10/31/2008 (268)

From Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

With all the effort Neola Kofoid Garbe puts into this site, I thought
she might like to hear a little story about her dad, John Kofoid. My
dad, Don Johnson, had a 1957 International 3/4 Ton pickup he bought in
about 1960. We used it for farming and for travel to and from the farm.
One day it developed an engine miss. Dad and I checked out the miss and
found that one piston was blown and this was causing the problem. We
took it to John Kofoid and he pulled the engine apart and then called
Dad to come uptown to see the problem. I went along to see what John
found. The cylinder was scored (scratched up) badly and John said, “Don,
I can just bore one cylinder and put in a bigger piston”. I remember Dad
saying, “I didn’t think you could do that–just one, won’t it throw the
engine out of balance”? I will never forget how John stood up from under
the hood and looked at Dad, over the top of his glasses and said
bluntly, ” I—can do that”! Dad said, “OK John, do it”. The engine ran
like a new one for many years. He was what my dad called a real
mechanic, not a ‘parts changer’! Thanks Gary!



Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Hi Gary and Dale,

I’ll be happy to “fill you in” on Carol Berg.  It might take me a few days to get back to you, as I’m selling caramels at a bazaar at Edgewood Vista (assisted living facility in Minot where my Mom lived for about 12 years.) tomorrow (Thursday).  On Friday/Saturday, I’m selling caramels at a craft sale that’s being held in downtown Minot at Carnegie Center.  I don’t know if you’ve heard of “The Caramel Lady”, or not, but that’s my nickname.  My students gave me the name many years ago, so when I started selling caramels, it seemed a natural name to use.  I need to be at Edgewood at 9:00 a.m., and I’m just finishing up with a few last minute caramels.  Soooo, I will get back to you later.  Thanks for asking about Carol



Reply from Dale Pritchard (63): 


I remember someone else commenting on the transition from a country
school to high school in town.  I think the term “Culture Shock” sort of
fit at the time.  Going from an entire school of 12 – 16 to an entire
class of 30 or more was rough for some of us for a while.  But — We
survived and made a lot of good friends along the way too.



Folks, LaRose Kitterling (46) asked me several months ago how she could get some pictures to me so I could  scan and send them out to you folks.  I suggested that she call Jared Steele in Bottineau. He is the young man that works for Terry Moe that got married this past July to a girl living here in Cebu. She did get in contact with Jared and sent him 5 beautiful pictures of the classes from the 40’s. Jared arrived yesterday with those pictures.  I’ll plan on sending one out each day.  Gary

LaRose Kitterling”s (46) reply to Gary: mercerlk@westriv.com


Glad the pictures arrived- the operetta cast has pictures of many of the older Dunseith kids.

By committee I meant-it was an informal group- we were together for the Darrel and Dorothy Fasset anniversary and sat around the table trying to identify who was who- included in that group were Darrel and Dorothy, Lloyd and Theresa Awalt, Eleanor and Leonard Stickland, Wayne Molgard, Bill Hosmer with further help from Carol Watkins Carbonneau, Murl Hill , Marlene Molgard and Minnie Flynn- all senior citizens.. We had it put on poster paper and the operatta cast and the 1946 class were on display in the school library for the 2007 all school reunion.

I look forward to the daily messages – thank you



Picture provided by LaRose Kitterling (46):
Dunseith HS 1946 2201Dunseith HS 1946-1

10/29/2008 (266)

Reply from Marth Lamb Schepp (68): 

Hi Gary,

I was a little embarrassed to see our wedding picture and the BIG write
up of our day.  I’ve gotten over it now, so guess I will respond and
thank you again for all that you do.  I was glad Randy Flynn did the
math as we did celebrate our 35th in Medora.  On our 25th we did a
little cruise off of Miami.  More great memories!  Where has the time

Thanks again,

Martha Lamb Schepp

Martha, That was a beautiful picture and write up they had for you guys 35 years ago.  That picture is exactly the way I remember you, however, you are one of the few that folks will still recognize that haven’t seen you for many years.  Over the years the physical characteristics of most of us have changed considerably, however there are a few of you that have not changed.  Off the top of my head, Margaret Metcalfe Leonard, Ron Longie and you are the ones that I can think of at the moment, that have changed very little, over the years.  In August of 2004, my two brothers, (Darrel & Allen) and I were in the bank in Dunseith. We were standing by the window next to main street.  When I look out the window I saw this lady walking across the street, I said to my brothers, “that’s Margaret Metcalfe crossing the street”.  She was coming into the bank. I had not seen Margaret for 35 plus years.  She looked exactly the same as I had remembered her from our HS days with the same friendly bubbly personality that she has always possessed.  Gary

Reply from Cheryl Larson Dakin (71):

This is in reply to Lyle’s comments about hanging out at the Morinville’s…I know I’ve said this before, but during the times when my Dad was stationed out of the country and we couldn’t join him, we would go home to Dunseith to stay. We always knew we were close to home when we would see the “eyes, nose, and mouth house” on the highway outside of Dunseith. But we really knew we were there when we got to Aunt Lee’s (Hosmer’s) next door to the Morinville’s. We had many, many sleep-overs there with Debbie and Bev. I didn’t know until many years later that my Dad and Francis were cousins so that made the relationship even more special.  I don’t remember ever being turned away at their door, even when the kids might not have been home. During our grade-school days we spent a lot of our spare time at the creek or at the Fontaine’s or playing behind Gamble’s, or hanging out at the Campbell’s garage. And even though it would sometimes be years between trips to Dunseith, when we did go back, it was like we had never left. From Mrs. Seim to Mrs. Halvorson to Mrs. Conroy, to Bev and Margaret, Loretta and Loraine, Stephanie, Paula, Cheryl and all the kids I knew “way back when” you had a huge impact on my life.

Cheryl Larson Dakin ’71

Cheryl, I have said this before too, Frances Morinville’s brother Bert Hanson was married to my dad’s sister Olga.  I did not realize the Larson’s and the Hanson’s were related. They all lived in the Lake Metigoshe area.  Gary

Reply from Carmen Leonard Richard (Rolette): 

In reply to Joe Johnson about the Catholic church in Thorne, it was moved to Rolette in 1973 and was remodled in 2005. I think it was originally built about 1950 and if memory serves me correctly, Ted Grenier was one of the church council members when it was built.

Message/picture from Neola Kofoid Garbe:


I sent this picture to Gailord the other day.  The following is his response.  Needless to say, I’ll sure be including this picture in his package.  I wish it would have been an 8 x 10, but this size will work, too.  Receiving emails like this, where a family member has never seen a picture I post/send to them, brings tears to my eyes.  I am so grateful God bless me with this “passion” for pictures and getting them to people who want them.


Gaillord Peltier’s (80) reply: 

Good Morning Mrs. Garbe;

This picture is my Father and Mother, Joseph J. Peltier and Delores
(Davis) Peltier with their daughter, my sister Madonna and her husband
Melvin Yawakie. That is a beautiful picture, one that I have never seen

Joseph J. Peltier Family
Peltier, Joseph Family 2200

Reply From Cecile Gouin Longie Craig (61): c

Yes that is the Longie family, circa 1958-60.
Back row: left Wallace, Wilbur, Margie, Ronnie
Front row: left Willie, Patti, Ursula, Donnie

Cecile Gouin Longie Craig

PS – On the names in the pic I should have written Wilbur was known as Bill.
Where as thats why Willie was called Willie or Billy. Cecile
Cecile, I did not realize that you are related to the Longie’s.  Gary

Reply from Sharon Longie Dana (73)

reply to the Longie Picture: Back row is Wally, (my great uncle) Bill, Margie and Ronnie

front row is Billy, (you guys call him Willy) , Patty (aunt) Ursula and Donnie.

That was taken awhile ago. Its a wonderful picture.

Sharon Longie Dana (73)

Reply from Dick Johnson (68)


It seems weird, but I looked at the kid on the right and he looked like
I remember a Longie around my age. I would guess that picture was taken
about 56 or 58, in there somewhere. Crazy huh!!


Folk’s I initially sent this photo to Dick Johnson and Mel Kuhn for their identification, thinking it was another family. Dick replied saying he thought this was the Longie family. With a second look, I recognized Ron Longie (65) in the picture.  He has not change at all.  Gary

Wilbur Longie Family:
Back row: left Wallace, Wilbur, Margie, Ronnie
Front row: left Willie, Patti, Ursula, Donnie
Longie family 2198

Message from Lyle Olson (75): 

Gary and all:

Received an e-mail from Mel Kuhn the other day.  It was good to hear from him.  He spoke with great excitement about the excellent St. John High School football team – undefeated thus far.  It got me thinking about the best teams fielded by Dunseith over the years.  In my opinion, the best football team fielded by Dunseith was in 1971. The best baseball team fielded by Dunseith was definitely the class of 1972.  And, of course, the best basketball team fielded by Dunseith was also the class of 1972.  Now, I recognize that some may argue about my selections, and I invite you to do so on this blog.  However, let me make the case about the 1972 Dunseith Dragons basketball team.

The team was coached by Larry Haugen.  Richard Becker was the assistant coach ..  Our team motto was: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” The players were as follows: Seniors Don Olson, Greg Evans, Jim Melmer, Donald Malaterre, Linus Faine, Tim Gunville and Curt Hagel; Juniors Curt Berg and Jeff Evans (George Malaterre made the original team of 12 but did not finish out the season); Sophomore Terry Counts (Jesse Marion came on the “A” squad when George Malaterre left); and Freshman Lyle Olson.  The “main five” were made up of Don Olson, Jim Melmer, Curt Berg, Greg Evans and Terry Counts.  I believe we went 25-3 that year, losing to Wolford and Langdon (who took 5th place in the State A that year) during the regular season and then to Berthold in the first game of the state tournament in Minot.

Everyone seemed to have a nickname on that team.  Don Olson was called “Ole” or “Jelly Belly”, depending on the crowd.  Greg Evans’ nickname was “Tic”.  “Honker” was the nickname of Jim Melmer.  Doanld Malaterre went by “Donald Duck”.  Linus Faine was “Guff,” Tim Gunville was “Gunner” and Curt Hagel was “Bear”.  Jeff Evans was called “Harvey”.  George Malaterre was called “Coco”.  I can’t remember Curt Berg’s nickname, but I called him “Sir” after he nearly killed me in the boxing match at Honsey’s.  Terry Counts’ nickname was “Pie”.  Jesse Marion was called “Muff” and my nickname was “Mad Dog”.  I could explain the origin for some of the nicknames but I had better stick with how I got my nickname; after all, I still see some of these guys every now and then.

During try-outs for the “A” squad, we were told to run laps.  Well, I was never a very fast person to be sure – in fact, I was downright slow.  In any event, my legs somehow got tangled up with Curt Hagel’s legs and we both went down.  Well, Curt being a Senior and me being a freshman, Curt came up and was pretty upset at being put down by a lowly freshman and we started wrestling around.  Needless to say, I got my you know what kicked (yes, there seems to be a pattern here with older classmen).  Well, I must have done somewhat OK because everyone started calling me “Mad Dog” after “Mad Dog Vashon,” a famous ALL-STAR wrestler at the time.  Needless to say, that nickname has stayed with me to this day.  The nickname kind of became a self-fulfilling prophecy because I always seemed to have a quick temper and received many technical fouls as my basketball career progressed, or regressed, depending on who you talk to.  Looking back on it now, I deserved each and every one of those technical fouls and I hereby apologize to Jim Berube and Red Johnson, who refereed many games in which I played.

In any event, I think we were 10-0 when we lost to Wolford.  Up to that point, we had beat all opponents by wide margins.  It was a tough game all the way through.  We had the ball the last possession of the game and I missed the last shot.  Now, not to second guess Coach Haugen, but what in the hell was I doing in the game at that point in time, and why did I have the ball  – I was only a freshman.  Regardless, I took a shot from deep in the corner and the damn thing nearly went in.  Had it gone in I would have been a legend, at least in my own mind.  However, it did not go in and that was that – our first loss of the year.  Remarkably, I do not remember any of my teammates giving me grief about missing the shot, or even why I was in the game at the time.  A team that good never looked back and we ran off a few more wins before being thrashed by Langdon by 20 points.  As noted above, Langdon had a great team that year and finished 5th in the State A.

Everyone who follows Dunseith Dragon basketball knows what happened at the State B, and I will not rehash that here.  Needless to say, we were quite destroyed by the first game but had enough pride to dominate the loser’s bracket by winning the next two games to take home the 5th place trophy.

That team was a close-knit bunch of guys.  We took two road trips that year, if memory serves me.  On the road trip to Ray and Powers Lake, the main five was not doing all that great against Powers Lake and Coach Haugen put in the second five in the late first quarter or early second quarter and we caught up to them and built a lead for the main five by half-time.  I also remember going out after the game in Ray and snagging a few good looking local gals, but that story is best told eye to eye without any wives or girlfriends around.

I saw most of the 1972 basketball players at the reunion in 2007.  Unfortunately, Tim “Gunner” Gunville passed away a few years ago, but all the other players are still living.  Many of us weigh 25% to 50% more than what we weighed when we played ball and others have remained fit.  Indeed, Curt Hagel actually weighed less in 2007 that he did in 1972, or at least he looked like he did.  He better not try and wrestle me now, as I have him by a 100 pounds!!!  Seriously, and even at this old age, I would put that team up against any team produced by Dunseith over the years.  I think we would stand a good chance in winning despite eroding skills and deconditioned lungs because if I have learned anything over the years, it is that heart and desire are formidable teammates, and the 1972 Dragon basketball team had them both, in abundance.


From Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

It was great to hear from Toni Morinville Gredesky after waiting for so
long! Toni has a wealth of interesting memories she should share with
us. In answer to her question, I do remember going to Minot to the
concert by Fred Waring and his orchestra. At the time I wasn’t really
enthused about the musical events my dad, Don Johnson, was forever
taking us to! Man was I wrong! Do you remember how he expected us to be
well dressed and behaved at all times? I now know that the attitude he
wanted us to present, was part of the reason our choir and band excelled
to the degree it did. I also remember how he got the school to buy those
blue Dragon blazers for us and for the basketball teams. He and Mr.
Hepper ‘conspired’ together on the blazers. I remember wearing the
blazers the first time to a game in Rolla, our rival. They looked
defeated when we walked through the door! I don’t know how long it was,
but the very next time we played Rolla they were wearing gold Bulldog
blazers! Never to be upstaged by us! Thanks Gary and Toni!


Message/picture from Neola Kofoid Garbe: 


Basically, this is Alvin/Lillian Torgerson Berg’s family.  As you know, Lillian married Reinhard Schultz awhile after Alvin was killed in the car accident when he/Lillian/Gary/Mr. and Mrs. Berg were on their way to visit Alvin’s sister, Arla, and her husband, Tony.


Dick Johnson’s (68) reply to the Berg Family: 

Gary and Neola,

Alvin and Martin Berg were brothers and grew up just west of where Bud and Mary Knutson live, along 43. Bud has since died but Mary and son, Bob live there yet. Alvin’s mother was Clara Johnson Berg, a sister to my grandma and Bennie Johnson and the rest. Alvin had the bakery in Dunseith for a while and I think he was also involved in one of the
bars. Alvin and Lillian went on a trip and were in an auto accident, I
think in Illinois, and Alvin didn’t appear to be injured. He was helping
care for the family and just suddenly collapsed and died. Martin and
Alvin and two girls were first cousins to my mom, Bernice. We went to
visit Lillian and her family many times. Guy was my age, Gary and the
girls were older. The Haugerud I remember was also my age and her name was Corliss (Corky) Haugerud. She went to college with me at Bottineau. I remember Mom saying that Lillian found a very nice man, Rienhard Schultz. She had lived alone for many years and raised the family by herself. We lost contact with the family after Mom was gone so I don’t know where any of them are today. I did get permission a few years ago to walk over from Mary Knutsons to where the Bergs lived. It was sure a trip down memory lane! Both houses, the old log house and the white frame house are still standing, but in real bad shape. I remember going there in the mid 50s and having lunch with Albert and Clara. Albert used to come to visit us in Dunseith after Clara died in 1957. He reminded me of the pictures of Winston Churcill. He wore a black longcoat and a black hat and carried a cane. The best part was that he drove a black 36 Ford two door I really liked! One of his daughters, Amanda, and her husband, Clarence Schultz, got the 36 when Albert died. They lived in Donnybrook,ND and had a grocery store with Eldon Hiatt for a few years. I think Amanda is still living and I want to find out what became of the old car. She may still have it in a garage down there. Who knows—the
thrill of the hunt!!


This is the message from Shirley Olson Warcup about Alvin Berg and the family. She corrected my memory of his place of death, Ohio not Illinois the rest seems correct.


Alvin died June 11, 1952–I believe it was near Lima, Ohio–the
only reason I remember this is because I heard it on the radio when we were
living in Grand forks and as I heard Lima, my first thought was “that’s in
Peru”.  As I listened further and they told of the accident, they mentioned
Ohio.  I have never looked at a map to locate Lima–it’s possible he was
transported to Illinois to a hospital and died there.  I remember they said
he appeared to be all right (he had been looking after everyone)  but died
enroute to the hospital.  I was really surprised to hear this on a Grand
Forks radio station–there was quite a bit of detail.  I’m not sure, but I
think Clarence Schultz and Reinhard might have been brothers.  Martin Berg
married Alice Brudvik–I think they had only one daughter, Carol.  Arla
married Anthony Marteliano–they lived in Port Charlotte, Fl., after they
retired.  Arla died May 29, 2000. Even after Arla’s death,we usually got a
Christmas card from Tony, but I don’t think we got one last year so I’m not
sure if he’s still living or not.  Ron hasn’t read this e-mail yet–when he
comes in from the garage I’ll have him answer your question about cars.
Tell Brenda “hello”.

Alvin Berg Family taken after his death. Alvin owned the bakery, at one time, in Dunseith
Berg, Elvin family 2200

Reply from Bonnie Awalt Houle(56): 

Dear Gary,

The wedding picture shown is of one of the Bailey girls.  From left to right:  Jeanne Bailey Groves, Judy Bailey Foley, Harvey Bailey, Hulda Bailey, Bride is Janice Bailey Proctor,  the groom is Jim Proctor and the other girl in light color is Joanne Bailey Perrin.  I don’t recall the names of the boys in this picture or the name of the other women.  This photo was probably taken at the Methodist Church in Rolla.

Have a wonderful day.

Bonnie Awalt Houle Class of 1956

Picture provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:

Reply from Marlene Henderson (Rolla): 

From Judy Bailey Foley to Marlene Henderson Re:  wedding picture

Jeannie Bailey, Judy Bailey Foley, Harvey Bailey, Hulda Bailey, Janice Bailey Martinez (bride),  Antonio Martinez (groom), ? ?, JoAnn Bailey  Perrin, Nick Perrin.
> The little ring bearer is my son, Steven Foley.

Sorry I don’t know the names of Tony’s brother and sister-Dunseith book might want this–my dad’s family farm was in the Dunseith  area.

Antonio & Janice Bailey Martinez Wedding:
Jeannie Bailey, Judy Bailey Foley, Harvey Bailey, Hulda Bailey, Janice Bailey Martinez (bride), Antonio Martinez (groom), ? ?, JoAnn Bailey  Perrin, Nick Perrin.  Ring Bearer is Steven Foley
Bailey Wedding 2200

Correction from yesterday. I said the class of 1970 had nearly 40 graduates. I just check and they had 48 graduates.  I beleive they are the largest class of have ever graduated from Dunseith High School.  Gary

                                   Dunseith High School Class of1971

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Abrahamson Keith 416 N Washington St Bismarck, ND 58501 (701) 224-1955  (701 839-7852
2 Allery Johnny PO Box 56 Dunseith, ND 58329 701-244-5901 No email address
3 Azure Geraldine PO Box 0736 Belcourt, ND 58316 (701) 244-5564
4 Belgarde Francis RR 1  Box 508A Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-0212
5 Belgarde Gladue Irene Box 1043 Dunseith, ND 58329
6 Beston Sylvan Died in 2007 Deceased
7 Berg Don 7705 Stonewood Court Edina, MN 55439 952-947-0972
8 Boguslawski Dan 1809  20th Ave S Grand Forks, ND 58201 (701) 746-6216 Left message 1/6
9 Brennan Bob 2325 97th St NE Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5911 No email address
10 Campbell David 1725 Bonn Blvd Bismarck, ND 58504 (701) 223-9200
11 Casavant Eddie 1112 Portland #303 Bismarck, ND 58504 (701) 400-5808 No email address
12 Casavant Robert 2400 93rd St SE Bismarck, ND 58504 (701) 258-1162 No email address
13 Coleman Keith 1961 113th Ave NE Aneta, ND 58212 (701) 322-4412
14 Counts LaFloe Cheryl Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-0080 Cheryl.a.lafloe@sendit.nodak.edu
15 Counts Poitra Darlene 6219  228th St. SE Woodenville, WA 98702 425-408-1124 No email address
16 Danielson Peter 5616 Chateau Rd NW Rochester, MN 55901 (507) 280-8500
17 DeCoteau Kenneth PO Box1063 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4040 WK(701 244-0991 No email address
18 DeCoteau Desjarlais Caroline 1276 72ND AVE NE MINNEAPOLIS, MN  55432 Not sure if this is the latest address for Caroline. She lives in Minneapolis.
19 DeCoteau Houle Donna Jean 220 Kemp Ave Se, Apt 313 Devils Lake, ND 58301 Not sure if this is the latest address for Donna. Her husband is Raymond
20 Delorme Pond Wanda/Mike Billings, MT Brother Darrell 701-799-0333.  Unable to locate her.  She lives in Billings, Mt
21 Desjarlais Baker Bernadette Daughter Sherri Baker works at head start in belcourt 701-477-0260 Belcourt, ND 58316 (701) 477-6096 Bernadette lives in Belcourt. Unable to get in touch with her
22 Eller Bonnie Born Sepember 19, 1953     –     Died October 24, 2006 Deceased
23 Evans Montgomery Stephanie 2512 14th Ct Se Winter Haven, FL 33884 (863) 325-8900
24 Fassett Pfuhl Paula 34191 Kale Avenue North Branch, MN 55056 651-257-3565
25 Fontaine Sebelius Margaret 1313 Thompson St Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3927
26 Forschen Larry 116  6th St Bottineau, ND 58318 No number Avail No email address
27 Fugere Terry 2013 N Second St Bismarck, ND 58501 (701) 223-6124
28 Fulsebakke Gary 824 Second Ave NE Devils Lake, ND 58301 (701) 662-2284
29 Getzlaff Lester PO Box 729 Williston, ND 58802 (701) 770-6665 No email address
30 Gunville Allery Susan 725 N Dobson Rd Chandler, AZ 85224 (480) 792-6504
31 Haagenson Cheryl 401 1 AVE SW Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5325
32 Hackman Schneider Rosie 216 Eighth St NW Devils Lake, ND 58301 (701) 662-5850
33 Henning Alan 6720 18th Ave NW Minot, ND 58703 (701) 839-4918
34 Hetle Delorme Karen/Darrel PO Box 962 WEST FARGO, ND  58078 701-799-0333. No email address
35 Hiatt Marlys PO Box 851 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-2101
36 Honsey Fiebiger Diana 11558 County Road 22 Cooperstown, ND 58425 (701) 797-3577
37 Houle Ronald 7017 County Road 15 SW Kensington, MN 56343 (320) 965-2304
38 Larson Dakin Cheryl 1108 MONTERREY ST BEDFORD, TX  76022 (817) 283-0483
39 Medrud Rodney 194A Rt 1 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5829
40 Metcalfe Poitra Janice Raphael PO Box 219 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-3449 Kelvin (701) 2630-4150   No email
41 Peltier Denise 10043 Highway 281 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-3489
42 Peltier Gary/Lana PO Box 0532 Belcourt, ND 58316 (701) 244-5032 Gary is deceased 7/17/2007
43 Peltier Marilyn PO Box 833 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5266
44 Peltier Ruby P O Box 1146 Dunseith, ND 58329 701) 389-0286 WK 701-477-7244
45 Peterson Larrett 10089 Lake Rd Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3822 No email address
46 Robert Duane 501 Cheyenne Ave Hiawatha, KS 66434 (785) 742-3925
47 Rude Art 1810 Valle Moor Dr Bismarck, ND 58501 (701) 530-9336
48 Schimetz Reid Born August 15, 1953    –    Died May 23, 2006 Deceased
49 Tooke Larry 275 106th St NE Souris, ND 58783 (701) 243-6436
50 Wenstad Arn Born August 17, 1952    –    Killed in car accident April 17, 1977 Deceased
51 Wenstad Taylor Darlene Box 15 RR 3 Portage la Prairie, MB R1n 3A3 Canada 204-428-5414 No email address
52 Wilson Richard Teresa PO Box 247 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5403 Will be sending email address
53 Wurgler Axtman Peggy 25223  45th Av. South Kent, Wa  98032 253-854-1008

10/28/2008 (265)

Folks, We had a lot of replies to the Grenier pictures. This was actually the wedding of Pennie Kester and Gary Grenier. I think Ted Grenier must have ordered copies of these pictures, so that is how his name came up when Neola found them. I have pasted all the Grenier comments from this statement down to the pictures.  Thanks for your many replies. The Grenier family was well known in the Dunseith community.  Gary

Reply from Pennie Kester Grenier (69): 

Gary,  The pictures of the Grenier wedding are old!  Haven’t seen my own for quite some time, so I was surprised to see them on your site.  The picture with 4 people from left to right: Cheryl Kester Gaugler,

myself,  Gary Grenier (with a bit more hair than he has now) and Gary’s
brother Roger Grenier.  The other pic shows Gary’s sister Karen pinning
a flower on their Grandfather Simeon Grenier.  The lady in the far right
hand corner of that picture is Irene Fassett, Susan, Crystal and Paula
Fassett’s mother. Hope this helps.  Take care and send us some of your warm weather-it was 14 degrees here this AM.  Take Care,  Pennie Kester

Pennie, It’s currently 89 degrees here with scatterd clouds at 12:40 PM.  Gary

Reply from Joe Johnson (77): 


I’m not sure about the title on the photos, but I can identify some of the people.  The reason I’m not sure about the title on the photos is because of the people in the photos and the clothes just don’t seem to fit the dates that my uncle Ted would have married my aunt Margit.  Moreover, if the people in the photos are who I think they are then the title doesn’t fit; however, it may be another Grenier wedding or such.

In the one photo the gentleman having the corsage pinned on his suit is my Grandfather, Simeon Grenier.  I do believe that is my cousin, Karen Grenier, Ted and Margit’s only daughter pinning the corsage.

In the second photo, the young man with the blond hair on the far right looks like my cousin Roger Grenier; the other young man with the dark hair looks like, Roger’s brother, Gary, both Ted & Margit’s sons.  The young lady to Gary’s right may be Penny Kester from Dunseith but I cannot be sure.  Gary is actually married to Penny, so I’m wondering if these photos may have been from that wedding.

Also, again I’m not sure but, these photos seem to be taken in the old Catholic church at Thorne, ND which is no longer there.  I don’t know if it was torn down or what.

Simeon, moved to Dunseith from the homestead farm, 6 miles east of Dunseith and 1 mile south (same road as the Turtle Mountain reservation line going north), in 1959.  Today, my cousin, Steve Grenier farms the original Grenier homestead and Gary Grenier farms Ted’s place just one more mile south of the original homestead.  Ted was Simeon’s oldest child.

Ted & Margit’s kids were older than I so I didn’t have the same close relationship with them that I enjoyed with Orville and Mickey (Haagenson) Grenier’s kids since Orville was the youngest of Simeon’s kids.  The Grenier kids all attended school in Rolette and not Dunseith.

Also, Orville and Mickey and kids are very good friends with the John and Murl Hill family.

I’m sure you may get a response from many others in the Dunseith area as many people knew and still know of my grandfather Simeon (born 1889 passed 1978).  Simeon was one of the best people you could ever meet or know and one of the most humble men I ever knew.  Believe me I could go on about Simeon for many hours as I’m sure many of his other grandkids could as well.

Clarence and Beverly (Morinville) Azure live in the home Simeon built in Dunseith in 1959 and it was really great to get to be back in that home in 2007 when I was in Dunseith for the reunion.  As, Lyle, said many, many kids hung out at the Morinville’s and my sister Linda is still good friends with Bev.  Bev, thanks for the memories.

Again to help you place Simeon, if you remember just a few emails back (message 259), Alan Campbell mentioned this about Simeon Grenier:

Reply from Phyllis & Alan Campbell: 

“To those who played basketball on Campbell’s driveway—-you might not know and might be interested in some background on that basketball backboard. It was made out of wood from the old RIverside Hotel and donated by Simeon Grenier who had purchased the hotel. We think he and Alfred Cote made it and helped install it on the Campbell garage around 1964. There were a lot of basketballs bounced off that backboard!! To honor the North Dakota Centennial in 1976, Jeff painted it red, white and blue and added a bunch of stars. It withstood a lot more activity for a number of years. He finally dismantled it when the wood deteriorated beyond salvage.

Pyhllis and Alan Campbell”

Also, I played basketball at the Campbell’s too, OK not that well but…. – and I never new that my grandfather had anything to do with that backboard on the Campbell garage.  I was so surprised by Alan and Phyllis’ response, definitely an emotional moment for me  What a wonderful town Dunseith was and is, a great place to have been raised.

OK, I’m sure that is more than you wanted to know already.  I’ll try and send in a couple of good George Malaterre stories as well in the near future.  Lyle Olson triggered some really great memories that I have about George.

Thanks, Joe Johnson  (1977)

Reply from Lola Metcalfe Vanorny (68):

Lola vanorny, ew
Wow!!_ Gary!!– this has turned into a unique and awesome  thing huh??  and
to think it all started when you emailed me as you had seen my name
somewhere on the internet-  and asked if I was part of the Metcalfe girls
and if I remembered you as we rode the school bus together and asked about
Margaret and Helen.  Look where it is today!–

I can recognize the wedding picture of Pennie Kester and Gary Grenier–
and the Maid of honor must be Cheryl Kester ( Pennie’s twin sister ) Isn’t
that a darling picture??     and I believe the groomsman looks like Roger
Grenier  .    also the lady in the back ground may be  Irene Fassett.

I had to add my memories of Morinville’s too. Usually it was Randi
Mongeon, Paulette Lacroix, Toni , Connie Mellmer ,  Brenda Hoffman  and I
– and probably more–
We had many slumber parties there and yes how tolerant  and generous  Joe
and Frances were!!- we’d be up making pizza in the middle of the night.
and one of the favorite things to do when they weren’t around was call
someone and ask if they had their TV on and how did it fit? — and all
those  goofy little jokes – We’d call Said Kadry and ask if he had Prince
Albert in  a can–  and to let him out !  We’d go the store and get
fizzies.  Go up to the drug store  and have a cherry coke float and walk
around town or explore the park –  ..  Such carefree days!!

Frances had to get us all ready for a Memorial Day Program one year  , I
remember,    as we had stayed overnight the night before the program.  and
another time I remember her up in the middle of the night Doctoring us for
sand fleas we must have picked up playing outside.!!

I used to love to stay at Mongeon’s too–  all those kids and everyone was
always happy–Armand and Leona  would visit with us after supper and the
rosary –  sometimes Armand would even sing with us or we would catch Leona
yodelling!-  when she thought no one was around!!- wonderful soft
memories!!      We sure had fun!!–  Thanks so much Gary for keeping this
going!!– Lola (Metcalfe) Vanorny

Reply from Kathy Casavant Ellingson (74): 

The picture with the man getting a flower pinned is Simeon Grenier, I don’t know who the lady is. The Ted Grenier picture is Pennie Kester marrying Gary Grenier, & her sister Cheryl kester & Garys brother Rodger.

Reply from Dick Johnson (68): 


The wedding photo is of Gary and Penny Kester Grenier. The attendants
are Cheryl Kester Gaugler and Roger Grenier.


Reply from Susan Fassett Martin (65): 

The wedding picture is Cheryl and Pennie Kester, and Gary Grenier but I don’t know the other fellow.

Reply from Allen Richard (65): 

The Ted Grenier pic I think is not accrue ate.  I think it is Simeon Grenier — Angela Malget and her mom Fern would know.

Reply from Paula Fassett Pfuhl (71): 


I’m guessing you’ll get better replies than mine on the Ted Grenier wedding photos, but here goes anyway…….the first one I’m not sure who anyone is except my Mom, Irene Fassett, is the very happy lady on the right side of the photo!!! The wedding is Pennie (Kester) and Gary Grenier’s wedding.  Left to right is Cheryl Kester, Pennie, Gary, and Gary’s brother, who’s name I can’t recall!!!  (Pennie and Cheryl had cute little crocheted dresses that I think were hand-made……….)


Reply from Aggie Casavant (69):


Gary and Pennie Kester Grenier’s wedding:

Picture: Simeon and Karen Grenier.  The lady to the right is Irene Fassett.
Greier, Ted 2198

Gary and Pennie Kester Grenier’s wedding:
Cheryl Kester Gaugler, Pennie Kester Grenier, Gary Grenier and  Roger Grenier
Greiner, Ted and Penny Kester 2198

Reply from Bernard Morin (76): 

Parts of this message got dropped off the first time, so I’m reposting it. Gary

Lyle O is the king. He never fails to provide laughter, whether in casual conservation or telling a story. I however have had the privilege to see Lyle when he wasn’t in his usual jovial mood, he still provided laughter but it wasn’t his intention.
Back in 1988 Lyle, Keith Berg, my wife Robin & I went to Riding Mountain for a weekend of golf on the infamous Wasagaming course. Lyle booked us a 6:30 am tee time on both Saturday & Sunday. We were forewarned as to being in the great white north we should be prepared for chilly weather, heeding that warning we dressed accordingly, long sleeved shirts, trousers and light jackets. By 7:45 am the mercury was rising pretty fast along with Keith’s and my temper, from the first hole on we both were losing balls at a pretty steady rate, whether in the rough or the dense timber. By the fourth hole we had our sleeves rolled up and were sweating like crazy as the temp was crowding 80 degrees, except for Lyle, he had put shorts on under his pants and had brought a light shirt along “just in case”. By the time we reached the 8th tee box Lyle was letting us know pretty frequently that he still had his original ball that he started with. After finishing the 9th hole Keith & I stopped at the clubhouse to replenish our supply, of golf balls, with some gentle ribbing from Lyle about how he was still playing with his original ball that couldn’t be lost. As we approached the 10th tee box we could see it was going to be a long wait as everyone was bottlenecked. While we waited for our turn to tee up Lyle was laying it on pretty heavy about only using one ball on the front nine, I kinda think he was trying to impress the ladies who were waiting behind us. When the group in front of us finally tee’d off, Lyle immediately walked over and tee’d up his ball all the while ribbing us about having to buy more balls as he walked back to sit on the bench. Keith then nonchalantly walked up to Lyle’s ball, lined up and hit it straight into the trees, then calmly looked at Lyle and said “find it”.
Well you would think Keith had just stole Lyle’s best girl or had kicked his dog the way Lyle carried on, we thought it was kinda funny as did the people behind us, there was even a couple that had fallen off their cart from laughter. Needless to say the next few holes were pretty stressful, what with trying to hit a little tiny ball between shrieks of laughter. Up to the 10th Keith & I were getting beat pretty bad. After the 17th it was pretty much a tie, I won’t tell you who won, I think I’ll let Lyle do that.
As for the Sunday game it was pretty uneventful except for the fact that Keith & I were dressed for another 85 degree day and the mercury didn’t make it past 50, and there was Lyle with his shorts and light shirt on, underneath his sweats, so I guess he got the last laugh, watching us shiver uncontrollably while trying to golf.


Reply from Bernard Morin (76): 

Gary and friends,

Just a few lines to answer some of Lyles previous questions. As to charging me lawyer fees for your first case I thought you did. I also thought it was paid in full when C J Coleman, Garret Myer and I so graciously pushed you out of that big mudhole you were stuck in east of norwegian corners at 1:00 a.m. The details are a little fuzzy but I remember hearing something about you studying to be crop insurance adjuster. However if I still owe you something please let me know and we’ll work something out.
As for quitting the fine game of golf I played until 1996 at which time my bethrothed and I purchased “the money pit”. And yes, I did run over my clubs with a 3/4 ton pickup and yes, I was too cheap to buy new clubs, but after playing a few rounds with bent shafts I found it actually improved my game, I no longer had a slice. Now that I think about it I should have patented the clubs. My wife & I could be lounging on a tropical beach somewhere instead of slaving away in the great white north.
Like you Lyle I’m wondering why none of our classmates aren’t shareing some “Dunseith Memories” . Why I bet everyone would like to here about boo boo and the eyes in the butter dish, and how about grandpa fluff pulling a fellow hunter out of a snow bank, or maybe even roogaroo hunting?


Message from Tim Martinson (69): 

Hi Gary,

I”m going to drop some names in the hope you can associate them with
a class.

Vince Kalk who worked for dad in the bakery when I was younger.

Kenny and Duane Handeland, I believe my brother Terry and Duane were
in the same class but do not remember how long Duane attended high
school or if he attended.  Kenny and Duane were in and out of the

Gerald Cree, I played football with Gerald, and believe his parents
were Francis and Rose Cree.  I thought he had a brother that was a year
younger, but I’m not certain of his first name.  I also thought that
one of the Cree boys died in Viet Nam.  The names Leonard and Ronnie
coming up and I know that there were a lot of kids in that family.
Gerald passed a few years back and I remember his obituary in the
Minot paper.

I have looked over your master list and do not see any of these names
but know that there is a story about each so will leave it up to you
as to
whether they should be included.

Hope you are having nice weather, we have a little snow on the ground
with the temperature at around 5 above this morning.  Clear sky and cool
weather for the rest of the week.  Just imagine how your bones felt
in cold weather, oh to be sitting around in shorts, tank top, and 80
temperatures without the heat  turned up on the furnace.    Take
Care,  Tim

Tim & All, We will add these folks to our class lists.  Please let me know a little info about each of these folks, so we can get them included in their respective classes.  I thought I had Vince Kalk in our lists, but I see that I don’t.  Duane Handland was with the class of 66.  I have not been able to get in touch with him.  Gary

Reply from David Slyter (70): 

Carmen Richard and Gary:

Carmen, Thank you for your forgiveness and Gary I will pass that forgiveness onto you.

Dave Slyter (70)

Message from Gary Metcalfe (57): 

With Veteran’s Day coming up, I thought I should take a few moments to express a small debt of gratitude to all WWII veterans and three that I know something about.  To think that Dunseith had two soldiers that endured the unbearable is amazing.    I did not know about it until about three years ago, so how can I expect anyone else to know.  It is all about documentation I have seen on the internet, also the books.  Ernie Pyle does not need any introduction, was probably the best loved man of the Big War.  Then I came on Ole Evans discharge papers, it was very hard for me to decipher, not being military.  I asked a lot of questions and am in the right place to get some answers, Branson, Mo. where they have a huge veteran’s celebration yearly.  I have talked to many veterans and determined, yes, Ole was 34th Infantry Division, 135th Regiment Co. K, the Red Bull was Iowa, N.D., Wisc. and Minn. He did land in Africa (Operation Torch) on the  beginning of a nightmare that lasted almost three years..  All the men in the 34th Division got the honor of being part of a distinguished unit that meant more front line battle days than any other in the war.  Five hundred days or more, frost bite, trench foot, malaria were only some of the things they had to deal with.

A war correspondent Ernie Pyle spent time with several, if not all branches of the military.  Here is what he said about his favorite, the infantry, and I quote, “All the war of the world seems to have been born by the few thousand front line soldiers here destined merely by chance to suffer and die for the rest of us.  It was neither God, nor flag, nor mother that impelled a pimply faced kid to risk losing his life in an obscene adventure.  He did it for the kid next to him, he couldn’t let him down, they needed one another so bad.”

Ole was a Platoon Sargent with three purple hearts and a silver star,   Patton said, “Retrain them, send them home” when he saw those farm boys come on shore.  They didn’t have any real training.  It took about a year for the 34th to  perform so well at Hill 609, where Ole was wounded the first time.  They earned the respect of all the military around them.  Then at Cassino in Italy and on and on.  You can read what many generals said about them.  Churchill wrote a letter of great admiration and praise not only for the front line soldier, but every member of the Infantry Division.  To my knowledge Ole nor Ike Hagen ever said a word about this subject, they couldn’t.

I talked to Ike Hagen at the Senior Citizen Center a couple years ago,  I had just spent a couple years exploring Ole’s record.  I asked Clarence what kind of record Ole had?  He brightened up as only Ike could do and said, “it was a good one.”  I said, “were you with Ole?”  He said, “I was with the trucks”, and I knew he had seen too much.

Wouldn’t it be neat if someone could find a way to thank Ike Hagen?  It may make all those nightmares and nights seem a little more bearable..

There were other Divisions on either side of the 34th doing the same heroic things.

Thanks Gary for this opportunity to share information and memories.  Gary Metcalfe

Reply from Sybil Johnson: 

I ditto everyone else and say thanks for all of your hard work, in sending out these emails everyday. I have only been receiving them for a short time, but I

sure appreciate reading each one, every morning. Winter is surely on its way, here in Wyoming and I think its going to be a hard one. I hate the winds here, like

I hated them in North Dakota. I think they are more severe here. Take care everyone and thanks again, Gary.

Sybil Johnson

Reply from Bev Morinville Azure (72): ndgal1953@  

Everyone Lyle  hasn’t told the  whole  story………  He had seen the  movie the jerk before  He and I went  together and when he came over  to the house  and we  would  all be sitting around  if  there  was any quiet  period  (which didn’t happen  often) Lyle  would  bust out with “I WAS BORN A POOR BLACK CHILD” it  still makes me laugh when I hear  this. I have never to this  day  laughed as  hard as I have with the  days I spent with Lyle. He is a  true  GOOFBALL  and if you have  not had  the privilege to  meet him you have missed  one of the  best times  of your life. He is a true friend and I am proud to call him my brother. He was  so  good to my mom and dad  as was Bill Krause. Lyle when you said to me on the plane  we are  going to  die I thought  once again you were trying to calm  that  scary  ride  by  being  the GOOFBALL you are . I did not  know  you were serious  and thank  God  cause  from that  airplane ride  to this  day I hate  to fly and  told Clarence after we returned  from German  next time I  take a boat or you go alone.  HA HA  I was serious  hate  flying and  have not been on a plane since and don’t plan to. More to come   i have many stories about the  Olson’s boys .


Folks, with nearly 40 graduates, I believe the DHS class of 1970 was the largest graduating class that every graduated from Dunseith HS.

                                 Dunseith High School Class of 1970

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Allard Friedrich Janice 12984 Ideal Beach Rd Lake Park, MN 56554 (218) 532 5163  C(218) 791 3383
2 Azure Clarence/Bev PO box 447 Dunseith, ND 58329
3 Azure Dennis 6219  228th St. SE Woodinville, WA 98072 Cell 425-417-2977 Will provide email
4 Azure Lowell Address and phone number are not available Lowell is Living in Billings MT.
5 Baker Eunice RR 1 Saint John, ND 58369 WK(701) 477-5673
6 Belgarde Allen PO Box 0658 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5134 No email address
7 Belgarde Hoff Donna 2627 S  17th St. #7 Grand Forks, ND 58201 (701) 278-5572
8 Bottineau Houle Irene Recently passed away Deceased
9 Bottineau Pina Betty PO Box 444 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5802
10 Counts Lloyd  Jeanette PO Box 11 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5353
11 DeCoteau Gerber Joyce Ann 506 Cherry St Grand Forks, ND 58201 (701) 278-5465 No email address
12 Dion Dennis 1428 Golden Valley LN MINOT, ND  58703 (701) 852 1745/3648 Cell 701-833-8600
13 Eller Desjarlais Carol Star Rt. Box 31B Saint John, ND 58369 (701) 244-0086 No email address
14 Fassett Andersen Crystal 12623 102nd ST NE Walhalla ND 58282 (701) 549-3930
15 Fauske Brian 406 Highland St Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 246-3386
16 Flynn Randy 10326 SE 100th Drive Happy Valley, OR. 97086
17 Fugere Allen 700 Main St N Estelline, SD 57234 (605) 873-2496 No email address
18 Furgason Harold I am Harolds brother Jim, Harold has been living in Vista California for many years. I do not have his address. Harold is Colette Hosmer’s former husband’s brother
19 Gagnon Arletta PO Box 176 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4792 No email address
20 Grossman Paul 1109 Sunrise Dr Hazen, ND 58545 701-748-6622
21 Hagen Abbott Sandra Born October 17, 1952    –    Died March 22, 1996 Deceased
22 Hagen Simon Karen 421 11th St W Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3933
23 Hanson Robert Died in an oil rig accident Deceased
24 Hetle Pauline PO Box 182 Dunseith (701) 244-5766 WK(701)244-5242
25 Hill Mueller Brenda PO Box 114 Rolla, ND 58367 (701) 477-9284
26 Johnson Albert 132 Ivy Lakes Dr Saint Johns, FL 32259 (904) 230-2450 C(904) 504-2476
27 Kuhn Melvin RR 1 Saint John, ND 58369 (701) 477-5819
28 Lagerquist Ray 33 Galena Gulch Rd Boulder, MT 59632 406-225-3583
29 Lamb Dean Born November 19, 1952    –    Died August 22, 2003 Deceased
30 Landsverk David 1621 95th St NE Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3041
31 Larson Greg Bismarck, ND 58504 Cell 701-220-4890  Wk 701-223-5300
32 Larson Sjol Diane 712 Main St S Minot, ND 58701 (701) 837-0741
33 LaVallie Dallas PO Box 469 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4524
34 LaVallie Dennis PO Box 469 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4524
35 McCloud Ken PO Box 191 Tokyo, ND 58379 (701) 351-0443 No email address
36 Medlang Macy Marlys 31 Roan Ln Saint Louis, MO 63124 (314) 997-7375 Marlys lives in Saint Louis, MO.
37 Metcalfe Vickie 401 13th St W Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3353
38 Millang Bernstein Joanne 660 106th St NE Souris, ND 58783 (701) 228-3546
39 Mongeon Bob 2601 BROOKSIDE DR MINOT, ND  58701  (701) 839-3629
40 Morinville Marmom Debbie 1911 MERRIAM AVE MILES CITY, MT  59301 (406) 234-6887
41 Nerpel Gordon 5716 Maves Trl SE Prior Lake, MN 55372 (952) 447-6415
42 Parrill Clark Born September 12, 1952    –    Died October 30, 2006 Deceased
43 Peltier Bernadette PO Box 1042 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5291 No email address
44 Peltier Ron PO box 313 dunseith (701) 263-3470
45 Pigeon Schimetz Colette 10651 14th Ave NE Bottineau, ND 58318 701-263-4049
46 Poitra Della Born March 10, 1952    –    Died October 8, 1974 Deceased
47 Poitra Sandra/Wade PO Box 36 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-0213 No email address
48 Richard Robenitsch Stephanie 213 Toronto Loop Bismarck, ND 58503 701-222-3042
49 Schimetz Mark RR 1 Box 131 Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 246-3481
50 Sebelius Duane 1313 Thompson St Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3927
51 Slyter David 208 2nd St. N.  Sabin, Mn  56580  218 789 7471
52 Slyter Robert 2303 W Savannah Wichita, Kansas 67217 316-617-7186
53 ST. Clair Miller Karen Born April 7, 1952    –    Died February 12, 2007 Deceased
54 Stokes Darrel 608 Vera Steet Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2190 No email address
55 Striker David 1676 Ninth St N, Apt 2 Wahpeton, ND 58075 (701) 642-5724
56 Thiefault Bergstrom Darlene 673 Old English Rd Draper, UT 84020 801-523-3907
57 Tooke David 4050 93rd St SE Bismarck, ND 58504 (701) 224-1803 No email address
58 Wenstad Barbara 625 W. Hodson Ave Minto, ND  58261 701-248-3592    Cell 701-520-2482 No email address
59 Cote Kathleen Unable to locate.  Need married name Need Help locating
60 Gunville LaFountain Debra Unable to locate.  May be living in Becourt Need Help locating
61 Miller Joyce Unable to locate.  Need married name Need Help locating
62 Rook Debra Unable to locate.  Need married name Need Help locating

10/27/2008 (264)

Folks, I am still waiting for several more replies on the Greiner photo’s before posting the comments that I have gotten along with the names of those in the photo’s.

Reply from Toni Morinville Gredesky (68): 

Lyle, how wonderful of you to share your thoughts and stories about my parents. It means so much

to me. It is true that I was away at college when you “kids” were in high school, but your
description of my parents is so accurate. They cared so much for people and my mom would always
try to help or defend those in trouble. Susan Malaterre remembering that my mom stood up for
Donald doesn’t surprise me.

My parents married in 1938–Mom grew up at Metigoshe and Dad just east of Bottineau. They worked
at the Bottineau Creamery and then started the cream station in Dunseith. The creamery burned down
in 1950 and Dad started the grocery store. They were married 12 long years before I was born and
then had 4 children within 4 years. My dad, always the jokster, said it took 12 years to figure
out how to get it started and 4 to figure out how to stop it. One of my very best friends,
Paulette LaCroix, said that her mother told her that my parents considered her and Henry so lucky
when Paulette was born. My mother was not aware yet that she was pregnant with me.

I, too, remember a wonderful neighborhood growing up. The Campbells, Mongeons, Grimmes, Kesters,
Mellmers, Dick Johnson,etc. all lived so close. Interestly, we often played in Bob and Lee
Hosmer’s yard. I’m sure the ball diamond is probably still etched in the soil. Their girls were
older but they never complained about us playing there. We even played “ante-I-over” over their

We spent a lot of creative time in that neighborhood. We Morinville kids were always putting on
shows or acts. One of my dearest friends, Randi Mongeon, probably remembers when we sang “The
Yellow Rose of Texas” for Bob and Lee and my parents on Hosmer’s patio. It’s probably not
surprising that I direct high school plays and musicals and that my daughter Megan is working on
her M.F.A. in theater. Of course, I have to give Don Johnson credit for nurturing my love of all
kinds of music in high school. He was another adult who had such a heart for young people. He
drove us all over to see various acts. Dick and anyone, do you remember going to see Fred Waring’s
group in Minot and Harry Belafonte’s back-up singers in Bottineau?

Lyle, it is so nice of you to bring my parents back to life. I thank you for your loving care of
my mom. I know that she loved you like her own. I am forwarding your comments to my daughters,
Allison and Megan. They never knew my parents, but are always so interested and ask a lot of
questions. This will be so nice for them.
Toni Morinville Gredesky

Reply from Carmen Leonard Richard (Rolette): 

I am sure it is just a slip of the tongue but David Slyter said that Floyd died about two years ago. Actually that is Ernest– Floyd is alive and well and today at age 79 he is running his John Deere combine, harvesting sunflowers. He says he will retire when he is old enough !!    You are forgiven David, it is easy to get brothers mixed up.

The picture of Ernest Richard family are: back row–Jim, Lester, LeRoy, Ernie, Larry- center Beatrice–front row–Michael, Diane, Debbie,Peggy,Bradley, Marlene.

Carmen, Actually the mistake was mine for not making the correction. Right after David sent that message, he realized his mistake and ask me to make the corrections before I sent it. He mentioned Floyd twice and I only corrected the first one in his message.  David, I am so sorry for that oversight. It’s nice to hear that Floyd is doing so well at his young age. It’s a funny thing, the older we get, “old” seems to be getting older and older.  Gary

Ernest Richard Family
Back: Jim, Lester, LeRoy, Ernie, Larry
Center: Beatrice
Front: Michael, Diane, Debbie, Peggy, Bradley, Marlene.
Richard, Ernest family 2198

Guys, Please correct me if I have labeled this picture wrong.  Gary

Erling Berg Family:
Back: Delores & Erling
Front: Don, Diane, Keith & Curt
Berg, Erling Family 2198

Ron Longie, That sure looks like you on the far right. Is this your family photo?

Willie, if this is your family, I’m not sure which one is you?
Longie family 2198

Which Berube & Kelly families would David and Sharon belong too?
Kelly, David and Sharon Berube 2198

                                    Dunesith High School Class of 1969

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Awalt Penny Born October 29, 1952    –    Died October 29, 1975 Deceased
2 Bergan Leonard Judy PO Box 411 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5610 No email address
3 Berube Bill 1314 Grafton LARAMIE, WY  82070 307-399-6083 berube@uwyo.edu
4 Casavant Aggie 382 Sweetgum Dr Fort Mill, SC 29715 803-389-2368 aggiedee7@yahoo.com
5 Cattron Fontaine Kathy/Joe 409 E Ave E Lakota, ND 58344 (701) 247-2269 bubsyboodle@yahoo.com
6 Cote Allen 11175 33rd St SW Dickinson, ND 58601 (701) 483-7224 esi.inc@hotmail.com
7 Counts Ronnie PO Box 72 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5518 No email address
8 Delorme Carl Dunseith, ND 58329 Brother Darrell     701-799-0333 Ramona LaVallie sees him around Dunseith. She will get his info.
9 Dietrich Slyter Eleanor RR # 1 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4108 eleszoo@yahoo.com
10 Evans Mike 408 Wall Street Ave N Moorhead, MN 56560 (218) 236-8436 mike@novafire.com
11 Faine Delores 268 Washington Ave. Metolius, OR 97741 (541) 546-6487 Friend will send email address
12 Fassett Sjue Pat 80 29th Ave N Fargo, ND 58102 (701) 293-7693 psjue@cableone.net
13 Fauske Vaneynde Arlinda (Lindy) 11366 Brighton Oaks Dr. Yorkville, IL  60560 (630) 553-6274 lvaneynde@AOL.COM
14 Fontaine Joe/Kathy 409 E Ave E Lakota, ND 58344 (701) 247-2269 bubsyboodle@yahoo.com
15 Hagen Froseth Susan 402 10th St W Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-5207 No email address
16 Hanson Danielson Heidi 1990 78th St NE Willow City, ND 58384 (701) 366-4535 Heidi.Danielson@sendit.nodak.edu
17 Hetle Leonard/Bea 2800 NE 45th St Kansas City, MO 64117 (816) 453-1608 No email address
18 Hiatt Rod 9679 County Road 57 Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2391 hiatt@utma.com
19 Hill Thompson Marvel 212 13th St W Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3511 marvel.thompson@msub.nodak.edu
20 Johnson Brian 416 Spruce Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3352 bljohnson@min.midco.net
21 Johnson Huntley Joann Born September 15, 1951    –    Died August 17, 1995 Deceased
22 Kalk Marvin Born July 7, 1948    –    Died June 3, 2002 Deceased
23 Kalk Jahner Natalie Fargo, ND 58103 Friend’s No.1-701-367-8119 No email address
24 Kelly Randy 1630 David St Saint Paul, MN 55119 (651) 772-1114  (651) 772-3541 Waiting for email address
25 Kester Gaugler Cheryl 25 Quince Pl North Brunswick, NJ 08902 (732) 422-1567 cgaugler@corus.jnj.com
26 Kester Grenier Penny 9344  36th ave Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 246-3708 pennie@utma.com
27 Kester Imbrock Susan Geneva, Switzerland susan.imbrock@gmail.com
28 LaRocque Richard PO Box 772 Dunseith, ND 58329 No phone No email address
29 Law Diane Brother Douglas (68) gave her a message. She was at his house when I called. No reply.
30 Lemike Rude Roberta 10459 County Road 57 Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 263-4675 lrrude@srt.com
31 Malaterre Johnson Susan 313 Reunion Dr Alvarado, TX 76009 817-790-7911 carleydavidson@cs.com
32 Martinson Timothy 12201 Hilltop Dr Anchorage, AK 99515 (907) 349-1469 timbear@alaska.net
33 McCloud William deceased  Can not find death record Deceased
34 McKay Dan 16715 78th St SE Mooreton, ND 58061 (701) 274-8256 danm@primeboard.com
35 Medrude Elgin Connie/Al 707 HOME AVE SELAH, WA  98942 No listed phone Latest address for her:  Letter got returned address not good
36 Metcalfe Elaine 2015 7TH AVE N GRAND FORKS, ND  58203 No listed phone Elaine is the Director of TRIO Programs at the University of ND.
37 Murray kenneth 1598 Sunflower Ln Sidney, MT 59270 (406) 488-8424  C(406) 480-2300 No email address
38 Nadeau Francis PO Box 1929 Belcourt, ND 58316 No phone No email address
39 Parisien James Born September 17, 1949    –    Died June 6, 1991 Deceased
40 Parisien May Beverly Box 914 Belcourt, ND 58316 (701) 244-2168 bevm@tmbclaw.net
41 Parrill Jordan Lynda 9 Pebble Beach Dr Yerington, NV 89447 775-463-5667 cljordan48@peoplepc.com
42 Peltier Joe PO Box 927 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-3344 No email address
43 Peltier Phillip PO Box 334 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-0744 No email address
44 Peltier Azure Sandra/Leslie PO Box 171 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5295 No email address
45 Picard Schumacher Carol 4140  4th Ave S Fargo, ND  58103 (701) 478-7718 No email address
46 Poitra Davis Thelma Born September 24, 1950    –    Died July 4, 1984 Deceased
47 Rassmussen Marcus Born September 7, 1951    –    Died July 25, 2003 Deceased
48 Rieke Ronald PO Box 645  or 10661 Hwy 6 Meridian, TX 76665 (254) 435-2505 ron@rare.com
49 Robillard Patnaude Gloria PO Box 870 Belcourt, ND 58316 (701) 477-6313 Listed number. I did not get her email address.
50 Saint Claire Lola Route 1  Box 61 AB St. John, ND 58369 701-477-8185 lola_ann_stclaire@hotmail.com
51 Sebelius Harvey 2711 87th St NE Willow City, ND 58384 (701) 366-4558 No email address
52 Siegrist Shulze Mary Lives in Rolette (701) 244-2556 Prefers not to be included
53 Thiefoe James 907 Columbia Ave #209 Marysville, WA 98270 (360)-658-4049 No email address
54 Thiefoe Raymond PO Box 896 Tonlea, AZ  86044 928-206-1856 No email address
55 Vandal Collins Marcia 714 GRANT PL BOULDER, CO  80302 (303) 444-8237 No email address
56 Vivier Curtis Born November 3, 1950   –   Died July 16, 1978 Deceased
57 Vivier Terry He went by Terry in school but may have had another legal first name Deceased
58 Walter Wells Kathy/Dennis 1208 Long Ct Sterling, IL 61081 (815) 625-3714 indifan@comcast.net
59 Wenstad Lynette 817 Spring St S Northfield, MN 55057 507-663-0742 wenstad@stolaf.edu
60 Wenstad Turner Connie Box 892 Boissevain, MB R0K 0E0 Canada (204) 534-7043 No email address
61 Wenstad Wiebe Diane 53 5th St NE Portage La Prairie, MB R1N 1J4 Canada (204) 857-7766 diwiebe6@hotmail.com
62 Whiteshield Phyllis PO Box 434 White River, SD 57579 (605) 208-1457 pwhiteshield@redcloudschool.org
63 Zorn Bryan Marlys 801 L Street Fairbury, Nebraska 68352

10/26/2008 (263)

Reply from Myra Henning Halvorson (72): 


You can’t believe how much Les and I enjoy reading your emails everyday.
Thank you for all the time and effort you put into this.  We do appreciate
it!  We watch closely the numbers on each email, and have not received
#255, 256, 258 and 261.  We hate to miss anything!!  Please re-send these
to me and thanks again for the great job you’re doing.  Myra (Henning)

Folks, Please let me know if you don’t receive some of these messages.  With these messages coming form overseas combined with the volume that I send, some of your email providers may trigger some of these as spam.  More often than not, I don’t always get a return message telling me when messages don’t get delivered.  Gary

Reply to Gary from David Slyter (70): f

Folks, I want to share this reply I got from David. I was asking him about his job and this is his reply.  I know many of you are familiar with NDSU.

David, I see you go by Dave these days, but I remember you as David, Bob as Bobbie and Richard as Richard.  Gary

Hi Gary:

Thanks for getting that corrected for me.  I really appreciate it.

I work for North Dakota State University.(NDSU)   I have been there now for 6 years and really enjoy it.  I am a custodial supervisor. I have 14 employees under me and 7 building to look after as far as custodial care is concerned.  It is challenging at times but I really enjoy it.

You just got up and I am just about ready to head for bed.  ha   Just a world a part huh?  ha

You take care and have a great day ahead of you.

I really enjoy all the letters that you post daily on the Dunseith Alumni site.  It is much appreciated by everyone.

Take care and God Bless


Reply from Lyle Olson (75): 

Bernard inadvertantly left out what happened on the 9th hole of that little trip to Canada.  I was quite happy that I had played the first 8 holes without losing a ball, and I was ahead in the game as a result.  Well, the 9th hole at Wasagaming is a downhill dogleg to the right.  There is such a deep drop from the tee box that the Canadians had set a mirror in a tree so that you could see if the group ahead of you had cleared the area.  Before walking off the tee box to go look at that mirror, I had placed my lucky ball up on a tee.  Keith Berg, who really is an excellent golfer but who had not a hit a straight shot all that day, stepped up to my ball and hit a perfect 250 yard drive — straight into the trees that line the road coming into the golf course.  Needless to say I was quite put out about his little trick.  Indeed, I double bogeyed the 9th hole and proceeded to pout all the way deep into the back 9 as well.  Everyone thought that Keith’s “drive” was quite funny — everyone but me.

I remember that trip like it was yesterday.  Bernard’s wife, Robin, had just given birth to Rachel, their first daughter.  It was no doubt Rachel’s first trip to Canada.  In any event, Bernard was the smart one because soon after that trip he gave up golf.  If one were to listen to Bernard, he gave up golf to spend more time with family; however, I think he gave up golf after he backed his 3/4 ton Ford pickup over his golf clubs and he was too cheap to buy a new set!!!!!

From Lyle Olson (75): 

Gary and all:

When I first sent in the story about playing basketball at Campbell’s and enjoying the never ending summers in Dunseith, I did so in the hopes that other ‘70′s alumni might share a few stories.  Well, a few people responded but not as many as I had hoped.  Perhaps a few stories about spending time at Morinville’s might spur some stories.

Joe and Frances Morinville were like second parents to me.  In fact, Deb, Dewey and Bev are my siblings, just as much as Don and Rob are.  Toni was out of the home at college when I started hanging out at Morinville’s so I really do not know her all that well.  In any event, the Morinville house was always open to the kids.  We spent hours playing kickball by the old City Hall before it burned down.  If you could kick a ball in Henning’s back yard behind the Gambles, that was equivalent to a home run to be sure.  I remember countless hours playing kickball and just hanging out on the back and front porches talking, teasing and planning trouble.  Campbells, Melmers, Malaterres, Hagels, Hennings, Neameyers, Strucks, Parisiens, Colemans, Johnsons, Roberts, LaVallies, Azures, Faines, Berubes, Tookes, Krauses, Morins, Metcalfes and many, many others all seemed to hang out at Morinville’s at one time or another.  If you were looking for someone, you did not go to their house, you went to Morinville’s to find the person!

Frances Morinville took all the commotion in stride; so, too, did Joe.  I think they tolerated all of us kids over there as it was the price to be paid so that their children were not out running wild with the miscreants they hanged out with.  Frances loved to play cards and there were many a night spending time at Morinville’s playing whist.  I used to make Frances quite mad at me because I would never suit my cards when playing whist.  When each hand was played I would go through my cards looking for the right card to play, which meant the game took longer and invariably I would miss the right card to play and we would get set!!  God, she would get mad when I did that!

Joe, as noted before, used to take all of us kids swimming at School Section Lake.  We all hanged out Morinville’s after getting back.  The commotion around the house usually stopped when the 10:00 pm whistle would blow, but when the kids did not leave, he would make sure that siren was not the last sign to go home to be heard at the house.  He, like Frances, had a heart of gold.  I know for a fact that he charged many thousands of dollars of groceries to people having hard times, including my family.  I also know that many people owed a lot of money to Joe at the time of his death.  You would never have heard him complain about that, however, as that was not his nature.

One of my fondest memories of  Frances is the talk I had with her when I was excluded from a teen dance.  The Neameyer twins used to have dances in their garage.  The kids in the classes of 1971, 1972, 1973 and even 1974 were invited to these dances.  These were the kids I used to hang out with, but I was not invited because I was too young (too young or too immature – most likely the latter as I look back on it now).  In any event, all the kids were having a grand old time at the dance and I was watching TV with Frances.  She looked at me and said, “What is wrong with you?” I told her I was quite upset about being excluded from the dance.  She said, “Well, do you know how to dance?”  I really did not want to answer as I did not know how to dance and the last thing I wanted was for Frances to teach me.  However, teaching me to dance was the last thing on her mind.  Instead, she told me a story about not growing up too fast and to try and create my own space so that my happiness did not depend on others.  Well, this was profound stuff for a young kid.  Needless to say, the advice served me well over the years.

One of the saddest moments of my life was also spent alone with Frances.  As most know, she developed cancer and eventually succumbed to that terrible illness.  I always admired the way she fought and also the way Bev and her family cared for Frances.  Well, I was alone with Frances one night when Bev went to Dale’s to get some milk or something.  Frances asked if I would reposition her on the couch.  She had never asked me to do that before and I was quite reluctant to do so.  Nonetheless, I could never refuse her anything, so I picked her up and moved her to where she wanted to be.  She was so light and frail at the time that I just knew she did not have long to live.  When Bev returned, I literally ran out of the house and to my own house where I cried for an hour.  I would cry over Frances again very shortly thereafter as I was three days late home from the service and missed her funeral – one of the greatest regrets of my life as I was not there for Frances and Bev.

Bev and I became very close after the birth of her daughter, Shonda.  In order to give Bev some respite from caring for a young daughter, we used to go to movies and out to the clubs.  I will never forget the time Bev and I went to Rugby to see Steve Martin in the movie “The Jerk”. Steve Martin’s first line in that movie is “I was born a poor black child.”  Bev started laughing so hard that we both had tears coming down our face.  She laughed so much during that movie that the other patrons wanted us thrown out!!!  After the movie, we went to Kirsten’s in Bottineau and she had to tell everyone about this movie, all the while laughing so hard that no one knew what the hell she was saying!!

Bev later married Clarence Azure and they were stationed at the big Army base in Colorado Springs.  I used to work in Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, CO  during the summers and would travel down to visit her and her ever growing brood.  Bev would often return home to Dunseith when Clarence was sent on a deployment.  On one such trip home, she asked if I would fly with her to Colorado and help her with her children.  Well, we made the trip from Minot to Denver just fine.  However, the trip from Denver to Colorado Springs was the scariest flight I have ever been on – this from a person who spent 2700 hours in a C-9A Nightengale when in the USAF and who has earned 150,000 frequent flyer miles in the last 1.5 years.  The airport in Denver was much closer to the front range than the current airport and the planes were exposed to terrible downdrafts as the hot air came over the front range of the Rockies and dived into cold air.  We took off from Denver and at about 5 minutes into the flight, the plane took a down draft and lost a significant amount of altitude and then banked hard to left, almost turning over (or so it seemed).  I looked right at Bev and told her we were going to die!!!  She responded by looking at me and whispering “don’t say that so loud, the kids will hear”!!  I said “who cares about the kids, we going to die” – a little self-centered on my part but I REALLY thought we were going to die.   Well, we eventually landed and my nerve returned.  Although she never said anything, I think Bev thought that she had one too many kids on that flight – me!

I am certain other ‘70′s alumni have fond memories of hanging out at Morinville’s .  Let’s hear some of those……


Reply From Ele Dietrich Slyter (69): 

Lana and Lori are Dennis and Mary Ann (Gottbreht) Brennan’s daughters.

The family is Ernest and Beatrice (Slyter) Richard…upper right corner is Larry and Leroy is next to Ernest.   Can’t remember the rest of the names, but am sure someone will fill in the blanks.

Thank you Gary.

Reply from Evon Lagerquist (77): 

Dennis and Mary Ann Brennan are the parents of Lana & Laurie Brennan.

Reply from Allen Richard (65): 

The large family in the last photo is the Ernest Richard family.  Probably around 1967–1970.  Marlene Parslow will know the details.


Reply from Mark Schimetz (70): 

The two Brennan Girls, on left is Lana Brennan, and younger Laurie Brennan daughters of Dennis and Maryann Brennan of Dunseith.

The Large family Picture is the Ernest Richard Family from Bottineau ND. They moved to River Falls Wisconsin in the late 60s

Reply from Carmen Leonard Richard (Rolette): 

That family is the Ernest Richard (Beatrice Slyter) family

Reply from David Slyter (70): 


The family in the picture that Neola sent is of the Ernest and Beatrice Richard family.   My wife Pat and I just came back from a
visit with Beatrice and her daughter Marlene Parslow.  Beatrice is doing great and next month she will be a young 86 years old.  She still gets out once in a while and even travels to Arizona in January, where Marlene and her husband live.  It was a great lunch and visit that we had with them.   Floyd passed away about two years ago.

Please don’t ask me to identify the kids, as I wouldn’t know them all.  I do recognize LeRoy and Marlene though.   Nice glasses Marlene.  Ha  :)
Dave Slyter (70)

Replies from Marlene Richard Parslow (65): 

Hi Gary,

The last picture in this selection is MY family!!!!  My parents and all of their children!!  It was taken when I was a junior or senior in High School.  WOW!!  How did you get this?
Hi Gary!

Correction!!!!   I was actually 21 years old in the picture of our family.  I had just become engaged prior to this photo being taken.  The eye glasses back then were really something!!!!  Weren’t they??

I am amazed at how people get ahold of these photos!!  Cool!
Peace and continued happiness,
Marlene(Richard) Parslow

Marlene,  This is a great photo. If you can identify everyone for us, I will repost this picture with names. I know your family moved to Bottineau when you were going into 2nd grade, but with all the Dunseith alumni relatives that you have and with the number of Bottineau folks on our distribution list, many of our readers will remember your family.  I posted a more recent picture of you an Evie Gottbreht blow your family photo. Gary

PS – I’m not sure how Neola figured this to be a Dunseith related picture for me to post.  It must have just been pure instinct. I don’t think she had any idea this was your family.

All pictures have been provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Ernest & Beatrice (Slyter) Richard Family
Note: I will repost with names whenidentified. 
Richard family
Marlene Richard & Evie Gottbreht – July 12, 2007Richard, Marlene  Gottbreht, Evie 2197

Daughters of Dennis (deceased 55) & MaryAnn Gottbreht (58)
Lana (1980) & Laurie (1982) Brennan
Brennan, Lana and Lauarie 2196

      Can anyone identify these folks in the Ted Greiner wedding?
Greiner, Ted

        Can anyone identify these folks in the Ted Greiner wedding?
Greiner, Ted-2

                              Can anyone identify this family?

                                    Dunseith High School Class of 1968

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Abrahamson Darrel HCR Box 20 Saint John, ND 58369 (701) 244-5151
2 Abrahamson Doyle 1950 S Moline Way Aurora, CO 80014 (303) 751-5137
3 Azure Kenneth 13214 180th Ave NE Redmond, WA 98052 (425) 885-1923 No email address
4 Bergan Larry RR # 1 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5807 No email address
5 Boguslawski John Born October 14, 1950    –   Died June 1981 Deceased
6 Campbell Richard 11 Morraine Pt Minot, ND 58703 (701) 839-2001
7 Coleman Myer Beth RR #1 Box 104 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4609
8 Delorme Eddie Born April 14, 1950    –    Died September 27, 1970 Deceased
9 Espe Monte 1800 76th St NW Burlington, ND 58722 (701) 852-8499
10 Evans Frank 1140 Havanna Rd Owatonna, MN  55060 (507) 451-8790
11 Evenson Olson Sharlyn 1105 8th Ave SE JAMESTOWN, ND  58401  No Phone No email address
12 Faine Christopherson Alice PO Box ?? Dunseith, ND 58329 No phone 701-320-6081 No email address                          Son Mitchell 228-3040
13 Flynn Jill 8334 Highway 50 Powers Lake, ND 58773 (701) 464-5771
14 Gagnon John HC 31 Box 5178 Wasilla AK 99654 (907) 376-7337
15 Gregory Terry Born November 11, 1950    –    Died February 28, 1976 Deceased
16 Grimme Greg No contact info available No email address
17 Grimme Eltz Gwen 7106 N Tucannon St Spokane, WA 99208 (509) 328-8093
18 Hackman Schmidt Betty 205 S Higley Rd Lot 114 Mesa, AZ 85206 480-789-9334
19 Halvorson Terry RR # 1 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5951
20 Hill Timothy 112 Third Ave Burlington, ND 58722 (701) 838-3813
21 Hoffman Brenda 1209 East Washington Street; Unit 406 Greenville, SC 29601 (320) 230-1999
22 Johnson Dick Route 1 Box 36 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4564
23 LaCroix Chisholm Paulette 6 Bent Lane Newark, Delaware 19711 302-368-4646
24 Lagerquist Lyle RR #1 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4535 No email address
25 Lagerquist Pamela Pam was in the Dusneith area for several years while her dad was working construction. Does any one know anything about her, where she came from or what her married name may be? Having problems locating her
26 Lamb Schepp Martha 630 92nd St. NW Newburg, ND 58762 701-272-6341
27 LaRocque Poitra Linda PO Box 896 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-2157 No email addresss
28 LaRocque Ronald PO Box 2946 Center, ND 58530 (701) 794-3407
29 LaVallie Anderson Beverly RR #1 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4958 No email address
30 Law Douglas 3300 Regent Park Walk Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (757) 431-8479
31 Mellmer Krusinski Connie 11139 Northwest Rd, Apt A Palos Hills, IL 60465- (708) 974-4489 No email address
32 Metcalfe Kathy Born December 21, 1949    –    Died December 1, 2003 Deceased
33 Metcalfe Lola RR # 1 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4783
34 Metcalfe Moreno Nancy 546 Avenue G Powell, WY 82435 (307) 754-5277 No email address
35 Mongeon Randi 1375 White Oak Dr Chaska, MN 55318 952-448-1980
36 Morinville Gredesky Toni P.O. Box 133 Farimount, ND  58030 701-474-5520
37 Parrill Lenoue Janet 368 Atwood Dr Lexington, KY 40515 (859) 272-7262
38 Saint Claire Tooke Darlene 102 Louise Ave Wilton, ND 58579 (701) 734-6947 No email address
39 Struck Dumas Gwen 5496 Butte Rd Havre, MT 59501 (406) 395-4611
40 Wenstad Prouty Karen PO Box 128 Baldwin City, KS 66006 (785) 594-4124 No email address
41 Myer Wheeler Holly PO Box 50415 Casper, WY 82605 307-258-9106 No email address
42 Wheeler James PO Box 50415 Casper, WY 82605 307-258-9106 No email address
43 Williams Frank PO Box 1644 Belcourt, ND 58316 (701) 244-0694 No email address
44 Rodriguez Esther 1103 11th Ave SE Saint Cloud, MN 56304 (320) 202-9910 No Email address

10/25/2015 (262)

Folks, I know some of you will be getting this one twice, but several folks in your goup of did not get this, so I am resending it.  Gary

Reply from Bernard Morin (76): bemor7@aol.com

Lyle O is the king. He never fails to provide laughter, whether in casual conservation or telling a story. I however have had the privilege to see Lyle when he wasn’t in his usual jovial mood, he still provided laughter but it wasn’t his intention.
Back in 1988 Lyle, Keith Berg, my wife Robin & I went to Riding Mountain for a weekend of golf on the infamous Wasagaming course. Lyle booked us a 6:30 am tee time on both Saturday & Sunday. We were forewarned as to being in the great white north we should be prepared for chilly weather, heeding that warning we dressed accordingly, long sleeved shirts, trousers and light jackets. By 7:45 am the mercury was rising pretty fast along with Keith’s and my temper, from the first hole on we both were losing balls at a pretty steady rate, whether in the rough or the dense timber. By the fourth hole we had our sleeves rolled up and were sweating like crazy as the temp was crowding 80 degrees, except for Lyle, he had put shorts on under his pants and had brought a light shirt along “just in case”. By the time we reached the 8th tee box Lyle was letting us know pretty frequently that he still had his origin     Well you would think Keith had just stole Lyle’s best girl or had kicked his dog the way Lyle carried on, we thought it was kinda funny as did the people behind us, there was even a couple that had fallen off their cart from laughter. Needless to say the next few holes were pretty stressful, what with trying to hit a little tiny ball between shrieks of laughter. Up to the 10th Keith & I were getting beat pretty bad. After the 17th it was pretty much a tie, I won’t tell you who won, I think I’ll let Lyle do that.
As for the Sunday game it was pretty uneventful except for the fact that Keith & I were dressed for another 85 degree day and the mercury didn’t make it past 50, and there was Lyle with his shorts and light shirt on, underneath his sweats, so I guess he got the last laugh, watching us shiver uncontrollably while trying to golf.


Reply from Marlene Henderson (Rolla):

Balinto family arrived here from Philippines.  She was a nurse in Belcourt and he started a sewing factory in Rolla.  They had 3 children that I know about:  Lito, John and I think the daughter was Joanna.  The others must have been her parents and sister.  John is the one in blue shirt.  He graduated with our Bill in 88 and is a doctor.  I believe Mrs. Balintono died a few years ago.

They moved to Alaska when they left Rolla.

Reply from Mel Kuhn (70): 

Howdy Gary,

I vaguely remember Jose Balintino, I think he may have had something to do with the Jewel Plant in Rolla. I know I rented 1/2 of a duplex in Rolla from him back in the early 70′s.

Mel Kuhn
Balintino, Jose 2195
The following pictures have been provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:

We all remember, well, following the daily updates ofAnn Pritchard with her Lung transplant

several months ago. We were so sorry to hear of her death from the complications of the Lung

transplant. She was a hard fighter, but she just never really recovered following the transplant. Gary

                 Ann (Mrs. Floyd) Pritchard – 2/20/41 – 8/21/2008
Pritchard, Ann 2196

                     Which Brennan family are Lana & Lauarie?
Brennan, Lana and Lauarie 2196

                 Does any one recognize this couple?

                           Does anyone recognize this family?

                                   Dunseith High School Class of 1967

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Anderson Gene RR # 1 Dunseith ND 58329 (701) 263-4958 No email address
2 Anderson-Millang Mary Route 1 Box 27b Dunseith ND 58329 (701) 263-4146
3 Azure-Kohuth Nora FORT COLLINS, CO  (970) 493-0441
4 Azure-LaVallie Beverly PO Box 656 Dunseith ND 58329 (701) 244-5200
5 Bedard Nancy 395  162 AVE SE Hillsboro, ND 58045 (701) 436-4871
6 Belgarde Morin Ronette PO Box 816 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-0854 No email address
7 Berube Jim 24 Central Park Rd S Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 263-4893
8 Boguslawski Bradbury Bernadette 3415 Coker St. Irving, TX 75062 Number listed not good Good address: Talked to her brother Don
9 Brodek MaCarthur Yvonne 208 GARDEN LN SAGINAW, MI  48602 Can not find a listed number Found her listed living at this address in 2004. Unable to find phone #
10 Casavant-Boucher Mary Ann RR # 2 Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 246-3723 No email address
11 Christenson Loren 12820 125th St NE Surrey, ND 58785 (701) 728-6869 No email address
12 Cote Dodge Linda 507 Second St SE Barnesville, MN 56514 (218) 354-2769 No email address
13 Counts Roger RR 1 Box 46 BC Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5012 No email address
14 DeCoteau Alfred Dunseith, ND 58329 He works at the DHS. He has not replied.
15 Evenson Kenneth Po Box 63 Portal, ND 58772 (701) 926-3181
16 Falde Dean Can not locate.
17 Fauske Duncan Beth 3408 Cannonball Trail Yorkville, IL  60560 (630) 882-8140
18 Flynn-Richard 1410 14 1/2 Ave E West Fargo, ND 58078 (701) 282-4842
19 Gooden Dowayne 3921 ESTATE DR LONGVIEW, WA  98632 No email address
20 Grossman Colby Hazel Patrica PO Box 36 Velva, ND 58790 (701) 338-2412 No email address
21 Gunville John Born June 8, 1947    –    Died March 5, 1999 This John Gunville lived in Dunseith at one time. I think he was in the class of 67
22 Gunville-Dodgen Florence Born December 12, 1948    –    Died April 4, 2001 Deceased
23 Gouin Morris 7317 W 12th St. Greeley, CO 80634 970-336-9629 Cell(970) 412-7932
24 Hackman Clarice 1520 11th Ave N, Apt 5 Fargo, ND 58102 (701) 235-8434
25 Haimour-Himour Smiea 4408  46th Ave Olds, AB, Canada  T48H1A2  (403) 556-1799 No email address
26 Henry Norman 1117 10th Ave SW Great Falls, MT 59404 (406) 453-0664 No email address
27 Hiatt James PO Box 18 Adel, OR 97620 (541) 947-3983
28 Houle Allen  
29 Johnson Ronald 4524 Memorial Hwy #24 Mandan, ND 58554 (701) 663-9856 #23
30 Kalk-Kopp Marlene 7244 York Ave S, Apt 115 Minneapolis, MN 55435 (952) 835-5086 No email address
31 Kelly Sawyer Shirley 16160 Widman Ct. Oregon City, OR 97045 (503) 557-0409
32 LaCroix-Lannie Joan 4250 Roman Forest Dr Olive Branch, MS 38654 (662) 892-8902
33 Lagerquist Rodney RR # 1 Dunseith ND 58329 (701) 263-4535 No email address
34 Lake Archie 3618 Strandberg Dr Helena, MT 59602 (406) 227-5154 He is from Dunseith but Does not remember going to school in Dunseith.
35 Landsverk-Lawrence Barbara 1519 99th St NE Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2374 No email address
36 LaRocque Garry PO Box Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5503 No email address
37 Loeb Robert Sister Karen forwarded my message to Robert 11/11/07
38 Longie Don 750 East Greta Ave Spokane, WA 99208 (509) 489-5122      C (509) 991-0677
39 Medrud Overby Patsy RR 1 Box 88A Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5975 No email address
40 Metcalfe-Woods Pattie RR # 1 Dunseith ND 58329 (701) 263-4951
41 Mongeon Donald 17007 Turtle Point Rd Charlotte, NC 28278 (704)583-1908
42 Myer/Beth Coleman Carmen RR # 1 Box 104 Dunseith ND 58329 (701) 263-4609
43 Nerpel Harvey RR # 1  Box 19 Dunseith ND 58329 (701) 263-4863 No email address
44 Parrill-Espe LeaRae 401 Alexander St Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2911
45 Pearson-Wood Charlene RR # 1 Dunseith ND 58329 701-244-0035       701-263-6916 No email address
46 Peterson Bob PO Box 935 Alexandria, MN  56308 320-763-6859
47 Pladson-Beaver Fern 7808  50th St. NE 58301 Devils Lake, ND 58301 (701) 662-7808
48 Pritchard-Corzine Carol 2721 Chisholm Trail. Denver City, TX 79323- (806) 592-8626
49 Saint Claire Gary PO Box 207 Dunseith ND 58329 (701) 244-5543 No email address
50 Samski Ho Diane 1147 Ala Napunani Honolulu Hawaii 96818 808-839-4076
51 Slyter Richard RR # 1 Dunseith ND 58329 (701) 263-4108
52 Smith Keith Rt 1 Box 35 Dunseith ND 58329 (701) 263-4226 No email address
53 Stickland Darrel 3242 90th Curv NE Blaine, MN 55449 (763) 786-2582
54 Stokes Allen 5225 Trojan Av #24 San Diego, CA 92115 (619) 564-8592
55 Thompson-Gilje Carol 875 RIDGECREST CT KINGMAN, AZ  86409 (928) 757-4754     C 928-715-4754
56 Tooke-Parkhouse Sharon 12851 74 Ave N Osseo, MN 55369 (763) 416-5128
57 Walter-Zurfluh Linda 5512 224th St E Spanaway, WA 98387- (253) 847-6798
58 Wheeler Gagnier Judy 1631  64th St NW Minot ND 58703 (701) 837-8439 No email address

10/24/2008 (261)

Message from Shirley LaRocque Wendt (59): 


Reply from Sharon Longie Dana (73): 

Reply to Susan Malaterre Johnson:  All i know is what ever was going on it was always best to be on George’s side. That was usually the one that won!!!!!

Sharon Longie Dana(73)

Reply from Lyle Olson (75): 

Gary and all:

Bernard Morin’s story about my scintillating oratory about the “Brown Cow” brought back a few memories about shop class with Mr. Enander.  Most remember that there were boys and girls bathrooms off the shop classroom.  Well, one day a few of the girls were smoking in their bathroom.  Since we had been taught to put out fires in shop class by using the chemical fire extinguisher, I grabbed the same off the wall and put the nozzle under the bathroom door and pulled on the handle for for a minute or so, all the while yelling “fire, fire” as loud as I could.  The whole alcove filled with the white powder and I vacated the premises as fast as I could.  Mr. Enander entered into the alcove and then yelled at the girls to get out the bathroom.  They refused to come out of the bathroom for a few minutes but when they did Mr. Enander and the girls who were in the bathroom then entered the classroom literally covered from head to toe in the white powder.  I’ll never forget that the white powder seemed to accumulate around Mr. Enander’s bushy eyebrows.  It was sight to behold to be sure and we all laughed till our bellies were sore.  Of course, I got punished for my little act of fire prevention and was sent to the office.  Well, as with all office visits, I was not nearly as fearful of what the principal might do but rather how my mother would mete out the punishment.

I enjoyed Bernard Morin’s story about the car that didn’t operate just right and ended up in Bev’s driveway.  He must have had the same problems with the white car that he drove to Boissevain one night.  Bernard, Brian Williams and I were up at Boissevain one night and we had consumed some of Canada’s finest beer at $.25 a draught.  Well, we eventually had to leave before midnight as the port closed at midnight during the winter months back then.  So Bernard gets behind the wheel and he was having a hard time steering as the car seemed to weave within the driving lane.  To be fair to Bernard, as he really did have excellent driving skills, normally, this car actually was kind of loose in terms of its finely designed rack and pinion steering mechanism.  In any event, after successfully negotiating the correction curve south of Boissevain, the red lights of a RCMP car showed up behind Bernard’s car.  Bernard pulled over and we are were all sitting there thinking how we were going to explain this one to our parents.  Well, the Mountie took Bernard to the back of the car and began to question him.  I, however, thought this would be a good opportunity to try and talk our way of the situation.  I told the Mountie that I could the drive the car much better than Bernard because I knew how to handle a car with poor steering.  Well, the Mountie, knowing he had scared us to death, let me drive the remainder of the way to the port.  He followed us for a while to be sure and I actually caused the car to weave once or twice just to show him that Bernard was in fact not impaired and it was the car after all!!!  Quite frankly, Bernard and Brian just could not get over the fact that I talked our way out of that situation.  Each told me I should be a lawyer and, sure enough, I took their advice later in life.  Come to think of it, I never charged Bernard for my first case as a lawyer . . .


From Gary Metcalfe (57): 

Lyle Olson’s stories brought back a lot of memories for me.  I wonder if George Malaterre was related to Fred Malaterre?  Fred was the very best of the best goldern gloves at least twice.  I watched him one night in Belcourt exhibition fight with one of the Forestry’s best boxers.  He had a showman personality and was sincerely a joy to watch.  Fred lost a leg in a fire down around Devils Lake as a young man, sad.

My son, Andy, had a great friend here in our park some years ago.  Kirk Bellows, an 80 year old man that was high on life, he winters in Az.  When Andy introduced me to him he said he was from ND.  He had trained a lot of the boxers I knew, and yes he had been at the Forestry that night when Jerry Baugh, an African American from Detroit or Chicago put Wendel Uthke sound asleep in the first round. These heavy weights made Wendel look like he weighed 230 or 240 pounds.  I think it was a grudge fight, not sure.

Kirk was full of fun and energy at 80 yrs. old and had to swim out to retrieve his houseboat while loading it got away from him and he swam out and around and crawled up on the back….Andy admired that about ole Kirk.  Kirk and I agreed that Joe Peltier had a lot of class and Don Hosmer had a lot of heart.  By the way, my brother, Jim bested Beef Dacotah that night in Belcourt when Malaterre was there.

Neola, Ole and Lyle Bursinger are one and the same person.  Ole was German, but raised by the Norweigan.  I would almost swear that is not the Lyle Bursinger I knew.

Thanks all for keeping this going.  It brightens my day.  Gary Metcalfe

Gary, You are so right about Ole Bursinger. Read What Dick found out and has to say below.  Gary

Reply from Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Neola and Friends,

The old picture that has ‘Lyle Bursinger’ on the back is of Mrs. Ole
Bursinger’s parents. I asked John Bursinger and showed him the picture
and he said it is Julius and Clara Overby, Glenice’s parents. In order
to keep from being confusing, Ole’s real name is Lyle and ‘Ole’ is just
a nickname. Thanks Neola and Gary.


Dick’s reply to Gary


Ole’s son, John, lives about a mile south of Ole’s place, which is about
4 miles north and east of my place. Ole’s daughter, Sue, lives in a
newer house with her family in the same yard that Ole lived in. I trade
old cars and parts with John quite often. That is what I was up there
for today, so just printed the photo and took it along. John said his
grandfather used to drink whiskey by the gallon and never even
staggered!He also told me they lived along Highway 43 a couple miles
east, near the Haas’s. I think they died many years ago.


Name: Clara Overby
Birth Date: 05 January 1888 (Historical Events)
Death Date: June 1966 (Historical Events)
Issuing State: Washington
Residence at Death: Saint John,Rolette,North Dakota 58369
SSN: 538-20-9071

                        Mrs. Ole Bursinger’s parent
                            Julius & Clara Overby
Overby, Julius and Clara 2195

The following pictures have been provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:

We need help Identifying some of these folks. Please help if you can.  Thanks, Gary

                                 Who are these Girls?

                                      Who is this couple?

                            Who is this young Lady?

                         Who is this nice looking Cheerleader?

                     Does anyone know Jerilyn De Coteau?
De Coteau, Jerlin 2195

                           Does any one know this family?
Balintino, Jose 2195

                                   Dunseith High School Class of 1966

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Abbey Lorna PO Box 275 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5123 No email address
2 Allard-Habets Corliss PO Box 110 Kevin, MT. 59454 (406) 337-3337      C-406 788 6877 No email address
3 Bergan-Evans Janet 9519 95TH ST NE MONTICELLO, MN  55362 (763) 295-5464
4 Casavant Aime 1001 Ninth St SW Jamestown, ND 58401 (701) 952-3693 a
5 Casavant Gerald 804 6th Ave SE Jamestown, ND 58402 (701) 252-4500      C 701-320-0478
6 Danielson Patricia 809 N. 6th St. Grand Forks, ND 58203 701-772-5990
Delorme Darrell PO Box 962 WEST FARGO, ND  58078 701-799-0333. No email address
7 Evans Tom 9519 95TH ST NE MONTICELLO, MN  55362 (763) 295-5464
8 Fauske Rude Carrole 8803 NE 134th St Vancouver, WA 98662 (360) 574-1822
9 Gunville-Poitra Sharon PO Box 426 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4747
10 Hackman Larry 2500 Centennial Rd, Lot 412 Bismarck, ND 58503- (701) 258-7961
11 Hanson-Moldenhauer Donna 9968 County Road 49 Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3629 No email address
12 Henriksen-Johnson Dana 1760 N Interlachen Way Meridian, ID 83646 (208) 888-4697
13 Houle-Roerick Joann 213  2nd St. SE Jamestown ND 58401 (701) 251-1780 (952) 890-2691 (Her sister Doreen)
14 LaCroix Gregory 2704 34th Ave S Fargo, ND 58104 (701) 298-8555
15 Martinson Terry Born January 23, 1948    –   Died March 22, 1999 Deceased
16 Medlang Obert 9960 18TH AVE NE Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-6016 No email address
17 Millang Larry PO Box 235 Bottineau, ND 58318 markjo@utma.com (Sister Joanne)
18 Mongeon-Cernohous Debbie 184 Carlson Ln RIVER FALLS, WI  54022 715-425-6682
19 Nicholas-Miller Jean 6629 North 78th Avenue GLENDALE, AZ  85303 (623) 930-9853
20 Parisien Anita 445 JENNIE AVE HERMISTON, OR  97838
21 Peltier-Brunelle Shirley PO Box 323 Sacaton, AZ 85204 (520) 466-5054
22 Pladson Keith 3003 Aquia Dr Stafford, VA 22554 (540) 659-2084
23 Struck Lee 1029 Sommers St. North Hudson, WI. 54016 (630) 853-8118
24 Thiefoe-LaVallie Ramona PO Box 52 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5172
25 Tooke James 102 Louise Ave Wilton, ND 58579 (701) 734-6947 No email address
26 Vanorny Jay RR 1 Box 123 Dunseith, ND 58329 701-263-4783
27 Wenstad Donald 35 Third Ave W Willow City, ND 58384 701-366-4689
28 Wenstad Gary RR # 1 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4978 No email address

10/22/2008 (260)

Message from Patti Metcalfe Woods (67): 


Thank you very much for the Birthday wishes!

I received Birthday greetings from several Dunseith Alumni; what a pleasant surprise.

I am still wondering how they all knew it was my birthday.

I enjoyed each and every email.

I have been enjoying your messages all these months and appreciate all the work you put into this.  It is unbelievable actually.

I relate to nearly every message as I have lived here my entire life (which is indeed a long time now)…..

It is like reliving parts of my life.  My dad worked a few summers for “ASCS” measuring fields.  We kids “got to” help by setting and pulling stakes.

Mom would pack us picnic lunches and we thought we were having a party. What a fun time we had, visiting all the local farmers and walking for miles in the Turtle Mountains.

Your class rosters are great…  So glad you were able to locate our classmates even Duwayne Goodon .

I know I could not have accomplished finding even one class.

Mary “Anderson” Millang got our class of “67″ fired up for the reunion of 2007.

A group of six classmates met at “Dales” a few nights and the class reunion was a success.

Jim Berube bought Class of 1967 T SHIRTS which were distributed to classmates.  He also drove his Dads 1967 in the parade.

It was fun to visit with everyone again after forty years.

Classmates from earlier years Lawrence Hetle, Gary and Larry St. Claire joined the class at the Golf Course Clubhouse.

We truly missed all the classmates who were not able to attend..  None of this would have come together without you, Gary.

I am not a story teller but thoroughly enjoy receiving all the Dunseith news, Old and New.

Thanks again for the Birthday greetings.

Best Regards,


Reply from Bernard Morin (76): 

Gary and friends,

As some of you may know I am a member of the Dunseith Fire Dept. A couple of months ago we were called out to a grass fire south and west of the Terry Halvorson residence. After the fire was extinguished one of my fellow firefighters knowing that I collect old cans and bottles mentioned that he had seen some old cans protruding from the ground & pointed me in the general direction. Upon finding them I was disappointed in seeing that the exposed portion of the cans were charred. After digging the first one out the letters “SCHL & 12 fluid ounces” was clearly visible. The cans were fairly old as they were made of tin & were opened with a can opener (ie Church Key?) Looking down at the cans they seemed to be at odd angles to each other. Stepping back a few paces it looked like something was written. After backing up a little more the message became clear. It read   M  K  WAS HERE . Well considering as how Dick is kind of a history buff I was h
In reply to Bev I think she is referring to the time period of when I had my first car. It was an old 66 Caprice that had electrical problems. As a consequence the headlights could go out at anytime so it was more than once that I would have to stop & park in a convenient driveway. But to answer your question Bev, no I haven’t parked in anyone’s driveway since I bought a new and reliable Impala S.S. (Well technically its my wife’s car, in her driveway, and she won’t let me drive it.)


Reply from Susan Malaterre Johnson (69): 

First of all, We would like to thank everyone who mentioned the ” rare” occurrences that our brother  was involved in.  Now. we know that George would never be in a scandal of surc prop. But I must let Ya All know that one of his strongest supports was Francis Morinville.  She got so tired of hearing George blamed that she threatened the “powers that be.”  She said that she would give him names of who accused him. No more mention  of who could have done this!  Thank you Francis.  I just hope that your defense was justified,  Hey, who ever knew George for sure? Susan

Betty Schneider Lamb’s (54) reply to Gary for the pictures posted below:

Gary:  Thank you for posting the pictures of my family, the Schneiders.  These pictures were taken on my parent’s Golden Wedding Anniversary in the Methodist Church in Dunseith in June 1978.  My parent’s attendants were the attendants when they were married.  Hank Schneider was the best man and mother’s sister, Emma Ahlers, were her bridesmaid.  You do have the names correct on our family group picture.  It’s hard to believe that Bill and I have celebrated our Golden Anniversary already.  We enjoy the daily up-dates.  Betty and Bill Lamb

Betty, Your folks would be celebrating 80 years of marriage this year.  These are beautiful pictures.  Gary

Schneider pictures provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

            Pete & Sofie Schneider’s Golden Anniversary – June 1978:

            L to R: Hank, Pete, Sofie Schneider and Emma Ahlers
Schneider Pete and Sofie 2194

                      Pete/Sofie Scheider’s family with children
Schneider Pete and Sofie 2194-1

      Pete/Sofie Scheider’s family with children  & Grandchildren
Schneider Pete and Sofie 2194-2

                                Larry Schneider’s (59) Family
Schneider, Larry 2194

Folks, The class of 65 is my class.  We had nearly 9 months to tweak this class before our reunion in 2007.  I’ll have to admit it got well tweaked. Our class was well reunited long before our reunion in July 2007.  For not being a really close class, we sure all came together 42 years later. I think nearing our senior years combined with the power of email was a contributing factor for our success.  Since 1965, I had only seen several of my class mates until our reunion in 2007. That was a fantastic reunion that I will forever remember.  Gary

                                 Dunseith High School Class of 1965

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
  Former Class of 65  Teachers
1 Corbin Donald 700 TYLER STREET FT COLLINS, CO 80521
2 Espe Dennis 16 3rd Street Dunseith ND 58329 701-244-5724
3 Garceau-Wolf Jean 2460 Carol Dr NE Bemidji, MN 56601 218-759-1141 No email address
4 Hewson-Dinius Vivian 10646 59th St SW New England ND  58647 701-563-4385
5 Jerstad Phyllis 2717 WHEATLAND DR FARGO, ND  58103  (701) 235-8211
6 Leier-Fichter Dianne 172 Ultra Dr. Henderson, NV  89074 (702) 361-0240
7 Lykins Bob 103 Wren Cove Hutto, TX 78634 (512) 788-3978
8 Rude Art PO Box 365 Dunseith ND 58329 701-244-5814
9 Selzler-Hosmer Jess PO Box 725 Dunseith ND 58329 NV 928-347-4325   ND 701-244-5788 No email address
  Students – Dunseith – Class of 1965
1 Abrahamson Jeanmarie 938 N Lowell Denver, CO 80204 303-825-1871
2 Allard Larry 9640 23rd Ave Ne Dunseith ND 58329 (701) 228-3723
3 Allard-Buxbaum Carol HC 57 Box 4004 Sidney, MT 59270 406-488-4729
4 Allery-Azure Judy 2508 Ninth St N #3 Fargo, ND 58102 701-235-0863
5 Anderson Warren 503 State St Rolette, ND 58366 701-246-3891
6 Awalt John 11433 Quinn St NW Minneapolis, MN 55433-3636 (763) 755-5691   C612-812-6289
7 Baker-Engebretson Sheally 12505 Esplanade St Austin, TX 78727 512-491-0325
8 Bedard John 610 Kersten St Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3279
9 Berube-Malget Angela 4633 Flag Ave N Minneapolis, MN 55428 (763) 535-5508
10 Berube-Reynolds Cecile 1101 34th Ave SW Minot, ND 58701 (701) 839-5567
11 Boguslawski Alan 405 W 30th St Vancouver, WA 98660 (360) 737-2689
12 Boguslawski-Gottbreht Patty PO Box 1236 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5282
13 Burcham Roddy Box 177 Dunseith ND 58329 701) 244-5526 No email address
14 Casavant Joseph PO Box 31 Lester Prairie, MN 55354 (320) 395-2016
15 Casavant Rene 2400 93rd St SE Bismarck ND 58504 701) 391-9177
16 Christenson-Robinson Cheryl 16037 Se Hawthorne St Portland, OR 97233 (503) 254-2997
17 Danielson Dan 4355 Lyndale Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55409 (612) 823-3104      C 612-752-1774
18 Dingle-Todd Darlene 11 Trafford Pk Saint Vital, MB R2M 4Z7 204-257-5900
19 Egbert Donald Box 272 Dunseith ND 58329 No Phone No email address
20 Fassett-Faust Pam /Frank 2048 McDaniels Bridge RD SW Lilburn, GA 30047 (770) 972-7431
21 Fassett-Martin Susan P.O. 311 Spearfish SD 57783 605-892-4484  C605-210-0822
22 Gillis Pete PO Box 785 Dunseith ND 58329 701-263-4320
23 Gottbreht Ernie PO Box 99 Dunseith, ND 58329-0099 (701) 244-5406 Verena Gillis is giving message to Ernie
24 Gottbreht-Pilkington Evie 3481 Pecan St Irvine, CA 92606 (949) 551-0340       C 949-246-6984
25 Grimme Bill 3117 Memory Brook Cir BIRMINGHAM, AL  35242  (205) 991-6512    C 205-914-1985.
26 Hackman Henry 1913 10th Ave SE Mandan, ND 58554 (701) 667-1852
27 Helgeson Dean 4665 Brinkman Dr. Bemidji, MN 56601 218-751-2125        C 218-760-1083
28 Jasper-Ross Carol 601 Bryan Terrace Dr. Brandon FL 33511 813-643-2907
29 Kalk-Hooper Lorraine (Lori) 6200 West 43rd St. Bldg#1,Apt.104 Sioux Falls, SD  57106 605-271-1937 No email address
30 Kalk-Lopez Katherine 7418 BORMAN AVE Inver Grove Heights, MN  55076 C651-470-1879/1875
31 LaRocque-Poitra Ginger Box 355 Belcourt, ND 58316 701) 477-5217
32 Loeb-Mhyre Karen 5530 142 Avenue S.E. Bellvue, WA  98006 425-641-7594  C425-260-8826
33 Longie Ron 12203 Douglas Rd Yakima WA  98908 509-972-8876         C 509-961-1125
34 McKay Phyllis 32551 107th Ave SE Auburn, WA 98092 (253) 931-8081     ND 701.244.5774
35 Metcalfe-Leonard Margaret PO Box 95 Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 246-3791
36 Murray-Fleming Esther G-2019 Anoka St Flint, MI 48532 810-733-1886  C 810-407-4536
37 Nerpel Ken 312 15th St NE Devils Lake, ND 58301 701-662-8616
38 Parisien Dennis Box 531 Dunseith ND 58329 701-244-5132 No email address
39 Poitra Raphael PO Box 219 Dunseith ND 58329 701-263-3449 Kelvin 263-4150 – No email address
40 Richard Allen 801 Crooked Tree Lane Midland, MI 48640 (989) 832-0662  C989-430-5735  WK989-839-0540
41 Richard Ron 6909 272nd St NE Arlington, WA 98223 360) 435-9654
42 Richard-Parslow Marlene 113 S Cudd Ave                8955 E Fariway Blvd River Falls, WI 54022               Sunlakes, AZ 85248 651-246-4006
43 Rivard Robert Rr 1 Box 22 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4259
44 Rivard-Christenson Helen 818 Kersten St Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3257
45 Roussin-Azure Gladys PO Box 483 Dunseith ND 58329 701-244-0181
46 St. Claire Larry 221 McCarrey St, Unit 18 Anchorage, AK 99508-5812 (907) 333-6890
47 Samski Rod 1013 GOLDENOAK WAY STOCKTON, CA  95209 209-478-
48 Smith-Fuchs Joanne 1221 96TH ST NE Bottineau, ND 58318 701-228-2113
49 Stokes Gary Purok 2 Nangka Consolacion, Cebu  6001 Philippines 360-362-1222 Btno 701-228-2190
50 Strong Tim 33801 10th Ave E Roy, WA 98580 (253) 843-2263 No email address
51 Vogels-Legal Helen 1228 Fitchett Gibsons, BC V0N 1V4 Canada 604-886-1995
52 Wallette-Vivier Cora Turtle Mountain Retirement Home Apt C1 Belcourt, ND 58316 701-477-3776 Providing her Grandson’s email
53 Wheeler-Miller Sharon 1325 27th SE Lot 920 Minot ND 58701 701-852-2684 No email address
54 Wilkie Roberta Marie Box 3 Belcourt, ND 58316 701-477-8625 No email address
55 Zorn Myron & JoAnn 346 Willow Creek Dr Wright, WY 82732 (307) 464-1359
Class Members / Teachers who  have passed on
1 Henry Cliff Born September 3, 1946  –  Died August 8, 2004 Deceased
2 Anderson Mark Born August 29, 1947 –  Died September 15, 1999 Deceased
3 Boguslawski-Poitra Shirley Born September 22,1947 – Died December 25, 2005 Deceased
4 Cree Melvin Born October 6, 1944   –   Died December 20, 1996 Deceased
5 Conroy Edward Born February 11, 1907   –    Died October 17, 1972 Deceased Teacher
6 Conroy Florence Born April 7, 1908   –   Died August 5, 1986 Deceased Teacher
7 Delorme Larry Born April 5, 1947  –  Died October 16, 1988 Deceased
8 Forschen Edward Born April 19, 1946   –   Died September 7, 2006 Deceased
9 Grossman Benjamin Born August 30,1920   –   Died February 25, 1996 Deceased Teacher
5 Jerstad Lincoln Born May 15, 1022    –    Died August 8, 2007 Deceased Teacher
10 Hepper Eugene Born May 1, 1937   –   December 15, 1991 Deceased Teacher
11 Hiatt Earl Born January 17, 1947  –  Died December 30, 1965 Deceased
12 Jury Robert Born July 4, 1936   –   Died December 20, 1998 Deceased Teacher
13 Pladson Clarence Born June 1947  –  Died May 26, 1972 Deceased
14 Shurr Buelah Born March 3, 2003  –  Died July 19, 1967 Deceased Teacher
15 St. Clair Clarence Born October 20, 1945   –   Died May 21, 1973 Deceased
16 Vandal Nolan Born June 16, 1947   –   Died April 27, 1993 Deceased

10/22/2008 (259)

Reply from Phyllis & Alan Campbell:

To those who played basketball on Campbell’s driveway—-you might not know and might be interested in some background on that basketball backboard. It was made out of wood from the old RIverside Hotel and donated by Simeon Grenier who had purchased the hotel. We think he and Alfred Cote made it and helped install it on the Campbell garage around 1964. There were a lot of basketballs bounced off that backboard!! To honor the North Dakota Centennial in 1976, Jeff painted it red, white and blue and added a bunch of stars. It withstood a lot more activity for a number of years. He finally dismantled it when the wood deteriorated beyond salvage.

Some background on the Riverside Hotel (originally the Giles Gilbert house) can be found in the Dunseith Centennial book on page 27 under the Demo family history. Demo’s daughter, Jane, was the mother of Lorna Abbey (Darrell’s wife). A picture can be found on page 374–also, there’s a little information in Laura Law’s history of Rolette County book.

Thank you Lyle Olson and Dick Johnson for your kind words and fun memories of our driveway gathering place. We really enjoyed having all of you here!

Phyllis and Alan

Address Change from Brenda Hoffman (68): 

Hi Gary,

Getting close to my class of 1968. My husband and I recently (July) retired to South Carolina. My new address is: 1209 East Washington Street; Unit 406; Greenville, SC 29601. Loving the weather here – but then you’ve lived in warm climates for years! Tossed my snowboots!

Brenda Hoffman – 1968

Brenda, I lived nearly 37 years in Bremerton, WA.   It’s not exactly warm there in the winter months with the rain and 35 to 45 degree temps.  It was milder than the Midwest temps though.  We have lived here in the Philippines nearly 5 years now.  I love never ever having to put a coat or sweater on. 365 days a year the day time highs are around 90f with the lows in the lower 80′s. With this being a tropical country, the humidity is kind of high, normally around 70%. I appreciate the warmer temps in the evenings.  It gets dark around 6:00 PM.

Reply from Mel Kuhn (70): 

Howdy Gary,

I was glad to hear that Bernard Morin was also unaware of these party spots. I was feeling that I was the only one from good old DHS that stayed clean throughout my High School career. I recieced an email from Paula Fassett where she remembered always seeing me working really hard so that I could help the poor and elderly, and she even remembered me helping stray cats. I didn’t think anyone had noticed that. As for Dick seeing my cars at some parties, I don’t know how that could have happened. I used to lend my car to Mark Schimetz or Albert Johnson or Duane Robert every now and then, so it must have been one of those guys that you saw.

Mel Kuhn[70]

Reply from Bev Morinville Azure (72): 

lol  Bernard and Melvin  …….  I  think  Lyle  and I have the  same memories . The  stories I could  tell., but  remember  most of  you   almost lived at  our house,I  sometimes wonder how Mom and Dad  put up with  10 sometimes 20 kids coming to   our house every evening  and us all  yelling  nurts but ,,,,,,,,, we   sure had  fun didn’t we. Lyle Remember the  new years that  we  were going to get  my  Dad  drunk  lol we were  amazed  when he  drank a  whole  bottle of  vodka  was  still sober and  the rest of  us  were feeling pretty good  by midnight. My  dad  never  drank so we  figured  it  wouldn’t take him much  lol  we sure we  wrong about that one.  mmmmm  Bernard  park in anyones  drive way lately?  HAHA

The following pictures and Dunseith News have been provide by Neola Kofoid Garbe:


                                    Dunseith High School Class of 1964

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Allery Clifford 2508 Ninth St N #3 Fargo, ND 58102 701-235-0863
2 Belgarde-Azure Shirley Born November 25, 1946    –    Died May 5, 2005 Deceased
3 Boguslawski Philip 102 SPRING RIVER RD SHERWOOD, AR  72120 (501) 834-8971
4 Bott Robert 10019 24th Ave NE Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4841
5 Decoteau-Belgarde Shirley Box 304 Dunseith ND 58329 (701) 263-4999 Turtle Mountain Times
6 Duran Conrado We are thinking that Conrado may be living in Puerto Rico or Cuba
7 Espe Terry 401 Alexander St Bottineau, ND 58318- (701) 228-2911
8 Faine-Norman Betty PO Box 473 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5544 No email address
9 Fauske Russell RR 1 Box139 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4742
10 Hackman Anton (Tony) 101  31st Ave SE Minot, ND 58701 701-852-7215 No email address
11 Halvorson-Kester Connie 824 East 7th St Bottineau, ND 58318 Winter 701-228-5287 Summer 701-263-4705
12 Henriksen Lynn 2290 Spanish Trail Rd Tiburon, CA 94920 (415) 435-5969
13 Hoffman Dale 13771 No. Fountain Hills Blvd. #114-208 Fountain Hills, AZ   85268 480-203-7382
14 Hosmer Colette 1558 Avenida de las Americas Santa Fe, NM 87507 505-471-3725
15 Houle-Deschene Doreen 3216 Williams Dr Burnsville, MN 55337 (952) 890-2691
16 LaCroix-Allard Donna 10849 274 Ave NW Zimmerman, MN 55398 (763) 219 8558 Cell 763 458 1769
14801 Park Lake Drive,
Bldg.Park 4, Penthouse 5
Fort Myers, Fl 33919 (Jan-Mar)
17 LaRocque-Ueke Lana 205 N Lowell Ave Sioux Falls, SD 57103 (605) 334-6583 No email address
18 Lopez Santiago  (Sandy) 973 Palau Park Way Rockford IL. 61108 815-397-9110
19 Leonard John PO Box 411 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5610 E-mail Address(es):
20 Medrud Ronald Born March 7, 1946   –   Died May 23, 1994   Deceased
21 Murray Ahmad (Muff) Born January 15, 1945   –   Died October 4, 1967  Deceased
22 Nerpel-Bixby Carol 503 Elwood Ter Shakopee, MN 55379 (952) 402-9340
23 Nerpel-LaCroix Kathy PO Box 212 Nortonville ND 58454
24 Nerpel Wilfred (Kutch) RR 1 Box23 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-3117
25 Olson Terry 115 10th St E Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2829 No email address
26 Poitra Marlin (Virgil) PO Box 426 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 243-4747 virgilpoitra44@hotmail.com
27 Rousseau-Metcalfe Lise/Larry 3029 34th Ave SW  #230 Fargo, ND 58104 (701) 364-5410 No email address
28 Stickland Leland 1520 W Villard St Dickinson, ND 58601 (701) 483-3709
29 Schnieder-Bowman Karen 408 1st St. SW Bowman, ND 58623 C701-523-1249
30 Wenstad Arlan Box 31 Lansford, ND 58750 701) 784-5871
31 Wurgler David 516 First St. NW Rugby, ND  58368 Evening 701 776 6046 Days 701 776 6598

10/21/2008 (258)

Reply from Eleanar Nerpel Bishop’s (38) duaghter Ann Myers: 

Hello Gary –

Thanks for the email about my mom’s class. I printed it out and gave it to her.  I also printed out and gave the information on the cruise to my Uncle Gus Nerpel (my mom’s brother). Don’t know if he was interested or not.

Ann Myers
Ann, does you uncle Gus Nerpel have email? With the Bedard’s, Anderson’s & Nerpel’s, you have a lot of cousins/relatives from Dunseith, a lot of whom are included with our daily distribution. Gary

Reply from Bernard Morin (76):

Yes Bev, I have to agree with you that Lyle is a great storyteller. I remember being in shop class & our assignment was to give a 10 minute speech. When it came to Lyle’s turn his speech was titled ” The Brown Cow”. I don’t remember the whole speech but I believe there were only 11 different words in the entire speech. By the time his 10 minutes were up the whole class was in stitches including Mr. Enander who I think was the shop teacher at the time. I don’t know what grade Lyle received for his speech but it should have been 110% for delivery.                      In reply to Mel Kuhn, I’m also in the dark on the whereabouts of these gathering places that Lyle speaks of. I believe that these gatherings only involved classes from 71 to 75 as the class of 76 was very studious and the majority.
Reply from Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

Mel must be running for office. We all know he wrote the book on Beer
Can Alley, the Butte, and most other party spots! His old red and black
56 Olds and then his blue 55 Ford were seen at most of the parties. The
only conclusion I can come up with is that his memory has really gone
bad or he is planning a run for some political office. Mel, it won’t
work–we’ll blow your cover! Thanks Gary!


Reply from Allen Richard (65): 

To Mel Kuhn–

Like you I never quite figured out the name and location of some of the “hot spots.”  There was one on Dad’s land that was south of Ernest LaCroix’s place and 1/2 mile east of the road from HWY 5 to the old Currie School.  I guess it got started sometime after 1970.  Anyway we had to clean a lot of cans from our sickle bar of the swather and dodge bottles to keep from cutting tires.

Dad got wind of the names of a couple people who were in — the class of ’72— I think.  He knew one of the kids pretty well and asked him/her  if they could simply toss everything into a pile.  Next time we went to work the field, not only was there a big pile, but the whole area had been pretty well picked up.  Thanks guys — you saved us a few flats and broken sickle blades!


Reply from Diane Berg Rhealt (79): 

Lyle, I love your story.  I felt like I was reading a book, and I could envision all the places in my mind (well not all, the only lake I went to was Adams Lake-& with my cousin Sue Berg), but I used to watch you guys in a few of your games at Campbell’s home when I was little.  & later, I learned about some of the other places mentioned.  Those really were the days!!  You really should write a book.  I would buy a copy!!  Love you, man!

Diane (Berg)Rheault

Reply from Rod Hiatt (69): 

Good morning all
When Lyle was talking about George, it reminded me of a song by Jimmy Dean about Big Bad John who with the blow of a big right hand sent a Louisiana man to the promised land. Well that could have been Big Bad George.

One night at a party, one of George’s younger brothers and myself got
into a small altercation that didn’t last long and I figured was all
over. Well a few days later a couple of us and dates were in at the
Garden Lanes bowling and George walked through the door. He came
straight over to me and with 1 blow put me either threw or over 3 rows
of chairs(good thing the chairs stopped me or I might have starved to
death rolling) George said nothing just turned and walked out. About a
week later I happened to be back over in Dunseith again(not claiming to
be the smartest one in the family) I think at Dales station when the
door opened and in came George heading straight over to me. I think my
life might have flashed in front of my eyes, when George stretched his
hand out to shake. He said” I’m sorry Roddy for the other day, but he is
my little brother and I just had to do it. I hope we’re still friends”
George and I remained friends and I respect him still today as a friend,
a gentleman and a man with one hell of a big right hand.

Reply/Picture from Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Hi Gary,

This is another courthouse picture.  Chances are slim this is George Malaterre, but you never know, so I thought I’d send it to you. :)


Unknown Boxer

Vicky Bergan’s picture provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:

Glenda Anderson Bergan’s (60) reply to Gary: 

HI Gary

Got your email with Vicky’s picture, yes she is my daughter, she graduated from Dunseith in 1982, and the picture is when she was” North Dakota state Horse show association queen”  (NDSHSA) in 1983.

She lives in Princeton, MN  And her married name is, Vicky Bergan-Dietz.

and also I’d like to thank you for all the Dunseith memories.

Glenda Anderson Bergan

Glenda, this is a beautiful picture of Vicky.  She is for sure a queen. We’d love to get Vicky’s email address if she has one. Glenda, I think I remember you telling me that you are a sister to Lorenzo Anderson (63)?  Have I remember that correctly?  Many of our readers remember your husband David’s family too, the Clayton Bergan Family. They lived North and East of Dunseith on what think they call the Jack Rabbit Highway.  I could be out to lunch with the name of road, but I know exactly which road it is.  Gary

     Vicky Bergan – “1983 North Dakota state Horse show association queen”
Bergan, Vickie 2192

                                   Dunseith High School Class of 1963

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Anderson Lorenzo 10250 County Road 49 Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3912 No email address
2 Bergan-Harris Carol 2300 Maple Ave. # 122 Torrance CA 90503 (310) 320-3073 charris@hrl.com
3 Berube Tom 1011 Kersten St, Apt 101 Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3660 No email address
4 Cuadrado Manuel 2009 S 88th St Omaha, NE 68124 (402) 680-1674 mcuadrado@tconl.com
5 Dubois Dennis 3874 124th Cir NW Minneapolis, MN 55433 (763) 755-4144 No email address
6 Evans Jim PO Box302 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5710 evanscher@hotmail.com
7 Gottbreht-Dutra Francie 5716 Thornbury Dr. SE LACEY, WA  98513 (360) 943-9232       C 360-556-4317 atdutra@comcast.net
8 Henry Bill PO Box 584 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4052 No email address
9 Hiatt Laurel 9729 20th Ave NE Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2389 hiattranch@srt.com
10 Houle Gary 10944 MISSISSIPPI DR N CHAMPLIN, MN  55316 763) 427-5673 No email address
Johnson Mike vbfjohnson@hotmail.com
11 Kalk Julian 5415 Aurora Ave Des Moines, IA 50310 (515) 334-5089
12 Lamoureux Lyle 7290 Butte Vis Prescott Valley, AZ 86314 (928) 772-5406 lamfgo@aol.com
13 Landsverk-Beckman Sharon 1621 95th St NE Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3041      C (701)-871-0483 dal@utma.com
14 Link Joe Born March 28, 1944     –     Died July 26, 1990 Deceased
15 McCloud-Gladue Diane RR #1 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5957 No email address
16 Millang-Bostic Linda 113 WILLOW ST NE BUFFALO, MN  55313 (763) 682-4608 No email address
17 Moyer Val 1469 Highway 5 NE Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3372 vjmtruck@msn.com
18 Myer Garrett PO Box 66 Decker, MT 59025 (406) 757-2537 No email address
19 Peterson-Harmsen Sharon 216 TORONTO DR BISMARCK, ND  58503 (701) 223-0734 harm0825@bis.midco.net
20 Pigeon Russell 64 Third Ln NW Hazen, ND 58545 (701) 487-3388 bwpigeon@restel.net (Brother Bruce)
21 Pritchard Dale 131 Magnolia Loop Leesville, LA 71446 (337) 239-7426 dale.pritchard@us.army.mil
22 Quillinan-Larmore Darlene PO Box43 Bivalve, MD 21814 (410) 873-2869 darlar1@verizon.net
23 Quillinan-Halvorson Denise PO Box 628 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5889 dhalvorson@securitystatebanknd.com
24 Salmonson-Helgeland Kathy RR #1 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4630 kathyhelge07@srt.com
25 Shelver David 2045 Pima Dr N Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403 (928) 505-3873 annapeet@citlink.net
26 Smith Eldon 14680 Wide Hallow Rd. Yakima, WA. 98908 509-480-8009 No email address
27 Wenstad Laurel 300 Hester St.E Dundas, MN. 55019 (612) 205 9100 lwenstad@live.com
27 Wheeler Rick 722 5TH AVE SW RONAN, MT  59864 (406) 676-5525 No email address

10/20/2015 (257)

From Lyle Olson (75): 

Gary and all:

I received quite a few personal responses to my stories and one of the people mentioned my good friend George Malaterre.  George was (and is) an amazing guy.  He was quite the athlete in his day.  He played basketball with a “big man’s” sense of position, even though he stood only about 5’8″ tall.  Some of my fondest memories center around stamping VOIT across his forehead a number of times when he tried to make a shot and I stuffed him.  He was also an excellent football player – he was fast and could catch any ball thrown to him.  Many people know he was a great boxer as well.

I am sure many people remember George boxing Bob Brennan at the Honsey garage.  However, how many remember the undercard in that fight.  Well, among others, Curt Berg and I boxed..  Now I was an 8th grader at the time but quite big for my age.  Curt must have been a sophomore and everyone knows that he had attained high school size in the 5th grade!!  He was the epitome of a lean, mean fighting machine and I was talked into lacing up the gloves and boxing him.  It is now hard to believe that anyone that dumb could have made it through law school and became a federal Administrative Law Judge!!!

Well the fight between George and Bob was quite the attraction as it pitted a city kid against a hill kid.  Hence, the Honsey garage was packed with kids from all over.  I remember having George lace up the boxing gloves for me and Curt Berg looking at me with a sick smile across his face.  Looking back now I should have realized then and there that my life was about to flash before my very eyes — dead and not even a freshman.  Well, too late to back down I stepped out to meet Curt on that hard cement floor.  I do not really remember if a bell rung but the fight started and I immediately started dancing around like I knew what I was doing.  Well, Curt – never one to waste time doing anything – walked right up and him me square in solar plexus, better known as a soft belly not used to hard work.  He hit me so hard I literally saw stars and all the wind left not only my body but also took with it any sense of time or position.  The fight was over in matter of seconds.  Curt showed some remorse but not much.  I think he would have preferred that the fight had lasted a few more seconds if not at least one round so he could rearrange a tolerable looking face!  However, I robbed him of that pleasure – my only victory of the night!

The main event between George and Bob take place and all agreed that while Bob put up a valiant fight, George was easily the victor.  City kids ruled, at least for that night.  Bob and George remained good friends over the years.  As for Curt and I, we also remain good friends.  Indeed, Keith (Curt’s younger brother) and I traveled to Curt’s place in Colorado a couple of times to play golf with Curt in Grand Junction and Fort Lupton several years ago.

Now back to George.  Many know he worked as an ambulance driver for the Indian Health Services in Belcourt.  When my stepfather had a medical crisis George was the ambulance driver.  He called the hospital the next day and I talked to him.  He was sincerely interested in how my stepfather was doing and how my mother was doing.  When my mother was dealing with cancer she experienced many seizures and had to be taken the hospital many times.  George was again the driver on many occasions and each time he reached out to see how she was doing.  That is George, fists of stone and the heart of a Dunseith Dragon!

Corbin Family in 2004, provided by Dawn Corbin:

Folks, Dawn Corbin (Mr. Corbin’s Daughter) has provided these pictures of her family, the Corbin family.  These pictures were taken at her brother, Scott’s Wedding, in 2004. These are great pictures! What a beautiful family.  Mr.Corbin looks great!  Many of us have not seen him sense the 60′s, when he was teaching at DHS. As most of you know, Mr. Corbin was born and raised in Bottineau.  His dad was Otto and was the owner of Corby’s trading post in Bottineau for many years.

Dawn, please let me know if I have miss identified you guys in these photo’s.

Back: Dawn, Mark & Bob
Middle: LeAnn, Mrs. Scott, Scott & Don (Mr. Corbin)
Front: Terri & Irene (Mr. Corbin’s wife)
Corbin 2191-1

Don & LeAnn Corbin’s Children:
Mark, Dawn, Scott, Terri & Bob Corbin
Corbin 2191-2

                             Corbin Family with grandchildren
Corbin 2191-3

                                   Dunseith High School Class of 1962

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Aamodt Larry 16383 West Preston Av Goodyear, AZ 85395 623-935-3502
2 Abrahamson Wagers Elaine PO Box 1994 Auburn, WA 98071 253-373-1815
3 Allery Hubert   653 4th Ave. N  Appt # 1 Fargo, ND 58102 (701) 730-6402
4 Bedard James 1119 S Main St Sheridan, WY 82801 307 655-5761 No email address
5 Bedard McDaniels Jean 533 Great Falls St Falls Church, VA 22046 703-241-7874 No email address
6 Bedard McClanahan Juay 3638 Kunz Ct, Unit D Fort Collins, CO 80526 970-266-0868
7 Bedard Strong Margaret PO Box 427 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5583 No email address
8 Berube Franchuk Rachael 20481 Jacklight Ln Bend, OR 97702
9 Berube Robert/Jeanie 3620 Pine Knot Dr Valrico, FL 33596 (813) 654-0551
10 Bott Maier Mary 827 Highway 13 SE Linton, ND 58552 (701) 254-5381 No email address
11 Burcham Sime Connie RR 1  Box 105 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4579 No email address
12 Coleman Clayton (CJ) PO Box 791 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 389-0066 cjcconstruction@invisimax.com
13 Delorme Gunville Doris Born September 25, 1944    –    Died January 24, 1999 Deceased
14 Eurich Knutson Mary 10549 23rd Ave NE Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4345 No email address
15 Fauske Monte Connie 162 DAVES VIEW DR Kalama, WA 98625 (360) 673-1620
16 Grenier Ronald 908  1st  Ave Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 246-3246 rongQutma.com
17 Hosmer Baldwin Nancy 65 Westergaard Rd Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 263-6383
18 LaCroix Charlotte PO Box 30 Kalaupapa, HI 96742 (808) 567-9280
19 LaRocque Eden Joann Box 911 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-0856 No email address
20 Lopez Carlos M
21 McCoy James PO Box 486 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5748 No email address
22 Metcalfe Barden Helen 3233 D 15th Ave S Fargo, ND 58103 (701) 232-6156
23 Nadeau St Claire Mary Born July 25, 1943    –    Died July 3, 2001 Deceased
24 Pearson Zeiler Sharon RR #1  Box 119 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4722 No email address
25 Parlade Corral Maria (Maruchi) 2618 San Domingo St Coral Gables, FL 33134 (305) 445 3570
26 Pladson Sime Florence RR #1 Box 16 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4710
27 Pritchard John Born October 2, 1943    –    Died October 3, 1984 Deceased
28 Sime Daniel PO Box 29051 Laughlin, NV 89028 (702) 358-3433 No email address
29 Williams Richard PO Box 1002 Belcourt, ND 58316 (701) 477-5127 No email address
30 Zeiler Vandal Sandra 13520 231st Ave NW Elk River, MN 55330 (763) 441-3412
31 Zorn Gerdes Sharon 6592 Aberdour Circle Windsor, CO 80550 (970) 797-2013

10/19/2008 (256)

Update for Shirley LaRocque Wendt (59) from Susan Brew Roussin (59):

Shirley came out of her surgery fine, Wednesday, according to her sister, Ginger.  I’m sure many prayers were answered for her, her doctors, nurses and families.  Thanks much.  Love to one and all.

Reply from Bev Morinville Azure (72): 

Hey Lyle  great stories thanks for the memories. You  were and still are one of the  best story tellers of all times. Miss you bro and love ya

Reply from Mel Kuhn (70): 


I just have a few questions for Lyle. How come I didn’t know of these party places that you mentioned? Places like Beer Can Alley, the Butte, going to Canada and the likes of that. None of this must of been going on when I was in school. And here I thought that you underclassmen were the same straight-laced hard working young adults that we were[Class of 70]. I’m glad that I wasn’t involved in any of those type of shenanigans. Shame on you guy’s.

Mel Kuhn[70]
Reply from Sybil Johnson: 

Those pictures of the Peace Gardens are sure a deception of what it is today/the last time I was there. I use to escape from Bernice (ha!ha!) and go up there

as my refuge/ drive up from Minot several times, just for the refuge it gives. The Chapel is amazing with the Towers. Just walking around/driving was very peaceful.

I remember going up there early in the morning, when the ground fog was just rising and seeing 2 deer in the distance. What a sight! Sybil Johnson

Thank you from Neola Kofoid Garbe:  


When you send one of your Dunseith Alumni emails, will you please include a message from me, thanking your many readers who respond in any way to the pictures I send to you, and you include in your mailing?  I really appreciate the identifications/mailing addresses/requests for pictures/emails/etc. from your readers.  As you know, I thoroughly enjoy working with these pictures and getting them to people who are interested in having them.  It’s going rather slowly, as I’m not a very organized person–I have pictures all over my apartment.  When I’ve been in Minot for awhile, I forget what I was doing with the pictures before I left, and I have to start over.  Uff da!!!

Thanks for all do, Gary. :)


Neola, That thank you should be reversed.  We thank you for everything you provide and have provided.  Your contributions are greatly appreciated.  Being primarily a Bottineau girl, you have learned to know many Dunseith folks doing what you are doing and they have for sure learned to know you.  We all know the time involved with the research and scanning of these pictures/articles that you provide, that we thoroughly enjoy.  THANK YOU.  Gary
Campbell family Picture provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Alan Cambell Family stamped November 27, 1970:
Top: Rich (68), Phyllis & Alan (42)
Bottom: Jeff (76), Cathy (73) & Dave (71)
Campbell, Alan 2190

Reply from Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

Lyle Olson’s memories of basketball at Campbell’s was well remembered

and well written. Alan and Phyllis Campbell allowed many of us kids into
their home over the years. They always made us feel welcome. There were
rules we were expected to follow and we did. I know all the kids had,
and still have, a lot of respect for both of them and it was deserved.
We were either playing basketball in front of their garage or in the
basement playing pool or ping-pong nearly every day. One memory I have
about playing basketball there was on a day after I had been dressed up
for something and then stopped by Campbell’s in my good clothes. My
folks had bought me a new pair of shoes I really wanted. They were for
the prom or something, fancy wingtip brogues. I remember Mom saying they
would buy them, but I better take care of them because they cost $35. It
was a lot for shoes in 1966. Anyway, after I got to Campbell’s, still in
my suit clothes, we got into a hot and heavy basketball game. The
jackets came off and we got down and dirty to beat the other team. After
about an hour I thought I felt something on the bottom of my foot,
probably a blister. It finally caused me enough trouble that I looked at
the bottom of my new shoes and one had worn completely through to my
sock from the rough concrete! I knew I was dead or worse! I wore those
shoes for a long time with a piece of cardboard in the bottom so they
wouldn’t know what I had done. I nearly panicked any time I had to kneel
or sit where my folks might see the hole in my shoe! After I had them
for quite a while I got Alphie Dion to halfsole them and all was good
again. I remember keeping them polished so my folks wouldn’t pick them
up. They probably wouldn’t have been that mad anyway, but when you are a
kid you think like a kid! Thanks Gary!


Reply from Tim Martinson (69): 

Hi Gary,

I’ve dusted off the keyboard after the letter from Lyle Olson so
that I could send this picture of Lyle
and myself and tell what led up to a road trip and this picture in
the first place.

One of the most enjoyable times of my life was at the end of the
summer when there was a small
break in the happenings at the Bakery.  The baking for the Music Camp
at the Peace Garden was
finished and the area schools had not yet started.  When I was young
dad baked for the day schools
in the hills and also for the Belcourt school.  I went along on many
of these delivery trips through the hill
country, always full of questions, but I think dad really had me
along to ride shot gun and keep him
from dozing off, yet he would always tell me to pay attention and
watch out for deer and other animals
that may be on the road.

A family vacation was usually a weekend ( Sat/Sun).  The favorite
spot to go to was Riding Mountain
National Park, north of Brandon, Manitoba.  Everything had been
planned ahead and all the baking for
town had been finished and delivered.  So off we went on a Friday
night road trip to get away.  Dad would
usually get a small cottage rental so that when we arrived we hit the
sack knowing we had two days to
do whatever, and for Terry and I it was dad can we ride the go carts
as soon as it opened.  We would go
swimming in Clear Lake, take in the Museum, go bowling, and take in
all the sights and sounds of that
little get away up north.

My first and longest lasting memory of one of these vacations was of
finding a melted popsicle and its
stick on the edge of a step landing.  I had to have been 3 or 4 and
picked up the stick and stirred it around
in what was left of the melted popsicle, just having a little fun,
but to the hornets that had found the sweet
syrup before I did it was an invasion of their property and they were
not going to put up with me poking
around in their business.  When my parents finally got to me I was
welted up all over and the hornets
were still in the attack mood.  Thank goodness for screen doors and a
water hose that saved the day.

Now back to the road trip and picture.  The last time I went to Clear
Lake was in the winter on a camping
trip and we walked in to the lake and set up tents.  It was below
freezing outside and getting colder as the
night went on.  The original plans were to try and get some pictures
of the Bison herd that roamed the park.
As I lay there in my sleeping bag the thoughts of getting trampled by
a Bison started to enter my mind.  Then
as the temperature grew steadily colder the lake started to moaning
and then to cracking and this went on
all night long.  The next morning with little sleep we gave up the
thoughts of pictures of Bison in the winter,
packed up, walked out and headed home with the lessons of mother
nature engraved in my head.

In the fall of 1972 I asked Lyle and Donald if they wanted to see
some new territory and they were up for it
so I planned a road trip (one day), we would travel up to Riding
Mountain National Park, where this picture
was taken at Clear Lake, back down to Brandon, across to Winnipeg and
then back home.  It was a fun
time and I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did.  It was the first
time I had traveled to Winnipeg and realized
how big that city was.

Lyle and I had taken a previous road trip by bike to Bottineau.  I
rode a old hand me down full size bike while Lyle
rode his small wheeled bike with the banana seat.  It seemed like for
every turn at the peddle I took Lyle would
have to take three to keep up.  He would fall behind and I would stop
and let him catch up all the time asking
him if he wanted to turn back but he did not so we completed our
journey, took a tour of Bottineau and headed
back home.       Take Care,  Tim

            Tim Martinson (69) & Lyle Olson (75) – Summer of 1972
Martinson Tim, Olson Lyle 2190

Dunseith High School Class of 1961

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Allard Merle 1303 Thompson St Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2489
2 Anderson Gerald 9207 Palm Shores Dr Spring, TX 77379 (281) 379-1071
3 Awalt Bill 1331 Silver Ridge Rd Lincoln, NE 68510 (402) 327-9403
4 Bad Heart Bull Changed name to Banley Lowell Born May 23, 1944    –     Died February 2, 2003 Deceased                                  Cousin Tim 605-867-2482 SD
5 Bedard Whitmire Nicole Renee 2820 Larkhall Rd Columbia SC 29223 Goodwin (803) 788-3874
6 Bedard Nikkey (Nick) 1348 Alpine St Rock Springs, WY 82901 (307) 362-6800 No email address
7 Belgarde Benson Priscilla Lives in Mesa Arizon – Requested not to be on the list Requested not to be on the list
8 Bergan Poitra Shirley PO Box 414 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5305 No email address
9 Boguslawski Thomas 2702 Meadowlark Dr Lewiston, ID 83501 (208) 746-9899 No email address
10 Boppre Weaver Donna 123 Millers Dr Tolley, ND 58787 (701) 386-2882
11 Casavant Boucher Annette Box 56 Rolette, ND 58366 No Phone No email address
12 Casavant Aamodt Lorette 512  4th St SE Rugby, ND 58368 (701) 776-2301 No email address
13 Counts Warren Born Febuary 24, 1943   –   Died March 15, 2005 Deceased
14 Gottbreht George PO Box 99 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5406 No email address
15 Gouin Craig Cecile 1242 Teakwood CT Windsor, CO 80550 (970) 686-0253
16 Haagenson Sedlacek Janet 224 Riverview Dr W Great Falls, MT 59404 (406) 771-0851 No email address
17 Handeland Millang Lorranine 836 Nichol St Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2422 No email address
18 Johnson August Lives in Minot – Requested not to be on the listt Requested not to be on the list
19 Kalk Rodney 59 Lake Metigoshe Park Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 263-3126
20 Lang Dwight 8255 N Oracle Rd, # 112 Tucson, AZ 85704 (520) 219-9435
(summer) Lake Metigoshe Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 263-6775
21 Longie Adolph 1314 W Frederick Ave Spokane, WA 99205 No email address
22 Millang Dale Route 1 Box 27b Dunseith ND 58329 (701) 263-4146
23 Moe Orrin 802 24th Ave SW Watford City, ND 58854 (701) 842-6431 No email address
24 Morgan (Wife Gini) John-Deceased 7/1/43 – 7/21/03 23784 Stony Bar Cir Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 (218) 863-5962 No email address
25 Pigeon Bruce PO Box187 Garrison, ND 58540 (701) 463-7279
26 Salmonson Bradley 3037 E 81st N Idaho Falls, ID  83401 208-525-8022
27 Salmonson Stanley Route 1 Box 130 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4613
28 Smith Ronald Rt 1 Box 35 Dunseith ND 58329 (701) 263-4226 No email address
29 Smith Wayne 1425 108th St NE Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 263-3455
30 Spaeth Espe Patricia 219 10th St E Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3549
31 Wurgler Salmonson Joan Route 1 Box 130 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4613
32 Zeiler Lyle RR #1  Box 119 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4722 No email address

10/18/2008 (255)

From Lyle Olson (75):

Gary and all:

I read where my dear sister, Bev Azure, and then Sharon Longie, requested stories from the ‘70′s classes.  I think many of us are reluctant to share some of these stories because we either have children or parents who read the blog and we are reticent to let them know just how wild we really were.  Well, I have no children and both parents are deceased so I am not so worried about that.  However, I also do not want to expose any of my friends or classmates, so I will attempt to tell a few stories without divulging any names; however, this does not mean the readers, if any, will not guess who was involved in so many of the good times had in Dunseith.

My frame of reference for Dunseith really rests with the classes from 1972 to 1975.  We really had some “rockin’ good times” back then.  Most of my fondest memories center around the never ending summers – the days were long and the nights even longer.  For some reason I do not remember any bad weather days – all the days in my memories were framed by beautiful blue skies and even more beautiful friends.  My world centered around playing basketball at Campbell’s, eating Bismarcks and learning about kindness and integrity from Herman, Terry and Tim Martinson, and hanging out at the Morinville’s.

Playing basketball at Campbell’s was a real treat.  The court was inclined on a slope from the garage to the street.  On the West side was this huge tree that actually had several branches that grew out over the court.  Pity the newcomer who tried to launch a jump shot under that tree.  The East side of the court had a steep drop off for ½ the length of the court and then a deadly rose bush at the end of the court near the garage door.  Alan Campbell once told me that was the toughest rose bush in the country, and he was right. I wish I had a dollar for every thorn taken out of my body after falling into that bush.   Other dangers existed on that court.  One of the dangers was “Grandma” Campbell backing her Buick Wildcat out of the garage.  There was no nicer lady than she but it didn’t take even a dumb kid like me long to know that once she put her car in gear there was no stopping it until it reached the street.  All games were suspended when she left and when she returned.  I will never forget how nice David and Jeff were to always carry her groceries into her house and then rush back to pick up the game right where it stopped.

Ever present was Mrs. Campbell, who could hear you swear even if mumbled under your breath.  She would simple tell us not to swear and that was the end of that!  There seemed to be many unwritten rules about playing basketball at the Campbell’s.  First, all kids were welcome.  It never mattered if you lived at the housing, in a 12 X 50 mobile home like I did or the nicest house in town.  The other unwritten rule was that you did not play unless someone was home.  We used to wait on Sundays for the Campbell’s to return from Lake Metigoshe so that a game could get started.

I loved playing basketball at the Campbell’s.  I once played there for so long on a hot day that I got heat stroke.  I stumbled over to the bakery and told Herman that I had a headache and was sick to my stomach and he asked how long had I been playing.  When I told him it was several hours, he gave me some water, a cold rag for my head and told me to go lie down on the flour sacks.  After about an hour of doing that, I went back to Campbell’s to play another game.

My younger brother, Rob, now perhaps the best criminal lawyer in North Dakota, once wrote a story for the high school newspaper about how much he missed playing basketball at Campbell’s.  I share his feelings to this date.  I can’t imagine that a place like that could exist today.  It was magical, and the Campbells should know that there are literally dozens of Dunseith Alumni who share these feelings.  Thank you for making your home our home for all those years.

Summers were also full of lots of parties.  When I was younger we all looked forward to going swimming at School Section Lake.  Joe Morinville used to pack as many kids as he could in his car and take us all swimming.  He would listen to the Twins games on the radio while we went swimming.  We would swim for a few hours, make our way back to Dunseith, and either hang out at Morinville’s.  What a carefree existence!  As we got older and gained driver’s licenses, we would all pile in several cars and go to School Section.  It seemed like the summers never ended back then.  Someone would gather wood for a bonfire and eventually some cool intoxicants would come out and a good time would be had by all.

Somewhere along the line, we moved our swimming activities away from School Section Lake and then started going to Lake Williams and then Lake Adams in Canada, just a short drive away from Boissevain where a young but oversized teenager like me could pass for age-18 and imbibe in $.25 draws.  The first time I went into Boissevain was at age-13.  I wore one of the guys’ college fraternity coats (TKE, Minot Chapter) and didn’t even get carded.  By the end of the summer, I knew the owner of the bar better than some of the people living in Boissevain and, of course, we knew all the cool Canadian girls.  I’ll never forget when my mother got married to Joe Somers in Boissevain in March 1972 and they had their wedding dance at the Boissevain Inn.  Indeed, she played in a band that night.  In any event, she thought it would be a great thing if I were able to sit in the bar for one of the band’s sets before being hustled back to Dunseith.  Well, little did she know that I ordered a Rum and Coke while she was up there playing and the drink was on the house as the owner said I was one of his best American customers – HA!!  Sure glad Mom didn’t hear that one.  Rather than risk being busted, I left after that first set.

Going to Canada to have beers and dance to live music was not just a summer past-time.  We went year round but the port closed at midnight during the winters back then.  There were many a fast ride from Boissevain to the port because it seemed we always had to stay until 11:30 or so before making our way back home.  Once back in the “States”, we would usually continue the party at Beer Can Alley, Wilsons, Halvorsons, Butte St. Paul, and, during the summer, at the Peace Garden Lookout picnic area.  All places were perfect party places and I am certain my generation was not the first to use those places to party and flirt with each other.

L. Olson

Message/Picture from Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

The attached pictures are of the Peace Garden. The first was taken on

dedication day in 1932. The other two are from 1953, after some of the
stone work had been done in the Formal Garden area. What I noticed was
the lack of trees when these were taken. Thanks Gary!

Peace Garden 2189

Dave Slyter’s (70) reply, with names, to picture:

Gary and Neola,

I will try and name some of the kids in the 82 summer baseball picture.

Top row:  Russell Lagerquiest,  ? ,  Keith Strong ,  ?,   Alan Renault,  ?,  ? Armountraut,  Jeff Woods,  Mark Wilson,  Coach Jim Oslon.

Middle row:  Steven Leonard,  Cory Espe,  Danny Peltier, Rob Wilson,  Mark Melgaard,  Scott Leonard,   ?

Bottom row:   ?     Chad Slyter,  Kris Barbot,  Uriah Davis,  ?,   ?,   ?,   ?,

Great picture and thanks

Dave Slyter (70)

Gaillord Peltier’s (80) reply, with names, to picture: 

This picture is the 1982 Dunseith summer baseball program.

Front row kneeling, Right to Leftis;
Keith St.Pierre, Chad Slyter, Jamie Melgarde, Uriah Davis, Mike Allery,
Scott Leonard, ? Allery, Jermey Brunelle.

Middle Row, Right to Left;
Steve Leonard, Cory Espe, Dan Peltier, Robert Wilson, Mark Melgarde,
Stuart Leonard, Mark Wilson and Danny Davis.

Back Row, Right to Left;
Billy LaVallie, Jamie Malaterre, Keith Strong, Steve Renault, Allan
Renault, Jerry Peltier, Brent Armentrout, Jeff Woods, Coach Jim Oslund

This is the best my memory can do.

Gaillord Peltier
Class of “80″

Jeff Woods, I see you are in this picture too. Can you or anyone else enlighten us with what you know for identities for those in this photo?  Thanks, Gary

1982 Dunseith summer baseballPicture:
Back Row:Billy LaVallie or Russell Lagerquiest, Jamie Malaterre, Keith Strong, Steve Renault, Allan Renault, Jerry Peltier, Brent Armentrout, Jeff Woods, Coach Jim Oslund or Olson

Middle Row: Steve Leonard, Cory Espe, Dan Peltier, Robert Wilson, Mark Melgarde, Stuart Leonard, Mark Wilson and Danny Davis.

Front row kneeling: Keith St.Pierre, Chad Slyter,Jamie Melgarde or Kris Barbot, Uriah Davis, Mike Allery, Scott Leonard, ? Allery, Jermey Brunelle.
Base Ball 1980 Team 2189

                                     Dunseith High School Class of 1960

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Allard Heinz Betty Route 2 Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 656-3683 rbheinz@utma.com
2 Anderson Bergan Glenda RR #1 Box 31 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4512 dbergan@srt.com
3 Anderson Doan Shirley 2611 Englewood Ave Yakima, WA 98902- (509) 248-2506 Will send email message
4 Boardman Donald 811 Thompson St Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2698 donboardman@min.midco.net
5 Boppre Boguslawski June Born September 27, 1941    –    Died December 14, 2006 Deceased
6 Brennan Shirley 1425 31st Ave SW, Apt 104 Minot, ND 58701 (701) 838-7799 sybb@srt.com
7 Espe Klein Claudia 530 W Capitol Dr Appleton, WI 54911 (920) 739-5846 kleincd@athenet.net
8 Eruich Paulson Eva 509 Fourth St SE Rugby, ND 58368 (701) 776-5489 No email address
9 Evans Carlson Linda Born May 30, 1943    –    Died September 7, 1996 Deceased
10 Henriksen Rick 210 SE Harlow Ave Troutdale, OR 97060 (503) 267-0704 fmhenriksen@comcast.net
11 Hosmer Cobb Janet 7252 SW Lynnwood Ct Wilsonville, OR 97070 (503) 682-3503 janetcobb@gmail.com
12 Iverson Staub Marie 6000 Corliss Avenue North Seattle, WA 98103 (206) 244-4327 mdmjstaub@camcast.net
13 Jacobson Johnson Vernes Born March 2, 1942    –    Died January 1, 2007 Deceased
14 Kelly Cleo 382 Bluebird Lane Woodbury MN 55125 (651) 776-8779 cckelly@isd.net
15 Knox Millang Edna RR #1 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4520 Ednamillang@srt.com
16 Longie William 6314 NE 70th St Vancouver, WA 98661 (360) 828-7544 longie2596@comcast.net
17 McKay Bill 1540 Highway 5 NE Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3474 memckay@utma.com
18 Pigeon Gary Born September 6, 1940     –    Died May 2, 2004 Deceased
19 Robillard Volker Geraldine Mother Alvena 477-5402 Arizona
20 Salmonson Roger Born April 14, 1941    –    February 23, 2004 Deceased
21 Sime Espe Peggy 16 3rd Street Dunseith ND 58329 701-244-5724 peggyespe@yahoo.com
22 Strong Jerry PO Box 427 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5583 No email address
23 Strong Ronald PO Box 1236 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5282 rstrong@min.midco.net
24 Trevers Llewellyn Sandra 7315 Steeple Dr San Antonio, TX 78256 (210) 698-2587 WK(210) 490-2400 sandra@ajtravel.com
25 Walter Clayton 542 Avery W. Winlock, WA 98562 360-262-9662 No email address

10/17/2008 (254)

Dunseith Reunion in Seattle:

Folks, We are planning a Dunseith Reunion in the Seattle area for the evening of July 24, 2009.  That is the day before our cruise. Hopefully we will have several proposals to bounce off of you guys within the next several weeks.  With what we have in the works at the moment, I can tell you it’s a go, so mark your calendars.  We are planning a dinner with a social hour or two before the dinner and also social time following the dinner.  We are also working on hotel accommodations both for those going on the cruise and also for those attending the reunion, not going on the cruise, desiring a room.  For those of you wishing to attend the reunion from outside the state of Washington, this will give you time to canvas the airlines for some good rates. For added attractions, the Seattle Seafair is being held that weekend too.  Gary

Reply from Rod Medrud (71): 


Reply from Bobby Slyter (70): 

My prayers and good wishes go out to Shirley LaRocque Wendt and for her speedy recovery, also loved the picture of my cousin Larry Richard, does anyone know where his mother Beatrice lives.


The following pictures have been provide by Neola Kofoid Garbe: neolag@min.midco.net

Don Corbin was a Dunseith HS Science Teacher/Principle in the 60′s. Many of us remember when he got activated, with the National Guard, for the Cubin crises.  I remember well in my Sophomore year having Mr. Corbin for Biology.  I also remember him coming up to me out in the hall telling me he expected a lot more from me and that he knew I could do a lot better in his biology class than I was doing. After that pep talk, my grades improved considerable.  Some of us country folks needed a little encouragement.  I will always be forever grateful for him doing that.  That was the same year that Mr. Conroy had a heart attack. Mr. Corbin filled in as Principle in his absence. Miss Dianne Leier was hired fresh out of college to take over some of Mr. Corbin’s classes.  Miss Leier was a great teacher too.  She was a beautiful lady too, both inside and out. Gary

Which two of the 5 Corbin Children are in this Picture?
Corbin, Don 2188

Do any of you remember these 3 guys?
Falcon, George 2188 Logan, David 2188 Azure, Larry 2188

What picture is this and who are the folks??Peltier

                                      Dunseith High School Class of 1959

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Allard Alden 5400 TASSARA WAY LAS VEGAS, NV  89108 (702) 647-4140 lakeupsilon2@yahoo.com
2 Bedard Sullivan Connie 13821 SE 180th St Renton, WA 98058 (425) 235-4611 philconsul@comcast.net
3 Boguslawski Helen PO Box273 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5640 No email address
4 Bott Valentine 1309 25th St W Williston, ND 58801 (701) 572-3652 No email address
5 Boucher Larry PO Box 263 20066 Ridge Rd Elysian, MN 56028 (507) 267-4059 No email address
6 Brew Roussin Susan PO Box 1296 Rolla, ND 58367 susanroussin42@yahoo.com
7 Espe Merlin 219 10th St E Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3549 mapaespe@yahoo.com
8 Eurich Nelson Eileen RR 1 Box 15 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4827 No email address
9 Habberstad Darrayl Born January 26, 1939    –    Died December 13, 2007 Deceased
10 Halvorson Curtis PO box 628 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5889 dhalvorson@securitystatebanknd.com
11 Kester Michael 746 Elm St. N #5 Fargo, ND 58102 701-237-6385      Cell 701-238-5657 jankester@parkcompany.com
12 LaCroix Kester Janice 746 Elm St. N #5 Fargo, ND 58102 701-237-6385      Cell 701-238-5657 jankester@parkcompany.com
13 LaCroix McGuire Judy 710 DAVIS AVE LITCHFIELD, MN  55355 (320) 593-8548 ldm@hutchtel.net
14 Fernandez Paul Paul was one of the students that came from Cuba.  There are 99 folks in Florida alone with his name. No one seems to know where he went following Dunseith. Trying to locate
15 LaRocque Wendt Shirley 4024 S 148th St Tukwila, WA 98168 (206) 244-4004 shirleywendt@comcast.net
16 Leonard Lowell/Audrey Box 207 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5543 No email address
17 Longie Wallace Born June 2, 1940    –    Died April, 1990 Deceased
18 Metcalfe Munro Geri 114 23rd Ave North Fargo, ND 58102 (701)237-4270 chuckgerimunro@hotmail.com
19 Metcalfe Larry/Lise(64) 3029  34th Ave SW  #230 Fargo, ND 58108 (701) 364-5410 No email address
20 Murray Abraham 3411 S Union Ave Tacoma, WA 98409             (Sister Joyce’s address) 253-905-2089 Joyce 253-843-2135 disawa@hotmail.com (Sister Joyce) Abraham will be moving in Jan 08
21 Pritchard Floyd 6 Birchwood Heights Rd S Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 263-4964 floydpritchard@yahoo.com
22 Rivard Pigeon Betty RR 2 Box 38 Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 246-3406 E-mail Address(es):
23 Schneider Larry 2437 Stevens St Bismarck, ND 58503 (701) 255-0254 bismarckgoldsilv@qwest.net
24 Sime Olson Nora 1012 Bennett St Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2855
25 Spaeth Farquharson Marjorie 1137 Quince St NE Olympia, WA 98506 (360) 943-1587 cmfar@comcast.net
26 Woodford Olson Karen 2827 Big Bear Lane NE Bemidji, Mn., 56601 (Summer) (218) 335-8509 karenolso58201@yahoo.com
13070 N Desert Flora Ln., Marana, Az., 85658 (Winter)

10/16/2008 (253)

Reply From Susan Brew Roussin (59): Shirley is having her heart surgery this morning.  She called me last night and said the doctors figured surgery would take 4-6 hours.  I will try to keep you posted as I can call her sister, Ginger.  Shirley said the doctors hoped to go in through her ribs, that way the hospital stay would not take so long.  Shirley and her family can use all the prayers the good people on the mailing lists can send heavenward.  Thanks so much.

Reply from Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59):

Thank you for the “heads up” concerning Shirley! At least I now have her home address and will call and send a card. Appreciate this social service you manage immensely. I remember well how gracious her mom and dad were every time I visited, often for a birthday party. Joseph LaRocque had worked for William Gottbreht for years, but I was too young and flighty; thus gathered very little info of the Wm Gottbreht family and local history that Joe knew first hand. Sharron Susan & Sharron, I have pasted Shirley’s contact info below.  Shirley, along with her sister Lana, attended our class of 65 reunion with their sister Ginger, in 2007.  Ginger is from the class of 65. They are great folks.  My wife Bernadette called Shirley several months ago.  She never mentioned anything about pending heart surgery.  Gary

LaRocque Wendt Shirley 4024 S 148th St Tukwila, WA 98168 (206) 244-4004 59

Reply from Sharon Longie Dana (73): Reply to the Medrud Picture:

Hey Rod, how did Ma get him out of those overalls???  Its a beautiful picture and it sure brought back some great memories. Thanks Neola for posting it.

Sharon Longie Dana(73)

Reply from Bev Morinville Azure (72): 


Reply from Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

I remember when Eddie Johnson, Sander’s brother, left the farm and moved
into Dunseith. He stayed in an apartment in the Northern Hotel
(Egbert’s) just across the street from us. One time he dressed up in his
best suit and went to a funeral and then afterward, stopped uptown at
one of the bars and got pretty well oiled. He walked down the alley,
past our house, and cut across our yard toward Egbert’s. He was
staggering and singing loudly when my little brown dog, Duke, ran over
and ripped the seat out of his suit pants. He came to the door and told
us what happened and Dad took him up to Hosmer’s and bought him another
pair of similar looking pants. Dad said Jack Hosmer had a heck of a time
to keep a straight face while helping fit Eddie with another pair of
The only other Sander and Eddie story I ever heard was when they were
going to dynamite a rock out of their field. They dug down beside the
big rock and placed a 1/4 stick of dynamite under the rock and lit it.
They didn’t know that dynamite blows down so there was a bang and there
was a big hole by the rock. They then put a whole stick under the rock
and made a bigger hole. Frustrated, they put several sticks around the
big rock and touched it off! After the dust cleared, the rock was so far
down in the ground that they just shoveled dirt over it and gave up!
Thanks Gary!


Allen Richard’s (65) Reply to Gary:

Thanks, Gary.  Alaina and I were going to drive the old Dodge to the reunion, but 2,500 miles @ 12 MPG—on premium —- well –

As to Seattle, I arrive there before noon Oct 28 and return Nov. 2.  I have calls in to a few relatives, But I haven’t set any times for get togethers.  I know I’ll be spending time with Aunt Louise (Pigeon) Horsman and her family.  I’m relying on your list for contacting everyone else, Have done little so far.  My best guess is that between alumni and relatives–I’d be talking well over 100 people!

Don’t think that is going to happen!

Take care everyone!  And best wishes from Michigan.


Alina Richard’s Home coming pictures provided by her Father Allen Richard (65): 


Alina’s Richard’sfirst homecoming dance

Richard, Allen 2187-1 Richard, Allen 2187-2 Richard, Allen 2187-3 Richard, Allen 2187-4

The following pictures have been provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:

Schneider, Salomon 2187 Conroy, Shannon 2187 Richard, Larry 2187

Dunseith High School Class of 1958

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Allard Jerome 10849 274 Ave NW Zimmerman, MN 55398 (763) 219 8558 Cell 763 458 1769 jdallard@sherbtel.net
14801 Park Lake Drive,
Bldg.Park 4, Penthouse 5
Fort Myers, Fl 33919 (Jan-Mar)
2 Anderson Gerald 5765 Madisonville Rd Hopkinsville, KY 42240 (270) 886-4311 No email address
3 Bedard Shelver Lynn 52783 Sporn Dr South Bend, IN 46635 (574) 277-7108 Barry – 1955
4 Bott Knoepfle Barbara Ann 9131 14th Ave NE Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3552 No email address
5 Conroy Martel Colleen/Don 16142 Excelsior Court Rosemount, MN 55068 (952)-341-3480  Cell(952) 237-4851 dcmartel@frontiernet.net
6 Gottbreht Brennan Mary Ann PO Box 356 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5898 maryannmab@aol.com
8544 Desert Holly Dr. Las Vegas, NV 89134 (702) 240-2780
7 Graff Myrick Ellen 840 S. 24th St. Grand Forks, ND  58201 701-775-9944 emyrick@gra.midco.net 
8 Hill Vern 1009 Nichol St Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3884 No email address
9 Johnson Allen 8850  28th Av Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 246-3657 No email address
10 Kester Boucher Joanne/Elmer Route 2 Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 244-2180 ejboucher@ndak.net
11 Lagerquist Robert RR 1  Box 128 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4232 No email address
12 Link Ronald 10432 Mount Hood San Antonio, TX 78251 (210) 509-4071 rplink2@msn.com
13 Longie Louis 202 N Dixon St Tioga, ND 58852 (701) 664-2090 No email address
14 Pigeon Rumler Alva 557 E Chestnut St. Canton, IL 61520 No number available A relative confirmed that this is a good address foa Alva 1/19/08
15 Pigeon Schneider Rochelle 5912 W Bristol Dr Sioux Falls, SD 57106 (605) 323-1586 No email address
16 Robillard James 1231 7TH  AVE. W. WILLISTON, N.D. 58801 jwrobillard@dia.net 
17 Schneider Haverland Marlene 401 Coney St Perham, MN 56573 (218) 346-6088 hmhaver@lakesplus.com 
18 Shirk Larry 2824 Springdale Cir Naperville, IL 60564 630-369-2084 larryshirk@wideopenwest.com

10/15/2008 (2186)

From Shirley LaRocque Wendt (59):

Shirley, We know this is open heart Surgery. You are in our prays. Gary

So I will be having surgery tomorrow, wedesday, I need to be there at 5:30 in the morning. Please be praying ok thanks talk to you soon..God Bless  Shirley

From Sybil Johnson: 

Thank you Gary. I truly appreciated your reply about Bernice’s family. Yes, I remember when Uncle Raymond talked about Pancho Villa and how he left Mexico, leading an

army–only he wasn’t with them, they were chasing him. He also called himself “Soldier of Misfortune”. He had many stories to tell. There was a scar on his right leg and

he said that was from a spear going thru his leg in Africa. Another story, that both he and Bernice would tell: Raymond brought home a suitcase full of money and put it

on the floor for the kids to play with. He then took it and buried it somewhere on Grandma’s property. I don’t know how true that was, but it was an intriguing story.

Thanks again, for all the wonderful stories. Even though Augie and I have been divorced some 15 yrs., I still care about the family.

Sybil Johnson

Message/Picture from Dick Johnson (68):

Gary and Friends,

These are pictures of Han’s Johnson’s barn. He and his brother, Axel,
sawed the dimension lumber on their old sawmill and bought the lap
siding and shingles. The top picture is dated 1926 and the writing on
the back says ‘Axel (standing on the wall) and Hans’ . The second
picture is dated 1929, barn was painted red. The last photo is after the
wind tore it down in 1961. It was actually only 35 years old, not that
old for a building. Thanks Gary!


Johnson, Dick 2186

Picture provide by Neola Kofoid Garbe:
Medrud, Andrew 2186

                                    Dunseith High School Class of 1957

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Aamodt Marvin 512  4th St SE Rugby, ND 58368 (701) 776-2301 No email address
2 Dailly Bob/Arline Lamoureux 30846 Sixth Pl SW Federal Way, WA 98023 (253) 839-9036 arldailly@aol.com
5220 N Us Highway 95 Parker, AZ 85344 (928) 667-9268
3 Fontaine Volk Lucille PO Box188 Esmond, ND 58332 (701) 249-3250 No email address
4 Haagenson Margaret Born Febuary 22, 1939     –    Died July 21, 2005 Deceased
5 Kraft Armentrout Marlene Rodney 9344 24th Ave NE Willow City, ND 58384 (701) 228-2003 No email address
6 Lamoureux Gerald 4283 S Via De Febrero Green Valley, AZ 85614 (520) 399-1104 gerrylam@cox.net
7 Landsverk Fish Marjorie 210 Chestnut St Horicon, WI 53032 (920) 485-2995 goldfish@powerweb.net
8 Lang DuWayne PO Box 65466 Port Ludlow, WA 98365 (360) 437-2012 duwaynelang@msn.com
9 Lilleby Raynor 3673 224th Pl SE Issaquah, WA 98029 (425) 391-1361 klilleby@juno.com
10 Metcalfe Gary 594 Catfish Rd Forsyth, MO 65653 417 294 2616; Sue 417 294 2617 moniesue@yahoo.com
11 Millang Curtis Born October 25, 1939    –    Died May 30, 1997 Deceased
12 Pigeon Beverly 3284  92nd St Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 244-5448 Note: This is her brother Ken’s address & phone
13 Pigeon Robert 6506 WHITEOAK RD COLUMBIA, SC  29206 (803) 787-9847 apigeon@sc.rr.com
14 Spaeth Jack Deceased
15 Stickland Mcfadden Marion 720 Crestrose Cir Howard, OH 43028 (740) 393-1897 mcfadden@veroom.net
16 Woodford Duane 3101 Allerton Lake Dr Winston Salem, NC 27106 (336) 768-1876 woodford31@aol.com

10/13/2008 (250)

From Vickie Metcalfe (70): 

Sunday morning


I just got back to my room after helping  (7 a.m.-10:00a.m.)
with the Mavis Hagen pancake and sausage benefit in the cafeteria, it
will  continue to go until  around 1:00.
It is a very windy, cold, dark and rainy fall day.  Reports of some
snow in the Turtles.
Dog gone it, those UffDa area North Dakotans came out!  A nice turn
out of folks coming here before and after their respective church
services.  Thrivent for Lutherans is helping  to sponsor this event.
Also, Some friends put together a silent auction, yet others a raffle
for an antique desk, their wish is for  Mavis to take the cash to
help with  a wig and  traveling expenses to  Bismarck this week.

As I wiped tables, there was the sound of an applause and
Mavis  came in wearing a mask over her mouth and nose. Her devoted
Art, brought her over.  Clarence and Mary Ann were also here.
Other former Dunseith grads also came, among them, the Davy
Abrahamsons from the hills by Carpenter Lake.
Thanks Gary.

Happy Birthday Patti Metcalfe Woods (67):  

Patti, the following message appeared on my computer screen.  I wasn’t aware that I was signed up for this service, but it’s wonderful that I am.  This is a milestone birthday for you too.  Go out tonight and celebrate with Jack, friends and family members.  Have fun and enjoy.  Gary

Patti Woods’s  birthday is today, October 13!
Patti’s Details

First Name:   Patti
Last Name:   Woods
Maiden Name:   Metcalfe

Dunseith News provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:
Dunseith NewsDunseith News -1

                                     Dunseith High School Class of 1955

Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Armentrout Rodney 9344 24th Ave NE Willow City, ND 58384 (701) 228-2003 No email address
2 Brennan Dennis Born September 29, 1036    –    Died January 11, 1981 Deceased
3 Burke Fjeld Eleanor Jean 4242 180th Ave Twin Valley, MN 56584 (218) 584-5339 esfjeld@gmail.com
4 Crum Rude Mildred Born June 8, 1937    –    Died March 11,  2008 Deceased
5 Hiatt Wallace Born June 26, 1935    –    Died December 16, 2006 Deceased
6 Lamoureux Dailly Arline/Bob 30846 Sixth Pl SW Federal Way, WA 98023 (253) 839-9036 arldailly@aol.com
5220 N Us Highway 95 Parker, AZ 85344 (928) 667-9268
7 Klang Lindford Arla 18102 SE 132nd St Renton, WA 98059 (425) 226-9422 No email address
8 Kang Wayne 6104 S 124th St Seattle, WA 98178 (206) 772-5628  C(206) 334-0913 sharon_wayne@msn.com
9 Neameyer Gordon 938 37th Ave S Moorhead, MN 56560 (218) 287-4992 jneameyer@i29.net
10 Schneider Hockett Elaine 13691 highland Drive Boston, VA 22713 (540) 547-3373 No email address
11 Shelver Barry 52783 Sporn Dr South Bend, IN 46635 bshelver@erscosupply.com
12 Walter Pederson Erna 1014 Sixth Ave SW Minot, ND 58701 (701) 839-4861 epederson@srt.com
13 Williams Marlin Born July 10, 1935    –    Died April 6, 2003 Deceased
14 Woodford Gary 19123 E Buckskin Ct Rio Verde, AZ 85263 480-471-4317 dgwoodford@aol.com
9001 Johnson Ave S Bloomington, MN 55437 (952)831-0310
15 Nordquist Johnson Joy (Babe) 27244 Old Hwy. #93 Elmo, Mt. 59915 (406) 849-5118 C(406)250-3703 No email address

10/14/2008 (251)

From Vickie Metcalfe (70): 


Letaine Bolen served DHS as an English teacher in Dunseith in the mid ’70′s through 1982.   She came to ND from Texas, when her sister was teaching at Dunseith Indian Day School.

In 1981, She married Bill Brandt,moved to Bottineau and was an English teacher here in the system until  about 2003.

Diane, her beloved sister died of an aneurism in Texas in 1996.

In 2002, Letaine then was teaching in Belcourt when diabetes began ravaging her body.

She lost parts of her toes and eyesight from one eye, and was undergoing dialysis in Belcourt.  While undergoing dialysis she’d  often find herself renewing communications with  parents of former students.

She and Bill had started  divorce proceedings when he died suddenly of pancreatic cancer last summer.

A couple months ago she got her kidney transplant. Two weeks later,she had a heart attack. Letaine has since been at Med Center 1 in Bismarck ND now awaiting heart surgery.

While in Dunseith, Letaine,was a very able English Teacher. Why do I know? Because she taught my brothers,  and since parents with their disabilties did not go to conferences… I did.

While as teacher, in Dunseith, a character trait goal I remember of Letaine; students looking at everyday on Letaine’s door was …..” BE YE KIND”….  And KIND  she is. She lived it. Former students will probably remember Letaine as a fine teacher who was always respectful of all, young or old, brown or white, poor or rich. And  quick thinking on her feet and very WITTY.

Thanks for asking.

A former Dunseith and Bottineau co-teacher,  Vickie Metcalfe

Letaine’s mailing address and phone number

Medcenter One
Letaine Brandt
300 N.  Seventh St.
Bismarck, ND  58501

Her phone # is 701-323-  and ask for Letaine Brandt’s room. They have been moving her around a lot.  That # will get the main hospital and they will transfer to her room.

You will not have to use Letaine’s maiden name with the address for any letters

Reply from Ardy Bakken Horner (former teacher): 

Gary  If anyone ever goes to Holden Village (Lutheran retreat Center) in Washington, they can still experience a bowling  with hand

set pins, my kids were amazed to see it on our visit there.  Ardy Bakken Horner

Reply from Marlene Lilleby Plmquist/Larson (53): 


Thanks for adding me to your list, have enjoyed reading the Dunseith alumni news.  After being gone so many years I even still remember some of the names appearing.  What ship are you all going on for the Alaskan Cruise on July 24th?

Thanks again.  Marlene Lilleby Palmquist/ Larsen

From Erling Landsverk (44): 







Erling,I remember Sander & Eddie Johnson very well. I was only 13 years old when Sander died, but I still remember him well.  Laverne Rude, these guys were your great uncles.McKay siblings, Sander lived less than 1/4 mile from you uncle Elmer Lindberg, your mother Alice’s brother. Your mother would have been neighbors to the Johnson’s too, in her growing up days.  I will never forget Sander’s glass eye.  I remember Eddie helping some of our neighbors, at different times, with tasks they needed help with.  The Johnson farm was located about 1/2 mile into Bottineau county on the Metigoshe road.  I remember Sander with his cream station in his house along with his little store and gas pump outside.  Sander’s funeral, at Salem church, is one of the first funerals that I remember ever attending.  Laverne, I remember Sander being at your house, really often, when we’d visit you guys.  My dad was the executor of Sander’s estate after he died.  I remember it as being quite a complicated estate.

I found a picture of Sander with his cream truck, from the 1984 Bottineau Centennial book,that I have pasted below.  That sure looks like the Lindberg barn in the back ground.  Gary

Johnson, Sander 2185

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

Gailord, this is a great picture. Is this your HS senior picture? Gary

Gailord Peltier (80)
Peltier, Gaylord 2185

                                  Dunseith High SchoolClass of 1956

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Awalt Houle Bonnie 16809 127th St Se Becker, MN 55308 (763) 262-3534 houle@izoom.net
2 Bedard Lamoureux Gayl 1654 Angus Pl Chino Valley, AZ 86323 (928) 636-4673 4673glamx@msn.com
3 Boucher Elmer/Joanne Route 2 Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 244-2180 ejboucher@ndak.net
4 Conroy Don 918 1ST AVE SW MINOT, ND  58701 (701) 838-1389 donjconroy@gmail.com
5 Cota Gary 774 9TH ST E DICKINSON, ND  58601 701- 290-2550 No email address
6 Espe Dennis 16 3rd St. Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5724 peggyespe@yahoo.com
7 Haagenson Rainey Neva RR 1  Box 5 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5482 No email address
8 Hiatt Fugere Lois/Orelle 1790 W Star Lake Dr Elma, WA 98541 (360) 482-3010 No email address
9 Hill Kenneth RR 1  Box 5 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5482 No email address
10 Hosmer Bob 18606 52nd W. #222 Lynnwood, WA 98037 (425) 673-6254 rkhosmer@comcast.net
11 Leonard Workman Janice 2610 25th St SE Auburn, WA 98002 (253) 833-7619 janice_workman@earthlink.com
12 Lider Williams Caroleen 408 BRANDER ST Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3891 No email address
13 Parisien Cuffe Ellen Born June 25, 1938    –    Died November 7, 1995 Deceased
14 Pigeon Curtis Born October 31, 1937    –    Died April 3, 2006 Deceased
15 Pigeon Kenneth 3284  92nd St Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 244-5448 No email address
16 Poeppel Bruce Born January 24, 1938    –    Died April 24, 2001 Deceased
17 Rohrer Pahulick Clarice 16559 Labradore North Hills, CA 91343 (818) 892-5616 Went through 4th grade in Dunseith. Does not remember many folks.
18 Watkins Elaine Born January 1, 1938    –    Died July 7, 1993 Deceased

10/12/2008 (249)

From Neola Kofoid Garbe: neolag@min.midco.net


Again, I don’t know if you are interested in this clipping, or not.  It was in the Minot Daily awhile ago.  I saved it because it reminds me of the “old” bowling alley in Dunseith.  I had never seen a bowling alley until I saw that one.  I was quite impressed. Ha!  It amazed me how quick the pin boys were, and how dangerous their job must be.  Some of the men who were bowling, really “whipped” the bowling ball down the alley.  I didn’t know at that time (about 1953), I would become an avid bowler when I was older.  At one time, Wally/I bowled on a couples’ league, and I bowled on two women’s leagues.  I absolutely loved it.

Later, when Garden Lanes (I think that’s the name of the “new” bowling alley.) opened, Jim, Curt Bjornseth (Jim and Curt were good friends.), and I thought it would be fun to try bowling–we were “visiting” Dad one Sunday afternoon.  We asked the person at the desk in the bowling alley how much it cost to bowl a game.  They told us, and we went back to the garage and got the money from Dad.  When we were finished (That must have been some game/games, as none of us had ever bowled before.) bowling, we went to the desk to pay for it.  It seemed we didn’t have enough money.  When we had asked how much it cost to bowl, we didn’t realize it would cost each one of us that much and for each game.  We thought the price covered all three of us for both games!!  Live and learn.  That was my first experience with bowling.  Another good memory. :)



Folks,  I have pasted several pictures from my Achieves below.  Gary

               Cheryl Bailey & Ernie Gottbreht (65) – July 12, 2007
Gottbreht, Ernie 2183

Ginger LaRocque Poitra (65)  – In back Easter Murray Flemming (65) – July 12, 2007
LaRocque, Ginger 2183

                                     Dunseith High School class of 1954

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Awalt Jolliffe Emma Jean Gary 2452 E Morelos St Chandler, AZ 85225 (480) 792-9221
2 Chilton Counts Renee 16581 E Seventh Pl Aurora, CO 80011 (303) 341-2705 denver 1/29/36
3 Crum Clark A. 7550 Ojibway Park Bay Woodbury, MN 55125 (651) 414-0799 No email address
8 Fugere Orelle/Lois Hiatt 1790 W Star Lake Dr Elma, WA 98541 (360) 482-3010 No email address
4 Grimme Conley R. Born April 2, 1936    –    Died February 8, 2002 Deceased
5 Halvorson Lider Arliss C. 1340 Highway 5 NE Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-5203 No email address
6 Hobbs Ziegler Viola E. 1602 N.E. Riverside Drive, Unit # 12 McMinnville, OR 97128 503-474-2563 rtziegler@onlinemac.com
7 Jolliffe Gary    Emma Jean 2452 E Morelos St Chandler, AZ 85225 (480) 792-9221 gjolliffe@cox.net
8 Lider Clayton L. 1340 Highway 5 NE Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-5203 No email address
9 Morgan Gary D. 1272 45TH AVE NW GARRISON, ND  58540  (701) 337-5666      (701) 255-6805 gmorgan56@hotmail.com
16 Parisien Eugene 2753 Otto Ct Green Bay, WI 54313 (920) 494-8252 gaparisien@hotmail.com
10 Schneider Lamb Betty Jane  Willard (Bill) 3216 Walnut St. Grand Forks, ND 58201 (701) 775-8817 bandblamb@netzero.com
11 Williams Jerry R. 120 15th St SE Watertown, SD 57201 (605) 886-7050 jrwilliams@wat.midco.net

10/11/2015 (248)

From Gary Metcalfe (57):  

Reply to Sybil Johnson

I can see a great desire to know about your family, The Kelly’s were part of a group of interesting people who lived on an insignificant piece of land about 1 mile north of Kelvin Store.  To give you an idea of Mary Kelly’s spunk, we had to go through her yard to get to Grandma Evan’s place.  One day she caught Little Martin Evans at the gate and told him his brother-in-law, Paul Byre had left her gate open and he was in deep trouble.  Martin told her that really Paul was a pretty darn good guy.  She said, “Yes, but I don’t know what for.” As you said about Raymond, he never came back very often, but on a nice summer day occasionally he would show up and tell stories of rideing with Pancho Villa during the Revolution.  Raymond claimed to be a first class bum, thus his alias “Bum Kelly”.  Now Harold Kelly was a close family friend, our barber and wood cutter.  He was almost as good with a double bit axe as Bing Evans.  He was probably #2 in personality in the whole area.  No wonder Harold’s son, Randy, did so well in politics.  I think he was Mayor of St. Paul, Mn.  Harold’s brother, Allen Kelly was another brother my folks knew, but I did not.

Gus Hackman lived on 40 acres next door and was one interesting bachelor.

Bill Lamb you brought up Len Guilbert’s name.  He lived where Gus lived for a short time in the late 40′s.  He was an old man when I knew him, had been around the world.  No end to his stories.  He had St. Vidas Dance or something like that.  Len claimed to have been someone to reckon with in his early years.  It’s been so long ago I don’t remember who was even along with me, but Tootsie Peterson was the driver and we wound up in Len’s yard, he drew us a picture which he titled “A Bloody Fine Rooster” and he was!  Dunseith is in Guilbert township, which was named after his father, Giles Guilbert.

Bill Lamb I know you have a wealth of knowledge about how things were in early times.  What were you doing at Central School when Hilltop was much closer.  I can’t imagine  that Bobby Stickland went to Hilltop School, maybe you can shed some light on that.  I do think I remember someone saying that on the blog.

Request/Message from Blanche Wicks Schley (42):

Do you have a master list of DHS alumni by address?  I have the e-mail list printed out.

My neighbor asked me today if I would like to live in a smaller town.  My answer was that I would not mind that al all — residents in smaller towns tend to be more caring and concerned about their neighbors.  I am not saying that is not true of areas in larger towns,  and Grand Forks is not that large a town (or should I have said “city”) the attitude of indifference is more predominate.

Harvesting of sugar beets as started here in the Red River Valley…and now the rains will slow this project for a bit.  The leaves are turning colors and everyone is raking lawns in hopes of getting that chore done before the vacuum truck comes around )they do two swings of the city).   Snow has been reported in the southwesternI  part of ND as well in the more western states.  Doesn’t that make you lonesome for the fun job of snow removal, etc?

Does anyone know about Gladys Melhouse who taught in the grades.  I can’t remember just what grades she had or how long she taught in Dunseith.

Thanks again for orchestrating such a good idea and bring so many “players” together.

Blanche, I do have a combined Alumni list inclusive of classes 1930 thru 1977. I will send that out with a separate mailing today.  Gary

Newpaper clippings provided by Neolo Kofoid Garbe:

Folks, I know many of you know Clayton & Dorothy Gagner. I’m sure some of you are probably related to them too.  My folks were very close friends of Dorothy and Clayton’s.  Lloyd Awalt, I know you know them well too.  They are wonderful folks. Gary

October 7, 2008
Gegner, Clayton 2182


                                  Dunseith High School Class of 1953

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Aamodt Robert RR Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 244-5743 No email address
2 Boardman Smith Joyce 6634 W 64th Street Chicago, IL 60638-4916 773-586-9130 saj10171@msn.com. 
3 Counts Eugene Born August 12, 1935    –    Died August 6, 1995 Deceased
4 Dore Esperum Donna Mae 11500 15th Ave NE #301 Seattle, Wa 98125 (206) 781-4830 No email address
5 Fassett Tessin Carol Can not locate death record Deceased
6 Hiatt Bernard 1354 Spruce Dr Enumclaw, WA 98022 (360) 802-8987 No email address
7 Hiatt Donald Born May 23, 1932    –    Died September 28, 1996 Deceased
8 Klang Lohr Viola 8057 Us Highway 287 Townsend, MT 59644 (406) 266-4272 No email address
9 Leonard Edmund Born May 29, 1935    –    Died December 27, 2003 Deceased
10 Lilleby Larson Marlene 16869 Frey Rd Ephrata, WA 98823 (509) 754-5877 mpquist@donobi.net
11 Nordquist Perry Arllycemae Born January 25, 1935    –    Died July 12, 1990 Deceased
12 Olson Solin Darlene 507 Harvey Ave HARVEY, ND  58341  (701) 324-2385 No email address
13 Peterson Williams Doris 1011 Jay St. #3 Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3395 No email address
14 Poeppel Stepina Betty Lou Born July 23, 1935    –    Died January 5, 1981 Deceased

Folks, These are several pictures that we took of Salem Church, inside and out, last year. As I

mentioned several days ago, Leonard and Arliss Rude Hagen did a fantastic job refurbishing

the church.  Salem Church is located 7 or 8 miles east of Lake Metigoshe on #43.

That is me standing inside the church.  Gary
Stokes 2182

10/10/2008 (247)

Folks,  I am running on generator power today.  They have a scheduled brown out (no electricity) from 8:00 am to 5:pm today.  I have a 5.5 KW generator that I brought with us from the states.  It pretty much powers up everything.  It’s been 7 or 8 months since I fired it up.  It’s about noon now, so I think Bernadette and I will go down to the mall for the rest of the afternoon.  Gary

From Sybil Johnson: 

Good morning, Gary and everyone! I’ve looked at all the names of those who graduated from Dunseith and I see none of Augie’s family. I thought they had all

graduated from Dunseith, but evidently that assumption is wrong. Also, I enjoyed looking at the pictures from Dick. I use to drive over that old bridge between

Bismarck and Mandan, when I was in direct sales many many years ago. Thanks again for all the interesting stories and pictures on this site. It is fabulous and

fascinating. Sybil Johnson

Reply from Diane Larson Sjol (70): 

Paulette (LaCroix)…

I lived in Germany for quite awhile and was last there for a visit in
2001 but an itching to go back. Have never been to France and since I
am half french, would love to go….where do you stay?  Where do you
fly out of?

Message/Pictures from Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59): 

The picture of Wm Gottbreht Sr and his grandchildren Anice, Bill and Lois
held by William Gottbreht. The elevator appears in good condition at the
time, circa 1923. Exploration of the old elevator was forbidden in my youth,
advice which I heeded.

The second picture is of Lois Borland Brown and her oldest child, Bill.

Sorry I did not separate these pictures before scanning! No idea how to

Gottbreht, William 2181 Gottbreht, William 2181-1

Folks, This is an old picture I found that was taken at one of the Ackworth School Alumni’s.

I think this picture was taken in 1992.

Dick Johnson & Rod Hiatt, I am wearing the Dunseith Centennial Belt that you guys designed and had Molded.

My Dad gave me that Belt & Buckle for my birthday in 1982. I wore that buckle, nearly everyday, for 25 years

I need to purchase another belt and start wearing it again. Gary

2/6/2015 Note: Myself (Gary Stokes) and Elwood Fauske are the only two living soles today in this picture.

L to R:
Gary Stokes, Willie Hiatt, Walter Bowers, Clarence Hagen, Elwood Fauske, Dennis Hiatt & Edmar Tangen
Ackworth 2181

Article from the Bottineau Courant provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Loretta Neameyer Wall Graduated with the class of 1972
Neameyer Wall, Loretta 2181

The healthy Dunseith High School Class of 1952 – They are all living and well

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Brennan Groff 1 Morning Beach Drive Apt #10 Bellingham, WA 98229 306-927-9444 No email address
2 Godfrey Cantarella Rowena L. 121 5th St. N. #104 Great Falls, MT 59401 (406) 788-0774 No email address
3 Hosmer Don PO Box 725 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5788 No email address
4 Lamoureux Wood Dorothy 12792 Poplar St Garden Grove, CA 92845 (714) 379-6445 wooddode@verizon.net
5 Leonard William Lorette (Berube) 23335 Cedar Way #101 Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043 (425) 778-6051 No email address
1403 W Broadway Ave., #278 Apache Junction, AZ 85200 (480) 288-9832
6 McKay Clayton (Kick) RR 1  Box 501 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-0411
7 Morgan Richard L. 374 26th Ave SW Washburn, ND 58577 (701) 462-8549 No email address
8 Peterson Artzer Mary 730 Algona Blvd N Algona, WA 98001 (253) 735-6533 No email address
9 Sunderland Leonard Donna/Bob PO Box67 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5528   701-263-3149 bleonard@srt.com
10 Williams Glen I. 802 Normans Ln Missoula, MT 59803 (406) 728-5045 junnermt@msn.com

10/7/2008 (244)

Folks, do any of you know the James Egbert that was in the class of 1939? Adrian had a brother James, but he was born in 1893, so he would have been kind of old for that class.  I found the death record for a James Egbert, with a ND Social Security number, that was born in 1920 and died in 1945. I’m wondering if that could be the guy who graduated in 1939?  If any of you see Donald Egbert around town, please ask him if he had a cousin named James or if he knows anything about this James Egbert that was born in 1920 and died in 1945.  Thanks,  Gary

Reply from Sharron Gottbreht Shen (Dale’s Daughter): 

My file for Anna Gottbreht and Harold W. Borland needs more work but I do

show that Lois BORLAND class of ’33 was born in Dunseith 1921. The family
which included Annice [1908], William [1911] and Lois [1921], moved to
Tigard, Oregon about 1928. Lois married WWII Airforce pilot Dell Brown in
Washington D.C. 1942. Dell and Lois raised five children in Sandpoint, Idaho
where Lois died in 2007. Many may recall Dell Brown’s picture in the Turtle
Mt Star as winner of the precious metal Cenntennial belt buckle.

I have a fine picture of Annice, Bill and Lois aboard horse and wagon with
their grandfather, William Gottbreht. Victor has a better scanner and I
shall send soonest.

Gary, I relish every message Evie forwards. Next to family, my childhood
bonds hold fondest memories. Thank you.

Sharron Gottbreht Shen ’59/60

Sharron, Thank you so much for including me with this reply to your sister Evie. I know that many of our folks will know and remember you. I have also added you to our distribution list.  I’m assuming that you probably attended the academy in Willow city?  I see you have your class year listed as 59/60. Which one of those classes would you prefer to be included with?  Looking forward to seeing the picture. Gary

Reply from Ann Boppre Perry (72): 

Morning Gary and all,

A reply to Sharon about the trophies.   Only the ones not on permanent

display are available.  Some have already been spoken for.

As for butte St. Paul:  it is 12 miles East of Bottineau–and 3 miles North.
Or from Dunseith  6 miles West and 3 North.

Yes, I do live in the same section of Cordelia township, Bottineau county.

Thanks again for all you do.

Reply to the DHS class list of 39 from Evon Lagerquist (77): 

Hi Gary, In case you are interested, Angeline Hiatt was married to Frank Ormberg, and they ran a dairy farm in Spokane, WA. Her and her sister were both diabetic. I’m guessing that they died from problems from that.


Evon, With all of the Hiatt, Hiatt relatives and folks that know the Hiatt’s on our list, I am replying to you with a group message.  Angeline Hiatt graduated with the class of 1939.  Her parents were Mr. & Mrs. Art Hiatt.  Art was a brother to your Grandfather, George.  Angeline Married Frank Ormberg from Bottineau.  They moved to Spokane, WA in 1948 and ran a Dairy, like you mentioned.  I located Frank Ormberg and just now got off the phone with him.  Frank is living in Beaverton, Oregon. His phone number is (503) 531-9449. Frank was born in 1920.  Talking to him on the phone, he seems to be very healthy, both physically and Mentally.  He told me that Angeline died in 1969 when they were living in Spokane.  Like you said, Angeline and her sister both were diabetic and that was the ultimate cause of her death.  Gary

From Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

I had an informative phone conversation with Lorraine Peterson about the
Egbert family. She told me there were four siblings she knew of, Adrian,
twins Jim and George, and a sister who drowned at an early age. She said
George was in the hospital when she and Duane were married and he really
had nowhere to go. Duane told him he could stay with them a few days
until he was well. He left 17 years later! He helped them with the
chores and kids etc. He picked berries and sold them and traded horses
off and on. Jim was married and had two sons. When Jim was older, he was
a resident of the Dunseith Nursing Home. One day I came home from school
and turned on the TV. I heard the door open and close and assumed Dad or
Mom came in so I just didn’t give it any more thought. Here was old Jim
Egbert with his cane walking through our house to the front door on his
way over to Ade’s. I sat up and about two seconds later two workers from
the nursing home came through the living room and got a hold of Jim and
headed out. I’m trying to remember the two guys, I think it was Wally
Hiatt and Jim Hanson. Anyway one said, “Sorry about that”. It all
happened so fast it really didn’t sink in–I went back to watching TV!
The thing I remember about the Egberts was that they had a odd speech
impediment. It was George who seemed to be hardest to understand, as I
recall. Thanks Gary!


I received this article from Neola Kofoid Garbe yesterday, that she sent out to her Bottineau Bunch.  This article was published in the Bottineau Courant in 2004. Salem Church is connected more to the Bottineau side, but I know many of you remember and can relate to Salem.  Salem Church was our family church in my growing up days.  Salem is located about 2 miles into Bottineau County on #43 and 7 or so miles east of Lake Metigoshe.  During the summer months, Glen Rude unlocks the church doors, every morning, for the public to view.  Arliss Rude Hagen’s parents were Albert & Gladys Rude.  They lived a short distance east and on the south side of the road from the church.  Glen currently lives on the home place.  Their Brother Laverne is Married to Carrole Fauske (66).  Arliss is married to Leonard Hagen, originally from Rolette.  The Sunday school attendance chart is still hanging on the wall in the back of the church. My name and some of you on this distribution are listed on that chart.  Arliss and Leonard did a really fine job restoring the whole church, both inside and out. Feel free to stop in and take a look if you are driving by.  If the door is locked, Glen will let you in, if he is home.

Note: This article does not mention that Arliss and Leonard lived in Woodenville/Bellevue, WA and owned & operated Hagen’s construction for nearly 40 years. They are professionals when it comes to building and remodeling.


Salem Church 2179-1Salem Church 2179-2

Folks, For all but one group, I forgot to list the class when I posted the class of 50 with yesterday’s message, so I have posted it again today.  Gary

                                    Dunseith High School Class of 1950

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Brennan Faye A. Deceased
2 Cote Fugere Esther 9280 24th Ave NE Willow City, ND 58384 (701) 228-3220 No email address
3 Fassett Orville J. Born December 28, 1932    –    Died February 18, 2006 Deceased
4 Godfrey Patrick H. 2320 Thallas St Council Bluffs, IA 51503 (712) 322-8770 No email address
5 Hagen Leland/Betty 816 Lee Hollow Dr BRYAN, TX  77802 (979) 775-1734 lghagen@cs.com
6 Hanson Englegbret Clarice J. Unable to locate Clarice
7 Hiatt Dahl Florence I. 6460 Village Pkwy Anchorage, AK 99504 (907) 333-7356 fidahl@gci.net
8 Molgard Sanders Marlene A. 16525 Long Lake Rd Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 (218) 847-7383 No email address
9 Poeppel Vogsland Ella Mae 6423 Highway 81 Grafton, ND 58237 (701) 352-2786 No email address
10 Watkins Hill Murl I. RR 1 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5513 mlhill@srt.com
11 Williams Donald L. PO Box 816 Garrison, ND  58540 (701) 463-7666 No email address
12 Vennes Frank E. 1001 22nd St E WILLISTON, ND  58801 (701) 572-4150  C(701) 570-3271 norskie85375@yahoo.com
1599 SW Foxpoint Trl Palm City, FL 34990 (772) 283-9871

10/6/2008 (243)

Folks, some of you have been asking about our Alaska Cruise. For those that desire, we are currently working out hotel & transportation arrangements from the hotel to the ship.  I will be discussing this with Gina, our travel agent, before making any arrangements.  There are several hotels very near to the Seattle airport (SeaTac) that will offer good group rates to accommodate both those that will be flying and also driving. For those that drive they will be able to park their car at the hotel, while on the cruise, for about $10/day.  Gary
Message from Leland Hagen (50), Orvin’s brother: 


I want to thank you for the information on Pearl Melhus. She was a distant cousin and neighbor .They moved away sometime in the 1930s and we completely lost touch with them. I don’t remember her but Orvin does.

Thanks for all the great news from and about the Dunseith area. I look forward
to your messages every day.

Leland Hagen (50)

From Blanche Wicks Schley (42): 

Here is information about my brother and sisters.   I noticed that you have the information on Henry…

(also thanks for the picture of the class of 1938).  Marjorie was born April 24, 1914 in Bottineau and she passed away March 4, 1934 in Dunseith.  Gwendolyn (Courture) was born April 30, 1918 in Bottineau nd she passed away January 9, 2002 at Gering, Nebr.  Gladys (Leonard) was born August 16, 1912 in Bottineau and she pased away July, 1994 in Pueblo, CO.

Gladys used to hear from Angelina Murray.  She was living on the west coast and I believe that she passed away years ago.   Aaron Dale was in grade school with me — do you know what happened to that family?   Another name comes to mind when I think about school days in Dunseith — Joyce Hill.  When we lived in Dunseith, the Cornell family lived next door…did they move before high school?  Keith Cornell lived in Grand Forks and his son and grandson also live here — Keith died a few years ago.

Thanks again for taking on such a project — you are to be commended for doing this.  I know that it brings back pleasant memories of school days.

Blancke, Thank you so much for all this info for your family members. I have pasted your family members with their class years below. Hopefully someone will know the answers to you questions.  I too would like to know.  Gary

Wicks Leonard Gladys Born August 16, 1912     –     Died July 1994 Deceased 32
Wicks Couture Gwendolyn Born April 30, 1918     –     Died January 9, 2002 Deceased 35
Wicks Henry Born June 15, 1920    –    Died June 6, 1986 Deceased 38
Wicks Marjory Born April 24, 1914     –     Died March 4, 1934 Deceade 33
Wicks Schley Blanche 2005 First Ave N Grand Forks, ND 58203 (701) 775-8478 bschley@Medicine.nodak.edu 42

Message/Picture from Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

I am sending my grandparent’s wedding invitation from 1926. Mrs.
Abrahamson was a good friend of my grandmother and must have given this
back to her years later. The interesting postmark is
‘Carpenter–No.Dak.’ This post office was north of Carpenter Lake. Also
note the one cent postage stamp! Hand written by my great grandmother,
Della James Strietzel, on a plain recipe card in pencil. Thanks Gary!



  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Brennan Faye A.  Unable to locate death record Deceased
2 Cote Fugere Esther 9280 24th Ave NE Willow City, ND 58384 (701) 228-3220 No email address
3 Fassett Orville J. Born December 28, 1932    –    Died February 18, 2006 Deceased
4 Godfrey Patrick H. 2320 Thallas St Council Bluffs, IA 51503 (712) 322-8770 No email address
5 Hagen Leland/Betty 816 Lee Hollow Dr BRYAN, TX  77802 (979) 775-1734 lghagen@cs.com
6 Hanson Englegbret Clarice J. Unable to locate Clarice
7 Hiatt Dahl Florence I. 6460 Village Pkwy Anchorage, AK 99504 (907) 333-7356 fidahl@gci.net
8 Molgard Sanders Marlene A. 16525 Long Lake Rd Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 (218) 847-7383 No email address
9 Poeppel Vogsland Ella Mae 6423 Highway 81 Grafton, ND 58237 (701) 352-2786 No email address
10 Watkins Hill Murl I. RR 1 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5513 mlhill@srt.com
11 Williams Donald L. PO Box 816 Garrison, ND  58540 (701) 463-7666 No email address
12 Vennes Frank E. 1001 22nd St E WILLISTON, ND  58801 (701) 572-4150  C(701) 570-3271 norskie85375@yahoo.com
1599 SW Foxpoint Trl Palm City, FL 34990 (772) 283-9871

10/5/2008 (242)

From Shirley Olson Warcup (49):  

Gary & Neola,

Thanks for the pictures and information on Butte St. Paul.  That was the gathering place for my Grandmother’s family (Alma Johnson) on the 4th of July–as it was for other families also.  We always had a great time and it was about the only time we ever had orange “pop”.  We always looked forward to that occasion.  If I remember correctly, I believe there was often some dignitary who would give a short talk.  This would have been in the mid to late 1930′s.

Once again, Gary, thanks for this network!!

Shirley Olson Warcup

Reply from Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

A little more information on the tower at the Dahl farm, near Lake
Metigoshe. My wife read the emails and gave me a bit of insight on the
old structure. She works for North Dakota Forest Service in Bottineau
and was involved with getting the old landmark removed. The Forest
Service erected the tower in 1957 and had a 50 year lease on the
property where it stood, so 2007 was the last year of that lease and the
tower was not used any more for its original purpose of spotting forest
fires. There was a liability issue also as people would climb the tower
for kicks. A college student fell and was injured not that long before
it was taken down. The lower stairs had been removed but people would
still find ways to climb it. It is much better to have it at the
Bottineau County Museum for all to enjoy, even though it is only a
‘short’ version of the original.The Forest Service donated the tower and
paid for the moving expense to get it to the museum grounds. I remember
when it was put up in ’57 and when it was taken down in ’07 so that must
make me REAL old! Thanks Gary!


From Susan Malaterre Johnson (69): 

This picture was taken during Ike. Please ignore me as I had been drenched several times. The best surprise was that Jeff was born in Bismarck! He still has family there.  I worked with pride.  This was brought to mind when Ivy mentioned that Julie”s name is Dahl.  What a small world. Susan Johnson

Picture from Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

In looking for another item, I ran across the obituary of Grandma’s cousin, Harvey James. I mentioned this before so just thought I would send it for folks to read. Thanks Gary!


James, Harvey 2177

Dunseith High School Class of 1939

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Bergeron Fugere Doris Born February 12, 1921    –    Died March 27, 2001 Deceased
2 Bergeron Geraldine Born August 11, 1919    –    Died July 15, 1975 Deceased
3 Borland Lois  Unable to locate
4 Boucher Brunsell Yvette Born February 14, 1922    –    Died February 27, 1991 Deceased
5 Cain Bryce Born June 14, 1920    –    Died Ferbruary 12, 2005 Deceased
6 Cornell Gagner Jean Born April 21, 1921    –    Died April 26, 1997 Deceased
7 Damstrom Doris  Unable to locate
8 Damstrom Irene  Unable to locate
9 Danielson Johnny Born July 26, 1921    –    Died February 15, 1976 Deceased
10 Dion Charles 14218 73rd Ave NE, Apt B102 Bothell, WA 98011 (425) 821-7306 chasdion@yahoo.com
11 Egbert James Born December 18, 1893    –    Died September 15, 1968 Deceased
12 Hiatt Angeline Angeline passed away – not sure of her married name Father was Art Hiatt – moved to Spokane
13 Hiatt Lang Charlotte Born July 5, 1920    –    Died January 26, 1994 Deceased
14 Higgins Loeb Hannah 23321 8th Pl W Bothell, WA 98021 (425) 415-0466 karen.mhyre@gmail.com (Daughter Karen’s email address)
15 Kjos Clayton 2019 N Locust Rd Spokane Valley, WA 99206 (509) 924-5474 cpkjos@netscape.com
16 Lagerquist Campbell Olga Born May 9, 1919    –    Died February 6, 2001 Deceased
17 Martinson Clarence Born December 23, 1921    –    Died November 1983 Deceased
18 Metcalfe Oswell Leona Born October 13, 1921    –    Died November 2, 2006 Deceased
19 Morlan Quam Evelyn Born December 18, 1919    –    Died September 19, 1998 Deceased
20 Peterson Hovland Lucille Born October 2, 1920    –    Died July 15, 2003 Deceased
21 Rohrer Bill Born January 30, 1922    –    Died April 1985 Deceased
22 Rude Art PO Box 365 Dunseith ND 58329 701-244-5814 artrude@hotmail.com   (His son Art)
23 Rude Odis Born June 4, 1921    –    Died August 11, 2006 Deceased
24 Schwabe Howard Born September 4, 1918    –    Died September 17, 2001 Deceased
25 Smith Joseph  Unable to locate
26 Smith Salmonson Marion Born March 26, 1921    –    Died February 24, 2006 Deceased
27 Stickland Robert 242 10 St W Dickinson, ND 58601 (701) 483-7686 lee_stickland@yahoo.com – His son Lee’s Email address
28 Stransky Laddie Born June 14, 1921    –    Died January 1982 Deceased
29 Thomas Marvin Born March 10. 1920    –    Died December 15, 1949 Deceased
30 Williams Wayne Born March 26, 1921    –    Died February 19, 1976 Deceased

10/4/2008 (241)

Reply from Louise Pigeon Horsman (43): 

I talked to Martha Jolibois Wilkie’s (34) sister today (my cousins) and got some info. Martha was born March 2, 1917 and died July 1984. She lived in Tacoma, Wa. for some time.

                                    Dunseith High School Class of 1938

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Bedard Serumgard Antoinette 3389 SQUIRE OAK DR LEXINGTON, KY  40515  Sister Georgette (248)960-7565 Antoinette is suffering from advance stages of Alzheimer’s
2 Boguslawski Rose 141 Bryant St Ketchikan, AK 99901 (907) 225-3268 No Email Address
3 Boucher Delbert Born July 26, 1917    –    Died November 29, 2002 Deceased
4 Boucher Ovide Born June 12, 1918    –    Died January 18, 1999 Deceased
5 Bowers Carlson Mildred Born June 21, 1920    –    Died January 6, 1995 Deceased
6 Christianson Struck Florence 823 Railroad Ave Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2759 Note: Florence attended country school with some of these folks.
7 Dailly Johnson Beatrice 823 Railroad Ave, Apt 11 Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2449 No Email Address
8 Dale Charlotte  Unable to locate
9 Evans Myron Born April 9, 1920   –    Died March 30, 1968 Deceased
10 Hagen Arends Choral Died in 1972 in Oregon Deceased
11 Hagen Larson Clara Good Samaritan Nursing home Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-5823 No Email Address
12 Hagen Orvin 261 Maple St Kindred, ND 58051 (701) 428-3125 Note: Orvin attended country school with some of these folks.
13 Hiatt Pratt Sovia Born October 26, 1919    –    Died August 1986 Deceased
14 Kester Charles Born April 18, 1919    –    Died March 3, 1999 Deceased
15 Landsverk Filas Borghild 150 Hess Ave Golden, CO 80401 (303) 526-4495 FILAS@COMCAST.NET
16 Landsverk Rolf Born May 25, 1919    –    Died January 27, 2003 Deceased
17 Lucht Nellie
18 Martin Alvin Born January 25, 1921    –    Died February 1973 Deceased
19 Millang Salmonson Agnes Born January 7, 1921    –    Died April 27, 2007 Deceased
20 Nelson Molstad Arlene 1371 Parkside Dr. #146 San Bernardino, CA 92404 (909) 884-4062 No Email Address
21 Nerpel Bishop Eleanor 6111 W Arrowhead Ave Kennewick, WA 99336- (509) 783-9921 abmyers2@verizon.net (Daughter Ann’s email)
22 Peltier Vincent Plano, TX?  Unable to locate
23 Petty Caprice  Unable to locate
24 Radley Hiatt Maxine 823 Railroad Ave, Apt 9 Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2767 No Email Address
25 Rohrer George PO Box 431 Sitka, AK 99835 (907) 747-8204 No Email Address
26 Ryan Anthony Born June 5, 1918    –    Died October 25, 2006 Deceased
27 Ryan Dary Born July 1, 1916    –    Died June 6, 1997 Deceased
28 Salmonson Henry RR 1  Box 134 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4338 No Email Address
29 Satrang Wenstad Lela Born March 24, 1920    –    Died December 29, 1981 Deceased
30 Schirmer Darwin Oak Harbor, WA.? unable to locate
31 Seim Metcalfe Lindberg Bernice Born September 30, 1919    –    Died November 10, 1993 Deceased
32 Smith Ishem Born May 4, 1919    –    Died July 29, 2001 Deceased
33 Stadheim Russell Born January 17, 1922    –    Died June 1979 Deceased
34 Stickland Beaudry Delma Born October 23, 1919    –    Died January 1994 Deceased
35 Tennancour Evans Berube Alice Born August 29, 1919    –    Died February 25, 2008 Deceased
36 Tennancour Nermyr Violette Born December 28, 1918    –    Died July 2, 1978 Deceased
37 Wicks Henry Born June 15, 1920    –    Died June 6, 1986 Deceased

Butte Saint Paul – Provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Hi Gary,

I sent an email earlier today that included Flora Cameron Burr’s poems.  When I checked the site, I saw one of the poems was “Butte St. Paul”.  The following URL takes you directly to this article/poem.  I don’t know if you have checked the site out, but I’d like your opinion on the info that’s written about Butte St. Paul.  I know the mileage of how far you go east from Bottineau before you turn right, is incorrect.  Also, was Bottineau County  interested in putting up a monument, or was it Rolette County?  My education is never complete!!



Neola, I pasted the Butte Saint Paul history below from the WEB site you listed above. Butte Saint Paul has been discussed different times, so I know there’s interest in Butte Saint Paul among our folks.  I’m not sure of the answers to your questions, but I’m sure someone will know. Ann Marie Boppre Perry (72) lives next to Butte Saint Paul.  She told me the exact miles west and north of Dunseith, but off the top of my head I forgot the exact miles. I believe Butte Saint Paul is one mile into Bottineau county. The county line I believe is 5 miles west of Dunseith. I think it’s 18 miles from Dunseith to Bottineau, so my calculations are that Butte Saint Paul would be 12 miles east of Bottineau and 5 or so miles north.  Ann Marie, can you give us the exact location again please?  Gary

Butte Saint Paul

Fr. George Anthony Belcourt
Butte St. Paul 2176-1

Alexander G. Burr
(In his Bottineau years)

Butte St. Paul 2176-2

      “About 1850 Father Belcourt, with some Indian guides made a trip in January from Pembina country to the Turtle Mountains, to undertake missionary work among the Indians. Reaching what is now called Butte St. Paul in Bottineau County, he was overtaken by a blizzard and sought shelter on the side of a friendly hill. Here they remained all night, almost smothered by the snow. In the morning the storm lifted and they saw the hill that had protected them. In grateful acknowledgement of the mercy afforded him the priest named it Butte St. Paul.
“In June Fr. Belcourt returned and erected a cross as a memorial. That cross remained for years and in 1885 another was erected in its place. This second cross was a distinctive symbol for many years.”
– A. G Burr June 28, 1933
      The Bottineau County Old Settler’s Association became interested in preserving the Butte St. Paul site. Based on this interest, the N. D. State Historical Society secured a plot on the summit and slope of the Butte as a state park. In June 1933 a permanent marker was dedicated. Supreme Court Justice Alexander G. Burr gave the address at the dedication. Mr. Burr was unfailing in support of his old home town.
Four years prior to the dedication, Justice Burr’s sister, Flora, wrote the following poem.

The Legend of Butte Saint Paul – 1929

Harken, O Holy Father,
The scouts move not a foot!
We rest until the blizzard abateth
In the lee of the friendly butte.

‘Tis the wraiths of our great ancestors
Who utter their horrible wail,
Many moons since White Cloud has witnessed
Such lashings of springtime gale.

May the Paleface comprehend
What cometh for our sake?
O’er that painted and feathered Dakota
Another storm doth break.

Wrapped deep in the snows I shall understand
The language of our land.
The good priest bound by the bitter blast
Heareth the Voice from above;
What are the man-made bound’ries and lines
To the Mighty Father of Love?

United States and the Canadas
Fashioned alike by my hand –
Rear ye a cross when the tempest stays
To the Christ of the friendly lands!

Cometh not death from this icy breath
Still work thou must do for Me,
When the cross is seen midst frosty sheen
My word shall rest on thee.

On the day that the blizzard abated
The priest with his little band
A green cross hewed of the mountain wood
For the Christ of the friendly lands:
“Now witness one and all
The cross on Butte Saint Paul!”

Dear Christ thine aid I sought;
Thou great deliverance wrought;
Through night of awful storm
I saw Thy mangled form.
Where Thy crimson footsteps led
That trail I too shall tread.

I shall return again
With my little band of men.
To me revealed Thy thought
To dedicate this spot.

Unto thy cause, till time doth cease
To Indian and the Paleface, Peace;
In the appointed time, by hands not mine
Be raised to Christ a greater shrine*.
Till hills and prairies hear,
The chanting of the pioneer.
Woe to this shire if cross shall fall,
Be snow or green on Butte Saint Paul.

* Tarsus Church

Butte St. Paul
Dedication – 1933

Butte St. Paul 2176-3

Tarsus Catholic Church
19 July 1908

Tarsus Catholic Church 2176

      The Great American Trails website states: “Butte St. Paul is one of the must-see sites on North Dakota’s Scenic Byway… one of the highest points in the Turtle Mountains, offering spectacular views…” It is located about 10 miles east of Bottineau and then 1 to 2 miles north of Highway-5. But, please don’t get caught in a blizzard like Father Belcourt!
All photos on this page were obtained from Historical Highlights of Bottineau County, 1977.

10/3/2008 (240)


Reading about Peter Poole brought back a lot of memories.  Pete lived 3/4 of a mile east of our farm on Highway 43.  My parents often hired him to help with haying and harvesting  He was a good friend of my parents.  As a kid, I liked to run over to his log home at meal time as he always had fried potatoes and fried wieners.  Pete owned a 160 acre farm and a 40 acre farm where he lived.  When I was about fifteen years old, our family bought the l60 acres which adjoined our farm.  Vickie Metcalfe’s family now own that land.  The note about Agnes and Martin Murray also brought back memories as I left my pony in their barn each day while I attended Central School on the south side of Carpenter Lake.  This was Don Johnson’s first teaching job, I believe.  Don used to tell us students we were teaching him as much as he taught us.

Another colorful old gentlemen that lived around Dunseith was Lynn Gilbert who had some colorful stories about the prohibition days.  Lynn would entertain several of the younger guys on a Saturday night at the Crystal Cafe with his many stories.

Gary, we appreciate everything that you do.  Bill Lamb

From Shirley LaRocque Wendt (59): 


Shirely, Our prayers will be with you.  Please keep us posted.  Gary

Reply from Rod Hiatt (69): 

Hello Gary

I did get the buckles made and handled the sale of them through my
Western store. I sold the remaining buckles that I had left to George
Gottbreht. I am not sure how many I had left, but George may still have
The company that cast the buckles was Award Design Medals from Norman
Oklahoma. They also made the Bottineau Centinniel buckle and I believe I
did 1 for Willow City and the 100 years of the Botno County Fair.
We made up a number of the brass buckles that were sold for $20.00 and 1
sterling silver with 24k gold plate that was auctioned off during the
centennials and the proceeds of the silver buckle was donated to the
committee. I believe my cousin Dwayne Lang ended up with the Dunseith
buckle and I think it brought around $1500-$1600. I know that Jim
Holwell got the Bottineau buckle, I believe Paul Heidbreder the fair
buckle and not sure on the Willow City one.
Dick also forgot to mention that the head of the design department of
Award Design told me that if Dick ever wanted a career as a design
artist to give them a call. He said this was one of the first drafts
that they didn’t have to do any touch up work on.
These buckles and Dick have something in common, when they were cast the
molds were broke and they will never be duplicated.
God only knows that 2 Dick Johnsons would be too much.

Rod, I had a nice visit with your Mother, Vida, several days ago. She sounds great and is doing well.  Gary

Reply from Carmen Leonard Richard (Rolette): 

Class of 1936 – Estelle Charlebois — born 1916 – married Leo Mongeon 1939 — died  April 7 1992

Carmen’s reply to Gary:

She was my aunt. My mothers maiden name was Charlebois. I see that I have made a mistake in the year of her birth, I will have to change it in my book. Her obit was not clear on the date of her birth. sorry!. I was surprised that she graduated from DHS I always thought she had graduated from Rolla.

Charebois Mongeon Estelle Born March 22, 1918    –    Died April 7, 1992 Deceased

Question from Sharon Longie Dana (73): 

Reply to Ann Boppre Perry, Am I right in reading that all the old trophies are not being kept at the school. You are giving them away for postage.

Sharon Longie Dana(73)

                                   Dunseith High School Class of 1937

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
Bedard Nader Georgette 41130 Fox Run, Apt 110 Novi, MI 48377 (248) 960-7565 No email address
1 Berube Bauer Laura Born August 7, 1918    –    Died April 12, 2006 Deceased
2 Bibeau Henry Born June 11, 1917    –    Died September 5, 1997 Deceased
3 Cornell Royden Noyes Born August 30, 1919    –    Died August 17, 2000 Deceased
4 Dailly Ohlsen Flora Born September 7, 1918    –    Died August 13, 2002 Deceased
5 Gehres Gladys Unable to locate
6 Murray Eileen Born August 4, 1921    –    Died January 1, 2003 Deceased
7 Pritchard Eurich Winifred Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 263-4827 (daughter Eileen) St. Andrew’s Hospital Long Term Care Unit in Bottineau
8 Richard Herbie Source: Prairie Past and Moutain Memories 1882-1982 Deceased
9 Salmonson Duchesneau Esther Born June 8, 1919    –    Died June 24, 2005 Deceased
10 Satrang Alfred 816 Eastern Ave Grafton, ND 58237 (701) 776-5595 (701) 352-1634 nursing home Rugby. Daughter/Corrine addresscsatrang@gra.midco.net
11 Satrang Berdella Born June 3, 1918    –    Died March 1, 1984 Deceased
12 Stadheim Pearson Lorraine Born September 16, 1918    –    Died August 14, 2001 Deceased

Dunseith News provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:
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