1/30/2015 (2176)

    Happy Birthday Colette Hosmer (’64): Santa Fe, NM
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   Happy Birthday Cheryl Sebelius
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Darrel (Bud)(’70) and Debby Stokes’ twin Granddaughters
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
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Alison Bjorky, daughter of Rolla High School graduate, at the Grammys
Posting from Brenda Hoffman (’68):  Greenville, SC

Cheer on Alison Bjorky, daughter of Rolla High School graduate, at the Grammys

G. Ann and Al Bjorky, are friends of Dave and me via Greenville, SC Newcomers (small world). Their daughter, Alison, lives in Los Angeles and often plays harp for television and movies including a piece on the Jay Leno show shortly before he retired. As I remember her history, Alison didn’t start playing harp until high school in Washington State. She has to be extremely talented. The following is a short piece about Alison that I asked G.Ann to write so we could all cheer Alison on next week. Brenda (class of 68).

The ​Los Angeles ensemble Partch is nominated for a Grammy in Chamber Music

Allison​ doesn’t play the harp with ​this particular group​, her instrument is​ the Kirthara which is based on an ancient Greek instrument.  All the instruments in this group were created by Harry Partch 1901-1974.

Dr. ​Alison Bjorkedal http://www.alisonbjorkedal.com/ is the daughter of G.Ann Krech Bjorkedal (Rolla, 1964) and granddaughter of Leonard and Georgiann Krech of Rolla.  She has​ two uncles who live in Rolla, Gordon and Gerald.

​Alison’s ​undergraduate degree is from the University of Oregon and Masters and Doctorate of Harp performance from Thornton School of Music University of Southern California.

She is a free lance musician and professor at Pasadena Community College.  Among some of the more interesting

​jobs​ she has had​ are:  Playing at the Playboy mansion for Hugh Hefners’​

wedding, playing for one of Mariah Carey/Nick Cannon specials​, performing​ on stage during Silent Night in Andre Boucle PBS Christmas special and going on a State Department exchange to Vietnam.

I’m (G.Ann)​ sending a lot of pictures.  Use what you want.  The black lace dress is a photo ​at the Playboy mansion.  The big funny instrument is the Kirthara.  The gold harp she owns belonged to Harpo Marx.


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

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

A man received the following text from his neighbor:

“I am so sorry Bob. I’ve been riddled with guilt and I have to confess. I have been helping myself to your wife, day and night when you’re not around. In fact, I have probably been getting more than you.  I do not get it at home — but that’s no excuse.

I can no longer live with the guilt and I hope you will accept my sincerest apology with my promise that it won’t, ever happen again.

Bob, anguished and betrayed, went directly into his bedroom, grabbed his gun, and without a word, shot his wife dead.

A few moments later, a second text came in, “Damn Auto spell!! Sorry Bob, the second sentence should refer to your WiFi, not wife.”


Blog (241) posted on October 4, 2008

Reply from Louise Pigeon Horsman (43): 

I talked to Martha Jolibois Wilkie’s (34) sister today (my cousins) and got some info. Martha was born March 2, 1917 and died July 1984. She lived in Tacoma, Wa. for some time.


                                    Dunseith High School Class of 1938

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Bedard Serumgard Antoinette 3389 SQUIRE OAK DR LEXINGTON, KY  40515  Sister Georgette (248)960-7565 Antoinette is suffering from advance stages of Alzheimer’s
2 Boguslawski Rose 141 Bryant St Ketchikan, AK 99901 (907) 225-3268 No Email Address
3 Boucher Delbert Born July 26, 1917    –    Died November 29, 2002 Deceased
4 Boucher Ovide Born June 12, 1918    –    Died January 18, 1999 Deceased
5 Bowers Carlson Mildred Born June 21, 1920    –    Died January 6, 1995 Deceased
6 Christianson Struck Florence 823 Railroad Ave Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2759 Note: Florence attended country school with some of these folks.
7 Dailly Johnson Beatrice 823 Railroad Ave, Apt 11 Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2449 No Email Address
8 Dale Charlotte        Unable to locate
9 Evans Myron Born April 9, 1920   –    Died March 30, 1968 Deceased
10 Hagen Arends Choral Died in 1972 in Oregon Deceased
11 Hagen Larson Clara Good Samaritan Nursing home Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-5823 No Email Address
12 Hagen Orvin 261 Maple St Kindred, ND 58051 (701) 428-3125 Note: Orvin attended country school with some of these folks.
13 Hiatt Pratt Sovia Born October 26, 1919    –    Died August 1986 Deceased
14 Kester Charles Born April 18, 1919    –    Died March 3, 1999 Deceased
15 Landsverk Filas Borghild 150 Hess Ave Golden, CO 80401 (303) 526-4495 FILAS@COMCAST.NET
16 Landsverk Rolf Born May 25, 1919    –    Died January 27, 2003 Deceased
17 Lucht Nellie    
18 Martin Alvin Born January 25, 1921    –    Died February 1973 Deceased
19 Millang Salmonson Agnes Born January 7, 1921    –    Died April 27, 2007 Deceased
20 Nelson Molstad Arlene 1371 Parkside Dr. #146 San Bernardino, CA 92404 (909) 884-4062 No Email Address
21 Nerpel Bishop Eleanor 6111 W Arrowhead Ave Kennewick, WA 99336- (509) 783-9921 abmyers2@verizon.net (Daughter Ann’s email)
22 Peltier Vincent Plano, TX?  Unable to locate
23 Petty Caprice        Unable to locate
24 Radley Hiatt Maxine 823 Railroad Ave, Apt 9 Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2767 No Email Address
25 Rohrer George PO Box 431 Sitka, AK 99835 (907) 747-8204 No Email Address
26 Ryan Anthony Born June 5, 1918    –    Died October 25, 2006 Deceased
27 Ryan Dary Born July 1, 1916    –    Died June 6, 1997 Deceased
28 Salmonson Henry RR 1  Box 134 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4338 No Email Address
29 Satrang Wenstad Lela Born March 24, 1920    –    Died December 29, 1981 Deceased
30 Schirmer Darwin   Oak Harbor, WA.?   unable to locate
31 Seim Metcalfe Lindberg Bernice Born September 30, 1919    –    Died November 10, 1993 Deceased
32 Smith Ishem Born May 4, 1919    –    Died July 29, 2001 Deceased
33 Stadheim Russell Born January 17, 1922    –    Died June 1979 Deceased
34 Stickland Beaudry Delma Born October 23, 1919    –    Died January 1994 Deceased
35 Tennancour Evans Berube Alice Born August 29, 1919    –    Died February 25, 2008 Deceased
36 Tennancour Nermyr Violette Born December 28, 1918    –    Died July 2, 1978 Deceased
37 Wicks Henry Born June 15, 1920    –    Died June 6, 1986 Deceased


Butte Saint Paul – Provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Hi Gary,

I sent an email earlier today that included Flora Cameron Burr’s poems.  When I checked the site, I saw one of the poems was “Butte St. Paul”.  The following URL takes you directly to this article/poem.  I don’t know if you have checked the site out, but I’d like your opinion on the info that’s written about Butte St. Paul.  I know the mileage of how far you go east from Bottineau before you turn right, is incorrect.  Also, was Bottineau County  interested in putting up a monument, or was it Rolette County?  My education is never complete!!



Neola, I pasted the Butte Saint Paul history below from the WEB site you listed above. Butte Saint Paul has been discussed different times, so I know there’s interest in Butte Saint Paul among our folks.  I’m not sure of the answers to your questions, but I’m sure someone will know. Ann Marie Boppre Perry (72) lives next to Butte Saint Paul.  She told me the exact miles west and north of Dunseith, but off the top of my head I forgot the exact miles. I believe Butte Saint Paul is one mile into Bottineau county. The county line I believe is 5 miles west of Dunseith. I think it’s 18 miles from Dunseith to Bottineau, so my calculations are that Butte Saint Paul would be 12 miles east of Bottineau and 5 or so miles north.  Ann Marie, can you give us the exact location again please?  Gary

Butte Saint Paul

Fr. George Anthony Belcourt
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Alexander G. Burr
(In his Bottineau years)

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      “About 1850 Father Belcourt, with some Indian guides made a trip in January from Pembina country to the Turtle Mountains, to undertake missionary work among the Indians. Reaching what is now called Butte St. Paul in Bottineau County, he was overtaken by a blizzard and sought shelter on the side of a friendly hill. Here they remained all night, almost smothered by the snow. In the morning the storm lifted and they saw the hill that had protected them. In grateful acknowledgement of the mercy afforded him the priest named it Butte St. Paul.
“In June Fr. Belcourt returned and erected a cross as a memorial. That cross remained for years and in 1885 another was erected in its place. This second cross was a distinctive symbol for many years.”
– A. G Burr June 28, 1933
      The Bottineau County Old Settler’s Association became interested in preserving the Butte St. Paul site. Based on this interest, the N. D. State Historical Society secured a plot on the summit and slope of the Butte as a state park. In June 1933 a permanent marker was dedicated. Supreme Court Justice Alexander G. Burr gave the address at the dedication. Mr. Burr was unfailing in support of his old home town.
Four years prior to the dedication, Justice Burr’s sister, Flora, wrote the following poem.


The Legend of Butte Saint Paul – 1929

Harken, O Holy Father,
The scouts move not a foot!
We rest until the blizzard abateth
In the lee of the friendly butte.

‘Tis the wraiths of our great ancestors
Who utter their horrible wail,
Many moons since White Cloud has witnessed
Such lashings of springtime gale.

May the Paleface comprehend
What cometh for our sake?
O’er that painted and feathered Dakota
Another storm doth break.

Wrapped deep in the snows I shall understand
The language of our land.
The good priest bound by the bitter blast
Heareth the Voice from above;
What are the man-made bound’ries and lines
To the Mighty Father of Love?

United States and the Canadas
Fashioned alike by my hand –
Rear ye a cross when the tempest stays
To the Christ of the friendly lands!

Cometh not death from this icy breath
Still work thou must do for Me,
When the cross is seen midst frosty sheen
My word shall rest on thee.

On the day that the blizzard abated
The priest with his little band
A green cross hewed of the mountain wood
For the Christ of the friendly lands:
“Now witness one and all
The cross on Butte Saint Paul!”

Dear Christ thine aid I sought;
Thou great deliverance wrought;
Through night of awful storm
I saw Thy mangled form.
Where Thy crimson footsteps led
That trail I too shall tread.

I shall return again
With my little band of men.
To me revealed Thy thought
To dedicate this spot.

Unto thy cause, till time doth cease
To Indian and the Paleface, Peace;
In the appointed time, by hands not mine
Be raised to Christ a greater shrine*.
Till hills and prairies hear,
The chanting of the pioneer.
Woe to this shire if cross shall fall,
Be snow or green on Butte Saint Paul.

* Tarsus Church

Butte St. Paul
Dedication – 1933

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Tarsus Catholic Church
19 July 1908

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      The Great American Trails website states: “Butte St. Paul is one of the must-see sites on North Dakota’s Scenic Byway… one of the highest points in the Turtle Mountains, offering spectacular views…” It is located about 10 miles east of Bottineau and then 1 to 2 miles north of Highway-5. But, please don’t get caught in a blizzard like Father Belcourt!
All photos on this page were obtained from Historical Highlights of Bottineau County, 1977.



1/27/2015 (2175)

               Happy Birthday Allen Richard (’65): Midland, MI
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1982 Dunseith Bi-Centennial Belt Buckle
Request from Randy Kelly (’69):  St. Paul, MN


I was reading your blog today and noted a 2008 post re: the Dunseith cent. belt buckle that Dick J. had designed and was wondering if anyone had one they would part with or if one could still find one somewhere.  I have a collection and would certainly pay to get one.  Let me know if you have any ideas.  Thanks again for all your effort regarding the Dunseith Connection you manage so well.




Freddie Hiatt Story
Reply from Connie Zorn Landsverk: Bottineau, ND

Love this story Orval Moren wrote!  Roger ( my husband)  talked  about the Freddie Hiatt,

Farm, but he never took me there!!


Reply from Jim Kofoid:  Bottineau, ND

Hi Gary and family!  Is partying all you expats do over there!!??    (Seems

Like a lot of fun!)

Jim K


The saying here among our Expat friends, from many countries of the world, is that the social life here far exceeds the countries we all come from. We are all the same, without a lot of the status pressures that can exist in our parent countries. We all have the same status with that being Expats (Foreigners). Blue collar, White collar, Doctors, Lawyers  – makes no difference.  We have them all in our group too.



Frozen Fingers Festival – Feb 13th  and 14th
Posting from Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND


We’ve been busy working on our annual Frozen Fingers Festival that will be held on February 13 and 14.  Maybe some of the folks might be interested in this.  I’ve attached a copy of the poster and the one for Highway 43.  Thanks.



          Mark Perry
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(December 10, 1947 – January 23, 2015)

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James Mark Perry, age 67 of Dunseith, died on Friday, January 23, 2015 in his home. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 30, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. in the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Burial will be in the Rendahl Cemetery of rural Dunseith. Visitation will be on Thursday beginning at 10:00 A.M. until 9:00 P.M. in the Nero Funeral Home of Bottineau.

James Mark Perry, was born in Ashland OH, December 10, 1947 to Marty (Mueller) and James Martin Perry. He was the oldest son of five children. In his youth he moved to Akron, OH, Sunnyvale, CA, and eventually to Cocoa Beach, FL where his family settled and some still reside. Mark was in the first graduating class at Cocoa Beach High School in 1965. Mark moved to Las Vegas in 1975 where he met Ann and they were married on May 20, 1978. Once they were married he adopted her daughter, Eloyce. In 1979 they moved to North Dakota, where their daughter, Jana was born. Later that year they moved to Brevard County, Florida. In 1982, their daughter, Franki joined the family. In 1983 they returned to North Dakota where he enjoyed the quiet country life, exploring the back country roads in many different areas of the state where he lived. Most of his time was spent in Bottineau and Rolette counties. The wildlife roaming free through his front yard was a highlight of his day.

Mark will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Ann. His daughters, Jana (Kris) Bellamy, Washburn, ND and Franki (Steven) Wolhart, and their children, Jacqueline, Samuel, and Kevyn, Bottineau, ND. Mother, Marty Perry of Cocoa Beach, FL and mother-in-law, Eloise Boppre, Bottineau, ND. Sisters – Carol (Jim) Simpson, Ormond Beach, FL, Betsy (Chuck) Blair, Port St. John, FL, and Bobbi (Bill) Gnan, Oviedo, FL; Brother- Jon (Diana), Liverpool, NY. Sister-in law, Donna (Walt) Weaver, Apache Junction, AZ and brother-in-law, Joe Boguslawski, Dunseith, ND. Several aunts, uncles, numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and cousins. He also leaves behind his pets, Shadow, Buster, Tommy, Snowball, and Junior. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Eloyce; his father, James; father-in-law, Donald, and his sister-in-law, June.


Class of (’63) 50th reunion Pictures
Posted by Roberta (Gary ’63) Houle: Champlin, MN

Hi Gary–

Gary Houle(’63), my husband, helped me label these pictures.  If any are mislabelled, feel free to correct.  Sorry I did not get them to you sooner.  Since I do not know how to put the names with the pictures, hopefully Gary you can do it for me.

Gary and I enjoy the info in the “Dunseith Alumni” postings that you do.  Since I work on genealogy, it is fun seeing who is related to who.  It was very similar to the small farm town where my Dad grew up.  I(Roberta) did not grow up on a farm though.

Thanks for all you do, Gary.

Roberta Houle, spouse of Gary Houle (’63), Champlin, MN

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Cousins and brother –  Marlys, Dennis, Lois, Janet, Jim at Gramp’s place.
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND



Blog (238) posted on October 1, 2008
Reply from Bill Lamb:


Reading about Peter Poole brought back a lot of memories.  Pete lived 3/4 of a mile east of our farm on Highway 43.  My parents often hired him to help with haying and harvesting  He was a good friend of my parents.  As a kid, I liked to run over to his log home at meal time as he always had fried potatoes and fried wieners.  Pete owned a 160 acre farm and a 40 acre farm where he lived.  When I was about fifteen years old, our family bought the l60 acres which adjoined our farm.  Vickie Metcalfe’s family now own that land.  The note about Agnes and Martin Murray also brought back memories as I left my pony in their barn each day while I attended Central School on the south side of Carpenter Lake.  This was Don Johnson’s first teaching job, I believe.  Don used to tell us students we were teaching him as much as he taught us.

Another colorful old gentlemen that lived around Dunseith was Lynn Gilbert who had some colorful stories about the prohibition days.  Lynn would entertain several of the younger guys on a Saturday night at the Crystal Cafe with his many stories.

Gary, we appreciate everything that you do.  Bill Lamb


From Shirley LaRocque Wendt (59): 


Shirely, Our prayers will be with you.  Please keep us posted.  Gary


Reply from Rod Hiatt (69): 

Hello Gary

I did get the buckles made and handled the sale of them through my
Western store. I sold the remaining buckles that I had left to George
Gottbreht. I am not sure how many I had left, but George may still have
The company that cast the buckles was Award Design Medals from Norman
Oklahoma. They also made the Bottineau Centinniel buckle and I believe I
did 1 for Willow City and the 100 years of the Botno County Fair.
We made up a number of the brass buckles that were sold for $20.00 and 1
sterling silver with 24k gold plate that was auctioned off during the
centennials and the proceeds of the silver buckle was donated to the
committee. I believe my cousin Dwayne Lang ended up with the Dunseith
buckle and I think it brought around $1500-$1600. I know that Jim
Holwell got the Bottineau buckle, I believe Paul Heidbreder the fair
buckle and not sure on the Willow City one.
Dick also forgot to mention that the head of the design department of
Award Design told me that if Dick ever wanted a career as a design
artist to give them a call. He said this was one of the first drafts
that they didn’t have to do any touch up work on.
These buckles and Dick have something in common, when they were cast the
molds were broke and they will never be duplicated.
God only knows that 2 Dick Johnsons would be too much.


Rod, I had a nice visit with your Mother, Vida, several days ago. She sounds great and is doing well.  Gary


Reply from Carmen Leonard Richard (Rolette): 

Class of 1936 – Estelle Charlebois — born 1916 – married Leo Mongeon 1939 — died  April 7 1992

Carmen’s reply to Gary:

She was my aunt. My mothers maiden name was Charlebois. I see that I have made a mistake in the year of her birth, I will have to change it in my book. Her obit was not clear on the date of her birth. sorry!. I was surprised that she graduated from DHS I always thought she had graduated from Rolla.

Charebois Mongeon Estelle Born March 22, 1918    –    Died April 7, 1992 Deceased


Question from Sharon Longie Dana (73): 

Reply to Ann Boppre Perry, Am I right in reading that all the old trophies are not being kept at the school. You are giving them away for postage.

Sharon Longie Dana(73)


                                   Dunseith High School Class of 1937

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
  Bedard Nader Georgette 41130 Fox Run, Apt 110 Novi, MI 48377 (248) 960-7565 No email address
1 Berube Bauer Laura Born August 7, 1918    –    Died April 12, 2006 Deceased
2 Bibeau Henry Born June 11, 1917    –    Died September 5, 1997 Deceased
3 Cornell Royden Noyes Born August 30, 1919    –    Died August 17, 2000 Deceased
4 Dailly Ohlsen Flora Born September 7, 1918    –    Died August 13, 2002 Deceased
5 Gehres Gladys       Unable to locate
6 Murray Eileen Born August 4, 1921    –    Died January 1, 2003 Deceased
7 Pritchard Eurich Winifred Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 263-4827 (daughter Eileen) St. Andrew’s Hospital Long Term Care Unit in Bottineau
8 Richard Herbie Source: Prairie Past and Moutain Memories 1882-1982 Deceased
9 Salmonson Duchesneau Esther Born June 8, 1919    –    Died June 24, 2005 Deceased
10 Satrang Alfred 816 Eastern Ave Grafton, ND 58237 (701) 776-5595 (701) 352-1634 nursing home Rugby. Daughter/Corrine address csatrang@gra.midco.net
11 Satrang Berdella Born June 3, 1918    –    Died March 1, 1984 Deceased
12 Stadheim Pearson Lorraine Born September 16, 1918    –    Died August 14, 2001 Deceased


Dunseith News provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:
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1/25/2015 (2174)

Happy Birthday Tracy Zeiler Fennern: Denver, CO.
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Cebu Expat Bowling Banquet (1/24/2015)

Art Hagen, Rose Hohl and Gary Stokes
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Mark Perry
(December 10, 1947 – January 23, 2015)

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James Mark Perry, age 67 of Dunseith, died on Friday, January 23, 2015 in his home. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 30, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. in the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Burial will be in the Rendahl Cemetery of rural Dunseith. Visitation will be on Thursday beginning at 10:00 A.M. until 9:00 P.M. in the Nero Funeral Home of Bottineau.

Our condolences are with you with the loss of your husband James. So so sad.


Alphie Dion’s workshop
Reply from Ron Peltier (’70):  Dunseith, ND

Hi Gary:  Just saw your picture of Alphie Dion’s workshop and brought back some memories.  My sister, Betty (Peltier) Delorme and her husband, Larry purchased Mr. Dion’s home along with the shop which was part of the home.  I graduated in 1970 and a few weeks after graduation, I moved in with my sister and husband and made the shop area my bedroom for about 5 years.


Slow Gin Story
From Lola Metcalfe Vanorny (’68):  Dunseith, ND

Hi !      !_ maybe you shouldn’t print my  answer about getting my tooth= lost !!_ LOL!!! — a lot of people would frown on that unless they knew the situation!!_ I don’t know why i should care about that  but  — that was the first time i had experimented with alcohol- and it was “Slow Gin” –  (SP?)    and it was us 4 girls out to experiment with it – we didn’t have anything to mix it with so it was like drinking cough syrup !!_ LOL!!_   it was Charlene Pearson- Dana Henriksen- Randy mongeon and i  and we didn’t have the sense to mix it with 7 up or whatever !!- BUt I learned my lesson!!-  I can’t even and have never  been able to stand the smell of cherry cough syrup to this day !!_ cured me right then and there- !!_ LOL!!t– thanks Gary Lola


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND

Earl Vernon Gustafson

(June 6, 1958 – January 14, 2015)

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Earl Gustafson, age 56, of St. John, ND passed away on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at Presentation Medical Center, Rolla, ND.

Earl Vernon Gustafson was born on June 6, 1958 in Rolla, ND to Vernon and Betty (James) Gustafson. He graduated from St. John High School in 1976, where he was a member of the very first football team for the St. John Woodchucks. Earl lived in St. John until 1966 and then the family moved to a rural farmstead NW of St. John. He worked on the horse ranch and family farm all of his life, except for a brief time when he was mentoring under Robert Murphy in Toronto, Ontario as a draft horse showman. His love of horses was evident to any around him. He spent many years showing his draft horses, receiving many awards, and winning many championships. He sometimes competed against himself with more than one horse in the Best of Show class. Most recently, Quarter Horses and Paints were his horse of choice, where he continually worked to improve his blood lines with his wealth of knowledge. Earl also loved his dogs; Sparky, Dodger, and Champ, who through the years proved to be his faithful companions. During his youth, Sparky and Dodger went on many adventures with him and were faithful companions, while recently Champ was truly one of his best friends. Earl’s nieces and nephews meant the world to him and he had a special relationship with each of them. He liked watching many different sports, especially football. He was also very knowledgeable on current events and liked discussing politics. Earl enjoyed enticing his Democrat friends into a debate and attempted to sway them to see the light. History was also an interest of his. He enjoyed reading historical books and discussing his won family history at the Gustafson Family Reunions.

Earl is survived by his parents, Vernon and Betty Gustafson of St. John; brothers, Marvin (Becky) of St. John and Darrel (Janine) of St. John; sisters, Peggy Gustafson of El Paso, TX, Jane (Ross) Sivertson of St. John, and Denise (Dale) Geritz of Casselton; nieces, Bridget Gustafson and Callie Sivertson; and nephews, Matt Sivertson, Jacob Geritz, Alex Geritz, and Clayton Gustafson.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Casket Bearers are Mike DeMers, Don James, Dean Langan, Mark Trottier, Keith Harvel, and Ted Hansen. Music by the St. John Ecumenical Choir.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 4:00 PM in the St. John Community Center Gymnasium, St. John, ND with Pastor Trudy Dumont officiating, visitation ONE HOUR PRIOR to funeral services. Burial will be in Swedish Lutheran Cemetery, Souris, ND in the spring.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Swedish Lutheran Church, Souris, ND in Earl’s memory.

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


Seeking information about Edward & Emma Masse
Edward Masse on pages 70-71 in the Prairie Past and Mountain Memories book.

Hello Gary

My name is Monika English and I live in Port Moody, British Columbia formerly from Saint Hubert, Quebec.

My sister, Hannelore, and her husband, Gérald MASSÉ live in Brossard, Quebec and now being retired are interested in genealogy and are presently working on the MASSÉ side.

That is how I came to find you and the blog article from 2008 from Susan Fassett Martin  and especially from Bill Hosmer.  I am 100% certain that they are the same Edward (Edouard) MASSÉ and Emma (ROBERT) MASSÉ that I am searching for. They are my sister’s husband’s great grandparents.

[Edward & Emma – Louis Edouard Mastai & Alice (BLANCHETTE) – Alphonse & Marion (WHEELHOUSE) – Gérald & Hannelore]

Any help that you can find for me would be greatly appreciated.

Thanking you in advance



Blog (238) posted on October 1, 2008


Folks, I had another nice visit with Orvin Hagen today.  Orvin is doing great!  He’s still the same Orvin, always on the go.  Orvin is 87 going on 88.  He was born July 14, 1921.  Gary


Message from Vickie Metcalfe (70): 

This past weekend, I had a discussion with 99 year old Elmer Rush regarding Pete Poole. Elmer’s  deceased wife, Sylvia was my mother’s cousin, they were married in 1928.  As newly weds, they lived the first few months of their marriage in the Maxbass area and moved to the hills of the Turtle Mtns  east of Highway #3.  Elmer and Sylvia were neighbors with Pete.  Elmer said, Pete was a veteran of WWI  and he carried those combat scars.  Pete  was kind and helped many farmers with choring. He had a trap line and trapped mostly muskrats for living through the winters. The Rushes then moved further east  to the “Hosmer Place”and became  neighbors of  the Murray’s who were a sister and brother.  Elmer shared, “They lived in a house along side of Carpenter Lake, the sister lived upstairs and her brother downstairs. They had a few cows that they tended. We’d go visit them but, they never went anywhere out in public as Murray came back from WWI  with, “shell shock” .”  Elmer celebrates birthday #100, at the Rolla Community Center on Saturday, October 18, 2008


Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe:

Hi Gary,

Thanks to Ivy for this info.  I remember the tower well; I’ve always been rather “chicken” (and over-weight!), so I don’t think I even got up one step!  What I’m really writing to say, is I never knew the tower was on Marlin/Julie Dahl’s land; I always thought it was on Clarence Larson’s land–maybe I have the wrong tower in mind. A person is never too old to learn new info and correct old ideas/thoughts.


Neola, I’m not aware of any tower that was on the Clarence Larson farm, although there may have been.  The Clarence Larson farm was located about 1.5 miles west of The Dahl farm.  Clarence’s farm was located about 1/4 mile south of # 43 just over the hill east of Lake Metigoshe.  The Alfred (Virgil) Rude farm and the Earl Roland farm are in-between the Dahl and Larson farms on #43.


Neola Kofoids reply to Colette Hosmer for scanning her article: 

Please tell Colette she is most welcome.  I was so glad I visited with Nancy’s daughter, Christine, so I knew about the article.



Message/Picture from Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

In answer to Sybil Johnson’s question on a fort in Dunseith, I’m willing

to bet Augie showed you the old Riverside Hotel along the creek. It was
about the first building built in town and served as the headquarters
for the cavalry troop as well as a hotel. It survived until the 1960s
when it was torn down. Again, this was considered ‘progress’ and
necessary in keeping a modern image for the town. The last people to
live in the building were Darrel and Lorna Abbey and I asked Darrel to
draw me a floor plan of the building, which he did and I still have. I
was asked to design a belt buckle for the 1982 Dunseith Centennial. I
did this and used the image of the Riverside Hotel as the central focus.
I corrected my original design to read Dunseith–Dakota Territory,
rather than North Dakota, because Dunseith was established 7 years
before North Dakota became a state. I worked with Rod Hiatt on finding a
company to cast our Dunseith buckle. We found a place in Norman,
Oklahoma that had a good reputation, and had them make the buckles. I’ve
worn this buckle every day for years and it still looks good. I’m
attaching a picture of it to show the Riverside Hotel image, or Cavalry
post, depending on it’s use at the time. Thanks Gary!


Dick, In 1982 my dad gave me one of those belt buckles along with a heavy duty leather belt, of his, for my birthday. From 1982 until 2002 I wore that belt with that buckle nearly every day.  In 2002, when I was Temporary Duty (TDY) working a Submarine job at Kings Bay Georgia, the belt came apart where the buckle attached. I purchased another belt from one of the flea markets in the Jacksonville Florida area and wore it, with that buckle, until a year ago, when the belt came apart.  When dad died, I got his buckle too.  All these years I never knew who designed that belt buckle.  Now we know.  You did a wonderful job designing that buckle and having it cast.  I had many nice compliments about that buckle.  Are there any available today that folks can purchase?  Gary

Duneith Belt Buckle 2174

Folks, Putting these class lists together, I am pretty sure that Clarence Hagen, from the class of 1934, is the oldest living to have attended and graduated from Dunseith High school. Clarence was born December 31, 1914. I think that is what I remember Mary Ann telling me. I know it was the end of December.  Hagen sibling’s, please correct me if I’m wrong. Gary

                               Dunseith High School Class of 1934 & 1935

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
Class of 1934
1 Boucher Gottbreht Alma Born December 11, 1917    –    Died August 8, 2005 Deceased
2 Carlson Carroll Born October 10, 1914    –    Died May 5, 2004 Deceased
3 Casavant Martineau Marie Born March 18, 1916    –    Died October 4, 2001 Deceased
4 Cook Robert Can not locate death record Deceased
5 Dailly Bissonnette Irene Born February 23, 1915    –    Died February 1980 Deceased
6 Egbert Lilleby Margaret Born September 26, 1916    –    Died Februay 8, 2003 Deceased
7 Evans Mary Born in 1918    –    Died at San Haven in 1944 Deceased
8 Gottbreht Hendrickson Arla Born September 5, 1917    –    Died February 18, 2002 Deceased
9 Hagen Clarence 1013 Sinclair St Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2998 No email address
10 Hagen Banister Thelma Born April 1, 1917    –    Died August 1986 Deceased
11 Howery Eva Eva was a sister to John Aitchison’s mother. John was in the class of 1947 Deceased
12 Sanders Washek Henrietta Born in 1920    –    Died of cancer in 1946 Deceased
16 Sanders Carpentier Lodena Burns, OR (541) 573-6524 Son Dan lives next door 541-573-3254
13 Tennancour Larson Easter Sister to Alice Evans Berube Deceased
14 Watkins Charles Born March 3, 1917    –    Died December 7, 2000 Deceased
15 Wicks Gwendolyn Courtrie or Courturie?? Nebraska Unable to locate
Class of 1935
1 Jolibois Wilkie Martha unable to locate Married John in 1938. John died in the 70’s
2 Murray Agelina Unable to locate


Martha Lamb’s (68) Wedding provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:


Part of the article was cut off and omitted with yesterdays Blog. I am reposting this today with the complete article.  I did not notice that until after it was sent. 


Lamb, Martha 2173 Lamb, Martha 2174



1/23/2015 (2173)

Happy Birthday Shelley Sime Fossen: Jamestown, ND
Sine Fossen, Shelley 2173


     Happy Birthday Brenda Hiatt Parker (’73): Wilton, ND
Hiatt Parker, Brenda 2173


    Happy Birthday Eleanor Awalt Stickland (’47): Mandan, ND
Awalt Stickland, Eleanor 2173


Lillian Thompson Bergstrom (’36): Superior, WI.
Reply from Ron Cain (Lillian’s son): Superior, WI

Greetings Gary:

Thank you for honoring my cousin Mr. Keith Pladsons request to enter me into your website.

His mother and mine are/were sisters.  Lillian and Ella Thompson.  I am one of her sons and reside in Superior, WI.

Lillian is doing well as of this note.  She constantly amazes us with her re-call and, of course, any topic related to ND is ALWAYS at the top of her list.

Personally, I always look for an excuse to visit the Turtle mtn., Dunseith and Bottineau areas. Many, many of my relatives have established their final resting place in those areas.

As a novice to your site, familiar names (related) have already caught my attention.  Most notably the Pritchard and Stokes connections. I’m sure there will be many more to follow.

Hope all is well in your world.


Ron Cain


Thank you so much for this rely. Your Grandmother’s maiden name was Stokes, sister to my grandfather, Frank Stokes. That makes us 2nd cousins. The Pritchard’s Grandmother was a Thompson, sister to your grandfather, so that makes you a 2nd cousin to the now senior Pritchard Generation too.

Off the top of my head I think your mother is 98. I can say with most certainty that she is the oldest living to have graduated from Dunseith High School. She graduated with the class of 1936.

Please keep us posted with your mother’s life and wellbeing. Other than for a little hearing loss, I understand she is very alert with both the present and the past. Very remarkable.


More picture from Duane (Dewy) Morinville (’72):
Morinville 2073 Fugere, Allery, Tooke 2073

Herman Martinson (Bakery) Humor
Posted by Rita Parisien Anderson (’73):   New Rockford, ND

I walked into the bakery one afternoon and asked Herman how much his big buns were, his reply “They are not for sale”. He had a sense of humor.


Freddie and Norman Hiatt stories
From Marlys Hiatt (’72): Dunseith, ND

Hearing the story about Freddie Hiatt makes me think of a story my grandma Margie use to tell about Freddie and my dad, Norman Hiatt.  She told it often and I think it is so cute I continue to tell it as well.

Freddie Hiatt was born on my grandmother’s birthday, which is in November and my dad was born in January.  That spring and summer, the ladies, my grandmother Margie and Aunt Julia, Freddie’s mother, helped out by working in the fields.  They would just switch off taking care of the babies.

Whoever was in the house just nursed both babies.

Grandma said dad was a little younger and when it came time to eat he just enjoyed the meal no matter which lady was providing it.  Freddie was a little older.  He was hungry so he ate but he would look up at grandma with those big brown eyes, with a look that said, I know this isn’t the right table.

Freddie and Margaret were always so special to grandma Margie.  As I sit here at the computer I can just see their beautiful smiles.  What a wonderful couple.

There’s another story my dad often told about him going skunk hunting when he was a kid and I think it was with Freddie.  Do any of the Hiatt kids remember if that was dad and Freddie or was it one of the other cousins.

As I try to recall the story I’m a little sketchy on the details so if anyone can add to or correct the story it would be great.  Dad and one of his cousin knew they could make a  few cents selling the hide of a skunk.

They didn’t have the price of a bullet to shot the skunk but had been told if you grab the skunk by the tail and jerk the back legs off the ground the skunk can not spray you.

Off hunting the boys went, one prepared to grab the tail of the skunk and the other with a big stick to hit the skunk in the head and kill it.  I don’t think dad remembered which one of the two was going to do what.

The first skunk they came across was a large male and the boys proceeded with the plan.  What the boys found out that day was a skunk can most definitely spray with his back feet off the ground.  I don’t think they killed a skunk that day and I think that was the last time they went hunting skunk too.

I sure miss listening to stories my grandma and dad told.

Marlys Hiatt


Sharon Landsverk Beckman(’63) Retires
Postings from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND

Congratulations Sharon,

You will be missed, that is for sure. You have been a checker/cashier in the hometown Market for decades. Home town Market has had different names throughout the years, but it is still the same store. With each of my trips back to the area, over the years, I have enjoyed our many conversations at your checkout register. I will most certainly miss that and seeing you there.

We wish the best in retirement.

Landsverk, Sharon 2173


Mary Christianson
(December 7, 1923 – January 18, 2015)
Christianson, Mary 2173
Mary Christianson, age 91 of Dunseith, died Sunday at a Dunseith nursing home. Funeral services will be held on  Thursday at 10:00 A.M. at Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith. Burial will be in Rendahl Cemetery of rural Dunseith. Visitation will be held on Wednesday beginning at 1:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. in the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

Mary Christianson, a daughter of Lawrence and Annie (Francis) Feist, was born on February 8, 1923 at Strandburg, SD. She was reared and educated in the area. In 1945 Mary moved to Dunseith and began working in the kitchen at San Haven. On June 26, 1953 she was married to Raymond Christianson at Minot. After their marriage Mary helped Raymond on the farm. It was said that Mary could make the best looking haystacks in the Turtle Mountains. In 2010 they moved to Bottineau. They moved to Rolla in 2012. Raymond passed away on July 25, 2012. Mary moved to Dunseith in 2014 and has resided there since.

She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith and the Turtle Mountain Wildlife Club.

She is survived by brothers, Benny Feist, Pete Feist, Tony Fiest and Shorty Feist. A sister, Amelia Pommerening; and many nieces and nephews.

Blog (237) posted on September 30, 2008


From Ivy Eller Robert (74): 

Dick Johnson & Gary,

My sister Julie Eller Dahl had one of those Forest Service Towers on their farm for many years. It was located about 2 miles east of Lake Metegoshe on the south side of the road (Hwy 43). It was on the Dahl family farm. It stood there, what seemed  like forever.  Julie’s husband Marly passed away about 3 years ago & his bother took over the farm and had someone disassemble it recently. They moved it to the museum in Bottineau on the north end of town. I was there a few weeks back & seen it. Of course it is not as tall as it was when it was first built. I remember climbing that thing many times through the years when Marly & Julie lived on the farm. My kids, when they were little, even climbed it a few times. It was exciting to climb it, but through the years it got dangerious from the deterating lumber on the stairs. But it was fun and Dick’s story & picture reminded me of “Marly’s Tower”!

Ivy Eller Robert

Ivy, Many of us remember that forest fire lookout tower located several miles east of Lake Metigoshe on the Dahl farm.  It was an icon to the hills and could be seen for miles around. I drove by that tower hundreds if not thousands of times in my growing up years.  That tower was built by the ND Forest Service back in the 50’s.  I forgot the year, but it was in the mid to later 50’s as I recall.  I remember it being built when they were seemingly having a lot of forest fires up in the hills.  During that time, my dad was designated a forest fire warden with a sign out in front of our approach.  They also erected a little forest fire building in our yard with tools to fight the fires.  I don’t ever remember the building being unlocked and the tools used, but it was in our yard for many years.  Back to the tower, I too climbed it several times.  Several years ago there was a big article in the Bottineau Courant with the history of that tower. In that article they said, for safety/liability concerns, the forest service was having it dismantled. Gary


From Sybil Johnson: 

The picture of “Pa” Johnson, his mother and sister were amazing. Thank you Dick and I know Beckie and the family will enjoy it, as I did.

Sybil Johnson


Martha Lamb’s (68) Wedding provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:

Martha, this should bring back a few memories, not only for you, but for a lot of others that were part of your wedding and also for those that attended. Congratulation to you and Lynn on your 25th Anniverary last month. Gary
Lamb, Martha 2173

                                     Dunseith High School class of 1933

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Amundson Haagenson Dagny Born February 26, 1914    –    Died January 19,1984 Deceased
2 Anderson Smith Audrey Born August 28, 1915    –    Died March 29, 2001 Deceased
3 Bowers Chapin Grace Born September 25, 1913    –    Died June 29, 2001 Deceased
4 Brooks Stanley Born January 27, 1917    –    Died October 14, 1987 Deceased
5 Byre Conrad Born September 13, 1914    –    Died November 29, 2002 Deceased
6 Cassidy Loan Born August 20, 1913    –    Died February 1983 Deceased
7 Evans Bill Born August 20, 1916    –    Died March 3, 2005 Deceased
8 Fassett Halvorson Laura 530 SE 42nd Ave Portland, OR 97215 (503) 236-4462 No Email address Born March 1916
9 Gottbreht Solomon Mildred Born January 23 1916    –    Died March 2, 2008 Deceased
10 Halvorson Arthur Born August 26, 1913    –    Died August 21, 1993 Deceased
11 Kester Ormal (Red) Born June 11,1914    –    Died November 18, 1987 Deceased
12 Kotschevar Donald Born August 6, 1912    –    Died October 10, 2005 Deceased
13 Kotschevar Tilton Lucille Born November 5, 1914    –    Died January 31, 1999 Deceased
14 Myer Weaver Clara Born February 10, 1915    –    Died May 1, 1996 Deceased
15 Peterson Pine Minnie Unable to locate death record – Bill/Duane/Jack Peterson’s aunt Deceased
16 Sanders David Died in the spring of 1943 Deceased
17 Tennancour Harris Dorothy Died in 2008 – Sister to Alice Evans Berube Deceased
18 Tooke Doris     Unable to locate Parents Bert & Ada Tooke – Moved to Tacoma Wa in 1944
19 Tooke Arthur (Pete) Born August 20, 1915    –    Died September 9, 1985 Deceased
20 Wicks Marjory       Unable to locate



1/21/2015 (2172)

More pictures from Duane (Dewy) Morinville (’72):
Alphie Dion 2172 Sebilius, Duane - Fountaine, Margaret 2172 Neameyer Wall, Loretta 2172 


Freddie Hiatt’s Horses
Story from Orval Moren (Dunseith Pastor):  Coon Rapids, MN.

This story happened in the fall of 1960.


Freddie’s Horses

My Call to the Dunseith Lutheran Church Parish included Peace Lutheran, Rendahl, and Little Prairie. The first fall my intention was to visit as many of the families as I could arrange. Little Prairie Lutheran was on the border of Canada. The International Peace Gardens with 2,339 acres is the world’s largest botanical garden between North Dakota and Manitoba along the world’s longest unfortified border.

It had been suggested I consider a visit to the Freddie Hiatt farm in the Turtle Mountains of Little Prairie. I drove up the winding, twisting road into the mountains to the farm, but I could not find it. Finally, I decided to go back a few miles to the Art Rude farm. The Rudes belonged to Rendahl, and they would direct me to the Hiatts. And, they did.

The Hiatt farm was well hidden, away and behind a hill with lots of trees. What a beautiful place—white picket fencing, mowed grass, large house and garage, machinery all lined up, and everything in order. I was impressed before I exited my car. I looked around and I saw no one.

All I could see were horses, mostly brown and small, in the pastures close to the barns. They all seemed to be pregnant mares, heavy with foal. I went up to the house. There was no doorbell, so I knocked on the door. It opened. I tried to recall him from the “How-are-you-I-am-fine” line after worship. Yes, I immediately recognized Freddie since he himself came with his family for worship. He seemed reserved with a soft handshake.

We visited a while, and I asked about the beautiful horses, 50 or 60 of them. “They are mostly thoroughbreds,” he said. “They are racing horses. I raise them for owners of the race tracks.”

I quickly silently thought, where are the race tracks in North Dakota, or any place here in the upper mid-west? I didn’t question him. There were none that I knew about. As we stood by the white fence, several horses came over to us, and I reached out my hand to pet one.

He said gently, “Please don’t touch the horse. These horses are being kept in a sterile environment.”

“Oh, I didn’t know that. Very interesting.”

“Yes, I can’t let you into the pasture or into the barns because these are medicinal horses, you know!”

I thought, I am learning a lesson here, but what does it mean? No one in the church had said anything about this operation and what it was. I was so very curious. I asked my first question.

“What do race horses have to do with medicinal horses?” I asked.

He smiled and said, “All these pregnant mares are being milked for urine. We raise thoroughbreds, but it is the urine we sell. That’s why I can’t take you into the pasture or the barns. We must keep a sterile barn and yard.”

The conversation went on. And what is the name of this medicine? Premarin. And what is that? It is a hormone therapy containing a combination of estrogens that help women manage the symptoms suggesting they are getting older. What was that word? Pregnant Mare Urine (Pre Mar In).

Many years ago, Bernell said to me, “Don’t tell me that!”

Well then my Dearie, there is honey. And we think nothing of that!


Joann Smith Fuchs (’65)
Posting from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND.
Smith Fuchs, Joann 2172


Mary Christianson
(December 7, 1923 – January 18, 2015)

Send Flowers Send Sympathy Card
Sign Guest Book

Christianson, Mary 2172



Blog (236) posted on September 28, 2008


From Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

FRANCIS HOULE, 82, Dunseith, died Wednesday in a Rolla hospital. Funeral Friday, 10 a.m., St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Belcourt. Visitation Thursday, 6 p.m., with a rosary service Thursday, 8 p.m., both in the church. (Elick Funeral Home, Rolla)


Request from Sybil Johnson:

Gary, I was talking to Beckie yesterday and she would like to receive these

emails. Her address is mothergoose82007@. She loves the idea of
being able to read the stories of her grandfather Axel and grandmother
Bernice. Dick, is there a story of Randy being branded by Augie, when you
all were teenagers? I remember Augie telling me about it, but I don’t know if
I got this rite or not.
Sybil Johnson


Beckie, It is my pleasure to add you to our distribution list.  Gary


Article provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:
Folks, this featured article was published in the Metigoshe Mirror.
Colette Hosmer graduated with the class of 64.  

Colette, being recognized world wide, you are to be commended for your success’

I have also pasted your very impressive resume at the bottom of this article.

Colette & Nancy, your mother looks so nice and so young in this picture. You guys are looking good too.

Colette Hosmer’s Resume:

Colette Hosmer’s WEB site:

Hosmer, Colette 2172-1 Hosmer, Colette 2172-2 Hosmer, Colette 2172-3 Hosmer, Colette 2172-4

                                    Dunseith High School Class of 1949

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Boardman Bjornseth Luella 1205 Sinclair St Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3007 ihman56@utma.com
2 Evans Joseph Born July 21, 1931    –    Died February 21, 2004 Deceased
3 Fugere Duaine  Donna PO Box220 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5613 No email address
4 Fugere Steiner Edwina 366 S la Canada Dr, Unit B Green Valley, AZ 85614 (520) 399-0646 No email address
5 Goodsell Johnson Ardis 818 5th St. E Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2897 No email address
6 Habberstad Nelson Iona PO Box 222 Glasgow, MT 59230 (406) 228-8454 No email address
7 Hagen Marten Florence S970 County Road J Mondovi, WI 54755 (715) 946-3748 crmarten@frontier.net  (Daughter Christy)
8 Hassen Paulbitski Audrey 314 Pacheco St. San Francisco, CA 94116 (415) 564-5053 No email address
9 Hassen O’Neal Born October 5, 1929    –    Died November 6, 2001 Deceased
10 Johnson Walter E PO Box 395 Ray, ND 58849 (701) 568-3552 No email address
11 Knox Sletten Ina Born Febrauar 26, 1932    –    Died January 1, 2001 Deceased
12 Lamoureux Malone Badgett Betty 18883 Walnut Street Fountain Valley, Ca  92708 (714) 962-0020 BattyBetti45@aol.com
13 Murray Gary 12454 E Kentucky PL Aurora, CO 80012 (303) 343-2013 moraybug@comcast.net
14 Olson Warcup Shirley 529 S  170W Ivans, UT 84738 435-986-2222 ronsw28@msn.com
15 Richard Larson Jerrine 4930 NE 86th St Seattle, WA 98115 (206) 524-4566 rdlars1@msn.com
16 Salmonson Honsey June 7558 Earl Ave NW Seattle, WA 98117 (206) 782-0775  (701) 263-4647 charge7thcavalry@aol.com
17 Seim Edwin 7566 Green Back Ln #702 Citrus Heights, CA 95661 (916) 722-0897 No email address
18 Sunderland Warburton Patricia 2225 Orchid St Lake Charles, LA 70601 (337) 478-3771 Psunder@suddenlink.net
19 Williams Grosser Lenor Born ??/??/????    –    Died March 9, 2008 Deceased


1/19/2015 (2171)

Picture provided by Duane (Dewy) Morinville (’72): Dunseith, ND
Dunseith Band 2071

Grimme, Carl 2071Morinville 2071-1Morninville 2071-2Morinville 2071-3


Blog (235) posted on September 27, 2008


From Clyde & Marge Satrang (51): 



From Bobby Slyter (70): 

To Jacqueline Hiatt fix: was so glad to see you on this blog have not seen or heard from you in years, I am Bobby Slyter your uncle Freddie step son, hope to hear from you again soon


Olga Nelson Edinger’s Obituary provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:
Nelson Edinger, Olga 2071
Folks, Olga was a sister to Mildred & Marie Nelson Parrill.

Adeline Halls Obituary provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:
Halls, Adeline 2071

Renee’s address:

Renee Wondrasek
1071 Highway 5 NE
Bottineau, ND 58318


Message/Pictures from Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

Harvesting in the old days wasn’t with diesel powered, axial flow,

monster combines. It was slow and hot hard work done by hand with pitch
forks and racks for bundles, pulled to the threshing machine and then
pitched into the machine by hand again! The grain was put on wagons and
then shoveled, by hand again into the granary. I get tired just
remembering how we did it! I only helped thresh a couple times as
Grandpa Hans bought a steel wheeled Deering combine when I was quite
young. I do remember real well though, shoveling endless bushels of
grain into the wooden grain bins! The trucks we had didn’t have hoists,
so it was shovel, shovel,shovel! When we got the first paddle elevator,
Dad cut a hole in the floor of the truck box and made a sliding trap
door so the grain would run out, and all I had to do was shovel the
whole load over to the hole! It was lots easier! When I hear younger
guys complain about the time it takes to unload a truck today with 10″
augers, I just have to smile! They have it tough! I found some old
pictures of harvesting on our place between 1924 and the 1950s and am
attaching them. The people are Hans and Axel Johnson, and Wm.
Christianson, and others whose names are a casualty of time. Thanks Gary!


Harvest 2071-1 Harvest 2071-2 Harvest 2071-3 Harvest 2071-4 Harvest 2071-5


                                  Dunseith High School Class of 1948

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Atherton Sandstrom Mavis 905 19 Ave. SW Minot, ND 25701 701-839-4966 Gary (701) 839-2812
2 Atherton Wilson Norma Born January 4, 1930    –    Died January 15, 1994 Deceased
3 Cote Raymond 2380 94th St NE Willow City, ND 58384 (701) 228-3302 No email address
4 Cote Awalt Theresa 1025 Main St Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3268 lata@min.midco.net
5 Dionne Johnson Romona 9 Birchwood Heights Rd S Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 263-4998 monajj@webcurator.com
6 Fassett James Born July 23, 1929    –    Died May 15, 1992 Deceased
8 Gottbreht James 10461 Lake Rd Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 263-4423  No email address
9 Hagen Charles 2917 Collins Ferry Rd Gladys, VA 24554 (434) 283-5825 C(434) 941-3119 No email address
10 Hagen Evans Joyce PO Box 1295 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5505 No email address
11 Hagen Orville Born March 30, 1939    –    Died July 12, 1992 Deceased
12 Haines Bonnie Bonnie left Dunseith after her freshman year. Can not locate. Her father worked for the customs.
13 Halvorson Lester 2407 103rd St Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4646
14 Handeland Hamnes Beverly 1 Green Acres Rd Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 263-4371 No email address
15 Handeland Hanson Muriel 333 Sixth Ave NE, Apt W2 Garrison, ND 58540 (701) 463-2158  No email address
16 Hosmer Bill 5167 E Timrod St Tucson, AZ 85711 (520) 750 0170 hozndaz@theriver.com   hozndaz7@yahoo.com
5 Birchwood Heights Rd S Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 263-4499
17 Johnson Charles Born January 5, 1930    –    Died February 7, 2003 Deceased
18 McKay Merrill Minnie Mary 17815 E Lake Desire Dr SE Renton, WA 98058 (425) 271-1116 EDMIN1116@webtv.net
19 Oustad Carl Born March 22, 1931    –    Died August 1963 Deceased
20 Stickland Lois Deceased Sister Joy Peterson (701) 244-2136
21 Thiel Ralph 1105 Hill Ave Grafton, ND 58237 (701) 352-3448 No email address


1/18/2015 (2170)

    Happy Birthday Marlene Richard Parslow (’65): Sunlakes, AZ
Richard Parslow, Marlene 2070

Cecelia “Tootsie’ Delorme
Question from Denise Lajimodiere:    Moorhead, MN

Hi Gary, does anyone in Dunseith area know Cecelia “Tootsie’ Delorme or her family? Would like to get a hold of them :)

Thanks, Denise Lajimodiere


Pope Francis visits the Philippines.
Comment from Margaret Metcalfe Leonard (’65):  Rolette, ND

Im watching our Holy Father, Pope Francis in the Philippines.   What a once in a lifetime  opportunity for your people  to see this Holy Man!  Looks to be very windy but obviously It did not keep people from braving the weather to come to this blessed event!  How i would love to be there, but since that is not possible, I am watching on EWTN.   Very special timing as you recover from the typhoon with this  powerful manifestation of faith!!

May God Bless you.  Margaret.

Yes Margaret,
Pope Francis visit is for sure a highlight for this country. Yesterday he visited Leyte, an island located about 50 miles to the east of us. Leyte was the hardest hit with the Typhoon that devastated this country in November 2013. There is talk that Pope Francis will visit Cebu, but that probably will not happen.


Face Book pictures Posted by Dewy Morninville


Dewy has post a number of these nostalgic pictures on his FB page. I will be posting a few each day.


Myers, Johnnie 2070 Morinville 2070 Hosmers 2070 Shelver Drug 2070


Gerald VandeWalle, Chief Justice of the ND supreme Court.
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND


Gerald VandeWalle was a brother to Virgil Vandewalle. Virgil was a very well known Vocational Agricultural (FFA) teacher in Bottineau for many years. He also taught adult farm classes on Monday nights, at the Bottineau High School, that I used to attend with my dad, Robert Pritchard and Clifford Hagen. Virgil died of a heart attack at the age of 46 in 1973. His sudden passing was a real shock and loss to the community. I was so impressed, when he called me by name when I was working at Dave Clarks. He brought one of his FFA classes to the Clark farm to judge cattle. He remembered me from attending the farm classes. He and my dad were good friends too.


VandeWelle, Gerald 2070

Blog (234) posted on September 26, 2008


Message from Vickie Metcalfe (70): 

Gary, Note: Attached, Adeline Halls was former teacher for many years at Dunseith Elementary School.

ADALINE HALLS, 81, Bottineau, died Wednesday in a Minot hospital. Memorial service Saturday, 2 p.m., Lake Metigoshe Christian Center, Lake Metigoshe. People may sign the register book Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nero Funeral Home, Bottineau.


Message from LeaRae Parrill Espe (67): 


I received this message through my the Bottineau Quilt Guild about the passing of Adeline Halls.

Adeline Halls and my mother taught at Dunseith for years.  Mother taught second grade and Adeline was the Title I teacher in that “pod”.  The pod was hexagon shaped building which had three second grade and three first grade rooms and the middle part was the Title area.    Mother and Adeline had alot in common-they read the same types of books, etc. etc.  Mother is deeply saddened.Adeline also carpooled with Terry for several years.  We all knew her well – she was always so much fun.

Adeline was a very excellent teacher and many of the students on this list may have benefited from her talents.  She was a very accomplished quilter too. This past Saturday Bottineau had a Fall Festival.  One of the activities was the quilt show and we all signed a get well card for her then.  We heard she had her gall bladder and appendix out.

Adeline has a daughter, Renee Wondrasek, who I believe taught music in Dunseith for a time. Adeline has also has a son Dean.  Her husband, Bill Halls was the county treasurer (or auditor??) in Bottineau County for many years .  He passed away during heart surgery while Adeline was still teaching.

LeaRae Espe


Message from LeaRae Parrill Espe (67): 

My aunt Olga Edinger passed away last week.  She’s moms sister. The obituary in the Bottineau paper is sketchy compared to the Turtle Mountain Star.  The star has a picture also.  If someone scans it in, I would rather it be the Star one.  Thanks.
LeaRae’s reply to Gary: 

I contacted Neola and we will try to get a copy of the star.  Olga lived in New Rockford.  She had a massive heart attack on Saturday and passed away at quarter of midnight the same day.  She was great to all of us Parrill kids.

Vickie said she sent you something on Adeline Halls from the Minot paper also.   I hope you can run a full obit of her when it comes into the Botno paper or Minot.  She was a very good role model and strong women, a member the Three Affliated Tribes.  She was Adeline Hall before she married Bill Halls.  The Hall family from New Town have been leaders in that community.  There was a book written by a close relative of hers about the history in that area.

Her daughter Renee was married to Eric Wondrasek.  He was killed in a pickup accident a few falls ago.   More later on Adeline.


LeaRae, I just got a message from Neola, and she got the Turtle Mountain Star from Clarence & Mary Ann Hagen.  She will be Scanning and sending me Olga’s Obituary.  She said she had to sleep first. Neola seldom sleeps at night. She functions well at night and what little sleep she needs, she gets in the day time. I wish I could go night and day like her.  She said there just aren’t enough hours in the day.  Gary

Message from Alice (Mrs. Keith 66) Pladson: 

Hi Gary,

Sorry we have not responded sooner but . . .  My name is Alice Pladson and I am Keith’s wife.  Keith had surgery on Tuesday to replace his right knee.  He is doing well and we hope he will be home again tomorrow (Friday, 26 September).  However, it may be awhile before he is able to come upstairs (to the computer) so thought I would respond for him.
Lillian’s Thompson’s (36) name is Bergstrom and she lives in Superior with her daughter.  She is not deceased.   And yes, I do believe that her married name was Cain but she does not use that name.

As soon as Keith is able to provide more information, we will forward it to you.


Keith, we wish you the best with your recovery from Knee surgery.  I understand knee surgery’s can be very painful.  Gary


From Sharon Longie Dana (73):  

Reply to Gary Stokes and my good friend Rodney Medrud,

Gary, thanks again for doing this blog. Last night I got the best phone call ever. Growing up Wanda Medrud and I were best friends (we had lots of them) anyway Wanda is my first friend I truly remember from when I was about 4 years old. Well last night Rod Medrud called and surprised me. It had been 36 years since I had talked to him last, actually right before he and Mary got married and they just had their 36th anniversary!  Happy Anniversary Rod and Mary!!!! It was so awesome talking to him, he was always like family to me. They will be coming thru Missoula next June so I will get to see them. That will be great!!!

I have something to complain about. You know Gary these stories are nice and all but most of the people that get talked about here I don’t know and you know there is no news from the class of 72, 73, 74, 75, and 76. This is the main group I know of course everyone knew everyone in our little town but there isn’t any news about any of these folks. Just a trickle every now and then. So if you’re out there reading let me us all know. I have been in touch with a few classmates within those years listed but they all say the same thing to me WHERE ARE THEY NOW?????  Lets hear from some of you!!!!

Thanks again Gary!!!!  And Rod it will be my quarter next time!!!

Sharon Longie Dana(73)

Reply from Sybil Johnson: 

I remember Augie telling me about the bank robbery, before we were married

in 1966. I also remember him showing me what I think was the remains of a
fort, there in Dunseith. If I’m
mistaken, forgive me. I didn’t realize that there was a troop of soldiers
even in Dunseith, that’s how
much I know. If I may, I would like to give an update on Beckie, our
daughter. She starts back to work full time tonight, from her colon surgery
last month. She is doing very well. Also our granddaughter is engaged to be
married in a May wedding, in Wisconsin. Thanks again for these many stories
of Dunseith and the many emails.
Sybil Johnson


Howdy Gary,

The pictures of Art Rude appear to have been taken on the stage at the Senior Center in St. John. The person with the beard and guitar is Art Jr. It probably had something to do with the Historical Society. Dick will probably let you know for sure.


Reply from Dick Johnson (68): 


The pictures of Art Rude were taken at the Museum fun night several
years ago, when Art was the president . I’m the guy handing him the door
prizes for the drawing. Art is announcing the winners. The taller guy
with the beard is Art Jr. The other guy with the white shirt behind Art
is one of the performers, but I don’t recognize him. This was about 10
to 12 years ago and was held in the Senior Center on Main street in St.
John, ND. Thanks!


Folks, You’ll have to agree that this is the profile of the Mr. Rude we remember with one hand in his pocket standing with his weight shifted to one leg.

Art, Art & Dick, how do guys stay so slim trim?  Over the years, things have kind of shifted for me.  Gary


                             Art Rude
Rude, Art 2070

The two Art Rude’s (father & son)
Rude, Art 2070-1

                     Dick Johnson & Art Rude.
Rude, Art 2070-2

From Margaret Metcalfe Leonard (65):

Margaret, with the patriotism of our folks, I will gladly post this. Gary

Hi Gary

This article made me so proud to be an American!  Thought I’d pass

‘Ode To America’ on to you….please use your own discretion whether to
forward this to the blog or not.



We rarely get a chance to see another
country’s editorial about the USA

Read this excerpt from a Romanian
Newspaper. The article was written by Mr.
Cornel Nistorescu and published under the
title ‘C’ntarea Americii, meaning ‘Ode To
America ‘) in the Romanian newspaper
Evenimentulzilei ‘The Daily Event’ or
‘News of the Day’

~An Ode to America?~

Why are Americans so united? They would
not resemble one another even if you
painted them all one color! They speak all
the languages of the world and form an
astonishing mixture of civilizations and
religious beliefs.

On 9/ll, the American tragedy?turned three
hundred million people into a hand put on
the heart. Nobody rushed to accuse the
White House, the Army, or the Secret
Service that they are only a bunch of
losers. Nobody rushed to empty their bank
accounts. Nobody rushed out onto the
streets nearby to gape about. Instead the
Americans volunteered to donate blood and
to give a helping hand.

After the first moments of panic , they
raised their flag over the smoking ruins,
putting on T-shirts, caps and ties in the
colors of the national flag. They placed
flags on buildings and cars as if in every
place and on every car a government
official or the president was passing. On
every occasion, they started singing: ‘God
Bless? America?!’

I watched the live broadcast and rerun
after rerun for hours listening to the
story of the guy who went down one hundred
floors with a woman in a wheelchair
without knowing who she was, or of the
Californian hockey player, who gave his
life fighting with the terrorists and
prevented the plane from hitting a target
that could have killed other hundreds or
thousands of people.

How on earth were they able to respond
united as one human being. Imperceptibly,
with every word and musical note, the
memory of some turned into a modern myth
of tragic heroes. And with every phone
call, millions and millions of dollars
were put into collection aimed at
rewarding not a man or a family, but a
spirit, which no money can buy. What on
earth can unites the Americans in such
way? Their land? Their history? Their
economic Power? Money? I tried for hours
to find an answer, humming songs and
murmuring phrases with the risk of
sounding commonplace, I thought things
over, I reached but only one conclusion…
Only freedom can work such miracles.

Cornel Nistorescu

(This deserves to be passed around the
Internet forever.) It took a person on the
outside – looking in – to see what we take
for granted! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!

Gary’s reply to Margaret:

Hello Margaret,

It’s great hearing from you.  Bill Grimme said he really enjoyed the time he spent with you, even if he tried getting away without paying the bill.  He told me they were paging you over the intercom system. You guys must have been engaged in some deep conversations totally forgetting to pay the bill.  Those things can easily happen.

This is an interesting article from a foreigners point of view. I have witnessed a lot of the same with the folks in this country, the Philippines.  These folks idolize America and would give anything to be an American. Often times when folks see me, they are so excited to see an American.  It really makes their day when I say Hi to them and mine too. Some of the kids want to come over and touch me.  Yes, we can be proud to be Americans.

I will post this tomorrow.

Take care,


Margaret’s reply to Gary:

Hi Gary

Yes, it was good to visit with Bill…it just amazed me when I thought how
natural it seemed to walk into the Casino and pick up the conversation
where we left off the last time I saw him.  Since we both religiously read
your blog, we were on the same page when we talked about the things that
have transpired in our lives.

I wonder if communication of this nature   has ever happened before.  I
think it’s pretty unique that an entire town regardless of age or class
commuicates on a daily basis!!!  It has been expressed by so many, in so
many ways, how special this is to each of us.  Gary, it is your ongoing
gift to us and I thank you from the bottom of my overjoyed heart.


Pictures from Dale Pritchard (63): 

Hurricanes involve everybody and everything!  They didn’t evacuate in time.


Dale-1 Dale-2 Dale-3 Dale-4





                                   Dunseith High  School Class of 1947

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Aitchison Richard Donna 408 – 20th Street Havre, MT  59501 (406) 265-2137      C(406) 390-0225 No email address
2 Awalt Stickland Eleanor 1 Longview RD W Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 263-3366 lenlnor2@srt.com 
3 Brennan Reamer Mildred 1430 85th St NE Willow City, ND 58384 (701) 366-4616 No email address
4 Brennan Millang Velma 1008 Main St Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2161 No email address
5 Christianson Cote Lorraine 1018 Thompson St Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-5125 No email address
6 Dion Derald Born February 15, 1929    –    Died July 9, 1989 Deceased
7 Fassett Darrel 50021 Hacha Bay Boynton Beach, FL 33436 (561) 732-6471 dfassett@webtv.net
8 Fiske Allison/June N2886 County Road Q Poynette, WI 53955 (608) 635-2794 No email address
9 Goodsell Heiser Alice 348626 E 810 RD Cushing, OK 74023 (918) 368-2334 heartdiamondrnch@brightok.net
10 Haagenson Raymond 349 NW 205th St Shoreline, WA 98177 (206) 542-4595 No email address
11 Habberstad Worrall Dorraine 149 OCEANVIEW DR VISTA, CA  92084 (760) 630-4827 td4tap@cox.net
12 Halvorson Harvey Born April 8, 1929    –    Died October 7, 1987 Deceased
13 Halvorson Dion Luella PO Box 186 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5764 fadion@srt.com
14 Hiatt Birkland Delores Born November 15, 1928    –    Died September 1982 Deceased
15 Knox Flynn Minnie Route 1 Box 27a Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4170 No email address
16 McAttee Christensen Patty 1202 Pine St Yankton, SD 57078 (605) 665-1197 No email address
17 McDermott Lyle 5211 38th St SE Minot, ND 58701 (701) 838-4839 No email address
18 Metcalfe Maki Jean Born September 29, 1929    –    Died November 16, 1984 Deceased
19 Molgard Wayne 1800 Seventh St NW Minot, ND 58703 (701) 839-7990  No email address
20 Murray Leo Died in November of 2005 Deceased
21 Nelson Dee Died in a plane crash in 1972 Deceased
22 Plante Henderson Gloria Born May 9, 1928    –    Died in September 1985 Deceased
23 Schick Stroklund Laverna 900-33rd Ave. SW  Apt. 12 Minot, ND 58701 (701) 838-1535 No email address
24 Schneider Brudwick Doris Born August 19, 1929    –    Died August 4, 2003 Deceased
25 Siegrist Donald Born February 15, 1928    –    Died December 30, 1999 Deceased
26 Stickland Leonard 1 Longview RD W Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 263-3366 lenlnor2@srt.com 
27 Striker Olson Janice       Unable to locatge
28 Striker Sebelius Lola Born August 22, 1929    –    Died October 13, 1997 Deceased
29 Watkins Jeannine 115 Second St NW, Apt 8 Lamoure, ND 58458 (701) 883-4343 No email address
30 Wentland Malmquist Shirley 14810 75th Ave NE Kenmore, WA 98028 (425) 488-2149 vic312@msn.com



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              Happy Birthday Ruby Peltier (’71): Dunseith,ND


                 Happy Birthday Floyd Pritchard: Bottineau, ND
Pritchard, Floyd 2069


Happy Birthday Doreen Larson Moran (BHS ’61): Usk, WA


Art Hagen (’72)
Picture snagged from Dewey Morinville’s FB page
Hagen, Art 2069


Freddie Hiatt’s Horse Ranch
Question from Orval Moren (Peace Lutheran Pastor):   Coon Rapids, MN

Hello: I have a rather long fascinating interesting story about Freddie Hiatt’s horse ranch

where he kept horses in a sterile environment for medicinal purposes in 1960. Interested?

Orval Moren

Yes Orval,
We are very interested. Please Share.


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND


Blog (232) posted on September 24, 2008


Obituary/Request From LeaRae Parrill Espe (67):

My aunt Olga Edinger passed away last week.  She’s moms sister. The obituary in the Bottineau paper is sketchy compared to the Turtle Mountain Star.  The star has a picture also.  If someone scans it in, I would rather it be the Star one.  Thanks.


Request from Bernard Morin (76): 

Hi Gary, my name is Bernard Morin, I was with the class of 76. Would you please add me to your e-mail list? Thanks and thanks to temetcalfe for forwarding the e-mails.

Bernard, It is our pleasure adding you to our distribution list. I Think the Metcalfe you are referring to is Travis/Debbie Metcalfe also from your class.  Gary

From Betty Lamoureux Badgett (49): 

Thanks for the info on my cousin, Eileen Murray McKie.  I was talking with another of my cousins yesterday (Dorothy Lamoureux Woods 52) and neither of us knew the date of her passing.

About Angelina Murray – I don’t know of any relationship with her – she must be from Mike Murray’s (Eileen’s dad) side of the family – and I don’t remember her name.

I look forward every morning to read your messages.  Great work!

Thanks again.    Betty


Bob Hosmer’s (56) reply to Gary Stokes: 

Hi Gary,

This Dunseith and area Community blog you put together is fascinating.  I enjoy it very much.

About Aunt Janet, she died 2006.  Her son John Norman took care of her in Dunseith for several years and did a very responsible job of it.

Janet was first married to John Byrne of St John.  This was John Norman’s father.  They divorced and Janet later married Grant Norman who was a captain on one of the American Mail Line ships.  They lived for awhile on Vashon Is., WA.  Grant died and somewhere along the line Janet moved to Escondido, CA.

When dementia set in, John moved from San Francisco and together with his mother moved to Dunseith.

Aunt Janet gave the salutatory message at her graduation.  I have the original talk she typed out on the back of an old Dunseith Red and White store advertisement.   It’s pasted in a scrapbook my mother had and I can’t peel it back far enough to see who the owner and operator of the store was. I’m attaching a photo I took of the original. Hope you can read it.  The copy is a bit faded.

Janet loved to play golf and tennis.  She visited us while we lived and worked in northern Japan and took every opportunity she could to play golf.  She always flew military standby and knowing the often wait-times she carried a book bag full of reading material.  She was a wonderful aunt to me.  I have many good memories of her kind generosity and putting up with me as a thirteen year old living with her and my grandmother (her mother) on Magnolia Bluff in Seattle in 1951.

Hope this information is helpful.  Thanks for stimulating my memory bank about her again.   Bob Hosmer

   Janet Hosmer’s Salutatory message to the Dunseith High School Class of 1932
Hosmer, Janet 2069


Art Rude Pictures provide by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Folks, Neola sent me these pictures of Art Rude. I am not sure where she got these, but she does not know where they were taken.  With the Canadian flag in the back ground, it must be something to do with Canada.  It kind of looks like Art may be the auctioneer at a sale.  I am sure or I am hoping that some of you will recognize the area, event and year of these pictures.  Do any of you recognize any of the other folks in these pictures?  Gary
Rude, Art 2069-1 Rude, Art 2069-2 Rude, Art 2069-3 Rude, Art 2069-4 Rude, Art 2069-5 Rude, Art 2069-6


                                   Dunseith High School Class of 1946

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Awalt Lloyd 1025 Main St Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3268 lata@min.midco.net
2 Aitchinson John 10656 LAKE LOOP RD W BOTTINEAU, ND  58318 (701) 263-4381 anniesammie@hotmail.com (Friend Audrey’s email)
3 Bailey Vance Born February 8, 1928    –    Died December 22, 2007 Deceased
4 Boardman Harold Born July 7, 1929    –    Died March 1985 Deceased
5 Evenson Kenneth Born April 29, 1928    –    Died February 15, 2002 Deceased
6 Hagen Martinson Alice Born May 11, 1928    –    Died April 11, 2001 Deceased
7 Hiatt Swanson Dorothy 3320 Westmore St. Moorehead, Minn.  56560 (218) 287-2747 Getting Email fixed
8 Johnson Donald Born July 13, 1928    –    Die May 22, 1980 Deceased
9 Ketterling LaRose PO Box 90 MERCER, ND  58559 (701) 447-2656 mercerlk@westriv.com
10 Lovaas Daniel 5 MANSFIELD DR BELLA VISTA, AR  72714 (479) 855-2911 No email
11 Nelson Rollie 420 Third St SE Leeds, ND 58346 (701) 466-2969 No email
12 Olson Johnson Bernice Born August 19, 1927    –    Died May 22, 1980 Deceased
13 Sebelius Hiatt Loraine      Eldon Deceased Enumclaw, WA 98022 Her son Gordon (253) 631-0999     Gordon said his mother is not interested
14 Smith Pritchard Doris 804 BENNETT ST BOTTINEAU, ND  58318 (701) 228-3174 No email
15 Strietzel Fassett Dorothy 50021 Hacha Bay Boynton Beach, FL 33436 (561) 732-6471 dfassett@webtv.net
16 Sunderland Fazio Shirely/Joe 494l Veranda Way, Unit B101 Naples, FL  34104
17 Teal Spencer Born 1928    –    Died 1966 Deceased
18 Watkins Carbonneau Carol 221 7TH ST W BOTTINEAU, ND  58318 (701) 228-2427 annie_oconnell@yahoo.com (Daughter Ann’s email)


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Happy Birthday Jennifer Johnson Penner: Bismarck, ND
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Blog (232) posted on September 24, 2008


Reply from Betty Lamoureux Malone Badgett (49): 

Gary – Eileen Murray McKie (37) has passed away.  (She was my cousin).

On a happier note, I want to thank you again for the emails – what a great project!!  It is really a lot of

fun reading about the past and present of Dunseith – and what is even more fun – every once in a

while I even recognize some of the names and remember some of the old times!!

Betty Lamoureux Malone Badgett


From Cecile Gouin Craig (61): 

Hi there, I think you’ve done it. I have received E-mails to 9/22 #130 or 31

I forgot, these senior moments are awful and many. I’ve spent the last 4
days either running my father Lawrence Gouin to Drs. or the hospital. (He’ll
be 93 in Nov.) He broke his hip in January (had never been in a hopital in
his life) actually his leg was totally disconnected from his body, pins,were
put in. He has fallen a couple times and now a pin has gone thru the ball
joint into the socket. Today they did surgery and removed the pin. So he
should good to go again. He should be home Thursday or Friday. Mom Jean is
still doing quite well. Thanks again Gary, Cecile

Folks, I screwed up and previously posted both of the next two messages from Gary Morgan & Dick Johnson omitting the attachments. Here they are with the attachments. That’s what happens when one gets in a hurry.  Sorry for the confusion.  Gary

From Gary Morgan (56): 

Gary & All,

In the Early 50s Beulah Shurr had a class project where her students went out and interviewed some of the old timers around Dunseith and then wrote up the interview.  Some of the results showed up in the Dunseith history book ” Prairie Past and Mountain Memories”.  My brother Dick’s effort is on page 323.
He interview Lillie Kotchevar about the Dunseith bank robbery.  Lillie was a little girl at the time and the robber also robbed her father’s store.  I thought possibly your readers would be interested in seeing a newspaper account of this incident.  Also, a picture of the would be robber laid out on a slab.
Unfortunately, I don’t know what newspaper this was taken from.  Possibly the “Willow City Eagle”.
This incident brings a couple ot things to mind: 1.Did Cashier Tucker exagerate the amount of the take or is there still $700 stashed somewhere within an hours horseback ride’, round trip, between the hills & Dunseith?
2.  If this were to occur today, the citizens of Dunseith would certainly be in deep do do.  Especially the Major, he killed the man’s horse!

Gary Morgan


                        Newspaper Article from Gary Morgan
bank robbery article Morgan-2


From Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

Gary Morgan brought up a very interesting subject, the bank robbery of

the Turtle Mountain Bank of 1892. The Dunseith history book states that
about $80. was taken, but Laura Thompson Law’s book, ‘The History of
Rolette County’-pub. 1953, says a few hundred dollars were taken. The
robber went out of town and then came back with a rifle, which he must
have bought with some of the cash, so there probably was not a very big
treasure left for someone to find. If the people in the foothills found
any loot, I bet the bootleggers have the remainder!! I’m sending a page
out of Law’s book with the story, so folks can read both of the
accounts–very similar to each other–although with minor differences.
If you don’t have a Dunseith history book and want one, call Security
State Bank in Dunseith at 1-701-244-5797. Those of us who have one
wouldn’t be without one! Attached is a page from Mrs. Law’s book, about
the robbery. Thanks Gary!



                              Dick’s Attachment
Folks, In regards to Dick’s comments about the 1882-1982 Dunseith Centennial book.  I strongly suggest spending a few extra dollars for the hard cover book. It’s a big book of 502 pages. I initially purchased the soft cover book and the binding started to come apart. I purchased a hard cover in 2007 and it is well bound. I like having the loose bound book  for scanning documents, because I can just take the pages out of the book and place them in my scanner without having to place the whole book over the scanner.  Gary

Article Morgan


                                     Dunseith High School Class of 1945

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Christianson Baskett Viola 15643 Sunny Cove Dr SE Olalla, WA 98359 (253) 857-2521 No email address
2 Dion Floyd PO Box 186 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5764 fadion@srt.com
3 Evans McCrossan Helen 21250 109th Ave N ROGERS, MN  55374   Charles Work (763) 425-4167  Daughter Jane (952) 449-9879
4 Habberstad Marvin Born April 4, 1927    –    Died November 25, 1990 Deceased
5 Hagen Klasson Olive Born February 21, 1927    –    Died December 12, 2003 Deceased
6 Martinson Lagerquist Joyce Born April 2, 1928    –    Died November 21, 1990 Deceased
7 McDermott Donald Born August 20, 1927    –    Died January 11, 1993 Deceased
8 Merrick Georgia   Deceased
9 Molgard Robert Born November 12, 1927    –    Died July 1977 Deceased
10 Watkins Hoover Lenore 232 11th Ave SE Minot, ND 58701 (701) 838-2708 No email address
11 Watschke Cooley Betty 17502 NE 40th Pl Redmond, Wa 98052 425-869-8090 bettyjaycooley@yahoo.com
12 Williams Dauncey Trudy Born April 9, 1928    –    Died February 7, 2002 Deceased

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Happy Birthday Margaret Seim Lawston (’54): Citrus Heights, CA
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Pete Poole Memories
From Lola Metcalfe Vanorny (’68): v Dunseith, ND

LOL!!_  FUnny Dick talked about Pete Poole I know one thing Pete said was true that he was in the military —  _( since we bought the land from Jay’s dad that accompanied Kelvin –  before we bought the CLiff and Elanor NErpel place- )   Peter lived in a little shack in the very south end of our pasture by the house right next to Kelvin –  ( originally the Kirkwolds lived there)   but somehow he moved in and after we bought it he just stayed there-  !! – which was fine with us – kind of fun!!_  He would tell Jay stories that would knock your socks off!!_  and Jay would come home and laugh- !!-Pete had an interview with the Minot daily News  and told them he had 1000 white  faces — He did!!_ but they were poplar and birch trees- !!_ LOL!!!_  —  My Dad found PEte in a distressful situation- he was very sick – so he took him to ROlla- and they admitted him to the hospital – he was in terrible shape- and very very old- !!!  so they got him stronger and put him into long term-   after that happened- some people came- different ones and tried to take his belongings- antiques-  machinery – etc- —  cause they felt they should be entitled to them for being his friend- and Jay told them – Pete is not dead he is still alive !!–  so none touches anything- although his whole house was cleaned out of antique chairs -pictures- etc– it was just a shell left–   –and we never moved anything —   then    after many many years-after his death  —    the house started to cave in and Jay decided it was time to doze it in as it was a threat to the animals – and Jason decided to go into the house- which the floor had caved in to the cellar and the ceilings caved in-  and he started rummaging around and found a tin lard pail-  and it was full of Petes old army stuff- razor kit-  letters to his mother- postcards-  —  and other items of interest i.e.: the St John Bank- and other papers-  we still have itin our garage- in the original can- we are thinking we should donate it to a museum —  as it would be of interest to history  hunters-  – and NO IT IS NOT HAUNTeD!!!!!!  LOL!!!_ i Just have to laugh when everywhere that is abandoned seems to be HAUNTED!!!_  how silly !!_  Pete was a harmless character- He was just lonely !!_   he used to say i don’t like that  Van- ( his name for Virgil)  but i like that kid !_ (Jay) – cause Jay used to like to sit at his cabin and listen to his old stories – true or not – and then he would come home and laugh!!_  and tell me the stories- which some of which i believe were true- !-  Jay has a great soft spot  for old people ( NOt us of course)  !!!_ LOL!!   – and little kids- –  old ladies and babies i think they say !!_  LOL!!!

Was it just recently  that the Nermoe boy died??–   what a tragedy!!-  I remember when that happened- !!!-  our sincere condolences to Patty Fassett – !!_ Perry Nermoe was a tremendous veterinarian !!_  and we were very saddened to hear of his death – !!!_  we used to go to towner for vet services-  and patty was working in the office there- !!!  many many years ago !!_

anyhow I am on my way to Kansas city (Olathe)  tomorrow morning – !- for a week to stay with my little cherub Dakota JOe-  for a week while his parents go to a convention- !!!  that should be interesting-  he is 8 and I will have to depend on him to tell me where to go – !!-  LOL!!_  and also how to run all the technology stuff at their house- !!!  LOL!!       He told his cousins I think My gramma is going to come and spoil me a little bit for a while-   !!_  —  hopefully Jason’s wife and kids can come for a day – and his grandpa roger wants to come too- !!! we may have a houseful !!_ LOL!!!– I told Dakota we are going to do just as we want and eat and go wherever we want –  so i guess that goes for all of us – !!_ the only time i get to spend money on them is  when i am there- !!!  I will rent a motel for a night for the swimming for sure- !!  and then back to NOdak  for the rest of the winter-  it should be about 40  degrees there  when i am there and that is the weather i like  cool and not too cold!!_

So Jay is on his own with the freight business!!_ he has a terrific hired man though and Joe is home this week from the rigs-  so he;ll have help -=-  my  dear friend Karen – also said she would come and help if they need her!-  so i guess that will be okay !!_

Wishing you and Bernadette a great 2015– !!  and hope her health is staying pretty good !!_

I had the flu last week – and it was awful !!_ i also had a flu shot!!_  but it can go to your back which it did – !! and that was miserable and i did’nt realize it was the flu –  !!1-  I can’t imagine having a lot of illness everyday !!_ MY prayers are for her to feel much better soon !!_  — LOLA


Winning Golf Strategies
Book Published by Don Malaterre (’72):  Sioux Falls, SD

You may, or may not know it but I’ve been very busy over the past 2 years putting my thoughts and ideas together in a book about Golf. I am very proud of the results and in order to market the publication, I am asking friends and family to be the first to own a copy. Here’s the Table of Contents from my new book, “Winning Golf Strategies,” which I believe gives the reader valuable playing tips and insider information that I’ve gained through my own years of experience in the game and observations of my golfing partners.


Table of Contents:

Chapter 1

– How to properly line up your Sixth putt.

Chapter 2
– How to hit a Nike from the rough when you hit a Titleist from the tee.

Chapter 3
– Using your shadow on the greens to distract your opponent.

Chapter 4
– Proper excuses for drinking beer before 8 a.m.

Chapter 5
– How to urinate behind a 4″ x 4″ post…Undetected.

Chapter 6
– How to rationalize playing the ball that everyone else saw go in the water.

Chapter 7
– How to let a Foursome play through your Twosome.

Chapter 8
– When to re-grip your Ball Retriever.

Chapter 9
– How to use a strong grip on the Foot Wedge.

Chapter 10
– When to give the Ranger the finger.

Chapter 11
– Why male golfers will pay $5.00 a beer from the Cart Girl and give her a $5.00 tip, but will balk at a $3.00 Beer at the club house.

Hopefully you will find my book intriguing and purchase a copy.


Blog (231) posted on September 23, 2008


Message from Vickie Metcalfe (70): 

An update on Letaine (Bolen) Brandt

About 5 weeks ago Letaine received her kidney transplant.  At that time, doctors found that she has one heart valve that is dead and one that is leaking.  After a 2 and 1/2 week stay at MedCenter 1, she was released and came home.  Last Monday, Letaine had a heart attack and was transported back to MedCenter 1 by plane. On Wednesday night they started to give her blood transfusions. With in a 12 hour period she had received 9 units of blood.  After an ultrasound, the doctors found she was bleeding internally and did an emergency surgery. At the end of this week she is going to have an angiogram and sometime next week she will have to have open heart surgery.  If you have time, she would love to get a card or phone call.   She will be at MedCenter 1 for about 6 weeks.

Letaine Brandt, MedCenter 1, 300 N 7th Street, Room 473, Bismarck, ND  58501, phone # 701-323-6473.

I believe, any of you  who had the experience of knowing  Letaine Bolen Brandt as a teacher or co-teacher would recognize the attributes of a fine human being and  truly  gifted teacher in Letaine.



Shirley Brennan’s (60) reply to Lee Stickand (64): 

Dear Lee

I am   writing too your   leter about Pete Poole.

Pete was a good friend of my Dads. Pete use to spend some Holidays with us.Pete use too have a place on hi-way 43 where he had a house.  I remember there were lots of wild rasberrys, at canning time My brother Mike and I use would go pick THRM SO  Mom could can them..

Pete sold the the place to my brother Dennis and moved too a cabin behind Kelvin Store. Dennis died so my brother Mike bought

petes  place, he lives there now.

I know us kids liked him because he would bring candy.

I think my Dad were really good friends.  When Dad was inlong term in the Rolla Hosp. Dad and Pete were accross from each other. they died  just a few weeks apart.

Shirley Brennan


From Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

Harvest is just about finished here in the hills and I remember a little
incident from years back. Dad sent me up to the farm to combine a field
of wheat while he was gone somewhere on business. I picked up my buddy,
John Bogus, and drove up here to combine. It was the fall of 1966,
because my grandmother had moved to San Haven and we had the old
farmhouse to ourselves. We took off a couple truckloads and binned it
and then as we were nearing the the end of the field, we filled the
truck and Dad’s big 3/4 Ton International pickup that had a tall wooden
grain box on it. Our goal was to finish the field before 7 PM in order
to be back in the house to watch ‘Combat’ on the old black and white TV.
We decided we would leave the grain in the trucks and unload after the
show was over. We roared into the yard right at 7 and parked the rigs
and ran into the house and turned on the TV just as the show was
starting. We had just sat down and gotten comfortable when we heard a
boom and the TV went off. We were wondering what happened and tried the
lights–nothing. We went out in the kitchen and looked out in the yard.
The pickup with the full box of grain had rolled back across the yard
and into the light pole and tore the overhead lines completely off the
house–show over, we unloaded grain! Thanks Gary!


                                   Dunseith High School Class of 1944

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Boardman Robert 33856 State Highway 87 Frazee, MN 56544-8500 (218) 334-2401 bboardman@loretel.net
2 Carlson Grand Pre Ursella 1681 WILDERNESS RD REVA, VA  22735   (540) 547-2996 No email address
3 Cote Urbain Born October 4, 1925    –    Died July 10, 2004 Deceased
4 Hagen Oscar 116 23rd St S La Crosse, WI 54601 608) 784-7205 oehagen@centurytel.net
5 Hagen Johnson Thelma Born April 23,1926    –    Died February 10, 2005 Deceased
6 Johnson Lyle Born December 26, 1920    –    Died January 10, 1994 Deceased
7 Landsverk Erling 104 W Cook St Portage, WI 53901 (608) 742-2151 joannanderling@charter.net
8 Landsverk Howard 16224 70TH PL W EDMONDS, WA  98026   (425) 776-5566 hlandsverk@hotmail.com
9 Lund Swant Lona Born February 7, 1927    –    Died December 20, 2004 Deceased
10 Nelson Kriz Evelyn 6549 Depew Ct Arvado, CO 80003 (303) 421-0716 No email address
11 Pigeon Yodola PO Box 128 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5638 Daughter Colette wildrose_nd@Excite.com
12 Stickland Peterson Joy PO Box 1029 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-2136 harm0825@bis.midco.net        (Daughter Sharon’s email)
13 Wentland Eschbach Delphine 734 Plunkett St Lexington, VA 24450 (540) 463-6886 stillhaus@yahoo.com


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         Happy Birthday Paul Fassett (’71): White Bear Lake, MN
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  Happy Birthday Heather Albertson: Spring, TX.
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Happy Birthday Linda Johnson Juntunen (’71): Perth, ND
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Brandon NerMoe Obituary
Son of Patricia Fassett Sjue (’69) & Grandson of Darrel (’47) & Dorothy Strietzel (’46) Fassett


Brandon Nermoe, the son of Perry Nermoe and Patricia (Fassett) Sjue was born on February 7th 1976 in Crookston, Minnesota. He passed away at the age of 38 on Thursday, January 08, 2015, surrounded by his family, at Sanford Health Center in Fargo, North Dakota.

Brandon was raised on his parent’s farm in Towner ND but could most often be found at the vet clinic in Towner.  Growing up he was known as a bit of a daredevil and enjoyed building contraptions that he and his friends could have fun with outdoors.  He attended school in Towner and graduated in 1994 from Towner High School. At the age of 16 he suffered an injury that left him in a paralyzed state.  In spite of his accident, he never complained and though it may have ended his physical activity, it never took away his amazing spirit.After high school Brandon attended Junior College in Bismarck until moving to Minot, where he resided for a short time. He moved to Fargo which he made his permanent home. He cherished his voice activated computer that allowed him to do many things such as playing computer games and looking up new recipes for his family to cook for him. He was an avid sports watcher, and could often be found watching Nascar or rooting on the Minnesota Viking and the NDSU Bison.

Brandon is survived by his mother, Patricia (Chris) Sjue of Fargo; siblings, Andrea (Brian) Boschert and their children, Gracie and Henry of Glenburn, Preston (Alisha) Nermoe of Fargo, and Calli Nermoe and her son Logan of Minot; grandparents, Darrel and Dorothy Fassett of Hiawassee, GA; aunts, uncles, cousins; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Perry Nermoe; his uncle, Gene Nermoe; grandparents, Palmer and Pauline Nermoe.

Memorial Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10th at Zion Lutheran Church in Towner.  Mr. Wally Fretland, officiating.


Blog (230) posted on September 22, 2008


Folks, putting the class of 1933 together, I got in touch with Laura Fassett Halvorson from that class. I think, at the age of 92, she may be the only surviving member of that class. She was married to Art Halvorson (Deceased).  Laura lives alone in her house. She recently gave her car to her daughter-in-law. She said she could still drive but with her age decided to quit driving. She has a sharp mind and remembers Dunseith well. Even though she has had 7 surgeries in her life time, she said when she goes to the doctor, they can’t find anything wrong with her.  I have pasted her address and phone number below.  Floyd/Luella Halvorson Dion, she thinks the world of you guys and had nothing but good words to say about you folks.  Curt, Terry & Connie Halvorson, she mentioned you guys too.  She also mentioned her husband Art’s younger brother, Lester. When talking to Laura, one would never guess that she is 92 years old.

Fassett Halvorson Laura 530 SE 42nd Ave Portland, OR 97215 (503) 236-4462 No Email address Born March 1916


A minor correction on Alan Campbell’s address.  We do have a cabin on Lake Metigoshe but do not get mail there so the correct address should still be P>O>Box 610, Dunseith. N.D. 58329.


From Erling Landsverk (44):joannanderling@charter.net






Reply from Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

Gary Morgan brought up a very interesting subject, the bank robbery of
the Turtle Mountain Bank of 1892. The Dunseith history book states that
about $80. was taken, but Laura Thompson Law’s book, ‘The History of
Rolette County’-pub. 1953, says a few hundred dollars were taken. The
robber went out of town and then came back with a rifle, which he must
have bought with some of the cash, so there probably was not a very big
treasure left for someone to find. If the people in the foothills found
any loot, I bet the bootleggers have the remainder!! I’m sending a page
out of Law’s book with the story, so folks can read both of the
accounts–very similar to each other–although with minor differences.
If you don’t have a Dunseith history book and want one, call Security
State Bank in Dunseith at 1-701-244-5797. Those of us who have one
wouldn’t be without one! Attached is a page from Mrs. Law’s book, about
the robbery. Thanks Gary!



Reply from Vickie Metcalfe (70): 

Regarding # 229,  PETE.  Lola and Jay Vanorny, Shirley
Brennan, or Bill Lamb can probably tell some fond remembrances  of
Pete Poole.  He’d tell people he was a proud veteran of WWI  and
sometimes was of a titled English family.  Of English descent,
PETER WELLINGTON POOLE was an old timer from the Kelvin Community.
Close neighbors and friends,were  those who descended from ancestors
from the British Isles’ and Upper Canada; Folks like,  Ray and Janet’
and other Brennan’s John &Ross, The Handeland’s Clarence and Jennie,
Jennies dad  Irvin Hurst, the Wicks,and my grandparents the  Bob
One summer, my mom was expecting a child dad, then
working construction hired Pete to chore.  Pete was to milk the cows
morning and night.  To  mom’s chagrin,  he was often late with the
milking.   One evening,  he got the horse harnessed to go get  the
cows down on the “Oakes”  place. That was  our south cow pasture,….
a dark cool place, lots of trees and brush, boggy sloughs,gloppy
muddy trails, mosquitoes,at least three abandoned wells and lots of
eerie animal and bird sounds.  This was about midsummers eve…the
longest day of the year.   But he finally got going.   Sometime
later, well after dark into the night  Pete arrived home with  the
cows and a broken ankle.  He told mom something had spooked the horse
and he’d had a runaway.  I don’t recall hearing who did the milking!
But Pete had another tall tale to tell.
Pete enjoyed entertaining folks with his stories.  In his
stories he would instead of saying “I” he’d say, “Pete” as a third
person.  With summers arrival,  Canadian  tourists traveling south,
enjoyed Pete as a sure  featured “character”  of Kelvin Store/Bar.
They’d ask for him.   PETER WELLINGTON POOLE.


Reply from Bev Morinville Azure (72):

Leland…….. the only story I know or peter Poole is  at  the beginning of  school (I think we  were juniors)  we had a new teacher and he had  us write our name on a sheet of paper he passed around , One of the boys wrote down his name then he wrote down Peter Poole’s name….. everyday  when the  teacher  took attendence Peter Poole was  absent (HA HA)  after  many   days  the teacher said I wonder why Peter  Poole is  always absent.  No one  said a word as I recall. But   we sure did  get a good laugh  out of that one.

From Dick Johnson (68):

Gary and Friends,

One more short one about Carroll Carlson. I was at his house in Dunseith

one evening and we were talking about his relatives and the fact that
they came from Norway. He said, “Can you read Norwegian”? I told him
that I couldn’t really read it in full but could usually figure out the
meaning and then put the thing together. I asked him why he asked? He
told me he got a letter from Norway and should have written, but had no
idea what it said. I looked the letter over and figured out they were
talking about him staying on the farm and a word very similar to’
bereavement’ and used in connection with ‘mother’. I said , “Carroll, I
think they are sending sympathy on the loss of your mother and asking if
you are going to stay on the farm, When did this letter arrive”? He
laughed his little sly laugh and handed me the envelope—-1963! Thanks

Flolks, I need some help locating some of these 30’s class folks.  For the ladies, if I knew there their married name, it would sure help.  Please let me know anything at all that you may know about any of theyse folks.  Gary

Class of 1933:

Margie Wicks

Dorris Took – Her parents. Bert & Ada took Moved to Tacoma, WA in 1944


Class of 1934:

Gwendolyn Wicks


Class of 1935:

Martha Jolibois Wilkie – She married John in 1938.  John died in the 70’s.

Angelina Murray


Class of 1936:

Pearl Melhus

Evelyn Striker

Ardis Dale – I think the Dale family moved to Washington state?


Class of 1937:

Gladys Gehres

Eileen Murray


Class of 1938:

Charlotte Dale

Nellie Lucht


Class of 1939:

Lois Borland

Doris Damstrom

Irene Damstrom

Joseph Smith


                                  Dunseith High School Class of 1943

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Cornell Keith Born July 1, 1925    –    Died November 17, 1979 Deceased
2 Fiske Wilma 2511 Terry Ave Billings, MT 59102 (406) 656-4120 cw1921@aol.com
3 Fugere Evans Wilma 306 Warner Ave Doyon, ND 58327 (701) 398-3973 No Email address
4 Goodsell Hyde Alta Mae 5324 N Post St Spokane, WA 99205 (509) 327-7859 No Email address
5 Hiatt Schneider Evelyn Born October 14, 1936    –    Died August 16, 1963 Deceased
6 Hiatt Norman Born January 16, 1924    –    Died October 17, 1999 Deceased
7 Halvorson Kittleson Doris 19541 GLEN VIEW CT OREGON CITY, OR  97045 (503) 656-8501 No Email address
8 Lagerquist Lester Born October 24, 1924    –    Died May 8, 1998  
9 Molgard Dean Born August 29, 1924    –    Died July 18, 1984 Deceased
10 Murray Torrell Mary Born April 23, 1926    –    Died January 3, 1994 Deceased
11 Nelson Loretta   Deceased
12 Nelson Parrill Marie 506 Jay St Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2504 No Email address
13 Nelson Parrill Mildred 823 Railroad Ave, Apt 29 Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3506 espe@utma.com (Daughter LeaRae)
14 Nelson Winfre Born December 20, 1925    –    Died February 8, 1999 Deceased
15 Pigeon Horsman Louise 14164 73rd Pl NE, Apt D103 Bothell, WA 98011 (425) 821-3038 tohorsmans@aol.com
16 Watkins Fassett Irene Born November 6, 1924    –    Died January 11, 1994 Deceased
17 Wilson Elmer Born March 16, 1924    –    Died July 1977 Deceased


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          Happy Birthday Theresa Cote Awalt (’48): Bottineau, ND
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Happy Birthday Dwight  Coleman: Mesquite, NV
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          Happy Birthday Diane Berg Rheault (’79): Fargo, ND
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             Happy Birthday Larry Liere (’55): Devils Lake, ND
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Squirrel Story
From Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

   Squirrel stories seem to be going over pretty well these last few days.  I have one that isn’t as ‘exciting’ as Vickie’s story about her dad in the granary with the wild squirrel but sure, at the time it happened,  got my attention pretty quickly.  During harvest,  we would often park Dad’s old ’51 GMC two ton in the alley way of the barn overnight if we had a load of grain on it and didn’t want it rained on. 

One morning I went up to the barn to get the loaded truck out to empty it into the bin and when I rolled open the barn door,  I startled a squirrel that had been sampling some of the grain near the back of the load.  He took off over the grain and disappeared somewhere up toward the cab of the truck.  I didn’t give it a thought until I walked around to get in and noticed the driver’s side window was down.  I thought, did he go in there,  I doubt it but where did he go?  I opened the door and pounded on the seat with my hand to scare him out from under the seat if he was under there.  No squirrel so he must have gone down off the front somewhere.  I got in and started the truck and thought I better roll the window up because he might jump back in if he is around the truck somewhere?  I started backing the truck out of the barn and all at once he shot out from under the seat and ran across my arms and hit the window he thought was open– but wasn’t now.  He bounced off the glass and ran across my shoulders and back across the seat and turned and did it again…and then a third time.  I was half way out the barn door and couldn’t open the truck door or let the old truck roll down backwards into the lake so I had to keep backing out until I could open the door and let him out.  It was exciting at the time and when it was all over,  I noticed a stinging on my left arm.  It was covered with little slices from his claws from every time he went around and tried to get out the window.  I guess we both had a little excitement that morning.  Thanks Gary!



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Blog (229) posted on September 21, 2008


From Lee (Leland) Stickland (64): 

Gary and all present, former, future Dunseith citizens.

I enjoy the information and the stories so much,

Some may recall a gentleman named Pete Poole.

I believe he ‘circulated’ in the area near and around Kelvin Store.

He had a saying that he owned


There are many stories; some true, some nearly true, some subject to source of, etc…
Whatever, my few words from South West North Dakota.   Lee


From Gary Morgan (54): 

Gary & All,

In the Early 50s Beulah Shurr had a class project where her students went out and interviewed some of the old timers around Dunseith and then wrote up the interview.  Some of the results showed up in the Dunseith history book ” Prairie Past and Mountain Memories”.  My brother Dick’s effort is on page 323.
He interview Lillie Kotchevar about the Dunseith bank robbery.  Lillie was a little girl at the time and the robber also robbed her father’s store.  I thought possibly your readers would be interested in seeing a newspaper account of this incident.  Also, a picture of the would be robber laid out on a slab.
Unfortunately, I don’t know what newspaper this was taken from.  Possibly the “Willow City Eagle”.
This incident brings a couple ot things to mind: 1.Did Cashier Tucker exagerate the amount of the take or is there still $700 stashed somewhere within an hours horseback ride’, round trip, between the hills & Dunseith?
2.  If this were to occur today, the citizens of Dunseith would certainly be in deep do do.  Especially the Major, he killed the man’s horse!

Gary Morgan

Folks, If any of you see any corrections that need to be made with any of these class lists that I am sending out, please let me know.  I have not yet made a formal distribution of the class lists from 1930 thru 1945. I will be doing that in a few days, when I’m finished with the rest of the 30’s classes.  I will be mailing hard copies to those that do not have email.  Gary


                                 Dunseith High School Class of 1942

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Braaten Carpenter Jean PO Box 233 Plummer, MN 56748 (218) 465-4405 No email address
2 Campbell Alan 255 Burnetts Rd Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 263-4697 campap26@yahoo.com
3 Fassett Norman Born January 29, 1924    –    Died December 1984 Deceased
4 Hiatt Fauske Eleanor 1252 Lake Rd Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3514 No email address
5 Johnson Warren Born July 2, 1923    –    Died July 25, 1992 Deceased
6 McDermott Hiatt June Born February 14, 1923    –    Died September 1, 1986 Deceased
7 Murry Emerson (Charles) 5505 Ponderosa Ave Bismarck, ND 58503 (701) 223-1914 murryce@webtv.com
8 Myhre Lary Margaret Ann 9808 W Wescott Dr Peoria, AZ 85382 (623) 566-0252 muggsyann@cox.net
9 Nelson Asch Barbara 1901 California Ave SW Seattle, WA 98116 (206) 933-2703 lisa-pat@comcast.net  Daughter Lisa (206) 708-6621
  Orvik Thomas Born February 17,1925    –    Died August 30, 2006 Deceased
10 Orvik Virgil Born Sepember 22, 1923    –    Died Dec 1971 Deceased
11 Sanders Lee Born April 10, 1925    –    Died September 5, 1991 Deceased
12 Schneider Hardy Dorothy 2940 May Road El  Sobrante, CA 94803 (510) 223-2030 No email address
13 Wicks Schley Blanche 2005 First Ave N Grand Forks, ND 58203 (701) 775-8478 bschley@Medicine.nodak.edu


1/8/2015 (2164)

Happy birthday to the three Williams sisters
Lori Lagerquist (75): Boulder, MT.
Lois Soland (’82): Bottineau, ND
Lisa Mastvelton (’82): Bottineau, ND
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Happy Birthday Deane Striker (’73): Dunseith, ND
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Reply from Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

I sure want to thank Gary for helping cover for he on the pop machine story. He put me in the class of ’70 so that should clear me on the deal.  I wasn’t actually involved in the ‘bottle opener and straw’

part but the rest—I’ll plead the fifth.  Just kids doing stupid things kids do.  Thanks Gary!


That was  huge error on my part putting you in with those guys. Had I proof read it, I would have caught the error. I think of you and 68 simultaneously. On the bright side though, I made you younger.


Squirrel Story
From Marlys Hiatt (’71):  Dunseith, ND

Good Morning Everyone,

I’ll add a squirrel story to the others.  This is a story my dad, Norman Hiatt, used to tell about his mother, Marggie Hiatt.  It always made me smile when he told it and I still get a kick out of it even to this day.

It reminds me of one of the ways that I am like my grandma Marggie.

As cute as squirrels can be, they can be destructive too.  Grandma’s house had quit a few trees on thewest side, which were quit close to the house.

One day dad was at my grandma’s helping her and he noticed there were quit a few squirrels in the trees around her house.  Dad offered to go get his gun and take care of the squirrels for grandma.  Grandma told him absolutely not, was he to hurt a hair on those cute little squirrels.  Dad tried to explain that the squirrels would eat holes in her roof but she would not hear of him shooting the squirrels.

A few weeks later dad got a frantic call from grandma, “Norman bring your gun.  The squirrels are coming through the roof!!”.

The best to everyone in 2015,

Marlys Hiat


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND

 William (Bill) Schroeder
(June 20, 1944 – January 2, 2015)
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William Schroeder, age 70 of Dunseith, died Friday, January 2, 2015 in a Bismarck hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, January 9, 2015 at St. Benedicts Catholic Church of rural Belcourt. A wake will be held on Thursday, beginning at 4:00 P.M., with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. in the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

William (Wild Bill) Schroeder, a son of Walter and Mary (Parisien) Schroeder, was born on June 20, 1944 at his home near Dunseith. In November 1966 he was married to Janice Gladue at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church near Dunseith.

He is survived by his wife, Janice of Dunseith; two sons, Virgil and Conway both of Dunseith; a daughter, Janelle (Jeff) Smith of Dunseith; grandchildren, Virgil Jr., Amberlee, Ashley, Devin, Joelynn and Jasmine; a great-grandchild on the way; a brother, Melvin Schroeder of Dunseith; two sisters, Dora Ward and Cecilia (George) Azure both of Dunseith


Blog (228) posted on September 20, 2008


Reply to yesterday’s message from Carmen Leonard Richard:

Antoinette Bedard’s mother died when she was just a young child, and she was raised by my mothers aunt and uncle, Joaquim and Eulalie Charlebois. They had no children of their own, and raised her with as much love as foster parents can give. My mother thought of Antionette as her first cousin.  Joaquim was a blacksmith in Thorne and later had a car repair shop-gas station- in Belcourt. My mother stayed in touch with Antoinette for many years, and Antoinette always came to visit my parents when she was in the area.


Update on Debbie Morinville Marmon (70) from Bev Morinville Azure (72): 

Hi Everyone, I  went to see my sister Debbie  this  pass weekend and wanted to update  anyone that  may be interested. Debbie has a long  road to  go she  can only  say no no no .She does understand  and her and I connected a  few  times on words she  was  trying to tell  us something  and  kept  trying to  say something I could see her mind working hard  trying to say  this  word and finally I said look me in the  eyes  and  try  Debbie   and she  finally said pil  I  notice  she kept  raising her  head off the  bed  , and I said  PILLOW ?  and  she  smile and shock her  head  YES so I  gave her a  PILLOW  but  I  made her look at my mouth  and  i said  pillow   say it  Debbie  PILLOW  and  she  after  several attempts  she  said  the  word PILLOW  Kenny, Clarence and I were  so  excited.Im sure the nurses  must have thought we were nuts . She  is  in alot of pain  from her  surgery .Her address is
2600 Wilson St
Miles City, MT 59301
(406) 233-2600   It  sure would be a blessing if  all of  you  who  know  Deb  would send her cards and a word of encouragement . Believe  me  she is in there and  it would  do her  good to know people are praying  and  thinking of  her. Clarence and  I will be going  back on  another weekend soon .Thanks again  Bev


Reply from Kenny Nerpel (65):


Re: boxcars mentioned in Carroll Carlson story

The phrase “forty and eight” was actually used for the name of a
little known veteran’s organization founded following WWI. (see
above link) It was formed by American veterans returning from
France and still exits today.  I have been a member of the local
chapter (Devils Lake, ND) since the about 1985.  Over the years
we have made donations to Lake Region State College to benefit
the nursing program.



Email address update from Bill Hosmer (48):

My email address is hozndaz7@ for the full year. No more changes for awhile, I hope.  Please use the address frequently. Bill Hosmer


From Vickie Metcalfe (70): 

Folks, Vickie has given me pemission to post this, with a request that I also post my reply to this message of hers. Gary

Yes, Mary and and Clarence went to Senior Citizens and Carroll shared

his story with the folks there. Clarence was another veteran of the
European campaign, he to, shared a depth with Carroll.  There is  is
that deep inexplicable bond among veterans.  My dad told me often he
felt more in common, the deep, deep bond and understood oother
veterans than his own brothers.  I don’t think it really mattered to
dad,  Pacific or European Theatres all veterans were “his brothers”.
Gary, Do you remember Clarence’s dad who lived with   Clarence and
Mary family? When I was in  5th grade I stayed over night with Karen,
her grandpa was living with them.  Another kind gentleman who raised
his  two,children through the 30’s (without his wife who had passed
away)….. Clarence is a chip of his dad’s block!

Gary’s Reply


You are so right about veterans. I could sure feel that bond with my veteran

class mates and other veteran’s with our reunion in 2007.  The majority of
my class mates (guys) are veterans of the Viet Nam war.  I think the bond is
that we were all drafted or would have been drafted and we all shared a lot
of  the same experiences and war. The concept of basic training is to break
everyone down and bring them all back equally to the same level.  That in it
self is a strong bond.  Everyone has the same hair cut, clothes, etc.
Everyone marches to the same set of strict rules and then it was off to war.

Basic training for me and
I think for most was probably one of the most unpleasant periods of our
lives.  For eight weeks, there is absolutely no freedom what so ever.
Mentally and Physically, each was pushed to their limits.  In the times of
the daft, for those that flunked basic, they’d be recycled back through
another 8 weeks of training.  That was a very unpleasant feeling hanging
over our heads.  My thoughts in basic were, I didn’t volunteer for any of
this and there was absolutely no way to avoid any this other than for
disserting to Canada. Like everyone else, I knew I had to make the best of
the situation of which I did.  The strict training was necessary training
that enabled soldiers (us) to effectively function in a war zone.  Most of us had

Civilian jobs and productive civilian lives when we were told we would have to

leave to serve in the Military.  Most of us proudly served.  Not having a choice but

to serve greatly increased the bond of the US servicemen.  There is no denying the

fact that I was disappointed when I got my draft notice, but I am honored to have been a part

of those that served enabling all Americans to enjoy the freedoms that we enjoy today.

The old saying, that the military makes men out of boys, is so true. Immature boys, became

men really fast in the military.  Even with some of the relaxed training, The same is

true with today’s military folks.  The Military no longer allows undo harassment

in their training that a lot of us experienced. For those that smoked, one of the

harassments that I remember was, they’d say “light em up” then 10 seconds later

would say “put em out”

Kenny Nerpel and I stood side by side for 8 weeks of basic. With a right face I followed Kenny.

With a lift face he followed me. When they weren’t looking, Kenny liked to round step it

and to my knowledge never got caught.  Had he gotten caught, he would have

been doing a few extra push ups.

Yes, I do remember Henry Hagen, Clarence’s dad. He was a well respected man
of the community.

With your permission, I’d like to post this message of yours.  I think what
you have written would be of interest to most.

Take care,


From Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

I want to thank Vickie for sharing her book of Carroll’s Travels with us
all. I am sure he would be proud to know that this many folks now know
what he did. He was never one to brag, so many would never have known
that he was ever involved in anything other than his little farm in the
hills. He told me how privilege worked in the military even back then.
When Carroll was in England preparing for the invasion of Normandy, John
David Eisenhower, the son of Dwight Eisenhower-Supreme Commander of the
Allied forces, was going through the same daily routine as the rest of
the men. Two weeks before the invasion he was suddenly called back to
the U.S. to fill a teaching position at one of the military academies.
When John Eisenhower would narrate a documentary on the war, Carroll
would say, ” He wasn’t even there, he shouldn’t even be talking “!
Carroll said that his unit was first to make several of the ‘breakouts’
into German held territory, but the credit always went to General George
Patton, even though sometimes he was way behind the lines in ‘safe
zones’. Carroll had nothing but praise for the average G.I. who was
thrust into the mess, but many times he almost held contempt for the
higher ranking officers who were making the decisions and predicting how
many men they would lose in trying to advance. He used to say, jokingly,
“The Army doesn’t care if you get killed, but don’t lose your rifle,
heh, heh, heh”! One night he said, “I got to a point where I didn’t care
who died, as long as it wasn’t me–it’s bad when you get to that point”!
As we watched a Kamikaze ( Jap Suicide Pilots) documentary, one of the
now old Japanese pilots said how his plane blew up on the runway and all
the rest of his group of 15 went out and died trying to stop the U.S.
fleet at Okinawa. He said,” It’s sad when you are the only one to
survive out of 15″! Carroll said, “There is one dumb ______”! It was
sure interesting to listen to and watch Carroll’s reactions to the
films! Thanks Gary and Vickie!



Folks, this is the final part of Carroll’s story.  Thank you so much Vickie for sharing these with us.  Even though I did not know Carroll, I feel as though I have gotten to know him, after his passing through these great stories of his life.  He was an interesting guy.


        When Carroll returned to Dunseith his father Peter’s wish,  was to have one of his   son’s take over the  family farm.   Carroll wanted  his brother, Leonard to have the  first opportunity.   Leonard had worked in Alaska during the war. But,  Leonard declined the farm, saying it was not for him.   Carroll assumed the farming duties.
        But first,   Carroll caught a  train to Chinook.    And it was then,  Carroll says,   he then very much  regretted the sale of the  ’36 Chevy  to Henry Miller.  There were no cars, new or used to be purchased.

       He had part of his military pay sent to his savings account throughout the war.  His pay was $64./month of which, the government  withheld  $6.90 a month  for  (life) insurance.  “If you were killed  during the military duty, your parents would receive $10,000.”   Carroll’s savings in the Chinook bank at war end was  $2, 000.        Carroll  went to his bank in Chinook and withdrew his savings.  He also checked to see if his suitcase was still around the hotel in Chinook……….. but it was gone.

        The $2,000.  bought  a new “H” International Tractor w/wide front at Peterson Implement of Bottineau.  The cost was  $1,300.   Carroll converted a horse drill to pull with his tractor. 
        Carroll actively farmed grain and cattle for the next 50 years.   Many times,  we would see him riding the tractor down the road followed by a dog. Carroll retired from the farm and moved into Dunseith.  He continues to keep busy with senior citizens, playing cards, visiting with friends,  and is an avid reader. 

      In the ’70’s Carroll helped out/ worked for Cliff Metcalfe “mixing mud” and they traveled   to work  sites all over Rolette and Bottineau Counties  in Cliff’s new gold  ’70 Chevy.

        In July 2001, Vickie Metcalfe introduced Carroll to (Gary) Mick Morris  of Chinook Montana,  Mick  is the son of  Beatrice Druniak.  Mick  came to Dunseith on  a quest of his own.    Carroll  visited with Mick and Vickie about his  journey to Montana in 1937 with his friend Archie Metcalfe.  And  told of his adventures on the Miller Ranch,Chinook and the Bears Paw.
        In August 2002, Carroll and Vickie took a road trip to Chinook to visit MIck and his wife,  Betty.  Traveling west across Bottineau County,  Carroll  showed me (Vickie) the  various places Cliff and he worked in the seventies.  When  stopped at the Fort Peck Dam in Montana,  Carroll gave the specs off  the top of his head.   While in Chinook and in the Bears Paw,   Carroll continued to fill in and provide stories of another time and place. …A Rich Oral History.   I believe, from Carroll’s oral history, I learned more about prior WWII and WWII on the German Front  than I  ever knew from a history book.  

        I told Carroll I like  stories and   “I  gotta  write  his down to be remembered”
      So here it is.   Thanks Carroll.      

        Your friend, Vickie Metcalfe , Dec. 2002

Carroll continues to remember and tell  his story.  Maybe sometime he’ll tell you, “the rest of his story.”

the end. note from Vickie, SEPTEMBER,2008  TO YOU FOLKS READING  this  ie CARROLL’S STORY, ON GARY’S BLOG…. I SENT STORY THIS THE WAY I WROTE IT FOR CARROLL.  He was a very active participant in the writing, Oft times he was modest.  But he did enjoy sharing the fruits of our labours with friends and family the final draft. And he did tell folks who were interested in listening….the rest of his story.


                              Dunseith High School Class of 1941

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Casavant Zeiler Lorna Haaland Nursing Home 1025 3rd Ave SE Rugby, ND 58368 (701) 776-5416 Daughter Sandra msvandal@mycitescape.com
2 Christianson Kenneth Died June 25, 1972 Deceased
3 Hagen Raymond 3206 S Everett Pl Kennewick, WA 99337 (509) 582-7468 No email address
4 Horsman Dion Orissa 14218 73rd Ave NE, Apt B102 Bothell, WA 98011 (425) 821-7306 chasdion@yahoo.com
5 Landsverk Oswald Born April 25, 1923    –    Died November 2, 1999 Deceased
6 Medlang Wozniak Thelma Born November 13, 1923    –    Died July 15, 1998 Deceased
7 Nelson Irene Irene’s brother Rollie said she died about 10 years ago Deceased
8 Nelson John 3122 Fourth St SW Minot, ND 58701 (701) 837-8988 His son Jeff’s address/phone – John resides in Manor Care in Minot
9 Peltier Pigeon Natalie 406 SW Burgess St Grants Pass, OR 97526 (541) 956-1707 No email address
10 Williams Steeves Neva Born September 5, 1922    –    Died Decmeber 5, 2001 Deceased


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Happy Birthday Bernice Belgarde (’72): Bemidji, MN
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Pop Machine story
From Dick Johnson (’70): Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

Lola put out the challenge for some of us to spice up the blog a bit with a story of by gone days at DHS.  One that I had come to mind was a memory of the old chest type pop machine that sat in the hall in front of the high school office.  It was a bottle machine and the pop bottles hung on racks.  You put in a dime and then slid your choice of flavor over to the end and up through the mechanism. Some inventive classmate of mine looked over the situation and decided the flat iron bar directly next to the bottle lock didn’t look very strong and he grabbed it and bent it up so there was ample room to retrieve a bottle without dropping in the dime.  It only took a few minutes and all the bottles were gone and no money had been collected.  Our faithful janitor Ed Boguslawski opened the machine and muttered some obscenities and got John and I to roll it all the way down to the shop where we straightened the flat bar and welded a piece of metal vertically onto the part that had been bent.  I can still remember his challenge,  “THERE.  I’d like to see those smart s–%%$#$&–a–^%$%&–hes get the pop out of it now!”  John and I rolled it back to the office hallway and put it where it always sat.  The next day or so,  Ed opened the lid and all the bottles were still there—empty—with a few straws still standing in the bottles.

The kids rose to Ed’s challenge and used bottle openers and straws.  The next day there was a new chain and a padlock wrapped all the way around the old machine through the handle.  After that,  it was only opened during basketball games when someone would be watching.  The real interesting part of this story—the same guys who helped fix the machine—were the ones who drank the pop!!  I think it was those devils from the class of ’68. Sure glad I wasn’t in that bunch.  Thanks Gary!



Sympathy to the family of Janell Landsverk.
From Vickie Metecalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Janelle  was another one of those wonderful people who worked at The Good Samaritan Home.

As a CNA, she often set  my mothers hair when she was a resident.


Vickie Metcalfe

Janell A. Landsverk
(August 20, 1962 – January 4, 2015)

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Janell Landsverk, age 52 of Bottineau, died Sunday at a Bottineau hospital. A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 9, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. in the First Lutheran Church of Bottineau. There will be no visitation, cremation has taken place.


Tale/Tail Story
From Vickie Metecalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Enjoying nature as I do, I enjoyed last week’s Grand Forks Herald story about a fellow in Wisconsin who is a true squirrel whisperer. He rescues squirrel orphan babies. He nourishes them with life giving care then gives them back into the nature where they belong. He said the little Wisconsin Squirrels have the smell of maple syrup.

There is a continuum of folks on the subject of squirrels. There are squirrel haters. Those who chose to turn the wheel of their car and run over, smash them and let someone else clean up the mess.

The other end of the continuum there are others like my neighbor, who enjoys watching squirrels from her front window as she feeds them daily year around.

I live in the company of two Westies; Lochbuie and THor. The recalcitrant terriers look forward to their daily chasing routine. In vain, they bark demands at squirrels leaping from tree to tree and running overhead on the wires with the greatest of ease. The squirrels chatter gleefully recognizing they are well out of reach.

I rather like Mr. Squirrel and Junior Squirrel who have provided almost daily aerobic exercise for the dogs.

Thinking about squirrels reminds me of a day long ago. A day when I was a small child, and we lived  below the hill in the old house.

My mom thought dad was having a heart attack when he appeared at the door quite disheveled. He was chalky-white, shaky and sweating profusely. Mom was certain he’d had a heart attack.

He sat down to recover with a sandwich and coffee. After a bit he had a tale/tail to tell.

When plastering, Dad always wore white bib overalls. Other times on the farm, visiting or in town, he wore classic blue striped bib overalls and laced up leather boots year around. Fall through spring, dad like his elder brother Wild Bill, wore winter woolies a.k.a. one piece long handle or long john warm underwear.

When he’d left the house at noon his plan was to do some spring cleaning in the little red granary which sat S.W. from the house.

His purpose was to sweep up the ground oat feed of winter. After a bit he got warm and took off and hung his coat.

From the beams overhead, he began pulling gunny bags made of burlap and shook them out one by one. The grain dust was flying.

All of a sudden, while shaking a bag, amongst the grain dust something hit him on his neck just under his chin.. Instinctively he brushed it away. Whatever it was it was alive!

The “thing” dove deeper into and under his neck down under the winter woolie. It was between his skin and the winter woolie.

A r-a-t- he thought! And with his fists he hit that rat all the way down his body, down one leg.

Alas, He had tucked his pants into his boots and laces were firmly and securely tied.  Whatever it was turning, clawing back up his leg.

Where t’was_He dared not hit. Because, it was roaming around in the most personal, private part of his body.

Whoa! Down it went _the other leg.  He kept hitting what ever it was!  Hit. Hit. Hit himself. It roamed this way and that.  He didn’t let it get time to stop to  bite.

It changed direction again_ it came around, charging up his back.

He stretched and reached his hand around his shoulder, his fingers under the back of the winter woolies. Ah Ha. At last! A clasp. A grip. Now___a good hold.

Grabbed, he pulled. What?

Not a Rat! But a poor gasping, frightened red squirrel with a long bushy tail. Dad would laugh telling this tale. He’d say he was so relieved it was not a rat. He let the little fellow go

And he said, he didn’t knew which was more frightened he or the poor little squirrel. I loved my Dads story telling as he always found ways to laugh at himself while teaching a lesson.

Thanks Gary. Happy New Year everyone!

Vickie L. Metcalfe


Blog (227) posted on September 19, 2008


 Subject: (227) Dunseith Alumni.
Georgette & Antoinette Bedard:

To all of you Bedard’s and others.  In trying to locate Antoinette Bedard from the class of 1938, I called Margaret Bedard Strong (62).  She referred me to Gayl Bedard Lamoureux (56). Gayl then referred me Georgette, Antoinette’s older sister. I called Georgette and what a young whipper snapper she is at the age of 90.  She is a very bright, intelligent and well spoken lady.  She sounded as though she was 50 years younger than her actual age.  He mind is sharper than a tack. She is a history buff.  She just got back from a Mediterranean 12 day cruise.  She took several shore excursions to take in the history of the bible that she knows so well. She remembers her days in Dunseith well.  She said she has told everyone with her age, “If they want to ask me questions or find out any history of my days, they better ask me now.”  What a great since of humor.  She said she has email, but prefers correspondence by regular mail or telephone.  I have pasted her address and phone number below. If you call her, be prepared for a very interesting and intellect conversation. She is one sharp friendly lady. I enjoyed my visits with Margaret & Gayl.  They are such friendly folks.

Georgette went through her Junior year at Dunseith. She finished high school at another school. I’m embarrassed to say, but I forgot where. She graduated in 1937.

Antoinette Bedard Serumgard is in a nursing home in Lexington, KY.  Georgette told me Antoinette is suffering from advance stages of Alzheimer’s.



Bedard Nader Georgette 41130 Fox Run, Apt 110 Novi, MI 48377 (248) 960-7565 No email address


From Ivy Eller Robert (74): 

Hi Gary,

I just got back two hours ago from North Dakota. I was there from Sept 6th til yesterday (Sept 17th). I was there for my son Jonathan’s wedding and to help my sister Julie Dahl with some business. I wanted to go see Mel Kuhn in St. John, but just had too many ‘irons in the fire’. I was only in the Bottineau/Dunseith/Rolla area for a few of those days, the rest of the time I was in Wahpeton for the wedding.
I did, however, manage to convince Julie to ride with me to Dunseith on Sunday the 7th around noon to share with me a “Jumbo Deluxe” at Dale’s Cafe.
WOW! Did I get a lot of LOOKS from some of the towns people. Some may have recognized me or Julie, but were not sure, no one come over and say HI! Most of the faces looked familiar, but I haven’t lived in Dunseith or the area, in 32 years so I wasn’t too sure who they were either! Julie couldn’t remember names. We do know that one group was Terry Halverson with friends & family. We also got to see our nephew Carl Eller. He is our oldest half-brother, Herman’s son. Carl’s Mom is Ester Poitra Eller. (She is the person that I was told a few years back, had passed away) It was great to visit with him & his wife. They had losted their son, not too long ago, in a car accident. And also, his wife is battling cancer as well! I have nothing but lots of prayers for them.
After we finished our “Jumbo”, we took a ride around Dunseith, just to see how much it had changed. We were trying to remember who lived where and who lives there now, what houses are still there and what houses are gone! It was quite a trip down ‘memory lane’!
On my way there, I stopped in Missoula, Montana and visited with Sharon Longie Dana. I meet her husband & girls. It was great to see her after 32 years. We had a great visit. I also got to see Vicky & Cindy Metcalf, they were at the Pizza Inn in Bottineau, where Julie & I had stopped to eat. We had a brief visit with them. A day or so earlier, we had met Vicky at the grocery store & she told us Bill Grimme, Dick Johnson, Mel Kuhn and others were going to be at the musiem at Jt. John that night. I just had too many other things to take care of and could not make it.
OH, I also got to see Carol, Darla, Dianne, Russell, & Dorothy Robert at the wedding. They are all doing fine. Glad to report, my son & his new bride had a very, very nice wedding & reception…….it was awesome!
Ivy Robert

From Jean Eurich Roland (80):

I don’t believe I responded to you after my original request to be added to your e-communications.  I’m the youngest of Dave and Winifred (Pritchard) Eurich’s children.  Although I don’t remember you I do remember your parents very vividly…your Dad always had a story!  We visited them at least once a year, generally around Memorial Day when we would go to the cemetery near their home to set out flowers for Mom’s family. We visited Robert and Dorothy’s a few times a year and once and a while would run into your parents there as well.
I look forward to continuing to receive your communications…thanks so much for taking the time and effort to pull this together.  It’s renewed many friendships (and spiced-up conversations!) in the Turtle Mountains and beyond!




Jean’s Reply to Gary:

I was born in 1962 and would have graduated from DHS in 1980; but, at the end of my junior year, needing only 1 credit to fulfill my graduation requirements, I opted to finish high school via correspondence from the Division of Independent Study in Fargo ND and dually enrolled in the fall semester at Jamestown College.  I graduated with a bachelors in nursing in 1983.

Re: Mom’s graduating class, I don’t recognize the names of the two former classmates you’re unable to locate. To update the table you provided below, our Mom now resides at St. Andrew’s Hospital Long Term Care Unit in Bottineau.  She’s 89 and has been gradually failing for several months.  My sister Sharon and her husband, Jim Hanson,  own the family farm on Old Hwy 5 west of  Dunseith.

Our family dynamics have changed significantly over the last 1 1/2 years.  Did you know that Norman passed away in May 2007?  Then, of course, we lost Kevin (Hanson) and Ann Pritchard (Floyd’s wife).  Floyd was raised by my parents (with my older siblings) – we affectionately refer to him as our brother, and vice versa.  He is actually the son of Lincoln William Pritchard, one of Mom’s bothers.

Mom spoke of Luella several times but it wasn’t until I heard from you that I knew she was your mother’s sister.

– Jean


From Cecile Gouin Craig (61): 

Hope you and your wife are well. I have enjoyed the photo’s of the both of

you, and of others. It’s nice to put a face with all the stories. I haven’t
received an E-mail in a long time, The last I believe was 196 197 and 200.
Our son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Anja Longie left today, back to
Brussells, Belgium. Now it will be back to normal around here for a while.
Sure is quiet here, even the cats are wandering around. Our house has the
new shingles on the roof, new siding, and a couple other odds and ends. We
were extremely lucky when the tornado hit our little town (May 22). Go to
Winsor Co. tornado click on vidio’s. Will close for now, thanks again for
all you do. Cecile

Cecile, I have switched you to my hotmail distribution list. Hopefully that will solve the problem. Gary


From Bonnie Awalt Houle (56): 

Dear Gary,

We can never thank you enough for all you do to keep all the North Dakotans connected.  What a wonderful rich history we all have.

I am going to take us back a couple of generations to the time of my Grandmother, Myrtle Anderson.

Grandma and Grandpa Anderson traveled from Missouri to North Dakota by wagon.  The first summer they made it as far as Leeds, North Dakota before winter hit.  They spent that winter in Leeds.  Grandma Anderson made money sewing.  This helped them get by.  She sewed a wedding dress for one person and when spring came and Grandma and Grandpa were getting ready to move on, the people came and begged them to stay because they did not have a dressmaker in the community.  Staying on was not a consideration since Clint and Hattie Anderson, and some of the Bailey’s were already in the Turtle Mountains and were waiting for them.

One of the first summer’s in the hills Grandma was visited by three young Indian men on their paint ponies.  They couldn’t understand Grandma.  Grandma couldn’t understand them.  But Grandma kept talking! (Grandma was known for her ability to talk, she could talk the hind-leg off a mule.)  Grandma finally decided that they were men and like any man if they couldn’t understand talking they would understand food.  She had fresh baked bread, so she went in and brought out a loaf of bread and broke it into three pieces and gave it to them.  They took the bread, nodded to her and rode off.

During the early 1900’s a flu epidemic hit the area.  Everyone came down with except for Grandpa Anderson.  He took care of his chores and the chores of the neighbors until they recovered.  One evening Grandpa looked out across the meadow and saw a man walking across the field.  He was quite far off at first but as he came closer they could see that he was carrying a bundle.  When he knocked and Grandpa opened the door a Native American man walked in and sat the bundle in the middle of the parlor floor.  When the blankets fell away a beautiful Indian baby appeared.  The man explained that his wife had died that day from the flu and he wanted to know if Grandma and Grandpa could watch the baby for him.  Grandma and Grandpa kept the little girl for seven years.  Her Dad would come around periodically to check on her and when she turned seven he came and took her, sending her to the Indian School in South Dakota.  The girl returned to the Belcourt area as an adult, she married and raised her family there.  She kept in touch with Grandma and when she was diagnosed with cancer, Grandma went over to be with her.

When Grandma was 80 she decided to join the 2×2 religion.  (There is another name for this faith but I don’t remember what it was, It was called 2×2 because the ministers traveled in pairs.)  This faith believed in baptism by compete submersion.  They took the people up to Ann Lake in the Turtle Mountains for the baptisms.  Grandma was a little concerned about getting her clothes wet and would the others be able to see through her wet clothing.  The morning of the baptism she dressed very carefully, after her bloomers, stockings, and undershirt she added a slip, and underskirt, a skirt, a dress, a bibbed apron and a long coatdress.  When they dunked her, the wet clothes weighed more than Grandma did.  When she returned home Our Mother told us to go over and hand Grandma’s wet clothing out on the line to dry.  The wet clothes took up two full lines!

For years my Dad, John Awalt, tried to talk Grandma out of her old wood cook stove.  He tried to get her to allow him to modernize her home, he wanted to add running water and a gas cook stove, plus a modern heating system.  He started out with the heating system but it didn’t last.  She woke him in the middle of the night to tell him she couldn’t sleep for worrying about a fire starting from that new fangled contraption he’d stuck in her house!  He tried to out last her, hoping she would get used to it but she won out and he removed it and didn’t bother her any longer about improvements to her home.

Bonnie Awalt Houle (56)


Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) telephones:

I promised to answer Blanche Wicks Schley (42) question with today’s blog. Others have asked about this too, so I have decided to include my reply for all to see.

There are various types of VOIP phone set ups available out there. Some, like SKYPE are free.  By down loading their software, with a microphone and head phones connected to your computer,  you can make free calls to all 50 states and also to other countries.

The set up I have is independent of my computer. My VOIP system is plugged into my DSL modem along with the 2 other computers that we have.  With this system I can use a regular phone.

Here is how it works. I obtained a small converter box from a VOIP provider out of new York. I plugged this box into my DSL modem. I connected a regular phone with regular phone jacks to this small converter box.  That’s basically all there is to the setup. When I ordered the converter box, I was asked which city I’d like my phone number to be with.  I chose Bremerton, Washington. I now have a VOIP phone with a local Bremerton, Washington phone number that can be used anywhere in the world.  I can take this little VOIP box with me anywhere in the world and when Plugged into any DSL or high-speed internet system, it knows it’s me and I can make and receive calls the same as I do from home. With my little VOIP box, from anywhere in the world, I can make unlimited toll free calls to all 50 states and Canada.  Calls to other foreign country’s are very reasonable too. Calls to Japan cost 4 cents per minute. My provider has programmed this little box with my number and info, enabling me to use it over the internet.  My cost for the plan I chose is $29,99 per month, however there are plans out there that offer pretty much the same service I have for less the $20.00 per month.

There are many VOIP providers out there.  I have attached a WEB site listing 77 VOIP providers. My provider is IConnectHere.  They no longer offer unlimited toll free calling to new members.  They charge a fee for use instead with a reduced monthly charge.  If I was going to recommend a provider, I would recommend Vonage.  They are currently offering unlimited long distant calling to the US, Canada & Puerto Rico for $24.99/month. I have pasted their offer below.  The reason I would recommend Vonage is because friends of ours from Bremerton have been with them for more than 4 years and have been very satisfied with their service.  They dropped their local phone service and switched to VOIP using Vonage, keeping their existing phone number back in Bremerton.  When they came to the PI (Cebu), for a 3 year mission with their church, they brought their little Vonage VOIP box with them. They hooked it up to their DSL modem here in Cebu and started making and receiving phone calls the same as they were back in Bremerton.  Some of their friends that did not know they were in the PI, would call them, thinking they were in Bremerton and were totally shock to realize they had called the Philippines.

With this set up, the only addition piece of hardware you will probably have to purchase is a switch for a cost of about $10 or so.  The switch is a plug board that enables you to plug both your computer and VOIP phone into your modem.  You plug your modem into the switch.  You then plug your other devices into the switch.  The set up is very simple.  The trend now for a lot of folks is to switch from their local phone service to VOIP, keeping their same number.  The long distance phone companies are feeling the pinch with VOIP.

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After being discharged,Carroll rode the train  to Rugby, North Dakota.   Arriving   in the evening, Carroll looked around for a familiar face  to give him a ride to Dunseith.  After walking around he found that  Lee Smith was in Rugby.  Lee bought a pint of whiskey at a local Rugby bar  and gave Carroll  a ride to Dunseith.   Arriving in Dunseith, Carroll went to find his sister, Melba.  Melba and her husband  was running a restaurant.    Melba had served stateside as a WAC throughout  the War and her husband  served in the Air Force.  When discharged from duty they had returned to Dunseith  and opened a restaurant.

It was a busy night in Dunseith.  Melba was not in town.  And  there were no rooms to be rented at the  Dakotah  Hotel, which was owned by Lee Smith.   So,  Carroll spent the night on a davenport  in the lobby of  the Dakotah Hotel.   The next morning,  he went back to Melba’s restaurant for  breakfast .  “Melba  was back and after breakfast took me home in a taxi.”  Carroll hadn’t been back to the home farm since spring of 1938.

Carroll’s Traveling Years will Continue with part 13 tomorrow:
Folks, starting today, for the interest of all, I will be posting one class list each day. I will start with the 40’s classes.  When I’m finished with the 40’s, I will go back and pick up the 30’s.  By that time I should have the 30’s pretty much complete.  I will then continue with the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s. Gary

                                   Dunseith High School Class of1940

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Bahl Kabanuck Lucina 34701 16th St SW Max, ND 58759-9502 (701) 679-2629 Son’s number Lucina has Alzheimer’s and does not know anyone.
2 Hagen Hogue Lorraine Born September 6, 1923    –    Died February 1976 Deceased
3 Johnson Robert 1055 Rocky Springs Rd Frederick, MD 21702 (301) 662-2367 No email address
4 Knox Earl Dorothy Born June 12, 1922    –    Died July 10, 2004 Deceased
5 Linde Percy Born November 1, 1922    –    Died January 1980  
6 Maginel Jentry Georgeina 13576 Bisquet Ridge Ln Bow, WA 98232-8252   Note: Geroginina is in a nursing home. This is her son Kendall’s adr
7 Mongeon Armand 311 1ST ST NW DUNSEITH, ND  58329 (701) 244-5665 armand@srt.com
8 Myhre Kenneth Born March 18, 1922    –    Died August 5, 1988 Deceased
9 Sanders William Born April 23, 1923    –    Died January 20, 1989 Deceased
10 Tooke Vandal Edna Born in 1921    –    Died in 2008 Deceased


6/4/2015 (2162)

Picture Identification
Reply From Dawn Gregory Allard (’74): Bottineau, ND

Hi Gary, Happy New Year to you and your family. The picture you are referring to is Kim  Miller Hiatt, daughter of Karen St. Claire and Joe Miller. She lives in Bottineau and was once married to Scott Hiatt, they have three beautiful children. Dawn Allard


Picture Identification
Reply from Alan Poitra (’76):  Bloomington, MN

Hi Gary, the young lady is Kim Miller.   She is the daughter of Karen (St. Clair) and Joe Miller.

Miller Hiatt, Kim 2062


Blog (226) posted on September 18, 2008


From Vickie Metcalfe (70): 

Gary, Please share with former students/co teachers of Letaine Bolen (Brandt) who was an English Teacher at Dunseith in the 1970’s through early 1980’s.   Letaine was blessed to  receive a kidney in Bismarck a couple weeks ago.  This past Monday, Letaine, was air lifted from Bottineau to Medical Center One in  Bismarck with continuing medical problems.  I was fortunate to be on the same staff  with this wonderful caring professional when she taught in Dunseith and again, as she was here on the Bottineau Staff with Deverde Nicholas and Larry Haugen in the 1990’s . Thank You. Vickie Metcalfe

Vickie L. Metcalfe


From Dale Pritchard (63): 

The Weather Channel has been showing some “before and after” pictures from Galveston and Houston.  One coastal picture showed a very nice looking community and the “after” picture showed it wiped clean with the exception of one old house.  The same thing happened in 2005 at Holly Beach, LA, straight South of here about 60 miles.  Nice big houses “before” and completely gone “after.”  Here’s a dumb idea I heard the other day that won’t go anywhere.  If a hurricane feeds off of warm water, it stands to reason that if the water could be cooled off it would stop a hurricane.  Airdrop several million tons of ice into the Gulf ahead of a storm!  Not practical and too costly!


Question from Blanche Wicks Schley (42): I am intrigued by this magic jack that you are using on your computer.  Where can one find out about this and how much does it cost each month for this service?

Thanks for this information…the only thing I could find on the cost, etc. was a deal about free trial for a month.   Is this a good idea to do this??

Blanche Wicks Schley

Blanche, I think you are probably referring to the “Voice Over Internet Protocol” (VOIP) that I use to call the states and Canada toll free.  Others have asked me about this too.  With tomorrows message I will explain the set up and provide the WEB site listing 90 or so VOIP providers.  Gary

From Dick Johnson (70): 

Gary and Friends,

In reading Vickie’s account of Carroll’s Traveling Years, I see he was

in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia on V-E day. Earlier I had written he was in
Pilsen, Austria. My mistake–Thanks Vickie. I remember him telling about
the boxcars–40 men or 8 mules per car. He always laughed when he told
that one! He said they were pretty much on their own to find a way back
to the coast and get to a staging area, to board a ship home. Thanks Gary!





The trip back  to the states was on a ship that lasted about a week.   Carroll  said it went up the Hudson River , where the men  then boarded a train heading west to Wisconsin.  Carroll   was  discharged from  active military duty at  Camp McCoy, Wisconsin.


Induction and discharge;
April 13, 1942 inducted into the Army at Missoula, Montana. October 23 1945, discharged at Camp McCoy,  Wisconsin.

Awards and Medals;
Carroll has the European, African, and Middle Eastern Service  Medals,
with seven stars.  And,  awards for taking part in the invasion of Sicily and  Normandy.

Battles and campaigns;
Tunisia, Sicily, Normandy, Ardennes, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe.

Carroll served in the B Battery 4th gun Section all through the war, as the number 1 man and assistant gunner.
Distinguished Unit Citation for taking part in the June 6, 1944 invasion, Omaha Beach.
Carroll was overseas three years, 424 days of combat time.

        The Bn. fired 131686 rounds of 105 mm. ammunition in combat.

(Carroll is a proud American Veteran of  a Foreign War. He is patriotic and served his country to the best of his abilities. He  has fond memories of his friends he served with.   But he will also tell  you that war is not glorious. vm)

Carroll’s Traveling Years will Continue with part 12 tomorrow:


William Allard’s Obituary provided by Neola Kokoid Garbe:  

Folks, I know a lot of you knew William Allard and a lot of you are related to him as well.  Gary

          William AllardAllard, Willard 2062





1/3/2015 (2061)

Reply from Lola Metcalfe Vanorny (’68): Dunseith, ND

Thanks Gary for all you do — it is getting a little thin for stories-  —  so come on all you Dunseithites- !!_ Let’s have some doggone good stories-  you must have had something exciting happen in your life- !!!_ LOL!!!!!


Wishing you and  Bernadette a wonderful year of blessings and good health!!_ Jay and Lola

Thanks Lola.  Gary


Wrong Identification


I was told this is not Beth Coleman Myer in this picture.

So sorry Beth for this mix-up.

Can anyone tell us who this beautiful young lady is?


Coleman Myer, Beth 2160


Blog (225) posted on September 17, 2008


From Susan Malaterre Johnson (69):
Note: Susan lives in Alvarado, TX

Hi ‘Ya all.  Dale pretty much described our last few weeks.  I’m a vol. driver with the Red Cross, the only female in the transportation div.  Even as far north as Ft. Worth, we had some squalls.  I’m the driver in charge of setting up the shelters.  That would not be so bad but with out the extra volunteers we have to load and un load our trucks.  I was lucky for a few times when I was given an asst. that was a young guy.  He could help.  So many times I had an elderly person or a lady who could not help unload.  I do not expect to have a lot of shelters close soon.  The children are already thinking of enrolling up here. When I was recruited I expected to help with the office, as the ladies were.  They needed drivers, and what do you know.  That’s me!  3 of us could handle a big truck and two of them were guys.  I feel very honored.  The work is hard but so rewarding.  Susan Johnson


Request from Dave Wurgler (64): 

To whom it may concern:  This e-mail is asking you not  to send any e-mails to my address starting Sept. 18th to Oct. 7th as Char and I will be leaving for California on our long awaited vacation.  Thanks, Dave and Char.      (RE GARY STOKES)  Gary I enjoy very much reading all the e-mails from your blog, very interesting and maybe one of these days I can put in some input. Maybe you should pressure some of the class of “64” for input then maybe we could get some history of our class going on this site.  If you want to hold the e-mails until the 7th of Oct and then send if you can that would be fine. Thanks Gary. Dave “64”


Email address change from Bill Gimme (65): 

Sorry for the inconvenience, but, can you please change my email address in your address books to  Thanks.


From Shirley Olson Warcup: 


Thanks for the e-mails!  I look forward to them every day.  Reading Bobby Slyter’s account about the officer accompanying the body of a soldier killed in Iraq is an experience one of our grandsons had many times.  Chris served in the Marines for 4 years–he was a member of a color guard unit that served at Arlington .  He was also the flag bearer at Pres. Reagan’s funeral–again as part of  the color guard unit.  He said he also met many planes returning from Iraq with the bodies of soldiers killed there.  He would then accompany the body to its final destination.

It was a very sad and sobering experience.  As more men were needed in the middle east, his unit went through some additional training and were then sent  over there.  They were housed on a ship in the Mediterranean.  They were designated as a Rapid response team (there’s another name for this but I can’t remember it).  Wherever fighting broke out-Africa, Iraq etc. they would be sent there.  They helped to evacuate civilians from some areas but were not involved in any actual combat.  He’s  now back in the states–he’s an engineering student at the Univ. of Utah—he is married and has two children.  We just spent a week in Provo, Utah–5 of our 10 grandchildren are presently students at BYU, Chris (ex-marine) is taking classes as U of U but lives in Provo–his wife is finishing her degree there. Two of the 5 graduated but are working on Masters degrees there. The others are undergrads.  Three of our 10 graduated from BYU a few years ago–one of them is still in school, however.  He’s now in dental school in Ohio.  And we still have one who is in junior high school.  That’s probably more than you wanted/needed to know!!

Right now Ron is getting his old cars (1929 Phaeton, 1929 cloth top pickup) ready for another parade.  They want to use the Phaeton, with the top down, to carry the dignitaries.  Ron will drive that car–he wants me to drive the pick-up.   We’re going to go out and practice but I’m doing this under protest.  These are primarily North Dakota cars–Dick located the old cars and then various parts as needed–Ron has had a great time rebuilding them.  I’m sure he would like to start another one but at 80 years old I think he may have decided it’s not a good idea.

Ivins , Utah is right next door to St. George–if any of you come through on I-15 we’d love to see you.  We’re in the phone book.  About a year ago Clifford and Joy Johnson stopped–we had a great visit with them.

Once again, Gary,  thanks for all the time you spend keeping us connected.

Shirley Olson Warcup

Sybil Johnson’s Reply to Bobby Slyter (70): 

Bobby, I have been wearing red on Fridays for the past 2 yrs, since a friend

of mine in Minot sent me an email, to do so. It would be nice to see all of
this wonderful country, to do the same thing.
Gary, I enjoyed the predictions. They were fun to read. I remember some of
them, from being married to Augie. Its been quite awhile, since Ive been to
Dunsieth and cant believe the changes that you mentioned. I remember Dale’s
very much.
Sybil Johnson


From Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

Another story that Carroll Carlson told me was about how they spent time

between battles. He said they usually fired their 105 mm guns from a
long way behind the actual front line. They would line up several
tracked howitzers ( Priests ) and fire over the infantry into the German
lines. Then they would advance and line up again for their next orders
to fire. He said sometimes they waited for quite a while before they got
orders to fire again. They spent time playing cards and telling stories
and goofing off to pass the time. The commander of their outfit told
them to stay behind the guns for protection, but one day it was cold and
dark behind the ‘Priest’ and the sun was warm out in front, so they were
sitting in front of the gun, in the sun and out of the cold wind,
playing cards. Carroll said out of nowhere came a German 88mm explosive
shell and landed right beside them–and didn’t explode, just blew sand
and dirt on them! He said they never sat in front of the gun again,
ever!! The German 88mm was able to shoot clear through our Sherman tanks
and had the shell exploded, they would all have died instantly!

Carroll’s unit was in North Africa at the same time the unit that
Clarence Hagan was assigned to, was there. Carroll’s outfit had to pull
off the road so the Clarence’s group could pass. Neither of them knew
the other was there–they graduated together from DHS in 1934, and were
within 10 feet of each other, several thousand miles from home–and
didn’t know it! I don’t remember which one figured it out–I think it
was Clarence–and was given permission to go back, but Carroll was
already gone! I know Art Hagan, Clarence’s son, gets these messages each
day so maybe he can find out exactly who did what and let us know.
Thanks Gary!



Dick,  Speaking of Clarence Hagen, I should know in a week or so, after  I’m finished putting the 30’s classes together, But I think Clarence may be the oldest living to have graduated from Dunseith High School.  Clarence will be 94 in October or November this year.  He was born in 1914, one year ahead of my dad. He and Mary Ann are currently living in Bottineau.  Gary




When the war ended,  Carroll’s Battalion  was  in   Czechoslovakia.  “The Czechs were very happy! The people were in the streets dancing in colorful costumes.”
The Battalion found a  the Pilson brewery.  Carroll’s Unit drove up to the brewery and left the Howitzer there and spent the day , drinking beer!   (The beer was a light beer as it  could not be made stronger  at the time.)

That evening, in September 1945, the men  left the brewery.  Leaving  the big  gun behind,  still parked by the brewery, the men boarded a train.  Carroll says,  “I spent three years  on, M-7 105 mm self propelled Howitzer.”  “I rode about 5,000 miles on one of these”, “It was my home away from home.”     “On the train, the men were riding in boxcars, 40:8,  Carroll  with a laugh defines 40:8 as,   “There was room for  about  forty men or  eight mules.”    “The  boxcars were cold and not comfortable.  It had probably seen better days prior WWI . ”  The train traveled across Europe to  the coast of France.  The train arrived in LeHavre, France the next day about 10:30 a.m.   The men  waited for a ship for about a week, and boarded the first of October  in 1945.

Carroll’s Traveling Years will Continue with part 11 tomorrow:


1/2/2015 (2160)

Happy birthday Beth Coleman Myer (DHS ’68) Dunseith, ND
Coleman Myer, Beth 2160


Reply from Brenda Hoffman (’68):  Greenville, SC

As we start another New Year I count among my blessings your dedicated daily efforts to create a virtual Dunseith community. Thank you Gary!

Brenda Hoffman (class of 68)

Thank you Brenda for the nice compliment.
You are so welcome.


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Halvorson, Les 2160


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
dunseith news-1


Blog (224) posted on September 16, 2008


From Dale Pritchard (63):

Two hurricanes in two weeks?  Sep 2nd and 13th.  I hope that was my share for
the next several years!  Ike started on shore at Galveston about 11:00 PM
Friday night.  It was still to the Southwest of us on Saturday morning but
kicking up pretty good.  It got progressively worse until late afternoon
Saturday before it started tapering off.  At one point, there was some pretty
severe metal banging up on the roof.  The flashing between the house and patio
roof was coming up and getting ready to go.  When we got a break in the wind
and rain I went up on the roof and started nailing it back down.  I had no
more than gotten up there when the wind and rain came again with a vengeance.
It took about 30 seconds to get thoroughly soaked while holding the flashing
down and holding on to my nail bucket and hammering at the same time.  What I
especially didn’t like was the feeling that the wind was trying to pick me up
too even though I was pretty much on hands and knees.  But I was successful.
Given another few minutes, the flashing would have gone over the house and
probably connected with my car and pickup.  The only damage was the flashing
and several shingles missing again.  I guess when you live someplace by choice
you make a deal with Mother Nature to accept whatever she has to give.  You
don’t necessarily have to like it!  You could have the West Coast earthquakes,
Tornadoes in Tornado Alley, Nor’Easters and hurricanes on the East Coast,
hurricanes in the South, or the Northern snowstorms in between.  Everyplace
has something unpleasant to offer.

To Keith Pladson:  It was good to hear from you.  Your mother gave me your
address and phone number a few years ago and I still have them but haven’t
used them.  Someday maybe.  My daughter and her husband live if Fairfax, VA
now so it’s likely I’ll be sort of in your area sometime.  I spent ’69’ and
’70’ at Langley AFB at Hampton, VA and drove through your area several times.
Very nice area!



Diane Larson Sjol’s (70) reply to Dick Johnson (68): 


You have a way with words.  I enjoy reading your colorful
stories…you should seriously think of writing a book.
Diane Sjol


From Paula Fassett Pfuhl (71):

Hi Gary – and all….

’ve corresponded with Diane (Larson) a few times over the last few days regarding her participation in the Susan B. Komen Walk for The Cure event this weekend.  I was hoping it started downtown Minneapolis so I could sneak away from work and watch the start of it; however, that’s not the case.  If there are any of your readers who live in the Twin City area and would like to be a spectator, here is a website that you can use to find out more information about the walk.


Scroll down a bit to get to the article regarding the walk.  It starts at the MN State Fairgrounds on Sat and ends at the State Capitol in St. Paul on Sunday.  There is a link in this article that has info regarding ‘spectator stations’.

Go Diane!!!!!



From Bobby Slyter(70): 

To Vickie Hiatt La Fontaine: Oh yes the sugar cookies who can forget those that aunt Margie made mmmmmmmm  good, and I always loved the smell of uncle Bills pipe such wonderful memories and just a great couple, us kids where very lucky to have them in our lives




Life On the Front

When up around the front, Carroll lived on stew or beans, (sea rations)  “had to eat to live.”   There were one hundred men in a battery. We were separate and  had our own cooks. When the cooks got up to the front , we’d line up trying to be first.  Carroll recalls  a time back in Sicily,  a guy he knew, Greene, wasn’t known for being  real  careful.  Carroll told him once,  he needed to stop his stunts.  One  day in the chow line Greene and  another guy were tossing a  live grenade back and forth,  The grenade exploded in Greens midsection  and Greene was killed.  The “grave registration detail moved in and picked up the body”. Carroll said the men continued through the chow line  and  ate.   The other guy tossing the grenade with Greene  had to talk to the officers.

Tanks, men, and war rolled on.

Carroll’s Traveling Years will Continue with part 10 tomorrow:


From Bobby Slyter(70): 

Gary: Would you please pass this on to all of your readers I believe this is important.


Bobby, With the patriotism our folks have to those in the armed forces, I will gladly post this.  Gary


A 9/11 anniversary reminder

If the red shirt thing is new to you, read below how it went for a man…

Last week, while traveling to Chicago on  business, I noticed a Marine sergeant traveling with a folded flag, but did  not put two and two together.  After we boarded our flight, I turned to the sergeant, who’d been invited to sit in First Class (across from me), and inquired if he was heading home. No, he responded. Heading out I asked? No. I’m escorting a soldier home. Going to pick him up? No. He is with me right now. He was killed in Iraq , I’m taking him home to his family.  The realization of what he had been asked to do hit me like a punch to the gut. It was an honor for him. He told me that, although he didn’t know the soldier, he had delivered the news of his passing to the soldier’s family and felt as if he knew them after many conversations in so few days. I turned back to him, extended my hand, and said, Thank you. Thank you for doing what you do so my family and I can do what we do.  Upon landing in  Chicago, the pilot  stopped short of the gate and made the following announcement over the intercom. ‘Ladies!  and gentlemen, I would like to note  that we have had the honor of having Sergeant Steeley of the United States  Marine Corps join us on this flight. He is escorting a fallen comrade back home to his family. I ask that you please remain in  your seats when we open the forward door to allow Sergeant Steeley to deplane and receive his fellow soldier. We will then turn off the seat belt sign.’ Without a sound, all went as requested. I noticed the sergeant saluting the casket as it was brought off the plane, and his action made me realize that I am proud to be an American.  So here’s a public Thank You to our military Men and Women for what you do so we can live the way we do. Red Fridays. Very soon,you will see a great many people wearing Red every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the ‘silent majority.’ We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record breaking numbers. We are not organized, boisterous or overbearing. Many Americans, like you, me and all our  friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of American’s supports our troops. Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respect starts this Friday — and continues each and every Friday until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message that .. every red-blooded American who supports our men and women afar, will wear something red.   By word of mouth, press, TV — let’s make the United States on every Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming football   game in the bleachers. If every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances, coworkers , friends, and family, it will not be long before the USA is covered in  RED  and it will let our troops know the once ‘silent’ majority is on their side more than ever, certainly more than the media lets on.   The first thing a soldier says when asked ‘What can we do to make things better for you?’ is ‘We need your support and your prayers.’ Let’s get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example, and wear something red every Friday.

Folks, I thought I’d share this class of 65 prophecy.  This is some really interesting stuff with predictions of what our class members would be doing years down the road form 1965.  I’m not sure who in our class dreamed all these predictions up, but they are most interesting, especially now, 43 years later.  Gary



(Retyped from original supplied by Carol Jasper-Ross)


As we look into our crystal ball we can vaguely see the future of the members of the Class of ’65.  As the picture becomes more vivid we see Bill Grimme as the head of Grimme and Son’s Torpedo Plant.  Even though he is gray and wrinkled with age he still manages to fill his chair.


Under a spreading oak tree we find Alan Boguslawski busily composing his tenth symphony, which we hope will be played in La Scala like his other nine.


It is now 1975 and we see Ernie Gottbreht and his beautiful bride, Dana, as he carries her across the threshold of the forty room mansion which has just been completed by E. J. Gottbreht, Inc.


It is now 1980 and it appears that when Patty Boguslawski got her marriage license she also received a boss’s license to run Dale’s, the name of which has been changed to “Patty’s Palace”.  The place has grown considerably for no longer is the café existing but a 17 room steak house has been erected in its place and Patty can be seen on hands and knees scrubbing floors daily.


It is 1975 and we see Helen Vogels still riding the surf but as we get a better view we see ten little surfers coming behind her; she must have found her seven foot dream man.


It seems that Eli Whitney has finally run into great competition in keeping his name in the history books as Gary Stokes has recently invented a hydro-electric manure spreader.  The profits from his invention will be used to finance his growing family.


It’s 1979 and Jean Abrahamson has finally completed her business course in Minot and has accepted a job at the Security State Bank as head cashier, but the income must not be too stupendous as she still carries her egg crates across the street each morning to the Red Owl Agency.


John Bedard has taken over his father’s business, but apparently he is still girl shy as he is the one and only eligible bachelor, although his lady butler is still working on him.


Dunseith has finally been blessed with its own live entertainment which the public can enjoy every Saturday night in the parking lot behind Hosmer’s Store featuring Carol Jasper singing the latest “Hillbilly Hits”.  She is trying hard to be a success and all contributions are appreciated.


It is a happy day for Gladys Roussin as she runs across the Dunseith Airport to meet her fiancée who has just returned from 18 years of loyal service in the United States Air Force.


We find Esther Murray behind bars at the “State Pen”. She has just been convicted for bigamy since she couldn’t choose between her many loves.  They are all still very faithful as they all come to visit her regularly.


Kenny has finally been hired as chief flower picker by his father-in-law, Mr. Vogels, although Mary is of great help when she can distinguish between the roses and the red headed kids.


Peter Gillis is still driving the streets of the city.  His younger days must have influenced his present occupation for he is now Chief of Police of the booming metropolis of Dunseith.


Cecile is still trying to get to Rome but due to financial problems she has to construct a raft to hold her and sixteen kids.  She is a sad gal since Morgan’s Lumber Company won’t permit her husband to leave town until he pays for his lumber.


The biggest success of the Class of ’65 is none other than Barbara Kalk who has been in Hollywood for a number of years now.  Last year she won an Oscar for the fastest curtain puller.


Word has just been received by us that Allen Richard has just turned down a proposal for the 50th time.  He is still waiting for Juliet to make her appearance.  Good luck Allen.


It’s 1998 and poor John Awalt is once again on crutches due to the fact that his wife Joan accidentally slammed the garage door on his leg as he was pushing his ’55 Chevy into the garage.


Back in a dismal corner of the Post Office we find Susan Fassett sitting in a rocking chair waiting for the mail truck to arrive.  It seems her age has finally crept up on her, but even though the mail is often late her motto is “Better Late than Never”.


It is now the year 1980 and we find the business booming at the Crystal Café since the new proprietors Ginger and Anthony Poitra took over.  They will never be at a loss for waitresses and pearl divers as they are awaiting their eighth girl.


We now see Joe Casavant operating his own dairy farm which consists of one skinny cow and a flock of registered chickens which he claims lay golden eggs.


We see that Angela is a very devoted wife to her disabled veteran who had the misfortune of losing his big toe while cleaning his rifle; but that doesn’t stop him from helping her in her poppy factory.

Ten years from now if you happen to be in the flourishing city of Thorne and are in need of a good taxi cab driver just call on Rene Casavant who got his well rounded cab driver’s education in old DHS.


Margaret Metcalfe is in seventh heaven since she has just taken over her father’s ranch and now her only desire is to get ahold of some good ranch hand who will also make a prospective husband.


After twenty years of hard labor as a grease monkey Henry Hackman has been promoted to assistant manager of Robert’s Service.  Some may say the promotion was due to the fact that he married the boss’s daughter.


It is now 1985 and everyone is closely watching Warren Anderson fight for the Heavyweight Championship of that year.  He is sure to win because of his daily practice on his wife, Carol Pritchard.


We no longer see the smiling face of Joan Salmonson seated in the office of DHS as her place has been filled by Helen Rivard who couldn’t bear to leave the educational atmosphere of school life.


Clifford Henry has just inherited his father’s farm and his main crops are rye and little football players.


This concludes the prophesy of the Class of 1965.


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       Happy Birthday Don Lamoureus (DHS ’75): Bethel, MN
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Happy Birthday Deb Striker Kubela: (DHS ’74): Wahpeton, ND
Striker Kubela, Deb 2159


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


THANK YOU so much for all the memories that YOU have communicated to Dunseith class members !

YOUR faithfulness, perseverance, editing and always-meaningful contribution is a gift from YOU to be

appreciated by each of US.  LEE     s      12-28-2014

Thank you Lee for the nice compliment. It is my pleasure.



Cebu, Philippines
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Blog (223) posted on September 15, 2008


From Sandra Zeiler Vandal (62):
Note: Sandra’s parents are Arnold & Lorna (Casavant) Zeiler

Hi Gary,

Had a great ten days with the folks.  We brought them back to ND Fri.   Mom went to Dunseith her Junior & Senior year.

and stayed with the Ole Evans family.  She became good friends with Helen Evans and they remain in touch.  When the folks come to visit, we get together for lunch or coffee.  Rodney Evans, wife Helen (Vandal) & Helen McCrossan were out this past week.  So, it’s a nice family gathering.  Mom enjoyed the time spent with the Evans

family. They had a dairy farm, and helped with that.  Dad met her sometime in those two years, and the rest is history.         Thanks, Sandra


From Vickie Hiatt LaFontaiane (73): 

Good morning all,  I have so enjoyed reading Florence Hiatt Dahls stories of uncle Harry.  I was born 9-30-55 and I remember dad saying that uncle Harry went to my crib and said it won’t be long and I’ll have you laughing.  Well he died 15 days later.  I know by the stories my dad loved him very much.  As far as grandma Margie and all of her baking WHAT ABOUT THE SUGAR COOKIES they were the best with coffee.  As far back as I can remember I would sit on grandpa willies lap and dip those cookies in his coffee.  Of course most of the cookie went in the coffee, so at the end he would drink his cofffee of the top. That is probably why I drink a pot or more of coffee daily.  I also have fond memories of is pipe and of course is dog sheep.  To David Slyter Lets not forget how much grandma margie appreciated Chad and all his hard work,She thought your son was pretty special kid. Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine ” 73″


From Keith Pladson (66): 


Just a general comment.  I am continuously amazed at all of the inter-relatedness of different families in and around Dunseith/the Turtle Mountains.  Without this blog that you have put together, Gary, I would not have known of most of them.  Like you Gary, I have lived away from the Dunseith/Bottineau/Turtle Mountain area all of my adult life.  Unlike you, I have not kept as closely connected to my past as you have yours.  Thus, I keep finding myself going something like “…oh, so that’s the connection…”
Two that effect me personally come to mind.  I now know I am related to Bev Morinville Azure.  I would not have known that without her input on shingles and her reference to “her” cousin Jean Pladson.  Jean is also a cousin to me through her marriage to Duane Pladson (my Dad’s first cousin).  Likewise, I now also know I am related to Vickie Metcalfe.  She mentioned her connection to Sallie Knutson, daughter of Mary and Leroy (Bud) Knutson.  I am a cousin to both Mary (on my Mom’s side) and Bud (on my Dad side).  Facinating stuff.  (I should point out that some of these cousins of mine I refer to are of those “once removed” types, but never-the-less we are related.)

Also, to Dale Pritchard (another cousin), I sure hope hurricane Ike didn’t get you too bad.  Like you, we live in a hurricane prone area here in Virginia.  Fortunately we live several miles in from the coast so have a pretty good buffer zone to protect us from much of the wrath of the storms.  However, when we bought our current home (seventeen years ago) we wanted water front property so we bought a home on Aquia Creek which is a tributary to the Potomac River, which in turn is a tributary to the Cheasapeake Bay.  It is all tidal water so we can be and have been directly effected by the swells associated with hurricanes off the East Coast.  Twice in the past seventeen years we have had hurricanes that came in near the mouth of the Cheasapeake Bay (1996 and 2005) and thus they pushed a lot of water back up through the entire system and we could only watch and wait and hope and pray that the water would stop rising before it got to our house.  We’ve been lucky.  Both times it stopped before reaching our house – though it wouldn’t have taken much more in either case.  Both times the water level did rise about 6 – 7 feet and did flood many other homes in our development that lie lower than ours.  Unfortunately the last one in 2005 [Izzabell (sp?)] knocked out our power for four days.  Fortunately I have a generator and was able to produce enough power to run some lights, refrigerators, etc. for not only ourselves but for the next door neighbors on both side of us as well.  So good luck with Ike, Dale — I know what you face.

P.S.  Thanks again Gary for what you have going here.

Keith, I also share Jean Pladson as a first cousin with the Morinville’s.  Jean’s mother Olga Hanson Haseldahl was my dads sister. Jean’s dad, Bert Hanson, was a brother the the Morinville’s mother, Frances.


From Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

I sent this candid story of Carroll Carlson to Vickie and she thought it

might be of interest to the rest of the readers. I need to apologize for
a few ‘off color’ words but this was our old buddy and that was how he
told it. Thanks Gary!





I will try to fill the gaps with some of Carroll’s stories. The
story started out that they had traveled for quite a ways one day
and found a house where they decided to rest for the night. Two of
their crew went to the upstairs to sleep. Carroll and another guy
were on the main floor and one or two more were in the basement, One
guy stayed outside to guard the 105 tracked howitzer. These units
were nicknamed ‘Priests’ because the protective shield around the
top resembled a priests collar. They had just gone to sleep when
they heard a low flying plane go over. Then Carroll said he could
hear it coming back and he knew they were about to be shot up or
bombed. He said he ran for the basement door just as the bomb hit
and it blew him into the basement. There was a stone wall down the
center of the house all the way to the roof and the bomb actually
exploded when it hit the top of that wall or he thinks they would
all have been blown to bits! If I remember correctly, Carroll said
that Lewis was hurt and one guy was either killed or had his arm
blown off. It seems to me he said the guy watching the ‘Priest’ was
killed, but I’m not sure on that. The guys upstairs were full of
wood splinters and got Purple Heart medals, but not Carroll. He said
when he landed in the cellar he landed on a sleeping GI and the guy
woke up and started fighting with Carroll for a few seconds until he
realized who it was! Carroll had his little sly laugh when he said,
” The son of a bitch wanted to fight me, heh, heh,heh”! He came over
to our place many times to watch my WWII documentaries. We usually
had him come for supper first and then watch war history. He just
loved it and commented continually about what was right or wrong in
the film. One night I showed a film on Normandy. The narrator said,
“On Omaha Beach there was little opposition and rather flat
terrain”. Carroll sat up on the couch and said, “That dumb bastard
doesn’t know what the hell he is talking about, there was a 100 foot
cliff we had to climb and the Germans were dropping grenades on us
from the top, killing guys on the ropes”! Just a short while later,
the narrator said, “Farther down on Omaha, men were killed by the
hundreds, as they tried desperately  to scale a 90 foot  cliff
directly into a well fortified  German  stronghold”!  Carroll said,
“There  g–d–it’!  He knew the road signs as they passed the camera
and would comment on what happened at most of the places. It was
very interesting to me, as I am interested in history of all kinds
and especially WWII. Carroll gave me a first hand account that was
fantastic. Our WWII vets are leaving us now at a rate of something
like 1500 per day, so these first hand stories will soon be gone!
I’m sure glad Carroll shared as many of them with me as he did. He
was quite a guy!



Folks, I was very absent minded yesterday and totally forgot to include part 8 of Carroll’s Traveling Years by Vickie.  There are 13 parts in all.  Gary



On June  1, 1944. Carroll and his crew boarded a  LCT Landing Craft ..  Batteries One,  Two, and Three were boarded on one landing craft. and Carroll’s Battery Number four,  along with five and six were loaded on another landing craft.    Three tanks, three jeeps and the men rode  across  the English Channel on the LCT’s.

……..They waited.
The LCT’s  traveled the English Channel to the French Coast…….

and waited . ……

Then, they took their role in  D-Day.   The six  batteries fired from the landing crafts over the other ships onto the beach.


The  LCT’s then pulled back….. and waited, “there was dust and smoke and  we couldn’t’ see anything”.   After a time the LCT’s landed.
“The dead, were  laying all over Omaha Beach.'”    “The Medic Section was good. There were  two or three medics assigned to each battery, they did anything they could to help the living.  The dead were left.  No one  bothered the dead.   Another unit, from the back ,  would come up later,  ” a grave registration outfit who would pick  up the dead, identify and bury them.”

While in Normandy, Carroll’s Battery was attached to the 16th infantry of the First . Division.   Carroll’s unit was awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation.

Carroll’s Traveling Years will Continue with part 9 tomorrow:

Folks, I talked to Patty Boguslawski Gottbreht (65) today and she said, she and a lot of her Allard cousins hiked up to Butte Saint Paul last week.  She said it was a beautiful day and they really had a lot of fun doing it.  She said Carol Allard (65) was home visiting and joined them on the hike.  This is a picture that Kenny Nerpel (65) provided last year.  That is Kenny standing in the picture.  Gary

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