Message/Pictures from Kenny Nerpel (65): Rugby, ND.
RE: Southern Rendezvous
We just returned from the first annual Appalachian adventure. It wasn’t well attended but we were able to get together with old friend Billy Grimme at a cabin near Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Stopped in on the way at a casino near French Lick, Indiana. I’ve always wanted to visit the home town of basketball legend Larry Bird and took this occasion to cross it off the bucket list.
It snowed for four days in the Smokies and rarely got above freezing, but North Dakotans do not let small things like this interfere with fun. The pool tournament , hot tubin’ and reminiscing went on as planned. Billy says that he honed his considerable shot-making skills at Sayid Kadry’s Pool Hall in Dunseith.
Took a different route on the way back passing through Memphis for a visit with my son. We visited a hotel there where they have ducks living on the top floor that they escort each day, via the elevator, to the lobby. Then on to Little Rock and Conway Arkansas, stopping briefly to visit the Toad Suck Ferry. (Toad Suck). May have stumbled upon the site of the next Southern Rendezvous. Hmmm.
Pool tournanment Snow 28 Degrees
Newspaper articles posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.
Monthly Archives: February 2010
DeAnn Gottbreht delivered Connor Wayne O’Hara on February 25th: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/deanngottbreht
Message from DeAnn:
Lester Kitterling – Posted from the Duseith Alumni Website:
Reply from Traci (Pritchard) Zahn:
Judge Ketterling married my parents (Shirley Pritchard). I can remember mom talking about what a great sense of humor he had. My thoughts are with him and his family.
Lester Kitterling’s CarringBridge Website:
From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND.
I just read your newsletter; I see LeaRae mentioned Judge Ketterling. This is his CaringBridge website if anyone would like to have it.
Reply from Trish Larson Wild (73): FORT COLLINS, CO
I finally got my blog online and running. It’s just the rough start, but if folks want to check it out, the address is:
My hope is to keep the site updated often for family, friends, followers, and sponsors. There will be frequent entries to chronicle preparations, training rides, and challenges getting ready for this endeavor. Anyone who clicks on the link to follow the blog will get a notification of all new entries. Thanks to everyone for your supportive comments and interest.
Picture from Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59): Everett, WA.
Many of you may know of the wedding celebration that will happen March 6, 2010 in LA. Ashley Noel, daughter of Gerald Pilkington and Evelyn Gottbreht will exchange vows with Gavin Phillips Witzer, son of Mr and Mrs Marc Witzer. All eight of Dale and Alma Gottbreht’s children will be together for this happy event. I am posting the fine photo of George who was in fine form on the occasion of another family wedding, that of Ivan Shen [Victor and Sharron] to Nora Obringer [Bob and Lauran] 24 Sept 2005 Detroit, MI. George danced the night away with his many nieces. The photographer captured Jenny Gottbreht daughter of Bill and Jean; DeAnn Gottbreht daughter of Ernie and Brenda and Ashley Pilkington daughter of Ger and Evie with there Uncle George Gottbreht. Priceless!
Picture from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND.
I think I sent this picture awhile ago. Someone might have sent an address where I could mail the picture, but I can’t find it. I have the picture right beside me RIGHT now, so if anyone has a mailing address for Allan/a relative, I’ll mail the picture as soon as I have an address. It’s a small picture, but Allan/a relative might like to have it.
I’ve been battling a cold since February 16; I haven’t been out of my apartment since the night before when I arrived in Bottineau. I don’t have much energy these days, but I’m going to scan/send a few articles from the Courant to you for your newsletter. The good part about having no energy is I’ve watched much more of the Olympics than I usually do.
I enjoy all the pictures/stories/etc. (if I know the people, or if I don’t know them) in your newsletters and also the picture/info you include about life in Cebu.
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: email@example.com Bottineau & Minot, ND.
Sunday, February 21, 2010 10:11 AM, CST
Dunseith Alumni Reunion:
Folks, Verena Gillis is canvassing the Dunseith Businesses asking for donations to purchase Tee shirts, with the Dunseith Logo, that we’d like to give out to everyone attending the reunion. In doing that we would like everyone’s sizes.
For those of you attending the reunion, please reply to this message letting us know you know about the catered dinner we have planned for the reunion. We’d also like your Tee shirt size too. They come in Sm, Med, Large, X-Large & XX-Large. I’m not sure about the triple XXX size. Your Tee shirt sizes are for our records only. They will not be published.
Note: We’ll be calling those that we do not get a reply from that plan on attending the reunion. We want to make sure that everyone is informed of the catered meal.
I have listed a list of the hotels in the area near the bottom of this message. They seem to be filling quickly. Gary
Question from Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59): Everett, WA.
I found that the Hurst family were former partial owners of the Commercial Hotel – I’m wondering who the Gimme family bought from or if they have title history? Fantastic picture. Sharron
Posted By Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau ND.
Here is a list of motels in/near Dunseith & Bottineau.
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau ND.
Dunseith Alumni Reunion Dinner:
Folks, we were trying not to have to collect for the dinner in advance, but we will be charged for the number we give the caterer, so that pretty much locks us into collecting in advance for those that would like the dinner. Verena has make arrangements with a catering service out of Rugby. This is what she has made arrangements for:
Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Corn, Bacon/Lettuce Cauliflower Salad, Dinner Roll and Dessert for $10.00 per plate.
It’s not a requirement to purchase the catered dinner to attend the reunion. Verena asked the caterer if they could provide food for purchase, on site, for those that prefer not to have the catered dinner. They said they could make a few roast beef sandwiches, cold cuts, etc that could be purchased on site.
Verena has calculated $5.00 per head to cover all miscellaneous expenses. This includes the Facility, decorations, table covers, several cakes, the hiring of a clean up crew the following day, etc
For those of you desiring the catered meal, please send your payment of $10.00 Plus $5.00 ($15.00 total) per person payable to
PO Box, 785
Dunseith, ND 58329
The caterer has given us a deadline of May 14th.
For those attending that have not paid in advance, we will be collecting the $5.00 registration fee at the registration desk the day of the reunion.
We will be making contact with all of you signed up for the reunion, that we do not get a reply from, to make sure you are informed of the reunion details.
Frozen Fingers “Just Us” Photo’s: Dave Mettler (Bottineau), Don Boardman (60) & Tina Pladson Bullinger (78):
Provided by Dave Mettler and Neola Kofoid Garbe:
Terry Rishling, originally from Belcourt, Died in Kosovo:
Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND.
I’ve been waiting for this info to be in the Minot Daily, as I wanted whatever news I sent about Terry, was accurate.
Soldier who died in Kosovo originally from Belcourt
BELCOURT A North Dakota Army National Guard soldier who died while deployed to Kosovo is originally from Belcourt.
Sgt. Terry L. Rishling, 38, Fargo, is the son of John and Gloria Rishling of Belcourt. He graduated from Turtle Mountain Community School in Belcourt in 1991.
Rishling died Wednesday while deployed to Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo, with Multi-National Battle Group-East, Kosovo Forces 12, on a NATO peacekeeping mission, the Guard announced Friday. Rishling was not feeling well and went to the hospital where he died of apparent natural causes, Guard officials said.
Rishling was a team leader for Third Squad, Third Platoon, assigned to Alpha Company, 231st Maneuver Task Force out of Valley City.
A memorial service was held Monday at Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo.
Rishling joined the N.D. Army Guard in 2001. His survivors also include his wife, Nancy, and two daughters, Sophie and Courtney, Fargo.
Reply from Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59): Everett, WA
We must add Marlene Kraft Amentrout to the basketball team. I sure wished to sink baskets just like Marlene and winged many a prayer that I be granted 5 more inches to qualify as a potential player. The girls of Notre Dame Academey did have volleyball however. Sharron
Message/Pictures from Bonnie Awalt Houle (56): Becker, MN
In answer to the Dunseith Girl’s Basketball Coach:
Dunseith had Girl’s Basketball all the years I was in High School. Some of the team members that I remember were:
Doris Peterson, Betty Lou Poepple, Carol Fassett, Betty Counts, Viola Hobbs, Emma Awalt, Viola Klang,Shirley Johnson, Lois Lilleby, Donna Sunderlund, Joyce Burcham, Arlene Lamoureux, Millie Crum, Janice Leonard, Bonnie Awalt, Marlene Kraft, Lois Hiatt, Neva Haagenson, Mickey Haagenson,Elaine Schneider, Marlene Schneider, Joy Nordquist, Arliss Nordquist, Barbara Bott, Arlene Allard, Joanne Kester, Ellen Graff, Tiny Knox: Coaches were first Mr. Conroy, then Mr. Berg and next Virgil Vanorney(sp). Mr. Vanorney had a good knowledge of basketball and was a good coach. The year he coached us we did quite well. Our downfall came in the regional tournament at the Bottineau School of Forestry, when we had to play against Newburg. Newburg were the returning State Champions. They went to State almost every year in the 50’s and we were hoping to get past them, but they went undefeated that year. We had some great players over the years: Marlene Kraft, Viola Hobbs, Arlene Lamoureux, Donna Sunderlund, all had great athletic ability and could have competed with the boys in talent. The years I remember teams were 1951 through 1956.
Marlene Kraft Armentrout could fill you in on the years after we graduated.
Bonnie Awalt Houle 1956
I have a little extra room today, so thought I’d include several pictures of a Buffet dinner we hosted at our place last night. These pictures were taken before our guests arrived. I did not take any pictures at the dinner, but many of our friends did of which they will pass along to me.
More Filipino customs and traditions. These are Filipino Catholic traditions. I’m not sure if the American Catholic’s celebrate these traditions to the extent as they are celebrated here in the PI. Each and every community, town, city and many individuals here in the PI have their Saints. Each Saint has their date for celebrations each year of which are celebrated with Fiesta’s. Bernadette’s Saints are Lourdes and Bernadette of whom she is named after. I’m not sure where Saint Bernadette fits into the picture but we have a celebration for Saint Lourdes every February with a dinner fiesta of which we had last night. We hired a catering service to come in. They set up the whole event with tables, chairs, tents and the food. We asked them to set up two buffet serving areas of which they did. We had well over 200 folks that attended our fiesta last night. It was a great evening. Folks were here until midnight. We also hired live entertainment with music.
Statue’s of the Saints Lourdes & Bernadette
Lower Buffet Setup
Upper Buffet setup (Not fully setup when this picture was taken)
From Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine (73): Grafton, ND
I have some great concern: WHERE IS THE CLASS OF 1973, as of today it is myself and Jeff Evans Im sure Jeff and I can party enough for everyone lol but it would sure be nice to see more of you at the reunion. As I remember we had a great class. So glad to hear you are coming Gary be great to see you.
The Schwabe & Schniederman Families:
Reply Mary Eruich Knutson (62): Dunseith, ND
I called Erma Eurich Peltier last night to see if she could add anything to the Schwabe info. She remembers them well. They were apparently very close neighbors. She named the kids. Forest, Dale, Howard, Florence. She said Florence was quite a bit younger than she was and she thought forest was the oldest. They went to school together. Forest had a glass eye and it would freak her out when he’d take it out and apparently he knew this and during school he’d take it out and roll it around on his desk.
I figured Art Schneiderman’s wife would turn out to be a Schwabe but apparently not. She actually couldn’t remember who she was. She did remember that her name was Marie. Mary
Dorothy Pritchard/picture/write-up, The Schwabe & Schniederman Families:
From Mary Eruich Knutson (62): Dunseith, ND
Today Marie Eurich Beachler called me regarding the Schwabe family. She said the Schwabes lived in the area for some time when they were kids. And they visited back and forth a lot. Mrs. Schwabe and Mrs. Art Schneiderman were sisters. Schwabe’s went west when the war broke out and would come back occassionally and would always pay them a visit when back here.
Art Schneiderman lived with us for quite awhile after his wife had died. He had broken a leg and it wouldn’t heal right and he couldn’t take care of himself. At that time welfare wasn’t that easy to get and you had to live in a county so long before you were eligible to draw. I don’t know all the details but I know he stayed with us till he was eligible in Rolette county then he an Earl found a place to stay but it didn’t last as the Dr said his leg wasn’t healing right and they would have to rebreak it. I don’t remember all the details but I think he came back to live with us a couple of times. If Earl was in the area he’d stay with us to.
Dorothy really enjoyed her cards and letters. She said, They just kept coming and coming. Thought you’d enjoy some of her history she shared earlier with staff in Bottineau. That is the cabin her a Robert were in the proces of building when Shirley was born.
Here’s a couple more pictures. I thought Gary Metcalfe might enjoy the Clint and Hatty (ie) Anderson one and Leona
Metcalfe. I remember the old cream station. The stove set on a little platform. I remember Ma leaving me at the cream station while she run to Hassen’s for groceries. I sat on that little platform by the stove and never moved.
Thought you and Kay and Keith and Dale would enjoy the picture of the Stoke’s again. Kay gave me an address for the Canadian relatives so I will be trying to make contact to get the Pritchard side identified also. I hope you can do a better job of naming the folks on that picture. They are not standing in the order that the names are stated thats for sure. I ‘m going to lay low for awhile and enjoy others input for awhile. Thanks Mary K
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND
I checked the Virtual Wall today and it is truly remarkable and
sobering. I did not know anyone who was killed there. But while at
NDSU Bottineau in the fall of 1970 met someone whose brother was
killed in Viet Nam the fall of 1969.
I checked for his name and thought of his sister who was very much
affected by his passing.
While at NDSU – Bottineau I met and knew many Viet Nam Vets. They
were my age……………….but….. had old eyes. Thank you to
Larry Hackman for the Virtual Wall information.
Peace. Vickie Metcalfe