8/29/2008 (209)

Folks,  As I’m getting ready to send this message, I got a surprise picture from Neola that will have to wait until tomorrow.  We’ve got lots of stuff with some new folks in today’s message.  It’s wonderful!  Gary

From Erling Landsverk (44):







From Matha Lamb Schepp (68): 

Hi Gary,

I am home starting my 4th week since rotator cuff surgery.  I had to

practice a bit with my left hand and the mouse, but I really wanted to
get into your site and keep up on the journals.  Being a lefty isn’t so
bad especially when I get read a little home town history.  You do a
great job keeping everything in order.  Thanks!

Martha Lamb Schepp

Martha, I’ve been a lefty for over 61 years.  It’s not so bad.

Dwight Lang, your mother, Charlotte, tried to make me right handed in first grade, but she was unsuccessful.  Gary

Message from Marlene Henderson from Rolla: 

Gloria Plante (45) was married to Everett Henderson of Rolla, ND. I am married to Everett’s youngest brother Alfred (Fritz) though I was married to Fritz before Gloria and Everett married.

I also have a brother, Clinton, who must have also attended Dunseith School.

I do remember some Casavants, Berubes, Barbots and Vandals from Dunseith.

Request from Dave Shelver (63): 

Hi Gary,

Thank-you for doing such a great job of sending out the e-mails each day, I truly enjoy reading them.

I have a favor to ask of you, could you add my son to your e-mail list?  His name Jeff Skjelver and e-mail is

Yes, the last name is spelled correct.  He changed it back to the Old Norwegian spelling.

Thank you,


Quick Reply from Jeff Skjelver(Dave Shelver’s son): 

I look forward to Dunseith news. A very good friend of mine, Tom Hepper, comes from there before his family moved to Rugby.

Question Jeff: Is Tom Hepper’s father Gene (Deceased) the former teacher from Dunseith that many of us remember so well?

Pamela Pritchard Smith’pamela_ reply to My message pasted below her reply.  Gary:   

Gary – Thank you so much for your kind message.  We have been reading your messages and following the condolences that you have forwarded – everyone has been so kind.  Thank you so much for passing them along.  I will share this and the other messages with dad and my sisters.  Thank you again,  Pamela

From: Gary Stokes
Subject: Condolences for your mother Ann
To: “Smith, Pamela (Pritchard)”

Hello Pam,

I know this has been a really tough time for you and your family with the loss of you mother.  You guys were right there with your mother the whole time she was struggling for her life following her lung transplant.  She was probably more conscience than you realize, even though they had her heavily sedated.  I did not know your mother, however, I remember your dad well, from my younger days visiting the Eurich’s.  I was born and raised up in the Ackworth community and that is where the Pritchard’s are from.  I have always know that you folks had the Birchwood.  Your mother got in touch with me a few months ago and asked if she and your dad could be included with the Daily distribution of the Alumni email that I have been sending out.  We exchanged several nice messages.  I had no idea she medical problems until I got your message.

 I wanted to let you know that many folks on the Dunseith Alumni distribution list were following the daily progress of your mother.  Needless to say, they were deeply sadden by her departure.  I’m not sure how much you followed the messages after her death, but many folks expressed their condolences.  Condolences came in for a number days following her death. I tried to place them at the front of each daily message. If you did not see them and no longer have access to them, I can go back through and forward them all to you if you’d like.

 Again, your family has my sincere condolences for the untimely death of your mother.

 Gary Stokes

Reply to yesterday’s message  from Joe Johnson (77): 


Almost everyone called our Dad by his middle name of Warren.  Dad passed away in July of 1992 of lung cancer.  I can’t remember the exact day but I’m sure my sister Linda Juntunen could recall the date.

Thanks for all your work on the Alumni news letter.  You are performing a great service for so many, when one day you are greeted in heaven may God greatly reward your service to others.


Class of 42

Jean Braaten

Warren Johnson – Joseph Warren Johnson

June McDermott

Margaret Ann Myhre

Barbara Nelson

Reply to yesterday’s message from Karen Loeb Mhyre (65): 

Note: Karen’s father was Dr. Lobe (Deceased), former Supt. of San Haven.  Her mother is Hanna Higgins Lobe from Dunseith. Karen/Hanna live in Bellevue WA.

Hi Gary,

I talked to my mom today and she said that the name Ursell Carlson Grand Pre would have been the youngest of the 6 children of Pete and Christine (Olson) Carson.  Christine was the oldest sister of Alida Olson Higgins, my maternal grandmother.  They were from Trail County near Grand Forks.   The Carlson’s farmed north of the San on the east side of the highway. Caroll Carlson (never married) farmed that farm for many years after his parents passed. He lived in the Dunseith Nursing Home a long time but has died now.  I don’t know who owns the farm now.  The only Carlson still alive would be Ursella.  Mom believes she lives in North or South Carolina.  She does not know anything else about her.  We would always watch for the big red barn visible in the trees when we were driving to the lake shortly before we turned left to take the gravel road through the hills to the lake instead of going through Bottineau.  Many of us kids had trouble with “car sickness” along that road!!

The  Carlson siblings were Melba, born in 1921; Leonard, Alpha – married a Le Moureix (?), Clarissa – married to someone named Don;Carroll; and Ursella.

I so enjoy the daily emails you send.  I loved the picture of the wedding reception with Evie in the punch line.  We were all so adorable in the late sixties.  Thank goodness time has been kind to most of us!!

Hope to see you when you gather here in Seattle for your cruise to Alaska!  We should have a pre- function for the many Seattle/Washington/Dunseith residents who are unable to join you on the cruise!  The cruisers would be welcome as well!!  Jim and I did this same trip last summer to celebrate our 60th birthday!  What a wonderful trip!

We would be happy to host the gathering!

Take care and hello to Bernadette!

Karen Loeb Mhyre

Karen, Your pre-cruise gathering sounds like a great idea. Could we include the many Dunseith folks living in Western Washington that are not going on the Cruise?  This could turn out to be a good size gathering/reunion. Gary

Reply to yesterday’s message from Evon Lagerquist (77): 

Gary, Joyce Martinson from the class of ’45 was married to my brother Kenneth Lagerquist. They lived in Spokane, WA.
She was born on April 2, 1928, and passed away on Nov. 21, 1990.


 Bev Morinville Azure’s (72): reply to the men’s group picture posted yesterday: 

Gary,  the only man i know is my dad  Joe  Morinville  top  left   so i would say  maybe  something to  do with  the Knights of Columbus.

Rod Hiatt’s (69) reply to Kathy Bunce’s picture posted by Neola:

Good morning, afternoon or whatever it may be in your part of the world.

Kathy Bunce and her husband Don ran a sporting goods store in the old
Stone Hotel on the north east corner of
main street in Bottineau. It was either in the late 70′s or early 80′s
as I had the Western Shop across the street and little to the
south. She had that smile on her face all the time and was always very
friendly and quite bubbly gal.
I believe that she was Cliff Paynes daughter from Towner. Cliff was old
cowboy turned into an insurance salesman for I am not sure what company.
If Howard was still with us, he could give me the whole family history
and which ones were good and which weren’t
worth their salt. He sometimes was considered to be somewhat out spoken
if you know what I mean.
Anyway back to the Bunce’s sporting good store,They weren’t open to long
as one Saturday morning  someone was looking at a rifle and accidentally
shot a woman. The details are somewhat foggy, but I believe that it was
the guys wife and I think she died. I may be wrong, but I’m sure that
Dick Johnson can program his mind back to that time zone and come up
pretty much the exact details. Dick you either have an excellent memory
or you have 95% of us baffled with BullS&^%^&. Which is it Dick?

                        Kathy Bunce
Bunce, Kathy 2145

8/28/2008 (208)

Reply from Colette Hosmer (64): 

Evie … what an absolutely sweet photo of your Mom and Dad!  I had to print it out to put on my fridge — I love it, especially your  Dad’s cute haircut.


Marlin William’s picture provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Marlin was married to Doris Peterson from the DHS class of 53.  Doris does not have email.
Williams, Marlin 2144

 Picture/message from Neola Kofoid Garbe: 


I don’t know what group this is, but I’m guessing it’s a Rolette County group, but that’s just a guess.

I recognize Joe Morinville (top, left).  Howard Lemieux (Middle row, second from the left), Rich Campbell next to Howard?.  Joe Lemieux (fourth from the left in the front row).  The first man in the front row is VERY familiar, but I don’t recognize him.

It doesn’t matter to me if the men aren’t identified, but I thought your readers might recognize/enjoy seeing some of the men. :)  There’s no date on the picture.


Can any anyone identify this group of guys?  What is the occasion?  Gary
unknown men

Picture provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Does anyone recognize this little Hiatt girl? 

She would be nearly 40 years old now.  Gary


Need help Locating:

Folks,  I need some help locating a few folks from some of the 40′s classes.  Any info that you can provide for anyone of these folks will be extremely helpful. For the ladies I need married names.

Class of 1940

Lucina Bahl

Robert Johnson

Geogeina Maginel

Class of 1941

Kenneth Christianson

Thelma Medlang

Irene Nelson

Class of 42

Jean Braaten

Warren Johnson

June McDermott

Margaret Ann Myhre

Barbara Nelson

Class of 43

Mary Murray

Evelyn Goodsell – her sister Artis Johnson lives in Bottineau

Class of 44

Ursell Carlson (Grand Pre)

Lyle Johnson

Lona Sund (Swan)

Delphine Wentland

Class of 45

Joyce Martinson

Georgia Merrick

Betty Watschke

Class of 47

Gloria Plante

Class of 48

Bonnie Haines

8/27/2008 (207)

Reply from Erling Landsverk (44):






From Mel Kuhn (70): 

Howdy Gary,

I don’t know that saying I’m going to be the Chef for the Rolette County Historical Society steak fry is a plus or not. You may be chasing people away. For 10 years of running Mel’s Diner in St. John, I was known as the Crabbiest Cook in town. I don’t like cooking a steak past medium rare and most of these old Hillbillies like ‘em turned into shoe leather. HA! HA! It should be a good time with some good music if Old Dick’s hand gets healed up so he can play. On Sunday afternoon the City is sponsoring a Mud Run and we’ll be there cooking burgers, brats and dogs. I’ve been collecting dogs for the last week and have a few really nice one’s [been trying to stay away from road kill] so they should be good too. So if your looking for something to do this weekend come on up. Hope to see lots of you this weekend.

Mel Kuhn[70]

Picture/Message from Evie Gottbreht Pilkington (65): 

Picture was sent to me today from my cousin’s wife Tangee Brunsell of Bottineau, guess there are free Wondrasek photos at the museum in Bottineau.   Rachel Berube’s wedding 1965

Evie Pilkington

Berube 2143

Picture/Message from Evie Gottbreht Pilkington (65): 

Hi Gary,

I wanted to share this picture of my Mom and Dad, thought my old friends would enjoy it. This was taken, summer of 1938, in Thorne, ND – my Mom was raised in Thorne.  This was the summer before they married.  I especially miss them the month of August.  Dad died suddenly Aug 29, 1961, 45 years old and Mom died Aug 15, 2005, 88 years old.   They produced 8 children, 35 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren and counting……

Thanks Gary


                         Alma and Dale Gottbreht1938
Gottbreht, Dale and Alma 2143

Reply from Sandra Zeiler Vandal (62): 

Hi Gary,

I’m up at Nancy Hosmer’s place. She showed me the picture
taken so long ago. The kids names’ are from left to right are
Dawn,Teri, Kelly and Todd. Order of birth, Todd, Dawn, Teri and
Kelly. When Kelly was five, we had Heather. Who knew way back
when we would have twenty grandchildren and one great
grandchild. Mike remembers your Dad having to pull him out of
the ditch, once. I think he had to pull Dad out, too. Folks are
coming to Mn. with us for a few weeks. We will enjoy catching up
on the e-mails. Thanks a lot, Sandra

Pictrue L to R:
Back: Sandra & Mike
Front: Todd, Dawn, Teri & Kelly
Vandall, Mike family 2143

Toni Parisien has identified these 2 photos

                       Fabian and DeDe (Agnes) Azure
Azure, Fabian 2143

Peter J. (Butch) Azure, DeDe Azure (Agnes), Fabian Azure,
Francis (Sam) Azure, Agnes (Dolly) Plumage, Caroline Davis
Azure, Fabian Family 2143

8/27/2008 (206)


After a bit of a break, I have gotten back into putting a few more class lists together.  I am working with the 40′s classes.  For your interest, I have listed below all those that I have made contact with in the past week or so.  Even though I did not call Marie or Mildred Nelson Parrill, I have also listed them for your info.  LeaRae, Mildred’s daughter keeps me posted with them.  I have had some very interesting conversations with all these folks. I have learned of the close relationships that many of you are with a lot of these folks.  I was surprised.

Some of the 40′s folks are a real challenge to locate or get info on.  In a few days I will be sending out a list of those that I am having problems finding asking for your help in locating.


Class of 45

Christianson Baskett Viola 15643 Sunny Cove Dr SE Olalla, WA 98359 (253) 857-2521 No email address
Watkins Hoover Lenore 232 11th Ave SE Minot, ND 58701 (701) 838-2708 No email address

Class of 44

Boardman Robert 33856 State Highway 87 Frazee, MN 56544-8500 (218) 334-2401
Hagen Oscar 116 23rd St S La Crosse, WI 54601 608) 784-7205


Landsverk Howard 16224 70TH PL W EDMONDS, WA  98026   (425) 776-5566
Nelson Kriz Evelyn 6549 Depew Ct Arvado, CO 80003 (303) 421-0716 No email address
Pigeon Yodola PO Box 128 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5638 Colette


Class of 43

Halvorson Kittleson Doris 19541 GLEN VIEW CT OREGON CITY, OR  97045 (503) 656-8501 No Email address
Nelson Parrill Marie 506 Jay St Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2504 No Email address
Nelson Parrill Mildred 823 Railroad Ave, Apt 29 Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3506 (Daughter LeaRae)


Pigeon Horsman Louise 14164 73rd Pl NE, Apt D103 Bothell, WA 98011 (425) 821-3038

Message from Sybil Johnson: 

In just the short time I have been included with this great site, I surely enjoy reading each and every email. Im sure Augie would also enjoy them, if maybe Dick can get ahold of him and get his email address, for I dont have it–of course. Update on our daughter, Beckie. I talked to her about 2 hrs yesterday and she is doing great. Expecting to go back to work on Sept. 17th. Thanks again for making me a part of this site, Gary.

Sybil Johnson

All of today’s pictures have been provided by Noela Kofoid Garbe: 

Mike & Sandra, this is a beautiful picture of you guys with your family. I don’t believe I have ever met your children. They are great looking kids. Can you idientify them for us?

For those of us from up in the hills, this picture brings back a lot memories with youhaving been our bus driver, Mike.  I think you drove the first year that we were redistricted to Dunsieth. I was a Freshman. I remember Sandra’s dad, Arnold, filling in several times for you driving the bus too.

Sandra, we could see your house, 4 miles acorss country, from our house. You guys lived on the very SW corner of the Peace Garden.

I just got a message from Neola and she said she has tracked you guys down in Bottineau this week end.She wants to give this picture and several others to you too.  Gary

                         Mike & Sandra (Zeiler 62) Vandal Family
Vandall, Mike family 2142

Toni Parisien has identified those in the Azure Family Portrait:
The Azure Family Portrait:

Back Row – Toni (Azure) Parisien, Denise (Azure) Marcellais, Agnes (Jerome) Azure, Wade (LaBoy) Davis – deceased, Marla Davis, Francis (Lito) Davis – deceased, Becky (Davis) Bliss, Terry (Tooners) Plumage, Keifer Plumage, Joseph (Chick) Plumage, Joey Plumage, Lyle Davis,

Middle Row – Peter J. (Butch) Azure – father of Toni and Denise, married to Agnes Jerome, Caroline (Azure) Davis – deceased mother of Wade, Marla and Becky, married to Francis Davis, Agnes (Decoteau) Azure, Fabian Azure, Agnes (Dolly Azure) Plumage – mother of Terry, Keifer, Joey and Kevin, married to Joseph Plumage, Francis (Sammy) Azure, Lila (Davis) Gourneau,

Bottom Row – Travis Azure – son of Denise, Ron Davis – son of Marla, Levi Davis – son of Becky, Kevin Plumage – son of Dolly, Sam Azure, Jr. – son of Francis
Parisien, Toni 2142

Hi Gary,

Debbie Champagne has identified this lady.  I had saved her picture as “Pottery Lady”.  Beautiful lady/pottery.

This lady is Louise Crosby originally from Dunseith.  She now lives in the Retirement Home in Belcourt.


Crosby, Louise 2142

Diane Larson Sjol(70) walking 60 miles in Breast Cancer Walk.  Please help:


I am going to use this forum because it reaches so many people and
because this request is for a good cause.  On September 19-21 I will
be participating in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3 Day in the Twin
Cities.  I will walk 60 miles over the course of three days with
thousands of other men and women.  The net proceeds will support
breast cancer research, education, screening adn treatment through
Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust
Breast Cancer fund.

In order to participate I have to raise a minimum of $2200, so I am
aksing for your help.  Would you please consider a donation?  Whatever
you can spare would be helpful.  I am employed as faculty at MSU
Bottineau and will wear a college shirt with the names of those I am
walking for written on.  Eveyone who donates can give me a name to put
on the shirt.  I will wear the shirt for the duration of the walk.  If
you would like to donate, you can go to http://www.the 3day.org/ and
click on “Donate Now” and search for my personal fundraising page.
Just put my name Diane Sjol and the state in which I live ..North
Dakota….my name will pop up and directions will follow.  Just a
note, according to the foundation, more than 200,000 American will be
diagnosed with breast cancer this year and nearly 40,000 will die from
it.  That is why I am walking so far…to do something about it…so,
I hope you won’t feel offended about me using this forum for this
cause.  Thank you in advance for your generosity.  If you do decide to
donate, you can email me your name and the name of the person you want
me to walk for at diane.sjol@msub.nodak.edu.  Thank you in advance for
your generosity and for supporting me in my fundraising efforts.

Diane Larson Sjol (70)

Do any of you recognize any of the folks in these three photo’s?

Azure Azure-2 Bunce, Kathy 2142

8/26/2008 (203)

Condolences from Brenda Hoffman (68):  

For the Ann Pritchart family. I am so sorry about your loss. I never met Ann but your family updates and the messages from people who did know Ann indicate she must have been a lovely and loving person. Brenda Hoffman

Condolences/Message from Cheryl Larson Dakin (71): 

Wow…so much news. My heart goes out to jAnn’s family. I know she will be missed greatly by so many.

The wedding pictures were really fun to see. Congratulations to the new couple. I watched Bill Grimme’s Youtube posting. How fun.

Also, to Ivey Eller Robert…congratulations on your son’s upcoming wedding. Our family all got together in Minot in May for my niece’s wedding and we had such a great time. My greetings to Duane and his family. It was 1968 (OMG!!) when we hung out. Bev, I’ve been keeping you and Deb and your families in my prayers. And Diane…..save me some chokecherry juice!

Cheryl Larson Dakin

Message from Wilma Fiske (43): 

Folks, Putting the class of 43 together, I had the pleasure of talking to both Wilma Fiske and her sister Catherine. They are living together in Billings Montana. This is Wilma’s reply to my message.


Message from Dale Pritchard (63):


That was a very good picture of Allen and Leola.  I haven’t seen Allen
since ’63′ and Leola since ’94′.  Leola had my Mother, my brother
Darold, and I over for supper (dinner?) the day of the farm sale after
my Dad died.  I was home from Memphis three times that year; first for
the funeral, second for a regular vacation at which time I started
putting stuff together for the sale, and again for the sale itself.

Thank you Neola, for sharing your archives for the rest of us!  And you
too Gary, for helping make this possible.


Folks, The Prichard farm (Dale’s Parents) is located one mile south of the Ackworth cemetery.  After Robert passed away, Dorothy sold their farm to the Lagerquist’s. Evon Lagerquist is currently living on that place.  Dorothy moved to Bottineau and is currently living at the Oak Manor apartments.  Dorothy recently celebrated her 95th birthday.  She may be moving a bit slow, but she has a good sound mind and is still living alone.  Gary

Message from Sharon Peterson Harmsen (63): 

HI Gary,

Once again, I marvel at what you do.   Like everyone else on your “lists” I look forward to my daily fix of Dunseith news, whether old or new.  I am missing email # 200 unless you chose to skip the # 200 when you decided to change your subject line?    Anyway, I don’t have a 200 in my folder.

Thanks for all you do.

Sharon Peterson Harmsen (class of 63)

Sharon, You and several others had indicated that they did not have #200.  I went back and reviewed my sent files for #200 and discovered I had sent it twice to group 3 and not to you guys in group 1, so I just forwarded it to you guys.  I have you guys divided up into 7 groupings for this daily distribution. I am limited to 99 folks with each sending.  Again, folks, if you don’t receive one of these daily messages, please let me know.  Gary

Message from Bev Morinville Azure (72): 

Gary, I have been gone  all weekend  ,We  went to  Bismarck to Chris Messners  wedding. She is the daughter of  Vickie (Johnson)  and Paul Messner . We had a  great time as we always do when we  visit  with  Vickie and Paul. I  visited  with Big Chip all evening (Ron) he  asked about everyone and  was sorry he missed the reunion. He is  well has a  few health promblems  but is ok. He  wanted to know how his  bubby  CJ coleman  was  doing.  SO CJ  how  are you.? I couldn’t  really tell him  much  I  never see  CJ  lol  anyways  They  say  hi to everyone  and  we  had  a  good time. Update on Deb  she is   back in Miles  City  and   getting   better  she is  starting to talk a little but  gets  very upset  cause she  can’t remember alot of words right now. Here  is  her address Debbie Marmon …..1911 Merriam …Miles  City  MT 59301 ,Please send her a card it  would  do her  heart  good to know you are all  thinking of her. I plan to go out  there  but  i have to wait till after our  daughters  wedding on the 6th.  2 weddings in one  year  is nuts  lol


Message from Sharon Longie Dana (73):

Thanks Dick for the answers about Mr. Hepper. I apprecaite it

Congrats to the Bride and Groom!!!!!Handsome couple!!!

Gary and Bernadette look great too!!!!!!!!

Sharon Longie Dana

Message from Sybil Johnson: 

That was an interesting article on the original Farm Stead Act of ND. As many years I lived in Minot, I had never seen it before. Augie would remember many of those faces of the ’65′ class; I would send them to him, but he doesnt have his computer set up yet. If I may take the time and give an update on my daughter, Beckie; she is finally home and recuperating greatly. She will be going back to work in about a month and half.

Sybil Johnson

Picture/Message from Muzette Berube Fiander (74): 

Hi Gary –

I thought I would send some pictures from the wrath of Fay.  The pictures from the first website are all very close to my home in Melbourne.  Fortunately I didn’t have theflooding that a lot of areas had.  I had driving rain come in the front door, but nothing serious.  The Space Center was shutdown for 3 days so we didn’t have to report to work.  There has been a lot of damage throughout Brevard County and many other areas of the state, it’s very sad.  She was quite a storm for never making it to hurricane status.  I’m also including a picture with my sister, Angela, and our mom, Fern, taken Thanksgiving 2007.  The other is with my daughter, Renee, on Mother’s Day.

Thank you for keeping everyone in touch – you’re doing a great job!!

Muzette (Berube) Fiander (74)



                          Fern, Angela and Muzette Berube
Berube, Angela 2139

                    Muzette Berube with her Daughter Renee
Berube 2139

8/26/2008 (205)

Folks, I had a nice long visit with my very good and very close friend Bill Grimme yesterday.  Bill is planning to visit the Dunseith/Bottineau area arriving, probably Friday the 5th, next week.  He plans on staying at the Super 8 motel in Bottineau.  So folks, keep your calendars open.  I know Bill would like to see as many of you as possible.  He will only be in the area a few days. Gary

 Condolences from Meryle Hoopman (74): 

The Hoopman Family would like to send their condolences to the Pritchard family, our prayers are with the family.

Meryle Hoopman (74).

From Louise Pigeon Horsman (43): 


This is all so interesting to me, what a great hobby that you have. I see the picture of Fern Cote and Muzette—Fern is my cousin and I haven’t seen her in several years. I haven’t called Doris Halvorson yet but will as soon as I can.

Louise Pigeon Horsman

I tracked down Louise when I was putting the class of 43 together. We had several nice chats.  I had to call her back because I got her email address wrong the first time and also the 2nd time, so I emailed Allen Richard, her nephew, to get it right. I was forgetting the “s” on the end.  Louise is related to and is an aunt to many of you folks out there.

I also had a nice visit with Doris Halvorson (503-656-8501) from that class too.  Doris does not have email.  She lives in Oregon City OR.  Doris too is related to and is an Aunt/sister/sister-n-law/cousin to lots of you guys also.  Doris will be visiting the Dunseith area very shortly.  She will be staying with her sister Luella and her husband Floyd Dion in Dunseith.  She said they give her the royal treatment.

LeaRae Parrill Espe, your mother, Mildred Nelson Parrill and your Aunt Marie Nelson Parrill were also in the class of 43.


From Mavis (Mrs. Art 72) Hagen (udated report Lung Cancer):

I am so glad to be back home. I would like to thank everyone for their support, encouragement, prayers, and love. Without you I would not have the strength to do what I am doing. I truly appreciate all the you have done for Art and I over the last three weeks. I am feeling better each day and hopefully getting stronger. I know I still have a long road ahead of me. This Friday will be another stepping stone to get my staples out-YEAH. I feel like there are about 50 of them poking me. I will keep you informed on my progress and thanks again. I am looking forward to leaving the house and getting out and about soon. Thanks again for everything what a great community to live in.Thanks Evette for keeping up my journal you did a wonderful job.

Reply from Mel Kuhn (70): 


In the OJ Robert family picture, back row-Duane, Russell, OJ. Front row-Carol & her son Mike, Diane, Darla, Dorothy. I spent a lot of time with the Robert family in the middle and late 60′s. I worked for OJ out at the farm on & off and he always said I ate more than I was worth. Duane,Russell their uncle Robin and I did a lot of chasing around back in those days. OJ was a good old guy that showed me a lot of tricks about welding that I still use today. I believe that Dick has the old air jack that came out of OJ’s old Mobil station. I ended up running that old Mobil station for about a year sometime back in the early 70′s. I haven’t bumped into any of the family for some time now but would like to hear from them.

Mel Kuhn [70]

Reply from Bev Morinville Azure (72): 



Reply From Ivy Eller Robert (74): 


The O.J. Robert Family Picture, front row: Carol with her son Mike on her lap, Dianne, Darla, & Dorothy. Back row: Duane, Russell, & Orphula “O.J.” Robert.

Ivy Robert

From Linda Johnson Juntunen (72):

Duane, Russell, Orphela
Carol, Dianne, Darla, Dorothy
Mike, Carol’s son

Linda J. Juntunen
Microlap Technologies, Inc.
ph  701.477.3193.ext 18
fx   701.477.6579

O.J. Robert Family L to R:
Back: Duane, Russell & Orphela (O.J.)
Front: Carol holding Mike, Dianne, Darla & Dorothy

Azure family picture provided by Neol Kofoid Garge: 

Do any of you recognize any of the folks in this picture?
Azure family

Picture/message from Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Hi Gary,

Iris’ name was on her picture, but I didn’t know where to mail it.  Ron Peltier said Iris is his sister, so the picture goes into “Ron’s box”. :)


Ron,  This is a beautiful picture of your sister Iris.  I see she graduated from DHS in 1983. Where is she living now?  I’m assuming she is married and probalby no longer going by the name Peltier?  Gary

                            Iris Peltier
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8/25/2008 (204)

Condolences/message from Dan McKay (69): 

My condolences to the Ann Pritchart family.

I know many of you have close experience with military proceedings but a first for me came Friday when I went to my son Chris’ graduation form basic training in Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  My daughter Naomi (15) and I drove down and got to spend most of three days with him before we had to leave and he was shipped out for more training in Texas.  The military was very hospitable and gave us demonstrations about their training and allowed us to see much of the base.  We got to see many of the shooting ranges and watch new soldiers going through their training exercises.  Armadillos and snakes made their presence known also.  Their training gas chamber was still nasty after days of not being used, my throat still hurt the next day! I can’t imagine what it was like for the guys when they were in there with the cs gas!! Graduation was very “starchy” as the military calls for but yet the Brigade commander was ushering people up front so they could take pictures of their soldiers.  Of coarse the soldiers didn’t smile or look right of left or anything, signifying their training and that they knew how to follow orders! Very impressive and Yes, I’m proud of my son.  Thanks Gary, looks like a beautiful wedding.


Jim Metcalfe Family Photo provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Folks, I am going to take a stab at identifying this one.  With the exception of Patti, you gals all have your hair done differently than I remember you from the mid 60′s.  Other than for the parents, the only two that I for sure recognize are Patti and Margaret.  Here goes and don’t be afraid to correct me if I’m wrong.  Gary

Back L to R: Patti, Margaret, Gary, Jim Jr. Geri & Lola
Front L to R: Ella, Helen & Jim Sr.
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Jerome LaRocque family names provided by Ginger LaRocque Poitra (65): 

Gary, this is in reply to the LaRocque Family. Top row Boys are Curtis, Richard, Ronald, Sylvester, and Brian Middle Row Linda, Bernice, Alice (mother), Jeanette, and Joy Bottom Row Debbie, Annette, Sherri, and Jackie< I named them from left to right. These LaRocque’s are my first cousins Their dad was Jerome. Ginger (LaRocque) Poitra

Jerome LaRocque family picture L to R:
Top row: Curtis, Richard, Ronald, Sylvester, and Brian
Middle Row: Linda, Bernice, Alice (mother), Jeanette, and Joy
Bottom Row: Debbie, Annette, Sherri, and Jackie
LaRocque, Jerome 2140

Pictures Provide by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Folks, If you recognize any of the people in these pictures, please let us know.  Gary

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Unknowb baby Unknown-1 Unknown-2

8/24/2008 (200)

Condolences from Julie Knox Seier (82): 


Please pass along my condolences to the Pritchard Family. I
only knew Ann from seeing her at Birchwood but somehow felt
connected to them after all of the updates on her lung
transplant the past several days. My folks knew Ann and Flyod
over the years and always visited with them when we were went
to Birchwood. My deepest sympathies to the entire family.
Julie (Knox) Seier

Condolences from Phyllis McKay (65): 

I did not know Ann, but through the e-mails I have felt like I was getting to know her. My thoughts and prayers are with her husband, children and grandchildren. It is never easy to say good-bye to our loved ones.

Phyllis McKay

Condolences from Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Hi Gary,

When I started my computer just now and the emails were coming in, I saw this subject  (Ann Pritchard passed away).  I am SO SORRY to hear this.  I knew Ann from Birchwood–lovely lady.  Floyd bought Dad’s garage in Bottineau, but I didn’t know either Floyd/Ann at that time.  My condolences to the family.  Because of the updates Ann’s daughter/granddaughter sent to you and you shared with us.  I felt I knew Ann/the family much better.  Receiving your emails with news/updates/etc. on people’s health, involves us/our feelings with people we haven’t known/known well before.

Thanks, Gary.


Condolences from Bev Morninville Azure (72):

So sorry to hear  of  Ann’s  passing. I  did not know  her personally  but in the  pass  few  weeks  sure have prayed for her  a  lot. My family enjoys the  Birch wood Inn very much the food  and  service is   the best

Condolences from Sybil Johnson: 

Very sorry to hear about Ann. I didnt know her, but my heart goes out to all

who knew and loved her.
Sybil Johnson

From Bobby Slyter (70): 

To Bev Morinville azure: my prayers and good thoughts are still with Deb and her family, it is such good news that she is improving

From Gary Morgan (54):

Gary & All,

Darrell Fassett probably remembers this better than I do but in answer to Dick’s query about the hole across from the lumber yard:  The baker at the San for years, was a fellow named George Pudenz.  In the late 40s, after WWII, George decided to build a hotel in Dunseith.  He bought the lots across from the lumber yard and excavated the basement for his hotel.  I don’t know if he ran out of money or just changed his mind but that was as far as the project ever progressed.  I don’t know who it was that coined it “Pudenze’s Canyon” but that was what it was when I was growing up.

Gary Morgan

Mavis (Mrs. Art 72) Hagen’s udated report (Lung Cancer):


Last night Art left the hospital about 8:40pm and thought Mavis was settled for the night.

At 9:15 respiratory therapy was in for a treatment by 10:00 the nurse and aide were in trying to help Mavis cough. Guess this is quite a process with broken ribs and only 1 lung.

At 11:00 the plumbers came in. The bathroom sink was plugged and they were there to unplug it. I can’t believe they didn’t have time during the day, they knew it wasn’t working when she moved in this room from ICU. Oh well! Anyway, they were there until after midnight. Ok finally she can get some sleep. Nope, 3:00 the nurse is in to get her vitals and weigh her. I wonder if you weigh less in the middle of the night? 5:20 the lab lady was in to get some more blood. Guess it’s morning, now why try to sleep?

When Mavis called this morning she sounded good. She was waiting for the antibiotic to get done, which takes about 45 minutes, then into the shower. Then maybe she can have a nap.

She said once she gets home she will be able to rest. She can kick us out, but a little hard to do with the hospital personnel.

Art is planning to go the lake with Dorvin and Judy tomorrow. This will be good for him to see something other than hospital walls.

She is just overwhelmed with the support, prayers and well wishes. THANKS!!
Picture provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 


Many of you have asked about my brother Allen also known as Big Al. He stands 6′ 4″ tall.  He reached this height by the time he was in 7th grade.  Neola has found a picture of him taken with Leola Lagerquist.  This picture was taken up at the Ackworth Cemetery, the day of our mothers burial in July 2004.  Allen and Leola are facing the Cemetery looking west with the Stokes farm trees in the back ground.  Our former farm buildings are about 200 feet behind and to the left of this picture. Leola still lives on the original Lagerquist farm located 1.5 miles east and 1/2 mile south of this picture. The John Hiatt farm, now the Fauske Farm, is located about 1.5 miles north and about 1/2 mile west of this picture.

Allen & his wife Janet have lived in San Diego, California since about 1992.  Allen is the maintenance man for a larger apartment complex located in the heart of SD.


Reply from Gaillord Peltier (80): 

Hello Gary,

My name is Gaillord Peltier, 1980 graduate of DHS. Your website sure does
bring back alot of memories. I know that I was very young in the mid to
late 60′s, but I do remember alot of the stories that are mentioned here.

The Dunseith Dragons boys basketball picture of 1983 from message 198 is
filled with many relatives and my brother. The first one from the left #40
is Gerald Counts, my 1st cousin, son of Gary and Theresa Counts, #24 is
Mark Peltier, 1st cousin, son of Edward and Madeline Peltier, #14 is Roger
Cree, my relative, son of Henry and Loualla (Herman) Cree, #44 is Pat
Peltier, my brother, son of Joseph and Delores Peltier, #42 is Travis
Davis, my relative, son of Alfred (Damion) and Leona Davis, #32 Mitchell
Cree, relative, brother to Roger Cree, #30 is Brian Azure, relative, son
of Vincent and Janice Azure, #12 is George Bruce, I don’t know who is
father is but is mother is Rita Champange, #34 is Dean Gillis, relative,
son of John and Karen Gillis, the little  student manager to the left is a
brother to George Bruce, the one to the left is Gilbert Peltier, another
relative, he is in the Doris Peltier photograph. The head coach is James
Keating, I believe that coach Keating was in Dunseith for 3 years, this
was his 2nd year.
It is amazing of how many conections there are in the hills of Dunseith.

The Doris Peltier family is Valerie, Quintin, Shawn, Arlan and Gilbert.

Keep the memories coming and the pictures.

Class of “80″

Gaillord Peltier

              Doris Peltier with Valerie, Quintin, Shawn, Arlan and Gilbert
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1983 Dunseith Dragons Boys Basket Ball Team L to R:
Back: Brother to George Bruce, #40 Gerald Counts, #24 Mark Peltier, #14 Roger Cree, #44 Pat Peltier, #42 Travis Davis, #32 Mitchell Cree, #30 Brian Azure & Gilbert Peltier
Front: #12 George Bruce,Coach  James Keating & #34 Dean Gillis
Basket Ball 2137

Folks, This is a correction to Message 197. In that message, I listed this reply as coming from Roberta Hagen.  It actually came from Kim Hiatt.  Sorry Kim & Roberta for the mistake.  Gary

Reply from Kim Hiatt Herman (77): 

Yes it is me and Roberta Hagen I haven’t seen this picture for years. Oh my gosh, it brings back some wild memories.

Back: Roberta Hagen Striker (75)
Front: Kim Hiatt Hermann  (77)

Message/Picture from Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Hi Gary,

Thanks to you, Vickie Metcalfe, and Ron Peltier, I just received an email from Amy, the daughter in this picture.  I now have her mailing address and will get the pictures mailed to her soon.  I happened to have these pictures all together in an envelope, which isn’t the case with the other pictures I have.

Thanks again for all you are doing to see these pictures get delivered to people who want them.  I’m thrilled to get the pictures to people, as they are too nice to eventually be destroyed.


Peltier, Sandra 2137

8/24/2008 (201)

Folks, Starting today I am only going to list the message number along with “Dunseith Alumni” in the Subject block.  I think the long subject titles may be one of the problems for some of these messages not going through to some of you folks.

Please don’t miss the email list update info at the very bottom of this message  Gary

Condolences From David Slyter (70): 

To the Prichard family:

My condolences to you all with the passing of your dear mother and wife.  God has taken her home and now she can rest and watch over all of you from there.

I always remember when going to the Birchwood, that big welcome she would greet everybody with and make them feel that way when you walked thru the door.  It certainly will be missed.

God’s Blessings on all of you.

Dave Slyter (70)

Condolences from Bobby Slyter (70): 

My condolences to the prichard family, I am praying for them at this time.


Condolences/Message from Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

First I would like to offer my condolences to the Pritchard family, on
the loss of Ann. We know she will be missed by all the folks at the lake.
I would also like to thank Gary Morgan for sending the explanation  for
the large basement dugout across from the lumberyard. I never heard the
name ‘George Pudenz’ ever mentioned before. This is a new one for me. I
remember how the snow would blow over the edge of ‘Pudenz’s Canyon’ and
make a snow cliff for us to dig in and jump off! In the summer it was
just a place to explore and goof around, and we did plenty of that!
Thanks Gary Morgan and thanks Gary Stokes!


From Gary Stokes:


With connections made through this sight, we just had a big wedding here in Cebu, Philippines.  Jared Steele who works for Terry Moe (73) at T’s Yamaha in Bottineau got in touch with me after I had gotten in touch with Terry putting his class list together.  We introduced Jared to several nice young ladies and he connected well with Geraldine. Geraldine is a very nice pleasant charming young gal.  She’s a recent college grad with a degree in teaching. After many phone conversations and email messages, Jared came to the Philippines in mid June.  He and Geraldine were married in a beautiful ceremony with a reception that followed, on July 28th, with nearly 200 guests. Jared has returned to Bottineau, but plans to return to the Philippines to accompany Geraldine back to Bottineau when her visa is processed and ready.  This process takes 6 to 8 months.  Jared stayed with us when he was here.  We really enjoyed having him as a guest.  He is a very nice pleasant young man.  Geraldine is currently staying with us while she is processing her paper work for her visa to go back to Bottineau.

If you guys are in the Bottineau area and for those of you in the Bottineau area, stop by and see Jared and Terry at T’s (Terry’s) Yamaha.  They’d love to sell you some Yamaha machines too.  I understand that those 4 wheeler ATV’s (All Terrain Vehicles) are a hot item and selling like hot cakes.  From what I was told, they are located out by Theels.

I have pasted some pictures below of the Wedding day.


                           Mr. & Mrs. Jared Steele
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    Gary Stokes, Geraldine & Jared Steele  & Bernadette Stokes
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This picture was taken in our office the day of the wedding. We had professional beauticians come to our house for the hair and make-up of the girls & ladies that were in the wedding. 

I was busy putting out the daily blog to you folks before going to the wedding. Gary

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                                  Gary & Bernadette Stokes
Stokes Steel 2138


I will be putting out another revision to our email list after I’m finished with the 40′s classes. I think I will go back as far as the class of 34.  That was Clarence Hagen’s class and he is still going strong.  He and Mary Ann are now living in Bottineau.

Listed Below are the email addresses of folks that have been added to our list since I posted the last update.

Recently, putting together the class of 44, I had some really nice visits with Bob Boardman, Oscar Hagen & Howard Landsverk. They all have email and their email addresses are list below.


Name Email address

1 Martel, Arthur aamartel@msn.com Teacher
2 Fassett, Kim kimmyloujane@yahoo.com Auxiliary
3 Allard, Merle tallard@utma.com 61
4 Berg Rheault, Diane drheault@crystalsugar.com 79
5 Parrill Curtis, Lynda cljordan48@peoplepc.com 69
6 Parrill LeNoue, Janet jlenoue@insightbb.com 68
7 Ketterling LaRose mercerlk@westriv.com 46
8 Hiatt, Jacqueline hotjackindc@yahoo.com 79
9 Azure, Shannon brunettecentral@hotmail.com 2001
10 Azure Campbell, Shonda angelic_desires_of_a_firefairy@yahoo.com 94
11 Larson, Norman normbott@utma.com Auxiliary
12 Larson Vaughn, Norma NVaughn@comnetcomm.com Auxiliary
13 Johnson, Sybil great_grandma2007@msn.com Auxiliary
14 Eurich Strietzel, Dorothy wstrietz@hotmail.com 75
15 Eurich Roland, Jean tjroland@srt.com ?
16 Bergman, Ron PwRBRM@utma.com Auxiliary
17 Aitchinson, John anniesammie@hotmail.com 46
18 Watkins Carbonneau, Carol annie_oconnell@yahoo.com 46
19 Boardman, Robert bboardman@loretel.net 44
20 Hagen, Oscar oehagen@centurytel.net 44
21 Landsverk, Howard hlandsverk@hotmail.com 44

8/22/2008 (199)

Update for Deb Morinville with her stroke (70) from Bev Morinville Azure (72):

Hi everyone, Wanted to let everyone know that Deb is improving  each day they are moving her back to Miles  city to the nursing home as  she  needs  intensive therapy. She will be  leaving Billing   on Friday for  Miles  city. Kenny and I talked last night  for about  1/2 hour and he  explained  that  they have  stopped  so many visitors right now  cause  it is confusing  her and  she  gets  very upset  since  she can’t  talk to anyone. I plan to go  out there  as  soon as Shonda’s  wedding is over. 2 wedding in one summer is  enough . lol  Please  keep praying  for  Deb her faith is  unbreakable it amazes  me. Thanks  for  doing this Gary  what a blessing this  site is  .

Reply from Diane Larson Sjol (70): 

I remember the Robert family well.  We used to hang out at their gas station in town and had the best time.  Anyone know where they are now?

Those Metcalf kids were always so cute (Vicki, you still are!).

Diane Larson Sjol

Message from Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Thanks to those that supplied info for the pictures – for the LaRoque family, too.  If the people are identified at a later date, I’ll add the names and resend it.

Thanks to everyone for all information. :)  If Mel Kuhn has any extra memory pills, I can use some!


Reply from Tim Martinson (69): 

Hi Gary, You probably have gotten a response on this picture, but as I remember, Arlinda is on

the left and Beth is in the middle. I lived one block south of their home in Dunseith. I sometimes

wonder if the boys still ride the dirt bikes as they and theLaugerquist boys had a lot of fun in

the mountains. They probably have switched to riding hogs instead, as in Harley Davidson, and

travel on the pavement rather than the country roads and trails. There were many times in the

early 70′s that I would run into these mud splattered guys cruising on their bikes. What a sight

to see a group out having fun their way. Take Care, Tim

Tim, you are right.  I got Lindy & Beth reversed. Knowing that Beth is the older of the two, with Arlinda being the taller of the two in this picture, I got them reversed.  Taking a closer look I can tell I listed them wrong. You Fauske kids are just too polite in not telling me I screwed up.  I think Beth got a growth spurt later on.  Gary

Elwood Fauske Family:
Back L to R: CarroleRussell & Connie
Front L to R: Eleanore (Hiatt),  Arlinda (Lindy), Beth,  Brian & Elwood.

Message/Picture from Phyllis McKay (65): 

Hi Gary,

I returned from Florida the evening of August 10th. My sisters Patsy and Minnie Mary went on a cruise to Mexico and spent several days in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale area. It has taken me until now to get caught up on all the summer e-mails! I have enjoyed reading all of them! I seem to be missing 191,194,and 195.

I spent most of July in Europe with my 18 year old grandson, Derek Sims. He graduated from Milnor, North Dakota in May. We were in London for about a week. We visited the Tower of London, cruised the Thames, went to West Minister Abby and saw the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. We ate at the original Hard Rock Cafe and in the Crypt of Saint Martin in the Fields next to Trafalgar Square. We went to the National Art Museum and spent time in Trafalgar Square with the pigeons. We met many interesting people as we traveled on the city buses and the “Tube” (London’s underground subway system).

We rode on the high speed train from London to Paris using the tunnel under the English Channel. The machine that dug this tunnel came from Seattle. In Paris we visited Notre Dame, cruised the Seine River, and went to the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles. We ate on the 400 foot level of the Eiffel Tower and of course the Hard Rock in Paris. We dined in several Parisian sidewalk Cafes. We looked at great works of art in the de Orsay, the Orangerie and the Louvre Museum. We found our way to the Pere Lachaise Cemetery and saw Jim Morrison’s grave. (He has his own guard!) Derek soon learned enough French to navigate around the city of Paris. When we were on the top of the Eiffel Tower, (1000 ft) we could see the city stretching out in all direction with no end in sight. Derek could not believe his eyes! Going with an 18 year old, we climbed the stairs to the top of any monument that allowed it. Of course he would be waiting for me at the top as I huffed along behind him.

It was a trip that will always be remembered as not only a time to see far away places but also a time for me to get to know my grandson as an adult. I could not have asked for a more kind, considerate traveling companion, of course I am tremendously prejudge!

Thank you again, Gary!

Phyllis, You’ve got a very nice looking grandson.  His Grandma is looking pretty sharp too!  We don’t look a day over 61, do we?  You could pass for being much younger though. Gary

Pictures of Phyllis McKay & her grandson Derek,in Europe

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Message/Picture from Neola Kofoid Garbe:


Thanks to Mel Kuhn for the identifications and the information about the families.  Olivine either is/was across the hall from Mom at Good Sam.  Mrs. Senechal is a couple doors to the west.  I usually see Evelyn/Mrs. Senechal  when I visit Mom. When I say, “Hi, Evelyn”, or “Hi, Mrs. Senechal”, she gives me a big smile and says something, so we sometimes chit-chat a bit.  She and her walker “get around”. :)  Keith/his wife have been visiting his mom a couple of times when I’ve been there.


Allard Family

8/21/2008 (198)

Carol Fauske Rude’s (66) reply to her family photo posted yesterday:


I don’t think I remember ever seeing this picture before.  Great Picture!
We have a granddaughter that looks so much like Lindy here unbelievable.
Thanks for your great work.  I like so many others I look forward to this each day.

Allen Richard’s (65) reply to the Bedard picture posted yesterday: 

Great picture of Rene Bedard.  Mom used to refer to “Uncle John” — not sure how that connection worked.  Same with John Bedard.  Maybe John knows or Colette Schimetz.

Mavis (Mrs. Art 72) Hagen’s udated report (Lung Cancer): 


On Monday, which was the first night in ICU, the power went out, not sure what happpened to cause this. The backup generators kicked in, but when they did a fire broke out. Sounded like the nurses were bustling around pretty quickly to find flashlights and make sure all the pumps and machines were running. Mavis remembers all of this and wanted to pass it on. Never a dull minute.

She also said to express her thanks for all of the support, prayers and love. It truly is an inspiration to read all of the messages and know so many people care. I’m sure once she is up to it, she will take over updating her journal.

She is doing well, the morphine is taking care of the pain for now. She was even up a couple of times today and walked around ICU.

Thanks to everyone!!

Updated reports for Ann Pritchard (Lung Transplant) posted by her Family:

Wednesday, August 20, 2008 8:00 A.M.

Posted 1 hour ago

We received a good report from the doctor this morning. Mom had a stable night and they were able to decrease her support from the ventilator. They have also been able to decrease some medications. Today the plan is to continue to pull fluids from her as she allows and to rest most of the day. Dad inquired about decreasing sedation. They will try to bring her up a bit to see how she handles it if the team of doctors are in agreement. Physical therapy has been started for passive range of motion exercises to keep her joints from locking up. God Bless you all, Gina

Wednesday, August 20, 2008 8:00 P.M.

Posted 4 minutes ago

Praise God, mom had a good day today. She stayed stable throughout the day. They were able to reduce some of her support. This afternoon, her hemoglobin dropped so they had to give her blood. The plan is to continue to reduce her support and see how she handles it. Keep praying for her. God Bless, Gina

From Mel Kuhn (70): 


The family picture is of John and Olivine Allard. Back row Larry, Kenny, Clayton, Center row, Mary,Olivine, John, Karen, Front row, Betty, Duane,Carol.

There were at one time 5 of the Cote sisters living at Good Sam at one time. Evelyn Seneshal, Adeline Allard (Deceased), Olivine Allard, Lillian Allard & Alice Kuhn.

Evelyn Seneshal [I think I’m spelling that wrong] Married to Philip farmed at Overly for years. Now 3 married to Allard brothers, Adeline [Fred] I’m sure you know some of the kids, Alden & Merle for example. Olivine [John] Carol’s mom and dad, Larry married to Dawn Gregory from St. John. Lillian [Bill] Their daughter Judy lives in Botno. Lillian and Bill are both in Good Sam. My mom Alice [Marvin] Kuhn. The 5 sisters were all at Good Sam at one time, Adeline passed away, I believe it was last year. My memory is such crap that I can’t even name off all of my own cousins. Once the big old family picnics kind of quit and everyone kind of grew away into their own lives we kind of lost touch. I really envy guy’s like you and Dick with your memories and details. I have just about lost my memory of my youth and even high school unless prompted by someone or some thing. Even my first marraige is a blur. .Keep on eating those memory pills.

Thanks Gary

Mel Kuhn

PS. Evelyn is like 95-96 and as far as I know doing pretty good. Olivine & Lillian are physically good but their minds are gone. My mom is still pretty sound but just had to have some surgery and is recovering really slow. I guess 81 years old having some of that female type surgery can take a lot out of you, and she just can’t understand why she had to get put on a bag, which hopefully after some healing might be able to be removed.


The John and Olivine Allard Family L to R:
Back: Larry, Kenny, Clayton,
Center: Mary, Olivine, John, Karen
Front: Betty, Duane, Carol
Allard Family


Picture provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 
Can any one identify those in this picture?

                                  Dunseith Dragons – 1983
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Message/Picture from Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Hi Gary,

Ron Peltier (70) identified this fellow as Gary Nadeau.  Ron/Gary were friends. Gary moved to the west coast years ago and passed away about 3 years ago.  I was sorry to hear about his passing, even if I didn’t know him.

As you can see, I changed the text.

Thanks again for including Gary’s picture in your email.


Nadeau, Gary 2135

Birth Date: 9 Oct 1952
Death Date: 10 Aug 2005
Social Security Number: 501-62-1664
State or Territory Where Number Was Issued: North Dakota

From Sybil Johnson: 

That picture from Dunsieth/Belcourt isnt from the Gagnon family is it? It
kind of looks like Arnie when he was younger. There is no update on Beckie’s
condition; hopefully she will be able to go home soon.
Sybil Johnson

From Evon Lagerquist (77):

The last picture looks like it could be the LaRocques, not sure of their names, tho…

From Sharon Longie Dana (73): 

The very bottom picture is the LaRocque family, I see Debbie, Joy,Jeanette and Jackie, thats some of the girls, unfortunately I don’t remember all the others names. I tried to help.

Sharon Longie Dana

     Can anyone identify the folks in this LaRocque family photo?

LaRocque Family

Picture provide by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Hi Gary,

It says “Doris Peltier Family” on the back of this picture–darling kids.  I think I can locate someone to send the pictures to, as I’m getting a few names from the Dunseith/Belcourt area.  However, if someone would like to provide a mailing address, that would be great.  Just mention the pictures is the “Doris Peltier Family”, picture. If you want to post the picture, please do.  If not, no problem. As always, I leave it up to you. :)


Peltier, Doris 2135

8/20/2008 (197)

Message from Art Rude:

I was in the hills most of the summer, staying in the farm house as I was between renters at the farm.  Duane Mornville bought a house in Dunseith, so I was sad to lose him as a renter.  I didn’t put in any phone for the summer, so haven’t had internet.  I see I have some reading to do.  I didn’t know Dwight Lange was at the lake, I would have looked him up.  Visited him in Nashville one time, and enjoyed the visit.


From Vickie Metcalfe (70): 

Gary etal

Please  be aware of the health concerns of  Mavis (Froseth) Hagen .  Mavis, the dear wife of Art Hagen (’72) and daughter in law of Clarence (’35) and Mary Ann (former Title I aide at Dunseith Public School) http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/mavishagen.  Mavis is currently a third grade teacher in the Bottineau School District.  Art and Mavis also own and operate Davidson’s Meat Processing.

The picture of the Metcalfe family that was been forwarded to me by Geri (Metcafe) Munro is  the family of  Cliff and Charlotte Metcalfe, Nancy, Vickie, Cynthia, Archie and Shanon.

Indeed, the photo of the Seim/Metcalfe Meadow from Dick was correct. For years, previous to this rain,  there were other big rains.  My dad, Cliff, forever a story teller had names for various places and things; For instance, he  called our road  (which was the Carlson,Seim,Metcalfe,Smith,& Johnson gravel road sometimes Anthony too..) “The Acorn or Oak Hills Road” because of the many Oak hills , he’d say this road ran from Snuce Box Junction intersecting  highway #3, because he explained,  Dad and Art among others on the east side of the highway and  Bill Metcalfe going west were “snuce” chewers.   For years, those gravel roads had various  places where  they’d wash out.  The county would bring in bridge planks for vehicles to get across.  One summer,after all the meadow hay was cut and baled,a  big rain came washing out the road in 2 or 3 places.   Odin Medlang had baled the Metcalfe meadow hay using  baling wire. Art used baling twine on his bales on the Seim Meadow.  Art and Dad had no problem deciding whose bales were whose, as many had floated back and forth across the road.  Fortunately, for us Metcalfe girls, we hadn’t quite discovered the fun or benefits of weight lifting/ strength building of bale tossing. So we didn’t have to go fetch ours. Vickie

Vickie, I have posted some of the updates of Mavis Hagen below.  I will continue to post updates as she goes through this terrible lung cancer ordeal.  I don’t know Mavis too well, but I sure know Art from our younger days with the Hagen’s being close neighbors.  Our prayers are with her.  Thank you so much for posting this info about Mavis. Gary

Mavis (Mrs. Art 72) Hagen’s udated reports (Lung Cancer):

SATURDAY, AUGUST 16, 2008 10:30 AM, CDT

Today is Saturday and a beautiful sunny day. The path report came back and surgery is scheduled for Monday afternoon to remove the rest of the left lung. The entire left lung had cancer cells. St A’s will continue to be Mavis’ home for about 10 days after surgery. Some type of treatment will take place after surgery, but this won’t be decided until after Monday. Prayers are still requested. Thanks for the support!

MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 2008 03:04 PM, CDT
Today is Monday and Mavis went into surgery about 2:35pm. Art & Evette are sitting in the waiting room waiting. She was in good spirits this morning, just anxious to be done with it.

We will update after we talk to the surgeon.

Keep the surgeon and medical team in your prayers as well as Mavis. She is a strong lady and we love her dearly.

Updated reports for Ann Pritchard (Lung Transplant) posted by her Family:

Monday, August 18, 2008 4:00 P.M.

Posted 13 hours ago

Mom came through surgery for the tracheostomy tube well. They also were able to place the feeding tube in the position they wanted. We did not get to confer with the doctor after surgery and will probably not see him until morning. Mom is resting well and they are continuing to pull fluids off her body. The A.M. x-ray showed slight improvement again. Mom continues to make steady progress. Thank you all for your continued support, thoughts and prayers. When mom is well she will be able to look back at these notes to her. GOD BLESS!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008 9:00 P.M.

Posted 8 hours ago

Mom had a very difficult day today. It is only through the grace of God that she continues to fight her way through this. Keep praying, I cannot stress it more. She is fighting hard and your prayers are reaching our heavenly Father’s ears. She has been stable now for the past 5 hours. They changed some medications and modified her treatment. She will continue to rest through the night. God has a purpose in everything. He will not give us more than we can handle and we all take comfort in that. Thank you all for your prayers and support. God bless you, Gina

From Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

Something that just crossed my mind today, does anyone remember the huge
basement hole that was on the west side of Main street across from the
lumberyard ? We used to play in it summer and winter. Stan Salmonson of
Northland Builders put up a big green storage building on the spot where
this dugout was. I was told that someone was going to build a hotel
there but never got it done. This was back when I was a kid, so I don’t
even remember who said it! Can anyone fill us in on what this was for?
Thanks Gary!


Elwood Fauske Picture provide by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 


Is this the Elwood Fauske family?  I don’t recognize anyone, but the mom resembles Mrs. Fauske as I know her.  I just met the M/M Fauske about ten years ago, or so.


Yes Neola, This is the Elwood Fauske Family.  This is one family that I do know well. Great folks.

I think this must have been taken in the early to mid 60′s. Gary

Back L to R: Carrole, Russell & Connie
Front L to R: Elenore, Beth, Arlinda (Lindy), Brian & Elwood.
Fauske 2133

Message/Picture from Don Lamoureux (75): 


I’m going to try to attach a scanned photo of my grandfather Rene Bedard, and great grandfather John Bedard on John’s 85th birthday.  I’m a neophyte at this game, so please tel me if I made it impossible to download, I read that you are having internet issues as it is.

Don Lamoureux (75)

                        Rene & Father John Bedard
Bedard, Rene 2133

Reply from Roberta Hagen Striker (75): 

Yes it is me and Roberta Hagen I haven’t seen this picture for years. Oh my gosh, it brings back some wild memories.

Back: Roberta Hagen Striker (75)
Front: Kim Hiatt Hermann  (77)

Message from Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Hi Gary,

Would Dave Slyter mind telling his sister (Kim Hiatt)  I’ll be mailing the pictures to her?  I could type/send a letter with the pictures, but I’m trying to keep the envelopes as light as possible–less postage. :)  I don’t care to write notes to send with the pictures, as my fingers are a little stiff.  For the most part, typing is no problem–thank goodness!!

Please thank everyone who has provided information/names/addresses/etc. that pertain to the pictures I’ve sent. This includes people who have sent the info to you to forward to me, and those who have sent emails directly to me.  I’m slowly, but surely, making a little headway with the pictures.  Maybe I should have only brought 1000 of them home! Ha!  No, it isn’t quite that bad!  As you can tell, though, I do have a lot of pictures to deliver to many people in many locations.  As you can tell from what I send to my “Bottineau Bunch” list, I’m working on other pictures, too.  I also have a “Kramer” list, and I’m delivering some pictures locally, too.  It’s a great project; I’m enjoying it very much.  It would impossible to deliver the Dunseith/Belcourt pictures without your/your list members’ assistance.  THANKS AGAIN to everyone!


Reply to yesterdays message from Sybil Johnson: 

Hey Gary, that sounds like here in the states, not in the Philippines. I
would like to give an update on my daughter, Beckie. The blood clot she has
is located in the artery between her large intestine and her liver. Until
that clot dissolves by itself, she will not be going home soon. But, she
does have great doctors. The hospital she is in, is a branch from the Mayo
Clinic. Like she said, she didnt expect to spending her birthday in the
hosptital(yesterday and she turned 41).
Sybil Johnson
 The following unidentified pictures have been provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Do any of you recognize any of these pictures of folks from the Dunseith/Belcourt area?

Unident-7 Unident-6 Unident-5 Unident-4 Unident-3 Unident-2 Unident-1

8/19/2008 ((196)

Reply from Sybil Johnson about Axel Johnson: 

Gary, that’s funny about “Pa”. He was a great man in my eyes and always will be. He loved his family and did whatever he could for each and everyone of all of us. I remember Bernice getting after him, because he wouldnt wear his hearing aids. He would only say, talk louder! And when Bernice would yell at him for one thing or another, he would just walk outside until she cooled down. Dont get me wrong I loved Bernice and I learned alot from her, while Augie and I was together.

Sybil Johnson

Comments on the Cliff Metcalfe Photo below:

When Neola sent me this picture, I could not figure out which Metcalfe family this could be.

Vickie, I know you and Cyndy, but I didn’t recognize you guys in this picture.  You would have been Just graduated from HS when this picture was taken.  Thinking this could possibly be one of Jim Metcalfe’s family, I sent this picture to Lola.  I have pasted her reply below.

This is a beautiful picture!  Gary

Lola’s Reply: 

HI Gary!!–  I just enjoy this “blog” soo much-
I’m really glad you sent me this picture- it is my Uncle Cliff’s family
(Dad and Cliff were brothers)
Back Row: Nancy, Vickie and Cliff
Front row: Cyndy, Archie, Shannon and Charlotte (Lottie).
That is a wonderful picture of them!!-  Thanks for all you do Gary!-
Regards,  Lola

Pictures provide by Neola Kofoid Garbe:    

Clifford Metcalfe Family:
Back Row L to R: Nancy, Vickie & Cliff
Front Row L to R: Cyndy, Archie, Shannon & Charlotte (Lottie)
Metcalfe, Cliff 2133

Back: Roberta Hagen Striker (75)
Front: Kim Hiatt Hermann  (77)
Hagen Hiatt 2133

8/18/2008 (195)

Question from Sharon Longie Dana (75): 

Does anyone know how Mr. Hepper passed??? He was our neighbor for years.  He was always such a nice man.  Did he leave Dunseith???

Reply to Bev Azure:  All of our prayers are being heard. Her road to recovery starts now and we will still be praying for her and all of her family and  extended families.

Take Care Bev!!!

Sharon Longie Dana

Reply from Sybil Johnson:  

Thank you so much for those pictures of Axel, Gary. I, myself have never seen them before and I know Augie’s family will enjoy them also. I have downloaded some pictures of Augie and the family and will send them later.

Thanks again and Dick I loved the stories you told about “Pa”, they were
Take care,

From Gary Metcalfe (57): 

To Gary and All,

I am glad the diversity issue came up as it is  important to me, along with all the pictures, definite history.

Dick, the picture of the 10 & 12 inches of rain we got that night was great as I saw that same meadow the next day.  We lost two of Eben Ahrends’ brothers that night, Hiriam and Jennings, somewhere near Lords Lake.  They were brothers of Mrs. Norman Hiatt.

I guess it is time to add to the Axel stories.  Very early one morning I left my all night vigil on the station side of Dale’s and very quietly came up behind Axel, who had his head and shoulders up under the grill.  I said, “BOO”, he just slowly turned, looked at me and said, “let’s have some coffee”.  So, I got ready for another story.  I asked Axel if he knew my uncle Lucky Metcalfe.  He said one night in the years gone by, we were stuck in the mud in the hills around Willow Lake.  Axel and Lucky were lifting the car out of the ruts and some guy was getting “pesky”.  Axel said, “Lucky, get him off me.”  He couldn’t tell me what Lucky did to that guy because he lost it.  He was reliving younger days with an old pal.  Kind of like a volcano and Old Faithful!  Dick you have explained in earlier notes about the one and only laugh of Axel.  Oh, I must say, he worshipped Dale and Georgie.  We called him Georgie, Axel called him Yorgee.  I think Dale added 10 years to Axel’s life, as he was wearing himself right out in the 8 foot deep trenches around town.  He goes right up beside Ole Bersinger and John Bedard as great Americans.

Gary Metcalfe   PS Sue types my info and some names are not as familiar to her, so I want to correct two names that were misspelled in earlier messages, Rybachic not Rybach and Lilleby not Lillabee.

Updated reports for Ann Pritchard (Lung Transplant) posted by her Family:

Sunday August 17, 2008 11:45 A.M.

Posted 9 hours ago

Mom had a good night last night and is stable this morning. They reduced her sedation this morning at 5:00 but she is still on the pain medication which does cause some sedation. The nurse stated that it can take some time for the medication to get out of her system. She is moving her arms quite a bit but hasn’t started to move her legs. They are removing 3+ liters of fluid these past 2 days and the chest x-ray showed great improvement this morning. Air is getting deeper in the lung which is very good. The surgeon will evaluate tomorrow if she is ready for the tracheostomy tube.
This is a critical week as they will be reducing her sedation which may cause some anxiety for mom. Pray for her to be comfortable and not resistive as this occurs. Also pray for the doctors and nurses caring for mom. They have a wonderful staff here. We are grateful for all of your prayers and support. God Bless, Gina

Folks, I thought I’d include several pictures of some of the Class of 65 folks.  Gary

Class of 65 2132

                             Margaret Metcalfe (2007)
Metcalfe Leonard, Margaret 2132

                  Margaret Metcalfe, Susan Fassett & Carol Jasper
Class of 65 2132-1

8/17/2008 (194)

Folks, To enable better delivery of these daily messages, I have acquired another email address from Yahoo.  I have been having delivery problems with Globlines and Hotmail limits the number of folks I can send messages to in a 24 hour period.  That left Gmail. Larger Gmail group messages are often times a pain to send.  Often times they will sit in the out box for a long time before being sent.  Hopefully I will have better luck with Yahoo.  We will see.  My email addresses are

I consider Hotmail as my primary account, but you can use any one of the four addresses when sending messages to me. Using Outlook express, messages sent to any of these addresses are all displayed on the same page.  In fact I have to go into the properties of each message to find out which address each message was sent to.  Note the ph on the end of the Yahoo address. Gary

Reply from Joan Wurgler Salmonson (61): 

Thanks Gary,

Happy to hear you got my message. Hope I didn’t mess things up too terribly. Which e-mail address do you suggest using when forwarding messages to you?

Today (Friday) was the Special Memorial Service for Hope Bedard. We send our condolences to her family, Gayl, class of ’56; Lynn  ’58; Twins-Nicole & Nik ’61 and Triplets James, Jean & Juay ’62. Their family will be missed but we hope they will continue to

keep in touch and come back for visits.

Thanks again,


Latest update for Deb Morinville’s stroke from Bev Morinville Azure (72):

Gary, everyone   first of  all would  love to tell u  all thank you  for your prayers and  personal e mails to me.  Deb  wasn’t  doing very good yesterday and Kenny  just about called me to  come to  Montana. But  today  she made a remarkable  turn around and is doing  better.  Kenny and I have been  talking each day  but yesterday ..cause  I was  gone .   But the  minute  i walked into the house today  called and   Kenny said she was better  so he put the phone to her ear  and I told her  we  were all praying for  her  and  that  u all  are  asking about her and praying for her.   told her all about  your e mails  etc.  and when   I told her  so long,  I will talk to u tomorrow  and kenny took the phone  from her ear  she  grabbed it  with her  good hand and put it to her heart. So  I am  sure she is  trying to  tell us  she  is  there  and   I know  she  heard me. thank u all will  keep u informed  sorry  I thinking I …..rattled on just so  excited.  Garys  thanks for all u do   Bev


Sybil Johnson’s Reply to forwarding her Axel Johnson messages: 

Gary, that would be great. Augie and the rest of the family would really like to see them. “Pa” was a great guy. I remember how he would get down on the floor with not only my kids but all of his grandkids and play with them. Then there were times when I would put my kids down for a nap and there was “Pa”, sitting on the bed and feeding them cookies dunked in his coffee.

Neola, that’s a great picture of you. I would recognize you anywhere.
If I may, would like to give an up date on Beckie(my daughter). She is back
in the hospital. They found that she was accumulating blood clots and air
pockets. They have her on blood thinners and will be there for a few days.
Take care everyone!

Updated reports for Ann Pritchard (Lung Transplant) posted by her daughter Pam:

Saturday, August 16 10:55AM

Posted 8 hours ago

Once again everything went well overnight. They removed 4 liters of fluid yesterday and today, that’s a little over a gallon. In other words she lost about 9 pounds of water weight. The chest x-ray was about the same today as yesterday. She is still tolerating the ventilator well. Today her heart was beating a little out of sync and a bit fast. They were not too concerned about it, they said many people are fine with slightly irregular beats. They eventually got it back into a strong, normal but slower beat.

Dr. Peters gave us a little insight into their plan for next week. Assuming all is well this weekend, they want to remove her breathing tube early next week and replace it with a tracheostomy tube. This has many advantages over the normal breathing tube; it’s a shorter less obstructive route to the lungs, the tube is actually shorter and easier to manage, it will be more comfortable for her, it will allow them to slowly wean her off the ventilator, and it will allow her to be much less sedated. While they are doing this he thinks that the surgeon will use a scope to go inside the chest wall, through the spot where the chest tube is now, to examine the outside of the new lung. They think that a portion of the fluid we see on the chest x-ray may actually be clotting/puss/blood on the outside of the lung. If it is there he will remove it and that will allow the lower part of the new lung to work more easily.

This blog entry wraps up my time here in Rochester, I am very happy to have seen Grandma make such great improvements over the past 9 days. Gina is coming in this evening and will be here with Grandpa and Grandma through next week.

Question from Sharon Zorn Gerdes (62): 

Gary, would you by any chance know if Ben Grossman is still alive and what he did after leaving Dunseith? I recall him vividly, and some of the teachers I have difficulty remembering.  I recall  Mrs Conroy and a few others.  I love the messages you are receiving, what wonderful memories.  Sharon

Sharon, Mr. Grossman died in 1996.  I have pasted, below, the deceased Dunseith teachers that I have in my files.  Gary

1 Conroy Edward Born February 11, 1907 – Died October 17, 1972 Deceased Teacher
2 Conroy Florence Born April 7, 1908 – Died August 5, 1986 Deceased Teacher
3 Grossman Benjamin Born August 30,1920 – Died February 25, 1996 Deceased Teacher
4 Jerstad Lincoln Born May 15, 1922 – Died August 8, 2007 FARGO, ND  58103  (701) 235-8211 Deceased Teacher
5 Hepper Eugene Born May 1, 1937 – December 15, 1991 Deceased Teacher
6 Jury Robert Born July 4, 1936 – Died December 20, 1998 Deceased Teacher
7 Shurr Buelah Born March 3, 2003 – Died July 19, 1967 Deceased Teacher

Pictures/Message from Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

The other night I ran across some pictures I took in 1968. We had a bad
storm with hail, that completely wiped out our crops! And if that wasn’t
bad enough, it then rained several inches and flooded all our hay ground
and flattened that too! I remember driving up highway 3 and coming over
the last hill before we turned east toward the farm, only to see the
entire flat south of Kelvin under water! I had my camera along and took
these pictures. What appears to be a lake is actually the big hay meadow
that Art Seim and Cliff Metcalfe owned, and of course were planning to
hay! Our crops were pounded right into the ground! The water had gone
over the roads in several places and left floating debris everywhere. It
was a mess and a very defeating feeling when we looked at all our hard
work that was basically for nothing! I remember Dad and Duane Fugere and
I went to see the damage. Duane said something that has stuck with me
for 40 years. He said, “Playing poker isn’t gambling, this is gambling”!


PS- The storm was in 68 but I had the film developed in March 69.


Photo provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

                        Bernard & Betty Kavi Family – 1972
Kavli, Bernard 2131

8/15/2008 (192)

Update report for Debbie Morinville (70) from Bev Morinville (72): 

Thank you all for your prayers for Debbie and her  family. They need them all. They did a  scan yesterday and  Debbie has had a major area of her brain affected by this stroke.her speech is  the  biggest thing. She can’t swallow  so they put in a feeding tube, I had one of these  when I  had surgery and mne  was  awful. They says  they never had any problems  with anyones  before . So I am praying  Deb isn’t feeling the pain I did with hers. Kenny (Deb’s husband) is beside himself he is  so worried about  Deb  they have been together  for years . Also please keep her  4  children in your prayers they are very  worried about their mom. I  Know Debbie  would  say  to  tell everyone to prayer for  her  she  is such a christian and knows the power of prayer. Thank you all so very mych for  the  prayers  and the  sweet thoughts as  our sister  goes through this  time in her  life. I  will get the  address for her  and  put it on here  so  anyone wanting to send  Deb a card  can do  that. I  know when I was  sick you  guys  got me though  with all your  wonderful  letters, cards,  flowers and prayers  thanks again   i will keep u all informed or  my  daughter  Shonda  will   Bev

From Curt & Ann Rotto (Former Peace Lutheran Paster): 

Gary and all,

In response to the picture of Peace Lutheran Church members (in #173). Lawrence Struck was in the middle of the bottom row. I believe he was teaching the Bethel Series and this may have been his first class.

For two years, as pastor of Peace Lutheran, I trained 10 persons from the church to prepare them to teach the Bethel Series to other lay people.  I am not sure if any other of the ten persons taught the Bible Series to others….Murl Hill may have information on this matter.

The following persons were trained from 1965 to 1967: Lawrence Struck, Murl Hill, Edna Leonard, Bennie Frovarp, Ken Sebelius, Ann Rotto, Barbara Schlacht, Marjorie Lillico, Orvin Hagen, Eva Struck.  They met for two hours every week for nine months for two years, along with “homework”.

Re: the naming of Peace Lutheran Church. In 1965 Little Prairie Church voted to close and join Dunseith Lutheran. Any confirmed member of either congregation was eligible to vote…(young people included.)  It was a consensus that a new name would be appropriate in forming a new congregation.

It has been over 40 years since we left Dunseith for Fergus Falls, where we still live. Our three children and 10 grandchildren live in other states.  Ann and I have enjoyed reading the many comments of Dunseith people, some who we know well…some who I had in confirmation classes.  It brings us many happy memories!  Thanks, Gary, for all your work on keeping the information and memories alive for many of us.
Curt and Ann Rotto

Curt, I recognize most all of the names you listed above.  Orvin Hagen was and still is a very close family friend of ours.  I talk to him frequently.  He lives in Kindred ND.  He is 87 and going strong.  Orvin was a 4 H leader, for many of the folks on this distribution list, for many years.  Orvin does not have email but his phone number is 701-428-3125. I’m sure he’d love to hear from any one of you.  If you call him be prepared to visit. Gary

Reply from Sybil Johnson (Augie Johnson is a cousin to Don Johnson, Dicks Dad): 

Thanks to Trish Larson (73), we now have Sybil on our distribution list. From what I understand, they just ran into each other out of the blue and discovered they were both from Dunseith.  Thank you Trish for passing Sybil’s info onto us.  Gary

I didnt know Hope Bedard, but my heart goes out to the family and their time of mourning.

For those who remember Augie Johnson: He just got back from Chippewa Falls,
Wis, where our daughter went through colon surgery. He is doing great, but
anyone who remembers him, can you imagine him weighing over 250 lbs? I was
married to him for 30 yrs and he never weighed that much. But, he is doing
Our daughter came thru her surgery great and they expect a full recovery.
The cancer had been contained only in her colon.
Have a great day, everyone!
Cecile Gouin Craig’s (61) reply to missing message: 

Hello again, are you ever on top off it! I just sent that message. As you
know the Morrinvilles are important to me, or I should should say us. my
parents included. So yes I did get the 190 message I was missing. Thanks so
much. Cecile

Reply from Diane Larson Sjol (70): 


I am sitting here after reading your post with a great big lump in my
throat and tears waiting to spill.  You are so articulate and have
reminded me of memories that I hold very dear.  Angelina was such a
great friend.  She told me how she hid her rosary in her sandwich when
they left Cuba and how the soldiers tried to take her mother from the
plane as all the kids wailed.  Finally they let her stay on the plane.
What a brave family.  I hope we can reconnect with her somehow.  As
for Mrs. Conroy…she was and still remains one of the most
influential people in my life.  Her classroom was always one of
activity.  Remember playing jacks on the floor?  The macaroni boxes we
painted bronze and the records we somehow melted and spray painted
into beautiful bowls?  I do remember the weekly reader and how much of
an impact it had on our lives.  As for the different cultures in our
classroom…there were many….and we all got along as we merged into
learning…helping each other succeed.  School was fun at the same
time.  I remember she liked my handwriting so she would have me stay
in during recess and write out the math test which she would later
copy on the mimeograph machine and lo and behold, there was our test.
I never thought about cheating…I just wanted to get the copying done
so I could scoot outside.  Anyway, thanks for your wonderful
words….and also everyone…keep Debbie Marmon in your prayers.

Diane Larson Sjol
Reply from Bob Lykins (Former DHS teacher in the mid 60′s): 

To Diane Larson & Bill Grimme,

Diane, I remmeber all of the places you mentioned and, like you, camped extensively throughout Europe.  At first I had a Dodge Cobra Van and then I went to a pop-up trailer tent and finally, toward the last, I just traved with a tent.  It was every weekend and vacation on the road.  We even did some winter camping.  We were real hard core.

As for your old friends, you could probably make contact with them through the alumni organizations such as the BRATS organization.

Bill, correct me if I am wrong but in answer to Diane’s question, that looks like the GUM.  Under the communists it was the main shopping store in Moscow.


Reply from Bill Grimme (65): 


In fact, the building was used for something besides a grocery store and  a wine market, but that was over 200 years ago. The building was constructed by Catherine the Great’s State Secretary as a palace for his wife. Upon her death, the building was purchased by a St. Petersburg millionaire named  G. Yeliseyev. He converted it to a food emporium and a wine market for very wealthy folks. The store has operated in this manner ever since, surviving revolution and war. The wine market is in the back of the store and it is huge. Originally, the wine was in the front, as you entered the store. But, apparently, that caused Yeliseyev some problem with permission to open a wine market. So, the store was re-arranged and the wine was moved into a separate room in the back, so, when one entered, the first place you came into was a “grocery store”. This satisfied the law at the time. Remember, this was in the early 19th (yes, 19th) century and this business still sits there. The art in the place is from the original palace, at least that’s what I am told.

Here is a website about the area where the store is located. If you type it in to Google and then click “read this page in English, you will get some info. The translation is not very good, though, and it is hard to read.


Updated reports for Ann Pritchard (Lung Transplant) posted by her daughter Pam:

Thursday, August 14 2:45PM

Posted 6 hours ago

Last night was a good night, she got rid of a lot of fluid and was stable all night. The x-ray also look a tiny bit better. This morning we were not able to meet with the main doctor. I briefly talked to the ECMO doctor and he said they were all very happy with her progress at the morning multidisciplinary rounds. They were hoping to do another bronchoscopy, but the surgeon got tied up in surgery, they may do that later this afternoon or tomorrow.
At 11:45am they started the process to wean her off of the ECMO machine. as of 1:30 everything was going very well and she still have 100% oxygen saturation with no help from the ECMO machine, meaning her lungs were doing all of the oxygen/carbon dioxide exchange work. This afternoon sometime they will take her into the operating room briefly so they can remove the large catheters that provide blood to and from the ECMO machine.
Then we start another process of healing, making her lungs do the work they need to be doing, with just the help from the respirator.
She is still very sedated, they need her this way to minimize movement but she is still able to follow commands when she becomes a little more lucid.

Thursday, August 14 4:00PM

Posted 4 hours ago

Grandma is on her way to the operating room to have the ECMO machine removed. With the ECMO oxygen contribution at 0% for 4 hours and the ventilator only at 50% capactity, she was able to maintain 100% oxygen saturation and her blood gas values were very good. They believe now is the time to remove the machine, and they have room to give her more oxygen by the vent if they need to. That procedure will take less than an hour.

Thursday, August 14 9:45PM

Posted 26 minutes ago

The ECMO removal was a success. They had no complications and her oxygen levels were great after the removal. While they were in the OR, the surgeon performed the bronchoscopy, the new lung continued to look good and there was very little junk in the lung to be removed. After the procedure the surgeon was very optimistic and happy with the progress she has made. She has quite a bit to go but today was a fantastic step. The doctor said that if everything goes well she might have the breathing tube taken out next week, wow that would be a big turn around. Now that she is off the ECMO they can really start to get a lot of fluid off of her…
She is still heavily sedated, but even I can tell that she is trying to breath for herself some times, that is also a great sign.
Again, we look forward to seeing the x-ray tomorrow morning.
She does continue to have one or two nurses with her at all times to monitor her status.
Everyone agrees that she has made huge progress today

Picture provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:

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From Stan & Joan Wurgler Salmonson (both class of 61): 

Subject: Artist Janet Haagenson Sedlacek ’61′

Janet Haagenson Sedlacek, DHS Class of ’61′ who lives in Great Falls, Mt. was a featured artist at the Prairie Artists’ Show & Sale at the Christian Center of Lake Metigoshe on Aug. 9-10. She has exhibited her works at numerous shows in Great Falls and the area. She is famous for her painting of the Rendahl Church of rural Dunseith. The beauty of her watercolors can also be seen in her flowers, scenery of the Turtle Mountains, Montana and Alaska. Janet is a sister of Cheryl Haagenson and the late Mickey Grenier. Janet does not have e-mail but can be contacted at 224 Riverview Dr, Great Falls, Mt. 59404.

PS: In a previous picture of the 40th Anniversary of Wayne & Rosemary Smith–Wayne is also from the Class of ’61. Congratulations Janet, Wayne &  Rosemary.  Class of 61, let’s hear it from you!!

Haagenson, Janet 2130 Haagenson, Janet 2130-1 Haagenson, Janet 2130-2

Pictures provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Do any of you recognize any of the folks in these 2 pictures?

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8/14/2008 (191)

Obituaries – Minot Daily News

Hope Bedard

Aug. 6, 1918-Aug. 11, 2008

DUNSEITH Hope E. Bedard, 90, Rugby, formerly of Dunseith, died Monday, Aug. 11, 2008, in a Rubgy hospital.

She was born Aug. 6, 1918, to Charles and Edna Hanefeld in Wilton. She married Rene Bedard April 17, 1938, in Dunseith.

Survivors: daughters, Gayl Lamoureux, Chino Valley, Ariz., Lynn Shelver, South Bend, Ind., Nicole Whitmire, Columbus, S.C., Jean McDaniel, Falls Church, Va., Juay McClanahan, Fort Collins, Colo.; sons, Nikkey, Rock Springs, Wyo., Jim, Sheridan, Wyo.; 15 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren.

Memorial service: Friday, 11 a.m., Peace Lutheran Church, Dunseith. (Nero Funeral Home, Bottineau)

Condolences from Bonnie Awalt Houle (56):

Dear Gary,

So sorry to hear about the passing of Hope Bedard.  Hope was a very kind lady.  When I was expecting my third child I ran into some terrible health issues which required I get shots every week.  It was the middle of the winter and getting to the Doctor became a problem.  Hope Bedard volunteered to give me the shots, at no cost to me.  She was wonderful to me, and showed me great kindness.  She will be missed.

Bonnie Awalt Houle 56

Message from Ron Peltier (70): 

Gary:  Hi, my name is Ron Peltier, a 1970 Dunseith graduate and still living north of Dunseith.  I’m married to a beautiful lady from the Belcourt area, Debra Jean, and have two grown children, Aleta and Justin.  My daughter has 4 children; Isaiah, Tehya, Bryghton, and Elijah.  My daughter is a registered nurse working at the Belcourt hospital and my son, Justin, is working on an engineering degree at the University of North Dakota.

A few weeks ago there was a picture of a man named Martin Azure, who is my father-in-law.  My wife never seen that picture of her father before and would like to know if whoever has the picture if she could get a copy or the original.  You could mail it to me at P. O. Box 313, Dunseith, ND 58329.  It would be very much appreciated.  And thank you for the great work you have done in putting this message center together.  It’s great!

Azure, Martin 2129

Message from Ivy Eller Robert (74): 

Gary…….I would like to tell Bev, Toni, & Dewy and all of their family, that Debbie is my prayers. I hope she has a very speedy and complete recovery. I know it’s all in God’s hands right now, and with all of us talking to him in prayers, we can only hope for the best!

Ivy (Eller) Robert

Message from Bobby Slyter (70):

To Bev Morniville: so sorry to hear that Deb is having so much trouble, our thoughts and prayers are certainly with her at this time.

Message from Sharon Longie Dana (73):

Reply to Bev Morinville Azure: Our thoughts and prayers are there with you, your families and of course with Deb and her family.  we are here if you need us!!!

Sharon Longie Dana

Message from Dave Slyter (70): 

Thank you for updating on Deb’s surgery and recovery.  Sad to hear that she has had a set back with a stroke.  Deb and I have been corresponding back and forth once in a while.   Talking about the good ole days.   Please keep us all informed on how she is doing and I will be praying for a fast recovery.   Ok Class of “70″,  Deb Mornville needs our help with all our prayers.  Lets help her out.
Dave Slyter (70)

Message for Floyd (59) & Ann Prichard from their children.  Ann is recovering from a Lung transplant.


Posted 11 minutes ago

Happy 48th Anniversary Mom and Dad! As we think back about the journey you have taken throughout your marriage, we are truly humbled. You are a genuine testament to what it means to have incredible love, deep commitment and never-ending strength along with an adventurous attitude and a giving spirit. Because of your profound faith in God and your enduring dedication and love to each other, you have always pulled through life’s challenges just as you both are doing now. We love you so much! Your daughters, Kim, Gina and Pam (oh…and Thumper too!)

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 – Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preservers.

Latest update for Ann Pritchard:

Wednesday, August 13 12:15PM

Posted 8 hours ago

Grandma had a challenging night last night. They made quite a few changes to her support systems that took a toll on her. They changed some of the filters, etc. which causes the body to react to the new surfaces causing inflammation and bleeding difficulties. As a result, they had to give her some more fluids with some necessary medicines. They have decided not to try and remove the ECMO today and let her body rest and recover a little more.

They did perform a bronchoscopy today, during which they inserted a small camera into the lungs to view the passageways and surfaces. They found quite a large amount of thick fluids in the primary passageways, which they were able to suction, this should help a lot. The surgeon was very happy to remove this amount of fluid and thinks that it will help a bunch. Additional good news is that the primary passageways of the lungs still look healthy, after they removed the fluid. The surgeon was relieved about this as well. He said they look good.

The rest of today they will let her rest and try to remove more fluids.

The x-ray after the bronchoscopy showed a great improvement over this mornings x-ray. It looks the best it has so far!

Messages from Diane Larson Sjol (70): 

I was driving home from Bottineau to Minot three nights ago and
noticed a star outshining all the others in the sky.  I think it was
put up there for you for all this wonderful work you are doing uniting
all of us.  I can’t put into words how important this forum is and how
much joy it brings to people.  Once again, thank you….Diane Larson

Diane, It brings great pleasure to me too, that you enjoy what I’m doing.  I also enjoy doing this.  It keeps me connected to the states from here in the Philippines.  I too, wake up each morning with excitement to see what new messages I have from all of you folks.  Remember, it’s day time for you guys when it’s night here.  We are the same time as New York, but on opposite ends of the day.  Gary

Reply 2 from Diane Larson:
This is a reply to Maria Parlade,

I am Diane Larson who was a good friend of Angelina.  I remember your
mother made us matching red cordoroy skirts.  I remember Angelina
spending time at our house in Dunseith and then we had to mvoe to
Germany.  Can you please tell me how to get ahold of her?  Thanks.
Diane Larson Sjol

Reply 3 From Diane Larson:

To Bev Morinville,
I am so  happy that your cancer is gone Bev.  Our prayers have been
answered.  Take care my friend.  Diane Larson Sjol

Reply 4 from Diane Larson:

To Bob Lykins,
Thank you for your great explanation on TCK…you have triggered an
interest in the subject for me and I will check out the web. I would
also love a copy of your writings…address 712 South Main Street,
Minot, ND 58701 and appreciate it very much.  The Third World Culture
concept explains alot to me….

I lived in Germany three different times…the first when I was a
baby…was in Augsburg, near Munich…the second time was in
Wildflecken, which was the most influential time I spent there.  I was
in the 5th through 8th grades, learned to speak German and was on a
mission of self discovery.  We traveled every summer, camping like
most people did back then, and visited Italy, Norway, Sweden, Denmark,
Austria and other parts of Germany.  We would be gone for an entire
month of leave and met great people and other teenagers from different
countries and had a blast.  I hope those memories never leave me.
There was also a certain camaraderie among military kids, just like
there is among military families who are stationed away from home,
especially abroad.  I wish I had stayed in contact with those kids.  I
would love to read the book you mentioned so will look it up.  Thanks
Bob for this great info….

Diane Larson Sjol

Question to Bill Grimme from Diane Larson:

Did that grocery store used to be something else?  I am referring to
the one in the photos from Russia.

Reply from Dale Pritchard (63):

I forget if Bob Keeshan was in the list of veterans the other day.  It’sinteresting to note that when Lee Marvin was wounded on Iwo Jima, Bob Keeshan, well known as Captain Kangroo, helped carry Lee Marvin to safety.  True heroes these guys!


Letter from Vickie Metcalfe (70): 

Vickie, This is a wonderful letter.  You are a great writer!  Thank you so much for sharing.  Gary

Greetings Gary and Maria Parlade,

WOW! So many wonderful people in response  the #190 of today
who I have fond recollections of;
GLENN SHELVER chauffeured many people to church, come Sunday
morn at Peace Lutheran.
One of those quiet, gentle, unassuming Christians was, HOPE BEDARD.
Blessed be her memory. …………………………………….
Ahhh.   MARIA  PARLADE.  Frequently, the past few weeks
through Gary’s news, I’ve read and pondered about the idea of “third
culture” from  the various classmates, upper classmates and former
teachers who have had opportunities……and the freedom… to
choose to live in other countries around the world.   I have never
had the opportunity to do that geographically. Thank each of you for
that insight.
Maria Parlade, wow Because,  thoughts frequently when
thinking about third culture ideas. I have started to  zoom in on
memories of I believe your sister, ANGELINA PARLADE.
The fall of 1961, when I began fourth grade, our family,  in
the hills  over the summer, had just acquired running water,indoor
plumbing and an oil furnace.  However, we still had the old  wooden
telephone ie, central operator and the telephone number # of a short-
a long___ and a short- .  Either, we’d walk or mom would drive  1 1/2
miles to meet the big yellow school bus which  drove down high way
#3. The many miles over hills and around curves on the old high way.
We couldn’t just go home or call home if sick or dumped milk over our
selves or had a bloody nose. We just made do.  But,  Excited, you
betch ya!  Because;
Now, I was upstairs in the white school house with  the
wonderful woman who, in my future, became………….. my role model
as a teacher, FLORENCE CONROY.
In that fourth grade class there were the city kids from
Dunseith, some prairie kids, and  many scared kids from the little
one room country schools from all over the hills, whose world had
just expanded considerably to the big white school house and the big
town of Dunseith.  There were brown kids coming in from the
reservation federal land,and were choosing to attend public school
rather tan the boarding schools. They lived in little houses which I
do remember  b-4 the govt. housing.  And a girl whose dad was not
living with her family because he was in the service somewhere ie.
Diane Larson.  And then, of course, there were the  San Haven kids.
One girl who got on the bus was a quiet girl who spoke a kind
different English, her name, Angelina Parlade.
At that time in Dunseith School, we were all from different
cultures within those classrooms. Cultures from the little pockets of
the hills, the prairie, San Haven,federal land, and city of Dunseith.
Here, in fourth grade, I felt we were all ok human beings.
Each of us was special.  Mrs.Florence Conroy gave us that gift that
sense of identity.  She was all about _INCLUSION.  We each belonged
to her.  And, belonged to to each other. No one ever tried to
disappoint her by bad behaviour to her or by bullying each other.
Mrs. Conroy had learning centers everywhere in that room.
Underneath tables covered with blankets, some children would be
watching a slide projector for science, while others in another
corner. pulling out with fingers and sharing jars of paste and
macaroni for art, still  another area students would be reading lines
for a play. Others would be tossing bean bags to learn multiplication
tables.  Every now and then, we could get a whiff of the blue
duplicating ink when the door of the little room where the manual
machine was opened.   And, Mrs. Conroy would bring stuff to eat we’d
never ate before, like “Hasty Pudin”.
The ideas and energy  of Mrs. Conroy was abounding and endless!
Music?  Well  Mrs. Conroy was certainly not  musically, on
the scale of Mr. Don Johnson .  Sharon Zorn, when she could walk over
from the high school, play the upright piano accompanied as we sang,
Davy Crocket or Blue Bird Blue Bird,… if not,  Mrs. Conroy in her
own key, taught and sang to us in  German, ‘Fraulein” or “Wooden
Heart as she discussed Elvis as a GI in Germany and Cassius Clay, the
Quiet time…. She’d read, and read,and read…… away we’d
be transported.  Oh the places, cultures,  our travels took us … in
the many, many books she read, …. the world she opened to us , and
we become I think….. ie. third culture citizens.
It was through , “The Weekly Reader” we read and discussed
project ‘Hope’, the hospital ship.  Once a week,we eager students
wondered where that paper would take us.
One day, her lucky helper placed  the Weekly Reader on each
desk.  An unidentified man not someone we knew about. Many students
did not have T.V’s. Who was this guy?  This a bearded guy in green
uniform and cap, with a rifle? There was a  BIG gasp as quiet
Angelina , now quite white stood over her desk and spat on her weekly
reader!  Yep a big, big spit!  Then she said, “I spit agh, I spit!”
OOOhhhhhh.  Aghast, I looked around to my classmates who had
the same expression!  Silence. We turned and ALL eyes averted away
from Angelina and upon Mrs. Conroy.  She was calm and serene. She
just seemed to float toward Angelina putting her soft plump hand on
Angelina’s shoulder. A gentle squeeze.
That was what we teachers call, “A TEACHABLE MOMENT.”
Mrs. Conroy with her calm hand on Anglina, then directed us
to read orally… all about the guy in green. Then, she, encouraged
Angelina to tell us about that man, his name was, Fidel Castro.  Our
very own, Angelina Parlade became our teacher in that class and on
through the next recess.
Please Maria ,Please thank dear Angelina.
Over the years, I have often wondered about her. Especially,
as I share with my students about her profound effect on me as a peer
from another culture who imparted and shared  her knowledge of Cuba
with we, her fourth grade classmates.  I am so delighted that Gary
has connected you!
Morinville, Marmon, Azure Clan. Keep the faith, for another
former 4th grade classmate Debbie Morinville.
To the Pritchard family, peace and prayers.
Thank you Dick for sharing about our dear friend Carroll who
taught me all about WWII on the German front.  Oh, y’all out there in
Gary Stokesland, if you could have known that gentle man, he was
small in stature.  It was my privilege and Dick’s that he revealed
and left a huge imprint on our hearts with his knowledge and pure
honest patriotism.
My heart is with you all  my dear friends.Til we meet again
through e-mail. Later, Vickie

Vickie L. Metcalfe

8/13/2008 (189)

Alaskan Cruise:

Folks, I got a message from Randy Flynn telling me his Mother – Minnie Flynn, his Aunt Edna (Susie) Millang and his sister K Flynn Richard are all signed up for and will be joining us on our Alaskan Cruise.  Gary
From Lois Lilleby Fielding (51): 

All the nice stories about Glen Shelver reminded me of the time he drove several of us high school girls to a Dragons basketball game in New Rockford, maybe a tournament.  A spring blizzard was raging, but somehow our parents allowed us to go.  The weather was a white out, but Glen was not concerned and we arrived safely.  I think he enjoyed young people very much and we all enjoyed the adventure, however I don’t remember who won the game.

A crazy incident:  One evening, while in early high school, Marshall Awalt, Dorothy Lamoureux, Shirley Johnson and I decided to go to Bottineau via the old gravel road in Marshall’s Model A (I think) with rumble seat.  Several miles out, the car was out of gas, so we walked awhile until we saw a farm home with a gas tank.  Through a window, we saw a man sleeping on a couch   We hoped to awaken him and buy some gas.  We knocked on the window, but he would not wake up.  The biggest problem was that his geese kept chasing us and hissing loudly.  Finally, we just walked back to Dunseith several miles and in the dark.  I guess we did not plan ahead.

Question:  Girls basketball started in Dunseith in about 1950.  How long did that continue?  We played using those old rules for girls.

Updated report for Ann Pritchard (Lung Transplant) posted by her daughter Pam:


Posted 8 minutes ago

Once again there was improvement on the x-ray from this morning, the middle section of the lung is showing some reduction in fluid. Yesterday and last night were stable as well. They are still trying to get as much extra fluid as they can out of her, this will help reduce the fluid in the lungs. We are waiting today to see how her immune cells have responded to the immune supressing treatment. The hope is that they are low in number. Additionally, we are still waiting to hear how the rejection antibodies are responding to the treatments. They may do another blood plasma cleaning this afternoon, depending on these results.
The whole team wants to try and gradually get her off of the ECMO machine. The sooner they can remove her from the machine the better. They want to begin this process tomorrow.

From Dick Johnson (68):

Gary and Friends,

Larry Hackman sent me an email today explaining the way the films were
shown at the theater. He said they were usually on 4 or 5 reels and the
people that had shown the films before would sometimes just throw them
back in the cans and let the next show hall try to figure out if they
were rewound or in the wrong order. I guess we were a little hard on
Tony for sometimes missing a cue! One other thing I remember happening
at the Althea was when someone in the back would kick a pop bottle over
and it would roll down the slope under the seats, nearly all the way to
the front row. There was no carpet, just the hardwood floor so it would
rattle and klink off the steel seat legs on it’s slow roll to the front!
Just thought it might bring back some memories for some of the readers
who nearly all went to the show at one time or another. Thanks again Gary!


Reply from Shirley Brennan (60): 

Yes Gary:

Yes Mike Groff is my nephew Pat’s Son. Joanne Bernstein’s Cousin.


From Randy Flynn (70): 


This past spring some memories of Notre Dame Academy in Willow City were mentioned. Many students from Dunseith attended Notre Dame Academy for a year or two. Allen Richard remembered Sister Albert as did the younger Neameyer twins.  I would like to inform those who knew Sister Albert Marie she has died.  I only received a message and was not home to speak with the caller.  I believe she departed this world on Friday night or early Saturday morning.  I have no further information at this time but will provide further information when I receive it.

From talking with Sister Albert over the past 25 years, I know she loved all of her former students.  To those who remember the joy and love of Sister Albert Marie, please, celebrate her life with a prayer.

Gary, thank you for all you do, for all of us.

From Allen Richard (65): 

Sister Albert was my first grade teacher at Notre Dame in Willow City.  Also Angela Berube and Rene Casavant.  I also remember that Joe, Gerald and I think Aime Casavant as well as Doreen and Jonne Houle had her as a teacher.

I’m sure a lot of others in the blog had her as a teacher too.

George is an old college buddy from Forestry days.


From: ndgeo@

To: allenrndmn@
Sent: 8/11/2008 10:03:36 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Sister Albert Burkhartsmeier


Sister Albert had passed away last friday night.  She suffered from alzheimers for a long time.  She had been getting weaker for the last two weeks.  She was more than ready for her death.
She was one who I am glad to have known.  So now we pray for her soul in heaven and not for her earthly health.

Take care of yourself.

Message/Picture from Bill Grimme (65): 


Glad you liked the photos I sent. Hope they didn’t bore the family.

The girls in the night club picture were the bartender and the waitress. They said something to me in Russian and I assumed that they had asked to have their picture taken with me. At least that was my interpretation. I hope it was right.

Here is a picture from Paris. I have  wanted to eat a “Royale with Cheese” (a McDonald’s quarter pounder in France) ever since John Travolta talked about it in “Pulp Fiction”. So, I managed to get one in Paris.


Bill, you are so modest thinking we’ll be bored with your recent trip. We won’t.  We’d love a round trip report to include all your routes of travel.

I am including your cousin Wendal Cushing with this sending too.

Folks, Many of you probably remember Wendal Cushing from your forestry days.  Wendal was a professor there for many years.  Wendal’s mother and Bill’s mother were Fassett sisters.  Wendal lives, in Bottineau, next door to one of our 65 class mates, John Bedard.  They live one  bock over from my brother Darrel.  Last summer when I was out walking, Wendal was working in his immaculate yard.  When I walked by he stopped everything he was doing and invited me to sit down for a visit of which I did.  Gary.

                                    Bill Grimme in Paris
Grimme, Bill 2127

 Newspaper article from Larry Hackman (66): 

Folks, Larry Grossman is the nephew of our former DHS teacher, Mr. Ben Grossman.

Paul Grossman’s (70) Reply to Larry Hackman (66):

Yes, He is my cousin-we are the same age-that was quit  the story.  Sorry, I did not get back to you sooner – I am never in the house in the summer.   Paul


8/13/2008 (190)

Area Deaths – Minot Daily News – Posted August 12, 2008


Hope’s Daughters, Gayl Bedard Lamoureux and Juay Bedard McClanahan, along with Hope’s grandchildren Lyle and Joni Lamoureux are on this distribution.

Gayl, Juay, Lyle & Joni; you and your family have our sincere condolences with the passing of your mother and grandmother. We will publish her obituary as soon as we get it.  Gary

From Maria Parlade Corral (62):

Hi Gary; I graduated from Dunseith HS in 1962. At the beginning of the school year(1961) we had just arrived from Cuba and in Dunseith is where I learned to speak English . I was the oldest  of six of my brothers and sisters that were in school also and being the oldest I had to learn English fast. I remember that in my class were the Bedard triplets and I think Nancy Hosmer but I have never read any news from them in your wonderful collection of memories that you so faithfully send to all of us who had the privilege of living in Dunseith even if it was for only a short time. I enjoy reading all the news although I don’t know most of you. Actually we lived in San Haven since my father was a doctor there.

I have lived in Miami Florida since 1969 after I completed my college and M.A. I am married and have 5 children and seven grandchildren. One of the things I want to do is to go back with my husband and show him North Dakota specially Dunseith.. I have heard that the San Haven Hospital has been knocked down. Has Dunseith grown a lot.? One thing I can tell you is that when we arrived to Dunseith from a tropical country to me it was like coming to paradise. We found peace and freedom and we lived with fear no more. Thank you for letting me remember that every time I get one of your emails.   Maria Parlade Corral

Maria, We remember you folks well. You guys were a great inspiration to our school and the community.  If, in the future you decide to visit the Dunseith area, I know the Dunseith folks would be glad to see you.   Yes, San Haven has kind of gone to the ruins. Thank you so much for this reply.  Gary

From Bev Morinville Azure (72): 

Gary, I   don’t know where to start  cause  i  don’t  know everything that  is happening  but  i wanted everyone to know  what has  happened to Debbie Marmon (Morinivlle)  she had  her  hip replacement on Monday and that went  fine. Then this  morning  she  had  what the  call a  dry  stroke. They flew  her to Billings to the  big  hospital there ,I do know  she   is  non responsive at this time.  At this time  this is all the  information I  have   as  soon as   I hear anything I will let u  know . I know  Debbie wold  like me  to ask you for  your prayers  she is a  devote  christian and loves the Lord   so much. Please  say a  prayer  for her.  thank you all  and I will keep you  informed  Bev  Azure


From Shona Azure Campbell: 

Hi Gary I am Shonda (Bev Morinvillies daughter) and right now our family needs lots of prayers and thoughts my aunt Debbie ( Morinvillie) had surgery yesterday for a hip replacment the surgery went well however my Aunt has suffered a stroke details right now are kinda hard to come by I will let you know as soon as I can whats going on Please think of her and my mom and Aunt Toni and Uncle Dewy as this is a very haard time for them …

thanks agian Shonda Campbell (Azure)

Updated report for Ann Pritchard (Lung Transplant) posted by her daughter Pam:


Posted 5 hours ago

A quick note on the ECMO stop test performed today…
They essentially reduced her added oxygen from the ECMO machine to zero and she did well, keeping her oxygen level up and carbon dioxide level down, with just the help from the ventilator. They weren’t able to do this until around 4pm so they want to wait until the morning to completely remove the machine. They need the same surgeon who put in the large catheters for the machine to remove them as well and it is getting too late in the day. They want to do it first thing in the morning, so they have a whole day shift to monitor her progress when she is fresh off the ECMO.

When they turned down the ECMO, it resulted in a reduction of her sedation that was being put in via that machine. She was fairly aware for a little while, blinking, moving arms, legs, head, and following commands. They gave her additional sedation to make sure she stayed comfortable. They were going to continue to keep the ECMO at zero for a couple hours to make sure she is ready in the morning. Everyone thinks tomorrow will be the last day for the ECMO machine.

From Bonnie Awalt Houle (56): 

Good Morning Gary,

Starting my morning with a good cup of tea and your memories from the past certainly gets me off to a wonderful start.  Thank You.

The girl’s basketball teams that I remember were with Shirley Johnson, and Donna Sunderlund playing.  Donna wore # 00 and they called her “Donuts”.  The next group I can remember was with Mr. Berg Coaching, Millie Crum, Arlene Lamoueux, Viola Hobbs, Betty Lou Poepple, Janice Leonard, Doris Peterson, Lois Hiatt, Carol Fassett, Elaine Schneider, Neva Haagenson, Arliss Nordquist, Joy Nordquist, and Bonnie Awalt. The next year it was Mr. Conroy coaching with Arlene, Millie, Marlene Kraft, JoAnn Kester, Micky Haagenson,  Janice, Lois,  and I.  Then I guess Mr. Conroy gave up and they hired Virgil Vanorney.  I think coaching girl’s rather than boy’s was quite a shock for him.  We did have a good team that year and began winning games, I think we won most of our games but when the Tournament came along we faced Newberg. The Newberg Girl’s Team had been the State Champions for 3 years running and we get them our second game.  Mr. Vanorney had worked out an unusual way to keep us from getting creamed.  He wanted us to STALL everytime we got the ball we were supposed to just pass it around and keep it as long as possible, if they couldn’t get the ball they couldn’t score.  People were booing from the stands and yelling play ball.  It was a difficult game and we lost to the State Champions.  Virgil only coached girl’s that one year!  Marlene Kraft should remember alot more about the games, Marlene was a great basketball player, she and Arlene Lamoureux were probably the best players I can remember.  Someone must have pictures of the girl’s teams.  It would be fun to see some of them.

Bonnie Awalt Houle ’56

From Dick Johnson (68):

Gary and Friends,

Ivy Eller Robert’s forward on movie stars and their service record was
very interesting. I have studied WWII and have many books and VHS tapes
on the entire war, but several of these stars were never listed! Thanks
Ivy! There was a WWII veteran from our area by the name of Carroll
Carlson. He became a very good friend of mine in his later years and
told me many stories of the battles and travels during the war. He
served in a artillery battalion on a tracked 105mm gun. He was in North
Africa and chased the Germans into the sea and then was brought to
England where he trained for the Normandy invasion on Omaha Beach. He
survived the war and was is Pilsen, Austria on VE Day. I asked him if he
drank any beer there, as it is well known for it’s breweries. He said,
“We nearly drank the place dry”! One thing that really got Carroll riled
up was when someone mentioned anything about John Wayne! John Wayne,
according to Carroll, was never close to any action but was given medals
and honored for his parts in the movies like ‘The Sands of Iwo Jima’ and
others! He used to say “Why that chicken____ son of a ____ laid around
around Hollywood, drinking Scotch, while the rest of us were getting
shot at, and they give him the medals!” Sometimes when Carroll was a bit
down, I would intentionally mention something about a show that was
going to be on television starring John Wayne, and he would IMMEDIATELY
rev up and rant about that ‘NO GOOD ____!’
Soon the blues were gone and he was back to his old self! Carroll was
very proud of his service and his unit and kept every scrap of
information pertaining to battle history of his unit. He would bring out
old books with pages of underlined script telling of the battles and the
big pushes and breakouts he was involved in. He told about seeing
hundreds of German planes flying over his position during Hitler’s
strike at the beginning of The Battle of The Bulge. He said they could
have blown him to bits but were ordered to fly all the way forward
before bombing anything. He could see the airmen in the planes looking
at him! They were low! Vicky Metcalfe compiled much of Carroll’s life
history in a ‘book’ and because of her, we now have much of his story
and memory chronicled. We lost our old friend in 2004, but his story
lives on due entirely to the foresight and efforts of Vicky! I would
like to take this very public forum to say– Thanks Vicky! And again,
thanks Gary!


8/12/2008 (188)

From Shirley Brennan (60): 


Would you please send this to Randy Flynn. You asked once about the Groff family.  Mike was found dead last night in his home.

Shirley Brennan

Shirley, Is Mike a son of your sister Patti from the class of 52?  Gary

Updated report of Ann Pritchard posted by her daughter Pam:


Posted 8 hours ago

The overall results of the ECMO stop test, over the couple hours they performed it, were good. With no help from the ECMO in providing oxygen she was able to stabilize on her own and even get better over the test period. From what I understand, this means that the lungs starting to do there job of providing oxygen to the blood and removing the carbon dioxide. We will see what the doctor’s final interpretation of the test results are tonight or tomorrow.

Around 2:30pm she began another round of blood plasma cleaning. She tolerated the procedure so well last night that they were comfortable doing it again this afternoon. I talked to the Dr. in charge of this procedure and it is pretty cool how it is done. They take the blood and spin it in a centrifuge at a certain speed. At this speed the heavy components which include the red blood cells which transport oxygen and the white blood cells which fight infection are separated from the rest of the blood, which is called plasma. This plasma is then taken from the blood and replaced with fresh plasma from blood donors. The plasma that is taken from the blood contains the rejection antibodies, that is the point of doing this procedure. Each time they do this they use about 16 units of plasma, this means that about 16 different blood donations are required to do this procedure once. They are on the 4th run of this procedure. So roughly 64 donations were needed to perform these procedures for her. Amazing!

I think tomorrow I am going to go donate some blood…

From Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

Today as I was out in the tractor baling hay, I was thinking about the

early 60s when the Althea theater had ‘midnight shows’. Most were horror
shows with the likes of Vincent Price and Boris Karloff being their
‘worst’! One I remember well was ‘House on Haunted Hill’ starring
Vincent Price. All the parents let us go as I suppose they had now real
idea what the shows were about! I remember being about 10 or 11 and
having the dickens scared out of me, as at that age you aren’t yet able
to separate fact from fiction. Anyway, at one of these shows an older
high school student, who had been drinking (No Name Here), sat right in
front of some of my friends and me. He was really paying attention to a
quiet scene when my friend (No Name Here Either) blew up his empty
popcorn bag and smacked it! The older guy screamed right out loud and
jumped up, much to our amusement, but then realized what had happened
and slapped the crap out of my buddy! Oh well, it seemed like a funny
thing to do at the time! Most of the time we got popcorn in boxes and
when the popcorn was gone we folded them flat and threw them like a
frisbee! Tony Hackman was the projector man and most movies were on two
reels. Sometimes he didn’t catch the end of the first reel before it ran
out and there was a blank screen for a few seconds. Everyone would yell,
“TONY–COME ON–WHAT THE HECK”, and throw their popcorn boxes at the
screen!! The second projector would start clattering and we were back to
the show! Just another memory from growing up in old Dunseith! Thanks Gary!


From Susan Fassett Martin (65): 

I don’t know which ND Gen site Neola was refering to, but there is an article on an Edward Masse on pgs 70-71 in the Prairie Past and Mountain Memories book.  He did have connections in Canada, so probably the same family.   It doesn’t say anything about a photgraphy shop tho.  I can send a copy of the write up to whoever was asking if I had an email address.

I am planning (along with Paula) on a trip to ND( Walhalla) on the 15th of this month.  I may be in Dunseith a couple of days, but have no concrete plans so far.

Hugs, Susan

Susan, please keep us posted with your tentative Dunseith plans.  I know lots of folks would love to see you.  You could arrange for folks to see and visit with you and if they like, look through some of the many scrap books of Dunseith memorabilia that you have.  Gary

From Bill Hosmer (48):

Gary, to assist Neola in her quest about a Masse Photo shop.  Page 70 of the Dunseith Centennial Book PRARIE PAST AND MOUNTAIN MEMORIES has an article about Edward and Emma Maase.  I remember that they lived just south of Floyd Nelson’s big house on the west side of town on the property which is now owned by Dennis Espe.   Since there is a strong Canadian connection the initiator may find some tie, although there is no reference to a Photography business.

I remember delivering sale bills to their house and getting the aroma of the tobacco he raised and cured right in the home.  The bird house in the picture of them in the Dunseith book is a memory I have, also, in going into their yard.  Their French accent was very strong, and I had trouble understanding them when I was a kid, probably 70 years ago.  It seems every time I saw him he had a curved pipe in his mouth. Thanks for another networking clue, Gary.  Thanks, Bill Hosmer

From Tim Martinson (69): 

Hi Gary,  Looking back thru the email list I find that I am missing

numbers 1, 14, 15, 81, 97, 111, 167,  and I received 186 but the

emails were covered by the article on the Johnson murders so

the emails were not readable.  The summer has been wet and

about the only excitement when it rains is the fishing is usually

excellent. My daughter and I spent a day on the Kenai River

and she was the lucky one, landing a 55 pound King.

Take Care,  Tim

Folks, If any of you are missing any of these messages, please let me know so I can resend them to you.  Gary


Moscow, Russia Pictures from Bill Grimme (65): 

Folks, Bill Grimme returned last week from a Russian cruise and a trip to Moscow, Russia.

I am sharing with you, some of the pictures he has shared with me.

Bill, you look great sporting that beard!  Who are the ladies in the Night club picture with you?


                             Bill Grimme in a Moscow Night club


Believe it or not, this is the inside of an underground subway stop in Moscow. Clean.




Can you believe this grocery store?



8/11/2008 (187)

Folks, I just had a very nice visit with Bill Grimme (65).  He just returned from a 12 day Russian Cruise.  He had a wonderful trip.  Bill also told me he is seriously considering a trip to the Dunseith area next month, September. Bill is retired and is living in Birmingham, AL.   Gary

From Sharon Zorn Gerdes (62): 

Gary, I have been gone a long time, but one of the families that I never forgot, ( and often come to my mind) was Don and Bernice Johnson. They were so loved and highly respected, and that senseless loss was staggering to the community and all who knew them. Often I thought about Dick and wondered what happened to him and how he could forgive and live through something like that.

Thanks again for the wonderful job you are doing. You have created an entirely new world of memories that are forever precious and I eagerly wait for the next messages. Sharon Zorn Gerdes

Invitation to CarePage: Ann (Floyd (59) Pritchard  From her daughter Pam Smith: 

Note: Ann recently recieved a Lung Transplant.

A personal message just for you:

Please keep Ann in your thoughts and prayers. Please log onto the Care Pages website to receive daily updates on her status. She is in critical condition right now. Thank you – Pamela (Ann’s daughter) (smith_pamela_kay@yahoo.com)

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Posted 1 day ago

Mom had another good night last night – she continues to stay very stable making small gains. There was some concern that the amount of liquids going into her body were greater than the amount her body was eliminating. This was happening because of all of the medication they were giving her. They gave her lasicks medication to help her get rid of the extra fluid. It worked and now her fluid levels are equal. There goal is to eventually get her body to eliminate more fluid than going in so that it will start to pull the fluid out of her transplanted lung. The X-ray today shows that her transplanted lung is still full of fluid. However, the lung is still pliable and soft and the doctor can even hear that it is trying to work. She was also having some difficulty with the level of her blood platlettes being low. This was causing her to bleed at the sites where the ECMO machine enters her body. They gave her more platlettes last night in hopes to help her blood clot better. However, the challenge is that they don’t want it to clot too much as it will then clot in the ECMO machine. The doctors are very happy with her progress. It is very slow which is to be expected. They say we have now gone 100 feet into the mile we must go to bring her out of this situation. We love reading your messages to mom and the family so keep them going. We show them to dad each night and plan to read them to mom as soon as she can understand. Scott, Ann’s grandson arrived today and will be staying with Floyd. Floyd was able to get into the Gift of Life House last night. If you would like to send him any cards or messages, his address is: Floyd Pritchard Room 22, c/o Gift of Life House, 705 Second Street SW, Rochester, MN 55902. Love to all!


Posted 24 minutes ago

Today was another stable day. The nurses all said that today went well. As I was leaving tonight they were going to do another blood cleaning to get rid of the rejection antibodies and inflammatory agents in her blood. They decided to do this because the rejection antibodies were elevated this evening. The primary doctor was not in this evening since he was up all night last night due to other cases. Hopefully the chest x-ray will show improvement again tomorrow morning.

Wayne (61) & Rosemary Smith:

Wayne & Rosemary, Congratulations on your 40th.  I’m hoping you had a good celebration. It takes a few days extra to get my paper here in the PI, so I’m posting this after your celebration for folks to see.  Gary

Smith, Wayne 2125

Darrayl Habberstad – DHS Class of 1959
Habberstadd, Darrayl 2125

From Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

I found this on the ND Geneology sight. Can any of you help? Neola

Dunseith Photographer – Antoine “Moss” Masse 1910
Posted by: Lynne MASSE (ID *****1160) Date: November 05, 2005 at 12:36:42
  4979 of 6224 [Go]

According to the 1910 Census for Dunseith City, Gilbert Township, Rolette County, the entry for Antoine Moss (whose actual surname was Masse) is listed as occupation Photographer/Own Shop.

Can anyone confirm/advise if there is a business directory/reference that might confirm if there was in fact a photographers shop at that time?

Lynne – Alberta Canada

8/10/2008 (186)

From Bob Hosmer (56): 

To Gary Morgan— Gary, I haven’t adjusted to our culture either–and it’s a good thing.  Keep swimming upstream; it shows that you’re alive.

We also know third culture life.  We lived in Japan for 15 years and our kids are truly third culture.  Our son never did adjust back to the states.  He has been more years in Japan than the states, married a Japanese, has three children and one granddaughter.

I’ve always appreciated your sport skills.  You were all around a superb athlete.  Your brother, Dick, also was very good.  I ran with him one evening through shanty town and all the way to San Haven on the dirt road that lead up that way.  It wasn’t a race.  It was a challenge to one’s stamina.

I find being anchored to the Unchanging One gives me the needed stability in our current post-modern culture.

Have a good day.

Bob Hosmer

From Bev Morinville Azure (72): 

I to had a hard time adjusting to  coming back from living  overseas ……….but   I  still say and  always  will we live in the  most  wonderful country in the world. I do agree with Gary  M  to a degree  we need to  start standing up and  tell our  government  we  love our freedoms  including our freedom  to have the TEN COMMANDMENTS IN OUR  COURTS


From LeaRae Parrill Espe (67):

Since we have had quite a few football stories lately, I wanted to let everyone know that the Bottineau Jr College (Forestry) is reinstating Football after nearly 50 years.  September 20 will be the Homecoming game and they are inviting all former alumni to take part in activities.  That will also be the weekend for Fall Festival and many activities are planned around the city.   Coach Neil Arntzen headed up a committee for fundraising to get this program going again.


I ran across this article in the 1982 Dunseith Centennial book about the deaths of Don & Bernice Johnson.  A while back we had many replies from you folks addressing how Don & Bernice had touch your lives in many ways. Dick has continued their legacy with all of his community involvements and to us with all that he contributes.  Through Dick, the Johnson family continues to be a pillar of the Dunseith/Rolette county community.


Dick Johnson’s reply to my message.  Gary


This story was in the newspapers all around the state when it happened,

but many folks probably don’t know what all happened in detail so it
wouldn’t hurt to post the article for them. It was a terrible time for
our small family for sure, but the entire community stood behind us
throughout the ordeal and we will never forget that. Red Paint filed an
appeal a couple years ago but lost so should be there for good. De
Noyer, I was told, was released after serving part of his sentence but
violated his parole and went back. I heard he died in a car wreck some
time later. Never did hear for sure. Thanks Gary!


My message to Dick. Gary


I ran across this article in the Dunseith Book that I had not seen before.  I know that it was a tremendous loss for you loosing both of your parents at the same time and in such a brutal way.  Being an only child would have made it even worse.  Reading this article, your parents were well loved and highly respected by the community.  Their passing was felt by the entire community.

I’d love to post this, if it’s OK with you. If you rather I didn’t, I will totally understand.  Please let me know.


Johnson, Don 2124

Picture provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:neolag@min.midco.net

Does anyone recognize this gentleman?

Obituary provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe :neolag@min.midco.netDobois, Eleanor 2124

8/8/2008 (185)

From Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Hi Gary,

The world is indeed getting smaller.  I just read Sybil Johnson has been added to your list (I’ve already sent an email to her.).  She/Auggie and family lived about four houses south of Wally/me in Minot when they/we lived on 22nd St. N.W.  Her youngest son was in my class.  I’m embarrassed I can’t think of his name.  Kelly is the only name that comes to mind, but that was Auggie/Sybils’s older son.  I believe he was killed in an accident at the Air Force Base when he was working there. Sad,  I remember their daughter well, too, but her name also eludes me.  I’m hoping she will reply and “fill me in” on what’s been going on in their lives these last years.  I can tell the years have passed since the Johnson family and I first met.  I see Sybil is a great grandmother.  When I first met them, her daughter was in elementary school.  Hi, Sybil. :)

I am so happy to hear Ann’s lung transplant went well.  As you know, the Birchwood, besides having a beautiful setting/decor, serves excellent food.  You most likely remember Floyd bought Dad’s garage in Bottineau when Dad retired.

Back to sorting pictures. :)


Request from Jean Eurich Roland:

Hi Gary.  I’m Jean (Eurich) Roland, a former Dunseithian!  I’ve heard oodles about your efforts and was wondering if you can add me to your mailing list.  My email addresses are:

I understand that my sister-in-law, Ann Pritchard, will be a topic of your communications in the coming days.

Thank you so much.  I look forward to further communication with you.

Regards – Jean

Jean L. Roland, RN, BSN, CPHQ
HCQIP Inpatient Project Coordinator
800 31st Ave SW
Minot, ND  58701
phone: 701-852-4231
fax: 701-838-6009

Jean, Yes, Mona Johnson is keeping us updated with Ann’s Lung transplant.  Floyd/Ann are on our distribution list as well. Your family raised Floyd, so he is truly your brother.  Your cousin’s Dale and Carl Pritchard are also on this distribution list.  Gary

Ann Prichard’s updated condition from Mona Dionne Johnson (48):

I am told that Ann Pritchard is still in critical, but stable condition, but is showing slight improvement, following her lung transplant.

Mona Dionne Johnson

From Keith Pladson (66): 


Thanks for the 1940 input on Ackworth.  One of the persons mentioned was my Uncle Willie Thompson.  Willie died at a fairly young age and thus I don’t remember him in person at all.  My mother spoke often of him.  He clearly was very important to her during her childhood.  I was not aware that he was ever at the Kramer CCC, so I found this rather interesting.   Uncle Willie was married and him and his wife (Rose?) had two children.  However, they lived in Wisconsin, so we had virtually no contact with them.  To the delight of all of my siblings and myself, Willie’s son (our cousin) Matthew attended our mother’s funeral in 2001.  It was the first time most of us had ever met him.  What a wonderful surprise and blessing that was.

Also mentioned in the item were my Grandmother Alice, my Aunt Esther and my Mother Ella.  I’m sure some of the readers of this blog remember my mother and all of her family.  Except for my Aunt Lillian who lives in Superior, WI, all of my mother’s family is now gone (the older generation, that is).  Interestingly, my mother and her older sister Esther were as close as sibling can be and until my mother’s death, they spoke to each other every day (either in person or by phone).

Thanks again, Gary, for including that little item.
Keith Pladson (Class of 66)

From Keith Pladson (66):

In reply to Crystal Fassett Andersen’s input on No. 81 (did you mean it to read No. 181 Gary?), my sister Fern Pladson Beaver (class of 67) is a member of the cast in some community theater production in the Devil’s Lake area.  Though I have not been able to attend any of the presentations (it’s a long drive from Virginia), she says she really enjoys her role and invites all friends, relatives or old acquaintances to come and enjoy their work.  My sister Florence Pladson Sime (class of 62) has been to one of the productions and could probably tell more about it.  How about some input Florence?

Keith Pladson (Class of 66)

Keith, That was meant to be issue No. (181), not (81). I noticed the mistake after I had sent the first two lists.  I have 7 distribution lists for sending these daily messages.  I am limited to 99 folks with each sending, so I have all you folks divided up into 7 distribution lists. I have a return copy sent to myself on each list, so I can monitor if they go through.  Gary

From Gary Morgan (54):

Gary & All,

A while back Mr. Lykins mentioned that Third Culture people often feel more comfortable  living overseas and that he had a heck of a time adjusting to living in the States.  Who isn’t uncomfortable living in our society of Godless schools and government, alternate lifestyles, political correctness and litigation hungry lawyers?  I’ve lived in the U.S. all my life and I still haven’t adjusted.

Gary Morgan

From Randy Flynn (70):

Gary Morgan and Lola Vanorney,

Reading the story of the DHS Football teams after WW II and Glen Williams response about your father (Kenny Morgan) and Virgil Vanorney working with the football team, I would like to hear any stories you have about either of these men’s athletic experience.  As a boy, I remember both men officiating football and baseball games.  At that time I assumed both men grew up in Dunseith or Rolette County as I did in the 60s.  Sometime after I graduated from High School,  I hear a story that Kenny Morgan was a great athlete in Minnesota before moving to Dunseith.  I also thought I read where Virgil Vanorney was on several ND State Championship Teams.

Can either of you share any information about their experience?  It would be interesting?

Thank you.

Randy Flynn

From Rod Hiatt (69): 

Here is a picture of Brian Fauske on his 56 th Birthday. Brian lives just north of our cabin on Long Lake so we generally are fishing, riding his Rhino or at least having coffee 4-5 evenings a week. Kind of brings back some of the old memories when we use to run together back in our younger days.

We would have gotten him a real cake with all the candles but there was a burn ban in Bottineau at that time.
I hope you enjoy the photos that I shared from my HP Photosmart software.

Get your free version today at

                  Brian Fauske (Class of 70) – August 2008
Fauske, Brian 2123

From Evon Lagerquist (77): 

Gary, the man in the picture with Mary Ann Hagen is Alvin Haagenson. He is Cheryl’s dad….

From Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary, the guy sitting by Mary Ann Hagen is Elvin Haagenson. This is in the

other photo from Neola. Thanks Gary!


From Cheryl Haagenson (71): 

That handsome gentleman with Mary .Ann Hagen is Elvin Haagenson, my Dad.  He is 95 and lives at home with me in Dunseith.  He has lost most of his eye sight due to Glacoma

but still does well.  He stopped his Sun!day afternoon poker games a couple  months ago. Thanks for asking. He was surprised to hear that his picture was on the “machine” and said to get it out there who he was!  Thanks again Gary for all you do!
Cheryl Haagenson

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From Florence Pladson Sime (62): 

Hi, the gal in the front row on the Azure picture is Christine,

who is a beautician. She has the white sweater on. The gal in the
back row with the red top on is Viola. She was married to Hartley
Carlson from Bottineau. She was a teacher at the Dunseith Day
School for many years.

From Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary, the picture of the Azure family has several I know–Red sweater in

the back row is Viola who was married to Hartley Carlson in Bottineau.
The gal on the front far right is Carol who runs Azure’s Store on the
Jack Rabbit road. The gal with the light hair runs a beauty shop next
door to the store, but I’m not sure of her name.Thanks Gary!


From Debbie Poitra Rondeau (77): 

Hi Gary

This is in reply to the Fred Azure and Belcourt Police pictures.

Top Row: Viola,Lois,Morris,Rosalie (Azure )Thomas And sitting from right sideis: Cecelia (Azure) Thomas,Delia,Fred,Christina and Carol Azure. Rosalie and Cecelia both licve in Rolette.
Azure, Fred 2122

Belcourt Police Department:

Sitting: From left to right is
Doug Manson-George Longie-Chuck Laducer-Kent Sayers-Leroy Jeannotte-Darly Laducer-and Daune Gourneau

2nd row: Starting from the right side
don’t know the first name? Wessel’s -Lillian Lafountain-Maryann Delorme-Pewe Jeannotte-Ron Trottier-Jeantte Grant-_______________?Freddie Blue

Standing: Left to right

Francis Thomas-Bob Gourneau-Duke Vettleson-Gary Falcon-Howard Longie-Joe Blue.

Top Row: Viola, Lois, Morris, Rosalie (Azure )Thomas

Sitting: Cecelia (Azure) Thomas, Delia, Fred, Christina and Carol Azure.             

Sitting L to R: Doug Manson-George Longie-Chuck Laducer-Kent Sayers-Leroy Jeannotte-Darly Laducer-and Daune Gourneau

2nd row: don’t know the first name? Wessel’s -Lillian Lafountain-Maryann Delorme-Pewe Jeannotte-Ron Trottier-Jeantte Grant-_______________?Freddie Blue

Standing L to R: Francis Thomas-Bob Gourneau-Duke Vettleson-Gary Falcon-Howard Longie-Joe Blue.
mystery 2122

8/6/08 (183)

From Floyd/Carmen (Leonard) Richard: 

Folks, Floyd Richard is an uncle to Allen (65) & Marlene (65). Carmen is a sister-in-law to Margaret Metcalfe Leonard (65).

Sunday we went up to the Peace Garden, it is beautiful again this year. Connie (Peterson) Lagerquist and her crew do a wonderful job. The flowers were in all their glory. I just wanted to publicly thank her. I just marvel at the diversity of plants and the combination of color that goes into making it the beautiful “Pride of Dakota” place that it is.

On the way back we drove through the main street of Dunseith, and remarked how times have changed. Do any of you remember the chicken hatchery at the north end of town?. It was on the intersection of main street and the Lake Schutte road. It was operated my a Mrs. Pete or Peat- I am not sure of the spelling. My mother always bought 100 baby chicks and 10 baby turkeys from her every spring. She always gave us kids a tour through the hatchery, and we thought it was fascinating. Also, does anyone remember Ray Murray’s creamery.? My uncle, Tony Leire worked there. I remember seeing him make butter. I can picture him taking  huge amounts of butter out of the vats, and putting it in crates where it was chilled and cut up into one pound packages.- I can’t remember where the creamery was located though.

    There has been lots of emails about appreciating our military. A few years ago Floyd and I were touring the Washington DC area,all the historic sights etc. We were at the Arlington Cemetery where you see rows upon rows of white crosses and a lady, a total stranger, came up to me, with tears streaming down her cheeks and said “I can’t believe how many people have given their lives so that I might live in freedom”. It was very touching!!

From Bev Morinville Azure (72): 

Hi  everyone, Just wanted to  tell you I  went to the Dr  yesterday  to get my report  for  the  ct scan  and all my cancer is gone. Thank you  all for all the prayers and support you gave me through this  time.  I am truly  thankful  for each  and everyone of you.


Reply from Sharon Longie Dana (73): 

Reply to the pictures of the USS New York; having been a sailor myself and being married to a retired sailor, that ship really hits home. She’s AWESOME!!!!  My husband will say she’s a BEAUT!!!!!!! Haze gray and underway!!!!!  What an inspriation she is, she stands for alot of things. Gives me goosebumps!!!

Sharon Longie Dana(73)

Alice Vandal Leonard’s (Ed [53] Deceased) reply/Picture to Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Hi Gary,

Here is the picture I was telling you about.  I am also including Alice Vandal Leonard’s reply to my email where I requested info about the picture.  It is with Alice’s permission that I am including her reply.  This picture might have been a reject (eyes closed), but it’s still good. :)


Thanks, Neola:

I’m on the farthest left (already had 5
children and #6 was born 8 mos later) and my sister Grace is
Maid of Honor standing next to my sister.  Grace is married to
Duane Woodford of Dunseith and they live in Winston-Salem,
North Carolina.  My sister, Jeannie (Eugenia) died of ovarian
cancer 10 years ago.  Her husband still attends all our family
reunions and lives in Henderson, NV.  He grew up in Regent, ND,
served in the Army and met my sister when they both were
graduate students at Columbia U, NY.

Thanks, too, for the football pic.  Yes, Ed is #3 on it.  One
of our grandsons resembles him in this pic.  I’d never seen
this one before.

Maybe I’ll see you sometime this summer?  I spent last week in
Fargo attending grandsons’ ballgames (my son David there
coaches both teams) and saw “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor
Dreamcoat” in Trollwood.  Next week, I’m off to Minnesota and
Kansas for my nephew’s wedding.  Summer is fleeting and I love,
love every minute.  Love, Alice

Vandall and Schaur 2121

Message/News paper Article from Gary Morgan (54): 

Gary & All,

Attached is Garry Woodford’s writeup on the game Darrell referred to.  Also his wrapup of the season.
Any success I enjoyed on the football field has to be attributed to Virgel Vanorney.  We had two weeks of football practice in the spring of 1950 and another two weeks before school started that fall.  Since we didn’t have a football coach yet, Virgel drilled, and I mean DRILLED, us in the fundamentals.  He instilled in all of us two basic principles: “Stay low” and “If you hit them harder than they hit you, you’re not going to get hurt”.  I’m convinced that had Vidge stayed our coach, we would have had a more successful season that first year.  This is evidenced by the fact that we thoroughly dominated Towner in a preseason scrimmage but they beat us during the season.
I had another advantage.  Being a freshman the first season Dunseith fielded a team in several years, I had just as much experience as the upperclassmen.  This enabled me to start all four years.
Dick should hang on to that helmet.  It’s a relic of possibly the only undefeated seasons Dunseith ever had in football.

Gary Morgan

Dunseith Dragans 2121

8/7/2008 (184)

From Mona Dionne Johnson (48):


Floyd Pritchard’s wife, Ann, received her transplant lung ! last
evening/night, and her daughter, Pam, says she responded to staff and is
back under sedation for the day.  Wonderful !  I am sure the family
would appreciate prayers, prayers and more prayers for her recovery and
reception of her new lung.  I am so happy for her.
Mona Dionne Johnson (48)

Ann, I was not aware of any health problems you are experiencing.  I hope all goes well with your new lung. Our prayers are with you.  Gary

Folks, Floyd and Ann are the owners of the Birchwood up at Lake Metigoshe. Gary

Ginger LaRocque Poitra (65): 

Hi Gary,

I am using my daughter Roxane’s computer, she’s the daughter who lives right next to us. Michaela lives closer to us now also, she moved to Belcourt a couple weeks ago.

Our summer vacation will be over on Monday, back to work we go.  School begins on the 20th of August. This school year we will see some changes in our school.  The Elementary will have a big school all to our selves as the Middle School has moved to the old High School because the new High School was occupied last school year.
I’ll write again.  Nice to hear from all of you.

Ginger (LaRocque) Poitra (“65)

Ginger, It’s great to hear from you. I am glad that you are getting these messages all the time now.  We thoroughly enjoyed seeing you and your sisters last summer.  Bernadette really enjoyed your company and was so glad she met and learned to know you and your sisters.  Gary

Request from Trish Larson Clayburgh (73): 

Hi Gary and Sybil,

This will serve as your introduction to each other.  Gary, I met Sybil in Cheyenne, Wyoming today and learned that she was married for many years to Augie Johnson from Dunseith.  (Sybil was from Minot).  She would like to be added to the “Gary blog”, and her email address is:

Sybil’s husband was a cousin to Don Johnson, Dick’s father, and is living in Minot.  We had a good time noticing what a small world it is, and she will no doubt know many of the folks that write in, or are written about.

Sybil, I hope you enjoy reading the stories and tidbits that people submit through this wonderful web connection.  I bet it stirs up a ton of memories for you, as it has for all of us that can’t wait to read the daily post.

Thanks Gary once again for all you do!


Reply/Omission/Correction form Bob Lykins (DHS teacher – mid 60′s): 

Interesting.  Cyber-space does some fascinating things.  What you highlighted in red begins and ends a whole piece on characteristics that I sent in my message.  I pointed out that living overseas gives us a greater insight into other cultures and other ways of thinking.  It builds in us a higher tolerance for alternate ways of life.  We tend to be bi-lingual while other people in the world, for the most part, speak only one language.  I also pointed out that the nuclear family was much closer and tended to do more things together as a family unit while the extended family had less influence on us.  I also said that those students who spent their high school years in schools overseas tended to gravitate towards occupations that would bring them back overseas as this was “home” to them.
Folks who live their whole lives in the U.S. have a hard time understanding this concept.  Those of us who have spent much of our lives growing up, and/or living, and working overseas can relate to this all too well.  It gives us an identity rather than leaving us wondering if we fit anywhere.  We are “Third Culture.”



Bob Lykins reply to Diane Larson Sjol: 
Reply to Diane Larson Sjol.

It is obvious that you have found an occupation through which you can put your lessons from living overseas to good use.  This is not at all surprising as this is the trend of young people who have grown up overseas.  My two oldest children, who grew up in Japan and Germany, have gone on to such occupations.  My son is with the Department of State and my daughter studied and sang opera overseas.  She later also enlisted in the Air Force as a linguist.

As for my writings, you might try obtaining my most concise summary which can be found in the Kappa Delta Pi “RECORD,” Winter issue, 1986, pages 39-43.  I have more recent work but this is a better summary.  If you send me your mailing address I will send you a copy.

My studies have dealt primarily with the effects of living overseas on students and my writings reflect this.  However, these characteristics apply to adults as well.  Once Third Culture, always Third Culture.

Where did you live in Germany?  I lived for 28 years in the Wiesbaden area working at Lindsey Air Station.  I also worked at the Abrams Complex in Frankfurt and at Rhein Main Air Base.  No doubt we were “in country” at the same time and our paths probably crossed on occasion.  I worked for DoDDS and as an education coordinator traveled to all of the elementary and secondary schools giving workshops and working on curriculum.  I was also active in overseeing and running several student activities at the Germany level such as the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Seminars for students and Model United Nations.

It’s always great to touch base with a TCK (Third Culture Kid).  You may want to do a Web search on the “Third Culture.”  When I first started doing research in the subject, in the earIy 1980′s, I was one of a very few doing so.  Today there are many.  Even an outfit called Third Culture Family Services exhists in Pasadena, CA.  Probably one of the best works I have read recently is the book, “THIRD CULTURE KIDS: The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds,” by David C. Pollock and Ruth E. Van Reken, Intercultural Press, Inc., 2001.  It is good material and presents a nice listing of resources and bibliography.  It’s an easy read.

Glueck haben und Auf Wiedersehen.

Bob Lykins

Reply from Keith Pladson (66):

Gary/Ivy Eller Roberts,

I don’t go online everyday as some (perhaps most?) do, so had not read your input, Ivy, until today (No. 180).  Wow!  I knew many actors had served in uniform, but not all of the ones you named.  You are so right about the current crop of actors and actresses we have.  Interestingly, many of them are also in the 14 percentile of the population who would like to see all reference to God, Jesus Christ and the Ten Commandments removed from any and all Government monuments, edifices, publications, money, etc.  Hmmm…
Keith Pladson

Reply from Glen Williams (52): 

Gary…That was a great article on the 1953 football squad….Thanks to Gary Morgan..

Gary mentioned that Virgil Vanorney  volunteered to coach the 1950 football squad to teach team members football basics,  prior to our new paid coach arriving…that is true as far as it went….

What he forgot to mention was that his dad, Ken Morgan, also helped with the pre-season coaching duties…it was the combination Ken Morgan and Virgil Van.. that got the team off on the right track…as Gary mentioned …..

I think the team members all believed that if the two of them had continued as coaches we would have had a much better season in 1950 and 1951….

I believe it was not until Lincoln Jerstad  (sp) became coach that the team really started having winning seasons…

So thanks to Ken and Virg…. They taught the new team all of the football basics….

Glen Williams class of 1952….

From Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

The 1950 football picture and stories got me remembering some later
football playing we did at DHS. I don’t remember the year exactly, but
about 65-66 we were having a problem keeping Marvin Kalk from going
offside (crossing the line before the ball was hiked). Marvin was a big
guy and was one of us linemen. Real often he would tear into the
opposition as soon as the quarterback started his rundown. We even held
onto his jersey but he just couldn’t wait and often caused us a
penalty.. Other than that, he was a good player. One time the coach
asked how we were going to keep Marvin from jumping the gun? I think it
was Frank Evans who said, “Let him play center, he won’t go before he
hikes the ball”! It worked well, but Marvin would watch between his legs
to see if the quarterback caught the ball and the opposition would turn
him nearly inside out just about every time he hiked the ball! As we
charged the line we could hear poor Marvin howling on the bottom of the
pile, on the line! But he did his job and never went offside again!
Darrel Fassett mentioned the rivalry between Dunseith and Rolla. It was
the same when we played and probably still is! I remember when in a game
in Rolla, one of the Rolla players grabbed Dave Shelver’s face guard and
yanked it over backward! He could have broken Dave’s neck! Several of
the Dunseith fans ran out on the field in protest and here came the
Rolla folks! I remember it being quite tense for a while as the refs
tried to calm things down. It was so cold, and light snow was falling,
that the quarterback borrowed a pair of gloves to try to hold on to the
ball! Tempers still flared when stuff like this took place, even on a
cold miserable night back in about 1962! Thanks Gary!


The following pictures have been provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:

This is a picture of my Dad, Bob Stokes, and Lloyd Awalt carrying “Old Glory”, the United States Flag, in the annual memorial day parade in Bottineau.  From as far back as I can remember, Dad was in that parade, every year, and always carried “Old Glory”. Heaven forbid if he saw anyone anywhere mishandled, abused or even misfold the American flag. Dad and Lloyd were Ligonier partners for years.  Dad and Lloyd conducted and participated in many military funerals in the Bottineau area. Dad is now deceased (Aug. 2000).  Lloyd continues to be a very devout legionnaire and VFW member. Dad had the honor of having Lloyd fold and present the American flag to his family at his burial at the Ackworth Cemetery.  I never asked Lloyd, but I kind of think dad requested him to do that, knowing that he would do it right and he did.  Dad’s flag is now displayed, every memorial day, on his post, at the Bottineau cemetery.  Gary

American Legion 2122Azure, Fred 2122Hagen, Clarence and Mary Ann 2122 Hagen Haagenson 2122 mystery 2122

8/4/2008 (181)

Dick Johnson’s (68) reply (Gary Cota): 


I see no one has answered Neola’s question about Gary Cota’s family. His
wife, Darla, is from Deering, ND and her maiden name is Brummond. The
older of their sons is Maynard, the younger is Dean. Gary is now retired
and  lives in Dickinson, ND. He is battling both cancer and loss of his
eyesight. I called and talked to him a couple months back and he said he
only has about 10% of his sight left. He was still upbeat though, even
with all the problems. His sons live in Grand Forks and Bismarck the
last I heard. Gary is my mother’s first cousin, as their mothers were
sisters. Gary graduated from DHS in 1956. He said they don’t have a
computer so no email. I think they would like to have the picture that
Neola found. I suppose their mailing address is on the master list you
compiled. Thanks!


Folks, I got Gary Cota’s phone number from Dick.  I just talked to him. He has a few health problems and he told me he is 90% blind, but he is upbeat.  He was really glad to get my call. He does not have email, but his phone number is 701- 290-2550. He gave me permission to give it out to all of you folks. I know he’d love to hear from you guys.  Gary

From Crystal Fassett Andersen (70): 

Hi ! Dale & I just returned from our annual retired postmaster get together. Each year we try to attend one of ND wonderful small community theaters. Last year we all gathered here in Walhalla for the play at Frost Fire,our local theater. This year we went to Ft.Totten to se “Hello Dolly!” and lo and behold who was the male lead ,but none other that Dunseith class of 71 graduate Gary Fulsebakke. He was superb!!! He and Art Rude,Don Berg & Alan Henning were our boys quartet during our high school years and my sister Paula was their accompanist,so I was thrilled to see Gary perform. If you still live in the state or are back for a visit,I would make this a stopover. A lot of talent came out of Dunseith,so any of you who were the lucky ones to have this talent,please let the rest of us know where and when you are displaying your talents. If I am anywhere close,I will be there. This goes for you,Dick & Brenda. I am only on the “other” side of the state!!!   Thanks again  Gary. Crystal Fassett Andersen

Request from Diane Larson Sjol (70): 


Would you please add my dad, Norman Larson to your email list?  He

will really like getting them from you…he graduated from Bottineau
in 1943 and he and my mom got married in Dunseith and my mom and Leona
Hosmer were sisters (Verdellis Richard)..so that is his connection
with Dunseith and he knows alot of people. there…his email address

Thanks. Diane

From Diane Larson Sjol (70):

Hi everyone,

I have to comment on Shelver’s Drug store.  I remember sitting and
twirling around on those stools while waiting for my cherry
coke…those were the best floats and sodas around….I also remember
some of the candy we got there and the wonderful smell of that store.
I can’t go down main street in Dunseith without looking for it, the
bakery and Hosmer’s.

I really appreciated the photos of the stars and their contributions
to our armed service…I never knew that and will forward the info to
my dad who will get a kick out of it.  Also, Gary, please add my
sister Norma (Larson) Vaughn’s email to the list.  She attended schook
in Dunseith too when we were kids but only went to the first grade
there. She will be home on Tuesday the 5th and we will make our pit
stops in Dunseith…Thanks again for this forum.  It means alot.


Dunseith Cheer leaders 2119Samski, Rod 2119 Baker Engebreston, Shelly 2119

Gottbreht Boguslawski 2119

8/3/2008 (180)

Comment from Bob Lykins (DHS teacher – mid 60′s): 


Boy, I don’t know what is happening to my submissions but, when I send them, they look error free and then when I read them in your e-mails they have dropped paragraphs and symbols where some corrections have been made.  It doesn’t look good for an old typing teacher.  Must be my computer and how I am approaching corrections and additions.  Maybe Bill Grimme has some thoughts.


Reply to Bob Lykins from Diane Larson Sjol (70): 

Reply to Bob Lykins,

Thanks for that great explanation Bob. It really makes sense to me
now.  It explains my interest in transcultural nursing.  As a nurse
and nursing instructor, I try to teach the importance of other
cultures and honoring their traditions.  It is very conducive to
healing when we follow the customs and traditional beliefs of others
in providing them care.  I too could go on and on about this subject.
I would love to read some of your articles. How can I get ahold of
them?  Moving around the world instilled a love in me for other
people.  I find that I am a “people person” and very interested in
different ways of life.  I love Germany and would live there and
practice nursing there for a couple years if it would be possible.
But let me say that wherever I have gone I have always proudly told
others that I am an American.  In spite of the turbulent times our
country is going through, I am proud to be an American.  We are free
to do as we want….in everything.  No one tells us how to “be”.  What
has allowed us to keep our freedom are the men and women who stand up
for it and fight for it every day without being asked to.  People like
all of you are what this country is all about.  We help each other, we
learn from each other, we support each other, we love each other.  Who
woulda thunk it?  Just remember…. Margaret Mead, famed
anthropologist, once said, “Never doubt that a small group of
thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the
only thing that ever has.”  I think we are on our way.  Diane

The Shelver’s – From Dick Johnson (68):

Gary and Friends,

It was once said by someone, that the only thing that doesn’t change the
fact that everything changes. It is true, but it seems to me that
progress has stolen much of our history. One thing that comes to mind is
the soda fountain that was in Shelver’s Drug for many years. We met
there after school and had chocolate or cherry Cokes just about every
day. Edna Leonard and Glen and Annabelle Shelver would serve us some of
the best drinks in the country. I remember they also had Green River
Lime and Mission Orange, but I always had chocolate Coke! They also had
ice cream sundaes and malts and other items. The booths and stools, as
well as the counter were original varnished wood and were beautiful dark
wood. When the drugstore was remodeled in the early 60s, this was all
removed to update the drugstore to a much more modern building. They
then had just a pop machine and for a while we still gathered there for
a bottle of pop, but something was definitely missing! When driving
through Dunseith, I nearly always remember the good times we had at the
drugstore and now even the building is gone.We have recreated a soda
fountain, with booths and back counter, at the Rolette County Museum
site in St John. We even have a very old ‘Shelver Drug’ sign displayed
with it! The museum is open every Sunday from 2-4 and by appointment
anytime! This is from Memorial Day through Labor Day, so if you are in
the area stop in or give us a call and we will show you through the
buildings and displays. My number is 701-263-4564 and Mel’s is
701-477-5819. If we aren’t able we will find you a guide. Thanks Gary!


Message/Picture from Gary Morgan (54): 

Gary & All,

Attached is a snapshot of the entire 1950 football team that my mother took after we had beaten Belcourt in our first game of the season.  We had previously thumped Towner in a practice scrimmage so we were on a roll.  Back row: Billy Leonard, Marshall Awalt, Clayton McKay, Bob Leonard, Jerry Blake, Don Hiatt & Stephen Renault.  Front row: Gary Morgan, Eddie Leonard, Dick Morgan, Jerry Williams, Glen Williams & Don Hosmer.  White jersey: Barry Shelver.  We only had 12 game uniforms so Barry, being only a lowly 8th grader didn’t get one.  However, in the next game, against Leeds, Stephen got his nose broken, a not uncommon  occurrence in those days, and was out for the season.  This was a good thing for Barry cuz now he got a game uniform.  I don’t know why Bill missed the team picture.  This was the first football team Dunseith fielded since before the war and we took our lumps.  We played Belcourt twice so got two wins but were humiliated by Leeds 60-13 and also beaten by Rolla, Towner and Bisbee twice for a record of 2-5.  We were competitive in all but the Leeds game.
The next year, we won our first two games but in the second one, against Rolette, Don Hosmer’s head met Eddie Leonard’s knee and they were both knocked out of action.  Since we only had three subs to start with, including 90 lb. Barry Shelver and 75 lb. Gary Woodford, we had to cancel the rest of the season.
Janice is right.  Old school friends are special.

Gary Morgan

Duseith Football 1950 team 2118

8/2/2008 (179)

Neola Kofoid Garbe’s reply to Gary’s comments from yesterday: 

It’s sad, but Doris Kessler is now living at Good Sam.  I’m not sure of her mental abilities now–I think they are slipping somewhat.  I visit with her sometimes when I see her there–say “hi” for sure.


Neola, I am so sorry to hear of Doris’s condition.  She was such a mentally sharp lady.  Gary

From Bob Lykins (DHS Teacher – mid 60′s): 

Gary and all,

In response to Diane Larson Sjol’s comments regarding living military.  People such as Diane have an identity of their own.  It is called people of the 3rd culture.  Gary, you are Third Culture, I am Third Culture.  Anyone who lives and works in a culture not of their own, nor do they intend to become a part of the host culture, is called a Third Culture person.  Our first culture is that in which we have been raised.  Our second culture is any culture in which we have lived.  The effects of living in a host culture give rise to a third culture person.   Gary, you live in the PI, Diane has traveled the world as a member of a military family, I have lived and worked in Japan and Europe with DoD schools.  Living this way of life builds in us certain characteristics that set us apart from the general population.   One is that we are very well traveled and have experienced a variety of situations which has taught& r to return to a Third Culture Community.  Approximately 70% of them accomplish this by enlisting in the military or working for the government overseas, obtaining employment with International business, or as missionaries.  To a Third Culture person returning home often times means returning overseas where they have been raised.  This is not being anti-American.  In fact, like Diane and the rest of us, we are fiercely patriotic.  It is just that we feel more comfortable in a Third Culture environment.  I must confess that I have had a heck-of-a-time adjusting to living back in the States and I look forward to returning to Germany for a couple of months in the fall.  I could go on and on about this subject since it has been and continues to be one of my studies.  I have written several articles and lectured widely to governmental institutions and international business concerns on this subject.  It answers a lot of questions by people

Bob Lykins

From Bev Morinville Azure (72): 

Ele, thanks  for sharing  growing up in a  small town,,,,,,,,,,  wanted to say  NO Mc Donadls ?
well  no  not  here in little  Dunseith but   I remember  so well  the phone  would ring  and it would be Lyle Olson and  all he  had  to say was  MAC  attack  and  i  knew   to be ready  he was coming  to get me and we  were off to  Minot  just to get a  big Mac  Lyle turned out  to be  one of  the best  friends in the world  ,  we now introduce  each other  as  his  sister  or my brother  we  had one lady tell us  oh  I can tell in the  eyes  , lol  thanks  Lyle  what  memories  we have.


Reply from Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

Ele’s forward was right on down to a tee! Don Martel’s forward about the
Ten Commandments is also right on. I’ve always wondered what these
people think our laws were based upon! Where would you have gotten the
idea that stealing and killing and other crimes were wrong if it wasn’t
from the Ten Commandments? I think lawyers and judges have confused
themselves as to where the laws are founded! Common sense is fading in
our legal system. Dad always said that nothing is so simple that a
lawyer can’t complicate it! I think he was right! Thanks Gary, Ele, and Don!


Message/Pictures from Paulette LaCroix Chisholm (68): 


So many people in the Dunseith area seem to have a tie to Washington state.
We went to Port Townsend, WA for 10 days the first part of July and visited
“Hurricane Ridge” where there are many beautiful snow capped peaks and hills
flocked with spring flowers.  The mountains, while we were there, were
filled with smoke from the California fires. They weren’t as visible as they
might be.  I shared pictures of our trip with Lola Metcalfe Vanhorny and she
wrote back with interesting family memories.  She gave me permission to
share them with the “Gary Blog.” Feel free to post her story or any of the
pictures I sent along.

Tim, Many of your gabbier classmates are very excited and happy to hear the
good news about you.  We hold you in healing light.

To our service people, we cannot thank you enough. Thank you for sharing and
please tell us more about your experiences in Viet Nam or the Middle East.
Whenever we fly we always give a round of applause for any person we see in
Thanks Gary,
Paulette LaCroix Chisholm

Paulette, I have pasted Lola’s lovely letter below.

I know that area of Washington state really well.  I lived in Bremerton, located on the Olympic Peninsula, for 37 years.

Bremerton is just an hours ferry ride across the sound, to the west, from Seattle. Gary

Wow, what a story! Thanks for sharing that. I never knew all this went on.
Those paths we don’t take…  I thought this a good
story to share with the Dunseith blog, but of course would leave that up
to you.

(Lola Metcalfe Vanorny’s (68) reply)
I remember in 1961 we went to Seattle to  my brothers  (jim jr)

for his masters-  he worked at Boeing–  and   to Denny Creek in the
cascades for a picnic with all the MEtcafe relatives– they mostly settled
in Seattle–  I loved  it there!  anyway–  –  gorgeous!– my parent s
moved to Seattle in 1939 cause Gary had asthama  so bad and  after he was
about a few months old –  he had spent almost his entire life in the
hospital   –   the dr in Bottineau –  told my folks that he would not
survive if they didn’t leave this climate!– soo they sold everything they
had and paid the dr bill to the bottineau hospital  it took everything
they made on their sale–  except enough to buy a pickup   and moved to
seattle–  —  this is as I remember from what my Mom told me—

– Dad started out with a wheel barrow digging basements and then as the
war ended,    the cement era  came into being and he started a construction
company and poured cement all over the Seattle area and Alaska– –but Mom
said their weekend was  always   picnics at Denny Creek!! in the
Cascades–   –

When we visited it was just like a dream!!!_   gorgeous!!!!! — water so
clear you could see to the bottom of the creek and we walked across a log
and watched the fish etc – rocks — it will be forever  burned on my

air so light and clear and the smell of the pine trees–  AND QUITE
COOL!!!—   like heaven —
my poor Mom when she had to move back to NoDak!!!_)-   Dad decided he
didn’t want to raise his kids in that environment (that was at the time when the
unions came into being –  even bombings at houses etc..  and you had to
party with the “Good Ole Boys”   and drink and gamble mostly forget the
family—–and he knew that would be very detrimental to famiily life ( he
sold out to his partner Chris Berg who became a millionare—  with
offices  in 11 different  countries)    —   however always stayed in touch and
friends with Dad—a very good friend–

soooo  – he  bought a farm in the Turtle Mt for  $400 and moved  everyone
back to nodak—LeRoy Strongs lived in their house so Dad just built on a
lean -to and -they all lived together –  (which is why I think there is
quite a bond between the two families even to this day)———no
electricity –no water-  sometimes a phone —-more often than not it
didn’t work  ————— nothing just a house in Rolette County-and onto a farm

and start up buying cattle etc.      farming  –  .and lots of work!!!  that meant 4 babies

and 3 more subsequently!–  and   hauling your water for everything and even laundry-and

hanging  clothes on the line in the winter until they froze and then bring them into the house
to finish drying and then iron  EVERYTHING –clothes    even the t
shirts–hankies –    and sheets and dishtowels –  with a “sad Iron” that
you heated on the wood stove  .  milking cows and feeding calves and

cooking–endless cooking on that wood stove and oh man could she cook!!–
and send the kids with their Dad to Kelvin  on Saturday night for
groceries and selling cream (like a vacation ha! )     and then scrub and
wax and shine the whole house for Sunday– which ALWAYS  meant company for
meals!!–  after church   in the summer  – but church  the winter was
called Little Prairie Ladies Aid and all the members of the church went to
different households for  church– ( the old country church was too cold
to heat–)  –  which started around 10 am in the  selected home’s
living room and kitchen area  and as soon as church was over it was time
for potluck dinner and an afternoon of visiting and kids playing and
babies being played with– I remember that well– what fun we had!!–

Mom said she cried the entire trip home   (she had lived that cold nodak
winters and very poor and hard work   for all those living then during the
depression— all her life and had it soooo nice in Seattle with all the  conveniences –
washer ,  dryer , vacuum , sidewalks , new homes,,  new things and lots of
fun–  people from Nodak went there to work and stayed with Mom and Dad–
and she cooked and did their laundry when they went to work in the
shipyards mostsly–  she talked of Max Petersons and the Schimetz’s
staying there –   etc)    .  and when they stopped in North Dakota in the spring of

1945– whatever town they were in the wind shipped a flag so hard it about tore it  apart   –  soooo
unhappy- but Gary did okay and mother—– being mother –  so good
natured –  –  adjusted–took things in stride and “bloomed wherever she  was
planted !!  she got to love Nodak again —and  adjusted and  was happy  where  she was
always!–  she was such a flexible person–  and was happy all the
time—- I don’t ever remember seeing Mom when she didn’t act really happy
to see us !==whether at home or in public–   yes she was a beautiful lady
both outside and inside!!–  and Dad knew that and he appreciated it –
always trying to make her quit working so hard– !
Dad promised Mom that he would put in electricity and water as soon as it
was available and he did –   I just have vague memories of them hauling
in a bathtub and all of us kids trying to be the first to be in it –  I  think
they got electriccity when I was about 2 yrs old cause that is all i
remember about that –  anyway enough rambling  — I have always wanted to
go back there-    it is absolutely heaven on earth!!–  I supposed it has
all changed now though–

in the early 80′s Jay and I decided to go to Montana and visit his Mom’s
sister Lucille and her husband– — we stayed with them and had a ball
fishing on a dam in montana – well,  as long as we were that close —-I
insisted Jay and our kids see the “Road to the sun ” in Glacier –cause i
remembered it from when i was a kid——–    with Dad —       so we
took off for there – I remember going through there with the folks and how
beautiful  it   was and I wanted Jay and the kids to see and enjoy  it–yeah
right !  they sure did and had a ball!!! =–  however –I was on the
floorboards scared to death-  I supposae the responsibility of kid did it
for me — I was never so glad to get out of mountains!!–  anyway gotta
close this for tonight — morning comes early — but thanks for  the
pics–gorgeous–Love ya -Lola

Pictures provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:
Do any of you recognize any of the folks in these two pictures?

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8/1/2008 (178)

Ginger LaRocque Poitra’s (65) new email address.

Shonda Azure Campbell’s reply to Gary:angelic_desires_of_a_firefairy@yahoo.com

Note: Shonda is Clarence & Bev Morinville Azure’s oldest Daughter.  Their other daughter is Shannon (2001): brunettecentral@hotmail.com  These girls are now on our distribution list.

Hi Gary I didnt attend classes in Dunseith I was a Fort Knox Kentucky girl class of 94 …lol good old military . I live in Ruthvillie N.D. Close to the Minot Air Base
Military relationships are the product of many tears born both in happiness and despair, nights alone wondering where he is, if hes safe. Its looking at pictures, knowing thats the only way I can see his face, calling my voicemail to hear his voice, and not washing his clothes until theyve lost his scent.
But its all worth it in the end, because I know I have one of the purest loves in the world because my Airman truly knows the meaning of Honor, Courage, and Commitment, not only to the U.S. Air Force, but to me. And that makes everything worthwhile

From Deb Morinville Marmon (70):

Hi Gary,

The current discussion about our military has jogged a lot of memories.  I was in high school in the late 60′s and the Viet Nam war was the nightly discussion at our supper table most of the time.  Both my parents hated the war but always made the distinction that it wasn’t fair to treat our troops disrespectfully when they returned home.  They had both been through WWII and Mom’s brother, Art, was in the Pacific in the Army. It was so different for the men returning from Viet Nam. Instead of coming home in groups they trickled in one or two at a time, leaving them at the mercy of citizens who mistreated them and who held them mistakenly responsible. Most of those troops were drafted not volunteers but they went and did their duty.  THANK YOU TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!!!

Another memory I have is before school was out in May we always had a Memorial Day program at the City Hall.  Us grade school kids sang songs like “My Country ‘Tis Of Thee”  “God Bless America”  and other patriotic songs.  There was a parade and we were taught in school that when the American flag passes by the males removed their hats and everyone stood at attention.  If you attend a parade now look to see how often that is done by the young adults and kids.  Sadly it doesn’t happen as much.  The older people still do and the veterans are the best.  They not only stand but they also salute.  We have lost so much when it comes to teaching our kids about these things.  Teachers out there don’t get your dander’s up, I’m not pointing fingers at any of you.  We all have the responsibility to teach each generation about patriotism and love and duty for our wonderful country!

We have so much to be thankful for and we owe it to our military and their families.

Deb Morinville Marmon 70

Sharon Longie Dana (73): 

Reply to Cheryl and Diane Larson

How true your stories are you just feel a little prouder, walk a little taller. I had the priveliege of helping take the flag down at night( iwas in the navy) and here the bugler and there really isn’t anything like it. It just makes you feel good The different way of life around our own country and living in Japan was the best experience ever.I have many family members who served in the Armed Forces and I am very proud to be among them.  Thanks for sharing with all of us!!!!!
Sharon Longie Dana(73)

Reply from Bev Morinville Azure (72): 

Diane and Cheryl.  I remember so well  when  you  would return to Dunseith it is  one of  the the  best memories of my childhood. I  just wanted to add this  as a  army  wife they are  right on the money   support  was  the best.  But I  wanted to add this . When  you  ask  the  children of the miliatry What nationality  are you  and  I have ask many.  They also  say  I AM AN AMERICAN.  I made it a point  over the years to ask  the  kids this over and over  and  this is  ALWAYS  I  AM  A  AMERICAN. and  give  me  a look  like  what else is there  lol  GOD  BLESS  AMERICA  and   GOD  BLESS YOU …………BEV   PS  thank you Glen for letting me  know  for sure……………….  And  Mr  Martel , Thanks you  for sharing those  interesting  facts  I am  still learning  things from you.

Picture provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:

Neola, for all of us from the Rolette/Bottineau county areas, this is a very

familiar and beautiful remembrance.  I remember these sunrises well, on #5.

For those of you around the Bottineau area, the Name Doris Kessler is Familiar.

She is the former owner of the Bowling Alley currently owned by her son Tom, so

it is still in the family.  Doris continues to be a very active civil affairs member of

the Bottineau community.

The mornings before each of  my parents funerals, Dad in 2000 and Mom in 2004,

We, along with many family members, went to the Bowling Alley for Breakfast.  We filled

up 5 or 6 tables.  When we went to pay the bill, Doris said everyone’s breakfast is

on me.  She paid for everyone.  For many years prior to my parents deaths, they ate

every evening meal at the Bowling Alley.  Often times on week ends they would eat

all 3 meals there.  During the week they ate their noon meals at the Bottineau

Senior Center. Gary


From Ele Dietrich Slyter (69):

I thought maybe your readers would enjoy this one–I sure did. Ele

Those who grew up in small towns will laugh
when they read this.

Those who didn’t will be in disbelief and
won’t understand how true it is.

1) You can name everyone you graduated with.

2) You know what 4-H means.

3) You went to parties at a pasture, barn,
gravel pit, or in the middle of a dirt road.  On Monday you
could always tell who was at the party because of the scratches
on their legs from running through the woods when the party was
busted. (See #6.)

4) You used to ‘drag’ Main

5) Most people went by a nickname…

6) You scheduled parties around the schedules
of different police officers, because you knew which ones would
bust you and which ones wouldn’t.

7) You could never buy cigarettes because all
the store clerks knew how old you were (and if you were old
enough, they’d tell your parents anyhow.)  Besides, where
you get the money?

8) When you did find somebody old enough and
brave enough to buy cigarettes, you still had to go out into the
country and drive on back roads to smoke them.

9) You knew which section of the ditch you
would find the beer your buyer dropped off.

10) It was cool to date somebody from the
neighboring town.

11) The whole school went to the same party
after graduation.

12) You didn’t give directions by street
names but rather by references.  Turn by Nelson’s house, go 2
blocks to Anderson’s, and it’s four houses left of the

13) The golf course had only 9 holes.

14) You couldn’t help but date a
friend’s ex-

15) Your car stayed filthy because of the

dirt roads, and you will never own a dark vehicle for this

16) The town next to you was
considered ‘trashy’ or ‘snooty,’ but was actually
just like your

17) You referred to anyone with a house newer
then 1950 as the ‘rich’ people.

18) The people in the ‘big city’
funny, and then you picked up the trend 2 years later.

19) Anyone you wanted could be found at the
local gas station or the dairybar.

20) You saw at least one friend a week
driving a tractor through town or one of your friends driving a
grain truck to school occasionally.

21) The gym teacher suggested you haul hay
for the summer to get stronger.

22) Directions were given using THE stop
light as a reference.

23) When you decided to walk somewhere for
exercise, 5 people would pull over and ask if you wanted a ride.

24) Your teachers called you by your older
siblings’ names.

25) Your teachers remembered when they taught
your parents.

26) You could charge at any local store or
write checks without any ID.

27) There was no McDonalds.

28) The closest mall was over an hour away.

29) It was normal to see an old man riding
through town on a riding lawn mower.

30) You’ve pee’d in a cornfield.

31) You laughed your butt off reading this
because you know it is true, and you forward it to everyone who
may have lived in a small town.

I would not have wanted to have been raised
any other way!!!!

Tough times don’t last… Tough people do