From Jeanmarie (Jean) Abrahamson (65): Denver, CO
a friend give me a computer so I’m online again, still have limited
amount of time since i’m sitting in dialysis over 12 hours per week.
need a kidney transplant
Reply from Florence Pladson Sime: Dunseith, ND
Gary, in response to my brother talking about my brother David. We were snowed in so our aunt Adeline Olson met dad at the main road and took my mother and David to Botno. They got to doctor Malveys office and Adeline went in and the doctor came out to the car and he told them to get David to the hospital and he died in route. He had pnemonia and there was 3 more of us that had it.
Question from Lois Tweten: Helena MT
You certainly have a lot of wonderful information! Thanks to you and Bev Morinville Azure for adding me to your list/blog even tho I don’t know many folk.
But…I do have a question. In the 40’s 1942-49 when I lived on Ohmer street – a block North on the East side of the hospital…two houses to the North, on the corner, Johnnie and I played with Smallie Houle…Do you know who that is now? Maybe you do Neola?
We played with Dennis Langehoud, Billy Sauscer (spelling is all wrong). But after my Dad, Kenneth Tweten died, and Mom married Harold Skjervem we moved away and then I’ve lost touch with so many until this Dunseith blog.
Thanks for any information…
An old Bottineau classmate until 1949, in my 4th grade. Lois Tweten
Picture L to R: Sarah, Danelle, Greg & Angela (Berube) Malget
Back: Ray Brennan
Front L to R: Max Peterson, Nels Landsverk & Lee Stickland
Security State Bank & the Alan Campbell Family:
I knew that was Ginger LaRocque I worked with Ginger Belgard she must have been thinking of me. lol Sorry for the mix up. I wanted to ask where is Ken Kofoid is at ? I would like to know how his mother is I run into her at Walmart one day about a year ago. His parents and my parents were wonderful friends.In fact they helped build my parents house ,
GOD BLESS YOU …………BEV
Bev, I knew you knew that was Ginger LaRocque in that picture. We are all human and make those kinds of mistakes with me being right at the very top of the list.Ken Kofoid, I’m assuming your mother is still living in Bottineau. Your folks, Freddie and Wilma, were wonderful people. I saw your dad several months before his passing when I was with my dad up at Bottineau Oil. Your brother Terry was managing Bottineau Oil at the time. Your dad was in good spirits and was very much aware his days were numbered with his cancer. I saw your mother in 2007 at a family reunion in Bottineau. She was looking good. Gary
Folks, With the success and enjoyment endured by our recent cruise and per your requests we presently have plans in the works for another cruise. We are looking at the Western Caribbean in 2012. Bernadette and I are also working with a local travel agency here in Cebu, putting together a 2 week Philippine/Southeastern Asian vacation group tour package. We are planning this for July 2010. I will keep you posted with both of these packages as they are developed. Gary
The pictures of the high school kids should be as follows:
Picture 6 L-R Alan Houle, Warren Anderson, Mitch Evenson, Judy
Wheeler, and Virgil Evenson.
Picture 7 L-R Jean Nicholas, Tom Evans, LeaRae Parrill, and Warren
Picture 8 Carol Jasper and Kenny Kofoid
Picture 9 L-R Debbie Mongeon, Joanne Houle, and Charlene Pearson
Picture 10 This is probably from a dance in Bottineau. I think the
singer is Merton Johnson from Upham. He had a band and played at the
Forestry in ’67-’68. Don’t recognize the others. Thanks Gary!
Reply from Jean Nicholas Miller (66): GLENDALE, AZ
Picture 6-Allen Houle on the left, Warren,??, Judy Wheeler, ??. #7 ME, Tom Evans, Lea Rae Parrill, Warren A. #8 Carol Jasper and I guess Ken Kofoid. #9 Debbie Mongeon on the left, Joanne Houle center, Charlene Pearson on the right. # 10 I don’t know anyone there either.
Jean Nicholas Miller (66)
L to R: Allen Houle (67), Warren Anderson (65), Mitch Evenson,
Judy Wheeler (67), Virgil Evenson
L to R: Jean Nicholas (66), Tom Evans (66), LeaRae Parrill (67) & Warren Anderson (65)
Carol Jasper (65) & Kenny Kofoid (Bottineau)
L to R: Debbie Mongeon (66), Joanne Houle (66) & Charlene Pearson (67)
Singer is Merton Johnson from Upham. This is probably a Bottineau picture?
From Allen Richard (65):
Dunseith News Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: email@example.com Minot & Bottineau, ND
From Bev Morinville Azure (72): firstname.lastname@example.org Dunseith, ND.
I thought this was cute and maybe you wanted to share it with the group
GOD BLESS YOU …………BEV
Floyd Dion’s email addressFloyd, We’d like an update with Luella’s condition. We are hoping she is doing fine. Gary
Gary, I remember well you providing me with your email address. You are right, I lost it when I computer problems. I have added you to all my lists now again. Thanks for this reply. Gary
I didn’t realize that Audrey and Jean were sisters. I saw Jean up at the Christian Center a couple weeks ago while we were home and she, Diane and I had a really nice visit. Then we met again at Dales when Bev and I had lunch together. Jean and Becky joined us and we had a really good visit about family. We traded some information with promises of more to come. I have more photos, Audrey, and if you’d like I can send some to you by email.
Bertha Westerman (right) with Cynthia Johnson & herSister Verna
LeaRae, You are absolutely correct. We searched high and low for Conrado and could never locate him, however we were able to locate most of the other Cuban folks. We are thinking Conrado possible went back Cuba? Gary
Reply from Bev Morinville Azure (72): Dunseith, ND.
Gary, In Picture number 3 I am sure the couple behind Patti etc is Ginger Belgarde and Tony Poitra whom she later married. I remember them so well cause Ginger worked at the cafe for my mom, and I always thought she was the prettiest girl in Dunseith.
GOD BLESS YOU …………BEV
Bev, I’m think you maybe meant Ginger LaRocque (65). This sure looks like Ginger to me too and yes she and Tony are married and live in Belcourt. I’m hoping Ginger has gotten her mail box cleared out. It’s been full the past several days. I know she’ll get it cleaned out when school starts. Gary
Ken, Do you remember which Family Ron Cote fits into? If you don’t remember, I’m sure we have a whole lot of Cote relatives among our readers that probably remember Ron. Thanks so much for this reply. You and I are related too, with our fathers being first cousins. Gary
Picture 1: DHS Class of 67 folksL to R: Judy Wheeler, Charlene Pearson & Allen Houle
L to R: Conrado Duran (64), Charlene Pearson (67), Jay Vanorney (66),
Patti Metcalfe (67) & Beverly Azure Lavallie (67)
Back: Ginger LaRocque (67) & Toni Poitra
Front: Jay Vanorey (66), Patti Metcalfe (67) & Conrado Duran (64)
Lawrence (LD) Hiatt (64 Bottineau), Jean Nicholas (66) & Dwight Coleman
L to R: Jay Vanorey (66), Ken Kofoid (Bottineau), Charlene Pearson (67),
Ron Cote (Bottineau) & Conrado Duran (64)
L to R: ??, Warren Anderson, ??, ??, ??
L to R: ??, Tom Evans?, ??, Warren Anderson
This sure looks like Carol Jasper with Ken Kofoid
L to R: ??, ??, ??
I don’t recognize anyone in this photo
Reply from Audrey Hanson Aitchison: Bottineau, ND
I want to thank everyone for their messages to Toni and Bev (Morinville– my first cousins) and Neola and Eileen Brudwick and to Cheryl (Larson) for the beautiful pictures of the Larsons. I printed them on photo paper and they turned out lovely. I will write some information by the pictures. My Dad, Bert Hanson and Frances (Hanson) Morinville were brother and sister.
Reply from Cheryl Larson Dakin (71): BEDFORD, TX
Reply Marge Longie Langan Wilcox (56): Vancouver, WA.
yes connie wold was Louie Longie’s wife Carol Moe Longie’s niece
i just saw them this last week end.
LeRoy Birkland’s obituary posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.
March 7, 1931-Aug. 20, 2009
BOTTINEAU LeRoy Henry Birkland, 78, Bottineau died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, in a Bottineau nursing home.
He was born March 7, 1931, to Henry and Josephine Birkland in Dunseith. He entered the Marine Corps in 1951 and served until his discharge in 1953. He married Delores Hiatt, and she died in 1982. He married Alice Jayne Dec. 12, 1995, in Seattle.
Survivors: wife; stepsons, Terry Hiatt, Randy Hiatt, Dan Jayne, Terry Jayne and Tim Jayne, all Seattle; brothers, Norman, Seattle, James, Dunseith; sister, Emily Boucher, LaGrande, Ore.
Funeral: Friday, 10 a.m., in Nero Funeral Home, Bottineau.
Burial: Little Prairie Cemtery, near Dunseith.
Visitation: Today, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., in the funeral home.
Posted on the Dunseith Alumni WEB site
From: Brent Armentrout
CLASS OF 84
Reply from Sybil Johnson:Cheyenne, WY.
You are very welcome. I enjoy reading each email and learn more and more about Dunseith. I’ve been away from there for many years; especially since my divorce from Augie (Dickie’s counsin). May you have a quiet and peaceful evening. Sybil
Reply/Picture from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.
Gary and Friends,
Sharon Zorn Gerdes wrote about the Westerman sisters who stayed at the
Message/Picture from Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59): Everett, WA.
Good morning Gary, I’ve just returned from a busy visit home to Dunseith and have many experiences to relate. It was my first visit to Dale’s since the fire. Although the fire was a nightmare [literally] the restoration was a huge success. I commend George and Rose, Sandy and Rick, and all those who had a hand in making all things new. I had been told about the old photos enlarged and well framed. They are great and really give a concrete link with past and present Dunseith and it’s citizens. I need help identifying the gentleman seated with Dale Gottbreht at the Woodford Bar, December 1950. The face is vaguely familiar and I thought it might have been Virgil Vanorney. George and Lola both corrected me about this. Perhaps one of the bloggers might know. Dunseith, where the women are strong, the men all handsome and the children above average! Sharron
Kelly & Charlene Pearson Wood’s pictures:
Folks, The following are replies to the pictures that Kelly Wood’s posted with yesterday’s blog. We have identied all those in Pictures 1 & 4. We still need some help with the others. I will repost pictures 2, 3 & 5 as folks are identified. I will post the remaining 5 pictures (6-10) tomorrow. Gary
Reply from Jean Nicholas Miller (66): GLENDALE, AZ
Reply from Paula Fassett (71): North Branch, MN
I’m still smiling after seeing the photos Kelly Woods sent!!! Thanks, Kelly – your Mom will LOVE them!!! In Picture #1 – the gal on the left, I believe, is Judy Wheeler. I’m not sure of some of the others, but in Picture #4 – the guy on the right is Dwight Coleman…….back when he was cool!!!
Reply from Aggie Cassavant (69):Fort Mill, SC
Hi Gary, Welcome Back!!!! I think the gal in the first picture of Alan Houle and Charlene Pearson is Jimmy Wheelers sister but I can’t remember her name…I think her name is Sharon. The last picture….the guy standing behind Jay V. looks like an Abrahamson…I don’t even know if I spelled that right…Wow if that is Lola I don’t remember her looking that much like Margaret. Who’s that “pretty boy” Sal Mineo looking guy at Jay and Lolas table. I can’t beleive he didn’t have a date for the prom….I think the guy in the background at the table is Gene Anderson… Hope you all have blest day! Aggie
Hey Gary it’s me again,the guy in the 4th picture on the right has got to be a Coleman kid…what you think???? Aggie
Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.
In the picture of L.D. Hiatt, a girl, an unknown fellow. To me, the fellow resembles a Coleman.
In one of the pictures, there is a guy who resembles Kenny Kofoid. I’m going to send the picture to him, and ask if he is the fellow in the picture. I’ll let you know what I find out.
Connie Wold killed in an accident:
Folks, I am pretty sure Connie Wold has Dunseith Connections via several family members. I don’t want to say anymore until I know more of the details. If any of you knew Connie or know anything at all about this accident, please reply?
Minnesota trucker could be charged in N.D. cyclist’s death
August 26, 2009
Watford City, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol says a Watford City bicyclist was struck by a semitrailer and killed. The patrol says 46-year-old Connie Jean Wold of Watford City was pedaling across a city street at the intersection with U.S. Highway 85 late Tuesday afternoon when she was struck.
The patrol says charges are pending against the semi driver, a 46-year-old St. Paul Park, Minn., man
From Marge Longie Langan Wilcox (56): Vancouver, WA.
just would like to give you an update on the Longie family reunion and our mom’s early 90th birthday.
we had several relatives from no.dak. the louie longie family ffrom tioga, no.dak.
we had family from many states that attended, we had 100+ attended.
margewilcox-langan tigerlady414@ aol.com
marge langan wilcox
Reply from Toni Morinville Gredsky (68): Farimount, ND
Audrey, Neola, and Cheryl, thank you so much for the information and photos of Petrina Larson Hanson and family. Gary, Petrina was my great grandmother and as the previous story stated, we did call her Grandma Besta. Her daughter, Cora was my grandmother. (Cora was Burt’s mother).Petrina died when I was about three, but there was always discussion about her. I remember a picture taken when I was a baby of four generations: Petrina, Cora, Frances (my mom), and me. Petrina is buried up at the lake. Audrey, I’m sure that you know the little cemetery. They were indeed, hearty Norwegian folk. As you know, my cousins Audrey and Jean are cut from that same cloth. Both are talented musicians who play and sing music that is disappearing. Audrey and Jean, I hope that you have recordings somewhere. I loved the times when I was a kid and you would pull out your music binders and instruments and play and sing.
–Toni Morinville Gredesky
Reply from Bev Morinville Azure (72): email@example.com Dunseith, ND.
Gary , I am sure you will get a few of these .Petrina was my great grandmother….Petrina’s daughter Cora was my Grandmother. we always called her Grandma Bottineau lol I guess cause she lived in Bottineau. She was a sweet quite lady. Petrina we called Besta which means grandma in Norweigen
GOD BLESS YOU …………BEV
Reply from Keith Pladson (66) firstname.lastname@example.org Stafford, VA
This is in response to Audrey Hanson Aitchison’s comment/question about my brother David William Pladson. I was about eight years old when he died so I don’t remember much about it (Or maybe because it was such a sad time I’ve subconsciously blocked out much of it in my mind). In any case I do know he died of pnumonia. But the details are sketchy. I seem to remember our car wouldn’t start and the snow drifts between the house and the road were really deep. So just getting out to the road was almost impossible. I believe we used the horses to get to the road and then someone else provided a car ride to Bottineau. Unfortunately, I believe he died enroute. As an adult I’ve often wondered how difficult it all must have been for my parents to accept.
I grew up and married and twenty-eight years ago my wife and I named our third child and only son after my long lost brother. Today David Keith Pladson is a young man in the prime of his life. Somewhere I have a picture of my sister, Florence, holding my brother David, but I don’t know where it is right now. In any case, if my sister reads this and remembers it more clearly or differently, I welcome her comments.
Reply from Sybil Johnson: email@example.com Cheyenne, WY.
Gary, I noticed that my name wasn’t on your email list. I would like to be listed, thank you. Sybil Johnson
Message/Pictures from Kelly Woods (89): Massena, NY.
I apologize, I sent off the email with pictures and THEN got my phone message!
28 Cornell Avenue
Massena, NY 13662
You had the New York part right!
I moved to New York in 1993 and have been here since. It’s beautiful here, but nothing quite compares to the Turtle Mountains
I’m not really sure what kind of history and pictures you like to post, but I found these in a box my mother sent to me many years ago. I believe it’s PROM from 1967?
I’m sure she’ll probably kill me (or at the very least get her to finally call me! Hehe) for sending them.
Email address update for Bill Awalt (61): Lincoln, NE
We received your message on the phone and here is our e-mail address:
Bill & Eunice
Email address update for Kenny Nerpel (65): Devils Lake, ND.
Just wanted to let you know our new email address:
From LeaRae Parrill Espe (67): Bottineau, ND
Gary, Just wanted to thank you for planning the awesome Alaska Cruise. Terry & I loved every minute. When we set foot back on shore we visited a whole string of relatives and continued to have a wonderful vacation. When we were on Whidbey Island with my cousin Ardis Metcalfe Steggal and her husband Harley we received word that our uncle Thurman has passed away. That was the only cloud over our otherwise great three weeks. The wedding plans of Thurman’s grandson Troy Jordan in Spokane did continue on pretty much as planned for August 8. (He is the son of Lynda Parrill Jordan.) Clayton & Linda and Marie had just started out for Spokane and were somewhere between Velva and Turtle Lake when they got the call that Thurman has passed away. They turned around and planned the funeral and I believe it was about 24 hour delay for them. Clayton was scheduled to take pictures at the wedding which he did. Mike Nero of Nero Funeral Home encouraged Marie to go to the wedding as most of her family was there and it would have been even harder for her to stay back alone. Marie did pretty good.
One of the relatives we visited was Terry’s first cousin Donna Striker Neumeyer. She is the daughter of Mabel Espe and Elmer Striker. Mabel, Elmer and Art Espe were the three children of Ivar Espe and Martha Mikkelmayer. Two of Ivar’s sisters are Bertha Myer and Ingrid Seim. We also spoke by phone to another cousin Pat who is a sister of Donna. Pat is the older in that family and I believe she said she was 78 years old. I was telling them about some of the Striker information that has been on your emails and they are interested in learning more. This family left ND in the early 40’s.
Request for Help When you have time.
I would like to know if all the emails are on a website, and if so could you give that to me. I do believe you gave that out before and I am sorry I don’t know if I can find it. Another request is if you could do the search of your emails for Striker and I could forward those to them. I have all of the emails, but I don’t know how to search them. I don’t believe I have mine set up for that, but I believe you told me you did. Thanks again for everything. LeaRae
Master Email List:
Folks, It’s time for another posting with an updated Dunseith Alumni email list. I have attached an Excel copy of the master email list that I have. It is sort by both total name and by class year. Click on the desired sort tab at the bottom left of your screen when opening the file. For those of you that are unable to open this attached file, please let me know so I can sent you a copies pasted directly into the body of an email message. Gary
Those that have been added to the master email list since the last update posted in April
Neola Kofoid Garbe’s reply to Audrey Hanson Aitchison: Minot & Bottineau, ND.
I read your news with interest last night/this morning, especially when I saw Martin Larson’s name. I was quite sure Dad had bought the land by the creek (where we lived after September 1949) from Martin Larson. He lived on the same corner as we did. I wasn’t 100% sure Dad bought the land from Martin Larson, so I checked with Mom. She was quite sure it was Martin Larson, too. BUT, to be 100% sure, I called Mensville Larson, Jr. Martin was his grandfather. He verified Dad bought the land from him. Dad moved a house from, I think, a Roen farm, onto the corner of the lot.
Apparently, about the time Dad bought the land from Martin, Martin became ill/sold his house/moved to 5th St. Mensvil said the house Martin/his daughter, Emma, lived in, was the small gray house on the south side of the street, just west of the bridge. The house is empty now, but several families have lived in it, such as Shirley Sjule Osborn, Scott Dolbeare, one of the Klingbeil boys, etc.
Martin apparently sold his house next door to us, to Almer/Bertha Moe, as they are the family who moved into this house. Later, when Alvin married Jeanette Hahn, Alvin/Jeanette lived in the east end of the house. I’m not sure how many years after Almer died, the Moe families lived there. I think they sold the house to ? and Norma, Pierson, Clarence Lee’s in-laws (Gail’s parents). Piersons completely remodeled the house. Norma Pierson’s husband died; Norma remarried. She now lives at Good Sam. I don’t know if she has sold the house. If so, I don’t know who bought it.
Mensvil and I had a good visit–rather long, too. We both enjoyed the visit. I learned can now “place” more people/make more connections between people, than I could before. He said if I have other questions, to just give him a call–which I said I would.
Mensvil didn’t know where Patrina/Hagrop lived. He thought they might have lived in Minnesota at one time, but he wasn’t sure about this.
You probably know this, Audrey, but Mensville said Patrina stayed with Cora when Cora lived in the hills.
To me, it’s interesting that, when Cora moved to Bottineau, she/my family lived a few houses apart. Corbin Pritchard/his mother and nephew, lived “kitty-corner” from us. I think there was one house between Corbin’s and Jim Stevenson’s family (Jane Stevenson was married to Darryl Moum–Darryl passed away today.). I think Cora lived next to Stevenson’s–the memory dims somewhat. I went with Jean to visit Cora one time; it was a fun visit.
Again, I started to write a short note and ended up writing a “book”.
Eileen Brudwick’s reply to Audrey Hanson Aitchison: Fargo, ND.
From Audrey Hanson Aitchison: Bottineau, ND.
Reply from Dick Johnson: Dunseith, ND.
Gary and Friends,
Thanks to Peggy Wurgler Axtman for filling us in on the
Scenes from the Alaska cruise:
Ice in the water from the glacier. Because of the Ice we had to turn around and go back.
We were unable to see the Glacier. Alaska has some pretty rugged untouched country.
From Bonnie Smith Kohler: Mountain Iron, MN.
Reply from Larry Liere (55): Devils Lake, ND.
Happy to know you are back home and on line again. Hope you don’t mind the 5 comments below and maybe you can answer some of the ?s below.
1. I really enjoy your mailings because most of them have names I remember. Names like Margaret Seim, my mother could have been her teacher because she taught in a one room country school in the hills by Dunseith. Margaret could have been in 1st. grade before we moved to Devils Lake. If she has older brothers they very well could have had my mother for a teacher because I remember the Seim name. It could have been her Mother & Dad knowing my folks that I remember the Seim name from so I am not sure on this one. Since she went to school at Notre Dame I would guess that was the Catholic school in Willow City so she would know Carmen Leonard since she and her sister Carole also went to Notre Dame.
2. Would Jess Hosmer be Bob’s sister? Gary’s reply – Jess Hosmer is married to Bob’s brother Don.
3. In this Obit. I see two Azures from Devils Lake. I could not find Damian or Melanie in our phone book. I have a friend Martin (Chip) Azure in Devils Lake so I will ask him about these two.
4. The Grimme’s: My Mother was a very good friend of Kathleen Grimme and I think her husband was Carl. Conley and I would play when the folks would visit at each others homes. Conley was a little older then me and I think Bill Grimme was like Dave Shelver, born a few years after their brothers. I would guess since Carl and Conley were big people. Bill Grimme is on the right in the picture below. Gary’s reply – Yes Bill and his twin siblings, Gwen and Greg are Conley’s siblings, children of Carl and Kathleen. I don’t remember Conley, but I do remember Carl. Bill, like his dad, carries a larger frame, but not obese. Bill and I are 65 class mates. Gwen & Greg were with the class of 68.
5. Is Bill Leonard Janice’s brother or a relation to me? We have a Bill Leonard in our family from Rolette. Gary’s reply – From what your cousin, Carmen Leonard Richard and the Leonard’s from Dunseith have told me, you guys are two separate families.
Reply from Toni Morinville Gredskey (68): Farimount, ND
I’m pretty sure that I am the other girl in the photo (yesterdays message). I remember that wedding and even recognize the dress.
We should wish Lola Metcalfe Vanorny a belated Happy Birthday! It was her birthday on the 21st.
Toni Morinville Gredesky
Dunseith News posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.
Folks, I have been without internet service all day, so I am a little late getting this out. Gary
LEROY BIRKLAND, 78, Bottineau, died Thursday in a Bottineau nursing home. (Nero Funeral Home, Bottineau)
Posted by Randy Hiatt on January 30, 2009: NORTH BEND, WA
Gary, I have attached a picture of my step father Leroy Birkland and his wife Alice, and one of Wades sons so some of the folks can see. This was taken when I was back last December to visit him in Bottineau. I hadn’t seen my step dad in many years so it was really nice getting back and visiting with him. I took dad for a drive up in the hills and stopped to see Freddy Hiatts old farm by Willow Lake. A lot had change with that farm from the way I remember it when I was a kid visiting. The big red barn was gone and a lot of the out buildings as well.
Thanks for everything
Cathy Campbell Springan (73), Stanley, ND: Today, August 22nd, is your birthday. We wish you a very happy birthday, enjoy.
Reply/Picture from Peggy Wurgler Axtman (71): Kent, Wa
I was looking closer at the picture of Jess Hosmer and I THINK the little girl in the pink dress in the lower left of the picture is ME! The little boy on the right in the white jacket may be Terry Halvorson. I don’t know who the other little girl is, though. If I am correct, the occasion was the wedding of Arliss Halvorson and my cousin, Clayton Lider. See picture below of the day. Jess was a bridesmaid. I cannot remember who the older couple is on the left but they must have been Arliss’s grandparents. Jess is third from left, the guy yawning next to her must be Don Hosmer, Alma & Clifford Halvorson (bride’s parents), me (groom’s cousin), Arliss & Clayton (bride & groom), Terry (bride’s cousin), my Aunt Gladys & Uncle Carl Lider (groom’s parents), Caroleen Lider Williams (groom’s sister), Don Williams (groom’s brother-in-law), Karen Woodward (?), Curt Halvorson (bride’s brother), Gabe & Lisa Loken (groom’s and my grandparents), an unknown lady on the right and unknown boy in the foreground. The same car is in the background and the wedding was at the Dunseith Lutheran church. I believe the Liders celebrated their 50th anniversary last summer so this picture was taken in 1958.
I was happy to finally meet you in person at the SeaTac Ramada Inn before you all left on the Alaskan Cruise. What fun it was for me to connect with my classmate, Cheryl Haagenson, after 43 years! And, I met some other familiar names and faces, too.
Thanks for keeping this going . . .
Peggy (Wurgler) Axtman ’71
Jess Hosmer, Peggy Wurgler (girl with dress) & Terry Halvorston?
From Cheryl Larson Dakin: BEDFORD, TX
So glad you’re back. Nancy and Diane said that the Alaska trip was a smash hit. I’ve seen some of their pictures. Looks like lots of fun. We all missed you.
George and I just got back from visiting my dad in Bottineau and of course while there, went to Dunseith, drove around town and then met Bev for lunch. After all the talk about Dales and the Jumbo, we just had to split one. And no, we didn’t finish the whole thing because what’s a jumbo without a plate of JoJo’s? It tasted even better than it looks! We had a great visit, but too short. Diane and I went to the Peace Garden. The flowers are in full bloom and it was just beautiful. I am enclosing a picture taken last weekend. The new reflecting pool will be so nice once it’s finished.
Cheryl Larson Dakin
Folks, Yesterday’s blog should have been number 532, not 531. I am continuing with number 532 today.
Gina (our travel agent), I am including you with today’s blog so you can see the group picture of those of us that were on the cruise. Some of our folks are already asking about our next cruise. You did an assume job accommodating our group right down to the minor details. It was such a pleasure working with you. You are to be commended for a job well done. Your contributed to a nearly flawless cruise. When things go well, folks have a much better time.
Reply from Sharon Zorn Gerdes (62): Windsor, CO
Wow what a memory Dick. I remember your parents very well however. And I worked at the creamery for Minnie ?? ( forgot last name). I also waited tables at Rosies cafe until they found out I was underage and made me quit. I really miss my mind alot, and when I hear these stories I am totally amazed. Yes the carmel story was true, I got some permanent scars from that one. There were seven of us kids, and I was the only one who graduated from Dunseith. One of my little brothers ( Bill) married Kim Schmietz ( Marks sister). I have good friends still there however, and wonderful memories in spite of the many I have forgotten.
It was a great way to grow up, poor as church mice but happy. We didn’t have a TV but spent much time around a piano all singing hymns, and people just stopped in for coffee and lunch in those days. Good people who always helped someone in need. I miss those days and treasure those memories. Thanks much. Sharon.
Reply from Sandra Zeiler Vandal (62): Elk River, MN.
Hi Gary & Dick, Just thought I would let you know that I was in the same class as Sharon Zorn, which would make Marlys younger, and yes, I also remember her beautiful blonde hair, which went with the great person she was and is. Thanks also to Sharon with info of the Westermans. Bertha was also in our class, and have often wondered where she is. Gary, Mike and I had a great time on the cruise. After we got home we went to Rugby, and helped move move to the LTC at Rugby hospital. She is once again with Dad, and after 67 yrs. thats very improtant , Both are doing well. Lyle Sharon are living in Rugby, a blessing for Mom and Dad, and us also. Gave them your address, and they plan on getting hooked up with the blog. Plan on getting some pics in, but I procrastinate! Are granddaughter (Todd &Mary) is getting married next month, so things won’t be slowing down for awhile as Armentrout family from AZ will be here for a visit. Always a joy when family come home, just don’t see them often enough. Enough, thank you for everything, and thank you Dick for all your memories. Sandy
Lloyd Awalt (44) has new email address: Bottineau, ND.
Lloyd Awalt has a new e-mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, Bonnie Houle
From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND.
Gary and Friends,
I just thought I might send a few memories of Sharon Zorn Gerde’s
Reply from Al-Lyn (Bill) Longie (60): Al-lyn.Longie@integratelecom.com Vancouver, WA
We enjoyed every moment of our cruise. It was more then we expected and couldn’t have been better. If there was anything we would have done differently it would have been to get more proactive scheduling time with folks to visit. But those we did “bump” into and have a chance to chat with proved to be part of what made the whole trip so wonderful for us. We even came away with contact information for LaVerne and Carrole Fauske/Rude who while they weren’t able to make the cruise we did get to meet at the pre boarding dinner to find out they live right here in Vancouver.
We can’t wait to here about future plans for other get togethers.
Network Cost Analyst II
Rely from Verena (Pete) Gillis (65): Dunseith, ND.
Another great story from Larry Hackman (66): Bismarck, ND
How are you? I’m happy to hear that everyone on the Dunseith alumni trip had a great time. But as you know and we all know is that it would have been even greater if more people would have joined the group. Maybe next time.
I hope you and others enjoy the story, I have attached.
A few stories about reversing the aging process?
You know looking back becomes a problem for us men as we get older.I know most of you don’t want to hear anymore about this because most of us hear enough about it already.It seems, or as we have been told, us men in particular have trouble cranking our heads around and looking at whats behind us.Particularily when we are seated in a automobile.It seems that when we sit our hips push up on the rest of our upper body bone structure.This causes our shoulders to rise, making it more difficult to turn our heads to the left or to the right and to see whats behind us.It seems when we turn our heads, our chin comes in contact with our raised shoulders, limiting our ability to look back. This may be do to the extra rib we have or to the way the automobile seat is designed?Just being a little bit over 50, this problem has not affected me to bad yet.But thinking about it, reminded me of a few incidences and stories that I have observed and heard of over the years.
Handled the right way?
I’m sure most of you remember Frank Flynn, our Dunseith Police Magistrate or as I and many others
referred to him as the Dunseith Judge.Frank was a big man and well respected around town.Well, Anyway Frank was getting old and seemed to have developed this problem, that comes with old age of not looking back while backing up.This problem along with the diagonal parking on main, became a problem for him.He became involved in several small fender bender type accidents around town. Usually of the backing up type, variety. Most of the locals knew of Frank’s problem and most of our folks had warned their children to watch out for that 1954 green Chevy, and to stay clear of it.Folks, however, were complaining to the local policeman at the time that he ought to take his drivers license away before something serious happens.While the policeman being a smart fellow and wanting to keep his job, thought about this for awhile and came upon the idea of asking a Highway Potrolman, to ask Frank for his license.Frank after all couldn’t say much or do much to bother a Highway Patrolman.The Highway Patrolman when approached and asked by the policman said he would look into what he could do.
The Highway Patrolman also being a smart fellow knew before he approched the Judge that he better have all his ducks in a row.He called into the State Department of Transportation and asked for the status of Frank’s license.He found that Frank had not renewed his license since the early 50’s and this was the 60’s.The Highway Patrolman finding this out, and that Frank had, had another small fender bender type accident recently, approached Frank and talked to him about the accident and his previous accidents.He told Frank that if he should happen to have another accidentthat he would have to ask him for his drivers license, and that it was probably time to park the car, and not drive anymore.Frank apparently agreed and I don’t think he ever drove the car again.I think it was just his chin or shoulders or both causing the problem.
My Grandfather ( Alex Kraft) not only developed the same problem as mentioned in the above story, but he also developed a lead foot type, problem.My mother who looked after him in his later years said he would back out of the garage and out into the street without ever looking back and by the time he hit Wurglars Gas Station on Main Street, Rugby, with that Buick he was traveling at 60mph.(By the way, do you know how to clear a restaurant of old people? Just, announce that there is a Buick in the parking lot with the lights on.)My mother would get after her dad, by telling him to look back as he was backing up the car, and he would reply that he had checked out the driveway and the street before he had started backing and so he knew what was back there. She would also tell him to slow down, as a kidcould dart out from behind a parked vehicle and he might not be able to stop in time.He would reply that he watchs and that nothing has happened yet.My mother still worried, asked the City C.O.P. if he could take her dads license away.The COP replied that he has no authority to take someones license away.Then, one day my Grandfather was parked in front of the bank on Main Street, Rugby.There was a little ice and snow on the street.He put his car in reverse and wanted to back out onto the street.The rear wheels spun and the car did not move.Being a old retired farmer, grandpa started to rock the car by placing it in reverse and accelerating, and then placing it in drive and accelerating and back and forth.Now I don’t know if Grandpa lost track of what gear he was in or how heavy his foot was upon the accelerator, anyway all of a sudden the car flew up and over the curb and into the big picture window of the bank.Half of the car was sitting in the bank and half was still outside the bank.The people in the bank didn’t know if he was there to make a deposit or a withdrawl.Grandpa,who said afterwards he had closed his eyes when saw he was going into the bank, thought he had died and was in the funeral home, because when he opened his eyes all he could see was curtians. My mother got a call to come up town and get her dad and that everyone was OK and that there was damage to the building and to her dad’s car.Mom got up there and saw her dad and everyone else was alright.She then went over to the Chief of Police and asked him again, if he could do something to stop him from driving.The C.O.P. replied that he could ask her Dad for his license and if he voluntarily gives the license to him, he would then give it to her, and if he would ever ask him for the license back, that he would come to her to get the license, and that he would have to give it back to him as he had no authority to take someones license.Mom agreed with the policemans proposal.The C.O.P. then asked my Grandpa for his license.My Grandpa willingly gave the officer his license without any questions.The officer than gave the license to my mother.My Grandpa never drove again.Sad, But I think it was handled the right way.
I know this is getting long, but there is one more I have tell.
We had this elderly fellow (Marvin Theige) living across the street from us when we lived in Harvey,ND. On garbage day he would take his filled garbage bags and throw them upon the trunk of his car and back out to the street, stop, get out, walk to the back of his car, and take the garbage bags off his trunk lid and placethem along the curb for pick-up by the garbage truck.Marvin did this when he remembered he had placed the filled garbage bags on his trunk.Nine times out of ten he would back out on the street and go driving around town until someone would kid him about the bags sitting on his trunk.Then he would drive back home and place the bags on the curb and drive off.The fact he forgot the bags on his trunk is not the point I’m trying to make.In all fairness to him his driveway was a little longer then the ordinairy driveway, so he did have time to forget.The point I’m trying to make is that he must never have looked back or ever looked into his rear view mirror, while backing out onto the street.It was nice that everyone knew Marvin, and watched out for him and the kids were warned to stay out of his way.I don’t know if anyone ever took away his keys.He was still driving when we moved away from Harvey.
One more, I’m on a roll!
My father-in-law always wanted to catch the little bastard that was sneaking into garage and putting down the overhead door before he could back out of the garage.I don’t know how many times he put the hitch on his car through the bottom panel of the overhead door.Damn Gremlins!
a few bullets
So you see what we all got to look foreward to. But, like they say. Its better then the alternative.
Now, Gary I know you are going say something about me being a little bit over 50 again.All I can say is that it depends on your perspective as to what a little bit is and your diffinition of is.
I remember, My Mother, Milton Burrow, Ronald Reagan, and Kenny Nerpel all remained at the ripe old age of 39?
I was thinking about just having the extra rib removed to make it easier to crank my head around to look back.But Gary, It has taken me a long time to get to this point and with this build-up, I have to say, that unless they change the seats in the cars,that I think you are ahead of the game with that chin shortening surgery?
Remember to laugh as when you laugh the whole world seems a better place.
Memo from Phyllis/Alan Campbell dated June 16, 2009: Minot, ND
My brother Darrel gave me this envelope from the Campbell’s when we were on the Cruise. Gary
Hi Stokes Family,
In going through stuff in Dunseith preparing for our move to the Wellington in Minot, I found this issue of the Courant I had saved for your family. Please pass it on and share it with Gary as we so enjoy his daily “blog” and maybe he will copy this and include it for others to enjoy.
You mom and dad were so good to Alan’s Aunt Anne and Uncle Glen Campbell when they lived in Bottineau and we enjoyed a few of their visits too.
That Dunseith reunion really started the memory wheels rolling and it just keeps going and going. Hope the Bottineau 125th is as successful as ours was.
Phyllis and Alan Campbell
Posted by Phyllis/Alan Cambell:
Front page of the Bottineau Courant – December 12, 1977
Mel Kuhn and Verena Gillis, Can you guys provide us with the addresses of Ricky and Peter Gillis Jr.? I am sure that others would like to have their addresses too. You guys can for sure be very proud of Ricky and Peter Jr. for their dedicated service. They are to be commended. Gary
go to Kosovo. We took him to Fargo last Wednesday and he called me from
Indiana last night. He will go to Germany from there then on to Kosovo.
We are so very proud of him.
Also had to include this clipping from this week’s Turtle Mountain Star.
Cheryl and I are very proud of this award.
Verena & Cheryl, My hats are off to both of you. You are both very deserving of this prestigious award. As most of you know, Cheryl was with us on the Cruise. She entertained us and a whole lot of the ships folks with her singing. When I first heard her singing I was beside myself with how well she could sing. She for sure drew the attention of all those in attendance. She won a singing contest on the ship too.Verena, You have spear headed so many deserving fund raising events in just the 3 years that I have known you. You for sure did a fabulous job facilitating our class of 65 reunion at the Garden Gate golf club. You facilitated and followed through right down to the finest details everything that had to be done.This award has for sure gone to two very deserving folks.Our little 4 year old Granddaughter, Nevaeh (heaven spelled backwards), sure took a liking to Cheryl when we were in Seattle. Nevaeh is a little girl of many words.Gary
Folks, When we were back in the states I purchased a Magic Jack (Telephone module) at radio shack that attaches to any USB connection on my computer. It has a regular phone connection on the back side. Last night I took this thing out of the package and connected it to my computer. I was prompted for info needed to activate and acquire a phone number. That whole process took about 2 minutes. When I was finished I plugged a phone into the Jack on the back side and this thing actually worked with a good clear connection. The whole process seemed too easy to be true. It only cost 39.99 which included the first years service. Each year here after will only cost $19.99. With this phone I’ve got unlimited toll free calling to all 50 states and Canada. There were no Washington state numbers available, but there were a few ND towns and cities listed. Kindred, ND was one of them, so I chose to have a local Kindred number. That is where Orvin Hagen Lives. The number is (701) 428-8186. Now I’ve got two VOIP phones. I may get rid of the first one in time. Gary
From Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59): Everett, WA.
I arrived in Dunseith yesterday for a week visit; was disappointed to learn that the Historical Society festivity at St. John happened the day before. Perhaps Dick might know if there are any post cards around of “old” St John. Mildred Gottbreht was married to H. Solomon who managed the Red and White Grocery circa 1935. He also operated a Tavern and variety store. Is the museum open daily?
Loved the short time together with everyone at Best Western. How come Gary Metcalfe looks so young? Thought he was a few years older than myself! Evie and I lodged just around the corner and visited with Francie Gottbreht Dutra into the “wee” hours. Thanks Bill and Gary.
Wish I were having coffee with Art and Eva Seim this week. Mom often brought a few of us along with her for visits – amazing kitchen is what Ernie recalls; all the glorious woodwork. During off days during grade school in Dunseith, Eva would sometimes pick me up and off to Russel we’d go. I think I was related to everyone at Russel. Sharron
Reply from Bob Hosmer (56): Lynnwood, WA
Hi Gary and all,
Regarding Dicks inquiry about Imogene Westerman, Katrine and I took her as a foster daughter in 1964 during my last year at seminary at the Lutheran Brethren Seminary in Fergus Falls, Mn. The arrangement did not work out well–trying to be a full time student and Katrine working as well as our parenting our own first child. In the end, the fostering was taken over by Carl and Myrtle Jacobson who also worked at the Indian Mission north of Dunseith and were parents to Vernes Jacobson Johnson who died January 1, 2007 and was a graduate of Dunseith High School in 1961. Any rate, Imogene was with the Jacobson’s who were living in Pelican Rapids, MN at the time. Where she went after she reached her majority age. I have no idea. Someone else may have that knowledge.
Glad that the cruise went so well, Katrine and I thoroughly enjoyed the evening together at the Best Western Executive Inn with so many from our home town.
Reply from Sharon Zorn Gerdes (62): Windsor, CO
Regarding the whereabouts of Imogene Westerman, I don’t know, however I am going to write to Phylomena to get Berthas address as well. So I will share them when I have them. I heard that Bertha was blind, but not sure if that’s true. They were awesome girls so I am anxious to hear more about them, and what ever happened to the mission. Sharon Zorn Gerdes
Message/Article from Mel Kuhn (70): St. John, ND.
Glad you’re back at it, I was lost in the mornig without my Gary fix. I’m attaching a newspaper clipping from this weeks Turtle Mt. Star. It is my youngest son in the article. We’re just now getting ready to go to Bismarck to see him off. Maybe you’ll find the article interesting.
Reunion at the Best Western
Back: Larry St. Claire, Lee Stickland & K. Flynn Richard
Front: Marie Ivorson Staub & Edna (Susie) Knox Millang
On the Cruise Ship (Norwegian Star)
Gary and Darrel (Bud) Stokes
On the Cruise Ship (Norwegian Star)
Geri (Mecalfe) & Chuck Munro
Dunseith News posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: email@example.com Minot & Bottineau, ND.
From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Dunseith, ND.
Did Margaret (Seim) Lawston connect with you? She’s Art and Eva’s
daughter. Margaret graduated from Notre Dame in Willow City. But
has many connections with Dunseith. On Margaret’s maternal side are
the Berube’s. Paternally, the Seim family resided in Holmes
Township. Arthur and Eva Seim as well as John and Ingrid Seim, lived
on the adjacent farm were my parents #1 mentors.
I have always considered, Grandma Seim as my adopted grandma. And
I was fortunate to share Grandma with Conrid Metcalfe, Margaret,
The Seims were active in the Dunseith Community. Ingrid ie. Grandma
Eva Berube Seim originally from Thorne, was a long time teacher.
Their son, Edwin also graduated from Dunseith High. Marion holds
Anyway, Gary my hope is that Margaret will enjoy your blog as much
Reply from Kathy Fassett Klemmer (71): Plantation, FL.
Hi Gary! Thanks to my dad, I guess I’ll get on the mailing list! You are so wonderful to do what you do for the folks in/around Dunseith.
I was born in Bottineau, but only went to the first grade in Dunseith before dad/family moved to El Paso, Texas, so even tho I didn’t go to school more than that 1st year – I’ve had a deep connection with Dunseith. I graduated from Burke Central High School in 1971 (Lignite, ND). Up until a few years ago when my grandma (Kate Fassett) and my mom’s oldest sister – Cynthia Johnson – Irene and Bill Fassett passed, I would go up to Dunseith every summer to visit them. It’s not the same now that they are gone. Loved listening to their stories of life growing up and raising family in Dunseith. I sure miss them all!
I get up there whenever I can. There are no better people in the WORLD than the folks from ND. We spent every summer in Dunseith when dad was in the border patrol (living in California) – best memories. Was there in October, but only for a short trip.
Sorry we couldn’t make it on the cruise. Many family health concerns at the time, but all is well now! Thanks for letting me keep in touch with friends and family. Kim (sister) and dad Darrel have been keeping me up to date on everything going on.
Thanks again for adding me to the list – I look forward to reading more about everyone up there. Hi Crystal and Dad and all those who keep me informed on the ND life!
Cheers, Kathy (Fassett) Klemmer
Oldest & Youngest on the Alaska cruise that attended school in Dunseith
Posted by Keith PLadson (66): Stafford, VA
I hope you get this. We took this the last day of the cruise as we were docked in Seattle.
Alaska Cruise “Dunseith school kids” photo:
Bill Grimme has provide us with a numbered key below for the picture I posted several days ago of those of us that were on the cruise that attended school in Dunseith. I will be posting the key for the total group picture in several days after I get conformation from those that went on the cruise that I have labeled it correctly. Gary
Thurman Parrill’s Obituary provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:
Folks, Thurman and Marie Parrill are my god Parents.
To the Parrill family: We extend our condolence to you with the passing of Thurman. He lived a great life pretty much to the end. I was told he was still a very sharp card player even with his dementia. He will be missed. I understand you guys had a family wedding in Spokane, WA too that most of you were attending when Thurman passed on. I know LeaRae (Parrill) and Terry Espe planned on attending the wedding following the cruise. Gary
Dec. 13, 1917-Aug. 4, 2009
Thurman Parrill, age 91, of Bottineau, died Tuesday, August 4, 2009, at a Bottineau hospital.
His funeral will be held on Wednesday, August 12, at 2 p.m. at the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 11, from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Burial will be at the Rendahl Cemetery near Dunseith.
Thurman Merton Parrill was born December 13, 1917, to Cecil Day and Laura Melhus Parrill near Thorne, N.D. His father passed away in the 1918 flu epidemic when Thurman was one year old. He grew up in the Bottineau area and attended area schools. The family later moved to Mountain, N.D., and he worked on the family farm until he joined the U.S. Navy on May 23, 1944. He served in the Pacific Theater on the SS Mormachawk and SS Orvetta during World War II. He was honorably discharged from the Navy on Feb. 15, 1946. After the war, he came to the Dunseith area and began farming in Rolette County.
On November 24, 1947, he married Marie J. Nelson at the Lutheran church in Dunseith. They moved to a farm in Bottineau County, where they raised their five children. In 1995, they sold the farm and moved to Bottineau, where they had since resided.
Thurman was a past member of Rendahl Lutheran Church and a current member of Peace Lutheran Church of Dunseith. He served as a Township Supervisor of Homan Township for many years. Thurman enjoyed playing cards and enjoyed spending as much time as possible with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by: his wife of more than 61 years, Marie, of Bottineau; and his children, Janet (George) LeNoue of Lexington, Ky., Lynda (Curtis) Jordan of Yerrington, Nev., and Clayton (Linda), Rodney (Ann), and Myron (Kathy) Parrill, all of Bottineau. He has nine grandchildren: Christy LeNoue, Michelle (Carter) Newton, Troy (Meagan) Jordan, Stephanie Swartz, Katie (Tyrell) Lauckner, David, Brooke, Krystle and Shelby Parrill; and four great-grandchildren: Levi, Braxton and Declan Lauckner and Jordan Swartz. Also surviving are his half sister, Shirley (Oliver) Johnson of Grand Forks; half brothers, Don (Roberta) Cox of Cavalier, Joe (Gladys) Cox of Seattle, Wash., Ben Cox, Cavalier, and Paul Cox, Grand Forks; stepsister, Hazel Cox of Davenport, Iowa; brother-in-law, John N. Nelson, Minot; and sisters-in-law, Mildred Parrill and Eugenie Walker of Bottineau, Judy Cox, Cavalier, and Fern Cox, Union Mills, Ind.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Dean Parrill, Darrell Cox, Mytroen Cox and Howard Cox; sisters, Avis Vivatson, Deedee Anderson, Fern Grimm, Edith Baratach, Esther Leonard and infant sister Helen Cox; stepfather, J.R. Cox; and nephew, Clark Parrill.
Memory of Mr. Jerstad from Kay Hosmer (77): Crown Point, Ind.
Memory of Mr. Jerstad from Kay Hosmer (77): Mr. Jerstad taught me how to ride a bike. His daughter Lori was my best friend. He was a wonderful father & friend.
Reply from Verena (Pete 65) Gillis: Dunseith, ND
I just want to say thank you for all your kind words. I am so thankful
that she is now at peace, now I just have to get over this somehow, very
Now we are getting ready for a wedding, got family home from Alaska,
To everyone going on the cruise, happy sailing and have a good time. Will
Request from Darrel Fassett (47): Boynton Beach, FL
Our daughter Kathy who lives in Plantation, FL would like to be on your mailing list. Her address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanx. Darrel Fassett.
From Bobby Slyter (70): Wichita, Kansas
WELL IT SOUNDS LIKE EVERYONE HAD A GREAT TIME ON THE CRUISE, BUT I AM SURE GLAD THAT YOU ARE HOME GARY, COFFEE IN THE MORNING WILL BE BETTER NOW, ALSO WOULD LIKE TO SEND MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYER TO BILL BERUBE AND HIS FAMILY, HANG IN THERE BILL YOU CAN MAKE IT THROUGH THIS.
Reply from Don Aird (Carroll Carlson’s nephew): St Louis, MO
My cousin Maurice Aird and his family live in St John – wish I was there.
Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.
Great newsletter today; I thought we’d be receiving one soon.
I love the pictures; I recognize some of the people–you, Bernadette, Debbie, Bud, Mr./Mrs. Reing, Minnie Flynn, Florence Sime, ? McKay, Bill Grimme, and, I think, a Morinville–maybe a few I’ve forgotten to mention. When we receive the “key” to the people, it will be fun to put faces to names/vice versa.
Previous reply from Neola
I laughed out loud when I read that Lillie thought you boys should be checked for worms. I could just picture her standing there telling your dad to have his boys checked for worms. I love when comments like that are added, as it brings back wonderful memories of those who are “gone”.
Also, Ken Striker sent the same email to me that he sent to you. I replied to his email and also asked if he would like to be put in contact with Eileen (I might have asked her if it was OK before I made this offer–or not! I know Eileen loves to help wherever she is able to.). To make a long story short, they connected, and she has sent a great Striker file. I’ll forward our email exchanges to you. Eileen never fails to amaze me with what she can compile in very little time.
Lee Stickland’s (64) message to Gina our travel agent: Dickinson, ND.
I want to thank YOU so much for the wonderful cruise that YOU and Gary put together for the Dunseith Alumni.
The time together was rich as we all renewed old familiarities.
Gloria and I found the cruise to be a great experience.
Gina, thanks again.
Email change for Evon Lagerquist (77): Dunseith, ND.
Just to let you know, I’ve changed my e-mail address to
Email change for Cheryl Larson Dakin (71): BEDFORD, TX
For some of you this is the second message about changing my email address, but for the rest of you, I am putting Princessredfern in mothballs. The old girl is retiring. I am tired of explaining her. So…..my new address is Still a little long, but at least you’ll know it’s me.
P S.. If you do send to princessredfern, I will still check it for a good long while.
From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Dunseith, ND
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Comments from sender: Scanning the Seattle Times I came across this article on Agent Orange.
Picture from Bev Morinville Azure (72): Dunseith, ND.
Gary, I know I am sending you A lot of pictures you can show these when you have the room ok. This is Jess Hosmer. I would like to know who the little girl in the background is?
GOD BLESS YOU …………BEV
Picture from Glen Williams (52): Missoula, MT
Gary Morgan, Glen Williams and Dick Morgan , 1987….at lake Mirond Canada…Note who has the fish….
Picture from Ronnie Cavaliere BRISTOL, RI.
Folks, Ronnie and Cora are dear friends of ours that joined us on the cruise. Cora is from here in Cebu. We truly enjoyed their company on this cruise. In a few years, after Cora receives her US citizenship, they plan on moving to the PI right here in Cebu. They are great folks. Gary
From Sharon Zorn Gerdes (62): SGERDES@aol.com Windsor, CO
Hope your cruise was wonderful. I am enclosing Ruths obituary. At her funeral in Bottineau, the following
letter was read by the pastor. My mom sent it to me, and I was so excited to get it. Bertha and Phylomena
Westerman were classmates and friends of mine, and I had no idea whatever became of them. I thought she wrote this so well. Don’t know how many recall the mission up north of Dunseith, but I stayed with them sometimes and loved it up there. More good memories of Dunseith. Thanks. Sharon Zorn Gerdes