6/30/2012 (1528)

Jeanmarie Abrahamson”s (’65) Obituary
Posted by Kenny Nerpel (’65):  Rugby, ND
This email message from you went into my spam and I just now found it. So so sorry about that. Jean’s memorial will be over by the time most folks read this.

Jeanmarie Abrahamson

        A memorial service for Jeanmarie Abrahamson, 64, will be held on

June 30, 2012, at 10:00 A.M. at the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith, ND.  Rev. John Hesford officiating.  She died on June 10, 2012, at her home in Wichita, KS, after a long illness.


        Jeanmarie Abrahamson was born on Oct. 21, 1947, in Rolla, ND, to Howard and Maude (Nerpel) Abrahamson. She was reared on the family farm near Dunseith, ND, and attended school and graduated from Dunseith High School in 1965.  After graduation, she attended the North Dakota State School of Forestry, Bottineau, ND.


        She married Donald Sinness on Sept. 3, 1967, in Cando, ND. They made their home in Denver, CO, and had one son, Jeffery D. Sinness.  They later divorced.


Jeanmarie was an accomplished seamstress and for many years sewed and altered clothing for her many customers, as well as her own family.  She later developed an interest in massage therapy and used that talent in a home-based massage therapist business.


        Survivors include her parents and two brothers, Darrel (Phyllis) and Tom (Betty) Abrahamson, all of Dunseith, ND; her son, Jeff (Terri) Sinness, and three grandchildren, Danielle, Ashley and Ryan Sinness, all of Wichita, KS; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.


        She was preceded in death by a brother, Doyle G. Abrahamson in 2010.

Mike & Sandy Vandal’s Golden Wedding Anniversary
Reply from Margaret Metcalfe Leonard (’65):  Rolette, ND
Congratulations to Mike and Sandy Vandal on 50 years.  What a wonderful blessing!  Wishing you many more!!  
Margaret Leonard
Off on another subject. Each time I see your email address, I think about your horses. How many have you got now?
Dale’s Jumbo Burger
Reply from Sybil Johnson: Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
I remember the first Dale jumbo hamburger, I had. It was the Memorial w. of 1965, when Augie, me and my mother first came to Duneith, to
meet Augie’s family. I couldnt believe how big it was and with french fries.. Augie took me to Dales and at that time, Mary Lou was working
there. So, that was my first experience with Dale’s jumbo hamburger.
We were married July 31st of the same year.

Sybil Johnson(grandma-great2007@mail.com)

Joke of the day
Posted by Rosemary Smith:  Bottineau, ND
Homeland Security

There was a bit of confusion at the store this morning.
When I was ready to pay for my groceries, the cashier said, “Strip down, facing me.”  Making a mental note to complain to my congressman about Homeland Security running amok, I did just as she had instructed.
When the hysterical shrieking and alarms finally subsided, I found out that she was referring to my credit card.
I have been asked to shop elsewhere in the future.
They need to make their instructions to us seniors a little clearer

6/29/2012 (1527)

Birthday Reply
From Jean Took Berger (’75): Mandan, ND
Thank You Gary,  hope Bernadette had a great birthday also,  take care
Dale’s Jumbo Burger
Reply from Allen Richard (’65):  Midland, MI

A lot of places have these huge burgers, but they are vertical and elephants and hippos are the only animals that can bite into them.  Many are 1/2  pound.  Buns are soggy before they get to the table. 
Question is– how many ounces of burger are in a Jumbo?  Maybe we should go on a nation-world wide promo of a true Jumbo—George could copyright the Jumbo.
I have a friend here in Midland who would love to take the Jumbo to a new location.  He owns Decker’s  — a sports bar that is nearly next door to the Dow Diamond– home of our class A baseball team — The Great Lakes Loons.  
I do marketing things– I’d have a lot of fun with this—With George’s direction of course.  “The North Dakota Jumbo Burger —-  The beef is HERE!”   I can get the recipe copyrighted—–
I could use a fun project LOL
Allen Richard
Wrong Picture in yesterday’s posting
Reply from Debbie Jean Poitra Rondeau (’77):  Belcourt, ND
Hey Gary that is not me in that picture, that is one of my co-worker (Pat Wanna), not sure where u got the picture?
I am so sorry about that. I actually got that picture from your FB pictures. This particular picture was, I think, labeled with your name. Sometimes the labeling doesn’t always get placed right on pictures though. 


Happy Birthday to Bernadette Stokes
From Lois Tweten:  Helena, MT
BERNADETTE….Have a wonderful birthday!! You always look so lovely on your posted pictures!!
I too, always stop at Dale’s of Dunseith when back in ND. Several years ago I stopped there and then met Bev Azure at her shop when she got me signed up on this blog! Then the last time I took my Aunt Tweten Eleanor, from Rolette, and went to the Peace Garden. Then of course to Dale’s. Food was so great and staff was so very friendly and gracious!!  
Lois Tweten
Bernadette says thank you. She said she most certainly had a wonderful birthday.
Reply to Bill Fassett’s posts yesterday
From Dick Johnson (’68): Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,        Bill Fassett’s entry in his diary on December 7, 1941 is
something he considered of great importance.  At least that’s how I see
it by the way he wrote it across the page and then entered, ‘We will be
laid off soon.’  He knew that this was going to be a major life changer
for most of the people his age.  My own personal interest in history has
made me understand just how much everything changed for the entire world
when war was declared that day. President Roosevelt gave a speech before
Congress the next day and his opening statement is one I will never
forget.  He said, “Yesterday,  December 7th, 1941 is a date which will
live in infamy.”  He also knew just how big and brutal the next few
years would likely become.  The public wasn’t interested in getting
involved in the war after the tremendous losses we suffered in the First
World War just 20 years before.  The guys were eager to sign up for the
war effort in the First World War as they thought it was going to be
just a gallant romantic mop up of Europe and come back as heroes.  It
turned into a stalemate in the trenches with conditions that were beyond
comprehension.  In many cases it was impossible to even remove the dead
from the trenches and they just became part of the bottom of the
trench.  According to Carroll Carlson and others who served in WW II,�
the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was the deciding factor that changed
the attitude of not wanting to be involved in a war between other
countries.  My father-in-law said he was of the same thought,  don’t get
involved with ‘their’ war.  After he heard about the Jap attack on Pearl
Harbor,  he went to Minot to enlist and had to stand in line on the
sidewalk to sign up.  There is no lack of patriots when our country is
actually threatened.  I’m fortunate to have known some of these folks
and to understand their view of the concept of war and patriotism.  They
earned their right to their opinion.  I do get tired of hearing opinions
of others who haven’t ‘been in the trenches’  but still feel they are
completely informed and entitled to their opinion.  Dad used to say that
the good part of our system is that everyone is entitled to an opinion,
but the bad part is that he doesn’t have to know anything about the
issue and still can have his opinion.  It’s still the best system and
needs to be protected. Sermon over.  Thanks Gary!


Linda Johnson Juntunen (’72) installed as the ND American Legion Auxiliary Department President.
Posting from the North Dakota Department American Legion Auxiliary
Congratualions Linda.
We wish you well. With your excellent leadership abilities, you will be an excellent leader in the roll as president. 

Who:           North Dakota Department American Legion Auxiliary


What:                   Installation of 2012-2012 Department Officers


Where:       Jamestown, ND


When:         June 24, 2012


Why:           to pass on leadership roles in promoting programs and                      activities dedicated to the aims and purposes of the                           American Legion.



On Sunday, June 24, 2012, nearly 200 members of the American Legion Auxiliary witnessed the installation of Linda J. Juntunen, Fred C. Wagner Unit #235, of Rolla, as the North Dakota American Legion Auxiliary Department President. Juntunen will serve as President of the Auxiliary for one year.


Others attending included several members of the American Legion, the Sons of the American Legion and the Junior Auxiliary.


The installation culminated the 92nd annual North Dakota American Legion Auxiliary Department Convention held at the Jamestown Civic Center. The group met in conjunction with the North Dakota American Legion Department Convention. The conventions began Thursday, June 21, 2012 and concluding events were their respective installation programs


Juntunen has been an active member of her local Unit for 21 years. She has served as Unit President as well as several other offices within that Unit. She also served as the District #3 President, Vice President and Secretary. This consists of about 15 Units in nearby towns.


While serving in these offices, Juntunen has developed and led many fundraising events. She has also instigated the development and implementation of programs and activities to serve the needs of the Veterans in her community and district.


Juntunen has held several Department level chairmanships and has just completed a year as Department Membership chairman. She was elected Department Vice President in June 2010. Juntunen was then elected Department President elect in June 2011.


Juntunen said, “I am humbled and honored by the trust that the members of this great organization have placed in me.” She wants everyone to know that she encourages everyone to express her “two cents” in the operations of the Auxiliary.


“Pennies for Projects for Vets” is Juntunen’s theme for the year of service. She has designed a thematic can cover and it will be available on North Dakota American Legion Auxiliary website (www.legion-aux.org). There are two sizes available for printing and the covered container may then be placed at a convenient site where people may fill them with monies.


“Pennies” donated will help Juntunen met her lofty goal of one million pennies collected. She will be dividing the funds equally between four projects, Gladys Ray Shelter in Fargo, Lisbon Veterans Home, Girls State and VAMC Healing Gardens project—in conjunction with Commander Dave Rice.


Juntunen chose the penny as her symbol as it is a symbol of good luck and of patient industry. One penny does not go far but when everyone pitches in their pennies, great strides can be made.


Charlotte Lassonde, Fred C. Wagner Unit #235 served as the Installing Officer. American Legion Auxiliary Past National Chaplain Beverly Wolff, Beach, ND, executed chaplain duties. Juntunen’s daughter, Monica Hanlan, Fred C. Wagner Unit #235, Rolla, was the Sergeant-at-arms. The President’s pages, also members of Fred C. Wagner Unit #235 were her granddaughters, Kiera Hegreberg, Elizabeth and Abigail Russell.


Fred C. Wagner Post #235 color guard presented the American flag as well as the flags of Juntunen’s home Unit. The Honor Guard was composed of pages from the ten Districts in the North Dakota Department.


The outgoing North Dakota American Legion Auxiliary Department President Betty Malkowski was presented with her Past Department President pin and ribbon. These had special significance to Malkowski as they were presented by her close friend Beverly Wolff and were the ones Wolff had been presented at the close of her year as Department President.


Juntunen also presented and introduced her family.


Closing remarks and a recessional concluded the event.




 June 28th, Bernadette’s Birthday party – Ching Palace, Cebu Philippine
A good time for all at Bernadette’s Birthday party with 35 folks last night. We had a private room all to our selves too.
As we were leaving for the party
Bernadette with our two helpers – Sisters – Tata and Gaga


   Inseparable very close friends – Lorna and Rose
PS – Rose is leaving Monday for the States. She will be
attending her college reunion in Chicago before joining
Art Hagen in Bottineau. She graduated from Mindanao
State University here in the Philippines with a math degree
They are having a reunion in Chicago next week
Posting of the day
From Sharon Zorn Gerdes (’62):  Windsor, CO
Two Choices
What would you do?….you make the choice. Don’t look for a punch line, there isn’t one.. Read it anyway. My question is: Would you have made the same choice?
At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and itsdedicated staff, he offered a question:

‘When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does, is done with perfection.

Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do.

Where is the natural order of things in my son?’

The audience was stilled by the query.The father continued. ‘I believe that when a child like Shay, who was mentally and physically disabled comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child.’

Then he told the following story:

Shay and I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, ‘Do you think they’ll let me play?’ I knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as a father I also understood that if my son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.

I approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and said, ‘We’re losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we’ll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning.’

Shay struggled over to the team’s bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt. I watched with a small tear in my eye and warmth in my heart. The boys saw my joy at my son being accepted.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay’s team scored a few runs but was still behind by three.

In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as I waved to him from the stands.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay’s team scored again.

Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.

At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game?

Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn’t even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.

However, as Shay stepped up to the

plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay’s life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact.

The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed.

The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay.

As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.

The game would now be over.

The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman.

Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.

Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman’s head, out of reach of all team mates.

Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, ‘Shay, run to first!

Run to first!’

Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base.

He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.

Everyone yelled, ‘Run to second, run to second!’

Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base.

B y the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball . the smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team..

He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher’s intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman’s head.

Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home.

All were screaming, ‘Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay’

Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, ‘Run to third!

Shay, run to third!’

As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, ‘Shay, run home! Run home!’

Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team

‘That day’, said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, ‘the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world’.

Shay didn’t make it to another summer. He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making me so happy, and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!


We all send thousands of jokes through the e-mail without a second thought, but when it comes to sending messages about life choices, people hesitate.

The crude, vulgar, and often obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion about decency is too often suppressed in our schools and workplaces.

If you’re thinking about forwarding this message, chances are that you’re probably sorting out the people in your address book who aren’t the ‘appropriate’ ones to receive this type of message Well, the person who sent you this believes that we all can make a difference.
We all have thousands of opportunities every single day to help realize the ‘natural order of things.’So many seemingly trivial interactions between two people present us with a choice:

Do we pass along a little spark of love and humanity or do we pass up those opportunities and leave the world a little bit colder in the process?

A wise man once said every society is judged by how it treats it’s least fortunate amongst them.

You now have two choices:

1. Delete

2. Forward

May your day, be a Shay Day.

Life is so grand!

6/28/2012 (1526)

Belated Birthday’s
Gail and Debbie Jean, your birthday’s were yesterday, June 27th. I missed them, so I am posting today. Sorry about that. Jean’s and Bernadette’s birthday’s are today, June 28th. We are having a dinner celebration for Bernadette this evening at the Ching Palace. I will post some pictures tomorrow.



Reply to yesterday’s picture and question
From Sandra Zeiler Vandal (’62): Elk River, MN
Hi Gary,
Yes, Brent Armentrout is a part of our family!  He married our daughter Teri some 28 yrs ago.  (is that right, guys?)  They were here from AZ to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.  The family did a great job of planning, and Mike and I had such a great time.  Sat. the 23rd, open house, and Sun, continued at our house with family celebrating Mikes  70th birthday. We are so blessed .  Hey, Brent maybe you could put the whole family picture up. That would be great.
Take care,  Sandy
Dale’s Jumbo Burgers
Reply from Diane Larson Sjol (’70):  Minot, ND
When we were little kids in Dunseith we dreamed about buying a jumbo burger.  It cost about $1.10 from what I remember in the early sixties.  Debbie Morinville, Beverly Morinville, my sister Cheryl Larson Dakin, Dennis Dion and I had a puppet show, sold lemonade and robbed our piggy banks to get enough money to buy a jumbo.  We walked all the way to Dales from town (seemed like many miles at the time).  We were so hungry and our mouths were watering…we couldn’t wait to get a bite out of that jumbo.  Finally it came and between the five of us kids, we licked the platter clean.  We go back every time we are in Dunseith and every time we have out of town company.  Nothing beats it.  Now my mom, Verdellis (Verdy) Richard Larson would just have one thing to say about that jumbo….”Could I please have a slice of raw onion with that?”
Dale’s Jumbo Burgers
Reply from Cheryl Larson Dakin (’71):  Bedford, TX.
The only thing that could make a Dales Jumbo Burger better would be to order a side of JoJo’s to go with it!
Cheryl Larson Dakin
Reply to Dale’s Restaurant picture posted yesterday
From Bob Lykin’s (Teacher):  Hutto, TX
Holy Smokes, Gary!  You’re famous!!  They should name a burger after you at Dales.  A Stokes Blogger!!  What a great name for a burger.  I can just hear the radio advertisements between innings of the ball games extolling the virtues and taste of a Stokes Blogger, hmmmm, mmmmm good. -:)
Bob Lykins
You are funny funny. There are folks in/from Dunseith a lot more notable than me. George Gottbreht was just being nice putting that sign up there. I will admit that I was in a state of shock when we drove into Dunseith and saw that sign. Bernadette saw it first and let out a gasp in disbelief, “look at that sign with your name on it”.


December 7, 1941 diary page of Bill Fassett’s & Railroad crew Picture
Posted by Susan Fassett (’65):  Spearfish SD
This is a page from my dad’s diary.    Thought it might be of interest to some.    It is dated Dec 7th, 1941.   Dad was in Montana at the time working on the Great Northern Railroad.   He soon was called and went to radio school and then to the New Hebrides where he was a radio operator.     Note the WAR DECLARED  written across the entry.
This is the Railroad crew dad worked with.   Don’t know who anyone is except my dad,  second from the left (with mustache). 

6/27/2012 (1525)

Armentrout Family picture snagged from Brent’s Face Book
When I saw this nice picture pop up in on my FB page, my first thoughts were wow, I want to share this one.
I must admit that your parents, Rodney (’55) and Malene Kraft Armentrout (’57) are the only ones I recognize. I am guessing for the rest in this picture but I am assuming that you (Brent Armentrout ’84) are standing behind your dad. I am assuming the lady in front is your wife and your two children?
Mike and Sandra Zeiler (’62) Vandal family snagged from Brent Armentrout’s Face Book pictures
When I saw this picture I recognized Mike and Sandra. This is another good picture.
Mike and Sandra, I am assuming this is your family? What a wonderful looking bunch of folks.
Brent, you have this picture labeled as family. Are you related to Mike and Sandra? 
Dale’s Jumbo Burger
Story from Larry Hackman (’66):  Bismarck, ND
Memorial Day Drive to the Cemeteries

We and some family members made a trip to the cemeteries where are loved ones are buried, which included the cemeteries at Orrin, ND, Rugby, ND, and Dunseith, ND.  Of course stopping at Dales Truck Stop in Dunseith for a jumbo is the highlight of the trip.

I wasn’t going to write about this but running into Warren Anderson (class of 65) and his family at Dale’s and then him, asking me not to write about the encounter and then him asking me to write about it, made me think well, why not?  I think he must think that I’m the paparazzi of the Dunseith Alumni Blog or something.  Anyway, walking through the door of the restaurant, I spotted Warren and his family right away sitting, near the back of the restaurant around one of them round tables.  What drew my attention was this elastic towel like device that Warren had around each shoulder and stretched across his back in a figure eight pattern.  I thought that Warren was maybe starting a new fade?  I know several members of the Class of 65, had a tendency to go that route, when given a chance, as shown in some of the previous pictures posted.  The device appeared to be designed to pull his shoulders back, so he could maintain that military look, if you know what I mean.   I asked Warren, what was up with the new look.  Warren said that he tried to ride his son’s tame horse and it had bucked him off.  That he had ended up in the emergency room with a broken collar bone.  This elastic device was suppose to hold him straight until it heals. Warren said that they had just gotten back from taking the horse over to son’s place near Makoti, ND.  Where the tame horse than bucked off his son.  I said back in the old days my dad would have smacked that horse along the side of his head with a 2 by 4.  Warren said that his dad would have used the evener to knock some sense into the horse.  We agreed that those old timers whispered in a different way to their horses.

While at Dale’s we all had to have our jumbo burgers.  Now I’m going to try to write this, so that maybe I can get a free trip to New York City, dine at the finest restaurants, and be interviewed on the Today Show, and on the Good Morning America Show, like that 85 year old lady (Ms. Hagerty) from Grand Forks who wrote the critique on the new Olive Garden Restaurant just built in that city. 

On second thought.  I’ll just show you all the picture of the Jumbo Burger and if it goes viral on the blog, and if someone wants to give me a trip to New York City, I’ll just take it and enjoy it, if that’s OK with you all?  I can say about the same things that the lady said about the Olive Gardens in Grand Forks, eating at Dales Restaurant in Dunseith, ND was a satisfying eating experience.  Dales has great food, pleasant waitresses, no long lines, good atmosphere, great people and clean surroundings.  I noticed that Dales is adding on to make everyone’s dining experience even mare pleasant.  Have a great day and have a jumbo burger when you get up to Dunseith, ND.

 This is a picture of my son’s jumbo, I know mine was bigger and tasted better.

Personal note to Bill Grimme:  I have ate three of these already this year.  You know when you are up in Dunseith; you are just a jumbo away from a beautiful day.

As far, as Mel being left alone to fend for himself?  I don’t know what to say .  The last time this happened.  Dick and I talked Mel through it, and he made it.   It was a little bit like putting someone in the cockpit of a jetliner that had never flown before, and told to fly, the plane.  Mel was all eyeballs and thumbs, that’s why he has trouble washing dishes.  Yes Dick and I talked him through being left alone, and Mel survived.  But you know Mel still looks the same after that experience, but he acts just a little different, that’s all.  You’ll be alright Mel.  Just hang in there!  If you get scared in the dark just give Dick a call.  He will talk you through the night.  I would help you out Mel, but I need my rest.  I don’t know why people go and leave Mel alone.  Well on second thought I guess I do!  Have a good day Mel.

Remember to Laugh,


Reply to Larry – Dale’s Jumbo Burger
From Bill Grimme (’65):  Bismarck, ND
Larry, I agree with you 100%. I have searched all the hamburger joints here in Birmingham and many across the country (love burgers) and I have never found a match for the Jumbo. We have a couple here in Birmingham that come very close. One, you have to put up with a real tough attitude by the owner, just to get one, but, it’s worth it. But, it’s not a Jumbo. Another one is really good, but, you never know if the heat works in the winter or if the A/C works in the summer in the place. And, my third favorite you have to stand up to eat your burger. The first two have signs in the window that say “Voted Birmingham’s Best for XX years” – they kind of alternate the title. The third one has a big PERMANENT sign that says “Best in the South”. They don’t care about that little Birmingham “Best of” title, I guess.

Hamburgers are a wonderful thing. I watched a TV show the other night and the featured joint claims to have been the birthplace of the modern hamburger sandwich. The name of the place is Louis’s lunch. It is in New Haven, CT. In 1900, Louis was grinding some steak trimmings to prepare some dish and a customer walked in and said he wanted something he could eat on the run. Louis pressed together some of the ground meat, fried it up, and put it between two pieces of toast and that was it – the hamburger was born. They still serve it that way and they don’t allow catsup in the place. They also use the same grills that they use in 1900. Never been there, but, I would probably stop in if I was in New Haven.

One of the interesting places I have discovered in my search for the equivalent of the Jumbo, is Dyer’s in Memphis. It opened in 1912 . The burgers are deep fried and they have never changed the grease since 1912. They strain it daily and add oil when necessary, but, they have never changed the grease! The joint has moved a couple of times until it arrived at its present location on Beale Street and, when it has moved, it has always been escorted by armed Memphis police. The burger is certainly no Jumbo, but, the place is interesting.

Nowadays, we have places like Five Guys Burgers and Fries – just an average burger, but the paper bag full of fries on top of the burger and the free peanuts in the joint seem to appeal to the Yuppie crowd. Similar to “In and Out” in California. Everybody says, “You gotta go there” and then you go there and wonder why did I gotta go here? We have another gimmick place in Birmingham called Burger Boutique. The name should have kept me away, but I thought, “Why not?” I left thinking “Why?”. Their gimmick is around the milkshakes – liquid nitrogen infused, so I guess they’re pretty cold and they serve a Krispy Kreme doughnut shake. Just a vanilla shake with a couple doughnuts blended in. Fads, all of them.

I could go  on and on, but, I won’t.  I will, however, continue to look for a worthy comparison to the Jumbo and, if I find it, you will be the first to know!




May 2010 – Dale’s (Dunseith Alumni Reunion) 


6/26/2012 (1524)

I went and played a little pool with some friends this morning, so I am a little later than normal getting today’s blog out. A group of guys alternate playing pool at two of the guys home’s every Tuesday. They have been after me for quite sometime to join them. Unlike me, these guys are very good pool players. They make me feel good though with some of the accidental balls I sink.

Melford Hatling
Reply from Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine (’73): Grafton, ND
I so enjoyed the article about Melford Hatling, I cared for him @ San Haven and also after he moved to the geriatric unit @SDC in Grafton. Believe me he was loved by everyone that he came in touch with. What a flirt he loved the attention of the ladies.
Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine class 73


Memorial Day Week-end Trip to Dunseith
Don Martel (Principle) & Colleen Conroy Martel (’58): Rosemount, MN
Hi Gary,

Colleen (58) and I were in Dunseith and Rolette Memorial day weekend to decorate the graves of her parents (Ed & Florence Conroy)  We were pleased to see the cemetery so nicely maintained and commend those who do the maintenance.  A tour through the town seemed to indicate a decline in population, while the population of the cemetery grows every year.

We had lunch at Dale’s where we encountered several “old” friends from years past and got caught up on some of the latest happenings as well as reminiscing about things of the past.  Of course I had my usual “Dale’s Burger. (I forgot what the new name for it is.)  It was delicious as usual.

We stayed at the Skydancer hotel where we were told that they are in the process of building a new $30 million casino, so we contributed a little towards it.  While there we met Colleen’s brother Don for dinner, who also had come to Dunseith to decorate the graves.  I also encountered my cousin Jim Martel from Bottineau and some of his family.  We always encounter friends and/or relatives there.

We also decorated my parents and brother’s graves at Sacred Heart cemetery north of  Rolette.  In 1972, my brother Rick was killed in a traffic accident and was the first one to be buried in the “new”  cemetery, now it is nearly full after 40 years.  Both cemeteries have the graves of many friends, relatives and neighbors.  I also have my paternal Grandparents and several great aunts and uncles, buried at St. Mary’s cemetery in Maryville township, south of Belcourt.

Colleen has grandparents, aunts and uncles buried at the Crary, ND cemetery (east of Devils Lake).  We also decorated those graves as there is no one else to tend to them.

All of the cemeteries were very nicely maintained

It is always a busy weekend and we try to do it every year.


Reply to Picture posted yesterday

From Joan Tremblay Johnson (’79): Dunseith, ND 

   I don’t believe I’m related to this lady.  It looks like her last name is spelled Trambley. My maiden name is spelled Tremblay. I have seen other versions even in relatives. 
  Hope all is well with you and please give Bernadette my best wishes.
Reply to Picture posted Yesterday
From Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Hi Gary,
The Frances Trambley in the Class of 1960 reunion picture is the daughter of the Trambley’s who owned, for many years, “Trambley’s Dry Cleaners” in Bottineau.  Brian Trambley is my classmate; his sister, Virginia, was a year older; a younger brother, Garber, passed away several years ago.  In the Centennial book, it states Mr. Trambley was born in Maxbass.  He married Eva Marchand–possibly from Bottineau?
If I could type as quickly as Eileen does, I’d send Oliver (“OK”) and  Eva’s entire article. :)  I wish there was a site where families’ information (from the Centennial Book) could be found/copied/pasted.  I can locate copies of the index for the Centennial Book, but haven’t found a site where I can copy/paste the info. :(
Reply from Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,

      In response to the Junk Collection Ad and the mistake made on the
year,  there may be a reason it happened but it should have been caught
before they printed more than one.  The way the printing was done in
1942 was completely different than today.  All printed material of that
time was done by manual typesetting.  The typesetter had boxes of metal
letters and a rack/case that he had to place the letters in to make
sentences, etc.  The kicker is that the letters/numbers were what you
might call ‘negative’ or ‘reverse’, as they came down from above on the
press to print the copy.  So the poor typesetter had to read his rack
backwards as he was setting type.  Try to read a paper in the mirror
sometime and see what he saw while setting type.  Today there are just
as many errors and everything is done about the same way I am writing
this blog message.  I am really disgusted with how many errors I run
across while reading newspapers.  I guess they didn’t have Mrs. Foss for
English and Grammar.  She would have never allowed that to be printed.
Very seldom, to this day,  do I here classmates from her classes say
things like,  “I seen him.” or “I done that yesterday.”  Mrs. Foss would
have said,  “YOU WHAT?”  It only took her a short time to have us
grammatically inline.  This reminds me of a very old joke.  The student
says something like “I ain’t seen my Grampa for a couple weeks”  and the
teacher asks him,  “Son, where is your grammar?”  He says,  “I don’t
know I ain’t seen her neither.”  Thanks Gary!


A trip through the hills and the Area
Report from Doreen Larson Moran (BHS 61):  Usk, WA & Hazelton, ND
Hi Gary – and All –
Vickie Metcalf definitely has the gift of story telling.  Thank you for sharing with all of us on Gary’s Blog.    I finally have started to read Lauraine Snelling and the Red River of the North Series.  (Norwegian immigrants coming to America – NoDak/MN beginning in the 1880’s).   Many of you have probably read these books but I kept putting off the series.   This could be any of our ancestors – only the names and some of the places are changed.
Guess I should give a brief trip report of my five days in Bottineau and at the Larson Farm.   I met Betty Wall Gilje at the Dairy Dipper II on Thursday afternoon when I arrived.  We decided we would make a cemetery tour on Friday.  Had a beautiful sunny day to walk the Nordland’s, Vinge and Salem final resting places of old friends, neighbors and relatives.   We drove by the Ackworth and Little Prairie and saw they were neat and noted the quiet beauty for the final rest.  All the cemeteries are very neat and well cared for – and it shows.   I think we must have covered about 80 miles on our trek through the hills.  We went a bit north of the farm on the Lake Road, then turned east and toured the south end of Loon Lake which now has several beautiful lake homes.   Drove to the Vinge Cemetery then went north and east after leaving the old church yard and past my Lars Larson family homestead; the Norabergs; Lindbergs; then east to Pelican Lake and the Metigoshe Bible Camp.   We just skirted the Long Lake homes.   We can no longer refer to the lake places as cabins – they have advanced to a much higher plain than that.   On that segment of the trip we did go past Pete and Ruth Petersons home place too.
Glen Rude met us at the Salem Church and cemetery.   We were able to tour the refurbished Salem Church.  Oh,  yes, I checked – the old pump organ sounds lovely.   Then we drove to Dunseith to Dale’s Cafe for a late lunch.   On our return trip back through the hills, we drove the roads to the north of the Peace Garden Road – Highway 43 – Scenic By Way as it is now called.   At south end of Boundary Lake we could see the very high water.   One of the residents was out on a 4 wheeler and said that the Lake is ten feet higher than it would have been in the sixties when Bob and I went hunting.   Or, Gary,  how high you probably remember the water level when you lived back there.    Betty and I  came out to the Lake Loop Road on the south side of the State Park, turned right and stopped at the Lake Metigoshe Drive Inn for ice cream cones.   This is just past the Narrows Bridge and park area for boat launch etc – the park is named in honor Ed Hoffas who left money for such a park.  He loved to go fishing and wanted to make sure there would be an accessible place for the public.
On Saturday I had agreed to work the main Fair gate as a Forestry Alumnus – Dakota College now.   I was on duty for almost four hours.  It is fun to meet and greet the fair goers.   The Espe’s came in and headed to the Lutheran Church food court.   When I got there after a cold – very cold windy couple hours my hamburger and fried onions had been cooked by him; she was the order taker.   Thought this should be a bit of news for the Blog.   I had hoped to see Vickie Metcalf but our paths didn’t cross this time.
The rest of my days included a drive through the western hills to see the oil well activity – which is slow in Bottineau County at this time; visited with Loren and Evelyn Larson Olson just a couple more miles going west off the Peace Garden Road; worship services at Grace Lutheran Brethren in Bottineau – Pastor Luther Larson, Associate Pastor; pizza with Judy Marsden Nelson after church; breakfast at the Norway House on Monday with Betty and Judy.   Just a relaxing time looking at the beautiful green grass of home; the green beauty of the trees in the hills and all around;  the lakes filled with ducks and geese; seeing and visiting with some old friends and relatives.
Thank you so much for this very interesting run down of your trip through the hills and the area. You brought back so many memories for so many of us. I am glad that you were able to connect with Glen Rude at Salem. Salem is most certainly a model church and Cemetery too. Ralph Bjornseth refurbished that old organ at Salem. There was a detailed article and picture in the Bottineau Courant a few years back explaining the process and details he went through dismantling and refurbishing this Organ.
I have heard so many good reports about how nice all of the Cemeteries in the area look. How wonderful.
You mentioned the Espe’s working at the Lutheran lunch booth at the fair. I am assuming this was Terry and LeaRae. I’ll bet Terry did prepare a good Hamburger for you too. I’ll bet LeaRae did an excellent job serving it too. They are both such friendly folks too. We certainly enjoyed Terry and LeaRae on the Dunseith Caribbean Cruise this past February.
Thanks again Doreen for sharing this wonderful experiance with us.
San Haven postings
From Susan Fassett Martin (’65): Spearfish SD
I told Brenda Hoffman that I would try to find somethings to post on San Haven.   I have a lot of articles about the fight to keep it open.   This is from  “The San Piper”  newspaper that was put out by the san and this is dated December 14, 1987.
Thanks to Vickie Metcalfe for her email on her family and Rabbit City.   Anyone else–Marshall or Lloyd Awalt?     I think you had shard some with Crystal at one time.  
Hugs and prayers,   Susan
I see Dr. Kester was the Superintendent from January 1970  to July 1973. I believe he is Jim (Connie Halvorson ’64) Kester’s father.
Karen Loeb Mhyre’s father was Dr. Loeb, Superintendent from January 1951 to July 1958.
This is the San Haven grounds  — this was also in the San Piper.
Billie Fasset, Susan’s dad and his brother, Norman.   
They had been playing tennis on the courts at the San.   
Billie worked up there in the kitchen for awhile

6/15/2012 (1523)

Obert Medlang’s (’66) Birthday today.
I got a Face Book message letting me know that Obert would have been 65 years old today. Obert didn’t quite make it to 65. Obert came onboard with us shortly before his passing. He was taking great interest in our postings too. It was great getting reacquainted with Obert. He left us much too early. We were on our cruise in February when Gwen Grimme saw his death notice. I remember well the fun days with Obert in our school days.  He will be missed. 
Dunseith Journal Junk posting
Reply from Keith Pladson (’66):  Roanoke Rapids, NC
Reference the Dunseith Journal item on Junk in issue #1521.  Seems funny now but back then it was for a very worthy cause.  But…what’s really funny is how a simple misplacement of a letter or number can change the context of something so much.  I hadn’t realized that Dunseith was around and publishing a paper even before Columbus came looking for new lands.  1429, huh?  LOL!
Keith Pladson (66)
Face Book Posting
From Debbie Poitra Rondeau (77):   Dunseith, ND
By the time this is posted Leo will have already been in Minot. Will he be playing any other times in the area in the near future?
Metcalfe History
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70): Bottineau, ND
Thank you Susan for sharing  notable pieces of history documented by yourself and family members.

The following is a wee bit of  oral history  I received from my Dad, Cliff (the youngest  brother
 and Uncle Bill Metcalfe the oldest brother), who were wonderful  oral historians 
( I believe, it’s the Scots way, according to Uncle Bill and Dad, their father,
 William I  and paternal Grandmother Jean McLean Metcalfe were avid oral story tellers also). 
          William Metcalfe as a young man born about 1860 to Scottish/English parents. He left home at 16,
worked a dray, then worked  West building the Canadian Railway.
He entered the United States,North of Bozemont ND to visit his eldest sister he did not like the ever flooding Red River of the North,
he moved on West working as a deputy sheriff, and  owning a hotel in Churches Ferry.  
He filed  on a homestead at  Maza, ND, where his older brother Hugh joined him in
farming wheat.
While in Maza, he  married  the sister – in – law of his best friend  Emil Plath.
William Metcalfe moved  to the Turtle Mountains from Cando/Maza with his 1st wife Bertha (Ebert) Metcalfe
and fuour young children, Lillian, Billy, Bertha and Bessie.

The first summer after moving  they lived in a  dirt dugout on Indian Creek, until their home was built.

My Dad pointed the location out,  as he did …where Lily died,  the lake North of  Walter DuBois house on #3 . 
(OOPs I got ahead of my self. ( I am  a better oral story teller than a writer like you, Susan)

Bill Metcalfe on his travels likened  the Turtle Mountains to Ontario, where he was born.
He purchased acreage north of Rabbit City Lake from a “black squatter”. 
The little lake, just West of Rabbit  City Lake was named after the squatter.

 Lily  and Billy attended HillSide School together. 
( I’ve  researched their school record at  the Rolette Supt. of Schools office).

 One day,  William I took the wagon  into town, Lily was dropped off  at the end of a road,
 to visit at her paternal Auntie Annie (Metcalfe) Eccles.
When her father came to pick her up, Aunt Annie hadn’t seen her as she and her husband
had been out looking for a calving cow.

Then…. came the Egbert’s looking for their daughter.

Two  girls   were missing, one was Billy’s sister Lily, the other Sadie Egbert.
A  neighborhood search party ensued.   Finally  the  frantic searchers dragging  the lake where two 
bodies were  recovered.

A terrible, tragic mystery which haunted each of  Lily’s siblings through out their lives.

Another baby, Hugh Emil was born the following  July 15. 
His mother,  Bertha died shortly after.

It was said, she was a weary, broken, woman full of sorrow.    
Lily and her mother were both first buried in the cemetery north of Lake Shutte.

After his mothers death and funeral, Young Billy went to the Red River Valley with Auntie Christina Nicholson. 
Bertha and Bessie went with their maternal  Aunt and her husband the  Emil Plath’s to Cando, then moved as teens to California.
Hugh Emil went to live with his paternal Uncle Hugh and Aunt Sarah Metcalfe in Cando.  
Sarah changed the name Hugh Emil to Roy.  
The younger three children never  again lived with their father.

William I,  as a widower continued to live on the farm north of Rabbit City  Lake.
He met  Veronica Rose Ann Leduc DeMontigny.
 William I and Rose lived  on the  North side of Rabbit City Lake in Hillside Township from until1935.

” When my dad told this story he’d say,  his “Wild Bill brother” reddish hair, freckled and full of life!
Apparently, “Young “to much to handle”, Billy also lived with his cousin,  Tillie Chrisitianson and her husband,
….. a big logger in the big woods of Minnesota.  After all ther efforts,
Young Billy  with a sign around his neck arrived by rail, back in  Dunseith. 

The sign said:
William Metcalf
 Dunseith, ND.

His father met him at the depot. They rode silently in a wagon to the farm.
When Billy  jumped off the wagon, ran into the  house he saw a jolly, chubby, toddler playing on the floor.
Billy pointed at the lad, and said to his father, “Who’s that?”
His father said, “That’s your brother, Laughlin.”
Billy pointed to the big woman in the room and said, “Who is that?
His father replied, “That’s your new mother.”

Uncle Bill respectfully called her, “Rose”.
The Metcalfe children,  attended Hillside School,
with the exception of Bertha, Bessie and Roy who attended school in Cando.

The summer of 1935, Cliff the seventh son was 12. The Rabbit City children were all 
walking home from Bergan School, some one came and said, “Mr. Metcalfe passed away.”
All the children ran for home.  Cliff ran, sobbing blindly through the brush.  He clothes lined on tree. 
Arnie Evans came back, helped him up, put his arm around his shoulders, and said, “C’mon Cliff”
” I’ll walk you home”.

Young Bill the eldest son, dug his  fathers grave, in the hard packed, late summer soil.   Then, he
 along with Charlie, Lucky, Jim,Archie,Emil  pall bearers at their father’s  funeral at the Dunseith Stone Church.

Grandpa’s dog  “Hoover” sat, waiting and waiting at the gate at the end of the lane for his master’s return. 
Rose took food out, tried to coax him to eat, and come to the house when it began raining.
The poor dog refused, mourned and subsequently died waiting for his master.

After a time, Rose and her youngest children moved into a little  building that had been 
a chicken coop on the South East side of Dunseith.  Leona, Cliff and Jean attended  Dunseith school.

Yes Susan, Rabbit City Lake was a tight community.  Everyone knew each other’s  strengths and faults,
and  were accepting and fond of  each other in spite of their differences.
They looked after each other and whenever together shared fond memories  and laughter.
I was lucky to get a glimpse through stories passed on to me.
…Sorry ..folks…I do get long winded about history. 
Thanks Gary.
Vickie Metcalfe
Bottineau High School Class of 60 – 10 year reunion photo
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND
I just found this picture of Brother Jim’s 10-year reunion.  I think Jim was stationed in Stuttgart, Germany at this time/maybe Taiwan.  Great picture!
There are some familiar names here that I know a lot of you will know.
The maiden name of the 2nd in the front from the left is Trembley. I can not make out her first or married names. Is she any relation to Joan Tremblay Johnson (’79) from Dunseith?
Joan, I have asked you before and now I’m not sure if the correct spelling of your name is “ey” or “ay”. The Dunseith book has it both ways. My records are “ay”.
1987 San Haven Posting
From Susan Fassett Martin (’65):  Spearfish SD
This article was very touching to me.    I hope it is not too large to share.   Thanks Gary. 
This is indeed very touching. I was able to peace meal it together for posting, so it was not too large. I will post the other San Haven pictures and articles that you sent with tomorrows posting.
Thank you Susan,

Bottineau High School Class of 57 – 55 year reunion on July 2 and 3
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND
Hi Everyone,
The Bottineau High School Class of 1957 will be having a 55-year reunion on July 2 and 3.  It will be held at the Country Club.  Our class will have the building reserved for both days.  I think the building will be open from app. 9:00 a. m. until ? each evening–both days.  Stop by and have a cup of coffee (or more) with us. :)
We welcome anyone/everyone who would like to (or not!) visit with Class of 1957 members and others who might be visiting, to stop at the Country Club anytime during the morning/afternoon/evening on July 2 and 3..
Country Club: 228-3857
Please forward this email/pass the word to anyone you think might be interested in receiving it. 
Classmates in the class composite who are no longer with us:
Wayne Suchan, Sharon Krogen Thompson, Aris McLain, Kenny Gorder, Ned Miller, Myron Shelton, Vonda Olson, Wally Hynes, Beverly Smith, Roger Vedquam, John Schreiner, Lawrence Mahler, Ronald Wittmeier, Gordon Jones

6/24/2012 (1522)

Old Dunseith Scrapbooks, Journals, letters, etc
Message from Susan Fassett Martin (’65):  Spearfish SD

I have been reading through old scrapbooks that my grandma Kate,  my mother,  my dad,  my sister,  and myself had kept over the years.  I also have volumes of old letters dating back to the 1930’s.  I have quite a lot of old Dunseith Journals and my mother wrote everyday on her calendars of things going on around Dunseith.    I also have diaries from my parents and grandparents and personal journals.  If anyone needs family information,  I am more than willing to research for them.  I can be contacted at my email address susankay47@gmail.com. I love history of Dunseith and would like to hear more stories from the older folks out there.  I still want to hear more about Rabbit City where my Grandparents and the Anderson family lived at one time.   Hugs and prayers,   Susan

Thank you so much Susan. 
I have included several of your scrapbook postings, below, with today’s blog too. Thank you so much for sharing. Please keep them coming. They most certainly generate a lot of interest.
Reply to the Dunseith Journal posting yesterday
From Leland Hagen (’50):  Bryan, TX
I was amazed that Dunseith had a junk & scrap iron drive in 1429. That was even before my time!!? Major typo for sure.
Leland Hagen  (50)
Bryan Texas
Reply to the Dunseith Journal posting yesterday
From Dale Pritchard (’63): Leesville, LA

I bet the proof reader was off the day “Junk Rally” was printed and distributed.  I didn’t know Dunseith went back to 1429.  I am guilty of some poor proof reading myself.

Dale Pritchard

Leland and Dale,
In 1942 it maybe wasn’t that easy to fix errors either.  Unlike in today’s computer world, one had to be more careful typing to avoid those errors.  They kind of got the 9 misplaced.
Reply from Larry Liere (’55):  Devils Lake, ND
Thank you for remembering us.  We have completed 49 years and are one day into heading for 50.  If we stay blessed with good health it will be fun to have a 50th. Anniversary.  We got married late in life I was 26 and Karen was 25.   What a great world we live in today.  Between Face Book and your Blog we are hearing from people all over the World.  Some we have not heard from since the 50s so this was a great way to
to get back in contact with old friends.  We are happy to be back in Devils Lake for the Summer,  Mesa, AZ has had temperatures over 100 degrees for weeks.  North Dakota has had a cool Spring and that’s cool
with me (I don’t like heat)  but it looks like we will warm up next week.
         LARRY & KAREN 
Helen Metcalfe’s (’62) Passing
Reply from Connie Fauske Monte (’62):  Fort Myers FL
In yesterday’s blog, Gerri Metcalf said her late sister Helen Metcalf. Did Helen pass away? I never heard that she did, I knew she had been diagnosed with cancer but thought she was doing ok. She was in my class and we were close friends. I just feel so bad that I never knew to send any condolences. If you can look into this for me I would appreciate it.  Thanks for all you do. Connie
I am thinking you were maybe in travels when Helen Passed away? She passed away on December 29, 2009. I am posting her Obituary below.
Helen Metcalfe Barden’s (’62) Obituary
Posted with message 671 on 1/1/2010

Helen M. Barden, 65, of Fargo, ND, died Tuesday, December 29, 2009, at MeritCare Palliative Care, Fargo, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Helen Marie Metcalfe was born April 27, 1944, in Seattle, Washington, daughter of James and Ella Marie (Evans) Metcalfe. She attended country school and graduated from Dunseith High School in 1962.

Helen attended the North Dakota School of Forestry and Junior College at Bottineau for two years. She graduated from Minot State University with a Bachelors Degree.

She married Lance Barden in Bottineau in 1968.

Helen taught at Anamoose, North Dakota and Holdingford, Minnesota.

She was active in Atonement Lutheran Church and Women’s AGLOW ever since she came to Fargo. She worked for 30 years as a legal secretary and also worked as a receptionist for Access RRV.

Helen is survived by her husband, Lance, Fargo, ND; two brothers, James (Yolanda) Metcalfe, Kingman, AZ; and Gary (Sue) Metcalfe, Hollister, MO; four sisters, Geri (Charles) Munro, Fargo, ND; Margaret Leonard, Rolette, ND; Patty (Jack) Woods, Dunseith, ND; and Lola (Jay) Vanorny, Dunseith, ND; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers-in-law, Duane Coleman and Charles Leonard.

Memorial Service: Saturday, January 2, 2010, at 1:00 PM at Atonement Lutheran Church, Fargo, ND.

Visitation: Friday, January 1, 2010, from 4-6 PM, at the church.

Prayer Service: Friday, January 1, 2010, at 6 PM, at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Atonement Lutheran Church or Hospice of the Red River Valley

Dunseith Journal Postings
from Susan Fassett Martin (’65):  Spearfish SD
         1951 – Dick Johnson’s Birthday
               1951 – George Gottbreht’s birthday
Some familiar names and faces among these folks.

6/23/2012 (1521)

Reply to Yesterday’s posting
From Diane Larson Sjol (’70):  Minot, ND
I loved that bit about the keys in the car…am still laughing.
Diane Sjol
Nursing Coordinator – Dakota Nursing Program
Dakota College at Bottineau
105 Simrall Blvd.
Bottineau, ND 58318
(701)228-5433 or (cell) (701)228-4691
Dunseith Journal
Postings from Susan Fassett Martin (’65):  Spearfish SD
William D. Hosmer (DHS Class 1930) 
April 22, 1912 – August 1990
Note: To keep the three William Hosmer’s straight.  William D. Hosmer was Bill Hosmer’s (’48) Uncle. William E. Hosmer was Bill’s Grandfather.
Dated March 7, 1942

6/22/2012 (1520)

It is now 3:00 PM and I still don’t have today’s blog sent. 
We purchased a 4,000 SF lot next to our property that allows us secure road access to our place. We now have several guys working leveling this lot. Today I had 3 Dump truck loads of fill dirt delivered too. After we get things all leveled we will be building a garage. With that going on and with a few other requests, I just haven’t been able to get the blog out. I don’t have much, so I am going with what I have.
From Neola Kofoid Garbe: t Minot & Bottineau, ND
Barbara Jean Morin-Koehler
(Died June 15, 2012)

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Barbara Jean Morin-Koehler

Barbara Jean Morin-Koehler, age 53 of Fargo formerly of Dunseith, died Friday at a Fargo hospital. Funeral will be held on Thursday at 10:00 am at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church rural Belcourt. Wake will begin on Wednesday at 5:00 pm with a prayer service at 8:00 pm all at the church. Burial will be at the church cemetery.

Barbara Jean Morin-Koehler, a daughter of Moses and Mary (Gunville) Morin, was born on November 25, 1958 at Belcourt. Barbara grew up in the Dunseith and Belcourt area and graduated from Belcourt High School in 1977. She moved to Fargo and worked at Thompson Brother Inc. She then attended and graduated from Moorhead Tech. She worked as an Administrative Assistant at NDSU for 13 years. On July 28, 1995, she married Ron Koehler at Fargo. In recent years she has worked for various customer service companies, most recently US Bank.

Barb was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She welcomed everyone into her life with a smile, laugh and a hug. She enjoyed camping with Danielle, Ryley and the kids. She enjoyed watching professional baseball, especially her favorite team, the Yankees, even though she grew to like the Minnesota Twins due to the influence of her brother-in-law, Tim. She enjoyed playing her computer solitaire game while talking on the phone and visiting with her relatives and friends. She also enjoyed drinking coffee outdoors in the morning while visiting with her family. One of her favorite things she loved to do was reminiscing about the ‘good ole days.’ She knew that life could change in a heartbeat and to make the most of everyday.

Barbara passed away on Friday, June 15, 2012 in a Fargo hospital.

She is survived by her husband Ron of Fargo; son Nathan Koehler of Fargo and daughter Danielle (Ryley) Plesuk of Minot, granddaughter Kiya, grandsons Ramzey, and Reagan all of Minot; brother, Paul Morin of Dunseith; sisters, Marie LaFountain, Ramona Poitra, Louise Langston all of Dunseith and Marilyn (Tim) Henderson of Rapid City, SD and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Moses and Mary Morin; sisters, Paulette Grundstrom and Loretta Morin; and brother, Gregory Morin.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.


Cebu Expat monthly dinner last night (6/21/2012)
Joke of the Day
From Mel Kuhn (’70):  St. John, ND
The sad part is that this could happen, hell it’s going to happen, ok it already has!!Several days ago as I left a meeting at a hotel; I desperately gave myself a personal TSA pat down.
I was looking for my keys.  They were not in my pockets.  A quick search in the meeting room revealed nothing.Suddenly I realized I must have left them in the car.  Frantically, I headed for the parking lot.
My wife has scolded me many times for leaving the keys in the ignition.
My theory is the ignition is the best place not to lose them.
Her theory is that the car will be stolen.  As I burst through the door, I came to a terrifying conclusion.
Her theory was right.  The parking lot was empty.

I immediately called the police.  I gave them my location, confessed that I had left my keys in the car, and that it had been stolen.
Then I made the most difficult call of all, “Honey,” I stammered; I always call her “honey” in times like these.
“I left my keys in the car, and it has been stolen.”

There was a period of silence.  I thought the call had been dropped, but then I heard her voice.
“Idiot,” she barked, “I dropped you off!”
Now it was my time to be silent.  Embarrassed, I said, “Well, come and get me.”
She retorted, “I will, as soon as I convince this policeman I have not stolen your car.”

Yep it’s the golden years.


6/21/2012 (1519)

Sharon Zorn Gerdes (’62)
Reply from Geri Metcalfe Munro (’59):  Fargo, ND
Nice to hear from Sharon Zorn, from my late sis, Helen Metcalfe’s classmate–1962,
Hope to see you at yet another Dunseith reunion in the near future; the last one was so very special, with Verena Gilllis doing the dinner, and Pete Gillis.

Geri (Metcalfe) and Chuck Munro
Sharon Zorn Gerdes (’62)


Reply from Connie Zorn Landsverk:  Bottineau, ND
Like this posting Sharon love your cousin Connie 


Reply to Sharon Zorn Gerdes’ (’62) posting “Being Green”
From Dale Pritchard (’63):  Leesville, LA


I loved Sharon Gerdes’ posting on “Being Green” and would like to tag onto the bottom of it.

Most of us kids who lived in the country wore jeans or bib-overalls until they weren’t worth patching anymore.  We had patches over patches over patches again, sewn on by our Mothers, and it wasn’t called Being Green or Recycling.  It was getting all you could from what little you had.  When they weren’t worth patching anymore, or you grew out of them, they were washed and put in a rag box for future patches.

We had a few rules at home.  1 – You did not wear patched clothing to town (no exceptions)!  2 – When you got home from town you changed back into the old home clothes (again, no exceptions).  3 – Expect something unpleasant if you got a hole in your better clothes.   

But even with all the talk about Being Green or Recycling, times have changed.  You’ve heard that “They just don’t make ‘em like they used too.”  In general, manufacturers apparently don’t care what their product is like.  Take clothing – I’m sure most everyone has bought an item of clothing (looked OK in the store) only to find on a closer look at home that a hem is already coming loose.  Or it comes loose the first time it’s washed.  I personally have no qualms about taking something back for a refund or trying again with a second item.  OK!  I’m off my soap box now.  Take care.

Dale Pritchard (63) 

1932 Willow City Threshing Crew Photo
More ID’s from Mary Eurich Knutson (’62):  Dunseith, ND
Hi Gary
I received more information on that old threshing crew picture I sent in
a long time ago.  I sent the picture down to Willow City and Tracey
Nerpel Hall posted it in the Cenex.  Some old guy  was able to name
another one of the crew.  He said #3 could be Charley Schultz instead of
Everett and #4 is Henry Durdle.  He asked who the rig belonged to. If he
knew that he probably could name all the  guys. I don’t think we’ll find
an answer to that.  Thanks to _________  Sanderson (93 Years young).
Mary Knutson
Thank you Mary,
Do you realize the mileage we’ve gotten out of this 80 year old picture and the amount of exposure it has gotten too. It has also brought back good memories to so many of the more senior folks too. Collectively over the past year we have slowly identified these folks.
Thanks to Neola too, for taking this down to a resident at the Good Samaritan home for him to identify several of these folks too.
Numbers 5 and 6 are the only two left to identify. We won’t retire this one just yet until these two guys are identified.



1932 Willow City threshing crew


4th Row: (1)Boone (Lady),  (2)Jim Egbert, (3)Charley Schultz,  (4)Henry Durdle


3rd Row: (5)??,  (6)Andrew Stockburger,  (7)??


2nd Row: (8)Dave Eurich Sr., (9)George Egbert


1st Row: (10)Dave Eurich Jr.,  (11)Arnold Schultz
Joke of the day
Posted by Allen Richard (’65):  Midland, MI.

Two blonds were sipping their Starbucks when a truck
went past loaded up with rolls of sod.
“I’m going to do that when I win the lottery,” announced Blond #1.“Do what?” asked Blond #2.

“Send my lawn out to be mowed.”

6/20/2012 (1518)

No blog yesterday.
Folks for the record, I did not get a blog posted yesterday.
Today is our bowling day too and I am running a bit behind schedule, so I am going with what I have at the moment.
Larry Hackman (’66)
Pictures posted by Marion Hackman:  Bismark, ND
Marion, These are cute. Thanks for sharing.  Gary
Message from Trish Larson Wild (’73):  Portola Valley, CA.
Thanks for all that you did to help Annee Deering get to Kona! She won the online portion of the competition and will now get to compete in the Ironman! Stay tuned….please let everyone on the Dunseith blog know that their votes counted! Yee Haw!
YAY! Annee Deering won! Thanks to everyone who got up and voted for her cause! She will be going to KONA and competing in the Ironman! Halelujah! Speak up! Speak out! Follow your passion and make a big difference in the world!
Whooo Hooooo!
Posting of the day
From Sharon Zorn Gerdes (’62):  Windsor, CO

Being Green




Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.




The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this green thing back in my earlier days.”




The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.”




She was right — our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.




Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store.  The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over.  So they really were recycled.




But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.




Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we reused for numerous things, most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers




for our schoolbooks.  This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings.  Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags.




But too bad we didn’t do the green thing back then.




We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building.




We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.




But she was right.  We didn’t have the green thing in our day.




Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throwaway kind.  We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy – gobbling machine burning up 220 volts — wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days.  Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.




But that young lady is right;  We didn’t have the green thing back in our day.




Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.  In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us.  When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power.  We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.




But she’s right;  We didn’t have the green thing back then.




We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water.  We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.




But we didn’t have the green thing back then.




Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service.  We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances.  And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.




But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the green thing back then?




Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smartass young person…




We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to piss us off.

6/18/2012 (1517)

Birthday wishes to Bill Krause (’74)
From Mel Kuhn (’70): St. John, ND
Howdy Gary,

Send out a Happy Birthday to Bill Krause for me. He must be getting pretty close to being forty now.
Reply to Bill Krause’ Birthday posting
From Allen Richard (’65):  Midland, MI.
Who is the old guy with the pup???????
Allen Richard
Reply from Margaret Metcalfe Leonard (’65):  Rolette, ND
Yes I remember meeting at the bowling alley with a small group from the class of 65.  It was kind of spur-of-the moment, but good memories.   Thank you for the invitation to bowl in Cebu.  I’m putting that on my bucket list.  I don’t think I can resurrect my bowling shoes or ball from the carnage, guess I will resort to renting. I think North Hill Bowl in Minot might be the closest bowling alley to Rolette, a little too far for our team to travel every week.  It sure was challenging but  always a great time.  See you at the lanes in. cebu someday…
We are so happy that you are putting us on your bucket list to visit us here in Cebu. You are welcome to come and stay as long as you like. We have several spare bedrooms and a guest apartment. You will fit in well with our social group of friends too. Of coarse that you do wherever you go. You will have to arrange to be here in the winter when Art Hagen and Rose are here too. Yes, they have plenty of Bowling balls and shoes that you can rent. The balls are free and shoe rental cost is about 50 cents.

Reply from Dennis Dubois (’63):  Minneapolis, MN
Gary, very nice picture of you, my buddy Warren Anderson and Margaret Metcalfe. Life has been good for a lot of us hasn’t it? You, maybe, more than others, as the only pictures I ever see of you are with a bevy of young, good looking women and a large plate of food. Yes, life sure does appear good for a  kid that was milking cows not too long ago. As you sat on that stool did you ever think that life would turn out like this. I know I have to pinch myself sometimes. I hope you have the gratitude that I have for the life that we turned out to have. I see you doing so much for others and that makes me so happy for you and your upbringing on the farm. aren’t we fortunate. Thank God for such a wonderful life. Have a good day and keep up the good work.
Yes Dennis, life has come a long way from that old log barn with an uneven log floor and with a straw roof that leaked like a sieve with the melting snow and the rains. Getting slapped in the face with a wet dirty cow tail while milking too was just part of the game.  Our new barn was very welcome in the fall of 1961, the year I started High School. Those growing up years molded all of us into being who we are today. Most of us were dirt poor and a few had a bit more, but not much more. At the time we didn’t know any better life, so it was OK. Our youth was inspirational to our successes in adult life, that is for sure a fact.
In answer to your comment above, the women here in the Philippines are blessed with young looks and beauty and they love to have their pictures taken too and with lots of different folks. The ones with me in them are the ones you see with some of my postings. It is very hard to be on a diet here too, especially with all of eating out and dinner gatherings that we go too.
Yes, life is good and we live it to the fullest with the memories of the past that make today’s living so special. It is like being on one continuous vacation.
Thanks for the memories Dennis.

Reply from Mark Schimetz (’70):  Rolette, ND
Bowling, what a game. Mel Kuhn and I used to skip afternoon classes to go bowling, Rugby, Bottineau. Later I got on a team with Terry Wenstad while I lived in Grand Forks. We had a blast. I continued my bowling in Lubbock Texas where I got on a league. I could bowl for 4 hours for like $4.00 and use the two lanes specials on Sundays. I got up to about a 240 average. My high game was around 280, I just kept falling short of the 300 game. I got close a lot of times but no win. My Uncle Tuffy (Everett) Acheson, Married to Francis Schimetz, hit the 300 games several times. Regardless of the scores, Bowling was a great exercise, loaded with fun, excitement ,challenging, disappointments, and determination to perfect body movements, ball releases, curves, hook shots and so much fun. I continued to play until my hands got too arthritic. Those were great times.
Water lines
Reply from Lloyd Awalt (’44):  Bottineau, ND
Hi Gary,  nice bowling.  To answer Dick’s question about when the water was put in.  We lived in a basement house by my parents from 51 to 54 and we didn’t have water then.  I would say it was put in 54 t0 56.  The reason that the water pipes are still good is when they dug the first well it was hard water so they went back north farter up the hill and hit a soft water well.  That’s why all the appliances have been good and the main water lines . It  was in 49 & 50 when the pipe came in . Lloyd

6/17/2012 (1516)

           Happy Birthday Bill Krause (DHS ’74): Dickinson, ND
Sympathy to the Abrahamson Family
From Margaret Metcalfe Leonard (’65):  Rolette, ND.
My deepest sympathy to the Abrahamson family in the loss of Jean Marie!
I remember we went to Hilltop school together, so we were classmates
from day one!  Margaret Leonard
Dunseith Water system
Reply from Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,

       The picture of the big cable operated digger on Dunseith’s Main
Street got me thinking a bit.  The pipe in the picture is steel pipe and
has bolt together flanges.  Sewer pipe in those days was usually clay
pipe that just slid together into an expanded flange on one end of each
pipe.  I know there is a curb stop in front of nearly every building on
Main Street where the water can be shut off between the water main and
the business.  I asked one of the city employees if the water mains run
down Main Street and if the sewer mains are in the alley?  He said they
are for the most part but there are a few exceptions toward the south
end of town  where it gets kind of confusing as they just kept going by
short cuts to places as they were built over the next few decades.  My
point in all this is that the picture of the digger on Main Street was
the installation of the new city water system.  Lloyd said he helped
unload the pipe so he can probably date the picture quite close to the
actual year.  I was probably around 4-6 years old (’54-’56?) when they
put in the sewer system down the alley between our house and the back of
the lumber yard.  I remember that we had a septic tank in our yard east
of our house before that.  Peter ‘Junior’  Mellmer helped my dad install
the sewer pipe in our house and hook up to the city sewer in the alley.
We had to dig up the concrete floor across the basement in order to bury
the pipe toward the west side of the house and out to the main in the
alley.  I wonder how those old water mains on Main Street have lasted
over 60 years—-billions of gallons of water have passed through them
and they’re buried in the ground besides.  Must have been some good pipe
you unloaded, Lloyd.  Thanks Gary!

Reply from Margaret Metcalfe Leonard (’65):  Rolette, ND.
Congratulations on your bowling.  I bowled on a league until the bowling alley burned in bottineau. We always had so much fun.
Thank you Margaret,
Margaret, Now that Bottineau no longer has a Bowling Alley, we’d love for you to come here and bowl in Cebu. I’ll know you are a good bowler too.
Yes, it was so sad that the Bottineau Bowling Alley burned several years ago. They had a good restaurant too. Remember, a few of us class of 65 folks met John Awalt there for lunch, several years ago, on the spur of the moment too.
Florence Pladson Sime (’62)
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

6/16/2012 (1515)

Things are kind of slow for today’s posting. I am going with what I have.
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
I’m quite sure Renee is the music teacher in St. John.  She was married to Eric Wondrasek.
Cebu Expat Bowling Tournament placings
Other than for us ND guys, Most everyone was having an off day on the day our bowling tournament last week. The top two spots went to North Dakota boys. Roger Opp is from the Fargo area. Other than for Art Hagen, when he is here, Roger and I are the only two ND guys in our circle of friends. Kelvyn is from India
My average was 148, so with a 166, 151 and 168 plus my handicap of 17, I had a lucky day.  

1st Place goes to Gary Stokes, with second Roger Opp and third Kelvyn Vaz.


6/15/2010 (1514)

Folks, For the record there was no blog yesterday.
Happy birthday Mark Schimetz (’70):
                   Rolette, ND
Sympathies to Jean Abrahamson’s family
From Helen Rivard Christenson (’65): Bottineau, ND

Good morning,

Gary, thanks for the e-mail.  It’s very sad when a friend and classmate passes away.  My sympathies to all Jean’s family and friends.

Helen (Rivard) Christesnon

Reply from Brew Roussin (’59):  Rolla, ND
Thanks for the good clean jokes.  When we Lorna and I took the Dunseith Taxi to San Haven, where Grandma Demo worked and Mom was a patient, Herb Nicholas was the bus driven, don’t know if he was the owner.  This would be 1949????
Toni Morinville (’68) Fairmount, ND and Maurice Gouin (’67):  Greely, CO.
Pictures from Art Rude (’71):  Bismarck, ND
I thought this might raise everyone’s spirits.  I have been sharing some of Joe Mornville’s wonderful pictures I got to copy from Dewey (’72), but before I sent these to you, I thought I should check with Toni.  I think this sequence is just adorable.  Joe apparently was trying to get this little boy to give Toni a kiss. Toni said in her return email when I asked who the little boy is:  “It is Maurice Gouin (my spelling isn’t certain on the name). Maurice’s grandmother Rena and my grandmother, Eva Dion were sisters.”

Peace and Power, 

 Thanks for checking out Art Rude Productions, 
 webpage address: www.artrude.com 
and Art Rude TV at: artrudetv on Utube!
These are cute. Maurice lives in Greely, CO. He is on our distribution list as is his sister, Cecile Gouin Craig (’61) currently living in Windsor, CO.
Toni’s resistance
How sweet
Maurice backing away from that aggressive Toni
Reply from Mel Kuhn (’70):  St. John, ND
Howdy Gary,
This is more or less for Larry Hackman and a few others who gave me advice the last time I was on vacation. I say on vacation because my wife is gone to California for about two weeks. Larry I forgot what you told me I was supposed to do when all the dishes get dirty. Last time I went and bought new ones because she left me the checkbook. This time she didn’t leave the checkbook so now I don’t know what to do. I also had the same problem with underwear and I have strict orders that I don’t ever try to do laundry. Now I don’t know if that means laundry in general or if I don’t put her stuff in with my work pants like that one time. Boy did I get talked to in a very loud voice with that one. I say loud voice because she claims that she never screams at me. My neighbor across the road said that his wife is more then happy to let him do laundry and dishes. I tried to talk him into giving me a hand but he said his wife won’t let him fool around and do other dishes on the side. So I anxiously wait for advice as in about 3-4 days I’ll start running low on things. It’s OK if I just eat a lot of Ramon noodles I can just use the same kettle but frying eggs in the same pan as fish is kind of icky. At least to me it’s icky, maybe that’s how you guys do yours but to me it’s icky. Is that how you spell icky? That’s how I  spell icky-if I spelled it differant then I wouldn’t know what it was. Dang-I think I forgot to take my pills this morning. Oh well-not much happening that I need to remember anyway. Later.
Waiting for advice

6/13/2012 (1513)

PayPal account question
From Bill Krause (’74):  Dickinson, ND
Gary..I see by reading todays blog you have a paypal acct so we can send you donations for famiies and children. I too have a paypal acct so what is the email adress or phone number that I would use for your contact at PayPal?  Thanks Bill Krause
Bill, The email address for my PayPal account is  Thanks, Gary
Jeanmarie (Jean) Abrahamson (’65) passed away
Message from Darrel Abrahamson (’68):  St. John, ND
Just letting you know that my sister Jeanmaire passed away on June 10 in Wichita, Kansas at home.
Funeral plans are pending.
As I mentioned in my reply to you, Jeanmarie called me frequently. It has been a while since she called now though and I have been thinking about her wondering how she was doing. Now, I only wish I had called when I was thinking about her. Now it is too late. Jeanmarie most certainly had her beliefs in life and she lived by those beliefs too. Her food intake and the kinds of food she ate was one of them. I used to like to get a rise out of her by telling her some of the food I ate, some of which I didn’t really eat or eat as much of as I told her and she knew that too. 
Jeanmarie’s kidneys gave out on her a few years ago, so she has been on dialysis.
Our condolence are with you, your parents and the rest of your family with here passing.  She will be missed.
1st Cousins
Kenny Nerpel & Jeanmarie Abrahamson
Jean Abrahamson
Reply from Esther Murray Fleming (’65):  Flint, MI
I am so sorry to hear of Jean Marie. She was a very sweet lady. My prayers are with the family.  Esther
Jean Abrahamson
Message/Picture from Susan Fassett Martin (’65):
Was so sad to hear that Jean passed away.    She was one of the girls that I ran around with in High School.   Hadn’t seen her since graduation since she didn’t make it to the reunion.   Prayers go out to her family.   Hugs   Susan.
This picture is from our class of 65, but with your hats on you all look different. I am pretty sure that is Helen Rivard Christenson, but I am not totally sure. I am certain that is Helen Vogel’s though. Jean and you I positively know. You four gals were pretty close running mates all through high school.
Corrections to yesterday’s posting of those attending the Awalt reuion
From Lloyd Awalt (’44):  Bottineau, ND
Gary there was a few errors made in the Awalt reunion on memorial day   those attending were my family and my brothers & sisters  Eleanor  Leonard Strickland from Mandan-Marshall & Marsha from No. Carolina – Bill & Eunice from Neb.-Bonnie & Keith Houle from MN.-John from Coonrapids MN.
 -Emma jean from AZ.couldn’t make it.  Dan  & Dianna Bollinger and family Kodi- & TJ & Malisa Steward  & family & Kennedy Handland – Rick & Tracey -Brock-Brody-drew  Minot — Todd& Tracey-jersey-Jetta   Minot
Joke of the day
 Harold was an old man. He was sick
and in the hospital.There was one nurse
that just drove him crazy.
Every time she came in, she would talk
to him like he was a little child. She
would say in a patronizing tone of voice,
’And how are we doing this morning’,

or ‘Are we ready for a bath’, or ‘Are we hungry?’

Old Harold had had enough of this
particular nurse. One day, at breakfast,
Old Harold took the apple juice off the
tray and put it in his bed side stand.
Next, he was given a urine bottle
to fill for testing.

So you know where the juice went!

The nurse came in a little later, picked
up the urine bottle and looked at it.
‘My, it seems we are a little cloudy today. ‘

At this, Old Harold snatched the bottle
out of her hand, popped off the top,
and drank it down, saying,
‘Well, I’ll run it through again.
Maybe I can filter it better this time.’

The nurse fainted!



6/12/2012 (1512)

Reply from Bonnie Awalt Houle (’54):  Becker, MN
Answer to Dick Johnson,   Concerning the Dunseith Taxi service:  Ivan and Leo Dostaler ran the Taxi in about 1949.  I am not certain who he purchased it from or who he sold it to.
Bonnie Houle (54)
Reply from Lloyd Awalt (’44):  Bottineau, ND
Gary, answer to Dick.  That’s what I thought it would be 48.  I remember the brown derby in Minot was in there when they owned it.  OK now starting from Hosmer’s south.  Vacant lot,  McCoy’s bar, next storage { Harry Douglas stored coffins in }, next Pete Richards, 5&10 which later Joe Morinville had his store, vacant lot, pool hall.  The taxi Adrian had.  I drove for him. The office was in Margaret Lilleby house.  That was Adrian’s daughter.  That’s where Ed Leonard’s lived. The house just north was Henry Olson’s at that time right.   Distilares bought the taxi from Adrian and there office was just south of the cafe by the theater.  Ray Wilson was next.  Petersons bought from them and there office was in there house east of Hassen store where max Peterson lived.   When the fire gutted the store didn’t some one from Bottineau own it?  Then I think Joe took over after that?   Hey were going back a long way

Awalt Family Reunion
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Reply form Cheryl Larson Dakin (’71):  Bedford, TX
Hi Gary
I love the picture of you at “blog central”. Nice to see where it all happens. I also love seeing the children with their school supplies. It looks like a big job for Bernadette and her helpers. It’s nice to see how so little can go so far. It sure doesn’t take much to put a smile on a child’s face.
Art is doing a great job posting the pictures of the Morinville family. We had lots of fun over there while growing up. The pictures sure bring back fun memories.
Cheryl Larson Dakin ’71
Relpy from Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Hi Gary,
Thanks for the darling pictures (the children and teachers) you included in yesterday’s email–also the other pictures. Jim/Connie look great!  The Morinville children are so cute.
That is quite the office you have–what a monitor!!!!  Love it!!
Reply from Donor for Filipino School Supplies
I just sent another $100 to you (PayPal).  If you have the time/energy/want to donate more school supplies, please use this money toward that.  If not, use it wherever you think best.
I can not think of a better way to spend $200 than to help these children have supplies/have a good feeling about themselves because of receiving these packets, etc.  I’d be happy to send $50 more, too, if you can use it.
Thank you so much for your generous donation. I got a PayPal message letting me know that I received your donation. Bernadette is still sleeping, but I am very sure we will purchase more school supplies. You for sure put a smile on these kids faces.  For many of these kids their natural state of being at school is to borrow what they can or just simply go without. It makes things a lot easier for the teachers too if these kids have writing pads and pencils, especially with 50 plus kids in each class and one teacher. Can you imagine having a class of 50 first graders single handedly?  Several of Bernadette’s Great Nephews, now in grades 2 and 3, are kind of high strung, so they are a challenge for the teachers keeping them in one spot. They are pretty good students, so when they get their assignments done rather quickly, they wander. Gary
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Joke of the day
From our Good Cebu Friend Conchita Van Gelder
The local news station was interviewing an 80-year-old lady because she had just gotten married for the fourth time.

The interviewer asked her questions about her life, about what it felt like to be marrying again at 80, and then about her new husband’s occupation.

“He’s a funeral director,” she answered.

“Interesting,” the newsman thought.

He then asked her if she wouldn’t mind telling him a little about her first three husbands and what they did for a living.

She paused for a few moments, needing time to reflect on all those years.

After a short time, a smile came to her face and she answered proudly, explaining that she had first married a banker when she was in her 20’s, then a circus ringmaster when in her 40’s, and a preacher when in her 60’s, and now – in her 80’s – a funeral director

The interviewer looked at her, quite astonished, and asked why she had married four men with such diverse careers.

(wait for it)

She smiled and explained, “I married
One for the money,
Two for the show,
Three to get ready 
And four to go. 

6/11/2012 (1511)

                     Happy Birthday Jim Kester: Dunseith, ND
Deer Heart Lodge Photo
Reply from Ann Carbonneau O’Connell (BHS ’68):  Bottineau, ND
It was so amazing to me to see the pictures of Deer Heart Lodge. My mother ,Carol Watkins Carbonneau, and sisters have fond memories of that stone structure Henry Kotschevar built it as an attraction for the Dunseith area. My mother was born on the nearby Lilly Kotchevar farm. However we have few pictures of Deer Heart Lodge so these are very nice to see. Thank you!!
Morinville Picture
Reply from Colette Hosmer (’64): Santa Fe, NM
I’ve loved seeing these photos of the Morinvilles and the shot of my dad.  (That’s Tony in the red coat).  I babysat often for these kids …. they were always ready for a good story, especially those about “Joe the Giant”.  Stretched my brain to keep coming up with new scenarios for “Joe”.  

                          Deb and Toni Morinville
Reply to Lloyd Awalt’s (’44) question
From Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,

       Lloyd asked when Glen Johnson and Henry Olson bought McCoy’s
Bar?  I think the sign says ‘Glen’s Bar—Beer Liquor’.  Somewhere
around early ’48,  Grandpa Henry Olson sold the Billy Wright Grocery
store and probably went into business with Glen.  I don’t know exactly
when he left Dunseith for Minot and operated the ‘Brown Derby’ on
Minot’s North Main.  He was there for a few years in the early ’50s and
then came back and built the Garden Tap in Dunseith in 1957.  I was real
young when we lived upstairs over the Brown Derby and my dad worked for
Grandpa as a bartender.  I used to sneak downstairs to the bar when I
was 2 and the barmaid, named Alice, would set me up on the end of the
bar and feed me cherries until my mother noticed I was down there and
come down to get me.  One story from the Brown Derby—An old man came
hobbling in and sat at the end of the bar and Dad got him a beer.  Dad
went back to washing glasses and a big guy came in from the railroad
crew and started to brag how strong and tough he was.  Grandpa Henry
started to tell the guy he just didn’t think he was as tough as he
said.  To this, the guy said he could whip anyone Grandpa could bring
around.  Dad knew what Grandpa was up to with the game he was running on
this big guy and just hoped he wasn’t going to do what he imagined.
Pretty soon Grandpa said,  “I bet I know a KID who could arm wrestle you
and take you.”  The big guy said,  “Go get him.”  Grandpa said,  “Hey
Don,  come over here and show this guy where the bear s— in the buck
brush.”  Dad went over and arm wrestled the big guy and took him in one
try.  The old fellow at the end of the bar started to laugh and the big
guy punched him in the face and ran out the door.  Dad was so disgusted
he said,  “Hank,  what the heck have we accomplished with this deal?”
Now you have two customers who won’t ever come back in here.  Grandpa
smiled and said,  “I don’t care,  I didn’t really like either one of
them.”  The folks who remember Grandpa Henry will know how he was always
up to something.  Never a dull moment.  Dad wasn’t cut out to be a
bartender and went back to teaching at Omemee in ’53.

     On the other of Lloyd’s questions,  I would guess Joe Morinville
would have had the store at the time the picture was taken.  It makes
sense that if he had the slides, that the picture was copied from, and
it was taken from the front door of the store,  he was probably the
owner at that time.  I believe the store was gutted by fire sometime
around 1960,  give or take a few years,  and Joe moved to the location
north of the pool hall.  The building north of the pool hall was fixed
up with the log siding front by Orlan Fuchs and he had a place he called
the Trading Post.  He wasn’t open for very long and Joe bought it and
made a grocery store in that building.  Question for Lloyd or anyone
with the memory—was the taxi service headquartered out of that
building or the little building between McCoy’s Bar and this building
that became Joe’s Store?  I know some of the people who were involved
with the taxi service were Adrian Egbert,  Jack Peterson or Martin
Evans,  and Orville Sutton.  Were there others too?    Thanks Gary!


Basic School Supplies Donation
After seeing the posting several days ago of the school children here in Cebu, one of our readers sent us a very generous donation of $100 to be used for school supplies for the needy kids that go to school with very few of the basics – pens, pencils, paper, etc.  Way more than 50% of the kids in the school near us fall into that category, so this donation was well appreciated.
Yesterday, with this money, we went to the store and purchased Pens, pencils, erasers, tablets, crayons, glue, etc for 75 kids. Last night Bernadette and our helpers put all these supplies into 75 packets. Today the school selected 75 of the needy kids and brought them to our house, 300 feet away, to receive their packets. Before giving them their packets, we took pictures. Grades one through four, pictured below, were here this morning. We still have 11 Packets left, so the school will be sending some of the 5th or 6th grade kids down this afternoon to receive them.  There are 6 grades and K-1 and K-2 in this school. I am not sure of the total enrollment, but I think there are about 200 first graders.
As I am writing this, it is lunch time for the school kids. We just had a flock of kids come down asking for school kits. The word got out. Bernadette did not give them any. She will let the school make the selection for the last 11 Packets.
Organizing and dividing up the school supplies.
Our helpers, Gaga and Tata (sisters) along with Tata’s daughter Angie
Tata and Gaga’s brother Michael,  giving a helping hand
1st Graders – Consolacion Elementary School
2nd Graders – Consolacion Elementary school
3rd Graders – Consolacion Elemantary School
4th Graders – Consolacion Elementary School

Bernadette snapped this of me last night when they were putting all these
school supplies together. This is where all these daily messages are
generated each day too. So now you are not in the dark as to where they
all come from.  Gary

6/10/2012 (1510)

Happy Birthday Florence Pladson Sime (DHS ’62)
                                     Deering, ND
Reply to the pictures posted yesterday
From Lloyd Awalt (’44):  Bottineau, ND
Gary,  the picture of the sewer.  I came home in March from the service and spring they were hauling in pipe.  The sign on the bar  could read McCoy’s or glens stretching my memory  I wasn’t married then.  Dick, when did Glen & Henry buy the bar from McCoy’s?  I think about 48 or 49. Any ways that would be when they started. I worked for that company unloading pipe in 48.         Lloyd Awalt
Gary,  very nice pictures of Joe Morinville and his family. He was quit a guy.  Dick, the picture of Dunseith with the car. Didn’t Joe have the store there.  Just see the corner of the building, the sign altheater and cafe.  The cafe is adjacent to the theater.  How am I doing so far.  I was working for the creamery 51 to 53.  My memory  think so ?  Lloyd
Morinville Pictures
From Art Rude (’71):  Bismarck, ND
Well here’s a few more of Joe’s pictures.  Beverly and Dewey, love Dewey’s expression, Debbie and Toni, Sofa shot with Dewey as a baby.

Had some great comments, so hoping everyone enjoys them.

Peace and Power, 


 Thanks for checking out Art Rude Productions, 
 webpage address: www.artrude.com 
and Art Rude TV at: artrudetv on Utube!
Bev and Dewey Morinville
Deb and Toni Morinville – Who is who? Toni are you the blond?
Audrey Hanson Aitchison,
You so very much look like your aunt Frances. Jean took after our side of the family.
Morinville’s with Baby Dewey. Which one the girls is in the center?

6/9/2012 (1509)

     Happy Birthday Dan McKay (DHS ’69): Mooreton, ND
Message from Ivy Eller Robert (’74):  Everett, WA.
Hi Gary,
   Just though I would give everyone an update on my condition. On May 30th, I finally completed my last Chemo Therapy treatment. Got through that pretty well, only a few little set backs, but nothing too major. My Doctor is pretty much convenienced, I am Cancer free (I guess they call it remission). I have to wait 6 weeks from the last treatment to have a PET/CAT Scan to confirm that. That test is scheduled on July 20th at the University of Washington Medical Center, in down town Seattle. It is part of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, with Children’s Hospital, which is located here in Seattle as well. These people definitely know what they are doing & how to care for you physically as well as your mental state of being. I can’t praise them enough for their care & compassion, expertise. I just can’t imagine anyone going to any other place to be treated.  I’m feeling a run down, some what, after all the medication & drugs that have gone through my body for the last 6 months, but over all, I feel very good. I just have to let my body slowly restore it’s self now.
   Hopefully, that chapter in my life is closing & with the Good Lords Blessing, I get to open a new chapter soon. I have a new (the first one) Grand baby coming in October & plan on being around for that. My Son said they found out, it’s a boy & his name will be, Cooper David. So I expect I will see a few people from back there soon. Once I get the OK from the Doc, I’m heading to North Dakota to my sister Julie’s, in Bottineau for a while. My son & his wife live in Minot.
   I want to Thank everyone that took the time to say a prayer to God for me, which help me a lot to get though this Cancer thing. Thanks again, you all are Good People!
Ivy (Eller) Robert ’74
We are so glad to hear that all is going well with your recovery.
Please let us know when you are in ND too.
Reply from Angela Berube Malget (’65):  Minneapolis, MN
Hi Gary,Thanks for the birthday wishes.  They come around way too often it
seems.  Got all my medicare supplement choices taken care of and now I
guess I really am a senior citizen!  Oh well, guess we just have to try
to stay healthy and enjoy life.  Happy Birthday to all my other
classmates out there too.

Hope all is well with you and your family.  Thanks for all your efforts.

Angela Berube Malget

ND Oil Boom Aricle
From Larry and Judy LaCroix McGuire (’59):  LITCHFIELD, MN
This is an interesting article on North Dakota.  There is a short advertisement at the beginning-then it goes to the main story. 

 Midland, MI.
Here is some fun for the group and for a great cause too!   Susan is the executive director of the region’s BigBrothersBigSisters chapter.  The total population of the counties served is close to a half million.  The link below is for their online auction—so if anyone chooses to bid— you can do it from anywhere in the world!  Some great things in the auction!
Gary—-maybe you should take a shot at one of the Florida vacation packages.  Actually — if you won anything — We would make sure it hit the front page here in Midland! 
Just sayin’
Allen Richard
Reply to pictures posted yesterday
From Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,        The pictures of the Morinville family are great.   Thanks to
Duane for sharing them and to Art for scanning the slides and posting
them.  The picture of Joe, Francis, and Toni was probably taken on
Easter Sunday of 1951.  I’m guessing that because of how they are
dressed and the background appears to be spring and Toni is only one day
younger than I am and she looks to be under one year of age.  I would
bet I know who took their picture too.  A while back Bev Morinville
Azure posted a picture of Bob Hosmer,  taken in the same location with
the same ’41 Chevy car in the background, so Bob more than likely
snapped the photo for them.  I’ll attach a copy of that picture for
comparison.  On the Main Street picture, the car right in front of the
camera is ‘Hank the Barber’ Johnson’s old ’50 Nash.  I has been showing
up on every Main Street picture we have seen posted because it was
always in front of the barber shop for many years.

      To Bonnie Awalt Houle—The Main Street picture shows a color
image of the Standard sign in front of the Stone Garage and shows the
blue flame on top.  Funny how many old pictures are out there and keep
popping up because of the DHS blog.  Thanks Gary!


Yes, Toni is one day younger than you Dick. She was born 7/21/1950 and you 7/20/1950.
In reference to the pictures, I have recieved several personal messages eluding to how much appreciated the postings of these old pictures are. So folks, if you have any, please share. With our new website, all these pictures will be on file and available for eternity too, for anyone wishing to view them.
              Frances, Joe and Toni Morinville                                                                    Bob Hosmer
More Morinville pictures
From Art Rude (’71):  Bismarck, ND
I’ve already gotten some good feedback from the pics, so here are a few more.

Here are a couple of shots of Dearheart Lodge, and a shot Joe took, I’m assuming it’s Dunseith getting it’s original sewer system.

Peace and Power, 


 Thanks for checking out Art Rude Productions, 
 webpage address: www.artrude.com 
and Art Rude TV at: artrudetv on Utube!
Thanks again for sharing these pictures. Again, I have posted these full size allowing folks to examine the details of the pictures more closely.
Dunseith Sewer System. I’ll bet some of you can tell us the year all this happened too?
Deerheart Lodge
Deerheart Lodge

6/8/2012 (1508)

Number correction.
Yesterday’s message should have been number 1507, not 1506. I noticed the error when I went to post it on our Website. http://dunseith.net/
The Stokes Family in about 1957. Our clothes were all purchased at the Catholic Sister’s store too.
Bob & Elaine Stokes
Gary, Darrel (Bud) and Allen
Picture from Art Rude (’71):  Bismarck, ND

I was visiting my good friend Duane (Dewey) Mornville, and he showed me these pictures that I just fell in love with.  Joe had taken them with slide film, so for the early 50’w I think they are incredible.  I think you will enjoy them, and so will many of the folks who follow the Dunseith blog.  I was at Dewey’s today and scanned in a whole bunch, but I will send them to you little by little, more than that would be an overload. The first one is Joe, Francis and Toni, the second one is all the Mornville kids, Dewey, Bev, Deb and Toni, and the third one is another one with all the kids.  The other one is main street Dunseith after a snow storm. More to come.

Peace and Power, 


 Thanks for checking out Art Rude Productions, 
 webpage address: www.artrude.com 
and Art Rude TV at: artrudetv on Utube!
These are Great! We are looking for the rest to follow. Thanks for sharring.
I have kept these pictures large so as not to loose some of the detail. In doing that they may over extend some of your computer screens, but you can scroll across to see the rest of the screen.
Joe Francis and Toni Mornville
Mornville kids dew, bev, deb, toni
Mornville kids dew bev deb toni.jpeg
Dunseith Main Street, my guess about 1958.
Bill Fassett and Jack Flynn
Photo from Sussan Fassett Martin (’65):  Spearfish SD
I think this was taken at the CC Camp in Kramer ND.   In the back row are my dad, third from the left and Jack Flynn on his left.
Filipino School kids
Several days ago along with a donation to our Web Site from one of our Alumni, they also included $50 to be used as we saw fit for a needy cause. The school year started this week here in the PI. This past Monday, Bernadette went to the school to hand out 40 school supply kits that we purchased with some money we had left over from last year that was sent by one of our readers for school supplies. To her surprise the majority of the kids had very few supplies so these kits were sucked up pretty fast. With the $50 we received several days ago we went to the store and purchased Pens, Pencils, erasers, Crayons, Paper, rulers, etc. In comparison, these supplies are a lot less expensive than back in the states. For $50 dollars, we had so much stuff that we had to have store help to take it all to the car. Last night Bernadette along with her helpers put all these supplies together into 50 individual packages. Today she went to the school and handed them out.  This afternoon, the teachers brought 25 of the recipients down to our house for a picture. The school is located 300 feet from our house, so they didn’t have far to come.

6/7/2012 (1507)

Happy Birthday Kelly Woods (DHS ’89):  Massena, NY
Reply from Lynn Henriksen (’64):   Tiburon, CA

What fun to see photos of Angela, Evie, you, and Billy! Thanks.

 Keeping Spirits Alive,

Lynn Henriksen

Ph: 415.435.5969  Cell: 415.435.6000

Blog:www.thestorywoman.com   Website: www.telltalesouls.com

Red Room Author, Where the Writers Are Twitter: @lynnhenriksen.com

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

Willard J. Daly (Married to Gloria Hagen)
(July 22, 1928 – May 29, 2012)

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A memorial service for Willard J. Daly, age 83 of Bottineau, formerly Dunseith, was held on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. at the Good Samaritan Center in Bottineau. Officiating at the service was the Reverend David Hayes. Honorary bearers were all friends in attendance. Cremation has taken place. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan.

Willard Joseph Daly, a son of Joseph and Lillian (Sherwin) Daly, was born at Willow City. He was reared and educated in the Willow City area. After his education, he moved to California and worked for a time. He entered the US army and was honorable discharged on June 25, 1954. He then moved to Washington and worked for a pruning company, pruning orchard trees. Willard spent time as a Merchant Marine, traveling to Greenland. He moved to North Dakota in 1993. On October 13, 1993 he was married to Gloria Hagen at Bottineau. She passed away on October 19, 2005. In November 2010 Willard moved into the Bottineau Good Samaritan Center and had resided there since.

He enjoyed fishing, playing cards and helping Kristi during haying season.

Willard passed away on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at the Bottineau Good Samaritan Center.

He is survived by his step-sons, Brian Hagen and his wife, Emily of Fargo, ND, Elroy Hagen and his wife, Kristi of Moorhead, MN; a step-daughter Kristy and her husband, Larry Brooks of Dunseith; 5 step-grandchildren; and several brothers and sisters.

Reply From Allen Richard (’65):  Midland, MI

Interesting how some things work for some folks and not for others.  Only time I intentionally got out good walking shoes was when I was driving a Chevy.  Never when I was driving a or MOPAR.  The old Buicks Dad had treated me very well too. Especially the old ’64 wildcat.
My Mopar—I’m the original owner–it has 174,000 miles on it and has not been restored. 
Newspaper clippings
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
I happened to find these clippings when I was “sorting” through papers/clippings/pictures.  I’m glad Mom saved this clipping, as, at the time these pictures were in the Courant, I didn’t know Debbie or Tracy.  Now I know both of them/consider them good friends. :)
The timing for these clippings is perfect.  “Baby Ashleigh” graduated from Bottineau High School on May 27, 2012.

6/6/2012 (1506)

Dunseith Cemeteries
Message from Marshall Awalt (51):  Newport, NC
I just returned from a trip through the Midwest and spent sometime in Dunseith and wanted all the readers of the blog to know that if they have loved buried in Dunseith they are well taken care of. The Cemetery on Memorial day looked fabulous. The people in charge deserve a pat on the back and if you make a yearly donation your money is well spent.

Keep up the good work



Reply to picture posted yesterday
From Doreen Larson Moran (BHS ’61):  Usk, WA & Hazelton, ND
The 1959 picture most likely was during the 75th celebration for Bottineau/Bottineau County.   Every seemed to get into the spirit with their centennial dresses; men wore beards etc. 
Reply with pictures from Mel Kuhn (’70):  St. John, ND
Howdy Gary,
That Dick Johnson with his stiff neck——I’ll just leave it at that. That Larry though, I believe it about him always looking back for the cops. Those Ford guys like him and Dick there always looking back to see what fell off. Last Saturday I spent most of the day looking back to see if the Ford that was following me was still running. I had to stop half a dozen times on the way to Devils Lake and back to wait for it to catch up. I of course was driving my “31” Plymouth down to Devil’s Run the big car show at Devils Lake. I’ll hook up a picture. Later. That’s what we always tell those Ford guys too. Later.
From Trish Larson Wild (’73):  Portola Valley, CA

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6/5/2012 (1505)

Happy Birthday Angela Berube Malget (DHS ’65):  Minneapolis, MN
I will catch up with you next month and Bill in August. Evie recently hit the big milestone too. Medicare, I guess you could say we are senior citizens. Yesterday I got my Medicare “A” & “B” card in the mail. Can’t use it here in the Philippines though.
Have a good day and enjoy your birthday. They only come once a year. Let Greg Pamper you death.
Mildred Brennan Reamer (DHS ’47)
(Died June 1, 2012)

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Mildred Reamer, age 83 of Seward, NE, formerly of Willow City, passed away Friday at Seward. Funeral will be held on Wednesday at 2:00 pm at the First Lutheran Church in Willow City. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10:00 am until 9:00 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 pm all at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Burial will be at the Memorial Park Cemetery at Willow City.

Mildred Lucille Reamer, a daughter of Ray and Janet L. (Pilloud) Brennan, was born on December 20, 1928 at Dunseith, ND. Mildred was united in marriage to Francis Reamer and raised three sons on the family farm near Willow City, ND. She was a member of the Willow City Presbyterian Church, involved as Elder, Sunday School and Bible School teacher and member of the Ladies Aid. In her early years, Mildred was a rural school teacher; later she helped with the farming operation and was a homemaker, wife and mother and served as a school bus driver. Later Mildred was employed for 20 years with Good Samaritan Center in Bottineau, ND. Mildred enjoyed spending time with family and being active in the day to day operations of the family farm. She especially enjoyed the Spring season when she could plant her flowers and start gardening. She also enjoyed the lambing and calving season. Mildred enjoyed doing work for the community and was a long standing member of the Wilo Homemakers. She enjoyed entertaining friends at the cabin on Lake Metigoshe, which she and Francis built together. Mildred made many friends and greatly enjoyed her work with the staff and residents at the Good Samaritan Center. Her especially kind heart and hearty chuckle will be missed by all who knew her.

Mildred passed away on Friday, June 1, 2012 at Seward, NE.

Mildred is survived by two sons, David Reamer and friend Rhonda Wittmayer, Willow City, ND and Roger Reamer and wife, Vonda, Seward, NE; grandson, James Reamer (Melissa), Seward, NE; step granddaughter, Ashley Havlena, Olathe, KS; step grandson, Austin Havlena, Seward, NE; great-granddaughter, Madison Reamer, Seward; brother, Mike Brennan, Dunseith, ND; three sisters, Velma Millang, Rolette, ND, Patty Groff, Bellingham, WA, Dorothy (Leroy) Vandal, Cando, ND; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Brennan; many nieces and nephews.

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Janet Brennan; husband, Francis Reamer; son, Jerome Reamer; brothers, Dennis and Robert Brennan; sisters, Fay Lindquist and Shirley Brennan.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

Reply to the wedding photo posted yesterday:
From Jackie Peterson Hansen:  St. John, ND
The wedding couple is from Rolla.
Reply to the wedding photo posted yesterday:
From Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,

        The latest picture from Neola is of Rob Ryyth and Rita
Mickelson, who both grew up in the Rolla area.  I don’t know of their
whereabouts now.  Thanks Gary!


Old Demo Derby
Message/pictures From Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,

          It’s been kind of quiet on the blog for a couple days so here
are a few pictures that might get some replies.  How many remember the
1979 Dunseith Demo Derby that was held down behind the old city park?
By 1979 the Dunseith boys had honed their derby skills pretty well and
we had some good derbies.  For a couple years I was sponsored by the Red
Owl and later I was sponsored by Fugere and Hill, Inc.,  who were also
my employers for many years.  I believe 12-13 years,  I was employed
driving school bus for Duane and Johnny.  I painted the old ’62 Ford
station wagon with ‘school bus yellow’ and had #2–my then current bus
number–painted on the side.  The car had a 390 engine and a big C6
transmission from a later Ford pickup and really had the power and
stamina for derby purposes.  I ran in the first heat and broke a
radiator hose which got the distributor wet and stopped the engine.  We
repaired that and won the consolation,  which got me into the feature.
It was a battle for sure but in the end I won the feature and the ‘big’
prize–$250.  It was a good amount back in ’79 though, as that was about
the normal grand prize at the time.  The same car ran in several more
derbies before it finally was beat up bad enough to be parked and
salvaged.  It was a good time for sure and my neck still tells me that
now and then—whiplash is what they call it.  By the time I got to the
’79 derby,  I had learned a trick.  Just as I was about to smash into a
car in reverse,  I would lean over and hold my helmet against the seat.
This took the whiplash out of the picture and really helped me from
getting the typical days after stiff neck.  Once, years later,  I had an
x-ray done on my neck and the doctor told me I had ‘farmer’s neck’,
which is common among farmers from looking back at equipment in the
field.  I didn’t tell him there was a bit more to the story,  even
though I did spend thousands of hours looking back at farm equipment.
Mel and Larry have stiff necks too, but they got theirs from looking
back for the cops.  Thanks Gary!


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Howard and Vida Peterson Hiatt’s Grandson

Leah Richard Bergeron
Leah is the only one I recognize.  I’m sure the others will be identified.  The picture has 1959 written on the back, so I assume that’s when this was taken and not copied????
Folks, Leah just celebrated her 100th birthday too.  Gary
Joke of the day
From Conchita Van Gelder: Cebu Philippines
A woman arrived at the Gates of Heaven. While waiting

for Saint Peter to greet her, she peeked through the gates.

She saw a beautiful banquet table. Sitting all around

were her parents and all the other people she had loved

and who had died before her.

They saw her and began calling greetings to her.

“Hello – How are you!

We’ve been waiting for you!

Good to see you.”


When Saint Peter came by, the woman said to him,

“This is such a wonderful place! How do I get in?”


“You have to spell a word,” Saint Peter told her.

“Which word?” the woman asked.




The woman correctly spelled ‘Love’, and

Saint Peter welcomed her into Heaven.


About a year later, Saint Peter came to the woman

and asked her to watch the Gates of Heaven for him that day.


While the woman was guarding the Gates of Heaven,

her husband arrived.


I’m surprised to see you,” the woman said.

“How have you been?”


“Oh, I’ve been doing pretty well since you died,”

her husband told her.

“I married the beautiful young nurse who took care of

you while you were ill.


And then I won the multi-state lottery.

I sold the little house you and I lived in and

bought a huge mansion.

Then my wife and I traveled all around the world.

We were on vacation in Cancun and I went

water skiing today. I fell and hit my head,

and here I am. What a bummer! How do I get in?”


“You have to spell a word,” the woman told him.


“Which word?” her husband asked.


” Czechoslovakia ..”


Moral of the story: Never make a woman angry…

There will be Hell to pay later!


6/4/2012 (1504)

Phone number here in the Philippines.
Our phone number here in the Philippines is (360) 362-1222. This is a local Bremerton, WA number. We have switched over to Magic Jack and had our number from our previous provider ported to Magic Jack. We have now gotten all the problems worked out and this number is working fine. Our Magic Jack phone does not wake us up, so you can call  anytime. If we don’t answer, please leave a message. A good time to catch me is between 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM Dunseith Time (CDT).  That is morning time for us here.
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
Hi Gary,
I hope someone can provide more info about this couple. 
Joke of the day
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
The Secret Service issued new rules of conduct for agents Friday.
They can no longer get drunk, procure hookers or go to strip bars.
The rules say that from now on, if agents feel compelled to engage in such behavior,
they can run for public office like everyone else.

6/3/2012 (1503)

Reply from Ardys Bakken Horner (Teacher):  Detroit Lakes, MN
Hi everyone, I have really enjoyed seeing photos of Murl Hill’s birthday gathering.  The Fassetts and Hills were active members of Peace Lutheran

when we lived there.

 The Hills even took our son, Erik,  in for a few days while we went to a pastor’s conference.  As I recall, a pony he was riding lowered his head to drink from a mud puddle.  Erik a greenhorn on a horse, slide right down his neck into the puddle.
Everyone once in awhile someone from the area sends me an email and  it is delightful to hear from them again.  Greetings to all who were in my
8 th grade English classes.   Ardys Bakken Horner
Reply from Susan Fassett Martin (’65):  Spearfish, SD
Thanks for posting my picture from FB.     The first one is of me and my Uncle Darrel.   He is my dad’s youngest brother.   The second is of all the Fassetts that were at our annual get together that we have the third Sat of Aug each year at Crystal’s place in Walhalla ND.    Norma was Normans (dad’s brother)  oldest daughter.   She had contacted us after many years of not having communicating with her..   Sadly, she passed away the following year after a long battle with ovarian cancer.   She had brought her daughter Kristine and granddaughter Penny to the picnic also so that we could all meet them.   They have attended the picnic since and are a wonderful part of our family.   They live in CA.     Pat Sjue is Darrels second daughter and lives in Fargo.     The third picture is of Art Rude and us three Fassett “girls”.    We have made Art and honorary “Fassett Girl” since he has attended all of our annual get togethers and provides us with music.  He is actually a cousin to OUR cousin Cheryl Haagenson so has always been a part of our family.  We have a sing along around the campfire Sat evening.   The last picture is cousins .    Cheryl Haagensons mom was my mothers Aunt and sister to my Grandma Goodie,   Murl is mom’s first cousin and Brenda is Murls daughter.   All of us from Dunseith seem to be connected in some way.    Either through marriage or by blood.   I have many fond memories of all the wonderful people that lived in Dunseith when I was growing up.   Love you all.   Hugs and prayers–Susan
Reply from Art Rude (’71):  Bismarck, ND

It’s always fun to sit down for a few minutes and read your newsletter.  It was fun today to see Susan’s pictures (Susan Fassett-Martin).  Every August I try to make it to Crystal’s for the Fassett reunion, as it is great fun, and they adopt me for the weekend!  They don’t have a brother, and I don’t have sisters, so it is great to have my adoptive sisters, and so that picture gives me a special smile.  I’ve always kept in touch with them, especially Paula as she was my classmate, but pretty much the whole family.  Just had an opportunity to visit with Susan and John last weekend in Spearfish.  So, thanks for the smiles!

Peace and Power, 

Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
The pictures from Susan’s fb are FABULOUS!  I appreciate your including pictures like this in your newsletter.  Perhaps if I see these names/faces often enough, I’ll MAYBE know a few more of your readers.
Pictures posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Gaillord Peltier (’80): Dunseith, ND
MaDonna Peltier Yawakie (’77):  Brooklyn Park, MN
Joke of the day
Posted by Sharon Zorn Gerdes (’62):  Windsor, CO
A bank manager saw a new employee eagerly counting $100.00 bills.  ” You look like an industrious young man” the manager said to him.   ” where did you receive your financial education?”
“Yale” said the young man.
“Excellent” said the manager as he shook the workers hand and introduced himself.  ” And what is your name? “
“Yim Yohnson”

6/2/2012 (1502)

Arla Hill Hiatt’s email address 
Request from Jacqueline Hiatt Fix (’79):  Springfield, VA
Hello Gary
Please add Mom’s (Arla Hiatt) e-mail address to the blog distribution.
Thanks Gary
We are so happy that your mother now has email. I have added her email address to all of my records.
Pictures from Susan Fassett’s Face Book pictures
I was a little light on postings today, so I went into Susan Fassett Martin’s Face Book and found a few interesting pictures.
Thanks Susan,
Darrel Fassett (’47) and Susan Fassett martin (’65)
Norma Ford, Crystal Fassett Andersen, Darrel Fassett, Patty Sjue, Paula Fassett,
Dorothy Strietzel Fassett and Susan Fassett Martin

Fassett Sisters with Art Rude
Paula, Art, Crystal and Susan
Dale, Brenda Hill Mueller, Cheryl Haagenson, Paula Fassett,
Murl Watkins Hill, Crystal Fassett Andersen and Susan Fassett Martin

6/1/2012 (1502)

Dunseith Eastern Star Ladies
Reply from Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine (’73):   Grafton, ND
what an awsome bunch of Dunseith ladies.Just thought I would try and give names to some of them 1st row Mrs Jack Hosmer 2nd dont know Mrs Boardman, Mrs Glen Shelver. Mrs Greenier,Phyllis campbell,Vida Hiatt, back row 1st dont know, Mrs Leanard, dont know, Charllote Lang, Marge Keester, dont know and Jess Hosmer
Very good Vickie. The only one I could positively identify was Vida Hiatt.
I’ll bet you have already found where Susan Fassett identified these ladies several days ago in message 1499.
Ron Warcup’s Model “A”
Pictures/message from Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,       I just ran across a couple pictures that might be interesting to
the readers.  A few years ago my uncle Ron Warcup,  married to Mom’s
sister Shirley Olson (49),  bought an old 1929 Model A two door sedan
from me and started restoring it out in CA.  He got the chassis done and
then decided a two door really wasn’t what he wanted so he called and
asked if I could find him a phaeton,  which is a four door convertible.
   It’s the most rare of all Model A cars and was quite impractical in
the cold north country.   I had never seen one around here but said I
would look around.  I found one by accident while visiting a friend up
by Boissevain, Manitoba.  It was actually just the body and had been cut
in two to make a pickup many years ago.  I asked if the body front part
was from a roadster and he said it was from a phaeton.  I asked what
happened to the back part of the body and he said it was out in his
pasture.  I bought the whole pile of parts from him and hauled it home
and set it back together to see if it would be possible to rebuild.  It
all was there but had been upside down so long that rust had eaten away
the top edge of the body where it had been against the ground.  I sent
pictures to Ron and he said he could sure fix what was needed so he and
Shirley drove back and hauled the body back to CA.  He worked on it for
a couple more years and made a very nice car out of it.  He is a master
at restoration and the pictures show it.  The date of build of the body
just happened to be the same month as the frame and engine of the two
door so his numbers even match and make the car even more correct.�
Somewhere I have a better picture of the car but will post it later when
I run across it.  Yes,  these two pictures are of the same car.  Thanks


Awalt Rummage Sale – Friday & Saturday in Bottineau
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Hi Gary,
I don’t know if this is something you want to post, but here it is. :)
I went for a walk a little earlier tonight.  I wasn’t sure (because I haven’t been out walking for awhile) if I could walk around the entire block, so I decided to walk through the alley.  As I was walking north, I saw there was a rummage sale in a garage.  I thought it had been “on” all day, so I started walking around/looking at everything/etc.  I learned they were just setting the sale up for tomorrow and Saturday.  I recognized Lloyd and Theresa Awalt, and thought they were there “shopping”.  It seems the “rummage garage is Lloyd/Theresa Awalt’s granddaughter’s (Cody)home.  Cody’s house is the house (north) of my apartment (At one time, it was O. A. Parks’ home/also Virgil and Mary Marquardt Lenz’ home.).  Apparently several ladies are participating in this sale.  Their items are very clean and in good condition/priced very reasonably.  SO, if anyone is interested in this sale, the address is 700 something, East St. in Bottineau.  My apartment is 717 East St. (south end of the street), so the sale is easy to locate.  I’m assuming Theresa and maybe Lloyd will be there.  I think they said the sale starts at 9:00 a.m.
Neola, I am posting this if for nothing else giving folks an opportunity to stop by and shoot the breeze with Lloyd and Theresa if they are there and to also take a look at what they have for sale. Gary