2/28/2015 (2192)

     Happy Birthday Gary Morgan (’54): Garrison, ND
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Lillian Thompson Cain Bergstrom (’36)
Message from her son Ron Cain:  Superior WI.

Thanks to the power of the internet (and Mr. Gary Stokes exceptional blog)-I was recently introduced to another 2nd cousin-Ms. Mary Knudson. Gary was the first.

I am a fairly new member of the computer world but have figured how to enter this site on a daily basis and I suspect I will find more genealogical connections in the future.

Your effort in taking up the challenges in maintaining your site reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:

“I expect to pass through this world but once.  Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show for any fellow creature, let me do it now.  Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.


Ron Cain
(aka R.D. O’Cain)
(don’t forget the Irish!)


Gary’s Reply

Your mothers, mother was a Stokes, sister to my granddad. Mrs William Pritchard was a Thompson, sister to your mother’s dad.

Yes indeed, Mary Eurich Knutson is one of the finest, sweetest and nicest persons on the face of this earth. With this picture I thought I’d introduce you to the rest of the Eurich family too, all great folks.

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Postings provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Angus Campbell’s 90 Birthday Celebration


As most of you know, for the past 40 years Angus has been pretty close to my brother Darrel (Bud) and his family. It is truly a father son relationship.

Angus fell in his house this morning, breaking his leg below the knee. He is currently in St. Andrews Hospital. Angus’ main concern was his birthday celebration Tomorrow (Sunday). The hospital has made arrangements for him to celebrate his birthday in their cafeteria. Needless to say he is a happy camper looking forward to this big celebration.

Happy Birthday Angus. – St. Andrews is on my distribution so hopefully they will see this and give you a copy.


Les Halvorson with his son Lance at the Bottineau Gun show
Halvorson, Les



(May 8, 1932 – February 24, 2015) 

Madeline Peltier, age 82 of Dunseith, died on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 in her home. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 10:00 A. M. in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Dunseith. Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery of rural Dunseith. A wake will be held on Thursday beginning at 6:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 8:00 P.M. in the Church.

Madeline Peltier, a daughter of Frank and Virginia (Delorme) St. Claire, was born on May 8, 1932 at Dunseith. She was reared and educated in the Dunseith area. On November 15, 1950 she was married to Edward Peltier at Dunseith. Madeline began working at San Haven as a nurses aide. She worked there for 32 years. Madeline later worked at the Dunseith Community Nursing Home for 10 years.

Throughout her life she enjoyed baking, crocheting, embroidering, playing bingo, playing kings corners with Dad, visiting with Betty on the phone each night, going to mass, family gatherings, sitting outside on nice summer days, sharing recipes, and trying new recipes.

She is survived by her husband, Edward Peltier of Dunseith; children, Ruby Peltier of Dunseith, ND, Curtis Peltier (Delema) of Dunseith, ND, Carmelita Hunt (David Hunt) of Dunseith, ND, Darrel Peltier (Rachelle) of Wasilla, AK, Barbara Eaglestaff (Bill) of Eagle Butte, SD, Brian Peltier (Angela) of Wasilla, AK, Joan Wall (Ken) of Dunseith, ND, Lisa Graham (C.J.) of Grand Forks, ND, Mark Peltier (Sarah) of Seattle, WA, Kevin Peltier (Julita) of Tacoma, WA; 30 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Elaine Thompson (Francis) of Westminster, CO, Roger St.Claire (Dawn) of Bothell, WA, Veronica Hensley of Ashland, KA, Genny Egger of Denver, CO, Jeanie Valentine (Jim) of Edgewater, MD, Katleen Azure (Pat) of Belcourt, ND; brothers, Richard St. Claire (Betty) of Belcourt, ND, Jim St. Claire of Belcourt, ND and Norman St. Claire of Great Falls, MT.

Madeline was preceded in death by: 2 baby boys, parents, Frank and Virginia St. Claire; two brothers, Dwight St. Claire and Michael St. Claire; sister, Connie DeCoteau and one grandchild, Jessica Eaglestaff.


Condolences to the Edward Peltier family on the loss of  Madellne.
From Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

I knew Madeline as a wonderful gracious  lady!

She was warm, kind  and friendly to all.

For a time Mrs. Peltier  also worked  at the Dunseith School with absentee students.

I remember  the  students loved and respected her immensely.


Vickie Metcalfe


Don Corbin (Teacher/Principal DHS)
Picture provided by Pat Corbin Miller, Tempe, AZ

Do with his brother-in-law Ernie Miller.

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

There was this old lady that loved her dog very dearly. When her dog passed away, she was devastated. After mass she pulls the priest aside and asks if he could do a funeral for her dog. He replies, I’m sorry mam, but we don’t do funerals for dogs. The lady says, but he was the only one I had left, he was part of my family! He still kept on saying, I’m sorry we don’t do funerals for dogs. The lady finally asks, well, do you know where I can find someone to do a funeral for him, and do you think that $1000 would be enough to pay him? The priest jumps in and says, Oh, you didn’t tell me your dog was Catholic.

Blog (258) posted on October 21, 2008


Reply from Eleanar Nerpel Bishop’s (38) duaghter Ann Myers: 

Hello Gary –

Thanks for the email about my mom’s class. I printed it out and gave it to her.  I also printed out and gave the information on the cruise to my Uncle Gus Nerpel (my mom’s brother). Don’t know if he was interested or not.

Ann Myers
Ann, does you uncle Gus Nerpel have email? With the Bedard’s, Anderson’s & Nerpel’s, you have a lot of cousins/relatives from Dunseith, a lot of whom are included with our daily distribution. Gary


Reply from Bernard Morin (76):

Yes Bev, I have to agree with you that Lyle is a great storyteller. I remember being in shop class & our assignment was to give a 10 minute speech. When it came to Lyle’s turn his speech was titled ” The Brown Cow”. I don’t remember the whole speech but I believe there were only 11 different words in the entire speech. By the time his 10 minutes were up the whole class was in stitches including Mr. Enander who I think was the shop teacher at the time. I don’t know what grade Lyle received for his speech but it should have been 110% for delivery.                      In reply to Mel Kuhn, I’m also in the dark on the whereabouts of these gathering places that Lyle speaks of. I believe that these gatherings only involved classes from 71 to 75 as the class of 76 was very studious and the majority.
Reply from Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

Mel must be running for office. We all know he wrote the book on Beer
Can Alley, the Butte, and most other party spots! His old red and black
56 Olds and then his blue 55 Ford were seen at most of the parties. The
only conclusion I can come up with is that his memory has really gone
bad or he is planning a run for some political office. Mel, it won’t
work–we’ll blow your cover! Thanks Gary!



Reply from Allen Richard (65): 

To Mel Kuhn–

Like you I never quite figured out the name and location of some of the “hot spots.”  There was one on Dad’s land that was south of Ernest LaCroix’s place and 1/2 mile east of the road from HWY 5 to the old Currie School.  I guess it got started sometime after 1970.  Anyway we had to clean a lot of cans from our sickle bar of the swather and dodge bottles to keep from cutting tires.

Dad got wind of the names of a couple people who were in — the class of ’72— I think.  He knew one of the kids pretty well and asked him/her  if they could simply toss everything into a pile.  Next time we went to work the field, not only was there a big pile, but the whole area had been pretty well picked up.  Thanks guys — you saved us a few flats and broken sickle blades!



Reply from Diane Berg Rhealt (79): 

Lyle, I love your story.  I felt like I was reading a book, and I could envision all the places in my mind (well not all, the only lake I went to was Adams Lake-& with my cousin Sue Berg), but I used to watch you guys in a few of your games at Campbell’s home when I was little.  & later, I learned about some of the other places mentioned.  Those really were the days!!  You really should write a book.  I would buy a copy!!  Love you, man!

Diane (Berg)Rheault


Reply from Rod Hiatt (69): 

Good morning all
When Lyle was talking about George, it reminded me of a song by Jimmy Dean about Big Bad John who with the blow of a big right hand sent a Louisiana man to the promised land. Well that could have been Big Bad George.

One night at a party, one of George’s younger brothers and myself got
into a small altercation that didn’t last long and I figured was all
over. Well a few days later a couple of us and dates were in at the
Garden Lanes bowling and George walked through the door. He came
straight over to me and with 1 blow put me either threw or over 3 rows
of chairs(good thing the chairs stopped me or I might have starved to
death rolling) George said nothing just turned and walked out. About a
week later I happened to be back over in Dunseith again(not claiming to
be the smartest one in the family) I think at Dales station when the
door opened and in came George heading straight over to me. I think my
life might have flashed in front of my eyes, when George stretched his
hand out to shake. He said” I’m sorry Roddy for the other day, but he is
my little brother and I just had to do it. I hope we’re still friends”
George and I remained friends and I respect him still today as a friend,
a gentleman and a man with one hell of a big right hand.


Reply/Picture from Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Hi Gary,

This is another courthouse picture.  Chances are slim this is George Malaterre, but you never know, so I thought I’d send it to you. :)


Unknown Boxer

Vicky Bergan’s picture provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:



Glenda Anderson Bergan’s (60) reply to Gary: 

HI Gary

Got your email with Vicky’s picture, yes she is my daughter, she graduated from Dunseith in 1982, and the picture is when she was” North Dakota state Horse show association queen”  (NDSHSA) in 1983.

She lives in Princeton, MN  And her married name is, Vicky Bergan-Dietz.

and also I’d like to thank you for all the Dunseith memories.

Glenda Anderson Bergan

Glenda, this is a beautiful picture of Vicky.  She is for sure a queen. We’d love to get Vicky’s email address if she has one. Glenda, I think I remember you telling me that you are a sister to Lorenzo Anderson (63)?  Have I remember that correctly?  Many of our readers remember your husband David’s family too, the Clayton Bergan Family. They lived North and East of Dunseith on what think they call the Jack Rabbit Highway.  I could be out to lunch with the name of road, but I know exactly which road it is.  Gary

     Vicky Bergan – “1983 North Dakota state Horse show association queen”
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                                   Dunseith High School Class of 1963

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Anderson Lorenzo 10250 County Road 49 Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3912 No email address
2 Bergan-Harris Carol 2300 Maple Ave. # 122 Torrance CA 90503 (310) 320-3073 charris@hrl.com
3 Berube Tom 1011 Kersten St, Apt 101 Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3660 No email address
4 Cuadrado Manuel 2009 S 88th St Omaha, NE 68124 (402) 680-1674 mcuadrado@tconl.com
5 Dubois Dennis 3874 124th Cir NW Minneapolis, MN 55433 (763) 755-4144 No email address
6 Evans Jim PO Box302 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5710 evanscher@hotmail.com
7 Gottbreht-Dutra Francie 5716 Thornbury Dr. SE LACEY, WA  98513 (360) 943-9232       C 360-556-4317 atdutra@comcast.net
8 Henry Bill PO Box 584 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4052 No email address
9 Hiatt Laurel 9729 20th Ave NE Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2389 hiattranch@srt.com
10 Houle Gary 10944 MISSISSIPPI DR N CHAMPLIN, MN  55316 763) 427-5673 No email address
Johnson Mike vbfjohnson@hotmail.com
11 Kalk Julian 5415 Aurora Ave Des Moines, IA 50310 (515) 334-5089
12 Lamoureux Lyle 7290 Butte Vis Prescott Valley, AZ 86314 (928) 772-5406 lamfgo@aol.com
13 Landsverk-Beckman Sharon 1621 95th St NE Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3041      C (701)-871-0483 dal@utma.com
14 Link Joe Born March 28, 1944     –     Died July 26, 1990 Deceased
15 McCloud-Gladue Diane RR #1 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5957 No email address
16 Millang-Bostic Linda 113 WILLOW ST NE BUFFALO, MN  55313 (763) 682-4608 No email address
17 Moyer Val 1469 Highway 5 NE Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3372 vjmtruck@msn.com
18 Myer Garrett PO Box 66 Decker, MT 59025 (406) 757-2537 No email address
19 Peterson-Harmsen Sharon 216 TORONTO DR BISMARCK, ND  58503 (701) 223-0734 harm0825@bis.midco.net
20 Pigeon Russell 64 Third Ln NW Hazen, ND 58545 (701) 487-3388 bwpigeon@restel.net (Brother Bruce)
21 Pritchard Dale 131 Magnolia Loop Leesville, LA 71446 (337) 239-7426 dale.pritchard@us.army.mil
22 Quillinan-Larmore Darlene PO Box43 Bivalve, MD 21814 (410) 873-2869 darlar1@verizon.net
23 Quillinan-Halvorson Denise PO Box 628 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5889 dhalvorson@securitystatebanknd.com
24 Salmonson-Helgeland Kathy RR #1 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4630 kathyhelge07@srt.com
25 Shelver David 2045 Pima Dr N Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403 (928) 505-3873 annapeet@citlink.net
26 Smith Eldon 14680 Wide Hallow Rd. Yakima, WA. 98908 509-480-8009 No email address
27 Wenstad Laurel 300 Hester St.E Dundas, MN. 55019 (612) 205 9100 lwenstad@live.com
27 Wheeler Rick 722 5TH AVE SW RONAN, MT  59864 (406) 676-5525 No email address


2/26/2015 (2191)

Happy Birthday Paulette LaCroix Chisholm (’68):   Newark, DE
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   Happy Birthday Bobbie Slyter (’70): Wichita, KS
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   Happy Birthday Dianne Robert Johnson (’76): Rolla, ND
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Age Correction for Lillian Berstrom/Cain/Thompson
From Ron Cain:  Superior, WI.

00PS!  Correction.  Lillian Bergstrom/Cain/Thompson recently celebrated w/family her 99th birthday (Feb.21)-not her 98th.  Ron Cain

Don Corbin Family Photo
Reply from Bob Lykins (DHS Teacher):  Hutto, TX

Gary,  Great photo of Don Corbin and his family.  Once again you have brought forward great memories.  Don and Leann lived just across the street from the apartment that Evelyn and I had those first years of our marriage.  We spent a lot of time visiting with them.  At school the science storeroom and Don’s unofficial office was also a favorite gathering place for Hepper, myself and Bob Jury to take a break along with Don and catch up on the day’s events.  Nice to learn about what has happened to the family as I lost touch with Don many years ago.  That’s what makes this blog so marvellous.  It looks like I will not be able to make it to the reunion this summer.  A friend and colleague from overseas will be visiting and we will head to Chicago for a get together with other folks from my days in the Pacific and Europe.  Hopefully you guys will have another get together that I can make.

Bob Lykins


2/23/2015 Cebu, Philippines
On our way to the February Cebu Expat dinner at the Quest hotel.
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2/23/2015 Cebu Expat dinner at the Quest Hotel
With 132 from our group, they gave us their whole main dining area.
They had 50 regular walk-in customers that they seated in side rooms.

Our good friend Em-Em. Note: Art Hagen in the red shirt standing on the right.
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Joke of the day
Posted by Don Malaterre (’72):  Sioux Falls, SD

Patrick Flanagan came home drunk every evening around ten.
Now, the Missus was never too happy about it, either.

So one night she hides in the cemetery and figures to scare the beejeezus out of him.

As poor Patrick wanders by, up from behind a tombstone she jumps in a red devil costume screaming,

“Patrick Sean Flanagan, sure and ya’ don’t give up you’re drinkin’ and it’s to Hell I’ll take ye'”.

Patrick, undaunted, staggered back and demanded, “Who are you?”.

Too that the Missus replied, “I’m the divil ya’ old fool”.

To which Patrick remarked,
“Damned glad to meet you sir, I’m married to your sister.”


Blog (257) posted on October 20, 2008


From Lyle Olson (75): 

Gary and all:

I received quite a few personal responses to my stories and one of the people mentioned my good friend George Malaterre.  George was (and is) an amazing guy.  He was quite the athlete in his day.  He played basketball with a “big man’s” sense of position, even though he stood only about 5’8″ tall.  Some of my fondest memories center around stamping VOIT across his forehead a number of times when he tried to make a shot and I stuffed him.  He was also an excellent football player – he was fast and could catch any ball thrown to him.  Many people know he was a great boxer as well.

I am sure many people remember George boxing Bob Brennan at the Honsey garage.  However, how many remember the undercard in that fight.  Well, among others, Curt Berg and I boxed..  Now I was an 8th grader at the time but quite big for my age.  Curt must have been a sophomore and everyone knows that he had attained high school size in the 5th grade!!  He was the epitome of a lean, mean fighting machine and I was talked into lacing up the gloves and boxing him.  It is now hard to believe that anyone that dumb could have made it through law school and became a federal Administrative Law Judge!!!

Well the fight between George and Bob was quite the attraction as it pitted a city kid against a hill kid.  Hence, the Honsey garage was packed with kids from all over.  I remember having George lace up the boxing gloves for me and Curt Berg looking at me with a sick smile across his face.  Looking back now I should have realized then and there that my life was about to flash before my very eyes — dead and not even a freshman.  Well, too late to back down I stepped out to meet Curt on that hard cement floor.  I do not really remember if a bell rung but the fight started and I immediately started dancing around like I knew what I was doing.  Well, Curt – never one to waste time doing anything – walked right up and him me square in solar plexus, better known as a soft belly not used to hard work.  He hit me so hard I literally saw stars and all the wind left not only my body but also took with it any sense of time or position.  The fight was over in matter of seconds.  Curt showed some remorse but not much.  I think he would have preferred that the fight had lasted a few more seconds if not at least one round so he could rearrange a tolerable looking face!  However, I robbed him of that pleasure – my only victory of the night!

The main event between George and Bob take place and all agreed that while Bob put up a valiant fight, George was easily the victor.  City kids ruled, at least for that night.  Bob and George remained good friends over the years.  As for Curt and I, we also remain good friends.  Indeed, Keith (Curt’s younger brother) and I traveled to Curt’s place in Colorado a couple of times to play golf with Curt in Grand Junction and Fort Lupton several years ago.

Now back to George.  Many know he worked as an ambulance driver for the Indian Health Services in Belcourt.  When my stepfather had a medical crisis George was the ambulance driver.  He called the hospital the next day and I talked to him.  He was sincerely interested in how my stepfather was doing and how my mother was doing.  When my mother was dealing with cancer she experienced many seizures and had to be taken the hospital many times.  George was again the driver on many occasions and each time he reached out to see how she was doing.  That is George, fists of stone and the heart of a Dunseith Dragon!


Corbin Family in 2004, provided by Dawn Corbin:

Folks, Dawn Corbin (Mr. Corbin’s Daughter) has provided these pictures of her family, the Corbin family.  These pictures were taken at her brother, Scott’s Wedding, in 2004. These are great pictures! What a beautiful family.  Mr.Corbin looks great!  Many of us have not seen him sense the 60’s, when he was teaching at DHS. As most of you know, Mr. Corbin was born and raised in Bottineau.  His dad was Otto and was the owner of Corby’s trading post in Bottineau for many years.

Dawn, please let me know if I have miss identified you guys in these photo’s.

Back: Dawn, Mark & Bob
Middle: LeAnn, Mrs. Scott, Scott & Don (Mr. Corbin)
Front: Terri & Irene (Mr. Corbin’s wife)
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Don & LeAnn Corbin’s Children:
Mark, Dawn, Scott, Terri & Bob Corbin
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                             Corbin Family with grandchildren
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                                   Dunseith High School Class of 1962

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Aamodt Larry 16383 West Preston Av Goodyear, AZ 85395 623-935-3502  
2 Abrahamson Wagers Elaine PO Box 1994 Auburn, WA 98071 253-373-1815  
3 Allery Hubert   653 4th Ave. N  Appt # 1 Fargo, ND 58102 (701) 730-6402  
4 Bedard James 1119 S Main St Sheridan, WY 82801 307 655-5761 No email address
5 Bedard McDaniels Jean 533 Great Falls St Falls Church, VA 22046 703-241-7874 No email address
6 Bedard McClanahan Juay 3638 Kunz Ct, Unit D Fort Collins, CO 80526 970-266-0868
7 Bedard Strong Margaret PO Box 427 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5583 No email address
8 Berube Franchuk Rachael 20481 Jacklight Ln Bend, OR 97702    
9 Berube Robert/Jeanie 3620 Pine Knot Dr Valrico, FL 33596 (813) 654-0551  
10 Bott Maier Mary 827 Highway 13 SE Linton, ND 58552 (701) 254-5381 No email address
11 Burcham Sime Connie RR 1  Box 105 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4579 No email address
12 Coleman Clayton (CJ) PO Box 791 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 389-0066 cjcconstruction@invisimax.com
13 Delorme Gunville Doris Born September 25, 1944    –    Died January 24, 1999 Deceased
14 Eurich Knutson Mary 10549 23rd Ave NE Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4345 No email address
15 Fauske Monte Connie 162 DAVES VIEW DR Kalama, WA 98625 (360) 673-1620  
16 Grenier Ronald 908  1st  Ave Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 246-3246 rongQutma.com
17 Hosmer Baldwin Nancy 65 Westergaard Rd Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 263-6383  
18 LaCroix Charlotte PO Box 30 Kalaupapa, HI 96742 (808) 567-9280  
19 LaRocque Eden Joann Box 911 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-0856 No email address
20 Lopez Carlos M      
21 McCoy James PO Box 486 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5748 No email address
22 Metcalfe Barden Helen 3233 D 15th Ave S Fargo, ND 58103 (701) 232-6156  
23 Nadeau St Claire Mary Born July 25, 1943    –    Died July 3, 2001 Deceased
24 Pearson Zeiler Sharon RR #1  Box 119 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4722 No email address
25 Parlade Corral Maria (Maruchi) 2618 San Domingo St Coral Gables, FL 33134 (305) 445 3570  
26 Pladson Sime Florence RR #1 Box 16 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4710  
27 Pritchard John Born October 2, 1943    –    Died October 3, 1984 Deceased
28 Sime Daniel PO Box 29051 Laughlin, NV 89028 (702) 358-3433 No email address
29 Williams Richard PO Box 1002 Belcourt, ND 58316 (701) 477-5127 No email address
30 Zeiler Vandal Sandra 13520 231st Ave NW Elk River, MN 55330 (763) 441-3412  
31 Zorn Gerdes Sharon 6592 Aberdour Circle Windsor, CO 80550 (970) 797-2013  


2/23/2015 (2190)

   Happy Birthday Lorraine Richard Nelson (DHS ’46): Mesa, AZ
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  Happy Birthday Alan Poitra (DHS ’76) Bloomington, MN
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Lillian Bergstrom/Cain/ Thompson’s 98th birthday (Dunseith H.S. 1936 ).
Posting from Ron Cain:  Superior, WS

Greetings Gary:

Family members will be gathering this afternoon in celebration of Lillian Bergstrom/Cain/ Thompson’s 98th birthday (Dunseith H.S. 1936 ).  Other than some difficulty in hearing- she is doing well and needs no prodding in recalling stories of her youth and family.  Her beloved state of N.D. remains strong in her heart and we always enjoy hearing her stories.

Ron Cain (son)

Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Lillian, to my knowledge, is the oldest living Dunseith High School Graduate.

Lillian was a sister to Ella Pladson and Esther Tangen.

She was a first cousin to my Dad, Bob Stokes. She was also a first cousin to Robert, Corbin & Winifred (Eurich) Pritchard.

So Ron, we are all related.

Please wish your mother, Lillian, a very happy birthday from all of us. Tell her we are thinking of her.



Message from Orval Moren (Peace Lutheran Pastor):  Coon Rapids, MN

Hello from Orval Moren, (Pastor at Peace Lutheran Parish1960-63)

Thank for keeping me on your e-mail list.  Greetings to my congregants!


Leonard Fred Eller Passed away
Message from  Ivy Eller Robert (’74):  Bottineau, ND


My brother Leonard Eller passed away yesterday just before 2pm. He is at peace now. The funeral will be sometime next week, not sure yet.

Ivy (Eller) Robert 74

Ivy, Our condolence are with you and Leonard’s family with his passing.  Gary


Postings from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND

Leonard Fred Eller, Sr.
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(September 15, 1932 – February 18, 2015)

Leonard Eller,Sr., age 82, of Belcourt, ND passed away on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at Good Samaritan Society, Bottineau, ND.

A visitation will begin at 5 PM on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Belcourt, ND with a Rosary Service at 7 PM. Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 10 AM in the church with Fr. Jeff Eppler presiding. Burial will be in St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery, Belcourt, ND in the spring.

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


Five Generations
Kathy Gregory, Dawn Gregory Allard, Melody Allard Lemke, Garrett Rude and Ian Rude
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I’m including info I received from Pat Corbin Miller, Don’s sister.  She said it’s OK to share it with you/your readers.


Hi Neola,

That’s my brother Don, his wife (at the time), Leann, Bob and Dawn. Don is remarried. Don and Irene live here in Mesa. Leann is still single and lives in Bismarck. Dawn is a real estate agent in Scottsdale and Bob is a vp of Schwan’s Co in Mn.

How’s that for history..
Thanks for sharing.


Blog (256) posted on October 19, 2008

Update for Shirley LaRocque Wendt (59) from Susan Brew Roussin (59):

Shirley came out of her surgery fine, Wednesday, according to her sister, Ginger.  I’m sure many prayers were answered for her, her doctors, nurses and families.  Thanks much.  Love to one and all.


Reply from Bev Morinville Azure (72): 

Hey Lyle  great stories thanks for the memories. You  were and still are one of the  best story tellers of all times. Miss you bro and love ya


Reply from Mel Kuhn (70): 


I just have a few questions for Lyle. How come I didn’t know of these party places that you mentioned? Places like Beer Can Alley, the Butte, going to Canada and the likes of that. None of this must of been going on when I was in school. And here I thought that you underclassmen were the same straight-laced hard working young adults that we were[Class of 70]. I’m glad that I wasn’t involved in any of those type of shenanigans. Shame on you guy’s.

Mel Kuhn[70]
Reply from Sybil Johnson: 

Those pictures of the Peace Gardens are sure a deception of what it is today/the last time I was there. I use to escape from Bernice (ha!ha!) and go up there

as my refuge/ drive up from Minot several times, just for the refuge it gives. The Chapel is amazing with the Towers. Just walking around/driving was very peaceful.

I remember going up there early in the morning, when the ground fog was just rising and seeing 2 deer in the distance. What a sight! Sybil Johnson

Thank you from Neola Kofoid Garbe:  


When you send one of your Dunseith Alumni emails, will you please include a message from me, thanking your many readers who respond in any way to the pictures I send to you, and you include in your mailing?  I really appreciate the identifications/mailing addresses/requests for pictures/emails/etc. from your readers.  As you know, I thoroughly enjoy working with these pictures and getting them to people who are interested in having them.  It’s going rather slowly, as I’m not a very organized person–I have pictures all over my apartment.  When I’ve been in Minot for awhile, I forget what I was doing with the pictures before I left, and I have to start over.  Uff da!!!

Thanks for all do, Gary. :)


Neola, That thank you should be reversed.  We thank you for everything you provide and have provided.  Your contributions are greatly appreciated.  Being primarily a Bottineau girl, you have learned to know many Dunseith folks doing what you are doing and they have for sure learned to know you.  We all know the time involved with the research and scanning of these pictures/articles that you provide, that we thoroughly enjoy.  THANK YOU.  Gary
Campbell family Picture provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Alan Cambell Family stamped November 27, 1970:
Top: Rich (68), Phyllis & Alan (42)
Bottom: Jeff (76), Cathy (73) & Dave (71)
Campbell, Alan 2190


Reply from Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

Lyle Olson’s memories of basketball at Campbell’s was well remembered

and well written. Alan and Phyllis Campbell allowed many of us kids into
their home over the years. They always made us feel welcome. There were
rules we were expected to follow and we did. I know all the kids had,
and still have, a lot of respect for both of them and it was deserved.
We were either playing basketball in front of their garage or in the
basement playing pool or ping-pong nearly every day. One memory I have
about playing basketball there was on a day after I had been dressed up
for something and then stopped by Campbell’s in my good clothes. My
folks had bought me a new pair of shoes I really wanted. They were for
the prom or something, fancy wingtip brogues. I remember Mom saying they
would buy them, but I better take care of them because they cost $35. It
was a lot for shoes in 1966. Anyway, after I got to Campbell’s, still in
my suit clothes, we got into a hot and heavy basketball game. The
jackets came off and we got down and dirty to beat the other team. After
about an hour I thought I felt something on the bottom of my foot,
probably a blister. It finally caused me enough trouble that I looked at
the bottom of my new shoes and one had worn completely through to my
sock from the rough concrete! I knew I was dead or worse! I wore those
shoes for a long time with a piece of cardboard in the bottom so they
wouldn’t know what I had done. I nearly panicked any time I had to kneel
or sit where my folks might see the hole in my shoe! After I had them
for quite a while I got Alphie Dion to halfsole them and all was good
again. I remember keeping them polished so my folks wouldn’t pick them
up. They probably wouldn’t have been that mad anyway, but when you are a
kid you think like a kid! Thanks Gary!


Reply from Tim Martinson (69): 

Hi Gary,

I’ve dusted off the keyboard after the letter from Lyle Olson so
that I could send this picture of Lyle
and myself and tell what led up to a road trip and this picture in
the first place.

One of the most enjoyable times of my life was at the end of the
summer when there was a small
break in the happenings at the Bakery.  The baking for the Music Camp
at the Peace Garden was
finished and the area schools had not yet started.  When I was young
dad baked for the day schools
in the hills and also for the Belcourt school.  I went along on many
of these delivery trips through the hill
country, always full of questions, but I think dad really had me
along to ride shot gun and keep him
from dozing off, yet he would always tell me to pay attention and
watch out for deer and other animals
that may be on the road.

A family vacation was usually a weekend ( Sat/Sun).  The favorite
spot to go to was Riding Mountain
National Park, north of Brandon, Manitoba.  Everything had been
planned ahead and all the baking for
town had been finished and delivered.  So off we went on a Friday
night road trip to get away.  Dad would
usually get a small cottage rental so that when we arrived we hit the
sack knowing we had two days to
do whatever, and for Terry and I it was dad can we ride the go carts
as soon as it opened.  We would go
swimming in Clear Lake, take in the Museum, go bowling, and take in
all the sights and sounds of that
little get away up north.

My first and longest lasting memory of one of these vacations was of
finding a melted popsicle and its
stick on the edge of a step landing.  I had to have been 3 or 4 and
picked up the stick and stirred it around
in what was left of the melted popsicle, just having a little fun,
but to the hornets that had found the sweet
syrup before I did it was an invasion of their property and they were
not going to put up with me poking
around in their business.  When my parents finally got to me I was
welted up all over and the hornets
were still in the attack mood.  Thank goodness for screen doors and a
water hose that saved the day.

Now back to the road trip and picture.  The last time I went to Clear
Lake was in the winter on a camping
trip and we walked in to the lake and set up tents.  It was below
freezing outside and getting colder as the
night went on.  The original plans were to try and get some pictures
of the Bison herd that roamed the park.
As I lay there in my sleeping bag the thoughts of getting trampled by
a Bison started to enter my mind.  Then
as the temperature grew steadily colder the lake started to moaning
and then to cracking and this went on
all night long.  The next morning with little sleep we gave up the
thoughts of pictures of Bison in the winter,
packed up, walked out and headed home with the lessons of mother
nature engraved in my head.

In the fall of 1972 I asked Lyle and Donald if they wanted to see
some new territory and they were up for it
so I planned a road trip (one day), we would travel up to Riding
Mountain National Park, where this picture
was taken at Clear Lake, back down to Brandon, across to Winnipeg and
then back home.  It was a fun
time and I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did.  It was the first
time I had traveled to Winnipeg and realized
how big that city was.

Lyle and I had taken a previous road trip by bike to Bottineau.  I
rode a old hand me down full size bike while Lyle
rode his small wheeled bike with the banana seat.  It seemed like for
every turn at the peddle I took Lyle would
have to take three to keep up.  He would fall behind and I would stop
and let him catch up all the time asking
him if he wanted to turn back but he did not so we completed our
journey, took a tour of Bottineau and headed
back home.       Take Care,  Tim

            Tim Martinson (69) & Lyle Olson (75) – Summer of 1972
Martinson Tim, Olson Lyle 2190

Dunseith High School Class of 1961

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Allard Merle 1303 Thompson St Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2489
2 Anderson Gerald 9207 Palm Shores Dr Spring, TX 77379 (281) 379-1071
3 Awalt Bill 1331 Silver Ridge Rd Lincoln, NE 68510 (402) 327-9403
4 Bad Heart Bull Changed name to Banley Lowell Born May 23, 1944    –     Died February 2, 2003 Deceased                                  Cousin Tim 605-867-2482 SD
5 Bedard Whitmire Nicole Renee 2820 Larkhall Rd Columbia SC 29223 Goodwin (803) 788-3874
6 Bedard Nikkey (Nick) 1348 Alpine St Rock Springs, WY 82901 (307) 362-6800 No email address
7 Belgarde Benson Priscilla Lives in Mesa Arizon – Requested not to be on the list Requested not to be on the list
8 Bergan Poitra Shirley PO Box 414 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5305 No email address
9 Boguslawski Thomas 2702 Meadowlark Dr Lewiston, ID 83501 (208) 746-9899 No email address
10 Boppre Weaver Donna 123 Millers Dr Tolley, ND 58787 (701) 386-2882
11 Casavant Boucher Annette Box 56 Rolette, ND 58366 No Phone No email address
12 Casavant Aamodt Lorette 512  4th St SE Rugby, ND 58368 (701) 776-2301 No email address
13 Counts Warren Born Febuary 24, 1943   –   Died March 15, 2005 Deceased
14 Gottbreht George PO Box 99 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5406 No email address
15 Gouin Craig Cecile 1242 Teakwood CT Windsor, CO 80550 (970) 686-0253
16 Haagenson Sedlacek Janet 224 Riverview Dr W Great Falls, MT 59404 (406) 771-0851 No email address
17 Handeland Millang Lorranine 836 Nichol St Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2422 No email address
18 Johnson August Lives in Minot – Requested not to be on the listt Requested not to be on the list
19 Kalk Rodney 59 Lake Metigoshe Park Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 263-3126
20 Lang Dwight 8255 N Oracle Rd, # 112 Tucson, AZ 85704 (520) 219-9435
(summer) Lake Metigoshe Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 263-6775
21 Longie Adolph 1314 W Frederick Ave Spokane, WA 99205 No email address
22 Millang Dale Route 1 Box 27b Dunseith ND 58329 (701) 263-4146
23 Moe Orrin 802 24th Ave SW Watford City, ND 58854 (701) 842-6431 No email address
24 Morgan (Wife Gini) John-Deceased 7/1/43 – 7/21/03 23784 Stony Bar Cir Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 (218) 863-5962 No email address
25 Pigeon Bruce PO Box187 Garrison, ND 58540 (701) 463-7279
26 Salmonson Bradley 3037 E 81st N Idaho Falls, ID  83401 208-525-8022
27 Salmonson Stanley Route 1 Box 130 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4613
28 Smith Ronald Rt 1 Box 35 Dunseith ND 58329 (701) 263-4226 No email address
29 Smith Wayne 1425 108th St NE Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 263-3455
30 Spaeth Espe Patricia 219 10th St E Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3549
31 Wurgler Salmonson Joan Route 1 Box 130 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4613
32 Zeiler Lyle RR #1  Box 119 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4722 No email address


2/21/2015 (2189)

Leonard Eller Passed away
Posting from Ivy Eller Robert (’74):  Bottineau, ND


My brother Leonard Eller passed away yesterday just before 2pm. He is at peace now. The funeral will be sometime next week, not sure yet.

Ivy (Eller) Robert 74


Posting from Brad Williams (’78): Hallock, MN

 To Gary + Dunseith bloggers,

It was nice to see the recent birthday party pics you posted …. Bernadette appears to be doing much better now. Here’s a song that might help anyone who is going through difficult times >>>  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1xlKS6MpTE

The girl singing it is a friend of mine from a small town in Kentucky, and she is appearing on The Voice (on NBC) this coming Monday Feb. 23, at 7:00 pm CST. She has the voice of an angel, and a heart of gold to match. She’s even been featured in some of The Voice promo ads (discovering tomorrow’s #1 artists), so I hope that’s a good sign that she will go far into the competition. I truly believe she has the talent & charm to impress the TV viewers and the coaches, so hopefully she gets those red chairs turning, and lots of votes to keep her advancing !

If you liked the song above, here’s a link where you can listen to more of her music >>>  https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=kelsie+may  Carrie Underwood & Miranda Lambert, along with several others saw their careers skyrocket after getting national TV exposure in singing competitions, so I’m hoping Kelsie May’s performances will win over America’s music lovers. It would be so awesome if she got on #TeamBlake , and he liked her enough to have her as an opening act on tour with him or Miranda ! I would really appreciate any fans of The Voice to show their support by VOTING for Kelsie throughout Season 8.    #KelsieMayAllTheWay

Brad Williams     Class of ’78


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

I remember “one eyed Jackson”  and going over  to the Lake Metigoshe area to find him- !    that is about all i remember!!_ i do not remember what he looked like  —    but i do remember them out in the woods down by the “sheep Pasture”     and cutting up lumber and firewood-  oh !!- how i loved the smell of the fresh cut lumber-  and it was usually beautiful fall days   that they cut it and a huge sawdust pile- !!  —

ANd I remember Mom Hauling hot coffee in a big white coffee pot– with a cloth stuck in it   to keep it from spilling  and a big wash tub of sandwiches and cookies—- cakes etc for their “afternoon “Lunch”  —  this was after breakfast and morning lunch and dinner at noon and lunch at 3 o clock and supper after 6 pm– !!!–  Now it is a “snack for breakfast – Lunch (dinner) and dinner (supper )  no lunches in between LOL!!!–  those were the days no high cholesterol —  blood pressure —  diabetes etc- etc–  cause they worked it all off- now everyone drives to the gym – and parks as close to the door as possible and then work really hard for an hour or so !!_  and then diet  !!- —  a whole different world and those old guys lived til they were really old!!_  and so it goes !_  and they all had a great time and very relaxed !- an then would probably play cards  in the evenings-  also !!-  LOLA_


Wood and Coal heat memories
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Hello Gary and friends.

This is a neat story from a TV station video out of the Bittteroot Valley in Montana.

It brought back a wealth of fond memories of when wood not coal or oil was the important source of heat.


I remember my dad getting wood out with a team  in the woods, like this when our family burned wood for heat. This  was about the time of year for “cutting wood season”.

Dad also recalled stories of  his bigger brothers, Jim and Archie cutting trees and hauling wood to sell in town in the winter months.

They traveled with a team on the “winter ” road  over the hills and through the woods to Dunseith before Highway #3 was built.

Cliff (Dad) Leona and Emil were younger and in charge of hauling wood into the house to keep the home fires burning.

They also maintained taking care of their Uncle Hugh by bringing wood over to his home.

When the big brothers went into Dunseith wth load of wood. They’d pull a hand sled over to  Uncle Hugh, one winter when he, his wife and  their older brother Roy (Hugh Emil)  lived on the Rabbit City lake .

This video triggered a trip back  in time, down memory lane!

Warm greetings to Bernadette and yourself where you live in Cebu.

Thoughts of you having many good days and that you are keeping life on “The Sunnyside”!

Until ~Later, Vickie


Postings From Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Willow City-1 Willow City-2 Dunseith new


Blog (255) posted on October 18, 2008


From Lyle Olson (75):

Gary and all:

I read where my dear sister, Bev Azure, and then Sharon Longie, requested stories from the ‘70’s classes.  I think many of us are reluctant to share some of these stories because we either have children or parents who read the blog and we are reticent to let them know just how wild we really were.  Well, I have no children and both parents are deceased so I am not so worried about that.  However, I also do not want to expose any of my friends or classmates, so I will attempt to tell a few stories without divulging any names; however, this does not mean the readers, if any, will not guess who was involved in so many of the good times had in Dunseith.

My frame of reference for Dunseith really rests with the classes from 1972 to 1975.  We really had some “rockin’ good times” back then.  Most of my fondest memories center around the never ending summers – the days were long and the nights even longer.  For some reason I do not remember any bad weather days – all the days in my memories were framed by beautiful blue skies and even more beautiful friends.  My world centered around playing basketball at Campbell’s, eating Bismarcks and learning about kindness and integrity from Herman, Terry and Tim Martinson, and hanging out at the Morinville’s.

Playing basketball at Campbell’s was a real treat.  The court was inclined on a slope from the garage to the street.  On the West side was this huge tree that actually had several branches that grew out over the court.  Pity the newcomer who tried to launch a jump shot under that tree.  The East side of the court had a steep drop off for ½ the length of the court and then a deadly rose bush at the end of the court near the garage door.  Alan Campbell once told me that was the toughest rose bush in the country, and he was right. I wish I had a dollar for every thorn taken out of my body after falling into that bush.   Other dangers existed on that court.  One of the dangers was “Grandma” Campbell backing her Buick Wildcat out of the garage.  There was no nicer lady than she but it didn’t take even a dumb kid like me long to know that once she put her car in gear there was no stopping it until it reached the street.  All games were suspended when she left and when she returned.  I will never forget how nice David and Jeff were to always carry her groceries into her house and then rush back to pick up the game right where it stopped.

Ever present was Mrs. Campbell, who could hear you swear even if mumbled under your breath.  She would simple tell us not to swear and that was the end of that!  There seemed to be many unwritten rules about playing basketball at the Campbell’s.  First, all kids were welcome.  It never mattered if you lived at the housing, in a 12 X 50 mobile home like I did or the nicest house in town.  The other unwritten rule was that you did not play unless someone was home.  We used to wait on Sundays for the Campbell’s to return from Lake Metigoshe so that a game could get started.

I loved playing basketball at the Campbell’s.  I once played there for so long on a hot day that I got heat stroke.  I stumbled over to the bakery and told Herman that I had a headache and was sick to my stomach and he asked how long had I been playing.  When I told him it was several hours, he gave me some water, a cold rag for my head and told me to go lie down on the flour sacks.  After about an hour of doing that, I went back to Campbell’s to play another game.

My younger brother, Rob, now perhaps the best criminal lawyer in North Dakota, once wrote a story for the high school newspaper about how much he missed playing basketball at Campbell’s.  I share his feelings to this date.  I can’t imagine that a place like that could exist today.  It was magical, and the Campbells should know that there are literally dozens of Dunseith Alumni who share these feelings.  Thank you for making your home our home for all those years.

Summers were also full of lots of parties.  When I was younger we all looked forward to going swimming at School Section Lake.  Joe Morinville used to pack as many kids as he could in his car and take us all swimming.  He would listen to the Twins games on the radio while we went swimming.  We would swim for a few hours, make our way back to Dunseith, and either hang out at Morinville’s.  What a carefree existence!  As we got older and gained driver’s licenses, we would all pile in several cars and go to School Section.  It seemed like the summers never ended back then.  Someone would gather wood for a bonfire and eventually some cool intoxicants would come out and a good time would be had by all.

Somewhere along the line, we moved our swimming activities away from School Section Lake and then started going to Lake Williams and then Lake Adams in Canada, just a short drive away from Boissevain where a young but oversized teenager like me could pass for age-18 and imbibe in $.25 draws.  The first time I went into Boissevain was at age-13.  I wore one of the guys’ college fraternity coats (TKE, Minot Chapter) and didn’t even get carded.  By the end of the summer, I knew the owner of the bar better than some of the people living in Boissevain and, of course, we knew all the cool Canadian girls.  I’ll never forget when my mother got married to Joe Somers in Boissevain in March 1972 and they had their wedding dance at the Boissevain Inn.  Indeed, she played in a band that night.  In any event, she thought it would be a great thing if I were able to sit in the bar for one of the band’s sets before being hustled back to Dunseith.  Well, little did she know that I ordered a Rum and Coke while she was up there playing and the drink was on the house as the owner said I was one of his best American customers – HA!!  Sure glad Mom didn’t hear that one.  Rather than risk being busted, I left after that first set.

Going to Canada to have beers and dance to live music was not just a summer past-time.  We went year round but the port closed at midnight during the winters back then.  There were many a fast ride from Boissevain to the port because it seemed we always had to stay until 11:30 or so before making our way back home.  Once back in the “States”, we would usually continue the party at Beer Can Alley, Wilsons, Halvorsons, Butte St. Paul, and, during the summer, at the Peace Garden Lookout picnic area.  All places were perfect party places and I am certain my generation was not the first to use those places to party and flirt with each other.

L. Olson


Message/Picture from Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

The attached pictures are of the Peace Garden. The first was taken on

dedication day in 1932. The other two are from 1953, after some of the
stone work had been done in the Formal Garden area. What I noticed was
the lack of trees when these were taken. Thanks Gary!

Peace Garden 2189


Dave Slyter’s (70) reply, with names, to picture:

Gary and Neola,

I will try and name some of the kids in the 82 summer baseball picture.

Top row:  Russell Lagerquiest,  ? ,  Keith Strong ,  ?,   Alan Renault,  ?,  ? Armountraut,  Jeff Woods,  Mark Wilson,  Coach Jim Oslon.

Middle row:  Steven Leonard,  Cory Espe,  Danny Peltier, Rob Wilson,  Mark Melgaard,  Scott Leonard,   ?

Bottom row:   ?     Chad Slyter,  Kris Barbot,  Uriah Davis,  ?,   ?,   ?,   ?,

Great picture and thanks

Dave Slyter (70)

Gaillord Peltier’s (80) reply, with names, to picture: 

This picture is the 1982 Dunseith summer baseball program.

Front row kneeling, Right to Leftis;
Keith St.Pierre, Chad Slyter, Jamie Melgarde, Uriah Davis, Mike Allery,
Scott Leonard, ? Allery, Jermey Brunelle.

Middle Row, Right to Left;
Steve Leonard, Cory Espe, Dan Peltier, Robert Wilson, Mark Melgarde,
Stuart Leonard, Mark Wilson and Danny Davis.

Back Row, Right to Left;
Billy LaVallie, Jamie Malaterre, Keith Strong, Steve Renault, Allan
Renault, Jerry Peltier, Brent Armentrout, Jeff Woods, Coach Jim Oslund

This is the best my memory can do.

Gaillord Peltier
Class of “80”

Jeff Woods, I see you are in this picture too. Can you or anyone else enlighten us with what you know for identities for those in this photo?  Thanks, Gary

1982 Dunseith summer baseballPicture:
Back Row:Billy LaVallie or Russell Lagerquiest, Jamie Malaterre, Keith Strong, Steve Renault, Allan Renault, Jerry Peltier, Brent Armentrout, Jeff Woods, Coach Jim Oslund or Olson

Middle Row: Steve Leonard, Cory Espe, Dan Peltier, Robert Wilson, Mark Melgarde, Stuart Leonard, Mark Wilson and Danny Davis.

Front row kneeling: Keith St.Pierre, Chad Slyter,Jamie Melgarde or Kris Barbot, Uriah Davis, Mike Allery, Scott Leonard, ? Allery, Jermey Brunelle.
Base Ball 1980 Team 2189


                                     Dunseith High School Class of 1960

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Allard Heinz Betty Route 2 Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 656-3683 rbheinz@utma.com
2 Anderson Bergan Glenda RR #1 Box 31 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4512 dbergan@srt.com
3 Anderson Doan Shirley 2611 Englewood Ave Yakima, WA 98902- (509) 248-2506 Will send email message
4 Boardman Donald 811 Thompson St Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2698 donboardman@min.midco.net
5 Boppre Boguslawski June Born September 27, 1941    –    Died December 14, 2006 Deceased
6 Brennan Shirley 1425 31st Ave SW, Apt 104 Minot, ND 58701 (701) 838-7799 sybb@srt.com
7 Espe Klein Claudia 530 W Capitol Dr Appleton, WI 54911 (920) 739-5846 kleincd@athenet.net
8 Eruich Paulson Eva 509 Fourth St SE Rugby, ND 58368 (701) 776-5489 No email address
9 Evans Carlson Linda Born May 30, 1943    –    Died September 7, 1996 Deceased
10 Henriksen Rick 210 SE Harlow Ave Troutdale, OR 97060 (503) 267-0704 fmhenriksen@comcast.net
11 Hosmer Cobb Janet 7252 SW Lynnwood Ct Wilsonville, OR 97070 (503) 682-3503 janetcobb@gmail.com
12 Iverson Staub Marie 6000 Corliss Avenue North Seattle, WA 98103 (206) 244-4327 mdmjstaub@camcast.net
13 Jacobson Johnson Vernes Born March 2, 1942    –    Died January 1, 2007 Deceased
14 Kelly Cleo 382 Bluebird Lane Woodbury MN 55125 (651) 776-8779 cckelly@isd.net
15 Knox Millang Edna RR #1 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4520 Ednamillang@srt.com
16 Longie William 6314 NE 70th St Vancouver, WA 98661 (360) 828-7544 longie2596@comcast.net
17 McKay Bill 1540 Highway 5 NE Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3474 memckay@utma.com
18 Pigeon Gary Born September 6, 1940     –    Died May 2, 2004 Deceased
19 Robillard Volker Geraldine Mother Alvena 477-5402 Arizona
20 Salmonson Roger Born April 14, 1941    –    February 23, 2004 Deceased
21 Sime Espe Peggy 16 3rd Street Dunseith ND 58329 701-244-5724 peggyespe@yahoo.com
22 Strong Jerry PO Box 427 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5583 No email address
23 Strong Ronald PO Box 1236 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5282 rstrong@min.midco.net
24 Trevers Llewellyn Sandra 7315 Steeple Dr San Antonio, TX 78256 (210) 698-2587 WK(210) 490-2400 sandra@ajtravel.com
25 Walter Clayton 542 Avery W. Winlock, WA 98562 360-262-9662 No email address



2/19/2015 (2188)

                     Happy Birthday Lori Hiatt: Dunseith, ND
Ackworth 2188

            Happy Birthday Bob Hosmer (’56): Lynnwood, WA.
Hosmer, Bob 2188

 Stokes 2188-1 Stokes 2188-2 Stokes 2188-3 Stokes 2188-4 Hagen, Art 2188

Reply to Bill Hosmer’s  comments
From Glen Williams (’52):  Missoula, MT

Gary…I agree 100% with Bill Hosmer’s Comments….Dunsieth and the surrounding area, Hills and Plains are special. Peace Garden, Mineral Springs, etc, etc  and especially the folks that have grown up in or near the big city of Dunseith….!!!!….Do hope that your better half recovers her health soon….

Glen Williams, class of ’52


Blog (254) posted on October 17, 2008


Dunseith Reunion in Seattle:

Folks, We are planning a Dunseith Reunion in the Seattle area for the evening of July 24, 2009.  That is the day before our cruise. Hopefully we will have several proposals to bounce off of you guys within the next several weeks.  With what we have in the works at the moment, I can tell you it’s a go, so mark your calendars.  We are planning a dinner with a social hour or two before the dinner and also social time following the dinner.  We are also working on hotel accommodations both for those going on the cruise and also for those attending the reunion, not going on the cruise, desiring a room.  For those of you wishing to attend the reunion from outside the state of Washington, this will give you time to canvas the airlines for some good rates. For added attractions, the Seattle Seafair is being held that weekend too.  Gary


Reply from Rod Medrud (71): 



Reply from Bobby Slyter (70): 

My prayers and good wishes go out to Shirley LaRocque Wendt and for her speedy recovery, also loved the picture of my cousin Larry Richard, does anyone know where his mother Beatrice lives.



The following pictures have been provide by Neola Kofoid Garbe: neolag@min.midco.net

Don Corbin was a Dunseith HS Science Teacher/Principle in the 60’s. Many of us remember when he got activated, with the National Guard, for the Cubin crises.  I remember well in my Sophomore year having Mr. Corbin for Biology.  I also remember him coming up to me out in the hall telling me he expected a lot more from me and that he knew I could do a lot better in his biology class than I was doing. After that pep talk, my grades improved considerable.  Some of us country folks needed a little encouragement.  I will always be forever grateful for him doing that.  That was the same year that Mr. Conroy had a heart attack. Mr. Corbin filled in as Principle in his absence. Miss Dianne Leier was hired fresh out of college to take over some of Mr. Corbin’s classes.  Miss Leier was a great teacher too.  She was a beautiful lady too, both inside and out. Gary

Which two of the 5 Corbin Children are in this Picture?
Corbin, Don 2188


Do any of youremember these 3 guys?
Falcon, George 2188 Logan, David 2188 Azure, Larry 2188


What picture is this and who are the folks??Peltier


                                      Dunseith High School Class of 1959

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Allard Alden 5400 TASSARA WAY LAS VEGAS, NV  89108 (702) 647-4140 lakeupsilon2@yahoo.com
2 Bedard Sullivan Connie 13821 SE 180th St Renton, WA 98058 (425) 235-4611 philconsul@comcast.net
3 Boguslawski Helen PO Box273 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5640 No email address
4 Bott Valentine 1309 25th St W Williston, ND 58801 (701) 572-3652 No email address
5 Boucher Larry PO Box 263 20066 Ridge Rd Elysian, MN 56028 (507) 267-4059 No email address
6 Brew Roussin Susan PO Box 1296 Rolla, ND 58367   susanroussin42@yahoo.com
7 Espe Merlin 219 10th St E Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3549 mapaespe@yahoo.com
8 Eurich Nelson Eileen RR 1 Box 15 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4827 No email address
9 Habberstad Darrayl Born January 26, 1939    –    Died December 13, 2007 Deceased
10 Halvorson Curtis PO box 628 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5889 dhalvorson@securitystatebanknd.com
11 Kester Michael 746 Elm St. N #5 Fargo, ND 58102 701-237-6385      Cell 701-238-5657 jankester@parkcompany.com
12 LaCroix Kester Janice 746 Elm St. N #5 Fargo, ND 58102 701-237-6385      Cell 701-238-5657 jankester@parkcompany.com
13 LaCroix McGuire Judy 710 DAVIS AVE LITCHFIELD, MN  55355 (320) 593-8548 ldm@hutchtel.net
14 Fernandez Paul Paul was one of the students that came from Cuba.  There are 99 folks in Florida alone with his name. No one seems to know where he went following Dunseith. Trying to locate
15 LaRocque Wendt Shirley 4024 S 148th St Tukwila, WA 98168 (206) 244-4004 shirleywendt@comcast.net
16 Leonard Lowell/Audrey Box 207 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5543 No email address
17 Longie Wallace Born June 2, 1940    –    Died April, 1990 Deceased
18 Metcalfe Munro Geri 114 23rd Ave North Fargo, ND 58102 (701)237-4270 chuckgerimunro@hotmail.com
19 Metcalfe Larry/Lise(64) 3029  34th Ave SW  #230 Fargo, ND 58108 (701) 364-5410 No email address
20 Murray Abraham 3411 S Union Ave Tacoma, WA 98409             (Sister Joyce’s address) 253-905-2089 Joyce 253-843-2135 disawa@hotmail.com (Sister Joyce) Abraham will be moving in Jan 08
21 Pritchard Floyd 6 Birchwood Heights Rd S Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 263-4964 floydpritchard@yahoo.com
22 Rivard Pigeon Betty RR 2 Box 38 Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 246-3406 E-mail Address(es):
23 Schneider Larry 2437 Stevens St Bismarck, ND 58503 (701) 255-0254 bismarckgoldsilv@qwest.net
24 Sime Olson Nora 1012 Bennett St Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-2855  
25 Spaeth Farquharson Marjorie 1137 Quince St NE Olympia, WA 98506 (360) 943-1587 cmfar@comcast.net
26 Woodford Olson Karen 2827 Big Bear Lane NE Bemidji, Mn., 56601 (Summer) (218) 335-8509 karenolso58201@yahoo.com
13070 N Desert Flora Ln., Marana, Az., 85658 (Winter) 520 744 5941


2/17/2015 (2187)

     Happy Birthday Cheri Metcalfe Evans (’74): Dunseith, ND
Metcalfe Evans, Cheri 2187


Reply from Bill Hosmer (’48):  Tucson, AZ.

Gary, please give Bernadette a hug for me. Meeting her in Bottineau where I first met you in

person, makes me feel that we have something special in common. Cousin hood, sister hood

or something else that becomes a real relationship of significance, because we were all raised

in the hills, on the prairie, or in the big town of Dunseith, my town. We all married someone, some

from our town, but many from other towns, states, and yes, countries.  There is a spirit of pride

that comes to me with a loyal respect for our parents, grandparents, cousins, and our friends

from other parts of the globe who became part of our family.  We all are from a unique place on

the globe that I brag about with the senior citizens I served with from across the USA. Bernadette

came to our place, and we hugged on the main street of Bottineau.  I wish and pray for her

comfort.  Gary, I know you are the most important and positive influence on her behalf, and I

pray that your strength of faith and love for that wonderful woman you live with brings comfort,

joy, and happiness for years to come.  I want to hug Bernadette again.  Bill Hosmer
Gary Stokes comment:

Thank you so much Bill for this very comforting warm message. Yes, Bernadette is the most important person in my life and I love her dearly. With her health issues we hope for the best for her too. Today Bernadette has perked up considerably from yesterday. Sunday (day before yesterday) her speech was slurred too, but today no more.

What you have said about the aluminous spouses of our community  is so true too. Bernadette feels very connected to the Dunseith Community.
Hosmer, Johnson, Stokes 2187


1969 Football team
Reply from Gaylord Peltier (’80):  Dunseith, ND

As an added footnote to my response to Lee Stickland’s note. The 1959 football team went undefeated and the 1960 team lost one game, to Rolla, when the clock “malfunctioned and gave them enough time to score the winning touchdown. Jay Vanorny’s dad, Virgil, went crazy and they got the cops to escort him off the field and probably out of


High School football coaches
Reply from Dennis Dubois (’63):  Minneapolis, MN

Most of my email was lost , in regards to Lee Stickland. I was saying that his first high school football coach wasn’t Jury and Prouty, but Bill Allen. That was the year I started high school and Leland was in Eight grade. He and Donald Egbert were on that team. We went undefeated that year. I’ll bet that was the last year that Dunseith’s football team went undefeated. Again, I want to take this opportunity to thank Lee for sharing his parents with my sister and I. I will forever be grateful to his family for helping us out in our time of need.


Bowers family photo
Posted by Shelley Bowers:  Bottineau, ND
Bowers family 2187


Blog (253) posted on October 16, 2008


Reply From Susan Brew Roussin (59): Shirley is having her heart surgery this morning.  She called me last night and said the doctors figured surgery would take 4-6 hours.  I will try to keep you posted as I can call her sister, Ginger.  Shirley said the doctors hoped to go in through her ribs, that way the hospital stay would not take so long.  Shirley and her family can use all the prayers the good people on the mailing lists can send heavenward.  Thanks so much.

Reply from Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59):

Thank you for the “heads up” concerning Shirley! At least I now have her home address and will call and send a card. Appreciate this social service you manage immensely. I remember well how gracious her mom and dad were every time I visited, often for a birthday party. Joseph LaRocque had worked for William Gottbreht for years, but I was too young and flighty; thus gathered very little info of the Wm Gottbreht family and local history that Joe knew first hand. Sharron Susan & Sharron, I have pasted Shirley’s contact info below.  Shirley, along with her sister Lana, attended our class of 65 reunion with their sister Ginger, in 2007.  Ginger is from the class of 65. They are great folks.  My wife Bernadette called Shirley several months ago.  She never mentioned anything about pending heart surgery.  Gary


LaRocque Wendt Shirley 4024 S 148th St Tukwila, WA 98168 (206) 244-4004 59


Reply from Sharon Longie Dana (73): Reply to the Medrud Picture:

Hey Rod, how did Ma get him out of those overalls???  Its a beautiful picture and it sure brought back some great memories. Thanks Neola for posting it.

Sharon Longie Dana(73)


Reply from Bev Morinville Azure (72): 


Reply from Dick Johnson (68): 


Gary and Friends,

I remember when Eddie Johnson, Sander’s brother, left the farm and moved
into Dunseith. He stayed in an apartment in the Northern Hotel
(Egbert’s) just across the street from us. One time he dressed up in his
best suit and went to a funeral and then afterward, stopped uptown at
one of the bars and got pretty well oiled. He walked down the alley,
past our house, and cut across our yard toward Egbert’s. He was
staggering and singing loudly when my little brown dog, Duke, ran over
and ripped the seat out of his suit pants. He came to the door and told
us what happened and Dad took him up to Hosmer’s and bought him another
pair of similar looking pants. Dad said Jack Hosmer had a heck of a time
to keep a straight face while helping fit Eddie with another pair of
The only other Sander and Eddie story I ever heard was when they were
going to dynamite a rock out of their field. They dug down beside the
big rock and placed a 1/4 stick of dynamite under the rock and lit it.
They didn’t know that dynamite blows down so there was a bang and there
was a big hole by the rock. They then put a whole stick under the rock
and made a bigger hole. Frustrated, they put several sticks around the
big rock and touched it off! After the dust cleared, the rock was so far
down in the ground that they just shoveled dirt over it and gave up!
Thanks Gary!


Allen Richard’s (65) Reply to Gary:

Thanks, Gary.  Alaina and I were going to drive the old Dodge to the reunion, but 2,500 miles @ 12 MPG—on premium —- well —

As to Seattle, I arrive there before noon Oct 28 and return Nov. 2.  I have calls in to a few relatives, But I haven’t set any times for get togethers.  I know I’ll be spending time with Aunt Louise (Pigeon) Horsman and her family.  I’m relying on your list for contacting everyone else, Have done little so far.  My best guess is that between alumni and relatives–I’d be talking well over 100 people!

Don’t think that is going to happen!

Take care everyone!  And best wishes from Michigan.


Alina Richard’s Home coming pictures provided by her Father Allen Richard (65): 


Alina’s Richard’sfirst homecoming dance

Richard, Allen 2187-1 Richard, Allen 2187-2 Richard, Allen 2187-3 Richard, Allen 2187-4

The following pictures have been provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:

Schneider, Salomon 2187 Conroy, Shannon 2187 Richard, Larry 2187


Dunseith High School Class of 1958

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Allard Jerome 10849 274 Ave NW Zimmerman, MN 55398 (763) 219 8558 Cell 763 458 1769 jdallard@sherbtel.net
14801 Park Lake Drive,
Bldg.Park 4, Penthouse 5
Fort Myers, Fl 33919 (Jan-Mar)
2 Anderson Gerald 5765 Madisonville Rd Hopkinsville, KY 42240 (270) 886-4311 No email address
3 Bedard Shelver Lynn 52783 Sporn Dr South Bend, IN 46635 (574) 277-7108 Barry – 1955
4 Bott Knoepfle Barbara Ann 9131 14th Ave NE Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3552 No email address
5 Conroy Martel Colleen/Don 16142 Excelsior Court Rosemount, MN 55068 (952)-341-3480  Cell(952) 237-4851 dcmartel@frontiernet.net
6 Gottbreht Brennan Mary Ann PO Box 356 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5898 maryannmab@aol.com
8544 Desert Holly Dr. Las Vegas, NV 89134 (702) 240-2780
7 Graff Myrick Ellen 840 S. 24th St. Grand Forks, ND  58201 701-775-9944 emyrick@gra.midco.net 
8 Hill Vern 1009 Nichol St Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3884 No email address
9 Johnson Allen 8850  28th Av Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 246-3657 No email address
10 Kester Boucher Joanne/Elmer Route 2 Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 244-2180 ejboucher@ndak.net
11 Lagerquist Robert RR 1  Box 128 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 263-4232 No email address
12 Link Ronald 10432 Mount Hood San Antonio, TX 78251 (210) 509-4071 rplink2@msn.com
13 Longie Louis 202 N Dixon St Tioga, ND 58852 (701) 664-2090 No email address
14 Pigeon Rumler Alva 557 E Chestnut St. Canton, IL 61520 No number available A relative confirmed that this is a good address foa Alva 1/19/08
15 Pigeon Schneider Rochelle 5912 W Bristol Dr Sioux Falls, SD 57106 (605) 323-1586 No email address
16 Robillard James 1231 7TH  AVE. W. WILLISTON, N.D. 58801 jwrobillard@dia.net 
17 Schneider Haverland Marlene 401 Coney St Perham, MN 56573 (218) 346-6088 hmhaver@lakesplus.com 
18 Shirk Larry 2824 Springdale Cir Naperville, IL 60564 630-369-2084 larryshirk@wideopenwest.com


2/16/2015 (2186)

Bernadette Stokes update:

This morning when I got up, Bernadette was lying on the couch in the living room wide awake.  When I said good morning to her she said “Who are you. I don’t know you”.  I thought she was just joking with me, but then I realized she was not. Then Novie’s boys came in and she didn’t know them either. The I asked her if she knew our kids, Bernie and Sheryl and she said no. Then I went over and got he her sister Belinda to come in the house and she didn’t know her either, but she remembered her mother and her dad. In about 20 minutes she snapped out of it and started to know people again. It is now 11:15 AM and her mind seems to be OK. That was a very scary situation.



Happy Birthday Clarice Hackman (DHS ’67): Fargo, ND

Happy Birthday Evon Lagerquist (DHS ’77):  Dunseith, ND


            Happy birthday Clayton Parrill (’72):   Bottineau, ND
Parrill, Clayton 2186


        Happy Birthday David Schimetz (DHS ’79): Mandan, ND
Schimetz, David 2186


Posted by Shelley Bowers:  Bottineau, ND

Bowers, Willis 2186
(April 18, 1928 –   February 15, 2015)

Funeral services for Willis (Bill) Emmett Bowers, age 86 of Bottineau, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday February 20, at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Lunch will be served at  St. Mark’s Fellowship Hall. Burial will be at Turtle Mountain Lutheran Church Cemetery, Souris, North Dakota in the spring. Officiating at the service will be the Reverand David Hayes. Honorary brearers are his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Willis (Bill) Emmett Bowers was born on the family farm north of Dunseith, North Dakota on April 18, 1928, to Frank Claire & Mary Adeline (Amsbaugh) Bowers. He was the youngest of seven siblings. He attended the Ackworth Country School, Dunseith.

On December 21, 1950 he married Shirley Louraine Berge, daughter of Oscar & Alma (Olson) Berge, at the Turtle Mountain Lutheran Church. After marriage they lived on Bill’s home place north of Dunseith. In April 1951 moved to the Andrew Hanson farm, which Oscar & Alma Berge purchased in 1939, and lived there over 60 years, until they entered the Good Samitarian Home in the fall of 2012. They had 3 daughters & 1 son. The farm is now 3rd generation owned by grandson Wade Bowers.

Bill is one of the last of his breed, the family farmer. He also raised beef cattle. He retired from farming in 2009, and kept a few head of cattle to keep busy. While attending a Cub Scout Banquet in Feb 1969 a snow storm came up & they were stranded in Souris. With 2 kids at home alone, he borrowed a snowmobile and began his love of snowmobiling for the next 20 years. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, basketball games, playing cards & cribbage. Many hours were spent playing cards and cribbage with his kids & the Willis’ boys when they were growing up. In later years he enjoyed attending basketball games with Bruce Condit. He enjoyed having people around and would always have a story or a joke to tell you.  While in the Good Sam’s Home enjoyed the music & playing Bingo.  He will be sadly be missed by all.

Bill passed away on February 15,  2015, at the Good Samaritain Center in Bottineau.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley, three daughters, Shelley Bowers, Judy (Clay) Ramsden, Wendy Liberty & 1 son Robin (Melonie) Bowers. 9 grandchildren, Jason, Curtis (Kristi) & Cole Ramsden, Dustin, Wade (Amber), Matthew & Kelsey Bowers & Donald & Anthony Liberty. 9 great grandchildren, Darian, Chad & Isabelle Ramsden, Nathan, Madison & Kolton Ramsden, and Korban, Kamea & Kage Bowers. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 5 sisters, 1 brother & their spouses, son-in-law Dale Liberty, 2 nieces, 4 nephews and 1 great nephew.

Gary Stokes’ Comments:
So so sad to hear of Willis’ passing. Willis was born and raised in the Ackworth community and attended the Ackworth country school.  The Bowers Families were close family friends in my growing up days. Seldom if ever did Willis, Shirley and their family miss the annual Ackworth Alumni picnic that was held the first Sunday after the 4th of July each year. Following the picnic they most often came to our house for more visiting and camaraderie.

With  our trip back to the area in 2013, I visited Willis and Shirley in the Bottineau Good Samaritan Home. I so enjoyed that visit too reminiscing old times.

Willis was a good guy and will most certainly be missed. Our condolences are with his family with his passing.


Reply to Dennis Dubois (’63)
From Lee Stickland (’64): Dickinson, ND

Don’t recall my having made a comment relative to a 1959 FB game, but if Dennis wants to include my name with his in ANY reference, I am all for it.      LEE      s      2-13-2015


Blog (252) posted on October 15, 2008


From Shirley LaRocque Wendt (59):

Shirley, We know this is open heart Surgery. You are in our prays. Gary

So I will be having surgery tomorrow, wedesday, I need to be there at 5:30 in the morning. Please be praying ok thanks talk to you soon..God Bless  Shirley


From Sybil Johnson: 

Thank you Gary. I truly appreciated your reply about Bernice’s family. Yes, I remember when Uncle Raymond talked about Pancho Villa and how he left Mexico, leading an

army–only he wasn’t with them, they were chasing him. He also called himself “Soldier of Misfortune”. He had many stories to tell. There was a scar on his right leg and

he said that was from a spear going thru his leg in Africa. Another story, that both he and Bernice would tell: Raymond brought home a suitcase full of money and put it

on the floor for the kids to play with. He then took it and buried it somewhere on Grandma’s property. I don’t know how true that was, but it was an intriguing story.

Thanks again, for all the wonderful stories. Even though Augie and I have been divorced some 15 yrs., I still care about the family.

Sybil Johnson


Message/Picture from Dick Johnson (68):

Gary and Friends,

These are pictures of Han’s Johnson’s barn. He and his brother, Axel,
sawed the dimension lumber on their old sawmill and bought the lap
siding and shingles. The top picture is dated 1926 and the writing on
the back says ‘Axel (standing on the wall) and Hans’ . The second
picture is dated 1929, barn was painted red. The last photo is after the
wind tore it down in 1961. It was actually only 35 years old, not that
old for a building. Thanks Gary!


Johnson, Dick 2186


Picture provide by Neola Kofoid Garbe:
Medrud, Andrew 2186


                                    Dunseith High School Class of 1957

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Aamodt Marvin 512  4th St SE Rugby, ND 58368 (701) 776-2301 No email address
2 Dailly Bob/Arline Lamoureux 30846 Sixth Pl SW Federal Way, WA 98023 (253) 839-9036 arldailly@aol.com
5220 N Us Highway 95 Parker, AZ 85344 (928) 667-9268
3 Fontaine Volk Lucille PO Box188 Esmond, ND 58332 (701) 249-3250 No email address
4 Haagenson Margaret Born Febuary 22, 1939     –    Died July 21, 2005 Deceased
5 Kraft Armentrout Marlene Rodney 9344 24th Ave NE Willow City, ND 58384 (701) 228-2003 No email address
6 Lamoureux Gerald 4283 S Via De Febrero Green Valley, AZ 85614 (520) 399-1104 gerrylam@cox.net
7 Landsverk Fish Marjorie 210 Chestnut St Horicon, WI 53032 (920) 485-2995 goldfish@powerweb.net
8 Lang DuWayne PO Box 65466 Port Ludlow, WA 98365 (360) 437-2012 duwaynelang@msn.com
9 Lilleby Raynor 3673 224th Pl SE Issaquah, WA 98029 (425) 391-1361 klilleby@juno.com
10 Metcalfe Gary 594 Catfish Rd Forsyth, MO 65653 417 294 2616; Sue 417 294 2617 moniesue@yahoo.com
11 Millang Curtis Born October 25, 1939    –    Died May 30, 1997 Deceased
12 Pigeon Beverly 3284  92nd St Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 244-5448 Note: This is her brother Ken’s address & phone
13 Pigeon Robert 6506 WHITEOAK RD COLUMBIA, SC  29206 (803) 787-9847 apigeon@sc.rr.com
14 Spaeth Jack   Deceased
15 Stickland Mcfadden Marion 720 Crestrose Cir Howard, OH 43028 (740) 393-1897 mcfadden@veroom.net
16 Woodford Duane 3101 Allerton Lake Dr Winston Salem, NC 27106 (336) 768-1876 woodford31@aol.com


2/13/2015 (2185)

1959 Dunseith Football team
Posted by Dennis Dubois (’63): Minneapolis, MN

As an added footnote to my response to Lee Stickland’s story, the 1959 football team went undefeated and the 1960 team lsot one game, to Rolla, when the clock “malfunctioned” and it lasted long enough for them to s core the winning touchdown. Jay Vanory’s dad

As an added footnote to my response to Lee Stickland’s note. The 1959 football team went undefeated and the 1960 team lost one game, to Rolla, when the clock “malfunctioned and gave them enough time to score the winning touchdown. Jay Vanory’s dad, Virgil, went crazy and they got the cops to escort him off the field and probably out of town.


Leonard Eller not well
Posting from Ivy Eller Robert (’74):  Bottineau, ND

Hi Gary….

My half-brother Leonard Eller is not doing very well. I was hoping that everyone, that reads the blog will put him in their prayers. His daughter Kim Thomas, contacted me here in Arizona to let me know that day before yesterday Leonard had been air lifted to Bismarck.

Leonard has been a residence of the Good Samaritan Home in Bottineau for the last couple of years.  I guess he had been doing poorly for a while and had to be put into the Botno Hospital. He has congestive heart disease that has progressively gotten worse. He coded out a couple of time when they tried to transfer him to Bismarck. They finally got him stable enough to transport, however when he arrived they had to put him on a ventilator, and he will have to be put on a dialysis machine. A year or so ago, when he was put on that machine, he didn’t do so well.

I believe that many people from the Dunseith/Belcourt area know him. Him and his family have lived in the Belcourt area for most of their lives. He is my oldest brother from my Dad’s first marriage. I believe he is 83. I still have 2 more half-brother left. One in Sun City, AZ. the other one is in Elkhart, Indiana.

Please put Leonard in your prayer & hope for the best.

Thank You,

Ivy (Eller) Robert 74


Posted By Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
Dunseith 2008-1 Dunseith 2008-2


Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’68):  Bottineau, ND


Benchmark Electronics to close plant in North Dakota

Posted: Feb 12, 2015 8:47 PM USTUpdated: Feb 12, 2015 8:47 PM UST

DUNSEITH, N.D. (AP) – Workers at the Benchmark Electronics plant in Dunseith and area officials say they’ve been notified by the company that the factory will close by the end of the year.

The shutdown will put 140 people out of work in the northern North Dakota town of fewer than 800 residents. Officials with Texas-based Benchmark did not immediately respond to an Associated Press request for comment on why the Dunseith facility is being closed.

Former City Councilman Bob Leonard helped bring Benchmark to the town 30 years ago. He tells KXMC-TV (http://bit.ly/1J0AyDx ) that the impending closure of the facility is a shock to the community.

Mayor Jesse Marion says officials will work to find another tenant for the 100,000-square-foot plant.


Alison Bjorkedal, daughter of G. Ann Krech Bjorkedal (1964 Rolla graduate) at Grammy Awards
Posting from Brenda Hoffman (’68): Greenville, SC

Last weekend, Alison Bjorkedal, daughter of G. Ann Krech Bjorkedal (1964 Rolla graduate) and Al Bjorkedal, was at the 57th annual Grammy Awards as part of Partch – an ensemble that plays the music and instruments of 20th century composer Harry Partch (http://www.Partch.LA.com).

The group took home the award for Best Classical Compendium. Alison plays the kithara, a harplike instrument, with the ensemble.

Alison (http://www.alisonbjorkedal.com) holds a master’s and doctorate degrees in harp performance and is a Los Angeles-based harp teacher, college instructor and performer including a Mariah Carey/Nick Cannon special, an Andre Boucle PBS Christmas program and a State Department exchange with Vietnam.

Alison’s two uncles, Gordon and Gerald, are Rolla residents.


The Partch ensemble at the press conference after the Grammy awards.


Posted By Neola Kofoid Garbe: neolag@min.midco.net Bottineau & Minot, NDDonation-1 Donation-2


Posted By Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND


Blog (251) posted on October 14, 2008

From Vickie Metcalfe (70): 


Letaine Bolen served DHS as an English teacher in Dunseith in the mid ’70’s through 1982.   She came to ND from Texas, when her sister was teaching at Dunseith Indian Day School.

In 1981, She married Bill Brandt,moved to Bottineau and was an English teacher here in the system until  about 2003.

Diane, her beloved sister died of an aneurism in Texas in 1996.

In 2002, Letaine then was teaching in Belcourt when diabetes began ravaging her body.

She lost parts of her toes and eyesight from one eye, and was undergoing dialysis in Belcourt.  While undergoing dialysis she’d  often find herself renewing communications with  parents of former students.

She and Bill had started  divorce proceedings when he died suddenly of pancreatic cancer last summer.

A couple months ago she got her kidney transplant. Two weeks later,she had a heart attack. Letaine has since been at Med Center 1 in Bismarck ND now awaiting heart surgery.


While in Dunseith, Letaine,was a very able English Teacher. Why do I know? Because she taught my brothers,  and since parents with their disabilties did not go to conferences… I did.

While as teacher, in Dunseith, a character trait goal I remember of Letaine; students looking at everyday on Letaine’s door was …..” BE YE KIND”….  And KIND  she is. She lived it. Former students will probably remember Letaine as a fine teacher who was always respectful of all, young or old, brown or white, poor or rich. And  quick thinking on her feet and very WITTY.

Thanks for asking.

A former Dunseith and Bottineau co-teacher,  Vickie Metcalfe


Letaine’s mailing address and phone number

Medcenter One
Letaine Brandt
300 N.  Seventh St.
Bismarck, ND  58501

Her phone # is 701-323-  and ask for Letaine Brandt’s room. They have been moving her around a lot.  That # will get the main hospital and they will transfer to her room.

You will not have to use Letaine’s maiden name with the address for any letters

Reply from Ardy Bakken Horner (former teacher): 

Gary  If anyone ever goes to Holden Village (Lutheran retreat Center) in Washington, they can still experience a bowling  with hand

set pins, my kids were amazed to see it on our visit there.  Ardy Bakken Horner


Reply from Marlene Lilleby Plmquist/Larson (53): 


Thanks for adding me to your list, have enjoyed reading the Dunseith alumni news.  After being gone so many years I even still remember some of the names appearing.  What ship are you all going on for the Alaskan Cruise on July 24th?

Thanks again.  Marlene Lilleby Palmquist/ Larsen


From Erling Landsverk (44): 







Erling,I remember Sander & Eddie Johnson very well. I was only 13 years old when Sander died, but I still remember him well.  Laverne Rude, these guys were your great uncles.McKay siblings, Sander lived less than 1/4 mile from you uncle Elmer Lindberg, your mother Alice’s brother. Your mother would have been neighbors to the Johnson’s too, in her growing up days.  I will never forget Sander’s glass eye.  I remember Eddie helping some of our neighbors, at different times, with tasks they needed help with.  The Johnson farm was located about 1/2 mile into Bottineau county on the Metigoshe road.  I remember Sander with his cream station in his house along with his little store and gas pump outside.  Sander’s funeral, at Salem church, is one of the first funerals that I remember ever attending.  Laverne, I remember Sander being at your house, really often, when we’d visit you guys.  My dad was the executor of Sander’s estate after he died.  I remember it as being quite a complicated estate.

I found a picture of Sander with his cream truck, from the 1984 Bottineau Centennial book,that I have pasted below.  That sure looks like the Lindberg barn in the back ground.  Gary

Johnson, Sander 2185


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

Gailord, this is a great picture. Is this your HS senior picture? Gary

Gailord Peltier (80)
Peltier, Gaylord 2185


                                  Dunseith High SchoolClass of 1956

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Awalt Houle Bonnie 16809 127th St Se Becker, MN 55308 (763) 262-3534 houle@izoom.net
2 Bedard Lamoureux Gayl 1654 Angus Pl Chino Valley, AZ 86323 (928) 636-4673 4673glamx@msn.com
3 Boucher Elmer/Joanne Route 2 Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 244-2180 ejboucher@ndak.net
4 Conroy Don 918 1ST AVE SW MINOT, ND  58701 (701) 838-1389 donjconroy@gmail.com
5 Cota Gary 774 9TH ST E DICKINSON, ND  58601 701- 290-2550 No email address
6 Espe Dennis 16 3rd St. Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5724 peggyespe@yahoo.com
7 Haagenson Rainey Neva RR 1  Box 5 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5482 No email address
8 Hiatt Fugere Lois/Orelle 1790 W Star Lake Dr Elma, WA 98541 (360) 482-3010 No email address
9 Hill Kenneth RR 1  Box 5 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5482 No email address
10 Hosmer Bob 18606 52nd W. #222 Lynnwood, WA 98037 (425) 673-6254 rkhosmer@comcast.net
11 Leonard Workman Janice 2610 25th St SE Auburn, WA 98002 (253) 833-7619 janice_workman@earthlink.com
12 Lider Williams Caroleen 408 BRANDER ST Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3891 No email address
13 Parisien Cuffe Ellen Born June 25, 1938    –    Died November 7, 1995 Deceased
14 Pigeon Curtis Born October 31, 1937    –    Died April 3, 2006 Deceased
15 Pigeon Kenneth 3284  92nd St Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 244-5448 No email address
16 Poeppel Bruce Born January 24, 1938    –    Died April 24, 2001 Deceased
17 Rohrer Pahulick Clarice 16559 Labradore North Hills, CA 91343 (818) 892-5616 Went through 4th grade in Dunseith. Does not remember many folks.
18 Watkins Elaine Born January 1, 1938    –    Died July 7, 1993 Deceased


2/12/2015 (2184)

Happy Birthday Laurel Wenstad (’63):  Dundas, MN


Happy Birthday Kathy Salmonson Helgeland (’63): Dunseith, ND
Salmonson, Kathy 2184

Looking for a guy named Cossie
Message from Dale Pritchard (’63):   Leesville, LA


I have a question then an explanation of why I’m looking for the answer.  Do any your readers have knowledge of, or have heard of a guy whose name or nickname was “Cossie?”  He would have been in the Dunseith area between 1900 and about 1920.  He moved to Eugene, OR and ended up in Los Angeles, CA about 1925.  Supposedly, he was a carpenter and oil field construction foreman, he was married with one child and his wife worked in the Goodyear tire factory in Los Angeles.

Reason for the question:  I’m just trying to figure out who he was.  Herschel Ingalls was a homesteader overlooking Boundary Lake, west of your old farm.  He wasn’t really suited for that and ended up working for a hardware store in Dunseith.  I understand also that, at one time, between 1905 and 1915, he was the Mayor of Dunseith.  About 1917 he, his wife (who was my dad’s aunt) and his family left Dunseith and moved to Eugene, OR.  In 1927, Herschel’s son, Keith Ingalls, was working to pay his way through college.  He took a summer job in Los Angeles.  The Boss was a guy named or nicknamed “Cossie” and said he knew Keith’s dad, Herschel Ingalls, from his days in Dunseith.  Anybody out there have any idea who “Cossie” might have been??

Dale Pritchard


Bedard Twins and Triplets.
Reply from Lee Stickland (’64): Dickinson, ND

I believe that Nichole and Nick Bedard were twins?  Jean, Juey, and Jim were the obvious triplets of the family.

Nick was a wonderful football teammate.  He was about 3 years ahead of me; I began playing on HS football team when I was in the 8th grade.  Robert Jury and Donald Prouty were the coaches.

16 degrees, icy streets, sidewalks.  Employees coming to work on Sunday morning were experiencing, OOPS !

and then getting up from the ground.  Warm shoes when riding in car to work and then stepping on ice is a special


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

NOTE: Paul Wagar’s son, Scott Wagar, is the Editor of the Bottineau Courant.

With our trip back to the area for the whole month of July 2013, I had

many conversations with Paul at the Bottineau Bakery with our

morning Breakfasts.  Paul was such a nice friendly guy. I dearly loved

visiting and talking with him. He will be missed.


Paul Wagar

(Died February 9, 2015)

Send Flowers Send Sympathy Card
Guest Book | Sign Guest BookPaul Wagar, age 81 of Bottineau, died Monday at a Bottineau hospital. Funeral will be held on Friday at 2:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Visitation will be Thursday from 2:00 pm until 9:00 pm and again on Friday from 10:00 am until service time the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Burial will be at the Oak Creek Cemetery in Bottineau.

Paul Duane Wagar was born June 20, 1933 in Inkster, ND to Eldon and Alice (Carlson) Wagar. Paul grew up in Wannaska, MN where he spent most of his childhood growing up on a farm and playing Hockey. Paul was employed as an Electrical Apprentice at Jamestown, ND where he met Janet Gillies who was working as a Student Nurse. They were married on April 5, 1959 at Turtle Mountain Church, Carbury, ND. They made their home in Jamestown until 1963 and then moved to Kenmare, ND where he was employed with the Missile Program and Graveson Electric where he obtained his Journeyman’s and Master’s licensees. He then moved his family to Bottineau, ND in 1969 to work with North Central Electric where he worked for 32 years, making Bottineau his permanent home.

Paul attended the First Baptist Church in Bottineau. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved watching hockey.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Wagar and Mother-in-Law Victoria Gillies of Bottineau; children, John and Lori (Simonson) Wagar of Bemidji, MN; Mary Wagar Minot, ND and Scott Wagar Bottineau; grandchildren, Miriam Wagar Bemidji, MN and Joshua and Jia (Lu) Wagar Bemidji, MN; siblings, Joseph (Elinor) Wagar Lancaster, WS; Ida (John) Berger Moose Lake, MN and Brother-in-Law Abraham Bontrager Elkhart, IN.

Paul was preceded in death by his Parents; father-in-Law, Alexander Gillies; sister, Ardell Bontrager and nephew, James Wagar.

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


Blog (250) posted on October 13, 2008


From Vickie Metcalfe (70): 

Sunday morning


I just got back to my room after helping  (7 a.m.-10:00a.m.)
with the Mavis Hagen pancake and sausage benefit in the cafeteria, it
will  continue to go until  around 1:00.
It is a very windy, cold, dark and rainy fall day.  Reports of some
snow in the Turtles.
Dog gone it, those UffDa area North Dakotans came out!  A nice turn
out of folks coming here before and after their respective church
services.  Thrivent for Lutherans is helping  to sponsor this event.
Also, Some friends put together a silent auction, yet others a raffle
for an antique desk, their wish is for  Mavis to take the cash to
help with  a wig and  traveling expenses to  Bismarck this week.

As I wiped tables, there was the sound of an applause and
Mavis  came in wearing a mask over her mouth and nose. Her devoted
Art, brought her over.  Clarence and Mary Ann were also here.
Other former Dunseith grads also came, among them, the Davy
Abrahamsons from the hills by Carpenter Lake.
Thanks Gary.

Happy Birthday Patti Metcalfe Woods (67):  

Patti, the following message appeared on my computer screen.  I wasn’t aware that I was signed up for this service, but it’s wonderful that I am.  This is a milestone birthday for you too.  Go out tonight and celebrate with Jack, friends and family members.  Have fun and enjoy.  Gary

Patti Woods’s  birthday is today, October 13!
Patti’s Details


First Name:   Patti
Last Name:   Woods
Maiden Name:   Metcalfe

Dunseith News provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:
Dunseith News Dunseith News -1

                                     Dunseith High School Class of 1955

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Armentrout Rodney 9344 24th Ave NE Willow City, ND 58384 (701) 228-2003 No email address
2 Brennan Dennis Born September 29, 1036    –    Died January 11, 1981 Deceased
3 Burke Fjeld Eleanor Jean 4242 180th Ave Twin Valley, MN 56584 (218) 584-5339 esfjeld@gmail.com
4 Crum Rude Mildred Born June 8, 1937    –    Died March 11,  2008 Deceased
5 Hiatt Wallace Born June 26, 1935    –    Died December 16, 2006 Deceased
6 Lamoureux Dailly Arline/Bob 30846 Sixth Pl SW Federal Way, WA 98023 (253) 839-9036 arldailly@aol.com
5220 N Us Highway 95 Parker, AZ 85344 (928) 667-9268
7 Klang Lindford Arla 18102 SE 132nd St Renton, WA 98059 (425) 226-9422 No email address
8 Kang Wayne 6104 S 124th St Seattle, WA 98178 (206) 772-5628  C(206) 334-0913 sharon_wayne@msn.com
9 Neameyer Gordon 938 37th Ave S Moorhead, MN 56560 (218) 287-4992 jneameyer@i29.net
10 Schneider Hockett Elaine 13691 highland Drive Boston, VA 22713 (540) 547-3373 No email address
11 Shelver Barry 52783 Sporn Dr South Bend, IN 46635 bshelver@erscosupply.com
12 Walter Pederson Erna 1014 Sixth Ave SW Minot, ND 58701 (701) 839-4861 epederson@srt.com
13 Williams Marlin Born July 10, 1935    –    Died April 6, 2003 Deceased
14 Woodford Gary 19123 E Buckskin Ct Rio Verde, AZ 85263 480-471-4317 dgwoodford@aol.com
9001 Johnson Ave S Bloomington, MN 55437 (952)831-0310
15 Nordquist Johnson Joy (Babe) 27244 Old Hwy. #93 Elmo, Mt. 59915 (406) 849-5118 C(406)250-3703 No email address







2/12/2015 (2183)

            Happy Birthday Nancy Bedard (’67): Hillsboro, ND
Bedard Olson, Nancy 2183


       Happy Birthday Sue Pladson: Fargo, ND


    Happy Birthday Tammy Azure Williams: Dickinson, ND
Azure Williams


Blog (249) posted on October 12, 2008


From Neola Kofoid Garbe: neolag@min.midco.net


Again, I don’t know if you are interested in this clipping, or not.  It was in the Minot Daily awhile ago.  I saved it because it reminds me of the “old” bowling alley in Dunseith.  I had never seen a bowling alley until I saw that one.  I was quite impressed. Ha!  It amazed me how quick the pin boys were, and how dangerous their job must be.  Some of the men who were bowling, really “whipped” the bowling ball down the alley.  I didn’t know at that time (about 1953), I would become an avid bowler when I was older.  At one time, Wally/I bowled on a couples’ league, and I bowled on two women’s leagues.  I absolutely loved it.

Later, when Garden Lanes (I think that’s the name of the “new” bowling alley.) opened, Jim, Curt Bjornseth (Jim and Curt were good friends.), and I thought it would be fun to try bowling–we were “visiting” Dad one Sunday afternoon.  We asked the person at the desk in the bowling alley how much it cost to bowl a game.  They told us, and we went back to the garage and got the money from Dad.  When we were finished (That must have been some game/games, as none of us had ever bowled before.) bowling, we went to the desk to pay for it.  It seemed we didn’t have enough money.  When we had asked how much it cost to bowl, we didn’t realize it would cost each one of us that much and for each game.  We thought the price covered all three of us for both games!!  Live and learn.  That was my first experience with bowling.  Another good memory. :)




Folks,  I have pasted several pictures from my Achieves below.  Gary

               Cheryl Bailey & Ernie Gottbreht (65) – July 12, 2007
Gottbreht, Ernie 2183

Ginger LaRocque Poitra (65)  – In back Easter Murray Flemming (65) – July 12, 2007
LaRocque, Ginger 2183

                                     Dunseith High School class of 1954

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Awalt Jolliffe Emma Jean Gary 2452 E Morelos St Chandler, AZ 85225 (480) 792-9221  
2 Chilton Counts Renee 16581 E Seventh Pl Aurora, CO 80011 (303) 341-2705 denver 1/29/36
3 Crum Clark A. 7550 Ojibway Park Bay Woodbury, MN 55125 (651) 414-0799 No email address
8 Fugere Orelle/Lois Hiatt 1790 W Star Lake Dr Elma, WA 98541 (360) 482-3010 No email address
4 Grimme Conley R. Born April 2, 1936    –    Died February 8, 2002 Deceased
5 Halvorson Lider Arliss C. 1340 Highway 5 NE Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-5203 No email address
6 Hobbs Ziegler Viola E. 1602 N.E. Riverside Drive, Unit # 12 McMinnville, OR 97128 503-474-2563 rtziegler@onlinemac.com
7 Jolliffe Gary    Emma Jean 2452 E Morelos St Chandler, AZ 85225 (480) 792-9221 gjolliffe@cox.net
8 Lider Clayton L. 1340 Highway 5 NE Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-5203 No email address
9 Morgan Gary D. 1272 45TH AVE NW GARRISON, ND  58540  (701) 337-5666      (701) 255-6805 gmorgan56@hotmail.com
16 Parisien Eugene 2753 Otto Ct Green Bay, WI 54313 (920) 494-8252 gaparisien@hotmail.com
10 Schneider Lamb Betty Jane  Willard (Bill) 3216 Walnut St. Grand Forks, ND 58201 (701) 775-8817 bandblamb@netzero.com
11 Williams Jerry R. 120 15th St SE Watertown, SD 57201 (605) 886-7050 jrwilliams@wat.midco.net


2/8/2015 (2182)

Elmer and Mabel (Espe) Striker’s daughter Ann
Letter & Picture shared by Geri Metcalfe Munro (‘59):  Fargo, ND

Hi Peggy & Dennis Espe

We ran into this nice couple at Brennecke’s on Poipu Beach, Kauai, HI

Ann mentioned that she remembers Elmer & Frances and little Dennis visiting them in Seattle.

My parents and Ann’s parents, Elmer and Mabel (Espe) Striker were good friends when they all lived in Seattle in the early 40’s.
Ann thought she was named after a relative, I don’t remember the name, but she has always gone by the name of Pat Striker.
I have her address, phone #, but no email address.  I can call her and ask for it, but I kinda think they don’t use email.  Anyway, we can get some info and the blog could fill her in and send to her.

I’m wading thru email/facebook, mail, etc since we returned home from Kauai, HI last evening.  Ann and her husband, Jim Morrison (he was from WA state) own a lovely condo on the 4th floor of a building at Poipu Beach, Kauai with a gorgeous view of the island.  On clear days in summer they can see the canyon from there.

Peggy, are you on facebook?

Gary, I look forward to reading your blog—hope Bernadette is doing well.  I missed all of this because I did not bring my laptop along—I need to do a lot of reading because we are traveling to Spain/Portugal for 19 days in June-July with a group of friends from our church group here—we went to Scotland with them in 2010 and some of them went to Scotland again in 2013–fabulous trip!!

We spent 32 glorious days on Kauai; our family went with us for parts of the month so we’ve put quite a few pictures on my timeline that Jeff took when he was with us.

Peggy, hope to hear from you and I’ll share Denny’s cousin, Pat’s address, etc.

Love, Geri and Chuck
Metcalfe Munro, Geri 2182

Pictures posted by Dewy Morinville (’72):  Dunseith, ND
Lider, Carl and Gladys 2182 Moriniville 2182-2 Morinville 2182-1 Morinville 2182-3

Bill Hosmer (’48) hosts Aime Casavant (’66)
Message/picture from Aime Casavant (’66): Jamestown, ND


Dale Banot ( a friend of mine from our Air Force days) and myself spent 2 and a half days with Bill Hosmer in Tucson.  Bill was such a gracious host inviting us stay at his house and then took us to Davis-Mothan AFB where we spent a lot of time.  I would recommend this Air Museum and aircraft boneyard to everyone – it was two fantastic days.  Dale, who was stationed at Minot AFB and was a crew chief with the 5th Fighter Intercepter Squadron was able to see the his plane as one of the main F-106’s on static display.  So we were all able to share a lot of stories about North Dakota, Dunseith and our time in the Air Force.

Dale, who never knew Bill (Hosz) Hosmer before, but communicated with us by e-mail for some time had such great accolades about unassuming Bill, his hospitality, knowledge, sharing some experiences of his time as a pilot, Dale remarked when we left  that “Hosz seems to be his (Dales) idea of a remarkable person whose chose a path early in a life and lived it well with great success and remains a part of that life to this day (Bill works part time at the AB).”

Also, Bill has authored a chapter in a book called “Friday Pilots” which is a collection experiences of fighter pilots who get together each week in Tucson – one of them being the Apollo astronaut Jim McDivitt amongst other distinguished fighter pilots.

As Dale said “words cannot express his gratitude” for the few day of fun and good conversation. Here are some of the photos,  I hope they turn out when transferred electronically.

Hoping all is well on your side of the world Gary.

Note: Sorry Aime, Your friend Dale’s picture with Bill did not come through.  Gary
Hosmer, Casavant 2182


Reply to Joan Wurgler Salmonson (’61)
From Lola Metcalfe Vanorny (’68):  Dunseith, ND

Happy Birthday Joan- hope you had a good day !!- Lola and Jay –

LeRoy Alfred Tohm
(June 29, 1928 – February 3, 2015)

Send FlowersSend Sympathy GiftsSend Sympathy Card
Guest Book | Sign Guest BookLeRoy Alfred Tohm, 86, longtime Hereford resident, died Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at his residence.

A Celebration of Life Service is scheduled for 3:00 pm on Thursday, February 5, 2015, in Hereford Heritage Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, 411 E 6th Street, Hereford, Texas. Services are under the direction of Hereford Heritage Funeral Home.

A Celebration of Life Services is scheduled for 3:00 pm, Monday, February 9, 2015, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Bottineau, North Dakota. Services are under the direction of Nero Funeral Home, Bottineau. Rev. Joe Andrajack, Pastor of Immanual Lutheran Church in Hereford, Texas will officiate both services.

LeRoy A. Tohm was born in Gardena, North Dakota, on June 29, 1928, to Ben and Leonia Tohm. (Tohm, Benjamin & Leona W. Hahn p. 274 in the “People of Bottineau County 1884 -1984/aka “The Centennial Book”) He was raised on a farm near Gardena. LeRoy served in the USMC during the Korean War. Following an honorable discharge, he returned to the Gardena/Bottineau area, where he met and married Lorraine Pritchard of Dunseith, North Dakota. Following their marriage, the couple lived in approximately 14 different cities in western North Dakota while he worked for an oil drilling company. In 1960 they moved to Egeland, North Dakota, where LeRoy farmed for 13 years. In 1973, LeRoy accepted a mill manager position with a cattle feed yard in Hereford, Texas. LeRoy worked there until his retirement and he filled his retirement years with scroll work and other wood working projects.

LeRoy was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Marvin Tohm.

LeRoy is survived by his wife, Lorraine, children Virginia Cartwright, Florida, Audrey Rose (Mike), Texas, Jeffrey Tohm, Texas, Debra Pittman (Leon), Arkansas, and Jacqueline Meyers (Mike), Minnesota, 13 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Dorothy Johnson, North Dakota, and 2 brothers, Melvin Tohm, North Dakota, and Vernon Tohm, Texas.

Casket Bearers are Dwight Tohm, Eric Tohm, Ben Tohm, Jared Johnson, Jason Wirth, and Roger Wirth.

Express your condolences and sign the online guest book at www.herefordheritagefh.com.


Blog (248) posted on October 11, 2008

From Gary Metcalfe (57):  

Reply to Sybil Johnson

I can see a great desire to know about your family, The Kelly’s were part of a group of interesting people who lived on an insignificant piece of land about 1 mile north of Kelvin Store.  To give you an idea of Mary Kelly’s spunk, we had to go through her yard to get to Grandma Evan’s place.  One day she caught Little Martin Evans at the gate and told him his brother-in-law, Paul Byre had left her gate open and he was in deep trouble.  Martin told her that really Paul was a pretty darn good guy.  She said, “Yes, but I don’t know what for.” As you said about Raymond, he never came back very often, but on a nice summer day occasionally he would show up and tell stories of rideing with Pancho Villa during the Revolution.  Raymond claimed to be a first class bum, thus his alias “Bum Kelly”.  Now Harold Kelly was a close family friend, our barber and wood cutter.  He was almost as good with a double bit axe as Bing Evans.  He was probably #2 in personality in the whole area.  No wonder Harold’s son, Randy, did so well in politics.  I think he was Mayor of St. Paul, Mn.  Harold’s brother, Allen Kelly was another brother my folks knew, but I did not.

Gus Hackman lived on 40 acres next door and was one interesting bachelor.

Bill Lamb you brought up Len Guilbert’s name.  He lived where Gus lived for a short time in the late 40’s.  He was an old man when I knew him, had been around the world.  No end to his stories.  He had St. Vidas Dance or something like that.  Len claimed to have been someone to reckon with in his early years.  It’s been so long ago I don’t remember who was even along with me, but Tootsie Peterson was the driver and we wound up in Len’s yard, he drew us a picture which he titled “A Bloody Fine Rooster” and he was!  Dunseith is in Guilbert township, which was named after his father, Giles Guilbert.

Bill Lamb I know you have a wealth of knowledge about how things were in early times.  What were you doing at Central School when Hilltop was much closer.  I can’t imagine  that Bobby Stickland went to Hilltop School, maybe you can shed some light on that.  I do think I remember someone saying that on the blog.


Request/Message from Blanche Wicks Schley (42):

Do you have a master list of DHS alumni by address?  I have the e-mail list printed out.

My neighbor asked me today if I would like to live in a smaller town.  My answer was that I would not mind that al all — residents in smaller towns tend to be more caring and concerned about their neighbors.  I am not saying that is not true of areas in larger towns,  and Grand Forks is not that large a town (or should I have said “city”) the attitude of indifference is more predominate.

Harvesting of sugar beets as started here in the Red River Valley…and now the rains will slow this project for a bit.  The leaves are turning colors and everyone is raking lawns in hopes of getting that chore done before the vacuum truck comes around )they do two swings of the city).   Snow has been reported in the southwesternI  part of ND as well in the more western states.  Doesn’t that make you lonesome for the fun job of snow removal, etc?

Does anyone know about Gladys Melhouse who taught in the grades.  I can’t remember just what grades she had or how long she taught in Dunseith.

Thanks again for orchestrating such a good idea and bring so many “players” together.

Blanche, I do have a combined Alumni list inclusive of classes 1930 thru 1977. I will send that out with a separate mailing today.  Gary


Newpaper clippings provided by Neolo Kofoid Garbe:

Folks, I know many of you know Clayton & Dorothy Gagner. I’m sure some of you are probably related to them too.  My folks were very close friends of Dorothy and Clayton’s.  Lloyd Awalt, I know you know them well too.  They are wonderful folks. Gary

October 7, 2008
Gegner, Clayton 2182


                                  Dunseith High School Class of 1953

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Aamodt Robert RR Rolette, ND 58366 (701) 244-5743 No email address
2 Boardman Smith Joyce 6634 W 64th Street Chicago, IL 60638-4916 773-586-9130 saj10171@msn.com. 
3 Counts Eugene Born August 12, 1935    –    Died August 6, 1995 Deceased
4 Dore Esperum Donna Mae 11500 15th Ave NE #301 Seattle, Wa 98125 (206) 781-4830 No email address
5 Fassett Tessin Carol Can not locate death record Deceased
6 Hiatt Bernard 1354 Spruce Dr Enumclaw, WA 98022 (360) 802-8987 No email address
7 Hiatt Donald Born May 23, 1932    –    Died September 28, 1996 Deceased
8 Klang Lohr Viola 8057 Us Highway 287 Townsend, MT 59644 (406) 266-4272 No email address
9 Leonard Edmund Born May 29, 1935    –    Died December 27, 2003 Deceased
10 Lilleby Larson Marlene 16869 Frey Rd Ephrata, WA 98823 (509) 754-5877 mpquist@donobi.net
11 Nordquist Perry Arllycemae Born January 25, 1935    –    Died July 12, 1990 Deceased
12 Olson Solin Darlene 507 Harvey Ave HARVEY, ND  58341  (701) 324-2385 No email address
13 Peterson Williams Doris 1011 Jay St. #3 Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3395 No email address
14 Poeppel Stepina Betty Lou Born July 23, 1935    –    Died January 5, 1981 Deceased


Folks, These are several pictures that we took of Salem Church, inside and out, last year. As I

mentioned several days ago, Leonard and Arliss Rude Hagen did a fantastic job refurbishing

the church.  Salem Church is located 7 or 8 miles east of Lake Metigoshe on #43.

That is me standing inside the church.  Gary
Stokes 2182





2/6/2015 (2181)

    Happy Birthday Joan Wurgler Salmonson (’61): Dunseith, ND
Wurgler Salmonson, Joan 2181


Vickie Johnson Messner
Message from Gwendolyn Struck Dumas (’68):  Havre, MT

HaPpY  (Belated) BiRtHdAy, Vickie!
GREAT picture!
Gwendolyn (Struck) Dumas


Methodist Church
From Kay Hosmer (‘77):  Crown Point, In  

I am also sad to hear about the Methodist Church.  In terms of its life in the stone church, I believe that I was the last person to be married there.  – I am happy to report that such a fate has not happened everywhere.  The Methodist Church I attend in Crown Point, IN, is a thriving & growing place.  I love being a part of the congregation & owe my roots to the Dunseith Methodist Church. 


Postings from Neola Kofoid Garbe:
Bottineau & Minot, ND
Strong Dunseith News



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


Blog (247) posted on October 10, 2008


Folks,  I am running on generator power today.  They have a scheduled brown out (no electricity) from 8:00 am to 5:pm today.  I have a 5.5 KW generator that I brought with us from the states.  It pretty much powers up everything.  It’s been 7 or 8 months since I fired it up.  It’s about noon now, so I think Bernadette and I will go down to the mall for the rest of the afternoon.  Gary

From Sybil Johnson: 

Good morning, Gary and everyone! I’ve looked at all the names of those who graduated from Dunseith and I see none of Augie’s family. I thought they had all

graduated from Dunseith, but evidently that assumption is wrong. Also, I enjoyed looking at the pictures from Dick. I use to drive over that old bridge between

Bismarck and Mandan, when I was in direct sales many many years ago. Thanks again for all the interesting stories and pictures on this site. It is fabulous and

fascinating. Sybil Johnson


Reply from Diane Larson Sjol (70): 

Paulette (LaCroix)…

I lived in Germany for quite awhile and was last there for a visit in
2001 but an itching to go back. Have never been to France and since I
am half french, would love to go….where do you stay?  Where do you
fly out of?


Message/Pictures from Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59): 

The picture of Wm Gottbreht Sr and his grandchildren Anice, Bill and Lois
held by William Gottbreht. The elevator appears in good condition at the
time, circa 1923. Exploration of the old elevator was forbidden in my youth,
advice which I heeded.

The second picture is of Lois Borland Brown and her oldest child, Bill.

Sorry I did not separate these pictures before scanning! No idea how to

Gottbreht, William 2181 Gottbreht, William 2181-1


Folks, This is an old picture I found that was taken at one of the Ackworth School Alumni’s.

I think this picture was taken in 1992.

Dick Johnson & Rod Hiatt, I am wearing the Dunseith Centennial Belt that you guys designed and had Molded.

My Dad gave me that Belt & Buckle for my birthday in 1982. I wore that buckle, nearly everyday, for 25 years

I need to purchase another belt and start wearing it again. Gary

2/6/2015 Note: Myself (Gary Stokes) and Elwood Fauske are the only two living soles today in this picture.

L to R:
Gary Stokes, Willie Hiatt, Walter Bowers, Clarence Hagen, Elwood Fauske, Dennis Hiatt & Edmar Tangen
Ackworth 2181


Article from the Bottineau Courant provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: 

Loretta Neameyer Wall Graduated with the class of 1972
Neameyer Wall, Loretta 2181




The healthy Dunseith High School Class of 1952 – They are all living and well

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Brennan Groff 1 Morning Beach Drive Apt #10 Bellingham, WA 98229 306-927-9444 No email address
2 Godfrey Cantarella Rowena L. 121 5th St. N. #104 Great Falls, MT 59401 (406) 788-0774 No email address
3 Hosmer Don PO Box 725 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5788 No email address
4 Lamoureux Wood Dorothy 12792 Poplar St Garden Grove, CA 92845 (714) 379-6445 wooddode@verizon.net
5 Leonard William Lorette (Berube) 23335 Cedar Way #101 Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043 (425) 778-6051 No email address
1403 W Broadway Ave., #278 Apache Junction, AZ 85200 (480) 288-9832
6 McKay Clayton (Kick) RR 1  Box 501 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-0411  
7 Morgan Richard L. 374 26th Ave SW Washburn, ND 58577 (701) 462-8549 No email address
8 Peterson Artzer Mary 730 Algona Blvd N Algona, WA 98001 (253) 735-6533 No email address
9 Sunderland Leonard Donna/Bob PO Box67 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5528   701-263-3149 bleonard@srt.com
10 Williams Glen I. 802 Normans Ln Missoula, MT 59803 (406) 728-5045 junnermt@msn.com


2/5/2015 (2180)

Happy Birthday Vickie Johnson Messner (’74): Bismarck, ND
Johnson Messner, Vickie 2180


Rob & Kristin (Stokes) Podominick’s twin girls
Reply from Marlys Hiatt (’71):Dunseith, ND

Congratulations to Darrell and Debbie Stokes as well as Rob and Kristin on the birth of those beautiful baby girls.

Marlys Hiatt


Stone Church
Reply from Glen Williams (’52):  Missoula, MT

Sorry to hear of the closing of the “Stone Church”   I grew up attending that Church…I have many fond memories of attending Sunday School and Church services there  over the years….Many great Sunday School teachers including Marge Morgan….and then there were those “pot luck” dinners….when  young fellows from the church  served meals under the watchful eye of Kenny Morgan…. Those were the good old days….

Have been a Church Finance Committee Chair out here in Montana, so I do understand the problems involved…

Glen Williams
Missoula, Mt


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

Lorna Arlene Abbey
(June 27, 1938 – February 1, 2015)

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Lorna Arlene Abbey, age 76 of Dunseith, died Sunday in her home. Funeral services will he held on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. in the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery also of Dunseith. Visitation will be on Wednesday beginning at 4:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. and Thursday from 9:00 A.M. until service time in the church.

Lorna Arlene Abbey, a daughter of Earl and Jane (Roussin) Brew, was born at Drayton, ND on June 27, 1938. She was reared and educated in Drayton. At a young age she moved to Dunseith. On July 25, 1956 she was married to Darrell Abbey at Rolla. After their marriage they moved to Grand Forks. they then moved to many city’s in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. In 1975 they returned to Dunseith. Lorna was a foster parent and took care of disabled children and young troubled girls for over 33 years. She wanted to help those in need. Lorna never turned away anyone who came into her life and always had a warm meal for anyone who happen to stop by.

She was very involved in her husbands church, teaching Sunday School, working within the church and attending Bible Camps. Lorna loved to read, taking care of her flowers and spending time with her children.

She is survived by her husband Darrell Abbey of Dunseith; daughters, Ila Cherland of Java, SD, Kathryn Gottbreht of Medical Lake, WA and Susan Hanyak of Willow Spring, NC; a son John Abbey of Minot; 7 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brother, David Roussin of Ft. Worth, TX; a sister Dora Frederick of Belcourt; and many nieces and nephews.

Lorna is preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Susan Roussin.


Blog (246) posted on October 9, 2008


Dunseith Alumni – Seattle Reunion – July 24, 2009

Folks,  With today’s message there are several questions asking about a reunion in the Seattle area to be coordinated with those of us going on the cruise this next July.  Karen Loeb Mhyre (65) from Bellevue, is checking a few place in the Puget Sound area where we could possible hold this event.  We would like to hold this event on Friday, July 24, 2009.  This is the  day before our Cruise.  We are not sure how many of you folks going on the cruise would be interested in this. I think we will be boarding the ship around noon on Saturday the 25th. For those of you flying into Seattle on Friday and would like, I think we will be making arrangements with a hotel near the Airport for our group.  We will be addressing the hotel and transportation to the ship with a separate message to those of you going on the cruise.

I have gone through and sorted out all of you folks living in the Washington/Oregon area. There are 79 of you living in that area that I have on my list with 49 in the Puget sound area alone.  I have pasted that list at the very bottom of this message sorted by areas (Puget sound, Washington out side of Puget sound and Oregon) Please note that this list includes only the folks from the class lists that I have put together so far.  Those are the classes from 1930 through 1977.  Our Seattle reunion will be inclusive of everyone and not just for those from those class years.

We are asking for suggestions, from any of you, where we could hold this event. For planning purposes, I think we should plan for about 150 folks.  We may have less, but we need to be prepared in case we have more.  My suggestion is to locate a restaurant, with banquet room facilities, that could handle this many folks for a meal. That would eliminate the renting of a facility. For those interested in participating, we would ask them to make reservations with us, so the facility would know the number of folks to plan for.

For those of you in the Pacific Northwest. we are wide open for any suggestion of where to have this reunion. To accommodate those of us going on the cruise, some place near SeaTac would probably work the best, if at all possible.  SeaTac is centrally located in the Puget sound area too.  Locating a facility to handle a group of our size will be challenging and that is where we need your help. Gary

Reply from Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59): 

All correct Gary. I worked at the Everett Surgery Center on Rucker/Pacific 4 years when first in WA. I am a CRNA by profession and practiced anesthesia for 35 years. Love retirement. Love to attend the Dunseith Picnic held in this area 2009. Are you in the know? Sharron


Gottbreht Shen Sharron 11216 39th Dr SE Everett, WA 98208 (425) 379-6254   59


Reply from Francie Gottbreht Dutra (63): 


First and foremost, thanks for doing all the work for this great website…..I do not log in daily but do play “catch-up”.  I wanted to  add some info on the class of  ’51 and my brother Gene’s info.  He was born on October 5, 1932 and passed away on 1-16-91 in Olympia Wa.  Prior to his death  he worked for the Olympia brewery.  We in the northwest had a great fall with sun and temps in the 80’s thru Sept. and now fall has arrived with rain and cold.  We were in Dunseith  the first week of August and as always had a great time.  Also had the great thunderstorms and rain ( 5 inches in a couple of hours) and then the 95+ degree weather later in the day in Washburn , and then more storms in Bismarck later in the evening!!   Washington just does not get those great thunderstorms  like ND.  (Thank goodness)!!!!  I would be interested in the get-together for the Dunseith folks coming in to  Seattle for the cruise…..we will not be joining the cruise (I am not a fan of water) but we may be able to get together with some of you in Seattle before you leave.  Sounds like so much fun but ……….I’m a land lover.  Francie


Reply from Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59):

Gene [Thomas Eugene] Gottbreht, b Oct 5 1932 – d Jan 15 1991 Olympia, WA


Reply from Lynn Halvorson Otto (75):

Hi Dick, thanks for the tower photos.  I’ve climbed that tower more than once over the years, it was so cool.  The view was so beautiful from there.  Art, also thanks for the photos of the Bismarck bridge going down, great shots.  I lived in Bismarck for 3 years after high school, a great town and I traveled over that bridge many times.  Good memories!  Lynn Halvorson Otto (75)


Message from Janice Leonard Workman, class of (56): 

Gary, This note is from Marlene Lilleby Palmquist Larson.  James Egbert would be her uncle.  Marlene’s mother was Margaret Egbert, married to Louis Lilleby.  Louis was my mother Edna’s brother.  When they lived in Dunseith Margaret and Louis had a taxi service and lived in the house across the street from Adrian.  Don and Bernice Johnson lived there when Dick was young.  My brother Lowell bought that house and lived in it for many years.   Marlene said she had talked to you.

Marlene’s Reply:

“James Egbert was mom’s brother that was killed at the end of the 2nd world war (the last day) in Germany. He left a wife and 2 children, his wife Eleanor never remarried and died last year == she was over 90 years old and a very sharp woman.  Her daughter Eileen lives in Grand Forks and son James Jr. in Minn.”

Janice Leonard Workman, class of ‘56


Reply from Marlene Lilleby Larson(53): 

Thanks Gary for doing all this == It is a great idea and I am sure lots of work. I appreciate being added to your

list even if I may not know or be remembered by a lot of your alumni list. Marlene Lilleby Larsen

Lilleby Larson Marlene 16869 Frey Rd Ephrata, WA 98823 (509) 754-5877 mpquist@donobi.net



Contact info for Clyde/Marge Satrang (51): 

Hello Gary

We just wanted to add Clyde Satrang’s address

5417 Park Drive
Mountain Iron, Mn. 55768

We really enjoy your news Gary!!  Thanks!  Marge and Clyde


Paulette LaCroix Chisholm’s (68) reply to Gary:

Folks, Dick Johnson and I pass a few jokes back and forth.  Dick forwarded a joke I had sent him to Paulette as an attachment. Paulette replied thinking she was replying to Dick, but instead she was replying to me.  With that mistake, Paulette and I exchanged several messages to include the one posted below.  Paulette, this event has enabled us to enjoy the nice letter you have provided.  Gary

PS – Paulette, in answer to your question below, I have DSL for my internet connection.


Dick Johnson is something else.  I loved the story about him buying that instrument for the Lorraine Metcalfe, who thought it too expensive.  It brought tears to both my husband and I.  After the reunion, they invited us to their lake home and Ken played guitar while I sang with them.  He’s a special classmate that has been telling stories and jokes since as early as the 4th grade, with his, “look down your shirt and spell attic.”  Who knew he was going to collect all these stories and information on the area and people?  I’m not surprised you receive lots of email from him.  With all he does, when does he have the time?

Bill Grimme and Alan Boguslawski, on occasion, (they must’ve been very bored) used to sit in some old car with us and entertain.  They were quite the comedians and gave us lots of laughs before they went on their ways.

Is it true?  Are you using still having to use dial up?  We got the FIOS package for TV, phone and internet and the speed is great.  Getting this together everyday must be quite a feat.

My father’s family came from Quebec as did so many of the French families in the Dunseith and Rolette area.  When we visited the cemetery of the little town where my grandparents were born, Contrecoer, Quebec, we read on the tombstones names like Lamourex, Dionne, Mongeon, Vivier,  Boucher, Cote, LaFountaine, Fontaine, and many others.  It was clear these families moved together to our surrounding area.   Looks like we are all related.  Ha!  I asked some French speaking people where I could find the old cemetery.  They took the time to find the  historian of the town so he could tell me.  I know but a few essential words in French, so it was a fun challenge to communicate.  The historian, who spoke English told me about a great split of these families.  It seems for some reason (I assumed was poor soil or poverty) they all moved.  Half the families went to the East Coast to work in factories and the other half went to ND, SD, and Iowa areas to farm.   When we lived in New Hampshire years ago, I made friends with a woman who was French and still had a heavy accent.  These many years later, we find that we are distantly related.  Her family, also from Quebec, were amongst those who moved to work the factories.  Our families names were also on the stones and had married one another over the years.  We laugh because she had little mannerisms that reminded me of my father’s family and I’d suggest she was a cousin.  It is definitely a small world.

Ken and I love to travel and have been going to Europe just about every year for the past ten.  We love the South of France with it friendly people, great inexpensive wine, and savory food.   This year we went to the Languedoc Rousillion  area which is less touristed.  The people were playful and even knew who was winning the debate between Clinton and Obama.  At a colorful street market, I was asked to buy some very expensive sausage.  I pulled out my empty pockets and replied “George Bush.”  A number of people laughed, touched my back and said “Sarcozy, even worse!”  I have tons of pictures of this beautiful area.  The castles of the Cathars were interesting too.  History, which used to be my least liked subject, is now one of my favorites.  To read about Richard the Lionheart is interesting, but to see his castle and look out of the tower towards the ones he tried to capture is just a lot more exciting.

Well, I do go on.  Right now I’m more focused on this economy and the election, but a European trip would sure be a great distraction.

I’d love to see the Phillipines.  Cultures fascinate me.  Is it hot and humid all year round?  Sounds like your wife is a very good cook, yet,  you both look pretty slim.  It’s hard to portion those helpings when its good right?  Ha.

It was nice to hear from you.

Paulette Chisholm
Dunseith Alumni Folks living in the Washington/Oregon areas (Classes 1930-1977)

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email ClassYear Area
1 Abrahamson Wagers Elaine PO Box 1994 Auburn, WA 98071 (253)-373-1815 re60wag@yahoo.com 62 Puget sound
2 Azure Kenneth 13214 180th Ave NE Redmond, WA 98052 (425) 885-1923 No email address 68 Puget sound
3 Bedard Sullivan Connie 13821 SE 180th St Renton, WA 98058 (425) 235-4611 philconsul@comcast.net 59 Puget sound
4 Beston Sharon 714 75th St SE Everett, WA 98203 (425) 322-5258 No Email address 77 Puget sound
5 Beston Desjarlais Ruby 6707 196TH ST SW LYNNWOOD, WA  98036 (425) 776-6458C(206) 406-0248 No email address 72 Puget sound
6 Christianson Baskett Viola 15643 Sunny Cove Dr SE Olalla, WA 98359 (253) 857-2521 No email address 45 Puget sound
7 Counts Poitra Darlene 6219  228th St. SE Woodenville, WA 98702 (425) 408-1124 No email address 71 Puget sound
8 Dailly Bob/Arline Lamoureux 30846 Sixth Pl SW Federal Way, WA 98023 (253) 839-9036 arldailly@aol.com 57 Puget sound
9 Dore Esperum Donna Mae 11500 15th Ave NE #301 Seattle, Wa 98125 (206) 781-4830 No email address 53 Puget sound
10 Eller Robert Ivy 12321 Hwy. 99 South Site #171 Everett, Wa 98204 (206) 853-1959 Roivy@aol.com 74 Puget sound
11 Fugere Orelle/Lois Hiatt 1790 W Star Lake Dr Elma, WA 98541 (360) 482-3010 No email address 54 Puget sound
12 Gottbreht-Dutra Francie 5716 Thornbury Dr. SE LACEY, WA  98513 (360) 943-9232       C 360-556-4317 atdutra@comcast.net 63 Puget sound
13 Gottbreht Shen Sharron 11216 39th Dr SE Everett, WA 98208 (425) 379-6254 sharron_shen@msn.com 59 Puget sound
14 Haagenson Raymond 349 NW 205th St Shoreline, WA 98177 (206) 542-4595 No email address 47 Puget sound
15 Hanson Enghusen Diane 18412 135TH ST  RENTON, WA 98059 (425) 226-5249 jonenghusen@yahoo.com 76 Puget sound
16 Hanson Gregg Pauline PO Box 7845 Covington, WA 98042 (253) 205-7450 No email address 73 Puget sound
17 Hiatt Bernard 1354 Spruce Dr Enumclaw, WA 98022 (360) 802-8987 No email address 53 Puget sound
18 Hiatt Fugere Lois/Orelle 1790 W Star Lake Dr Elma, WA 98541 (360) 482-3010 No email address 56 Puget sound
19 Higgins Loeb Hannah 23321 8th Pl W Bothell, WA 98021 (425) 415-0466 karen.mhyre@gmail.com (Daughter Karen’s email address) 39 Puget sound
20 Horsman Dion Orissa/Charles 14218 73rd Ave NE, Apt B102 Bothell, WA 98011 (425) 821-7306 chasdion@yahoo.com 41 Puget sound
21 Hosmer Bob 18606 52nd W. #222 Lynnwood, WA 98037 (425) 673-6254 rkhosmer@verizon.net 56 Puget sound
22 Iverson Staub Marie 6000 Corliss Avenue North Seattle, WA 98103 (206) 244-4327 mdmjstaub@camcast.net 60 Puget sound
23 Klang Wayne 6104 S 124th St Seattle, WA 98178 (206) 772-5628  C(206) 334-0913 sharon_wayne@msn.com 55 Puget sound
24 Klang Lindford Arla 18102 SE 132nd St Renton, WA 98059 (425) 226-9422 No email address 55 Puget sound
25 Landsverk Howard 16224 70TH PL W EDMONDS, WA  98026   (425) 776-5566 hlandsverk@hotmail.com 44 Puget sound
26 Lang DuWayne PO Box 65466 Port Ludlow, WA 98365 (360) 437-2012 duwaynelang@msn.com 57 Puget sound
27 LaRocque Wendt Shirley 4024 S 148th St Tukwila, WA 98168 (206) 244-4004 shirleywendt@comcast.net 59 Puget sound
28 Leonard William Lorette (Berube) 23335 Cedar Way #101 Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043 (425) 778-6051 No email address 52 Puget sound
29 Leonard Workman Janice 2610 25th St SE Auburn, WA 98002 (253) 833-7619 janice_workman@earthlink.com 56 Puget sound
30 Lilleby Raynor 3673 224th Pl SE Issaquah, WA 98029 (425) 391-1361 klilleby@juno.com 57 Puget sound
31 Loeb-Mhyre Karen 5530 142 Avenue S.E. Bellvue, WA  98006 (425) 641-7594  C425-260-8826 kmhyre@comcast.net   karen.mhyre@gmail.com 65 Puget sound
32 McKay Phyllis 32551 107th Ave SE Auburn, WA 98092 (253) 931-8081     ND 701.244.5774 phyllis.mckay@kent.k12.wa.us 65 Puget sound
33 McKay Merrill Minnie Mary 17815 E Lake Desire Dr SE Renton, WA 98058 (425) 271-1116 EDMIN1116@webtv.net 48 Puget sound
34 Murray Abraham 3411 S Union Ave Tacoma, WA 98409             (Sister Joyce’s address) (253)-905-2089 Joyce 253-843-2135 disawa@hotmail.com (Sister Joyce) Abraham will be moving in Jan 08 59 Puget sound
35 Murray Anderson Joyce 3411 S Union Ave Tacoma, WA 98409 (253)-843-2135 disawa@hotmail.com 73 Puget sound
36 Nelson Asch Barbara 1901 California Ave SW Seattle, WA 98116 (206) 933-2703 lisa-pat@comcast.net  Daughter Lisa (206) 708-6621 42 Puget sound
37 Peterson Artzer Mary 730 Algona Blvd N Algona, WA 98001 (253) 735-6533 No email address 52 Puget sound
38 Pigeon Horsman Louise 14164 73rd Pl NE, Apt D103 Bothell, WA 98011 (425) 821-3038 tohorsmans@aol.com 43 Puget sound
39 Richard Ron 6909 272nd St NE Arlington, WA 98223 (360) 435-9654 rwehavingfunyet@juno.com 65 Puget sound
40 Richard Larson Jerrine 4930 NE 86th St Seattle, WA 98115 (206) 524-4566 rdlars1@msn.com 49 Puget sound
41 Salmonson Honsey June 7558 Earl Ave NW Seattle, WA 98117 (206) 782-0775  (701) 263-4647 charge7thcavalry@aol.com 49 Puget sound
42 Spaeth Farquharson Marjorie 1137 Quince St NE Olympia, WA 98506 (360) 943-1587 cmfar@comcast.net 59 Puget sound
43 Stickland Dean/Roberta 9542 MARLBROOK CT SE OLYMPIA, WA  98513 (360) 459-4566 mail@sticklandbows.com 73 Puget sound
44 Strong Tim 33801 10th Ave E Roy, WA 98580 (253) 843-2263 No email address 65 Puget sound
45 Thiefoe James 907 Columbia Ave #209 Marysville, WA 98270 (360)-658-4049 No email address 69 Puget sound
46 Walter-Zurfluh Linda 5512 224th St E Spanaway, WA 98387- (253) 847-6798 jzurfluh@yahoo.com 67 Puget sound
47 Watschke Cooley Betty 17502 NE 40th Pl Redmond,, Wa 98052 (425) 869-8090 bettyjaycooley@yahoo.com 45 Puget sound
48 Wentland Malmquist Shirley 14810 75th Ave NE Kenmore, WA 98028 (425) 488-2149 vic312@msn.com 47 Puget sound
49 Wurgler Axtman Peggy 25223  45th Av. South Kent, Wa  98032 (253)-854-1008 maxtman21@comcast.net.  71 Puget sound
50 Anderson Doan Shirley 2611 Englewood Ave Yakima, WA 98902- (509) 248-2506 Will send email message 60
51 Boguslawski Alan 405 W 30th St Vancouver, WA 98660 (360) 737-2689 bogey@pacifier.com 65
52 Brennan Groff 1 Morning Beach Drive Apt #10 Bellingham, WA 98229 (360)-927-9444 No email address 52
53 Fauske Monte Connie 162 DAVES VIEW DR Kalama, WA 98625 (360) 673-1620 c.l.designs@comcast.net 62
54 Fauske Rude Carrole 8803 NE 134th St Vancouver, WA 98662 (360) 574-1822 LDCJRUDE@hotmail.com 66
55 Goodsell Hyde Alta Mae 5324 N Post St Spokane, WA 99205 (509) 327-7859 No Email address 43
56 Grimme Eltz Gwen 7106 N Tucannon St Spokane, WA 99208 (509) 328-8093 gweneltz@comcast.net 68
57 Haagenson Norman Shirley 15516 NW Second Ave Vancouver, WA 98685 (360) 573-0769 No email address 51
58 Hagen Raymond 3206 S Everett Pl Kennewick, WA 99337 (509) 582-7468 No email address 41
59 Hiatt Rhonda 8907 NE 275th Street Battle Ground, WA 98604 (360) 666-3228 C502-664-9168 rhonda_hiatt@yahoo.com 75
60 Kjos Clayton 2019 N Locust Rd Spokane Valley, WA 99206 (509) 924-5474 cpkjos@netscape.com 39
61 Lilleby Larson Marlene 16869 Frey Rd Ephrata, WA 98823 (509) 754-5877 mpquist@donobi.net 53
62 Longie Don 750 East Greta Ave Spokane, WA 99208 (509) 489-5122      C (509) 991-0677 dmlr2@comcast.net 67
63 Longie Ron 12203 Douglas Rd Yakima WA  98908 (509) 972-8876         C 509-961-1125 longies@netzero.net 65
64 Longie William 6314 NE 70th St Vancouver, WA 98661 (360) 828-7544 longie2596@comcast.net 60
65 Nerpel Bishop Eleanor 6111 W Arrowhead Ave Kennewick, WA 99336- (509) 783-9921 abmyers2@verizon.net (Daughter Ann’s email) 38
66 Smith Eldon 14680 Wide Hallow Rd. Yakima, WA. 98908 (509) 480-8009 No email address 63
67 Walter Clayton 542 Avery W. Winlock, WA 98562 (360)-262-9662 No email address 60
68 Birkland Swart Brenda 3204 N. Columbia St. La Grande, OR 97850 (541) 963-5735 brendaswart@yahoo.com 75 Oregon
69 Christenson-Robinson Cheryl 16037 Se Hawthorne St Portland, OR 97233 (503) 254-2997 cfrobinson21@comcast.net 65 Oregon
70 Faine Delores 268 Washington Ave. Metolius, OR 97741 (541) 546-6487 Friend will send email address 69 Oregon
71 Fassett Halvorson Laura 530 SE 42nd Ave Portland, OR 97215 (503) 236-4462 No Email address Born March 1916 33 Oregon
72 Halvorson Kittleson Doris 19541 GLEN VIEW CT OREGON CITY, OR  97045 (503) 656-8501 No Email address 43 Oregon
73 Henriksen Rick 210 SE Harlow Ave Troutdale, OR 97060 (503) 267-0704 fmhenriksen@comcast.net 60 Oregon
74 Hiatt James PO Box 18 Adel, OR 97620 (541) 947-3983 judycat_2007@yahoo.com 67 Oregon
75 Hobbs Ziegler Viola E. 1602 N.E. Riverside Drive, Unit # 12 McMinnville, OR 97128 (503) 474-2563 rtziegler@onlinemac.com 54 Oregon
76 Hosmer Cobb Janet 7252 SW Lynnwood Ct Wilsonville, OR 97070 (503) 682-3503 janetcobb@gmail.com 60 Oregon
77 Kelly Sawyer Shirley 16160 Widman Ct. Oregon City, OR 97045 (503) 557-0409 sawy56@aol.com 67 Oregon
78 Peltier Pigeon Natalie 406 SW Burgess St Grants Pass, OR 97526 (541) 956-1707 No email address 41 Oregon
79 Sanders Carpentier Lodena   Burns, OR (541) 573-6524 Son Dan lives next door 541-573-3254 35 Oregon




2/3/2015 (2179)

Emmeline (Oscar) Hagen relationship to the Morinville’s
Message from Toni Morinville Gredesky (’68):   Fairmount, ND


Emmeline is the daughter of my mother’s sister, Myrtle. So she is a first cousin. Oscar is an engineer. He must have been in school when they got married. They have lived in Eau Claire, WI for as long as I can remember. I also refer to them as “Oscar & Emmy, the award-winning couple!”

Toni Gredesky


Dunseith United Methodist Church Closing
Message from Robert Leonard (’51):Dunseith, ND

February 2, 2015

Gary Stokes

SUBJECT: Dunseith United Methodist Church Closing

It was suggested that I provide you will information on the above as many of your readers are

interested in our community activities.

It was with a great deal of sadness that this decision had to be made after many years of being

able to maintain our church identity. For about the last 10 years, we have participated with

Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith by sharing the minister and more recently, church building

as well. Both of our churches have been involved with an organization known as Mountain View

Ministry which includes Valle Lutheran Church in Rolette, Willow Creek Lutheran Church in

Overly, and St. Sylvan’s Episcopal Church north of Dunseith. This has been working very well

for all of us as it makes it possible to afford the minister and benefits including housing and

traveling costs. This arrangement has been in place for 7-8 years, except for St. Sylvan’s which

has been involved for about 3 years. The minister is very busy as he has a service each week

at each of the churches except St. Sylvan’s which is twice a month.

The United Methodist Church has had a small membership for many years and has gotten

much smaller the last 3 years. Age has caught up to us with a number of deaths, people

moving from our community and lack of participation for some. We have been living off of our

resources for several years but that has come to an end, so the decision was made to close

effective December 31, 2014. We are currently in the process of dealing with our District

Superintendent and closing the church down, asking our few remaining members where they

want to continue their church affiliation and transferring their membership. The Methodist

Church wants to be sure that everyone continues their church membership somewhere.

All of this will be finalized when approved by the Methodist Church at their annual meeting in

June, 2015.

I would think some of you might not realize this, but the stone Methodist Church Building was

owned by Dunseith Masonic Lodge and that was sold 3-4 years ago. The Masonic Lodge

suffered the same faith with lack of membership and financial problems, so had to be sold,

some of the proceeds were given to the Methodist Church because of their participation in

maintaining the building over many years. The church also had some contents in the building

which went with the building.

A “closing service” will be held on February 22, 2015 at 11:15 A.M. at Peace Lutheran Church

with the Methodist District Superintendent participating with Pastor Don Short, our regular


Robert Leonard

Acting Secretary and Treasurer

Morninville 2179-3 Morinville 2179-1 Morninville 2179-2


Blog (244) posted on October 7, 2008

Folks, do any of you know the James Egbert that was in the class of 1939? Adrian had a brother James, but he was born in 1893, so he would have been kind of old for that class.  I found the death record for a James Egbert, with a ND Social Security number, that was born in 1920 and died in 1945. I’m wondering if that could be the guy who graduated in 1939?  If any of you see Donald Egbert around town, please ask him if he had a cousin named James or if he knows anything about this James Egbert that was born in 1920 and died in 1945.  Thanks,  Gary


Reply from Sharron Gottbreht Shen (Dale’s Daughter): 

My file for Anna Gottbreht and Harold W. Borland needs more work but I do

show that Lois BORLAND class of ’33 was born in Dunseith 1921. The family
which included Annice [1908], William [1911] and Lois [1921], moved to
Tigard, Oregon about 1928. Lois married WWII Airforce pilot Dell Brown in
Washington D.C. 1942. Dell and Lois raised five children in Sandpoint, Idaho
where Lois died in 2007. Many may recall Dell Brown’s picture in the Turtle
Mt Star as winner of the precious metal Cenntennial belt buckle.

I have a fine picture of Annice, Bill and Lois aboard horse and wagon with
their grandfather, William Gottbreht. Victor has a better scanner and I
shall send soonest.

Gary, I relish every message Evie forwards. Next to family, my childhood
bonds hold fondest memories. Thank you.

Sharron Gottbreht Shen ’59/60

Sharron, Thank you so much for including me with this reply to your sister Evie. I know that many of our folks will know and remember you. I have also added you to our distribution list.  I’m assuming that you probably attended the academy in Willow city?  I see you have your class year listed as 59/60. Which one of those classes would you prefer to be included with?  Looking forward to seeing the picture. Gary


Reply from Ann Boppre Perry (72): 

Morning Gary and all,

A reply to Sharon about the trophies.   Only the ones not on permanent

display are available.  Some have already been spoken for.

As for butte St. Paul:  it is 12 miles East of Bottineau–and 3 miles North.
Or from Dunseith  6 miles West and 3 North.

Yes, I do live in the same section of Cordelia township, Bottineau county.

Thanks again for all you do.


Reply to the DHS class list of 39 from Evon Lagerquist (77): 

Hi Gary, In case you are interested, Angeline Hiatt was married to Frank Ormberg, and they ran a dairy farm in Spokane, WA. Her and her sister were both diabetic. I’m guessing that they died from problems from that.



Evon, With all of the Hiatt, Hiatt relatives and folks that know the Hiatt’s on our list, I am replying to you with a group message.  Angeline Hiatt graduated with the class of 1939.  Her parents were Mr. & Mrs. Art Hiatt.  Art was a brother to your Grandfather, George.  Angeline Married Frank Ormberg from Bottineau.  They moved to Spokane, WA in 1948 and ran a Dairy, like you mentioned.  I located Frank Ormberg and just now got off the phone with him.  Frank is living in Beaverton, Oregon. His phone number is (503) 531-9449. Frank was born in 1920.  Talking to him on the phone, he seems to be very healthy, both physically and Mentally.  He told me that Angeline died in 1969 when they were living in Spokane.  Like you said, Angeline and her sister both were diabetic and that was the ultimate cause of her death.  Gary


From Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

I had an informative phone conversation with Lorraine Peterson about the
Egbert family. She told me there were four siblings she knew of, Adrian,
twins Jim and George, and a sister who drowned at an early age. She said
George was in the hospital when she and Duane were married and he really
had nowhere to go. Duane told him he could stay with them a few days
until he was well. He left 17 years later! He helped them with the
chores and kids etc. He picked berries and sold them and traded horses
off and on. Jim was married and had two sons. When Jim was older, he was
a resident of the Dunseith Nursing Home. One day I came home from school
and turned on the TV. I heard the door open and close and assumed Dad or
Mom came in so I just didn’t give it any more thought. Here was old Jim
Egbert with his cane walking through our house to the front door on his
way over to Ade’s. I sat up and about two seconds later two workers from
the nursing home came through the living room and got a hold of Jim and
headed out. I’m trying to remember the two guys, I think it was Wally
Hiatt and Jim Hanson. Anyway one said, “Sorry about that”. It all
happened so fast it really didn’t sink in–I went back to watching TV!
The thing I remember about the Egberts was that they had a odd speech
impediment. It was George who seemed to be hardest to understand, as I
recall. Thanks Gary!



I received this article from Neola Kofoid Garbe yesterday, that she sent out to her Bottineau Bunch.  This article was published in the Bottineau Courant in 2004. Salem Church is connected more to the Bottineau side, but I know many of you remember and can relate to Salem.  Salem Church was our family church in my growing up days.  Salem is located about 2 miles into Bottineau County on #43 and 7 or so miles east of Lake Metigoshe.  During the summer months, Glen Rude unlocks the church doors, every morning, for the public to view.  Arliss Rude Hagen’s parents were Albert & Gladys Rude.  They lived a short distance east and on the south side of the road from the church.  Glen currently lives on the home place.  Their Brother Laverne is Married to Carrole Fauske (66).  Arliss is married to Leonard Hagen, originally from Rolette.  The Sunday school attendance chart is still hanging on the wall in the back of the church. My name and some of you on this distribution are listed on that chart.  Arliss and Leonard did a really fine job restoring the whole church, both inside and out. Feel free to stop in and take a look if you are driving by.  If the door is locked, Glen will let you in, if he is home.

Note: This article does not mention that Arliss and Leonard lived in Woodenville/Bellevue, WA and owned & operated Hagen’s construction for nearly 40 years. They are professionals when it comes to building and remodeling.


Salem Church 2179-1 Salem Church 2179-2

Folks, For all but one group, I forgot to list the class when I posted the class of 50 with yesterday’s message, so I have posted it again today.  Gary

                                    Dunseith High School Class of 1950

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Brennan Faye A.   Deceased
2 Cote Fugere Esther 9280 24th Ave NE Willow City, ND 58384 (701) 228-3220 No email address
3 Fassett Orville J. Born December 28, 1932    –    Died February 18, 2006 Deceased
4 Godfrey Patrick H. 2320 Thallas St Council Bluffs, IA 51503 (712) 322-8770 No email address
5 Hagen Leland/Betty 816 Lee Hollow Dr BRYAN, TX  77802 (979) 775-1734 lghagen@cs.com
6 Hanson Englegbret Clarice J.     Unable to locate Clarice
7 Hiatt Dahl Florence I. 6460 Village Pkwy Anchorage, AK 99504 (907) 333-7356 fidahl@gci.net
8 Molgard Sanders Marlene A. 16525 Long Lake Rd Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 (218) 847-7383 No email address
9 Poeppel Vogsland Ella Mae 6423 Highway 81 Grafton, ND 58237 (701) 352-2786 No email address
10 Watkins Hill Murl I. RR 1 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5513 mlhill@srt.com
11 Williams Donald L. PO Box 816 Garrison, ND  58540 (701) 463-7666 No email address
12 Vennes Frank E. 1001 22nd St E WILLISTON, ND  58801 (701) 572-4150  C(701) 570-3271 norskie85375@yahoo.com
1599 SW Foxpoint Trl Palm City, FL 34990 (772) 283-9871


2/2/2015 (2178)

Bryce Cain (’39) Family question
From Keith Pladson (’66):   Roanoke Rapids, NC 


I just noticed in your reposting of the 2008 blog and the list of the 1939 graduating class the name Bryce Cain.  Question for you and for all of your readers (including my cousin Ron Cain):  Do you, or anyone else, know anything more on this Bryce or family name?

Keith Pladson (66)


Face Book Photos
From Duane (Dewy) Morinville (’72):  Dunseith, ND

Hagen, Oscar 2178 Morinville 2178-2 Morinville 2178-1 main Street


Joke of the day
Posted by Mel Kuhn (’70):  St. John, ND

4  Husbands. The  local news station was interviewing  an 80-year-old  lady because she had just  gotten married  for the fourth time. The  interviewer asked her  questions about her life,  about what it  felt like to be marrying again at  80, and then  about her new husband’s  occupation. “He’s a  funeral director,” she  answered.   “Interesting,”  the newsman thought.   He then  asked her if she wouldn’t mind  telling him a  little about her first three husbands  and what they  did for a living. She paused for a  few moments,  needing time to reflect on all  those years.  After a short time, a smile came to  her face and  she answered proudly, explaining  that she had  first married a banker when she was  in her 20’s,  then a circus ringmaster when in  her 40’s, and  a preacher when in her 60’s, and  now – in her  80’s – a funeral  director.   The  interviewer looked at her, quite  astonished, and asked  why she had married four men with such  diverse  careers.   (Wait  for it)   She  smiled and explained, “I married one  for the money,  two for the show, three to get  ready, and four  to go.”   (Oh, just  hush-up and send this one on to  somebody who needs  a  laugh.)


Blog (243) posted on October 6, 2008

Folks, some of you have been asking about our Alaska Cruise. For those that desire, we are currently working out hotel & transportation arrangements from the hotel to the ship.  I will be discussing this with Gina, our travel agent, before making any arrangements.  There are several hotels very near to the Seattle airport (SeaTac) that will offer good group rates to accommodate both those that will be flying and also driving. For those that drive they will be able to park their car at the hotel, while on the cruise, for about $10/day.  Gary
Message from Leland Hagen (50), Orvin’s brother: 


I want to thank you for the information on Pearl Melhus. She was a distant cousin and neighbor .They moved away sometime in the 1930s and we completely lost touch with them. I don’t remember her but Orvin does.

Thanks for all the great news from and about the Dunseith area. I look forward
to your messages every day.

Leland Hagen (50)


From Blanche Wicks Schley (42): 

Here is information about my brother and sisters.   I noticed that you have the information on Henry…

(also thanks for the picture of the class of 1938).  Marjorie was born April 24, 1914 in Bottineau and she passed away March 4, 1934 in Dunseith.  Gwendolyn (Courture) was born April 30, 1918 in Bottineau nd she passed away January 9, 2002 at Gering, Nebr.  Gladys (Leonard) was born August 16, 1912 in Bottineau and she pased away July, 1994 in Pueblo, CO.

Gladys used to hear from Angelina Murray.  She was living on the west coast and I believe that she passed away years ago.   Aaron Dale was in grade school with me — do you know what happened to that family?   Another name comes to mind when I think about school days in Dunseith — Joyce Hill.  When we lived in Dunseith, the Cornell family lived next door…did they move before high school?  Keith Cornell lived in Grand Forks and his son and grandson also live here — Keith died a few years ago.

Thanks again for taking on such a project — you are to be commended for doing this.  I know that it brings back pleasant memories of school days.

Blancke, Thank you so much for all this info for your family members. I have pasted your family members with their class years below. Hopefully someone will know the answers to you questions.  I too would like to know.  Gary


Wicks Leonard Gladys Born August 16, 1912     –     Died July 1994 Deceased 32
Wicks Couture Gwendolyn Born April 30, 1918     –     Died January 9, 2002 Deceased 35
Wicks Henry Born June 15, 1920    –    Died June 6, 1986 Deceased 38
Wicks Marjory Born April 24, 1914     –     Died March 4, 1934 Deceade 33
Wicks Schley Blanche 2005 First Ave N Grand Forks, ND 58203 (701) 775-8478 bschley@Medicine.nodak.edu 42


Message/Picture from Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

I am sending my grandparent’s wedding invitation from 1926. Mrs.
Abrahamson was a good friend of my grandmother and must have given this
back to her years later. The interesting postmark is
‘Carpenter–No.Dak.’ This post office was north of Carpenter Lake. Also
note the one cent postage stamp! Hand written by my great grandmother,
Della James Strietzel, on a plain recipe card in pencil. Thanks Gary!




  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Brennan Faye A.  Unable to locate death record Deceased
2 Cote Fugere Esther 9280 24th Ave NE Willow City, ND 58384 (701) 228-3220 No email address
3 Fassett Orville J. Born December 28, 1932    –    Died February 18, 2006 Deceased
4 Godfrey Patrick H. 2320 Thallas St Council Bluffs, IA 51503 (712) 322-8770 No email address
5 Hagen Leland/Betty 816 Lee Hollow Dr BRYAN, TX  77802 (979) 775-1734 lghagen@cs.com
6 Hanson Englegbret Clarice J.     Unable to locate Clarice
7 Hiatt Dahl Florence I. 6460 Village Pkwy Anchorage, AK 99504 (907) 333-7356 fidahl@gci.net
8 Molgard Sanders Marlene A. 16525 Long Lake Rd Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 (218) 847-7383 No email address
9 Poeppel Vogsland Ella Mae 6423 Highway 81 Grafton, ND 58237 (701) 352-2786 No email address
10 Watkins Hill Murl I. RR 1 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-5513 mlhill@srt.com
11 Williams Donald L. PO Box 816 Garrison, ND  58540 (701) 463-7666 No email address
12 Vennes Frank E. 1001 22nd St E WILLISTON, ND  58801 (701) 572-4150  C(701) 570-3271 norskie85375@yahoo.com
1599 SW Foxpoint Trl Palm City, FL 34990 (772) 283-9871


2/1/2015 (2177)

Happy Birthday to the Neameyer Twins (’72)
Loretta Wall: Bottineau, ND  and Loraine Haas: St. John, ND
Neameyer (2177)


Face Book Photos
From Duane (Dewy) Morinville (’72): Dunseith, ND

First n only demo derby.
Norman Hiatt & Herman Martinson paid for the work.
Gary Baker driving the car. I drove in the derby.
During the parade. I saw Ottis (David Campbell ) by the drug store. I yelled Ottis when I streched out my arms. No I didn’t win
Morinville, Dewy 2177


Not sure of the order:  Debbie, Toni and Bev Morinville
Morinville 2177

Peat 2177 LaRocque, Joyce 2177 Hawsenwinkel 2177  Picture

Joke of the day

Posted by Trish Larson Clayburgh  (’73):  Portola Valley, CA

A Change

A gynecologist had become fed up with malpractice insurance and HMO
paperwork, and was burned out. Hoping to try another career where skillful
hands would be  beneficial, he decided to become a mechanic.

He went to the local technical college, signed up for evening  classes,
attended diligently, and learned all he could. When the time of the
practical exam approached, the gynecologist  prepared carefully for weeks,
and completed the exam with tremendous  skill.

When the results came back, he was surprised to find that he had obtained a
score of 150%. Fearing an error, he called the Instructor, saying, “I don’t
want to  appear ungrateful for such an outstanding result, but I wonder if
there is an error in the grade.”

The instructor said, “During the exam, you took the engine apart perfectly,
which was worth 50% of the total mark. You put the engine back together
again perfectly, which is also worth 50% of the mark.”

After a pause, the instructor added, “I gave you an extra 50% because you
did it all through the muffler, which I’ve never seen done in my entire

Blog (242) posted on October 5, 2008


From Shirley Olson Warcup (49):  

Gary & Neola,

Thanks for the pictures and information on Butte St. Paul.  That was the gathering place for my Grandmother’s family (Alma Johnson) on the 4th of July–as it was for other families also.  We always had a great time and it was about the only time we ever had orange “pop”.  We always looked forward to that occasion.  If I remember correctly, I believe there was often some dignitary who would give a short talk.  This would have been in the mid to late 1930’s.

Once again, Gary, thanks for this network!!

Shirley Olson Warcup

Reply from Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

A little more information on the tower at the Dahl farm, near Lake
Metigoshe. My wife read the emails and gave me a bit of insight on the
old structure. She works for North Dakota Forest Service in Bottineau
and was involved with getting the old landmark removed. The Forest
Service erected the tower in 1957 and had a 50 year lease on the
property where it stood, so 2007 was the last year of that lease and the
tower was not used any more for its original purpose of spotting forest
fires. There was a liability issue also as people would climb the tower
for kicks. A college student fell and was injured not that long before
it was taken down. The lower stairs had been removed but people would
still find ways to climb it. It is much better to have it at the
Bottineau County Museum for all to enjoy, even though it is only a
‘short’ version of the original.The Forest Service donated the tower and
paid for the moving expense to get it to the museum grounds. I remember
when it was put up in ’57 and when it was taken down in ’07 so that must
make me REAL old! Thanks Gary!



From Susan Malaterre Johnson (69): 

This picture was taken during Ike. Please ignore me as I had been drenched several times. The best surprise was that Jeff was born in Bismarck! He still has family there.  I worked with pride.  This was brought to mind when Ivy mentioned that Julie”s name is Dahl.  What a small world. Susan Johnson

Picture from Dick Johnson (68): 

Gary and Friends,

In looking for another item, I ran across the obituary of Grandma’s cousin, Harvey James. I mentioned this before so just thought I would send it for folks to read. Thanks Gary!


James, Harvey 2177


Dunseith High School Class of 1939

  Last First Address City / State / ZIP Phone Email
1 Bergeron Fugere Doris Born February 12, 1921    –    Died March 27, 2001 Deceased
2 Bergeron Geraldine Born August 11, 1919    –    Died July 15, 1975 Deceased
3 Borland Lois        Unable to locate
4 Boucher Brunsell Yvette Born February 14, 1922    –    Died February 27, 1991 Deceased
5 Cain Bryce Born June 14, 1920    –    Died Ferbruary 12, 2005 Deceased
6 Cornell Gagner Jean Born April 21, 1921    –    Died April 26, 1997 Deceased
7 Damstrom Doris        Unable to locate
8 Damstrom Irene        Unable to locate
9 Danielson Johnny Born July 26, 1921    –    Died February 15, 1976 Deceased
10 Dion Charles 14218 73rd Ave NE, Apt B102 Bothell, WA 98011 (425) 821-7306 chasdion@yahoo.com
11 Egbert James Born December 18, 1893    –    Died September 15, 1968 Deceased
12 Hiatt Angeline Angeline passed away – not sure of her married name Father was Art Hiatt – moved to Spokane
13 Hiatt Lang Charlotte Born July 5, 1920    –    Died January 26, 1994 Deceased
14 Higgins Loeb Hannah 23321 8th Pl W Bothell, WA 98021 (425) 415-0466 karen.mhyre@gmail.com (Daughter Karen’s email address)
15 Kjos Clayton 2019 N Locust Rd Spokane Valley, WA 99206 (509) 924-5474 cpkjos@netscape.com
16 Lagerquist Campbell Olga Born May 9, 1919    –    Died February 6, 2001 Deceased
17 Martinson Clarence Born December 23, 1921    –    Died November 1983 Deceased
18 Metcalfe Oswell Leona Born October 13, 1921    –    Died November 2, 2006 Deceased
19 Morlan Quam Evelyn Born December 18, 1919    –    Died September 19, 1998 Deceased
20 Peterson Hovland Lucille Born October 2, 1920    –    Died July 15, 2003 Deceased
21 Rohrer Bill Born January 30, 1922    –    Died April 1985 Deceased
22 Rude Art PO Box 365 Dunseith ND 58329 701-244-5814 artrude@hotmail.com   (His son Art)
23 Rude Odis Born June 4, 1921    –    Died August 11, 2006 Deceased
24 Schwabe Howard Born September 4, 1918    –    Died September 17, 2001 Deceased
25 Smith Joseph        Unable to locate
26 Smith Salmonson Marion Born March 26, 1921    –    Died February 24, 2006 Deceased
27 Stickland Robert 242 10 St W Dickinson, ND 58601 (701) 483-7686 lee_stickland@yahoo.com – His son Lee’s Email address
28 Stransky Laddie Born June 14, 1921    –    Died January 1982 Deceased
29 Thomas Marvin Born March 10. 1920    –    Died December 15, 1949 Deceased
30 Williams Wayne Born March 26, 1921    –    Died February 19, 1976 Deceased