5/27/2016 (2389)

Condolences to the Shirley Belgarde family
From Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and Dunseith friends,,

          I wish to express  condolences of sympathy to the family of Shirley Belgarde.

Her siblings, twins, Melinda and Margaret were former classmates at Dunseith School.

The Belgarde girls were all  kind, carried great smiles and sense of humor.

          Also, I had the pleasure of Shirley’s daughter, Donna (Belgarde) Gunville  in my  third grade classroom.

          It is always nice to visit with James and Donna,  and hear and see the pride they have in their children. 

 I  believe, Donna mentioned, one son recently  graduated from Wapehton.

          Sincerely, Vickie L. Metcalfe


Winter picture from about 1963

The Ackworth school was ½ mile from our houses. The Mile like from our house is in-between the Norman Hiatt and Norris Knutson farms

Stokes 2389


Posted by Neola Kofoid:  Bottineau & Minot, ND


Blog (460) posted on May 16, 2009


Posted on May 16, 2009

Reply from Bill & Betty Schneider Lamb (54): Grand Forks, ND

Gary: Our condolences to the Brudwick family. We are sorry to learn of Gerald’s passing. My sister was married to Gerald’s brother, Kenneth.

A correction on Gary Metcalfe’s note on #458. The barn was built on the Lamb farm and then sold to Hans Johnson who moved it to his farm after Priscilla and Bill Lamb left the farm in 1955. ( Bill preferred selling insurance to farming.) Carl Wicks was my favorite uncle, a very kind man. He was not related to the other Wicks family though our family knew them very well.

Thank you for all your work. We enjoy hearing from you every day. Betty and Bill Lamb

Reply from Cheryl Larson Dakin (70): BEDFORD, TX

Hi Everyone
This is in reply to Jean Eurich Roland…..my sisters and I still joke when
we take pictures about Mrs. Wondrasek licking her fingers and smoothing our
hair. It makes for a great jerking reaction. Besides, maybe we artfully
caused our hair to float a little bit. Also, I remember Norman used to work
for my dad in Bottineau and I was working at St. Andrews when he and his
wife had their first child. It was my turn in labor and delivery so I got
to work the nursery when the baby was born and bring the baby in to the
parents for their first visit. It was very cool.

Cheryl Larson Dakin

Janice Striker (47) located:

Eileen Brudwick, with all of her ingenuity and knowledge, managed trace Janice’s marriage records and locate her. She is living in California. Eileen forwarded all this info she found to me hoping she had the right Janice. I left a message with Janice’s voice mail and several days later he daughter left a message with my voice mail letting me know that her mother is in dead the Janice Striker from Dunseith. Janice fell and broke her hip or pelvic bone and is currently convalescing in a nursing home. She gave me her mothers direct number in the home, but she has not been in her room when I’ve called. I will post a message letting you everyone know when do finely reach her.

Eileen, You do great work. Thank you so much for all that you do. Gary

Eileen Brudwick’s reply to Gary: Fargo, ND

This is fantastic news, Gary!!! Happy Days!!! Much of the time, I use ancestry.com to find records of people, and this is how I was able to help find Janice Striker. I am so happy it worked out this time. Hope you find out as much as possible about Janice, and pass it on to me. Sorry to hear she’s having problems, but it sounds like she’s doing okay.

We spent the evening with our wonderful cousin, Neola last night after arriving in Bottineau, and viewing Gerald at the funeral home. Mike even took a few pictures of Neola and me that I will share with you once we get back home. We took Neola out to eat once we finished at the funeral home, and had a wonderful visit. We love spending time with Neola!! She so easy to talk with, and we love her company. In a few hours we’ll be at the funeral. It’s always so hard to say goodbye to the people you love, and Gerald sure is no exception. What a wonderful man he was, as was his brother, Milen. It’s never quite the same coming home now with so many family members passing away.

Have a wonderful day, Gary. Talk to you soon.


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, Nd

In Loving Memory of Gerald Brudwick (1931 – 2009):


Replies to the 1945 Basket Ball Photo:

Reply from Mona Dionne Johnson (48): Lake Metigoshe, ND

The ’45 Team with Glen Shelver as coach: back row – Glen Shelver,
Raymond Haagenson, Wayne Molgard, Bill Hosmer,
Ralph Thiel, Derald Dion. Front row – Leo Murray, Allison Fiske, Darrel
Fassett, Don Johnson, Bob Molgard.
Mona Johnson ’48

Reply From Clark Crum (54) Woodbury, MN

# 7 on the bb players is Darrel Fassett

Clark Crum

Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

The basketball team is from DHS in 1946. I can name most of the players
for you but may need help on a couple.

L-R Front row: ? , Alison Fiske, Darrell Fassett, Don Johnson, Bob
Back row: Coach Glen Shelver, John Aitcheson, Wayne Molgard, Bill
Hosmer, Lyle Johnson ?, Derold Dion.

Attached is an article from the 1946 ‘Wahoo’ school annual describing
the basketball season of this team. This is in a ragged annual that was
given to me. I can’t take the time to look for my mom’s annual which
would have the picture with the names. That page is missing from this
book. Bill Hosmer can name these guys without a doubt and so can others
I sure. I may be wrong on some of my guesses too, so please correct
them, folks. Thanks Gary!


1945 Basket Ball Photo:

Mona & Dick, the 2nd guy and #9 in the back you guys have identified differently highlighted in red. The rest are the same. Great Job on both of your parts. I’ll bet Bill Hosmer, Floyd Dion and a few others can help us out with who these guys are. Gary

Back row – Glen Shelver, Raymond Haagenson or John Aitcheson, Wayne Molgard, Bill Hosmer,

Ralph Thiel or Lyle Johnson, Derald Dion.

Front row – Leo Murray, Allison Fiske, Darrel Fassett, Don Johnson, Bob Molgard.


5/25/2016 (2388)

Albert Johnson’s (’70) Services
Posted by Linda Johnson Juntunen (’72):  Perth, ND
Johnson, Albert Memorial 2388


Carl and Cecelia Brudvic
Message from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’70): Belcourt, ND


I finally was able to find out the spelling of my family’s member of whom used to visit someone in Bottineau when they’d come home on vacation years ago. Their name is Brudvic, Carl and Cecelia.

Thank you

Ginger LaRocque


Posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot, ND
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Blog (459) posted on May 15, 2009


Posted on May 15, 2009

Gerald Brudwick Obituary/Picture

Posted by Noela Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

This is one of my favorite pictures of Uncle Gerald and his wife, Delores. Delores passed away a couple of years ago.


This is from the Minot Daily News:

BOTTINEAU Gerald Brudwick, 77, Bottineau, died Tuesday, May 12, 2009, in a Bottineau nursing home.

He was born Aug. 18, 1931, to Andrew and Ellen Brudwick in Cordelia Township, Bottineau County. He married Deloris Berg on Jan. 29, 1950, in Bottineau.

Survivors: sons, Bob, Bottineau, Larry, Williston; daughter, Debbie Sapp, Bottineau; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sisters, Emma Kofoid and Alvina Christianson, both Bottineau.

Funeral: Friday, 10 a.m., Metigoshe Lutheran Church, Bottineau.

Burial: Vinje Cemetery, rural Bottineau.

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

Gary and Debbie Sapp

10049 22ND AVE NE

Dunseith, ND 58329-9613

(701) 263-4100

Mary Eurich Knutson (62): Dunseith, ND

Request from Jean Eurich Roland (80) : Minot, ND

Dear Gary,

My sister, Mary Eurich Knutson, would like to be added to your distribution list. Her email address is

I was surprised to see my graduation picture posted a few days ago. Where on earth do you guys come up with all these pictures?!?! I remember that Wandrasek’s took my graduation pictures on a very hot summer day – I just couldn’t wait to get the turtle neck shots done! I often laugh when I think of how Mrs. Wandrasek would lick her fingers and pat down unruley hair before pictures…that would most certainly violate some health code now!

I’ve enjoyed the recent onion sandwich stories. I’ve always liked raw onions; in fact, my brother-in-law, Bud Knutson, used to tell how much I liked raw onions when I was very small – he said the tears would be rolling down by face but I’d keep eating them! I still like them…in moderation!

I’m very impressed with the alumni blog you’ve got going. Like most, reading it has become part of my morning routine. I’m struck by how many area families are related in one way or another. I’m also impressed with the loyalty to our Dunseith “roots” that’s shown by so many contributors.

Keep up the good work! Jean

Mary, it is with great pleasure that I add you to our distribution list. I know some folks hold off from being on this distribution partly for fear of thinking they may receive large email files from me. I do my best to keep the file sizes of these daily messages small. I remember you well. You, Sharon & Norman are the siblings of your family that I remember the best. How well I remember being in Ackworth school and seeing you and Bud driving by when you guys first started dating.

Folks, Mary has a Dunseith Address, but she lives in Bottineau county. She lives one mile into Bottineau county on #43 and 1/2 mile south.

Eurich Family:

Back, Sharon, Eileen Norman & Dave

Front: Mary, Dorothy, Jean & Winifred

Reply from Gary Metcalfe (57): Forsyth, MO

Hello all….. A few RAMBLINGS…..Yes Dick, Carl Wicks was Floyd Lamb’s uncle. Floyd’s mother was Sylvia Arizona Wicks.

Do you remember when Mrs. Lamb and Willard bought a new barn from your Dad or Hans and moved it up to a spring on #43 Highway?

Bonnie, I would enjoy my morning coffee more if you would get on the ball with more stories like coning the kids on the street of the big city. Yes, Marion Strickland was our friend.

Denice Lajimodiere– I have a special request, I think I know part of it, but for sure don’t know who Alcide Lajimodiere’s mother was. I wonder if Alcide was name after that little town north of Rolette??

In the days of a one gallon pail with holes punched in the top for air, summer school with no cooling of any kind. We had to make our lunch the night before, because of time—3 1/2 miles to school took awhile with a slow horse. Mustard made a great sandwich, as did dill pickles. Sure these new Vidalia onions are more than fine. BUT, back in Joe Vanorny’s days, Joe was night watch at the San, he cut quite a figure standing by one of the old San buildings in the shadows. BETTER WATCH OUT. Unless there was something I didn’t know about onions, you have heard the old saying “HE KNOWS HIS ONIONS’. I am convinced it took a Mexican, Italian or maybe a French man with about one inch of chest hair protruding out of their tee shirt to eat an onion sandwich. I think Joe showed discretion to say, “What the hell is that?” There has to be an explanation, like oh, I sliced them real thin.

Bob Hosmer, you showed high intelligence to put oranges on your onion and had to be desperately hungary… LOL

Gary Metcalfe

Picture from Jeff Skjelver (Dave Shelver’s son) Rugby, ND


Here is a photo I stumbled across recently. You might know who some of these fellows are. I know the coach is my grandfather Glen.



1945 Basket Ball team with coach Glen Shelver:

Jeff, this is a great photo. I don’t recognize these guys, but I’ll bet we have some folks that do.

#8 looks like he could be a Vanorney? #11 looks like he could be and Evans? I will repost this

when we have all these folks identified. Thank you Jeff for sharing this picture. Gary

Rodney Lagerquist (67) posted by Evon Lagerquist (77): Dunseith, ND

Hi Gary, thought you might be interested in seeing this from this week’s Star.


Rodney Lagerquist

Rodney, For just a youngster you are looking mighty fine. If memory serves me right, I think you had a birthday several months ago too, in April. Being born in 1949, this would have been a milestone for you too. Congratulation with this honor of recognition. Keep up the good work. Gary

Fassett Pictures from Bill Grimme (65): Birmingham, AL


The other day, Bonnie Awalt Houle asked for Fassett pics. Here are a couple.

Hope these are in the right ballpark.


Bill, I have included your first cousin Wendal Cushing with today’s message too:

Wendal, with your mother being a Fassett, Harry would be your uncle too.

Many of our readers remember you from being a teacher at the Forestry for years too. Gary

Harry Fassett family:

Rachael, Harry James, Donald, Orville, Carol

Harry is my mother’s brother

Left: Cleora Pigeon (Fassett) Right: Kathleen Grimme (Fassett)

Message/picture from Mark Schimetz (70): Rolette, ND

‘The Hyperlink below will bring anyone that is interested to the full story of discovery of the Bakken Formation


Gary ,,, maybe some of the people would like to view this article as to how the Bakken Oil Reserve in North Dakota came to be named.

5/23/2016 (2387)

Trip to Little Prairie Cemetery
Story from Vickie Metcalfe (’70):  Bottineau, ND

Gary and friends,

Today I found my thoughts on a memorial mission.

After rising and breakfasting early, the boys and made the  road trip into the hills to Little Prairie Cemetery.

Traveling along, since like my dad, I do not listen to the radio much.  Instead I raise my voice in  song… to the hounds…my dogs don’t mind my off key notes.

The tunes began  in earnest, with the sight of ‘a dead skunk in the middle of the road’  a bit before the county line.

The songfest ended  when upon arrival, a lone mower was making a final round in the cemetery.

I pushed the door open as the wind pushed back.  In haste, I opened my ‘junk in the trunk”.  I found it necessary to forego a hat, and be quick as the wind was really whipping.

Gathering  the remembrance wreathes and placing inside the car, I nearly got in a fight with my curiously nosey dogs as what was in the bags.

Finally, I walked to where my folks rest.

Completing the task,  I trekked back across to the gate where there was a greeting from Carl standing in the shelter of the pines.

Carl and his daughter were quite intent on completing the task of  trimming round the stones of Little Prairie.

Driving east and away south onto Dunseith my thoughts were of the song from DHS choir days,”The Ash Grove”.

After a quick Dales break, I stopped at the Dunseith Cemetery.   The  quieting wind did not seem as strong.

Once there, I visited the resting places of  Art and Eva, Grandpa William  Metcalfe, Uncle Bill and Aunt Mary, The Anthony’s, and

Robert and Sylvia who were my material grandparents, Great Uncle Carl and  Great Grandparents, Sam and Elizabeth.

A sweet smell of lilacs in full bloom waft across the cemetery with the breeze.  Ah-choo!

Springtime! It is another glorious  Sunday here in North Dakota…….

Until later.



Joke of the day
Posted by Larry Hackman (’66):  Bismarck, ND

An old cowboy walks into a barbershop in Red Lodge, Montana for a shave and a haircut. He tells the barber he can’t get all his whiskers off because his cheeks are  wrinkled from age.
The barber gets a little wooden ball from a cup on the shelf and tells the old cowboy to put it inside his cheek to spread out the skin.
When he’s finished, the old cowboy tells the barber that was the cleanest shave he’d had in years, but he wanted to know what would have  happened if he had accidentally swallowed the little ball.
The barber replied, just bring it back in a couple of days like everyone else does.


Blog (458) posted on May 14, 2009

Posted on May 14, 2009

Gerald Brudwick’s Funeral notice posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

This is from today’s Minot Daily News:

GERALD BRUDWICK, 77, Bottineau, died Tuesday in a Bottineau nursing home.

Funeral Friday, 10 a.m., Metigoshe Lutheran Church, Bottineau.

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

A family service will be held at 9:00 A.M. Thursday at Nero Funeral Home.


Reply from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (65): Belcourt, Nd

Hi Gary,

Sorry about not getting back to you, but my computer was down for a few
days. No I did not receive those e-mails.

I always admired how Bill Grimme could be so smart. I told him so during
the reunion too. Yes Margaret (Metcalfe) Leonard was born in November of 1946, about one year
before I was born. Margaret and I talked about how I was the youngest of
our class.

I will be seeing Neola tonight, I think these are the last of the pictures
that she has in her possesion to get to the people.

Thanks Gary,

Ginger, I just got a reply from Neola letting me know that you stopped by her house to review and take pictures. She enjoyed your company

Speaking of Bill Grimme, You and he are two of the 8 folks that were in our class of 65 from grade one all the way through to graduating from HS. As John Bedard said, you guys were the enduring 8. He too is part of that group. We had 27 in our graduating class. Ginger, You mentioned the top two of our graduating class with Bill & Margaret. You will never hear them mention that though. Gary

Reply from Marie Iverson Staub (60): Seattle, WA

I love reading all the messages on a daily basis but having left Dunseith after the eight grade I recognize a lot of the names and think about writing in but yesterday and today with the picture of Claudia Espe and

Edna Knox from my class of 60 I felt I wanted to. Congradulations to Edna hope she enjoys her retirement.

Wish I was going to be in Dunseith It would be fun seeing her.I am planning on coming up next year if

all goes well .

Thanks again Gary for all the work you do on this everyday I would be lost without my Dunseith fix.

Marie Staub Iverson (60)

Reply from Edna (Susie) Knox Millang (60): Dunseith, ND

Gary – I have worked the past 20 years as a custom broker representive at the Dunseith office. First 12 years for H.A. & J.L Wood Inc who sold to UPS Suppy Chain Solutions about 8 years ago. I was going to retire on May 2 but the office was closed on April 3. I was burned out at the old job and needed a change so was going to retire and then look for something else to do. Thanks again for all you do. Susie Millang

Question from Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

Hi Gary,

Would you check if anyone would like to have the three 8 X 10’s of Dean Pigeon’s family, please? If not, I’ll shred them.

Would you also check with the Boguslawski families? I have pictures of Tom/his wife (former Wilhelm), a Boguslawski couple, and maybe more.

Thanks, Gary.

We could have a severe thunderstorm here in Bottineau (Bottineau County and other ND counties are under a thunderstorm watch–mostly goes down the middle of the state from north to south.) later today. It’s at Maxbass now, heading NE. It’s clouding up outside, so it’s very possible we’ll get storm. When it gets close, I’ll shut my computer down.


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


I would guess the boy in the first photo is Bill Grimme (look at his eyes…..) – and those are his twin baby brother and sister to the right of him???

Paula Fassett

Reply from Paulette LaCroix Chisholm (68): Newark, Delaware

Hi, The picture has to be of Billy Grimme with his twin brother and sister, Greg and Gwen in the crib behind him. Loved seeing and remembering the women pictured with Father Wolfe. Paulette Chisholm ‘’68 (P.S. I vote for radish sandwiches that don’t make you have to sleep alone.)

Bill Grimme (65) with his twin brother and sister, Greg (68 & Gwen (68)

Who is this little Boy?

 Forestery Picture replies listed from here to the bottom of the page

Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND


I think the attendants in the Forestry Queen Pageant are Mary Bott and
Claudia Espe. It sure looks like Mary to me.


Reply from Evie Gottbreht Pilkington (65): Irvine, CA

I agree that it is not Kerry Boucher in the picture…..Kerry was my first cousin…..her father Albert Boucher was my Mom’s brother. I go with Mary Bott for the gal third from the left.

Greetings from CA

Evie Gottbreht Pilkington

Reply from Sharron Gottbreh Shen (59) Everett, WA

My first impression was NOT Kerry – but I had not seen Kerry at that age before. She always had dark shadow area beneath her eyes. I remember Kerry’s face being rounder and thought she wore her hair shorter – often with bangs. Someone else also believes it was not Kerry. Sharron

Reply from Neola Kofoid Garbe:Minot & Bottineau, ND

Hi Gary,

This newsletter has lots of info in it!! I’m enjoying the stories about onion sandwiches; I thought my dad was the only person who ate them. When Dad thought he was catching a cold, he’d eat a raw onion. I have no idea if they prevented the cold, but he was a very healthy man.

A comment on the “Charlotte Nichole Crowning the Queen” picture. This is interesting. I thought the queen was Arlyce Parks, Bottineau, so I added the title “Charlotte Nichol Crowning Arlyce Parks” and sent it to my Bottineau/Kramer lists. The next day, I received an email from Charlotte Nichol (Someone in my lists had forwarded the picture to her). She said it isn’t Arlyce Parks, but Mary Strand Hillesland. She provided the attendants’ names. It must have been Eileen who said Kerry had been married Wayne Vedquam. Again, small world. Wayne is one year older than I am (He’s Class of ’56). His brother, Elroy, is one year younger (Class of ’58). As I said, this is interesting. I’ll send these comments to Charlotte and see what she says–or maybe I’d better wait until you hear from Bobby Bott? I’m not saying Charlotte is necessarily right. but I’m guessing she probably is.

I didn’t realize John/Julie Seier live in Minot. I know Mark/Phyllis live there, as their daughter, Emily, was in my class years ago. I’m assuming you know John/Mark’s mother was Vivian Hagen, Buddy Hagen’s sister. When my nephew, Ollie, was younger, he went to Long Lake with Dad/our family. He learned to know Buddy when Buddy had the small building where he sold pop/candy/etc., as that’s where Dad would dock the boat. Dad/others also played horseshoe at Buddy’s. We spent many Sunday afternoons at “Buddy’s Place”. Over time, Ollie learned to know Mark/John (maybe more). I was surprised when Emily was in my class, and I made the connection between “Buddy’s nephews” and Emily’s dad, Mark. I’m not sure, but I think Ollie might have known John better than Mark. Lots of water has gone under the bridge since those fun days at Buddy’s.

Mom has always kept clippings from the newspaper. It was either when Emily was in my class, or a little later, I found her grandmother/grandfather’s (Marion’s) wedding clipping. I gave it to her so she had her “very own” clipping of Grandma/Grandpa.

While I’m on the subject of how small the world is, I think Charlotte Boguslawski’s great granddaughter was in my class in Minot, too. Was one of Charlotte’s daughters married to an Erbstoesser? They lived in Bismarck–I think. Gordon Erbstoesser attended the School of Forestry when I did. His sister, Janet was married Dan Sheets; he managed White Drug at Town and Country in Minot. Dan/Janet’s daughter, Stephanie, was in my class. I think Dan/Janet left Minot awhile ago.

Both Emily Seier and Stephanie Sheets are married. I saw their wedding pictures in the Minot Daily awhile ago. Both were beautiful brides–naturally.

It’s amazing how small the world is–and SUCH fun!!!!


Neola, This picture has sure generated a wealth of interest. It’s Great! My philosophy is if in doubt when labeling or sending stuff out for comments and review, is to list your gut feeling. In doing that it gets the ball rolling for comments and replies with the correct info. Now that we have this picture identified correctly, can we get you to send us a corrected copy with the correct labeling. Thank you Neola for all that you do. Gary

Charlotte Nichol, Mary Strand Hillesland, Mary Bott & Cluadia Espe

5/20/2016 (2386)

Shirley Decoteau Belgarde (DHS 1964) Passed away
Posting from Neola Kofoid Garbe:  Bottineau & Minot, ND

Shirley Mae Belgarde
Decoteau Belgarde, Shirley 2386

 Shirley Mae Belgarde

Born: November 29, 1946
Died: May 17, 2016


Shirley Mae Belgarde, age 69 of Dunseith, passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 in a Dunseith nursing home.


Blog (456) posted on May 13, 2009

Posted on May 13, 2009

Thank you Reply from Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine (73): Grafton, ND

I want to thank every one for their e-mails kind words and prayers. It has been a tough time losing my husband but God never gives us more than we can handle and I kling to his promises so I will survive and be stonger. Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine

Edna (Susie) Knox Millang (60) Retiring:

Posted by Jule Knox Seier (82): Minot, ND

Good Morning Gary!

I was wondering if you would please post for me…

Retirement party for Edna (Susie) Knox Millang.

Friday, May 22, 2009
7:00 pm


Potluck…sandwiches, salads, hotdishes. Cake
will be served. Come and join us to celebrate Susie’s

Oh and onion sanwiches! So good with a piece or two of fried
side pork! Yummmmm!

Thanks for all you do Gary!

Julie (Knox) Seier
Minot ND

Susie, Congratulations on retirement. From where are you retiring? Gary

Reply from Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine (73): Grafton, ND

I too remember the onion sandwiches but on toast with real butter. I also have fond memories of going to Arleen and Norris Knudson and Arleen and I eating fresh homemade bread with fresh farm cream and sugar. Gee I wonder why 45 years latter I’m still not a size 12. Vickie Hiatt LaFontaine

Vickie, Bread and cream with lots of sugar made for a mighty fine meal. It was such a treat when we were able to use cream. Most of the time at our house it was bread and skim milk. We had to sell the cream. I had my share of Bread and Milk & Bread and Cream meals over at Norris and Arleen’s too, when I worked for them in the summer months. Gary

Gerald Brudwick Passed away:

Message sent by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

Hello Relatives,

My uncle, Gerald Brudwick, passed away in his sleep sometime during the night. When I have more information about the funeral arrangements, I’ll send it.

It’s sad to lose Uncle Gerald, but he had been wanting “to go” for some time now. He missed Delores tremendously. He had a stroke about 3/4 years ago, and hasn’t been able to do much for himself since then. Life isn’t much fun when you need to depend on others to do everything for you.

Mom and Alvina are the two remaining siblings. Mom lives at Good Samaritan in Bottineau; she was 92 years old on May 5. Alvina lives in long term at St. Andrew’s Hospital in Bottineau. Both Mom/Alvina still get around by themselves. Mom uses a walker; I think Alvina does, too. Alvina is the third of Andrew/Ellen Johanna Laugsand Brudwick’s six children; Mom is the oldest. Uncle Gerald was the youngest.


Message sent by Eileen Brudwick: Fargo, ND

Sad news today… In case you haven’t heard Mike’s uncle Gerald passed away in his sleep last night during the night sometime. We will be attending his funeral. We haven’t heard the arrangements as yet. I am sure his body can be viewed at the Nero Funeral Home, like all the other family members were until the funeral. Most likely that will be at the Metigoshe Christian Center, at Lake Metigoshe. Gerald was such a wonderful man, and will be so dearly missed. He has wanted to be with his deceased wife since her death, so now it’ll be a happy reunion once again for them. We were hoping to see him in June sometime, but I guess uncle Gerald wanted to depart sooner.

Take care,


Neola, Eileen & Mike: I know a lot of our readers from the hills remember Gerald. We are so sorry to hear of his passing, but he is now with Delores. The real loss is with his family. Our condolences are with all of you with his passing. Gary

Reply from Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59): Everett, ND

Onion, butter, salt and pepper on fresh bread. Yes! Also, banana slices & peanut butter on rye – so good.

I am trying to remember who wore a garlic necklace in grade school, McCoy or McKay, Bill or Jim? Never saw garlic at the Gottbreht table. Mom was a marvel at home cooking but now wonder how she managed to make everything taste so good without garlic. Grandma Evelyn Gaudet Gottbreht used fresh cloves in her chili. When visiting the Shens home where the aroma of saute garlic would permeate the house every evening, mom would call out from her easy chair “Now go easy with that garlic.”

Be well, Sharron

Reply from Geri Metcalfe Munro (59): Fargo, ND

Speaking of onion sandwiches,my mom was a full-blooded Norwegian and my dad, Jim Metcalfe , loved anything Norwegian. We always had good beef and pork (roasts) that we raised on the farm, and we always put lots of good (raw) onions, mustard, catsup on homemade bread sandwiches, along with wonderful gravy. SO GOOD! We complained that we didn’t get “boughten bread” like the kids in town did; of course, Herman Martinson’s bread was a special treat if they did buy bread. We thought that was really “stylin it” in rare cases where Mom didn’t get a chance to bake. Larry, so fun to read your stories; you were much younger than I, but I remember your family so well from Hilltop.
Geri Metcalfe Munro ’59 Fargo, ND

Reply from Bob Hosmer (56): Lynnwood, WA

Since the subject is on onion sandwiches, I’ll throw my two-cents worth in. I never had any straight onion sandwiches growing up in Dunseith. However, When I was on a construction job on Fremont in Seattle years ago. I opened my lunch bucket to a sliced onion and orange sandwich my wife made for me as a surprise. I cannot describe the flavor. It was neither onion nor orange, but something else entirely. I did finish the sandwich–not so much out of enjoyment, but because I was tremendously hungry and had four more hours of work that day.

Bob Hosmer

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Correction from Gary Metcalfe (57): Forsyth, MO

In my airport letter yesterday the 150,000 figure should be 150 million . Gary Metcalfe

Hello everyone, The occasion this weekend was the opening of Branson Airport. The first privately developed and operated commercial service airport in the United States, $150,000 airport. The fire chief, Ted Marten fulfilled a life long dream as he was selected for a one hour ride aboard a Thunderbird F16. Does Lt. Col. Derek Routt ring a bell with you Bill Hosmer? I guess the Thunderbirds stole the show, but don’t sell the single engine planes short, they did a night show that was fantabulous, along with the parachute crew. The Stealth Bomber made a very short appearance. I guess they did it alright as they were around for four days. Gary Metcalfe

Reply from Eileen Brudwick: Fargo, ND

Gary, you just give me too much credit! Thank you for your kind words of praise!! I hope I can live up to it. I truly enjoy helping people do geanealogy, even if they aren’t related to me in any way. It also helps me to occupy my time since I no longer work. I don’t know how on earth I did all this when I was working full-time.

Many thanks,


Reply from Alan & Phyllis Campbell: Minot, ND

Just a quick comment on both the onion sandwiches and “old Joe Vanorny”…Alan and his
Dad both loved onion sandwiches and also radish sandwiches – just butter and bread- and they were not German! Good Scotsmen apparently had the same favorites! Re” Joe Vanorny” – – when we moved here in the Wellington in Minot, one of the first couples we met wer Russ and Jeanne Vanorny….Virgil’s brother. They are our “table mates” at our delicious meals here every day. Russ is a big man and both he and Alan have hearing problems so guess who does most of the talking? Jeanne just celebrated her 90th birthday but doesn’t look it. The family had a big party for her in the dining room a couple of Sundays ago and Jay and Lola were there so we got to say hello to them! Enjoy those daily blogs,Gary, and congratulate you on doing your tireless (and tiring??) job.

Campbell family Picture provided by Neola Kofoid Garbe:

Alan Cambell Family stamped November 27, 1970:

Top: Rich (68), Phyllis & Alan (42)

Bottom: Jeff (76), Cathy (73) & Dave (71)

Reply from Sharon Zorn Gerdes (62): Windsor, CO

Gary, in the photo with Charlotte Nichol crowning the homecoming queen, the third person from the left is Mary Bott, I am certain. I remember her making her dress by hand and completing it minutes before she had to wear it. She is beautiful, inside and out. Thanks, Sharon Zorn Gerdes.

Sharon, Now that you mention it, that sure looks like Mary Bott (62) to me too. What are the comments from some of the rest of you? Yes Sharon, Mary was always a very pretty girl. Mary does not have email. She lives in Linton, ND. Bobby Bott, what do think, is this your sister? Gary

Reply from Sharron Gottbreht Shen (59): Everett, ND

Kerry Boucher Vedquam [1944-1989] would be voted “best in show” in any competition. The picture posted and the picture I’ve chosen give just a glimmer of her quiet charm and beautiful features. She passed too young because of DM I. If I remember correctly the Vedquam family had celebrated Kerry’s birthday that noon [July 21] and she laid down for a nap and slipped away while she slept. Kerry’s husband Wayne, her children Aaron, and twins Jean and Joan were devoted to her and she lived every moment for them.

Kerry and I shared a common interest in Boucher/Casavant family history and genealogy. Kerry’s mom, Alice Fassett Boucher, wife of Albert, also loved family history and she gave us much encouragement. We corresponded often, all by snail mail. I would search the extensive records of the St. Louis City Library and Fur Trader Records and she the Bismarck Archives. We made time at every visit to exchange and copy files. Like myself, Kerry was a nurse anesthetist. When we met at national meetings, I would deplore her very lean physique – she was so strict with her management of diabetes. Smart gal, she was an inspiration.

If I remember correctly, Peggy and I received some parental words of reprimand that day. Grandma Margaret Casavant Boucher was grandpa Victor Boucher’s second wife – she is center top. The next row left to right would be Sharron Gottbreht, LuAnne Brunsell, Joel Boucher, little Gary Boucher, Jerry Boucher, Peggy Boucher standing. Across the bottom: Barb Boucher, Ronnald Tennancour, Jeff Boucher, George Gottbreht, Evie Gottbreht, Carol Jean Boucher, Kerry Boucher and another brother, Jim Boucher. EJ and Carmen were there I’m sure, but already adult enough [13] for other amusements.

Thank you Gary. Sharron

Picture L to R:

Center top: Grandma Margaret Casavant Boucher

Center:Sharron Gottbreht, LuAnne Brunsell, Joel Boucher, little Gary Boucher, Jerry Boucher,

Peggy Boucher standing

Bottom: Barb Boucher, Ronnald Tennancour, Jeff Boucher, George Gottbreht, Evie Gottbreht,

Carol Jean Boucher, Kerry Boucher and another brother, Jim Boucher

Memorial Day reminder from Crystal Fassett Andersen (70): Walhalla, ND

Yes, I am back to remind everyone to not only remember our Veterans but to send their donation to the cemetery association where these veterans and our ancestors are buried. If everyone would send $10 or MORE dollars to Little Prairie,Ackworth, Riverside,etc. It would help pay, to keep our little country cemeteries clean and neat. Remember the people who died so that we all can live and do all this reminiscing. Have a safe and Happy Memorial Day (and maybe go to a ceremony instead of fishing)…just a thought . Thanks again Gary. Crystal Fassett Andersen Here is a picture of the Fassett’s on Memorial Day 1960 Bill,Susan,Paula & Crystal Fassett and one of my grandparents and parents

Bill, Susan, Paula & Crystal Fassett

Dunseith & Turtle mountain Cemeteries

Points of Contact for donations

  1. Riverside: ————————–Rod Medrud (701) 244-5829 – Work (701) 244-5438

Make Donations out to “Riverside Cemetery”

PO Box 194 A,Dunseith,ND58329

  1. Little Prairie: ———————Joan Salmonson (701) 263-4613 – Work (701) 244-5438


1 Box 130

, Dunseith ND 58329

  1. Rendahl: —————————Pat Pladson (701) 228-3943

9540 Hwy 60, Bottineau ND, 58318

  1. St Louis & St Mary’s Catholic:Floyd Dion (701) 244-5764

PO Box 186 Dunseith, ND 58329

  1. 5. Ackworth: ————————-Martin Peterson (701) 263-4061

RR 1 Box 86, Dunseith, ND 58329

  1. Saint John’s Lutheran: ———Darrel Abrahamson (701) 244-5151


Box 20,Saint John,ND58369

Thank you Crystal for this reminder. I have had it in the back of my mind to mail my contribution to Ackworth, but just have not gotten around to it yet. With this reminder, my check will be in the mail tomorrow.

I have posted the points of contacts above for sending donations to. Folks, please let me know if this list needs any updating.


Kermit & Alvina Hiatt Thompson family posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

Folks, Alvina Hiatt was a sister to Leola, Albert, Nettie, Ikie, Ena and that family of a 12 siblings. George and Eva Crawford Hiatt were their parents. The Thompson’s lived in Landa, but were very active in the Ackworth community in my growing up days. They were also very active members of the Bottineau Senior Citizens. Gary

5/25/2016 (2385)

LaRocque family reunion
Message from Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65):  Belcourt, ND

Hi! Gary

Hope all is good with you and your family. Are you able to come home this year?

I understand if you won’t be able to.

We, the LaRocque side of my family are having a family reunion July 2nd. I am hopeful that all of our relatives from Aberdeen Washington will be able to come.  Gee I haven’t seen most of them since 50 years, others since 1976. We are getting up in age here, some have passed already. It is kind of exciting, but then again I don’t feel much like having a whole lot of people around yet,  maybe I will be a bit better by then.

Most of my dad’s side of the family,  brothers and sisters lived out there, consequently their children stayed there, so we didn’t see much of them throughout the years even in our child hood days.  Dad had a lot of siblings,  all total of the them including dad there were 13 with 2 passing when small babies or young child.  Of all of them there were only three girls only one stayed here, that was Kathleen,  who was married to John Gladue and together they had 18 children.

I keep busy watching my 2 year old granddaughter,  she is a treasure.  I guess I wouldn’t make it through some days if it weren’t for her.

I will say prayers for your brother Allen to keep improving.

Take care Gary.  Thank you for all you do for all of us you are very much appreciated. I look forward to reading the blog.



Darrel Getzlaff
Getzlaff, Darrel 2385
Born: December 29, 1929
Died: May 07, 2016

Darrel Getzlaff, age 86 of Bottineau, died Saturday at a Beulah nursing home. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. in the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith. Burial will be in Oak Creek Cemetery at Bottineau. Visitation will be held on Friday, beginning at 1:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. in the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

Darrel who was born on December 29, 1929 to Walter and Lillian (Neubauer) Getzlaff of Willow City, ND. He married Anna Sackman in 1953. They had 4 children, Lester, Marsha, Kevin and Arlinda. Darrel worked for Dale’s Truck Stop for 5 years in Dunseith. Then in 1958 they moved to Minot and he worked for Behm’s Truck Stop. The couple moved back to Dunseith in 1959 where he worked for Dale’s Truck Stop until he retired. Anna and Darrel lived on a little ranch 2 miles west of Dunseith where they raised cattle. In 1993 Anna passed away. Later Darrel was married to Minervia St.Claire for a time. Darrel had a compassion for his cats and dog “Silver”.

He enjoyed farm work, fixing fence and making sure Doug and everyone else got it right.

Darrel is survived by his 4 children. Lester (Charlotte) Getzlaff of Williston, ND, Marsha (Mark) Bakken of Willow, AK, Kevin Getzlaff of Williston, ND, Arlinda (Alan) Suchan of Bottineau, ND; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters Norman Getzlaff of Bottineau, ND, Marilyn Duke of Cordele, GA, Virgil (Gloria) Getzlaff of Rapid City, SD, Delvina (Robert) Wyman of Aitkin, MN, Mike (Peggy) Getzlaff of Bottineau/Fargo, ND, Marlys (Peter) Bengard of Salinas, CA. And many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Getzlaff, his parents, sisters, Dorothy Getzlaff, Gloria (Hagen) Daily and Cora Geise. Brothers, Clarence Getzlaff, Alvin Getzlaff and Darwin Getzlaff.

Darrel’s family would like to thank the staff of Knife River Care Center for the excellent care given to Darrel while he was a resident. Also would like to thank everyone for the support giving during this time.



Cebu Marco Polo Plaza special invite dinner.

The first picture was taken last night as we were leaving for the Marco Polo. We were so honored to be included with a special invite 6 course dinner with about 25 folks sponsored by the Marco Polo Plaza.  We were well wined and dined. They put a lot of time and effort into this dinner cutting no corners. They had 20 plus folks waiting on us too, so we were well taken care off. It was an appreciation dinner. They always take good care of us, especially Bernadette with her condition.
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Marco Polo special invite dinner.
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Blog (455) posted on May 12, 2009

Posted on May 12, 2009

Reply from Eileen Brudwick (Mike’s Wife): Fargo, ND

It’s so interesting to hear the stories people talk about. Oh, by the way, onion sandwiches wasn’t just a Norwegian thing. I can remember having them when I was a kid occasionally with butter, salt & pepper on it, and with that home made bread, it was awesome. I am of German descent primarily. My mother (of Irish descent) and I also ate mustard & pickle sandwiches. Mike & I still do occasionally eat onion sandwiches. I don’t often as onions don’t agree with my stomach very well any more, but I do love onions!!

Have a good day!

Reply to Larry Hackman (66) from Bill Grimme (65): Birmingham, AL

Larry Hackman, you truly have the gift. I enjoy everything you write. I wasn’t going to comment on the onion, but, since you asked that we not let it die, just yet, I will share my experience with the onion sandwich. I have always liked onion sandwiches, just an onion and butter and I also like another sandwich a lot – peanut butter and mayonnaise. I put one of these together every now and then. So, one day I was talking sandwiches with an old friend of mine and peanut butter and mayonnaise came up. He shared his idea of a great addition to the peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwich and that was to put a nice slice of sweet onion between the peanut butter and the mayonnaise. So, when I got home, I decided to try that. It was delicious. I have had a few since then. Onion takes on the characteristic of an apple.

Another sandwich that I have always loved was just butter and sliced radishes. Nice. My mother ate those all the time and it rubbed off.

Here is a great recipe for a whole onion:

Take one sweet onion, slice off the bottom to make it flat, slice the top off and dig a hole in the top big enough to hold about a teaspoon of butter. Put the onion in a bowl. Fill the hole in the onion with butter, sprinkle about a good teaspoon of beef bullion granules over the onion and pour 1/4 cup of water over the whole thing. Cover the bowl with saran wrap and microwave on high for eight minutes. Carefully remove the saran wrap and cover the top of the onion with grated mozzarella cheese. Put it back in the microwave for 45 to 60 seconds. Get a spoon and enjoy the cooked onion. This is really tough to beat!

Keep the stories coming, Larry.


Reply to Denise Lajimodiere from Ardys Bakken Horner (DHS teacher): Detroit Lakes, MN

Hi Denise, my grandparents even flatten tin cans to make shingles for the chicken coupe, must have been noisy on rainy days, saved string from tied packages, collected and sold eggs to buy groceries, canned everything imaginable, I rmemeber being amazed when I moved to Minneapolis in ’61 to find out you actually bought fruit in a store because we grew most fruit on tress at my grandparents farm except for peaches, pears and oranges. Gramma also cut up old clothes, made balls of stripes which were taken in to make rag rugs which I stilll love today. Ardys Horner

Fassett Picture requests from Bonnie Awalt Houle (56): Becker, MN

Dear Gary,

I have talked to the Tessin Family, Sons of Carol Fassett Tessin. They very much would like any pictures that anyone would have of the Fassett Family. They are trying to put together a genealogy. Send the pictures to me at 16809 127th Street SE, Becker Mn. 55308. I will deliver them to them.

I didn’t get the message today, Monday May 11.

Thanks much for the phone call.

Bonnie Awalt Houle (56)

Reply from Gary Metcalfe (57): Forsyth, MO

Hello everyone, The occasion this weekend was the opening of Branson Airport. The first privately developed and operated commercial service airport in the United States, $150,000 airport. The fire chief, Ted Marten fulfilled a life long dream as he was selected for a one hour ride aboard a Thunderbird F16. Does Lt. Col. Derek Routt ring a bell with you Bill Hosmer? I guess the Thunderbirds stole the show, but don’t sell the single engine planes short, they did a night show that was fantabulous, along with the parachute crew. The Stealth Bomber made a very short appearance. I guess they did it alright as they were around for four days. Gary Metcalfe

Reply from Eileen Brudwick (Mike’s Wife): Fargo, ND

Hi Gary,

In answer to your question regarding Kerry Boucher. Kerry is a daughter of Albert & Alice (Fassett) Boucher. Kerry married Wayne Vedquam, the son of JuliusVedquam & Elsie Elie. Elsie (Elie) Vedquam, is Mike Brudwick & Neola Kofoid Garbe’s 2nd cousin twice removed.

Eileen Brudwick

Folks, Eileen has a big percentage of all the Rolette & Bottineau County folks both past and present in her Genealogy files. She has been a great help assisting me in finding a lot of folks. Neola got me connected with Eileen about 3 years ago when I was putting together family trees for my dads biological family. She had 90% of the info I needed, especially for the Kofoid’s, right at her finger tips. Eileen and I have exchanged hundres of email messages and have become close friends, but we have never met in person. Hopeful one of these years, with our visits back to ND we will meet. Eileen is a workaholic and will exhaust all means to find whatever it is she is looking for. She is a wonderful person.

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


I have been back in the States, living in Hutto, Texas, for about 18 months. I travel a great deal and I have returned to Germany at least 3 times the past year staying for a total of 6 months. My 13 year old son and wife still live there. They have a beautiful place in the Bayischer Wald of Bavaria near Passau. Even though my wife and I are separated, we have a great relationship and get along very well. This year I will be returning to Germany at least 3 more times as well as travels back up North to visit family in Arkansas, Missouri, and Minnesota. I’ll also head to Las Vegas this summer for a Department of Defense Dependent Schools reunion. In between all of this I do some substitute teaching in secondary schools in the area. I also have a seasonal position where I work full time for a period of about 11 weeks with Pearson’s Educational Assessment Corp. I make enough with them to pay for my travels. I manage to stay very busy but I must say retirement is great.

Take care and lay off the balut.


Reply to the Catholic lady’s picture from Bev Morinville Azure (72): Dunseith, ND

Gary, the woman in the 3rd row and 6th from the right is Eva Dion (Morinivlle) later married Fred Peat , most knew her as Mrs Peat. Her first husband died when my father was 15 months old . my fathers mother and my grandmother

Archieved Photo’s.

Do any of you recognize this boy?

Do any of your recognize this little boy ?

Reply to Gary Morgan & Gary Stokes form Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

Thanks for the compliments, but I think many folks are involved in most
of our accomplishments. It takes a great community, like ours, which has
the right kind of people to make things happen. I have been lucky to
have been involved. Gary Morgan must be back on the ‘big lake’, as many
call Sakakawea. Glad to have his memory and insight back on line! We
will be looking forward to the Hostfest and hope to see many of you
there. Larry’s story about ‘Old Joe’ Vanorny and the onion sandwich
reminded me of a story from the early days at the Garden Lanes bowling
ally. There were two rows of seats for spectators who came to watch the
bowlers. One night I went up town to watch and the seats all filled up
right after I got there. The games were just starting and Joe poked me
on the shoulder with his cane and said, “You got a phone call, kid.” I
got up and went to the desk and picked up the receiver but there was
only a dial tone. I hung it back up and went back to sit down—Joe had
my seat! Oh well, I would have given up my seat anyway, if I would have
seen him come in. I actually thought it was funny! He had ‘er figgerd out!
Thanks Gary!

Ladies Bowling team at Garden Lanes about 1960.

L-R: Margo Hiatt, Bernice Johnson, Joyce Evans, and Joy Nordquist

5/16/2016 (2384)

Allen Stokes Update:

Some of you have been asking about our brother Allen’s condition following his assault several months ago. With that assault the left side of his skull was severely crushed leaving bone fragments in his brain. He also had several broken ribs. In time he will need a  steel plate. For now they have placed a steel helmet on his head for protection. Physically Allen looks pretty good. His left eye is traumatized, but open. Allen is still non responsive, to touch, sight and hearing. We were hoping by now he’d be a little bit responsive, but he is not. He has a feeding tube.


Rita Parisien Anderson (’73) is the New Rockford, ND Public School Teacher of the year.
Reply from Pamela Fuger Schimdt (’73):  Mandan, ND

Congratulations, Rita!  What a great honor – and you look just beautiful! 

Pamela Fugere Schmidt


Dick Johnson’s post of catholic daughters (Posted in the Archives of blog 2384 on 4/13/2016)
Reply from Dewey Morinville (’72):  Dunseith, ND

I do recognize a few ladies from this picture.
Front row to the right of father wolf I sure is Emma (Rickey) Cooper. Far right leona mongeon
Row 2 left to right 2nd from left  Beatrice Robert
6th from left my mom Francis Morinville.
8th from left Alice Boguslawski
9th from left mu second mom Dorothy Robert
11th from left not sure but I think its Stella Schmitz
Row 3    8 from left my grandmother  dads (Joe Morinville) mother eva peat
The rest I am not sure of maybe others will add a few names


Dennis Espe
Espe, Dennis 2382
Born: August 30, 1937
Died: May 02, 2016


Dennis Dean Espe, age 78 of Dunseith, died Monday, May 2, 2016 from complications of pneumonia at a Minot hospital. Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held at Peace Lutheran Church on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 2:00 P.M.

Dennis Dean Espe, son of Elmer and Frances (Smith) Espe, was born August 30, 1937 in Bottineau. He attended the Lockhart School through 8th grade and then attended Dunseith High School. After graduation, he attended a one-year rural program at Minot State College in 1956-57. Dennis then taught at the Oxford School south of Rolla, a one-room school at which he taught grades 1-8 for one year. He then returned to Minot State College where he earned his two-year standard teaching degree. Dennis returned to Dunseith and began teaching at the elementary level where, during one year, he had a class of 57 students. On June 2, 1961 he married Peggy Sime in the Lutheran Church in Dunseith. In 1965 he attended Mayville State College and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and a minor in Biological Science. Dennis then taught school for one year in Fargo before returning to Dunseith where he taught Math and Science for 20 years. Dennis took a 5-year break to serve as Administrator of the Dunseith Nursing Home. Subsequently, he taught in Belcourt before returning to Dunseith where he retired in 1996 as the Dunseith High School Assistant Principal.

Dennis enjoyed traveling with Peggy to warmer areas in the winter, like Alamogordo, NM and Mesquite, NV. In 2008 he and Peggy took the opportunity to visit their ancestral home in Norway. Dennis loved hunting, fishing, trapping, softball, gardening, lawn work, golfing, and attending his grandchildren’s many activities. He built his family home in 1978 without a blueprint after Peggy found a picture of a house she liked. He was instrumental in establishing a chapter of the Jaycees in Dunseith and served as the first president. He was also the president of the Dunseith School Board. Dennis was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, the church council, Dunseith Fire Department, and helped build and served as president of the Garden Gate Golf Course.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy of Dunseith; daughter Robin and husband Bernard Morin of Dunseith; daughter Sonia and husband Colonel John Gondol of Alexandria, VA; son Corey Espe of Dunseith; granddaughter Rachel and husband Ryan Romine of Minot; granddaughter Alaynna Morin of Dunseith; sister Claudia Klein of Appleton, WI; brother Terry Espe and wife LeaRae of Bottineau; many cousins; nieces; and nephews.

Dennis lived with Parkinson’s for 24 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents.


DHS 1966 class Prophecy
Posted by Larry Hackman (’66): Bismarck, ND

Hello Gary

I hope you and the family are doing good.  My condolences to the Dennis Espe Family and the Glen Williams Family and the Darrel Getzlaff Families.  May God comfort them in their time of sorrow. 

Gary I want to thank you for posting (The Notification of (The 1966 Class Reunion) in February, and for posting (The 1966 Class History) in March, and (The 1966 Class Will) in April.  With this message I have included the (1966 Class Prophecy) that I believe was read for the first and last time at the 1966 Junior and Senior Banquet that was held about this time (50 years) ago.  I hope it brings back some memories and some laughs foe everyone.

Thank You,




What will the seniors of “The Dunseith High School Graduating Class of 1966” be in the future??????

A few class members (Mystics of the class of 1966 ?) chose to look into “The Crystal Café Window” and see and record what was shown there to be the future successes and failures of the Class of 1966. They went up at night in the full light of the moon and stood on the sidewalk in front of the large plate glass window of the Crystal Café with heavy coats and scarfs, as it was cold and there was still snow on the ground.  There they stood with note pads in their gloved hands, staring into the café window.  Why the Crystal Café?  It was the closest thing that could be found to a crystal ball at the time, and it was Crystal, as it said right on the sign that hung above the door.  If any of these predictions turn out to be correct, the mystics blame the smudges on the window, which made it difficult at the time to distinguish between truth and fiction, or it could have been the distortions caused by the vibrating glass, which was due to the jukebox on the other side playing the Nancy Sinatra hit “These Boots Are Made For Walking”. However, our Mystics did their best and have chosen to remain anonymous In order to protect the guilty and to allow the harassment of the innocent. The future is yours!

The following observations were made and recorded for prosperity of the graduating members of the Dunseith High School Class of 1966.

  1. Lorna Abbey who joined our class this year 1965-1966, to get her High School Diploma, is the wife of the Dunseith Chief of Police.  We therefore wish her well and may she always be available to influence her husband on the behalf of her classmates if necessary.
  2. In 1978 you will see Corliss Allard in her Beauty Salon trying to keep house for Vance, and trying to run the business.
  3. In 1970 you will see Janet Bergen all green and sea sick, because she just got out of boot camp, and is on her way across the ocean, but this doesn’t matter, as Tom is waiting on the other side.
  4. In 1977 you will see Aime Casavant leisurely walking down Skid Row with his head bent, looking for butts-Cigarette butts.
  5. In 1969 you will see Gerald Casavant in a foxhole with bullets whizzing over his head, while trying to write a letter to his sweetheart at home in Rolette.
  6. In 1979 you will see Pat Danielson a professor at the Harvard University where she is trying out all the things she learned in Mr. Grossmans psychology class.
  7. In 1970 you will see Tom Evans pacing the shore of England as he patiently waits for Janet’s ship to come in.
  8. In 1986, Carrole Fauske, Hey-everyone has been asking around, who is the new owner of Maries Beauty Salon? Carrole has just returned with her good looking husband and her eight kids to take over the business from Corliss who is headed for MONTANA?
  9. In 1973 you will see Sharon Gunville sitting at her desk at mid-town Manhattan’s A.S.C. Office under her husband’s supervision.
  10. It’s 1999 and it looks like Larry Hackman has finally scraped up enough money to buy Robert’s Service Station.  If you ever pass by that way and see a man in a wheel chair pumping gas, give him a wave, it’ll be good old Larry.
  11. It’s 1983 and Donna Hanson has set up her baby-sitting practice in the heart of the Turtle Mountains.
  12. Well now its 1988 and Dana Henriksen and Jim Berube have come back from Fargo with their ten kids to occupy the Morgan Lumber Company.
  13. If you ever want to look up Joann Houle twelve years from now you will find her practicing as a registered nurse, at The Dunseith Clinic.  But, she still has her eye on that handsome owner of Hosmer’s Store – Lee Struck.
  14. If you ever need your books straightened out, look up Greg LaCroix, the one and only C.P.A. of Dunseith, ND.  If he isn’t in his office you will probably find him washing Mr. Olson’s car.
  15. If you ever happen to need a wedding cake, go to the Grease Spot Bakery, and you will probably get a Terry Martinson Special.
  16. In 1971 you will probably see Obert Medlang snoring under a tree in the barn yard, like he use to do in classes at school.
  17. If you ever need a good floral arrangement go to Millang’s Floral Shop, where Larry Millang is a professional florist and botanist.
  18. In 1971 you will probably see Debbie Mongeon milking cows in a pair of bib overalls, teaching her young son Garrett Junior how to milk.
  19. In 1971 you will see Jean Nicholas with her specks on her nose teaching English, she is getting pretty good at dodging rotten eggs?
  20. In 1973 you will see Anita Parisien at the head of the Physical Education Department at The University of North Dakota.
  21. In 1976 you will find Shirley Peltier, The Worlds Women’s Professional Boxing Champion, teaching her young daughter her boxing skills.
  22. You will probably see Keith Pladson or known better as “Tarzan” swinging through the brush with his cow kickers on since 1978 when he took over his father’s farm.
  23. Lee Struck is now getting his passport shots, it doesn’t seem to bother him much, but you can see why, as the attractive young nurse is Joann Houle.
  24. In 1988 you will still find Ramona Thiefoe going to school in Fargo, the reason, she has her eye on a handsome young professor.
  25. After getting his P.H.D. at the Bottineau School of Forestry, Jim Tooke decided the best thing in life is to follow his father’s footsteps, and drive truck for the Lamourix Brothers.
  26. It’s now 1980, and Jay Vanorny has taken over The Garden Tap, and is still looking for roads to burn rubber on.
  27. It’s now 1988 and Donald Wenstad is the professor at Southern California University.  In his spare time you will find Donald as Life Guard at the local beach.


Again if any of these predictions turn out to be correct it is to be known that it is purely coincidental, or it may have been caused by the blurring of the images due to the vibrating of the Crystal’s window pane from the beat of “These Boots are Made for Walking”, or the hit song “The ballad of The Green Beret by Sergeant Barry Sadler, or it may be to the sobering affects of a cold North Dakota breeze and/or the frosting of The Crystal Café window from their breaths as The Mystics, observed the future and made their notes.  They The Mystics assure you that every last detail of these readings were gleaned from the window of the Crystal Café.. and are as accurate as can be determined by their gazings and notes. May a happy future be yours!

Remember, laugh and the world will laugh with you.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  DHS CLASS OF 1966


Blog (454) posted on May 11, 2009

Posted on May 11, 2009

George Counts

July 9, 1960-May 6, 2009

POSTED: May 10, 2009

DUNSEITH Clifford M. “George” Counts, 48, Dunseith, died Wednesday, May 6, 2009, in a Minot hospital.

He was born July 9, 1960, to Louise and Lloyd Counts Sr. in Belcourt. He married Rochell Zaste July 28, 2001, in Dunseith.

Survivors: wife; sons, Clifford “Herbie” and Terrell, both Dunseith; daughters, Carleen Counts, Carleeta Grant, Julia Poitra, all Dunseith; seven grandchildren; brothers, Lloyd, Ronnie, Clarence, Ernie, all Dunseith; sisters Barbra LaRocque, LouAnn St. Claire, both Dunseith, JoAnn Brunelle, Belcourt.

Funeral: Wednesday, 10 a.m., St. Michael Catholic Church, Dunseith.

Burial: St. Louis Cemetery, Dunseith.

Wake: Tuesday, 4 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m. in the church. (Nero Funeral Home, Bottineau)

Reply/Question from Floyd Dion (45): Dunseith, ND

Hi Gary

Brenda Hoffman said that her grandmother lived in Denhoff, ND , and I was wondering if she was related to John Schick. John was from Denhoff and was the State Dairy Inspector, and when I worked for the Bottineau Coop. Creamery he would come and inspect us. I got to know John very good and he was a good man, I really liked him.

Floyd Dion

Reply from Toni Morinville Gredesky (68): Farimount, ND

Cecil Gouin is correct about the picture. The woman in the third row next to Cora Mongeon is my
grandmother, Eva Dion Morinville Peat. Thanks.
Toni Morinville Gredesky

Message from Gary Morgan (54): GARRISON, ND

To Dick & Brenda

Good for You! You’ve made the big time. I’m looking forward to seeing Highway 43 perform at Norsk Hostfest!

Gary Morgan

Gary, Dick (68) & Brenda Johnson have had so many success’. I am assuming you are referring to their band “Highway 43”? Dick and Brenda are such talented folks. I can not for the life of me figure out how Dick fits all that he does into each day. It seems as though he is everywhere all the time between St. John, Bottineau and all the place in-between. He has so many interests and is involved in almost every community activity and organization in the area. To top it all off, he has time for us with all his contributions. Dick, you are an amazing guy with a wealth of community history that we dearly love having you share with us. We have added a lot on new folks to our distribution since we posted the history, accomplishments and remembrances of your parents. I will repost all that on one of our slower days.

Reply to Denise Lajimodiere from Bob Lykins (60’s DHS teacher): Germany & Hutto, TX


On the Depression thing. I was born in 1940 just at the tail end of the depression. I remember and for years afterwards, until she died in 1975, my mother never threw away old clothing, saved buttons, newspapers, and with a knife would scrape away and save any excess off the wax wrappers that encased a block of butter. Mom and Dad would make quilts from the old clothes. A couple of those quilts have survived and are kept by my youngest sister. If you are her guest in the middle of the winter you will probably be covered at night by one of those quilts. When we were kids my oldest sister and I would try to guess where a swatch of cloth came from and who wore it. The one who was able to guess the most got bragging rights. Mom was always the arbiter. She knew where every swatch of cloth came from.

Bob Lykins

Bob, Are you still in Germany or are you back in the states now? Gary

Story From Larry Hackman (66): Bismarck, ND


I don’t think we should just stop and quit talking about the onion just yet. I know there has to be more stories out there. I know whenever onion, especially raw slices are served up on a picnic table or anywhere else, someone has a story to tell. It is funny, that the story is usually funny. Maybe this one will jog a memory or two. What do you think?


The saga of the onion continues.My aunt always told a story of one of her experiences working as a waitress at the Crystal Cafe.It was her first time working alone at night.Old Joe Vanorny came into the restaurant usually every summer night about 9 o’clock and always ordered the same thing to eat.This night being no different he came in and sat down on the stool at about the center of the counter, in front of the milk machine. My aunt went up and asked what he would like and he replied that he wanted a glass of milk and a onion sandwich.So she gave him the glass of milk and went in the back to make the sandwich.She said she had never made a onion sandwich in her life, but how hard could it be, two slices of bread with something jammed between them, or is that a jam sandwich?Anyway she got out two slices of bread from the sandwich loaf.Remember the sandwich loafs made by Herman Martinson of the Snow White Bakery, made special for the restaurants. They were long and square with the slices cut a little thinner then a regular loaf of bread.

My aunt said she got two slices of bread, buttered them, and installed a thick slice of onion and placed it on a plate with a sprig of parsley.She then took that sandwich out to old Joe, proud of her accomplishment and knowing that it was exactly what he had ordered and the last minute addition of the sprig of parsely made it a masterpiece.Old Joe took one look at the sandwich and said in his astonished, gruff voice, ” What the hell is this”.My aunt replyed, ” a onion sandwich”.Joe said, ” I have never ate anything like that in my life”. He said, “I wanted a hamburger with onion on it”. She said she went back into the kitchen and made the hamburger with a slice of onion, but she couldn,t help laughing as she recalled the expression on Joe’s face when he saw that onion sandwich.Apparently Joe was no Norwegian?My aunt recalled and told the story often as she said that Joe and her would start laughing as soon as they would see each other, when he came through the restaurant door to have his glass of milk and hamburger with a slice of onion. May they both be still laughing and enjoying a sandwich together.

My dad, Clarence always enjoyed a onion sandwich too.His favorite way to make it, was to take rendered pork lard or the grease left after frying up some salt pork and spread that on two slices of bread, sprinkle, salt and pepper over the lard, install the onion slices, paste it all together, then enjoy. Remember, before we had electricity, the only way to preserve pork was to put it into the them wood barrels that were filled with water and a lot of salt.It kept the pork from spoiling in the summer and kept it from freezing in the winter.They also left the skin on the hog when they butchered. They scaldedthe hog after the kill and then scrapped the hair off, cut the meat up into chunks and put it all into the salt barrel. Remember the fried salt pork with the rind (skin) on.It was delicious.As a kid during the meal you would eat meat off the rind, saving the rind beside your plate,then after the meal you would take off outside, with the handfull of rinds that you had saved. You would then pop them rinds into your mouth one at a time, and chew, enjoying the salty fried flavor all over again.It was better then gum.

Thinking of my dad made me think of some of the greetings that he received from some of his old friends from the hills. He had MS so he could not walk for the last 20 years of his life.But, he was always in good spirits and enjoyed the people who came to visit him. I remember one fellow showing up and asking dad what he was doing for excitement.His reply, “I follow the shade around the house”.No air conditioning in them days. Another time a older fellow showed up and greeted dad with, “how is it hanging today Clarence?Dads reply, “head first”.Then they both laughed.Again, another fellow from the Turtle Mountians noticed Dad had forgotten to close his fly. He said, “Claence your horse is going get out”.Dads reply, “If it can’t get up it can’t get out”.Them old timers, of which we are now they, enjoyed life and loved to laugh didn”t they?

My favorite onion sandwich is to toast two slices of bread, spread the toast with butter (smart balance) install a couple slices of braunswiger (liverwurst), a couple slices of sweet onion,cover that with some mustard. Throw that second slice of toast on top of the pile, cut it in half and enjoy.God, this is making me hungry and I had the last of the braunswiger in a sandwich yesterday.I guess I’m going to have to go to the store before lunch. Maybe I better pick up another sweet onion too. yum yum.Must be the German?

I think Gary is right about the onion being the first, best method of birth control.Well, maybe first after garlic.Anyway eating either one before bed time will surely put a damper on things in the bed room.I also have heard and know that some onions can put a damper on things for up to three days after eaten.So the onion does work unless, of course both parties like to eat onion or both hate onion. But then, I have also heard that eating a regular diet of onion and garlic will also keep the mosquitos away.

Remember; laugh and the whole world laughs with you.

By the way.What nationality is Vanorny anyway?


Larry, This is great! You write such beautiful stories. You know speaking of story teller’s, we have not heard from Tim Martinson for awhile. It’s spring time in Alaska now, so he’s probably a pretty busy guy these days.

Jean Eurich Roland’s (80) picture posted by Neola Kofoid Garbe: Minot & Bottineau, ND

Folks, Jean I believe is an RN and she lives in Minot. She is the youngest daughter of Dave and Winifred Pritchard Eurich. jeanroland@rocketmail.com

Jean, This is a beautiful picture. With you being 15 years my junior, I don’t remember you nearly as well as the rest of your family members. You were just a baby when I was working for Norris and Bud Knutson putting up hay on your folks place. Gary

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

Claudia Espe Klien (60), I’ll bet this brings back a few memories:Appleton, WI

Folks, I’m pretty sure Kerry Boucher is related to a whole bunch of you folks. Where does she fit into your family? Gary

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Dennis Espe Memories

From Minnie Mary McKay Merrill (’48): Renton, WA

I am so sorry to hear about Dennis Espe’s passing.  He was my seventh and eighth grade student at Lockhart Rural School when I first started teaching. This was north of Dunseith where all of us walked to school.  My memories of my students are still fast in my mind with Dennis at the top of the list.  He was the only one who could run faster then I in foot races and could pole vault with much more finesse. He was very bright and helped with the younger kids.

One day I was visiting my mom’s classroom when a handsome young man walked by her door. Mom said to me, “ There goes your student from Lockhart.” I was so embarrassed that I did not recognize him. Well, he was all grown up and was wearing a tie and jacket!!

May his family receive the strength needed at this time of sorrow. God Bless.


Rita Parisien Anderson (’73) is the New Rockford, ND Public School Teacher of the year.
New Rockford Facebook posting.
Congratulations Rita!! Job well done.


Blog (451) posted on May 10, 2009

Posted on May 10, 2009

Folks, I have been getting a little careless with the numbering of these messages lately. I sent out two number 452’s. Yesterday’s message should have been 453. Rather than skip a number, today’s is 453. Sorry for the confusion.

I just got a phone call from our neighbor, originally for the Los Angeles area, letting me know his mother died this morning. She has been living with them here in Cebu for several years now. She was 110 ten years old last November. Up until about a year ago, she was able to function pretty much on her own. Her eye sight, hearing and mobility all have been failing this past year. She had a good sound mind right up to the end. For her age, that was remarkable. Gary

Reply from Denise Lajimodiere: Moorhead, MN

Hi Gary,

I got my doctorate in Eductional Leadership at UND. I am now an Ed. Lead. professor at NDSU, Fargo and living a wee bit across the river in Moorhead, but far enough away to escape the major flooding.

Beside keeping, and soon to write from, all of my mom’s (Lola Lajimodiere) history papers and extensive tribal research, I enjoy writing poetry. I’m shopping a manuscript around, and am now working on a second manuscript.

I am hoping to develop a little chap book on Lajimodiere history, especially as it applies to those of us remaining in the US after Louis Riel’s hanging. My great grandfather ‘homesteaded’ in Dunseith. His father, Joseph, was first cousin to Riel, and had to flee Winnipeg. All family members moved back to Canada except my family, where we eventually settled in both Belcourt and Dunseith. My father, Leo, considered Dunseith our family home.

We had relocated to Oregon in the mid ’50s and returned 14 years later to Dunseith. I began my Junior year at UND North Plains Indian Teacher Corps and was placed at the Dunseith Elem. school when Art Rude sr. was principal.


Denise, I almost had everything right except for the college. I was thinking you were working at UND. We did get several replies for your request that I have included with today’s message. I believe Gary Metcalfe and others knew one of your uncles or a relative of yours quite well in the Turtle Mountain area.

David Slyter, I know you are working at NDSU too. It’s a big place, but possibly your paths will cross one of these days.

Brenda Hoffman’s (68) reply to Denise Lajimodiere Greenville, SC

My grandmother in Denhoff, ND was extremely thrifty. She made quilts and pillows out of old coats as obviously did Denise’s relatives, but my favorite was that she saved and cleaned plastic bags and used them to make lovely hook rugs – which were of course perfect for wiping muddy feet. Grandma Schick was a seamstress and until her late 80s created all sorts of clothing – without a “store bought” pattern. She merely looked at the item in the store or the catalog, measured someone and then cut the pattern out of newspapers. She was known throughout the county as a wonderful seamstress and created wedding gowns, cheer leading costumes and whatever else came her way. When she broke her hip, which necessitated her permanent move to the nursing home, she was only concerned that she would be unable to finish the McClusky cheer leading outfits. The paramedics had to reassure her that someone would finish them before she would leave her house. The paramedics kept asking her where her medications were so they could make sure she didn’t miss any doses. Their ongoing questions about meds truly confused her as she didn’t take any! Oh yes, before my grandpa died, they maintained an acre flower and vegetable garden and canned most of the vegetables.

Sybil Johnson’s Reply to Denise Lajimodiere: CHEYENNE, WY

Gary and all,

Yes, about the saved buttons; I have a tin box full of them. They came from both my mother and grandmother. When I was a
kid, I always wondered what they were for. Leave Tuesday for Wisconsin, for my granddaughter’s wedding. August Johnson
and our son DJ will be there, also. Dick, I will let him know about that subject we talked about. Everyone have a peaceful and
quiet day.

Sybil Johnson

Reply from Dave Slyter (70): (Fargo) Sabin, Mn


Thanks for the awesome pictures of the Willow Lake Road and the Ackworth cemetary. Its really odd to see buildings behind the cemetary. Its nice to see that Danny built on the home place. The Willow Lake Road in your pictures bring back so many memories. Traveled that road a lot thru the years that I lived in the hills. Going to visit or helping out Aunt Margie Hiatt. Thanks for the memories and all that you do for us thru this blog site.

Dave Slyter (70)

Reply from Rhonda Hiatt (75): Battle Ground, WA


I didn’t realize there are so many Hiatt’s out there that we don’t know. Thanks for all the work that you put into this. Once again a great job!!!

Also, Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there.

Rhonda Hiatt

Message/Picture from Bill Grimme (65): Birmingham, AL.


Saturday in New York. Saw “Hair” (again). Great show. L-R; Irina, me, Sanya (Irina’ daughter), Kais (Sanya’ s husband). I have a friend whose daughter is in this Broadway play. Met her after the performance. Great, high energy performance.


Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

Bill, this is a great picture. When you called me last week, I didn’t realize you were headed for NY. You probably told me and it just went right over my head. With all your travels, I can tell you are truly enjoying retired life. In several months you & Irina will be on the other corner of the United States, Seattle, when we go on our cruise. Gary

L-R; Irina (Bill’s Friend), Bill Grimme, Sanya (Irina’ daughter), Kais (Sanya’ s husband).

Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

The picture of all the ladies and Father Wolf has me wondering if it
could be the church organization called ‘Catholic Daughters’. When I
hung out with John Boguslawski, there were times when his mom, Alice,
went to meetings of a group called ‘Catholic Daughters’ or ‘Catholic
Daughters of America’–or similar name. It appears all the ladies are
Catholic and with the priest in attendance, it would fit. This is only a
guess though. Thanks Gary!


Reply from Sharon Longie Dana (73):

Reply to picture of Ladies with Father Wolf: to think those glasses they wore then are coming back.

Sharon Longie Dana(73)

Reply from Gloria Robillard Patnaude (69): Belcourt, ND

Hi Gary, When I was looking at the picture of the Ladies of Rolette County I noticed the Lady on the far right ,

the one with the dark hair and partially cut from the picture , is my Aunt Melvina (Robillard) Schneider .

Gloria (Robillard) Patnaude

Gloria, You and LeaRae have both identified Melvina. You mention she was partially cut from the picture. There are two more ladies in that row to the right of Melvinal on the original picture. I’m hoping everyone is a recieving full picture? Gary

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

Gary, In the picture of the Catholic ladies-the one identified as Sophie(Mrs. Pete) Schneider is Melvina Schneider (Mrs. Hank)

Both of those ladies were in the Happy Home Homemakers Club with my mother. Sophie was Methodist.

The pictures of the Ackworth cemetery and Willow Lake Road are great. Terry’s aunt Maebelle Smith Salmonson is buried there.

Reply from Cecile Gouin Craig (61): Windsor, CO

Hi Gary, just read my daily fix down memory lane. Thanks for all you do.

In the picture of all the ladies (e-mail #452) I believe one of the ladies in the 3rdrow the sixth one in from the right, Is my Great Aunt Eva Morrinville Peat. She was my Grandmother Rena Dion Daoust’s eldest sister. Cecile Gouin Craig.

Reply from Mel Kuhn (70): St. John, ND

Howdy Gary,

In the picture of all the ladies, the one listed as my mom Alice Kuhn is actually her sister Lillian Allard.

Mel Kuhn

Catholic Ladies Photo:

Folks, there are only two unknowns in the 3rd row not identified in this photo. Can any of you identify these ladies? We’ve almost got it. Gary

Row 4; Stella Schimetz, Esther Fugere, Lorna Zeiler, Josie Dionne, Katherine Berube, Eugenie Malo Grenier, Leona Picard, Alma Gottbreht, Phyllis Barbot, Maxine Barbot, Leona Mongeon

Row 3: Rebecca Cote,_________, Alice Christianson, Eva Siem, Josephine Fugere,_______Volh, Cora Mongeon, Eva Morrinville Peat, Elise Picard, Sylvia Heffelfinger,Melvina Schneider, Flora Casavant, Emeline Boucher

Row 2; Olivine Allard, Beatrice Robert, Lillian Allard, Helen Haberman, Alma Casavant, Frances Morinville, Loretta Boguslawski, Alice Boguslawski, Dorothy Robert, Mary Ann Malo, Rita Boucher, Irene Pigeon, Lenore Malo, Alma Berube, Germaine Barbot, Lillian Houle

Row 1: Eva Trafford, Stella Vandal, Esther Neameyer, Emma Cooper, Father Wolf, Lenore Lamoreux, Alice Evans Berube, Hermine Dionne, Gail Lamoreux, Janet Evans

Reply to the Bursinger picture from Evon Lagerquist (77): Dunseith, ND

Ole was Lyle!

Reply to the Bursinger picture from Susan Fassett Martin (65): Spearfish SD

Lyle John Bursinger is Ole Bursinger. Born 12-25-1919

Reply to the Bursinger picture from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND

Gary and Friends,

The best way to explain is—Lyle ‘Ole’ Bursinger. The picture Neola
sent yesterday is of Julius and Clara Overby, Ole’s father-in-law and
mother-in-law. Ole’s son John confirmed that for me last fall. Those of
you who saved the messages can look in #261 for the explanation on who’s
who. Thanks Gary!


The following to the bottom of the page is posted from message 261 (10/23/08):

From Gary Metcalfe (57):

Neola, Ole and Lyle Bursinger are one and the same person. Ole was German, but raised by the Norweigan. I would almost swear that is not the Lyle Bursinger I knew.

Thanks all for keeping this going. It brightens my day. Gary Metcalfe

Gary, You are so right about Ole Bursinger. Read What Dick found out and has to say below. Gary

Reply from Dick Johnson (68):

Gary and Neola and Friends,

The old picture that has ‘Lyle Bursinger’ on the back is of Mrs. Ole
Bursinger’s parents. I asked John Bursinger and showed him the picture
and he said it is Julius and Clara Overby, Glenice’s parents. In order
to keep from being confusing, Ole’s real name is Lyle and ‘Ole’ is just
a nickname. Thanks Neola and Gary.


Dick’s reply to Gary


Ole’s son, John, lives about a mile south of Ole’s place, which is about
4 miles north and east of my place. Ole’s daughter, Sue, lives in a
newer house with her family in the same yard that Ole lived in. I trade
old cars and parts with John quite often. That is what I was up there
for today, so just printed the photo and took it along. John said his
grandfather used to drink whiskey by the gallon and never even
staggered!He also told me they lived along Highway 43 a couple miles
east, near the Haas’s. I think they died many years ago.


Ole (Lyle) Bursinger’s in-law’s:

Name: Clara Overby
Birth Date
: 05 January 1888 (Historical Events)
Death Date
: June 1966 (Historical Events)
Issuing State
: Washington
Residence at Death: Saint John,Rolette,North Dakota 58369
: 538-20-9071

Julius and Clara Overby

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Dennis Espe
Espe, Dennis 2382
Born: August 30, 1937
Died: May 02, 2016

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Dennis Dean Espe, age 78 of Dunseith, died Monday, May, 2, 2016 from complications of pneumonia at a Minot hospital. Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at Peace Lutheran Church on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 2:00 P.M.

Glen I. Williams (DHS ’52) passed away peacefully Saturday, April 30, 2016, in Missoula surrounded by his family.

He was born April 12, 1934, in Bottineau, North Dakota, and spent his formative years in Dunseith, North Dakota. Glen is survived by his wife of 56 years, Shirley; and his three children, Lynn (Manuel) Barragan, Lisa (Gene) Stephens and Andrea (Eric) Schambion. He was blessed with three grandchildren, Brandon Jacobsen, Melissa Blodgett and Victoria Stephens; as well as four great-grandchildren, Bo, Cheyenne, Jaden and Hudson.

Glen had an inquiring mind and enjoyed being in the classroom as a teacher and student.

In retirement he enjoyed traveling the world, crossing the United States and Canada in an RV, photography, skiing, reading, volunteering and taking classes at the Missoula Lifelong Learning Center.

Glen spent most of his working career as a university professor and administrator. He also served on several not-for-profit boards including the University of Montana Foundation, Community Medical Center Foundation, Opportunity Workshop and the Kiwanis Foundation of Montana. He was also active in his church and volunteered for many local organizations.

A celebration of Glen’s life will be held at Grace United Methodist Church, 10th Street West and Garfield, at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 5.

If you wish to remember Glen, please consider a gift to Grace United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice.


Blog (450) posted on May 9, 2009

Posted on May 9, 2009


Reqest from Denise Lajimodiere:


I’m writing an article on what folks did during the depression to survive, or did or still do to be thrifty: Example – save old coats to make quilts, save buttons in cigar boxes, save the tissue that fruit came wrapped in. Can you put this out to the wonderful folks on this blog to see what memories we all have?
Thank you!
Denise Lajimodiere

Denise, It’s great hearing from you. Other than for your email address, I do not have any your contact info recorded in my records. If I remember correctly you are living in the Grand Forks area? I think you are a PHD professor at UND? Did I remember all this correctly? If I didn’t, then it’s a close friend of yours that I have in mind. Gary

Correction from Debbie Poitra Rondeau (77): Dunseith, ND

Hi Gary

I have to correct myself I was looking at the April calendar when I wrote the date wrong for Clifford George Counts he passed away on May 6, 2009. Not May 8, 2009 Sorry Everyone

Reply from Bonnie Awalt Houle (56): Becker, MN

Dear Gary,

Your e-mails came through just fine. Thank You. Also really enjoyed our visit on the telephone today. Hope some day to have the opportunity to meet you.


Bonnie Awalt Houle (56)

Folks, Bonnie was having a problem not receiving these daily messages, so I called her. We truly had a wonderful visit. Bernadette left shortly after I called Bonnie and came back about an hour later surprised that Bonnie and I were still talking. That hour just evaporated. Bonnie told me that they are having a family reunion with just the Awalt Siblings the first week of June. They will be having this reunion in Lincoln, NE. That is where Bill Awalt lives. Bonnie and the rest of you, We’d love to see some pictures following this reunion.

The Awalt Family

Awalt Lloyd 1025 Main St Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 228-3268 lata@min.midco.net 44
Awalt Stickland Eleanor 1 Longview RD W Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 263-3366 lenlnor2@srt.com 47
Awalt Marshall 369 Danny Garner Rd Newport, NC 28570-6725 mandj@ec.rr.com 51
Awalt Jolliffe Emma Jean Gary 2452 E Morelos St Chandler, AZ 85225 (480) 792-9221 54
Awalt Houle Bonnie 16809 127th St Se Becker, MN 55308 (763) 262-3534 houle@izoom.net 56
Awalt Bill 1331 Silver Ridge Rd Lincoln, NE 68510 (402) 327-9403 Wdawalt@webtv.net 61
Awalt John 11433 Quinn St NW Minneapolis, MN 55433-3636 (763) 755-5691C612-812-6289 gerriawalt@mac.com 65

Reply form Larry St. Claire (66): Anchorage, AK.

Hi, it’s Larry StClaire in Anchorage Alaska. The picture of the 2 little girls are my nieces, Tracey and Robin, who are my sister Renee’s daughters.

Larry, Where do Tracey & Robin live today? Neola would love some contact info for them and also Renee. Thanks, Gary

                Tracey & Robin St. Clair

Question from Ivy Eller Robert (74): Everett, WA.

Hi Gary….
I thought I knew all of the cemeteries around the Dunseith area, but where is the Ackworth Cemetery? I don’t recall knowing about that one!

Ivy Robert

P.S. The Roy Family is from the St. John area! : )

Ive, The Ackworth Cemetery is located 17 miles NW of Dunseith. To be exact, it is located on the Willow Lake road 1 1/8 miles north of Highway 43. I was born and raised across the road from the Ackworth Cemetery. We now have a complete up-to-date list of all those buried in Ackworth posted on the Dunseith Alumni WEB site.http://garystokes.net/default.aspx Gary

Ackworth Cemetery taken from the Stokes farm yard. Dan Pladson’s buildings are in the back.

My Great Grandfather

William Stokes, donated one acre of land to the Ackworth community for

this cemetery in the early nineteen hundred’s.

This is the Willow lake road looking south from the Ackworth Cemetery. Highway 43 is one mile


The Ackworth school was originally located 1/2 mile east from the intersection. In about


the school was moved to just behind the trees on the left. That is where the Ackworth Post

Office was located.

Properties in the photo: (1) Stokes’ to the left before the intersection, (2) Original Stokes place now

owned by Danny Pladson to the right before the intersection, (3) Albert Hiatt’s property, not sure

who owns it now, to the left on the other side of the intersection. I think the Lagerquist’s probably

own Albert’s now. (4) Clarence Hagen’s property to the right just beyond the intersection.

Note: Evon Lagerquist lives 3/4 mile south from this intersection. She lives on the Robert Pritchard


This is the Willow Lake road looking North from the Ackworth Cemetery. I’ll bet this looks

pretty familiar to all you Fauske folks? Your farm, located on the original John Hiatt farm,

is locate one mile north and about a half mile west from this location. Russell and Glenda

Fauske are currently living on your farmstead. This road eventually leads into Canada two

and a half miles to the north.

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

Kenneth Bergman is the son of Otto/Elizabeth Fraser Bergman (Page 10 in Centennial Book)

Marian is the daughter of Gerald/Leah Richard Bergeron (Page 241 in the Centennial Book)

It’s a small world: When Gerald passed away, Leah moved to Bottineau. My apartment is upstairs in the house Leah lived in for many years. Until a couple of years ago, I thought Leah had moved this house to Bottineau. To me, it was “Leah Bergeron’s house”. I’ve learned this house is an Aasheim farmhouse. I think Jean Aasheim Zorn (Leo–Page 287 in the Centennial Book.) said it came from her grandfather’s farm.

Jean’s parents were Joe/Mabel Ihla Aasheim. Joe and my dad worked at Haugerud Garage back in the 1940’s. Oscar Vikan owned it when Dad started working there.

I scanned this picture to send to Gary Berg (son of Alvina/Lillian Torgerson Berg) for his Class of ’59 website. Then I decided to include Gary Stokes, as I think he might be interested in it, too. Next, I added more info and decided to include some of my relatives, as Ed Kofoid, son of
Fred/Wilma Bosch Kofoid, is married to Leo/Jean’s daughter, Nancy. There is no end to the connections!

Lynne Bergman Boettcher, Kenneth’s sister, is my classmate, so I’m including the Class of ’57 in this email, too!


With Marian’s mother, Leah, being a Richard, she is related to a whole bunch of you folks.

Ron Bergman (Bottineau Sears Store), I Believe Ken is your brother. The Bergman family is a large family too. Gary

5/9/2016 (2381)

Forgot to post Blog from May 8, 2009 with last Friday’s posting.

Folks, When I went to post last Friday’s blog on our Website, I noticed I had forgotten to include May 8th’s Blog from 2009. Sorry about that.


Condolences to the Dennis Espe family
From Dawn Gregory Allard (’74):  Bottineau, ND

We were so sorry to hear about Dennis Espe`s death. Our thoughts and prayers are with Peggy and the family.


Condolences to the Dennis Espe family
From Bill Krause (’74):  Dickinson, ND

My condolences to Mr Espe’s  family… Although we didn’t always see eye to eye when he was my teacher,  I always had the utmost respect for him. Years after graduating and running into him and Peggy I always called him Mr. Espe. Probably the only teacher I ever had that earned that respect during and well after high school.. You will be missed Mr Espe..  With Deepest Sympathy, Bill Krause


Condolences to the Dennis Espe family
From Don & Colleen(Conroy ‘58) Martel:    Rosemount, MN

Colleen and I are very sorry to hear of Dennis Espe’s passing.  He was a wonderful friend, and a great asset to the Dunseith School faculty and the whole community.  Our condolences to Peggy and his whole family.

Don & Colleen(Conroy) Martel.


Dennis Espe Memories
Face Book posting from Brad William (’78):  Hallock, MN

I always enjoyed my science classes from Dennis Espe. I’m sure the many dissections & various experiments left lasting impressions on most of his students. The thing I recall most was the last week or so of his 10th grade Biology class. He had the whole class intimidated by saying the final exam would cover EVERYTHING we learned that entire year (and that green book was thickest of any class I ever took). It was only a slight relief to hear him say that none of the test questions would be new to us, as they would all be taken from previous exams, quizzes, labelled diagrams, worksheets, etc. He handed each student back all of the tests & papers they completed for the full year, then said we would spend the last 2 weeks of class to review for the final exam. He also made a point of stating that he had used the exact same final exam for all of his previous Biology classes, then got this big grin when he announced that NO STUDENT EVER SCORED 100% (97 was the highest). So naturally I took that as a personal challenge. I thought of all the prior Valedictorians & honor students who took that same final exam, and since this was my only opportunity to compare myself with them, I made it my goal to ACE THAT FINAL. Two days after taking the final exam, Mr. Espe had a list of all the test scores (without names) taped to his classroom window, with a big 100 circled in red ! Most of my friends just assumed I was the one that had the perfect score, and even though I was fairly confident, Cary Lamoureux was always close competition, so bragging rights couldn’t be confirmed until he passed the exams back. On my way out the door, I couldn’t resist telling Mr. Espe “I guess you’ll have to come up with a new final exam next year …. This one was too easy” …… which brought out his famous “machine gun” laugh. ……. So thanks & R.I.P Mr. Espe ….. You had a positive impact on all of your D.H.S. students, and will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing you. Paul Krause Tina Busche Gary Stokes


Condolences to the Dennis Espe family
From Dewy Morinville (’72):  Dunseith, ND

Sorry to hear of Mr. Espe’s passing
Prayers to his family.
He was a great teacher.


Condolences and memories:  Dennis Espe family
From Trish Larson (’73):  Livingston, MT.

Oh dear.  That is shocking news about Dennis.  He was a great teacher and gave me the drive to study and learn because he made it so interesting and fun.  Will remember his smile forever.  My heart goes out to his family who will surely miss him something awful.  So sorry for this bad news.  Rest in Peace.  You were one of the good ones.


It’s a small world
Melvin Pederson, Son of Sam Pederson – Peterson (Pederson) Lake – Ackworth community
Message from Doreen Larson Moran (BHS ’61):  Spokane, WA

Guys, this is the family the Peterson (Pederson) lake, our childhood swimming lake, is named after. Sam Pederson was a sister of Jennie Handland’s


We were at the VFW hall in Priest River for breakfast this morning and I picked up conversation with a couple at the door.  (I am my father’s child – no one is a stranger to me).

I said we were heading to ND in the morning; he said my parents are from ND.  SO – his father is 90 now – Melvin Pederson; lived near the Peace Gardens.  SO that tells me probably Dunseith area.  The son, Tom with wife Mary.  He remembered going to his mother’s place hear Devils’ Lake down a dirt road.  Crary.  Tom and Mary lived in upper MN/Wisconsin before moving to Spokane WA area.  They have a place near Newport WA/Priest River ID along the Pend Oreille River.

Bob and I will head to ND in the morning.   My cousin Kent Joraanstad did buy his grandfather’s homestead about a mile from the Canadian border out by Souris.  He does have an older 2 story house as their second home.  They lost their home; everything in the Butte CA fire Sept 11th.  They have another year and half to determine if they will try to rebuild on their land.  Permit process in CA is expensive and lengthy.

Guess we will see   some of the horrendous smoke from the fires burning in Alberta.  The worst one is Ft McMurray.  80,000 to 90,000 have been evacuated.  Really bad.

Thank you for all you do to keep people connected.  I told Tom that the small world, you might tell me they were from Ackworth.

Doreen Larson Moran


Hello Doreen,

Yes, Melvin Pederson is from the Ackworth community. He lives in Spokane now. He left the Ackworth community before I was born so I never knew him. I knew his dad, Sam, though.  The Pederson farm was located a half mile west of our place.

It is a small world.

Blog postings from December 2009

Sam Pederson family reply:
From Luella (Boardman 49) & Ralph Bjornseth: Bottineau, ND.

Hi Gary!

You asked about Paul Pederson. He was married to Marlene Rude (Kenneth Rude’s Sister). They are divorced and Ralph thinks he is either in South Dakota or Montana. Sam Pederson’s children were Oscar (deceased), Eileen (don’t know if she is still living), Melvin, Paul and probably 2 other boys. Ralph hears from Melvin every year at Christmas time. He lives in Spokane. Mrs. Sam Pederson was a sister of Jennie Handland so any of the Handland girls could tell you the history of that family. Ralph remembers Sam as being a very big man. They evidently moved around a lot and had moved out to Washington. He came back here at one time and worked for Carris Vandel. Ralph thinks he was working for Carris when he died. I hope this answers a few of the questions.


Follow up reply from Luella:


We talked to Glen Rude this noon and he said Paul died about 10 years ago. He doesn’t remember where he was living at the time or where he is burried. Another boy in that family was Lowell and Ralph thinks he is still living. That is all for now.


Folks, The Sam Pederson Farm was located 3/4 mile west (right) and on the south side of the road from the interesection at the bottom of the hill in the picture above. The Jacob Bjornseth farm now owned by Ralph & Luella is located 1 3/4 miles west on the north side of the road from the interesection in the picture. That is where Ralph was born and raised.

Luella, This answers a whole bunch of question for me and I know others too. I had no idea that Mrs. Sam Pederson was a sister of Jennie Handland’s. I have her daughters Beverly, Muriel & Lorraine in my records, but they do not have email addresses. I found Melvin Pederson’s phone number in Spokane. I will call him in the morning, my time, before sending this message out. Thank you so much Luella and Ralph for this info. We’d love to hear more from the rest of you that knew the Pederson family too. This is one bit of history that will be captured and recorded that could have been lost. Thank you Gary Metcalfe for bringing this family to light. Gary

Gary, Lowell Pederson is the brother of Melvin’s that lives in Spokane, and Arizona in the winter……..

Evon Lagerquist.

Evon, Checking my notes from when I talked to Melvin Pederson, you are absolutely correct. I’ll bet your mother, Leola Hiatt Lagerquist, remembers the Pederson family pretty well. When I talked to Bev Handeland Hamnes, cousin to the Pederson siblings, she said Charles’ nick name was Sonny.


Blog (449) posted on May 8, 2009


Posted on May 8, 2009

Clifford George Counts Passed away:

From Debbie Poitra Rondeau (77): Dunseith, ND

Dear Gary,

Good morning,

Our prays go out to the family of Clifford George Counts.

Clifford George Counts passed away on May 8,2009. Went to school in Dunseith graduate the year of 1978. He is 48 years old. He is the son of the late Lloyd Sr. & Louise Counts of Dunseith. George is survive by his wife Rochell Jaste Counts. His children are Herbie, Tyrell, Carletta and Carleen Counts all of Dunseith.

His brothers are Lloyd Jr., Clarence “Swede”, and Ernie Counts all of Dunseith, sisters Barbara Counts LaRoque, Louann Counts St. Claire of Dunseith and Joann Counts of Belcourt. George would be my first cousin, his dad and Mom Betty Counts Poitra are brother and sister.

Debbie, Our condolences are with Clifford’s family. Thank you so much for sending this info. Gary

Deb Morinville Harmon (70) update from Bev Morinville Azure (72): Dunseith, ND

Hi everyone, Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to let you all know about Deb…….I feel so much better now that we went to Montana to check on her…. She is doing wonderful. Kenny and her family take geart care of her. She has a way of letting you know what she has to say. She can walk with a cane it is hard to see her like this but knowing Deb she will be up and around. in no time. Diane and Colette
she is looking forward to seeing you and she wanted me to tell everyone thank you so much for all the cards they sure did lift her spirits. Gary thanks for all you do may the Lord bless you.


From Susan Fassett Martin (65): Spearfish SD

Hi all, John and I just returned from a 16 day excursion on the Amtrak Empire Builder and the Lakeshore Limited to NYC (Brooklyn, actually) to visit our son, Josh and his girlfriend Jennie. We had a great time. I want all to know that my son works for a non profit called 826NYC/ Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store. They tutor and mentor kids from 6-18 that are interested in writing. They also do field trips, plus numerous other activities with the kids. Josh just completed a web catalog for the Superhero Supply Store, check it out atwww.superherosupplies.com We attended a fundraiser while we were in NY and had a great time. Josh was also a great tour guide for us and took us to see the sights. We went to Ellis Island, Mets game at the new CitiField, Times Square, Brooklyn Museum of Art, went to the 47th floor and ate at the revolving View restaurant in downtown NY, Coney Island, and went to see Brian Dennahy starring in “Desire Under the Elms” We ate and ate and ate and walked and walked and rode the subway. First time in NY for either John or I and we had a great time. On the way home, we had a 5 hr layover in Chicago, so rode the elevator up to the 99th floor of the Sears Tower to see the city. It was a great experience for a small town girl. I am glad to be back home, though. Way too many people in NY.

Cheers, Susan

Message from Marge Longie Wilcox (56): Vancouver, WA


My first years in school were in St. John I lived with my grand parents for awhile, then in 1952 I moved to Dunseith with my mom. my grand parents name was John, Mary rose Langan. My grand-dad worked for Martineau store for many years, and also the catholic church.

Gary thanks for all of the hard work your doing on this blog everyday.

Marge Wilcox

Email address change for Lola Metcalfe Vanorny (68): lrvanorny@nd.govDunseith, ND

Hi just to let you know my address at work is now – lrvanorny@nd.gov

Thanks so much– I need my Alumni fix– every morning!!- ha

Thanks for all you do!!–Lola

Lola, it’s been a while since we’ve heard from you. It’s great seeing your name come up on my computer screen again! How are things with you? Gary

Linda Mae Wilson, 44, Dunseith, died Tuesday, May 5, 2009

in a Minot hospital from injuries suffered in an automobile accident April 21, 2009, near Rolla.

She was born April 21, 1965, to Donald Delorme and Mary Rose Fayant in Belcourt. She married Robert Wilson June 17, 2006, in Belcourt.

Survivors: husband; daughter, Angel Enno; sons, Darrin Fayant, Michael Fayant, Adam Fayant; four grandchildren; mother of Belcourt; sisters, Donna Fayant, Dunseith, Alma Morin, Plentywood, Mont., Phyllis Fayant, Grace Fayant, Krystal LaRocque, all Belcourt, Debbie McLeod, Hazen; brother, Leslie Fayant, Belcourt.

Funeral: Today, 10 a.m., St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Belcourt.

Burial: Church cemetery. (Elick Funeral Home, Rolla)

Grace Fayant & Linda Mae are sisters

Roy family photo names provided by Mel Kuhn (70): St. John, ND

Howdy Gary,

At morning coffee with the guys yesterday in St. John these names were put to the Roy family picture. Back row left to right–Karen,Carl,Connie. Front row left to right–Jennifer,Emery,Gary,Val.


Roy Family:

Back: Karen, Carl, Connie

Front: Jennifer, Emery, Gary, Val


Hiatt family Tree – 4 generations from Herman (Victoria & Alice) HIatt

Folks, this is what I have come up with for the Hiatt family tree. Please let me know of any corrections/additions that need to be made. The primary purpose of this tree is to identify those in the Hiatt family and where they fit into the family picture.

I have also attached the Power Point slide of the Hiatt family tree. Gary

4/6/2016 (2380)

Art Rude Recently Celebrated his 93rd Birthday.

Happy Birthday Art and many more to come. Art is a resident in the Dunseith Nursing Home.

Rude, Art 2380


Dennis Espe’s passing
Reply from Bob Lykins (60’s DHS teacher): Hutto, TX

This is terrible news.  Dennis was one of the last truly great friends I had left in Dunseith.  He was a great companion when I lived there and a super, concerned educator.  My heart and prayers go out to Peggy and the family.  May the Almighty be with you all.


Condolences to the Espe Family
From Ivy Robert (’74):  Bottineau, ND


I’m very sad to hear of Dennis Espes passing. To me he is still Mr. Espe, my school teacher. A few years back, I ran into him and Peggy at the Casino near Belcourt. I hadn’t seen them since 1976. We had a very nice chat and it was nice to see both of them once again. My heartfelt condolences to the family.

Ivy Robert (74)


Condolences to the Espe Family
From Lynn Halvorson Otto (’75):   Boonton, NJ

My condolences to Peggy and the entire Espe family.  Dennis was a great science teacher and a pillar of the community.

Lynn Halvorson Otto


Condolences to the Espe Family
From Dave Slyter (’70:  Sabin, MN

We send our deepest sympathies to Peggy and the family for the loss of Dennis.   Was one of the best teacher and principals that Dunseith School ever had.   He also was a great golfer.   So sorry to hear of his passing.   Condolences to all.

Dave Slyter (70)


Condolences to the Espe Family
From Ginger LaRocque Poitra (’65): Belcourt, ND

Peggy and family,

I am very sorry for your loss.

It will be a hard time getting through everything.

Just do what you feel you need to do to grieve for your loving husband, he will be with you always.



Cebu Expat dinner at the Marco Polo Plaza Hotel:  Cebu City, Philippines

                            Celsa, Christine, Lilli, Novie & Miraso
                                         Gary and Bernadette
Stokes 2380




Dennis Espe (’56) Passed away

Dennis Espe

Born: August 30, 1937
Died: May 02, 2016

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Dennis Espe, age 78 of Dunseith, died Monday at a Minot hospital.
(Nero Funeral Home – Bottineau)

Gary’s comment

I was so saddened to hear this news. I didn’t realize Dennis was sick. So so sad. He was well known and very well liked. Such a loss. Dennis will be missed dearly.  Our condolences are with Peggy and all of Dennis’ family with his passing.


Blog (448) posted on May 7, 2009

Posted on May 7, 2009

Marion Stickland McFadden (57) Passed away:

From Lee Stickland (65): Dickinson, ND

Eric, Bros and Gary,

While Gloria and I were walking in the Pacific Ocean on Monday, I received a call from Eleanor Awalt Stickland, Leonard’s wife.

Dad’s youngest sibling, Marian, has passed away. I believe she was 70 years old. She was married to Robert McFadden and they lived in or near Columbus, OH.

I do not have any particulars. Maybe Sharon Peterson Harmsom (sp), my cousin, does or will shortly.

WE arrived home at 2 am this Wednesday morn, having been in San Marcos, at Erics’ for five full days. It took less than 6 full hours to go from San Diego to Bismarck; 4 hours 10 minutes flying time.

WE had 5 perfect nights’ stay at the Inns of America in Carlsbad, CA. I would recommend that property without any hesitation.

About time for milkin’ so best get some shut-eye.


From Bonnie Awalt Houle (56) Becker, MN

Dear Gary,

It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you that Marion Stickland McFadden of the class of 1957 died on Monday May 4, 2009. Marion lived in Howard, Ohio. The funeral is on Friday. Joy Stickland Peterson, and Eleanor and Leonard Stickland are inroute to attend the funeral and I will send more when they return.

Bonnie Awalt Houle (56)

Stickland Mcfadden Marion 720 Crestrose Cir Howard, OH 43028 (740) 393-1897 57

Stickland Peterson Joy PO Box 1029 Dunseith, ND 58329 (701) 244-2136 44

Awalt Stickland Eleanor/Leonard 1 Longview RD W Bottineau, ND 58318 (701) 263-3366 47

To the Stickland family: I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Marion. Our condolences are with you. Gary

Question from Geri Metcalfe Munro (59): Fargo, ND

Gary—Where did that strange email address after my name on the reply re: the Roy family—-has that address gotten into the wrong place?

Geri, That is my friend’s email address from Bremerton, WA. I do a reply with all your messages, as I post them, to get your email address’. My friend had sent a message just after you and I got his message mixed up with yours when coping your address. I see I have it right today though. Sorry for the mix up. Gary

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

Folks, Albert and Gladys Rude lived a very short distance east and on the south side of the road from Salem Church, located on Highway 43 in the Hills. In my growing up days we were very close friends with the Rude’s. They were like family. We were all very active members of Salem Church. Their son LaVerne is married to Carrole Fauske (66). It was an honor to introduced Carrole and LaVerne at a basket ball game in Dunseith in 1964. They were married in 1967. Carrole and LaVerne live in Vancouver, WA. They, along with Carrole’s sister Connie (62) & her husband, who also live in the Vancouver area, will be joining us at the Seattle Dunseith Reunion Dinner, at the Best Western, in Seattle on July 24th. Gary

There’s only one picture of Connie. When I mail the other “Roy” picture, I’ll include this one, too.



05/02/2016 (2378)

Glen Williams (DHS ’52) Passed away
Face Book posting


Jan Hosmer Cobb (DHS ’60) Passed away
Posting / Obituary from Colette Hosmer (’64): Santa Fe, NM

Hello Gary,

Thanks so much for waiting to announce Jan’s death until you received the obituary.  It was a dual effort between her son and I and we both needed time to reflect and collaborate.

I appreciate your blog entries and look forward to each one.

My Best,



Janet Louise Cobb
Hosmer Cobb, Janet (2378)
Nov. 30, 1942 – February 7, 2016

Janet “Jan” Louise Cobb was the oldest of the three Hosmer Girls born to Bob and Leona Hosmer. Jan fit the prototype of a first-born child in that she worked in the family grocery store throughout grade and high school, and successfully managed the town’s, soft ice-cream drive-up window at the tender age of 13.

Jan graduated valedictorian of her Dunseith, ND, high school class in 1960, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Dakota.  There she met and married Bill Cobb, her husband of 47 years. Jan and bill lived and worked in Canada for the first few years of their marriage before to Albany, Oregon in 1970, where Jan gave birth to son, Michael Ryan, before the year was out. Wilderness near the Willamette Valley, in Oregon’s forest, coastal and mountain landscapes, drew the young family out of Albany with greater frequency as Michael grew into a feral-spirited outdoors-loving kid. Throughout the remainder of the 70’s, Jan’s love for wild places flourished as she experienced and acquainted herself with the rising tide of the Women’s Movement and re-engaged with higher education.  She subsequently earned her Masters of Social Studies which launched her into many years of meaningful and successful work. Jan’s development as a passionate teacher and talented writer created fertile ground for the beginning of strong friendships, many of which she would celebrate for the rest of her life.

In 1980, when the Cobb family moved further north to West Linn, Jan quickly acquired a position at Marylhurst University, where she was a celebrated contributor to topics of personal psychology. It was during these years that Bill was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Bill’s long life of hard work and unflappable family support came to an end in 2010.

Once stabilized, Jan became a voluntary “pilgrim” at every opportunity, immersing herself in strange foreign places and always cracked-open-happy about the inner growth it catalyzed.  She took great pride in her exceptional friendships, winning at competitive bridge with her partner/mother and in her Oregon roots, but found deep resonance with the rhythms of life while traveling solo––living “in-between” comfortable patterns and the complete unknown.  Jan identified with the German word, “fernweh”; far-sickness, an ache for distant places; the craving for travel.

It was apparent that Jan was experiencing exciting levels of self fulfillment through writing and solo travel during the final years of her life and it helped to prepare her for meeting her death with earnest intention, honest reflection, and bravery. In the midst of these vibrant years, cancer provided an insurmountable obstacle. In 2015, Jan was diagnosed with aggressive metastasized lung cancer. She handled the challenge of a terminal diagnosis with great courage and grace, all the while supported by family and a tight circle of friends. In her wisdom and grace, and with the blessing of her family, Jan chose her own end, using Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act, and was expertly guided by empathetic volunteers from the Compassion and Choices organization. Jan met her untimely demise with grounded presence, surrounded by her loving family.

Jan was preceded in death by her father, Bob Hosmer and husband, Bill Cobb.  She is survived by her son, Michael Cobb; mother, Leona Hosmer; sisters, Nancy Baldwin Kontzie and Colette Hosmer; nephew, Scot Furgason; nieces, Christine Westwood and Samantha Furgason; grand nieces and nephews, and many, many loving friends.

do not take this life for granted

this is the moment

and this…

and this…

Janet Cobb



Dinner at the Quest Hotel, Cebu City Philippines

My cousin Jack from Edmonton, AL, Canada is here visiting again. He arrived yesterday. Jack also visited us in January. As you can see the primary purpose of this visit is to see Rona. We have known Rona for about 11 years. She is a good honest sincere gal and will be true to Jack. She will treat him well. Jack will be here until May 20th. Jack’s mother and my Dad were twins.

Bernadette & Gary             Jack From Edmonton, AL, Canada & RonaStoke 2378

Blog (447) posted on May 6, 2009

Reply from Bonnie Awalt Houle (56): Becker, MN

Dear Gary,
For some reason I haven’t received any of the messages lately, I have been having Marshall send them to me. Haven’t received any since your computer went down. I just don’t enjoy my morning cup of tea as much without your morning message to go along with it. Thank you for all you do.
Bonnie Awalt Houle (56)
Bonnie, For some reason you got dropped off my distribution list when my hard drive got reformatted. You are back on now though. I’m just hoping that no one else got dropped off that I did not retrieve? Gary
Replies to the Roy family posted yesterday:
1. Reply from Geri Metcalfe Munro (59): Fargo, ND
The picture of the Roy family in today’s blog is the Arda & Chris Roy family of St. John. Valri (Snook)
lives on main street in St. John (post office bldg) and her mother lives in St. John. Arda was the postmaster in St. John for many years.
2. Reply from Bernard Morin (76): Dunseith, ND
I think the Roy family is from the Rolla- St John area. The young lady in the back row on the right is Connie Roy-Thibert. She was my youngest daughters 3rd grade teacher in St- John, I talked to her tonight and will be giving her Neola’s e-mail as she was interested in that photo. I,ll also contact Neola with what info that I have.
Thanks. Bernard
3. Reply from LeaRay Parrill Espe (67): Bottineau, ND
Gary, The Roy family is from St. John.
4. Reply from Mel Kuhn (70): St. John, ND
Howdy Gary,
The picture of the Roy family is from St. John. I’ll print it out and get the names correct.
5. Reply from Dick Johnson (68): Dunseith, ND
Gary,The Roy family is from St. John.

Reply from Florence Hiatt Dahl (50): Anchorage, AK
Gary.Bless your heart. I think of the time you must spend on all this and it boggles my mind. I had no idea that Harmon had been married three times..Of course He and my grandmother were dead before I was born and it was never talked about. Too busy just living………Have been gone from N.Dak so long that I feel disconnected. Alaska is home. And my children of course feels no connection. Not into this geology thing. So again I say thank you and bless you Florence
Ackworth Cemetery:
Folks, thanks to Evon Lagerquist for doing a hands on visual recording of those buried in Ackworth and with Carrie Salmonson Johnson, the Ackworth Cemetery association secretary, for providing the cemetery records, I think we have a pretty complete list of all those buried in Ackworth. I have attached the Excel file and have pasted a copy below.
If someone can provide similar info for some of the other smaller cemeteries in the Dunseith and Turtle Mountain areas, I’d be glad to put those list together too.
Vance Bailey (deceased) put together some very detailed listings for some of the other larger cemeteries. Doreen, Vance’s wife, has provided me with the cemetery records that Vance had for Riverside, St. Lewis, Mount Saint Mark (Bottineau County), Inherred Lutheran (located Near #43 & #14 on the west edge of the Turtle Mountains) and Salem Cemetery ( located 3 miles into Bottineau county on #43).
Doreen, I was very surprised when I saw the Innerred church pictures and cemetery listing. My dad’s brother Emil Petterson and his wife Lillian were members of that church.
Once we get the smaller cemeteries squared away, I’d like to update Vance’s records starting with River side and St. Louis Cemeteries. I think what everyone sees on the NET for Rolette county cemeteries was pretty much provided by Vance Bailey. Having to use a 3rd party for posting, I think it was difficult for Vance to keep the posting of these cemetery records current.
As we get these lists squared away, I’d like to post them on the Dunseith Alumni site that I have. Once these lists are brought up to date they can easily be maintained and kept current on the WEB site. I can give others rights to this sight too, so they can go in an update these records as well.
Ackworth Cemetery
1 Berglund, John (Johan) 11/09/1843 1/2/1929
2 Berglund, Margarita (Margareta) 03/19/1847 4/1/1918
3 Crawford, Alma 06/06/1887 3/8/1957
4 Crawford, Dorian 08/04/1898 1/27/1938
5 Crawford, John 09/29/1895 5/16/1984
6 Fell, George 1/11/1917 9/2/1993
7 Fell, Maurice 2/18/1926 11/12/2001
8 Grieg, Allen E. 12/9/1916 11/29/1918
9 Grieg, Elsie V. 2/16/1915 1/9/1922
10 Grieg, (no first name)
11 Hiatt, Albert 7/26/1915 7/3/1985
12 Hiatt, Alice 8/21/1909 12/9/1999
13 Hiatt, Alida 08/27/1896 10/25/1918
14 Hiatt, Arnold 8/31/1945 8/12/1964
15 Hiatt, Baby Girl 3/8/1923 3/8/1923
16 Hiatt, Beatrice V. 6/4/1918 11/1/1918
17 Hiatt, Charlotta M. 8/18/1900 6/19/1920
18 Hiatt, Dennis 2/25/1940 6/28/2000
19 Hiatt, Eva L. 12/11/1892 4/xx/1984
20 Hiatt, George F Jr. 7/17/1928 9/14/1984
21 Hiatt, George F. 09/12/1887 12/2/1949
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