10/31/2013 (1882)

       Happy  Birthday  Dave Wurgler  (DHS ’64):  Rugby, ND
Dave wrote: “Thanks Gary for the birthday wish—Ya–67—getting up there but as long as I can keep adding the years I will be happy–A person is only as old as you feel and how you live your life–The younger the better!!!! Thanks–Dave–“
            Happy birthday Sandy Gottbreht: Dunseith, ND
Reply from Gwendolyn Struck Dumas (’68):   Havre, MT

   Looks like Bernadette is doing a bit better…always that lovely smile!
   You have a very beautiful home!!
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Olympian Billy Mills to speak at NDSU on Nov. 6

FARGO – Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Memorial Union Great Room as part of North Dakota State University’s Native American Heritage Month festivities.By: Forum Staff Report, INFORUM

  •            Billy Mills

FARGO – Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Memorial Union Great Room as part of North Dakota State University’s Native American Heritage Month festivities.

Mills won gold in the 10,000-meter race during the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo.

Mills was raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation, S.D., as part of Oglala Lakota, one of seven subtribes of the Lakota people.

He earned a track scholarship to the University of Kansas and later served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Vickie’s comments:
I   somehow recall the name Billy Mills,  the spring of he year
was to be at the DHS gym speaking.
The coaches and guys involved  sports were interested.

side note,
My dad did not promote after school sports or  extra curricular

He believed we got enough physical activity working the farm, cattle,
barn work,
hauling bales etc.

Perhaps also, I  just was not interested in  PE or playground athletics.
the last one chosen……… I had no depth perception. Lol

I sought  individual sports which developed  into
passion for riding horse, necessary to roundup cattle..

Later. Vickie

10/29/2013 (1881)

Spam and Stawberry Jelly Sandwich
Reply from Linda Johnson Juntunen (“72): l Perth, ND
How funny that you should bring the sandwich thing forward!  Made me
think of my Grandma Caremella Johnson.  Toast, with Cheese Whiz,
strawberry jam and bologna!  Thanks for the memory.
Linda J. Juntunen

Mothers Free Range Chickens
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND
Gary and friends,
Today, I read an article from the Seattle area news which showed a
You Tube special. It  featured   chickens wearing anti-reflective vests.
Vests which are made in the United Kingdom.
This past June, I met up with  free range chickens,
while on  holiday across the  Scottish Highlands,
the Orkneys and Shetland Isles.
The rural roads in the hielands  are about as wide 
as bike trails around Bottneau and Lake Metigoshe.
One day while traveling,on a bus venturing the  Isle of Mull, 
there was a caution sign, 
“Caution Free Range Children”.
Just that morning, we had to motor through multi-coloured 
free range chickens, and I know how unpredictable herding
chicken’s  and children from days of yore.
One is of my cousin Dianne, my brother, and my Dad.
Cousin Dianne would come out of the city to ND to visit and experience
 country ways. At the time of this tale twas August.
Like her mum, Auntie Jean, Dianne had a soft heart. She also had
a well rounded education and a beautiful voice.
My brother was a young lad who had  lame, young black horse. 
The horse was  in a golden straw filled back pen in the barn.
My Dad, without vision carried a white cane, wore blue striped overalls 
of a farmer, and the vision of a wise man.
One evening at twilight, my brother sought our father’s advice for the horse.
We gathered in the barn,Dad’s gentle hands touched the wound, and spoke solemnly.
Dad  told me to run up to the hay mow to push sweet hay down.  
Dianne and I ran up stairs where the young, spring yard chickens were roosting.
Coming down, I dropped the door. BAM!  
Dianne ran back and found a limp chicken in distress.
She wailed, “Oh No!
 Look what has happened to Aunt Lottie’s poor
chicken.  Dad calmly said, Dianne, “Put the chicken down on the floor on it’s back”. 
We watched as he ministered to the chicken.
____He counted solemnly, as he moved its legs up and down slowly.
My brother and I  puzzled.
Then eye contact, held our our snickers back……
1—–2—3—-4—-Dad said, Hum……….
Then, DIanne caught on to dad’s humor, when he said, 
” Artificial respiration is not working”
Dad put his arm around Dianne hugged,
 and said, “It is ok Dianne,
it was an accident.”
Then we all belly laughed.
Happy November. 
Methodist Church Sunday School picture
Reply from Sharron Gottbreht Shen:  Watertown, NJ
Great picture at Methodist Church!
Jean Lake sitting in front of Hope Bedard; Marlene Schneider and Larry Schneider standing center
Bedard Triplets in front row.  
Jim Bedard, Karen Woodford, Colleen Conroy, Mrs. Conroy and Hope Bedard, Johnny Morgan,
Hope Bedard, Marlene Schneider, Larry Schneider
Lunch today at the Cebu Kiwi Lodge Hotel
 L to R: Gary, Michael, Leo, Annalyn, Darryl, Cecila, Lourdes, Ed, Barbara, Bernadette, Novie
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Christmas at the Stokes house
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10/27/2013 (1880)






Salem Church Pictures
Reply from Keith Pladson (’66):  Roanoke Rapids, NC
Thank you for posting the photos of the Salem Church (I assume you took them when you were back there this summer.).  What a wonderful restoration job!!!  Any and all those involved are to be commended for their superb work and attention to detail.  I have not been inside the church since we used to attend it back in the mid/late 50s, so I really don’t remember what it looked like back then, but even so, looking at these photos brought back memories of attending church there or at other churches that looked very similar inside.  It is absolutely beautiful now.

It’s kind of a shame that so many of the old schools and churches have simply been lost to time.  Just being inside them helps to bring back memories.  Our oldest grandson, Tyler, is involved in/is a member of a Civil War Reenactment Unit.  They do several reenactments every year at several different battle sites in PA. MD, VA and NC (and probably other states too).  This past Spring Alice and I attended a reenactment they did at Appomattox, VA.  Where they do the actual battle scene at Appomattox is an area where they have maintained/restored many of the old civil war era buildings and shops.  One of the buildings they have maintained is an old one room school.  As soon as I stepped in the front door it immediately brought back memories of attending the one room schools I attended in the Turtle Mountains.  I always find it neat how certain sights, sounds or smells can conger up memories from our distant past.

Thanks again, Gary, for sharing,

Keith Pladson (66)

Leonard and Arliss Rude Hagen are the couple that did the complete renovation of Salem church. They did a wonderful job.
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Reply to Sunday School class picture
From Susan Fassett Martin (’65): susankay47@gmail.com Spearfish, SD
I think the one building in the background with the triple windows is the old city hall building.    The boy in the center of the picture with his back arched is Johnny Morgan, I think.     Also Mrs Conroy is standing on the left.   I will have to study the rest.   Nice picture
Reply to Sunday School class picture
From Karen Woodford Olson (’59:  Marana, Az & Bemidji, Mn
The row with standing Johnny Morgan is Jim Bedard, John, Karen Woodford, Colleen Conroy.  The Bedard triplet girls are in front of the row mentioned.  Mrs Conroy and Hope Bedard are the adults in the back.
I think one house was the Morinville house.  Think the big one shown only partially was the old city hall.

Reply to Sunday School class picture
From Colette Hosmer (’64): Santa Fe, NM
Hi Gary,

The houses in the background (Methodist Church Photo) must be Mornvilles, Dions and the old City Hall.
Reply to Sunday School class picture
From Jeff Campbell (’76):  Bottineau, ND

If that picture was taken at the Methodist church then the large bldg is the old city hall and the house on the far left would be the Joe Mornville house. I don’t remember who lived next to the city hall. The young girl sitting on the steps wearing glasses looks like Dawn Gregory but not sure.


Sunday School class picture
Posted by Don Martel (Principal): Rosemount, MN
Morinville house, Dions House, City hall
Bedard Triplets in front row.  
Jim Bedard, Karen Woodford, Colleen Conroy, Mrs. Conroy and Hope Bedard, Johnny Morgan

10/27/2013 (1879)

Spam sandwich with mustard and Strawberry jam.
Today for lunch, Mirasol fixed me what she thought was a special sandwich. She prepared a spam sandwich with mustard on the top and strawberry jam on the bottom. It really wasn’t all that bad. She is not used to our tastes and foods, so for her she didn’t know any different. I normally have a spam or Jelly sandwich, but today she wanted to give me something extra special.
Happy Birthday Odell Millang (DHS ’91): Oak Harbor, WA.
Sunday School class picture
Posted by Don Martel (Principal): Rosemount, MN
Colleen (Conroy Martel) says it is probably ia Sunday School class.
The picture was taken on the steps of the stone Methodist church in Dunseith,
There are three houses in the background, but we don’t know who’s they are.
The buildings got washed out in the enlargement so I also posted the smaller size to enhance the buildings.
Can any of you ID any of the folks in this photo? Also the buildings in the back ground.
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                                    July 2013: Salem Church
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10/26/2013 (1878)

No blog yesterday
For the record I did not get a blog posted yesterday. I had a blog already to send and I accidentally erased it. By that time it was too late in the evening to reconstruct.
Nick Gottbreht, son of Marc and Kathy, has a scholarship to Sophia U in Tokyo.
Posting from Sharron Gottbreht Shen (’59):  Watertown, NJ
Dear Gary,Did I just imagine a posting from Bob Hosmer not too many months ago? The son of Marc and Kathy Abby Gottbreht has a scholarship to Sophia U in Tokyo – a well earned reward for his years of Japanese language studies. I tried Bob’s former email address without success. Nick is happy and already comfortable after a mere month at his new location.
May I quote Marc: Nick is going from Medical Lakes, WA population 3400 to Tokyo population about 40,000,000!

Bismarck Tribune: Pony dragging Death near Bottineau
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND
October 24, 2013 10:05 am  •  By Brian Gehring

The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association said it will add up to $10,000 in reward money for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the apparent dragging death of a pet pony near Bottineau.

Julie Ellingson of the Stockmen’s Association said the money is in addition to two private reward funds already established.

On Sept. 24, someone in a pickup chased the pet horse from a field, tired it out, struck it with the truck, then tied it to the back of the truck and dragged it along the road, according to owner Dave Boppre.

People with information should contact Steve Watson at the Bottineau County Sheriff’s Department at 701-228-2740 or NDSA east river fieldman Fred Frederikson, who is assisting with the investigation, at 701-290-3993.

Rena Larshus Roland’s full Obituary
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND


Rena Roland, age 90 of Bottineau, died on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at a Bottineau nursing home. Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. at the Metigoshe Lutheran Church of Bottineau. Burial will be in the Manger Cemetery of rural Bottineau. Visitation will be Sunday beginning at 1:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. and Monday 10:00 A.M. until noon in the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

Rena Roland, a daughter of Henry and Nettie (Larson) Larshus, was born on April 30, 2013. She was reared in Cordelia Township and graduated from Bottineau High school. In 1941 she moved to Seattle to work for the Boeing Company. After a couple of years Rena returned to Bottineau. On May 25, 1943 she was married to Ernest Roland in Bottineau. In 1952 Rena began teaching at the school in Hilton District. She attended Minot State Teachers College for several summers to receive her Teaching Degree. Rena taught at the Dunseith Day School for a time. She then taught at the Bottineau Public Schools until Ernie’s health force her to retired. Ernie passed away on June 24, 1994. She continued to make her home on the family farm until ill health forced her to enter the Bottineau Good Samaritan Center.

She enjoyed arts and crafts, participating in many craft shows. Rena had at least 3 gardens going at one time for many years. She quilted for the world, making quilts for the MS Society, veterans organizations, and family and friends. Rena was a gifted writer, writing books like The One-Room School, The Way It Was and The First Baptist Church, Bottineau, North Dakota. she also wrote short stories, and assisted with the Turtle Mountain Cook Book.

She is survived by her daughter Beth and her husband Bob Wock of Estavan, SK; a son, Earl Roland of Bottineau; grandson, Matthew Roland of Bottineau; granddaughters, Melissa Dzuba of Lloydminster, AB, Becky Wock and Jessie Wock both of Estavan, SK; great grandson, Colton Dzuba; great-granddaughter, Taylor Dzuba; sisters Dorothy Clark of Bottineau and Marvel (Manley) Wheeler of Lakefield, MN; a brother Lloyd (Orlene) Larshus of Bottineau.

Rena was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Norman and Leonard; sister- in-law, Irene Larshus.

Memorials preferred to the Metigoshe Cemetery Association, 2150 Hiway 43 Bottineau, ND 58318.

Hazen, ND Bison Football Team
Posting from Larry Hackman (’66):  Bismarck, ND
My Grandson Nathan doing well in football again this year.
The Hazen, ND Bison Football Team are trying to repeat as ND State
Article below by Fox Sports News.
From: “scott & angie leintz”
Sent: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 1:46 PM

Subject: Jeff Baranick’s Blog for Fox Sports

> By Jeff Baranick – (FSR) Fox Sports Radio
What a week just occurred in the North Dakota prep football ranks, and FSR
1410 was on hand for a significant chunk of the exciting game action! This
past Tuesday, FSR showcased arguably the marquee matchup of the entire week
when it provided live coverage of the #1 v. #2 showdown in Class A football.
In a Region 4 clash dubbed the “Energy Bowl”, the top-ranked Hazen Bison
outlasted the 2nd-rated Killdeer Cowboys 21-6 for their 16th straight
victory dating back to mid-season of a year ago. With the hard-fought win,
Hazen improved on the season to 8-0 overall, and more importantly, secured
for itself a #1 seed out of Region 4 for the upcoming state playoffs
commencing this Saturday. Leading the Bison to its gratifying win was Sr FB
Nate Leintz who tallied a pair of touchdowns–the first on a 9-yard 1st-half
TD run and the second on a 43-dash in the last minute of play that provided
Hazen its final victory margin. Hazen will now host an opening-round playoff
game thi!
>  Saturday against Region 3’s #4 seed Rugby, with FSR providing a call of
> the game set for a 1:30 pm CDT kickoff. Our pre-game show will begin at
> 12:30pm


10/24/2013 (1877)

No Blog the past two days
For the record I did not get a blog posted the past two days.
                       Happy Birthday Dale Evans:  Algona, WA
Happy Birthday to Lee Stickland
From Dennis Dubois (’63):  Minneapolis, MN
A great happy birthday to Lee Stickland. Your name conjures up so many happy memories. I hope you have a good day.
Reply from Lee Stickland (’64):  Dickinson, ND
Gary , my email address will show on this send but I will list it , also.
Thought I might slip through the BD note net but thanks.  My son’s Mom’s BD is
also October 20 but in 1948 not 1946 as is mine. Dean and Doc and Eric and his wife, Kim
each gave me a call.  Last year Dean and Doc came to Dickinson to be with for a few days
during the days of my BD; best BD present—EVER.  
The city judge who has been practicing law here for as long as I have been here,  was also
born on October 20, 1946.  When I first came to be the adm at the DNC, Bob was the guardian 
for some bachelor farmers that needed to come to live at the home.  I met him then and have personally benefited from his services over the years. He also assisted our residents
 by serving as an attorney ab libitum to ensure correct procedures  were followed in legal matters that he could help with.
I am certain that Bernadette is receiving the best and most willing care.
Regards—LEE   S
That is the email address have on file for you. Not sure where I got that other one from.
Obituaries posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Lillian Lasher Beyer
I have always known of Lillian, but never really knew her. I did not realize that she was a sister to Willard Lasher. Their mother was a Thompson, sister to Ida Thompson Pritchard and Ella Pladson’s father.  Lillian was a first cousin to Robert Pritchard, Corbin Pritchard, Winifred Pritchard Eurich, Ella (Eldon) Pladson and Esther Tangen.

Lillian Beyer
(Died October 21, 2013)

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Lillian Beyer, age 101 of Bottineau, died Monday at a Bottineau hospital. Funeral will be held on Friday at 2:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Visitation will be Thursday 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 Oak Creek Cemetery in Bottineau.

Lillian Beyer, a daughter of Ben and Melvina (Thompson) Lasher, was born on June 26, 1912 at Courtenay, ND. At a young age, she moved with her family to a farm in the Turtle Mountains near Bottineau. She attended Ackworth Country School. On January 29, 1930, she married Milton Beyer at Bottineau. They made their home on a farm south of Bottineau. They moved off the farm and into Bottineau in 1964. Lillian worked in the kitchen at Bottineau High School. She later worked for a time at St. Andrew’s Hospital before returning to the high school. Milton passed away on June 21, 1997.

Lillian was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bottineau where she served as president of the social committee. She was also a member of the Amity Township Homemakers Club. She enjoyed cooking, baking, knitting, sewing, crocheting and serving coffee to her guests. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her daughter, Norma and her husband, Chuck Amsbaugh of Bottineau; son, Howard Beyer and his wife Dorothy of Bottineau; son-in-law, Harley Larson of Mohall; 10 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; sister, Beulah Hogland of St. Paul, MN; sister-in-law, Ruby Lasher of Bottineau and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Marlene Larson; 4 brothers and 1 sister.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family requests the memorials be giving to the organization of the donors choosing.

Note: Rena Larshus Roland was a first cousin to Art Rude.
Rena Roland
Rolland, Rina 1877
(April 30, 1923 – October 22, 2013)
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Rena Roland, age 90 of Bottineau, died on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at a Bottineau nursing home. Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. at the Metigoshe Lutheran Church of Bottineau. Burial will be in the Manger Cemetery of rural Bottineau. Visitation will be Sunday beginning at 1:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. in the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.
            Bernadette Stokes at the Marco Polo this past Monday
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   Bernadette with her two Nieces and our good friend Michael
      Novie, Bernadette, Michael & Mirasol at the Marco Polo
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Joke of the day
Posted by Don Maleterre (’72):  Siouxfalls, SD
Two couples were playing poker one evening.  Jim went to the kitchen to get some refreshments, Lee’s wife, Sue, followed and asked, ‘Do you see anything that you like in there?’ Surprised by her boldness, Jim admitted that, he did. Sue said, ‘Well, you can have it but it will cost you $250.’ Jim confirms that he is very interested. Sue told him that since her husband Lee played golf Friday afternoons and Jim didn’t, Jim should be at her house around 2 p.m. Friday afternoon. When Friday rolled around, Jim showed up at Lee’s house at 2 pm sharp and after paying Sue the agreed sum they went to the bedroom, and she gave him a great time.  Jim quickly dressed and left. As usual, Lee came home from golf at 6 p.m. and upon arriving, asked his wife: ‘Did Jim come by the house this afternoon?’ With a lump in her throat Sue answered, ‘Why yes, he did stop by for a few minutes this afternoon.’ Her heart nearly skipped a beat when her husband asked, ‘Did he give you $250? Sue, using her best poker face, replied, ‘Well, yes, in fact he did.’ Lee, with a satisfied look on his face, continued, ‘Good.

  He came by the golf club this morning and borrowed $250 from me.  He promised he’d stop by this afternoon and pay it back.’ Now THAT, my friends, is how poker should be played…

10/21/2013 (1876)

No Blog yesterday.
For the record I did not get a blog out yesterday. Bernadette is getting to the point where someone has to be with her a lot of the time. I couldn’t leave her along last night.
This evening we are having our monthly Cebu Expat dinner at the Marco Polo Plaza. Both Novie and Mirasol will be going with us. They are Bernadette’s security blankets.
Not much today and I have to get ready so I will go with what I have.
     Happy Birthday Karen Loeb Mhyre (DHS ’65): Bellevue, WA
 Loeb, Karen 1876
               Happy Birthday Lee Stickland (DHS ’64): Dickinson, ND
Stickland, Lee 1876
Happy Birthday Beth Fauske Duncan (DHS ’67): Yorkville, IL
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Happy Birthday Carol Robert Braun (DHS ’69): Oseceola, WI
                    Robert, Carol 1876
Cebu earthquake aftershocks. These all occurred yesterday. We have had more today.
A lot of shaking yesterday. According to PHIVOLCS-DOST: Oct. 20, 2013
@ 4:40 AM w/ Mag 5.1;
@ 5:11 AM w/ Mag 4.2;
@ 5:29 AM w/ Mag 4.2;
@ 5:43 AM w/ Mag 4.3;
@ 6:38 AM w/ Mag 4.0;
@ 9:45 AM w/ Mag 5.0;
@ 2:23 PM w/ Mag 4.1;
@ 3:41 PM w/ Mag 2.8;
@ 4:05 PM w/ Mag 4.8
Cebu Expat 47 club dinner at the Marco Polo
This past Saturday we had our annual 47 club dinner on the 27th floor in the Marco Polo Blu Bar and grill.  It was a beautiful setting with a fantastic view and a nice breeze under the heavenly skylights.
We were all born in 1947. All the guys, except for the the guy sitting next to me are 47 babies. The 5th one is Barbara sitting two down from me.
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10/19/2013 (1875)

No Blog the past two days.
For the record, I was unable to get a blog posted the last two days
                 Happy Birthday Bill Hosmer (DHS ’48):  Tucson, AZ
   Happy birthday Carol Pritchard Corzine (DHS ’67): Denver City, TX
Alaska Earthquake in 1964
Reply from Florence Hiatt Dahl (’49):  Anchorage, AK
earthquake–still vidly remember 1964 earthquake here in Alaska—registered 92 and lasted for 5 minutes—-mentioned your  earthquake  to my daughter and she began to describe ours—and she was only 7 years old.  yes they are terrable…………
Reply from Darrel Korman:  Kerrville, TX

Hi Gary.  I don’t think we have ever met but any way, I graduated from Souris HS in 1953.  Went into the Air Force and got discharged in Nov. 1957 and went to Alaska in Feb 1958 and stayed.  Graduated from the U of A Fairbanks in 1964.  After working in Anchorage for 3 years I got involved in the Oil Industry and went overseas for 33 years.  Always kept our home in Alaska and went back there in 1998 and had my own consulting firm until 2008 when I retired.  My wife and I traveled around the lower 48 for over 2 years and settled in Kerrville, TX.



Reply from Betty Watschke Cooley(’45):  Redmond, WA
When we first heard the news of your earthquake immediately our thoughts went to you and your family.  So glad to learn from the DHS newsletter that you and your family were safe.  As the various reports came in, along with some pictures of damages, the death toll climbing, etc. we were glad for your newsy report of you and your extended family and your safety and happy to learn you had no really extensive damage.  After living in the Seattle area all these years, I’ve witnessed a number of quakes and can vividly remember each and every one of the larger ones and where and what I was doing at the time.  My first experience was in l949 when we had a 7.1 and at first,  I of course didn’t realize what it was — what an eyeopener!!
We’ve also been concerned about Bernadette’s health issues with all the ups and downs you have been facing.  You are so lucky tho to have the necessary family assistance available.  Great too that you were able to make the ND trip this summer — we enjoyed your reports.
Again I will echo many others comments about how grateful we are to all the efforts you put forth to keep us all informed about the “good ole days” of our Dunseith years.  Thank you so very much.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Bernadette, and your extended family.
     Betty Watschke Cooley — class of l945
Betty, Thank you so much for this nice reply and kind words. Someday I’d love to meet you in person too. As with so many folks, I feel I know so well already.  Gary
Watschke Cooley, Betty 1875
Cebu Philippines: Oktoberfest at the Xing restaurant last night
We had a struggle getting Bernadette to go, but once she got there, seeing all of her friends gave her a charge.
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Reply from Ken Striker:  Dayton OH

Re:  William Chelsie Striker’s Poetry:
This on-line part was left out of my post:
 Striker, William Chelcie. “My Montana.” Spokane, WA: Robbins-Tillquist, [c1945]. 941

“My Montana.”

Oh gorgeous state, you are a paradise!
With mountains wild that lift up towards the sky
Their airy peaks with beauties that suffice
The soul of man and make his ideals high.

I love your pine trees hugging mountain’s cheek;
Your waterfalls that lecture to the stones;
Your hazy valleys, stretching out to greet
The log-hewn huts – the rancher’s novel homes.

I love your various game; and eagle proud
That soars around the lonely, rocky nest,
And as I stand a voice breaks sweet and loud;
“Montana mine, queen of the Golden West.”
Joke of the day
Posted by Don Martel (Principal):  Rosemount, MN
A punter(gambler) was at the horse races playing the ponies and all but losing his shirt when he noticed that a priest stepped out on to the track and blessed the forehead of one of the horses lining up for the 4th race.
Lo and behold, that horse – a very long shot- won the race.
As the horses lined up for the next race, the priest again stepped onto the track and blessed one of the horses.
The punter made a beeline for a betting window and placed a small bet on the horse.  Again, even though it was another long shot.  The horse won the race.
The punter collected his winnings, and anxiously waited to see which horse the priest would bless next.  He bet on it, and it won.
As the races continued, the priest kept blessing the long shots, and each one ended up winning.
The punter was elated.  He made a mad dash to the ATM, withdrew all his savings, and waited for the priest’s blessing that would tell him the horse to bet on.
True to his pattern, the priest stepped onto the track for the last race and blessed the forehead of an old nag that was the longest shot of the day. This time he blessed the eyes, ears, and feet of the old nag.
The punter knew he had a winner and bet every cent he owned on the old nag and then watched, dumbfounded as she came in last.  in a state of shock, he went down to the track where the priest was.  Confronting the priest, he demanded, “Father! What happened?  All day long you have blessed horses and they all won.  Then in the last race, the horse you blessed lost by a mile.  Now, thanks to you I’ve lost every cent of my savings.
The priest nodded wisely and then with sympathy said, “My son, that’s the problem with you Protestants.  You can’t tell the difference between a simple blessing and the last rights.”

10/16/2013 (1874)

Cebu Earthquake
Reply from Marie Iverson Staub (’60):  Seattle, WA
So glad you and your family survived the earthquake. On the report here in Seattle they said there were 90 people killed. I hope we never get one in the Seattle area. They say we are overdue but I hope they are wrong. Hope you have a better week.
Marie Staub  (Iverson) 1960
The malls, Schools and many businesses were closed here in Cebu today. They are fixing earthquake repairs to the bowling alley today where we bowl, so they moved our day to Friday this week.  Hopefully things will be back to normal in a few days.
Reply from Connie Fauske Monte (’62):  Fort Myers FL
Hey Gary: We lived in Valencia CA when the Northridge Earthquake hit there. It was very frightening. When you showed the pictures of the wine distributor it reminded me of our place. Our wine refrigerator tipped over, everything out of the pantry and cabinets, between the wine, olive oil and vinegar it smelled like a big salad. The only everyday dishes we had were what was in the dishwasher. It was weird though, the hutch was on tile so it slid across the floor and didn’t tip, so all of my crystal and china remained intact. We also had aftershocks for days. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you there. It is not an experience I want to repeat.
Reply from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND
Thank You  the great belly laugh
i.e. joke of the day !
 Thank you for letting folks here state side  know 
you and yours made it through the earth quake  and can laugh.
Please continue to take care. 
As ever, Vickie
William Chelsie Striker’s Poetry
Posting from Ken Striker:  Dayton OH

Recently at a second hand store I found a neat topographical map of Montana.  It brought to mind poetry of William Chelsie Striker, originally of Kelvin, ND.     See his calling card  “The poet-barber and real estate man.”…  note: haircuts 35c.  Thanks to Gary Metcalfe who sent me the card.  I found “My Montana by William Chelcie Striker on line:
 Striker-2 Striker-1

10/15/2013 (1873)

No blog yesterday.
For the record I did not get a blog posted yesterday.
Earthquake in Cebu. 7.2 on the Richter Scale
At about 8:15 this morning we had a major earthquake. The epicenter was located 36 miles SE of Cebu on the Island of Bohol. Things were rocking and a rolling for nearly a minute. Everything was moving and people were hollering and screaming everywhere. The water was bouncing out of the tops of several pails of water that my brother-in-law had filed with water sitting in front of his house. In the yard next door there were two drinking water dispensers with 5 gallon jugs of water that were leaking water at the base of the neck of the bottles caused from the bottles bouncing up an down on the dispenser. We didn’t have any leakage from the water dispenser inside our house though. I have been in a few earthquakes in my life, but this was by far the worst and longest I have experienced. Surprisingly there was very little damage in our area. There were several vases that fell onto the floor in our upstairs bedrooms that broke and we had a few wall cracks in several of our apartments that we have for Bernadette’s family.  Else where in the area there was some damage. I heard reports that 20 folks were killed. Not sure how true that story is though. We will find out more tomorrow from the local papers. Local English media news coverage is pretty lacking here.
We have had a lot of aftershocks all day. About an hour ago we had a pretty big one. Sitting at my computer there has been a steady flow of tremors vibrating my chair for the past several hours. We never lost power, but we don’t have any running water. We are using bottled drinking water for bathing etc.
PS – As I am sending this out, our running water has been restored.
                 Local mall in Cebu following today’s earthquake
Cebu 1 Cebu 2
Rita, I got your birthday on the right day this time. Hope you are having a good one. Gary
Happy Birthday Rita Parisien Anderson (DHS ’73): New Rockford, ND
Joke of the day
Sitting on the side of the highway waiting to catch speeding drivers, a Police Officer sees a car puttering along at 22 KPH.
Says he to himself: “This driver is just as dangerous as a speeder!”
So he turns on his lights and pulls the driver over.

Approaching the car, he notices that there are five old ladies, two in the front seat and three in the back…wide eyed and white as ghosts.

The driver, obviously confused, says to him “Officer, I don’t understand, I was doing exactly the speed limit! What seems to be the problem?”

“Ma’am,” the officer replies, “you weren’t speeding, but you should know that driving slower than the speed limit can also be a danger to other drivers.”

“Slower than the speed limit? No sir, I was doing the speed limit exactly…Twenty-two kilometers an hour!” …the old woman says a bit proudly.

The officer explains that 22 is the highway number, not the speed limit.

A bit embarrassed, the woman smiles and thanks the officer for pointing out her error.

“But before I let you go, Ma’am, I have to ask…Is everyone in this car OK? These women seem awfully shaken, and they haven’t made a peep this whole time,” the officer asks.

“Oh, they’ll be all right in a minute, officer. We just got off Highway 189.”

10/13/2013 (1872)

No blog yesterday.
For the record I did not get a blog posted yesterday.
          Happy birthday Patti Metcalfe woods (DHS ’67):  Dunseith, ND    Metcalfe, Patti 1872
Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Hi Gary,
I’m so glad Carol and Ivy were able to identify the “unknown family” picture.  IF I ever locate the original picture, is anyone interested in having it mailed to them?
I’m wondering if the school Linda Gardner is talking about was nicknamed “The Medrud School”.  My aunt, Alvina Johnson Brudwick (Milen), taught there and stayed with Oscar and Lydia, too; my uncle, Gerald Brudwick, was one of her students (My aunt, Alvina Brudwick, and I visited school one afternoon at that time.  Years later, Alvina/Milen/family lived on “The Medrud Place” and Alvina once again taught at the school.
Norma Manning answered your question below.
Medrud School
Reply from Norma Manning:  Princeton, IL.
Yes, Linda & Floyd are right. I went there all first 8 yrs. so did my brother & sister. It was also called Medrud school. G-Ma  & G-Pa did house the teachers. So many good memories.
Alice Hiatt Dalbec’s passing
Message from Brent Dalbec:  
Good evening, My name is Brent Dalbec and I’m one of Alice Hiatt Dalbec’s grandsons.  I came across your website by accident and had found my grandmothers picture and information on here.  The original post I found was from April of 2009.  I wanted to give some updated information on my grandmother. 

She passed away on May 27th, 2013 at the age of 97.  She is survived by 12 grandchildren, 29 great grand children and 15 great-great grandchildren.  She is greatly missed as our matriarch and grandmother. 


Thank you so much Brent for keeping us posted.
Gene Dalbec, whom I believe is your Uncle or your father, posted the following message on June 2nd.
Thanks again,
Posted with message 1802 on June 2, 2013
Posted by Gene Dalbec:  White City, OR.
 Alice Hiatt Dalbec of White City passed away May 27, 2013 at the age of 97.

She was born March 2, 1916 in Dunseith, North Dakota at home in the Turtle Mountains to parents Henry and Charlotte Hiatt.  She was the third of eight children.  She had two brothers and five sisters. 

Alice married Stanley Seymour Dalbec on December 10, 1938 in Bottineau, North Dakota, who preceded her in death on May 9, 1992.  They have a daughter and three sons.  Alice and Stanley moved to Medford in the summer of 1951 and have made the Rogue Valley their home ever since. She had lived with her daughter Marvel for the past nine years until her passing.

Alice was the matriarch of the family and kept five generations of family going strong.  Her favorite things to do were to crochet, bake and spend her time with family surrounded by her many grandchildren which she loved very much.  She made sure everyone of her fifty five grandchildren had a crocheted blanket to remember her by.  She was very happy playing cards and games with her family.  She taught her children and grandchildren the art of making lefsa for the holiday meal and this became a tradition that will be followed for many years to come. 

Alice is survived by her daughter Marvel of White City, Son Gene Sr of White City, son Ronald and wife Mary, Medford.  She is also survived by her 12 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and 14 great great grandchildren and one more due in September. 

Alice joins her husband Stanley in the heavens with two brothers; Harold and Amos, five sisters; Marie, Gladys, Lilly, Betty and Beatrice, and one son; Keith.

A memorial service will be held at Memory Gardens on Arnold Lane in Medford, Oregon on June 7th, 2013 at 2:00 pm.

Posted By Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
  Janna Charrier Ronsberg
 Charrier Ronsberg, Janna 1872
July 15, 1967 – October 6, 2013
Resided in Bismarck, ND
Janna Charrier Ronsberg, 46, Bismarck, died October 6, 2013.Services will be held at 3:00 pm Friday, October 11, at McCabe United Methodist Church, Bismarck, with Rev. Darrel Aleson officiating.

Burial will be at 1:00 pm Saturday, October 12, at Calvary Cemetery, Langdon.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Friday at McCabe United Methodist Church.

Janna Ruth Charrier was born July 15, 1967, in Grafton, ND, the daughter of Richard and Ruth (Rand) Charrier. She attended and graduated from Bottineau High School in 1985. Janna then went to UND and received her undergraduate degree in 1996; she then began her

graduate program at NDSU in emergency management.Janna married Don Ronsberg on December 30, 2005, in Fargo. She began working in Bismarck with the North Dakota Department of Emergency Management in 2004. In 2008, she went to work for the North Dakota Department of Health Emergency Preparedness Division.
Janna was active in Girl Scouts throughout high school, earning the Gold Award. She was also active in the International Order of Rainbow for Girls. In 1986 Janna was initiated into Lois Chapter #108 Dunseith, Order of the Eastern Star. Janna also spent several years as an on-air disc jockey in Grand Forks with the radio name of Sheena Collins. She spent several years as a mobile disc jockey under Vector Entertainment, which she co-owned.

Janna is survived by her husband, Don Ronsberg, Bismarck; stepmother, Roberta Coleman Charrier, Park River, ND; stepchildren, Jason, Crystal, Rose, Lissy, and Luke; sister, Angie (Mike) Oleskiw of Yorkton, Sask.; step-siblings, Amy Noble of Mountain House, CA, Samantha (Scott Slaven) Coleman of Virginia Beach, VA, Justin (Christina) Coleman of Winchester, VA; sisters-in-law, Leann (Pat) Wilkie, Minot, and Joely Charrier, Bismarck; brother-in-law, John (Lisa) Ronsberg, Bismarck; her aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father, Richard L. Charrier; mother, Ruth Charrier (Rand); brother, Scott Charrier; grandfather, Louis F. Charrier; grandmother, Louise C. Charrier (Schefter); step-grandmother, Therese (Marcotte Benoit) Charrier; grandfather, Charles C. Rand; grandmother, Ruth L. Rand (Vavrina); and aunt, Kathleen Basiago (Charrier).

Lunch at the Stokes house Yesterday and today with some of Bernadette’s family
Note: Novie and Mirasol both work for us full time, so they were at both days luncheons.
L to R: Novie (niece), Joy (widowed sister-in-law), Cherry (Half Sister), Babe (widowed sister-in-law),
Berlinda (sister), Bernadette, Lisa (half sister) and Mirasol (niece)
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Bernadette’s Sister, Sister-in-law, Nieces and Nephew with their children.
Note: Joseph, the guy sitting in the back to the right is Bernadette’s Brother’s (deceased) son. He is married to Mirasol, our helper, leaning against the post. They have 4 children, the boy he is holding, the two boys front left and the first girl right front. The 2nd girl right front and the boy beside her are Novie’s two oldest kids. They all live in our apartments on our compound, so they are very near. Having Novie and Mirasol living so near and working for us makes it very nice. They are so dedicated to their jobs and us too. Novie and Mirasol get along so well together too. They are both college grads with 4 year degrees. Jobs are hard to find in this country.   
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Joke of the day posted by Rosemary Smith:  Lake Metigoshe, ND
–going to heaven
All arrivals in heaven have to go through a bureaucratic examination to determine whether admission will be granted. One room has a clerk who inputs computerized records of what each applicant did on his or her last day of life.
The first applicant of the day explains that his last day was not a good one. “I came home early and found my wife lying naked in bed. She claimed she had just gotten out of the shower. Well, her hair was dry and I checked the shower and it was completely dry too. I knew she was into some hanky-panky and I began to look for her lover. I went onto the balcony of our 9th floor apartment and found the SOB clinging to the rail by his finger tips. I was so angry that I began bashing his fingers with a flower pot. He let go and fell, but his fall was broken by some awnings and bushes. On seeing he was still alive I found super human strength to drag our antique cedar chest to the balcony and throw it over. It hit the man and killed him. At this point the stress got to me and I suffered a massive heart attack and died.”


The clerk thanked him and sent him on to the next office.

The second applicant said that his last day was his worst. “I was on the roof of an apartment building working on the AC equipment. I stumbled over my tools and toppled off the building. I managed to grab onto the balcony rail of a 9th floor apartment but some idiot came rushing out on the balcony and bashed my hands with a flower pot. I fell but hit some awnings and bushes and survived, but as I looked up I saw a huge chest falling toward me. I tried to crawl out of the way but failed and was hit and killed by the chest.”


The clerk couldn’t help but chuckle as he directs the man to the next room.

He is still giggling when his third customer of the day enters. He apologizes and says “I doubt that your last day was as interesting as the fellow in here just before you.”

“I don’t know” replies the man, “picture this, I’m buck naked hiding in this cedar chest…..”

11/11/2013 (1871)

Happy Birthday Rita Parisien Anderson (DHS ’73): New Rockford, ND
          Parisien Anderson, Rita 1871
Toupin School #2
Reply from Floyd Dion (’45):  Dunseith, ND
Linda Gardner is right about that school house, it was Toupin school #2. Luella taught at that school in 1950/51.
She stayed at her aunt Lydia and Oscar Larshus during the week and came back to Dunseith the week ends.
Howard Landsverk (’44)
Request from Marge Landsverk Geschke (’57): Horicon, WI
                                                                THANK YOU !
                                                                MARGE GESCHKE
Hello Marge,
It is great hearing from you again. I communicate with Howard’s daughter Anna, so I have just been going through her to communicate with Howard. I have listed all the Landsverk’s below that I have in my records that attended Dunseith schools. Howard graduated in 1944 and I have you listed as having graduated in 1957.
I am glad to hear that Howard has an I-POD and an email address. I have now added him to our distribution.
As I remember, you are the one that introduced us to Erling and that you and Erling are cousins too.
Thanks again Marge and keep in touch,
Unknown picture identified
Reply from Carol Robert Braun (’69):  Oseceola, WI
The picture of unknown family is mine.The two on bottom right are my grandparents Tony & Mary Robert.The rest is the Duchesneau  Mary’s brothers  sisters &in laws. Hope that helps
Reply from Ivy Eller Robert (’74):  Bottineau, ND
 In the picture of the unknown family, the man & woman in the front row, to the far right, are Antonio & Mary Robert. My ex-husband Russell’s grand parents.
Ivy Eller Robert (74) 
Thank you Carol and Ivy for your identification of this picture. From the Dunseith book I got the listing of all the Duchesneau children and their spouses. All but three of those listed in Red, I think, are in this picture. Can anyone match the names to the faces?
Duchesneau Family: Page 159 of the 1982 Dunseith Centennial book
Children: Mary (Antonio Robert), Moise – Died 1924, Lillian (Aldege Riendeau), Adolph (Helen Lee Spencer, Albert (Mildred Lahey), Joe (Velma Heffelfinger), Leonell (Myrtle Reed), Rozelda (Bob McCoy), Antonio (Nelly Reed); Ida (Thomas Cushing), Alexander (Esther Salmonson), Angelina (Harland Gottbreht), Theofore (Norma Tieson), Germaine (Keneth Sweet), Hector, Omar – Died in 1954 – (Gladys Sharrett), Rene (Wilma Schreider)
unknown 1870

10/9/2013 (1870)

TV interview
Posted by Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND
Here is our TV interview at the Hostfest – it was called ND Today. Go to
this link and click on “Kevin at Norsk Hostfest.”

http://www.ndtoday.tv/ <cid:part1.05070103.07050003@hughes.net>

Dick & Brenda

You and Brenda are looking pretty sharp.
Reply to the 1954/55 Dunseith Girls Basketball Team
 From Larry Liere (55): Devils Lake, ND & Mesa, AZ
Since I moved from Dunseith when I was in 3rd. grade the only names I remember from the picture are: Janice Leonard, Arline Lamoure, and Bonnie Awalt.  I have to say the uniforms these girls are wearing in the picture are much nicer then what the girls in Devils Lake had to wear.  Did the class B schools play half court in girls basketball?  The class A schools played half court and it was not a fun game to watch.  I guess they didn’t want girls to run much back in those days.  I can’t remember what year girls got to start playing full court and it turned in to a fun game to watch.
            LARRY LIERE (55)
Reply to unknown pictures posted yesterday.
From Lynn Halvorson Otto (’75): Boonton, NJ
Hi Gary, I’m glad to hear Bernadette is doing somewhat better.  I’m wondering if the bottom photo is the Willow Lake school house that once stood where Debbie Slyter lived?  If so my mom taught there a few years and my sister Gail attending school there her first 2 years of school I think.
Lynn Halvorson Otto
Reply to unknown pictures posted yesterday.
From Linda Gardner:  Vienna, VA

Hi Gary – I recognize the second picture posted by Susan Fasset Martin.  It’s the Toupin #2 Country School where I spent my first 7 years of school.  I was actually in there this summer.  I was driving by and stopped there.  The door was unlocked so I went in.  It sure looks small inside compared to what I remember!!Fassett, Susan 1869

Unknown family
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
These folks look so familiar. I thought I would be able to identify at least one, but I just can not. I am pretty sure some of you will recognize at least some of these folks. Are we sure it is a family or is it just a group of folks?
unknown 1870

10/8/2013 (1869)

Bernadette Stokes.
Bernadette is a lot better today. She is still having coordination problems with her hands. If is very difficult for her to eat, getting the food on her utensil and then to her mouth. She is independent and doesn’t want help, but in the end she did let the girls give her a hand eating her dinner this evening. From about 1:00 PM yesterday until this morning, she remembers nothing. She was really out of it.

Austin Fauske (Russell/Glenda) – Sworn in by the Supreme Court in Bismark
Picture posted by Connie Fauske Monte (’62):  Fort Myers FL
Message from Glenda Fauske:  Dunseith, ND
Fauske, Tyrell 1869

We have been gone for a few days and just got back to checking the email.  I’m very sorry to learn about Bernadette’s “turn for the worse.”  No matter how you think you are prepared to handle things like this that you know are coming … it is very hard … no matter what your age.  She will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Yes, we are very proud parents.  Austin graduated from UND in Grand Forks this May with his law degree.  He took the bar in July and was sworn in at the capitol in Bismarck on September 27 (Russell’s birthday).  It was a happy day for the entire family.  We took Elwood and Eleanore with us to see their youngest grandson.  He started full-time with a Bismarck law firm on October 1.  He did work for the firm the last two summers.  We are very proud of how dedicated he was to his studies and, hopefully, it will pay off for him in the near future.  He is already very busy at work and learning a lot.  He is doing a little bit of everything at the present time.  He took a lot of oil and gas lease classes as that is the big thing in ND right now, but may focus in on Medicare/Medicaid issues in the future as that also seems to be a growing need as our baby boomers age.  The picture was taken in the House Chambers as that is where the ceremony took place.  Sixty three people were sworn in that day.  ND has a “big old book” that ALL the lawyers must sign.  That was pretty cool, too.

Best wishes to you all over there.  Looks like a wonderful time, beautiful cake, and happy smiling faces!

Glenda and Russell

Trying to locate Angie Charrier Oleskiew of Yorkton, Sask
Reqest from Kay Hosmer (’77):  Crown Point, Ind
From Kay Hosmer (‘77):  I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Scott Charrier.  If this blog is received by his sister Angie, please let me know.  I would like to be in communication with her. 
Scott Charrier’s sister Janna  Ronsberg from Bismarck passed away
Message from Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

Back again with more sad news.
Claudia Harrison Trebas (Mickey/Muriel Bergeron Harrison’s daughter) sent this news to me earlier today.
Scott’s sister, Janna, passed away yesterday morning. Scott’s service was really beautiful and touching. You can let people know about Janna. Many people from Bottineau knew the family. Neola’s comment: I understand Janna also had cancer.
Dunseith buildings
Posted by Susan Fassett Martin (’65): susankay47@gmail.com Spearfish, SD
Does anyone recognize these buildings?  A cousin would like to put a description to them.    They are from Dunseith .
Thanks, Susan
Fassett, Susan 1869
Basin Transload receives Patriot Award – Virgil Rude’s Nomination.
from Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Virgil Rude is the son of Alfred and Viola Bjornseth Rude.
Virgil is a member of the Bottineau High School Class of 1953/ a former teacher at Bel Air School in Minot/ Supervisor of Elementary Grades for Minot Public Schools/ member of the National Guard–Colonel/ member of the Hostfest Board of Directors/ member of MANY of organizations/volunteers/etc.
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10/9/2013 (1868)

No blog yesterday.
For the record, I did not get a blog posted yesterday.
Bernadette Stokes
Bernadette has take a turn for the worse. Last night after we got back home from lunch/dinner with our Cebu Expat group of friends her motor skills became more affected. She needed help to walk and was unable to open the bathroom door. When she put her hand on the door knob she couldn’t get her brain to tell her hand to turn the knob. She slept pretty well during the night getting up twice to use the bathroom. Both times she needed assistance getting out of bed and walking to the bathroom room located in our bedroom. This afternoon things really got worse. For a period of time she became almost non responsive. She is a bit more responsive now, but is unfazed by what is going on around her. We now have her in diapers too. I will be bringing more help in tomorrow. I knew this day was coming, but one is never prepared. This is the worst she has ever been. Not sure how much she will recover this time around.
Happy Birthday Darrel Abrahamson (DHS ’68): St. John, ND
             Abrahamson, Darrel 1868 
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garge:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Campbell, Lori 1868
1954/55 Dunseith Girls Basketball Team
Posting from Bonnie Awalt Houle (’56):  Becker, MN
Good Morning Gary,
    I would like to tell Kenny Nerpel (65) that the Jamestown Coach was not the first to try to play a game by stalling through-out the game.
    The Dunseith Girls Basketball Team of 1954 or 55 had a good team. We were in the Basketball Tournament held at the Bottineau School of Forestry.  We won our first game but as luck would have it, we came up against the Power House Newburg team that had been “State Champions” two years in a row.
    Virgil Vanorny our coach decided that we would stall through-out the game.  If we held the ball they couldn’t score.  If they tried to take the ball hopefully they would foul us allowing us to score.
    It was a disaster, when ever Newburg got the ball they scored.  Whenever Dunseith got the ball, everyone booed.  Needless to say by half-time we were extremely frustrated.  Newbury were again the North Dakota State Champions.  They beat us soundly.  Can’t remember all the team members, this is a picture of the year before.
Bonnie Awalt Houle (56)
Girls Basket ball 1868
1962 Rugby HS boys champs honored
Posting from Susan Fassett (’65):  Spearfish, SD
I found this article on the basketball game in Rugby with Paul Presthus and Phil Jackson.  Thought the guys might be interested.
 Rugby 1868-1
Rugby 1868-2

Cebu Expat Dinner/Lunch at Borussia’s in Sogod, Cebu.
These are several pictures from our Dinner/Lunch yesterday.
Dave Sandness and his wife Esther have lived here in Cebu for over 10 years. Dave was born and raised in LaMoure, ND and is a cousin of Richard Sandness who worked at Bottineau First National for many years. Dave is a psychologist. He was the school psychologist for the Central Kitsap school district near Bremerton, WA for a number of years. Our paths never crossed until we met here in Cebu. When I was in the Good Samaritan Home in Bottineau this past July I noticed Ruth Sandness’ name on her door, so I stopped in to say hello. We had a good chat and she remembers Dave well. If someone could show her this picture of Dave and me, I am sure she would be delighted. I never knew Ruth, but she knew and remembered my dad well.
 Stokes 1868-1 Stokes 1868-2 Stokes 1868-3

10/5/2013 (1867)

Reply to Kenny Nerpel – Basketball games in Rugby
From Dennis Dubois (’63):  Minneapolis, MN
In reply to Kenny”s story on Rugby, class of 1963. The story is accurate, Paul Presthus was the star player. Rugby won the class ”A” state championship in 1962. I remember that game very well. Paul was an all-American that year, the only junior on the squad. The next year, 1963, the year I graduated, Williston won the Class ”A”, led by the now famous, Phil Jackson, of NBA coaching fame. Paul Presthus went on to the U of Minnesota, where he captained the basketball team for 2 years and also played baseball for the Gophers. He was in financial services for many years in the Minneapolis area and was the president of the alumni club for many years. I had the chance to play against Paul several times in this area when he would play with a celebrity team made of Vikings and other professionals. I read a story in a magazine that chose the all time top 5 Basketball players, ever, in North Dakota and two of the five, Paul Presthus and Phil Jackson, both having graduated in 1963, were named to it. So, the year I graduated was a banner year for great North Dakota Basketball. Thanks for the memories.
Reply to Kenny Nerpel – Basketball games in Rugby
From Bob Lykins (Teacher):  Hutto, TX
Kenny,  I remember going with Gene Hepper and Bob Jury to a basketball game in Rugby where they played Williston.  I’m not sure but I think it was SY 62-63. Hep was the head BB coach for Dunseith and Bob was his assistant and coached the B Team.  I held their coats.  Rugby had a kid by the name of Paul Presthus who went on to play at the University of Minnesota and later, if I remember correctly, in the NBA for Philadelphia.  Williston had a skinny young kid by the name of Phil Jackson.  I guess every basketball fan knows where he ended up.  It was one of the best basketball games I have ever seen.  It was a classic match up between two talented big men.  As I recall, Rugby won with the Senior Presthus having the edge on the younger Jackson.  Great years, great teams, great memories.
Norma Manning (Ruth Larshus Peterson’s daughter):  Princeton, Il
Just a couple of corrections. Mom( Ruth Larshus ) married Norman Johnson July of 1938. Norman was a son to Victor & Clara Johnson. Clara was a Larson. Out of this marriage came 3 children Ralph, Marjo and Norma. Norman was one of the older child of 10. His sister Leota and brother Don are the only 2 living. Leota is 93 ( I believe ) and Don is 74 the both live out west. Don usually comes back for the hostfest.
Mom & Pete were married in Dec of 1957. They lived on the farm until 1998 when the moved to Oak Manor in Sept. Pete’s health was failing and they moved to long term at the hospital in Jan of 2008. This a couple of wks after they celebrated 50th Annv. The lived there 2 months when Pete passed away. Mom moved to Upham w/LaVerne & I. She lived w/us for 10months, then moved to Good Sam, until she passed away in Feb of 2012. 
Gary, just want to thank you for your blog. Look forward to it everyday. Sorry about the health issues y’all are going thru. Prayers coming your way.
Cebu, Philippines: Several pictures from Rose Hohl’s 50th Birthday party last night
It was a wonderful party. There were about 80 folks that attended.
It was a beautiful setting in the covered recreational area of her condo complex. The entertainment, the food with bottomless beverages and the camaraderie were superb.
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Our good friend Ian serenading Rose with a flower.
Ian and his wife Dinah have been close friends of Rose’s for nearly 30 years.Stokes 1867-2
Marco Polo Plaza towers in the back ground.
Condos on the top floor in the left tower are selling for $700,000.
The hotel is the right tower.
Stokes 1867-3

Joke of the day
Posted by Larry Hackman (’66):  Bismarck, ND
This morning on the Interstate, I looked over to my left and there was a Woman In a brand new Cadillac Doing 65 mph With her Face up next to her Rear view mirror Putting on her eyeliner.I looked away For a couple seconds… to continue shaving And when I looked back she was Halfway over in my lane,  Still working on that makeup.

Now as a man, I don’t scare easily.  But she scared me so much; I had to put on my seat belt and I dropped My electric shaver, Which knocked The donut Out of my other hand.

In all The confusion of trying To straighten out the car Using my knees against The steering wheel, It knocked My Cell Phone Away from my ear Which fell Into the coffee  Between my legs!

Splashed, And burned Big Jim and the Twins, Ruined the damn phone, Soaked my trousers, And disconnected an Important call.

Damn women drivers!

10/4/2013 (1866)

Rose’s Birthday party Tonight
We are invited to Rose’s big birthday party this evening. It is her 50th, so it will be a big one with lots of excitement too.  She is having a catered dinner for everyone at her Condo compound activity Room. Art so wishes he could be here too.  He asked that I pick up a dozen Rose’s to give to Rose from him.  He’ll be arriving early next month.
          Happy (Milestone) Birthday Rose Hohl: Cebu, Philippines
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     Happy Birthday John Tangen: Calistogoa, CA.
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         Happy Birthday cousin Jean Pladson: Bismarck, ND
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Richard Scott Charrier’s passing
Message from Lola Metcalfe (’68):  Dunseith, ND
It is with great sadness that I heard Scot Charrier passed away yesterday from cancer .  
He was living in Bismarck, and was our tech support guy for our computers when i was working at Rolette County. and also he was a classmate of our Tina’s-  only 41 years old.  He was a very nice kid and a super nice man whenever we had to call him cause we messed our computers up at work-    
His Dad was the Business Manager at San Haven and he and Ruth have bothu passed away now also .  
God bless your soul Scot.-  Lola and Jay Vanorny

Richard Scott Charrier Obituary

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Richard Scott Charrier

March 30, 1972 – October 2, 2013
Resided in Mandan, ND

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Richard Scott Charrier, 41, of Mandan died October 2, 2013 at his home.

Services will be held at 11:00 am Monday, October 7, at New Song Church, Bismarck, with Pastor Kurt Chaffee officiating.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Sunday, October 6, at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck, where a Mason service will begin at 4:00 pm, followed by a prayer service. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

Scott was born on March 30, 1972, in Grafton, ND, to Richard and Ruth (Rand) Charrier. He graduated from Bottineau High School, in 1990. He attended college at NDSU Bottineau and graduated from Bismarck State College with a degree in Computer Information Services. He continued his education by earning several technology certifications including Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) which he put to use in his career as a Systems Engineer with the North Dakota Associations of Counties Resource Group.

While in high school, Scott started working part-time as an on-air announcer at KBTO Radio in Bottineau. He continued to work at KBTO until 1997, having worked his way up to the position of Operations Manager. After moving to Mandan in 1998, Scott worked part-time on weekends at Hot 97.5FM. Scott also spent 25 years as a Mobile DJ.

Scott enjoyed riding motorcycle, snowmobile and ATVs. He was a member and avid supporter of Motorcycle Rights Organizations including ABATE of ND and The Motorcycle Riders Foundation. Scott also had a keen interest in all things technology related. He received the Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout award. He was also a member of the North Dakota Chapter at Large of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. Scott was also a proud member of the Our Place Motorcycle Club (OPMC).

Scott is survived by his wife, Joely of Mandan, ND, daughter, Shantelle of Mandan, ND; step-mother, Roberta (Coleman) Charrier; sisters, Angie (Mike) Oleskiew of Yorkton, Sask., Janna (Don) Ronsberg of Bismarck, ND; step-siblings, Amy Coleman of Mountain House, CA, Samantha (Scott) Slaven of Virginia Beach, VA, Justin (Christina) Coleman of Winchester, VA; brother-in-law, Sean (Margaret) Mattern of Mohall, ND; sisters-in-law, Shannon (Chris) Berglof of Minot, ND, Shantelle Mattern of Mohall, ND; parents-in-law, Dennis and Jeanne Mattern of Tonopah, AZ.; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his Father, Richard L. Charrier; mother, Ruth Charrier (Rand); grandfather, Louis F. Charrier; grandmother, Louise C. Charrier (Schefter); step-grandmother, Therese (Marcott Benoit) Charrier; grandfather, Charles C. Rand; grandmother, Ruth L. Rand (Vavrina); and aunt, Kathleen Basagio (Charrier).

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to ABATE of ND, www.abatend.com, American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org, or The Boy Scouts of America, www.scouting.org.

– See more at: http://www.eastgatefuneral.com/obituary/Richard-Scott-Charrier/Mandan-ND/1300779#sthash.ffQnnQDD.dpuf

1962 Rugby Home coming game
Comment from Kenny Nerpel (’65):  Rugby, ND
Kenneth wrote: “So Sue graduated with the Rugby class of 1963. I heard an interesting story about the great athletic teams that Rugby had in those years when I was at the homecoming game earlier this year. I think it was 1962 and Rugby was just manhandling everyone they played that year in basketball. If I remember correctly they won the state championship that year and that was in Class A. Anyway, when Jamestown came to town to play the Pathers that year their coach decided to stall the entire game. The guy I was talking to after the football game thought the final score was 13-11 and Rugby’s star player had 12 points, outscoring the Jamestown team by himself. The highlight of the evening though was when a lady from the crowd rushed up to the Jamestown bench and started beating on the their coach with her purse. I’m wondering if this is a true story. I did go to few Rugby games that year, but would have liked to have seen that one.”

10/3/2013 (1865)

No Blogs the past two day.
For the record I did not get blogs posted the last two days. With Bernadette’s regressed condition, I have had to spend more time with her. If she doesn’t recover more from this last spell, I will have to hire more help. Evenings from about 6:00 PM until I go to bed seem to be the worst. Once I go to bed she settles down for the night.
                  Happy Birthday Kim Fugere Ogilvie: Renton, WAFugere, Kim 1865
Josie Fugere – Reply to Kay Hosmer
From Pamela Fugere Schmidt  (’73): Mandan, ND

Kay Hosmer,

I saw your name and instantly thought of my Grandmother, Josie Fugere.  Do you remember when she babysat for you and would bring me along?  It was at your house that I first learned what “tv dinners” were.  It seemed absolutely amazing to pop them in the oven and have a whole meal come out!

Pamela (Fugere) Schmidt

Darrell Korman
Request from Florence Hiatt Dahl (’50):   Anchorage, AK
Just returned to Alaska from North Dakota–visiting my two remaining sisters–Dorothy and Eleanor (Stubby).  great time……………Just talked with Darrell Korman .  Darrell was born and raised just west of Bottineau..  graduated from high school, moved to Alaska, grauated from the university in Fairbanks with a degree in engineering—and then ended up traveling all over the world…and now lives inKerryville, Tx.   told him about you and about your “blog.”.  Soo-oo could he be added?   It’s dekorman@reaga….
Thanks Florence,
Darrell, I am very sure that many of our readers know you. What year did you graduate from BHS?
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Gary Metcalfe (’57) Zip Lining
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Highway 43 to perform at the Hostfest
Reply from Dick Johnson (’68): Dunseith, ND
Hostfest in Minot:
Wednesday, October 2, 2013  3:30 pm
thru  Saturday, October 5, 2013
Gary and Friends,Thanks to Neola for promoting our Hostfest performances!  For
those who going to be attending,  we play each day at 3:30 on the Skien
Mezzanine which is up the main stairway in the middle of the entrance
foyer.  It’s where we played a couple years ago for those who remember
that.  Gordy Lindquist also performs there daily.  We were asked to do
two shows on Wednesday.  Our regular time and one to fill in for the
twin sons of Ricky Nelson who will be accepting induction into the Hall
of Fame at that time.  That  performance we will be doing on the stage
in Oslo Hall at 7 PM.  It’s always nice to see familiar faces in the
crowd so if you attend,  please stop by and see us after the show.
Thanks Gary!


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Hwy 43

Wednesday, October 2, 2013  3:30 pm
thru  Saturday, October 5, 2013

This trio is from the Turtle Mountains located in north central North Dakota, just a couple of miles from the Canadian border. They perform all types of music from country and bluegrass to rock-n-roll. Their songs range from the Civil War era to current renditions including some songs written by Ron.
Ron Hett and Dick and Brenda Johnson have been performing at events throughout the area since 2007. They have performed at various events such as the Norsk Høstfest, school reunions, community celebrations, fundraisers and Frozen Fingers Festivals.
Ron Hett is a retired counselor and enjoys traveling with his wife, Barb. Dick and Brenda farm near the International Peace Garden. Dick sells hay commercially and Brenda works for the North Dakota Forest Service.
Ron Hett sings harmony, plays lead guitar, mandolin, harmonica and banjo. Dick sings lead vocals and plays guitar while his wife Brenda plays the standup bass.

Larson/Johnson Connection
Posted  by Doreen Larson Moran (BHS ’61): bjdmoran@povn.com Usk, WA & Hazelton, ND
Doreen, Many of our readers knew/know many members of both the Larson and Johnson families that you are making reference too. Many are related too. Gary
Hi Gary – Clara Larson Johnson was the first born of Nels & Augusta
(Sivertson) m. 1896.    Clara was over 100 when she died in late 1996 ?
(according to a note in my  People of Bottineau County  1984).    Albert was
born 1903 – married Alida Hoffas in 1925.
Clara married Victor Johnson January 8, 1916.  Their son Don lives near Post
Falls or Rathdrum ID.   We send emails back and forth.   He had a place
across the river from us here in Pend Oreille Co until he had some crucial
issues with cancer treatments.   He fought and won the cancer.

I was trying to find the history for Ruth Johnson Peterson – but I need to
stop and get some things done before we head to Post Falls to spend this
evening and then tomorrow with a friend who will have surgery on his back in
the morning.    I know Ruth’s two daughters Marjo and Norma were born when
she was married to Johnson.   (he would have been Victor’s brother, I
believe).     Ruth told me once that he was a very mean man.  So when we
lived in Homen township she and mom became very good friends.    When Ruth
and Pete moved into Oak Manor apartments she and Mom picked up and continued
their long lasting friendship.  They would both celebrate their birthdays
together in mid August.  Mom moved to Oak Manor early February 1996 right
after Dad died.    She lived there until late 2005 when she moved to St
Andrews Long Term Care until she died Jan 15, 2008.

I just looked at Bill and Ann  (Walborg) Johnson.   His siblings are:
Arthur, Ella, Victor, Raymond, Reuben, Nina, Thelma, Vivian & Aldora.

No wonder we could not keep people straight back then.   It was just enough
to keep track of our current peers, I guess.

I can’t tell you how often and how much I enjoy going to my People of
Bottineau County -1984.   Carolyn Larson Brandt Cobb and I spent several
hours in March catching up on some of our Larson background/heritage.   That
helped me to get the children of Nels Larson straight in my mind.   Several
names were the same – as in the men married women who had the same name as a
sister.   Elda, Bernice to name two.   Gotta go.   Doreen