4/29/2016 (2377)

Harmon Albert Hiatt

Reference: Hiatt History pasted below in Blog 446 on May 5, 2009

The original Harmon Albert Hiatt buildings were located on the same spot that later became the Stokes Farm. From what my dad told me the Hiatt buildings were located in the area of the Power pole in the Stokes farm picture below. For all you Hiatt folks, this is where your North Dakota Roots originated. Ackworth Community located 17 miles NW of Dunseith.

Stokes Farm in the about 1965
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Blog (446) posted on May 5, 2009

Hiatt history from Leola Hiatt Lagerquist and Nettie Hiatt Peterson: Dunseith & St. John

Posted by Evon Lagerquist (77): Dunseith, ND
Gary, it is Harmon Albert Hiatt, he was born in 1854 and died in 1923, according to his head stone at the cemetary, and Mom and Nettie. His 1st wife and mother to Amos & Henry was Mary Victoria Louder Hiatt. She was born in 1862 and died in 1885 in Iowa. GGHarmon then married Louisa Alice Woodford, and they had George Franklin, Joseph William(Uncle Willie), Anna May, John Jackson(Uncle John J.), James Arthur(Uncle Art), Hannah Dililah(Lila), Charlottie Marie, Harry Isaac, and Walter LeRoy. After Louisa’s death, he married Myrtle Emma Klang. So, Harmon Albert Hiatt had 3 wives all together!! Calvin Hiatt in Portland, OR. may have more onfo on the Hiatt’s. Thanks, Gary.
Evon, Thank you so much for getting this info from your mother and Nettie. Having been born and raised on the exact same spot of the Harmon Hiatt homestead and having been very close to many of the Hiatt family members my entire life, this is some info that I never knew. Now that we have it, it will be posted on a WEB site and recorded never to be lost. Gary
Dale Pritchard’s (63): reply to Wayne Smith (61): Leesville, LA
Wayne,I’m sorry to have taken so long getting back to you. Circumstances went
beyond my control. I see your first email is dated Apr 12. I went to a
Corps of Engineers training class in Dallas on Apr 6 and didn’t get back
until Apr 17. On the 19th, Winifred Eurich passed away and I was going
to come up for the funeral. The following day, before I even got plane
reservations made, my wife’s younger brother, at 54, died of a heart
attack in Mississippi. We got back from there on Sun the 26th and I’ve
been playing catch-up ever since.

I’d love to get that Japanese instrumental back if it’s the one your
Uncle Hank has/had. I knew him as Henry so Hank sounds a little
strange. I don’t really remember a second record but there may have
been. I have a friend with a turn-table so maybe I can copy it to a
tape and then to a CD. If you need me to pay postage – no problem.

Wayne, I don’t think I’ve seen you since your high school graduation. I
probably wouldn’t recognize you now if I met you on the street. They
say everybody changes except yourself? That may or may not be right.
I’ve always tried to come back home at least once a year but once I get
there it’s hard to get away to look up anyone. You live right in
Bottineau right?


Dale, After reading this letter of yours several times, knowing it will be of interest to many, I decided to post it. We are so sorry to hear of the death of your wife’s brother. He was so young. We all know that Winifred Eurich was your aunt too, being a sister to your dad. Gary
Reply from Gary Metcalfe (57): Forsyth, MO
Hello Gary, PeeWee Nelson’s first name was Winnfre.
to: Jan Bergan Evans Was surprised to find Anton Olson’s homesteaded up on the Canadian border, at Rab Lake in Willow Lake Township near the Bottineau County Line.
Also Louis Burgan spelled differently from your grandfather’s Bergan. Gary Metcalfe
Message/Picture from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,There is only one Wicks that I remember– Carl Wicks. He lived on the
corner of Highway 43 and the road to Joe Dietrich’s—Ele’s dad’s. His
house was almost directly north and across the highway from Hackman’s
place. He hunted deer with Floyd Lamb and our bunch and was somehow
related to Floyd, cousin or uncle, I think. He was a taller man and had
a growth on his temple that eventually was about the size of a tennis
ball. He couldn’t see very well and was unable to wear glasses because
of this. I think, if I remember correctly, he had the growth removed and
got glasses—and then died shortly thereafter. My grandfather had sold
/ loaned / traded him a D John Deere tractor on steel wheels. He didn’t
want the tractor or changed his mind or something, so one day in about
1960, Grandpa Hans took me along to Carl’s to tow the tractor back
home–about 3 miles. The steel lugs on the old John Deere made for a
rough ride. I stood, then sat, then tried to stand with my knees bent
but nothing worked. By the time we got back home, my teeth were nearly
rattling and my arms were numb from holding on to that old steel
steering wheel. A plowed field wasn’t too bad, but a hard road surface
was not the place for lugs. Some folks may not know about steel wheels
with steel lugs, but before rubber tires they all had lugs. Never had to
worry about a flat tire in those days! Attached is a picture of a
restored D JD on steel. Thanks Gary!


4/27/2009 (2376)

blog 445 from May 3, 2009


I forgot to copy and paste blog 445 from May 3, 2009 with the last blog. I notice I had forgotten to do that when I went to post it on our web page. Sorry about that. I have included it with today’s blot though.



Reply from Geri Metcalfe Munro (’58):  Fargo, ND

We all enjoy the stories of Aggie—where is the 2009 blog?  Hopefully, it will follow.

Thank you, Gary, again and again for all that you do for us.  We have met with you several times over the years, and everything you do is FIRST CLASS!!

We are forever grateful to meet you and Bernadette, and each trip has been such a GREAT BLESSING to us!!

Love, Chuck and Geri (Metcalfe) Munro


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

Hi Gary,

I haven’t been getting the 2009 blogs at least the last 4, just wondering why the whole 2009 blog doesn’t come through only the heading does.

Thanks Gary



Lillian Thompson Cain Bergstrom (DHS Class of 1936) Celebrates 100th Birthday
Picture from Ron Cain:  Superior, WI

Thanks Ron for this info. Always nice hearing from you too. Gary

Greetings Gary:

Always nice to get a greeting from you.

I was unaware my wife had forwarded a photo of my mother (Lillian Thompson Bergstrom) and her children on her 100th birthday, so I was initially surprised at your request for the names of mother’s children.  My wife Diana is sneaky like that.  In the picture, sister Lucy Alice Cain Herrick (named ater her paternal great-grandmother Lucy L. Cain and her daughter Alice Cain Lockhart) is standing next to Donald Earl Cain and Ronald D. Cain (twins) and William Thompson Cain (named after mother’s brother William “Willie” Thompson.

I enjoy your noting references to Winifred Eurich and I always pass the information to mother as she always held her in high regard.  To this day, the mention of Winifred’s name evokes fond memories of the friendship they shared.
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Question from Larry Hiatt (Grandson of Henry Hiatt): Medford, OR
Thank you for all of the information about the ND Hiatt’s. I have officially requested the “Prairie Past & Mountain
Memories Centennial Book”
For my birthday. If I don’t get it I will purchase it my self.

However I do have 2 questions If you know any one that has the answers.
1) is it Harmon or Hermon? I see it both ways.
2) Does any one know his first wife’s name. It looks like she is probably my relation. Until now I didn’t even know that there were 2 of them.
Larry Hiatt
Folks, Please let us know if any of you know the answers to these questions of Larry’s. I have listed Herman (Harman) Hiatt’s name the way it is recorded in the official ND death register. The spelling listed there may me in error too. Gary
From the ND death register
HIATT, HERMON A 10/02/1923 Rolette MALE 67 Years 99/99/9999 North Dakota Rolette
Reply from Blanche Wicks Schley (42): bschley@medicine.nodak.edu Grand Forks, ND
The Wicks brothers Thanks buried at Little Prairie Cemetery were my uncles.
The family originally lived in Minnesota and came to Bottineau first.
They had a livery stable there and my Dad and my Uncle Henry married Lillian and Mabel Bittner in Bottineau. I do not know just when my other Uncles moved to the Turtle Mountain area or just where there first home was located — it was north of Dunseith.
The men lived together (My only other Uncle to marry was Lewis “Duffy” who was the father of Harold whose obitiary was also into day’s e-mail. )
Thanks, Eileen, for posting this picture.
You also sent the obit on Harold Wicks. His wife, Gretchen, has also passed away.
Reply from Ele Dietrich Slyter (69): Dunseith, ND
Thank you all for the Wicks information.
I have been to Little Prairie and have seen the grave site. One of the stories I remember Dad telling was the Wicks Boys traveling the hills withastallion for breeding. I think quite a lot of people in the area raised colts from this horse. Apparently the training skills were legendary also as I remember that being mentioned also. I did not know about the other jobs they had such as ice cutting, etc.
Am I correct in thinking of Missouri as a starting point for the Wicks in the USA? My grandfather was born in Kansas but had roots in Missouri as well. He moved to ND to homestead at Alexander (near Williston) where he met and married my grandmother who was born in SD. They later moved to the Turtle Mts where they raised their two children. Carl Wicks became one of their treasured neighbors and friend. Where does Carl fit into this family? I think it may have been Wilder who had the club foot. Correct me if I am wrong. And yes, from what I remember they were a very hardworkingand colorful bunch of characters.
Thank you again.
From Vickie Metcalfe (70): Bottineau, ND
It’s a wonderful Sunday morning here in Bottineau.
There is a MARCH FOR HOPE walk at 1:00.
This is a local effort initiated by 3 of Mavis Hagen’s friends.
Mavis, Wife of Art, Mother of Josh and Devonne, daughter in law of Clarence and Mary Ann.
…Mavis Hagen……..MH …March for Hope. The three friends had worked here in the system for years with Mavis and last fall decided they wanted to do something for her to support Mavis through the cancer treatment.
Mavis passed away.
Her husband. Art and dedicated friends did not give up and continue the endeavor…
The March for Hope starts from Bottineau to the Christian Center at the Lake.
Contributions have exceeded $8,000. These $ will stay in the area to provide local support $ to area people fighting cancer to get $ for travel to treatment ….etcetera.
It is a beautiful day. AND the idea was to walk up hill toward the Christian Center….
As we all know that individuals fighting cancer……. Walk the Walk….
…..the uphill battle….figuratively)
Take care, Love Vickie
Reply from Bob Lykins (60’s DHS teacher): Germany & Hutto, TX
Gary,There is a large onion festival held every September in Grieshiem, Germany (just west of Darmstadt). Lotsa beer and onions. You would be amazed at what they can prepare using onions as the main ingredient. If you loved your Dad’s onion sandwich, you will flip out over a German product on brotchen with beer.

Bob Lykins

Reply from Shirley Peltier (66): Sacaton, AZ
Gary, the attached photo sent by Neola in e-mail #421 on 4-6-09 is my mother’s maternal aunt. Her name was Josephine Patnaude LaFournaise. This family moved to Boggy Creek, Manitoba from Turtle Mountain. Josephine’s children and grandchildren reside throughout Manitoba–I’ve met several of them. My mother collected pictures of her aunts/various ancestors, and probably had reprints made for relatives. Mom (Louise Peltier) does not recall who Neola might be, so I suggest that Neola call Mom at 244-2156.I was meaning to contact you sooner with this information, but the last few months got so hectic at work.

I’ve sent my Sis, Carol, a copy of this e-mail. Carol can give Mom a copy of the e-mail.

Thanks, SPeltier

Josephine Patnaude
From Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND
Folks, I posted the wrong picture with this story the first time. Sorry for the mix up Dick. Gary
Gary and Friends,Back in the fall of 1959, we had an early snowstorm that dumped lots of
snow. It was early October and was the year my grandfather, Henry Olson,
died. The funeral was during the storm and the pallbearers had to push
the hearse when it got stuck. It is sort of burned into my mind as it
was a bad time all the way around. The attached story is from the Turtle
Mt. Star and was kept by my other grandmother, Cynthia Johnson. They
couldn’t make it to the funeral, from up here at the farm, the roads
were blocked with deep snow. The snow never left! It started snowing and
stayed for the winter. This newspaper article mentions other members of
the community who pulled together to help out the stranded hunters.
These hunters,Homer and Willie, came to our place every fall to hunt
ducks for many years. They parked their old 40s era Dodge bus in a
clearing on the southwest shore of Sucker Lake. I still find brass
shotgun shells in that area—50 years later. Thanks Gary!

Ackworth Cemetary Listing posted by Evon Lagerquist (77): Dunseith, ND
Hi Gary, I went to the cemetary and made a list of the names of the people at Ackworth. They include: Dorian Crawford, Alma Crawford, John Crawford, Sam Pederson, Olaf & Kate Pederson, Minnie M. & John J. Hiatt,Laurel Hiatt, Willis E., Amber E., & J. Alvin Radley, Willie E. Hiatt,
Lillie A. & Leonard F. Radley, Harmon Albert & Louisa Alice Hiatt, Harry I. Hiatt, Will J. & Margaret Hiatt, Charlotte Hiatt, Alida Hiatt, Baby Girl Hiatt{1918}, Margareta & Johan Berglund, George F. & Eva L. Hiatt, George F.Hiatt,Jr., Arnold, Albert, Alice, Dennis Hiatt, Darrel(Jack)Peterson, Traci Louise Parks, Maybelle O. Salmonson, Maurice & George Fell, John Lagerquist, Trey M. Lagerquist, Robert E. & Elaine A. Stokes, Clarence & Edna Salmonson, Norman & Irene Hiatt, Latieff E. Hiatt, William H.tokes, Rebecca Rindahl, Robert Pritchard, John Pritchard, Shirley Ann Zahn, Norman Pritchard, Ida & William Pritchard.
Evon, Thank you so much for taking the time to go up to the Ackworth cemetery to get this info. I know there are a lot of folks on our list that will very happy to receive this info. When I get a chance I’ll retrieve the death records of these folks to get the their official birth and death dates and other info too. When we get this list all together maybe there is a way we can have it posted on the Rolette county cemetery WEB site. I can post a link to this site on the Dunseith Alumni site as well. Maybe we could have that link posted on the Official Dunseith WEB page too.
Folks, Evon is a very through person, so I feel confident that she has a complete list of those she could see markers for that are buried at Ackworth. Please let us know if there are any that she missed?
Other Rolette County Cemeteries: Folks, maybe we could do the same for some of the other cemeteries that we don’t have a listing for or have incomplete listings for too.
Gary, Here is a list of names that our association secretary, Carrie Johnson sent. Maybe between the 2 lists, you’ll have everybody!!
—– Original Message —–

Sent: Sunday, May 03, 2009 11:08 AM
Subject: List

HI Evon, I suppose we should try to get together for our annual cemetery association meeting. With Wednesday evening being customary lets say this Wednesday the 6th at 7pm my house. I will let the others know also. If that doesn’t work for the majority we can discuss another date.

Here is the list of graves in Ackworth.

Block A Lot 1 Clarence Salmonson 1904-1985
Edna Salmonson 1911-1976

Lot 5 George Hiatt 1897-1949
Eva Hiatt 1892-1984
George Hiatt Jr. 1928-1984

Lot 6 Albert Hiatt 1915-1985
Arnold Hiatt 1945-1964

Lot 7 Tracy Parks 1984-1984
Darrell Peterson 1931-1989

Lot 9 Johan Bergland 1843-1929
Margareta Bergland 1847-1918

Lot 10 Beatrice Hiatt 1918-1918
Hazel Marie Kerr 1940-1941

Lot 11 Alida Hiatt 1896-1918

Lot 12 Charlottie Hiatt 1900-1920

Lot 13 Will J. Hiatt 1891-1973
Margie Hiatt 1903-1993
Harry Hiatt 1903-1955

Lot 14 Harman A. Hiatt 1854-1923
Louise Hiatt 1865-1913

Block B Lot 1 William H. Stokes 1855-1946
Rebecca F. Rindahl 1886-1943

Lot 5 William Pritchard 1867-1947
Ida Pritchard 1879-1959
Norman Pritchard 1920-1978
Lincoln Pritchard 1916-1986

Lot 6 John Pritchard 1943-1984
Robert Pritchard 1911-1993
John Lagerquist no dates listed
Tray Lagerquist no dates listed
George Fell no dates listed
Maurice Fell no dates listed

Lot 8 Latief Hiatt 1985-1986

No Lot # listed Norman Hiatt no dates listed
No Lot # listed Irene Hiatt no dates listed

Block C Lot 2 Three Grieg Graves no dates listed

Block D Lot 5 Leonard F. Radley 1866-1940
Lillie Radley 1867-1960

Lot 9 Dorian Crawford 1898-1938
Alma Crawford 1888-1957
John Crawford 1895-1984

Lot 11 Olaf Pederson 1861-1938
Kate Pederson 1858-1940
Sam Pederson 1896-1963

Lot 13 John Hiatt 1893-1977
Margaret M. Hiatt 1897-1988
Laurel Hiatt 1933-1934

Lot 14 J. Alvin Radley 1892-1968
Amber Radley 1890-1952
Willis Radley 1925-????

No Block listed Lot 6 Alice Hiatt no dates listed (assume this is Blk. A as is Albert’s)
No Block listed Lot 6 Dennis Hiatt no dates listed (also assuming this is Blk. A)

I know updating is needed, but this is what is in the journal at this time. Be talking to you soon.

Thanks! :)

Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:Minot & Bottineau, ND
Folks, Neola sent this to her “Bottineau Bunch” folks. Chase’s Grandmother was Yvette Boucher Tennancour Brunsell who was a close relative to a lot of you folks. Gary
Hi Bottineau Bunch,
More of you might remember Oscar and Yvette Brunsell, Chase’s grandparents better than Chase’s parents. At one time, I remember (barely) Yvette owned the neatest dress/ladies’ shop on Main Street in Bottineau.

4/25/2016 (2375)

Reply from Aggie Casavant (’69):  Fort Mill, SC

Was  happy  to  see   that  so  many  people  enjoyed  my  story  on  the  blog  after  my  return  from  N. Dakota.  After  re-reading  it  I  realized  all  the  typing  and  wording  errors.   I  think  I  still  had  a  substantial   “flu  hangover”  when  I  wrote  it.  It   was  an  awesome  time.  Gary  I  am  so, sorry  to  hear  about  your  brother  Alan. This  is  beyond  awful. He  will   continue  to  be  in  my  prayers.  Take  Care  and  God  Bless, and  thank  you  for  all  the  work  you  do  in  keeping  this  blog  going.  Aggie    P.S  thought this  would  be  a  good time  to  let  everyone  know that  I  no  longer  have   the  internet, so  if  it  takes  me  awhile  to  respond  to  messages  that’s  why…. Blessings!


Ole Bursinger song clipping from Art Rude’s (’71) Face Book postings. 

Thanks Art for this live nostalgic clipping. Brings back memories for so many of us.

Prince died yesterday, so here is a gospel song about goodbye from the king of the Turtle Mountain Hillbillies, Ole Bursinger. I found this video while going through some old files the other night. It was taped at one of the “Rendahl Gospel Festivals” that I put together on the grounds of the Rendahl Lutheran Church that burned down in 1991. The church was just up the hill from our farm. I don’t know which year this was, I had a Festival there 9 years. The guitar player in the middle is a friend from Canada, Abe is his first name, but I don’t recall his last name, maybe some of my friends can help me out with that one. It was great fun, and great people participated from both sides of the border. It’s hard for me to believe Ole has been gone for 10 years. He will always be the king of the Hillbillies to me.

Ole Bursinger song clipping link




Copenhagen ‘Snus’ Story
From Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and Dunseith Friends,

Since I am a homegrown product of the hills,  I ‘d like to begin sharing several ‘snus’ stories from my farm girl repertoire.

Some town and prairie folks called people of the Hills,  Hillbillies.  I think they meant the term  to be  a derogatory. However, people of the hills being  fiercely independent, hold to our own.  We are who we are and what we are.

I need to begin by letting you know how it  came for me to know about my family and its legacy with “snus”.

I grew up North of Dunseith on Highway Number Three,  on a road which was located  at “Snus” Box Junction .  My Daddy called it Snus Box junction because several folks East and West of the “Snus Box” Junction were serious tobacco chewers.

Our family lived to the East beyond the big Oak Hills. Across the highway, away West my Uncle Bill lived.  Dad and Bill were the  7th and the 1st borne brothers of the clan.   The brothers were snus chewers, and their  choice of chew was usually, Copenhagen.

T’was over fifty years ago, on a warm Sunday morning about this time of year, Uncle Bill drove into the yard, accompanied by his youngest grandson.

They came in and visited with mom and dad.

This was the first time we’d ever seen this kid who was, Uncle Bill’s Grandson. Uncle Bill said,  “This is Lorraine’s youngest.  And She has moved back with her three sons  to live in Dunseith.

My brother was about the same age as this new cousin. Curiously, the little boys glanced at each other.

My brother wore jeans long sleeved shirt and worn boots. The cousin had on a little baseball cap, jeans, light tennis shoes and a short sleeved t-shirt.

Uncle  Bill needed a  piece a piece of iron which he thought Dad might have. Uncle Bill and Dad both wearing boots, long sleeved shirts, and striped overalls walked  through the gate, down from the old house into the cattle pasture to the farm ‘junkyard of abandoned machinery’.

While the men perused graveyard of old equipment my brother and his cousin exchanged shy glances at each other.  They had kept their distance, were about five feet apart when suddenly, the new cousin began hollering, jumping up and down then  dancing around.  My brother, scratched his head and dubiously looked with wonder at all the strange antics and weird sounds and moves coming from of  his new found cousin.  Was this the way of  “city boys”?

Finally, the grown brothers attention was drawn across the yard  to where they believed the little boys were playing.

Alas, one was silent and had a look of  astonished wonder on his face watching the other who just a few feet away dancing, CRAZY!

Dad and Bill watched the boys for a bit then…..

“BEES”! Shouted Uncle Bill.

They dashed across the yard.  Uncle Bill yanked  the young howling grandson away from the ground-nest of angry swarming yellow jacket bees..

In tacit agreement the two brothers pulled wads of brown slickery, snusy, spit from their mouths and began slathering brown slimy goop onto the boys stinging body as they carried him to the house.

Angry red, hot, swelling welts were everywhere on his little body as they removed his clothes and continued to open the cans of  Copenhagen.

The two brothers, in unison, faster and faster, “chewed and spit”. “chewed and spit” Chew tobaca,  chew tobaca,  spit, spit spit….while the little boy whimpered. My mom brought cool wrung out wet towels.

The piece of iron would wait for another day.  The poor lad tucked into his Grandpa Bill’s pickup, down the road in 1st gear, toward the Snus Box junction  and beyond over west, to the loving arms of Grandma Mary and Mom, Lorraine.

Yes, our family believed in  and used alternative medicine.

Thanks Gary.

Vickie Metcalfe



4/22/2016 (2374)

Reply to Aggie Casavant (’69)
From Pamela Fugere Schmedt (’73):  Mandan, ND


Debbie, Mom, and I had the best time with your wonderful family.  Thank you for the story you told.  You know, you can always feel the love in the room when you’re around the Casavant family – and we loved every hug and every memory shared that day.  All our love from our entire family to yours!

Lorelie Stokes with one of the Twins


I just had to share these recent pictures of the twins and of our Daughter-in-law, Lorelie Stokes, with one of their twins. Separated I can’t tell them apart. They are 7 ½ months old now.

Bernie arrived this past Sunday to take Lorelie, her 5 year old daughter and their twins all back to their new house and home in Federal Way, WA located about 20 miles south of Seattle. They left last night and are currently in route with a layover in Korea at the moment.

Note: That is Lorelie’s mother and sister in the background.
Stokes 2374-1 Stokes 2474-2

Lillian Thompson Cain Bergstrom (DHS Class of 1936) Celebrates 100th Birthday
Picture from Ron Cain:  Superior, WI

 Gary’s comment,

Thank you so much Ron for sharing this photo. The only ones I recognize are you in the

White/gray sweater and your mother, Lillian, in the front. She looks so nice too, especially for

Her age. I hope I am doing as well and look as nice as she when I reach a 100 too. It must

be the Stokes blood in her that makes her look so nice.

Can you identify the others in this picture too.

Thanks, Gary
Tompson, Lillian 2374


Some southern truisms

Larry Hackman’s (’66) message to Bill Grimme (’65). Bill lives in Birmingham, AL

Bill’s reply is at the bottom.


How are you?

I lost Bill Grimme’s address and so I’ll let you forward these to him.

He seems to like funnies like these about the southerners.


Is this is how it’s like south of the Maison-Dixon Line…………….

Some southern truisms….
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Bill Grimme’s Reply

Larry, Gary,

How you guys doing?  Everything is fine here.

Several of the pictures are right on the money. A lot of the southern culture is pretty funny, but the longer I live down here, the more normal it seems. Just like everything else.

I drive by a radiator shop where the slogan is “Best Place in Town to Take a Leak”. A few miles away there is “Carol’s  Act of Faith Hair Styling”. Country stores selling “Bait, Gas, and Soul Food” are common. Of course, in Louisiana one word gets a lot of use. “Wash Bayou” is a self car wash, “Pick Bayou” is a strawberry farm, you get the picture.

Anyway, my best to you and your families.


Blog (444) posted on May 2, 2009

Posted on May 2, 2009

Folks, When I got my computer back from the shop last Monday, after having lost all my files when they reformatted my hard drive, I encountered some newly developed and very frustrating graphic problems with my system. I give Bill Grimme all the credit in the world for diagnosing and advising corrective actions to fix my problems. My system has never ever performed as well as it is right now. The graphics and operation of my whole system are superb. It’s such a pleasure using a trouble free system. Thank you Bill. Gary

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

Was just wondering if anyone remembers anything about the Wicks brothers…Wilder is one of the names that rings a bell. I remember Carl Wicks used to live just south of me on the corner of 43. He was a very friendly man with an infectious laugh, made a great homemade stew as well. I recall my Dad telling stories about the ‘Wicks Boys and some of the things they pulled’ when I was quite young, but can remember too much about them.

Thank you for everything Gary.


Ele, I believe Blanche (42) would be their sister? I am sure Blanche can answer your question. Blanch is living in Grand Forks. Blanche is retired from UND. Gary

Wicks Schley Blanche 2005 First Ave N Grand Forks, ND 58203 (701) 775-8478 bschley@Medicine.nodak.edu

Message from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

Hi Gary,

Ginger (LaRocque Poitra)/her husband, Tony, came to get the pictures today. When I get to Bottineau (This darn flu is hanging on longer than I had planned!), I’m going to sort through the pictures/put them in a box (Ginger/Tony said they’ll come to Bottineau and get them.) This shouldn’t take too long, as I won’t try to identify them. Between Ginger, her husband and her mother-in-law, I think they’ll recognize most of the people and deliver them to the people. Bless Ginger/Tony/his mother!!

I just visited with Pat Hanlan’s mother (Thanks for the info, Linda Juntunen.) She was very surprised to hear from me, naturally. She thinks it’s so great to receive these “old” proofs. I asked about Pat. The person (Ginger/Tony’s daughter Michaela) who thinks he works in Alaska is correct. Pat is home (St. John) for three weeks/in Alaska for three weeks–I THINK I have this correct! I forgot to inquire if he drives trucks. Believe it, or not, I get a little flustered when I visit with people I don’t know! Ha! I’m not crazy about visiting on cell phones, either!

If I think of anything else, I’ll send another email. I was up all night until about 10:30 this morning, scanning/saving/sending pictures before Ginger came (about 12:45) to pick them up. Needless to say, when I finally went to bed/recliner, I slept until about 6:00 this evening.

I HOPE to get an email written about May baskets, too. I remember them well.

All for now.


Reply from Allen Richard (65): Midland, MI

In response to Carmen Richard — About Calvin, ND — two of my college friends grew up and went to school there. I drove by it on my way to the reunion. It looks like the only business still open is the grain elevator, and I’m not totally sure about that. Pretty much like Overly these days.

Message Pictures from Bonnie Awalt Houle (56): Becker, MN

Dear Gary,

Some memories of the Dave and Winifred Eurich Family. Winifred lived with our family (John and Gertrude Awalt) while she was going to High School. She became very close to our family and we loved her dearly. I was born while Winifred lived with us and she was the person that named me. I appreciated the name as it was hard to nick name. After Dave and Winifred married we often took turns staying out and their farm We played tag in the hay mound of the barn, sometimes the tag got pretty rough. ( Ask Floyd and his broken arm) When Mother had breast cancer, Winifred came to the house and cared for her through her recovery. Enclosed are some of the pictures I have of Winifred, Dave and Eileen.

Bonnie Awalt Houle (56)

Message/picture from Dick Johnson (68):

Gary and Friends,

Back in the fall of 1959, we had an early snowstorm that dumped lots of
snow. It was early October and was the year my grandfather, Henry Olson,
died. The funeral was during the storm and the pallbearers had to push
the hearse when it got stuck. It is sort of burned into my mind as it
was a bad time all the way around. The attached story is from the Turtle
Mt. Star and was kept by my other grandmother, Cynthia Johnson. They
couldn’t make it to the funeral, from up here at the farm, the roads
were blocked with deep snow. The snow never left! It started snowing and
stayed for the winter. This newspaper article mentions other members of
the community who pulled together to help out the stranded hunters.
These hunters,Homer and Willie, came to our place every fall to hunt
ducks for many years. They parked their old 40s era Dodge bus in a
clearing on the southwest shore of Sucker Lake. I still find brass
shotgun shells in that area—50 years later. Thanks Gary!


4/19/2016 (2373)

Lillian Thompson Cain Bergstrom (DHS Class of 1936) Celebrates 100th Birthday
Posting from Ron Cain: Superior, WI
Lillian Thompson, Lillian Cain 2373

Gary’s comments

Thank you so much Ron for this memo and picture of your mother. She is a sweet lady as were her sisters Ella Pladson and Esther Tangen.

Lillian was born and raised in the Ackworth community east of the Fauske Farm. Lillian’s mother was a Stokes, sister to my Grandfather Frank Stokes. Her dad’s sister, Ida Pritchard was married to William Pritchard, parents of Robert, Corbin and Winifred Eurich.

Lillian left the community before I was born, so I have never had the opportunity to meet her in person. In 2008 when I was putting class lists together I called Lillian. We had a great one hour plus visit. He mind was sharp and she remembered the finest details of her growing up days and the community. Having been raised in the same community plus being related, we had a lot to talk about. Other than  for some hearing loss, I understand that her mind is sharp.

To our knowledge, Lillian is the oldest living to have ever graduated from Dunseith High School.

Thanks again Ron. It was such a pleasure meeting you last July too, when I was back there. I so appreciated your efforts to make the trip from Wisconsin to Bottineau to see me. Very much appreciated. You mother raised a fine kid with you.



Seim Memory
Posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and friends,

Our Metcalfe family  had our  own animal husbandry expert.  He had

powerful working knowledge.

It was with a wee bit of sadness, I was fortunate to obtain at his auction sale, his worn book on animal husbandry, picture of the dog and lamb that hung above He and  Fa fa’s bed and

….his fathers,  SJ branding irons..

A few years back while I was a new  resident of Montana, driving

across that state to various meetings, I saw many beautiful cattle herds.

I soon  had a favorite herd!  I would slow down to look for  and watch them when traveling interstate west of Billings and Columbus.

I wondered  ‘if that herd  was some sort of strange Angus cross bred?’ I knew I needed to ask the expert.

Whilst visiting with my friends, Fa-fa and King Fra, I posed the

question to them.   At that time.  Art and Eva Seim were still

traveling from N.D.

through  Montana and  beyond,  turning South of Missoula venturing

to  their California  winter home upon  retirement.

I asked Art  if he’d seen  the fine looking herd west of Billings

that I fancied.   I said,  ‘There is a whole herd! Fat, sassy,shiny

and belly deep in a meadow.

They  are black and white.  They aren’t  Holstein.  And  not black baldies.”

Art asked me to tell him more, I said, “They are the most beau-T- i-

ful    “Oreo looking cattle”.

They are black with a white stripe around the middle.  “No “,  Art said he  had not seen that herd.

But the  next spring, when   Art and Eva traveled back again into

Dunseith.   The first words Art shared with me was,  “I saw the cattle

you think look like ‘Oreos’.

They are beautiful”!   Wow I thought.  He remembered.Had looked and

found them!

Then  Art told me the proper name for the Oreo cows,  He said, ‘Vickie,  They’re Belted Galloways!

Until Later,



Ice Storm
Message/pictures from Dick Johnson (’68):  Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

Here are some pictures of the devastation caused by freezing rain last night in the Turtle Mountains.  We had lots of rain but it turned to ice after the temperature dropped below freezing and the build up was more than the trees could take.  They snapped off by the thousands and I could hear cracking and popping all over the place as they snapped off and fell on the ground.  The trees along the lake shore usually kind of lean out over the water.  Today they are all in the lake as they couldn’t stand the added weight and just uprooted and fell in.  It’s a sad looking mess.  It’s raining again tonight and the temperature is near the freezing point again so it may repeat and do more damage by morning.  The pictures don’t really tell the story because any direction you look,  there are more trees down and trees still standing without many branches left.  It will be a long time to get this mess cleaned up.  Thanks Gary!



Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

Shatehya Lynn Azure | 1997 – 2


Shatehya Lynn Azure, age 18 of Dunseith, died on Friday, April 8, 2016 in a vehicle accident near Dunseith. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church of Dunseith. Burial will be in the St. Anthony’s Cemetery of rural Dunseith. A wake will be held on Wednesday beginning at 4:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. in the Eagle Heart Cultural Center also of Dunseith.

Shatehya was born on August 4th, 1997 in Rolla, ND to Brad Azure Sr. and Tracy Lesperance. Shatehya received her wings on April 8th, 2016.

Our pretty baby girl was born with dark hair and dark eyes, and grew into a beautiful young woman! She attended school in Dunseith, graduated 8th grade from the Dunseith Indian Day School, and then went on to Dunseith High School. Shatehya always had a passion for baking and making the prettiest little desserts. When family had a get together, they could always count on Shatehya to do the baking and any desserts needed for any get together. She loved being with her horses and any chance she could get to ride, she would!! Shatehya loved being with her friends, and loved taking selfies. Her greatest moments were spent with her little sisters and brothers. She would take them out and do photo sessions and just loved capturing moments on her camera.

She spent many days riding four wheeler and her motor bike with her siblings. Loved to go mudding with her older brother and friends. She loved spending every moment with Daddy whether it be fixing cars, riding or grooming horses, cooking (which they both enjoyed) and spending time with family at holidays or get-togethers.

Shatehya is survived by her father Brad Azure Sr., her mother Tracy Lesperance, Brothers-Brad (Shakara) Jr., Chase James. Sisters-Sadie Lynn & Sophee Lynn, all of Dunseith, ND; Paternal Grandparents – Larry & Alva Gladue of Dunseith, ND; Maternal Grandparents – Anthony & Arlene Azure of Dunseith, ND; Uncles – Kendall (Heather) Gladue of Minot, ND. Loren (Kylie) Gladue, Dunseith, ND; Aunts – Holly (Derrick) Poitra of Dunseith, ND. Diana Lesperance of Bismarck, ND. Vanessa (Tyler) Gunderson of Savannah, GA; Friend Ryan, and many more uncles, aunts & cousins.

Shatehya was preceded in death by her baby brother Brett James. Great Grandmothers, Agnes Azure, Diana Lesperance, Kathleen Gladue & Louise Chase. Great Grandfathers Frank (Lum) Azure, Clyde Chase, John G. Gladue, Peter Lesperance & Peter St. Claire. Grandfathers; Robert Chase & Leslie Machippines. Two Uncles Terrance Lesperance & Anthony Azure Jr. Many more aunts, uncles and cousins, which are too numerous to mention.



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



4/15/2016 (2372)

Reply from Lindy (Arlinda Fauske Van Eynde) (’69): Yorkville, IL 

Thank you Aggie for sharing about your visit in ND. Beth, Carrole and I are here now & Mom shared with us what a great afternoon she had with you girls. I wish we could have been here at that time too. Thank you so much for going to visit them, Mom especially loves company, time gets long for her but they are both treated so good.

Our brother-in-law LaVerne Rude’s brother is in Good Sam and Larry Tooke was in to see him so we’ve had several great visits with him too. Fun!

Thank you Gary again for all that you do to keep us all connected.

Lindy (Arlinda Fauske Van Eynde)


Blog (443) posted on May, 2009

Medford, Oregon Hiatt’s:

For all of you Hiatt’s and former/current Ackworth community folks: I received an interesting phone call from Lawrence (Larry) Hiatt and his sister Dianna Hiatt Levingston. They were actually returning my phone call. They are living in the Medford OR area. Their father was Amos Hiatt Jr. Amos’ father was Henry Hiatt. Henry and Amos (Sr) Hiatt moved to Medford Oregon in the 40’s. They were brothers to John, Harry, Walter and those guys.
Larry and Dianna know very few of the ND Hiatt’s. Larry was born in 1947 and I think Dianna said she was born in 1954. Their father Amos has been deceased for about 25 years. They have been tracing their family history, but it’s been hard for them because they don’t know very many of you guys and the family connections. They would be 2nd cousins to the majority of you folks. Florence, in your case they’d be your first cousins one removed. Have any of you put together any genealogy for the Hiatt’s that you can share with them? I have included Larry and Dianna with today’s message.
Larry & Dianna, please let me know if you’d like to continue getting these daily Dunseith Alumni messages?
Dianna Hiatt Levingston’s email address is
Larry Hiatt’s email address is
Reply from Eileen & Mike Brudwick (Neola’s cousing): Fargo, ND
Hi Gary,
I am one of those lost e-mails to receive the Dunseith alumni e-mails. I finally asked Neola if she had been receiving them, because I hadn’t heard from you for a few days. Both Mike & I have truly missed reading the daily e-mail. We love it. Keep up the good work!!Eileen

Reply from Elve Fuchs (Arla Hill Hiatt’s friend):Minot, ND
Iam so happy that Jacqueline got me on your list. Just the emails I received were so interesting.
I now live in Minot but was from the Rolette / Bottineau area. My maiden name was Elve Fuchs.
Folks, Jacqueline Hiatt Fix (79) asked if I could include Elve Fuchs, who is a friend of her mother, Arla (Wallice) Hill Hiatt, on our daily distribution. It is always a pleasure adding new folks to our distribution. Gary
Reply to Gary Houle (63) from Colette Hosmer (63): Santa Fe, NM
Hi Gary, welcome aboard.

I want to offer my condolences for your Mom’s death. I remember her so well, she was a wonderful lady.

From Cheryl Larson Dakin (71):BEDFORD, TX
Happy May Day to everyone! I remember in grade school in Dunseith, making
May baskets out of cupcake liners and pipe cleaners, putting in penny candy
and giving them to friends. I’ve never seen it done anywhere else.
Cheryl Larson Dakin
Cheryl, How well I remember the ND May day’s. We’d leave these “May Day” baskets on peoples porches, hollering “May Day” and then run like heck, trying not to be recognized. We were country folks, so we got some mileage in delivering these baskets to our Ackworth community neighbors. It was a lot of fun. Gary
Reply from Gary Metcalfe (57): Forsyth, MO
Gary has left for his weekly semi drive from Springfield, Mo. to Kingman, Az., but he ask me to put a note in the blog. Yes, definitely the picture is of John Bedard. Gary remembers him well with much respect. (my note: I think it really made Gary realize just what a speck of time we are here and just how quickly we are forgotten!! A reminder to concentrate on family.)
Also, to Jan Bergan Evans…yes, there were two Kelvin’s. Gary will input more on that subject when he gets back home.
Sue Metcalfe
Reply from Susan Malaterre Johnson (69): Alvarado, TX
So sorry for the problems. I always sat say that is why God gave me children. Just to let you know that Ft. Worth has shut down 140 schools for around one week. Other schools have shut down too. Tarrent county. So far Dallas is hanging in. We shall see. The child who dies was a citizen of Mexico and had other medical problems. Please Pray that this ends soon. Susan
Reply from Ginger LaRocque Poitra’s (65) Daughter Michaela: Belcourt, ND
This is Michaela, Gingers Daughter, in reply to the picture of Pat Hanlan, I do know him quite well, I met him through a friend of mine, he is a super guy, I believe he lives in alaska with his girlfriend, I am not sure of her first name but she is a Monette from Belcourt. Last I heard he was a trucker, you know that show TRUCKERS, he’s one of those guys that drive truck on the dangerous roads of Alaska.
As for the picture of Grandpa and Grandma, I think it beautiful to.
Michaela, do you have any contact info for Pat? I know Neola would love to mail him this picture.
On another topic, I got a message from Neola telling me your mother will be in Minot, I think today, and plans on stopping by Neola’s house to pick up some pictures.
Little Prairie Cemetery Records from Doreen Bailey: doreen@ameda.net ?????, TX
I am sending a copy of Little Praire Cemetery, could not locate anything for “Calvin or Kelvin” Cemetery.
If you need to replace the cemetery data on your new hard drive, I will be glad to send them when you’re ready for the Data.
Doreen Bailey
Doreen, Please send me sent me those cemetery files again. Thanks, Gary
PS – Can you send me your mailing address again too? I lost the one I had on file for your. Thanks, Gary
Little Prairie Cemetery, ND -info from Maude Abrahamson- 8-2004
123 Abrahamson Alfred 1897 1989 50 5
20 Abrahamson Arla (Honsey) 1907 1994 12 2
120 Abrahamson Betsy 1860 1945 50 1
125 Abrahamson Carl 1895 1968 50 8
140 Abrahamson Glen 1927 1985 60 8
122 Abrahamson John 1863 1950 50 4
137 Abrahamson Larry 1962 1984 60 1
139 Abrahamson Martin 1901 1989 60 4
121 Abrahamson Oscar 1890 1980 50 2
138 Abrahamson Sylvia 1902 1977 60 3
124 Abrahamson Violet 1910 1994 50 7
107 Aird Clarrisa 1911 1952 47 5
129 Allen Edwin 1907 1994 55 1
130 Allen Mary 1910 1982 55 2
79 Anderson Bertha 1831 1917 32 6
80 Anderson Caroline 1901 1919 32 7
39 Anderson Clara 1909 1996 17 2
95 Anderson Martin 1873 1926 41 3
94 Anderson Mary 1881 1961 41 2
82 Anderson Ray 1883 1967 35 5
160 Beachler Cecil 1895 1979 71 3
158 Beachler LaVern 1924 2000 71 1
161 Beachler Lyle 1933 1954 71 4
159 Beachler Ruby 1901 1986 71 2
142 Beaudry Delma Stickland 1919 1994 Cremated 62 1
181 Berkland Henry 1885 1957 Lot N. S. Blk 42
179 Berkland Janus (baby) 1924 1924 Lot M, S. Blk 42
180 Berkland Joseph 1904 1980 Lot N, S.Blk 42
101 Brohjell Bertha 1869 1934 46 1
102 Brohjell Elmer 1904 1917 46 2
103 Brohjell Odmund 1870 1952 46 3
104 Carlson Christine 1889 1963 47 2
109 Carlson Leonard 1918 1991 47 7
105 Carlson Reder 1871 1954 47 3
52 Carlstad Martin 1870 1920 20 10
135 Coleman Dwaine 1947 1984 59 2
136 Coleman James 1921 1999 59 8
86 Dailey Luther 1872 1919 38 2
85 Dailey Ruby 1910 1919 38 1
12 Dalton Edna 1892 1908 7 4
11 Dalton Pearl 1889 1906 7 3
151 Espe Arthur 1907 1983 66 4
150 Espe Effie 1919 1925 66 3
35 Espe Elmer 1904 1993 16 5
36 Espe Frances 1915 1994 16 6
37 Espe Iver 1879 1942 16 7
38 Espe Martha 1869 1922 16 8
3 Evenson Donald 1926 1928 1 5
44 Evenstad Hoaken 1856 1940 18 4
42 Evenstad Maret 1860 1948 18 2
41 Evenstad Olie 1857 1909 18 1
43 Evenstad Oscar 1884 1948 18 3
53 Faaren Kristen 1826 1907 21 1
54 Faaren Mena 1840 1922 21 2
177 Flora Alice 1919 1922 Lot K, S. Blk 33
178 Flora Merling 1917 1922 Lot L, S. Blk 33
84 Foss Hazel 1895 1957 35 7
83 Foss Martin 1880 1962 35 6
93 Gilbertson Beetsy 1858 1928 40 8
8 Halvorson “Grandfather” 1813 1915 6 2
171 Halvorson Ingeborg Lot B, S. Blk 5
100 Hanson Crystal 1995 428
99 Hanson E.  426
97 Hanson Edward 1917 1983 42 2
98 Hanson Henery 1873 1957 42 5
96 Hanson Rogert 1951 1989 42 1
110 Hartley Melba K. 1921 1994 47 8
63 Holstad Ada 1879 1942 24 7
62 Holstad Edward 1870 1951 24 6
59 Holstad Martha 1920 1920 23 1
19 Honsey Severt 1895 1939 12 1
163 House Herman 1979 1953 72 2
165 House Richard 1921 1987 72 6
162 House Sceling 1880 1943 72 1
166 House Walter 1908 1982 72 8
141 Hughes Mary 1901 1997 62 1
126 Jasper Olga 1905 1968 51 1
10 Johanson August 1865 1911 7 1
61 Kirkwald Hannah 1899 1956 23 7
60 Kirkwald Thomas 1873 1958 23 6
21 Lagerquist Anna 1865 1946 12 3
15 Lagerquist Carl 1904  95
22 Lagerquist John 1853 1952 12 4
172 Lagerquist Minnie 1896 1928 Lot C, S. Blk 12
143 Lamb Dorothy 1923 1988 63 2
144 Lamb Floyd 1923 1998 63 3
145 Lamb L. Dean May 19, 1952 August 22, 2003 63 7
114 Lindberg Bernice 1919 1993 49 1
119 Lindberg Elmer 1911 1997 49 8
108 Masteller Alpa 1913 1977 47 6
111 Medlang Christine 1877 1947 48 1
112 Medlang O. P. 1871 1924 48 3
113 Medlang Oden 1917 1991 48 7
154 Metcalfe Ann  692
134 Metcalfe Clifford 1923 1982 58 2
156 Metcalfe Ella 1912 1989 69 4
153 Metcalfe Emil 1920 1982 69 1
155 Metcalfe Jim 1914 1982 69 3
73 Millang Arla 1901 1979 27 4
72 Millang Arthur 1895 1974 27 3
175 Millang Carl 1896 1971 Lot I, S. Blk 72
167 Millang Curtis 1939 1997 73 1
16 Millang Gertie 1916  101
17 Millang Hilma 1902  102
164 Millang Jesse 1912 1988 72 4
18 Millang Joe 1859 1934 10 3
71 Millang Lenard 1924 1973 27 2
146 Millang Milton 1937 1987 64 2
147 Millang Velma 1927 1991 64 3
26 Myer Benny 1922 1950 14 3
28 Myer Bertha 1892 1998 14 6
33 Myer Clara 1862 1903 15 6
27 Myer Earl 1891 1978 14 5
34 Myer Emma 1903 1919 15 6
30 Myer John 1903 1919 15 1
74 Myer John (Johnnie) 1917 1999 28 1
32 Myer Mickey 1940 1943 15 3
31 Myer Norman 1919 1921 15 2
173 Myer Othel 1896 1902 Lot D, S. Blk 15
29 Myer Patrick 1974 1996 14 8
78 Myklemyr John 1891 1918 31 8
81 Odden Alma 1901 1926 34 8
77 Odden Merit 1861 1921 30 5
76 Odden Oli 1863 1918 30 4
64 Peak Edith 1878 1964 25 1
65 Peak Robert 1864 1947 25 5
67 Peak Sara 1844 1909 25 8
66 Peak Sarah 1870 1940 25 7
148 Pearson Albert (Red) 1913 1982 65 2
149 Pearson Lorraine 1918 2001 65 3
48 Peterson Albert 1881 1946 20 2
49 Peterson Carl 1823 1915 20 4
51 Peterson Korem 1851 1946 20 8
50 Peterson Ole 1872 1908 20 6
68 Pladson David 1955 1956 26 4
13 Price John 1919 1919 8 2
87 Price Joseph 1866 1921 38 4
14 Price Preston 1920 1920 8 3
7 Salmonson Aina 1906 1906 5 3
SalmonsonChristina19081908 52
157 Salmonson Clifford 1912 1999 70 3
9 Salmonson Halvor 1876 1958 6 5
118 Seim Alice 1909 1999 49 7
117 Seim Elvin 1910 1993 49 6
115 Seim Ingrid 1883 1972 49 2
116 Seim John E. 1866 1943 49 3
176 Servis Lot J, S. Blk 32
4 Sime Bertha 1871 1912 1 7
127 Sime Kayla Michelle 2000 2000 52 4
174 Sime Leland 1928 1951 Lot E, S. Blk 17
40 Sime Leslie 1904 1960 17 3
128 Sime “Baby boy” 1975 1975 52 5
5 Sime Adam 1863 1916 1 8
170 Smith Dorothy 1916 1922 74 3
168 Smith Fred 1877 1952 73 3
169 Smith Hilda 1871 1940 73 4
55 Stadheim Anna 1868 1911 22 1
57 Stadheim Anna 1899 1981 22 4
58 Stadheim Oscar  226
56 Stadheim Russel 1922 1970 22 3
24 Striker Adda 1864 1918 13 1
152 Striker Doug 1926 1982 67 4
25 Striker Erman 1889 1966 13 7
182 Strong Alan Keith 1954 2002 Lot O, SEBlk 56
133 Strong Gordon 1938 1980 56 4
132 Strong Hilda 1917 1999 56 2
131 Strong Leroy 1916 1993 56 1
106 Swenson “Baby”  474
46 Thompson A. M. 1856 1912 19 2
45 Thompson A. M. , Mrs 1852 1918 19 1
47 Thompson Alfred 1881 1908 19 3
69 Thompson Alice 1890 1942 26 5
70 Thompson Ulysses 1877 1939 26 6
23 Thurman Wilbert 1916 1916 12 5
75 Tvestad Ervin 1892 1918 29 4
2 Unde Brita 1834  13
1 Unde John 1844 1902 1 2
90 Wicks Blake 1871 1939 39
91 Wicks Charles 1870 1944 39
88 Wicks Nathan 1873 1931 39
92 Wicks Thomas James 1877 1952 39
89 Wicks Wilder 1865 1932 39

4/13/2015 (2371)

Dunseith Visit: Wonderful Touching Message. Thank You Aggie for this.
From Aggie Casavant (’69):  Fort Mill, SC

Hi   Gary,

Went  back  home to  Dakota  for  3 weeks   in  March.  My sister Yvonne  and  I  traveled  the  state  visiting  family in Dickinson, Bismarck, Steele, Jamestown, Fargo, Rugby, Rolette, and  Bottineau then  headed  up  to  the  Dunseith  and Rolette, area  and spent  3  days  with  Mary Ann. Jeff  had just  left for  Bemidji  to  help their  son  Victor  with  his  sap-maple  syrup  season, so  we  had  their  whole  new  house  to  ourselves, staying up as  late  as we  wanted, and  doing  whatever we  wanted  to  or not  wanted  to  whenever. What  a lot  of  fun (not  that  it  would of  spoiled  it  if Jeff  was  there, it  was  just  a  fun  “sista” thing  we  had  going  on  there. The  first  night I  met  Rosemary LaCroix  at Dale’s, and  we  visited  for  an  hour or  so. I  found  out  that  Dales is  the  place to  go  if  you  want  to  run into  people you  know. I  saw Betty  and  Dean  Pigeon(which  I  hadn’t  seen  in  at  least  40  years) I recognized  Betty, but  couldn’t  put  a  name  to  the  face  til  Rosemary  told  me, so  we  stopped  by  their  table  on  the  way out  and  chatted  them up for  a  few  minutes. Dean  said he knew I  was  a  Casavant  cuz  I  look like  my  Mom. :)….What  a  compliment. While visiting  with  Rosemary, I  kept  noticing  this  lady  and  this  guy sitting  in  the corner  booth  by  the window. I  couldn’t  get  a  good  look  at  her  cuz  the  light  from the  window  kept  making  her  a  silhouette, and  I  couldn’t  make  out  who  it  was. As they  got  up  to  leave  I  saw  her  coming  towards  my table…..who  was  it, but  none  other  than  that  pretty  and  seet  Connie  Halvorson, and  her  husband  Jim Kester. We  had  a  nice  chat  as  you  only  can  have  with  Connie, then  went  on  our  way. Later  Mary Ann  had  Ricky  and Denice  Casavant  over  the  first  night, and  WoW  what  a  visit. I hadn’t seen  them for  at least  8 years. They  never  change  and were  a  complete joy  to  visit  with.  The  next  day  we met  Donna Fugure at Dales  to  share a  jumbo, and got some  good visiting  in.The  jumbos  are  every  bit  as  good  as they  always  were….(like  real beef) Our  sister  Lorette  from  Rugby  met  us  there. Donna and Duane, and  their  kids  have  always  and  will forever  be  considered  extended  family to  us, and  such  special  neighbors, with  a lot of  sweet  memories.  After  we  got  back to Mary  Ann’s  from  having  lunch  with  Donna, Pennie  Kester Greinier  came by  and  we  had  a  great  visit. Same  Pennie  in  every  way, sweet  as  can  be, and  good  conversation  and  catching  up. On   our  way  outta  the  Rolette  area, Mary  Ann and  I  and  Yvonne  drove  over  to  Bottineau  to  visit  Yvonne’s  sister-in-law  Barb, then  went  by  the  Good  Samaritan  Nursing  Home  to  visit  Elwood  and  Mrs. Fauske. (Picture pasted below)  When  we  first  got  there  we  didn’t think  we were  going  to  get  to  see  them  cuz  Elwood  was  asleep in  his  chair  and  Mrs., Fauske  was  in  bingo. we  waited  a  half  hour  then  asked  one  of  the  workers  if  they  could  take  her out  of  bingo  so  we  could visit.  What  a  sweet  moment  when  she  came  around  the  corner. She  recognized  us  right  away. We  went  down  to  the  cafeteria  and  had  coffee  and  visited  like  an  hour  and  15  minutes. When  we  got  back to  the  room Elwood  was  awake, smiling  just  as  sweet  as  ever, and the  first  thing  he  said  was ” Is  it  time  to  eat  yet? I  want  some  ice  cream….just  smiling  all  the time. Makes  me  smile  just  thinking  of  it. As  we  said our  good-byes  just  as  I  rounded  the  corner  I  stopped  to  look  back  just  to  see  Mrs. Fauske  doing  the  same. It  made  me  tear  up. What  an  unforgettable  visit.

As  we  headed  back  to  visit  we  went  thru  Willow  City  and  drove  around  recognizing  old  landmarks  and  places  from  when  we lived  there  as  kids. After  we  got  back  to  Bismarck  we  rested  up  a  few  days  before  attending  our  annual  family  Easter  gathering  at  Seratoma  Park  in  Bismarck. There  were  like  75  people in  attendance. We  had  invited  Donna Fugure, and  her  family  to  stop  by  if they  had  time, so  her, Pam and  Debbie  came  by  while her  daughter  prepared the  Easter  supper.  We   all  had  such  a  great  time :)

I  returned  back  to  South  Carolina  on the  31st  with  a  wicked  flu  bug  and  slept  for  a  week….but  oh  what  a  visit!  It  was  priceless!      Aggie 😉

Elwood and Eleanore Hiatt Fauske
Thanks Lindy Fauske Van Eynde (’69) for posting this nice picture of your parents.
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Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau, ND

Shatehya Lynn Azure

Born: August 04, 1997
Died: April 08, 2016

Shatehya Lynn Azure, age 18 of Dunseith, died on Friday, April 8, 2016 in a vehicle accident near Dunseith. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church of Dunseith. Burial will be in the St. Anthony’s Cemetery of rural Dunseith. A wake will be held on Wednesday beginning at 4:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. in the Eagle Heart Cultural Center also of Dunseith.


Blog (442) posted on April 30, 2009

Request from Gary Houle (63): Champlin, MN
Hi Gary–
I have been getting your newsletter forwarded to me by some of my friends and relatives. Could you add my e-mail address to your list so they will not have to forward it to me? Thanks.
My e-mail is:
Gary Houle from Champlin, MN, a suburb of Minneapolis
Dunseith class of 1963
Replies from Lloyd Awalt (44):Bottineau, ND
Reply to yesteday’s message:
Reply to Louise Horsman . Yes you are right the picture is of john bedard I’m pretty sure. Lloyd Awalt.
Reply to Bill Hosmer (48):
Reply from Lloyd Awalt Gary I guess ill have to give my friend Hosmer an ok but the store was built there after the Dunseith journal burned down Bill Wright started it and if I’m not mistaken a person from Bottineau bought the store from Wright I think his name was Slyter . JOE MORINVILLE’S FIRST had a store where peter Richard had his 5&dime variety store Joe was in the creamery when it burned down he then started the store hey Bill cant golf raining
Reply to Jan Bergan Evans (66):
Reply to Jan Evans Gary I new Clayton Bergan. There is another (Calvin ND. but you see it is spelled different the Kelvin north of Dunseith originally was west of where it is now that lake there Kelvin was on the west end of the lake they moved it when highway 3 was built. back in the WPADAYS
Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,Jan Bergan Evans asked about Kelvin and Kelvin Lutheran Church. In the
early days Kelvin had a post office and was Kelvin, ND. There is another
town with a similar sounding name–Calvin, ND–but it is 60 miles east
and I would doubt there is any connection with the Olson-Bergan clan.
The Kelvin Lutheran Church is probably a misnomer for Little Prairie
Lutheran. I was told that in the very early days, when Kelvin Store was
one mile west of the current location, there was a church group who held
services at the store. They also buried a couple children near the
store, who were stillborn. There may have been other burials but none I
know of. The graves are in the corner of a pasture now owned by Ed
Walter, Jr., I believe. Jay Vanorny showed me the graves years ago. It
is right next to his pasture on the west side of Lyde Lake, one mile
west of the current Kelvin Bar. We have the burial records for Little
Prairie Cemetery and can look up names for you in most cases. If you
call me or email some of the names, I will check the plot map. Joan
Salmonson, our secretary/treasurer has the records also and can be
reached during the day at Northland Builders in Dunseith–701-244-5438.
Thanks Gary!


Reply from Carmen Leonard Richard: Rolette, ND
There is a Calvin North Dakota, located about 20 miles north east of Rock Lake. That is the only one listed on the map. I am not sure how much of the town is left. I know our neighbors Romeo and Mary Boucher just moved a house on to their farm that had served as a parsonage in Calvin, as the church affiliated with it had closed. I suspect it has gone the way of many small towns.
Too bad about your computer, you have such a wealth of information.
Reply from Bill Grimme (65): Birmingham, AL
Here is a file I ran across a few years ago that may be of interest to some of the genealogy folks.


Here is the parent directory of the file I sent you. More Rolette County cemeteries.


Here is the cleaner page that points to the previous files I sent you.


Reply from Dave Wurgler (64): Rugby, ND
Gary– Update on Stewert, he is now a car salesman at McGuires, the Ford dealership here in Rugby. He started sales in Oct. 2008 after I resigned and is working along side his stepbrother, Steve Poitra. I am not sure but i think he still resides either in Rolla or Belcourt. While I was living and going to school in Dunseith, Ron Medrud and I were classmates and very good friends, hung out together and done things boys and young men were suppose to do or sometimes what we weren’t suppose to do–lol. To make this short Gary, I got an e-mail from my sister Peggy (71), who lives in Seattle and was talking about getting together with those of you who are going on the cruise and possibly join you for supper. She is especially interested in seeing Cheryl Haagenson, her friend and classmate in Dunseith. Maybe you could send her some information about whats happening while the class is in Seattle. Thanks and take care. Dave Wurgler (64)
Address change for Lee Stickland (64): Dickinson, ND
For reasons that are not to be noted here, I have purchased the use of a PO BOX
My new address is Lee Stickland
PO Box 2119
Dickinson, ND 58602
The price of a first class stamp will soon be $.44, up from $.42, representing an increase of 4.7619047 % so any snail-mail directed this way could benefit from a soonest send.
I believe I recall seeing a 3 cent post card, about ****77**** years ago. Dad saw a less cost one, I am sure.
I have not moved but I have decided it best to have my mail left at the PO, awaiting my duty of collecting it, at least for the next year.
Good day to all, With LOVE and in all Sincerity,
Leland, Dad, Lee, Bro, Uncle, GPA …
Relly from Brenda Hoffman (68): Greenville, SC
Dear Gary,

I am so sorry. My hard drive was wiped out a couple of years ago and I was just devastated. I will lay odds though that someone has a full copy of all of your emails and can send to you. I will keep my fingers and toes crossed for you.
Reply from Cheryl Larson Dakin (71): BEDFORD, TX
Hi Gary,
I know that sinking feeling. I’m so sorry. You know though, that we can
forward all sorts of stuff back to you, so just ask and it shall be done!
Cheryl D.
Reply from Wayne (61) & Rosemary Smith: Bottineau, ND
Gary, I don’t know if this helps, but I was checking the Dunseith Alumni web site and everything, including pictures seems to be there. Also, I have saved all your emails in a file on my computer (by year and month), which includes the email address lists, if that helps.
Rosemary & Wayne Smith
Folks, I am recovering from my hard drive being wiped out. I pretty much had all my files backed up on CD’s, but it takes time to get everything back in order. I have all of these daily messages saved in Hotmail so they have not been lost. I lost a lot of pictures. I’m not sure just how many yet though. I lost a lot of my “Favorites” in internet explorer. Those are just a few of the niceties that are gone. It’s a real pain to regroup and get things all back in order. Thank you so much for all of your concerns. Gary
Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND
I REALLY FEEL for you–losing all that information and all those pictures. I’ve lost old stories I had written and other things, too, and it does leave a hole in your stomach.
Picture posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND
Ginger and Shirley, This is a beautiful picture of your parents.

4/11/2016 (2370)

DHS Class of 1966 50th Class Reunion Banquet
Posted by Larry Hackman (’66): Bismarck, ND

 Birchwood @ Lake Metigoshe
Date:  Friday,  July 22, 2016
Socializing (Happy Hour) 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Banquet dinner:  6:30 PM


10 oz. sirloin steak, or grilled halibut, or chicken cordon bleu, or chicken stuffed w/wild rice.

Above order includes baked potato, salad, and bread.

All for $25.00 which includes tax and tip. Pay at the door with cash or credit card.

You may bring quests.

I just need a head count. Please call me Larry Hackman at 701-258-7961 or email me  lmhackman@bis.midco.net   or reply to Gary on the blog and he and I will try together to keep a running headcount that Gary will post.

Gary’s comments

We, the DHS class of 65, had our 50th class reunion at the Birchwood last July. Great food and great service. The Birchwood Owners  family, the Pritchard’s, have Dunseith roots too. Kim Pritchard Zahn is the owner. Her dad is Floyd Pritchard. Floyd was raised by the Eurich Family. Winifred Pritchard Eurich was his Aunt.

Pam Pritchard Smith, Kim’s sister, took time out of her busy schedule to be our personal server at our 50th class reunion.  What an honor to finely meet her in person too and Kim also. Great folks. The DHS class of 66 will most certainly have a wonderful reunion at the Lake Metigoshe Birchwood.

Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

Hi Gary,

Thanks to Dale Brien for identifying the couple in the picture.

I didn’t realize it’s been 7 years since I had breast cancer/treatments.  All is still well. :)

My dad also enjoyed eating raw onions/onion sandwiches.  Maybe your dad/my dad were related????? LOL  It’s always fun to see a picture/read information about Angus.  What a wonderful gentleman!


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


Blog (441) posted on April 28, 2009

Computer files lost:
On Monday I took my computer in to have it updated. In the process they wiped out my whole hard drive loosing all the files. I had many of them backed up, but it’s a real pain to recover. The latest email addresses in my address book I had saved were from February. For those of you that have sent requests for folks to be added in the past several months, please send that info to me again. I have recovered a lot of the requests from the past several months, but I know I’m missing a few. I was able to restore some of the pictures, but I’m not sure just how many I lost. Most all the pictures can be retrieved from the daily email messages that I have saved so they are not totally lost. I had too many eggs in one basket. I was afraid something like this could happen, so I had an extra hard drive added to my computer for backing up these files. In the process of adding this auxiliary hard drive they wiped out everything I had planned on backing up to this disk. It’s a real empty feeling when something like this happens. I had over 3,000 pictures saved on this hard drive, 1,500 of which were Dunseith pictures, with no back ups. I was able to save some, but it’s a pain going back through the restored files, sorting through all the corrupt files to find those that are good. For now I an concentrating on getting my email files and distribution lists back in order.
Reply/Qestion from Jan Bergan Evans (66): MONTICELLO, MN
Hi Gary Got the e-mail about Barbara Trent Thanks I was in ND this week-end and went to see Sylvia Bergan She was sleeping and the nurse says she gets real upset when you wake her so I just left a note. But they say she might not know me anyway. She is very frail. What I would like to know is, where was Kelvin ND and Kelvin Luthern Church. I keep seeing that and no one seems to know. I am suppose to have the Olson relatives buried in Kelvin Luth. I’m am wandering where the records might have gone???
Jan: Vance (deceased) & Doreen Bailey have most all of the Rolette county Cemetery information with the names of all that are buried in them. I had that info if I did not loose it with my computer crash. Doreen, can you send us that info again please?
Folks, is there another Kelvin, ND other than the one located north of Dunseith?
Folks, Jan mentions Barbara Trent Riehm. Barbara’s mother was Julia Bergan Trent. The Trent’s were very well known in the Bottineau and surrounding areas. Julia Trent was a sister to Jan Bergan’s Grandfather, Clayton’s dad. Sylvia, the lady she visited mentioned in her message, was married to Oscar who was also a brother to Julia and Jan’s Grandfather. Sylvia I believe is 97 years old. Again with Neola Kofoid Garbe’s connections, we made contact with Barbara Trent. She is living in San Diego, CA.
Reply from Bill Hosmer (48): Tucson, AZ & Lake Metigoshe, ND
Gary,, My long time friend Lloyd Awalt might have missed one building just north of the Deeter home. That being Billie Wright’s grocery store. Later, it was Joe Morinville’s, if my brain hasn’t gone AWOL altogether. Bill Hosmer
Question from Marge Longie Wilcox (56): Vancouver, WA
Does anyone know what has ever happened to Eileen Erickson?I haven’t heard anything from her for a long time.

Message/Picture from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND
Gary and Friends,There should be many of our readers who remember the snow that came on
June 3, 1943. My grandmother took this picture in the yard at the farm
to show what things looked like. As you can see, the poplar trees had
their leaves and the hardwoods were starting to leaf. This is probably
the snow that Art Fugere (Debbie and Diane’s grandpa) told me about many
years ago, when I was working at Lamoureux Brothers garage. He said they
were done seeding crops and thought summer had arrived and then got hit
by snow. He said it was weird! Some old timers said they had seen snow
here in the hills, in every month of the year. I have never seen snow
here in June, July , or August–but every other month, several times
over! On Labor Day weekend in either ’64 or ’65, we were plowing under
stubble and had a heck of a snow. The snow would cover the black dirt we
turned over so it was kind of hard to see where you were going when you
came back around. I remember Dad and I lit small straw piles on fire and
stood close to warm up a bit as they burned. No cabs and heaters in
those days. If your gloves got wet or your hands got cold you could
always reach ahead and grab onto the exhaust pipe for a couple seconds
and heat things up. I remember how sometimes my gloves got a little too
hot and would steam and smoke We wore all the clothes we could find and
still suffered! And to think we called that ‘the good old days’! Thanks


Reply to picture from Don Lamoueux (75): Bethel, MN
I believe the unknown picture in my Great Grandfather John Bedard.
Don Lamoueux (75)
Reply to picture from Louise Pigeon Horsman (43): Bothell, WA
That looks like John Bedard. If it is , he is the father of Georgette, Rene, Albert and Lucein Bedard. I’m not positive.
John Bedard

4/8/2016 (440)

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

Just thought everyone would enjoy these reply’s.
Larry Hackman

D.H.S. 1966 Class Will – Reply’s

  1. From Pat Danielson

Good fun! Thanks Larry. 😊.


  1. From ANG

This is great! Good job dad! I like it.
Love you,
PS  Don’t get fooled today.


  1. From Clarice Hackman

Hope you have a good weekend.
Saw the pictures from Erica’s wedding.
Everyone looked pretty good.

I had forgotten about the class wills.
It was fun to read. I wonder what happened to all the others.
They haven’t appeared in the blog.



  1. From Rosie

Its been a great day so far! Considering its April Fools Day. Bob already got it- one of his co- workers put peanut butter on his work pick up handles, so now he put vasaline on her car handles and windshield wipers, be interesting  when she uses her wipers!  I always did like reading those class wills. I found it very enjoyable. Good Job !


  1. From Larry’s daughter

Dad willed his ability to never get to school on time to Dick Johnson. –   I know where Sophie gets this from now-  Lynn and I could not figure out where this trait came from.

Nice work on the will!!!!

  1. From Larry’s sister Ang
    To brother, Larry

I inherited that trait from Dad also. I’m an on time or a few minutes late kind of girl. Why get there so early???  What’s the point? Have a great weekend everyone! Love you all.

On Fri, April 1, 2016 1:39 pm, Hackman, Larry M. wrote:
Dad willed his ability to never get to school on time to Dick Johnson. – I know
where Sophie gets this from now- Lynn and I could not figure out where
this trait came from.

  1. From Jean Nicholas
    Nice work on the will!!!!

Geez! How hilarious this is. But a little embarrassing on my part! I don’t remember my part of this at all or the hickeys either!! Ah, the follies of youth. Thank’s so much Larry for doing this and our class history.                     Jean


Blog (440) posted on April 27, 2009


Posted on April 27, 2009

Happy Birthday Warren Anderson (65): Rolette, ND

Warren, Checking my records, I see you have a Birthday today (5-27-47). I’m not far behind you. 1947 is the year for a lot of us class of 65 folks. You have and enjoyable birthday. Have a big celebration with Cora. Gary

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

To Neola Garbe,

Congratulations!!!! You look like a million bucks in that picture!

Reply to Neola from Sybil Johnson: Cheyenne, Wyoming

I am so happy Neola, that you have come through that dreadful disease. But, like Gary said, your positive attitude and being so up beat with that beautiful smile, truly helped. I remember that fabulous smile. I will let Beckie know when I see her. By the way, she is doing great from her colon cancer and they are very sure that they got all the polyps. She didnt need radiation treatments/any other treatment. She has her regular check-ups and is now down to a size 10, the same size when she was married 25 yrs ago. By the way, we had snow here, yesterday morning, with big flakes. It didnt last long, thank heavens. All have a quiet and peaceful day. Sybil Johnson

Reply to picture posted yesterday from Kathy Casavant Ellingson (74): Bismarck, ND

The Steve Belgarde family used to ride on our bus. Extremely nice family. I knew the girls in the plaid clothes along with the girl in the maroon dress. They were very polite of what I remember.

Reply from Pam Wenstad (78):


That must be a Norwegian trait. My Dad and my sister Bobbie ate them all the time.When we were young and all of us girls had to sleep 2 or 3 a bed she would eat a onion sandwich right before bed, so no one would sleep with her. Now my son Tony eats them too sometimes. Funny how some things (thank goodness) never leave us.

Pam Wenstad-78

Reply from Sharon Longie Dana (73): MIssoula MT

Reply to Wendy Strietzel, please give my condolences to your Mom, she and I were good friends in high school. Your Grandma was a very sweet lady and the ffood was always great at her house as well as the hospitality.

Sharon Longie Dana(73)

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

My mom made the best pot of Navy Bean Soup you’ve ever tasted. And she always included with her bowl, a raw onion sandwich. I could not imagine it. But she sure enjoyed.

Cheryl Larson Dakin

YVONNE HIATT PETERSON Birth Date: 29 Jan 1956 Death Date: 21 Oct 2003 Social Security Number: 502-86-3260 State or Territory Where Number Was Issued: North Dakota Death Residence Localities ZIP Code:


Localities: Bottineau, Bottineau, North Dakota Lake Metigoshe, Bottineau, North Dakota

Metigoshe, Bottineau, North Dakota

Picture dated January 10, 1974
Vonnie Hiatt Peterson was the Daughter of Howard (Deceased) and Vida Hiatt. She was married to Ron Peterson.

Rod Hiatt, Vonnie’s Brother’s message posted in (275) on Nov 7, 2008

Reply from Rod Hiatt (69): Bottineau, ND

Hello Gary
I do remember the Awalt Anniversary and the duet. Vonnie played the
piano and I was on the accordion. I don’t think I was asked to be on
Laurence Welk Show after that either. Seems like my musical talent was
mainly in my mind and not in the ears of the audience.
Yes Vonnie was a big part of the auction business as she was no doubt
the best clerk that you could ever want. In all the years that she
worked with me, I don’t recall having to repeat the selling price or a
bidders number to her. She did that as well as caught bids at the same time.
She was also the best part of Hiatts Western Shop, as she could sell ice
cubes to an Eskimo without trying. At Christmas, the men would come in
looking for something for their wife, having no idea of size, colors or
style and Vonnie would put together an outfit, boots and accessories,
wrap it up and it was surprising how many wives would come back saying
how happy and thrilled that their husbands took the time, new the right
size and had such good taste. Vonnie just smiled and never said any
It was 5 years ago last month that we lost her, but little things like
your newspaper clipping bring back the good memories and all the fun and
laughter that she brought into our lives She is dearly missed but Never

Main Street in 1940, posted by Lloyd Awalt (44): Bottineau, ND

Dear Gary,

I have racked my old brain to come up with the location of all the businesses in Dunseith in 1940 when I was working on the Dray. To the best of my knowledge the enclosed map is accurate. If anyone has any changes just e-mail of course spelling errors can just be written up to old age and bad eyesight. (Is that a good enough excuse?)

Have a good week!

Lloyd Awalt

(<Catholic Church) Main Street Depot>)
Empty Building Watkin’s Lumber Yard
Vacant Lot Wilson’s Recreation Center
Standard Oil Station Charlie Wright’s creamery
Motel/US Customs City Service Station
Dakota Hotel (treet)
(Street) Hosmer’s Store
Shelver’s Drug (Vacant Lot)
Wilson’s Barber shop Poliquin’s Bar
Peace Garden Cafe (Storage shed)
Ray Murry Creamery Pete Richards Variety
(Driveway) (Vacant Lot)
Crystal Cafe Kadry Pool Hall
Myrey’s Store (vacant Drive Way)
Macatees Bakery GottbrethHardware
Alphie Dion Shoe Shop Postoffice
Red Owl Store Security State Bank
Ray Lakes Stone Garage (Street)
(Street) Douglas Funeral Home
Lilleby Bar Althea Theater
Lamoureux Garage Floyd Nelson Barber
Lamoureux Lot Livestock Exchange
K.C.Sime Red & White Main Street Judge Ray Wilson
Coffee Shop Clint Anderson’s
Oscar Stadeim Bowling Alley and Bar Cream Station
Zyke Boguslaski Leonard’s Cafe
Corner Garage (Vacant Lot)
(Street) Dunseith Journal
Ike Berg Home Deters Telephone Office
Jesse Wilson Home (Street)
Hassen’s Store
Joe Richard’s Service Station

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

Dale Honsey – DHS class of 74

Brent Armentrout – DHS class of 1984

Stewart Medrud is Ronnie’s son. He lives
near Belcourt. Ronnie Medrud is Deceased

 John Bedard Sr.

Alice Hiatt Dalbec’s daughter Marvel’s wedding. Judy is Bill’s sister.

Obituary provided by Eileen Brudwick: Fargo, ND

Thelma Johnson, 83

December 9, 2004

Thelma Christianson Johnson

Feb. 24, 1921 Dec. 6, 2004

Thelma Johanna Johnson, 83, of Bremerton died Monday at Harrison Hospital.

She was born in Kelvin, N.D., to Sigurd Edward and Johanna (Lagarquist) Christianson.

She married James Johnson and he preceded her in death in 1997. Mrs. Johnson enjoyed being a homemaker and was the last founding member of Olalla Bible Church.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Ella Medrud and Anne Petry.

Surviving are a son, Robert Johnson and his wife, Diane, of Port Orchard; a daughter, Joanne Johnson of Port Orchard; two brothers, Raymond Christianson and his wife, Mary, of Dunseith, N.D., and Edwin Christianson and his wife, Bernice, of Milton, Wash.; two sisters, Viola Basket and her husband, Steve, of Olalla and Dorothy Halverson and her husband, Lester, of Dunseith; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 14 at Olalla Bible Church.

Memorial donations may be made to Cypress Gardens Activity Fund, 3500 Ninth St., Bremerton, WA 98312.Arrangements are by Haven of Rest Funeral Home in Gig Harbor.

4/6/2016 (2368)

Photo identified: Alfred and Bonita (Parisien) Henry
Message from Dale Brien:

On your March 5, 2015 edition of your Dunseith Alumni Blog, the wedding couple is Alfred and Bonita (Parisien) Henry.

Gary’s reply,
Thank you so much Dale for  providing this information. Can you provide us with a bit more info about Alfred and Bonita and also about you? I was able to find you on Facebook but couldn’t tell where you are living, etc. When Neola Posted this picture, we/she weren’t sure where this couple was from either. So glad that you were able to identify them.
Thanks again, Gary

                    Alfred and Bonita (Parisien) HenryHenry (2368)


Blog (439) posted on April 26, 2009


Posted on April 26, 2009

Onion Sandwich

Folks, The other day I saw some nice ripe tomatoes in the house, so I asked our help to prepare a tomato sandwich for my lunch the next day of which they did. I love those tomato sandwiches. When they served me this tomato sandwich, I mentioned to them that my dad loved raw onion sandwiches. Guess what I got the next day for lunch, a raw onion sandwich. They prepared it as kind of a joke, but were surprised when I ate it. My dad used to top his day of with a raw onion sandwich before going to bed. I don’t think that did much for the romance spark though. Several weeks before his death, he prepared a thick onion sandwich for both us. It was soooo good with lots of salt and pepper. Gary

Genealogy request from Dwight Lang (61): Tucson, AZ & Lake Metigoshe, ND


You better send a tanker truck to Cebu for gas, Gary. The compound is dark and the rebels are closing in. Just kidding, I hope!

Holy Moly, I had no idea how many Hiatt relatives I had. I would like to research the Herman and Alice Woodford Hiatt line back a few more generations. Would appreciate any help from the group who have already done so. Thanks in advance.

Dwight Lang

Dwight & All, Our power was restored about 3:00 PM yesterday. This whole island of Cebu, of about 4 million folks, was without power. In the 5 1/2 years we have lived here, this is first time the whole Island has been without power. The problem was a severed submarine cable feeder line from the Island of Leyte that supplies electricity to this island. The electricity had just been restored when we got to the mall. They were running on generator power so they had no A/C. It was really hot in there. Speaking of malls, we have several very nice large modern malls. To give you an idea of the size of the mall we went to yesterday, It has 4 levels and covers acres. When Bernadette is shopping, often times, I’ll do a brisk walk covering all of the common area starting from the top. It takes me 55 minutes to walk all of the common area, 1 time through, from the top to the bottom. That would be about 3 1/2 miles. Gary

Request from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

Would you ask if anyone has a mailing address for Iris Peltier, Belcourt?



Neola Kofoid Garbe’s Radiation Treatments are complete:

NO…. NONE…..ZILCH….ZERO….. treatments left!!!!!!!!

Hi Everyone,

This email came from a good friend of mine earlier today. She has been counting the days until my radiation treatments are finished. As you can see, today was the day (Thursday).

THANK YOU for the many prayers which have been prayed for my mom and me. They definitely worked for both of us.

Mom is back at Good Samaritan in Bottineau (725 East 10th St., Bottineau 58318) and is feeling better than she has felt in a LONG time. She will be 92 years old on May 5; her memory/mind/hearing/eyesight/speech are all good. She uses a walker and gets tired easily; other than that, she’s doing wonderfully well.

My radiation treatments (36) went very well. I have had very little pain from the time I was told I had breast cancer until right now . During the treatments I was tired, so I slept much more than I usually do. This was no problem, as I enjoy sleeping, and I didn’t have anything I HAD to do–bless retirement. I’m sure the many prayers all of you prayed, made this experience just a minor “bump in the road”. I feel very fortunate the cancer was caught early (mammogram), and it was non-invasive. I can now add this experience to my life’s resume; it’s already interesting, I don’t need more experiences! Ha!

I think I’m the luckiest of all the people I met at at the cancer center–I wasn’t sick/I live right in Minot/I’m still FAIRLY young!/I didn’t need someone to take me to my treatments(Wally went along a few times at the beginning of them)/etc. During the storm, my brother-in-law picked Wally/me up for my treatments in his 4-wheel drive pickup, so I didn’t miss any treatments during that time.

When you are having radiation treatments, “they” don’t want you to lose weight, which can easily happen; I understand many people lose their appetite during this time. Believe me, I did NOT lose my appetite–uff da! I enjoyed eating many foods I try not to eat, and I still gained only 2 pounds. Going back to “normal” eating is going to be tough! Ha!

THANKS AGAIN for your thoughts and prayers for Mom and me. Prayer is POWERFUL!!


Neola, It’s so nice to hear you are all finished with your radiation treatments. Your positive attitude has been a huge contributor for the success’ achieved. I’ll bet you’ll be spending more time in Bottineau now. Wally will have to make a few trips to Bottineau to see you. Gary

Angus Campbell: Bottineau, ND


I ran across this picture of Angus Campbell when I was going through my picture files. This picture must have been taken about 4 years ago, because I know Angus was born in 1925. Angus is a familiar face to many of you, especially those of you in the Bottineau area. Angus has lived nearly his entire life on his present farm located 2 miles south of Bottineau on the Gardena Road. Angus has been a very active & supportive member of the whole community his entire life. I have known Angus nearly my entire life, but I really learned to know him and his sister Margaret (deceased) well when I worked for Dave and Vivian Clark on their farm after I graduated from HS in 1965. When I left for the West Coast in 2006, my brother Darrel, who was still in HS at the time, started working for Angus/Margaret in the summer months. Their relationship bonded well to this very day. Angus has pretty much adopted Darrel and his family. The same is true for Darrel and his family adopting Angus. Angus has been a big part of the Stokes family for many years. He is a wonderful man with a heart of gold. To this very day Angus does a big share of the running of the combine harvesting Darrel’s crop.


4/4/2016 (2367)

The Last Will and Testament of the Class of 1966 (50 years)
Posted by Larry Hackman (’66): Bismarck, ND                      


I hope this note finds you well.

Some bad times for some.

I hope and pray that your brother  and Mel’s  brother will recover, as well as anyone else that is hurting.

Congratulations to  Mel on his new Grandbaby.  She is definitely a keeper.

Yes Mel, they keep talking about replacing that janitor up there at the hospital,

I guess that mustache he wears, leaves more debris behind him than it picks up any more.

I don’t know why.




Thank You for posting the 1966 Class History.

This month I have attached the 1966 Class Will.

I hope everyone enjoys reading it and that it brings back some memories, and maybe some comments.

Thank You,

Larry Hackman


The Last Will and Testament of the Class of 1966 (50 years)                        Dunseith, North Dakota

When we (The Class of 1966) graduated from Dunseith High School we were not only thinking of our future but we were concerned about the well being of the classes that were following us and looked as if they would need all the help that they could get, and us (The Class of 1966, a considerate  class, yes, a class always concerned about the well being of others.) thought we would leave behind some little something’s that would help them to cope, and to stand up and become young men and women,  that not only would their community and folks be proud of them, but that we the graduating seniors (The Class of 1966) would also be proud of them.  Now, as you alumni and future alumni of D.H.S. and friends read our “WILL TO YOU”, and if anything comes to your mind that you know has benefited you or anyone else, please let us know by replying.  It does make the heart feel good to know that you have done something or contributed to someone or something to make the world a better place.

Thank You


Senior Class WILL of 1966

As we the Senior Class of 1966, prepare to leave our friends and classmates, and most of all our beloved teachers, we feel it is our duty to leave behind just a few of our outstanding characteristics to those who are the most worthy to receive such treasures.

I. To Mr. Jerstad our School Superintendent and the members of the faculty we leave our good grades, which we received from them through our many school years.  Our headaches, our long study hours after school, our ingratitude for our long assignments, and our ability to tolerate new faculty members.

ll. To Mr. Grossman we will our beloved term papers.  Also-                                                       

The Bookkeeping and Office Practice students WILL their ability to get along so well with Mr. Olson, to Mrs. Olson.

lll. To the junior class our rightful and worthy successors, we leave:

  1. Our crib sheets.
  2. Our ability to uphold all rules.
  3. Our ability to get along with all faculty members.
  4. Our integrity, loyalty, and our all around good will.
  5. Also to the Junior Class, we will our ability to set a bad example for the up and coming sophomores, as we were suppose to have done.
  6. Last, but not least, we will, the most honorable, sincere, and dedicated class advisor, “The beloved Mr. Hepper”; with these instructions:                 

Ahh.  Just treat him with love and kindness, as we did.


lV. To Mr. Boguslawski, our faithful and loyal janitor, we leave our messy

and broken lockers, spit wads, gum wrappers, and most important of all, our deep and sincere gratitude for all the services, large and small, that he willingly rendered.


V. The Class of 1966 with great generosity, and unselfishness “Wills”

the following items to the most worthy receivers. These items listed are straight from the hearts of each and every senior.  The students and friends not listed or whose names aren’t mentioned, please know that you are remembered and appreciated by this senior class, and we are as grateful to you for your friendship as the people mentioned. 

The following list presents the wishes of the D.H.S. Class of 1966:

  1. Lorna Abbey wills her quiet personality and petite figure to K. Flynn and her long speeches in speech class to Judy Wheeler.
  2. Corliss Allard wills her tight skirts and wiggle to Gloria Chase and her good study habits and brains, which she received from John Bedard, to Joan LaCroix.
  3. Janet Bergan wills her ability to write notes to Jim Berube and her nickname “Lumpy” to Frank Evans.
  4. Aime Casavant wills his good manners and correct use of English to Marvin Kalk, and to Larry St. Claire he wills his ability to play guitar.
  5. Gerald Casavant wills his short legs to Richard Slyter and his interesting speeches to his sister, Mary Ann.
  6. Pat Danielson, wills to Charlene Pearson, her ability to skip school, and her ability to study to Rodney Lagerquist, which she hopes he will use wisely.
  7. Tom Evans wills his ability to not smoke to Chip Johnson, to Allen Stokes his ability to play basketball, to Jim Berube to keep curfew, and to Allen Houle his good looks.
  8. Carrole Fauske wills her good dieting ability, which she received from Cecile Berube, to Sharon Tooke and her long blonde hair to her sister, Beth.
  9. Sharon Gunville wills her ability to get along with others, especially sisters, to Florence Gunville and her ability to get good grades to Clarice Hackman.
  10. Larry Hackman wills his nickname “Half Pint” to Chip Johnson and his ability to never get to school on time to Dick Johnson.
  11. Donna Hanson wills her wiggle to Patti Metcalfe and her ability to study to Clarice Hackman.
  12. Dana Henriksen wills her long fingernails to Charlene Pearson, her ability to “hustle” to Lola Metcalfe, and her “Big Mercury” to Jim Berube.
  13. Joann Houle wills her cheering suit to the Kester Twins, with the hope that they will care for it as she did and her ability to get the car to her brother Allen.  
  14. Greg LaCroix wills his superior acting ability to Nancy Bedard and his weekend trips to Rolette, to Carmen Myers.
  15. Terry Martinson wills his football number “74”, his hip pads, and rib pads, to his brother Timmy, and his ability to look at windows without breaking them to Dowayne Goodon, and his build to Allen Stokes.
  16. Obert Midlang wills his ability to sleep in class to Patti Grossman, and his class ring to Carol Pritchard.
  17. Larry Millang wills his ability to “hustle girls” to Jim Berube and his track ability to Ronnie Johnson.
  18. Debbie Mongeon wills her “big dimples” to LeaRae Parrill and her ability to go with a Myers to her sister Randi.
  19. Jean Nicholas wills her gracefulness to Patti Grossman, and all her “hickeys” to Patti Metcalfe with the hope that Patti will be able to cover them as well as Jean does.
  20. Anita Paresien wills her ability to play basketball to Samia Haimore and her ability to sew to Mrs. Suko.
  21. Shirley Peltier wills to her cousin Sandra, “Bill Henry,” just to keep him in the family, and her class ring to “guess who?”
  22. Keith Pladson wills his bashfulness to Norman Eurich and his nickname “Tarzan” to Mike Evans.
  23. Lee Struck wills his superior singing ability to Kathy Walter and his ability to go with a Houle to Lola Metcalfe.
  24. Romona Thiefoe wills her ability to lose weight to Brenda Hoffman and her ability to play basketball to her brother Raymond.
  25. Jim Tooke wills his eating habits to Marvel Hill and his crew cut to Jimmy Hiatt.
  26. Jay Vanorny wills his “driving ability” to Donnie Mongeon and his “orderly conduct” to Bobby Peterson and his “HUBCAPS” to Carmen Myers.
  27. Donald Wenstad wills his bubbling, sparkling, personality to Larry St. Claire and his short pants to John Boguslawski.


This completes the last will and testament of “The 1966 Senior Class” of Dunseith, ND., Public High School.

An afterthought!

We the providers of this last “Will and Testament”, The 1966 Senior Class of Dunseith High School hope our desires and wishes to our beneficiaries have benefited them in some way and they have not squandered this opportunity to benefit themselves, or they have paid it forward to benefit someone else.  If anyone can relate to  us “Class of 1966” any instance where, when, how, and sometimes why, this inheritance has benefited you or someone you know in anyway please let us know.  Any and all comments appreciated.

Remember to laugh and the whole world will laugh with you. 

Thank You,

Larry Hackman  


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND
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Blog (438) posted on April 25, 2009

Posted on April 25, 2009

Folks, We are running on generator power this today. For some reason we lost power about 4 hours ago. I need to get this out before my generator runs out of gas and I have to run and get more. Gary

Winifred Pritchard Eurich’s Funeral:

Posted by Mark Schimetz (70): Rolette, ND

Hi Gary and Friends, Had a little trouble scanning Winifred’s Obit. It was a nice service, befitting a great lady, When I was young I got to drive a team of Dave Eurch’s and Stacked bundled shocks, and later hauling them to the Threshing Machine. I was and still am very proud to have had this experience. There weren’t many people my age at the time circa early to mid 60’s that I knew had done this.

But now, for Winifred!. I was in complete aw at the size of her Kitchen when we all went into eat. The setting impressed me so, that I don’t remember what we ate. The Hospitality first class as in most farm family’s in North Dakota. The very long table on which plenty good food and drink was supplied which I do remember was that I didn’t go away hungry. The high Cabinets above the kitchen’s Countertops unusual in other modern homes. Winifred’s kitchen reminisces of threshing days forlorn. I did not see such a cook house setting again until I went to work, to work with Dad on the Railroad, in 70. Still these fond memories I had of these special days with the Eurich’s will always remain in my heart.

Winifred Pritchard Eurich

Dave Eurich Family 1970:
Back: Sharon, Eileen, Norman & Dave
Front: Mary, Dorothy, Jean & Winifred

Again I express my condolences to the Eurich Family. I do remember that nice big Kitchen that Mark talks about at the Eurich’s. I’ve eaten a few wonderful meals there myself. I helped Bud and Norris Knutson, several summers, with haying on the Eurich farm. Winifred always had a wonderful meal for us at that nice long table that mark described. The last time I saw Winifred was at my Mothers funeral in July of 2004. She attended her funeral along with her daughters Eileen and Mary. Gary

From Wendy Strietzel (Dorothy Eurich Strietzel’s (75) Daughter): Minot, ND


Here is my grandma’s funeral brochure. Everything at the funeral was beautiful and the family would like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts. My grandma was a beautiful person inside and out. She will be greatly missed but her memory will live on through all of us. Thanks again.

Wendy Strietzel

I received your Grandma’s funeral brochure from Mark Schimetz yesterday too, posted above, that I already had ready for today’s posting. Yes, your grandma was a beautiful person and is well remembered by all of us former and current Dunseith folks and others too. Gary

Story from Larry Hackman (66):Bismarck, ND


I had a couple of requests for this story: believe it or not.

I know there are a lot of new people that have moved into the blog and that have not read it also. Maybe its time to put it out there again because I know a bunch of them have had to join our club too.

Everyone needs a good chuckle now and then.


Larry, It is my pleasure to repost any of your great stories. Gary


I turned 60 last week. I have been kind of depressed about it. Then friends and relatives began telling me that I should be happy, after all I’m in this club now. I asked, what club is that? They shouted you are in the Golden Years Club, You gotta be happy and proud to be in such a club. Everybody becomes a member. After they explained the benefits about restaurants giving you food for less money and you can get motel rooms cheaper, I started to feel pretty good about this. They did not say anything about getting gas cheaper but I guess you just get it more often. As long as I get more miles per gallon, I don’t care. The more I thought about this age thing and this club, the better I felt. So, I was feeling kind of up beat about the whole thing and decided to go out and see whats new in the world of hardware. I always like to look around the hardware stores to see whats new. I was wandering around in Home Depot and I wandered right into a old retired friend.

We got to talking about age and birthdays and such. I asked him about this Goden Age Club and how you join. He said there is no joining, your just in. What do you mean your just in? He said, your just in. What if don’t like it? There is no likeing or dislikeing, you are just in. What if I want to back out? He said, there is no backing, your just out when your out. He finally said, Larry get this through your head your in until your out. I said you mean its like getting drafted into the military. He said there is no drafted, your just in until your out. I said, well, in the sevice there were a few that just up and deserted, couldn’t I do that? He said, Larry there is no deserting, your just in until you are out. So, I’m just automaticly a member of this Golden Years Club for the rest of my life, and I’m in until I’m out? He said, The Golden Years Club is a misnomer. I said, Oh come on, I’m not joining this club and going to have to give up the month of November too? Besides thar, I did not miss November. I remember sitting at the table on Thanksgiving Day eating the turkey neck and gizzard like I always do. In our family the oldest guy sitting at the table always gets first choice on the good stuff, and gets to eat dark meat sandwiches for two weeks after, cuz the women and the kids eat all the white meat. That is just the way it is and the way I like it, so I know I did not miss November. My old friend looks at me, and says, Larry you fool, I said misnomer. I said, I know what you said, you said I’m going to miss November. Did you mean from now on? You mean next year is only 11 months long? No wonder time passes so fast for the people in this club and I’m not giving up Thanksgiving, it is one of my favorite holidays. I’m just not gonna join your club. He said again, you are in until your out, and the proper name of the club is, The Only Thing Golden is Your Urine Club, so you see the name, The Golden Years Club is a misnomer. I said, I don’t care what you say I’m not giving up November . He said, Larry, nobody relishs the idea of being in this club, your just in it until your out and there is nothing you can do about it. I said relish, we have a relish tray at Thanksgiving too, I’m not giving that up neither and left him standing there in the middle of Home Depot. I don’t know if I’m ever going to talk to that guy again. I did not particularly like being called a fool.



Reply from Lee Stickland (64): Dickinson, ND


Lee here.

Snow on the ground here this am.

Dad’s body will be buried this afternoon at 3 pm. Gloria and I will be there. Funerals are really not over til the body is in the ground,

The snow will lend toward authenticity as he dealt with the snow so much, before George Gregory was able to make the rounds and move the banks of snow.

Dad once carried a chain saw so that he could remove willows from the ditches which created the opportunity for drifts.

OUR trip to CA to see my son, Eric, his wife Kim and MY grandson, SAM is set for next Thursday. The 30 degrees here now will be replaced with 80s.

Eric’s wife is a pharmacotoxocologist, Chief Scientist for a pharmaceutical company.

Kim’s personna and demeanor is such that she could be with US from Dunseith and fit right in. She grew up in Detroit and her parents have suffered the effects of the ceconomic downturn there.

She will be in Boston making a presentation early next week but will be home by the time WE get there. They have budgeted 2 full days to be with US so that will be great.


Lockhard School about 1955:

Back row: Dale Millang, Lorraine Handeland, Claudia Espe, Glen Millang,
Kenny Handeland. Stanley Salmonson, Lyle Zeiler & Roger Salmonson.

Middle row: Kathy Salmonson, Charlotte Handeland, Sandra Zeiler, Linda
Millang, Karen House, Garrett Myer, Winnie Nelson

Front row: Terry Espe. Clarine House, Kathy Nerpel, Kenny Nerpel, Larry
Millang, Duane Handeland

Class of 64 folks

Top: Terry Espe & Dave Wurgler

Bottom: Dale Hoffman & Dennis Zorn

4/1/2016 (2366)

Beverly Pigeon Long (DHS ’57) Passed away.
Obituary provided by Allen Richard (’65):  Midland, MI



On March 29th, at 8:43 PM Emery Alice Kuhn joined our family. Weighing in a hefty 6lbs 8oz and 20” tall. She is my youngest son Ricky and his wife Sara’s first child. Everything went well and the new mom and baby are doing fine. Ricky hasn’t quit smiling for three days. He was always scared about touching any babies and wouldn’t pick one up. He doesn’t want to put this one down. This makes grandchild number nine for us and one great-grandchild. Boy I’m getting old. We are expecting another on September 4th. I hooked on a couple pictures because Brenda Hoffman will be saying she wants to see pictures. The old guy in the one picture was the hospitals janitor. I don’t know how he got in there. I think he was spying for Larry Hackman as this happened in Bismarck.


PS: Brother Rick is coming around. His memory is improving and he knew who I was on Wednesday when I went to see him. He is walking with the aid of a walker and someone to steady him but is doing well so far

Gary’s comment

Congratulations Mel. She is a nice looking baby too.

Posting of the day
From Brenda Hoffman (’70): Greenville, SC


Blog (437) posted on April 24, 2009

Dunseith Alumni WEB page link
Folks, I post these daily messages on the Dunseith Alumni WEB site, however, I do not include email addresses or any personal info with the posting of these messages on this sight. These email messages are more complete that what I post on the sight. I have also posted information about our Seattle Dunseith Alumni reunion that we will be having in July and I have also posted our Alaska cruise info on this site. I noticed there has been a fair amount of visits to this sight, so I will make a conscience effort to post these daily messages the same day rather than waiting several days.
Bernadette is sitting here waiting for me to sent this out, so we can go to the Mall, So I better get on the ball and get this out.
Reply to yesterday’s message
from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (65): Belcourt, ND
Jaralyn Parisein is the daughter of Theresa Parisein of Dunseith, she
works at IHS in the Lab, her sister is Roxanne who works in the dental
clinic here in Belcourt. I will try to get an address for you today if I
can.Ginger (LaRocque) Poitra (65)

Alice Hiatt Dalbec: Medford, Oregon
Folks, With all of Neola Kofoid Garbe’s connections, we have loctated Alice Hiatt and her family. Neola and Alice’s daughter Marvel are close friends. I just called and talked to Marvel. She told me her mother is 93 and is doing well. For all of you geneology folks, she said her mother has recorded a lot of her family data in a note book that she has. She has birth’s, death’s marriage’s, etc all recorded. Marvel will be sending me that info. I have listed Marvel’s email address above with her mothers name. Marvel’s phone number is 541-826-2374. Please call her early evening or week ends. She gets up at 4:00 AM. I can tell you she will not complain if you call her later, like I did though. She’s that kind of a person. Marvil has requested to be on our daily distribution too. She said she will share all these daily messages with her mother.
Marvel, a lot of your relatives, many of whom I’m sure you have never met are included with these daily distributions. I think you told me your family moved to Oregon in 1951. Your mother of coarse has quite a number of first cousins, alive and well, some of whom are included with this daily distribution. There are many former Ackworth folks from your mothers generation on our daily distribution too.
Pictures Provided by Neoal Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND
Alice Hiatt Dalbec Family
Top: not sure of the order – Gene, Keith & Ron Dalbec
Front: Marvel Dalbec Martin & Alice Hiatt Dalbec



Bill & Marvel Dalbec Martin

Hiatt Family tree:
Folks, this is a preliminary copy of the Hiatt family tree that I am putting together.
Please look this over and get back to me with additions and corrections that need to be made.
I am only going down four generations from Herman/Alice Hiatt. The purpose of this chart is to identify those in the Hiatt family and where they fit into the family. To keep this chart simple, I am not listing any detailed info (deaths, spouses, etc). I am interested in these details though and will record any of that info provided to me in separate records. For what I am doing, I do not plan on going any deeper with any of these family trees that I am putting together. There’s not enough hours in the day to accomplish all of that. For those of you that are interested we have a lot of genealogy folks in our group that already have a lot of the detailed genealogy info for a lot of the Dunseith families. Please ask for any genealogy you are interested in and we will try to get you connected with those that have the info.
Allen Richard, The George Hiatt family listed in this chart, like your family, is quite large. There are over 65 first cousins in the 4th generation.