9/29/2014 (2105)

Requested biographies of former DHS Students-(Day 4)

  1. “Lillian Thompson Bergstrom(DHS ’36) – 309 Homecroft Court, Superior, Wisconsin  54880 – (715) 394-2189”

Keith Pladson, Lillian is your aunt. Can you give us a brief history of Lillian’s life from the time she graduated from DHS in 1936 to the present?


  1. “Jean Radley Thomas (DHS ’36) – Lives in Meza Arizona”

Jean is the sister of Maxine Radley Hiatt (deceased). Hopefully someone from Maxine’s family can give us an update on Jean. Jean was not well when I was putting class lists together in 2007.


Blog (167) posted on July 21, 2008


Reply from Diane Wenstad Wiebe (69):

This is reply to all the Dunseith & Co., group and Neola’s email; thanks for the obit of Beryl Satrang. Yes, Alfred is mother’s brother and there were three boys and two girls in the Satrang family. There was Alfred, Berdella, Lela, John and Clyde.

I was able to attend Beryl’s funeral along with Melvin and Terry, my bothers that live in Michigan, N.D. It was a very nice funeral and seen family that we do not see and how sad it is to loose contact with everyone. Gary as it has been said so many times before and often how great this emailing has brought the community of Dunseith back together. It is nice to know as we loose our love ones that somehow out there knows  the people of the families, friends and community can share the good and bad of daily good news like so many have had, ex. Tim Hill, the Morinville family, Hanson family, etc. and the trouble of others.

Ester Evenson became a very good friend to my dad in the senior apartments until he passed away. She often cooked, baked and visited with him everyday.

We always make time to drive up to the hills again like we did when we were back for Alberta’s funeral the end of May. The hills sure are pretty and so green. To all you that can still live in the hills, we think of you. You all continue writing to keep us wonder what will be on the next email.

Diane Wiebe (Wenstad)


From Sandra Zeiler Vandal (62): 

Had to reply to Larry,and Saturday Night Fever.  Dunseith had to be the best when it came to gathering together as a community on Saturday evenings. The cream, eggs, nickle, was it the same for us all?  My memories go back before graded , graveled roads.  Going out to the hwy 3 with the horses.  Dad had a shed on Howard Foss’ approch where he parked the car, then he would leave the horses in the shed until we came back.  That was winter, in the summer when it was wet we would drive through the Peace Garden, and park by the fence.  Our house was  at the west side of the garden .  When I was just a little girl? I would pretend to be sleeping, and Dad would carry me over the fence to the house.  Way past my bedtime ofcourse.

.What a great time and place to grow up.  The Turtle Mts. are still great, and really enjoyed my last visit home. Celebrated Dads 88th Birthday (Arnold ) and a good 4th of July.  So, Larry, your story did bring a smile and maybe a little tear to my eye, so thanks for the Memories.                  Thanks also to you Gary for your time and effort, this hi-speed rocks, good to be in the 21st Century!       Greetings to all, Sandra Vandal


From Gary Metcalfe (57): 

Thank you to Larry, Terry, Janice and Dick for the great stories about the nostalgia of Dunseith at that time.  Janice, I wonder where I was on that fateful day??? Sorry I missed out on the fun!!

I remember my first stroll down the street of Dunseith, somewhere near LaMoureux’s garage, I noticed a guy fall in behind us in the next row of people coming down the street, he must have had engineer boots on, I found out later that his name was Kenny Hill.  Janice, do you remember Kenny Hill’s first car?  He had what a he called a “cut out” in it, I thought it was really cool.
My sentaments exactly, high school days were FUN, FUN, FUN!!

Bill Hosmer, if it wasn’t for the diversity of the area that you mentioned, these memories would not be nearly as interesting.
Gary Metcalfe


From Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary, Larry, Tim, and Friends,

The farm memories are great, keep them coming! Tim’s recollection of
milking is so true. I stayed at the farm with my grandparents a lot when
I was young. Milking cows by hand was just part of life back then,
everyone did. In the summer of 1961 a group called the ‘Helldrivers’
came to the Bottineau fair. They did stunts with cars and motorcycles
and when I saw their ad in the local newspaper I was really excited.
Grandma  said that if I wanted to go they would take me, because I had
worked pretty hard with the chores all week. We milked 15 to 20 cows
twice a day and carried the milk up to the house to separate the cream,
and then carried the separated milk back to the barn to pail feed the
calves. We did the chores on the day of the show and then got all
cleaned up and headed for the fair. The ‘Helldrivers’ were great and
could drive cars on two wheels and over jumps and rolled vehicles in
front of the crowd! We stayed until about 11 PM and then got back in the
old Ford for the long ride home, about 32 miles. When we got home they
said to change my clothes as we had to milk! By the time we were done
with the routine, it must have been 2 AM! This was the price we had to
pay for a day at the fair! I remember thinking, it’s no wonder Grandpa
never wants to go anywhere! Thanks Gary!



Folks, I have thrown in several Viet Nam pictures with today’s message.

Gary Wall and I were stationed together in Viet Nam in 1969.  We both worked in the same small Dental clinic in Cam Rhan Bay.  Gary was a Dentist and I was a Dental Tech/Assistant/Hygienist & Motor pool mechanic.  Having been born and raised on a farm I was mechanically inclined and was able to keep the company Jeeps & Duce and a half’s (2 1/2 ton trucks) running. I worked mornings in the clinic and afternoons on vehicles.


Gary Wall was a Bottineau boy and I Dunseith.  We met for the first time in Viet Nam.  Gary had a Dental practice in Bottineau for a few years, I think in the late 70’s early 80’s, when he purchased Dr. Troyer’s office. Gary is married to Loretta Neameyer from the DHS class of 72.  Gary and Loretta recently built a new home, in Bottineau, across the street from Connie Halvorson Kester.

Gary Wall along with Lloyd Awalt and Neola’s brother Jim Kofoid are very active Bottineau VFW members. Gary was the Bottineau VFW commander for a number of years.


           Gary Wall & Gary Stokes – Viet Nam – October 1969


                         Warren Anderson (65) – Viet Nam
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             Warren Anderson’s return trip to Viet Nam in 2006
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9/28/2014 (2104)

Requested biographies of former DHS Students-(Day 3)

  1. “Lillian Thompson Bergstrom(DHS ’36) – 309 Homecroft Court, Superior, Wisconsin  54880 – (715) 394-2189”

Keith Pladson, Lillian is your aunt. Can you give us a brief history of Lillian’s life from the time she graduated from DHS in 1936 to the present?

  1. “Jean Radley Thomas (DHS ’36) – Lives in Meza Arizona”

Jean is the sister of Maxine Radley Hiatt (deceased). Hopefully someone from Maxine’s family can give us an update on Jean. Jean was not well when I was putting class lists together in 2007.


         Happy Birthday Shelley Hiatt Kenner: Devils Lake, ND
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          Happy Birthday Mary Ann Hagen: Bottineau, ND
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       Happy Birthday Robin Olson (DHS ’79): Walla Walla, WA
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Larry Hackman and Dick Johnson’s stories
Reply from Lola Metcalfe Vanorny (’68): Dunseith, ND

Those stories by Larry and  Dick were great to read again-  !— wish they would put some more of those on the post again today —-

This is totally off the subject but I have had something on my mind for a while now–  I was counting Canadian money one day and noticed it was rough in the upper right hand corner–  yup!!_ braille!!!!-  Now why can’t the US do the same thing??-

A person who is sight impaired has to rely a lot on other people to tell them what bills they have

-WE are so attuned to making everything handicapped accessible why don’t we have braille on our money??   –Guess I’ll have to do a “first”     and write my congressmen–  maybe if everyone would do that something would happen ??

I’ll get off my soapbox now– LOL!!_  take care!- Lola


Blog (166) posted on July 20, 2008

Folks, I was just informed that Patty Boguslawski Gottbreht will be joining us on the Alaska Cruise.  She and Cheryl Haagenson will be cabin mates. Patty is one of the friendly happy faces that you see, while shopping, at Wayne’s (Barbot) Super Value in Dunseith.  Wayne has a beautiful store with such a friendly and very professional staff. I think Wayne is a good mentor in that department.  Gary

From Alan Poitra (76): 

Beer Can Alley, what memories that brings to mind.  Back in the day, we always seem to have a good time back on that old road.  As well as Halvorson’s Grove and maybe a few other spots around Dunseith. To those classmates from the late 80’s and 90’s and today, we did not have all the (lets say) luxuries kids have today, there was not the 1600 channels on TV, game boys, X-box, cell phones and all the other gadgets that seem to monopolize teens today, we made our own fun and Beer Can Alley was one of the hotspots to party.  I remember one time, there were probably 7-8 cars parked on the road and we all of course had a few beers and we use to seem to have a good time just standing around joking and babbling about this and that, when around 11 or midnight, this car came driving up slowly but surely, the lights were off and they just drove right up to us and we were thinking I wonder who this is, when all of sudden the lights came on and we realized it was the cops, well needless to say, all you could hear were cans and bottles flying thru the air into the ditch and car doors slammin, one of the guys with me knew we had beer in the trunk of my dads car and thought we are gonna get caught, so he took the trunk key and broke it off in the keyhole, thinking then they would not be able to open the trunk, well that was correct but now I had to explain to dad how that happen but if I remember we got it out and another made, I will not mention any names of the group that use to hang out and have a few night caps, just to protect the innocent…  That was one that comes to mind, now I can remember many times I have seen many, many upper classman showing up a little happy at dances and what not…come on guys and gals share some of those foggy memories…  We all have them and hopefully you will not get in trouble with mom and pop…

A walk down memory lane is good for the heart!!!


From Deb Morinville Marmon (70): 

Hi Gary,

This is to Dick Johnson.  I had no idea that you were such an old car buff. I’m hopeless about cars. When people ask me what kind of car I have I tell them “it’s gray”  We have a Classic Car Club here in Miles City.  The 3rd weekend in May we have a gathering called the “Bucking Horse Sale”  They bring in wild horses and buck them out for sale to the rodeos.  On Saturday morning there is a big parade and the CCC makes up a good part of it. Although I don’t know anything about the cars it sure is a beautiful sight.

To Larry Hackman.  Although I grew up in town your story about farm life was so vivid I felt like I was one of the kids! My parents originally came from Bottineau to run the creamery but it burned down after a few years.  At one time Mom ran a satellite station in the back of the AC bar and us kids helped her out.  The smell of fresh cream was unbelievable.

Hope everyone is having a great summer and doing lots of fun things.  My fun is having hip replacement surgery on August 11.  Oh boy!  But after I will be able to walk without a walker or cane.  That is worth looking forward to.

Deb Morinville Marmon 70


From Janice Leonard Workman (56): 

Hi Gary and all,  I knew Harry and Rachel Fassett a long time.  My folks had a café on Main St where Wayne’s grocery is at now and the Fassetts lived 1 block behind and across from Lucien Bedard.  My brothers chummed with the Fassett boys.  I can remember when I first learned to ice skate and there would be what seemed like hundreds of kids at the rink.  During Christmas vacation (10 days or more) the rink would be full all day, every day.  James Fassett would always keep track of the younger kids and when a game of pump, pump, pull away would start he was always helping get the younger girls across.  I think all the little girls loved him, he was truly a “hunk”.   When I worked for McCoys in the Crystal Café, Rachel was the pastry cook and was she ever good.  I would work some Saturday mornings when Bob McCoy couldn’t get up and I would get the first hot donut out of the lard and also the first hot caramel roll.  They melted in your mouth.  Then when I went to the Forestry, Rachel had moved to Bottineau and cooked at the college.   Harry was police in Dunseith for a while after my dad, he was always nice to the kids.

The Saturday night story brought back memories too.  I guess when I was in 7th and 8th grade, my friends would “walk the streets” I don’t know what we were looking for, but it was something to do.  Later when we had boyfriends with cars, we would cruise the streets, what a bore that sounds like know, but then it wasn’t.  A lot of Saturday nights after I was in high school, I worked at the café and couldn’t cruise, and usually didn’t get home until way past the time the streets were rolled up.  When I didn’t work and would cruise, we always ended up at one of the parking places.  There was the old “airport”, “pregnant hill”,  the city park, and lovers lane were some of the places and the next Monday, everybody at school knew where everybody had parked.  What fun!!!!!

Then there was the time, in the spring of 1955, when almost all the juniors and seniors and some sophmores skipped school one afternoon.  In the group that I went with there was DuWayne Lang, Mickey and Neva Haagenson, and Bonnie Awalt..  DuWayne, Mickey and Neva hadn’t been in school in the morning, so they wouldn’t be missed, and we thought we wouldn’t get caught.  However, another bigger group, also skipped, and we were all caught.  For punishment, we had to outline the rest of our History Book,(about 8 chapters) which we were never going to finish anyway, we had a huge typing  and science or biology assignment.  We typed our history outline and used it twice.  Mr. Jerstad (typing) wasn’t as up tight as Miss Shurr (History).  But when we talk about that day now, we know it was worth the punishment and whenever a bunch of us get together, we always bring that memory up.

Those were the best of times!!!!

Janice Leonard Workman, Class of 56

From Bev Morinville Azure (72): 

ok   how about Larry  and Dick getting together and writing a book?   Loved your story Larry was  fun to go back in time again  . I always think we were the  luckiest generation to live  and  after  reading these  stories  I  am sure of it. I only wish  my kids  could have known Dunseith( the people)  back then. Bev


From Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

Larry, another great story of days long gone by! Can anyone remember how
the stores almost all had canvas awnings that were cranked down on hot
summer days? It kept the stores cooler by shading the sun from shining
in the large windows. I thought it was neat! The main thing Larry’s
story reminded me of, was the crowd that was in town on Saturdays! Larry
you were right, people parked cars on the first two blocks on both sides
of main street. My Grandpa Henry Olson sometimes would park his car on
Main street early in the day, and leave it there so we had a place to
sit and watch the people and the action in the evening! Thanks for the
memories, Larry! Thanks Gary!


Story from Tim Martinson (69): 


I’m sure you will be getting responses on Larry”s 50’s story so will
send off a few of my early memories of days on the farm which Larry left
out.  I’ll explain now as many may wonder I too had a connection to
the farm experience that a lot of town people know little about.  It
me when I talk to someone about having a garden and how delicious the
home grown vegetables are and they respond with, it sure must cost
a lot to by all those plants, and I respond with not when I start
everything from seed.  That is when I get the lost look, start from
seed?  It sets
me back a little when I realize that yet again I have come across
another person who has had no connection with the plant growth cycle and
what it takes to bring a crop to harvest and then used for feed on
the farm or sold as produce for the market place.  The home gardener who
tries to get the seed in the ground as  early as possible after
spring frost and then hurries in the fall to can, blanch, freeze and
preserve all the
fruits of their labor throughout the summer.  I must say that I was
one of the lucky ones to have been there, done that as in Larry”s story.

In the winter when the cows and horses were kept close to the barn if
not in the barn because of the cold and only let out to get well
water, that
was either hand pumped or engine pumped with a belt attachment to the
pump into a galvanized water trough and kept from from freezing at
that time with a type of snorkle stove inserted in the tank and wood
or coal burning.  The stove kept the water from freezing solid but
when it was
below zero and windy there was always surface ice that needed to be
broken so the animals could drink.  It always amazed me how warm
those old barns were in the winter when the animals were kept inside.

Now to keep and feed those barn animals grass was cut and dried then
picked up as with a pitchfork and pitched onto a hayrack, transported to
the barn where it was stored in the haymow.  When I was small all
this was accomplished with the use of horses, rope, tackle, and a
huge hay
picking tine that would grab the load  take it to the barn eave then
inside the barn by a steel I beam and deposited throughout the
haymow.  I
use to love playing and jumping off those hills of hay.  Feed was
ground up with a small mill and stored or made as it was used.  What was
really neat were the little homemade stools that were used for
milking and what about those kickers what an invention for those cows
were a little touchy.  Now to top this off was that swinging tail and
what to do with it especially if it was a little crusted over,
getting smacked in
the head hurt.  I always recall the warning of stay close to the
middle of the barn because there was no way of telling when and what was
coming out of the back end of those cows, and it did at anytime.
Thinking back,  it was kind of funny to look in at a cow as they were
back at you and she would let a load go, plop, plop, plop, or what
seemed like never ending splish.  Milk the cows, separate the cream then
feed the calves with the leftover milk.   My Grandpa Martinson would
always set aside a bucket of cream under the house that he would let
ferment and turn a tad ripe then take the top off and eat it like
cream cheese.  Dad told me he did not  have the stomach for that
stuff.  ” Uff Da”

Winter time in a barn brought in all the critters and to my surprise
there were still mice even though most of the cats were in there
also.  The
cats were probably saving a few breeders for spring time when the
kittens were born.  It seemed like there was always a owl in the haymow,
she was probably picking off a mouse here and there.  Springtime
always brought in the chicks with the heat lamps, feeders, and waterers.
Strangely the cats left the chicks alone.  Then there were those hens
that laid a clutch of eggs outside and paraded around all summer with
their chicks a scratchin and pecking.  Oh the sow and her piglets we
must not forget,  root, root, root, and stay out of her pen she can
get mad easily when a piglet squeals.

One of the crappy jobs on a farm was the barn cleanup.  I can
really remember the winter time since it involved a lot of movement
in the barn
with the cows.  Move the cow, shovel the old bedding into the gutter,
put down new bedding, move the cow back to her spot.  And they had
their own spot, it seemed like there was always a cow that tried to
move in on another”s territory and always got  butted out of the
way.  Back
to the gutters which by now were overflowing and seeking out all the
low spots to drain to.  Time to hitch up the horse to the stone boat and
bring it around to the back of the barn and load it up with that crap
in the gutters then pull it out to the manure pile and off load it
there.  The
fun part was the ride out and back behind the horse on that old stone

As time went on so did the milking of cows by hand and cows died or
were sold and not replaced.  The horse was the longest to stay and
one day she went down but we were able to get her back on her feet
and she lived on for a short time.  So ended what at one time was a
small dairy that supplied milk to town a mile away.  Dad told me how
he and his dad had traveled to Dunseith to purchase a bull calf up at
San Haven.  He raised the calf and then entered it at the Bottineau
County Fair and took the Blue Ribbon.  The bull was huge according
to Dad.  I was surprised that San Haven had their own cattle and also
Greenhouses since I can not remember any barns but I think that the
greenhouses were located east of the power plant.  Maybe someone has
the layout or blueprints of San Haven, when it was first proposed?

I”m sending along a picture of Terry and I with the Barn and Granary
in the background.

Take Care,  Tim

                                  Tim & Terry Martinson
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Obituary/Picture provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:

Note: Mrs. Lawrence (Lela) Wenstad was a Satrang. I believe she was a sister to Alfred, Beryl’s husband.  Gary

Beryl’s picture is at the bottom of the email and also an attachment.

My condolences to all Satrang family members.




Beryl Mary Satrang
(January 14, 1922 – July 15, 2008)

Beryl M. Satrang, 86 of Rugby formerly of Rolette, ND died on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at Heart of America Medical Center of Rugby.

Funeral Services for Beryl will be held on Friday, July 18, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. at Valle Lutheran Church, Rolette, ND with Rev. Clarence Stanley officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery in Mandan, ND. Friends may call at the Valle Lutheran Church on Friday from 1:00 p.m. until time of service.

Beryl Mary Graham was born on January 14, 1922 in Sydney, Australia. She married Clarence Alfred Satrang on July 14, 1945 while he was stationed in Sydney during the Second World War. Beryl made a life changing journey on April 12, 1946 when she boarded the David C. Shanks in Sydney Harbor. Beryl joined over 400 women who fell in love with and married American Soldiers during World War II.

Life in the Turtle Mountains was quite different than that in the big city of Sydney, Australia. But, Beryl wasn’t about to let on. She learned how to hang laundry even in subzero temperatures. She learned how to prepare meals she had never eaten much less prepared while translating her “metric” measurements to American measurements.

Beryl and Alfred moved to Rolette in 1947 and together they raised three children, Corrine, James and Kent.

Beryl began working in the house keeping department of Rolette Hospital in 1963. That turned out to be more than just a job-Beryl built life long friendships. They always found something to celebrate together; birthdays (some even included costumes), first days of work, last days of work, weddings, baby showers and more. And, then there were the “coffee parties”. Beryl liked to show her Aussie flare for entertaining with her china, silver service sets, pavolovas, trifles and cakes. Beryl retired from the hospital in 1982.

Beryl was fortunate to have made four trips back “home” to Sydney during her lifetime. Today, July 15, 2008, she has gone home to join her parents, Charlton and Isabella (Smith) Graham; sisters, Florence Milwain, Edna Pike, Marjorie Graham and Lillian Graham and brother, John Graham.

Beryl is survived by her husband of 63 years, Clarence Alfred Satrang of Rugby Children: Corrine Satrang of Grafton, ND, James Satrang and his wife, Sherry of West Virginia and Kent Satrang and his wife, Jolene of Fargo, ND. Seven Grandchildren: Bridget (Gustin) Martel, Mandan, ND and Sara (Paul) Schwartz, Port Huran, Michigan; Carmen Satrang, Rugby, Sherry (Tom) Montoya, Phoenix, Arizona and Shawnda Satrang also of Rugby; Andrea (Loren) Tollefson of Phoenix and Amy Satrang, Fargo; Three Step Grandchildren: Kim Ascenvo, Tammy Gray and Robert Gray. Nine Great Grandchildren: Isaac and Olivia; Payton and Carter; Kimberly and Nicole; Devon and Donovan; and Graham. Sister: Norma Russell and her husband, Jim of Sydney, Australia Several nieces and nephews in Australia as well as several nieces and nephews around the United States.

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Picture provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:

Note: Casey & Esther had a diner in Bottineau for years and also up at the Peace Garden.

Ken & Sharlyn, Casey & Esther’s children, both graduated from Dunseith


Evenson Kenneth Po Box 63 Portal, ND 58772 (701) 926-3181 evenson@midstatetel.com 67
Evenson Olson Sharlyn 1105 8th Ave SE JAMESTOWN, ND 58401  No Phone No email address 68

Evenson, Casey Esther 2104





9/27/2014 (2103)

Requested biographies of former DHS Students-2 

  1. “Lillian Thompson Bergstrom(DHS ’36) – 309 Homecroft Court, Superior, Wisconsin  54880 – (715) 394-2189”

Keith Pladson, Lillian is your aunt. Can you give us a brief history of Lillian’s life from the time she graduated from DHS in 1936 to the present?


  1. “Jean Radley Thomas (DHS ’36) – Lives in Meza Arizona”

Jean is the sister of Maxine Radley Hiatt (deceased). Hopefully someone from Maxine’s family can give us an update on Jean. Jean was not well when I was putting class lists together in 2007.

Aggie’s suggestion i- Biographies of former DHS students
Reply from Marlys Hiatt (’71):  Dunseith, ND

Aggie’ suggestion is absolutely FANTASTIC !!!! I agree with her thinking a 100%  Thanks Gary for taking the ball and running with it.

Sometimes I miss the blogs on my email.  Would you please tell me the website address where the blogs can be viewed.  I don’t want to miss any of this good information coming up.

Thanks Gary


Blog (165) posted on July 19, 2008

Picture/reply from Bill Grimme (65): 


Thank you for posting the nice picture of my uncle, Harry Fassett. Harry was my mother’s brother.

Here is a picture of Harry and his family. Back – Rachael and Harry. Front L-R James, Donald, Orville, and Carol.

Harry had a repair shop in Dunseith for a while. It was located across the street from the Lucien Bedard home, I believe. Carol died at a fairly early age. I was fairly young when Harry left Dunseith, but, I can tell you, he was a very nice uncle.

Bill Grimme
                                                         Harry Fassett Family

              Back – Rachael and Harry. Front L-R James, Donald, Orville, and Carol.
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From Mona Dionne Johnson (48): 

The Harry Fassett family lived in the Thorne area and of course all of

his kids attended Russell School where we did out in the country.  Harry
was our bus driver back then when buses changed from horse-drawn covered
sleighs in the winter to what he drove which was a Model A – he had
taken out the back seat and replaced it – adapting it with two board
connected at the ends, making it so twice the amount of kids could ride
in the back.  In winter when we traveled to school and got by Ed
Leonards’ place, the snow would collect on a low area of the road to a
point that one could not get through.  He just drove that Model A into
the ditch and we drove in the field until we got past the snowed area
and  then back on the road and on to school !!      His oldest son,
James and I started school together, in fact the last few days of school
before we started first grade, he and I went to get used to school a
little, and I remember the teacher had us both in her lap as we were
welcomed to school.  His sister, Carol, and my sister were classmates.
James and I went thru the 8 grades at Russell.  He went somewhere else
his first year high school, then came to Dunseith for the rest,
graduating together with me in ’48.  He had a beautiful voice in song
and sang at our graduation.   I remember the teacher having us sing
together when we were in the lower grades.  What memories !
Mona Dionne Johnson ’48

From Susan Fassett Martin (65):

Harry Fassett was the son of Gilbert and Sadie Fassett.  Gilbert was a brother to my grandfather, Wilmar H Fassett.  In my dad’s history book it states, ”  Harry & Rachel (Federick) moved to Dunseith from the Thorne area in 1943.  Harry operated an auto and tractor repair shop and also served on the Dunseith force until 1956 when he moved to Bottineau to become chief of police there.  Their children all completed high school in Dunseith. ”
Harry Fassett and Rachel Frederick had four children:  James, who married Lvonne Cox,  Donald, who married Christine St Pierre, they divorced and Donald remarried Agnes Harris–he died in 1984:  Orville, who marred June Johnson and Carol, who married James Tessin–she is also deceased.

Harry had 12 siblings.  My dad also writes,  ”  Gilbert and Sadie were married in Devils Lake and came to Rolette county in 1897.  They staked their claim in Russell township near Thorne and they lived out their lives on that land.  They lived in a sod shanty until about 1910 when they built the big frame house which served them the rest of their lives.

As a youngster in the 1920’s, I remember that we looked forward to a visit to “uncle Gil and aunt Sadie’s”.  In addition to their large family there always seemed to be lots of company around on Sundays or other special days.  All of their children were talented, though untrained, musicians on a variety of instruments from piano to the mouth organ and jewsharp so there was always singing and dancing.”

I have pictures of Harry and my grandpa holding a stringer of fish that they caught at Belcourt Lake and lots of history. If any of the Harry Fassett family reads this and would like any copies of any family history, please get in contact with me.  I am happy to share.

Bette Nerpel is here in Sd visiting me.  She is a first cousin to my father and 81 years of age.  She had a phlethora of knowledge about the “old” days in Dunseith.  I have been prompting her for memories and stories.  What an interesting  lady to visit with.  She lives in Bottineau.

Thanks for all the memories.  Hugs and prayers.  Susan


Reply from Bev Morinville Azure (72): 

ok   Gary’s  site  it is.  Gary  I think  you have done one  of the nicest things  a person can do you have bought old  friends  , families  and  who  knows  back together again. I have  been blessed  many many time reading  and laughing at the  stories  that  have  been told . Now  I  really do wish someone  would start  spilling  the  secrets  about   the  classes  of   the  younger  groups  like  70  up  I know we have alot of stories  to tell. How about a  few  from BEER Can Alley for a start.  Bev

Reply fromFrom Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

Terry Hiatt’s mom was Delores and his grandmother was Julia Hiatt, my

grandmother Myrtle Olson’s sister. Colette, thanks for the compliment
but I think if we remove the memories of Dunseith from our minds, these
stories may be of much less interest. We all remember many places and
things to fill in the gaps in our stories that others would not be able
to do. Thanks for the encouragement though! Thanks Gary!


 Reply from Bobby Slyter (70): 

Terry Hiatt’s grandmother was Julia Hiatt, wife of Walter Hiatt, his mother was Delores Hiatt and his step father was LeRoy Birkland

From Larry Hackman (66): 


How are you today?  I hope this finds you and your family well.  Gary this is kind of long.  If you want to save it for a slow day that would fine with me.  You know,  i haven’t given you pie report yet this spring.  the rhubarb was excepional this year.  Maybe because it was a cool spring, it grew slow and tasty.  I had a pie, a upsidedown cake, and a rhubarb crisp.  They all were to die for, if you know what I mean.  DELICIOUS  I can hardly wait for the second cutting.  But, there is nothing like rhubarb in the spring.  Do you have rhubarb on the islands?

You take care Gary and have a good day.


Larry, Any day is a good day for one of your very interesting stories.  I know a lot of folks will relate to and enjoy this wonderful nostalgic story that you have shared with us today.  Gary


1950’s Saturday Story

The 1950’s Saturday night always began on Friday back on the farm.  The boys were all given hair cuts if needed.  This was done by mother using a scissors.  Then she washed everyones heads.  I remember her digging into our ears.  She said it was to get the grumberras (potatoes) out.  I always thought she was trying to save time by cleaning both ears from one side.  Just kidding mom.  The girls got their hair washed and wrapped around them little silver pipes that were about three inches long and about 3/8 inches in diameter and full of holes for air circulation. Each little pipe had a clamp and wire clip.  The wire clip had a little red bead at the opposite end which snapped into the end of the pipe curler to lock the hair and the pipe together.  Mom plastered the girls heads with these pipes. Then in the evening after the chores were done and before going to bed, it was baths for everyone. Hot water was obtained from the reservoir that was part of the wood burning cast iron cook stove that sat in the corner of the kitchen.  Behind that stove in the winter time was my favorite spot.  It was a great place to soak up the heat right after coming in from freezing outside. The only running water in them days, was the person running back and forth from the pump with a pail.

The next morning mom and dad milked the cows, usually a little later then usual because the cows would have to wait until we got back from town.  The folks then separated the cream from the milk with a hand cranked machine called a cream separator, the cows and horses wee turned out into the pasture for the day, the eggs were gathered and cleaned, the chickens, calves and pigs were fed and watered.

My folks milked 15 to 20 cows every morning and every night by hand. The cows were so tame that in the summer time they just layed around in the barn yard after being chased home by one or all of us kids. Getting the cows home from the pasture for milking in the evening was our job at that time.  The folks would just walk around the barn yard from cow to cow with their pail and milk stool.  The cow would get up when they approached, or would have to be told or bumped with the milk stool to let it know that it was its turn to be milked.  Us kids were also in the barn yard sitting on the cows pretending we were cowboys and occasionally using the cows for water guns in a milk fight. The folks discouraged this, as it was a waste of milk and sometimes they would get shot.  The cats loved it. Mother always claimed she could milk three cows by hand to every one my dad milked by hand, but she was still glad to have the help. She also would get more milk out of each cow. Warm hands? I suppose. She always claimed that my dad was so slow that the cow was going dry while my dad milked it.  For you “city slickers” of which I became one at a young age, a cow can not produce milk unless it gives birth to a calf, so for about two months of every year it does not produce milk and is called a dry cow.  A cow that has just given birth is called a “fresh” cow. A little Biology!  Not only is this information entertaining its educational?

Back to the story and Saturday morning.  We, the still clean kids job, was to stay in the house and stay clean on Saturday morning.  Sometimes on Saturday morning to keep us busy and out of each others hair, mother would pour the ingrediants, milk, cream, sugar, and salt into a churn and we took turns, turning the crank to make butter and of course to get our reward.  Drinking the buttermilk.  If their was no butter to churn and nothing else to do we boys busied ourselves by adjusting them pipes attached to the girls heads.  We figured if we adjusted them just right we could make contact with them space aliens out there.  We found by twisting and turning these pipes in the girls hair we could get all kinds of volume and just when we thought we were about to make contact with them aliens, mom would come with the broom and we boys would have to make a run for it.  She must of thought that we would make contact and she would have more work preparing for company?  Mom didn’t want any unexpected guests for dinner because we were going to town.  We called lunch, dinner, and dinner, supper back on the farm. Confused, I still am. Back to the pipe curlers!  We, boys knew if we adjusted them just right, that we would have made contact with them space aliens (at least it sounded like we were about to make contact) Just think if we would have made contact, we would all be rideing in space ships by now,  instead of having a few astronauts out there, orbiting around the planet trying to thumb a ride?

Back to the curlers?  In the sixties didn’t the girls start rolling their hair around  beer cans?  Yes, I think some did drink the contents before they put them in their hair.  Their hair didn’t turn out as nice but I don’t think they cared. Maybe some of them made contact with the space aliens.  Let us know, would you.

Remember the eyebrow pencils.  Some made the brow curl up on one side and on the other eye it would curl down.  You didn,t know if they were winking or blinking. Probably to much beer?

Remember dad getting ready for town.  He would get out that straight razor and run it across them razor straps.  It sounded like somebody getting spanked on a bear bottom.  Then he would take this large cup and add a little water into it, and then stir the contents with this brush until it created a foam. Then he would take this brush and paint this foam all over his face.  Probably scared the aliens away?  He would then again run the razor over the straps to sharpen it more, and then he would use that sharp instrument to scrape the foam and the beard from his face.  I remember in some houses in the kitchen there hung a razor strap with each boys name on it.  These people had girls but they never had any of the girls names on any of the razor straps? Go figure.

After lunch (dinner) the car was loaded with the crate of eggs, (12 dozen eggs) that were gathered and cleaned all week and usually a couple 8 gal. containers (cream cans) of cream that was separated from the cows milk with the hand cranked machine.  The kids were all put in the back seat except for the trouble maker, who had to sit up front between mom and dad. The littlest kid was held by dad as mom would drive. Dad was already losing the ability to move his legs due to MS.

Remember the beautiful scenic drive on old highway #3 through the Turtle Mountians.  That highway curled around

and over the hills and up against  the shores of the lakes as it took you into town. It still is a pretty drive but not as pretty as it once was.

Remember when the San hill was really a steep hill with a small hill and curve at the bottom.  We use to try, and did pass some cars up, while going down it on our bicycles.  Remember Garret Myers had the first new 3 speed in town.  He wiped out with his new red bike on the hill while rideing it from the Peace Gardens to town.  He broke his arm and was covered with street pizza (abrasions).

We the Hackman were now entering Dunsieth for a fun saturday and to get our supplies for another week on the farm.  Cruiseing into town and just before we would hit that intersection north of Morgan Lumber Co., mom would roll down her window and throw her arm straight out the window and keep it there.  I always thought she did that to keep that old 1948 maroon Chevy upright as we made that left turn.

We would pass by Johnsons.  Don had the first new Ford Mustang car in town. I remember standing in their yard with several other people admiring it. Don and Dick always wore the glasses with the Buddy Holly frames. I was diagnosed with needing glasses in the 5th grade, and I wanted a pair of them black framed glasses, but the lady that was helping me pick out the frame, said I was good looking enough to wear any type frame and presuaded me to chose another.  I still wish I would have chosen the black frames as I would have felt more comfortable around town.  A few that wore the black frames were John Morgan, Don Egbert, Larry Metcalf, Wayne Smith, Gregory LaCroix, Gary Stokes, and Kenny Nerpal.  Ken it was too bad about you not making it, to the barn dance.  I know you made it to the house, but the house was only half way between the parking area and the barn.  There were several people in the house visiting, but the party and the band were in the barn. And Kenny there was even a fiddler in the band.  You and Haggard Merl may also be right about the hay loft.  There was straw falling down from between the loft floor boards, but I thought it was falling because of the vibration of the music. You sure missed a good barn dance by leaving so fast?

As we proceeded east on the street and where we took a right turn in front of the Northern Hotel,  where Egberts lived, you noticed the wood piles.  Someone had stacked the wood so that the split side of the blocks all faced outward and were placed in straight lines from the top center of the pile down to the ground.  The piles of wood looked more like hay stacks then a pile of split wood. Who had the time?  The piles were located in the area, where the Kalk house would be built. Believe it or not, Dan Kalk, had a path worn into the sod of them hills east of the San Haven to his house located about one mile east of the San, from walking back and forth to work.  Remember Dorothy Egbert who grew them sunflower plants that were 10 ft. tall.  She made the Turtle Mountian Star. Dorothy probably should of been a botanist, as she also had flowers blooming all year long in her planters out in front of the hotel.  Adrian Egbert who would do almost anything to win a bet said, “that he once ate 49 boiled eggs to win a bet”.  Adrian who also ran a taxie, like Gary Metcalf mentioned, took a fare from Dunseith to Seattle and back without stopping to sleep.  Which would be quite a feat even with todays roads and vehicles.

The Leonard house was the next one we went by on the street going south after we made a right turn in front the northern Hotel.

I remember Ed Leonard being the C.O.P. and being parked by the phone booth in front of the Dakota Hotel.  He always had a smile and would give you that famous one finger wave.  No, not that finger, it was with the pointer finger off the brim of his stetson hat.

We would take another right at the end of Leonard’s yard and go west and in a half of a block we would arrive at the Bottineau Creamery.  There Floyd Dion would help unload the cream and take it into the creamery for weighing and testing. The folks would get a cream check that would would enable them to buy groceries for another week.  Then we would drive up to either Hassen’s Store or Sine’s Store to sell the  eggs. At Hassen,s Store, O’Neal, we called him Neal, who would take out a 1″ by 10″ board about 3 feet long and lay it between the backs of two chairs. He then hung a light beneath the board. In the center of this board was a 11/2″ diameter hole that he would set eggs into one at a time.  The light beneath the board would cause the egg to become translucent. This was called egg candling. I guess if he saw something looking back at him from the egg, he would make balute?

After the folks got paid for the eggs they would give each of us kids a nickle and tell us to buy something that lasts, because thats all we were getting to spend.  So we would buy either a black cow or a sugar daddy sucker and then we were on our own to run run the streets of Dunseith, while the folks ran their errands and visited with other folks.  There were people every where.  The sidewalks were crowded with kids running everywhere and with grownups in circles visiting and some always moving from business to business.  The streets were full of vehicles from one end to the other, even the side streets were full.  Saturday night in Dunseith was like one huge carnival.  I remember there was usally a wagon parked between the Red Owl and the Bakery selling popcorn.  I couldn,t afford any popcorn because I had already spent my nickle, but I remember it sure smelled good and added to the atmosphere that I as a 6 year old farm kid, remember well.   Saturday night. It was a great night.  When it was dark and time to go home the folks would gather us all up and put us into the car.  We the kids, would all fall asleep on the trip home,  We would be put to bed when we got home and then the folks would go out and milk the cows and take care of the animals, to start the routine all over, to prepare for the next Saturday night.

It would be fun to go back to them times.

I hope this at least brought back some memories and maybe put a smile on your face.  Them were the days!


From Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

Axel Johnson told me about an incident from our area, from way back.
There was a bachelor named Carl Strand who lived near the southwest
shore of Sucker lake. He lived in a small house and liked to do a little
too much drinking at times. Axel kind of kept an eye on him to see that
things were OK. There was a small opening in the trees along the creek
from Sucker lake to Horseshoe lake where Axel could see the smoke from
Strands chimney if the wind wasn’t too strong. He said that after a bad
winter snowstorm he looked over to see smoke but there was none. He went
over and knocked on the door but got no response. He said he opened the
door and went in and found Carl, sitting, sleeping by his table. The
house was very cold so Axel went over and told him he better wake up and
build a fire or he might freeze to death! Axel said he didn’t move so he
touched his arm and he was frozen solid! Axel notified the sheriff and
they came up with a sleigh and horses and loaded him in the sleigh. He
was frozen in a sitting position and when they laid him down he looked
grotesque, so they went by the straw pile and covered him with straw to
not scare people they might meet on the road back to Dunseith! I told
this story to Bill Fassett several years ago and when I said they
covered him with straw, Bill pointed at me and asked if I knew the rest
of the story? I told him that was all Axel had said to me. Bill said his
dad, Wilmar [Old Bill] went along with the undertaker to get the body
and told Bill that when they got to town, they sneaked the body into the
back of the funeral parlor and then went over to the hardware and
borrowed a livestock water tank , which they filled with hot water to
thaw the guy out! Together we had the whole story from start to finish!
Carl Strand had a brother from Minnesota, named Andrew, who moved to
Carl’s house and stayed until the early 50s. Grandpa Hans Johnson bought
the land when Andrew went to the Old Soldier’s home in Lisbon, ND. We
still call the land the ‘Strand place’, to this day! Thanks Gary!



9/26/2014 (2102)

Happy Birthday Diane Fugere (DHS ’75): Minot, ND
           Fugere, Diane 2102 


Happy Birthday Debbie Fauske Fugere (DHS ’75): Minot, ND
                            Fugere Fauske, Debbie 2102  


From Aggie Casavant (’69):  Fort Mill, SC

Hi   Gary,

While  reading  your  response  this  morning  to  Dick  asking  about  your  brother  Allen, an  idea  popped  in  my   head.  What  do  you  think  of   every  2  days  post  someone’s  name  either  alphabetically  or  randomly, that   would  share  what  they  have  been  doing  since  graduating, and  where  they  presently  live  and  what  they  are  doing  job  wise, retirement  or  whatever. If  they  don’t  respond  in  two  days  move  on  to  the  next  name,  and  they  will  still have  the  opportunity to  post  at  another  time…to just  let  you  know. I  understand  some  people  may  not  be  interested  to  participating  and  that’s  ok, they  can  let  you  know. I  just  find  “Where  Are  They  Now”  interesting.  Like  I  know   who  your  brother Allen  is…but  didn’t  know  him  personally  but  still  found  what  you  shared  interesting. Like  how  did  Allen  get  from  Dunseith,  to  San Diego…. I  don’t  know  about  anyone  else  but  stuff  like  this  fascinates  me. People  can  share  as  much  or  as  little  as  they  choose  to…. Just   a  thought :)    Anyone’s  input  on  this  is  encouraged…. Thanks  Gary!  Blessings!  Aggie  Casavant’

What a wonderful idea. We can start with the oldest classes and work our way forward. This gives me a chance to update our records too. For those that would like someone to reply on their behalf it is just fine too. The first two I have are from the class of 1936.

“Lillian Thompson Bergstrom(DHS ’36) – 309 Homecroft Court, Superior, Wisconsin  54880 – (715) 394-2189”

Keith Pladson, Lillian is your aunt. Can you give us a brief history of Lillian’s life from the time she graduated from DHS in 1936 to the present?


“Jean Radley Thomas (DHS ’36) – Lives in Meza Arizona”

Jean is the sister of Maxine Radley Hiatt (deceased). Hopefully someone from Maxine’s family can give us an update on Jean. Jean was not well when I was putting class lists together in 2007.


Blog (163) posted on July 17, 2008


 Reply from Vickie Metcalfe (70): 

Yes, Gary, Bernice (Seim) Lindberg moved back from the west coast in the late sixties/early 70’s, worked at San Haven and married Elmer Lindberg.

When my mom was recovering from brain tumor surgery in January of 1980, Bernice volunteered for a few days to stay and help my mom.  (My dad was blind from diabetes and Mom, after the tumors destruction, was also blind in one eye)

In the 80’s, when she became infirm from illness,  Bernice moved to Bottineau Good Sam. for more specialized nursing.  I recall that  Elmer moved into Golden Keys apts. across the street then to be close by her, where he visted her every day.

And, I recall when  she was hospitalized at St. Andrews and her son came to visit, Elmer was never far from her, gruff and blunt.

Yes, Elmer could be gruff, but beneath the crusty exterior, his old fashioned heart was kind.

Ah..from one farm kid to another,  I also remember the days of pickin rocks, which seemed to always multiply and grow especially after a good disc ing!  Vickie


From Lois Lilleby Fielding (51):

Hi Gary:  I have been very interested in hearing about Tim Hill and his progress.  Years ago, when I worked at the University of Minnesota Hospitals, he had heart surgery there, and I was happy to give a pint of my blood for his surgery.  Murl Hill is a friend, of course.  Lois Lilleby Fielding.

From Bob Hosmer (56):

I’m enjoying the reflection of Dunseith friends and acquaintances.  Reading the barber shop stories brought back memories.  I’m glad Sharon Peterson shared about Marlin Williams.  I visited Dunseith once when he was barbering and he cut my hair–twice in fact.  The first time was Ok, but I came back the next day to have him do some finishing touches.

Does anybody have any memories of camping on Wild Cat Island just north of town or hiking up to Indian Mound and Mineral Springs.  Those areas were wonderful kinds of retreats for me.

By the way, my email address will change on July 24th from rkhosmer@ to rkhosmer@ .  Please use the former until that day.  Thanks, Gary, for all the wonderful work you are doing to keep all of us in touch with each other.

Bob Hosmer (56)


From Bev Morniville Azure (72): 

Colette, I agree  Dick  needs to write a book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I  also  think we need a  name  for this  blog .  When I  am  telling  people  about  it  I  never  really know what to call it. ie  i tell my  husband  everynite  what has  been  written for the  day  so I  call it the  Gary site.  Bev

Bev, The Gary sight is just fine.  I have each and every group message saved to include the many massages that were shared with the class of 65 before we expanded to include the whole Dunseith alumni. There are several thousand or more messages in all.  That’s a ton of history with a lot of pictures. In the future, some ambitious person could compile all this into a book. It would be a lot of work, but would make a very nice book. It would be a big book. Gary


Reply from Alan (42) & Phyllis Campbell:

Note: Cathy, I should have double checked the spelling of your name. The Article had Kathy.  Gary

Gary:  In answer to your request for the names of those at the ribbon cutting at the Grand Opening of the new Bottineau Security State Bank they are as follows:  left to right: Jeff Campbell (class of 76), Phyllis, Cathy (class of 73), Jeremy (Jeff’s son who is working this summer at the Botno bank and is a Junior at U. of Mary in Bismarck),Alan, Bottineau Mayor Doug Marsden, Donovan Bertsch (a bank director), Rich  (class of 68 and also a bank director) and David (class of 71).    A little correction on the story – William (Bill) Campbelll came to the bank in Dunseith i n 1933 from Omemee where he, Violet and Alan were living.  Several Dunseith businessmen including W.E. Hosmer, Joe Lamoureaux and Wm. Gottbreht among others asked him to come to Dunseith to run the bank.   I forgot to mention above that Alan was a graduate in the class of 1942.  He went to Jamestown College where eventully he and Phyllis met!    These parents are very proud of all their children and the good education they received in Dunseith and thank you and others for your nice comments!Incidentally all four kids are happily married and all living in North Dakota!  Alan and Phyllis have ten grandchildren – all out of high school now – plus two great-grandchildren.   We do enjoy reading the emails from near and far!

Cambell 2102


Picture provided by Neolo Kofoid Garbe: neolag@min.midco.net

Jim Sr. is deceased and Mildred rescently moved to the Good Samaritan home in Bottineau.

Jim & Mid Fulsebakke children:
Fulsebakke 2102

Fulsebakke Jim/Marlee 9942 County Road 49 Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2844 mfulseba@yahoo.com 75
Fulsebakke Joel RR 1 Box 119A Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-3152 No email address 77
Fulsebakke Gary 824 Second Ave NE Devils Lake, ND 58301 (701) 662-2284 Gary.Fulsebakke@sendit.nodak.edu 71
Fulsebakke Albertson Shelly RR 2 Box Saint John, ND 58369 (701) 477-3071 albertson_Shelly@yahoo.com 72

Message/Picture from Dick Johnson(68): 

Gary and Friends,

Sharon was correct. Right after Godfreys left, Marlin Williams had the
barber shop between the bowling alley and the drugstore. I guess the
cleaners, where Lyda Kolberg worked, was just on the south side of the
drugstore and then the barber shop. One time when I was eleven and Terry
Hiatt was 10, I went in to get a haircut from Marlin. He grinned at me
and said, “So you are going to be a barber”! I said, “What–no”! He said
Terry was just in and had him cut all his hair off because of the mess
‘I’ made! Here Terry had tried to give himself a haircut and cut a strip
right down the middle and was embarrassed, so he told Marlin I did it!
He used one of the old time hand clippers and really cut it short.
Terry spent a lot of time with me as he lived with his grandmother for
several years off and on. He came back from Washington in 1967 and went
with us on a trip to the Worlds Fair in Montreal, Quebec. It was called
Expo 67.From Montreal we went to NY City and down the coast clear
to Virginia and back home. The attached picture is of Terry on our back
step that summer with my first guitar. I bought the guitar from a guy
for $5. as it was in two pieces. I fixed it up and played it for several
years until  after Brenda and I were married, when she bought me a
better one for my birthday. Later in life, Terry and his brother Randy
had a band and traveled from Washington as far as Montana playing night
spots. Do you suppose he got the ‘itch’ from my old guitar? Thanks Gary!


Dick, Who was Terry’s Grandmother?

Hiatt, Terry 2102

Message/pictures from Allen Richard (65):

To those who remember my daughter form the reunion, here she is at the National Cherry Festival Parade in Traverse City, MI last weekend.  She went from 8th grade band to the Bullock Creek 90 piece varsity marching band.  The Lancers Marching band have been at this parade for the last 45 years.  Susan was in the parade for three years.  Alaina will beat her by a year.

Alaina is working on a U-Tube page with her piano teacher.  For her 5th grade talent show, she accompanied herself in the performance of “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera.  She also does the vocals for our agency video.


Richard, Alina 2102-1 Richard, Alina 2102-2 Richard, Alina 2102-3

Picture provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Note: Harry Fassett was the cheif of police in Bottineau for a perod of time.

Do any of you remember any of the Harry Fassett family?  Gary

Fassett, Harry 2102



10 MAR 1906 Russell Township, , , North Dakota
28 SEP 1963 Dunseith, Rolette, North Dakota
01 OCT 1963 Dunseith, Rolette, North Dakota



Father: Gibert Minor FASSETT Family
Mother: Sarah OR Sadie McDONALD



Harry & Rachel (Frederick) Fassett Children all deceased:


Fassett James Born July 23, 1929    –    Died May 15, 1992 FARMINGTON, MN  55024   Jim JR? (612) 781-9718 Deceased 48
Fassett Orville J. Born December 28, 1932    –    Died February 18, 2006 Deceased 50
Fassett Tessin Carol Can not locate death record Deceased 53


[ ] Donald FASSETT
Birth Date: 26 Apr 1931
Death Date: 4 Dec 1984
Social Security Number: 501-26-2894
State or Territory Where Number Was Issued: North Dakota
Death Residence Localities
ZIP Code: 58329
Localities: Dunseith, Rolette, North Dakota
San Haven, Rolette, North Dakota


9/25/2014 (2101)

No blogs the past two days.

For the record I did not get a blog posted the last two days.



Condolences to all the families
From Dave Slyter (’70): Sabin, MN.

 Just want to send prayers and condolences to all the families that have recently lost someone in their life’s .   To Connie Sime and family,  to all the family and friends of Elaine Metcalfe and now Vida Hiatt.   My prayers and thoughts are with you all.   God’s Blessing’s be on each and every one.  

 Dave Slyter (70)


Condolences to the Hiatt Family
From Aggie Casavant (’69):  Fort Mill, SC

To  Rod  Hiatt

I  was  so  sorry  to  hear  of  your  Moms sudden passing  Rod,  but  happy  to  see  how  many  years  you  had  with  her. I  lost  my Mom  24  years   ago  and  I  still miss her. A  person  can  lose  people  throughout  their  life, but  losing  your  Mom  is  something  completely  different  as  you  will  come  to  realize.  You  have  had  your  share  of  losses  over  the  years  Rod,  and  for  that  I  am  truly  sorry. God  Bless  you  and  your  family  through  the  sad, and reflective  days  ahead.  Aggie Casavant’


Condolences to the Hiatt Family
From Connie Zorn Landsverk:  Bottineau, ND

My condolences are with the Hiatt families @ the loss of their loved-one Vida!!Vida was a fun-loving person! saw her with her 2 sisters @ the Norway House  on Friday night & now God has called her home! May she rest in peace!!


Vida Hiatt
(Died September 20, 2014)

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Hiatt, Vida 2101

Vida E. Hiatt, age 88 of Bottineau, died on Saturday, September 20, 2014 in a Bottineau hospital. Funeral will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 am at the United Parish at Bottineau. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1:00 pm until 9:00 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Burial will be at the Oak Creek Cemetery in Bottineau.

Vida Elaine (Peterson) Hiatt was born February 16, 1926 on a cold North Dakota winter day at home in the Turtle Mountains, the fifth child to Max and Mary Peterson. She attended Weatherall country school through the eighth grade. Then remained at home to aide her parents in attending to the hard work of raising a large family and farm life. One evening years into her life she attended a dance, there brother Bill introduced her to Howard Hiatt. On April 27, 1944 in the Mission Church north of Dunseith, holding a second-hand bouquet of flowers she married the love of her life.

Her life as Mgrs. Howard Hiatt brought her to live deeper into the same Turtle mountains she had grown up in. Cooking and cleaning, canning and milking, and raising a family of her own. Supplemented with taking in neighbor kids, siblings and anyone else that came to hunt or visit or find a temporary shelter under the welcomed embrace of the their home. and the comforting goodness of Vida’s home cooking. Vida and Howard did move from the Turtle mountains and made homes in Dunseith, Washington, Minnesota, Devils Lake, Penn and Bottineau before settling on the farm nestled between Bottineau and Dunseith in 1966. There Vida with paint and wallpaper transformed a mammoth old farm house into a cozy loving home. Her baking and cooking was amazing, having survived the depression years she had the ability to whip up a meal from nothing and send everyone away with full bellies. Hired men were eager to work on the Hiatt farm when they found out Vida would be making the meals.

In her lifetime, she had jobs as taxi driver, as Avon lady, worked in a dry cleaner, and then found her niche caring for those in need at San Haven. There she worked for 17 years, for a short time in the kitchen, then as a nurse’s aide and then a supervisor. After San Haven closed she worked at The Bottineau Good Samaritan and The Dunseith nursing home. In 2005 she began volunteer work at The Good Samaritan Center in Bottineau and did so till the day she stepped into heaven. No matter what job she had she gave 120%, and the lives she touched with her kindness cannot be measured here on earth. Her dream always was to be a nurse, so she could help people, the title was not to be, but she spent a lifetime helping those in need be it family, neighbors or community this tiny lady with humble nature gave everything she could and more, a true servant for her Savior.

In the early hours of September 20th 2014 Vida let go of this world and took flight in the arms of Jesus, home to her beloved Howard, Earl, Vonnie and Laurel, all of whom she missed so dearly here on earth, the reunion must be so glorious. We are forever blessed by the goodness she invested in us all. We loved her dearly, and will forever be homesick for our Vida.

Vida passed away on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at a Bottineau hospital.

Preceded in death by her Husband, Howard, Parents, Children, Laurel and Earl Hiatt and daughter, Vonnie Peterson. Brothers Jack, Duane and Bill Peterson and sisters Marion, Lucille and Lois.

Vida had 4 sons and two daughters. Laurel passed away 2013 and his wife, Mary (Bottineau) Earl passed away 1965, Rod and wife Suzanne ( Bottineau), Daughter, Vonnie Peterson passed away 2003 and her Husband Ron, Rick and Wife Susie (Bottineau) and daughter, Shelley Kenner and husband Jeff (Devils Lake), and honorary “son” Richard “Chops” Carlson. She is survived by her children Rod, Rick and Shelley, 13 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, sisters Mary Artzer, Doris Bristol and Shirley Lagerquist and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to the Vonnie Peterson Scholarship Fund at the Dakota College at Bottineau.


Emma Gunville Obituary and message
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and friends,

Emma Gunville  was  originally from South Dakota.

She was married to one of the elder Gunville brother’s.

Robert and Emma had children and grandchildren who attended and completed schooling at the Dunseith Public School.

My sincere sympathy to them on the loss of their mom and grandmother.


Vickie Metcalfe

Emma Gunville
(February 16, 1929 – September 20, 2014)

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Emma Gunville, age 85 of Rolette formerly Dunseith, died Sunday, September 21, 2014 in a Rolette nursing home. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. in the Turtle Mountain Indian Alliance Church of rural Dunseith. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery following the cremation. Visitation will be Wednesday beginning at 4:00 P.M. in the Church.

Emma Gunville, a daughter of John and Emma (Wessel) Zacker, was born on February 16, 1929 at Mobridge, SD. She moved with her family at a young age to Lewistown, MT where she was raised and graduated from school. After graduation she moved to Great Falls, MT where she met and married Robert L. Gunville in 1960. They moved to Dunseith where she worked at the San Haven as a CNA until it closed. Emma retired and became more active in community activities. Robert passed away on March 7, 2003. In 2011 she moved to Rolette where she has resided since.

She was a member of the Turtle Mountain Indian Alliance Church of rural Dunseith. Emma enjoyed gardening, cooking, spending time with family, visiting, playing cards and singing.

She is survived by her daughters, Suzy Daley of Dunseith, Sylvia Lawson of Minot and Toni Tetrault of Dunseith; sons, Harry Maley of North Carolina, Carl Maddox of Dunseith, James Gunville of Dunseith and Lloyd Gunville of Trenton, ND; 25 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

Emma was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Robert; brother, John Zacker and a grandson, Gary Daley.


Blog (163) posted on July 17, 2008

From Sharon Peterson Harmsen (63): 

Hi Gary,

Recent emails have prompted me to write again.  But first of all, please take a moment to visit the CaringBridge website for Tim Hill as outlined in the email dated July 14th.  The site is: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/timhill and is easy to use.  I just did and it sounds like Tim is doing OK with his new organs in spite of a few minor setbacks.  What a great guy to receive such a special gift of life from another special family (the donor family).

The barber stories caused me to think of another barber that no one has mentioned yet and that was my uncle, Marlin Williams.  He barbered in the shop south of the drug store for several years and I always felt special when I was able to go stay with he and Doris in their apartment behind the shop.   Me and my friends had great fun sitting in the barber chair and spinning around and pretending we were “doing each other’s hair”………….I believe Marlin also was a regular barber at San Haven when those residents needed a hair cut.

And stories of Eva Seim are very special to me as she was my teacher for my first three grades when we attended country school south of their farm.   Our families were very good friends and spent much time together over the years.  She and Art were very special people to me and I still have mementos from both of them;   An ID bracelet from Eva with my name engraved and silver dollars from Art.  Art and I always enjoyed each other’s company because he and I both liked being around horses.

Gary, as like everyone else, I wait for my “Dunseith Fix” every morning.  Thanks for all you do to keep us connected.

Sharon Peterson Harmsen

Colette Hosmer’s (64) reply to Dick Johnson (68): 


You’ve got to write a book. The world need a collection of your stories — start now!


Ardys Bakken Horner (teacher) to Dick Johnson (68): 

This is to Dick Johnson and his Pals…I am surprised he survived his childhoold with the stunts he pulled?  Ardys Bakken Horner

From Kenny Nerpel (65):


Just a note to let you know I have changed my email address to


From Dick Johnson (64): 


When you mentioned your brother Allen ‘Big Ally’, I was just wondering
what he has been doing for the last 45 years or so? I heard that he was
working in Wyoming many years back, but I see he is now in San Diego.
Just curious! Thanks!



Dick, My brother Allen and his wife Janet, have been living in San Diego since about 1991. Allen is the maintenance man for a larger apartment complex in SD.  I just talked to them several days ago. Things are going fine for them.  Allen is scheduled to have corrective lazar surgery done on both his eyes in several weeks. He’s hoping to restore his vision to 20/10.

San Diego is a nice city. In 2002 the shipyard sent me down there, for nearly 4 months, to work on one of the Submarine overhauls that our yard was in charge of. That same year I spent 6 months at Kings Bay Georgia working on a Trident Submarine Overhaul that our yard was also in charge of.  Had we not moved to the Philippines in retirement, I think we would have retired in the Jacksonville Florida area.  When I was in Kings Bay, we really liked that area. Gary


From Dick Johnson (64): 

Gary and Friends,

Gary, when you mentioned Elmer Lindberg and his 46 Ford Coupe, it
brought the memory of that old car sitting in the trees west of his
house. I think, if I remember right, Tim Martinson bought it and drove
it for a while in high school. I know Tim reads and comments on this
blog, so maybe he can fill us in a bit as to what became of it. How
about it, Tim Bear?? Again, as always, thank you Gary!



From Lee (Leland) Stickland (64): 


On 7-11-08. your send date, I was paging through YOUR great daily provisions of news and saw my name,  Lee Stickland WHOA.  Sure enough, as I paged down, there was my Grand Father.

Yesterday I printed a copy of that photo which my cousin, Sharon Peterson Hermson had provided and was kindly included in your sending of  # 157.

I took that printed image to the nursing home for Dad to see and to have.

He determined that his father LEE is sitting on the right; not on the left,   I interpret the original accompanying caption to evince that Lee is one the left?

This morning, 7-16-08, I called Joy Peterson, Sharon’s Mom and my Dad’s sister and she confirmed that indeed Lee Stickland is on the right as the picture is viewed.

Edward le’ Marchant Stickland became known as LEE; circumstance for aka not being known by me.  I saw Dad this morning after talking with Joy and I learned that my grandfather LEE was born in 1896, died at age 53, in 1949 when I was 3 years old.

A 4th cousin, Diane Creamer, who lives in Madera, CA called me over a years ago.  She asked if I knew a Edward Stickland.  I replied that I did not.  She said his middle name and I said sure that is my grandfather.  She than said that she is my 4th cousin.


Diane has a drive to detect genealogies and has done so with the Sticklands’, way back to John and Mary (Tucker) living in Somersetshire about 1810.

Geroge Tucker Stickland born Feb 14, 1816 in Bristol, England and died in

Iowa January 6, 1861 having been the first recorded Stickland to locate to and in America.

Just ramblin’, Gary but wanted to provide the above info re: the names for the gentlemen shown in the picture that is herein referenced.

Gary, it is much said but not be me,  YOUR labors of daily duty for the enjoyment of and by so many is to be heralded.

Lee Stickland

Lee, Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention.  I have reattached the photo with the corrections below.  Gary

Front L to R: Max Peterson, Nels Landsverk &  Lee Stickland
Back: Ray BrennanBrennan


Security State Bank & the Alan Campbell Family:


I have gotten the Bottineau Courant ever since I left ND in 1966.  That will come to an end next month though, when my current subscription runs out. Starting about 8 months ago they had to start adding a declartion form with each issue when sending it to me here in the Philippines.  Instead of costing less than a dollar for sending 2nd class, it now costs over $4.00.  The currant is sucking up the extra expense until my prescription runs out.

I just got this paper announcing the opening of the Dunseith bank branch in Bottineau.  I think pretty much everyone of us know the Campbell Family.  They have been in the banking business in the Dunseith community since 1905. They have served the community well. Alan & Phyllis and each of their children, Jeff, Rich, Dave & Kathy are all on our distribution list. They are wonderful folks.

With the Campbell family being so well known in our community, I just wanted to share this with you folks.  I know that they have a great staff working for them too.

Can anyone identify those in the ribbon cutting picture?









9/22/2014 (2100)

      Happy Birthday Janet Houle (BHS ’70):  Kensington, MN.
Houle, Janet 2100

Vida Hiatt

(Died September 20, 2014)

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Vida E. Hiatt, age 88 of Bottineau, died on Saturday, September 20, 2014 in a Bottineau hospital. Funeral will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 am at the United Parish at Bottineau. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1:00 pm until 9:00 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.


Howard/Vida Hiatt memories
From Lola Metcalfe Vanorny (’68):  Dunseith, ND


 This is just such a shock – !!!- Vida was an angel!!_  such a humble and loving person- !!_ She should have lived to 110 !!!    

 —  she would do extra work at San Haven taking care of her patients –rather   than to ask someone else to do their work-  such a Tiny little thing and she would work circles around anyone-  !!!  -and such tender loving care for our  residents who appreciated it so much !!_  they loved her — !!!!t and then i remember her and your Dad living next  to Gramma Evans in Dunseith-    they had ties —  Vidal’s sister  Mary was married to Gramma Randina’s son Martin – !!  but i remember staying with Randina  (Gramma)  and I worked tile midnight at Dale’s cafe-  from the time i was 14 – throughout high school -i the summers –    but would sleep from about 1 am til noon every day and then back up to work at 2:30 pm  – to go to work at 3 pm till midnight again – !!_  and Vida and Howard always had the boys– mowing the lawn at Gramma-s  along with their own and would bring over goodies-  but when they were mowing early in the morning i would dream that i was at the lake and the motors were from boats –  going across the lake –  and then i would wake up around noon and think !!_ darn!!_  I thought i was at the lake-  it just made me sleep all the better and what great dreams – !!- lOL!!!–
   When Jay and I were first married his Dad bought a farm about 2 miles east of your folks from a  couple- and they had a miserable son in law that wanted that land –  !!_   so he harassed us to no end –  !!- He would come into our yard when jay was at work and threaten me if our bottle lambs got into his field he would kill them etc.!_      WELL ONE NIGHT HOWARDS HORSES GOT INTO THE FIELD OF THIS MISERABLE CHARACTER-  AND JAY GOT UP AND  together they managed to chase them out before morning –  !!! — but we eventually – had to decide to get out of sheep cause the coyotes – were thick and went into cattle and  Virgil sold the land to your Dad and we moved back to my Turtle Mountains-  and bought the land we are on now from Jay’s dad-  LOL!!_ yup bought it!!!!!—– there was no gifting land to the next generation there !!_ LOL!!! —  yup  — 50 acres at $200  an acre was no bargain back in 1970  but we needed a place to live  –  It would be like a $1000 an acre now !!!–  but we needed a place to go !!_  so we paid him and scratched out a place for house we bought from the Parrill’s for $750  and lived there for 6 years until we moved in the house we got now —  from south of Minot and continued to clear out the yard and land to make a farm — and the rest is history – !!_  

Many wonderful memories of your family —  !!_  i Loved both Howard and Vida-   and Laurel and Jay won the first place Buckles at the County Fair for Roping – the first year Jay tried it — the two “old” guys beat out everyone for first place !!-  what a hoot- !!-  –course Jay had been roping rank bulls for all the neighbors for years- and it wasn’t all that new to him!!_  but he switched to heeling — the back feet and Laurel was the header  to catch the head-  but they pulled it off!!-  what fun!!_ they laughed and laughed about it- !!-  —  Well, dear Rod — take care and give all your sibs hugs and we will certainly try to get to her funeral at least one of us – this freight business keeps us   pretty tied down- !!_ —  Lola

Tickled Pick Memories
From Lola Metcalfe Vanorny (’68):  Dunseith, ND

This is for Lyle Olson–  

Yes many wonderful memories of the “girls and their band”  —  what a delightful time–  those girls gave so much to the community – singing for funerals –  weddings –   etc.– and most known for “Tickled Pink ”  — don’t ask me where they got that name but they and Shelly Fulsebakke and Roberta Hagen Striker-  were quite a band- !!!  – Dwain Coleman  (Patti’s first husband”-  )   loved them as did we and we never issued one of their dances –  man could they belt out proud Mary-  is one i remember- and Sweet Caroline- that was Cheri Evans with them !!_ also !!_  every time Dwain had to go under more chemotherapy he would _  say _ “we better dance now- cause i won’t dance when i lose my hair- ”  and he had the most gorgeous black hair!!_  but would lose it all with every chemo treatments-    !!  and we would dance our hearts out —  to “Tickled Pink”— they were just awesome-  so natural !!_  Emil would just sit and listen to them practice night after night and just in his Glory – !!_  

You are too young to remember but —  Emil was pretty good on the guitar also !!_a nd at the big reunion back in the 50’s after Gramma Rose Metcalfe  died they had a big celebration at my folks house !!_  over New year’s  eve-  !!- — All the Metcalfe siblings from Seattle – etc.  came and we sang and danced and my Aunt Leona recorded the whole thing- !! on one of those reel type – things but eventually awe got  video s of it —  North to Alaska was new then and he played it  wonderfully and sang with all us kids- a and then the whole family of sibs sang their songs — It was a wonderful  l day and night-  !!-they sang from mooring till the next morning — no alcohol involved just pure-  talent  from the oldest to the youngest – !!-  led on by uncle Emil- !!!– and old favorite funny songs  – to Scotland old songs-  to modern day songs-  –but most old gaelic blurbs- n and old favorites-  I will never forget it!!-  as though it were yesterday !!! – 




Follow up messages from Lola

BUT =–  I remember tickled pink playing at funerals and wedding and  also in their heyday at – parties especially at Kelvin-  well – Dwain Coleman loved their music as did we!!!! –  and we never missed a dance they played at — “Proud Mary ” was his favorite – and then he would have to undergo chemo therapy and would lose that gorgeous black hair again  and he would say be better dance now- !!!_  so we would  and would have a ball — oh to be young again !_  — but he died way too young at 37 yrs.  old  – but lived to the fullest we could till then !!_  — those were such happy days – we thought we were INVINCEABLE!!!!–         —  AND I GUESS WE WERE –   we all survived and the kids all grew up to be  decent citizens with good values and work ethics –  so  i guess all’s well that ends well–   !!_ Lola l

Lyle-  did i tell you about  Elaine taking her nieces and nephew on overnight – camping excursions??– she would stop in here and get fire wood from Jay-  and then take  them out into the  unknown forest –  for a  a  camping trip  !!!    she bought Jay a plate – just gorgeous o f   terry redline – just to show her  appreciation !!-  what a gal – !!- he cherishes that plate!!_  


In the Cebu Marco Polo Lounge follow one of our Expat diners
L to R: Steve, Gary, Bernadette, Em-Em, Thess, Novie, Mirasol, Lorelie and Edelyn
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Blog (162) posted on July 16, 2008


From  Pamela Fugere Schmidt (73): 

Gary, Vickie, and all:

Saw Vickie’s write-up on Eva Seim and have to credit her as the Teacher who had the most impact on me…sharing a love of reading that blossomed into a love of lifelong learning.  This was a Teacher who changed many lives.  If memory serves me, she taught my father and most if not all of my siblings.

Pamela Fugere Schmidt
Vice President

Gary’s reply to Vickie Metcalfe:


You mentioned Bernice Seim was married to your uncle Archie Metcalfe.  A few years after Archie’s passing, Bernice was married to Elmer Lindberg.  Elmer lived about a half mile into Bottineau county on hwy 43 (Peace Garden road) up in the hills.  Alice McKay and Elmer were siblings.  Bernice became an aunt to all the McKay siblings too.  Until he got married to Bernice, Elmer had been a bachelor his entire life.  My brother Allen and I picked lots of rocks for Elmer from his fields.  He had some fields to the north of his buildings that continually grew healthy rocks.  Elmer was quite a guy with his, whine twitched, heavy Norwegian accent and his old 46 ford coupe.  Elmer always treated Allen and me well.  He sometimes came across as being a little gruff, but he was basically a very nice guy.

After Bernice died, Elmer moved into Bottineau into the apartments located across the street to the south of the Good Samaritan home.  He volunteered lots of hours over at Good Sam, folding towels, etc.



From Allen Richard (65):

To Angela– Thank you for asking about Susan.  She is doing very well.  Chemo therapy will be her choice.  The doctors at Mayo are not telling her to do it–but not telling her not to take it  either.   If she chooses to go ahead with it we should still have all this behind us by early next year.  Amazing how even a mild case of breast cancer can take a year out of your life.

On a couple of happier notes, I now have 3 — count-em 3 grandsons.  Cooper Allen Parisien was born last Friday.  Jack and Kelani live in Jamestown.  He is director of security and safety at the State Hospital and she is an electrical engineer with Goodrich.

Also I have a trip to Seattle coming up in late October.  Business related, but I’m tacking on some time on both ends.  Hope to see a few of our dozens of relatives out there — and maybe stay with Aunt Louise.

You free for coffee say Nov. 2 in Minneapolis?

You can fill me in on the rest of your visit with the Robert boys!

Dave Wurgler’s (64) reply to Bev Morinville (72): 

Bev:  Hey that was great, brought a lot of memories as far as the cars, songs movies and all things that happened in that era. It was a blast growing up and cruisin in the 60’s. My third car was a 1960 white Chevy Impala 2 dr hard top which I had before leaving Dunseith in 1966. There was a lot of main st. cruisin in Dunseith with that car plus a lot of trips to Botno to check out and hook up with a few gals. THE GOOD OLE TIMES hahaha.  Thanks Bev and Gary keep up the good job and the e-mails comming, very interesting. Dave (64)


From Dick Johnson (68):

Gary and Friends,

A while back I sent some stories about Axel Johnson, my grandfather’s
brother. A third person story about Axel was told to me by John Brennan.
John said that years ago someone set off a 55 gallon barrel at the gas
station in Dunseith, and said they would fill it with gas when they were
ready to go home. He said the kid working at the station filled it while
it was on the ground. The guys stopping by the gas station asked him how
he thought he could get it back up into the back of the pickup, as a
full barrel of gas weighs over 400 lbs! Then of course there was a
argument over how much the barrel weighed! Axel came in during this
discussion and someone asked him how much it weighed. Before he could
answer, one of the guys said it was over 400 lbs, to which Axel replied,
“No it can’t be, because I can lift a barrel of gas and I can’t lift 400
lbs”! John told me Axel wrapped his arms around the barrel and then
stood up, lifting the barrel off the ground! He then said, “See, it
don’t weigh no 400lbs”! John said to me, “That was the most ‘inhuman’
thing I have ever seen’!! Just one of many stories about Axel! Thanks Gary!


From Loraine Neameyer Haas (72): 

I can identify the  David Eurich Family with the help of Mary Knutson whom I work with.  Back Row:  Sharon Hanson, Eileen Nelson, Norman Eurich, David Eurich.  Front Row:  Mary Knutson, Dorothy Strietzel, Jean Roland, Winifred Eurich.

Loraine Neameyer Haas

Neameyer, Gorden



Loraine, Mary was with the class of 62.  She was married to Leroy (Bud) Knutson (Deceased).  Winifred is a Pritchard, sister to Robert & Corbin, originally from the Ackworth community.  Corbin Pritchard was married to my mothers sister Luella.  She died in 1944, with TB, at San Haven. Gary


Back L to R:  Sharon Hanson, Eileen Nelson,
Norman Eurich, David Eurich
Font L to R: Mary Knutson, Dorothy Strietzel,
Jean Roland, Winifred Eurich
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From Loraine Neameyer Haas (72): lhdon@utma.com


I can identify the Gordon Neameyer Family Picture.

Back Row is Jerilyn Fosberg Neameyer and Gordon.

Front row is Blair Neameyer, Larkie Neameyer Kouragian, and Joni Neameyer Massey.


Loraine Neameyer Haas



Back L to R: Jerilyn Fosberg Neameyer and Gordon

Front L to R: Blair Neameyer, Larkie Neameyer Kouragian,

and Joni Neameyer Massey



9/21/2014 (2099)

Vida Peterson Hiatt Passed Away Saturday Morning.
Message from Rod Hiatt (’69):  Bottineau, ND

Hiatt, Vida 2099


In the early hours of Saturday morning Mom(Vida) was taken to Bottineau by ambulance and stabilized to be air lifted to Minot with chest pains and blockage of the heart. Before she could be loaded on the helicopter she passed away. With heavy heart we lost Mom, but she is now with Dad, Earl, Laurel and Vonnie. I will follow up when we get arrangements made.

Hello Rod,

So so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. In my  growing up days your folks and my folks were pretty close. Earl and Laurel were closer to my age, so I remember them the best.  I remember you too, but as a kid 4 years is quite a gap. In the 50’s and the early 60’s we were included with all the Hiatt reunions and gatherings, most often held at the Peace Garden.   I have known your mother since the day I was born. I always liked her. She was a beautiful petite lady.

Our Condolences are with you and all of your family with the passing of your mother.



Larry Sime Memories
From Lola Metcalfe Vanorny (’68):   Dunseith, ND

I stopped up at their house this evening and the three kids were there at Connie’s — so great just like when they were little- “the good old days”  when our kids were hanging around with them and their Shelly was our kids babysitter-  up into their teens — When the kids were older it was more like a housekeeper and just someone to be here in case they had any trouble–In the summers-     we were neighbors for many a year- about 45 to be exact and Larry with my Dad before that– and my sibs who went to school with him-

Jay will miss his visits at our freight depot  –  nowadays it is the “grumpy Old men” that gather around the coffee pot   reminiscing– about their younger day i.e.   –  LOL!!_  seems like yesterday we were all young and the kids were all little — great neighbors-   !!– we will miss him-but are glad is suffering is over now—   Lola

Condolences to the Metcalfe Family
From Alan Poitra (’67):  Bloomington, MN

My condolences to the Elaine Metcalfe family.

Alan Poitra


Elaine Metcalfe Memories
From Lyle Olson (’75):  West Fargo, ND

Dear Gary:

Thank you for all you do with the blog.

My heart aches with the news of Elaine Metcalfe’s passing.  She was truly a kind and gentle soul!

I, like many of your readers, have many fond memories of Elaine. She was committed to helping disadvantaged youth, not only through her job at UND but in her everyday life.  Her love for her siblings, nieces, nephews and countless cousins was given freely and without condition. Her hugs were legendary!

Most know that music was a very important part of Elaine’s life. To this day I treasure my memories of the sweet harmonies of Elaine, Kathy and Janice.  Weddings, funerals, religious ceremonies and house parties – it did not matter – when those three gals sang, the room would quiet and all would bask in the joyful noise.  Add to that glorious sound, the wonderful voices of my much loved cousin, Cheri Metcalfe Evans, and Shelly Fulsebakke, and the percussion of Roberta Hagen, and you have the best all girl band ever – Tickled Pink!!  I can close my eyes and hear clearly Elaine’s strong but tender voice singing the Fleetwood Mac classic song, Rhiannon, and so many other songs.  Precious memories to be sure.

I would love to hear stories from others about Elaine’s wonderful life.  It would be a great and lasting tribute to a beautiful lady!

Lyle Olson

Class of ’75


Blog (161) posted on July 15, 2008

Carolee Casavant Halvorson’s (75) reply to Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Hi Gary,

My husbands name is Jeff. His parents were from Rolette. Both are deceased. Thier names were Orris (Bud) and Leslie Halvorson. Jeff’s Grandfather is John Fish also the father in law to Margie Landsverk Fish .                                       Carolee Halvoson

 Carolee, If I’m comprehending this all right, Margie Landsverk (57) is your husbands aunt.  I had no idea that you guys were related.  Gary

Sharon Longie Dana (73): 

Reply to Laurie and Tim HillMy thoughts and prayers are with you Laurie and Tim and your families. What a blessing this transplant was!! Their is strength in numbers so remember their are those of us still connected to our hometown that are rooting for Tim and for all of you!!  Bod Bless!!!Sharon Longie Dana (73)

From Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

Rod was right, Hank’s haircuts weren’t the best! One time we had a

basketball game in Rolla, for seventh or eighth grade players, and when
I went out on the floor to play, Mom heard somebody behind her laugh and
say, “I wonder where he got his haircut”? She said she was so
embarrassed because she was sitting with all her Dunseith friends! There
were spots where Hank cut right down to the ‘wood’, like they say! I
used to look through the window at the guys waiting for a haircut and
then decide whether or not to go in or come back the next day. Hank
never disinfected his electric clipper, most of the time he never even
shut it off between haircuts! Some of the guys hadn’t had a haircut for
a long time and I was not too sure what they might be carrying in that
mess! The other barbers, south of the drugstore, were probably the
Godfreys. There was a father and son who both were barbers. The older
Godfrey used to do the entire haircut with only a scissor, and of course
a straight edge razor around the bottom. His haircuts were just as good
as anyones, old school I suppose. There is a short joke about the guy
who went in for a haircut. As the barber was getting ready, the guy
explained how he wanted it cut. He wanted it longer on one side than the
other, real short in the back, and some long hair in the front that
falls in his eyes every time he looks down. The barber said, “I don’t
know if I can give you a haircut like that”. The guy said, “Why not, you
did last time”!!! Thanks Gary!



Bev Morinvill Azure’s (72) Reply to Dave Wurgler (64): 

Dave  , thanks  for  the  memories  I  do remember some of those  but  I am younger  then  you  so i clicked on http://cruzintheavenue.com/TakeMeBackToTheSixties.htm so  if  you are  younger  then  Dave and his  fellow seniors ( in all  due respected to them)  click on this link and  be  taken  back to  another   great time in  history.


From Vickie Metcalfe (70): 

Gary, to  Neola…..

Fern Berube is Musette (Berube’s)  (class of ’74) mom.  Fern, I believe, was married to Lawrence Berube and   the sister in law to Eva (Berube) Seim, & Fortune  and Edward Berube, Mrs. Dionne, etal.. .. The Berube’s were a huge family all related to Jim Berube.   They  were also related to the Mongeon’s & Greniers.

Eva (Berube) Seim  of French descent, was raised in the Thorne area ,taught rural schools before teaching first grade at Dunseith. She met and married Arthur Seim, of Norweigian descent.  Their son, Edwin graduated from Dunseith High School.  Their two daughters, Marion and Margaret graduated from Notre Dame Academy in Willow City.

My dad, Cliff lived with the  John  & Ingrid Seim and Art & Eva Seim families, as a teen., prior to WW II.  They all were wonderful mentors and kind of… family, as Bernice Seim, Art’s sister was married to my uncle, Archie A. Metcalfe.

John Seim encouraged Dad to be baptized and confirmed when he drove my dad to Little Prairie Lutheran Church on Sundays. I was blessed to stay after school at times, with Grandma Seim, who  lived  about 1/2 block from the big white school house.  I have fond memories of Art and Eva (Berube) Seim, wonderful friends and neighbors growing up, as my parents purchased the farm adjacent  to Art and Eva.

Eva was close to her Berube family, often showing me pictures of them and spoke highly of them. One of Eva’s sisters worked for the foreign service in Europe…. Nuff said… Vickie Metcalfe


Picture/message from Angela Berube Malget (65):

Hi Gary and all,

I can identify the Edward Berube family picture.  Front row left to

right is Gary, Perry, Evelyn (Edward’s wife) holding their youngest
child Tim, Sharon and (as Evie said), either Tanya or Briana, Sharon’s
daughter.  Back row, left to right is Brian, Brenda, my Uncle Edward and
their son in law, Dave Kelly (Sharon’s husband).  Eldon was not included
in this picture.  Evie, you were so right about Dave–great guy and his
friends he introduced us to were equally as nice.  Remember, (Cecile and
Marge too), how they showed us all a very good time in our first
ventures to Minneapolis??  I should also mention here that Brenda is
battling cancer right now while maintaining such a positive attitude.
While this blog has been so enjoyable, we’ve also learned about so many
of you that are going through difficult health problems.  There is truth
to the saying that when you have your health, you have everything.

To Evie–thanks for your kind words about my Mom.   She is doing well in
her assisted living arrangement and enjoying the activities they have to
offer.  She does a lot of greeting card making.  She too has a positive
attitude.  I consider myself lucky to still have a parent living.

To the Tim Hill family–my best to all of you.  We haven’t heard for a
few days.  I do hope everything is going well.

To Allen Richard–how is Susan doing?

I was really happy to hear about Lise Rosseau a few weeks back.  I had
been meaning to ask.  I knew she had married Larry Metcalfe but didn’t
see her on the roster.  I will try to get in touch with her.

I am sending a picture of me and my family on the 10th Ave. bridge here
in Minneapolis which is downstream from the new 35W bridge.  They have
been conducting tours every Saturday morning.  We took the tour
yesterday, July 12.  As you can see on the left, the final gap on the
bridge (both north and southbound lanes) will be filled with concrete
sometime this week.  They expect to be completed 2-3 months ahead of the
target date of December 24th.  On the left is my daughter Sarah, a
senior at Mankato State (approx. 80 miles south of Minneapolis), Danelle
who works with the National Park Service in Fort Collins, CO.,
(currently home on vacation), my husband Greg, and me.  We had 40 mile
an hour winds that day (just a bit strong) but temperatures in upper
70’s – a gorgeous day!  I have listed the website for much more
information and pictures.  It’s all very interesting.


Thank you again Gary and Bernadette for all time and effort you have
given to re-connect so many people.

Angela Berube Malget

Angela,You have a very nice looking family.  This is the first picture that I have ever seen of your girls.  Gary

Berube, Angela 2099

Berube, Edward family 2099



9/20/2014 (2098)

  Happy birthday Norma Manning: Princeton, Ill.
Manning, Norm 2098


Message to Joanne Millang Bernstein
From Connie Zorn Landsverk:  Bottineau, ND

Happy birthday Joanne, wishing you a wonderful day my friend!!


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

 Larry B Sime

(Died September 17, 2014)

Send Flowers Send Sympathy Card
Sign Guest Book

Sime, Larry 2098

Larry Sime, age 76 of Dunseith, died Wednesday at his home. Funeral will be held on Tuesday at 2:00 pm at the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith. Burial will be at the Little Prairie Cemetery rural Dunseith at 4:00 pm.

Larry Boyd Sime, a son of Leslie and Clara (Medrud) Sime was born on September 14, 1938 on the family farm north of Dunseith. He was reared there and attended country school in the area. Larry entered the United States Army in 1959 and was stationed in Germany, where he recalled his platoon accidentally entered their tanks in Russia. He was honorably discharged on June 30, 1965. He married Connie Burcham on March 31, 1965 and they purchased the Sime family farm where they farmed and ranched. 3 children were born to this union, Shelly, Carolyn and Leon. Larry was especially proud of his Hereford cattle which he crossed with Simmental in the late 70’s.

Larry spent many years working as a heavy equipment operator on road construction and was instrumental in passing grade inspections from the DOT using his skill in handling a finish blade. He was a hard worker sometimes working 80 hours a week and coming home to make hay for his cattle. He worked from North Dakota to Oregon and always had a story to tell of his adventures. Larry was an avid reader all his life. He had a vast knowledge of history and he loved to share facts with his friends and family. He was also a honorary member of the Bottineau FFA.

Larry was a patriotic man who believed that honesty and hard work made a man. He loved to ride horse was handy with a rope and was known for catching rank bulls when no one else could.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 49 years, Connie; daughters, Shelly (Bruce) Fossen of Jamestown and Carolyn Sime of Rapid City, SD; son; Leon (Laurali) Sime of Williston; grandchildren, Nancy Stute, Reid Fossen and Jenna, Kaelyn and Lacey Sime; great-grandchildren, Adam and Hannah Stute; sister, Peggy (Dennis) Espe of Dunseith; brother Dan Sime of Laughlin, NV and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Leland, Lowell and Corbin; sisters, Nora Olson and Betty Lou Pollestad; an infant son; and a grandson, Wade Waagen.

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


Elaine Annette Metcalfe’s Obituary
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Elaine Annette Metcalfe passed away on 9/16/14 in Grand Forks, North Dakota.  Elaine was born in Seattle, Washington, to Emil and Ann (Oswell) Metcalfe.  Her early years were spent there, until the family returned to the Turtle Mountain area of North Dakota to live on a farm north of Dunseith.  She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education and Counseling, respectively, from UND, and was a life-long educator, in service as a teacher, advisor and administrator.  The last twenty six years of her career were spent with UND TRIO Programs, which assist disadvantaged students to achieve their educational goals.  Cremation has taken place, as was her request, and a private family and friends memorial will take place at a later date.   Surviving to celebrate her life are immediate family members:  brother, Travis (Deb) Metcalfe, and their children Jake, Michael and Morgan; and niece Kelly (Poitra) Olson and nephew Jaime Metcalfe.  She was preceded in death by her mother, father, brother Carson (who died in infancy), and sisters Kathy Metcalfe and Janice (Metcalfe) Poitra.  Memorials may be sent to:  Council for Opportunity in Education, 1025 Vermont Ave. N.W., Washington, DC; the Sunshine Foundation in Grand Forks; or a favorite charity of your choice.

A little bit about Elaine  A. Metcalfe’s professional life at UND


Autumn 2011

Elaine Metcalfe, director of TRIO Programs, has secured more than $440,000 to continue recruiting and supporting talented future college students.  The “TRIO/Talent Search” Program at UND is a federal grant that provides services to 1,000 low-income, first-generation potential college students (in targeted North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota public middle and high schools) and supports their access to higher education.  The program contains a strong research component that measures and tracks students’ high school retention, graduation rates, and eventual enrollment into college.

Founders Day February 2014 Retirement


In the  article below Elaine shared the history of TRIO



Dunseith Band Picture
Reply from MARJORIE LANDSVERK (FISH, GESCHKE) (’57):  Horicon, WI







Marge, So sorry to hear of the  loss of your Husband. Our condolences are with you with his passing.  Gary

Picture L to R: 1956 DHS Band
Front row: Gayle Bedard, Caroleen Lider, Janice Lacroix, Marjorie Landsverk, Lowell Williams, Lois Hiatt.
Row two: Karen Woodford, Colleen Conroy, Gerald Lamoureux, Marlene Schneider, Duane  Woodford, Jackie Spaeth or Mick Kester?, Shirley LaRocque, Susan Brew, Connie Bedard, Joanne Kester.
Back row: Charlie Ericson, Ernest Kundart, Charlotte LaCroix,Barbara Bott, Ronnie Link, Lowell Leonard, Dwight Lang, Curt Halvorson?, Don Conroy, Neva Haagenson?, John Morgan, Ellen Graff, BIG DAVE SHELVER, Jean Lake, DuWayne Lang

Blog (160) posted on July 14, 2008

Tim Hill’s (68) Web Site (Laurie Evans Hill (75): 

Hello Gary,
Sorry that I didn’t have the site address down for you; this is
what they have listed: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/timhill.
Thanks for all that you do to keep us connected to the hometown–
we have had fun reading all the stories while Tim has spent alot
of time in the hospital the last two years. We can usually find something to laugh at when going online with you! Tim has had a really good day-it’s truly a miracle, it’s hard to believe a week has gone by already-once he is out we will have to stay close for 3 months, they have a Transplant house for patients and their caregiver-so far they are full, but might have an opening next week- there are alot of transplant patients right now and it’s great to see them come out into the hallways to walk with their family and just see the smiles on their faces.Thanks again Gary, Laurie Hill

From Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Hi Gary,

Thank you so much for including the picture of Angela, Evie, you, Bill, and also the picture taken on Fern’s 90th birthday.  In the email I sent to Angela/Mrs. Berube, I wrote Mrs. Berube was a beautiful lady (in the picture), and I was sure she still is.  I can tell from the picture you sent, I was right–she is still a beautiful lady.  I can also tell she’s beautiful outside AND inside. :)

Thanks to Evie and Carolee for your comments.


From Rod Hiatt (69): 

Dick remembers Hank the Barber because of his old car, well I remember

Hank because he always had some horses out on his little farm west of
My Dad seemed to always be doing some type of horse trading with him,
but Hank never seemed to want to finish the trade as he hated to part
with the one he already had.
There was another barber in town by the name of Pat ?, who had his shop
just south of the drug store. Now Pat was actually a better barber than
Hank, but he was
also I think 2 bits or 50 cents higher. Now with Hank you had basically
2 choices of haircut, a butch crew cut or his zip you up the sides and
back of the neck and kind of give you that bowl on the head look. As I
got a little older and needed a haircut, I would tell Mom or Dad that I
was going to Pat the Barber for the more expensive hair cut, but would
go to Hank and use the extra money to buy candy and pop. Even back then
we knew that it was only the matter of a few days between and good
haircut and one of Hanks. I really never figured  that was actually
telling my folks a lie it was kind of just out smarting them a little,
but I’m sure they had something figured out when I wore my hat pretty
much day and night for that first week.
From Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

It seems as though kids survive things that could be deadly. There was a

movie at the Althea that was a detective-cop type, good guy, bad guy
show starring Robert Culp. I can’t remember who his partner was, but
they were both the good guys and were being hunted and chased by the bad
guys. One scene in the movie caused a bunch of us to debate whether or
not it could be true. Robert Culp sneaked up behind the bad guy’s car
and put a piece of newspaper in the filler pipe for the gas tank, and
lit it on fire! He then circled around and took of in his 61 T-Bird with
the crooks on his tail. All at once their car exploded in flames and
flew up in the air! I said it wouldn’t blow up like that! John Bogus
said it might. There was a controversy with a few others adding, “It
would not, or it would, too”! This grew into an issue! One night we were
cruising around town in my 47 Plymouth and started to debate the
explosion again. We usually made at least one pass through the old dump
ground on our cruises, just to see the new ‘arrivals’. This night
someone had dragged in an old 48 Chevy four door and then pulled off the
wheels and tires and dropped it on the ground. We decided to end this
debate right now! I parked my car up on the main road and we walked over
and removed the gas cap and sniffed the tank. It had fresh gas in the
tank, but we had no way of knowing how much. I laid on the ground and
tapped the bottom of the tank and it sounded empty. We put a piece of
paper in the tank filler pipe and then argued about WHO was going to
light it! John said, “You are the one who says it won’t blow up like the
show, YOU light it”! Now I’m not quite as sure! I carried a small can of
gas in my trunk so took that and poured a small line of gas from the
paper down the fender and across the ground for about twenty feet. After
that I put the can back in the trunk and the guys all headed for the
road by my car. I stood back and threw a match! I remember turning to
run and heard this loud bang behind me! The rocks and dirt passed me on
my run to the car! The expressions on the faces of my friends told me
something big was going on behind me! I turned around just as the rear
of car was coming back down! They said it was about four or five feet in
the air! It didn’t burn because the tank was empty, but gas fumes
explode, not gas! John won! I lost! Debate over! Thanks Gary!





I thought I’d share the file of the 16 Casavant siblings that I have in my records.  They are all still living and as you can seeall but Joe and Aggie live in ND.  They are a wonderful close knit family.  I remember Mrs. Casavant, well, working in the lunch room of the old school basement cafeteria in the early 60’s.  I have talked to Mary Ann, many times, putting these class lists together.

She is always so friendly and nice.  Rene & Joe were in my class of 65.  I saw Rene, Joe and Gerald, numerous times, this last

summer at the reunion. Wonderful folks.

I know many of you know at least several members of this family. Now you can see the whole family list.



                                                 The Casavant Family of 16 siblings

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email ClassYear
1 Casavant Bernadette   Rolette, ND 58366 No Phone    
2 Casavant Paul   West Fargo, ND      
3 Casvant Yvonne   Bismarck, ND 58504   yvonnemarchand44@yahoo  
4 Casavant Boucher Annette Box 56 Rolette, ND 58366 No Phone No email address 61
5 Casavant Aamodt Lorette 512  4th St SE Rugby, ND 58368 (701) 776-2301 No email address 61
6 Casavant Joseph PO Box 31 Lester Prairie, MN 55354 (320) 395-2016 joecasavant@hotmail.com 65
7 Casavant Rene 2400 93rd St SE Bismarck ND 58504 701) 391-9177 kendracasavant@hotmail.com        Rene’s Neice Kendra email 65
8 Casavant Aime 1001 Ninth St SW Jamestown, ND 58401 (701) 952-3693 aimecasavant@daktel.com 66
9 Casavant Gerald 804 6th Ave SE Jamestown, ND 58402 (701) 252-4500      C 701-320-0478 geraldcasavant@yahoo.com 66
10 Casavant-Boucher Mary Ann RR # 2 Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 246-3723 No email address 67
11 Casavant Aggie 382 Sweetgum Dr Fort Mill, SC 29715 803-389-2368 aggiedee7@yahoo.com 69
12 Casavant Eddie 1112 Portland #303 Bismarck, ND 58504 (701) 400-5808 No email address 71
13 Casavant Robert 2400 93rd St SE Bismarck, ND 58504 (701) 258-1162 No email address 71
14 Casavant James 1526 Sixth Ave NE Jamestown, ND 58401 (701) 952-1292 jimcasavant@yahoo.com 73
15 Casavant Ellingson Kathy 1223 Portland Dr Bismarck, ND 58504 (701) 223-2899 kathybsc@yahoo.com 74
16 Casavant Halvorson Carolee 403 W Avenue F Bismarck, ND 58501 (701) 224-0955 cjhalvo@yahoo.com 75

Pictures provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Folks, Please identify those in these pictures.

Terry & LeaRae, this is a good picture of you guys even if Terry does have his eyes closed.

             Terry Espe & LeaRae Parrill
Espe, Terry and LeaRae 2098

Neameyer, Gordon 2098

Gottbreht, Jeff 2098

           Dean Pigeon Family, stamped May 13, 1970
Pigeon, Deak 2098

From Dave Wurgler (64):

Burma Shave with the Statler Brothers

You may needto watch it twice;once to watch the Burma shave signs change and once to catch all the pictures plus listening to the music of the Statler Brothers. THIS IS REALLY GREAT. For those of you too young to remember “too badyou missed it!”

http://oldfortyfives.com/DYRT.htm     ( Click here)


9/19/2014 (2097)

Happy Birthday Joanne Millang Bernstein (DHS ’70): Souris, ND
Millang, Joanne 2097

Deaths – Elaine Metcalfe (’69) and Larry Sime
Posted by Lola Metcalfe Vanorny (’68): Dunseith, ND

Gary – It is with a heavy heart –  tonight that i would like to pass on that our Cousin Elaine Metcalfe Passed away this week   (She was a daughter of Emil and Ann)  and part of the “Tickled Pink ” band in the 70’s–  and also our  neighbor for 40 + years- Larry Sime also passed this week–  !!  sad time for Jay and I — 

Elaine was a Dept. head in Grand Forks at the University for 30 + years working with the DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS —   and has battled oesophageal cancer for a few years-  but always positive and ready to roll any time-  I think  she was dearly loved by many in GF_ !!_  —  Jay used to cut wood for her to take her nieces and nephews camping in the summer-  — she was a delightful person- !!  

Larry taught Jay about everything there is to know about cattle and he was a good cattleman!!_  Jay had a good teacher because he was a city kid- !!  and had to learn -but loves it so much he would listen-  !!_  Larry and Jay would rope animals from their horses-  for all the neighbors etc.- long before it became a sporting event- !!!_  they go back a long way !!_  and We will miss him- Our hearts go out to the families –  !!!!– Jay and LOLa

They are safe in Jesus arms and free from their suffering now-  


So so sad with the passing of both Elaine and Larry. Our extend our condolences to both their families.

Please keep posted with their obituaries too.



Edward Berube Family – Posted yesterday and today at the bottom
Reply from Lorraine Richard Nelson (’46):  Mesa, AZ

Hi Gary.. What a beautiful pictures of the Edward Berube family who lived on a farm 9 miles N. of Rolette ND.. Evelyn (wife) is in an assisted living beautiful home in MInneapolis, near her son Tim. Edward passed away as did son Eldon (Bismarck) and Brenda (Bismarck). I was married to Leo Vandal, Evelyn’s sister. Thank you for sharing this beautiful picture. Lorraine Nelson


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
Dunseith News.jpg

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

Two young boys walked into a pharmacy one day, picked out a box of tampons and proceeded to the checkout counter.

The pharmacist at the counter asked the older boy, ‘Son, how old are you?’

‘Eight’, the boy replied.

The man continued, ‘Do you know what these are used for?’

The boy replied, ‘Not exactly, but they aren’t for me. They’re forhim. He’s my brother. He’s four.”

“Oh, really?” the pharmacist replied with a grin.

“Yes.” the boy said. “We saw on TV that if you use these, you would be able to swim, play tennis and ride a bike. Right now, he can’t do none of those.”

Blog (159) posted on July 13, 2008


From Evie Gottbreht Pilkington (65):

Hi Gary,

I loved seeing the picture of Fern Berube, Angela’s Mom, I remember her as a wonderful lady and I know she still lives close to Angela.

I also really enjoyed the Edward Berube family picture, the wonderful guy in the back on the far right is Dave Kelly, Sharron Berube (his wife) in front of him and I think their daughter Tanya or Bryanna…..I haven’t seen Sharron in years but Dave died during a simple surgery in September of 1973….he was so young and so loved by many.  My husband Jerry and I went to the funeral, they lived in Simi Valley about 2 hours from our home in Irvine and I remember the church was standing room only.   Dave was a “best friend” to everyone that knew him…..I will never forget him.  I met Dave through Marge Metcalfe and Cecile Berube on a visit to Minneapolis the fall of 65….He had a LAVENDER convertible, that he let me drive during my visit….gotta love the 60’s!!!!!  Makes me think of Ron Griener’s pink Dodge!

Hey class of ’65 I am missing your comments……

Evie Gottbreht

Carolee Casavant Halvorson (75): 


All of the Edward Berbue family grew up north of Rolette. Most, if not all the kids attended Rolette School. Front Row L to R : Gary (Bismarck), Perry, Back L to R: Brian (Bismarck) Brenda Lenertz (Bismarck) Edward, and Eldon. Eldon passed away in Minot approximately 5 years ago.The rest of the names don’t come to mind right now. I’ll try to jog my memory and send the rest.

Thanks for all you do!!!!!!

Carolee Casavant Halvorson


Thought I’d include a picture of Evie with several of the rest of us from the class of 65. Gary
L To R: Angela Berube, Evie Gottberht, Gary Stokes, Bill Grimme
Standing  in back:  Allen Richard & his daughter Alaina.  Sitting in Back: Bob Lykins
Class of 65 2097


Fern Berube family on Ferns 90th Birthday – 2/10/07
L to R Standing: Angela, Rachael, Muzette & Robert.
Sitting: Fern
Berube, Fern family 2097


Edward Berube Family 6/28/70
Front L To R: Gary, Perry, ???? and Sharon (Kelly) holding Tanya or Bryanna
Back L To R: Brian, Brenda Edward & Eldon (Deceased) or Dave Kelly (Deceased)



9/18/2014 (2096)

No Blog yesterday.

For the record I did not get a blog posted yesterday.



Happy Birthday Jackie Peterson Hanson: St. John
Peterson Hanson, Jackie (2096)

Rolla Tornado
Reply from George Beston (’73):   Newton, IA

Wow how fortunate that no one was severely injured. I currently reside in central Iowa, for the past 25 years and have never experienced or even seen one. The closest I have ever seen one was in North Dakota, south of Belcourt  in the mid 80’s.

Reply from Theresa Sivertson Delikat: Box Elder, SD

Bernard and Leonard Kavli were cousins of my father, Lars Sivertson.  The Bernard Kavli family were our next door neighbors and I went to country school with them.  That family spelled their name at that time as Kavli.  The oldest child is Mary Ellen, lives in Minneapolis, Helen, lives in Montrose, Co, then Rose Marie and McCarl who lives in Devils Lake.

I believe the names in the picture with Lee Stickland are incorrect.  I think Lee is on the right.

Family pictures taken at the Cebu Expat dinner last night at the Waterfront Hotel.
Stokes 2096

Norway Trip
Posting from Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

One very interesting historical exhibit that we went to in Oslo, Norway was the ship of famous Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen.

Amundsen was the first man to reach the South Pole and was known for his attempts at getting to the North Pole and for his search for the Northwest Passage.  His ship was called the ‘Fram’ and is now in a building built especially for it and is open to the public.  The old wooden ship is about three stories tall from the keel to the deck and then of course,  the masts rise many feet more above the deck.  The building was designed so that people can walk up the stairs to each level and walk completely around the outside of the ship.  From the third level,  there is a walkway that takes you over onto the deck.  The ship is completely open to visitors and I was able to go below deck and look over the entire belly of the old ship.  It seems amazing that a ship that is well over 100 years old could be in such nice original shape.  The first engine was steam engine and that was replaced by a diesel engine prior to the South Pole trip of 1910. There was an extra crankshaft, as well as two spare props,  waiting below deck in case they were needed.  The ship was nicely equipped with things to make a long winter at the poles bearable for the explorers.  I’ll attach a few pictures of the old ship to help explain how it looked.  Thanks Gary!


Johnson-1 Johnson-2 Johnson-3

Joke of the day
Posted by Rosemary (Wayne ’61) Smith:  Lake Metigoshe, ND.

A young blonde girl in her late teens, wanting to earn some extra money for the summer, decided to hire herself out as a “handywoman” and started canvassing a nearby well-to-do neighborhood. She went to the front door of the first house and asked the owner if he had any odd jobs for her to do.

“Well, I guess I could use somebody to paint the porch,” he said.
“How much will you charge me?”

Delighted, the girl quickly responded, “How about $50?”

The man agreed and told her that the paint and brushes and
everything she would need were in the garage.

The man’s wife, hearing the conversation, said to her
husband, “Does she realize that our porch goes ALL the way around
the house?”

“That’s a bit cynical, isn’t it?” he responded.

The wife replied, “You’re right. I guess I’m starting to
believe all those dumb blonde jokes.”

A few hours later the blonde came to the door to collect her
money. “You’re finished already?,” the startled husband asked.

“Yes,” the blonde replied, “And I even had paint left over so I
gave it two coats.”

Impressed, the man reached into his pocket for the $50 and
handed it to her along with a $10 tip.

“Thank you,” the blonde said, “And, by the way, it’s not a
Porch, it’s a Lexus . . . ”

Blog (158) posted on July 12, 2008


From Linda Johnson Juntunen (72): 


 I see that many folks have made comments and sent photos of the tornados that tore through the area on Monday afternoon.  It is sad to see the destruction, but we count our blessings here in Rolla that things are not worse than what they are!  I have had the opportunity to work with the families here in Rolla that have been affected and the volunteers that have been helping with clean-up.  Clearing and cleaning began right away on Monday afternoon, followed by two very busy days Tuesday and Wednesday.  There were people working on clean-up Thursday but not quite the flurry of the previous days.  There is a coulee just to the East of the damage area that if filled with debris and personal items from the damaged homes that will be cleaned on Saturday morning.  The Chief of Police of Rolla, Tom Allard, in conjunction with the Rolla Fire Fighters and City crew are trying to muster 100 to 150 volunteers to work on Saturday to clear this coulee area.  All volunteers are asked to sign in at Our Savior’s LutheranChurch in Rolla, bring a pair of gloves and dress appropriately (there are a lot of thistles).  Water, Gatorade, lunches and a small first aid kit will be provided.  Please if you have an hour or a day to spare, a hand to lend, a 4-wheeler or other equipment that might be offered, if you can deliver lunches or water to the clean up teams, please, please, come and lend a hand.  Thank you so much for any help that you may be able to provide.  If you find that you are unable to come yourself, just take a few minutes to relay the message, maybe someone will hear the call and come and pitch in!

Linda J. Juntunen
Microlap Technologies, Inc.


From Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Note: The Wally Neola refers to in her letter is her husband.

Hi Gary,

Again, it’s a small world.  Rose Kavli, daughter of Bernhard and Betty (page 194, Bottineau County Centennial Book)was married to Roger Gust (Son of Raymond/Violet Kuebler Gust), Wally’s cousin, and my fourth grade student in Kramer in 1961/1962. Roger/Rose were later divorced.  Roger/Rose had a son together: Russell.  Russell and his cousin, Robyn Gust, both work for Trinity in the Sports Medicine department.  Both of them have been in TV news segments about sports medicine on the Minot channels.

Another “small world” tidbit: Elvin and Madeleine Debertin Kavli’s (page 573, Centennial book) daughter, Rebecca, was in Wally’s class when he taught 7th/8th grade in Bottineau years ago.  Rebecca is the daughter who passed away at an early age.  She was married to Roger Hahn from Gardena when she passed away.  In Roger/Rebecca’s write-up (page 562, Centennial Book), it states Rebecca had been married before.   Roger is now married to Char, a relative of Jenny Handeland’s from Dunseith.  Elvin and Madeleine’s son, Robert, was in my Sunday School class when he was “little”.  As far as I know, Madeleine still lives at Edgewood Vista, an assisted living facility in Minot. That was about three years ago, so she might have moved since then.

One of the Kavli sisters, Clarice, married Ted Vinje, a barber in Bottineau (Centennial Book, page 630).  Clarice worked (nurse, I think) at St. Andrew’s Hospital in Bottineau for MANY, MANY years. She still lives, by herself, in her house (beside the railroad tracks) in Bottineau.  Ted died many years ago.

Use as much/as little/none of what I have written, Gary.  You know me, I get “carried away” when I start on family connections. :)

Like everyone else, I enjoy receiving your emails, Gary.  Thanks!


From Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

My aunt ‘Snookie’ asked if my folks knew of all our antics as kids. She
hit it on the head when she said Dad would probably laugh and Mom was
more serious. There was no fooling Dad about anything! He had done it
all himself and knew pretty much everything that we were up to! I could
tell Mom some ‘vague’ explanations and she usually bought it, but Dad
just looked at me and shook his head! Once when I was at the Standard
station, then owned by Darrel Getzlaff, he came out to put a couple
dollars worth of gas in my 58 Chevy, and asked what had happened to my
car? I asked him what he meant by that? He said he heard that the old
348 engine was about shot and couldn’t even spin the tires anymore! I
said, ” Is that a fact”?!! I was facing north at the pumps and pulled
ahead just enough to clear his bell hose, and put the pedal to the floor
and made a U turn out onto Main, heading south, with white smoke so
thick you could hardly see Darrel by the pumps! I looked back at him and
could see he was giggling like he just pulled something? When I turned
back to look down Main street, right on the sidewalk in front of the AC
Bar, stood my Dad talking to Orlan Fuchs!! A SETUP! I dropped off my
friends and went home and parked the old Chevy by the side of the garage
and just went in to take the heat! When Dad walked through the door, I
handed him my keys, which he threw in the back of the cupboard, and
walked to the next room without saying a word! It was about two weeks or
more, and one day my keys were on the kitchen table! His other method of
discipline was to get me up even earlier than usual, if I had stayed out
partying too long, and head for the farm. I remember waiting for the
Crystal Cafe to open at 6 AM, so we could have a pancake. We had two
tractors and usually were in the same field so there was no sleeping in
the shade or taking a break, just stay out there in the sun and take it
like a man! I wanted to puke or cry, or both sometimes, but still never
learned to come home earlier. We would go into the old farmhouse for
dinner, which was ALWAYS hamburgers on bread, fried in an old steel
frying pan! He would say, ‘ “Aren’t you hungry again”? Oh man, the smell
alone was almost enough! Anyway, by dark I felt so much better I would
forget! He sure had a cool way of getting his point across, usually
without saying much! Thanks Gary!



Picture provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Hi Gary,

“Fern Berube” is written on the back of the picture.  If she’s Jim’s mother/relative, I can deliver this picture and picture of Edward Berube family to Jim at the bar, or to Linda at the college.


Neola, this is a great picture of Fern. All four of Fern’s children and many other relatives of hers are on our distribution list.  Gary

                                    Fern Cote Berube
Berube, Fern 2096

Picture provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Folks, I’m assuming the Edward Berube family is related to the Fortune and Lawrence Berube families from Dunseith?

Can anyone identify the folks in this picture? Gary





9/16/2014 (2095)

Reply to Myra Henning Halvorson’s Birthday photo
From Connie Zorn Landsverk:  Bottineau, ND

Happy Birthday Myra, hope you are having a “Great Day!!!Love this photo!!

Blog (157) posted on July 11, 2008

Message (151): My reply to Dick Johnson.  Gary

Dick, I remember that day (JFK’s Assassination) very well.  I was in Mr. Lykins Typing class that was located in the Gym of the new High School.  Mr. Lykins is the one the broke the news to us.  He was very emotional, to the point of tears, when he was giving us the news.

Mr. Lykins, I am sure you remember this day well. Gary


Mr Lykins’  Reply:  bbplykins@aol.com

Gary and All,

Indeed I do remember that day in November when President Kennedy was shot.  Mr. Corbin told me he had been shot and later in the day, when teaching typing in the temporary room in the gymn, an old construction worker, with tears in his eyes, told me the President had died.  That’s when I told the class and, yes, I was very emotional.  My generation loved the Kennedys and the President was everything we had hoped for. He was strong and resolute.  He had a vision of greatness for our nation that he was able to articulate so well not only to we Americans but also to people in the rest of the world.  To this day I have a stack of magazines and newspapers following his assasination and funeral.  It was one of those days that you never forget where you were or what you were doing in those moments.

Bob Lykins


Reply from Vickie Metcalfe (70): 

Note: The Dunseith book has the spelling as Kavlie and the Bottineau book the spelling as both Kavlie and Kavli.

Gary & Keith,

Yes, I’m wrong on spelling.

Thanks for the correction!

I believe,there were a number of Kavli’s siblings in the Bottineau and Rolette County area.

One of  Robertson’s of Bottineau told me, grandmother Robertson, was also a sister to Leonard.

When they retired from farming.  Leonard and Dot sold their farm at Little Prairie to John and Helen Gunville.

It was later sold to Earl Gustafson.  My brother,  Archie and family rented the house and farmstead for a couple years from Earl.

While Archie and Sally lived there, one summer day, the Kavli girls, with  Roselle (Kavli) Tooke, ( daughter of Duane and Phylis of Rolette,  the wife of Chip Tooke is a grandaughter  came up and roamed around the farm.   That’s also,  when my mom told me about working for the Kavli’s when she was a teen.  Nuff said Vickie

Rod Hiatt’s (69) reply to Keith Pladson (66): 

It is coincidence that the Kavlies were mentioned, as we are now planning our 40th class reunion in 2009 and 2 of the Kavlie girls were in my class.Bernard Kavlie lived north of 43 and his kids went to Bottineau School. The oldest daughter, Helen, was up at a Stallion Auction a few years ago that was held at the fairgrounds in Bottineau. I am not sure where she said she lived, but I thought it was around Harvey area. The next daughter, Rose, graduated with me in 69 and lives in the Harvey-Anamoose area. They have a brother by the name of McCarl.The trucker from Bottineau was Alvin Kavlie and his daughter, Christy, also graduated with me and lives in Texas. Alvin has a son Bob, who the last time I heard was out in the Denver area. They also had an older sister who passed away sometime ago. Elwood and Stubby Fauske now live where the Kavlies had built just east of the fairgrounds in Bottineau.


Paula Fassett Pfuhl’ (71) reply to Rod Hiatt (69): 

Rod Hiatt, I have been called a lot of things over the years, but you are the only person in the entire world who ever called me Paula Waula………I remember walking up to Ernie Amundson’s auction sale in Dunseith years ago.  You and your dad were the auctioneers – you had the mike at that particular moment and were in the middle of your auction-lingo – sorry, what’s the correct term for it – anyway, I waved to you and right in the middle of your schpeel you said Hi Paula Waula and kept right on auctioneering.  I don’t think anyone else even knew you threw a hello into the middle of it.  THAT is talent!!!.

I actually do remember the howling dog comment and yes,  it was meant in fun.  All of us (the girls, anyway) were always quite impressed with your rendition of The Auctioneer Song.  I remember several of us “dragging” you up onto the stage at the Boissevain Inn to sing it – but I don’t think we had to do soo much persuading to get you up there.  Those were fun days.



From Shirley Olson Warcup (49): 

Rod Hiatt, Dick, and Gary,

Rod–I thoroughly enjoyed your message.  If there’s another writer’s strike in Hollywood, give them a call!! They could use someone like you.     I have looked through the centennial book and found lots of Hiatts–some who are my relatives.  Which Hiatt family do you belong to?  I am related to the Walter Hiatt family–Julia and my mother were sisters.  I knew many of the other Hiatts and just wondered who your parents are–I undoubtedly know them.

Hope to hear more of your Dunseith experiences!!!

I enjoy your stories–just one question–did your folks know about all these fun times?  Your Dad would probably have a good laugh but I”m not so sure about your Mom.  She was always more circumspect and serious than I was.

Gary,   Once again, thanks for doing what you’re doing!!

Shirley Olson Warcup


Bev Morinville Azure’s (72) Reply to Rod Hiatt (69): 

Rod Hiatt, I  never  know you  were in a band  but  I do remember  you singing the  Auctioneer Song  at  every party  you  were at here in Dunseith,,,,,,,,,,,,,,  which were alot as I recall,  Now everytime I think of you  I  hear  that tune in my head. I don’t remember if you were on  tune   but I do remember  we  sure  had a great time  at  all those parties.  Bev Azure


Picture/message from Sharon Peterson Harmsen (63): 

Hello Gary and All from Bismarck, ND

On May 5, 2008, Email # 94, Shirley Brennan said —– My dad, Ray Brennan, was supposed to fight in WWI along with Max Peterson and three other men.  The war ended while they were riding the train to Churches Ferry.   She wanted to know who the other men were.  I share all the emails with my mother, Joy Peterson who still lives in Dunseith, and she thought she had a picture of the four men who left that day to fight in the war.   She has located a picture and isn’t it a great one…………Two of the gentlemen are my grandfathers, one on my dad’s side and the other on my mom’s side of the family.  Standing in the back is Ray Brennan, Max Peterson at his right arm, Nels Landsverk in the center and Lee Stickland.

Enjoy the photo as we have.

Sharon Peterson Harmsen (class of 63)

Sharon, I hope you realize the many relatives these gentleman have that are on our distribution list.  These guys are parents, grandparents & great grandparents to a whole host of you folks out there.  This is a great picture and will bring back a lot of memories for a lot of folks.  For group emailing, the file size of this picture has been greatly reduced.  For those of you that would a full size copy, for printing, I’m sure Sharon would be glad to send you the full size scanned copy.

Shirley Brennan, It has taken a while, but your question got answered.

Thank you Joy & Sharon for sharing this with us.  Gary

Front L to R: Lee Stickland, Nels Landsverk & Max Peterson
Standing: Ray Brennan
Lee Stickland, Nels Landsverk, Max Peterson 2095


Picture from Debbie Fugere Fauske (75): 


I took this photo from outside my office in Rolla.  The tornado was on the east side of town, I work on the west side.  We watched it touch down three times, the second time we could see all the debris in the tornado.


Tornadao, Rolla 2095




9/15/2014 (2094)

Happy Birthday Myra Henning Halvorson (DHS ’72): Bottineau, ND
Henning Halvorson, Myra 2094


Happy Birthday Dustin Striker (DHS ’89): Wahpeton, ND
Striker, Dustin 2094

Rolla Tornado
Reply from Debbie Fugere Fauske (’75):  Minot, ND

I remember the Rolla tornado well.  I was working in Rolla that day.  Lori Sollin ran into the office and told us all to get to the back room with no windows.  We went back but, of course, didn’t stay there.  We eventually all went outside to watch.  The tornado at first looked like it was coming straight south, then turned east.  We watched it touch down twice.  The second time we could see all the debris swirling in the air.  I’d never seen anything like it and hope never to see it again!

Thanks for all you do, Gary!


Reply to Lola Metcalfe
From Connie Zorn Landsverk:  Bottineau, ND

Hi Lola, thanks for the birthday wish!!! Joey, is doing very well! His wife (Kim) & him live in Tioga. Joe is a Lyman & works for MDU!! Kim is a school teacher & she teaches special needs children. They have 4 kids together!! How’s your Joe doing??


Uncle Bob – Good Dunseith Samaritan
Story from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Sunday greetings,

I  just arrived home from making  a quick run to Bottno Hometown Market.

A person from a graduating  class of the late 50’s found me in the canned vegetable isle.

He  cheerfully said, “Hey, girl, I  bet you will never guess what  I did today.”

Of course, I stood there, guessing,  and all of my guesses were dud’s.

Finally,  he said, ”  I went  to the top of Butte Saint Paul

with a First Lutheran Sunday School class.   “They were studying Moses”

………..I was speechless, “Humm, Oh , Did you ride up on  a 3 wheeler?”

“NO. I walked”, he said.  “The Sunday School class , were studying

the story of  Moses,  who went to the top of a mountain.

They were  busy reciting the 10 commandments all the way up.”

____I quickly thought backwards…..____I have walked to the top of the

Butte Saint Paul with nieces and nephews  it was a challenge 20 years ago.”

At the time, gasping, with my side in stitches, I used a walking stick, and found lots of sitting rocks……

I looked at him  standing  there with his broad grin, and said,

“HOLY BUCKETS, BOB!, just  how old are you?”

Laughingly  replying, “I am 75 years old.”

“Holey buckets! ” I told him, “The last time I walked the Butte, I wheezed and rested frequently,

while my nieces and nephews scampered,  frolicked, and giggled.”

He looked at me and said, “We hiked the hard way up.”

“But  I know of the easier way I will go next time.”

Wholey Buckets!

And that Dunseith friends, is the tale of

Bob Lagerquist, class of 58, who attributes his stamina to walking everywhere.

Also, he is fondly called Uncle Bob by all of the Medlang kids,

great-grandchildren of  the late Kenrose and Odin Medlang..

Later, Vickie


Trish Larson’s son – Army Airborne
Posting from Trish Larson Clayburgh (’72):  Portola Valley, CA

Hi Gary,

I thought I would share with you and your readers, a big event in our family.

My oldest son, Sylvain, joined the army in May, and just completed Basic Training.  He was off for the weekend and able to join us for a short break in Atlanta before heading back to Fort Benning to begin Airborne School.  Following this 3 weeks of training, he will go on to Army Ranger School and then deployed to wherever he is needed.

We are proud of his choice to serve our country in time of war.  Of course, as his mother, I am holding in my heart a wish for his safety and hope that your blog readers will join me in praying for peace and understanding in the world.

Thanks for keeping us all connected Gary.  I am so glad to see that Bernadette appears to be feeling better these days.



Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Dunseith News

Blog (156) posted on July 10, 2008


From Diane Berg Rheault (79): 

I would like to “ditto” Bill Krause’s email to Tim, Laurie and family.  Well written, Bill!!!!

Tim, I will keep you all in my prayers, and wish for a speedy recovery!!  Take care!
From Bobbie Slyter (70): 

My thoughts and prayers are with Wanda Poitra’s family and with the families involved in those tornadoes.  I live in Kansas and know how scary they can be.we have had two towns basically wiped off the map in the last two years.

From Keith Pladson (66): 

To Vickie Metcalf, etal.;

Is the Leonard Kavlie family related to the Bernard Kavlie family?  Bernard’s family lived and farmed north of Hwy 43 in Bottineau county.  After graduating high school, I met and became good friends with one of Bernard’s daughters (Rose).   Also, I seem to remember that there was another Kavlie in Bottineau who I believe owned and operated a trucking business that hauled freight between Minot and Bottineau.

Maybe I’m all wrong and they are different families as I thought the name was spelled Kavli instead of Kavlie.

P.S.  Gary, thanks for all your work on this blog, it really is good reading.


Keith, I will let Vickie or someone that knows more about the Leonard & Bernard Kavli families answer this.  I know that Bernard and Leonard are brothers.  Bernard’s wife, Betty, was at my mothers funeral in 2004.  I remember talking with her at the Ackworth Cemetery.  In our growing up days, the Ackworth Cemetery was in your back yard and our front yard. Gary

From Rod Hiatt (69): 

Good morning Dunseith,

A while back there was mention on different people that are either in a
musical group or played in one or even back in the good old days when we
all went to Canada to party, as some of us would get up and sing with
the bands.
Well back in the mid 70’s I was also in a country band. We played alot
of the local bars from Mohall to Knox to Kelvin Klinic and some wedding
dances and private parties. We  weren’t really very good so we changed
our name about once a month so that we could get people to come, as they
were thinking it was a new band in the area. The bar owners always liked
us, as it seemed the more you drank the better we sounded. I think it
was Paula Waula Fassett who asked me one night at Kelvin if she could
bring her dog up there to howl with the music. Not sure if she meant
that or not, but I never wanted to ask as I didn’t want to know the
truth. When I got married in the fall of 1975, I decided that being gone
every weekend was not the way to start out a new marriage, so I gave up
the music business. Others said that I quit because my new bride was
embarrassed to go out in public. There again I’m not asking as I really
don’t want to hear the truth. We use to getting em rockin with the
Auctioneer Song and Wabash Cannonball, but I guess to make it big in
Nashville or  even Dunseith you need more than 2 songs in  a 4 hour  gig.


From Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

There was a barber in Dunseith by the name of Hank Johnson. We called
him ‘Hank the Barber’, and he had a shop two doors south of the Althea
theater. This is not the Hank Johnson from Willow Lake, but another guy.
Anyway, for years he drove an old 1950 Nash four door car that resembled
an inverted bathtub! It was dark green and ugly, real ugly. In those
days Nash thought it was cool to be able to lay the front seat down and
make the car into a bed, maybe for camping, who knows! Hank decided to
sell his  old Nash and buy a newer car so Marvin Kalk went down and
bought it for $25, if I remember right. It didn’t like to start real
well but he seemed to get it going most of the time, one way or another!
One night a bunch of us were cruising town in  Marvin’s Nash and we
noticed he had a stick holding the rear of the driver’s seat up! Someone
asked what it was for and Marvin said the latch was broken so the seat
fell back to the bed position. He dropped us off  by Fortune Berube’s
house and we were standing by the car talking to Marvin, who was still
in his car. Bill Berube had tied a rope to the stick that was holding
the seat up and had secretly dropped it out the rear window. We asked
Marvin if he could make the old Nash burn rubber? He revved it up and
dropped the clutch and sure enough it  squealed the tires and took off
to the east! Billy gave the rope a pull and poor Marvin fell over
backward in the seat and lost his grip on the steering wheel! The car
veered to the left and jumped the curb, heading for Knute Landsverk’s
garage! Marvin sat back up just in time to turn the wheel and miss the
garage, but instead of hitting the brakes he just kept going and drove
clear across the vacant lot south of Landsverk’s and then bounced back
over that curb and drove off like nothing happened! We went from being
scared to laughing hysterically in just a few seconds! I remember
thinking, if he would have hit that garage we would have all been in BIG
trouble! But we pulled off another one! Thanks Gary!




The Minot Daily News

Rolla, Belcourt residents cleaning up, putting their lives back together

By ELOISE OGDEN, Regional Editor, eogden@minotdailynews.com


POSTED: July 9, 2008

Eloise Ogden/MDN —
Sheri Leas, right, and her son Logan Leas, 11, stand in front of what’s left of their house in northeast Rolla Tuesday after a tornado struck the area the day before.


Fact Box

Red Cross accepting donations

The Red Cross is accepting donations to help with the disaster in the Rolla and Belcourt areas. For more information, people can call 1-800-323-3179.

People who would like to volunteer their time to help in Rolla with clean up and others ways can call Rolla City Hall at 477-3610, then extension 10. Volunteers need to sign in at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Rolla.

People who would like to volunteer to help with the clean up and other needs in Belcourt can call the emergency services office at 477-2674 or 477-2693.


Rolla recovers

ROLLA AND BELCOURT Sheri Leas said she really didn’t know where to begin, as she picked up pieces Tuesday of her home in Rolla that a tornado hit and demolished the day before, scattering much of it about the area.

On Tuesday, Leas, along with others in Rolla and the Belcourt area whose homes were destroyed or damaged, were trying to clean up the debris and save what they could from their homes.

“It’s quite the devastation,” she said.

Leas said they weren’t home when the tornado hit. They’re living at another place now “and cleaning up,” she said.

Tom Allard, Rolla chief of police, said Tuesday that six to eight homes in Rolla were destroyed and 20 homes were damaged. Allard was the first emergency person who arrived at the scene of the damage in that community Tuesday afternoon.

At Belcourt on the Turtle Mountain Reservation, about 19 structures were affected, said David “Doc” Brien, chairman of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. That number was a preliminary assessment, and tribal officials were continuing their assessment of the area Tuesday.

Gov. John Hoeven and several other state officials visited the Rolla and Belcourt areas Tuesday to view the damage. During a news conference in the Rolette County Courthouse in Rolla Tuesday morning, Hoeven extended his sympathy and concern to those who have been impacted by the tornados.

The 19 structures in the Belcourt area included Martin Peltier’s home northeast of Belcourt, which was considered a total loss. The tornado’s force moved his home off the foundation. Peltier was trapped in the basement, rescued and then flown to Trinity Hospital in Minot where tribal officials said, to their knowledge, he’s in stable condition.

Another injury as a result of the storm was a firefighter in Rolla who sustained minor injuries when his vehicle was struck by a tornado when he was observing the storm approaching the city.

Brien said 18 people on the reservation were affected by the tornado’s damage and rooms were provided for them Monday night at the casino at Belcourt.

“To our knowledge there might have been three tornados that folks saw,” Brien said, referring to the west side of the reservation between Belcourt and Dunseith, although the number hasn’t been officially confirmed.

Brien told the group attending the news conference in Rolla that a grandmother with several grandchildren and a mom saw a tornado coming, went inside their mobile home and hid in the bathtub. “That’s actually the wrong thing to do,” he said. He said people die from being in mobile homes and cars. He said the tribe needs to work on warning people of approaching storms and also make sure people get the right advice on where to go and what to do.

He said that family’s mobile home was lifted up. The grandmother said it was “just like her guardian angel said, ‘no, you’re not taking that trailer’ and pushed it back down. We’re very grateful that family was not injured,” Brien said.

Anita Blue of tribal Emergency Management in Belcourt said all the homes that were destroyed or damaged on the reservation belong to people who are poverty stricken and have no insurance. She said officials were working on getting help for them.

Shaiyan Davis of Belcourt was at the Anishinabe Learning, Cultural & Wellness Center north of Belcourt, attending a cultural camp there when a tornado hit Monday afternoon. She said about 20 kids, 20 mentors and 10 more adults were there at the time. “It just came out of nowhere,” she said. She said it had been sunny but then got really dark. She said the noise was like big gusts of wind and then complete silence. Davis took cover with others in the main building. A straw-insulated building on the property was damaged.

Hoeven and other officials Tuesday commended all the emergency responders for their coordination and short-notice actions Monday afternoon.

Agencies including Red Cross officials from Minot and Bismarck were on the scene to help with the work, along with other people.

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Rolla has been set up as a relief facility. Erma Mickelson said the American Legion Auxiliary is using the church as a site to serve food. The auxiliary had served supper Monday night and was serving meals Tuesday to those whose homes were destroyed, she said.

As the cleanup gets under way in both communities, Adam Hamm, North Dakota Insurance commissioner, said people need to take steps to prevent further damage, to take photographs or videotape of their property and save all receipts of work, which will help to expedite insurance claims.

Pictures From Bev Morniville Azure (82): 

Gary, Here are someof the pic’s I took in Rolla from the Torando. U can share with the site if u would like to. Bev

Tornado 1 Tornado 2 Tornado 3 Tornado 4 Tornado 5 Tornado 6








9/14/2014 (2093)

Cebu Philippines
Some of Bernadette’s family eating Banana Cues That Novie and Mirasol prepared. Fried Bananas in brown sugar paste.
Stokes 2093
Dr Jim Mhyre’s DNA Sculpture displayed in the Genomic Science Building of UW.
Posting from Karen Mhyre (’65):  Bellevue, WA

Hi Gary,

Here Are 5 photos of the DNA sculpture Jim made.  It originally was designed as a gift for evergreen hospital in Kirkland where he practiced for 34 years.  It has been installed in the Genomic Science Building at the University of Washington.   It took Jim about 6 months to design and build.

I am happy to have my parking spot in our garage back!!

Jim just finished a bike ride around Mt St Helens this afternoon and is headed back here to help babysit our grand kids in Kenmore.  Our son and daughter in law are spending the night at the annual Mitochondrial Guild Dinner and fundraiser for Seattle children’s Hospital Mitochondrial Research. The event is being held at The Willow’s Lodge  in Woodinville, WA.  This is one of the rare occasions that they can be gone overnight.  Our almost six year old granddaughter is profoundly affected by Mito disease and they also have a very healthy 4 year old and 18 month old.

Bernadette  looks well and happy  in you recent photos On the blog!  We r still enjoying summer like weather even though it is mid-September!!!

Take care! Our best to Bernadette!

Karen Loeb Mhyre

Karen-1 Karen-3 Karnen-2


Joke of the day Posted by Don Malaterre (’72):

Three men died on Christmas Eve and were met by Saint Peter at the pearly gates.

“In honor of this holy season,” Saint Peter said, “you must each possess something that symbolizes Christmas to get into heaven.”

The first man fumbled through his pockets and pulled out a lighter. He flicked it on. It represents a candle, he said.

Saint Peter said you may pass through the pearly gates.

The second man reached into his pocket and pulled out a set of keys. He shook them and said, “They’re bells” .

Saint Peter said you may pass through the pearly gates.

The third man started searching desperately and finally said “do you see this underwear I’m wearing”.

St. Peter looked at the man with a raised eyebrow and asked, “And just what do those symbolize?”

The man replied, “They’re Carols”.



Blog (155) posted on July 9, 2008


Obituary – Wanda Poitra (77)

April 21, 1958-July 4, 2008

DUNSEITH Wanda Poitra, 50, Dunseith, died Friday, July 4, 2008, in a Rugby hospital.

She was born April 21, 1958, to Roy and Rose Ann Poitra in Belcourt.

Survivors: daughter, Bobbie Jo Poitra, Bismarck; sons, Fabian Poitra and Michael Poitra, both Dunseith; stepsons, Ryan Vettleson, Bismarck, Anthony Vettelson, Fargo; stepdaughter, Alesha Poitra, Grand Forks; three grandchildren; sisters, Diane Lenion, Belcourt, Roberta Nadeau and Barbara Demery, both of Dunseith, Ruby Morin, Spokane, Wash.; brothers, Thomas, Rodney and William, all of Dunseith.

Funeral: Thursday, 10 a.m., St. Michael The Arch Angel Catholic Church, Dunseith.

Burial: St. Louis Cemetery, Dunseith.

Prayer service: Wednesday, 7 p.m., in the church.

Wake: Wednesday, 4 p.m., in the church. (Nero Funeral Home, Bottineau)


From Bill Krause (74): 

Tim,Laurie and Family..Tim I am wishing you all my best in a full and speedy recovery.I know half the battle is over, but with time I know you will complete the other half of this long journey..I can only begin to imagine the weight that has been lifted off the shoulders of everyone in your family, knowing you have been given this gift of life. Take care my Friend, and may God Bless You, and Your Family. Bill Krause


From Martha Lamb Schepp (68):  

We are happy to hear of Tim’s transplants. We see Tim and Laurie frequently in Minot, we were really concerned for Tim and his family. Patience is the key.

Richard we must have missed a days e-mail since I didn’t realize you were having health problems. From the e-mails I gather that you had a heart attack. Good to hear you are doing well.

To those who were classmates of my brother, Dean. My husband Lynn, our two sons Kyle and Kevin and myself will fly out on Friday morning for Dean’s son Lauren’s wedding which will be on Saturday in Wetherford, Texas. Lauren is a veternarian in residency in Oklahoma and his to be wife, Jodie, is also a veternarian starting a residency in Texas. They will be living about 3 hrs. apart for a year. She was in New Jersey last year.

I don’t write often but enjoy the site everyday.

Thanks, Gary,



From Dave Slyter (70):

Margaret Leonard:
Those new titles are hilarious.  Thanks for sharing and making my day.

To Diane Berg Rheault:
Lets have lunch someday.  I work at NDSU and am close to 19th Ave.   Grand Junction has a great noon luncheon.  My wife Pat and I live in Sabin, Mn.  Just south of Moorhead.    Good to hear from you.

Dave  Slyter : )


From Bobbie Slyter (70): 

My thought and prayers go out to the tim hill family and for a speedy recovery, god does answer prayers GOOD LUCK TIM GO GET EM


From Shirley Olson Warcup (49): 

For Margaret Metcalfe Leonard

You made my day!! That’s the best laugh I’ve had for a long time.  I’m a living example of 75% of those.  I called Pat Sunderland Warburton and we laughed together!!

Shirley Warcup


From Diane Larson Sjol (70): 

This message is for the Morinville girls….I have great memories of
your dad. He was always making jokes and telling stories….the
article is great. Debbie you look just like him!  Susan thanks for
Diane Larson Sjol


From Evon Lagerquist (77): 

Here are some Tornado pictures from Rolla



The Minot Daily News

July 8, 2008

ROLLA – A series of tornadoes skipped across Rolette County Monday afternoon causing property damage and at least two injuries.

According to a press release from the Rolette County Sheriff’s Department, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning in northern Rolette County at 2:30 p.m. Initial indications were that a tornado touched down at the International Peace Garden on the Canadian side.

The storm then moved southeast to Belcourt, where a tornado or tornadoes skirted around the northern edge of the town shortly after 3 p.m. Dr. Richard Larson, medical director of the ambulance service at Quentin N. Burdick Memorial Health in Belcourt, said a tornado was one-half to one mile to the north of town when it moved by the hospital.

“Our employees stepped out of the hospital and shot pictures with their cell phones,” Larson said.

There is no count on exactly how many tornadoes might have touched down, but Larson stated one of the nurses at the hospital saw up to four tornadoes, with two of them dropping down side-by-side at the same time near her house.

Although Belcourt was spared the brunt of the storm’s power, Larson said a house northeast of Belcourt was demolished and a man seeking shelter in the basement was seriously injured, while a puppy at the house was killed. Larson said the man was injured by a falling wall of bricks. The man, whose identity is not being released at this time, was transported to the Belcourt hospital and then air-lifted to Trinity Hospital in Minot.

Larson said that was the only tornado-related injury the hospital treated. While he didn’t know what tornado-related injuries other hospitals might have treated, he did say no other agencies asked for help from the hospital’s EMS service.

The storm then moved east to Rolla, which wasn’t as fortunate as Belcourt. The sheriff’s department reported a tornado touched down on the northwest side of Rolla at approximately 3:15 p.m. and then continued east, causing damage to residential and commercial structures on the north side of town.

According to a press release from Gov. John Hoeven, the tornado affected a roughly three-block area, and Rolette County acting emergency manager Eldon Moors reported that four homes were destroyed and eight were damaged. Otter Tail Power Cooperative also turned off power to the area to ensure safety. The press release said preliminary reports from Belcourt indicate at least one home was heavily damaged while several others suffered lesser damage.

While there were no serious injuries reported in Rolla, a city firefighter did sustain minor injuries when his vehicle was struck by a tornado as he was observing the storm approach the city.

For those displaced from their homes in Rolla by the storm, the American Red Cross provided relief at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.

“We extend our sympathy to those who were injured and to the families whose homes were destroyed or damaged,” Hoeven said in the statement. “I’ve asked the Department of Emergency Services to respond with any state resources the communities feel are necessary to help in the aftermath of this destructive storm.”

Hoeven will meet with local officials in Rolla today at 8 a.m. A news conference will then be held at the Rolette County Courthouse at 9 a.m. Hoeven will also be in Belcourt to meet with Doc Brien, tribal chairman, at 10:30 a.m. at the Bureau of Indian Affairs headquarters.

Sherie and Randy Zupan, who live about two miles southwest of Belcourt, were at a store in Rolla when the tornadoes touched down.

“My husband yelled at me to come out and look at this,” Sherie Zupan said.

Randy Zupan wanted to get a better look, so the two jumped into their vehicle and drove to the C-Store.

“Like a crazy person, we stayed out and took pictures on our phone,” Sherie Zupan said. “It was pretty devastating.”

The Zupans reported seeing three or four tornadoes touch down, and also saw two touch down at the same time. After the storm moved away, they drove around the city to see the damage. The Zupans said there were several houses destroyed about a mile south of Rolla’s airport, which is north of the city.

“When we went out to look at it, there were roofs off, shingles, trees pulled right out, the roots and all,” she said.

They then left Rolla as rescue efforts intensified and drove north to St. John. They saw the wreckage of a red four-door truck that had been thrown into a telephone pole. They also discovered the straw-insulated building at the Anishinabe Learning, Cultural & Wellness Center a few miles north of Belcourt had one side of the roof pulled off. A family that lived in the area had their house damaged and their pontoon was sitting in a tree.

“It was a pretty good-sized pontoon, so it was a pretty strong tornado,” Sherie Zupan said.

Zupan says she’s seen tornadoes before, but this is the first time she’s experienced their power first hand.

“I’ve seen tornadoes, never this close,” she said. “I never want to go through this again. It was pretty scary.”


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8/13/2014 (2092)

Happy BIrthday CECE and Connie
From Lola Metcalfe Vanorny (’68):  Dunseith, ND

Connie- I  will never forget the loving care that you gave my mom- ELla Metcalfe at the good sam  –   and then that horrible accident – and you have done so well since- !!_  you are an gel  for sure!!_ LOla   By the way — how is Joey doing?? haven’t heard from him for  long time–  he and JOe were good friends-  !!


Dick Johnson’s Norway Pictures
Reply from Aggie Casavant (’69):  Fort Mill, SC

Dick,  your  cousin in  Norway  Ford  Mustangs  are  breath  taking. I’m  familiar  with  those  car  shows  every  year  at  the Charlotte  Motor  Speedway. It’s  always  neat  when  they  come  to  town  cuz  you  see  all  kinds  of  beautiful  classic  cars   all  over  the  place in  the  days  prior  to  the  car  show.  I  don’t  recall    just  Mustang  Show…but  I  have  been  down  to  the  speedway  for  the  Classic  Car  Show  which  is  endlessly  awesome  and  have  seen  many  Mustangs.  My   foster  kid  who lives  in  Charleston  S.C  her  husband  Byron  restores  cars  to  show  room  condition.  He  has  a  shop  on  the  side  of  his  house where  he  works  on  them, re-builds  engines, and  the  works, and at  the end  of  the  day, you  could  eat  off  the  floor by  the  time  he  leaves  that  shop.   The  floors  look like  glass. He  really  amazes  me. Every time  I  would  go  down  to  visit  he  would  pull  my  van  into  his  shop  when  I  got  there, and  it  was  like  brand  new  inside  and  out  when  I  leave on  Sunday. Oil  change, tire  rotatation, new  air  filter, brake  job, shock  absorbers, you  name  it  he  took  care  of  it. Anything  and  everything  if  it looked  like  it  was  wearing  out  he  would  replace  it.  Then  he  would  wash, wax  and  detail  it…..and  not  take  a  dime  for  it, he  would  pay  for  everything. So  when  I  would  get  home   I  would  send  him  a  gift  certificate. Him  and  I  have  always been  really  close. A   truly  good  guy. Well  keep  the  stories and  pictures  coming  Dick.  :)


Richard  Slyter, and  Tim  Hill
Reply from Aggie Casavant (’69):  Fort Mill, SC

So  happy  to  hear  that  you  are  both  doing  so  well!!!  We  serve  a  gracious and  loving  God  who  hears  our  prayers  when  we  pray  and  ask  him  to  take  care  of  our  family  and  friends. Richard  don’t  rush  yourself  with   getting  back  to  work,  take  the  time  you  need  to  heal  100%. Ele   will  be   O.K  :)   Tim  your  miracle  man,  what  can  I  say  but …. To  God  Be  the  Glory!!!  You  have  been  blest  with  such  a  great  family  that  is  so  supportive   and  a  beautiful  wife   who has  been  by  your  side  through  all  the  trials and  tears. As  I’m  sure  you  realize  your  a  very  blest  man.  When  I  saw  you  at  the  class  reunion  the  first  thing  that  really  struck  me  was  how  much  you  haven’t  aged  since  high  school, for  all  that  you’ve been  through….hang  in  there  and  keep  on  keeping  on.  Peace, and  Gods continued  Blessings  I  pray  for  you  and  your  Family……say  Hi  to  Joanne  and  Greg  for  me.  Sincerely, Aggie  C.


Joke of the day
Posted by Leland Hagen (’50): Bryan, TX


A group of seniors were

sitting around talking about all their ailments
at Timmy’s.

“My arms have got so

weak I can hardly lift this cup of coffee,” said

“Yes, I know,” said

another. “My cataracts are so bad; can’t even see my

“I couldn’t even mark an

“X” at election time because my hands are so
crippled,” volunteered a third.

“What? Speak up! What? I

can’t hear you, said one elderly lady!

“I can’t turn my head

because of the arthritis in my neck,” said one, to
which several nodded
weakly in agreement.

“My blood pressure pills

make me so dizzy!” exclaimed another.

“I forget where I am and

where I’m going,” said another.

“I guess that’s the

price we pay for getting old,” winced an old man as
he slowly shook his head.

The others nodded in agreement.

“Well, count your  Blessings,” said a woman cheerfully….

Thank God we can all still drive.


Blog (154) posted on July 8, 2008


From Evon Lagerquist (77): 

Hi Gary,

The class of 1977 lost another classmate. Wanda Poitra passed away on Friday, the 4th. She had been in the Rugby hospital for the past few days before her passing. Her funsral will be Thursday, the 10th.


From Phyllis McKay (65): 


I called the district for advice about this problem. They were not very helpful being it was a personal message and not work related. I am at school now and when I open the e-mails from you, I can get the pictures and the format of the e-mails seems to be different too. I am going to be leaving for England next week and will be gone until the end of July. The first of August, I will be going on a cruise out of Florida to the Caribbean with my sisters, Patsy and Minnie Mary.

I am so glad to hear about Tim’s recovery. I know it’s been a long road with many scary bends and turns for Tim. We are so fortunate to have gifted surgeons that are able to perform this life saving procedures. Joe Link had open heart surgery to replace a damaged valve. It was a life saving procedure that gave him many years of a healthy life. He did not die of heart problems but of an aneurism in the brain.

It is good news about Richard, too. The power of prayer cannot be under estimated.



From Debbie Poitra Rondeau (77): 

Good Morning Gary

My prayers go out Tim, Laurie and Family. Hope you have a speedy recovery Tim.

And to Bonnie Await Houle. Betty Counts Poitra is my mother, she lives up North of Dunseith, she retired a year ago, and is going crazy sitting at home now. She would love to hear from you. She remembers you going down and visiting her in Minn. Her phone # is 701-244-0213 and Address is PO Box 36 Dunseith.

Debbie Poitra Rondeau

Debbie, There are two Betty Poitra’s in Dunseith. I beleive you mother is the one I talked to, several times, putting DHS class lists together.  She was such a nice lady to talk to.  Gary


From Sharon Longie Dana (73):

For Laurie, Tim, Joanne and Families, So glad to Hear Tim is doing well. Sending many good thoughts and prayers your way.

Richard Slyter, glad to hear your home and recuperating!!!!!

Sharon Longie Dana(73)


From Dave Slyter (70): 

Tim and Laurie:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.  We do know that you are in very good hands.

Dave Slyter


From Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

Thanks Bonnie for the dates on your photos. I knew it was before 1956,
because our lake cabin left town, for Lake Metigoshe, in 1956 and is
still in our yard on the picture. Lloyd was in the war [WWII] so must
have just had his uniform on for the picture, unless he was in for more
than four years. Do you know, Bonnie? Doesn’t really matter, just always
curious, I guess!
In answer to your question about if Tim was the son of John and Murl
Hill, in U of M back in the early 60s, yes he had his first open heart
surgery in about 1961. He had another in about 1974 and just a month or
so later they had to go back in and repair a problem. So this is his
fourth and hopefully last time to endure this trauma! He was my best man
when we got married and  before that we stayed together in Grand Forks
for a year. He has been my buddy for all these years through thick and
thin! I can remember his love of old cars is as deep as mine and goes
back to when we were kids! Tim has a 1937 Ford hot rod that is partially
finished and he has been unable to finish it because of his health. He
couldn’t weld because he had a pacemaker device that would react to a
welder. Now in a few months we’re gonna ‘git ‘er done! Thanks Garry!


2nd reply from Dick

Gary and Friends,

I should have payed more attention in Geography class, when they told us
the difference between east and west! I said the pictures were directly
east of Awalt’s house, I meant to say west! Sorry! Lloyd said the
pictures were from 1946 or 1947, so Bonnie was a bit late and so was I!
Thanks Lloyd and Gary!



Request from Diane Berg Rheault (79): 

Could you add me to your email list.  I am Diane Rheault (Berg).  Don, Curt & Keith are my brothers.

Curt forwarded one of your emails to me.  I love it!

Thank you!

Diane Rheault
American Crystal Sugar Company
Technical Services Center

Diane’s reply to Gary:

I graduated from Dunseith in 1979.  My husband, Jim, daughter Jacqueline (8) and I live in Fargo, ND (actually Reiles Acres, ND = on 45th Str. N, 1 mile west of I-29 & between 19th Ave N and Co. Road 20).  I went to college at NDSU Bottineau, and finished at NDSU Fargo, with a B.S. degree in Bacteriology.  I work at American Crystal Sugar at the Technical Services Center in Moorhead, MN.  I’ve been with the Company for 20 years (as of March 2008).

Our parents live in Rugby, ND, and we were all home over the 4th.

Diane Berg Rheault


From Margaret Metcalfe Leonard (65): 

Hi Gary

I thought this was pretty funny and appropriate for our age group….Margaret

It was  fun being a baby boomer… until now. Some of the artists of the
60’s are  revising their hits with new lyrics to accommodate aging baby

They  include:

Herman’s  Hermits — Mrs. Brown, You’ve  Got a Lovely Walker.

Ringo Starr — I Get By With a Little Help From  Depends.

The Bee Gees — How Can You Mend a Broken  Hip?

Bobby Darin — Splish, Splash, I Was Havin’ a Flash.

Roberta  Flack — The First Time Ever I  Forgot Your Face.

Johnny Nash — I Can’t See Clearly  Now!

Paul  Simon — Fifty  Ways to Lose Your Liver

The Commodores — Once, Twice, Three Times to the  Bathroom.

Marvin Gaye — Heard It Through the Grape  Nuts.

Procol  Harem — A Whiter Shade of Hair.!

Leo Sayer— You Make Me Feel Like  Napping.

The Temptations — Papa’s Got a Kidney  Stone.

Abba —  Denture Queen!

Tony Orlando — Knock 3 Times On The Ceiling If  You Hear Me Fall.

Helen Reddy — I Am Woman, Hear Me  Snore!

Leslie  Gore — It’s My Procedure, and I’ll Cry If I Want Too!

And  my favorite:

Willie  Nelson — On the Commode  Again!!


From Vickie Metcalfe (70):


Dot Kavlie was also a first cousin to Odin Medlang father to Obert and Marlys, who were also from the Little Prairie community.  Marlys was very fond of Dot and Leonard as family and neighbors. My mother, “Lottie”, Charlotte (Lamb) Metcalfe worked for Leonard and Dot as a teenager, she had high regard for the Kavalie family.  Mrs. Victoria (Krogen) Gillis, from here in Bottineau is also a cousin of Leonard Kavalie

Vickie Metcalfe
From Deb Lindstrom Lee, Bottineau HS graduate (68 or 69?).

Folks, I included Deb Lindstrom Lee with yesterday’s message.  Her parents, Elmer & Mildred Lindstrom, were very close friends to Leonard and Dot Kavlie.  Deb’s mother, Mildred and my dad were 1st cousins. Deb’s husband, Kevin, is a brother to Debby Stokes, my brother Darrel’s wife.  I am sure a lot of you Bottineau folks remember Kevin and Deb.

Deb has identified the Kavlie family below.  Thank you Deb.


Left to right on the Leonard Kavlie family:  Leonard, Curtis, Duane, Jerry(adopted), Hampton

I believe this is correct.  I don’t know anything about the Jerry’s adoption.


L to R: Leonard, Curtis, Dot, Duane, Jerry(adopted) & Hampton Kavlie
Kavlie, Leonard family 2090


9/12/2014 (2091)

No blog yesterday.

For the record, I did not get a blog posted yesterday.


  Happy Birthday Cecelia Berube Reynolds (DHS ’65): Minot, ND
Berube, Cecelia 2091


     Happy Birthday Connie Zorn Landsverk: Bottineau, ND
Landsverk, Connie 2091

To Lee Stickland:
From Ken Striker:  Dayton, OH.

Sorry to read of your recent bouts with your health, but happy you are at a place satisfactory to your needs.  Many thanks for making the Striker family connections. If there are other Striker cousins out there, I would be happy to hear from you

Ken Striker in Dayton Ohio


Posting/pictures from Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

Everyone who knows me knows I’m a old car nut from long ago.

This seems to be something I acquired myself but maybe there is a genetic connection that helps explain the attraction I have to old cars.  First,  the farm where my grandfather was born in Norway isn’t a quaint little log cabin on a mountainside as I thought it might be.

It’s a farm on the edge of town where a guy repairs and junks out cars.

Just a couple miles down the road lives another of my third cousins who invited us to his home for a meal and visit. He runs a automotive repair shop on his farm and is a collector of Ford Mustangs and is building a

’32 Ford roadster.  His name is Geir Haugen and his wife is Line–(pronounced Gare and Lena Haugen). They are quite progressive and have traveled extensively including many trips to the US including this past April when they were in Charlotte NC for the 50th anniversary gathering of Mustang fans from all over the world.  I find this amazing that Geir can accomplish all he does while having only one leg.  He was only in his 20s when he was diagnosed with cancer in his hip and had to have his leg and part of his pelvis removed.  It doesn’t slow him down a bit and he was planning more car builds as we were visiting.  In his Mustang collection,  he even has one Shelby which is the top of the line. All of the cars are top quality restorations that he did himself.

He also does some racing so some of the cars are supercharged and/or turbo charged.  All this with one leg.  Here are a few pictures taken at Geir and Line’s.  They are family and seemed like we had known them forever even though we just met. Thanks Gary!

Johnson-2 Johnson-1 Johnson-3 Johnson-4 Johnson-5

Blog (153) posted on July 7, 2008

From Richard Slyter (56): 

I want to thank everyone who sent their best wishes and prayers while I was in the hospital.  I am home now and planning to stay here, no more helicopter rides like that one.  Family and friends are the greatest thing in the world when stuff like a heart attack happen and I could not have gotten through it without all of you on my side.  So thank you again many many times over.

So very happy to hear that Tim had his surgery and is doing well so far.  I can now add my prayers to his list too.  Hang in there Tim, it’s gotta get better.

For Ele’s sake please send me lots of email and phone calls so I don’t drive her nuttier than she is over the next few weeks and so she don’t drive me insane.  Thank you again.

From Kathy Casavant Ellingson (74):

I was just wondering, Joanne never mentioned about Tim getting a kidney, so is it true news that he got a kidney or not.  It would be shameful to have stories going around.

Thanks to the dear Lord for doing miracles like he always does.  Thanks Kathy

Reply from Joanne Hill Evans (74): 


Yes ~ I apologize for leaving that out.  We are just so excited about the wonderfully news with his heart, as we have been dealing with that for so long.  Tim did receive a kidney, also, from the same donor.  They did not remove his kidneys, they simply place the new kidney on the lower left side of his abdomen.

Today (Sunday) they had him sitting up in a chair for about a half-hour and he ate his first ‘meal’ ~ some raspberry ice.  He is very aware of all that is going on around him and what is being said. The heart transplant doctor stopped today and said his surgery went exactly as they wanted.  Tim is doing very well and his coloring is better than I have seen in a long time.  Laurie is coping extremely well and is so wonderful for Tim.  Our blessings are many.  Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.

Joanne (Hill) Evans

From Doyle Abrahamson (68): 

Tell Tim I hope for a quick and early recovery.

Doyle Abrahamson


From Lynn Halvorson Otto (75): 

Hi Gary, our continued prayers go out to Tim and Laurie for the long road to recovery.  We pray for them and their family.  Also prayers to Richard Slyter for his recovery.  My Mom, Dorothy Halvorson was so pleased to hear of Tim’s surgery success.  She said she has been praying for him for a long time and will continue to do so.

Lynn Halvorson Otto


From Bev Morinville Azure (72): 

YAHOO   I  just got  home  from Grand Forks and  read  the news  about  Tim   I  am  so excited and   thankful  that  things  have  gone  so well. Tim and  Laurie  what a  blessing we  have  all  had this past  year . If you need anything   let  me  me   love you   guys   Bev and  Clarence

From Bonnie Awalt Houle (56):  


In answer to Dick Johnson, The pictures of Marshall and Lloyd were taken about 1954-55.  They were taken before I graduated in 1956.

Keith and I were remembering a time when we first moved to Minneapolis.  We received a call from Johnny Hill about a son of his that was ill at the University of Minnesota.  They needed blood and were asking people from N. Dak to come down and donate if they could.  Keith went down and donated blood.  Was it Tim that was sick at that time.  Early 1960’s.

I also remember visiting with Betty Counts Poitra when she was at the University of Minnesota having treatments for Cancer.  Tootie Evenson Dostaler and I went down to see Betty. That was in the early to mid 1960’s.

Bonnie Awalt Houle 1956


From Bev Morinville Azure (72):

Gary , Duane Kavlie  lives in  Rolette , Roselle (Duanes  daughter) is married to Duane  (chip) Tooke,  Her  Sister  Pauline  and I  were  roomates  and lived in Fargo for a  time.  Bev Azure


From Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

There has been great news from Tim and Richard on their respective
recoveries! Joanne said this has been her best July 4th ever and I say,
“ditto”! I think the rest is all downhill from here and they will be
back to health soon!
Something that comes to mind when I think of high school is cruising
around town at night. I remember driving around for hours without ever
leaving the city limits! One time Joe Fontaine’s mother said he could
use her car but not to leave town! He got in big trouble the next day
when she saw that he had put on over 70 miles! Well, he never left the
city limits—fact! She wouldn’t believe him and told him, “no more
car”! I always had my own car and my main problem was money for gas, as
nobody cared how many miles I put on my own car. We cruised around and
kept trying to find a good station on the old AM radio. KFYR from
Bismarck was pretty good, but about 8:30 every night they turned up the
power on KOMA, Oklahoma City and we could hear ‘our kind’ of music! I
think the girls in our class were the ones that told me about this
station and when it would be on the air. They rode around with me just
about as often as my buddies did! The usual girl crew was Paulette
LaCroix, Randi Mongeon, and Toni Morinville, with an extra now and then.
They just loved to cruise in my car! When we graduated, the class
prophecy said I would be the chauffeur  for the Playboy  Bunnies in
Chicago!  That didn’t happen–nuts! But we did have a lot of great times
just cruising Main and having a good time, even with nothing to do, in
old Dunseith! Thanks Gary!



From Mona Dionne Johnson (48):

Gary:  Attached is a picture of Floyd (59) & Ann Pritchard’s Wedding.

Wedding was in Tucson.
Mona (Dionne) Johnson  (48)

Pritchard, Floyd 2091




9/10/2014 (2090)

Vietnam Picture
Reply from SGM (E-9) (Ret) Jim Kofoid (Neola’s Brother):  Bottineau, ND

Good Evening to you folks on the other side of the mtn!  I just keep rethinking about that picture of the two Garys!  It’s a keeper!  I see CPT (Dr) Wall around town quite often.  I’ve told the story many times about how you and he, by coincidence , ended up together in that far away place!  I was over there, too, at pretty much the same time (Mar 69 – Apr 70).  I spent my time in Saigon (terrorist’s territory)!  Greetings to your family and friends!

Jim K

To Lee Stickland
From Aggie Casavant (’69):  Fort Mill, SC

I  was  happy  to  hear  you  taking  your  situation  all  in  stride, it  is  rare  that  people  accept  situations  in  life  with  that  much  grace.   I  remember  when  you  were  the  Administrator  of  the  Dunseith  Nursing  Home  when  Arla  Hiatt  and  I worked  there.  I  will  never  forget  when  you  came  into  the  break  room one day and  hung  this  sign  on  the  wall, that  said, “Before  You  Say  It…..Is  It  Kind,  Is  It  True,  Is  It  Necessary”  you  have  no  idea  how  many  places  I  worked  at  all  over  the  United  States since  then,  where  I  hung  that  very  quote  in  the  break   rooms, and  by   time  clocks.  It just  goes  to  show  the impression  a  person  leaves  in  another  persons  life.   I  always  admired  you when  you  were  the  Administrator wheather  you  knew  it  or  not,  cuz  you  always  carried  yourself  with  such  integrity.  I Hope this  message  finds  you  doing  well, and  that  your  health  improves  with  each  passing  day.  God Bless You, and  Keep You, Sincerely  Aggie  Casavant’


Blog (152) posted on July 6, 2008

From Joanne HIll Evans (74): 


This is Joanne (Hill) Evans.  Tim and Laurie have been living with us in Owatonna since the end of May, waiting for the transplant.  We received the call early Friday morning and Tim’s transplant surgery was completed and he was back in ICU at St. Mary’s Hospital by 6:45 Friday evening.  He is doing very well.  He received a young, strong and healthy heart.  Laurie and I were blessed to listen to Tim’s new heart through a stethoscope last night ~ what a miracle!  God has certainly blessed Tim and all our family.

This morning (Saturday – by 9:00 a.m.) they had removed the ventilator tube and Tim was talking.  The nurse was impressed with how well he is doing.  He is responding as expected, and even better.  His color is good, he is alert and is well aware of everything.  The care at St. Mary’s Hospital is tremendous.

We do not yet know how long Tim will be hospitalized.  When he is released, Tim & Laurie will live at the Transplant House in Rochester for approximately 3 months.  I will keep you posted as we proceed.  Laurie & I will be creating a CaringBridge site, hopefully before too long.  Will advise when it is available.

Thank you so much for all your prayers.  This is the happiest Fourth of July I have ever experienced!

God’s blessings to all.

Joanne & Greg Evans


From Susan Malaterre Johnson (69): 

Hi Gary, Thank you to Dick for letting us know about Tim’s updates.  I’m sure that he’s had many prayers today.  Richard is also in manny hearts.  Bless them both and the physicians who work with them.  Dick, My mom used to relate storied that your uncle told us of his time on the titanic. If nothing else, it has provided us with many rich memories of what might have been.  He most certainly was interesting.  Such a diverse group we’ve turned out to be and with you, Gary, still close.  Susan Johnson

Susan, It’s been quite sometime now since I talked to you.  Please update us with your life in Texas.  When I talked to you, you were in the process of purchasing a 2nd home near your daughter.  Do you still have your trucking company?  I know it’s been very traumatic for you with the loss of your husband.  Gary.


From Kathy Schimetz-Wood (72): 

Thank you so much, Dick, for the information on Tim Hill’s surgery.  I was at his benefit in Burlington, had a very nice visit with him, but I was so concerned, as he looked so very ill.  I prayed that he wouldn’t have to wait too long.  My prayers were answered.  You are so right, in that he is so deserving of a chance for good health!  My prayers go out to Tim and his family.  Praying for a speedy recovery. Thanks again, Dick!

From Bobbie Slyter (70): 

Richard is undergoing some more tests today and if all is o.k., he may get to go home tonight or tomorrow, the doc says he wont be able to work for about a month so pray for Ele having him around the house that long  ha ha just kidding.


From Ele Dietrich Slyter (69): 

We got home from the hospital today about 5pm–Richard is doing very well and hopefully is looking forward to his forced vacation for the next 4 to 8 weeks.   I want to thank all of you for your prayers and notes of concern.  It really helps to know that people are thinking of you and praying for you.

From Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

Thanks to Bonnie and Neola for the pictures of our serviceman. I know
the Awalts and Bob Stokes were very proud of their country and of their
time in the service. Lloyd Awalt and Bob Stokes were both very active in
the American Legion in Bottineau.
They led the parades for years on Memorial Day. The pictures of Marshall
and Lloyd were taken in the vacant lot directly east of Awalt’s house on
the east side of town. The house behind the picture of both of them
together, is Ed Leonard’s. In the picture of Marshall alone, our house
is directly behind him and Egbert’s house is to the right. Between the
two you can see the old elevator at Myron Evan’s. True, when these
pictures were taken it wasn’t our house, it was still Arnold and Hattie
Lilleby’s. I would like to venture a guess as to the year of the photos,
about the 1948-1950 range, I think. Is there a date on them, Bonnie? Thanks!


From Shirley Olson Warcup (49): 


That was welcome news about Tim Hill!  Our thoughts and prayers are with Tim and Richard and their families.

Last year we made an unplanned stop at St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck.  I told the ER personnel we were on our way to a school reunion and I hoped I could get things taken care of rather quickly so we could make the reunion.  One of the Drs. on duty that day was a surgeon.

He asked where the reunion was.  I said it was in Dunseith.  He said that’s where he grew up–north of Dunseith.  His name was Gaylord Kavlie.  His father was a minister.  I think he left before he was of high school age.  He came to my hospital room the next day and we spent some time talking about Dunseith and the UND Medical school.  He also gave me more helpful information, healthwise, than I had received from previous doctors.  I haven’t seen a dr. since then.

Again, thanks for getting this newsletter going, Gary.  I look forward to it every day.

Shirley Warcup


Shirley, Gaylord Kavlie’s grand parents would have been Leonard & Dot Kavlie and his father is Hampton Kavlie. The Kavlie’s lived West and south of Little Prairie church up in the hills.  I remember Leonard and Dot well, but their children (boys) were enough older than me that I don’t remember them that well.  I remember Leonard coming to our farm every year to spray the livestock.  I think one of Leonard and Dot’s boys was adopted from one of the Abrahamson’s?  I think that is what I was told.  Someone please correct me if I’m wrong or confirm if I’m right.  All four of the Kavlie sons attended high school at Hillcrest Academy in Fergus Falls, MN. One of Leonard and Dot’s granddaughter’s works in the Bank in Dunseith.  Gary

Note: I don’t know who’s who of the boys in the picture.

Leonard Kavlie Family (Leonard, Dagny, Hampton,
Duane, Curtis & Jerry)
Kavlie, Leonard family 2090



9/9/2014 (2089)

Happy Birthday Karen Woodford Olson (DHD ’59): Marana, AZ
Woodford Olson, Karen 2089

Reply to Vietnam Photo
From Dennis Dubois (’63):  Minneapolis, MN

I must make comment to the picture of Gary Stokes and Gary Wall. First, thanks to both of you for serving our country.  I was in the Army from 1964 to 1967. I was stationed in Germany for 29 months. I have always had pangs of guilt for not having had to go to  Viet Nam. I was fortunate. I was able to play division level basketball, so I was TDY for most of my  time to play basketball and football. A far cry from what you folks and many others went through in Nam. I have the utmost respect for my fellow veterans. Our area, Rolette and Bottineau counties, have contributed well to our country. Thank you all who have served.


Reply to Vietnam Photo
From Rene Casavant (’65):  Bismarck, ND

Gary Stokes and Gary Wall,    Seeing the picture of both of you in Vietnam, sure brought back the memories of the comraderie that were formed during my tour in Vietnam. I was in the Seabees ( Construction Battalion)  MCB121 , station 2 miles south of the  city of Hue. I was in the  process of being discharged when the picture of the two of you was taken. I also had the experience of crossing paths with my first cousin Allan Malo from Rolette, while I was there. I didn’t even know he was there at the time. The battalion I served with had a reunion in Gulfport, Ms. in 2006, which I attended. Lot’s of fun reminiscing with old comrades.


Message from Lee Stickland (’64):  Dickinson, ND




#110 242 — 10 St  WEST
Dickinson, ND   58601-3926

I have experienced greatly increasing incidences of falling. I had numerous falls in August, hitting my head on the floor with NO protective reflex from the arms.  Reasons for or contributing factors to/for falling are not fully determined.  Advancing consequences from 1965 head injury are of major concern.

Black and Blue marks exceeded white skin, broken furniture appeared, ribs hurt badly, never knew how long I lay B4 becoming aware of need

to get up…etc.

Fell,  hard, @ least 4 times on August 15—4 more times on 16th.

Last fall was on face, broke R eyebrow open, much blood.  I reached a man by voice call feature of my phone and he sent his boys to help me.

I figured a few more towels to hold be blood and a ride to the ER would do but they took one look and called the ambulance.

The DR who sewed my eye brow closed is a man I knew when he was 4 years old.  I was admitted to the hospital and was there from 16 to 22.

Hospitalist who handles all patients who are in the hospital, regardless of attending/personal DR visited with my neurologist.

Dr Wongjirad, from Thailand, has been my neurologist for many years.  He informed me that it is no longer safe for me live alone in my own

Nursing Homes ‘treated’ me very good in my 20 year career of attempting to administrate them.  I like it here.  Dad was in this home for 4  1/2

years and I know many of the staff and they, thankfully, recall me, favorably.

I lived alone for 20 years.  I can move around the home, exercise without leaving the facility, meals are good.

I hear some complaining about meals but I am glad that I don’t live in Africa.  If we complained about the food at home; we became aware very

promptly that if we did not like the food we could leave the table, quietly and await an invite to return to some meal, later.


Love it here,  It is safe, very clean, friendly, professional, progressive, certainly advanced relative to what I am familiar with from my years as a

NH adm.

SNUF 4 now,  Gary, the above is for YOUR review and consideration of sharing.

Thankz   LEE      s      1964

Joke of the day

 Subject: Romantic Dinner

A man and a woman were having a quiet, romantic dinner in a fine restaurant.

They were gazing lovingly at each other and holding hands.

The waitress, Taking another order at a table a few steps away, suddenly noticed the woman slowly sliding down her chair and under the table – but the man stared straight ahead.

The waitress watched as the woman slid all the way down her chair and out of sight under
the table. Still, the man stared straight ahead.

The waitress, thinking this behavior a bit risque and worried that it might offend other diners, went over to the table and, tactfully, began by saying to the man: “Pardon me, sir, but I think your wife just slid under the table.

The man calmly looked up at her and said: ……….”No, she didn’t. She just walked in.”


Blog (150) posted on July 4, 2008


From Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

I received a phone call this afternoon from Mike Hill, son of Tim and
Laurie, and he said Tim was in surgery at that time getting a new heart
and kidney! Mike said the heart replacement was done and they were
working on the kidney replacement as we were talking. I think all DHS
alumni will be glad to hear that such a deserving guy is soon to be on
the road to recovery! There is a time of  healing of course, but it will
be good to see Tim back to enjoying life again! He is at Mayo in
Rochester, MN so is in good hands! I hope Richard Slyter is also on the
road to recovery, seems like we never know what is next! I’m sure the
Hill family will keep us posted on Tim and Slyters on Richard. Hang in
there guys!

From Floyd & Carmen (Leonard) Richard:

Yes, that is our wedding picture from the Dunseith Journal taken in 1954 by Dunseith photogarpher Ted Brodak. He took a series of pictures of our wedding and only charged us $10 for all of them.

A few weeks ago there was a picture af the band, and there was trouble identifing one fellow, Jackie Spaeth or Mick Kester. That brought back memories of Jack, he worked for us a couple of summers when he was in high school. After graduating he joined the Marines and was part of the Green Barrets. (There was even a song about the Green Barret) Jack came out to visit us every time he was home on furlough and later when he was out of the service and visiting in the area.He was like part of our family.

Have a great July 4th weekend everyone. We treasure reading all the emails and am so glad that we are on the list !
From Bobbie Slyter (70): 

Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers, I am sure Richard will appreciate them.
From Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

Most people remember November 22, 1963. That was the day J.F.K. was
assassinated in Dallas and just about everyone can tell you where they
were when they got the news. We were in school in the old school as the
7-8 grade addition wasn’t finished yet.
We had a little goof off deal we pulled in the afternoon sometimes,
where we checked out of study hall to go to the library but instead used
a coat hanger to get into the small office on the corner just south of,
and around the corner from, the main office. This was Dennis Espe’s
office and he had a class at that time everyday. Art Rude was in the
assembly so no one was around checking! We just sat in there and
listened to the radio and talked. Well, that day John Boguslawski and I
were in there listening to the radio when they interrupted the music
with the news of the shooting! We listened to it for a while and I said
we HAVE to tell Mr. Rude!
John said, “No way—he’ll ask us how we found out and we’re screwed”! I
told him to check back in to studyhall and I would take the chance, as
we have to tell him! I went to the door of the studyhall and when Art
saw me I motioned for him to come to the door. Now in those days you did
not tell a teacher to come out of his class, a kid didn’t anyway! He had
a strange look on his face, but came to the door, where I told him what
I heard. He ran to the main office and set the intercom mic in front of
the radio and we spent the rest of the afternoon listening to the
developments in Texas. I went to my desk and was never asked HOW or
WHERE I got that information! I asked Art just a few years ago if he
knew and he said it never really crossed his mind! I guess it went as
planned!! Thanks Gary!

Dick, I remember that day very well.  I was in Mr. Lykins Typing class that was located in the Gym of the new High School.  Mr. Lykins is the one the broke the news to us.  He was very emotional, to the point of tears, when he was giving us the news.

Mr. Lykins, I am sure you remember this day well. Gary


From Bonnie Awalt Houle (56): 

Good Morning Gary,

Today is the 4 of July and we are celebrating the Birthday of our Country and also the men and women that have fought for our country.  I would like to say how proud we are of our family members that have fought for the freedom we all enjoy.  Attached are pictures of Marshall and Lloyd Awalt .  Lloyd served in the Navy and Marshall served in the Marines for 30 years.

Bonnie Awalt Houle 1956

                              Marshall Awalt aboard ship
Awalt, Marshall 2089

Marshall and Lloyd Awalt – Military
Awalt, Marshall Lloyd 2089


                                  Marshall Awalt – Military
Awalt, Marshall 2089-1


Picture provide by Neoal Kofoid Garbe:  

I think this must be in 1977 When he was the Bottineau Legion Commander.  Gary                                

                        Bob Stokes in his legion uniform
Stokes, Bob 2081


9/8/2014 (2088)

Reply to Vietnam picture posted yesterday
From Dr. Gary Wall:  Bottineau, ND

Gary Stokes,

I can not tell you how proud I am to have served our County and with you in Vietnam.

That war left us, as most wars, with scars that today still linger.  Although we were not wounded our Mothers and others prayed for our safe return.  God Bless our Mothers.

We were fortunate to have met that year in Vietnam and I will never forget it.  This tall lanky guy(Gary Stokes) asks me “Captain where are you from” and I responded, “you would not know where but I am from North Dakota.”  “Where” was the next question?   “Bottineau” and Gary Stokes said “I am from Dunseith” and the rest is history.  SMALL WORLD!!  Gary you can elaborate if you would like please.

There are a lot of things that I cherish and that is our meeting in Vietnam and our service to our Country and the friendship we enjoy that came forth from it.

Your Comrade and Friend

Gary R. Wall

Gary W,

The chances of us meeting and being in the same Dental Clinic in Vietnam were very slim to none. With the Bottineau/Dunseith communities being small, I had heard of and knew who you were, but we had never met until that day in Vietnam. It was July 1969.  We were together 6 months in Cam Ranh Bay before you DROS’d back to the states and I was transferred to Chi Lai. Of course we know lots and lots of common folks too. It was so nice having you there to talk and visit with in this war torn country. Our folks/your mother also knew each other. With us being in Vietnam together their bonding became quite strong too. Following our army days, I saw your mother with each of my visits back to Bottineau. She was so friendly and nice.

I too am very glad to have served our country with you in Vietnam. We have had a lasting strong special friendship the last 45 years too. Hopefully we will see you next summer. With the DHS Class of 65 fiftieth reunion, we have tentative plans of being there. With Bernadette’s health issues, it may only be me going.

Gary S


Reply to Vietnam picture posted yesterday
From Don Aird:  St. Louis, MO.

You guys didn’t have the jungle boots?  I thought everyone wore them.


Those are jungle boots we are wearing. In the picture they look like solid leather though. We were all issued two pare in Oakland before going to Vietnam.



Norway Trip
Posting from Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

In Norway,  the areas of Veldre/Brumunddal/Hamar,  where my Grandpa Hans Johnson came from, have one thing in common that the people are very proud of.  It is that they are all on the east side and very close to Norway’s largest fresh water lake,  Lake Mjosa (Me-o-sa).  It is a very beautiful lake and is crystal clear.  We took a few pictures of the lake to show how nice it is. I have always also had a thing for old wooden boats and I took a few pictures of some that were docked at Hamar so will send a couple of those pictures also.  Thanks Gary!


Johnson-1 Johnson-2 Johnson-3

Blog (150) posted on July 4, 2008


7/3/2008: Richard Slyter has Heart attack
Message from Bobbie Slyter:


Please have every one pray for my brother richard as he had a heart attack last night and was medivaced to trinity hosp in minot where they inserted a stint to get the blockage out, at this point he is doing o.k. and will let you know more when i know more, thanks for all that you do for us gary



Please keep us posted with Richard’s condition.  We are so sorry to hear that he had this heart attack.  It has to be rough on Ely and the rest of you family members as well. As you well know, there are a lot of your family relatives on this distribution. One heck of a lot of us remember you guys well, from our school days too.

Richard is in our prayers,


Update on Richard Slyter (67)
From Bobbie Slyter (70): 

He is doing o.k. They have moved him out of ICU and into a regular room, talked to him this a.m. and he sounds good.

From Sharon Longie Dana (73):

For Bobbie Slyter and Family,  Don’t know if you remember me but in high school I was good friends with both Donna and Debbie. Will definetly keep ALL of you in my prayers.


From Susan Fassett Martin (65): 

So sorry to hear of Richard’s heart attack.  I will add him to my prayer list.  It is so traumatic to have someone close to you in ill health.  My husband just broke his leg last week and l thought that was traumatic, so can only imagine what a heart problem is like.  Prayers to all his family.   Hugs,  Susan

From Bev Morinville Azure (72): 

Ele  ,  OH  Ele  I am so sorry to hear about  Richard Please   know  we  are   praying  for  you all. I  will see Jason this  Friday and  will let him  know. If  u  need anything  please  call  and  let  me  know.  Tell Richard  hello and   I am sure  everything  wil  be  fine.  Bev and  Clarence  Azure

Folks, I really screwed up yesterday when I misread Richard for Pritchard in that news paper photo that Susan Fassett sent.  When I saw the name Floyd, Richard rhymes with Pritchard, and I read it as Pritchard.  I need to be more careful.

From Bill Hosmer (48): 

To Gary and Rolette County Friends.   The newspaper article shows a picture of Floyd RICHARD and his bride instead of Floyd PRITCHARD. Probably there will be alot of comments on this.   Another observation of note is the fact that there is a broadening of interest in this medium to include the whole county, and tribal members along with those of us who attended the school in town.  That enriches the whole dialogue and illuminates a thicker slice of history that fascinates all of us, whatever years that we were growing up in the community.
On another point of interest to me after visiting with Wayne Smith recently.  He and many of the “farm kids” did not have a lot of the memories us town kids have because those living in the country had work to do with crops, live stock, daily chores, and projects which made our agriculture the prime activity and the economic power of many small rural community centers around the state.  In town we had time for after school fun time with one another in marbles, sports, hiking, etc while farm kids went from school to work and back, and often could not afford time for the luxury of sports, clubs, scouting, and so forth.  I know that during  the forties I helped harvest, and discovered what farm life was really about.

Others may have some thoughts on this, but both of these elements are significant and give substance to our mutual interest in our individual and collective histories, and in my case, a deep appreciation for what many of my new friends did that was different from what I did. That’s the beauty of diversity
From Allen Richard (65): 

The couple in the wedding photo is Floyd and Carmen Richard.
From Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary And Friends,

The pictures from Susan’s scrapbook are sure interesting, but they also
were confusing to me. The one with the fisherman and his twelve pound
fish, says ‘Marlin Hiatt’ and as far I as I know there wasn’t a
‘Marlin’. It looks more like Wally or Eldon to me. It could possibly be
Marlin Williams, a cousin. If you look closely at the wedding picture, I
think it is Floyd and Carmen Richard’s wedding.It does look like Floyd too.
I remember the day the elevator burned. I was only two or three years
old, but I can still see it in my mind. Mom said that I stood in the
middle of the car seat and watched and that I was so scared that my
knees were shaking! I personally don’t remember that part, just the
tremendous fire! It was in 1952 or 1953, I believe.Thanks to Susan for
the pictures and to Gary for posting!


Reply from Ivy Eller Robert (74): 

Gary……I was sure that my sister Bonnie who died in Oct of 2006, Told me that Esther had passed away a few years earlier. Bonnie lived all of her life in Dunseith, so I believed her, since I have not since 1976.
Esther, Carl & Cindy & your family…….. I’m so very sorry for my mistake! I send my love to you for the misunderstanding……I haven’t seen you since, I think it was Cindy’s wedding. I remember asking Bonnie several years ago about you Esther, She probably though I meant someone else. I would love dearly to see you, Carl & Cindy. I will be passing through Dunseith in September, my son Jonathan is getting married in Wahpeton on the 13th. I’ll be stopping in Bottineau for a few days with Julie before we continue on to the wedding. I will try to stop by to say Hi…….
Sorry once again for the misunderstanding on my part……..
Ivy (Eller) Robert


Ivy, We all make boo boo’s every so often and there is always some good that comes out of them.  I have sure made my share of screw ups too and yesterday’s message was a prime example.  These screw ups get folks attention and in the process generates activity from folks that sometimes are a little reserved in replying.  I encourage folks to reply, right or wrong.  That’s what gets the ball rolling with the interaction that we have.  Gary
Picture/message from Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Hi Gary,

This is either Edward Houle, or Edward Houle ordered the pictures.  I hope it is Edward–I think it’s a “classy” picture. :) There are six 5 x 7’s in paper frames.

I need a name/address, or email address, to contact about these pictures.  Be sure to include the name Eddie Houle.  I sometimes get the info and which picture it pertains to, confused. :(

Thanks to those who have sent names/addresses for the pictures.  I’m printing the info/putting it with the picture so I have them together.  Again, thanks for the emails that contain information for the pictures. I /appreciate/enjoy receiving them.

On Saturday, I’m going to Kramer for the “big bash” (My husband, Wally, is from Kramer–he’s coming from Minot.  I taught in Kramer 1961-1963.) and then to Minot.  I won’t be taking any pictures to Minot, so maybe I’ll get caught up with pictures/addresses. :)

Thanks, Gary.


Do any of you folks recognize this guy?
Houle, Ed 2088

Alva Azure Gladue’s (75) reply to Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Hi Gary,

Thanks to Alva Gladue, we now know this cutie is Mandy Davis.  I’m glad we know, as it would be a shame to not get her pictures to her. The next time I go to the courthouse, I’ll look for more pictures of her.

I appreciate everyone being so helpful in identifying the people in the pictures I send and also the contact information.  You’ve probably guessed I have a passion for pictures. :)


Here’s Alva’s email: The little girl in your pictures is Mandy Davis.  Her mother is Lori

Parisien Davis married to Curtis Timmy Davis  of Dunseith.  Mandy lives in
Dunseith. Her parent’s phone number is 244-5897.  Hope this helps.

                                     Mandy Davis
Davis, Mandy 2087

From Tim Martinson (69): 


Happy 4th of July

For those of us who tend to forget how hard it was to HAVE our

constitution….this may bring back a tad of history we all forget from time to time.  We surely have a lot at stake right now!!!


Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence ?

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the
Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners, men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his
ships swept from the seas by the British Navy.  He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly.  He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding.  His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer,
Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown , Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters.  He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire.  The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed.  The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste.  For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.

Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn’t.

So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots.  It’s not much to ask for the price they paid.

Remember: freedom is never free!

I hope you will show your support by sharing this with your family & friends. It’s time we get the word out that patriotism is NOT a sin, and the Fourth of July has more to it than beer, picnics, and baseball games


9/7/2014 (2087)

South Vietnam October 1969
Dr. Gary Wall and Gary Stokes
Stokes 2087-1

Stokes farm in about 1980
Stokes 2087-2

Blog (149) posted on July 3, 2008

Folks, As you can see,  we got a lot of replies  to the Mike Poitra family photo.  Their family photo follows all your replies.

Thank you Neola for providing this photo.

From Michaela Poitra: 

Subject: RE: (148) Donna Dubois, Vickie Metcalfe, Ivy Eller, Dick Johnson (picture) & Paula Fassett…..

This is a reply to Ivy Eller, I am the neice to Esther Eller and she is still very much alive and she still lives in Dunseith.

I am Ginger (LaRocque) Poitras Daughter, Michaela , She is married to Anthony Poitra Tall, center one on top, The others are from the top Virginia, Dale, Ina Allery, Anthony, Vita Azure, Gene, Raymond, Second row, Peter, Esther Eller, Grandma(Josephine) Lesedo, Grandpa Mike (Deceased), Mabel Delorme (BEBE), Arnold (Sonny), Bottom Three Mary Ann Morin, Linda Morin, Geraldine Larson.
All of the Children and Grandma are still alive, All live in the area, and Mabel lives in Bismarck.

Michaela, I was hoping you would get this, because I know you mother does not get her email in the summer months when school is out.  Please tell her I am incuding her with this message. Gary

From Debbie Poitra Rondeau (77): 


Good Morning, Gary

This is to Ivy Eller, if your refering to Esther Eller, she did not pass away. She still lives in Dunseith. And her son Carl lives there also, Cindy I’m not to sure where she lives.


From Judy Allery Azure (65):

Hi Gary,

Just letting you know that the Poitra family are all still in the Dunseith area.  The mother of the family is Josephine Poitra(she is widowed) and she lives between Dunseith and Belcourt.  This family is Ginger LaRocque Poitra’s in-laws.  Maybe someone could get a hold of Ginger and have one of the family get in touch with Neola, if not, one of  the ladies was married to my Uncle Clarence Allery  (his widow is Ina Poitra Allery), she is in the back row 3rd from left.  I believe my Aunt is living around the Dunseith area.  My cousins are living in the Dunseith area they are Barbara Allery Belgarde, Clarence Allery Jr, Carol Allery, Brenda Allery Parisien , and Marlin Allery.  Marlin is married to Sandra Udseth and she works for the Dunseith School system.  Maybe Neola could get a hold of one of them.

Sure nice reading all the e-mails and looking at all the pictures, you are doing a very fine job Gary and need to be commended always.  Its time for me to end  this  as have an early day tomorrow.  Take Care and God Bless.

From Kathy Casavant (Ellingson) (74):


Ivy, You were talking about Cindy Eller, She lives in Bismarck, Where I live , I see her every once in a while. I recognize faces in the Mike Poitra picture but can’t remember any names.  Thanks Kathy


From Dick Johnson (68): 


The guy in the back row and center, I think, is Tony Poitra who is

married to your classmate Ginger Larocque. I bet she will be contacting
Neola! Thanks.


Shirley LaRocque Wendt (59):

Hi Gary and everyone, Ginger LaRocque is married to Tony Poitra, Mike Poitra’s son and they live in Belcourt. Tony’s mother is still alive. Anyway just thought I would help you out with this one. Thanks Shirley LaRocque


Debbie Poitra’s Rondeau’s (77) reply to Neolo Kofoid Garbe: 

Hi Gary,

Thanks to Debbie Rondeau, the family members have been identified.  It amazes me that, except for the father, they are all living.  I’ll try to call Geraldine tomorrow/Thursday.  I’ve seen several pictures with the Poitra name, so I might wait until I have time to sort the Dunseith/Belcourt/Rolla pictures before I determine how to get them to Belcourt.  I think Linda said she would pick up the Dunseith pictures.  After she has them, perhaps someone from Belcourt would pick them up from her (If the price of gas wasn’t so high, I’d enjoy driving to Dunseith/Belcourt/Rolla and delivering them.).This will be sometime closer to the end of July, as I have commitments until then.

Here’s Debbie’s information:

Debbie Rondeau’s email: You know every one of the family members are still living, except the Father Mike. And they all live in Dunseith and Belcourt. The mother lives in her same place she’s living in the same place she’s live for years. You could contact Geraldine (Poitra) Larson at 477-2600. That’s her work number. She’s the baby of the family, the bottom row at the very end in white jeans and lavendre top.

Top row : Virginia,Dale,Ina,Antonio,Vita,Gene, Raymond
Second Row: Peter,Ester,Josephine(Mother),Mike(Dad)Mabel
Bottom row: Maryann,Linda and Gerladine

And that’s the poitra family

Names printed on picture by Neolo Kofoid Garbe
Poitra family 2087

Picture provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:
Note: I got the names out of the Dunseith book for this very same picture.
I see there are two Bertha’s listed.  Gary

Annie, Bertha, Dave, Lester (Bud), Bertha, Marlene, Dorothy Kraft – 1969
Karft Family 2087

Picture provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:
Marlene , Rodney, Debbie, Brent & Bryan Armentrout – 1969
Armentrount, Rodney family 2087

From Susan Fasssett Martin (65): 

I ran across this article in my dad’s scrapbooks while looking for CCC information.  I thought the Morinville “kids” might like to see it. Hope it is reada     readable  If anyone would like printed copies of anything, let me Know.

Prayers, Susan

I know.     Susan, I also see Floyd (59)& Ann Pritchard’s Wedding picture in this article too. They live up at Lake Metigoshe and are the owners of the Birchw   Birchwood resort

Pritchard, Floyd 2087


From Tim Martinson (69): 

Hi Gary, 

I have been researching this photo that was labeled Kramer CCC Camp that my mother had in a album that

she had made out of two pieces of plywood and construction paper.  I’m guessing that her brother Harold may

have been at the camp or maybe someone else she knew from the Rollete area . I could not find that much on

the internet but came across this site that had a reference to Kramer.  http://members.aol.com/famjustin/ccchis.html 

The site has a research link that explains how to get government documents which I will have to look into.  The 

Kramer reference was a biography for Lowell “Red” Moore.  After reading the biography I sent off the photo and a

explanation that as work in the area was finished the camps were decommissioned, the whole site was torn down

and at times everything was moved to a new site.  This may or may not have happened at Kramer.  This is the reply

I got from the son.  It is the little things in life that count.  Take Care,  Tim


Got your email today. What a pleasant surprise. Yes indeed, that photo fills an empty gap in Pop’s CCC folder. Pop was not there too long. But he related stories of being at Kramer. I really appreciate you sending the picture. Pop was there in 1941, I think. Thanks again for the email and picture. It means a lot to me. I don’t have any pictures of Pop at Kramer, but do have some after he transferred to Lowell, Idaho. Thanks again so much.


Larry W. Moore

Biography of Lowell “Red” Moore

CCC Enrollee, Company 766, Kramer, North Dakota & Company 5704, Kooskia, Idaho & Camp F-190, Lowell, Idaho

   My late father, Lowell “Red” Moore was born December 07, 1924 in Marmaduke, Arkansas. He completed the 8th grade in 1939 and worked as a farm laborer. He entered the CCC on January 12, 1942 at Little Rock, Arkansas. He was assigned to the 766th Company at Kramer, North Dakota. He later transferred to Company 5704, Kooskia, Idaho. He was assigned to camp F-190 in Lowell, Idaho where he did road construction and some fire tower watch duty. He later cooked for the officers mess making homemade biscuits and gravy for the officers on weekends. Pop’s name was spelled Loyal, but he changed the spelling to Lowell during his stay at Lowell, Idaho Camp F-190.

   He was discharged on June 17, 1942. When he got back home he used what little money he earned to pay the family grocery bill. He was called for military service, but did not pass the physical. He and mom married in August, 1943. I was born in September, 1947. Pop worked in furniture stores, was a floor mechanic laying all sorts of floor goods. He later worked for Emerson Electric in Paragould, Arkansas as a Die Grinder.

   I lost Pop in March, 1985. In 1998, my son and I took some time off and went to Kramer, North Dakota to look up the CCC Camp. It was non existent and even the locals knew little about it. We went on to Lowell, Idaho in our quest. There we found the site of Camp F-190. One of the original buildings is still in use by the Forest Service and there is a small camping area on the banks of the Lochsa River. We camped there for a couple of days . It was great to spend time with my son at the site of his grandfathers CCC experience……….

—– Larry W. Moore

CC camp 2086





9/6/2014 (2086)

No Blog Yesterday.

For the record I did not get a blog posted yesterday.

Happy Birthday Lyle Lamoureus (’63): Prescott Valley, AZ
Lamoureux, Lyle 2086


Violet Campbell (Picture)
Reply from Flavia Moraes (’73 Exchange Student):  Sao Paulo, Brazil

Dear Gary

So good to see the picture of my American grandma Violet Campbell. Such a sweet person!



Norwegian Sock Tree
Reply from Aggie Casavant (’69):  Fort Mill, SC

Dick, that  sock  tree  is  awesome, so  unique  and  colorful, but  i  have  to  say  I   was  surprised  to  hear  that there  was  one  in  Fargo.  Thanks  for  sharing.  Aggie    ( The  sock  tree  was  my  own  description, just  kind of  looked  that  way)  :)


Norwegian Pictures
Reply from Colette Hosmer (’64):  Santa Fe, NM

Hi Dick,

Your dispatches from Norway are fascinating. I especially love the “Tree Cozy”.

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

Seth Nelson

(Born September 1, 1994 – Died September 3, 2014)

Seth Nelson, age 20 of Bottineau, passed away Wednesday, near Rugby. Funeral will be held on Saturday at 2:00 pm at the Grace Lutheran Brethren Church in Bottineau. Visitation will be Friday from 1:00 pm until 9:00 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Burial will be at the Willow Creek Cemetery near Overly.

Seth Nelson, a son of Les and Carrie (Johnson) Nelson, was born on Sept 1, 1994 in Rugby. He was raised at Bottineau where he attended school. He graduated from Bottineau High School in 2013. Following his education, he began farming and ranching on the family farm full time.

Seth enjoyed alpine skiing and ski racing. He also enjoyed 4-wheeling and snowmobiling. Seth loved spending time with Sydnie and Stetson. He adored his little sister and brother. Seth was very adventurous, he just experienced a love for sky-diving.

Seth passed away on Wednesday, September 3, 2014.

He is survived by his parents, Les and Carrie of Bottineau; sister, Sydnie, and brother, Stetson, of Bottineau; grandparents, Richard and Carol (Sletto) Johnson of Overly, aunts, Cindy (Dennis) Nelson of Bozeman, MT, Cathy Johnson of Big Sky, MT and Corrine (Jay) Clauson of Parshall, ND; girlfriend, Megan Saville, who he loved, of Bottineau, special cousins, Mariah, Sarah, Daniel, Jacob, Joshua, Jesse, the Ron Nelson family and numerous cousins. 

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Kenny Nelson. Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

Joke of the Day
Posted by Don Malaterre (’72): Sioux Falls, SD

Blog (148) posted on July 2, 2008

Folks,  I screwed up the numbering of these messages yesterday.  Yesterday’s message should have been 148, not 146.  There are now two messages numbered 146.  Gary

From Vickie Metcalfe (70):


As Velma Wondrasek downsizes,  she, and her family have left many photo’s at the Bottineau County courthouse. Many folks, here in Bottineau are having fun looking through them and identifying folks. These pictures are from many, many, decades of  Wondrasek photography in the area, from Westhope to Dunseith, Belcourt and Rolla.

Also some wonderful old time photos that they restored for folks.

If anyone out there recalls having their class pictures, passports, weddings, restorations or family pictures etc. done at Wondrasek Photography in Bottineau go to the Bottineau courthouse and search.  Be prepared to dig like an archaelolgist as they are not labeled in any order!

There’s some  rediscovery of forgotten photos going on!

Vickie Metcalfe

From Ivy (Eller) Robert (74): 

Gary…….In Mike Poitra Family picture, middle row, second one from the left is Esther Poitra Eller. She was my ex-sister-in-law. She had married my half-brother Herman Eller Jr. They had two children together Carl & Cindy. She pass away a few years back. I don’t remember what year. I think either Carl or Cindy sill live in Dunseith, I’m not sure. I do recognize some of the others in the picture, but I don’t remember their names. Esther & Herman divorced many years ago. I think I was still in grade school when that happened. Esther stayed in the Dunseith, but Herman Jr. moved to California, then Alaska, but retired to Prescott Arizona.

Thanks, Ivy (Eller) Robert
Mike Poitra Family picture provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 


If someone from this family (Mike Poitra) lives in Bottineau, and I get an address, I’ll deliver it to them.  It’s a nice fairly large picture.


     Do any of the rest of you know the Mike Poitra Family?
Poitra, Mike 2086


Picture/message from Dick Johnson (68):

Gary and Friends,

I have quite a few pictures of my mom’s that were taken in the mid

forties. I think she was a ‘shutterbug’ as there are many pictures that
are not for any real occasion, that I can see. It would appear she just
liked to take pictures! Now, 60 years later I’m glad she did! These two
attached pictures are of Mom’s sister, Shirley Olson Warcup [black
skirt] and Shirley Sunderland and both were taken in 1946. A couple
cuties! [Sorry Snookie!] Thanks Gary!


Olson Sunderland 2086


From Paula Fassett Pfuhl (71): 

I’m guessing the photo that Tim Martinson posted was of a “CC”Camp (Civilian Conservation Corp) in the 1930’s.  They were established by the government to provide work for young men, or some such thing.  My dad (Bill Fassett) worked at/in one – and one of the projects he was involved in was building the Clark-Sayler Refuge over in the Towner area.  My sister Susan has by dad’s history books that he put together and probably has tales of the cc camps…….  As you can tell, I’m not the historian of the family and probably have my facts all “bass-ackwards” as my dad would have said….


CC camp 2086


9/4/2014 (2085)

Happy birthday Glenda Anderson Bergan!!’
From Lola Metcalfe Vanorny (’68):  Dunseith, ND


Posting from Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

One of the funniest things we saw in Norway was a live tree in a yard that had been knitted completely with different colors of yarn.  It really took us by surprise.  My cousin laughed and said the Norwegian women have started to knit almost everything.  Lots of trees and even a complete motorcycle he said he had seen.  When Brenda mentioned it to one of her Fargo friends, the friend said she had seen it done in Fargo as well so maybe it’s more common than we thought.  Thanks Gary!



LaVonne Nelson Shelton’s Confirmation picture and Obituary
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

LaVonne Shelton (LaVonne Nelson Shelton)

LaVonne (Vonnie) was born on May 7, 1938 to Abraham and Mary Evenstad Nelson in Bottineau, ND. She died on August 30, 2014 after a long “struggle” with rheumatic heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis.

She graduated from Dakota Lutheran Academy, Minot, ND, in 1957 and then moved to Minneapolis, MN, where she worked for five years at Augsburg Publishing. In 1962, LaVonne moved to Seattle, WA where she worked for almost 30 years in the banking system – Rainier Bank, later Bank of America. On disability retirement since 1991, she has made her home in Brier, WA. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; step-mother, Alma Tonneson Nelson; sister, Lauretta Mundy. 

LaVonne is survived by her husband of 37 years, Del Shelton, Bothell, WA; step-daughter, Lisa Burd; grandchildren – Scott Powell, Amber Wintermute, Davyd Powell, and Zoe Powell; Sisters – Evelyn Kriz, Denver, CO; Ramona (Neil) Hultman, Sturgis, SD; EdnaMae (Harvey) Olufson-Smith, Edmonds, WA, and brother Carlyle Nelson, Bottineau, ND; several nieces and nephews. 

LaVonne’s body has been accepted by the University of Washington Medical Center for research which was her wish. A memorial service to celebrate LaVonne’s life will be held at 11am, Saturday, Sept. 6 at Refuge Church, 2609 Larch Way, Lynnwood. Memorials are suggested for Foss Home VILLAGE. Thank you to the super staff there for the past 21/2 years and also the terrific night staff at Swedish/Edmonds at the time of her death.

Published in The Seattle Times from Sept. 2 to Sept. 3, 2014


If you would like to have EdnaMae’s email address, ask me for it; I’ll send it to you.

Blog (146) posted on June 29, 2008

From Betty Jane Schneider Lamb (54): 

Dear Gary:  Thanks to Neola Kofoid Garbe for sending the picture of my parents, Sophie and Peter Schneider.  I am married to Bill Lamb, retired State Farm Insurance Agent, and we live in Grand Forks.  Larry owns Bismarck Gold and Silver Exchange at 212 North 4th Street in Bismarck.  Both Doris and Stanley passed away from cancer in 2003.  Rochelle Pigeon Schneider lives in Sioux Falls.

Thank you Gary for forwarding all the E-mails and we look forward to them.  We appreciate all the work that you are doing.  Betty Jane Schneider Lamb

Message/picture identification from LeaRae Parrill Espe (67):
Picture provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Back row Janet ’68, Clayton, 72, Thurman
Seated Lynda ’69, Rodney ’73, Myron ’76 and Marie
Janet (George) LeNoue lives in Lexington, Kentucky.   Lynda (Curt) Jordan lives in Yarington, Nevada.  All three sons live in Bottineau.

The older kids attended Willow Lake School and then Dunseith Public, but they redistricted and since their home was in Bottineau County, Homen township they all ended up graduating from Bottineau.  I think Rodney and the girls would like to get on the email lists.  The girls are coming in July.

As you know we are double cousins and have every single relative the same so we are very close to them.

Back row: Janet ’68, Clayton, 72 and Thurman
Seated: Lynda ’69, Rodney ’73, Myron ’76 and MarieParrill, Thurman 2085
Mike Poitra Family picture provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:
If someone from this family (Mike Poitra) lives in Bottineau, and I get an address, I’ll deliver it to them.  It’s a nice fairly large picture.


Do any of you know the Mike Poitra Family?
Poitra, Mike 2085

From Debbie Poitra Rondeau (77): 

Good Morning, Gary again

Found out who the Lavendure couple are.  Jeannie Jollie and Ron Lavendure. Ron parents are Nora and John Lavendure.

         Jeannie Jollie and Ron Lavendure
Laverdure, Jeanie and Ron 2085

From Susan Brew Roussin (59): 

In re:  James Parisien and family in photo, James Parisien, Sr. and RoseMarie (Poitra) Parisien live west of Rolla and they are busy with children and grandchildren.  He is active in the Belcourt Catholic Church (St. Ann’s).  RoseMarie works at the Belcourt High school.  They get their mail through Rolla, ND 58367.  Have a super day.  Susan (Brew) Roussin.

Parisien, Jim 2085

From Debbie Poitra Rondeau (77): 

Good Morning, Gary

The picture of the Jim Parsien family, is from Belcourt. That Jim Parsien is still around Belcourt. He works at the Tribal office in Belcourt.
From Mel Kuhn(70):


Howdy Gary,

The Jim Parisien in Neola’s picture is still alive and living at the east reservation line as far as I know. Eddie King Johnson is still playing fiddle and has taught countless young children how to do so also. He had a band for years and now one of his son’s has a band. That’s about all I know or should say just in case I might be lying. Which I would never knowingly do unless I’m alone or with somebody.

Mel Kuhn[70]

                             The Jim Parisien Family – 1977
Parisien, Jim 2085

From Alan and Phyllis Campbell:

Just as a point of information – some of your many “readers” might be interested to learn that the wide brim black hat worn by Violet Campbell in that Parade picture with the “Campbell Insurance Agency” car (and with Bernice Johnson and Bob Leonard) is the hat Violet wore at our wedding  in Jamestown on July 30, 1947!!  Almost 61 years ago!!  I have saved the hat all these years and have now passed it on to Cathy Campbell Springan in Stanley .  It’s been used in a few style shows etc over the years and is quite a keepsake!
Do enjoy all the emails you receive and forward on to all of us!!  Thank You!

Campbell Insurance 2085

Picture provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:

There are 9 pictures of this cutie–(one) 8 X 10 picture, (3) 5x 8’s in paper frames, and (5) 3 X 5’s in paper frames.

    Does anyone Know this little girl?
Parisien, Laura 2085

Picture Provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

             Does any one know this couple?

Picture Provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

           Does any one know Bill Lord
Lord, Bill 2085


Picture Provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:

I’m not sure where Neola found this one, but it’s the Stokes family in about 1968

                  L to R: Elaine, Darrel, Allen, Gary & Bob


9/3/2014 (2084)

No Blog yesterday

For the record I didn’t get a blog posted yesterday.




Happy Birthday Glenda Anderson Bergan (DHS ’60): Dunseith ND
Anderson Bergan, Glenda 2084


Happy Birthday Richard Slyter (DHS ’67): Dunseith, ND
Slyter, Richard 2084


 Happy Bithday Corliss Allard Habets (DHS ’66): Kevin, MT
Allard, Corliss 2084

Blog (146) posted on June 29, 2008


From Jan LaCroix Kester (59):

Hi Gary!  Our network was down for about a month so have a lot of catching up to do.  I came to #156 – regarding whether this is Mick Kester or Jackie Spaeth.  That is Mick Kester, definitely!

Jan LaCroix Kester?


From Neola Kofoid Garbe:

Hi Gary,

Thanks to Susan Fassett Martin and Evon and Eric Lagerquist for sending Betty Nerpel’s address to me.  I delivered the picture to Betty earlier today.  She was thrilled to receive it.

Thanks again, ladies. :)



Picture/message from Neola Kofoid Garbe:


I’m quite sure this is Sophie/Pete Schneider, parents of Doris, Betty, Stanley, and Larry.  Agree?  I’m sure you remember Doris was married to my uncle, Kenneth Brudwick.  I know Betty is married to a Lamb; Stanley was married to Rochelle Pigeon (right?)–think he has passed away a few years ago.  They lived in the Black Hills, right?  Deadwood area? I think Larry lives in Bismarck, or did.  I saw a segment about him on TV a couple of years ago.  It seems to me he is a coin collector and has a business in Bismarck.  Do you know if it’s in Kirkwood?

When I have accurate information, I’ll send the picture/information to Eileen.

Thanks, Gary.


Neola, I think you have everything correct as far as I know.  Betty & Larry please let us know if this is all correct.

Larry, You may be surprised to learn that a good friend of yours, Jared Steele,  is currently visiting us here in Cebu, Philippines.  He arrived June 10th and will be going back to Bottineau on August 1st.  We got connected with Jared through your good friend Terry Moe.  Terry graduated with the class of 72.  Jared is such a nice young man.  I know Terry has a good employee, with Jared, working for him in his Yamaha delership/store in Bottineau.

Actually Jared is here to get married.  We introduced him to several nice young ladies and he has connected well with Geraldine.  They have been communicating since February via lots of email messages and phone calls.  Geraldine is 22 years and a recent college graduate with a BS degree in teaching.  Jared is 27.  There is no doubt that they are very compatible and get along very well together.  Their wedding will be July 28th.  It will take 6 to 8 months, after they get married, for Geraldine to get her visa so she can go back to Bottineau.  Gary

Schneider, Pete and Sophie 2084

Picture from Neola Kofoid Garbe: 


Gary’s Cota’s information is probably in the Dunseith book.  What was his wife’s maiden name?  Can you identify the boys–which is which?  Gary is related to Martin Berg, but I’ve forgotten how.  I’m sure you can tell me. :)  I think it’s through his mother, right?

Neola, I was unable to make contact with Gary when I was putting his class list of 56 together.  I pulled out the Dunseith book see just how Martin Berg and Gary Cota are related.  Their mothers are sisters.  They are also sisters to Dick Johnson’s grandmother and also Freddie Hiatt’s mother.  Dick’s mother (Bernice), Gary Cota, Freddie Hiatt and Martin Berg were 1st cousins.  That’s the way I interpreted it when I read it. Shirley Olson Warcup, Dick’s mothers sister, would also be a cousin.  She is on our Distribution list as well. Gary

Cota, Gary 2084

From Leland Hagen (50): 

After seeing Susan Fassett Martins reply to the ccc camp picture I beleive she is right. There are no trees anywhere in the picture, not even in the background. The layout of the camps and the buildings were probably pretty standard at all CCC camps.

Leland Hagen

CCC Camp 2083

Picture Name Correction from Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Hi Gary,

I hope everything is correct now. :) Check to see if I spelled “Bakken” correctly, please.







9/2/2014 (2083)

No Blog yesterday

For the record I did not get a blog posted yesterday.



I didn’t have any current postings, so I scanned some old pictures to fill the void.



December 1961

Looking east from the Stokes farm. Ackworth School in the background.
We could also see Little Prairie Church, not visible in this picture, located 4 miles East, South East.
Stokes 2083


December 3, 1978
Stokes 2083-1 Stokes 2083-2
Stokes 2083-3

Blog (145) posted on June 28, 2008

From Joan LaCroix Lannie (67): 

Hi Gary i have changed my e-mail and I want to give you my new information.

You are doing a great job keeping us all connected and i have missed the last few days from hearing from you.

Tony and I and our two grand daughters are going to Minnesota to be with my family for the 4th of July.

Have a great holiday. Joan Lannie LaCroix


Picture provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Hi Gary,

This picture says “Ray Nerpel, Dunseith”.  The original is 11 X 13, or so. It wouldn’t fit on my scanner.  Any of the Nerpel family live in/near Bottineau and would like to pick up this picture?  If not, I’ll put it in the “Dunseith” box.



Ray Nerpel Family
(Standing) Wilfred, Gordon, Mike, Carol, Harvey
(seated) Betty, Ted, Raymond
Nerpel, Ray 2083

From Susan Fassett Martin (65):

I think this is the CCC camp #766 Kramer ND.   My dad, Wm T Fassett attended there in 1939.  While there he helped build the lower Souris wildlife refuge, driving truck mostly.  Oddly enough, a few years ago our oldest daughter was working at that same wildlife refuge.  They ran an article in the Turtle Mt Star on Johnida, our daughter and my dad.  I will try to find that and send it.

Also, my husband fell at the landfill on Monday and broke both bones in his right leg just a few inches above the ankle.  He will be laid up for quite some time.  Pray for speedy healing.      Prayers,  Susan

CCC Camp 2083

Pictures from Neola Kofoid Garbe:

Folks, these are some pictures that Neola has found that she thinks may be from the Dunseith/Rolette county areas.  Please let us know if any of you know any of these folks.  Gary

Laverdure, John 2083             

Is this the same James Parisien that was in the class of 1969 and died in 1991?  Gary
Parisien, James 2083

Eddie King Johnson Family, Belcourt  – 1969
King, Eddie 2083

  John Derby Family 1979
Derby, John 2083