2/27/2014 (1973)

No blog yesterday
For the record I did not get a blog posted yesterday.
  Happy Birthday Paulette LaCroix Chisholm (’68): Newark, DE  LaCroix, Paulette 1973
Boucher (Busher)
Reply from Colette Hosmer (’64):  Santa Fe, NM
Diane and Gary,

The buck stops here for the misspelling of Boucher (Busher).  There’s a local Santa Fe Politician named “Busher” and it doesn’t take much to confuse me at this great old age.  Diane, I’ll share any information that comes my way.
Cynthia Johnson Photo
Reply from Kim Fassett:  Coos Bay, OR
It was so great to see “Aunt Cynthia” in the photo(s).  It was always a special ‘treat’ when she’d come over to visit Mom (Dorothy Fassett) in Portal.  She was a very special lady!!!
Les Halvorson
Reply from Lola Metcalfe (’68):  Dunseith, ND
Gary and all!!_  

Happy BIrthday Bobby Slyter  an old friend and classmate- !!-  and many more!!- 

I saw the posting on Les Halvorson’s Birthday!- Happy birthday Les   ! 
 Jay and I were just talking about him last evening-  listening to be ball games!
What just amazes us  is that Les has been the sports broadcaster ever since we  could remember–!  on radio!—   year after year for how  many decades??   and i think he knows the name of every player on every team without reading it– after one game- !!  or else he has a tremendous apptitude for reading really fast!!!_  But he never misses a beat with who has the ball their number and name!!-  for how many schools- !!– and what they are doing every moment and all the plays- !!! —just a “natural”
I enjoy the sports okay  –usually listen just cause Jay listens to them-!    but listening to Les makes it so much more interesting-   and he is certainly easy to listen to!! – not like some of the monotone- pro-sports-  broadcasters!!–  
I don’t know Les real well but do Myra–  as she was an “underclassman”  by a few years-  — and then as a Just Super  terrific school secretary for the Bottineau HIgh School———— again-!  – I think she knew every kid that walked in the door and could tell the parents exactly where they were in and probably after school– she was so gracious to give the kids messages from me or  for  them to me- to keep in  touch every day – with our hectic schedules-  and the kids just loved her!!!-  The Bottineau School sure lost an awesome lady and a tremendous asset – when they lost her to First National Bank- where again she is a just terrific lady–  what an asset to that institution and  community!!!
Glad to see Bernadette was up and out and having fun again!!_  and good to see Art and Rose enjoying themselves-  !  
they tell us spring is coming!!-  anyhow we can’t complain as we are snug in our homes- and the animals are taken care of and sheltered- !!  it is NODAK  and that is expected-   and I am an eskimo – so i enjoy the cool fresh air – rather than the heat of summer- !!-  I can always dress warm- but in the summertime- i better be in the AC!!–  LOL!!- 
Course i don’t have to work outside either- which makes a big difference-  
had a good visit with Brenda Johnson for her Birthday we always visit each other on our birthdays–  again!-  they had the Frozen Fingers Festival in February —  I forgot to ask her for a tape if they made one!!-  will have to do that- I just love to listen to their songs– 
best regards-LOla and Jay
Edward and Matilda (Ducheaneau) Boucher
Reply from Sharron Gottbreht Shen (’59):  Watertown, NJ
Matilda Duchesneau, daughter of Francois Xavier and Marie Lucier came to Dakota Territory shortly after the family was displaced by fire destruction of their MA home in 1884. FX and Marie Duchesneau with 13 of their surviving children embarked for DT the next year. Marie Deline Almaide, born in 1865, described their travel by train in 1885 to Devils Lake and then by wagon to Schell Valley where FX Duchesneau persuaded FX Dubois to sell him his newly build two story dwelling. Cash was a commodity hard to ignore and Dubois had interest in another site. It was here that Almaide accepted Euclide Lamoureaux and was married in 1886.
At the time Edward Boucher sought the hand of Marie Matilda Duchesneau, September 1893; he was the sole  Boucher of that family in Rolette Co. It may have been his neighbors or brothers of the bride who helped him build that first log residence since the second home of FX Duchesneau was located nearby. The log home was soon replaced by a frame home.
Victor Boucher arrived in 1896 and walked from Devils Lake. Edward’s brother Olivier Boucher, arrived in  1897 by wagon. Edward and Victor helped build the first log home of Olivier Boucher, widower, and their mother Philomene Duchesneau Boucher who had the care of his three sons who came by rail [“Soo line”] in 1898. The first home straddled sections claimed by Olivier, Philomene and Victor.
Much more to share with Leona and family. What was the Soo line?? Sharron
Uncle Ernie Boucher told me that his uncle Olivier Boucher was the better builder of the family. Olivier was no doubt on hand during the second construction of Edwards home and barn. Olivier led the Thorne community in the construction of St Michel’s Catholic Church which is now Sacred Heart of Rolette. The cemetery that served Thorne is named St Edwards Cem. because Edward Boucher donated the land.
If you read the fine description Bena Dubois Fassett wrote of her home in Prairie Past, you will know about the excellent work of FX Dubois who built the first dwelling of young Matilda and her 13 siblings in Dakota territory.
enough already! Sharron
Reply to yesterday’s (1972) posting “The Harmonica Man”
From Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND
The Harmonica Man is a  wonderful story!

What a great man, who those kids  will remember more than Bill Gates.

Spring is soon just over the horizon!

But music is in the “hear” and now.

Thanks Rosemary for the warmth you shared on this cold, windy February

Blog (37) posted on March 7, 2008
From Jim Robillard (58):
My heartfelt condolenses to the Millang family.
God Bless Jim Robillard
From Bill Hosmer (48):
Gary, and Dunseith Friends,  Some time back, one of our networking folks
asked about examples of Colette Hosmer’s art.  She has a web site:
Colette Hosmer.com       This has examples of her work, pictures of her at
different locations, including China.  There are many facets in the site,
biography, philosophy, and more.   I am very proud of her, and there will
be many who will find the site of interest.   Certainly, I find all the
correspondence and lore of our home land fascinating, and go to that
email, before any of the rest I get.  Vance Bailey started something very
special, and those who contribute are special in many ways.    Thanks,
Gary, for making life more interesting and bringing this community into
closer awareness, friendship, and appreciation for our common heritage.
Life is great.   Cheers, Bill Hosmer
Bill, As most of us know Colette is back in China this month on a work asignment with her Art.
She said if she has a chance she will send us a message and a few pictures, if she can, while she’s there.  Gary
From Dick Johnson (68) – Answers to some questions:
Gary and Friends

Paulette asked about the men dancing at Kelvin. I think it was
a Turtle Mt. Jig, popular in this area. “Little Raymond”
Belgarde was one of the best around.No matter how fast the band
played Raymond could jig, in time, without missing a step!

Ron Longie asked if we remembered the Buffalo from Mrs. Conroys
class. I remember making them from something like sawdust and a
homemade “binder agent” glue of some kind, am I right Ron? I
seem to remember they had an odd smell as we made them.

Diane Larson Sjol said she saw dead cougars by the gas station.
Leo Medrud shot a Lynx in the hills in about 1962 or 1963. I
wouldn’t doubt he had it in town, probably at John Kofoid’s
station to show people. Diane could this be the time frame?
There were more lynx then, than today. What we now are seeing
are mountain lions, a larger animal, as in Glen Williams photo.

In Gary Stokes message #22 he said the rolls at Hermans were
three for a dime and that is correct. Hard to believe. I think
it was mentioned earlier that they were a dime each and even
that would have been a bargain!

Susan Fassett Martin- I want to know when you will be here this
summer. We should get together with others who are interested
in our combined memorabilia. I am kind of a packrat when it
comes to old pictures so I seem to have many of interest not
only to me but to others as well. I would enjoy sharing them
with everyone who is interested.

To the Berubes-Muzette, Angela, or Robert, in a prior message I
said I thought Robert broke his leg while snowskiing in the
ditch, behind a car. Did that happen or was I mistaken? No big
deal but it has been bugging me. Can anyone else remember this

Dick Johnson

Dick, Ron Longie mentioned that he plans on visiting the Dunseith area again this summer too.  It would be nice if Susan was there at the same time.  We could put a message out announcing a time and a place for folks to see them whether they are there together or separately.  Gary
From Neola Kofoid Garbe (Gary Stokes’ Cousin) – Dunseith Basket Ball:
Dunseith Boys lose to Bishop Ryan 61/48.

This means Bishop Ryan will go to the state tournament.  I think these two teams played each other last year at the region also, and Bishop Ryan won then, and went on to state, too.  Bishop Ryan had only one loss this year during their regular season–to Dunseith.  The games weren’t televised tonight, but on the news, they said Dunseith had 20 turn-overs, which really hurt their score.

I was hoping Dunseith would be the champs tonight. Then we would have seen them on TV next weekend and root for them to win STATE!!!!
Provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:
Picture from the Courant
Evans Berube, Alice 1973
August 29, 1919 – February 29, 2008
From Gary Stokes (65):
We’ve seen Raphael Poitra’s name some in the last few days, so I thought I’d provide
a picture of him along with Pete Gillis
Picture L to R:  7/12/07
Repael Poitra & Pete Gillis (Class of 65)
Poitra Gillis 1973
From Susan Fassett Martin (65):
This is from a farm directory of ‘Rolette county dated 1948, 5th edition.
Farm Directory 1973

2/25/2014 (1972)

No Blog yesterday
For the record I did not get a blog posted yesterday
Happy  Birthday  Les  Halvorson  (DHS Teacher):  Bottineau, ND Halvorson, Les 1972
Happy Birthday Bobby Slyter (DHS ’70): Wichita, Kansas
                         Slyter, Bobby 1972
1893 Chicago World Fair ad
Reply from Roberta (Gary ’63) Houle  Champlin, MN
Hi Dunseith bloggers–
The following is in regard to the ad that Melvin Kuhn provided about the Chicago World Fair of 1893 (also known as the Columbian Exposition) which was mentioned in the original blog #35 and again in blog 1971.  This advertising was also mentioned in the book described in the next sentence.  I read a book recently about how Chicago was chosen over New York City for the site of the Fair.  It also told about the people who designed and built the buildings, landscaped and maintained the grounds, the problems encountered during construction, and what went on during the actual Fair.  Here is the title and author:

The Devil in the white city: murder, magic and madness at the fair that changed America  by  Erik Larson copywrite 2013

Roberta (Gary ’63) Houle   Champlin, MN

Edward and Matilda Boucher family
Reply from Diane Larson Sjol (’70):  Minot & Lake Metigoshe, ND

On the photo of the Edward and Matilda Boucher family it says Busher.  The correct spelling is Boucher.  I too would be very interested in hearing any information about our family.  Carmen Richard may  know).



That was my spelling error. I know the correct spelling too. Not sure how that happened.


Cebu Expat dinner at the Marco Polo
Several pictures from our dinner last night
Stokes 1972-1 Stokes 1972-2
                           Art Hagen and Rose
 Hagen, Art 1972
Peggy Bender passed away
Message from LeaRae Parrill Espe (’67):  Bottineau, ND
Gary, I wanted to let the readers know of the death of a former Dunseith teacher  Peggy Bender. Peggy was a speech therapist  from the mid 1980s until her retirement in 2009 at Dunseith Public. 
 Her husband, Clarence Bender, taught science at Dunseith Public for many years also.  Clarence spent the last few years of his teaching career at Dakota College (The Forestry) in Bottineau. His career ended when he had a debilitating stroke in the classroom.  Peggy was diagnosed with cancer shortly after that.  They moved to Fargo to be closer to doctors and her family.  Peggy spent several months  in Rochester for her treatments.
Her funeral will be held in Fargo tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb 24) at 2PM at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  Arrangements are with Boulger Funeral Home of Fargo.  Her full obituary is posted there. http://www.boulgerfuneralhome.com/obits/obit.php?id=3850  I don’t believe this has been in the Minot paper.
 Bender 1972

Peggy was born on July 20, 1948 to Howard and Annabelle (Nanson) Erickson in Fargo. She grew up in Fargo and graduated from Shanley High School. Following graduation she attended Moorhead State where she earned degrees in Speech Pathology and Special Education.

Peggy was united in marriage to Clarence Bender on June 6, 1971 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fargo. Peggy taught in New England and Shoshone, WY. The couple moved to Bottineau, ND where she taught for Peace Garden Special Services. In 2009, she retired from Dunseith Schools.

They moved to Fargo in 2011 when Peggy began her battle with cancer.

She is survived by her husband, Clarence; sons, Shawn (Chris) Bender, Bismarck, ND; Korey (Tracy) Bender, Hunter, ND; daughter, Sara Jo (Lewis) Hunt, Watkins, CO; sister, Rita Erickson, Fargo, ND; and grandchildren, Ring, Acadia.

There will be a funeral service at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Fargo with a visitation beginning at 12:00 P.M.

Memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society.

– See more at: http://www.boulgerfuneralhome.com/obits/obit.php?id=3850#sthash.WUgMPrOS.dpuf

Posting of the day
From Rosemary (Wayne ’61) Smith:  Lake Metigoshe, ND
Gary:  Very Interesting.  Makes you smile.  Rosemary

A  Must Watch !!  
What a great old man.  These kids will never forget him.  He has taught them there is more to life than sitting in front of a computer playing games.  
We could use more of these kind of stories on the news! 
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Blog (36) posted on March 6, 2008
Glen Millang
Oct. 9, 1940-Feb. 29, 2008
DUNSEITH – Glen H. Millang, 67, Dunseith, died Friday, Feb. 29, 2008, in a Rugby hospital.

He was born Oct. 9, 1940, to Carl and Jessie Millang near Kelvin. He married Edna Knox Oct. 9, 1960, in Bottineau.

Survivors: wife; sons, Cam, Dunseith, Kip, Auburn, Wash.; seven grandchildren; sisters, Laurene Olson, Dunseith, Lola Knox, Dunseith, Linda Bostic, Buffalo, Minn.; brother, Dale, Dunseith.

Funeral: Tuesday, 2 p.m., Peace Lutheran Church, Dunseith.

Visitation: Monday, 5 to 9 p.m., in the church.

Burial: Little Prairie Cemetery near Dunseith. (Nero Funeral Home, Bottineau)

From Ron Longie (65):
I talked to Raphael Poitra on Monday 3/3 and he said he was headed to South Dakota to work on a methenol plant, Lola may not catch him at home.
.                                                                      Ron
Message and pictures from Dick Johnson (68):
Gary and Friends

While looking through some old pictures the other evening, I
found a very odd coincidence. There was one taken of my
grandmother, Cynthia Johnson and my dad, Don Johnson in 1932. I
then found the one of Grandma and me from about 1992. She had
ridden with me in one of my cars, a 1933 Ford coupe, during one
of the Dunseith Days Parades. This was taken near Dale’s on the
corner. Same gal 60 years later, still getting her picture
taken with us by an old car!! She lived to be 89 and passed
away in 1998. Just thought this was kind of interesting.


P.S. We went to Glen Millangs funeral today, it was
well attended. Actually we played “Mr. Bojangles” for them as
they were going out. Ron Hett from Roba’s Coffee House played
with Brenda and me. He did a great job on the mandolin. Glen’s
nickname was “Bojangie”. We didn’t sing as the song is not
really a church song but the instrumental is nice. It was by
Susie’s request. Thanks again Gary!!


 Johnson 1972-2 Johnson 1972-1
From Susan Fassett Martin (65):
Ads from the Dunseith Journal dated may 21st, 1936
Dunseith Journal 1972-1Dunseith Journal 1972-2

2/21/2014 (1971)

Happy  Birthday  Lorraine  Richard  Nelson    (DHS  ’47):    Mesa,  AZ Richard Nelson, Lorraine 1971
Reply from Aime Casavant (’66):  Jamestown, ND

Earlier we were having a discussion on education, particularly history and the education we received at DHS.  There is an organization some may have heard of called the “Intercollegiate Studies Institute” whose work is to try and raise the educational levels and standards in the U.S – to stop this “dumbing down of America” problem as Dick Johnson stated.

There is an interesting 36 question quiz on this site and a high number of Americans are unable to get above 50% on it. What is more alarming is that our elected representatives do not score any higher.  This is not a left, right political thing  (wow, we get enough of that with the slanted news). If one looks at the questions or even take the quiz, they will see it is not that difficult.  I mean multiple choice questions about the 3 branches of government, who the commander-in-chief is, what countries were friends or enemies in World War II.  It is interesting.



Edward and Matilda (Ducheaneau) Boucher
Question/picture from Colette Hosmer (’64):  Santa Fe, NM
In attempting to write the story of my mother, Leona Richard Hosmer’s life growing up on a farm near Thorne and Rolette in the 1920’s and 30’s, I’ve come to realize that I’m related to every French person in North Dakota and Canada!   Do any of you have  information regarding my maternal great grandparents, Edward and Matilda (Ducheaneau) Boucher.  Edward followed a couple of his brothers to ND (from Quebec) to homestead, and sent for Matilda when he was settled.  They had nine girls, and finally a boy, who died young.  My Grandmother, Johanna Boucher Richard, is the first girl on the left.  A couple of decades ago, I visited the farm that Edward built.  It had been deserted for some time, and the barn had become a home to pigeons and owls – but I’ll never forget how impressed I was by the design and contruction.  Thanks in advance for any information you might have …

Ed & Matilda Busher, Johanna, Diana, Mary, Sylvia, Donelda, Leah, Melda, Beatresse, Jean.Busher 1971
Blog (35) posted on March 5, 2008
Condolences to the Robillard family from Shirley LaRocque Wendt (59):
From Floyd (Ann) Pritchard (59):
Gary,  Floyd did grow up on the Dave and Winifred Eurich farm.  He was raised by Dave and Winifred from the age of 4 until just before he went into the Air Force in 59.  We are also the next door neighbor of Bill and Pat Hosmer and Romona Johnson.
Fun with Bill Grimme (65) from Dick Johnson (68):
Gary and Friend

I was thinking about the Grimme clan and remembered this little
episode! Bill Grimme was over at Boguslawski’s one evening
visiting with Alan. I was there hanging out with John. We were
about 13 or so and were really interested in cars and engines,
etc. Bill was driving his dad’s 53 Plymouth car. It was a light
green two door with a small 6 cylinder engine and a straight
stick transmission. I made some comment about hearing my
Grandpa Hans Johnson say how those engines were really short on
power. To this comment, John agreed that he too had heard of
the lack of power . Being that this was the general belief
around the guys in the know, John and I just HAD to find out
how weak they were. Bill was in the house with Alan and the car
was outside with us so——lets see! We carried blocks of wood
from the woodpile by the alley and carefully placed them under
the tires in such a fashion that Bill should’t see them when he
got in the car. We blocked most of the tires on both sides so
either direction he tried to go, he couldn’t unless the car
could climb over the blocks. To us this was a genius plan for
testing the true power of this engine!! Can it climb the
blocks? Well with everything in place, we just sat back against
the wall of their garage and waited for Bill to come out. It
wasn’t to long before Bill came out and got into the car and
fired her up!! He put it in reverse and let out the clutch and
she let out a grunt and died. He fired up again and the same
thing. On his third try he really revved it up and when he
dumped the clutch wood blocks were flying everywhere and the
poor old Plymouth was bouncing over blocks and roaring and
throwing dirt all over!! By this time John and I were laughing
hysterically and didn’t notice that Bill was out of the car and
headed our direction with this look on his face similar to a
lion about to take it’s prey!! We both got a cuff “up side the
head” and I don’t really remember if we decided our experiment
was a success or a failure!!


From Ann Carbonneau O’Connell:
Thank you for all of the research you have done concerning the Dunseith community. I would like to be included in your mailing list. I have many relatives from Dunseith and enjoy sharing the information with my mother Carol Carbonneau. She was born and raised in Dunseith and is able to identify many of the folks on the pictures that you and others have sent out. I graduated from Bottineau [1968] with your sister-in-law Debby Lee Stokes, however know many Dunseith folks through my cousins the Hills, the Fassatts, Haagensons etc. My goodness, I am even on some of those old photos!! What a hoot!! Thanksyou—Ann O’Connell
Ann, It is my pleasure to add you to the Dunseith Alumni distribution list. Gary
Mr. Lykins (Teacher mid 60’s) Reply to Phyllis McKay (65):

That’s great to learn that you have applied to DoDDS.  Let me know who you
are communicating with.  I know many of the people in personnel and, if I
can, I’d like to put in a good word for you. Be willing to go anywhere and
take any assignment even though it may not be the most desirable one.  Get
your foot in the door and go from there.  No matter where you go it will be
an adventure.  Don’t be shy about “tooting your own horn”  What ever you can
do or have done, let them know.

As you may know I have retired and I must confess that I am having a more
difficult time than I imagined making the adjustment to living back in the
United States.  Even though one of my studies has been the effect on people
living overseas and I had anticipated the problems in making the adjustment,
still I find that I am often times confused by the myriad of options
available for TV, Internet, telephone, and just the plan hard core
commercialism that now exists in our society.  I am beginning to resent the
hard sell for extra insurance on everything I buy.

My shipment from Germany arrived today and I am up to my eyeballs in boxes.

I’m doing substitute teaching and I have been hired by Peterson Educational
Inc. to do testing for 11 weeks.  So, I am busy and I don’t have any time to
travel around as I had hoped to do.  Guess I will have to say “no” to some

I can now be reached at bbplykins@aol.com as I have everything up and

Take care and good luck, Phyllis.  Keep me posted.

Bob Lykins

From Gary Metcalfe (57):
In about 1978 I worked on a Black Angus Restraunt near Baseline and Rural Road.  I met a man who was laying tile in the bathroom, he said he was from Dunseith, he was interesting man to talk too and we talked mostly about Joe Evans because he was his age.  The man’s name was Rob Rohrer  His dad was probably a railroad man.  He probably still lives in that area.
From reading Vance’s letter, I wish I would have known him.  He talked about the kinds of things I like to talk about the kind of things that were happening in those days.  Will write more and try to give you a picture of the way Dunseith was in the forties, it was wild, more fun per square inch than any place around!  Gary Metcalfe
From Dick Johnson (68):

Jeff Soland is married to Luann Knox, Guy’s daughter, and asked
how they could get on the list. His email address is:
jsoland@srt.com  I said I would let you know. Lola Vanorny said
she would take copies to Raphael and Janice, about Elvena and
condolences,etc. Thanks.


Lola, Thank you so much for offering to print out the condolences and obit for Raphael Poitra’s mother and taking them to him.  Please give my regards to Raphael.  Gary
Jeff & Luann Knox Soland, I will gladly add you our list and to the Alumni class list of 1980, your graduating year Luann.
From Melvin Kuhn (70):
Here’s an ad from The Dunseith Herald, Thursday,March 16th, 1893. I brightened it up some when I scanned it. I will look for more interesting ads in it but I don’t like to handle it too much as it is in kind of delicate condition. Hopefully everyone will be able to read what you could do for half of the price of a tank of gas now days.
Mel Kuhn
world fair

2/22/2014 (1970)

Happy 98th birthday Lillian Thompson Bergstrom (DHS ’36): Superior, WI
I believe Lillian is the oldest living graduate that has graduated from Dunseith High School.
Lillian’s sisters were Ella (Eldon) Pladson and Esther (Edmar) Tangen. Their mother was a Stokes, sister to my Grandfather Frank.
Lillian was born and raised in the Ackworth community. When I talked to Lillian a year or so ago she was pretty sharp. She remembers so much of the early history of the Ackworth and Dunseith communities. She left the area a few years before I was born, so I don’t remember her. My dad often spoke of her though, so I have always known who she is. I have pasted her contact info above. I am sure she would love a phone call. Tell her who you are and how you got her phone number so she will know your call is for real. 
Happy birthday to my Aunt Lillian Bergstrom (98, I think) – in Superior, Wisconsin
Thompson, Lillian 1970
      Happy Birthday Alan Poitra (DHS ’76): Bloomington, MN.
Poitra, Alan 1970
Bowling Pin setter
Reply from Glen Williams (’52): Missoula, MT
Gary and all…I was a pin setter at Stadium and Woodfords…before they had the racks to put the pins in….one had to be quick to avoid being hit by flying pins….and it was dusty back there….but it was a way to make some spending money……

The Garden Lanes pretty much put the Stadium and Woodford bowling alley out of business….

Glen Williams Class of ’52

Reply from Bob Lykins (HS Teacher):  Hutto, TX.

Sorry to hear about Bernadette.  It sounds like you have plenty of very good and loving help that will make things much easier for you both.  You are in my prayers.  I was interested to read what Aime and Dick had to say about the teaching of history.  Even though I taught commercial subjects in Dunseith, my first love has always been history and that is what I taught and worked on as an Education Specialist with DoDDS for the last 35 years of my career.  My Master’s Degree is in Social Studies Curriculum.  I was surprised to see where some states are cutting back on the teaching of history.  History and the social studies have always been one of the foundation stones of all state curriculums.  American History and European History along with American Government remain required courses in all states. In these courses the discussion becomes content and approach as there is so much to cover and problem solving is the most popular approach today. It is the 9th grade social studies courses that has caused, over the years, the most discussion.  The question has been whether to offer a social studies course at this grade level (In many states it is World Regions) or offer other opportunities such as in math and the sciences.  Maybe we should do like most of the other countries and that is have a 12 month school year along with a 13 year curriculum above kindergarten (oooh, that would go over big with the kids). -:)  By the way, the quote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” was attributed to one of my favorite philosophers, George Santayana of Spain.  He is also supposed to have said, “Only the dead have seen the end of war.”  Some say Plato first said that but I’ll stick with Santayana.  Bob

Blog (34) posted on March 4, 2008
From Carol Watkins Carbonneau (46) Via her daughter-in-law Sharon Carbonneau:  
Gary, I got this note from my cousin Charles Carbonneau’s wife. My Aunt Carol Watkins Carbonneau, is the one who knew all the names. She and her husband Emery still live in Bottineau and since Carol grew up in the Turtle Mts. And went to Rendahl church she knows everyone!! Crystal Fassett Andersen
Crystal (Fassett), I emailed the class picture to Ann and she had Carol come over
and they identified all the people on the photo. When I saw Carol in the
first row, I knew she could tell you who they were. I’m not sure who to
send this to so I’ll send it to you. I’ve been forwarding the messages
to Ann and then she shows them to Carol when they get together. They
love it.  Thanks.  Sharon
Mother[Carol Watkins Carbonneau (46)] has identified all of the people on the Vance Bailey Sunday school class picture.
1941 Sunday school class of Peace Lutheran Church of Dunseith, grades of 7 through High School.
Lutheran Sunday school 1970
From Kathy Salmonson Helgeland (64):
Hi Gary,     Would like to keep in touch with classmates and friends from last years reunion and also receive updates on the Cruise 2009.  I had to update my computer and I’m back on line.   Kathy Salmonson Helgeland
From Floyd Pritchard:
Gary,  please place  to your mailing blog so Floyd can get the infor and perhaps send in infor.  Thanks, His wife, Ann
Floyd, I remember you in my younger days living at Dave & Winnifred Eurich’s.  Were you there only in the summer?  Did you attend Dunseith for any of your schooling? Gary
From Linda Johnson Juntunen (72): 
Don’t know if everybody saw this.
 Subject:     YouTube – person of the week…an entire state
Lola Metcalfe Vanory’s (68) Condolences to the Glen Millang family & reply to Crystal Fassett Anderson (70):
lola vanorny, ew
Oh Crystal– it is soo wonderful to get these pictures!!-  I  can remember
them barely when they were so young–please keep them coming!!_- Lola

Yes our hearts were saddened by the passing of our next door neighbor–
Glen Millang– what a shock—- it was so sudden.   Our thoughts and
prayers h ave been with Suzie and the boys.

I got to see Kip- (he lives in Seattle with his family )  when I stopped in
there Sunday–  he looks really good —  it’s been years since I saw him.
Too bad it is always these times we get to see neighbor kids and others
that live far away.

Thanks for these wonderful letters Gary.  It has turned into a phenominal
thing–  unique I’m sure– take care Lola V

Question from Diane Larson Sjol (70):
Was not able to attend the benefit but would like to donate…is there
an account set up?  Diane Larson Sjol
Bobby Slyter’s (70) reply to Dick Johnson (68):
To Dick Johnson
Thanks for the pic of the bowling team with my mom and yours in it, it was great as our parents spent a lot of time together whether it was coming to the farm on weekends or when they where bowling

Picture identification from Dick Johnson (68):

Gary and friends

Thanks to Myra Henning Halvorson for the pictures of the
choirs. The one from last summer was taken at the practice,
which I couldn’t make because of other commitments with the
reunion. It was great to sing with you folks on Sunday in the
service dedicated to my dad. Gary did a nice job! I can name
the singers for you as someone had asked.

Greg Hill,Don Berg,
Bob Hosmer, Curt Hagel, Linda Johnson Juntunen, Myra Henning
Halvorson, Cheryl Haagenson, Shelly Fulsebakke Albertson,
Loraine Neameyer Haas, Loretta Neameyer Wall, Ann Marie Boppre Perry,
Brenda Hill Mueller, Deb Morinville Marmon. There may
have been some others on Sunday but these are the ones in the
practice picture. Thank you each and everyone.


Dunseith Band 1969-1
Thank you Neolo Kofoid Garbe for sending this to us:
Dunseith News

2/21/2014 (1969)

No blog yesterday
For the record I did not get a blog posted yesterday
Reply from Connie Zorn Landsverk:  Bottineau, ND
Just reading the past daily Blogs!I feel  bad about Beradette,s health issues!I can still remember when all had lunch together @ the Family Bakery in Bottineau!Bernadette looked so good last summer!keeping both of you in my thoughts & prayers!So good to know you have help for her as i know It,s important for you Gary to have outside activities as well too!!Take care sending Gods blessings to both of you and your caregivers as well!!Connie (Zorn) Landsverk!!
Cebu, Philippines: Stokes house this afternoon.
Lorelie, the gal sitting with Bernadette came to visit us today. She is in a relationship with our son Bernie. This was our first opportunity to really meet and visit with her. She is a very nice gal, well educated and very well spoken (English).
This was her Face Book posting.
 Tito Gary Stokes, very much appreciate and thank you for giving me the chance to meet bernie’s beautiful cousins and aunts..and the chance to hug and know the real sweet and caring Tita Adet.. May God richly bless you and your family..
Note: With Bernadette’s excitement to meet Lorelie, she was really pumped up and doing quite well. Her visit was a real lift for Bernadette.
Stokes 1969-1
With Lorelie’s visit we had dinner at Orosia’s. Authentic Filipino food Stokes 1969-2

Today’s posting – Common Sense Obituary printed in today’s London Times

Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):   Bottineau, ND


February 1, 2014


Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

– Knowing when to come in out of the rain;

– Why the early bird gets the worm;

– Life isn’t always fair;

– And maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged  with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a  steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, launched a lawsuit and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death,

-by his parents, Truth and Trust,

-by his wife, Discretion,

-by his daughter, Responsibility,

-and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 5 stepbrothers;

– I Know My Rights

– I Want It Now

– Someone Else Is To Blame

– I’m A Victim

– Pay me for Doing Nothing

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.


If you still remember him, forward this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

Blog (33) posted on March 3, 2008
Reply from Jim Robillard (58):
Condolences to the Elvina Robillard family from Mel Kuhn (70):
Please forward my condolences to the Elvina Robillard family. Elvina lived at Park View Assisted Living in Rolla for the last couple years where I cook at.  I got to know Elvina quite well while she was there. She was a wonderful lady who lived in a lot of pain and never complained. I missed our conversations when she had to leave us and go to Bottineau and was looking forward to seeing her when I would go to visit my mom who is at Good Samariton. Unfortunately her untimely passing prevented me from getting a chance to do this. We had many a spirited conversation about cooking and about the other “OLD” people, as she put it, at Park View. She was one of the very few who would give me compliments on my cooking when I would do good and give me pointers when I would do not so good. She loved fry bread and stew and when I made it just the other day her memory was formost in my mind. I will miss her dearly.
Mel Kuhn
Request for someone in the Dunseith Turtle Mountain area: I don’t have Raphael Poitra on our distribution list. If any of you plan on going past Kelvin and are able to print these condolences & obiturary out from yesterday & today, I’m sure he’d love to see them. His phone number is 701-263-3449.  The number for Kelvin is 701-263-4150.  Jim & Gloria, I don’t have Robert or Geraldine on our list either.  Gary
Bill Grimme’s (65) rely to Dick Johnson (68):
Thank you for the very beautiful things you said about my father, Carl Grimme. He could fix about anything. Wish I had been in the habit of taking more notes! But, some of that stuff you just can’t find in a DIY manual. I was particularly impressed with your memory. After you wrote about it, I remembered the ship in the bottle. YOU REMEMBERED IT WAS ON A SOUTH WALL! Amazing. After thinking long and hard, I realized you were absolutely correct!
I enjoy reading everyone’s contributions, and yours are particularly interesting and heartfelt. You reflect the beauty of your parents in your sincere interest in your fellow man and your ability to remember the best things about people.
Thanks, again.
Bill Grimme
Lynn Halvorson Otto’s (75) reply to Phyllis McKay (65):
Hi Gary, I don’t know Phyliss McKay but living in Seoul, Korea there are DOD schools here she may be interested in.  Seoul is a nice city with lots to offer foreigners.  Guam is also nice, very westernized so everyone speaks English and all the American restaurants.  As you probably know, Guam is very small so one may feel very confined there but great climate.  Seoul has the four seasons but winter is mild and dry with little snow. 
This is just my thoughts.  I forward all these responses to my parents, Lester and Dorothy Halvorson who really enjoy them.  Thanks for all you are doing.  If you ever get to Seoul please feel free to look me up, coffee is always on!  Lynn Otto (Halvorson-75). 
Message from Arlinda (Lindy) Fauske Vaneynde’s (69):
Thank you Gary so much for sending this information out, I went to school with Mike Evans, this just really touched me. Our family has a lot to face yet in life with the loss of Parents, God has been so gracious to us, to all of us, we have so much to be thankful for, our past, just growing up in a small community and enjoying the little things in life.
I hope all is going well for you and your family, my husband and I are going to go back to ND this summer sometime, we haven’t set a date yet but I can’t wait, I think Carrole and Lavern might also meet up with us, so will be a fun time.
Take care and thanks again for the emails.
Message from Joan Wurgler Salmonson (61) – Little Prairie Cemetery:
Hi Gary,
In regards to the Little Prairie Cemetery north of Dunseith, we will be happy to accept any memorials and donations for upkeep to our cemetery. We are an active association with our annual meeting always held on the 1st Monday in April, which will be April 7th this year.Our President is Dick Johnson with Carmen Myer and Deane Striker as directors. A new frontage fence has been a project of the members and is now complete and adds a neat appearance along the Hwy. 43 ND Scenic Byway and is a tribute to those there that have gone before us.
 Any amount will be greatly appreciated.  Please send to:      Joan Salmonson
                                                                                         RR 1, Box 130
                                                                                         Dunseith, ND  58329
PS:  Thanks Crystal for the great suggestion.
Bobby Slyter’s (70) reply to Crystal Fassett Andersen (70):
to crystal fassett
thanks again for the pic of the lady bowlers, have not seen a pic of delores hiatt in years as she died so young, and god will probably smack me but was not my mother (Margo Hiatt) a real looker
Message & Pictures from Myra Henning Halvorson (72):
Request: Can anyone identify the folks in these pictures? Gary
Hello Gary,

We are really enjoying all the Dunseith memories that you are sending out.
Thanks so much!

I recently came across an old band boosters calendar with the 69-70
Governor’s Choir picture which I had to pass along.  I am also sending one
that was taken this summer at the reunion church service where some
members of that choir joined together in song one more time.  Gary
Fulsebakke was our director.  The wonderful memories of band and choir
under the direction of Don Johnson will always be with me.  He made a very
positive impact on my life.  Does anyone else remember the time he and
Bernice invited his students to their home for a skating party and supper?
What a good time!!

Les and I just returned from Dunseith where we attended the benefit for
Bev Mornville.  She was there and doing very well.  She starts radiation

Keep up the good work on this memory hotline!
Myra (Henning) Halvorson  ’72

Dunseith Band 1969 Dunseith Band 1969-1
Dick Johnson’s (68) Condolences to the Glen Millang and Elvena Robillard Families, memories & pictures:
Dick, This picture of your dad is a mirror image of the way I remember you.  Gary
Gary and friends

Our condolences to the families of Glen Millang and Elvena
Robillard. They were good people and will be missed by all.
Glen and his son Cam helped me work cattle for several years
after Dad was gone. We had some good times. Thank you to
Crystal for the bowling pictures. The old bowling alley was in
the back of the Woodford-Stadheim bar. It was much later
nicknamed the Snakepit. Can you folks remember the little
lunch counter on the north side of the bar? I remember sitting
on the stools and getting a glass of buttermilk from Bertha
Myer. Grandpa Henry Olson got me started drinking buttermilk
when I was two years old and I nearly crave the stuff to this
day!! My mother in law had some in her fridge for pancakes one
of the first times I was at their place. When I asked her if I
could have a glass she got this blank look on her face and when
I drank it she seemed concerned about Brenda’s wellbeing!! Back
to the bowling alley. As I recall there was a row of chairs in
the back for spectators and in the middle of the alleys by the
start line was a tooled wooden post with a large round chalk
ball that the guys rubbed on their hands before they threw a
ball. Is my memory right? I know Bill Fassett threw a hard fast
ball and can remember him yelling “Vince” when Vince Kalk would
jump back down behind the pins to straighten one about the time
Bill let fly with his ball. Vince would cover his head and duck
but I remember him getting pummeled with pins. For the younger
ones, pinsetting was done by hand in those days. They did have
a rack as I recall, but put the pins in by hand. When the
Garden Lanes opened, the pins were set automatically with auto
ball return too!! I believe the bowling alley opened in 1956 or
1957. I have some of Grandpa Henry’s papers on it but don’t
remember for sure. He and Glen Johnson were the first partners
as I recall. Dad [Don Johnson] bowled ALL the time and
eventually taught bowling at Garden Lanes. When I was young I
went with him to bowling tournaments all over the state. It did
get old after a while for a young kid though! Can anyone
remember when the Dunseith guys went to Minot to bowl on TV? I
got to stay home so I could watch it on our big 19 inch, fuzzy,
snowy, black and white TV!!!!The good old days!?!?  I was
looking for some bowling pictures and found several but will
include these two for now. Dad is throwing a ball and just
behind him is Edgar Anderson. Sitting is Bill Fassett. If you
look to the left side of the photo,low and behold is the post
with the chalk thing I mentioned earlier! The four gals are
Margo Hiatt, Mom [Bernice Johnson], Joyce Evans, and Joy
Nordquist.The guys are at Woodford’s and the gals are at Garden
Lanes a few years later.


Dunseith women 1969 Dunseith Ladies 1968-1

2/19/2014 (1968)

Bernadette Stokes Update
Bernadette is not doing so well. She came out of the comma like state that she was in on Monday pretty good. Tuesday Morning she was very alert and her balance was OK. Since then she has been on a downward spiral. I tried to get her to eat dinner with me this evening, but I couldn’t convince her to join me. After I ate Novie and Mirasol were successful in getting her to the table. She needed guidance and help walking from the living room to the kitchen. She was unable to eat on her own, so Mirasol feed her. She cleaned her plate, so her appetite is OK. She is now back lying on the couch in the living room with her eyes closed. Her speech is affected and she has problems thinking of words she wants to say. It is very difficult for her to express herself.
Even though she has continuous help, She will very often call me for assistance. Today she didn’t realize it was Wednesday. While being pampered by Novie and Mirasol, I told her I was going bowling. She broke down and cried because I was leaving. When I told her I would stay home, she insisted that I go of which I did. I was only gone for about 4 hours. She is hitting the low points more frequently of which we knew was/is coming. 
Yesterday in a state of depression, she said “I wish I had not promised Bernie (our son) that I would be here when he comes”. Bernie will be arriving March 24th and plans on being here for three plus months. She is very excited for his arrival.
She just now called me because she wants to go to bed. It is 6:30 PM. The normal pattern is for her to be back and forth from the bedroom to the living room numerous times until I go to bed at about 11:00 PM. Then she will settle down for the night.
We will see what tomorrow brings.
         June 2013 – Bernie and Bernadette Stokes
Reply from Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,

The blog number is 1968 and that has a special ring to it for
several of us.  I would like to reply to Aime Casavant’s narrative on
the lack of teaching history to young people and the results of such a
mistake.  Having had many older friends and relatives who lived through
tough times,  I had a special interest in their insight of how things
are what they are and how they get that way. As we were growing up,
special respect was given to those who served our country to protect us
from losing our freedom to live in peace.  It would appear that those
who now have lived in peace and freedom gained for us by these veterans
believe that it was always this way and will always be–so why talk
about it?  Let’s just get on with living our lives and let the past go
to wherever pasts go. That will be the greatest mistake ever made and
responsible adults will become rare in our population.  The less
informed the population is,  the greater the chance of history having to
repeat itself for the new generations.  I intentionally start a
conversation with young adults once in a while about World War Two (for
the ones who don’t know what WWII stands for) just to see the
expressions on their faces.  If they can get their eyes off their phones
for a second,  they usually stare at me like I am somehow talking in a
foreign language.  One of my worst fears is that we, as a population in
general, will leave the lessons learned by our elders to sit on shelves
in old books while we go about life believing it was always like this.
Many hard lessons learned throughout time can be avoided by teaching
kids history, along with archival films and pictures, that will instill
in them the evils lurking in the world that are perfectly happy to hear
that we are dumbing down our schools about history.  It’s happening and
it’s the new norm right here right now.  Nearly every day there is
another lame brain change in education that leads away from the
necessary goals and toward disaster.  My humble opinion.  Thanks Gary!


Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65)
Reply from Vickie Metcalfe(’70):  Bottineau, ND
I just had a brief visit with your classmate and friend,
Ginger  (LaRocque) Poitra at Bottineau General Store____ i.e. Walmart.
She expressed concern about  your dear, Bernadette as she holds both of you in high regard.
She regrets that does not receive the daily blog.
She patiently awaits better internet service to her home.
I  told her I I will try to be more cognizant and fwd the daily blogs to her son.
Until Later, Vickie
Next time you see Ginger please give her our regards.
Ginger is one of the most humble loving care giving folks on the face of this earth. This world needs more Ginger’s. She is from the class of ’65 too.
Reply from Margaret Metcalfe Leonard (’65):  Rolette, ND
Hi Gary, Thankful thst Bernadette is having a better day….every good day is a gift!!  I can only imagine how difficult it is for both you and Bernadette to deal with the tough days!  So thankful ypu are able to get such good help and you are an amazing care giver, Gary.
I’m in Kingman, Arizona with my brother Jim and Yoli. We have been golfing in 75 degree weather…every day is paradise!!  Im enjoying every moment especially when I hear the weather forecast for ND.  You and Bernadette are in my prayers.  Margaret.
It has been awhile since we have heard from you, so I am posting.
Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement.
Enjoy your time with your brother Jim in AZ. I am hoping you are planning to spend the rest of the winter there as well too?
Reply from Shirley LaRocque Wendt (’59):   Tukwila, WA

I am so sorry to hear of Bernadette illness, I am praying will be better real soon. Lots of rain here in Seattle. We did a bit of snow a few weeks ago but it was gone in a few days. Thanks for this blog I really enjoy it. All for now. Shirley(LaRocque)Wendt

Thank you Shirley.


Reply from Gwendolyn Struck Dumas (’68):  Havre, MT.
Gary & Bernadette,
    Just read the blog and find it to be wonderful news, even though it is a small step, it is indeed a good step. 
Thoughts and prayers continue for you folks from the State of Montana.
Thank you Gwendolyn
Donations/shipping to the Philippines
Reply from Martha Lamb (’68): Newburg, ND

We’re happy to hear that Bernadette is doing much better.  We pray that each day is better.

Gary, thanks for making the offer to help us out with distribution.  Our council was very happy to hear of you and that you are so helpful.    We’ll check on going independent rather than through Lutheran World Relief, there may be a big difference in shipping.  This may be a factor.  I’ll let you know more about that.  In the mean time our Council will pursue the collection each week of lent and one way or another this will go to the Philippines after Easter.

Take Care,


I’d check the local available methods and costs, but I am thinking, with the volumes, that the Lutheran World Relief would be a lot less expensive. I am assuming they rent 40′ container boxes that they load on ships.  That is what the companies managing the Balikbayan box shipments do.
If you send the boxes to us, we can distribute however you like. We have several good friends that are doing relief work for the Typhoon victims. For the Philippine’s in general, we know lots of areas that can dearly use the assistance, many of which are in our general neighborhood.
Please keep me posted.
Blog (32) posted on March 2, 2008
I just received this Obituary of Elvena Robillard’s  from my cousin Neola Kofoid Garbe.  Jim Robillard (58) and Gloria Robillard Patnaude (69) are on our distribution list. Raphael Poitra, owner of Kelvin,  was in the class of 65 and Geraldine Robillard Volker was in the class of 60.
Elvena Robillard (Obituary)
June 30, 1923-Feb. 16, 2008
DUNSEITH – Elvena Robillard, 84, Bottineau, formerly of Belcourt, Rolla and Dunseith, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, in a Bottineau nursing home.

She was born June 30, 1923, to Emery and Alice St. Claire in Dunseith. She married Joseph “Bill” Robillard Sept. 5, 1941, in Dunseith.

Survivors: sons, James Robillard, Williston, Robert Robillard, Bismarck, Raphael Poitra, Dunseith; daughters, Geraldine Volker, Everett, Wash., Gloria Patnaude, Belcourt; 24 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; stepsister, Cecelia Delorme; stepbrother, Charles Poitra.

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

Burial: St. Louis Catholic Cemetery, Dunseith, in the spring.

Rosary service: Thursday, 8 p.m., in the church.

Visitation: Thursday, 6 p.m., in the church. (Elick Funeral Home, Rolla)

To the Elvena Robillard Family.  Our condolences are with you with the loss of your mother/grandmother.  Of her siblings I personally know Raphael.  He was in my class (65) and of coarse he attended our reunion this last summer.  Raphael, you are such a wonderful kind hearted spirited guy and being siblings to you, I’m sure the rest of Elvena’s family are the same.  Gary & Bernadette Stokes
Condolences to the Millang family from Dave Slyter (70):
Dear Susie, Cam, Sherri, Kip, Linda, and Dale:

It is a tough time for you, and we will all be praying for you.   With Gods help and understanding he will get each and everyone of you through this tough time.  He has done his hard work on earth and now he must rest at home with all the others.

God Bless to you all,

Dave Slyter

Phyllis McKay’s (65) letter to Gary Stokes (65):
Phyllis, I hope you don’t mind that I’ve taken the liberty to share your letter with the rest of the folks.  I think folks will be interested in what you are doing.  With your personality, charisma and dedication I know you must be a wonderful teacher.  The DOD will be fortunate to have you.  Good luck.  Gary
I tried to send this e-mail to Bob Lykins but it wouldn’t go through. Maybe I do not have his e-mail in my system. I am at home so sometimes my computer does not work the same as if I were at school. I am hoping you will be able to send the message on to Bob or send me his e-mail address.

As you can see, I am putting in my application for teaching overseas. I have completed most of the application. I am waiting on the recommendations from my principal and former principals and then I will need to send my teaching certificate to DoD. I will also need to be interviewed. I am excited about the possibility of teaching overseas.

Again I want to thank you for all the e-mails. I truly enjoy reading them. I haven’t had much to contribute this year, but feel as if I am getting to know many of the people from Dunseith that I only knew by name. Reading about how so many of us grew up in a relatively safe environment, makes me wish I would have brought up my own children there. But I was brought up thinking that Dunseith didn’t have anything to offer. (Of course I had the wanderlust in my soul even back then.) The childhood that so many of us have in common and the experiences of a small community are a rare commodity of the city life.

I think the idea of sending a donation to help with the up-keep of the cemeteries is a great idea, being we all have loved ones residing one or more of them.

I am amazed at the for sight of the Fassett’s vast collections of our Dunseith history. I am not one for keeping things for very long. They didn’t just keep memorabilia on their own families but also on the community. What a wonderful addition their articles and pictures have made to the e-mails.

Keep the e-mails coming, Gary, I love them. Say hello to Bernadette from me. She is a super person and I feel lucky to have met her. I also am enjoying your e-mails about life in the Philippines. One of the places that I could teach at is Guam. Because of your e-mails, I think Guam may be somewhat like the Philippines and would be a facinating place to go to.



Letter to Bob Lykins

Bob, I am in the process of completing my application for employment with Department of Defense schools. I am excited about going overseas to teach. If there is anything you can do to help me with my application or suggestions, I would appreciate the help. Phyllis McKay, your former student

Pictures from Crystal Fassett Anderson (70):
Here are the other pictures that go with the 1955 bowlers. My Dad Bill wrote on them “the support/fan crew”.The 1st pic is Margo Hiatt,Delores Hiatt,Helen Watkins Neslon(my aunt),& Marlys Evans  2nd pic is Marlys,Rita Anderson,my Mom Irene Fassett & Bernice Johnson. These were in the old Woodford bar/bowling alley that I remember being called the snakepit. Crystal Fassett AndersenDunseith Ladies 1968-2 Dunseith Ladies 1968-1

2/17/2014 (1967)

Bernadette Stokes Update:
When I woke up this morning Bernadette was wide awake. Her eyes were open and she said “good morning”. She was very alert, coherent and mobile all of which she was not yesterday. What a pleasant surprise to wake up too. She does not remember anything from the beginning of yesterday morning until 4:00 PM in the afternoon. She vaguely remembers last night. She is not a 100% by any means, but she is many times better than yesterday.
Thanks to all of you for your continued support and the many Face book postings too.
The point has come where we needed to bring on more help. We hired Bernadette’s 2nd cousin who is badly in need of a job too. Her sole job is to be with Bernadette in the evenings from 6 to 10. Bernadette likes her and suggested we hire her. We provide her with room and board plus a salary.
This evening we were invited to a birthday party. Bernadette didn’t feel like going, so I went alone. When I got back home about 10 pm, her 2nd cousin and Novie with two of her boys were with Bernadette. The boys were sleeping on the floor. Bernadette said “I need lots of people around me so Novie is here too” As I am writing this Novie has joined her boys and is sleeping on the floor. Bernadette has gone to bed with the bedroom door open knowing Novie is in the living room. I will be there shortly. 
Happy Birthday Cheri Metcalfe Evans (DHS ’74)
       Metcalfe Evans, Cheri 1967
Reply from Marlene Lilleby Palmquist Larsen (’53):  Ephrata, WA
My prayers are with you and your beloved Bernadette.
Your blog is a daily joy.  Look forward to seeing it so much and still remember most of the Dunseith folks, even though my family moved out west to
Palouse Wa. when I was in the 7th grade.
Marlene Lilleby Palmquist Larsen  Class of 1953
Thank you Marlene,
Reply from Colette Hosmer (’64):  Santa Fe, NM
So sorry to read of Bernadette’s turn today.  These “spells” must be so difficult.  I am hoping that 
tomorrow will find her much improved.
Thank you Colette,
Yes these spells are difficult, but with good help we manage.
Reply from Rich Campbell (’68):  Minot, ND
Gary–our prayers are with Bernadette.  She has lots of support “stateside.”
Thanks Rich,


Reply from Jim and Connie (’64) Kester:  Bottineau, ND
Just wanted to let you know that we are thinking about you and hope things improve for Bernadette once again.   She always looks so nice and I am sure she is happy to have some of her family to help her.
We are in Bakersfield CA again this year.  Jim starts working tomorrow.  I miss being in ND but we are enjoying the break from the cold.
Thank you for all your work with the blog.      Jim and Connie Kester
Thank you Connie,
Enjoy your time in Bakersfield.
Reply from Allen Richard (’65):  Midland, MI.
About the WW eleven story — As a fan  and teacher of history, I am not exactly stunned by the classroom event — but it should have been the teacher who left the room — under the escort of the administration.
Happy Birthday Vida Peterson Hiatt.
Message/Picture from Rod Hiatt (’69): Bottineau, ND
It is Moms 88th birthday today(Sunday)
Here is a picture of Mom, my sister Shelley, in the back is Chops Carlson, and Shelley’s husband Jeff taken a a couple years ago at Christmas. Mom is still volunteering a couple days a week at the Good Sam in Bottineau.
Please give your mother birthday wishes from us.  She always looks very nice too.  I saw her several times this past July with our visit back to the area. She is looking great. We had several nice chats too.  She for sure does not show here age, same for Shelley. I am so glad I was able to finely see and meet Shelley. It was very nice seeing you too Rod. I was so saddened with Laurel’s passing. I only wish I could have seen him before he left us. It has actually been a number of years since I last saw Laurel.
 Hiatt, Vida 1967
Care packages for the Philippines.
Message from Martha Lamb Schepp (’68): Newburg, ND
I opened up your blog today to read the latest on Bernadette.  Is there medical help in the Philippines?  We’ll keep you and Bernadette in our thoughts and prayers.

Just wanted to share our conversation from our church council meeting which happened after church this morning.   A brochure was passed around that talked about “Baskets of Promise” supported by Lutheran World relief and will be sending personal care supplies to the Philippines .  These collections would happen every Sunday until Easter.  When I told the council we knew people personally in the Philippines, they wanted to know if we could call our collections “Basket of Hope” and send the care package to you and Bernadette for distribution.   The things that are suggested are collecting a different item each week.   Week 1 being Bars of Soap,  week 2, Combs,  Week 3, light weight bath towels 52″ x 27″ ,Week 4, nail clippers, week 5, toothbrushes, and Palm Sunday Bars of soap again.   Maybe there would other items that are needed more.  We are open to suggestions.

After reading your blog today about Bernadettes condition,  maybe you would not want to deal with distributing these supplies.  We are a small congregation and so I don’t expect the basket to be a large amount of things.   Be honest and let us  know your feelings on doing something like this at your difficult time.

Thank You!


Martha Lamb Schepp (’68)

The answer to your first question, yes, we have “state of the art” medical coverage here in the Philippines. 
About your “Basket of Hope” care packages. Are these intended for the Typhoon victims or in general the Filipino’s in need? We can support either cause. How are you shipping these items? You can ship them to our address if you like. Basic needs that you have listed would be greatly appreciated. Shipping costs can be costly. From Bremerton we ship all of our stuff via Balikbayan boxes. Not sure if there is a Balikbayan shipments available in Minot or not. Art or Rose Hagen can may know if Balikbayan box shipments are available in Minot. 
Thank you Martha,
Reply form Aime Casavant (’66):  Jamestown, ND

I hope your doing able to hang in there with the difficulty of Bernadette’s health.

From Bill Hosmer’s posting, that some history is no longer required in high school classes and the corresponding presentation, is is very unfortunate. Churchill said “those who fail to understand history are condemned to repeat it.”  We had a foreign exchange student with us for a year from the Netherlands and she also observed that some of the education standards in high school are much lower than those in her country.  She was particularly amused by multiple choice tests/quizzes, she said its is so different to receive a quiz and the answers are given to the student!  But she did think the pageantry that goes along with graduation form high school and extra curricular activities like music, drama, sports, et. al,  a good thing – there are many things we do very well. They do not have those things in high school in the Netherlands.  We had many good conversations about each of our cultures.

In high school, I cannot recall, but I wish that saying from Churchill with some discussion would be good at the start of a history class. When I did the student teaching part of the college curriculum, I usually included this in the first session, as I remember from high school, the question always came up “why history, why do I need to know about all these things from long ago that have nothing to do with me today?”  I do recall that once, we were taught about the internment camps of the Japanese citizens in this country and that was very important. Being a nation of immigrants, its seems important we exercise caution when another country becomes a foe to the U.S.

There is a lot to know and understand, it seems to me.  The historical understanding of the separation of church and state ( today we can look to some of the countries in world who mix the two and what happens besides religious persecution – example – September 11th),  the recessions that follow the build-up to wars (economics),  the sweat shops that occurred at the onset of the industrial revolution gave me an understanding of Worker’s Compensation Insurance ( an area I worked in for a part of my life).  There is so much – history is so important.  But it takes very good social science teachers to get these ideas through to teenagers (like I once was) and whose interest were cars and other popular things of the day.  Just my thoughts today.


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: neolag@min.midco.net Bottineau & Minot, ND



Doris Pritchard, age 84 of Bottineau, died Thursday at a Minot hospital. Funeral will be held on Tuesday at 10:00 am at the United Parish in Bottineau. Visitation will be on Monday from 1:00 pm. until 9:00 pm. with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

Doris May Pritchard, a daughter of Winthrop and Edna (Hintz) Smith was born on June 28, 1929 at Bottineau. She was reared on the family farm south of Currie Country School in Rolette County where she also attended school. She later moved with her family to farm near Lord’s Lake. She graduated from Dunseith High School in 1945. She attended teacher’s college in Minot and upon graduation she obtained a teaching position at a country school in Rolette County. On January 10, 1949, she married Corbin Pritchard at the First Lutheran Church Parsonage in Bottineau. She worked for a time as a clerk at the Red Owl and also Vinje’s Dept Store. In 1964, they opened Pritchard’s Shoe Store in Bottineau. Corbin passed away on October 19, 1981.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church and later the United Parish in Bottineau. Doris had many interests to occupy her spare time. She enjoyed spending time at Lake Metigoshe, visiting with her family and friends, gardening and canning and crocheting. She also loved watching her grandsons play hockey and loved to watch the UND Fighting Sioux hockey games. She will be greatly missed by her family and many good friends.

She is survived by her sons, William (Diane) Pritchard, Keith (Janet) Pritchard all of Bottineau; daughter, Cheryl (Douglas) Marsden of Bottineau; grandchildren, Dominic (Jessica) Marsden of Bottineau, Damien (Megan) Marsden of Thief River Falls, MN, Stefan (Jill) Pritchard of Savage, MN, Erica (Duane) Klabunde of Minot, Katelyn (Paul) Pertile of Green River, WY, Johna (Nathan) Miller of Crystal MN, and Reis Pritchard of Bismarck, ND; 8 great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty Burcham of Kennewick, WA, Lois Yates of McKinney, TX, Judy (Royce) Yates of Shreveport, LA and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Patsy Krummy and great-grandson Rylin Marsden.

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

Ronnald Tennancour
(Died February 13, 2014)

Ronnald Tennancour, age 72 of Bottineau, died Thursday at a Bottineau hospital. Funeral will be held on Tuesday at 2:00 pm at the St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Bottineau. Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 am until 9:00 pm with a prayer service at 5:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Burial will be at the Oak Creek Cemetery in Bottineau.

Ronnald Tennancour, a son of Roland and Yvette (Boucher) Tennancour, was born on September 14, 1941. Roland passed away in 1942. They moved to Bottineau in 1944 when Yvette married Oscar Brunsell. Ron played catcher on the Bottineau baseball team that won the State Championship in 1959 and he graduated from Bottineau High School that same year. He then attended college in Wahpeton. He returned to the Bottineau area and began working with R&O Construction out of Rolette. On November 11, 1963, he married Carolle McNea at the St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Bottineau. In 1970 they moved to Fargo when Ron began working with Laney’s Plumbing and Heating. They returned to Bottineau in 1975 and opened T&J Plumbing and Heating. Ron retired in 2010.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Fargo. He loved golfing, hunting, bowling, playing cards and shaking dice.

Ron passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at a Bottineau hospital.

He is survived by his wife, Carolle of Bottineau; daughters, Penny (Steve) Bernstein and Barb (Steve) Waagen all of Bottineau; 6 grandchildren, Justin (Kaleena) Bernstein, Jacob Bernstein, Jackson Bernstein, Dustin Monson, Patrick Monson and Nancy (Cayce) Stute; 4 great-grandchildren, Ashtyn and Blayke Bernstein and Adam and Hannah Stute; sister, LuAnne (Arlan) Opstedal of Minneapolis; brother, Fred Brunsell of Lead, SD; many loved brothers and sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews and his dog, Toby.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one grandson, Wade Waagen.

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




2/16/2014 (1966)

No Blog yesterday.
For the record I was unable to get a blog posted yesterday
Bernadette Stokes update:
Bernadette has taken a turn for the worse. Last night she started to get progressively worse. This morning she is unable to talk and for the most part is unresponsive. We were able to get her to stand up, but she was very unsteady. She has very little control of her leg and arm movements. She is loosing control of her motor movements.  When we ask her a question or talk to her she is non responsive, just laying with her eyes open. After numerous repeats of a question, she will eventually reply with a yes or no.  
With past spells, she has never been quite this low. Hopefully she will recover from this one too.
We were able to feed her a bowl of rice Cereal. She also drank about 16oz of water. We now have her outside on a reclining patio chair. Her condition is not improving.
         Happy Birthday David Schimetz DHS (’79): Mandan, NDSchimetz, David 1966
Happy birthday Evon Lagerquist (‘DhS ’77):  Dunseith, ND
Happy Birthday Clayton Parrill (’72): Bottineau, ND
Parrill, Clayton 1966   
Reply from Marlys Hiatt (’71):  Dunseith, ND
  I loved the picture of Bernadette on Valentines Day.  Way to go

Marlys Hiatt

Doris Smith Pritchard (DHS ’46)
(Died February 13, 2014) 
Smith Pritchard, Doris 1966
Our condolences are with Doris’ family with her passing.
From a message I got from Bill, I knew Doris was in a Minot hospital, not doing well, but I never expected her passing.
In my growing up days our family had close family ties with Corbin and Doris, especially my grandparents on my mother side. My mother’s sister, Luella Woodward Pritchard, after having been married to Corbin for about a year died of TB in San Haven in 1944.
Bill printed off each and everyone of these daily blogs for his mother too.
Bill, Keith and Cheryl, our prayers are with you with your mothers passing.
Reply from Glen Williams (’52):  Missoula, MT
As I recall the Dunseith Independent Basketball team in that era was sponsored by the American Legion…and had a lot of WW II vets on the team including Grenier…but I think Bill Fassett, Paul McCloud and Hazel Olson were some of the name that I remember being on the team….I am sure there were a lot more …but can’t remember their names….Gary Morgan probably remembers…Come on Gary give us the list.
World War Eleven
Postng from Bill Hosmer (’48):  Tucson, AZ
Gary and Friends.  There have been many complimentary statements

made about the fine teachers we all had during our days in the old school

house in Dunseith.  The attached post is an indication of how fortunate

we were to be taught history, and the other  subjects as well as we were.

I am glad the man walked out, but it is very sad.    Bill Hosmer

    I don’t know for sure that this happened but there are several references to the event on line.



    Theodore ” Dutch ” J. Van Kirk was the navigator on the ” Enola Gay” when it dropped the bomb at Hiroshima , Japan, and is the last surviving member of the crew.

    This really happened.   

    Dutch was asked to speak at a grammar school this past week.

    The young teacher introduced him by saying the speaker was a veteran of World War Eleven (as in WWII).

    Dutch stood up and walked out of the school without saying a word.

    End of story.


Blog posted on March 1, 2008
Glenn Millang Passed Away:  Messge from Ele Dietrich Slyter (69):
Some of you may have already heard, but in case you haven’t, I thought I had best send a note….Glen Millang passed away today.  He was being admitted to Rugby Hospital with pneaumonia when his heart stopped.  They brought him back once, but not for long.  Sounds like the funeral will be held Tuesday…will let you know more as things progress.  Ele
Condolences to the Millang Family From Gary & Bernadette Stokes:
Linda, Dale and the Millang Family,  You have our Sincere condolences with the death of Glenn.  He was such a young guy to have to leave us so early. He will be missed.  Gary & Bernadette Stokes
Margaret Metcalfe Leonard’s (65) comments – Alice Berube Funeral – and reply to Bowling picture: 
Thanks to Crystal, for the bowling picture… I have very few pictures of
my uncle Bing Evans, so it’s wonderful to see this one.

(Crystal’s note:  1955 Dunseith Men’s bowling league 1st place team.
Freddie Hiatt, Bing Evans, my Dad Bill Fassett, Don Johnson & Edgar
Anderson with Galen Olson on next alley (he was on the 2nd place team.)

By the way, Galen Olson, better known in Rolette as “Chuck Olson” was the
O in R&0 Plumbing, but he loved his farm up in the Turtle Mountains and
told lots of stories about growning up in the Dunseith area.

I just returned from Alice Berube’s funeral.  Tom Berube gave a wonderful
Eulogy last night at the Rosary.  Alice was so special to so many
people…everyone remembers her as a super cook and as a warm, wonderful
woman with a deep faith.  It is truly heart warming to see how the Evans
and Berube families all get along and really care about each other. What a
beautiful tribute to Fortune and Alice.

Margaret Leonard

Lola Metcalfe Vanory’s (68) reply to Crystal Fassett Andersen (70): 
lola vanorny, ew
Wow– Crystal thanks for the picture– I had seen that picture when I was a
little girl–but I don’t know what ever happened to it —  now I have
it-!!!!!-   Bing Evans was my favorite uncle and  died very young in a
fire–  it must have been shortly after this picture was taken because I
remember sitting on his lap and thought he was the greatest guy– he was
engaged to Jay’s Mom’s good friend Marlys Fritzvold .  a lab tech at San

My folks wouldn’t let me go to the funeral — I was soo upset!!–  and I
remember that as clear as day  they took me to   spend the day at Uncle
Cliff and Lottie Metcalfe’s.  I was about 5  –Uncle Cliff told me many
times how I came in the house and sat on a chair and held my little purse
on my lap  – until they came back for me.  and I do remember doing that–
I couldn’t understand why I couldn’t go to the funeral – in those days kids
didn’t go to funerals very often.

It is so amazing how young all those guys were–  handsome bunch huh?–
was that in the Garden tap? or wasn’t it built  yet?


Dick Johnson (68) – Condolences to the Alice Evans/Berube Family – & Remembrance of Carl Grimme:
Gary and friends

We too would like to send our condolences to the families of
Alice Evans Berube. Nice lady. I remember her having extra kids
in for lunch when we were out playing ball in their barn. When
they would ask if that was ok, her answer was always “sure”.
She will be sadly missed by all.

I would like to tell a story about Carl Grimme. He was born in
Germany and came to the U.S. as a young man. He brought with
him the old world ways of doing things exact. We were at Greg
Grimmes often and I was amazed at the things Carl could do. On
the south wall of their livingroom was a handmade ship that he
had made. It was authentic in detail and very intricate. Now
for the amazing part; IT WAS INSIDE A BOTTLE!!! I also remember
his ability to fix about anything that could be broken! He just
looked at the problem and then made a plan and went to work. I
was always impressed. Would’nt it be great if there were more
people like Carl Grimme in todays world!!


Susan Fassett Martin’s (65) message to many folks: 
To Vickie Hiatt:  My mom was one of the bowlers on the team with your mom.  They had so much fun together–Now they are having a great reunion and probably going bowling again.

To Jim, Frank, Mike, Tom, Pat and Greg– also, Tom, Jim, Cecile and Bill—-condolences on the loss of your mother and step mother.  Its hard to lose a parent at any age as you all well know.  I miss mine every day and think how proud they would be of  the communication of the Dunseith Alumni.  We come from great stock and a great community.  God Bless you all.

To Dick:   I plan to get to Dunseith this summer some time and will bring all the scrapbooks I have.  I am working on archiving old newspapers at this point.  I have a ways to go to be done.  If anyone wants to meet with me, I will let you know when I get a date set.  Probably will stay in Bottineau before going on to Walhalla.

To Beverly Azure:  So glad you are doing well.  If you are interested in anything holistic or in the way of prevention,  let me know.  My husband is in the holistic field and has many clients who have been battling cancer.  Prayers are with you

To Bill Hosmer:  thanks for the wonderful reply to the article I sent you.

And to everyone else—-Happy Spring(soon I hope)   Hugs and Prayers—Susan

Bob Slyter’s (70) Repy to Crystal Fassett Andersen (70): 
To Crystal Fassett-what a wonderful picture of dads bowling team, thanks, don’t ever remember him being that young  ha

2/14/2014 (1965)


Happy Birthday Patty Spaeth Espe (‘DHS ’61): Lake Havasu City, NV
   Espe, Patty 1965
Happy birthday Kathy Salmonson
From Dennis Dubois (’63):  Minneapolis, MN
Kathy, Happy Birthday. I hope the Montana weather is a little better than North Dakota or for that matter, Minnesota too. I hope to see you this summer as I make my annual trek to North Dakota. Have a good day and stay warm.
Frozen Fingers Music Festival in Minot
Message from Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,

This weekend is the annual Frozen Fingers Music Festival in Minot
at the Sleep Inn Convention Center.  It always is a good warm place to
be on a cold North Dakota day although this weekend is predicted to be
warmer than it has been for some time.  Lots of good music groups
performing throughout the two days.  Saturday is the main day and Friday
we are having up and coming local groups and performers and also a group
of  young cloggers performing throughout the afternoon. There is an
evening meal and a dance following that. I just thought some of the
readers might be interested.  Thanks Gary!


Question from Glen Williams (’52):  Missoula, MT
Was Meyer’s Department Store before it was a Gamble Store..
From Rosemary (Wayne ’61) Smith:  Lake Metigoshe, ND
I hope you had a chnce to see the skater (mens) from the Philippines.  17 years old & learned from tv and a once or twice a year pro.  He had a wonderful skate.  Rosemary.
Dave Sandness, who lives here in Cebu, posted this on his FB page. As he states, the Olympic games have not been Televised here here in Cebu.

We have more than 100 cable tv channels here and NONE carry the Sochi Olympic Games. Why? Many of our channels are devoted to sports including golf, boxing, basket ball, soccer, cricket, horse racing, cock fighting, etc. The only athlete in the current Olympics from the Philippines is a figure skater. Ice in the tropics?

(1955-1956) Dunseith Alumni
Posted by Larry Liere (1955)  Devils Lake, ND & Mesa, AZ
The picture sent in by Bob Hosmer.  I am standing (3rd. from the left) between Barry Shelver and Bob Hosmer
two guys that were friends when I lived in Dunseith.   Barry and I were in the same grade and graduated
in 1955.  If I remember correctly Bob Hosmer was a year younger and would have graduated in 1956.
The three of us played together a lot before I moved to Devils Lake in 3rd grade.  (a sad day in my life
back then)  Can any of you name the rest of the people and give their graduation date as 55 or 56??
Class of 55-56 1965
Posted by Susan Fassett Martin (’65):  Spearfish, SD
Dunseith 1965
  • Susan Kay Martin In this article the Dunseith team is called the Independents. When did the Dragons come to be??
  • Dennis Dubois the independents were a basketball team made of men who had already graduated or were no longer in school. Many of these guys had played high school ball as the Dragons. We still had an independent basketball team when I was in High school.
  • Glen Williams they had great “Independent” teams in those days.. Les was a Customs agent and great BB player
Happy Valentines day Bernadette,
Novie and Mirasol took and posted this picture on Face Book this morning.
Stokes 1965
Bernadette is feeling much better today. Our friends have invited us along with other friends to the Casino Espanol, a private club, for Valentines dinner this evening. Bernadette, I think, is feeling well enough to go. That wasn’t the case yesterday, but she is doing much better today.
Blog posted on February 29, 2008


Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine’s (73) Condolences to the Alice (Evans) Berube family:
To the children of Alice Berube, my thoughts and prayers are with you this
morning.  In the fall of 1999 we buried both our parents 4 weeks apart and
I still ache for them some days more so then others. I just wanted to share
a story with you about your mom.  I never knew your mom very well, but @ a
bowling tournament in Minot one year moms team was @ the state tournament
bowling for their sponsor Wayne’s Jack and Jill.  They were to bowl early
shift and as always Irene and her daughters were late.  Alice was so
concerned about mom because she was diabetic and they knew she needed to
eat.  They made sure she had fruit or some thing.  I was so pleased to see
the love these ladies had for her. I made comment about her babysitters and
mom just smiled and said “oh they are so good to me”.  After that I had a
real soft spot for all the ladies on that team. Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine 73
Dave Slyter’s (70) Condolences to the Evans/Berube families, reply to Margaret Metcalfe’s (65) pictures & Message to Bev Morniville (72):
What great pictures this time around.   Especially the albino moose.   Jamestown may have the white buffalo but Dunseith has a great white moose.   : )    Is that this  years picture?�

Message to the Evans/Berube families.  My condolences to all of you.  It is never easy during a time like this but the message of going home to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is always a comforting thought. �

Message to Bev Mornville.  Glad that the recovery is going great.  Keep working hard and keeping the faith and everything will turn out o.k.�

The cemeteries idea is a great one.  I will be in getting in touch with Rod very soon.�

Dave Slyter  : )
Dick Johnson’s (68) reply to Susan Fassett (65) and Bill Hosmer (48): 
Gary and friendsThanks to Susan Fassett Martin for the correct story on the
triple anniversary. You guys don’t know of the extent of
collecting of pictures and articles and memories the Fassett
girls and their parents and Grandma Kate have done! When Susan
came to the reunion this past summer, she had the back of her
suv full of scrapbooks, pictures, etc. We spent a couple hours
at the drivein looking at scrapbooks, when I was supposed to be
home working! It was well worth the time, as I can’t get enough
of the history of our area. Many years ago at Kate’s, I read
her scrapbook containing the stories on the blizzard of 1941.
Many people lost there lives. Some were local.She had the
articles from most of the papers and magazines that had printed
it. Amazing to me!
To Bill Hosmer; we would be glad to take a look at your song.
We do Ghost Riders in the Sky already so this should work out.
Our lead guitar player, Jade Mogard, has the instrumental solo
down great. There will be no cost, we usually do these things
for the fun WE have and if others enjoy it that is a bonus.
Send us what you have and we’ll give it a whirl!!
Thanks again to Gary Stokes, great thing!


From Alan Poitra (76):
Hi Gary, I wanted to add St. Mary’s Cemetery.  I do not know who keeps that one up.
Questioin: Who is the point of contact for St. Mary’s Cemetery? Gary
From LeaRae Parrill Espe (67):
I just talked to Floyd Pladson and his wife is the treasurer.
If anyone wants to donate to the Rendahl Cemetery it could be sent to:
Pat Pladson
9540 Hwy 60
Bottineau, ND  58318
Bob Bott  and his family have been in charge of the mowing and upkeep for a number of years. Volunteers meet in May to do a general cleanup before Memorial Day.  Donations are appreciated.
 My sister in law, Nora Parrill, is planning to get a sign made for out on the Willow Lake Road.
There is a small one, but she missed it the day we buried Clark.
Thanks, LeaRae Parrill Espe



From Rodney Medrud (71):



CEMETERY                                                                   THANK YOU


RR1 BOX 194 A


From Allen Richard (65):
On the Catholic cemetary–Check with Armand Mongeon.
From Crystal Fassett Anderson (70):
Hello  It’s me again!  Would the people to whom we send our contributions to help with the cemetery upkeep, please post their mailing addresses.  My husband, Dale & I are both retired postmasters, so like to have proper addresses!! Thanks & just for fun I am attaching a picture of the 1955 Dunseith Men’s bowling league 1st place team. Freddie Hiatt, Bing Evans, my Dad Bill Fassett, Don Johnson & Edgar Anderson with Galen Olson on next alley (he was on the 2nd place team.
From Susan Fassett Martin (65):
These are a few ads from the “Dunseith Journal” dated  Thursday, April
1st, 1937.  Enjoy!!    Susan

2/13/2014 (1964)

Photo’s posted by Susan Fassett Martin (’64): Spearfish, SDDunseith 1964Dunseith 1964-1Gerald Anderson on the Vehicle

Dunseith 1964-2
October 1954
Dunseith 1964-5
Toni Morinville: Wow! This was my great uncle who never married. He always spent
holidays with us. He fought in France in WWI. 
Stokes Family picture
Posted by Dale Pritchard (’63): pritchard@cebridge.net Leesville, LA
I’m still working old pictures and getting them saved in the computer.  I have over 1,600 so far and keep finding more.  I have to go back sometime and rework some I put in before I was introduced to Snippy.  I came across a picture of you and your family in one of the shoe boxes.  I assume you have a copy of this but in case you don’t have one, you do now. 
We got about four inches of snow last month then about three days later we got a good sheet of ice.  Definitely not normal for lower Louisiana.  When a little snow or ice is forecast they close the schools in advance.  I guess that’s good from the school’s legal standpoint.  No bus accidents, no lawsuits!  If ND followed that theory, the schools would be closed for the Winter and resume in the Spring to make up the weather days lost.
Dale Pritchard 
Thanks for posting Dale,
I actually have this picture too. It was taken when I was home on furlough from the Army following Basic and AIT. Steve Wondrasck took this one. That I remember very well. He was telling us about his military history and that he was a Major in one of the services. At the moment I have forgotten which service he was in. The Air Force rings a bell?
Joke of the day
Posted by Rosemary (Wayne ’61) Smith:  Lake Metigoshe, ND
An old, blind cowboy wanders into an all-girl biker bar by mistake. He finds his way to a bar stool and orders a shot of Gentleman Jack Daniels. After sitting there for awhile, he yells to the bartender, ‘Hey, you wanna hear a blonde joke?’ The bar immediately falls absolutely silent. In a very deep, husky voice, the woman next to him says, ‘Before you tell that joke, Cowboy, I think it is only fair, Given that you are blind, that you should know five things: 1. The bartender is a blonde girl with a baseball bat. 2 The bouncer is a blonde girl. 3.. I’m a 6-foot tall, 175-pound blonde woman with a black belt in karate. 4. The woman sitting next to me is blonde and a professional weight lifter. 5. The lady to your right is blonde and a professional wrestler. Now, think about it seriously, Cowboy. Do you still wanna tell that blonde joke?’ The blind cowboy thinks for a second, shakes his head and mutters, ‘No…not if I’m gonna have to explain it five times.’ 

His funeral is this weekend………………………………….
Know anyone looking for a old seeing eye dog??………………………….. 

Blog posted on February 27, 2008


Diane Larson Sjol’s (70) reply to Susan Fassett (65):
I so enjoyed the article about the Hosmer triple wedding…thanks for�
Bob Hosmer’s (56) reply to Crystal Fassett (70) – Cemeteries:
Thanks, Crystal, for that wonderful suggestion about setting up some sort of endowment to care for Riverside Cemetary.  I’m ready to contribute.  Let’s find out how checks should be made out and who would or does manage those funds.  I know my brother Bill takes care of the Hosmer plot when he is at Metegoshi  late spring to early fall.  Thanks for getting this important ball rolling.  Bob Hosmer
From Gary Stokes
The Cemeteries are
1. Riverside – Rod Medrud (701) 244-5829 – Work (701) 244-5438 rod.n.mary@hotmail.com
2. Little Prairie – Joan Salmonson (701) 263-4613 – Work (701) 244-5438 salmonso@srt.com
3. Rendahl – Bob Bott (701) 263-4841  brown_wcnd@msn.com
4. St. Louis Catholic – ?????? (Need some help with this one – Gary)
5. Ackworth – Nettie / Martin Peterson – (701) 263-4061 (Ackworth folks [Evon or Glenda] I’m not sure if Nettie is still the treasure – Gary)
Folks, please make corrections to what I’ve listed above so we can publish the correct info.  Thanks, Gary
Doreen Bailey’s reply to Gary Metcalfe (57) with pictures:
Gary, The Bailey farm was first settled by Mahlon L. Bailey and Frances Cora Anderson Bailey.  They were Vance’s grandparents (came from Missouri). Virgil Bailey (son of Mahlon) and Marie Hobbs Bailey were Vance’s parents.  They lived on the farm with the grandparents until Vance and Wayne started school in Dunseith, then they moved to town.  Mahlon built the house and barn on the farm.
Reading the Dunseith, memories is my attachment to Vance,  he talked so much about everyone, I recognize many, many of the family names that come up in the memories. . I will be in Dunseith the last week in May.   Thanks Gary Stokes-   Doreen Bailey, Tempe, AZ

2/12/2014 (1963)

 Happy birthday  Kathy  Salmonson  Helgeland  (’63): Dunseith, NDSalmonson, Kathy 1963

Toni Morinville (’68) & Randy Kelly (’69):
        Posted by Susan Fassett Martin (’65):  Spearfish, SD
Kelly Morinville 1963
Posted by Susan Fassett Martin (’65):  Spearfish, SDFassett 1963 Susan Kay Martin  my Dad, Bill Fassett, second from left
We made it Video
Posted by Bill Hosmer (’48):  Tucson, AZ
This is a theme that the contributions to our blog bring to mind when I
read of those “olden” days of North Dakota.    Bill Hosmer
Reply from Diane Larson Sjol (’70):   Minot & Lake Metigoshe, ND

Great picture of Aunt Inie and Uncle Jack (Hosmer)!


Picture provided by Dick Johnson (68):




I ran across this picture while looking for some others. This
is the 50th anniversary of the three couples, Jack and Inez
Hosmer, Ike and Agnes Berg, and Glen and Annabelle Shelver. I
believe they were all married at the same time in Boissevain in
1929. This was not dated but should be 1979 I think. Great
bunch of folks. Please correct me on the dates, if I don’t have
them right. Memories of them would be nice to hear! Thanks Gary!

DickHosmer 1963

2012 Dunseith Photo
Posted by Terry Marion (’75):  Dunseith, ND
Gary, see if you can open this photo and zoom it in, this one matches closely the original in taken in 63, there are several others that I can send that were taken from different angles if you would like, I could send them daily until you get them all.  Terry L. Marion
The picture size of this photo is 50% of the original. The original PDF photo that Terry sent me is very clear with lots of detail when viewed at 200%. The file size is way to big to be sending with a group message. For those of you that would like a copy of the original PDF file please let me know so I can forward it to you.
Thank you Terry.
Dunseith 1961
.Stokes 1963
Joke of the day
Posted by Allen Richard (’65):  Midland, MI
Adam ate the apple..
A woman ran a red traffic light and crashed into a man’s car.

Both of their cars are demolished but amazingly neither of them
was hurt.

After they crawled out of their cars, the woman said; “Wow,
just look at our cars!  There’s nothing left, but fortunately we 

are unhurt. This must be a sign from God that we should meet 
and be friends and live together in peace for the rest of our days.”

The man replied, “I agree with you completely. This must be
a sign from God!” The woman continued, “And look at this, 
here’s another miracle.  My car is completely demolished, but
 my bottle of wine didn’t break.  Surely God wants us to drink 
this wine and celebrate our good fortune.”

Then she hands the bottle to the man. The man nods his head in
agreement, opens it, drinks half the bottle and then hands it back
to the woman. The woman takes the bottle, immediately puts the 

cap back on, and hands it back to the man.

The man asks, “Aren’t you having any?”   She replies, 

“Nah. I think I’ll just wait for the police.”

Adam ate the apple, too!

Men will never learn….

Blog posted on February 27, 2008


Sharon Longie Dana’s (73) Condolences to the Evans/Berube family & question about Bev Azure:
Can someone tell me what’s going on with Clarence and
Bev Azure???/ the medical expenses part??? I have been
out of the loop.
I also send my condolences for the Berube/Evans
families, she was the nicest woman. I always remember
her when we sold Christmas wreaths, she bought one
every year and it was a special time to visit with
Sharon Longie Dana(class of 73)
Sharon, For those of you in the classes of 72 & 73 and a few others that have been added to the Alumni list in the past month, I’ve pasted. at the bottome of this message, a few of the messages explaining Bev’s bout with Cancer.  She is one lucky lady to have come out of this whole thing as well as she has.  The messages at the bottom pretty much explaine her whole story.
Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine’s (73) reply to Gary Stokes’ phone call:
Next to visting with you last evening this news letter was great.  I have
so many fond memories of Dunseith school days and the Turtle mountians.  I
think of all the good times in 4-H and those hay rides.  I would love to
hear from anyone and everyone.  thanks for adding me to your e-mail
address.  Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine class of 73.
Note: Jim, Marlys, Vickie & Lorie are all siblings of Norman & Irene Hiatt (Both deceased).  They were our close neighbors to the east of us up in the hills in the Ackworth community.  We did a lot of neighboring back and forth in our growing up days of which I have fond memories of. We now have all four of the Hiatt siblings are on our distribution list.  Gary
Diane Larson Sjol”s (70) memory of Jack Hosmer:
I remember Uncle Jack (Hosmer) taking us kids out on the pontoon. We�
had so much fun…it was actually the first pontoon on the�
lake…complete with lawn chairs and a little cooler.  He would take�
it out on the lake and let us jump off and swim.  He never seemed to�
be in a hurry….When I walked in the store at about age 10, he would�
holler here comes Dinah Shore…don’t know why he called me that but I�
kind of liked the attention.  Both Jack and Inie were wonderful�
people.  We have lots of good memories of both of them….they are�
missed.  Thanks for the picture Dick.  Diane
Bill Hosmer’s (48) question for Dick Johnson (68) and others (68):
Gary, and my Dunseith Friends,Just a quick comment on Dick Johnson’s comments about the triple 50th
wedding anniversary.  Dad (Jack) and Glen took their two women to
Crookston Minnesota and had a double wedding.  They used Ike Berg’s
car for some reason, maybe because it had front and back seats. In
actuality, Ike and Agnes were married that same year, 1929, but were
already married but could not reveal that fact because Agnes was a
school teacher, and marriage was not allowed in those days unless you
were a male.  Some swell rationale behind all that, I suppose.

On another matter for Dick and you other musicians in our readership
I have a favor to ask and pursue, and you may have some ideas how to
approach this task:   I wrote some words for a song about a fighter
airplane I flew long ago, for a reunion of a bunch of the fighter
pilots who flew it.  It premiered at the first F-100 Super Sabre
Society reunion in 2007.  The next reunion will be in the spring of
2009, where I would like to play it on a CD with speakers for the 5
or 7 hundred people who will be there.  The two F-100 pilots who sang
it the first time could not be heard, and I’ve been asked to get
different musicians, because the words were well liked.

The words are mine, but I stole the music from an old version of
“Ghost Riders In The Sky” made popular by a vocalist named Frankie
Laine.    My version is called  “Hun Drivers In The Sky”   “Hun” is
the nickname of the F- one hundred.

I heard Dick’s Dad, Don Johnson sing many times while we were in
DHS, and maybe some of those musical genes are maintained in the
musical repertoise of Dick, and others of you who have excelled in
the musical world.

My strategy, if there is any interest in this project, is to email
the words to the piece to appropriate and kind interested musicians
from my home town territory.  I would cover any expenses, and
provide an amount of cash to make the time and effort worth while.
Copies of the disc would be available  for any performers at zero
cost , as well.   With copyright laws in question, I would not
intend on selling any CDs, but just use the one I get to play at the
2009 reunion in Las Vegas, NV.

I will send the words if there is any interest in this matter.  I
am looking around the field of guys I flew the Hun with, but one
thing about fighter pilot singing is that it usually done in large
numbers with alot of alcolhol having been consumed, thereby making
the tonal quality “irritating” at best.  A North Dakota sound from
the hills and plains would be something special and one I’d be
proud to give full credit to when the event occurs.

Gary and all the rest, all my best.   Bill Hosmer

From Susan Fassett Martin (65):
This is the article from the TMS in Oct of 1979.  It goes with the
picture that Dick sent.  The article is an interesting one, I hope it
comes throught good enough for all to read.  Three nice couples, who
added a lot to the history of Dunseith.      Hugs,   Susan

Bev Morinville Azure’s Cancer diagnosis
Classes of 72 & 73 and a few others of you that have been added to the Alumni list in the past month:
These are a few of the messages in progression that explain Bev’s diagnosis with cancer and her present condition to date.
1/10/08: Message from Deb Morinville (70).  Bev Morinville (72) has Cancer:
Hi Gary,
If it’s possible could you pass this along to the classes of 68 through 73?  As you know Bev found out that she has cancer in her mouth, under the tongue to be precise.  She has to have Cat scans, chest X-rays and bloodwork, but it looks like she will be having surgery on Tuesday. It’s going to be very rough for a few weeks.  They told her she will lose about 75% of her tongue and will have to have speech therapy.  She will also have a g-tube for feeding and drinking for a while.  Also they will remove her bottom teeth because it makes it easier for radiation.
Those of you that have time I know that she would love to hear from you. Her snail mail is
Bev Azure
POB 447
Dunseith ND 58329
1/26/08: Deb Morinville’s (72) Surgery: Report from Deb Morinville (70):
Hi Gary,
Here is the first report after Bev’s surgery today.  The dr. said that he didn’t have to take as much of her tongue.  In fact he could leave the tip and so she will have way less difficulty talking. She should be able to very quickly.  The CAT scan and other tests look like they got everything and the tumor hadn’t spread.  We are all so relieved and are cautiously optimistic.  When I hear more I’ll let you know.  BTW  thank you to all who have sent her cards and emails.  She is overwhelmed (in a good way) and deeply moved.  You have all helped her to face this with a lot of strength and grace.  I am so grateful to you all.  But what else could you expect from Dunseith’s best?


2/8/08: Bev Morinville’s (72) update from sister Deb (70):
Hi Gary,
I  just finished a short but very happy phone call with Bev!  She is doing so terrific that SHE answered the phone.  Sent me immediately into a frenzy of crying and laughing!  She will be finding out soon about radiation but she won’t have to have chemo and she is speaking so clearly.  I was so amazed.  She stills tires easily but will return to her computer soon.  In the meantime I have forwarded to her all the private emails I have received asking about her.  She wants me to tell all of you that she is so grateful for the outpouring of love, support and prayers that she has received.  It really is a miracle and an amazing answer to all those prayers.
Deb Morinville Marmon 70
2/10/08: Message from Bev Morinville Azure (72):

2/11/2014 (1962)

Face book pictures

Please tag me on any Face Book pictures you would posted.
Happy Birthday Laurel Wenstad:  Calgary, Alberta
From Gary Metcalfe (57) – Memories: 
Talking about plays there was a production at Peterson Hall south of Kelvin about 1947.  My dad, Jim Metcalfe, was on stage with a bouquet of onions, a dress borrowed from Hazel Foss and a pillow under the dress, A BRIDE.  The groom was either Ed Walters or Leslie Sime, what their props were I do not remember.  They were all pretty good and I don’t think they rehearsed more than once.  My dad probably sang, “Those Hillbilly’s Are City Williams Now”.  Crazy, huh.??
Now your dad, Gary Stokes, was a one man show at 4H at Floyd Lambs, as I remember.
Peterson Hall was an old CCC barracks moved down from the Peace Gardens.  Gary Metcalfe
Reply to Gary Metcalfe’s memories posted above
From Geri Metcalfe Munro (’59):  Fargo, ND
Hi Gary,
We just returned from a month on the island of Kauai, Hawaii so I’m trying to catch up on email.

In reference to my brother, Gary Metcalfe’s memories of “the wedding” at Peterson’s Hall, my Dad, Jim Metcalfe was the bride, Ed Walters was the groom and your Dad, Bob Stokes was the minister, and my Dad did sing, “Those Hillbillies is Mountain (city?) Women Now”.  I wasn’t very old but I sure remember that one.  Your Dad had been round glasses and he did a great job!  We had a picture for many years but I’m not sure my Mom thought it was appropriate.  It was all in fun though!  I don’t remember Bob Stokes doing a play at Floyd and Dorothy Lamb’s.

I look forward to catching up on the Stokes blog.  THANKS GARY!

Geri Metcalfe Munro

Welcome home Geri and Chuck,
I am sure you didn’t miss the harsh ND winter that you missed.
In my very younger days, my folks were very active with the Little Prairie folks. When I was about 6 years old they joined Salem Church. With that they spent more and more time that direction, but still were active in many of the Little Prairie functions. I have heard talk of the little skit our folks did too. That was their entertainment back then. I loved the pie socials too.
From Lola Metcalfe Vanorny (’68):  Dunseith, ND
Yes Vickie I remember those days well– !!  

I remember Claudia Espe would let me sit with her and put my feet under her seat so they would stay warm- !!- what a precious lady!!— –we would freeze!!_ and then they put boards across the seats so more kids could get on the bus- !!– so we had about 50 kids on a 30 passenger bus!!- no heaters— we would have to bring blankets to try to stay warm!!– and then froze anyway cause there were holes in the floor!!!
When Dwayne Fugere and Johnny Hill took over it was different!!- we had heaters and seats to sit in- !!- and we would sing!!-  the whole bus learned the songs !!
Dwayne drove for a few years and then Arnold Zeiler was our driver-!!- and we-‘especially my sister Helen–”   had all these songs- that we loved to sing-!!!  North to Alaska–  ElPaso —  and a whole bunch of other popular songs of the day — “from a Jack to a King”  and “king of the Road”- Arnold expressed his appreciation years later of how much fun it was and kept the kids quiet on the bus–  — we had so many fun times on their buses- !!! —  at this time they came directly into the yard — and my Dad would holler up the stairs!!- the bus is in here and all 4 of us girls would scramble to get dressed etc-  in about the maximum of 10 minutes  !!!!– and then he would say — Well,  i thought i heard the bus- !! and then about 30 minutes later after Mom would try to get us to eat and be outside —  in time for the bus!!!_  funny we never caught on or didn’t know when he was serious or if it was really there!!-LOL!!!_  those were some fun years on the bus!!- 
Then we got into school activities- like band and chorus after school and plays and sports – cheerleading  which moved us to town to stay with GRamma “Evans”  what a sweet lady- !! she loved having her granddaughters stay with her– we could do no wrong- and as long  as we cooked she would wash dishes– so her diet consisted of tuna salad sandwiches and or —  tv dinners supplied by my mom- or raisen   bread and cheese and canned fruit!!- which was her favorite!!- no wonder she had perfect health until she died- at a ripe old age!!!-  heck !!– we didn’t know how to cook then!!-  and gramma didn’t care!- as long as she didn’t have to – she was a horse woman!!-  she had her horses when my mom was young and loved them- !!-  Mom had to do the cooking  and my aunt hannah rocked the babies and Gramma worked the fields-  she was beloved by many in Dunseith- Marie ALlard–  hannah Bedard– and her buddies =- usually men she could talk horses with =- but usually her serene little house was just her humming or singing in norwegian and we would listen-and try to learn–  –  unless we had a “friend” over!!– and then she would tell all her horse stories to — she getting a little forgetful by that time and would repeat them–  But Jay never tired of hearing them !!- and she liked him  and she called him that “Hetle” boy!!- I would say “no Gramma that is Jay Vanorny  “–but it didn’t seem to register–{  –  He loved her and would bring her cut wood- cause she would split her own wood if he didn’t– !!–  
And then there came the time she had to go stay with my Mom and Dad in the hills —  so she took to Patti’s boy “Steven”  a baby and held him continually – day and night-  I don’t think it was alzheimers but just dementia-  but Steve was truly loved all day every day !!-LOL!!!-  
and eventually had to go to the Good Samaritan HOme in Bottineau where she would  dance along the halls and sing norwegian songs-  and live back in the day of her father and herself as a child!!_  and we just humored her – as if it were so !!– she thought i was my Dad’s mother “Rose”  – and would tell me stories of what she did that day — and i would just go along with it–  then she would say “How far do you have to go home”?? and i would say about 20 Miles- and she would say “It will be dark soon you better go ” — at 4pm!–  and i would just agree!!-  
She was the Very BEST GRamma in all the world- !!- — she thought her granddaughters were the best and thought we worked way !!- too hard at Dales after school and then our studies and all the cheerleading and extra circular activities- !!!i– she said you girls just work way too hard!!-  
She was such a serene lady!!!_  that is the best word i can think of for her!!_ She had many hardships and hard times throughout her life and many heartaches for one life time of losing children before their time- !!!  But she was always of great faith and peaceful!!-  God bless her memory!!- LOla
Reply to Dick Johnson
From Larry Hackman (’66):  Bismarck, ND
Posting of the day
From Leland Hagen (’50):  Bryan, TX 
ARAPROSDOKIANS (Winston Churchill loved them) are figures of speech in
which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected;
frequently humorous.

1. Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.

2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it’s still on my list.

3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear brightuntil you hear them speak.

4. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.

5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

6. War does not determine who is right – only who is left.

7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it
in a fruit salad.

8. They begin the evening news with ‘Good Evening,’ then proceed to
tell you why it isn’t.

9. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many
is research.

10. Buses stop in bus stations. Trains stop in train stations. On my
desk is a work station.

11. I thought I wanted a career. Turns out I just wanted paychecks.

12. In filling out an application, where it says, ‘In case of
emergency, notify:’ I put ‘DOCTOR.’

13. I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

14. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the
street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

15. Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a
successful man is usually another woman.

16. A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.

17. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute
to skydive twice.

18. Money can’t buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to
live with.

19. There’s a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so
they can’t get away.

20. I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure.

21. You’re never too old to learn something stupid.

22. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever
you hit the target.

23. Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.

24. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

25. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than
standing in a garage makes you a car.

26. Where there’s a will, there are relatives.


I’m supposed to respect my elders, but it’s getting harder and harder
for me to find one now.

Blog posted on February 26, 2008



From Lee Struck (66) – Condolences to the Evans & Berube families:

Gary –
Please send along my condolences to the Evans and Berube families!  Alice was a kind, loving and gentle woman.  My memories of her and the men & women she raised and fostered are of sound, strong and good people.
The world will miss her.
Lee Struck




Gary Metcalfe’s (57) memories of Adrian Egbert:



Adrian Egbert, according to my dad, a very hard working man in his earlier years.  As I knew about Adrian, he had an old Ford pickup, with no driver door for easy access.  He told me one time just how handy he was with the women.  Most of you have heard about how he took all bets.  He once ate a deck of cards.  One day the boys set Adrian up, can you imagine, bet him he could not eat a half a box of Forever Yours candy bars in twenty minutes.  Of course they were laced with crotin oil.  Adrian gets a call from the San Haven for his taxi service, six nurses wanted to go to Belcourt…..draw your own conclusions.  Adrian was not shy, thank goodness.   I wonder if Joe Evans had anything to do with that?  Adrian really was quite a man, my dad said that Bill Peterson and Clifford Metcalfe had the ride of their life coming back from Seattle.  That rope that the old cars had just behind the front seat, had some pure white knuckles wrapped around it.   Adrian
was a taxi driver extraordinaire.  A big old Buick past them on a curve in the mountain in Idaho, Adrian said, “what was that license number?”  The guys said, “We don’t know.”  He said, “You will.”  He melted a tire about that time, we had butl tubes in those war years.  Those mountain roads were narrow and steep then.
His baby sister, Sadie died with my Aunt Lilly in a lake one mile north of the Bailey place.  Doreen, if you are reading this, I had a memory jolt, my dad always referred to Vance’s home place as the old Mahlon Bailey place.  Was Mahlon a person or what.  That picture you sent triggered that memory about a week later.  Gary Metcalfe




Note to Stan & Joan Salmonson (61): Is Donald Egbert (65), Adrian’s son, still making his daily visits to your lumber yard store? Gary






Picture provided by Dick Johnson (68):



GARY AND FRIENDSI ran across this picture while looking for some others. This
is the 50th anniversary of the three couples, Jack and Inez
Hosmer, Ike and Agnes Berg, and Glen and Annabelle Shelver. I
believe they were all married at the same time in Boissevain in
1929. This was not dated but should be 1979 I think. Great
bunch of folks. Please correct me on the dates, if I don’t have
them right. Memories of them would be nice to hear! Thanks Gary!









Flyer for Bev Morinville Azure (72) provided by Verena Gillis (Mrs. Pete 65):  








From Rodney Medrud (71) – Please add Rodney to your email address book:



Hi Gary just wanted to thank you for the letter that I got from you. It was good to see all of the peoples names on the list. You sure are spending a lot of time on this and I thing it is great

We got email address now so you can add it on.�









Dunseith News Scanned & Provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:

2/10/2014 (1961)

Missing blogs,


Last year when my saved Dunseith Blogs email folder go really big it did an out delete. In the processes I lost my saved blogs for the Months of March, April and May of 2008. I did not have these saved in our Website either. Do any of you by chance have copies of those three month Blogs?
     Happy  Birthday  Tammy  Azure:  Dickenson,  ND
Azure, Tammy 1961
1933-1934 Basketball team
Posted by Susan Fassett Martin (’65):  Spearfish, SD
Thanks Susan for this picture.
The guys in this picture would be nearly a hundred years old if living today. Clarence Hagen was born in December 1914.
Basketball team 1933-1934 1961
1963 Dunseith Photo
Posted by Terry Marion (’75):  Dunseith, ND
Gary, thought you might want to share this with your readers, I had this remade from a picture that was taken on June 6th of 1963 and has been in the post office for as long as I can remember,  The City had some new pictures taken in June of 2012 and I will send that on the another email.  I have these both in my office and they are a great conversation item.  I had extra prints made and will give them to Shelly at the City Hall, if someone was interested  in having a set I’m sure she would help them to get a set.  Terry L. Marion
The picture size of this photo is 15% of the original. The original PDF photo that Terry sent me is very clear with lots of detail when viewed at 150%. The file size is way to big to be sending with a group message. For those of you that would like a copy of the original PDF file please let me know so I can forward it to you.
I was unable to open the 2012 photo, so Terry is sending it to me again.
Thank you Terry.
Dunseith 1961
Country kids and the buses
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70): dogdays@utma.com Bottineau, ND
Gary and friends,
The beginning of the 60’s brought many rural kids to town school.
Years ago,  there were few school buses picking up kids of the hills.
My parents made the decision away from a one room  school to town school
My parents were determined that their children would all graduate from High School.
So I never went to a rural one roomed school.  I attended first grade in WA.
We moved back to the farm.
When I was in 2nd grade a big yellow bus would  pick us up or drop us off at the highway.
If we were lucky, my  mom would be waiting  to pick us up.
If not my older sister and I began a 1 1/2 mile walk to the farm. 
I recall times in the fall,  Leo Lamoureux stopping to give us a ride.
He had guns in his car and he was on his way to go  bird hunting.
We knew he was safe. And he saved and gave my dad his reading magazines.
Soon farm families began  to contract “feeder cars”.
 The  “feeder” cars would wait by highway number 3 for a big yellow school bus to come.
 Take the kids on home in the afternoon or pick up in the mornings. In our area,
Edmund Walter was one of  the feeder car drivers.
Johnny and Pat Myers drove one of the first yellow buses. It had holes in the floor, dusty, 
drafty and was not  very warm in the winter and hot and dry in the fall.
 But there  was no complaining.
I recall one fall afternoon,  I was riding the Myer bus  with my cousins, who lived at the border.
Pat was driving the bus that day. She drove north on the highway, dropping off kids.
A mile south of the border, she  made right turn east to drop off the Lambs
Strikers and Ele Deitrich. The dust was flying through the window and up holes in the floor.
We bounced and swerved  speedily along.
Pat  continued driving   east  and south until she got to dusty highway # 43,  another  turn, 
right and the bus  was traveled east.  
My stomach was turning as bile rose up my throat.
I kept my eyes  glued on the biggest  hole in the floor.  
I  watched  as  the earth moved under my feet.  .
The bus traveled over a rise.
Bleakkkkk….deep breath.
There in a dip of the road. was a big  sow  pig and many half grown young-un hogs!
Pat laid her body  on the horn and feet on  the brakes
No reponse from the herd of pigs as the bus jolted to a STOP.
The bus sat in the midst of a herd of grunty lazy pigs.
Out of Pat’s mouth…….cussing . 
Expletives! I had never heard before!
The pig family were  in no hurry to move. Pat  cranked open the door! 
She bounded down the steps!
She cussed and yelled some more shooing them.
The  pigs, grunted and squealed as they meandered south into the ditch.
Pat was blazing angry!  She climbed the steps back into the bus.
Wide eyed.  Holding our breath,nary a word slipped out of  the lips of kids on the bus.
Then Hill and Fugere began contracting bus transportation.
In 4th grade there weremore rural schools which closed. 
As a result, Dunseith town school grew.
 For many farm kids this was a big change!  
A scary change from a one room school to a bloated overflowing school building.
Mrs. Conroy’s  fourth grade class grew and changed  that year.  
Karen and Sandy Hagen, David Landverk, and the Barbara Wenstad  and others from country schools
joined  her class. Other’s went  into Mrs. Longs combination room
They were far and _____ away in another section of the building.
Many kids chose not to go to Indian boarding schools also joined us.
The baby boomers from rural areas had finally arrived!
Later. Vickie
Blog posted on February 25, 2008


From Ele Dietrich Syter (69) – Memories:
Yes, I do remember standing in line on the stairs and in the COLD hallway waiting for my lunch.  I also remember (much better I might add) Stella Schmitz doing the cooking.  No one, in my opinion, has ever made Chili better than her.  To this very day one of my favorite meals is chili and cheese sandwiches.
One other thing that I have been thinking about mentioning here is Herman Martinson’s bismarcks.  To this day I am still looking for a  bismarck that tastes as good as his did. And the glazed doughnuts also had that same special taste that no one has been able to duplicate.  Any chance you might share the receipe for those Tim???
Funny how something like that will stay with you through a lifetime, but that is what this is all about isn’t it—MEMORIES.
From Gary Metcalfe (57) – Memories: 
Talking about plays there was a production at Peterson Hall south of Kelvin about 1947.  My dad, Jim Metcalfe, was on stage with a bouquet of onions, a dress borrowed from Hazel Foss and a pillow under the dress, A BRIDE.  The groom was either Ed Walters or Leslie Sime, what their props were I do not remember.  They were all pretty good and I don’t think they rehearsed more than once.  My dad probably sang, “Those Hillbilly’s Are City Williams Now”.  Crazy, huh.??
Now your dad, Gary Stokes, was a one man show at 4H at Floyd Lambs, as I remember.
Peterson Hall was an old CCC barracks moved down from the Peace Gardens.  Gary Metcalfe
From Diane Larson Sjol (70) – San Haven:
About San Haven…for those of you that don’t know, Scott Waggert,�
Editor of the Bottineau Courant, did an extensive study on San Haven,�
interviewing the people who “lived” there with TB…I teach at MSU-B�
and he was kind enough to talk to my students about San Haven on�
Friday during our chapter on respiratory disease.  I know his work can�
be accessed by computer and I will get the website for you next week�
so you can take a look at it.  San Haven was beautiful in its day but�
is now sadly in ruins.  Diane Larson Sjol
From Dick Johnson – Memories & Cemeteries:
 Gary and friendsWhen I heard the bike stories and Gary Metcalfe’s question
about Adrian Egbert it reminded me of the story about Don
Egbert and his bike. We lived just across the street to the
south of Ebert’s and when I got my old used bike from Edgar
Anderson, Donnie came over and I told him to take it for a
spin. He didn’t know how to ride but he ran up and down the
alley pushing the bike. Dad came out and said “get on Donald,
and I will help you learn how.” Don handed me the bike and ran
for home! A few days later Don and I and Marvin Kalk were
sitting on the north side of our house in the shade when Adrian
turned off Main Street and drove by with another used bike
sticking out of the trunk of his old 1953 Chevy. Before he even
got stopped, Don jumped up and ran across the street and into
their house. Marvin an I watched while Ol’ Ade took the bike
out and set it up behind the car. He walked into the house and
came out with Donald, pulling him by yhe ear. Ade yelled, ” I
bought you dis bike and by dod you gonna wide it, now dit on”!
Poor Don got on and started south past Kalk’s and peddled
faster and faster until Marvin and got left behind. He got over
to the side of the street and hit the gravel ridge and took a
nasty tumble! I can’t remember what happened to him{ if he got
hurt] but he rode bike after that!!
Crystal Fassett Anderson mentioned our local cemeteries and
memorials. The Riverside Cemetery has several board members, I
think Rod Medrud is one who you could contact. The caretaker at
Rendahl, I heard was Bob Bott. At Little Prairie, we are lucky
to have Joan Wurgler Salmonson as our secretary/ treasurer. Rod
or Joan can be reached at the lumberyard during the day as they
both work there. That number is 701-244=5438. We all have
limited finances and do the best we can with what we have. At
Little Prairie, we just completed a new front fence with brick
pillars and wrought iron railing. It took several years and
lots of volunteers but now it is nice!!Dick

With Dick Johnson and Diane Larson Sjol having comments in today’s message, I thought I’d share a picture with them, taken this last July, along with Diane’s sister Cheryl, Paulette LaCroix & Toni Morinville.  Gary
Picture L To R:
Paulette La Croix, Dick Johnson, Toni Morinvelle, Cheryl Larson, Diane Larson

2/9/2014 (1960)

No Blog yesterday
For the record I did not get a blog posted yesterday
Happy  Birthday  Nancy  Bedard  Olson  (DHS  ’67):  Hillsboro,  ND
Bedard Olson, Nancy 1960
           Happy Birthday Sue (Jerry) Pladson: Fargo, ND
Pladson, Sue 1960
First & second grade class of DHS classes 54 & 55.
GREAT WORK:  1ST. & 2ND. GRADE 1954 IS THE ONE WE WERE LOOKING FOR.  There should be one that has the names of us all. I am in the 2nd. row next to Miss Egge.  At the bottom I am between Barry & Bob in one and between Barry then a girl then me then Bob in the last one.
I could not find the photo with the identies. Hopefully we can get this one reidentified.
Posting from 6/2/2009
Picture from Bob Hosmer (54): Lynnwood, WA
The only ones I recognize here are myself, Bonnie Awalt Houle, Barry Shelver, and Miss Egge (the teacher who used the nine o’ cat tails on Elaine Watkins).
We need identities for this one????
Class of 54-55 1960
Class of 70 Pictures.
Reply from Randy Flynn (’70):  Portland, OR.
I hope your days are filled with sunshine and warmth. We are not so lucky in the Pacific Northwest.  It is snowing in Portland for the second day in a row.  I was not able to drive all the way home today (I am stuck 1 block short, on a steep mountain street).  Tonight a vehicle has to have chains on its drive tire to legally drive in Portland.  After getting stuck, I guess this means I will need to give up my North Dakota driver’s license.

The pictures of Mrs. Conroy’s 4th grade class brings back some great memories.  I think we played keep away one recess or lunch period that spring and ended up by the baseball diamond near Herman Martinson’s home before someone said we should probably go back to school.  Mrs. Conroy was probably happy we were gone that long.  Johnny Allery and Clarence Azure were extremely quick and agile as I remember.

I believe Dick Johnson has the names of the boys correct.  The boy in the left of the front row must not have been with the class very long.  Could he have been Timmy Stephens?  He lived with his grandparents 2 block west of the school, next to Fauske’s by Willow Creek. I remember he was around in the fall and through New Year’s Day but I don’t remember if he was still around in the spring, but I thought he had darker hair.

The girls might be – Back Row – Vickie Metcalfe, Joanne Millang, Marlys Medland, Janice Allard, Randine Fuchs, Crystal Fassett, Diane Larsen, ??, Mable Roussin, Brenda Hill.  Front Row, ??, Angelina P., Carol Eller, ??, ??, Sandra Hagen, Irene Bottineau, Karen Hagen.

Your efforts in collating Dunseith history each day is greatly appreciated.

Stay Well,
Randy Flynn
We have been hearing all the news reports about the Portland Snow. Not good. Glad you made it home safe.
Vickie Metcalfe (’70) is the one that provided thiese pictures. I am guessing she has the identies of all those in them???


Class of 70 Boys.
Class of 70 1957-1
Class of 70 Girls
Class of 70 1957-2
Weaver family memories
From Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND
Gary and friends,
My first Weaver   family memories

When I was about 4 years of age,  “King Fra” spoke to my father 

about  a family going through changes.  
That family for a time, lived across the road from Kelvin Store.

Now all what is left are two big evergreens.
The Weaver family had   had 2 boys and a girl.
 Glen worked on oil rigs and his wife,Clara was a school teacher.
Glen’s wife was the sister of Johnny Myers’
They were first cousins of the Espe’s and the Seims.

“King Fra” and his wife “Fafa” told  the Weaver Boys they needed  a  “chore boy” for the summer. 

And they would take the older  one.  Then King Fra came to my father.
“King Fra” said to my dad, “Cliff, You work out and Lottie  needs a “chore boy”.  
He said,  “You should remember,from your youth, town is no place for a farm boy.”

So that summer,  and perhaps the summer after,  the older boy stayed with our

 neighbors in their  big white farm house.
A mile east,  the other boy, Swede stayed with our  family in our little house.

On weekends, Glen would come and get his boys, they would go to St John 

where their mother was teaching school.

Swede was a fussy eater! 

He would not eat steak or roast. He liked one meat, hamburger.
My mother would pull out the meat grinder and hand grind  him a hamburger from the roast or steak.

It was from Swede I first heard the saying, “it looks like something the cat drug in”…hmm?
That saying really gave me pause, wondering what it meant.

Swede’s family finally, parted ways.
The daughter, Judy later married,  years went by and she became the Rolette County auditor.
One son, Walt worked  in Rolla,

 the other son stayed pretty close to his father Glen.
As I grew older, I finally learned how to speak.
Fafa became Eva, and her husband was Art.
Art’s nick name from Dad when I was little, was the  “King Fish”,
Through out my life time, fond pet names for Art and Eva Seim, 
were King Fra and Fafa Seim.
Over the years,every now and again. Swede would appear,
 driving  a nice rig, into the yard to  visit my parents.
The last time Swede  came to see them,  Dad had lost his vision. 
 Swede still long and lanky,was well dressed,
wearing a fine  grey Stetson hat . 
He had worked all over the world on  oil rigs.  He took off his Stetson
and with his old easy  grin  said, “Well Cliff, now I have no hair!”

They had a marvelous afternoon. Over the last cup of  coffee, Swede apologized
He said, “Lottie,  I really am sorry I made you grind my meat.
I eat steak now! 

They laughed as they hugged goodbye.

Until Later,Vickie
Rita Langer Honored
Posting from Richard Langer: Belcourt, ND
Gary:   I would like to have this poster and description of this event put on the blog
This is the 4th annual event honoring the elder musicians/entertainers of the Area.
Theresa Marcellais, Sandra Ann Poitra and Rita Gable in conjuction with the Turtle
Mountain Community College  made these Jamborees possible.
The first honoree was Eddy King Johnson, the second was Mike Page, the third was
Hubert Allery and this year it is Rita.  Most all of the performers of the evening are
Baker descendants. Neices and nephews, Great neices and Great Nephews etc..
Rita started playing guitar at a very young age, and coming from a musical family she
learned to chord for her Father’s fiddle playing..  She began chording for other fiddle players
and later in life was a member of numerous bands for over 35 years…  In the last 7 years
she has recorded 7 CD’s in our home recording studio. She is now retired and only performs
for nursing homes and a few  Jam sessions. “end”   What do you think?   Richard
Cebu Philippines
Bowling Banquet last night
Stokes 1960

2/7/2014 (1959)

Happy Birthday Joan, may you have many more.

From Don Martel (HS Principle):  Rosemount, MN

Did Gary Metcalfe run out of memories?  It’s always fun to read  the old timers contrabutions.
Happy birthday Joan!!-  
From Lola Metcalfe Vanory (’68): Dunseith, ND
Lola & Don,
In our school days Joan was the school secretary and a darn good one too. Midway through my High School days she married Stan.
Crystal Fassett’s (’70) Reply to Class of 70 picture
From Susan Fassett Martin (’65):  Spearfish SD.
Here is what Crystal thinks on the photo.   Boys Back row:   Duane Sebelius, Bob Brennan, Gordie Nerpel, David Striker, Delmer Baker, Clarence Azure, David Tooke, Randy Flynn.   Front row:  Clark Parrill, Bobbie Mongeon, Paul Grossman, Johnnie Allery or Gordon Munoz, Alan Fugere, Dennis Dion and Mark Schimetz.
Girls:   Not sure of all but here are the girls in the back row. ??–??–??–??  #5from left: Diane Larson, Crystal Fassett ,  Randi Fuchs,  ??,  Mabel Roussin,  Brenda Hill.
Front row not sure but here are the other names from her class.   Match them to the faces if you can.   Colette Pigeon,Marlys Medlang, Joanne Millang, Betty and Irene Bottineau, Angelina (?) from the San,  Stephanie Richard and Janice Allard.      Crystal would like prints of the pictures from whoever posted them.     Thanks  .    Susan
Reply to Class of 70 picture
From Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,

I would like to give the boys picture my best guess for IDs. The
girls that were named I think are correct and the others would only be a
poor guess for me at best.

Front row,  Left to right: Unknown,  Bob Mongeon, Terry Hiatt,  John
Allery,  Allen Fugere, Dennis Dion,  and Mark Schimetz.

Back row,  Left to right:  Duane Sebelius, Bob Brennan, Gordy Nerpel,
David Striker,  Gary Peltier,  Clarence Azure,  David Tooke,  and Randy


Class of 70 1957-1 Class of 70 1957-2
Posted by Theresa Cote Awalt (’48):  Bottineau, ND
Posted by Neola Kofod Garbe:   Bottineau & Minot, ND
Blog posted on February 24, 2008


From Connie Bedard Sullivan (59) – Reply to Bonnie Awalt Houle (56):
Good Morning,  Now I couldn’t pass up replying to Bonnie A., of course I learned how to ride that bike!   It did take along time with Dad pushing me down the street, and the first time I was really going by myself I ran into the rope swing in our yard and near killed myself,or at least I thought so.  But I can ride even to this day.  That darn Lowell I am sure he just slipped on the rail that day and broke his arm.  I have pictures of he and I sitting in the mud in the streets before the streets were paved, it was such wonderful mud.  I can remember getting our swimming suits on and just sliding around in that slick,slippery mud.     Connie Bedard Sullivan
From Gary Morgan (54) – Known facts:
    Hi Gary & All,
According to my Dad, here are a few little known facts that the Hosmer Brothers (Jack & Bob) had confided to Adrian Egbert:
(1) During World War II, San Haven would be a prime target if the Germans ever made a night bombing raid but would probably mistake Dunseith for the San so would bomb Dunseith instead.
(2) Harry Douglas would never be able to find a casket big enough for Adrian so would have to cut off his legs and tuck them in under his arms.
(3) Harry Douglas never bothered to dress the deceased below the waist.  In fact, had occasionally offered to sell new suit trousers back to Hosmer’s store.
(4) Unless Adrain got a much higher antenna, he could never expect very good TV reception because by the time the signal from Minot got to the Northern Hotel, it would be all used up.

Gary Morgan
Class of 54
From Crystal Fassett Andersen (70) – Cemeteries:
Hi Everyone!  I am reading most of the letters ,but I am not much of a writer. But the note about the cemetery made me want to add something. I only moved away from Dunseith 10 years ago ,so was and still am a frequent visitor to the cemeteries. My Parents,Grandparents,Aunts,Uncles and many friends are buried at Riverside,Little Prairie & Rendahl cemeteries. I go every May and clean the grave sites and place flowers and flags.We stop and check on the headstones and such, other times throughout the year. I have the luxury of only being 120 miles away but there are many families who are no longer close or maybe not even living relatives left for many of the people buried in and around the Turtle Mts. What I am writing about is, how many of you  who are reminiscing, have made a memorial to one of the cemeteries? It is a huge job mowing and keeping gravesites kept up.  Just think, if everyone who has relatives and loved ones would send $25 a year(or more) toward the upkeep,how much easier maintenance would be and it is the least we can do for the people who have gone before and given us such wonderful memories that we now share. I know I sound like a telemarketer but at least this will be the only time I mention it. I am not sure who is in charge of the cemetery assoc. Any more.It was Art Rude SR. But I’m sure someone out there can let us all know where to send a donation. Thanks Crystal Fassett Andersen  Class of 70
                San Haven –  Picture provided by Glen Williams (52)
Hannah Higgins Loeb & Mrs. Longie (July 2007):  These two ladies worked together at the San.  Hannah is the wife of
Dr Loeb (Deceased).  Dr Loeb was the Superintendent of San Haven.  Hannah lives in Bellevue WA. and Mrs. Longie
lives in Spokane WA.  These two ladies have remained in contact other over the years. I believe this picture
was taken in the DHS gym at the “All School Reunion Banquet” on Friday July 13, 2007. Hannah and Art Rude
Graduated from DHS in 1939.

2/6/2014 (1958)


Happy  Birthday  Joan  Wurgler  Salmonson  (DHS ’61):  Dunseith,  ND Wurgler Salmonson, Joan 1958
Reply to Class of 70 & Teachers pictures
From Lola Metcalfe Vanorny (’68): Dunseith, ND

SHe tried to teach us right from wrong as well as RRR’s–  and she was a lot of fun– she kept that friendship long after we were grown up – and was a really sweet lady!!_  and hard worker- !!!!
She always had a bright smile whenever she would see me and we would visit– !!!  she was a quite a lady also – !!- Made the best of everything and truly cared for us as people!!_   and always treated me as a friend until she died-  no matter where i saw her- !!!  i really loved her !!_
I could recognize Randy Flynn in that picture a and  think Dick– but it is kind of bleary and worse with the girls picture- !=LOla

Reply to Class of 70 picture
From Debbie Fugere Fauske (’75): debbie_fauske@yahoo.com Minot, ND
Hi Gary:
I work with Bob Mongeon and Rich Campbell, so we looked at this photo together and here’s what we think:
Back row: Duane Sebelius, ______, Gordy Nerpel, ____, _____, _____, David Tooke, Randy Flynn.
Front row: ______, Bob Mongeon, ____, John Allery, Allen Fugere, Dennis Dion (I thought Rod Hiatt, but I guess he didn’t go to school in Dunseith in 4th grade according to Bob?), _____.
Debbie Fauske
Reply to Class of 70 picture
From Paula Fassett (’71):  White Bear Lake, MN

Hi Gary – and All:


I’m looking at the ‘mystery’ photos – it’s the Class of 1970 in the making!  I BELIEVE I see: Gary Peltier, Clarence Azure???, David Tooke, Randy Flynn in the back row……Bob Mongeon, Johnny Allery,  Allen Fugere,  Dennis Dion and Mark Schimetz……  Should know who the kid on crutches is in the back


The photo of the girls isn’t as clear, as you mentioned, but I’m sure that Randi Fuchs and my sister Crystal are the 5th & 6th from the left in the back row.  I’m guessing Marlys Medlang is 3rd from the left and on the right side of Crystal, perhaps Debbie Morinville?  Now I’m curious to see how I did………


I’m also guessing that if Mark Schimetz is looking at these photos, he’s already got everyone named!!


Paula Fassett

Reply to Class of 70 picture
From Cheryl Larson Dakin (’71):  Bedford, TX.
HI Gary
In the boys picture Dennis Dion is on the first row kneeling on the right side. In the girls picture I see Crystal Fasset and that could be either Debbie Morinville or maybe even my sister Diane Larson Sjol. I loved Mrs. Conroy. And Mrs. Seim taught me to read. I have always been grateful to her for instilling in me a love of books and reading.
Cheryl Larson Dakin
Class of 70 Boys
Class of 70 1957-1
Class of 70 GirlsClass of 70 1957-2
Passport Question
From Sybil Johnson:  Chippewa Falls, WI.
Its been along time since I was at the Peace Gardens and since 9/11, I have heard several times–that now, we have to have a passport in order to go into the Canadian side. Is this true? Im planning on making a special trip up to Dunseith in August and was going to take some friends up there, who have never been there and yes, they are American citizens.
Can you enlighten me? I know it may be a stupid question, but many things have changed.

Take care,
Sybil Johnson
(1955) Dunseith Alumni
Posted by Larry Liere (1955) Devils Lake, ND & Mesa, AZ
Gary;  Thanks for posting this yesterday.  The attachment says it all.  We never forget the kids we grew up with, but in so many cases we never
hear what happened to them.  How hard would it be for you to find that 2nd.or 3rd. grade picture of us you posted a few years ago?  I had a
copy in my old computer but lost it when the computer crashed.  From the names below the only names I remember for sure are Arline Lamoureux,
Barry Shelver, Wally Hiat, and maybe Joy Nordquest.  I remember a girl named Joy but without that old grade school picture it would only be a
guess if it is the same girl.  Some of the people listed below may have transferred into town from country schools or moved to Dunseith.  I am also
guessing that some of the people in that old grade school picture moved like I did or did not graduate from Dunseith because of other reasons.
Thanks again for the great job you are doing keeping up this blog, and keeping us informed!
I checked my pictures but couldn’t find it. I am very sure I have it, but not sure how it was labeled. Do you by chance remember who posted these pictures. That may help me find it in the  3,000 plus pictures in my Dunseith album.
Blog posted on February 23, 2008


From Connie Fauske Monte (62) – Memories – Mrs. Conroy – John Hiatt:
Gary, you are doing an amazing job with all of this.  It is a lot of fun to turn on my computer everyday and find something that I haven’t thought about in years.
I remember Mrs. Conroy so well, they lived across the street from us and I always thought of their home as the Taj Majal, or something close to that, of course I didn’t know anything about the Taj Majal in those days, but anyway.  I think I remember our class had her for two years in row.  Does anyone remember her reading Nancy and Plum to us.  She could really read a story.  I think she and my Mom are the ones that gave me my love of reading.  Now I have a Library for all of the books I have collected through the years.
Also, thank you Peggy Wurgler for that picture of my Granddad, John Hiatt, it was so great seeing him like that, that’s how I remember him, I loved him so much.  He taught me to ride horseback and I still want a horse of my own, much to my husband’s fear.  I remember getting bucked off a horse and him telling me to get right back on.  I did,  but was really scared.  He used to buy and sell horses at his ranch, and I would go out there and ride the new ones he would get in.  We never really knew the history of the horses, but that didn’t stop me.
I have been wandering on here for awhile, so will I stop for now.  Connie (Fauske) Monte
From Don Boardman (60) – Jamming with Dick Johnson (68):
Did you know that Dick Johnson has an addiction?  We were down to the Frozen Fingers Old Time Music Festival and Dick and his Turtle Mountain Hillbilly Band played for an hour on Saturday afternoon.  They are really great!  Later in the evening a bunch of the performers were going to get together and jam.  Dick invited us to join in with them so we did and stayed with them until midnight.  We decided we had to leave them because we had to sing at noon the next day and if we kept on wouldn’t have any voice left.  When we talked to him the next day he said they went until 3.  They were jamming that day with other groups in some side rooms.  We had breakfast with Wayne and Rosemary Smith, part of his band, and they said the band is getting together at least once a week and that Dick & Brenda do a lot of practicing at home.  That is quite an addiction they have.  It sure beats a lot of other things that you can have an addiction to.  As far as a Frozen Fingers festival goes, it was -38 up here in Bottineau that Sunday morning and -22 in Minot so it lived up to its name.  I feel sorry for all of those of you that live in those hot climates.
Don Boardman(60)
Don, It’s currently 88F at 4:00 PM Saturday afternoon here in the tropics of the Philippine Islands.  It’s a bit humid, but I’ve gotten used to that.  The last time I was back in ND in the winter was December of 1970. The ND four seasons are nice though.  Gary
Dick Johnson’s (68) reply to Don Boardman (60):
Note: I enough time to send Dick an advanced copy of Don’s message so his reply could be included with today’s message.  Gary
Gary and allDon Boardman and the Hills and Plains Gospel Group did a nice
job on Sunday at the Frozen Fingers event in Minot. I guess
they are right around the corner from the same addiction we
have! It’s hard to stop once this old time music gets it’s
grip. We were glad they sat in on the Saturday night jam
session and welcome them back.Even though we jammed until 3am I
was up and ready for more by 7am, so I suppose I need
counseling!! It was viciously cold that weekend and many folks
wisely stayed home but there were diehards enough to make about
2/3 rds of a crowd and make the event a success.
On another subject, can you folks remember standing in line to
eat dinner in the basement of the old white school? I remember
the line being so long that it extended all the way back
through the old “breezeway” that connected the two schools.
This corridor looked like the inside of a boxcar and was not
heated so by the time we got all the way to old school building
our teeth were chattering. In those days no one really thought
there was any other way. The milk in the old lunch room sat on
a cast iron hot water radiator so the top cartons were good
cold chocolate or white milk and the bottom ones were hot
chocolate!! I don’t remember a lot of complaining just a hope
of getting there early to get cold milk. Am I alone on my
memories here? Can anyone remember knocking a ball onto the
roof of the newer building. The roof was flat so the ball
stayed up there until somebody went after it. This was a no-no,
but we knew how to boost someone up on the door knob of the
breezway and from there they could get on the roof. Usually
teachers or tattle tale kids would tell Mr. Rude who would come
out to give us heck! If you thought he was on the way the jump
from the roof to the ground didn’t seem high at all!!! Come on
folks, let’s here YOUR memories of days gone by!! Thanks for
the advance notice, Gary.Again, thank you GARY STOKES!!!!!!!!

Dick, I remember, well, standing in that cold corridor lunch line waiting to eat our dinner meal in the west lower basement of the old school.  I remember Mrs. Casavant too, in the kitchen.  She was there most all of my HS days.  She was such a sweet lady and she raised such a nice family.  All sixteen of her children are living, many of which are included with these messages.  It cost us a dollar a week for our lunch ticket of which we purchased from Joan Wurgler in the main office.  I always had time to go up to the bakery and to top off my lunch with 3 of Herman’s glazed donuts for a dime.  Gary
From Bonnie Awalt Houle (56) – Memories:
Good Morning Gary,
    Bless you for all the time and energy you put into this round-robin message board.
    It seems to me that one persons note will jog your memory from so long ago.  I remember one day in Mrs. Conroy’s class our Weekly Reader had an article about the invention of the Television.  On the way home Janice Leonard and I glanced over the curtain that covered the lower portion of the tavern that was next to Hosmers store.  Inside that tavern we could see the “Hamms Bear” on a lamp that circled around giving you different images of the bear doing different things.  We told the little kids walking near us that for a penny we would hold them up so they could see the VERY FIRST TELEVISION.  We had quite a money making project going until Janice’s Dad came along to see what we were up to.   We soon made our apologies and returned the money.  Easy come easy go!
    I think Lowell Leonard was the Champion Marble Master of Dunseith.  He was younger than me but he won all my best marbles.  Lowell was with a group of us playing at the Lucien Bedard home.  We played tag on the railing of their porch.  Connie tagged Lowell a little hard and he fell off and broke his arm.  Connie received a bike for her Birthday, she just didn’t want to ride that bike, (scared I guess)  Lucien pushed me around until I learned to ride and I think, Janice and Lowell also learned to ride on that bike.  I don’t remember Connie ever riding it.
Wonderful memories.
My Best to all
Bonnie Awalt Houle 1956
From Gary Metcalfe (57) – Comments & Memories of people – ?:
Thank you Bonnie and Marshall so much for the pictures, especially the one with the Bailey kids on it and my dad.  It puts the family in better perspective for me.  I am kind of lazy tonight but want to toss out a few more names to see if anyone remembers any stories about them, Adrian Egbert, Tommy Counts, Ed Craig, Fred Pete.  What did Albert and Leo Vandal call their bar when they were across from the Crystal Cafe south of Hosmers.  Really am enjoying hearing from all of you. Gary Metcalfe
From Diane Larson Sjol (70) – Reply to Glen Williams (52) Cat picture:
I remember cats that they shot up in the hills laying in front of the�
gas station on the corner in town, but I have NEVER SEEN a cat that�
big other than at the zoo…that is scary to think that those things�
are roaming around in the state!  DianeQuoting
From Dave Slyter (70) –  Reply to Janince Workman (56) & Glen Williams (52):

I thought that was a great gesture on your part to go up to the cemetery and pray over the head stones.   I think praying at anytime is a “great” thing.�

Dave Slyter
Glenn Williams
WOW  What a beautiful animal and “BIG”.    Way to go. �

Dave Slyter

2-5-2014 (1957)

I am kind of pressed for time this evening so I am not including any old blogs with this posting.
No Blog yesterday
For the record I did not get a blog posted yesterday
(1955) Dunseith Alumni
Posted by Larry Liere (1955)  Devils Lake, ND & Mesa, AZ
I received blog # 1955 yesterday and for some reason it started me thinking.  I have been
reading Gary’s blog for a few years now and I can not remember the last time I saw something
written by someone from the class of 1955.  I hope there are people out there from that
class.  Some of you may remember I moved from Dunseith when I was in 3rd. grade and
graduated in 1955 at Devils Lake, ND.  Our 2nd./3rd. grade  class picture was posted  in
a blog a few years ago and the names of everyone were found by people sending into the
blog.  I am wondering if people out there would know how many of us are still alive from
the class of fifty five??  I bet the people reading this blog could get very close to naming all
the people still alive from the class of 55.
                                                                 Dunseith High School Class of 1955
  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Armentrout Rodney 9344 24th Ave NE Willow City, ND 58384 (701) 228-2003  No email address
2 Brennan Dennis Born September 29, 1036    –    Died January 11, 1981 Deceased
3 Burke Fjeld Eleanor Jean 4242 180th Ave Twin Valley, MN 56584 (218) 584-5339 esfjeld@gmail.com
4 Crum Rude Mildred Born June 8, 1937    –    Died March 11,  2008 Deceased
5 Hiatt Wallace Born June 26, 1935    –    Died December 16, 2006 Deceased
6 Lamoureux Dailly Arline/Bob 30846 Sixth Pl SW Federal Way, WA 98023 (253) 839-9036 arldailly@aol.com
5220 N Us Highway 95 Parker, AZ 85344 (928) 667-9268
7 Liere Larry 203 16th Ave SE Devils Lake, ND 58301 (701) 662-4542 lkliere@gondtc.com
8 Klang Lindford Arla 6104 S 124th Street Renton, WA 98059 (425) 226-9422 No email address
0 Kang Wayne 6104 S 124th St Seattle, WA 98178 (206) 772-5628  C(206) 334-0913 sharon_wayne@msn.com
10 Neameyer Gordon Born August 28, 1937    –    Died December 10, 2012 Deceased
11 Schneider Hockett Elaine 13691 highland Drive Boston, VA 22713 (540) 547-3373 No email address
12 Shelver Barry 52783 Sporn Dr South Bend, IN 46635   bshelver@erscosupply.com
13 Walter Pederson Erna 1014 Sixth Ave SW Minot, ND 58701 (701) 839-4861 epederson@srt.com
14 Williams Marlin Born July 10, 1935    –    Died April 6, 2003 Deceased:Note send copy to Doris class of 53
15 Woodford Gary Born September 14, 1936    –    Died May 14, 2012 Deceased
16 Nordquist Johnson Joy (Babe) 27244 Old Hwy. #93 Elmo, Mt. 59915 (406) 849-5118 C(406)250-3703 No email address
Judy Weaver Boppre
Obituary posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND
Judy’s brother Walt  Weaver, was at the Dunseith Gathering 4 years ago at the Bingo Barn.
Is he on the blog?  Also the Boguslowski family is connected too.
Vickie, I do not have Walt in my files. Gary 

Judith G Boppre
(August 30, 1943 – February 2, 2014)

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Judith Boppre, age 70, of Rolla, ND passed away on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, ND.

Judith G. Boppre was born on August 30, 1943 in Bottineau, ND to Glen and Clara (Myers) Weaver. She was raised in St. John and graduated from St. John High School. Judith was united in marriage to Robert Boppre on September 3, 1961 in St. John. Together they had five children, Brad, Shelly, Sherry, Nancy, and Mike. Judith worked as the County Auditor for Rolette County for many years, retiring in 2001. She enjoyed fishing and knitting in her spare time. Judith loved the time that she spent with her grandchildren and family members. She will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed.

Judith is survived by her husband, Robert Boppre of Rolla, ND; children, Brad (Cindy) Boppre of Fort Morgan, CO, Shelly Boppre of Pottstown, PA, Sherry (Terry) Knight of Garden Grove, CA, Nancy Boppre of Menahga, MN, and Mike (Jean) Boppre of Cummings, ND; numerous grandchildren; and brothers, Walt (Donna) Weaver of Kenmare, ND and Gary Weaver of Powell, WY.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

No funeral service is planned at this time. A family graveside service will be held in the spring at the Rolla City Cemetery, Rolla, ND. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the donor’s choice.

Elick Funeral Home, Rolla, ND (www.elickfh.com).



Reply to picture posted yesterday
From Iris Wolvert:  Willow City, ND
When was that big cat shot at Mapleton ND..hard to believe!!  Didn,t know such things existed in this State..
Who is the mystery person that provided these pictures?
Anyone care to take a guess.?
Hi Gary,
Let’s have fun.
Shall we see who can identify who the teachers and students are?
The  Boys and girls all from Mrs. Conroy’s 4th Grade class.
The girls photo is very  faded .
I see  Karen and her staff did a fantastic job!
The ladies are esteemed Dunseith  teachers  1961
Mrs. Ed Conroy_______Mrs. Charlotte Lang
Eva Seim
                                      Picture No. 1
Class of 70 1957-1
Picture No. 2 – Note.This photo was taken in  days of old when girls had to wear skirts!
Class of 70 1957-2
.Teachers 1957

2/3/2014 (1956)

Happy birthday to the Neameyer Twins (DHS ’72)

Loraine Neameyer Haas: St. John, ND

Loretta Neameyer Wall: Bottineau, ND

Neameyer 1956
Early Dusnseith Ladies
Face Book capture from Iris Wolvert:  Willow City, ND
Dunseith ladies 1956
Awalt/Anderson Picture posted yesterday
Reply from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND
Re: the photo of the Anderson girls and Bill and Mary.
I believe that was taken in 1923.
A son was born to William and Rose Metcalfe in July 1923. 
 As a young boy Cliff  was rather disappointed his name.
Where did he get it?.
Clifford asked his father where his name came from.
He was told, his fathers friend,  William David Awalt asked
 William Metcalfe to name the boy after him. 
His father said  said to Bill Awalt,  my oldest son is William,
but David shall be the seventh son’s middle name.
Bill and and Mary Metcalfe were married in September 1923 in Canada. 
Johnny  Awalt and Gertrude Anderson went along and were their attendants.
At that 1923 celebration of the wedding, neighbor and friend, Frank Poitra played the fiddle..  
Years later,  Bill and Mary celebrated  50 years of marriage at their farm home.  
Their children, many of their grandchildren, as well as many of Bill and Mary’s 
siblings and their children and neighbors  were there.
Bill and Mary’s girls Eleanor, Alice, Bertha, Lorraine,  and daughter- in- law’s Bernice
(Johnson) Metcalfe and Lise’  (Rousseau)  Metcalfe cooked, served  and hosted a  wonderful meal.
I would not  be surprised if  Aunt Mary kept her hand in the cooking too!
Throughout the day, Johnny and Gertrude  Awalt sat close in the yard with Bill and Mary.  
The music flowed with many  Metcalfe’s  playing guitar, banjo and singing.
And,  friend, of their youth, Frank Poitra played sweet fiddle once again for them.
It was a wonderful  sunshine day with friends of Gold celebrating a 50th anniversary. 


Metcalfe Anderson 1956

Blog posted on February 22, 2008


Message from Colette Hosmer (64):
Hi Gary,

It’s true, I’ll be on your side of the planet in a couple of days.  I’ll definitely send word from China…..and maybe a photo or two if I think you guys might be interested.  I’ll only be there for a month this time but, if I’m lucky, I’ll get one of the commissions I’m working on and will be able to make another trip before the year is out.
By the way, Diane’s report of her trip to Santa Fe was accurate but she left something out —  that she was a great hit — my friends and family thought she was totally amazing.  I always love an opportunity to show off my ND relatives.
Speaking of amazing…you go girl!
I do have a website where you can find some images of previous artwork (although it desperately needs to be updated).  Thanks for asking.
Diane Larson Sjol’s (70) Reply to Bev Morinville Azure (72):
Hi Bev and all,For those of you that want to see Colette Hosmer’s work, go to her�
website: http://www.colettehosmer.com/index.shtml….she has done

some fabulous work. One  memory I have of that big old white school
house is being too afraid  to go down those rickety metal stairs.  I
was in the fourth grade in  Mrs. Conroy’s class and we had a fire drill.
The ENTIRE school was  outside coaxing me to come down the stairs.
The stairs would wobble  and I was a bit on the chubby side and just
KNEW I was a gonner. Don’t know if I ever did make it down those stairs.  Diane
Message from Shirley LaRocque Wendt (59):
Paulette LaCroix Chisholm (68) – Memory with a Question: 

I remember going to Kelvin’s one night when I was a girl and watching a large crowd dancing.  After one song a hush came over the crowd.  With respect the crowd receded allowing these older gentleman in new bib overalls and sunburned shiny faces to step forward.  In silence the men formed a circle.  When the new music began they did some sort of, physically demanding stomp, clog, or dance.  I was in awe and remember tearing up.  Does anyone know anything about this?  It was one of those moving and vivid childhood memories that has stuck in my mind.

P. LaCroix Chisholm 68



Mel Kuhn (70) – Question with a memory:

Howdy Gary,
I was just wondering, after the talk of plays, if anyone can remember the name of the play that the class of 70 put on? I know it had something to do with a Genie. I remember this because I was one of the prop guys and we thought that a dry fire extinguisher would work great to simulate the puff of smoke for when the Genie appeared. Well after a few puffs with the fire extinguisher the whole stage and everyone on it was covered with about an inch of nice fine white powder. The audience got a good laugh and I think the first front rows were a little dusty also. I know I hid behind the couch with the Genie and my trusty fire extinguisher and maybe got a little heavy with my trigger finger. I’m thinking the Genie might have been Randy Flynn.
Mel Kuhn[70]
Janice Leonard Workman (56) – Memories:

Hi Gary, I remember when we would walk out to Lake Shooty, by way of the gravel pit, to swim all afternoon and hope we wouldn’t have to walk home.  Sometimes we could talk Frank Flynn into taking us out in his old pickup.  One summer Don Johnson was the life guard and he and the bigger boys built a raft.  The boys would take it out so far that we younger kids couldn’t swim to it, or sometimes they would let us on and then throw us off.  We would walk up towards the San and pick berries, filling our bathing caps and eating as we went.  When we were too young to know better, we thought Lover’s Lane was spooky.  Another great pasttime during the summer was to ride our bikes up to the San and then see how far we could coast down the hill.  At that time there were two hills, the big hill and then a smaller hill that could get us past Craig’s Corner (?).  Our goal was to coast as far as Morgan’s lumberyard.  Another great pastime was to “Run the Barrels.”  At Lamoreaux’s garage, across from our café, there were 3 or 4 rows of oil barrels laid on their sides.  We would run these barrels several times a day and have to jump the places where barrels had been removed.  What a challenge!  One summer Bonnie and I walked to the cemetery 3 or 4 times, usually a Saturday, pray over the tombstones, and have our lunch.  It sounds stupid now but we thought we had done our good deed for the week.

Janice Leonard Workman



Dick Johnson (68) – Memories:

Gary and friends

Dave Wugler asked about the years of the parades. I think the
other pictures we have of the parades put the first in 1976 and
the second {K.C.s 1930 Ford Model A is restored] is in about
1982.Not sure could be 1989, we had another big parade.
Leland said it was his back and not his leg that broke. Time
has clouded my memory on the event. I do remember the agony and
Russell Fauske being there to help. There were several out
there that day. Anybody else remember? I believe another time
while skiing in the road ditch behind a car, Robert Berube ran
into a culvert and broke HIS leg. Berubes is this right? Thanks

Dick Johnson



Picture from Glen Williams (52):

This Cat was shot outside of Mapleton ND. Mapleton is close to Fargo ND about

15 miles west. More Big cats have been spotted in the Casselton area as well as

South of Moorhead MN by the Red River.


2-2-2014 (1955)

No blog yesterday

For the record I did not get a blog posted yesterday.
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Gene A. Anderson
(April 20, 1949 – January 24, 2014)

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Gene A. Anderson, age 64 of Dunseith, died Friday, January 24, 2014 at his home. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in the Earth/Eagleheart Cultural Center in Dunseith. Visitation will be Wednesday beginning at 4:00 P.M. in the Cultural Center. Cremation will take place after the services.

Gene (Ole. Grey Pony) was born on April 20, 1949 to Arol (Bud) Anderson and Norma (Handeland) Anderson in Rolette, ND. He was one of four children reared by them. He attended school in Wetherelt School until he was in the 5th grade and then enrolled in the Dunseith Public School and graduated from there in 1967. He worked on the family farm for a few years and for Morgan Lumber Company of Dunseith.

He married his wife of 44 years, Beverly (LaVallie) Anderson on April 12, 1969. Together they raised two children, Pamela and a son, Gene, Jr. Gene lived in the Dunseith area all his life and worked as a heavy equipment operator, where he was known as the best in the state, until he retired in 2002 for health reasons. He was a member of the Local 49 Operators Union. Later, he went to work for Rolette County for a couple of years and then went strictly to farming, buying the Carrol l Carlson farm. He lived on the farm until his passing on January 24, 2014.

He enjoyed farming, his farm animals, especially Charley, the donkey and his two dogs, Nick and Ace. He enjoyed spending time with his daughter and all of his 8 grandchildren. He enjoyed watching the grandchildren compete in wrestling, football, volleyball and basketball. One of his favorite pastimes was playing the four nickel machines at the Mini Casino in Belcourt. He enjoyed the sport of hunting deer with his grandsons, son-in-law Max, and friends.

Gene is survived by his loving wife, Beverly, a daughter, Pamela Defender (Max), eight grandchildren: Amanda, Seth, Devin, Cheyenne, Emylee, Abby, Max (Moose), and Magee. Also surviving are his sister, Glenda Bergan (David) of Dunseith, a brother, Lorenzo Anderson of Bottineau, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Gene, Jr., one brother, Gerald, and both of his parents.

Photos and Coffee
Memories from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and friends,

I really was taken  by the photos Marshall Awalt shared a few years ago. 

 One summer afternoon, after my Dad and Johnny Awalt passed away my  mom and I visited   Gertrude Awalt  for coffee in Rolla.  We drank it black, not strong and had a little 4:00 afternoon lunch.

Gertrude showed us her photo  album,  she let my mom borrow and copy, a photo,  I call it   “4 Little Rascals”;Jim, Lucky,Archie Metcalfe and Charlie Anderson.  Mom, then, made copies for many of the Metcalfe family.   

Fondly, I’m reminded now and again, whenever I see that photo, of those “4 Little Rascals” . They each grew up to be amazing men.  Charlie  Anderson  a friend to everyone he met. Charlie, was a  warm,  kind, gentle soul,we’d see in Dunseith on Saturday nights.  The other three, Uncle’s, Lucky, Jim, and Archie  embodied  North Dakota work ethic. They  were strong sturdy men who worked hard.  They’d tell you what was wrong. And, stood for what was right. They each kept life long friendships,  many beginning  at Rabbit City Lake community. They loved honesty, laughter,visiting, and music.  And, they each  married neighbor girls  of the hills.  Girls of  Norwegian descent who made strong black coffee, and wonderful lefse, julikakka, buns, date filled cookies, beet pickles, and full country meals.

When i became  an adult, I’ve had the pleasure of taking many trips, with several  young adolescents.  I wanted them to experience visiting the West coast city of Seattle, where my father journeyed to by train with his friend Bill Peterson in the early 40’s. A place,  my parents as a young married couple, first lived  in 1947 across the street from Woodlawn Park Zoo.  Dad apprenticed and earned his journeyman  degree in plastering with his brother Emil after serving in WWII.

The first trip with me and the kid, my wee brother .  ( Later,  I took 8  nieces and nephew’s various times)  I believe  a child needs to know their heritage, the  people, place, culture they came from. 

To claim their own personal  power, a  child needs to know their Identity and be connected. That idea has  become part of my my personal belief system.

 My brother S. went first.  After driving  for three and 1/2 days to N. Seattle, now called Shoreline to Aunt Jean’s he was homesick.   Jean and Uncle Waino Maki, opened their home which we used as our base camp.  While there, 2 weeks, I slept on the living room floor with my hand over my homesick brothers shoulder.  Aunt Jean  kept  Shan  occupied  by playing  War with cards every waking moment. She fed that kid until he  went home two weeks later 15 pounds heavier.  Jean whipped up every goody i.e. “Tea tea” she could bake.  She liked hearing that  her big  brother Cliff told S. that Jean made the best ( treats), “Tea,teas”…..

 While in the Seattle area we journeyed on Washington ferries crossing Puget Sound.  We drove all the way to the coast  leaving  footprints in the sand, splashing in the cold waters of the  Pacific eating a picnic lunch on the low tide. We day tripped to the locks, Pike Place Market and to Woodland Park Zoo,  Granite Falls, Deception Pass, and drove to Marysville.  We spoke quietly,sitting  by the graves of Uncle Archie  and Grandma Rose as we gazed east  beyond the Cascades. 


One evening,  Uncle Lucky and Aunt Jennie (Nelson) Metcalfe called every Metcalfe in the greater Seattle area for an open house family gathering.  Turkey, potatoes. julakaka and coffee or kool-aide.

Amidst the visiting, eating and card playing, the coffee pot was emptied.   I went to the kitchen  found  Uncle Lucky  sitting in thought, alone by the coffee pot. “ Shall I make some more coffee?”  His graveling bass voice  responded, “ Well you can make some coffee. But DON’T make it like your mother!”  

 uh… “huh?”, I said.  He looked at me kindly and gruffly said, “Every time, we go to your parents house, Jennie and I drive home, talking about your mother.  We say, “Lottie’s nice  and puts on a good lunch, but she sure doesn’t know how to make a good pot of coffee! You can see the bottom of the cup, it  tastes like hot water  with some kind of brown colouring!”  

Then  just as adamantly,  “Make it black Vickie. BLACK,”  He said, “Make it thick black.  So black and thick a person can stand a knife in it.”   He went on talking about a Minda ? Nelson  who made the best coffee.” “So black and thick a knife couLd be stood in it.”

He smiled in memory, “She made it on a wood  cookstove and she  never washed the coffee pot, just kept adding more ground coffee”.  “Washing the pot ruins the coffee, you know.”

“Really? uh, Huh,” I chuckled, and  remembered …….. all the times….. sitting in the back seat of a station wagon, sleepy and a  drowsy, happy from a  pleasant time at Uncle Lucky’s in Seattle or Uncle Jim’s N of our farm.

 Dad driving, with his arm out the window, summer, fall, winter, spring_Fresh air hitting the face….Home__on our way _Home from going visiting…hearing  mom and dad,  voices  in quiet tones about the evening,, “ It  was a nice visit,but we will never sleep through the night. “(whichever place they’d been) “Ella/Jennie really puts out a nice lunch, but that coffee was too strong…….”

I would slumber contented,wake for a bit when the fresh air hit.   Until we got home, keeping the thought,  I really like my aunts, uncles and cousins.  At  the time, I knew,  this was the way it always was and  always will be forever and ever. Amen.

 My Uncles with their wives of Norwegian descent  making UFFDA strong coffee and my Dad with my  mother of English-Irish descent who really liked drinking weak coffee. Those folks,  if they  complained about each other at all ____it  was only  on the strength of the coffee.

It was the best of families.   I loved the whole lot. And felt,  I was loved by the whole lot of them. If any thing ever happened to my parents,  I knew I d be safe with Aunts and Uncles who  take care of me.

Now the all these years have gone___ bye. I hold those sweet memories close and say softly,  “as for  me, if I drink,  I like my coffee with lots of cream and sugar……”

Thanks to the Awalt family for the photo memory.


Blog posted on February 21, 2008


From Cecile Gouin Craig (61) – Memories & History:
Hi Gary,
I totallly fried my hard drive about a month ago got it fixed but doesn’t
recognize the scanner. Have to call them. It’s been a zoo here. Jan. 29 my
dad Lawrence Gouin fell off a ladder (age 92) broke his hip was in hospital,
then rehab. We brought him home on Mon. seems to be doing great. He’s a
tough one. He and Mom Jean (age 86) live in their home. Still drive, both
play cards several times a week. They had their 67 wedding anniversary in
Dec.As for the Home-Ec teacher what popped in my head was Mrs. Allen.

The Morgans story: Mr. and Mrs. Morgan lived next door to us on the NorthSS.
Directly across the street from us on the East corner was an old old house,
shack as Mom called it. The house was owned by the reservation, they
wouldn’t tear it down. On the North side of it was another house, I want to
say they were the Nagels? Anyway one summer afternoon the house was on fire,
Mom saw that plunked on the fromt porch to watch. The phone was ringing of
the hook, she didn’t answer it. Just enjoyed the sight. About that time out
comes Mr. Morgan running with a bucket. Mom yelled at him “don’t you dare
throw water on that!” “Jean be quiet!” He had gotten the gas for the boat
they had in the garage to throw on it. Then grabbed the Nagel’s hose to
water down their house. Until the fire chief arrived. Jr. Melmer. Mom never
asked if Maurice or I knew who started the fire. Years later we found out.
Anyone out there ready to fess up???

Johnny Morgan would get freaked out at scary movies. The eyes got to him,
Vincent Price in “The Fly” was a big one. After the movies Johnny catch me
as we left the theater and ask if I’d walk him home. I’d have to walk him to
his door, then walk myself home. That was our secret.

Mrs. Conroy: She was my 1st teacher (4th grade upstairs) at Dunseith I had
just moved from Ontario, Can. She was a great teacher. My Mom still uses the
onion board with the onion face on it, also the bread board. School started
in Sept. 1952 at the git go I was asked if I liked “Ike” didn’t have a clue
who that was (ask me about the Queen) so I got beat up a couple of times,
decided I did like “Ike”.


Dean Stickland’s (73) Reply to a message Gary Stokes (65) sent him:

Hi Gary,

Can you please add another email address to the ’73 spreadsheet for me?  I’m not sure how long we’ll have the “netzero” address, but I hope to have mail@sticklandbows.com for a long time.

I keep pretty quiet in the background but read your emails every morning – thanks for your kind dedication and effort.

There’s a bunch of ND folks who would enjoy a local musical event this weekend.  I’ll be spending the next four days at a bluegrass festival called Wintergrass, in Tacoma, WA.  Its one of the major musical events in the northwest with about 15,000 attendees.  I have a vendor’s booth there where I sell custom-made violin bows, restored older bows and a few violins.  My brother Darrel (Doc) will be arriving from Mpls. tomorrow to join me there for the event.  Ronnie Kelly from MT is also planning to come out this weekend.  Darrel, Ronnie and Ronnie’s brother Randy used to have a band in Mpls. back in the late 70’s.  Check out the websitehttp://www.wintergrass.com.

Thanks again,

Dean Stickland (73)

Dick Johnson’s (68) reply to Marshall Awalt (51) & Memories:
Gary and friendsThanks to Marshall for the old pictures. The picture of your
dad, John Awalt, and Louise Johnson [my grandpa’s sister] was
taken in my front yard when the Awalts lived here. I tore down
the last of the old house and built another log home on the
same spot. Your dad told me that the big elm trees here were
just planted when the old house was being built, around 1902.I
think the picture was taken in the early 1920s as Louise was
married and gone buy 1925.
When Bonnie mentioned being pulled on a car hood, I remember
being on a tobaggan behind my old 1947 Plymouth out at the
airport one Sunday afternoon back in 1965. I gave a bunch of
kids rides and then got talked into trying it myself. The
driver was Rich Campbell and John Boguslawski was in the
backseat as a “spotter”. Each time I waved for them to slow
down, John said “he wants to go faster”. I finally flew off the
sled and slid and flipped half way down the airport! When I
stopped my glasses were gone and I tore one sleave off my
jacket! As I recall that was the last time I ever got on a
There was another Sunday afternoon maybe a year or so earlier
when we were down in the pasture just behind the park and we
were sliding down the hill on a TOBAGGAN. Each trip down we
went a little farther as the track packed harder. On the final
run we thought we could make it all the way to the edge of the
creek. With four of us on the thing we took off and we not only
made it to the creek but into the dry creek bed and directly
into a big rock! Leland Stickland was sitting in the front with
his legs crossed and when we flew forward we heard a loud POP!!
It was the sound of Lee’s leg breaking!! WE pulled him home on
the sled and they took him to the hospital, as I recall. Am I
correct with the details Leland?? Thanks again Gary..

Dick Johnson

Lee (Leland) Stickland’s (64) reply to Dick Johnson:
Note: I had time to send this to Lee for his reply before sending this out today. Gary
Thanks for the advance copy.  I do not recall having ever suffered a broken a leg; although did have adventurous rides on car hoods or toboggans behind a car.  I did fracture the third (3rd) lumbar vertrabae of my back on Dec, 30, 1960 while riding on a toboggan.   As I recall, Russel Fauske and some others and I were sliding down the slope North of Johnny Hiatts; across the road for the city dump. Hit a rock and landed in a bad fashion.  A short time thereafter Russel’s face was badly lacerated when he tangled with a barb wire fence.
I got up and walked home.  When I arrived at home, I was not able to take off my own boots.  To Rolla hospital, Dr Eylands was there.  Traction in bed for some time. I played 5 years of football following that episode, some discomfort(s) ensued.  (In later years, former sources of pain do return with a vengeance, seemingly.)  Coach Bob Jury would “encourage” me to do better and better, esp, with the 100 yard dash, takeoff, posture while running and last spurt efforts.  Have many wonderful memories of Jim Evans and I playing tackle position and doing our best to make a “hole” for Dave Shelver or John Leoanrd to get through.
As it may be,  also on a Dec 30, in 1965, was the day that Earl Hiatt and I were struck by another vehicle 16 miles South of Dunseith.  Sadly, Earl did not survive.
I received 7 jaw fractures:: 3 of right  mandible, 2 of left mandible, broken from hinge joint(s) and pushed back and up against the brain stem. Two basal skull fractures also occured;as I understand. that is the bumps on the back of the head just above the neck.  Went from 217 #s to 154 #s in 30 days.
Had many car accidents, I was driving a few times,  Had two small planes quit on/for me and survived that.  As I ‘figger’, I have one live left.
Gary, FYI and obvious need of editting.  I read with great expectation, each of the daily “memories” of Dunseith.  No, they c/would not be traded.     Thankz for ALL the effort you perform to keep US in touch.   LEE
Bev Morinville’s (72) request to Colette Hosmer (64):
Colette  I  would love  to see  some of  your  art.  Can u share  some pic ‘s  with us    Bev  azure
Marge Landsverk’s (57) Reply to Gary Metcalfe (57):
Hi Gary and all,
     Yes Mrs. Ward sounds like the economics teacher’s name.  You have a good memory!
     I remember the car hoods before snowmobiles only I remember them in the ditches pulled by cars.  If my mother only knew!
                                                                               Marge Landsverk 57
Dear Gary,                                                                        02-20-08
     I think it is typical of rural N.D. and has a good message.
                                                                                    Marge(Landsverk) Fish
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Marshall Awalt’s (51) reply to Gary Metcalfe (57) With Pictures:
 Yes Gary was right, the Anderson family were neighbors with the Metcalfs. My mother Gertrude Anderson went to school with the metcalf, Potria, Belgarde and Bailey’s. Here is some of the old photos. Hopefully everyone is indentified right.