3/30/2016 (2365)

Rick Kuhn Fell with a head Trauma
Message from Mel Kuhn (’70):  St. John, ND


My brother Rick took a bad fall last week. He split his head wide open around his left eye. Maybe you will remember about five years ago he was in a bad accident and had bad head trauma. He was in a coma for some time and also suffered with amnesia. He also lost some movement of his right arm and leg. He is going through some of the same stuff again. When I was with him on Friday he wasn’t awake very much. When he was he thought it was 1978. He knew his name and birthdate but didn’t know where he lived. Both of his eyes were swollen shut but he could get the right one open a little. He didn’t know who I was or my wife. He was having bad spasms of his right arm and his right leg didn’t want to work. The news was a little better today. He was able to sit up and eat and the spasms had subsided some. He knew his wife and step daughter but he did not know his youngest daughter. He thought maybe she was his sister. I am going to Minot to see him tomorrow and hopefully he’ll know me. So if anyone feels like sending a prayer his way I would really appreciate it.


Gary’s comments
Mel, so sorry to hear this. Hopefully he will recover from this too. Where is Rick living now? What hospital is he in?


Shirley Blanche Morin Passed away
Eulogy and Obituary posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’71):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and friends,

In years past, I rode school bus.

The bus route stretched from the North.

It began the route West of the Peace Garden area and stretched miles South, meandering to and fro across highway #3.

A way  and beyond, the area of the Dunseith Day School.

Those of you who rode bus, should know,  rural  bus children devleop  their own little community,especially for kids who ride miles and hours.

Many kids ride a bus for   significant lengths of time beginning in wee hours of the morning and  late  afternoon.

We all  quickly learned nuances  of character and personality. Most of the kids riding our bus were well mannered and gregarious.

For many years, the Hunt family children rode the same bus as me.  Their family, lived North East of Highway #43 on the bus route.

Although Shirley was quiet, her siblings including two sets of twins were filled with great personalities,  full of good humor and always laughing.

This past winter one afternoon  at Wal Mart,  I happened to renewed acquaintance with Shirley Hunt Morin.  I had not seen her for years,

but she remembered me!

Through the winter, I had more marvelous discussions with Shirley. I  also met some of her immediate family.

We discussed her health and…..recalled long bus rides.

We also recalled when her mom, Blanche played the fiddle, making wonderful music  alongside her sister Lorraine, and  my cousin Lorraine (Metcalfe) Olson-Somers.

Through  discussions  with Shirley, I  heard,  the Poitra talent ( from her moms side of the family)  in music continues to  run  strong and deep!

I was sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. I so enjoyed our visits.

To each  of Shirley’s children, grandchildren  and  her many  Hunt siblings, who also rode old  bus #9.

Sincere condolences and peace.

Vickie Metcalfe

Elick Funeral Home

Shirley Blanche Morin
(November 22, 1950 – March 28, 2016)

Shirley Morin, age 65, of Dunseith, ND passed away on Monday, March 28, 2016 at the Belcourt Hospital, Belcourt, ND.

A visitation will begin at 5 PM on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Belcourt, ND with a Rosary Service at 7 PM. Funeral Mass will be Friday, April 1, 2016 at 10 AM in the church with Fr. Tony Hession presiding. Burial will follow in St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery, Belcourt, N

Unidentified Wedding Picture
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

Do any of you recognize this coupe?


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




Blog (436) posted on April 23, 2009



Ethel Hiatt Peterson:


Ethel Hiatt Peterson
6881 Eisenhower St, Apt 8

Bonners Ferry, ID 83805-8545
(208) 267-2491


Jan. 2, 1919-April 19, 2009

Winifred Eurich, age 90, of Dunseith, died Sunday, April 19, 2009, at a Bottineau hospital.

Wini-fred Eurich, a daughter of William and Ida (Thompson) Pritchard, was born on January 2, 1919. She was raised on a farm near the Canadian border north of Dunseith. She attended grade school at Loon Lake School at Ackworth and later graduated from Dunseith High School. Following high school, Winifred worked at San Haven.

Winifred married Dave Eurich Jr. on May 14, 1940, at Dunseith. They made their home on the farm west of Dunseith. Dave passed away in September 1971. She later worked for a time as a nanny at San Haven before opening at daycare at her home. She retired in the late 1990s, and in August 2002 she moved in with her daughter Eileen. In April 2008, she moved into Bottineau where she had resided since.

She was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith where she was active in the ALCW. She was also a member of the Happy Homemakers Club in Dunseith for many years. She enjoyed gardening and canning. She was happiest in her home surrounded by her family. She loved her grandbabies and always had cookies on hand for them.

She is survived by: her 5 daughters, Eileen Nelson, Mary Knutson and Sharon (Jim) Hanson, all of Dunseith, Dorothy (Art) Strietzel and Jean (Tom) Roland, all of Minot; son, Floyd Pritchard, of Lake Metigoshe; 23 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sons, Norman and LeRoy; grandson, Kevin Hanson; brothers, Robert, John, Corbin, Bill “Line” and Norman Pritchard; and daughter-in-law, Ann Pritchard.

Funeral: Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith.

Burial: Riverside Cemetery in Dunseith.

Visitation: Today from 5 to 9 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith.

Arrangements are with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.




Myron LaFontaine’s Obiturary

Provided by Eileen Brudwick (Neola’s Cousin): ebrudwick@yahoo.comFargo, ND

Eileen, Thank you so much for providing this for us.

Myron LaFontaine
Myron LaFontaine, age 62 of Grafton passed away Saturday, April 18, 2009 at his home. Myron was born July 23, 1946 to the late Chris and Lillian (Burcham) LaFontaine in Rolla, ND. He attended and graduated from school in Belcourt. After his graduation he moved to San Jose, CA where he attended trade school. Myron returned to North Dakota and married the Love of His Life, Vickie Hiatt. The couple made their home in the Turtle Mountain area until moving to Grafton in 1986.

Myron was a jack of all trades; he was good with his hands. He loved to work in his garage building things, he liked to rummage, and loved being outside. Myron spent a lot of time working on his yard; he took pride in his yard. He also enjoyed going to the casino. Myron loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Myron was a member of the River of Life Community Church.
Myron will be greatly missed by his wife Vicki, Grafton, ND; children: Tony Hoerner and his two children and Rene McConnell and her child all of Montana; Trina (Russell Nielson) LaFontaine, Grafton, ND; Tara (Mike) LaFontaine-Rodgers, Grafton, ND; Cahla (Ricki Parisien) LaFontaine, Grafton, ND; grandchildren: Victoria, Vanessa & Cophia Nielson, Abigail Grimaldo, and Carter Parisien; siblings: Frances (Philip) Belgrade, Belcourt, ND; Alvin (Viola) LaFontaine, Williston, ND; Leonard (Marie) LaFontaine, Belcourt, ND; Aaron Dcolon, Washington; and Irene Bear Runner, Belcourt, ND. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and several aunts and uncles.
Funeral services will be Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 2:30 P.M. at the River of Life Community Church, Grafton, ND. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-7 with a prayer service at 7:00 PM at the Tollefson Funeral Home of Grafton. Friends may also call at the church for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at the Grafton City Cemetery.
The Tollefson Funeral Home of Grafton is in charge of the arrangments.


Reply to Cheryl Larson (71) from Bev Morinville Azure (72): Dunseith, ND
Cheryl, you got it girl just let me know when we can get together at Dales or my house if you would like. Just let me know who and when u will be in town the only day I can’t is the 17th I have a Dr appointment in Minot with my cancer Dr. and the 16 is clarence and my 29th anniversary so we ususally do something.
I am looking forward to seeing u again. Bev
Susan Malaterre Johnson’s (69) reply to Mark Schimetz message posted yesterday: Alvarado, TX
Haven’t we caused a bit of surprise to her too? I also, seem to remember Mrs. Cook and the boomb, boomb. I think they may have defended us to the policer. Gee, look at the time. Love, Sis
Susan’s follow up reply to Gary’s question of her first reply:
So sorry, I’m still trying to get my mail sorted. I have a full day with the Red Cross tomorrow so my mail may not reflect the true addresses. I do apologize. Any way the message is all the same. We were all little “terrorists at that age.” Sorry. I’m working the Red Cross again on Thur., Please Lord let this help to make up for my friends and I who thought we were having fun. Thank you for not sharing!! We never meant to hurt anyone, Gee, not even Mark. Love, Susan
All of the following pictures have been posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND
This is one of the great pictures of the prom that was in the April 7, 2009 edition of the Courant.
Comments from LeaRae Parrill Espe (67): Bottineau, ND
Alison Coleman is the daughter of Nancy (McGuire) and Steve Coleman. Steve is the son of Patti Metcalfe Coleman Woods and Duane Coleman. Duane (Babe) Coleman, Class of 66 is deceased of cancer back when his sons were still in school. ( Patti is married to Jack Woods. ) Patti and Steve’s other son is Stuart and he is married to Melissa Langhaug, daughter of Myron and Rhonda Eman Langhaug.
As for Brooke Parrill, she is the daughter of Rod and Ann Parrill. Rod is my double cousin, son of Thurman and Marie Parrill. Ann has been a teacher in Botno since 81-82 and she and Rod were married in 1988 I believe.
Brook Parrill (Rod Parrill’s daughter) and
Alison Coleman(Patti Metcalfe Woods Granddaughter)

3/28/2016 (2364)

Allen Stokes’ assault update

I posted last week that our brother Allen Stokes was badly assaulted, mainly to the head area with a couple of broken ribs.

I talked to Allen’s building manager where he lives in San Diego, California. He said the left side of Allen’s skull was severely crushed with bone chips in the brain. They now have him off of an induced coma. His left eye is swelled shut. He is non responsive when spoken to and also non responsive when touched. There doesn’t seem to be any brain functionality at all. In time they said he could regain brain functions, but at the moment it doesn’t look promising for that to happen.

They are 99% sure who did this, but without witnesses, they don’t have a case. There only hope is for Allen to regain conscientiousness so he can identify who did this to him.

Robert Stokes Family – 1969
Note: I was home on Furlough before going to Vietnam when this picture was taken.


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


Blog (435) posted on April 22, 2009

Posted on April 22, 2009

Pat Myer Funeral

Posted by Mark Schimetz (70): Rolette, ND

Gary, Here is Pat Myers Obituary from her farewell service on Monday. Church was full, as expected as the Meyers family is well respected and have many friends and family members. I had not seen Holley or Jim since High School. some 41 years ago. I had to tell Jim and Holley how popular Holly was to my crowd of 8 year old boy,, You see she had a bike…with a motor on it! lol, A moped we found out later. So besides being such a sweet girl to us younger’s, She had the coolest Ride that we all dreamed about in those boyish years.

There was such a crowd, that I am sorry I didn’t get any decent pictures of the family. I will try and get a copy from the Star when I get it today, or the Minot Paper, I found her early History very interesting.

Condolences to Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine:

From Sharon Longie Dana (73): MIssoula MT

To Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine

I am so sorry fo ryour lsos. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Sharon Longie Sana(73)

Condolences to the Eurich family:

From Sharon Longie Dana (73): MIssoula MT

To the Eurich Family

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Dorothy, you were such a good friend in high school. Lots of good memories.

Sharon Longie Dana(73)

Codolence to Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine Family:

From Bobby Slyter (70): Wichita, Kansas


Reply to Dick Johnson from Kay Hosmer (’77): Crown Point, Ind

The story about my Grandpa Jack was quite a shocker! He often swam off the pontoon when I was a child, but I had no idea he ever did so without trunks!

From Doyle Abrahamson (68): Aurora, CO

I just got word today that my father, Howard Abrahamson has skin cancer on the ear when he went to have a growth removed from his ear today. On Friday Dad is going into the hospital to have some more removed.

Doyle, I wanted to share this part of your message to me about your dad. Many folks know your parents. Gary.

Reply from Ardys Bakken Horner (Teacher & Pastor’s Wife): Detroit Lakes, MN

Gary, ask your Dad, Robert if he remembers Pastor Arv Bakken who was a chaplain at San Haven from July of l968 to the summer of l973. I wonder if he has any stories from that time, there were residents up there who were really characters, one had a hugh collection of neckties and another thought he was the sheriff. I remember the one and only time Arv over slept on a Sunday morning and missed his service up there, the residents didn’t let him forget it. He played the guitar for their services at San Haven and their favorite request was usually something they heard often sungby Roy Clark and another singer on the HeeHaw show. Our son Erik was reluctant to go along because all the ladies liked to hug him. Ardys

Ardys, My father passed away in August 2000. When posting his life history, I failed to mention that. I’m sure there are others that did not realize he is deceased too, when reading that article. I’ll bet there are lots of folks that remember Pastor Bakken and your family. Gary

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

Gary, you are awsome. And so is Sharron Gottbreht Shen. Thanks to both of you for all the work you’ve put into these endeavors. So much family history. I just love it! I’m sorry now that George and I didn’t just bite the bullet and book the cruise. I would have loved to meet you all. But with a new grandson born 8 weeks ago, and another baby boy due in 4 weeks, I’m reserving some of my time off to help my daughter and daughter-in-law. With our extended families all over the country, it’s been a joy to have my kids still close by. But we will be up in Bottineau and Dunseith in August so maybe we can make a few calls and get some of us together for coffee at Dales. Bev? Think we can arrange something?



Reply from Bev Morinville Azure (72): Dunseith, ND

Diane Larson……. I still think you have got to be mistaken right cheryl? I think Diane and Debbie had to be the ring leaders just like they were when we spent that week long vacation at the lake ……Believe me Cheryl and I were so innocent and they lead us astray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pictures from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

Gary Metcalfe mentioned that the folks in Missouri thought Otto
Stietzel, was a ‘spittin image’ of his cousin Jesse James. I found this
picture of Otto and his wife Laura from about 35 years ago. He looks
like he, himself, could have saddled up with the James boys! He also
reminds me of the old soldiers from the Civil War. Thanks Gary!



Here is a picture of Jesse James to compare with the one of
Otto—although Jesse was much younger when the picture was taken, the
resemblance is uncanny! I think the Missouri folks are right! Thanks Gary!


Otto & Laura Stietzel Jesse James

From Bill Hosmer (48): Tucson, AZ & Lake Metigoshe, ND

Being one of the older readers of this magical site, it seems to me that Gary Stokes has put together historical facts and remembrances of our readership, and shared it with all comers, and presented an opportunity to speak directly to friends and relatives, and otherwise gifted us with convenient and free access to one another in a way I’ve not witnessed in such a generous way. Not only that, we get the sad news of the passing of those who made us the people we are, and the good news of achievements and lessons learned and shared to make it easier for the rest of us to press on. He has made it possible to fill memory gaps, and let us know the remembrances of those who share their recollections of our mutual heritage. When I think about the huge volume of data that we are privileged to see, because of the participation of so many folks from so many generations from one small but unique community of Americans, it gives me a sense of pride and love for that place we started from, and those families represented herein who gave me the start in life for which I am grateful.. Besides all that , the humor that drives its way through our site typifies that quality which is as natural a part of our lives as the hills and the prairie we laughed in and around. What a tremendous experience it is for me to know a little bit about most of your families represented, and how much Gary’s efforts has given me a new grip on where I really came from.
Thanks to all of you who enliven my days, and to you, Gary. I salute you with vigor and appreciation. Life is good and getting better with this blog. Bill Hosmer

Bill, I have included a little history, actually big history, of part of your contributions to the history of the folks from our little community. This newspaper article has to be from the early 60’s. I know you made a career of the Air Force of not only flying and being part of the famous Thunderbirds, but also being a combat pilot, flying many, very dangerous, bombing missions over Viet Nam. What a remarkable career you had with the Air Force. You so humble about all these accomplishments. I see you are a captain in this photo, but I know you retired as an (O-6) Full Bird Colonel. Gary

Seattle Reunion Banquet Report from Bill Grimme:wgrimme@charter.net

This is the list of folks currently signed up for our Seattle reunion at the Best Western on July 24th.

Folks, if you are planning on attending, please make your dinner selections and mail your payment to Bill.

I am getting a little nervous that some other group will be requesting the use of part of this facility on the same day as us. If that happens, they could take slots away from us down to the number we have signed up. Gary


Chicken Breast

New York Steak

Chuck Munro



Robert Hosmer


Gary Stokes


Nancy Baldwin



Diane and Scott Sjol



Randy Flynn



Gary Metcalfe (child 1/2 price)


Ardis Steggal



Phyllis McKay


Lee Stickland


Lea Rae Espe


Bill Grimme


Bill Longie (TENTATIVE)


Mark VanDyne (TENTATIVE)


David Shelver



Sharron Shen



Evie Pilkington

Shirley Larocque

Laverne Rude (Tentative)


Connie Fauske Monte (Tentative)


Oliver/Marlene Reing



Darrel/Deborah Stokes





3/25/2016 (2363)

Trying to locate Larry Ellingson’s son
Message from his sister Brook Bonilla: 

Hi, my name is Brooke. My father was Larry Ellingson. He was born in 1942. Around 1959-1960, he stayed with his cousins in Dunseith, ND. Their names were Freddie and Margaret Hiatt. My dad had a son with (possibly a woman from the turtle mountain reservation). Please help me with any information so I can find my brother and let him know that his father passed away. Thanks.


Brooke Bonilla


From Bob Lykins (DHS 60’s teacher):  Hutto, TX

Ginger,  Sorry to learn of your loss.  From the tone of your comments it sounds like the two of you built many great memories together.  As for your words of encouragement to Gary, I could not have said it any better.  God be with you in your time of grief.

Bob Lykins


Blog (434) posted on April 21, 2009

Posted on April 21, 2009

Myron LaFontaine passed away:

Myron was married to Vickie Hiatt (73): Grafton, ND

410 Cooper Ave

Grafton, ND 58327

(701) 520-0329

From: “Marlys Hiatt” Dunseith, ND
To: “Vickie L. Metcalfe”
Bottineau, ND

Thanks for this beautiful email. You sure are a keeper too. I had some
sad news this weekend. My sister Vickie found her husband dead on
saturday evening at their home. He had been really ill. She has her
family (3 girls)in Grafton who are there for her. Keep them in your


Vickie, What a shock to hear of the passing of your husband Myron. I knew he was not well, but this is still a shock. Our condolence are with you and your family with his passing. How well I remember you as the cute little girl of Norman and Irene that always had a lot to say in your days shortly after learning to walk. Lorie picked up in your foot steps a few years later. I don’t remember Marlys as being quite as loquacious as you and Lorie. Gary

Reply from Vickie L. Metcalfe (70) Bottineau, ND

WINIFRED EURICH, 90, of Dunseith, died Sunday at a Bottineau
hospital. (Nero Funeral Home, Bottineau)
Mom, Grandmother, Great grandmother and Great-great grandmother.
Member of the Dunseith Community and friend.
Winifred, was a dear classmate of Aunt Leona (Metcalfe) Oswell. The
last time Leona was in ND she spent an afternoon visiting Winnifred
at her farm home.


Reply from John Tangen: ????, California


Really enjoyed the write-up about your dad. I never knew him real well, but after they moved into Bottineau I realized how special and friendly (and unique) he really was — and the storyteller, too. One of my mom’s favorite memories was the afternoon (sometime in the1990’s) when Bob took my mom and her two sisters (Ella and Lillian) bomping across the fields in his pickup to see all the old places where they’d lived years earlier. The three sisters really enjoyed that excursion!

Am not sure how to reply to the newsletter without including the text of the whole newsletter, so you’re getting it this way. What’s the procedure?


John, I thought I had your snail mail address, but discovered I do not. You can reply and send messages to me with what ever method works best for you. It makes no difference to me how I get them. I copy and paste everything into daily messages.

Folks, John’s mother was Esther Tangen. Esther and Ella (Thompson) Pladson were sisters, so John is a first cousin to all of Eldon/Ella Pladson siblings. Esther and Ella were first cousins to Dad on his adopted side. John was born and raised in Bottineau.

John, Riding with dad across fields and back roads was always an experience. Often times folks had to put on their seat belts just to be able to stay in the seat. High gear was often his gear of choice. I’ll never forget several years before he died, he took me out to show me my brother Darrel’s (Bud) crop in his pickup. Bud had warren him to stay on the main road because the fields were kind of soft and he may get stuck. Well, he just had to show me this one field, off the main road, and we almost got stuck. Mud was flying every where, but we made it. His comments were, “don’t tell Bud” and he was serious. He ran his pickup through the car wash on the way home to hide the evidence he’d been where he shouldn’t have been. He didn’t want Bud asking any questions, after having been warned not to go where he did. Gary

Reply from Aggie Casavant (69: Fort Mill, SC

Hi Gary, Your e-mail is the best news I’ve ever gotten, because I just got my first computer a couple weeks ago, I just know the very basics,and had the night off tonight, so I was messing around with it trying to learn new things. I hit the send button and I thought It said I had sent everyone on my e-mail list all my drafts I saved, Wow what a sick feeling, for someone’s who’s a pretty private person. So Gary thanks for taking the pressure off….While I’m writing you, I just want to say thanks for this web site. I’ve been in touch with a couple people that I would of never have known where they were if it hadn’t been for this website. Another thing you have no idea how many times that nasty Michael Moore has crossed my mind while looking at all the pictures from Fargo, and all the positive postings from all over the world about the people of N.Dakota, I was just sorry to see some of those postings from out of N.Dakota get so mean spirited about New Orleans. But never the less the website was interesting…Well gotta go, thanks again for everything.

Shirley Houle Vandal:

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

By the way, I told Shirley Vandal today that I was sending the news of her award to you to include in your newsletters. She kind of blushed and said it wasn’t necessary; I said it was necessary–what else can a humble person answer—right? Ha!

Therman/Marie Parrill were at the musical event today.


Neola, Thurman & Marie are my god parents. Gary

Reply from Don Aird (Carroll Carlson’s Nephew): St. Louis, MO

I live in St Louis, Misery. We are here taking care of my wife’s parents. Over the years I’ve been watching them tear up the old shelter belts in the Red River Valley I’m glad my Dad didn’t live to see this happen.

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

Thanks for the photos, Gary, you have a beautiful family. Your Dad still looks big and strong even three weeks before his death.


Reply from Diane Larson Sjol (70): Minot, ND

This was a great entry! I love to read the history of our
families…and now to Cheryl and Beverly….both of you were there in
the basement…..you know Cheryl, maybe you weren’t because if you
were I would have been afraid you would have told mom on my but for
sure Bev, Duane and Debbie were there…those naughty Morinville
kids..haha..And it was probably all Dennis’ fault.

Pictures posted by Cheryl Larson Dakin (71): BEDFORD, TX

HI Gary

This is in reply to Diane and Bev…..If Bev wasn’t there, neither was I. If it was a Saturday, we were probably at catechism. HA.

Also, I am enclosing a photo of 3 ladies…my mom Verdellis is in the middle, I think it’s Joyce Fasset on the right. I don’t know who the other lady is. Maybe a Grenier? The other is of my mom and her sisters, Lee Hosmer on the left and Jerrine Larson in the middle, taken in 2002. Three of the most beautiful women I have ever known.

Thanks Gary


Joyce Fassett?, Verdellis Richard Larson & Grenier???

Richard Sisters 2002

Lee Hosmer, Verdellis Larson & Jerrine Larson

Message/Picture from Mel Kuhn (70): St. John, ND

Howdy Gary,

Here’s a picture of Brenda, Dick & Ron. This was at the Historical Society Music Night last night in St. John. We had not quite as large a crowd as last year but we had some great music and fun was had by all.


From Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59): Everett, WA

Dear Gary,

Too much work for you Gary! I forward this note along with the Boucher files that were used by the Louis Boucher family of Iowa. I know you will be able to extract the data for Boucher of Rolette county.
I have done work on DUCHESNEAU; CASAVANT; HOULE; FONTAINE; RIVARD; DIONNE and Carmen’s BESNERT line. Much that I have done was with the assistance of Marcel Gauthier, wizard and sec. of the Duchesneau family association. Marcel solved the CARBONNEAU trace that frustrated George Carbonneau for years. It was because of the genealogy work that George published that I was finally able to trace my Gaudet heritage. I know that the COTE have done extensive work. Lloyd Awalt family may have the COTE material that would be of interest to many? Also Bill Awalt’s wife was searching in MO [?] for Awalt data.

Too too much! Sharron

Folks, this reply from Sharron was is in reply to my asking her for the Boucher Family info. I plan on putting together a simple family graph for the Boucher family after I am finished with the Hiatt’s. Again, I plan on only plotting 4 generations starting with Sharron’s great grandfather, the same as I’m doing for the Hiatt family and that I did for the Richard family. Gary

Reply from Marlene Richard Parslow (65): River Falls, WI 54022 & Sunlakes, AZ 85248

Hi Gary,

I am not able to pull up your attachment. My husband and I just returned to Wisconsin from our winter home in Arizona. This computer is not able to get it. When I get my laptop unpacked I will try to get it off that. I want to check my family’s(Ernest Richard children) information and get it back to you before you print out the final product. Thanks for being patient as I get organized here.

Wow!! You amaze me with your communication skills in keeping everyone informed!! I am blessed to be a part of this network!
Marlene(Richard) Parslow

Hey Gary,

I was able to view the Family tree in this e-mail!!! Yeah!! Here are my siblings in order from Oldest to Youngest:

Larry(Lawrence) Richard
Marlene Parslow
LeRoy Richard
Dianne Bowles
Lester Richard
Jim (James) Richard
Mike (Michael) Richard
Deb (Deborah) Hartung
Peg (Margaret) Forester
Brad (Bradley) Richard

My father, Ernest Richard, was married to my Mom, Beatrice Slyter, on May 16, 1944

Thanks for updating our information. If you need additional information, please let me know. Thanks again!!

Richard family tree:

Folks, this is the latest update of the Richard Family tree. I have incorporated all the additions and correction that you folks have sent to me.

I have also attached the Power Point slide of this graph.

I am currently working on a Hiatt Graph. They too are a very large family.

Putting these graphs together brings back memories of my working days at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Power Point graphs of this nature were one of the tools we used to communicate our schedules. Gary


3/23/2016 (2362)

Memories, thanks and coping with the loss of Anthony Poitra
Message from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):  Belcourt, ND

Yes very hard. It is like a very bad dream and I can’t wake up. I thought we would live and grow very old together. I thought we would be able to enjoy a whole lot more of life together.

We had always wanted to do things. Anthony wasn’t able to do a whole lot because he wasn’t well for a very long time.

What a disease! It came,  took over our life, we ended up bowing down to what the disease wanted us to do and when it wanted us to do things. You of all people know what I am talking about,  Gary .

I know that my Anthony is with God,  because he is a good person he helped people in their time of need, he helped them from his heart, to name just one fixing their furnaces,  the people he did this for was so thankful that they had him to repair it and they wouldn’t freeze and if they weren’t able to pay he wouldn’t charge them. There were so many ways he helped people

He is known very well by many in different areas of the world. He is liked by most, he is respected by many. When he did a job he finished it and did it well. People would count on him to get things done because they knew he would do it right.

He worked on many different types of jobs and was so talented. He figure things out, everything he attempted to do was done with the upmost care. Anthony was a very good and loving person.

I can relate to you and what you are going through Gary, because I have been there.

May God bless you Gary my heart goes out to you,  being there for your wife is why we got married to be with the person we promised to love honor in sickness and in health till death us do part.

Love you Gary, thank you for what you have done for so many people. You brought us together with the ones we missed and didn’t know we did. So grateful for being able to relive our youth in ways we never thought we would. You added inspiration to our lives to a lot who needed it. I for one am very grateful to you, by doing what you did I was able to look at myself in a somewhat different light.

God bless you and keep you strong for what you have to face ahead of you. God helps us through everything!

Your classmate



Blog (433) posted on April 20, 2009


Posted on April 20, 2009

Winifred Pritchard Eurich passed away:


Posted by LeaRae Parrill Espe (67): Bottineau, ND


Gary, I wish I didn’t have to report bad news again, but Sharon Eurich Hanson left a message on my answering machine this morning saying that her mother, Winifred (Pritchard) Eurich, had passed away this morning at 8:30 (that would be Sunday morning).


I knew she was doing poorly a month or two ago, but seem to have rallied after that.


She celebrated her 90th birthday at St. Andrew’s Health Care Center in January. It was a double celebration for Winifred and Dorothy Pritchard who celebrated her 96th birthday around that same time.


I have no other details regarding the funeral at this time.


So two of my classmates have lost mothers this week. (Carmen Myer and Norman Eurich).


Follow up message from LeaRae

Funeral services for Winifred Eurich will be on Thursday at 10:00 at Peace Lutheran in Dunseith.

I attended the family service for Pat Myer tonight and it was annouced there. (Johnnie Myer and Elmer Espe are first cousins.)

To the Eurich family, Our condolences are with you with the passing of your mother/grandmother Winifred. I will always remember her and your family with the visits our family made to your house in my childhood days. Your place seemed to be the gathering place for different events as I recall. Those were good times. Gary & Bernadette Stokes.



From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND


Hi Gary,


Shirley Houle Vandal received the Volunteer of the Year Award from Good Samaritan today.


Lloyd Awalt sang “Good Night, Irene” at the end of the program today at the Good Samaritan Center. He did a great job! When I used to attend dances, they always ended with “Good Night, Irene”. It’s a great song, but I always hated to hear it, as it meant the dance was over.



Congratulations Shirley for all of your great services. I do not have an email address for you, but hopefully someone will pass this message unto you. Gary




Reply From Nathan Richard (90), Allen’s son: Fort Greely, Alaska



I work in missile defense here at Fort Greely. This year we saw on our thermometer -53. In and around town however they were reporting around -66. Our little dodge neon didnt have quite the trouble as other people did with there large diesel trucks. I started to chuckle a little when it just kept goin with no problems, but kept my thoughts to myself as not to jinx it LOL.

Nathan A. Richard
Bravo Crew Sensor Operator
HHB, 49th MD BN
Unsecure: (907) 873-2222
Home: (907) 869-3563
Cell: (701) 330-6563





Reply from Don Aird (Carroll Carlson’s Nephew):


I read your Dad’s story. My Dad helped build the Peace Gardens working for the CCCs. The CCCs then became the Soil Conservation Service. Dad was in the SCS until he retired in 1978. Dad worked for the SCS in Wahpeton and Dickinson, he was a soil conservation engineer. At Wahpeton he helped put in hundreds of shelter belts. They used to go to old shelter belts and pick the plums, take the plums back to the SCS building and seed them for the next years planting.

Don, You told me one time where you are living, but I did not record it in my records. Sorry about that.

Dad planted many of the shelter belts in Bottineau too. If those tree rows were not nearly perfectly straight the trees would be pulled and replanted. It was a 3 man operation. One to drive the tractor and another two behind planting the trees. Dad also did some of the cultivating of the shelter belts for the SCS in Bottineau county.





From Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

Hi Gary,

I mentioned Rita Langer was one of the performers at the Music Jamboree at Good Samaritan last time. She was there again today. This is her second CD. If people want to order a CD/ask Rita (and her husband, Richard) a question, their phone number/mailing address/email address are all included.

Richard told me today, he named the recording studio Acorn Ridge Recording because he/Rita live on a ridge, and there are many oak trees around their house/the area.



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

Sharron and Gary,

Thanks so much for these family histories. I (and others, I’m sure) would love to read histories of every family in the Dunseith area. Gary, would you please post a photo of your family again?

For sister Nancy. I didn’t think you were ever that young. ha


Colette, I don’t have any recent pictures of any of my family all in one photo.

Bernadette was not with me that trip back to ND in 2000, so she is not in the top picture.

Kristin & Nathan are Darrel/Debby’s children. Bernie and Sheryl are our kids.

3 weeks before dads death.

Standing L to R: Kristin, Nathan, Debby, Darrel & Gary Stokes

Sitting: Robert & Elaine Stokes

Bernie/Sheryl Stokes 1990 Sheryl Stokes 2005

Gary/Bernadette Stokes 2008

3/21/2016 (2361)

My internet service was down again so I wasn’t able to post last Friday’s blog.


Allen Stokes was Assaulted

Our brother Allen was assaulted and severely beaten several days ago. He was almost killed with multiple (many) skull fractures and several broken ribs. They took a chunk of bone out of his head to relieve the swelling. He is currently in ICU with an induced Coma. Until they bring him out of the coma they will not know the extent of his brain damage.

Allen lives in a boarding house in San Diego, California. It was one of the residence of his boarding house that assaulted him. He fled and they are looking for him. He will most likely be charged with assault and attempted murder.

Allen is divorced with no children. He has no family in San Diego, so they located my brother Darrel in Bottineau, ND.


Anthony Poitra, Ginger LaRocque Poitra’s husband, Passed away
Message from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):  Belcourt, ND

Hi Gary,

Anthony passed away the 15th of March

I am writing to let you know that my sole mate, my love,  my heart, my everything passed away last night at Altru hospital in Grand Forks.

Well it is now Thursday March 17th , I began writing this March 15th.

He had a genetic disease called hemochromatosis, which is an overload of blood which attacks organs, if not caught soon enough. Well his wasn’t caught in time and he got cirrhosis of the liver. Although it is not uncommon for this to happen, for doctors to not find this terrible disease.

The reason this happens is because a patient goes to see a doctor because,  maybe they have aches in their joints, maybe the knee, next time the back or ankle, tiredness,  weight loss, etc., and all these things are not put together and diagnosed as one disease.

I will send this out today, go ahead and post it today Gary,

Ginger, class of 1965

Gary’s comments:
Ginger, we are so saddened with this news of Anthony’s passing. Anthony has been your partner in life for 50 plus years. It’s hard, so hard losing him. You have good memories of this wonderful man that will be cherished forever. Our condolences are with you and your family. Hang in there.
Your DHS ’65 class mate, Gary  


 Anthony Poitra’s Obituary


 Anthony Poitra, age 71 of Belcourt, died on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 in a Grand Forks hospital. Funeral services were held on Monday, March 21, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. in St. Anthony’s Catholic Church of rural Belcourt. Burial was in St. Louis Cemetery of Dunseith. Officiating at the service was the Reverend Father Anthony Hession. Casket bearers were Gary Poitra, Perry Poitra, Brandon Poitra, Dominic Poitra, Nick Dionne, Curtis Poitra, Carl Eller and Lance Jay Jr. Providing special music was Richard St. Claire and Clarence Allery Jr.

Anthony Poitra, a son of Michael Poitra and Josephine (Davis) Poitra (Lesedo), was born on July 30, 1944 at Belcourt, North Dakota. Anthony lived on a farm near Dunseith, North Dakota, graduated from Turtle Mountain Community High School in 1962, worked in masonry as a hod carrier around different areas of North Dakota, worked for Robert Keller.

Anthony’s life was centered around his family, always ensuring their safety and welfare. His career as a father and husband shadowed his many other careers he achieved. They ranged from being a skilled farm and ranch hand for his father, to his career in the HVAC industry. He was a master gardener, a computer technician, a college instructor, and possessed too many other skills to mention. The love of his family drove him to constantly achieve and overcome any barriers he was confronted with.

He met and married his wife, Ginger (Larocque) Poitra, and they moved to Bismarck, North Dakota where he attended and graduated from BJC(Bismarck Junior College). Anthony received a degree as an HVAC(Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) mechanic. He was offered a position in Belcourt for BIA, working with many trades included in his HVAC, such as plumbing, electrical, sheet metal, etc. He began his position in 1970, working in this position for 24 years. After retiring he began working at TMCC(Turtle Mountain Community College) while becoming a computer technician. He was then able to assemble his own computer which he used at home. Anthony worked at this facility for 11 years. Anthony retired from this college and stayed home to enjoy his family.

Anthony was ill for many years, not knowing that he had genetic hemochromatosis, which slowly affected his health by destroying organs and eventually taking his life. His untimely passing proved once again not only his love for his family but mankind in general by letting them know, by his illness, to be tested also. Anthony will always be missed by many but forgotten by none.

He is survived by his wife, Ginger; son Todd, Daughters, Roxane and Micheala, all of Belcourt, North Dakota; Grandchildren: Codey, Dominic, Brandon (Jessica), Veronica, Nick, Aaivyn, Tonie, Kelsey, Kari, Ian, Hazlin, Alaya and Lance Jr.; Great grandchildren: Kaid, Porter, Brantley and Anthony; mother, Josephine Poitra; brothers and sisters, Ina (Clarence) Allery, Virginia (Alfred) Poitra, Arnold (Gladys) Poitra, Raymond Poitra, Esther (Herman Eller), Mable (Morris) Delorme, Peter (Donna) Poitra, Vita (James) Azure, Mary (David/Sandy) Morin, Dale (Susie) Poitra, Eugene (Karen) Poitra, Linda (Marlin/Dubby) Morin, Geraldine (Lyndsey) Larson

Anthony was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Dale.

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


Condolences to Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65)
From Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and Dunseith friends,

Dear Ginger,

I am so sorry for the recent  loss of your dear soulmate/ husband, Anthony.

His obituary indicated what a remarkable man he was; family first,  as a loving husband, dad, grand pa, brother and son of Lesedo and Mike.

and  an  inquiring mind to learn  and value education which led him on to  a notable work ethic.

God bless the memory of Anthony and give you peace.

Sincerely, Vickie


Face book reply from Donna DeCoteau Reed (’63)


Donna Decoteau-Reed I know this a post from 2012; however, was looking for classmates I went to school with in Dunseith. My name Donna DeCoteau now Reed also my sister Diane. She, Carol, and myself were good friends.

Gary Stokes
August 14, 2012 ·
We had a fabulous buffet dinner last night at the Cebu Parklane Hotel. We met Agnes Walker who is a good friend of Carol Bergan Harris originally from Dunseith, ND. Agnes is originally from Cebu, but has been living in California for over 30 years now.


Don Conroy’s daughter Shannon
Picture posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND


Blog (432) posted on April 19, 2009


Posted on April 19, 2009

Reply from Eileen (Mike) Brudwick: Fargo, ND

Hi Gary,

I didn’t realize until today that Mike’s 2nd cousin, Marlys Johnson is married to Donald Richard, the son of George and Anna (Boucher) Richard. What a small world it is! Don & Marlys’ information is in the Bottineau Centennial book, page 608.

Great job you are doing for everyone.


Reply from Eileen (Mike) Brudwick: Fargo, ND

Hi Gary,

I didn’t realize until today that Mike’s 2nd cousin, Marlys Johnson is married to Donald Richard, the son of George and Anna (Boucher) Richard. What a small world it is! Don & Marlys’ information is in the Bottineau Centennial book, page 608.

Great job you are doing for everyone.


Reply from Diane Larson Sjol (70): Minot, ND

I loved the picture of Nancy Hosmer…Cousin Nance,,,you still look
the same! Allen, the pictures you shared are great. I am going to try
to figure out how to scan and load photos…I have so many old ones of
mom’s side…I saw the list of all those kids the Irene Lagasse had
and yes, Alan we are talking Catholics here…good thing Mom
(Verdellis Richard) married a Lutheran (Norman Larson)…who knows how
many siblings I would have had…haha. Well, she converted him to
Catholic. Dad said, “All those French Canadian Catholics came down
from Canada and married and converted all of us Lutherans.” Ha.

I am so excited to hear that Debbie is improving…please call me when
you get back or when you are there…kiss her for me and give her my
You should definately go to Colorado this summer…we are going
too…for a wedding…

Everyone, have a great weekend…and say a prayer for all those
affected by these horrible flood conditions…


Reply from Cheryl Larson Dakin (71): princessredfern@tx.rr.com BEDFORD, TX

HI Gary

This is in reply to Diane and Bev…..If Bev wasn’t there, neither was I. If it was a Saturday, we were probably at catechism. HA.

Also, I am enclosing a photo of 3 ladies…my mom Verdellis is in the middle, I think it’s Joyce Fasset on the right. I don’t know who the other lady is. Maybe a Grenier? The other is of my mom and her sisters, Lee Hosmer on the left and Jerrine Larson in the middle, taken in 2002. Three of the most beautiful women I have ever known.

Thanks Gary


From Sybil Johnson: Cheyenne, Wyoming

I thought this was suppose to be SPRING! North Dakota is flooding and Wyoming is getting snow. We have had over 3 ft, since
Thursday. They say it is suppose to stop this afternoon, but then its suppose to be combined with rain. Kind of reminds me of the snow storm in Minot, back in 1984. After it stopped the kids went out to shovel people out. This was in April, then and its April, now; 25 yrs later. By the way, June is the 25th Anniversary of my daughter, Beckie and Russ. Also, the 25th Anniversary of Kelly’s death. Sybil Johnson (great_grandma2007@live.com)

From Sharron Gottbreth Shen (59):

Thank you Gary for the great RICHARD chart. Well done. Leah Richard Bergeron passed her one page Richard tree to me during a visit in Bottineau [about 10 generations!]. Of couse I never travel to Dakota without some family data quest. On that particular visit I had just finished the ascending generations of her grandparents, Adolphe BOISVERT and Elzire DUFRESNE, parents of Aglee BOISVERT wife of Hyacinthe RICHARD, her grandparents. Leah was very pleased and the smile and hug received was sweet reward. It was a joy to see the enduring home of that dynasty. Little wonder Hyacinthe advertised a shoe repair service in the Dunseith Herald! Perhaps Allen knows where the stone was obtained? Great pictures.


Also from Sharren Gottbreht Shen:

Attached is the brief story of the BOISVERT/GREENWOOD ancestor/settler to Canada from France. He appears in my family tree a few times! The format just sent is that used by the American-Canadien Geneological Society. The notes may be a bit long for the blog but your site should make easy access for the hundreds Allen mentioned.



Etienne de Nevers was another of our ancestors who came from Champagne. Champagne has a fine chalky soil mainly devoted to vineyards. The relatively unproductive soil supported a sparse population, therefore the phrase, “lousy” Champagne. The pride of Champagne is probably the cathedral of Reims; begun in 1211 and finished a century later, built of blocks of chalk from deep deposits left by a prehistoric inland sea.

Before, during and after the time of Etienne’s departure, incessant wars made living in Champagne most difficult. The destruction of harvests, the burning of villages, the epidemics, the shortages of everything made rural people flee to the cities. The instability in France led several to take advantage the opportunities available in New France.

It may be that Etienne de Nevers contracted to work for Michel Leneuf du Herisson at Trois-Rivieres about 1647. He is mentioned in a baptismal certificate at Trois-Rivieres, January 1650. Etienne and Jehan Creste, who worked for Leneuf, left Trois-Rivieres sometime in 1650; Jehan went to Beauport and Etienne joined the settlement at Sillery.

His marriage contract was prepared by Roland Godet, 1 October 1652, and the marriage was blessed at the church of Sillery, 28 October 1652. His witnesses were Rene Mezeray, Jacques Archambault and Charles Gauthier. His parents were Etienne Tennever of Piney near l’Espinay in Basse Champagne and Agnes Luosbisec of Brantigny, a small hamlet near Piney. The bride was Anne Hayot/Ayotte, child of Thomas and Jeanne Boucher, born 26 July 1640. Jeanne Boucher was a sister of Marin Boucher and both were relatives of Gaspard Boucher.

It seems that the Denevers couple stayed in the Sillery area throughout their married life. In December of 1653, the Jesuit fathers divvied up a forty-five arpent area into eighteen parcels; a five arpent area was reserved for a defensive enclosure. The increasing menace of the Iroquois in 1653, made such arrangements a necessity. Etienne received a portion on which he was to plant a garden and build a barn and stables. Etienne and the other recipients built their lodging within the fort. The families probably dwelt within this fort until 1661, when they were permitted to dispose of their real estate.

Etienne bought various parcels of land: two arpents from Julien Quentin in 1654, sold in 1667; three arpents of frontage in 1660, plus another three on the same day. Etienne not only farmed, he also worked as a fisherman, probably in the employ of Nicolas Marion. In July 1677, Etienne leased a piece of land for five years from the Ursulines in the Ste-Croix region, he was going to work the land and had fishing rights in the St-Lawrence. This plan was not realized; Etienne was suddenly taken sometime in the summer of 1678.

The census of New France taken in 1667 indicates that our ancestor was forty years old, living at Cap-Rouge with his wife and children: Guillaume, Daniel-Jean, Elisabeth-Ursule and Etienne dit Boisvert. Their youngest, Simon-Jean would be born in that same year. It seems that the children received an education above the average; Guillaume was a farmer and notary, Simon a surgeon. Elisabeth-Ursule would marry Jacques Gauthier, and Delima Casavant descends from a branch of this family. The Bouchers are both great grandchildren of this couple and great grandnieces and nephews of the wife.

Anne Hayot accepted a marriage proposal from Leonard Debord, 7 December 1678. Leonard Debord dit Lajeunesse was from the French province of Berry. He had arrived in New France 30 June 1665, a soldier in the company of Monteil of the Carignan Regiment. Debord requested a property inventory of the late Etienne de Nevers in the name of Anne Hayot, guardian of her minor children: Daniel, Etienne and Simon-Jean. A committee of estimators was composed of Jean Dumais, Benoit Boucher and Andre Bergeron. They found about five-and-a-half cleared arpents with shed, hut and a few animals. Inside the house they found a few utensils and pieces of furniture. All this was within the seigneury of Lauzon. In 1681, Leonard Debord and his adopted family were included in the census of the seigneury of Lotbiniere, with their gun, three head of cattle and twelve arpents under cultivation.

Anne Hayot/Ayotte and Leonard Debord had no children. Anne Hayot died 27 November 1694 at the Hotel Dieu of Quebec. The five children of Etienne Denevers and Anne Hayot thrived and all married; Anne had at least 10 grandchildren and three great granddaughters at the time of her death.

From Lotbiniere, more precisely Ste-Croix, all of the descendants of Etienne de Nevers dit Brantigny, better known as Boisvert, began to spread out in the second generation. Other families used the “dit” name Boisvert, that of Jean Joubin and Louis Boisverd-Dupre of Becancour. The Boisvert or Greenwoods of Bottineau County descend from the oldest son, Guillaume. Aglee Boisvert, daughter of Adolphe and Elzire Dufresne, married Hyacinthe Richard, son of George and Marie Laprise at Willow City, ND. The many Richards of Rolette and Bottineau Counties descend from this marriage.

Our French-Canadian Ancestors, Chap 7, Thomas J. La Forest Vol VI pp 84-90

Folks, Speaking of Leah Richard Bergeron. She made a special trip to my folks house the day after dad’s 80th birthday celebration to get a copy of his history that I read at his celebration. Since we are sharing the histories of our ancestors, I’d like to share a bit of my Dad’s/folks history that I prepared for his 80th birthday celebration. This day was a very special day in my dad’s life. It was his day and he enjoyed every minute of it. As I was reading this, there was standing room only and not much of that left either in the back of the Bottineau Senior Citizen hall.


By Gary W Stokes

July 16, 1995


Bottineau Senior Citizen Hall

Dad was born Sept. 2, 1915 to Carl and Bertha Petterson on a farm in the foot hills of the turtle mountains, in BottineauCounty.His mother died shortly after his and his twin sister’s birth.His twin, Margaret, was a little stronger than he and was sent to Canada to live with relatives.Dad was then adopted by the stokes family, who lived in the Ackworth community, inWillow lake township in the TurtleMountains, in RoletteCounty.It is in this community that Dad has spent the majority of his life..

In 1937, Dad ventured to Texas.I’m not sure why he chose Texas, but that is where he went.It was there that he learned the bakery trade.From there he went to Pembina, North Dakota.There, He answered an add in the paper for a job as a baker and he got the job.His new Boss’ were his future father and mother-in-law’s.He met their daughter, my mother Elaine, and in June of 1941 they got married.

After their there marriage, my folks moved back to the Ackworth community, in the turtle mountains.

One year later, 1942, Dad was called by his country, into the United States Army and served more that 30 month overseas fighting for his county.During this time, he saw a lot of combat and saw a lot of his fellow soldiers and friends killed in battle.Those were some very stressful times for all of the fighting soldiers.Dad can tell many different stories about his service years, both good and bad.From all of this, he has developed great respect for his county and the flag that he fought his life for.He is a very proud and devout American Veteran.In parades; in the past, in the present, and I know in the future, Dad, has, does, and will properly carry; straight and tall, “Old Glory”, the American Flag.He also makes sure, first and foremost, that the American Flag is displayed, and displayed properly in its appropriate place.For him that is number one priority.He will fight, tooth and nail, for the American Flag to be displayed and be displayed properly.

After the War, Dad and Mom went back to their farm in theTurtleMountains. The Farm, being only one Quarter section, wasn’t enough to provide for the family, so Dad; part of the time would work at other jobs.Both in the spring and in the fall, for many years, He worked for Ed Melbroth on his farm in Gardena.For many springs, He worked for the Bottineau county soil conservation district, planting trees and then in 1959 He worked at the Minot Are Force Base when they were building it.When Dad was working out, Mom and we boys would milk the cows and do all the chores.

One job that Dad did have, when I was in my teens, was hauling cream, from the farmers in the hills, to the Bottineau Creamery.Dad picked up his cream route from Leonard Lund in the early 60’s and kept it for probably about eight years or so.That is one job that I think he really enjoyed.He likes people and this job gave him the opportunity to work and do some socializing together.His customers liked for him to come in for a cup of coffee, and for him, turning down a cup of coffee is hard to do.By the time he got to Bottineau, after about 15 to 20 cups of coffee, he was pretty well coffee logged, but he really enjoyed it.

Following his Cream Route job, He got a job at San Haven in 1970.He worked there for almost 10 years, retiring at age 65, in 1980.This is the job that has helped him enjoy his golden years a little more fruitfully.With this job he was able to build up his SS and he gets a very small state retirement.When he first started working there, he still had the milk cows.He was milking cows, putting up hay, and farming while working at San Haven.This lasted about a year or so.Then he sold the cattle and rented the farm to Elwood Fauske.Elwood is still farming it today.With his big equipment, He covers a lot more acres in a halfhour than Dad did in one day with his little ford tractor. Elwood’s equipment is so large, that some of Dad’s fields must not allow him to make a complete round without overlapping.

Looking back, I can still remember that old log barn.The folks couldn’t afford anything else.This barn had a poplar tree roof covered with straw that was not at all water proof.When the snow melted in the spring and when it rained in the summer it leaked like a sieve.What a joy (not) it was to milk cows, in this barn, with water running down your back.The floor in this log barn, as you probably can guess, was poplar logs.They got kind of slippery to walk on in the spring of the year and when it rained.At times it was a little tricky to balance the milk stool and milk bucket on these logs, milking a Holstein cow that had gone through a barb wire fence cutting up her utter pretty bad; kicking and slapping you in the face with a dirty wet tail. To top everything off, in the spring of the year after the snow melted or when it rained hard, the mud would be over a foot deep in front of the barn.At times the mud would be deeper than the knee high boots that I had to wear to get into the barn.After chores each day, we would hose our selves off with very cold water, from the well.

In 1960, Dad got an FHA loan and was able to build a bran new barn with a roof that didn’t leak and a cement floor.That I can remember very well. I was just going into high school.It was such a pleasure to use this new barn.I still remember that the cows kept their same order in the stanchions from the old log barn to the new barn.They knew exactly what order to be in.

Dad went to the Ackworth country school and in the 7th grade, he had to, like many other kids of those times, quit school to work at home.This is the same school that all three of us boys attended.I was the last person to graduate from Ackworth, going though all eight grades, before it was redistricted, in 1961 and everybody went to Dunseith.Bud was going into the 4th grade and Allen into the 7th grade, when it was redistricted.When I was in first grade, there were 6 kids in the whole school.When Dad went there, there were more than 40 kids.As the years pasted, after Dads younger days to our days and to the present, there are fewer families with less children living in the Turtle Mountains.

Dad was the only Stokes child; however, when he became an adult he discovered his biological family.They only lived about 20 miles apart, but in that day, that was a long ways.In his biological family, there were 12 children.He and his twin sister were numbers 11 and 12.I think Dad must have been number 12, because his middle name is Decenious, and I believe that means 12 in Norwegian.He did not meet his twin sister, Margaret, until he was 34 years old, because she lived in Canada.As Dad has always said, “when they first met, they realized that they were not identical twins”.

Of the 12 Petterson children, in Dad’s family, there are still five living today and one sister-in-law.There are three boys and 2 girls.They are Nels, who lives with his wife, Helga, of almost 64 years of marriage, in Everett, WA;Emil and his wife, Lillian, of 58 years of marriage, living here in Bottineau;Elvina, living in Rugby ND; Dad’sTwin, Margaret, of 80 years, living in Weyburn, SK., Canada; and of course, Dad, Living here in Bottineau. Gerda, Dad’s brother, Han’s wife, lives here in Bottineau.For that family, she is the oldest of the living today.Gerda is almost 92 years old, very capably lives alone and her main mode of transportation is walking.She looks and functions like someone 30 years junior to her.Nels is almost 91 and he still functions pretty well.He still has a very sharp mind.His back has been bothering him for a few years, but other than that, He’s still going pretty strong.He still drives his car around Everett.Emil, as you can see, is looking and doing pretty good, after he got his new hip.

My Folks have always been very active in the Lutheran church.When I was a kid we went to Salem.There were 4 churches in the district; Salem, Vinje, Nordland, and Manger.We used to go to Salem and Vinje Churches during the summer and then Nordland in the winter months.Those four churches have all merged into one with their church and chapel atLakeMetigoshe.I will never forget the people from those congregations.They were very nice people with a special bond.

Dad, like all of his brothers and sisters, has been know for his ability to work very hard, very fast and very swift.His normal working day, when I was a kid, during the summer, was about 15 hours.He very seldom worked Sundays, though.To this day, Bud has to constantly tell him to slow down.In the winter months he is constantly blowing snow and in the summer he’s mowing grass everywhere.He still helps bud with his farming, hauling grain and doing miscellaneous jobs.He just loves to work and to this day, he still works hard, fast and swift.

Dad has one trait that I envy, and that is his social skills.He knows no strangers.Everybody is his friend.He gets acquainted, very fast, everywhere he goes.When ever he comes out to visit us, in Washington, he has to visit all of my neighbors, they are all his friends.Whereever he goes, he will strike up a good conversation and more than likely throw in a few jokes her and there.He has a terrific memory for faces and names.Dad has a gift and I mean a great gift, not shared by many, for his ability to tell stories.It’s a real art to always get that punch line in his stores to come out perfect every time and be funny.You may here the same story more than once, but that’s OK, because he’s just telling the next guy that hasn’t heard it yet.If he’s in a store, in a new area, like Washington, He’ll strike up a conversation with a store clerk, usually by showing her his North Dakota time, followed by a few stories and then if she gets busy, he’ll wait until she’s not busy and go back and shoot the breeze some more, usually with a few more stories, if she liked the ones he had already told her, and most of the time she has liked them.His next time back in that store, he is remembered, even years later.I’m telling you, it’s a real gift and art not shared by many.

The golden years have been good for the folks.They both enjoy good health and stay very active.They spend a lot of time right here, in the senior citizen building, almost everyday.They eat there dinners here every week day, getting here about 11 o’clock everyday and staying until 3 or 4 in the afternoon socializing, playing cards and pool.It’s kind of funny, because they watch the price is right show from 10 to 11 and then they come up here, but Mom doesn’t wait for the show to get over.She leaves about 10 minutes to 11, so that she can get here usual table to play cards before dinner.She takes their pickup truck and then Dad walks up after the TV show is over.Dad is still very active in the American legion and Mom in the legion auxiliary.They are still active in the metogoshe church and they are very active with their grand kids and all of their many activities.

3/16/2016 (2360)


I was without DSL internet and land line phone service from Friday until Monday, so I wasn’t able to get Friday’s and Monday’s blogs posted. There was a problem with our service box. I was able to monitor my email messages and use Face Book with my phone, but couldn’t send any bulk messages.



Denise Lajimodiere preserves history through ancient art birch bark biting
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Fargo Forum Newspaper article web link

Gary and friends,

I met Denise when she like me, was a student teacher at  Dunseith Elementary.

Throughout the years, although  our journey in education and  life diverged; I thoroughly enjoy our visits whenever our paths cross.

I value the ways  Denise continues to learn, then shares a vast and devoted knowledge of Ojibwa culture.

Two summers ago, Denise invited me to the Historical Center in Belcourt on Saint Annes Days, she introduced me to several  artisans and writers.

I  had arrived late in the  morning  to a quiet round table discussion, the sharing of  poetry and short stories.


I did not know a soul except for Denise, but through her warmth and courtesy,  I was heartily welcomed into the group.


After a little lunch shared, a local artist  brought in an  absolutely stunning work of scenic art,  made completely of dyed porcupine needles!

With the sun drawing  the afternoon close, Denise gathered several of us around a table and demonstrated her latest endeavor;

fascinating  birchbark craft, I learned  lessons in ecology of birch trees, history and the way oral stories were handed down whence creating with elders.

What a day!

I garnered a piece of  Denise Lajimodeire original  birch bark art and a copy of her poetry book.

I met one of her friends, another writer, one of the sisters of Louise Erdrich.


T’was a summer day,  I hated to see such enjoyable treasured experience come to an end….. I want to  repeat.

I was delighted to see the article  in today’s (02.28/16) Fargo Forum.

Thanks Gary and friends.

Vickie Metcalfe

Seim School Photos
Posting from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and friends,

RE; 2349  photos. They are from the treasure box of Marie ( Eurich) Beachler.

I asked  Marie if I could borrow them and ask Karen to scan them at the Spectrum.

Marie  gave her permission. So I took them into Karen and she sent them off to you.

I credit Marie identifying the  children in the Seim School photo.

She showed me a different copy of the same children which is the last photo.

I asked Karen to scan it for the blog  and  I will send the copy off to Carroll’s sister Ursella.

I think of those children in that photo at a critical time in our country, right before WWII.

I wonder,  what were there thoughts?

It was obivious  they were patriotic as they held flags and saluted.

Acht, and things endured through WWII.

Rationing, waiting for news of loved ones far and away?…..

Marie shared memories with me; recalling Grandma Rose Metcalfe staying with her and her siblings while their mother went away to the hospital.

She told me as a teen, her  older sister Olynda stayed  with Jim Metcalfe family and helped when Lola was born .

Marie shared she found work  at San Haven  caring for a  children whose parents were employed; She took care of Jay Vanorny as a baby.

Art Seim told me when the Eurich’s  were close neighbors, he did something helpful for the Eurichs.

It was never forgotten.

Eva Eurich repaid him with home made  sauerkraut.

Art said,  he told her, it was the best!    Mrs. Eurich continued treating him every fall with a quart of  homemade kraut.

Thankyou Gary,



World TB Day at the Central Library
Posting from Karen Loeb Mhyre (’47):  Bellevue, WA

Hello Gary!

Seattle library readers suggestions -that I subscribe to.  I thought these titles might be of interest to some of the people on your Dunseith List.

Karen LOEB Mhyre

New post on Shelf Talk
World TB Day at the Central Library

by rablogspl

TB IS THE WORLD’S #1 INFECTIOUS DISEASE KILLER.  EVEN MORE THAN AIDS.  If you found that statistic surprising, you’re not alone!  Tuberculosis seems like something our grandparents dealt with and then it sort of petered out, but that’s not the case.  It is widespread, and many of the more virulent forms in today’s world are resistant to regular antibiotics.

But there are people working to turn this around, and many of the amazing local forces in the field will be on hand as the Central Library hosts World TB Day this March 24 (including a panel of experts moderated by KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna).  Stop by the downtown library at 5:30 to browse exhibits, talk with representatives from seven organizations, and enjoy light refreshments, and then join us at 6pm for a panel discussion about the fight against TB.

And, consider taking a look at these titles, which will give you information about the history and future of this disease and those who suffer from, research and will eventually defeat it.

Spitting Blood: The History of Tuberculosis – Helen Bynum’s new (2015) book is the place to start.  She traces centuries– in fact, millennia– of humankind’s relationship with TB, and how it developed and spread.  She also shows how it is a disease of poverty, and mainly a disease of the developing world… except that the inadequate attention the developed world pays to defeating it comes at our own peril, as TB exists in urban areas, and in conjunction with HIV infection in “Western” countries.  It’s a fascinating and well-written book, as well as what The Guardian named “a call to action”.

Living in the Shadow of Death: Tuberculosis and the Social Experience of Illness in American History – This book delves more deeply into the American context.  We are more familiar with this story—which includes the age before antibiotics, when sanitoria were established in dry places such as Colorado Springs and southern California (at first for healing, and later for quarantining).  It presents patients’ experiences through their writings in letters and journals, some of them heartwrenching.

The Forgotten Plague: How the Battle Against Tuberculosis Was Won–and Lost – This book not only gives an overview of TB, but also  a deep dive into the role of scientific discovery as it relates to the disease.  It outlines early efforts to figure out its cause, to the discovery that it was a bacterium, to the efforts of multiple Nobel prize winners in determining how to fight it.  Part history, part scientific thriller, and part mystery, this is non-fiction at its best.

From the Seattle Municipal Archives: “Nurse with Patient in City Hospital Tuberculosis Division, 1927”

~posted by Ann G.

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


Reply to Larry Hackman’s above posting
From Keith Pladson (’66):  Roanoke Rapids, NC

Larry, thank you.  I read your transmission “The Kiss” and must admit it brought a tear of emotion to my eye.  WOW!  What a wonderful story.

And I thought to myself, that is a really emotionally powerful email and one that won’t soon be topped.  And then I read this one and I had another tear of emotion, albeit, for a different type of emotion.



Blog (431) posted on April 18, 2009

Posted on April 18, 2009

Community Jam session posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

Hi Everyone,

If you enjoy “old time/country” music, the Senior Citizen building in Bottineau, is the place to be this coming Sunday from 1:00-5:00. It’s great!!

This event usually takes place the second Sunday of the month (has only been one session so far), but because of Easter, it will be held this Sunday.

Musicians from throughout the area/Canada perform at this event. Performers at the last session (from north to south on stage): Larry Nelson, Minot; Floyd Borud, Minot/DesLacs?; Willie and Inez Rose, Minot; Carl and Shirley Knutson Melgaard, Turtle Mts.; Rita Langer, Belcourt; Gerry, Canada; Sandra Poitra–Rita’s niece; Lyla Roerick, Harvey; Dick/Brenda Johnson, Dunseith; Ron Hett, Bottineau; David Mettler, Souris/Bottineau; Tina Bullinger, Turtle Mts.

Larry, Floyd and Willie are part of the Dakota Rose band from Minot–Floyd and Karen Rath are first cousins. Dick/Brenda and Ron comprise Highway 43. David Mettler and Tina Pladson Bullinger are “Just Us”.

Rita has at least two CD’s for sale. I have the first one–it’s wonderful! I don’t know if other musicians have CD’s, or not. Dick would know.

See you on Sunday at the Senior Citizen Center in Bottineau!!


Reply from Jan Bergan Evans (66): MONTICELLO, MN

Gary when you did that line of Richards what program did you use to get it to tier? I have family tree and for the life of me I can’t see that??? II have been doing genealogy for years not real serious for a while but am getting back into it My grandfather Albert Laverdures dad was married to one of the Lords (Eugenie) a sister to Emma Lord Boucher so I’m interested on the Lords line. Art Richard always said they were related to us and I guess it is there, I enjoy your work very much thanks Do you do genealogy too? How do you fit it all in??? Wish I knew more about my grandmother side Clara Olson I need to try and use the ancestory.com . They have one at the Latter Day Saints Library but I have not gone there yet (lazy)

Reply from Theresa (Lloyd) Cote Awalt (48): Bottineau, ND

In regards to the Foster twins they are my nieces, Jane is married to Dwight Ormiston

& is retired from teaching & lives in Minot. Joan is married to Curt Anfinson & lives in

Mylo, she works at the Bank in Rolla.

Theresa Awalt

Reply from Debbie Mongeon Cernohous (66): RIVER FALLS, WI

Hi Gary,

I am replying about the Foster Twins. They are Joan and Jane and were our first cousins. Mom and Eileen were sisters. As you know Eileen just passed away and her funeral was last Sat. We had lots of good times with them. Now we all live in different directions and don’t see each other.

Debbie Mongeon Cernohous.

Debbie & Theresa, I feel like a complete fool for asking that question about the Foster twins after having posted Eileen, their mothers, obituary in message 424 on April 10th. When I posted her obituary the girls didn’t click in my mind. It was when Neola sent me a message that she was going to contact someone by the name of Foster originally from Omemee. Then it clicked that I remembered these Foster girls from Omemee, but I couldn’t remember if it was thru Dunseith or Bottineau folks that I knew of them. I didn’t really know these girls, but I remember folks talking of them in a very good way. Even when Neola told me their mother was Eileen, it still didn’t click. I didn’t put two and two together. It wasn’t until Eileen’s death that I realized you guys relationship either.

Condolences & reply from Shirley Olson Warcup (49): Ivans, UT

My condolences to the Myer family and belated condolences to the Foster and Cote families. I remember Patti Myer very well–she always seemed to be very energetic and very capable. I also remember Eileen Cote Foster–primarily because she was the sister of Theresa and Esther and of her twin, O’Neil. I believe it would have been in about 1944 when O’Neil and Jerome Christianson first came to a dance at the city hall. (I and a few other girls who were really too young to be at the dances–we didn’t dance much–just watched). These two young men, that we had never seen before, made quite an impression. When they found dance partners and started to dance, they made an even greater impression. O’Neil’s best dance partner was Eileen. I think most people on the dance floor stopped dancing to watch them. We had never seen anyone who could dance as they could. ( I believe Leona and Lydia, O’Neil’s sisters, were also capable of keeping up with him.) Sometime during the next few months Bernice, my sister, and O’Neil became friends. If someone had tried to describe him, I think they would have said–best looking, best dressed, best dancer. In the spring of 1945 he became seriously ill with typhoid fever.

This next information is my recollection of things and it may not be totally accurate. Eileen had gone to California to work sometime earlier–her parents tried to get in touch with her and couldn’t reach her. We got reports each day on O’Neil’s condition and it was not good–we also got word that they had not been able to reach Eileen. This went on for several days. Unknown to anyone, Eileen had decided to return to No.Dak. She had not informed her parents, and I was told she didn’t really know why she had felt she should go home but somehow it was a strong enough prompting that she just did it. I don’t remember if she arrived home before O’Neil died or not. I have heard there is a special bond between twins and I think that bond certainly played a part in her decision to come home. O’Neil has had to wait a long time for his “best dance partner”, but there was probably a lot of dancing when Eileen arrived. I’m not sure those who leave us miss us as much as we, who are left behind, miss them. (Theresa Awalt or Esther Fugere may be able to correct my recollections that are inaccurate.)

Shirley Olson Warcup

Reply from Bev Morinville Azure (72): Dunseith, ND

Hello everyone I just wanted to say to Diane I don’t think I was there ,It had to be Cheryl not me. HAHAHA Now on the serious side of life Clarence and I will be heading for Miles City in a couple of weeks to go see Debbie I call her each week and I talk she listens which is a switch for us. Usually Debbie does all the talking. I will let you all know how she is doing when I return. thank you all that sent cards to her. It brighted her days and she is working hard. She can say a few words like Hi and I LOVE YOU. she can also sing a little simple songs . Music was always a part of our lives so I know she enjoys that………… I have my appointment to check my mouth soon I am still cancer free. Thank you Jesus!!!!!!!!!!! We may be going to Colorado for a reunion in July with Clarences old unit . These are the people we were with for 5 years we all went to Germany together so we were like family its been 20 years already so that will be fun. God bless you all Bev


Reply from Colette Hosmer (64):

Thanks for all the Richard work, Gary. Dad always said Mom was related to everyone in Dunseith, now I believe it. Colette

Reply from Floyd/Carmen Richard: Rolette, ND

Thank you so much Gary, it is a treasure. I especially liked the idea of putting each family a different color. It makes it so much easier to identify who belongs to who.

Replies from Allen Richard (65): Midland, MI

Laurel — thought I should introduce you to Gary Stokes. Gary — meet Laurel Ann (Lagasse) Manaois. Her mother was Dad’s sister, Irene Richard.

Laurel — Gary Stokes is my classmate and is responsible for our class reunion and bringing many former and current residents of Dunseith and the area back together with our daily blog.

Scroll down on this–There is a Richard Family Tree, but it left out your mom and all of you.

Gary — Trust me–you don’t want to bring this to the next generation unless you get a bigger server!


Gene Was a barber for many years in Minot. He ,married later in life and was widowed. No children. Gene moved back to Rugby at about age 70 and passed away at age 76 in 2000 —- Dad was in the hospital with leukemea at the time — also in Rugby. Dad and Floyd planned Gene’s funeral but Dad was too ill to attend. Dad passed away in Feb of 2001.

Gene was one of the kindest people I even knew.

Got all of us????? Jeez Gary — you are talking French Catholics here!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good thing you don’t plan to go beyond Generation 4!!! Wait til Laurel gives you the Lagasse clan–another 10 first cousins of mine!. Counting the Pigeon side, I have 59 first cousins. With Stephanie and me that makes 61 in our generation. Only two have passed away– both on the Pigeon side — Vivian Pigeon — from California and Gary Pigeon — a DHS grad. 1959 I think.


Laurel A. Lagasse Manaois Reply:

Hi Gary,

My mother, Irene G. Richard, was married to Arthur J. Lagasse:


Joseph (died in infancy)

Carole Jean (Dallas Brown)

Karen Marie (divorced)

Delores Theresa (William Cundy)

Kenneth Arthur (Teresa)

Ronald Raymond (Nancy)

Laurel Ann (Orlando Manaois)

Darrell Joseph (Shirley)

Beverly Irene (Jim Null)

Richard Lee (Abby)

Jeneil Marie (Shelley)


Lynn (Scott Karnopp)

Gene Richard did not have any children.

I would love to see the finished product! Thank you, Allen

Laurel A. Lagasse Manaois

Allen & Laurel, I will update the Richard family tree to include your family memembers Laurel and also Gene. I will then repost this slide. This slide will really become busy now, but I think I can keep everything on one slide. Gary

Pictures from Sandy Zeiler Vandal (62): Elk River, MN


Found this picture among many. This is Nancy Hosmer, Pam Fugere and me. The picture was taken at Pam’s house don’t know the year, maybe Pam can figure it out, she looks around 2, and is still as cute as a button.


Picture L to R:

Pam Fugere Schimdt (73) Mandan, ND; Nancy Hosmer

Baldwin (62) Lake Metigoshe, ND & Sandra Zeiler Vandal (62)

Elk River, MN

Pictures/message from Allen Richard (65): Midland, MI

No–I don’t remember any round barn in the Thorne area. Dad and his siblings did spend some of their youth at farm known as “Grey’s” which is a couple miles East of Thorne. Here are a copula pictures of it from my trip to ND in 2007 for the reunion —

Gary — Most people didn’t know I had a brother that died at birth. Also – FYI — my first born was a son born may 14 1975, also died at birth. I have three older kids, Kelani, Marya and Nathan — all DHS grads. Alaina belongs to Susan and me and never lived in the Dunseith area.

Alaina Richard, Alan’s daughter, standing in the Grey’s House – 2007

Alaina Richard, Alan’s daughter, in the Grey’s House – 2007

The original Pigeon house — Where Mom and all her siblings grew up


3/9/2016 (2359)

recollections of our school years
Reply from Karen Loeb Mhyre (’47): Bellevue, WA

Wow!!! Thank you Ginger for your recollections of our school years.  I have never remembered the names of our early grade teachers except that I thought the first and second grade teachers were sisters.  Sounds like it was the first and third grade.

I too remember the wonderful year in Mrs Conroy’s 4th grade.  She was an amazing teacher.  I will never forget her reading of Lorna Doone.  I can still picture the misty colored heath and how she described it.  So real, so beautiful and mysterious.  I am adding Lorna Doone to my reading list to reread some day soon.

Miss Selzer was also a special teacher.  I remember thinking how beautiful she was and how I wanted to grow up to be like her.  She was a great teacher and a such a lovely person, inside and out.

Our family moved to Minneapolis in the summer before sixth grade, but we continued to visit our Grandmother Higgins every summer at Lake Metigoshe.  I would get together with Evie Gottbreht and Susan Fassett and Carol Jasper most summers until well into high school. It  has been nice to be able to reconnect with Susan and Evie as well as other classmates from back in the day.  I think you all were so lucky to be able to grow up together.  I think that is such a wonderful way to grow through our school years.

Our family moved four different times during my school years.  It is hard to stay connected to friends through the years when your family moves a lot!  Thank you, Gary for all you and others have done to make our reunions happen.  They have meant a lot to me and to many other people, I am sure.  It is great to be in our golden years, now free of judgment and curiosity, just looking for the friendship and fun that comes with reconnecting!

As an adult, my husband and I have lived in two different parts of this country:  Seattle, Ann Arbor, Michigan and Seattle area again.  We have lived in six different homes, with one more move planned for this summer, still in the Seattle area.  Our children are near (a son and a daughter) and far (one daughter).  My siblings as well – one brother and his family in Australia, the other three are all in the Seattle area.  We are lucky to see each other every three years or so.  This important life lesson we share:  Family First!!!!

I ramble on.

Again, thank you, Ginger,  for the wonderful recollection of each grade and your memories.  I wish my memory was so clear.  I have made a copy of your notes and am adding it to my copy of the Dunseith Reunion Book, “Prairie Past and Mountain Memories 1882 – 1982”.   Hard to believe that reunion was thirty four years ago!!

Take care,   Karen Loeb Mhyre


Cebu, Philippines
On our way to the Radisson Blu for our Monthly Cebu Expat dinner

Mirasol, Novie,  Bernadette, Jasmine (Novie’s daughter) and Tata (Bernadette’s evening caretaker)
Stokes 2359


Blog (430) posted on April 17, 2009


Foster Twins from the Omemee area?:
The other day Neola Mentioned the name Foster and Omemee. That triggered a memory in my mind. Do any of you remember the Foster Twins (girls) from the Omemee area? I never really knew them, but remember hearing a lot about these girls in my childhood days, but I don’t remember from where. Are these girls related or connected to any of the Dunseith folks? Neola told me their mothers name is Eileen and that these girls were close friends of her cousin Lois Christianson Roland. I knew Lois in my growing up days, but I don’t think the connection of my memory of these girls was thru her. Connie Halvorson, you and Lois are cousins too. Do you know anything about these Foster girls?


March 17, 1919-April 14, 2009

DUNSEITH Marvel Cleo “Patti” Myer, 90, Dunseith, died Tuesday, April 14, 2009, in a Rugby hospital.

She was born March 17, 1919, to William and Bertha Schmidtke in Arnegard. She married Johnnie Myer Oct. 7, 1939, in Rolla.

Survivors: daughter, Holly Wheeler, Casper, Wyo.; sons, Garrett, Decker, Mont., Carmen, Dunseith; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral: Monday, 10 a.m., Peace Lutheran Church, Dunseith.

Burial: Little Prairie Cemetery, rural Dunseith.

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

Visitation: Sunday, 4 p.m., in the church. (Nero Funeral Home, Bottineau)


From Trish Larson Clayburgh (73): FORT COLLINS, CO

Hi Gary,A friend of mine from Fargo sent me this video, set to music written by local Fargo musicians. I thought some of your readers might enjoy these scenes of the flooding and neighbors working together, along with the music. Just click on the link to see the video. Hope everyone had a Happy Easter! Trish

Link to flood video on Mikrotunes website.


Correction for Don & Coleen Conroy (59) Martel: Rosemount, MN

Hi Gary, Our home phone number is 952-431-3480. just a couple numbers transposed.
Thanks, Don


Replies from Diane Larson Sjol (70): Minot, ND

I am so excited to meet you! Cousin Nancy Hosmer Baldwin will also be
there. Our mothers were sisters…Verdellis and Leona
Richard….Gary, I am anxious to talk to you too…..man we have alot
of cousins! Diane Larson Sjol

You remember EVERYTHING! I love reading your stories…I could tell a
few about Debbie Morinvile and Dennis Dion…I remember it was an
“I’ll show you mineif you show me yours” when we were about in the
first grade…we were down in Dennis’ basement, Debbie, Dennis, Duane
and Bev and I…well the little boys kept saying…”I’ll show you mine
if you show me yours…..” We finally gave in…took less than a
second for a quick flash…truthfully, I don’t remember seeing
anything too excting…one of us screamed that we saw Sister Rose
looking through the basement window and we all went flying, hiding
under the stairs about to wet our pants with fear. We knew we were
doomed to hell. When we went upstairs and managed to go outside, we
saw that no one was around…still we never mentioned it again and
went to confession every Saturday….scarred us for life…haha.

Allen Richard….
Ever been to the Richard house in Thorne, ND with the round barn…?
That barn was amazing… Cheryl, refresh my memory….which one of the
Richards lived there? Whenever I was delivering babies at the
hospital, if someone said they were from Thorne, I could usually trace
them back to a relative of ours….those Richards and
Bouchers…..sure got around. lol


PS..Hey Cheryl, my dear sister…you must have been there too..can’t
imagine having that much fun without you.


Updated/Corrected Richard family tree sketch:

I have made all the corrections that you folks have provided to this sketch. As I mentioned before, this sketch only goes thru the 4th generation of the Hycinthe/Aglae Richard family. It’s a simple but busy little chart that shows where each of the Richard family members fall into this family tree. I know for me it will be a useful tool for future reference. You Richard family folks are members of a very large family. I’ll bet that with today’s generation there are more than a thousand members of your family. Gary

3/7/2016 (2358)

Reply to the History of the class of 66
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65): Belcourt, ND

Hey!  Larry. Ginger here, class of 1965

Good job on your classes history.

Your 1st grade teacher Miss Fern Strauss, ours too, wasn’t she the best teacher,  having us read aloud in class,  very good learning experience. I think our 3rd grade teacher was her sister, Florence.  Our 2nd grade teacher was Mrs. Masvelten.

Otherwise our 4th Mrs. Conroy and 5th Miss Jesslyn Selzer, was the same as yours,  6th Miss Nordine,  7th and 8th Mr. Art Rude, were ours. Anyone correct me if I’m wrong.

I was figuring— that I was four years old whenever I started 1st grade. Pretty  crazy!! I turned 5 in November.

I remember a little bit of our first grade classroom , there were pictures of Dick and Jane characters hanging on the walls.

Reading,  I loved it!

I sure wish I had a memory like yours,  Larry.

I remember Mrs.Conroy’s classroom,  I truly enjoyed it in there. One of the things she did was read us stories. She read us, “Lorna Doone”, when she read the book it made me feel like I was part of the story.  I remember looking through the book later on and the book wasn’t written in English, but she read so fluently in English. There was a movie of the book,  no comparison to listening to Mrs. Conroy’s reading the book.

Another was,  “The Secret Garden”. Again it was so lifelike describing the flowers as she read I could visualize every color so vividly. The character’s were described so well in the book and with Mrs. Conroy reading about them just made them seem so alive. I never will forget her reading to us and the books she chose to read.

I was excited to see the movie,  “The Secret Garden”,  when I was watching it I’m saying to myself,  nooo, this I is not! ” The Secret Garden”,  the garden, the characters,  all just not like the story that Mrs. Conroy read to us.

The stories she read to us all had a lesson,  a family,  of olden days.  I just came to realize that because the stories she brought into our minds, at least for me, I prefer to watch old movies that have a good story of real life, and books of the same .

Once in a while Anthony watches one of the oldies with me and really enjoys it. My son also gets caught up in a story or two of the kind, he to enjoys them.

I feel that teachers should still read stories to their students,  what is wrong with them listening to them in 4th grade.

There were other things she brought out in her students and that was their artistic abilities, crafty art, plaster of Paris as I believe they called it putting it in molds then painting whatever you made, for Mother’s Day, Christmas etc. We made colorings designs. I still have them,  I made so many of them Mrs. Conroy gave the book of colorings to me.

Those were the extra things she taught, besides reading and writing and arithmetic not to the tune of a hickory stick.

The other teachers also showed us things that I remember vividly but of all of them Mrs. Conroy’s class is the one I remember most things from.

3rd grade school Ms. Florence Strauss , besides some other things,  I remember the Christmas party,  exchanging gifts drawing names mixed gender.  I remember Donald Egbert drew my name, so his mother surely picked out the gift which was a beautiful blue designed scarf with a small bottle of Evening in Paris. I loved the gift and kept the scarf I have it packed away for safe keeping. I often wished I would’ve kept the perfume as well. I never did tell him I kept that scarf, maybe I should’ve. Maybe she inspired my love of Christmas and of giving from the heart.

2nd grade Mrs. Masvelten, I remember how she loved to play piano, I loved to listen,  she could have helped in my love of music, I remember that from her class. It was while in her classroom that I got measles,  I had to stay home from school,  this happened not long before Valentines Day,  we of course were going to have a party with her music playing the piano.  My mother made me think I wouldn’t make it, but all this time she had bought me a nice short sleeved white sweater, and I already had a red skirt to wear. You guessed it! I loved the Valentine party.

5th grade, Miss Seltzer, Miss Seltzer was a grooming person,  I remember when we came to school in the morning we lined up by the chart that was made to check each child off. She checked if hair was combed, teeth brushed, face washed, hands clean, finger nails clean and cut,  shoes tied, clothes clean and neat. This all was very good to do. Children learned from this.

This should still be done in schools.

I do remember once walking into her classroom,  with her!  The students who were there before us were shooting spit wads at each other, I wasn’t the only one who walked in with her. We were all innocent as could be and we all had to write 500 words. I went home told what I had to do, my sisters decided to help me out after hearing what happened,  well my mom got wind of that and wouldn’t let them help me. She said ” If the teacher said to write, you write by yourself.   I suppose we had to write something like,   I will not shoot spit wads or something of the sort. Well needless to say I had no respect for that kind of punishment!! ! MASS PUNISHMENT! !  I remembered that all my life, it happens to frequently in workplaces. She taught me a couple of things that really stand out.

6th and 7th grades Miss Nordine, she was an older lady. You know nothing stands out for me in her classroom.  I remember her shoes, they were different.

8th grade, I remember our Home economics class the teacher was great she taught us how to sew,  do some cooking, I need to mention this one thing she had us make, it was shaped like a fish, a large fish and tasted sooo goood. Tuna, or some kind of fish but was delicious, I sometimes wish for the recipe.

In high school I learned about favoritism in the classroom,  which is sometimes in our homes, workplaces. This usually works for the worse. People see this happening.  They react in ways of maybe hating the one who is being favored, while they should look at the one who is playing favorites. There are many things I saw in high school that I didn’t like. There were also many things in high school I did like. I learned I know that.

I was always a listener. I observed, I didn’t say hardly anything in my young days.  But I was learning all the time.  Everyday of my life wherever I went.

Thanks for bringing these all to mind Larry


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
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Bottineau High School Class of 1964  7th grade pictures
Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND

Hi Gary,

I don’t know if you can use this picture.  There are at least two fellows in the picture whose parents were from “the hills”: L. D. Hiatt and Charlie Carbonneau.  Dwight Coleman might be of interest to your readers???

Mrs. Harlan Renick and the other half of the class are in another picture.


Gary’s comments

Neola, So both you and Wally were teachers and good ones too I know.

There are a lot of familiar faces and names in these pictures that will be of interest to many of our readers. I recognize a whole of these folks too.


Bottineau High School Class of 1964: Wally Garbe’s Class/names on picture, 7th grade

Bottineau High School Class of 1964: Mrs. Renick’s Class/names on picture, 7th grade


Blog (429) posted on April 16, 2009


Evie Gottbreht (65) will be flying in from Southern CA to attend our Reunion:
Message from Sharron Gottbreht (59): Everett, WA
Evie has confirmed her arrival for the dinner event. It will be the first time I meet my cousin Diane Larson! So glad Evie will be there and guide be through the whose/who of Dunseith days, especially the younger crowd. I obtained Bill’s address from the Combined List – good work Gary. Sharron
Evie & Sharron, Like I mentioned to you before, we are so happy you gals will be attending this event. We are excited to see you.
Folks, Please get your reservations made with Bill Grimme if you plan on attending this event. I am getting a little nervous that the Best Western may be taking slots away from us if they have requests from other groups for this same evening. That was our agreement in contract negotiations.
I just got a message that Carrole/LaVerne Fauske Rude will be attending too. It will be so wonderful seeing all you folks again. We have the Best Western Banquet room reserved from 5 to midnight on July 24th. Registrations begin at 4:30. Gary
From Susan Malaterre Johnson (69): Alvarado, TX
Hi Gary and All, I received a call from the Red Cross to take a truck to our state’s burn area. It was bad, worse than I expected. I’ve seen so much since I started with the RC, but this is by far the most destruction. It looks like a moonscape and the stench is so pungent that it’s imbedded in my clothing and hair. There have been so many organz. helping. The biggest surprise was that the Buddests were there. The children are so scarred. I still can not believe how the burn patterns were. Some areas are surrounded by destruction and yet safe. Please everyone, say an extra prayer for those who are so overcome with this ugly turn of events.
Reply from and Condolences to the Pat Myer family
from Allen Richard (65): Midland, MI
Nice Job, Gary!
And my condolences on the passing Pat Myer — If any couple could be called icons of the community– they would be Pat and Johnnie. No matter the age — the good always die too young.
Reply from Cheryl Larson Dakin (71): BEDFORD, TX
Gary, this power point slide show is wonderful. I’m related and had no idea it was this large a group. I would love a copy forwarded to me. I would add under Leon Richard, his son Luke. Also Fred Richard had 6 children: Herbert/ Leona/Gerald/Virgil/Verdellis/ and Jerrine.
Now, does anyone have any information about the Boucher family? Edward and Mathilde (Duchesneau)? They are the parents of Johanna, married to Fred Richard
Cheryl L. Dakin
Silly me……I forgot to add my other sisters. Verdellis had Diane Sjol, Cheryl Dakin, Norma Vaughn and Karen Balsamo.
Cheryl Dakin
Cheryl, I have added all these folks to the matrix. I will repost the Richard Matrix will the the corrections tomorrow. Thanks, Gary
Follow up reply from Cheryl Larson Dakin:
Reply to Allen Richard’s response….I remember the old stone house. Mom (Verdellis) took us out there years ago but it had been sold to someone as a hunting lodge as I recall. (And as evidenced by the guys in the photo). It would have been fun to see the inside as it was when it was the family home. I can’t wait to see the information that the Richard family matrix. There are way more people involved than you can imagine. And the closer it gets to my generation, the easier it is to add my own little part. Thanks so much.
Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND
Gary,Back in December, I sent a story about Christmas in 1953 in Omemee, ND.
It is posted in message 303. I was reading message 410 and noticed in
the posting of the Dunseith Journal, Dec. 31, 1953 about 1/3 of the way
down in the first column it tells the same story of that night. I guess
my memory does work sometimes. Just thought it was interesting. Thanks.


3/4/2016 (2357)

Dunseith High School Class of 1966 history
Posted by Larry Hackman (’66): Bismarck, ND

Feeling a little nostalgic lately, I thought why not dig this history out of the archives for all to see.  I think with a little embellishment, it makes for some good reading about a time gone by.  What do you think?  Thank You,  Larry Hackman


  1. H. S.  CLASS OF 1966 HISTORY

September 6, 1954, will always be a date that will be remembered by the “Dunseith High School Class of 1966” because of the fact that the nucleus of the 1966 Class, started school on this date.  That is the day Miss Fern Strouse took her station at the door of the first grade room of the Dunseith Public School to welcome 33 frightened little toddlers into the warmth and shelter of that school that was to be ours for the next twelve years.

Corliss Allard                     Rodney Guderjohn              Gerald LaRocque                Richard Slyter

Ella Boucher                      Dana Henriksen                   Terry Martinsen                 James Tooke

Linda Boucher                  Lawrence Hetle                    Debbie Mongeon               Barbara Vandal

Darrell Delorme                Lynette Honsey                    Jean Nicholas                      Gerald Walette

July Dusheneau                 Marlene Kalk                        Alfreda Patenaude             Shirley Bercier

Tom Evans                         Marvin Kalk                          Vincent Peltier                     Margaret Faine

Carrole Fauske                  Gregory LaCroix                   Leroy Richard                      Judy Arends

Maurice Gouin                  Joan LaCroix                         Samuel Richard                   Jay Vanorny

The next year we had Miss Strouse again for a teacher.  We must have been a lovable bunch as our history demonstrates that a few teachers could not bear to teach without us and followed us as we advanced from grade to grade.  Somewhere in the hallway between 1st and 2nd grades we lost 7 pupils while we gained 6 pupils.  I don’t know which students didn’t get replaced but I replaced someone as I joined the 2nd grade class in 1955. I never have written more sentences in my life, that said the same thing over and over again, that said,I wouldn’t do this or I won’t do whatever.  I don’t know why Miss. Strouse had us doing all that writing.  Do you think it was just to improve our penmanship as we were just starting to learn to write cursive?  Than it always seemed to be just us boys sitting in the class room during recess, doing all this writing?  I never thought my penmanship was that bad.  But, what did I know.  I just remember it being a fun year.

Miss Lavonne Rhode was our third grade teacher.  We were as thrilled as we good be as we finally got to go upstairs to where the big kids (the third and fourth graders) were of the old white two and ½ story school house.  Where, when they had a fire drill we got to go down the shaky wobbly steel fire escape.  Some were so chicken?  However as thrilled as most of us were to be able to climb them stairs to new heights, eight of our fellow classmates decided they could not leave Miss Strouse behind.  Aside from Miss Rhodes regular teaching duties, she taught us many good manners which most of us still live up to today.  She always told us that she wanted to hear from everyone including other teachers, other students and parents on how well mannered her class is, and we as her students did not want to disappoint her. It’s too bad many students now days don’t have a teacher like her.
WOW, Fourth grade who would of thought.  We were getting so big, the biggest kids in the old white two and half story school house with lunch rooms in the basement.  Remember how good it smelled and how are stomachs started growling because it made us so hungry when the cooks were making our lunch.  But in the trek across what is known as “No Man’s Land” the hallway between the third and fourth grade rooms, we lost 5 students and gained 5 students. This left us with a class total of 24 students.  But, we were so thrilled to be in Mrs. Conroy’s room, as this room had a small room attached to it with a cot for the kid who got sick during the day.  I think every student planned on being sick at least once during the year so that they could stay on the cot in that room.

This was also the first year we made posters for Memorial Day, and put on a program for Memorial Day on the stage of the old City Hall.  The first year we elected class officers and sold items from house to house and worked at basketball games selling pop and candy that took place at the City Hall Building to make money for our class.  I guess that money went to pay for the prom that we put on for the 65’rs. Anyway we thought we were big time.

Fifth Grade, we migrated back down to the first floor, out of the old white wood building into the old brick and mortar building, and back to being the youngest kids on the block.  However, there were benefits to this location.  We were in the closest class room to the bathrooms and to the old gym.  Getting to school early meant you could hang out in the old gym. Basketball was fun but if I remember right, it seems like arm wrestling was the in thing at the time.

During the migration from fourth to fifth we lost four students and five others, joined our happy throng.  Our new teacher was Mrs. Jessylyn Hosmer.  Mrs.  Hosmer gave us the most thorough instruction in Health that we have ever received.

Sixth Grade, believe it or not we went from the closest room to the bath rooms to the room farthest away from the bathrooms.  That year we gained six new students and we lost three and I don’t know if our classroom location to the vicinity of the bathrooms had anything to do with the increase or not.

Mr. Dennis Espe a DHS graduate himself became our teacher.  He had his hands full with a bunch of young fellows wanting to show how strong they were and also with trying to keep the high school boys down at the other end of the hallway.  He must have enjoyed us, as he stuck with our class for the next three years.

Seventh Grade, Yes we had wheeled and dealed our way into the seventh grade where two more men teachers Mr. Art Rude and Mr. Perry Aus joined Mr. Dennis Espe in trying their luck at trying to educate us.  Now I don’t know what happened but it must have been decided somewhere along the line that more teachers were needed to control them junior high students.  I don’t know if it was because of us or because of the classes that preceded us?  It couldn’t have been because of us?  It must have been because of them new 6th graders.  However some said that if we didn’t drive them teachers to getting ulcers the other classes pulled them over the edge.  There were 25 students in that seventh grade class with everyone was learning how to hold hands out behind the outhouse, and the boys playing basketball. Everybody was staying busy.  The fragrance behind them outhouses must have been dizzying.  Didn’t we have indoor plumbing yet?  We were really growing up, becoming ladies and gentlemen.

Eighth Grade.  Yes, we had the same teachers as we had in the seventh grade.  I think them teachers, Mr. Art Rude, Mr. Perry Aus, and Mr. Dennis Espe were expecting us to pull some hanky panky business, like knocking down partitions between class rooms, and also putting stick pins in the noses of them paper air planes and wallpapering the classroom ceilings and other students with them.  I remember wearing a paper airplane for an ear-ring because of some of these shenanigans. It did hurt to remove it and it did leave a scar, Kenny.

It was also the last year for us to picnic at the International Peace Gardens as a class.  Every year near the end of the school year, each grade would transport there students up to the gardens for a picnic.  This year a fellow student gave me a pint of spirits (Seagrms 7) I think.  I put it in front of my pants under my shirt for the trip.  Who knew the Chief of Police, Virgil Vanorny would end up hauling about five of us in his car.  I never in my life sat more still and quiet for an entire trip.  After getting to the gardens, several of us each grabbed a can of coke, and headed off into the brush.  It was a bad deal.  I spent the remainder of the day laying on a picnic table that I pulled over into the shade trying to recover.  It was no fun!  I don’t know why.

I think them teachers were completely surprised by our manners and our actions after the 65’rs left and we the 66’rs were in control.  We actually left an impression on them teachers that they have never been able to shake.  I just felt sorry for the grade school classes that had to follow us and tried but were unable to live up to the  example that we set.  We are the class that will never be matched but envied by all.  Except for maybe the class of 64?  Mr. Art Rude senior always said that they were his favorite class.  I don’t know why.   This year we lost three students and we gained 15 student which brought our class enrollment to 38.  Does anyone remember the names of all these students?

I think it was the last year (1962) for a formal eighth grade graduation ceremony at Dunseith.  Remember how exciting it was.  I think it was more exciting than any other graduation ceremony I ever participated.  Remember how we were lined up in the basement of the old Dunseith City Hall.  We were ready to march into the hall from the back entrance up to the front into a full house of friends and family.  It was so exciting waiting to be called up onto the stage and to receive your eighth grade graduation diploma.  Kids now days don’t know what they are missing.  Than we sat and watched the DHS Class of 62 receive their diplomas.  What an exciting night.

Freshmen, the year we made the long haul from the eighth grade to high school and in the process we gained eighteen students and lost six that brought our enrollment up to 50 students. Who were all these students and what happened to them?  Can anybody remember who they were and what were their names?  As far as we were concerned we gained in number, but lost in prestige.  We were poor green freshmen, and nobody let us forget it.  Remember we started at the beginning of the dictionary in science class writing down the first twenty words and memorizing their definitions and that continued for the remainder of the class with a test every other day on the next twenty words.  Did we ever get to the end of the dictionary?  We also were the 1st freshmen class in the bran new high school that actually was still under construction.   So there was a little glory to being a freshman that glorious year of 1962-63.

Sophomore, this year for us, seemed to be the year for dropouts, being we lost nine students and only gained three.  However, we gained in prestige this great year, mainly because we were able to hold our own in the hallways during the mad dash to our lockers between periods, and during the eraser, and spit wad fights, as we were a little bigger but mostly because our attitudes were a little bigger.  We had earned our stripes and we weren’t going to be pushed around anymore.  We were good kids but for some reason Mr. Corbin our Biology teacher must have figured his nerves could not hold up another year at D. H. S.  Because after that year he moved onto White Shield to teach there. What was wrong with throwing frog and worm and starfish parts around the room?  Wasn’t that the point , to get us use to handling these critters, oh but the smell of that preservative that they drowned them poor critters in was unbelievable.  Still makes me sick to this day.  Does that smell ever leave your nose?

Junior year, we definitely were getting to be the big dog in the yard.  Why, we could really walk down the halls without getting any lip from anybody.  One of the memorable events that happened this year has people still laughing.  We had all decorations set up for the prom and along comes this little tornado or otherwise known as Gerald Casavant.  For some reason he decided the gym needed airing out, because he turned on the blowers and away went the crape paper decorations.  Boy, you never saw a little Frenchman make tracks for cover like Gerald did that day.  I guess he thought that he would make a memory.

Senior year, take a breath, what a marathon, huh?  After twelve years of blood, sweat, toil, and midnight oil, we can finally say that we have reached the most memorable year of all the 12 years of our school lives.  Our number was diminished down to 28 strong, but mighty seniors that walked the halls and filled the classrooms of good old D.H.S.  We are now gone but hope we are not forgotten.  Together we made a lot of memories, some good, some not so good but we were all there together and we marched through that school into our future without fear and with all the hope and strength our parents, teachers and friends good give us.  We the senior class, “The Dunseith High School Class of 1966” the greatest class that ever roared through the halls of D. H. S.  We the Dragons, The Senior Class of 1966 won’t forget you, our parents, teachers, classmates, and all our friends.  From our hearts, THANK YOU ALL,

DHS Class of 66 2357

Blog (428) posted on April 15, 2009


Posted on April 15, 2009

Pat Myer passed away:

Posted by LeaRae Parrill Espe (67): Bottineau, ND

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Gary, I received word from Holly Myer Wheeler this afternoon that her mother, Pat Myer, passed away this morning in Rugby. Pat celebrated her 90th birthday on March 17, 2009. Holly said that she and her husband Jim as well as Garrett and his wife Audrey had enjoyed Easter dinner with her in Rugby.

Her funeral has been set for Monday at 10AM at Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith. Visitation will be on Sunday starting at 4PM, also at the church.

My sympathy to the family. Her three children are Dunseith graduates Garrett ’63 Carmen ’67 and Holly ’68.

LeaRae Parrill Espe ’67

Garrett Carmen & Holly, Our condolences are with you with the passing of your mother. She is well remembered. She was a wonderful person. Most everyone knew your mother, your dad Johnnie and your family. Dunseith & Rolette county as far as that goes, would not have been what it was in their day without them. Your family brings back many good memories for a lot of folks. Gary

Myer Garrett PO Box 66 Decker, MT 59025 (406) 757-2537 No email address

Myer Wheeler Holly PO Box 50415 Casper, WY 82605 (307) 258-9106 No email address
Myer Carmen RR # 1 Box 104 Dunseith ND 58329 (701) 263-4609 Beth6@srt.com

Reply from Bill Grimme (65): Birmingham, AL


Thanks for the shout out to the old man in Alabama.

I enjoy reading your stories a lot. You have a great memory. I guess the statute of limitations has run out on stealing crabapples, so I can say that I spent several warm evenings crawling up to that tree, usually after midnight, I think. Those were great apples, but, everyone knew there was hell to pay if you got caught stealing them. I picked up a few crabapples in the store a few years ago and the taste brought back the memory. Talk about forbidden fruit!.

Keep up the great stories. You bring great memories to me and I’m sure to a lot of folks.


Message/Pictures from Sharron Gottbreht Shen (56): Everett, WA

Hi Gary,

I see a promising new generation of children soon to make their first communion here at St. Brendan Parish and thought the “old” pictures I treasure might interest several of your readers. The first picture is of Mary Fontaine [1941-1949] and I. We had been selected as guardians for the group of 1947. Naturally it was a happy day for me when the Joe and Theresa Fontaine moved into Grandma Masse’s home about 1945, diagonal from the Gottbrehts. Victor and Mary became close playmates and Granmere Masse looked after us. Mary taught me “London Bridge” and “Ring Around the Rosie” in French, the only language Grandma Masse spoke. I had my first french fry there which I think Theresa must have sent from Rosie’s Cafe. Mary liked them with mustard and I can still hear her requesting “avec mutard, Granmere”. We may look angelic in our picture together, but Emma Masse knew better. We were fascinated by the Masse rabbit warren in the barn out back and often chased the poor critters to exhaustion; Joe had to make the barn off limits.

We made our first communion the following year, and you will notice that Ernestine Dailly and maybe Linda Evans were our guardians. Wish I could identify everyone. Maybe Ron Link and James Robillard; a Picard? I can see the top of Connie Bedard head and Helen Boguslawski is another tall one in back. Mary Fontaine an unknown, Sharron, more blonds, then the poised Shirley LaRocque up front. Great of Shirley and she is most welcome to a copy. I hope Shirley and Connie sign up for the Seattle reunion, I plan to be there.

Mom had taken us to pick raspberries at her brother, Hector Boucher’s farm the Sunday Mary and Victor Fontaine died. We heard the explosion there some three miles away. Mom hurried us home passing the small plane wreck just east of hwy 3 opposite the air field. I wonder if my next school year of confusion at the academy in Willow City was not arranged in view of the Fontaine tragedy. Some scars remain for certain. I had the good fortune of working with the talented Theresa Fontaine countless times at Dale’s for at least 4 years and use her Sour Cream Raisin Pie recipe today.


Reposting of the Old Time Music Jamboree with attachment:

Posted by Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND

Folks, There was an attachment with Dicks message that I missed yesterday.

This will be a good event for all that enjoy this kind of music. Gary

Gary and Friends,

It’s again that time of year when the Rolette County Historical Society
sponsors a music Jamboree as a fund raiser for the museum. It usually is
a big hit here in the area. Hopefully all those who are able will attend
the event and help to enable the museum to continue to expand and
provide us with a way of preserving the history of Rolette County. We
have several groups signed up to perform. It will be a great night of
music! Thanks Gary!



3/2/2016 (2356)

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. Burial will be at the Little Prairie Cemetery near Dunseith.

Guy Knox, a son of Bernie and Olga (Anderson) Knox, was born on October 15, 1925 on the family farm in Willow Lake Township near Dunseith. He was reared there and attended the Wetheralt Country School. He worked on the family farm and played baseball for the Dunseith Gardners. He had the opportunity to go to the minor leagues but chose the Army instead. He entered the US Army on June 7, 1955 and served as a mechanic until his honorable discharge on May 23, 1957. On November 17, 1960 he married Lola Millang at Bottineau. They made their home in Willow Lake Township north of Dunseith. He worked for the Lamoureaux Brothers and drove school bus for a time. He later worked as a plumber at San Haven until he retired. He also farmed and ranched his entire life.

Guy was known for his love of horses and always had a team to haul wood and hay on the farm. His family and friends have many fond memories of going for sleigh rides.

He is survived by his wife, Lola of Bottineau; daughters, Donnet and her husband, Mike Sivertson of Bottineau, Julie and her husband, John Seier of Minot and Luann and her husband, Jeff Soland of Bottineau; grandchildren, Nick Monson, Riley Monson, Andrew Seier, Katie Seier (Nick Johnson), Brady Soland (Lindsay Hallada) and Danielle Soland (Cody Clemenson); great-grandchildren, Jakob and Skylar Brudwick; sisters, Minnie Flynn, Mary Knox, Edna (Susie) Millang; sisters-in-law, Laurene (Willard) Olson, Lorraine Millang, Linda Bostic, Mary Millang: brother-in-law Dick Sletten and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Dorothy Earl (Clayton), Nettie Tooke (Kenny) Ina Sletten, Joyce Wilkinson (Leonard) and Coral Carlson, brothers-in-law, Glen Millang, Mike Bostic, Jack Flynn, Chuck Carlson and Chris Hoopman.

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


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

Floyd Dion’s comments
This is for Neola as I do not have her email address
That electric wheel chair that Harvey and I made
was made in the early 1960.It used a 24  volt aircraft
motor or starter . It was a little fast as it was not geared
down enough but it worked.


Blog (427) posted on April 14, 2009

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Posted on April 14, 2009

Mrs. Longie will be celebrating her 90th Birthday:

Posted by Ron Longie (65): Yakima WA


On August 23rd & 24th we will be celebrating Moms 90th Birthday, at here home in Spokane, Wa if any of her old friends can make it they are surely welcome, she still lives alone and is going strong what a GAL. Mom’s phone # is 509-327-4044. I hope this note finds you and yours well and in the best of health.

Ron Longie

     Hanna Loab & Ursula Longie – July 13, 2007

Wilbur Longie Family:

Back row: left Wallace, Wilbur, Margie, Ronnie
Front row: left Willie, Patti, Ursula, Donnie

From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

It’s again that time of year when the Rolette County Historical Society
sponsors a music Jamboree as a fund raiser for the museum. It usually is
a big hit here in the area. Hopefully all those who are able will attend
the event and help to enable the museum to continue to expand and
provide us with a way of preserving the history of Rolette County. We
have several groups signed up to perform. It will be a great night of
music! Thanks Gary!


Dick, When and where will this event be held? It sounds like a really fun event you have planned. I’d love to attend. Gary

Reply from Esther Murray Fleming (65): Flint, MI

To Dick Johnson

The guy who made mattresses didn’t do it at our home. So you might check with others. Maybe someone else would know, but it doesn’t sound familiar to me. Sorry.


Reply from Floyd/Carmen Richard: Rolette, ND

Thanks for the picture of the Bergerons, I suspect that it is a five generation picture. Thanks to Neola too for finding it. We have several geneolgy books that have been compiled about the Richard family dating back to the 16th century so if Diane wants to look at them I would be glad to help her out.

You wanted to know the names of our children: Cheryl (Keith Anderson) Dan (Mary Pederson), Curtis (Cindy Christensen) Craig; Mark (Lanette Beachler) and Sheyna (Aaron Strommen) All of them live in the state of North Dakota and all are involved in agriculture. The girls have had a tough spring, the flooding and excessive amounts of snow have not been a good experience.

Hope everyone had a great Easter.

Thank you Carmen. I have included the names of your children on the Richard matrix I am putting together. Gary

Reply from Allen Richard (65): Midland, MI

Yes, Gary– Leah Bergeron was either the youngest or second youngest in the family.

Allen, I have been working on the Richard Matrix. I have discovered a lot of surprising relationships that I had no idea existed. Yes, I discovered Leah as being part of the Richard family. I also discovered that Lillian Houle’s mother, Bernadette, was a Richard. She was a sister to Leah and George, your grandfather. I think I will have that matrix ready for posting tomorrow. Gary

Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Rolette, ND

Gary and Friends,

Allen’s story of the Hycinthe Richard family was interesting. When I saw
the picture of the old stone house, I remember being there about two
years ago. We had a snowplane rally out of Willow City, to the east,
lead by Gayland Cote. He took us to the very same house which is
somewhere south and west of Overly. The house was refurbished by a group
of hunters. They are all members of the ND Air National Guard stationed
in Fargo. One of the group is Joe Duff from Willow City who more than
likely headed up the project. Gayland had a key and showed us through
the house—very nice. He also had to step through the door and quickly
call the Bottineau Co. Sheriff’s Office to tell them we were the ones in
the house. It seems they are ‘hotwired’ against burglary. Good thing
Cote knew that or we might have found ourselves surrounded! I had no
idea that it was the old Richard homestead until I read Allen’s message.
Small world! Thanks Allen and Gary!


Obituary posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

Barbara Olson 1943 – 2009

Barbara Olson, 65, Minot, died Wednesday, April 8, 2009 in her home.

Barbara Azure was born on April 4, 1943, the daughter of Edward and Laura Azure in Belcourt, ND. She was raised and educated in Belcourt.

On December 26, 1962, she was united in marriage to Reginald Olson. She then became a homemaker and assisted her husband in operating his business, Midway Transmissions, north of Minot. In later years, she was a daycare provider.

She enjoyed sewing, puzzles, playing bingo, and playing cards and dice with her sisters. She also enjoyed crafts.

Those who shared in her life: Children: LeRoy (Katherine) Olson, New Town, ND, Laura (Todd Mehlhoff)
Olson, Reggie Olson (Theresa Tillary), and Frank Olson (Stephanie Rud), all of Bismarck, ND; sisters: Shirley (Moses) Montavo, Boston Cromwell, Belcourt, ND, Donna (Paul) White Owl, Watford City, ND, Cuddy (James) Scott, Minot, Janice (Michael) Norflete, Minot, Diane Valley, Minot, Sandra (Ronnie) Azure, Belcourt; brother: Jimmy Azure, Belcourt; five grandchildren: Jason, Billy, Santana, Brandon, and Frankie Jo. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Jeffrey and a sister Linish.

Visitation: Monday, April 13, 2009 from 2 until 7 pm at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot

Funeral Service: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 12:30 pm at St. Leos Catholic Church, Minot

Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park at a later time in the spring of 2009.