2/29/2016 (2355)

Posted by Julie Knox Seier (72): Minot, ND

Guy Knox
Knox, Guy 2355
Born: October 15, 1925
Died: February 27, 2016

Guy Knox, age 90 of Bottineau formerly Dunseith, died Saturday, February 27, 2016 in a Bottineau health care center. Funeral will be held on Wednesday at 1:00 pm at the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. (Nero Funeral Home, Bottineau)


Looking for the grave site of Alexander Bomrod
Posting from Barbara Gunderson:  Cavalier, ND

Hi.  I am looking for a gravesite for Alexander Bomrod.

He was a Syrian peddler who I suspect who buried in the Dunseith area.

Do you have any records of him? I am writing an article about him for our local newspaper.

Thank you very much.

Barbara Gunderson

Follow up reply from Barbara Gunderson
Thanks for the response.  No, I live over here east of you in Cavalier.  I’d be happy for you to post my question.  I need to track this man down. He has a  great story.

I have been interviewing people all day long. Nobody seems to know where he died or is buried.


Blog (426) posted on April 13, 2009


Posted on April 13, 2009

Doris House Gillies Boise, Idaho

Folks, I have added Doris House Gillies to our Alumni distribution. Doris’ mother is Violet Hiatt House. Violet’s parents were George and Eva Hiatt. When I recently distributed the combined class list, Leola Hiatt Lagerquist, Violet’s sister, mentioned that Violet and Alvina both attended high school in Dunseith. With a lot of questions and correspondence we determined that Violet was with the class of 39 and Alvina was with the class of 42. I have now included them with their respective classes as listed below. Alvina is deceased and Violet is currently in a nursing home in Boise, ID. I have listed her daughter, Doris’, contact info in her class matrix.

Monte Espe, When I mentioned to Doris that your mother was a House, she said her dad and your mother were siblings. That would make you guys first cousins. I know you are very familiar with all of your family connections.

When I mentioned, to Doris, this daily letter that I send out. I told her I’d understand perfectly well if she’d rather not be on the distribution. She made if very clear that she wants to be included with the daily distribution. With the Hiatt’s and House’s, she is related to one heck of a lot of you folks.


Hiatt House Violet 6990 Ironwood Ave Boise, Idaho, 83709 208-362-1121 Daughter Doris jimdorisgillies2@msn.com 39

Hiatt Thompson Alvina Born March 6, 1922Died November 5, 2000 Deceased 42

From Esther Murray Fleming (65): Flint, MI

Hi Gary

I just celebrated my b-day last Wed.the 8th of April. We were out on the road and didn’t get to do too much, but hey it is just another year older and deeper in debt. Hope every one your way are doing fine.

Got to go, Bye


Happy belated Birthday Esther. I do have your birthday in my records, but as you can see, missed it. I am so sorry about that. Esther, you will never be forgotten though. I’m hoping you can be of some assistance with Dick’s qustion below. Gary

Esther Murray & Pattie Boguslawski

Question from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

Something came across my mind the other day. When we were kids in
Dunseith, not much went on around town that we didn’t check out. We all
knew if someone new came to town or someone opened a business, etc. I
may be wrong or was told something that wasn’t right, but I wanted to
ask Esther Murray if at one time, for a short time, a guy opened a shop
in the lower level of the building her family lived in and made
mattresses. I remembered watching someone sewing fabric and there were
mattresses that appeared new, standing by the north wall. I don’t think
he was there very long. It could be that my memory is not correct, but
Esther will probably know. Thanks!


Reply from Cheryl Larson Dakin (71): BEDFORD, TX

Hi All. Thanks so much Neola, for printing the Richard Family tree. I am in the process of putting this all together for my family, and it really helps to see it in this format. Coming home to Dunseith was always such an adventure because we were always meeting new family members. One of my fondest memories of Doris and Leo was at my wedding in 1975. I promised Leo that he could have the first dance after my dad and my husband, and sure enough, we danced to “Cab driver, once more round the block…” A good old two step. Fun times.

Cheryl Larson Dakin

Cheryl, with Allen’s rely below, I have a lot of holes in that little Richard matrix. I missed a lot of Dunseith Richard folks. When I get a chance, I am going to put together a complete Richard family matrix down to your and Allen’s generation. Gary

Reply from Allen Richard (65): Midland, MI

Nice work, Gary — but it goes a lot deeper — more than I can remember. Floyd can connect the dots better than I can, but Hycinthe — being French/Canadian/Catholic — had a few more kids–and they had a few more kids —- Bernadette was the oldest. She was grandmother to the all the Houles we went to school with. Joe was Ron Richard’s grand dad, Pete ran the dime store on main street; Albert was long time maintenance guy at the San; Leo’s son Leon was a long time grocer in Bottineau and Leah lived on a farm not far from Emery Carbonneau for many years — Then there was Omer — but I give up. Floyd—– help? LOL

Hycinthe raised his brood in this house– for the most part. It has been updated a bit as you can see from the interior pix.


Allen, With my comments to Cheryl above, I am going to make this matrix complete down to your generation. You mention Leah. Would this be Leah Bergeron? She was good friends of my folks with the Senior citizens in Bottineau. Gary

2/26/2016 (2354)

Mrs Conroy’s 4th and 5th grade class of 1952-1953
Reply from Duane Trusty (’61):  Laramie, WY.


Hello from the Wyoming High Plains

Referring to posts on Dec 10, 11, 12, 2010.

I’m the mystery student listed as Duane T, 1rst row, 4th student.

The girl behind me in the same row listed as Marta, G last name is Graham, she  is Mike Graham’s sister who is pictured with the 5th Grade class.

I only attended Dunseith Grade School from Jan 1951 through The end of the 5th Grade.

Wish everyone the best

Duane Trusty
Gary’s Comment

Hello Duane,

It is so wonderful hearing from you. Thank you so much for the picture ID too.

I did a search and found you listed as living in Laramie, WY. Please provide us with a little of your life history from when you left Dunseith until now.
Class of 61 4th grade 2354 Class of 60 5th grade picture 2354


Marlene Reing’s Passing
Gary’s comment

Folks, Marlene was My sister-in-law Debby (Darrel) Stokes Sister.  Jim Fulsebakke (75) is married to her daughter Marlee Rae. Oliver and Marlene were on several Dunseith Alumni Cruise with us too. Nice friendly folks. We will most certainly miss Marlene with our visits back to the area.

Our condolence are with Marlene’s family with her a passing.

Marlene Reing
Born: March 12, 1932
Died: February 22, 2016

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Marlene Reing, age 83 of Bottineau, died Monday, February 22, 2016 in a Minot hospital. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 26, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. in the First Lutheran Church of Bottineau. Burial will be in the Oak Creek Cemetery also of Bottineau. Visitation will be held on Thursday beginning at 1:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. and Friday 9:00 until noon at the funeral home.

Marlene Reing, a daughter of Melvin and Josephine (Matthews) Lee, was born in Bottineau on March 12, 1932. She was reared and attended school in Maxbass. After her graduation she attend nurses training at Bottineau and received her LPN degree. Marlene then began working at St. Andrews hospital. On July 11, 1954 she was married to Oliver Reing at Bottineau. After working at the hospital for 15 years she worked at the Bottineau Good Samaritan Center until she retired. Marlene then helped Oliver on the farm.

She was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Bottineau. Marlene enjoyed sewing, quilting, cards, bingo taking care of her flowers, going to birthday club and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of over 60 years, Oliver at home; daughter, Marlee Rae (Jim) Fulsebakke of Bottineau; sons, Mike Reing of Bottineau, Steve (Kim) Reing of Minot and Rick (Ann) Reing of Coon Rapids, MN; 7 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; a brother, Kevin (Deb) Lee of Eagle, ID; a sister, Debbie (Darrel) Stokes of Bottineau and her dog Putz.

Marlene was preceded in death by her parents; 2 sisters and 3 brothers.


Reply to message 2352 – Renee Delorme Guilbert’s picture
From Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

Hi Gary,

When I read your latest newsletter and saw the picture/information about this picture, I became very excited.  I copied the info about the picture and intended to add it to Renee’s picture so if I would run across the picture, I’d know where to mail it.  I was REALLY excited when I saw I had actually sent the picture!!  As you know, my intentions to get the Wondrasek pictures sent to people is HIGH, but my being able to get much accomplished is LOW. :(

Thanks again for all you do, Gary!

Rene Guilbert Delorme 2354


Blog (425) posted on April 12, 2009

Happy Easter to all:
We are going out for dinner today at 12:00 noon with some friends of ours from England who are now living here in Cebu. They too are retired. In order to live here they, like all foreigners not married to or family of former Filipino citizens, had to invest $40,000 in this country for the privilege of being able to live here. It’s currently 10:00 AM (Easter Sunday), so I am putting this out a little early today before leaving for dinner.
Condolences to the Eileen Cote Foster family
From Rita Carboneau Anderson (Former Gamble store owner): Fargo, ND
In rememberance of Eileen Cote Foster,
I wish to extend my sympathy. I knew all of the Cote family as I lived in the Dunsieth and Bottineau area for many years. It is nice that Gary keeps us all informed of what is going on. My sister-in-law and brother live in Bottineau, they moved from the farm last fall.
Rita Carbonneau Anderson
Doris Bergeron Fugere picture (39 Deceased)
Provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND
Hi Gary,

I didn’t realize Doris Fugere attended school in Dunseith. Here’s a picture of her/her mother/daughter/granddaughters. Lona Jean was married to an Aho. Lona’s grandson was almost in my class at Bel Air years ago. His mother/he/siblings moved to a different part of Minot before school started.
I have/had a family picture of Leo/Doris; I might have given it to Cherrille Bergeron McLean.
Five Generation picture
Folks, When I got to researching Doris Bergeron Fugere’s ties with Dunseith, I discovered she is related to a whole bunch of you folks. To get it all straight in my mind I put together a simple little power point sketch below. In the process I discovered that Francis is Doris’ sister. Francis was married to Oscar Fugere. Francis and Oscar sat at the same table as my parents for years for their daily dinner meal at the Senior citizens in Bottineau. For all the years that I knew them, I had no idea that Francis was related to all the Dunseith Richard’s. This sketch nowhere includes all of the Richard families. I only included those that I know to be connected to Dunseith. I know there are way more relationships than I have listed here. Floyd/Carmen Richard, I discovered I don’t have the names of your children. Gary

2/24/2016 (2353)

Lead in Flint Michigan’s water.
Message posted to Esther Murray Flemming (’65)
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65): Belcourt, ND

Hi Esther,

I am certainly glad to hear that you aren’t in Flint any more.

It is terrible for the people who are there, I feel very bad for them.

I had been watching and listening to the news about the lead in the water, especially since I knew you lived there.

Thank God you are no longer there, but I am sure you know a lot of the people who are there yet,  going through this.

I will say prayers for the ones you left behind.

Glad you responded to this email of Gary’s

Ginger (LaRocque) Poitra class of  ’65


Cebu City, Philippines
Dinner last night at the “buffet 101” Restaurant.

This is a new restaurant that recently open with a seating capacity of over 400.  They have Japanese, Filipino and Western selections. Very good food. Very reasonably priced too.  Lots of unlimited self-serve beverages, inclusive of San Miguel beer on tap for the beer drinkers and wine too.

We had Tata, the lady that takes care of Bernadette in the evenings, Jasmine (Novie’s daughter) and Isa (Mirasol’s daughter) with us too. Bernadette was pretty good last night and today too. She uses her wheel chair now though when we go places.
Stokes 2353



Blog (424) posted on April 11, 2009

Posted on April 11, 2009

Calvin Hiatt: Portland, OR

Folks, I had a wonderful visit with Calvin & Jeanne Hiatt this evening. I know many of you from the Ackworth community will remember Calvin and many of you are also related to Calvin. He is a brother to Willie. Their dad was Amos. Norris Knutson is currently living on their home place. I told Calvin about sending these daily messages, but I did not ask him if they’d like to be included on the daily restitution. I have included them with today’s message though.

Lost folks located with the info from Charlotte Hiatt Lang’s 37, 38 & 39 reunion letter.

Folks, I bumped all the names listed in Charlotte’s reunion news letter posted two days ago with the names I have listed for the classes of 37, 38 & 39. Those I did not have listed were former teachers. Of those I was previously unable to locate that I did not have married names for, I was able to locate and made contact with Irene Damstom Seda from the class of 1939.

Irene Damstrom Seda is living in Lincoln, NE. She is 89 years old and sharp as a tack. She has quick recall of those that were in her class. She still has her HS year book within easy reach. I think I understood her to say she has not been back to Dunseith since shortly after she gradated in 1939. That will 70 years next month. Art Rude Jr., she remembers your dad well. They were in the same class. She was unaware that he was even a teacher let alone the principle at Dunseith for years. She also asked about Otis Rude. While I was talking to her I pulled out her class composite picture for 1939 and noticed that she was the Valedictorian. When I mentioned this to her she said and “Clayton Kjos was the Salutatorian”. I said, “that’s right”. She asked me if he is still living in Spokane, of which he still is. She told me she has not seen Clayton since they graduated 70 years ago. Irene does not have email, but her daughter does. She gave me her daughters phone number, but requested I wait a day before calling, so she could forewarn her who I am. She said her daughter really has no recollection of Dunseith. I will call her tonight. Irene was really friendly to talk to and she told me she was really glad I called. Gary

Damstrom Seda Irene 1111 S 70th St #306 Lincoln, NE 68510 (402) 327-0819

Address/Phone update from Connie Peterson Lagerquist (74): Head Gardener at Peace Garden

Hi Gary,
I will give you the update for my address. It’s 10811 29th Ave. Dunseith, ND 58329 Phone: 263-4774. Thanks Gary.

Folks, Connie’s parents are Duane & Lorraine Peterson. Connie is the Head Gardener at the Peace Garden. She has had that job a number of years now. The Head Gardeners I remember are Pete Vogels & Orvin Hagen. When I was talking to Orvin a while back I asked him who currently had his old job and he said “You know”, and I said “no I don’t” and he said, “It’s Connie Peterson Lagerquist.” From the news coverage I’ve seen, Connie is doing and excellent job. She has sure had her challenges with the floods and the deer.

Story from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

A while ago Diane Larson Sjol wrote about Jack Hosmer having one of the
first pontoons on Lake Metigoshe. In the late 50’s Dad gave some of the
Fassett girls and me a boat ride around the lake one day. We were across
the lake near the south shore when we spotted Jack’s pontoon and Jack
taking a swim. Dad pulled up and Jack took a hold of the side of the
boat and stayed in the water, talking for a while. I noticed Jack was
shivering as we talked. The water wasn’t that warm yet that spring. Dad
asked him if he wanted to get out of the water, but Jack said he was
fine. We were there for quite a while before we fired up and headed on
our way. The next time Dad ran into Jack back in town, Jack said, ” Holy
_____ Don, I damn near froze to death talking with you at the lake the
other day!” He told Dad he really hadn’t planned to take a swim when he
left the cabin but the water looked so good he just went for a quick
skinny dip and we showed up! He couldn’t get out of the water with all
the girls in the boat and we wouldn’t leave! They had a good laugh over
it anyway! Thanks Gary!


Reply & Story From Larry Hackman (66): Bismarck, ND


Glad to here that old man (Bill Grimme) down in Alabama is doing fine.

I think we are going to finally come out of hibernation here in the Dakotas. It is starting to warm up a little around here. But, I’m not getting too excited yet. We still have the rest of April and of course May to get through. Then we will find out if we are going to have summer or fall. I hope that warm day we had about three weeks ago was not summer. We will have to wait and see.

You take care, Gary



What is doggie-doo?Doggie-Doo is what the dog do in your yard and not their masters yard.Unless they have a fence or the dog tied up, then the doggie do it where he should do it.In his masters yard.

Speaking of dogs, did anyone else notice the large dogs being kept in some of the yards of the Dunseith residents when you were back there in 2007? The weather was great wasn’t it.One nice evening the wife and I took a walk around town.I was telling her where everyone lived at the time when I grew up there, where the best strawberry and raspberry patches were, and yes, about the apple tree that was located about a block west of the Commercial Hotel.You could not walk by that place in the evening without that woman coming out and telling you to stay away from her apple tree.Thinking about it!Wasn’t that kind of like a invitation?Most of the dogs were huge, rottweilers I think.I remember telling the wife that if one them dogs gets loose and comes for us, that she was suppose to choose and offer up a arm that she could learn to live without. No, I didn’t get asked to go for another walk.

Back to the story.

We finally had a few nice warm sunny days here in the Dakota’s and I made a trip around my yard through the 2 feet or more, of the nice white stuff and around the 6 ft. high piles that had accumulated over the winter from all the shoveling.I’m writting to inform everyone that the nice white stuff was not so nice and white.Thatdoggie-doo does not melt, and as you can tell, it inspired me to vent.

I don’t keep a dog of my own.Anyway, the dogs running loose reminded me, that in Dunseith in the spring of the year, the police chief would have the job of dispatching some of the dogs that were roaming the streets and making a mess wherever they pleased.He was to dispatch these dogs by dropping some lead into the left ear of the dog.I really don’t think it really mattered which ear he dropped it into, since he was going to drop it in with a .22 caliber rifle.He would walk through the neighborhoods shooting the dogs without collars and tags.This method appeared to be acceptable at the time as there was no public outcry against what was being done, and something had to be done. Now, I know them old timers sitting around in the shade sharpening their jack-knives would have handled the problem if they would have had television and Bob Barker on The Price is Right telling them to spade or neuter them pets. But, most did not have TV’s and they didn’t know then, that it would have been OK to use them sharp knives.I also remember a couple of cowboys who would drive around at night with their pistols at the ready, apparently taking care of the dogs, that the police chief missed.Maybe some day, they will tell us their story?

This year (late 1950’s) in particular there seemed to be dogs running loose everywhere.I think the farmers would haul any extra dogs to town that they had, thinking that they would find some nice town family that would take care of them.This also worked in reverse, some town people who got tired of their dog, would haul them out into the country and dump the dog off near some farm, thinking that the dog would be better off on a farm where he would be well taken care of by the farmer and the dog would be at a place where he could run free.I think most of the time these dogs would end up either back in town or dead, as a farmer did not want any dog around that could not earn its keep.

The dogs all seemed to live very well in Dunseith.People and businesses in them days had burn barrels in the alleys and the rest of the garbage was stacked around or near the barrels.This material in some cases stayed piled in these locations all winter as it was tough to get through alleys and up to the dump with all the snow.In the summer, people were able to drive in the alleys and up to the dump grounds without problems.Besides, the garbage had a tendency to get a little ripe when it was warm out and gave people a little more incentive to haul it off. The dogs in both cases, had easy access to food, both in the alleys and up at the dump ground, winter and summer.They multiplied and prospered.

The multiplying part, is probably the part, that got them into the most trouble, which usually occured with the warming up of the weather in the spring.Yes, with mating season in full force, eventually a couple of them dogs would try to do it in the middle of main street.Someone would honk and and try to scare them apart and instead of parting they became stuck together and sometimes each trying to go in a different direction.Must of been a nervous reaction or something.This seemed to cause quite a stir up in the middle of town on a busy afternoon with shoppers everywhere.The male population seemed to be all watching and laughing, and the female population seemed to be trying to navigate through the commotion while pretending not to notice what was causing the commotion.This was particularily tough on the women drivers trying to navigate their vehicle down main, while appearing not to be looking at the street directly in front of them and to not notice the dogs.There were some close calls. I’m sure, this is what caused the city fathers to react and order the chief of police to rid the city of as many stray dogs as possible.

Oh, yes!The burning question!What happened to the dogs that were pasted together in the middle of the business section of town.Well, eventually either they relaxed and went on there way, which was probably tough to do with people shouting and laughing and cars honking around them.So, what usually happened is that one of the business proprieters would notice the commotion and figure out that this wasn’t a good thing and one would come running out of their place of business with a pail of cold water and dump it on the dogs.Apparently them people, even way back in them days, knew about shrinkage and I know they did not learn about it from watching George Costanzia on Sienfeld.Anyway,

shrinkage apparently solved the problem and the dogs would run off separately, happy to escape them humans with their lifes.

Apparently not worrying about the chief-of-police or the cowboys. Yet?

Remember: Laugh and the whole world laughs with you.


2/22/2016 (2352)

Flint, MI: Lead in the water system
Reply from Esther Murray Fleming (’65):  Burton, MI.

Hi everyone. I no longer live in Flint,  We have lived here in Burton for the last 3 years. Yes, it is a very sad thing for Flint.  It is supposed  .  to be being worked on and I hope and pray it is. They are trying to get new pipes on, but don’t know how long it  will take.  Ill keep you all informed if I hear anything more and I hope it is good news Keep good thoughts.  Esther

Gary’s comments:


Great hearing from you. Glad to hear that you are not affected with the Lead problem, in the water, in Flint. I was reading about it in our local daily news paper here in Cebu yesterday too, so it made international news.

July 2007

Picture taken at John and Margaret Bedard’s


Larrett Peterson (’71): Bottineau, ND and Art Rude (’71) Crosby, ND
Rude, Art - Peterson, Larrett 2352


Blog (423) posted on April 10, 2009


Obituary Minot Daily News


Sept. 5, 1925-April 3, 2009

BOTTINEAU Eileen Foster, 83, Bottineau, died Friday, April 3, 2009, in a Westhope nursing home.

She was born Sept. 5, 1925, to Emil and Heleda Cote in Dunseith. She married Larett Foster Oct. 11, 1946, in Dunseith.

Survivors: daughters including twins, Joan Anfinson, Mylo, and Jane Ormiston, Minot, Karen Desjarlais, Rolla, Jacky Klingbeil, Bottineau; sons, Daryl, Rolla, James, Fargo; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sisters, Lydia Fontain, Proctor, Minn., Theresa Awalt, Bottineau, Esther Fugere, Willow City.

Funeral: Saturday, 10 a.m., St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Bottineau.

Burial: Church cemetery.

Visitation: Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Nero Funeral Home, Bottineau.

Tereasa (Lloyd) Cote Awalt, DHS class of 48, Esther (Darrel ‘Deceased’) Cote Fugere DHS class of 50, Armand (Leona Cote ‘deceased’) Mongeon, our condolences are with you and your families with the passing of your sister Eileen. Gary



Reply to message 422 from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (65): Belcourt, ND

Hi Gary,

Yes, that is Renee Dalorme, now Guilbert, she is married to Dennis
Guilbert from Rolla and she does live in Rolla.. She works at the Turtle
Mountain Community Elementary School in Belcourt, as a speech pathologist.


You are so right, in what you are saying and you put it so well.


Ginger, I found Renee’s address/phone number. Do you know if she has email? Gary

Renee A Guilbert

601 6th St NE, Rolla, ND

(701) 477-5836

Household: Dennis J Guilbert

Renee Delorme Guilbert

Lee Stickland’s (64) reply to yesterday’s reunion letter:lee_stickland@yahoo.com Dickinson, ND

As always, great work.
Yes, certainly, I will not send anything that is suspect.
I am glad for something relevant that I may contribute to the heritage we all value.
Email address change for Gwen Struck Dumas (68): Havre, MT

Request from Carmen Leonard Richard: Rolette, ND
Would you please add Mark and Lanette (Beachler) Richard to your mailing list, their email is . Lanette is a Dunseith High School graduate. Thanks for all you do.
Lanette, I have added you to the class of 82. I’m assuming you and Mark are living in Rolette? Gary

2/19/2016 (2351)

Posting correction, Flint Michigan, for message posted with 2351
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):  Belcourt, ND


I am sorry it wasn’t the weather,  it’s the lead in their water.


Betty Counts Poitra, Passed away on February 7, 2016
Posting from Debbie Poitra Rondeau (’77):  Dunseith, ND

Betty J. Poitra

Born: April 23, 1934
Died: February 08, 2016

Betty J. Poitra, age 81 of Dunseith, died Monday, February 8, 2016 in a Bottineau health care center. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 12, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Dunseith. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery of rural Dunseith. A wake will be held on Thursday beginning at 4:00 P.M. in the Eagleheart Cultural Center of Dunseith.

Betty J. Poitra, a daughter of Ernest and Helen (McCloud) Counts, was born on April 23, 1934 at Belcourt. She was reared and attended school in the Belcourt area. On April 14, 1956 she was married to Leo Poitra at Belcourt. Betty began working at the Crystal Café then Dales Café as a waitress. She worked for a time at San Haven and the Dunseith nursing home as a nurse’s aide. Later she worked at the Dunseith Public School as a truant officer. Betty and Leo owned and operated the Kelvin Klinic Bar north of Dunseith. After they sold the business, Betty began working as an ambulance driver for IHS in Belcourt. She worked as a CHR (Community Health Representative) worker until she retired in 2007. Leo passed away on September 18, 1994. Betty came out of retirement to take a job as a Green Thumb worker at Dunseith Fitness Center where she worked until her health began to fail. She has continued to make Dunseith her home.

She was a member of the St. Michael’s the Archangel Catholic Church of Dunseith. Betty loved to play cards, going the casino, visiting and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by daughters, Darlene (Dennis) Azure, Carol (Curtis) Belgarde, Debbie Rondeau all of Dunseith and Judy Harms of Mayo, SC; sons, Terry (Norma) Poitra, Wade (Sandy) Poitra both of Dunseith and Reed (Tammy) Poitra of Burnsville, MN; 23 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son Randy; a grandson, Emery Poitra; 5 brothers and 3 sisters.


Blog (422) posted on April 9, 2009


Reunion Letter written by Charlotte Hiatt Lang (39) in 1969:

Provide by Lee Stickland (64): lee_stickland@yahoo.com Dickinson, ND


I got the following letter from Lee Stickland (64). It is a letter that he found going through his dad’s (Bob Stickland) personal belongs follow his recent death.

This letter was written by Charlotte Hiatt Lang (39) to the class members of 1937, 1938 & 1939 following a combined class reunion they had in 1968.

This letter was typed on 5 full pages of legal size paper with small lettering from the very top to the very bottom of each page. Charlotte did not waste any paper sending this letter out. I have pasted this letter, below, with 10 scans. I have tried unsuccessfully to reduce the file size of this letter smaller than I currently have it. I feel this letter is a significant piece of Dunseith history that should be published, so I decided to send it with a slightly larger file size than I normally like to send. With that said, this letter is all that I’m including with today’s blog.

Thank you Lee for sharing this with us.

Folks, If any of you would like the original copy of this letter that Lee sent to me, please let me and I will mail it to you. Lee, reading your little post-it notes with this letter, I’m thinking this is OK with you.


2/17/2016 (2350)

Harsh winter in Flint Michigan.
Message posted to Esther Murray Flemming (’65)
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):  Belcourt, ND

Hey Esther!

I have been hearing about the water issues in Flint Michigan,  that is where you live right? That is just terrible!  How could they not know they needed to do things before it happened.

God bless you and your family.

I hope you and yours are doing well.

You and  your family as well as the whole city are in my prayers.

Ginger ( LaRocque ) Poitra your class mate ’65


Erling Berg’s Brother, Hilmar Berg, passed away

Gary Stokes comment

I met Hilmar for the first time in the winter of 1967/68 in Everett, Washington.

Hilmar’s brother Clarence (Mabel) was married to my dad’s brother’s wife sister. Dad’s brother Nels and Helga lived in Everett, WA. While working in the paper mill, Hilmar spent the winter of 1967/68 with Nels and Helga. With my numerous visits to Everett that winter I saw and visit many times with Hilmar. In the following years, I’d see Hilmar with most of my annual visits back to ND. Hilmar was a nice likable friendly guy. I really enjoyed his company. I will miss him. I know he will be missed by his family and numerous friends too. Our condolences are with them with his passing. Rest in peace Hilmar.

Obituary provided by Diane (Berg) Rheault (’79): Fargo, ND

Hilmar Berg
        Born: February 28, 1917
Died: February 08, 2016

Hilmar W. Berg was born on the family farm in Starbuck Township, Bottineau County, ND, on October 7, 1917, to Carl and Inga Berg.  He was raised there, with three brothers and one sister, attended rural school at Thrum’s #5.  After working on farms in the area, he went to Minnesota in 1938 and worked on farms there.  In 1942 he was inducted into the U.S. Army and served 3 years and 8 months.  20 of those months were spent in the Aleutian Islands.  After his discharge in October of 1945, he returned to the family farm.

In the winter of 1947-1948, he spent 3 months in Anchorage Alaska driving a city bus.  When he returned to Starbuck Township in the spring, he began farming on his own and continued to do so for approximately 20 years.

Many winters were spent in Arizona, California and Washington.  Among his winter jobs, he worked on an assembly line for Chrysler, in a paper mill and a door factory. In 1969, he moved to Bottineau, where he made his home with his widowed sister Helen.

Hilmar has been an active member of Nidaros and Mouse River Lutheran Churches in rural Landa, First Lutheran Church, Sons of Norway, Senior Citizens and American legion all of Bottineau.

Hilmar was a kind gentleman and loving friend to many.  His nieces and nephews have many fond memories of him making their childhood fun.  Hilmar loved to play pool, garden, and enjoyed feeding the birds in his yard. His love for the Lord is reflected in the “worn” fingerprints on his Bible.

Hilmar passed away on Monday, February 15, 2016 at St. Andrews hospital in Bottineau.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Olaf (Hazel), Clarence (Mabel), Erling, and his sister Helen (Herman) Brandvold.

Hilmar is survived by his sister-in-law Delores Berg, nephews Don (Mary) Scottsdale, AZ; Curt (Kelly) Grand Junction, CO; Keith Berg (Chery) Fargo, ND; nieces Cindy (Mike) Pesek of Grand Forks, ND, Sue Berg of Lake Metigoshe and Diane (Jim) Rheault of Fargo, ND; great nephews Adam (Michelle) Lunde, Chris & Will Berg, great nieces Bethany Lunde, Kelly (Douglas) Bowles, Jessica, Jennifer and Allison Berg and Jacqueline Rheault; and great-great nieces and nephews. He is survived also by cousins Dan McCauley of Minot ND, Carol Moe of Champagne Il, and David Berg of Richmond VA.

Posting of the day
From Larry Hackman (’66):  Bismarck, ND

The true story of the Chicken Gun. Too funny not to share!

Sometimes it does take a rocket scientist!                                                                     
Scientists at NASA built a gun specifically to launch standard 4 pound
Dead chickens at the windshields of airliners, military jets and the space
Shuttle, all traveling at maximum velocity. The idea is to simulate the
Frequent incidents of collisions with airborne fowl to test the strength of
The windshields.

British engineers heard about the gun and were eager to test it on the
Windshields of their new high speed trains. Arrangements were made, and
A gun was sent to the British engineers.







Blog (421) posted on April 8, 2009


Dunseith Alumni Seattle reunion update:
From Bill Grimme:
I plan to provide an update to Best Western on our needs for the Dunseith Reunion dinner in about 2 weeks. Following is a list of those signed up, so far:
Name Number of Dinners
Chicken Beef
Totals 16 15
If you intend to sign up, please send me a note indicating what you might guess your number of dinners and type of dinners you think you will need. I don’t have to make final payment until July, but, if we have a low number of attendees on our estimate, we will likely be put into a much smaller room than we originally requested. (Our initial guess to Best Western was 150 diners. As you can see from the totals above, we are far short of that, at this time.) I will provide the estimate based on the number already signed up PLUS those who are tentative.
So, get counted if you plan to attend or we may not have the room for everyone. My email is
Reply from Blanche Wicks Schley (42): Grand Forks, ND
Just read the blog for today and we in North Dakota appreciate all the kind words about fighting the flood
The flood of 1997 was an experience that we could have certainly lived without, but we all survived. As the river rises, we appreciate the dykes here in Grand Forks. At this point, bridges have been closed between Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, with the exception of one. The river is high but it is staying within its banks.
The last time it snowed, Wahpeton got 2 feet of snow….this has to melt and come upstream, so there will be another crest. Fargo has certainly had their share of flooding and the many people who came to their assistance have helped build up the dykes have helped so very much.
Just keep us here in North Dakota in your prayers regarding those who have been flooded as the “mighty Red ” flows up to Canada. Winnipeg is already getting ready for this…and they are not thinking whether or not it has a passport.
We do hope that spring is on the way! It is almost Easter and the snow has not melted yet.
Blanche Wicks Schley
Reply from Bill Hosmer (48): Tucson, AZ & Lake Metigoshe, ND
‘Dick Johnson’s description of the value system which prevails in that marvelous state of North Dakota is very well stated. It happens in the cities and always takes place in farming areas where we all grew up. We have a tougher and more giving people that raised us and who still thrive in that place. If there is anything in my life that gives me pride, it is knowing people of a population with more vigor, more love, more strength, and more courage than I could find anywhere in my travels. This readership constitutes that standard of excellence which is the result of that remarkable level of human achievement. I believe I am in an exclusive relationship with you all, which makes me proud and grateful. Everything else is secondary. Thanks for being who you all are. Bill Hosmer
Reply from Mel Kuhn (70): Saint John, ND
Howdy Gary,
Here’s an answer for Crystal about the Bullarama in St. John. It will be held on April 24 & 25 this year at the Rolette County Recreational Facility. For more info you can contact Don Davis at the school 701-477-5651. Yesterday we had the regular meeting of the Rolette County Historical Society and the annual Music Fun Night or Jamboree is going to be held on April 18th. at 7:00 PM for anyone interested in coming to hear so good old music.
Mel Kuhn

2/15/2016 (2349)

Memory pictures from the past

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Blog (420) posted on April 7, 2009


Carla Olson Johnson (75) has stage 3 cancer
Posted by Julie Knox Seier (82): Bottineau, ND
There will be a benefit pancake & sausage breakfast for Carla
(Olson) Johnson on Sunday, April 19th 8:00 am- 1:00 pm at the
Multipurpose room at the Bottineau Hight School. Proceeds will
go to help with medical expenses.Carla is the daughter of Willard and Laurene (Millang) Olson of
Dunseith. She grauated from Dunseith High School in 1975. She is
married to Ron Johnson of Bottineau who is the son of Llyod and
Mabel Johnson (Mabel is deceased).

Carla was diagnosed with Stage 3 Ductal and Inflammatory breast
cancer in February. She has been undergoing chemotherapy
treatments and when finished with those will under go a
mastectomy followed by radiation.

If you are unable to attend the benefit and would like to make a
donation you can send it to:

Luann Soland
1471 Highway 43
Bottineau ND 58318

Please keep Carla and her family in your thoughts and prayers

From Erling Landsverk (44): Portage, WI
Hi Gary:
For the past 2 weeks or more, we have been receiving news of the flooding in Fargo and bismarck. Of course I can’t see the desparate situation for obvious reasons, but I can listen, and my favorite listening device is the Public radio station. I want to make it clear right off the bat that i am not pandering the folks in North Dakota, but rather making an honest observation of a people that stand head and shoulders above many in ghis great land of ours. I listened to what the people were doing out there, They simply began to sand bag in preparation of the expected flooding, This effort grew as hundreds of volunteers arrived from the beautiful high country. Their good neighbor, Canada, sent down two large machines for filling sand bags, no fan fare, they thought it was the right thing to do. Next, over one thousands from the University at Grand Forks, came down to help where ever they could and to carry furniture and other valuable household items in homes to upper floors. While this was going on, Mother Nature decided to run another test on those great North Dakota citizens. A howling blizzard followed a period of freezing rain, with snow falls nearing twelve inches, temperatures fell to nearly zero or perhaps below. Still there was no out cry, wailing or panic. They simply continued to work quietly and efficiently in the bitter cold, wet conditions with one aim in mind. That aim was to protect their homes, and make sure that everyone was safe, while helping each other. When local and state officials made any comments, it was in calm measured tones giving strong assurance that the flooding would be controlled.The ice jams at Bismarck and Mandan were promptly dispatched by cool and sensible men. .
What is so striking is the quiet and strong defense of their property, and the national media was pretty much ignored. I have a feeling the North Dakota folks were too busy for silly questions. Their determination and dedication for the survival of their community from the ravages of the flooding river stands out as a tribute to people who have always faced adversity that way. It makes me proud to have been a resident in that great land although it was a long time ago when we faced the drought and depression instead of the flood. I salute those great people and to their success in containing the flood and the preservation of their homes.
Erling Landsverk
Posted by both:
Ellen Graff Myrick (58): Grand Forks, ND
Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND
Here’s a very interesting blog that gives all of the fellow sandbaggers (and friends) a glimpse into exactly what was achieved over the last week and a half.http://blog.concept3d.com/?p=433

Reply to message 415 from Bob Lykins (DHS Teacher mid 60’s): Germany & Hutto, TX
Gary,My favorite photo of the floods is number 30, of young Zack who is saying it all by the look on his face…….sheer determination. It’s like I tell everybody who jokes about the Northland, it’s people, and it’s weather, “It takes a very special kind of person to live there and not everybody has the will to do it.”

Bob Lykins

Email address correction to Master email list from Betty Hackman Schmidt (68): Mesa, AZ
Hi GaryLove what you are doing. read the emails all the time.

You have left out part of my email address.
I am Class of 1968

Thanks Betty Hackman-Schmidt

2/12/2016 (2348)

Condolences to the Betty Poitra family
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65): Belcourt, ND

To the Betty Poitra family,

I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing.

I visited with her quite often.

I saw her at the clinic where she worked,  rushing from here to there.

Always busy.

May God bless you all

Ginger ( LaRocque ) Poitra


Class of 65: Memories of Shirley Boguslawski
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):Belcourt, ND

Hey Gary,

How many from our class are left?

I think about Shirley Boguslawski quite a bit.

She was my best friend from the first grade.

She passed so quickly after the festivities of Christmas from my understanding.

I remember her when we played in the snow at school during recess we would make snow angels.

I remember that I always thought she made the best because she had a long coat. I would always dream of owning a long coat.

There was one time we were all running in from recess and I stopped to lick the railing,  Shirley didn’t know and went on in, there I was with my tongue stuck to the metal rail. God knows how I got free!

We would swing together and an older girl would come and push us. She would push us so hard,  she would scare us because we would go so, so high.

Shirley would have these birthday parties at her house,  she’d play records and we would dance.

She would always have money.

At recess we would walk to Kassie Sime and she would always buy a treat for me.

She was always buying coke, she loved coke.

Just a few memories of a friend.

She was a good friend of mine,  and I miss her.

Ginger ( LaRocque ) Poitra class of 65


Eurich pictures
From Mary Eurich Knutson (’62):  Dunseith, ND

Note: Thank you Karen Larson, from the Bottineau Spectrum, for scanning and sending these pictures for Mary.  We truly appreciate all your good services.   Gary

             Mrs. Eva (Kraft) Eurich and daughters Marie & Irene
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                     Mrs. Eurich – little Eva – Marie
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                                   Pat Gourneau & Freida Eurich
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             Marie Eurich – Marshall & Eleanor Awalt About 1935
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                                      David Eurich circa 1900
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          Need some help Identifying the folks in this picture. Not sure of the school?
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Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau and Minot, ND
dunseith news


Blog (418) posted on April 5, 2009


I thought today would be a good time to send out an updated copy of the Dunseith Alumni email list.
I have attached an Excel spread sheet sorted both by Name/Maiden and by Class year. After opening the file, click on the desired sort tab located on the bottom left of your screen. These files are also formatted for printing.
Please let me know of any corrections that need to be make.
Please let me know if you are unable to open and view this file, so I can send it to you in a format that you can read.
I will send an updated DHS combined class list for classes 1940 thru 1977 tomorrow. These files are just too big to be sending with the same email message.
For those of you that do not have Excel loaded on your computer you can get a free down load of Excel Viewer from Microsoft by clicking on the site below. This will enable you to open, view and print Excel attachments sent to you.
Excel Viewer
Note: Please contact Gary Stokes by leaving a message in the “Contact Us” page of this WEB site, for a copy of the Dunseith Alumni Email list.

2/10/2016 (2347)

Reply to Karen Loeb Mhyre’s (’47) Post
From Ginger LaRacque (’47):  Belcourt, ND


I too missed out on asking so many questions about our relatives.

I lived next door to my grandparents,  on my father’s side, I was 8 yet when grandpa Zephrin LaRocque passed away when he was 80 in 1956, June 29th.  He was born in 1876, March 6th.

My grandmother Mary (Delorme) LaRocque lived on until she was 83, passing in 1977, April 10th, she was born October 12th, 1893.

She lived on for 21 more years and I most certainly would have had time to ask her questions,  and I didn’t and I was 29 at the time of her passing. I am so sorry about that.

My maternal grandparents lived in Montana I didn’t see them often.

I thought it would be nice to make some of everything I can for  my children.  Hope I will have time.  We think we do but we don’t.

So do what you can to find out the things you would like to know. I am sure if you could ask questions,  on the blog or send pictures of people from the reunion to Gary ask him to put on the blog you will find out who they are or any info you would like to know.

If you choose to do this.




Betty J. Poitra
Poitra, Betty 2347
Born: April 23, 1934
Died: February 08, 2016

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Betty J. Poitra, age 81 of Dunseith, died Monday, February 8, 2016 in a Bottineau health care center. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 12, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Dunseith. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery of rural Dunseith. A wake will be held on Thursday beginning at 4:00 P.M. in the Eagleheart Cultural Center of Dunseith.


Blog (417) posted on April 4, 2009


Posted on April 4, 2009

Folks, There are a few benefits that come along with being a US Veteran of foreign wars. I recently found out that I can sign up for regular United States mail that is delivered right here to Cebu via a Fleet Post Office (FPO) address. Other than for prescription drugs, I am not allowed to receive packages exceeding one pound. I went down yesterday and signed up.

Our address is:

Gary Stokes

PSC 517 Box RS/CC

FPO AP 96517-1000

A regular 42 cent stamp is all that is required to mail letters to us at this address. 96517 is a San Francisco Zip code. The letters AP in the address stand for Armed Forces Pacific and the letters CC stand for Cebu City. What a great deal and benefit this is. We no longer have to deal with the pilfering PI postal system wondering if we are receiving all mail that is sent to us.

Reply to yesterday’s message from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND


The banjo player is our friend, Ron Hett. I’m sure Mark will respond,
but if not, that’s who it is.


Reply to yesterday’s message from Mark Schimetz (70):Rolette, ND

NO! That is Ron Hett on the Banjo, He is the fellow that wrote the song about Pierre Bottineau, A talented musician, switching between banjo and guitar. a lot of talent in the whole of this group. They all played very well and were much appreciated by all. The Pictures I had of Gary did not come through, I will be in Bottineau today and will bug Liz again to see if we can get the rest of them.

Reply to message ‘417’ From Lloyd Awalt (44): Bottineau, ND

Hi Gary, The guy caring old glory is your dad I’d know that walk anywhere I have marched allot with him, great man. Lloyd.

Reply to message ‘417’ from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND


The picture is not real clear but I think we can assume those in the
picture are Bob Stokes, Alan Campbell, Floyd Dion, Noble Doeling, Armand
Mongeon, Duane Peterson, Jack Peterson, possibly Neil Hassen, Jack
Flynn, and others. Most days all the Legion members would not be able to
attend a single event, so they had a contingent of those available. The
picture is just too grainy for me to identify. Of course Bob is a ‘for
sure’ and the shorter guys in the back are probably Floyd and / or the
Peterson brothers. Maybe Floyd can remember the 1977 July parade. Thanks


Dick, I think dad was one of those you mention as a “contingent of those available”. He would have rearranged his schedule and dropped, if possible, what ever else he had going to be in any legion parade. Gary

Message/Picture from Susan Fassett Martin (65): Spearfish SD

My Grandfather , Wilmar H Fassett and my dad both were flag bearers for
the Legion at one time. This is a Dunseith Days parade, July 16. 1978.
Left to right, Jack Peterson, William T Fassett carrying the American
flag, Armand Mongeon carrying the post flag (Archie Jardine Post) and
John Leonard on the far side. There must be other parade pictures out
there. Let us see them. Enjoy!! Susan

L to R: Jack Peterson, Bill Fassett, Armand Mongeon & John Leonard

Class of 65 Photo:

Folks, This picture was taken by one of our own, Clayton Parrill. Clayton is the owner of Dakota Memories Photography in Bottineau formally Wondrasek’s. For those of you that wish to have family or group photo’s, I strongly recommend Clayton, not only because his parents, Thurman and Marie, are my god parents, but because he’s good. Clayton did a wonderful job with our class of 65 group photo’s. His phone number is 701-228-5963 or 1-800-505-7938.

I must admit, we are kind of a pretty good looking bunch of 60 year olds in this photo. George Azure, in front, may have a year or two on us though. We adopted George for the taking of this picture. His wife, Gladys Roussin Azure (65), is wearing the green outfit standing behind him. The rest of us are all 65 folks. Gary

Note: Clayton has this and other Class of 65 photo’s on file if you care to order any copies. His 8 x 10 copies are beautiful crystal clear photo’s.

Dunseith High School Class of 1965 – July 12, 2007

Kneeling L to R: George Azure, Dean Helgeson, Joe Casavant, Pete Gillis, Raphael Poitra, Ernie Gottbreht.
Standing L to R: Carol allard Buxbaum, Ron Longie, Warren Anderson, Karen Loeb Mhyre, Bill Grimme, Ginger LaRocque Poitra, Henry Hackman, Gladys Roussin Azure, Angela Berube Malget, Rene Casavant, Alan Boguslawski, Helen Rivard Christenson, Allen Richard, John Bedard, Esther Murray Fleming, Susan Fassett Martin, Margaret Metcalfe Leonard, John Awalt, Cecile Berube Reynolds, Patty Boguslawski Gottbreht, Ken Nerpel, Phyllis McKay, Gary Stokes, Marlene Richard Parslow, Joan Smith Fuchs, Evie Gottbreht Pilkington. Missing when picture taken: Donald Egbert

2/8/2016 (2346)


I didn’t have anything to post today so I snagged these photos from Dewy Morinville’s FB pictures.

Thanks Dewy,


                         Carl Grimme
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                     Joe Morinville
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                      Frances, Joe and Toni  Morinville
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Blog (416) posted on April 3, 2009

Posted on April 3, 2009

Reply to yesteday’s picture from Bobby Slyter (70):
Wichita, Kansas

Gary: I too swear that is your dad caring the u.s. flag in that picture, I remember growing up with you guys and always thought your dad needed to gain weight, but then all of you guys where tall and skinny, but I do believe that is him,hope someone can tell us for sure, if its not him like you I think he has a twin.

Bobby, How I wish for those skinny days once again. Age has a way of correcting those skinny days. However, dad never was over weight. He never watched his diet either. He loved his onion and sugar sandwiches too, right up until the time of his death.

Dad did have a twin. Her name was Margaret. Following their birth, their mother died. Dad went to live with Stokes’ and Margaret was sent to Canada to live with relatives. From the time of their separation they did not see each other until they were in their mid 30’s. Gary


Reply to yesterday’s picture from Dick Johnson (68):
Dunseith, ND


I thought of saying it, but thought it would be fun to see if you caught
it! It most surely is your dad, everyone who knew Bob can tell by his
stride and glasses etc. One of a kind!



You had me going with that one. Yes, Dad had his own unique stride. I had
totally forgotten he had ever done any parades in Dunseith. Thinking more
about that picture, later in the day after I sent out the daily blog, I
remembered dad telling me he had marched in several Dunseith Parades. The
time frame I remember his telling me this was in the late 80’s and 90’s
when Jack Peterson was still around. Dad was a guy with many friends, but
Jack was extra special. Not long before Jack died, Dad & Jack were in
Dunseith for some kind of a Legion event. At the moment, I have forgotten
the occasion. With dad, nothing ever stood in the way of “Old Glory”, the
American flag. “If Old Glory”, as he called it, “is not welcome, neither
neither am I”. Those were his exact words.

Do you know who the other guy is caring the American flag?

Thanks Dick,



Question from Cystal Fassett Andersen (70):
Walhalla, ND

Question for Mel Kuhn… Does St. John still have the “Bull-a rama”?? (I think that’s what they called it). If they do could you please send me some info about it? Thanks Crystal


Reply from Lee Stickland (64): Dickinson, ND

To Geri Metcalfe Munro re:

the ‘don’t see”–it is such a pleasure and security to not have the intentially destructive tendencies that WE have been made aware of from the sites of other tragedy.

We do not need the ‘release of tension-expression’ as is tendered in defense of actions when bad things are trying to be justified.

WE just woth work hard.

Many folks want a job, do not work and have no intention of really WORKING, but do want that paycheck.

Geri, I did note that there was 13 items. I AM not superstitious, thanks goodness.

I continue to feast on the bountiful offerings of facts of, about, and toward life that WE get each day, thanks to GARY. Lee 1964


Pictures posted by Mark Schimetz (70): Rolette, ND

Hi Gary, At last I got the Pictures from Liz Miller, She was on Vacation for awhile, and some technical difficulties were overcome. These photos I took at The Nursing home during Mid Fulsebbakes 90th Birthday Party. Unfortunately, these photos were the only ones that turned out.

Mark, Is this Gary Fulsebbake with Dick and Brenda Johnson? Gary


Brenda & Dick Johnson, Gary Fulsebbake?

Message/Picture from Neola Kofoid Garbe:
 Minot & Bottineau, ND

Hi Gary,

I received a note from Pete Solberg a few days ago, identifying the children in the picture with his mother. They are Melissa and Mathew Langor from Perth, ND. I think Pete’s mother was Alice.

I seem to require much more sleep these days, so that’s what I’m doing.  As of today, I’ve received 21 treatments; I have 15 left. Thanks to all the friends/relatives who are praying for me, this has not been a negative experience. All is going well; the doctor says my radiated skin looks “good”. After 4 more treatments, something “good” happens; something about the radiation not going so deep/won’t take as long/something like that. This may sound strange, but being it was good news, I didn’t pay much attention to what was said. I just show up for my daily treatment and let the professionals take care of the rest.

I’ll scan/send the Dunseith news from today’s Courant now.


2/5/2016 (2345)

Reply from Karen Loeb Mhyre (’65): Bellevue, WA

Hello Gary!

Hope you are doing well. I too enjoy your updates.  Ginger said she keeps obits, important dates and the like in an old address book.  My mom, Hannah Higgins LOEB kept all such things in her copy of the 2007 Dunseith reunion book!! I wish I had more knowledge of all the families that you all write about!  So much info I did not know to ask about, and now she is no longer here to ask.  Same goes for tracing our genealogy!

Best to Bernadette! Am sure you are enjoying those grandbabies!

Karen LOEB Mhyre


Copied from Face Book: Trish Larson with her show horse.
Trish Larson Clayburgh (’73):  Livingston, MT
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Blog (415) posted on April 2, 2009


Folks, With yesterday’s blog Bill Grimme has posted the last of the Tickle Pick songs. I have down loaded all 29 songs unto a CD. Surprisingly the recording of these songs turned out pretty good with just a single headed cassette recorder. Kenny Nerpel, you did a great job with what you had to work with, 35 plus years ago, recording these songs.
Thank you Bill for the posting of these songs on your WEB site for our enjoyment. Gary
Jeanmarie (Jean) Abrahamson (65): Denver, CO
Jeanmarie (Jean) Abrahamson (65) called me today telling me she has been on Kidney Dialyses for about 6 weeks now. I was Surprised and saddened to hear that. She said it was like hitting an electric cattle wire on the farm. In spite of this tragic event that has greatly altered her life, she was in good spirits and upbeat. She said her brother Doyle has been helping her a whole bunch. She was very grateful for all that he has done and is doing. Doyle lives about 30 minutes away from her. Jeanmarie told me she weighs about 100 lbs, so she needs to gain some weight and is very disappointed following each of her dialyses treatments with the weight loss.
With the volume of these message, Jeanmarie has opted not to be on the daily distribution of this daily blog, however she does have email and told me she is going to start reading her messages again. Her email address ishealinghorizons@ecentral.com Her phone number is (303) 825-1871
First cousins – Kenny Nerpel & Jeanmarie Abrahamson – 2007

Reply from Lee Stickland (64): Dickinson, ND
Was surprised to see Dennis and my picture. It was nice to see all at the July 2007 reunion. I drove up from Dickinson that am ,278 miles and returned to home that evening, so I did not have an opportunity to see all I could have.
For a moment< I did not know who that fat guy was, I weighed 261 there, I now weigh 211. Have spent many hours the last week shoveling partly cloudy from the park lot, here at the apt and at the motel. Don’t need to go to the rec cntr for exercise on those days. I will for sure go to rec cntr on the morrow for the hot tub and steam. I can still shovel snow for 3 hours without stopping.
I have not missed the 100 pounds that I lost over a 3 year period. My friend, Dr Wolf said that if all had the numbers that I have, he would be out a job.
There has been many accounts about just how much snow we have received here in Dickinson during the two (2) last blasts; the most accurate is TOO MUCH.
SNUF–I see that verbosity has again struck. Lee
Sandbagging vidio posted by David Slyter (70): f Sabin, Mn
Hi Gary;I got this link to a video of the sandbagging efforts here in Fargo. This is when they first started. It grew to way bigger numbers as far as volunteers are concerned. What plan this turned out to be. Great efforts and kudos to everyone that was helping.


Hope it works.

Dave Slyter (70)

Message/Picture from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,Thanks to Randi Mongeon for the picture of her dad, Armand Mongeon, and
Floyd Dion presenting the flag. I can remember them being part of our
Memorial Day program since the very onset of my memory. Can other school
band members remember how we used to sit on the chairs in front of the
stage ( city hall ) during the program and watch Floyd and Armand stand
at attention (on guard with a rifle) on either side of the stage. They
stood there, without as much as flinching, for the entire duration of
the program! To this day I find it amazing. One other memory of early
Memorial Day programs was when they would introduce the veterans and
tell in which conflict each had served. We had several from WWI–I
believe Alphie Dion, George Albert, and Henry Sunderland were some. The
WWII vets were very well represented as that war had ended just 10 years
or so before the first programs I remember attending. Each year they
named all the Gold Star mothers–those who lost a son in battle. I also
remember how the American Legion and all veterans would march the entire
two miles from the city hall to the cemetery for the last part of the
program and the rifle firing salute. We kids really liked that part and
we got to keep the extracted empty casings that hit the ground. I
remember thinking how they weren’t real careful about where they were
shooting and might hit something. I didn’t yet know about ‘blanks’.
Memorial Day was always a very respectful day. Most people wore their
best clothes and showed their respect for the fallen soldiers and the
veterans in attendance. It was also a big day for the Legion Auxiliary.
They were a main part of the program and served a lunch to the entire
crowd in attendance. Most people who are my age or older, already know
all of what I am explaining. The younger generations may not have been
involved with Memorial Day programs and how important they were to the
community. Each program was filled with speeches, stories of valor,
music provided by both the school band and by individuals, presentation
of awards to the kids for their ‘poppy posters’, and more. The key word
for this entire thought process was / is / should be ‘patriotism’. Let’s
all make an effort this coming Memorial Day to remember how and why we
have all these freedoms we take for granted. Thanks Gary!


This is a picture from a parade in 1977, Dunseith American Legion
leading the Boissevain Band in Dunseith Parade–Don Johnson was the
Boissevain Band Director at that time.

Dick, The one caring old Glory, the American flag, to the right in front sure looks like my dad, Bob Stokes. If it’s not him, it’s his twin. The facial features, the glasses and the body profile are definitely his. The more I look at this photo the more I’m convinced it’s him. I was not aware that he did any of the Dunseith parades. Maybe Lloyd Awalt can shed some light on this one. Dad and Lloyd Awalt carried old glory, for years, in the Bottineau memorial day parade. Lloyd, is that other guy caring old glory you?
From Geri Metcalfe Munro (59): Fargo, ND


We feel these comments are a tribute to the people here in ND:

Geri Metcalfe Munro ’59–Fargo, ND

Someone posted this comment on an article about the Fargo flooding at the Boston Globe website (http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/03/red_river_flooding.html)

Just a personal observation…as I watched the news coverage of the
massive flooding in the Midwest with the levee’s about to break in Fargo, ND, what amazed me is not what we saw, but what we didn’t see…

1. We don’t see looting.
2. We don’t see street violence.
3. We don’t see people sitting on their rooftops waiting for the
government to come and save them.
4. We don’t see people waiting on the government to do anything.
5. We don’t see Hollywood organizing benefits to raise money for
people to rebuild.
6. We don’t see people blaming President Obama. (Except for Don Marchant, post #30)
7. We don’t see people ignoring evacuation orders.
8. We don’t see people blaming a government conspiracy to blow up
the levees as the reason some have not held.
9. We don’t see the US Senators or the Governor of North Dakota crying on TV.
10. We don’t see the Mayors of any of these cities complaining about
the lack of state or federal response.
11. We don’t see or hear reports of the police going around
confiscating personal firearms so only the criminal will be armed.
12. We don’t see gangs of people going around and randomly shooting
at the rescue workers.
13. You don’t see some leaders in this country blaming the bad
behavior of the North Dakota flood victims on “society” (of course there is
no wide spread reports of lawlessness to require excuses).

2/3/2016 (2344)

Reply to Vickie Metcalfe’s (’70) posting
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65): Belcourt, ND

I too have a memory box of sorts.

Mine is written in an address book of which there are very little addresses.

It consists of family names with dates of their births, dates of  deaths, dates of marriages.  Important dates of surgeries,  sickness. Items which were bought with a description of each item and the year they were purchased. Funny things the grandchildren said.

There are items written by my mother , such as our relatives names by families. Unfortunately all are not there in her writings. I tucked these papers inside my address book. I ran out of room in my book so I needed to write the birthdays and other info on separate papers and tuck them in my book as well.

I have kept the eulogies of the funerals I have attended throughout the years.  My mother did the same but unfortunately after her death all were thrown by the siblings who think that that stuff is nothing but junk. My mother hadn’t put them in scrap books and suchlike I haven’t as well,  I guess like a lot of people we too were having it hard so didn’t buy unneeded items.

I sure wish we could have,  it is very difficult to organize items after so many years.  I just hope all my things don’t get thrown when I am no longer around.

I have some totes with cards and the above mentioned in them. I hopefully will have time to complete my task of organizing them before my time comes.

I truly enjoy these kinds of things,  organizing I not always my first priority I have come to realize,  unfortunately.

I love it all !

Until later

Ginger (LaRocque) Poitra class of 65′


Glen Isaac Hiatt
Glen (Ike) Hiatt 2344
Born: March 01, 1932
Died: January 30, 2016

Glen Isaac (Ike) Hiatt, age 83 of Rolla, died Saturday at a Minot hospital. A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 1:00 pm at the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith.

Glen Isaac Hiatt, a son of George and Eva (Crawford) Hiatt, was born on March 1, 1932 at the family home near Dunseith. He attended Ackworth School. On September 27, 1954 he married Alice Berginski. They lived near Dunseith and Ike worked for area farmers. They later moved to St. John and Ike worked for Great Plains Supply in Rolla. Alice passed away on January 22, 2011.

Ike loved fishing and telling fish stories about the big one that got away. He also enjoyed gardening, playing cards, listening to old time music and the old time dances. He also had fond memories of the horses he worked with in his younger years.

Ike passed away Saturday, January 30, 2016 at a Minot hospital.

He is survived by son, Lonny (Elaine) of Williston and their children, Amber (Jeremy) Finch of Minot, Ashley (Dustin) Zietz of Granville and Aaron of Williston; daughter, Lorrie Hiatt of St. John and her children, Ryan of St. John and Ronda of Minot; son, Steven (Gail) of Mesa, AZ and their children, Travis and Tara of Mesa and Rolland (Julie) of Tucson, son, Randy (Tammy) of Garrison and their children, Todd (Britney) of Hazen and Laci of Hazen, son, Brian of St. John; 5 great grandchildren, Mathew, Kaden, Chole and James Finch and Oliver Hiatt; sisters, Nettie Peterson of Dunseith, Leola Lagerquist of Dunseith and Ena Edna? Birkland of Seattle, WA and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Albert, Johnny, George Jr, and Harry; sisters, Faye Tohm, Esther McCallie, Violet House and Alvina Thompson; and great grandchildren Grace and Job Finch.

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


Blog (414) posted on April 1, 2009


Posted on April 1, 2009

Flood pictures posted by by Joanne Millang Bernstein (70): Souris, ND

These pictures tell a real live story. Excellent



Flood Pictures posted by Warren Anderson (65): Rolette, ND

Thought you might like to see these. Click on the link


Reply from Dale Pritchard (63): Leesville, LA

Gary, I loved the instrumental music in this attachment. Can you tell me who the artist or group is? I had a couple of really great Japanese instrumental LPs that I left at home when I came back from Japan the first time in 68. I believe Henry Salmonson bought them in a box of LPs when Mom had the auction in 94. I’ve always wished I’d gotten them back before the sale but it’s too late now. Take care Gary! Dale

Dale, That music came along with a forward I got from Neola. The title of that message was “I Hope You Dance” written by an 83 year old lady. I thought it was nice music for folks to listen to while reading the email message. Gary

Dennis Dubois (63) & LeLand (Lee) Stickland (64) – July 2007

7/29/65 issue of the Turtle Mountain Star.

2/1/2016 (2343)

Reply to the Seim School Picture
From Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

I found the Seim School picture very interesting and another look into days gone by.  One bit of information I might add is about the Olson kids in the picture.  Their father was Bennie Olson who was a brother to my grandfather Henry Olson.  Bennie and his wife Maisie lived on a small place south of Horseshoe Lake in the deep woods.  My dad can remember Bennie coming through the woods in an old pickup from the ’30s and borrowing things from my grandpa Hans Johnson.  They were poorer than church mice and had almost nothing to live on.  I think this was some of the beginnings of the Olson-Johnson linage I inherited.  Dad told me a few stories about Bennie that were interesting but a bit sad in other ways.  Dad was just a young kid and he rode with Bennie in his old pickup to do something.  Dad said he told Bennie that his generator wasn’t charging according to the gauge on the dash so Bennie pulled out his pliers and tapped on the gauge but broke the glass lens so he just bent the needle over so it showed ‘charge’ and then told Dad that that should fix it.  Dad said that even though he was a kid he knew something probably wasn’t all hooked up with Bennie.  One time in the ’70s,  Dad and I were on the very south end of the lake tearing out a beaver dam and I found an old tire along the edge of the creek flowing out of Little Horseshoe Lake,  which is just south of Horseshoe Lake, and I tossed it up on the bank.  I looked at it and saw that the entire side of the tire had been laced with a leather lace like a football.  I asked Dad who would have done that?  He laughed and said the only one down in here that would have done that would have been Bennie Olson.  I hung the tire in a tree because I planned to go back and get it sometime just to have it for kicks but the next time I was down there,  it was gone.

Bennie and Maisie moved to Montana and later divorced.  She was working in Big Timber in the ’60s and we stopped in to see her once.  Bennie ended up being a ranch hand and was a sheep herder in the mountains.

The kids all grew up into responsible productive adults.  We are in touch with Don and Sarah Olson and they have been back here several times to visit over the years.  The last time was a couple years ago when we played at the Hostfest and as I looked out at the crowd, they were sitting near the front and Don was smiling at me.  It completely took me by surprise!  They live in Idaho and he is a general contractor who builds and rents apartment buildings etc.  He looks so much like my mother and my aunt that I can’t miss him even in a crowd.  They are first cousins so the family traits are very evident.  On another trip to the west coast in the ’60s, we stopped in Spokane and visited Beverly but that’s the last time I saw her. She did call me a few years ago just to talk about old times and family but I’m not sure if she is still living.  I don’t know what became of the other sister, Betty.  Thanks for the picture Vickie and thanks Gary for keeping this going for all of us!



Reply to Teresa Sivertson Delikat’s ‘Proverbs’ post
From Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Folks, Teresa Sivertson Delikat’s  parents were Lars and Ruby Adams Sivertson. They lived several miles Northeast of Lake Metigoshe. Teresa’s mother, Ruby, was a sister to Irene Stickland, so she is a first cousin to Leland (Lee), Darrel and Dean Stickland.
Gary and friends,

Teresa (Sivertson) Delikat’s  recent #2342 sharing of  ‘Proverbs,  Tapestry  Threads ‘ nailed it!

Through  the Dunseith Blog; classmates, neighbors and friends  have discovered  magical intricacies  woven together.

As a graduating  teen I started with one box of treasures.

When my Dad lost his vision I took to ‘really listening’ to  oral history’.

One box  began to  grow to several  throughout the years.

I  once  truly believed,  I’d   remember each  piece  of  significant data i.e.’Who’s- who’, ‘Where-wheres’ and ‘Whats- whats’ .

Stories;As shared from my Dad, his siblings Metcalfe Aunts and Uncles,  my Mother, and newspaper articles gathered from sources.

The boxes contain  photos,  note slips of paper on family history, mom’s bridal book and her wedding cards,

my Grandpa’s 1875  worn commencement book, scraps of newspaper cuttings.

Alas, some do not have dates recorded!

I wondered? Does any one else  have things like this stuffed away? Through family stories my  parents gave me my piece of  identity.

I was delighted when Ginger shared photo’s and memories of her family. I recalled Dad and Emil Morin discussing many of those names.

So I   continue to be a  keeper of family history. Why?

I want my nieces and nephews to understand their identity and  value connectedness to others.

Whilst visiting last week, with Marie (Eurich) Beachler  regarding  the Seim School photo.

I discovered  she too  keeps a  box! Yippee!

With her permission, I would like to share some  (Eurich /Kraft) family photos from Marie’s box of treasures.

Many Thanks.

Until later, Vickie


Benefit for Duane Sebelius (70)
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Bottineau Chamber of Commerce Community Update  

February 7th: Benefit for Duane Sebelius – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. – BHS Multi Purpose Room – Serving pancakes and sausage – Silent Auction – Free will offering – Sponsored by Bottineau Farmers Elevator, Thrivent Financial & the Good Samaritan Center.

Gary’s comment
I am assuming Duane is having Medical issues? Can anyone fill us in?


Blog (413) posted on March 31, 2009

Posted on March 31, 2009

Picture posted by Randi Mongeon (68): Chaska, MN

Hi Gary,

I enjoy reading your blog and all the information and history of Dunseith that has been passed around and shared. Your commitment to this is amazing and want you to know you do a great job. I thought I would send a picture of my Dad, Armand Mongeon and Floyd Dionne presenting the colors at the rodeo in Dunseith last summer. They also just presented the colors at the basketball tournament in Dunseith a few weeks ago. It’s Dad’s 86th birthdday on April 1st and he is still working at he hardware store after 60 plus years.

Thanks Gary

Randi Mongeon

Randi, Thank you so much for sharing this picture. Your dad and Floyd are true Dunseith pioneers remembered by most every Dunseith Aluminum. They are and continue to be strong pillars of the community we all came from. They are admired for the strong character values they posses. Our hats are off to both Armin and Floyd. Gary

Armand Mongeon (40)& Floyd Dionne(45)

Posted by Lloyd Awalt (44): Bottineau, ND

Flooding Photos – Fargo and Bismarck

These are some good pictures of the damage in Fargo and Bismarck, ND

Clic on the link below – Great Pictures


Cemetery report posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

Tickle Pink songs posted by Bill Bill Grimme (65): wgrimme@charter.netBirmingham, AL


Last nine tracks of Tickle Pink songs are now on the ftp site. Access instructions below:

To download and play the tracks, walk through the following:

Using your browser, navigate to http://webpages.charter.net/wgrimme

You should see a page that looks like this:

If you place the mouse on a track and click the left button, the selection will play using Quicktime, but you will not download the track with this method. To download, place the mouse cursor on the track, click the right mouse button and you will see a pop-up menu. Select “Save Target as….” and you will be taken through the download process to put the track on your computer. From that point, you can play the track with about any music program, such as Windows Media Player, iTunes, etc.

Let me know if you have any trouble.