11/29/2015 (2319)

Posting from LeaRae Parrill Espe (’67):  Bottineau, ND

Saturday, December 5th 2-4PM
Oak Manor in Bottineau

No gifts or card.  Just come and enjoy cake & coffee & sign the guest register. If you can’t make it, I know she would enjoy email messages or a note from her friends and former students.  Emails can be sent to me at  espe@utma.com.  Snail mail can be sent to 823 Railroad Ave., Apt #29, Bottineau, ND  58318.

Mildred (Mom) taught school a total of 36 years of which 28 were at Dunseith Public.  She began her career in Dunseith with 37 first graders in 1955. (This was my class of ’67.) The following year they gave her 39 students (Class of 68).  She only lasted until Christmas as my brother Joel was born in Feb 1957.  Her break lasted three years and she returned to teach 2nd grade in Feb 1960 where she stayed until retirement in 1986.  In the early 60s the classes were split to have two and later three teachers per grade. Before Dunseith she taught country school near Sawyer, the Medrud and Butte schools in Bottineau County, at Russell, ND and at Wetherelt (Rolette County) the summer of 1955.

Mom (Mildred Nelson) graduated from 8th grade in 1938 (age 12).  She skipped a grade, but then had to stay home a year to earn money for books.  She and her sister Marie Parrill roomed in town at the Riverside Hotel and later at Mrs. Bedard’s.  She graduated from DHS in 1943.  She attended Minot State where she graduated four times-with a 6 week rural certificate, one year rural, two year life time standard, and finally a BS in elementary education. Students from her earlier days remember her red hair.

Her favorite hobbies now are reading, reading, reading- mostly nonfiction and especially biographies, watching NFL (Vikings/Bears) and NBA (Lakers/Bulls) and playing whist.


Blog (388) posted on March 6 , 2009



With all that Dick provides with these daily messges, The name “Dick Johnson” has become very familiar to most all of us. For those of you in the area, here’s your chance to see Dick & Brenda.
I am reposting Dick’s message as a reminder of the entertainment He and Brenda, along with the Frozen Fingers group from Minot, will be providing this Sunday at the senior center in Bottineau. There is no admission charge. What a deal for some great entertainment. Gary
Brenda & Dick Johnson
Dick Johnson’s message (68): Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,I should have been more precise. The Frozen Fingers group from Minot,
which we belong to, is joining us for a jam session in Bottineau, at the
Senior Center on Main Street every second Sunday of each month.
first jam session is planned for March 8 at 1 PM.
It’s open to the
public at no charge and the Senior Citizens will be providing the
lunch. At this time I’m not sure if the lunch is free will or if items
are priced, but either way it will be great! There will be pickers and
singers from all over the area taking turns playing all kinds of music .
It should be a good way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Hope to see you there!


Lee (Leland) Stickland’s (64) permission to post:Dickinson, ND
Yes, do, Gary, on both accounts; Dad’s obituary and my wordy last note.
Black ice this earlier am but now shows 34 degrees; just don’t jump to conclusions about weather in March or any other time for that matter.
I find myself nearly turning to go to the NH some mornings. That is probably not unusual as the grieving process goes on. I once thought I knew a bit about aging, dying, grieving, etc. We are never ready.
I am so impressed by YOUR ability to ferret out information, Gary.
Again, yes, post what ever I write to YOU or that YOU are able to find rellative to the remaining Sticklands that grew up in Dunseith. We all started out in that locale, Grandmother May Striker grew up just south of the Peace Gardens, Grandfather Lee came to ND from Indiana.
Lee ( leland–stick–sticky)

Robert Elmer Stickland

The Dickinson Press
Published Saturday, February 28, 2009

Robert Elmer Stickland, 87, Dickinson, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009 at the St. Luke’s Home, Dickinson. Robert’s funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickinson with Mr. Martin Wilson and Mr. John Simons officiating. Spring interment will take place at the Dickinson Cemetery, with a military flag presentation to follow the service and will be provided by the Dickinson Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to service time on Saturday at Ladbury Funeral Service.
Robert was born to Edward Lee Stickland and May (Striker) Stickland on July 6, 1921 near Dunseith.
Following two years of high school, Robert joined the Civil Conservation Corps and served in North Dakota, Arizona and Utah. During WWII he served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation metal smith in the U.S. and Panama. After the war, he worked as a Rural Letter Carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 30 plus years.
In 1944, he met Irene Adams. They were married in Ayer, Mass. on May 3, 1945 while he was stationed at a Naval Air Base in Quonset Point, R.I. They later made their home in Dunseith where they lived for 31 years. In 1976 they retired to Bozeman, Mont., then transitioned to Dickinson in 1992 and have remained there ever since. Irene preceded Robert in death on April 17, 2002.
They have three sons, Lee of Dickinson, Darrel of Blaine, Minn., and Dean of Olympia, Wash.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Leonard; and three sisters, Doris, Joy and Marian.
Robert and Irene met God’s servants in the fall of 1949 and made their decision to follow Christ’s teachings in the spring of 1951. Their lives have been enriched with the love and care of family and many friends.
Lee (Leland) Stickland’s (64) reply to Gary: Dickinson, ND
I was Stick to many in HS, my grandfather Edward Lee Marchant’ Stickland was called Lee. I found that saying Leland Stickland on the phone when attempting to successfully communicate with strangers was a mouth full.
The migration to Lee took some time and was assisted by my having nursing home in varying locales; three homes in ND/// Dunseith, Dickinson and Mandan. I worked with Dickinson and Mandan at the same time as they are less than 100 miles apart. I was in Wis with 9 different homes at the outset and also at Boise ID.
My self-imposed moniker was thought to be actual. Much of my mail is Lee. My passport is Leland as is the drivers’ license; when we fly I must be sure to have all names as Leland or I could left behind.
Yes, there was an good obit of Dad, written by Dean, following the format of Mom’s
Darrel’s name is as appears here. He is Doc to many but his name in the MPLS area is Darrel; a reverse of circumstances that ensued for me.
I was and am Mr Lee much of the time, esp when I practiced MBWA (Management by wandering around) in the homes that I was responsible for. No one ever worked for me, we all worked with and together.
I will send a cc of the obit shortly, have not made all of the rounds yet locally to thank folks for all each did for Dad so have been doing that.
My apartment is a typical bachelor dwelling in order but not definitely so, thus things are here and there.
I will also send a cc of the editorial that I wrote and that just happened to appear in the local paper on the day of Dad’s funeral, February 28, 2009.
There is no convenient time to die and it is not easy to say good bye.
Dad asked to see my girl friend, Gloria, on the morning of the day he died. He and she had shared some “secrets” and were fast friends.
Dad had recently been sent to the ER more often. At these time we would go to the hosp and meet him there. This time I was called for OK to send him to the ER. About 7 minutes later, I was called back to be informed that he had died at the nursing home.
And times moves on. Lee
Reply from Alan Poitra (76): Bloomington, MN
Hi Gary, Frank Poitra is my grandfather and if possible I would like to get a copy of that article written about him. I have listened to many artists from the Turtle Mountains and have to say there is so much talent that I would love to go to a jamboree with nothing but the Turtle Mtn Artists. For those of you who do not know me, my father was the late Gary Poitra, he was the youngest of Grampa Franks children and I am so proud of the music played by my father and uncles. I cannot tell you how many house parties, weddings, anniversaries that I have sat and listened to my father and uncles play their hearts out. They were well known around the Rolette County and other counties and played many a nights at many bars and events. Like the Metcalfe’s, the Poitra’s were a talented family and the gift was passed on down to many of the children (Rodney, Ron, Stuart, Daren, Timmy, Gary Jr). For those of you that knew the Poitra music, you can attest to the fine country sound that came out. As they grew older, they did not always play together but when a family get together was in place, you can be guaranteed that their would be some good old fashion music and we love to dance!!. Like the article mentioned, the Poitra family was quite huge and when we got together with relatives and friends it was quite the party. I would also like to mention that my father in his earlier years did play with a band from Bottineau called ‘Cindy and the Turtle Mtn Boys’, they were well known also, and recorded a album which was sold around the area. I did see that there was an article about Scotty Thompson also, his wife Cindy and Roger Thingsvold, along with my father were recorded on this album. At the request of my father I did reproduce this album on a CD so he could share with friends and relatives at their request. My uncle Darrel also recorded a 45 that was very good. I do live in Minneapolis and do get over to see my uncle Francis every now and then, and he still loves to play the violin and sing, so that brings back so many memories of my father and uncles. It can be very comforting to put on “Mule Skinner Blues” and listen to my father sing. I wish I could have taped many sessions of the family get together’s. My hat is off to all those talented people from the Turtle Mountains, their music is and will be remembered for many years to come!
Thank you for bringing back some cherished memories!!!
May the music memories of my father Gary, uncles Darrell, Leo, Irvin, Lloyd (aunt Clarines husband), Dominic (aunt Mildred’s husband), Francis, and uncle Alfred.and last but not least my Grandfather Frank live on forever..
Alan Poitra (class of 76)
Allen, You mentioned Thelma Thompson. Scotty and Thelma were very close friends, for many years, of my Dad’s brother Emil (Lillian) Petterson. Scotty worked for about a half century at the Bottineau creamery. Scotty is deceased, but Thelma is still living in Bottineau. Are any of these recordings or CD’s that you mentioned, available for folks to purchase. My uncle Emil did a little jamming with Scotty/Thelma, Ken Severson and Ole Bursinger over the years too. Gary
Reply from Lyle Olson (75) – Lorraine Metcalfe’s son: West Fargo, ND
Gary:I sure have enjoyed the many memories of the greatest band to ever come out of Dunseith. I saw Travis Metcalfe’s e-mail about the band and immediately remembered the band singing “It’s a Family Tradition” by Hank Williams Junior. That was Travis’ favorite song if I remember correctly, and the girls would play it as many times as Travis wanted to hear it. My favorite song from the band was “Peaceful, Easy Feeling” by the Eagles. Great memories to be sure.

I was surprised to see the newspaper clips of my mother and Uncle Jack. I note that one of the pictures encompassed a time when she played with Blanche Hunt, Lorraine Haggerty, Jack Metcalfe and others. That band’s name was the “Country Travelers” and they focused more on bluegrass. Although my mother played in many bands, my favorite was the “Turtle Mountain Stump Jumpers”. That band included my mother and Ole Bursinger as the corp and many others depending on who was home and available. Ole and Glynnis would always stop at the house for a bite to eat (and other libations) after the band got back to Dunseith and many times the music would continue until late in the morning. I especially remember the house parties at my grandparent’s (Bill and Mary Metcalfe) home. The kitchen table was moved to the corner so people could dance and the grandchildren would gather around an air vent in the upstairs and watch everyone dance and have a great time!

Thanks for all you do Gary!

Lyle Olson

ND Video from Bill Grimme (65):BIRMINGHAM, AL
Your friends in the PI will probably enjoy this. Actually, pretty funny.
Bill, This is very a interesting Video, so I decided to post it for everyone’s enjoyment. The folks here in the PI have no idea what snow and cold is. March & April are the hottest months here. Instead of day time highs near 89F, it’s closer to 92F for these two months. Surprisingly those extra couple of degrees are very noticeable. Gary

11/26/2015 (2318)

    Happy Birthday Randi Mongeon (’68): Chaska, MN
Mongeon, Randi 2318

Betty (Hackman) Schmidt (68) Passed away
Message from Larry Hackman (’66):  Bismarck, ND

Betty my dear sister went home to be with our lord on 11-22-2015 after suffering a severe heart attack.

At her bedside at the time of her death were husband, Gordon and their four children, Pam, Penny, Gordon Jr., and Keri.

Betty born Mar. 22, 1950  Died Nov. 22, 2015

Larry, We are so sadden to hear of Betty’s passing. Our condolences are with you and all of her family. She will be missed.



I want to wish each and every one of you a happy thanksgiving with turkey, ham and all the trimmings.

We too here in Cebu will be celebrating a Traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the Waterfront Hotel. We asked them to prepare a special Thanksgiving Menu for our Cebu Expat group of which they agreed to do. Their maximum seating capacity is 240. As of this morning I have 232 folks signed up to attend. They are not taking reservations from any others and they are not allowing any walk-ins, so we have the whole place reserved just for our group.  To get their special rate we are having to have our dinner on Friday, but that is OK because we are a day ahead of the states in time.

                                         Cebu Waterfront Hotel

Cebu Waterfront Hotel Main Dinning Buffet


Blog (387) posted on March 5 , 2009


Rememberance of the Stickland family from Tom Hagen (51):
Mesa, AZ, Williston, ND & Allegany, NY
Hi, Gary, My sister, Joyce, my brother , Leland, and I along with
Robert Aamodt, Norman Haagenson, and our nephew , Don Nelson lived with
Bob Stickland and his wife Irene for 2 years while I went to high
school, Joyce worked at Hosmers, and Don attended 1st grade in Dunseith.
If you don’t mind I’ll direct this next part to Leland, Darryl and Dean
Stickland.Greetings Stickland brothers, this is Tom Hagen, who used to live
upstairs at your house in Dunseith. Many times I took care of you
boys, (we won’t call it baby sitting). Your Dad grew up with my
brothers and sisters going to Beaver Dam and our families were
intertwined through the years. He was a great person as was your Mom
and we enjoyed our stay while going to school in Dunseith. You have
our sympathies on the loss of your dad. I would really enjoy hearing
from you . My wife and I are retired from teaching in 1990 and we have
1 son, (9 kids) and 1 daughter (4 sons).

Thanks Gary!!!

We love E-mail letters, Love Tom and Dot

Condolences to the Stickland Family from Connie Fauske Monte (62): Kalama, WA
My condolences to the Stickland Family. I have good memories of you all. I used to babysat you kids real often, in-fact you were my first “sitting” experience. Dean wasn’t more that a couple weeks old when I sat for him. Leland, I don’t know if you remember this, but one time I was being chased by a dog on my way home from school for lunch, you came running out and chased him away with a stick, whew.
Again, our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Connie Fauske Monte
Reply from Verena (Pete) Gillis (65): Dunseith, ND
> Gary,
Thank you so much for the compliment. I enjoy being able to make someone
happy and love what I do and will keep on a’truckin’ until my body says,
“hey girl, time to slow down.” lol
Reply from Les Halvorson (Former DHS Teacher): Bottineau, ND
Hi Gary and Everyone,
In response to Verena’s note regarding the District 11 Boys BB
tournament held at Dunseith ; I announced all 11 games of the
tournament on KBTO ..Sunny 101.9 and Verena was right…the Dunseith
School and community did a super job of hosting this tournament. I
have covered hundreds of tournaments over the past 30 years and the
Dunseith folks can be very proud..every aspect of putting on a
tournament was done to perfection.The hospitality room Verena referred to was the best I’ve ever seen.
I learned years ago that when it comes to food no one does it better
than folks from Dunseith. I made it an appoint to get to the gym
early on Monday, the final day of the tournament, so I could stop in
there and sample the stew, home made pies and all kinds of other
goodies. I had to go on the air at 2:45 on Friday and Sat. and at
4:15 on Monday so would not get a chance to get back in there as I did
4 games back to back the first two days and 3 in a row on Monday but
each day at 6:00 up would come Jimmy DeCoteau with a platter filled
with all kinds of delicious goodies from the hospitality room. Thank
you ,Jim, and thanks to Cheryl LaFloe, Verena, Gladys Azure, and to
all those who made and brought in all that great food.

Thanks to tournament manager, Jorgen Knutson and his sec. Cheryl
Norquay,… Dunseith school administrators..Lana DeCoteau, Pat
Brenden, and Rebecca Bliss, Dunseith school employees and community
members and to everyone else who helped make this tournament the great
success that it was.

When I left the gum on Monday evening there were Rolette County police
officers directing traffic at every inter-section leading out of
town. I thought to myself..I bet Dunseith has not been this busy
since the big celebration a couple of summers ago.

Anyway, GREAT JOB DUNSEITH on hosting a great tournament in a fine
facility. You all can be proud of the job you did. I know that
everyone that was there from the other 7 schools and communities would
all agree…you were a great tournament host.

Thanks, Gary, on the great job you are doing with this Dunseith blog.

Les Halvorson,
Sports Director…KBTO
Former DHS staff member

Les, I am proud to say “I am from Dunseith”. Thank you so much for taking the time to share this with us. We all know the great hospitality that the folks from Dunseith have to offer. They are great people.
Folks, Les is married to Myra Henning (72). Les & Myra live directly across the street from my brother Darrel and his wife Debby on Vera street in Bottineau. They have lived there for many years. Young Art Rude and Les are good friends from way back too. I’m not sure if Art realized Les lived across the street from Darrel/Debby, when he visited us, at their house in 2007, but when Art arrived, Les was outside, so they chatted. It was so nice seeing Art after 40 plus years. Art was included with a lot of the Class of 65 correspondence prior to our reunion in 2007, so he knew we were in town and made a special effort to visit us. In fact he came within about 20 minutes of our arrival from the Philippines. It was wonderful. Gary
Mel Kuhn sure generated a lot of interest with the “Tickle Pink” CD. There has been a lot of correspondance going on behind the sceens with this one. We now have permission from all of the “Tickle Pink” band members to publish this CD. Bill Grimme, through his internet provider, was able to set up a WEB site for posting songs from this CD. I have posted his message addressing this subject below. Mel Kuhn is sending Bill a copy of the CD for posting. I have also posted a messages from Travis Metcalfe & Kenny Nerpel (65) addressing this subject. Gary
“Tickle Pink” message from Bill Grimme (65): Birmingham, AL
Did a little testing today and found I have only 20 mb to play with and the webspace. That’s OK, though. I can post about 6 songs at a time, so, I will put up about 6 once a week. That should be enough for all to hear or download. The quality of a disk copy will not change with multiple generations, but, I talked to Kenny today and he said the original quality is not good. He knows-he made it! It was made with and ’80s era portable tape player and then burned to disk. So, this won’t be like a store bought CD.
Kenny also told me I can go ahead and upload some of his and Sherry’s karaoke. I’ll do that after the Tickle Pinks run out. We should be able to publish a link a week for quite a while!
From Travis Metcalfe (76) Mesa, AZ
Hi Gary…I just got an email from the person I got the Tickle Pink CD from, Jackie Metcalfe, Daughter of Jack and Mae Metcalfe. She said that it was her Uncle, Kenny Nerpel, that had that CD along with a few more that had Bill and Mary’s kids playing with friends. I have one of the Cds called Turtle Mountain Memories that has The Snake Pit Saloon by I think it’s Larry Metcalfe along with 16 other songs on it….very well done with the tapes they had to work with…I heard the Tickle Pink was recorded on a single head cassette recorder…..anyway..I have talked to Elaine and Shelly was with her and they said they didn’t care if CDs are made and didn’t think Janice would mind…Elaine said someone may want to check with Roberta Hagen Striker to make sure it is OK with her…So if you ask Kenny he may still have the “Master” CDs.


Reply from Roberta Hagen Stiker (75): Dunseith, ND
Hello Gary, I just read this e-mail, and yes, this will be fine with me. Playing in the Tickle Pink Band has a lot of good memories.
Reply from Kenny Nerpel (65): Devils Lake, ND
I don’t have any of the Tickle Pink music on CDs but I still have the
wav files on my computer. In wav they are about 25 MB for each song so
I would have to use some type of file transfer program to send them to
anyone. They can be made into MP3s which takes them down to about 2 to
3 MBs each. I don’t know how much that effects the sound quality but I
also don’t know if that is much of an issue seeing has how they were
originally recorded on cassettes. I also have some really neat files
that are of music that was recorded by Jack Metcalfe when he was in
Georgia. I could make more CDs but there appears to be a lot of folks
that want these and it might be a better idea to put them onto a Web
site and let them be downloaded and burned to CD by anyone that wants
them. I am confused about the name of the group. Was it tickle or
tickle(d) Pink. I’ve seen it both ways now from folks who should know.
The only Boone’s Farm wine I remember from back in the day was a
wonderful little drink called Strawberry Hill. I’m thinking that the
group was named after the Tickle Pink flavor of the wine, but tickled
pink seems to make more sense.Kenny

PS: I am not Jackie’s Uncle. I am her cousin.
Follow up Reply from Travis Metcalfe:
Hi Gary…My family is hard to keep track of sometimes….Jackie and Kenny are cousins not Uncle/Neice…anyway…I forgot to include Cheri to ask for permission…It sounds like she would not mind from the email she had a few days ago……as I played them for Elaine and she was identifying the singers….I had Cheri and Shelly mixed up on a few of the songs. I am listening to the CD as I write this….Travis

Message/Article posted by Susan Fassett Martin (65): Spearfish SD
I could probably go on and on, but I won’t. What a wonderful musical
heritage many of us have that were raised in the Turtle Mt area. My dad
played the guitar and sang and I know many of you out there have a
family member or two that are musically talented. Share your memories.
My dad always sang what he called “plumb pitiful” songs. Lots of
railroad and cowboy songs, where someone was either dying or getting
killed. Little Joe the Wrangler, Old Shep, etc. Paula made us a
wonderful cd a couple of years ago from some old tapes of our dad
singing and playing the guitar. I put it on every once in awhile and
sing and cry and remember all the good sing along we used to have out by
the fireplace in our yard in Dunseith. Cheryl Haagenson always cried
when dad sand Old Shep (ME TOO) Hugs, Susan

11/25/2015 (2317)


The email providers are tightening their controls.   With the amount of bulk email messages that I send, with blind copies, with an IP address from the Philippines, some are putting limitations on the number I can send Bcc. For that reason, for a few days, I exposed the email addresses, but I don’t like doing that. For a small Monthly fee AOL is allowing me unlimited Bcc distribution, so they say. When I first signed up for their service they too put a limit of 5 emails for each Bcc message. It appears as though they have now lifted that restriction. We will see.

I get the most returns from those of you using the school email addresses –  k12.nd.us and Sendit – They give me the most problems.

Besides the Dunseith alumni, I have numerous other larger groups that I send messages to also, so the numbers add up.

Gmail has put a hold on my account with them now too while they evaluate.  I don’t anticipate a problem. The restriction was computer generated. Again we will see.  That was two days ago. I have 7 email accounts, all good, so I have reserves.



Lorraine Somers
Reply from Marlys Hiatt (’71):  Dunseith, ND

Good Morning Gary and all,

I just wanted to add a couple comments about Lorraine Somers.  I first meet Lorraine when she came to work in the office at the Dunseith school when I was in High School.  Always a big, beautiful, friendly, smile to greet you if you needed anything.  I liked to stop in for a quick chat and a tease or joke between classes.  After graduation I continued to cross paths with Lorraine now and again and it was always the same, a big smile, a friendly chat, and laughing.  Lorraine Somers will always be a very special lady to me and someone i remember with great fondness.

Marlys Hiatt


Blog (386) posted on March 4 , 2009


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Posted on March 4, 2009

Message from Our travel agent about our Alaska Cruise on July 25th.

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) will take back all Un-sold cabins on: March 19th. For all who book after March 19th, cabins are based on availability and would be added back to the group one cabin at a time.

Gina S. Ford

Cruise At Will, Inc.

Cruise and Travel Planners

1-866-870-6986 (toll free)

703-580-1190 (local)




Folks, NCL currently has 100 cabins on hold for our group. We currently have 35 cabins booked. For those of you, not signed up, and thinking of going, you must make your reservations before March 19th to be guaranteed a cabin. After that it’s space available only. Please contact Gina Ford, our travel agent, for reservations. Gary


Ardis Metcalfe Steggall: Whidbey Island, WA

Folks, Ardis Metcalfe Steggall is now on our daily distribution. Ardis and her husband plan on attending our Dunseith reunion in Seattle on July 24th. The following is a reply I got from Ardis. She initially contacted Bill Grimme asking about the reunion dinner.

Hi Gary,


Thanks for getting in touch with me. Yes I have many relatives in the Dunseith area. My father was Lucky Metcalfe (brother to Margaret’s father, Jim Metcalfe), and my mother was Jennie Nelson (sister to Mildred and Marie Parrill, maiden name Nelson). Mildred is LeaRae’s mother. I have traveled to North Dakota many times over the years to visit with relatives and look forward to seeing some people I know at the reunion. I have passed on the information about the reunion to some cousins in the Shoreline, Lynnwood, Bellevue, and Monroe area, as well as to Ivan Christianson in the Renton area. Ivan is the brother of Arlene Wensted (sp?) who passed away many years ago. Her children are Gary Wensted and Karen Wensted (don’t know her married name). He is also related to the Haagenson’s.

 I have lived all my life in the Shoreline area and then moved to Coupeville, WA (Whidbey Island) about 16 years ago. I think there was a family named Stokes in my neighborhood in Shoreline many years ago.

 Looking forward to meeting you and Bill at the dinner.


 Ardis Steggall


Reply from Paula Fassett(71): North Branch, MN


I loved Art Rude Sr.’s remark about the cold weather – and I can picture his face as he said it. I remember my Dad repeating a story from Kenny Morgan once upon a time. Kenny and Margie wintered somewhere warm (my guess is Texas). Anyway, someone asked Kenny what people do in North Dakota is the summer. His reply was “well, if it falls on a Sunday, we have a picnic”.

I love the memories of Tickle Pink. Those gals had a great sound – and it’s true, Janice CAN harmonize to anything. My favorite was when Elaine would sing “Blue Bayou” – it would have made Linda Ronstadt jealous!

Paula Fassett


Reply from Ivy Eller Robert(74): Everett, WA

I didn’t have the pleasure of ever hearing “Tickle Pink” with all of the Metcalfe girls & Shelly. Correct me if I’m wrong, but if my memory serves me correctly, didn’t Lyle Olson’s Mom Lorraine sing in a band at one time? (I just don’t recall what band) If I also remember, she had a great voice and could really pack them in as well. Wasn’t she a Metcalfe? I would say that family is quite talented and the Dunseith & surrounding communities should feel very honored to have had them entertain us!
Ivy Eller Robert (74)

Ivy, I think you are right about Lorraine, but we’ll have to let Lyle or someone else confirm all the details. I agree with you, the Metcalfe’s are very talented. Kenny Nerpel (65) falls in that group too with his mother being a Metcalfe. Gary


From Verena (Pete) Gillis(65): Dunseith, ND

Hey Everyone,
Just thought you might like to know that we made it to Regionals to be
held in Minot beginning on Monday of next week.

Dunseith held the Districts in our new Elementary Gymnasium and we
serviced a little over 3000 during this time. All staff and many
community members participated and it was a huge success! In fact, we
received so many compliments that they want to have it here every year,
lol. I’m laughing because I worked in hospitality for 3 days-this was for
visiting coaches, officials, security, janitors, entertainment
supervisors, the Turtle Mountain Community High School director, Mr.
Derrick Dixon who played all 3 days! and of course the media. We were
busy, busy, busy! I got to make my gullet and biscuits not to mention 16
pies and Mrs. Cheryl LaFloe made the stew for yesterday’s game. We had
chili and bangs + meat and cheese and fruit trays for all 3 days. One of
our cooks, Mrs. Gladys Azure made the chili for Saturday’s game. Then all
staff and community donated bars and cakes, etc. to our hospitality room.
It was very much complimented and busy at all times! We were very happy to
be able to help and very proud of the many compliments we overheard.

Anyway, enough of that, they will be talking about this tournament for
days to come. Will try to get some paper coverage and will send as soon
as I can.

Verena, With your hospitality skills, I can see why this event was a huge success. You and Pete were the key players with the logistics of our class of 65 reunion, in 2007, that was a big success as well. You covered every last detail, leaving no stones unturned, with that event. You are GREAT!! Gary


11/23/2015 (2316)

Reply from Cheryl Larson Dakin (’71):  Bedford, TX 

That’s great news about Lorelie being able to finalize all the paperwork. I know what a long process that can be. It’s very exciting that Bernie and his family will finally be together. The babies are adorable. I hope all goes well at the embassy and that you guys have fun with the babies!

Cheryl Larson Dakin


Reply from Glen Williams (’52):  Missoula, MT
You will be tired….and joyful for the time with the Kids..
Glen W

Yes Glen, but they are a joy to have around.


Reply from Dale Evans:   Renton, WA

Congratulations Grandpa Gary!

Thanks Dale


Mental Health First Aid training at the new Bottineau Ambulance Training Room
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and friends,

This past Wednesday a fast moving, powerful west wind blew into the mid-section of the state; bringing a wee bit of snow which rapidly turned clear clean streets to ICE.

Within hours, the warmth and clarity of Sunny Days  gone!

Many find the first ice hard to navigate. We can’t see clearly.  Our cars crawl at a snail’s pace. We grip the wheel, foot ready to brake and worry about a sliding loss of control,

or crashing or being T-boned into.

As ugly as the  wind, cold and ICE  was, it did not prevent a full house attending a Mental Health First Aid training at the new Bottineau Ambulance Training Room.

This eight hour  training focusing on Suicide intervention was brought to Bottineau by several local resources and church communities, including First Lutheran Church.

The local community resource group provided coffee, rolls, scones, and noon lunch; funding for the resource based training materials and a  trainer.

The highly qualified Heart View Foundation Alcohol and Drug Therapist led the group  of  about fifty through the training.

She focused our attention toward educating and understanding several Mental Health issues; including Anxiety, Schizophrenia, Depression, PTSD, and  Alcoholism.

The following day, the session was repeated for area Veterans at the newly completed Bottineau Veteran’s Building.

Discussing Mental Health First Aid after winter’s first ice was sobering serious work.

(I’d rather be out dancing)

Participants including myself walked  away from the training with a deeper and  broader understanding  of individuals who face these oft times life threatening challenges within families.

Many reading the Dunseith Blog  know of folks who live out each day with the chilling ICY reality; a  loved one with serious mental health concerns.

We all have learned thorough experience;

The road of life now and again has…’black ice’.

‘Black ice’ which can make it difficult to navigate, especially without knowledge or resources or support.

Last week’s workshop gave me insight on how I can be a better Mental Health First Aid responder.

Thank you to the Dunseith area alumni who were at the presentation, influenced and supported the decision to bring this experience to the rural community of Bottineau.

Vickie M.


Blog (385) posted on March 3 , 2009

Posted on March 3, 2009

Happy Birthday Kathy (Barbara) Kalk Lopez (65): Inver Grove Heights, MN

Barbara (Kathy), a little bird in the sky told me you have birthday today, March 2nd. I understand that you are 62 years old today. I’ll catch up to you in July. You realize that the majority of us from the class of 65 will be eligible for Social Security benefits this year. I hope you had an enjoyable birthday. It’s still your birthday in the states as I’m writing this, but it’s nearly noon on March 3rd here in the PI. If you have a chance, please fill us in with things in your life. Gary

Reply from Cheri Metcalfe Evans (74): Dunseith, ND

Hello Gary-
I was lucky enough to have been part of the Tickle Pink band. It was so fun. I was always amazed (and thankful) for the support we received from the community-It was always great when Dunseith folks would show up, even if we were in Cando or somewhere outside the area. Kathy was a great singer and guitar player. She also took care of the bookings-pointed us in the right direction each week end-and took care of the finances-making sure the bank and individuals who helped us get started were repaid. Elaine had a beautiful voice-she was our “cheerleader” She was always telling us to “get bubbly!” I had never played bass before and with her incredible patience, she taught me enough to get by! “Bert” was a great drummer, Shelley had such a sweet voice-I always think of her when I hear “paper Roses”-Janice was so good on the keyboard and could harmonize to anything (even the ten o’clock whistle-right Bev!) ANYWAY-I remember when we were deciding whether or not to try getting the band going, we decided we would rather “do it and wish we hadn’t, than not do it and wish we had. Great memories I wouldn’t trade for anything!! Thanks for the kind words. As far as permission about the CD’s-Please go ahead (I guess I can only speak for myself though)
Trish-I do remember those songs about rats and bats!!! Mary Margeret Truman etc.-swingin on the outhouse door!
Also-George Gottbreht asked me to see if anyone has any pictures of some of the old businesses in Dunseith. He has matted and framed some and has them in the cafe. He mentioned Snow White Bakery, Joe Morinville’s store.
Thanks for everything you do Gary-like everyone else, I’m hooked!!
Cheri (Metcalfe) Evans ’74

Reply from Ramona Thiefoe LaVallie (66): Dunseith, ND

I would sure like a copy of the Tickle Pink CD when it becomes available

Reply to Gary from Art Rude (71): Bismarck, ND

When I called my Dad the other morning, I thought he had a pretty good one. I usually call him on the way to work, and when I did the other morning it was about zero with a 20 mile and hour wind. When I asked Dad how the weather was, he said, “Well the air is a little fresh, but there are no mosquitoes”.
I’m glad his sense of humor is still intact, it sure brought a laugh and a smile to my face.

Peace and Power, Art Thanks for checking out Art Rude Productions, webpage address: www.artrude.com call and leave a message anytime at 800-XRT-RUDE

Art, most everyone knows your dad, so I wanted to share this. We are glad to hear that your dad is doing well. He was sure going strong in 2007 when we were there. He manages to keep up with all the community events. It’s wonderful. Gary

Reply from Bob Lykins (Mid 60’s HS teacher): Germany & Hutto, TX

“Tickled Pink” sounded great. They would be a hit in the clubs on 6th Street here in Austin.

Margaret Metcalf Leonard retiring? Impossible! She’s too young. It seems like just yesterday she was in my typing class.

Bob Lykins

Reply from Brenda Hoffman (68): Greenville, SC

Thank you so much. How in the world did you know that? What a lovely surprise. By the way, Paulette LaCroix Chisholm celebrated her birthday on February 26th.

Gary, you provide such a wonderful service for all of us who have reserved a very special piece of our heart for Dunseith, San Haven and the surrounding areas. Thank you.

Greenville, SC had its first, and I hope, only snowfall of the year last night. Five inches were predicted, but it looks like an inch or two. My husband Dave and I were not impressed – we’ve only lived here since last July, so would still rather look at winter photos than actually experience it – unlike neighbors who were in awe at the unusual event.


Brenda, a little bird in the sky tells me all this stuff. Isn’t it nice? Gary

Reply from Shirley Olson Warcup (49): Ivans, UT


You asked about my husband’s uncle who played with the Lawrence Welk orchestra–His name was Clifton Warcup. He was born and raised on a farm near Larimore, ND. He was the youngest of 4 boys. He played saxophone & clarinet. During WWII, he was in the navy and played with the Great Lakes Naval Band that broadcast nationally every Sunday. After his playing days were over, he retired to Corpus Christi and worked in a music store. He died several years ago in Corpus Christi.

Ron and his brother Alan went there to make funeral arrangements because he had no children and his wife preceded him in death. Ron said Clifton played for another nationally known band before he went into the Navy, but he can’t remember which one. He had also been married once before to the lead vocalist of that band. They were later divorced. I’m sorry to say Clifton is the one Uncle I never met.

Shirley Olson Warcup

1928 Post card from Sharon Gottbreht Shen (1959): Everett, WA

Interesting Penny 1928 Post Card. I Remember the Sisters across the street from us had a Model T!


Sharron, This is really interesting. Chester Bjorngaard’s history is listed on Page 256 of the Bottineau Centennial book. Gary


11/21/2015 (2315)

Stokes Twins


We are going to have these guys for 11 days while their Mother Lorelie goes to Manila to have her Physical and final Interview with the American consulate to get her spousal USA visa to go the USA.  Once their paper work is processed, these guys will automatically become US citizens. Lorelie just got their Birth Certificates. This is the Philippines, so things don’t happen fast here. She has now given their Birth certificates along with Bernie’s USA citizenship to the American consulate. Within 3 months they will have their USA citizenship and Passports. Then they, along with Lorelie and their 5 year old sister will join Bernie in Bellevue, WA. Needless to say they are all very excited for all this to happen.

Bernie will be here for Christmas too. He arrives on December 22nd and will be here until January 6th.  He couldn’t wait to see his twin boys that very much look like him too.

Bernadette is excited for these guys to be here too. They will have two full time, 24 hour per day, babysitters too while they are at our house. Their babysitters and I will pick them and Lorelie up this afternoon at 5 pm.

                 Our twin Grandson’s – Bryce and Brydon Stokes


Blog (384) posted on March 1 , 2009



Posted on March 1, 2009

From Sharon Longie Dana (73): MIssoula, MT


Condolences to the Stickland Family, especially Dean. Thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time


Sharon Longie Dana(73)




From Dave Slyter (70): Fargo, ND


To the Stickland family,

Gary and Lee,

I too remember Bob driving the mail route up in the hills and even down at the house just a half mile west of Dunseith by Clifford Halvorson and Erling Bergs place. We were all neighbors along with the Darrell Getzlaff family. I could never figure out (when I was young) how one man could put on so many miles in one day. You had to be a special driver in those days during the winter months to get to all those mail boxes. But Bob was very good at what he did. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

The attachment of the tickle pink was just a teaser, but enough to get my toes tapping. Please send me a copy of the full CD. It would be much appreciated. I remember one time up at Kelvin when the tickle pick was playing they asked me to play drums for them that evening as Roberta could not be there. I was very nervous but not as much as when they wanted to play “wipe out”. Then it was pure panic. When it came time to play the drum solo I just started pounding any drum and cymbal that came into reach. It sounded “TERRIBLE” I was pretty much embarrassed. ha But all in all I had a great time.

Thanks for the memories

Dave Slyter (70)



Email update for Manuel (Manny) Cuadrado (63): Omaha, NE


Hello Gary,

Well, I am now a Cox Communications customer. Just got my email account set up.

My new home email is:

Please update your address book.



Manny, It’s great hearing from you. I have a question for you. Have you had the opportunity to visit your home country of Cuba since fleeing from there to Dunseith in the early 60’s? I’m kind of thinking that probably has not been possible though. Gary



Reply From Shirley Olson Warcup (49): Ivans, UT


Replay to Gary Metcalfe & Gary Stokes,

Thanks for the information about the Chase family. I’m amazed at the knowledge so many of you young\younger people have of the Dunseith community. My world during the first 10 years of my life was our immediate neighbors, relatives and classmates. I don’t think I knew anyone who lived more than 5 miles away. During the first 6 years of my life, I remember going to Dunseith only a few times and to Bottineau, even less–usually to see a doctor. Finding out more about local families and finding that I’m related (by marriage) to many of them is a joy.

I enjoyed the Tickled Pink recording–I grew up with music like that–and married a man who grew up with classical music. Our tastes don’t always coincide!! He went to Interlocken National Music Camp–for vocal and instrumental and has been involved in music all of his life. Last summer he sang at the funeral of a 101 year old man. (Ron, by the way, is 81 years old).

Once again, thanks to all who contribute to this “blog”–It brings back good memories.

A P.S.here–Ron’s uncle played with the Lawrence Welk orchestra for many, many years. Ron’s father and his three uncles were all involved with music.

Shirley Olson Warcup

Shirley, What was Ron’s uncle’s name that played with the Lawrence Welk orchestra? Please tell us a little bit about him. Gary




Reply from Ele Dietrich Slyter (69): Dunseith, ND


I agree with your correspondents…Tickle Pink was probably the best band to come out of this area for many years. The variety of music they performed was awesome to say the least. My personal favorite song was “Splish Splash”. I too would like to have a copy of the CD..just let me know what it will cost and where to send the money.

The last time I heard them play was at Kelvin Klinic 17 years ago on the 15th of Feb. Why, you ask, do I remember that date so well? They played for Cam and Sherri Millang’s wedding dance. Sherri is our daughter. I think that Cam and maybe Glen had to do a bit of persuading (begging) but they talked them into playing that night and I will be forever grateful that they did, as Kathy was not with us too much longer after that. What a tragic loss of an angelic voice when she left us. Elaine, Janice, Roberta and Shelly were there that night also and they did a wonderful performance as always. I wish Cheri could have joined also for that last bash.

PS They packed the bar that night..there was standing room only and to get a drink you had to elbow people out of the way…I even saw people standing outside waiting or trying to get inside…what a crowd!!




Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND


Gary and Friends,

The song ‘Long Tall Texan’ on the CD was one of my favorites the gals
did. Another was a Hank Williams song, ‘Kawliga’– they got all the
Cajun yips and ya’s in the right places. They played for dances at the
city hall and a few at the AC Bar and packed the house! The dance floor
was always crowded whenever they played and everyone was having a good
time! I’m glad Lyle mentioned that Roberta Hagen Striker played the
drums, and did a nice job. Thanks to the ladies of Tickle Pink for great
memories! Thanks Gary!


Folks, I got a message from Mel Kuhn telling me there are 29 songs on the Tickle pick CD. That’s way to many to be sending via email attachments. We/Mel are working out a plan to make these available to whoever would like a copy. We need to touch base and get permission from the Tickle Pink gals before doing this though. Gary




Qestion from Gary Metcalfe (57): Forsyth, MO


Question for whomever:

I need help on a couple of people from back when….Cliff Howery and his beautiful wife, name ?? Cliff rode back from Seattle with us in the 40’s and I have him placed out on old #5 north a little ways. He was an outstanding personality as I remember. Also Sam Howery.

Leroy Aftem still rings a bell. Didn’t his folks have a confectionery in Dunseith? Art Seim used to live down by the Lake Sisters and ran a confectionery for awhile.

Gary Metcalfe

11/19/2015 (2314)

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

Bottineau 2015 Craft Show
Posting from Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND



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Posted on February 28, 2009

Bob Stickland passed away – Lee (Leland) Stickland (64): Dickinson, ND


Wanted to let YOU know that my Dad, BOB, passed away on Wed evening about 9 pm.

Dad suffered from many maladies that could have contributed to this final exit.

My girl friend, Gloria, and I were at the local Perkins sharing a bran muffin when I received the call that Dad’s vital signs were upside down. The ambulance was summoned but he was gone a few moment later.

Dad was 87, born on July 6, 1921, ‘near Dunseith ND’.

His parents were Edward Lee Stickland and May Striker Stickland. They lived near the Beaver Dam school, below the hill and to the north of; down the lane from Iver Larson.

My brothers, Darrel (Doc) and Dean will arrive FR for the Sat funeral here in Dickinson. Mom passed away in April of 2002; now Dad and she will be beside one another. again.

It is one thing to have had a career in nursing homes where I witnessed many deaths but YOUR own Dad passing is much more striking.

Dad and I had good visits about the mail route, the roads, the snow, the people on the route and the such.

-21 degree wind chill here right now. 3-5 inches of snow forecast for FR by pm.

Thanks, I read and enjoy each entry by all. Lee

Stickland Darrel 3242 90th Curv NE Blaine, MN 55449 (763) 786-2582 doc@tcinternet.net 67
Stickland Dean 9542 MARLBROOK CT SE OLYMPIA, WA 98513 (360) 459-4566 mail@sticklandbows.com 73
Stickland Lee (Leland) 1520 W Villard St Dickinson, ND 58601 (701) 483-3709 lee_stickland@yahoo.com 64

Lee, Darrel & Dean: We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. He was an icon, especially for those of us rural folks he delivered mail to for so many years. He is the only mail man that I ever remember us having for all of my growing up years until leaving the area. Lee, I had a nice visit with your dad about a year and half ago when I was locating you. He was of very sound mind. He gave me your phone number and that is how I got in touch with you. Our condolences are with you guys and please keep us posted. Gary

Reply from LeaRae Parrill Espe (67): Bottineau, ND

I remember hearing “Tickled Pink” at Robin and Bernard Morin’s wedding dance. They played “Mama, He’s Crazy” and it sounded every bit as good, if not better than the Judd’s. Appropriate song for the occasion, right, Bernard?

Reply from Trish Clayburgh (73): Fort Collins, CO

Hi Gary,

I really enjoyed reading the blog this morning – I loved the stories about Tickled Pink. I missed that era because I was already off to college, but I remember singing many songs with Cheri Metcalfe …..In fact she taught me the complicated words to “I’ve Been Everywhere Man” and I’ve been known to pull that song out at campfires ever since.

“I’ve been to Reno, Chicago, Buffalo, Toronto, Winslow, Sarasota……..”

Anyhow – we sang a lot of songs huddled together against those freezing nights as we drove to whatever game in whatever town…..some of them were a bit more colorful –

Maybe Cheri remembers the one about Rats**, Bats***, gobble nibble nibble chew-

Oh yes – we just laughed our heads off. Who made up that stuff?

99 bottles of beer on the wall – I used to work in Chicago?

Throw em out the door head first, eh?

That should stir some memories…



Reply from Margaret Metcalfe Leonard (65): Rolette, ND

Hi Gary

It totally amazes me that each day there are messages to read from
Dunseith folks. This has become a ritual…it’s like a lifeline to the
past as well as the present. I have learned so much about life in
Dunseith from so many different perspectives that it’s like reading a live
account of small town North Dakota. (reminds me of the Mitford Series)

Tickled Pink was pure fun. Cecile Berube Reynolds would tell us that
there was live music at the AC, Fortune’s bar, and we would come from
Rolette to dance to Tickled Pink’s music. I can still hear Kathy singing
Kalijah. I would love to receive a copy of that CD, a treasure to be


Folks, Bill Grimme, with his elite computer abilities was able to shorten and reduce the file size of this CD to an acceptable size to be included with this message. For your enjoyment, please click on the attachment.

Margaret & Trish: I will send both of you the full size electronic copy of that CD that I received from Mel. It sounds like Shelly Fulsebakke Albertson has an original CD that she gave a copy of to Mel Kuhn. I’m sure Mel shortened the CD version considerably for sending as an email attachment.

Margaret, whether you realize it or not, you are a major contributor to the development of this daily blog. Had it not been for you and John Bedard contacting my brother Darrel in Bottineau to get in touch with me for the 2007 Q-centennial, I would have never been inspired to locat and contact our 65 classmates. You were also one of the major contributors with the planning of the very successful class reunion we had in 2007. The rest is history.

Margaret, You mentioned in a message to me a while back that you are retiring from teaching the end of this school year. With all your years of teaching at the Belcourt High School, now teaching 3rd generation students, you have created quite a following. Folks are saying, “Margaret can not retire until my kids finish HS”. That in it self says a lot about you and also your teaching abilities. You will be missed by students, parents and staff alike. Gary

Reply from Gary Metcalfe (57): Forsyth, MO

Reply to Shirley Olson Warcup

Too answer your question Shirley, George Chase, a first class painter and contractor, trained his sons, Clyde and Fred in the trade and they were professional painters. Clyde Chase was on the scene through the 50’s for sure, he had about 13 children and lived very near the San. No wonder they called it Chaseville.

By the way, one of Dale Gottbrecht’s main men, Andy Gunville, was Clyde’s brother-in-law, married to Clyde’s only sister.

Vickie Hiatt, Norman and the boys episode reminds me of Lee Striker and Lee Smith at the wood pile where the fiddler at the house party hid his jug. Lee took a big drink and Lee asked, “how is it?” Lee said, “goooood” as he handed it to Lee. Fast thinking on Lee’s part, I don’t think #2 Lee took quite as big a swig… they’d been set up!!!

Gary Stokes my dad always carried his wallet in his front pocket. I think that came from running some plastering jobs in Juneau, Alaska during the war. A rough town at the time, he just never changed pockets.

11/18/2015 (2313)


I have been kind of busy and have not been able to get a blog posted since last Saturday. Bernadette has not been well either. Today though she has bounced back and seems to be much better.  Today is our bowling day, so I managed to get this put together and distributed before leaving at about 11:30 am.



Happy Belated Birthday Peggy Sime Espe (’60): Dunseith, ND


       Happy Birthday Patzy McKay Heggen: Dunseith, ND
McKay Heggen, Patzy 2313


Neola Garbe and Jim Kofoid’s first cousin
Happy Birthday Mike Brudwick: Fargo, ND
Brudwick, Mike


Betty Hackman Schmidt (’68) Mesa, AZ not well
Report from Larry Hackman (’66): Bismarck, ND

Gordon, my sister Betty’s husband called with bad news. The doctors had

taken him and their family into a room and told them that Betty’s organs
are starting to shut down and that she isn’t going to make it, and that

they are too call family and let them know.

The doctors did not install the Cheney heart pump as they thought that she is to weak,

that she would not survive the operation.
Sorry for the bad news.
Now, we all need to pray for a miracle.

Thank You for all your prayers.


Such sad news Larry. Our prayers are with Betty and all of her family.


Reply to Judy Allery Azure’s (’65) Birthday picture
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65): Belcourt, ND


I just wanted to say,  hey Judy!  I haven’t seen you since we graduated high school. Wish you would’ve come to our reunions.

Would’ve been nice to see you!

Ginger LaRocque Poitra class of 65′


Reply to Lyle Olson’s posting
From Vickie Metcalfe (‘’70): Bottineau, ND

Gary and friends,

Thank You to  Lyle Olson for the feedback and  comments recently shared on this blog about ‘Jacks Story’.

Lyle, I Loved Lorraine ( Metcalfe) Olson – Somers,  your Mom. I

didn’t know her  when I was a little kid like I knew  her brother,

‘S’milin Jack, the banjo picker’.

Somehow, we grew together, sharing common familial ties, stories,  and work while employed side by side at Dunseith Public School

We were cousins, we were friends,  and  we were comrades in developing the  Metcalfe Family Reunion held in  the early 80’s, and we  enjoyed countless adventures.

Lorraine was  kind, non-judgmental, and unwavering in her beliefs.

With Lorraine I always knew where I stood.  She was so good to Mom and Dad which I am grateful for.

My heart gladdens with fondness thinking  and remembering  Lorraine’s laughter;  which was an uplifting bright spot in some rather tough situations. I will always miss her.


Hang on to the laughter~!

Later,  Vickie


Reply from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):  Belcourt, ND


I was going to write about my grandfather Martin Bergie and my uncle Joseph Bergie , but I need prior written consent by the authors.

I did know a lot of information about them before they wrote this book about them. I suppose they will think I took my information from their book.

I do have a newspaper article about my uncle Joseph, it might have been from Montana, my only aunt on grandpa’s side of the family gave it to me many years ago. Not sure at this time where it is.

I need to get busy and put things where I can find them.  Lol

I’ll get back to you at a later time.

You might want to put this on the blog it will explain to the readers why I won’t be writing about my grandfather and uncle’s accomplishments.

Thanks Gary,

Ginger (LaRocque ) Poitra class of ’65


Reply to Tony & Ginger LaRocque Poitra’s wedding posting
From Vickie Metcalfe (‘’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and friends,

What a great  “Happy Wedding Day’ photo of Ginger and Tony Pottra!

I  got to know GInger within the past couple years.

Thanks Ginger for sharing  treasured  family photos and comments of your brave American Veterans!

Ginger and I found something in common; our parents childhood friendship, is a  common factor.

When visiting, I find she too recalls people I remember my father talking about.

Many names I recall in discussions with his siblings and friends; Art & Eva Seim and Emil & Genevive Morin.

Ginger’s mother, Madeline (Bergie) LaRocque and my dad were class mates.

For years in the late 1920’s early 1930’s together they  attended Hilltop (Bergan) Country School.

I  accompanied mom and dad to many dances at Kelvin on Friday or Saturday nights.

My cousin’s  Janice and Raphael,  promoted many local musicians and bands.

Ginger’s parents  Joe and Madeline LaRocque were also often in attendance at dances.

After a ‘set’, Dad would  say to mom, “I am  going ask Madeline to dance”.

They’d glide across the floor,  recalling and laughing  about  fond childhood memories.

Kelvin  dance floor would be brimming with people of the hills and a few from the prairie,

Waltzes, Two Steps  and Fox trots were  finely and smoothly executed.

In unison, couples circled the dance floor.   and,……. I loved learning to dance from the best!

Usually people who enjoyed dancing were in  attendance at those dances.

NO one stood around at the door watching.  Everyone participated in dancing.

Among them,my Uncles and Aunts, the Simes, Mr. &  Mrs. Pritchard from over by Ackworth, from across the highway;Lorraine & Duane Peterson, Jim & Ruby Birkland,the Carl Millang siblings and their spouses,

Mr. & Mrs. Allard from St. John,  Pat & Johnnie Myer,  and Lorraine Haladay and another couple from Boisevain, Canada.

Oft times, Jennie Handleland  & Hilda Strong would dance together.


It was Jennie who taught me how to dance the Schottsche  with a the jukebox tune  at the old Kelvin Bar before it burned, one hight so long ago.

Over and over patient Jennie  and I  practiced until I finally caught the stepping.

Dancers are a joyful  lot who  love dancing to  “Old Time Music” .

My parents watched for  particular music;  They were fond of Jack & Lorraine, and Ole with the Stump Jumpers.

The Poitra Boys Band , who were  the sons and grandsons of Frank Poitra

Everyone also enjoyed dancing to  the Tommy Belgarde Band which was  another band with ‘good timing’.

Jimmie LaRocque often played double string fiddle with Tommy s’ band.

All of this brings to mind,  Robert Fulghum’s Story  from the book “It Was on Fire When I laid Down Upon It”.

One short tale nails a  feeling  I recall , I felt while dancing with those wonderful dancers;Dancing with an Old Geek Dancer/

In his book Robert Fulguhm’s short tale about dancing is  entitled  “Old Geek Dancers”.

The ending goes something like this;

“There is something said about the Hopi’s. They  believe there isn’t much difference between  praying and dancing; both are necessary for a long life.”

“They say to be a useful Hopi is to have a quiet heart and take part in all the dances.”

I believe all those folks who made music and enjoyed taking part in dancing had quiet hearts!

With plans to keep dancing where ever I can through life!

Perhaps someday, I  too will be called, an old geek dancer……

Giving thanks to you Gary, your  blog, has certainly aided in promoting

and restoring old familial friendships.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Vickie Metcalfe


Road Trip Through The Hills – Sept. 25/26, 2015
Story from Larry Hackman (’66): Bismarck, ND


I hope this little report finds you and your family doing well.

I’ve been working on this story for awhile trying to get ahead of the spin put on it by Dick and Mel, on previous blogs.

This time of year, from Labor Day to New Years Day always seems to go by too fast.

Hope you and all our friends enjoy the story.



Road Trip Through The Hills – Sept. 25/26, 2015

It was fall in the Turtle Mountains of North Dakota and the trees were dressed in colors to impress.  The sun upon your face was warm with a slight hint of coolness in the air.  When you stepped into the darkness caused by the thick canopy of the trees and with heaven sent shafts of shining light breaking through the shadows, and with the rustle of the leaves as a breeze blew through the tree tops, made the world go away.  It made me want to go for a walk in the woods or string up a hammock between a couple of trees and lay back with the warm sun upon your face and enjoy the sweet smell of nature, to observe the colored leaves against the bright blue back ground beauty that is the sky.  To feel the calmness and the beauty that is nature on a beautiful fall day not only through your eyes but through every sense and pore of your body, “to be as one with nature”.  O-hell it made me homesick is what it did.

Yes, Henry and I decided to take another road trip through the Turtle Mountains of North Dakota this year, taking advantage of an invitation that our wives received to attend a wedding in Rugby, ND for their great nephew, their sister’s grandson.  We pulled our campers up to Rugby and camped out in the RV Park, owned and operated by Jim Rocheleau who once farmed about twelve miles south of Dunseith.  Contrary to what Mel said, we did not park our campers in the Shopko parking lot, although that probably would have been fun.  Camping in the RV Park has a few more conveniences than the ShopKo parking lot does.  We decided that the wives would use Henry’s truck to get around and to visit their relatives in the Rugby area.  Henry and I used my truck to tour the Great Turtle Mountains and to visit our relatives and friends that live in that area.

Henry and I decided to start in Bottineau, ND and work our way east.  I had brought along on the trip some new information I had obtained on the Hackman family genealogy and because of this material I wanted to stop and see people who I knew would like to have it added to their books.  The first place we headed for was to Cousin Lorraine (Handeland) Mallang’s place.  We drove by slowly noticing the garage door was open and that her car wasn’t home.


We decided to keep on going and tour Bottineau and have an early lunch as we figured she had maybe ran uptown for groceries or something and intended to be gone only for a short time.  We each had a  bowl of delicious chunky homemade roast beef with vegetables soup at the Bottineau Bakery.  We drove back over to Lorraine’s and there she was visiting with some people parked in her driveway.  We waited politely for her to finish visiting and as the people drove off, she came over and greeted us with big hugs and invited us in for cookies and coffee.  She always serves us cookies and coffee.  We finally told her that we had come by earlier and didn’t stop because we didn’t see her car.  She said that she had been home all morning and that someone else had borrowed her car right out of her garage, and without her permission.  She says that she always goes out in the morning to fetch her paper from the box along the curb, on the way she opens the garage door to let the sun shine into her garage.  She said that she loves to see the warm glow of the sun filling her garage in the morning as she sits and reads her newspaper.  Well, this morning she just threw the newspaper on the table and went downstairs to throw a load of laundry in the washer.  When she got back upstairs she sat down at the table preparing to read the news of the day and when she happened to glance out the kitchen door into the garage and to her surprise there was no car.  She said, she thought to herself “oh no” maybe when I parked it I forgot to set the brake or that it slide out of gear and had rolled out into the street.  She said that she ran out in the garage and looked out into the street but there was no car to be seen.  She couldn’t believe her eyes, where did it go?  She said she started calling everybody and the Police.  She was having a very busy morning.  The policeman came over while we were there and introduced himself to all of us.  We found out that he was a LaRocque and had grown up in St. John, ND. He said that he was no relation to the LaRocque’s in Dunseith or Belcourt.  I than asked if he knew Mel Kuhn from St. John?  He started laughing and said that he did and you know for the rest of the time that we sat there at that kitchen table, the man had a continuous smile upon his face.  I don’t know what it is about Mel, but he seems to have that affect on people?  I have heard that the police in Fargo North Dakota stopped a man who was driving a car that


he had taken in Bottineau, ND.  I am hoping that this car was not Lorraine’s as I heard that he was shot and had to be taken to the Hospital.  It was busy at cousin Lorraine’s as relatives, friends, neighbors and the police were all concerned and curious about her well being and what had happened and all wanted to help.   News travels fast in a small town and every one there was showing her the love and concern they have for her.  Henry and I did not like leaving such friendly and comfortable surroundings but eventually we had to, and proceeded north from Bottineau up into the beautiful Turtle Mountains.  Ahh the clear blue sky, the  lakes like huge pure blue marbles laying in a nest of lush emerald green vegetation surrounded by trees dressed in their festival of fall colors between the rolling grass covered hills that are, The Turtle Mountains.  Beautiful.

We proceeded East onto Highway 43 and toured the Lake Metigoshe area and then traveled south on Willow Lake Road to Bob’s and Cousin Barbara (Boucher) Rivards farm for a visit.  Yes, we were doing another (pop-in) visit.  We caught Bob and Barb at home.  Barbara was baking bread and making wine from home grown grapes.  Well, I actually don’t know what Bob was doing?  Maybe he was sampling the wine as he did seem glad to see us.  Actually they were both glad to see us.  Henry and I also got to sample the wine.  They were doing a good job.  It was late afternoon when we left the Rivard farm.  We continued south on the Willow Lake Road thinking that we would pop-in and see Cousin Duane Handeland.  Well as you know, when you do the pop-in visit thing sometimes people aren’t home.  It’s when you call and let them know you are coming and they aren’t home that you have to become a little suspicious.  Duane was not at home and looking at the clock we talked it over and decided to head for Dunseith as it was getting close to Jumbo Burger Time.  We pulled up in front of the motel building, the one that George is gutting out and turning into a meeting area, just south of the restaurant.  Henry I just started walking across the end of the drive through road toward the restaurant, when there was grinding of brakes, the sliding of tires upon gravel, and the honking of a horn.  Cousin Duane Handeland had just pulled up and asked, with a huge grin upon his face, what hell are you guys doing up here in the sticks?  We explained that we were visiting relatives and friends while


our wives were at a wedding.  Duane’s reply was, “so they are attending a life funeral, huh”?  Duane is always a pleasure to visit with.  We visited only for a short time before Duane sped off in his car with a cold case of beer in the passenger seat, and a smile upon his face.

Henry and I went into Dales and we each had a delicious Jumbo Burger.  We just automatically do this, as we think it’s just crazy to drive that far and not have one.  We must have hit the dinner rush hour as Dales was really a busy place.  After eating our dinner we traveled south on Highway #3 to visit our Uncle Bill Kraft and his wife Janet (Fountaine) Kraft.  Guess what?  She was busy baking homemade buns.  We had a great visit about old times.  Henry and I both worked on Bill and Janet’s farm during our high school summers and played a lot of pinochle and drank a lot of beer, year round.  As we were going out the door and saying our goodbyes, Janet handed us a bread bag full of freshly baked buns.  Them buns smelled like we should eat them but with our tummies full of jumbo it just wasn’t in the cards.  We got back to Rugby late so we went directly to our campers.  Surprisingly the women weren’t home yet so we figured they were having a good time at the wedding, (life funeral).

The next morning my wife Marion was making sandwiches out of them freshly baked buns from my Aunt and that good tasting Cloverdale Tangy Summer Sausage made right here in Mandan , North Dakota. There was no noticeable activity over at the Henry Hackman camper yet, so I grabbed a couple of the freshly made sandwiches and took them with me up to the RV Office to visit Jim Rocheleau.  Somehow in a previous conversation with the man it had come up that when him and his family use to run around with my uncle Bill’s family that they sometimes would have lunch afterwards, at someone’s home or at a restaurant, and that he loved to go to my Uncles place and eat, because Janet would always serve sandwiches made with delicious homemade buns.  It was a pleasure to share a sandwich with Jim and talk about days gone by.  It was about that time that Henry and his wife and my wife came in the door informing us that a huge elm tree had blown over in the camp ground and had scared the hell out


of them.  Everyone had come out of their campers to see if the world was coming to end.  It was amazing that it missed all the campers and did no damage to anything but itself.  Jim said that he knew it was in bad shape and had already arranged for it to be taken down at the end of camping season.  It looked to me like the wind had just saved him a whole bunch of money.

Henry and I grabbed that bag of sandwiches my wife had put together, and headed for the hills for our second day of visiting.  We traveled north on Highway #3 to Cousin Jim and Ruby Birkland’s place, with a huge tail wind.  The wind was blowing hard out of south that day but it must have decided to blow around the hills instead of over them as it was quiet up there.  Jim and Ruby really enjoyed their 80th birthday party the weekend before at the Dunseith Lutheran Church.  In fact some of the relatives had just left for Oregon the day before we got there. We could tell they were a little tired from all the celebrating, but were happy.  I added some pages into Jim and Ruby’s (Hackman/Hackmann Genealogical book).   Jim’s mother Josephine is my dad’s oldest sister. After some conversation and goodbyes Henry and I were on our way.

We headed north and east from their house and ended up at Dick Johnsons shop as that is where he always seems to be.  We caught him and his son working on an old D-8 Caterpillar dozer.  Now Dick was sure happy to see us.  He came right over and started jawing with us.  His son just kept on a working on that dozer, stopping by for introductions and occasional advice from the old man.  Well, that boy had that dozer going in no time.  I think he was grateful that we occupied some of Dicks time.  Now, old Mel explained to me, that is the way work gets done over at Dick’s shop.  Mel said, when he’s invited over to help old Dick out that is the way it always seems to work out, “he is doing the sweating and Dick is doing the jawing.  I know, hard to believe, right?  Now to be fair, Mel gave the impression in his  memoir that Dick starved, Henry and I well we over there, and it was up to him to step in and fatten us back up with some freshly made apple pie.  I’m just glad Mel felt that way.  You know how it is Gary; it’s hard to pass up a pie.  Anyway, it was in the middle of the afternoon and Dick did offer us water or beer,

and I guess because we are old, Henry had a bottle of water and I didn’t have anything because I was the designated driver.  Henry was sure impressed with that dozer.  He has talked about it a lot.  He just couldn’t believe that they did all that work on it and went parked it in the trees.  I think, Brother Henry wanted to take that baby out and knock down some trees, and level off some ground.  Oh hell, he wanted to operate it, pull some levers, and make that old D-8 snort and blow some coal black smoke into the air, is what he wanted to do!

After leaving Dick’s place we headed back down south of Jim Birklands to the Ed Walter farm/ranch.  It’s hard to do a pop-in on Cousin Ed, because that man is always working.  He is 75 years old and still works hard from sunup to sundown.  We had a nice little visit with his wife Bonnie and his daughter Pam and gave them some pages, to add to their Hackman/Hackmann book, and were on our way.  They did not know when Ed and Ben were going to be back, so we decided to go up north to our dad’s old farm and visit Brother Anton.  Brother Anton wasn’t home either.  That is what happens sometimes when you’re doing the pop-in thing, sometimes you pop-out.

Henry and I did some driving around the country side and found a spot on top of a hill with a nice scenic view of the beautiful Turtle Mountains.  We pulled out that bag of sandwiches that my wife had made with the tangy summer sausage and my aunts homemade buns.  We opened the doors of the truck and sat and ate in silence, as our eyes and bodies soaked in the beautiful surroundings, on a beautiful fall day.

The shadows of the trees were starting to get long when we departed that site and headed for St John down the scenic road that is Highway #43.  Yes, we were on our way to see our old buddy Mel.  Guess what?  Mel and his wife Kathy were waiting for us. They had baked a whole bunch of apple pies for the occasion.  I knew I could smell fresh baking pies from atop that hill that we were parked on.  Mel said them pies were for the bake sale at the church tomorrow, but that he was willing to share one with us, and that he would pay his wife extra for all her work in making this pie, so the church wouldn’t be out anything.  I could tell that


his wife actually believed every word that was coming out of Mel’s mouth.  Actually, I think that was when she got up and left the table.  Yes, Mel did actually get up and pull her chair back for her, when she got up?  I think he wanted more pie.

It was as dark as dark can get when Henry and I left Mel’s place and traveled through St. John, and proceeding west on Highway #43.  Around a curve and topping a hill a skunk ran across the road in front of me, and for some doggone reason he made a U-turn and came directly back towards my vehicle as the pickup wheel thumped over its body. Yes, Mel I left a “dead skunk lying in the middle of the highway”.  Isn’t there a song about that? http://www.jango.com/music/Loudon+Wainwright+III com/webhp? (sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=Dead+Skunk+Lyimg+in+the+Middle+of+the+Highway)

Now I know Mel is going to ask me what color was the skunk?  Mel, “it was black with a white strip”.  Now I know his next question is going to be if I ran over his right side or his left side because I know Mel knows I would not cross the white stripe, “not intentionally anyway”?  Mel, “I ran over its front side”.  Mel’s, next question will be, “How do you know that”? I know that because it made no scent.  “Get it Mel”?  It would have definitely made scent if I had run over the other end.  I hope this explanation saves me from writing another email to him, explaining it all over again? Can you get skunks in different colors?

Yes, it was a fun trip, there is always something special about revisiting where you grew up, visiting The Turtle Mountains.  We had a great time visiting with everyone.  We didn’t get to see everyone we wanted to, or everywhere we wanted to go, but we have already decided that we have to do it again sometime.  Thank you to everyone for the conversations, the laughs, and the food.

Thank You,

Larry Hackman


Blog (382) posted on February 27 , 2009


Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,I should have been more precise. The Frozen Fingers group from Minot,
which we belong to, is joining us for a jam session in Bottineau, at the
Senior Center on Main Street every second Sunday of each month. The
first jam session is planned for March 8 at 1 PM. It’s open to the
public at no charge and the Senior Citizens will be providing the
lunch. At this time I’m not sure if the lunch is free will or if items
are priced, but either way it will be great! There will be pickers and
singers from all over the area taking turns playing all kinds of music .
It should be a good way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Hope to see you there!


Folks, Mark your calendars. This will be a fun event every month. I wish I could be there. Gary
Reply from Shirley Olson Warcup (49): Ivans, UT
Shirley is Dick Johnson’s aunt – sister to his mother
Was the Fred Chase Vance Baily mentioned in his letter a painter? Two brothers who were painters painted our house when we lived on a farm west of Dunseith. Shortly after they finished the job, one of them was accused of murdering someone at San Haven. I was perhaps 8 years old at that time–I don’t remember their names. I do know that my parents were surprised when they heard about the murder and arrest. Both of these brothers were apparently very satisfactory workers and very polite men. I know my parents were skeptical that one of them could have done something like this, however, if my memory is correct one of them was convicted of the murder. Perhaps someone with a better memory than mine knows if our painter was Fred Chase.
Shirley Olson Warcup
Reply from Gary Metcalfe (57): Forsyth, MO
Reply to Vance Bailey’s letter
Here is some input about Jules Waldron, Vance mentioned the boys left town. In a letter from Bing Evans to his mother dated October 20, 1941, Bing was in training at Ft. Lewis, Wa. Bing says, ” I spent the last weekend in Seattle, John Schimitz and his wife came over to Jim’s (Metcalfe) and we played cards and drank beer. Had a great time. I visited for awhile with Albert Aubrey and Fred Waldron. Fred told me his brother Percy, was in the Army a year and spent 280 days of that time in the guard house. Albert is working in an electrical shop for at $10.00 per day and Fred works in a service station.”
Albert was known as Monk. Who knew his mother and step dad, Tom and Maggie (Aubrey) Cassidy? What a pair. Maggie and I had asthma together. We went to Bottineau one fateful day to see a new young dr. in town, Dr. Bray. An old lady and a kid. The dr. used a syringe that was designed for a draft horse….it was memorable!!
Gary Metcalfe
Reply from Lyle Olson (75) – Son of Lorraine Metcalfe: West Fargo, ND
Gary:I read Bev Morinville-Azure’s e-mail the other day wherein she mentioned the band, “Tickled Pink”. She forgot to mention that Roberta Hagen (now Striker) was the drummer for that all girl band.

The band was formed in the mid-70’s. I was in the USAF at the time and literally made weekend trips home from Scott AFB in Illinois to see them play. They had an enormous following, young and old alike. I’ll never forget their biggest fans seemed to be Kenny and Nettie Tooke. In fact, Kenny and Nettie even developed “fan wear” for the band in the form of Black Windbreakers (to make Kenny look skinny) with the band’s name emblazoned on the back. They were quite the picture twirling around the dance floor, dancing two-steps to the Eagles and John Fogerty.

As many of you know, the lead singer for that band was Kathy Metcalfe. She was the best singer I have ever heard, as she could sing anything from Fleetwood Mac to Johnny Cash. Her voice was strong and pure, and she was great musician as well. I remember sitting on the porch at David Fugere’s house one summer night and we could hear Kathy singing all the way down the block. Her voiced filtered through the air as if delivered to one’s ears by angels. I really miss her.

Now, I want to take some credit for how the band got its name. You see Janice, Kathy, Elaine and Cheri Metcalfe and I were all driving around one night drinking a little wine in the winter of ’74, co-incidently named “Tickled Pink”, a delightful wine with no cork and less than $3.00 a bottle, and singing songs. It seems you can never get Metcalfes together without a little picking, grinning and drinking — but that is another story all by itself. The band “Pink Floyd” was popular at the time and we were all listening to them on the only radio we could get at the time, KFYR out of Bismarck. Well, lo and behold in the back of the car we were driving around in was a pink Frisbee and a pink scarf. Well to be funny, and after way too much wine, I used the scarf to tie the pink frisbee on my head and “PINK FLAUD” – the counry-bumpkin version of Pink Floyd – was born!! I couldn’t sing “Dark Side of the Moon,” but I was “Comfortably Numb” and having the time of my life with my favorite cousins.

Well we eventually made our way up to a party at Brian Fauske’s place in the hills. I remember it was a great party but it ended late. As we made our way back to Dunseith, I remember starting to get sick on the way down San Haven hill. How we made it to the little mobile home we lived in at the time without any regurgitation is beyond me. In any event, out of the car and into the house I bounded to get to the only bathroom in the house, which was right next to my mother’s bedroom. Well, she heard me get sick and she rushed in to see what was wrong. Well, I must have drank a beer with a cigarette put out inside as I brought up some tobacco with my wine. My mother screamed, “Oh my god, he is on marijuana!!!!!” I spent the rest of the night trying to convince her otherwise by incoherently telling her about Pink Flaud and Tickled Pink wine, and how it was those damn Metcalfe girls that led me astray!! Well, when I told the Janice and all about this story, they had no choice but to name the band “Tickled Pink.” Now you know the rest of the story.

{The above story as to the naming of the greatest band to ever come out of Dunseith is pure fiction and is not to be believed by any party, living or dying}

Lyle O.
Class of 1975

Reply from Bobby Slyter (70): Wichita, Kansas
to bev mornville: i truly do remember the tickled pick girls, they played for mom and dads 25th wedding anniversary party at the ac bar. good bunch of girls and great music
Bobby, Mel Kuhn just sent me a song from this group. I am going to send it to Bill Grimme to see if he can reduce the file size enough so we can post it with these daily messages. Gary
Reply from Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine (73): Grafton, ND
In reading todays stories it made me think of the dances dad and mom [ Norman and Irene Hiatt] use to have in the quensat [unsure of the spelling sorry] I was probably 5 years old. I remember the music, it was Norris and Bud Knutson and I believe Gary Olson. One of my fondest memories is doing the butterfly with Sharon and Jim Hansen. I remember mom making big kettles of sloppy joe and going to town to get the buns from the bakery. I also had a bed made for me under a counter. I remember dad telling a storie about my brother Jim and our cousin Clifford, apparently it was their job to pick up the beer cans and bottles the next morning, well I guess dad caught them poring all the cans together so theycould have a little refeshments after their work was done. I guess dad told them be careful drinking from those cans boys people could be peeing in them. I don’t remember if that stopped them or not. Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine
Vickie, I remember really well when your folks had those dances every Saturday night. We could see your house plain as day one mile to the east of our place. You guys sure drew the crowds and we could hear the music all the way to our house. Gary
Reply from Bob Lykins (mid 60’s DHS teacher): Germany & Hutto, TX
Gary,Ah, the PI. You gotta love the place. I recall a time when I was working the schools at Subic Bay Naval Station. In the evening I went into Olangapo (where the sewer meets the sea) to have dinner at a reputable resturant that I knew. I was alone and sat down in a booth putting my camera bag beside me. I never went anywhere without my camera (the original OM-1). A fellow came up to me and starting talking. He was friendly and, as I recall, we had a great conversation. Unbeknownst to me, his accomplis while I was distracted, had reached over the back of the booth, unzipped my camera bag, took out the camera, removed the camera from it’s case and replaced the case back into the bag zipping it back up. Since I had other items in the bag and the camera didn’t weigh that much, I never missed it until I got back to my quarters on base. Slick as a whistle it was. Naturally I had to report it for insurance purposes. Needless to say, nothing came of the investigation and I can only hope that the sale of the camera brought some poor family additional food and clothes.

Fond memories.

Bob Lykins

Bob, Events that draw a lot of people here in the PI also draw a lot of professional pick picketers from other areas of the country. One has to be careful. When ever I’m in a crowded area, even in the malls at busy times, I always place my wallet in my front pocket. Living in the heart of a true Filipino community with many very poor neighbors, we have never had anything stolen from our place. Because we have folks (helpers and some relatives) living in our compound, we never lock the gate into our place. We feel very secure. On the other hand, if someone tried to take anything, they’d have to go past many folks to get out of our area and believe me, these folks would tackle and catch who ever was running. A month or so ago a large truck had an accident on the main road that caused serious injuries to several folks riding motor cycles. Before the police arrived, the bystanders beat up this poor truck driver so bad that he had to be admitted to the hospital. Gary
From Mel Kuhn (70): Saint John, ND
Here’s one for Bev Morinville Azure from back in the OLD DAYS. To make a long story short, after a conversation with Shelly Fulsebakke Albertson a while back, she dropped me off a CD of Tickle Pink. Crank up the speakers.
Rolette County Historical Society will be holding its Fun Night on April 18th at the Senior Center in St. John. We had a real good turn out last year with lots of great music from area talent such as “Hwy 43” and lots more.
Mel Kuhn
Mel, I forwarded “Tickle Pink” to our computer expert, Bill Grimme, to see if he could reduce the file size for group sending. He was able to reduce the file size considerably, but I feel it’s still a tab bit large to be included with one of our daily messages.
Folks, if you’d like a copy of “Tickle Pink”, please request a copy from Mel or myself and we’ll gladly forward you an electronic copy. Gary
Bev Morinville Azure’s (72) reply to Bernard Morin (76): Dunseith, ND
WOW , Bernard I didn’t hear a thing I am sure if I would have heard it I would have been dancing in the street after all they were the best band to dance to if I remember right. Those were the days and if I remember right Bernard it was whiskey not beer lol seems like forever since those days . If anyone knows where I can get a cd of Pickled I mean Tickled Pink please call me and let me know my number is 244 0775. Bernard as I remember these were the day when u learned to park in my drive way back in those days we didn’t have DD.

11/14/2015 (2312)

Happy Belated Birthday Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65): Belcourt, ND


Happy Birthday Judy Allery Azure (’65): Bismarck, NDAllery, Judy 2312

Happy Birthday Lynn Halvorson Otto (’75): Boonton, NJ
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Happy Birthday Aggie Casavant (’69): Modesto, CA


Happy Birthday Don Aird: Fenton MO.

Betty Hackman Schmidt (68) Mesa, AZ

Update from Larry Hackman (’66): Bismarck, ND

My  sister Betty was transferred from the Phoenix Hospital to the Mayo Hospital in Scottsdale Yesterday by ambulance (a twenty mile trip across town).

She is so weak that they are having problems keeping the water from accumulating around her heart and lungs.  They are going to attach some kind of pump to her heart to assist it.  I guess this pump is keeping old Dick C

heney alive.  I just hope she don’t get as grouchy or lose her hair and start to look and act like him.  Actually I don’t know if that’s  the side affects or not, but as long as it keeps her going.  Keep on praying.

Betty’s E-mail address;  bettyschmidt@yahoo.com

Her home address is;

Betty Schmidt

45697 W. Skylane

Maricopa, AZ. 85139

Her daughter Keri will deliver all messages and cards to her.

Thank You for your prayers.



Reply to Vickie Metcalfe’s Posting

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

Beautiful story by Vickie Metcalfe about Jack Metcalfe, my Uncle. She nailed his personality and temperament.

My mother Lorraine and Jack were very close. He spent a lot of time at our home, playing Banjo, eating the best food ever, and teasing us boys. Mom always made a big meal on Sunday. After the meal and after all the dishes were washed, the guitars and banjos would come out. They would play for hours, even though they also typically played at local bars every Friday and Saturday night. They just loved playing music and loved being together doing so.

As noted by Vickie, Uncle Jack and Uncle Bill served on the USS Boxer with my father, Orlin Olson. My mother and father divorced when I was rather young. Uncles Jack and Bill always made the effort to tell us boys about our father and their time in the Navy. I am sure some stories were not told but I remember having great pride in those three for serving our country during the Korean War.

ALS is an insidious disease. It may have taken Uncle Jack’s physical presence but it could not, and did not, take the twinkle in his eye.  I remember that most of all.

Lyle Olson


Joseph LaRocque Service yearsPosting pictures from Ginger LaRocque (’65):  Belcourt, ND


I just wanted to say that,  my dad,  Joseph LaRocque was in the army. He was in World War I I along with his brother Jerome.

My dad always said “I just drove truck”,  I am sure that was an important job. He drove in black outs, driving blindly through the darkness of the night.  He learned to drive trucks,  I think it was when he worked for old man Gottbreth as he would say. He did learn to double clutch while working there, which he used a lot while in the service. Dad was proud to know how to do this, the other truck drivers had a hard time getting up the inclines. They wondered how he did it.  So he taught them how. They were very appreciative.

Dad’s brother Jerome on the other hand I don’t know a whole lot of what he did in the army. I remember talk of him getting the purple heart.

My grandpa Bergie, my mother’s father served during World War I.  I don’t know many details.  His brother also served at the same time.

I have a book which tells about the Bergie brothers I will have to find it and look up the information.

The book is about Native people who served during wars.

More later

Ginger (LaRocque) Poitra class of 65′

Joseph LaRocque

Joseph LaRocque cousin Martin Delorme & Jerome LaRocque

Martin Bergie my grandfather


Yesterday’s veterans (Part 2 of 3)
Posting from Dale Pritchard (’63):  Leesville, LA

Charles Durning:  US Army;  Landed at Normandy on D-Day, shot multiple times, awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts, survived Malmedy Massacre

Raymond Burr:  US Navy, shot in the stomach on Okinawa and medically discharged

Hugh O’Brian:  US Marines

Eddie Albert:  US Coast Guard, Bronze Star with Combat V for saving several Marines under heavy fire as pilot of a landing craft during the invasion of Tarawa

Clark Gable:  US Army Air Corps, B-17 gunner over Europe

Charles Bronson:  US Army Air Corps, B-29 gunner, wounded in action

Peter Graves:  US Army Air Corps (Younger brother of James Arness)

Buddy Hackett:  US Army anti-aircraft gunner

Jack Palance:  US Army Air Corps, severely injured bailing out of a burning B-24 bomber

Robert Preston:  US Army Air Corps, Intelligence Officer

Cesar Romero:  US Coast Guard, participated in the invasions of Tinian and Saipan on the Assault transport USS Cavalier

Jason Robards:  US Navy aboard heavy cruiser USS Northampton when it was sunk off Guadalcanal.  Also served on the USS Nashville during the invasion of the Philippines, surviving a kamikaze hit that caused 223 casualties.

Dennis Weaver:  US Navy Pilot

Robert Taylor:  US Navy Instructor Pilot

Randolph Scott:  Tried to enlist in the Marines but was rejected due to injuries sustained in US Army in World War I

Ronald Reagan:  US Army;  Was a 2nd Lt. in the Cavalry Reserves before the war.  His poor eyesight kept him from being sent overseas with his unit when war came, so he transferred to the Army Air Corps Public Relations Unit where he served for the duration.

John Wayne:  Declared “4F medically unfit” due to pre-existing injuries, he nonetheless attempted to volunteer three times (Army, Navy and Film Corps (so he gets an honorable mention.

Audy Murphy:  He became America’s most-decorated soldier, who became a Hollywood star as a result of his US Army service that included his being awarded the Medal of Honor.


I don’t believe this is a complete list because I read somewhere that David Niven was involved in something also.  This is a pretty extensive list from the film and TV industry.  Jump forward a few years to Viet Nam, Iraq, Kuwait, Afganistan, and a few other unpleasant places.  Where were the actors of the day during these time frames?  Were they exempt?  Some of them were making movies about the wars without a clue to the reality of it all.  You have probably seen pictures of some of them wearing parts of military clothing with the rank still on them.  I’ll get off my soap box now!    To all the veterans of times past and those who are currently serving in the Armed Forces, Thank You!

Dale Pritchard
Viet Nam (1967. 1968, 1970, 1971, and 1975)


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Posted on February 26, 2009


Bill Grimme has provided us with an updated report of those that have signed up for our Seattle reunion banquet and dinner. If you plan on attending, please send your payment to Bill. If for some reason, you are unable to attend, Bill can refund your money up until the time he has to make final payment to the Best Western on or before July 21st.


July 24th Seattle reunion update from Bill Grimme (65): BIRMINGHAM, AL


Just a reminder-dinner reservations and payments postmarked in February will get 4 raffle tickets for each dinner. In March, it drops to 3 per dinner. So far, we have received a response from the following people:



Chuck Munro 2 dinners
Robert Hosmer 2 dinners
Gary Stokes 2 dinners
Nancy Baldwin 2 dinners
Diane and Scott Sjol 2 dinners
Randy Flynn 6 dinners
Gary Metcalfe 3 dinners

Bill Grimme 2 dinners


So, we have 21 diners at our reunion dinner, so far.


Hope to see a lot more folks there.


Drawing for free dinners will be in mid-June

Dinner Sign up form.


8:00 PM

-Served Dinner



Harvest Salad Greens


(with Tomato, Cucumber, Carrots, Red Onion and Croutons, served with our House Dressing)


-Pan Seared Chicken Breast @ $24.90 (all inclusive including tax and gratuityOR


(served with a Madeira/Port and Green Peppercorn Demi Glaze and Rice Pilaf)


– 10 oz. Certified Angus Beef New York Steak @ $34.10 (all inclusive including tax and gratuity)


(served with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and a Side of Béarnaise)


FreshGarden Vegetables


Focaccia Bread/Butter


Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee or Tea




To attend this dinner, just fill in the following selections for you or your party, send me a check, and I will return a receipt.


Extended price


______Pan Seared Chicken Breast$24.90___________

______Angus Beef New York Steak$34.10___________




Send Check to Bill Grimme,

3117 Memory Brook Circle,Birmingham,AL35242

.Phone 205-991-6512.


Hope to see you all there. Thank you.


Bill Grimme Class of ‘65


Reply from Bernard Morin (76):Dunseith, ND


I just read Bev’s comment on “Tickle Pink” which brought back a lot of memories, most of them kind of fuzzy. You see Tickle Pink was very conducive to beer drinking, come to think of it everything was conducive to beer drinking back in those days. Anyway back to the band, in my opinion they were the best band around as they always packed the house wherever they played. I’m not sure but I think that somebody made a C D of some of their music. Last summer Travis Metcalf came roaring into my driveway on his Harley with Tickle Pink jamming on his radio, I don’t know which was louder, the Harley, the music, or the neighborhood dogs. I can’t believe Bev didn’t hear it, as we only live a block away from each other. Maybe Trav or Janice would have some info on wheather there is a C D available.

 Thanks. Bernard




From Mark Schimetz (70): Rolette, ND

Gary, Dick , Thanks for the correction, The Senior Center in Dunseith I presume. Please Correct me If I am wrong. Also I apologize for forgetting to mention, the Song about Pierre Bottineau that was written by Ron Hett. as I had intended too. (Guess I had a senior moment there. Not the first one I assure you!, and probably more to come along.)

I especially enjoyed this as it was the first time I heard the song.

Being a Mary Robbins fan, I believe this song would have greatly been appreciated the famous Ballad singer (deceased). If memory serves me, Many of Marty’s Older Ballads, came from his Grandfathers time. Stories and Songs played. Hence the gunfighter ballads etc, for the 19th Century.




Great suggestion from Larry Hackman (66): Bismarck, ND


I was just thinking that we must be nearing the anniversary of Vance Bailey’s passing. I think it would be neat to post some of his stories in remembrance of his time he spent with us. In fact it would be a way to honor all of those that took time to join us and that have left us. What do you think?


Larry, This is a wonderful suggestions. Vance Bailey actually pasted away December 22, 2007. Vance is the pioneer that energized these daily blogs into being. The memories and tributes of his passing are far too many to list in a single email message, however I will post the last letter that he shared with us just prior to his passing. What a remarkable man he was. He possessed a wealth of history & stories for the Dunseith and Rolette county areas. He and his wife Doreen collected and recorded a lot of the history of the area with their genealogy interests. One of the things they did was make a recording of all the local cemeteries listing all those that are buried in each of them. Gary

 Vance’s wife Doreen is on our distribution. Her email address is Tempe, AZ

 Vance Bailey’s letter that he wrote at 2:00 PM on December 21, 2007, just eleven and a half hours prior to his passing.


 I spent an hour or two last night talking to Carol Watkins and Emory Carbonneau in Bottineau. I read all the correspondence that you have been posting.

Some things that have come to mind that we discussed. Mac McHugh. He and his wife owned the Dakota Hotel that was directly north of the Drug store where Glen Shelver was the druggist and I am sure later owned. In the mid forties Shirley Sunderland worked there as a “sodajerk”.

 There was an old Socony Vacuum (later Standard Oil) filing station in front of the hotel that had gas pumps that had a glass tank that held 10 gallons of gas at about 18 cents a gallon. The guy that operated the station would let us kids pump the gas up into the tank once in a while.


There was a row of rooms along the north lot line of the Hotel and the one facing main street was the U.S. customs office manned by Henry Sunderland. When you crossed the border in those days you stopped in Dunseith to declare anything you brought across the border. I’m not aware of anyone ever stopping to declare anything.

We did have some excitement in those days, a nurse up at the San was murdered by Fred Chase and the trial was held in Dunseith. Carol tells me that our teacher got permission to take our school class to watch the trial. My most outstanding memory of the murder was the first night they had him locked in the Jail located in a long low building just north of the skating rink. Several of us kids were there until the crowd broke out a rope and threw it over the crossbar on the streetlight, then they made us all go home. We were all sorry to miss the hanging, but the adults chickened out so we did not miss anything.

How many of you remember the Waldron that was the Dunsrith policeman that caught a thief coming out of one of the buildings north of the bank one night. Carol reminds me that he was chasseing him down the alley and as he came to the fence back of the bank Jules Waldron fired over his head to stop him. The trouble was that the robber jumped up to go over the fence and stopped the bullet with his head. Jules had two boys in school and they left town. No good deed goes unpunished!!


For Collette,

The Baileys and the Hosmers intermarried a couple of times (that’s cousins) in the late 1600s and early 1700s in the New England Colonies.

 Vance Bailey

Bailey Family Research
1418 E Gemini Drive
Tempe, AZ 85283

 Doreen’s message:

 Vance passed away this morning at 1:30– Dec 22
Doreen Bailey, wife
Tempe, Az

Vance’s obit.

Note we are having a service in Tempe, AZ, Dec. 29th, but his final resting place will be at Riverside Cemetery in Dunseith, ND. A grave side service will be planed around Memorial Day. His parents and sister are there, he always said that’s where he wanted to go.

—- Thank you all for the prayers and condolence messages. I am still in shock of the suddenness of his passing. I have had his love for more then 55 years.

I’ve enjoyed the emails along with Vance, we even had our daughter with us at the 125th Celebration. She was ready to move to ND, she really enjoyed the towns of Bottineau and Dunseith. There will be memorial site of picture on www.mem.com by Thursday and anyone wishes to add their though-it can be done on the site. Search by name, Bailey, then Vance Allen… Thanks for caring Doreen Bailey

Obituary: Vance Allen Bailey
1928 – December 22, 2009

Picture taken 2006
Bailey, Vance 2310

Born in Bottineau North Dakota on February 8, 1928 to Virgil and Marie Bailey. Vance passed away December 22, 2007 at his home in Tempe, AZ. 

His service record is long: He was in the Navy at the age of 16 and the last phases of WWII. Joined the Air Forceafter the war, attended college inMinotND. then was on Military Sea Transport in the Merchant Marines for the Korean war. He sailed on many ships and visited many ‘far away places.’ Vance met his loving wife Doreen in Seattle. They married is 1952.

After that he settled down, they did many different things before coming to Arizona in 1980. Vance was employed at Boeing Aircraft for 15 years. Then went into free enterprise: Real Estate, owned a Tavern and Bowling Ally in Ephrata, Washington.

 In Phoenix he worked for the Maricopa Highway Department doing appraisals for right of way. Later he went into Appraisal /Analyst of Real Estate contract and property values for the Bureau of Indian Affairs Real Estate Department and retired from that department in 1993. He loved his job.

He read when he wasn’t listening to the news or on the computer, loved old LP records. Vance was a news/political and history junkie.

During his retirement he ventured into Genealogy and now has over 9100 relatives in his records. Some going back to the 1500’s in England.

Vance’s passions, other than his family, were old cars, motorcycles, reading, current events, politics, history and lively conversation 

His parents Virgil and Marie Bailey and sister Ardis preceded him in death.

Survived by his spouse Doreen Bailey, daughter Dayna Rasor, grandson Colin Rasor, daughter-in law Donna Rasor, sister Sharon Conn, brothers Wayne and Gary Bailey.

Memorial Service Will be held December 29 at 11 AM at the Carr-Tenney Mortuary 2621 south Rural Rd, Tempe.

In lieu of flowers /donations maybe made to the American Heart Association

If you are unable to attend, a slide show will be available on www.Mem.com and you will be able to leave your condolences.

Vance’s burial will be in Bottineau ND in the spring of 2008





11/11/2015 (2311)

Thanks to all the Veterans
Posting from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (‘’65):  Belcourt, ND

This is to thank all the veterans from the class of 65′ for serving our country during the Vietnam War. I would also like to thank all the current soldiers serving along with all the veterans from all the military branches for their service to our country.

Your service and sacrifices are greatly appreciated.

It is and has been each and everyone of you that has helped to maintain our freedom!

Happy Veterans Day!!

Ginger,  class of 65′



Veterans Day
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and Dunseith Friends,

It is now November 7, 2015.

Beginning in September, a cousin’s wife wrote; she was helping her grand daughter with a school Veteran’s Day project.  They were seeking information on her brother-in law Jack. 

I had always known, three of my Uncle Bill and Aunt Mary’s sons ; Robert served in the Pacific in WWII. Later. Billy and Jack served in Korea.

I suggested to Jack’s sister -in- law, about  book located at the Veterens service office and  perhaps at larger library. A book lists every service members home county, rank, year of service.  

She found the book at the library.  

She discovered several Metcalfe’s who served; Charles, Emil, Clifford and Robert WWII. John and William in  Korea.

Among that lot;

John Wesley Metcalfe served in the United States Navy from December 1952-December 1955.   Jack’s brother, Billy served on the same ship as did Orlan Olson.  All served with honor.

She  told a story told to her by Jack about the ship on fire and sinking. The Metcalfe  brother’s, were concerned about  friend, quickly found  him each seized an arm and jumped. As they hit the water, the poor guy yelled,”You know I can’t swim!” Jack replied, “Move your arms, you are going to learn today.”

He swam. The little fourth grade granddaughter now had a place to begin writing her Veterans Day report,

I am recalling  memories of Jack.  

Mom and Dad had spoken fondly of  Jack who came and worked for my parents one fall when I was a wee baby.  

He went away to the Navy.

When I was  a little more than three years old, Jack came back to work for Mom and Dad; he had just been released from military service. 

My parents were happy he was back. They could depend on him to help.  As a child I felt the ease mom and dad around Jack. And, Jack and Dad enjoyed swapping tales.

That winter, Dad was plastering Belcourt hospital or school.  Mom was expecting another child.

Jack  listened  to kids and spoke in words we understood.  He was never disrespectful to my parents. They could count on him coming to help ‘chore’. 

 Dad had fed the cattle before going to Belcourt early in the morning; he’d hand pump water, feed cattle by hand with hayrack and team. 

Jack lived about 5 miles west in his parental home.  He drove over each day to  milk cows and clean  the barn.

Jack took my elder sister to her first day of  first grade. The country school  was about 2 miles West, cross country through the snow at  Oakes a.k.a Seim School. 

He picked up my sister carried her out side put her in the straw on the stone boat, which was  pulled by Barney the white percheron. Later in the afternoon he would go get her and start evening chores. 

When he had a break he began teaching himself to play banjo. T’was then, my parents thoughts of me being a pianist were doomed; as watching Jack, childlike decided I wanted to pick banjo. The little windup play guitar was a solace and he’d pick, I’d wind up my Christmas guitar and together we’d ‘play’. He never made fun, or talk down to me.

I attached myself to him as I did the Jim Metcalfe girls.  I knew he was my cousin, and with childlike trust, I bonded with ‘Smilin’ Jack. 

I  was a pest to Jack,who maintained a  jolly and  kind personality, had infinite patience and tolerance with my 3 year old mind. 

I  watched and persisted  with constant inquisitve questioning of what he was doing with that  rather odd looking ‘guitar’?

 In June 1956, I went to stay with the Jim Metcalfe farm, my elder sister stayed with King Fish and Fafa Seim so she could continue grade one.

My mother went to Bottineau to have a baby. And, Dad and Jack? They batched.  Jack would laugh, “Lottie left ham. Cliff fried ham and eggs for breakfast, we ate ham sandwiches for dinner, and ate ham and fried potatoes or hominy for supper.   He said, HAM for every meal 3 x a day!  But it was good. 


My fond friendship with my cousin ensued  though the years.


I had a tough accident, it was Jack who rang me up at St. Alexis hospital.  Not once. But every day he phoned me every afternoon after therapy at Bismarck and continued through the summer. He’d ask?I answer, “I’m fine.” 

Cousin Jack, every day continued  ringing me on the phone, calling from Georgia. 

Jack,”I am fine, Mom drives me over to  physical therapy every day and I walk away to the highway.” 

One day, no phone call…..Surprise! On that warm August late afternoon, into the yard came a car with Georgia plates.

I met Jack in the yard, as he  said,  “I needed to be sure you really were o.k.”


He spent the entire afternoon visiting with mom and I.  Delighting us with silly stories, of pickin guitar with mountain folk locals at various places in Georgia.  Crazier tales of people who attend a church on every street corner and…. worship dancing with snakes curled in their arms! ….OMG! I’d say, and listened to more tales as only Jack could tell. Laughter!

The Worst News EVER about Jack, came one evening, when mom rang me in Montana.

…. Devastating below the belt….staggering hit….A durty……. PUNCH was drawn on Jack.

 He was stricken with an ugly, filthy, agonizing disease. 


It never stopped, relentless, first taking away his deft fingers, he could not pick blue grass joyfully. Taking away energy.


It continued  seizing,  eating,  consuming  and finally ravaged its course through  his entire body.  

I had the most difficult time gutting it up to go see him. (I have always been tender about people  loved.

I am one of those  who reads the back of the book first to see if it ends well.  My brother has counted times when I get up and leave the room when some scary or sad show comes on.)

Before I went to see Jack, I needed courage to be strong. I knew about what he faced,because, a best friends mother had just passed from the same illness.

Finally I summoned strength, I thought I can do this, I have…courage.

I went alone the first time to see him.


The courage was not lasting, a last residue of courage stripped away when I saw him. I wept openly.  Saying,Jack, “I am so sorry I couldn’t come sooner.  

(You see, my brave Korean War Veteran, banjo pickin cousin,could no longer lift his head, nor his hands and fingers, sat limp and weak in a wheel chair.)                                      ] 

I got on my knees to look up at his eyes, his face.

His soft melodius voice spoke, “I know you Vickie.  I  have always known why, you couldn’t come. I knew you’d be here,when you were ready.”

Yes. Jack understood. We always shared the wealth of our families. As with many of my cousins, that wealth is deep. 

At its depth is a fond sentimental family understanding; as humans we each have imperfections, and an  absolute unconditional Love and forgiveness.

My Dad had always said he thought perhaps this was  combination of the our Scots blood and French.

Yep. Most times that sentimental genetic line has me snottering. 

 Any way, ……..I have always wondered if serving on a USA war ship during Korea with ‘asbestos’ aided another deadly enemy, ALS?

 Jack fought on a ship in Korean waters.  He survived one war.  He was a proud and honorable American Veteran.

Later, ALS got his body….  

But never did it get his spirit. 

God Bless America each and every day!

Thank You to each American Veteran on Wednesday, November 11, 2015.

Until Later, Vickie Leona Metcalfe


Christmas Craft show
Posting from Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND


Yesterday’s veterans (Part 2 of 3)
Posting from Dale Pritchard (’63):  Leesville, LA


Here is Part 2 of the Movie Actor Veterans follows:

Robert Stack:  US Navy Gunnery Officer

Neville Brand:  US Army Europe;  Awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart

Tyrone Power:  US Marines; Transport pilot in the Pacific Theater

Charlton Heston:  US Army Air Corps; Radio operator and aerial gunner on a B-25, Aleutians

James Arness:  US Army; As an infantryman, he was severely wounded at Anzio, Italy (Older brother of actor Peter Graves)

Efram Zimbalist, Jr:  US Army; Purple Heart for a severe wound received at Huertgen Forest

Mickey Spillane:  US Army Air Corps Fighter Pilot and later Instructor Pilot

Rod Sterling:  US Army 11th Airborne Division in the Pacific. Jumped at Tagaytay in the Philippines and was later wounded in Manila

Gene Autry:  US Army Air Corps; Crewman on transports that ferried supplies over “The Hump” in the China-Burma-India Theater

William Holden:  US Army Air Corps

William Conrad:  US Army Air Corps Fighter Pilot

Jackie Coogan:  US Army Air Corps; Volunteered for gliders and flew troops and materials into Burma behind enemy lines

Tom Bosley:  US Navy

Claude Akins:  US Army Signal Corps; Burma and the Philippines

Chuck Conners:  US Army Tank-warfare instructor

Karl Malden:  US Army Air Corps, 8th Air Force, NCO

Earl Holliman:  US Navy;  Lied about his age to enlist.  Discharged after a year when the Navy found out

Don Knotts:  US Army, Pacific Theater

Don Rickles:  US Navy aboard USS Cyrene

Robert Stack:  US Navy Gunnery instructor

Lee Van Cleef:  US Navy;  Served aboard a sub chaser and a mine sweeper

Jack Warden:  US Navy, 1938 – 1942, then US Army 1942 – 1945;  101st Airborne Division

Don Adams:  US Marines;  Wounded on Guadalcanal, then served as a Drill instructor

Brian Keith:  US Marines Radioman / Gunner in Dauntless dive-bombers

Fess Parker:  US Navy and US Marines;  Booted from pilot training because he was too tall, joined Marines as a radio operator

Part 3 to follow.

Dale Pritchard


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Folks, The TV Cable sales man was just here and returned the money from yesterday’s story. Because of this, he lost his job. We just talked to the supervisor that I was dealing with at the Cable company and he said there is a big, in house, investigation going on because if this incident. They discovered that there were quite a few folks involved from different deparments in the company with this under the table deal they made with me. This is the only TV cable company that services this Island, so they are quite large.


Request from Martha Lamb Schepp (68): Newburg, ND

Hi Gary,

We are enjoying the service you provide to all of us who enjoy the times of days gone by. Shane Lester would like to be added to your list serve. Thanks for all that you do.

Martha Lamb Schepp, Newburg, ND ’68

It is my pleasure to add Shane Lester to our distribution. I believe Shane is the guy that is related to the Cook’s and House’s from Little Prairie. He would also be related to some of the Espe’s, Millang’s and Salmonson’s. I believe you mentioned that Shane works with your husband in the Newburg area. Gary



From Bev Morinville Azure (72): Dunseith, ND

I am not sure if you know this or not but back in the 70’s there was a group of gals from here that were all the rage. The groups name was Tickled Pink and it was one of the best bands around here. The members were Janice, Kathy, Elaine and Cheri Metcalfe and Shelly Fulsebakke. They played all over and we had a blast when they would be at the AC or up at Kelvin. They played country plus oldies these were a talented bunch of woman . Anyone have any memories they can share about the band . I do remember they walked into the AC bar with the idea of forming a band and walked out with enough money to start. Alot of people supported them.




From Mark Schimetz (70): Rolette, ND

Hey Gary, Dick Johnson, his wife Brenda and Ron Hett played for us at the Good Sam’s Nursing home on Sunday in Bottineau. In celebration of Mid’s 90th Birthday. The room was large, packed, and short of chairs. The music was grand, They played a song “Chancellor Ville” from the Civil War era, a blue grass tune from the movie “Oh! Brother where art thou?” , some Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Charlie Prides “Crystal Chandelier”, Cashes, Folsom Prison and Haggard’s, The Bottle let me down. The Music was preformed with a guitars, a banjo and large base guitar played by Brenda, Ron Hett switched back and forth from his guitar to his banjo as Dick Johnson set the lead.


There were a lot of smiles on the residents and visitors faces and wondering expressions of days gone by, countenanced on the faces of many of the elders. Dick and company were to play for an hour, however, they were asked to stay another hour and they gladly accepted the invitation to the great delight of all in attendance.

Shortly after the first hour Gary Fulsebakke arrived and joined in for a short time to sing Happy Birthday to his Mother and all joined in. Gary then Borrowed a guitar and moved to the south wing where the special celebration was given for his mother where she lauded with songs and remembrances of days gone by and serenaded by Gary with gospel music she loved to sing all her life. Gary had some cute stories about the early days at home and I hope to get him to share them with us.

I have been informed that on March 8th 2009, Dick and Friends will play at Good Sam’s , and every 2nd Sunday of the Month. there after. This is the plan according to Dick.

Thank you Dick, Brenda and Ron, and Gary for the great music. You all put a lot of smiles on the people Sunday and I know some really felt alive again and left that home for a couple hours in their minds, lost in time following the sweet music you all played and if they don’t remember much, I am sure the music will not be forgotten. Music soothes the soul.

God Bless you all, and keep up the gallant work as long as you can.



 Dick Johnson’s (70) reply: Dunseith, ND


Thanks for the advance copy of Mark’s nice write-up. The name of our
group is ‘Highway 43’, we felt it was fitting as most of the musicians
we have in this area live on or within a couple miles of 43. It seems
it’s always been that way, if you think back. Ole Bursinger, Lorraine
Metcalfe, Jack Metcalfe, Carl and Shirley Melgaard, Hank Salmonson, Pete
Berginski, Sharon Albertson, Kenny Sivertson for a few from back in the
day. It’s somewhat the same now with just a few more names thrown in the
mix. I never considered the idea of so many pickers and singers along
‘ol 43 until someone asked us to pick out a name for the group. We sure
do have fun doing these little ‘gigs’ and if folks like our music, that
is an added bonus! Thanks Mark and Gary!



I just reread Mark’s story and need to enter a correction. We are
jamming at the senior center every second Sunday–Mark said Good Sam.


Dick, I’ll bet you will draw quite a crowd too, of all ages, when folks know you are going to be there. It’s wonderful that you are doing this for the community. Gary




11/8/2015 (2310)

Happy Birthday Holly Myer Wheeler (’68): Casper, WY
Myer Wheeler, Holly 2310


Reply to  Randy Kelly and Toni Morinville Prom photo
From Dewy Morinville (’72):  Dunseith, ND

I remember when Toni (my oldest sister) and randy Kelly went out.
Also remember when dr Kitt the magician would come to the old show hall. He would hypnotize randy would sing.   Let me tell you about the birds and the bees. He did a good job never knew if randy was hypnotize or not but he did a good job. Back then the boys had grease back hair. Brylcream was big back then a little dab will do yah. White tee shirts with a pack of cigarettes rolled up in one sleeve. Leather jackets. Oh the good old day.
The girls with saddle shoes bobby socks and the can cans.  Oh the hairdos . My three older sisters playing with paper dolls. Listening to 45 records on the little flip top record player. Playing jacks then I would step on one of those jacks and yell at them to pick them up when there done. One Christmas the girls each receive a little sewing machine about the size of a shoe box that really worked. They were neat.    Thanks for the memories
Dewy Morinville


Rosie Hackman
Question from Marlys Hiatt (’71):  Dunseith, ND

Every time I see Larry Hackman’s name on the blog I always think of my 3rd grade classmate Rosie Hackman. Larry is that your sister?  If so, what happened to her?  Where is she now?  I don’t seem to remember her much after the 3rd grade.  I’m thinking her family moved.

Third grade is the first year I rode the bus to Dunseith to go to school.  I attended the Ackworth country school for 1st and 2nd grade.  Rosie was my first friend at school.  I had been the only one in my grade when I attended Ackworth school.  I remember Rosie had the prettiest red coat I had ever seen.  The next time I needed a coat the only coat I wanted to have was one exactly like Rosie’s.

I was also very shy at that time and it was quit an adjustment to go from a 1 room country school house to the town school.  When it came to reading in front of the class, I was too shy to read out loud.  The teacher thought I couldn’t read and sent a note home to my parents that I had to go to summer school to learn how to read.  This puzzled my parents but they didn’t question the teacher and managed to bring me into town every day to summer school.  After a few days another note was sent home from the summer school teacher.  This time the teacher wondered why I was in summer school, I could read just fine.  After a meeting between my parents and the teacher, it was decided I would continue to attend summer school to help with my shyness, which it did.

Marlys Hiatt


Canada’s new defence minister
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70): d Bottineau, ND

>>> Gary and friends,

>>> http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/harjit-sajjan-badass-

>>> canada-defence-minister-1.3304931

>>> I am watching Canada.

>>> They have been a great ally of the USA.


>>> As a kid, our  parents took us through the  summer on Saturday

>>> nights to Boisevain, Manitoba to the shows.

My parents welcomed Saturday nights north of the border which continued to thrive; long  after Dunseith stopped  the Saturday nights stores open.

…………….Time and Things changed  Dunseith.

Gone were the Saturday nights of  my parents taking cream to Minnie Alvin’s  and eggs to Hannah at the Red Owl

or Hosmer store.


>>> While we girls went to a show, Dad and mom would shop at Co-op.

>>> It was  quite different, because we did not go to Dunseith or

>>> Bottineau any more, as often as we went to Canada Being shy,  we

>>> †hree girls did not mingle .


>>> After mom learned to knit the winter of 1963-64  in Marysville, WA,

>>> she’d drive N. to Canada for Wool.

>>> I inherited  the beautiful wool sweater she knit for my Dad. After

>>> dad’s passing I contacted  my former grades 7 and 8 teacher, Mrs.

>>> Anna Foss who lined Dad’s sweater for me .


>>> Mom also drove us to Lake William and Adam Lake for mid week picnics

>>> on hot summer days; especially after the Church of the Bretheran

>>> Lake aka School Section became littered with broken bottles  and was

>>> deemed unsafe.  Mind you though we never went anywhere during haying

>>> season except to the hayfield.


>>> Two  of my grandfathers were born in Canada.

>>> Grandpa Robert E. Lamb and GrandpaW. Metcalfe came to US  from

>>> Ontario as young men Mom who kept connections going, also had a

>>> cousin on the Lamb side who served in WWII; she continued

>>> correspondence with  Ontario cousins until her passing..


>>> I hope Canada  will continue to  thrive as a good neighbor and ally;

My  long term  bucket list is a wish to ride the Canadian rail from Brandon to Prince Edward Island; and N. to Hudson Bay.

>>> Later,  Vickie


Blog (379) posted on February 24 , 2009


Note of appreciation to Dick Johnson from Sharon Zorn Gerdes (62):Windsor, CO
Just a note of appreciation. Perhaps I have missed it, but I was unaware that Dick Johnson and his wife sang. My mom lives in Oak Manor in Bottineau, and several of the ladies there say that they sing very well. I just want to say thank you to Dick and wife, because those senior ladies enjoy and appreciate it so much when people take the time to share their talents. So thanks for your kindness. Sharon Gerdes
Sharon: Dick & Brenda have a band, I believe along with Keith Smith and a few others.
Dick: Can you please fill us in with a few more details of your band?
Don Boardman along with Dan & Tina Pladson also have a gospel band. Can you guys fill us in with some of the details of your band too.
Sharon: I did not realize that your mother lives at Oak Manor. There are a number of the senior Dunseith Alumni living there. It’s a neat facility. They have a really nice common area for everyone’s enjoyment that alleviates a lot of loneness and boredom for those living there. Gary
Cancer update from Dwight Lang (61): Tucson, AZ
Hi there Friends,
Finally getting around to checking my email. 500 plus in the in box. Been out of commission with my colon cancer surgery thing.
Enjoyed the wild life pictures compliments of cousins, Rod and Brian. Lucky I never met the little squirrel looking fellow while carrying my trusty 22 through the foothills some forty years ago. And Dick J., enjoyed your addition to the Martin story and especially the picture of those super bar tenders. I was a bit young to be a customer but I did poke my head in the door from the bowling alley side many times. Usually to hit my Dad up for a few quarters to play the pinball machines while I was waiting for his card game to end with Johnny Hill, Don Darling and the other regulars.
Well the operation went as good as to be expected. I spent five days in the hospital (without a smoke) and then was sent home as soon as I had bowel activity. It was no fun. But, after a few days home I got a call from the surgeon and he told me that the lab results were all good (no cancer in lymph nodes, etc.). Had the staples pulled last Thursday and he told me to come back in a couple months for another look see. He also mentioned that I should have another colonoscopy next year as well. Guess I can handle that. Oh by the way, the chimney is smoking again.
Would you believe today it is supposed to be in the upper eighties down here in Tucson. That’s a bit too soon for me. I’m looking forward as usual to spending my summer back at Lake Metigoshe but I’m hoping the Tucson heat holds off for at least a couple more months.
Well, take care and thanks to all for your concern. Francie Gottbreht (63) told me it would all be OK.
Cancer Update from, and Neola Kofoid Garbe’s reply to Gary: Bottineau/Minot ND
Mom/I are back from Minot; it took longer than I thought it would. I knew I wouldn’t be going back to Minot tonight. Wally says the weather is bad for tomorrow, so after Mom’s appointment, I rescheduled by radiation appointment. I scheduled it for next Monday at 2:00. I’ll be in Bottineau until Sunday. The surgeon got all the cancer. The area around where the cancer was, is “clean”. The treatments are for cautionary reasons, not to kill any cancer that’s there. I started taking anti-estrogen pills a few days ago. I haven’t had any side-effects from them. :)
Reply from Geri Metcalfe Monro (59): Fargo, ND
Our friend, Betty (Allard) Heinz, class of 1960, married Ron Heinz, is also a daughter of Olivine Allard. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Betty and Ron and their family. Betty is flying home from Mesa, AZ tomorrow. We are with them in thought and prayer, even though we cannot make the trip back home.
Geri Metcalfe Munro, class of 1959; (Betty was class of 1960) and Chuck Munro–Fargo, ND.Note: Gary, it would be nice sometimes if folks would state their current city and state. I have not saved nor could I download all info re: addresses.
Where does Gary Fulsebakke live now; I remember that he was a very accomplished singer and my sis, Marg Metcalfe Leonard said he read a note I sent Gary F. (at Mid’s birthday party–I never even knew her name was Mildred). lol

Geri, I will start adding the city and state for our folks. That’s a wonderful idea. I too did not realize Mid’s name was Mildred. She was always Mid in my growing up days. Gary
Reply from Gary Metcalfe (57): Forsyth, MO
Reply to Bonnie:
Rural schools were not as boring as home schooling, but we lost a year or more with eight months school and staying out to harvest and haying. I remember the first day, Dad hooked up to an honest to goodness buggy, with springs and all, naturally he took a short cut to save a mile or so through Erman Striker’s pasture. The water came right up to the floor boards, so we went via the road the next six years. We had three and a half miles, so did Faye and Doris Honsey. Horses are all about competition and old Dewey did very well keeping up that one mile straight north where we parted company with the Honsey girls. It was all bare back in those days and when it would rain, that big mud puddle in the road did me in a couple times, riding double. Dewey would shy around the puddle and I never could be sure which side he would take. Fanny and Dusty were spirited horses of the Honsey girls and Bernice Jasper. The girls were excellant riders.Alas, the buggy was short lived, Martin Evans hooked Dewey up one morning and the barn door was open about two feet, Dewey decided to go back in the barn. Viola…that was the end of the buggy.

So now we got a cart with straight schaves and no springs, then a Ford tractor. Sometimes when the weather was favorable they took us to school and we would walk home. As if three and a half miles one way wasn’t enough, we took turns carrying water for school use a half mile. We put a stick through the handle of a 3 gal. pail, with a kid on each side.

On Monday morning that three and a half miles was actually four miles, for Dewey had a thick hide and had to go about a fourth of mile and come back home and get a good spanking from a grown up. Then the rest of the week, he was o.k. over the weekend he would forget and have to be tuned up again.

A typical lunch pail was a one gal. pail with nail holes in the lid for air. In hot weather, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches became soggy, for variety mustard or a dill pickle sandwich was good.

Most teachers had it worse than the kids. Clara Weaver had at least three miles because of no roads and I know Mrs. Graybill stayed at the school lots of times. Enough of that for now.

Age 14 life changed. Paved streets, hot lunches and a great job setting pins to pay rent with. Too bad Bertha Vanorny, Bertha Myer and Myrtle Hoopman got a part of that hard earned money. But I did finally learn to hold my own in a game of Smear. Life was great and still is.
Gary Metcalfe

Reply/Picture from Kenny Nerpel (65): Devils Lake, ND
Gary,Regarding Rabbit City Lake:

The enclosed photo is of my Grandfather, William Bryan Metcalfe.
It was taken in 1919 and the lake in the background could very
well be the Rabbit City Lake that has been discussed. It took
awhile to find it. It sounds like there are others out there who
file like I do. A scoop shovel and four or five unlabeled
garbage bags.


William Bryan Metcalfe
From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,I found this article amusing! Just about every move was covered by the
Dunseith Journal in the mid ’30s! Thanks Gary!


Folks, I’ve got a little extra room today so I want to share a story with you. Gary – Philippines
We currently have a satellite TV dish here in the Philippines, but would like to have cable service too. We are several hundred feet beyond the allowable distance for getting cable. Last Friday I called the worker bee lineman, who had been to our house, to discuss how we could get their service. Following my conversation with him, I called his boss to discuss this topic in more detail for us to be able to get their cable service. The boss told me he would send a field engineer out to our house on Monday. Lone behold, on Saturday we got a visit from one of the cable salesman. I was surprised to see him. I said “did Tony (the Boss) send you” and he said yes. He was a very nice gentleman. He looked everything over and said the extra cost for materials would be $250. He said if I gave him the money then, he’d be able to install the service Monday morning. Knowing he was from the cable company and thinking the boss had sent him, I gave him the money. On Sunday this salesman comes back with the worker bee lineman, I had called on Friday, to get everything set for the installation the next day. Monday morning rolls around and no one is here to install our cable, so I called the boss. The boss says I didn’t send that salesman to your house. In fact he said I sent my field engineer out to your house early this morning to look things over and we can provide you service with no extra material costs like we had discussed when I called him on Friday. He was very surprised when I told him I had given his salesman $250. He said you will get your money back. The salesman did not know I had been talking to his boss. He was trying to give us service under the table and got caught. When they came Monday morning to install the cable, they saw the field Engineer at our house and ran. The worker bee lineman called the salesman and that is how they got involved. They pocketed the $250. They also involved one of the other engineers of the company too. I am currently waiting for the salesman to return the money. I think he has probably spent the money, so he’s probably trying to borrow the money at this time. All three of these guys have been working for the cable company for a number of years. At the moment their jobs are on the line and will for sure be fired and possibly go to jail if the money is not returned. The salesman sent me a text message telling me he is very worried about loosing his job. He said he has 5 children to support. These guys make good wages too, but greed got in the way when they saw this American guy. They didn’t realize that I’m seasoned to their shenanigans. Gary

11/6/2015 (2309)

Reply from Randy Kelly (’69):  St. Paul, MN.

Hi Gary,

Was going thru your blog and saw my name and face.  Thank you.  I must say I have not seen that prom picture in over 45 years. Oh to be young again.

Thank you also for the open invitation to visit you in Cebu. I hope to be able to do that sometime in the future.  I love to travel and meet people.  You are very kind.

Thanks again for all that you do to make so many people happy. My best to your family.




Gary’s reply

Thank you so much Randy for the nice compliment. This I believe is the picture you are referring too with you and Toni Morinville in 1968. This was over 47 years ago.

Yes, we’d love to have you and anyone else interested in visiting this part of the world visit us. Our daughter is here now with our Granddaughter. They got round trip tickets from Seattle to Cebu for less than $900 total with Korean airlines. Jan-Mar is Low season for travel to the Philippines.

Folks, Randy’s mother was a Fauske, Sister to Elwood and Lydia LaCroix. Elwood and Eleanore recently celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary.

Randy, I googled some of your accomplishments and pasted them below. You are to be commended. It’s not many small rural towns like Dunseith that can say they have had an alumnus that served on a United States Presidents personal staff and for three years too.

            1968 DHS Prom: Toni Morinville and Randy Kelly.

Kelly, Randy 2309-1

Post-mayoral activities

In late 2006, Kelly was named Deputy Associate Administrator for Intergovernmental Relations for the Environmental Protection Agency by President Bush. At the EPA, his duties included managing relations with governors, state legislators, mayors, county executives and other state and local officials, as well as working with the national associations representing these officials. In the position, he also served as the liaison to the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.[2] He remained in this position until early 2009.

Betty Hackman Schmidt (’68) had a Heart attack
Message from Larry Hackman (’66): Bismarck, ND

Betty (Hackman ) Schmidt, my sister of the Dunseith High School Class of 1968 had a heart attack (the widow Maker) last Thursday 10/29/15.

She is in the intensive care unit of the Phoenix AZ. Hospital.

All prayers are needed and are appreciated.

Hackman, Betty 2309


Yesterday’s veterans
Posting from Dale Pritchard (’63):  Leesville, LA

Real Life Heroes:  Many people today don’t have any idea who these men are / were and that’s a pity.  The movie stars of “our” day were real life heroes.  The list is lengthy so I’ll send it in three parts to keep it short each time.  One-third of the list as follows:


GEORGE GOBEL:  Comedian, Army Air Corps, taught fighter pilots

JAMES STEWART:  US Army Air Corps; Bomber pilot who rose to the rank of General

ERNEST BORGNINE:  US Navy Gunners Mate; destroyer USS Lamberton; 10 years active duty; discharged 1941; re-enlisted after Pearl Harbor

ED McMAHON:  US Marines fighter pilot (flew OE-1 Bird Dogs over Korea as well)


WALTER MATTHAU:  US Army Air Corps; B-24 Radioman/Gunner and cryptographer

STEVE FORREST:  US Army; wounded at Battle of the Bulge

JONATHAN WINTERS:  USMC; Battleship USS Wisconsin and Carrier USS Bon Homme Richard (Anti-aircraft gunner, Battle of Okinawa)

PAUL NEWMAN:  US Navy Rear seat gunner/radioman, torpedoed bombers off USS Bunker Hill

KIRK DOUGLAS:  US Navy Sub-chaser in the Pacific; Wounded in action and medically discharged


DALE ROBERTSON:  US Army Tank Commander in North Africa under Patton; Wounded twice; received battlefield commission

HENRY FONDA:  US Navy Destroyer USS Satterlee

LEE MARVIN:  US Marines Sniper; Wounded in action on Saipan, Buried in Arlington National Cemetery Sec 7A next to Greg Boyington and Joe Louis

ROD STEIGER:  US Navy; was aboard one of the ships that launched the Doolittle Raid

TONY CURTIS:  US Navy Sub tender USS Proteus;  In Tokyo Bay for the surrender of Japan

LARRY STORCH:  US Navy Sub tender USS Proteus with Tony Curtis

FORREST TUCKER:  US Army; Enlisted as a private, rose to the rank of Lieutenant


GEORGE KENNEDY:  US Army; Enlisted after Pearl Harbor, stayed in sixteen years

MICKEY ROONEY:  US Army under Patton; received Bronze Star

DENVER PYLE:  US Navy; wounded in the Battle of Guadalcanal; medically discharged

More to come:

Dale Pritchard


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


Blog (378) posted on February 23 , 2009


Olivine O. Allard’s Funeral notice:
OLIVINE O. ALLARD, 90, Bottineau, died Friday in a Bottineau nursing home. Funeral Wednesday, 10 a.m., St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Bottineau. Visitation Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Nero Funeral Home, Bottineau
To the family members of Olivine Allard. My condolences are with you with the loss of your mother, grandmother & aunt, Olivine. Larry, I remember you from our high school days before you guys were redistricted to Bottineau. Mary, I don’t really remember you, but I know your Husband, Laurel Hiatt, well. Carol, you being a class of 65 gal, I/we have gotten reconnected well the past several years. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Gary
Standing: Lillian Allard, Alice Kuhn & Evelyn Senechal
Sittiing: Adeline Allard & Olivine Allard
Reply from Tom Hagen (51):
Hi, Gary, just a quick reply to you about Wetheralt School. I had the
3 summer months when we were first married and it was really hot and
rainy that summer (55) When it got too hot we would have school in the
shade beside the school. We swept the room every day (mostly the kids
did it ) and used compound (reddish material to hold down the dust)
which had fallen off the kids legs who had walked to school in the muddy
roads. Isn’t that right???? Tom Anderson kids, Bud Anderson kids,
Obert Medlang, Susie Knox, Strong kids, Larry Metcalfe, Larry Hall, Eva
Eurich, (Hope I didn’t leave anybody out) That summer I took a bunch
of the kids to see Gone With the Wind , now can’t remember who !!!We love E-mail letters, Love Tom and Dot

Reply/Pictures from Dick Johnson (68):
Gary and Friends,Rod Hiatt’s picture of a pine marten is neat! The sightings of the
little animals have been increasing over the last couple of years. I saw
one about 3-4 years ago and had no idea what crossed the road in front
of me. Some college researchers set up cameras in the hills around here
and were able to photograph several in the wild. They baited an area in
front of motion detector operated cameras and got some nice pictures.
Last summer I saw one get hit by a car on Highway 3 by Rose Lake, north
of Dunseith. It wasn’t physically damaged and I picked it up and froze
it and sent it back to the Game and Fish Department in Bismarck, with my
son-in-law who works there. They didn’t have any specimens, alive or
dead, to necropsy (autopsy) and study so were very interested in getting
one. They are bigger than a large squirrel but smaller than a small
racoon. They kind of resemble a fox with their ears and face. I’ll
attach some pictures from the motion cameras and one of the one I found.
Thanks Gary!


11/4/2015 (2308)

   Happy Birthday Vickie Bergan Dietz (’82):  Princeton, MN.
Bergan, Vickie 2308



  Happy Birthday Shannon Azure (‘2001): Grand Forks, ND
Azure, Shannon 2308


Happy Birthday Sandra Monson Gottbreth: Dunseith, ND.
Gottbreht, Sandra 2308


Trying to locate Roger Johnson
Inquiry from Chris Wogaman: 

Hi Gary,

I’m doing some family history research for a friend of mine on Facebook whose Great-Grandfather (Jack Beasley) served with Roger Johnson of Dunseith in WW2 on the LSM-297. I don’t know if Roger might still be living, but thought I would ask if you might know. It might be a challenge to track down anyone living who was on that ship who would possibly remember this fellow.

All the best,

Chris Wogaman
Minneapolis, MN


Reply from Lynette Honsey:

Hi Gary,

Thanks for the “Blog”.

Very nice.

So, because of your blog I called my Auntie Netty last evening.   (Netty Peterson)

Yep, Leola is her sister.

I’m following your lead very well.    This is fun!

By the way, the answer is:

Bulacan, Philippines.

Are you near there?

I have somehow come up with two email addresses for you Gary.  Any preference ?

Below is one of the first shots I took while in North Dakota in August, 2015.

Photography is one of the things I love to do.


You have lots of cousins on this distribution too.

I have 7 email addresses and they are all good. I use Outlook to manage my email, All of the messages from all of my email addresses are all combined and displayed together in Outlook.  



Reply to Boar pig picture posted by Raphael Poitra
From Don Martel (Former DHS Vice Principal): Rosemount, MN

Seems to me that someone recently shot a feral pig in the Turtle Mountains, so I thought this information could be helpful in case others are spotted.

North Dakota Game and Fish Department

Nov. 2, 2015


Feral Pig Sightings Must be Reported

Landowners or hunters who happen to encounter feral pigs in North Dakota must notify the State Board of Animal Health immediately. Shooting of feral pigs is illegal in North Dakota unless a person is protecting property or livestock.

Casey Anderson, assistant chief of wildlife for the State Game and Fish Department, said state law requires reporting of feral pigs to help the BOAH eliminate these nuisance animals.

“We have had numerous situations since 2008 where feral swine have been detected in North Dakota and we take these reports very seriously,” Anderson said. “With the upcoming deer hunting season approaching, we want to let people know they need to report immediately if they see feral pigs or observe signs such as rooting.”

Anyone who observes or suspects the presence of feral pigs should call the BOAH at 701-328-2655, Game and Fish Department at 701-328-6300, or USDA Wildlife Services at 701-250-4405.

Feral pigs can threaten domestic livestock, crops, public safety, natural habitat and wildlife. Anderson said they often become nocturnal if pressured which makes removal efforts more difficult. “They are very hardy and resilient,” he added, “that’s why immediate action is essential.”

A landowner may eliminate wild pigs on his or her land if they pose an immediate threat, but must contact the BOAH within 24 hours. The landowner must follow any instructions given by the board regarding the handling, preservation and disposal of the carcass.


George and Eve Crawford Hiatt siblings
Reply from Dale Pritchard (’63):  Leesville, LA


Additional info for you.  Faye Hiatt was married to Melvin Tohm from Gardena, south of Bottineau.  They lived and farmed at Egeland, about 40 miles east of Rolette.  Faye passed away from cancer a few years ago.  Melvin and one of his sons still live on the farm.  Melvin’s brother, LeRoy, was married to my sister, Lorraine.  LeRoy passed away from cancer last Winter in Hereford, TX and was returned to Bottineau for burial.

Dale Pritchard


Blog (377) posted on February 22 , 2009

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Posted on February 22, 200

Olivine Allard Passed away.


I recieved a message from Mel Kuhn that Olivine Allard passed away Friday evening at 8:00 PM. She is Carol, Larry & Mary Allard’s mother. She was also a sister to Mel’s mother. We will post more info later. Gary


Reply from Rita Carbonneau Anderson (Former Gamble store owner):

I am one of those who started school in about 1930. I went to a country school in Lordsbrg Township, there were 11 of us in the whole school. I lived just about 3/4 of a mile from school. We started school about the first of April and went to the first week of November. If the weather wasn’t too severe we would go to Thanksgiving. In the summertime when it was too warm to have school inside, we would go to the north side of the building and thats where the teacher would teach the classes. How about that!?


Email address change for Beth Fauske Duncan (67):

Dear Friends and Family,

I have come into the technology age and am now on high speed internet so have changed email addresses.

Please email me at :

Feel free to forward onto other family members whose address is not included above.


Thank you!

Al and Beth Duncan


11/2/2015 (2307)

    Happy Birthday Dave Wurgler (’64): Rugby, ND


Lagerquist Family


These are some very nice photos of the Lagerquist family. Bruce, Kim and Carl came along after I left the country, so I didn’t know them. I knew the others well though. Very well in fact.  They were our neighbors to the east.

Leola was a Hiatt, Daughter of George and Eva Crawford Hiatt. I think George died in about 1949, but most everyone in my generation and older knew Eva.  Albert Hiatt was Leola’s brother.  Netty (Jack) Peterson is Leola’s sister.  I remember two other sisters too, Ena Birkland and Faye. I also remember their brother Ike. I believe Ike lives in Rolla? This what I remember off the top of my head as I remember.


Lagerquist family photos
Lagerquist family 2307-1 Lagerquist family 2307-2

Message from Lynette Honsey

I know a whole lot of you know and are related to the Honsey and Peterson families and Lynette too.

Lynette, we’d love to hear more from you, where you are living, etc.

PS – Lynette, there is no charge for the Blog.
Gary Stokes,

Do you still do the blog for Dunseith, ND ?

Bottineau ?

Willow City ?


I was born and somewhat raised in Rolette, ND and the above cities.

Lois Peterson was my MOM.

Mary and Max Peterson were my grandparents.

Leonard Honsey was my DAD.

Shirley Lagerquist was my Aunt.

Vida Hiatt was my Aunt.

Duane Peterson was my Uncle.

I was recently in North Dakota to bury my dad.

North Dakota is still so very beautiful.

It had been many years since I was there.

What do you charge to be put on your list?

Do you know of any other “blogs” in upper North Dakota area?

Do you have access to past history in ND?

Please advise.  And Thank You.

Lynette  Honsey



Reply to Raphael Poitra’s Wild Boar picture
From Vickie Metcalfe (’70):Bottineau, ND

Thanks Mike and Raphael,

Are you guys planning a pig feed?

That is  the ugliest critter to come out of the hills.

I wouldn’t have liked to run across when walking.

It reminded me of the wild boars in Old Yellar Book read to us by Mrs.


Thanks for the posting. “Thar are wild boars in them hills……….”



Bernice Belgarde (’72): Bemidji, MN  shared Tweed Museum of Art‘s photo

Great Lakes Woodland Skirts Fashion Show

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

Skinny Dipping & Old Men

An elderly man in Louisiana had owned a large farm for several years. He had a large pond in the back. It was properly shaped for swimming, so he fixed it up nice — picnic tables, horseshoe courts, and some apple and peach  trees.

One evening the old farmer decided to go down to the pond, as he hadn’t been there for a while, and look it over. He grabbed a five gallon bucket to bring back some fruit. As he neared the pond, he heard voices shouting and laughing with glee. As he came closer he saw it was a bunch of young women skinny-dipping in his pond.

He made the women aware of his presence and they all went to the deep end. One of the women shouted to him, “We’re not coming out until you leave!”

The old man frowned, “I didn’t come down here to watch you ladies swim naked or make you get out of the pond naked. ” Holding the bucket up he said,  “I’m here to feed the alligator.”

Some old men can still think fast.


Blog (376) posted on February 21 , 2009


Day correction for Mid Fulsebakke’s birthday celebration posted by Mark Schimetz (70):

The Date is wrong on Midge’s 90th birthday, the 22nd is a Sunday. Sunday is the day of her Celebration, I just called Good Sams. Saturday is the 21st not the 22nd of Feb. If some want to call the home, the number is 228-3796 .
Thank you Mark for catching this error and for calling Good Sam to get the correct day. Gary
Donald Sharratt’s funeral notice/Obituary posted by Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59):
Dear Family & Friends,
Because some of you have asked, here’s the link to Don’s obituary & online guest book, published in today’s Tucson paper.
The text of the obit is also pasted below.
Here’s the link to the Adair Funeral Home/Avalon Chapel for more info, directions etc. http://www.adairfuneralhomes.com/Avalon_Chapel_57647.html
A reminder that the Service is on Sun 3/8, not 3/1, at 1pm. If you plan to attend the Memorial Service, I’d like you to know that there will be a time at the Service for friends to get up and share their memories about Don, lessons learned from him, fun things about their friendship with Don, etc. Just something to think about.
I also want to take this opportunity to thank you for all your prayers, good thoughts, and varied expressions of love, sympathy, compassion, and prayerful support. They mean the world to me, as do you ALL.
Love, Bonnie
Donald Sharratt
SHARRATT, Donald, 76, of Tucson, AZ, passed on February 1, 2009. Survived by his wife, Bonny; siblings, Darvin Sharratt and Sandra Gilje; sons, Eric (Donna) and Keith; four grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, 13 nieces/ nephews, scores of cousins. Proudly served in USAF for ten years as aircraft mechanic, supply sergeant, military police; flew in 16 combat missions. Lifetime member of the VFW. In private sector employed by the railroad and the mines. Self-employed in heating and cooling repair. Master mechanic in all forms of transportation. Famous for his story-telling, jokes and keen memory; loved for the sunshine and joie de vivre he brought to all he met, family, friends and strangers alike. Memorial donations may be made to any charity that benefits veterans, eg ;
Memorial Service Sunday, March 8, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Avalon Chapel, 8090 N. Northern Ave., Tucson, AZ 85704.
Question from Bonnie Awalt Houle (56):
Gary a question to all of the Country School Kids: Didn’t some of the schools have what was called summer school, where they went to school from March through the summer until Thanksgiving. This being done to avoid having students trudging to school during those harsh winter months? Being one of the town kids I only remember hearing about it, In town we always went from September to June.
Bonnie Awalt Houle
Bonnie, I can answer this because I’m one of those who attended summer school. I’m hoping some of the many country school folks we have on our distribution list will answer your question as well.
The last year of summer school at Ackworth was in 1953. I was a first grader. Charlotte Lang was our teacher. I remember that school year well. As I remember the summer school year was only 8 months, March through November. And yes, I believe they had summer school to avoid students having to attend school in the winter months. I’ll bet Tom Hagen and a few others can tell us a whole lot about those summer schools. I know we have a lot of Ackworth, Willow Lake, Lockhart, Wetherelt and I think other country school summer school folks among us too. Gary
From Vickie Metcalfe (70):
For whom it may concern:
Regarding the Randa’s; Beverly (Randa) Boucher lives here
in Bottineau. She works mornings until noon at Bottineau St.
Andrews Hospital Long Term as a CNA. To my mother Lottie Metcalfe,
Bev was a positive, hardworking, efficient, smiling care giver with
an amazingly contagious laugh. Bev is originally from Saint John ND.
She told me she grew up in a large family in the Saint John and her
siblings are scattered throughout the USA.
Regarding Templeman’s;. My mother, Lottie had a recipe for
Mrs. Templemans Cake, that she got from Annie Anthony years ago. My
sister Cyndy (Metcalfe) Miller, ” our family pastry chef” is the
keeper of mom’s recipes.
Regarding “Rabbit City Lake” ; located on the North Side of
Hill Side Township. As the crow flies, located 3 miles from the
Cliff and Lottie Metcalfe home farm in Holmes township. The Rabbit
City Lake area -community was surrounded by families including
Metcalfe’s, Evans, Anthonys, Bergans, Poitra’ also neighboring
families of Belgardes, the Cota’s, the Morins, Scotch Annie, and
Lajimodieres. The depression era was tough on many farmers and in
the late 30’s many ended up selling their farms to the federal
government and became non-reservation Federal Land. Grandpa Bill
Metcalfe died in July,1935, my dad just turned 12 years old. Grandma
Rose moved into Dunseith with her younger children. My fathers legal
guardian was Louis Bergan.
As a child, dad often drove me to Rabbit City many times in
the old black ’52 chevy truck and told stores of his childhood on
the lake. His stories were filled with Ward Anthony, Clayton Bergan,
Neighbors, HillSide School, and his dear family. As a kid, we went
in from the south. However,when Uncle Jim Metcalfe purchased land
in the area close by the old Metcalfe farm site, a better traveled
dirt road came in on the north side of Rabbit City Lake. One winter,
in the early ’70’s, the fish were biting in Rabbit City Lake as well.
And lots of area folks, including my dad and my brothers caught their
limits…every day. Mom did lots of pickleing fish….
“Indian Creek” runs south of Rabbit City Lake. Adjacent
is “N____r Lake” , located on the west side of Rabbit City Lake.
Moving from Maza ND, Grandpa Bill Metcalfe bought the Metcalfe farm
from a “Black squatter”, hense the name “N____Lake”. On a late sunny
afternoon, Sunday June 31, after the the Metcalfe 1980 Reunion.
Shan drove “Old Yellar” dad’s old gold Chevy to the William and Rose
Metcalfe building site. In the front of the pickup with Shan were my
dad ( who was blind), his sisters well into their 80’s, Bessie
(Metcalfe) Jeans, and Bertha (Metcalfe)Deal . Riding in the box ,
with me were Uncle Lucky Metcalfe, Auntie Leona (Metcalfe)Oswell,
cousins Dianne (Maki) Reed and Barbara Straub, along with others.
It was an emotionally- remembrance uplifting story telling
experience for the older generation. On the way home, Uncle Lucky
told me stories that his father had told him as we bumped along the
dirt trail.
During the 80’s and 90’s I often rode horseback with nieces
and nephews to that site and as we’d eat the picnic lunch packed in
the saddle bag I told them stories of their Grandpa Cliff. I wanted
them to have the sense of identity, with Scots, English, French &
Indian. In the early 1990’s, our family was blessed again when we
learned of the existence of another cousin, Mick ( son of Archie).
Mick came to meet his Metcalfe family and his father’s
friend,Carroll Carlson. We decided to take Mick and his wife Betty
to Rabbit City Lake where my Uncle Archie ( Mick’s dad) had also
grown up. Those years the creek had come up quite high and we
couldn’t get to the building site. Shanon borrowed a boat from Dick
Johnson. and we four wheeled down to the Metcalfe homeplace. Shan
hopped out and started to pull the boat out. Immediately, Mick
jumped out and started to help him. Well the boat had a hole in it.
Shan’s eyes and mine met when, slick as a whistle, Mick pulled out
his jack knife cut a willow plug and plugged that hole. Shan and I
nodded our silent nods, in agreement…. this blue eyed solid guy
with a Metcalfe neck, also truly had a Metcalfe personality, down to
earth, and common farm sense. Another day of fond remembrance as
Mick, Shan and Betty paddled the boat over to the house site while I
, “Chicken Little”, that I am cause I can’t swim….longingly
wished I was on that other side with them.
Blessed be stories that tie us all together. Thanks. Vickie Metcalfe
Reply from Dick Johnson (68):

Gary and Friends,

To Dave Slyter—Grandpa Henry Olson died a little over two years after
the picture was taken. He was just 56 at the time in 1959 and died of
what I believe was pneumonia. Your Dad probably came into the
partnership with Glen Johnson after that. As for the Saturday bowling
leagues for kids, I sure do remember that. Do you remember that Dad (Don
Johnson) was the instructor? He got certified by the ABC (American
Bowling Congress) and taught lots of kids to bowl. Somewhere here I
still have a small belt buckle he had that has the logo for ABC. I think
he got it for his efforts in teaching the sport. Can any of our readers
remember when a bunch of Dunseith folks were in Minot to bowl on TV? The
show was live and was called ‘Bowling For Dollars’. I spent many
Saturday and Sunday afternoons all over the state watching Dad and his
buddies bowl in tournaments. They did real well and got several trophies
and cash prizes. Back to the kids league–I saw Terry Martinson bowl a
203 one Saturday when he was in about the 7th grade. The rest of us were
trying hard to hit a hundred, so were dumb founded! Thanks Gary!


Message/Picture from Rod Hiatt (69):
Brian Fauske had this Pine Martin at his house on Long Lake. All the
years living in this part of the country and I had never heard of such
an animal let alone seen one. Thought it might be interesting if anyone
else had seen or heard much about them in the Turtle Mountains. I’m
sure that back some years ago, if my Dad had seen it we could take
pictures of it hanging on the wall.