitra, Alan Bloomington, MD 1976-Paid
159 Larsen, Mark   Partner-Paid
160 Poitra LaRocque, Ginger Belcourt, ND 1965-Paid
161 Poitra Olson, Marsha Dunseith, ND 1973-Paid
162 Poitra, Dwight   Spouse-Paid
163 Prichard, Dale Leesville, LA 1963-Paid
164 Prichard, Jackie L.   Spouse-Paid
165 Prichard, Wayne   Family-Paid
166 Rainey, Neva Dunseith, ND 1956-Paid
167 Rheault Berg, Diane Fargo, ND 1979-Paid
168 Rheault, James   Spouse-Paid
169 Richard, Joan Dunseith, ND Auxiliary
170 Salmonson St. Claire, Renee Minot, ND Relative-Paid
171 Salmonson, Greg   Spouse-Paid
172 Salmonson, Stan Dunseith, ND 1961-Paid
173 Salmonson Wurgler, Joan Dunseith, ND 1961-Paid
174 Sedlacek Haagenson, Janet Great Fall, MT 1961-Paid
175 Sedlacek, Bernd   Spouse-Paid
176 Shining One Side Belgarde, Joyce Dunseith, ND 1981-Paid
177 Sime Pladson, Florence Dunseith, ND 1962-Paid
178 Schmaltz, Klem   Friend-Paid
179 Slyter, Bobbie Wichita, KA 1970-Paid $5.00-No Dinner
180 McKown, Dan   Friend-Paid $5.00-No Dinner
181 Slyter Dietrich, Ele Dunseith, ND 1969-No Dinner
182 Slyter, Richard Dunseith, ND 1967-No Dinner
183 Spillene Wenstad, Arliss Michigan, ND Auxiliary-Paid
184 Staub Iverson, Marie Seattle, WA 1960-Paid
185 Flaata Iverson, Joyce Hobart, WA Relative-Paid
186 Lyonais Iverson, Barbara Bottineau, ND Relative-Paid
187 St. Claire, Gary Minot, ND Relative-Paid
188 St. Claire, Jason Fargo, ND 1994-No Dinner-Paid $5.00
189 Belgarde, Crystal Fargo, ND Fiance’-No Dinner-Paid $5.00
190 St. Claire, Larry Anchorage, AK 1966-Paid
191 St. Claire, Robbie   Spouse-Paid
192 St. Pierre, Teresa Dunseith, ND 2001-Paid
193 Stokes, Gary Cebu, Philippines 1965-Paid
194 Stokes, Bernadette   Spouse-Paid
195 Strong, Jerry Dunseith, ND 1960-Paid
196 Strong Bedard, Margaret Dunseith, ND 1962-Paid
197 Strong, Ron Dunseith, ND 1960-Paid
198 Thomas, Les Rolette, ND Auxiliary-Paid $5.00-No Dinner
199 Tooke, Linda K. Bottineau, ND 1981-Paid
200 Vandal Zeiler, Sandra Elk River, MN 1962-Paid
201 Vandal, Mike   Spouse-Paid
202 Vanorny Metcalfe, Lola Dunseith, ND 1968-Paid $5.00-No Dinner
203 Vanorny, Jay Dunseith, ND 1966-Paid $5.00-No Dinner
204 Wall Neameyer, Loretta Bottineau, ND 1972-Paid
205 Wall, Gary   Spouse-Paid
206 Watkins Carbonneau, Carol Bottineau, ND 1946-Paid
207 Wenstad, Diane Portage La Prairie, MB 1969-Paid
208 Wenstad, Don Overly, ND 1966-Paid
209 Wenstad, Pete (Melvin) Michigan, ND Auxiliary-Paid
210 Wenstad, Terry Grand Forks, ND Auxi

 

 

10/15/2019 (2721)

Condolences

From Connie Halvorson Kester (’64):  Bottineau, ND

So sorry to hear about Garry LaRocque and his sister Shirley’s passing.

I used to visit with Garry at auctions as we both enjoyed going to them.  So sorry for Lana and Ginger.  Lana was a fun classmate of mine. Garry had mentioned that Lana was coming for a visit.  I might have seen her if I had not just had knee surgery myself.

Also, condolences to all of Betty Faine Norman’s family too.  She was also a classmate of mine. I have some great memories of the class of 1964.

Hoping things are going well for you Gary and that Bernadette is able to enjoy some good days.

Connie

 

Reply to Diane Fugere (’75)
From Allen Richard (’65):  Grand Rapids, MI

To Diane Fugere. I remembered Joy Bashara very well. That is the year I returned to Dunseith and my first-year teaching there. I’m also curious as to what ever happened to her. She was great to work with 1973-74 was a tough year for Dunseith high school.  The front office, with the exception of Lorraine Olson, was a cluster ####.

 

 

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Blog (795) posted on May 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

Gary, 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 Barn.

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

Gary

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

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!

Dick

 

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.

http://www.washelli.com/obits/obituaries.php/obitID/117112

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