Birthday party for Winifred Eurich and Dorothy Pritchard – Posted by Jean Eurich Roland (80):
Good morning and a belated Christmas greeting to you and your family! The Season this year is reminiscent of Christmas’ years ago…the snow fall that is! In Minot we received another 5 inches last night. I’m not sure what our season accumulation is so far but the snow banks along my driveway are higher than my car and I had snow banks as high removed earlier this month!
I thought I might use the Dunseith Alumni blog to make an announcement. My sisters (Eileen Nelson, Mary Knutson, Sharon Hanson and Dorothy Strietzel) and I are hosting a birthday party/card shower for our Mom, Winifired Eurich, and our aunt, Dorothy Pritchard, on Sunday, January 4, 2009. In January Mom will be 90 and Aunt Dorothy will be 96 – both are residents of St. Andrew’s Health Center Long Term Care in Bottineau. We’ll serve cake and coffee from 2-4; for those who can’t make it, cards may be sent to them at 316 Ohmer Street, Bottineau, ND 58318.
Thanks so much and Happy New Year!
Regards – Jean (Eurich) Roland
Jean, It’s so wonderful that you gals are having a birthday party for your mother and Dorothy. They are both great ladies and are well known in the Dunseith/Bottineau communities. I visited Dorothy when we were back in 2007 and I last saw your mother at my mother’s funeral in July of 2004. They are sharp ladies. Gary
Reply from Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine (73):
I loved the little poem about North Dakota, I remember the looks on my girls faces the first time I told them ” you know its really cold when your nose sticks together when you take a breath ” Its amazing they are all grown up and I still get that look when I say somethings go figure. I enjoy the stories of gamble store. I worked in the store when dad owned it and what a sales person I was, just ask David Fugure. He came one evening for a case of shells and I was going to sell him the box which he explained to me was 12 cases. Thank God he was honest our I’m sure Norman Hiatt would of had a heart attack. Another time I was left to do the weekly ordering and I orderes 100 of potting soil. Well guess what I ordered 1oo cases not 100 bags, Well I didnt get fired but I did make him laugh and swear at the same time. I hope all of you have a wonderful New Year Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine
From Sybil Johnson:
HAPPY NEW YEAR, to all you from North Dakota. This pictures were fabulous. For all those who lost loved ones this year, I send my condolences. I must
say, I don’t miss your winters. The winters down here in Wyoming are enough for me. Keep warm and safe.
Reply from Bill Hosmer (48):
GARY, YOU BROKE THE CODE ON THE CONFUSION OF WHICH YEAR. IT WAS BOTH, OF COURSE. MAYBE THERE IS A WAY TO MAKE THAT CLEAR, ALTHOUGH THE INTEREST IN THE MATTER IS ALWAYS FLATTERING. THANKS FOR A BLOG WITH REAL INTEGRITY. BILL HOSMER
Reply from Gary Morgan (54):
Gary and All,
Dick Johnson was right when he said it really doesn’t matter what year The Thunderbirds buzzed Dunseith. It was a wonderful gesture and will forever be a part of Dunseith lore. I think they did appear in Minot in 1961 and that was probably Bill’s only point of reference. I figure anyone who has flown 240 combat flights is entitled.
According to Google, the Cuban Missle Crisis was in 1962 but later in the fall.
We hope to get out of here today to spend at least three months in Mesquite, NV but we got dumped on again last night and travel is questionable. For sure I’m going to have to blow out my driveway before I can go anywhere. That will be the ninth time this winter. Anyway, I think my internet goes down tomorrow so I’ll probably be out of touch for awhile but keep those emails coming, Gary.
Hoping you all have a prosperous and healthful 2009!
Follow up reply from Gary Morgan:
Gary & All,
One last side note while I’m snowbound on the banks of Lake Sakakawea…..when I was looking for that article on the Thunderbirds, I needed help to make a copy from the microfilm. The fellow from the State Library expressed surprise that there wasn’t more of a write up for such a momentous event. He wasn’t aware, of course, that at least at that time, if Dunseith was to get any recognition for anything, it certainly wasn’t going to be from the Rolla paper.
Gary, All three local papers gave us great support with our 2007 reunion, however, I have to agree with you for their lack of Dunseith coverage back in the 60′s. Something as significant as the famous Thunderbirds buzzing Dunseith should have been big front page head lines, with or without pictures. I’m sure some folks must have had a few pictures that could have been published. I’m surprised that the Minot daily didn’t pick it up either. In today’s environment, I’m sure this event would have been front page news in all of the papers. For the 40′s & 60′s to present ‘ Turtle Mountain Stars’ are published on the WEB. I was very surprised when I could not find anything at all in the achieved papers about this event other than what was mentioned in the Dunseith News section submitted by Marlene Armentrout. Gary
The following are replies to the Getzlaff Photo posted in Blog (286) on 11/18/08 by Neola Kofoid Garbe:
Identities for the Getzlaff photo from Marsha Getzlaff Bakken (74):
Sorry it has taken me so long. Row 1 siting: left to right
Marilyn, Marlis, Cora Delvina, Row 2 (dad) Darrell, Grandma Lillian, Grandpa Walter, Alvin Row 3: Darwin, Myron, Gloria, Norman, Virgil
I will send more information later just wanted to get this to you.
Thanks Marsha (Getzlaff) Bakken
Reply from Ron Link (58):
Gary: If my memory serves me right I believe the 1st man in the middle row is Darrel Getzlaff. I can remember his face but sometimes the name is not quite as easy to recall. RON LINK-1958
Reply from Bobby Slyter (70):
|gary: i am thinking that the first guy in middle row of the getzloff picture is darrell getzloff, his kids are lester and marsha getzloff, they lived just south of dunseith when we lived there
JUST LITTLE OLE ME FROM KANSAS
Reply from Dick Johnson (70): email@example.com
The guy on the left in the middle row is Darrel Getzlaff. He has been a
‘fixture’ at Dale’s since the 50s. He still drives the bulk truck and
delivers fuel. Of the gals, I only knew Gloria. One of the bearded guys
was in Dunseith for a while in the mid 60s and I only knew him by the
nickname, ‘Sonny’. I don’t know if he is Mike, who works for the
Bottineau Courant, or if it is the other guy with the beard. Someone has
to know–out of your 600+ readers! Thanks Gary!
Reply from LeaRae Parrill Espe (67):
Getzlaff family picture: I can identify some of them. Back row-Darwin, Mike (Turk), Gloria Hagen, Norman. Center Row-Darrell, Lillian, Walter. Front Row: I don’t believe I know any of these sisters.
Darrell worked at Dale’s Truck Stop for years. All of his kids attended DHS. Marsha, Lester, and Arlinda are three of his children and I believe I am missing some (Kevin?). (Sorry I can’t think of the others right off hand-someone help me out!) Arlinda is married to Allan Suchan and they live near Botno.
Darwin died of a sudden heart attack when he was very young. His wife Phyllis (Jenson )babysat for my oldest son Brady. Their son Curt was the Brady’s hockey coach for several years. Curt lives just a couple miles east of Bottineau on Hwy 5 and has his John Deere repair business there.
Turk or Mike was the editor of the Bottineau Courant for a number of years. He was also the main one to cover the sports. I think he retired for that job around five years ago.
Norman now lives on the town line North a Botno. He is married to Phyllis’ sister Margaret (Jenson). They were one of the first places on the right side at the crest of the first hill as one heads North. They have it lookin’ good with all the trees and the landscaping they have done.
I believe most of the hillbillies know Gloria (Mrs. Orville Hagen). She passed away from colon cancer about three years ago. Her daugher Kristie Brooks now teaches in Bottineau. I got to know Gloria when she was an aide at Bottineau School. She worked at San Haven for many years prior to that.
Someone else will have to identify the other sisters.
Identities provided by Marsha (Getzlaff) Bakken:
Row 3: Darwin, Myron, Gloria, Norman, Virgil
Row 2: (dad) Darrell, Grandma Lillian, Grandpa Walter, Alvin
Row 1: siting: Marilyn, Marlis, Cora, Delvina