“All Saints Day” (11/1) and “All Souls Day” (11/2)
Tomorrow, being all “Saints Day”, the local cemeteries will be packed with folks paying respect to their loved ones that have passed on. The cemeteries will be like tent cities. Folks will be putting up tent covers today for the big holiday festivities. Today and tomorrow are national holidays. Later on this afternoon, We will be putting up a tent cover over Bernadette’s Father’s and Brother’s grave. They are buried one on top of the other. Later on today we will be going to the supermarket to purchase food to take to the cemetery tomorrow. Bernadette will be making lots of sandwiches. Many of her family members will spend the whole day and some the night in the Cemetery. Bernadette will spend part of the day at her Dad’s/brother’s grave and then she will go down to her Grandparents grave on the other side of town. She does not spend the night in the Cemetery. She generally gets home past midnight though.
Wednesday we will pick up the tent and all will be over.

Ben Iverson Farm House

Reply from Marie Iverson Staub (’60): Seattle, WA.




In the message 1328 from Doreen Moran-It is sad to hear the Ben Iverson farm house is gone. I remember I use to spend time there when we lived in Dunseith. Ben was my dad’s brother. I always thought that Selmer (Ben’s son) would have kept that place but I guess time marches on.

In the same blog I tried to look at Sharon’s postcards. Did not get anything but it’s proably just me.

Thank’s again for all you do.


Marie Iverson (Staub) 1960

Yes, I knew that Ben Iverson was your uncle. I never really knew him, but I have sure known his name all my life.
I just checked my copies and the link that I posted yesterday for those Penny post cards does not work. I have re-posted that link below. hopefully this one will work.


North Dakota Penny Post card link


Click here for Penny post cards from ND http://www.usgwarchives.org/nd/ppcs-nd.html

Guess Who?
Picture posted by Lloyd Awalt (44): Bottineau, ND
Lloyd, These ladies look familiar, but I can not place them. I know there are folks that can though. Thanks, Gary

Picture Identification resolved

Reply Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,

The gal in the front row does look like Bonnie Graham Poppoel, as
Susie has said. Mrs. Fish/ Foss would have been a bit taller too I
think. Thanks, Susie, for the correction.


Susie Millang’s posting yesterday
Reply Edna (Susie) Millang (’60): Dunseith, ND
Hi Gary
I think the first lady on the bottom row is Bonnie Poppel not Anna Fish. Thanks for all you do.
Edna (Susie) Millang (60)
Back: Jim Fulsebakke, Manvil Sebelius & Bill Peterson
Middle: Dagny Haagenson, Ardis Bakken, Mid Fulsebakke, Dorothy Sebelius, Joy Peterson.
Front:Bonnie Popple, Mrs. Hugo Carlson and Murl Hill


Reply fromDoreen Larson Moran (‘BHS 61): Usk, WA & Hazelton, ND

I thought maybe you would decide to include my travelogue. I tried to make clear enough where and what was going on. Figured the oil business would be of interest. I heard yesterday that they feel that ND will have 25 to 30 years of oil “boom”. Bob and I did go past your place and Bergan’s so it was good that you confirmed what we “felt” was the right place. I didn’t realize that Bergan Lake is a couple sections west of Oscar’s. But then that was probably his family during homestead days.


Thank you so much for this blog. It is a great connect and re-connect. It is a beautiful fall in No Dak. Doreen

Back in December 2009 we had quite a discussion about the Bergan’s. Clayton Bergan was Oscar’s nephew. He lived north of Dunseith. His children all attend Dunseith schools and are on our distribution as well. Lewis Bergan, Clayton’s dad, was the pioneer owner of the Johnny Hiatt farm now owned by Johnny’s nephew and his wife, Russell and Glenda Fauske.
There may be two Bergan Lakes. I am pretty sure that the lake located just into Bottineau county South of the Lester Johnson farm and NE of Jacob Bjornseth’s is also called the Bergan lake. The Bergan lake is located about 1.5 miles west of our old place. I always referred to that lake as the Johnson Lake in my growing up days, but I believe the maps have it labeled as the Bergan lake. This lake would be a couple sections east of Oscar’s. The Bergan homestead was in this area too.
I have included Barbara Trent Riehm’s reply to all of our 2009 discussions. I am pretty sure you know Barbara.

Previously posted with message 691 on 12/30/2009


Andrew Bergan Family:

Reply from Barbara Trent (Bergan) Riehm:San Diego, CA.


Gary I am enjoying all this information. I would like to clear up a few things. My Grandfather (Mother’s father) was Andrew Bergan, Louis Bergan was her Older(and I believe the oldest of the children) brother and Clayton her Nephew. Bertha Bergan was my Mother’s only sister. She married Eric Bjornseth. Oscar Bergan was the youngest in the family of 6 boys and 2 girls. I think that my Sister (Colleen Trent Baier) I am now the only living “Grandchildren” of Andrew and Christina Bergan, however I may be wrong.
Sorry I haven’t been in touch with you and all your “followers” I’ll try do better. Right now I am in the Rocky Mountains of Montana at my son’s beautiful 2nd home on Salmon Lake. Lots of snow and cold. but coming from California a few days of this is OK. I go back to San Diego on the 5th of January.

Happy New Year
Barbara Trent Riehm



Long, cold winter

Posting from Wayne Smith (’61): Bottineau, ND




Lately, some bloggers have given signs of the upcoming long, cold ND winter. I know for sure we are in for a long cold winter because my neighbor Jade said that his wife quit shaving her legs September 1.


Wayne Smith (’61)




Picture Identification question

Reply Edna (Susie) Millang (’60): Dunseith, ND


Hi Gary
I think the first lady on the bottom row is Bonnie Poppel not Anna Fish. Thanks for all you do.
Edna (Susie) Millang (60)
Back: Jim Fulsebakke, Manvil Sebelius & Bill Peterson
Middle: Dagny Haagenson, Ardis Bakken, Mid Fulsebakke, Dorothy Sebelius, Joy Peterson.
Front: Anna Fish or Bonnie Popple, Mrs. Hugo Carlson and Murl Hill
Bottineau Holiday Arts, Craft & Bake Sale
Neola will be selling her famous Caramels at this event too. If nothing else you can stop in to say Hello to Neola.
This is great community event.
Joke of the day
Posted by Doreen Larson Moran (‘BHS 61): Usk, WA & Hazelton, ND

North Dakota Ghost story – very creepy

This happened last winter just outside of Douglas, a little town in the back country of North Dakota. It sounds like an Alfred Hitchcock tale.

This out-of-state traveler was on the side of the road, hitchhiking on a real dark night in the middle of a snow storm. Time passed slowly and no cars went by. It was snowing so hard he could hardly see his hand in front of his face.

Suddenly he saw a car moving slowly, approaching and appearing ghost like in the snow. It slowly and silently crept toward him and stopped. Wanting a ride real bad the guy jumped in the car and closed the door; only then did he realize that there was nobody behind the wheel, and no sound of an engine.

Again the car crept slowly forward and the guy was terrified, too scared to think of jumping out and running. The guy saw that the car was approaching a sharp curve and, still too scared to jump out, he started to pray and began begging for his life; he was sure the ghost car would go off the road and into a nearby lake and he would drown!

But just before the curve, a shadowy figure appeared at the driver’s window and a hand reached in and turned the steering wheel, guiding the car safely around the bend. Then, just as silently, the hand disappeared through the window and the hitchhiker was alone again! Paralyzed with fear, the guy watched the hand reappear every time they reached a curve.

Finally the guy, scared to near death, had all he could take and jumped out of the car and ran and ran, into Garrison. Wet and in shock, he went into a bar and voice quavering, ordered two shots of whiskey, then told everybody about his supernatural experience.

A silence enveloped and everybody got goose bumps when they realized the guy was telling the truth (and was not just some drunk)

About half an hour later two guys walked into the bar and one says to the other, ‘Look Ole, ders dat idiot that rode in our car when we wuz pushin it in the snow.’



No Message yesterday
Folks, I got rushed and didn’t get a message out yesterday.

In the Hills – October 2011

Letter from Doreen Larson Moran (‘BHS 61): Usk, WA & Hazelton, ND

Hi Gary – I sent this to Dean Bakken then thought you might enjoy the travel report. Bob and I went past the Ackworth school and cemetery. The cemetery looks to be a peaceful resting place. I could see where the latest graves had been added. A few leaves were on some of the trees in the hills but most have blown off. We were trying to find Oscar and Syvlia Bergan’s place but I couldn’t figure it out. I should have had an older atlas along. My 2006 Atlas is good for current people and had the markings for the oil well activity. Dad would take me along to watch the drilling in 1951 when that first John Huss well went in just north of Bill and Ann Johnson’s farm. (just north and east of Nordland Church).

This letter will be of interest to a lot of our readers, so I am including it with this posting.
Oscar and Sylvia Bergan’s farm was located east of Lake Metigoshe. Taking the road east from Lake Metigoshe located between the State park and the Narrows, takes you past the Lars Severtson farm. A Mile or so past the Lars Severtson farm, heading east, that road ends at a “T” junction. Oscar and Sylvia’s house was located about 200 meters straight ahead behind the trees to the east of that “T” Junction. Taking a right at that “T” junction the road winds back around and comes out at Highway 43 just west of Salem Church by the little ‘Souris River Telephone’ building located on the north side of Highway 43. On that road east of Lake Metigoshe, Johnny and Pat Frykman live between Lars Severtson’s and Oscar and Sylvia’s place.
Going past the Ackworth Cemetery, you went past our old farmstead too. It is located just across the road from the Cemetery. In 1996 Dad sold our place to Larry and Mona Marchus.
Thank you Doreen for sharring this letter,

—–Original Message—–
From: “Doreen Moran”

We got to ND about Oct 6th. I have been in the hills all the time but will head to Hazelton today or tomorrow. Bob did a bit of duck hunting – no shooting. too warm and the northern ducks haven’t come down yet. Probably will now since it did drop some snow but the temps are to go back to the forties and maybe low fifties. Deer season starts next Fri so we will be back here in the Hills at the Farm.

Sad note for passage of time – the Ben Iverson house got burned on Tue. Had a couple good days of rain so the trees wouldn’t get so much damage. We were coming back from a Concert Series about 9:30 at night and saw the orange glow of fire. Scary to say the least. We kept driving north and saw the sillhoute of the whole house engulfed in the flames. Richard found out at morning coffee at the Sawmill Corner Stop that it was a controlled burn. I think Vestree owns the place and probably is planning to build new. Les Nelson has made a clearning on Nels Larson’s old place to put all of his big equipment. I think it was pretty well hidden when the trees had leaves on but can see the blight now. Les also cleared all around the Merle Sivertson (Mensvil Larson) place on east side of Lake Metigoshe Christian Center. Guess he has plans to feed cattle all winter there.

Bob and I took a long ride through the hills on Tue. We went over to Highway 14 to the Souris road and then north to the Turtle Mtn Church which is in Dalen township and drove north for 3 miles. OIL well activity is moving along, but not the fast pace as in further west. Along that rode is a pad with 3 oil storage tanks; pad with new well getting drilled; pad with large pumper going strong; new cleared ground for next pad to go in. Also on one of the areas is a two or three dozen “man camp” housing set up. Think the different pieces of land are Fett; Berge; maybe Bernstein; Lindstrom land; Seter. As we picked up the Peace Garden Road, we took time to drive through the Twisted Oaks & Strawberry Lake Campgrounds. Then we drove the road past Pedies going east; came out by Kenny Pederson’s place then east and north again to Birchwood areas (golf course and the Canadian Border line); around Lake Metigoshe and north through the State Park and up to old Boy Scout lands that also included Rost Lake where Bob had his survival training camp from 1960-1966 (from there was sent to Clark AFB PI). Found good jeep trails to the east and got to the Orlando Larson farm; after that had some good and some not so good roads just going pretty much east on a road they now call 107 St NE and 108 St NE. We drove all the way through Homen and then the township in Rollette Co before getting back on the Peace Garden Road – or Highway 43 as they call it now. We had a trip of 105 miles. Was interesting; some new places are being built; roads were in reasonable shape most places; (for a Jeep at any rate)

It is good to be in a place where the pace is still not so fast. Anita was here a couple weekends ago. We got lots of Scrabble games down in our logbook. Last weekend Glenore, Richard and I went to Anita’s then to Fargo for serious shopping. Glenore’s daughter Angie is getting married in Bellevue Nov 11 so new dress; new shoes; Richard also got new sport coat etc. Anita and I stayed at their farm on Sunday and let Glenore shop alone to her heart’s content on Sunday but all of us were out again on Monday. West Fargo is something else but Anita knows where all the good places are or the ones that probably have when G was looking for. Did take time for a Big Lots and Sam’s Club. I do a lot of sitting and watching people, especially when it is mall time.

Earl Roland said that this spring over 20 beaver were shot in Oak Creek going on his place; there are still so many beaver around. That little pond by our “little place” (south of Nels Larson) is full and almost overflowed the road. Beaver have several houses in lakes and ponds all around. Saw where the beaver cut down at least six more trees yesterday. Lake Harmon here just north of the farm is still as high as it was in early summer and last year. Bob had the boat in for his duck hunt over on the nortwest side area.

Not sure if this is a share item but I felt you would appreciate my travelogue.
Doreen – from the Hills of ND



Identification correction to this picture.
I had six folks identified in the front row and there are only five. Gary
Back: Jim Fulsebakke, Manvil Sebelius & Bill Peterson
Middle: Dagny Haagenson, Ardis Bakken, Mid Fulsebakke, Dorothy Sebelius, Joy Peterson.
Front: Anna Fish, Mrs. Hugo Carlson and Murl Hill
North Dakota Penny Postcards
Web site posting from Sharron Gottbreht Shen (’59): Everett, WA.
I think your viewers will enjoy this site Gary. Thanks, Sharron

Postcards from North Dakota

Look at the nice smiles on these two.
Dennis, I love your suspenders. I see they are hooked into a belt loop too. Gary
Dennis (Hawkeye) Haakenson (BHS 61) &
Rose Hohl (Art Hagen) Bottineau, ND & Cebu Philippines


A little Winter prediction humor
From Larry Hackman (’66): Bismarck, ND

Indications of our ND winter weather:

All indicators indicate that the weather here in North Dakota will be frightful this winter.

I saw a woolly bear caterpillar the other day.He had lots of wool and was headed south.

While driving to Velva last week I noticed that the muskrat houses being built, were all very large, but were located throughout the slough. This indicates to me that we will have a very cold winter with little moisture.The delightful part is that it will be a short winter, at least here in central North Dakota, “Will only last around 6 months”.

When I made my brother Henry (Class of 65, who are always a little more skeptical of such things, then other classes) aware of my findings, he chimed right in with what he had heard.He said that he had been talking to an Indian friend of his; “who said that it was also going to be colder this winter” here in North Dakota.The Indian said, “that he had noticed that his white neighbor was putting up a larger than normal wood pile”.Uff-da.

Is it OK, if a non-Norwegian uses Uff-da, as a sentence?

Keep on laughing,



Posted by Rose Hohl: Bottineau, ND & Cebu, Philippines.

Dennis (Hawkeye) Haakenson (BHS ’61) & Art Hagen (’72)


April 30, 1969 picture
Reply from David Fugere: Dunseith, ND
Gary, 4/30/1969 photo Back row = Jim Fulsabakke, Manvil Sebelius, Bill Peterson 2nd row Mrs Alvin Haagenson, ?, Delores Berg, Dorothy Sebelius, Joy Peterson, Mable Boardman,? , Murl Hill . Just guessing!!! David Fugere


Reply from Dick Johnson (’68): Dunseith, ND
Second Picture: Front row—–Anna Fish, Mrs. Hugo Carlson–can’t remember her name, Murl Hill
Second row–Dagny Haagenson, Ardis Bakken, Mid Fulsebakke, Dorothy Sebelius, Joy Peterson
Back row—–Jim Fulsebakke, Manvil Sebelius, Bill Peterson
Reply from Marie Iverson Staub (’60): Seattle, WA
I also believe that is Curt Halvorson in the back row. Second person in.
In the second row the second person in I believe is Florence Conroy.
Marie Staub (Iverson) 1960
Reply from Aimee Lagerquist (’97): Boulder, MT
Hey Gary,
I think the lady on the very far right sitting might be Luella Dion. The tallest is definitely Uncle Albert and Aunt Em is third from the left in the middle row (standing). That is Curt Halvorson standing next to Albert. To the left of Em might be Mary Ann Hagen? The one next to Albert could have been the neighbor of Albert and Em and his wife worked at the bank… In the front row fourth from the left could be Irene Fasset and next to her Annie Nickolson (sp?).

Aimee Lagerquist

Reply from Dick Johnson (’68): Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,

The pictures posted yesterday by Neola were taken in the fellowship hall at Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith. Although I’m not sure what the function was for sure, but I can name most of the people. My best guess.

First Picture: Front row–L-R Marjorie Lillico, Mabel Aamodt, (unsure), Irene Fassett, Annie Nicholson, Josephine Birkland, Luella Dion.
Middle row——-Edith Habberstad, Florence Conroy, Emma Halvorson, Betty Habberstad, Myrtle Olson, Pat Myer, Grace Frovarp, Edna Mohagen.
Back row———-George Habberstad, Curt Halvorson, Albert Halvorson, Darrayl Habberstad, Fred Nicholson, Hugo Carlson

Thanks Gary!


Back: George Habberstad, Curt Halvorson, Albert Halvorson, Darrayl Habberstad, Fred Nicholson and Hugo Carlson
Middle: Edith Habberstad. Florence Conroy, Emma Halvorson, Betty Habberstad, Myrtle Olson, Pat Myer, Grace Frovarp and Edna Mohagen
Front: Marjorie Lillico, Mabel Aamodt, ????, Irene Fassett, Annie Nickolson, Josephine Birkland and Luella Dion
Peninsula Daily news interview
Trish Larson Wild (’73): Fort Collins, CO.

Hi Friends and Relations,

I was interviewed by a reporter in Sequim WA last month, who wrote a nice, if slightly inaccurate, article about me. Here’s the link and the actual document if you’re interested.






She’s a wanderer. Calling her­self “The Equine Nomad,” TrishWild sold her home in Colorado, packed her truck, loaded her four horses in the trailer and is fulfilling a lifetime dream of riding 200 miles in every state in three years.

After wait­ing until her three sons were grown, she began her journey in December 2010 by journeying to the beaches of California.


I met up with her last month at Olympic View Stables in Agnew, where she spoke to a small group about her journeys and to promote the EponaShoe, a new type of plastic component horseshoe that allows the hoof to flex.


She’d been staying at the Mount Mueller horse camp, where she describes the trails and camp as — no surprise to us locals — among the “best I’ve ever experienced.”


Although the Mount Mueller spot has the luxury of a toilet, she said, she prefers staying in rugged wilderness campsites where other visitors are virtually nonexistent.


At times, she is accompanied by son Zak.

I’m a bit envious of her adven­tures. Pictures on her blog show her on horseback plowing through rivers, wading in the ocean, being the first rider to cross the new bridge in Olym­pia’s Capitol State Forest.


One thing I found practically entertaining is when she visits her friends living in cities, she just puts her four horse in their tiny fenced backyards.


While it’s likely against city ordinances, so far, she’s found it has entertained the neighbors.


Wow, I would just love to show up with my horses at various friends’ homes in Orange County, Calif., and let my horses loose in their manicured backyards!


Truly, I’d love to vacation at their homes to catch some warm winter sun.


A nurse and a novice horse traveler, Trish is learning much through trial and error — and she’s had a huge learning curve.


Before learning the key to keeping her horses close to camp, she temporarily lost all four while camping high in the wil­derness.


Not every horse can adjust to overnighting in a strange area, but her lean, fit and healthy horses all looked calm and happy to me, and all have to carry a pack.


Trish has learned much about what tents and sleeping bags don’t work when it rains, the importance of good shoes for her and her horses, how to trim and shoe her own horses.


While in California, she learned about the EponaShoe.


She took a clinic hosted by the company on how to trim her horses’ hoofs (based on the natu­ral barefoot trim) and has since become a strong advocate.


While the cost of the EponaShoe is higher than metal, I really do like the concept.


She said EponaShoes helped her rescue horse, Moonlight, grow back strong hooves in just four months after they fell apart in chunks back when he was in steel shoes.


Catch up with Trish via her Equine Nomad blog at www. trishwild.blogspot.com. Learn more about the shoes at www. EponaShoe.com.



Karen Griffiths’ column, Peninsula Horseplay, appears every other Wednes­day.

If you have a horse event, clinic or sem­inar you would like listed, please email Griffiths at kbg@olympus.net at least two weeks in advance. You can also write Griffiths at PDN, P.O. Box 1330, Port Ange­les, WA 98362.

Joke of the day
Posted by Lloyd Awalt (’44): Bottineau, ND
Ole a great baseball player from Norway came to play for the Yankees. They were playing in the world series. They were in the ninth inning and the score was tied 3 to 3. Two outs and Ole was up at bat. The pitcher threw the ball. Strike one. He came from Norway not worried. The pitcher threw the ball, strike two. Ole, don’t worry. The pitcher winds up and throws the ball. Ole really kanockers the ball. The stands holler run home Ole run home. Ole turns around and says “why in hell should I run home. I got money to pay for the ball.” Lloyd Awalt


Today is our bowling day, so I am a bit rushed. I do have more postings of which I will post tomorrow.

Youtube corn husking video
Posted by Bob Lykins (Teacher): Hutto, TX

Has anyone ever tried or heard of this before??????
For those of us who love corn on the cob, this is an absolute must see!
No mess to preparing it, no silks to try to brush out of the corn, it comes out clean.
Mary Ann Hagen & Dennis (Hawkeye) Haakenson
Posted by Rose Hohl: Bottineau, ND & Cebu, Philippines.
I wanted to share this nice picture of Mary Ann Hagen and my cousin Hawkeye Haakenson with today’s posting. I will share several more tomorrow. Hawkeye’s mother, Mabel Kofoid Haakenson, and my dad were first cousins. This picture was taken last week at a VFW dinner in Bottineau. Many of you know Hawkeye. He is pretty famous with his horses. Hawkeye’s mother, Mabel, worked at Thompson’s bakery in Bottineau for many years. Gary
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

I don’t think I’ve sent this picture before, either. I recognize Albert/Em Halvorson, but that’s about it. One fellow resembles Curt Halvorson, but he would be younger than the others in the picture.


In the email I just sent, I said I have 5 copies of that picture. I actually have 4 copies of the other picture and two copies are this picture.



Neola, These are some very familiar faces in these pictures. I am sure our readers will be able to identify them. I agree, that does look like Curt Halvorson in the back 2nd from the left standing next to Albert Halvorson.
We are so glad that you are feeling better these days. I can tell by your email address that you are back in Bottineau again too.
As always, we thank you Neola for sharing all these nice pictures. You have most certainly energized these daily postings over the past 4 years.

Hi Gary,


I don’t THINK I’ve sent this picture before. The only one I recognize and can name is Mildred/Mid. The lady on the far right (sitting) looks very familiar, but I can’t “place” her.


I should be making caramels, but I happened to see this picture and HAD to scan/send it to you! LOL!! There are 5 copies of this picture, should anyone like to have me mail one/more to them.


I am feeling MUCH BETTER these days!!! I love it!!


Joke of the day.
Posted by Keith Pladson (66): Roanoke Rapids, NC

The North Dakota Department of Employment, Division of Labor Standards claimed a small farmer was not paying proper wages to his help and sent an agent out to investigate him.

GOV’T AGENT: “I need a list of your employees and how much you pay them.”

FARMER: ”Well, there’s my hired hand who’s been with me for 3 years. I pay him $300 a week plus free room and board.

…. then there’s the mentally challenged guy. He works about 18 hours every day and does about 90% of all the work around here. He makes about $10 per week, pays his own room and board, and I buy him a
bottle of bourbon every Saturday night so he can cope with life. He also sleeps with my wife… occasionally.”

GOV’T AGENT: “That’s the guy I want to talk to – the mentally challenged one.”

FARMER: “That would be me.”



The Christmas decorations are going up at our house. Bernadette has the inside pretty much decorated with the tree up and all. Now it’s to decorate the outside. By the time February rolls around, I think we will have had enough Christmas.
New email address
For Ardys Bakken Horner (Teacher): Detroit Lakes, MN.
Gary, this is Ardys Bakken Horner a teacher in Dunseith starting in l968….
my new email address is
ardyshorn@arvig.net Thank you for your daily blog/ photos. etc
Reply from Paula Fassett (71): North Branch, MN

Thanks to Kathy (Fassett) Klemmer for the ‘lookout’. Obviously that kid doesn’t know Aunt Dorothy or he’d have know that he would NEVER be able to pull a fast one on her!!!



Pete Gillis, sorry to hear that you are having to go through this battle again. You, Verena and your entire family are definitely on my prayer list.



Paula Fassett


Urban Outfitters pull ‘Navajo’

Newspaper article provide by Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND

Thought you might be interested in reading this.

Jessica Metcalfe is the granddaughter of Jack Metcalfe (deceased) .
Jessica is a DHS graduate. Her mom is Valerie.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Urban Outfitters has removed the word “Navajo” from product names on its website in the wake of criticism from the Navajo Nation government, bloggers and others, who viewed the usage as disrespectful and a trademark violation.




Joke of the day

Posted by Leland Hagen (50): Bryan, TX


It’s the tortoise life for me!


1. If walking/cycling is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.

2. A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, and is fat.

3. A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years.

4. A tortoise doesn’t run and does nothing, yet it lives for 450 years.


And you tell me to exercise?? I don’t think so.




Pete Gillis (’65)
Message from Ron Longie (’65): Yakima, WA
my prayers go to PETE in this troubling time, I wish him the best, and a speedy recovery. Pete has always been a fighter and know he will prevail.

Ron Longie

Message from Aggie Casavant (69): Fort Mill, SC

Mornin Gary,


First a shout out to Pete & Verna that my prayers are going their way…For Sure!!!

And second, I have to vote for Greg Afhaghanistan Joke,as the joke of

the year, and Dick Johnsons snake story….the story of the year.


I’ve got kinda a joke-trick I pull on people all the time,and really have fun with

it. I’ll say to them,”Hey you know what I heard? (and people always ready to hear

juicy gossip says eagerly “What? And I say…Sheep…and they look at me all

crazy, and say Sheep?…… You hear sheep?… I say nooooooooo! I herd sheep, you

know….like a sheep herder…LoL! It’s fun cuz you can go up to the same person 10

minutes later,and get them again. People really get a kick out of it.

Just like a month ago, I put in for 2 weeks vacation, everyone at work was asking

me, Hey Ms. Aggie, where you going for your vacation? And I say, “Home” and they

say, ‘”WoW another long drive,and alot of miles ahead of you huh? And I say,”No

just 7 miles…They look at me all confused…then I smile, and say,”I just got a few

projects around the house that I want to finish……….:) Aggie

Aggie, How wonderful to hear from you. For awhile I thought we had lost you. We always enjoy your great stories. Gary
ND cold temperatures
Post from Doreen Larson Moran (BHS ’61): Usk, WA & Hazelton, ND
Hi Gary – My Dad. Ledolph Larson died Jan 28, 1996. The next day or so the wind chill at the Metigoshe “post” was -104*. The temperature on the First National Bank Building was
-35*on Wed afternoon. On Friday morning, the day of the funeral – Feb 1st, the thermoneter at the farm was -52*. My grandfather Leo Larson died Jan 1965 – It was very cold that winter too. Oh, was it never NOT cold in ND winter?????Doreeen Larson Moran
In the Winter of 65/66 I attended the Forestry. I was living with Dave and Vivian Clark who lived 5 miles SW of Bottineau. I remember that winter being darn cold too. I remember several mornings seeing the thermometer at -50. I remember it staying cold for several weeks too, never getting above -20. I had nylon cord tires on my car too that formed a flat spot, from the cold, from where they were sitting on the ground. It was a pretty bumpy ride for the first couple of miles until those flat spots got rounded out. I remember the old saying “Plug the car in”. Head bolt heaters were a must. Between classes at the forestry, I would start my car to keep if from totally cooling off to prevent from it not being able to start at the end of the day. Gary




ND cold temperatures

Post From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,

The temperatures that are officially recorded are not always the
actual coldest or warmest in the area, but the record at the official
station. Within the last few years, someone near Willow City had -60
F. He was smarter than the average bear and put two thermometers side
by side and took a picture of them and it was in the paper for all to
see. It reminds me of a time years ago in the cafe when Jack Flynn told
us he had something like -22 F at his place. The next guy in said he
had -25. The third guy in said he had -28. Jack looked at me and said,
“The first liar around here doesn’t have a chance.” Thanks Gary!


Name change for the Dunseith Security State Bank
Posting from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND

Hi Gary,


New name for Security State Bank. Personally, I’m going to miss the name Security State Bank, as I knew that was the Dunseith bank.




Dunseith News

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND


Request from Raymond Cote (’48): Willow City, ND

Hi! Gary,


I am Raymond Cote. I would like to be add to your Dunseith blog. I am the son of Leonard and MaryAnn Cote from Dunseith. I have heard about the Dunseith News and great old stories. I’m very interested in reading the news. Thank you. be waiting to heard from you.


Raymond Cote

Raymond, It is a pleasure hearing from you. I have updated all of my records with your email address and I have added you to our daily distribution. Keep in touch, Gary
Note: For General info I have pasted a copy of your 1948 DHS class matrix below.
Reply from Verena & Pete (’65) Gillis: Dunseith, ND
> Thank you everyone for all your thoughts and prayers during this scary
time. We are still in shock! Thought he was doing fine. But like Bill
says, he is still one tough “kid” and we will lick this terrible
disease. Everyone at home is very concerned and have been calling and
wishing us the best. Friends are the best cure.

Verena and Pistol Pete from North of Dunseith

Pete is the guy to lick this if anyone can. He has licked this before and will do so this time around too. Pete is most certainly in our thoughts and prayers. Hang in there. Gary
Attempted Grandparent scam for Dorothy Fassett (’46)
Message from Kathy Fassett Klemmer: Plantation, FL
Hi Gary!
Just wanted to let you know what happened yesterday to mom and dad (Dorothy and Darrel Fassett). Dad was gone getting the car serviced after being gone to Dunseith for the summer so he wasn’t home at the time the call came in.
Mom had a phone call from someone “claiming” to be her grandson. He said he was in the Dominican Republic and had been arrested and was in jail. They have two grandsons that live in Fargo and she couldn’t tell by the voice! He said he needed her to send $3,750.00 (wire transfer) so he could bail out of jail!!!! My mom – bless her heart – was smart enough to start asking questions about why he was in the Dominican Republic – he said he was down there for a wedding and had too much to drink and got picked up for DUI and didn’t want ANYONE else to know that he was there and what had happened to him. ANYWAY – she quizzed him about several things, and when she asked him what his mother’s name was – he replied by saying “well, if you are just going to quiz me about this stupid stuff – I’ll just stay in jail” and HUNG UP!
Thank god I have a very smart mother! I don’t know what to say! You hear about this stuff all the time, but until it happens to your folks, you DON’T think about the ramifications.
I looked up on the internet about “grandparent’s scams” – and it’s very interesting. They (male or female) will call and say “Hi Grandma (Grandpa)”! When you reply “Is that you Kevin – or John – whatever – they say “yeah” and take it from there. Very good at what they do! Disconcerting to say the least….If there is anyway we can get this in to your blog, it may help someone in the future. I know “they” tend to pray on the Florida elderly – but it can happen anywhere, I’m sure. It’s a scary world we live in and we can never be too careful. If you think this will help anyone, please pass it on. Thanks Gary, for all you do.
Kathy (Fassett) Klemmer
Plantation, FL
Thank God you mother Dorothy held her cool and asked questions. So very much the right thing to do and it worked. Good for her. Gary
Reply to ND temperatures
From Allen Richard (’65): Midland, MI

You are right about the temperature, Gary. I vividly remember an announcement that it was -52 degrees and around the same time announcement of a -105 wind chill was recorded. I think this was in ’79 or ’80.


It was not that uncommon to get up in the morning and see the liquid in the thermometer shivering in the ball at the bottom!

Allen Richard
Omemee Story
From Dick Johnson (’68): Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,

I remembered back in 1953 when we lived in Omemee where my folks
taught school. I was 3 years old at the time. Some older kids were
outside our house one day and I went out to see what they were doing.
They had killed a very big garter snake and were looking at it. I had
no preconceived notions about snakes and was curious about it so I was
really looking in over. One of the older kids, probably in Mom or Dad’s
class at school, said. “I bet your mom would be proud of you if you took
this snake in and showed her what you found.” They showed me how to
pick up the snake right behind the head and carry it. I remember I had
to hold my hand straight out because the snake was longer than I was
tall and it was dragging on the ground. I went in and walked through
the house to the kitchen where Mom was standing by the sink doing
dishes. I proudly said, “Look what I’ve got.” She turned and looked and
went completely hysterical! She screamed and jumped all over and Dad
came running and grabbed my arm and led me back out the door. He then
noticed the snake was dead and asked me where I found it? I told him
some older kids told me to take it in and show Mom. Of course the kids
were all long gone by then. I bet they could hear her scream for
blocks! He started to grin when he figured out the scam. I still
didn’t see the big deal. It seemed like a pretty neat thing to me.
Thanks Gary!


Dunseith High School class of 1948

Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Atherton Sandstrom Mavis 905 19 Ave. SW Minot, ND 25701 701-839-4966 Gary (701) 839-2812
2 Atherton Wilson Norma Born January 4, 1930-Died January 15, 1994 Deceased
3 Cote Raymond 2380 94th St NE Willow City, ND 58384 (701) 228-3302 rcote@utma.com
4 Cote Awalt Theresa 1025 Main St Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3268 lata@utma.com
5 Dionne Johnson Ramona 9 Birchwood Heights Rd S Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 263-4998 monajj@webcurator.com
6 Fassett James Born July 23, 1929-Died May 15, 1992 Deceased
8 Gottbreht James 10461 Lake Rd Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 263-4423  
9 Hagen Charles 2917 Collins Ferry Rd Gladys, VA 24554 (434) 283-5825 C(434) 941-3119 No email address
10 Hagen Evans Joyce PO Box 1295 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5505 No email address
11 Hagen Orville Born March 30, 1939-Died July 12, 1992 Deceased
12 Haines Bonnie   Bonnie left Dunseith after her freshman year.   Can not locate. Her father worked for the customs.
13 Halvorson Lester 2407 103rd St Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4646  
14 Handeland Hamnes Beverly RD22 High view Estates Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 263-4371 MBHAMNES@UTMA.COM
15 Handeland Hanson Muriel 333 Sixth Ave NE, Apt W2 Garrison, ND 58540 (701) 463-2158 No email address
16 Hosmer Bill 5167 E Timrod St Tucson, AZ 85711 (520) 750 0170 hozndaz@theriver.comhozndaz7@yahoo.com
5 Birchwood Heights Rd S Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 263-4499
17 Johnson Charles Born January 5, 1930-Died February 7, 2003 Deceased
18 McKay Merrill Minnie Mary 17815 E Lake Desire Dr SE Renton, WA 98058 (425) 271-1116 EDMIN1116@webtv.net
19 Oustad Carl Born March 22, 1931-Died August 1963 Deceased
20 Stickland Lois Deceased Sister Joy Peterson (701) 244-2136
21 Thiel Ralph 1105 Hill Ave Grafton, ND 58237 (701) 352-3448 No email address
Joke of the day
Posted by Greg LaCroix (66): Fargo, ND

Barbara Walters, of 20/20, did a story on gender roles in Kabul ,
Afghanistan , several years before the Afghan conflict.

She noted that women customarily walked five paces behind their husbands.

She recently returned to Kabul and observed that women still walk behind
their husbands Despite the overthrow of the oppressive Taliban regime, the women now seem happy to maintain the old custom.

Ms Walters approached one of the Afghani women and asked, ‘Why do you now
seem happy with an old custom that you once tried so desperately to change?’

The woman looked Ms Walters straight in the eyes, and without hesitation

“Land mines.”



Happy Belated Birthday Trish Larson Wild (DHS ’73)
Reply to the Fassett pictures
From Lori Richard Nelson (46): Mesa, AZ

How great it was to see a picture of the Fassett family.. They all look so good.. We really enjoy your blog.. Keep it comin’ In fact Darrell put us on to your blog..so happy he did. Thanks again Fassetts. Wayne and Lori Nelson

Pete Gillis (’65)
Reply From Bill Hosmer (’48): Tucson, AZ

Gary and Friends, I just read about Pete Gillis and his new challenge. I’d like him to know that my prayer lamp is

lit and that I’m looking forward to one more chance to watch that beautiful draw he puts on a golf ball, and recognize his service to our country, and acknowledge all the contributions his wife, Verena, has made for our people, and for his

courage in doing the every day thing. Pete, I’m here on your team. God Bless you and hang in there against all the odds.

Bill Hosmer


Pete Gillis (’65)
Reply from Bob Lykins (Teacher): Hutto, TX
Verna and family, just a note to let you know Pete and you all are in my prayers. Remembering Pete, he was one tough kid and I know he will beat this thing.
Bob Lykins
Note: I don’t think their weather records are up to date. Several years back I am very sure that they recorded a low of colder than -50F at the Bottineau Weather Station.If I remember correctly it was -52F. Gary


Pete Gillis (’65) is on Chemo Therapy.
Posting from Verena Gillis: Dunseith, ND
Just a short note to inform all of our friends on our trip to Fargo. Pete
has some abnormalities in his blood work and bone marrow. So he has to
have a bone scan and cat scan tomorrow. Then we come back on Wednesday of
next week and he starts chemo on Thursday. Need your support and prayers.

For general info – Delta specials – Taxes not included
Our Bowling alley in Cebu – 36 lanes
Rose Hohl (Art Hagen) is the gal with the orange top.
Rose Hohl is 3rd from the left. Bernadette is standing behind her.


Happy Birthday Karen Loeb Mhyre (DHS ’65): Bellevue, WA
Darrel (’47) and Dorothy Strietzel (’46) family pictures
Provided by Kim Fassett: Coos Bay, OR.

Had a family get-together in N. Georgia (Hiawassee) and Mom & Dad were on their way from N.D. to their winter home in Florida. A great time was had by all but wanted to send this photo to share. They’re doing great!
The other one is the Fassett girls w/Mom & Dad (without Pat Sjue :(
Kim Fassett
Coos Bay, OR
Thank you Kim for these wonderful pictures. Your folks and you guys too are looking great! Gary
Art Hagen – Mountaineer’s 4-H club

Reply From Marlys Hiatt (’71): Dunseith, ND
I did not know that Art Hagen had received those awards for supporting the
4-H program but it does not surprise me. I remember how much Mary Ann
Hagen, Elaine Stokes and Orvin Hagen did for us when we were in 4-H. I
believe they got it going in the hills but I forget the the name of our
group. I was one of the original members, even though I was a little
young to join.


You are in this picture, so you were very much one of the original members.
The only unidentified guy in this picture below is, I think, one of the Longer boys. I am thinking it may be Clifford. They were nephews of your Grandma Margie’s. They often times lived with her too. Does this look like one of the Longer Boy’s to you?
I remember you, my brother Darrel (Bud), Marlys Medlang, Ray Lagerquist, Dean Lamb and Karen Hagen being right on the border age wise for joining when the club was formed. You and Bud are only 2 months apart in age, but you were born in different years, so that put you a year behind him. He was born in December ’52 and you in February ’53. I many have been only 5, but I remember well when you were born.
As I remember, you were a lone 2nd grader the last year school was held at Ackworth (’60/’61). Art Hagen and Dale Lagerquist were 1st graders. Darrel Stokes, Ray Lagerquist, Karen Hagen and Sandra Hagen were 3rd graders. Susan Hagen was, I think, the lone 4th grader, Lyle Lagerquist, I think, was the lone 5th grader, Allen Stokes, Rodney Lagerquist, Carol Pritchard, Jim Hiatt and Carol Berg were in the 6th grade. There were no 7th graders and I was the lone and very last 8th grader that attended and graduated from Ackworth. Dagney Haagenson was our Teacher.
First meeting of the Moutaineer’s 4-H Club in about 1962


1932 Willow City threshing crew

Photo provided by Mary Eurich Knutson (62): mkbom@utma.com Dunseith, ND
Hi Gary
Here’s the names of the guys on that threshing picture I sent some time ago.
Front seated: Dave Eurich Jr and Arnold Schultz
Second Row: Dave Eurich Sr, George Egbert, Andrew Stockberger, John
Wetzel and Everette Schultz
The lady cook : Gene ? Gena? Boone There are 11 people and only eight
names. So I don’t know
who the rest of them are. Maybe when some hear the names they will be
able to figure out who the rest
of them would be. That is a long time ago tho.
Thanks. Take Care
When you sent this picture last month, I was very certain that was your Dad, Dave Eurich Jr., sitting in the front Row. Even though I don’t remember ever seeing your grandpa Dave Eurich, I was 90% certain that was him standing in the 2nd row. He and your dad look very much alike. I remember your dad well and that is him in the front. Having been born in 1916, he is 16 years old in this picture.
My guess is that the 3 unidentified folks in this picture are the 3 guys sitting on the top to the right.?
Now that we have some of the names, maybe we can figure this one out.
Thanks Mary,
Standing: Gene or Gena Boone
2nd Row: Dave Eurich Sr, George Egbert, Andrew Stockberger, John Wetzel and Everette Schultz
Front: Dave Eurich Jr & Arnold Schultz



Happy Birthday Bob Leonard (DHS ’51): Dunseith, ND
Susan Boyer was killed in a car accident

DUNSEITH Susan Boyer, 56, Belcourt, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident in Belcourt.

She was born April 9, 1955, to Alex and Marion Machipiness, in Belcourt. She was later adopted by Ernest and Leona Patnaude. She served in the Army, and was discharged Oct. 31, 1975.

Survivors: sons, Randall Hayes and Brandon Lenoir, both Grand Forks; daughters, Heather Lenoir and Miranda Patnaude, both of Grand Forks; 12 grandchildren; brothers, Edward Machipiness, Seattle, Stanley Machipiness, Grand Forks, Francis Machipiness, Chicago, Peter Patnaude, Moorhead, Minn., and Michael Patnaude, Belcourt; sisters, Irene Machipiness, Billings, Mont., Angel Brown, Galesburg, Gloria Patnaude and Charlotte Martin, both Belcourt, Wannetta Bennett, Mahnomen, Minn., and Becky Olander, Fargo.

Funeral: Today, 10 a.m., St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Dunseith.

Burial: St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery, Belcourt.

Visitation: Today, one hour prior to the service, in the church.

(Elick Funeral Home, Rolla)

Reply to Martha Lamb Schepp (’68)
From Marlys Hiatt (’71): Dunseith, ND
Congratulations Martha and family – I’m so glad to hear it was a safe
arrival and everyone is doing fine.


Reply to yesterday’s posting
From Keith Pladson (66): Roanoke Rapids, NC

Thanks, Gary, for sharing some personal history about your family. I never knew anything about how lucky you and your brothers were to even be here. It reminds me of the commercial on TV for some ancestral search company. The lady relates how she found out on the site that her grandmother (or was it her great-grandmother) was one of five children. All of them died in childhood except her grandmother (or great-grandmother); so this lady is marveling about how lucky she was. The fact that your dad weighed only 1.5 lbs at birth and survived would be considered something very special even today, but to weigh only 1.5 lbs at birth in 1915 and survive truly was miraculous.

I, like many other readers of your blog I’m sure, have learned so much about different families that I would not otherwise have ever known (i.e., who is related to whom and how they are related, etc) . We are all so lucky that you decided to do this wonderful blog. So thanks again, Gary.
Keith Pladson (66)

Keith: It was through the Stokes’ adoption of dad that you and I are related. Your Grandmother was a Stokes, Sister to my Grandfather. She married a Thompson who was a brother to Mrs. (Ida) William Pritchard. With that connection you are related to all the Pritchard’s too.
Art Hagen (’72) & Lloyd Nelson receive “Partner in 4-H” award.
My Guess is that this award was given in the later 80’s. That is just a wild guess on my part. I am sure that Art and Lloyd can set me straight with the year.
Art Hagen (’72) was the owner of “Davidson’s Meat Processing Plant” and Lloyd Nelson was the Owner of “Lloyd’s Super Value”. These two guys were prominent business owners in Bottineau for decades.
Joke of the day
Posted by Art Hagen (72): Bottineau, ND


Reply from Ivy Eller Robert (’74): Everett, WA

Hi Gary..


I want to Thank everyone for your support. I guess that the prayers people have been saying worked. I start treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Cancer on Monday the 21st. I will be treaded at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, which consists of the University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center & Children’s Hospital. All located in downtown Seattle. They are said to be one of the number one renown Cancer places in the US if not the world. I have every confidence that they will be able to help me one hundred percent.

Keep those prayers & good thoughts coming. It’s doesn’t hurt to have all the help I can get……


Thanks again….

Thank you to Vickie Metcalfe (’70)
From Karen Loeb Mhyre (65): Bellevue, WA
Thank you to Vickie Metcalfe for her stories about the their adventures, especially the one posted here. Always get a smile on my face when I read her tales!! I don’t know the folks or places she mentioned, but it all seems so familiar! The included photos were really wonderful.


Karen Mhyre
Ethan Pottenger died in a car accident posted yesterday
Obituary posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
Ethan is the son of Jarilyn Hiatt Pottenger and the Grandson of Wallace and Arla Hiatt.


Our condolences go out to Ethan’s family. This has to be such a terrible loss for all of them. Gary
Picture from Lloyd Awalt (’44): Bottineau, ND
Posted by Dick Johnson (’68): Dunseith, ND
Here is another of Lloyd Awalt’s amazing pictures of old
Dunseith. It is a cattle drive in 1927, as explained on the photo. The
picture is believed to be taken near the current intersection of
Highways 5 and 3 near where Dale’s Truck Stop and the round barn are now
located. The trees in the background are believed by Lloyd to be where
Roland Mongeon, and still later Ernie Gottbreht lived south of
Dunseith. Thanks again to Lloyd for this interesting picture and of
course to Gary for posting it for us!



A Tribute to Family Veterans written by Deborah LaVallie. Deborah is Pete Gillis’ (’65) Neice.
Posted by Mark Schimetz (’70), Rolette, ND

Well done Deborah !


This is much better than Logan Davis’s writing. I would like too, “with your Permission.” Send this to Gary Stokes email address” so that you and a lot of others from the Hills, Dunseith, Rolla, St. John, Bottineau, and a lot of others people who grew up around the area, and now subscribe to his mailing list. Which is free.

A Tribute to Family Veterans

By Deborah LaVallie on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 6:43pm

As I sit here, praying for my cousin, John Belgarde Jr. who is fighting for his life, in Trinity Hospital with double pneumonia, I realized that we are alike, in that we both have Fathers who were “lifers”, in the military. My Father, Sgt. Melvin J. Crasco, joined the U.S. Navy Seabee’s, when he was 18 years old, and, a Senior at Flandreau Indian School. He served in New Guinea, where he was missing in action for 28 days, wounded and lost in the jungle, and fought in the battle for Saipan. Then, after returning home, to the Fort Belknap Reservation for a time, he joined the U.S. Army, where he served 20 years. He served in World War II, the Korean Conflict and in Viet Nam, where he was an Advisor, training South Vietnamese troops, before there was a “war” there. He was shot by a sniper, while there, and, it was then, he decided that he’d finally had enough. He retired, in 1964. John’s, Dad, Master Sgt. John Belgarde Sr., served in the U.S. Army, in the Korean Conflict, fighting in the notoriously violent battle of “Bloody Ridge”. So, today, I will take the time to honor these Warriors’ careers and sacrifices, on Veteran’s Day.

I would like to honor all the Family Veterans…and, recognize their sacrifices and those of their families, which are great. We Gillis/Gillies’, grew up hearing about our Uncle Frank G. Gillies, a family hero, with great leadership qualities. He was also 18, and, a senior in Flandreau when he joined the U.S. Navy, shortly after Pearl Harbor was bombed. He gave his life for his Country, on October 26, 1944, in the Battle for Leyte Gulf. This Battle is considered one of the greatest sea battles in Military History. These men on the U.S.S. Johnston fought valiantly, and actually, “crossed the T”, which is a rare maneuver, before the Destroyer was sunk by the Japanese. They helped to save MacArthur’s’ landing on Leyte. It was from that turning-point that WWII, was eventually, lost by the Japanese. His leadership was lost to the Gillies family on that day, too.

Uncle, Raymond C. Gillies, U.S. Army; Uncle, Bernard Hamley, U.S. Marines, WWII; Uncle Louis Williams, U.S. Army, was in the Bataan Death March and a prisoner for 4 years in a Japanese prison camp; Uncle Alex LaVallie, Sgt. U.S. Army, Korean Conflict; Cousin, Edward LaVallie, U.S. Army, Korean Conflict and, who I personally, believe should be a Medal of Honor Recipient, for giving his life in a foxhole, when he threw himself on a grenade, saving the other crew members. Uncle, Clifford Gillis, U.S. Marines, Korean Conflict; Uncle Joe Gillies, U.S. Marines, Viet Nam War; Uncle Pete Gillis, U.S. Army, Viet Nam War; Cousin, Dan Gillies, U.S. Army, stationed in Japan after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; Cousin Rick Williams, U.S. Army, Viet Nam War; Cousin Frank Williams, U.S. Marines, where he was a “tunnel rat”, while serving in Viet Nam; Cousin, Gordon Hamley, U.S. Marines, Viet Nam War; Brothers, Gilbert LaVallie, U.S. Army, serving in Alaska during the Alaska Earthquake of 64; Andrew LaVallie, U.S. Army, Viet Nam War; Albert LaVallie, U.S. Army, Viet Nam War; Pete LaVallie, U.S. Army, Viet Nam War; Cousin, Pete Gillis Jr., who served in the National Guards and U.S. Army, in Iraq; Cousin, Clayton Williams, U.S. Army, served in Iraq, and, Afghanistan; Cousin, Dean Gillis, U.S. Navy for 20 years; Cousin, Joe Gillies Jr., U.S. Marines, and Ken Gillies, U.S. Marines; Cousin, Sandra K. Gillis, U.S. Air Force; Cousin, Pamela Belgarde, ND National Guards; Cousin, Gregory LaVallie, U.S. Army; Brother-in-laws, Elmer Nadeau, U.S. Army, and, Leo Nadeau, U.S. Army; Nephew, Elmer Nadeau Jr., U.S. Army and Duane Morin, U.S. Army; Cousins, Mike Gillis, National Guards, and John Gillis, U.S. Navy, Keith Charbonneau, U.S. Army and Eric Grinnell Jr., U.S. Air Force, now serving in Japan; Cousin, Ken LaVallie, U.S. Army; Cousin, Francis “Cookie” Champagne, U.S. Army; Cousins, Joe, Larry and Ernest Houle, U.S. Army, Viet Nam War; Cousins, Will Crasco, U.S. Army, and Luke Crasco, U.S. Army, Cousin-in-law, Alvin Doney, U.S. Army, Korean Conflict; Uncles, Jim Crasco, U.S. Army, WWII, and Donald Crasco, U.S. Army and Cousin-in-laws, Tom Rowburg, U.S. Army, Viet Nam War, and, Ken Skuza, U.S. Air Force; and, our “buddies”, Robert Old Rock, U.S. Air Force, Mark Schimetz, U.S. Army and Robert “Cowboy Bob” Brennan, U.S. Army, Viet Nam, and, his beautiful wife, Supan, who “trained” U.S. GI’s in her homeland of Thailand, in the “Martial Arts” before they were sent to Viet Nam, and whose Father was a Colonel with the Thai Army, my Godfather, Paul Whiteman, another “lifer”, U.S. Army, WWII, who met the woman of his dreams in Guam, my Godmother, Elizabeth Perez Whiteman, while serving in the South Pacific, bringing her back to the States for a lifetime of happiness, and finally, a man who has been a Mentor/teacher, a friend and family member, Art Raymond, U.S. Army, WWII, serving in Germany, and, Wounded Knee. I learned so much from him about the “true” story of the Native American saga, still waiting to be heard….. .

Sorry if I left anyone out…that’s quite a list though. These are the people who help inspire me and motivate me in my everyday life…our “modern-day “Warriors. I pray for them and their families…many are experiencing health problems and post traumatic stress disorder, while dealing with an inadequate health care system. We owe them. And, even, though, at times, I don’t agree with the government “policy” that creates WAR, I respect and honor your service to our Nation. Thank you, All…



New Grand Baby
Message from Martha Lamb Schepp (68): Newburg, ND
Hi Gary, I am so happy to announce our 9th grandchild born to Kyle and Bonnie Schepp on October 14. Tucker Kyle Schepp weighing 10 lbs. and 4 oz. Tucker has sisters Aubree Ann who is 4yr. 9 mo. , and sister Lily Irene who is 1 yr. 9 mo., Kyle and Bonnie live in Berthold. Kyle is an agronomist for United Agronomy at Berthod and Bonnie is an ICU nurse at Trinity hospital. Just the lastest Schepp happenings.

Reply From Marlys Hiatt (71): Dunseith, ND
I sure enjoy when someone puts in a joke of the day. Not only do I start
my day out with a smile, I always pass them on. Thanks for taking the
time to send some smiles around the world.


Marlys: They do kind of spice things up a bit. I limit them to one per day.

Bob Stokes with his Twin Sister Margaret.
I believe this picture was taken in about 1950 when Dad and Margaret (Twins) met for the first time in their lives. They would have been 35 years old. Their mother died shortly after they were born. Margaret went to live with their dad’s sister in Canada. Dad was too frail, having only weighed 1.5 pounds at birth, to make the trip to Canada. Dad was then adopted by the Stokes’.
Because of immigration concerns Margaret was not able to visit the states until about 1950. Dad always remained very close to his biological family, so He and Margaret knew of each other all of their lives.
Olga, Jean Pladson and Audrey Aitchenson’s Mother, also went with Margaret to live with their Aunt in Canada. Elvina was raised by the Jelleberg family who were neighbors. The remaining 8 siblings remained in the home with their father, Carl Petterson.
Gary Stokes – Vietnam Dental Clinic – 1969
I cleaned teeth in the mornings and was a mechanic working on the unit vehicles in the afternoons. Being a farm boy raised in the Turtle Mountains, I had the experiences necessary to keep our unit vehicles running in Vietnam. Gary
Joke of the Day
Posted by Dave Wurgler (64): Rugby, ND

Woods turns to Wonder and says:
“How is the singing career going?”
Stevie Wonder replies: “Not too bad! How’s the golf?”
Woods replies: “Not too bad, I’ve had some problems with my swing, but I think I’ve got that right now.”
Stevie Wonder says: “I always find that when my swing goes wrong, I need to stop playing for a while and not think about it. Then, the next time I play, it seems to be all right.”
Tiger Woods says: “You play golf?”
Stevie Wonder says: “Oh, yes, I’ve been playing for years.”
And Woods says: “But, you’re blind. How can you play golf if you’re blind?”
Wonder replies: “I get my caddie to stand in the middle of the fairway and call to me. I listen for the sound of his voice and play the ball towards him. Then, when I get to where the ball lands, the caddie moves to the green or farther down the fairway and again I play the ball towards his voice.”
“But, how do you putt?” asks Woods.
“Well,” says Stevie, “I get my caddie to lean down in front of the hole and call to me with his head on the ground and I just play the ball towards his voice.”
Woods asks: “What’s your handicap?”
Stevie says, “Well, I’m a scratch golfer.”
Woods, incredulous, says to Stevie: “We’ve got to play a round sometime.”
Wonder replies: “Well, people don’t take me seriously, so I only play for money, and never play for less than $10,000 a hole.”
Woods thinks about it and says, “OK, I’m game for that, when would you like to play?”
Stevie says, “Pick a night!”


Happy Birthday Bill Hosmer (DHS ’48): Tucson, AZ
Dunseith Thunderbird stories posted on 12/27/2007 With Bill’s reply that follows

Allen Richard’s Reply:


Bill Hosmer, one of Jack Hosmer’s older sons was a pilot with the Air Force Thunderbirds in the 60’s. They were performing at the Minot Air Base and did an impromptu short show above Dunseith Min street. I was mowing hay in a road ditch along Highway 3– Getting buzzed by an F-100 (yeah that is what they flew back then) at 500 mph is a true religious experience.


By the way, after Bill Hosmer left the he did some test pilot work and demonstrations for Cessna–Great guy and fun to talk with. Last I saw him he was living @Lake Metigoshe God — been gone so long I forgot how to spell it! Anyway Collette or Jess might know his whereabouts.




Bill Grimme’s reply:

Great stuff! The Thunderbirds were a big part of our younger days. I
remember hearing rumors that there might be a flyover (I’m sure an official
announcement would not have been allowed). Seems like it always corresponded
with some event at Minot AFB. We would wait in anticipation on the day and
still be surprised when the Thunderbirds made the first pass. Cakes fell,
kids and adults ran outside, Brownie cameras were pointed to the sky (doubt
that the pictures turned out) and, as Colette has shared, Dunseith citizens
skinning their knees when they hit the deck. What a day!

Here is a good link to the Thunderbird history. Colette’s cousin is
prominent in the article.





Colette’s Hosmer’s reply:

Hey Bill,

I replied to the Thunderbird story before I read your e-mail.
So….one real live account of a “man” actually hitting the deck.
Another one was Jimmy McKoy. He was up on the roof of the Crystal
Cafe to get a better view of the show. He swore, that when the planes
came down main street, if he wouldn’t have flattened out he would have been hit!





Susan Fassett’s reply:

The story I remember is that a lot of the older folks in town thought we were being attacked by the Russians when the planes came flying so low over the town. I remember standing in the alley behind our house and you could see the pilots in the planes very clearly, as low as they were. It was a real treat for us small town kids. Susan



Message I got yesterday from Deb Morinville Marmon:

Dear Gary,


Merry Christmas!! Are you overwhelmed yet? My goodness, this list is taking on a life of it’s own!


My mom, Frances Morinville used to tell this story of the day the “Thunderbirds” came to town (pretty much unannounced)


Back in those days the big threat to the USA was the USSR. Everyone talked about the “communists”. Mom and Dad talked about them so much I came to think I could identify one if they walked down the street kind of like a Martian or other alien. Anyway, Mom said that one of the jets came really low right over main street. The door opened at the store and an elderly woman came in, white as a sheet. Mom got her sat down in the chair by the window and after she could catch her breath she said “I think the communists are attacking!” Mom told that story for years, she got such a kick out of it. I also remember forming a caravan to the Minot Air Base to watch the air show. It was one of the thrills of my childhood years. Thanks Bill, for the joy of those days and also for your service to our country.


Merry Christmas to all my old “homies”


Deb Morinville Marmon

Bill Hosmer’s comments & Reply: Thunderbirds

Thank you for taking the time to comment on that brief period of
time in a long life. The flattery I’m experiencing is a gift from
you all, and that is important to me. By the way I answered a
direct mailing from Susan Fassett, so she was not included in this
series of observations and impressions response.

Just to clarify a couple of impressions, we did not do any
supersonic maneuvers. The explosive sound that was heard was in all
likelihood, the afterburner which is a loud and sudden explosive
acceleration which that engine incorporated. The solo pilots used
it more than us working guys in the formation, although it’s
possible anytime. On one of the South American shows we did in 1961
the President of Paraguay asked our lead to do a supersonic pass.
He explained that the shock wave might possibly break many windows
in the air terminal. The president said, “This is my country, and
those are my windows”. So the leader had the solo to open the show
with a boom. No windows were broken, but they had alot of tape
helping to withstand the shock.

What caused KC Sine to fall was not in the plan, but it happened
like this: As lead headed us toward Minot, I asked him permission
to do a slow pass down main street. I wanted to see if my folks
were at our store on main street. I was low and very slow with my
landing gear down. Unknown to me the other wing man pulled out of
the formation, got behind me a good distance then lit the
afterburner, accelerated to nearly 500knots, flew UNDER me as we
passed the bank on the corner. KC explained to me when Dad and I
went to apologize, he had that masterful fast paced dialogue with a
little swearing going on, telling me, that fast one was going to
kill him right in front of his store,etc, etc, then he ended his
tirade, he said, “hey kid, wanna banana?” I’d heard that many
years before that Sept day in 1961. What a piece of work that man

There are Thunderbird reunions every other year in Las Vegas where
we get together with us oldtimers, and all the teams before and
after us, and are treated to a private air show by the current
team in their beautiful F-16 aircraft at Nellis AFB. This year it
was last month. The number of attendees from our earlier teams are
less and less, but it is like being in Dunseith at our famous
100th and125th Celebrations to see all the generations in
attendance, to give the heart a tug, and the mind a blast of

I did eject from the airplane I flew to ND about two weeks after
we had been there. It was not at a show, but during our arrival
maneuvers at a Navy Base in Rhode Island, I had the engine quit
running, tried some emergency airstarts, tried to position the
bird to make a dead stick (engine out) pattern, but was too low,
so ejected without injury, and flew the spare airplane in the show
the next day. The other one exploded in an empty field with no
damage to anything on the ground, except the dirt. I landed in a
tree and I was not as good a tree climber as I was down at Willow
Creek, but shoot.

I’m hoping someone can figure out the best way to get us in
computer contact on a regular basis. I can contribute $$, but my
brain power is limited.

Cheers and Happy New Year to you all, and thank you from my
heart. Bill Hosmer

Reply from Eileen Brudwick: Suprize, AZ

Thank you very much for the Happy Birthday wishes, Gary!! I guess I forgot to tell you a year ago!! that we moved to Surprise, Arizona! Oof dah am I ever bad!! On May 1, 2012 we will be living at Fargo, ND again. :-)

Take care & stay well!!

Eileen, I’ll bet the summers are kind of toasty in Surprise, but the winters, I’m assuming, are very comfortable. I have updated my files with your current info. We are hoping that you had an enjoyable birthday too. Gary





Reply to the Steam Engine photo posted yesterday

From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND


Gary, Don and friends,
What an interesting threshing photo.
I too now, am wondering who the gentleman is on Carroll’s photo?

The pnoto brought to my mind; Our family friend, Art Seim, who often told me about “The Big Three”.
“The Big Three” may have worked together during falls work i.e. threshing time.
In the days long past, “The Big Three” were early settlers in south west Holmes Township.
These three, were cooperative, progressive farmers and neighbors. They would borrow tools, horsepower, seed grain, hay, equipment, and exchange work with each other.
Each was responsible for making notations and writing pertinent information down.

Art said, “When lending, borrowing or exchanging work they had a long standing gentleman’s agreement based on mutual respect.
When borrowing or sharing they practiced “settling up” after falls work.”

When the given time came, Art recalled when he was a small boy, “The Big Three” meeting around the Seim kitchen table with a coffee cup.
Each would bring his notes and ciphering pencil. They’d discuss each item and figured what was the worth?
Usually, after all the discussion and ciphering, an amicable agreement, the items were square and equal.
They would finally make statements, each didn’t owe any thing to one another, shake hands and Ingrid would put out a little lunch.
The Big Three?
Art’s “Pa”, John Seim, the Peterson patriarch, Lude Peterson and Carroll’s father, Peter Carlson.
Until later. Vickie M.

Reply to the Steam Engine photo posted yesterday

From Sybil Johnson: Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

The threshing machine–the gentleman looks like “Pa” Johnson–Axel. Dick, you would know more than me, but it sure looks like “Pa”.
Sybil Johnson
Art Hagen (’72) & Lloyd Awalt (’44)
Neil Hassen Story
From Larry Hackman (’66): Bismarck, ND


A short story of a Dunseith memory.

I hope you all enjoy it.


A small world

I was talking to my neighbor across the street.We were telling each other, where we were from.He was originally from Goodrich, ND.I was telling him that I was from Dunseith, ND. He replied that he knew where that was, and that he knew most of the business people there.Well, he said, “I know the ones that handled Gold Bond Stamps,” anyway.He explained that he was a salesman for the Gold Bond Stamp Co. out of Bismarck, and had also worked out of Minot for a time.I told him, that my wife and I had obtained our first high chair with Gold Bond Stamps and in fact, we had to drive from Turtle Lake, ND where we were living at the time, to Bismarck to pick the chair up, at the Gold Bond Stamp Store. That folding high chair with the stainless steel tray, served us well for all three of our kids.We sold it at a rummage sale, and have wished many times, that we had kept it, as we have had to buy two more, through the years, to keep up with the children’s, children.

The conversation continued with this fellow, with him stating, that of all the business people in Dunseith, he knew, he knew “Neil Hassen” the best as he and Neil had went into military at the same time and than through basic training together, back in the middle 50’s, and became close friends.He said, what drew them together was that they were the only two, from North Dakota, in the outfit.He said that he had made a few trips up to Dunseith to visit with Neil, even after the stamp phenomenon went by the wayside.He had moved on, and became a business owner, in Goodrich, ND. He still would occasionally drive up to Dunseith, to see, and visit with Neil Hassen.

Talking to this fellow reminded me of an experience that I had one winter evening, which had taken place because of Neil.In fact this venture I’m about to relate to you, has caused me to become fully awake in the middle of the night, more than a few times throughout the years.It was after midnight, I was sound asleep.The phone ringing got me up.It was Orphela Robert, who operated Robert’s Service Station and Wrecker Service in Dunseith, calling from his farm east of town.He had gotten a call from Neil Hassen. Neil had slid off the road and his car was in the ditch about three miles north of town. I didn’t even ask Orphela if it couldn’t wait until morning.I knew, Orphela knew and Neil knew that if he went home without that car, his mother, Hazel, would have killed him, and she still would have made him go out and drag that car home on his back. She was a sweet lady, but tough.

I got dressed and bundled up to go outside.It was winter with about a foot of snow on the ground.I went out the door.I was a little surprised. It was warmer than I thought it should be, the air was humid and it smelled like it does, just after a spring shower, “fresh”.As I crossed the street to walk that block up to the station to get the wrecker, I realized what happened.It apparently had rained and the pavement (I’m going to use an old term here, so don’t get grossed out.It was a term I remember being used often, by the old timers, and since I’m now a little bit over 50, I decided it would be alright to use.What’s a story anyway, if it doesn’t have some humor in it)? “It was as slick as snot on a door knob”.Maybe, even more slippery than that, “maybe, as slick as snot on a glass door knob”.Now, I really never thought of snot as being slippery.Maybe it depends on the consistency of the nose blow material.Maybe that’s why it’s an old term and not used anymore.Anyway, it was damn slippery. I made my way to the garage, got the wrecker out and headed for the hills, with the amber light on top the cab flashing.With the black ice it was slow going, but I managed to keep the wrecker balanced on the pavement and made to the sight.Neil’s car was resting, right side up, about 40 yards down the west slope of the road, a little south of the jack rabbit road intersection.I turned around at the intersection, pulled over on the road shoulder, and shined the spot light down on the dark green 66 Oldsmobile that I knew was Neil’s.By today’s standards it would be considered a huge car. I think Neil and another fellow had bought a ticket and had actually won the car in some type of raffle, and Neil had somehow, ended up with the car. Anyway there was the car way down in the snow covered ditch.I than got out and made my through the snow down to the car to check it out.There was no one in it and there was no one else around.I was grateful for that.

Now, the real work begins.I made my way back up the slope to the wrecker, pulled the lever to release the winch cable.All the controls for the winch were in the cab of the wrecker.I dragged the winch cable down the slope, burrowed through the snow, and stretched under the car as far as I could to hook, the hook of the winch to something solid.In the 60’s the auto manufacturers begin reducing the length and size of the frame on their cars, which made it very difficult to find a place on them, to pull from.The best place was where the front wheel was attached to the frame.They hadn’t figured out how to do away with that piece of the frame, yet. I got the hook attached to the car, and made my way back up to the wrecker. Inside the cab, I engaged the winch and instead of the car coming up the ditch slope, the wrecker was being pulled off the shoulder of the road, toward the car.I thought there was enough gravel and sand on the shoulder of the road to hold the wrecker, but apparently not.I had to disengage the winch, and go down and unhook the car.With all the ice on the road there was no way that the wrecker was going to stay on the pavement while trying to winch that car up that slope.

Then, I got this idea; this is what wakes me up in the middle of the night.I backed the wrecker up and drove forward hanging the nose, and front wheels of that wrecker into the east ditch of the road.I hadn’t seen another vehicle on the road and so I was hoping there wouldn’t be any.

I got out and started to drag that winch cable across the highway and guess what?Here came a vehicle from the north.Now, what do you think would have happened if I had that cable stretched across the highway and fastened to Neil’s car, and if a vehicle would have come barreling down the highway and connected with that cable?It would not have been pretty.

The vehicle coming from north slowed down and stopped on the west shoulder of the road.It was a pickup that I recognized, and I also knew the driver.It was Clarence Delorme.He lived just west of where we were on the highway, and had observed the commotion and flashing light , and had decided to drive out and see what was going on.I was glad that he did.I asked Clarence if he would mind staying there in his pickup and would try and stop anyone before they drove into my cable strung across the road. Clarence agreed to do what he could, to stop any traffic.I thanked him and went back to dragging the cable back down the slope, and crawling under and hooking up the car.Walking back up the slope to the wrecker, engaging the winch, and then walking back down the slope to steer the car up back up the slope by walking along side the car and steering the car through the open window, as I would have to be ready, to get up to the wrecker fast, to disengage the winch, if anything were to go wrong.As it turned out the operation was a success, I got the car up on the road and sitting on the west shoulder of the road and the wrecker cable disconnected and rewound on the drum and ready to head back to town.I walked back to Thank Mr. Delorme for protecting my rear, and was surprised to find him sound asleep.I tapped on his pickup window, waking him up.He rolled down his window with a yawn and saw that I was ready to head for town. We talked for awhile and both of us were wandering where Neil had disappeared to.When a vehicle approached and stopped, and out jumped Neil.Perfect timing, I have always wondered where he was watching from, to miss helping, and to arrive when all the work was done.He came over, and thanked us and went got into his car and drove off. Stretching that cable across the highway probably wasn’t the dumbest thing I have done in my life, but I think it was damn close.Now you know what occasionally wakes me up in the middle of the night.

Remember to laugh,


Joke of the Day
Posted by Larry Hackman (’66): Bismarck, ND
Sue Wong marries Lee Wong.

The next year, the Wongs have a new baby. The nurse brings out a lovely, healthy, bouncy, but definitely a Caucasian, WHITE baby boy.

‘Congratulations,’ says the nurse to the new parents. ‘Well Mr. Wong, what will you and Mrs. Wong name the baby?’

The puzzled father looks at his new baby boy and says, ‘Well, two Wong’s don’t make a white, so I think we will name him…

Are you ready for this?

Sum Ting Wong


Happy Birthday Eileen (Mike) Brudwick: Goodyear, AZ
Condolences to Marvin Olson’s family
From Connie Zorn Landsverk: Bottineau, ND
sending my condolences to the families of Marvin Olson!!
Connie (zorn) Landsverk

Reply to Erling Landsverk’s (’44) joke posting yesterday

From Connie Zorn Landsverk: Bottineau, ND
Hi I,m not a DHS graduate but enjoyed the joke anyway!! How are you Erling & how,s JoAnn??
Connie (zorn) Landsverk
General news update
From Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND
Hello Gary and friends,
It is a beautiful Autumn Day here at the foot of the Turtles.
This morning, after reading the Minot Daily at the Family Bakery, I found many washers open at the local pay laundry and washed rugs
A sunny crisp day for clean rugs. And walking the dogs through the leaves and smelling the fresh air.

While the rugs were drying, I ran across Main Street to Jerry’s Grocery to visit Sharon.
Sharon says, “She’s better every day and feels great.” It is so nice to have her back in good health, behind Jerry’s counter slipping kids treats!
“Sharon B.” who womans the aisle at the grocery story, the gal every kid in the Bottneau hopes their mom goes to because she remembers their name and always has a ready smile and treat.
I also greeted Mark L. a football player, ( his dad and all of his L. Aunties and Uncles graduated from Dunseith) who although Bottineau won another Football game last night managed to keep his feet on the ground.
My “boy’s” and I then zipped out to Rolette/Bottineau County area’s “General store”; Walmart
I find enjoyable Saturday shopping at Walmart. I like visiting in the aisles with friends and acquaintances of yesteryear.

I met up with M.J. who I started teaching in Dunseith. I also visited with several Dunseith Elementary former students, classmates and bus buddies.
I was checked out by……Norm & Irene’s daughter (Marlys Hiatt) from the hills, of the Ackworth Community and Gamble Store.

Whoo.eee__ Oh yes! I finally ran into Art Hagen and Rose___ I met Rose! We visited about yesterdays blog Governors Choir photo.
After a pleasant visit, I bid them goodbye, I looked them each in the eye, and asked them pointblank, “Are you two going steady?”
The answer was affirmative.

So there’ it tis__ news of our Turtles,__where I peer out my window and see,
“The Autumn Leaves of Red and Gold________.”
Happy Fall!
Thank you so much for this enjoyable news update that we so very much enjoy receiving.
Sharon Landsverk Beckman (’63) has been a checker at Jerry’s Jack and Jill for many years. My guess is 30 plus years. I always make it a point to stop in and see Sharon. She is always so friendly and nice and yes, she does remember names. I am not sure if Sharon has a computer, so I am not sure how many of these daily postings she sees.

Art Hagen (’73) was named an honored member of Who’s Who



Art Hagen was the owner of the Davidson Meat processing plant in Bottineau for many years. He is to be commended for his community contributions and involvement both through his business and personal. Through Art, Davidson’s Meat processing plant was a big supporter of the local 4-H clubs and many of the other local organizations with it’s contributions.



This award says it all for Art and the business side of the house of Davidson’s Meat Processing plant too.



Art has now sold Davidson’s. From the reports I’ve gotten, Davidson’s is thriving well. The good (Good Will) reputation that Art made for the business is following through to the new owners.






Post Card Steam Engine Photo

From Don Aird: St. Louis, MO


Uncle Carroll Carlson had this picture with no identification. Maybe someone on the blog knows who this is.

Don, With that big pulley and belt, I’d say this old Steam Engine is hooked up to a Thrashing machine. Gary





Joke of the day


Posted by Larry Hackman (66): Bismarck, ND



Three women die together in an accident and go to heaven. When they get there, St. Peter says, ‘we only have one rule here in heaven: Don’t step on the ducks!

So they enter heaven, and sure enough, there are ducks all over the place. It is almost impossible not to step on a duck, and although they try their best to avoid them, The first woman

Along comes St. Peter with the ugliest man she ever saw. St. Peter chains them together and says, ‘Your punishment for stepping on a duck is to spend eternity chained to this ugly man! ‘
The next day, the second woman steps accidentally on a duck and along comes St. Peter, who doesn’t miss a thing. With him is another extremely ugly man. He chains them together with the same admonishment as for the first woman.
The third woman has observed all this and, not wanting to be chained for all eternity to an ugly man, is very careful where she steps.
She manages to go months without stepping on any ducks. One day St.Peter comes up to her with the most handsome man she has ever laid eyes on, very tall, long eyelashes, muscular. St. Peter chains them together without saying a word.
The happy woman says, ‘I wonder what I did to deserve being chained to you for all of eternity? ‘
The guy says, ‘I don’t know about you, but I stepped on a Duck.
Boracay Philippines located about 400 NW of Cebu.
Folks, Rose (Art Hagen) is putting together a group to visit Boracay in February. Those of you interested are most welcome to join. We’d love your visit to Cebu too. We do have accommodations too, for those of you wishing to come. Boracay is a beach resort island located about 400 miles NW of us with reports of having the very best beaches in the world. In addition to the 2 cent air fare, I am very confident that Rose will find great hotel accommodations too. Gary



No blog message yesterday.
For the record, there was no blog message yesterday.
Reply to the Fauske Sisters & Art & Rose’s pictures
From Marlys Hiatt (71): Dunseith, ND
It’s great to see those wonderful smiles Art and Rose have and the Fauske
sisters are some good looking ladies, but that of course would be pretty
natural since their mother is gorgeous.
Marlys: With Eleanor Fauske, the girls mother, being a Hiatt and first cousin to your dad, you guys are related too. I so very much agree, 100%, with your whole statement. Gary
Governor’s Choir Plaque
Provided by Mary Ann Hagen: Bottineau, ND
Mary Ann Hagen was cleaning our her attic and came across this Governor’s Choir plaque of Art’s and his school picture too. Did they have plaque’s made for all the choir members? If so, folks, please share. It would be fun to see how many we can collect for an album.
The picture pasted below is the only copy I have of the Governor’s Band. Do any of you have a shaper picture? This one, enlarged, gets kind of fuzzy.



Joke of the day posting


From Erling Landsverk (44): King, Wisconsin




Hi Gary and Everyone:


I have attached a little story that just might bring a chuckle or two to our fellow DHs Graduates


Hope you like it.







A farmer hurrying home on a lonely country road suddenly heard a siren. He looked in his rear view mirror of his pick up and saw the red lights of a patrol car. Then he glanced at his speedometer and saw he was traveling at about 4 miles above the speed limit. He sighed and pulled his old pickup onto the shoulder. The patrolman pulled up directly behind the pickup and a young officer complete with a new and crisp uniform, with dark sun glasses got out. He stopped at the drivers side of the pick up and remarked that, “whats your hurry old timer”? The farmer explained that he was hurrying home to do his chores and didn’t realize that he was speeding. The patrolman told the farmer that he was speeding and it would be necessary to give him a speeding ticket, and asked the farmer for his driver’s license. The farmer pulled out his license, and handed it to the officer who he noted had a triumphant grin on his face.


The officer opened his book and proceeded to lay it on the hood of the farmer’s truck, and soon began swatting at flies as he wrote out the ticket.The farmer heard the officer curse at the flies, and he leaned out of his truck window and remarked “circle flies”. The officer turned angrily and snarled at the farmer, “What the hell are circle flies”?The farmer replied that circle flies were usually found circling at a horse’s rear end.The officer roared backend asked the farmer. “Are you calling me a horses Ass.The farmer hurriedly told the officer that that was not the case and that he had far too much respect for the law to imply that.The officer turned to his ticket, still swatting at the flies, and handed the ticket to the farmer along with license. The farmer thanked him and then remarked, “Pretty hard to fool those flies though.







Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND


All rights reserved


Singapore with Art Hagen and Rose
Rose just messaged me on Face Book about going to Singapore with her and Art in February. Leave it to Rose to find all the good deals. She found a deal for about $40 round trip air fare per person from Cebu to Singapore. Singapore is about 700 air miles NW of us. She would like for Bernadette and me to join Art and her for a few days in Singapore in February. We will try to arrange our schedules to do that. Rose will arrange for us to stay with friends. With our cruise and Bernadette’s Fiesta, February will be a busy month.
Art Hagen (72) and Rose Hohl (Cebu, Philippines)
Fauske Sisters
Folks, This is absolutely a wonderful picture of these gals. Gary


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND

Marvin Olson
(December 7, 1939 – October 9, 2011)

Send Flowers Sign Guest Book


Marvin A. Olson, age 71 of Bottineau, died Saturday in a Dunseith nursing home. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 10:00 A.M. in the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Burial will be in the Salem Cemetery of rural Bottineau. Visitation will be Thursday beginning at 10:00 A.M. until 9:00 P.M. in the Nero Funeral Home.

Email address change
For Bob (’51) and Donna Sunderland (’52) Leonard: Dunseith, ND

Dear Friends:


Want to let all of you know I moved my computer today back to Dunseith where we will be for the winter.


The correct e-mail address for this location is: @min.midco.net.


Let me know if you have any questions.





Petterson/Stokes cousins
I ran across this picture that I thought I’d share with you folks. This is a picture of all of my first cousins that attended one of our family reunions at the Bottineau Senior Center in the mid 90’s. I know many of you know some of these folks. Many of you are related to some of these folks too. There were only 26 of us cousins from our Petterson parents siblings family of 12. Dad’s twin sister Margaret had 7 children, all born on different days of the week.
Standing: Darrel Stokes, Bernie Petterson Bell (Everett, WA), Darlene Petterson Thiel (Bismarck, ND),
Harriet Petterson Haugerud (Deceased), Jim Skoog, Peggy Petterson Olson (Everett, WA) & Gary Stokes
Sitting: Jean Hanson Pladson (Now living in Bismarck), Alice Petterson Hahn (Deceased) & Dorothy Skoog Reed (Cando, ND)
Larry and Mary Bullinger
Posted by Art Hagen (72): arthurhagen@ymail.com Bottineau, ND
This is a recent picture of Larry and Mary Bullinger taken at a function at Lake Metigoshe. Larry and Mary have signed up for our cruise, so we will be able to get well acquainted. I have known of Larry and his Twin Brother Garry (deceased) from as far back as I can remember. For some reason I was thinking they Graduated from Bottineau, but now I am being told that they attended Kramer. I know that they were class of 65 guys though. Larry is a brother to John, Tina Pladson’s husband. Gary


Marvin Olson
(December 7, 1939 – October 9, 2011)

Send Flowers Sign Guest Book


Marvin A. Olson, age 71 of Bottineau, died Saturday in a Dunseith nursing home.

Our condolence go to Marvin’s family with his passing. Marvin was the son on Johnny and Adeline Pladson Olson. He was a first cousin to all of the Pladson’s from the Dunseith area. The Olson’s lived 2 1/2 miles straight west of us up in the hills. Terry is the only surviving member of that family now. He lives in Bottineau. Gary


Reply to the “Train Ride” posted several days ago


From Tom Hagen (51): Mesa, AZ


Hi Gary, I have to tell you and fellow bloggers that my wife, Dot, and I have ridden the train to the east, west and south parts of the USA. We enjoyed the times we met people in the dining car when we shared a table and just meeting others traveling with us. We went from Williston to NY many times when our kids lived there. We took Amtrak to Atlanta, Georgia when our son was in the army, by way of New Orleans and stopped to see the Super Dome and tour. Then another time we went to AZ by Amtrak and home through Utah where we stopped in Salt Lake City and went to the Temple to hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. We never took a sleeper or Pullman car. Thanks for the pictures and news from Dunseith and area!!!! Tom Hagen (51)


Reply to the Baby boomer posting


From Bob Lykins (Teacher): Hutto, TX


Hay, Gary. I got 18 and I’m not even a baby boomer. The bear thing got me and I should have remembered it was Joe Namath who wore the women’s socks. He was such a heart throb with the women he would be a natural to sell them stockings.




Bob: Being a pre-baby boomer, you are not much ahead of those of us that are though. This year will be the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor bombings. Seems like yesterday we were celebrating 50 years. Gary

Those currently signed up for our Caribbean Cruise in February

  Cabin No. YR. Name Address Notes
1 5544 65 Gary Stokes Bernadette Stokes Cebu, Philippines  
2   65 Bill Grimme Irina Protassevitch Birmingham, AL  
3   68 Gwen Grimme Eltz George Eltz Spokane, WA  
4   65 Margaret Metcalfe Leonard   Rolette, ND  
5 5548   Don Busta Vicki Busta Fort Ransom, ND Don and Bill Busta are brothers
6 5550   Deborah Knudson Busta Bill Busta Willmar, MN Deborah is Bev Handeland Hamnes’ Daughter
7   63 David Shelver Linda Shelver Lake Havasu City, AZ  
8     Jon McGregor Bonnie McGregor Pelican Rapids, MN Bonnie & Linda Shelver are sisters
9     Oliver Reing Marlene Reing Bottineau, ND Marlene is a sister to Debby Stokes
10   75 James Fulsebakke Marlee Ray Reing Fulsebakke Bottineau, ND Marlee Ray is daughter of Oliver and Marlene Reing
11   72 Shelly Fulsebakke Albertson Heather & Nathan Albertson St, John, ND  
12   78 Tina Pladson Bullinger John Bullinger Bottineau, ND  
13   75 Dan Pladson Robin Pladson Belfield, ND  
14   65 John Bedard Margaret Bedard Bottineau, ND  
15   67 Nancy Bedard Olson Gary Olson Hillsboro, ND  
16   70 Darrel Stokes Debby Stokes Bottineau, ND  
17   65 Phyllis Mckay Patsy Mckay Heggen Auburn, WADunseith, ND  
18   62 Margaret Bedard Strong Jerry Stong Dunseith, ND  
19   65 Karen Loeb Mhyre Jim Mhyre Belleveu, WA  
20   59 Geri Metcalfe Munro Chuck Munro Fargo, ND  
21   57 Gary Metcalfe Sue Metcalfe Forsyth, MO  
22     Larry Bullinger Mary Bullinger Bottineau, ND  


Reply to Yesterday’s Baby boomer posting
From Margaret Metcalfe (’65): Rolette, ND
Guess I’m a Baby boomer I only missed two. That brings back the memories. Margaret
Reply to the “Train Ride” posted several days ago
From Keith Pladson (’66): Roanoke Rapids, NC
Thank you Wayne and Rosemary Smith for sharing “Train Ride.” I have always thought that everybody should try traveling by train at least once in life. I’ve had that pleasure a few times and will always remember those rides. It’s not as fast as flying and probably costs more than driving, but there is nothing like just sitting back and relaxing as you watch the countryside roll by. Thanks again.
And thank you Gary,
Keith Pladson (66)
Pictures from a recent event at Lake Metigoshe
I want to share these two nice photo’s sent to me that were taken at an event recently held at Lake Metigoshe.
Posting of the day
From Judy Allery Azure (65): Wahpoton, ND
Folks, This is cute. I picked this off of Judy’s FB wall. Gary


2012 Dunseith Caribbean Cruise – new bookings
We just got a message from Gina that Larry and Mary Bullinger have signed up for our cruise. She also has one more, very well known couple to a whole lot of us, that will probably be signing up within the next day or so too.

I remember Larry and Garry Bullinger (twins) from my growing up days. As I remember, they were Bottineau folks and were with the BHS class of 65, so being the same age as me I knew who they were.


Larry and Mary: We are very much looking forward to meeting and seeing guys on the cruise.



Condolences to the Zeiler Family

From Ron Peltier (’70): Dunseith, ND


Sorry to hear about the passing of Lyle Zeiler, he was really a great man and a friend. I got to know Lyle when he had a shop at his dad’s place, bought my first Scorpion snow machine from him plus a chain saw, he was always there to help with any problems you had with your snow machine or chain saw, never a negative word to say about anyone or anything. He was just like his dad whom I also considered a close friend. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Sharon and to his children.


Ron Peltier (1970)


Clothesline Poem
Reply from Ron Longie (65): Yakima WA
Gary, the clothes line poem I enjoyed tremendously, it brought back memories of a much slower simpler life style. Those were the days we had great neighbors the Medrud family, Clarence Allery family,
Elaine Stokes and Alice Salmonson (Albert) Hiatt picture
Folks: This picture was taken at the Ackworth Alumni Picnic in July 1993. Alice Salmonson Hiatt was married to Albert Hiatt. They had two children, Arnold and Dennis. Alice was a sister to Henry (Hank), Clifford and Clarence Salmonson. Albert and Alice lived one mile south of highway 43 on the Willow Lake road. The lived dead center between the Ackworth and Willow Lake schools. Gary
Today’s posting – Baby Boomer Game
From Ron Longie (65): Yakima WA

(Have a paper and pencil handy to record your answers… Your mind isn’t as sharp as it once was!)



This is NOT a pushover test.. It’s a Baby Boomer era test!



There are 20 questions. Average score is 12 .

This one will be difficult for the younger set. (DUDE!)



Have fun, but no peeking!




Good luck, youngsters,



1. What builds strong bodies 12 ways?

A. Flintstones vitamins

B. The Buttmaster

C. Spaghetti

D. Wonder Bread

E. Orange Juice

F. Milk

G. Cod Liver Oil





2. Before he was Muhammed Ali, he was…

A. Sugar Ray Robinson.

B. Roy Orbison..

C. Gene Autry.

D. Rudolph Valentino.

E. Fabian.

F. Mickey Mantle.

G. Cassius Clay.





3. Pogo, the comic strip character said, ‘We have met the enemy and….

A. It’s you..

B. He is us.

C. It’s the Grinch.

D. He wasn’t home.

E.. He’s really me and you.

F. We quit.

G. He surrendered.





4. Good night, David.

A.. Good night, Chet

B. Sleep well.

C. Good night, Irene.

D.. Good night, Gracie.

E.. See you later, alligator.

F. Until tomorrow.

G. Good night, Steve..





5. You’ll wonder where the yellow went…

A. When you use Tide

B. When you lose your crayons.

C. When you clean your tub.

D… If you paint the room blue.

E. If you buy a soft water tank.

F. When you use Lady Clairol.

G. When you brush your teeth with Pepsodent.





6. Before he was the Skipper’s Little Buddy, Bob Denver was Dobie’s friend…

A. Stuart Whitman.

B Randolph Scott.

C. Steve Reeves..

D. Maynard G. Krebs.

E. Corky B. Dork.

F. Dave the Whale.

G. Zippy Zoo.





7. Liar, liar….

A. You’re a liar.

B. Your nose is growing.

C. Pants on fire.

D. Join the choir

E. Jump up higher.

F. On the wire.

G. I’m telling Mom.





8. Meanwhile, back in Metropolis, Superman fights a never ending battle for truth, justice and…..

A. Wheaties.

B. Lois Lane .

C. TV ratings.

D. World peace.

E.. Red tights.

F. The American way.

G. News headlines.





9. Hey kids! What time is it?

A. It’s time for Yogi Bear.

B It’s time to do your homework..

C. It’s Howdy Doody Time.

D. It’s time for Romper Room.

E. It’s bedtime.

F… The Mighty Mouse Hour..

G. Scoopy Doo Time..





10. Lions and tigers and bears….

A. Yikes.

B. Oh, no..

C. Gee whiz.

D. I’m scared…

E. Oh my.

F.. Help! Help!

G. Let’s run.





11. Bob Dylan advised us never to trust anyone….

A. Over 40.

B. Wearing a uniform.

C.. Carrying a briefcase.

D. Over 30.

E. You don’t know.

F. Who says, ‘Trust me’..

G. Who eats tofu.





12. NFL quarterback who appeared in a television commercial wearing women’s stockings…

A. Troy Aikman

B. Kenny Stabler

C. Joe Namath

D. Roger Staubach

E. Joe Montana

F. Steve Young

G. John Elway





13. Brylcream…

A. Smear it on.

B. You’ll smell great.

C. Tame that cowlick.

D. Grease ball heaven.

E. It’s a dream.

F. We’re your team.

G. A littl e dab’ll do ya.





14. I found my thrill…

A. In Blueberry muffins.

B. With my man, Bill.

C. Down at the mill.

D. Over the windowsill.

E. With thyme and dill.

F. Too late to enjoy.

G. On Blueberry Hill.



15.. Before Robin Williams, Peter Pan was played by…

A. Clark Gable.

B. Mary Martin.

C. Doris Day.

D. Errol Flynn.

E. Sally Fields.

F. Jim Carrey.

G. Jay Leno.





16. Name the Beatles…

A. John, Steve, George, Ringo

B. John, Paul, George, Roscoe

C. John, Paul, Stacey, Ringo

D. Jay, Paul, George, Ringo

E. Lewis, Peter, George, Ringo

F. Jason, Betty, Skipper, Hazel

G. John, Paul, George, Ringo





17. I wonder, wonder, who.

A. Who ate the leftovers?

B. Who did the laundry?

C. Was it you?

D. Who wrote the book of love?

E. Who I am?

F. Passed the test?

G. Knocked on the door?





18. I’m strong to the finish…

A. Cause I eats my broccoli.

B. Cause I eats me spinach.

C. Cause I lift weights.

D. Cause I’m the hero.

E. And don’t you for get it.

F. Cause Olive Oyl loves me.

G. To outlast Bruto.





19. When it’s least expected, you’re elected, you’re the star today.

A. Smile, you’re on Candid Camera.

B. Smile, you’re on Star Search.

C. Smile, you won the lottery.

D. Smile, we’re watching you.

E. Smile, the world sees you.

F. Smile, you’re a hit.

G. Smile, you’re on TV.





20. What do M & M’s do?

A. Make your tummy happy.

B. Melt in your mouth, not in your pocket.

C. Make you fat.

D… Melt your heart.

E… Make you popular.

F. Melt in your mouth, not in your hand.

G. Come in colors.





Below are the right answers:

1. D – Wonder Bread

2. G – Cassius Clay

3. B – He Is us

4. A – Good night, Chet

5. G – When you brush your teeth with Pepsodent

6. D – Maynard G. Krebs

7. C – Pants on fire

8. F – The American Way

9. C – It’s Howdy Doody Time

10. E – Oh my

11. D – Over 30

12. C – Joe Namath

13. G – A little dab’ll do ya

14. G – On Blueberry Hill

15. B – Mary Martin

16. G – John, Paul, George, Ringo

17. D – Who wrote the book of Love

18. B – Cause I eats me spinach 19. A – Smile, you’re on Candid Camera

20.. F – Melt in your mouth not in your hand




Reply to yesterday’s posting
From Ellen Graff Myrick (’58): Grand Forks, ND


Did you hear the Minnesota Vikings are moving to the Philippines? They will then be called the “Manila Folders.”

Ellen (Graff) Myrick 58

Ellen: That is a good one. I don’t have a come back for that one either. Gary
Condolences to the Zeiler Family
From Connie Fauske Monte (62): Lexington KY
My thoughts and prayers are with the Zeiler family. Sharon and Sandra, I am so sorry. We were all good friends and it is such a shock when someone you went to school with dies. Please know that my prayers are with all of you during this time. We have good memories and that is what we need to remember now.

Condolences to the Zeiler Family

From Paula Fassett (71): North Branch, MN

I was so sorry to hear of Lyle Zeiler’s death. My most heartfelt condolences to Sharon, the kids and the entire family.

Paul Fassett

Dennis (Hawkeye) Haakenson & Elaine Stokes
Train Ride
Posted by Wayne (’61) & Rosemary Smith: Bottineau, ND

Subject: Train Ride — Enjoy


Turn your sound up and sit back and enjoy a relaxing train ride.




Lyle Zeiler

Oct. 14, 1942-Oct. 3, 2011

October 6, 2011
Minot Daily News

He was born Oct. 14, 1942, to Arnold and Lorna Zeiler, in Rolla. He married Sharon Pearson on Aug. 9, 1961, in Dunseith.

Survivors: wife; son, Chad, Hot Springs, Ark.; daughters, Tamera Langerud, Hawley, Minn., Tracy Fennern, of Elizabeth, Colo.; eight grandchildren; sister, Sandra Vandal, Elk River, Minn.

Funeral: Today, 10:30 a.m, in Anderson Funeral Home, Rugby.

Burial: Persilla Watts Cemetery, Rugby.

Visitation: Today, one hour prior to the service, in the funeral home.


Clothesline Story

Reply from Susan Brew Roussin (59): Rolla, ND

Thanks so much for the poem about the clothesline. I can relate to both the oldtimers way of doing things and our “modern” ways.

Clothesline Story
Reply from Trish Larson Wild (73): Fort Collins, CO

Hey Gary,

Loved the clothesline story and the poem. I often wash clothes and hang em on the line in the wilderness. There is something about it that just makes anywhere seem like home…

Trish Wild

The Equine Nomad




Stokes/Petterson Picture taken at the Bottineau Senior Center:


This picture was taken in 1996. Nels passed away in November 1996 at the age of 92. Dad (Bob Stokes), Nels and Emil Petterson were brothers. Lillian was Emil’s wife and her sister Gerda was Hans’ wife. Hans was also a brother to Dad, Emil & Nels.

Note: All those in this picture have now passed on.


Back: Gerda Haakenson Petterson, Elaine Stokes & Bob Stokes

Front: Lillian Haakenson Petterson, Emil Petterson & Nels Petterson.


Joke of the day

Posted by Wayne (’61) & Rosemary Smith: Bottineau, ND
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND


Emil Metcalfe Story
From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,

Yesterday I was out south east of Rolla hauling a load of
valuables (scrap iron actually) and decided to take the backroads home
as it wasn’t the prettiest load I had hauled. Out there in the middle
of nowhere I saw a big old G3 Minneapolis-Moline pull type combine
sitting in the weeds where it had been abandoned years ago. I
remembered an incident with big Emil Metcalfe and a combine very similar
to that one. Emil bought a quarter of land a mile north of my place and
farmed it with a D4 Caterpillar and smaller equipment. He also had the
MM combine and one fall day he came walking down the road from the north
into our yard. I noticed him walking and went to pick him up with my
pickup. As I got closer, things didn’t look quite right. His face
looked different and his shirt was covered with something. The closer I
got the more something looked wrong. When I was within a hundred feet
of him, I realized what was wrong. His shirt was covered in blood and
his face was black and swollen terribly! His nose appeared broken as it
was swollen way out and his eyes were nearly swollen shut. I jumped out
and asked him what happened? He gave me a contorted smile and said he
was trying to start the old combine with the crank and it backfired and
the crank hit him on the nose. I told Emil I would take him to the
hospital but he said he just wondered if I could give him a ride home
because he couldn’t see to drive. To me, it looked as if he really
needed to go straight to the emergency room but he said he was alright
and just couldn’t see to drive. He got in and I headed for his place
but asked him again if maybe we should head for Rolette to get him
checked out. No, he was OK. I said I would go and help Travis get the
combine going. Emil said, “OH, that’s OK. I did get it going before I
left and he’s combining now.” After taking a blow like that, he still
cranked the engine and got it going so Trav could combine! I still can’t
believe anyone could look that bad and not think he should go for
medical attention. I bet Trav can remember that day. Thanks Gary!


Ackworth Alumni Picture
Reply from Marlys Hiatt (71): Dunseith, ND
I’m thinking the unidentifed lady in the picture of the Achworth Alumni
looks like Eleanor Fauske.


I think you are right. My first thoughts were that this was Eleanor too, but as well as I know her, I just couldn’t make this look like her in my mind. This picture was taken in the 90’s. The Ackworth Alumni picnic was always held the first Sunday after the 4th of July. As a kid it was an event that I always looked forward too. There were always lots and lots of folks that attended. The guys often played baseball too. Howard Hiatt had the record for batting the ball the farthest, often times batting it way over the fence into the woods of Margie Hiatt’s pasture. Art Hagen and Dale Lagerquist were first graders the last year that school was held at Ackworth in school year 1960/61. At the age of 57, they are the youngest Ackworth alumni. Within the past few years the Ackworth Alumni association has pretty much been dissolved. One of these years we will have an organized reunion for all of us remaining Ackworth Aluminum folks.


Elaine Stokes
My mother used to sit in her chair in their house on Main Street in Bottineau for hours working her cross word puzzles
and watching the cars go by. Gary
Did Your Mom Have a Clothesline?
Posted by Wayne (’61) & Rosemary Smith: Bottineau, ND

Gary: I am sure this piece will bring back many memories from the “older” bloggers.



Wayne (’61) & Rosemary Smith




You have to be a certain age to appreciate this.

THE BASIC RULES FOR CLOTHESLINES: My mother thought these rules came straight from God.

(If you don’t know what clotheslines are, better skip this.)

1. You had to wash the clothes line before hanging any clothes–walk the
entire lengths of each line with a damp cloth around the lines.

2. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order, and always hang “whites”
with “whites,” and hang them first.

3. You never hung a shirt by the shoulders, always by the tail! What would
the neighbors think?

4. Wash day on a Monday! . .. . Never hang clothes on the Weekend, or
Sunday, for Heaven’s sake!

5. Hang the sheets and towels on the outside lines so you could hide your
“unmentionables” in the middle (perverts & busybodies, ya’know!).

6. It didn’t matter if it was sub zero weather….clothes would “freeze-dry.”

7. Always gather the clothes pins when taking down dry clothes! Pins left
on the lines were “tacky!”

8. If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that each item
did not need two clothes pins, but shared one of the clothes pins with the
next washed item.

9. Clothes off of the line before dinner time, neatly folded in the clothes
basket, and ready to be ironed.

10. IRONED? Well, that’s a whole other subject!



A clothesline was a news forecast
To neighbors passing by,
There were no secrets you could keep
When clothes were hung to dry.

It also was a friendly link
For neighbors always knew,
If company had stopped on by
To spend a night or two.

For then you’d see the “fancy sheets”
And towels upon the line;
You’d see the “company table cloths”
With intricate designs.

The line announced a baby’s birth
From folks who lived inside –
As brand new infant clothes were hung,
So carefully with pride!

The ages of the children could
So readily be known
By watching how the sizes changed,
You’d know how much they’d grown!

It also told when illness struck,
As extra sheets were hung;
Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe, too,
Haphazardly were strung.

It also said, “Gone on vacation now”
When lines hung limp and bare.
It told, “We’re back!” when full lines sagged, with not an inch to spare!

New folks in town were scorned upon
If wash was dingy and gray,
As neighbors carefully raised their brows,
And looked the other way.

But clotheslines now are of the past,
For dryers make work much less.
Now what goes on inside a home
Is anybody’s guess!

I really miss that way of life. It was a friendly sign.

When neighbors knew each other best by what hung on the line.



Jason Counts Obituary
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
Jason’s Parents:
Mother: Bernadette Peltier (DHS ’70) of Dunseith
Father: Lloyd (DHS ’70) (Jeanette) Counts Jr. of Dunseith

Jason Counts, age 39 of Minot formerly Dunseith, died Saturday in Minot. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10:00 A.M. in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Dunseith. Cremation will take place later. A wake will be held on Friday beginning at 4:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 8:00 P.M. also in the Church.

Jason Counts, a son of Lloyd and Bernadette (Peltier) Counts, was born on January 21, 1972 at Belcourt. He attended school in Dunseith and graduated from Fargo High school. In July of 1993 he was married to Stephanie Shank. He continued his education in Grand Forks, ND and Sisseton, SD. Jason received his nursing degree in 1999. His marriage later ended. For the past several months he was working for the Flint Oil Company in Minot.

He was very traditional and enjoyed dancing at pow-wow’s. Jason was a very kind and caring person with a big heart and a smile in his face. He enjoyed going to the casino, riding horse and traveling. Jason loved spending time with his daughters, family, and friends. He has touched many hearts and lives during his short time with us. Jason’s memories will be carried on in our hearts and will never be forgotten.

He is survived by his daughters, Shania Counts and Seira Counts both of Moorhead, MN; special friend Kayla Enno of Belcourt; mother Bernadette Peltier of Dunseith; father Lloyd (Jeanette) Counts Jr. of Dunseith; brothers, James Counts and Lloyd III (Tessie) Counts both of Dunseith; step brother Corey (Celesta) DeCoteau of Dunseith; step-sister, Kari DeCoteau of Dunseith; grandmother, Louise Peltier of Dunseith; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. A good-bye from Cool Dude and Sunshine Boy, they will be loving and missing you.

Bernadette, Lloyd, Jeanette and family. We are so sorry for your loss with Jason’s passing. Our condolences are with. Gary
Happy Birthday wishes to John Tangen
From Connie Landsverk Zorn: Bottineau, ND
happy bday John Tangen have a great Day!!!!
Ackworth School back in the 1920’s/30’s.
Ackworth School Alumni Picnic
Mary Ann Hagen, Joyce Bowers, Esther Tangen, Maxine Hiatt & ?????
Joke of the day
Posted by Keith (’61) and Rosemary Smith: Bottineau, ND


Happy Birthday John Tangen
Happy Birthday Jean Pladson
Police Incident
Story from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,

Mel Kuhn has a good friend, Duane Gourneau, who was once the city
cop in Dunseith. I think it was around 1968 that he came from police
training and started in. He was, and still is, a very pleasant and
respectable individual and is now a counselor and a good one. One
evening back in his Dunseith days he and another guy were on duty and I
saw them stop to pick up a very big intoxicated guy who was walking near
the lumber yard on Main Street. He was a huge guy and out weighed Duane
by a hundred pounds or more. They didn’t have any trouble getting him
in the cop car and drove off for the old jail. I was just cruising Main
anyway so I drove over by the jail to see what would happen when they
got there. They pulled up and got out and Duane opened the back door.
The big guy came out like a mad bull and grabbed Duane by the throat and
lifted him off the ground. The other so called cop just stood on the
other side of the car and jumped around instead of coming to Duane’s
aid. It hit me that Duane needed help and I jumped out of my car to do
whatever I could to help him. It took a second or two for Duane’s
training to kick in and before I could get across the street, he did a
neat maneuver. He forced his arms up between the guys hands to pop them
off his throat and in one stroke he grabbed the big guy’s head and
brought his own knee up under the guy’s chin—lights out. The other
cop then came around the car and grabbed the unconscious thug and
dragged him over to the jail door as if he had done something to
assist. I gained a lot of respect for Duane and lost all respect for
his partner that night in ’68. Just another old memory from old
Dunseith. Thanks Gary!


Olympic Peninsula of NW Washington state
Message from Trish Larson Wild (73): Fort Collins, CO.
Hi Gary,

Hello from the Olympic Peninsula of NW Washington state. I have been visiting friends from Minot and Fargo that live near Sequim now. We have had grrat weather (which is unusual here) and had a great pack trip into the Olympic National Park. Saw bear, elk, and a lot of deer. Ate fresh salmon and oysters but no dungeness crab as the season is over. What a beautiful place, and I’m told a favorite retirement haven for folks from ND. More photos and stories on my blog for anyone interested. http://trishwild.blogspot.com/

Heading south to Oregon tomorrow. Almost time to go back to work for the winter….I have been on the road for 14 months now, and love the lifestyle. Will continue again in the spring.

Not over yet though, plan to have birthday celebration in the redwoods of CA and attend a Halloween party on a Ghost Ship in San Francisco’s Treasure Island.

All is well. Everyone in the herd is happy and healthy with Moonlight’s hooves almost 100%. Ride on!

Trish Larson Wild 73

Joke of the day
Posted by Larry Hackman (66): Bismarck, ND

Four old retired guys are walking down a street in The Villages, Florida. They turned a corner and see a sign that says, ‘Old Timers Bar – all drinks 10 cents. They look at each other, and then go in, thinking this Is too good to be true. The old bartender says in a voice that carries across the room, ‘Come on in and let me pour one for you!

What’ll it be, Gentlemen?’

There seemed to be a fully-stocked bar, so each of the men ask for a martini. In short order, the bartender Serves up four iced martinis. Shaken, not stirred, and says, ‘That’ll be 10 cents each, please.’

The four men stare at the bartender for a moment. Then look at each other they can’t believe their good luck. They pay the 40 cents, finish their martinis, and order another round. Again, four excellent martinis are produced with the bartender again saying, ‘That’s 40 cents, please.’ They pay the 40 cents, but their curiosity is more than they can stand. They have each had two martinis and so far they’ve spent less than a dollar. Finally one of the men says, ‘How can you afford to serve martinis as good as these for a dime a piece?’

‘I’m a retired tailor from Boston,’ the bartender said, ‘and I always wanted to own a bar. Last year I hit the Lottery for $25 million and decided to open this place. Every drink costs a dime – wine, liquor, beer, it’s all the same.’

Wow!!!! That’s quite a story,’ says one of the men. The four of them sipped at their martinis and couldn’t help but notice seven other people at the end of the bar who didn’t have drinks in front of them, and hadn’t ordered anything the whole time they were there. One man gestures at the seven at the end of the bar without drinks and asks the bartender, ‘What’s with them?’

The bartender says, ‘Oh, they’re all old retired farts from North Dakota, waiting for happy hour when drinks are half price.’


Not much today, so I went back into the 2008 archives and retrieved some previous photos
Gary and Bernadette Stokes with Shikira, Bernadette’s Niece’s little girl


2012 Dunseith Caribbean Cruise:
We are past the July 19th gurantee for the cabin rates listed below. As of July 19th we had to give back the cabins we had on hold too. However, Gina will do her best to accomodate any of you contemplating going with the prices listed below. Gina is good with all of her conections, so chances are she will be able to accomodate you with your desired cabin selection too.
We are looking forward to seeing many of you in February on this cruise.
Your group leaders,
Bill Grimme – Birmingham, AL.
Phyllis McKay – Auburn, WA.
Gary & Bernadette Stokes – Cebu, Philippines

Initial posting for our cruise
Cruise details and sign up info from our travel agent
Gina’s message:

Gary, We have 100 cabins on hold for you, at this time. 

A cabin deposit of $250 – per passenger is due by 7.19.2011 with formal names and preferred cabin type.


Final payments are not due until: November 18th 2011


Inside cabins begin at $708.75 – total per passenger (depends on deck).


Ocean view with a port hole window – $848.75 – “ “ “ “ “ “ “


Ocean view with picture window – $918.75 – “ “ “ “ “ “ “


Balcony cabins begin at – 1058.75 – “ “ “ “ “ “ “


*Mini Suite – is first come/ first serve and will be quoted at time of passenger deposit for a Mini Suite.


*(with a current price of $1288.75 – total per passenger)



7- Day NCL Western Caribbean Round-trip Miami




Cruise Line: Norwegian Cruise Line
Ship Name: Norwegian Pearl
Sailing Date: 2/19/12



Embarkation: Feb 19, 2012 – Disembarkation: Feb 26, 2012


Ports of call: Miami; Great Stirrup Cay; Ocho Rios; Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Miami

Please contact Gina Ford at either of the below phone numbers to confirm your cabin.


Thank you,


Gina S. Ford


Cruise At Will, Inc.

Cruise and Travel Planners

1-866-870-6986 (toll free)

703-580-1190 (local)


Itinerary Details


Updated list as of Sunday October 1, 2011

  Cabin No. YR. Name Contact number Address Notes
1 5544 65 Gary Stokes Bernadette Stokes (360) 362-1222   Cebu, Philippines  
2   65 Bill Grimme Irina Protassevitch (205) 991-6512 C205-914-1985   Birmingham, AL  
3   68 Gwen Grimme Eltz George Eltz (509) 328-8093   Spokane, WA  
4   65 Margaret Metcalfe Leonard   (701) 246-3791   Rolette, ND  
5 5548   Don Busta Vicki Busta (701) 973-2197   Fort Ransom, ND Don and Bill Busta are brothers
6 5550   Deborah Knudson Busta Bill Busta (320) 235-7367   Willmar, MN Deborah is Bev Handeland Hamnes’ Daughter
7   63 David Shelver Linda Shelver (928) 505-3873   Lake Havasu City, AZ  
8     Jon McGregor Bonnie McGregor (218) 863-6418   Pelican Rapids, MN Bonnie & Linda Shelver are sisters
9     Oliver Reing Marlene Reing (701) 228-2492   Bottineau, ND Marlene is a sister to Debby Stokes
10   75 James Fulsebakke Marlee Ray Reing Fulsebakke (701) 662-2284   Bottineau, ND Marlee Ray is daughter of Oliver and Marlene Reing
11   72 Shelly Fulsebakke Albertson Heather & Nathan Albertson (701) 477-3071   St, John, ND  
12   78 Tina Pladson Bullinger John Bullinger     Bottineau, ND  
13   75 Dan Pladson Robin Pladson     Belfield, ND  
14   65 John Bedard Margaret Bedard 701-263-4868   Bottineau, ND  
15   67 Nancy Bedard Olson Gary Olson (701) 436-4871   Hillsboro, ND  
16   70 Darrel Stokes Debby Stokes (701) 228-2190   Bottineau, ND  
17   65 Phyllis Mckay Patsy Mckay Heggen     Auburn, WADunseith, ND  
18   62 Margaret Bedard Strong Jerry Stong (701) 244-5583   Dunseith, ND  
19   65 Karen Loeb Mhyre Jim Mhyre 425-641-7594 C425-260-8826 Belleveu, WA  
20   59 Geri Metcalfe Munro Chuck Munro (701)237-4270   Fargo, ND  
21   57 Gary Metcalfe Sue Metcalfe Gary417 294 2616 Sue417 294 2617 Forsyth, MO  

Hotel and Transportion details in Miami


Hotel: Hyatt Summerfield Suites in Miami





Gina, our travel agent, has arranged for us to stay at the HyattSummerfield Suitesin Miami. She has blocked off 45 one Bedroom Suites and 5 two bedroom Suites. The Hyatt has free shuttle service from the Airport.


Rates plus 13% tax

One Bedroom Suites at $159.00 (king)


Two Bedroom Suites at $209.00 (king bed in each bedroom)


The living room has a sectional pullout Sofa bed in all Suites.


**5th and 6th persons in 2-Bedroom suites are $10.00 additional per person.


For reservations please call the Hyatt at (800) 517-3966 or log on to their website www.hyattsummerfieldsuitesmiami.comand enter into the Corporate/Group box G-CAWi.When booking tell them you are with the Cruise At Will Dunseith group.


Payment is due at time of booking. Refunds are available for cancellations no later than January 12, 2012.



Gina has made arrangements with the Hyatt for our group room rates to be exactly the same rate for up to 3 days prior and 3 days after our cruise.


Transportation from the hotel to the ship and to the airport upon return



Ground transportation is available for $24 round trip – per passenger (includes: your hotel to your ship and your ship back to the Miami airport).



Names and the payment for your Ground transportation will need to be provided to Cruise At Will prior to November 18, 2011

If you wish to confirm your ground transportation, please send a note with your name(s) and a check payable to Cruise At Will to:



Cruise At Will

15847 Bobolink Dr